The prince NASI (Ezek. 44:1-3, 46:1-3) - The Jewish High Priest himself "shall make on that day (Nissan 14) for himself and for all the people of Israel a bull for a sin-offering" (Ezekiel 45:21-22). The inauguration of the Future Temple will take place on the first of the month of Nissan (Ezek. 45:18). Zech. 8:20-23, 14:21, Isaiah 2:2-4, Micha 4:1-3, Haggai 2:9 indicates that the Temple Mount will no longer be in the hands of the Wakf, Jordan.
Could Jesus' Death Atone For Any Kind of Sin?"
The Bible repeatedly warns; it is a grave sin to bring a human sacrifice. "As Abraham was ready to sacrifice Isaac, the Almighty admonished him that He did not desire human sacrifice, and directed Abraham to sacrifice the ram caught in the thicket instead" (Rabbi Tovia Singer).
Today, Islam promote the same idea as the ancient Molech worship which was honored by the sacrifice of children: Um Nadil, mother of Muhammad Farat, is a mother who "sacrificed" her child: "I gave him [my son] as a gift and we sacrificed him to Allah and to His religion [Islam]..." A Palestinian Mother, I am Proud to Send My Son on a Suicide Mission”).
"With what shall I come before the Lord,
bow before the Most High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with yearling calves? Will the Lord be pleased with
thousands of rams, with myriad streams of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord demands of you; but to do justice, to love loving-kindness, and to walk discreetly with your God" (Michah 6:6-8, Deut. 10:12-13).
"Sacrifice and meal-offering Thou hast no delight in; MINE EARS HAST THOU OPENED (thus enabled me to hear Your voice; voice of prophets, Torah scholars); burnt-offering and sin-offering hast Thou not required" (Psalms 40:7, 51:17-21, 1 Sam. 15:22, Micah 6:6-8). A sacrifice of a sin offering was not brought for a willful transgression (Isaiah 1:10-20): When the Israelites transgressed the Torah, the sacrifice was regarded as an abomination (Proverbs 21:27, Jer. 6:16-20, 7:17-28, Amos 5).
Moreover, sin sacrifice was only designed for sins, which was done unintentionally, through error (Leviticus 4:1-2). According to the Christian faith; Jesus was killed only because of sins done unintentionally - by the sinner. Hosea (3:4-5, 14:2-3) declares, "...let us render [for] bulls [the offering of] our lips" to the Jewish people - prayer replaces the sacrificial system for unintentional sins today-during the exile - until the Messianic age.
A sacrifice of a sin offering is not brought for a willful transgression;
as for the incident with Bath-sheba (Psalms 51:18-19). "For You do not wish a sacrifice, or I should give it; You do not desire a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; O God, You will not despise a broken and crushed heart." God desires a person whose nature is lowly and humble; humility (1 Kings 21:29). Psalm 51 is a fitting prayer for any penitent.
Prayer, good deeds, kindness, charity (Isaiah 1:27, Prov. 10:2, 11:4, 16:6, 28:13, Daniel 4:24(27), Psalm 41:2-4(1-3), Hosea 6:6), repentance (Jonah 3, Isaiah 55:3,6-8) can also gain us compassion and forgiveness from our sins. The observance of these practical commandments is the ultimate purpose of the Torah and of one’s spiritual service to God. “For the thing (the Torah) is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart THAT YOU MAY DO IT” (Deut. 30:11-14). Or did you think that God would give us a Torah that was impossible to perform?
"How long will be the vision of the daily sacrifice and the mute abomination (Daniel 9:27), permitting the Sanctuary and the host to be trampled?"And he said to me, "Until evening and morning, two thousand and three hundred, and the holy ones shall be exonerated" (Daniel 8:13-14). Speaking to Daniel 2,300 years ago, the angel revealed that the eleventh horn (Titus and the kingdom of Rome-Edom, "the divided kingdom" (Daniel 2:31-35,40-44, Ch. 7) represented by Islam and Christianity would inflict many painful decrees and chastisements upon Israel.
The Christian term "Antichrist" or the "Dajjal"
in Islamic term,
is often applied to prophecies regarding a "little horn" in Daniel 7:24-25. They also interpret Daniel 9:27 as referring to the Antichrist (2 Thess. 2:3-12) who will rule and reign for seven years during the Tribulation (Matt. 24:21). And some considers Daniel 8:23-25 and 11:36-37 that speaks of a brazen-faced king and a self exalting king to be the Antichrist. However, all these verses speaks on none other than Titus and the kingdom of Rome and not about a fictional Antichrist.
"And he (Titus) will strengthen a covenant
for the princes (of Israel) for one week (7 years), and half the week he will abolish sacrifice and meal- offering, and on high, among abominations, will be the dumb one, and until destruction and extermination befall the dumb one" (Dan. 9:27, 8:12-14, 11:31,36-39, 12:11). The daily sacrifice was removed six years before the destruction of the II Temple and the "mute abomination / Abomination of Desolation," an idol worshipped by the pagans, was erected by the emperor Hadrian on the Temple Mount.
"Our adversaries trampled Your sanctuary..."
(Isaiah 63:18). For a shorttime the Jewish people had their greatness and their inheritance. "Our sanctuary and our glory, wherein our forefathers praised You is burnt with fire, and all our coveted places have become a waste" (Isaiah 64:11). "Your adversaries roared in the midst of Your meeting place (The Arc-Cover, Exodus 25:16-22); they made their signs (for divination) for signs... How long, O God, will the adversary blaspheme? Will the enemy disgrace Your name forever?" (Psalm 74:1-10).
"For I appear over the ark cover
in a cloud..."
(Leviticus 16:2). The Ark Cover, is connected to Yom Kippur, in the rituals of the Day of Atonement. God's Divine Presence is revealed there (Exodus 30:1-10, 1 Samuel 4:4). Kaporet is probably derived from kaphar, considered to mean cover, Lit., wipe out, implying that kaporet means thing of wiping out/thing of cleansing.
