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When Darkness Reigns


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“But this is your hour – when darkness reigns.”  Luke 22:53b

Evil permeates the darkness, spreading vicious and depraved shadows of death in the night air. The hours ahead reveal the debased mind of man being led by and corrupted by pure evil. Yet, these are the very ones for whom Yeshua is laying down His life.  The greatest battle of life and time has begun between the spiritual forces of good and evil.  The one who wins this battle wins the war!!! The victory is the saving of the souls of men who choose Yeshua’s way of light and life.
Earlier, Yeshua prayed for Himself to His Father God, then continued to pray for His disciples for protection from the evil one, then lastly, Yeshua prayed for you and me and all who, in the future, would believe and follow His message of salvation.  John 17
When Yeshua had finished praying, He left with His talmidim and crossed the stream that flows in winter through the Vadi Kidron Valley.  On the other side was an olive grove, called the Mount of Olives.  
 
32 They went to a place called Gat Sh’manim; and Yeshua said to his talmidim, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took with him Kefa, Ya`akov and Yochanan. Great distress and anguish came over him; 34 and he said to them, “My heart is so filled with sadness that I could die! Remain here and stay awake.” Mark 14
39 Going on a little farther, He fell on his face, praying, “My Father, if possible, let this cup pass from Me! Yet — not what I want, but what you want!” 40 He returned to the talmidim and found them sleeping. He said to Kefa, “Were you so weak that you couldn’t stay awake with Me for even an hour? 41 Stay awake, and pray that you will not be put to the test – the spirit indeed is eager, but human nature is weak.” 42 A second time He went off and prayed. “My Father, if this cup cannot pass away unless I drink it, let what You want be done.” 43 Again He returned and found them sleeping, their eyes were so heavy. 44 Leaving them again, He went off and prayed a third time, saying the same words.  Matthew 26
41 He went about a stone’s throw away from them, kneeled down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, let not My will but Yours be done.” 43 There appeared to Him an angel from heaven giving Him strength, 44 and in great anguish He prayed more intensely, so that His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling to the ground. Luke 22
41 The third time, he came and said to them, “For now, go on sleeping, take your rest. . . .There, that’s enough! The time has come! Look! The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners! 42 Get up! Let’s go! Here comes my betrayer!” Mark 14
2 Now Y’hudah, who was betraying Him, also knew the place; because Yeshua had often met there with His talmidim. 3 So Y’hudah went there, taking with him a detachment of Roman soldiers and some Temple guards provided by the head cohanim and the P’rushim; they carried weapons, swords and clubs, lanterns and torches.  John 18
48 The betrayer had arranged to give them a signal: “The man I kiss is the one you want — grab Him!” 49 He went straight up to Yeshua, said, “Shalom, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50 Yeshua said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they moved forward, laid hold of Yeshua and arrested him. 51 At that, one of the men with Yeshua reached for his sword, drew it out and struck at the servant of the cohen hagadol, cutting off his ear.  But Yeshua answered, “No more of this!”  And He touched the man’s ear and healed him. 52 Yeshua said to him, “Put your sword back where it belongs, for everyone who uses the sword will die by the sword. 53 Don’t you know that I can ask my Father, and He will instantly provide more than twelve legions of angels to help Me? 54 But if I did that, how could the passages in the Tanakh be fulfilled that say it has to happen this way?” Then all the disciples deserted Him and fled. Matthew 26
52 Then Yeshua said to the head cohanim, the officers of the Temple guard and the elders who had come to seize Him, “So you came out just as you would to the leader of a rebellion, with swords and clubs? 53 Every day I was there with you in the Temple court, yet you didn’t arrest Me. But this is your hour — the hour when darkness reigns.” Luke 22
12 So the detachment of Roman soldiers and their captain, together with the Temple Guard of the Judeans, arrested Yeshua, tied Him up, 13 and took Him first to `Anan, the father-in-law of Kayafa, who was cohen gadol that fateful year. 14 (It was Kayafa who had advised the Judeans that it would be good for one man to die on behalf of the people.)  John 18
15 Shim`on Kefa and another talmid followed Yeshua. The second talmid was known to the cohen hagadol, and he went with Yeshua into the courtyard of the cohen hagadol; 16 but Kefa stood outside by the gate. So the other talmid, the one known to the cohen hagadol, went back out and spoke to the woman on duty at the gate, then brought Kefa inside. 17 The woman at the gate said to Kefa, “Aren’t you another of that man’s talmidim?” He said, “No, I’m not.”  John 18
58 A little later, someone else saw him and said, “You’re one of them too”; but Kefa said, “Man, I am not!” 59 About an hour later, another man asserted emphatically, “There can be no doubt that this fellow was with Him, because he too is from the Galil!” 60 But Kefa said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” And instantly, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Kefa; and Kefa remembered what the Lord had said, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went outside and cried bitterly. Luke 22
19 Meanwhile the cohen hagadol questioned Yeshua about His talmidim and about what He taught. 20 Yeshua answered, “I have spoken quite openly to everyone; I have always taught in a synagogue or in the Temple where all
Jews meet together, and I have said nothing in secret; 21 so why are you questioning Me? Question the ones who heard what I said to them; look, they know what I said.” 22 At these words, one of the guards standing by slapped
Yeshua in the face and said, “This is how you talk to the cohen hagadol?” 23 Yeshua answered him, “If I said something wrong, state publicly what was wrong; but if I was right, why are you hitting me?” 24 So `Anan sent him, still tied up, to Kayafa the cohen hagadol.  John 18
57 Those who had seized Yeshua led Him off to Kayafa the cohen hagadol, where the Torah-teachers and elders were assembled. 58 Kefa followed Him at a distance as far as the courtyard of the cohen hagadol; then he went inside and sat down with the guards to see what the outcome would be. 59 The head cohanim and the whole Sanhedrin looked for some false evidence against Yeshua, so that they might put Him to death. 60 But they didn’t find any, even though many liars came forward to give testimony. At last, however, two people came forward and said, 61 “This man said, `I can tear down God’s Temple and build it again in three days.'” 62 The cohen hagadol stood up and said, “Have you nothing to say to the accusation these men are making?” 63 Yeshua remained silent. The cohen hagadol said to him, “I put you under oath! By the living God, tell us if You are the Mashiach, the Son of God!” 64 Yeshua said to him, “The words are your own. But I tell you that one day you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of HaG’vurah and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 At this, the cohen hagadol tore his robes. “Blasphemy!” he said. “Why do we still need witnesses? You heard Him blaspheme! 66 What is your verdict?” “Guilty,” they answered. “He deserves death!” 67 Then they spit in His face and pounded him with their fists; and those who were beating him 68 said, “Now, you `Messiah,’ `prophesy’ to us: who hit you that time?”  Matthew 26
1 Early in the morning, all the head cohanim and elders met to plan how to bring about Yeshua’s death. 2 Then they put Him in chains, led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate the governor. 3 When Y’hudah, who had betrayed him, saw that Yeshua had been condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the head cohanim and elders, 4 saying, “I sinned in betraying an innocent man to death.” “What is that to us?” they answered. “That’s your problem.” 5 Hurling the pieces of silver into the sanctuary, he left; then he went off and hanged himself…  (His body fell headlong, swelled up and burst open, and all his entrails spilled out. Acts 1) …
6 The head cohanim took the silver coins and said, “It is prohibited to put this into the Temple treasury, because it is blood money.” 7 So they decided to use it to buy the potter’s field as a cemetery for foreigners. 8 This is how it came to be called the Field of Blood, a name it still bears.
9 Then what Yirmeyahu the prophet spoke was fulfilled, “And they took the thirty silver coins, which was the price the people of Isra’el had agreed to pay for Him, 10 and used them to buy the potter’s field, just as the Lord directed me.” Matthew 27
28 They led Yeshua from Kayafa to the governor’s headquarters. By now it was early morning. They did not enter the headquarters building because they didn’t want to become ritually defiled and thus unable to eat the Pesach meal. 29 So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What charge are you bringing against this man?” 30 They answered, “If He hadn’t done something wrong, we wouldn’t have brought Him to you.” 31 Pilate said to them, “You take Him and judge Him according to your own law.” The Judeans replied, “We don’t have the legal power to put anyone to death.” 32 This was so that what Yeshua had said, about how He was going to die, might be fulfilled. 
 
