The Book of Revelation

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Pope urges Church to leave behind “outworn pastoral models”

Note from us: As always, we are sharing articles and information that we are not saying is correct, or incorrect. The purpose is to show what is going on in the world today.

Pope Francis during the opening Mass of the Synod, Sunday, October 10 in St. Peter’s Basilica. (Photo by TIZIANA FABI /AFP)

By Loup Besmond de Senneville | Vatican City
Pope Francis has launched a two-year consultation of all the world’s Catholics, an ambitious project to prepare the agenda for the next meeting of the Synod of Bishops in 2023.”In these days, Jesus calls us, as he did the rich man in the Gospel, to empty ourselves, to free ourselves from all that is worldly, including our inward-looking and outworn pastoral models,” he told some 3,000 people, including numerous foreign ambassadors to the Holy See, who were gathered for Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.The 84-year-old pope encouraged Catholics to meet and listen to one another, allowing God to help them begin walking together “where we are”.

“On the often rocky roads of life”

Francis called this “synodal process” of consultation, which is scheduled to begin on October 17 in local dioceses around the world, “an adventure” in which everyone must take part.”Are we prepared for the adventure of this journey? Or are we fearful of the unknown, preferring to take refuge in the usual excuses: ‘It’s useless’ or ‘We’ve always done it this way’?” he challenged Catholics during his homily on Sunday.True to his description of the Church as a “field hospital” engaged in the midst of the world’s turmoil, the Jesuit pope elaborated on his vision of a God who “is not found in neat and orderly places, distant from reality” but who “walks ever at our side. He meets us where we are, on the often rocky roads of life”.Francis encouraged Catholics to become “experts in the art of encounter”, like Jesus, who “is not afraid to listen… with his heart and not just with his ears”.The pope warned that listening has nothing to do with “organizing events” or with “theorizing about problems”.”Are we good at listening? How good is the ‘hearing’ of our heart?” he asked.

New languages

He said the synodal process should “suggest fresh paths and new ways of speaking” for the Catholic Church. But he warned against a number of possible pitfalls.”Let us not soundproof our hearts; let us not remain barricaded in our certainties,” the pope insisted.He also encouraged Catholics to get out of their “old habits” by totally avoiding “artificial and shallow and pre-packaged responses”.Francis warned that the synod is not a “Church convention, a study group or a political gathering”, nor is it “a parliament”.On the contrary, he called it “a process of healing guided by the Spirit”.

Baptism as an “identity card”

The pope’s closest aides in launching the synodal process – especially those in secretariat for the Synod of Bishops – are putting a lot of hope in the consultations at the local level.”Enabling everyone to participate is an essential ecclesial duty!” Pope Francis said the day before at a meeting with 270 people from around the world.”All the baptized, for baptism is our identity card,” he said.Here too, he warned against “three risks” for the synod: “formalism”, “intellectualism” and “complacency”.After the consultation phase with Catholics around the world, which will last until February, all the bishops’ conferences are being urged to publish a report on these first meetings in April.Then the discussion will continue continent by continent.Finally, national episcopal conferences will elect representatives to attend the final stage of this novel synodal process – the ordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is to take place in October 2023 at the Vatican.

Read more at: https://international.la-croix.com/news/religion/pope-urges-church-to-leave-behind-outworn-pastoral-models/15028

Faith

So much going on right now all over the world. It would be easy to be tempted to lose our faith. But that’s not going to be an option, is it. I found this message on a facebook site and I was having one of those moments, primarily because I’m trying to spread the love of God around a lot of places today, and my computer is acting up…even while trying to post this. So I’m going to put a Ha Ha to Satan, and keep going.

War & Peace

If you want to see the English subtitles, click on CC and choose English.

This song broke my heart.

We don’t want these scenes to happen in reality. Prayer is needed for all those who are in these horrible situations.

And LOVE!

Vital Statistics: Latest statistics for Israel – 2020 – 2022

Independence Day is the national day of Israel, commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. The day is marked by official and unofficial ceremonies and observances. Because Israel declared independence on 14 May 1948, which corresponded with the Hebrew date 5 Iyar in that year, Yom Ha’atzmaut was originally celebrated on that date. en.wikipedia.org

On Israeli Independence Day 2021, Israel’s population stood at 9,327,000. This is a more than 10-fold increase compared to when Israel was founded in 1948. The population increased by 1.5% since last Independence Day. The Jewish population is 6,894,000 (73.9%) and 1,966,000 (21.1%) are Arabs.


Diversity & Growth

Immigration & Naturalization
A Young Population
Distribution
Birth, Marriage & Divorce

Diversity & Growth

The population increased by 1.5% since last Indendence Day. The Jewish population is 6,894,000 (73.9%) and 1,966,000 (21.1%) are Arabs. Those identified as “others” (non-Arab ChristiansBaha’i, Samaritans, Karaite Jews, Seventh-day Adventists, Messianic Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and immigrants from the former Soviet Union, who identify themselves as Jewish but do not satisfy the Orthodox Jewish definition of “Jewish” the government uses for civil procedures) make up 5% of the population (467,000 people).

In 2020, the population by religion was roughly 18% Muslim (2019 – 1,636,000), 2% (180,000) Christian and 2% Druze.

When the state was established, there were only 806,000 residents and the total population reached its first and second millions in 1949 and 1958 respectively. Judging by current population trend data, experts predict that the population of Israel will reach 10 million by 2024 or sooner.