As it says, on Yom Kippur Aaron "shall go out to the altar that is before the Lord and make atonement upon it” (Lev. 16:18,29-34) - And [all this] shall be as an eternal statute for you; in the seventh month, on the tenth of the month, you shall afflict yourselves (fasting), and you shall not do any work neither the native nor the stranger who dwells among you. For on this day He shall effect atonement for you to cleanse you. Before the Lord, you shall be cleansed from all your sins."
The Ark Cover, the Kaporet, to fit their agenda, is translated as
“mercy seat” in the Christian Bible. The author of the Hebrews portray its role on Yom Kippur merely as a shadow of the things to come (9:13-15) “
For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?...” The author of the Hebrews states that this was a greater atonement forming a new covenant.
Hebrews 10:1”For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.” Meaning; the Yom Kippur ritual and the animal sacrifices was done away with by Jesus self-sacrifice (vv 11-15, 8:13).
A shortcut is often the fastest way to get to somewhere you don't want to be.
”Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood
of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through
the veil, that is, His flesh,..” (Hebrews 10:19-20).
Romans 3:24-25 "By God's grace, without earning it, all are granted the status of being considered righteous before him, through the act redeeming us from our enslavement to sin that was accomplished by the Messiah Yeshua. God put Yeshua forward as the (mercy seat) kapparah (atonement) for sin through his faithfulness in respect to his bloody sacrificial death." 2 Cor. 5:21 "God made this sinless man be a sin offering on our behalf, so that in union with him we might fully share in God's righteousness."
The authors of the NT went to great lengths in
order to put an end to and eliminate Jewish traditions, the covenant and the ordinances. According to Christendom’s replacement theology, Jesus is now the Sanctuary (Heb. 7, 9, 10), the High Priest, he is the Table; the bread of life, he is the Arc; the word (John 1) as he replaced the Torah, he is the Candlestick; the light of the world and he is the Altar; sacrifice/atonement (Romans 3:23-25); through his ficitonal sacrificial death on the cross - for the sins of the whole world-once for all.
Christianity view Israel as the nation that rejected Jesus and therefore forfeited their special status as God’s Chosen People (Romans 9:23-26, Mark 12:1-9), and is therefore denied "before the angels of God," "before My Father" (Luke 12:8-9, Matt. 10:32, Romans 10:9)---and the Church, the Gentiles, “The Body/Bride of Christ” having replaced Israel as the "new Israel" (Galatians 3:7-9,16,29, 6:11-16), God’s chosen race, royal Priesthood and holy nation (1 Peter 2:9-10). According to the New Testament, only those who believe in Jesus are counted among the people of God.
Zechariah 2:1-4 "And I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns..." 'These are the horns (Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome; "the divded kingdom;" Daniel 2:31-35,40-44, Ch 7) which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem. And the LORD showed me four craftsmen (CHARASHIM, carpenters who know how to cut the horns; Moshiach ben David, Elijah the Prophet, Moshiach ben Joseph, Israel)----these then are come to frighten them, to cast down the horns (the power and the pride) of the nations, which lifted up their horn against the land of Judah to scatter it.'
Psalm 75 is a prayer for the ultimate Redemption, when God - will bring about the collapse of evil by the hand of His People
Israel (Ezek. 25:12-17) and the lasting elevation of Israel. "I say unto the arrogant: 'Deal not arrogantly'; and to the wicked (Rome): 'Lift not up the horn.' Lift not up your horn (power and pride) on high; speak not insolence with a haughty neck...For God is the Judge, He lowers this one (the elevated) and raises that one (the lowly). And all the horns of the wicked I shall cut off; the horns of the righteous will be upraised."
"Behold, the one with whom I am not, shall fear, whoever mobilizes against you (for war) shall defect to you. Behold I have created a smith (an enemy), 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" (Isaiah 54:15-17).
"After this, I saw in the visions of the night, and behold - a fourth beast,..and it had ten horns (ten kings)...I looked at these horns and behold another small horn (Titus/Rome) came up among them,..I looked and the horn that was like this waged war with the holy ones (Israel) and overwhelmed them. Until the Ancient of Days came and gave revenge to the high holy ones, and the time arrived that the holy ones inherited the kingdom" (Dan. 7:7-8,21-22, 8).
"To his firstborn ox is [given] glory. His horns are the (beautiful) horns of a re'em. With them, he will gore peoples together throughout all the ends of the earth these are the myriads of Ephraim, and these are the thousands of Manasseh" (Deut 33:13-17). The ox alludes to POWER (Gen. 49:6,22-26, Num. 23:22). The Hebrew term, which usually means firstborn can also refer to greatness, majesty and soveregnty (Ex. 4:22); According to Ramban, they, refer to the two horns – representing the two branches of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh...
Moses knew not that the skin of his face sent forth beams (ray's of splendor)...” (Ex. 34:29-35) His face was radiant from speaking with God. The Hebrew word for RADIANT is "KEREN," which is also the Hebrew word for "HORN," as in ram’s horn and "ray" of light. In Numbers 27:18-23, God commands Moshe to bestow some of his majesty upon Joshua. Thus, Joshua (who was likened to the moon) was a reflection of Moshe’s greatness (who was radiant like the sun), but not his equal (Eccl. 8:1, Judg. 5:31, Psalms 34:6).
The Jewish people represents and reflects God in the world.
Painting Portraying Jews as Rats Withdrawn from Art Exhibit:
An anti-Semitic drawing, depicting Jews as rats, was withdrawn from a Christian art exhibit in Sweden, on March 16 (INN, 3/18/2012). See 'Dogs and Swine'
Muslim Hypocrisy: According to Islam the ancient Jews were transformed into animals for transgressing the word of God, especially the law of the Sabbath. Surah 5:60,65-66 "Then say to them: 'Shall I tell you about those whose retribution with Allah is even worse? They are the ones whom Allah has cursed, and who incurred His wrath and some of whom were changed into apes and swine, and who served the false deities. Such have an even worse rank and have strayed farther away from the right path."
