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New Testament - Bad For Us Jews?
Is the purpose of the New Testament to tone down the law? To make our lives easier? So that we can do whatever we please, since we'll receive forgiveness anyway?
The Stones Cry Out! Ancient Israeli Mosaic States Jesus Is God
When Dr. Yotam Tepper of the University of Haifa recently led an archaeological excavation at the site of an ancient Jewish village, he was surprised to come across a mosaic that read, "The God-loving Akeptous has offered the table to God Jesus Christ as a memorial." Continue reading...
We are entering a period, a season, that is of tremendous prophetic importance to the entire body of Messiah. Yet, many within the body of believers have little or no expectations that something significant is set to take place. This is largely because many followers of Yeshua (Jesus) have been blinded to this profound moment on G-D's timeline due to traditions established and handed down by those who came before us. The result of this blindness is that believers often miss out on the blessings and promises of G-D in their lives.
Those who believe in the writings of the New Testament are very familiar with what took place in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. The Spirit of G-D was poured out on upon those in the upper room and the revival that followed that outpouring resulted in first 3000 and then 5000 people coming to faith in Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel. Yet, those same people that know the importance of the day of Pentecost regularly do little more than mention the date in passing as a part of their weekly announcements. After all, they might say, "It was the experience and not the date that was important and we celebrate the experience of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Spirit of G-D every week, right?"
But, what if it was both the experience and the date? What if there is a prophetic connection that was established when G-D created the world and as Genesis 1:14 says, He established the lights in the heavens to establish the appointed times? What if it is G-D's plan for believers to still spend the weeks between Passover and Pentecost counting the days and preparing for G-D to meet with us in a unique and supernatural way as He did on Mount Sinai and as He did in Jerusalem at the Temple? What would happen if we all took seriously G-D's instructions to pay attention to these times and seasons and prepared our hearts with expectancy?
I know that the above paragraph contains a lot of "what ifs," and some who are reading this may not see any of this as important, yet I hope and pray that by the end of the article, the importance will come into focus.
The reason that I bring up these "what ifs" is that this year is unique in that the calendars of Judaism and Christianity all are aligned. The Pharisaic calendar, the Sadducean Calendar and the Greco-Roman Calendar are all lined up so all three groups will be celebrating Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (Pentecost) on the same days. This year the three divergent groups, which normally are in disagreement about when to celebrate and are observing these feasts of the L-RD on different days (sometimes as much as a month apart), are all going to be worshipping and celebrating on the same day.
With this in mind, and knowing that for the first time in many years everyone will be unified in celebration gathering together on May 20, 2018, I wonder what would happen if we all took seriously the concept of counting the days of preparation this year. What if we joined together as Messianic Jews and Christians in focused prayer for revival each day between Passover and Pentecost? What if we gathered together on Shavuot in unity with expectancy in our hearts, convinced that G-D in His infinite wisdom and planning knew that this year at this time we would all be in unity? What if we did this while knowing that the Scriptures teach us that when we are in unity, walls shake and chains break? I look forward to hearing the testimonies of miracles from those who will choose to step out of their comfort zones and traditions and joined together on this appointed time.
Eric Tokajer is author of With Me in Paradise, Transient Singularity, OY! How Did I Get Here?: Thirty-One Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Entering Ministry, #ManWisdom: With Eric Tokajer and Jesus is to Christianity as Pasta is to Italians.
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Marriages are being bombarded by severe, raging storms like never before. Did you know that when you were even thinking about marriage, God was already thinking of miracles? God spells the word marriage, "m-i-r-a-c-l-e." The Lord actually created marriages with a built-in need for miracles. The Lord ordained marriage to not only require miracles but to demand them. Marriages demand miracles.
Marriages and Miracles Go Together
From heaven's perspective, here is how it works. The Lord will allow your wine in your marriage to run out to get you on miracle territory, just as at the first marriage wedding feast in Cana. Did you know that when the Lord brought you and your spouse together, He knew you would need a miracle? In fact, there is something wrong if your marriage doesn't need a miracle sooner or later. Marriages and miracles just go together.
