Voice of Messiah https://voiceofmessiah.com Pursuing God's Heart for Israel and the Nations Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:02:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 The Prophetic Significance of the Feast of Trumpets https://voiceofmessiah.com/the-prophetic-significance-of-the-feast-of-trumpets/ https://voiceofmessiah.com/the-prophetic-significance-of-the-feast-of-trumpets/#respond Sat, 28 Sep 2019 22:03:40 +0000 https://voiceofmessiah.com/?p=2343 A look at the deeper meaning of this holy festival...

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In Colossians 2:16, when speaking about the Biblical feasts, Paul wrote,

“Therefore, no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day; things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ (NASB).”

Or, as the Tree of Life version translates this verse:

“Therefore, do not let anyone pass judgment on you in matters of food or drink, or in respect to a festival or new moon or Shabbat. These are a foreshadowing of things to come, but the reality is Messiah.

As we begin trying to understand the prophetic significance of the Biblical feasts, one of the most important things to note is how Paul says in this passage that all of the festivals of Leviticus 23 are a “shadow” or “foreshadowing” of “what is to come.” This particular phrase “what is to come” has clear eschatological connotations throughout the New Testament.

For example, in Ephesians 1:21, Paul speaks of how Jesus is above all rule and authority, “not only in this age but also in the one to come.” And in Hebrews 2:5 and 6:5, similar language to what Paul uses in Colossians 2:17 is used to discuss the “world to come” and the “age to come.”

What this means is that for Paul, all of the Biblical feasts have vital lessons to teach us about the end times, the Second Coming of the Messiah, and future prophetic events. The Biblical feasts give us a basic framework of celebrations that we can participate in on an annual basis, which collectively are meant to help us focus on, yearn for, and anticipate the coming kingdom of God.

 The Historical Context of the Feast of Trumpets

Before we can more fully explore the future prophetic significance of the Feast of Trumpets, it is first necessary to place this festival within its proper historical setting, so that we can view it in the same way as the Israelites would have in the Torah.

In Scripture, the blast of the trumpet was specifically associated with being called into God’s presence, and the first time this actually happened within the context of ancient Israel’s history, was at Mt. Sinai. As we read in Exodus 19:13, God said to Moses, “When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.

Exodus 19:13 is the first place in the Bible where the “shofar,” “ram’s horn,” or “trumpet” is ever mentioned. As a matter of fact, the idea that Israel encountered God at Sinai in the midst of the trumpet blast is a major theme in Exodus 19-20. In these chapters we see the two words used for “trumpet,” which are yovel and shofar, mentioned collectively on four separate occasions. This represents the most concentrated usage of these two terms in the entire Bible.

In Exodus 19:16 we find a more detailed picture of Israel’s encounter with God at Mt. Sinai:

“So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder, and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet (shofar), so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.”

As we try and wrap our heads around the prophetic significance of the Feast of Trumpets, it is important to keep this historical background information related to Israel’s original Sinai encounter in mind. The reason I say this is because when we look at God’s command to Israel in Leviticus 23, where He told them to celebrate the Feast of Trumpets on an annual basis, it become clear that Moses and the Israelites would have understood this feast as a memorial or “reminder” of the events that took place at Mt. Sinai. This is precisely why in Leviticus 23:23 when speaking of the Feast of Trumpets, God calls this festival a “reminder” (Heb: zicharon):

“Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation (Lev. 23:23).””

Prior to Leviticus 23, there is no other mention of any trumpet anywhere in the Torah besides the occurrences that appear in Exodus 19-20 within the context of the Sinai narrative. Thus, when God tells Israel in Leviticus 23:23 to have a holy convocation every year and a “reminder” during which they blow the trumpet, it is most logical to assume that what God wanted to remind Israel of at this time of year, was their original encounter with Him at Mt. Sinai, when they first heard His trumpet blast, encountered His glory, and received His commandments.

The Sinai encounter represented the time when God gave Israel their covenant identity as a holy people, and the annual Feast of Trumpets was a reminder for Israel to continue living in light of their holy calling, as a sanctified covenant people set apart unto Him.

The Feast of Trumpets and the Age to Come

With this vital background understanding in place, we can now begin to address the question of the unique prophetic significance of the Feast of Trumpets. Based on Paul’s words in Colossians 2:16-17, how are we supposed to understand this feast in relation to “what is to come,” and how does the Lord want to use this holy time of year to remind us of the prophetic realities of His kingdom?

In essence, the Feast of Trumpets has a two-fold application to believers living under the New Covenant.

First, the sound of the shofar reminds us that just like Israel did at Mt. Sinai, we too are a people who have encountered God’s presence in the New Covenant, specifically through our relationship with the Messiah. Those of us who believe in Yeshua (Jesus) have entered into a covenant with God, but we have not come to the physical Mt. Sinai.  Instead we have come to “Mount Zion” and the “heavenly Jerusalem” (Heb. 12:18-29).  The Feast of Trumpets reminds us to walk in God’s ways, and to observe His commandments through the power of the Holy Spirit. This festival is a call to spiritual vigilance, and a reiteration of our covenant responsibilities as the Lord’s people.  It is a wake-up call and a reminder of our identity in God.  As Israel looked back to their encounter with God at Sinai, the trumpet reminds us to look back to when the Messiah first revealed Himself to us, set us apart, and called us into a relationship with the Holy One of Israel.

Second, when we study the broader storyline of Scripture, it becomes evident that the Feast of Trumpets is also meant to instill within us a joyous sense of anticipation of our final encounter with the Messiah in the Age to Come. We look back to the events that took place at Sinai, when Israel first encountered God’s trumpet call, because these events serve as a prophetic foreshadowing of the day when we too will be called into the Messiah’s presence with a trumpet blast in the future, when our King reigns from Mt. Zion in Jerusalem.

The Feast of Trumpets grounds us in the redemptive realities of Israel’s past, but then at the same time, helps us view these as a foretaste of what will take place in the Messianic Age. Just as Israel encountered God at Sinai, we will encounter the presence of the Messiah physically, tangibly, and in all His glory, when He is revealed from heaven in the not too distant future.  

