What does it mean to provoke the Jews to jealousy?

One For Israel Staff 

Oct 22, 2016

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There is a difference between jealousy and envy, but we use the words as if they mean the same thing. One is sinful and the other describes God. Envy is coveting – wanting something that you do not have, and in this Facebook age, it’s all the rage. People pour over each other’s pages, over sculpted images, often designed to make others envious of the super life that they have. Instead of being thankful for what we have, people ignore the wise adage that “comparison is the thief of joy” and envy eats them up. Joy is deflated like a balloon.

But sometimes jealousy, which is quite different to envy, can result in boundless joy! Let me explain what I mean.

When giving the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, God warns that he is a jealous God, who does not tolerate rivals. He wants a committed love relationship with us, and He is not prepared to share our affections with any other. He wil not tolarate what might be called an “open relationship” in today’s terms – he is strictly monogamous. When the people of Israel (or any of his beloved, including you and I) spend too much time and attention with another, allow our hearts to go astray, or prioritise something or someone else ahead of him, there is a righteous response of jealous anger. He has given everything for us and to us, and our hearts should belong to him. Praise God that this sin of idolatry is also paid for by the blood of Yeshua, and we only need to confess our sin and repent and he promises that he will always forgive us and welcome us back into his embrace.

Envy is the wrong response when we are tempted to want something that rightfully belongs to another. It is about discontent and greed. But jealousy is the right response when someone that is rightly yours is intimate with another. It is primarily about relationship.

And here’s another time in Scripture where jealousy is a right response, with great results. In Deuteronomy 32:21, God says;

“They [the people of Israel] have made me jealous with what is no god; they have provoked me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with those who are no people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.”

Right from the get-go, God knows full well that his people will go astray. But he has a plan to win them back. He’s going to make them jealous! Paul reiterates this promise from the Torah in Romans 10:19 and continues by asking in 11:11,

“Did they [the people of Israel] stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!”

Yes, it was God’s plan that his new covenant would extend the possibility of relationship with God to all the peoples of the earth… and that this would also cause the Jewish people to see what they were missing out on!

I have heard several accounts of Jewish people literally saying the words, “I’m jealous of the relationship you have with God” to their gentile friends. Yes, this is the right of all God’s children, Jew and gentile, but only through the blood of the Messiah to remove the blockage of sin that stands in the way. Many Jewish people can only look on and long for such a relationship, wondering how it is that these gentiles have such a special connection with their God.

Because He is precisely that – their God. But now, the good news has gone out from Zion to the ends of the earth! Today, their God is the God of all nations. So there is a twang of jealousy – wait a minute – isn’t he the God of Israel? These Psalms are from the Jewish King David to his God – they are Jewish! Song of Songs is a love story between God and Israel, isn’t it? What is this? How are these gentiles able to enjoy such closeness and love with our God? How come they have it and I don’t?

Some people think that Jewish people will be consumed by fits of jealousy by gentiles who follow the rules of the Torah extremely well, but biblical jealousy has never been about toeing the line and following rules. No. It is a deeply relational phenomenon. It is driven only by love, and the knowledge that your beloved is intimately enjoying another. It is seeing the living relationship with the Father that gentiles enjoy – the peace in his love, the rich connection and two-way communication that Yeshua has bought for us all that provokes the jealousy. Gentiles in cohoots with the God of Israel.

This is the jealousy that provokes many Jewish people into finding out more about Yeshua, the One through whom this connection is possible.

This is the jealousy that has led many Jewish people, including the director of One For Israel, back into the arms of their Father God.

This is the jealousy that results in boundless joy… and in turn, as Jewish people are won back to their God, unimaginable riches for the whole world.

This article originally appeared on One for Israel and is reposted with permission.




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Israelis give back to Christian supporters in Jerusalem March

N. J. Schiavi 

Oct 21, 2016

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Israelis expressing their gratitude to Christian participants at the Jerusalem March (Photo: Naomi Weiss)

As thousands of Christians took part Thursday in the Jerusalem March which occurs every year during Sukkot, a group of Israelis – who have been touched by this vivacious display of support – came out to express their gratitude.

Cookies for Christians is a grassroots movement that was started a few years ago by some friends who marveled at the encouragement and meaningful gifts that the marchers brought with them from their countries in order to bless Israelis.

“I’m so touched that they got on a plane, spent a ton of money and they made such an effort that they packed all these gifts for us,” Naomi Weiss, who was one of the founders of Cookies for Christians, told KNI.

During a week in which UNESCO passed a resolution that omits Jewish and Christian ties to the city of Jerusalem, Weiss said after the parade, “My faith in humanity has been restored.”

“It’s so nice to feel we actually do have friends. It can feel so dark and we are so unpopular,” she said. “And then they come and it gives us a boost.”

Weiss said the fact that these Christians return each year is “humbling, overwhelming and inspiring.”

Indeed, some 3,000 Christians from dozens of nations took participated in the march as part of their activities during the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem’s Feast of Tabernacles celebration. The Christians are known for their vibrant costumes – sometimes native to their countries and sometimes biblical – for their tireless support of Israel and for handing out gifts to Israelis along the two-mile route through the heart of Jerusalem’s new city.

Weiss said that after the march four years ago, she and her friends were talking about the quality gifts these Christians have distributed over the years: baby clothing, notebooks, jewelry, handmade trinkets, pens, flags and so much more.

We should give them something,” Weiss blurted out. Hours later it went from mere talk to a plan of action.

