Tuesday, December 25, 2012

This morning it's all about Bethlehem. Thought I would share a song that I wrote a few years ago. This was presented on NWCT NorthWestCommunityTelevision in the Twin Cities. Enjoy!

Oh Bethlehem A SON!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Time out for an opinion?

I am an American believer in Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah of Israel.

I testify to and display my faith with no apologies.

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ that is my saving belief.

I certainly do not have to show sensitivity to any foreigner because of my beliefs.

If you come to America and have a problem with Americans celebrating their faith – GO HOME!

I will proudly chant... “GO USA, GO USA” - If that offends you – GO HOME!

I salute my red, white and blue American flag proudly in reverence to every American soldier who died to preserve my freedoms.

I will not have my liberty shackled or be intimidated in deference to the feelings of any hyphenated American sub group.

If you come to America to group into affiliations loyal to the failed cultures you left on your way here – GO HOME!

We don't need Mexican-Americans, Muslim-Americans, Somali-Americans to make America the great nation of freedom loving hard working individuals it has grown to be.

Come here to be “Americans”, identify with Americans and live the American dream and culture or GO HOME!

And another thing, no American should have to go into hiding because he/she drew a cartoon or said something insensitive to Mohammad worshiping Muslims!

Read their literature or listen to their hate filled media rants. Witness their intolerance to Christians living or visiting in their home countries. Read the books that are filling our grade school student's heads full of lies about the greatness of Islamic history.

Listen to their hate for those who model themselves in Judeo/Christian history and values.

The inflammatory speech and intimidation that comes from Muslims toward Jewish and Christian believers is in constant display here and around the world for all to see.

I believe we either take back America and re-institute the values that made this country great or America will soon be gone. Islam has a plan for that to happen by 2020. Did you know that?...... Do you really care?

If you feel this way pass it on. Shalom

Saturday, August 21, 2010

To my Jewish brothers....continued.

The Consequences of Rejecting Christ

No historical revisionism can alter the fact that the Lord Jesus was put to death by his own people, the Jews (John 1:11). This does not sanction any modern-day mistreatment of the Jewish people; it does, however, acknowledge that Israel, as a nation, suffered a serious consequence as a result of its role in the death of the Messiah.

Daniel’s prophecy depicted the Roman invasion of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Jewish temple. The prophet spoke of a certain “prince that shall come,” who would “destroy the city and the sanctuary” like an overwhelming flood (9:26b). All of this was “determined” (see 9:26b,27b) by God because of the Jews’ rejection of his Son (Matthew 21:37-41; 22:1-7; see Young 1954, 679).

The interpretation of this portion of the prophecy is beyond dispute. Jesus, in his Olivet discourse concerning the destruction of Jerusalem (Matthew 24:1-34), talked about “the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet” (24:15). The Lord was alluding to Daniel 9:27. The “abomination that makes desolate” was the Roman army, under its commander, Titus (“the prince”—9:26b), who vanquished Jerusalem in A.D. 70. [NOTE: The “prince” of verse twenty-six is not the same as the anointed “prince” of verse twenty-five. The prince of verse twenty-six comes after the anointed Prince has been cut off.]

The historical facts are these. In A.D. 66, the Jews, who were subject to Rome, revolted against the empire. This plunged the Hebrews into several years of bloody conflict with the Romans. Titus, son and successor of the famous Vespasian, overthrew the city of Jerusalem (after a five-month siege) in the summer of A.D. 70. The holy city was burned (cf. Matthew 22:7), and the “sanctuary” (temple) was demolished. Christ had informed his disciples that the day was coming when the Jews’ “house” would be left desolate (Matthew 23:38); indeed, not one stone would be left upon another (Matthew 24:2). Significantly, only one stone from that temple, and parts of another, have been identified positively by archaeologists (Frank 1972, 249).

J.N. Geldenhuys summarized this situation by noting that Titus
overran the city with his army, destroyed and plundered the temple, and slew the Jews—men, women and children—by tens of thousands. When their lust for blood had been sated, the Romans carried off into captivity all the able-bodied remnant of the Jews (for they had done away with all the weaklings and the aged), so that not a single Jew was left alive in the city or its vicinity. Only on one day in the year—the day of remembrance of the destruction of the temple—were they allowed to mourn over the city from the neighboring hill-tops (1960, 141).

This event was referred to by Daniel as the “abomination of desolation” because the city of David was desolated by the Roman army—an abominable force because of its idolatrous fabric. It is not without considerable interest that apparently even the Jews recognized that the destruction of the Hebrew nation was a fulfillment of Daniel’s remarkable prophecy. Josephus, the Jewish historian, stated that “Daniel also wrote concerning the Roman government, and that our country should be made desolate by them” (Antiquities of the Jews X.XI.7).


Daniel’s inspired record regarding the “seventy weeks” is a profound demonstration of the validity of scriptural prophecy. It foretells the coming of the Messiah, and details his benevolent work. The prophecy pinpoints the very time of Jesus’ crucifixion. Finally, it reveals the disastrous consequences of rejecting the Son of God.

