The Present Church Age with LBGT Appreciation

What are we to Think of the LBGT Community in Terms of Bible?

First, a little bit of discussion is needed for context on this perspective. This needs to be sensitive to all who read because the main point made here is first not one of the writer’s making.  Second, anyone who reads the scriptures will see this is a critical and deciding difference between what human culture sees today and what God has determined ages ago.

The book of Revelation starts with seven letters to seven churches.  Each letter is a message to a church in the First Century, but also a message to all seven types of church ages to come.  The last church age is the present age we live in today. To see this illustrated, we refer your to WindowView’s Timelines (First Church Age here at 30 CE, the Second thought Fifth Church Age here, and the Sixth and final Seventh Church Age here). The final letter is to the church at Laodicea.  Further down is text from the web page describing characteristics of the age of apostasy that is now upon us. To be fair, representative congregations of believers from all seven types exist today, but a look at the rapidly changing social norms and it is easy to see why society and even the church is striving for something outside of Scripture and beyond God’s will for all humanity. But for Laodicea the church is labeled apostate (unbelieving, neither hot nor cold, and God ‘spits this church out’).

The Corporate Body of Believing Persons

We might add, the word ‘church’ appears nowhere in the Bible. The Greek term ‘ekklesia‘ (translated from the Greek into the English word church) appears and this essentially recognizes groups of or all of the believing body of persons (believing in Messiah and God). As such, the term could apply to Gentile and Jewish groups (or all persons corporately) who embrace the Jewish Messiah (Yeshua, Jesus). We use the term church here, but ‘ekklesia’ and even include synagogue as a reference point would be appropraite.

Laodicea (1900 to present day) – Apostasy

Apostasy comes in many forms.  From how people avoid, turn away, or disregard the will of God, engage in sin knowingly and wantonly, or turn faith into something that is lukewarm or an academic non-biblical exercise (etc.).

Regarding the churches (and denominations) today that embrace the LBGT community, we want to be clear.  This web post is not anti-anyone. The writer has family who falls into this category. But regarding life style choices, there is a focus here.  For transgender persons we leave open that issues of heredity and biological considerations may prevail. But overall, regarding life style issues, Jesus would have sat down to eat at our table and He did so with all types of persons.  But He, while speaking, would have made a distinction at every opportunity (about sin, gospel, and salvation).

To better understand where we fall on the issue of Christianity (and even for those who embrace the Jewish faith … and thus all within the Judeo-Christian, Jew and Gentile sphere of God fearing persons), we refer you to the book unChristian.

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Not only are relevant statistics cited, an underlying difference between loving all persons and understanding where to stand in the presence of God is a key part of the book’s chapter on the topic of sexuality. The authors draw a line where you must embrace a specific reality to be a believer … and the Bible sets the standard—that is, God draws the line for all humanity, it is not something this post has established.  We all need to heed the difference.

Messiah’s Table and Celebrating Commitment in Light of Salvation

We have stated all of the above to set the stage to make a very specific point about the LBGT persons who join in worship of Messiah, Yeshua, Jesus, the Son of Man and Son of God … and God Himself, in unity with the Spirit (Adonai Echad).

Recently, while visiting and attending a worship service at a Christ Congregational Church we encountered the following statement spoken by the pastor as he invited the congregation to the communion table:

“When we approach our communion table and say, “No matter what … no matter who you are, no matter where you came from, no matter what you’ve done or where you’re going, no matter what, you are welcome here,” when we do that, we are rising with Christ.”

These words were spoken on Easter Sunday, most appropriately called Resurrection Sunday, when Messiah conquered both sin and death. Coming to the table is to agree with His act of giving His blood as the Lamb of God that we may have grace and life eternal. That agreement is implied by sharing in the bread and wine at the ‘Table of the Lord.’ You have to be a believing and a confessing person who has repented, to really be one who is sharing the unleavened bread (of sinlessness) and the cup (of wine representing the blood of sacrifice).

 But reread the pastor’s words. These imply you may come sinning and once you leave the table you may continue on (sinning). The rationalization here avoids Scripture or more importantly evidence Messiah provided in His words, spoken before a sinner, while He was present with us on earth.