In addition to these numbers, there are approximately 170,000 people living in Israel who are neither citizens nor permanent residents. 

Out of the 14.7 million Jewish people in the world, 47% reside in Israel.  

The average earnings per household are NIS 20,027 gross (approximately $5,800).

Approximately 50,000 people died in 2020, with more than 3,300 succumbing to COVID-19.

Israel is the 100th most populous country in the world, not including the over 250,000 illegal foreign workers and African migrants residing in Israel.

Of Israeli Jews over age 20 in 2020, 43% self-identify as secular, 22% as traditional but not very religious, 13% as traditional-religious, 11% as religious and 10% as ultra-Orthodox.

According to a poll by the NGO Hiddush published in September 2019, 58% of Jewish citizens do not affiliate with any religious stream, 18% are “Zionist Orthodox,” 12% “ultra-Orthodox” (including 2% “Zionist ultra-Orthodox”), 7% “Reform,” and 6% “Conservative.”

Ultra-Orthodox Jews As Percentage of Population
(thousands)
 200920142020
 Number% of TotalNumber% of TotalNumber% of Total
Ultra-Orthodox75010%91111%1,17513%
Other Jews5,26770%5,56068%5,69561%
Arab Israelis1,53620%1,71321%1,95621%
       
Total7,553 8,184 8,826 
Note: Total does not include non-Arabs. Percentages for 2020 are of total Israeli population including non-Arabs.
Source: Israel Democracy Institute 

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/latest-population-statistics-for-israel

(January 2022)

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At the end of 2021, Israel’s population stood at 9,450,000.  This is a more than 10-fold increase compared to when Israel was founded in 1948.  

Diversity & Growth
Immigration & Naturalization
A Young Population
Distribution
Birth, Marriage & Divorce

Diversity & Growth

The population increased by 1.7% in 2021. The Jewish population is 6,998,000 (73.9%) and 1,995,000 (21.1%) are Arabs. Those identified as “others” (non-Arab ChristiansBaha’i, Samaritans, Karaite Jews, Seventh-day Adventists, Messianic Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and immigrants from the former Soviet Union, who identify themselves as Jewish but do not satisfy the Orthodox Jewish definition of “Jewish” the government uses for civil procedures) make up 5% of the population (472,000 people).

In 2020, the population by religion was roughly 18% Muslim (2019 – 1,636,000), 2% (180,000) Christian and 2% Druze.

When the state was established, there were only 806,000 residents and the total population reached its first and second millions in 1949 and 1958 respectively. Judging by current population trend data, experts predict that the population of Israel will reach 10 million by 2024 or sooner.

In addition to these numbers, there are approximately 170,000 people living in Israel who are neither citizens nor permanent residents. 

Out of the 15.2 million Jewish people in the world, 46% reside in Israel.  

The average earnings per household are NIS 20,027 gross (approximately $5,800).

The number of deaths in 2021 – 51,000 – was higher than previous years, and even higher than 2020, when 47,788 Israelis died amid the COVID-19 outbreak. In 2021, more than 4,800 Israelis succumbed to COVID-19.

Israel is the 100th most populous country in the world, not including the over 250,000 illegal foreign workers and African migrants residing in Israel.

Of Israeli Jews over age 20 in 2020, 43% self-identify as secular, 22% as traditional but not very religious, 13% as traditional-religious, 11% as religious and 10% as ultra-Orthodox.

According to a poll by the NGO Hiddush published in September 2019, 58% of Jewish citizens do not affiliate with any religious stream, 18% are “Zionist Orthodox,” 12% “ultra-Orthodox” (including 2% “Zionist ultra-Orthodox”), 7% “Reform,” and 6% “Conservative.”

Ultra-Orthodox Jews As Percentage of Population
(thousands)
 200920142020
 Number% of TotalNumber% of TotalNumber% of Total
Ultra-Orthodox75010%91111%1,17513%
Other Jews5,26770%5,56068%5,69561%
Arab Israelis1,53620%1,71321%1,95621%
       
Total7,553 8,184 8,826 
Note: Total does not include non-Arabs. Percentages for 2020 are of total Israeli population including non-Arabs.
Source: Israel Democracy Institute 

 

According to 2019 figures, more than three-quarters (77.5%) of Christians are Arabs, representing 7.2% of all Israeli-Arab citizens. The majority of non-Arab Christians living in Israel are citizens who immigrated to Israel since 1990, together with Jewish family members under the Law of Return.

Some 70.6% of Arab-Christians live in northern Israel today, while 13.3% reside in the coastal city of Haifa and 9.5% live in Jerusalem. The nation’s most populous Christian cities are Nazareth (21,900 inhabitants), Haifa (16,100), Jerusalem (12,700) and the Galilee city of Shfaram (10,300).

The average fertility rate among Christians in 2018 was 2.06 children per woman, compared to 3.2 for Muslim women, 3.17 for Jewish women and 2.16 for Druze women.

Immigration & Naturalization

Israel welcomed approximately 25,000 new immigrants during 2021, an incease of 29% from 2020. Most immigrants arrived in Israel from Russia (30%), France (15%), the United States (14%), and Ukraine (12%).

Since Israel’s founding, 3.3 million people have immigrated to the country, 45% of them arriving since 1990.

“Most of the immigrants coming to Israel from Russia and Ukraine in recent years do not qualify as Jewish under religious law, even if they are eligible for citizenship,” Judy Maltz noted, “To qualify for citizenship under the Law of Return, an individual must have at least one Jewish grandparent, a Jewish spouse or have undergone a conversion in a recognized Jewish community (it does not have to be an Orthodox conversion). To qualify as a Jew under religious law, an individual must have been born to a Jewish mother or have undergone an Orthodox conversion by rabbis recognized by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate.”

