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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': 'BEHAR - BECHUKOTAI'

 


 

READ THE ARTICLE TOWARDS THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE: 'YOM YERUSHALAYIM' (JERUSALEM DAY)

 

 

 

VIEW THE 2015 / 2016 (5776 / 5777) 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 Lion Hall at Hatfield Christian Church, Pretoria on Monday night 22 May at 7pm.

Join us as we fervently intercede for the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.

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 2 June 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:    3 JUNE

Venue:                 FOYER HALL, HATFIELD CHRISTIAN CHURCH, PRETORIA

Time:                   10h00 - 12h00

Teaching title:     'PARSHA BEHA'ALOTECHA' - LIVE IN THE LIGHT OF G-D'S REVELATION

 

Join us as we look at this amazing 'Torah' portion and we learn about G-d's glory, the wonderful lesson of 'Pesach Sheini' (the Second Passover) and the blessing of living in the light of G-d's revelation.

 

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: 10 JUNE

Venue:              JOURNEY CHURCH, 15 TWAIN STREET, BUCCHLEUCH, JOHANNESBURG

Time:                14h00

Teaching title: 'HATIKVAH' - THE HOPE


Join us as we look at the Israel National Anthem 'Hatikvah' and see how Almighty G-d brought hope to a decimated people and returned them to their Jewish homeland and grew them into a powerful nation who continually blesses the world.

We will also look at how Almighty G-d brings hope to all of mankind and how He brings hope to all who find themselves facing difficult situations.


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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‘YOM YERUSHALAYIM’

Isaiah 62:6-7: “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, keep not silent, and give Him no rest, till He establishes, and till he makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth”

Wednesday 24th June, corresponding to the 28th day of the Hebrew month ‘Iyar’, Jews in Israel and all over the world will commemorate ‘Yom Yerushalayim’ (Jerusalem Day) which is a national holiday in Israel. For Israel this is a great and joyous occasion as ‘Yom Yerushalayim’ marks the Israeli liberation of East Jerusalem in 1967 and the subsequent unification of the city of Jerusalem. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the liberation of East Jerusalem and the ‘Kotel’ (Western Wall).

Jerusalem is no ordinary city. In fact Jerusalem is mentioned 814 times in the King James Version of the Bible. There is also much contention over Jerusalem as all three major religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam view Jerusalem as a holy city and each lays claim to it.
It is, in fact, a holy city and we see from scripture that Jerusalem is G-d’s chosen city and is known as the ‘City of G-d’.
2 Chronicles 6:6 declares: “Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there; and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.”
Psalm 46:4 declares: “There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.”

Jerusalem is called: City of G-d (Psalm 46:4; Psalm 48:1);     City of the L-rd (Isaiah 60:14);     City of Judah (2 Chronicles 25:28);     City of the Great King (Psalm 48:2; Matthew 5:5);     City of righteousness (Isaiah 1:26);     City of truth (Zechariah 8:3);     A city not forsaken (Isaiah 62:12);     Faithful city (Isaiah 1:21; Isaiah 1:26);     Holy city (Nehemiah 11:1; Isaiah 48:2; Matthew 4:5).

Jerusalem is known as: Throne of the Lord (Jeremiah 3:17);     Zion (Psalm 48:12; Isaiah 33:20);     Zion of the holy one of Israel (Isaiah 60:14);     Princess among the provinces (Lamentations 1:1).

Jerusalem is ‘the perfection of beauty and the joy of the whole earth’.
Lamentations 2:15: “All who pass by clap their hands at you; they hiss and shake their heads at the daughter of Jerusalem: “Is this the city that is called ‘The perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth’?””
Psalm 48:2: “Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”

Another reason that Jerusalem is so unique and so significant is that it is the city in which G-d’s ultimate plan for mankind – mankind’s salvation - came about. For it is in Jerusalem that Yeshua was crucified, taking mankind’s sin upon Himself.
It was in Jerusalem that Yeshua died and rose again guaranteeing those who commit their lives to Him everlasting life in heaven; and it was from Jerusalem that He ascended into heaven to be seated at the right hand of the Father and raised those who are believers in Him to be seated together with Him in heavenly places.
“And He raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). 

