18 February 2018

Wine Season Is Upon Us

3 Adar 5778

I recently heard from Rav Richter the following which he brought from the Ohr HaChaim HaKadosh, if I am not mistaken...

There are two issurim regarding Jews, gentiles and the drinking of wine: 1) Jews may not drink wine together with gentiles; and, 2) Jews may not drink wine served by gentiles.  [See further here and here.]

The resulting separation that this brings about between Jews and gentiles is what saved us during this season of time on two different occasions.

The two "Peh" holidays - Purim and Pesach - feature the drinking of wine prominently in their narratives. 

In Egypt, we kept our language, our Hebrew names and our distinct mode of dress, remaining separate and apart from the Egyptians, hence we merited to drink the four cups of wine at the Pesach seder.

On the other hand, in exile in the Persian Empire, the Jews sat and ate and drank wine in the presence of King Achashverosh and his nation at a grand banquet and were nearly destroyed as a result. Now, every Purim, when we sit and drink wine in holiness with our fellow Jews at the Purim seudah, we are making a tikun for that sin of mixing with the gentiles and drinking wine with them.

With this in mind, it is no mystery why the ovdei avodah zarah of Hayovel attached themselves davka to the wineries of Eretz Yisrael. Their stated goal from the very beginning was to eliminate the separation between Jews and gentiles.  As admitted and even admired by one Jewish writer: "As a group of Christian Zionists, Hayovel acts as a bridge between the two religions in a totally unprecedented manner,...."

Further to the wine, their idolatrous worship of the man-god Yeshu is indivisible from their volunteer work davka in Israel's vineyards!
HaYovel Ministries has designated "worship leaders" to guarantee that "praise and worship" is ongoing continuously in the vineyards during the working period. 
Volunteer Nate Taylor: "A group of worship leaders who have taken different times throughout the day to make sure that there's continuous praise/worship and prayer throughout the vineyards. These vineyards belong to our Abba (God, the Father) in that our praise and worship is an important part of that cycle to recognize who Ha-Shem is. I believe it does motivate and encourage others, not only to work harder and faster, but they're not even thinking about that, they're thinking about how we praise Ha-Shem throughout the day, not only with our words and our lips, but with our actions."  
An affiliate of HaYovel encouraging their followers to volunteer writes:
I have drunk the wine from the hills of Samaria. That is the wine that, one day, the Messiah will drink at the great reunion in Jerusalem for all His Believers!!
...What if you were among the workers, who picked the grapes, of the winery from which the Messiah picks that big bottle of wine??!! 
HaYovel writes in a newsletter:
At HaYovel we absolutely love weddings! .....and because we believe the vineyards have been and are being prophetically planted, pruned and harvested on the mountains of Israel specifically for the wine served at the great wedding feast in Jerusalem .....we feel it is important for us to do anything and everything we can to help.    [See further here.]
The WINE is a running theme with them in their end times vision, right up to the present day.

 More about wine and avodah zarah here...

May all the true Jews merit to do teshuvah and present themselves a pure and holy, completely separate nation to HKB"H, especially at this season which mirrors our redemption.

14 February 2018

The Only Way To Go Is Up

30 Shevat 5778
Rosh Chodesh Adar א

When Adar comes in, joy is supposed to increase, but this being the tenth anniversary of the Mercaz HaRav Massacre clearly indicates that is not always the case. We can only count on such things when we are being all that we can be. The following shiur by Rav Yehuda HaCohen Richter of Elon Moreh points out where we are lacking. It's up to us to make the necessary corrections to insure that Klal Yisrael will indeed see only happy times in the month of Adar.

The only solace this generation is assured is that once we have hit rock bottom, and we're pretty close now, the only way left to go is up.

09 February 2018

"What Kind of Mashiach Will We Have?"

24 Shevat 5778
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Mishpatim - Sh'qalim

If you are looking for a different Mashiach from the one portrayed here, you will find yourself on the wrong side of the future...

08 February 2018

Weep for the Terror That We Have Brought Upon Ourselves

23 Shevat 5778

Anyone who knows Torah, knows that we were commanded to remove the indigenous inhabitants of Eretz Yisrael upon our entry into it, to settle it.
The Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying:
Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their temples, destroy their molten idols, and demolish their high places.
You shall clear out the Land and settle in it, for I have given you the Land to occupy it.
You shall give the Land as an inheritance to your families by lot; to the large, you shall give a larger inheritance and to the small you shall give a smaller inheritance; wherever the lot falls shall be his; according to the tribes of your fathers, you shall inherit.
But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the Land from before you, then those whom you leave over will be as spikes in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will harass you in the land in which you settle.
And it will be that what I had intended to do to them, I will do to you.
                                                                           (Bamidbar 33.50-56)
No one can say this only applied to some previous ancient time as we see clearly that it has come true with 100% accuracy in our time - terror attacks from every direction; the expulsion of entire Jewish communities; and the wanton destruction of Jewish property.

That is one problem. One might make excuses about why we have been unable to remove the Arab enemy from our midst for the last 70 years. (And lest we forget, they are not only Muslims, but Christians as well!) 

However, a situation has developed here for which there can be no excuse and no explanation. Why have we allowed unethical people to bring in idol-worshipers from outside our land and make a home for them among us??? By our silence and inaction, we have compounded the problem many times over!

How Much Trouble Can Be Caused by "Unfaithful Men"?

And it is so much worse today than it was in 2009 when the above was originally written. 

