Just How Close Are We – part 4

Here’s what is coming up on The Remnant Road on Hebrew Nation Radio for Monday, August 29:

160328 70 WeeksSteve Moutria is back!  It’s been a year since Steve and Angie followed the Holy Spirit’s leading to establish TorahFamily.org.  He returns to the Remnant Road to tell us what has happened in that year and what they hope to see in the near future.
And in terms of near future, we’ll revisit our conversations with Steve about the Days of Noah.  As part of our Prophecy Series last spring Steve shared his thoughts on the End Times, providing some radical observations about what Yeshua meant when He said the days of the Tribulation would be shortened (Matthew 24:22), and what exactly Daniel’s 70 Weeks are (Daniel 9:24-27). We will pick up where we left off and find out what Steve has been thinking over the summer!
If you would like to hear Steve’s “Days of Noah” and related teachings, visit TorahFamily.org and check out the “Off the Cuff” series at http://torahfamily.org/category/otc/.  Or just click on the links below:

Remnant Road 01The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn and Daniel Holdings, is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.


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To My Daughter the Bride: A Lesson in Chosenness

 

My first encounter with a chuppa was watching Norman Jewison's 1971 film adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof. I did not understand at the time the significance of the canopy over the bride and groom. (© 1971 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

My first encounter with a chuppa was in Norman Jewison’s 1971 film adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof. I did not understand at the time the significance of the canopy over the bride and groom.  (© 1971 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

Yesterday morning, as I reviewed the news over breakfast, something unusual caught my eye.  It wasn’t actually a news item, but it did appear in one of my usual news sources.  There on the sidebar of The Times of Israel web page was this article with the title, “To My Daughter Under the Chupa”.  As soon as I saw it, I thought, “Hey!  In about a month I’ll have a daughter standing under a chupa.  Maybe I should read this.”

I did read it, and I was greatly blessed.  It is the speech Rabbi Shmuley Boteach presented recently at the wedding of his daughter.  What I found in his remarks was something I have come to expect in Jewish biblical exposition:  a profound depth of truth and wisdom that not only supports, but to a great extent completes what I learned in my Christian upbringing.

Perhaps it would be good to explain what a chupa is.  It can also be spelled chuppa.  The Hebrew pronunciation is difficult for an English speaker, but saying “hoopa” is close enough.  One reputable Jewish source explains the chuppa this way:

The chuppah is a tapestry attached to the tops of four poles.  The word chuppah means covering or protection, and is intended as a roof or covering for the bride and groom at their wedding.

The chuppah is not merely a charming folk custom, a ceremonial object carried over from a primitive past.  It serves a definite, though complicated, legal purpose:  It is the decisive act that formally permits the couple’s new status of marriage to be actualized, and it is the legal conclusion of the marriage process that began with betrothal. . . .

Chuppah symbolizes the groom’s home, and the bride’s new domain.  More specifically, the chuppah symbolizes the bridal chamber, where the marital act was consummated in ancient times.

– Chabad.org, The Bridal Canopy (Chuppah)

This helps explain what I mean when I say that Jewish learning complements my Christian learning.  What I mean in this case is that the pastors and teachers I have been blessed to know have consistently taught me that I am part of the Bride of Christ.  What they did not teach me was what that means.  To understand this requires a Hebraic perspective that takes into account the entire record of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation.  That is where the Jewish learning comes in.  The rabbis know that Israel is the chosen of God, and that He will betroth her as His bride.  What the rabbis and the pastors together could not have known until now is that this blessed betrothed one, the Israel of the rabbis and the Church of the pastors, is the same corporate body of believers joined together in the covenant sealed with the blood of YHVH’s Anointed.

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7 Scriptural Proofs For Two House (Theology), following up on Zac Bauer

Last week I had the pleasure of being in a meeting with Frank Houtz, one of the most accomplished Bible scholars I have known. In that meeting, Frank noted that doctrines are often established on surprisingly few Bible passages – five or less, and some as few as two. These would be considered strong doctrinal positions even though their scriptural basis might be considered flimsy at best. Why, then, is the idea of Two Houses of Israel considered heretical and wacky?
As you will see in this post by my seminary-trained colleague Pete Rambo, there is far more scriptural evidence for the existence and prophetic significance of Israel’s Two Houses than there is for the pre-Tribulation rapture. Pete starts building his case by referring to a recent video from Zachary Bauer which in itself is a powerful presentation simply because he lets the Bible speak for itself. Watch, read, and ponder these things prayerfully.