33 So Pilate went back into the headquarters, called Yeshua and said to Him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 34 Yeshua answered, “Are you asking this on your own, or have other people told you about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and head cohanim have handed You over to me; what have you done?” 36 Yeshua answered, “My kingship does not derive its authority from this world’s order of things. If it did, my men would have fought to keep me from being arrested by the Judeans. But my kingship does not come from here.” 37 “So then,” Pilate said to Him, “You are a king, after all.” Yeshua answered, “You say I am a king. The reason I have been born, the reason I have come into the world, is to bear witness to the truth. Every one who belongs to the truth listens to me.” 38 Pilate asked Him, “What is truth?” Having said this, Pilate went outside again to the Judeans and told them, “I don’t find any case against Him.  John 18
5 But they persisted. “He is inciting the people with His teaching throughout all Y’hudah — He started in the Galil, and now He’s here!” 6 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was from the Galil; 7 and when he learned that He was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him over to Herod, who at that time happened to be in Yerushalayim too. 8 Herod was delighted to see Yeshua, because he had heard about Him and for a long time had been wanting to meet Him; indeed, he hoped to see Him perform some miracle. 9 He questioned Him at great length, 10 but Yeshua made no reply. However, the head cohanim and the Torah-teachers stood there, vehemently pressing their case against Him. 11 Herod and his soldiers treated Yeshua with contempt and made fun of Him. Then, dressing Him in an elegant robe, they sent Him back to Pilate. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other; previously they had been enemies. 
13 Pilate summoned the head cohanim, the leaders and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought this man before me on a charge of subverting the people. I examined Him in your presence and did not find the man guilty of the crime you are accusing Him of. 15 And neither did Herod, because he sent him back to us. Clearly, He has not done anything that merits the death penalty. 16 Therefore, what I will do is have Him scourged and release Him.” Luke 23
For most of us in today’s modern society, the term scourge has no relevant meaning or point of reference.  Scourge means to beat, to flog, to punish severely with a leather whip imbedded with sharp pieces of bone and metal.
The perfect example of Yeshua’s scourging is prophesied in Isaiah 52:14…
14 Just as there were many who were appalled at Him— His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and His form marred beyond human likeness—
15 It was the governor’s custom during a festival to set free one prisoner, whom ever the crowd asked for. 16 There was at that time a notorious prisoner being held, named Bar-Abba. 17 So when a crowd had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to set free for you? Bar Abba? or Yeshua, called `the Messiah’?” 18 For he understood that it was out of jealousy that they had handed Him over.
19 While he was sitting in court, his wife sent him a message, “Leave that innocent man alone. Today in a dream I suffered terribly because of Him.” 20 But the head cohanim persuaded the crowd to ask for Bar-Abba’s release and to have Yeshua executed on the cross. 21 “Which of the two do you want me to set free for you?” asked the governor. “Bar-Abba!” they answered. 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Yeshua, called `the Messiah’?” They all said, “Put him to death on the stake! Crucify Him! Crucify Him! 23 When he asked, “Why? What crime has He committed?” they shouted all the louder, “Put Him to death on the stake!” Crucify Him! 24 When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water, washed his hands in front of the crowd, and said, “My hands are clean of this man’s blood; it’s your responsibility.” 25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!” 26 Then Pilate released to them Bar-Abba; but Pilate had Yeshua scourged, and handed Him over to be crucified. 27 The governor’s soldiers took Yeshua into the headquarters building, and the whole battalion gathered around Him. 
28 They stripped off his clothes and put on him a scarlet robe, 29 wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and put a stick in his right hand. Then they kneeled down in front of him and made fun of him: “Hail to the King of the Jews!” 30 They spit on Him and used the stick to beat Him about the head. 31 When they had finished ridiculing Him, they took off the robe, put his own clothes back on Him and led Him away to be nailed to the cross to crucify Him. Matthew 27
Yeshua’s last 12 hours began with His betrayal by Judas Iscariot as he left the Passover meal to collect his 30 pieces of silver from the head cohanim and lead their armed guards to Yeshua on the Mt of Olives. Yeshua had revealed the complete meaning of Passover.
22 While they were eating, Yeshua took bread and gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to His talmidim, saying, “Take It; this is My body.” 23 Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 “This is My blood of the Covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” He said to them 25 “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until I drink it anew in the Kingdom of God.” Mark 14   “This is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”  Luke 22:19b
 
On this night, the new Passover Lamb, the once-for-all sacrifice of God’s only Son, fulfilled the shadow of the old Passover.
Even when the darkness of evil reigns – the Light of Truth is not extinguished!  Amen and Amen!
Peter (Kefa) saw the light of truth through the eyes of Yeshua when he denied knowing his Lord.  Peter went out and wept bitterly.  He truly repented.
Pilate’s wife saw the light of truth revealed in a dream and sent a note to Pilate while he was sitting on the judge’s seat saying “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.” Matthew 27:19
Pilate saw the light of truth while questioning Yeshua.
13 Pilate summoned the head cohanim, the leaders and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought this man before me on a charge of subverting the people. I examined Him in your presence and did not find the man guilty of the crime you are accusing Him of. 15 And neither did Herod, because he sent Him back to us. Clearly, He has not done anything that merits the death penalty.  Luke 23
Judas Iscariot, the betrayer and one of the talmidim, saw the light of truth, but too late. 3 When Y’hudah, who had betrayed Him, saw that Yeshua had been condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the head cohanim and elders, 4 saying, “I sinned in betraying an innocent man to death.” “What is that to us?” they answered. “That’s your problem.” 5 Hurling the pieces of silver into the sanctuary, he left; then he went off and hanged himself. Matthew 27
The greatest testimony of the light of truth is from the source of all truth, for Yeshua and His Father are one; therefore they cannot lie.
33 So Pilate went back into the headquarters, called Yeshua and said to Him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Yeshua answered, “Are you asking this on your own, or have other people told you about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and head cohanim have handed you over to me; what have you done?” 36 Yeshua answered, “My kingship does not derive its authority from this world’s order of things. If it did, my men would have fought to keep me from being arrested by the Judeans. But my kingship does not come from here.” 37 “So then,” Pilate said to him, “You are a king, after all.” Yeshua answered, “You say I am a king. The reason I have been born, the reason I have come into the world, is to bear witness to the truth. Every one who belongs to the truth listens to me.” 38 Pilate asked him, “What is truth?” Having said this, Pilate went outside again to the Judeans and told them, “I don’t find any case against him.  John 18
Yeshua’s last hours were filled with betrayal, arrest, verbal abuse, being bound, blindfolded, beaten, ridiculed, mocked, spat upon, judged, scourged, crowned with thorns and then condemned to die. 
If I had been in the crowd that morning, would I have shouted “Crucify Him!!”  “Crucify Him!!” ?
If you had been in the crowd that morning, would you have shouted “Crucify Him!!”  “Crucify Him!!” ?
If each of us has not chosen Yeshua to be our personal Savior and Lord of our life, then it is sad to say, the answer would be yes: Crucify Him!!
 
Prayerfully watch this powerful video of the David Meece song as performed by Avalon:
 

 

 
… We were the reason that He gave His life
We were the reason that He suffered and died
To a world that was lost He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live…
 
 
Pictures and movie arrangement from the 2004 Mel Gibson movie
The Passion of the Christ.
 
 

Israel Unveiled Vol.1 – Mt. of Beatitudes

Israel Unveiled Vol. 1 is a journey through 11 different sites in the land of the Bible with Amir Tsarfati.

Join us as Amir teaches  the Sermon on the Mount from the Mt. of the Beatitudes.  See additional locations at Behold Israel’s YouTube channel.

 

Amir Tsarfati

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Yeshua and The Passover

We hope that this video blesses your heart as you watch and listen to Amir Tsarfati of BeholdIsrael.org explain Yeshua as the true Passover Lamb.

 

Jesus In The Old Testament

Amir Tsarfati is the founder of Behold Israel and lives in northern Israel.  Since 1999, Amir has been invited to churches, prophecy seminars and conferences around the world, to teach on current events in Israel in light of Bible prophecy.  Since 2004, Amir has been consultant to various law enforcement agencies and seminars on homeland-security issues.

Amir was born to a Jewish family in Jerusalem. He grew up in the Jerusalem area and heard about the Messiah while living with a foster family as a high school senior. It was when he saw the “Jesus” film by Campus Crusade that he accepted Jesus into his heart, the turning point in his life.

 

May you be blessed as you listen to Amir’s, “Jesus in the Old Testament.”

Chapter 26e: The First Born of Jehovah, Part V

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TO:         All Hebrews

FROM:  Jehovah God of the Hebrews

Hebrews Chapters 12 & 13

Hebrews 12:1-2  1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses {believers}, let us, too, put aside every impediment – that is, the sin which easily hampers our forward movement – and keep running with perseverance in the race set before us, 2 Let us fix our eyes on Yeshua, the author and perfector of our faith, who, in exchange for obtaining the joy set before Him, endured execution on a stake as a criminal, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

isaiah-scroll1The prophet Isaiah, in chapters 52 and 53, foretells one account of Yeshua’s crucifixion. Jehovah God is speaking of His only begotten Son, Yeshua.

Isaiah 52:13-15  “See how My servant will succeed! He will be raised up, exalted, highly honored! Just as many were appalled at Him, because He was so disfigured that He didn’t even seem human and simply no longer looked like a man, so now He will startle many nations; because of Him, kings will be speechless. For they will see what they had not been told, they will ponder things they had never heard.”

 Isaiah 53  1 Who believes our report? To whom is the arm of ADONAI revealed? 2 For before him Yeshua grew up like a young plant, like a root out of dry ground. He was not well-formed or especially handsome; we saw Him, but His appearance did not attract us. 3 People despised and avoided Him, a man of pains, well acquainted with illness. Like someone from whom people turn their faces, He was despised; we did not value Him. 4 In fact, it was our sins He bore, our pains from which He suffered; yet we regarded Yeshua as punished, stricken and afflicted by God. 5 But Yeshua was wounded because of our crimes, crushed because of our sins; the disciplining that makes us whole fell on Him, and by His bruises we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, went astray; we turned, each one, to his own way; yet ADONAI laid on His only Son, Yeshua, the sins of us all.  In fellowship with God 7 though mistreated, Yeshua was submissive – He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb led to be slaughtered, like a sheep silent before its shearers, Yeshua did not open his mouth. 8 After forcible arrest, beatings and sentencing, He was taken away; and none of His generation protested His being cut off from the land of the living for the crimes of God’s people, who deserved the punishment themselves. 9 He was given a grave among the wicked; in His death He was laid in a rich man’s tomb. Although Yeshua, being perfect, had done no violence and had said nothing deceptive, 10 yet it pleased ADONAI to crush Him with suffering, to see if He would present Himself as the once-for-all guilt offering. If Yeshua does, He will see His offspring; and He will prolong his days; and at His hand ADONAI’s desire will be accomplished. 11 After the suffering of His soul, He will see the light of life and be fulfilled. “By Yeshua’s knowing pain and sacrifice, My righteous servant makes those who believe in Him righteous; it is for their sins that he suffers. 12 Therefore I will assign Him a share with the great, He will divide the spoil with the mighty, for having exposed Himself to death and being counted among the sinners, while actually bearing the sin of many and interceding for the offenders.”

jesus on crossThe greatest act of forgiveness came from Yeshua as He was dying on the cross.  Yeshua cried out, ”Father, forgive them for they no not what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

Why should we ever have trouble forgiving one another?

