John MacArthur – Isaiah 53 The Riddle of Redemption

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This is about Christ, and about knowing Christ. Martin Luther said,”There’s a chapter in the Bible that every Christian should memorize, if that Christian intends to know Christ.” The German theologian, in 1866 said, “There is the chapter of the Bible, that is the most central, the deepest, the loftiest that Scripture has ever achieved. That same chapter, others have called ‘The Gospel of all vocabulary’. There’s a chapter in the Bible that has such stirring predictions, so complex, that only God could have known them centuries before history unfolded them. There’s a chapter in the Bible that is the most comprehensive exposition of the cross in all of Scripture, the most complete description of the substitutionary vicarious sacrificial death of the Savior in all of Holy writ. This same chapter has a scope that extends from eternity past to eternity future, and gathers up a whole history of redemption by focusing on the redeemer. It sweeps from His position in the eternal trinity to His return to full glory with His redeemed in the new heavens and the new earth. There is a chapter that embraces His past glory, His incarnation, His humiliation, His rejection, His unjust treatment, His unfair trial, His mistreatment, His death sentence, His execution, His resurrection, His intercession, His exaltation, and His coronation.

What is this chapter? It is the first Gospel, and it’s not Matthew. Matthew is the second Gospel. This is a chapter that is sufficient to save sinners. In fact, it is a chapter that was used by Philip to explain the Gospel to an Ethiopian eunuch. This is a chapter that you know. It is Isaiah 53- the first Gospel.

The description of the atoning work of Jesus Christ in Isaiah 53 surpasses any single Scripture on those subjects in the epistles of the New Testament. Let me tell you about Isaiah. 66 chapters, same as the number of books of the Bible. It’s split into two parts: the first 39 and the second 27. Exactly the way the Bible is split: Old Testament 39 books, New Testament 27.

The first 39 are about judgment, much like the Old Testament. The last 27 chapters (of Isaiah) are about redemption, just like the New Testament – Salvation. The last 27 are divided into 3 – 9 – 9 – and 9. The first 9 is about the physical salvation of Israel, the last 9 are about the physical salvation of creation. And the middle 9 is about the spiritual salvation of sinners. (8) So, let’s go down into the middle 9, and the middle chapter is chapter 53, and the middle verse, essentially, is, “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our inequities.” The Holy Spirit forces us right down into this incredible chapter. Isaiah 53 has been called the torture chamber of the rabbis. It has been called the guilty conscience of the Jews. And it is that. They run from this chapter like the black death.

This chapter, stepping back in history and the place that it occupies in Scripture, this chapter answers the most critical question that will ever be asked or answered, ever, by anyone, anytime. The most essential question, the most important question is answered by this chapter. Religion must answer this question correctly or it is form hell. Any religion that does not give the right answer to this question is right out of hell. What is the question? It’s the riddle of the Old Testament. Did you know there was a riddle in the Old Testament? Turn to Exodus 34. Moses comes before God and wants God to assure him, he wants God to show up and reveal His glory. In Exodus 34:5 we read “the Lord descended from a cloud and stood there as he called upon the name of the Lord.” Now, the Lord is going to introduce Himself. “The Lord passed by in front of Him and proclaimed, “The Lord God, compassionate, and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth, who keeps grace, loving kindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin.” And, by the way, “He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.” That’s the riddle of the Old Testament.

That’s the riddle of redemption. How can God be gracious and punish the guilty? The answer to that is Isaiah 53. He will punish someone else. How can God, in the words of Paul, be just and the justifier of sinners? That is the question: How can a sinner be reconciled to a holy God? How can God love and bring to heavenly glory, sinners, without violating his righteousness? That is the question. If the right answer to that question is SAVED, then every other wrong answer DAMNS. That’s why I say that whoever doesn’t answer that question accurately is from hell. One more thing to say, about Isaiah 53. Just by way of introduction, if we think about it, this is a paralyzingly sad chapter. I don’t know of a sadder moment in all of redemptive history than the moment depicted in this chapter. It is horrific, beyond comprehension. This starts out as the most plaintive lament, the most extreme expression of sorrow. It is a kind of epic dirge. It is a funeral song with massive, sweeping implications. The crushing sorrow that is depicted in Isaiah 53 has no historic parallel, exceeds all other sorrows. (13:25)

The astonishing revelation

We start back in Isaiah 52 at verse 13. And, everything about this section is astonishing, absolutely astonishing. To start, in verse 13 we come to the very words of God. This section begins and ends with God speaking. God speaks in 52:13-15 and speaks half way through verse 11 and verse 12. So, what happens in the middle is bracketed by the words of God. God introduces and God sums up what’s in this great chapter. In 52:13-15, God Himself introduces the Messiah. He introduces His servant, His slave. First, it is an astonishing revelation. By the way, this is the 4th chapter that focuses on the servant or slave of God- the Messiah- vv. 42, 49, 50, 53. All servant songs, slave songs of the slave of God. He introduces Him: Behold because it is astonishing. “My slave will succeed”. Any reader of the Old Testament knows that that’s a Messianic title. Going all the way back to chapter 42, this is the Messiah. (15:29)

He will prosper. Actually, in Hebrew it is ‘act intelligently, act wisely’, succeed. It’s important that we understand that’s how God introduces this, because when He came, it looked like He didn’t succeed. It looked to the world like He failed. Then He begins to introduce Him. He will be high and lifted up, and greatly exalted. That identifies Him. Well, you say, isn’t that just repetitious? No, in the Hebrew, here’s what it says: He will be high, He will be higher, He will be highest. And those 3 designations in combination, only appear in one other place in all of Scripture. And those three designations refer to God. They only appear together in one other place- Isaiah 6. “I saw the Lord high, and higher, and highest.” So, now we know that the slave is God.

The astonishing humiliation

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The deity of Messiah is proclaimed. Verse 14 adds: Just as many were astonished at you My people, so His appearance was far more than any man.”  Now we know that He not only will be God, but He will also be man. The God man. He will be marred, that word in Hebrew means mutilated, it means distorted, it means disfigured. And, so extremely disfigured as to be literally beyond human recognition, looking like a beast, not a man. This servant is God? The eternal God: high, higher, highest. Exalted, loftiest, sitting on His throne. And, in the New testament, we know the writer of the Gospel of John tells us that the vision of Isaiah 6 is none other than Jesus Christ. He is God, lifted up and exalted. And He is man, marred, disfigured. This is the second riddle. Who is this Messiah? The Jews had a Messianic view, they had a concept of Messiah. I don’t know that they thought He would be God, but they assumed that He would be exalted. They had no sense that He would be marred, disfigured, far form it. But, that is only temporary.

His marring will be so severe, end of verse 14, that His form would be disfigured and distorted more than the sons of man. The implication of the language is- in face and form He will become subhuman. And we know that happened. All the brutality imposed upon Him. The physical distortion of His body, in all that He suffered and the distortion of His face, from sin bearing… We’re glad to get to verse 15. because the astonishing revelation, followed by the astonishing humiliation, brings us to the astonishing exaltation. (19:50)

The astonishing exaltation

“He will startle many nations.” Startle means to burst, to jump up. “He will startle many nations and Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him. What has not been told them, they will see, what they had not heard they will understand.” This is His final exaltation. So, God Himself, introduces His servant, His slave, the slave of Yahweh. the slave of Messiah, who is to come. He will be God, He will be man, He will be marred, He will be exalted. There is the career of the Lord Jesus in broad terms, from the mouth of God. This information is given to the Jews from Isaiah, 700 years before Jesus came. (21)

Isaiah 53

Now, let’s come to chapter 53. And, all of a suede something changes. Verses 13-15 ’1st person- future’. “He will be”… “He will…” Kings will..”  “they will…”, “they will see..”. All future- speaking of the coming of the Messiah. Everything changes. This is one speaker: God, speaking of the future career of His servant. When you come to verse 1, everything changes. Everything now is in the past tense. And plural pronouns: “we”, “our”, “us”. The big question for us is, “Who is talking?” Not God. Who is speaking?

The Suffering Servant

53 Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot,
And like a root out of parched ground;
He has no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off out of the land of the living
For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a rich man in His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10 But the Lord was pleased
To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
11 As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He will see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out Himself to death,
And was numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.

Who is saying this? Who is making this massive confession? What group of people is this? What group of people is this? This is plural ’til you get down to verse 11, where God begins to speak again. Who is this? It is Israel.

What did we learn about Isaiah? Israel’s physical deliverance in the first 9 chapters of the second half, and Israel’s salvation in the second nine. You bore down to those 9 in the middle chapter and the middle verses- this is the prophecy, not the death of Christ. This is not a prophecy of the death of Christ, this is a prophecy of the future conversion of Israel, when they look back at the death of Christ and see who He really was. This is stunning. This leaps across the death and resurrection of Christ to the future conversion of Israel. That’s why Isaiah gave this. To give hope for the national salvation of his people.

Remember Ezekiel 36, when God promises salvation to Israel, a new heart, His spirit… you remember Jeremiah 31, the covenant passage promised to Israel, where God saves Israel. But, you might wanna think about this in terms of another prophecy. As you come to the end of the Old Testament, in Zechariah 12:10 I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. 
And Zechariah sees the future day, when Israel has, by the sovereign purposes of God, the spirit of grace and supplication comes down from heaven and gives them life. And when God does that, they will look on the one they pierced and they will mourn. vv 11-14 11 In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 The land will mourn, every family by itself; the family of the house of David by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself and their wives by themselves; 13 the family of the house of Levi by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself and their wives by themselves; 14 all the families that remain, every family by itself and their wives by themselves. What are they all mourning about? That is the future work of God, when He saves the nation of Israel. Romans 11 “So, all Israel will be saved”. That’s the future promise of God.