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One of the large theological stumbling blocks in Hebrew roots and Messianic circles today is a doctrinal position termed ‘Two House theology.’  It is a topic I have covered on this blog before, but recent conversation has led me to understand that we need to go over it again.  I firmly believe that Scripture, and especially prophecy, cannot be rightly understood until one fully grasps and embraces the Two House position.  That is not to say one cannot be saved, but I do not believe one will understand what is happening and how prophecy is being fulfilled until they fully understand and embrace Two House.

Here is an opening video that will begin our discussion.  Please watch, then read on…

Zac begins with seven verses that clearly demonstrate that the idea of two houses, and the meaning of the phrase, is not only entirely Scriptural, but connected to multiple significant…

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Radio Station Announces Arrival of Messiah in Jerusalem – Breaking Israel News

Yes, this is a real headline from Breaking Israel News.  But no, Messiah has not actually arrived.  As Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz reports, this was “a clever studio creation, and not an actual news report.”  In that sense, it was much like Orson Welles’ famous 1938 radio drama, War of the Worlds, which frightened Americans with “news” of a Martian invasion of the planet.  In this modern Israeli equivalent, the supposed report from the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem featured excited Jewish crowds welcoming the long-awaited Messiah at the end of Tisha b’Av, the fast of the 9th of Av which marks the destruction of both Hebrew Temples.

This is one of two significant reports Berkowitz has published this week.  The other article bears the headline, “Is It Time to Reestablish the Davidic Kingdom in Israel?”   It relates the verified existence of hundreds of descendants of King David, many of whom trace their family origins back to Aleppo, Syria – a city much in the news today as a central battleground of that troubled country’s civil war.  The question the article poses is serious, although it is not getting much attention in Israeli governmental and rabbinical circles for what should be obvious reasons.  After all, who would want to relinquish their governmental and religious power to a descendant from a monarchy that has not held any power for 2,500 years?

Except that that is precisely what is to happen, according to the Bible.

What Eliyahu Berkowitz has done with these two articles is highlight the growing interest among religious Jews in the prophecies of Messiah’s coming and the reestablishment of the Davidic kingdom.  There are, of course, some very important differences in the Messianic expectations of Jews and those of Christians and Messianic/Hebrew Roots believers.  What we share in common is that we all expect the Messianic Kingdom to be ruled by the Son of David, but is this Son of David a physical or a spiritual descendant of the great king?  And who or what exactly is Messiah anyway?  

It is a great encouragement and a monumental sign of the times to learn of the excitement building in many of our Jewish brethren about Messiah’s imminent coming – and it is imperative that we begin talking with one another to communicate our different expectations.  This “Messianic expectation management” is essential, not only so that we can understand one another, but also so that we can help each other guard against the deceptions that surely will come at this culmination YHVH’s great redemptive plan.

BFB160818 Shofar at KotelOn Saturday night, a broadcast radio station from Jerusalem interrupted its regular programming for a special newsflash: the Messiah had arrived.  )(Source: Radio Station Announces Arrival of Messiah in Jerusalem – Breaking Israel News)

 

BFB160818 King DavidHundreds of descendants of King David are alive today, with verifiable family trees dating back 90 generations. Could the Davidic Dynasty be reestablished?  (Source: Is It Time to Reestablish the Davidic Kingdom in Israel? – Breaking Israel News)


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Nations Within Nations

Here’s what is coming up on The Remnant Road on Hebrew Nation Radio for Monday, August 22:

