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  1. Shalom brothers and sisters, What is going on here? Why is everyone giving @Xethea such a hard time? Are we not allowed to ask provocative questions on here? Are some of you so easily offended by a brother, by assuming he has evil motives? ------------------ "Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." Colossians 3:12-14 Shame on all of you who have acted so aggressively to a brother! Has he not repeatedly stated that he is not arguing whether God is actually good? He even said so in the subject title. Are you ignoring some of his words intentionally? Remember your words are on here before new believers as an example and before God as work you do to the body. Do you think he is wrong? Then speak with him peacefully, with understanding and patience - taking time to hear his heart. Don't rush to shut him down as if he was a heretic and throw a verse as if to say "case closed. guilty". I'm sure some of you would speak with more respect to a non-believer. -------------------- Xetha, I have nothing against you my brother. But my advice to you is to calm down and let this post go now - for the sake of peace. It seems you're not going to get the answer you are looking for, on here anyway. I think this post will only serve for negativity now. So I would let it go and rise above responding/retaliation (although I understand your frustration). Try to word future posts extra carefully next time so that your heart intention is not misunderstood by others in their zeal. Love & Shalom
  2. Shalom Mike, Great question. There are a number of reasons as to why it was such a great time, and that’s with my limited understanding on the matter. 1. Genesis 49:10 Prophecy – One of the earliest prophecies of the Messiah could not have been fulfilled until the right of capital punishment left Israel. This didn’t happen at any time, until approximately 6 AD, when Rome took the power (or scepter). According to Jewish record, the Sanhedrin walked the streets in sackcloth and ashes at that time saying “woe to us! The scepter has departed from Israel and Shiloh hasn’t come”. They were totally unaware than He was in Nazareth! 2. Time of Revolt – Israel was a political hot pot at this time. “Messiahs” were rising up to liberate Israel and failing. Galilee was actually a very dangerous area in terms of revolutionaries and violent revolts against Roman guards. Many were expecting a Messiah to come and violently take Jerusalem back at this time – but Yeshua came to lead Israel in the way of love and peace – getting Israel back on track, and remind them to be humble whilst under a God-ordained authority. 3. Extended Protection – Whilst under the Roman rule, Yeshua spoke openly and freely on controversial topics. The Jews were not legally permitted to kill him at this time. This is why some schemed and sought to get Rome on their side, ultimately succeeding to do so with a confusing case for Pilate. But this Roman rule gave Yeshua and His followers political and legal protection for a while. Such protection helped Paul out in many situations too. 4. Spreading the Gospel – The Roman empire became like an archaic internet network. Many provinces were connected across Asia Minor and Europe and all used Greek as a common language. This enabled the spread and sharing of the Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) and the Gospel, very quickly like a wild fire. No time in history before hand could have such a feat happened. 5. Solidifying Christianity – For all the harm Rome has done to the faith, we have to concede that they did help tremendously to solidify Christianity in the west, due to their incredibly strong authority. Yes, they took it to a dark place, but Rome was like a trampoline for the gospel! It spread from small little Israel to the mighty Rome to the whole world. At no other point in Israel’s history were such things possible. Not at the time of the patriarchs, the judges, the kings, the exile, the return or the Maccabean revolt. It was a special unique window – before Rome collapsed but after it was big enough to catapult the gospel around the world. That was the earliest time in history that such a thing could have happened. I hope that gets the ball rolling on some ideas for you. Love & Shalom
  3. Shalom my friend That's great news! Welcome to the family and the forum! Yes, I would advise that your first job is Water Baptism, then baptism in the Holy Spirit. Your second job is to read the Scriptures. End to end, which it sounds like you are doing. Take as much time as you need to go through the Bible once or twice, during a year, to make sure you have a solid, strong understanding of it. Memorising verses here and there is all very well, but it's far better to "digest" the Word so that the Spirit of God can explain all things to you, and grow the seed of Word you will implant by reading. In terms for understanding the Bible, below are some reliable tools to help. Links below... David Pawson's Series - Unlocking the Bible (Youtube) David's series gives an introduction, overview and purpose of each book in the Bible. Don't be misled by the quality of the video - this is perfect for insight for beginners and intermediates. The Bible Project (Youtube) The Bible Project have done a short animated video pulling out the basic overview of each book of the Bible. Ideal for a quick reminder or to watch before diving into a book. Chuck Missler - Learn the Bible in 24 Hours (Youtube) (audible) Chuck is a man that knows the Bible very well. I continue to learn more and more stuff from his commentaries. This teaching is obviously long but will be very useful to get a firm foundation in Scripture and pull