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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (44) – Chapter 5 – Church and Kingdom

editor 19 July 2018

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

The Kingdom is coming
History has shown repeatedly what happens when people try to establish the kingdom on their own. ‘Liberty, equality, fraternity’ was the slogan of the French Revolution, but it ended in rivers of blood and the revolution devoured her own children. The communist revolution, advocated by Karl Marx, was supposed to lead inevitably to a utopian classless society. The upshot was tens of millions of casualties in Russia and China, and a totally impoverished and disintegrating society. Hitler intended to build a Third Reich, creating a kingdom of peace. [Picture top right: Jesus tells three parables about the Kingdom of Heaven using weeds (tares), a mustard seed and yeast as illustrations. Matthew 13:24-43 | Credit: Contributed by Good News Productions, International].  (more…)

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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (43) – Chapter 5 – Church and Kingdom

editor 17 July 2018

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

Heavenly dimensions
Acts 1:3: “…After His suffering, He presented Himself to them [the disciples] and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God. On one occasion, while He was eating with them, He gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about. For John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’ Then they gathered around Him and asked Him, ‘Lord, are You at this time going to restore the Kingdom to Israel?’…” [Picture top right: After many appearances to His disciples over 40 days, Jesus ascends to heaven. Acts 1:1-14 | Credit: Contributed by LUMO project].  (more…)

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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (42) – Chapter 5 – Church and Kingdom

editor 12 July 2018

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

The Resurrection of the Body
Something extraordinary happened at the Resurrection of Jesus: He rose through the grave cloths, leaving them behind still intact, but as an empty ‘cocoon’. The stone was not removed to let Him out, but to let us in. If grave cloths cannot stop you, neither can a stone. And later He appeared to His disciples and stood in their midst although the door of the room was closed, and then He was gone again. [Photo top right: The disciples are in a room with the door locked when Jesus appears to them. Luke 24:36-49, John 20:19-23 | Contributed by LUMO project].  (more…)

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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (41) – Chapter 5 – Church and Kingdom

editor 10 July 2018

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

Preparing for the Coming of the Lord
Calabria in Italy is a wonderful place of mountains, villages, seashore and magnificent sunsets. The heat of this southern part of Italy is considerable during the daytime, but there are cooling breezes at night. As in the whole of Italy, Roman Catholicism is visibly pres- ent everywhere through churches, crucifixes along the roads and statues of the Madonna. But on the high cliffs of Maratea there is another statue, that of Christ Risen. [Photo top right: The resurrection of Jesus and the empty tomb. Matthew 28:1-15, Mark 16:1-20, Luke 24:1-47, John 20:1-29 | Contributed by LUMO project]. (more…)

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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (40) – Chapter 5 – Church and Kingdom

editor 5 July 2018

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

Hatred against the Jews
It is basically demonic powers that fuel the hatred for the Jews, using people for their own ends. But those who persecute the Jews still carry responsibility for their evil deeds, and cannot excuse themselves by blaming the Devil or the grip of demonic powers! The Devil is the great enemy of God and humanity, and in the Bible is called the ‘murderer from the beginning’, ‘the father of all lies’, who directs his hatred of God onto the people of God. (more…)

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A necessary lesson

editor 28 June 2018

By Nadav Shragai.. The Old City of Jerusalem and east Jerusalem, where Britain’s Prince William is set to visit in the coming days are about as much a part of the Palestinian Authority as India is still the British Raj. But this is no matter to the Brits, who continue to cling to the false claim that east Jerusalem is “occupied territory.” The United Kingdom continues to deny not only reality and Israel’s historic and religious right to Jerusalem in its entirety, but the fact that Jerusalem has had a majority Jewish population for the past 150 years. (more…)

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In These Annoying Times, Here’s the One Yiddish Word You Should Know

editor 8 June 2018

By Avi Shafran.. Is anything mutcheh-ing you these days? An opinion column about the U.S. administration’s strategy (the word used here loosely) toward Iran’s government recently appeared in the Orthodox English-language daily Hamodia under the title “Mutcheh-ing the Mullahs.” The columnist (full disclosure: it was I) was challenged by an expert proofreader (full disclosure: she is my wife) to explain the odd Yiddish verb. It is, in fact, a most wondrous one, expressive, memorable, fun to say and full of appropriate invocations in these troubled times, as we are treated to a profusion of mutcheh-ing. (more…)

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An End-of-Days Guide to the Embassy Move

editor 25 May 2018

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “And give no rest to Him, Until He establish Yerushalayim And make her renowned on earth.” Isaiah 62:7. On Monday (May 14, 2018), the US Embassy was officially opened in Jerusalem as per the orders of President Donald Trump in what many believe was an integral part of the Messianic process that will culminate in another architectural landmark: the building of the Third Temple. Several prominent rabbis weigh in on what this really means and why it is not simply another short-lived political agenda. [Photo top right: US Pres. Donald Trump and the Temple | Credit: Breaking Israel News]. (more…)

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“We will wipe out Israel”: Hamas Leaders

editor 24 May 2018

By SWC.. On the anniversary of Shavuot, when Jews around the world commemorate the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai — the founding pillar of human civilization — we thought it would be worthwhile to list the Ten Commandments most frequently on the lips of the leaders of Hamas, a terrorist organization committed to the destruction of Israel:

  1. “There is no concession to Jerusalem, no alternative to Palestine, and no solution but to return. This is the Palestinian people taking the initiative for the sake of Jerusalem and the right of return”
    — Ismail Haniyeh, Chairman of Hamas Political Bureau, 2018 
    [Photo top right: Hamas chief Meshaal and senior Hamas leader Haniyeh wave to crowd as they leave rally marking 25th anniversary of founding of Hamas, in Gaza City | Photo credit: Reuters].

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Shavuot 2018 – שבועות

editor 19 May 2018

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 Saturday, May 19, 2018. [Photo top right: Members of Kibbutz Ramat Yochanan harvest in a wheat field during a ceremony celebrating the Omer holiday, in northern Israel, on April 11, 2017. The Omer holiday is a tradition that was started by Ramat Yochanan since the foundation of the kibbutz. The tradition celebrates the beginning of the harvest season, the Omer period between Passover and Shavuot Jewish holidays. Kibbutz Ramat Yochanan was founded in 1932, in the Zvulon Regional Council. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90]. (more…)

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