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The Apostle Paul has some interesting words about the call to redemption that has gone out to the entire world.  Placing that call in the context of the nation of Israel, he writes,
But I say, surely Israel did not know, did they?  First Moses says, “I will make you jealous by that which is not a nation, by a nation without understanding will I anger you.”  And Isaiah is very bold and says, “I was found by those who did not seek Me, I became manifest to those who did not ask for Me.” (Romans 10:19-21, quoting Deuteronomy 32:21 and Isaiah 65:1).
What exactly does he mean?  We can learn some of the answer by asking indigenous peoples around the world.  Many of them have legends and prophecies about the Creator who wrote a book which they lost, but which they hope to regain one day.  When they hear the good news of redemption through Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ), they respond with joy, knowing that the lost book is found.
Today many indigenous peoples are awakening to something more:  their identity as Hebrews.  Some are at least partially descended from the Tribes of Israel scattered into all nations, but even if not they are learning what many with Christian roots are learning:  that God is serious when He says they are grafted into the olive tree of Israel which includes both Jewish (Judah) and non-Jewish (Joseph/Ephraim) branches.
We will talk about this phenomenon with Dr. Iglahliq Suuqiina, a disciple of Yeshua blessed not only with Inuit (Alaska Native) and Mi’Kmaq (Native American) ancestry, but also with lineage tracing to the English Pilgrim colonists who settled in Massachusetts. With his wife Qaumaniq, Suuqiina founded Indigenous Messengers International, a ministry dedicated to the reconciliation and restoration of all peoples with one another and with their Creator through the redemptive work of Messiah Yeshua.
Join us for another uplifting and educational experience on the Remnant Road!

Remnant Road 01The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn and Daniel Holdings, is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.


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News About the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress

The First B’ney Yosef National Congress convened nearly a year and a half ago, at the end of May 2015.  That means it is about time that we should hear news of the Second Congress.  Since the beginning of this year we have known that the Second Congress would take place October 26-31 at the Eshel Hashomron Hotel in Ariel, Israel.  Now, at last, planning has begun!  The following post is from Etz B’ney Yosef, the official site of the Congress.  Here are details on the direction this historic gathering will take as Ephraimites from around the world assemble to consider the next steps in the global awakening of Israel’s northern tribes.


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Second B’ney Yosef National Congress

Wednesday evening, October 26, through Sunday evening, October 30, 2016

Originally published on Etz B’ney Yosef

BFB160816 Families LogoThe purpose of last year’s (our first) B’ney Yosef National Congress was to explore ideas on how to reconstitute ourselves as the nation (stick) of Yosef (Ephraim) prior to attempting to unite with Judah. (See Ezekiel 37:15-38)  If you attended last year’s Congress, then you can attest to the fact that YHVH was certainly present at the gathering and that we were all greatly blessed by the experience.  Although there were many outcomes from the meeting, two of the most important were:

  • For the restoration of the House of Yosef to proceed, we must first have a change of heart.  Ephraim must repent of the desire to rule the house of Jacob; he must humbly return as a servant and not aspire to a kingly position.  His role is a New Covenant “priestly” one, to bring righteousness to the House of YHVH/Jacob through the New Covenant established by his High Priest and Redeemer, Yeshua the Messiah.
  • We must approach one another as well as our brother Judah in true humility, recognizing our position as the Prodigal Son who is being graciously received by his Father (Luke 15:11-32).  We need to see our position through the eyes of our brother, who has a long list of grievances against us which need to be forgiven.

The ripple effect of last year’s Congress cannot be ignored.  As mentioned above, there were very positive responses and outcomes, but also negative ones which came to the fore, accentuating real problems that exist within the Ephraimite community.  Hence, we believe that during this coming gathering we should examine our hearts through the lenses of relevant scriptures, and hear what the Spirit is saying to the “kehila of Israel’s Northern house” regarding those matters that historically and currently are still at work, as well as discover together where Abba is at in the process of the re-gathering.  We definitely do not want to lag behind, but also not to run ahead of Him.

The theme of this year’s Congress is:

Family Reunion

Last year we met many of our brothers from the House of Yosef for the first time and found out we were related!  God has miraculously called us to be part of His family.  This year, we need to get to know our family members better and strengthen our personal relationships so that we can begin to come together as a nation.

Here is a list of some of the topics we will explore at the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress:

  • Ephraim’s history that led to their expulsion from the land and their divorce from YHVH
  • Trace the path that led to the Northern Kingdom’s sin and examine the root cause
  • Discuss how to repent of these acts and if necessary do it
  • Examine defining moments in the life of Israel as a nation and as a people
  • Examine Ephraim’s role as a priesthood
  • Learn about our relatives spread throughout the world
  • Hear reports of B’ney Yosef activities from the various countries represented
  • Compare notes, learning what works and what doesn’t

There will be presenters for each main topic and then breakout round table discussion and/or prayer sessions.

