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Shana Tova—Happy Rosh Hashanah

On September 17th, the shofars sounded the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Every year, the trumpets announce the beginning of the High Holy Days on the Jewish calendar, leading up to the Day of Atonement. The predominant theme of Rosh Hashanah is repentance; ten Days of Awe when pious Jews devote themselves to solemn introspection and self-evaluation. A good thing for Christian believers to do as well.

 Sadly, this year the shofars are also sounding a warning—just as they did in Old Testament days to alert the people of danger and call them into battle. As Israelis celebrate the new year, they are also preparing for war. They desperately and urgently need our help and prayers right now; while the Middle East is on fire and Muslim protesters are burning USA and Israeli flags in cities around the world.

 It is important for Christians to understand their Jewish roots. Our Hebrew roots are part of the church’s DNA. The believer’s relationship with the nation of Israel is deeper than showing compassion toward the Jewish people; or obeying scripture to bless Israel and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

 In John chapter 15, Yeshua explained that all believers are engrafted into the Vine of Israel. The root of the vine is unseen, as our life is hidden in Christ. Jesus Christ is the root of the vine and all believers are branches of this vine. The holy root bears the tree. (Romans 11:16-18) 

 So, how do we learn about our Jewish roots? The truth unfolds in Scripture. Observing Rosh Hashanah is just one example, and we can begin with the first ten days of the New Year:

 The Hebrew calendar parallels with biblical events in the Word of God. The world adopts  the Gregorian calendar, which is a modification of the earlier Julian calendar. Still, many Christian believers have adopted the Hebrew calendar, rejecting modifications from the original biblical celebrations in the early church.

 The Hebrew calendar parallels with biblical events in the Word of God. For example, history indicates that Christ was born on September 11 on the celebration of Rosh Hashanah. Joseph had to return to his home town of Bethlehem for the Roman census, and Mary gave birth to Jesus as soon as they arrived. The Magi arrived in Bethlehem later on December 25, 2 BC, bearing gifts for the new Hebrew king. After the visit of the Magi, Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt, after being warned by an angel in late December, 2BC. Study more….  

 The celebration of Christmas, or Christ’s mass, was initiated by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the 5th year of Rome’s reign. By the early 4th Century, the Western Christian Church placed the birth of Christ on December 25, which was later adopted in the East.

 We do not have time to explain all the celebrations here, but we encourage you to seek your Jewish roots without becoming “legalistic” under the Mosaic Law. The Apostle Paul warned against believer’s returning to this bondage. As we celebrate holy days in the modern Church, we should eliminate paganism like the Easter bunny and Santa Claus which are not biblical. In John’s Revelation, Yeshua censored several of the seven churches for mixing their faith with paganism and idolatry.

 Christians should follow scripture and celebrate the Hebrew feasts because they parallel New Testament biblical events. For instance, Christ’s death on the cross occurred on Passover AD 31 during the time of the high sacrifice in the Temple. So, Passover becomes two celebrations that parallel. The deliverance of the Hebrew nation under Moses who escaped the last plague over Egypt, the death of the first born. Israel was set free from over 400 years of servitude in Egypt. For the Church, Passover celebrates the death and resurrection of the Son of God, the Messiah, who set them free from sin and eternal death.  Study more……

The Feast of Pentecost was when the Holy Spirit came upon the New Testament believers with Christ’s promised Baptism of Fire in the upper room….. And, there are many more!!

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Another 9/11 on 9/11

When radicals attacked the U.S. Embassy in Egypt, they chanted “Obama! Obama! We are all Osama!” – a message to President Obama of their allegiance for Al Qaeda’s former leader.

On the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, anti-American protestors breached the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, tore down the American flag and replaced it with a black Al Qaeda flag. Egyptian security forces did not try to stop them in the initial attack. President Muhammed Morsi waited 24 hours before issuing his statement against the militants who stormed the embassy.

Simultaneously, the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked by Islamist terrorists, brutally assassinating Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three diplomatic staff members. The Libyan government did nothing to defend the U.S. Embassy.

The Delayed White House Response: President Obama and Secretary Clinton remained uncomfortably silent to the American people regarding the attacks on U.S. embassies. When the administration finally responded the next day on Sept. 12th, it placed total blame on the anti-Islam YouTube video which offended Muslims.The “Innocence of Muslims,” the film blamed for provoking the violence, was the work of a California-based Israeli filmmaker Sam Bacile, according to a report by the Associated Press. Initially on Sept. 11th, President Obama made phone calls to the presidents of Egypt and Libya to apologize for the repulsive film which was offensive to Muslims across the Epicenter.

