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Three Bearing Witness
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
We ourselves make life crude and cold by dressing ourselves in a nakedness woven from our own ignorance. 

 

THREE BEARING WITNESS       
"There are THREE that bear witness in heaven: the FATHER, the WORD, and the HOLY SPIRIT; and these THREE are ONE." [1 John 5. 7] 

 

This is the most explicit statement of doctrine regarding the HOLY TRINITY in the WRITTEN SCRIPTURE.  Unfortunately, it is omitted in many modern BIBLES, however, its importance is vitally imperative.  We are not to lean on our own understanding.  "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding." [Proverbs (Mishle) 3. 5 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

People create an image of the LORD Y’SHUA in their own minds based on their emotions, their thinking processes, or their own value system. But when you go to GOD'S HOLY WORD and test your image of MESSIAH Y’SHUA, you will find a vast difference.  "For through HIM we both have access by one SPIRIT to the FATHER." [Ephesians 2. 18]   Often, CHRIST THE REDEEMER is not what you thought HE was — instead there you will see HIM the way HE really is which conflicts with the image we form in our minds from sinful natures. 

 

"This is HE WHO came by water and blood JESUS CHRIST; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the SPIRIT WHO bears witness, because the SPIRIT is truth...And there are three that bear witness on earth: the SPIRIT, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of GOD is greater; for this is the witness of GOD which HE has testified of HIS SON." [1 John 5. 6, 8 - 9]  "And this is the testimony: GOD has given us eternal life, and this life is in HIS SON. These things I have written to you who believe in the NAME of the SON OF GOD, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the NAME of the SON OF GOD." [1 John 5. 11, 13] 

 

"The grace of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and the love of GOD, and the communion of the HOLY SPIRIT be with you all. Amen." [2 Corinthians 13. 14]  Our GREAT GOD of Creation & Redemption is indisputably ONE — the TRIUNE GOD: FATHER, SON, and HOLY SPIRIT.  May HE be LORD of your life.  HE is coming again very soon.  Come quickly my LORD, my GOD! 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Whoever walks upright, works righteousness and speaks the truth will abide in the LORD'S Tabernacle and dwell in HIS holy hill. 
I praise and thank YOU, ALMIGHTY ONE, for YOU comfort and delight my soul. YOU are my ROCK  and my REFUGE, in YOU I have hope and place my trust. Watch and pray that you may be found worthy. Be encouraged and stand strong, the LORD MESSIAH YESHUA our KING is coming soon! 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness. 

 

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Reconciliation
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Great is repentance; it turns sins into incentives for correct conduct. 

 

RECONCILIATION       
"A man takes a wife and marries her. She fails to please him because he finds something obnoxious about her, and he writes her a bill of divorcement, hands it to her, and sends her away from his house; she leaves his household and becomes the wife of another man; then this latter husband rejects her, writes her a bill of divorcement, hands it to her, and sends her away from him; or the man who married her last dies. Then her first husband who divorced her shall not take her to wife again, since she has been defiled disqualified for him for that would be abhorrent to the LORD. You must not bring sin upon the land that the LORD your GOD is giving you as a heritage." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 24. 1 - 4 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

The marvelous ministry of reconciliation has been distorted by many churches and fellow-CHRISTians when they have failed to read and follow the WRITTEN SCRIPTURES dealing with marriage and re-marriage.  Even King David honoured GOD'S commandment with  his concubines after they were defiled by Absalom, putting them in "a guarded place, he provided for them, but did not cohabit with them. They remained in seclusion until the day they died, living in widowhood." [2 Samuel (Shemuel Bet) 20. 3 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

"If a man divorces his wife, and she leaves him and marries another man, can he ever go back to her?" [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 3. 1 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  The answer is emphatically — No!  it would be an abomination before the HOLY & RIGHTEOUS LORD GOD because she has been defiled. On the other hand, if the couple separates for a time and remain pure, they may be reconciled together again.  "Now to the married I command, yet not I but the LORD: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife." [2 Corinthians 7. 10 - 11] 

 

However, dealing with our relationship with the ALL-WISE ETERNAL ONE, though we have been defiled by sin, HE has said:  "Turn back to ME says the LORD OF HOSTSand I will return to yousaid the LORD OF HOSTS." [Zechariah (Zecharyah) 1. 3 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

The work of reconciling lost men back to a relationship with HOLY GOD is only possible as provided by the precious blood of the PRINCE OF PEACE, MESSIAH Y’SHUA through HIS shed blood of atonement.  HE has committed this ministry to us, HIS servants.  A CHRIST-like life can only be gained if we are centered in the LORD JESUS and "those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for HIM WHO died for them and rose again." [2 Corinthians 5. 15] 

