The Shavuot/Pentecost Message

Leviticus 23.1-2, 15-22

Today, well actually starting at sundown yesterday, is when Shavuot started, and ends at sundown today.

Shavuot in Hebrew means Weeks because it occurs seven full weeks after the “Morrow of the Sabbath”.
And the festival of Shavuot is also called Pentecost meaning 50th.

Now the spiritual significance of Shavuot or the reason the Lord God commands all mankind, and I repeat, all mankind to observe Shavuot every year, has at least five important requirements of the Lord God.

1/ Shavuot teaches us to be obedient  to the Lord our God, to His Word, His Laws and His Commandments.

2/ Shavuot also teaches that everyone, Jewish or not Jewish requires an atonement for forgiveness of our sins, to be right with God.

3/ Shavuot is a Day for all mankind to set aside special and quality times that is dedicated to the Lord our God at a Service, or a gathering of the people.

4/ Shavuot is a Sabbath. No work of any kind should be done.

5/ Shavuot was the time when thousands of Jewish People, the early Believers in Messiah Yeshua, received The Holy Spirit and led their lives according to God’s Torah, The Law of Moses.

This morning our teaching on Shavuot will be in two areas.

-How does Judaism observe Shavuot today?

-What are God’s Commandments to observe Shavuot?

We’ll start with a controversy in Judaism. The controversy is this. When Is the exact day and date of Shavuot?

Leviticus 23.15
The controversy is, What Sabbath is the Lord referring to?

That Sabbath could be the Saturday before Passover. It could be the first day of Passover because the first day of Passover is a Sabbath. Or the Sabbath could be the seventh day of Passover because the seventh day of Passover is also a Sabbath.

The Pharisees maintained the Sabbath as in, You shall count from the next day after the “Sabbath,” means the Sabbath was the first day of Passover. Thus they claim, the count to fifty or to Shavuot started the day after the first day of Passover.

To add to this debate, the Sadducees had another understanding as to when the Sabbath was. And the Samaritans and the Karite Jews joined in with them later. They maintained the next day after the Sabbath was Sunday, or the first Sunday after the first day of Passover. The count to Shavuot started on Sunday after the Saturday Sabbath after the first day of Passover.

Beta Israel, which is the House of Israel or the Ethiopian Jews, saw the next day after the Sabbath as the day after the seventh day of Passover. Thus, they started the count to Shavuot the day after the seventh day of Passover.

The interpretation of the Pharisees was accepted and is the standard in much of Judaism today. So now that I have you thoroughly confused, let’s continue.

Judaism believes Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah or the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. Yet Shavuot was to be given to the Children of Israel at a future date. Now, with all these disagreements as to the exact date of Shavuot, how can they all be right?

Exodus 19.1,14-20,  Exodus 20.1-6
19. 1    The third month on the Jewish calendar is Sivan.
19. 16  If the count to 50 or to Shavuot started on The Day After the Sabbath Before Passover, then the Torah would have been given on Shavuot, at least this year.  

Continuing on how Judaism observes Shavuot.

Shavuot is a time of thanksgiving for the early spring harvest.

Two loaves of leavened bread, usually challahs, are baked and eaten in all Jewish households.

In Temple times, that is during the first and second Temples, two loaves of leavened bread were brought into the Temple, and with much ceremony, waved by the Priest in every direction before the Lord to show appreciation for all His provision for His People.

The Synagogues are usually decorated in greenery and flowers and baskets of fruit to symbolize the harvest mood of Shavuot.

The Scripture readings in the Synagogues are often Exodus chapters 19 and 20, the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. Ezekiel chapter 1, Ezekiel’s vision of God and His magnificence, and the Book of Ruth, David’s great grand mother and an ancestor of Messiah Yeshua. Ruth is read because it takes place during the spring harvest.

Many Jewish men who love Torah, stay up all night studying on Shavuot.

Also many Synagogues hold Confirmation Services for teenagers on Shavuot. I have to tell you the truth, I had to look up what a Confirmation was for a Jewish teenager. The Confirmation is something relatively new and different in Judaism. It was introduced in 1810 in Kassel, Germany as a Reform alternative to Bar Mitzvah for the thirteen year old. It is a rite of passage for the sixteen year old teenager. It was felt to be more in keeping with the times as a sixteen year old was closer to adulthood. Today, Confirmation is practiced in Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism and somewhat in Conservative Judaism.

Back to Shavuot. At home, the holiday table is set with the best linen and dishes. Holiday candles or Yom Tov candles are lit by the woman of the house. Traditional prayers and blessings are chanted over a cup of wine or kosher grape juice, called the Kiddush. And the challah bread is then blessed and shared by all.

A traditional holiday meal with foods symbolizing Shavuot is then served, which would include milk products, cheese blintzes, and cheesecake. Now, that should fill just about everybody.

That would be much of the Jewish observance of Shavuot.

Now, let’s look at the Commandments of God regarding Shavuot.

Leviticus 23.1-2
Leviticus 23 records all God’s Festivals or all God’s Appointed Times for all mankind and not just Judaism. Why? Because Leviticus 23.2 says, Theses are the Appointed Feasts of the the Lord.

God’s Appointed Times or Feasts are His Seventh Day Sabbath which is Saturday. Passover, Shavuot or Pentecost, Rosh Ha Shannah or The Blowing of Trumpets, Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement, Tabernacles or Sukkot, and the Eighth Day of Sukkot.

Leviticus 23.15-16
The Sheaf offering is the Omehr or the Wave Offering – A measure of newly harvested barley or grain of the new harvest.

Verse 16
A new meat offering is a bread offering to the Lord. In Hebrew, Meenkha Khadahshah LahYehhovah.

Leviticus 23.17
We should have two loaves of leavened bread, either in our house or at our Service. Usually the breads are challahs. 2/10 deals of a measure of fine flour. The two loaves of bread were the first fruits to the Lord or a new grain offering.

Leviticus 23.18-20
Everyone, Jewish or not Jewish, is required by the Lord God to have atonement for forgiveness of their sins to be right with God. Sin is breaking God’s Law of Moses. 1John 3.4.

Exodus 32.30-33
Sin must be forgiven and we must lead a life of obedience to God’s Law of Moses to be written in God’s Book of Life to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Leviticus 17.8-9
As there is no Temple in Jerusalem today, animal sacrifices are forbidden.

Isaiah 53.10-11
Our atonement for sin is the atoning death of the Messiah Yeshua. It is His atoning death that forgives us our sins, forever. We must however lead a life of obedience to God’s Law of Moses. That is Scriptural.

Hebrew 10.16-17
The Writer of Hebrews repeats the words of the New Covenant given to the Prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 31.31-34 given for Israel and all the world. Yeshua is the New Covenant for the forgiveness of our sins.

Leviticus 23.21
Shavuot is a Sabbath and our time should be set aside for the Lord our God in a Service dedicated exclusively to Him and Messiah Yeshua.

Acts 2.1-15,37-42
Shortly after Messiah gave His Life as our atoning sacrifice, and ascended into Heaven; on the following Shavuot or Pentecost, thousands of Jewish People received Messiah Yeshua, and The Holy Spirit. They were Baptized, and they adhered to and obeyed and continued in the Law of Moses, The Laws of God, the Apostle’s Doctrine.

So in conclusion     

The spiritual importance of Shavuot is this:
-Shavuot teaches us to obey God. His Word, His Law and His Commandments.
-Shavuot teaches us all humanity requires atonement for our sins to be right with God. Sin is breaking the Law of Moses, 1John 3.4. Our atonement today is Yeshua the Messiah.
-Shavuot is a Day to set aside quality time for our God and Messiah. Shavuot is dedicated especially to Him.
-It is a Sabbath. No work of any kind should be done on Shavuot.
-And Shavuot was the time thousands of Jewish People, the first Believers along with the Disciples of Messiah, received Messiah Yeshua and The Holy Spirit and lived their lives in accordance to the Law of Moses, The Laws of The God Of Heaven.

Shalom,  Ira Weinstein

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Shabbat Message on Genesis 12.10-20

Earlier, the Lord had commanded Abram to get out of his Country which was Ur of the Chaldees, and Ur of the Chaldees would be in southern Iraq today. And the Lord said to Abraham, leave the Land where you were born, and leave your father’s house and go to the Land that I will show you. Now the word show as in, The Land that I will show you, comes from the Hebrew word rah ah which also means, provide and give. Thus the Lord God had said to Abram, Go to the Land that I will show you, provide for you and give to you. The Land today is Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel. In Abram’s day, it was the Land of Canaan. Which brings us to Genesis 12.7.

Genesis 12.7
The Lord Yehhovah is Yeshua the Messiah Who appeared to Abram.
It is Yeshua the Messiah Who is also God Almighty Who gave the Land of Israel to the Jewish People forever.

Genesis 12.8
Abram prayed to the Lord, and called on Him, no doubt asking Him for guidance and other things pertaining to life.

Genesis 12.9
The word Journeyed comes from the Hebrew word Nah sas meaning, To pull up the tent stakes and start a journey.

