This Fall is shaping up to be a doozy. It is clear that we are not living in times that are ‘business as usual.’ Rather, the nations rage and they are wildly straining against the Lord’s Anointed. Following is our best response and preparation for this fast coming season of uproar.
Forty Days of Repentance, Reconciliation, and Restoration
Originally posted here.
(From the Evening of Sept 3, 2016 to the evening of October 12, 2016)
Repentance, reconciliation, and restoration are all elements of the journey of the bride. It is at this time, starting with the first of Elul, that BYNA has chosen to focus on this part of the journey of the bride that began at Passover and continues through the cycle of Festivals. In ancient times, the bride had to make herself ready for the arrival of her husband. The betrothal period was the time that she would begin to look within to see how she could present herself as an acceptable bride to her husband. She knew that she would no longer be living in her father’s house, but she would be leaving all to be with her husband. These forty days from Elul 1 to Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are part of that betrothal period Continue reading
Yesterday’s National Shabbat in western SC, bringing together about 350 Messianics from across half dozen states, was incredible. Our house is still recovering from all the Davidic dance. The last set, geared toward the teens with some high energy tunes, including the Kol Hamesameach (Wedding/War Dance) and the Chasidic Nigun, particularly wore out my 49 year old self. Whew!! If anyone has posted YouTube videos of the last set, please shoot me a link. I’d love to post!
Here is a gallery of images.
I just listened to a most electrifying teaching by Laura Densmore that rethinks the traditional interpretation of Daniel 9:24. There is a high, very high probability that Christendom’s interpretation has been wrong.
Daniel 9:24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
Laura brings together pieces of Dan Bruce’s recent book, Daniel Unsealed, as well as history and Scripture to present a compelling case for understanding that we are in the 69th week of a third fulfillment of Daniel’s Seventy Week Prophecy. Presented in the two part video and slide series below, Laura Continue reading
Our blessed Father, by His Spirit, is moving. Hearts being moved. May He restore and bind His people together.
The quarterly South Carolina National Shabbat is TODAY!! The Georgia National Shabbat is joining us and it should be a BIG crowd.
James Block is getting set up, people are beginning to filter in…
Focus today is repentance, reconciliation and restoration. Pray our Father move in our hearts today and reveal Himself in great power and glory. Updates to follow.
Late last week, I posted a video interview of Scott Hillman, Assembly of God pastor, who, along with his congregation, has crossed over to a Hebraic (Biblical) practice and understanding of Scripture. This morning I am enjoying one of his teachings. I recommend this as well as checking out River of Praise Fellowship‘s website.
Here is part of his Sabbath series. You will be challenged and blessed! Many more videos on the ROP Fellowship website and YouTube channel.
A few days ago I wrote about the unique opportunity we have to help provide a scholarship to Valerie Bulkunu for the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress. Well, I am excited to introduce her to you so that you know more about this special lady and who she represents!! Following is a short bio I received a few hours ago. This is our chance to help fulfill prophecy!!
Aboriginal Australian from Elcho Island, Born 3 Nov 1959
Valerie Bulkunu is a member of the Galiwinku community on Elcho Island, which is an Island at the top of Australia (often said to be the spiritual northern gateway into Australia). The community has a population somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500 and in 2011 almost 50% of the population were under 20 years of age. The community has struggled with a lot of death over the last 10 years (mainly due to health) and since 2011 there was a period when a funeral was happening each week for 18 months. It’s a community that has carried much grief.
Valerie’s tribe is the Liya-Gumirrmirr and her family clan is the Gurrawurra . She belongs to the Dhuwa moiety.
Valerie is married to Amos and they have 4 children and 12 grand children. She has been a believer since a young girl and she went through the revival in the 1970’s at Galiwinku and became more serious in her faith. Worship dance has been special to Valerie’s heart and she has been instrumental in encouraging the young people/children in worship through dance. She has been involved in Davidic dancing and in 2007 she participated in bringing a message of Jewish history using dance to schools in Alice Springs. Professionally Valerie has been a teacher at the Galiwinku school for the last 34 years teaching early childhood/Primary. She is currently on 6 months study leave from her teaching position (enabling her to come to Israel to attend the congress).
Church life is very important to Valerie and she has been bringing the Hebraic roots message to her church since early 2000’s. She has a strong spiritual connection with Israel through her faith. The Ruach HaKodesh talks to Valerie through visions and the scriptures and she has been given many prophetic words/pictures from the Lord for her people. Continue reading
Actually, Tolstoy was referring to something else, but this quote perfectly fits the Messianic message.
“I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.”
— Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, 1828-1910, Russian short story writer, novelist, playwright, and essayist.
Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to walk out what we are learning as living examples. When we speak it must be in love and with patience. And, we need to know when to shut up! Too often, in our zeal, we say too much. Paradigm shifting truth can only be absorbed in small increments.
Let the Ruach (Spirit) do His part in His time. Our job is to simply plant and water….
