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June, 2024 (5784) No. 24

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June 15, 2024 - 9 Sivan 5784
Saturday at 10:30 am

Song: Havenu Shalom Alechem - Congregation
#1 Page 11

Brechat Haner - Candle Blessing:
Page 8

Song: Sh’ma Yisrael (Hear O Israel) #2, Page 12

And now together let us
recite: Mark 12: 29-31 (Brit Ha Dashah)
Deuteronomy 6: 4-5 (Torah) and Romans 1:16,17 - Pages, 8,9

Psalm of the day: Psalm 75

Prayer Time & Sharing:
Congregation

Song: ‘Ki Eshm’ra Shabbat (Safeguard The Sabbath
#58, Page 78

Congregation
Recite: Matthew 12:8-13, Page 78


The Captivity Restored - Part 2
With Dr. Elias E. Hidalgo

A BLESSING AND A CURSE

BY
DR. AND MRS. ELIAS E. HIDALGO


WOULD IT SURPRISE YOU TO KNOW THAT THE WORD BLESSING APPEARS 67 TIMES IN THE HOLY BIBLE, AND THE WORD CURSE APPEARS 101 TIMES IN BOTH THE OLD AND THE NEW TESTAMENT!

A BLESSING AND A CURSE HAS TO DO WITH PRINCIPLES OF OBEDIENCE FOUND IN GENESIS 12: 3,

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

THERE ARE THREE MAJOR ISSUES THAT REVOLVE AROUND THIS PRECIOUS VERSE IN THE TORAH (THE LAW) OF GOD. FIRST AND FOREMOST WE MUST REALIZE THAT IT IS THE ALMIGHTY GOD THAT MAKES THESE THREE PRONOUNCEMENTS AND THEY DEAL PRIMARILY WITH FATHER ABRAHAM WHO IS THE PROGENITOR OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL (THE JEWISH PEOPLE).

THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS AND NATIONS THAT WILL BLESS ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED (ISRAEL)

ALSO, THERE INDIVIDUALS AND NATIONS THAT WILL CURSE ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED (ISRAEL) AND LASTLY, IN ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED (ISRAEL) SHALL ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED

THE BLESSING

THE LORD HAS EXTENDED THIS GREAT BLESSED OPPORTUNITY TO EACH INDIVIDUAL AND NATION TO BE BLESSED; THUS, AS WE IN TURN THROUGH OUR WORDS AND DEEDS DEAL IN KINDNESS TOWARDS HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE (THE JEWS). THE BENEFITS AND REWARDS ARE FREELY GIVEN TO US AS WE IN OBEDIENCE PUT INTO PRACTICE THIS GOD GIVEN PRINCIPAL TO BLESS ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED (ISAAC, JACOB AND THEIR DESCENDANTS).

AS A MODERN DAY EXAMPLE, THE BLESSINGS THAT WE EXPERIENCE TODAY IN OUR OWN COUNTRY (THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) IS A DIRECT RESULT OF TWO THINGS. FIRST OF ALL, AS OUR FLEDGLING NATION WAS BEING FOUNDED, MANY OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS EXERCISED THE BIBLICAL ADMONITION TO BLESS ISRAEL (THE JEWISH PEOPLE), PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON, BEING ONE OF THE FIRST. IN THOSE YEARS LONG AGO HE SPOKE KINDLY TO INDIVIDUAL JEWS LIVING IN HIS DAY. THEREFORE, WE AS A NATION HAD A GOOD BIBLICAL BEGINNING IN REFERENCE TO OUR TEXT IN GENESIS 12: 3. DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, WE WERE BLESSED THROUGH THE LORD IN USING A JEWISH MAN BY THE NAME OF CHAIM SOLOMON WHO ALMOST SINGLEHANDED FINANCED THE WAR AGAINST BRITAIN.

SINCE THEN, THE MODERN DAY FORMATION OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL (1948), OUR NATIONS ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE JEWISH PEOPLE HAS BEEN AND CONTINUES TO BE SUPPORTIVE. THIS BEING JUST ONE OF MANY EXAMPLES IN OUR HISTORY OF A PEOPLE THAT HAS AND IS BEING BLESSED BECAUSE OF OUR OBEDIENCE TO THE BIBLICAL INJUNCTION FOUND IN OUR BLESSED TEXT.

