When Esau turns in peace to Jacob

March 2, 2019

I just want to mention a quote from the book: “For the Sake of Heaven and Earth” from Irving Greenberg. (2004)sakeofheaven

Edom is the name for the old Roman empire and also for christianity which is intertwined with it. Edom is another name for Esau, the brother of Jacob. It plays an important role for the prophetic understanding of the bible. Edom is the classical Rabbinical understanding of the dominating Western world at this time.

Here is the quote from Rabbi Irving Greenberg:

Rabbi Naftali Zevi Judah Berlin (1817-1893), one of the leading Rabbis of his generation and head of the classic Volozhin Yeshiva for 40 years, writes in his commentary Haamek Davar on Gen. 33:4 (“Esau ran to greet him. He embraced him on his neck, he kissed him; and they wept.”) as follows: “AND THEY WEPT. Both wept. This teaches us that at this moment Jacob was roused to love Esau. So it will be for the future generations: in the moment when the seed of Esau will rouse themselves in the spirit of purification to recognize the seed of Israel and their value, then we [Jews] too will rouse ourselves to recognize Esau for his is our brother …” Genesis with the commentary called Haamek Davar (Jerusalem: Vaad Ha Yeshivot, 1970, p. 245) I thank Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein for this reference. [1]

This is quoted by Rabbi Greenberg in the context that Christianity has to embrace Judaism.

[1] Greenberg, I. (2004). For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society. Page 97.


Nostra Eatate

November 4, 2017

The Catholic Church changed their attitude towards the Jews. In the year 1960 a declaration of the Vatican came out, called: Nostra Eatate. (See Wikipedia) The declaration condemned antisemitism and rejected replacement theology. Very good!

This is completely opposed to the behaviour of (in some sense) the same Catholic church in the first centuries. They played an antisemitic and anti Judaistic role as soon as the apostles disappeared from the scene.nostraaetate_50anni

It lasted for over 50 years, but at August 31, 2017 it came to an agreement between the Rabbis and the Pope on some important issues between Christendom and Judaism. Three main bodies of Orthodox Judaism from Europe, Israel and the U.S., presented Pope Francis (who represents Christendom) with a memorable document entitled “Between Jerusalem and Rome”. (Feb-10-2016) This is the Jewish answer on Nostra Eatate, (Okt-28-1965) and the document “The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable“, (Dec.2015, 50 years after Nostra Eatate, Romans 11:29.) Here the answer of the Pope. (Aug-31-2017)

Two important things happened: The church accepted Judaism and the synagogue  accepted Christendom. This has never been so in history.

This is a great development in relationships. Not to be ignored!

Facing the biggest problem

July 10, 2017

Choosing between being Jew or gentile. I think this was what Paul had in mind when writing Romans 9 and thinking about his people. “I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people.” (Rom.9:2-3) The question was (as it seems to me) whether to be with them under the curse of denying Jesus, or to be with those outlawed of Judaism and mostly gentiles believers. But Paul rejoiced however to be with the latter because he firmly believed Jesus was the Messiah. In Romans 9-11 he pointed out what the matter was of the Jewish people; they would go in exile for the sake of the gentiles. (Rom.11:11)

This was a great choice. Paul saw that he couldn’t be part of the Jewish people because of their denial of the Messiah, since he opposed to them, clearly saw the Messiah.

I can feel that today similar circumstances are in place when a Jewish believer clings to Messianic Judaism. He also has a choice. But that choice easily could culminate in accepting or rejecting Jesus.

In fact it should be that there was no choice at all. But we have yet the same Jewish people as in the time of Paul: you will not be accepted if you believe in Jesus, and hitherto you will not be a “real” orthodox jew.

It looks like the Jewish people must first recognize the Messiah as a nation, as a whole people.

Orthodox Jewry does not accept Messianic Jews. Even in politics. When they apply for citizenship during the immigration process, their application is denied simply because they believe in Jesus as their messiah. It looks like this is even against the Jewish Law of Return, but this is still how it goes.

Obviously, there will be other times ahead of us. For now we have to deal with this situation.