Read the account of Yeshua’s crucifixion from an earlier blog post “It Is Finished”  and from the account found in Luke 23.

Drops of blood splattered the narrow cobblestone pavement in Jerusalem that lead to Golgotha, known as the place of the Skull, on Mt. Calvary.

Yeshua’s flesh was torn to the bone from the scourging.  His appearance was disfigured beyond that of any man and His form marred beyond human likeness.  Those who rejected Him inflicted mental and physical brutalities beyond comprehension upon Yeshua. A crown of thorns pierced His brow, which mocked and ridiculed His answer to Pilot, “My Kingdom does not belong to this world’s order of things.”

Yeshua’s last hours were filled with the deepest depth of sorrow and injustice beyond belief! Innocence, truth, love, and forgiveness were crucified.  Yeshua’s blood flowed.  Oh, the blood, the precious blood of the Lamb, Jehovah’s Lamb.

There is power in His blood: the power to overcome sin and save us from death and Hell, and the power of love that purifies and redeems.  The Lamb is without spot or blemish.  The Lamb that laid down His life, once-for-all, for whosoever chooses, so that we may be washed and justified from sin by faith believing.

“Power In The Blood” performed by Nicole C. Mullen

The Lamb was foreshadowed back in Egypt when the Israelites where told by Moses to put the blood of a lamb on the doorpost of their homes so that death would pass over.

Blood is life. The blood of Yeshua has the power of life over death and fills the hearts of those who receive Him with eternal life.  The veil, which separated the Holy of Holies, was torn from top to bottom by Jehovah.  This act reveals that we have direct access to Him through His Son, Yeshua the Great High Priest.  Yeshua is our intercessor having accomplished His mission, given by His Father Jehovah, through fulfilling the law and establishing the new blood Covenant.

No one could see behind the Temple veil except the high priest. Today, only the veil of spiritual blindness stands between one’s seeing and believing Jehovah’s complete truth.

Worthy is the Lamb! In Yeshua, we have redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of sins. Ephesians 1:7 Jehovah gave His Son to pay the ultimate price.  Yeshua was born to die so that you and I could have eternal life!

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT JEHOVAH GOD AND HIS ONLY SON, YESHUA, DO NOT LOVE YOU!

“Written In Red”

The 12th chapter of Hebrews begins with therefore.  What is therefore – there for?  It is to bring to a conclusion, from previous chapters, the major highlights of Jehovah’s revelation of truth through warnings {to those who reject Jehovah’s word of truth} and perseverance {those who accept Jehovah’s word of truth} in regard to His Son, Yeshua.

It is imperative that you, the Hebrew people, by faith believing, accept Jehovah’s truth by knowing His Son, Yeshua, as your personal Savior and Lord of your life.

It is evident that Jehovah God presents His truth to His Hebrew people. Let us review by taking a look as some key examples.

1) In the past, Jehovah spoke to your forefathers through His prophets.

2) In the last days, Jehovah spoke through His Son, Yeshua, whom He appointed heir of all things.

3) Yeshua will be King in the Kingdom of Heaven in the New Jerusalem forever and ever.

4) Jehovah’s warning: do not ignore such a great salvation!

5) Yeshua, Jehovah’s Son, was made like His brothers in order to become the merciful and faithful Great High Priest, making atonement for the sins of the people.  Amen and Amen!

6) Yeshua is greater than Angels (messengers) or Moses, a servant in Jehovah’s house.  Yeshua is the Son over Jehovah’s house.

7) Jehovah’s Holy Spirit speaks another warning:  today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart.  Listen! Seek Jehovah God with all your heart!

8) You have heard the Gospel preached; respond by faith believing in Yeshua Messiah the Christ – while it is today.

9) As a new believer, hold firm to the faith you possess.  You know Jehovah’s truth and His truth sets you free.

10) Yeshua paid the price for your sins with His blood in order that you may have everlasting life through Him only.

11) Jehovah’s warning:  do not fall away from the truth!  Walk in the Holy Spirit and not in the flesh.  All things spiritual!

12) Melchizedek foreshadowed Yeshua Messiah, the Christ and the Great High Priest forever and ever!  No other priests are needed.  Yeshua is your all in all and the only intercessor between you and your heavenly Father God.

13) Jehovah God’s Son, Yeshua, is the mediator of the New Blood Covenant, through His once-for-all blood sacrifice. He set those who choose Him free from sin with His promise of an eternal inheritance in the Kingdom of Heaven! Amazing love!

14) Trust in Jehovah God, for His Word is truth and He cannot lie.   Exercise your trust in God by faith believing in Yeshua His Son for salvation. Stand firm in the faith.

ALL 14 examples can be summed up into one.  Jehovah God warns, do not ignore such a great salvation – Do not ignore My Son, Yeshua.

faithStand firm in FAITH.

F is for forgiveness.  “In Yeshua we have redemption through His Blood, the forgiveness of sins.”  Ephesians 1:7

A is for available for all.  “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, Yeshua, into the world that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

I is for impossible. It is impossible for God to allow sin into Heaven.  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

T is for Turn. Turn is to repent from your self and sin and by faith believing, turn to Yeshua for salvation.  “If My people, which are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:14

H is for Heaven. The dwelling place, the eternal home for all believers, called the Kingdom of Heaven, the perfect place without sin, where Yeshua is the King of kings and Lord of lords forever without end! Yeshua told His disciples of this place.  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and believe in Me. In My Father’s house are many places to live. If there weren’t, I would have told you because I am going there to prepare a place for you. Since I am going and preparing a place for you, I will return to take you with Me; so that where I Am, you may be also. Furthermore, you know where I’m going; and you know the way there.”  John 14:1-4

By FAITH let us see. By FAITH let us believe in Jehovah’s Son, Yeshua. By FAITH let us receive Jehovah’s love gift of salvation through Yeshua, the One who paid the price for my sin and yours, through the shedding of His blood ONCE-FOR-ALL to those, who by FAITH believing in Yeshua, personally receive Him as Savior and Lord of their lives.

Hebrews Chapter 12 

God is dealing with you as sons; regard your endurance as discipline.      

1 So then, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us, too, put aside every impediment – that is, the sin which easily hampers our forward movement – and keep running with endurance in the contest set before us, 2 looking away to the Initiator and Completer of that trusting Yeshua, who in exchange for obtaining the joy set before Him, endured execution on a stake as a criminal, scorning the shame, and He sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Yes, think about Yeshua who endured such hostility against Himself from sinners, so that you won’t grow tired or become despondent. 4 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in the battle against sin. 5 Also you have forgotten the counsel, which speaks with you as sons: “My son, don’t despise the discipline of ADONAI or become despondent when he corrects you. 6 For ADONAI disciplines those he loves and whips everyone He accepts as a son.” 7 Regard your endurance as discipline; God is dealing with you as sons. For what son goes undisciplined by his father? 8 All legitimate sons undergo discipline; so if you don’t, you’re a mamzer and not a son! 9 Furthermore, we had physical fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them; how much more should we submit to our spiritual Father and live! 10 For they disciplined us only for a short time and only as best they could; but God disciplines us in a way that provides genuine benefit to us and enables us to share in His holiness. 11 Now, all discipline, while it is happening, does indeed seem painful, not enjoyable; but for those who have been trained by it, it later produces its peaceful fruit, which is righteousness. 12 So, strengthen your drooping arms, and steady your tottering knees; 13 and make a level path for your feet; so that what has been injured will not get wrenched out of joint but rather will be healed. 14 Keep pursuing shalom with everyone and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one misses out on God’s grace, that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble and thus contaminates many, 16 and that no one is sexually immoral, or godless like Esav, who in exchange for a single meal gave up his rights as the firstborn. 17 For you know that afterwards, when he wanted to obtain his father’s blessing, he was rejected; indeed, even though he sought it with tears, his change of heart was to no avail. 18 For you have not come to a tangible mountain, to an ignited fire, to darkness, to murk, to a whirlwind, 19 to the sound of a shofar, and to a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further message be given to them – 20 for they couldn’t bear what was being commanded them, “If even an animal touches the mountain, it is to be stoned to death”; 21 and so terrifying was the sight that Moshe said, “I am quaking with dread.” 22 On the contrary, you have come to Mount Tziyon, that is, the city of the living God, heavenly Yerushalayim; to myriads of angels in festive assembly; 23 to a community of the firstborn whose names have been recorded in heaven; to a Judge who is God of everyone; to spirits of righteous people who have been brought to the goal; 24 to Yeshua the mediator of the New Covenant,  and to the sprinkled blood that speaks better things than that of Hevel (Abel). 25 See that you don’t reject Jehovah God who speaks! For if those did not escape who rejected God when He gave divine warning on earth (Mount Sinai) think how much less we will escape if we turn away from Him when He warns from heaven (Mount Zion). 26 Even then, God’s voice shook the earth (Mt. Sinai); but now, God has made this promise: “One more time I will shake not only the earth, but the heaven too (Mount Zion)!” 27 And this phrase, “one more time,” makes clear that the things shaken are removed, since they are created things, so that the things not shaken may remain (eternal). 28 Therefore, since we have received an unshakeable Kingdom, let us have grace, through which we may offer service that will please God, with reverence and fear. 29 For indeed, “Our God is a consuming fire!”