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Anti-Semitism and the BDS Movement https://voiceofmessiah.com/bds-antisemitism/ https://voiceofmessiah.com/bds-antisemitism/#respond Tue, 30 Jul 2019 20:47:40 +0000 https://voiceofmessiah.com/?p=2228 The truth about the BDS movement and the New Antisemitism...

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Last Wednesday (7/24/19), the U.S. House of Representatives voted 398-17 in support of a bill condemning the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (or the BDS movement as it is most often called).

In a nutshell, the BDS movement represents a loose connection of various political, educational, and non-profit organizations that are characterized by a hardline anti-Israel and anti-Zionist position when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The ultimate goal of the BDS movement is to isolate and weaken Israel on the world stage, and it is no secret that many participants in the BDS movement actually have direct ties to terrorist organizations, including Hamas.

Given the atrocious objectives of the BDS movement, we should all view the condemnation of this movement by the U.S. Congress as a great victory worth celebrating. We should also pray that God would bless the United States for continuing to stand with Israel.

At the same time, we simultaneously need to recognize that the growing support for the BDS movement within the Democratic party, especially among members of Congress who are being touted as the future and new face of the party (i.e. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib), also indicates that this is a fight that is not going away. The growing popularity of the BDS movement highlights how the rising stars within the Democratic party, all of whom are especially popular with the Millennial generation, are going to continue pushing the issue of Israel to the center of the political stage, and making this issue a key component of their progressive agenda for America.

Case in point: in a few weeks Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib will travel to Israel to once again try and shine a spotlight on the supposed injustices perpetrated by the Israelis against the Palestinians. Never mind the irony that the allegedly oppressive and apartheid Israelis are actually granting these Congresswoman the freedom to enter their country in the first place. The Congresswomen have a misguided social justice vendetta against Israel and a point to prove.

In light of these troubling political realities, in the days ahead, it is only going to become even more important to have an understanding of the BDS controversy that goes beyond what you can find in the mainstream media. Because of this, I want to spend some time in the rest of this article outlining the strategy of the pro-BDS supporters in Congress, and in particular, how they are using a combination of deception, with an appeal to social justice and First Amendment rights, to try and impose an agenda that represents nothing more than blatant anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. I also want to touch on why this controversy is directly connected to an even deeper battle for the soul of our nation, and of more Biblical and prophetic significance than most people realize.

The Free Speech Play

If you listen closely to those who are seeking to change the current U.S. laws in regard to the BDS movement, you will continuously hear them speaking about free speech, and our constitutional rights to boycott. They are trying to frame this entire debate as though it is primarily about the First Amendment rights of U.S. citizens.

For example, just a little over a week ago, Congresswoman Ihan Omar introduced a resolution in the House hoping to fully legalize the BDS movement, and in response she said: “We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our First Amendment rights in regard to boycotting.” Then, last Wednesday, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib gave a speech on the House floor in which she said:

“Our right to free speech is being threatened with this resolution. It sets a dangerous precedent because it attempts to delegitimize a certain people’s political speech and to send a message that our government can and will take action against speech it doesn’t like.”

Notice the similarities there between Omar’s and Tlaib’s statements?

Of course, because this is their talking point. They are reading from the same script; a script that is being given to them by the pro-BDS power brokers who are pulling the strings behind the scenes.

They understand that Americans are much more likely to sympathize with an issue if it is presented to them as being a part of some broader social justice or civil rights concern. This is why they are saying, and will keep saying over and over, that this is a First Amendment issue related to our individual rights to free speech and free expression.

What Anti-BDS Laws Actually Say 

But let’s take a step back. Are there actually any anti-BDS laws in the U.S. that limit an individual’s freedom of speech, or even an individual’s freedom to boycott Israel?

The answer is no.

In addition to the general anti-BDS resolutions passed by the House, there are also 27 states that currently have anti-BDS laws on the books, many of which also contain more specific legislative prohibitions related to the BDS movement.

You can see these states in red on the map below. Furthermore, you can also visit this website to read more about what the anti-BDS laws in each of these states actually entail.

But to summarize, the main thing you need to know is that there is not even one state in America that currently limits an individual’s freedom of speech towards Israel, or even their freedom to boycott Israel. These laws do not, I repeat, do not, limit a person’s freedom of speech in any way. In other words, any person living in the United States can say whatever they want about Israel. In addition, they, and even their businesses, can also choose to boycott, and let’s say, personally sanction Israel, to whatever degree they want. The First Amendment rights of every American in terms of how they relate to and express themselves towards Israel are fully in-tact. (If they weren’t, then Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib would be in jail! But I digress…)

So what then does the fine print of these state-level anti-BDS laws actually say?

Well, in general, they most often prohibit the state itself from supporting businesses and organizations that are participating in the BDS movement. This means that in many cases a business or organization with ties to BDS cannot receive state funds, or bid on state contracts.

So let’s say someone runs a digital media corporation and happens to be a pro-Palestinian supporter of the BDS movement. They can broadcast whatever message about Israel they want. They can also even refuse to buy Israeli products, refuse to have Israeli voices on their podcast, and use their platform to call others to boycott Israel and participate in the BDS movement. But if they do this (in many of these red states), they will not be able to receive any funds from the state government, or to work for the government in any sort of paid capacity.

It’s All About the Benjamins 

The reason this important legal detail concerning what the anti-BDS laws in America actually do and do not say is so vital to understand, is because it shows us that Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib’s attempt to change these laws actually has nothing to do with an individual’s First Amendment Rights and free speech. The anti-BDS laws are not about what an individual can and cannot do or say, and many legal analysists and judges have come to this same conclusion.

What these laws are actually about however, is the U.S. government’s foreign and economic policy towards Israel, and that is what the pro-BDS faction within the U.S. government is trying to change from the top. Additionally, these anti-BDS laws are also directly related to U.S. government fiscal policy, and for those in the pro-BDS camp, this is really where the rubber meets the road.

Simply put, this is all about the money.

