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Oct 6, 2015 Jesus Christ will rule the world and the Universe and He is a Jew!

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In this introduction to the video below I want to state in no uncertain terms something that they bring out very well and it is that Jesus Christ is God and ruler of the Universe and that He is a Jew from Israel. He is the Jewish Messiah that was promised to Israel that is coming back to rule in the earth from Jerusalem and the Temple, but much more than that His rule extends to the whole Universe and to heaven also as all the angels of heaven and heaven itself is under His command and authority. The Bible is clear as to the earthly ruler-ship,  but heaven will still be existing and together with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is one and multi-present.

At the end of the earthly kingdom and after the Great White Throne judgment there are these words spoken Rev 21:1

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and there was no  longer any sea.

The full extend of the Kingdom to eternity is not fully revealed, but what is revealed is very breathtaking.

Dr. Kevin Clarkson and Joel Richardson have covered a very important subject..


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Oct 1, 2015 The speech today at the UN by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was excellent!!!

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Few leaders in the modern world have the character, presence, fortitude, intelligence, moral force and oratory that Mr. Netanyahu has. In the many years that I have lived I have never thought better and admired any leader more than the present Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu.

The nation of Israel and the whole world is at the precipice of total destruction and God has placed in charge of His chosen people Netanyahu.

In times past Israel has had many outstanding leaders and at the most critical junction in time where the balance of survival seems on the line this man steps on the plate and gives an oral thrashing full of moral condemnation to the group of nations that make the body of the UN. His speech was full of the moral authority that comes from a righteous and just position when condemning those present and absent for their immoral votes against the State of Israel at this corrupt and immoral assembly called the United Nations.

To Israel my message is a simple one, the Ruler and Creator of the Universe the Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit and God the Father your one and only God have seen fit to chose you as head of the nations and will bring this destiny to bear as He embarks in making every nation of the world your enemy, yes even the USA, so that He can destroy all His enemies among those nations. Even Israel will go through this purge where only one third will come out as gold and silver refined in the fire.


Netanyahu UN speech on October 1, 2015

Netanyahu rails against UN for supporting Iran deal

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Julian Hattem 39 mins ago

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu unleashed a harsh condemnation of the international nuclear deal with Iran on Thursday, in an aggressive speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
Netanyahu scolded governments around the world for cheering the pact, which leaders in the U.S., China and elsewhere have heralded as a momentous triumph for international diplomacy.
The Israeli leader invoked the memory of the Holocaust and said that his country would refuse to go silent, even as the rest of the globe prepares to forge ahead with implementing the agreement.
“It’s not easy to oppose something that is embraced by the greatest powers in the world,” Netanyahu intoned in his thick baritone. “But throughout our history, the Jewish people have learned the heavy price of silence.”
“I refuse to be silent,” he declared, pounding the lectern for emphasis.
“The days when the Jewish people remain passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over.”
© Andrew Burton/Getty Images Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN on Thursday. Netanyahu has been critical of the deal for months, and Thursday’s U.N. speech largely stuck to themes he has expressed in the past.
He did, however, take a more accusatory tone towards the countries supporting the deal, whom he accused of turning a blind eye to Iran’s aggression towards Israel.
Amid Iran’s pledges to wipe Israel from the map, Netanyahu said, “the response from this body, the response for nearly every one of the governments represented here has been absolutely nothing.”
“Utter silence. Deafening silence,” he added.
That sentence was followed by a long, tense 40-second silence in which Netanyahu stared down the room full of diplomats.
“If Iran’s rulers were working to destroy your countries, perhaps you’d be less enthusiastic about the deal.”
Still, Netanyahu’s protests struck the audience as largely symbolic.
Congress failed to stop the deal from going into effect this summer, laying the groundwork for Iran to begin putting restrictions on its nuclear program and for the world to lift sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors.
While calling for global leaders to be tough in their inspections regime, Netanyahu on Thursday pledged that Israel would “do whatever it must do to defend our state and to defend our people.”
The bulk of Netanyahu’s speech on Thursday focused on his condemnation of the nuclear deal with Iran, but he also took turns at accusing the U.N. of repeatedly “bashing” his country.
A day before Netanyahu’s speech, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas took to the floor of the U.N. to declare that he was no longer bound by diplomatic agreements with Israel, including the Oslo Peace Accords that laid the groundwork for a peace process.
“We cannot continue to be bound by these signed agreements with Israel and Israel must assume fully all its responsibility as an occupying power,” Abbas said, as the Palestinian flag was raised at the U.N. for the first time. The Palestinian Authority has non-member observer status at the U.N.
In response, Netanyahu on Thursday accused the Palestinian leader of walking away from any chance of Middle East peace.
“I am prepared to immediately resume direct peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority without any preconditions whatsoever,” Netanyahu said.
“Unfortunately, President Abbas said yesterday that he is not prepared to do this. I hope he changes his mind.”

