• For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream ...

    • Jeremiah 17:8

    • The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

    • Psalm 18:2

Preserving God’s Grace

 
 

Mel   Gibson’s   movie,   The   Passion,   depicting   the   life   of   the   Messiah,   sparked   irate controversies as to whether it was anti-Semitic in nature. Gibson used “artistic license” to reinterpret many scenes from the Gospels, thus stirring resentment in those who guard the literal interpretation of these events as sacred. The use of artistic license though, does not always  spark  high  criticisms.  William  Shakespeare’s  historical  plays,  for  example,  use artistic license and grossly distort the historical facts of the times, but because of their highly esteemed literary value, they have been hailed as great works throughout the centuries.

HOW MUCH HAS THIS LICENSE COST US?

When it comes to Bible translation, we cannot afford the liberties that such a license promotes. The Word of God is inerrant, divinely inspired and meant to be understood and interpreted according to the specific chosen Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words found in its texts. We have paid a high price because of those who have used this license to interpret the Scriptures in an allegorical (non-literal) fashion. Consequently, we find ourselves struggling to decide such things as when the Messiah will return, if indeed He will return at all to the earth, or when the Rapture will occur, if indeed it will occur at all. Another area of doctrine adversely affected by allegory is Israel’s position in and outside the Body of Messiah. Is she still chosen or has she been replaced? To whom do God’s covenantal blessings of the Old Testament belong, and is there any future for national Israel?

SEMANTICS OR ANTI-SEMITIC?

While the scholarly debates continue, we must not overlook how mistranslation deals yet another blow to Israel, this time by character defamation. And in this particular case, the mistranslation has even extended itself to include marring the gracious reputation of the Lord Himself, as we will see in the following passage.

Tucked away in the chronicles of Israel’s liberation from her bondage in Egypt is Exodus 3:22 which reads: “But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”

Why  did  the  translators  use the English  word “plunder”  in  this  verse? According  to Webster’s Dictionary, the word “plunder” means to take goods by force or wrongfully. It is to steal, or to loot (1).

The Hebrew word used in this passage (and in the corresponding passage of Exodus 12:36), is natzal. This word natzal, according to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia is most often rendered as “delivered”, and is used primarily in these senses: “to set free”, “to give up or over” or “to draw out.” It is used of all kinds of deliverances. For example, it is used of God’s deliverance in Psalm 25:20 which reads: “Guard my soul and deliver (natzal) me; Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You”. Genesis 32:11 recounts Jacob’s pleas as he asks God for deliverance (natzal) from his brother Esau. Of the 213 times that the word natzal is used, the King James Bible has rendered it as “deliver” 179 times. (Holladay et al. argued that since nazal is in the Piel/acc. in Ex.3:22 & 12:36 it should be read as plunder, strip (A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the O.T. on Nazal) ). But this same word is found in Piel/acc. in Ezekiel 14:14 and the sense is clearly deliver;  according to Harris et al.  “the Piel also signals deliver in Ezk.14:14(Theological Wordbook of the O.T. on Nazal)).

In fact,  there  are  other  Hebrew  words  used  specifically  for  plunder;  for  instance, malkoah, which represent “objects taken by a victor after a battle or war”(2). Another Hebrew word is baz, which represents “what is stolen or robbed (items, animals, or persons), especially in a military conflict”(3). A third Hebrew word is salal, which signifies “objects taken by a victor after a battle or war, implying defeat of the enemy (4). It is interesting that the word natzal is not used in the Bible passages where an “after-war” plundering has taken place, except in one instance in 2 Chronicles 20:25.

PLUNDERING THE TRUE SENSE OF THE WORD

So, what is wrong with rendering the word natzal as plunder in this context? A lot! By translating natzal as plunder, we have accused God of forcibly demanding these items of gold and silver from the Egyptians, taking spoils of war so to speak, when actually no war occurred. Is God so ungracious that He would force the Israelites to plund er these people outside of a war context? Is God so manipulative that He would force the hearts of the Egyptians to find favor with Israel so that they would seemingly at will give up their wealth?

Not only does God become open to the skeptics’ ridicule, but Israel too, can appear as money hungry looters.

