Is the Kingdom of God a coming attraction or a present reality? Have citizens of the kingdom experienced a second birth already, or will that birth occur at the Resurrection? Believe it or not, some disciples of Yeshua don't have the right answers to these fundamental questions.
I've become concerned by the rising influence of a handful of teachers who frequently and adamantly proclaim that confessing, baptized believers are neither born again, nor living the kingdom life. These teachers must be studying out of a different kind of Bible than me, because I find plenty of verses to contradict their doctrine.
Some Christians have no idea that the Fall holy days given by YHVH are prophetic rehearsals of events surrounding the Second Advent of Christ. Others do understand that, but have been taught that the Day of Trumpets prefigures the Rapture, and the Day of Atonement prefigures Judgment Day. I would like the opportunity to address this unfortunate state of affairs. It seems to me that the popular notions are misunderstandings that arose from a lack of attention to the subtleties of the Hebrew scriptures and ancient culture.
I'll warn you now that this is a long article. I think it's worth setting aside twenty or thirty minutes to gain a better grasp on the meanings of God's extra-special days, but that's my own opinion. If nothing else, don’t miss the last section of the article, titled The Meaning of Yom Kippur. I hope the information blesses you.
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As more Christians transition into what I like to call Hebrew Christianity—walking in the ways that Christ himself did—I find myself frequently addressing the topic of time-keeping, and for good reason. We need to know how to read God's stellar clock accurately in order to properly observe Yahweh's set-apart days. All of these special events fall on particular days within particular months each year. If we don't know when the months begin, or when the year begins, how can we hope to pinpoint the mo'ediym ("set-apart days")?
This blog post will teach you how to determine the start of the year as YHVH defines it (not Julius or Gregory). Being a good Elohiym (God), YHVH has given us not just one indicator, but three. And why not? It was Elohiym himself who proclaimed that "every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses" (Matt. 18:16).
You're probably familiar with the Serenity Prayer. I had to pray it several times last week as I dealt with bickering believers and infuriating news. It goes like this:
"God, give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change..."
I have to accept that I'm not in control. As much as I wish I could, I cannot put an end to evil and foolishness.
I (alone) cannot prevent new legislation that allows doctors to perform late-term abortions on the chance that a baby might endanger the mother's "mental health."
I (alone) cannot prevent the staggering increase in human trafficking and pornographic material, and the resulting psychological toll that it takes on both victims and participants.
I (alone) cannot prevent the growing divide between haves and have-nots due to crony capitalism, nor can I prevent progressives from trying to turn my nation into another failed experiment in socialism.
I have to recognize these and many other unsavory things as unavoidable realities, battlefields within the spiritual war raging around us. I certainly don't have to like it, but I have come to terms with it, and concede that the world isn't mine to direct (and it never will be). At the moment, most of this world belongs to God's adversaries (Matt. 4:8-9). The day is coming when Elohiym will take back control and set things right, but that time is not yet.
One of the things that has been difficult for me to accept is division within the Assembly of Messiah. The Adversary is doing a spectacular job of driving wedges between members of the Ekklesia, getting people to prioritize non-essential doctrines over relationships. This is nothing new, but boy have I seen a lot of it in my online communities as of late.
A couple of days ago, Gillette released a "short film" (actually a long advertisement focused on a moral message) called We Believe. It points the finger at the unhealthy ways in which men too often act towards women.
Michael Snyder and a few others with large platforms have condemned this short film for its use of the term "toxic masculinity."
Mr. Snyder and I have a lot in common. We share a love for Jesus and the Word of God, and our ministries as watchmen are very similar. Although I don't know him personally, I love him as brother in Christ, and am proud of the work he's doing. However, I have to respectfully disagree with his assessment of Gillette's film. The message that Gillette has shared is absolutely needed in a world where men regularly misuse their God-given strength and sexuality.
One of the aspects of the phoenix myth as told by the Greeks is the inclusion of the palm tree. The phoenix, it is said, builds its nest among the fronds of the date palm. This association persists, as certain types of palm trees have been given the name phoenix in modern taxonomy.
In this last installment of the series of posts about the phoenix, we will make an educated guess as to why the date palm became associated with the mythical fire bird. Then we'll consider shared characteristics between the phoenix and other mythological birds. Finally, we'll take a look at two examples of phoenix symbolism as utilized by modern occultists.
If you missed the previous installments, click here to read part 1, or click here for part 2. Once you're caught up, click the button below to continue reading.
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