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Oct 1, 2015 Are the Russians getting ready to invade Israel?

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As the Russians prepare their troops to be actively bombing targets in Syria the question arises as to whom are they bombing and how many troops will be brought into Syria with the excuse of propping up the Syrian dictator Assad?

With today’s satellites and spying technologies it is difficult for big armies to mobilize undetected, so a subterfuge must be implemented to justify the presence of large quantities of troops without triggering an all out response from those who are against it.

In my opinion such is the case in the middle east at this moment. It is the USA, primarily Obama who has destabilized the region with its support to the Arab spring movement and their befriending of the Iranians.

In this daily update by Mr. Gary Stearman he covers the role of Russia,Iran, Turkey and others in the present fighting. He reads Ezekiel 38 and makes a very good comment as to what it is happening compared to the prophecy.


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Sept 30, 2015 The Rapture will be on Pentecost by Greg Wilson

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There are two times in the year that I have always expected Jesus in the Rapture and they were on Pentecost and trumpets. Mr. Wilson has given us an excellent study of the Word to support primarily the Pentecost Rapture.

In addition to the excellent reasons given in the article I reasoned that Jesus in His perfect order will assign a whole number of years for His church harvest, that means if it started in Pentecost it will end in Pentecost.

About March of this year I was talking to my mother who was 92 years old at the time that Jesus was coming at the Rapture in this Pentecost. He did not come for the Rapture on 2015 but He took my mother the day after on May 25. Next Pentecost on May 15, 2016 I can expect a big reunion as the dead in Christ come first and then we who remain follow them in a short span of time. This is my hope and the hope of all anxious watchers in the past and present.


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A majority of Christians today are looking for a Trumpets rapture event.  However, there is very little scriptural support for this proposition.


The Feasts of the Lord are Prophetic


The Levitical festivals of the Lord are a prophetic picture of God’s redemptive plan.  Paul says as much in Colossians 2:16-17.   This truth has been demonstrated in Passover, Unleavened Bread,  and First Fruits with the crucifixion death, burial and resurrection of  our Lord Jesus.  Pentecost was partially fulfilled by the gift of the Holy Spirit. (See Note 1)


Trumpets vs. Pentecost Rapture


Why do I say that Pentecost was partially fulfilled ?  A majority of Christians say that Pentecost was fulfilled with the “giving of the Law” at Mt. Sinai and the gift of the Holy Spirit in 32 A.D.  They treat Pentecost as completely fulfilled.    I simply question the general belief because I cannot find any Scriptural support for the Law being given on Pentecost.   We are called to “prove all things”. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)


There is nothing in the Old Testament which even remotely connects Pentecost with the giving of the Law at Sinai.  Moses did not associate any historical event in Israel’s early history with Pentecost, as he did with Passover and Tabernacles.    The name the Pentecost Feast (Shauvot) does not define its essence, as do the other festivals of the Lord.  There is a teaching in Jewish tradition which connects Pentecost with the giving of the Law.   It may be possible to estimate that the law was given about 53 days after the first Passover in Egypt, but it is not an event that the word of God chooses to emphasize or associate with this Feast.

