”A deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say: 'Is there not a lie in my right hand?' (Isaiah 44:20). The idolaters do not understand that there is falsehood "in their right hand" but the prophet calls on Jacob and Israel to remember that they are God's servants and not the slaves of idols.
Isaiah 46:5,8-10 "To whom will ye liken Me, and make Me equal, and compare Me, that we may be like? Remember this, and stand fast; bring it to mind, O ye transgressors. Remember the former things of old: that I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me; Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done; saying: 'My counsel shall stand, and all My pleasure will I do';.."
God mocks the idolaters for trying to equate their lifeless idols with Him. He calls on the sinners to remember that He alone has all the power, and having foretold what will happen in the future, nothing will stop Him from bringing it about. Nothing will prevent God from showing His righteousness and saving His people. God's plan of Redemption is unstoppable.
Isaiah 43:3,11,14,15 "For I am the LORD thy God, The Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour;.. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside Me there is no saviour... Thus saith the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel... I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King."
'Christmas for all' appears on new postage stamp:
President Mahmoud Abbas approved Saturday the issuance of a new Palestinian postage stamp on the occasion of Christmas. The phrase “Christmas For All” will appear on the stamp (Maan News, 25/12/2010).
God has always warned the Jewish people that they should not follow the customs and religions of the nations, for in the end of days they will all return to Him.
Jeremiah 16:19 "O Lord, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, "Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail!"
Zechariah 8:23 "So said the Lord of Hosts: In those days, when ten men of all the languages of the nations shall take hold of the skirt of a Jewish man, saying, "Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."
Emirates Palace World's Most Expensively Dressed Tree Video
: Precious gems decorating boughs worth $11.4M. The 13-metre faux evergreen, on display until the end of the year in the gold leaf-bedecked rotunda of the hotel, is draped in necklaces, earrings and other jewelry in addition to the more typical silver and gold bows, ball-shaped ornaments and small white lights. It holds a total of 181 diamonds, pearls,
emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones,..
"For the customs of the peoples are vanity; for it is but a tree which one cutteth out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold, they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not" (Jeremiah 10:4-5).
PA Claims Jesus was First Shaheed, Mary a Palestinian:
After Cleansing Bethlehem of Christians, PA Plays Jesus Card: When Christmas comes around, the Palestinian Authority looks for ways to incite Christian hatred of Jews worldwide. This year, the Jew-baiting has taken the form of a report by AFP regarding a Jewish town's opposition to Christmas trees and a book that calls Jesus "the first Palestinian martyr."
While carrying the anti-Jewish Christmas tree story, world media neglected to note that the PA has been brutally and systematically driving out its Christian population - in Bethlehem and elsewhere - through torture and murder (INN, 12/25/10).
Moslem Terror Chasing Out 1,000 Christian Arabs a Year: About 1,000 Christian Arabs flee Arab-dominated areas because of Arab terrorism and harassment, according to Reuters News Agency. Examples were cited of Moslems beating up Christians, uprooting their olive trees and scrawling graffiti that show nuns being raped. Hardest hit has been the Christian community of Bethlehem where tourism has declined since Arabs began the Oslo War attack against Israel. "If the situation continues, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Church of the Nativity will become cold, empty museums," said Samir Qumsieh, a Palestinian-Christian businessman (INN, Apr 12, 06).
Nativity deportees miss Bethlehem on Christmas: Palestinians deported after the 2002 siege of the Nativity Church were sad during Christmas to be away from Bethlehem and the church, which sheltered them or 39 days.
Fahmi Kan’an, a spokesman for the Gaza deportees, said Friday that they grieved to be away from the festivities. Kan’an wished all Christians in Palestine a merry Christmas expressing his hope that all deportees in Gaza and in Europe will celebrate Christmas next year in Bethlehem (Maan News 25/12/2010).
The survivors of the War of Gog and Magog will come up to Jerusalem every year to celebrate Sukkot, not Easter, Christmas or any other Christian or Muslim holiday (Zechariah 14:16).
Nativity Church Terrorists Want to Return:
The Fatah terrorists who were expelled to Europe in 2002 after taking over a church, holding priests hostage and shooting at IDF soldiers, want to return. In April 2002, at the beginning of the IDF’s successful counter-terrorism Operation Defensive Shield, close to 200 Palestinian terrorists who were engaged in warfare with Israel took over and found refuge in the famous Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. They held some 80 priests hostage, caused extensive to the church and religious objects, and fired at Israeli forces outside. The standoff lasted for five weeks, and after protracted negotiations, 123 terrorists were permitted to leave the area, 26 were sent to Gaza, and 13 were exiled to European countries (INN, 08/23/10).
