EMET MINISTRIES’ VISION STATEMENT
Ministering the truth of the gospel to the Jewish people and the truth of the Jewish people and Israel to the church
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THIS WEEK'S PARSHA: 'Parsha Devarim'
ISRAELI SOLDIERS DANCING BEFORE THE LORD
The following video was recorded just before the ground incursion into Gaza. By the kipas and tzitzit you know that most of them are religious. They are singing “WE HAVE NO ONE TO RELY ON BUT OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN”
IMPORTANT DATES TO DIARIZE
EMET MINISTRIES’ PRETORIA SHABBAT SERVICE
The next Emet Ministries' Shabbat service in Pretoria will take place at Houtkruis Church, 346 Pretoria Street, Silverton, Pretoria on Friday night, 1 August, at 7pm.
Join us after the service for snacks, tea, coffee and great fellowship. Invite family and friends as well as Jewish people you know.
All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.
EMET MINISTRIES’ TEACHING SEMINAR
The next Emet Ministries' Saturday morning teaching:
Teaching date: 2 AUGUST 2014
Venue: FOYER HALL, HATFIELD CHRISTIAN CHURCH, PRETORIA
Time: 10h00 - 12h00
Teaching title: THE FOUR THEMES OF THE BIBLE - PART 2
Invite your family and friends; invite Jewish people. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.
EMET MINISTRIES’ JOHANNESBURG SHABBAT SERVICE
The next Emet Ministries' Shabbat service will take place on Friday night 22 August, at JOURNEY CHURCH, 15 Twain Street, Buccleuch, Johannesburg at 7pm
Join us after the service for snacks, tea, coffee and great fellowship
Invite your family and friends; invite Jewish people.
All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.
EMET MINISTRIES’ PRAYER MEETING FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ISRAEL
The next Emet Ministries' Prayer Meeting for the Jewish people and Israel will take place on Monday night, 25 August, in the Lion Hall at Hatfield Christian Church, Pretoria at 7pm.
Please join us as we fervently intercede for the Jewish people and Israel.
All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.
EMET MINISTRIES’ MESSIANIC TEACHING AND PRAYER MEETING FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ISRAEL
The next Emet Ministries' Saturday morning teaching and prayer meeting:
Date: 26 JULY 2014
Venue: THE ROCK CHURCH, 1 TAMARIND CLOSE, SUNNINGDALE, UMHLANGA
Time: 10h00 - 12h00
TO THE JEW FIRST
At sunset on the 4th August 2014 Jews all over the world begin the annual 24 hour fast of ‘Tisha B’Av’ (the ninth day of the Hebrew month of ‘Av’).
The fast commemorates the destruction of the First and Second temples in Jerusalem which occurred about 656 years apart, but on the same date. Accordingly, ‘Tisha B’Av’ has been called the “saddest day in Jewish history”.
According to Jewish writings, ‘Tisha B’Av’ actually commemorates five events:
1. The twelve spies sent by Moses to observe the land of Canaan returned from their mission. Two of the scouts, Joshua and Caleb, brought a positive report, but the others spoke disparagingly about the land which caused the Children of Israel to cry, panic and despair of ever entering the “Promised Land”. For this, their punishment from G-d was that their generation would not enter the land. Because of the Israelites' lack of faith, G-d decreed that for all generations this date would become one of crying and misfortune for their descendants, the Jewish people. The account of this is found in the bible in the book of Numbers, chapters 13–14.
2. The First Temple built by King Solomon as well as the Southern Kingdom of Judah were destroyed by the Babylonians led by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCE and the Judeans were sent into the Babylonian exile.
3. The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE, scattering the people of Judea and commencing the Jewish exile from the Holy Land.
4. Simon Bar Kochba’s revolt against Rome failed in 135 CE. Bar Kochba was killed, and the city of Betar was destroyed.
5. Following the Roman siege of Jerusalem, the razing of Jerusalem occurred the next year.
According to the ‘Talmud’, the destruction of the Second Temple began on the ninth of ‘Av’ and was finally consumed by the flames the next day on the Tenth of ‘Av’.
The ‘Tisha B'Av’ fast lasts about 24 hours, beginning at sunset on the eve of ‘Tisha B'Av’ and ending at nightfall the next day. In addition, mourning customs similar to those applicable to the ‘shiva’ period (seven days of mourning) immediately following the death of a close relative are traditionally followed for at least part of the day, including sitting on low stools, refraining from work, and not greeting others.