 

“A Mighty Fortress” performed by Christy Nockels

Hebrews Chapter 13

Exhortations for all believers

1 Let brotherly friendship continue; 2 but don’t forget to be friendly to outsiders; for in so doing, some people, without knowing it, have entertained angels. 3 Remember those in prison and being mistreated, as if you were in prison with them and undergoing their torture yourselves. 4 Marriage is honorable in every respect; and the marriage bed kept pure for God will indeed punish fornicators and adulterers. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money; and be satisfied with what you have; for God himself has said, “I will never fail you or abandon you.” 6 Therefore, we say with confidence, “ADONAI is my helper; I will not be afraid what can a human being do to me?” 7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke God’s message to you. Reflect on the results of their way of life, and imitate their trust – 8 Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today and forever. 9 Do not be carried away by various strange teachings; for what is good is for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods. People who have made these the focus of their lives have not benefited thereby. 10 We have an altar from which those who serve in the Tent are not permitted to eat. 11 For the cohen hagadol brings the blood of animals into the Holiest Place as a sin offering, but their bodies are burned outside the camp.p 12 So too Yeshua suffered death outside the gate, in order to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Therefore, let us go out to Him who is outside the camp and share His disgrace. 14 For we have no permanent city here; on the contrary, we seek the one to come. 15 Through Yeshua, therefore, let us offer God a sacrifice of praise continually. For this is the natural product of lips that acknowledge His name. 16 But don’t forget doing good and sharing with others, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your lives, as people who will have to render an account. So make it a task of joy for them, not one of groaning; for that is of no advantage to you. 18 Keep praying for us, for we are certain that we have a clear conscience and want to conduct ourselves properly in everything we do. 19 And all the more I beg you to do this, so that I may be restored to you that much sooner. 20 May the God of shalom, who through the blood of the eternal covenant, brought back from the dead our Lord Yeshua, that great Shepherd of the sheep,. 21 equip you with every good thing you need to do His will; and may He work in us whatever pleases Him, through Yeshua the Messiah. to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. 22 Now I urge you, brothers, to bear with my message of exhortation; for I have written you only briefly. 23 Know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he comes soon enough, I will bring him with me when I come to see you. 24 Greet all your leaders and all God’s people. The people from Italy send greetings to you. 25 Grace be with you all.

Jehovah God has given you the light to see His complete truth revealed again in this amazing book of Hebrews, written to you His chosen.  “TODAY, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart as your forefathers did in the desert.”  Yeshua is the way, the truth and the life.  Yeshua is your light and your salvation.  Yeshua is Jehovah’s Son, His sacrificial Lamb, born to die that you may live. The greatest mistake you will ever make in your life is refusing Jehovah’s only begotten Son, Yeshua, as your personal Savior and Lord of your life.

Amazing Love” performed by Chris Tomlin

We Are The Reason

In Remembrance of Me

Chapter 13: In Remembrance of MeBefore reading this, please refer back to our Chapter 3 posting to the account taken from Exodus 12:1-13 of the Passover in Egypt, then read the following of the Passover in Jerusalem.

 

1 Peter 2:21,24

21 Indeed, this is what you were called to; because the Messiah too suffered, on your behalf, leaving an example so that you should follow in His steps. 24 He himself bore our sins in His body on the stake, O so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness – by His wounds you were healed.  

1 Peter 1:18-20

18 You should be aware that the ransom paid to free you from the worthless way of life which your fathers passed on to you did not consist of anything perishable like silver or gold; 19 on the contrary, it was the costly bloody sacrificial death of the Messiah, as of a lamb without defect or spot. 20 God knew Him before the founding of the universe, but revealed Him in the latter days for your sakes.

 

There is only one more week, Passover week, then all sin will be atoned for and the Lamb, God’s Sacrificial Passover Lamb, God’s Perfect Lamb, God’s only begotten Son, once for all will pay our sin debt, with a pardon.

 

“Paid-in-Full” to the Kingdom of Heaven!!!  Hallelujah and praise be to the Lamb!!

 

Even Messiah our Passover is sacrificed for us. 1 Cor. 5:7

 

“Who Am I”

performed and written by Casting Crowns 

The last days leading up to Passover begin with Yeshua and His apostles stopping in Bethany on their way to Jerusalem to perform yet another miracle.

 

 

9453d-jesus_lazarusJohn 11

1 There was a man who had fallen sick. His name was El`azar, and he came from Beit-Anyah, the village where Miryam and her sister Marta lived. 2 (This Miryam, whose brother El`azar had become sick, is the one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3 So the sisters sent a message to Yeshua, “Lord, the man you love is sick.” 4 On hearing it, he said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may receive glory through it.” 5 Yeshua loved Marta and her sister and El`azar; 6 so when he heard he was sick, first he stayed where he was two more days; 7 then, after this, he said to the talmidim, “Let’s go back to Y’hudah.” 8 The talmidim replied, “Rabbi! Just a short while ago the Judeans were out to stone you — and you want to go back there?” 9 Yeshua answered, “Aren’t there twelve hours of daylight? If a person walks during daylight, he doesn’t stumble; because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if a person walks at night, he does stumble; because he has no light with him.” 11 Yeshua said these things, and afterwards he said to the talmidim, “Our friend El`azar has gone to sleep; but I am going in order to wake him up.” 12 The talmidim said to him, “Lord, if he has gone to sleep, he will get better.” 13 Now Yeshua had used the phrase to speak about El`azar’s death, but they thought he had been talking literally about sleep. 14 So Yeshua told them in plain language, “El`azar has died. 15 And for your sakes, I am glad that I wasn’t there, so that you may come to trust. But let’s go to him.” 16 Then T’oma (the name means “twin”) said to his fellow talmidim, “Yes, we should go, so that we can die with him!” 17 On arrival, Yeshua found that El`azar had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Beit-Anyah was about two miles from Yerushalayim, 19 and many of the Judeans had come to Marta and Miryam in order to comfort them at the loss of their brother. 20 So when Marta heard that Yeshua was coming, she went out to meet him; but Miryam continued sitting shiv`ah in the house. 21 Marta said to Yeshua, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 Even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” 23 Yeshua said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said, “I know that he will rise again at the Resurrection on the Last Day.” 25 Yeshua said to her, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life! Whoever puts his trust in me will live, even if he dies; 26 and everyone living and trusting in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.” 28 After saying this, she went off and secretly called Miryam, her sister: “The Rabbi is here and is calling for you.” 29 When she heard this, she jumped up and went to him. 30 Yeshua had not yet come into the village but was still where Marta had met him; 31 so when the Judeans who had been with Miryam in the house comforting her saw her get up quickly and go out, they followed her, thinking she was going to the tomb to mourn there. 32 When Miryam came to where Yeshua was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Yeshua saw her crying, and also the Judeans who came with her crying, he was deeply moved and also troubled. 34 He said, “Where have you buried him?” They said, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Yeshua cried; 36 so the Judeans there said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “He opened the blind man’s eyes. Couldn’t he have kept this one from dying?” 38 Yeshua, again deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying in front of the entrance. 39 Yeshua said, “Take the stone away!” Marta, the sister of the dead man, said to Yeshua, “By now his body must smell, for it has been four days since he died!” 40 Yeshua said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you keep trusting, you will see the glory of God?” 41 So they removed the stone. Yeshua looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I myself know that you always hear me, but I say this because of the crowd standing around, so that they may believe that you have sent me.” 43 Having said this, he shouted, “El`azar! Come out!” 44 The man who had been dead came out, his hands and feet wrapped in strips of linen and his face covered with a cloth. Yeshua said to them, “Unwrap him, and let him go!” 45 At this, many of the Judeans who had come to visit Miryam, and had seen what Yeshua had done, trusted in him. 46 But some of them went off to the P’rushim and told them what he had done. 47 So the head cohanim and the P’rushim called a meeting of the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do? — for this man is performing many miracles. 48 If we let him keep going on this way, everyone will trust in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both the Temple and the nation.” 49 But one of them, Kayafa, who was cohen gadol that year, said to them, “You people don’t know anything! 50 You don’t see that it’s better for you if one man dies on behalf of the people, so that the whole nation won’t be destroyed.” 51 Now he didn’t speak this way on his own initiative; rather, since he was cohen gadol that year, he was prophesying that Yeshua was about to die on behalf of the nation, 52 and not for the nation alone, but so that he might gather into one the scattered children of God. 53 From that day on, they made plans to have him put to death. 54 Therefore Yeshua no longer walked around openly among the Judeans but went away from there into the region near the desert, to a town called Efrayim, and stayed there with his talmidim. 55 The Judean festival of Pesach was near, and many people went up from the country to Yerushalayim to perform the purification ceremony prior to Pesach. 56 They were looking for Yeshua, and as they stood in the Temple courts they said to each other, “What do you think? That he simply won’t come to the festival?” 57 Moreover, the head cohanim and the P’rushim had given orders that anyone knowing Yeshua’s whereabouts should inform them, so that they could have him arrested. 

This miracle illustrates the greatest upcoming event in the history of man! The miracle foretells the crowning proof of all- Yeshua Messiah’s own resurrection!

