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Nathan Blake


Matthew 5:3-12


3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5 “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.


12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Nathan Blake Jan 27 '17 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 5 · Tags: christian, the book matthew, beatitudes
Nathan Blake
please pray for shawn and sydneys marriage please ask God to keep their marriage together
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April Shank

ARE YOU DILIGENTLY SEEKING YESHUA (JESUS) WITH YOUR LIFE ?

1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD (Yeshua) and His strength; Seek His face continually.


Job 5:8-9 “If I were you, I would seek God (Yeshua); I would make my plea to Him. 9For God does great deeds beyond investigation, wonders beyond all reckoning.



Psalm 63:1 O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.



Psalm 119:2 How happy are those who observe His (Yeshua’s) instruction, who seek Him wholeheartedly!



Proverbs 8:17 (Yeshua)- I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.



Proverbs 28:5 Evil people don’t understand justice, but those who seek Adonai understand everything.



Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek Adonai Yeshua) while He is available, call on Him while He is still nearby.

 Let the wicked person abandon his way and the evil person his thoughts; let him return to Adonai (Yeshua), and He will have mercy on him; let him return to our God (Yeshua), for He will freely forgive.



Jeremiah 29:12-14When you call to me and pray to me, I will listen to you. 13When you seek me, you will find me, provided you seek for me wholeheartedly; 14and I will let you find me,’ says Adonai (Yeshua).



Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God (Yeshua) and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.



Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God (Yeshua) must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.



James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.



Colossians 3:1-8 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Are you too busy with the mundane things of this world? You can get easily distracted by unimportant things, having your priorities out of order and it saps your energy and time, losing your passion for Yeshua (Jesus). Who is your God?



Those who profess to know Yeshua(Jesus) need to examine themselves by asking : Am I diligently seeking Yeshua(Jesus) with my heart and soul ? Or do I go through life largely consumed with secular pursuits and worldly entertainment, while repentance, obedience, prayer, fervent love for Yeshua(Jesus) and studying His Word, have little place in my life, affections, and time?



PLEASE!! Diligently, and Earnestly Seek Him, turning away from your sins, being obedient to His Word with your life , completely submitting to His authority,and anything that you have put in His place,repent!! Yeshua must be the Only God of your life, He will not share you with worthless idols.



DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND SOUL !!



April Shank-Follower Of Yeshua.

April Shank

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Maureen Moss
I recently saw a video with some young people in Israel talking to people on the street about Yeshua … who He is … asking if the person was familiar with the Name or Who He is….  Sadly, most people didn’t know who Yeshua is.

Unfortunately, the Roman Catholic Church made so many changes from the pure gospel.  They have introduced many pagan ideas into the ‘Church’ …. many of which remain to this day in all denominations.  No wonder the Jewish people can’t relate!!

The Church celebrates Christmas and Easter …..  attaching Jesus’ name to them …. making them ‘Christian’!  But they are PAGAN!  The Christmas tree, exchanging gifts, the Easter bunny and Easter eggs…. Pure paganism!  But Christians believe the lie …. They don’t KNOW it’s a lie …. And perhaps the preachers don’t know either – for that is what they are taught!

I explain it all in detail in my book, ‘GRAFTED IN the Jewish Olive Tree’.  Christians need to know the TRUTH. 

Romans 1:24-25 - Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lust of their hearts …. Who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever, Amen.

People love their Christmas and Easter celebrations ….. after I learned the truth about them, I really have a hard time with them.  My married kids still celebrate and decorate …. And I go to spend time with them …. But it is definitely more difficult than it used to be (before I became Messianic and discovered what the Bible really says about these things.)!!

Jeremiah 7:18 talks about the Queen of heaven. 

Growing up in the Catholic Church, we crowned a huge statue of Mary, the mother of Jesus, as the Queen of heaven every year in May.

The Mother/Son idea was known through all the ancient world:

In Babylon – Semiramis and Tammuz

In Egypt - Isis and Osiris

In India – Isi and Iswara

In Asia – Cybele and Deoius

In Pagan Rome – Fortuna and Jupiter-puer

In Greece – Irene and Plutus

 

Exodus 20:3-6 talks about an image of jealousy, and warns us not to have any other gods or carved images.

Mary isn’t as prominent in Protestant churches as in the Roman Catholic Church, where she seems to be about as important as Jesus!  At least she was when I was a child growing up in it. 

For example, in the Rosary, there are five ‘decades’, in each of which there is one Lord’s Prayer and 10 ‘Hail Marys.  Ten prayers to the mother of Jesus, to one Lord’s Prayer.  There is something ‘wrong with this picture’.