Light in the darkest time

December 13, 2016

I’m sad about the circumstances of our time. But in these sadness I’m happy too. In the darkness is light going to come.

Chanukkah is about to come. The feast of the light. Christmas also, the lights are all around us. Chanukkah was born in the 9th (biblical) month, a month of fasting and praying. There the miracle happened.

I hope this miracle will happen to us too. We desperately are in need of.

I’m thinking about those people in Syria. They are butchered. This is an example of our age. Where are we become? No one of Europe or America is helping. Their corrupt policies made by those dark lefties who called themselves enlightened, made it impossible to help without entering into another war. And the only country that helps is Russia, completely neglected in Western media. How bad is everything gone. Western people from the old times of christianity… now completely gone astray.

We need light. The world needs light. Common layman are starving from spiritual power due to left anti christian policy makers who want to destroy everything christian.

And God is hiding his face because the amount of sin has become full. But He is also hiding because he will reveal Himself to spread light at the greatest dawn ever!

I’m just looking forward my friends. Great times are coming! When our true King comes on stage!

Baruch Haba

“To open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” (Is.42:7)

Celebrating Sukkoth

October 24, 2016

The Jewish attitude towards Christians is changing. They will see lovers of Israel, alongside growing antisemitism. The sides are set. Those who are for, and those who are against God. Hundreds of thousands of Christians are celebrating the feast of the tabernacles as foretold by the prophet Zechariah.

See this video message: Why Jews should throw candy at the Christian marchers in Jerusalem from The Land of Israel network.



The Jewish Gospel of John, a book review

August 16, 2016

I finished a book worthy to read: “The Jewish Gospel of John, Discovering Jesus, King of All Israel”, by Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg, 2015. Recommended for all those who are seeking to fit the message and the purpose of the Gospel of John in its right context. (More info on his website: http://jewishgospelofjohn.com)jewishgospelofjohn

Eli has done a great job with writing this book. He understands Judaism, historic circumstances of the time of Jesus and Christianity.

The Gospel of John usually turns out to be an anti-semitic book, or at least containing anti-judaism. However, this is not the case.

Eli shows us a thoroughly thought through and a brilliant designed message composed by John to his own Jewish people. It is written in Greek, probably to the exiled Jews, with some distance to the subject as a writer can do.

From the beginning of the gospel John shaped a message as sharp as it could be for the Jews (and all who accepted the gospel too) showing that Jesus is the Messiah and King of Israel. And that there is no place in-between, one has to hear the voice of Jesus and accept his Messiah-ship. And to accept is to accept the whole package, also that Jesus is God Himself revealed as such. Jesus is even more than a “son of God”. He is also more than just a “God”, as that could be referring to a king. He is the Lord God and the holy Word being flesh on earth. The only One God has come among us.

One of the great questions of the book of John is what is meant by “the Jews”, in Greek: Ioudaioi. The answer of Eli is the Judeans opposed to the northern Israel, the Samaritans. So there is a difference between Jewish groups.

The Judean leadership is the contemporary authority representing the Jewish people. Those are representing the evil shepherds (Ezekiel) and now the “Son of Man” has come (Daniel) to re-establish the true faith. “It is Jesus who has come as the covenant prosecutor to press charges against the evil shepherds of Israel.” (page xv) Eli walks through the whole gospel to show this. It is one story with one goal: that Jesus is the King of all Israel. Not only the ‘Ioudaioi’ but also the 10 tribes and all who are in exile. Maybe especially written for those who are in exile, because of the Greek language. It is at least written for those who understand Judaism. This becomes also clear in this book. Probably John went on to reach “Israel” abroad since the Jerusalem Jews did not accept Jesus.

John deals with the fact that the Ioudaioi did not accept their Messiah at that time. He wants to persuade them and other Jews. He certainly does not rule out his brothers. He rules out evil do-ers as the ancient prophets did. It is not against a person or a Jew, it is about the attitude of the very heart. They did not understand, and a conflict about the authority of Jesus was inevitably the result.

