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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…

As we have noted in earlier Signs of the Times, the Jews are a people uniquely special to the LORD. He told them in Amos Ch. 3:2 ‘ You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.’

Because of this special relationship, once in the Promised Land, they had to answer for their rebellion and disobedience and eventually were punished by being dispersed throughout all nations. God had also warned that they would always stand out as being different, being shunned and considered undesirable aliens. Deuteronomy 28:65 ‘And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind’

They were in fact to become a ‘proverb’ I De 28:37  ‘And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.’

The Jew – a Proverb

The Prophet Isaiah (Ch43) tells that the Jews are so special because they are witnesses that God exists and keeps His promises. And no one can doubt that they have become a proverb. There have even been words coined which uniquely refer to the Jew. Here are a few from a modern dictionary *

Diaspora: The dispersion of Jews outside of Israel from the sixth century B.C. when they were exiled to Babylonia, until the present time.'

Pogrom: ‘An organized, often officially encouraged massacre or persecution of a minority group, especially one conducted against Jews.’

Holocaust‘The genocide of European Jews and others by the Nazis during World War II: ‘

Anti-Semitism: ‘Hostility toward or prejudice against Jews or Judaism. Discrimination against Jews. ‘

These are words which apply only to Jews. To show how universal these words are – here is ‘Holocaust’ translated into Swahili ‘sadaka ya kuteketezwa’, and ‘Anti-Semitism’ into Icelandic ‘Gyoingahatur’!

That the Jews have become a literal ‘proverb’ can be seen in English Literature, which up until this Century often depicted the Jew as "a monied, cruel, lecherous, avaricious outsider tolerated only because of his golden hoard"**.Take Fagin, for example, in Oliver Twist (widely seen as one of the most grotesque Jews in English literature.**) or  Shakespeare’s Shylock  demanding his ‘pound of flesh’ (A merchant of Venice). This play was broadcast over the radio, by the Nazis shortly after the pogrom known as Kristallnacht for propaganda purposes and to justify their persecution of helpless Jews.

The Star of David

 

Today, even in our ‘enlightened age’ of ‘human rights’ it is of no surprise that God’s promise still stands and the Jew is still a proverb, persecuted and mis-understood. This never seems to change. In 1941, German Jews were required to wear a yellow Star of David bearing  the word "Jude" ("Jew") whenever they went out.  But this was not new, in 807 AD the caliph Haroun al-Raschid ordered all Jews to wear distinctive clothing and in 1215 the Catholic Fourth Lateran Council, decreed that Jews and Muslims should at all times be identifiable by their dress.

In the past this badge was intended to mark out the Jew and made him or her an easy target for persecution. Today it is the opposite, with Jews in more than one nation being warned not to wear religious dress which would provoke the local inhabitants.

Jews in Denmark were recently advised to avoid openly wearing religious symbols and dress when moving about Copenhagen due to anti-Israeli sentiments. They were advised to wear their skull caps only in the synagogue; not to "speak Hebrew loudly" or wear Star of David jewellery. Jewish schoolchildren were also warned about wearing skullcaps outside school.
Denmark isn’t alone in this form of anti-Semitism, in September, a Jewish rabbinical college in Germany similarly warned its students against wearing skullcaps in public, after a Rabbi was attacked by four Arab youths in Berlin, and similar attacks have occurred in France.

The UN Art Exhibition

Throughout History, foreigners have always been objects of suspicion to individuals in the local population, but today we are seeing the governments of Nations displaying anti-Israel and thus anti-Jewish tendencies. The United Nations appears complicit in this. Immediately after the Palestinian Authority was granted Non-Member Observer status, their UN representative opened an art exhibit entitled "Palestine - Memories Dreams Perseverance." It is located at the public entrance of the UN headquarters and depicts 'Palestine' as including the entire State of Israel

The titles of the art bear titles such as, "Homeless, "Delirious in Exile" and "to Jerusalem We Travel." At worst, it eliminates Israel; at best, it is an attempt to claim that Israel was given Palestinian land, despite the fact that there was no such nation when Israel was formed. One display shows all of the names of Arab terrorist organizations in the shape of the Land of Israel.

Israel in God’s plan

Its not only the Governments of the world which seem to want to sideline the Jews and their Nation of Israel, the Catholic Church also wishes to reduce the Jews to a nonentity. Archbishop Cyrille Bustros, speaking in the Vatican (October 11, 2010)  stated  ‘For Christians, one can no longer talk of the land promised to the Jewish people. This promise was nullified by Christ. There is no longer a favored people, a chosen people; all men and women of every country have become the chosen people....’

Bible Readers will find this completely unscriptural as the Apostle Paul stated in Romans 11

1  I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

2  God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew.

And he goes on in this chapter to state that the Jews have been cast off for a period in order that the Gentiles might be given the hope of the Gospel but that they, the Jews, will be grafted in again (vv 23-24)

In Ephesians (3:6) he also spoke of the revealed ‘mystery’ of Jew and Gentile being one in Christ and the Gentiles rather than being the only ‘Chosen People’ are joint heirs with the Jews in the Promises made to Abraham.

Has God finished with the Jews?

God has not finished with the Jews as Catholicism would have us believe. The evidence of the words of the Prophets demonstrates this to be true. If God was intending to write the Jews off completely when Christ came, why would He have made so many promises of restoration to Israel? Not only were these promises of restoration, they were also promises that in the Last Days when the Lord Jesus Christ returns , the Jews would be respected and revered by all. They will be the head and not the tail (Deut 28:13).

The Prophet Zephaniah promises that after The Lord has raised up the Nations and ‘poured out His indignation upon them (Ch. 3:8) He will bless Israel and Jerusalem abundantly Ch.3:14 ¶  Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O       daughter of Jerusalem.

15  The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

16  In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.

17  The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

18  I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

19  Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.

20  At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.

Imagine, the Jews no longer a proverb but having praise and fame in all the earth!

Imagine, the Jews respected because God is with them Zechariah 8:23 ‘ Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.’

Imagine, no longer will Rome or any other City claim to be ‘the Holy City’ this will only apply to Jerusalem which will be the Centre for worship for the whole world.

Isa 52:1 ¶  Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.

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.

And this is not imagination, this is God’s declared will which will be carried out at the Return of Christ. Now is the time that Jew and Gentile need to listen to the Gospel message and obey its command to believe, repent and be baptised if they wish to share in the Promises which God has made. Now is the call to allow Christ to dwell in your hearts through faith and let his words be your guide so that you can be fit for the glorious Kingdom to come.

Ephesians 3:14 ¶  For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.


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Acknowledgements:

United Nations visitor centre  http://www.facebook.com/UNVisitorsCentre

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Propaganda Archive http://www.ushmm.org/propaganda/archive/star-david-badge/

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