When that day comes, what will they say? They will recite Isaiah 53. This is their confession. That’s why it’s in the past tense. Think of it this way, as we look at this incredible chapter. Why the mourning? Why the horror? Why does everybody mourn, from the lowest to the highest? From the King, the leader, always down to the humblest family? What is all this mourning and weeping, and sorrowing? It’s obvious. In that future day, when Israel is saved, they will look back over their history and realize that everyone that came before them and rejected Jesus Christ was damned forever. The horror. All the history of holocaust, all those people are lost. The mourning will be beyond comprehension. (transcript from first 30 min provided by our blog)

Palm Sunday 2/3 – He (Jesus) set His face to go to Jerusalem!

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from Desiring God. You can listen to the audio for this John Piper sermon here.

Luke 9:51-56

Luke describes the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem at the beginning of that last week of his earthly life:

As he was drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! (Luke 19:37, 38)

Palm Sunday: Today and To Come

There is no doubt what was in the disciples’ minds. This was the fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy given centuries earlier:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Zechariah 9:9, 10)

The long-awaited Messiah had come, the king of Israel, and not just of Israel but of all the earth. Jerusalem would be his capital city. From here he would rule the world in peace and righteousness. What a day this was! How their hearts must have pounded in their chests! And must not their hands have been sweaty like warriors in readiness just before the bugle sounds the battle! How would he do it? Would he whip up the enthusiastic crowds and storm the Roman praetorium—a people’s revolution? Or would he call down fire from heaven to consume the enemies of God? Would any of his followers be lost in the struggle? The tension of the moment must have been tremendous!

The Pharisees had a double reason for wanting this kind of welcome silenced. On the one hand, this Jesus was a threat to their authority, and they envied his popularity (Mark 15:10). On the other hand, they feared a Roman backlash to all this seditious talk of another king (John 11:48). Therefore they say to Jesus, “‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples.’ But he answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out!”‘ (Luke 19:39, 40). No, he will not rebuke them for this. Not now. The hour has come. The authority of the Pharisees is done for. If the Romans come, they come. He will not silence the truth any longer. To be sure the disciples’ understanding of Jesus’ kingship at this point is flawed. But hastening events will correct that soon enough. In essence they are correct. Jesus is the king of Israel, and the kingdom he is inaugurating will bring peace to all the nations and spread from sea to sea. The book of Revelation pictures the final fulfillment of Palm Sunday in the age to come like this:

I looked and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9, 10)

The entry into Jerusalem with waving palms (John 12:13) was a short-lived preview of the eternal Palm Sunday to come. It needed to be said. If the disciples hadn’t said it, the rocks would have.

I like to think of all our worship in this age as rehearsal for the age to come. One day we, who by God’s grace have been faithful to the Lord, are going to stand with innumerable millions of believers from Bangladesh, Poland, Egypt, Australia, Iceland, Cameroon, Ecuador, Burma, Borneo, Japan, and thousands of tribes and peoples and languages purified by Christ, with palms of praise in our hand. And when we raise them in salute to Christ, he will see an almost endless field of green, shimmering with life and pulsating with praise. And then like the sound of a thousand Russian choruses, we will sing our song of salvation, while the mighty Christ, with heartfelt love, looks out over those whom he bought with his own blood.

Had Jesus taken his throne on that first day of palms, none of us would ever be robed in white or waving palms of praise in the age to come. There had to be the cross, and that is what the disciples had not yet understood. Back in Luke 9, as Jesus prepared to set out for Jerusalem from Galilee, he tried to explain this to his disciples. In verse 22 he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” And in verse 44 he told them, “Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men.” But verse 45 tells us, “They did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.” Therefore, their understanding of Jesus’ last journey to Jerusalem was flawed. They saw him as a king moving in to take control. And he was. But they could not grasp that the victory Jesus would win in Jerusalem over sin and Satan and death and all the enemies of righteousness and joy—that this victory would be won through his own horrible suffering and death; and that the kingdom which they thought would be established immediately (Luke 19:11) would, in fact, be thousands of years in coming. And their misunderstanding of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem results in a misunderstanding of the meaning of discipleship. This is why this is important for us to see, lest we make the same mistake.

Jesus’ Resolution to Die

In Luke 9:51–56 we learn how not to understand Palm Sunday. Let’s look at it together. “When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” To set his face towards Jerusalem meant something very different for Jesus than it did for the disciples. You can see the visions of greatness that danced in their heads in verse 46: “An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest.” Jerusalem and glory were just around the corner. O what it would mean when Jesus took the throne! But Jesus had another vision in his head. One wonders how he carried it all alone and so long. Here’s what Jerusalem meant for Jesus: “I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem”(Luke 13:33). Jerusalem meant one thing for Jesus: certain death. Nor was he under any illusions of a quick and heroic death. He predicted in Luke 18:31f., “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written of the Son of man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon; they will scourge him and kill him.” When Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem, he set his face to die.

Remember, when you think of Jesus’ resolution to die, that he had a nature like ours. He shrunk back from pain like we do. He would have enjoyed marriage and children and grandchildren and a long life and esteem in the community. He had a mother and brothers and sisters. He had special places in the mountains. To turn his back on all this and set his face towards vicious whipping and beating and spitting and mocking and crucifixion was not easy. It was hard. O how we need to use our imagination to put ourselves back into his place and feel what he felt. I don’t know of any other way for us to begin to know how much he loved us. “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

If we were to look at Jesus’ death merely as a result of a betrayer’s deceit and the Sanhedrin’s envy and Pilate’s spinelessness and the soldiers’ nails and spear, it might seem very involuntary. And the benefit of salvation that comes to us who believe from this death might be viewed as God’s way of making a virtue out of a necessity. But once you read Luke 9:51 all such thoughts vanish. Jesus was not accidentally entangled in a web of injustice. The saving benefits of his death for sinners were not an afterthought. God planned it all out of infinite love to sinners like us and appointed a time. Jesus, who was the very embodiment of his Father’s love for sinners, saw that the time had come and set his face to fulfill his mission: to die in Jerusalem for our sake. “No one takes my life from me (he said), but I lay it down of my own accord” (John 10:18).

Jesus’ Journey Is Our Journey

So Jesus sets out for Jerusalem, and it says in the text that “he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but the people would not receive him because his face was set toward Jerusalem.” It doesn’t really matter whether this rejection is just because Jesus and his companions are Jews and Samaritans hate Jews, or whether the rejection is a more personal rejection of Jesus as the Messiah on his way to reign in Jerusalem. What matters for the story is simply that Jesus is already being rejected, and then the focus shifts to the disciples’ response, specifically the response of James and John.

James and John ask Jesus, “Lord, do you want us to bid fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” (verse 54). Jesus had already named these brothers “sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17). Here we get a glimpse of why. I take this passage very personally because my father named me after one of these sons of thunder. And I think I probably would have said what John did here: “Jesus, we are on the way to victory. Nothing can stop us now. Let the fire fall! Let the judgment begin! O, how Jerusalem will tremble when they see us coming!” Jesus turns, the text says, and rebuked them (verse 55). And they simply went to another town.

Now what does this mean? It means, first of all, that a mistaken view of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem can lead to a mistaken view of discipleship. If Jesus had come to execute judgment and take up an earthly rule, then it would make sense for the sons of thunder to begin the judgment when the final siege of the Holy City starts. But if Jesus had come not to judge but to save, then a radically different form of discipleship is in order. Here is a question put to every believer by this text: does discipleship mean deploying God’s missiles against the enemy in righteous indignation? Or does discipleship mean following him on the Calvary road which leads to suffering and death? The answer of the whole New Testament is this: the surprise about Jesus the Messiah is that he came to live a life of sacrificial, dying service before he comes a second time to reign in glory. And the surprise about discipleship is that it demands a life of sacrificial, dying service before we can reign with Christ in glory.

What James and John had to learn—what we all must learn—is that Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem is our journey, and if he set his face to go there and die, we must set our face to die with him. One might be tempted to reason in just the opposite way: that since Jesus suffered so much and died in our place, therefore, we are free to go straight to the head of the class, as it were, and skip all the exams. He suffered so we could have comfort. He died so we could live. He bore abuse so we could be esteemed. He gave up the treasures of heaven so we could lay up treasures on earth. He brought the kingdom and paid for our entrance and now we live in it with all its earthly privileges. But all this is not biblical reasoning. It goes against the plain teaching in this very context. Luke 9:23, 24 reads: “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.” When Jesus set his face to walk the Calvary road, he was not merely taking our place; he was setting our pattern. He is substitute and pacesetter. If we seek to secure our life through returning evil for evil or surrounding ourselves with luxury in the face of human need, we will lose our life. We can save our life only if we follow Christ on the Calvary road. Jesus died to save us from the power and punishment of sin, not from the suffering and sacrifices of simplicity for love’s sake.

By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org

VIDEO – Totul este gata pentru construirea Noului Templu la Ierusalim

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Generatia noastra s-ar putea sa fie generatia care Il va vedea pe Isus, venind pe norii cerurilor.

Amin! Si Duhul si Mireasa zic: Amin! Vino, Doamne Isuse!

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celui de-al treilea Templu

Traducere Agnus Dei din Ziarul (timesofisrael.com)
O declaratie cu un potential explosiv a lui Uri Ariel de la Casa Evreilor rupe interdictia daunatoare de  status quo cu privire la Muntele Templului.Un ministru de guvern din partidul nationalist religios, a solicitat joi, ca Templul Evreiesc sa fie reconstruit pe Muntele Templului din Ierusalim.

Afirmatia ministrului de Locuinte si Constructii Uri Ariel (Casa Evreilor) rupe acest tabu care a fost folosit o vreme indelungata de oficialii de rang inalt cand vorbesc despre schimbarea acestui fragil status quo de esplanada sfanta si contestata si probabil ca va atrage iritatii din partea cercurilor oficiale israeliene si furie in lumea araba si musulmana.