The next year, the group banded together. One family went to the shuk and bought baked goods to distribute. They quickly ran out. Now, having fine tuned the equation, Weiss knows what is needed.

“We gave out 936 cookies this year,” Weiss said.

More important than the cookies given by Israelis and the gifts brought by the Christians is the interaction this reciprocal giving generates.

“Sometimes they have time to chat,” Weiss said, and the interactions are charged with love and respect. “Everyone is going to meet the other in his commonality. We try to speak their languages and they love to hear the Hebrew.”

“It’s important to thank them because we are trying to reciprocate their efforts,” she said. “We have enough cookies, we would just like to see more Israelis actively reciprocating.”

The thousands of Christians who paraded through Jerusalem on Thursday were preceded by thousands of Jews who headed to the Western Wall on Wednesday for the priestly blessing – many of whom who said this should clarify for UNESCO the Jewish connection to the city.

“UNESCO can decide what it wants, but the reality is that the nation of Israel comes and votes with its feet and is here,” Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau told Ynet.

The Western Wall during Sukkot, October 19, 2016 (Photo: Israeli Police Spokesman)

“Anyone who doubts our connection with the Kotel or the Temple Mount should see the thousands who have gathered here today,” Western Wall and Holy Sites Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz said. “This is the answer to the delusional decision.”

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N.J. Schiavi is a reporter based in Jerusalem.










Ved Jemens kyst kan man se det strategiske sluttspillet til Barack Obamas regjering. Og det ser dårlig ut, skriver Caroline Glick, kommentar-redaktørene i Jerusalem Post.

Siden søndag har Houthi-grupper, shiamuslimske opprørere støttet av Iran, angrepet amerikanske sjøfartøy langs Jemens kyst. Det er ukjent om iranerne ga instrukser eller kun godkjente disse angrepene. Poenget er at det er Iran som står bak angrepene mot USA. Houthiene ville aldri ha gjort seg selv til mål for hevnangrep fra amerikanerne, med mindre de hadde fått ordre fra Iran om å gjør det.

Spørsmålet er hvorfor Iran har valgt å utføre et angrep mot USA? Det enkle svaret er at Iran har utfordret amerikansk makt ved Rødehavet fordi de tror at det vil fremme landets strategiske mål i Midtøsten. Det er klart at Iran ønsker å erstatte USA som regionens øverste makt, mener Glick.

Siden Obama tok over som USAs president har Iran ikke blitt hindret i å nå sine mål. USA trakk ut styrkene sine fra Irak, noe som Iran tok nytte av for å utøve full kontrol over den irakiske regjeringen. Glick mener også at Obamas fravær fra Syria har gitt Iran en fordel når det gjelder å kontrollere Assads regjering og for å gjøre Syria om til et land med shia-majoritet.

I stedet for å motsette seg Irans forsøk på å ta over makten i Midtøsten, har Obamas regjering ønsket dem velkommen. Obama ser på Iran som en partner, ikke en motpart, forteller Glick.

På grunn av at både USA og Iran er imot al-Qaida og IS, mener Obama at USA ikke burde frykte Irans kontroll over det irakiske forsvaret. Dermed har den amerikanske presidenten gjort det klart at landet ikke har noe imot at Iran tar over styringen i Syria.

I Jemen er USAs posisjon noe mer usikker. Houthi-rebeller tok over landets hovedstad, Sanaa, i 2014. Året etter prøvde Saudi Arabia å styrte Houthi-regjeringen, noe Obama støttet for å sikre at saudiaraberne var på USAs side i forhandlingen om atomavtalen med Iran. Sistnevntes angrep på amerikanske skip utenfor Jemens kyst viser at de nå er klare for å ta over Jemen. Glick tror at iranerne satser på at USA kommer til å trekke støtten til Saudi Arabia, noe som betyr at Iran får kontroll over arabisk olje.

Glick påpeker at Obama har tatt i bruk rådene fra en rapport produsert av Iraq Study Group, som skulle gi George W. Bush retningslinjer for å håndtere Irak-krigen. Rapporten foreslo at Iran skulle kjempe mot al-Qaida for USA, i tillegg til at de skulle ta over Irak. Til gjengjeld var det meningen at USA skulle presse Israel til å gi Golanhøydene til Syria og Vestbredden til PLO, for å tilfredsstille Iran og Saudi Arabia. Bush avviste rapporten, men Barack Obama bestemte seg for å bruke den som USAs strategi. Da han ble president, insisterte Obama på at al-Qaida var amerikanernes eneste fiende. Dermed rettferdiggjør han at Iran har oppnådd mer makt i regionen.

USA svarte på søndagens angrep mot amerikanske skip ved å angripe tre radarstasjoner i et Houthi-kontrollert område. Derfor er det grunn til å tro at amerikanerne planlegger å la iranerne ta over Jemen. Det at Obama ikke tillot at skipet USS Mason svarte på kilden til angrepet med en gang, er et tydelig bevis på dette, mener Glick. For det andre valgte ikke amerikanerne å angripe et mål som kunne ha hemmet Houthiene. For det tredje virket det som om Obamas regjering ser på Houthiene som en fullverdig aktør i stedet for en fiende.

Problemet med Obamas strategi er at Iran ser på USA som sin fiende. Derfor hjelper det ikke at de to landene har al-Qaida og IS som felles fiender. Obama er ikke den eneste amerikanske presidenten som har prøvd, og feilet, å få Iran over på deres side. Det som skiller mellom Obama og hans forgjengere er at han har basert amerikansk politikk på fornektelse av Irans hat mot USA. Det verste med Obamas strategi er at hans etterfølger sannsynligvis ikke kommer til å forbedre situasjonen, mener Glick. Hvis Clinton blir president kommer hun ikke engang til å prøve, da hun har støttet Obamas politikk angående Iran. Blir Donald Trump valgt som president neste måned er det ikke sannsynlig at han klarer å gjøre om på Obamas skade




“To the Jew First”: What does it mean and why does it matter?


