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EMET MINISTRIES’ VISION STATEMENT

Ministering the truth of the gospel to the Jewish people and the truth of the Jewish people and Israel to the church

 

READ THIS WEEK'S 'PARSHA' ON THE 'THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK' PAGE

THIS WEEK'S 'PARSHA': 'Vayeishev'

 

READ THE ARTICLE TOWARDS THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE: 'Hannukah'

 

VIEW THE 2017 / 2018 (5778 / 5779) CALENDAR DATES FOR JEWISH HOLIDAYS AND EVENTS UNDER THE "EVENTS" HEADING ON THE TOP OF THIS PAGE


IMPORTANT DATES TO DIARIZE

 

EMET MINISTRIES PRAYER MEETING

The next Emet Ministries prayer meeting for the Jewish people and Israel will take place in the Foyer Hall at Hatfield Christian Church on Monday night 8 January 2018 at 7pm.


Join us as we fervently pray for the Jewish people, Israel and Jerusalem.


There is power in collective prayer, so please join us. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.

 

 

EMET MINISTRIES PRETORIA SHABBAT SERVICE

The next Emet Ministries Shabbat service will take place in the Minor Auditorium at Hatfield Christian Church on Friday night 12 January 2018 at 7pm.


Join us after the service for tea, coffee, snacks and great fellowship.


Invite family and friends as well as Jewish people you know. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.

 

 

EMET MINISTRIES TEACHING SEMINAR

The next Emet Ministries Saturday morning teaching:

Teaching date:    13 JANUARY 2018

Venue:                 FOYER HALL, HATFIELD CHRISTIAN CHURCH, PRETORIA

Time:                   10h00 - 12h00

Teaching Title:   'PARSHA' OF THE WEEK

Invite family and friends as well as Jewish people you know. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.

 


EMET MINISTRIES JOHANNESBURG EVENTS

 

EMET MINISTRIES SATURDAY TEACHING


Teaching date: TO BE ANNOUNCED

Venue:              VICTORY SANDTON (JOURNEY CHURCH), 15 TWAIN STREET, BUCCHLEUCH, JOHANNESBURG

Time:                14h00

Teaching title: TO BE ANNOUNCED

Invite your family and friends; invite Jewish people. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.


 

TO THE JEW FIRST

ROMANS 1:16: “FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD TO SALVATION FOR EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES, FOR THE JEW FIRST AND ALSO FOR THE GREEK.”


PROVOKE THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO SALVATION

ROMANS 11:11: "I SAY THEN, HAVE THEY (THE JEWISH PEOPLE) STUMBLED THAT THEY SHOULD FALL? CERTAINLY NOT! BUT THROUGH THEIR FALL, TO PROVOKE THEM TO JEALOUSY (SO THAT THEY MAY BE SAVED), SALVATION HAS COME TO THE GENTILES"


JEWISH PEOPLE ARE NOT JUST 'ANOTHER PEOPLE GROUP'; THEY ARE THE MOST STRATEGIC PEOPLE GROUP


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'HANNUKAH'

During the four hundred ‘silent years’ between the Old and New Testaments, events occurred which could threaten to destroy the Jewish people and Israel. However, the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was not about to let His people and the Messianic line be destroyed…

On the evening of the 12th December, corresponding to the 24th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, Jews all over the world will begin celebrating the Festival of Lights (also known as the Feast of Dedication), known in Hebrew as ‘Hanukkah’ which is the Hebrew term for dedication. ‘Hanukkah’ is celebrated to commemorate the victory of the Jews over the Hellenist Syrians in 165 BCE.

Following their victory, the Maccabees, sons of the Priestly Hasmonean family which led the Jews in their revolt against the Syrian overlords, entered the Holy Temple in Jerusalem defiled by the Syrian invaders, cleansed it and dedicated it anew to the service of G-d. Then in memory of their victory, the Maccabees celebrated the first ‘Hanukkah’.

The ‘Talmud’, which is the Jewish oral law, relates how the Judean heroes, led by Judah Maccabee, were making ready to rededicate the Temple but were unable to find enough undefiled oil to light the lamps. However in one of the Temple chambers, they finally came upon a small jar of oil which under normal circumstances would have lasted only one evening. Miraculously, this small amount of oil kept the Temple lights burning not for one night, but for eight nights until new oil, fit for use in the temple, could be obtained. This is the miracle commemorated by the kindling of the ‘Hanukkah’ lights.

In Jewish history, Judah Maccabee is acclaimed as one of the greatest warriors in Jewish history alongside Joshua, Gideon and David. The name Maccabee is an acronym for the Torah verse ‘Mi kamokha ba'elim Adonai’, “Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods?” (Exodus 15:11).
The ‘Megillath’ (which is the portion read during ‘Hanukkah’) declares that the Maccabee family fasted, sat in ashes and prayed to G-d for mercy; it then goes on to say “then a good plan came to their mind.”

‘Hanukkah’ is celebrated for eight days. On the first night of ‘Hanukkah’ one candle is lit; on the second night two candles are lit until the eighth night when all eight candles are lit. Traditionally, the ‘Hanukkiah’ (8 branched candelabra), is placed in windows of Jewish homes for all to see and enjoy.

‘Hanukkah’ is a very joyous festival, and it is traditionally a time when families get together, songs are sung, ‘sufganiyot’ (a type of donut) and potato ‘latkes’ - also known as ‘livivot’ (potato pancakes) is eaten, and children receive ‘Hanukkah gelt’ (money).

Another Tradition is playing a ‘Hanukkah’ game with a spinning top known as a ‘dreidel’.
The ‘dreidel’ is one of the best known symbols of ‘Hanukkah’. It is a four-sided top with a Hebrew letter on each side.

