Jerusalem – the joy of the whole earth?

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On Monday, May 14, Israel was the center of some powerful earth tremors.

  • The 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel, a major and essential step in the fulfillment of the ‘dry bones vision’ of Ezekiel 37:1-14
  • The recognition by the world’s primary super-power, the United States, of the connection between the Jewish people and their historic and biblical capital Jerusalem. Zechariah 14:7 and Isaiah 2:1-4 prophesy that the recognition of Jerusalem in its multifaceted biblical and Jewish priorities will be the hallmark of international Messianic days
  • The Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Hamas terrorist group corralled 40,000 Gazan Arabs and then deliberately stampeded them in a coordinated attack against Israel’s security fence guarded by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Using firebombs, explosive devices, shootings, lethal slingshots etc., Hamas placed women and children on the front line of attack, while jihadi gunmen hid behind them, waiting for the opportunity to break into Israel and massacre Jewish civilians. 58 Arabs were killed while attacking IDF troops or attempting to tear down the security barriers. Up to 2,700 Gazans were treated for tear-gas inhalation or wounds from rubber bullets or live fire.

The following are some helpful perspectives on these events.

These are the days of Ezekiel

The prophet Ezekiel was given an End of Days vision wherein the God of Israel would actually bring the Jewish people back to their homeland in preparation for a national spiritual revival. “I will bring you into the Land of Israel,” says YHVH. The May 14 commemoration of the Jewish state’s establishment in our day is human acknowledgment (be it ever so frail) of a mighty work of God.

  • Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says YHVH God, Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people’” (Ezekiel 37:11-13)

The redemption of Jerusalem

The prophetess Anna declared on the Temple Mount in Luke 2:36-39 that the redemption of the world is linked to the redemption of Jerusalem. When darkness covers the earth and gross darkness will overshadow all the nations, YHVH’s light will shine on the Jewish people and bring life from the dead to the whole world (Romans 11:12, 15).

  • “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of YHVH has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and gross darkness the peoples. But YHVH will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising…to bring your sons from afar, their silver and their gold with them, for the name of YHVH your God, and for the Holy One of Israel because He has glorified you. Foreigners will build up your walls, and their kings will minister to you. For in My wrath I struck you, and in My favor I have had compassion on you” (Isaiah 60:1-3, 9-10)

There have been other U.S. Presidents who spoke of their personal faith during election campaigns, but none of them was sufficiently pickled in the word of God to take a courageous stand for God’s heart and purposes regarding Jerusalem. It took a brash former real estate tycoon and reality TV show moderator to lay America’s cards on the table and call the world’s bluff (www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-president-trump-jerusalem/;www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/11/2017-26832/recognizing-jerusalem-as-the-capital-of-the-state-of-israel-and-relocating-the-united-states-embassy). This bold move will bring a measure of blessing to the U.S.A.

Pray for future Presidents (who will also have the ability to undo Trump’s Jerusalem proclamation with “a pen and a phone”) –

A day is coming when all nations will come against Jerusalem to divide it (see Joel 3:1-2; Zechariah 14:1-3).

Let us pray for Jerusalem and for our own nation, that our leaders will make wise and godly choices both today and in that day.

The Palestinian self-destruct switch

The Islamist terror group Hamas has some clear short and long term goals in Gaza. It hasn’t been able to inflict painful Israeli casualties due to Israel’s counter-strategies (obliterating Hamas terror tunnels, IAF Iron Dome missiles against jihadi rockets, shooting down Hamas drones, etc.). So now Hamas has decided to manipulate world media, trying to pressure Israel into caving in to jihad – an IDF retreat from swaths of Israel’s own sovereign territory. The strategy is simple but cruel – stampede their fellow-Gazans into attacking the IDF positions and turning these human shields into cannon fodder (www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12297/gaza-violence).

Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 and handed the entire existing infrastructure in Gaza over to the Palestinian Authority. Within the space of a few days Gazan Islamists had destroyed the majority of that infrastructure. Within two years the terror group Hamas was attacking Israeli civilians with rockets and mortars, calling for Israel’s annihilation based on Islamist jihadi beliefs. The continuing passion to conquer the Jewish state and set up a Caliphate on Israel’s green and pleasant land is still the prime motivator for most religious Gazans.

Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Nations Abba Eban once remarked that the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. He also noted (after Israel’s lightning victory in the June 1967 Six-Day War), when Israel offered a complete withdrawal in exchange for recognition and full peace (that offer was angrily refused), “I think that this is the first war in history that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender.”

The Islamist-led war against the Jewish state has never succeeded in destroying Israel, though it has tried for over 70 years. Hamas tactics are to spill the blood of its own women and youth in suicide attacks against Israel. If they manage to break through Israeli lines, they will slaughter Israeli kibbutzniks and Jewish civilians, calling for a renewed jihad. However, if they die as human shields while throwing Molotov cocktail bombs and shooting at the IDF, then they will be trumpeted by their Hamas handlers as martyrs and there will be a renewed call for jihad.