Oct 13, 2016

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There are two problems that Gentiles used to wrestle with back in the first century, and even though the Bible gives us wonderful solutions to these two problems, they still plague many people today!

What are these problems, and what help does the Bible give to us to solve them?

Problem One: “I’m a worthless Gentile… I wish I were Jewish!”

The first problem is a deflated sense of worth. Sadly, there are Gentiles who are unhappy with the identity God has given them, and wish they were something else. They have believed the lie that Jewish people are somehow “better”, and that Gentiles are second class citizens. But this is not how God sees it at all.

God’s Answer: the Epistle to the Ephesians

One verse sums it up nicely: “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19). If this problem of Gentile identity is one that ever troubles you, the surrounding context for the verse should straighten things out, and provide even more encouragement for you:

Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh… you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall… that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility… For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”

You have been made “one new man” with the Jewish people, you have been given the same access in the same Spirit to the same Father, thanks to the same Messiah, and you are fellow citizens – a member of the household of God along with the people of Israel. You are no longer strangers, but part of the commonwealth of Israel. The dividing wall that once stood in the temple court, beyond which only Jewish people could enter, has gone. Gentiles are not second class in any way – thanks to Yeshua, we all now have equal access to the God of Israel, the Father of us all.

Problem Two: “I’ve replaced Israel. I’m the new Jew!”

This second problem is the opposite – an inflated sense of worth, thinking that Israel has been cast aside and is of no further consequence, as if the church is all that counts now. Again, the Bible has some great wisdom to give on this matter:

God’s answer: the Epistle to the Romans

Do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you” (Romans 11:18)

This verse in itself should knock the problem of Gentiles feeling superior to Jews on the head, but there is more to explore in the book of Romans on this subject. In particular, it is important to understand the “To the Jew first” concept in Romans 1:16, where Paul says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek”. Let’s look at Romans 1:16 in the context of Romans as a whole.

What does it mean – to the Jew “first”?

The word “first” in the original Greek is the word “proton” (πρῶτον), which we need to understand in order to appreciate all that Paul is saying here. There are a couple of ways of understanding how the the gospel is to the Jew “first”[1]:

1. The Sequential View:

This word ‘proton’ might mean first sequentially – that the gospel went to the Jewish people first (historically), and then went out to the nations after that. The trouble is that people then mistakenly think that the Jewish people have had their chance back in the first century, but that they blew it. The rest of the book of Romans is giving an altogether different message. The letter is encouraging Gentiles to remember that God has NOT given up on the people of Israel.

2. The Particularity View:

Proton’ can also mean first as in particularly, especially, or in prominence… We would argue that it is this sense in which Paul writes about the Jew being first. The gospel is particularly and especially for the Jew – and also for the Gentile. Why must it be read this way and not in the sense of sequential order? Because when we read the rest of the book of Romans, we can see that is precisely what Paul means. In the very next chapter, he uses exactly the same phrase – judgement will also come to Jew first, and also to the Gentile: “There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Gentile, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Gentile.” (Rom 2:9-10).

So the gospel is first for the Jew, and also for the Gentile. (1:16)

And judgement will come to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile. (2:9)

When we put these two phrases next to each other, we understand that Paul is saying that the Jewish people are especially accountable before God, because they have been given so much revelation, and so will be judged “first”. In the same way, the story was entrusted to the Jewish people – as Paul explains throughout his book, it was the Jewish people who received the “Oracles of God” – the Scriptures. It was their very history as a people, and it was through the Jewish people that the Messiah came to redeem the whole world.

The book of Romans in effect reminds the Gentiles, “You’ve not taken over, so don’t be arrogant towards your Jewish brothers and sisters!” The Messiah is Jewish, according to the flesh (1:3), the “oracles of God” were given to the people of Israel (3:2) along with promises, temple, glory, the patriarchs, the adoption, and all our redemptive blessings are Jewish (3:1-2; 9:1-5, 11:28-29). Romans 11:24 tells us that the very root is Jewish, which is why the gospel is especially (proton) for Jews, who are the natural branches that need to be grafted back in (11:24). Gentiles are unnatural branches which can now be grafted even though that are not naturally from that Jewish tree.

Romans 1 teaches that mankind has seen the general revelation of God through nature and our consciences, and so all are without excuse (Rom 1:18-20). But the rest of the book explains how special revelation was given to the people of Israel in particular, making them all the more accountable. So the Jewish people will be particularly judged (proton). In the same way, we understand that Paul is saying that the gospel is particularly and especially (proton) for the Jewish people, because the groundwork has already been done – the tracks are already laid… but the gospel is now ALSO and EQUALLY for the Gentiles. The way has been opened up for all.

So what does this mean for us today?

These Biblical principles should have an effect on the way that we go about fulfilling the Great Commission.

The church must strive to remember that historically, contextually and covenantally, the gospel is, was and will always be particularly and especially for Jewish people because it’s such a Jewish thing! “Replacement theology” that considers the church to have taken the place of Israel is sinful, not only because of its arrogance toward the Jewish people which the Bible warns us against, but also in terms of its failure to appropriate Romans 1:16 in its understanding of the Great Commission. The gospel is for the Jewish people today as much as it ever was. Our challenge is to boldly and joyfully embrace the truth that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to particularly to the Jew and equally to the Gentile.