The Jewish traditions about the memorial day for blowing Trumpets are enticing to associate with the rapture event.  Jewish tradition teaches that it will be the final gathering of Israel when the Messiah comes.  It is taught as a symbol of the resurrection of the dead.  They teach that the book of life will be opened on this day.  There are to be 100 trumpet blasts, with the last blast the longest.


The fact that the two principal rapture verses, 1 Corinthians 15:52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:17 refer to the “last trump” and “trumpet of God” are the emphatic points of interest and what connect the majority belief that the rapture is associated with the Festival of Trumpets.


Paul never teaches or associates the rapture with the festival of Trumpets.   However, Paul teaches that the rapture of the “Christ’s own” is associated with His resurrection and first fruits.    Christ was risen from the dead on the festival of First Fruits during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  (1 Corinthians 15:20)



The Three Orders of Resurrection


Paul teaches that there are three orders of the resurrection. God has an ordered redemptive plan.  By inference, we are lead to consider that Israel’s three pilgrimage feasts, (1) unleavened bread, (2) Pentecost, and (3) Tabernacles are “shadows” of the resurrection of the dead. (Exodus 23:14)


Christ was raised at First Fruits, during the feast of Unleavened Bread.  He is the first order of the resurrection.  Then, afterward, they that are Christ’s at His coming.  If Christ is coming for His own, we know that this is the promise of John 14:3, 1 Corinthians 15:51 and 1 Thessalonians 4:17. It is the rapture.


Christ’s own is the second order of the resurrection.   When is the second order of the resurrection ?  On Pentecost, the next feast or on Trumpets ?    Trumpets is not a pilgrimage feast.


Christ’s own have the first fruits of the Spirit.  (Romans 8:23)  So, Christ’s own are associated with His first fruits resurrection.  When he comes for His own,  our bodies will be redeemed. (Romans 8:23)  Our bodies will be transformed.  (Philippians 3:20)  The complete redemption of Christ’s own involve two stages.  First, the guarantee, the deposit of the Spirit, then second,  “at His coming”, the  redemption of the body.    The Holy Spirit was given as a deposit the moment we believed.  It is a guarantee, an earnest deposit of His Spirit in our hearts until He comes for us.   For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy. (Romans 11:16)   Christ’s own are the lump.  The simple inference is that Christ’s own will follow Him as a first fruits type of resurrection.   If stage one occurred on Pentecost, as a deposit of guarantee, why should we not expect the Lord to complete His redemptive plan for “His own” on the same feast, the feast of conclusion.  Curiously, the rabbinic name for Shauvot (Pentecost) is Hag ha-Azereth, or Azereth,  meaning the  “Feast of Conclusion”.  They also refer to Pentecost as Hag ha-Bikurim, meaning the Feast of First Fruits”.


The Feast of Pentecost is a harvest feast, a pilgrimage feast which follows First Fruits.   This is supported by Leviticus 23:10-11; 16-17.    So, if Jesus was resurrected on First Fruits,  He will come for His own at the Feast of Pentecost.   Here is the reasoning.  The picture at the Temple at First Fruits is the priests offering God the “Sheaf of Grain”.  They waved the sheaf of grain before the Lord.  This was a pre-harvest waving of a sample of the harvest.  The  priests were doing this the morning that Jesus was resurrected.  Imagine that !   While they were waiving the grain sheaf up to the Lord, the Lord was being lifted up out of the grave.   God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice.  He is the first fruits of the resurrection.


Now, 50 days later, the grain crops were mature and were harvested.  On Pentecost the priest were charged to make two loaves of bread from the harvested grain.  These loaves contained leaven.  Then they waived the two loaves in the air as an offering to the Lord.


