It’s Worth Fighting For

At the time of this writing, it is nine days until Christmas eve. Earlier today, as I was driving through a sleepy area of my city, a dreary air was cast over the town. The sky was heavily cloud covered, and dark. A light mist was falling. Very few people were seen on the streets. The day seemed to match the condition of the story that I was hearing on Moody Radio, which was a feeling of utter despair for couples experiencing struggles in their marriages.

This is the fourth year that I have published this article, with this being the second time that I have published it this year. Minor changes are made each time that I update this article, but never is an update just a carbon copy of the previous post, but is due to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Each time, before I publish this article, I will listen to the videos without interruption, and each time strong emotions emerge from within me, and tears begin to flow. Today, as usual, my throat and jaw tightened, and tears would not stop finding their way onto my cheeks. But very noticeably, today, the emotions that I felt were much stronger than ever in the past, and the tears flowed much longer that I can ever remember.

The story of Jacob and Marlee is that, just a story. But, I know that their situation is one that many married couples, “are facing, have faced, or will face,” in their marriages. The conditions of this afternoon made me understand that many struggling couples need to come to the truth that they need to “not give up,” on their marriages, but to try to make their marriages work.

Not all marriages are dying, or are dead, due to infidelity, but there is a high percentage of marriages that are failing because of affairs. A thought come into my mind while I was driving today, just as it has in the past; it is still with me now, and relates to infidelity. That thought is very strong, and is this: “If you are in an affair, “GET OUT OF IT!” Just get out! Don’t wait! Just get out! Get your life right with God! Please understand that which I am saying, and that which I am not saying. I am saying that if you are in an affair, “GET OUT” of the affair; “JUST GET OUT!” “DON’T WAIT!” “JUST GET OUT!” “GET YOUR LIFE RIGHT WITH GOD!” The knight in shining armor, standing on a lush green field, may have his armor to tarnish, and the grass under his feet to turn from rich green to dirty brown. No one really can be sure if the grass is greener, until they’re standing in it.

Consider a memorable story of another couple.

Luke 2:1-10 Christ Born of Mary

As is recorded in the above scripture, Mary and Joseph were on their way to Bethlehem, where Mary would give birth to Jesus, the Savior of the world. Consider the story of Marlee and Jacob, and their “Christmas Eve” journey; it was being made for quite a different reason. The recording of Marlee and Jacob may be difficult for some of you; I understand that. I moderate all comments to this blog. If anybody comments on this post, I will not publish that comment without gaining permission to do so.

If you are considering a Christmas Eve “divorce papers appointment” please, let me ask you to listen carefully to the following audio recording of Marlee and Jacob, as they are on their way to sign their papers, “on Christmas Eve.” Listen very attentively. As you listen, think about your wedding vows. Think about your marriage. Think about your children. Please understand that marriage is worth fighting for.

After you have read, listened to, and watched everything that is in this post, please ask yourself a very personal question (you can answer to yourself). Here it is. When you are having a conversation on social media with a “friend” of the opposite sex, “do you get a rush, or a spark?” If your answer is “yes,” maybe social media is not something that you should have as a part of your life.

As you have learned from the video of Marlee and Jacob, they were married on Christmas Eve, “twenty years ago.” On this particular Christmas Eve, the couple is headed to an attorney’s office to sign divorce papers. Think about Marlee, Jacob, and your marriage situation. Do you remember the words that you and your mate said to each other as you stood before God, the minister, family and friends, and the rest of the people who were watching and listening as you professed your love for one another? If you have forgotten those special words, I have written some words from a traditional wedding vow for you to consider. Please read them now.

“To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish…’til death do us part.”

Please understand that I have no room for spousal abuse in a marriage.

Your particular marriage may not be failing, but there are others, of whom you know, whose marriages are falling apart. Please share this post with those people.

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Israel – 2 – “And Then” – Passover, Unleavened Bread and Pentecost

English – Christ and Disciples – Luke 8:1-3

In a little more than a week from now, people all around the world will celebrate the birth of Christ, our Lord and Savior. “And then,” we will move forward to the crucifixion of Christ, and His “resurrection,” which many people incorrectly use the name, “Easter.” However, there is no such day as Easter that correctly relates to the day that Christ was raised from death. Check out the following link for information on the error of using the word Easter to refer to the day that Christ was resurrected.

