Showing posts with label Hebrews. Show all posts
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

God Will Make A Way - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

God Will Make A Way
Now Think On This
Steve Martin

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast…” (Hebrews 6:19, NASU)

There may be times when something totally unexpected hits us in our life as if someone just punched us in the gut when we did not see it coming. A great fear tries to overwhelm us; panic pushes from without to get at us from within; confusion and uncertainty attempt to overtake our assurance. When this happens, the anchor of our soul must hold strong. The hope we had known in our Savior’s arms must be the hope that now keeps us from falling, from turning back from pressing forward.

I remember the time in 1990 when I had given my notice to leave one ministry position in order to take one with another, that I had been waiting for, only to find out that the one I was going to had withdrawn the offer. My current office job already had someone coming to fill my place. With a wife and four kids to support, and now without a job, I panicked. Seeing this supposed upcoming position as the reason we had moved from the North to the far south in Florida, only to find out after three years that it wasn’t going to happen, was totally unexpected. It left me hanging. If it wasn’t for the grace shown me by the International Director of the ministry I had been with, we would have been without income, in a state far from family, and left with a dream that seemed to end up as a nightmare.

Don Moen, worship leader and songwriter with Integrity Music at the time, had just come out with his song, “God Will Make A Way” (1990). The cassette tape got totally wore out in my player, as I desperately sought the Lord, listening over and over again, hanging onto the hope that had been found in Him since my youth.

The lyrics were very comforting and brought assurance to my spirit.

"God Will Make A Way"

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way

Oh, God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way

By a roadway in the wilderness, He'll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and Earth will fade but His Word will still remain
He will do something new today
Produced by Tom Brooks
Album Worship With Don Moen: God Is Good, Integrity Music 1990

This worship song was the constant reminder that I needed at that time - that my Lord Jesus was the solid One Who would make the way for us. He had always been faithful in our lives, and He would not let me and my family down now.

After a rough eleven months of holding on and seeking His will, where we almost made the move from Fort Lauderdale to Kansas City, Charlotte, or wherever I could find a job, I was encouraged when I was hired by the other ministry, in 1991. Ultimately both ministries then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1994, and our family was part of that wagon train.

There have been other times where the solid anchor of hope proved to be shown strong and sturdy, keeping us from drifting in the open ocean of doubt, fear, and unbelief. God always did make a way, even in the darkest night and the loneliest of times. As we continually cling to His promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us, our confidence in Him remains.

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say: "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5-6, NKJV)

Hope is one of the three, along with faith and love, that our walk with the Lord requires. With Him as the Giver of each, we can keep walking the walk, all the way into eternity.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,
Steve Martin
Love For His People, Inc.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Kohen" Gene Proves Existence of Biblical Priestly Class

The High Priest  in the Tabernacle (Illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible/Wikimedia Commons)

The High Priest in the Tabernacle (Illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible/Wikimedia Commons)

