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Lessons from Amos:
Walking with God

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)


Amos was a prophet during the reign of Jeroboam II (son of Joash), who ruled the northern ten tribes of Israel from 825 to 784 B.C. (2 Kings 14:23). Some 100 years earlier, Jeroboam I (son of Nebat) had led a rebellion against the son of Solomon and started the northern nation of Israel (1 Kings 12). In order to keep his people from returning to Jerusalem, Jeroboam I “made Israel to sin” (1 Kings 12:30; 16:26; etc) by developing a “new” religion centered on an image of a golden calf with idol temples in Bethel and Dan (1 Kings 12:28-29).

 Those northern tribes never did return to the worship of Jehovah but “sinned against the LORD,” and Israel “feared other gods” (2 Kings 17:7). The list of their sins is long and grevious in God’s sight.

  • They “did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD” (2 Kings 17:9).

  • Israel set up “images and groves in every high hill” (2 Kings 17:10). They “wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger” (2 Kings 17:11).

  • They “worshipped all the host of heaven” (2 Kings 17:16).

  • They “used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger” (2 Kings 17:17).

  • They “feared the LORD, and served their own gods” (2 Kings 17:33).

Amos was commissioned in those dark years to openly confront the nation to “walk” in “agreement” with the God they professed to worship.

Hypocrisy is at the core of the judgment and warnings that God recorded for us in the little book of Amos. We must learn the lessons or suffer the same judgment.

HMM III February 25, 2015-DAYS OF PRAISE 




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Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In the time after their sin and expulsion from the Garden Adam and Eve must have felt incredible despair. They had experienced life both before and after the curse, the only ones to do so, and had first hand knowledge of the difference. And what a difference it was. Even the part of it we can relate to had to have been devastating.

For example suppose that one day you were the resident manager of the world’s richest and most luxurious estate, with all of its comforts and privileges, and the next you were a poor hardscrabble farmer, at the opposite end of the economic and social spectrum. And that was just the beginning. How about no longer being immortal, no longer one with your Creator in spirit.

The Seed Of The Woman
To keep them from becoming incurably despondent, God had promised them a redeemer. In Genesis 3:15 we read,

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring (seed) and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

He was speaking to the one indwelling the serpent and in Hebrew the promise contains a biological impossibility. Seed comes from the male. It’s the Bible’s first hint of a virgin birth. An offspring of the woman’s would destroy Satan and reverse the consequences of the act he had manipulated, redeeming mankind from its bondage to sin.

Two chapters later in Genesis 5 the Bible gives us another hint of this. The Hebrew root words of the names of the 10 patriarchs listed there form a sentence. When taken in order  it reads like this in English.

“Man is appointed mortal sorrow, but the blessed God will come down teaching that His death will bring the despairing rest.”  (For detail click here)

It’s a prophecy that God Himself would come to Earth as the Seed of the Woman, and man’s redeemer.

Centuries later, this was confirmed by the Prophet Isaiah.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

As New Testament believers, we can see that the five names listed here describe all three members of the Trinity. Wonderful is the name by which The Angel of the Lord identified Himself while visiting Samson’s parents. (Judges 13:18).  When the phrase “The Angel of the Lord” appears in the Old testament, it’s in conjunction with a pre-incarnate visit by the Lord Jesus. That He’s being referenced in Isaiah 9:6 is confirmed by the title, Prince of Peace.  Jesus called the Holy Spirit the Counselor in John 14:26 , and Mighty God and everlasting Father can only refer to God.

A Descendant Of Abraham
In Genesis 12:1-3 the origin of this redeemer becomes clearer. There God promised Abraham that all the nations of Earth would be blessed through him, and in Genesis 22 He had Abraham act this out with the sacrifice of Isaac, Abraham’s “only son” on Mt. Moriah. 2000 years later another Father would offer His only Son as a sacrifice for sin in that same place. Abraham knew this and named the place Jehovah Jireh, saying, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided” (Gen. 22:14).

The Lion Of Judah
Later, as Abraham’s grandson Jacob neared death, he narrowed it down still more by saying that all of Israel’s kings including the ultimate one, “the one to whom it (the ruler’s staff) belongs”, would come from among the descendants of one of his sons, Judah, (Gen. 49:10) giving birth to the title “Lion of Judah” as a Messianic reference.