 

“Bring The Rain”

written and performed by MercyMe

 

 

A brief review of this account identifies Yeshua, yet again, as the fulfillment of the long awaited Messiah, the true Son of God.  A powerful plea sent to Yeshua, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick”, yet He waited two more days before going to Bethany. Martha met Yeshua and said, “Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” {This event happened that the Son of God might be glorified, giving perfect timing for Yeshua to work the glorious miracle; the raising from the dead.} Yeshua answered Martha, “I AM the resurrection and the life, do you believe this?  “Yea, Lord” was her answer.  Martha quotes, “ I have believed that You are the Christ Messiah, and therefore, I do believe this!

 

Jesus prayingTherefore Martha believes and confesses that:

  • Yeshua is the Christ Messiah.
  • Yeshua is the Son of God.
  • Yeshua is the prophesied One to come.
  • Yeshua is the resurrection.
  • Yeshua is the blessed Life.
  • Yeshua is the light and truth.
  • Yeshua is divine and faithful.

Yeshua then prayed to His living Father God in heaven with praise and thanksgiving for hearing Him. Prayer is connecting one’s soul with the very heart of God. After the prayer, Yeshua said in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” and he came forth – – perfectly!

 

Lazarus was Jewish, in the presence of many Jewish people, in order that they may witness the glory of God!  Many of the Jewish people saw the things that Yeshua did and believed on Him.  They had heard of the miracles, but now they had seen for themselves, first hand, and their unbelief changed to belief!

 

d95fd-phariseesOther Jews were irritated by it, and hardened in their unbelief.  Some went to the Pharisees and reported what they had seen. The Pharisees called the Council to order to inflame one another with rage against the Christ.  What do we do?  If we don’t silence Him, all men will believe on Him!  (That would set up a new King, and the Romans would take away our place and nation). Then Caiaphas, the high priest, spoke, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”  He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Yeshua would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.  So from that day they plotted to take Yeshua’s life.

 

If I had been in the crowd that day, would I have seen and believed or would I have turned and walked away?  Each one must choose.

 

 

2995a-mary_jesusfeetJohn 12

1 Six days before Pesach, Yeshua came to Beit-Anyah, where El`azar lived, the man Yeshua had raised from the dead; 2 so they gave a dinner there in his honor. Marta served the meal, and El`azar was among those at the table with him. 3 Miryam took a whole pint of pure oil of spikenard, which is very expensive, poured it on Yeshua’s feet and wiped his feet with her hair, so that the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But one of the talmidim, Y’hudah from K’riot, the one who was about to betray him, said, 5 “This perfume is worth a year’s wages! Why wasn’t it sold and the money given to the poor?” 6 Now he said this not out of concern for the poor, but because he was a thief — he was in charge of the common purse and used to steal from it. 7 Yeshua said, “Leave her alone! She kept this for the day of my burial. 8 You always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” 9 A large crowd of Judeans learned that he was there; and they came not only because of Yeshua, but also so that they could see El`azar, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 The head cohanim then decided to do away with El`azar too, 11 since it was because of him that large numbers of the Judeans were leaving their leaders and putting their trust inYeshua.  

Matthew 20:17-19

17 As Yeshua was going up to Yerushalayim, he took the twelve talmidim aside by themselves and said to them, as they went on their way, 18 “We are now going up to Yerushalayim, where the Son of Man will be handed over to the head cohanim and Torah-teachers. They will sentence him to death 19 and turn him over to the Goyim, who will jeer at him, beat him and execute him on a stake as a criminal. But on the third day, he will be raised.”

Yeshua’s torture, death and resurrection was prophesied by Isaiah in chapters 52 and 53.

Isaiah 52: 13-15

13 “See how my servant will succeed! He will be raised up, exalted, highly honored! 14 Just as many were appalled at him, because he was so disfigured that he didn’t even seem human and simply no longer looked like a man, 15 so now he will startle many nations; because of him, kings will be speechless. For they will see what they had not been told, they will ponder things they had never heard.”

Isaiah 53 

1 Who believes our report? To whom is the arm of ADONAI revealed? 2 For before him he grew up like a young plant, like a root out of dry ground. He was not well-formed or especially handsome; we saw him, but his appearance did not attract us. 3 People despised and avoided him, a man of pains, well acquainted with illness. Like someone from whom people turn their faces, he was despised; we did not value him. 4 In fact, it was our diseases he bore, our pains from which he suffered; yet we regarded him as punished, stricken and afflicted by God. 5 But he was wounded because of our crimes, crushed because of our sins; the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him, and by his bruises we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, went astray; we turned, each one, to his own way; yet ADONAI laid on him the guilt of all of us. Or: and in fellowship with him 7 though mistreated, he was submissive – he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb led to be slaughtered, like a sheep silent before its shearers, he did not open his mouth. 8 After forcible arrest and sentencing, he was taken away; and none of his generation protested his being cut off from the land of the living for the crimes of my people, who deserved the punishment themselves. 9 He was given a grave among the wicked; in his death he was with a rich man. Although he had done no violence and had said nothing deceptive, 10 yet it pleased ADONAI to crush him with illness, to see if he would present himself as a guilt offering. If he does, he will see his offspring; and he will prolong his days; and at his hand ADONAI’s desire will be accomplished. 11 After this ordeal, he will see satisfaction. “By his knowing [pain and sacrifice], my righteous servant makes many righteous; it is for their sins that he suffers. 12 Therefore I will assign him a share with the great, he will divide the spoil with the mighty, for having exposed himself to death and being counted among the sinners, while actually bearing the sin of many and interceding for the offenders.”

 

de34e-jesus10These passages were prophesied hundreds of years before Yeshua was born.

Yeshua’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem as recorded in Matthew 21:1-9.  (Known also as Palm Sunday)

1 As they were approaching Yerushalayim, they came to Beit-Pagei on the Mount of Olives. Yeshua sent two talmidim 2 with these instructions: “Go into the village ahead of you, and you will immediately find a donkey tethered there with its colt. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, tell him, `The Lord needs them’; and he will let them go at once.” 4 This happened in order to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, 5 “Say to the daughter of Tziyon, `Look! Your King is coming to you, riding humbly on a donkey, and on a colt, the offspring of a beast of burden!’ 6 So the talmidim went and did as Yeshua had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put their robes on them, and Yeshua sat on them. 8 Crowds of people carpeted the road with their clothing, while others cut branches from trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds ahead of him and behind shouted, “Please! Deliver us!” to the Son of David; “Blessed is he who comes in the name of ADONAI!” “You in the highest heaven! Please! Deliver us!”

 

Continuing in Luke 19:39-44

39 Some of the P’rushim in the crowd said to him, “Rabbi! Reprimand your talmidim!” 40 But he answered them, “I tell you that if they keep quiet, the stones will shout!” 41 When Yeshua had come closer and could see the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “If you only knew today what is needed for shalom! But for now it is hidden from your sight. 43 For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will set up a barricade around you, encircle you, hem you in on every side, 44 and dash you to the ground, you and your children within your walls, leaving not one stone standing on another – and all because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

 

Mark 11:11

Yeshua entered Jerusalem and went to the temple.  He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, He went out to Bethany with the Twelve.  

 

The next day Yeshua clears the Temple.

Mark 11:12-19821bc-jesus-christ-cleansing-the-temple

12 The next day, as they came back from Beit-Anyah, Yeshua felt hungry. 13 Spotting in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came up to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it wasn’t fig season. 14 He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And his talmidim heard what he said. 15 On reaching Yerushalayim, he entered the Temple courts and began driving out those who were carrying on business there, both the merchants and their customers. He also knocked over the desks of the money-changers, upset the benches of the pigeon-dealers, 16 and refused to let anyone carry merchandise through the Temple courts. 17 Then, as he taught them, he said, “Isn’t it written in the Tanakh, My house will be called a house of prayer for all the Goyimp But you have made it into a den of robbers!” 18 The head cohanim and the Torah-teachers heard what he said and tried to find a way to do away with him; they were afraid of him, because the crowds were utterly taken by his teaching. 19 When evening came, they left the city.

 

8c820-figtreeThe withered fig tree

Mark 11:20-26

 

20 In the morning, as the talmidim passed by, they saw the fig tree withered all the way to its roots. 21 Kefa remembered and said to Yeshua, “Rabbi! Look! The fig tree that you cursed has dried up!” 22 He responded, “Have the kind of trust that comes from God! 23 Yes! I tell you that whoever does not doubt in his heart but trusts that what he says will happen can say to this mountain, `Go and throw yourself into the sea!’ and it will be done for him. 24 Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, trust that you are receiving it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive your offenses.” 26 But if you do not forgive, your Father in heaven will not forgive your offenses.”

 

Continues the same day. The authority of Yeshua questioned.

08204-jesus09Mark 11:27

They went back into Yerushalayim; and as he was walking in the Temple courts, there came to him the head cohanim, the Torah-teachers and the elders; 28 and they said to him, “What s’mikhah do you have that authorizes you to do these things? Who gave you this s’mikhah authorizing you to do them?” 29 Yeshua said to them, “I will ask you just one question: answer me, and I will tell you by what s’mikhah I do these things. 30 The immersion of Yochanan — was it from Heaven or from a human source? Answer me.” 31 They discussed it among themselves: “If we say, `From Heaven,’ he will say, `Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32 But if we say, `From a human source, . . . ‘” — they were afraid of the people, for they all regarded Yochanan as a genuine prophet. 33 So they answered Yeshua, “We don’t know.” “Then,” he replied, “I won’t tell you by what s’mikhah I do these things.” Yeshua continued teaching many parables in the Temple.