Romans 11 teaches that Gentiles can be included and grafted in equally, alongside Israel. Ephesians shows how the Gentile believer is welcomed into a new home, one they have never been to before, but they are now warmly invited in as family. The red carpet is laid out for the nations to join the commonwealth of Israel, and they can be adopted into a home that was not their own. Equally, when we share the gospel with Jewish people, we are not asking them to leave faith of their Fathers – we are inviting them to come back home.

[1] According to the authoritative BDAG / ‘Bauer-Danker’ Lexicon, “Proton” can either mean first sequentially or in prominence.




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***Depth of Soul, End of Days***

Depth of Soul, End of Days

Guy Cohen 

Oct 13, 2016

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We read in Revelation 7:13-17 that God will wipe away every tear from the eyes of those who come out of the great tribulation. To wipe away the tears of another, you must look into their eyes. When Yeshua comes and wipes the tears from our eyes, He will look through them as the window into our soul. What He will see is the story of those who went through the challenge of the End of Days.

No one knows exactly when the Messiah will come but we do know from Matthew 24, that before His second coming we can expect the following:

  • Many coming in His name to deceive us

  • Wars and rumours of wars

  • Nation rising up against nation and kingdom against kingdom

  • Famines, pestilences and earthquakes

  • Offense, betrayal and hatred of one another

  • False prophets

  • Lawlessness resulting in the love of many growing cold

Looking into the Eyes of Suffering

I once witnessed a soldier consoling the mother of a fellow soldier killed in a wartime explosion. Her son had been killed instantly, but the second soldier was only wounded. I looked into the eyes of that 19 year old boy and saw confusion, guilt, suffering and questions. I could see the self-blame as he said, “It should have been me and not him.” The mother, who loved her child, comforted the soldier. She had lost her son and yet was encouraging his friend who was suffering in the depth of his soul. I see a parallel for us as we stand before Yeshua in the time when the world will change from a safe planet into a planet engulfed in war and chaos.

Who and Where?

No one knows where the antichrist will come from. In 1933 Hitler was elected in a democratic election, and Germany became his tool for world domination. If the nations of the world had only known that he would bring us into the Second World War, so much more would have been done to stop him. But the future is hidden from our eyes. At that time Germany was the heart of “civilized humanity,” and then suddenly became the channel for unimaginable horror and suffering! It’s the same today. We don’t know who and where, but we know it will come.

I write this letter to help prepare our hearts for the changes we will likely see in our lifetimes, going from security to chaos. Whatever comes, we must remember that we are not fighting a battle against humans, but a spiritual battle which also affects the visible realm of humanity. Be encouraged, Yeshua will ultimately return to Jerusalem. Our King will sit on His throne!

We as believers need to stay in a deep relationship with Yeshua, listening to His voice. He will guide us to the fountains of living waters in times of turmoil.

This article originally appeared in Israel’s Restoration Newsletter October 2016 and reposted with permission.




Guy Cohen

Guy Cohen


Guy and his wife, Tali, founded and lead Harvest of Asher, a Messianic congregation of Jewish and Gentile believers in Akko, Israel.





Why Jerusalem? (65) – Chapter 7 – Jerusalem and Islam

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By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book Why Jerusalem? Chapter 7 – Jerusalem and Islam

Were Jews better off under Islam than Christendom?
It is also true that for 1300 years after AD 650 the Jews were better off under Islam than they were in the lands of Christendom. Even though Jews in the Islamic world were from time to time robbed of money and goods, they were seldom put to death, although Muhammed personally chopped off the heads of people of the Jewish tribe of the Kuraish for over 20 hours, until his arm could not function anymore.

Generally, the Jews were able to practice their religion and culture, but the enmity between the Muslim world and the Jewish people in Israel increased tremendously in 1948, when this small piece of land became the independent State of Israel. This was the crown of Zionism, a movement among the Jewish people for over a century. It seems that the sleeping giant of Islam awoke, and since then the Muslim world has become more and more conscious of itself, proudly claiming its predominant role in the future of mankind, and anxious to recapture Jerusalem.


By contrast with an age-long relative tolerance in the lands of Is- lam, the Jews in Christendom lived under the Christian message that they were the murderers of Jesus. People saw to it that the Jews were persecuted, robbed, and murdered and their religious books burned.


Some examples of this persecution are as follows:

  1. Jews living along the Rhine were murdered and robbed in order to finance the medieval

  2. The Nazi’s did not come up with the idea of making Jews wear the yellow Star of David during the Second World War, since the practice actually dates back to the Middle At that time, the Church made Jews wear distinctive clothes, such as a round patch of cloth or a special Jewish hat.

    1. During the Roman Catholic Inquisition in the southern lands of Europe, thousands of Jews who refused to convert to Christianity were burned at the stake, with crucifixes held before their

    2. The nineteenth and twentieth-century pogroms in the Christian countries in Eastern Europe were often encouraged and launched by Russian Orthodox priests and clergymen. Especially this would be true around the time of Easter, when they would call upon the people “to teach the Jews, the ‘God-killers,’ a lesson.”