Jews celebrate the feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread and Pentecost, as well as some Christians.

Following the resurrection, the ascension of Christ to heaven occurred 40 days later. Ten days later, the Day of Pentecost took place (50 days after the resurrection of Christ). All of these events are discussed in this article, with videos showing how God reacts to each event, “with Great power.” Here is the order of events that we will study in this article: The death of Christ, “and then,” the crucifixion of Christ, the feast of Passover, the feast of Unleavened Bread, the resurrection of Christ, the ascension of Christ, and the Day of Pentecost (where the Holy Spirit fell on Jerusalem).” You will notice that in 2019, the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread surround the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ (don’t say Easter!).

Good Friday, the day that Christ was crucified, takes place in 2019 on April 19th, prior to sunset.

Consider the information that comes from a Jewish ministry’s web site: Pesach 2019 (Passover) begins at sundown on Friday, April 19, and ends at nightfall on Shabbat, April )27. (Continue with the link) My note: This Jewish site’s information is based on current day Jewish teaching. However, the first day of this time period relates specifically to Passover. The remaining days relate to The Feast Of Unleavened Bread. Today’s Jews consider Passover to be the total time of “the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.”

The Feast Of Passover for 2019 begins at sunset on April 19 and ends at sunset on April 20.
The Feast Of Unleavened Bread for 2019 begins at sunset on April 20 and ends at sunset on April 27.
Resurrection Sunday for the year 2019 is celebrated on Sunday, April 21st.
Ascension Day in 2019 is celebrated on Thursday, May 30.
Pentecost for the year 2019 is celebrated on Sunday, June 9th.

Jews celebrate the feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread and Pentecost, as prescribed by scripture:

Passover: Leviticus 23:4-5; Exodus 12:1-14; Matthew 16:17-30.
Unleavened Bread: Leviticus 23:5-8; Exodus 12:15-20.
Pentecost: Leviticus 23:15-22; Deuteronomy 16:9-11; Acts 2:1.

Each of these feasts were fulfilled by Christ, as shown in scripture:

Passover: The death of Christ (1 Corinthians 5:7).
Unleavened Bread: The sinlessness of Christ ( 1 Corinthians 5:8).
Pentecost: The outpouring of the Spirit of Christ (Acts 1:5; 2:4).

The opening video shows Christ with followers whom are receiving “on the job training,” as they accompany Christ in His travels, listen to His teachings, and observe the way that He dealt with the people that He encountered.

Prior to the crucifixion of Christ, He and His disciples taught Jews about the good news, “the Gospel of the Kingdom,” which is the time in which Christ will rule and reign the world for a thousand years.

Entry into the Kingdom of God is by the new birth/being born from above: John 3:3 Names of God Bible (NOG)

3 Yeshua replied to Nicodemus, “I can guarantee this truth: No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”

Matthew 4:23 Names of God Bible (NOG) Spreading the Good News Of The Kingdom

23 Yeshua went all over Galilee. He taught in the synagogues and spread the Good News of the kingdom. He also cured every disease and sickness among the people.

Following the ascension of Christ to heaven, His disciples and apostles began to teach Jews, “and Gentiles,” about the good news, “the Gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.”

1 Corinthians 2:2 New English Translation (NET Bible)

2 For I decided to be concerned about nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Fact of Christ’s Resurrection

1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.

Luke 8:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Ministering Women

1 Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.

Key events have happened in the world, and “then God!’ Christ was beaten; Christ was crucified, and “then God!” Christ was resurrected and ascended into Heaven, and “then God!” The disciples were in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost, praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit, and “then God!” Consider the power of God as we view video clips that tell of each of these “then God” occurrences.

Matthew 27:26 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS) – The scourging Of Christ

25-26 To this the whole crowd replied, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!” Whereupon Pilate released Barabbas for them, but he had Jesus flogged and handed over for crucifixion.

The Passion of the Christ – The Crucifixion And Resurrection Of Christ

Matthew 27:50-54 New American Standard Bible (NASB) – The Crucifixion Of Christ.

50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. 54 Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!

Matthew 28:1-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Resurrection Of Christ.

