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WE ARE WHAT WE THINK WE ARE

Take a look at this NBC clip about life, prayer, faith and God … and consider your belief or lack thereof as the case may be.  This clip reflects so much of what the media tell us today, but is this solid information or just a reflection of deeper issues and limited understanding?

One this is clear to people who are aware of what the Bible has to say is that humanity is rounding the historical bend to something daunting and perhaps with consequences that are eteranl.  Should you care?

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BUT WHAT ARE WE? WHERE DO YOU STAND IN AN AGE OF RELATIVISM?

So … where do you fit in?

If you are like one of the millions who have never really read the Bible, or bothered to study the informative substance there, then you are left with no basis to consider the Hebrew and Greek scriptures are indeed relevant.  Any assumption that material life and nature is all there is, all that explains all,  is equally dangerous.  Being of an opinion of any sort minus solid information is a real problem.

Do you accept the Koran as Devine inspiration without seeking an understanding as to how that written work came into existence? What are the facts? (Some thoughts can be found on a companion page)  Mormons are little aware that the Book of Mormon was written in the US in the 1800s as theistic fiction (See the 1909 text by Dr. McNiece [PDF of McNiece’s Chapter 10] or [PDF download of original complete volume from another website, therein see Chapter Ten]). Followers of the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW) read their translation of the Bible tinkered with by Russell and Rutherford, but history tells neither man knew the original biblical languages.  Misconceptions of the Bible abound.  Meet a JW and they will tell you there are many gods, that they are one of the 144,000 canvassing the globe in the latter days.  But look at what the Bible says of the 144,000 … the fact is each member of this massive 144K evangelical movement is both Jewish and a virgin.  Look at the JW in front of you and ask: “Are you Jewish? Are you a virgin?” Well?

What does this all say? Knowing the reality of the reliable nature of information is key. Many of the moderns today forget the Bible stated the universe had a beginning.  Science only confirmed this fact in the Twentieth Century, thousands of years after the biblical record. For centuries biblical scholars wondered if there really was a King David!  Now, near the Temple mount in Jerusalem, in recent decades the digging reveals the City of David is fact and not fiction.  And the Bible tells us at the end of the latter days, the nations will turn against Israel.  See any trends out there now? That couldn’t have happened until after World War II when Israel became a reality in a modern sense.  And the trend of recent events seems only to ramp up to the very events that biblical prophecy states will come.  Are you observant and willing to study how factual and truthful Scripture is?

The NBC piece comes with some statistics, like 26% of those polled said being close to God was most important in their life.  What does that tell you of the remaining 74%?  The next most important priority was family, a close second at 14%.  What is important out side this top 40% devoted to God and family?  Think about it, 60% of the rest of us have other priorities in life … and not all are moral or selfless!

When 68% say God exists, are they saying “God of Israel” or “a god of some kind?”  Historically, humans have believed in wooden and metal figurines they called god, but as Abraham noted, no such figurine ever responds to anyone … those gods are dead and of no hope or help in life, then and now!

There is confusion as to what God or god is!  A force (54%), a man (27%), a human form not clearly man or woman (12%), other than human (6%) and 2% say woman … but the Bible clearly states God is spirit and we are made in His image.  Why then are there so many impressions and opinions?  You might surmise that assumptions prevail in the absence of close scrutiny, study, or a look at the validity of the Bible and the information therein … the fact of the matter is not considered by the masses.  Are you a mere lemming running into the sea of relativism and mere opinion?

What is truly awesome is that there is a Bible and a Jewish people spoken of in the ancient parts of the text AND that they and Israel exist today.  Moreover the very trends and the nature of what the Bible tells us is alive in right there on the news each and every day … and yet so many are blind to the implications.

What we discover time and again is that the popular media do so much to confuse the real issue of what is the factual basis to believe and faith.  Science digs up facts, but so too faith must rely on fact or it too is mere fiction.  Study how the Bible was written and preserved over time.  Note the connections throughout the text and how this book is alive with connections to our lives in this very moment of history!

Don’t be assured by polls and statistics that put off the urgency of knowing what is really at the heart of our existence.  Your life is in reality an opportunity to make a vital decision about why you are here!  The Bible cuts to the chase in so many ways to reveal its relevance … but until you start to explore, you are just another opinion and part of a percentage point.  Beyond mere opinions there is an opportunity … choose life!  Be alive, look and learn for yourself!

