WARNING: Persecution Creeps toward the USA

From watch.org on November 1

Billy Graham’s Warning to American Churches: ‘Prepare for Persecution’

The Rev. Billy Graham has issued a written warning to America’s churches: “Prepare for persecution.”

The renowned preacher and founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association penned a commentary that was posted on his website last week and is slated to appear in the November edition of Decision magazine.

In the magazine, Graham notes that the American church has been largely unfamiliar with persecution, writing that this “immunity to persecution that Christians in our country have experienced in the past two or three centuries is unusual.”

“As a whole, our nation does not know what privation is. We do not know what sacrifice is. We do not know what suffering is. Suppose persecution were to come to the church in America, as it has come in other countries,” wrote Graham.

“Since we have experienced little religious persecution in this country, it is likely that under pressure many would deny Christ. Those who shout the loudest about their faith may surrender soonest.”

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Persecution of the “saints” comes in the end of this era of time on earth. This is clearly noted in Scripture. Reverend Graham is attempting to wake up a sleeping public. The US has spent more time recently being PC (politically correct) and as a result there are those claiming rights, as in civil rights, for issues that are not merely civil, but sinful. Scripture tells us we will arrive at a time when “right is wrong and wrong is right” … a lawless state will creep across the globe … it’s already happening and you are probably sleeping in the face of reality.

Like ISIS beheading ‘infidels’ or oppressing peoples in the Middle East of the imposition of religious law (Shiria law) on those who have otherwise lived at peace and with morality unifying their communities (e.g., Iraq, Syria, elsewhere) … persecution in the extreme will plow all that under into darkness … why would that only happen “over there” and not here … persecution creeps and spreads its tendrils … slowly and over time … persecution comes.

If you want to read exactly what appears in Decision Magazine, you can download an electronic copy here.

Director, windowview.org

Billy Graham … A few words for you

Dr. Graham has spoken for 60 years. Did you ever hear him.

You probably think you can get along missing this … but Really?

You sure?

Sadly, the Middle East is coming apart at the seams. Franklin Graham has publicly asked why the Muslim and Arab nations have not done more to repress the religious extremism, the bombing, the unrest, the beheadings, the loss of life.  Yet clearly the days of end time appear to approach quicker than ever before. No better time to listen closely to Billy Graham say once more what has always been his message, for truth, for life, and forever.

For the real meaning of Peach (Passover) and Easter,

Director, WindowView.org

How Do You Respond to Isaiah?

Sitting at your window on life what do you see? As you review history past and the implications for the future … just watching the nightly news or reading the newspapers or blogs. When and how often does it occur to you that we are all connected and for some reason the world really doesn’t have to behave the way we do … think about that and watch here …

Regardless of your take on the video or those who composed the presentation, we should all be impressed. some have said it’s tasteless or offensive, but really if you were just moved to think … it did the job.

What else Gentiles might need to know is that our Jewish counterparts, co-inhabitants, and measurably valuble contributors to the human experience … many have never read Isaiah 53 … it’s time they do … and you right along with them.

Director, WindowView.org

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Muslims Embrace Jesus?

To get a reaction to the photo below, we draw your attention to the originating link to Freedom Outpost’s recent post.

Beyond the report at Freedom Outpost and the opinions expressed there … Our question is … if Jesus is who He says He is, then wouldn’t a Muslim need to know how this billboard goes contrary to what they were taught?

Ironically, Muslims decry foul when any negative comments are made about their beliefs, but what about the reality to this claim they make?  So, we are not being negative, instead we want to know if Muslims realize the true implications of how this sign turns the question back on them … and why ask a Muslim when we can ask those who know Jesus firsthand?  Worth a thought! You could ask both and compare notes! Worth getting the full picture!  If so, this sign is an ironic sign of the times!

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And yes, Yeshua (Jesus) is alive.  And where He is now has everything to do with Who he is beyond the answer one might get from following their weblink.  Frankly, we thank those who posted the billboard, because at the end of the day, finding out Who Jesus IS, is very important and that distinguishes fact and fiction.  The billboard asks a fundamental question … Who is He?  But more important, why do they find it so important to give their answer?