  • Once yearly both Hamas and PLO-associated Fatah call for violent demonstrations against Israel – the ‘Nakba’ and the ‘March of Return.’ At those times, when IDF forces are attacked, there are often Palestinian casualties. This May the violent demonstrations were moved forward by one day to coincide with the moving of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. But make no mistake – the Embassy transfer was not the reason for the jihadi attacks; it was only one excuse of many. The insatiable jihadi passion to murder Israelis and destroy their state – that is the fundamental dynamic at work here (see Ezekiel 36:1-5).

The Grinch who tried to destroy Jerusalem

Dr. Seuss wrote a children’s book years ago about a mythical green and hairy creature called ‘the Grinch.’ When the Grinch saw someone enjoying himself, he got so angry that he bit himself. The Islamist Hamas movement is demonically enraged that Israel exists, that the Jewish people are thriving and strong, and that non-Muslims recognize a restored Jewish city of Jerusalem. During these May riots they are biting themselves ferociously – until the soil of Gaza is drenched red with their own blood.

The world’s news media have fallen unwittingly into line, fulfilling their stage role as ‘useful idiots’ (Lenin’s term). Parroting Hamas propaganda sound bites, they proclaim that the cause of the riots is Trump’s U.S. Embassy move, or even supposed IDF trigger-happy bloodthirst (www.melaniephillips.com/whos-responsible-for-these-gaza-deaths-the-hamas-and-their-western-media-enablers/). When 40,000 violent Gazans attack disciplined IDF soldiers, what is amazing is that there are so few casualties. Actually, IDF snipers follow very strict instructions and only fire at known terrorists, at those throwing IEDs or at those who try to break through the security fences.

In the 1998 film The Siege (Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, Tony Shalhoub), the CIA agent Elise Kraft (played by Annette Bening) comments about the Palestinians that “they seduce you with their suffering.” This same seduction dynamic is Hamas’ pièce de résistance being splashed across the world’s TV screens and front pages – another outstanding example of ‘fake news.’

How should we then pray?

  • Pray that Hamas plans for destruction and murder in Israel be frustrated and stopped
  • Pray that Iranian funding and support for Hamas would be exposed and thwarted
  • Pray for Israel’s security leaders – for divine revelation and strategies
  • Pray for the Israeli civilian farmers and kibbutzniks in the Gaza periphery – for safety and courage
  • Pray for believers and prophetic intercessors worldwide to tap into God’s heart about these issues
  • Pray for the raising up of Ezekiel’s army speedily and in our day

Your prayers and support hold up our arms and are the very practical enablement of God to us in the work He has called us to do. (Click to Source)

This article originally appeared on David’s Tent, May 15, 2018, and reposted with permission.

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The great restoration

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Whenever believers from the nations celebrate the feast of Pentecost their thoughts go back to the very beginning when on the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit, as the Lord promised, was poured out. The way in which the Holy Spirit was poured out, descending upon the believers as tongues of fire, reminds us of the altar that the prophet Elijah built on Mount Carmel. The altar was built with 12 stones which represented the 12 tribes, the entire people of Israel. The nation at that time was divided into two kingdoms: the Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah. However, Elijah prophetically built an altar that represented a united Israel. The holy fire of God descended upon the altar that was drenched in water and consumed the sacrifice, even the stones.

On the day of Pentecost, 50 days following the first Sabbath after the Feast of Passover, the Holy Spirit was poured out in an even greater way then when the fire fell in the days of Elijah. The Holy Spirit manifested Himself as tongues of fire that descended upon 120 united believers who were praying and expecting to have a heavenly visitation as Yeshua had promised and was prophesied through the prophet Jeremiah 31:31-33:

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt…But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart, I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Most believers from the nations who are yearning for a new visitation from above, look back to this beginning at Pentecost, but rarely consider what this new early church looked like, of whom it was composed, and how the Gentiles have been joined to what God began nearly 2000 years ago in Jerusalem, the city of the great King. The questions ought to be: What really happened at Pentecost, the beginning of the Church? Who were these first believers in the Messiah Yeshua?

Clearly and obviously these first believers in Yeshua were all Jews. They had no thought of starting a new religion. They believed, however, with all of their hearts that the promised Messiah to the people of Israel had come. He fulfilled all the messianic prophecies in the Tanakh, and made and ratified the new covenant through the pouring out of His own blood, as prophesied by Jeremiah. They were also witnesses to His amazing resurrection. During the 40 day period after He arose from the dead, He appeared to the disciples and remained with them until He ascended into heaven.

These first believers, through much opposition, lived as fellow Jews in the midst of their own nation Israel. They never stopped seeing themselves as Jews because they understood that faith in Messiah Yeshua was, and is the true and final expression of the covenant faith of Israel. Today in Israel, the same thing is true. Although there is much opposition to our faith in the Messiahship of Yeshua, we, as Jewish believers in Yeshua, live as Jews among our own people in the nation of Israel.

The leadership of the new community of those who believed and followed Yeshua was centered in Jerusalem where the Kehila was born. These leaders were the ones who called for the gathering that we call the “Jerusalem Council” as inferred in Acts 15. Yaakov the Just, the relative or perhaps even the brother of Yeshua, together with the other apostles clearly acknowledged and decided that the Gentiles had now been joined to the Kehila that was born in Jerusalem.