The “wave sheaf offering” symbolizing Christ’s resurrection as the basis for understanding  the “wave loaf offering” at Pentecost.  The sample of grain sheaf which is waved before the Lord anticipated the grain harvest 50 days later where the harvested grain would be baked into loaves of bread.  The two acts of waving the sheaf and the loaves are necessarily related.   The latter is dependent on the former.   They are so related that there is a countdown in anticipation of the seed grain being transformed into loaves of bread.   Jesus is the Lord of the Harvest. (Matthew 9:38)   Trumpets is not a harvest festival.


I believe that the two loaves made with grain represent Christ’s own, not Jew and Gentile because there is neither Jew, nor Greek, for all are one in Christ. (Galatians 3:28).  For God made “one new man” in Himself. (Ephesians 2:15)


The two loaves represent (1) the resurrected dead, and (2) the transformed living in Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:52)  These two loaves are contextually related to the second order of the first fruits resurrection.


In addition to all of this, Paul says that he ministered the Gospel to the Gentiles, that the “offering up of the Gentiles” might be acceptable being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.  (Romans 15:16)  Paul’s offering up description is consistent with the two loaf offering of Pentecost.  He speaks the words of a priest making an offering up to the Lord.


The third order of the resurrection is at the end of the Tribulation when the Tribulation and Old Testament saints will be resurrected for the Millennial reign of Christ.  (Job 19:25-26; Daniel 12:13).   The third order of the resurrection occurs on the Feast of Tabernacles, the third pilgrimage feast.  It is the harvest of fruits.   It is noteworthy that there is no offering up by the priests.  It would appear that only Jesus and His own are lifted to heaven.


Mysteries Associated with Pentecost


Pentecost is also associated with the Mysteries of God, as taught by Paul.   For me, this is an additional reason that I favor  Pentecost, rather than Trumpets for a future rapture event.   Paul does not each any mysteries associated with Trumpets.   But of Pentecost, there are many:


  • At the fullness of the Gentiles (rapture), the mystery of Israel’s blindness will be removed.  Romans 11:25   The number fifty is associated with fullness or completeness.  The 50 day countdown speaks to completion of the harvest.


  • The second order of the resurrection which includes the rapture is a mystery.  1 Corinthians 15:51   It is related to Christ’s first fruits resurrection and completes the two stage redemption of spirit and body.


  • Christ and the Church is a mystery.  Ephesians 5:32  Christ’s own were indwelt by His Holy Spirit at Pentecost.


  • Christ indwelling the believers, the hope of glory is a mystery.  Colossians 1:27


All of these mysteries have an intimate relationship with the Lord and His Own.  I believe it is reasonable to associate the Feast of Pentecost with these mysteries.




I believe that it is prudent to teach all aspects of reasoned seasons for the rapture of the true Church, Christ’s own.   While I believe Trumpets is interesting, I am compelled to view that Pentecost is a more reasonable feast to associate with a possible rapture event.


I believe that our Lord wants us to know the season of His return.  We are children of light, not darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:5)  He does not want us to be sleeping, but watchful. (1 Thessalonians 5:6).  He has made His planned order known. (1 Thessalonians 1:1)  (Amos 3:7) (Proverbs 25:2)


Chapter 15 of First Corinthians is about the resurrection of the dead and the rapture.  There is no hint of teaching that the Festival of Trumpets is associated with the rapture.


I believe that bible teachers should include the possibility of a Pentecost rapture when they teach about the possibility of a Trumpets rapture.