If you sense that Elohim is calling you to be an active participant in the restoration of the northern kingdom of Israel, the House of Yosef, this Second B’ney Yosef National Congress may be beneficial and meaningful for you.

If you are interested please contact:  amephraimchai@gmail.com

Committed to the Restoration of the Whole House of Israel

Source: Etz B’ney Yosef – Congress


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Previewed! The Way Documentary

Pete Rambo has posted the first review I’ve seen on The Way, The Truth, & The Life, which has just been released today, August 14. As you can see, Pete’s assessment is entirely positive – which means The Way is the balanced presentation of the Messianic/Hebrew Roots phenomenon that we have been expecting since the beginning of the year! We are eagerly awaiting our DVD and will post a review of our own once we see the movie. In the meantime, you can order your own DVD, or buy a download at https://www.thewaydoc.com/buy/.

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We have been anxiously awaiting the release of The Way, a documentary about the global movement away from Christian tradition and toward a lifestyle that more accurately reflects Scripture and Yeshua!  Well, yesterday, The Way DVD1-copyour home fellowship opened with worship, prayer and the Shema, then instead of our normal Scripture/Torah midrash, we watched the doco via a pre-release streaming link.

LOVED IT!!

Everybody in the room loved the film.  Our main complaint might be that there was not enough of it, but at an hour and 27 minutes, it does a terrific job of covering a very broad and detailed topic with balanced exposure that is both compassionate, sensitive and at times screaming funny.  (There was some debate as to whether the clip with the gentleman telling about circumcising himself should have been in there or not…  😲 But, that was rolling on the floor funny!  Nobody

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Growing the Nation Through Shabbat

Here’s what is coming up on The Remnant Road on Hebrew Nation Radio for Monday, August 15:

160815 Pappas - National ShabbatWhat exactly is a National Shabbat?  Very simply, it is a gathering of people on the day YHVH designated as His special day to worship Him as part of His covenant people of Israel.
This week we welcome Tzefanyah Pappas, co-founder of the B’ney Yosef National Shabbat movement. In the year since the first National Shabbat in North Georgia, the phenomenon has spread from coast to coast in the United States, and north to Canada.  Tzefanyah will tell us how that happened and what we can expect in the near future.  He will also talk about how you can participate in a National Shabbat, or maybe even host one in your area! Join us for an encouraging and surprising discussion about the awakening that is beginning to touch every segment of YHVH’s people.

Remnant Road 01The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn and Daniel Holdings, is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.


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Forty Days of Repentance, Reconciliation, and Restoration

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This Fall is shaping up t be a doozy.  It is clear that we are not living in times that are ‘business as usual.’  Rather, the nations rage and they are wildly straining against the Lord’s Anointed.  Following is our best response and preparation for this fast coming season of uproar.


Forty Days of Repentance, Reconciliation, and Restoration

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Originally posted here.

(From the Evening of Sept 3, 2016 to the evening of October 12, 2016)

Repentance, reconciliation, and restoration are all elements of the journey of the bride. It is at this time, starting with the first of Elul, that BYNA has chosen to focus on this part of the journey of the bride that began at Passover and continues through the cycle of Festivals. In ancient times, the bride had to make herself ready for the arrival of her husband. The betrothal period was the time that she…

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Turkey in the Straw

Here’s what is coming up on The Remnant Road on Hebrew Nation Radio for Monday, August 8:

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Is a Caliph the same as a Sultan?  Is a Sultan also a Mahdi?  Where does the Twelfth Imam fit in all this?  Are they, or could they be, the same person?  How might the Muslim Brotherhood factor into the equation?  Does the Bible have anything to say about it?
For questions like these, the right person to ask should be someone who knows the Bible as well as Islam, Middle Eastern cultures, and the politics of jihadist terrorism.
It just so happens that we know such a person:  Philip Haney, author of See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad. We have invited Phil back to The Remnant Road to talk about the phenomenon of Recep Tayip Erdoğan, President of Turkey.  Is Erdoğan really trying to resurrect the Ottoman Empire and unite the Islamic world under his own leadership?  If not, then what exactly is he doing? Does this have anything to do with the biblical End Times scenarios, and what should followers of Yeshua know about it?
Join us for another fascinating conversation!

Remnant Road 01The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn and Daniel Holdings, is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.


© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2016.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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