The disciples witnessed and proclaimed to their fellow Israelites that the messianic prophecies had been fulfilled, Messiah had come, and a new era had begun. The holiness of their lives, love for one another, unity and empowerment by the Holy Spirit became a great testimony that the fallen tabernacle of David had been restored. The resurrection of Yeshua their Messiah as the eternal heir to the throne of David had revived the Davidic Kingdom. The great King had begun to reign within His people in the city of Jerusalem and the solid rock foundation of the Messianic Kingdom had been established.

Jerusalem was understood to be the ‘mother’ of the kehilot that had now become international. In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul called this community ‘the Commonwealth of Israel’ and the ‘One New Man’ which is composed of the two parts of humanity: the Jews and the Nations. This was and continues to be the understanding of what we presently call the whole Body of Messiah.

With the destruction of the Second Jerusalem Temple in the year 70 CE and with the final destruction of Jerusalem through the Roman emperor Hadrian in approximately the year 130 CE, the full and final dispersion of the Jewish people among the nations took place and the center of the church shifted from Jerusalem to Rome. The division within the church that began between the Gentiles and Jews became progressively broader. The church eventually became non-Jewish; hence the leadership of the church was entirely Gentile. The replacement theology that quickly developed portrayed Israel as being the people of God of ‘the past’, but no longer of ‘the present’. The Church of Rome considered itself as the New Israel and Zion containing the ‘full deposit of Christ’.

As time progressed, divisions within the church continued. The Church of Rome and the Church of Constantinople competed with one another and were finally divided. Later, Martin Luther, a Catholic monk, found that he could not tolerate the corruption that he saw in the Church of Rome and protested. He was eventually excommunicated. The king of England wanted to divorce his wife because she did not give him a son to inherit his throne. He requested permission from the pope to divorce her but received no answer. So he took matters into his own hands and divorced his wife. He then regarded himself as the head of the new Church of England. In Switzerland, further reformation took place headed by Calvin and Swingli that resulted in the ongoing division of the Protestant church resulting in 30,000 denominations today.

The early Jewish kehila of Jerusalem was forgotten. Christianity was cut off from its roots which resulted in the separation of Christianity and Judaism into two distinct and different religions. However, God will never change His divine pattern, no matter how much we attempt to change our understanding of the whole Body of Messiah. Just as God showed Moses the divine pattern on the mountain and told him to build the tabernacle exactly as he was shown, so in the same way He established the pattern of the ‘Kehilot’ which is generally referred to as the ‘apostolic pattern’. Through the rebirth of the Jewish members of the Body of Messiah, which is a great surprise to many, the Lord is saying, “I have not forgotten, I am the God Who remembers.”

The Lord is challenging the Gentile church by saying, “Remember how and when and where you were born. Remember what you have become a part of. You have been engrafted into the cultivated Messianic Olive Tree of Israel. You are not a separate entity replacing Israel. Israel, whom I am restoring, is my firstborn son among the nations and will always continue to be my firstborn.

The Lord is challenging the Jewish nation by saying, “Yeshua is your King Messiah and all that the prophets have seen and prophesied will only be fulfilled when you repent and receive your King. When you are joined to Him, your prophetic kingdom destiny will finally be realized and you will become ‘a light to the nations’.

The Holy Spirit has given the leadership of Toward Jerusalem Council II (TJCII) Seven Affirmations that we are presenting to the church among the nations. We are challenging the church to affirm these affirmations with positive responses. I will mention two of the seven.

Affirmation #1: “We affirm the election of Israel, its irrevocable nature and God’s unfinished work with the Jewish people regarding salvation and the role of Israel as a blessing to the nations.”

Affirmation #3: “We affirm the formation of Messianic Jewish kehilot as a significant and effective way to express Jewish collective identity (in Yeshua) and as a means of witnessing to Yeshua before the Jewish community. We also affirm Jewish groupings which are part of the churches when they are committed to a Jewish life and identity.”

All of this is part of the process of God’s restoration of the whole church, both Jews and Gentiles in Messiah. He is preparing us to rule and reign with Him at His second coming in the Messianic Kingdom where the Messiah will be seated upon the Throne of David here on the earth in Jerusalem. He is ‘the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last’ and He will complete what He began. (Click to Source)

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Shavuot – Pentecost – May 20, 2018

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In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.

For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.

And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;

Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.

Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the Lord commanded him.

And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the Lord.

10 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes,

11 And be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.

12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death:

13 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.

14 And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes.

15 And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives.

16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.

17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.

18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lorddescended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.

19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.

20 And the Lord came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.

21 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the Lord to gaze, and many of them perish.

22 And let the priests also, which come near to the Lord, sanctify themselves, lest the Lord break forth upon them.

23 And Moses said unto the Lord, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it.

24 And the Lord said unto him, Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the Lord, lest he break forth upon them.

25 So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them.

(Exodus 19:1-25King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

 

And God spake all these words, saying,

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lordwill not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

13 Thou shalt not kill.

14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

15 Thou shalt not steal.

16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

22 And the Lord said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.

23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.

