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Creation or Evolution

 

Bible:

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, Elohim (“God”) created the heavens and the earth.”

Science:

According to what we know, the universe came into being between 13.7 billion and 15 billion years ago. That of course is from our perspective as we can observe a universe that is expanding. The Hubble Telescope and other instruments show that expansion is taking place. This means that there must have been a beginning or a Big Bang that started the expansion. This is very similar to fireworks that explode and push everything outward from its inception. The explosion that would have occurred to produce the universe as we perceive it, would have created a blinding light that would have lasted over 300,000 years. After 325 million years, what came into existence would have begun to be observable as the light from the initial blast subsided. As a result of this event, space, matter, time and energy came into existence. Continue reading

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The Salvation connection between Shavuot and Pentecost

 

Connecting the dots between the Tenakh and New Covenant is most rewarding for it removes the believer from the realm of blind faith to the realm of knowing just like the Prophets and the Apostles. Our story begins in Exodus. Continue reading

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Can a Talllit be an aid to your prayer life?

 

A Tallit or Tallis,  meaning cloak,  is the prayer shawl that is worn by Jewish men during a religious observance. It is described in Numbers 15:37-40 and Deuteronomy 22:12. Fringes, known as tzitzit, are to be placed on the four ends of the garment with a blue ribbon. This blue color called, tekhelet, is to be the same color as the blue sky.  This is to remind the Jewish people that their origin comes from heaven and to act accordingly.  The fringes were to remind the children of Israel of their 613 laws and especially the commandments.  The tzitzit are secured by a shamash (“longer strand”) in a pattern of 7-8-11-13 winds between double knots. In all, there are 5 double knots. In Jewish numerology, known as Gematria, the 7 and 8 equal 15. This is equal to the numerical value of the hebrew letters yod and heh (“Y” and “H”). 11 is equal to vav and heh (“V” and “H”). Together they spell God’s name YHVH. 13 is equal to the letters Alef, Chet, dalet or the Hebrew word Echad which means One. Thus, Yahveh is one. When the Hebrew letters for Tzitzit are used it adds up to 600. Add eight strands of fringes and five knots which equals 613, the number of laws given in the Torah. Continue reading

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Is Gay Marriage OK with the God of the Bible?

 

I pray that this as in all posts listed on this site are moved by the Spirit of the God of the Bible the Ruach ha’ Kodesh. My hope is in the Spirit of the only God whereby we can be saved through the death and resurrection of the Messiah.

Advocates say, “Sexual orientation is not a choice; we are born the way we are”. Those who believe this way believe some are born that way, meaning they have no choice in the matter. God understands this and gives no judgment or condemnation. How can a loving God condemn any of us if we are born that way?

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Harmony of the Tenakh and New Covenant: Adam

 

According to the Tenakh the first man Adam became a living soul. The Hebrew word is Nephesh which means a living being. So the breath of life from God and the dirt of the ground, molded to chemical and biological perfection, became the first soul/being (Gen2:7).

Yahveh Elohim, The Lord God (i.e. I am that I am, the Eternal), planted a garden EAST of Eden. In that garden was the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. A river ran through Eden which separated into four other rivers. God forbade Adam to take into himself the fruit from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for if he did he would die. A women was created by God from the rib of man and they were to be joined. Continue reading

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Barnes and Noble review of “The Jewish People and Jesus: Is It Time For Reconciliation? You Decide.”

 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jewish view of Jesus

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This review is from: The Jewish People And Jesus: Is It Time For Reconciliation? You Decide (Paperback)

Concise presentation of Jewish views of Jesus the Christ who is claimed as the the Messiah and died, but rose from the dead to provide payment to God (Creator of all things) for the transgressions of individual humans who request such forgiveness and place their faith in Jesus. The presentations are logical and sound but leave the decision to accept or reject the relationship between Jesus the Christ and God, and His offer of eternal life up to the reader. The author, although not of Jewish lineage or religious practices, is an expert on middle-eastern affairs and demonstrates his comprehensive understanding of Jewish culture and historical objections to the theocracy of Jesus the Christ. If logic alone were the deciding factor for conviction that Jesus the Christ is the true Messiah, then this presentation would probably suffice to persuade a reader to seriously consider acceptance of such a faith.

 

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Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the Messiah

 

Rosh Hashanah: Jewish new year ushers in ten days of Penitence. It is announced with the blowing of the shofar. It urges God’s people to get right with him. How is this done? Through the shedding of blood, according to his specifications that becomes pleasing to the Lord. This feast displays the hope that the Lord has that his people will commit themselves to living for the Lord. This also points to the time of the end when people will no longer regard the intent to please God. At this point when the thoughts of men are continually on evil the trumpet judgments of Revelation will occur. There will be 7 trumpets that will announce judgments on a humanity that will not repent. These events will crescendo until the Messiah comes to fulfill the meaning of His Feasts.

Yom Kippur: During the time of the Temple the High Priest (Kohen) would sacrifice a bullock to atone for his sins before he could act on behalf of the people of Israel. He would sprinkle this blood on the lid of the Ark of the Covenant known as the Mercy Seat and seven times on the ground in front of the Ark. Then he would sacrifice a goat for the sins of the People and sprinkle the blood as before for the Holy of Holies. He then provided atonement for the tabernacle by sprinkling the blood of both animals on the horns of the alter and seven times on the ground around it. The High Priest would then lay his hands on a scapegoat in the Temple court. The goat was then led outside of the city where it was released. According to the Babylonian Talmud, a scarlet cord was tied around the neck of the goat. If the cord turned white while the scapegoat was led away from the city the sins of the people were forgiven. This occured until the the year 30 A.D. The Talmud records that the cord failed to turn white for 40 years prior to the year when the Temple was destroyed in the year 70 A.D. This means from the year that Yeshua was crucified until the the Temple was destroyed the cord failed to turn white. This signified that the New Covenant had been enacted as foretold by the Prophet Jeremiah in Chapter 31. The old formula was no longer required for the remission of sin since the Messiah, Son of God, sacrificed himself not as a covering but a cleansing for sin.

 

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