Rising anti-Semitism in France likely accounts for the increase in immigrants from that country. Maltz noted that many French Jews who moved to Israel returned to France because of difficulty integrating into Israeli society due to the inability to master Hebrew and find jobs matching their skills.

In 2020, 78% of the total Jewish population were “Sabras” – born in Israel – compared with just a 35% native-born population at Israel’s independence in 1948. Over half of the Jewish population are Israeli-born to at least one parent who was also Israeli-born.2Those of European and American ancestry ma030ke up about 2.2 million (36%) of the Jewish population in Israel while Africans fill out another 14.5% and Asians are 11.2%.

A study performed by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that one in four Jewish individuals currently live in a country other than the one they were born in. In contrast, one in twenty Christians and one in twenty-five Muslims live in a country other than that of their birth. This makes Jewish individuals the world’s top migrants.

A Young Population

Israel’s population is considered young relative to the populations of other Western countries.

As of 2021, 28% of the population was aged 0-14 while only 12% were older than 65 years of age. The OECD average is 18.5% (0-14) and 15% (65+). Israel’s average age, however, is getting older. In 2011, the average age was 29.5 years as opposed to 27.6 in the year 2000. Average age worldwide for males is 28.4 and for women is 30.6 years old.

Life expectancy for Israelis is 83 years, 81 years for men, and 84.7 years for women. In 2017, life expectancy for Arab women was 79.5 years and 77.4 for men.

The World Health Organization issued a report in May 2016 that concluded humans were on average living 5 years longer than they were in 2000. Israel was ranked as the country with the 8th highest life expectancy in the world, better than the United States, Canada, France, Russia, and other highly developed nations. Life expectancy in 2020 was 83.5 years for all Israelis, 84.9 for women and 82 for men.

Distribution

Israel’s population density in 2017 was reported as 373.2 people per km2. By comparison, Slovenia (who’s territory is roughly the same size as Israel’s) has a population density of 102 people per km2Belgium (slightly larger than Israel) has a density of 364 people per km2.

Tel Aviv is Israel’s densest region with 7,522 people per km2Jerusalem has a density of 1,484 people per km2 and Bnei Brak is Israel’s densest city with 22,145 people per km2.

The most popular cities for new immigrants to settle down in during 2014 were Tel Aviv and Netanya, with 3,275, and 3,102 new immigrants settling there, respectively.

Just under half of the Jewish population lives in the center of the country, either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv metropolitan areas. 60% of the Arab population lives in the north.

Jerusalem is Israel’s largest city, with a population of 936,047, followed by Tel Aviv-Jaffa (461,352), Haifa (285,542), Rishon Le-Zion (254,238) and Petah Tikva (248,005). Today there are 14 cities in Israel with a population of over 100,000.

Israel’s male to female population ratio is 982:1,000.

Israel has 15 cities that are home to over 100,000 people.

Birth, Marriage & Divorce

The average age for an Israeli woman to be married in 2016 was 26.1 years old, and the average age for an Israeli woman to have her first child was 28.3. Teen births are uncommon in Israel, with births to women aged 19 and under accounting for 0.5% of national births during 2016.

The fertility of Israeli Jewish women in 2018 exceeded that of Arab women for the first time. The rate among Jewish women living in Israel and in Israeli settlement in the West Bank was 3.05 compared to 3.04 for Israeli Arab women. The overall fertility rate in Israel in 2020 was 3.01 children per woman. The average fertility rate for 2017 for all developed countries of the OECD was 1.65.

Some 184,000 babies were born in 2021 (74 born to Jewish mothers, 23% to Arab mothers and 3% to mothers of others).


SourcesIsrael Central Bureau of Statistics.
Maytal Yasur Beit-Or.  Israel boasts highest fertility rate among OECD nations, Israel Hayom, (November 13, 2017).
Amir Alon.  Nearing nine million: Israel in numbers on eve of 2018, YNet News (December 31, 2017).
Ofer Aderet.  Israel.s Population Near Nine Million on Eve of 70th Independence Anniversary, Haaretz, (April 16, 2018).
Ilan Lazarovich, As new year approaches, Israelis say they are happy, healthy, Israel Hayom, (September 5, 2018).
“Israel.s population 8.972m on eve of 2019,” Globus, (December 31, 2018).
Judy Maltz, “Number of Russians Moving to Israel Sees Dramatic Rise, American Aliyah Figures Drop,” Haaretz, (December 27, 2018).
Zeev Klein, “Israel reaches another milestone as population crosses 9 million,” Israel Hayom, (May 2, 2019).
“Israel.s population tops 9 million as Jewish new year approaches,” Times of Israel, (September 26, 2019).
Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, “Number Of Jews In Israel And Worldwide On The Rise – Reports,” Jerusalem Post, (September 27, 2019).
Ronny Linder, “New Report Shows Significant Discrepancy in Life Expectancy Between Israeli Cities,” Haaretz, (December 5, 2019).
Eytan Halon, “Israel.s Christian population grows to 177,000 citizens,” Jerusalem Post, (December 23, 2019).
“Israel.s population at 9,136,000 on the eve of 2020,” Jerusalem Post, (January 1, 2020).
Ofer Aderet, “For the First Time in Israel.s History, Jewish Fertility Rate Surpasses That of Arabs,” Haaretz, (December 31, 2019).
Worldometer.
“Ahead of 72nd Independence Day, Israeli population stands at 9.2 million,” Times of Israel, (April 26, 2020).
“Israel.s population up to 9.25 million, though growth rate, immigration down,” Times of Israel, (September 16, 2020).
U.S. State Department.
Moshe Cohen, “Jewish population at lowest percentage since founding of Israel,” Jerusalem Post, (April 12, 2021).
Ofer Aderet, “On Jewish New Year’s Eve, Israel’s Population Reaches 9.4 Million,” Haaretz, (September 5, 2021).
“Israel’s population at nearly 9.5 million as it enters 2022,” Jerusalem Post, (December 30, 2021).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to 2019 figures, more than three-quarters (77.5%) of Christians are Arabs, representing 7.2% of all Israeli-Arab citizens. The majority of non-Arab Christians living in Israel are citizens who immigrated to Israel since 1990, together with Jewish family members under the Law of Return.

