Rabbi “J”

Recently a discussion arose as to whether leaders of Messianic congregations in the diaspora should refer to themselves as rabbis. There are pros and cons to the issue. Interestingly, none of the leaders in Israel use that term. In Israel the rabbis have such influential positions of authority that it would be inappropriate, at least… Read more »

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Shavuot Prayer

It is so simple. It is so profound. It is so earth shaking. It’s so exciting. “In the end times I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh” (Acts 2:17) This has not happened yet. It really will happen. It will happen soon. When does this happen? – In the end times. What will happen?… Read more »

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Oil and Oil Press

The name Gethsemane in Hebrew is “Gat Shmanim,” meaning “Oil Press.” It is the place where olives are brought and crushed; the skin and pit are strained and separated. The result is pure olive oil. Oil is a consistent biblical symbol for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. There is little doubt that Yeshua chose… Read more »

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Servanthood

Yeshua gave us the example of being a servant when He washed His disciples’ feet. This was not a religious ritual, but an example of serving someone else; serving in practical details, in something dirty, devoid of honor. “If I, your lord and teacher, have washed your feet, so ought you to wash one another’s… Read more »

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All You Need is Love

Here is a simple “Bible quiz.” What is the common element in the following verses from John? John 13:34 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 15:12 – This is My commandment, that you love one another… Read more »

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Love Involves Pain

Love is the highest value of the kingdom (I Corinthians 13:13). It is the central motivation of all the commandments (Mark 12:30-31). It is the character of God Himself (I John 4:8). It is the motivation behind the life mission of Yeshua (John 3:16). And it involves pain. Love involves a relationship, which in turn… Read more »

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Unity and the Messianic Remnant

Recently in prayer, I sensed the following insight. I present it for your discernment: The time has come for the Messianic remnant of Israel to take a place of leadership in the greater Body of Messiah worldwide. In previous “waves” of the Holy Spirit, different local bodies in various locations in the world have taken… Read more »

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Glorification of the Saints

Among all the heroes of faith recorded in the Bible, only three reached a level of physical glorification in their lifetime. The first was Moses (Exodus 33-34) after two 40 day fasts on Mount Sinai. The second was the first martyr, Stephen (Acts 6-7), as he was being stoned by religious persecutors. The third was… Read more »

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Yad Hashmona

For over three decades, we have been preaching and serving the vision that “all Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26). An essential element in divine strategy for this national revival is Yad Hashmonah: the Messianic community village located in the Judean Hills just outside of Jerusalem. The moshav (small village) was registered in 1971 by a group of… Read more »

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Deception in the End Times

The first sin started in the beginning with a lie and a deception (Genesis 3:4, 13). The first liar was Satan, and all further lies proceeded from him (John 8:44). As we grow near the end times, those lies and deceptions will reach their fullness. In Yeshua’s teaching about the end times on the Mount… Read more »

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