Archives For Isaiah 2

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas! And speaking of the birth of the Messiah, I feel compelled to comment on the fact that Respected Megachurch Pastor Andy Stanley has questioned the significance of the Virgin Birth. I understand he is seeking to reach the unreached by being edgy, but theologically the Virgin Birth is an essential part of God’s plan of salvation for mankind.

Read CBN’s report story here:
 
1. If Yeshua was not born of the Seed of God, He would not be the Second Adam (Rom. 5)—perfect, but he would be born of “corruptible seed”. However, Peter says that He was born of an “Incorruptible seed.” (1 Pet. 1:23)
 
2. His blood would have been spoiled, tainted with the sin of Adam. Instead we were redeemed with the “precious blood like that of a lamb without defect or spot, the blood of Messiah.” (1 Pet. 1:19)
 
3. If he was Joseph’s son after the flesh, what set him apart as Holy? He would have been born into sin, just like you and me. 
 
4. Isaiah is quoted by Matthew saying “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and give birth to a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which means “God with us.” So Matthew the BIBLE WRITER thinks it is important. 
 
5. Stanley says that it is only reported in half the gospels. So what? If it is reported once IN SCRIPTURE, that is enough. The Woman at the Well, the John 9 blind dude, Lazurus’ resurrection and many other stories are only mentioned once, but no one questions their validity. The Virgin Birth, particularly in Luke, is clearly laid out as prophetic. Mark and John start at Yeshua’s adult life.

6. The same angel that announced to Joseph the Virgin Birth said he was to be named Yeshua. Yeshua means salvation. The angel said, “He will bring yeshu’a (salvation) to His people.” Is that not important? And it is only mentioned once in Matthew. Maybe we should throw it out?

Conclusion: We should do everything we can to be culturally relevant, to reach the people of our generation, but never compromise the Word of God. All of the Word of God is sacred and true. #SlipperySlope.


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One of the most well known stories in the Bible is when God tests Abraham. And yet, so many miss how this powerful, prophetic act points to Yeshua. When Abraham is preparing for his 100th birthday, the Lord visits him and gives him the shock of his life:

“‘And I will bless Sarah and also give you a son by her; and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.’ Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, ‘Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?’” … Then God said: “Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.” (Genesis 17:17, 19)

And sure enough, in their old age, Abraham and Sarah have a son. The Bible says that Sarah’s womb was dead and yet God gave her a child.

Sometime later God decides to test Abraham and tells him, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

What’s interesting is we don’t get to see Abraham’s reaction. Maybe he had none. By this time, maybe he had learned to trust the Lord. Maybe he argued, even as he laughed, when the Lord told him that 90-year-old Sarah would have a son. What we do know is that he obeyed.

They set out for Moriah. And it looks like Isaac gets a little concerned going up the mountain. They have a conversation:

“Father”…”Yes my son”… “Ehhh, The fire and wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Did Isaac know? Was he getting concerned?

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb.” And that is the most powerful verse in the passage. God will provide a lamb. In Hebrew the word is ‘seh’ (like ‘say’) and it refers to a young lamb.

Okay…they reach Mount Moriah and Abraham builds an altar. And again, I would love to see the response of Isaac when his dad begins to tie him to the altar. Did he protest? “Eh, Abba, what are you doing?” Or did they walk so close to the voice of God that both trusted that the Lord who opened Sarah’s womb could also raise the dead.

Abraham lifts the knife and is about to plunge it into Isaac when the Angel of the Lord stops him. Many believe that this is Yeshua appearing in the Old Testament, which makes what I am about to say next even more amazing!

Abraham sees a ram caught in the thicket. There is only one problem. Abraham, a prophet of Yahweh, said that God would provide a lamb—a seh—not a ram which is a different Hebrew word, ‘ayal’ and refers to adult male sheep. A lamb or a seh in Hebrew, is a baby lamb, innocent, like young Isaac.

You see, God would never ask of Abraham that which he was not willing to give Himself. They were in covenant together. God asked from Abraham his most precious possession, his son. God purposely placed Himself in debt to Abraham and would make good on it when He sent to Israel, and the world, His only son as a sacrifice. Many years later, his cousin John, seeing Yeshua come toward him, declares, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

Isaiah prophesied that, like Isaac, “he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,” and Paul calls Yeshua our “Passover lamb.” On Passover, you could not use a ram, but only a one-year-old male lamb, without spot or blemish.

You know that you were redeemed from the futile way of life handed down from your ancestors—not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with precious blood like that of a lamb without defect or spot, the blood of Messiah. (1 Peter 1:18-19)

The lamb that God provided was not the ram caught in the thicket, but was the angel of the Lord, Yeshua, that stopped Abraham from killing Isaac.

