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Why End Times? (79) – Chapter 7 – Jerusalem

editor 14 December 2017

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book Why End Times? Chapter 7 – Jerusalem

The Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle
Initially, the presence of God was strongly associated with the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:10-22), the chest that contained the two stone tablets with the Ten Commandments written on them by the Lord Himself, (Exodus 31:18 and 34:1, 27-28), a jar of manna, (Hebrews 9:4; Exodus 16:33-34; 1 Kings 8:9), and Aaron’s rod that budded (Numbers 17:8-10). On top of the Ark was a mercy seat of pure gold with two cherubim, figures of angels, also of pure gold. (more…)

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Why End Times? (78) – Chapter 7 – Jerusalem

editor 12 December 2017

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book Why End Times? Chapter 7 – Jerusalem

David made the choice
David had identified the site where the Temple would be built. God chose by choosing David, the man after His own heart, and David made God’s choice. The Lord inspired David’s heart and thus David’s choice became God’s choice. In Psalm 132, David had said: “…I will allow no sleep to my eyes, no slumber to my eyelids; till I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob” (Psalm 132:4-5). Jerusalem was to be the city where the Lord chose to establish His Name, 2 Chronicles 12:13. (more…)

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Chanukah 2017/ 5778 חנוכה

editor 11 December 2017

By C4I International.. Hanukkah (Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה, usually spelled חנוכה pronounced [χanuˈka] in Modern Hebrew, also romanized as Chanukah or Chanuka), also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. Chanukah begins at sundown on Tuesday, 12 December 2017. Chanukah ends on Wednesday December 20, 2017. (more…)

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Why End Times? (77) – Chapter 7 – Jerusalem

editor 9 December 2017

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book Why End Times? Chapter 7 – Jerusalem

The threshing floor of Araunah
King David was a sinner like all of us. One day his sin was so grave that the Lord decided to send in the Angel of death, and 70,000 men died from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south. But when the Angel of death approached Jerusalem, we read in 2 Samuel 24:16-25: “…When the Angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord was grieved because of the calamity and said to the Angel who was afflicting the people, ‘Enough! Withdraw your hand.’ The Angel of the Lord was then at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. (more…)

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Jerusalem in the ‘End Times’

editor 8 December 2017

By Andrew Tucker.. There is a lot of talk about the end times, or ‘last days’, that have been prophesied in the Bible. The term ‘end days’ in the Bible does not mean the end of the earth or the end of the world. It means the end of a phase of world history (the Greek word is ‘aeon’ meaning ‘vital force’, ‘generation’ or ‘period of time’). In Matthew 24, the disciples ask Jesus “what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age?”. Jesus answers by telling them about all the things that will happen before ‘the end’. He talks about ‘birth pains’ (verse 8), wars, famines, earthquakes and other signs of the ‘end’. In all of this, He speaks in the context of the prophecies of the Old Testament which are full of God’s promises to send the Messiah to usher in the kingdom. (more…)

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The Battle for Jerusalem

editor 7 December 2017

By Rev. Willem J. J. Glashouwer.. On 31 October; yes, on the same date that Martin Luther in 1517 hammered his 95 theses on the doors of churches in Wittenberg-Germany and started the great work of the Reformation; the same day the ANZAC soldiers from Australia and New Zealand launched their attack in 1917 on Beersheba that ultimately led to the liberation of Jerusalem from the occupation by the Turkish Ottoman Empire that had occupied Jerusalem and the Holy Land for 400 years. “The events of 31 October 1917 laid the foundation for the Jewish people being able to return officially and legally to their land and to ultimately establish their own State on 14 May 1948”, we read in the article of Kelvin Crombie in the October edition 2017 of our newspaper ‘Israel & Christians Today’. (more…)

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Who Is a Jew?

editor 6 December 2017

By Tzvi Freeman.. Solving the Mystery of Jewish Identity. Jewish identity is both simple and mysterious.

Simple: A Jew is anyone who was born of a Jewish mother, or has undergone conversion according to halachah (Jewish law). This has been the case since Biblical times and is firmly established in the Code of Jewish Law. The Jews live their lives in accordance with Judaism, the oldest monotheistic religion. And mysterious. You’ll never hear of an atheist Protestant or a Catholic Muslim, but a Jewish atheist, or even a Jew who converts to another religion, is still a Jew. (more…)

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The False Messiah

editor 23 November 2017

By The Land of Israel | Rav Mike Feuer.. The appearance of Shabbetai Zvi evoked a tidal wave of messianic hope which swept Jews and Christians in its wake. Was his advent just a case of the “perfect storm” conditions in history, or was there something more fundamental to the Jewish story which drove his ascent? Listen to the podcast below. (more…)

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Avraham’s Journey to Discovering the One God of Israel

editor 3 November 2017

By The Land of Israel Network.. Rabbis Shlomo Katz and Jeremy Gimpel delve into this week’s Torah portion with insight from some of the most cherished Ancient Jewish sources. Listen to the podcast below.  (more…)

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A Light Unto the Nations

editor 19 October 2017

By Shmuell Sackett.. ‘We have all heard the term “A light unto the nations” but what does it really mean? And furthermore, in the present world of billions of people and tens of billions of gadgets, is it even possible for the small, tiny Jewish people to inspire the entire world and be their light among all the darkness? (more…)

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