The people who are running the pro-BDS campaign are not stupid. They know that strictly speaking this whole issue has nothing to do with free speech. But what they don’t like is that they can’t get their hands on all that U.S. government money that could otherwise help them build their organizations and propagate their pro-BDS message. They know they need to change these laws so they can begin directing U.S. taxpayer money to support their pro-BDS organizations, because until this happens, they will continue to flounder in the U.S. Once they can get access to the state money however, they believe they will be able to multiply, grow their platforms, infiltrate state institutions, and implement their anti-Zionist agenda. That’s their plan at least.

It’s all about access to U.S. government money, and a complete overhaul of U.S. policy towards Israel. So indeed, the stakes in this debate are high, but not because it has anything to do with the First Amendment. The stakes are high because the pro-BDS faction is trying to fundamentally shift U.S. foreign policy towards Israel to align more with the likes of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Venezuela, Somalia, etc.

As a result, we need to use discernment and recognize that when Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib stand in Congress and disingenuously present themselves as social justice warriors, fighting for our First Amendment rights, they are lying, and attempting to manipulate the American public. Their strategy in this regard represents the epitome of political deception and misdirection.

All the freedom of speech arguments in this discussion are a straw man and a Trojan Horse. They are a distraction that is being used to try and make it easier for Americans to accept a resolution that would allow the U.S. government’s direct financial participation in the BDS movement, which would in turn undoubtedly undermine Israel’s security and existence as a nation. At the most basic level, this is nothing more than an attempt to institutionalize an anti-Israel policy at the highest levels of the American government, and to make the U.S. government a direct state-sponsor of anti-Semitism.

That is the play here, and that is why there is so much at stake in terms of how this story unfolds in the future. If the pro-BDS faction in the Democratic party is eventually successful, their success would mark the greatest shift in U.S. foreign policy towards Israel since Israel was founded as a nation over 70 years ago. And even worse, their success would most certainly also bring harsh judgment on America. As God said to Abraham and his descendants over 3,000 years ago, “I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you” (Gen. 12:3). 

The Battle for America’s Soul

Like many of you, I will personally be watching this story very closely in the coming months and years. It is no overstatement to say that how the BDS controversy plays out in America is directly connected to an even deeper battle for the very soul of our nation.

I say this because for one, history teaches us that how a nation deals with Israel and the Jewish people is often a barometer for the health and moral discernment of that nation in an even broader sense. History is full of examples which demonstrate how rising anti-Semitism is directly connected to the rapid decline of entire nation states and empires at large, and in this context, I will simply mention the Roman Empire, the Nazi Third Reich, and Czarist Russia.

Rather than looking inward and addressing the real issues, and rather than turning to God for redemption, nation after nation, empire after empire, has found it easier to just blame the Jews for all their problems, which not only leaves the real societal cancer untreated, but which in and of itself is also a sign of the proliferation of the cancer itself.

In modern times, this is one of the primary malignancies which afflicts the Muslim world, and one of the main reasons why so many Muslim countries can never get ahead. They spend all their time demonizing and trying to destroy Israel, and never actually take the time to look in the mirror. (And this is exactly the type of misguided political agenda that our Somali and Palestinian Congresswomen are trying to import into America from their home countries.)

If America makes the same mistake, and fundamentally alters its relationship with Israel, I fear it will mark a period of decline and upheaval in our nation that we have never before witnessed in our history.

The other main reason I say this BDS controversy is connected to an even deeper battle for the soul of our nation, is because it is forcing us to decide if we are going to allow the principles of our Constitution to be hijacked, and distorted into the very mechanism that leads to our own destruction from within. Appeals to free speech are important, and something we should all take seriously. But if we allow our First Amendment rights to be weaponized, politicized, and propagandized to serve such a malicious and ant-Semitic agenda, that will effectively mark the end of these rights as we know them.

When you use a free speech argument to try and destroy the only true democracy and beacon of freedom in the entire Middle East (Israel), your moral compass has become so out of balance that no one should ever trust that you even care one iota about free speech in the first place. And make no mistake about it, the end goal of the BDS movement is not only to change U.S. government foreign, economic, and fiscal policy towards Israel, but to also silence and criminalize anyone who holds the alternative position.

This is the battle for America’s soul indeed.

4 Ways to Pray

1. Our war is not against flesh and blood. Pray against the principalities and powers of darkness that are trying to turn America into a state-sponsor of anti-Semitism.

2. Pray for U.S. lawmakers to continue supporting and defending Israel.

3. Pray for the Body of Messiah to deepen her understanding of God’s prophetic plan and purpose for Israel.

4. Pray for the Palestinians, and pray for the Israelis to come to know Jesus as their Savior and Messiah.

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Ilhan Omar and the New Anti-Semitism: 3 Important Points https://voiceofmessiah.com/new-anti-semitism/ https://voiceofmessiah.com/new-anti-semitism/#respond Mon, 13 May 2019 14:27:09 +0000 http://voiceofmessiah.com/?p=1956 Understanding a dangerous trend in American politics

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Last week, conservative news commentator Megan McCain (the daughter of the late Senator John McCain) was a guest on Seth Meyers Late Night talk show. At one point during their interview, the topic of conversation turned to Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar and anti-Semitism.

As she dialogued with Myers, McCain was basically arguing that Omar, who has made a number of controversial statements about Israel and the Jewish people since being elected to Congress, is moving the Democratic Party towards “extremism on this issue.” Myers on the other hand defended Omar. He essentially argued that she has just been a little bit careless with her words, and since she has now apologized, we shouldn’t be concerned with the type of rhetoric she has expressed on social media, and in various speeches, since the beginning of 2019.

As this story with Omar has unfolded over the last few months, I have followed it with great interest. The primary reason I have found it so compelling, is because Omar’s words and actions have brought the topic of anti-Semitism into the national spotlight in a way that I have never seen before. People are talking about this issue, and there is currently an attempt within our broader culture to try and define anti-Semitism, which includes answering questions such as, “when does a criticism of Israel cross over into the territory of true anti-Semitism?” versus, “when should such criticism simply be regarded as a differing political view etc.?”