    3. The Holocaust took place in Lutheran Germany, and apparently there were not enough people opposed to what happened to the Jews to prevent the terrible deaths of six million, including one- and-a-half million children in the concentration camps. Individual Christians, both Protestant and Roman Catholic, in countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, and Denmark, did risk their own lives to do what they could to help the The names of the Dutch Corrie ten Boom and her family are famous. But we all know, and the Jews know, that the Pope in Rome was silent, even though he was considered by Jews to be the lead- er of Christianity. And it is well known that war criminals were harboured in some Catholic monasteries after the war, although it should not be forgotten that during the war many Jews in Italy were sheltered in Roman Catholic monasteries. We know of the conduct of German Christians who collaborated with the Nazi regime, although individuals like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and others gave their lives in an attempt to resist it.


    Throughout history, many barbaric deeds have been done in the name of Christianity under the “banner of the cross,” including the colonization of the world and the killing of the natives in order to rob them of their gold and other natural resources. The Bible was quoted in defence of slavery and racism against black people.


    Anyone who knows the Bible will realize that such terrible behaviour has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus Christ. It cannot be deduced from the teachings of the New Testament, but is a terrible travesty of them. The Christian faith does not uphold the concept of “a holy war.” The “Gott mit uns” (“God with us”) written on the belts of German soldiers had more to do with taking God’s name in vain than with praying. Christendom has so much guilt of its own that it has little right to point the finger at others. But Christendom also has very little to do with the true Christian faith that lives out the atonement of Christ. The true faith speaks of forgiveness and of a loving God, and of loving our neighbour as ourselves. By contrast, the Quran presents a holy war, a jihad, as a means of spreading the Islamic faith all over the world. It is an essential part of that religion.


    Judaism began with Abraham, about two thousand years before Christ. Christianity began with Jesus at the beginning of the Christian calendar. Islam began with Muhammed, about 600 years after Christ. So instead of speaking about “the three monotheistic religions”, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, we had better speak about the fact that there is only one monotheistic religion, being Judaism. Christianity is a branch growing upon that old root. But certainly Islam is a totally different religion.


To be continued.. with: Chapter 8 – Jerusalem and the allegory of Galatians 4

The book Why Jerusalem? and other books from Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer can be ordered from the webshop of Christians for Israel International.


Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer
President Christians for Israel International

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Vebjørn Selbekk, sjefredaktør i Dagen 2016.10.15

Lederartikkel Israels udemokratiske naboer benytter seg av FNs demokratiske struktur for å angripe regionens eneste demokrati.
FNs organer blir brukt som en lekegrind av islamske diktaturstater for å fremme deres udemokratiske, uvitenskaplige og anti-israelske agenda. Det bringer verdensorganisasjonen i vanry

Tempelplassen i Jerusalem

Denne uken skjedde det igjen. UNESCO, et av FNs viktige underorganer, vedtok en resolusjon som minner mer om muslimsk ekstremisme enn om et dokument verdig verdens viktigste sammenslutning av nasjoner.

UNESCO er FNs organ for utdanning, vitenskap, kultur og kommunikasjon. Men det akademiske formålet forhindrer altså ikke organisasjonen i å vedta resolusjoner som er på direkte kollisjonskurs med både vitenskap og historie.

Torsdag godkjente UNESCO et dokument kalt «Det okkuperte Palestina» der de i 41 punkter fordømmer «okkupasjonsmakten» Israel. Organisasjonen kommer med en lang rekke påstander om angivelige israelske overgrep mot muslimenes hellige steder.

Det avsnittet som har vakt aller størst oppmerksomhet omhandler Tempelplassen i Jerusalem. Resolusjonen slår fast at dette er et hellig sted for muslimer. Men dokumentet utelater det åpenbare faktumet at stedet også er hellig for jøder. Resolusjonen sår videre tvil om jødedommens kobling til Klagemuren.

FN-vedtaket har naturlig nok skapt sinne i Israel. Jerusalems borgermester og Israels statsminister, president og utdanningsminister har alle fordømt resolusjonen i skarpe ordelag. Og i går kom meldingen om at Israel nå bryter alt samarbeid med UNESCO.

Resolusjonen ble fremmet av følgende nasjonale fyrtårn for demokrati og menneskerettigheter i verden: Libanon, Oman, Qatar, Egypt, Marokko, Algerie og Sudan. I tillegg ble dokumentet støttet av to av disse landenes kolleger blant muslimske diktaturstater, Iran og Pakistan. Andre udemokratiske nasjoner som stemte for resolusjonen var Russland samt kommuniststatene Kina og Vietnam.

Ingen vestlige land stemte for, men resolusjonen fikk likevel det nødvendige flertallet den trengte for å bli vedtatt. Norge er ikke medlem av de styrende organer i UNESCO og stemte følgelig ikke.

Tempelplassen i Jerusalem er et av klodens mest omstridte områder. Stedet er hellig for de to verdensreligionene jødedom og islam. Jødedommen anser stedet som hellig fordi dette er stedet der de to historiske jødiske templene stod. Faktisk anses Tempelplassen som så spesiell at de fleste jøder ikke ønsker å gå der, fordi de ikke vil risikere å tråkke på helligdommen.

Tempelplassens status i jødedommen er et velkjent historisk, religiøst og samfunnsmessig faktum. Det er faktisk mye lettere å bevise eksistensen av to jødiske templer på Tempelplassen enn å sannsynliggjøre at profeten Muhammed virkelig drog på en nattlig reise til himmelen derfra på et flygende fabeldyr. Dette siste er som kjent basisen for muslimenes krav på Tempelplassen, eller Haram al-Sharif, som de kaller den, som hellig sted i islam.

Likevel velger altså de muslimske nasjonene og deres mange udemokratiske støttespillere å kun nevne stedet som hellig for den islamske religionen. Og de klarer faktisk å få flertall for det.

