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Israel weather in December

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https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/In-Pictures-Heavy-rains-hail-and-snow-wash-over-Israel-575617 Heavy rainfalls befell Israel between Wednesday and Thursday, with the precipitation of rain causing floods all over the country, as well as snow and hail falls. 25mm of rain fell in Tel Aviv, 17mm in Haifa and 15 in Jerusalem. Kibutz Revadim in southern Israel beat them all with 45mm of rain. The storms in Jerusalem are expected to cause floods through mountain streams. By now the storm has calmed down, although rains are expected to fall intermittently. The stormy weather affected the Ashdod Harbor, which released the bigger ships to sea in preparation for the storm, and tied smaller boats to the piers. READ the Jerusalem Post weather report for December 27th and free yourself from the absurd idea that in December shepherds were keeping watch over their flocks by night near Bethlehem. Rain, snow, hail, cold inclement weather is the norm and has been for this area at this ti

Another Lame Excuse

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Assyrian tree of life Egyptian tree of life British Museum: King Ashurnasirpal worships at the tree of life Vatican Obelisk and Christmas tree

No Excuse For Christmas Idolatry

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Three Tabernacles Vatican Nativity and Christmas Tree. "The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the earth" (Rev. 17:5). “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.  And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid ” (Matt. 17:1-6).     Very few people have had the blessing that these three apostles had. In Genesis 18 the LORD visited A

THE WORLD OR THE WORD?

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Make a choice! No one with a double heart can please God or be useful to serve in His kingdom. A double heart describes people of the world (Psa. 12:2). But even they know that half-heartedness will get you nowhere! Those who desire to be of service to God must do so "without doubting" (1 Tim. 2:8). The good soldiers in Israel were "not of a double heart" (1 Cr. 12:33). "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways" (Jas. 1:7). Such cannot please God and will receive nothing in answer to their prayers (Jas. 1:8).       One of Eve's errors in Eden was that she was unable to quote correctly the simple instructions that God had given Adam in Genesis 2:16-17. If a child in Sunday School were to say what she said, he would be mistaken and not rewarded.       In a conference for young adults I asked for a show of hands of those who could name at least three players for the Real Madrid or Barcelona soccer teams. Many hands went up. Then I asked

Martin Luther: Reformer and Anti-Semite

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taken from Wikipedia "On the Jews and Their Lies ( German : Von den Jüden und iren Lügen ; in modern spelling Von den Juden und ihren Lügen ) is a 65,000-word antisemitic treatise written in 1543 by the German Reformation leader Martin Luther . Luther's attitude toward the Jews took different forms during his lifetime. In his earlier period, until 1537 or not much earlier, he wanted to convert Jews to Lutheranism (Protestant Christianity), but failed. In his later period when he wrote this particular treatise, he denounced them and urged their persecution. [1] In the treatise, he argues that Jewish synagogues and schools be set on fire, their prayer books destroyed, rabbis forbidden to preach, homes burned, and property and money confiscated. They should be shown no mercy or kindness, [2] afforded no legal protection, [3] and "these poisonous envenomed worms" should be drafted into forced labor or expelled for all time. [4] He also seems to

CALVINISM

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Geneva under Calvin reposted from the Berean Call website:  https://www.thebereancall.org/taxonomy/term/4/calvinism Many sincere, Bible-believing Christian are "Calvinists" only by default. Thinking that the only choice is between Calvinism (with its presumed doctrine of eternal security) and Arminianism (with its teaching that salvation can be lost), and confident of Christ's promise to keep eternally those who believe in Him, they therefore consider themselves to be Calvinists. It takes only a few simple questions to discover that most Christians are largely unaware of what John Calvin and his early followers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries actually believed and practiced. Nor do they fully understand the eternal implications and ramifications of what most of today's leading Calvinists preach and teach.  Among Calvinist's chief proponents there is general agreement on certain core beliefs. Many evangelicals who think they

A Christian Is Not A Spiritual Jew

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by Dr. Daniel Fuchs     A Christian is not a “a spiritual Jew” and the Church is not Israel. This year [1980, when the article was written] Israel celebrates her 32nd birthday. Actually she is celebrating her 3741st birthday! There has never been an interruption of continuity of the Abrahamic Covenant. God's covenant with Abraham has always been valid and it has never been transferred.     A large section of the Christian church, including many devout Bible-believing scholars, many evangelical denominations, and even some premillennialists, are deluded with the idea that because Israel nationally rejected their Messiah, her privileges were forfeited. They mistakenly think that God's purpose to bless the world through Abraham's natural seed has been transferred to the Church which they say without any biblical basis is the “spiritual Israel.”     According to their reasoning, the “spiritual Israel”– the Church – has superseded the national Israel. In other