out it's application to us. He is a very smart man. Going through the Bible, and the teachings above, will take time. It sounds like your eager, which is brilliant, but take your time going through the Bible properly. Like this, you'll be reading the very story of the God your serve and reading His very words! If you get to long lists of genealogies, names and numbers, just scan your eyes past these parts for now back to the main narrative. Again, be diligent and take your time. Ignore Christian self-help books for now - The Word is your anchor, and it will be your sword. For the first read through, if you just want the basic need-to-know stuff for now, I would recommend this reading plan: Genesis Exodus 1 to 20:17 Numbers 11 to 14 & 20 to 24 Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel Hosea 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Ecclesiastes Luke John Acts Romans 1 Peter Revelation This will give you the complete story. If you are on the move a lot - commuting to and from work, at the gym, or out and about - I highly recommend the audio bible by David Suchet. It is a great way to learn the word whilst you're doing other things and he done a great job with not making it as cheesy as some others. Once you have been baptised in Water & Spirit and, if you stay in the Word, the Father will make His commission for you clear. You'll know what He would have you do and He will equip you with the appropriate Spiritual gift accordingly. Remember to pray to Him each day for wisdom as He gives it liberally to those who seek it. If you have ANY questions, please feel free to post them in the forum. There are answers out there! Don't be afraid to challenge anything you read and ask for help. If you are unsure in doing so, feel free to PM me privately. Whatever your method - whether asking in the forum, by PM or to a church - always keep asking questions and always continue to seek! Love & Shalom
  4. Shalom, That's great news Naomi! The Sabbath is a wonderful instruction from the Father. You will find it to be a real blessing to you! Once I changed to it more and more Scriptures leapt out to me at how important it is to the Father. Let's remember, the Sabbath is not a Jewish institution or standard. It was a commandment given to all of mankind, as a whole, right at the beginning. Now, in Exodus 20, when the 10 commandments are given, the Father says to REMEMBER the Sabbath - implying the pre-existence of the commandment, not it's introduction. Are we to obey the rest of the 10 commandments but ignore the one on the Sabbath? Definitely not! Many Christians get on their high horse about all of the other 10 commandments, except this one. The Sabbath is not only a blessing but, in Jewish thought, it's like an engagement ring from the Creator to His creation. He asks us to remember that He is the Creator, at least once a week for one day. Observing it is our sign to Him that we recognise Him as the Creator and are grateful for His marvellous work, which we live in today. Observance is simply and beautifully declaring "My God is Yahweh", and it couldn't be easier to observe! Side note: Soon, there will be a time where Sunday observance could well become a law. The world is reaching to this change quicker than most of us realise. Then we may face a choice of Yahweh's day or the Pope's day. What day will you choose as a witness of faith? We have all grown up in a world where Friday night to Saturday night is the biggest time for partying, consumerism and even work. I think the devil has purposely engineered our weeks like this to make it harder to observe. Now, there is nothing wrong with worshipping on Sunday as well, but it's not the Sabbath given by Yahweh. Neither is Yeshua "our sabbath". That teaching is both overly-complicated and without sound scriptural backing. There is a typology there, but there is no ordained replacement of such an important commandment done with such subtlety. But what of Yeshua's response to the Sabbath? Well, Yeshua, the apostles and the early church all kept the observance - simple as that. Why then did the Pharisees accuse Him of violating the Sabbath? Yeshua was making a point with this very issue. He persisted to heal on the Sabbath, in front of them, to highlight the fact that loving and caring for each other is more important than obeying the letter of the Torah. It is far more important to help someone in need, even on the Sabbath, for that is the goal of the Torah. So was Yeshua overruling the Sabbath to teach the way of the new Christian walk? No, not at all. Business as usual is Sabbath observance, without fail and without delay. HOWEVER, if a brother or sister is need of help and YOU have the power to help them - then do it! For the commandment to love one another as ourselves is above that of the Sabbath. But, business as usual is Sabbath observance. With this in mind, consider what Yeshua said below (John 7:23): "Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath?" Circumcision was seen to be a greater command than the Sabbath if the 8th day after birth fell on a Sabbath, as the boy had to be circumcised on the 8th day. In the same way, if we have the power to help or care for someone in need on a day that happens to be the Sabbath, the decision rules for love, always "against which there is no law". Yeshua showed us examples with miracles of healing - but what was he actually doing? He was using the power He had to help someone who needed it - that's the lesson for us. But, again, business as usual is observance. Not for the sake of salvation, but as a natural outworking of it. Does it not please the Father? Why then, would you not do it if you can? Do you prefer to shop that day? Do you prefer the traditional day from Rome? Forgive me for those provocative questions, but hopefully it highlights my point. Love & Shalom