We who sit at the window and look at all perspectives already know why they are making their statement … Do you?

Director, WindowView.org

Also see: Another Story because His-story can only be one story.  It’s just a window observation to think about.

 

 

Passover — A Brief Nugget and Kinda A Mystery Revealed

Okay, so it’s like the week when we see celebrations of Palm Sunday and later lots of people go to church for Easter.  That’s all Jesus stuff.  It’s been done for years.  What about Jewish stuff?

The Jewish community breaks out the Matzoh and sets a table full of stuff to celebrate Passover.  That’s Cecil B. DeMille and Charlton Heston and lots of camera angles as a lot of water, I mean a lot of water, separates and a bunch a folks go for a walk.

Whooops!  Wait a minute.  Are these different things?  Lets have those parted sea walkers back up for a minute.  Before Moshe parts the waters with a rod and a shout, the folks that had been walking previously had a certain kind if dinner … with a sacrificial lamb.  Okay, you saw the movie and you know that every family sacrificed a lamb, spread blood on the door posts, got passed over, and that set these people apart from all of Egypt [a country representing the pagan world to be sure].

Now let’s think a minute … Easter and Palm Sunday come at the same time when the Jewish folks celebrate Passover.  Could there be any linkage here?

Here is a question: Did the Passover celebration ever change?  Could that have anything to do with what the Jesus followers do?

Could be!  How?

Well, the information we have here at the window says the Passover seder use to include sharing of lamb meat at the table.  Today, only a shank bone is used to represent the lamb.  The change appears to have come just under about 2000 years ago.

Add to this something else curious, a Greek word found its way into the Passover celebration.  Jewish folks are mostly unaware of this.  But the Haggadah, the booklet with all the words and songs for Passover is typically all Hebrew, well, except for the one Greek word.

Why is that word important and what changed in the order of the Passover observance?  Again, our information indicates that the seder, the meal and the events that take place at Passover, gained the use of three matzoth and a cloth bag commonly called ‘unity bag’ that is used to house the matzoth (flat bread made without yeast).

Okay, ready?  The point, to make this brief, is that during the meal the head of the family gets up and takes out the center piece of flat bread and by pulling it out part way the bread is broken in half.  The inner portion is returned to the bag and resides in the middle between the unbroken breads.  The broken off portion is wrapped in a napkin or cloth and is shown to all and then is hidden.  Later, a child or the children all around are asked to seek out this broken piece … this is called the Afikomen.  Oh, by the way, that is the Greek word, it’s not Hebrew.

The kids all search for the Afikomen and the one who finds it brings it back to the table and usually gets a little reward for their success!  The head of the table removes the Afikomen ad breaks this into multiple smaller pieces which are distributed to everyone at the table.  During the seder there are four cups of wine shared by all, each with a specific significance.  At this time, everyone eats a piece of this Afikomen and drinks from the cup representing redemption.

The change in the seder is somewhat coincidental to the fall of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.  Since that time there has been no place for lambs to be sacrificed and no place for a Jew to make a sacrifice for the forgiveness of personal sin.

So, Afikomen means something like the ‘expected one.’ That is our paraphrase and it’s the apparent, we think clear, intent of the use of the word is to signify a person who is expected to come.  The anticipation is great and forward looking.

Time to reveal what is really happening here.  The Unity bag contains three matzah.  From a Messianic perspective you can hold the bag either way, but the three inside the unity represent Adonai, Messiah, and the Ruach HaKodesh (Spirit).  Breaking the center matzoh is breaking the Son as was Messiah broken for the sins of all people.  He was sacrificed, died, buried like the Afikomen is hidden in its shroud of a napkin, found, revealed, and shared by all for the sake of redemption.  That is very much a parallel to the real event that Easter goers are celebrating … not the end or death, but the redemption, and a single lamb slain for all and for all time.  A Temple is no longer necessary.

This means that every year the Jewish population is celebrating their Messiah’s actions on their behalf, what Yeshua did, and really for all people.