Genesis 12.10
The word Famine comes from the Hebrew word Rah ahv meaning, Hunger, and it can be an extreme scarcity of food.

So it seems that when Abram and those with him entered Canaan, there was a severe famine in the Land, and Abram made the decision to leave Canaan and go down to Egypt where he felt life would be better.

And this was a real test of obedience that the Lord God had presented to Abram. So Abram and all those with him went down to Egypt to sojourn there. That is, to live there.

However, Egypt was not the Land that God told Abram to go to. It was Canaan. God never told Abram to go to Egypt. So Abram and all with him went down to Egypt and he got himself in all kinds of trouble there. The Egyptians took Abram’s wife Sarai and brought her to Pharaoh’s house. Yes, we know Abram told her to say she was his sister. Well she was also his sister. Genesis 20.12 says, Sarah was the daughter of Abraham’s father, but not the daughter of his mother. But that’s not the point here. The Lord had to plague Pharaoh and all his family to get creepy and greedy Pharaoh to send Sari back to her husband Abram.

Here’s the point. The essence of this event. God put Abram to the test. God sent Abram to Canaan, a Land He provided for him. But there was a famine there, a severe famine and the test was this. Would Abram obey God and stay in Canaan, or would he disobey God and go down to Egypt because life in Canaan would be too tough with there being a famine there. Maybe Abram thought, we’ll starve to death here in Canaan. Maybe God won’t provide for us and feed us. Egypt looks better. So Abram disobeyed God. He failed the test, just like so many of us fail various tests when the Lord examines us. He failed to do what God told him to do. Go to Canaan, not Egypt.
He disobeyed God.

So I have a question. When it comes to making decisions in our life, and we have many, How do we know the Lord has told us to do it? Or has the Lord told us not to do it? That is, Are we doing what God would have us to do?

Of course we should always pray to the Lord and ask Him for guidance, which I do often, but perhaps not enough. But God doesn’t always answer me in a voice. Lord, I asked, Should we move to Las Vegas and start a Messianic Congregation there? I was hoping He would say, Sure, go and I will provide you with a Congregation of 20,000. Well, we’re not even close. But we moved here anyway, and it was the right move.

2 Samuel 21.1
We should always seek the Lord for everything. Especially when making important decisions in our life.

Genesis 26.1-2, 3-4
God told Isaac not to go to Egypt but to stay in Canaan. Isaac obeyed God and God blessed him greatly. God performed all the blessings to Isaac that He promised him, because he obeyed the Lord His God. Thus, when we obey God, He blesses us.

Ruth 1.16
Often times events in life force us to act and make crucial decisions. But are we doing the right thing? Are we doing what the Lord would have us to do? Ruth a non Jewish woman made a major commitment in her life. To remain with her mother in law Naomi and go to Israel with her. And Ruth was blessed for that decision. She married Boaz, a relative of Naomi her mother in law’s husband. And Ruth became the Great Grand Mother of David, and an ancestor in the lineage of Messiah Yeshua.

What about David’s decision to battle the giant Goliath. David was a man after God’s own heart. He loved God and obeyed Him.

2 Chronicles 19.1-3
Jehoshaphat, King of Judah decided to go to war with Ahab, King of the northern Kingdom of Israel against Syria. Ahab was an evil guy who rejected God and His Law. God would call Ahab “Ungodly.” And that was a mistake on Jehoshaphat’s part. Ahab got killed and Jehoshaphat was scolded by a Prophet of God. But God saw the good in Jehoshaphat.

Genesis 2.15-17 and Genesis 3.1-5
And the great and wrong decision of Adam and Eve. They failed badly. They flat out disobeyed God as most people do. And, we should all learn from this failure but most won’t and don’t.

So many people tell us why we should disobey God because the Law is dead. They tell us by obeying God’s Law of Moses we’ve become a legalist or a judaizer or we’re going to lose our salvation for obeying God. Hey, that’s scary stuff and should scare you pretty good. Well, these people who find fault in us, whose work are they doing anyway? It sure isn’t the work of the Lord God, and they sure didn’t learn that from the God of Israel. They learn that stuff from somewhere else.

So, why does God test us? Why does He examine us and put us through trials that at times are tough to handle? The answer. To see if we will obey Him or not.

Deuteronomy 8.1-3

Obedience to God is the single most important teaching in the Bible. Believing in Yeshua is obedience to God, Jeremiah 31.31-34, etc. And obeying God’s Law, the Law of Moses, is obedience to God and critical in our life, whether we are Jewish or not. 

Deuteronomy 30. 15-16 and 19-20

The Lord teaches us throughout Scripture that He will bless us and give us good success if we obey Him.

Joshua 1.8-9, 

Matthew 28. 19-20
Yeshua did not teach His Disciples Sunday Sabbath or that the Law was dead. He did not teach them about Christmas or Christmas trees, or Easter or Easter bunnies. He taught them about Himself and the Law of Moses. He in fact never taught them that His name was Jesus or His Title was Christ. Where did that come from? He taught them that His name is Yeshua, meaning salvation, and His title was Messiah or Anointed One. He taught them the truth. Those telling us the Law is dead, don’t know the truth of God’s Word, and that’s sad.

Luke 16.27-31
Those who will enter into Heaven must on this earth obey the Law of God, the Law of Moses. That is what our Messiah teaches.

Genesis 15.6 and Genesis 26.5
Our example to follow, is Abraham.  After all, if we obey as Abraham obeyed, we are the children of Abraham. This is precisely what Paul teaches in Galatians 3.7.

So, you might say, Hey, I’m a Believer in Yeshua. What does obedience to Torah, the Law of Moses have to do with me making decisions in my life? I’ll tell you why. Because God will always work your decisions together for your good, whether they were right or wrong, because you obeyed the Lord your God, you obeyed His Law of Moses.

Romans 8.28 
All things work together means; All those decisions you make, even all things that happen in your life, will provide and accomplish good. Good for you and good for God according to His purpose. To those who love God and are called. So what does it mean to love God and to be called? Because that is God’s requirement for having all things work together for good in your life.
 
Deuteronomy 7.9,  John 14.15-16 and verse 24
What does it mean to love God? Loving God means Obeying Him, His Torah, His Law, His Law of Moses.
And notice in John 14.16. The Lord God will give you the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, IF you Obey Him.

And in Verse 24, Those who do not love Yeshua, do not keep His sayings, that is His Doctrine and Word.
Yeshua is Yehhovah, El Shady, the God of Israel.
Yeshua is not part of the Trinity. He is The Trinity. He is the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

And how do we know we are The Called?
We know we are Called by God if we Obey Him, If we Obey His Torah, the Law of Moses. It’s that simple.
1 Peter 2.21-22

I must say at this point, we don’t have that very large Congregation, but we did learn the truth from the work of our Congregation. And the truth is this. Yeshua is the Messiah and God we know it is a requirement of God to Obey His Law of Moses. God said in Luke 4.4, It is written (In the Law, in Deuteronomy 8.3), that man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God. 

So the question is this. How do we know what the Lord has commanded us to do or not do?

#1 
Everything we do in life should always be according to Torah, The Law of Moses. 
That is, if what we are going to do is in line with God’s Law of Moses, It is okay to do it. It may succeed.
If what you will do Breaks God’s Law of Moses, Don’t do it.

#2
In a lot of our decisions, not all things we do turn to success, even when we’re obedient to Torah. In fact, many of our decisions may turn to failure. But remember what Paul writes in Romans 8.28. And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to God’s purpose.

Loving God is obeying God. Obeying His Law of Moses. And the called of God also obey God, His Law of Moses. Listen! Then you can be sure that all things you do whether they succeed or not, will work in your life for good, as it did for Abraham, because you love God and Messiah and you obey His Law of Moses.

Shalom.   Ira Weinstein

 

Shabbat Message on Genesis 12.6-9

The Lord God had said to Abram, Leave your country, which was in Ur of the Chaldees, today’s Iraq in the south, and leave your family, and go to a Land that I will show you. That Land was Canaan, today’s Israel. So Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot and his servants and all their possessions, and left for Canaan.

Genesis 12.6
Sheh khem would be in central Israel, perhaps in the West Bank near the Jordan River.

The Plain of Moreh or an oak tree in Moreh not far from Shekhem.

Genesis 12.7
And the Lord appeared to Abram. In Hebrew, Vah yay rah  Yeh ho vah  ehl  Ahv rahm

Yeshua is the Lord Yehovah Who appeared to Abram.

Genesis 17.1
Yeshua is Yehovah and He is El Shady Almighty God.

Genesis 18.1
This is Yeshua the Messiah Who is Yehovah, Who again appeared to Abraham.

John 8.56-59
Yeshua told the Jewish folk, Abraham rejoiced when he saw Me, telling them He is I Am.

