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Against The Name, Anti-Semitism

From Burt Yellin, Messianic Rabbi, Roeh Isra’el, Denver.

In an ironic twist, Yerushalayim – the City of Peace – has seen much violence since the time of Melchi-Tzedic (Gn 14). This present violence (hamas in Hebrew) has increased the ocean of blood that has been spilt on that holy ground. My friend Elhanan lives in that Holy City of God, and has written some insightful words for us to ponder.

“WHAT IS ANTISEMITISM? A very ancient phenomenon has been given a new name in the 20th century: Anti-Semitism – hatred of the Jew – which culminated in the atrocities of the Nazi Holocaust. It was that very destruction of millions of Jewish people because the were Jews that led to an international agreement to establish a national home for the Jews on their ancient homeland where they might defend their right to existence. But then with the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, that phenomenon known as Anti-Semitism morphed into a new form: Anti-Israelism.

But what is Anti-Semitism? The word arises from the term Semite, which is actually Shemite, being a descendant of Shem, one of the three sons of Noah- Shem, Ham, and Yafet. The two latter names are Hebrew adjectives- Ham (hot), and Yafet (pretty or beautiful), only the name Shem [is] a noun, meaning ‘Name.’ It is through the line of Shem that would arise Abraham, Izaak and Jacob, and the tribes of Israel and Moses the lawgiver, and through the tribe of Judah would come King David and then his seed, Yeshua of Nazareth, called the Messiah, King of the Jews. The line of Shem (Name) would be those elected to carry and witness to the Name of the one Creator God, YHVH.

Anti-Israelism is alternately called anti-Zionism. ‘Zionism’ derives from the Hebrew word Zion (Tzion- ציון), which essentially means a mark, or a marked place. In the Torah it is written, “then it shall come to pass that to the place which YHVH your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there,…you shall seek YHVH at the place which YHVH your God will choose from all your tribes, to establish His name there for His dwelling, and there you shall come” (Deuteronomy 12:5,11). That marked place is Mount Zion, Jerusalem of the tribe and land of Judah. Judah, Yehuda in Hebrew-יהודה – is the only word that fully contains God’s name YHVH, plus one letter, ‘d’ (dalet). The term Jew arises from Judah, thus being ‘the people called by my Name,’ and Jesus is from the tribe of Judah, the King of the Jews, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the quintessential Jew who said, “Salvation is of the Jews” [John 4:22].

From its very inception and the creation of the State of Israel, Islam has been its greatest and most consistent opponent, waging numerous unsuccessful wars to annihilate the tiny Jewish nation, Islam being boasted as the final replacement for Judaism and Christianity, being founded much later, in the 7th century AD. To this day such organizations as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and the Islamic Republic of Iran vow the destruction of Israel and its Jewish population. ‘Hamas’ (who has fired over 800 missiles into Israel as I write) is the Hebrew word used to describe why God brought the flood in the days of Noah, meaning ‘violence, corruption, deceit.’ Genesis 6:11,13, “The earth is filled with violence (hamas).” The Muslim deity Allah of the Quran is the driving force behind all this (allah in Hebrew is ‘a curse’, as in Isaiah 24:6: “for the curse – allah – has devoured the earth.”

Thus the root of the term Anti-Semite is to be against the Name, literally to take a stand against the very Name of the Creator of the universe, and the Creator of Israel, the people He has chosen to bring His Law and His Messiah into the world, and to whom He has apportioned as their inheritance the Land of Israel. Therefore, the support of Zionism and the prophesied return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and Jerusalem after 2000 years is the correct and Biblical and Godly thing to do.

What is now termed anti-Semitism goes back long before the Nazis, can be found in the Amalekites and their descendant Haman in the book of Esther, in the invading Babylonians, Assyrians, Greeks and Romans who crucified many Jews, including Jesus. It can also be found in the writings of some of the Christian church fathers, including the German Martin Luther, who wrote “The Jews and Their Lies” which became an inspiration for Hitler’s atrocities, all the way back to Chrysostom and the fathers of the Replacement Theology heresy, and the distancing of the Christian religion from its Jewish roots at the Nicaean Council in 325 AD.

Antisemitism, and racism as well, can be outlawed and discouraged, but that will not make it go away. In America, one may rise to the heights despite that kind of opposition, as did many Jews and Blacks, right up to the top. But few ever speak about the reverse racism of Blacks who despise Whites and especially Jews, Louis Farrakhan and the Black Muslims for example. All this will not end or be resolved until there is a deep and true understanding that we are all created in the image of G-d, and the knowledge of God covers the Earth, and we act thus upon that knowledge.