I have personally thought a lot about these issues over the years, and I have also tried to wrestle through what I believe constitute the boundary lines of true anti-Semitism. In this article, I want to explain why I believe Congresswoman Omar is in fact spreading what is most appropriately called the “New Anti-Semitism.” I also want to cover why the Church and the Messianic Jewish community need to be aware of this dangerous trend in American politics.

Before we begin, let me also say that this article is not meant to demonize Congresswoman Omar as an individual. Nor is it meant to contribute to an already tumultuous climate of political division, hatred, and xenophobia in our country. As followers of the Messiah, we are still called to be peacemakers, and we are still called to pray for and seek the well-being of those we strongly disagree with.

That said, the primary reason I feel it is necessary to share my thoughts on this issue, is because the New Anti-Semitism is in fact spreading across the world, and it is of the utmost importance for the Lord’s people to be able to recognize some of its most distinctive features. Throughout history, from the time of Constantine, through the Middle Ages, and even into the era of Russian ghettos and Nazism in Germany, the Church of Jesus, the people who claim to follow the Jewish Messiah, have often been swept up into the broader cultural currents of anti-Semitism.  In many cases, the Church has been either complicit in, or actually taken part in, the direct persecution of the Jewish people. If we don’t want to see this history repeating itself with the Church in the 21st century, understanding the nature and characteristics of the New Anti-Semitism is vital.

Here are 3 key features of the New Anti-Semitism you need to understand, which are all present in a number of recent statements made by Congresswoman Omar.

1. The New Anti-Semitism Hides Behind the Veil of Anti-Zionism.

In the past, since the Jews lived for nearly 2,000 years in exile without any national homeland, anti-Semitic attacks were predominately focused against Jewish individuals, families, and sometimes certain groups of people within Jewish society (i.e. Jewish bankers or Jewish Rabbis). However, now that the Jews once again have their own country, the New Anti-Semitism is usually focused more specifically on the nation of Israel writ large. This shift very often allows proponents of the New Anti-Semtism to conceal their prejudice behind a veneer of political respectability and ambiguous political language.

One of the primary catch-phrases that reveals the inherently anti-Zionist nature of the New Anti-Semtism, can be seen when its supporters refer to modern Israel as “the occupation.” On two recent occasions, Rep. Omar herself has personally sent out tweets referring to Israel in precisely this way.

On the surface, these statements made by Rep. Omar about Israel might seem to be nothing more than legitimate and constructive political criticism.  After all, people disagree in politics all the time.  Just look at the Democrats and the Republicans.  Certainly every political criticism of Israel should not be equated with racism and anti-Semitism, right?

True.

However, it is paramount to recognize that demonizing Israel as the evil occupiers of Palestinian and Arab land is part and parcel of the strategy of many terrorist groups, including Hamas. For example, in March 2019 Hamas praised a resolution passed by the UN Human Right’s Council which condemned Israel for supposed war crimes. The terrorist organization said in a statement, “Hamas welcomes the UN Human Right’s Council’s resolution that condemns the Israeli Occupation,” and hopes for “practical steps on the ground to hold the Israeli Occupation accountable […].”

Hamas, which controls Gaza, does not even recognize Israel’s right to exist. The stated mission of Hamas is to utterly destroy Israel through terrorist bombings, rocket attacks, genocide, or whatever other means may be necessary, until no Jews are left in Israel. One of the very first lines in the Hamas charter of 1988 quotes the Islamic martyr Imam Hassan al-Banna as saying, “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” 

Given this background information, it is important to see that when Rep. Omar refers to Israel as “the occupation,” she is simply using the language of the New-Anti-Semitism that has already been pre-fashioned by Islamic terrorist groups like Hamas.  She is not merely criticizing Israel as an objective political commentator who wants to see a positive solution for all parties involved.  Instead, she is directly aligning herself with those who have sworn to work towards the absolute destruction of Israel and the Jewish people.

This should come as no surprise, since Rep. Omar herself has direct ties to a group called CAIR (The Council of American Islamic Relations), which the U.S. government has proven is nothing more than the American public relations arm of Hamas.  In February of 2019 The Jerusalem Post ran an article titled, “Ilhan Omar Represents Hamas in Congress?”  It’s worth checking out if you want to see more evidence that Omar is connected to a number of terrorist organizations.  How deep those connections go is a matter of debate, but more often than not where there’s smoke there’s fire.

So indeed, not every criticism of Israel automatically equates to anti-Semitism. Israel is not perfect, and not everything the modern State of Israel does is right. However, it is one thing to say you have a disagreement with Israel and the Jews and that you want all sides to work for peace. But it is another thing entirely to say that because of your disagreement with Israel and the Jews, there are no conditions under which you would ever make peace or compromise with them, and that they can only be justifiably killed and obliterated. Such an attitude represents the very essence of anti-Semitism, and this is exactly what Hamas believes, and it is precisely what is driving the current Arab-Israeli conflict.

Congresswoman Omar may in fact say she is not anti-Semitic, and she has done so in the past.  But this is nothing more than a semantic word game that the proponents of the New Anti-Semitism are playing.  If you take the same position as Hamas when it comes to the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel, you are by default spreading anti-Semitism. Practically speaking, you are on the side of those who are working towards the annihilation of the Jewish people.    

Pay attention to this catchphrase: “the occupation.” It is what allows the modern day supporters of the New Anti-Semitism to conceal their prejudice against the Jewish people behind the veil of a more socially acceptable and subtle Anti-Zionism.

For anyone who still doubts the clear connection between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, consider the results of a national survey that was recently conducted in Great Britain.  In January 2019, The Times of Israel reported the results of this survey, which found that there is in fact a definite link between “hostility to Israel and anti-Jewish hatred.”  In other words, those who are avowedly anti-Zionist usually support other forms of more blatant anti-Semitism as well. 

Why?  Because the extreme nature of most criticism towards Israel that we see on the world stage today, is in fact part and parcel of the New Anti-Semitism.  Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.  This fact is even further proven by how anti-Israel sentiment very often leads to anti-Semitic violence against other Jewish communities outside of Israel.         

