Shavuot Article

Shavuot begins at sundown, Saturday June 8 this year.  We will be celebrating by studying at our center in Israel for most of the night.  This is the traditional thing to do.  A shavvisimulated “Midnight from Jerusalem” Live Stream will be aired at the usual time.  I will not be logged into YouTube to chat live with you since I will be at our study center.

Please find below a special article by Baruch for the holiday.

 

 

 

חג השבועות תשע״ט

Shavuot / Pentecost 5779

As believers in Messiah Yeshua, there is for us a strong connection between the Holy Spirit and the Festival of Weeks (Pentecost). When a person examines this special festival from the perspective of the book of Acts chapter 2, this one learns about how the Holy Spirit brings clarity to the Word of G-d. In fact, when those Jewish individuals having gone up to Jerusalem specifically for the festival heard the Apostles speaking, what was emphasized according to Acts 2:11 were the great things of G-d. What can the reader discern from this? The answer is that through the working of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer, one can understand what are the things that G-d wants to do. Furthermore, G-d will supply the believer the power to do these great things in glory to Him.

This leads me to a very important and foundational question for you. Are you interested in the things that G-d wants to do in and through your life? Recently I asked an elderly man, who had been a believer for nearly 40 years, for what reason did Yeshua place His Spirit within him? This man, who faithfully attended services each week, did not know. In other words, although the Holy Spirit was within him, the Spirit appeared to be dormant within him. Quite frankly, I find this last statement to be problematic. If someone is truly a believer and not being obedient to the purposes of G-d, then the Holy Spirit will convict him of his sin and cause this one to eventually repent.

As the Scripture says, “For who the L-rd loves He punishes,…” Hebrews12:6

In returning to Acts chapter 2 and the day of Pentecost, all those ones who had gathered to Jerusalem for the festival heard the Apostles speaking in their own language. What a miracle! All these men from various places and each having their own native language, understood the words of the Apostles in their own native tongue. This miracle clearly demonstrates that G-d wants you to know His truth. Whenever I am about to read Scripture, I first pray that the Holy Spirit will give me clarity so that I should comprehend the message of the Biblical text. It is most significant that when Peter began to explain what had taken place on that festival day he turned to the prophecy of Joel (see Acts 2:16-21) to help the people understand both what was taking place and why. Therefore, if a person does not know the message of the prophets well, then this one will not be able to serve G-d with discernment.

As Peter spoke on Shavuot, he quickly turned to the coming judgment when he mentioned the Day of the L-rd. Yeshua is returning indeed and He will most definitely pour our the wrath of G-d upon this earth at the time of His Second Coming. In fact, prophetically, the world will be in a terrible state of unrighteousness immediately prior to Yeshua’s return. Things are not going to get better in the world, but they will be much worse. The Church will be largely apostate in the End Times. This view is strongly in opposition to a false teaching known as New Apostolic Reformation -NAR. It is not my purpose to critique this entire movement, but to point out only one of its many problems. This problem is the doctrine of Dominionism. In short, this doctrine teaches that through the death and resurrection of Messiah, Christians will take control of the earth. It is true that Satan has been defeated; however, he has not yet been bound in the Abyss. Also, although believers will be victorious in the end, this does not mean the Church will prepare the Kingdom for Yeshua. One must remember that the followers of Messiah will be greatly persecuted in the last days and according to Revelation 13:7, the saints will even be overcome by the beast (the beast is the empire that will rule over the world during the last seven years immediately prior to Yeshua’s return and His establishment of the Kingdom). Dying for one’s faith in Messiah is not a problem, for it is by resurrection that one enters into the Kingdom. Believers suffering for their faith and even dying is what Yeshua was referring to when He told His followers to lift up their cross and follow Him.

Dominionism places an emphasis on both the power and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer, which is a good thing. However, this doctrine fails miserably in rightly applying prophetic truth (The Biblical Prophets) to what they “discern” the Spirit revealing. They have a misplaced understanding of the Apostolic position today. Those within the NAR who take upon themselves the office of Apostle tend to assume divine authority and utilize this power to rule over other believers in an unscriptural manner.