PA Seeks European Money to Restore Nativity Church:
The Palestinian Authority has announced plans to conduct a restoration project at the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, which its own terrorists damaged eight years ago. Funding for the project will not come from the existing PA budget, and officials are hoping to get donations from European countries and the Arab world for the project (INN, 10/26/10).
Crowds pack Bethlehem to hear message of peace:
"During this Christmas season, may the sound of the bells of our churches drown the noise of weapons in our wounded Middle East," Latin Patriarch Fuad Tawwal told an audience that included President Mahmoud Abbas. Pilgrims from around the world gathered in St. Catherine's Church on Bethlehem's Manger Square to hear the traditional address in the city where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born. He also drew attention to the plight of Iraqi Christians, after a bloody October attack on a Baghdad church. "We recall the tragedy that struck the Christian community in Iraq. Such fanatic actions are universally condemned by Christians and Muslims," he said.
"In a world torn apart by violence and fundamentalism, which legitimizes the worst actions, including killings in churches, the Child of Bethlehem reminds us that the first commandment is Love. "He teaches us forgiveness and reconciliation, even with our enemies." (Maan News, 25.12.10).
Matthew 5:43-44 NKJ "You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your
neighbor and hate your enemy.'But I (Jesus) say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute
you,.." Jesus' condemnation to death of Jews: Luke 19:14 NKJ "But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, "We will not have this man to reign over us.' (
Or countrymen-the Jewish people, who professed to be subjects of the kingdom of God, (A. Clarke). Luke 19:27 HNV "But bring those enemies of mine who didn't want me to reign over them here, and kill them before me." The Jews, whom I shall shortly slay by the sword of the Romans. (The Adam Clarke Commentary to the NT).
Michah 5:1 JPCT "And you, Bethlehem Ephrathah-you should have been the lowest of the clans of Judah-from you [he] shall emerge for Me, to be a ruler over Israel;
and his origin is from of old, from days of yore (from ancient days)."
As the city of Ruth, a convert from Moab, Bethlehem was an unlikely source of leadership, but it produced David, the ancestor of the Messiah (Ruth 1:2, 4:11, Isaiah 11:1-5, 53:2, Ezekiel 17:22-24, Zechariah 6:12-13, Jeremiah Ch. 23, 33:14-22).
The prophet addresses Bethlehem (Ephrath, Genesis 35:19, 48:7), the family home of King David (I Samuel 17:58), from whose progeny there will emerge God's anointed Mashiah. The Christian translation of this verse and fabricated prophecy (after things in reality have taken place) is a reference to their founder, said to have been born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2 NKJ
Notice the difference: "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting / eternity."
The claim that "from of old, From everlasting / eternity" to which Mashiah's "goings forth" are traced, refers to the Christian god - is impossible, because God is beyond time.
Psalm 132:11-12 "The Lord has sworn to David in truth, from which He will never turn back, "Of the fruit of your body I shall seat upon your throne. If your sons keep My covenant, and this, My testimony, which I shall teach them, also their sons will sit on your throne forever."
"Paul claims in Romans 1:3 that Jesus was from the seed of David after the flesh. This has always been understood to mean that Paul was claiming that King David was the biological ancestor of Jesus. Although at the time Paul penned the Book of Romans, he was completely unaware that Christendom would eventually claim that Jesus was born of a virgin birth"
Jeremiah 30:21 "And their prince shall be of themselves, and their ruler shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto Me; for who is he that hath pledged his heart to approach unto Me? saith the LORD." See Ezekiel 34:23-31, 37:21-28
Further, to make it fit the Christian prophecy, Michah 5:2 has a cross reference to Proverbs 8:22-23 NKJ which says "The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old. I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.” But this verse does not refer to Jesus of Nazareth, whom John 1:1,14 calls the Word of God, but to the Torah, which preceded everything and is the blueprint of creation.
From verse 22, theTorah herself speaks to us directly in order to explain her position of supreme importance in the scheme of God's creation.
Persecution of Christians Hits Radar:
A recurrent theme of Christmas messages by senior church leaders was the
beleaguered state of Christian communities
in countries with Muslim majorities or Muslim populated regions. These concerns were further punctuated by attacks in Jos, a state in central Nigeria, scene of conflict between the Christian south and the Muslim north in that country. Christians were also attacked on Muslim populated Jolo island in the Philippines. The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams claimed that Christians who are suffering because of their beliefs would be helped through the knowledge they have not been forgotten (INN, 12/26/10).