1 Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. 2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. 3 And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. 6 He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. 7 Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” 8 And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus *said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

The Passion of the Christ: Crucifixion, Resurrection

Acts 1:6-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB) – The Ascension Of Christ To Heaven

6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” 9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

A.D. The Bible Continues – Resurrection, Ascension and Pentecost Scenes

Acts 2:1-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Day of Pentecost

1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

5 Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 They were amazed and astonished, saying, “Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,

11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God.”

Day Of Pentecost – HD

Acts 2:14-36 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Peter’s Sermon

14 But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words. 15 For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day; 16 but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel:

17 ‘And it shall be in the last days,’ God says, ‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams; 18 Even on My bond slaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit
And they shall prophesy. 19 ‘And I will grant wonders in the sky above And signs on the earth below,Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke. 20 ‘The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood, Before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come. 21 ‘And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— 23 this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. 24 But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. 25 For David says of Him,

‘I saw the Lord always in my presence; For He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken. 26 ‘Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted;Moreover my flesh also will live in hope; 27 Because You will not abandon my soul to Hades, Nor allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. 28 ‘You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of gladness with Your presence.’

29 “Brethren, I may confidently say to you regarding the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 And so, because he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh suffer decay. 32 This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. 34 For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says:

‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, 35 Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’

36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Extract – A.D. The Bible Continues – Pentecost

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1 Israel – A Pagan Breeds A Nation

“Abraham served other gods” (Joshua 24:2)

We Are Standing On Holy Ground – FBC Jacksonville, FL

Consider some of the most commonly used names of God, as they are seen in this study.

“Elohim,” God (Gen 1:1). “Yahweh” (YHWH), Lord: “Lord God,” (Gen 2:4). “Lord,” (Gen 4:1). “El Shaddai,” God Almighty (Gen 35:11). “El,” God, mighty one, hero (Gen 46:3). There is no such name as Jehovah that is used for the Name of God. Whenever other Names of God that appear in our study, they will be explained.

God was looking for Abraham; Abraham was not looking for God. God had a specific purpose for His call on Abraham’s life.

1 Peter 1:2 Names of God Bible (NOG)

2 God the Father knew you long ago and chose you to live holy lives with the Spirit’s help so that you are obedient to Yeshua Christ and are sprinkled with his blood.

Genesis 12:1-3 Names of God Bible (NOG) The Lord’s First Promise to Abram.

1 Yahweh said to Abram, “Leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s home. Go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation, I will bless you. I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you, I will curse. Through you every family on earth will be blessed.”

Abraham, an idol worshiper, breeds a holy people (Exodus 22:31), God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 14:2), a people chosen to bring the Messiah into the world, a Messiah through whose bodily sacrifice will bring salvation to the world (Isaiah 53:5).

Joshua 24:1-4 Names of God Bible (NOG)

1 Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel together at Shechem. He called together Israel’s leaders, chiefs, judges, and officers, and they presented themselves to Elohim. 2 Joshua said to all the people, “This is what Yahweh Elohim of Israel says: Long ago your ancestors, Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor, lived on the other side of the Euphrates River and served other gods. 3 But I took your ancestor Abraham from the other side of the Euphrates River. I led him through all of Canaan and gave him many descendants. I also gave him Isaac. 4 To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I gave Esau the mountains in Seir as his own. However, Jacob and his sons went to Egypt.

The nation that Abraham bred is Israel. Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father of Jacob. Jacob was named Israel by God, and would become the father of the nation of Israel that we know today.

God’s Promises to Abraham were a people and a land. God made two specific promises to the physical descendants of Abraham in Genesis Chapter 12:1-3. God promised Abraham that He will make Abraham’s descendants into a great nation and that He will give this great nation a specific the land (verses 5-7)

Genesis 12:1-3 Names of God Bible (NOG) The Lord’s First Promise to Abram

1 Yahweh said to Abram, “Leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s home. Go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation, I will bless you. I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you, I will curse.Through you every family on earth will be blessed.”

Genesis 12:4-7 Names of God Bible (NOG) The Lord’s Second Promise to Abram

4 So Abram left, as Yahweh had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran. 5 Abram set out for Canaan. He took along his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all the possessions they had accumulated and the servants they had acquired in Haran. 6 They arrived in Canaan, and Abram traveled through the land to the oak tree belonging to Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, “I’m going to give this land to your descendants.” So he built an altar there to Yahweh, who had appeared to him.