24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon. 

(Exodus 20:1-26King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

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And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?

13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:

21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.

36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. 

(Acts 2:1-47King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Isaiah 1:17 – May 20, 2018

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The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.

Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.

Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

10 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?

13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:

23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

24 Therefore saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:

25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:

26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.

27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed.

29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.

30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.   

(Isaiah 1:1-31King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

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Pentecost Sunday: The Holy Spirit

Posted on  by Dr. Eowyn 

John 14:19, 18, 16-17

“the world will not see me anymore…
I will not leave you as orphans;
I will come to you.
And I will ask the Father,
and He will give you another advocate
to help you and be with you forever….”

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Last Sunday, the universal Church remembered and celebrated our Lord Jesus Christ’s Ascension.

Having created us, He knows full well our psychology — how bereft His followers would be by His leaving: “grief has filled your hearts” (John 16:6). Loving us deeply, Jesus promised “I will not leave you as orphans” and that the Father would send “another advocate” to help and be with us forever and “always until the end of time” itself (Matthew 28:20).

What a comforting thought!

Today, we celebrate the miracle of the Pentecost — the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles.

Acts 2:1-4

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

Given His importance, it is distressing how little we actually know about the Third Person of the Triune Godhead.

The Holy Spirit is mentioned in these places in the Bible:

  1. Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you….”
  2. Acts 2:1-4: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
  3. Acts 2:38: “Then Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
  4. Chronicles 12:18: “Then the Spirit came on Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said: ‘We are yours, David! We are with you, son of Jesse! Success, success to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you.’ So David received them and made them leaders of his raiding bands.
  5. Corinthians 2:13: “And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms.”
  6. Corinthians 6:19: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”
  7. Corinthians 3:17: “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
  8. Ephesians 1:13-14: “In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.”
  9. Ezekiel 36:26-27: “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you so that you walk in my statutes, observe my ordinances, and keep them.
  10. Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
  11. Isaiah 11:2: “The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD
  12. John 3:6-8: “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
  13. John 14:16-17: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for everthe Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.
  14. John 14:26: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
  15. John 15:26-27: “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.’”
  16. John 16:7-15: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”
  17. Judges 3:10: “The Spirit of the LORD came on him, so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war. The LORD gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him.
  18. Luke 11:13: “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
  19. Luke 24:49: “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
  20. Matthew 12:31-32: “And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
  21. Micah 3:8: “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and mightto declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.
  22. Romans 8:2-6: “because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
  23. Romans 8:26: “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
  24. Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

From the above passages, these are the attributes of the Holy Spirit:

  • He is a gift from God the Father, through the Son.
  • He is the first installment in our inheritance toward redemption, which implies there will be more gifts following the gift of the Holy Spirit.
  • He is in-dwelling: He dwells in us and abides in us forever.
  • He enabled the Apostles to speak foreign languages.
  • He enables us to observe God’s commandments.
  • He teaches us “all things”, especially “everything” Jesus told us.
  • He glorifies Jesus.
  • He tells us “the things that are coming“.
  • He gives us “power from on high” — not power to do what we will, but power to do justice and to declare transgressions and sins.
  • He helps us when we are weak, and intercedes for us.
  • He is “the spirit of truth” who guides us to all truth, but whom the world neither knows nor accepts. That implies that when we follow the Holy Spirit and proclaim the truth, the world will also reject us.
  • He fills us with hope.
  • How do we know when something is of the Holy Spirit? These are His fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

And all we have to do is to ask the Father and He will send the Holy Spirit to us! How marvelous is that?

A Prayer to the Holy Spirit, by St. Augustine:

Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.

And may the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you! (Click to Source)

~Eowyn
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Iran’s Leaders at War with Western Civilization

Why is the West Putting Up with It?

