Genesis Teachings Update

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Enjoying fall weather!

I have received several emails asking when the next Genesis video will be ready.  Please realize that these teachings are not on television and therefore do not have the same time urgency as the television show.

These episodes are not filmed in bulk like the television show.  Therefore, while we were in the States leading up to and during our Conference, Baruch did not film Genesis episodes, and there were not any in reserve to release.  Since we have returned to Israel, he has begun filming Genesis videos again, and there is one in production right now.  Please know that we will post it as soon as it is ready! 🙂

We appreciate so much the positive comments in the series. The Bible is under attack!  The Museum of the Bible recently opened in Washington, DC, and some of the response has been very offensive.  I was reading one article today and here is what it said:  “If you want the cartoon Bible, eternal and infallible, you can find it in quotes from scripture on purple banners along the walls.”  This vile blasphemy is being spread throughout the media.

We are in the minority.  We are outsiders.  It was so good to hear people at our National Conference talk about how one of the highlights of the conference is to be able to meet other like-minded people.  They receive much encouragement and inspiration at our conference, and that makes us feel so good!

 

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Close to Egypt

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I took this picture today in Eilat, Israel.

If you have listened to Baruch teach for any length of time, you have heard that Egypt, in the Bible, is synonymous with…the world.

Right now I am in Eilat for a couple of days with our son getting some things done.  Many times in Eilat it is sort of hazy, perhaps because of the extreme heat.  But today, we were able to clearly see Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Being so close to Egypt reminded me that we, as believers, are still very close to the world.  We are in it but not of it.  Yet, being so close, we can be adversely affected by it.  But, just as Israel has to have very secure borders and constantly be on alert for threats from her neighbors, so we too need to be aware of the dangers surrounding us which seek to destroy our walk with the L-rd.

relationships.  Have you ever been in a relationship with a friend, another couple, etc., where you can just feel the dynamics changing or their outlook changing?  Maybe the person is backsliding.  Maybe they are encouraging you to participate in their disobedience.  Whatever the behavior, it is important for you to be aware of changes in an existing friendship, to make sure that they are not becoming a negative influence on you.

time management.  Do you spend time on wasteful things and then not have enough time to spend with the L-rd or your family?  We need to evaluate how we spend our time to make sure we are using what G-d gives us to participate in His plans and purposes.

work ethic.  We need to make sure that we give our employer our 100% effort.  We are to do our work unto the L-rd and we certainly wouldn’t want to give Him a half-hearted effort!  Being at work on time, giving our full effort, not doing personal work on employer’s time.  Concerning all of these things we must keep our guard.

lifestyle.  Can the world detect a difference in us in the way we dress, the way we speak, the choices we make?  As women, we should dress modestly.  Most of the time this doesn’t really apply to men, but of course men should be covered fully as well!

Do we speak in a G-dly way, reflecting the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?  Or do we throw around coarse language and off-color jokes?  Do we go to movies we shouldn’t fill our minds with?  And listen to music or read books or magazines which reflect the world and not righteous living?

We need to constantly guard ourselves against the toxic world in which we live!

A Thought on Hanukkah and a Link

Isn’t this a great thing to find at the bus station?

As I said yesterday, this is a great sign that Hanukkah is on its way!

There are several themes found within the Hanukkah festival and historical events which took place.  Over the course of the next few weeks, I will talk about a few of these and how these can impact our lives.

Theme One:  Overcoming/Enduring Persecution

Where the Hanukkah story usually begins is with Judea being ruled by Antiochus Epiphanes in 175 BC.  He had gone to war with King Ptolemy V Epiphanes from Egypt.

When the Second Temple in Jerusalem was looted and services stopped, Judaism was outlawed. In 167 BC, Antiochus ordered an altar to Zeus erected in the Temple. He banned brit milah (circumcision) and ordered pigs to be sacrificed at the altar of the temple.

Antiochus’ actions provoked a large-scale revolt.  Mattathias (Mattityahu), a Jewish priest, and his five sons Jochanan, Simeon, Eleazar, Jonathan, and Judah led a rebellion against Antiochus. It started with Mattathias killing first, a Jew who wanted to comply with Antiochus’s order to sacrifice to Zeus, and then a Greek official who was to enforce the government’s behest (1 Mac. 2, 24-25). Judah became known as Yehuda HaMakabi (“Judah the Hammer”). By 166 BC Mattathias had died, and Judah took his place as leader. By 165 BC the Jewish revolt against the Seleucid monarchy was successful. The Temple was liberated and rededicated. The festival of Hanukkah was instituted to celebrate this event.

This is a brief overview of the festival.  Today I just wanted to talk about the first part–the persecution.  Just as in the time of Daniel, and during the time of the Maccabees, we will at some point be confronted with a situation where we are to obey G-d or man.  And the consequence of obeying G-d may be steep.  We need to be spiritually ready for the persecution to come.