Elhanan 5-2021

Actual Days of Noach

How do I view the days before the flood in the days of Noah?

My views are a little different than most because I believe in spirits and I also believe that when the text states that the ‘sons of God’ had sex with the ‘daughters of men,’ it is literal. This means that I believe angels (who are always referred to as ‘sons of God’ in Hebrew had sex with human women.

Their offspring were ‘giants’ or Nephilim. More importantly, they were half-breed spirit beings and human beings. The Book of Enoch explains a lot more about what was happening at that time, but suffice it to say that these Nephilim drank blood – of animals and humans. The fathers, the angels, were attracted to the long flowing hair of women – hence the ‘covering of the woman’s head because of the angels’ in 2 Corinthians 13. You can read and study all of that yourself.

The flood was the result of all sorts of unnatural things happening on the earth at that time. So God decided to rid the earth of humanity and save 8 people. The Scriptures say in Genesis that these ‘giants’ were on the earth before AND after the flood. Their remnant progeny were Goliath and his brothers. (Trivia: David had five stones in his sling because Goliath had 4 other brothers. David was ready to deal with them all, rid them from the earth.)

The events of the flood scenario are three-fold. First, the humans who were fornicating with angels were drowned. All that had the breath of life in them died including animals. There is evidence that the Nephilim had sex with animals too which is why it is prohibited in the Torah. Bam, mankind is dead except for Noah and his family. Second, the angels that had sex with women were bound in chains until the Judgement (Jude 4-6?). Third, the Nephilim half-breeds were neither fully human OR fully spiritual. Physically, they could die in the flood, but spiritually they lived on – hence before and after the flood. These disembodied spirits became the evil spirits that roam the earth. These evil spirits are ones looking for a body to possess. These evil spirits are the ones Yeshua cast out of people.

People throughout all of the ages KNOW about these spirits. Some worship them as in witchcraft and channelling. They are nothing more than demons. What we call Halloween has been celebrated since the days of the flood. It was the ‘day’ when these spirits roamed the earth looking for a place to dwell. People put out hollowed turnips to trap them so they would not be possessed. Today, we do this with pumpkins though many don’t know the history or realize the severity of what they are doing. As with all things, Satan masquerades as an angel of light and also his ‘follower’ demons.

So, ultimately, Noah’s flood was about ridding the earth of wicked humanity, fallen angels and their offspring that settled in Canaan. This is WHY God had Isra’el fight to destroy the Canaanites because they had embraced the gods (demons) of these Nephilim. This is WHY Isra’el had to TRUST God for the victories because the battles were more than physical – they were spiritual.

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Temples in Jerusalem

The Tabernacle

The Tabernacle, the dwelling place of ‘I AM’ among His people was built in the wilderness.  It was a shadow of the Tabernacle in the heavenly realm and took one year to construct. The objects within the Tent of Meeting were created from specific instructions given to Moshe.  The Menorah was built according to what Moshe was shown on the mountain.  The Temple services were performed by a Levitical priesthood with a high priest from the lineage of Aaron, Moshe’s brother (Exodus 35-36).   The purpose of this Tabernacle was where yod-hey-vav-hey met with and lived with His people.

“Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of Adonai filled the tabernacle. Moshe was unable to enter the tent of meeting, because the cloud remained on it, and the glory of Adonai filled the tabernacle” (Exodus 40:34).

The First Temple

The first Temple was built by King Solomon, the son of King David, on what is traditionally accepted as the Temple mount.  (There is some speculation that this Temple was actually in the City of David near the Gihon Spring.)  This Temple was geometrically similar to the Tabernacle and took seven years to build (1 Kings 6).   It replaced the traveling Tabernacle and all of the ‘high places’ in Isra’el.  King David desired that Elohim should not live in a tent, but in a beautiful building made of stones.  Because he was a warrior, he was not allowed to build it.  His son, Solomon, who was a man of peace, built it.  It was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzer and the armies of Babylon on the 9th of Av in 556 BCE (2 Kings 24-25). 