Other calamities associated with ‘Tisha B'Av’ are:
• Jews were expelled from England in 1290.
• The ‘Alhambra Decree’ of 1492, expelling the Jews from Spain, took effect on the 7th of ‘Av’, just two days before ‘Tisha B'Av’.
• On the eve of ‘Tisha B'Av’ 1942, the mass deportation began of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, en route to Treblinka.
On a visit to Israel, my wife and I were in Jerusalem on ‘Tisha B’Av’. We were in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem near the Dung Gate (which is the entrance to the ‘Kotel’ or Western Wall) and we observed hundreds of Jews hurriedly walking to the ‘Kotel’ to begin ‘Tisha B’Av’.
Suddenly I began to weep as I saw the earnestness with which these devout Jews were walking to the ‘Kotel’; hoping to please G-d.
I realized that there was nothing they could do to please G-d except receive the gift of salvation offered through Yeshua. I also realized that this would not happen unless someone would inform them that Yeshua is the ‘Mashiach’ (Messiah) they were waiting for. This is G-d’s mandate for the church, and this is the mandate of Emet Ministries.
As we think of all the calamities which have befallen the Jewish people over the years during this period of ‘Tisha B’Av’; as our hearts cry out with their hearts over all the atrocities that have befallen the Jewish people throughout the ages, let us continue to pray and trust for their salvation. Let us pray that G-d removes the veil that He has sovereignly placed over the hearts and minds of the Jewish people concerning the Messiahship of Yeshua. Let us pray that G-d will thrust out workers into the Jewish harvest field.
Even more than this, let us take the good news of Yeshua to them ourselves.
My brothers and sisters of the flesh need to hear about their Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, so that they too, can have the chance of salvation, the forgiveness of sin and eternal life in heaven.
Jewish people have suffered many calamities over ‘Tisha B’Av’; however, no calamity for a Jewish person is worse than dying without Yeshua.
G-D’S WILL BE DONE
The deaths and casualties among the Israeli soldiers continue to rise.
The ranks of those brave soldiers who have fallen defending Israel include: Major, Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant, First Sergeant…
How gallant the Israeli soldiers are - commanders always going before their troops, and suffering the highest casualty rate as a result (unlike Hamas' leaders who hide in bunkers under hospitals…some of whom are not even in Gaza.)
The IDF's work has been effective. Five days ago there were 162 rocket attacks on Israel, yesterday only 80.
Yet for me, the saddest thing is when someone dies without Yeshua…and so many people on both sides of the conflict are dying without Yeshua.
Whenever I see that another Israeli soldier or citizen has died without Yeshua, my heart breaks…and I am spurred on more than ever to do two things:
1) Get the gospel to as many Jews as I can using any means at my disposal.
2) Try and educate an ignorant church to get the gospel to Jewish people they know; pray for the salvation of the Jewish people; and stand with and support Israel against her enemies.
And if the church knew its bible, they would do this automatically – And here, I blame certain church leaders who are not teaching their congregants to fulfil the G-d given biblical mandate regarding the Jewish people and Israel....some who even stand against Israel - at their peril.
I am Jewish and I am a Christian.
I know and followed Orthodox Judaism; I pastored a congregation; and now I lead a ministry to the Jewish people for the L-rd.
As a Christian, I know that I cannot be racist and I cannot favour one people group over another…and as a Jew, this is not always easy considering the world and even some of the Christian view, bias and hatred against my people of the flesh.
Yet, like the most amazing Jew of all, Yeshua, I have to be loving, good, kind and forgiving.
But one thing I do know: When it comes to G-d’s view of the Jewish people, Israel and Israel’s enemies, there is only ONE people group that I am commanded to favour and to stand with – the Jewish people.
You can disagree with me, chastise me and dislike me. You can argue with me and try to theologically show me that I am wrong…But like Derek Prince, David Pawson, and other great men of G-d, I know what G-d says about the Jewish people and Israel.
As I said, argue with me, disagree with me, chastise me and dislike me…But I never wrote the bible.
The bible is not my will; it is G-d’s will.
And it is G-d’s will that the Jewish people are the Chosen People; the bible was written by Jews; the Patriarchs as well as the Apostles are all Jewish; and the Saviour of the world, Yeshua, is a Jew.
Oh yes, G-d gave Israel to the Jewish people (and only to the Jewish people); G-d fights for Israel; G-d will destroy Israel’s enemies; and Israel will remain Jewish…no matter what the world, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Arab world, world leaders or many in the church says.
