The Coming Holy Spirit

 

“I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1:8

This verse brings an eruption of countless of references from the Hebrew Scriptures, like a blast of truth from the past.

To begin with, John the Baptist mentions the Holy Spirit who the Jewish people of the time knew as the Shekinah Glory. They were expecting the Shekinah at the time of the Messianic era with the Messiah’s coming.

The word Shekinah comes from the word mishkan meaning to dwell. It is the same root as the word for Tabernacle or Temple. This was the place where God dwelt. Some 500 years after the Holy Spirit departed from the first Temple, John the Baptist prophesied that He was coming back, but not to dwell in a building made with hands but rather living inside the person. It would start with Yeshua and then continue on in all those individuals who believe in Yeshua.


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I am Coming!

 

Let us open the Gospel of Mark and see how the Ruach HaKodesh brings us to that moment of the Messiah’s first coming.

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the Prophet: Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.” The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.’ ” Mark 1:1-3

After declaring that the coming of the Messiah is likened to a new beginning, like the dawn of a new era, Mark brings us to two crucial passages from the Hebrew Scriptures which also speak of a new beginning in the history of messianic prophecies.


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NATO is Growing

We have often spoken of those rumors of wars around us, and they are roaring louder and louder. Without sounding as too much of an alarmist, it would seem that western countries are increasingly setting themselves up for a major conflict with the East, with Russia at its head.

Two weeks ago, two neutral countries, Sweden which has been neutral for 200 years and Finland, both spoke of intending on applying for membership to NATO, which has become the archenemy of Russia.

In return, Russia has warned there will be consequences should they join NATO, whose mandate is that an attack on one of its allies is like an attack on all. Russia sees this as a threat to its security. Let’s not forget that Russia said they will use nuclear weapons if they feel their security is jeopardized.


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The Uniqueness of Mark’s Gospel

The Historical Present

How does Mark compare with the other gospels and why do we need a fourth gospel? What is so exceptional about this one?

This is when we encounter a sad problem. Since about 90% of the material in Mark is found in Matthew and Luke, this book has not been considered as relevant. Furthermore, while throughout history we can find many collections of thoughts that were written down about this book, it is only in the Middle Ages when commentaries on this book began appearing.  

For many hundreds of years and even up to today, people must have questioned why they should read Mark when there is so little unique information given. Instead, they may choose to only read the fuller accounts. That would be a great mistake!


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God’s Land, Israel

Last week the modern state of Israel celebrated her 74th year of Independence, Yom Ha’atzmaut. Israel’s re-birth date, confirms for us, year after year, Ezekiel’s incredible prophecy, a prophecy we are now actually living through, that is, the re-establishment of this country.

While Israel is surrounded by so many enemies which in unison overtly declare their hatred and their desire to have the people of this land wiped out of existence, and while foes even within the land itself are today becoming louder in their hatred, this country is still here because of God’s desire and will.

Israel’s presence at this very time, is fruit of a prophecy that Yeshua gave 2000 years ago. In Mark 13:28 He spoke these words:

 

Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.


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The Tapestry of Messiah in Leviticus: An Overview of His Presence

In many ways, Isaiah 53 could be seen nailed at the entrance to the Tabernacle of God.

Let us open our Bible to the first chapter of Leviticus. The whole text is like a tapestry of great teaching about Yeshua. Our English word for text is from the Latin texere, meaning to weave, and Leviticus is a great canvas of beautiful colors and textures portraying the Messiah is so well. 

The importance of the words in Leviticus is further emphasized when you consider that it is in this book where the Lord speaks the most. God is the direct speaker on almost every page in this book.

Even Moses is depicted differently here in Leviticus. He is far from being that vibrant and argumentative type we have seen in the other books of the Torah. Why are things different here? Because the subject matters of sin, salvation, holiness and eternity form the pillars of this book and therefore because this is so close to the heart of God, the Lord takes the lead as Speaker.


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Psalm 83: Eternal Hatred

 

By Jacques Isaac Gabizon

 

Tonight begins Holocaust Remembrance Day, a solemn time when Jews worldwide will stop and reflect on the atrocities that faced them over the centuries and in particular, during the last campaign which attempted to wipe out the Jewish gloabal population. This took place during World War 2 which ran from 1939 to 1945. While this affront against the Jewish people was perpetrated by a vicious madman, Adolph Hitler, this anti-Semitism, the perpetual hate toward Israel and the Jewish people extend way back to biblical times.
Many prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures accuse the various Arab states of perpetually hating Israel and the Jewish people. This hatred began with Ishmael and has been seething ever since. A passage that summarizes this sentiment is Psalm 83. Yet, as this article will show, the perpetual hatred is met with God’s eternal love, offering protection to His people and redemption to anyone who will hear.

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Our Protection: He Shall Passover

 

That night, tradition has it that as the destroyer passed through the land of Egypt, when he came to a home and saw the blood upon the lintel and doorpost, he would pass over the home. This is where the name for this feast, Passover, is believed to have originated, the passing over of the Jewish homes by the destroying angel.  

In fact the whole thing make sense. It is not the Lord who passes over. He is standing strong with the believer protecting him from judgment.

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Blessings for Eternity

Everlasting Blessings

Starting in Leviticus 26:3, we finally reach the chapter on blessings and curses. The blessings are listed from v.3 to v.13. The curses are from v.14 to v. 43. Some have said that there are so many more verses for the curses than for the blessings, but that is not altogether true. It depends on how you read it. While there are many more verses for the curses, each verse for the blessings opens up a wider horizon, a larger storehouse of further blessings which run its way into the Messianic times and continues to extend its influence right into the Eternal Order.


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Yeshua – Our Jubilee!

 

Freedom From Debt

What is the difference between the Sabbatical Year and the Year of Jubilee? While many believe that these two events follow the very same laws, Leviticus 25 presents them differently by putting an emphasis on the Year of Jubilee and for a good reason. It stresses the fact that at the Year of Jubilee, everything, in fact life itself, is reset.

First, everyone in Israel returns to their ancestral land and repossesses it, whether with money or not. We read in Leviticus 25:13:

On this Year of Jubilee each of you shall return to his own property. It happened just as it was originally given by God to their ancestors. Then every person became free of debt and started anew.


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