Jerusalem Is Rising As Israel’s Enemies Falter

BY ALEX TRAIMAN /JNS.ORG,  MAY 10, 2018

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In the past 70 years, no single country’s stock has risen faster or farther than the State of Israel. Once a resource-poor, existentially endangered nation-state comprised of refugees from post-Holocaust Europe and Muslim countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa, Israel has emerged into a world economic, military and diplomatic superpower.
In just one week, Israel’s elevated status is being put on full display, in no small part due to the unlikely and oft-polarizing duo of U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
While announcing America’s exit from the flawed Iran nuclear deal–officially the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA–Trump’s direct reference to Netanyahu’s publication of incontrovertible evidence exposing the full nature of Iran’s sophisticated nuclear-weapons program places Israel at the center of policymaking in the free world.
Just prior to Trump’s speech, it was reported that Israel had briefed at least 22 nations on the full contents of the documents, photos and simulations daringly confiscated by Israel’s Mossad, clearly signaling that Israel’s intelligence is among the best in world. Following Trump’s speech, it became clear that Israel’s analysis of Iran’s nuclear program and the nuclear deal now defines and supports America’s policy.
In the hours after Trump announced America’s withdrawal from JCPOA on May 8, a large explosion occurred at an Iranian weapons depot outside of Damascus, with reports of yet another alleged Israeli airstrike into foreign territory that penetrated its targets, despite the presence of Russian missile-defense systems in Syria.
Just a few years ago, leading up to the signing of the JCPOA in 2015, Israel was a pesky obstacle to the deal that was supposed to be the crowning foreign-policy legacy of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning President Barack Obama. At the time, Netanyahu obstinately delivered an impassioned speech before Congress opposing the deal, angering Obama, the Democratic Party, the international community and liberals at large.
Yet with Trump’s exit from the deal, which he noted during his speech on Tuesday “failed to make the world safer,” it now becomes clear that Netanyahu’s views have prevailed. Jerusalem’s position and Washington’s position have aligned to dictate a new international policy towards Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.
In just a few days, Washington will further crown Jerusalem’s status as a leading center of international policy by officially moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s historic capital city, home to the executive, judicial and legislative branches of Israel’s government.
It is, of course, fitting that the very date–May 14–of the new embassy’s opening ceremony corresponds both with Yom Yerushalayim (“Jerusalem Day”) on the Hebrew calendar and the 70th anniversary of Israel’s Independence on the secular calendar.
While the Jewish state’s stock is rising, Israel’s enemies are imploding. Though Iran has expanded its reach across the Middle East–wreaking havoc on Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen–severe cracks have been exposed in the dictatorial regime of the Islamic Republic.
During the past year, public protests against the regime’s corruption have broken out across the country. And in the past several weeks, the value of Iran’s currency, the rial, has plummeted, throwing Iran into severe economic uncertainty even before the impending onset of the “highest level of economic sanctions” about to be imposed by the United States.
At the same time, the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza are showing signs of collapse.
Gaza is an economic disaster, with billions of dollars of aid money for its nearly 2 million residents over the past several years diverted towards the building of terror tunnels and rockets meant to inflict damage on Israel. In the past year, Israel has destroyed most of the Hamas tunnel network and neutralized the impact of missiles through the Iron Dome defense system.
With close to nothing to show for its investment in Israel’s destruction, Hamas now resorts to sending “flaming kites” into Israel in the hopes of starting brush fires in Israel’s south.
In the West Bank, the P.A. has been exposed as a corrupt kleptocracy–led by aging autocrat Mahmoud Abbas who is now in year 13 of a four year term–hell-bent on inciting and incentivizing the murder of Jews. The P.A. is perhaps as far away as ever from the creation of a Palestinian state in the disputed Israeli territories.
Just last month, the United States passed the Taylor Force Act designed to withhold international aid to the P.A. if it continues its sophisticated practice of making payments to jailed terrorists and the families of terrorists killed in the act of murder.
Rather than comply with the regulations of the Taylor Force Act, the P.A. continues to pay terrorists, and has simultaneously ended all communication with the U.S. government over its official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In just a few weeks from now, U.S. aid to the P.A. will end, likely igniting a fiscal crisis.
Israel this week advanced its equivalent of the Taylor Force Act through a first reading in Knesset. The law is intended to offset monthly transfers of taxes and tariffs collected by Israel on behalf of the P.A. at Israeli ports. A sum equivalent to nearly two months of the Palestinian annual budget will be withheld should Israel pass its version of the law.
As Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary and the official recognition of Jerusalem as its nation’s modern capital, Palestinians will commemorate the nakba, or “catastrophe,” on May 15 as a result of the founding of the Jewish state.
Just days after the nakba, Palestinians will begin celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a period during which too many Palestinians in recent years have observed the modern jihadi traditions of attempted murder via car-rammings, knife-stabbings and suicide-bombings.
Yet perhaps this year, if aspiring martyrs realize that they and their families may no longer receive the financial compensation promised for terror, and that those acts are doing little to no damage to the existence of a strengthening Jewish state–even as they sometimes succeed in taking a handful precious Jewish lives–they may begin to recognize that the only way they stand to benefit is by ditching their anti-Israel activity and by aligning with Washington and Jerusalem.
Jerusalem historically has been a city of epic highs for the Jewish people, as well as challenging lows.  We may yet see more difficult times ahead for Israel’s oft-embattled capital city.  Yet at the present, all indications are that Jerusalem is rising. (Click to Source)
Originally published at JNS.org – reposted with permission.

 

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Guatemalan Embassy Opens In Jerusalem While Jewish State Bill Advances

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The new Guatemalan embassy opened in Jerusalem today, coming only 48 hours after the historic opening of the United States’ own diplomatic headquarters in the city.  The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Netanyahu, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, and Guatemala’s First Lady.

I find it fascinating to see who, in God’s sovereign will, He has chosen to give the stage to in Jerusalem this week—prominent evangelical Christians (Robert Jeffress, John Hagee, Jimmy Morales, etc).  Most eastern, Arab, and European countries opposed the embassy moves, in addition to the Roman Catholic Church and pretty much leftists everywhere.  Yet evangelicals have been stalwart defenders of Zionism and have thus been given an incredible platform to share the gospel.  Some took the opportunity (Jeffress), while others didn’t (Hagee), but in the end, God drew Israel’s attention to Christ.