Isaiah 49:14-15 "But Zion said: 'The LORD hath forsaken me, and the Lord hath forgotten me.' Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, these may forget, yet will not I forget thee."
Psalm 9:18-19 "May the wicked return to the grave, all nations who forget God. For the needy shall not be forgotten forever, neither shall the hope of the poor be lost to eternity." Throughout the Psalms, "the poor and the needy" refers to Israel. Despite their dazzling successes, the wicked will fade into oblivion; only the Godly will prevail.
When Israel repent of idolatry and are redeemed from their oppressors, Edom (Rome/Christianity) and Ishmael (Islam) and all their allies (Psalm 83, Isaiah 49:24-26), the very heavens and the lowest depths of the earth will burst into song. Isaiah 44:21-23 "I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins; return unto Me, for I have redeemed thee. Sing, O ye heavens, for the LORD hath done it; shout, ye lowest parts of the earth; break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein; for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and doth glorify Himself in Israel." See Isaiah 42:10-25.
'Jihad Bells, Jihad Bells’ – Latest Satire from Israel's 'Latma'
"Jihad Bells, Jihad Bells, Jihad all the way” is the chorus of a new Latma satire on the fate of Christians in Muslim countries and the Palestinian Authority... (INN, 12/26/10).
At Christmas, Pope urges end to Mideast Christians' pain:
In his address, Benedict appealed to the region's leaders to show solidarity with all the local Christian communities, and singled out Iraq for special attention. "May the comforting message of the coming of Emmanuel ease the pain and bring consolation amid their trials to the beloved Christian communities in Iraq and throughout the Middle East," he said in his Urbi et Orbi address. "May the birth of the Saviour open horizons of lasting peace and authentic progress for the peoples of Somalia, Darfur and Cote d'Ivoire," he said (Maan News, 26/12/2010).
The name "Immanuel" which means 'God Is With Us' occurs in Isaiah 7:14. In Christian bible translations this refers to virgin Mary and Jesus of Nazareth (Matteus 1:23). When missionaries are confronted with the glaring problem that the context of Isaiah 7:14 does not support Matthew's claim that Isaiah is referring to Jesus' virgin birth, they often argue that Isaiah 7:14 is a dual prophecy.
The Haftorah and Isaiah 53: Are the Jews Hiding Something?
Moreover, Christian Bible translators completely reconstructed Isaiah 9:5(6), so that this verse appears to be a prophesy about Jesus in the far future, rather than a biblical narrative describing Hezekiah's miraculous victory in the past (7th century B.C.E.).
Isaiah 9:5(6) ”For a child HAS BEEN
BORN יֻלַּד to us, a son given to us,
and the authority WAS PLACED וַתְּהִי upon
his shoulder, and his name WAS CALLED וַיִּקְרָא ...”
Christian Bible translators accomplished this task by carefully altering all past tense verbs in this verse to the future tense will be/shall be. The whole purpose of altering the Jewish Bible was to make it appear christological, so that the New Testament shows that it is foretold in the Christian Old Testament, that Jesus was the promised Messiah.
Isaiah 9:6 NKJ "For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:5 TCJB "For a child has been born to us, a son given to us, and the authority is upon his shoulder, and the wondrous adviser, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, called his (Hezekiah's) name, "the prince of peace (Sar-Shalom)."
But this is not speaking about Jesus. Because this wondrous salvation took place in the days of the child of Ahaz, the righteous King Hezekiah, Whom God, Who is the Wondrous Adviser, Mighty God, Eternal Father - called “Prince of Peace.” The name 'Hezekiah' means 'God Strengthens' and is composed of the Hebrew word for 'strength' 'CHOZEK' and God's Name YAH.
How do Missionaries Paint Jesus into the Jewish Scriptures? By Rabbi Tovia Singer
Regarding Jesus being called “The Prince of Peace” - he appears to proclaim just the contrary about himself! Matthew 10:34, see also Luke 12:49-53, 14:26): "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword." "I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!... Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division." "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple."
"Our hope for Christmas is that Jerusalem not only becomes the capital of two nations, but also a model for the world, of harmony and coexistence of the three monotheistic religions" (Latin Patriarch Fuad Tawwal, Maan News, 25.12.19).
Who said that 'the child of Bethlehem reminds us that first commandment is Love?'
Psalm 33:10-12 "The Lord frustrated the counsel of nations; He put the plans of peoples to nought.
The counsel of the Lord shall endure forever; the plans of His heart to all generations.
Praiseworthy is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people that He chose as His inheritance."