I believe Jesus chose to create His first miracle on earth where He knew it would be needed most—at a wedding feast, so everyone will know they can have a miracle in their marriage. Study the couples throughout the Bible who had great destinies, and you will find that they faced the greatest impossibilities, and nothing less than a miracle brought them through to God's purposes.
Abraham and Sarah were destined to conceive and bring forth a son of promise. But "Houston, we have a problem!" Sarah wasn't able to conceive. Let's forget about this miracle stuff and get Hagar ("another woman is what I need") to fulfill my destiny ..." they thought.
A Manmade Solution
Sarah agreed, "No, I don't have what it takes, go ahead and have Hagar ... I am tired of this unfulfilled marriage" (paraphrased). Through painful experiences Abraham and Sarah learned that they needed more than each other (and a third party) to have their fulfillment in life. Finally, they realized that their answer was not in each other.
God waited until they both could not possibly have a child in the natural. Not only was Sarah's womb dead, but Abraham was about 100 years old, out of commission also. They finally had to take their eyes off of themselves and look to the Lord, realizing it was an impossible mission. God was waiting all those years to hear from them what He knew all along: "We need a miracle in our marriage!"
The Greater the Call on a Marriage, the Greater the Need for Miracles
In the first chapter of Luke, Zechariah and Elizabeth have an impossible area in their marriage. There is a barren place in their marriage also. Elizabeth could not conceive. Zechariah, a priest, was in the temple and had the greatest experience of his life. The angel gave him the word of the Lord about his destiny of having John the Baptist for a son, representing the prophetic move coming to prepare the way of the Lord.
"As soon as the days of his [Zechariah's] service were fulfilled, he departed to his own home" (Luke 1:23). Then his wife, Elizabeth, who had been barren, conceived. Many men today in the temple or ministry are being called by God to return to their own house to their own "barren" situations. Not until we men learn and experience spiritual intimacy with our own wife, so she can spiritually conceive, can we fulfill God's purpose for both of us in our marriage. And this includes bringing forth a godly seed as well, children of destiny.
Wise Men Sought Jesus, But Mary Conceived Him
Women are "conceivers," both physically and spiritually. Men are "seekers." Ministries can go no further than marriages if we want children of destiny (godly seed). It's really out of spiritual intimacy with our spouse that ministry is birthed. I sense husbands and wives will have to spiritually hold hands to bring forth the next move of the Spirit. Men will have to cleave to their wives, because it will take two for what God wants to do next. God is coming to couples in their own house this hour.
Many men and women have received great visions and words from the Lord in churches. But the real conception of these words must take place in our home where we live. Spiritual conception must also take place in our homes if we are going to see our destiny fulfilled and the kingdom of God advance. Have we men failed to take home what we receive in God's house and neglect spiritual intimacy with our wives at home?
I sense the wine (intimacy) has run out in many marriages but I hear the Lord saying to the angels, "Get the water pots and fill them with water. I'm going to turn water into wine again and marriages into miracles. I have saved My best wine that has been aging for centuries for this last hour. I have saved the best wine for last to be tasted right at home between husband and wife."
Is there spiritual barrenness in your marriage? Need a great miracle? Your great need for a miracle qualifies you to receive one! They say marriages are made in heaven; so is lightning and thunder. Expect miracles in your marriage today!
Bill Younthas been a member of Bridge of Life in Hagerstown, Maryland, where he is now an elder, and a home missionary for the past 40 years. He faithfully served in prison ministry at Mount Hope Inc. for 23 years and now travels full-time, ministering in churches and Aglow circles. He is currently an adviser at large for Aglow International. Bill has authored several prophetic books. His latest book is: The Power of Real / Transparent Prophetic Encouragement. His prophetic email list is:billyountweekly.com. Visit Bill's website at billyount.com.