If only the people of the scripture believe (in the Qu'ran) and lead a righteous life, we will then remit their sins, and admit them into gardens of bliss. If only they would uphold the Torah and the Gospel, and what is sent down to them herein from their Lord, they would be showered with blessings from above them and from beneath their feet. Some of them are righteous, but many of them are evildoers."
Surah 2:65 "You have known about those among you who desecrated the Sabbath. We said to them, "Be you as despicable as apes." Surah 7:166-168 "When they continued to defy the commandments, we said to them, "Be you despicable apes." Additionally, your Lord has decreed that He will raise up against them people who will inflict severe persecution upon them, until the Day of Resurrection. Your Lord is most efficient in enforcing retribution, and He is certainly the Forgiver, Most Merciful. We scattered them among many communities throughout the land. Some of them were righteous, and some were less than righteous. We tested them with prosperity and hardship, that they may return."
Rockets Shatter Sabbath Calm in Southern Israel: Palestinian Authority terrorists fired a barrage of rocket attacks at southern Israel on the Sabbath, shattering the calm of a quiet Saturday afternoon. A Grad Katyusha rocket exploded outside the city of Be'er Sheva shortly after the noon hour. The missile, fired by terrorists in northern Gaza, landed in an open area. No property damage was reported, and no one was physically injured, although a number of residents suffered anxiety and post-traumatic stress (PTSD) attacks (INN, 2/18/2012).
Sabbath Rocket Attacks Continue: Terrorists in Gaza launched a total of five rockets into the Eshkol Regional Council on the Sabbath. No physical injuries or property damage (INN, 3/3/2012).
Hamas Terror: Over 50 Rockets Hit Israel on Shabbat:
The Hamas-led terrorist entity in Gaza launched a heavy barrage of mortar shells against civilian targets in Israel Saturday. No one was hurt. Over 50 mortar shells exploded in the belt surrounding the terrorist entity. Hamas took responsibility for the attack, which was the most intensive for a single day since early 2009, when Israeli forces ended a two-month counter-terrorist incursion into Gaza (
Declaration of War? Iran Behind 'Global March to Jerusalem', Say Experts: Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center presents proof that Iran is behind the Global March to Jerusalem on March 30.
Following the announcement that Arabs are planning a Global March to Jerusalem, the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) has presented information that Iran is behind the initiative and openly supports it (INN, 3/16/2012).
"To Jerusalem we are going as martyrs in the millions," (Yassir Arafat, 2003). On May 13, 2011, two million Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square and chanted, “We are going to Jerusalem.” -- Israel blamed Syria and the Iranian-Hamas-Hizbullah Axis for Mass Infiltration into Golan (INN, 5/15/2011).
In September there wereagain plans to mobilize the masses. March 30, "Land Day" will be the third time in less than a year that pro-Palestinian groups seek to undermine Israel's legitimacy. See: Haniye announcing Global march to Jerusalem (on Youtube, 2012). Hamas Goal: World Domination (INN, 2007).
"All should unite to reach a final solution...that will take us to new horizons of our joint Arab March" (King Abdullah, Saudi Embassy, 2009). "We stress our commitment to this (Mecca) agreement so that we can devote our time to achieve our national goals and get rid of the occupation and regain our rights and devote work to the main dossiers, mainly Jerusalem, refugees, Al-Aqsa mosque, prisoners and detainees and to confront the (West Bank separation) wall and settlements" (AFP, Khaleej Times).
In sura 21 Allah tells Muhammed that there is a "prohibition upon [the people of] a city (Jerusalem) which We have destroyed that they will not return until [the dam of] Gog and Magog has been opened and thou shall see them, from every higher ground, descending." The Quran, which mirrors and contradicts the far more ancient stories of the Bible & the prophesy of Ezek 38-39 says that the Muslims will fight the People of Gog & Magog during the Endtimes. But here we see, the evil people of Gog and Magog surrounding the Jewish people from every where on earth.
Arutz Sheva Exclusive: A Visit to Battle Scarred Southern Israel:
Israel National Radio's own Walter Bingham traveled to Israel's south to see the rocket scarred area and meet with residents (INN, 3/20/2012).
The New Testament identifies Gog and Magog as the deceived nations ”which are in the four corners of the earth,” ”the number of them is like the sand of the seashore” (Revelation 20:7-10). "They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints (the Jews) and the beloved city (Jerusalem). And fire (Torah or the IAF) came down from God out of heaven and devoured them" (Revelation 20:9).
Yet today the UN, EU, Russia & America, Iran, Turkey, and the Arab nation are coming against Jerusalem (Ezekiel 38-39)!
Turkey Protesters Call for Masses to March to Jerusalem: Dozens demonstrate outside against the Israeli Embassy in Ankara, call for participation in Global March to Jerusalem. Dozens of people from the
‘Global March to Jerusalem’
movement demonstrated on the weekend outside against the Israeli Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
According to a Channel 2 News report, the demonstrators called for mass participation in the march towards the borders of Israel, which is scheduled for this Friday, March 30. The Global March to Jerusalem initiative aims at getting over one million Arabs and their supporters to attempt to infiltrate Israel’s borders. A spokesman for the march has said the initiative “demand[s] freedom for Palestine and its capital Jerusalem” (INN, 3/25/2012).