And then that same Lamb, who would come 1600 years later, also in a supernatural birth to a young Israelite, says to Abraham:

“I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore… and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

WOW!

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I was 100% sure that when I woke up the day after the election, Hillary Clinton would be on her way to being inaugurated the next president. Clearly, like so many, I was wrong—and so happy I was. While personally I was never a fan of President Trump (for obvious reasons of character), I did like a lot of his policies and Ms. Clinton would have been disastrous. In the beginning of his candidacy, he made a strategic error regarding Israel. He said that he would remain neutral in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, adding correctly “You understand a lot of people have gone down in flames trying to make that deal [peace between Israel and the Palestinians].” But then he said, “I don’t want to say whose fault it is — I don’t think that helps.”

This led to a firestorm of criticism. He was not approaching the issue from someone who knows the facts on the ground, the bias against Israel or the double standards that she deals with every day. Rather, he approached it as a businessman—a negotiator—making a deal. One thing Trump cannot yet understand is negotiations in Middle Eastern culture. Even President Bush and President Obama fell prey regarding this issue, being naive in comparison to the skilled manipulators in the Middle Eastern Arab countries, where lying is not a sin, but an honorable art form.

Trump/Pence Got It on Israel

But then Trump gave his AIPAC speech and hit it out of the park. Pro-Israel Christians and Zionist Jews were raving about his passionate support for the Jewish state. Mike Pence, only days before the election, released a video addressed to Republicans in Israel, expressing unwavering support for the Jewish State. He called Israel not merely a friend, but America’s best friend. Trump has promised to do something that no president has yet done. We have a fully functional, state of the art Embassy for the United States in Jerusalem. But it is not operational because no president has had the chutzpa (gumption) to move it from Tel Aviv. Trump has pledged to do this.

I will curse those who curse you—Genesis 12:3b

Bush came in as pro-Israel and was blessed as a leader. But then he pledged to divide Israel’s land and encouraged the evacuation of 10,000 Jews from Gaza, and things went downhill from there in regards to his presidency. Obama, from the beginning, was hostile towards America’s best friend, even to the point of exuding rudeness and hostility to Prime Minister Netanyahu. Now, not only is he done as president (because of term limits), but also his entire agenda from Obamacare to Immigration Amnesty has been rejected by the American people and will most likely be reversed.

I will bless those who bless you—Genesis 12:3a

It doesn’t take a prophet to tell President Trump how things will go for him and, thus, America, if he backs down from his bold pledge of support for Israel (there will be tremendous pressure on him to do so and most who have gone before him have faltered under its weight). God will bless him and America if he leads the way he proclaimed in his AIPAC speech and moves the embassy (going against the wishes of the UN and most nations). It is really is that simple. If he crumbles under the weight and compromises his commitment, the Lord will not be pleased. But if he sticks to his guns, and favors Israel, God will most surely favor him and the nation will benefit.

“The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire”?

Great Britain was once the best friend of the Jewish people and thus the greatest power on earth. They used to say, the sun never sets on the British Empire. But then she became hardened against the Jews, taking 80% of the proposed Jewish homeland to create Jordan. In 1939, as Hitler was beginning his Final Solution, Great Britain closed British controlled Palestine to Jewish immigration from Europe, leaving them to die. And the sun quickly set on Great Britain, and she is now a shell of her former self.

Harry S. Truman was the first head of state to recognize Israel on May 14, 1948. He began a long legacy of the United States being Israel’s best friend, and the US quickly replaced Great Britain as the greatest power on earth.

I, for one, will be praying for President Trump to stand strong in the face of opposition when it comes to Israel. It will mean blessing for the United States of America and for Israel. I did not vote for him in the primary, and while I did vote for him in the election, it wasn’t easy (Hillary was never an option obviously), I am now firmly interceding for the new commander-in-chief to be the president that America needs. And I am rejoicing to no end that Hillary Clinton is finished in politics and will not be able to continue the moral decline in our country or place anti-constitutional liberals on the Supreme Court.

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I am really grateful for social media. When President Obama uttered these ridiculous and historically inaccurate words, I was able to quickly go to Facebook and challenge them. By morning the video had been seen over 2,600 times and shared over 100 times. Still, that is nowhere near the reach that the President has, but we do what we can.

I have studied the Israeli Palestinian  conflict intensely since 1989 and the fact is that there is no such thing as Palestinian lands. Secondly, the only reason Israel controls the West Bank is because of the aggressive and belligerent actions of the surrounding nations. Had Jordan not attacked Israel during the Six-Day-War, we would never have taken the Old City of Jerusalem or the West Bank. And now that we have it as a buffer zone against our enemies why in the world would we give it back?

Watch the video.

 

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