The Son Of David
In 2 Samuel 7:12-15 we read that David longed to build a Temple for God, but God refused him, saying that it would take a man of peace to build a house for Him. He said that David’s son Solomon would be that man, and during Solomon’s reign Israel experienced peace as never before or since. But to ease David’s disappointment God promised to build him a “house” and the Davidic Dynasty was founded. Hence forth there would always be a direct descendant of David’s on the throne of Israel. It was an everlasting promise made in about 1000 BC, and Solomon would be the first fulfillment. But since neither Solomon nor any other Davidic King was flogged by men for “doing wrong” (2 Sam. 7:14) there’s a lot more going on here than meets the eye.  The wording casts shadows of the Messiah.

So through God’s progressive revelation we’ve narrowed things down from learning that the redeemer would be a son of Eve’s, which would exclude no one, to the family of Abraham, then Judah, then David. But we’re not finished yet. Over the next 400 years the Davidic Kings went from bad to worse with few exceptions. Finally, in the time of the Prophet Jeremiah God had had enough and pronounced a blood curse on the Davidic line, saying that no son of then King Jehoiachin would ever rule over Israel. (Jere. 22:30) The Davidic line, begun with Solomon, was seemingly ended and God’s promise to David broken.

The Branch
However, before the nation was taken to Babylon, while a Davidic King still sat on the throne, God had Ezekiel announce that the line was being suspended and wouldn’t be restored until “He comes to whom it rightfully belongs” (Ezekiel 21:27), recalling Jacob’s prophecy to mind. In 519 BC, after the Jews had returned from the Babylonian captivity, God said that a man He called The Branch would be the one, and that He would hold the priesthood as well, combining the two. (Zechariah 6:12).

There are four references to The Branch in the Old Testament and all point to the Messiah. In Zechariah 3:8 He’s called God’s servant, in Zechariah 6:12 He’s a man, both king and priest. In Jeremiah 23:5 He’s called a righteous king, and inIsaiah 4:2 He’s the Branch 0f God.

Born Of a Virgin, Born In Bethlehem
But how was God going to get around the blood curse? For the answer to that, we have to back up to about 750 BC. In that time two of the most specific Messianic prophecies ever given narrowed the field down to just one possibility. In Isaiah 7:14 the Lord proclaimed that the Messiah would be born of a virgin, and in Micah 5:2 that he would be born in Bethlehem, the City of David.

In order to legally qualify for a seat on David’s throne, the Messiah King would have to be of the house and lineage of David. To be from the house of David means being a biological descendant of David’s. Being of David’s lineage means belonging to the Royal Line. How can this be?

When we read the Lord’s genealogies in Matt. 1 and Luke 3, we can see differences beginning at the time of David. Matthew’s genealogy runs through Solomon, the cursed royal line. But Luke’s goes through Solomon’s brother Nathan. Nathan’s line wasn’t cursed, but neither were they kings. Further study reveals that Matthew is actually giving us Joseph’s genealogy while Luke shows us Mary’s. Both were descended from David, and in addition Joseph was one of many who were heir to David’s throne but unable to claim it because of the curse on his line.

So through His mother Mary, Jesus was a biological descendant of David’s. When Mary and Joseph became husband and wife, Jesus also became Joseph’s legal son and heir to David’s Throne.  But not being biologically related to Joseph, He didn’t have the blood curse. He was of both the house and lineage of David.   To this day He’s the only man born in Israel since 600BC with a legitimate claim to David’s throne. The angel Gabriel confirmed this to Mary when he told her that although a virgin, she would soon give birth to the Son of God, who would occupy it forever (Luke 1:32-33).   Isaiah 9:7 had revealed the same fact centuries earlier. God’s promise to David stands.

Daniel And The Magi
200 years after Micah identified Bethlehem as the Messiah’s birthplace, The Lord told Daniel the time of His death. It would be 483 years after the decree to rebuild and restore Jerusalem following the Babylonian captivity, but before an enemy army came to destroy it again. (Daniel 9:24-27) This places the Messiah’s death somewhere between 32 and 70 AD according to our reckoning of time.

Daniel formed a group of Persian priests to pass this information down from father to son, and according to tradition set aside the bulk of his personal wealth as a gift for them to present to the Messiah when the time came for His birth. He apparently also gave them a confirming sign to look for from Numbers 24:17, later known as the Star of Bethlehem.

