Sunday in Sebis

Baruch with Teo, who arranged for us to be in Sebis on Sunday; the service Sunday morning.

There was a very good turnout on Sunday in Sebis.  Baruch taught in the morning on the idolatry of King Jeroboam and in the evening he taught about the relationship between Absalom and David.  Several people came up to me to say that the messages were just what they needed to hear.  Baruch focused on repairing broken relationships in the second message.

From left to right:  Teo, Barak, Baruch and Rabbi Yochanan.

While in Sebis, we had the opportunity to go to a congregation which has the Ten Commandments tablets from the Orthodox Synagogue which was torn down in the community.  The mother of the man on the far right felt the L-rd calling her to go to the man who bought the synagogue (a non-Jewish individual) and ask for the tablets.  He refused.  She went back to the site and said that she would pay any price.   He asked a high price, but she collected enough money to pay for them and they are now housed at the Messianic Congregation,  shown above.  They are such a treasure.

We also had the great honor to go to the Jewish cemetery.  It was unfortunate to see how it must be surrounded by barbed wire to prevent vandalism.  It is on the outskirts of town.

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Update

In Tirgu Mures, Romania on Friday and Saturday.  Left, Baruch and his translator, Adi.  Right, with Annamarie and her husband Yaacov, who arranged the conference.

This past Friday, after completing taping for our television show, Baruch and I drove to Tirgu Mures, which is about a two hour drive.  There, Baruch taught Friday evening and Saturday about the Future of Israel.

I think perhaps a year or two ago I told you that churches in Romania generally do not teach that the Church (body of believers) will be in the Millennial Kingdom, but rather just the Jewish people will be there.  They teach that believers will be in Heaven during that time.  We know that is not the case, but that they will be in the Millennial Kingdom, where Yeshua will be ruling.

This 2 day conference was very important for the people there and there was a good turnout from the town and nearby communities.  We appreciated the enthusiasm and hospitality.

We have just arrived in Vietnam for Baruch to teach at the Bible college.  We flew from Cluj, Romania, to Tel Aviv (didn’t leave the airport) and then flew to Bangkok and now Vietnam.  I will write tomorrow, L-rd willing, about the rest of our time in Romania.

In Romania

IMG_5511Today began with a 6:00 am group Skype call with people from Asia, Australia and the United States.  We are working on a project which we hope we will be able to share with you soon.

As I write this, we are at CREDO TV, where Baruch is taping the next set of television shows.  Today he is beginning the book of DANIEL!  I know many of you are very excited to study this book of the Bible.

After we finish up here, we will be driving to Targu Mures, where Baruch will be teaching tonight and tomorrow concerning “The Future of Israel.”

Then, Saturday evening, we will be driving to Sebis, Romania, where Baruch will be teaching in the morning and evening.  Then at midnight Saturday night, I will be on Facebook and YouTube chatting with people during the “Midnight from Jerusalem” simulated Live Stream.  I say simulated because this week, due to our traveling, Baruch taped the event ahead of time.  We do hope you will join us as we continue studying the book of Acts.

Shabbat Shalom! Parashat Sh’lach

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A gorgeous view of the Land.

In this week’s Torah portion Moses sends spies to investigate the Promised Land and confirm the word of G-d that the land they were going to inherit was exactly as HaShem had said, that is a land flowing with milk and honey. Although the spies did confirm that the land was good, they (except for Joshua and Caleb) preferred to not enter into it, but rather return to Egypt. The reason which they gave is most informing. First they stated that the people who dwell in the land are powerful and they live in fortified cities. In other words, they doubted that they would be able to take possession from them. Doubt, as is the case here, is often the result of fear. Next, the reader is told that Amalek dwells there. Although other peoples are mentioned, it is significant that Amalek is mentioned first. Amalek was strong and cruel and although Israel defeated him once (See Exodus 17) it was a difficult battle and not one that the people wanted to fight again, especially against Amalek and the other peoples who also dwelt in the land.

The final reason they gave for not wanting to go up and take possession of the land as HaShem promised was the NEPHILIM. Who were they? The text states they were the descendants of Anakim (Giants). Genesis 6:4 mentions the NEPHILIM as well but seems to imply they were on the earth prior to the flood, but not thereafter. Most scholars believe that the reference to the NEPHILIM in Numbers does not represent what the spies actually saw, but simply was made up by the 10 spies to frighten the people into agreeing with their recommendation not to enter the Promised Land.

I do agree that they did not actually see any NEPHILIM, but I would like to suggest that the 10 faithless spies did not make up their account concerning the NEPHILIM entirely. I believe that they truly thought that they had seen NEPHILIM. The point is that when one lacks faith in the word of G-d and His promises, fear and doubt manifest themselves in a powerful manner. Naturally there are indeed obstacles that HaShem wants His people to overcome. However, without faith, these obstacles over which G-d wants provide victory, become so distorted by fear and doubt that they appear to one much more threatening than they are in reality. Fear and doubt will paralyze the believer and he will look at the future victories that Yeshua has for him as insurmountable and will retreat away from the blessings of G-d.