 

As we serve in the ministry of reconciliation, may we do the service of the MOST HOLY GOD as HE commands and not by our own understanding.  "Therefore, if anyone is in CHRIST, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of GOD, WHO has reconciled us to HIMSELF through JESUS CHRIST, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that GOD was in CHRIST reconciling the world to HIMSELF, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for CHRIST, as though GOD were pleading through us: we implore you on MESSIAH'S behalf, be reconciled to GOD." [2 Corinthians 5. 17 - 20]  Like our BLESSED MASTER, look for good and encourage with forgiveness. 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 Starting at sundown tonight, Tu B'Shvat [Tu (15) B' (of) Shvat (a Jewish month)] begins — the Jewish  "Holiday of the Trees" established for calculating the age of the tree for the purpose of tithing fruit. [Leviticus/Vayikra 19. 23-25 states that fruit from trees may not be eaten during the first three years; the fourth year's fruit is for GOD and the fruit can be eaten after that.] 
 It is a time to recall our responsibility toward the environment — our sacred obligation to future generations to safeguard and protect the gifts of the MOST HIGH GOD'S creation.  It is traditional to eat fruit native to the Land of Israel on Tu B'Shvat.  It is a time to celebrate new life and new beginnings — cultural and physical.  The almond tree (shkediyah), with lush white flowers, is the first to bloom each spring and this popular holiday heralding the coming of new year for trees.  Some people plant trees on this day, and many Jewish children collect money for planting trees for Israel at this time of year.  The MIDRASH claims, “Trees were created for man’s companionship.”  HOLY SCRIPTURES says GOD created woman for that purpose, and this writer completely agrees. 
 Tu B'Shvat is a festival that recalls the praise to the MOST HOLY LORD GOD for the Land of Israel, for on this day the strength of the soil of the land is renewed. With reference to the fruits of the trees and the produce of the soil, the TORAH praises the Land of Israel: "For the LORD your GOD is bringing you into a good land, a land of streams and springs and fountains issuing from plain and hill; a land of wheat and barley, of vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey; a land where you may eat food without scarcity, where you will lack nothing; a land whose rocks are iron and from whose hills you can mine copper. When you have eaten your fill, give thanks to the LORD your GOD for the good land which HE has given you. Take care lest you forget the LORD your GOD and fail to keep HIS Commandments, HIS Rules, and HIS Laws, which I enjoin upon you today." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 8. 7-11 Tanakh, Torah] 
 The TORAH has compared man to a tree of the field  — therefore this day also recalls the DIVINE judgment upon man. 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness. 

 

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The Chosen
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The believer’s Coronation Day takes place at death when he is raised to a higher realm of glory. 

 

THE CHOSEN      
"But we are bound to give thanks to GOD always for you, brethren beloved by the LORD, because GOD from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the SPIRIT and belief in the truth, to which HE called you by our Gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our LORD JESUS CHRIST." [2 Thessalonians 2. 13 - 14] 

 

The ALMIGHTY ONE — blessed be HE, has established an order for HIS great plan of salvation.  GOD OMNIPOTENT had chosen these Thessalonian believers to salvation even before they were born, for it was from the beginning.  Then HE called them and they heard the GOSPEL, believed the truth, and were sanctified (set apart) by the Precious HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, eventually destined to be glorified in Messiah Y’shua. 

 

To accomplish this, the HOLY SPIRIT used human messengers.  In a vision, the GENTLE MASTER directed Paul to go to Macedonia to preach the GOSPEL [Acts 16. 9] where he eventually reached Thessalonica and taught the Truth to those he found in the Synagogue.  However, of the many who were "called" as Paul preached and taught, only "some of them were persuaded" and believed and obeyed. [Acts 17. 4]   However, most of Paul's listeners had not been "chosen" so they resisted the "call" and refused to believe.  As the LORD Y’SHUA said — "Many are called, but few chosen, so the last will be first, and the first last." [Matthew 20. 16] 

 

Such a truth may be difficult to understand with our finite minds, but like Paul "we are bound to give thanks to GOD always" that we who believe today, like the Thessalonian believers, have been both "chosen in HIM before the foundations of the world" [Ephesians 1. 4], and "cALLED you out of darkness into HIS marvelous light." [1 Peter 2. 9] 

 