(Thanks to Wayne Jackson - ChristianCourier for historical chronology)

Next time.......Look what's going on in Israel!

Friday, August 13, 2010

To my Jewish brothers....

Consider the prophecy of Daniel in the time of the captivity.

First, the Messiah would enter history to overcome the problem of the human condition. He would “finish transgressions,” make an “end of sins,” and effect “reconciliation for iniquity.”

Second, in addition to his redeeming work in connection with sin, Daniel showed that the Messiah would usher in an era of “everlasting righteousness.”

Third, the angel’s message suggested that as a result of the Messiah’s work, “vision and prophecy” would be “sealed up.” The Hebrew term means to bring to a conclusion or finish.

Fourth, Daniel stated that the “most holy” would be anointed.

Seventy weeks of Daniel’s prophecy are divided into three segments—seven weeks, sixty-two weeks, and the “midst” of one week? There was purpose in this breakdown.

1. The first division of “seven weeks” (literally, forty-nine years) covers that period of time during which the actual rebuilding of Jerusalem would be underway, following the Hebrews’ return to Palestine (9:25b). This was the answer to Daniel’s prayer (9:16). That reconstruction era was to be one of “troublous times.” The Jews’ enemies had harassed them in earlier days (see Ezra 4:1-6), and they continued to do so in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah.

2. The second segment of sixty-two weeks (434 years), when added to the previous forty-nine, yields a total of 483 years. When this figure is computed from 457 B.C., it terminates at A.D. 26. This was the year of Jesus’ baptism and the beginning of his public ministry.

3. Finally, the “midst of the week” (three and one-half years) reflects the time of the Lord’s preaching ministry. This segment of the prophecy concludes in A.D. 30—the year of the Savior’s death.

“In the midst of the week” – which day is the midst of the week? Wednesday of Passover week the Messiah is executed. He said I give you Jonah who was in the belly of the whale three days. Yeshua was in the grave three days and rose again Saturday eve at the end of Shabbat. (no, there’s no such thing as “good Friday”)
….and then came the destruction!

To be continued…….

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Why does our heart seek Him?

IN my previous post I talked about the error that has supported the church in it’s misunderstanding of the “scepter” ; (the authority and autonomy) of Judah.

Briefly, God revealed through Jacob that authority and self determination would reign with the blood leadership of the Jewish people until the day of Messiah. At His entry into history the scepter; the rule and reign over His kingdom, would be fulfilled in Him forever. The important record of that blood line has been lost to history, covered up by inaccurate and misguided traditions and teaching of “the dominant church.”

I talked about our need to dig into the “meat,” the deeper things and seek out truths. I will present a little known theology “hidden in plain sight” as it were, and challenge you the reader to examine as the Berean’s of Acts 17:11 …. the proposition suggested and deal with fascinating possibilities that present themselves.

What accrues to you as a result could very well change your life forever.
It will explain why some people who hear the gospel story preached in the four corners of the earth feel the heart tug of deliverance and are deeply moved at the voice of the Shepherd. They feel found, fulfilled, and released from bondage and drawn to the words of this Messiah and the eternal life that surrendering to Him provides. While on the other hand in the same audience of the curious, some hear nothing, feel nothing, desire nothing and leave by their own choice with nothing.

In fulfillment of the words of the prophet Jeremiah; the hunted have been sought, the “fisher” has come. He has cast the bait and the nets are filled with those who were once lost. A prophesy has been fulfilled in the magical wisdom and purpose of God the Father.......and Jeremiah’s mission is complete in the harvest.

Until we talk again…..read Jeremiah 16 and let your mind "wonder."

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Errors memorialized in scholarship…..

July 18, 2009

The “church” often embraces traditions to the detriment of accuracy in theology.

An example of this is the simplistic proclimation that the Old Testament “is about the Jewish people.” The church proclaims it and embraces it and presto, without asking if that statement is true or if it even makes sense, tradition and sentiment proclaim it so therefore it is.

So often theology has used its feelings and traditions as a source of scholarship in opposition to studying the recorded words of the bible writers and drawing their conclusions from those things recorded and not from customs and hearsay.

In today’s study, such is the case where an answer is given to the prophesy from the patriarch Jacob of a sceptre being with the line of David to the time of the Messiah.
(Gen 49:10)

In antiquity there is a volume known as the Complutensian Polyglot Bible published in the 16th century. In which the effort is made to link the end of the kings of Israel at the time of Zedekiah to the birth of the final King who would hold the sceptre; Yeshua/Jesus. Remember Jacob said the sceptre would not depart from Judah until Shiloh (The Anointed) comes. Its purpose being to explain the gap in the Davidic monarchy over the chosen people of God during this time.

This from that book … "A summary view of the principal events of the period from the close of the sacred canon of the Old Testament until the times of the New Testament."