Some 70.6% of Arab-Christians live in northern Israel today, while 13.3% reside in the coastal city of Haifa and 9.5% live in Jerusalem. The nation’s most populous Christian cities are Nazareth (21,900 inhabitants), Haifa (16,100), Jerusalem (12,700) and the Galilee city of Shfaram (10,300).

The average fertility rate among Christians in 2018 was 2.06 children per woman, compared to 3.2 for Muslim women, 3.17 for Jewish women and 2.16 for Druze women.

Immigration & Naturalization

Israel welcomed approximately 20,000 new immigrants during 2020, down significantly from the 34,000 last year undoubtedly because of the coronavirus pandemic. Most immigrants arrived in Israel from Russia (38.1%), Ukraine (15.1%), France (11.0%), and the United States (10.7%).

Since Israel’s founding, 3.3 million people have immigrated to the country, 44% of them arriving since 1990.

While the number of immigrants from most countries declined, those from Russia increased significantly. “Most of the immigrants coming to Israel from Russia and Ukraine in recent years do not qualify as Jewish under religious law, even if they are eligible for citizenship,” Judy Maltz noted, “To qualify for citizenship under the Law of Return, an individual must have at least one Jewish grandparent, a Jewish spouse or have undergone a conversion in a recognized Jewish community (it does not have to be an Orthodox conversion). To qualify as a Jew under religious law, an individual must have been born to a Jewish mother or have undergone an Orthodox conversion by rabbis recognized by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate.”

Another significant change in 2018 was a surprising reduction in the number of immigrants from France despite rising anti-Semitism in that country. Moreover, Maltz reported that many French Jews who moved to Israel have returned to France because of difficulty integrating into Israeli society due to the inability to master Hebrew and find jobs matching their skills.

In 2020, 78% of the total Jewish population were “Sabras” – born in Israel – compared with just a 35% native-born population at Israel’s independence in 1948. Over half of the Jewish population are Israeli-born to at least one parent who was also Israeli-born.2Those of European and American ancestry ma030ke up about 2.2 million (36%) of the Jewish population in Israel while Africans fill out another 14.5% and Asians are 11.2%.

A study performed by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that one in four Jewish individuals currently live in a country other than the one they were born in. In contrast, one in twenty Christians and one in twenty-five Muslims live in a country other than that of their birth. This makes Jewish individuals the world’s top migrants.

A Young Population

Israel’s population is considered young relative to the populations of other Western countries.

As of 2021, 28% of the population was aged 0-14 while only 12% were older than 65 years of age. The OECD average is 18.5% (0-14) and 15% (65+). Israel’s average age, however, is getting older. In 2011, the average age was 29.5 years as opposed to 27.6 in the year 2000. Average age worldwide for males is 28.4 and for women is 30.6 years old.

Life expectancy for Israelis is 83 years, 81 years for men, and 84.7 years for women. In 2017, life expectancy for Arab women was 79.5 years and 77.4 for men.

The World Health Organization issued a report in May 2016 that concluded humans were on average living 5 years longer than they were in 2000. Israel was ranked as the country with the 8th highest life expectancy in the world, better than the United States, Canada, France, Russia, and other highly developed nations. Life expectancy in 2020 was 83.5 years for all Israelis, 84.9 for women and 82 for men.

Distribution

Israel’s population density in 2017 was reported as 373.2 people per km2. By comparison, Slovenia (who’s territory is roughly the same size as Israel’s) has a population density of 102 people per km2Belgium (slightly larger than Israel) has a density of 364 people per km2.

Tel Aviv is Israel’s densest region with 7,522 people per km2Jerusalem has a density of 1,484 people per km2 and Bnei Brak is Israel’s densest city with 22,145 people per km2.

The most popular cities for new immigrants to settle down in during 2014 were Tel Aviv and Netanya, with 3,275, and 3,102 new immigrants settling there, respectively.

Just under half of the Jewish population lives in the center of the country, either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv metropolitan areas. 60% of the Arab population lives in the north.

Jerusalem is Israel’s largest city, with a population of 936,047, followed by Tel Aviv-Jaffa (461,352), Haifa (285,542), Rishon Le-Zion (254,238) and Petah Tikva (248,005). Today there are 14 cities in Israel with a population of over 100,000.

Israel’s male to female population ratio is 982:1,000.

Israel has 15 cities that are home to over 100,000 people.