Vorbind la o conferinta arheologica de langa asezamantul Shilo din West Bank si citat de Maariv, Ariel a cerut ca al treilea Templu sa fie zidit pe locul pe care astazi este asezat Domul de Piatra si Moskeea al-Aqsa si este considerat ca cel mai sfant loc pentru Iudaism si al treilea ca loc sfant pentru Islam.

,,Am construit multe mici, mici templuri” a declarat Ariel referindu-se la sinagogi, dar “noi trebuie sa zidim un Templu adevarat pe Muntele Templului.”

Situl din Ierusalim a fost locul primului si celui de-al doilea Templu Iudaic, care au fost distruse amandoua, al doilea in anul 70 dupa Christos. Idea construirii celui de-al treilea Templu, este populara printre unii evrei religiosi de extrema dreapta, dar este considerata ca fiind in afara de ideile de discutie a majoritatii populatiei.

Anul trecut, MK Zevulun Orlev de la Casa Evreilor, a cerut si el reconstruirea Templului Evreiesc, spunand ca daramand Domul de Piatra si Moskeea al-Aqsa va insemna ca ,,peste un bilion de musulmani din intreaga lume vor incepe cu siguranta un razboi mondial.” Totusi, a adaugat el ,,tot ce este politic este temporar, si acolo nu exista stabilitate.”

In momentul de fata evreii sunt opriti ca sa se roage pe Muntele Templului de catre Departamentul Iordanian de Dotare, cunoscut sub numele de Wakf, care administreaza plaza care cuprinde Moskeea al-Aqsa si Domul de Piatra.

A government minister from a nationalist religious party called Thursday for the Jewish Temple to be rebuilt on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The statement from Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) breaks a long-standing taboo on high-ranking government officials speaking about changing the fragile status quo on the holy and contested esplanade, and will likely draw ire from official Israeli circles and anger the Arab and Muslim world.

Modelul celui de al 3-lea Templu commons.wikimedia.org

Potentially explosive statement
by Jewish Home’s Uri Ariel breaks taboo
against damaging status quo on Temple Mount

Speaking at an archaeological conference next to the West Bank settlement of Shilo and quoted by Maariv, Ariel called for a third Temple to be built on the site, which today is home to the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque and is considered Judaism’s holiest site and Islam’s third holiest.

“We’ve built many little, little temples,” Ariel said, referring to synagogues, “but we need to build a real Temple on the Temple Mount.”

The Jerusalem site was home to Judaism’s first and second Temples, both of which were destroyed, the second one in 70 CE. The idea of building a third Temple, while popular among some religious and right-wing Jews, is considered outside mainstream Israeli discourse by most.

Last year, Jewish Home MK Zevulun Orlev also called for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple, saying that removing the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque would mean that the “billion-strong Muslim world would surely launch a world war.” However, he added, “everything political is temporary and there is no stability.”

Jews are currently banned from praying on the Temple Mount by the Jordanian department of endowments, known as the Wakf, which administers the plaza surrounding the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

An interesting VIDEO
about the Third Temple and the Antichrist

Atac brutal cu acid in faţă: Preţul convertirii de la Islam – Marturia lui Umar Mulinde, Pastor in Uganda

Traducere: Blogul Agnus Dei de la Charisma News

Umar Mulinde, nascut la un tata musulman cu zece neveste, a fost copilul nr. 52. Niciodata nu s-a gandit ca va parasi Islamul, pana a avut o intalnire speciala in anul 1992. A intalnit un barbat care il predica pe Hristos din Koran si din Biblie. Predicile despre Isus l-au atins profund pe Umar. Dar parasirea Islamului a fost una dificila. A inteles adevarul, dar i-a fost frica de persecutiile care l-ar fi asteptat, pentru ca legea Islamului este ca persoana care paraseste Islamul trebuie sa fie omorata. Intr-un vis de noapte s-a vazut legat de maini si de picioare intr-un foc mare si s-a vazut plangand cu prietenii lui musulmani care erau in acel foc cu el. In timp ce el plangea, cineva statea la dreapta lui si ii spunea: Islamul te duce in acea tortura. Pocaieste-te si trebuie sa te nasti din nou ca sa traiesti. Visul s-a repetat de mai multe ori si l-a terorizat pe Umar.

Intr-o noapte, Mulinde si-a adus aminte de acel predicator care a spus: Daca te vei ruga in numele lui Isus, ceva se va intampla. In acea noapte s-a rugat: Doamne Dumnezeule, daca tu esti Domnul care vrei ca eu sa fiu nascut din nou, nu mai lasa acest vis groaznic (in mijlocul unui foc mare)  sa se reintoarca. In noaptea acea nu a mai visat focul ca din iad. Dimineata aceea era Pastele si Umar a mers la biserica pentru prima data. Zice Umar, “In acea zi am fost nascut din nou. Dar imediat ce am iesit din biserica, persecutia a inceput.”

Umar a fost persecutat de musulmani si chiar de familia lui, dar in ciuda lor, el a fost ucenicizat si a devenit un evanghelist plin de putere. Dumnezeu l-a folosit in toata tara, in Uganda. A deschis o biserica care a crescut la 1000 de membri, si 30% din ei au fost fosti musulmani. A mers la o Scoala Biblica si a continuat sa predice evanghelia cu putere chiar si in afara Ugandei.

In 24 Decembrie, ajunul Craciunului in anul 2011, Pastorul Umar Mulinde (38 de ani)  a fost atacat de 2 musulmani care au aruncat galeti de acid pe el. Acidul i-a ars fata, un ochi si o ureche. El poarta acum o masca speciala care ajuta in procesul de vindecare.

Mulinde povesteste: Convertirea mea de la Islam, dragostea pentru natiunea Israel si promovarea acesteia in comunitatea mea i-a facut pe musulmani sa ma vaneze si sa-si doreasca sa ma ucida.” Mulinde a fost musulman si nu putea suporta Israelul. El stia ca daca paraseste Islamul va fi ucis. Dar a avut un vis care i-a schimbat viata. Mulinde, “A fost un vis de noapte. Eram in mijlocul unui foc si plangeam. Dar am vazut multi oameni care erau impreuna cu mine in foc; erau musulmani cu care mergeam la moschee. Dar in timp ce plangeam, cineva stralucitor a venit la dreapta mea si mi-a spus ca Islamul imi provoaca aceasta tortura. ‘Pocaieste-te; naste-te din nou si vei supravietui,’  mi-a spus.”

In loc sa creada in Isus, Mulinde a rostit rugaciuni musulmane pentru alungarea cosmarurilor. Dar nu au avut efect. “Cand am adormit din nou, din nou acelasi lucru. A doua zi m-am dus la biserica si mi-am predat viata lui Isus. Mulinde a devenit un evanghelist care castiga alti musulmani pentru Domnul. Ulterior a infiintat biserica Gospel Life din Kampala, Uganda. 30% dintre cei 1000 de membrii sunt fosti musulmani. “Fostii prieteni m-au urat. In 24 Decembrie  2011, cand ieseam din biserica, cineva a pretins ca e credincios si m-a intrebat, ‘Pastore, ma poti ajuta?’ I-a trebuit atentia mea totala in fata mea pentru ca avea o galeata cu acid in mana dreapta. Cand sa ma intorc, Duhul lui Dumnezeu mi-a spus ca este o persoana rea, asa ca m-am intors ca sa intru in masina si sa plec rapid. Cand m-am apropiat de masina, el a turnat acidul din galeata pe capul meu. Am simtit ca sunt aruncat in iad. Am simtit cum ma arde din cap pana in picioare, parca cineva ma gatea. Iar ei au strigat ‘Allah Akhbar’ de trei ori. Mi-am dat seama ca sunt prins intr-o ambuscada a teroristilor islamici.

Pastorul Ugandan la spitalul Sheba din Israel, unde au urmat 5 operatii majore la cap, cu chirurgul sau, Dr. Josef Haik. Photo credit http://www.israelhayom.com

Mulinde a fost mutat de la un spital la altul. Intai a fost spitalizat in Uganda, apoi in India, iar in final, in Israel. Doctorul  Josef Haik,”Fata, ochiul si ureche au suferit niste arsuri foarte grave. Pentru ca arsurile aveau 2 saptamani vechime a trebuit sa asteptam ca sa vedem daca procesul de curatire a fost suficient. Apoi, in a doua etapa am comandat piele artificiala. I-am reconstruit fata si din pielea lui. Transplantul a reusit in proportie de 100% , dar din pacate este nevoie de interventii ulterioare.”

Mulinde a spus ca este nevoie ca oamenii sa inteleaga ca este nevoie de puterea lui Dumnezeu pentru a vesti Evanghelia. Si aceasta vine cu pretul persecutiei. Zice Mulinde, “Nu sunt suparat pe Dumnezeu. Am fost incurajat sa-l slujesc pe Dumnezeu mai mult si sa dau pe fata minciunile Islamului. Oamenii spun ca Islamul este o religie a pacii. Dar, daca afirmam aceasta, uitati-va la mine. Eu sunt o dovada vie a ce inseamna Islamul.”

Ei spun ca Islamul are elemente bune si pasnice. “Dar nu sunt puse in aplicare, pentru ca aceste persoane radicale citesc ce vor din Koran. Cand unui musulman nu-i convine ceva, undeva, oamenii stiu ca ei vor iesi in strada. Daca nu ucide ambasadori, vor arde case sau orice altceva.” Mulinde spune ca Islamul doreste sa guverneze lumea si ca teroristii se inspira din versete din Koran. “Un verset spune: Ucide-ti, luptati si ucideti pe toti cei care nu sunt musulmani. Ucide-ti pana nu va ramane decat religia lui Allah.