Continuing the week.

eb2fa-brokenMark 14: 1-10

1 It was now two days before Pesach (that is, the festival of Matzah), and the head cohanim and the Torah-teachers were trying to find some way to arrest Yeshua surreptitiously and have him put to death; 2 for they said, “Not during the festival, or the people will riot.” 3 While he was in Beit-Anyah in the home of Shim`on (a man who had had tzara`at), and as Yeshua was eating, a woman came with an alabaster jar of perfume, pure oil of nard, very costly. She broke the jar and poured the perfume over Yeshua’s head. 4 But some there angrily said to themselves, “Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for a year’s wages and given to the poor!” And they scolded her. 6 But he said, “Let her be. Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing for me. 7 For you will always have the poor with you; and whenever you want to, you can help them. But you will not always have me. 8 What she could do, she did do — in advance she poured perfume on my body to prepare it for burial. 9 Yes! I tell you that wherever in the whole world this Good News is proclaimed, what she has done will be told in her memory.” 10 Then Y’hudah from K’riot, who was one of the Twelve, went to the head cohanim in order to betray Yeshua to them.

 

Judas Iscariot – one of the Twelve – agrees to betray Yeshua

3ea82-judas_takes_moneyLuke 22:1-6

1 But the festival of Matzah, known as Pesach, was approaching; 2 and the head cohanim and the Torah-teachers began trying to find some way to get rid of Yeshua, because they were afraid of the people. 3 At this point the

Adversary went into Y’hudah from K’riot, who was one of the Twelve. 4 He approached the head cohanim and the Temple guard and discussed with them how he might turn Yeshua over to them. 5 They were pleased and offered to pay him thirty silver coins.  6 He agreed and began looking for a good opportunity to betray Yeshua without the people’s knowledge.

Luke 22:7-16

7 Then came the day of matzah, on which the Passover lamb had to be killed. 8 Yeshua sent Kefa and Yochanan, instructing them, “Go and prepare our Seder, so we can eat.” 9 They asked him, “Where do you want us to prepare it?” 10 He told them, “As you’re going into the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house he enters, 11 and say to its owner, `The Rabbi says to you, “Where is the guest room, where I am to eat the Pesach meal with my talmidim?” ‘ 12 He will show you a large room upstairs already furnished; make the preparations there.” 13 They went and found things just as Yeshua had told them they would be, and they prepared for the Seder. 14 When the time came, Yeshua and the emissaries reclined at the table, and he 15 said to them, “I have really wanted so much to celebrate this Seder with you before I die! 16 For I tell you, it is certain that I will not celebrate it again until it is given its full meaning in the Kingdom of God.” 

bee33-file_passionmovie_washingfeetJohn 13:1-5

1 It was just before the festival of Pesach, and Yeshua knew that the time had come for him to pass from this world to the Father. Having loved his own people in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 They were at supper, and the Adversary had already put the desire to betray him into the heart of Y’hudah Ben-Shim`on from K’riot. 3 Yeshua was aware that the Father had put everything in his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God. 4 So he rose from the table, removed his outer garments and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 Then he poured some water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the talmidim and wipe them off with the towel wrapped around him. 

John 13

12 After he had washed their feet, taken back his clothes and returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me `Rabbi’ and `Lord,’ and you are right, because I am. 14 Now if I, the Lord and Rabbi, have washed your feet, you also should wash each other’s feet. 15 For I have set you an example, so that you may do as I have done to you. 

Yeshua came to serve and this example is the height of humility!

0bf33-lastsupperLuke 22:17-20

17 Then, taking a cup of wine, he made the b’rakhah and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on, I will not drink the `fruit of the vine’ until the Kingdom of God comes.” 19 Also, taking a piece of matzah, he made the b’rakhah, broke it, gave it to them and said, “This is my body, which is being given for you; do this in memory of me.” 20 He did the same with the cup after the meal, saying, “This cup is the New Covenant, ratified by my blood, which is being poured out for you.

Hebrews 9: 11-15

11 But when Christ came as High Priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! 15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a New Covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the First Covenant.

During the Passover meal Yeshua said, “I tell you a truth, one of you will betray me.  The Twelve began to ask, “Is it I, Lord?” Yeshua replied, “the one who dips his hand in the bowl with me, will betray me. Judas looked at Yeshua and said, “Surely not I, Rabbi.”  Yeshua answered, “Yes, it is you. What you are about to do, do quickly.  As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out – and it was night.

Yeshua conferred upon the apostles an honored position in His Father’s Kingdom.

 

71a67-jesus-break-breadLuke 22: 28-30

28 “You are the ones who have stayed with me throughout my trials. 29 Just as my Father gave me the right to rule, so I give you an appointment, 30 namely, to eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom and to sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Isra’el. When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 

 

The Passover meal has ended.  This begins the unveiling truth of the progressive revelation that started as a shadow in Egypt, now, it is being fulfilled in the reality of the once-for-all sacrifice of God’s loving Lamb – His Son!

Yeshua’s statement says it all:

And Yeshua took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body given for you; Do this in Remembrance of Me.”

From this time forward, Passover has taken on a full and complete reality of truth, behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.

 

The Passion of the Christ – The Last Supper

“Remembrance” 

performed by Matt Maher

 

Ch 28: The Persecuted Church of Jehovah’s Firstborn

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Colossians 1:18  Also Yeshua is head of the Body, the Messianic Community/the Church. Yeshua is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that Yeshua might hold first place in everything.

 

“The Love of God” performed by Mercy Me

Matthew 5

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. 11 “Blessed are you, when people insult you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake! 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in Heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Matthew 5 is a direct quote from Yeshua’s teachings of the Beatitudes to the Jewish crowds known as the Sermon on the Mount.

 

firey furnaceIn relating to the prophets standing firm even in persecution and hardships, one account comes to mind: the prophet Daniel and his three friends (Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah) are captured and taken to Babylon. Orders were given to them to worship the gods of king Nebuchadnezzar and bow down to the golden image he had made, but they refused.

In Daniel 5, King Nebuchadnezzar tells the three, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “If you do not serve my gods and worship the image of gold I have set up, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then, what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”

Their reply to the king, “We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the Jehovah we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah trusted in Jehovah God and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own Jehovah God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The three were firmly tied and then cast into the blazing furnace, which was heated seven times hotter than usual. It was so hot that the flames of the fire killed the men that threw them in.

Then the king leaped to his feet in amazement and asked, “Wasn’t it three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a Son of the gods!” The king told the men to come out! Come here! The crowd of royal advisors crowded around them. They saw that the robes were not scorched and there was no smell of fire on them. Then King Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of three young trusting Jewish men for their God sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in Jehovah God and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own.

The following is a dream of King Nebuchadnezzar interpreted by Jehovah’s prophet Daniel while in exile in Babylon in 586 B.C.

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Daniel 2:31 “You looked, O king, and had a vision of a statue, very large and extremely bright; it stood in front of you and its appearance was terrifying. 32 The head of the statue was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its trunk and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, and its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34 As you watched, The Rock was cut out, but not by human hands. The Rock struck the statue on its feet made of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken into pieces which became like the chaff on a threshing-floor in summer; the wind blew them away without leaving a trace. But The Rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.

As part of His Second Coming, Yeshua, The Rock, will destroy all manmade kingdoms of the earth and reign on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem forever and ever without end.

 

“The King is Coming” performed by The Gaither Vocal Band

 

Psalms 132:13-14

For the Lord has chosen Zion, He has desired it for His dwelling: This is My resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.

Isaiah 44

1 “Now listen, Ya’akov my servant, Isra’el whom I have chosen: 2 Thus says ADONAI, who made you, formed you in the womb, and will help you: Don’t be afraid, Ya’akov my servant, Yeshurun, {Israel} whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit on your descendants, my blessing on your offspring. 4 They will spring up among the grass like willows on the riverbanks. 5 One will say, ‘I belong to ADONAI.’ Another will be called by the name of Ya’akov. Yet another will write that he belongs to ADONAI. and adopt the surname Isra’el.” 6 Thus says ADONAI, Isra’el’s King and Redeemer, ADONAI-Tzva’ot: “I AM the first, and I AM the last; besides Me there is no God. 7 Who is like me? Let him speak out! Let him show me clearly what has been happening since I set up the eternal people; let him foretell future signs and events. 8 Don’t be frightened, don’t be afraid – Didn’t I tell you this long ago? I foretold it, and you are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? There is no other Rock – I know of none.”

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Hebrews 1

1 In days gone by, God spoke in many and varied ways to the Fathers through the prophets. 2 But now, in the acharit-hayamim, God has spoken to us through His Son, Yeshua, to whom God has given ownership of everything and through whom He created the universe. 3 God’s Son, Yeshua, is the radiance of the Sh’khinah, the very expression of God’s essence, upholding all that exists by His powerful word; and after Yeshua had, through Himself, made purification for sins, Yeshua sat down at the right hand of HaG’dulah BaM’romim.

 

 

“Mary, Did You Know” performed by Mark Lowery

Colossians 1

15 Yeshua is the visible image of the invisible God. Yeshua is supreme over all creation, 16 because in connection with Him were created all things – in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, lordships, rulers or authorities – they have all been created through Yeshua and for Yeshua. 17 Yeshua existed before all things, and Yeshua holds everything together. 18 Also Yeshua is head of the Body, the Messianic Community, The Church. Yeshua is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that Yeshua might hold first place in everything. 19 For it pleased God to have His full being live in His Son 20 and through His Son to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace through Yeshua, through having His Son shed His blood by being executed on a Cross.