The NEPHILIM had been previously defeated, and so have all your enemies and all the obstacles that you find yourself fearing or worrying about. The faithless spies cried out in despair that the Children of Israel were as grasshoppers compared to the NEPHILIM.  The text states,

There we saw the NEPHILIM, the sons of the Anakim (Giants); compared to the NEPHILIM we were in our eyes as grasshoppers and thus we were in their eyes.” Numbers 13:33

This verse reveals that the people had received the false perspective of their imaginations. Without washing your minds with Scripture each day, the believer too can begin to lose Yeshua’s vision and begin to adopt the perspective that the enemy would have the people of G-d to see. Which eyes do you see through, the eyes of fear and doubt or the eyes of faithfulness in the promises of the G-d Who cannot lie?

 

On Our Way

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Ben Gurion airport this morning.

Today we head to Romania, where Baruch will be taping the next set of television shows and also teaching a couple of conferences–one in Tirgu Mures and the other in Sebis.  We are looking forward to being in these two cities for the first time and sharing about the End Times.

Yesterday we were in Tel Aviv, where we met with a couple found us through our Daystar telecast.  They are interested in bringing sound Bible teaching to Spain and Portugal through some LoveIsrael.org conferences.  This is appealing to us, as we are opening our Spanish outreach.  We are grateful for the volunteers who are working through the Spanish translation of the book of Revelation.  We will have some exciting news about our Spanish outreach in our upcoming newsletter.  Please subscribe to it at the bottom of the LoveIsrael.org homepage if you have not yet done so.  You will be sent an email through which you will need to affirm you subscription request.

I look forward to sharing each day of this trip, as we head to Romania, Vietnam and Singapore!

Yafo (Joppa)

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A few photos from Yafo today.

Today we were with [part of] the tour group of two of our friends (although one was still stuck in Montreal along with 2/3 of the group).  We visited Yafo (Joppa) and Caesarea.  Baruch shared teachings about bringing the Gospel to the Gentiles and about Cornelius.  It was a beautiful day.

We also were able to have some meetings today to finalize some upcoming speaking engagements and other matters.

We appreciate your prayers and support so much.  We are in the process of writing a newsletter so that we can share with you more about the work.  If you are not on our email list, please go to LoveIsrael.org and subscribe.  You will be sent a verification email which you need to accept, and then you will be added to our list.

Shabbat Shalom! LoveIsrael Update.

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Shabbat Shalom!  I wanted to give you an update on LoveIsrael.org.  This week on our Midnight from Jerusalem, Baruch will be teaching from Acts Chapter 3, verses 1-10.  You won’t want to miss this time of prayer and study LIVE with people from around the world.

On Sunday and Monday, Baruch and I will be with our friends’ tour group, where Baruch will be teaching at some sites and we will also have an opportunity  to share about LoveIsrael.org.

Next week we also have a meeting with some new believers.  They are growing, but we would just ask that you pray for them as they go through some difficult times.

Finally, I wanted to share that we are leaving on Thursday for a trip to Romania, Vietnam and Singapore.  I will of course be blogging each day and sharing with you as Baruch teaches in those various locations.  I hope you will follow along!

Below is a brief commentary from Baruch on this week’s Torah portion.

Parashat Behaalotcha (When you kindle) Numbers 8:1-12:6

Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7

Numbers are important in the Scriptures. Often, one can learn valuable information which will assist one in interpreting a Biblical text if this one understands the meaning and the proper use of numbers. In this week’s Torah reading, there is an interesting verse that states,

And it was in the second year, in the second month and on the twentieth of the month that the cloud went up from the Tabernacle of Testimony.” Numbers 10:11

When the cloud would go up, it was a sign for the Children of Israel to begin traveling from one location to another. In this passage, one is learning the normal procedure, which would take place during the forty years that the Children of Israel were in the wilderness. Why does the Torah state the date in such a manner? The simple response is that this was indeed the date that the journeying began. Although this is true, there is another insight that one can glean from the date. It is not a coincidence that it was the 2nd year and the 2nd month and the 20th day of the month (2 X 10 = 20). The number two appears three times in the date.

The number two relates to two divergent opinions. When one examines the forty years that the Children of Israel were in the wilderness, the constant problem was that the people had their opinion and HaShem had His. What was the outcome of Israel having a different opinion from HaShem’s? We see this in the next chapter. The people complained in the ears of G-d and He heard. The next thing that is revealed in the text is HaShem’s anger burning on the edges of the camp.

The message that I want to convey to each of you is how destructive complaining is in general. If doing so angers G-d Who is long suffering and abundant in mercy, just think how people must feel when others complain about them or their actions. In other words, we need to stop complaining and learn how to voice a divergent opinion in a manner that will lead to unity. Please realize the only true unity is when both parties are agreeing with the will of G-d. Instead of complaining, we should take the following actions: pray to understand the will of G-d in the situation, pray for the guidance in how to share the will of G-d with those who may be convinced that their plans and behaviors are acceptable to HaShem, and finally ask questions, rather than making critical statements. Such actions are not because we are afraid of conflict; it is because we understand that conflict, although unavoidable at times, separates people from participating in the purposes of G-d.

I have a close friend who works in conflict resolution. He often remarks that if he was called into the situation earlier, that there would not be a need for resolution, because the conflict could have been avoided, if only the people would have examined the spiritual ramifications of each action and truly had sought the word of G-d on the issue at hand. So many times what was the underlying issue that gave rise to the conflict, was the easiest part to have dealt with and now the hurt feelings and the offensive speech which have occurred has formed a massive barrier between the people.

It is significant to note that each time the people complained or disobeyed G-d, they suffered and not HaShem.