Posts Tagged ‘Bible’

 

Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (26) – Chapter 4 – God’s Love and Covenants with Israel

editor 17 May 2018

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

Everlasting Covenants
The Covenants are to be taken literally as contracts between two parties. These Covenants are eternal, everlasting agreements with Israel that will therefore exist ‘forever’. God cannot change His mind halfway about them. All these Covenants are covered by a solemn oath, which the Lord Almighty swore by His own Name at the making of these Covenants with Israel. [Photo top right: God’s everlasting Covenants with Israel | Credit Menucha Shuchatowitz – Flickr].  (more…)

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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (25) – Chapter 4 – God’s Love and Covenants with Israel

editor 15 May 2018

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

Confirmation of the Abrahamic Covenant with Jacob
Genesis 28:3-4, 13-15: “…’May God Almighty bless you (Isaac says to Jacob) and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. May He give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now live as an alien, the land God gave to Abraham.’…There above it [the stairway that Jacob saw in his dream at Bethel] stood the LORD, and He said: ‘I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. [Picture top right: Sacrifice of Isaac (Le sacrifice d’Abraham). Painting by Matthias Stom (1615 – 1649) | Credit Wikimedia Commons].  (more…)

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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (24) – Chapter 4 – God’s Love and Covenants with Israel

editor 10 May 2018

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

The calling of Abraham
It all started with the calling of Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3: “…The LORD had said to Abram, ‘…Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through [or: in] you’…” [Photo top right: Abraham’s Journey from Ur to Canaan by Josef Molnar | Credit: Wikimedia Commons].  (more…)

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Secularism And Religion: The Onslaught Against The West’s Moral Codes

editor 30 March 2018

By Melanie Phillips.. It has become the orthodoxy in the West that freedom, human rights and reason all derive from secularism and that the greatest threat to all these good things is religion. I want to suggest that the opposite is true. In the service of this orthodoxy, the West is undermining and destroying the very values which it holds most dear as the defining characteristics of a civilised society. War is being waged against Western culture from within which is in essence a war against Christianity and its moral origins in the Hebrew Bible. (more…)

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Pesach / פסח Passover 5778 (2018)

editor 28 March 2018

By Christians for Israel International.. Passover (Hebrew: פֶּסַח Pesach) commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Pesach (Passover) 5778 (2018) begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, which is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and is celebrated for seven or eight days. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays. Pesach begins at sundown on Friday, 30 March, 2018. (more…)

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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…)

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‘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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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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