As true priests of the LIVING GOD, we have been chosen, called, committed (to the ministry), cleansed, clothed (with holy garments), consecrated, christened (anointed), conformed and commissioned (assigned duties).   As we, the Royal Priests in the NEW COVENANT, march through earth's wilderness, let us truly be called out from the world, cleansed, clothed, consecrated and commissioned with the ANOINTING OIL upon each of us.  Each one performing the assigned task as the MOST HIGH GOD has given it to them; each bearing the TRUE TESTIMONY of the "precious things" witnessing in thought, word  and deed that we are Tabernacles of the LOVING MASTER showing forth HIS POWER, PRESENCE, and MIRACULOUS LIFE! 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
HEAVENLY FATHER, melt our hard hearts and teach us to emulate YOUR oWN grace and mercy. Cause YOUR TRUTH to fall upon our hearts like seed upon fertile ground. I also pray that we learn to love YOUR Precious Law even more intensely to find it's vast treasures of the beauty of holiness. Amen 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness. 

 

Email:  delrifkah@gmail.com

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End-time Events: http://delrifkah.com/Facepage.html

Please visit our web page for teachings on Bible texts and subjects.

Also notice the section showing the disparity between the Holy Bible and the Muslim Koran (Quran).
 

Messiah's Return & Armageddon
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Piety (goodness, faithfulness, holiness, devoutness, etc.) is in the person, not the place.  [Lionel Blue] 

 

MESSIAH'S RETURN & ARMAGEDDON      
"And I saw the Beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered together to make war against HIM (MESSIAH Y’SHUA) that sat on the horse and against HIS army. The Beast was captured, and with him the False Prophet who worked miraculous signs in his sight, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These were both cast alive into the Lake of Fire burning with brimstone. The rest were killed with the sword that proceeded from the mouth of HIM WHO sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh." [Revelation 19. 19 - 21] 

 

"Then I saw an angel coming down from Heaven, having the key to the Bottomless Pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the Bottomless Pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more until the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while." [Revelation 20. 1 - 3] 

 

"I have commanded MY sanctified ones, I have also called MY mighty ones (those who rejoice in MY exaltation — for which the guests were notified to purify themselves ritually – Zephaniah/Zecharyah 1.7) for MY anger. The noise of a multitude in the mountains, as of a mighty force, a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together! YEHOWAH OF HOSTS is mustering a multitude for war. They come from a far and distant land, from the end of heaven The LORD with the weapons of HIS wrath to destroy all the earth (a slaughter of sinners)." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 13. 1 – 5 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

This statement is especially true and accurate as you apply it to searching out the ways of GOD.  You will find HIM revealed in HIS WRITTEN WORD, the HOLY BIBLE.  The urgency is great and growing greater as we see the signs unfolding all around us indicating that the time is near.  GOD is calling for HIS people to diligently seek HIM and be prepared for the coming of the LORD.  GOD'S call always comes with a warning of destruction for those who fail to respond. "Wail, for the Day of the LORD is at hand! It shall come as destruction from the ALMIGHTY." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 13. 6 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

Cherished ones, strongly consider the impact of the purge that will follow the Battle of Armageddon.  For then it will be too late to do anything, you will then stand before the RIGHTEOUS JUDGE to receive the reward earned by the choices you have already made.  Then it will be too late to decide to live for the LOVING MASTER and repent of all your evil deeds!  It will be too late to receive JESUS as your SAVIOR!  It will be too late to begin church attendance to learn of GOD'S Plan of Salvation!  It will be too late to be saved from the fierce justice of ALMIGHTY GOD! 

 

Therefore, do not delay!  Be serious with GOD and seek HIM till you find HIM, blessings and salvation will follow your search.  This is a promise of MESSIAH Y’SHUA our LORD when HE said: "Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you. For everyone that asks receives, and he that seeks finds, and to him that knocks it shall be opened." [Matthew 7. 7] 

 

If you don't know the precious LORD Y’SHUA as your MESSIAH–REDEEMER and have a testimony of HIM, now is the appointed time to find THE GALILEAN, WHOM to know is life eternal.  For HE says, "I have heard you in the acceptable time, I have helped you in the Day of Salvation. Behold! Now is the accepted time. Behold! Now is the Day of Salvation." [2 Corinthians 6. 2] 

 