Cum ne putem apara? Mulinde, “Islamul cucereste occidentul pentru ca lumea occidentala s-a compromis si vorbeste frumos despre situatia actuala. Ei cred ca tacand, vor rezolva situatia. Dar trebuie sa stim ca tacerea nu iti va alunga dusmanul care te urmareste, ca sa te ucida.

Cum sa-mi iubesc dusmanul? “In acest caz (cazul cu acidul aruncat pe fata pastorului Melinde), ati iubi dusmanul, sa iubesti pe musulmani este sa le predici evanghelia lui Hristos. Noi le ducem evanghelia cu orice pret si asa le aratam dragostea.”

VIDEO by maozisrael

Muslims attack Pastor with Acid:
The Umar Mulinde Story

UPDATE: Pastorului Mulinde i-au trebuit aproape 10 luni de zile ca sa poata iarasi sa manance in mod normal. Chirurgul i-a facut 5 operatii grave la cap. El multumeste lui Dumnezeu pentru tot ajutorul care l-a primit sa treaca prin aceasta incercare.

In fiecare zi, de 3 ori pe zi, evreii recita aceasta rugaciune

Evrei la Zidul Plangerii – Photo credit www.demotix.com

In fiecare zi, de 3 ori pe zi, evreii recita aceasta rugaciune:

“Faca-se voia Ta, ca Templul sa fie construit in timpurile noastre.”

Este o rugaciune pe care o rostesc de aproape 2000 de ani.

Evreii din Ierusalim fac mai mult decat doar sa se roage. Doar la cativa pasi distanta de Zidul Plangerii, rabinii si meseriasii construiesc ceea ce ei numesc: un templu in asteptare.

VIDEO by RodiAgnusDei

Evreu arestat in Israel pentru ca propovaduia Crestinismul

jews for jesusPhoto credit http://www.israeltoday.co.il

Un judecător din Israel a ordonat recent deportarea unui evreu neoprotestant din Marea Britanie pentru că a participat la un eveniment misionar evanghelic în sudul statului sionist. Acesta şi-a motivat decizia prin faptul că cetăţeanul britanic nu avea nicio autorizaţie care să îi permită activităţi misionare.

Barry Barnet, în vârstă de 50 de ani, este membru al organizaţiei internaţionale “Evrei pentru Isus”, care desfăşoară o campanie inedită, numită “Iată Dumnezeul tău Israele”. Acest proiect are ca scop convertirea evreilor la creştinism, deşi iudaismul este religia majoritară în Israel.

Bărbatul a fost arestat în proximitatea oraşului Beer Sheva de către 6 agenţi de la serviciul de control al imigranţilor. Acesta a fost dus într-un centru special din Omer, după care a fost mutat într-o închisoare din Ramle, unde a stat timp de mai multe zile şi interogat.

Directorul organizației “Evrei pentru Isus”, Dan Sered, a condamnat arestarea misionarului creştin, acest lucru fiind o premieră pentru organizaţia pe care o conduce.

Într-un final Barry Barnet a fost eliberat, urmând să fie expulzat zilele acestea din Israel.

Organizaţie din care face parte a declarat că va contesta ordinul judecătoresc. Dacă acesta nu va fi însă revocat, există riscul ca acest caz să se transforme într-un precedent legal care va putea fi utilizat pentru expulzarea şi a altor misionari care vor fi implicați în activități religioase, considerate de neacceptat de guvernul israelian, avertizează organizaţia “Evrei pentru Isus”. Sursa: FrontPress.ro

VIDEO emotionant de la Jews for Jesus cu iesirea lui Barry Barnett din inchisoare; Barry le multumeste tuturor celor care s-au rugat pentru el si multumeste lui Dumnezeu pentru Pastorul Ortega pe care l-a intalnit in inchisoare impreuna cu alti 10 crestini inchisi acolo. (Noiembrie 2013)

Stiri crestine 11 Ianuarie 2014 – Raport special: Muntele Templului – o istorie contestata de islamici + CBN sub acoperire cu politia Sharia

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  • 00:00 Capitala Khartoum incearca sa controleze si sa islamizeze pe nearabi prin pornirea jihadului prin regiuni precum Nuba din Sudan si-i face pe crestini sa sufere.
  • 02:00 Aceh Indonesia, reporterii CBN sub acoperire cu politia Sharia (legea islamica) in rondul lor de seara.

kotel_plaza_plansPhoto credit http://www.israelnationalnews.com Planul excavarilor arheologice (2009) la zidul plangerii.

Ierusalim-

  • 06:10 Muntele Templului – Este unul dintre cele mai sfinte si contestate imobile de pe pamant. Timp de 10 ani, liderii islamici au starnit musulmanii la violenta, spunandu-le ca moscheea Al Aksa este in pericol. La inceput, ei sustineau ca Israelenii submineaza fundatia moscheeiei ca sa o prabuseasca. Acum spun ca rugaciunea pe platoul sacru este o amenintare si pentru evrei.

Miscarile extremiste cred ca Israel planuieste sa construiasca  al treilea templu  si sa le distruga altarul sfant. Cunoscuta in limba araba ca si Haram al Sharif, sau sanctuarul nobil este locul unde au fost odata doua temple evreiesti. Al doilea a fost distrus de catre romani in anul 70 A.D. Acum, moschee musulmane ocupa locul. Cupola aurita a stancii, din partea dreapta este altarul musulman care se poate identifica  de pe muntele templului. Dar moscheea gri Al Aqsa este al treilea loc sfant in Islam pentru musulmani. Ei cred ca Mohamed a facut o calatorie faimoasa in timpul noptii, de la Mecca la Al Aksa, calare pe calul sau inaripat Alburac.

Al Aksa a fost construita prima data in anul 705 A.D. In teologia musulmana, acest loc exista dinaintea evreilor si are origini la creatie. Astazi, intregul platou al Muntelui Templului este cunoscut ca Al Aksa. Nadav Shragai a scris cartea ‘Al Aksa’ este in pericol, istoria unei minciuni. El spune ca atunci cand liderii musulmani vor sa adune masele, ei spun ca aceasta este in pericol. Sunt chibriturile, combustibilul care-i aprinde intotdeauna pe oameni si aduce violenta. Aceasta este calomnia: ca Al Aksa este in pericol si este nefondata. Arheologul Gabriel Barkay  spune ca s-au facut excavatii langa Muntele Templului, dar niciodata sub el. Una dintre temerile civilizatiei  vestice nu a fost atinsa niciodata de sapa arheologilor. Barkay spune ca musulmanii au fost  aceia care au inceput sapaturile, nu evreii, in incercarea de a rescrie istoria.

Inca din anii 90 au avut loc multe sapaturi distructive in Muntele Templului, care nu au avut scop teologic, ci din contra pentru a distrue date arheologice. In jurul anului 2000, autoritatile religioase islamice  au sapat mii de ani de istorie cu buldozerele de sub Muntele Templului pentru a face loc unei moschei uriase. Barkay a lansat o operatiune prin care sa salveze artefacturile din resturile aruncate. Ani mai tarziu, arheologii si voluntarii inca mai cern ramasitele. Conform lui Shragai, marele mufti al Ierusalimului, Hagi Amin al Husseini a inceput calomnia impotriva Israelului in anii 1930. El i-a acuzat pe evrei ca vor sa darame moscheele de pe Muntele Templului. Aceasta a condus la revolte musulmane si ucideri ale evreilor, fiind doar unul dintre incidente. Expertul in Islam, Itzach spune ca tactica nu si-a pierdut potenta, “Ei chiar cred in ceea ce gandesc, ca Al Aksa este in pericol, atata timp cat Israel conduce si controleaza partea estica a Ierusalimului.

In 1969, lumea musulmana a dat vina pe Israel pentru atacul incendiar asupra moschei Al Aksa, cauzata de un vizitator crestin australian. Acea minciuna continua si astazi. Au fost mai multe probleme in 1996, cand s-a dezlantuit cel mai cumplit conflict Israelo-Palestinian din ultimii 30 de ani, atunci cand Israel a deschis o iesire pentru vizitatori catre tunelurile zidurilor plangerii la 1 km distanta de Al Aksa.

In anul 2004, ploaia, zapada si un cutremur minor au rasturnat rampa de intrare spre Muntele Templului. Cand Israel a incercat sa reconstruiasca rampa, aceasta a starnit un scandal Islamic international. Am intrebat cativa musulmani din Ierusalim care este parerea lor, “Este in pericol, vor sa o distruga ca sa ii ia locul. Este in pericol. Sapa de sub si sapa in continu si nu au gasit nimic.” Israelenii au arestat recent o personalitate islamica importanta pentru instigatie impotriva statului. El le-a spus adeptilor ca Israelul a planuit sa sparga Muntele Templului si ca ar trebui sa-si foloseasca trupurile sa impiedice pe evrei sa ajunga acolo. Expertii spun ca este important  ca occidentul sa ia aminte pentru ca acum, milioane de oameni cred ca minciuna este adevarata. Daca a produs violenta in trecut, o va face si in viitor.

  • 11:15 Cullen Jones – Innotator olimpic
  • 17:25 Programul ‘Alo copii’

ADAUGAM aici informatii primite de la Tim Dubhy asupra subiectului – Reconstruirea Templului evreiesc in Ierusalim. Tim, multumim pentru informatiile acestea:

POSTEZ UN FRAGMENT DINTR-UN STUDIU PE CARTEA “EZECHIEL”, FACUT LA SCOALA BIBLICA DIN TALMACIU IN IANURIE 1999, DE CATRE UN PROF. SCOTIAN DIN EDINBURGH, ERIC SCOTT

5) Templul din Apocalipsa 11:1-2 [Templul din timpul Necazului cel Mare]
Observaţi că apostolului Ioan i s-a spus să măsoare acest Templu; dar nu ni se dau măsurătorile. Apostolul Ioan spune că timp de 42 de luni [3 ani şi jumătate], cetatea cea sfântă va fi călcată în picioare de Neamuri. Aceşti 3 ani şi jumătate – din v.2 – reprezintă a doua jumătate din perioada de 7 ani ai Necazului cel Mare. Deci în timpul Necazului cel Mare va fi un Templu la Ierusalim, unde Anticristul îşi va aşeza chipul său [idolul] în Sfânta Sfintelor la jumătatea Necazului cel Mare.