While the country isn’t ready to accept the message now, they will remember these things and in just a few years time—in the midst of Jacob’s Trouble—they will remember that it was Christ’s Church that supported and protected the New Jersey-sized country in the midst of a sea of Arab enemies.  And then they will call on the Name of the LORD and be saved.

In other news, the Jewish nation-state bill has advanced further in the Knesset after a Likud committee member vowed to overrule Arab objections.

And hats off to the Daily Crow for spotting that according to the United Nations today is the International Day of Living Together in Peace.  It seems like the world sure is flirting with 1 Thessalonians 5:3 of late. (Click to Source)

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Torah Reading – One New Man Bible – B’midbar – Numbers 1:1 – 4:20

Numbers 1:1 – 4:20

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1.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt saying,

1:2. “Take the number of the whole congregation of the children of Israel after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls, 3. from twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: you and Aaron will number them by their armies. 4.And there will be a man from every tribe with you, each one head of the house of his fathers. 5. And these are the names of the men that will stand with you; from Reuben, Elisur the son of Shedeur. 6. From Simeon, Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai. 7. From Judah, Nahshon the son of Amminadab.

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8. From Issachar, Nethaniel the son of Zuar. 9. From Zebulun, Eliab the son of Helon. 10. From the children of Joseph, from Ephraim, Elishama the son of Ammihud: from Manasseh, Gamliel the son of Pedazhur. 11. From Benjamin, Abidan the son of Gideoni. 12. From Dan, Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai. 13.From Asher, Pagiel the son of Ochran. 14. From Gad, Eliasaf the son of Deuel.15. From Naphtali, Ahira the son of Enan.”

1:16. These were those of the congregation who were called, princes of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands in Israel. 17. And Moses and Aaron took these men that were specified by their names. 18. And they assembled the whole congregation together on the first day of the second month and they were listed according to their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, by their polls. 19. Moses numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai, as the LORD* commanded.

1:20. And the children of Reuben, Israel’s eldest son, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, by their polls every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 21. Those that were numbered of them were forty-six thousand five hundred from the tribe of Reuben.

1:22. From the children of Simeon, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, those that were numbered of them according to the number of the names, by their polls every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 23. Those who were numbered of them were fifty-nine thousand three hundred of the tribe of Simeon.

1:24. From the children of Gad, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 25. Those that were numbered of them were forty-five thousand six hundred fifty of the tribe of Gad.

1:26. From the children of Judah, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 27. Those that were numbered of them were seventy-four thousand six hundred of the tribe of Judah.

1:28. From the children of Issachar, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 29. Those that were numbered of them were fifty-four thousand four hundred of the tribe of Issachar.

1:30. From the children of Zebulun, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 31. Those that were numbered of them were fifty-seven thousand four hundred of the tribe of Zebulun.

1:32. From the children of Joseph, of the children of Ephraim by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 33. Those that were numbered of them were forty thousand five hundred of the tribe of Ephraim.

1:34. From the children of Manasseh by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 35. Those that were numbered of them were thirty-two thousand two hundred of the tribe of Manasseh.

1:36. From the children of Benjamin by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 37. Those that were numbered of them were thirty-five thousand four hundred of the tribe of Benjamin.

1:38. From the children of Dan by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 39. Those that were numbered of them were sixty-two thousand seven hundred of the tribe of Dan.

1:40. From the children of Asher by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 41. Those that were numbered of them were forty-one thousand five hundred of the tribe of Asher.

1:42. From the children of Naphtali throughout their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. 43. Those that were numbered of them were fifty-three thousand four hundred of the tribe of Naphtali.

1:44. These are those that were numbered, whom Moses and Aaron and the princes of Israel numbered,twelve men: each one was for the house of– his fathers. 45. So those were all that were numbered of the children of Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel. 46. All those who were numbered were six hundred three thousand five hundred fifty. 47. But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.

1:48. For the LORD* had spoken to Moses saying, 49. “You will not number only the tribe of Levi, neither will you take the sum of them among the children of Israel, 50. but you will appoint the Levites over the Tabernacle, over all its vessels, and over all things that belong to it. They will bear the Tabernacle and all its vessels, and they will serve it and will camp around the Tabernacle. 51.And when the Tabernacle moves, the Levites will take it down and when the Tabernacle is to be set up, the Levites will set it up, and the insolent, godless one that comes near will be put to death. 52.And the children of Israel will pitch their tents, each man by his own camp and each man by his own standard, throughout their armies. 53. But the Levites will pitch around the Tabernacle of Testimony so there will be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel, and the Levites will keep the charge of the Tabernacle of Testimony.”

1:54. And the children of Israel did so according to all that the LORD* commanded Moses, so they did.

The Camp is Organized

2.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses and to Aaron saying,

2:2. “Each man of the children of Israel will pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father’s house, they will pitch far off around the Tent of Meeting. 3. And on the east side toward the rising of the sun those of the standard of the camp of Judah will pitch throughout their armies, and Nahshon the son of Amminadab is captain of the children of Judah. 4. And his army and those that were numbered of them were seventy-four thousand six hundred. 5. And those that pitch next to him will be the tribe of Issachar, and Nethaniel the son of Zuar is captain of the children of Issachar. 6. And his army and those that were numbered of it were fifty-four thousand four hundred. 7. The tribe of Zebulun: and Eliab the son of Helon is captain of the children of Zebulun.8. And his army and those that were numbered of it were fifty-seven thousand four hundred. 9. All that were numbered in the camp of Judah were a hundred eighty-six thousand four hundred, throughout their armies. These will set forth first.