According to the system of chronology which this work adopts, the overthrow of Zedekiah occurred in the year 589 B. C. The summary begins after the return of the Jewish people from the Babylonian captivity, but while they were still under the dominion of the Kingdom of Persia; and when Artaxerxes Longimanus was the reigning king, who in his 20th year commissioned Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, an event which happened, according to the chronology used, in 446 B. C.
Then follows a brief record of the death and successions of kings, the rise and fall of dynasties, and the overthrow of kingdoms, powers, dominions and empires. But it is always stated conclusively that these ruling powers, whatever might be their nationality, were dominating the Jewish people.

J.H. Allen in his classic study; Judah’s Sceptre and Joseph’s Birthright eloquently records it this way - "The summary shows that Alexander the Great marched into Judea to punish the people for certain grievances which, in his mind, they had practiced against him as commander of the Grecian forces, and that God thwarted him in that purpose. It shows that when Alexander died the Grecian empire was divided among his four generals; that Palestine was given to Loamedon, one of those generals, and that it was soon taken away from him by Ptolemy, the king of Egypt, that they "rejoiced to submit to this new master," and what the consequences were. It shows what they suffered under Antiochus Epiphanes, especially after a false rumor had been spread concerning his death, which they believed and rejoiced in, and that in consequence of this rejoicing "he slew 40,000 persons, sold as many more for slaves, plundered the temple of gold and furniture to the amount of 80 talents of gold, entered the Holy of Holies, and sacrificed a sow upon the altar of burnt offerings, and caused the broth of it to be sprinkled all over the temple." No greater indignity than this could have been put upon that people. The summary continues, a truthful record of suffering after suffering, trouble after trouble, and indignity after indignity, heaped upon that conquered people, who during all those centuries were reigned over by their enemies, the Gentile nations; but not once does the record show -- no not for even one generation -- that they were ruled by a prince of their own royal house."

Finally, the summary ends as follows:

"At length Antipater, a noble but crafty Idumean, by favor of Julius Caesar, was made procurator of Judea, and Hyrcanus continued in the priesthood. After Antipater's death, his son, Herod the Great, by the assistance of Antony, the Roman triumvir, and through much barbarity and bloodshed assumed the regal dignity; which authority was at length confirmed by Augustus Caesar. He maintained his dignity with great ability, but with the utmost cruelty, in his own family as well as among others, till the birth of Christ. In the interval he built many cities, and, to ingratiate himself with the Jews, almost rebuilt the temple.
His crude attempt to murder the infant Saviour is recorded by the evangelist; and soon afterward he died most miserably. After some years, during which the dominions of Herod were governed by his sons, Judea became a Roman province, and the sceptre departed from Judah, for Shiloh was come [the italics are their own]; and after having been under the government of Roman procurators for some years, the whole Jewish state was at length subverted by Titus, the son of Vespasian."

The sophistry in the use of those italicized words, as employed by the compilers of that summary, is that they destroy the evident meaning of that prophecy to which they refer, by the substitution of various sceptres -- held by various kings, of various Gentile nations, that have consecutively held dominion over the Jewish people -- for one particular Sceptre, which the Lord promised should be held, only by some member of Judah's family line, and which should not cease to be held by those of his posterity until Shiloh should come."

So here’s the question. Was the prophecy of Jacob true that there would be royal blood saved to the time of The Anointed? Or once again do we believe that all of God’s inspired words aren’t necessarily so?

Chew on that awhile and we’ll dig deeper next time.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

There is a great and awesome day coming!

…..When two diverse peoples will see each other with clear new eyes. With eyes that see through a history of ignorance and blindness with a new understanding. When all the bitterness and division sown by the great liar Satan for thousands of years will be forever finished. Washed away under a new reality and a newborn truth. In one of the most important and misunderstood writings of our holy scripture, the OT book of Ezekiel tells it this way….

Eze 37:16-27And thou, son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it: For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions; then take another stick, and write upon it: For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and of all the house of Israel his companions;
and join them for thee one to another into one stick, that they may become one in thy hand.
And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying: Wilt thou not tell us what thou meanest by these?
say into them: Thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his companions; and I will put them unto him together with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in My hand.
And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thy hand before their eyes.
And say unto them: Thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, whither they are gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land;
and I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king to them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all;
neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will save them out of all their dwelling-places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them; so shall they be My people, and I will be their God.
And My servant David shall be king over them, and they all shall have one shepherd; they shall also walk in Mine ordinances, and observe My statutes, and do them.
And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, they, and their children, and their children's children, for ever; and David My servant shall be their prince for ever.
Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them - it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will establish them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them for ever.
My dwelling-place also shall be over them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people
(JPS bible)

Some will hide behind their national pride and their biblically jealous ignorance and say either that this prophecy has been fulfilled or that it doesn't matter. My friend, let me tell you that someday it's all you're going to be talking about.

Next time we'll examine the errors that have caused this great proclamation and miracle to be overlooked. Shalom