Posts Tagged ‘Bible’


Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (9) – Chapter 2 – From Creation to Abraham’s Departure from Babylon

editor 20 March 2018

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book Israel: Covenants & Kingdom

Provisions of the Covenant with Noah
Man’s responsibility to populate the earth was reaffirmed in Genesis 9:1, 7. The subjection of the animal kingdom to man is restated, but to be administered under a new relationship. Whereas previously man and animals coexisted in peace, with the animals probably cooperating fully with man’s care and maintenance, now the animal kingdom would fear man and be dominated by him (Genesis 9:2). Man was permitted to eat the flesh of every ‘moving creature’ outside the realm of man. [Photo top right: Noah’s Ark, Italianate mural painting, mid-16th century studiolo](more…)


Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (8) – Chapter 2 – From Creation to Abraham’s Departure from Babylon

editor 15 March 2018

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book Israel: Covenants & Kingdom

The unconditional Covenant with Noah for the nations of the world
Then God made a Covenant with this new mankind on the basis of the blood of sacrifice. Genesis 8:20-22: “…Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in His heart: ‘Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease’…” [Photo top right: The rainbow sign by Joseph Anton Koch (1768–1839)].  (more…)


Purim 2018

editor 27 February 2018

By Christians for Israel International.. Purim (Hebrew: פּוּרִים, Pûrîm “lots”, from the word pur, related to Akkadian pūru) is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillat Esther). Purim begins at sundown on Wednesday, 28 February 2018. (more…)


‘Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done’

editor 19 February 2018

By Andrew Tucker.. Prayer is at the heart of our Christian faith. Throughout the gospels, we read that Jesus Himself was almost constantly in prayer with His Father in heaven. For Him, this was the most natural and important thing to be doing. Regularly He withdrew from the crowds to spend time with His Father; even His own disciples often did not know where He was. He spent nights alone on the mountain in prayer. His last night before His arrest and crucifixion was a long night of tears spent in close communion with His Father. (more…)


Isaiah’s Prophecy Appears in Sahara as Snow Falls in World’s Hottest Desert

editor 20 January 2018

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “The arid desert shall be glad, The wilderness shall rejoice And shall blossom like a rose.” Isaiah 35:1. The people of Ain Sefra were greeted by a strange sight when they woke up last Sunday (January 15, 2018): 4-12 inches of snow had fallen overnight in the northern Algerian town known as “the Gateway to the Desert”, situated between the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains. This is only the third time in the last 40 years that the Sahara’s dunes have been coated with snow. The Sahara is one of the hottest places on the planet but strangely, it snowed there last year as well. Before that, it had been 37 years since Ain Sefra’s last snowfall. [Photo top right: Snow covered Sahara Desert (YouTube)].  (more…)


Biblical Reflections – Lake of Fire

editor 11 January 2018

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have You come here to torture us before the appointed time?” (Matthew 8:28-32) “Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matthew 25:41) “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10) “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12). (more…)


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…)


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…)


Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah 2017 / ערב שמחת תורה

editor 11 October 2017

By Christians for Israel International.. Shemini Atzeret (שמיני עצרת– “the Eighth [day] of Assembly”) is a Jewish holiday. It is celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei (first month of calendar). In the Diaspora, an additional day is celebrated, the second day being separately referred to as Simchat Torah. In Israel and Reform Judaism, the holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are combined into a single day and the names are used interchangeably. Shmini Atzeret begins at sundown on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. (more…)


You’re offended? Oy vey!

editor 10 October 2017

By Peter Arnold.. If your ancestors, dear reader, were Europeans of any sort, know that they threw us out of their countries, or stood aside while we were persecuted, evicted and murdered. So emulate us and get a life! As individuals we have not spent 3,500 years wallowing in self-pity. We get on with it and so should you…writes Peter Arnold. [Photo top right: Chaim Topol as Tevye in Fiddler on the roof](more…)


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