2:10. “The standard of the camp of Reuben will be on the south side according to their armies and Elisur the son of Shedeur is the captain of the children of Reuben. 11. And his army and those that were numbered of it were forty-six thousand five hundred. 12. And those that pitch next to him will be the tribe of Simeon and Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai is the captain of the children of Simeon. 13. And his army and those that were numbered of them were fifty-nine thousand three hundred. 14. Then the tribe of Gad and Eliasaf the son of Reuel is the captain of the sons of Gad.15. And his army and those that were numbered of them were forty-five thousand six hundred fifty.

2:16. “All that were numbered in the camp of Reuben were a hundred fifty-one thousand four hundred fifty, throughout their armies. And they will set forth in the second rank.

2:17. “Then the Tent of Meeting will set forward with the camp of the Levites in the midst of the camps: as they camp, so will they set forward, each man in his place by their standards.

2:18. “The standard of the camp of Ephraim will be on the west side according to their armies and Elishama the son of Ammihud is the captain of the sons of Ephraim. 19. And his army and those that were numbered of them were forty thousand five hundred. 20. And the tribe of Manasseh will be next to him and Gamliel the son of Pedazhur is the captain of the children of Manasseh. 21.And his army and those that were numbered of them were thirty-two thousand two hundred. 22.Then the tribe of Benjamin and Abidan the son of Gideoni is the captain of the sons of Benjamin.23. And his army and those that were numbered of them were thirty-five thousand four hundred.24. All that were numbered of the camp of Ephraim were a hundred eight thousand one hundred, throughout their armies. And they will go forward in the third rank.

2:25. “The standard of the camp of Dan will be on the north side by their armies and Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai is the captain of the children of Dan. 26. And his army and those that were numbered of them were sixty-two thousand seven hundred. 27. And those that camp beside him will be the tribe of Asher and Pagiel the son of Ochran is the captain of the children of Asher. 28.And his army and those that were numbered of them were forty-one thousand five hundred. 29.Then the tribe of Naphtali and Ahira the son of Enan is the captain of the children of Naphtali. 30.And his army and those that were numbered of them were fifty-three thousand four hundred. 31.All those that were numbered in the camp of Dan were a hundred fifty-seven thousand six hundred. They will go last with their standards.”

2:32. These are those that were numbered of the children of Israel by the house of their fathers: all those that were numbered of the camps throughout their armies were six hundred three thousand five hundred fifty. 33. But the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel, as the LORD* commanded Moses.

2:34. And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD* commanded Moses: so they pitched by their standards, and so they set forward, everyone after their families, according to the house of their fathers.

Descendants of Aaron and Moses

3.1. These also are the generations of Aaron and Moses on the day the LORD* spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai. 2. And these are the names of the sons of Aaron; Nadab the firstborn and Abihu, Elazar, and Itamar. 3.These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests that were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister in the priest’s office. 4. And Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD* when they offered strange fire before the LORD* in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children: and Elazar and Itamar ministered in the priest’s office in the sight of Aaron their father.

3:5. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 6. “Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest so they can minister to him. 7. And they will keep his charge and the charge of the whole congregation before the Tent of Meeting, to do the service of the Tabernacle.8. And they will keep all the vessels of the Tent of Meeting and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the Tabernacle. 9.And you will give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons, they are wholly given to him from the children of Israel.10. And you will appoint Aaron and his sons and they will guard their priest’s office, and the insolent, godless one that comes near will be put to death.”

3:11. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 12. “And I AM, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of every firstborn that opens the womb among the children of Israel, therefore the Levites will be Mine

13. because all the firstborn are Mine. On the day that I struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified for Myself all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast. They will be Mine. I AM the LORD*!”

Levites Numbered

3:14. And the LORD* spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai saying,

15. “Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: you will number every male from a month old and upward.” 16. And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD*, as he was commanded. 17. And these were the sons of Levi by their names, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 18. And these are the names of the sons of Gershon by their families, Libni and Shimi. 19. And the sons of Kohath by their families, Amram, Izehar, Hebron, and Uzziel. 20. And the sons of Merari by their families, Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to the house of their fathers.

3:21. The family of Libnites and the family of Shimites were from Gershon, these are the families of the Gershonites. 22. Those that were numbered of them according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, those that were numbered of them were seven thousand five hundred. 23. The families of the Gershonites will pitch behind the Tabernacle westward. 24. And Eliasaf the son of Lael is the chief of the house of the father of the Gershonites. 25. And the charge of the sons of Gershon in the Tent of Meeting of the Tabernacle, will be the Tent, its covering, the hanging for the door of the Tent of Meeting, 26. the hangings of the court, and the curtain for the door of the court, which surrounded the Tabernacle and the altar, and its cords for all its service.