A key verse for those who adhere to this movement is Acts 3:19. This verse foretells a future time when there will be a strong outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the End Times. I agree that this will take place, but my point of contention with them is that they assume this movement of the Spirit will bring about believers taking over the world and bringing all things under the will of G-d. Their view is in essence a type of “post-millennialism”. This means that it is the Church that will establish the Kingdom and Yeshua will return at the end of the thousand years. Dominionism understands the Millennium as Messiah reigning through the Church today, rather than Him actually being present as the ruling King during the Millennium.

Another major emphasis of the NAR is signs and wonders. I certainty do not deny that today there are miracles and the Holy Spirit is doing wondrous things. But these signs are not confirmation of a New Apostolic movement, but they are a confirmation of the truth of the Word of G-d. This has always been the purpose of miracles. It is simply unscriptural for individuals to claim that miracles confirm certain people as modern Apostles. Nor will an increase of signs and wonders bring the world to submit to the purposes of G-d. Rather the out pouring of Yeshua’s miraculous power in the End Times will bring about greater persecution, just as it did in the first century. A good example of this is the two witnesses in the second half of Daniel’s 70th week. Although the Church will not be present at this time, these two witnesses will clearly display the power of G-d through signs. They will testify the truth of G-d for 1,260 days. What will be their primary message? The fact that they bear witness clothed in sackcloth reveals that they call the world to repentance. After they finish their message, the beast will overcome them and kill them. Even these two mighty witnesses, who have been anointed with great power and who do great things, are “defeated”. But once again, this is not a problem, because after three and a half days they are resurrected. Their faithfulness does not establish the Kingdom, rather it is only after the Second Coming of Messiah that the Kingdom is established. The Bible does not reveal  a modern day Apostolic Reformation which will convert the world and bring about righteousness; rather the wrath of G-d will destroy a thoroughly wicked world and only after this will Yeshua establish the Kingdom of everlasting righteousness.

The false theology of the NAR is extremely popular and there is a fast growing number of believers who are embracing their doctrines. When one listens to their leaders, he or she will learn that the basis of what they are teaching is claims of miraculous power and  testimonies of signs and wonders, and not sound exposition of the Word of G-d. For them, it is their so-called modern day “prophets” who utter “new revelation” to reveal to their followers what will happen and how to understand their miraculous claims; rather than on sound expository teaching of the Biblical Prophets.

It would do each of us well to read the book of Acts and learn that as the true Apostles were demonstrating the power of the Holy Spirit with signs and wonders, this period was accompanied by strong opposition to the Gospel message and intense persecution. In Acts chapter seven, Stephen taught the Sanhedrin a lesson of Biblical history and how prophetically it was the time for the Holy Spirit to move in the world and the One who they opposed was in fact the Messiah. He clearly stated that their failure to discern Biblical truth caused them to resist the Holy Spirit. It was indeed their lack of prophetic understanding that gave rise to a time of great persecution which scattered believers.

The festival of Shavuot is the birthday of the congregation of the redeemed. We have a message to proclaim and a calling to fulfill. Let’s be sure that what we are saying and doing is in fact in line with prophetic truth and the moving of the Holy Spirit in our days. Amen.

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Our New Radio Show, Jerusalem and Preparing for our Upcoming Trip

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Never-ending arrays of flowers in Ashdod.

Today we had a meeting in Jerusalem and then came home to continue to prepare for our upcoming trip.  Baruch also recorded 2 radio shows for our new spot on SiriusXM, which is broadcast nationally across the United States!  It is broadcast 6:00-7:00pm Saturdays EST, 5:00 pm CST, etc.  The first half hour is Baruch teaching and the second half hour is a Biblical discussion between Baruch, Ronnie Houlihan our friend, Tom Le Vine and Pastor Dean Kellio.  The show is being partially underwritten by Superior Asphalt of the greater San Diego area.  If you subscribe to SiriusXM, you won’t want to miss it!

The original Biblical discussion radio program is still airing locally in the greater San Diego area on KPRZ 2:00-3:00pm on Saturdays (West Coast).  However, we are adding the Bible teaching segment and expanding the program to one hour, which will make it the same as the SiriusXM program.

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Our next trip is to Asia.  We will be in Hong Kong, Cambodia, Singapore and India (in that order).  We will be in Hong Kong for our 32nd wedding anniversary.  It is very nice that the schedule worked out that way.  Last year for our anniversary we were on a flight to Vietnam for most of it!  As usual, I will do my best to blog from each location and fill you in on the work.

