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Picture of the Week 06/07/17

Did anyone notice that the continued existence of the Jewish people as a nation is the greatest evidence that there is a God in heaven?


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The Dilemma of the Ger: Commentary on “Has an Ancient Biblical Status for Non-Jews Reemerged After 2500 Years?”

The Torah Awakening among Christians is creating something the world has not seen for two thousand years:  a growing body of non-Jewish people who are doing the best they can to live by God’s eternal standards (His Torah – Law, Teaching, Commandments), but who do not intend to convert to Judaism.

What is the world to do with such people?  Perhaps the more immediate question is, what are the Jewish people and the State of Israel to do with such people?

Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler explored these questions recently in an article for Breaking Israel News.  Her article, “Has an Ancient Biblical Status for Non-Jews Reemerged after 2500 Years?”, presents the biblical concept of ger, (גָּר, Strong’s H1616), or foreigner, as a possible status for Torah-keeping non-Jews.  Dr. Adler and I have shared some correspondence on this question, and hopefully will be able to continue that conversation in a point-counterpoint discussion.  Here is my initial offering.

According to Strong’s Concordance, a ger is a “sojourner; a temporary inhabitant, a newcomer lacking inherited rights; of foreigners in Israel, though conceded rights”.  The implication is that such people are not Israelites, not Hebrews, and not members of the nation or commonwealth of Israel. 

This is where we run into several issues.  The easy path is to argue these points, but that is not necessarily the wisest path.  What we all need is the path of wisdom and reconciliation, and that is what I hope to investigate.

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Picture of the Week 12/28/16

Mr. Kerry is probably more right than he realizes.

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The Jerusalem Debate – But, What Should We Do????? | The Lamb’s Servant

By Bob Parham

bfb161201-gods-graceI understand that my responses to the Eleven Objections against going to Jerusalem for the Pilgrimage Feasts still leave some HUGE questions for every one that is still in the Diaspora.

What SHOULD we do?  Do we still celebrate the feasts as though we were in Jerusalem?  Should we not meet at all?  Are we sinning if we do or don’t do the feasts outside of Jerusalem?

Wow, these are some major questions!  I’m not sure that I have perfect answers for them, either.  First and foremost, you need to take this to your Father and ask Him to reveal truth to you.  Second of all, maybe I can give you some ideas to consider.

If I were still in America instead of being in The Land, I don’t think I would want to participate in a glorious celebration like I would if I were in The Land.  I think:

  • I wouldn’t have a big ‘production’ or pay a lot of money for a celebration elsewhere.
  • If I were to meet with a group of people it would be to teach about the feasts and call the people to mourn, because we weren’t in Jerusalem where we should be.

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The Jerusalem Debate – Why Should We Want To Go To Jerusalem? | The Lamb’s Servant

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By Bob Parham

Following is a quick list of why we should WANT to go to Jerusalem:

  1. It’s a command. ( Ex 23:14-17) (Ex. 34:23-24) (Deut. 16:16)
  2. You will be HAPPY if your heart is set on going to Jerusalem. (Psalms 84:5)
  3. Your weeping is turned to blessing. (Psalms 84:6)
  4. You go from strength to strength. (Psalms 84:7)
  5. You meet with Yah there. (Psalms 84:7)
  6. Yah causes those holding your children and brothers captive to be kind to them and set them free. (2 Chronicles 30:9)
  7. You learn to revere Yah’s name always. ( Deut. 14:23)
  8. You will have long life. (Deut .6:2)
  9. Blessings for you and your children. (Deut 4:40; 6:2-7; 11:2-21; etc.)
  10. You will want to reconnect to your brother Judah and to the land. (I Kings 12: 26-27)
  11. You will eat in the presence of YHWH. (Deut 14:23)
  12. You can join with YHWH in making Jerusalem a place of praise. (Isaiah 62:6-7)

I’m sure there are hundreds more reasons to want to go up to Jerusalem for the feasts.  As you think on more, write them down.  Never let someone talk you into losing your joy for Jerusalem.  If it’s extremely important to YHWH, shouldn’t it be as important to you?


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Source: WHY SHOULD WE WANT TO GO TO JERUSALEM? | The Lamb’s Servant


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The Jerusalem Debate – Objection Number 6: Jerusalem is too far for you to go! | The Lamb’s Servant

Response by Bob Parham

“Are we there yet?” “NO!” “Are we there yet?” “NO!”

“Are we there yet?” “NO!” “Are we there yet?” “NO!”

The first thing that came to my mind when I heard this teaching was the scripture that tells us about King Jeroboam’s politically-motivated betrayal of YHWH:

I Kings 12:26-29 – [Jeroboam speaking] If this people [the Israelites] go up to do sacrifice in the house of YHWH at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.  Whereupon the king [Jeroboam] took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them [the people of Israel], IT IS TOO MUCH FOR YOU TO GO UP TO JERUSALEM:  behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.  And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

Bethel was only a few miles from Jerusalem!!  Jeroboam’s teaching had nothing to do with making life easier, and it obviously had nothing to do with obedience to God’s commands – it was inspired by the enemy and was effective in drawing the people AWAY from meeting with YHWH in His appointed place at His appointed times.