Birth, Marriage & Divorce

The average age for an Israeli woman to be married in 2016 was 26.1 years old, and the average age for an Israeli woman to have her first child was 28.3. Teen births are uncommon in Israel, with births to women aged 19 and under accounting for 0.5% of national births during 2016.

The fertility of Israeli Jewish women in 2018 exceeded that of Arab women for the first time. The rate among Jewish women living in Israel and in Israeli settlement in the West Bank was 3.05 compared to 3.04 for Israeli Arab women. The overall fertility rate in Israel in 2020 was 3.01 children per woman. The average fertility rate for 2017 for all developed countries of the OECD was 1.65.

Some 176,000 babies were born in 2020 (73.8% born to Jewish mothers, 23.4% to Arab mothers and 2.8% to mothers of Others).


SourcesIsrael Central Bureau of Statistics.
Maytal Yasur Beit-Or.  Israel boasts highest fertility rate among OECD nations, Israel Hayom, (November 13, 2017).
Amir Alon.  Nearing nine million: Israel in numbers on eve of 2018, YNet News (December 31, 2017).
Ofer Aderet.  Israel.s Population Near Nine Million on Eve of 70th Independence Anniversary, Haaretz, (April 16, 2018).
Ilan Lazarovich, As new year approaches, Israelis say they are happy, healthy, Israel Hayom, (September 5, 2018).
“Israel.s population 8.972m on eve of 2019,” Globus, (December 31, 2018).
Judy Maltz, “Number of Russians Moving to Israel Sees Dramatic Rise, American Aliyah Figures Drop,” Haaretz, (December 27, 2018).
Zeev Klein, “Israel reaches another milestone as population crosses 9 million,” Israel Hayom, (May 2, 2019).
“Israel.s population tops 9 million as Jewish new year approaches,” Times of Israel, (September 26, 2019).
Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, “Number Of Jews In Israel And Worldwide On The Rise – Reports,” Jerusalem Post, (September 27, 2019).
Ronny Linder, “New Report Shows Significant Discrepancy in Life Expectancy Between Israeli Cities,” Haaretz, (December 5, 2019).
Eytan Halon, “Israel.s Christian population grows to 177,000 citizens,” Jerusalem Post, (December 23, 2019).
“Israel.s population at 9,136,000 on the eve of 2020,” Jerusalem Post, (January 1, 2020).
Ofer Aderet, “For the First Time in Israel.s History, Jewish Fertility Rate Surpasses That of Arabs,” Haaretz, (December 31, 2019).
Worldometer.
“Ahead of 72nd Independence Day, Israeli population stands at 9.2 million,” Times of Israel, (April 26, 2020).
“Israel.s population up to 9.25 million, though growth rate, immigration down,” Times of Israel, (September 16, 2020).
U.S. State Department.
Moshe Cohen, “Jewish population at lowest percentage since founding of Israel,” Jerusalem Post, (April 12, 2021).

The Year of the Red Heifer

“I really believe that the red heifer was born this year,” Kupietzy said. He explained that the current Hebrew year is 5781 which, in Hebrew numerology, is תשפא. “That is an acronym for תהיה שנה פרה אדומה (it will be the year of the red heifer).”

Kupietzky explained that as part of the ongoing effort to find a red heifer, he is working with Boneh Israel (build Israel), a Christian organization, to educate non-Jews to identify possible candidates. Kupietzky explained that the Talmud has a precedent for the red heifer being provided by a non-Jew. The Talmud (Kiddushin 31a) tells the story of the non-Jew named Dama who would not wake his father, Netina, to get to the key under his pillow to retrieve the stones to sell for the breastplate of the High Priest at a price of 600,000 dinarsDama forfeited this great sum simply so as not to disturb his father’s sleep. He was rewarded the following year by finding in his flock and selling a rare red heifer to the rabbis for the same sum.

“The red heifer is not a korban, a sacrifice,” Kupietzky pointed out. “It is performed outside of the Temple and is considered a tekes, a ceremony. Which is why we are especially looking in Texas for the tekes,” he quipped.

The existence of such a heifer is considered a biological anomaly and very rare. Fortunately, the ritual requires an infinitesimally small quantity of ashes. From the time of Moses, who personally prepared the first heifer, until the destruction of the Temple, only nine red heifers were prepared. Nonetheless, this was sufficient to maintain the ritual purity of the entire nation for almost 2,000 years.

According to Jewish tradition, there will only be ten red heifers in human history with the tenth heifer ushering in the Messianic era. Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (Maimonides), the most renowned medieval Jewish scholar known by the acronym Rambam, wrote in his explanation of the mitzvah that “the tenth red heifer will be accomplished by the king, the Messiah; may he be revealed speedily, Amen, May it be God’s will.”

Third Temple Closer Than Ever As Search Begins for Eligible Jewish Priests


BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | MAR 30, 2016 | JEWISH WORLD

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The Temple Institute has initiated the second stage towards building the Temple: compiling a list of Jewish priests who will be eligible to prepare the red heifer and serve in the Temple, Rabbi Chaim Richman, the International Director of the Temple Institute, announced on Monday. The announcement coincides with the weekly Torah reading that describes the preparation of the red heifer.

The registry will include men who have a clear patriarchal heritage from the priestly class (descendants of Aaron), were born and raised in Israel, and have observed the laws of purity incumbent upon priests. This includes not coming into proximity with the dead, so priests, or kohanim, who were born in hospitals, have visited hospitals, or have entered cemeteries are not eligible.