În momentul de faţă israeliţii sunt confruntaţi cu o problemă destul de mare în ceea ce priveşte reconstrucţia Templului. Oricum, în momentul de faţă, ei nu pot să se apuce să reconstruiască Templul pentru că muntele pe care trebuie să reconstruiască Templul nu aparţine lor, ci aparţine arabilor, unde arabii au două moschei: moscheea Domul Stâncii [moscheea cu cupola de aur] şi moscheea Aqsa. Domul Stâncii se află în Nord-Vestul ariei Templului, iar moscheea Aqsa se află în Sud-Estul ariei Templului.
Până în prezent s-a presupus că Templul a fost construit pe locul Domului Stâncii. Aşa că era imposibil pentru evrei să se apuce să construiască Templul în locul acesta, deoarece acolo se află Domul Stâncii. Această moschee este unul dintre monumentele cele mai sacre pentru musulmani. Aici se află Piatra sfântă, “Kaaba”. Dacă evreii ar îndrăzni să dărâme această moschee, precis ar izbucni un Al Treilea Război Mondial.

Una dintre dificultăţile evreilor este că arabii nu vor să le îngăduie să facă excavaţii pe munte. Evreii nu au voie să facă nimic pe acest munte al Templului. Aşadar, este foarte greu să descopere şi locul Templului şi să înceapă construcţia Templului pe locul fostului Templu.

Cu toate acestea, un arhitect din Tel-Aviv a făcut mai multe investigaţii. Însă înainte de acest arhitect şi de investigaţiile lui, arheologii au examinat zona Templului pe nişte planşe. Dar arhitectul acesta din Tel-Aviv a vrut să vadă şi lucrurile care erau la nivelul perpendicular, privitoare la înălţimea Templului şi a zonei.

În timpul domniei sale, Irod cel Mare, care a început renovarea Templului în anul 19 î.Hr., a avut nevoie de mai multă apă care să fie adusă în zona Templului. În zona Betleemului era o sursă de apă foarte potrivită pentru zona Templului. Aşadar, Irod a construit apeducte, pe o distanţă de 9 km şi prin aceste apeducte apa venea de la Betleem până în zona Templului.

Vă aduceţi aminte când Domnul Isus Se afla la Ierusalim şi unul dintre turnurile pe care Irod le construise s-a prăbuşit şi a ucis mai mulţi oameni? Turnul acela despre care vorbeşte Biblia era de fapt o parte din apeductul pe care Irod l-a construit.

Arhitectul din Tel-Aviv a cunoscut faptul că au rămas câteva rămăşiţe ale acestui apeduct. Rămăşiţele nu erau aproape de munte, dar el şi-a dat seama care era nivelul apei în momentul în care curgea prin apeduct. El şi-a dat seama că apa ajungea în cetate, în zona dintre cele două moschei. Pe vremea aceea nu existau pompe electrice prin care apa să fie pompată, ci totul trebuia să funcţioneze potrivit gravitaţiei.

În locul unde este Domul Stâncii este o stâncă, şi din cauza acestei stânci este imposibil ca Templul să fi fost construit pe acest loc … De ce? Pentru că stânca era mult mai înaltă decât apeductul şi nu ar fi putut ca apa să meargă în sus.

În felul acesta, arhitectul din Tel-Aviv a demonstrat că pe locul Domului Stâncii nu a fost Templul din Ierusalim.

Arhitectului nu i s-a îngăduit să excaveze mai mult în zona Templului. Atunci el a făcut rost de un echipament special cu raze x, aparatură care poate să măsoare căldura pe care o degajă rocile sau stâncile. El a reuşit să măsoare căldura pentru toată zona muntelui, după ce soarele apunea. Orice zonă care nu avea stâncă în jurul ei îşi pierdea căldura foarte repede, pe când zonele care conţineau rocă solidă îşi menţineau căldura foarte bine. Astfel, arhitectul a descoperit că dedesubtul muntelui este ca un fel de groapă.

Dacă ne uităm la tot ce spune istoria antică, aflăm că a existat un istoric pe nume Flavius Josephus, care era evreu şi care a trăit în vremea când Templul a fost distrus în anul 70 d.Hr. Acest istoric a lăsat foarte multe informaţii, în special cu privire la măsurători …

Ce a spus Flavius Josephus? El a spus că Templul a fost construit pe o zonă care părea ca o groapă şi că în locul de stâncă era fortăreaţa Antonia [pe locul actual al Domului Stâncii].
Toate informaţiile care s-au adunat până acum indică faptul că pe stânca unde se află Domul Stâncii nu a fost niciodată Templul. Ar fi fost imposibil, pentru că apa nu ar fi putut ajunge la acel nivel. Deci s-a ajuns la concluzia că în locul unde ajungea apa în oraş şi unde era groapa ar fi fost Sfânta Sfintelor.

Zidul Plângerii, unde se închină astăzi evreii, se află în zona dintre cele două moschei.
Arhitectul din Tel-Aviv a fost pur şi simplu uimit când a studiat arhitectura Domului Stâncii şi a Moscheii Aqsa. Deoarece era arhitect de meserie, el cunoştea stilurile diferite de construcţie şi a cunoscut care au fost stilurile potrivite secolelor în care s-au ridicat construcţiile.

Pe acest arhitect l-a interesat foarte mult pietrele din care era alcătuit Zidul Plângerii. El a descoperit că aceste pietre din Zidul Plângerii nu sunt la fel cu pietrele pe care le-a folosit Irod când a extins şi renovat Templul. Până când acest arhitect a făcut aceste cercetări, toată lumea a crezut că Zidul Plângerii a fost construit de Irod cel Mare.

Arhitectul s-a dus în Liban, unde există un templu construit de împăratul roman Hadrian în cinstea lui Zeus. El a observat că pietrele acestui templu din Liban sunt la fel cu cele din Zidul Plângerii. Arhitectul a reuşit să obţină un plan privit de sus al templului lui Zeus din Liban. Arhitectul a mai ştiut că în anul 135 d.Hr. Hadrian a construit un templu dedicat lui Zeus tocmai pe muntele Templului din Ierusalim. El a luat planul templului lui Zeus din Liban şi l-a aşezat deasupra planului care reprezenta muntele Templului. Templul lui Zeus din Liban se potrivea cu forma zonei care era între Domul Stâncii şi Moscheea Aqsa.

Aşa că evreii au demonstrat astăzi că Templul se afla tocmai în zona dintre cele două moschei şi că ei ar putea să se apuce să construiască Templul, fără să-i deranjeze pe arabi şi fără să le dărâme moscheile.

V-am dat toate aceste detalii ca să vă demonstrez că scena este pregătită pentru ca Anticristul să vină şi să-i ajute pe evrei să-şi reconstruiască Templul, la începutul Necazului cel Mare. Acest Templu va fi spurcat de Anticrist la jumătatea Necazului cel Mare şi va fi distrus de Hristos la cea de-a doua Lui venire, venire pentru a-Şi aşeza Împărăţia.

VIDEO by Alfa Omega TV

Speranta cântă pe marea Galileii in Israel, 2 cântece

Speranta vol 15

Speranta si Prietenii Vol.15

Cantecul face parte din albumul Speranta si prietenii vol 15 si a fost inregistrat in Israel pe marea Galileii. Acest album va fi disponibil in curand la speranta.ro  VIDEO by Sperantamedia

Chiar dacă oceanele toate!

Domnul doarme în corabioară

Israel, filmare Speranța și Prietenii – Domnul doarme în corabioară (vol 15)

Speranta corabioara boatCantecul face parte din albumul Speranta si prietenii vol 14 ce a fost inregistrat in Israel pe marea Galileii. In curand albumul va fi disponibil pe speranta.ro

VIDEO by Sperantamedia

Speranța și Prietenii
Domnul doarme în corabioară vol 15

Evreii cer să li se permită închinarea pe Muntele Templului si VIDEO – Cum a aratat templul in anul 70 A.D.

Temple Mount and Western Wall during Shabbat

Photo credit wikipedia –  Zidul Plangerii (Partea din Vest) pe Muntele Templului

SURSA Religion News (Traducere Semnele Timpului)

Evreii cer să li se permită să se închine pe Muntele Templului, după ce, timp de zeci, de ani le-a fost interzis acest lucru.

Locul cunoscut de evrei sub numele de Muntele Templului,  şi numit de musulmani Haram As-Sharif, este din nou motiv de conflict. Un grup din ce în ce mai numeros de evrei le cer autorităţilor permisiunea de a se închina pe esplanada moscheii, loc rezervat doar închinării musulmanilor, până în prezent, notează religionnews.com.

Potrivit tradiţiei ebraice, Muntele Templului este locul în care a fost zidit Templul din Ierusalim, sau Templul lui Solomon, distrus de către Babilonieni în anul 587, î.Chr. După distrugerea primului templu, evreii au construit un al doilea edificiu, care a fost, și el, distrus de către romani în anul 70 A.D. Tot ce a rămas din acest templu este Zidul de Apus, locul cel mai sfânt pentru iudei, care, se pare că este o ruină a celui de-al doilea templu. Din perspectiva musulmanilor, acela este locul în care s-a înălţat profetul Mohamed la cer. De 500 de ani încoace, şi mai ales după războiul arabo-israelian din 1967, doar musulmanii au dreptul de a se închina în partea de sus, unde se află Cupola Stâncii şi Moscheea Al Aqsa, unul dintre cele trei locuri considerate sfinte de adepții religiei islamice (alături de Mecca şi Medina). Evreii au dreptul de a se închina doar în partea de jos, unde se află Zidul Plângerii, locul cel mai sfânt pentru iudaism.