During the week when Yeshua (Jesus) entered Jerusalem for his last time [during that era], he rode on a donkey along a way, a road, that is the same path that lambs used to arrive at the Temple for Passover sacrifice.  Jews would watch the lambs come in and sometimes, as we’re told, would put palm fronds down along the way to honor the sheep.

Messiah thus appears to have given Himself for a sacrifice on an execution stake outside the city at the same time the Passover sheep were being slain for sacrifice in the Temple … all this IS Passover and it’s all one and the same event. This is no mere coincidence.

The irony is that the Jewish population has been perplexed concerning the loss of their Temple and a move is afoot to rebuild that structure, and soon!  But in reality, every year the bread and wine signify the one and only sacrifice by a mediator that is both Jewish and one who links all the faithful, should they care to see this wonderful illustration link all in the unity … it’s in the bag.  Simple and been there for two millennia.  Did you know this?  Interesting isn’t it?!

While you are at it, if you share this with a friend, have them take a look at Isaiah 53 … matzoh are ‘pierced and striped.’  Hmmmm, kind of like a nugget of something real interesting!

Tell a friend … it’s all good news!

Here is a link to a page on the Passover Lamb

Director, WindowView.org

The LAST Pope NOW?!

There are a number of web pages such as this one:

http://www.bibleprobe.com/last10popes.htm

… many describe the long series of Popes according to the prophecy of a 12th Century monk.  many believe the monk got it right!  Coincidence? Devinely inspired?

Are we about to see the installation of the LAST Pope who will be in the Vatican when Yeshua (Jesus) returns to earth?

Believe it or not, the resignation of the Pope in 2013 leads us to the “LAST Pope” according to St. Malachy. Fasten your seat belts folks!

Here is one of the current reports on the resignation here (one of many but this one states how unusual this event is!):

http://www.npr.org/2013/02/11/171681283/pope-benedict-to-resign

Director, WindowView.org

The Real Christmas in Appropriate Hebrew Context

What if the common impression of a holiday misses a greater understanding of a biblical sequence of events? What if the impression, albeit well intentioned, is just plain off track!

What if a description of a real sequence of events actually expands our understanding of events to expose a more significant picture of biblical intent and truth? What would be your response?

Christmas as a holiday is becoming overwhelmed by commercialization. This forces those with a religious focus to work harder to sustain the real meaning of Christmas. But what if we say a Hebrew/Jewish context can bring out the fullness of this holiday and at the same time reorient the biblical story … that many Gentiles think of as the birthday of the Savior. And if you are Jewish … have you missed this vital information?

BTW … we aren’t bashing Christmas here … read on, we think you’ll be amazed and perhaps grasp a greater respect for the true heart of common tradition.

First, to our Jewish readers we wish to say that the first mention of the Jewish Messiah is found in the first book of the Hebrew Bible. Most English translations present this verse in Genesis 3:15. This verse is referring to Messiah in terms of a “seed of a woman.” Isaiah later is telling us that the Savior would come by a birth from an ‘alma’ or as the English translation puts it, a virgin. What most of us … Jew and Gentile alike … don’t realize is that the word virgin comes through a Greek translation of the Isaiah text … a translation into the Greek made by Hebrew speaking Jewish persons. Jewish scholarship, not Gentile influence gives us the meaning in context. After all, Isaiah says the birth will be a sign … something significant … what could be more significant than a virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14). Unique beyond comparison. To it’s credit this should be the only focus of Christmas unto salvation. But let us continue further.

So the pronouncement by angels to shepherds out in the field … that the virgin would give birth … is not a Gentile notion, but an expectation that was put forth in both Genesis and Isaiah.

But hold that thought because the fact that shepherds were tending flocks in the field tells us that Messiah was not likely born in December … not in Israel during the colder months. This opens a possiblility. We won’t be dogmatic about this, but simply suggest that if the time was in the fall of the year, a logical sequence of biblical holy days, feasts and festivals can have a start at the Feast of Tabernacles. This would place the birth of Messiah at late September or early October, when shepherds would still be in the field.

But there is something else, markedly significant, that you may wish to study further. The biblical prophetical sequence that follows the holy days can both start and end with the Feast of Tabernacles. We will return to this point in a minute.