Jesus has the ultimate authority and that is the mean problem of the Ioudaioi, the Judean leadership. “There was no place for them and Jesus together. Either they would remain in power, or he would replace them.” (page 126) Several times Jesus “as a matter of principle did not respond to their requests to submit to their authority.” (page 78)

At the difficult passage of John 6 about the bread and wine, Eli points to “an interpretive error to read this passage in the context of a religious polemic of a “Christian Jesus” and “Jewish Jews.” It should rather be read in the original context of an intra-Israelite polemic.” (page 99) He also argues that the passage is “referring to national salvation and not simply to individual salvific experience.” (page 107)

It is good to read that “As was customary for Jesus, he didn’t argue with the Ioudaioi about the legitimacy of the Torah of Moses. After all, the Torah of Moses was Jesus’ Torah. He only argued with them about its interpretation.” (page 125) As Eli says, this gospel contains high Christology. And the reader must be quite familiar with the very concepts of the Torah to understand the bread and wine typology, because it is deeply rooted in the Torah. And one who did not understand (like the church departed from Judaism and purposely opposed to it) likely concludes that Judaism at all is abandoned by Jesus by reading this chapter.

Eli also is familiar with the Protestant concept of belief. On page 100 and 101 he gives a nice explanation of the difference of the Jewish 1st century view and the Protestant 16th century view.

You have to read the book, but I’ll briefly give something here. John 6:28-29 states: “Then they said to him, “what must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

Then Eli says about verse 29: “Viewed through the lenses of the 16th century Catholic-Protestant debate this means ‘By what works of ours can we be saved from God’s wrath?”

Then he gives the original view: “How can we be faithful to the Covenant God of Israel?” And hence the answer is: “You can be faithful to the Covenant God of Israel only by believing in his authorized representative (Jesus vs. Ioudaioi).”

Then Jesus gives the answer through the bread typology. Eli: “First he will argue that the Ioudaioi do not understand the basic facts of the Torah they claim as their own. It was not Moses who gave bread to the people, but Moses’ God. Secondly, the manna God gave the ancient Israelites through Moses was but a picture of the true sustenance for the human soul: the incarnate, crucified and finally resurrected Logos of Moses’ God. Jesus called the manna simply ‘the bread of God’. As we reread and reconsider John 6:28-31 inasmuch as we are able within the context of intra-Israelite polemic of the first century, we must be disciplined and adjust theories to fit the facts, not the facts to our theories. If we learn to live with this methodology, our interpretations will be far more accurate.” (page 103)

I would like to finish with a remark of Eli when the Jews (Ioudaioi) reject Jesus and choose Barabbas (meaning Son of the Father), in this chapter 19 he comments: “Yet Jesus is the King of the Ioudaioi in spite of their rejection of him. This is the tension of the entire Gospel.” (page 260)


Time for the Messiah

August 13, 2015

The Dutch poet Willem Bilderdijk said it already in the year 1830 or so: First there will be a time that all powers will cease, then it’s time for the Messiah.

I came across this book, The End of Power, the favorite book of 2015 of Mark Zuckerberg. Overlooking the subjects I remembered the words of Bilderdijk. I often remember that words. There’s something true about it.waning

When the Twin Towers collapsed I thought this will be the last great power that will cease: the power of money. And it was and is ceasing. It is not the economic power what will rule anymore. Other problems are rising and states are drawn to adjust the value of money to keep the economic engine work. And to keep people binded to work. Something like modern slavery; uphold some debt in order to keep people in business and playing with desires. It’s not the money that rules.

We all are drawn back to our very selves. We got the choice. It’s time for the Messiah. It’s time for teshuvah. It’s time to choose the King.

Melchizedek, the mystical figure

April 8, 2015

Melchizedek is a king and priest who lived in the time of Abraham. There’s only one reference to him in the bible, or better to say in the Torah: Gen 14:18-20. Psalm 110 afterwards refered to it, with great additional meaning. And last the writer of the letter to the Hebrews has a great deal on it.