.Rabbi Chaim Richman. (Photo: The Temple Institute)

Rabbi Chaim Richman. (Photo: The Temple Institute)

Once the Temple Institute has compiled a list of candidates with verified eligibility, it will begin to train them in the complex preparation of the ashes of the red heifer. The training will take place at the Nezer Hakodesh, an institute established three years ago to educate priests in the details of the Temple service.

The project has implications not just for kohanim, but for anyone interested in taking part in the Temple service. Anyone going up to the Temple needs to be on a high level of ritual purity.  Most types of impurity can be removed through immersion in a mikveh (a ritual bath). For ritual impurity imparted through contact or proximity to a dead person, the purification process  requires a priest to sprinkle water mixed with the ashes of a red heifer.

Today, after thousands of years without a Temple, all people are considered to be on this level of impurity, making the reinstituting of the red heifer ashes an essential part of the return of the Temple service.

“This is a huge jump for the Temple Institute and a huge leap for the Jewish people. For the first time in 2,000 years, after miraculously returning to the Land of Israel, we are beginning the process of reinstating the Biblical purity of the Jewish priesthood,” Rabbi Richman told JNI.  

“This is another bold move for our Institute, having already painstakingly prepared more than 60 sacred vessels for the Third Temple. We proudly call upon all those who may fit the bill to contact the Temple Institute immediately.”

The Temple Institute is a non-profit organization, founded in 1987, which is dedicated to rebuilding the Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. Much of its work has been in the areas of education and raising awareness, but it has also made remarkable practical achievements towards turning the Third Temple into a reality.

It has recreated over 70 utensils fit for the Temple service, including the gold menorah, the gem encrusted breastplate of the high priest, musical instruments used by the Levites, and priestly garments.

.Illustrative photo of red heifer in Israel. (Photo: Tazpit News Agency)

Illustrative photo of red heifer in Israel. (Photo: Tazpit News Agency)

Perhaps its most amazing achievement to date has been the red heifer. After decades of research in how to practically restore the Temple, Temple Institute scholars realized that the first step in the seemingly impossible task was raising a red heifer. Frozen embryos of red angus cattle were implanted in Israeli cattle, introducing the breed to Israel.

Biblical law requires that the red heifer be unblemished, and it is forbidden from being milked or impregnated, so must be raised in special supervised conditions.

Unlike most other aspects of the Temple service, burning of the red heifer and the use of its ashes to purify do not require ascending to the Temple Mount. This precludes any political complications that may arise, since Jews are currently prevented from praying or performing any rituals at the holy site.

Russia, China Hold Joint Military Exercise for First Time: A Precursor To Gog-Magog War, Says Rabbi

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | AUG 10, 2021 | BIBLICAL NEWS

O mortal, turn your face toward Gog of the land of Magog,

the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him Ezekiel 38:2 (The Israel BibleTM)

On Monday, China and Russia held joint military exercises and for the first time, they were hosted on Chinese soil. The five-day event will be held in the city of Qingtongxia, in China’s northern Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. 

Following the development, the connection to the war of Gog and Magog is now being made by rabbis with one who interprets the prophet Ezekiel to foresee the War of Gog and Magog being launched by Russia. 

RUSSIA AND CHINA: A GROWING ALLIANCE

The event clearly was intended to have political overtones as well as military utility as it began with a gesture of friendship as the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Lieutenant General Liu Xiaowu, deputy commander of the Western Theater Command and commanding officer of Chinese forces in the upcoming exercise, presenting a bouquet of flowers to members of the Russian military delegation. Though this was the first exercise held inside China, it was the fourth joint Sino-Russian military exercise, after the Vostok (East) 2018, Tsentr (Center) 2019, and Kavkaz (Caucasus) 2020 exercises, all of which were held inside Russia. 

The exercise will continue until Friday. The drill is significant, establishing a joint command center and involving approximately 10,000 personnel utilizing different types of aircraft, weaponry, equipment, and vehicles from both countries. The drill will feature China’s stealth fighter jet, the Chengdu J-20, also known as Mighty Dragon, marking the first time the PLA has sent the J-20 in joint drills with another country. According to press releases from both Chinese and Russian sides, Russian personnel was provided with the PLA’s Type 11 wheeled assault guns and Type 08 infantry fighting vehicles, marking the first time that China’s military will share its main battle equipment with the Russian troops. The drill is touted as being focused on improving the interoperability of the two armies. 

RABBI WINSTON: “HASHEM FLEXING HIS MUSCLES”

Rabbi Pinchas Winston, who is cogent in the Jewish sources pertaining to Moshiach and Jewish eschatology, stated, “When I heard about this exercise, I knew it was Hashem flexing his muscles.”

“It is God showing that He moves the pieces around. Men can try to show their strength but now, more than ever, with the pandemic and with massive flooding in China and Europe and all the other natural catastrophes, God is showing that ultimately, he is the one running the show. This is preparation for the end of days when He will be One and His name will be One.”

Rabbi Winston pointed out that any activity in the past that appeared to be a precursor to the pre-Messiah Gog and Magog war was precisely that; a precursor.

“The difference here is the timing,” Rabbi Winston said. “The Shemitah (sabbatical) year begins in one month. The Talmud explicitly states that the Shemitah is a difficult time and even a time of war. That is because Shemitah is a test of faith; can you sit and watch your fields lie fallow, believing that Hashem is in charge.”

GOG AND MAGOG: THREE WARS, SHEMITAH

Rabbi Winston noted that according to Jewish sources, Gog and Magog will be a process of three wars. Rabbi Yisroel Kagan, a preeminent Torah authority known as the Chofetz Chayim who passed away in 1933 (after WWI but prior to WWII) stated that WWI was the first stage and that two more global conflicts would complete the process of Gog and Magog.