By Friday, more U.S. embassies were being attacked in 21 countries and the Obama administration still maintained that the uprisings were caused by the offensive anti-Muslim film. They remained silent about terrorism or Al Qaeda, whose black flag was now being flown over U.S. embassies in Cairo, Benghazi, Tunisia, and Yemen.

Congressional leaders who were briefed on Friday by CIA Director David Petraeus reported that these events were preplanned by Al Qaeda and timed to occur on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. The Members of Congress reiterated that the uprisings were not due to the anti-Muslim film.  MORE…….

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How will you vote? Morality or Party Loyalty?

The 2012 election has clearly drawn a “line in the sand” on moral issues, and you the voter will be casting a vote of “conscience” which will impact the course of America, more so than any other time in the history of the nation.

Now that the RNC and the DNC are over, this is a good moment to briefly compare the party platforms which were ratified. Each party has now defined where they stand on the major moral issues. Many diminish the significance of the party platform because most vote for candidates, not the platform.

We would like to challenge voters to take a serious look at the moral issues, like life and family, for each party. The Christian/Judeo community is responsible before its Elohim God for how it respects moral issues. Below you will also find David Barton’s comments on why it’s our biblical duty to vote.

1. The Democratic Platform

This year the Democrats approved a new platform on lightning rod issues like same-sex marriage and LGBT rights, reproductive rights for women (early abortion, late-term abortion, sex-selective abortion, abortion-inducing drugs, embryonic stem cell research) provided for in ObamaCare.

God and Jerusalem were removed from the platform, but reinstated after much opposition. The final platform vote was still not unanimous, with strong protest coming from Arab Americans, and many who couldn’t stomach such an overload of transformation.

There’s a growing divide in the Democratic Party among key voters like Evangelicals for Obama, and minority voters like Hispanics and African Americans who are having a hard time meshing their morality with party loyalties. They were disappointed that the party was in no mood to debate its strong progressive shift to the left, away from issues like life and family.

2. The Republican Platform

The Republican platform reflects religious freedom for all. Constitutionality is upheld to preserve integrity in all areas of constitutional freedoms and fiscal responsibility.

The platform includes language expressing its opposition to all forms of abortion, without including an exception for rape. The GOP platform opposes all abortion funding, both here and abroad, a position consistently held by 72% of Americans. It opposes infanticide and euthanasia.

It reinforces the Defense of Marriage Act for traditional marriage and families. DOMA has two parts: One prevents states from being forced to recognize other states’ same-sex “marriages”; the other defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman uniformly across all federal programs and statutes.

The Republican alternative for health care focuses on lowering premiums for families and small businesses, increasing access to affordable, high-quality care, and promoting healthier lifestyles – without adding to the crushing debt Washington has placed on our children and grandchildren.

3. Will you vote your conscience in 2012?

The choice that voters face is their conscience. How do bible-believing citizens mesh their morality with party loyalties?

Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire? Some things are more important than high gas prices or a faltering economy….. Protecting the life of the unborn ~Traditional marriage ~ Freedom of conscience  Watch this 3-min. Video / Vote Your Conscience

Does a Christian have a duty to vote, more so than other citizens?

David Barton, president of WallBuilders ministry and an expert on the Christian roots of the United States, discusses the Christian’s duty to vote……

A Christian has a duty to vote probably more than any other citizen because of the biblical principles that are out there relating to nations. The Scripture tells us, Proverbs 14:34, that “Righteousness exalts a nation.” Well, righteousness comes from the national policies that are enacted, or, you could also say righteousness exalts a state or community and you determine righteousness on the basis of the public policies that are enacted—which means public leaders choose those public policies and enact them. That’s when we go to Proverbs 29:2, which tells us “When the righteous rule, the people rejoice (and) when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

In other words, ungodly, non-God-fearing people will not make righteous policies. You will not get, for example, God-fearing people to say it’s OK to have abortion, it’s OK to destroy the sanctity of marriage, it’s OK to promote certain things in schools. … So, what we find scripturally, is that God-fearing policies come from God- fearing people; and in America, the only way that God- fearing people can rule … is to be elected. If, as people of faith, we want righteousness to be exalted, we have to elect leaders who will exalt righteousness, and that’s the only way that God can bless the nation.

For those who have a perspective out of the Bible, it is more incumbent on them—as a duty—to be involved to choose leaders who will enact policies that God can bless in a community, state or nation; to choose leaders that will make decisions that God can honor. For those who have that biblical base, it’s more incumbent on them to be involved, even than the average citizen who may vote solely on the basis of economics or prescription drugs or something else. More…..

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