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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…

 

 

"Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work makes one free)

Remembering the Holocaust

 

 

International Holocaust Remembrance Day was observed on January 27; the day in 1945 when the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp was liberated by Soviet forces. Countries throughout Europe respectfully remembered the Holocaust and expressed their determination to ensure that a similar tragedy did not happen again.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz , addressing an event organized by the European Jewish Congress, spoke of his "specific responsibility" as a German to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive. He was referring to the meeting of Nazi officials in 1942 to decide on the "Final Solution." Although the present German nation was not guilty of the Holocaust, he said they had an ‘important duty to take into account our responsibility for the Jews in the world.’

All over the world, ceremonies have been held to mark this day, British Prime Minister David Cameron, signed a Book of Commitment, pledging his commitment to remembering the Holocaust.

The French Government issued a statement that "France is determined to fulfil the duty to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and to pass this knowledge on to new generations in France and throughout the world,"

However, anti-Semitism is not in any way dead. The German magazine Stern recently published a report showing that one in five young Germans has no idea that Auschwitz was a Nazi death camp.

And a German Parliament study  found  high levels of anti-Semitism in mainstream German culture, with one in five Germans latently hostile to Jews. It concluded that anti-Semitism could be found “right at the heart of society.” and warned against taking comfort from the fact that it was even more widespread in some other countries such as Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Hungary

The Jews - God's Witnesses

 The Jews are an amazing people, scattered throughout the world after being banished from their home land they have kept their identity- you will never be able to recognise a Babylonian or even a Roman- their days are long past - but the Jewish race still survives against all odds.

No other nation has been treated with such harshness and abuse and yet retained a distinctive national identity and the Bible tells us why. God told Israel, as they were about to enter the land He had promised them, that if they failed to serve Him they would be punished. They would be expelled from the land and scattered among the nations  (Deut 28:65) " 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”. This happened finally in AD70 when the Romans took Jerusalem and banished them. However, God intended that the Jews should not lose their identity.   Jeremiah 31:35-36

"Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun... moon... and stars... If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever." 

The wonderful thing about the Jew is that God raised them for a special purpose – to demonstrate that He exists and keeps His promises. They are His witnesses Isaiah Ch. 43:10 ‘Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he’

The continued existence of the Jew, despite such sustained persecution and racial hatred throughout the centuries is living proof that God exists. Even the anti-Semitism which continues through all civilised nations was prophesied.

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

The regathering of the Jews foretold

Isaiah tells us clearly that God has a special purpose with the Jews– They are His witnesses. And though scattered among the nations, the Bible promises they will be regathered into the land  God had promised them. The Lord Jesus’ prophecy, puts a limit on their wanderings Luke 21:24 ‘ And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.’ As does Jeremiah

‘Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock’. Jeremiah 31:10

 This shows how God is in control of world affairs. God said that if they failed to obey Him, the Jews would be scattered. It occurred. God said that he would regather them. This occurred too but only after the terrible judgments prophesied had been poured out in the Holocaust of World War 2, which resulted in the world leaders being compelled to provide a homeland for the Jewish people so that in 1948 the nation of Israel was born.

We see then how that the Jews are witnesses that the author of the Bible, God Himself, exists and is at work – The Most High,  ruling in the kingdom of men (Daniel 4:17).

His work with Israel, though, has not yet finished. Anti-Semitism won’t stop until our Lord returns. The Bible states that once the Jew was back in the land there would be more trouble; and this would cause the Lord Jesus Christ to return from heaven to re-establish the Kingdom of Israel as it existed in days of old. We read of that time in many prophecies including  Isaiah: 45:17

‘ But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end’.

The end of Anti-Semitism 

It is evident that, despite the well meaning efforts of politicians, the world has not learned from the Holocaust.  Bible prophecy states that at the end Israel will be surrounded by a great Northern army and in their distress they will turn to The Lord. When they finally see their need and cry unto Him, He will  save them.

Joel 2:11

And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things. Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.

Zechariah states that God will bring powerful nations against Israel and then Jesus will return:

 Zechariah 12:9-10

And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him... 

The one who the Jews have pierced is the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom at his birth, the angel said in Luke 1:32-33 that "the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end."

When, the Jews realise that Jesus was indeed their Messiah and repent; then the Lord Jesus will return to rule the world. Then will be fulfilled the blessings promised in Deuteronomy 28:13

And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:’

A repentant and cleansed Israel will then no longer suffer the hatred of the nations but will have their admiration.

Until that joyful time, which must be soon, they are to remain, God’s witnesses.

 

 

(Picture from the Main Commission for the Investigation of Nazi War Crimes, courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives.)

View of the entrance to the main camp of Auschwitz (Auschwitz I). The gate bears the motto "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work makes one free).

http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/blarbeit.htm

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