 

Ephesians 1

22 Also, God has put all things under Yeshua’s feet and made Him head over everything for the Messianic Community {the Church}, 23 which is Yeshua’s body, the full expression of Yeshua, who fills everything in every way, all in all.

 

congregationLet us define the Messianic Community, or Church as “one collective body of believers in Jehovah God through faith believing by accepting His firstborn and only begotten Son, Yeshua as personal Savior from their sin and choosing His way over their own.”

When and where did the church begin? Yeshua referred to the Church when He was on earth over 2000 years ago. Before the “Church Age,” also known as the 6th dispensation, the meeting place of Jehovah and His Chosen was referred to as the Congregation, Tabernacle, Synagogue, Sanctuary or Holy Temple.

Jehovah’s divine plan for man was carried out through His only begotten Son, Yeshua. The account is found in God’s Holy Word, the Bible. Yeshua is the Builder, Foundation, Rock, Chief Cornerstone, and the All-in-All.

Here is Yeshua’s decree for His Church:

 Matthew 16

13 When Yeshua came into the territory around Caesarea Philippi, He asked His talmidim, “Who are people saying the Son of Man is?” 14 They said, “Well, some say Yochanan the Immerser, others Eliyahu, still others Yirmeyahu or one of the prophets.” 15 “But you,” He said to them, “who do you say I Am?” 16 Shim`on Kefa answered, “You are the Mashiach, the Son of the living God.” 17 “Shim`on Bar-Yochanan,” Yeshua said to him, “blessed are you, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by My Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Kefa and on This Rock {Yeshua}, I will build my Church, and the gates of Sh’ol will not prevail against it.

 

Isaiah 26:4 Trust in ADONAI forever, for in Yah ADONAI, the ADONAI, is the Rock Eternal.”

 

Matthew 7:24 “So, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on The Rock. 25 The rain fell, the rivers flooded, the winds blew and beat against that house, but it didn’t collapse, because it had its foundation on The Rock.

Matthew 7 records the teachings of Yeshua to His disciples and to the crowds of Jewish followers. Found in chapters 5-7 is the account of The Sermon on the Mount in Israel.

 

synagog ruins1 Peter 2

4 As you come to Yeshua, the living stone, rejected by people but chosen by God and precious to Him, 5 you yourselves, as living stones (believers), are being built into a spiritual house to be cohanim set apart for God to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Him through His Son, Yeshua the Messiah. 6 This is why the Tanakh says, “Look! I am laying in Tziyon a Stone, a chosen and precious Cornerstone; and the one who trusts in Yeshua will certainly not be put to shame.” 7 Now to you who believe, this Stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The very Stone that the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone.” 8 also, Yeshua is the Stone that causes men to stumble and the rock that makes them fall. They stumble because they disobey God’s Holy Word, which is also what they were destined for. 9 But you are a chosen people, the King’s cohanim, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Yeshua, who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.

 

Ephesians 2

21 In Yeshua Christ all the building (spiritual body of born-again believers/saints/disciples) is fitly held together, and is growing into a holy temple (spiritual) in the Lord. 22 Yes, in Yeshua Christ we are being built together as a body of believers into one spiritual (Holy Spirit) dwelling-place for God! All things Spiritual!

Ephesians 3

14 For this reason, I fall on my knees before the Holy Father, Jehovah God, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that from the treasures of His glory He will empower you with inner strength by His Holy Spirit, 17 so that Yeshua Messiah Christ may live in your hearts through by faith believing. Also I pray that you will be rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp the breadth, length, height and depth of the love of Yeshua Messiah Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses ALL knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His power {Holy Spirit} that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the Messianic Community {Church} and in Yeshua Jesus Messiah Christ throughout ALL generations, for ever and ever! Amen!

 

Yeshua tells His disciples they will be hated by the world.

John 15

18 “If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, the world would have loved its own. But because you do not belong to the world — on the contrary, I have picked you out of the world — therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you, `A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you too; if they kept My word, they will keep yours too. 21 But they will do all this to you on My account, because they don’t know the One who sent Me. 22 “If I had not come and spoken to them, they wouldn’t be guilty of sin; but now, they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done in their presence works which no one else ever did, they would not be guilty of sin; but now, they have seen them and have hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this has happened in order to fulfill the words in their Torah which read, `They hated me for no reason at all.’ 26 “When the Counselor {Holy Spirit} comes, whom I will send you from the Father — the Spirit of Truth, who keeps going out from the Father — He will testify on My behalf. 27 And you testify too, because you have been with Me from the outset.

John 15 from the Gospel of John Movie, The Visual Bible

 

After Yeshua was crucified, buried, rose from the grave and returned to His Father, Jehovah God; the Holy Spirit was sent from Jehovah to the disciples, living within them and then all of those who become followers of Yeshua the Christ, to be their Counselor and Comforter for their lives.

 

The persecution of believers was an ongoing process. The apostles were given power from within by Jehovah’s Holy Spirit to bear witness of their new life in Yeshua through the testimony of eyewitness accounts, along with countless miracles of physical and spiritual healing. Click this link to review Chapter 17: The Power Within.

 

Acts 5

12 Meanwhile, through the emissaries {apostles} many signs and miracles continued to be done among the people. United in mind and purpose, the believers met in Shlomo’s Colonnade; 13 and no one else dared to join them. Nevertheless, the people continued to regard them highly; 14 and throngs of believers were added to the Lord, both men and women. 15 They went so far as to bring the sick into the streets and lay them on mattresses and stretchers, so that at least Kefa’s shadow might fall on them as he passed by. 16 Crowds also gathered from the towns around Yerushalayim, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits; and every one of them was healed.

Those who openly step out and witness for Yeshua will see the onset of different degrees of persecution. The apostles were bold and openly witnessed in Solomon’s Colonnade. Guess who came calling?!?

 

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17 But the cohen hagadol and his associates, who were members of the party of the Tz’dukim, were filled with jealousy. 18 They arrested the emissaries and put them in the public jail. 19 But during the night, an angel of ADONAI opened the doors of the prison, led them out and said, 20 “Go, stand in the Temple court and keep telling the people all about this new life!” 21 After hearing that, they entered the Temple area about dawn and began to teach. Now the cohen hagadol and his associates came and called a meeting of the Sanhedrin (that is, of Isra’el’s whole assembly of elders) and sent to the jail to have them brought. 22 But the officers who went did not find them in the prison. So they returned and reported, 23 “We found the jail securely locked and the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened it, we found no one inside!” 24 When the captain of the Temple police and the head cohanim heard these things, they were puzzled and wondered what would happen next. 25 Then someone came and reported to them, “Listen! The men you ordered put in prison are standing in the Temple court, teaching the people!” 26 The captain and his officers went and brought them, but not with force; because they were afraid of being stoned by the people. 27 They conducted them to the Sanhedrin, where the cohen hagadol demanded of them, 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in the name of Yeshua! Look here! you have filled Yerushalayim with your teaching; moreover, you are determined to make us responsible for Yeshua’s death!” 29 Kefa and the other emissaries answered, “We must obey God, not men. 30 The God of our fathersl raised up Yeshua, whereas you men killed Him by having Him hanged on a stake. 31 God has exalted Yeshua at His right hand as Ruler and Savior, in order to enable Isra’el to do t’shuvah and have her sins forgiven. 32 We are witnesses to these things; so is the Ruach HaKodesh, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” 33 On hearing this, the members of the Sanhedrin were infuriated and wanted to put the emissaries to death. 34 But one of the members of the Sanhedrin rose to his feet, a Parush named Gamli’el, a teacher of the Torah highly respected by all the people. He ordered the men put outside for a little while 35 and then addressed the court: “Men of Isra’el, take care what you do to these people. 36 Some time ago, there was a rebellion under Todah, who claimed to be somebody special; and a number of men, maybe four hundred, rallied behind him. But upon his being put to death, his whole following was broken up and came to nothing. 37 After this, Y’hudah HaG’lili led another uprising, back at the time of the enrollment for the Roman tax; and he got some people to defect to him. But he was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38 So in the present case, my advice to you is not to interfere with these people, but to leave them alone. For if this idea or this movement has a human origin, it will collapse. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop them; you might even find yourselves fighting God!” They heeded his advice. 40 After summoning the emissaries and flogging them, they commanded them not to speak in the name of Yeshua, and let them go. 41 The emissaries left the Sanhedrin overjoyed at having been considered worthy of suffering disgrace on account of Yeshua. 42 And not for a single day, either in the Temple court or in private homes, did they stop teaching and proclaiming the Good News that Yeshua is the Messiah.

Persecutions and trials come to those who stand firm in the faith of knowing Yeshua the Christ.

Many accounts come to mind that reflect the persecution of the early Church, which began in Jerusalem by the apostles and believers who accepted Yeshua as Savior. Early believers met in homes and other locations, the Word of Jehovah spread and the number of disciples increased rapidly.

“Break Every Chain” performed by Jesus Culture

 

The apostles gathered all the disciples together and suggested that seven men from among them who were known to be full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom be chosen in order to reach out to those in need. A man named Stephen was one of the chosen. Stephen, being full of Jehovah’s grace and power, began doing great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. Opposition arose against him from Jews of Syrene, Alexandria, Cilicia and Asia, and members of a sect called Synagogue of the Freedom. They argued with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Holy Spirit by which he spoke. They secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against Jehovah.” The following is Stephens’ testimony to the Sanhedrin:

 

Acts 6

12 They stirred up the people, as well as the elders and the Torah-teachers; so they came and arrested him and led him before the Sanhedrin. 13 There they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never stops speaking against this holy place and against the Torah; 14 for we have heard him say that Yeshua from Natzeret will destroy this place and will change the customs Moshe handed down to us.” 15 Everyone sitting in the Sanhedrin stared at Stephen and saw that his face looked like the face of an angel. 