Însă situația este departe de a fi clarificată, mai ales din pricina nemulțumirilor credincioșilor evrei. Anul 2000, când Ariel Sharon, pe atunci, liderul opoziţiei, a intrat în această zonă, s-a produs cea de-a doua Intifadă, sau Intifada Al Aqsa, care a provocat moartea a 3.000 de palestinieni, 1.000 de israelieni şi 64 de străini, în cinci ani. Aproape în fiecare zi izbucnesc mici conflicte din cauza tensiunilor între cei care vor să schimbe situaţia actuală şi poliţie, care vrea să păstreze ordinea şi liniştea.

În ultimii ani, dorinţa de proprietate a credincioșilor de rit mozaic s-a accentuat, mulți așteptând ca, odată cu venirea lui Mesia, să vină şi cel de-al treilea templu. Aşa se face că din ce în ce mai mulţi evrei cer schimbarea normelor actuale, în condițiile în care musulmanii transmit constant nu vor accepta niciodată propunerile lor. Potrivit islamicilor, schimbarea ar fi posibilă doar prin forţă, lucru care ar provoca un conflict între lumea arabo-musulmană şi Israel. Autorităţile musulmane susţin că cererea evreilor este o provocare, deoarece ei nu au niciun drept asupra acestui loc. Încercarea acestora de a schimba dispoziţiile actuale va stârni mari conflicte, potrivit lui Mahmoud Abu Atta, purtător de cuvânt al Al-Aqsa Institue for the Preservation of the Trust and the Heritage.

Parlamentarul Miri Regev, din Partidul Likud Beitenu, a avut diferite întâlniri, atât cu parlamentarii evrei din aripa dreaptă cât şi cu reprezentanţii arabo-israelieni, în vederea ridicării restricţiei evreilor de a se închina pe Muntele Templului. Din punctul său de vedere, fiecare cetăţean israelian, indiferent de religia sa, ar trebui să aibă dreptul de a se închina în locurile sfinte.

Photo credit http://www.bible-history.com Model cu Ierusalimul primului secol.

Istoria Templurilor din Israel

Al doilea Templu al Evreilor – Model la un Muzeu in Israel wikipedia 

  1. Primul Templu – Templul lui Solomon
  2. Al doilea Templu – reconstruit de Ezra si Neemia. (Imparatul Irod a marit acest Templu.

    TEMPLE, THE SECOND: Foloseste butonul Google translate -sau fa click aici pe Romanian- ca sa traduci in limba Romana.

    The Temple of Solomon was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C. (II Kings xxv. 9). It is usually supposed that its sacred site was desolate and unused for fifty years, until the accession of Cyrus made the rebuilding of the Temple possible. This view is shown by Jer. xli. 5 to be mistaken; for two months after the city was destroyed a company of men from Samaria, Shechem, and Shiloh came to keep the Feast of Ingathering at Jerusalem. It is true that Giesebrecht (ad loc.) argues that the men were bound for Mizpah and not for Jerusalem; but if that be so the whole narrative is meaningless. No reason is known why at this date men from a distance should go to Mizpah to worship. More probably they were on their way to Jerusalem, when the messenger from Mizpah enticed them into that town. It is probable, therefore, that, though the building was in ruins, the site of the Temple was used by the poor Hebrews resident in Palestine as a place of worship all through the Exile.

    The Decree of Cyrus.With the accession of Cyrus in 538 it became possible—that monarch replacing the old Assyro-Babylonian policy of transportation by a policy of toleration—for the Jews to resuscitate their religious institutions. The Chronicler, who wrote much of the Book of Ezra, represents Cyrus as issuing a decree for the rebuilding of the Temple at Jerusalem; but this assertion is of doubtful authority. The Aramaic document in Ezra relates that the sacred vessels which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away were delivered to Sheshbazzar with authority to take them back and rebuild the Temple (Ezra v. 14, 15). It states also that Sheshbazzar “laid the foundations of the house,” but it is doubtful if any building was then done, as the house remained unbuilt in the time of Haggai, twenty years later. The Chronicler (Ezra iii. 1) declares that Zerubbabel (whom he puts in place of Sheshbazzar, thus placing him twenty years too early) “builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon”; but as Haggai (ii. 14) declared that all which was offered here was unclean, it is altogether probable that the altar was the same that had been used throughout the Exile, and that the Chronicler’s statement is a mistake.

    The Rebuilding.In the second year of the reign of Darius Hystaspes (519) the real rebuilding began. The people were aroused to the effort by the preaching of Haggai and Zechariah; and in the course of three years the rebuilding was accomplished. It is now generally recognized that the representation in the Book of Ezra, that the work was begun immediately upon the accession of Cyrus and was then interrupted by opposition from Israel’s neighbors, is unhistorical.

  3. Al treilea Templu – cu 2,500 de ani in urma, Dumnezeu i-a aratat lui Ezechiel o viziune cu al treilea templu.

Cum arata templul in anul 70 A.D.

The Herodian version of the model shows visitors how excavators believe the Temple Mount site appeared prior to its destruction by Roman troops in the year 70 CE. The focus is on the southern portion of the enclosure, and includes reconstructions of Robinson’s Arch (an early overpass linking the top of the platform with the major city street below), the Hulda Street gates and passages onto the platform, the Royal Stoa, and the Second Temple. The reconstruction is based on the excavations at the Temple Mount under the direction of Ronny Reich and regional archeologist Gideon Avni. On view at the Davidson Center. VIDEO by israelarchaeology

Wake the Dawn: The Story of Jerusalem’s Holy Temple

(Engleza)

Un documentar despre istoria Templului, incepand cu istoria lui Iacov, si ceea ce socotesc evreii ca fiind prima casa de intalnire cu Dumnezeu, Betel, locul in care Iacov a visat scara ingerilor si Dumnezeu i-a vorbit.

VIDEO by Chaim Clorfene The Talmud’s account of many historical events differs from the general consensus amongst Archeologists and Historians. “Wake the Dawn” is a documentary film depicting the history and significance of the Temple, through the eyes of the Talmud and Jewish tradition.

Produced in 1989  Written and Directed by Chaim Clorfene.

Templul #3 din Viziunea lui Ezechiel

The Third Temple: A 3D Introduction to Ezekiel’s Vision

VIDEO by  Chaim Clorfene An introduction to the design and significance of the future “messianic” temple, as described in Ezekiel’s prophecy. http://www.messianic-temple.com/

Ezekiel – Viziunea Templului cap. 40-43

1. Ezechiel cap. 40
2. Ezechiel cap. 41
3. Ezechiel cap. 42-43
VIDEO by bibliaprints  Modele ale templului

Scripcarul de pe acoperis … Speranta Media – O filmare scurta din Israel la poarta Frumoasa

VIDEO by Sperantamedia

Scripcarul de pe Acoperis in Engleza

VIDEO by HARDNADER

Creștinii Uciși in Sadad, Syria (noi detalii si video) – Individual Stories of Persecution: The UNSPEAKABLE crimes committed against the Christians of Sadad, Syria (News Report Video)

Funeral family of 6 executed Sadad SyriaFuneral – Family of 6 executed in Sadad - The bodies of six family members were found in a well in Sadad: Matanios El Sheikh, 85, his wife, Habsah, 75, their daughter, Njala, 45, their grandsons Ranim, 18, and Fadi, 16, and the boys’ paternal grandmother, Mariam, 90. The city of Sadad lies between Damascus and Homs and is mentioned in the books of Numbers and Ezekiel in the Bible.

Inmormântarea familiei creștină- toti cei 6 membri ai familiei au fost impușcati in cap in Sadad. Vezi numele lor si vârsta sub poză. Orașul Sadad, unde a fost savârșit masacrul este așezat intre Damasc și Homs și este mentionat in Biblie in cartile Ezekiel si Numeri.

ROMANIAN:

In acest video, jurnaliștii sirieni raportează din orașul Sadad, după masacrul din 21 Octombrie. Sadad este un oras unde majoritatea locuitorilor sunt creștini.  Intr-una din case, toti cei 6 membri ai familiei au fost legați si impușcați in cap, iar apoi aruncați in fântâna din curtea domiciliului. O alta femeie a ales și ea sa nu fugă din Sadad, deși putea sa plece cu cei doi fii ai ei. Motivul de a  rămâne in Sadad? Avea o soacră handicapată și astfel au rămas și  cei doi părinți ai femeii cu ea. Toți 4 au fost omorâti și aruncati in fântâna. In total, 45 de civili au fost martirizați, inclusiv femei, copii și bărbați.

Stirea: Masacru asupra creștinilor din Sadad- 21 octombrie 2013 a fost o zi neagră pentru creștinii din Sadad (Siria). Orașul a fost asediat de islamiști, care au ucis orbește zeci de creștini, aruncându-i apoi în gropi comune. Arhiepiscopul ortodox sirian Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh a calificat atacul drept „cel mai grav și cel mai mare masacru al creștinilor din Siria, din ultimii doi ani și jumătate.”

Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, care slujește ca mitropolit de Homs și Hama relata pentru presă că numai pe 21 octombrie, la Sadad, „peste 45 de civili nevinovați, printre care copii și femei, au fost martirizați fără niciun motiv, mulți fiind apoi aruncați în gropi comune.”