The following is a passage that I recently heard used to teach this idea that “if Jerusalem is too far (not practical) for you to go, then celebrate the feasts (and by implication, the sacrifices) in any of your towns where you live.”  Where does this concept come from?  It comes from a misunderstanding of passages in Deuteronomy 12:

Deuteronomy 12 –  (20) When the Lord your God has enlarged your territory as he promised you, and you crave meat and say, “I would like some meat,” then you may eat as much of it as you want.  (21) If the place where the Lord your God chooses to put his Name is TOO FAR AWAY FROM YOU, you may slaughter animals from the herds and flocks the Lord has given you, as I have commanded you, and in your own towns you may eat as much of them as you want.  (22) Eat them as you would gazelle or deer.  Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat.  (23) But be sure you do not eat the blood, because the blood is the life, and you must not eat the life with the meat.  (24) You must not eat the blood; pour it out on the ground like water.  (25) Do not eat it, so that it may go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord.

Now, when you take a look at this passage and give special attention to the bold underlined verses (vs. 21 & 22), it could at first appear to some that Yah is giving an alternative to going to Jerusalem for the feasts.  But what does the passage actually say?

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The Jerusalem Debate – Objection Number 4: The Synagogue of Satan! | The Lamb’s Servant

Response by Bob Parham

bfb161122-spoonfeedingAnother objection is given that “The People/Government of Israel aren’t/isn’t of God.  They belong to Satan, so we shouldn’t want to go there.”

I’ve heard it said that “The government is evil, run by Satan himself.  The people aren’t really ‘Jews’:  they are just ‘Zionists’, trying to take the land for personal benefit.”

I agree that the government of Israel today isn’t a government that rules itself completely by Torah.  It has many problems and has made many mistakes, I’m sure.  There are even perverted, corrupt, evil, anti-God people living in the country.  So, is this a reason to not go to Jerusalem for the Pilgrimage Feasts as required by Torah?  NO!

What was the government like when Yeshua and Paul were there?  Did the Sanhedrin or a Jewish governing body run Israel?  No, the extremely pagan and corrupt Romans ran it.

Josephus, a First Century historian, described how the Romans would take Yeshua’s followers and sew them up in animal skins in an arena and then set wild dogs or lions on them to rip them apart alive. They were certainly evil people.

That fact didn’t keep Yeshua or His disciples out.  They still went to Jerusalem as prescribed.

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The Jerusalem Debate – Objection Number 3: The Land is defiled! | The Lamb’s Servant

Response by Bob Parham

bfb161121-when-the-land-vomitsSo far, reasons 1 and 2 are facts:  There is no temple and there is no peace with Israel’s enemies.  Objection Number 3 is an indisputable fact, too.  The Land is (and has been) defiled.  But a couple of really good questions would be:  When did the land become defiled?” and “Has the Land’s defilement ever made a difference in Yah’s expectations that we would obey His commands?”

When did the land become defiled?  Obviously it was defiled before the Israelites ever entered it.  (Yet they DID enter it.)

Leviticus 18 – (25) And the land is defiled:  therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.  (26) Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:  (27) (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled.)

It is clear that the Land had been defiled as early as the book of Leviticus.  I believe that Scripture would prove it out that the Land has continued to be defiled through the time of the Prophets, through the time of Yeshua, and even up to today!

Jeremiah 2 – (7) I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce.  But you came and defiled my land.

Jeremiah 3 – (8) And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding  Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.  (9) And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.  (10) And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the Lord.

And a second very important question would be:  “Because the land has pretty much always been defiled, did that cause the commands concerning the pilgrimage feasts to end as quickly as they were given?”

When Yeshua was in Jerusalem, was the land defiled?  YES!

When He went to the temple, was it defiled?  YES!

Matthew 21 – (12) Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there.  He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.  (13) It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’  (14) The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.

Yeshua walked right over, through and past the defilement to complete His mission.

Aren’t we told to walk as He walked? (1 John 2:6)

Yeshua understood that the land being defiled (or even the Temple being defiled) has never had the POWER to change or end YAH‘s commands!  Remember Yah’s promise to Solomon that Yah’s heart and eyes would be there forever?

1 Kings 9:3 – And YHWH said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house [the Temple], which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.  

2 Kings 21:7 – in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: (See 1 Kings 11:36, etc)

2 Chron 33:4 – . . . YHWH had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever.

It strikes me as rather odd (not to mention illogical) that the very same people who believe we should NOT observe the feasts in Jerusalem ‘because the land is defiled’ or because Israel’s government is ‘satanic’ WILL observe the feasts in countries like the USA that regularly and even proudly defy YHWH and His Torah.

FOR EXAMPLE, here in Aqaba, Jordan, do you know what the Muslim people were doing just before the feast of Sukkot?  They were making animal sacrifices all over Jordan – in their yards or driveways – while facing Mecca.  According to Torah, the people in this land were participating in sacrifices to goat demons when they sacrificed anywhere they wanted!  (Lev 17:7)  Surely this would and did defile the land, right?