It’s important, yes, of great importance to know that Yeshua is God. Why? Because God never changes and He never changes His Word. We are told too often by Christians and Jewish people who say they believe in Messiah Yeshua, that God has changed His Word. They say, Saturday is no longer Sabbath, Sunday is. The food laws of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 have gone the way of the dinosaurs to extinction. The Festivals of God such as Passover and The Day of Atonement and all the Feasts of Leviticus 23 are dead and gone. Let me tell you something. That doctrine is not of God but from the enemy who robs, kills and destroys. And I’m talking about your Salvation. Look at the following Scriptures telling us God Never Changes.

Isaiah 40.8
The word Stand in Hebrew is; Koom meaning, Continues, Decree, that is, God’s Word is Law. Stand means, Endures, Remains, His Word is Established and His Word Succeeds. God’s Word Stands and remains forever.
 
Matthew 5.18
The smallest letter and the smallest stroke in the Law will never disappear until all is fulfilled. That is, not one word will be added or subtracted or removed from the Law of Moses as long as we live and breathe on this earth and into eternity. The Law of Moses, which is God’s Word, never changes. It stands forever.

Hebrew 13.8
God’s Word is the same yesterday, today and forever. The word Same means, Never changes. God’s Word never changes. Remember that when someone tells you it’s okay for you Not to obey the Law of Moses or eat a ham sandwich, they have no knowledge of God. God’s Law is for you and all the World and if you are a Believer in Jesus the Messiah Who is also God, you should serve Him Correctly as the Bible teaches, not as man teaches.

Genesis 17.8
The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish People forever.

Last week we studied the dimensions or the size of Israel from Genesis 15.18-21, and we learned that the boundary lines for Israel are a lot larger then they are today. The Land that God gave Israel includes all of today’s Israel, including Gaza, the West Bank, all of Jerusalem, plus the Land of Egypt up to the Nile River, including the Sinai Peninsula; also Lebanon, Jordan, much of Syria and Iraq up to the Euphrates River, and possibly a small portion of Saudi Arabia.

I may be a little too generous with these dimensions, but God’s final borders for Israel will be fully realized when the Lord returns to set up His Messianic Kingdom in Israel and establish His Throne in Jerusalem.

Now we all know that the 1,000 year Millennium or the Millennial Age will be in Israel. And we all know that the Lord and Messiah Yeshua will reign in Israel’s Capital Jerusalem. What most of us don’t know is the size of the Messianic Kingdom, future Israel. Meaning, How big will it be? Will it be large enough to house the Church of all Christians throughout the Church Age, or about 1,700 years of Christianity, plus Jewish Believers and Others?

Church Doctrine teaches that all Christian Saints who believe in Jesus Christ will be resurrected or raptured and at some point in time will live in the Kingdom, the future Millennium in Israel for 1,000 Years after Christ has destroyed His enemies and Satan.

Let’s look at some Scriptures that confirm the Millennium will be in Israel.

Zechariah 14.1-11
Verse 5 All His Saints.  In Hebrew; Kal  Kah do sheem. Saints or Kah do sheem are Holy Beings. Those who are Sacred and Holy, and also God’s Angels are Kah do sheem. All who have faith in Messiah Yeshua and obey the Laws of God, The Law of Moses are Saints, Kahdosheem..
Verse 9 Messiah will reign physically and visually on earth and will rule the entire earth. 

Isaiah 2.2-4,  Luke 1.30-33

Now the question is this. Will the Land of Israel in the future Millennium be large enough to house the Church?

Doing a rough calculation of the size of Israel in the future Millennium, and let me say it’s not exactly accurate; taking the dimensions of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and portions of Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Israel will be about 360,000 square miles. Today, Israel is 7,876 square miles or Israel will be about 45 times larger then it is today.

For comparisons, The United States is 3,536,278 square miles or about 10 times larger then the future Millennial Israel.  Mexico is twice the size of the future Millennial Israel. Nevada and Texas together are about the size of the future Millennial Israel.

Now Christianity teaches, if you believe in Jesus Christ you are saved and will enter into the Millennium and then after 1,000 years, you will happily enter into Heaven forever. Don’t worry about the Law of Moses, they say. It’s dead. It’s no longer in use. It doesn’t affect you, Jesus nailed it to the Cross when He was Crucified. Brilliant teaching, but it’s a lie. The Law is for everybody and believers in Christ should know that.

There are about 2 billion Christians in the world today. Let’s say the Church Age is 1,700 years, from 300AD to today. So if we included all Christians living and dead who will enter the Millennium by resurrection or rapture, and let’s say a generation of Christians is 80 years. 1,700 years divided by 80 generations of Christians equal 21.25 generations of 2 billion Christians or a grand total of 42 billion 500 million Christians squeezing into Millennial Israel, the Messianic Kingdom. Not including Jewish Believers and others. It doesn’t appear so comfortable. Sort of like being on a huge over crowded elevator.

Today’s world population is 6 billion people. God would have to make about 7 more worlds to accommodate all these people. But He won’t.

Let’s get real. God Who is Yeshua or Jesus and is not part of the Trinity but is the Trinity, has very strict written requirements that He teaches throughout His Word, The Bible, telling us what He requires from all of us whether we are Jewish or not Jewish, to enter into the Millennium. And He tells us often, It’s a Remnant, a small number of people who will enter. Why? because most people disregard, reject and cast off God’s Teachings and Laws.

So let’s see what God the Messiah Yeshua says about The Remnant.

Matthew 22.14
The word few in Greek is Oligos; meaning Puny and Small.

Matthew 7.13-14
Strait – Stenos – Narrow from obstacles standing close about. The obstacles? As a Jew I hear from other Jewish people that Yeshua is not Messiah. And I’m a traitor, a Christian and have left the faith, etc. 
For Christians, The law doesn’t apply to you. If it applies to anyone, it’s for the Jews, Only. You will lose your salvation trying to obey the Law. That’s works. Your a Legalist ,a Judaizer, you’re crazy, etc.

Luke 13.23-24
Oh really, we don’t have to work to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Work is involved and that work is obeying God and not the Church Fathers who invented their own doctrine contradictory to God’s doctrine.

Strive in Greek is Agonizomai meaning; To struggle, to contend with an adversary (those who tell you the Law is dead), fight, labor, strive.
It takes an effort and obeying God takes an effort in this world. Don’t buy that nonsense we don’t have to work to get in the Kingdom. It takes Agonizomai.

Why then will so few find the Gate that leads to Life?

Matthew 7.21-23
Iniquity in Greek as in, Depart from Me you that work iniquity, is Anomia. Anomia means Violation of the Law of Moses or transgressing the Law of Moses. Simply said, Not obeying the Law of Moses.

Matthew 5.17
Messiah did not come to destroy the Law or the Prophets.
He came to complete it. The New Testament or New Covenant is part of the Law and the Law was not complete until Messiah came.

Some added verses for all especially those who claim faith in Yeshua the Messiah. Remember Yeshua or Jesus is God, Yehhovah, El Shadai, God Almighty

Exodus 19.3-6 ,  Exodus 20.6,  Deuteronomy 26.16-18,  Deuteronomy 28.9,  Deuteronomy 30.1-10 

The only people who will find the gate that leads to life are those Believers in Messiah Yeshua, Jesus who obey the Laws of God which are written in the Book of the Law which we know as the Law of Moses.

These are God’s Laws or Yeshua’s Laws we are to follow, all of us, Jew or Gentile. There are some other Laws.

The Sabbath   Exodus 20.8-11,  Exodus 35.3

The Food Laws   Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14

The Festivals of the Lord. They are not Jewish Holidays, they are God’s Festivals. Leviticus 23. See verse 2.

No Magic, no magic books, no magic films, no magic of any kind or anything concerning magic. 
Deuteronomy 18.9-14

Learn the Law and do it.   Acts 15.21

Thus the Millennium in Israel will be massive because all who enter will be Kahdosheem, Saints, Holy, Sacred, Holy Beings, obedient to God, serving God and worshipping Him.

And we will be a blessing.  
A blessing to God, to other nations or Gentiles and to ourselves.
Genesis12.2

Revelation 7.1-4, 9-16
The 144,000 Jews will lead many to salvation during the great tribulation by teaching the Truth. The truth is this. Yeshua is the Messiah and God. And all must obey God’s Torah, His Law of Moses.

Revelation 21.1-4, 16
And as a point of information, New Jerusalem or the city that will come down from Heaven after the !,000 year Millennium ends, will be a lot larger then the future Israel. One reason, I think, is because we will be involved in many coming to salvation in Messiah outside of the Kingdom.

New Jerusalem;  Revelation 21.16: 1,500 square miles times 1,500 square miles equals 2,250,000 square miles.
The United States without Alaska is 2,900,000 square miles.

So, only those who believe in Yeshua the Messiah and obey the Laws of God will enter the Millennium and Heaven.

He or she that has ears to hear, let them hear. Then you will be a blessing to the Lord Your God, the God of Israel Who is Yeshua the Messiah. And you will be a blessing to others, to yourself, and your name will be great, because your name is written in Heaven.