“That is why Shemitta is a time of war. People are choosing sides. It is the ancient cry of ‘who is for Hashem, come to me’. Before Gog and Magog, the world will be polarized along that line. And people who do not answer the call, it is because they can’t even see Hashem. They have never looked for Him. They think that doctors are running the pandemic, that politicians are running the government, that the armies win the wars.”

“Messiah comes after the Shemitta because Shemitta is all about faith in God, showing that He is in control. After showing faith in the Shemitta and after the war in the Shemitta year, everything is ready for Moshiach (Messiah) to appear in the following year, the eighth year.”

“Gog and Magog will not be a regular war about territory or power. It will be a war between those who can believe in God, who have always seen Him as running the world, against those who have never seen God as running the world.”

Rabbi Winston noted that society is clearly prepared for this.

“All of the events in the past year have pushed people even more into taking positions on how they stand in relation to Hashem. God wants to bring a true judgment with no excuses or doubts.”

Another rabbi, who preferred to remain anonymous, noted that the sixth year just prior to the Shemittah was a time of increased strife in order to increase faith.

“This year, troubles and catastrophes have come to Israel and to other nations in a most unusual way. It is not just that many of the troubles were extreme in magnitude and scale, like the pandemic and global flooding, but it is also notable that they came in quick succession. No sooner does one trouble end than another begins.”

“The message is that you shouldn’t wait until Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur to repent. The call has gone out to repent before the Shemitta kicks in.”

RUSSIA AND CHINA AS GOG AND MAGOG

Russia’s role in multinational military exercises takes on apocalyptic implications when considering verses that identify the pre-Messiah War of Gog and Magog which, according to the prophet Ezekiel, will be a war against Israel fought by a multi-nation coalition led by a nation from the north.

Therefore prophesy, O mortal, and say to Gog: Thus said Hashem: Surely, on that day, when My people Yisrael are living secure, you will take note, and you will come from your home in the farthest north, you and many peoples with you—all of them mounted on horses, a vast horde, a mighty army. Ezekiel 38: 14-15

One interpretation of the Bible has Russia at the head of the multi-national army of the pre-Messiah War of Gog and Magog. Rabbi Haim Shvili, a 20th-century Jewish mystic wrote a book of predictions concerning the Messiah in 1935. Remarkably, Rabbi Shvili understands the prophet Ezekiel to foresee the War of Gog and Magog as being launched by a Russian-led coalition.

O mortal, turn your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him Ezekiel 38:2

Rabbi Shvili understood the Hebrew word in the verse for ‘chief’ is rosh. Rabbi Shivli used this verse to identify Russia to be the leader of the Gog and Magog coalition. The rabbi emphasized that Gog is referred to as the “land of the North”, and Russia is the northernmost country in Europe. He also identified “Meshech” and “Tubal” as the Balkan states, which are ruled by Russia. Rabbi Shvili predicted that the Russian-led coalition will be opposed by a coalition of comparable size, comprising soldiers from all 70 nations. 

China also has a connection with Magog. The Mongolian Empire once included sections of Russia, China, and North Korea. The Chinese and all the minority groups living in China are of the Mongoloid race, which stems from Noah’s son Japheth. Etymologists have conjectured that the name Mongol is derived from the name Magog.

The Bible may also contain an anachronistic reference to China.

I will pour out my anger upon Sin, the stronghold of Egypt, and I will destroy the wealth of No. I will set fire to Egypt; Sin shall writhe in anguish and No shall be torn apart; and Noph [shall face] adversaries in broad daylight Ezekiel 30:15-16

In modern Hebrew, ‘Sin’ (סין) is the name for China.

RUSSIA AND CHINA: GROWING MILITARY COOPERATION

Russia is increasing its military readiness and at the beginning of the year, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that Russia would participate in nine military exercises with foreign troops in 2021, hosting eight of them. Much of this focus on the military was turned towards China. China and Russia held their first joint military exercise in 2003 and have conducted more than 30 since. 

Russia and China will have another chance to practice military cooperation at the International Army Games later this month. The Russian Defense Ministry reported on Sunday that a separate contingent of Russian military personnel flew along with equipment to China to take part in three International Army Games competitions to be held in Korla of China’s northwestern Xinjiang Autonomous Province. Other events will be held in Russia, where Chinese troops recently arrived with China with various materiel.

Again, in September, China and Russia will train together alongside India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Peace Mission 2021 drills. The drills were organized under the banner of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a Eurasian security bloc led by Russia and China.

According to many media sources citing Chinese and Russian sources, the main impetus for the recent joint military enture was the Biden administration’s sudden withdrawal from Afghanistan which they fear endangers regional peace and stability and will lead to the development of terrorist forces in the region.

It should be noted that Turkey, which was granted dialogue partner status in the SCO’s 2012 summit in Beijing, hosted China in a week-long joint air force exercise in 2010. The incident garnered international consternation as Turkey is a NATO member. Relations between the two countries have been strengthened since the election of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2014. 

The Key to Daniel’s 70th Week Revealed

I’ve studied prophecy since I was 12 years old, so to find something NEW is very exciting. This video is a fresh and distinct approach. I, personally, am unable to verify the calculations that are revealed here, but they are sufficiently presented in continuity to certainly give pause and reflection to them.

