May 242015
 

Pentecost

The Jewish “Feast of Weeks (Shavuot)” and the Christian feast of Pentecost are correlated for those who believe in Messiah Jesus.

For the Jews, this time of celebration is known as Shavout, which is the Hebrew word meaning “weeks.” This is one of three separate names that are used in Scripture to refer to this important Jewish feast. Each name emphasizes an important aspect of the feast as well as its religious and cultural significance to both Jews and Christians.

Besides being called the Feast of Weeks in Leviticus 23, this special feast celebration is called the “Day of the Firstfruits” in Numbers 28:26 and the “Feast of Harvest” in Exodus 23:16.

This important feast gets its name from the fact that it starts seven full weeks, or exactly 50 days, after the Feast of Firstfruits. Since it takes place exactly 50 days after the previous feast, this feast is also known as “Pentecost” (Acts 2:1), which means “fifty.”

It normally occurs in late spring, either the last part of May or the beginning of June. Unlike other feasts that began on a specific day of the Hebrew calendar, this one is calculated as being “fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath” (Leviticus 23:15–16; Deuteronomy 16:9–10).

Like other Jewish feasts, the Feast of Weeks is important in that it foreshadows the coming Messiah and His ministry. Each and every one of the seven Jewish Feasts signifies an important aspect of God’s plan of redemption through Jesus Christ.

In the New Testament, fire is associated with the presence of God (Hebrews 12:29) and the purification He can bring about in human life (Revelation 3:18). God’s presence and holiness are implied in the Pentecostal tongues of fire.

Indeed, fire is identified with Christ Himself (Revelation 1:14; 19:12); this association naturally underlies the Pentecost gift of the Holy Spirit, who would teach the disciples the things of Christ (John 16:14).

Click on the blue headline link at top to read more about the significance of PENTECOST.

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May 222015
 

Ramadi_ISIS_victory_parade_5_15Debkafile: “The fall of Damascus and Baghdad, or large slices thereof, to the rapacious Islamic State, is no longer the subject of strategic forecasts, but here and now.

It is the price the region is paying for President Barack Obama’s single-minded obsession with détente with Tehran and a nuclear accord. Ramadi’s fall in Iraq and Palmyra’s in Syria proved ISIS’s ability to rock the Middle East to its foundations.

Watching the threats closing in, Jerusalem, Amman and Riyadh grasp they may have to contend alone – not just with Iran but also with ISIS.”

Opinion: The prophecy of the destruction of Damascus ( Isaiah 17:1,14) looms large.

On Thursday a report was released by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the organization in charge of removing Assad’s chemical arsenal from the country, which pointed to ten suspected sites in which Syria is believed to still be storing chemical weapons.

In October 2013, John Kerry last assured the world that Putin’s plan for destroying the Assad/Hussein weapons was working which was undoubtedly a red herring. It is not hard to imagine the danger that ISIS would bring to the entire Middle East with Assad’s chemical stash.

And nothing is being reported about Assad’s two bases that produce anthrax and other devastating agents which were left out of the Russian deal.

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May 222015
 

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Washington seeks to advance the idea after reaching agreement with Russia about the matter.

The State Department confirmed Countryman’s visit and sources in the US Administration said that Israeli agreement to the idea would be a catalyst for bringing additional countries into discussions on the matter.”

Opinion: That is an exceptionally good idea because Iran has promised that, on their honor, they will not build nukes and the secret centrifuge facility buried 3 miles deep under a mountain is actually a day care center.

Isn’t that great?

 

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