Shalom,  Ira Weinstein


Genesis 12.4-7

So the blueprint of Israel is starting to emerge. The Lord had said to Abram in Genesis 12.2, that He will make of him a Great Nation and He will bless Abram and make his name great, and he shall be a blessing.

Now, the word You, as in I will bless You, can be either singular or plural. In these verses of Scripture, the word You is both singular and plural. This is what I mean.

In Genesis 12.2, the Lord said to Abram, I will make of You a Great Nation. That is the Great Nation Israel will come forth from Abraham. The Lord also said to Abram, I will bless You and make your name great, and You shall be a blessing.

These great blessings and promises of God, I will bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing, are given to Abraham, Israel and the Jewish People.

Now please listen to this. Non Jewish People who believe in Yeshua the Messiah, who fear God and keep all His Commandments and Laws known as the Law of Moses, join in with that Great Nation Israel and her Jewish People, and you also will be blessed, and your name will be great, and you shall be a blessing. Amen?

Likewise in Genesis 12.3, where the Lord said to Abram, And I will bless them that bless You and curse him the curses You.Those who bless Abraham and Israel and the Jewish People and the Torah (Law) abiding Non Jewish Believers in Messiah Yeshua; well those who bless us will be blessed, and those who curse us will be cursed.

And then the greatest blessing from Genesis 12.3. The Lord said to Abram, And in you shall all families of the earth be blessed. Let me say this. For unto Abraham and the Jewish People was a child born, and unto Abraham and the Jewish People is a Son given. That is Yeshua the Messiah, in Whom all the families of the earth are blessed, to those who receive him, to those who love Him and  honor him. To those who obey Him and keep the Commandments and the Laws of God known as the Law of Moses. They will be blessed. And this is the greatest blessing of All. The Messiah Yeshua.

Now one of the many blessings for Israel and all who love Messiah and obey Torah (The Law) is found in

Isaiah 27.1,6

Verse 1 – In that day – When the Lord returns.

 Leviathan – In Hebrew – Leev yah tan – is symbolic for satan the 
 serpent.
he will be chained for 1,000 years during the
 millennium, and after the
millennium will be tossed into hell
 forever. Revelation 20.1-2,10.
Crooked – In Hebrew –
 Ah kah lah tone – Meaning – Tortuous, that is, as 
we  know,
 satan causes pain, suffering and torture.
 
Also the word means Wrest – to distort and lie and twist the
 meaning of
Scripture.. Such as this. Yeshua is not the Messiah,
 or the Law of God,
that is, the Law of Moses, is dead.  That is
 wresting the Scriptures and that is wrong.


Verse 6 – In the Millennium, Israel will blossom and bud. Her Jewish 
            and Non Jewish Believers in Messiah who live by Torah, 
            will be a blessing, a blessing to the Lord God. And our 
            name will be Great. And will take root in the Lord God and 
            flourish and prosper in the Lord.  

Even with God’s great blessings, Israel and the Jewish People pay for our sins and have paid for our sins, double.

Isaiah 40.1-2
Anti Semitism, the Holocaust, Pogroms; the massacres of Jews, wars, all the Nations are against Israel, etc, etc, etc.

Though we are blessed, you and me, Jewish and Non Jewish Believers in Messiah, we will from time to time suffer as Messiah did with troubles and persecutions.

Matthew 5.10-12
Righteousness is a word meaning, right with God because of our faith in God and Messiah and our obedience to Torah.

But the Lord will always deliver us and rescue us, and bless His Chosen, always.

Exodus 14. 1-4,  30-31

From the very lips of Messiah come the ultimate blessing for blessing His People, you and me, and the tragic curse for cursing His People.

Matthew 25. 31-32, 46

Now, with the great blessings given to Abraham and his descendants, the Jewish People, the history of Israel starts to develop and is set in motion.

Genesis 12.4-7

Here are the boundaries of Israel, the Land given to the Jewish People forever.

Genesis 15. 18-21

Verse 18   Covenant – Beh reet –  Here, a promise or a contract made by God that cannot and will not be broken, ever. 

The River of Egypt – The Nile.

The borders of Israel promised by the Lord God will be fully realized when the Lord returns and sets up His Messianic Kingdom in Israel where He will reign in Jerusalem.

Here are the borders:
Today’s Israel including Gaza, the West Bank, all of Jerusalem, the Land of Egypt to the Nile River, including the Sinai Peninsula, Jordan, Lebanon, most of Syria to the Euphrates River, much of Iraq to the Euphrates River, and possibly a portion of Saudi Arabia.

So, why did the Lord God cast out and destroy the Canaanites, and then give the Land of Canaan to the Children of Israel to possess it forever? Because of sin. Breaking God’s Law. 1John 3.4. The crooked serpent satan even today teaches us to sin because satan’s teaching is, The Law is dead. 

Genesis 15.15-16
Amorites – A term sometimes used in Scripture for all the Canaanite Nations. Their iniquity is not yet full – When God says they have done enough sin, it  will be enough and He will cast them out and destroy them. Their cup of iniquity will be full or was full.

Theses were some of the sins and abominations of the Canaanites:
-They sacrificed their children through fire.
-They prayed to graven idols.
-They sacrificed to false idols.
-They had immoral, ungodly sexual relations.
-They burned incense to strange gods.
-They made graven images to Baalim, a strange god.
-They rejected God’s Laws and every Law God established. Somewhat
 like today throughout the world including the United States of America.
-They served and obeyed their own will rather then the will of God. The
 will of God is obedience to His Laws. The same thing is happening
 today throughout the world including the United States of America.
-That brought about their ruin.

Leviticus 18.24-30,  

The Land given to Israel is the most beautiful in the world, God says.

Ezekiel 20.5-6

Let’s see who the Canaanite people were.

Genesis 15.19
The Keninites and the Kenizites were a Canaanite people.

The Kadomites – Also a Canaanite people who lived in the Syro-Arabian desert or in parts of Syria and today’s Saudi Arabia.

Genesis 15.20
The Hittites were also a Canaanite people who perhaps lived in Hebron where years later Sarah and Abraham were buried.

The Perizzites were a Canaanite people who lived in the future regions of Judah, Ephraim and Manasseh, large portions of today’s central and northern Israel.

The Rephaim were a Canaanite people and were giants. Possibly Goliath was a Rephaim or an Anakim who were also giants. Both peoples were upwards to 10 feet tall.

Genesis 15.21
The Amorites were a Canaanite people who lived in the future regions of Judah in today’s southern Israel, and also in Jordan of today.

The Canaanites – The people who 3,500 years ago were the inhabitants of Canaan, today’s Israel. History books describe Canaan as the land along the Mediterranean Sea from the south of Gaza to modern day Syria and Iraq. Precisely the Land the God of Israel gave to Israel.

The Girgashites were a Canaanite people.

The Jebusites were a Canaanite people who inhabited Jebus or in Hebrew, Yeh voos, today’s Jerusalem.

Jerusalem became the capital of Israel when King David captured it from the Jebusites. It is the capital of Israel today, and will be the capital of Israel forever.

2 Samuel 5. 4-10

The enemies of Israel and Jerusalem will disappear one day and will be no more.

Isaiah 52.1

In the Millennium, the Messianic era, Jerusalem will be called a City of The Truth. In Hebrew –
Eer Hah Eh meht.

Zechariah 8.3

The Holy City that will come down from God after the 1000 year millennium is New Jerusalem.

Revelation 21.1-4

Then all Israel shall be saved. All Believers, Jewish and Non Jewish, who love Messiah Yeshua and fear God and have kept His Commandments and His Law known as the Law of Moses, will be all Israel and will live in New Jerusalem which is Heaven with our God and Messiah forever.
 
Romans 11.26

Shalom.  Ira Weinstein

                

Genesis 12. 2-3

Last Week we ended our message while teaching in Genesis 12.2 where the Lord said to Abraham,”I will make of you a Great Nation.” Israel is a Great Nation because God is the God of Israel and the Jewish People.

This Covenant of God with Abraham, the first Jewish Person, was made some 4,000 years ago, and nearly 2,000 years before Messiah, and well before Christianity and all other religions.

Today, the God of Israel is also the God of  all Non Jewish People who join in with that Great Nation Israel by believing in Yeshua the Messiah and observing the Laws and Commandments God gave to His People Israel.

Paul wrote in Romans 9.4-5, speaking of God’s gifts and calling to Israel, that Israel is adopted by God, they have received God’s glory, His covenants, the giving of the Law, the service of God, and the promises. The fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, are Jewish and belong to Israel. God named Jacob Israel. And as a human being, because Yeshua is God, Messiah is from Israel, a Son given to the Jewish People. 

Thus, all those gifts and calling, all of them, are available to everyone who receives Messiah Yeshua and who fear the Lord their God, who walk in all His ways, and who love Him, and serve the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and who keep the Commandments of the Lord God and His Laws which we know as the Law of Moses. Then you are truly grafted in, becoming fully part of God’s chosen people Israel, receiving all God’s blessings, promises, covenants and yes, Messiah Himself Who is the God of Creation.