"Kohen" Gene Proves Existence of Biblical Priestly Class

“For the Lord your God has chosen him out of all your tribes, to stand to serve in the name of the Lord, him and his sons forever.” (Deuteronomy 18:5)
Scientists have discovered a gene which can be traced from the Biblical figure of Aaron, the first High Priest (kohen) of the Jewish people, to a segment of the Jewish population today which carries the priestly lineage.
The nation of Israel’s priestly class, which is passed down from father to son, began with Aaron (Exodus 28:1). Despite 2,000 years of diaspora, modern science has now proved that the Biblical concept of kohanim has genetic evidence which has allowed the priestly heritage to maintain its integrity, leading to speculation that when the Third Temple is built, modern-day kohanim will be fully qualified to preside over the rituals and rites of the Holy Altar.
Originally, the firstborn of Israel were intended to serve God after He saved them from the plague that killed all of the firstborn sons in Egypt (Exodus 11). When the firstborns participated in the sin of the Golden Calf in the desert (Exodus 32), they disqualified themselves from serving in the Jewish Temple. The tribe of Levi (the tribe of Moses and Aaron) refrained from the sin, so they took the place of the firstborns, serving in the Tabernacle and later in the Temple as musicians, guards, and in several other roles.
Aaron, the brother of Moses, was chosen to be the high priest, and his four sons were appointed after him. The title of kohen is patrilineal, passed from father to son. In some ways, despite various honors allocated to kohanim, this was not a desirable position. Serving in the Temple meant not receiving a portion of land in Israel and also included many restrictions. Priests are not permitted to marry divorcees or converts, and they are also forbidden from coming into contact with the dead, or from entering cemeteries. However, the position also brought certain benefits, such as receiving a portion of the tithes which were only permitted to the priests and Levites and their immediate families.
While it may sound a bit like science fiction, geneticists have verified the link which connects the present-day group of men classified as kohanim to the Biblical figure of Aaron, who lived over 3,000 years ago. Demographic studies have shown that kohanim have always represented approximately five percent of the total Jewish population. 
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According to Jewish law, Jewish identity is determined by the religion of the mother, but the priestly designation and  tribal identity have always been determined by the father. Since the designation of being a Levite or Kohen is passed from father to son, the gene is found on the Y chromosome, which is inherited only from the father.
Genetically speaking, women have two X chromosomes, one from each parent. Men have an X chromosome inherited from their mothers and a Y chromosome inherited from their fathers. All direct male lineage shares a common haplotype, which, in the simplest terms, is a specific group of genes that the offspring inherits from one parent. Since Y chromosomes are passed from father to son, all kohanim males should, in theory, have almost identical Y chromosomes.
The Cohen hypothesis was first tested by Professor Karl Skorecki, himself a kohen of Ashkenazic descent, at the Rambam-Technion Medical Center in Haifa in 1997. He tested for two distinct Y chromosome markers (YAP and DYS 19), labeling it the J1 Cohen Modal Haplotype. A particular genetic marker on the Y chromosome (YAP-) was detected in 98.5 percent of the kohanim, and in a significantly lower percentage of non-kohanim Jews.
The haplotype was also found in other groups that had no clear connection to the Jewish people or the priestly heritage, but Jews had a significantly higher proportion of full haplotype matches. The source for the gene was clearly in the Middle East, as it was also found with a higher frequency among Bedouins, Jordanians, and Yemenites. It also became clear from the study that within the group identified as kohanim, there were several different lineages. The results have limited implications, though the correlation is undeniable.
Since it was found in both Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews, the genome predates the split in the communities which occurred around 1000 CE. Based on the mutations found in the genes, scientists place the original kohen – the first common ancestor – at approximately 3,300 years ago, a timeline that fits neatly within the Biblical parameters of the lifetimes of the first priestly family.
There are many disputes surrounding the Third Temple, and much work to be done before it can become a reality. However, as hundreds of kohanim (Jewish priests) gather at the Western Wall on the third day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot (Tabernacles) to bless thousands of Jews in a tradition passed down for millennia, the scientific proof of the legend of the Jewish priests shows that one thing is sure: the kohanim are here, and ready to begin work.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ISRAEL365 - Free Book Giveaway! ✡ "Let My People Go"

The Lord said to Moses, "Come to Pharaoh and speak to him, 'So said the Lord, God of the Hebrews, "Let My people go, that they may serve Me.'

EXODUS (9:1)

וַיֹּאמֶר יְ-הֹוָה אֶל משֶׁה בֹּא אֶל פַּרְעֹה וְדִבַּרְתָּ אֵלָיו כֹּה אָמַר יְ-הֹוָה אֱלֹהֵי הָעִבְרִים שַׁלַּח אֶת עַמִּי וְיַעַבְדֻנִי

שמות ט:א

va-yo-mer a-do-nai el mo-she bo el pa-ro v'-di-bar-ta ay-lav ko a-mar a-do-nai e-lo-hay ha-iv-reem sha-lakh et a-mee v'-ya-av-du-nee

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Which Way are We Looking? by Georgina Buchanan - Identity Network

Which Way are We Looking? 