Abraham Through Isaac – Not Ishmael

God tells Abraham that his wife Sarai, whose name He will change to Sarah, will bear a son and that nations will come through her.

Genesis 17:19-21 Names of God Bible (NOG)

19 Elohim replied, “No! Your wife Sarah will give you a son, and you will name him Isaac [He Laughs]. I will make an everlasting promise to him and his descendants. 20 I have heard your request about Ishmael. Yes, I will bless him, make him fertile, and increase the number of his descendants. He will be the father of 12 princes, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But I will make my promise to Isaac. Sarah will give birth to him at this time next year.”

Abraham through Jacob – Not Esau

Genesis 25:19-26 Names of God Bible (NOG) Esau and Jacob

19 This is the account of Abraham’s son Isaac and his descendants. Abraham was the father of Isaac. 20 Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. 21 Isaac prayed to Yahweh for his wife because she was childless. Yahweh answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 When the children inside her were struggling with each other, she said, “If it’s like this now, what will become of me?” So she went to ask Yahweh. 23 Yahweh said to her, “Two countries are in your womb. Two nations will go their separate ways from birth. One nation will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” 24 When the time came for her to give birth, she had twins. 25 The first one born was red. His whole body was covered with hair, so they named him Esau [Hairy]. 26 Afterwards, his brother was born with his hand holding on to Esau’s heel, and so he was named Jacob [Heel]. Isaac was 60 years old when they were born.

Genesis 35:10-12 Names of God Bible (NOG) Jacob named Israel. Gods promises Jacob the land of Israel.

10 Elohim said to him, “Your name is Jacob. You will no longer be called Jacob, but your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel. 11 Elohim also said to him, “I am El Shadday. Be fertile, and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from you. 12 I will give you the land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac. I will also give this land to your descendants.”

Genesis 46:1-6 Names of God Bible (NOG) Jacob told by God to move his family to Egypt, and that God will bring Israel back out of Egypt to its promised land.

1 Israel moved with all he had. When he came to Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the Elohim of his father Isaac. 2 Elohim spoke to Israel in a vision that night and said, “Jacob, Jacob!” “Here I am,” he answered. 3 “I am El, the Elohim of your father,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to go to Egypt, because I will make you a great nation there. 4 I will go with you to Egypt, and I will make sure you come back again. Joseph will close your eyes when you die.” 5 So Jacob left Beersheba. Israel’s sons put their father Jacob, their children, and their wives in the wagons Pharaoh had sent to bring him back. 6 They also took their livestock and the possessions they had accumulated in Canaan. Jacob and all his family arrived in Egypt.

We will show the exodus of Israel from Egypt in the next article of Israel, Israel 2.

Consider God’s reason for the Jews of the exodus to live holy lives.

Leviticus 11:43-45 Names of God Bible (NOG)

43 Don’t become disgusting by eating anything that swarms on the ground. Never allow yourselves to become unclean because of them. 44 “Here is the reason: I am Yahweh your Elohim. You must live holy lives. Be holy because I am holy. Never become unclean by touching anything that swarms or crawls on the ground. 45 Here is the reason again: I am Yahweh. I brought you out of Egypt to be your Elohim. Be holy because I am holy.

Let’s consider a Holy Ground experience that comes from the book of Exodus.

God Speaks to Moses from the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-10).

A study about the Jews and Israel is often thought of as being “religious.” But, the truth of such a study is a about a relationship. I encourage you to read the “About Equipping” page of this blog for a more complete understanding of what “religion” is, and is not.

Book Overview – Exodus (Scofield Reference Note).

In the book of Exodus we come to know a redeemed people of God. The origin and redemption of God’s earthly people Israel is described. Israel is delivered from the slavery in Egypt and is led on to the way into the promised land of Canaan. Therefore Exodus is the book of redemption. Its landmarks are the Passover and the passage through the Red Sea.(see explanation in 1 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Corinthians 10:1-2).

1 Corinthians 5:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

7 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.

1 Corinthians 10:1-2 New International Version (NIV) Warnings From Israel’s History

1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

After the exodus out of Egypt, the people of Israel received the law of God and erected the tabernacle of congregation according to His command. As a result the new relationship between the people and God was fixed:(1) God was now dwelling amidst His people. (2) Israel was able to approach God and to worship Him (by means of the offerings). (3) the Glory of the Lord was typically revealed.