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against
Jerusalem” (Zechariah 12:2-3,9, 14:1-3). ”And the Lord shall go forth and wage war with those nations, like the day he waged war on the day
of the battle" (Zec. 14:3). Like the day He waged war on the Red Sea, (Ex. 14:24-31). See:
'Gog & Magog'
Netanyahu on Iran: We've Never Left Our Fate to Others:
“Gaza has become a base for Iran. The Kadima party and the disengagement put Iran into Gaza, and we will pull Iran out of Gaza. Every place we left, Iran entered. Lebanon, Gaza, there are those who offer to withdraw from Judea and Samaria - Iran will enter there as well. We warned that a unilateral withdrawal from Gaza will lead to exactly these results. We must not agree to it over a long period of time. At the end of the day, Israel will not tolerate an Iranian terrorist base in Gaza, and sooner or later this base will be uprooted.”
Referring to the deadlock in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, Netanyahu said, “There are many reasons to reach an agreement with the Palestinians - because we want peace and quiet and because I do not want a bi-national state.
“However, to think that an agreement with [PA Chairman] Abbas will stop Iran and its proxies is a dangerous illusion, and some people here excel in illusions,” he added, hinting at some members of the opposition who were present (INN, 3/15/2012).
“PA Running amok in their attempt to dispossess Jews
of their history" (FM Spokesman Yigal Palmor). PA: Register Church of Nativity under ‘Palestine:' Palestinians to ask UN World Heritage Committee to register Bethlehem church as Palestinian heritage site. Omar Awadallah, who heads the UN department in the PA Foreign Ministry, said, “Jesus is the Palestinian prince of hope and peace and Bethlehem is his birthplace,..” “I think that Christians all over the world want that church to be a World Heritage site”(Jerusalem Post, 03/08/2012).
"The salvation of the nation of Israel
can come in different ways. There are times where the nation has fought back from oppression and defeated its enemies. Even after defeat, the enemies remain our enemies, and a threat of persecution lingers. There are situations, however, where we are able to turn the opinion of our enemies. They no longer pose a threat, as they side with the nation and may even offer protection and support" (Rabbi Yehudah Prero).
Turning the opinion of our enemies-will bring the long-awaited everlasting peace.
Is Jesus the "Prince of hope and Peace"?
to the real Messiah, whose mission is to make peace, harmony and unity (Malachi 3:1-4, 22-24, Tsef. 3:9) among the peoples, Jesus says he did not come to give peace on earth, but rather division and a sword fire and war, demanding hate, splitting and alienation within the family (Matthew 10:21,34-36, Luke 12:49,51-53, 14:26).
The Prince of Peace and the Christian Mistranslation
of Isaiah 9:5(6): "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 (NKJ).Hebrew Scriptures: "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."
The Hebrew name "Hezekiah" means "The Mighty God,"
composed of the word (chozek, "strength") and (God's name). "God strengthens", (2 Kings 18:1, Isaiah 39:8, 2 Chr, 32:5,7,26). The Christian misuse of the Hebrew Scriptures has always been the biggest threat to the wellbeing and security of Jewish people – and has beraved them of their rightful place as priests and Torah scholars among the nations (Ex. 19:5-6, Isaiah 61:6-9). All verses referring to Jesus are mistranslations of the original Hebrew Scriptures.
In Romans 11:25-27 the Apostle Paul re-arranges
the Prophet Isaiah's words of 59:20-21 "And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My (Jesus) covenant with them, When I take away their sins." This, of course, is not what the prophet Isaiah predicts.
'Covenant of Peace'
Speech by PM Netanyahu on Iran to Knesset Special Session
(March 14, 2012):
I had just returned from Washington, and I heard several members of Knesset and others say, "It is very good that you raised the issue of a nuclear Iran to the top of the international community's list of priorities. But look – it is the Palestinian issue that is exploding in our faces".
Understand, the dominant factor that motivates these events in Gaza is not the Palestinian issue. The dominant factor that motivates these events in Gaza is Iran. Gaza equals Iran. Where do the missiles come from? From Iran. Where does the money come from? From Iran. Who trains the terrorists? Iran. Who builds the infrastructure? Iran. I have said this many times: who gives the orders? Iran. Gaza is a forward operating base for Iran. I heard some people say that a third- or fourth-rate terrorist organization is acting against a million citizens in the State of Israel. That is not true. Iran is operating against us.
I hope that if not all, at least most members here and the public understand that the terrorist organizations in Gaza – Hamas and Jihad, as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon – are taking shelter under an Iranian umbrella. Now imagine what will happen if that umbrella becomes nuclear. Imagine that behind these terrorist organizations stands a country that calls for our destruction and it is armed with nuclear weapons.
Are you ready for this? I am not ready for this! And any responsible leader understands that we cannot let this happen – because of nuclear terror and the nuclear threat, but also because of the strengthening of conventional terror and the firing of missiles at us. A Prime Minister of Israel cannot entrust the ability to act against this threat to others.”
Hannah’s Song of Prayer (1 Samuel 2:1-10):
Hannah’s lyrical expression of gratitude is regarded by the Sages as one of history’s great prophetic songs, its theme is the acknowledgment that triumph and defeat, wealth and poverty, grandeur and degradation are not permanent conditions. God apportions them according to what people deserve or need, therefore good deeds and prayer can cause changes in the human condition (ArtScroll, The Stone Edition Tanakh, Torah, Prophets, Writings).
”Hannah turned her personal triumph over the taunts of her rival, Peninah, into a song of triumph over God’s victory over the enemies of Israel. The theme is how He brings down those who are arrogant and raises those who are lowly.
Targum Yonasan in his characteristically expansive rendering of a prophetic passage of this kind specifies the enemies of Israel alluded to in these verses: the Philistines in time of Samuel (v 1);
Sennaherib king of Assyria in the time of king Hezekiah (v 2);
Nebbucadnezzar of Babylon, who destroyed the First Temple (v 3);
Greece (Macedonia) overcome by the Hasmoneans (v 4);
Haman and his sons (v 5);
Rome, whose destruction will inaugurate the consolation of Jerusalem (v 6); The hordes of Magog at the end of days (Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum).