Just as God created the physical world to function according to consistent laws, so His moral demands are constant and inviolable.
Isaiah 2:3 "And many peoples shall go, and they shall say, "Come, let us go up to the Lord's mount, to the house of the God of Jacob, and let Him teach us of His ways, and we will go in His paths," for out of Zion shall the Torah come forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." See also Michah 4:2.
"The story of Hezekiah's remarkable sallvation from Assyria more than 2700 years ago is related in the tenth chapter of Isaiah as well. The fact that the tenth chapter continues to speak of Hezekiah’s victory and Assyria’s remarkable defeat, does not bode well for evangelical Christians, who insist that the ninth Chapter of Isaiah is speaking of a deified Jesus. Isaiah’s Chapter nine and ten, use identical language to convey God’s miraculous intervention on Hezekiah’s behalf.
The term “the zeal of The LORD of Hosts shall perform this,” (Isaiah 9:6, 37:31-32, 2 Kings 19:29-31) is located three times in Tanach, and all of them recount the same event in Jewish history: When God saved Hezekiah from certain defeat at the hands of the Assyrian army.
There is a reason why the Hebrew Bible uses this uncommon phrase, when retelling this story of Assyria’s remarkable defeat. King Hezekiah had inspired the Jewish people to turn back to God. This occured in spite of the overwhelming threat from the Assyrian military.
The frightened Jewish nation was warned by Assyria, that no other nation had stood up to an Assyrian seige.
Hezekiah’s trust in God prevailed, however, and the Jewish king persuaded his people not to lose trust in the Almighty. Because of this national spiritual affirmation, God zealously saved the Jewish people from Sennacherib’s powerful army in a miraculous fashion. In one night an angel killed 185,000 soldiers, in the military camp of the Assyrians.
When king Sennacherib awoke the next morning to a decimated army, he fled to his capitol city Nineveh, and was soon assassinated. God had zealously intervened for His faithful people. Thus, for Hezekiah’s pious nation, it would be “the zeal of The LORD of Hosts” that miraculously saved them" (Rabbi Tovia Singer).
II Chronicles 32:7-8 "Be strong and of good courage, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him; for there is a Greater with us than with him: with him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God (IMMANU YHVH ELOHEINU) to help us, and to fight our battles.' And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah." See Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm Ch. 1.
CHAZAK! CHAZAK! VE-NIS-CHAZEK! "Be strong! Be strong - and we will be strong!"
Zechariah 8:13-17 "And it shall come to pass that [just] as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you-and you shall be a blessing. Fear not; may your hands be strengthened!
For so said the Lord of Hosts: As I planned to do evil to you when your forefathers provoked Me-said the Lord of Hosts-and I did not repent, so have I turned about. I have planned in these days to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah; do not fear. These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth each one with his neighbor; truth, and judgment of peace you shall judge in your cities. And let no one think evil of his neighbors in your heart, nor shall you love a false oath-for all these are what I hate, says the Lord."
Jeremiah 23:4-6 "And you shall say to them: So said the Lord, If you do not heed Me to walk in My law that I have placed before you, To heed the words of My servants, the prophets, whom I send to you betimes, and you did not heed. I will make this house like Shiloh and this city I will make into a curse to all the nations of the earth." See also Jeremiah 29:18-19.
Jeremiah 44:23 "Because you burnt incense (to other gods, the queen of heaven) and because you sinned against the Lord, and you did not hearken to the voice of the Lord, and you did not walk in His Law and in His statutes and in His testimonies; therefore, this evil has befallen you as of this day."
The choice between the blessing or the curse is nothing less than the choice of whether to accept the Torah or not. See Deuteronomy 4:27-31, Ch. 30.
Isaiah 30:25-26 "And there shall be on every high mountain and on every raised hill, canals, rivulets of water, on the day of the great slaying, when the great ones (Edom-Christianity and Ishmael-Islam) fall. And the light of the moon shall be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold as the light of the seven days, on the day the Lord shall bind the fracture of His people, and the stroke of their wound He shall heal." These verses depict the great blessing that will come into the world when Israel will cast away their idols, and the radiant spiritual light that will shine when Israel will repent at the end of days.
Isaiah 54:15-17 "Behold, the one with whom I am not, shall fear, whoever mobilizes against you shall defect to you. Behold I have created a smith, who blows on a charcoal fire and produces a weapon for his work, and I have created a destroyer to destroy [it]. Any weapon whetted against you shall not succeed, and any tongue that contends with you in judgment, you shall condemn; this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their due reward from Me, says the Lord."