The descendants of these priests, now a very influential political force in Parthia (as Persia came to be known), remained true to Daniel’s commission, and upon seeing the star set out for Jerusalem. Arriving there they sought an audience with King Herod, asking for the whereabouts of the one born to be King of Israel. Summoning the chief priests, Herod repeated the question and was referred to Micah 5:2 where Bethlehem is identified. The Parthian priests, or Magi as we call them, went there and found the baby Jesus.

The field of candidates for Redeemer of Mankind, the Seed of the Woman, the Descendant of Abraham, the Lion of Judah, the Son of David, the Messiah of Israel, had been narrowed down to one. His name is Jesus.

Faith In Action
By faith, with nothing more than Daniel’s word to their ancestors, the Magi had mounted up and undertaken a dangerous 800 mile trip into enemy territory to meet the Messiah. (The Parthians and Romans were technically at war.) With 4000 years of fulfilled prophetic scripture in their hands, the chief priests, who no longer took it literally, refused to join them for the last 5 miles from Jerusalem to Bethlehem to see if God’s Word really was true. In so doing, the leaders of the people He came to save missed out on the central event in human history, consigning themselves to eternal separation from the very God they had been seeking.

If history repeats itself like they say it does, then when He comes back many of today’s religious experts, who also don’t take the prophecies literally, will make the same mistake. As you recall the Reason for the Season, take time to thank Him for making you like the Magi instead of like these experts, because if you listen carefully, you can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. 12-22-12


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Jesus was born in Bethlehem, just as it had been prophesied concerning the Messiah, 700 years earlier (Mic. 5:2).  His birth would be miraculous in that His mother would be a virgin (Isa. 7:14).  He would be from the lineage of Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, and David (Gen. 3:15; 12:3; 17:19; Num. 24:17; Gen. 49:10; Jer. 23:5).  There is little doubt that Jesus was Israel’s long-awaited Messiah! And if the Old Testament prophecies were not enough to show His true identity, we have the reaction of those involved with Him the first eight days of His life.  The following examples all come from the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke.1482924_10152143584510775_1533230295_n *  The Angels of the Lord at the announcement of Christ’s birth to lowly shepherds:  “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (2:13-14).294810_535593889819545_1876234634_n *   The shepherds, after seeing the Christ child: 

“And when they had seen [Him], they

made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this Child” (2:17). 1464610_750125815015509_1841342734_n

*  Mary, the mother of Jesus, the Christ:

 “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart” (2:19).

*  Simeon, who had been promised by God that he would not die until he had seen Israel’s Messiah:

  “Lord, now lettest thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy Word:  for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation” (2:29-30).

  And he prophesied concerning Mary’s future grief (2:34-35).

*  Anna, a prophetess, reacted as well, for the Word says,

“And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of Him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem” (2:38).

As can be seen from these five examples, not everyone reacts the same.

  But they all have one thing in common:  from the moment they meet Him,

He becomes the center of our thoughts and their conversations!


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Christ’s First Advent

“For unto us (Israel – Jn. 1:11)  THE Child (not just any child, but THE Child – Lk. 2:21, 27, 43; Rev. 12:13)

is born, unto us THE Son is given (again, not just “a” Son, but THE Son

the phrase “the Son of God” appears 44 times in the Bible!  and, Jn. 3:16 –

clearly speaks of Christ’s First Coming – Mt. 1:1-2:23; Lk. 1:26-2:38; Jn. 1:9-14):

Christ’s Second Advent
and the government shall be upon His shoulder (Christ’s Millennial Kingdom – Rev. 20:1-7):and His name shall be called:
Wonderful Counselor (the word “wonderful” is an adjective, and therefore,

it describes the excellence of Christ’s counsel to mankind – Rev. 3:18), The Mighty God (Jesus, as the Son of God, is both Creator and God –

Gen. 1:1; Ps. 45:6; Heb. 1:1-2, 8; Jn. 1:1-3, 14; 10:30; 20:28; Mt. 1:23;

Col. 1:16; 2:9; 2 Cor. 4:4; Isa. 7:14; etc.), The everlasting Father (Jesus said in Jn. 10:30,I and My Father are one.” 