FAULT FINDING

This error of mistranslation was recorded in the Talmud, in that some had accused the Jews of taking without giving back. Mas. Sanhedrin 91a reads:

On another occasion the Egyptians came in a lawsuit against the Jews before Alexander of Macedon. They pleaded thus: ‘Is it not written, And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, and they lent them [gold and precious stones, etc.] Then return us the gold and silver which ye took!’

More recently, in 2003, a certain Egyptian professor decided to sue all the Jews in the world asking back for the goods they plundered (italics mine) at the time of the Exodus, something he evaluated it to be around 40 billion dollars (5).

DELIVERING THE EGYPTIANS

How awesome would it be if we were to give the word natzal its proper rendering? Awesome indeed! We would then see God as He is, full of grace and justice. To begin with, it says that God commanded the Israelites to “ask” the Egyptians for the goods. He did not demand that Israel go and fight, or plunder. He told them to ask. Bearing that in mind, let’s consider the word natzal. When properly translated, the passage should be read as: “So you shall deliver, preserve or set free the Egyptians”. How could the Egyptians have been delivered, set free or preserved by giving away their wealth to the Israelites?

RENDER TO EACH ONE HIS DUE

The Israelites worked 400 years for the Egyptians and the Bible nowhere indicates that they received any payment for this work. God asked that the Israelites be paid with gold and  silver  as  a  way  to  preserve  or  deliver  the  Egyptians  from  the  judgement  of withholding due wages. By using natzal in its proper context, the grace of God would be more fully revealed as the Egyptians would be spared from the judgement of withholding wages. Because of God’s merciful grace, we should see His request of the Egyptians as a planned way to lessen the penalty that would otherwise be rendered against them. After all withholding wages was and still is against the Law of God and requires judgment (Leviticus 19:13; James 5:4).

A PLAN FOR EGYPT

God always has a plan that neither you nor I can interfere with. His amazing grace released Egypt from this particular judgement, but God’s love did not stop there. For in the Millennial Kingdom, Egypt will be called God’s people, and will be re-established as a nation living in peace with her neighbour Israel. Isaiah 19:24 reads:

In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt  My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

A PLAN FOR ISRAEL

What God might give and take away from us here and now should only cause us to marvel about how all the events of our lives are orchestrated according to His ultimate plan for our goodness and our well being, and for the restraining of evil. God planned for Israel’s creation, He planned for her forgiveness and planned for her restoration. Jeremiah 29:11-14 says:

“…For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I  will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity or will restore your fortunes. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.

…AND A PLAN FOR EACH OF US

And though we might not understand for now all of our gracious Lord’s giving and taking away, we must be carried by this promise found in God’s covenant of grace. As it says in 2 Corinthians 4:15, For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God .

No artistic license has the right to reinterpret God’s motives nor His sovereignty. God is a God of grace and we must be ready to defend His glory, His reputation and His plan, a plan that includes us all.

 

Sources

(1)  Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Includes index. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, Inc.

(2)  Swanson, J. (1997). Dictionary of  Biblical Languages with Semantic  Domains:  Hebrew (Old  Testament) (electronic ed.) (DBLH 4917). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

(3) Ibid.

(4) Ibid.

(5) Arutz Sheva newspaper,   www.Israel National News.com/Articles/article.aspx/2675

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A Blessing on your head

These words sing out to us from Fiddler on the Roof… for a daughter was soon to be married…but what about two blessings on your head? Jacques Gabizon, director of Ariel Canada has had his fill of chuppahs* and ketubahs**, after marrying off two of his own children within four months of each other; first the youngest son, then the third youngest of his children, their only daughter. What can we learn from all the energy put into the preparations and orchestrations of such an event? Listen to what Jacques’ wife, Sharon, has to say:

“These months of planning have shown me what an incredible God we serve. All I had to do for my daughter’s wedding was plan a big party for 130 people. Sure there was strategizing and engineering of details so that all would come together for that picturesque finale, but what can we say about our Master Project Manager, Who orchestrates the world’s events from the global right down to the microcosmic level?  Though kingdoms crumble at the sound of His command, while He alone has laid the foundation of the earth, has bound the cluster of the Pleiades, and directs the path of the thunderbolt, our awesome God oversees all the minor details as well, including the weddings of my son and daughter. His eyes have seen our substance, being yet unformed. He alters the DNA and makes us well again. He hears the cries of the broken heart and humbles the proud. He designs the day of our salvation. The Lord has casted the blueprint of life and blessed are those who obey its directions.