(A ‘thank you’ to Ed Boring, BYNA Elder, for forwarding this quote…)
Next weekend there is an excellent conference in spectacular Leavenworth, (central) Washington at a Messianic owned bed and breakfast, led and hosted by friends Chaim and Dr. Kim Goldman! Any in the Pacific northwest need to check this out! (I wish I could attend!) For others willing to make some quick travel plans, this looks like a wonderful intimate setting for deep connections and special learning with imminently leaders.
Jer 31:10 “Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.’
The Second B’ney Yosef Congress is coming up in Ariel, Israel, October 26-31, 2016. People are coming from every continent representing many nations and peoples. Among those who have been called is an Aboriginal lady from an island on the north coast of Australia.
This special lady has been walking Torah since about 2009 and has carried the message of redemption in Yeshua and what it means to walk in His Ways to the Aborigines, with good reception. She feels called to represent these dear people, fellow Ephramites from the ends of the earth, at the Second Congress and is trusting Abba will provide the means for this journey. We can help bless her and the Aborigines!!
If you feel led to give toward her airfare and hotel expenses, please send a check or money order to:
B’ney Yosef Scholarship Fund
PO Box 298,
Newberry, SC 29108 USA
Be sure to annotate on the check that the funds are for Second Congress Scholarship.
In the wake of yesterday’s posting of Scott Hillman’s testimony and the extremely high number of hits it has received, I thought I should add a page to the blog that simply lists names and ministries of pastors who left the pulpit to pursue the truth of Torah. Here it is: Recovering Pastors
As a recovering pastor myself, I know the transition from Church to Messianic faith, though Spirit led, can be a challenging trip. This new page is meant to be a listing of many who have made the switch to a) lend credibility and b) act as a resource for others, pastors and non- who are being led into this deeper walk.
Please check it out and submit info to add to it. I want it to be a looonnnggg page… I know there are many, many pastors who have made this switch.
One of the large theological stumbling blocks in Hebrew roots and Messianic circles today is a doctrinal position termed ‘Two House theology.’ It is a topic I have covered on this blog before, but recent conversation has led me to understand that we need to go over it again. I firmly believe that Scripture, and especially prophecy, cannot be rightly understood until one fully grasps and embraces the Two House position. That is not to say one cannot be saved, but I do not believe one will understand what is happening and how prophecy is being fulfilled until they fully understand and embrace Two House.
Here is an opening video that will begin our discussion. Please watch, then read on…
Zac begins with seven verses that clearly demonstrate that the idea of two houses, and the meaning of the phrase, is not only entirely Scriptural, but connected to multiple significant future prophecies and many doctrines. What Zac didn’t mention, and he should have, is Continue reading
Following is a terrific video of Assemblies of God Pastor Scott Hillman humbly and compassionately giving testimony of why and how he and most of his congregation began keeping Shabbat and the Feasts of the Lord. Interestingly, after many questions and deep discussion, his denomination allowed him to stay and Hillman reveals that he is not alone. Apparently, there are a number of AoG congregations that have begun to take all of God’s Word seriously.
He is not alone. I have recently heard that there are more than 100 Southern Baptist Missionaries who self identify as Messianic and walk as the Messiah did, keeping Sabbath, eating clean and keeping Feasts. I personally know several pastors, one Southern Baptist, who have made the switch in the last year.
Our Father is doing something amazing in our day. He is bringing His people back to the fullness of Truth and causing them to question doctrines that are not rooted in Scripture, only justified with logic. May He be praised!!
Prophecy is almost always fulfilled in a very literal manner. Just read the couple hundred messianic prophecies fulfilled by Yeshua and, though many are couched in idiomatic
language, the clear literal nature is unavoidable. Psalm 22 describes His execution in vivid detail, confirmed in the Gospels.
What is particularly fascinating is how most Christian denominations have their own varied interpretations of future prophecies with evident blind spots caused by centuries of layered anti-Semitic doctrine. The result is that even when literal avenues of fulfillment manifest, they only ‘see’ their own interpretation. Today, we are marching toward a very literal fulfillment of numerous end times prophecies and, because they don’t fit the Christian expectation, they are flying under the radar.
Two recent Breaking Israel News articles in close succession highlighted the rapidly increasing Jewish expectation of the Messiah while simultaneously raising red flags. Interestingly, my good friend, Al McCarn, caught and was impacted by the exact same articles. See his insightful comments here.
The two articles are Continue reading
The First B’ney Yosef National Congress convened nearly a year and a half ago, at the end of May 2015. That means it is about time that we should hear news of the Second Congress. Since the begin…
Source: News About the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress
Central to Christendom’s argument that the Torah or Law is ‘done away with’ is the obvious fact that there is no Temple and therefore, significant chunks of instruction cannot be carried out. But, does the absence of a Temple mean God did away with that part of the Law as Christendom believes? Or, does it simply mean that for the time being part of the Law cannot be obeyed?
What does Scripture say?
Yeshua, when talking about the Torah and the Prophets, said,
…truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
With heaven and earth still clearly here, are there passages in the Law and the Prophets that have not been fulfilled?
To even the most ill informed reader of Scripture, it is clear there are hundreds, maybe a thousand verses/passages that are unfulfilled. The most perplexing would be the passages promising future Continue reading