by Georgina Buchanan

Identity Network

On one particularly hard day as I meditated on the goodness of God, It was revealed to me how much my feelings were based on what I SEE instead of what I do not or cannot see. At first I was not sure what was being revealed to me, and then I remembered the scripture in Hebrews that says, "Now faith IS the substances of things hoped for and the evidence of things NOT SEEN." (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)
Then I got it, I was looking at the wrong thing! I was going by my "seeings" instead of my "sayings."  Like so much of the body of Christ, my husband and I have been going through a very difficult season. It has been a time of great silence and very, very little physical evidence of the presence of God. It has felt as if God took a leave of absence from His throne room.
I have been serving God since the age of 6, and I have gone through many hardships along the way. Some were harder than others, but all came to pass away, however, this particular season seems to be without end. I have fasted, prayed, wept, tithed and given many, many seed offerings and yet to seemingly NO avail. As evidence that God really is still in His throne room, the Scripture in Isaiah 43:19 came flooding back to my mind. "Behold I do a NEW thing. Now it shall SUDDENLY spring forth Do you not understand that?" (my paraphrase).
His Spoken Word makes the Unseen, Seen
All that God does comes from his spoken word into the unseen realm, and then what he says, SUDDENLY IS! Look at Gen 1:2, 6,7 (NKLV)
"The earth was without form, and void; and darkness were on the face of the deep.  Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters."  Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so."
We Can Have What We Say, Instead We Say What We Have
I want you to remember that we can also bring it, (whatever it may be) into the seen realm by speaking what He said, and believing what we say! Look what Jesus told His disciples in Mark 11:22-24 NIV
"Have faith in God," Jesus answered. "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
We instead speak from what we see and are disappointed when we get more of the same.  Jesus said We can have what we say... but instead, we say what we have (i.e. "my bills are paid, in Jesus name, I have no lack" or, "Look at all these bills, I'm never going to get ahead!")  Which do you want?
Speak Shall Come to Pass
We get so discouraged when the manifestations of God's promises don't manifest. In our hearts we give up and walk away from the promises of God. I have heard Christians say "I do not want to hear one more promise or prophecy. I have had enough. It is always "going" to happen, but nothing ever does. I don't want to hear anymore."   I completely understand how they feel. But, my friends, we must remember that everything was first spoken before it came to pass.
"By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible." Hebrews 11:3 (NIV)
Though our wait for the fulfillment of God's promises seems to be endless we cannot stop expecting them to manifest. As we keep speaking, what God has spoken over our lives, we are assuring their fulfillment. We have the God given authority to make sure that ALL God has promised to us WILL come to pass by simply repeating what he has spoken.
Faith is an Action Exercise
When we wake in the morning and everything looks the same we must REMEMBER the promises come from the unseen realm NOT from the SEEN realm. As I practice SPEAKING the promises of God over my life I can feel my faith growing stronger every day. God's Word reminds me not to focus on what I see, but by focusing on his promises and prophecies I can change what I see. God wants his children to prosper in every area of their lives.  The Apostle John proclaims this so well in 3 John 2 (AMP)
"Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers."
He has given us ALL power to do just that, but the power is IN His Word. That very word we don't want to hear anymore is what will bring us into the manifestation of what was promised. So my friends I am reminding myself as much as you, I WILL not turn loose of my confidence in the promises of my Lord and savor for it has great rewards. Time is not my master. It will not dictate to me the faithfulness of my God.
Hold Fast to Your Confession
In other words, do not despair if it has been 6 years since God promised a better job, or He promised you a child, or a husband or wife. The passing of time does not weaken His promises, but when we hide His Word in our hearts it strengthens us. His word WILL come to pass. Do not let ole stupid (the enemy of our souls) deceive you into walking away from YOUR promises. Hold fast to every word He has spoken to you.
The Bible is full of wonderful life sustaining promises. They are ALL for you and me. We are at the beginning of a brand new season. We will see manifestations of the spirit of God as never before. Though you may be travel worn and battle weary DO NOT GIVE UP! The next thing you see will be the fulfillment of what has been spoken over you.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)
This is the time to rejoice with ALL your might for God is an ON TIME GOD.
I bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Georgina Buchanan

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ukrainian Jews Flee Violence, Fulfill Prophecy

Ukrainian Jews Flee Violence, Fulfill Prophecy

Julie Stahl and Chris Mitchell, CBN News  May 7, 2014

JERUSALEM, Israel -- The disintegrating situation in Ukraine has led to an increase in anti-Semitic attacks against Jews living in the country. Many Jews are talking about escaping to Israel.

Nineteen Ukrainian Jews arrived in Israel this week after escaping the violence engulfing their country. Others still wait and worry about relatives left behind.

Ilena Hila Feingold, who has lived in Israel for many years, works for The Jewish Agency.

"I'm from Donetsk. I arrived to Israel in 1991 with my family but still now I have in Donetsk my aunt," Feingold told CBN News. "She's 86 and I'm very worried -- what about her, I don't hear about her. I'm only praying that it will be okay."

Feingold's job is to help other Jewish people come home to Israel.

"For the Jewish people it's different and it's different in all cities -- in the Western part of Ukraine, it's not the same to the eastern part -- but the one thing is common that we feel that the Jews want to go to Israel more, [many] of them," Feingold said.

In the early 1990s, more than a million Jews immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union, many of them from the Ukraine. That tapered off, but now immigration from the Ukraine has risen more than 100 percent in the first months of 2014.

Ilena and Daria, friends in their early twenties, arrived on this week's flight.

"It's a difficult situation in my country. I'm from Ukraine; that's why I'm here and I love Israel," Daria said. "I've been here many times. I have relatives here. That's my country."

Ilena came earlier on a study program and now she's back to stay.

"Oh it's a hard situation. Everyday people are dying there," Ilena said. "I don't know if it's safe for now to be there for Jews."

The flight that arrived in Israel this week was sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, which began helping Jews immigrate to Israel more than 25 years ago.

"The Embassy has already helped more than 40,000 Ukrainian Jews; sometimes it was in times of conflict like this," ICEJ spokesman David Parsons said. "This seems to be another occasion where Jews are in danger in the Ukraine. There have been an increase in anti-Semitic attacks and they're wanting to come home."

Parsons sees this return as a part of biblical prophecy.

"We do believe that the return of the Jewish people is fulfillment of God's promises to bring the Jews back," Parsons told CBN News.

"Some Christians sort of focus on the dark side of prophecy -- Who's the anti-Christ? When is Armageddon going to happen? -- but we focus on the positive side, the return of the Jews," Parsons said.

"Even in the Hebrew prophets it speaks of gentiles assisting with this," he continued. "And we see ourselves in Scripture as those gentiles that God has beckoned to, as it says in Isaiah 49, come help with the return of the Jews back to the land."