For the trip, we had to apply for visas to Cambodia and India.  The Cambodia visas were very easy to receive.  The India visas were very tedious to apply for via the internet but after about 3 hours of work (because we both needed them), the requests went through and the next day we very happily received them.  We are very thankful and look forward to how the L-rd will work in these meetings.

In India, we will be with Messianic Leader Joseph John, who many of you met at our Ninth Annual Conference in Orlando.  They are renting a space specifically for the meetings.  Baruch will be teaching on the “Work of the Holy Spirit.”

In Cambodia, Baruch will be teaching the book of Jeremiah at a Bible College and in Singapore he will be teaching the book of Esther at a Bible College.

We would appreciate your prayers for this trip.

Virginia Conference Cancelled

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Due to the sudden passing of our dear friend and Conference coordinator, Patsy Akridge, the Virginia Conference is cancelled.  It was scheduled to take place July 19-20.  If you registered for the event, please email me at RivkaK@LoveIsrael.org to let me know that you have heard of the cancellation.  I am trying to make sure everyone is notified.  Patsy’s list is not available for me to work from.

This conference was a ministry of love for Patsy and her family felt that it was her ministry and that her mission on earth has now ended.   Please join us in praying for Patsy’s son and other family members at this time.

Reflections

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A view from the gardens at Powerscourt, Ireland.  (It doesn’t even look real!)
I asked our friends, Dan and Fran (who accompanied us on our trip to Ireland and Albania) to share with you some of their thoughts from the trip.  I thought you might enjoy their reflections and impressions.  I really appreciate their taking time to write this and their willingness to help out as well during the trip.
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Once again, we were fortunate to travel with Baruch and Rivka to conferences in Europe. This year, it was Dublin and Tirana. We have attended several conferences, and we would strongly encourage everyone to attend one. The behind the scenes operation of LoveIsrael is enlightening. We arrived on a Monday, and the conferences were on the weekend, but the days between are anything but downtime. Both of them are always busy. Between TV and radio interviews, videos, blogs and Skypes, somehow they always make time for whomever needs it. Everything we all see each week does not stop, regardless of where their ministry takes them.
On a personal level, Fran and I feel a little selfish, because of what we receive just tagging along. George, who handles eastern Europe, met us in Tirana. Without his hard work, the conference may not have happened. It is impossible not to see that the seeds planted by LoveIsrael are bearing good fruit. It was wonderful to see 25 people make a profession of faith at the end of the Tirana conference.
For us, the the real gift is the simple fact, that in spite of location, culture and language, we are all connected through our faith. This faith is reflected in the teachings of Baruch.The Dublin conference was bittersweet, due to some very sad circumstances. The conference amazingly happened, because many people stepped up when needed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to John and his daughter, Abigail. While the teaching at the conference is always amazing, what really sets conferences apart is the people you meet.
On our last day in Tirana, we got to know Arben and his wife Irma. They have a ministry to teach praise for church services, and they led the praise for the three days at the Tirana conference. They invited us to their church for a service, which we happily attended. We are grateful for their welcoming kindness. This is just one example of the spiritual freindships that develop as a direct result of the LoveIsrael ministry.
Dan and Fran

Shabbat Shalom!

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Lovely flowers in Israel, taken yesterday.

In Israel, we begin a new book of the Bible for our Torah readings.  Outside of Israel, this will be read next week.  The Parasha is BaMidbar (In the wilderness).  Here is a brief commentary from Baruch.  Shabbat Shalom!

In this week’s Torah portion, one reads,

For to Me is every firstborn; on the day I struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I sanctified to Me every firstborn in Israel, from man unto beast shall be to Me, I am HaShem.” Numbers 3:13

You have heard me say many times that because of the destruction of the Temple that one cannot obey the letter of the Law. However, as Paul instructs in Romans 7:6, we are called to observe the Law according to the newness of the Spirit. This being the case, then how should one respond to this commandment? In Judaism, there is a tradition of actually redeeming the firstborn son (The firstborn son only applies if the son is born first. This means if a daughter precedes the firstborn son; then this son is not considered a firstborn). Usually a symbolic sum of money is donated and this donation serves as the act of redeeming this child. According to the Torah, it was the Levites who then would serve in the firstborn’s place.

