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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (55) – Chapter 7 – Kingdom and Covenants

editor 11 October 2018

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

Destruction and rebuilding
David prepared – Solomon built – Nebuchadnezzar destroyed (2 Chronicles 36:19). After the Babylonian captivity, a second Temple was built by Zerubbabel (1 Chronicles 3:19; Ezra 2:2, 3:2, 8, 4:2-3). Little is known about this Temple, other than that it was built by de- cree: “…This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has appointed me to build a Temple for Him at Jerusalem in Judah’…” (Ezra 1:2). Zerubbabel appears in the genealogy of the Lord Jesus (Matthew 1:12), and is mentioned by the prophets Haggai and Zechariah after the Babylonian exile (Haggai 1:1-2, 12-14; Zechariah 4:6-10). [Photo top right: Tisha B’Av Kinnot reading at the Western Wall in Jerusalem | Credit: National Photo Collection GPO – Amos Ben Gershom].  (more…)


Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (54) – Chapter 7 – Kingdom and Covenants

editor 4 October 2018

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

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). This chest contained the two stone tablets with the Ten Commandments written 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. The faces of the cherubim were turned toward the mercy seat where the high priest sprinkled the blood of sacrifices. [Photo top right: The Ark of the Covenant had an atonement cover (or ‘mercy seat’) on top of it. It was made of acacia wood, overlaid with pure gold inside and out. On top of the cover stood two cherubim (angels) at the two ends, facing each other. Their outstretched wings covered the atonement cover. Exodus 25-40 Contributed by Rev. Yves Langevin].  (more…)


Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah 2018 / ערב שמחת תורה

editor 2 October 2018

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 Sunday, 30 September 2018. (more…)


Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (53) – Chapter 7 – Kingdom and Covenants

editor 27 September 2018

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

The beginning of redemption
This book is not intended to be a treatise on politics or history, but when one looks at the situation of the Jewish state of Israel, those factors are important from a Biblical perspective. Israel has been in existence for almost seventy years, and Jerusalem re-united for nearly half a century. The miracle of the mere existence of Israel continues even in its recent history, despite the apparent impossibility of it. The Lord said, “…To you I will give the land of Canaan,   as the portion you will inherit…” Israel is on the way to her rest, but before that can become a reality many things will happen, and most of them will be unpleasant. [Photo top right: People on at the Tel Aviv beach watch the military airshow on Israel’s 70th Independence Day, April 19, 2018. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash 90](more…)


All Your Sukkot Needs

editor 25 September 2018

By The Scroll.. From sukkah building and sukkah eating to religious observance, here’s a handy guide to Tablet’s best Sukkot reads. The Torah gives the holiday of Sukkot two different names: Chag HaAsif, the “Harvest Festival,” and Chag HaSukkot, the “Festival of Booths.” The first name refers to the holiday’s agricultural origins when a feast was held to mark a seasonal harvest. The second comes from the temporary dwellings, booths, that the Israelites lived in during their 40 years of wandering after fleeing Egypt. [Photo top right: Ultra orthodox Jews at the “four species” market in the northern Israeli city of Tzfat, on September 23, 2018, ahead of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which starts at sunset tonight. The market sells the four species etrog, lulav, myrtle and arava used during rituals in the week-long Jewish holiday of SukkotSukkot commemorates the Israelites 40 years of wandering in the desert and a decorated hut or tabernacle is erected outside religious households as a sign of temporary shelter. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90].  (more…)


Rosh Hashanah 2018 /5997 ראש השנה

editor 7 September 2018

By Christians for Israel International.. Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: ראש השנה), (literally “head of the year”), is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the High Holidays or Yamim Noraim (“Days of Awe”), celebrated ten days before Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is observed on the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. It is described in the Torah as יום תרועה(Yom Teru’ah, a day of sounding [the Shofar]). Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on Sunday, 9 September 2018 (1st of Tishrei, 5779). (more…)


Tisha B’av 5778 (2018)

editor 24 July 2018

By Christians for Israel International.. Tisha B’Av (Hebrew: תשעה באב or ט׳ באב, “the Ninth of Av,”) is an annual fast day in Judaism, named for the ninth day (Tisha) of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar. The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusalem, which occurred about 655 years apart, but on the same Hebrew calendar date. Tisha B’Av is never observed on Shabbat. If the 9th of Av falls on a Saturday, the fast is postponed until the 10th of Av. Tish’a B’Av begins at sundown on Saturday, 21 July 2018 (5778). The day also commemorates other tragedies which occurred on the same day, including the Roman massacre of over 100,000 Jews at Betar in 132 AD. Instituted by the rabbis of 2nd-century Palestine, Tisha B’Av is regarded as the saddest day in the Jewish calendar and a day which is destined for tragedy. [Photo top right: Israeli security forces guard while Jews make their way to pray at The Cave of Othniel Ben Knaz, in the West bank city of Hebron on July 22, 2018, during the annual Tisha Bav fasting and mourning day. Photo by Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90].  (more…)


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…)


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…)


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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