3:27. And from Kohath were the family of the Amramaites, the family of the Izharites, the family of the Hebronites, and the family of the Uzzielites: these are the families of the Kohathites. 28. The number of all the males, from a month old and upward, was eight thousand six hundred keeping the charge of the Sanctuary. 29. The families of the sons of Kohath will pitch on the side of the Tabernacle southward. 30. And the chief of the house of the father of the families of the Kohathites will be Elizaphan the son of Uzziel. 31.And their charge will be the Ark, the table, the menorah, the altars, the vessels of the Sanctuary with which they minister, the hanging, and all its service. 32.And Elazar the son of Aaron the priest will be chief over the chief of the Levites, having the oversight of those who keep the charge of the Sanctuary.

3:33. The family of the Mahlites was from Merari and the family of the Mushites. These arethe families from Merari. 34. And those that were numbered of them according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were six thousand two hundred. 35. And the chief of the house of the father of the families of Merari was Zuriel the son of Abihail, these will pitch on the side of the Tabernacle northward. 36. And the boards of the Tabernacle, its bars, its pillars, its sockets, all its vessels, and all who serve there will be under the custody and charge of the sons of Merari, 37. along with the pillars all around the court, their sockets, their pegs, and their cords.

3:38. But those that camp in front of the Tabernacle toward the east, in front of the Tent of Meeting eastward, will be Moses and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the Sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel: and the stranger that comes near will be put to death.

3:39. All that were numbered of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD*, throughout their families, all the males from a month old and upward were twenty-two thousand.

Levites Taken Instead of Firstborn

3:40 And the LORD* said to Moses, “Number all the firstborn of the males of the children of Israel from a month old and upward and take the number of their names. 41. And you will take the Levites for Me, I AM the LORD*, instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel and the livestock of the Levites instead of all the firstlings among the livestock of the children of Israel.”

3:42. And Moses numbered all the firstborn as the LORD* commanded him among the children of Israel. 43.And all the firstborn males by the number of names, from a month old and upward, of those that were numbered of them, were twenty-two thousand two hundred seventy-three.

3:44. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 45. “Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the livestock of the Levites instead of their livestock, and the Levites will be Mine. I AM the LORD*. 46. And for those that are to be redeemed of the two hundred seventy-three of the firstborn of the children of Israel that are left over from the Levites,47. you will even take five shekels apiece by the poll after the shekel of the Sanctuary will you take them: (the shekel is twenty gerahs) 48. and you will give the money, with which the odd number of them is to be redeemed, to Aaron and to his sons.”

3:49. And Moses took the redemption money of those who were over and above those who were redeemed by the Levites. 50. He took the money of the firstborn of the children of Israel, a thousand three hundred sixty-five shekels after the shekel of the Sanctuary. 51. And Moses gave the money of those who were redeemed to Aaron and to his sons, according to the word of the LORD*, as the LORD* commanded Moses.

Tabernacle Assignments for Sons of Kohath

4.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses and to Aaron saying, 2. “Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers, 3. from thirty years old and upward, even until fifty years old, all who enter the army to do the work in the Tent of Meeting. 4. This will be the service of the sons of Kohath in the Tent of Meeting, about the most holy things, 5. and when the camp sets forward, Aaron and his sons will come and they will take down the covering veil and cover the Ark of Testimony with it,6. and will put on it the covering of badgers’ skins and will spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and will put in its poles. 7. And upon the table of showbread they will spread a cloth of blue and put on it the dishes, the spoons, the purifying vessels, and the bowls to pour with, and the continual bread will be on it. 8. And they will spread upon them a cloth of scarlet, and cover the same with a covering of badgers’ skins, and will put in its poles.

9. And they will take a cloth of blue, and cover the menorah of the light, its lamps, its tongs, its snuffers, and all its oil vessels with which they minister to it. 10. And they will put it and all its vessels within a covering of badgers’ skins and will put it upon a pole. 11. And they will spread a cloth of blue upon the golden altar and cover it with a covering of badgers’ skins and will put in its poles, 12. and they will take all the vessels of ministry, with which they minister in the Sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue and cover them with a covering of badgers’ skins, and will put them on a pole, 13. and they will take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth on it. 14.And they will put upon it all its vessels, with which they minister around it, the fire-pans, the flesh-hooks, the shovels, and the basins, all the vessels of the altar. And they will spread upon it a covering of badgers’ skins and put in its poles. 15. And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the Sanctuary and all the vessels of the Sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward. After that, the sons of Kohath will come to bear it, but they will not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the Tent of Meeting.

4:16. “And to the office of Elazar the son of Aaron the priest are the oil for light, the sweet incense, the daily meal offering, the anointing oil, the oversight of the entire Tabernacle and of all that is in it, in the Sanctuary, and in its vessels.”

4:17. And the LORD* spoke to Moses and to Aaron saying, 18. “Do not cut off the tribe of the families of the Kohathites from among the Levites, 19. but do thus to them, so they may live and not die when they approach the most holy things: Aaron and his sons will go in and appoint them, each one, to his service and to his burden, 20. but they will not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.”

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