The gay pastor clearly is mis-teaching his congregation. He rationalized that anyone can share in communion, no matter how they come or to where they will go. The Bible however tells us if someone were to approach the table, then they cannot depart the same way … or lose eternal life.

Do you think that gay persons are off the hook?

Our MAIN  POINT here Follows …

Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery

The object lesson here is simple and clearly makes the point.  In John 8:4-5 we read: “and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.Now what do you say?”

In verse 7: “When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

And as the story goes, everyone present with a stone, dropped their stones, turned, and left that place.

10-11 “Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you? “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,”Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Take heed, a real believer in Messiah should not and will not condemn a person in sin … for all who live in the flesh have sinned. Anyone engaged in discrimination of anyone, be they LBGT, of any race, religion, or otherwise, cannot be a believer in Messiah. But if Messiah points a way toward leaving sin behind, then any believer should and must point in that same direction. 

The American Standard Version puts it this way: “Go. From now on sin no more.”

This is a simple but powerful illustration of what needs to be acknowledged as the real difference. No congregation can tolerate false teaching. No pastor should turn a blind eye to sin, including his or her own! Worse still, turning a blind eye to Scripture is to lead a congregation to following false docterine. Doing so jeopardizes the salvation of other people … what an awful act in the name of the Lord.

The real point is we may find ourselves in error. So stop. Acknowledge what is going wrong and leave that sin behind to the past. And move forward as an example of a changed person, be born again, be renewed, be assured that Messiah has forgiven and not condemned you.

To the congregations like the one visited and reported here, we say that false doctrine leads to death … beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing … beware of false teachers …

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The Bible on Homosexuality

Leviticus 20:13 ‘If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (NewKJV)

Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (KJV)

What The Bible Says of False Teachers:

Romans Chapter 16

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. (NIV)

Jude 1:4 – For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)

From the Timeline Page at WindowView, the following concerns the ‘church age’ we are now in:

Many of the leading critics possessed, at best, a lukewarm relationship with Messiah, and this was reflected in their hazy views of Scripture. The more open skeptics began to deny outright the supernatural aspects of the Biblical faith—all in the name of scholarship—and before long they has ”demythologized” Jesus into a mere man.

This … infection spread like wildfire through the seminaries in Europe and the US, and by the 1920s it was echoing from the pulpits of American churches. The Western world was caught up in scientific and philosophical rationalism and the church got sucked into the vortex because so many of its leaders had never experienced a deep faith in Jesus.

The sad truth is that thousands of churches around the world today call themselves Christian but Messiah is nowhere to be found in them. Tragically, most of the unbelieving world look at them—and want no part of their sham. And I don’t either!
Although this Laodicean lukewarmness is the predominant characteristic of he church age today, there are signs that the Philadelphian evangelistic fervor is reviving in these closing days of human history. That’s consistent with God’s pattern of always showering down grace before hurling blasts of judgment.
The unbelievers of this era will find themselves enmeshed in the judgments of God during the Great Tribulation which is soon coming upon the earth. But everyone within this church age who is a true believer in Jesus will be taken out of the world before the judgment, and will be rewarded for his faith by spending eternity with Jesus.” (Quotation from Lindsey)

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A Bible Verse Out of Context is a Pre-text and Misrepresentation

SORTING OUT CONFUSION

We were sent an article by a friend via email.  The topic was the events in the Middle East and End Times.

With so many changes over the entire globe in what seems like a blink of an eye, should we be concerned for what might well be biblical truth unfolding before our very eyes?

AN ARTICLE ON THE INTERNET

We refer you to the original article HERE.  (title: MAHDI TO RETURN BY 2016, FOLLOWED BY JESUS?)

The article includes a street view in Iran with an image of Jesus walking behind the Islamic Mahdi. This may be unsettling to Christians and perhaps even to many Jewish citizens inside and outside of Israel. What is the Mahdi and what impact does this figure have on the news coming tomorrow? The article says the Mahdi comes soon. How can we put this in context with the present events of today?

A VIDEO ON END TIMES

To bring the entire topic into context, the article refers to a video you can obtain on DVD. But in the age of the Internet the video is also on YouTube in sections (1 to 7). The first section is linked here, but you can visit YouTube to access all seven sections if you are interested.

The article noted above also contains a link to a web site promoting Islam. In taking a look there we see a comprehensive presentation on Islam. Interesting as a source, but what might a discerning mind discover there?