So the question might be, What do we call ourselves? Well, we can call ourselves Believers, or Messianic Believers, or Messianic Believers in Yeshua the  Messiah, or Messianic Believers in Yeshua the Messiah who obey Torah, or simply Believers in Messiah, or one of God’s chosen people Israel. Or you continue to refer to yourself as Jewish if you are Jewish or Christian if you are Christian. However, I think what we call ourselves is less important then how we conduct our lives in following the Lord God. That is what is important.

Numbers 15.14-16
Here is the beginning when the Lord called Non Jewish People in with
His chosen people.

Stranger – Non Jewish

Sojourn – Comes from the Hebrew word –  Gore – Meaning to turn aside
from, that is, join in with Israel in faith.

Generations – In perpetuity, forever

Manner – One standard of judgment according to the Laws of God.

Here is the Biblical formula for being One with God and Messiah.

John 17.20-23

Verse 20 – These – Are Messiah’s Disciples.
                    Messiah’s Disciples lived according to His teachings,
                    their belief in Him and obedience to Torah, God’s Laws.

                    His Apostles.
                    His Apostles Were Sent By God to teach Messiah and
                    Torah.

Verse 21 – One in Us.
                    The word One means, like or similar, or identical, same
                     as.

                     One – Meaning we must be like God and Messiah, that
                      is obedient to God and His Laws, The Torah.

                      Father in Me (Messiah) – God is in Messiah because 
                      God is the Messiah.

                      I (Messiah) in You (God) – Yeshua is in God because
                      Yeshua the Messiah is God.

Verse 22  –  Glory is Honor, Praise and Dignity.
                      True Believers in Messiah have the same Glory, and
                      Honor, Praise and Dignity that God gave to Messiah,
                      the very same.

                      That they may be One even as we are One. That is we
                      are to be like Messiah and God. Obedient to the Word
                      of God and the Commandments and Laws of God. 

Verse 23  –   I in Them, that is Messiah in us. ie, the Holy Spirit in us.  
                       See Acts 5.32. God gives the Holy Spirit only to those who
                       obey Him. 

                       Perfect meaning, we are complete, perfect, lacking nothing,
                       because we do what God commands us. Believe and obey
                       Him.

                       And perhaps the most wonderful Scripture of all. God loves
                       us as much as He loves Messiah. And Messiah is God. Think
                       on that for a moment.

Thus, Jewish and Non Jewish People have the very same requirements to
enter the Kingdom of God, that is Heaven. Belief in the Messiah Yeshua and
Obedience to the Laws and Commandments of God, known as Torah and
also the Law of Moses.

God magnifies His Word above all His Name. That is how much He requires us
to observe His Word and Teachings and Laws.

Psalm 138.2

Here are some of the many Blessings and gifts that come with being One with
God and Messiah.

Romans 8.17,  Ephesians 1.3-5,  Philippians 2.5

God’s love is conditional. His love requires us to be One with Him.

Let’s clarify Who Israel is.

Romans 9.6-8

Verse 7 – Israel has 7 million People.
                 80% are Jewish. 20% are not Jewish.
                 80% are Jewish from Isaac, Jacob and his 12 sons.
                 20% are not Jewish unless they are grafted in.
                 Called – Isaac is called by God and has God’s promise                
                 to inherit all the promises God made with Abraham.

Verse 8 -Flesh – Ishmael who was from Hagar an Egyptian woman.
                 Children of the promise (Israel, the Jewish People) are the
                 Called from Isaac.

Genesis 17.18-21
Israel is from Isaac. God gave the Covenant to Isaac for an everlasting
Covenant.

What is the Covenant?

Genesis 17.7-8
To be God to Israel and the Jewish People, and the giving of the Land
of Israel to the Jewish People forever.

Genesis 21.9-12
God’s Chosen People Israel come from Isaac for a purpose. To be God’s
witnesses to the world.

Genesis 25.19-26
Jacob is from Isaac.

Genesis 32.28-30
God gave Jacob the name Israel.

Israel is from Isaac, Jacob and his twelve sons.
Genesis 49.1-2,16,28,  Exodus 1.1-9,  Exodus 2.23-25

Exodus 4.22
God is the Father of Israel.

Exodus 5.1,  Exodus 14.24-25
God is the God of Israel.

Non Jewish People are saved also, of course, by being One with God.
Romans 9.23-26,  Romans 11.17,  Romans 11.29

Who is the Israel of God?
Galatians 6.15-16

The Israel of God is from Isaac, Jacob and his 12 sons, and all the true
Believers in Messiah who are grafted in, that is One with God and Messiah. 

The Israel of God in Eternity are those who are One in God through
belief in Messiah and obedience to Torah.

Isaiah 66.22

Thus, Israel is the Jewish People who are from Isaac, Jacob and his
twelve sons, and Non Jewish People who are grafted in through faith
in Messiah and obedience to Torah.

As Paul says in Romans 11.26, And so all Israel shall be saved.

And not all Jewish People and not all the Church will make it into Heaven
but those who are One with God and Messiah through faith in Yeshua and
obedience to the Law of Moses.

Genesis 12.3
To bless or curse Abraham or the Jewish People or grafted in Believers,
is to bless or curse God.

In Abraham shall all the families of the earth be blessed. The greatest
blessing of all that flows from Abraham is Messiah Yeshua who blesses
all the families of the earth to those who receive Him.

As Yeshua said in John 4.22, “Salvation is from the Jews.” The Salvation
given to the nations is from the Jewish People through Yeshua Who is
Jewish, Whose ancestors are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Shalom.  Ira Weinstein

Genesis 12.1-3

In these passages of Scripture, the Lord God teaches us about the origin of Israel or its very beginnings. And we also learn about some of the great and extraordinary Covenants of Promise God made with Abraham and to all Israel. And yes, to those who are not Jewish but join in with Israel, especially the Jewish Believers in Messiah Yeshua by believing in Messiah and live their lives according to Torah, God’s Laws and Commandments He gave to Israel and all the world. So, let’s call this teaching, God’s great Covenants of Promise. 

Genesis 12.1
Judaism titles this chapter Lekh Leh-khah, meaning Go Forth.

Abraham’s country – Ur of the Chaldees which would be in today’s southern
Iraq.

Your kindred – Your native Land where you were born which was Ur of the
Chaldees.

A Land – Hah Arehtz The Land, that is, a specific and special Land which
today is Israel.

Genesis 12.2
Make of you a Great Nation. The word Make in Hebrew is Ah-sar meaning
to bring into existence (from Abraham)

I can think of no other Nation brought into existence by one man.

So, why is Israel a Great Nation? Israel is the size of New Jersey, the third
smallest State in the United States. Israel has only seven and a half million
people of which six million are Jewish and one and a half million are mostly
Arabs. Worldwide, there is a total of  fourteen million Jewish People or less
then one forth of one percent of the world’s population. The United States
is five hundred times larger then Israel. So why does The Lord God call
Israel a Great Nation?   

I believe Israel is a Great Nation because The Lord God is the God of
Israel, and the Jewish People are God’s Chosen People. Also, The
Lord God has chosen Israel to be His Servant and His Witnesses. Plus
the many Covenants and Promises God has made with Israel. And for
that, Israel and the Jewish People are a Great Nation. And yes, Non
Jewish People join in with Israel by believing in Messiah Yeshua and
diligently observing to do all His Laws and Commandments which He
commands us. Then you become fully part of that Great Nation Israel,
receiving all the Covenants of Promise given to Israel and that includes
Eternal Life in Heaven with your Saviour and God, Yeshua the Messiah.
And that is the  Word of God.

Isaiah 41.8-14
Servant in Hebrew is Ah-vehd. My Servant is Ahv-dee; meaning, A
Messenger of God, Worshippers of God, Godly (which means believing
in Messiah and obeying Torah, the Laws of God, known as the Law of Moses),
Ministers and Ambassadors of God, Sent by God to do His Service. Some of
God’s Servants were Prophets chosen by God. A Servant of God is also a
friend of God.

Let’s look at some of the Covenants of Promise given to Israel and explained
by Paul.

Covenant in Hebrew is Beh-reet meaning, A contract or a commitment made by
God. God’s Covenants include His  Word, Law, Commandments and Promises.
Psalm 105.8-10

Romans 9.1-5
Adoption – Webster’s – To take and use as one’s own.

Glory – Honor and respect and esteem. Also Israel has seen His Glory The
Shekhinah,
His Glory or God’s Presence.

The Covenants of Promise belong to Israel – All the Covenants of Promise
belong to and were given to Israel including the New Covenant, that is the
New Testament.

The Giving of the Law – The Lord God gave the Law (The Torah) to Israel
to give to Israel and all the world. 