“When Shlomo had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of Adonai filled the house,  so that the cohanim could not enter the house of Adonai; because the glory of Adonai filled Adonai’s house. All the people of Isra’el saw when the fire came down, and the glory of Adonai was on the house; they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the flooring; prostrating themselves, they gave thanks to Adonai, “for he is good, for his grace continues forever” (2 Chronicles 7:1-3).

The Second Temple

After being exiled to Persia for disobedience, the Jews returned to Jerusalem and through the leadership of Ezra and Nehemiah rebuilt the Temple, the Altar and the walls around Jerusalem.  The rebuilding process took about 23 years.  The second Temple was expanded by Herod the Great.  It was in the second Temple that Antiochus Epiphanes desecrated the Altar of Sacrifice with a pig and set himself up as God.  After the Jewish people fought against Antiochus’ Hellenization of their faith and regained their Temple, they cleansed it from the defilement of an ‘anti-messiah.’  This became known as the Feast of Dedication or Hanukkah.

“But in the first year of Koresh king of Bavel, Koresh the king gave authorization to rebuild this house of God. Moreover, the gold and silver articles belonging to the house of God, which N’vukhadnetzar had removed from the temple in Yerushalayim and brought to the temple of Bavel, Koresh the king took out of the temple in Bavel; they were turned over to a man named Sheshbatzar, whom he had appointed governor. He said to him, “Take these articles, go, put them in the temple in Yerushalayim, and let the house of God be rebuilt on its original site” (Ezra 5:13-15).

Yeshua was circumcised, redeemed as a firstborn, and came with his parents to celebrate the Feasts of the LORD at the second Temple.  He taught in its Courtyard and threw the moneychangers out of the area designated for prayer for the gentiles. Outside the city gates and walls of the second Temple, he was crucified.  It was in the second Temple courts where the disciples gathered on Shavuot and received the outpouring of the Spirit of Elohim (Acts 2).

Miracles were performed by the disciples outside the second Temple courts.   During the second Temple period, the Word of God became flesh and delivered the nation of Isra’el from sin.  On the 9th of Av in 70 CE, this Temple was destroyed by Roman armies leaving no stone upon another as was predicted by Yeshua (Matthew 24:2).

No Temple

For two thousand years,  there has been no standing Temple in Jerusalem.   There has been no Altar for the offerings and sacrifices.  There has been nowhere for the Levites to serve Elohim and draw the people of Isra’el closer to Him.  There has been nowhere for the glory of yod-hey-vav-hey  to be revealed except through His Son, Yeshua. 

The Third Temple

The third Temple is referenced by Yeshua in Matthew. He quotes the prophet Daniel and the coming abomination of desolation.   Yeshua had already told his disciples the Temple standing in Jerusalem would be destroyed so he was alluding to another consecrated Temple that would be defiled.  The purpose of this third Temple would be to show how easily Isra’el along with the nations can be deceived through a sincere desire to serve God.  This Temple will only be partially used because the gentiles, non-believers,  trample some of its holy areas making them desolate. Also, the anti-messiah will place himself in this Temple to be worshipped and deceive the whole world except for the elect.

“So when you see the abomination that causes devastation spoken about through the prophet Daniel standing in the Holy Place” (let the reader understand the allusion), “that will be the time for those in Judah to escape to the hills.  If someone is on the roof, he must not go down to gather his belongings from his house;  if someone is in the field, he must not turn back to get his coat.  What a terrible time it will be for pregnant women and nursing mothers!  Pray that you will not have to escape in winter or on Shabbat.  For there will be trouble then worse than there has ever been from the beginning of the world until now, and there will be nothing like it again!” (Matthew 24:15-21). 

The second mention of this third Temple is by Sha’ul in 2 Thessalonians. The only person to have taken a seat in the Temple of Elohim, proclaiming himself to be God, was Antiochus Epiphanes.  Because this happened 200 years earlier,  Sha’ul prophesies about another ‘son of perdition’ who will sit in ‘another temple’.

“Now concerning the coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua and our assembling to meet him, we beg you, brethren, not to be quickly shaken in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter purporting to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God,” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4).

A third reference for the this desecrated Temple is given by John in Revelation 11:1-2.

“I was given a measuring rod like a stick and told, “Get up, and measure the Temple of God and the altar, and count how many people are worshipping there!  But the court outside the Temple, leave that out; don’t measure it; because it has been given to the gentiles, and they will trample over the holy city for forty-two months.”