During these wedding preparations, I realized how I could not accomplish everything on my own. How helpful, supportive and ready my sisters in the Body of Messiah were, to assist me and encourage me when making decisions, and when needing to get the job done. My personal Manager did not leave me in limbo but provided arms, feet, mouths and eyes to make this project a success. I am so very blessed to be His servant and employee, and I look forward to our future assignments together, including the weddings of my other two sons! We long however, for the greatest wedding event ever, the Marriage Ceremony and Supper of the Lamb. All are invited to this one … will you be there?”

 

*Chuppah is a canopy under which a bride and groom stand during a Jewish wedding ceremony. It consists of a cloth or sheet, stretched or supported over four poles, or sometimes manually held up by attendants to the ceremony. The Chuppah is a symbol of the home which the bride and groom will build together. The sides are without walls to show that the couple is committed to opening their home to friends and family. The Chuppah has no furniture because the description of this home is not based on its material wealth but on the worth these two individuals give one another. The history of the Temple, or Beit Hamikdash  is the history of Hashem making a home with us in this world. God’s desire is to dwell among us and make us the Beit Hamikdash of His glory.

**Ketubah  – According to the Jewish view, marriage is a contractual agreement between two people with legal rights and obligations. This marriage contract explains the basic material, conjugal and moral responsibilities of the husband to his wife. It is signed by the groom, as well as two witnesses, and given to the bride during the wedding ceremony. The original purpose of the Ketubah was to protect the woman’s rights during the marriage and in the case of her becoming divorced or widowed. Historically, the Ketubah marked a great leap forward in the thinking about the rights of women. From: about.com:judaism

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A Testimony of God’s Faithfulness

Psalm 119:90 -“Your faithfulness endures to all generations”

I would like to tell you about my father, Abraham Meyer, who was born in 1914 in Blida, Algeria. He is now 96 years old. In May of 2009, my husband and I went to spend some time in France, where my family lives. I had prayed that God would put “a guard over my mouth and keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3) I didn’t want to talk about the Bible, religion, tradition or my relationship with God. I was afraid that if I spoke, he would just get irritated and pull away even more. For over 40 years, my father had heard us speak about what God had been doing in our lives, yet he seemed to be more and more unwilling to listen, continuing to observe traditional Judaism as best he could even while saying it was hypocritical.

BLOOD WITHOUT THE TEMPLE ?

Two days before our departure to Canada, it was my father who brought up the subject of religion and traditions. The Lord had put His words in my mouth and we began to speak about how every year my parents had a lamb killed at our home at Passover time. My mother would put the blood in a bowl, dip her hand into it and put the blood on all the doors of the house. I was able to tell my father that it could not have been pleasing to God, since the Temple was no longer standing and yet we still continued with this same ritual every year.

BIRTHDAY’S BEST GIFT …

Eight months later, in January of 2010, we returned to France. When we arrived, we went straight to the hospital where my father had been recuperating for over four months. We had planned to stay in France until the end of March so we could take care of him. By the end of January, my father was doing better and was able to return home. We were all going to be together two days later, because that day was a special day for my father. It was the day that his second daughter was born some 70 years previous. It was equally special for me since I was that daughter turning 70 that day!

“WE HAD JUST SEEN A MIRACLE !”

On the morning of February 4th, my birthday, my husband Daniel and I were sitting around the kitchen table with our Bibles, spending time with the Lord. My husband was reading the Scriptures from a bilingual French/Hebrew translation. He was reading Isaiah 7 when, “by coincidence”, my father came into the kitchen, using his cane yet walking with much difficulty. He looked at each of us… and suddenly Daniel said, “You see, even in the Tanach we read that God came to be with us, that He would come as a small child and that His Name would be Emmanuel, which means ‘God with us.’” My father just said, “Yes, I know, I believe it in my heart, but I can’t say anything because I’ll be rejected. I hear a lot of things in synagogue which aren’t right, but I don’t say anything.” Daniel continued, “You know, even the best person cannot be righteous in God’s eyes, except for One.” My father answered right back, “Yes, I know, it is Jesus.”