Orașul Sadad, o așezare mică situată la circa 100 de kilometri de Damasc, a fost timp de o săptămână scena unor lupte de o cruzime fără precedent. „Timp de o săptămână, 1.500 de familii, cu copii şi persoane în vârstă, au fost luate ostatice şi folosite ca scuturi umane. Aproximativ 2.500 de familii au reuşit să fugă din Sadad, în prezent fiind refugiaţi la Damasc, Homs, Fayrouza, Zaydal, Maskane şi Al- Fhayle,” relata arhiepiscopul sirian, pentru theorthodoxchurch.info. Orașul cu circa 15.000 de locuitori a fost aproape complet distrus. Jafurile nu au ocolit nici măcar bisericile, școlile sau clădirile publice. Inclusiv spitalul local a fost o țintă a atacatorilor.

Declarația arhiepiscopului continuă tulburător bilanțul: „3.000 de oameni au fost luați ostatici iar noi am strigat pentru ajutor și nimeni nu ne-a auzit, cu excepția minorităților care ne-au ajutat și care au fost solidare. Unde este conștiința creștină? Unde este conștiința Siriană? Unde este conștiința umană? Unde sunt frații noștri, mitropoliții, preoții și prietenii? Unde?! Unde? Și niciun răspuns… Cu câteva excepții. Am un nod un gât și inima îmi arde pentru toate câte s-au petrecut în eparhia mea și bieții oameni care au căutat refugiu, plecând apoi cu mâinile goale… Unde vor merge de acolo, nu știu…. Rugați-vă pentru noi!”

Procentul creștinilor din Siria a scăzut în prezent la 10%, pe fondul persecuțiilor intense la care sunt supuși. Citeste mai mult aici – Semnele Timpului

ENGLISH:

Syrian News Report, closed-captioned in English. Some disturbing bits from the video:

-a family of 6 members, Sadad city in the countryside of Homs, terrorists carried out against them the ugliest methods of killing. After tying their hands and gagging their mouths, they shot them in the head. Then, they threw their bodies in an old well, beside the house to hide their hatred for humanity and for life.

-one martyred woman was (would have been) able to flee with her two sons, but she refused to leave her old handicapped mother in law, and her own parents, they were not able to go to a secure place. Man to reporter: After a couple of days of ‘the attack’, we found traces of blood on the well. We were shocked. They were killed and dropped into the well and covered with dirt. With the help of civil defense, we were able to remove the dirt thrown over them (their bodies), we were shocked to find (uncover) this big massacre. They threw over them stuff, to cover their ugly crime.

-reporter: words fail to describe…

-a woman to the reporter: ‘An ugly massacre before the eyes of the whole (of) humanity. Where is the humanity in (of) the world? Does (the) humanity of the world accept this crime?

-warning, please use discretion: In the first minute, there is some graphic footage of a dead body being pulled out of one well.

45 Syrian Christians massacred

The “most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria” in which 45 people were killed and 1,500 families held hostage has been reported by the Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama.

It happened during the week following 21 October in the ancient Christian town of Sadad, which lies about 100 miles north-east of Damascus, after it was invaded by anti-Assad Islamist militias and before the Syrian army retook the town. Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh said: “Forty-five innocent civilians were martyred for no reason, and among them several women and children, and many were thrown into mass graves.” Thirty more civilians were wounded and 10 are still missing. Around 1,500 families were held as hostages and human shields against the incoming government forces, and 2,500 others fled the town at gunpoint with only the clothes they were wearing.
The archbishop, who conducted the funeral services last week amid grief and outrage, lamented that the outside world has done little to help suffering Syrians. “We have shouted ‘help us’ to the world but no one has listened to us. Where is the Christian conscience? Where is human consciousness? Where are my brothers?”

Church sources told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that civilians unable to escape – including the elderly, disabled, women and children – were subjected to torture such as strangulation.

The bodies of six family members were found in a well in Sadad: Matanios El Sheikh, 85, his wife, Habsah, 75, their daughter, Njala, 45, their grandsons Ranim, 18, and Fadi, 16, and the boys’ paternal grandmother, Mariam, 90. The Damascus-based Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III said to ACN: “How can somebody do such inhumane and bestial things to an elderly couple and their family?” He added: “I do not understand why the world does not raise its voice against such acts of brutality.”

Sadad lies between Damascus and Homs and is mentioned in the books of Numbers and Ezekiel in the Bible. Most of its population of 15,000 people are Syriac Orthodox and it is home to 14 churches, a monastery, temples, historic landmarks and archaeological sites.

Most of these have been destroyed and looted, especially the Syriac Orthodox Church of St Theodore which the Wahhabi terrorists from al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) used as a base.

The archbishop said houses have been looted “and schools, government buildings, municipal buildings have been destroyed, along with the post office, the hospital and the clinic”.

Early yesterday morning in Damascus the Holy See’s nunciature was hit by mortar fire, causing slight structural damage to its roof. Archbishop Mario Zenario, the papal nuncio, confirmed that the 6.35 a.m. blast did not cause any injuries. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack or if the building had been specifically targeted. The Syrian Government, the UN and many other nations pledged their solidarity with the Pope’s envoy.

Source http://www.thetablet.co.uk/

Consequences of sin – Joseph’s story

Read also:

  1. Jacob – (1) father of Israel (and of Joseph) (Chart of the 12 tribes of Israel)
  2. The Story of Jacob (2) the Father of Israel) Genesis 25-33 (D A Carson on Jacob)

God forgives sin.  Besides the danger of becoming enslaved to our sin (Romans 6:16) and finding ourselves  separated from God (Isaiah 59:2), there are also some personal and physical consequences that we will suffer for our sinful actions even though God has forgiven our sin. (Photo on right wikipedia)

You can read the Bible’s story of Joseph in the book of Genesis in chapters 37-50.

Some of the consequences of the sin Joseph’s brothers committed when they sold him into slavery:

  • Their sin was constantly before them-the brother they were so jealous of and wanted to forget about was in their mind daily as their father Jacob’s unceasing grief did not abate. They also feared, lest anything should happen to the youngest son Benjamin, whom Jacob now loved and favored.
  • Uncertainty- They always wondered whether God was punishing them for what they had done to Joseph.
  • Physical hardship- They had to make the approx 250 mile trek to Egypt on foot  (that Joseph made as a slave) 6 times  (3 trips) with little provisions.  See Map 2)

Joseph was the 11th son born to Jacob (also called Israel) and Rachel(who died in childbirth when Benjamin, the 12th, and youngest son was born.Gen 37:2 states that Joseph brings a bad report to his father about his brothers, then we read how Jacob favors Joseph by making him a coat of many colors, and thirdly Joseph has special dreams (Genesis 39:5-11). All 3 factors lead to conflict in the family and the unbridled jealousy of his brothers leads to plans for murder.

“The final episode (Genesis 37:31-35) shows the desperate brothers concocting yet another scheme  to be rid of Joseph. Their plan to dispose of Joseph ended in a fiasco, now their plan to erase his memory from the family, by faking his death, fails miserably. In a powerfully ironic twist, although Jacob is deceived by the sight of Joseph’s special coat stained with goat’s blood, his unceasing grieving means that the brothers can never forget Joseph and his exalted position in the family”. (Biblica P. 125)

Although the brothers planned to kill Joseph, in the end, due to the influence of his older brothers Reuben and Judah, they decide instead to sell him to passing Ishmaelite/Midianite traders.

If being sold into slavery by your own brothers isn’t bad enough, look at the long road Joseph had to walk on foot in order to get to Egypt. (I have seen the distance between Dothan, Israel and Heliopolis or Cairo Egypt to be estimated at about 240 to 280 miles depending on the old (spice) routes taken by caravans back then.

So, imagine being threatened by death from the hands of your own brothers, then being sold into slavery and then walking on foot through desert land, more than 250 miles to Egypt, and all this at the tender age of 17.

Map scanned from Biblica – The Bible Atlas. For a more detailed report on Joseph’s life click here.

And it doesn’t end there. Joseph is purchased by a wealthy man called Potiphar who was captain of the guards for Pharaoh. There Joseph prospered and found favor with Potiphar until Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him continuously. Joseph refused  the temptation on the grounds that it would be a sin against God. Potiphar’s wife framed Joseph with her household and Joseph was imprisoned. He spent 2 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Even in prison Joseph found favor with the warden and he interpreted Pharaoh’s baker and cupbearer’s dreams accurately. When the Pharaoh had a troubling dream, the cup bearer remembered Joseph’s correct interpretation of his dream and recommended Joseph to Pharaoh.  Joseph prophetically interpreted Pharaoh’s dream from God and 13 years after Joseph was sold into captivity by his brothers(and at the age of 30), Pharaoh makes Joseph Prime Minister, gives him his signet ring which made him second in command after Pharaoh and Joseph starts to gather the harvests in storehouses for 7 years as he prepares for the 7 lean years of famine to come (from Pharaoh’s dream).

Joseph then married Pharaoh’s priest’s daughter Asenath and had 2 sons-Manasseh and Ephraim. During the famine Joseph becomes the savior of the world with his surplus of stored grain. The famine reaches his father Jacob in Canaan, and Jacob is forced to send his sons to Egypt to buy food.

The brothers have 3 encounters with Joseph (read Genesis 42-45) before Joseph reveals to his brothers his true identity(Genesis 45:1-3).

The troubled and divided family is finally reunited in Egypt (Goshen in the northeastern Nile delta). With the family of Jacob/Israel safely in Egypt, the stage is set for the story of Israel in the book of Exodus.

Joseph’s brothers made 3 (round) trips, traveling the approx. 250 miles trek that Joseph was forced to take when they sold him into slavery. (Map scanned from Biblica – The Bible Atlas)

The Story of Jacob (2) the Father of Israel) Genesis 25-33

See Jacob – Father of Israel & Joseph(1)

Post includes charts of the 12 tribes of Israel and the lineage of Jesus, traced back to Jacob.