UNESCO-vedtaket er nok et eksempel på det som er FN-systemets store svakhet. Diktaturstaters sterke påvirkningskraft på verdensorganisasjonen.

Israels udemokratiske naboer benytter seg av FNs demokratiske struktur for å angripe regionens eneste demokrati. Det høres ut som en kraftig selvmotsigelse, men slik er faktisk virkeligheten.

I 1975 vedtok FNs hovedforsamling at sionismen, tanken om et jødisk hjemland i deres gamle kjerneområder, er «rasisme». Den skampletten på verdensorganisasjonen ble stående til 1991 da et flertall stemte for å oppheve resolusjonen.

De muslimske diktaturene har også brukt sin FN-makt til å prøve å innskrenke ytringsfriheten. I kjølvannet av karikaturstriden benyttet islamske nasjoner sin posisjon i FNs menneskerettighetsråd (ja, nasjoner som undertrykker menneskerettighetene får være med i menneskerettighetsrådet) til å kjempe for et forbud mot ytringer som krenker religioner og spesielt islam.

Men vanligvis er det Israel det går hardest ut over. Som i denne aktuelle saken.

Siste fra Dagen om aktuelle sak:
Israel bryter samarbeidet med UNESCO etter at FNs kulturorgan vedtok to resolusjoner om Øst-Jerusalem.

UNESCOs endelige avstemning skjer først neste uke, men Israel har reagert kraftig på resolusjonene som ble vedtatt på komiténivå torsdag. Her refereres det til «det okkuperte Palestina» og behovet for å «verne den palestinske kulturarven og Øst-Jerusalems særegne karakter».

Israels utdanningsminister Naftali Bennett anklager nå UNESCO for å ignorere «flere tusen år med jødisk tilknytning til Jerusalem».

I et brev sendt til UNESCO-direktør Irina Bokova hevder Bennett videre at FN-organet bistår «islamistisk terror».

– Jeg har bedt Israels nasjonale UNESCO-kommisjon om å stanse alle faglige aktiviteter med den internasjonale organisasjonen, skriver ministeren. Bennett leder det ultranasjonalistiske partiet Jødisk Hjem.

UNESCOs resolusjoner henviser til høyden som huser al-Aqsa-moskeen i Jerusalems gamleby – som regnes som islams tredje helligste sted. FN-organet nevner i teksten ikke at stedet også regnes som hellig for jøder, som kaller det for Tempelhøyden.

Resolusjonene ble lagt fram av flere arabiske land, deriblant Egypt, Libanon og Algerie, og ble vedtatt med 24 stemmer for og seks stemmer imot. 26 av medlemmene i komiteen lot være å stemme, og to var ikke til stede.

Betent strid
Jerusalems status er det mest betente temaet i den langvarige konflikten. Palestinerne ønsker Øst-Jerusalem som hovedstad i en fremtidig uavhengig stat.

Torsdag kommenterte også Israels statsminister Benjamin Netanyahu striden med UNESCO.

– Å si at Israel ikke har noen tilknytning til Tempelhøyden og Vestmuren er som å si at Kina ikke har noen tilknytning til Den kinesiske mur eller at Egypt ikke har noen tilknytning til pyramidene, sa han.




***Which Jesus do YOU follow?***

Which Jesus do YOU follow?

Aaron Hecht 

Sep 19, 2016

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Many years ago when I lived in the US I would drive to work every morning past a billboard which said “Jesus was a Vegetarian”.

Overcome with curiosity, I visited the website at the bottom of the billboard. The answer to the obvious question “how do you know” wasn’t hard to find, as the website declared that Jesus was so compassionate and loving that He would never eat animals.

That’s it.

There was no reference, even tangentially, to anything written in the Bible.

While it’s easy to roll our eyes at such foolishness, it’s not so easy to dismiss the fact that MANY people in the world today who call themselves Christians are actually following a “Jesus” who has no connection to the Man by that name described in the Bible.


I know what many of you are thinking, but this blog is not about Torah Observance. That’s a huge topic which I’m trying to get someone else who is far more qualified than I am to address here on KNI.

What I want to address here is the issue of people who, like those who put up that billboard, completely re-invent a whole new “Jesus” to worship and follow.

Specifically, I’m talking about Jesus the Social Justice Warrior, hereafter JSJW.

JSJW is not a King, or a Prophet, or a Priest. The most accurate job description you can give him is “social worker” or “activist” where the main thing is showing “radical compassion” for the downtrodden (usually by demanding that governments increase subsidies for them, rarely if ever by actually going to where the downtrodden physically live and tending to them there or helping them find work.) Also important to JSJW is standing up for the “oppressed” and fighting for “justice”, which can mean almost anything one wants it to mean.

JSJW is the friend of everyone, except the “oppressor”, which by a happy coincidence can be anyone those who worship and follow JSJW say it is.

JSJW doesn’t care about Biblical standards of righteousness. The idea that there is only one way to be in a right relationship with God is absurd and offensive to JSJW.

JSJW is cool with whatever makes you happy and comfortable and doesn’t want to hear any talk about old-fashioned ideas like “sin” or “repentance” etc.

About the only hard and fast rule JSJW has is that no one is allowed to judge anyone else.

Except of course when someone raises old-fashioned topics like “sin” or tries to say that something called “sound doctrine” actually exists and that everyone is not free to interpret Scripture any which way they want and/or is convenient for them.

If anyone acts like that you can judge them for their arrogant, judgmental and oppressive attitude.