We had just seen a miracle! We then discussed verses from Zechariah, Daniel, and other prophets from the Hebrew Scriptures. Daniel and I kept looking at each other, and I simply couldn’t grasp what was happening. No, I wasn’t dreaming, it was all true – my 96 year-old father had been born again, spiritually.

 

Isaiah 59:1 – “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear.” God had just taught me another lesson about faith: He is the Almighty God, the Creator of all things, and nothing is impossible for Him…in His time!

For the first 15 years after giving my life to Yeshua, I fervently prayed for my parents. But I was praying the wrong way, as if God needed my help to do His saving work, until I asked Him to relieve me of this burden. Matthew 11:28: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” My mother became a believer about 25 years ago and my dear father is now newly born again. God is not finished surprising us!

Today my mother isn’t with us; she is with her Savior where there is no more sorrow or pain. She is waiting for us there. My father, a 96 year old Jewish 7- time great-great grandfather received his Redeemer on the day of my 70th birthday. The Lord, in His perfect timing, demonstrated once again, His perfect longsuffering and His ultimate and perfect desire to see men saved.

Lamentations  3:22-23  —  “The  LORD’S  lovingkindnesses  indeed  never  cease,  for  His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

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Shalom from Jackie

After spending 11 of the last 16 months on the road, I am once again back home. I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you how the Lord has been at work in this ministry. Ten weeks were spent in New Brunswick and Maine, with plenty of exciting venues. God granted safety the entire time as I visited many churches that know me and went to some new areas as well. I learned patience and dependence on God’s provision as I was sick for one month and my computer was “sick” for two months!  Many of the pastors I visited were very happy for the opportunity to get better acquainted with our materials through the Ariel Canada introduction pack. “Jackie has provided treasures for me to use in the church,” said one pastor.

I held women’s conferences on Ruth and Esther which brought together 27 ladies (and two 14 year-olds!) from 15 different churches. These meetings were held at a building that some friends had just finished constructing in order to provide for a meeting place in Caribou, Maine. The purpose for these conferences was to explain the Hebraic roots of the faith to multi-denominational groups.

One school I always visit had plenty of children who peppered me with questions after my presentation. One little girl, T., indicated she gave her heart to the Lord and more than a dozen others indicated their desire to follow Him more closely.

SOME ENCOURAGING COMMENTS FROM  THE ROAD ….

“This ministry’s teaching has meant so much to me in the years you have been visiting this area. You have really helped to make the Old Testament Scriptures come alive, their wonderful promises, and perfect fulfillment in Christ.”

“The  words  seem  to  jump  off  the  pages  of  my  Bible  when  I  understand  the  (Jewish) background.”

“Before you came, we had no avenue to bless the Jews. Now all that has changed.

It truly is a joy for me to teach those who want to learn. I answered questions from one hosting couple for hours every day. One evening, at 11:20 p.m., the wife asked me to explain the events which follow the Rapture!  Others, however, did not seem as eager to learn at first. One boy, when he first saw me at his youth group meeting, bellowed, “What are you here for?” I calmly replied, “Have a seat and you’ll find out.” I thought, “This is trouble!” It wasn’t. He was literally sitting on the edge of his seat the whole time I shared my testimony, straining to see around another kid in the pew in front of him.

One woman I met had no idea why anyone would want to know the Jewish perspective of the Scriptures. It was such a privilege to see, just a little while later, a light turn on in her heart as I explained and gave numerous examples. Another couple said they realized they needed to stop sending money to an organization in Israel because it wasn’t sharing the gospel with Jewish people, only providing physical support.

Dozens of times, I saw God answer in timely ways. Sometimes a host or hostess opened their home only days before my arrival. One pastor bought Ariel’s Intro Pack and wanted to start showing some of the DVDs in Sunday school. He said that they were “just what he needed.” At another church, I met a couple visiting from Edmonton, Alberta who invited me to come to their church and stay with them!

AND FOR ANIMAL LOVERS EVERYWHERE ….

After one Sunday evening service in New Brunswick, I walked out of the church and found myself facing a herd of cows just a few feet away. No, I wasn’t in Montreal anymore!