2. The New Anti-Semitism Distorts the Concept of “Social Justice.”

Social Justice has become a popular idea in the last ten years, especially among Millennials looking for a cause worth fighting for. What few recognize however, is that inherent in the idea of fighting for justice, is the corollary idea of fighting against someone whom you view as the perpetrator of injustice. This means that in order to get social justice right, you have to exercise solid discernment when it comes to identifying the actual root cause of the injustice you wish to see remedied.

One of the hallmarks of the New Anti-Semitism is that it is rooted in an utterly misguided appraisal of what the real problem in the Arab-Israeli conflict actually is. Notice how in Omar’s recent tweet she speaks of the “humanitarian crisis in Gaza,” and the need for “real justice,” implying that Israel is the perpetrator of injustice and that the Palestinians are simply the victims. According to Omar’s logic, if Israel could be dealt with, then the injustice in Gaza would disappear.

What Omar fails to mention however, is that in 2004, Israel actually gave the Gaza strip to the Palestinians in a “land for peace” deal. Gaza was there for the Palestinians to make of it what they wanted. Yet tragically, in 2006, the Palestinians democratically elected Hamas to run their government, and in 2007, Hamas completely took over control of the Gaza strip.

There is indeed a real humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and the Palestinians confined to this narrow strip of land do often live in near sub-human conditions. However, the reason for this is not because of Israel. It is because of Hamas, whom the Palestinians chose to lead them.

There was no humanitarian crisis for the Arabs living in Gaza before Hamas took over. Furthermore, the Arab-Israeli population, that is to say, the Arabs (the majority of which are Muslims) who actually still live in the State of Israel, have more rights and freedoms than Arabs living anywhere else in the Muslim world. If Israel is such an oppressor, how could this be? Arab Israelis have complete freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of political association, access to healthcare, access to top universities etc. Go ask the people in Egypt, or Sudan, or Turkey, or Saudi Arabia if they have it this good.

Anti-Semitism has always been connected to a distorted sense of victimhood and a misguided perception of justice. It is this sense of victimhood, this sense of the injustice you have supposedly suffered at the hands of the Jews, that tells you it is permissible to hate, to murder, and to destroy them. Hitler and the Germans thought they were victims of Jewish corruption, when in reality, they were simply victims of their own twisted worldview. Six million Jews died, and half the world was literally torn apart before they came to their senses.  

Likewise, Rep. Omar, Hamas, and many Palestinians alive today think they are the victims of Israeli “apartheid” and aggression. In reality, they are simply victims of an ideology that will not let them live in peace with their neighbors. If Rep. Omar were truly concerned with “real justice,” she would be denouncing Hamas, and boldly tweeting that there will not be any justice in the Middle East until Hamas and the Muslim world recognize Israel’s right to exist. As of now, Rep. Omar has never even publicly recognized that the Islamic terrorist organizations are the real root cause of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Hamas and the Islamic Jihadists are the occupiers and the oppressors. Israel is the only true beacon of freedom and democracy in the entire Middle East. Don’t get your social justice narrative twisted. 

3. The New Anti-Semitism Reinforces the Old Jewish Conspiracy Theories.

There is an old book called The Protocols of the Elders of Zion which was originally published in Czarist Russia in the early 1900’s. It is basically a fabricated account of the minutes from a secret meeting between a group of Jewish leaders, who had supposedly met together to discuss their plans for world domination.

Both the Russian government and the Nazis used The Protocols as a major propaganda tool against the Jews in the early part of the 20th century.  After all, if there is a worldwide Jewish conspiracy to try and take over the world, it is perfectly justifiable to place the Jews in ghettos, or maybe to even kill them in concentration camps.

Although The Proocols was widely distributed in America in the 1920’s and 30’s, today in the west it is widely recognized that The Protocols represent nothing more than a fictional hoax. However, this is not the case in the Muslim world. For the last fifty years, this anti-Semitic propaganda piece has been a runaway bestseller in many Muslim countries. The fabricated lies contained in this book have been disseminated in school curriculums, on television shows, and in mosques throughout the Muslim world for many decades.

Rep. Omar herself is a refugee to the United States from Somalia, and not surprisingly, she has also said that Israel has “hypnotized” and deceived the entire world. Just look at the following tweet she sent out back in 2012.

I cannot prove that Congresswoman Omar is directly referencing The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in this tweet. But what I can prove is that she is using the same sort of conspiratorial language about Israel that has been part and parcel of anti-Semitism for over a hundred years. Today, a central feature of the New Anti-Semitism in the Arab world is the idea that Israel needs to be destroyed because worldwide Jewish leadership and influence is poisoning the world.

Never mind that 20% of all Nobel Prizes awarded for unsurpassed achievement in fields such as medicine, chemistry, physics, etc., have been given to Jews, who make up less than .2% of the world’s population (that’s .2% as in point 2). Never mind that Israel today produces and exports some of the most advanced agricultural and computer technologies the world has ever seen. Never mind that Israel gives free medical care to victims of civil war and violence in Syria, the West Bank, and Gaza. Never mind that Israel is the only force for good and political stability in the entire Middle East.

The New-Antisemitism once again flips the script, and asks us to call good evil and evil good. It wants us to view Israel as the source of the world’s problems, while we simultaneously ignore the real conspiracy, which is militant Islam’s desire to take over and control the entire world. (Which is already beginning to happen in many European countries.) Why isn’t Rep. Omar tweeting about that?

Why It’s Happening and What We Can Do

As we consider the reality of how the New Anti-Semitism appears to be gaining a firmer foothold in American politics, let me also encourage us to do three other things simultaneously. 

First, we need to continue to trust in the Lord.  He is still on His throne, and He is still the Sovereign Protector and Defender of Israel.  We don’t need to retreat into hiding or fall victim to insecure fear mongering. 

Second, we need to continue to guard our own hearts against prejudice and hatred, especially when it comes to how we view and speak about those who are currently spreading the New Anti-Semitism. We are still accountable to the Lord for our words, attitudes, and actions, and we are still called to follow the example of the Messiah, who sacrificed His own life to save His enemies from destruction.  The only way to overcome evil is with good, and the only way to overcome lies is with a firm commitment to the truth, and a firm reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit.  We should actually pity those who have fallen into the grip of the New Anti-Semitism. They are on the wrong side of history, and in rebellion against the Lord. Pray that the Lord would have mercy on them, and spare them from the impending consequences of their hatred, racism, and rebellion against His Word.        