What are some ways we can prepare ourselves?

First we need to be in the Word.  Nothing will prepare us better than studying and meditating upon the Word of G-d.  He communicates with us through it.  He encourages, instructs, disciplines and blesses us through it.  Do not neglect this.

Second, we need to be in prayer.  G-d wants to fellowship with us and hear from us.  Telling Him our fears, troubles, doubts and asking for Him to give us the grace, faith and favor to react in a G-dly way will greatly bless us and help to prepare us.

Thirdly, we can fellowship with other believers.  There are many places in the Bible where it speaks about if one member suffers, we all suffer.  Let us love in deed and truth, not in word only.  Have compassion upon one another.  The way we, as believers, are to treat one another is totally different than what the world says and does.  Let us not fall into the ways of the world, but rather build up one another, share each other’s burdens, encourage one another.  Remember, many people do not have family members who are believers, and Biblically-based friendships are VITAL to them.

Finally, I want to share a link with you.  This link is for a Hanukkah video we used to show our children many years ago.  We had the VHS and didn’t bring it with us to Israel when we made aliyah 16 years ago.  It was a very well-made video.

Lost Tribes?

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Taken on my walk on Thursday afternoon.  Ashdod, Israel.

Recently, Baruch wrote an article concerning the “Lost Tribes.”  I thought I’d share it with you today.

Thank you to all of you who tuned in to the Live Stream.  I talked to a few of you on the Youtube chat.  Hopefully next week more people will join us 🙂

The Ten (Nine) “Lost” Tribes

It is very common for people to refer to the ten “lost” tribes of Israel; however, are they really lost? Before answering this question, it would be helpful to present a brief overview of the history of the Covenant people. This will assist the reader in understanding certain terms relevant for our discussion. It is very common to call Abraham the first Jew. More precisely, one should refer to Abraham as the first Hebrew. It was the Hebrews who found themselves in bondage in Egypt. Those who took part in the Exodus from Egypt were called the Children of Israel, or the Israelites. While in the wilderness, the Israelites worshipped G-d at the Tabernacle which traveled with the people. After taking possession of the Land, the Tabernacle was located in one location, Shiloh.

The first capital of Israel was in Shiloh. There, all twelve tribes assembled to worship the G-d of Israel. It was under the leadership of King Shaul that the Ark of the Covenant was lost to the Philistines and shortly thereafter, Shiloh ceased to be the capital. It was David who once more brought unity to the twelve tribes at Hebron, and after ruling from there for seven years and six months he acquired the threshing floor of Araunah (Ornan) to build the Altar to the L-rd upon it. The unity among the twelve tribes did not last long, for after the death of Solomon, the kingdom was divided between Rehoboam and Jeroboam. Rehoboam was anointed king in his father’s place.  But, soon thereafter Jeroboam, the son of Nevat, rebelled and formed a kingdom in the north of Israel, making Samaria its capital. The Southern kingdom, under Rehoboam’s leadership, consisted of only two tribes, Judah and Benjamin; while the Northern kingdom consisted of nine tribes. One must remember that the tribe of Levi had no inheritance and lived in various levitical cities to serve the other eleven tribes. The Southern kingdom was called Judah and the Northern kingdom Israel.

Israel fell into idolatry and approximately 210 years after its formation, it was exiled by Assyria in 722 BC. This exile never ended, and according to the Biblical prophets, only in the last days will Israel be reunited to Judah. Because Northern tribes were scattered abroad, it is common among Christians to speak of the ten “lost” tribes. I emphasize Christians because, although Judaism agrees that these tribes were scattered, it does not assert that these tribes were lost, in the sense that no one knows where they are located. There are perhaps small communities of Jewish individuals which the larger Jewish community was not aware of, but such communities are rare and do not consist of large numbers. So what does Judaism believe happened to the Northern tribes? Those who were not killed by the Assyrians, simply relocated to locations within the Assyrian Empire, while others fled to other locations, including Judah. The view of Judaism is that the vast majority did not lose their identity as Israelites, although assimilation certainly occurred to some degree.

When one studies the prophets, he will find that frequently this Northern kingdom is called Ephraim. There is an errant theology that believes the Northern tribes, i.e. Ephraim, lost their identity as descendants of Jacob altogether and were absorbed into the larger Gentile community. This theology is without foundation and based upon faulty exegetical methodology.

Idolatry also plagued the Southern kingdom and in approximately 586 B.C. Judah was defeated by Nebuchadnezzar and a 70 year exile began. At the end of this exile, those who returned to Judah from Babylon and other locations such as Egypt where also some had fled, were called Jews. The term Jew, since the end of the Babylonian Exile, includes all descendants of Jacob, regardless from which tribe one may actually be. It is incorrect to assert that the term “Jew” only refers to those from the tribe of Judah (and Benjamin).