As we study “Israel In The Wilderness” we will identify key events that relate to the purposes of God for His Chosen People, Israel (Deuteronomy 7:6). We will also see that God travels with the Israelites, as opposed to any other group of people throughout the whole world. Israel was chosen to be a holy and righteous people, to bring a Holy and Righteous Messiah into the world, and to have a place of special prominence in the yet future Kingdom Age/Millennium/thousand reign of Messiah/Christ.

Deuteronomy 14:2 New International Version (NIV)

2 for you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession.

The date of the exodus of Israel from Egypt is stated as being 1445 B.C. by Drs. Charles Ryrie and John MacArthur. The date that Israel ended its wilderness wanderings is shown as being 1405 B.C. by Ryrie and MacArthur. Moses was age eighty when the exodus began.The wilderness journey lasted forty years. Moses was in the court of Pharoah in 1525 B.C. until 1485 B.C. Moses was in exile in Midian from 1485 B.C. until 1445 B.C. Israel was delivered from Egyptian bondage and slavery in 1445 B.C. Israel began a wilderness journey that lasted until 1405 B.C. Moses died at age 120 (Deuteronomy 34:7).

It was through Moses on Mount Sinai, that God gave the Law to the Israelites, and solely to the Jews. Moses actually went up on Mount Sinai several times to meet God. The Law consists of more than the ten commandments. Mitzvah: A Commandment – There are 613, not just 10, commandments, or mitzvot. There are 613 Torah laws, of which the ten commandments are a part, and can be found written in the books of Exodus through Deuteronomy. Mitzvot are commandments, traditionally understood to come from God and to be intended for the Jewish people to observe.

The Book of Leviticus has a nicely laid out list of much of the law. See Leviticus 1:1-2 and 27:34 to see that the Law was given only to the Jews, and that they were given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai. Keeping the law is much more than Sabbath worship (James 2:10). It important to know that Christ came to fulfill every aspect of the law (Matthew 5:17-18), and that was fulfilled when He died on the cross at Calvary (John 19:30).

As we go through this wilderness study of Israel, we will use a video tape series of discussions that show the terrain, and other natural land marks, that affected the travel of the children of Israel (Israel=Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham). The six part study is called, “The Real Mount Sinai.”

Dr Bryant G. Wood, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D. is the leader of the series of videos. I think that you will come away from this study, especially from the video series, having gained a lot of good food for thought.
Also, I think that a lot of information will be gathered that will show Israel as being the legitimate deed holder of its sovereign land. You will notice that this video series does not necessarily align up with each article, but will add content that will be valuable to this overall series of articles that we are studying on.

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai :: Part 1 of 6

Acts 7:36-38 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

36 This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. 37 This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren.’ 38 This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you.

MacArthur Study Note. 7:37 Prophet like me. Quoted from Deut. 18:15, this refers to the Messiah (cf. John 1:21, 25; 6:14; 7:40).

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Hanukkah 2018

Jews around the world began celebrating Hanukkah on the evening of Sunday, December 2, 2018. Consider the warmth and love that is present in a Jewish family celebrating Hanukkah.

Chanukah Candle Blessings • First Night

Consider the uplifting discussion on Hanukkah.

Hanukkah || Mayim Bialik

Consider the discussion on lighting Hanukkah Candles. Notice the difference between the Shamash candle, in relation to the eight Hanukkah candles.

How to Light Chanukah Candles

The following kids video provides a good explanation on Hanukkah. The subject of Hanukkah is one that is all too often neglected in Christian churches. But, as the following information will attest, there is a great deal of information that relates to Hanukkah that also relates to Christ, our Lord and Savior.

The Story of Hanukkah

The Jewish observance of Hanukkah began on sunset of Sunday, December 2, 2018 and will end on the nightfall of Monday, December 10, 2018. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying mighty Greek armies. Consider the following links.

Consider the significance of the “shamash, or servant candle.” As is shown in the video, the servant candle “gives light” to the other candles “one by one.” Consider also, the significance of the servant candle to the following verse of scripture:

John 1:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.

Christ is the light which brings spiritual light to a world of spiritual darkness. He gives light to all coming into the world, “one by one.” The shamash candle is prophetic of Christ, our Lord and Savior. In my home a hanukkiyah (hon ooo kee ah) has a permanent place in the living room. Notice that the shamash candle stands above all of the other candles, which shows the deity of Christ. In the kids video the example of the oil that was supposed to last for only one day, continued to burn for eight days. As in Christ, the oil of the Holy Spirit burns in the lives of believers in Christ, “forever .”