DIGGING DEEPER ON HOW SCRIPTURE IS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT

Many in congregations across the globe, those that make an effort to study the Bible, know that word play and taking Scripture verses out of context leads to misrepresntation. What is worse, few actually go back to the original Greek or Hebrew words to glean the original meaning that sometimes is muddled by translation to another language, including English.

When we went to a section of the web site on Islam that claimed that the Bible has references that reveal the true nature to Christianity, and thus the implication is a faith something less than the beliefs and tenants of Islam, we were curious to see if anything is out of context.

A real study of Scripture comes by reading what comes before and after a verse. That puts meaning in context. Taking a verse alone first risks being a pre-text that leads to prejudice, but worse, if word order is reversed or convoluted, the entire meaning can be shifted.

Let’s look at just one example the Islamic web page cites to apparently represent the true nature to Christianity (the bold and text format are copied from the original page):

6. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26)

Notice how the wording suggests you need to (actively “does”) hate your family in order to be a Christian! But move the word not to after the word hate (and remove the ‘does’ from ‘does not’) and the whole meaning shifts.  Looking at the original Greek the wording comes like so:

“…And to him crowds many; and turning He said them, If anyone comes to Me and not hates the father of him and the mother, an wife, and the children, and the brothers, and the sisters, besides and even the of himself soul, not he is able of Me disciple to be …”

The word ‘does’ is not in the Greek.

Many English translations state: “If anyone comes to me and hates not his father …”

What is the real intent of the Scripture verse?

The problem is the Islamic web page wants you to believe Christianity is a religion of hate—even to the point of hating your own family in order to follow Jesus.  But the entire context of the Gospel speaks to loving your neighbor, your enemy, even Muslims (!) and understanding that our lives are a time of sojourning on earth to something eternal. And Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, is the way, the truth, and essentially the only door to a relationship with the Father in heaven (John 14:6). Jesus also claims and demonstrates He is God (proof in that only He fulfills the Hebrew Bible’s prophecies, by performing miracles, by teaching in ways that are universally understood through parables, and yes, He came in a man-suit to walk amongst us, to be the ultimate mediator for sin and a way to salvation), which places Him above the status of being a prophet only (which is indeed one of his array of characteristics, but not sole role).

Let’s put the single verse back into context.  The requires reading the broader text all around the one verse. We will defer to someone who has long commented on the biblical text to a wide radio audience … J. Vernon McGee comments on Luke 14:25-27 by saying: “These verses are simply saying that we should put God first. A believer’s devotedness to Jesus Christ should be such that, by comparison, it looks as if everything else is hated. All terms which define affections are comparative.”  (see: “Thru The Bible with J. Vernon McGee,” 1983)

This point is further affirmed by a following verse 33: “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” And so it is not hate, but to dislike all by comparison to placing all behind us as we join in relationship with Messiah.

As John Lennox puts it: “They must be ready to “hate” -— that is, give second place to and, if need be, let go — all else …” (‘Against the Flow,’ page 150)

Examined in yet another way, as Lennox puts it: “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had to make up their own minds as to whether they were going to put God first.” (‘Against the Flow,’ page 147) And after putting God above all, even their own lives, they were thrown into a furnace. But unlike burning for martyrdom’s sake, faith brings life not death or a false promise of paradise. The God of Israel and Messiah are all about life, not hate, not death, or persecution … because life is an opportunity to choose Him. Anyone who removes that opportunity from you is not of God.

The real rub with missing the context and meaning of the biblical text is a misrepresentation. If you follow the links on this page you may well go on to study other Bible verses that at first appear to make one point, but upon further study tells us something more consistent with the message in the entire Bible. hatred of family is hardly the message of the text. In fact, the entire Hebrew and Greek body of Scripture are designed to point to Yeshua and His role as the Jewish Messiah. To disagree is to take something out of the context of the entire Bible! The entire text points to the God of Israel and what He will do through the nation Israel. Is that any surprise? Might that take us back to the article, video, and topic of the end time referenced above.

Please think. Discern before jumping to conclusions.

Director, WindowView.org

The Feasts of Israel – Do they have prophetic significance?

