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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…

Temple Denial

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Psalm 102

13  Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.


14  For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.

Archaeologists are busy in Israel doing just this, sifting through the dust and then re-sifting, and some wonderful proofs of Israel’s past history are coming to light.

Recently The Israel Antiquities Authority unveiled a very exciting find, an ancient clay seal that helps prove the bond of the Jewish people to Jerusalem. This little seal, discovered in an excavation near the Temple Mount  is thought to have been used to certify the purity of ritual objects used in the Second Temple, It is tiny, the size of a button, and stamped with an inscription consisting of two lines – which read "Pure for G-d" (God). It is suggested that it was used to guarantee that certain items brought to the Temple were ritually pure.

And just two weeks after this, a further astonishing proof of the ancient and never-severed connection between Jews and the 

Ancient seal Second TempleLand of Israel was announced. This time, it was a 1,500 year old tiny stamp discovered near the city of Akko (Acre) in Western Galilee. It bears the image of the seven-branched Temple Menorah (the Candlestick used in the innermost part of the Temple) and was most probably used in a Kosher Jewish bakery during the 6th Century AD to stamp bread etc., to authenticate that the food stamped was Kosher.

The stamp is important because it proves that a Jewish community existed in a settlement close to Acre, a region that was definitely Christian at this time, in the Christian-Byzantine period.

The significance of these finds is great to the Nation of Israel as it helps to counteract the belief now being promulgated by many Arabs that Israel has no ‘roots’ in the land, no historical past. Israel’s enemies have particularly concentrated on the Temple at Jerusalem in an attitude currently known as ‘Temple Denial’

Temple Denial

Since taking Jerusalem in the Six Day War, Israel has allowed the Muslim Community (Waqf) to continue to have religious and some security control over the Temple area. Past negotiations have faltered on Palestinian denial that the Jews have any religious or historical connection to the Temple Mount.  During the July 2000 negotiations at Camp David, Yasir Arafat refused to acknowledge Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, claiming the Jewish Temple never existed there. When talks resumed later that year, the Israelis agreed to full Palestinian sovereignty on the Temple Mount, but requested Palestinians acknowledge the sacredness of the Temple Mount to Judaism. They refused. 

The term "Temple Denial" was coined by Dore Gold, former Israel Ambassador to the United Nations. According to Gold, in the wake of Arafat's remark at Camp David, Temple denial "spread across the Middle East like wildfire," and even "subtly slipped into the writing of Middle-East based western reporters."

Since 1967, there has been a growing attempt by Palestinians to use the religious fervor of the Arab and Muslim world to wrest Jerusalem from Israeli control.  Historian Dr. Yitzhak Reiter stated that Palestinian efforts while denying the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount also include reinventing history to create an Arab connection to Jerusalem prior to the Jewish one. 

Even now, there are mounting accusations that the Muslim Waqf is deliberately destroying ancient Jewish artifacts and structures from the First Temple period under the guise of renovations on the Temple Mount in order to erase any archaeological evidence of Jewish existence there.

The Future of Israel

There is no doubt that to some Muslim countries the presence of the Nation of Israel is a festering sore which can only be removed by surgery- just as the Jewish people have clung to the desire of the Messiah reigning in Jerusalem- so the Arabs cling to their hope of driving Israel into the sea.

And yet this goes against God’s will as shown in Bible prophecy. Israel has returned to the Promised land in fulfilment of many Biblical statements, for example Ezekiel 36:22-24

22  Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.

23  And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

24  For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

And we note here that God said He would do this- not for their sake, but for His Holy Name’s sake, that He might vindicate His Name by fulfilling His promises. Promises He has made over 4000 years since He first selected Abraham; promised to make him a great Nation and give him the land which Israel now inhabit.

God has promised the land of Canaan, as it was then called, to Abraham and his seed forever. Galatians 3:16 explains that the Lord Jesus is in fact the promised ‘seed’ and that all those who love and obey him will share these promises v 14 ‘ That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ’. Jesus will claim his Kingdom when he returns, and then as promised to Abraham it will stretch over a much larger area -from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates. Because the Jews failed to be faithful to God, He cast them out of the land, but as we have seen in Ezekiel 36 He will bring them back. And we have been privileged to see the start of this return.

The establishment of Modern Israel and its continued existence through four wars against the might of the Arab world are sure and certain signs that God will never forget His promise to establish Israel in the land and send His Son, Jesus to reign over it. At this time another wonderful promise will become a fact, - the blessing of all Nations ; ‘In thee ( God declared to Abraham) shall all nations be blessed’ (Genesis 12:3; Galatians 3:8).

A House of prayer for all people (Isaiah 56:7)

One of the blessings promised can also be found in Ezekiel, for, at the return of Christ, when he has brought complete peace to the world a 3rd Temple will be built, and this time it won’t be just for the Jews but ALL nations will go up to Jerusalem to worship there and the Jew will be respected not hated.

Zechariah 8:22  Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.

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.

Psalm 102, with which we started, promises:

13  Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.

14  For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.

15  So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

16  When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

The time to favour Zion by the return of their Messiah must be very close. Even so come. Lord Jesus.

 

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