Archive for the ‘prophecy’ Category

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.

 

 

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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?

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!

The battle of the Temple Mount has begun

November 25, 2014

“We are in a battle for Jerusalem, our eternal capital” says Netanyahu. Or more specific, the time of delivering of the Temple Mount has began. Remember, in 1948 the state of Israel was born. In 1967 Jerusalem was captured, but they gave the authority of the Temple Mount back to Moslims. And now, a jubilee later, the Status Quo of the Temple Mount is been discussed due to Palestinian terror and accusations because they think the Israeli government is discussing the Temple Mount. A reverse result.batlletemplemount

Now, 49 years after Jerusalem came under Jewish rule and the end of the trampling of the gentiles (Luke21:24), it looks like the Temple Mount is coming closer to those whom it belongs. It’s the place of the house of God belonging to the Jews and all the nations. (1Kings8:39-43) It’s the place of God. The time will come that the heavenly temple is connected with the earthly one. (Rev. 21:10) We don’t know when or how, or how resurrection will happen etc. We only looking forward eagerly for the restoration and redemption.

Thinking about this, the old words of Isaac Newton came into my mind. He expounded heavily upon the prophecies of Daniel and the book Revelations. He sees another dimension in the prophecy of the 70 years of exile of the Jewish people and the 70 weeks of the prophet Daniel. He is in line with the Puritan view, but he puts the part of the seven weeks after the physical restoration of Jerusalem and before the Messiah the Prince would come. That means calculating from the year 1967 on, that 49 years later (2016) we could expect Messiah the Prince. But who are we to know that? Perhaps we must wait until the Temple Mount is been restored to the Jews, and then calculate 49 years? I think the best way is not to calculate but to expect the things to come in faithfulness. Anyway, exciting times we live in!