Third and finally, we do also need to recognize how the New Anti-Semitism is related to the broader strategy of the powers of darkness in these last days.  This is the only way we will avoid the growing deception that is the New Anti-Semitism.     

In the Hebrew Bible, God promised the Jewish people that the Messiah would one day reign in their midst, and establish His kingdom in Jerusalem. Ever since then, Satan has done everything in his power to try and destroy the Jews, and to destroy the nation of Israel. He’s done it through the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Romans, the Medieval Church, the armies of Islam, the Russians, and the Nazis.  Now more recently, he is trying to do it again through the New Anti-Semitism.  Satan hates Israel and the Jewish people because he hates the idea of Jesus establishing His throne on this earth. 

The New Anti-Semitism is nothing more than the latest attempt by the powers of darkness to stand against the inevitable reign of Jesus and the inauguration His kingdom.  This is why the hornets nest is always swarming around Israel, and why little old Israel, a country the size of New Jersey, is always at the center of controversy on the world stage.

In the days to come, it is going to become even more important for the Lord’s people to recognize and stand against the rising tides of anti-Semitism. I encourage every follower of the Messiah and every ministry leader to educate themselves, and the people they lead, on God’s true purposes for Israel. (Here is a great resource on this topic).

Standing against the New Anti-Semitism matters because the Gospel matters, because the Jewish people and the nation of Israel are at the heart of how God is going to extend His blessings of redemption and Shalom to the entire world in the Age to Come.  If we love Jesus, we should resist anti-Semitism in all of its forms. 

-T.M. Snow (Founder and President, Voice of Messiah; MDiv, Regent University School of Divinity; B.A., The Moody Bible Institute). 

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3 Best Books on Islam and Bible Prophecy https://voiceofmessiah.com/islam-prophecy/ https://voiceofmessiah.com/islam-prophecy/#respond Wed, 01 May 2019 16:37:15 +0000 http://voiceofmessiah.com/?p=1890 Is there a relationship between Islam and the fulfillment of Bible prophecy?

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Islam is currently the fastest growing religion in the world, and if these current growth trajectories continue, it is estimated that Islam will be the largest religion in the world by 2070, if not even sooner.  As a result, no one with an interest in the spread of the Gospel can afford to ignore the impact that Islam will continue to exert upon the Church and the world in the 21st century.

Of course, upon hearing this, many Christians and Messianic Jews will heartily agree that we need to reach Muslims, and understand the Islamic religion at a deeper level in order to successfully fulfill the Great Commission. And indeed, both of these things are true and necessary.

However, what is equally as important to understand, is that the modern day spread of Islam is also quite likely connected to the fulfillment of numerous Bible prophecies that are specifically related to the end times and the return of Jesus. For this reason, we not only need to understand Islam for the purpose of evangelizing Muslims, but we also need to understand Islam in order to have a more comprehensive grasp of what will be taking place on the earth before the Second Coming of our Messiah.

I am well aware that to many people, this might sound like just another “sensational end times prediction,” and when I first heard of the potential relationship between Islam and Biblical eschatology, I too thought the exact same thing. With that said, the more I have looked into this issue for myself, with an objective and open mind, the more I have become convinced that Islam, as well as the Islamic nations of the Middle East, will be at the center of unfolding prophetic events in the days ahead, which if true, is not something the Body of Messiah can afford to remain unaware of. The ramifications are simply too serious to ignore.

Without a doubt, the best way to start exploring the relationship between Islam and Biblical eschatology, is by reading three books by prophecy teacher Joel Richardson. Richardson is one of the pioneers in this field of study. His books are rational, objective, and grounded in thorough historical research and exegesis of Scripture. I have read or skimmed dozens of books on Bible prophecy, and you are not going to find any popular-level prophecy teacher who is more careful with the Biblical text, or with more insight into this topic than Mr. Richardson. Another reason the work of Richardson is so important, is because in addition to being a noted prophecy teacher, he also has a shepherd’s heart, a passion for missions, and an uncommon ability to draw out the practical and pastoral implications of complex theological issues.

Here are three of Richardson’s top books that further expound on the connection between Islam, Bible prophecy, and the return of Jesus. Even if you are still somewhat skeptical as to whether this connection is legitimate and accurate or not, you still owe it to yourself, and to those who will be impacted by your ministry, to at least explore this issue further.

1. Mideast Beast

Mideast Beast is actually the second book Richardson published on the potential relationship between Islam and Biblical eschatology. The central thesis of this book is that Scripture consistently links the kingdom of the Antichrist to the Islamic nations of the Middle East and North Africa.

For many years, it has been a popular idea in prophecy circles that the Antichrist will arise out of Europe, and oversee a “revived Roman Empire.” In Mideast Beast, Richardson successfully debunks this theory, and shows why it is exegetically untenable.

2. Islamic Antichrist

Islamic Antichrist was Richardson’s first book on prophecy. It explores the similarities and differences between Biblical eschatology and Islamic eschatology. There is no other book on the market that offers such a concise yet thorough overview of what Muslims themselves actually believe about the end times, and this information alone is worth the price of admission.

However, even more importantly, Richardson also explains in detail how Islamic eschatology very likely proves that Satan actually established Islam from the very beginning to be the primary political and religious system that would eventually lead to the rise of the Antichrist, and the deception of billions of people in the last days. Not a politically correct message for sure, but one that is nevertheless vital to understand.

3. Mystery Babylon

Mystery Babylon is a thorough analysis of Revelation 17, which speaks of the great harlot city that will play a central role in the kingdom of the Antichrist and the deception of the nations in the last days. Over the years, many attempts have been made to identify this city.

Richardson covers the strengths and weaknesses of the various interpretations, and argues that Mystery Babylon could very well be in modern day Saudi Arabia.  The Saudis, who are the gatekeepers of Islam’s two holiest sites (Mecca and Medina), are currently pursuing construction of a number of “mega-cities” in the desert, and Richardson makes a compelling case that this recent geo-political development might lead to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy in the days ahead.

