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Why End Times? (39) – Chapter 4 – Babylon

editor 1 June 2017

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book Why End Times? Chapter 4 – Babylon

Three beasts
Revelation 12-13 speaks of three beasts. Hislop explains that this,   in part, represents a spiritual objection to the development of the three main forms of Babylonian religions. First of all there is “…an enormous red dragon” (Revelation: 12:3) – literally a snake/serpent in Greek. Red represents fire and blood. Ezekiel 23:14 says: “…But she carried her prostitution still further. She saw men portrayed on a wall, figures of Chaldeans portrayed in red” i.e. in red paint. And we have already seen that this represents the worship of fire and the serpent in the Babylonian religious systems. (more…)

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Why End Times? (38) – Chapter 4 – Babylon

editor 31 May 2017

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book Why End Times? Chapter 4 – Babylon

Queen of heaven
As this religion developed further, Semiramis was also deified as the Queen of Heaven and she was gradually afforded the same honour as Nimrod. The general form of worship presents Nimrod as the sun and his wife as the moon, with stars around her head. So what we see here is the origin of the worship of the sun, the moon and the stars. It is not therefore surprising that astrology and the zodiac came into the Babylonian religion – as the antithesis of the true image of stars, in which Almighty God presented the Eternal Gospel without words from the beginning, so that a sermon without words went out to the ends of the earth. More about this later. (more…)

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Shavuot 2017 – שבועות

editor 30 May 2017

By Christians for Israel International.. The festival of Shavuot (or Shavuos, in Ashkenazi usage; Shabhuʿoth in Classical and Mizrahi Hebrew Hebrew: שבועות, lit. “Weeks”) is a Jewish holiday that occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan (late May or early June). Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire Israelite nation assembled at Mount Sinai, although the association between the giving of the Torah (Matan Torah) and Shavuot is not explicit in the Biblical text. The holiday is one of the Shalosh Regalim, the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer. Shavuot begins at sundown on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. [Photo top right: Haredim celebrating Shavuot](more…)

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The Talmud’s Hot Tub Time Machine

editor 30 May 2017

By Adam Kirsch.. How Moses could know how his people’s story would end before it was even written is in keeping with the spirit of ‘Daf Yomi’. Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world.

A strange, time-bending moment came in this week’s Daf Yomi reading, in the course of the rabbis’ extensive discussion of the laws of inheritance. As we saw last week, the order in which a deceased Jew’s relatives inherit his property was established in the Torah in Numbers Chapter 27, in the episode of Zelophehad’s daughters. (more…)

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Why End Times? (37) – Chapter 4 – Babylon

editor 25 May 2017

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book Why End Times? Chapter 4 – Babylon

Mystery Religions
Let’s make some other remarks about Nimrod and Babel/Babylon: Nimrod and his newly invented religion formed much of the thinking in the profane world of ancient times. The Bible gives us only   a short account of Nimrod and the founding of Babel, but it is possible to weave this into the historical accounts of authors in classic antiquity, who have provided important information about this founder of Babylon and its first king. We already quoted Bryce Self’s article about Semiramis, Queen of Babylon and Alexander Hislop’s ‘The Two Babylons’, first published around 1850. (more…)

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The Land Of Israel

editor 15 May 2017

By Dr. David R. Reagan.. To whom does it belong? The answer is really very simple. God gave the land of Israel to Abraham (Genesis 17:8) and to his descendants through Isaac (Genesis 26:2-5) and Jacob (Genesis 28:1-4,13-14). That means the land belongs to the descendants of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel. In other words, the land belongs to the children of Israel, referred to in the New Testament as the Jews (Romans 1:16). (more…)

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50 new translations of the Bible completed last year

editor 14 May 2017

By United Bible Societies.. In 2015 Bible Societies assisted in the completion of translations in 50 languages spoken by nearly 160 million people. 2015 was ‘a first’ for no fewer than 28 languages, spoken by nearly 33 million people. 11 communities now have their very first full Bible, 6 have a New Testament and 11 communities have their first, or additional, portions of Scripture. [Photo top right: United Bible Societies are committed to working towards the day when everyone can access the full Bible so much work still remains to be done.] (more…)

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First Hebrew-German Prayer Book in 100 Years Printed on Holocaust Remembrance Day

editor 27 April 2017

By Tsivya Fox.. “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” Genesis 28:12. For the first time in over a century, a one-volume Orthodox Jewish prayer book (siddur–   סדור in Hebrew) has been printed in Germany. This siddur includes all of the daily and holiday prayers along with a contemporary German translation, explanations of the prayers and Jewish instructions for proper prayer. The siddur was intentionally launched in time for Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 24. (more…)

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A Word to Consider

editor 22 April 2017

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer..

ASSYRIA
“…The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand [two hundred million]. I heard their number…” (Revelation 9:13-16). (more…)

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Thousands attend priestly blessing at Western Wall

editor 18 April 2017

By JPost.com Staff.. The custom sees hundreds of Cohens (priests), descended from the biblical figure of Aaron and the Israelite tribe of Levi, raise their hands within their prayer shawls and bless the masses. Thousands of people flocked to the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City Monday (April 17, 2017) for the traditional Birkat Kohanim ceremony, the priestly blessing, held annually on the intermediate days of  Passover and Succot. (more…)

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