For your further consideration, the WindowView website looks at key scenarios that provide perspectives on who we are, how we got here, and what the future holds.

Director, WindowView.org

Help for Syrian Refugees in Jordan

The following post presents the words from a friend who is working with Operation Blessing International. We are providing Jennifer’s personal account. For additional information we refer you to Operation Blessing Intl.‘s website.

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I have been working with the Syrian refugees in Jordan for about the past year now. We just recently went to Jordan on Sept 9th. These are some pictures I took. The situation in Jordan is severe and that does not count Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and other countries where they are fleeing. To hear their stories up close and personal is heartbreaking. The people have fled with NOTHING and I repeat NOTHING. We are trying to raise money to help them. My boss was here and he is a filmmaker so he took video. You will be able to see that in a few days on www.ob.org.

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From listening to these stories, even if the US did something to deter the situation of the systematic killing of the Syrians, it would be worth it. Sometimes you have to put your comfort/thoughts/resources aside to help those in need and to defend those who cannot defend themselves. Social justice is a major theme in the bible throughout the prophets. I am in a position to change the situations of the refugees and I am going to do my best to make that happen.

Jennifer’s Coworker Providing Support

 

IMG_7649jaOf note, what you might not expect … The Israeli’s and I are working together on this. Yes, the Israelis want to help the Syrians and I am here to tell you that it is happening more than you know and more than you will hear.

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At this point we have delivered food, clothing, blankets to the refugees about 7,500 so far. We are working to meet the ongoing needs of Refugees as the come across the border with absolutely nothing. The take their family which could be as many as 12-20 people in one family and cross the border overnight. They come into the towns and villages looking for shelter and food. The UN camp is to capacity at 120,000 people. The UN is trying to build two more camps but in the mean time, the refugees overflow into the towns to stay in abandoned buildings, with families or anywhere they can find. You can see UN tents scattered around northern Jordan, one here, two there, a few clustered together. We were taken to one makeshift camp of 25 families, about 160 people. They were telling us that we were the only people who had come to help them. No one else has come. We supplied them with food and the returned with 100 blankets the next day. 

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As you stand face to face with these people who are soldiers, teachers, bakers, people of every kind you can’t help but think, “if I were in your shoes what would I want you to do for me?” The only answer I can come up with is to change their situation in any way possible. That means food, water, medication, shelter, work, any type of provision is something. Each one of these areas is being considered as we address those who want to help in this situation. The winter is coming and in northern Jordan it is already cool at night. The terrain is dry and open so the wind cuts across the area and it does get very cold.

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The winter is coming and in northern Jordan it is already cool at night. The terrain is dry and open so the wind can come across the area and it does get cold.  I met a few women who have newborns that they gave birth to in their tents. There is no food, no milk, no supplies for the children. They have only a little when it comes to clothing. They are stranded in a situation that needs to be changed.

There is no food, no milk, no supplies for the children. I am working with Arabs, Christians and Jews to assist the Syrians. We have cut across the political, social and religious aspects of this situation to get to the heart of the matter – meet the needs of the refugee.

Isaiah 58:6-10 speaks of a true fast and if you see the hungry to feed him, the naked to clothe them, to provide shelter for the poor wanderer with shelter. We cannot sit idly by while these people suffer. It is our duty as human beings to respond and show that we do care and that we can change the situation.

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We at WindowView.org believe that the larger picture on what is happening and will happen in the Middle East requires the compassion, understanding, and love that the Heavenly Father provides to all. If inspired, please visit Operation Blessing Intl.‘s website and consider how you might help. At the very least, be aware that the popular media hardly reports the complete story of events in the Middle East. Here are pictures from the full view.

Director, WindowView.org

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Photo Credit and Permission granted by Jennifer Allen © 2013 all rights reserved

 

Rosh Hashanah Rapture Mystery?

We speculate, but you can read more and think about the possibility that the time of year when there will be a rapture of saints to join the Lord, Yeshua, comes at this time of the High Holy Days cycle.

Is the Rapture a Jewish High Holy Day Event?

Is the Rapture a Jewish High Holy Day Event?

Read our WindowView article here! L’Shana Tova! …  Happy New Year! 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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