Acts 7

1 The cohen hagadol asked, “Are these accusations true?” 2 and Stephen said: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to Avraham avinu in Mesopotamia before he lived in Haran 3 and said to him, ‘Leave your land and your family, and go into the land that I will show you.’ 4 So he left the land of the Kasdim and lived in Haran. After his father died, God made him move to this land where you are living now. 5 He gave him no inheritance in it, not even space for one foot; yet he promised to give it to him as a possession and to his descendants after him, even though at the time he was childless. 6 What God said to him was, ‘Your descendants will be aliens in a foreign land, where they will be in slavery and oppressed for four hundred years. 7 But I will judge the nation that enslaves them,’ God said, ‘and afterwards they will leave and worship me in this place.’ 8 And he gave him b’rit-milah. So he became the father of Yitz’chak and did his b’rit-milah on the eighth day, and Yitz’chak became the father of Ya’akov, and Ya’akov became the father of the Twelve Patriarchs. 9 “Now the Patriarchs grew jealous of Yosef and sold him into slavery in Egypt. But ADONAI was with him; 10 he rescued him from all his troubles and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who appointed him chief administrator over Egypt and over all his household. t 11 Now there came a famine that caused much suffering throughout Egypt and Kena’anu 12 But when Ya’akov heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time. 13 The second time, Yosef revealed his identity to his brothers, and Yosef’s family became known to Pharaoh. 14 Yosef then sent for his father Ya’akov and all his relatives, seventy-five people. 15 And Ya’akov went down to Egypt; there he died, as did our other ancestors. 16 Their bodies were removed to Sh’khem and buried in the tomb Avraham had bought from the family of Hamor in Sh’khem for a certain sum of money. 17 “As the time drew near for the fulfillment of the promise God had made to Avraham, the number of our people in Egypt increased greatly, 18 until there arose another king over Egypt who had no knowledge of Yosef. 19 With cruel cunning this man forced our fathers to put their newborn babies outside their homes, so that they would not survive. 20 “It was then that Moshe was born, and he was beautiful in God’s sight. For three months he was reared in his father’s house; 21 and when he was put out of his home, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. 22 So Moshe was trained in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and became both a powerful speaker and a man of action. 23 “But when he was forty years old, the thought came to him to visit his brothers, the people of Isra’el. 24 On seeing one of them being mistreated, he went to his defense and took revenge by striking down the Egyptian. 25 He supposed his brothers would understand that God was using him to rescue them, but they didn’t understand. 26 When he appeared the next day, as they were fighting, and tried to make peace between them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers! Why do you want to hurt each other?’ 27 the one who was mistreating his fellow pushed Moshe away and said, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us? 28 Do you want to kill me, the way you killed that Egyptian yesterday?’ 29 On hearing this, Moshe fled the country and became an exile in the land of Midyan, where he had two sons. 30 “After forty more years, an angel appeared to him in the desert near Mount Sinai in the flames of a burning thorn bush. 31 When Moshe saw this, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to get a better look, there came the voice of ADONAI, 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya’akov.’ But Moshe trembled with fear and didn’t dare to look. 33 ADONAI said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, because the place where you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have clearly seen how My people are being oppressed in Egypt, I have heard their cry, and I have come down to rescue them, and now I will send you to Egypt.’ 35 “This Moshe, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge?’ is the very one whom God sent as both ruler and deliverer by God through the angel that appeared to him in the thorn bush. 36 This man led them out, performing miracles and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. 37 This is the Moshe who said to the people of Isra’el, ‘God will raise up a prophet like me from among your brothers’ 38 This is the man who was in the assembly in the wilderness, accompanied by the angel that had spoken to him at Mount Sinai and by our fathers, the man who was given living words to pass on to us. 39 “But our fathers refused to obey him. On the contrary, they rejected him and in their hearts turned to Egypt, 40 saying to Aharon, ‘Make us gods to go before us; because this Moshe, who led us out of Egypt – we don’t know what has become of him. 41 That was when they made an idol in the shape of a calf and offered a sacrifice to it and held a celebration in honor of what they had made with their own hands. 42 So God turned away from them and gave them over to worship the star – as has been written in the book of the prophets, ‘People of Isra’el, it was not to me that you offered slaughtered animals and sacrifices for forty years in the wilderness! 43 No, you carried the tent of Molekh and the star of your god Reifan, the idols you made so that you could worship them. Therefore, I will send you into exile beyond Bavel.’ 44 “Our fathers had the Tent of Witness in the wilderness. It had been made just as God, who spoke to Moshe, had ordered it made, according to the pattern Moshe had seen. 45 Later on, our fathers who had received it brought it in with Y’hoshua when they took the Land away from the nations that God drove out before them. “So it was until the days of David. 46 He enjoyed God’s favor and asked if he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Ya’akov 47 and Shlomo did build him a house. 48 But Ha’Elyon does not live in places made by hand! As the prophet says, 49 ‘Heaven is my throne,’ says ADONAI, ‘and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house could you build for Me? What kind of place could you devise for my rest? 50 Has not My hand made all these things?’ 51 “Stiffnecked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You continually oppose the Ruach HaKodesh! Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute! 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who told prophesied the coming of the Righteous On, and now you have become His betrayers and murderers! – 53 you! – who receive the Torah that was put into effect through angels – but have not obeyed it!”

The Stoning of Stephen:

54 On hearing these things, they were cut to their hearts and ground their teeth at him. 55 But he, full of the Ruach HaKodesh, looked up to heaven and saw God’s Sh’khinah, with Yeshua standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look!” he exclaimed, “I see heaven opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57 At this, they began yelling at the top of their voices, so that they wouldn’t have to hear him; and with one accord, they rushed at him, 58 threw him outside the city and began stoning him. And the witnesses laid down their coats at the feet of a young man named Sha’ul. 59 As they were stoning him, Stephen called out to God, “Lord Yeshua! Receive my spirit!” 60 Then he kneeled down and shouted out, “Lord! Don’t hold this sin against them!” With that, he fell asleep.

 

Acts 8

1 and Sha’ul gave his approval to his murder. Starting with that day, there arose intense persecution against the Messianic Community/Church in Yerushalayim; all but the emissaries were scattered throughout the regions of Y’hudah and Shomron. 2 Some godly men buried Stephen and mourned him deeply. 3 But Sha’ul set out to destroy the Messianic Community/Church – entering house after house, he dragged off both men and women and handed them over to be put in prison.

Note: Sha’ul’s (Paul) one-on-one experience was with the very One who had given His life to save him, Jehovah’s only Son, Yeshua.

 

Acts 9

1 Meanwhile, Sha’ul, still breathing murderous threats against the Lord’s talmidim, went to the cohen hagadol 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Dammesek, authorizing him to arrest any people he might find, whether men or women, who belonged to “the Way,” {Messianic CommunityChurch} and bring them back to Yerushalayim. 3 He was on the road and nearing Dammesek, when suddenly a light from heaven flashed all around him. 4 Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Sha’ul! Sha’ul! Why do you keep persecuting me?” 5 “Who are you, Lord?” he asked. “I am Yeshua, whom you are persecuting. 6 Now get up, and go into the city, and you will be told what you have to do.” 7 The men traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8 They helped Sha’ul get up off the ground; but when he opened his eyes, he could see nothing. So, leading him by the hand, they brought him into Dammesek. 9 For three days he remained unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank. 10 There was a talmid in Dammesek, Hananyah by name; and in a vision the Lord said to him, “Hananyah!” He said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to Straight Street, to Y’hudah’s house; and ask for a man from Tarsus named Sha’ul; for he is praying, 12 and in a vision he has seen a man named Hananyah coming in and placing his hands on him to restore his sight.” 13 But Hananyah answered, “Lord, many have told me about this man, how much harm he has done to your people in Yerushalayim; 14 and here he has a warrant from the head cohanim to arrest everyone who calls on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, because this man is my chosen instrument to carry my name to the Goyim, even to their kings, and to the sons of Isra’el as well. 16 For I myself will show him how much he must suffer for My name.”

Acts Chapters 7-9

 

Who is this Yeshua Jesus Messiah Christ and Savior of all? Call on Him in repentance of sin, by faith believing and receive Him as Personal Savior and Lord of our lives.

Yeshua’s credentials are in perfect order. Born of Jehovah God, not of Adam, to the Virgin Mary, but not of human descent. He kept the Jewish Law and traditions, but He came to fulfill the Law, bringing love, forgiveness, mercy, grace and redemption from sin for whosoever believes and follows Him. Yeshua came and died on a cross for our sins.

O what a Savior! What love of the Father and the Son that they should do this for you and me! Yeshua established the Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it!

 

“Jesus Loves Me” performed by Chris Tomlin

Yeshua is our only way and foundation for eternal life. There is no other way whereby one can be saved from sin and have eternity in Jehovah’s Kingdom of Heaven without end! Yeshua is the way, the truth and the life! NO one comes the His Father Jehovah except through HIM. AMEN and AMEN.

The Battle of the Ages continues to be fought for the souls of men. Light vs. Darkness – Good vs. Evil. It is a choice we all make. Choose light and life everlasting by choosing Yeshua Messiah OR choose the darkness and evil of Satan and live for eternity in hell.

Therefore, listen! Be still! Jehovah God says call on Me and I will hear you and I will show you Truth and Life. Yeshua died for you and me. The very least we can do is to live for Him.

 

“It is Finished” performed by The Gaither Vocal Band

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