Further, if Messiah was born on the first day of the feast, then on the eighth and concluding day, this little Jewish male would have been circumcised. Interesting isn’t it … This is an eight day Bible declared Feast. What other biblically prescribed feast is so long? None, unless you count Chanukah, but we’ll get to that, too. The Feast of Tabernacles then aligns with a birth event associated with Jewish male infants. This is a fit that makes sense.

Further, because the book of Daniel provides a riddle, that once solved, points to the exact time of Messiah’s arrival … birth … and thus it was possible for Jewish persons who knew Daniel’s writings to be anticipating this arrival. And the Greek Scriptures, in fact, provide witness to this anticipation through the man Simeon … who waited at the Temple hoping to see Messiah (before he as an old man was soon to die). And this is fitting because the Temple stood, clean, and rededicated in waiting for Messiah.

Luk 2:25    And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. And this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel. And the Holy Spirit was on him.

Why is the status of the temple important? See, we told you Chanukah would come into this. If in fact the historical events that brought us the Feast of Dedication (a.k.a. Hanukkah or Chanukah) fit the timeline after Feast of Tabernacles and before Passover, then this strategically aligns with the adult presence of Messiah who visited the temple AT the Feast of Dedication. While neither the revolt of the Macabees nor Chanukah are recorded int he Hebrew Bible (a.k.a. Tanach), the reality of this comes in the Greek text written by the Jew Yochanan … See John 20:10. The state of desecration brought on by Antiochus could not remain to the day of Messiah. And so the Macabees did what was required to honor Messiah. Jesus visited the Jewish Temple in it’s glory.

Joh 10:22    And the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem, and it was winter.

The sequence of fall to winter aligns the Feast of Tabernacles and Hanukah … and next in the yearly cycle is Passover. We will leave a detailed discussion of Passover in PARALLEL with what is called Easter, or as some prefer … Resurrection Day. Yeshua, Jesus, grew to an adult and presented a ministry of signs through miracles, as an authentication of His identity, and wisdom in parables that makes sense to every reader today … As much sense as in the first telling years ago.

Move past the spring feasts and arrive at late summer and we see a parallel between biblical holy days that are yet to be fulfilled by Messiah’s actions. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur parallel events described by Daniel and in the Book of Revelation. In brief, the day of atonement, Yom Kippur completes a cycle and ends this age we live in at present. But that ends to a new beginning and that is where we arrive back at the Feast of Tabernacles.

During Messiah’s first presence in this feast, we lived with Him and He with us … In the flesh.

At the feast to come, we will again be in His presence in the next era. A new era that is a step to the Eternal Order promised in the Bible.

Christmas is about the birth of the Messiah and His promise of eternal life is to all who believe … as Scripture puts it … To the Jew first and also the Greek (meaning all Gentiles).

This year put Christmas in it’s proper context. And note that Chanukah is in the Bible, but in the Brit Chadeshah, the New Covenant … which if you look for a reference to a new covenant … you can find that in Jeremiah 31:31.

You see, the scriptures are inter woven and self referencing … To thos who do not believe it is foolishness … To those who see the weave there is wisdom.

Be wise … enjoy Christmas in it’s real context and be blessed.

Merry Messiahmas to you and yours!

Dr. Peterson, Director
WindowView.org

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Talmud and Evidence for Messiah

WindowView presents a couple of articles that relate to writings in the Talmud that on the one hand provide evidence for who exactly IS the Messiah of Israel, and on the other hand writings that touch on a number of other related issues.

To visit the MOST POPULAR page in our HARMONY AREA, go to Talmudic Evidence for the Messiah.

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Why is this article so popular? Frankly, having Jewish writers give an account of events that logically points to the true identity of Messiah is a kind of validation that actually should “send some chills down the spine!”  The unlikely source itself is saying “See, these events are miraculous and show the way to an identity.”

Read the article and see for yourself!

Director, WindowView.org

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Also, watch a video made in Israel that presents archeological evidence for a community of Messianic believers who lived around and following the time of Yesahua. (Watch the Video!)