Many descendants of Jacob never returned to the Land. It is true that this number would obviously be larger for Ephraim (nine tribes) than Judah (two tribes). Today, other than for the tribe of Levi, Jewish people do not know from what tribe they are.

I am very opposed to those who hold to another errant theology, that Ephraim (the nine Northern tribes) is really the Church. Some hold that their faith reveals that they are from the “lost” tribes and others believe that salvation is reserved for those from the covenant people, thus awarding salvation on the basis of DNA, rather than on one’s faith in the blood of Messiah Yeshua.

People often speak about the Jewish communities that were found in Ethiopia, India, and Zimbabwe. I totally accept that those individuals are Jewish and in a matter of speaking were “lost” in a sense. Meaning, those of the larger Jewish community did not know they existed. What is important is that they knew that they were Jewish. Simply because they were located in a most remote area and cut off so to speak from the larger Jewish community does not mean that they were lost. As we approach the end times, it is most important that HaShem is revealing where all the Jewish exiles are, and we can expect Him to manifest His faithfulness, and bring the Jewish people of all tribes back to the Land of Israel for the appearing (Second Coming) of Yeshua.

Live Stream Update

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The set-up for our Live Stream.

Tonight, Saturday night, we aired our Live Stream “Midnight in Jerusalem.”  It went very well, but we did forget to remove the numbers, etc., from the display.  Sorry for the distraction.

We are very excited to spend this time with you each week.  For those of you want to watch it on Youtube, I am part of the live chat, if you want to join in.

Sunday is Rosh Chodesh Kislev, which is the first day of the month of Kislev.  This is the month of Hanukkah!  One way to know this is that the bakeries all begin carrying donuts 🙂  I’ll provide pictures later this month!

Thank you to those who tuned in.  I watched it on Youtube, Facebook and our LoveIsrael.org website.  How did you watch it?

 

 

Conference Recap

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I apologize for not posting during the Conference.  With Shabbat and paperwork on Sunday, I just did not have the opportunity.

This year, the Praise and Worship was led by the team at Seed of Abraham Fellowship.  This was a very uplifting time and I heard many positive comments.  Their hard work and love for the L-rd could be seen.

New this year was the Prayer Room.  There were so many people touched by this ministry, which was led by Rev. Lester Smith.  He and his team reported that many people took advantage of this opportunity to lead and be led in prayer, to minister and to be ministered to, and to truly experience the Spirit moving in their midst.  We are so thankful to Lester for his emphasis on prayer.

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There was a good turnout at this year’s conference.  There were approximately 400  people in attendance from all over the United States and even from other countries.  We were honored by how many people traveled long distances to come.

There were over 20 volunteers who prepared registration packets, manned tables, and did whatever was necessary to make the conference run smoothly.  At the end of the conference, Baruch called all of the volunteers up on stage to thank them.  It was quite amazing to see just how many there were.  I think everyone then realized what an undertaking a conference like this is!

Baruch’s teaching will be available on Holyland Marketplace.  I do not have the exact date.  They are currently being edited.

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The teaching on Yeshua’s earthly ministry was a very intense study and many people commented to me that they learned a lot and also that they were motivated to make changes in their lives.  This is what it is all about!  Digging into Scripture, reading and hearing Truth, and applying it to our lives for Change.  With that Change, we will be put into a position to be USED BY G-D for His plans and purposes.  Isn’t that exciting?

Getting Ready and Television Interview

The meeting room for our Conference which begins tomorrow night!

We are so excited to be in Orlando!  Pictured above is the meeting room where our conference will be held.  It is a beautiful room and so are the adjoining rooms.  This year we will have the main conference room and a separate prayer room.  This room will be led and moderated by Rev. Lester Smith and his team.  We are so blessed to have him take the leadership of this very important ministry of the Conference.

Here is part of an email I received from him a couple of weeks ago:

“We have already began praying for you, Baruch and the conference; so the intercession is already on going. We hope that people will utilize the prayer room for whatever the need.  I would like to keep it open until every need is met, that means before, during, and after Baruch’s sessions. I’m leaving plenty of room and flexibility for for Holy Spirit to move. We are very excited to see the results of this great concentration of prayer. Thank you very much for being sensitive to the need for it.”

We are very thankful for Lester and his strong emphasis on prayer.  Please remember to pray for him and his team as they minister to those attending the conference.

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Mr. Claud Bowers and Baruch at the Superchannel 55 studio today in Orlando. 

Baruch was interviewed by Mr. Claud Bowers, the owner of Superchannel 55, which is based in Orlando.  His channel has great coverage from coast to coast in Central Florida and our television show airs on this channel Monday evenings at 7:30pm EST.  Mr. Bowers was very kind to promote LoveIsrael.org as well as our Conference.  We appreciate his encouragement and support for our work.