Mary doesn’t answer prayer …. Father God answers prayer!

However, just because Protestant denominations don’t put Jesus’ mother Mary on a pedestal as does the Roman Catholic Church, that doesn’t mean all is well in the Protestant camp. 

What about Romans 11? 

What about the pagan celebrations ‘Christianized’ by the church …. Christmas and Easter?

What does the Bible have to say about these things?

 

 

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Nathan Blake
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14: 6

31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31
 

9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; Romans 10:9
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Maureen Moss

I have had a difficult time with the ‘three days and three nights’ that Jesus spoke about with the church’s ‘reconciliation’ of this phrase.  In fact, it was the first ‘warning signal’ to me when I was a child , that there was ‘something’ wrong within the Roman Catholic Church, to which my parents and our family belonged.  To me, it doesn’t work.  Perhaps this article will shed some light ….. (although upon observation of it .... I do not find it completely satisfactory.  Please feel free to comment.)

How to deal with Matthew 12:40?

Kevin Gyllenberg 

May 4, 2016

(Matthew 12:38-42) [38] Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. [39] But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: [40] For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. [41] The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. [42] The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

One methodis called “Inclusive Reckoning”. Here we accept that when counting days in New Testament times, any part of a day was counted as a whole day. The Romans of the time counted inclusively. The day after tomorrow was three days, including today. Using this method, where it says after three days, or on the third day, if Yeshua was put to death on Friday and rose on Sunday, it was considered three days. Among scripture that could support this could be Matthew 20:1-16 (The Parable of the “Workers in the Vineyard”). There are ten instances of “on the third day”, five instances of “in three days” and two instances of “after three days” in the New Testament scriptures. There is only Matthew 12:40 that uses the phrase “three days and three nights”. If we are to hold a literal “three days and three nights” then the math does not work. Yeshua died Friday before sundown counted as one day. Remained in the tomb Saturday, second day, but was raised from the dead Sunday morning before the sun rose.

(John 20:1)The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

Counting Friday night and Saturday night equals only two nights.

The next methodof reconciling this verse is to say that the “Heart of the Earth” is not necessarily the tomb but is when Yeshua is outside the protection of the Father or subject to the powers of this world. When He was not subject to this world, He could evade crowds who would have stoned Him. Some examples:

(John 8:59) Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

(Luke 4:29-30) [29] And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. [30] But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

But in the Garden of Gethsemane He relinquished that protection.

(Matthew 26:52-53) [52] Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. [53] Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

Another methodis to say that Yeshua was crucified on Wednesday. Here is how this works. There are two years in the range of the possible crucifixion dates that Passover falls on a Wednesday night. Holidays such as Passover are also called “sabbaths in the scriptures”. So if Yeshua was crucified on Wednesday before sundown, we have Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the “Heart of the Earth”. Yeshua died before the Shabbat (Passover) came in. If He had not, the centurions would have made sure He did as they did with the convicts next to Him. Because the Shabbat was so imminent, they were not able to bury Yeshua. He was put in a rich man’s tomb temporarily. The women came to the tomb early on the first day of the week prepared to properly anoint Him for burial. The shortcomings of this method are that:

1) You would not go into a tomb four days after putting a dead body in there. As Martha said to Yeshua:

(John 11:39) Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

2) If Thursday was Passover and Saturday was the Shabbat, why not go on Friday?

The last methodI will discuss is called interpolation. Basically it says that that verse was added later by scribes. If you take out the verse, then the passage makes sense. The sign of Jonas was that at his preaching, the people repented, in this case Ninevites who were gentiles. Reinforced by the next verse about the Queen of Sheba, also a gentile. Now the passage jives with Luke’s account which does not mention Jonas in the whale or Yeshua in the grave:

(Luke 11:29-32) [29] And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. [30] For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. [31] The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. [32] The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

Matthew 12:40 has sometimes been regarded as a post-Matthean Interpolation by a number of scholars even though no ancient text is missing the verse. The only hint to it being a later addition is that Justin Martyr quotes the passage in Dialogue with Trypho 107:1-1 without the reference to 12:40.

These methodsof dealing with Matthew 12:40 are all great for an enjoyable discussion. Anyone holding any of these views are entitled to their opinion. They are all valid arguments that cannot be rejected outright. Whatever position you hold, do the research and know why you hold to that persuasion.

 

Kevin Gyllenberg

http://www.BlessIsrael.com

Kevin Gyllenberg settled in Israel in 1977. Works freelance in software, writing android applications and hosting websites. Continues to represent Israel in skydiving competitions around the world.

 

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