The Holy Spirit Described As Oil

Isaiah 61:1-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Exaltation of the Afflicted

1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
2 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

Acts 10:38 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

38 You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Consider the truth of the Messiah/Christ/Yeshua in the following song.

Chanukah – Marty Goetz

There is no Old Testament discussion on the celebration of Hanukkah. However, in the New Testament, there is an account of the Feast of Dedication, which is also known as the Feast Of Hanukkah and the Feast Of Lights. The passage shows that Christ was present for Hanukkah. Below the following verse, there is a comment on Hanukkah that is provided by Dr. John MacArthur.

John 10:22-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

22 At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; 23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon.

10:22 Feast of Dedication. The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, which celebrates the Israelite victory over the Syrian leader Antiochus Epiphanes, who persecuted Israel. In ca. 170 B.C. he conquered Jerusalem and desecrated the Jewish temple by setting up a pagan altar to displace the altar of God. Under the leadership of an old priest named Mattathias (his family name was called the Hasmoneans), the Jews fought guerrilla warfare (known as the Maccabean Revolt—166–142 B.C.) against Syria and freed the temple and the land from Syrian dominance until 63 B.C. when Rome (Pompey) took control of Palestine. It was in 164 B.C. on 25 Chislev (Dec. approximately), that the Jews liberated the temple and rededicated it. The celebration is also known as the “Feast of Lights” because of the lighting of lamps and candles in Jewish homes to commemorate the event. it was winter. John indicated by this phrase that the cold weather drove Jesus to walk on the eastern side of the temple in the sheltered area of Solomon’s porch, which after the resurrection became the regular gathering place of Christians where they would proclaim the gospel (see Acts 3:11; 5:12).

Consider Christ, “the Light of the world.”

John 1:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Deity of Jesus Christ
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

The Witness John

6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 8:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Jesus Is the Light of the World

12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

Those of us, of whom know Christ as our Lord and Savior, will be caught up to be with Christ, the Eternal Light, and spend eternity with Him. Consider the verses; consider the song by Sandi Patty.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

Sandi Patty – We Shall Behold Him [Live]

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God’s Presence

Hezekiah Walker New Video “Every Praise”

Why do we worship and praise God? Because He is worthy of our worship and praise.

Psalm 19 New International Version (NIV)

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Consider “the Glory of God,” as we continue with this article.

The Glory of God will be shown in each of the following: The Tent Of Meeting, The Tabernacle In The Desert, and The Temple.

Haggai 2:7: “I will fill this temple with glory.” (520 B.C.)

When we consider “the temple,” we must go back to a point in time when there was no Jewish temple; such a time is described in Exodus 33:7 (1491 B.C.). From there, we turn around and go forward as far as we possibly can go. So, hop on board! You’ll enjoy the ride!

Let’s say that you’re a Jew among the Israelites in 1491 B.C. You have been traveling with the other Jews as you have fled the oppressive Egyptians, and have made a tent encampment in an area that has only dirt, sand and dust on the ground. You don’t know it yet, but your travel will last forty years. Your mind and eyes are focused on “the walk of Moses” this day as you have become accustomed. Let’s say that it is late in the afternoon, just prior to dusk. The sun is going down, nearing the horizon. Suddenly you, and the other Israelites, go to the door of each of your tents! Why! Moses! Moses is walking in between your row of tents on his way to the tent of meeting. All of you and your neighbors are aware that a time of Holiness is in the making. Moses is no longer a young man; eighty years of age at this time in his life. He doesn’t move with the quickness or agility that he did as a young man; still, he makes this regular stroll; he may even walk with the aid of a cane or staff. As Moses walks away from you in the direction of the “Tent,” where he will experience the holiness and glory of God, the sun is staring him in the face. With each step that Moses takes, dust is kicked up behind him and finds a resting place on the lower edge of his robe. You see the evening haze. You see Moses arriving at the door of the tent; you see him entering the tent, and you know that waiting for him is “God!” You know that God and Moses are about to enter into a serious conversation. You have never had such an experience of Holiness. You, and all others in your encampment, stand at the doors of your tents, and “worship”!