The Service of God – This is how we serve God, Romans 12.1-2 

The Promises – All the Promises were given to Israel, Ephesians 2.11-12

The Fathers – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are Jewish and belong to Israel.
Deuteronomy 10.15

Messiah in the flesh – Messiah is God Who came to this earth a human
being. He is Jewish and comes from Israel. Matthew 1.1-2

Isaiah 66.22
Israel will remain forever as will all Jewish Believers in Messiah will remain
forever. And the Believers in Messiah who are not Jewish and observe
according to Scripture as taught above will remain forever in Israel, the
New Jerusalem in Heaven.

Romans 11.29
And God never changes.

To summarize:

The Lord God chose Abraham and called him out of the Gentiles to be the
father of a Nation and People, Israel and the Jewish People. Chosen by
God with the most important of missions. To tell the world everything we
know and have been taught by God about God and His Messiah Yeshua.
We have accomplished that  assignment with the Bible.

The Greatest and most important teaching is this, Believe in Messiah
Yeshua and then lead a new life by obeying Torah. That will make you
part of the Great Nation Israel and you will be rewarded with all God’s
Promises and Covenants which include Eternal Life in Heaven. And
that is the Word of God.

Shalom.  Ira Weinstein

Genesis 12.1-3


We are continuing our study in Genesis 12.1-3 when the Lord God called Abraham out of the Nations. And the Lord called Abraham for a reason. To be the father and ancestor of Judaism, a people who would become God’s Chosen People and His Witnesses. 

And sometimes it’s not an easy assignment to be a witness for the Living God, the God of Israel. Sometimes it’s just plain tough, whether we are Jewish or not Jewish telling others the truth about God; everything we know about the Lord and everything we have been taught about God from the Bible.

Here is the truth from the Written Word of God in the Tnakh (OLd Testament) and New Testament. Yeshua is the Messiah. He is the God of Creation and He is the Holy Spirit. And God’s Law is the truth and His Commandments are righteous and are to be observed and obeyed by all mankind. And too often the truth is not received, and it sometimes hurts.

Yeshua said in Matthew 4.4, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Paul wrote in Romans 1.25 of men who changed the truth of God into a lie. Daniel wrote in Daniel 7.25 about a man who will attempt to change God’s Times and Laws. The change has been fatally made. Most people have changed God’s Laws and Times but Psalm 2.4 reads. He that sits in the Heavens shall laugh at them and rebuke them. While Proverbs 28.4 reads, They that forsake the Law praise the wicked, but such as keep the Law contend with them.

Telling the truth about God, even living a Godly life can be met with much opposition at times. It can be difficult and painful. Even divisive with family and friends and others because the lies have been taught and lived for some 1800 years and are accepted today as truth. It’s sad.

This morning’s teaching, I hope, will be a teaching of understanding and hopefully, a teaching of encouragement for all of us who believe in Messiah and live our lives according to God’s Commandments and Laws. So let’s get started.

There are times we are tested by God to see if we will obey His Commandments
or not. And those tests may be tough.

Deuteronomy 8.1-3

Other times we are rejected outright because of our belief in Messiah Yeshua and because we tell the truth about God.

John 7.7,  Romans 8.17,  2Timothy 3.12

Abraham had his own problems as well.

But first, let’s look at the foundation of belief.

Genesis 15.6  
Believing in the Lord God and Messiah Yeshua.
Believed comes from the Hebrew word Ah mar; Meaning,
Faithful, loyal, true to God, dedicated to God, devoted,
committed, trusting, dependable, reliable, established and
right. And that’s counted as righteousness.

Righteousness – Tseh dah kah; Means Right with God.

Genesis 26.5
Abraham obeyed God. He obeyed God’s instructions, His
Commandments, His Statutes and His Laws.

That is the bedrock of belief in Messiah Yeshua.
Belief in Messiah and obedience to God’s Laws.
John 14.15-16,  1John 2.3, 1John 3.4, 1John 5.3.

Back to Abraham’s tsuris or troubles for being a man of God.

Genesis 12.14-17
Abraham’s wife Sarah was taken by Pharaoh until the Lord
intervened.

And later on, God tested Abraham with a mighty test.
Genesis 22.1-2, 10-12

Keep this in mind. God never changes. He never changes
His Word or Laws or Covenants or anything He speaks.

Malachi 3.6

Hear the words of Peter and Shaul, Paul.

1Peter 4.12-14,   1Corinthians 10.13

Jacob was hated by his brother Easu who wanted to kill him.
And Jacob was a man of God. The Lord says that he was
perfect and gentle and upright meaning he obeyed God.

Genesis 25.27
Plain – the Hebrew word is Tahm, Meaning perfect, gentle
and upright.

Genesis 27.41,  Romans 9.13,  Psalm 1.1-6

Joseph, Jacob’s eleventh son, a great man of God, had
his troubles as well.

Genesis 37.3-4,  Genesis 39.20,  Genesis 50.15-21

The Disciples and Apostles of Messiah loved Him and they
obeyed the Commandments and Laws of God. And they too
experienced troubles from time to time. It’s part of the walk,
so don’t be surprised.

John 17.6,  Acts 5.17-20, 27-29, 32-42,  Luke 6.26,

Matthew 10.34, 

Those who truly love God in word and deed obey Him.

The Prophets were not exempt from opposition.

1Kings 22.5-8, 26-27,  Jeremiah 38.6,  

Numbers 16.1-4,  Isaiah 53.3 

Yes, there can be pain and sorrow in our walk with the Lord.
It’s to be expected because we must share in the sufferings
of Messiah, even as the Prophets, the Disciples and the
Apostles experienced grief. But the rewards are abundant
with blessings and eternal life.

Romans 8.18,  Matthew 24.11-13,  James 1.25, 

Zechariah 14.5

So in conclusion:

At times our walk with the Lord is difficult. We will have
troubles and tribulations in our lives because of our
belief in Messiah and our obedience to God’s
Commandments. But the rewards are Blessings and Salvation.
We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Messiah in Heaven.

Many of our tribulations are trials from the Lord to see if we
will obey Him or not. And the Lord will never give us more then
we can handle. He will end it.

Other problems will come because you are not obeying God
and His Laws, and perhaps He will not end the grief until you 
begin to obey Him.

But it’s important to know, the Blessings and Eternal Rewards
are to those who Love God and Messiah and delight in the
Law of the Lord.

Shalom.  Ira Weinstein

Genesis 12.1-3


From Genesis 11.10 through verse 32, the Bible reveals the descendants of Shem, the oldest of Noah’s three sons. And one of Shem’s descendants was Abram whom the Lord later called Abraham.

Genesis 11.10 and 26
God changed Abram’s name to Abraham when Abram was
99 years old.

Genesis 17.1-5

Abram in Hebrew is Ahvram meaning High father or father of elevation.

Abraham in Hebrew is Ahv rah ham meaning Father of many nations.

Nations in Hebrew is Goy eem meaning People, nations, including Israel.

Here is some additional information about Abraham:
-Abraham was born 292 years after the flood.
-Noah was 893 years old when Abraham was born.
-Abraham was 57 years old when Noah died at the age of 950
 (Genesis 9.29).
-Thus Abraham knew his great, great, great, etc. grandfather for 57 years.
-Abraham was 75 years old when the Lord God called him to establish the
 Jewish People, the beginning of the People of Israel.
-Thus making Judaism about 4,035 years old today.
-Abraham was born around 2100 BCE (BC) or some 4,110 years ago.
– I beleive when the Lord God changed his name to Abraham, his new
  name represented a change of importance in his life to a man obedient
  to God’s Commands.
-Some 367 years after the flood, he was called by God.
-And he is also the father of many royal dynasties.
-Yeshua the Messiah is known as The Son of Abraham, Matthew 1.1.

Genesis 11.26
Terah was Abraham’s father.

Joshua 24.2

Genesis 11.27
Terah in Hebrew is Teh rakh, His name has no meaning

Nahor – Nah khor  Abraham’s brother and named after his Grandfather,
  Terah’s father. His name means Snoring, or Breathing hard.

Haran – Hah ran,  Abraham’s other brother, means Mountainaire.

Lot – Lote,  Abraham’s nephew. Lot means veil or covering.

Genesis 11.28
The Land of His Nativity – His birthplace in Ur of the Chaldees.

So I assume the thre brothers, Abram, Nahor and Haran were born in
   Ur of the Chaldees.

Ur of the Chaldees was in today’s southern Iraq near the entrance of the
   Persian Gulf. Perhaps called Basra today.

From the earliest times, Iraq was known as Mesopotamia. In World War 1,
   Britain occupied most of Mesopotamia and renamed it Iraq in 1922.

Genesis 11.29
Sarai, in Hebrew is Sah rye meaning My Princess.

God changed her name to Sarah also meaning Princess.

Genesis 17.15-16

-Sarah was the mother of the promised son to Abraham who was Isaac.
-And Sarah was indispensable to all the promises God made to her
 husband Abraham and their fulfillment.
-The Rabbis have this true saying about Sarah. The natural impossibility
  of her giving birth at 90, not to mention her life long infertility, only
  highlights the supernatural character of Isaac and the Nation and People
  Israel that descends from him. Supernatural, I say, because we, the Jews
  are still here against the multitude of onslaughts throughout our 4,000 
  year history to destroy us.
-And Sarah also is the mother of many royal dynasties.
-And since Yeshua is known as the Son of Abraham, He is also the Son of
 Sarah.

