129 – About Equipping Blog

The author of this blog has observed four major factors of concern in today’s world. Those factors very clearly relate to the areas of: “Family, Finances, Faith and Future.” This blog will address events that relate to those four factors, as well as to any other key issues that may arise, and will help people to be better equipped to understand such things.

This Equipping Blog is not a religious blog. The term, “religion,” has been shown to relate to groups of people whom are attempting to gain favor with their gods. They attempt to attain grace with their particular god, so that they might spend their after-life in a state of which they have no knowledge, but which they believe to be an eternity of paradise. These groups of people do not have an assurance of that which is required of them to find their eternity in such a place of bliss. To the contrary, Christians and Jews view their eternal state to be with God, based on a relationship with God. It is impossible to discuss matters that relate to Jews or Christians, without making reference to the documents that relate to their understanding of God. Because there are so many significant current day world events that relate to Jews and Christians, articles will be written that relate to those groups of people.

A discussion on religion, and religions, is provided by the following link.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religions_and_spiritual_traditions

Religion is a collection of cultural systems, beliefs and world views that establishes symbols that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values. While religion is hard to define, one standard model of religion, used in religious studies courses, was proposed by Clifford Geertz, who simply called it a “cultural system.”

It is important to state that neither Judaism, nor Christianity, are cultural systems, as is stated above. Judaism and Christianity are not religions.

The following link shows a list of the largest religions in the world. Unfortunately, Christianity is shown as being a religion, which is false. Fortunately, Judaism is not shown in the list, which of course is due to the fact that there are fewer numbers of Jews in our world than are found in most religions.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_religious_groups

Largest religions – Worldwide percentage of Adherents by Religion, 2010[28]

Christianity (31.5%); Islam (23.2%); Irreligion (16.3%); Hinduism (15.0%); Buddhism (7.1%)

To say that someone is a “religious person,” means that such a person does certain things, in certain ways, at certain places and times, to attain acceptance in the eyes of “their god.” However, Jews and Christians do not view such ritualism as being paths to God.

This blog may address issues that relate to “religions.” Issues may also be addressed that relate to Jews and Christians.

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128 – Israel, A Commentary

Jewish children Singing “Hatikvah” the early 1930’s

The nation of Israel is rich in its culture and history. No one can deny the contributions to our world that have come from such a small nation, having such a small citizenry. Please consider the value to society that the nation of Israel has provided, in spite of the many obstacles that have been placed in its way. The opening video shows a major obstacle that the Jewish people have had to overcome. These Jewish children in Germany, in the 1930s, are seen singing Hatikvah, which would become the national anthem of the nation of Israel. Many of the children, if not all of them, would be murdered in the Nazi death camps during the Holocaust, where bodies of murdered Jews were said to have been used to make soap and lampshades.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3313120,00.html
http://www.historynet.com/a-human-skin-lampshade-sparks-a-journey-into-the-heart-of-the-holocaust.htm

The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.

The Jews are a people of great pride for their nation of today, as well as for their history. It is impossible to discuss Jews, or the nation of Israel, without making reference to the documents that relate to their understanding of God, the Mosaic Law, and the prophets of Israel.

This study of Israel is not “religious.” The term, “religion,” has been shown to relate to groups of people whom are attempting to gain favor with their gods. They attempt to attain grace with their particular god, so that they might spend their after-life in a state of which they have no knowledge, but which they believe to be an eternity of paradise. These groups of people do not have an assurance of that which is required of them to find their eternity in such a place of bliss. To the contrary, Jews view their eternal state to be with God, based on a relationship with God, whom they know as Elohim, YHWH (Yahweh), Adonai, Adonai Yahweh, Yahweh Saboath, El Shaddai, which are Hebrew translations for “God.”

As with most non-Jews, my view and perception of Israel is “from without.” As a gentile (not Jewish), having grown up in a city having a large Jewish population and influence, I have come to love the Jewish people, whether they are naturalized citizens from other countries, or if they are home-grown in my nation of The United States Of America. There are many people residing in other nations, as well as in America, that do not share my love or appreciation for the nation of Israel, or of its people. The purpose of my study of Israel is to paint a “prettier face” on a people whom are, all too often, shown as having an “ugly face” in our world’s community of nations. The history of the Jews shows that the nation of Israel has often come under great oppression, from many other nations and peoples, with the result of many Jewish deaths having taken place. Of strategic importance, is that Israel is the only democratically run nation in its region of the world. A variety of sources of information will be used to show Israel in the light in which I see in that nation and its people. In my own country, the nation of Israel was treated by our government with a great lack of respect during the years of 2009-2016.

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Responsible Parenting

PSALM ENCHANTED EVENING with Marty Goetz – At the end of this video you will see the daughter of Marty and Jennifer Goetz; her name is Misha. Continue with this post to see how well Misha has developed into a wonderful young lady.

WOW! Amazing Aaronic Benediction blessing HEBREW and English – Misha Goetz, as a young woman, accompanies her father, Marty, in singing a beautiful song.