The letters on the ‘dreidel’, ‘Nun’, ‘Gimel’, ‘Hey’ and ‘Shin’, stand for the ‘Nes Gadol Haya Sham’, which means ‘A Great Miracle Happened There.’

In Israel, the modern-day land of Judea in which the story of ‘Hanukkah’ took place, the letters on the ‘dreidel’ are ‘Nun’, ‘Gimel’, ‘Hey’ and ‘Peh’, which stand for ‘Nes Gadol Haya Poh’, ‘A Great Miracle Happened Here.’

The word ‘dreidel’ comes from a Yiddish word meaning to turn. The Hebrew word for ‘dreidel’ is ‘sivivon’.

According to some historians, Jews first played with a ‘dreidel’ during the rule of the Greek King Antiochus'. In Judea, Antiochus had outlawed Jewish worship; so the Jews would play a game with the ‘dreidel’ as a ruse to conceal that they were secretly studying ‘Torah’.

‘Hannukah’ brings me to another light; the ‘Light of the World’, Yeshua.
In John 8:12, Yeshua calls Himself the ‘Light of the World’, and in Matthew 5:14, Yeshua call His followers the ‘light of the world’.

There is a lesson to be learnt from ‘Hanukkah’.
‘Hanukkah’ is known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ and a great Jewish hero emerged out of that time – Judah the Maccabee. G-d performed an amazing miracle at that time by allowing oil enough for only one day to last eight days.

So, here is the lesson of ‘Hanukkah’: G-d has called you to be a ‘Judah’ for Him by showing His light to a world in darkness.

The ‘hanukkiah’ which is placed in the windows of Jewish homes, by the light it gives, show people that this is a home in which Jewish people live.
The ‘hanukkiah’ of Yeshua which is within every Born Again follower of Yeshua – both Jewish and Gentile followers of Yeshua, by the light you give, will show people that you are a ‘home’ in which Yeshua lives.

To all who read this, through kindness, concern and caring, be a light for Almighty G-d by showing His light of love to the world.

We take this opportunity to wish Jewish people all over the world a very happy ‘Hanukkah’.

 


STOP MEDDLING WITH G-D’S LAND

Israel’s mission to the United Nations held an event at the UN in New York on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the passage of UN General Assembly Resolution 181 on 29 November 1947, which paved the way for the modern State of Israel to be recognized under international law. US Vice President Michael Pence spoke at the event, saying among other things that US President Donald Trump is “actively considering when and how” to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (ICEJ)

In light of the above, I would like to ask the question: “who does Israel belong to?”

Israel is a tiny strip of land; no larger than New Jersey in America, no larger than the Kruger National Park in South Africa. However so many peoples and nations try to tell the Israeli people what to do with Israel.
The Arabs lay claim to Israel; the British divided Israel (then Palestine); the Americans and the nations say: ‘divide it some more’; the nations say ‘stop building settlements’;  others say ‘break down the security wall between Israel and the West Bank’ and still others say ‘give half of your ancient capital to your enemies’.

What these nations don’t realize is that by meddling with G-d’s land and trying to tell Israel what to do, they are trying to tell G-d what to do.
You see Israel belongs to G-d; He calls Israel ‘My land’ - Joel 3:1-2: “For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.”

In fact, the whole earth belongs to G-d.
Exodus 9:29: “So Moses said to him, “As soon as I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands to the Lord; the thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, that you may know that the earth is the Lord’s.””

And 1 Corinthians 10:26 tells us: “For the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”

G-d owns the earth, every land, and every city – including Israel and Jerusalem; He can give Israel and Jerusalem to whomever He wants, and He doesn’t have to ask anyone’s permission.
So if Israel is G-d’s land, who has He given it to?

Let’s have a look at scripture.
In Genesis 17:7, G-d speaking to Abraham, declares: “And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and Your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you, and to your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

And Genesis 17:18-19 makes it very clear that G-d’s covenant goes through Isaac and not Ishmael: “And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!” Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.””

So we see clearly from Genesis 17:7-8 that G-d gave “ALL the land of Canaan” to the Jewish people as an “EVERLASTING POSSESSION”.
He did not give it to the Arab nations, to the Palestinians, to Hamas or to Hezbollah, He gave it to the Jewish people.

This is confirmed in Psalm 105:8-11 which declares: “He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan, as the allotment of your inheritance””.

And again, for anyone who would suggest that the promise of the land goes through the line of Ishmael, let me show you one other scripture:
Genesis 35:9-12: “Then God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan Aram, and blessed him. And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.” So He called his name Israel. Also God said to him: “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; and to your descendants after you I give this land.”

And the father of the Jewish people (Israel) is Israel (whose name was once Jacob). Ishmael is not Jacob’s son.

Israel is G-d’s land! So stop telling Israel what to do with their land, By meddling with Israel, you are meddling with G-d Himself.

To the nations of the world I say: ‘Hands off Israel’, it belongs to G-d. He gave it to the Jewish people and He didn’t need your permission to do so.
You have nothing to do with Israel. In fact Psalm 33:10 declares that “the Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect”.

Israel will stand forever until that glorious day when the Messiah, Yeshua will return to Jerusalem, stand with His feet on the Mount of Olives, fights against the nations who come against Israel and Jerusalem and utterly destroy them.
Then Yeshua will set up His Kingdom in Jerusalem, His city, in Israel, His land – And He won’t consult the USA, the EU, the UN or any of the Arab and Muslim states.

So my advice to all who meddle with Israel is: “STOP MEDDLING WITH G-D’S LAND.”

If you do meddle with G-d’s land, be prepared to face the consequences; the awful judgment of Almighty G-d – Joel 3:2: “I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.”

Meddle with G-d’s land at your own peril.

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