Back to Genesis 11.29
Nahor, Abraham’s brother whose wife was Milcah, meaning Queen, married
   his brother Haran’s daughter.

Iscar was Lot’s sister.

Rebekah was Milcah’s Grand daughter.

Genesis 22.20-23

And a beautiful story is told about Rebekah in the Bible.

Genesis 24

Genesis 11.30
Sarah gave birth to Isaac at the age of 90.

Genesis 11.31
Terah, Abram’s father took the whole mishpahkha, the family.

Haran, the city, was also in Mesopotamia between the
   Euphrates and Tigris Rivers, in todays Syria well north of Damascus.

Genesis 11.32
All this information was given to Moses when God spoke to him Face
   to face over the 40 year period in the wilderness

That’s why Judaism calls the first five books of the Bible, the five books
   of Moses.

Deuteronomy 34.10

Genesis 12.1
The Lord had said: Possibly these Words were spoken by God to Abraham
   in Ur of the Chaldees and not Haran.

Acts 7.1-3

Back to Genesis 12.1
Your kindred – Your native land where you were born.

I will show you or Provide for you.

Ur of the Chaldees to Canaan would be about a 1500 mile trip, on
   camel, horseback, wagon and walking.

Abraham is the father of Judaism and God established and created
   the Jewish People for a number of reasons. Here are just a few:

Deuteronomy 6.4-7  
To teach the Jewish People and all the world about the One and 
   Only God.

Deuteronomy 7.6-9
To be a Holy People requires Trust, Faith and Obedience to God’s
   Commandments.

Romans 3.1-2 

Romans 11.16-17
For the Non Jewish Person to be grafted in to the olive tree, which
   is Israel and the Jewish People, especially the Jewish Believers, 
   you must come believing in Messiah Yeshua and bringing the 
   Torah. That is you must be obedient to the Laws of God which is 
   the Law of Moses, God’s Laws and Commandments.  

Thus God chose His Jewish People to be His witnesses to the world.
   To inform all mankind about the One God of Creation. We have
   done that through the Bible, the Tnakh and New Testament which
   teaches the world about the Lord God. And Jewish People wrote it,
   all of it.

So to conclude:
Prior to Abraham, we know of only two people who walked with God.
Walking with God is having faith in Him, believing in Him, and obeying
Him. Perhaps there were others. We don’t know.

Enoch was raptured. And Noah was a just man and perfect and He
walked with God. And Noah and his family were saved from the disastrous
flood.

Some 367 years after the flood, God chose the man Abraham and his
descendants, the People of Israel, the Jewish People, and delegated
them with the responsibility of the very Words of God which include God’s
Covenants, His Laws and His Commandments to give to all mankind to
hear and obey and to do.

And of course, God has given the world His Jewish Messiah Yeshua to
forgive all our sins so we can start anew by obeying the Lord God and
pleasing Him. God is the Creator. We are His creatures.

This morning’s teaching was not on salvation. But God’s Words committed
to the Jewish People that give salvation and eternal life is this. Believe in
Messiah Yeshua and keep the Commandments of God. This is the way
to salvation and eternal life from God’s Oracles written in both the Tnakh
and New Testament.

Shalom,  Ira Weinstein

Passover Message

                                                                        
The Lord’s Passover goes back some 3,380 years in the days when the Children of Israel were slaves in Egypt for 400 years, bringing that era of Egyptian slavery to an end.

And the Lord God had said to His People Israel just prior to their deliverance from Egypt, “The Feast of Passover shall be to you a memorial, that is you shall keep it in memory throughout your generations. You shall keep it a Feast by an ordinance forever,” He said.

And out of Egyptian bondage, the Lord delivered some three million of His Jewish People including a mixed multitude of Non Jewish People who joined in with them. The Lord God had commanded the Jewish People to sacrifice a lamb without blemish, a Passover Lamb for every Jewish household. For the Lord said, “On the fourteenth day of this month (tonight is the evening of the fourteenth day of the Passover month), the whole assembly of the Congregation of Israel shall kill the Passover Lamb in the evening, and when I see the blood of the Lamb on the door posts of your houses, the plague shall not be upon you when I strike the land of Egypt.

It was the blood of the sacrificed Passover Lamb that freed the People from bondage and delivered them from slavery.

Now the Lord our God had a wonderful plan for His Jewish People Israel and for all the world. To bring His People out of Egypt into their own Land, the Land of Israel, which was then Canaan. And by His grace, He chose the Children of Israel to be His witnesses to all mankind, to tell them all we know, and have seen, and have heard, and have been taught by the Lord God of Israel, and to reveal His Messiah Yeshua to all mankind. We have accomplished that perfectly through the Bible, the Old and New Testaments. And yes, the Lord wants all mankind to know about His Festival of Passover and all His Festivals, and observe them. They are found in Leviticus Chapter 23.

Some 1,370 years after the Passover in Egypt, the Lord our God gave His People and all mankind another Passover Lamb, and that Passover Lamb is Yeshua the Messiah Who Himself is not only the Jewish Messiah, but the God of Creation, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Who loves us so much that as a man, He gave His life on the Passover some 2,000 years ago as an atoning sacrifice to forgive us our sins, to remember them no more, and to free us from the bondage of sin, and to give us the courage, yes the courage to lead a new life  to serve the living God, and to spend eternity with Him in Heaven forever.

So with that said, let’s take a peek into Messiah’s Passover Seder that took place in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago.

Matthew 26.17-19
The first day of the Feast of unleavened bread (Matzah) the disciples came to
Yeshua saying to Him, Where will you that we prepare for you to eat the Passover
Lamb?

And He said, Go into the City to such a man and say to him, the Master says,
My time is near; I will keep the Passover Seder at your house with my disciples. 

And the disciples did as Yeshua had appointed them, and they prepared the
Passover Seder.

Verse 26
And as they were eating, Yeshua took the matazh and blessed it and broke it,
and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

The broken matzah represents Messiah’s atoning death for you and me and
all mankind whereby God forgives us our sins.

Isaiah 53.9-10 are words prophesied by the Prophet Isaiah about Messiah in
Tnakh (Old Testament) some 700 years before Messiah Yeshua. 

And He made His grave with the wicked and with the rich in His death; because
He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him, He has put Him to grief; when you shall
make His Soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His
days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.

That is, It pleased the Lord to bruise Him, to humble Him and destroy Him.
Messiah’s soul or Nehphesh, His Life was an offering for our sins. God
prolonged Messiah’s life after His death. He lived, He was resurrected, He
was raised from the dead. And it was God’s will and pleasure for His
Messiah even, Himself to die as atonement for all our sins.

Matthew 26.27-28
And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them,saying, Drink
all of it.

For this is My blood of the New Teatament, the New Covenant which is
shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Messiah reveals two very important teachings here:

1/ His shed blood is the atonement for our sins.

Leviticus 17.11 reads (and God’s Word never changes):

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the
altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes
atonement for your souls.

The shed blood of a sacrifice is required for forgiveness of sins. And it is
Yeshua’s shed blood that forgives us our sins.

Animal sacrifices can no longer be made as the Commandment of God
only allows animal sacrifices to take place at the Temple. And of course
there is no Temple today. Leviticus 17.8-9. 

2/ Most all the Covenants of God and His Laws which include the New
Covenant or New Teatament, were established and made Law for
everybody by the shed blood of a perfect sacrifice. Exodus 24.4-8.

Listen: Yeshua’s shed blood established the New Covenant or the New
Testament and made it Law for everybody, Jewish and Non Jewish people.

Hebrews 9.14
How much more shall the blood of Messiah, Who through the Eternal Spirit
(God) offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead
works to serve the living God.

Purge means to cleanse and purify.
Our conscience; of knowing right from wrong.
Dead Works is sin, transgressing God’s Law, 1John 3.4

God wants us to live a new life. That new life is believing in the Jewish Messiah
Yesua and serve the Living God by obeying His Law, which the world knows
as the Law of Moses.

Hebrews 9.18-20
Therefore neither the First Covenant (that is God’s Covenants and Laws) was
dedicated (Sanctified and made Holy) without blood.

For when Moses had spoken every precept (Commandment) to all
the People accordong to the Law, he took the blood of calves and
of goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both
the book and all the people.

Thus all God’s Precepts, commandments and Laws required shed
blood to establish them as Law.

Saying, this is the blood of the New Testament (New Covenant) which
God has enjoined to you (God commands everone Jewish or Non
Jewish to obey His Laws and Covenants.) 

Simply said, Messiah’s shed blood also established the New Covenant
or the New Testament as Law. His shed blood established the New
Covenant as fully part of the Torah. It is Law.

And finally, just a piece of important information. God prophesied and
gave the New Covenant to the Jewish People 600 years before Yeshua,
before it was enacted and put into Law by His shed blood.