After all, JSJW never told anyone they were sinners and needed to repent! He never told anyone they had to do ANYTHING in particular. He just showed compassion for people and stood up for the oppressed and never asked anyone to do anything they didn’t want to do, because he knew that might make them unhappy, and our happiness is his most important concern.

Brothers and sisters, most churches in the world, especially in the West, are teaching and worshipping JSJW. That’s a really big problem because JSJW is actually an idol, a figment in the collective imagination of the post-modern, secular humanist, Liberal mind which has come to dominate the social, cultural and political scene in much of the world.

Jesus of Nazareth was a prophet during His ministry in the Galilee and gave many instructions on how we are to live. When He came to Jerusalem to offer Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity, he fulfilled His role as a priest. But from the time He ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of His Father, He has been fulfilling His role as a King.

If we’ve accepted Jesus as “the Lord and Savior” of our lives, than we need to remember the “Lord” part and start living as He directed us to live in His Word. We need to confess our sins and repent and stop with this nonsense about how no one can “judge” us.

Kings expect their subjects to obey them, and they pass judgement on those who do not. Jesus WILL judge the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1). On that day, JSJW won’t be there to help any of the people who have followed and worshipped him in this world. King Jesus is coming back to this Earth soon to establish HIS justice, not fight for some concept of “social justice” that you or I might think up for JSJW to be the champion of.

To sum up, there’s only one REAL Jesus, and if you’re a follower of JSJW, the time to cast him aside and start worshiping the real Jesus is now.




Aaron Hecht

Aaron is a member of Jerusalem Assembly, House of Redemption.









Before Abraham was,


I AM” (John 8:58



One of the hardest things for Jewish people to deal with when it comes to Yeshua is the idea that he could be God in human form. The trinity just sounds like straight up polytheistic idol worship to Jewish ears.

Monotheism was the defining difference between the faith of Abraham and all the pagan worshippers surrounding him in the Mesopotamian basin. Every Jewish person knows that their God is one, and squirms inside when they see a church cluttered with images that seem like idols – the holy child in the arms of Mary, Yeshua on the cross… it might be like a believer going into a place of worship with star signs of the Zodiac all over the walls. Jewish resistance to the trinity comes from the knowledge that the God of Israel is a jealous God, and that they must never bow the knee to any other. So how can we be so sure that the appearance of Yeshua and teaching of the trinity does not contradict the Torah’s insistence that only God should be worshipped?

Does explaining the trinity tie you in knots?

An English preacher called David Pawson rightly noticed that we often feel awkward and embarrassed about the inexplicable trinity. How can God be three and one at the same time? “We don’t know!” We have to admit. There are metaphors of clover leaves having three parts to the one leaf… of water, ice and steam all being H2O… of the ability to be a mother, daughter and wife simultaneously, but none of these analogies really do justice to the mysterious Godhead we claim to know and love.

But, insists Pawson, the trinity is one of the greatest truths we have to share, because we alone, of all faiths, can declare the truth that God IS love!

In order to love, we need an object of affection, but since God is Father, Son and Spirit, he was already living in loving unity long before he created the world! In himself, God’s very essence is love with no need of outside intervention. We could say that a singular God could be loving in nature, but to say that he IS love is a unique privilege of those who believe that he can give and receive love in and of himself.

They’re all there, the entire time, all through the Jewish Scriptures

The word “trinity” cannot be found in the Bible, but the truth is that the three of them have been there together all the way along. Genesis tells us that God created the heavens and the earth by his word. John 1 tells us that the Word is Yeshua – that he was with God and was God from the get go, right there at creation. We also see the third person of the trinity, the Holy Spirit, hovering over the waters in the second verse of the Bible. Not sure about this? The first words of the Bible in Hebrew are  בראשית ברא אלוהים – In the beginning, God created (or “in the beginning, created God…”, because that’s the way Hebrew sentences are structured). The word for God is Elohim. This word Elohim, very interestingly, is plural. Still not convinced? The decision to create humanity is made. “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”, says the plural God, in plural. There is no getting away from it this time. The Hebrew is very clear.

Later on we see hints of Yeshua appearing as “The Angel of the Lord”, which could simply be one of God’s many angels, except that those who encounter this one a) identify him as The Lord himself, and b) worship him. There is no way that a regular angel of God – even a top level angel – would accept worship that belongs to God alone. If you want to see what I mean, see what happens when “The Angel of the Lord” turns up to visit Hagar in Genesis 16 and 21, Abraham in chapter 18, and the One who stops him killing Isaac in 22:11, look at the interaction between Samson’s parents and the Angel of the Lord in Judges 13, and consider who the fourth person was in the firey furnace that Daniel’s three friends were rescued from. As you ponder the texts and the dialogues, look carefully at the way people address this angel, at the way he refers to himself, and you will see that there is something divine going on here. This angel speaks as if he is God, and people speak as if they have encountered God. Because he is. And they have.

We also learn of the third person, the Holy Spirit, very much active in his own right in the Tenach – falling upon and anointing people with power to prophesy and act to accomplish God’s will. He empowers the artisans who make the tabernacle, falls upon Saul in 1 Samuel 10, and is spoken of by David in the Psalms and the prophets (“The Spirit of the sovereign Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me…” Isaiah 61). He appears many times throughout the scriptures, helping and enabling people to do the will of God.

We even see all three of them together in this verse:

“Come ye near unto Me, hear ye this:
From the beginning I have not spoken in secret;
from the time that it was, there am I;
and now the Lord GOD has sent me, and His Spirit.”