The Story of Jacob (2)

Click here to read Genesis 25-33, the Biblical account of the life of Jacob.

excerpts  from D.A.Carson’s ‘For the Love of God” Volume I:

by D.A Carson

Genesis 27 is in many ways a pathetic, grubby account. Earlier Esau had despised his birthright (25:34); now Jacob swindles him out of it. In this Jacob is guided by his mother Rebekah, who thus shows favoritism among her children and disloyalty to her husband. Esau throws a tantrum and takes no responsibility for his actions at all. indeed, he nurses his bitterness and plots the assassination of his brother. The family that constitutes the promised line is not doing very well.

Yet those who read the passage in the flow of the entire book remember that God himself had told Rebekah, before the twin brothers were born, that the older will serve the younger (25:23) Perhaps

Jacob blessed instead of Esau

that is one of the reasons she acted as she did: apparently she felt that God needed a little help in keeping his prediction, even immoral help. Yet behind these grubby and evil actions God is mysteriously working out his purposes to bring the promised line to the end he has determined. Certainly God could have arranged to have Jacob born first, if that was the man He wanted to carry on the line. Instead, Esau is born first, but Jacob is chosen, as if to say that the line is important, but God’s sovereign, intervening choosing is more important than mere human seniority, than mere primogeniture.

The name “Bethel” means House of God. The event that gave rise to the name (Gen. 28) was a mixed bag. There is Jacob, scurrying across the miles to the home of his uncle Laban. Ostensibly he is looking for a godly wife–but the previous chapter makes clear that he wishes to escape being assassinated by his own brother in the wake of his own tawdry act of betrayal and deceit. Judging by the requests he makes to God, he is in danger of having too little food and inadequate clothing, and he is already missing his own family (28:20-21)Yet here God meets him in a dream so vivid that Jacob declares,”How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, this is the gate of heaven” (28:17).

For his part, God reiterates the substance of the Abrahamic Covenant to this grandson of Abraham. The vision of the ladder opens up the prospect of access to God, of God’s immediate contact with a man who up to this point seems more driven by expedience than principle. God promises that his descendants will multiply and be given this land. The ulrimate expansion is also repeated: “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring” (28:14). Even at the personal level, Jacob will not be abandoned, for God declares, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back over to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you” (28:15).

Awakened from his dream, Jacob erects an altar and calls the place Bethel. But in large measure he is still wheeler-dealer. He utters a vow: If God will do this and that and the other, if I get all that I want and I hope for out of this deal, “then the Lord will be my God” (28:20-21).

And God does not strike him down! The story moves on: God does all that he promised, and more. All of Jacob’s conditions are met. One of the great themes of Scripture is how God meets us where we are: in our insecurities, in our conditional obedience, in our mixture of faith and doubt, in our fusion of awe and self interest, in our understanding and foolishness. God does not disclose Himself only to the greatest and most stalwart, but to us, at our Bethel, the house of God.

When I was a child in Sunday School, I learned the names of the twelve tribes of Israel by singing a simple chorus: “These are the names of Jacob’s sons:/Gad and Asher and Simeon,/Reuben, Issachar, Levi,/Judah, Dan and Naphtali-/Twelve in all, but never a twin–/Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin.”

But many more years passed before I grasped how important are the twelve tribes in the Bible’s storyline. Many of the dynamics of the rest of  Genesis turn on their relationships. The organization of the nation of Israel depends on setting aside one tribe, the Levites, as priests. From another son, Judah, springs the Davidic dynasty that leads to the Messiah. Over the centuries, the tribe of Joseph would be divided into Ephraim and Manasseh; in substantial mesaure, Benjamin would merge with Judah. By the last  book in the Bible, Revelation, the twelve tribes of the old covenant constitute the counterpoint to the twelve apostles of the new covenant: this twelve by twelve matrix (i.e. 144, in the symbolism of this apocalyptic literature) embraces in principle the whole people of God.

Jacob meets Rachel by Raphael 1518

But, what tawdry beginnings they have in Genesis 30. The deceit of Laban in Genesis 29, which resulted in Jacob’s marrying both Leah and Rachel, now issues in one of the most unhealthy instances of sibling rivalry in holy Scripture. Each of these women from this family is so eager to outshine the other that she gives her handmaid to her husband rather than allow the other to get ahead in the race to bear children. So self-centered and impetuous are the relationships that another time Rachel is prepared to sell her husband’s sex time to her sister Leah for a few mandrakes. Polygamy has taken hold, and with it a mess of distorted relationships.

From these painful and frankly dysfunctional family relationships spring eleven sons and one daughter (the birth of the last son, Benjamin, is reported in chap. 35). Here are the origins of the twelve tribes of Israel, the foundations of the Israelite nation. Their origins are not worse than those of others; they are merely typical. But already it is becoming clear that God does not deal with this family because they are consistently a cut above other families. No, he uses them to keep his covenantal promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He graciously perseveres with them to bring about his grand, redemptive purposes. The tawdry family dynamics cannot possibly prevent the universe’s  sovereign from keeping his covenantal vows.

In Genesis 32 Jacob is returning home  and he is still frightened half to death of his brother…Jacob left the tents of his parents a single man, taking almost nothing with him, while here he returns home a rich, married man with many children.

But the deepest differences between the two journeys are reflected in Jacob’s changed attitude toward God. On the outbound trip, Jacob takes no initiative in matters divine. He simply goes to sleep (Gen 28). It is God who intervenes with a remarkable vision of a ladder reaching up to heaven. When Jacob awakens, he acknowledges that what he experienced was some sort of visitation from God (28:16-17), but his response is to barter with God: if God will grant him security, safety, prosperity, and ultimately a happy return home, Jacob for his part will acknowledge God and offer him a tithe.

Now it is rather different. True, God again takes the initiative: Jacob meets angelic messengers (32:1-2). Jacob decides to act prudently. He sends some of his people ahead to announce to Esau that his brother is returning. This spawns devastating news: Esau is coming to meet him, but with 400 men.

On the one hand, Jacob sets in motion a carefully orchestrated plan: successive waves of gifts for his brother are sent ahead, with each of the messengers carefully instructed to speak to Esau with the utmost courtesy and respect. On the other hand, Jacob admits that matters are out of his control. Bartering is gone; in “great fear and distress” (32:7) Jacob takes action, and then prays, begging for help. He reminds God of his covenantal promises, he pleads his own unworthiness, he acknowledges how many undeserved blessings he has received, he confesses his own terror (32:9-12). And then, in the darkest hours, he wrestles with this strange manifestation of God himself (32:22-30).

Twenty years or so have passed since Jacob’s outward-bound journey. Some people learn nothing in twenty years. Jacob has learned humility, tenacity, godly fear, reliance upon God’s covenantal promises, and how to pray. None of this means he is so paralyzed by fear that he does nothing but retreat into prayer. Rather, it means he does what he can, while believing utterly that salvation is of the Lord. By the time the sun rises, he may walk with a limp, but he is a stronger and better man.

Jacob’s story with his 12 children, who are the 12 tribes of Israel continues through Joseph. You can read Joseph’s story here (in English-including maps of Joseph’s journey when sold into slavery by his brothers) and you can read an English illustration of Joseph, the  foreshadow to the Savior here; also read a Romanian article (excerpt from book by Iosif Ton- Ce l-a tinut pe Iosif curat, aflat atit de departe de casa? Part 1 & 2). Lastly you can view the story of Joseph and his brothers in a film (English with Romanian subtitles)

The epilogue:

One of the most difficult things to grasp is that the God of the Bible is both personal–interacting with other persons–and transcendent (i.e. above space andtime–the domain in which all our personal interactions with God take place).As the transcendent Sovereign, he rules over everything without exception, as the personal Creator, he interacts in personal ways with those who bear his image, disclosing himself to be not only personal but flawlessly good. How to put those elements together is finally beyond us, however frequentlythey are frequently assumed in Scripture.

When Jacob hears that Joseph is alive, he offers sacrifices to God, who graciously discloses himself to Jacob, once again: “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes” (Gen 46:3-4).

The book of Genesis makes it clear that Jacob knew that God’s covenant with Abraham included the promise that the land where they were now settled would one day be given to him and his descendants. That is why Jacob needed the direct disclosure from God to induce him to leave the land. Jacob was reassured on three fronts: (a) God would make his descendants multiply into a “great nation” during their sojourn in Egypt, (b) God would eventually bring them out of Egypt, (c) at the personal level, Jacob is comforted to learn that his long-lost son Joseph will attend his father’s death.

All of this provides personal comfort. It also discloses something of the mysteries of God’s providential sovereignty, for readers of the Pentateuch know that this sojourn in Egypt will issue in slavery, that God will then be said to “hear” the cries of his people, that in the course of time he will raise up Moses, who will be God’s agent in the ten plagues, the crossing of the Red Sea, the granting of the Sinai covenant and the giving of the law, the wilderness wanderings, and the (re)entry into the Promised Land. The sovereign God who brings Joseph down to Egypt to prepare the way for this small community of seventy persons has a lot of complex plans in store. These are designed to bring his people to the next stage of redemptive history, and finally to teach them that God’s words are more important than food (Deut 8).

One can no more detach God’s sovereign transcendence from his personhood or vice versa, than one can safely detach one wing from an airplane and still expect it to fly.

Forbidden Peace: Can a Palestinian forgive an Israeli?

An Israeli soldier buys from Palestinian child...

What would make a Palestinian man, who hated Jews with a passion, embrace a former Israeli soldier as his brother? Why would an Israeli woman, whose son was brutally attacked, look at his assailants with forgiveness in her eyes?

How is it possible that in one of the world’s most volatile regions, a small group of Israeli and Palestinian children play together, unaware that they should be enemies?

VIDEOS by ekai92

Israel In Ancient Egypt

Using the latest archaelogical evidence from the stables of Rameses ll to little-known ancient Egyptian texts, Egyptologist and Bible Archaeologist show that Israel did infact exist and had a presence in ancient Egypt. This is the 2003 documenary “Who Was Moses?” VIDEO by spamagee590

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