The Fall Feasts of Israel

When God gave the Mosaic Law to Israel, He was very generous. Among the many commandments, He also gave the Jews many holidays; along with the weekly Sabbath, there were many feasts to commemorate and celebrate. These were set or appointed times, what the Hebrew calls Moedim, selected times when the individual would stop all his works to rest and even rejoice.
 

It was a time when one could look back, look forward and most importantly, look up to God and reassess his place here in this world, in the light of eternity. This, I believe, is one significant function of the Feasts of Israel: Stop, rest, taste and see how good our Lord is. The worries and stresses of this life will often pull us away, and even make us forget the great things that God wants us to experience in Him. These feasts are here, like windows to eternity, to remind us that there is another world out there waiting for us. 

Furthermore, let us not lose sight of how these Feasts speak so clearly about the Messiah; each one bringing out a facet of His ministry, of the work that He performed for us. Our goal and desire is to have these Scriptures expounded to us, in the way Yeshua expounded them to the two men on the road to Emmaus.  Then we will see Him,beginning at Moses, throughout the Torah.
 
The Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23: 23-25), the first Fall feast, has an aura of mystery surrounding it. It is given as a memorial in blowing trumpets, but no reason for blowing the trumpet is ever attached to it. It also says that it is holy convocation-but  for what purpose? We are not told why, as we were for the previous feasts in how it was related to the harvests of the land.
 

Jewish traditions have attempted to fill and  even over-fill the gap left by this mystery. But once we consider the life and work of Messiah, we understand how He fulfills that gap with the coming of the Rapture, when the trumpet will blow and we will be changed in the twinkling of an eye.

As we explore this feast we will uncover truths about it which will encourage us in our walk, strengthen us in our commitment and hopefully allow us to be loud as a trumpet, proclaiming the need of mankind for a Redeemer and pointing to Yeshua as the only sin bearer and imputer of righteousness in our lives.

Join us, if you are able, on Saturday September 16th, 2017 at Beth Ariel Congregation. We are located at 6297 Monkland Blvd, Montreal Quebec. 
 
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Be blessed during this Jewish holiday season as we keep looking up for His soon appearing.

 

 



Rejoicing on the Birth Day of the Church! Happy Feast of Shavuot!

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By: J.Isaac Gabizon
 

What does a Jewish feast (Shavuot/Pentecost) have to do with the congregation of God, the Church? A lot! On the eve of Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 we will have the privilege to add yet one more birthday candle to the more than 2000 that have, these many years, been illuminating the new and true Temple of God, the Church, which is Yeshua’s Body.

Birth Pangs of Fantastic Fortune

It’s true that birthdays can be harrowing and even deadly for some; the baker was killed on Pharaoh’s birthday (Gen. 40:20-23) and John the Baptist had his life taken on Herod’s birthday (Matt.14:6-11). But birthdays can also be beautiful events as seen when God rescued Israel from her bondage and then birthed and fashioned a nation for His purposes. Then fourteen hundred years later, God sent the Messiah who by the Spirit begat a people; a creation birthed by design. Eve was fashioned from the rib of Adam. Likewise, through the remnant of Israel, and through the New Covenant, God grafted the nations into the place of blessing, calling the Jewish/Gentile Church into existence. And what a miraculous entity this is; a birth to truly celebrate! We the Church are not only called His bride but we are Messiah’s own Body, tied together by the strongest eternal bonds possible.

This was a new institution of men, women, and children, transformed by the now permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit, germinated for the express purpose of teaching the world that it needed a Savior, and by the power now vested in it, it was to set the example of unconditional love and forgiveness. It was the birth of a dynamic organization driven by love and molded by the miracles of a daily transformation that it was to undergo. Read more…



At Least to One Jew

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By Jacques Isaac Gabizon

 

In Montreal, there are about 100,000 Jews, and we are often confronted by this question: “Why should we go to the Jew first? Isn’t 
Romans 1:16 purely historical?” The underlying argument is that we are perhaps being too exclusive in our outreach and way too sympathetic and partisan to the Jew first. I often ask our brothers and sisters in the faith who object to this approach if they have had opportunity to witness to at least one Jewish person. Lo and behold, most of them confess that they do know perhaps one, two, or more Jewish people, but they cannot confirm that they have ever approached them with the gospel. So I encourage them, and arguing from Romans 1:16, I point out that they ought very well to include the Jews within all the people groups who need to hear the Word. They must not themselves be so tendentious. In light of the great commission given by Yeshua, all nations were to be reached with the gospel, barring none.

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A New Hope Mapped Out

You don’t need to understand Hebrew

to read the writing on this wall…

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(A map of the world indicating the status of Israel’s foreign relations, as presented to the Knesset by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on July 25, 2016. This map is a copy of which was made available to The Times of Israel, July 27. 2016.)

 

So many things are changing these days, and quickly, too. Fast food menus like those coming from McDonald’s are catering to a new breed of health buffs who need to conform to the latest nutritional suggestions. Now they offer butter and unbleached flour. They change up the menu and excite the consumer with even more options, offering hope through change. The food industry isn’t alone in its make-overs. On the other side of the coin and with a more global yet gloomy picture, we see political changes, economic collapses, and climate changes to name just a few, which cause a fretful anticipation of the uncontrollable unknown.

