Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Hello again folks! Man is fallen; Israelis/Jews make mistakes and so do arabs/gentiles. The situation in Gaza is not as "complex" as the mass media tell us it is. But we need to understand what is really going on in southern Israel. Any loss of innocent civilian life is sad and regrettable but we see here the fundamental differences between islam and other 'religions'. That is ... the love of death versus the value and sanctity of life. Let us remind ourselves what is happening down in Gaza:-
- For over two years; missiles have been fired randomly by Hamas into southern Israel hitting the towns of Sderot; Ashkelon and now Ashdod as well as dwellings in the Negev.
- The means of delivering these rockets have been hidden either in or between or next to residential habitations [whether the Gazan citizen 'on-the-street' really wants this or he/she has been 'persuaded' to co-operate by their friendly local Hamas 'officials' is debatable]; Do you remember Avi Lipkin's 'Edmonton Revelation'???
- The media in general has not overly reported the incessant and continuous missile hits that the residents of southern Israel have endured for the last two years - even during the so-called 'ceasefire' in the last six  months. Apparently; Israeli/Jewish lives lost are not as newsworthy as those of others in the region.
- The people of Gaza 'democratically' voted in Hamas ahead of Fatah. The Hamas charter includes their major goal of not only not ever recognizing the Jewish nation of Israel but also its total destruction. This aligns with the true islamic goal of a worldwide ummah with those 'monkeys and pigs' i.e. what the koran calls christians and Jews; either being removed or classed as dhimmis. Hamas is a truly islamic political entity with islamic goals.
So, where are we at??? The Gazans have what they asked for. The Israeli government has tried [hopefully for the last time] the 'land for peace' stratagem. But it won't work with true islamists ... who are allowed to make false covenants and lie in their jihad if it gains them ground or gives them time to develop superior military advantage.
The mass media of the world will almost uniformally condemn Israel and the 'quartet' of political 'leading' nations will call for an unconditional, permanent ceasefire. Which Israel will keep but Hamas will not as history shows that the 'palestinians' have not kept one of their pledges from the Oslo Accord. And the circle of events will keep repeating ... unless Hamas is taken out. But don't forget that Fatah is not a lot better. Their goals towards the Israelis/Jews are the same as Hamas. They indoctrinate their children too from the age of two upward to hate Jews and by extension Israel.
The concept of democracy is totally alien and opposite to the 'theocracy' that is islam. But it is a tool to gain power, favour and ultimately victory over the 'dar el harb' [the 'house of war'] or the 'infidels'. The UN; the EU; our weak government here in the UK and the incoming new regime in the US have never grasped the real deal with islam. All we hear is that islam is a religion of peace and it's god is the same god as that of the Jews and True Christians. The evidence is to the contrary.
The only answer to all this isn't the destruction of Hamas or even islam [although it needs to be confronted and tamed]. The only answer is repentance and a living faith in the finished work of Messiah Yeshua. He is returning soon ... and the [world] government will be on His shoulders alone ... the best ever government and a perfect theocracy. In the meantime; please pray for the salvation of Jews, gentiles, arabs, muslims, Israelis alike. And don't believe what is being broadcast on your local news channel without checking it out for yourself. Remember that we are all fallen and likely to make mistakes. The issue in Gaza; the so-called 'West Bank'; Lebanon et al is the same. Islam versus the world. Having had the opportunity to visit southern Israel this year and hear what is happening 'on-the-ground' with my own ears and see with my own eyes the ongoing situation; it has taken several attempts to write this blog in a heartfelt and matter-of-fact manner. Truth really is at a premium in these 'last days'. But it is the Truth that will really set you free. Shalom!!!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 30-Dec-2008
Friday, 26 December 2008
The writer of Hebrews [Paul???] said that we can entertain angels unawares, particularly when we are welcoming or giving or we are good samaritans not seeking immediate reward ... just because we are blessing people because we want to or we are obedient to God. So please have a look at this article and be blessed:-
At this time of year people are thinking about giving ... they are admittedly thinking about grabbing bargains and doing a whole host of other more honourable things too. Some people are doing the most awful things ... my nephew was burgled on Christmas Eve ... his children's gifts stolen and home ransacked. In the USA; a man dressed as Santa killed seven  people at a family party. We live in a fallen world; there is still a faint glow of the original glory of God's creation ... just look at the Northern Lights or a Fire Rainbow here ...