The following video will help you to understand that which I have written in the above paragraph. The scriptures are Exodus 33:7-14.

Moses and the Tent of Meeting

Exodus 33:7-14 New International Version (NIV) (1491 B.C.)

The Tent of Meeting 7-11 Moses and the Glory of the Lord 12-14

7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. 8 And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. 9 As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. 10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent. 11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent. 12 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” 14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

God’s Order To Build

God commissioned the construction of the tabernacle/sanctuary (Exodus 25:8-9, 1491 B.C.).
The tabernacle in the desert was completed (Exodus 40:33, 1490 B.C.).
God commissioned King Solomon to build the first temple in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 28:6, 1015 B.C.).
Solomon finished the construction of the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 5:1, 1004 B.C.)

Notice that the Jews got the tabernacle completed in one year from the date that God told them to build it.

The Order Of Completion

While the tent of Moses was being used as a tent of meeting, the Israelites were constructing a tabernacle, or a sanctuary, which has been called “the tabernacle in the desert.” At times, the terms, “tent of meeting,” and “tabernacle,” are used interchangeably. The tabernacle in the desert was followed in construction by the temple that Solomon built.

The Tabernacle In The Desert: Exodus 39:42-38 (1491 B.C.)

Solomon’s Temple: 1 Kings 7:55-8:66; 2 Chronicles 5:1:7:11 (1004 B.C.)

The Presence Of God Made Manifest

The Presence of God in the tent of Moses, where He met with God is shown above in Exodus 33:7-14. (1491 B.C.)

The Presence of God in the Tabernacle In The Desert (1490 B.C.)

Exodus 40:34-38 New International Version (NIV) The Glory of the Lord

34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; 37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. 38 So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.

The Presence of God in Solomon’s Temple. (1004 B.C.)

2 Chronicles 5:13-14 New International Version (NIV) (Also 1 Kings 8:10-11)

13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:
“He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.

Solomon’s Prayer For Israel (1004 B.C.)

2 Chronicles 6:24-25 New International Version (NIV)

24 “When your people Israel have been defeated by an enemy because they have sinned against you and when they turn back and give praise to your name, praying and making supplication before you in this temple, 25 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them back to the land you gave to them and their ancestors.

God’s Promise To Solomon For The Restoration Of Israel (1004 B.C.)

2 Chronicles 7:12-14 New International Version (NIV)

12 the Lord appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. 13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Note: 2 Chronicles 7:14. The context of this verse is that of God’s provisions for Israel, “they and their land.” Many people relate this verse to the church. However, the church does not have a land. The church is the born again body of believers in Christ that is scattered throughout all four corners of the world; it is not a people that is domiciled in any particular area of the world. There is a song that is often sung in Christian churches, “If My People,” that is often tied to God’s provisions for the church; that song is often taken out of context. As believers in Christ, we should not have an ax to grind, other than the ax of truth.

The Departure Of The Glory Of God From The Temple – The Return

There will be a Temple that will be placed by God in Jerusalem during the Millennium (Ezekiel 37:26), following the Tribulation. The Glory of the Lord had previously been seen by the Jewish Prophet Ezekiel departing the temple in 594 B.C. (Ezekiel 9:3; 10:4; 10:18-19, 11:22-23). The Glory will not return until the future kingdom of Messiah, in the Millennial Temple (Ezekiel 43:2–7; 44:4), as was seen by Ezekiel in 574 B.C. At the time that Ezekiel saw the Glory of God leaving the Jerusalem Temple, the city was under siege by the Babylonians. There is no scriptural proof of the Glory of God returning to the rebuilt or remodeled temples of Zerubbabel or Herod. There is presently no temple in Jerusalem. The tribulation temple will not be one of Godly legitimacy. It will only be when Christ sets up His Millennial Kingdom that there will be a Godly Temple in Jerusalem. During the time that Christ was in Jerusalem, He never entered into the temple’s “Holy of Holies;” the reason is that He “is” the “Holy of Holies!”

It is important to understand that regarding the law, including Temple worship, Christ has fulfilled all of the requirements of the Law, with that fulfillment being finished on the cross at Calvary. It is only through the finished work of Christ on the cross that we can have salvation (Matthew 5:17; John 1:29; John 4:19-24; John 19:30).

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