Several Jewish traditions bring him as a mystical figure. Nowadays the most common Jewish view is that he is a descendant of Sem. (b. Ned. 32b, Num. rab. 4.8, Pirqe R. El. 27:34) But this probably is a polymic against the Christian meaning. Based on the letter to the Hebrews, the Christian meaning is that Melchizedek is a mystical figure. This fits with a Jewish tradition given in the Dead Sea Scrolls, 11QMelch 2.6, where he becomes a superhuman figure who executes divine judgement. Others also spoke about the special status of priest-king, like: Philo, Migr.235, Leg. all. 3.79-82, Josephus, Ant. 1.177-82.malki-tzed-mash

What can we say from Melchizedek? In scripture we have Genesis 14, Psalm 110 and Hebrews 7. Given the authority of the writer of Hebrews, we can read through the glasses of Hebrews and see psalm 110 and Genesis 14. Such a view gives clearly a mystical Melchizedek.

“Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God” (He.7:3) And most important is the superiority of “the order of Melchizedek”, explicitly given by psalm 110: “The LORD says to my [David’s] Lord: … You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

The writer of Hebrews compares not only Jesus to Melchizedek, but actually states that Melchizedek is “priest forever”, (He.7:3) and Jesus is “priest forever.” (He.7:21/Ps.110) Given that we can deduce that those two are the same.

It is not the only place in the Tenach that the eternal Son of God, the Messiah and highest Priest, appears to mankind before the birth of Christ. Several instances points us to The Angel of God, where this can be understood as the Son of God. But, as far as I know, it always are angels, not human beings. Here however, it is highly doubtable that Melchizedek is an angel. Because he is a priest. Besides that we don’t read about angels as being a real king with a real name.

Was Melchizedek an early incarnation of the Son of God? Or an angel though? Such questions can remain. I don’t know. For sure there are many things we don’t understand. For me this is one of them.

It is quite clear however, that the idea of the writer of Hebrews is not restricted to the situation that the Son of God exists only afterwards His birth from Maria. Melchizedek “resembled the Son of God”. (He.7:3)

We often think that we can see the Lord Jesus. But He is far more than what we can grasp! His name is also called Wonderful/Miraculous. (Is.9:5) Do we understand?

Make yourself up, be happy, we live in an amazing time!

February 12, 2015

It is true, it looks like everything is going to be bad. The righteous man are wiped off the earth and the wicked rule. How can we be happy? We feel like we are ‘on the rivers of Babylon’. True christians are starving along with faithful Jews in this devastating times for us. It seems like there is no future. But the opposite is true. There is future, certainly, the best you can think of! Let your complains behind and open your eyes!

  • for thousands of years Israel was exiled, now they are back in their land
  • God is restoring Israel because of his covenant made up with them
  • There are also many prayers from martyrs for the Christian community, God will restore them too.
  • Although great wars happened, Israel prospers
  • Although Israel is in trouble right now, God is going to deliver them
  • I seems like War, but we are heading Peace!
  • Because no Obama, Putin, or ISIS prevails, but the True King has prevailed and will show Himself King soon
  • There will come a time of peace, like thousands years.
  • Where’s the dead? Children of God will live!
  • No nuclear disaster, no Islam, even no Christianity or Judaism, but there will be One Name we will serve.

The Great Day where so many prophets and disciples spoke about, will come! Thrust Him Who has all the power and is already King over the world. He will comfort those who abide Him! HalleluJah!


Erasing Israel

January 7, 2015

A newsletter from Aish.com reached me and catched my attention. Can prophecy be fulfilled in this way of wiping away Israel? Read this headlines:israel-645x250

  • HarperCollins’ map omitted Israel
  • Palestinian Authority: Denying the Jewish Temple
  • Throwing Away Jewish History
  • Israel-Free Textbooks
  • Erasing “Israeli”
  • Boycotting the Jewish state

It looks like ridicules, but it happens. Millions of people are willing to believe this nonsens. Like Israel never existed! How can it be… sigh.

But prophecy gives us hope. If this is the fulfilment of destroying Israel, then better times are right ahead of us. They shall not overcome! Israel will prosper and its boundaries will be set well. Moreover, all peoples will seek them to visit Israel, Jerusalem and its temple!

Shalom Israel! May HaSjem comfort you soon!