This Jewish festival takes place in winter, usually December, and lasts for eight days. This year (2017) it falls on December 12-20. It is not one of the major feasts of the Lord that was given to Moses for the Jewish people to keep as part of their covenant with God. The reason it is not in the Jewish Bible? It occurred during the intertestamental period—the 400 years between Malachi and Matthew, the old and new covenants, when the heavens were silent.
In recent years we have seen the rise of Chrislam—the melding of Christianity and Islam. This synchretism has reached the stage where pastors are opening up their churches to allow Muslims to join them in worship to pray to the Islamic god Allah, whom they say is the same God of the Bible. Not only is this heresy, but it is blasphemy to both Jehovah, the God of the Bible, as well as to all Muslims. Continue reading Allah & Jehovah—the Same God?
The Passover lamb had to be perfect, without disease, a one-year old male, in its prime. It was to be taken out of the flocks four days before Passover and kept close to the family. The lamb had to be presented by the priests for sacrifice, and inspected to make sure it was acceptable. Paul said, “Christ our Passover lamb is sacrificed for us” (1Cor.5:7). He was age 33, a male in His prime of life, and He was sinless: “He had done no violence; neither was there any deceit in his mouth” (Isaiah 53:9). “Who did no sin; neither was guile found in his mouth” (1Peter 2:22). Continue reading It Said They Killed God!
This month, March 11-12 marks the most joyous holiday on the Jewish calendar—Purim—the festival celebrating the Jews’ victory over Haman. This evil anti-Semite had succeeded in convincing the King of Persia to sign an edict to kill all Jews throughout the 127 provinces of his kingdom. But one thing he did not count on—the new queen of the land—Esther, was actually a Jewess named Hadassah. God used her to turn the tables on Haman! Continue reading PURIM—The Amalekites Among Us
At the time of Israel’s exodus from Egypt, there were about 70 Gentile nations in the earth. From these God specifically isolated the nation of Israel to be His peculiar, separated people as prophesied in Numbers 23:9: “…The people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.”
God had sent nine terrible plagues upon the land of Egypt; yet Pharoah would not let the Hebrews go. God told Moses that one final plague would humble Pharaoh to surrender: The death of all firstborn throughout Egypt. In order for their firstborn to be safe, the Israelites had to slay a lamb and strike its blood upon the doorposts of their houses and stay inside. God said: “At midnight I will smite all the firstborn throughout all of Egypt, but when I see the blood, I will pass over you.” Pharoah was broken by his son’s death and let the Hebrews go. Continue reading The Cohanim Y Chromosome