SECONDLY, YOU AND I AS INDIVIDUALS CAN ALSO RECEIVE OF THE LORD HIMSELF A BLESSING FOR A BLESSING, AS WE CONTINUE BLESSING THE SEED OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB IN WORD AND IN DEED.

THE CURSE

IT SURE IS EASY AND NICE TO SPEAK ABOUT BLESSINGS, BUT, IF WE ARE GOING TO TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD WE MUST ALSO MENTION THE CURSE IN RESPECT TO INDIVIDUALS AND OR NATIONS TAKING A CURSED ATTITUDE AND WAY OF LIFE AGAINST ISRAEL (THE JEWISH PEOPLE).

WE HAVE SO MANY EXAMPLES THROUGHOUT HISTORY THAT HAVE TAKEN THE WRONG ROAD, AND THAT ROAD IS CALLED, ANTI-SEMITISM (HATRED AGAINST THE PEOPLE AND NATION OF ISRAEL).

LET US LOOK AT SEVERAL OF THESE:

IN HISTORY WE ARE TOLD ABOUT SEVERAL NATIONS THAT HAVE HATED THE JEWISH PEOPLE, THOUGH THEY WERE MIGHTY AND POWERFUL ACCORDING TO WORLD STANDARDS, SUCH AS EGYPT, PERSIA, ROME, ALL TREMENDOUS POWERS OF THE WORLD THAT CAME TO NOUGHT, ALL BECAUSE OF THEIR ANTI-SEMITISM AGAINST A PEOPLE THAT GOD CALLS, HOLY, CHOSEN AND SPECIAL IN THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY.

NOT TOO MANY YEARS AGO, SEVERAL NATIONS THAT HAD ADOPTED CRUEL, MERCILESS AND MURDEROUS ATTITUDES AGAINST THE JEWISH PEOPLE, WHERE ARE THEY? WHO WERE THEY? JUST TO NAME A FEW, SPAIN, RUSSIA, GERMANY AND BRITAIN.

JUST THINK, THESE GREAT POWERS WERE AND HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO ALMOST NOTHINGNESS AND ALL BECAUSE THEY TOOK A STAND IN CURSING ISRAEL, THE DESCENDANTS OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB. THE LORD GOD IS TRUE TO HIS WORD!

THESE POWERS THAT BE, ALONG WITH OTHERS AND ESPECIALLY INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN CURSED OF GOD. THEREFORE, AS WE REMEMBER THE WORDS OF GENESIS 12: 3, AND CURSE HIM THAT CURSETH THEE, TRULY WE CAN BE A WITNESS OF GODS HOLY WORD BEING FAITHFUL AND TRUE.

YOU WOULD THINK THAT NATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS WOULD LEARN FROM PAST EXPERIENCES NOT TO REPEAT THE SAME PRACTICE OF CURSING ISRAEL THAT ALWAYS BRINGS WITH IT (IN TIME) DEVASTATION IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER.

ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BEING BLESSED

NOW HOW EXACTLY CAN ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED?

WE ARE SO GLAD YOU ASKED SUCH AN IMPORTANT QUESTION.

FIRST OF ALL, LET US REMEMBER ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES THAT ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED DID NOT ASK THE LORD GOD TO BE HIS CHOSEN HOLY AND SPECIAL PEOPLE, BUT RATHER IT WAS GOD HIMSELF WHO CHOSE THEM AND SAID ACCORDING TO HIS WORD FOUND IN DEUTERONOMY 7: 6-10,

7:6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

7:8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

7:10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.

SECONDLY, THE ALMIGHTY GOD PURPOSED TO BRING FORTH FROM THIS PEOPLE, CALLED THE JEWISH PEOPLE; FROM WHOM WOULD COME AND BRING THE BLESSING UPON THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH IN THE PERSON OF THE MESSIAH OF ISRAEL, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, BORN IN AND THROUGH THE SEED OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB. THE MESSIAH, THE ANOINTED ONE THE CHRIST, AS HE CAME THROUGH THE TRIBE OF JUDAH, THE FOURTH BORN SON FROM JACOBS LOINS.

Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons

THE GOD-SON WHOM WE KNOW TO BE, JESUS OF NAZARETH, WOULD INDEED COME TO THIS WORLD TO BLESS ALL FAMILIES, IF ONLY THEY WOULD RECEIVE HIM AS LORD AND SAVIOUR OF THEIR LIVES.

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

1:2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

IN CONCLUSION, WE SEE THAT THE BLESSING FOR BLESSING IS THERE, AS IS THE CURSING FOR CURSING, AS IT IS ALSO A PART OF GODS DEALINGS WITH MANKIND IN REFERENCE TO THEIR TREATMENT OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE. TODAY, AS IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST, IN RESPECT TO THE LAND AND THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM (SEE: PSALM 122: 6), THE BLESSING AND CURSING ALSO APPLY.

AND AS AN ADDED BONUS FROM GENESIS 12: 3, WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD HAS THE AVAILIBILITY OF BEING BLESSED BY AND THROUGH THE BLESSED ONE, Y'SHUA HA-MASSHIACH ADONAI (THE LORD JESUS CHRIST).

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

SHALOM ALEICHEM (PEACE UNTO YOU)

IN THE PRECIOUS NAME OF Y'SHUA OUR LORD


 

Palestine vs. Israel
as the Name of the Holy Land


By Dr. Thomas McCall

During the last few centuries, the world, Christians included, has fallen into a bad habit. We have bought into some early Roman propaganda. We have used the name Palestine, which Roman Emperor Hadrian placed on the country of Israel in 135 A.D., for so long that it has become common usage. This would be as incorrect as calling the Russia of today the "Soviet Union" or referring to Berlin as "East Germany". The thoughts below by our ministry's senior theologian, Dr. Thomas S. McCall, completely explore the subject. If you know somebody who's fallen into this habit, please share this article with them. - Zola

Current Propaganda's Use of Palestine

There is a propaganda war going on now with regard to the term "Palestine". At one time it might have been argued that Palestine was an innocuous designation of the Middle Eastern area, that is generally thought of as the Holy Land. During the last few decades, however, the term Palestine has been adopted by Arabs living in Israel in the area west of the Jordan River. It is specifically employed to avoid the use of the name Israel, and must be considered an anti-Israel term. In all Arab maps published in Jordan, Egypt, etc., the area west of the Jordan River is called Palestine, without any reference to Israel. Palestine is the term now used by those who want to deny the legitimate existence of Israel as a genuine nation among the family of nations.

The term now adopted by the political entity within Israel that is gradually obtaining more and more pockets of territory through the "peace process", is the PA (Palestinian Authority). Although it must deal daily with Israeli officials, the PA hates to use the term Israel in any of its communications.

Palestine, therefore, must now be considered a political propaganda term with massive anti-Israel implications. The world press uses the term to question the legitimacy of modern Israel. Christians also have used the term Palestine for centuries in referring to the Holy Land. In earlier times this might have been excused (although biblically questionable) because of its common usage. In light of the current propaganda war against Israel, however, Christians must now re-evaluate the term Palestine and consider whether it is biblically, theologically or prophetically accurate.

Biblical Use of Palestine

The term Palestine is rarely used in the Old Testament, and when it is, it refers specifically to the southwestern coastal area of Israel occupied by the Philistines. It is a translation of the Hebrew word "Pelesheth". The term is never used to refer to the whole land occupied by Israel. Before Israel occupied the land, it would be generally accurate to say that the southwestern coastal area was called Philistia (the Way of the Philistines, or Palestine), while the central highlands were called Canaan. Both the Canaanites and the Philistines had disappeared as distinct peoples at least by the time of the Babylonian Captivity of Judea (586 B.C.), and they no longer exist.