A few times I prayed and received strength to make it through the evening service and the late drive back “home” on dark roads in moose country.

One sunny evening, I saw two young female moose on the left side of the road. They weren’t moving and after a few seconds, they started to trot away. Suddenly, I saw a third moose right in front of my car! I wasn’t that close to hitting it, so no big scare, but I wish I’d had my camera handy!

MINISTERING ON HOME TURF

So what do I do when I’m not travelling? One week in July, just before going to Camp Shoshanah to translate, I witnessed to two secular Israelis, an Orthodox Jewish man, and a Muslim! The last weekend in August, I spoke to three Jewish ladies who are neighbors of mine. Please pray for Gaynya, Clara (a Holocaust survivor) and Phyllis. At our Sunday outreach, Shalom in the Park, I witnessed to Diana, a Brazilian Jewish woman who is searching for the truth. The last time I went to that outreach, God brought three Jewish people my way.

Please pray for me as I make calls for next year’s visits to Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. This fall, I am calling and hoping to visit different parts of Quebec and Ontario that aren’t too far away. If you live in any of these places, I’d be so pleased if you would contact the office so I could speak to your group. Please continue to pray for the many facets of this ministry’s outreach, that many Jews and Gentiles would grow to know and love their Redeemer because of it. God bless you all.

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CONFLICT RESOLUTION: PEACE  AT LAST WITH ISRAEL’S NEIGHBORS

Israel is the apple of God’s eye. He is her comforter and her protector. He will one day judge the nations based on how well or how poorly they treated Israel (Matthew 25:31-46). With that said, we are ever more grateful and astonished by the Lord’s compassion and grace

extended to those nations who have been in perpetual conflict with Israel, desiring to see her destruction and eradication. Little has been said about the Arab states and their future insofar as the Scriptures are concerned. This article is a condensed version of Ariel’s manuscript #8, which will examine the root of the conflict between Israel and the Arab nations and list their final status in the Messianic Kingdom.

Scriptures confirm that the land commonly referred to as Palestine was given to the Jewish people by divine right, invalidating any Arab claim to the land. Whatever future the Bible deals with concerning the Arab peoples does not include the Land of Israel itself.

THE ROOT OF THE CONFLICT

The origin of the Arab peoples begins with what can be labeled as “Abraham’s folly” in Genesis 12:10-20.

God commanded Abraham to go to a land that he would be shown, and dwell in it. But shortly after settling in, a famine hit. Abraham’s faith had not yet matured to the point that he knew he could trust God under any circumstance and so he left the Land of Promise and went down into Egypt.

Abraham returned to the Promised Land with things he gained while in Egypt. Among his gains was a number of maid-servants, and one in particular, an Egyptian by the name of Hagar, who would become the matriarch of at least a majority of the Arab states as we have them today.

SARA’S  FOLLY

When Sarah sees she cannot conceive, she gives Hagar to Abraham in order that he might have children through her. Once pregnant, Hagar resorts to looking down upon Sarah. Few women were more despised in the ancient world than barren women. Sarah eventually responded in kind and treated Hagar harshly, to the point that Hagar, in a pregnant condition, fled the house of Abraham.

In her flight, she had an encounter with the Angel of the Lord who told her that her son Ishmael and his descendants would be characterized as “roamers” and as aggressors. The Angel said that Ishmael would bring retaliation upon himself and that he would dwell in a state of hostility. The Arabs were to live side by side with the Jews, but it would be in an attitude of hostility.

In the process of time, Sarah gave birth to Isaac, and when the weaning party was thrown, Ishmael chose to mock his half brother. What is seen here is that the animosity Hagar felt for Sarah is now instilled in Ishmael and he began to act with animosity toward Isaac. Because of this Ishmael and his mother Hagar were expelled from the household of Abraham.

When Ishmael was old enough to marry, his mother found a wife for him from Egypt. It is known from Egyptian records of this period that Egyptians were haters of anyone Semitic. Ishmael’s wife would ensure that the animosity would continue. Thus, Ishmael became one of the fathers of the Arab nations.