Origin and Timing of the Feasts

The feasts were a part of the Mosaic Law that was given to the Children of Israel by God through Moses (Exodus 12; 23:14-17; Leviticus 23; Numbers 28 & 29; and Deuteronomy 16). The Jewish nation was commanded by God to celebrate seven feasts over a seven month period of time, beginning in the Spring of the year and continuing through the Fall.

The first three feasts: Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits, occur in rapid succession in the Spring of the year over a period of eight days. They came to be referred to collectively as “Passover.”

The fourth feast: Harvest, occurs fifty days later at the beginning of the Summer. By New Covenant times this feast had come to be known as Pentecost, from the Greek word pentekonta, meaning fifty, the feminine is pentekoste.

The last three feasts: Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles extend over a period of twenty-one days in the Fall of the year. These are known as the “High Holy Days.”

The Nature of the Feasts

Some of the feasts were related primarily to the agricultural cycle. The feast of First Fruits was a time for the presentation to God of the first fruits of the barley harvest. The feast of Harvest was a celebration of the wheat harvest. And the feast of Tabernacles was in part a time of thanksgiving for the harvest of olives, dates, and figs.

Most of the feasts were related to past historical events. Passover, of course, celebrated the salvation the Jews experienced when the LORD passed over the Jewish houses that were marked with the blood of a lamb. Unleavened Bread was a reminder of the swift departure from Egypt so swift that they had no time to put leaven into their bread.

Although the feasts of Harvest and Tabernacles were related to the agricultural cycle, they both had historical significance as well. The Jews believed that it was on the feast day of Harvest that God gave the Law to Moses on Mt. Sinai. And Tabernacles was a yearly reminder of God’s protective care as the Children of Israel tabernacled in the wilderness for forty years.

The Spiritual Significance of the Feasts

All the feasts were, and are, unto the LORD. They served to tum- yank! -the people from the pagan Egyptian ways they’d been surrounded by and so greatly influenced by, to set the Hebrews apart from all of the pagan peoples on the earth. Thus, the Feasts of Israel are all about the spiritual life of the people. Passover served as a reminder that there is no atonement for sin apart from the shedding of blood. (Lev. 17: 11) Unleavened Bread was a reminder of God’s call on their lives to be a people set apart to holiness, as leaven was a symbol of sin. They were to be unleavened, that is, holy, before the nations as a witness of God, as Yeshua is the Unleavened Bread of Life.

The feast of First Fruits was a call to consider their priorities, to make certain they were putting God first in their lives. Harvest was a reminder that God is the source of all blessings. The assembly day of Trumpets informs us of the Rapture to come, and of the LORD Yeshua’s Second coming! The Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, was, and is, a reminder of the need for repentance, and was, and is, also a solemn assembly day, a day of rest and introspection. It was a reminder of God’s promise to send a Messiah whose blood would cover the demands of the Law with the mercy of God.

In sharp contrast to the Day of Atonement, Tabernacles was, and is, a joyous celebration of God’s faithfulness, even when the Children of Israel were unfaithful.

The Prophetic Significance of the Feasts

What the Jewish people did not seem to realize is that all of the feasts were also symbolic types. In other words, they were prophetic in nature, each one pointing in a unique way to some aspect of the life and work of the promised Messiah.

1) Passover – Pointed to the Messiah as our Passover Lamb Whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover, at the same time that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening.

2) Unleavened Bread – Pointed to the Messiah’s sinless life, making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus’ body was in the grave during the first days of this feast, like a kernel of wheat planted and waiting to burst forth as the bread of life.

3) First Fruits – Pointed to the Messiah’s resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Jesus was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to Him in Corinthians 15:20 as the “first fruits from the dead.”

4) Harvest or Pentecost – (Called Shavuot today.) Pointed to the great harvest of souls, both Jew and Gentile, that would come into the kingdom of God during the Church Age. The Church was actually established on this day when the Messiah poured out the Holy Spirit and 3,000 souls responded to Peter’s first proclamation of the Gospel.

The long interval of three months between Harvest and Trumpets pointed to the current Church Age, a period of time that was kept as a mystery to the Hebrew prophets in Old Covenant times. That leaves us with the three Fall feasts which are yet to be fulfilled in the life and work of the Messiah. Because Yeshua literally fulfilled the first four feasts and did so on the actual feast days, I think it is probable that the last three will also be fulfilled on the actual feast days.