Test Everything

In 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Paul said, “test everything; hold fast what is good.”  I encourage you to explore the resources covered in this article, and to test Richardson’s arguments against the Word of God. 

Personally, I have no interest in endorsing far-fetched prophetic scenarios related to end times events, and I also understand perfectly well that many prophecy teachers fall victim to extreme speculation and sensationalism in an attempt to capture the public interest and sell more books.  This is certainly something we should all be wary of. 

At the same time however, we must also realize that we have a responsibility as ambassadors of the Lord to deepen our knowledge of His Word, and to keep our eyes open and our hearts alert as we prepare for the return of our Messiah.  Voice of Messiah is committed to always sharing with you the best Biblical resources on a broad range of topics, including Bible prophecy. 

All the books mentioned in this article can be downloaded for free or purchased in a variety of formats on Richardson’s website www.joelstrumpet.com.        

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If you would like to know more about Bible prophecy and the return of Jesus, please sign-up for our Voice of Messiah email list. You can also follow Voice of Messiah on Instagram. For the past year our ministry has been working on a book that more fully explores how the nations of the Middle East will be involved in future prophetic events, and we are looking forward to sharing more about this project with you in the coming months, before we release the book during Passover 2020.

-T.M. Snow (Founder and President, Voice of Messiah; MDiv, Regent University School of Divinity; B.A., The Moody Bible Institute).  

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3 Times Jesus Connected His Second Coming to Passover https://voiceofmessiah.com/jesus-passover-second-coming/ https://voiceofmessiah.com/jesus-passover-second-coming/#respond Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:34:51 +0000 http://voiceofmessiah.com/?p=1866 The deeper meaning of Passover, according to Jesus...

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Passover marks the season of new beginnings. It is specifically during this time of year that we transition from the dormancy of winter into the new life of spring. Flowers come into bloom, and the sound of jubilant songbirds begin to announce the beauty of renewal within God’s creation.

 

It is certainly no coincidence that throughout history, the God of Israel has often chosen to perform His most powerful redemptive acts during Passover, in the spring, which on the Biblical calendar, occurs mid-way through the first month of the year. It was during this season of re-birth and revitalization, as the days begin to grow longer, and the darkness and the cold begin to thaw, that the Lord brought Israel out of the land of Egypt. It was also at this precise time that our Messiah was crucified, as the Ultimate Passover Lamb, thereby allowing us to experience the regeneration in our hearts that we simultaneously witness in the natural world.

Passover reminds us that even in the midst of darkness, hopelessness, slavery, and spiritual bondage, the latent power of the Spirit of the Lord is still present in our lives, preparing to bring new birth and order out of the chaos, confusion, and despair that so often disfigures our joy, and stifles our praise. Passover is God’s declaration that on the other side of slavery is our freedom, and on the other side of death is our resurrection.

Given these symbolic realities connected to Passover, it should not surprise us that Jesus also quite frequently connected Passover to the ultimate period of transition that will soon occur on the timeline of redemption history. Namely, the transition from this “present evil age,” into the time that in Judaism is most commonly called the Age to Come, or, as the New Testament often describes it, “the kingdom of God.” This is the time when Jesus will return, when there will be peace on earth, and when the knowledge and righteousness of God will cover the earth “as the waters cover the sea” (Hab. 2:14). Every spring, every Passover season, is ultimately an anticipation of this better age, this better future that every heart yearns and longs for, and Jesus Himself certainly recognized this.

Of course, this connection between Passover and the dawning of the Messianic Age will certainly be a new idea for many people.  So here are three places in the Gospels where Jesus either spoke of, or demonstrated, a connection between Passover, His Second Coming, and the arrival of His Messianic Kingdom.

1. Luke 22:15-16 

Before eating His final Passover meal with His disciples, on the night before His crucifixion, Jesus said,

“I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

This is a foundational text when it comes to understanding the relationship between Passover, Biblical eschatology, and the coming kingdom of God. As important as Jesus’ sacrifice as our Passover Lamb most certainly was, notice that Jesus does not say in this passage that Passover would be “fulfilled” the next day, at the time of His crucifixion. Instead, He says that Passover will only be fulfilled “in the kingdom of God,” that is to say, in the Age to Come, when He returns in glory.

According to Jesus, this is the time when He will once again eat the Passover meal with us, His disciples, and this is what He was looking forward to on the night before His death. Jesus understood that Passover is a prophetic picture of what God will do for His people, and for Israel, when He returns. Jesus’ Second Coming will be an eschatological replay of the original Passover story from the book of Exodus. The future redemption will mirror the redemption of the past.

2.  Matthew 23:39 

Less than a week before His crucifixion, after He had entered Jerusalem, only days before Passover, Jesus said the following to a group of His Jewish brothers and sisters,

“For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD.'”

The Scripture Jesus quotes in Matthew 23:39 is from Psalm 118:26. This is the portion of the text that reads, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD.”

In the first century, Psalm 118 was a central part of the Jewish Passover liturgy, and in traditional Judaism, it still is to this day.  This Psalm makes up part of what is known as the Egyptian Hallel in Judaism, and it was recited in the Temple as the Passover lambs were sacrificed, and it was/is also recited at the end of the Jewish Seder meal.

By reciting Psalm 118 at the end of the Passover meal, the Jewish people were, and still are, actually blessing the Messiah at this time, and proclaiming their faith and anticipation in the future Messianic deliverance. When Jesus quoted this passage to the Jews in Jerusalem, on the eve of Passover no less, they would have immediately recognized that He was referencing the Passover liturgy, and applying it to Himself.

In essence, Jesus was saying, “until you recognize that I am the One the Passover liturgy looks forward to, you will not experience the Passover deliverance you are longing for.”  Interestingly, by making a connection between His future Second Coming and this particular Psalm, Jesus was also implicitly connecting His return to Passover, just as He would later do at His last Seder, as we saw above in Luke 22:15-16. This is another clear indication that Jesus Himself understood Passover to be an anticipatory celebration that looks forward to the inauguration of His Messianic Kingdom.