And Hannah prayed and said: ”My heart has rejoiced through the Lord; My horn (pride) has been raised by the Lord. My mouth is opened wide against my enemies, For I have rejoiced in Your salvation" (v 1)
EU Corrects Ashton Speech After Israel Row:
The European Union on Tuesday issued a corrected version of
(Ashton Denies Comparing Toulouse with Gaza) by foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, which had angered Israeli officials who said it drew paralels between the murder of four Jews in France and cricumstances in Hamas-run Gaza.
“When we think about what happened today in Toulouse, we remember what happened in Norway a year ago, when we know what is happening in Syria, and we see what is happening in Gaza and in different parts of the world - we remember young people and children who lose their lives," original reports quoted Ashton as saying.
The new transcript of Asthon’s remarks mentions the situation of children in both Gaza and the southern Israeli town of Sderot after the first version only mentioned the Hamas-run enclave.
of Ashton's speech Monday showed she indeed mentioned Sderot, a town routinely targeted in rocket attacks by Gaza terror gangs, during her remarks. “When we see what is happening in Gaza and Sderot, in different parts of the world -- we remember young people and children who lose their lives," she had said. The phrase “and Sderot” was redacted from first transcript of the speech, which was given at the event in Brussels organized by the UN relief agency for 'Palestinian refugees' (UNWRA).
Before the new transcript was released, Netanyahu, his defense minister and his
all slammed the remarks. “What especially outrages me is the comparison between a targeted massacre of children and the surgical defensive actions of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), intended to strike at terrorists using children as human shields,” Netanyahu said (INN, 3/20/2012).
Psalms 89:17-18,24 ”With Your name they rejoice every day, and with Your righteousness they are exalted.For You are the glory of their might, and with Your favor our horns (pride and power) will be raised... And I shall crush his adversaries from before him, and I shall strike his enemies.
Israel is sure that God will fulfill His promises to David and Israel.
Psalms 92:11 ”You raised my pride (horn) as a re’eim’s, I was saturated with ever fresh oil.”
The reimim are exceptionally powerful, horned beasts, variously identified as buffaloes, rhinoceroses, unicorns, etc (Psalms 29:6, 22:22). Psalm 18 "of David, who spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day that the Lord saved him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul... O Lord, my rock and my fortress and my rescuer; my God, my rock, I will take refuge in Him; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my refuge..." (vv 1,3).
Hanna continues: "There is none as holy as the Lord,
For there is none besides You; And there is no rock like our God.
Do not increasingly speak haughtily; Let not arrogance (falsehood) come out of your mouth, For the Lord is a God of thoughts, And to Him are deeds counted
(v 2-3). The discipline that the wisdom of the Torah announces to the peoples is that; "Fear of the Lord is to hate evil, haughtiness, pride, the way of evil, and a perverse mouth; [these] I hate."
”For the Lord of Hosts has a day over everyone proud and high, and over everyone exalted, and he shall become humble” (Isaiah 2:12).
After the war of Gog and Magog everyone will recognize and embrace God and the truth of His Torah.
In Isaiah 37:21-38, Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, is castigated for his arrogance and for his visions of destroying the Temple Mount. "Whom hast thou taunted and blasphemed? And against whom hast thou exalted thy voice? Yea, thou hast lifted up thine eyes on high, even against the Holy One of Israel!... Because of thy raging against Me, and for that thine uproar is come up into Mine ears, therefore will I put My hook in thy nose, and My bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest" (vv 23,29).
Seing the way of the wicked prosper and the righteous afflicted, suffering, hated and killed one may wonder; what is the point of serving God and observe the Torah?
Chief Rabbi Amar: We Cry but Are Strong:
Tears flowed more than words at funerals Wednesday for the victims of the Toulouse murders of a rabbi and three young children.
“We cry but are strong. We will not let them break us,” said a weeping Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar at the funerals.
Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger told the surviving family members, “The People of Israel know how to appreciate your Zionism. I call on the French Foreign Minister, who is with us now, to increase security in all schools and do what ever has to be done" against criminals such as the Al Qaeda terrorist who carried out the murders. The Foreign Minister, who accompanied the bodies to Israel and attended the funeral, stated, "France will do everything to ensure nothing like this unbelievable tragedy ever happens again. France will not tolerate terror" (INN, 3/21/2012).
The War of Gog and Magog will be a turbulent and difficult time for Israel filled with troubles and trials. (Jeremiah 30:7-11, Daniel 12:1, Isaiah 26:20-21) for a short period. And God will test His people to see if they will stand firm in their faith (Zech. 13:8-9, Ezekiel 22:18-22, Malachi 3:1-4).
Malachi 2:17,3:13-14 "
You have wearied the Lord with your words, and you say, "How have we wearied [Him]?"-By your saying, "Every evildoer is good in the Lord's sight, and He desires them," or, "Where is the God of judgment?"
"Still harder did your words strike Me," says the Lord, but you say, "What have we spoken against You?"
You have said, "It is futile to serve God, and what profit do we get for keeping His charge and for going about in anxious worry (low spirits) because of the Lord of Hosts?" And now we praise the bold transgressors. Yea, those who work wickedness are built up. Yea, they tempt God, and they have, nevertheless, escaped." In the end, we will see His justice revealed and "
the difference between the righteous and the villain, between the one who serves God and the one that did not serve Him (v 18-21).
8-Year-Old Miriam's Mother: 'She Was My Sacrifice':
ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi Zahav recalls the final hug that 8-year-old Miriam's mother gave her daughter who was killed in Toulouse (INN,
“We have discovered how to hit the Jews where they are the most vulnerable. The Jews love life, so that is what we shall take away from them...” (Hassan Nasrallah). The Jewish people has never sought martyrdom, it is always martyrdom that has sought out them; whether it be at the hands of Pharaoh, Amalek, Romans, crusaders, Spanish Inquisition, Nazis, Muslims...