And in Jn. 14:9, He said, “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.”), The Prince of Peace (first, Jesus is, at this time, a prince; He will be

anointed as the KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS when
He rules and reigns in His kingdom – 1 Tim. 6:14-15; Rev. 19:16.” and
second, Jesus came to bring peace to those who received Him as their
Lord and Savior.  There are 109 verses in the New Testament that speak
of peace, and the Gospel itself is called the

“Gospel of Peace” in Rom. 10:15.). 

Of the increase of His government
and peace there shall be no
end, upon the throne of David,
and upon His kingdom, to order it,
and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth
even for ever.  The zeal of the LORD of hosts WILL PERFORM THIS!”

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Rivkah Lazarovici, I found the Jewish Messiah in communistic Romania

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Let us all pray for peace – we need it now more than we have for many, many years. YHWH will hear the earnest prayer of the faithful.


The sun in setting andYom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is quickly

approaching, here inIsrael. For the next two days here in the Holy Land

there will be no cars on the street, no restaurants open, no stores doing
business…instead we will all be focused on prayer, fasting, and repentence.

May God bless us all with revealed goodness and let us – and
all of Israel – be written in the book of life, peace, holiness,
happiness, health, prosperity, and brotherhood. ‘God, open my mouth so I
may sing Your praises!’ AMEN!

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish youths pray on Tisha B'Av at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City

Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement

The LORD said to Moses, “The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement.  Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present an offering made to the LORD by fire.  Do no work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God.  Anyone who does not deny himself on that day must be cut off from his people.  I will destroy from among his people anyone who does any work on that day.  You shall do no work at all.  This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.  It is a sabbath of rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the  ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath” (Leviticus 23: 26-32 NIV).  (See Exodus 30: 10 and Numbers 29: 7-11 also.)

Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Fast [Day of Atonement] (Acts 27: 9 NIV).

The Day of Atonement is considered most holy among God’s Appointed Times.  It is a day of fasting, prayer, and assembly.  Some equate the Day of Atonement (also known as the Day of Purging) to the Judgment.

Salvation is through the blood of Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah). our Passover Lamb.  Good works do not produce salvation; rather, salvation produces good works.  During the Fall Feasts, I am acutely aware of how I have “missed the mark” by what I have done or left undone.  For me, the Fall Feasts are a time of reflection, repentance, and spiritual renewal–an opportunity to have a closer relationship with the Lord.

As I study God’s Appointed Times, I am beginning to participate in them. Since His feasts are holy convocations (dress rehearsals), I want to be ready for the events they foreshadow.  Just as the Spring Feasts foreshadowed Christ first advent, the Fall Feasts foreshadow His second coming. 

One day ALL nations will celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14: 16).

Yom Kippur begins at sundown tonight (9/13/2013).

Do the following verses relate to the Day of Atonement?  I don’t know.  What do you think?“When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world” (Matthew 25: 31-3 NIV)“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels’” (Matthew 25: 41 NIV).

But I tell you that all men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.  For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12: 36-37).


F130913DG03-635x357Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which will commence at sundown on Friday and continue until nightfall Saturday, is expected to be particularly hot in Israel this year.

The solemn day falls earlier in the Gregorian calendar than usual — the Hebrew calendar is a hybrid of solar and lunar cycles — and temperatures across Israel are expected to be higher than usual, even for mid-September.

According to the Israel Meteorological Service, in Tel Aviv temperatures are expected to reach 34°C (93°F) on Friday and 32°C (90°F) on Saturday.

Jerusalem is expected to be even hotter, with temperatures hitting 36°C (97°F) on Friday and 34°C (93°F) on Saturday.

The highest temperatures in Israel on Saturday are expected in Tiberias, by the Sea of Galilee, where it will hit 39°C (102°F) and in the southern port city of Eilat, where meteorologists expect a high of 41°C (106°F).

Magen David Adom officials have asked that anybody fasting — polls over the years have shown that most Israelis do — make sure to begin drinking a lot of water Friday morning, and to continue doing so until the beginning of the fast (6:12 p.m. in Jerusalem and 6:29 p.m. in Tel Aviv). Over the course of the day, fasters are urged to spend as much time as possible in the shade or in air-conditioned buildings.

If the weather forecast turns out to have been accurate, this will be the hottest Yom Kippur in Israel in 11 years. In the past 50 years higher temperatures than those predicted for this year have been recorded only twice.

The fast will end on Saturday evening at 7:26 in Tel Aviv and 7:24 in Jerusalem.






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