With that in mind it should not be so surprising to hear Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu give a rosy picture of Israel in relationship to the nations of the world at his foreign press conference speech at the start of 2016. Here Netanyahu gave a short synopsis of the world’s changed attitude with respect to Israel. “In 1975, Israel basically had diplomatic relations with two sets of countries – the countries of North America (the United States and Canada, of course), and of course the countries of Western Europe. Today, we have relations with the countries of Asia…, of Central and Eastern Europe, and there is something very big that’s taken place. We have now very close relations with China, India, Japan, Russia, just about every country in Africa, and increasingly with the Arab countries. We have growing and expanding relations with many of the Arab countries in the Middle East.” Read more…



Preserving God’s Grace

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Mel  Gibson’s movie, The Passion, depicting the life of the Messiah,   sparked irate controversies as to whether it was anti-Semitic in nature. Gibson used “artistic license” to reinterpret many scenes from the Gospels, thus stirring resentment in those who guard the literal interpretation of these events as sacred. The use of artistic license though, does not always  spark high criticisms.  William Shakespeare’s historical  plays, for example, use artistic license and grossly distort the historical facts of the times, but because of their highly esteemed literary value, they have been hailed as great works throughout the centuries.

HOW MUCH HAS THIS LICENSE COST US?

When it comes to Bible translation, we cannot afford the liberties that such a license promotes. The Word of God is inerrant, divinely inspired and meant to be understood and interpreted according to the specific chosen Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words found in its texts. We have paid a high price because of those who have used this license to interpret the Scriptures in an allegorical (non-literal) fashion. Consequently, we find ourselves struggling to decide such things as when the Messiah will return, if indeed He will return at all to the earth, or when the Rapture will occur, if indeed it will occur at all. Another area of doctrine adversely affected by allegory is Israel’s position in and outside the Body of Messiah. Is she still chosen or has she been replaced? To whom do God’s covenantal blessings of the Old Testament belong, and is there any future for national Israel? Read more…



The Trees that are Slow to Grow Bear the Best Fruit – Molière

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How patient should we be? To what extent is godly patience practiced? How many chances should we give to someone who knowingly has bad intentions and wants to harm us? Very often, we act hastily at the first hint of an offense, and we are quick to condemn. Is our patience contained in a shallow vase that needs only a few drops more to overflowing which then pulls the trigger of condemnation? To bring truth even closer to the surface, we need to question the extent to which partiality plays in our rush to rebuke one and not the other. Our quick sentencing of others shows that we are not much better than they are.

What then, should we do when we are confronted with an abuse that makes our hair stand? We turn to the Word of God to find both answer and example; the example of perfect patience, one that is without partiality. This divine attribute is fully developed and exposed in the life of Messiah Yeshua. Our Messiah was  in  fact,  confronted  face  to  face  with  such  an  individual  –  an  individual  who    followed  Him throughout all His ministry, perpetrating a crime that would be remembered as one of the worst ones in the annals of  human history. The offender in question here is Judas Iscariot, who sells the Son of God for what was at the time, the price of a dead slave; 30 pieces of silver. Read more…



The Ten Signs at the Cross

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The sanctified signature of the Creator surfaced once again with His autograph of love, a relentless appeal for all men to come to salvation.  And this call persists, despite the mistreatments and insults on the person of the Messiah. Oxymoronically, Yeshua’s attempts to bring those  to a  saving knowledge increased as His  own suffering increased. As Yeshua was dying on the cross a series of miracles occurred in the city of Jerusalem. Even at the time of His greatest suffering and in death itself, His pursuit and purpose did not lose foresight, and these signs at the crucifixion prove it. Read more…



Pearls of Persecution

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There is a unique book store in downtown Montreal. It is situated on a busy street and even though rent is high, the bookstore thrives. This bookstore sells only travel books, maps and any material related to traveling. What this confirms is that many people plan their traveling itineraries beforehand making use of this store. Others may browse the bookshelves and dream about traveling by taking the time to enjoy the visual enticements of  all these destinations. For either group  the planning and perusing in advance of possible itineraries, is their motive and their joy, because when it comes to traveling, getting ready for the trip is half the fun. This preparation time can be therapeutic because it gives us something to look forward to and helps us cope with the stress and anxieties of life. For some, traveling can become their religion…and an expensive one at that! No wonder there are people who, having come back from one trip, are already talking about the next one they’re anticipating taking. Read more…


ISRAEL: Who is Israel? Who are the Jews?

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For a Bible-believing Christian, the response to this question is crucial because Israel permeates the whole of Scriptures from Genesis through to Revelation. With over 2,600 references to Israel, Scripture devotes 75% of itself to the history of the Jewish people.

Faulty view or perfect vision

Because Israel is woven into every major bible doctrine, a false conception of who she is, will most assuredly affect one’s understanding of the major covenants of the Bible and misdirect the true intent of the Scriptures.

A faulty view of Israel will inadvertently handicap our competency in understanding the fuller purpose of the Church and the great impact she [the Church] is to have on the world and on Israel as well. Often our own preconceived biases of who the Jewish people are hinder us from appreciating all that God has done through her and what He has promised to continue to do with her until His soon return. How many of us have already read the incredible statistics about this people?

Check out Wikipedia’s comprehensive list of the many awards, innovations and contributions she has made to the world, in spite of the fact that she makes up only 0.2% of the earth’s population. Read more…



Who Will Have the Leading Edge?

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                                                                from Pastor J.Isaac Gabizon, Director
 
Has Time Magazine inherited a new credential? Can it stand the test of time as a predictor of things to come?  Actuaries do it all the time. Even in the scientific world there is no such thing as chance or fate. All matter falls under the control of laws which govern what is already set in motion. Even in the most notoriously acclaimed game of probability, throwing dice, one would think that chance was the major mover. But is getting the number 6 on a die really just a 1 in 6 chance? Even in such a sport as this, there are influences on the die that will predetermine an outcome. How you hold the die, the speed and height in which you toss it, and what kind of spin you put on it all play into what number will find its way to the top.  Is there really such a thing as chance?  We have our answer. With God, coincidence is contrary to His sovereignty. It is no wonder then, that even a secular political writer can see the facts mounting up, hinting to what the Bible has already predetermined as to what will soon happen.