"With all my being, my soul yearns for YOU in the night; Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek YOU early. For when YOUR judgments are wrought in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 26. 9 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  My soul eagerly longs for the TRUE VINE, the BREAD OF LIFE, the PRINCE OF PEACE. . . Y’SHUA, my LORD & KING. 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY belongs front and center of our lives and of those who rule. HE fits perfectly into politics, whereas politics has no place in a House of GOD. Religion dare not be insensitive to the reality of the role of governmental leadership. The Mishnah [the Oral Torah; means: study & review] in The Ethics of the Father’s [3:2] teaches the words of Rabbi Hanina, identified as the assistant to the high priests of his time: "Pray for the well-being of the government, for were it not for the fear of its authority, a man would swallow his neighbor alive."
Jeremiah 29:7 says "seek the peace of the city...and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace." Do not pray only on behalf of the very best leaders, pray because we value leadership and we pray for GOD’S assistance to encourage those we have chosen to fulfill heavenly ideals.  We pray, not because we are certain we have found the perfect government, but because we know it is only GOD WHO can help to perfect it.  "The secret things belong to the LORD our GOD, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this Law." Deuteronomy 29:29 
 O LORD, help us to be ever more like YOU, holy for YOU are holy, loving for YOU are love.  And to be truly thankful, we must receive all the SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, the LORD GOD has given to us and done for us. . . and then use it for HIS glory in loving and serving others. 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness. 

 

Email:  delrifkah@gmail.com

Web Page:  www.delrifkah.com 

Thoughts Archived: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/delrifkah/

End-time Events: http://delrifkah.com/Facepage.html

Please visit our web page for teachings on Bible texts and subjects.

Also notice the section showing the disparity between the Holy Bible and the Muslim Koran (Quran).
 

Great Divider
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
When the ETERNAL ONE is the supreme purpose of our being, then our hands become HIS instruments, connecting us to HIS purpose and carrying our HIS will on earth.. 

 

GREAT DIVIDER       
"Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division." [Luke 12. 51] 

 

The HIGH & LOFTY ONE has been the GREAT DIVIDER from the beginning of creation.  The first day ELOHIYM  "separated the light from the darkness" — on the second day, HE "separated the water which was below the expanse from the water which was above the expanse." [Genesis (Berepooh) 1. 4, 7 Tanakh, Torah]  When the ALMIGHTY ONE first created man, they walked together in perfect fellowship.  However, sin then came in and made a division between man and CREATOR GOD.  Although, when we were enemies, "we were reconciled to GOD by the death of HIS SON." [Romans 5. 10]  

 

The price has been paid for full reconciliation with our BELOVED REDEEMER, but "men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil" [John 3. 19], so MESSIAH Y’SHUA HIMSELF is now the RIGHTEOUS ONE WHO divides.  "He that believes on the SON has everlasting life; and he that believes not the SON shall not see life; but the wrath of GOD abides on him." [John 3. 36]  

 

The GALILEAN, the LORD Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH divides all history and all chronology.  Time is even divided accordingly:  "Before CHRIST (Before CHRIST/BCE-Before Common Era)" or "in the year of our LORD (After Death). "  Men are either under the OLD COVENANT or the NEW COVENANT.  In particular, HE divides humanity.  "There was a division among the people because of HIM." [John 7. 43; 9. 16; 10. 19]   As a result, these divisions can be severely intense:  "Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law." [Luke 12. 53] 

 

In conclusion, when the ETERNAL ALL-WISE MEDIATOR comes to judge all nations, HE will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats —  "and these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal." [Matthew 25. 32, 46]  The division is life or death, light or darkness, heaven or hell, the LORD Y’SHUA or the Antichrist/Satan.  The choice is all ours, but the result and conclusion is HIS in the final judgment!  Choose this day whom you will serve. 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
As we bid farewell to Shabbos, our prayer is that GOD, WHO'S PRESENCE dwells within us, bless you abundantly. Help us, O our GOD, to banish from our hearts all pride and vain-glory, all confidence in worldly possessions, all self-sufficient leaning upon our own reason.  Fill us with the spirit of meekness and the grace of modesty, that we may become wise in the fear of YOU. May we never forget that all we have and prize is but lent to us, a trust for which we must render account to YOU.  O HEAVENLY FATHER , put into our hearts the love and fear of YOU, that we my consecrate our lives to YOUR service and glorify YOUR NAME in the eyes of all men. 
This is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
May some of the sweetness of Sabbath be present throughout the week.  Shavua Tov Good Week! 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness. 

 

Email:  delrifkah@gmail.com

Web Page:  www.delrifkah.com 

Thoughts Archived: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/delrifkah/

End-time Events: http://delrifkah.com/Facepage.html

Please visit our web page for teachings on Bible texts and subjects.

Also notice the section showing the disparity between the Holy Bible and the Muslim Koran (Quran).
 

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