One who dies as a Jewish martyr is said to have died for the Sanctification of the Divine Name-Kiddush HaShem.
If He can allow His people to suffer such atrocities, just imagine what He can allow the Gentiles to suffer.
When God judges Gog, He will be sanctified and known – for the judgment He performed (Ex. 1:15-16,21, 14:18-31, Zech. 14:3, Ezek. 38:15-23, Psalm 9, 76).
King Nebuchadnezzar was walking in his palace, and he
"raised his voice and said, "Is this not the great Babylon, which I built for a royal palace with the strength of my power and for the honor of my glory?" For a whole year Nebuchadnezzar gave charity to support the exiles from Judea, who had been reduced to begging, but one time he heard the noise of the crowds of poor people he had agreed to support and he regretted not having used the money to embellish Babylon even more grandiosely. He decided to stop giving charity (Rashi).
"The word was still in the king's mouth, [when] a voice fell from heaven, [which said] "To you they said 'O King Nebuchadnezzar, your kingdom has turned away from you."
No sooner had the words left his mouth than the decree as foretold in his dream was fulfilled exactly as Daniel had interpreted it, and Nebuchadnezzar was banished from his kingdom until he learned the truth" (Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum).
"Now, I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, Whose works are all true and Whose ways are just and Who can humble those who walk with arrogance"
Deuteronomy 8 is a warning against the lure of prosperity: Moses warned Israel to beware lest it allow the forthcoming prosperity and security to blind it to the Source of its blessing (R' Matzliach). "
Beware that you do not forget the Lord, your God, by not keeping His commandments, His ordinances, and His statutes, which I command you this day,
lest you eat and be sated, and build good houses and dwell therein,
and your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold increase, and all that you have increases,
and your heart grows haughty, and you forget the Lord, your God, Who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage,.. Who fed you with manna in the desert, which your forefathers did not know, in order to afflict you and in order to test you, to benefit you in your end,
and you will say to yourself, "My strength and the might of my hand that has accumulated this wealth for me."
But you must remember the Lord your God, for it is He that gives you strength to make wealth, in order to establish His covenant which He swore to your forefathers, as it is this day.
And you shall remember the entire way on which the Lord, your God, led you these forty years in the desert, in order to afflict you to test you, to know what is in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not (that you would not test Him or suspect Him, i.e., doubt His ways).
And He afflicted you and let you go hungry, and then fed you with manna,.."
And it will be, if you forget the Lord your God and follow other gods, and worship them, and prostrate yourself before them, I bear witness against you this day, that you will surely perish. As the nations that the Lord destroys before you, so will you perish; since you will not obey the Lord your God" (vv 11-18,2-3,19-20). Since it was obvious that Israel's success depended on God, if they were to forfeit His blessing, they would be helpless and could expect only disaster at the hands of the nations they were about to defeat. Therefore, the Israelites had to realize, that not their strength, but God's enabled them to prevail (Ramban).
The blessing of the Lord will bring riches,.." (Proverbs 10:22). God blessed Abraham and Isaac greatly (Genesis 24:35, 26:12). The Torah says she is generous to those who love her: "
Wealth and honor are with me, great fortune and righteousness... I have what to bequeath to those who love me, and I shall fill their storehouses."
King Solomon warns against following in the ways of those who seek to build their fortunes through robbery and mischief (See also Habakkuk 2:11-14) and teaches that if one engages in wisdom, understanding and knowledge, he will achieve tranquility and riches (see Rabbeinu Yonah). "Through wisdom (CHOCHMAH) is a house builded; and by understanding (BETVUNAH) it is established; And by knowledge (DA'AT) are the chambers filled with all precious and pleasant riches" (Proverbs 24:3-4).
"Ho! For that day (of the downfall of Gog) is great, with none like it, and it is a time of distress for Jacob through which he shall be saved” (Jer. 30:7-11, Daniel 12:1). From whom is the Jewish people going to be saved? From their oppressors, the gentile nations.
Isaiah 13:11 "And I will visit upon the world their evil, and upon the wicked their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the tyrants."
"The bows of the mighty are broken; And those who stumbled, are girded with strength (v 4).
The wicked man plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him.
The Lord will scoff at him because He saw that his day will come.
The wicked initiated war and bent their bow to cast down the poor and the needy, to slay those who walk on a straight path.
Their sword shall enter their heart, and their bows shall be broken. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord supports the righteous." Throughout the Psalms, the ”poor and the needy” refers to Israel. See also Psalms 18:38-41.
Nations have stirred, kingdoms have tottered; He let out His voice, the earth shall melt.
The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress forever. Go and see the works of the Lord, that He has wrought devastation in the earth. He puts a stop to wars until the end of the earth; He will break the bow and cut the spear [to pieces]; wagons He will burn with fire.”
In the end, all the instruments of war and defense will become obsolete (Psalm 76, Leviticus 26:1-9, Isaiah 54:10, Ezekiel 34:23-31, 37:24-28, Isaiah 2:4, Michah 4:3, Hosea Ch. 2).
The world fulminate against Hashem and His anointed nation (Psalm 2:1-2). And if you do not repent and improve He will send forth His army (Joel 2:11). He has the power to bring about all that His prophets foretells. All the good prophesies will come to pass, but bad ones can be prevented, see Jonah Ch. 3.
"Those who were satiated have hired themselves out for bread, While the hungry have ceased. (see Psalms 112, 34:10-11, 84:12). While the barren woman has born seven, She that had many children, has been bereaved" (v 5). The end was that Hannah would bear many children, while most of Peninah’s would die.