For over two thousand years you have tried to destroy and annihilate the Jewish people and Israel…Do you think G-d will allow you to succeed now?
Allow me to end with the following scripture found in Psalm 2:1-5: “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure”
• Pray for the salvation of the Jewish people through revelation of Messiah, Yeshua
• Pray for the revelation of Yeshua to many in Gaza, and for salvation and protection of all innocents there
• Pray for Israel’s media to receive a lion’s heart and G-d’s perspective, instead of fear and defeatism
• Pray for the IDF to achieve its goals quickly, expeditiously and with minimum loss of life to all sides
• Pray for the Jewish people to move into the fullness of their calling and gifts as a prophetic and mighty army
• Pray for the blunting of the enemy’s weapons and goals
• Pray for the protection of innocent civilians caught in the crossfire between terrorists and the IDF
• Pray for eyes to be opened among the nations of the world regarding the reality of Almighty G-d fighting for Israel in our day
FIGHTING AGAINST THE G-D OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB
As of this writing, the cease fire proposed by Egypt and accepted by the Israeli cabinet was refused by Hamas. This is a travesty. They are suicidal and sick with blood lust. Israel was (and is) prepared to halt all military activity if Hamas stops shooting rockets and missiles at Israel. However, they are not willing.
Instead, as the result of the brutally cynical strategy of Hamas - humans shielding military targets – innocent non-combatants have been killed.
Hamas and the world can try and justify the sad deaths of innocent people by making Israel out to be the aggressor and uncaring militants, but, if you are totally honest with yourselves, Hamas does not care about their own people who they claim to represent; and they will rather sacrifice the lives of their own people – innocent men, women and children.
Let their blood be upon your own heads.
The amazing thing is that, though over 1000 rockets have been fired on Israeli towns and cities, only one Israeli has been killed.
It could have been so much worse. Yesterday I phoned my family in Israel, and when I asked how they were doing, they said that even though it is uncomfortable, they carry on as usual…what an amazing people.
Yet, should we be amazed that, though over 1000 rockets have been fired on Israeli towns and cities, only one Israeli has been killed. Not really.
You see, G-d has always promised to be Israel’s defender and to fight for Israel.
According to the Arab world, Israel is the aggressor because she dares to defend her citizens, and that the shooting of thousands of rockets and missiles into Israel – which are specifically aimed at civilians – is justified.
The reason given is that the Jewish “occupiers” need to give land back to the Arabs living in the West Bank and Gaza including East Jerusalem.
Allow me to quote some scripture regarding this.
In Genesis 28:13-15, G-d tells Jacob: “And behold, the LORD stood above it and said: “I am the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants…Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.””
Psalm 105:8-11 declares: “He remembers His covenant forever, The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, The covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan As the allotment of your inheritance””
In Genesis 17:18 we read that when G-d made a covenant with Abraham and his descendants, Abraham said to G-d “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!” - insinuating that the covenant would go through Ishmael.
However, in Genesis 17:19, G-d said to Abraham: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.”
The covenant made with Abraham goes through Jacob, later renamed ‘Israel’, by G-d Himself.
The Jewish people are not occupiers of the West Bank and Gaza (actually Judea and Samaria)…G-d gave Israel – the ENTIRE Israel – to them…not to the Arabs nor to anyone else.
In fact, the Arabs living in the West Bank and Gaza are mere guests in Israel.
Anyway, G-d will never allow Israel to be divided…and certainly not Jerusalem.
Allow me to show you from scripture what G-d says to those who have divided and still want to divide Israel: Joel 3:1-2: ““For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.””
verse 16 continues: “But the LORD will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel”
And verses 19-21 concludes: “Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom a desolate wilderness, because of violence against the people of Judah, for they have shed innocent blood in their land. But Judah shall abide forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.”
To the Arab and Muslim world I say this: Shoot as many rockets and missiles as you want. Jump up and down all you want. Complain and whine all you want.
G-d gave Israel to the Jewish people and to no one else.
And for those who propose a ‘Two State solution’, you obviously don’t know your bible.
Allow me to remind you, Hamas of what happened to your ancestor, Goliath.
David, a mere lad, said to Goliath: “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you.” (1 Samuel 17:45-46).
We know what happened to Goliath – David killed him and cut off his head.
I want to caution the Arab and Muslim world; you are not fighting against Israel. You are fighting against the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Himself…the only true G-d.
And, like your ancestor Goliath, you will lose, and your head will be cut off.