3. Matthew 21:9 (cf. Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-24; John 12:12-19)

Each of these Gospel accounts records what is often described as the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, right before the feast of Passover. At this time, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to make a statement about His identity as Israel’s Messianic King. As He did this, the crowds began shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!”

As you might have noticed, this crowd was quoting Psalm 118:26 (from the Passover liturgy) and applying it to Jesus. These Jews knew their Passover liturgy well, and because Messianic expectations often reached a fever’s pitch around Passover in the first century, they were proclaiming Jesus to be their New Moses and Passover Deliverer. The crowds truly thought He was going to vanquish the Romans and set up the kingdom of God on Passover, just as they had anticipated in their Passover celebrations year after year.

Many scholars and Bible teachers have been quick to point out how ultimately, Jesus did not meet the expectations of these first century Jews for a Messianic King like David, as He opted instead to go to the cross in humility, and establish a spiritual kingdom, rather than a political kingdom centered in Israel. While this is true to a certain extent, the idea that Jesus somehow rejected or “reformulated” traditional Jewish hopes of Messianic deliverance is completely mistaken.

By riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, in fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9, Jesus was actually proclaiming Himself to be the heir to the Davidic throne, as well as the Messianic and political deliverer Israel had always anticipated. It is important to recognize that just because Jesus didn’t deliver Israel at that time in the way they were hoping, He was still giving them a prophetic glimpse into what He would one day do for them in the future. Furthermore, by specifically choosing to identify as Israel’s King during the Passover season, we could argue that Jesus was also once again giving us a hint that His Second Coming will be connected to Passover, as he would eventually state even more clearly at the Last Supper with His disciples (i.e. Luke 22:15-16).

Looking Back to Look Forward

The fundamental purpose of Passover is to look back in order to look forward. We meditate on God’s miraculous works in the past, because this allows us to more fully understand and appreciate what He will do for us in the future, when our Passover King returns to establish His kingdom.

We all must endure a certain measure of suffering in this life. But Passover reminds us that God is our Deliverer, our Miracle Worker, our Liberator, and our Ultimate Hope for a brighter future. Even as the earth escapes the shackles of darkness and dormancy every spring, we will escape the corruption of this world in the Age to Come, when our Messiah returns to redeem us. This is what Passover is about, and this is why Jesus said it will one day be “fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

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Hey friends, below is the link to our most recent YouTube video.  I’m currently about 2/3 of the way done with a book on how Passover is related to the second coming of Jesus and the end times.  With no exaggeration, I have never been more excited about any ministry project I’ve ever worked on.  Researching and writing this book has completely transformed my understanding of the Gospel, Bible prophecy, and what God is calling His people to in this critical hour of history.  If the creek don’t rise, this book will be completed in the spring of 2019 and most likely released during Passover season 2020.  I know, I know, that’s still a ways away, but I decided I’m going to start documenting the writing and publishing process on our ministry YouTube channel so you can come along for the journey.  I’ll also be uploading more content from the book itself the closer we get to release.  If you have an interest in the Great Commission, eschatology, the Gospel, the Biblical feasts etc., this is a resource that is truly going to revolutionize your entire understanding of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

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And last but not least, please keep our ministry in your prayers.  We have a few other ministry projects and initiatives in the works and we need the Lord’s abundant grace to bring them all to fruition in His perfect timing, and all for His glory.  Thanks for reading, blessings, and enjoy the video!

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Perspective on Life from the Original Pilgrim https://voiceofmessiah.com/perspective-pilgrim/ https://voiceofmessiah.com/perspective-pilgrim/#respond Thu, 22 Nov 2018 02:59:04 +0000 http://voiceofmessiah.com/?p=1810 Devotional Poem written by William Bradford (1590-1657)

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William Bradford was one of the original Pilgrim fathers who landed at Cape Cod, in present day Massachusettes, in 1620.  At that time, Bradford and roughly 100 others established Plymouth Colony. Bradford ruled Plymouth as governor from 1621 until almost the time of his death. His history of the Pilgrim’s settlement in the New World, Of Plymouth Plantation, is the only surviving historical work written by someone on the Mayflower. Bradford was a devout Christian and follower of Jesus. The following poem gives an account of his faith and obedience to the Lord through a life filled with many ups and downs. Happy Thanksgiving friends! I hope the example of this man of faith will encourage your heart on this day, November 22, 2018.

Providence and the Pilgrim by William Bradford (1590-1657)

From my years young in days of youth,

God did make known to me His truth.

And call’d me from my native place,

For to enjoy the means of grace.

In wilderness He did me guide,

And in strange lands for me provide.

In fears and wants, through weal and woe,

A pilgrim, passed I to and fro:

Oft left of them whom I did trust,

How vain it is to rest on dust!

A man of sorrows I have been,

And many changes I have seen.

Wars, wants, peace, plenty have I known;

And some advanc’d, others thrown down.

The humble, poor, cheerful, and glad;

Rich, discontent, sower, and sad:

When fears and sorrows have been mixt,

Consolations came betwixt.

Faint not, poor soul, in God still trust,

Fear not the things thou suffer must;

For, whom He loves He doth chastise,

And then all tears wipes from their eyes.

Farewell, dear children, whom I love,

Your better Father is above;

When I am gone, He can supply;

To Him I leave you when I die.

Fear Him in truth, walk in His ways,

And He will bless you all your days.

My days are spent, old age is come,

My strength it fails, my glass near run.

Now I will wait, when work is done,

Until my happy change shall come,

When from my labors I shall rest,

With Christ above for to be blessed.

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Top Scholars Weigh In (Video) https://voiceofmessiah.com/was-jesus-actually-jewish-top-scholars-weigh-in/ https://voiceofmessiah.com/was-jesus-actually-jewish-top-scholars-weigh-in/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 22:56:21 +0000 http://voiceofmessiah.com/?p=1799 Watch exclusive interview footage with top Jewish and Christian scholars. Vital info on Jesus, Israel, and the Church.

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