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"Prove all things, hold fast what is good" 1Th 5:21

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Women in Christ's Genealogy…

Women in Christ's Genealogy…

Women in Christ's Genealogy

  The women in Christ’s line…An extract from the Testimony Magazine, February 2016 There are four women mentioned in the genealogy of Christ as recorded by Matthew. It is suggested that they reflect the life in Christ of a baptised believer. &nbs hab, the harlot. Rahab lived in Jericho in a world so steeped in sin that it had to be totally destroyed. However, she heard of the might of the God of Israel and believed in the way that He had led His people Israel out of Egypt and throug…

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Keep Hanging On!…

Keep Hanging On!…

Keep Hanging On!

Every day we say things which are not to be taken literally. If we’re not feeling well, we might say that “We’re under the weather” or that we “Feel like death”. That’s just a colourful way of expressing our feelings, and everybody understands that. Literaurative? Smetaphors are used which have a quite different meaning when applied literally. We might say that “My heart stopped when I saw it!”, when we really mean that we were very shocked at something we had seen. But…

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The Prophet Isaiah…

The Prophet Isaiah…

Isaiah lived in the times of Uzziah, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah – about 740 to 680 BC. This was the period when the Assyrian Empire was growing in power, and Judah was about to be invaded by Sennacherib. Isaiah lived in royal circles (he was a great friend and advisor of King Hezekiah) and had a wife and children in Jerusalem. Isaiah is writing at a time of nations in decline, he is as it were sent at the 11th&n ur to speak to Israel. Basically the book can be divided into 3 rough s…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 5…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 5…

David's input into Solomon's temple This study s designed to highlight a number of different aspects of Bible study, as follows: that Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectual the need to give careful attention to the text the value of comparing Scripture with Scripture the value of building up a picture from various scriptures the value of recording and preserving information found. &n  You will need: Bible with marginal references, concordance or compueriz…

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When the time is right…

When the time is right…

When the time is right

Sometimes things happen just because we are in the right place at the right time. Or, if it is something bad that happens, because we were in the wrong place at that very time. What if we had been born at a different time in the world’s history?&n  you had been born in the Middle Ages, just reading this website (had it been around at the time!) could have cost you your life. Many people were executed just because they wanted to read the Bible for themselves. At that time the Church held the m…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 4…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 4…

  The Promise To David  This study is designed to highlight a number of different aspects of Bible study, as follows: that Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectual the need to give careful attention to the text the value of comparing Scripture with Scripture the value of following up quotations the value of recording and preserving information found. You will need: Bible with marginal references, concordance or computerized Bible There are two ac…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 3…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 3…

Psalm 34 and David’s experiences This study is designed to highlight a number of different aspects of Bible study, as follows: at Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectualtrneed to give careful attention to the texttrimportance of contexttrvalue of comparing Scripture with Scripturetrvalue of recording and preserving information found. will need: &nbs e with marginal references; &nbs ordance or computerised Bible&nbs The title of Psalm 3…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 2…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 2…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 2

  The death of Saul You will need a Bible, a Bible Atlas, a concordance.   Read 1 Samuel 31     This study is designed to highlight the following aspects of Bible study from the list given in Part 1: 1 show that Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectual show the need to give careful attention to the text reveal the value of knowing Biblical geography highlight the value of recording and preserving information found The Bi…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 1…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 1…

Introduction This series of short articles is designed to demonstrate, by working through some simple pieces of Bible exposition, that Bible study is not just for the academic. It is hoped that any who read these short expositions will realise, if they have not done so already, that rewarding Bible study is within the grasp of us all. All that will be required to develop your own studies along similar lines will be a Bible, ideally with marginal cross-references; a good concordance or comp…

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Salvation from sin and death…

Salvation from sin and death…

Salvation from sin and death

  Criminal Convictions The original Guildhall at Lichfield probably goes back even further than 1421, the first recorded date. It was known to be the meeting place of the guild of St Mary and St John which was founded in 1387, hence its name the “Guildhall.” And the later use of part of the building as a prison is enough to send a chill down one’s spine. For in the times in question there was little mercy shown to suspected criminals; the only protection from the weather was the bars w…

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The Lamb of God…

The Lamb of God…

The Lamb of God

    It was John the Baptist who first made the connection. He had become a well-known figure in First Century Israel; a priest by birth who had become a reformer instead. Positioning himself by the River Jordan, instead of in the Temple at Jerusalem, he had summoned the nation to renew their vows and to enter into a new spiritual experience. They were to repent of their sins and be baptised in the Jordan. Coming Deliverer But, on his own admission, John was not the centre of the r…

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What's around the corner?…

What's around the corner?…

What's around the corner?