5) Trumpets – (Called Rosh Hashana today.) Points to the Rapture when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a Bridegroom coming for His bride, the Church. The Rapture is always associated in Scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet (I Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:52)

6) Atonement – (Called Yom Kippur today.) Points to the day of the Second Coming of Jesus when He will return to earth. That will be the day of atonement for the Jewish remnant when they “look upon Him whom they have pierced,” repent of their sins, and receive Him as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 11:1-6, 25-36).

7) Tabernacles – (Called Sukkot today.) Points to the Lord’s promise that He will once again tabernacle with His people when He returns to reign over all the world from Jerusalem (Micah 4: 1-7). I believe it is correct to understand that Biblically, the LORD was probably conceived at Hanukkah, during the Winter Solstice, and delivered 287 days later, at full human gestation, at Tabernacles.

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Director, WindowView.org

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

Christmas? Hebrew Scripture Identifies Source of Messiah

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.” Therefore He shall give them up, Until the time that she who is in labor has given birth; Then the remnant of His brethren Shall return to the children of Israel. And He shall stand and feed His flock In the strength of the Lord, In the majesty of the name of the Lord His God; And they shall abide, For now He shall be great To the ends of the earth; … (Micah 5:2-4 NKJV)

And how is this confirmed from writings of old.
Answer this riddle!

Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound 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, If you know? (Proverbs 30:4 NKJV)

One day a third of Israel’s peoples, a remnant, will declare His name to all nations.

Director, WindowView.org

Window Related Links:
Messiah’s timeline
Types and Shadows of Messiah in the Hebrew Scriptures
Messiah Links from the Tanach
Yeshua in Susya (video)

God’s Glory in a Tent — Sukkot

Through this window we take a special look at a special fall festival …. the Feast of Booths.  Read a presentation by Scott Brown on this special time of year … to be shared by Jew and Gentile alike.  But first, to the Jew, see Messiah in the tent (alive and with us)!  To the Gentile, learn why this Jewish event is all-inclusive and a time to celebrate by all!

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Here is just a portion of the presentation:

“I had NO IDEA that my destiny and yours is determined by how we respond to that magnificent plan to save us. I didn’t have a clue that all those millions of animal sacrifices at the temple for all those hundreds of years were a big fat neon sign telling ME—thousands of years later—that I need an innocent sacrifice if my sins would be forgiven.

“And if you would have asked me about Sukkot, I may have told you it’s the Jewish version of Thanksgiving, or that it’s the closest thing to camping Jews do, since that 40 year campout-thing we did in the wilderness!!!

“But I would NEVER have known to tell you… that the OVERWHELMING theme of Sukkot—the Feast of Tabernacles—is the Glory of God.”

We hope you’ll read the entire column …

Director, WindowView.org

 

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

Talmud and Evidence Related to Messiah

One of The Top Visited Pages at WindowView

Some time ago we were informed that the Talmud contained some very interesting passages.  If you reflect on what the Bible says, both in the Tanach ( Covenant, Hebrew Bible) and the New Covenant, these passages make perfect sense and are a testimony to Messiah having appeared to the Jewish people. He came for a time, then left. What happened after he left is astounding.

Come visit our page on Talmudic evidence for the Messiah of Israel!

The Talmud Describes  Wonderful Events

The Talmud Describes Wonderful Events

In the coming weeks we are going to challenge visitors to experience more of the window. Typically, visitors hit on a page or two without really appreciating the larger concept of WindowView.  We will tell you more about that challenge here in the coming .

Blessings,

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Messiah Comes … Hebrew Source Revealed

When it comes to Bible studies, many of us forget that whether it be the Hebrew or Greek texts, there is evidence for the Messiah. Just look at how early the first reference is to the Messiah … right up front in Genesis 3:15.

Or how about a single verse that asks the key question of all Hebrew readers … asking for His name … and doesn’t that make the point thar G_d has a son … if you know the verse, you have to seek His name! That’s just logical! Proverbs 30:4.

But how about Jewish voices speaking a word for the Name of Messiah … visit this site !

At Messiah.com.es Jewish voices speak to evidence that applies to the Jew first, but also the Greek (rest of us)!

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