The Temple Institute in Jerusalem is preparing to rebuild the third Temple.  They have made the Menorah, the Altar of Sacrifice, the Table for the Bread of Presence, the Bronze Laver and the Altar of Incense.  They are only waiting for the Messiah to sit in the Temple and begin the Levitical priestly service with the offerings and sacrifices. 

This third Temple will be made by the hands of man and a false messiah will sit in the holy place.  The artifacts will not be made through the giftings of the Spirit as they were in the days of the Tabernacle and King Solomon.

Sadly, the Jewish people and their leaders do not accept the prophecy in Daniel about the coming Messiah in the context of the destroyed Temple in A.D. 70.  According to Daniel’s prophecy, the Messiah must come before the destruction of the Temple. Yeshua came before the destruction of the second Temple and was ‘cut off’ (Daniel 9:24-27).  Because of their willful ignorance, the Jewish people will be deceived and follow a false messiah who will be the Adversary’s puppet.  Only when Yeshua returns in the clouds and the glory of the LORD is restored to Jerusalem will their eyes be opened. 

The King, the Priests, and One Thousand Years

“Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them received authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for testifying about Yeshua and proclaiming the Word of God, also those who had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received the mark on their foreheads and on their hands. They came to life and ruled with the Messiah for a thousand years.  (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were over.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is anyone who has a part in the first resurrection; over him the second death has no power. On the contrary, they will be priests of God and of the Messiah, and they will rule with him for the thousand years.”

From where will King Messiah rule in Jerusalem?  A King needs a throne.  From where will Yeshua, the High Priest, serve?  A High Priest needs a Temple.   Who will serve as His priesthood?  A Kingly High Priest needs a royal priesthood who knows and understands His rules. 

“Take silver and gold; make crowns; put one on the head of Y’hoshua (yeshua) the son of Y’hotzadak, the cohen hagadol (high priest);  and tell him, ‘Adonai-Tzva’ot says: “There is coming a man whose name is Tzemach [Sprout]. He will sprout up from his place and rebuild the temple of Adonai.  Yes, he will rebuild the temple of Adonai; and he will take up royal splendor, sitting and ruling from his throne. There will be a cohen (priest) before his throne; and they will accept each other’s advice in complete harmony” (Zechariah 6:11-13). 

The Fourth Temple – The Millennial Temple

According to Zechariah, the returning Messiah will build a fourth Temple.  He will have ‘royal splendor’ like a King and rule from a throne.  He will have priests that minister before his Altar as he is High Priest.  These priests will be resurrected saints who   will serve in complete harmony with him and with one another before the throne for one thousand years.

Peter states that believers in Messiah who obey God’s commands are considered the King’s priests, the royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9).  According to Sha’ul, those who sleep in Messiah are waiting to be resurrected and receive  new and glorified immortal bodies (2 Corinthians 5:1-5).  It is probable the royal priesthood will be raised from the dead at the first resurrection and transformed into immortality ‘in the twinkling of an eye’  to rule and reign with Yeshua from Ezekiel’s Temple.  

Ezekiel’s Temple Vision

Ezekiel’s vision for the Millennial Temple are found in the last eight chapters of Ezekiel’s  prophecy.  Ezekiel was given a tour of the Temple by a “man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze, and who had a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand” (Ezekiel 40:3). 

The Millennial Temple will be larger than any of the previous Temples.  It will be about 875 square feet and will sit in a ‘holy district’ that is north of the city of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 45:1-8).  There will be a place where the royal priesthood will minister to Yeshua and a place for the Levites to minister to the people of Isra’el.

The Tabernacle and previous two Temples had a mortal Levitical priesthood with a mortal  high priest.  The Millennial Temple will have both a mortal Levitical priesthood and an immortal royal priesthood with the resurrected and living High Priest, Yeshua.  As the Tabernacle and the previous three Temples were shadows of the things that are coming, Ezekiel’s Temple will be a memorial to what has already been revealed as well as more anticipation of what is to come in the world to come. The Millennial Temple will reveal the holiness of Elohim to Isra’el and the world without any interference by the Adversary.

In the Millennial Temple, there will be no wall of partition to exclude the nations from worshipping yod-hey-vav-hey with Israel.  There will be no Laver, no Table of Presence, no Menorah, no golden Altar of Incense and no Ark of the Covenan because Yeshua is the living water of the Spirit (john 7:37-39, the bread of Presence (John 6:35), the Menorah of the world (John 8:12), he is mediator between his Father and man (Hebrews 9:15) and his Father’s presence on the throne of the Kingdom (John 10:30).