    Have you ever travelled along a twisting and narrow road hoping that there is no other vehicle approaching the same tricky corner at the same time? Or have you walked along a winding path wondering what you are going to see around the corner, hoping that you will get a new insight into how near you are to your journey’s end? rld Events Things that are happening in today’s world are a bit like that for some people. We seem to be turning a corner, but nobody is very sure what…

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One step at a time…

One step at a time…

One step at a time

Climbing steps is easy enough when you are young and fit but not so easy when you’re getting older and a bit stiff. Young people love to race up, partly to show what they can do at their age; older folk have learned that it’s surprising what you can accomplish if you take things one step at a time. r ChallengesLife can present us with some formidable challenges. We might have a crisis with our health, or with that of someone close to us. We could lose our job; have to move home; make…

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Coping with Change…

Coping with Change…

Coping with Change

 This is the time of year in Britain when it might snow. It might or it might not. The weather has been so unpredictable of late − 2012 being almost the wettest year since records began − that anything might happen. Some years it snows heavily; occasionally we get a very severe winter; but it could remain mild. It’s that unpredictability that makes it difficult to plan ahead so that everything carries on much as before, snow or no snow. ck! is well known that a light snowfall c…

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Felixstowe Talk…

Palestinians and activists march against seize of lands  JerusalemIts that Season again when Carol singers come to your door and most probably give a lusty rendition of ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’. And yet how many Bible owners realise that these words come from the Prophecy of Micah (Ch.5), who after promising that Bethlehem would be the birthplace of the Messiah, also foretold that he would be ‘great to the ends of the earth’(v.4) and that his people , the Jews, would be his mighty army. (vv5-9).

Sadly, although many own a Bible, few seem to know  its full message. Take Jerusalem for example, which the Lord Jesus calls ‘the city of the Great King’ (Matthew 5:35), few believe that it has any value except as a pawn in a power struggle. And yet, God has promised that the great King will not be Abbas, or Netanyahu, but that soon, very soon, the Lord Jesus will return to claim his Kingdom and make the whole world accept his rule even though today’s events seem to put that event far away.

Abbas "Victory Speech": Jerusalem Eternal Capital of Palestine

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On returning from the United Nations, where the PLO, had been upgraded to a nonmember observer state, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas promised that "One day, a young Palestinian will raise the Palestinian flag over Jerusalem, ....the eternal capital of the state of Palestine!"

The very next day

Fatah leader Abbas Zaki spoke on Palestinian Authority television about "the great goal," referring to the destruction of Israel.  While impossible to achieve in one stroke , he stated that “it would be "great "if Israel were removed from existence," explaining that ,this is not "a [stated] policy" and "you can't say it to the world."

Sadly, it seems that you can say it to (most of) the world and they would applaud, as Israel becomes more and more isolated, even from her past friends.

A Few days earlier

A few days earlier Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had said that the entire conflict between Israel and the Arabs is over their denial of Israel’s right to exist and not about Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. “What was the war about? The war was about our very existence. We left areas that we captured in the Six Day War, like the Gaza Strip, and they fire missiles at us.

 “From 1967 until today, for 45 years, day in, day out, and hour by hour, they have been preaching the complete opposite. ..We must constantly repeat that the root of the conflict is the very existence of the State of Israel, the refusal to recognize the State of Israel in any borders whatsoever. ”

Israel, however, still has some friends left and Michele Marie Bachmann an American Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, is quoted as labelling the  UN vote as "wildly inappropriate" and "shameful," stating that the UN had "rewarded Hamas with their first step toward statehood" and that "Israel's enemies are committed to the complete destruction of Israel and the Jewish people."

E1 The Last Straw—End of the Peace Process?