Note 1:  The Age of the Law commenced on Passover in Egypt and ended with the crucifixion of our Lord on Passover A.D. 32.   The Age of Grace (Indwelling) began on Pentecost A.D. 32 and will end on Pentecost A.D. 20xx  with the rapture, the second order of the resurrection.  This is a pattern.   While I think that associating the giving of the Law at Sinai is reasonable, it is not emphasized purposefully by God.  In fact, Pentecost would appear to have no application to the Jew,  except the remnant Jewish believers in this Age.  (blindness in part Romans 11:25)  The sting of death is sin and its strength is the law.  (1 Cor. 15:56).  No man is justified by the law.  The works of the law are under a curse. (Galatians 3:10)   The law is not of faith. (Galatians 3:12)   If the law were given on Pentecost, it would seem to be a contradiction to the Spirit of Pentecost which is faith apart from works of the law.  (Romans 3:28)  It is for this reason that I believe that the Lord God did not emphasize the giving of the law at Pentecost.  Pentecost is about faith and life…in Christ, the Spirit of Prophecy, the author and finisher of our faith.


Sincerely, In Christ, Greg

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Sept 29, 2015 The Revelation Seals have not been opened yet! By Gary Stearmant!

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In today;s update Gary Stearman answers the questions of many viewers about the seals having been opened and that we are already in the Tribulation. He is emphatic about affirming that we are not and I agree with him 100%.

One thing must come first and that is the Rapture of the church. If the church is here then the Tribulation has not started.

After the Rapture those who are in the earth will have a valid reason to ask the question as they are going to go into it if they are alive.

At this point two things will have to happen that will tell the world that the Tribulation has started.

The first is the appearance of the two witnesses of Rev 11 that make their entrance at the same instant that the seal is opened and the second is the signing of a 7 year covenant by the Antichrist (Obama) with many.

Are we close to this point in time? yes! are we there yet no!


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Sept 26, 2015 Tomorrow evening is the last eclipse of the blood moon tetrad. Is it the last warning before the start of the Apocalypse?

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We are at the end of the month of September, a month that started the Jubilee year on Yom Kippur and ended the Shemitah year on 9/13. Tomorrow on the feast of Sukkot or Tabernacles that start at dusk can it portent the start of the Apocalypse by the signing of the seven year covenant described by the prophet Daniel 9: 27 as the UN discusses the Palestinian state and the division of Jerusalem? Is the chapter and verse of the prophet Daniel a prophetic clue 9/27 as to the month and day this covenant will be signed? Will the blood moon eclipse that will happen also on this day also point to the covenant that will start the Apocalypse?

Is that the reason the Pope has been on the constant screen shown on our television screens since his meeting with Obama?

Is the Antichrist Barack Hussein Obama meeting his supporting cast during the Apocalypse, the Pope in the role of the False Prophet?

Well I believe the answer to all of the above questions is a resounding yes. The article by Mr. Paul Grevas a devout Christian and retired statistician brings the above points as well and I also agree with him. The web site presents magnificent charts that explain the tetrad of BBM (Biblical Blood Moons) and their prophetic significance in God’s plan and the restoration of Israel as the nation where He will establish the throne for His Kingdom rule at the end of seven years from tomorrow on the Sukkot of 2022 at His return to earth. Is the Chapter 22 of the book of Revelation also point to the year of His return?

Rev 22:3 states: 3No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. The city referred here is Jerusalem!

Thanks to Mr. Mark Biltz who discovered the significance of the tetrads and Mr. Paul Grevas who has done and excellent job of doing charts and articles about them.


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Sept 23, 2015 Yom Kippur and the search for the Jewish Messiah for forgiveness of sins

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Throughout the past centuries and up to the present time, Satan has been successful in creating a division between the Christian churches and the Jewish people. This division reached its apex with persecution as in the crusades and the inquisition and at the present time with the replacement theology movement that seeks to usurp the promises and covenants with Israel with the church. It is a plot from Satan to create antagonism to the true Messiah Jesus Christ from being embraced by the Jewish people.

The Messiah Jesus Christ is acting in the minds and thoughts of the Jews to prove that He was the promise Messiah found in the Torah and the prophets.

The following article takes you to those passages in scripture where the inquisitive mind searching for the truth found in scripture can go to read it and have prophecy validate the claim.


A big, untold story: Since last Yom Kippur, millions of Jews have begun searching for the Messiah, and for atonement for their sins. The media isn’t reporting this. But it’s worth examining.