There will be no veil in the Millennial Temple. The actual veil between the Holy of Holies and the Holy Place was torn in half at Yeshua’s death and no longer remains (Matthew 27:51).  The Millennial Temple will be a memorial to what Yeshua has done and the spiritual veil over the eyes of Isra’el and the Jewish people will also removed so they can clearly see the Son of Man in all His glory (Zechariah 12:9-11, 2 Corinthians 3:15, Revelation 1:7).

There will be an Altar of Sacrifice.   It will be approached by stairs, not a ramp,  from the east and not the south.  The top of the Altar will be called an ariel meaning ‘Lion of God’ in Hebrew (Isaiah 29:1, Revelation 5:5).  Burnt offerings and sin offerings will be re-instituted in this Temple for when there is a Temple, there must be regulations for its use.

The Kingdom of Yeshua on earth will be a joyous time for Jerusalem and the redeemed people of Elohim. Isra’el will receive their Messiah and there will be life from the dead!  Satan will be in the abyss, no longer able to be blamed for mankind’s sinful and destructive behaviors.   Sinners born on the earth will be instructed in matters of God’s grace and mercy by a faithful priesthood from the lineage of Tzadok.  These royal priests are so holy they are instructed to change their linen clothes and turbans when they enter the Courtyard so their holiness will not be passed to the people.  For allowing idolatry within the Temple, from the beginning of the Levitical priesthood through the anti-messiah sitting on the throne, the  Levites will lose the privilege of ministering to Messiah ben David; they will only have the responsibility of maintaining the Millennial Temple.

River of Water

In the Millennial Temple, water will flow eastward from under the threshold of the House.   It will flow down from under the right side of the Temple, south of the Altar.  With the Temple mount’s current location, there is no spring or water flowing from or under the mount.  The Gihon Spring in the City of David is the only water source in Jerusalem. In Hebrew, gihon means ‘gusher’ or ‘bursting forth’.  Ezekiel waded through ⅓ mile of the stream trickling from the south side of the Temple area.  The water came up to his ankles.  The second ⅓ mile, the water came up to his knees.  The third ⅓ mile of water came up to his waist.  The last measurement became a river that Ezekiel could not cross unless he swam because the water was so deep.  

The river flowed down toward the Dead Sea suggesting the Millennial Temple will be in the same general vicinity as Mt. Tzion in the City of David.   Since the holy district in Ezekiel 48 will be quite larger than the modern area around Mount Moriah, Jerusalem will most likely be rebuilt south of the Temple Mount where the water flows toward the Dead Sea and where the City of David was located.   When the water enters the Dead Sea,  it becomes fresh water with all sorts of living creatures (Ezekiel 47:10-11). 

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Psalm 83 and The Confederacy

Psalm 83:1-9

“O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God. See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you— the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Byblos, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot’s descendants.”

Edom, Moab, Ammon are modern-day Jordan.  They were part of the Ottoman Empire that was dispersed and created into Jordan with the British Mandate after World War I.   The Ammonites and Moabites were the children born of incest by Lot and his daughters after they fled Sodom and Gomorrah.  Edom is the land given to Esau (Jacob’s brother) and his descendants including Amalek; Ishmael was Abraham’s son with Hagar.  It was the Ishmaelites who bought Joseph and took him to Egypt to be sold into slavery.     Assyria is Syria and Byblos is in Lebanon.  Philistia is the pseudo-nations of the Palestinians.  Historically, these three nations have always been enemies of Israel.  It’s called ‘sibling rivalry’. 

This list of countries in Psalm 83 make up what is known today as the ‘Arab’ or ‘Muslim’ world along with Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, etc.    It is from these countries where the Jihadists and Islamic fundamentalists are born.  

According to Psalm 83, these nations ‘plot together, form an alliance against God, and desire Israel’s name to be remembered no more.’  This is today’s news, this is the foundation for Hamas, this is why there will be the attempt and even success in western nations with Jihad.  Any nation who welcomes Islam as a ‘peaceful’ religion will soon find out otherwise as has Copenhagen, Denmark; Paris, France, and London, England.   Whoever joins with Israel, supports Israel’s right to defend herself,  becomes an enemy of this Muslim alliance.  Any individual who supports Israel and the right of the Jewish people to live will also face serious consequences within the Muslim ideology. 

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