(NOTE) Jesus as the teacher, had the best interests of His students at heart; always, the subject of His teaching was the absolute and unchanging truth of God. We also have the best interests of our readers at heart. However, as we seek to share, we do not claim that we are qualified to be called teachers per se.

Having been given the gift of the desire to teach, doesn’t qualify us to state that we are teaching the absolute and unchanging truth of God. It is our hope, and intention, however, to be as accurate as humanly possible being led by discernment from the Holy Spirit.

Always keep in mind, Jesus’s teaching was the only absolute and unchanging truth of God. Neither we, nor any other human, has the absolute truth.

 

The Book of Jonah in the Bible (scripture)

Chapter 1

1Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

2Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

3But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

4But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

5Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.

6So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

7And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

8Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?

9And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

10Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.

11Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.

12And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.

13Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.

14Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.

15So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

16Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.

17Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Chapter 2

1Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly,

2And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

3For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.

4Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

5The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.

6I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

7When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

8They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

9But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

10And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

Chapter 3

1And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

2Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

3So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.

4And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

5So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

6For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

7And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:

8But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

9Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

10And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Chapter 4

1But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

2And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

3Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

4Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?

5So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.

6And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.

7But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

8And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.

9And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.

10Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:

11And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

 

The Book of Joel in the Bible (scripture)

1The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

2Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?

3Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

4That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.

5Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.

6For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.

7He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.

8Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

9The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD’S ministers, mourn.

10The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.

11Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

12The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.

13Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.

14Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,

15Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

16Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?

17The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.

18How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.

19O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.

20The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

Chapter 2

1Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

2A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

3A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

4The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.

5Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.

6Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.

7They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:

8Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.

9They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

10The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

11And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

12Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

13And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

14Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?

15Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

16Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

17Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

18Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

19Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:

20But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.

21Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.

22Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.

23Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

24And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.

25And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

26And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

27And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.

28And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

29And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

30And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

31The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

32And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Chapter 3

1For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,

2I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

3And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

4Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;

5Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:

6The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.

7Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head:

8And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken it.

9Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:

10Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

11Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.

12Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

13Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

14Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

15The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

16The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

17So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

18And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.

19Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.

20But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

21For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion.

 

Chronological Order of the Prophets

Chronological Order of the Prophets (According to Ussher)

  1. Prophets Before the Exile
    1. To Nineveh: Jonah, 862 B.C.
    2. To the 10 tribes “Israel”: Amos, 787 B.C.; Hosea, 785-725 B.C.; Obadiah, 887 B.C.; Joel, 800 B.C.
    3. To Judah: Isaiah, 760-698 B.C.; Micah, 750-710 B.C.; Nahum, 713 B.C.; Habakkuk, 626 B.C.; Zephaniah, 630 B.C.
  2. Prophets During the Exile
    1. Ezekiel, 595-574 B.C.
    2. Daniel, 607-534 B.C.
  3. Prophets After the Exile
    1. Haggai, 520 B.C.
    2. Zechariah, 520-518 B.C.
    3. Malachi, 397 B.C.

Love your enemies

This message makes me stop and think.

Do I really love my enemies?

And better yet, who are my enemies?

Do I really have any?

First of all, we are so blessed that we do not have to endure the kind of persecution referred to in this story. But if we did, what would be our attitude? our response?

On a routine day, how do we respond to our neighbors when they do something that displeases us?

Do we vent to them?

Take it out on them?

Are we passive aggressive?

Do we fuss and fume about it in our homes?

Do we love, instead?

Food for thought!

~ Sharon

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you… Matthew 5:44

Perhaps the most difficult of Jesus’ commands is to love even our enemies. A true Christian always seeks another person’s highest good—even when mistreated. Brother Andrew says “The Christian’s only method of destroying his enemies is to ‘love’ them into being his friends.”

Romanian pastor, Dr. Paul Negrut, was visiting an old friend in Romania named Trian Dors in his humble home. As Paul entered, he realized that Trian was bleeding from open wounds. He asked, “What happened?”

Trian replied, “The secret police just left my home. They came and confiscated my manuscripts. Then they beat me.”

Pastor Paul says, “I began to complain about the heavy tactics of the secret police. But Trian stopped me saying, ‘Brother Paul, it is so sweet to suffer for Jesus. God didn’t bring us together tonight to complain but to praise him. Let’s kneel down and pray.”

“He knelt and began praying for the secret police. He asked God to bless them and save them. He told God how much he loved them. He said, ‘God, if they will come back in the next few days, I pray that you will prepare me to minister to them.’” Paul continued, “By this time I was ashamed. I thought I had been living the most difficult life in Romania for the Lord. And I was bitter about that.”

Trian Dors then shared with Paul how the secret police had been coming to his home regularly for several years. They beat him twice every week. They confiscated all his papers. After the beating he would talk to the officer in charge. Trian would look into his eyes and say, “Mister, I love you. And I want you to know that if our next meeting is before the judgement throne of God, you will not go to hell because I hate you but because you rejected love.” Trian would repeat these words after every beating.

Years later that officer came alone to his home one night. Trian prepared himself for another beating. But the officer spoke kindly and said, “Mr. Dors, the next time we meet will be before the judgement throne of God. I came tonight to apologize for what I did to you and to tell you that your love moved my heart. I have asked Christ to save me. But two days ago the doctor discovered that I have a very severe case of cancer and I have only a few weeks to live before I go to be with God. I came tonight to tell you that we will be together on the other side.”

RESPONSE: Today I will destroy my enemies only with love.

PRAYER: God give me Your kind of love for my enemies—so they too will love You.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS)
A daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks

© 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission

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