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
"The Feast of Dedication" or Hanukkah - you will not find this holiday in Leviticus chapter 23 with the seven Feasts of the Lord. But you will it in John chapter 10; verse 22 and other places as well. I think it may be necessary to do a little history here before going on; this will not be a history lesson, just a little background. The time was around 167BC or, if you are Jewish, BCE. Prior to this date, a young ruler named Alexander the Great, ruled the entire ancient world. This period of time is referred to as “the Hellenistic [Greek] period”. His untimely death caused a power struggle and four of his generals split up the kingdom. The one that ended up with Israel was Antiochus IV. This new ruler of Israel commanded everyone to convert to Hellenism [Greek Metrology] and the Greek values that he held. Many did, even many of the Jews of the land because they found it to be a very civilized way of life. But, there were those Jews who held close to the Torah and God’s way of worship and refused to embrace Hellenism. In fact, Antiochus gave the Jews an ultimatum, to either give up their distinctive customs, such as worshipping on the Sabbath [Saturday], Circumcision, and Kosher Laws, or die. One of the first things Antiochus did was to desecrate the Holy Temple. He ordered the utensils, such as the Menorah, Altar, and Table to be defiled and torn down. Then to be certain that he had accomplished his job, he ordered a pig to be sacrificed on the holy altar. After doing all of that, he order that a Greek god Zeus be worshipped in the Temple .
When Antiochus heard that the people were murmuring and talking about revolt against him, he marched his troops to a town in the foothills called Modi’in. His plan was to erect a false god in the city and force the people to worship it. Modi’in was the home of a priest named Mattathias who had five sons. He and his sons revolted and killed the soldiers and began the revolt against this evil ruler. One of Mattathias’s sons was Judah, and he became the new leader and was quickly nicknamed “Maccabee” ['the Hammer' in Hebrew]. To bring this piece of history to a close, we will just report that Maccabee and his men defeated the Greek armies and got rid of Antiochus. The Maccabees now faced the task of restoring the Temple for Jewish worship to their Holy God. They cleansed the Temple and restored the furnishings. There was special attention given to the Menorah, for it symbolized the Light of God. They restored it and when they went to light it, they found there was a problem. This Menorah could only be used with special oil, and it took eight days to prepare such oil. They found enough of this special oil to burn only one day. To celebrate the victory of the battle fought for their religious liberty, they decided to light the Menorah anyway and allow the light of God to shine forth with its glory, even if but for a day. But God gave them a miracle, and the oil lasted eight days, until the new oil was made ready. So today we have the eight days of the Feast of Dedication “Hanukkah.” It is also why you will see a nine branch Menorah instead of seven in most Jewish homes. It represents the miracle of the eight days the oil burned; the ninth branch [in the center] is the Shamash [Servant Lamp], which represents the Messiah. There are many customs and traditions that brings one closer to God and understanding of His greatness associated with this holiday, but I want to keep this as short as possible. Each night for eight nights a candle is lighted. The Shamash [the center] is always lit first, for it is from the Messiah that all light flows. It is then used to light each candle for the eight nights. Blessing is said and songs about Hanukkah sung. Gifts are given to the children each of the eight nights. During the lighting of the Shamash and the other candles are lit with the Shamash, the following blessings are said. I will try to write the Hebrew in English letters for you, I hope I do it correctly. A little advice in lighting the candles, you place them in the Menorah from right to left, but you light them with the Shamash from left to right. BARUKH ATAH ADONAI ELOHENU MELEKH HA-OLAM, ASHER KIDSHANU B’MITZVOHTAV L’HADLEEK NER, SHEL HANUKKAH. Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has set us apart by your commandments and commanded us to kindle the light of Hanukkah. So after lighting the candles and singing the Hanukkah songs, you set down for a festive meal, each night for eight nights." [end quote] A good portion of the aboved noted events will be replayed during the time of the antichrist [a la the 'time of Yacov's trouble' a.k.a. 'the Tribulation']; but instead of defiling the temple with swine; he himself will sit in the temple some 1,260 days [3.5 years x 360 days] after the 'covenant of sheol' was signed/confirmed and he will declare himself [as] god. Those very days are fast approaching. Do not be deceived and do not be betrayed by others or by your own wisdom/understanding. Get some oil in yer lamp! And ... "Happy Hannukah!" God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 23-Dec-2008