 

THE BIRTH OF ESAU’S HOSTILITY

The second father of the Arab states is Esau. The beginning of Esau’s hostility is found in Genesis 25:27-34 with the despising of his birthright. Being the older twin, Esau possessed the birthright, but he did not care to be the one God would use to carry out His program. Jacob has often been accused of stealing the patriarchal blessing from Esau, but that is not the case. Jacob obtained the birthright by verbal agreement (Esau verbally agreed to sell it for the stew) and, therefore, Esau forfeited the right to the patriarchal blessing. The problem was not that Jacob stole the patriarchal blessing, but rather a lack of faith. All Jacob and his mother had to do was to trust God to turn the events around so that Jacob would indeed receive the official blessing from his father. Esau had a change of mind concerning his birthright but it was too late. Once given, however, the patriarchal blessing could not be changed. The patriarchal blessing had solidly gone to Jacob and Esau hated Jacob for it.

Not only is there Ishmael’s hatred toward Isaac, but now there is Esau’s hatred toward Jacob. The Arab states are all descendants of either Esau or Ishmael, so the root of the present day conflict begins right here with these two individuals.

There has been a continuous, perpetual hatred of the descendants of Esau and Ishmael against the Jews that is characterized especially by the Ishmaelites, descendants of Ishmael, and the Edomites, descendants of Esau.

HOW GOD WILL DEAL WITH ARAB NAT IONS

In determining the place of the Arab states in the Kingdom, two principles will be used: first, the history of their anti Semitism; and secondly, how closely these individual Arab states are related by blood to Israel.

Ultimately, peace will come between Israel and the various Arab states, but it will come in one of three forms: first, by means of occupation; secondly, by means of destruction; or thirdly, by means of conversion.

LEBANON

Peace will come between Israel and Lebanon by means of occupation. In the Kingdom, Israel will occupy and possess all of Lebanon. There will be no nation called Lebanon; it will be part of Millennial Israel.

EDOM : SOUTHERN  JORDAN

Peace will come between Israel and southern Jordan by means of destruction. Scriptures indicate that this destruction of Edom will come by means of the children of Israel. Only by means of total destruction will peace come between Israel and southern Jordan. As with Lebanon, there will not be a nation called Edom in the Messianic Kingdom.

MOAB: CENTRAL JORDAN

Moab, present day central Jordan, will also suffer destruction but the destruction will not be  total.  Peace  will  come  between  Israel  and  central  Jordan  by  means  of  a  partial destruction that will lead to the national salvation of Moab. Thus, there will be a saved nation called Moab in the Messianic Kingdom.

AMMON: NORTHERN JORDAN

Concerning Ammon, modern day northern Jordan, it will also suffer a partial destruction and  become  a  possession  of  Israel. There  will  be  a  saved  nation  called Ammon  in  the Kingdom.

Peace will come between Israel and the three parts of Jordan by means of destruction, but not all to the same degree. In the case of Edom or southern Jordan, the destruction will be total. The Edomites are descendants of Esau, the twin brother of Jacob, and so Israel and Edom were the closest blood relationship. In the case of Moab or central Jordan and Ammon or northern Jordan, the destruction will be partial. There will be a nation of Moab and a nation of Ammon in the Kingdom, with both subservient to Israel. Both these nations are descendants of Lot, the nephew of Abraham and, thus, more distantly related by blood.

EGYPT

Peace will come between Israel and Egypt by means of conversion. Only when the Egyptians worship the same God as Israel, through Jesus the Messiah, will peace finally come. For the first forty years of the Kingdom, the land of Egypt will be desolate and the Egyptians will be dispersed all over the world. But afterwards, the Egyptians will be re-gathered and become a kingdom once again, albeit a lowly one.

ASSYRIA: NORTHERN IRAQ

Peace will come between Israel and Assyria, northern Iraq, by means of conversion. When this happens, there will be economic, political, and religious unity, because they will all worship the same God.

KEDAR AND HAZOR: SAUDI ARABIA

Peace will come between Israel and Saudi Arabia by means of destruction. There will be a total devastation of Saudi Arabia by war until the inhabitants are scattered and dispersed all over the world. The land of Saudi Arabia will be a perpetual desolation throughout the Kingdom.