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Over the past year since the last Day of Atonement, millions of Jews around the world have begun a quest to find the Messiah.

At sundown, we begin Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This is the highest holy day on the Jewish calendar, and one of great Biblical and historic and cultural importance to my people.

I so wish I was home with Lynn and our sons in Israel tonight. Instead, I am in the U.S. speaking at a number of events, from Dallas to San Luis Obispo to Washington, D.C. to Toronto. I am speaking about the darkness that is falling in our world. But I am also explaining to people about a fascinating phenomenon that I’m observing.

Since last Yom Kippur, millions of Jews have begun a quest to find the Messiah. For reasons I cannot fully explain, Jews are suddenly searching for answers to the deepest and most important questions concerning life and death and God and atonement and eternity, in numbers unprecedented in history. Some are searching through the Hebrew Scriptures for answers. A stunning number are actually reading the New Testament, most for the first time. They are searching on Google for information about the Messiah. They are even watching a new series of videos by Jews who claim to have found the answers. The videos — some of which have gone viral — were produced and posted on a new website called

To me, these are fascinating developments. They certainly aren’t being reported by the media. But they are worth examining. That said, more on all that in a moment.

First, a few thoughts about Yom Kippur itself.

In the Scriptures, the Israelites were commanded by the Lord to fast and pray and bring their sacrifices to the Temple in Jerusalem, and then to ask for the Lord’s forgiveness for all the sins they and their nation had committed that year. And the Scriptures were clear: only the sacrifice of a perfect animal — a sacrifice performed with a humble, repentant, sincere heart, and with faith in God’s mercy and grace — could bring about forgiveness of sins.

  • “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” (Leviticus 17:11)
  • “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22)

But here’s the problem we Jewish people have face since the destruction of the Temple: What does one do to receive atonement in the modern age, without a Temple?

How can one make sacrifices, and thus receive forgiveness of sins — and thus the right to enter the holiness of heaven and live with the Lord in heaven forever and ever — without being able to sacrifice a perfect lamb at the Temple in Jerusalem, where the Lord designated all sacrifices to occur?

The destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 70 A.D. was a huge blow to Judaism for many reasons, but chief among them because it deprived us of the one place to receive atonement from God.

The good news was found in Daniel 9:24-26. The Hebrew prophet Daniel explained to us that:

  • someday the Messiah (or “Anointed One”) would come to us
  • when the Messiah came, his purpose would be “to atone for wickedness” and “to bring in everlasting righteousness”
  • the Messiah would then be “cut off and will have nothing”
  • after the Messiah was “cut off,” then Jerusalem and the Temple would be destroyed
  • Daniel specifically noted that foreign invaders “will come and will destroy the city and the sanctuary”

Think about that. Daniel told us something extraordinary — that a coming Messiah would bring atonement for our sins before the Temple would be destroyed. That, in retrospect, makes sense, right? Why would the God of Israel take away the Temple before providing a new way for atonement?

Now, add in what the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah explained to us that not only was the Messiah coming to the Jewish people, but that He would bring a “new covenant,” a new and exciting and God-ordained way by which we would have a personal relationship with the Lord our God.

The Hebrew Prophet Isaiah gave us still more details about this coming Messiah. He explained that the Messiah would serve as King of the world eventually, but first the Messiah would be our “Suffering Servant.” That is, He would be rejected by the people, would suffer, and then die as our atoning sacrifice.

Consider these extraordinary passages from Isaiah 53:

3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
And who can speak of his descendants?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was stricken.

9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.

11 After the suffering of his soul,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.

13 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

Who does that sound like to you?