We Being Many – Marty Goetz and Misha at Harvest Christian Fellowship – The third generation of the Goetz family is shown with Misha holding her son, Caleb. The Goetz family has been faithful in following the teachings of God’s Word, as is written:

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

4 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. 7 Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Consider Marty Goetz, “the stay at home father.” Not only has he been a stay at home father, he has also been “a responsible stay at home father.”

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127 – The Jewish Prophet Micah

Prophecy and praise!!! This post has both. The opening song is sung by Messianic believing Jews. The following video is an overview of the book of Micah. This post also has video teachings of the conditions of the future tribulation and millennium. The prophetic teaching of Micah is something that should continue to be a topic of review for everyone. The national anthem of Israel closes this study. The video shows clips of Jews returning to Israel after the Holocaust of World War II, and includes scenes of present day Israel. (Psalm 122:6,” Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.” NASB).

Read Scripture: Micah

The Book of Micah, An Overview.

Micah ministered in the period of 753-686 B.C. He was a contemporary of the Jewish prophets, Isaiah and Hosea. Micah predicted the fall of Jerusalem, which occurred in 586 B.C., and was quoted, as such, by the Jewish prophet Jeremiah in the defense of his life against the Jewish leaders and non-leaders (Jeremiah 26:16-18, and all of chapter 26, 609 B.C.). Micah also prophesied the fall of Samaria, (the ten northern tribes of Israel) which took place in 722 B.C., and the restoration of Israel during the Kingdom Age/1000 year reign of Christ/millennium. The prophecy of the birthplace of Christ is the crowning point of all of Micah’s Words from God.

Jeremiah 26:16-18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) (Key vs 18)

Jeremiah Released

16 Then the officials and all the people told the priests and prophets, “This man doesn’t deserve the death sentence, for he has spoken to us in the name of Yahweh our God!”

17 Some of the elders of the land stood up and said to all the assembled people, 18 “Micah the Moreshite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah and said to all the people of Judah, ‘This is what the Lord of Hosts says: Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become ruins, and the temple mount a forested hill.’

Key events of Micah’s prophecies:

Micah 1:1-1: God’s Word given to Micah about the coming events that would affect Samaria and Jerusalem.
Micah 1:2-7: The destruction of Samaria.
Micah 1:9-13: The destruction of Jerusalem.
Micah 2:6-7: The temptation to preach that which people wanted to hear.
Micah 3:1-4: Judgment on Israel’s leaders.
Micah 3:5-7: Judgment on Israel’s false prophets.
Micah 3:8: Micah affirms that he is spiritually empowered by God to prophesy the truth of God’s Word.
Micah 3:9-12: Judgment on Jerusalem.
Micah 4:1-8: Christ/Messiah will rule in the kingdom/millennium.

Micah 4:1-3 The following video tells of the conditions that will be present during the millennium.

Come Let Us Go Up

The Millennium

Micah 4:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Instruments Of Peace To Be Present During The Millennium

1 And it will come about in the last days That the mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, And the peoples will stream to it. 2 Many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 3 And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war.

The reverse of Micah 4:3 takes place during the tribulation, prior to the battle of Armageddon and the peace of the kingdom/millennium, as prophesied by the Jewish Prophet Joel.

The Tribulation

Joel 2:1 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain!Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the Lord is coming, For it is at hand

The following video tells of the conditions that will be present during the tribulation, preceding the battle of Armageddon. The words of the song come from Joel 2:1-11, and deal specifically with the victorious invading army from the north (vs 2:20, Assyria) that overran Samaria in 722 B.C. The Babylonian invasion of Judah in 586 B.C. also came from the north. Combined with Joel 3:9, we see the preparation of Israel for war at the end of the tribulation, at a time preceding the battle of Armageddon.

Gaither Vocal Band, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – Blow the Trumpet in Zion [Live]

Instruments Of War To Be Present During The Tribulation

Joel 3:9-11 New Living Translation (NLT)

9 Say to the nations far and wide: “Get ready for war! Call out your best warriors. Let all your fighting men advance for the attack. 10 Hammer your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Train even your weaklings to be warriors. 11 Come quickly, all you nations everywhere. Gather together in the valley.” And now, O Lord, call out your warriors! The glorious coming kingdom

Micah 4:9-5:2: The suffering that precedes the kingdom

Micah 4:9-10: The suffering of Israel from the Babylonians and Assyrians

Micah 4:11-13: The campaign of Armageddon immediately preceding the second coming of Christ which brings in the Kingdom Age/1000 Year Reign Of Christ/Millennium.
The world, including the USA, will be lined up against Israel, but God will give victory to Israel. (Zechariah 12:3-4; 14:1-16; Matthew 24:29-30; Revelation 16:12-16; 19:14-21)

Micah 5:2-5a

The prophecy of the birthplace of Christ

Micah 5:2 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

A New Ruler Will Come From Bethlehem

2 Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin is from antiquity,from eternity.