Discernment Needed: The Church is NOT Israel

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Replacement Theology teaches that the church takes the place of Israel, that God is finished with Israel and that today believers are a "spiritual Israel" or "the Israel of God" (Gal. 6:16). These errors are common in Reformed/Covenant theology, which has its roots in Roman Catholicism. The Roman Catholic church also believes that she takes the place of Israel. Strangely, all these seek to supersede Israel in the blessings but not in the curses and judgments. Confused thinking about Israel, the Gentiles and the Church has brought great confusion and done untold harm. The latest aberration is "Christian Palestinianism," which would recognize "Palestine" (Latin word for "Philistine") and give them the land that God gave to Israel forever. C. I. Scofield wrote an excellent article on the need to recognize and think clearly about the three major divisions of humanity as noted in 1 Corinthians 10:32. He wrote: Chapter 1 THE JE

The Children are Watching

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Obscenities telecast to millions of America's homes now cause not a ripple of protest Condensed  from   CHICAGO TRIBUNE BOB GREENE MILLIONS OF FAMILIES Sat down in their living rooms one evening last August to watch a live Madonna concert from France, telecast on the cable network Home Box Office. Because Madonna is such a huge international star-and because the telecast was heavily promoted and aired in prime time on a week-end millions of children certainly watched with their parents.     What happened on all those screens was that Madonna repeatedly used the one obscene word that has been routinely barred from the public airwaves. Later in the show she writhed on a bed and simulated masturbation. She also laughingly used common street terms for male genitals.     We live in an anything-goes age, so the show's witless and purposely vulgar content was not surprising. The language itself was nothing that has not been heard in movies or on cable-TV comedy sp

Television and the Christian Home

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by J. Kerr Duff (1899-1983 The fact that the following article was written many years ago when television was less corrupt and before VCR's and the widespread availability of videos, makes the counsel given even more pertinent for us today than when it was originally written.      There are many perils which threaten the spiritual well-being of the believer in these last closing days. Some of these dangers are apparent and can be easily discerned, while others are like sunken rocks which cannot be readily seen, but are for that very cause all the more dangerous.      Such a menace to the Christian is to be found in television (TV) which Satan exploits for the accomplishment of his own sinister ends. No one will deny that it is a most wonderful invention and some items in the programs are educational and instructive,

Religious Messengers

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"There are several possible sources of a religious message. The devil may send messages to confuse men. Men may band together and send men who do not know the truth and who preach error. Men may decide within themselves that they are going out with a religious message. Finally, there are those who are chosen by God and sent forth by Him...     "First, the Bible teaches plainly that there are religious messengers who are sent out by the devil. The Lord Jesus Christ flatly told the religious leaders of His day that they were not from the God and Father of the Lord Jesus but that they were sent by Satan. Remember that these words are the words of our Lord Jesus. "I speak of what I have seen with my Father and you do what you have heard from your father...Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil and your will is to do your father's desire..." (John 8:38-44)...      "In the seco

Shame,Aristotle and God

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Aristotle wrote: "Shame is the mark of a base man and belongs to a character capable of shameful acts." His error was dividing mankind into different categories, some base, some not base. God's analysis of humanity is that all men are base and capable of shameful acts, "for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). "There is none that doeth good, no not one" (Romans 3:12). Psychologists treat shame as the problem in itself, but they are wrong. They do a great disservice to mankind, teaching people to sin without shame. Shame on them! Shame is not the problem; sin is! Shame comes from sin, and sin must be repented of if there is to be forgiveness. Their false teaching only insures the judgment of God upon the unashamed and unrepentant. "Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I vi

Christ the Stumbling Stone

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"And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.  And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken."   Isaiah 8:14-15    "They stumbled at the stumbling stone..."    Romans 9:32 "Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient, whereunto also they were appointed". 1 Peter 2:7-8  Donald Grey Barnhouse wrote: "Christ is the stumbling stone. This is an astonishing figure of speech until we look at it closely. They we realize how God presents Christ to us, and how that presentation offends everything that is in the natural heart. Men are willing