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    Shalom my friend, Welcome to the forum! You have a nice day as well Love & Shalom
  6. Shalom sister, I love your interpretation of it being time as well. That's fantastic. You know the more and more I read some of the parables of Yahushua, the less I feel I really know about them! We take so much for granted, but when you re-read them again with no preconceived or churchy ideas, it's like a well of treasures. I even wonder if the parables have multiple-interpretations with each one of them being true. Almost like a prism with a spectrum of colours, which can all be unified into white light or divided accordingly. Each one true, each one necessary. Well, perhaps let's consider this parable further then. Let's say the mina is either love, time, talents, gifts from God, or opportunities... Then who is the banker? How can we give one of these attributes to someone else to earn "interest" on them? Tricky. Perhaps symbolic of your own family (doing good for them) or perhaps ourselves (at least change your ways). I don't know. I can't find a suitable answer which quite fits, so please share your opinion. Also, let's consider the last servant. He is the only one who accuses the Master on his character! He is also incorrect is his judgement of him because he says you reap what you did NOT sow - yet the Master DID sow a mina, so he is entitled to reap it. However, the Master, rather than correcting him, says that he will judge the servant by his own assessment. To paraphase "You think I'm like this, do you? Well, that's exactly who I WILL be to YOU then!" ... Terrifying. Surely a lesson that matches the Messiah's teaching that we will be judged how we judge others. So, you're very judgement of God's character, such as doubts of his goodness and love, may well be your undoing when it comes to our rewards! Such an interesting parable. Love & Shalom
  7. Shalom Turtle, Yay! I'm so glad you like that song too! It's very special. Perhaps I'll post it in the Music section later or feel free to do so as well. I'm so glad it blessed you too. Love & Shalom
  8. "I can buy the world, and give it to the poor, But if I don't have love, I give nothing at all. I can start a church, even pay the cost, But if I don't have love, everything will be lost. Have we learned to love each other, or is this whole thing a lie? Has my life really touched another? There's only one thing that prevails... Love never fails." Don Potter - Love Never Fails.
  9. Shalom, I would take a good look at ourselves before we start making such statement about others. How many Christian's can truly accept the truth as it is in Scripture, and instead follow deceptive teachings or the selfish distortions in their own heart? Let's not boast that we are in a great shape over society. For nothing will stop you learning truth more than the assumption you all ready know it. Love & Shalom
  10. Shalom Jostler, You raise an interesting topic here. It seems that in the New World there are those outside of New Jerusalem, pining to be inside. These seem to me to be those who are saved but only just, "as escaping from a fire" - as mentioned in Scripture. These could be the people that have put their faith in the name of Jesus only, but have no works of faith or love fitting for a good reward. For, in 2 Corinthians, Paul mentions that there are rewards for those for whether they have done good OR BAD in the body. This theory can also be confirmed with the book of Revelation and such stories as the parable of the wedding guest who is not well-dressed and is "cast outside, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth". It is also more clearly defined though in the apocryphal book of Enoch - but I will leave that aside for now. In terms of some stars differing from another, this could, again, tie in to the differing rewards as well. This can be confirmed with such stories as the parable of the minas and more clearly in the apocryphal books of 2 Baruch and 2 Esdras. In summary, the above makes perfect sense to me. We are notified throughout the New Testament to build riches for ourselves in Heaven for our next life and to seek the glorious rewards from Him in the world to come. For, if one Christian helps his spiritual family in every way he can, gives much to the poor and stand up to persecution in the name of Jesus, will he get the same glorious rewards as the other Christian, who abuses his wife, ignores the poor and spends every free hour in World of Warcraft? Works do matter. Obedience does matter. Many may scream "I've saved by the blood and in grace and mercy, all my sins are nailed to the cross!!!". Fine, and now what are you going to do with your freedom? Love & Shalom
  11. Shalom Chelle, Welcome to the forum! What a great introduction message! I hope you enjoy your time on here. Love & Shalom
  12. Shalom Essilor, Welcome to WCF! Yes, we're all here to learn from each other, so we look forward to learning from you too. Love & Shalom
  13. Shalom Wallace, Welcome to the forum brother! Yes indeed, you are right and have understood the Word correctly. The Father has not finished with Israel and the church does not replace Israel, at all. Israel has a big role to play in the end times and we will see a significant number turn to the Messiah before the end. Praise Yahweh. Steer clear of "replacement theology" (which it sounds like you will) which distorts the scriptures to teach the Church is the new Israel. It's nonsense. Glad to have you on-board! Love & Shalom
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