ELAM: PERSIA  OR IRAN

Although Persia or Iran, which is ancient Elam, is not an Arab state, its future will be examined here because they share the same religion, Islam, with the Moslem Arabs.

Peace will come between Israel and Iran by means of destruction, dispersion, and then a conversion and a return. There will be a saved nation of Elam, Persia or Iran, in the Kingdom.

TWO DESOLATES POTS

During the Messianic Kingdom, there will be two desolate spots of burning pitch and burning brimstone: Babylon and Edom.

BABYLON: SOUTHERN IRAQ

The first of these two desolate spots will be the former world capital of the Antichrist: Babylon.

Not only is Babylon to be a desolate waste throughout the Kingdom, it will also be a place of continual burning and smoke. This place of continual burning and smoke will be a place of confinement for many demons during the Kingdom period.

EDOM: SOUTHERN JORDAN

The second desolate spot in the Kingdom will be Edom. The reason for Edom’s becomin a perpetual desolation is their sins against Israel. Like Babylon, Edom will be an abode of demons.

Throughout the Millennial Kingdom, while the whole earth is beautified and blossoming as the rose, the two areas of Babylon and Edom will be places of continual burning pitch and burning brimstone. The smoke will rise and be visible for the entire one thousand years. While Satan will be confined to the Abyss, his demons will be confined  to the regions of Babylon and Edom. These two places will be the abode of demons for the entire Kingdom period.

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  • As the days get shorter, the nights colder and we grow weary, we want to stay consumed by the fire, yet not burnt out. We know that such a thing is possible with the presence of the Lord in our midst. (Exodus 3:2) We had two teams last Monday evening. In total, ten sets were given out. In th... [read more]
  • As we go from door to door on Mondays, we are so blessed that more and more of you are with us in prayer, praying for a good crop from the Lord of the harvest. This past Monday we had many opportunities to hold fast and hold forth the Word of Life to those willing to receive. (Phil. 2:16) The two... [read more]
  • This past Monday evening, just after Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), we had one team of two people.  There was a slight nip in the still evening air and we noticed that we were alone on the streets.  Gone were the barking dogs and children chatting and playing which we often observed on late su... [read more]
  • When God gave the Mosaic Law to Israel, He was very generous. Among the many commandments, He also gave the Jews many holidays; along with the weekly Sabbath, there were many feasts to commemorate and celebrate. These were set or appointed times, what the Hebrew calls Moedim, selected times when t... [read more]
  • To our dear readers and prayer warriors, Over the course of this past summer, we have had several opportunities to go out door to door. All three groups (Montreal, Calgary, and Buffalo) have something to share. While we would love to be there for every conversation, only God is omniscient yet He ... [read more]
  • We often hear the expression that it’s not religion but a relationship with God that is most important.  From the start, God emphasized relationship over religion, but man turned things around. Because of the righteousness of God in us we are deemed righteous, not by works or zeal. We can never work... [read more]
  • Every time we climb up the steps to knock on someone's door, we pray that these people would take their first steps by bringing the Scriptures into their home, and then by a leap of faith, receive the Word in their hearts. Report of Outreach for the last two weeks, Monday the 8th and the following ... [read more]
  • Knock and Talk - April 24, 2017 “People don’t want to listen today”, one Jewish gentleman told us in his driveway. We mentioned that both Hosea and Isaiah spoke of God lamenting that His people were perishing for lack of knowledge and their rejection of knowledge. (Hos. 4:6; Is. 5:13) We confiden... [read more]
  • What is the major difference between the feasts mentioned in Column 1 and Column 2? If you answered that Column 1’s feasts take place in the Spring, while Column 2’s feasts take place in the Fall you would be correct. But there is something else! If you have figured out that Column 1’s fea... [read more]
  • You probably know more Scripture than many of your Jewish friends. Unfortunately, many Jewish people do not take the time to read the Bible, but insist that knowledge of hand-me-down traditions serves to satisfy a meaningful relationship with God. We want to encourage you to share your faith with yo... [read more]
  • Jewish people all over the world are getting ready for Passover. Some just buy unleavened bread or matzah, but others spend weeks on end scouring every corner of their entire home for crumbs of leavening. They have zeal, but most are without knowledge of the true Passover Lamb, Yeshua, Who is the fu... [read more]