Or how about the U.S., where a baby is aborted every 26 seconds (over a million American babies every year), and as hazardous waste, the babies are literally passed through the fire, just as the children were passed through the fire to Molech in the Bible.  Surely this defiles the land there, as well.

In Jerusalem, on the other hand, almost the entire city is shut down in observance of each Feast and Shabbat, and the people quite literally dance in the streets in joy because they are free to worship the Living God in His Own City!

May we be like our King Yeshua, who walked right over, through and past the defilement to complete His mission:  the loving and obedient worship of the Father and the unity of the brethren.

When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.  John 15:10 NLT


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The Jerusalem Debate – Objection Number 2: Israel Has No Peace From Her Enemies | The Lamb’s Servant

Response by Bob Parham

bfb161120-ding-dongOne of the first things people think about when considering a trip to Israel at any time of the year, let alone for the Feasts, is SAFETY and SECURITY.  Let’s face it, Israel is under constant threat of attack and much too regularly suffers from bombings, stabbings, and every other kind of terrorist attack.  Does Abba really expect His people to meet Him in such a dangerous place?

When Yah was giving the commands concerning the Pilgrimage Feasts, He promised that He would first give Israel PEACE and then pick the specific city, which turned out to be Jerusalem.  For many, the fact that Israel certainly does not enjoy peace right now seems to be a strong indicator that this is not the scripturally ordained time for celebrating the Feasts in Jerusalem.

First, we need to know if Yah has ever given Israel peace from their enemies.  Consider the following passages:

2 Samuel 7: 1, 11 – (1) And it came to pass, when the king [David] sat in his house, and the Lord had given him rest round about from all his enemies . . . (11) And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies.

1 Chronicles 22:9 – But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side.  His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign.

So we can say, YES, Jerusalem was chosen as the place for Yah’s Name, and YES, David and Solomon did indeed have peace during their reigns.  BUT, peace was lost again with the reign of Rehoboam, because he abandoned the Torah of YHWH.  In fact, Rehoboam made war against his own brethren, the Israelites!  (1 Kings 12:21)  Thankfully, peace soon returned to Israel with King Asa.

2 Chronicles 14 – (2) Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God.  (3) He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.  (4) He commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his laws and commands.  (5) He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him.  (6) He built up the fortified cities of Judah, since the land was at peace.  No one was at war with him during those years, for the Lord gave him rest.

Well, not quite:  even Asa faced unrest And there was war between Asa [King of Judah] and Baasha king of Israel all their days.  (1 Kings 15:16)

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Israel 2016: Picking Up Where We Left Off – A Report on the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress

A remarkable thing happened seventeen months ago, when the First B’ney Yosef National Congress convened in Ariel, Israel.  At that time a people who had not existed as a people for over 2,700 years came back from the ash heap of history.  The people of the House of Joseph (Yosef) – Ephraim, those “Lost Tribes” of Israel’s northern kingdom – assembled in Samaria, the territory of their ancient ancestors, and acknowledged their belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to accomplish His Word to bring their people back as a nation and join them with the Jewish part of Israel (the House of Judah) in fulfillment of His covenant.

Delegates gather at the Second B'ney Yosef National Congress, October 26, 2016.

Delegates gather at the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress, October 26, 2016.

It was a modest beginning; only a little over 130 people attended, representing 12 countries.  We made no bold declarations, but humbly whispered to one another and to the world that we were ready to answer the Father’s call and walk out the return of the Prodigal.  Humble indeed, but astounding nevertheless.  Certainly no less astounding than the reestablishment of the State of Israel in 1948 after 1,900 years of dissolution.

The momentum of that First Congress has carried into the Second B’ney Yosef Congress, which is now in its third day.  The Congress convened on the evening of October 26, 2016, and will continue until Monday, October 31.  The venue once again is the Eshel Hashomron Hotel in Ariel.  The numbers of delegates are about the same, but this time there are some significant differences. 

For one thing, the number of nations has grown to 15.  Not surprisingly, the United States has the largest number of delegates, comprising about half of the total.  What is surprising is that the second largest contingent is from one of the world’s smallest countries:  the Netherlands.  Over 20 Dutch Ephraimites are here, imparting a beautiful Dutch accent to all the proceedings.  Also represented are Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Fiji, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Peru, South Africa, Sweden, and Switzerland.  A central feature of the Congress has been reports from each of these countries, as well as video and proxy reports from Finland, Pakistan, Uganda, and India. 

These reports build a mosaic of the Hebrew Awakening happening across the globe.  In Pakistan, for example, Pastor Qaiser Ilyas shared by video his work in building Hebrew language and Torah teaching programs in Urdu for children and adults.  Valerie Bulkunu, representing the Aboriginal people of Australia, shared the revival that is beginning among the youth of her people, and the awakening among Aboriginals to their Hebrew roots and Israelite identity.  A similar phenomenon is happening among the Mizo people of northeast India, as Margot Crossing related in her report about the descendants of exiled Israelites who migrated across the Silk Road into South Asia.  These developments are happening simultaneously with the better-known Torah awakenings in Europe and North America, and in time will have an even more significant impact as tens of millions of Ephraimites come into the understanding of their covenant identity.

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