Jeremiah 15:9 "She who gave birth to seven children is distressed." This refers Samaria and the nation of the Ten Tribes, who had already gone into exile on account of seven dynasties of wicked kings: Jeraboam, Ba'asha, Omri, Jehu, Menachem, Pekach and Hosea ben Elah (Rashi, Metzudas David). "...now I shall deliver their remnant to the sword." The remnant was Judah and part of Benjamin who remained in Israel, and whose exile came after that of the Ten Tribes.
Isaiah 54:1-3 "Sing you barren woman (Jerusalem) who has not borne; burst out into song and jubilate, you who have not experienced birth pangs, for the children of the desolate one (Jerusalem before the redemption) are more than the children of the married woman (the daughter of Edom)," says the Lord. Widen the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations, do not spare; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For right and left shall you prevail, and your seed shall inherit nations and repeople desolate cities."
The Remnant of Edom: Amos 9:12 prophesies that Israel - upon whom the Name of God is called - in the very near future will possess the remnant of Edom and of all the nations. See Isaiah 11:14-16, Ch. 43. Obadiah 1:17-21 prophesies also that the exiles will return. Numbers 24:17-24 propheies that Israel in the end, will succeed and triumph.
“HaShem gathers the lonely into a family,.." (Psalm 68:7). Psalms 113:7-9 He raises the needy from the dust, from the trash heaps He lifts the destitute (the spiritually lost), to seat them with nobles (His congregation), with the nobles (Sages and leaders) of His people. He transform the barren wife (Zion) into a glad mother of children. Halleluyah!" See Isaiah 66:7-12, which refers to Zion's swift redemption. There will be a great expansion of the population of Israel at the time of the ingathering of the exiles.
"The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave (SHEOL) and raises up.
The Lord impoverishes and makes rich (see also Job 42:10-12). He humbles (bringeth low); He also exalts (lifteth up). He lifts the (spiritually) poor from the dust (see Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum on Daniel 12:2); From the dunghill, He raises the pauper, To seat them with princes, And a seat of honor He causes them to inherit, For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, And He placed the world upon them"
Genesis 39:1-5 "Now Joseph had been brought down to (the nether world of) Egypt, and Potiphar, Pharaoh's chamberlain, chief of the slaughterers, an Egyptian man, purchased him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there... And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and whatever he (Joseph) did the Lord made prosper in his hand. And Joseph found favor in his eyes, and he (Joseph) served him, and he (Potiphar) appointed him over his house, and all he had he gave into his hand."
Though Moses had been raised as an Egyptian prince, in the splendor and anti-Semitism of the Palace, he remained the son of Amram and Jochebed, a Jew, who displayed the compassion for the downtrodden that stamped him as the future redeemer of Israel. As a shepherd of his father-in-law's sheep, Moses proved himself worthy to become the "shepherd" of the Children of Israel. HaShem took also David ”from the sheep cote, from following the sheep, to be leader over His people Israel.” 2 Sam. 7:8, I Sam. Ch. 17).
King Nebuchadnezzar, ”elevated Daniel and gave him many great gifts and gave him dominion over all the capital cities of Babylon, and he was the chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon” (Daniel 2:48, Job 36:5-15). "It is noteworthy that in our times, the some of the chief agents that are executing the international plot to undermine the Jewish settlement of Israel and Jerusalem are in fact Jews or Jewish apostates, whether in the government of Israel or in the service of foreign governments (Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum on Zechariah 12:2).
The World's Triangle: On three things the World stands: On Torah, on service of God, and acts of human kindness (Shimon HaTzaddik).
Psalms 104:5 "He founded the earth on its foundations that it not falter to eternity." Psalms 89:15 "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Thy throne; mercy and truth go before Thee."
Though God is Omnipotent, His reign is characterized by righteousness, justice, kindness and truth (Ibn Ezra). Unlike human governments, whose ethical and moral standards are based on pragmatic considerations of mutual protection and survival. God’s standards are absolute.
Proverbs 3:19-20 "The LORD by wisdom (CHOCHMAH) founded the earth; by understanding (BETVUNAH) He established the heavens. By His knowledge (DA'AT) the depths were broken up, and the skies drop down the dew..." (see Isaiah 26:19).
Psalms 75:4 "When the earth and all its inhabitants were melting away, I established its pillars forever."
Even if the moral fiber of the world will have melted, God's moral absolutes will remain applicable and relevant.
Just as God created the physical World to function according to consistent laws, so His Torah’s moral demands, principles, commandments and laws are constant and inviolable.
"Rashi tells us that this passage speaks of when the Yidden accepted the Torah at Mount Sinai. At that moment the fate of the entire world hung in the balance. Had we not accepted Hashem’s will, Hashem would have dissolved this material place we call home. The world cannot exist without Hashem’s consistent spiritual energy" (
Rabbi Yitzchok Rubin
This prophecy, Isaiah Ch. 24, refers to the earth as a whole and to the devastation that will strike the nations at the time of the redemption of Israel. "The earth fainteth and fadeth away, the world faileth and fadeth away, the lofty people of the earth do fail. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, violated the statute, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath a curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are found guilty; therefore the inhabitants of the earth waste away, and men are left few." (See also Zechariah 13:8-9, 14:16, Isaiah Ch. 4, Jeremiah 3:14-15).
If this prophesy refers to Israel, it is referring to the transgression of the two Torahs, the written and the oral (Metzudas David). If it refers to the nations of the world, it refers to the transgression of the Seven Laws of Noah, "the everlasting covenant God made between Himself and all flesh" (Genesis 9:1-17) and their persecution of Israel in excess of what God decreed (Amos 1:9-12, Obadiah 1:6-16) thereby violating the covenant of brotherhood: that should have existed between Esau, Ammon, Moab and Ishmael and their close relative Israel. Verses 24:17-20 are are final prophesies of doom against the nations.
Proverbs 9:1 "Wisdom (CHOCHMAH) has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars."