Today, we do not have functioning Levites. I personally believe this is providential and should cause parents who have a firstborn son to consider prayerfully in regard to this child. Those who devote themselves to full time Kingdom service usually respond to a personal call they sense from the Holy Spirit. This is fine, but just think if families prepared their firstborn son for Kingdom service in a cognitive manner. The fact of the matter is too few men are serving Yeshua through a vocational commitment. I am reminded of Yeshua’s words that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. One of the responsibilities of spiritual leaders is training the laity in how to combine full time work with ministry.

Now more than ever, one should see the need for well-trained men in the Holy Scriptures. I do not think it is a coincidence that persecution of believers is happening in locations where followers of Yeshua are least trained in the Word of G-d. Make no mistake, the persecution of believers is heading westward! This persecution may take a different form at first, but eventually there will be martyrs in the United States as well. Are believers ripe for such persecution? The fact that there is such little concern and attention for believers being killed and tortured in the Middle East and Africa demonstrates how quickly it will be in the West.

As I prayed over this verse (Numbers 3:13) I sensed the Holy Spirit leading me to Matthew 9:38— Here Yeshua commanded believers to pray to the L-rd of the Harvest to send out laborers. Parents should seek G-d’s guidance and counsel in regard to all their children and whether He is calling them into full time service, but especially if you have a firstborn son.

Now Available!

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Baruch’s teaching now available on Flash Drive!

I have received countless emails from people asking to purchase Baruch’s teaching for easy use.  We have heard you and now they are available on a flash drive.  

They may purchased at:

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Teachings included:

  • Ephesians – 14 Lessons
  • Galations – 13 Lessons
  • Hebrews – 31 Lessons
  • Lord’s Supper – Passover -3 Lessons
  • Parables – 6 Lessons
  • Resurrection – 3 Lessons
  • Mark – 52 Lessons
  • New Testament Messages – Topical – 13 Lessons
  • Romans (6-10) – 13 Lessons
  • Romans (11-16) – 13 Lessons
  • Israel Tour (Welcome to Israel) – 34 Lessons
  • Revelation – 50 Lessons
  • Amos – 9 Lessons
  • Jonah – 4 Lessons
  • Nahum – 4 Lessons
  • Ruth – 7 Lessons
  • Samson – 5 Lessons
  • Zechariah – 15 Lessons
  • Appointed Times – 29 Lessons
  • John (1-13) – 48 Lessons
  • Deuteronomy – 8 Lessons
  • Misc – 4 Lessons – Topical Teachings (Esther & Purim, King Josiah & Passover Renewal,  Menorah, and The Truth About Sh’mitah”)

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Albania Recap

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A view of the mountains on the outskirts of Tirana, Albania.

We have now been home for a couple of days and are catching up on some things.  [After yesterday’s blog post], it was very touching to receive many comments from people about how Patsy Akridge touched their lives.  I shared with Patsy’s niece the outpouring of sympathy.  A true testament to her faith and witness.

We will be sending out a newsletter very soon, so if you or someone you know is not yet on our email list, please go to LoveIsrael.org and subscribe at the bottom of our homepage.

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We were blessed with excellent translators for our conference and the people who came were serious about the Word.  We were informed that on the last day of the conference there would be many non-believers coming.  Baruch shared a message and at the end gave a clear presentation of the Gospel and the opportunity for people to receive the L-rd.  Many people prayed to receive Messiah and it was very emotional to know of the celebration in heaven because of those who received Him! [Luke 15:10]

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Some of the people who attended.

Looking at the picture above with all the children, it brings me joy to know these little ones all heard the Gospel!

We were blessed to have George Popa, our Eastern Europe Team Leader, with us in Albania.  He did the ground work leading up to the conference and was very instrumental in the entire event.  George will be sharing some of his thoughts on Albania here on this blog soon.

Also joining us were Dan and Fran, our friends from Chicago.  They have been with us on a couple of other trips and fit right in with the work and events.  We appreciate them very much and I will also be posting here some of their reflections from the trip.

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The LoveIsrael.org crew! Baruch and myself with Fran, Dan and George.

We made some new contacts in Albania and will be following up to see if we have materials which will help them with Discipleship in their country.