Micah 6:6-8

A Life of Justice, Kindness, and Humility Is the Way to Approach God

Micah 6:8 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
8 Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 7:18-20

An expectant hope that God will uphold His Word to His people, Israel.

Micah 7:18-20 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
18 Who is a God like you, forgiving iniquity and passing over rebellion for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not hold on to his anger forever because he delights in faithful love. 19 He will again have compassion on us; he will vanquish our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
20 You will show loyalty to Jacob and faithful love to Abraham, as you swore to our fathers from days long ago.

The prophecies of the Old Testament were made by Jewish prophets to Jews. They relate specifically to Jews, about Jewish matters, but their fulfillment will affect non-Jews. All prophecies were made for the purposes which God has set forth in His Word. The Kingdom of God, also known as the millennium and the 1000 year reign of Christ. It is the time when Christ will rule over all things, as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:16). Following the 1,000 year reign of Christ, all of those whom have been born again will enter the eternal state, which has the following conditions: (“He”is God).

Revelation 21:4 New Living Translation (NLT)

4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

Zechariah 2:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

God’s Love For Israel

8 For thus says the Lord of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.

Isaiah’s Example Of God’s Love For Israel

Isaiah 1:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Rebellion of God’s People

1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz concerning Judah and Jerusalem, which he saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

The prophet Isaiah’s ministry covered a time from 739-683 B.C., and dealt with the sins of the Jews. Yet, in spite of the rebellion of God’s People toward God, God planned for a healing of the nation of Israel which would restore it to its proper place of prominence during the time of the Kingdom Age.

Isaiah 53:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Suffering Servant

1 Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. 3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.

The discussion of the above verses relates to the sins of Israel toward God, and the spiritual healing of the Jews through Christ, which will take place at the second coming Of Christ when He sets up His Messianic 1000 year reign. The King James Version states Isaiah 53:5, as follows:

Isaiah 53:5 King James Version (KJV)

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

The subject of Isaiah 53:1-6 is: “God, Israel and Christ.” The healing of the Jews’ spiritual condition comes only through the crucifixion of Christ on the cross.

Hatikva- Israeli national anthem

Women Of Faith – A Mix

Shout to the Lord

There is none like you
Women Of The Gospel

ABOVE ALL

My Heart, Your Home

Just Give Me Jesus-Anne Graham Lotz

“In The Presence Of Jehovah” By Chonda Pierce

Chonda Pierce tells a very emotional story about her life, and uses the phrase, “second row… piano side.” Consider the treasures of your life.

James 4:6 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

6 But the Scripture offereth more grace, and therefore saith, God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Women Of The Gospels

Mary, The Mother Of Jesus

Matthew 1:18-25 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:

23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel,
which means ‘God is with us.’”

24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

Re: Matthew 1:22-23, Prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 (742 B.C.); Isaiah 9:6 (740 B.C.)

The Magnificat: Mary’s Song of Praise

Luke 1:46-47 New Living Translation (NLT)

46 Mary responded,

“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!

Woman With The Issue Of Blood

Matthew 9:20-22 New Living Translation (NLT)

20 Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, 21 for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”

22 Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

Women Who Followed Christ, And Supported His Ministry

Luke 8:1-3 New Living Translation (NLT)

1 Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him, 2 along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons; 3 Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples.

Woman With A Spirit Of Infirmity

Luke 13:11-13 New Living Translation (NLT)

11 he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” 13 Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God!

Woman Who Anointed Jesus

John 12:1-8 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

1 Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. 2 A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. 3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.

4 But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 5 “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 6 Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.

7 Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

The Widow Who Gave Two Mites

Luke 21:1-4 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Widow’s Offering

21 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. 2 Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.

3 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. 4 For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”

Many Women Observing The Crucifixion

Mark 15:37-41 New Living Translation (NLT)

37 Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

39 When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!”

40 Some women were there, watching from a distance, including Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James the younger and of Joseph), and Salome. 41 They had been followers of Jesus and had cared for him while he was in Galilee. Many other women who had come with him to Jerusalem were also there.

The Women Near The Cross

John 19:25 New Living Translation (NLT)

25 Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene.

Women That Followed Jesus To The Tomb

Luke 23:49, 55-56 New Living Translation (NLT)

49 But Jesus’ friends, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching.

55 As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where his body was placed. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.

Women At The Empty Tomb

Luke 24:1-11 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Resurrection

24 But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

5 The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”

8 Then they remembered that he had said this. 9 So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. 11 But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it.

Discussion On The Road To Emmaus About The Women At The Empty Tomb

Luke 24:22-24 New Living Translation (NLT)

22 “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. 23 They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! 24 Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

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Terry MacAlmon – A Mix

In The Presence Of Jehovah

Holy Are You Lord

We Glorify The Lamb

All The Glory

When I Look Into Your Holiness

Ephesians 5:19 New Living Translation (NLT)
19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.

Ephesians 2:8-9 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

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