When I was younger, I tried to process these and other Hebrew prophecies of the Messiah. Among them:

  • the Messiah will born in Judea, near Jerusalem, in Bethlehem Ephratah (Micah 5:2)
  • the Messiah will live and minister in the Galilee (Isaiah 9:1-2)
  • the Messiah will teach in parables (Psalm 78:2)
  • the Messiah will enter Jerusalem on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9)
  • the Messiah will be the Savior of the Jews but also a “light to the nations” (Isaiah 49:5-6)

These were fascinating, specific, detailed clues as to the identity of the One the Lord was sending to save and rescue our people. Each piece of the puzzle was helpful, but two clues I found especially interesting — first, that the Messiah had to be born in Bethlehem Ephratah, the city of David; and second that the Messiah absolutely had to come to bring atonement and righteousness to His people before the Temple and Jerusalem were destroyed in 70 A.D. Why? Because the God of Israel told us so through the Hebrew prophets.

I came to the conclusion that Jesus (Yeshua) of Nazareth is, in fact, the Messiah that Moses and the prophets spoke of. His death and resurrection were foretold by the prophets, and they prove that He is who He said He is: the “Way, the Truth and the Life, and that no one comes to the Father except through Him” (John 14:6). Jesus’ shed blood provides the only atonement for sins for Jews and Gentiles today. Jesus brought us the “New Covenant” — the new deal, as it were, between God and man — that the Hebrew Prophet Jeremiah told us to wait for.

True, many Jewish people have rejected Jesus over the centuries. But have we really stopped to examine what Moses and the prophets said, and how Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled every single one of those prophecies?

By God’s grace and kindness, my eyes were open. I received Jesus as Messiah, Savior and Lord when I was young. I humbled myself, confessed my sins to God the Father, believed in my heart by faith that Jesus died on the cross, and was buried, and rose again, according to the Scriptures. I confessed with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord. And so, as He promised, Jesus atoned for my sins. He washed them away, all of them, never to be remembered or held against me for all of eternity. He gave me eternal life. He — the King of the Universe — adopted me into His royal family. He gave me peace that passes all understanding. He gave me hope as an anchor for my soul. He gave me a purpose and a meaning for me life.

Why? Because I deserved it? No. Because I earned it? No. Because I could buy it? No. He gave all this to me for free, because He loves me, because He wanted to rescue me. And so I received Him into my heart by faith. For as the Scriptures explain so clearly, “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.” (John 1:12)

When my father, who was raised an Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn, discovered in 1973 — after a careful study of the Gospel According to Luke — that Jesus of Nazareth is the long-awaited Jewish Messiah, and received the Messiah by faith, my father thought he was one of the first Jews in history who believed this. He had never met a Jewish believer in Jesus. He had never heard of such a person. And in 1973, there were fewer than 2,000 Jewish people on the planet who were followers of Jesus.

But today, some 300,000 Jews around the world are followers of Jesus. And millions of Jews are searching for the Messiah and thus reading the Hebrew prophecies, and comparing them with the writings of the New Testament, and trying to decide whether Jesus really is the Messiah we have desperately longed for over so many centuries.

Today, on Yom Kippur, you can watch short videos of Jewish people explaining how they met the Messiah.

More than 10 million people have watched these videos just in the past few months.

Remarkably, more than 900,000 Hebrew speakers have watched the Hebrew-language versions of these videos in just the past four months. Given that there are only about 7 million Hebrew speakers in the world today, this means that nearly 1 in 7 of them have recently watched videos by Israeli Jews explaining how they came to discover that Yeshua is our Messiah.

The website is Please visit, watch the videos, share them with family and friends, think about them and discuss them. And then I encourage you to humbly pray to God and ask Him to show you whether Jesus — Yeshua — is, in fact, the Anointed One who came to rescue and redeem us and atone for our sins and write our names in the Book of Life.

It is my earnest hope you will discover — or rediscover — Jesus for yourself this Yom Kippur and the days that follow. I’m praying for you to find His amazing love, grace and forgiveness, and the hope and joy that only He can give us.

May the God of Israel and His Anointed One bless you and your family beyond what you can hope for, dream of, or imagine.


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Written by twelvebooks

September 23, 2015 at 4:58 pm


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