(E1 is a mostly empty area of 12 square kilometres (4.6 sq mi) near Ma'ale Adumim, though there are Bedouin inhabitants..the site of the Parable of the Good Samaritan.. Wikipedia)

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Nearly 20 years ago there were plans to build houses there, but U.S. presidents have regularly objected. Apparently in response to the UN decision, Israel has decided to start building and thus connect the E1 area to Jerusalem. It also plans to build 3,000 new units in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

Not surprisingly, then, the Palestinians appear to have grasped the opportunity to shelve even the appearance of compromise by claiming that this was the last straw. Abbas stated that the plan was "a red line that cannot be tolerated" and a "dangerous" decision.
His Senior aide and former chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat, declared that Israel's decision to build meant the "end of the peace process."
"If Israel decides to start building in E1 and approves all the settlements in it, we consider it to be an Israeli decision to end the peace process and the two-state solution, which ends any chance of talking about peace in the future".
Doubtless World opinion will take this statement without looking into the history of the attempted negotiations between Israel and the PA. Yet over the past four years Abbas has continuously refused to negotiate with Israel and has instead chosen to set preconditions for talks. In order to get Abbas back to the table Israel even froze construction on what were considered to be “disputed territories” for ten months, but all to no avail!

Even so, it would seem to be, a very provocative move on the part of the Israelis. Building in this area, according to the PA, would seal off access to the capital by Arabs in Judea and Samaria and prevent them achieving their immediate goal of including nearly a third of Jerusalem as the capital of their own planned-for state.   

Let us cut them off from being a nation 

The evident desire to be rid of Israel altogether by the Arab Nations around Israel is reminiscent of Psalm 83 which lists ten Arab nations that will be involved in opposition to Israel.

1  Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

2  For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

3  They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

4  They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

5  For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:

6  The tabernacles of Edom (Jordan), and the Ishmaelites (Arabs); of Moab(Jordan), and the Hagarenes (Arabs);

7  Gebal (Lebanon), and Ammon(Jordan), and Amalek(Jordan); the Philistines (Palestinians) with the inhabitants of Tyre (Palestinians);

8  Assur(Iraq) also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot (Moab and Ammon).

This Psalm will no doubt have its ultimate fulfilment at Armageddon but these particular Nations have regular joined in Arab and Muslim attacks on Israel, repeated over and over again since Israel became a nation in 1948 with the sole intention that Israel be cut off from being a nation.

The Palestinians not only want Jerusalem to be thier Capital city but all of the Holy Land with Israel being ‘driven into the sea’.

That’s what the Palestinians want, but what does the Bible say about what will really happen and what the God of all the earth intends for Jerusalem. The God, to whom Israel are His special people De 14:2  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people (particular treasure) unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. So special that He ‘set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. (De 32:8)

God’s purpose with Jerusalem and the Jews

Jerusalem, David’s City is where He will put His Name forever.

2Ki 21:7 ..in the house, of which the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, ..... will I put my name for ever:

The Lord considers Jerusalem His dwelling.

Ps 135:21  Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

Jerusalem is to be the Centre of World Religion

Isa 2:3  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

The diverse Religions of the world, Orthodox Christianity, Muslim and all other ‘isms (there are considered to be 21 Major World Religions) will no longer be allowed to adversely influence mankind. After a horrendous earthquake makes the land around Jerusalem into a plain, with all existing buildings, temples, shrines etc., destroyed, a new Temple will be established on the Temple Mount.( Zechariah 14:10 & 16) and ...

Jer 3:17  At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.

No Ordinary City

Jerusalem is no ordinary City, even now it is sacred to three world religions, Judaism, Muslim and Christianity. The Jews and Palestinians each insist that it is their eternal capital, whereas the Christians want it as an International City. Plainly, the God Who rules over the Kingdoms of men intends to make it the City from which the Lord Jesus Christ will reign at his return and a ‘House of Prayer for all Nations’ (Isa 56:7; Mat 21:13) occupied by faithful Jews and, at that time, its name will be changed to ‘The LORD is there’ Jehovah-shammah (Ezek 48:3)

God’s Solution

Here is the LORD’s solution to the present long lasting controversy over Jerusalem.

Isaiah 2:2  And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

3  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

4  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Jerusalem is to be exalted above all Capital Cities, it will be a House of Prayer for all nations and the entire world be at peace. It is God, Who will solve the Middle East Problem by sending His Son back to set up his Kingdom on earth (Acts 1:6-11; Mt 25:31-46; Mark 13:24-27). The troubles the world is now experiencing are just a precursor to a ‘time of trouble such as there never was, which must come before he returns to save Israel and Jerusalem. This time is very near, now is the time to consider the Gospel, believe and be baptised, tomorrow may be too late!

 

 

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Acknowledgements:

Much of the information in the first 13 paragraphs was  derived from Virtual Jerusalem.com

http://www.demotix.com/from/middle-east

http://photos.mercurynews.com/2012/11/29/photos-palestine-voted-limited-un-statehood/#1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli-Palestinian_conflict

 

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