And of course, the best news regarding Jerusalem is that the Messiah, Yeshua, will return in glory to Jerusalem, the city of our G-d.                                                                                    
Zechariah 14:3-5 declares: “Then the Lord will go forth, and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north, and half of it toward the south…thus the Lord my God will come, and all the saints with You.”

So as we, together with the State of Israel and Jews all over the world, celebrate ‘Yom Yerushalayim’ let us be ‘the watchmen on the walls’ and honour the words written by David in Psalm 122:6: and “pray for the peace of Jerusalem”; the peace that will come about when the Jewish ‘Mashiach’, Yeshua, will return to Jerusalem, set up His Kingdom, and bring peace to Jerusalem, to Israel, and to all the world.

Psalm 122:6-7

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.””


 

 

LAG B’OMER

Leviticus 23:15-16: “And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD.”

On the 14th of May 2017, Jews all over the world will celebrate ‘Lag B’Omer’. ‘Lag B’Omer’ is Hebrew shorthand for the 33rd day of the ‘Omer’. ‘Lag’, or L"G is the Hebrew numerals for 33. It falls on the 33rd day of the counting of the ‘Omer’ (the amount of days as counted from the second day of ‘Pesach (Passover) until the holiday of ‘Shavuot’.) This corresponds to the 18th day of the Hebrew month of ‘Iyar’.

An ‘omer’ is a measure of barley. In Biblical times, on the second day of Passover, it was a commandment to bring barley the size of an ‘omer’ to the Temple in Jerusalem. Then, fifty days later, on ‘Shavuot’, or Pentecost, it was a commandment to bring the first offering of the wheat harvest.

The origins of the ‘Omer’ count are found in the Torah itself. Leviticus 23:15-16 states that it is a commandment to count seven complete weeks from the day after ‘Pesach’ night ending with the festival of ‘Shavuot’ on the fiftieth day. The 49 days of the ‘Omer’ correspond both to the time between the freedom of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt to the giving of the ‘Torah’ at the foot of Mount Sinai on ‘Shavuot’, as well as the time between the barley harvest and the wheat harvest in ancient Israel. There are a number of explanations for why the 33rd day is treated as a special holiday.

The ‘Talmud’, the collection of ancient Jewish writings that forms the basis of Jewish religious law, states that during the time of Rabbi Akiva, 24,000 of his students died from a divine-sent plague during the counting of the Omer. The ‘Talmud’ then goes on to say that this was because they did not show proper respect to one another, befitting their level; they begrudged each other the spiritual levels attained by their comrades. Jews celebrate Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of the count, as the traditional day that this plague ended.

After the death of Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students, he taught just five students, among them Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai who went on to become the greatest teacher of ‘Torah’ in his generation. The day of ‘Lag B’Omer’ is also celebrated as the ‘Yahrzeit’ (anniversary) of the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai when tens of thousands of Jews make a pilgrimage to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's tomb in ‘Meron’. They gather there to commemorate the anniversary of his death.

Some say the holiday marks the temporary victory of Shimon bar Kokhba’s men over the Romans. Bar Kokhba, the commander of the revolt was acclaimed as a Messiah, a heroic figure who could restore Israel.  The revolt established an independent state of Israel over parts of Judea for over two years until a Roman army of 12 legions with auxiliaries finally crushed it.
Obviously Shimon Bar Kokhba, although a great hero, was no Messiah

‘Lag B’Omer’ became a symbol emphasizing the struggle for national liberation and freedom. Two popular customs take place during ‘Lag B’Omer’ to commemorate Bar Kochba's revolt; bonfires are lit and archery games are played, when children go out to the fields with their teachers with bows and rubber-tipped arrows, and bats and balls.
It is a time of dancing and singing and a day on which families go on picnics and outings.

In Israel, ‘Lag B’Omer’ is a school holiday. Youngsters and their parents light bonfires in open spaces in cities and towns throughout the country. Students' Day is celebrated on the campuses of the various universities. Also, hundreds of weddings are held on ‘Lag B’Omer’ adding to the festive character of this holiday.

In Israel, one knows that ‘Lag B’Omer’ is drawing near when children begin collecting wood boards, old doors, and anything made from wood that can burn. This happens from one to two weeks before ‘Lag B’Omer’.
We at Emet Ministries wish Jewish people all over the world much joy and happiness on this joyous and very special day on the Jewish calendar.   


 

 



 

 

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