As witnesses for the Lord, we have revealed this Good News to the world
through the New Testament Scriptures.

Please read Jeremiah 31.31-34.

So how do we know Yeshua is the Messiah, even God Himself Who
forgives our sins, remembers them no more and gives us the very courage
to lead a new life serving the Living God by obeying Him, His Laws and
Commandments, which lead to eternal life with Him in Heaven?

We know because the Tnakh, the Old Testament prophesies about the
Messiah throughout the Holy Scriptures, and the New Testament fulfills it.
Yeshua is the Messiah, He is God, Elohim, and He is the way and the only
way to Heaven. Amen?

Shalom, Ira Weinstein

 

 

 

Genesis 10.21-25

Genesis chapter ten is known as The Table of Nations. All the nations of the world and all the peoples of the nations descend from Noah’s three sons, Japheth, Ham and Shem.

Last week we taught on the lineage of Japheth and Ham. This morning our teaching will be on the descendants of Shem. Some say Japheth was the elder of the three sons while others claim Shem was the oldest brother. However the Bible says that Shem was the first born. This we also know. Shem was one hundred years old when his third son was born. So let’s get started.

Genesis 10.21
Shem in Hebrew means Name.

Shem is the ancestor of the Jewish People. Read 1 Chronicles 1.24-28.
Many Arabs from Islam descend from Ishmael, Abraham’s son.

Shem and a number of his descendants are in the Messianic lineage of Yeshua.
But the first ancestor of Messiah’s lineage is of course Adam, meaning all peoples
from all different backgrounds can be blessed in Messiah. After all, He is the One
who made us all.   John 1.3,  Luke 3.23,34-38

The word “supposed” in Luke 3.23 means considered or thought of. Certainly, Yeshua
is the Son of God.

Eber, the son of Shem.

Eber in Hebrew is Ay vehr who also is an ancestor of the Jewish People.

The word “Hebrew” in Hebrew is Eev ree and comes from Eber or Ay vehr.

Genesis14.13
Abram is called a Hebrew.

Genesis 32. 22-30 focusing on verse 28
God later called the Hebrews Israel.

Exodus 9.1
God called Himself the Lord God of the Hebrews.
In Hebrew; Yehovah Ehlohay Hah Eev reem.

Esther 2.5
The term Jew or Jewish is first used in the Bible in the Book of Esther.
Jew does not refer to a member of the tribe of Judah because Mordecai was
from the tribe of Benjamin.

But the word Jew or Jewish infact means Praiser of God.
The Hebrew for Jew is Yeh hoo dee, which comes from Yeh hoo dah or
Judah, meaning praise or celebrate. And Yeh hoo dah comes from Yah dah
meaning, to hold out the hand to worship, praise, confess and give thanks
(To God). Amen?

So Shem is the elder. See Genesis 5.32, Genesis 6.10, Genesis 9.18.
But that’s not important. David was the youngest. 1 Samuel.16.11.

Genesis 10.22
Elam – Became a people and a region of Persia, today’s Iran. 
See Daniel 8.1-2

Asshur – Means Assyria and no doubt the founder of Assyria and the
ancestor of the Assyrian people.

The Assyrian Empire at the height of its power consisted of Syria, Babylon,
todays Iraq, part of Persia, Israel, Jordan, Egypt and part of Turkey.

Assyria invaded and captured northern Israel in 722 BCE and sent the Jews
into captivity throughout Assyria, and replaced them with their own people.
2 Kings 17.6-24

On the other hand, the Babylonians, descendants of Ham, captured Judah, the
southern Kingdom of Israel in 586 BCE and killed a million Jews, and destroyed
the Temple and Jerusalem.
2 Chronicles 36.11-21

Arphaxad – Was the founder of a region in Assyria.

Lud – An ancestor of a people in Asia Minor. Asia Minor is Greece and Turkey.

Aram – Is Syria and the people of Syria. Syria is also known as Aramea or the
Aramaens. And is also Mesopotamia which in Greek means, Between the rivers.
The rivers being the Tigris and Euphrates. So Aram would include Syria and Iraq.

Genesis 10.23
Uz 
According to Ezekiel 14.12-14, Uz was in Israel.

Job lived in Uz and he was Jewish and lived his life according to God’s Laws,
the Torah.
Job.1.1,  Job 22.22

Back to Genesis 10.23
Hul, Gether,and Mash were ancestors of peoples in Syria.

Genesis 10.24
Salah – We know nothing about Salah except that he is an ancestor of Judaism
because he is the father of Eber an ancestor of Abraham.

Eber – We’ve talked about.

Genesis 10.25
Peleg – Peleg in Hebrew is earthquake. He was the son of Eber and in his days
the earth was divided. Meaning perhaps the splitting up of the world’s population
at that time, into various geographic groups or into different regions of the world. 

Joktan – Peleg’s brother. I understand that many of the tribes of southern Arabia
refer to their origin as being from Joktan.

Arabia today includes Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, The United Arab Emirates,
Qatar, Bahrein and Kuwait.

So peoples from Yemen and Oman on the very southern part of Saudi Arabia
descend from Joktan.

Genesis 10. 26-27
Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmavet, meaning village of death, Jerah and Hadoram
are peoples who settled in Arabia.

Uzal – Is an ancestor of a people in Yemen in southern Arabia.

Diklah – Also is an ancestor of a people in Arabia.

Genesis 10.28
Obal – Also an ancestor of a people in Arabia.

Abimael – Is perhaps the ancestor of a people in Mecca. Mecca is in southwest
Saudi Arabia near the Red Sea. Muhammad was born in Mecca in 570 AD and
died in 632 AD at the age of 62. He founded Islam in Mecca which today is the
second largest religion in the world.

   Christianity has 1.9 billion people or 32% of the world’s population.
   Islam has 1.2 billion people or 20% of the world’s population.
   Judaism has 14 million people or less then 1/4 of 1% of the world’s population.

Sheba – In Genesis 10.7, Sheba is a grandson of Cush, from Ham, an Ethiopian
and a Sabean.

Here in verse 28, this Sheba is a son of Joktan and there were two Arabian tribes
with the name Sheba. One in southern Arabia, the other in Syria.

Genesis 10.29
Ophir – Is the ancestor of a people either in Arabia or India.

Havilah – In Hebrew means circular.

1/ Havilah is first mentioned in Genesis 2.11. Read Genesis 2.10-15.
    So Havilah is a land associated with the Garden of Eden, with beautiful gems and gold.

I think the Garden of Eden was in God’s boundries of Israel that David and Solomon reigned
over and the future Messianic Kingdom.
Genesis 15.18-21 and Ezekiel 20.6

2/ This Havilah (one was the son of Cush) was from Shem, a son of Joktan and perhaps
    the ancestor of a people in Arabia and parts of India.

Jobab – An ancestor of a people in Arabia.

Genesis 10.30
Mesha – Was a region of Arabia.
Sephar – A mountain in Arabia. 

Genesis 31-32  See Acts 17. 24-26.
Verse 26 
One blood is Adam.
Determined means God appointed in advance, even decreed.
Times- History. All the events of history before they happen, such as wars, elections,
earthquakes, the end of times, Messiah’s return, etc.
Bounds – The boundries of all nations.

Genesis 11.1-9
Let’s quickly look at the events concerning the Tower of Babel, why God confused
their language and scattered the people throughout the earth.

Genesis 11.1
One language. I believe that language was Hebrew.

Genesis 11.2
From the East. Since the Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat which are in
parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Armenia,
the people started to migrate and settle in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and
Russia and then throughout the world.

Plain – A wide valley between mountains, like Las Vegas.

Shinar – In Babylon or todays Iraq.

Genesis 11.3
Slime – A kind of cement.

Genesis 11.4-6  Nothing will be out of their reach.

Genesis 11.7-9
Babel – In Hebrew is Bah vel meaning Babylon.

So why did God scatter the people throughout the world? To populate the earth.

And the Lord wants us to depend on Him and not others. See Proverbs 3.5-6
Verse 5  Lean not – Don’t rely
             Your own understanding – Don’t depend on yourself or others.
Verse 6  Acknowledge Him – That is, know Him, live your life according to His
ways.
             1John 2.3
              Your paths – God will guide your life for the good.

So to summarize:

So far in the first eleven chapters of the Bible, we learn two very important teachings from the Lord God.

1/ God wants us to obey Him, His Teachings, His Laws and His Commandments.

    For obeying God, we are blessed as Noah was blessed.

    For disobeying God and rejecting His Teachings, His Laws and Commandments, troubles come. Let’s say,
    as Sodom and Gomorrah found trouble for not obeying God’s Teachings, Laws and Commandments.

2/ And God wants us to trust Him. Every Word He Speaks. And for trusting Him, God will guide our lives for
    good, and give us so much more.

And the Lord has given us Yeshua the Messiah to help us please Him and obey Him, and trust Him. That’s all
the Lord seeks from us. Obedience to Him, our trust in Him and our love for Him and others.

Shalom, Ira Weinstein