In the New Testament, the term Palestine is never used. The term Israel is primarily used to refer to the people of Israel, rather than the Land. However, in at least two passages, Israel is used to refer to the Land:

Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead who sought the young child's life. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. (Matt. 2:20-21)

But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say to you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man shall have come. (Matt. 10:23)

The first passage is when Joseph, Mary and Jesus returned from Egypt to Israel, and the second has reference to the proclamation of the Gospel throughout the Land of Israel. Jesus, Matthew and the angel speaking to Joseph use the term Israel with reference to the Land, even though the term was not then recognized by the Roman authorities.

It is clear, then, that the Bible never uses the term Palestine to refer to the Holy Land as a whole, and that Bible maps that refer to Palestine in the Old or New Testament are, at best, inaccurate, and, at worst, are a conscious denial of the biblical name of Israel.

History of the Term Palestine

Where did the term Palestine originate from? How did the world and the church get into the habit of calling the land of Israel "Palestine"? One of the guides we use in our tours to Israel is Zvi Rivai, an Israeli Messianic believer, who has done considerable research on this subject. Zvi informs us that before 135 A.D., the Romans used the terms Judea and Galilee to refer to the Land of Israel. When Titus destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the Roman government struck a coin with the phrase "Judea Capta," meaning Judea has been captured. The term Palestine was never used in the early Roman designations.

It was not until the Romans crushed the second Jewish revolt against Rome in 135 A.D. under Bar Kochba that Emperor Hadrian applied the term Palestine to the Land of Israel. Hadrian, like many dictators since his time realized the propaganda power of terms and symbols. He replaced the shrines of the Jewish Temple and the Sepulchre of Christ in Jerusalem with temples to pagan deities. He changed the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitalina, and changed the name of Israel and Judea to Palestine. Hadrian's selection of Palestine was purposeful, not accidental. He took the name of the ancient enemies of Israel, the Philistines, Latinized it to Palestine, and applied it to the Land of Israel. He hoped to erase the name Israel from all memory. Thus, the term Palestine as applied to the Land of Israel was invented by the inveterate enemy of the Bible and the Jewish people, Emperor Hadrian.

It is interesting to note that the original Philistines were not Middle Eastern at all. They were European peoples from the Adriatic sea next to Greece. It may have pleased Hadrian to utilize this Hellenistic term for the Jewish land. In any case, the original "Palestinians" had nothing to do, whatsoever, with any Arabs.

Christian Adoption of the Term Palestine

One of the first Christian uses of the term Palestine is found in the works of the Church historian Eusebius, who lived in Caesarea. He wrote around 300 A.D., as the Roman persecution of Christians was ending and the Emperor Constantine began to accept Christianity as legal. Eusebius did not accept Hadrian's designation of Jerusalem as Aelia Capitalina, but he did use Hadrian's term Palestine. Eusebius considered himself to be one of the bishops of Palestine. Thus, the anti-Israel, anti-Christian name of Palestine was assimilated into the Church's vocabulary as the Byzantine Empire was being established.

The Church has, since that time, broadly used the term Palestine in literature and in maps to refer to the Land of Israel. It should be noted, however, that the Crusaders called their land the Kingdom of Jerusalem. When the British received the mandate after World War I, though, they called the land on both sides of the Jordan River, Palestine. This became the accepted geo-political term for several decades, and those who lived in the land were called Palestinians, whether they were Jews, Arabs or Europeans.

Even evangelical Christians who believe in the future of Israel have used the term Palestine. The New Scofield Reference Edition of the Bible has maps in the back entitled "Palestine under the Herods". There never was a Palestine under the Herods. This is a serious misidentification. It would be something like looking at a modern map of Texas and having it titled "Mexico in the Twentieth Century".

The MacArthur Study Bible published just last year contains a map called "Palestine in Christ's Time" There are numerous references in the notes to something called first-century Palestine.

It appears that Bible-believing Christians have either knowingly or unwittingly followed the world, pagans and haters of Israel in calling Israel by the anti-Israel term Palestine. It is found throughout Bible maps, Bible commentaries and textbooks.


Reprinted with permission from Zola Levitt Ministries, Inc. and www.levitt.com Map by Rev. Jack A. Molloy

 

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