(Isaiah 48:16)

There they all are – all three of them together. The Lord God (Father), the One who he sent, who was with him from the beginning (Yeshua) and His Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament.

God repeatedly promises that he would come and live among them, in words that bewilder the mind if you are not ready to accept the deity of Yeshua. He says,

“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord.
And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people.
And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.” (Zechariah 2:10-11)

Yes, it was always God’s intention to come and live among us as Yeshua. And you can see the sameness yet separateness in these verses – he speaks as God himself, yet tells us that the Lord of Hosts has sent him.

We also see the God’s Son mentioned several times in the Tenach (Jewish Scriptures):

Psalm 2:2
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Proverbs 30:4 –
Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is his son’s name?
Surely you know!

Daniel 7:13 –
and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.

Incomprehensible, but true

So although this idea seems alien to most Jewish people (and frankly, rather bewildering to most believers) a careful study of the Scriptures shows us that Yeshua did not suddenly appear two thousand years ago. As he says of himself; “Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58).






Pray forthe Best, but Prepare for the Worst

Aaron Hecht 

Sep 28, 2016

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IDF Search and Rescue training drill (Flickr- IDF)

I’m gonna take a break from theology in this blog post to share some things that have been on my heart and mind lately regarding current (and perhaps near-term future) events in Israel.

First off, the so-called “lone wolf” attacks by Palestinians, apparently incited by ISIL (although Hamas, the PA and other sources of incitement are also part of the mix) against random Israelis have resumed after what many of us hoped was a passing phase.

In addition, the IDF, along with civilian security and emergency response agencies, have started running drills to prepare themselves and the general public for what they believe is an “inevitable” clash with Hezbollah and their Iranian sponsors on the northern border. The IDF estimates there will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,500 rockets fired into Israel for at least the first several days of such a conflict, causing hundreds of civilian casualties. Hezbollah has also threatened to send ground forces to invade the Galilee, a threat the IDF is taking very seriously.

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Then of course, there’s the perennial threat from Hamas in Gaza and the growing danger of ISIL affiliated groups in the Sinai.

And that’s just on our immediate borders. Further afield there’s much else threatening us.

I was here in 2006 when Israel fought a 34-day war with Hezbollah while also dealing with a lower-level but still serious fight with Hamas in Gaza. That experience taught me, among other things, that the IDF and the government will do its best to fight the war and take care of everything else that needs to be taken care of, but that us private citizens must also do what we can to look after ourselves.

The Home Front Command has a website with some helpful tips.

But I’ve got a few tips of my own, and I offer them here for anyone who is interested.

First of all, pray daily for the government, the IDF, police, firefighters, EMS, etc. and for all those who serve and protect us. Pray for your family and your congregation, for their safety and their health. Pray for God to give them, and yourself, wisdom and courage to face all that’s coming.

Second, get yourself in shape and if possible take a Krav Maga self-defense course. This has gone from being a “good idea” to being a necessity for all of us.

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Could you fight for your life or the lives of your children if you were attacked by a knife-wielding terrorist on the street? Could you run away fast enough if you’d rather do that, or could you run to the bomb shelter in time if you heard the siren? Could you assist in digging someone out from under a house that had collapsed in an earthquake or a rocket attack?

These are not theoretical possibilities. Some of us WILL face these kinds of situations in the future. Even if you personally never do, time spent getting into good physical condition is never wasted time. You’ll live longer and have a higher quality of life.
Third, on a related topic, start (if you haven’t already) eating like you should. We are blessed to live in a Land where fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful and relatively cheap. We should take advantage of it.

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Fourth, clean out your apartment, car and office. If you’ve got clothes or other stuff you never use which others might be able to use, bring it to your kehilah so they can give them to families who need them but can’t afford new stuff. If there’s stuff you don’t need and/or never use and you don’t think anyone else can use it either, throw it out!

Once your home has been emptied out as much as possible, clean it as deeply as possible.

There’s three main reasons why you should do this.

One, you might have to leave your home with very short notice, especially if you live in the North or near the Gaza border. If you do, you’ll have a much easier time grabbing the few things you need if your house is clean and in order.

Second, you might have to host someone else who had to flee their home. If you do, you’ll need as much space in your home as possible to accommodate them and you’ll also want to keep everything as clean as possible.

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Third, if a missile destroys one of the walls of your home and a picture of the exposed room ends up on CNN, you don’t want the whole world knowing what a slob you are.


That last part was my attempt at dark Israeli humor, I hope it didn’t freak anyone out too much.

Last but not least, as the Home Front Command recommends, stock your home with at least a first-aid kit and with enough extra food and water for your family for at least three days. Again, if you’ve got extra room, also stock extra food for any unexpected guests you might have as well as your neighbors who will inevitably not have prepared their own homes adequately.
The foods you should stock up on are basically crackers and peanut butter, as they contain a lot of calories (precisely the food you’ll need in a wartime situation where you’re expending a lot of energy) and it also won’t spoil if the electricity is cut and your fridge/freezer isn’t working anymore. If you want some variety, tuna, beef jerky, chocolate and any kind of nuts are also a good for this, as well as dried fruit.

Don’t forget to also keep your home well stocked with essentials such as toilet paper, soap, etc.

If you do these things and war comes, you’ll be prepared. If you do these things and war never comes, you’ll still be doing something good for your life.

May God give us all the wisdom and courage to face whatever the future holds for us.




Aaron Hecht

Aaron is a member of Jerusalem Assembly, House of Redemption.