With wisdom has the Holy One, blessed be He, built the world (Rashi). The physical and spiritual ancestors of Judaism, the three Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their wives, Sarah, Rachel, Rebecca and Leah, the four Matriarchs, are seven pillars that support the building. Only by employing the wisdom of Torah in one's life can one build
a structure that will endure to eternity (Proverbs 14:1, 24:3-4).
Proverbs 30:4 "Who ascended to heaven and descended? Who gathered wind in his fists? Who wrapped the waters in a garment? Who established all the ends of the earth? What is his name and what is the name of his son, if you know?" For more see 'Shavuot'
"Who (but Moses) hath ascended up into heaven, and descended?
Moses ascended to heaven to receive the Torah and bring it down to earth for Israel so that they could hear it, understand it and do it (Deut. 30:11-14, Exodus 19:16-20, 20:18-19).
Who hath established all the ends of the earth?"
Moses erected the Tabernacle, Exodus 40:17-18. And as the Talmud (Megillah 31a) explains: If not for the service of the Tabernacle and Torah - the foundations of heaven and earth would not have been established (Rashi). "And Moses reared up the tabernacle, and laid its sockets, and set up the boards thereof, and put in the bars thereof, and reared up its pillars.
And he spread the tent over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tent above upon it; as HaShem commanded Moses.
"The feet of His pious ones He will guard, And the wicked shall be cut off in darkness (see Isaiah 60:1-7), For not by strength will man prevail" (v 9). "...guard sound wisdom (the Torah) and thought,.. Then you shall go securely on your way, and your foot shall not stumble" (Prov. 3:21-23, Psalms 119:165, 33.16-22).
"From the Lord a mighty man's steps are established, for He delights in his way.
If he falls, he will not be cast down, for the Lord supports his hand" (Psalms 37:23-24, Chs. 91, 121).
'Not by military force and not by physical strength, but by My spirit,' says the Lord of Hosts" (Zechariah 4:6). "
And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone (knowledge of God), and slung it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead; and the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David" (1 Samuel 17:49-50, Daniel 2:35, Habakkuk 2:11-14, Isaiah 11:9).
"Those who strive with the Lord will be broken (see Exodus 15:6-7, Psalm 2:9); Upon him will He thunder in Heaven (See
1 Samuel 7:
10, 2 Samuel 22:14-15, Psalms 18:13-16, Ch. 29,
Job 38:22-23, Ezekiel 38:22-23);
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth. And He will grant strength to His King, And raise the horn of His anointed one" (v 10).
”He will judge the world with righteousness, and peoples with His truth” (Psalms 96:13, 98:9). ”And He will have exalted the pride (the horn, the kingdom of David) of His nation, causing praise for all His devout ones, the children of Israel, His intimate people. Halleluyah! (Psalms 148:14, 132:13-18, 89:16-25).
Hannah's prayer was prophetic. May God crush Israel’s enemies and bless the two kings He would anoint (Genesis 49:8-12, 22-26, Deut. 33:7, 13-17, Zechariah Ch. 4, 6:12-13, Jeremiah 33:17-18)..
Iran Forces Jews to Front Global March As Human Shields: This is a very serious breach of international human rights, which puts the lives of these people in danger. Demand that the United Nazions condemn the action. The Iranian use of human shields is reason for the UN Security Council to make sure that Iran will have to face the International Criminal Court in the Haag.
The prophet Zechariah (12:2) states that the nations besieging Jerusalem will also force members of the house of Judah to take part in the siege. This should be sufficient to convince anyone that the prophesies of the Hebrew Bible, are now being fulfilled to the letter.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report: Tehran forces Iranian Jews to join anti-Israel Global March: The Islamic regime in Tehran was not satisfied with the public support the Iranian Jewish community’s public was forced to voice for the Global March for a Palestinian Jerusalem for which Iran is recruiting Islamists worldwide. Now, the event’s organizers, Majlis Speaker Hossein Sheikh-ol-Eslam and Salim Ghafouri, have ordered the community to send a delegation young Jewish men to march with the Islamist groups in Lebanon, DEBKAfile’s Iranian sources disclose, where they face the risk of murder or abduction by Palestinian Salafis.
Iran’s ancient Jewish community of around 15,000 souls (9,000 in Tehran, 4,000 in Shiraz and 1,300 in Isfahan) has been living in fear of reprisals should Israel or the United States carry out a military operation against the country’s nuclear facilities. Now, they face a fresh danger of murder and abduction by Hizballah and Palestinian gunmen and terrorists in Lebanon.
Jewish communal leaders were instructed by the Iranian authorities this week to have at least 10 young men aged 18 to 22 ready for the march. They were to be given “the honor” of acting as vanguard for breaking through the Lebanese-Israeli border fence and leading a mass incursion across the border.
They suspect that this ploy is meant to prevent Israeli soldiers from firing on the trespassers for fear of killing the Jewish contingent, while at the same time, exposing them to violence when the event is over at the hands of al-Qaeda linked Palestinian groups under Hizballah protection (March 23, 2012).
Iran Forces Jewish ‘Minyan’ for Global March:
Iran is forcing 10 Jews to join a group headed to Lebanon for the planned Global March on Jerusalem, despite dangers of terrorist kidnappings, according to DEBKAfile. The Islamic Republic is heavily funding the march and flying people from Asian countries to Iran and then to Lebanon.
Iranian sources told the website, managed in part by former intelligence officials, that the event’s organizers ordered the Jewish community, estimated at between 15,000 and 25,000 people, to send 10 people to march along Muslims in Lebanon. Ten Jews, by coincidence or not, is the number required for public prayer.
The Iranian leaders of the march reportedly ordered that the Jews, from ages 18 to 22, will have the “honor” of leading the march, which would make them even more vulnerable to Hizbullah and Palestinian Authority-allied terrorists in Lebanon (INN, 3/26/2012).