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October 27, 2019

“And I [God] will put enmity between thee [the serpent] and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it [or ‘he’] shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15). “When Yeshua therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:30). Genesis 3:15 is generally regarded as the first Messianic prophecy, the first direct statement to predict a Messiah, a Redeemer who would someday come and undo the damage that the serpent did in Paradise. Genesis 3:15 is just one single verse, but it reveals quite a few details about the coming Messiah.

October 20, 2019

Judaism makes much of the arba’a minim, the four species traditionally used in the celebration of Sukkot: the etrog or citron fruit, which is held in one hand, while the lulav made of palm, willow, and myrtle branches is held in the other hand and raised, pointed, lowered, and shaken during worship. These are the four species. However, it’s not so clear in Leviticus 23 that these were the four exact species. Ets hadar literally means “splendid tree”; ets avot literally means “thick tree”; arvei nachal means “willow,” but there is a significant amount of evidence to suggest it might mean “poplar.” Nor is it clear in Leviticus that the celebration is to be limited to only four species. In Nehemiah, the Jews celebrated with “olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of

October 13, 2019

Christians who read the KJV usually know it as the Feast of Tabernacles (Zech. 14 & John 7) or the Feast of Booths (Lev. 23 & Neh. 8). Christians who read modern translations may know it as the Feast of Shelters, or the Feast of Huts, or something like that. Jews usually call it by its Biblical Hebrew name, Sukkot (sometimes spelled Succot). Classical Jewish sources sometimes just call it ha-chag, "the Feast," because it is the final feast of the Bible's annual cycle of the Feast Days, and it therefore prophetically represents the culmination of human history and the setting up of the future Messianic Kingdom. From my personal observation, I would guess that the most commonly-used term for the Feast among non-Jews is the Feast of Tabernacles. The second most commonly-used term is probably the Feast of Booths.

October 6, 2019

On the Jewish calendar, the Sabbath between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuvah. It is the Sabbath which occurs during yamim ha-nora’im, the ten “days of awe” which precede Yom Kippur. This year Shabbat Shuvah is on September 15. The ten days of awe are traditionally used as a time to do serious soul-searching and to focus on repentance. Repentance was a major part of the messages preached by the Old Testament Prophets, by John the Baptist, by Yeshua, and by the Apostles. All these men called God’s people to repentance. What exactly is repentance? How important is it to know? And how important is it to repent? Well, consider the following:

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