The Divine Presence is pushed away by all these impurities and so our Divine protection is diminished accordingly.

And as if that were not enough, to add more insult to injury, there are voices growing louder and louder, every day, to bring this idolatry right up onto the Temple Mount!

We have to weep for all the terror that we have brought upon ourselves because Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal, Hy"d will not be its last victim. That is guaranteed as long as we continue to defy God's Law.

This is the time of the great birur - the time during which it will be decided who will go with Mashiach into the messianic age and who will be separated out as traitors and rebels against our Holy Torah. The time is coming when Mashiach will lead us to fulfill the Law in all its details. Will you be eager to follow him or will you try to stand in his way? 

07 February 2018

American Freedom In the Jewish State

22 Shevat 5778

Yesterday, I mentioned Michelle Bachman in a blog post about the Israeli government's complicity in missionary activity here in Israel. It was reported that she was present at the inaugural joint "Bible-study" between Christians and Knesset Members last October.

The following video is instructive about who and what is really behind this push to ensure Christians' freedom to missionize in Israel.

[Are you ready to live in a Christian America?]

If you, as a Jew, are not shocked, appalled and repelled by this, then there is no hope for you.

Trent Franks, the other US Congressman at the initial Knesset Bible-study, had this to say to the Forward at an event held in honor of the Presidential Inauguration:
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), co-chair of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus and a co-sponsor of one of several bills to move the embassy and declare Jerusalem Israel’s capital, spoke about evangelical support for Israel. People often skeptical, he said, of their motives, accusing them of “just want[ing] to evangelize Israel.” 
It’s worse than that,” said Franks, to laughter. “We want to evangelize the whole world.”
Interestingly, Rep. Franks was forced to give up his Congressional seat last week in the wake of "credible claims of misconduct."

Now that former Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has been confirmed and sworn in as the new US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, it will likely be impossible to arrest the tsunami of missionary activity that is flooding the supposedly Jewish State.

The Torah forbids the practice of avodah zarah in Eretz Yisrael, i.e. it does not advocate "religious freedom." In fact, Christian missionizing is strictly forbidden by the Torah. But, are any of us so foolish as to believe this Ambassador for International Religious Freedom will support Israel's right to ban the practice of Christian worship of its man-god idol or its insidious spread across our land in accordance with our own deeply held religious beliefs?
Sam Brownback: “[W]e should say if you’re going to work with us, we’re going to work with you; we’ll bend over backward to work with you. If you’re going to fight us, we will fight you, and we’ll fight you with every tool that we have, and we’re going to win.” (Source)
They are being very open now about their intentions because they think their time has arrived and that this White House is in their pocket. HKB"H will have the final word in this matter and we already know who wins in the end.

06 February 2018

Is Education the Ultimate Answer?

21 Shevat 5778

Some people think our government leaders simply need to be educated about the missionary threat to Israel and that will solve all of our problems. They seem to think the leadership is unaware of what is going on. Well, they are getting an education alright - from the Dominionist element that is taking over in Israel. 

We Launched Knesset Bible Study
Daniel and Carol Ketchum

Thank you for praying for us toward Sunday 15 October [2017] as we hosted the opening ceremony of a monthly Bible study in the Knesset, the only Bible study of its kind with Israel’s government leaders (Cabinet Ministers and Members of the Knesset/Parliament).

...Speakers included Pastor Jim and Rosemary Schindler Garlow, US Congressman Trent Franks, US Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (soon to lead worship and prayer in the United Nations in partnership with Skyline Church), and Daniel and Carol Ketchum. As Carol and I spoke, we listed twelve reasons why God called us to move to Israel. We distributed to each attendee 485 Bible references from Hebrew Scriptures.

Called by the LORD to Israel

Daniel and Carol Ketchum are fulfilled in Jerusalem as we minister full-time in the following ways:

1. Hosting a new Bible study in the Knesset (Parliament) for government members: Isaiah 40:1-5

2. Leading prayer watches in the King of Kings Jerusalem Prayer Tower for Israel’s key leaders
3. Directing global intercession with the Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries (FIRM) core team
4. Mobilizing pastors and leaders in united, strategic prayer across Jerusalem and the Middle East
5. Discipling a new pastor, an elder, and a deacon for a congregation in Herzliya we planted in 2014

Our daily priorities and practices: 

1. Loving Yeshua Messiah
2. Living holy with love
3. Evangelizing unbelievers
4. Discipling believers
5. Equipping leaders
6. Developing congregations
7. Expanding outreach globally 

We pray daily for spheres of culture:

1. Marriage and family
2. Congregations and synagogues
3. Education and art
4. Government and military
5. Science and technology
6. Business and economy
7. Media and sports

By their own admission, they are missionizing in Israel! And these missionaries are meeting monthly with at least 50 Knesset members to study the "Bible"! Hashem yerachem!

The Israeli leadership is not clueless as some imagine. They know exactly what is going on and they not only approve, they celebrate its success!!

There is no way that they are "unaware of the problem." They are the enablers of it! From the very beginning the missionaries were invited in by the government itself.

Obviously, education is no answer to this existential problem. In the name of democracy, missionary activity in the "Jewish" State is protected by law!

"That was Esau's intention when he told Yakov, 'Let us travel together and I will go before you' (Genesis 33,12). He wanted them to join together in both this world and the world to come, to meet each other halfway, with each modifying his conduct until they were alike (Yalkut Shimoni, Genesis 133).