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April 14, 2013

At 8pm tonight, Israel time, the nation lowered their flag to half-staff and sounded the siren for a full minute throughout the Holy Land. It is to signal Yom HaZikaran (Israel Memorial Day). The siren is in remembrance of 23,085 Jewish soldiers who have lost their lives defending the Holy Land since 1948.

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 66:13)

By remembering all fallen soldiers, Israel also is reminded of how God brought her back as a nation.
“</strong>Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? CAN A COUNTRY BE BORN IN ONE DAY OR A NATION BE BROUGHT FORTH IN A MOMENT? YET NO SOONER IS ZION IN LABOR THEN SHE GIVES BIRTH TO HER CHILDREN” (Isaiah 66:8)

Within 24 hours of this miraculous rebirth, five of Israel’s Arab neighbors: Egypt, Lebanon, Transjordan, Syria, and Iraq, invaded
the tiny, new Jewish State. The War lasted 15 months and the hand of Yahweh was on the Jewish nation. 6,373 Israeli soldiers died in the war but over the yrs, that number has grown. Yet, Yahweh is still protecting the Apple of His Eye. Muslim nations are committed to wiping out Israel, even though she is a peace loving nation and brought the world THE BIBLE and Jesus THE MESSIAH. The one true God of the universe will never allow that to happen. Yet, Israel’s enemies will never learn, because they are deceived by Satan.

After sundown on April 15, Israel will also celebrate her 65th anniversary as a nation. Our job is to stand by her and pray for her.

“Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. May those who love you be secure” (Psalm 122:6)

The above information was from The Messianic Bible Project

May the Lord Bless everyone abundantly and bring you to the
fulness of life in Christ Jesus.

Elijah Jacobs

<strong>April 17, 2013
From the Times of Israel, April 17, 2013 Daily Edition.
Israel Police Chief Yohanan Danino and other police officers left Israel late Tuesday evening as they are to meet with FBI and other law enforcement officials in the US, in light of the tragedy in Boston. The times of Israel reports that the delegation of 4 Israeli officials are the highest ranking officials the country has ever sent overseas. Their visit was scheduled before the bombings in Boston but was refocuesed, in light of the bombings.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his address to the diplomats, said the following: ” Yesterday, a day of enjoyment in Boston, was turned into a day of terror. We send our condolences to President Obama, the American People and the bereaved families. Israel stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the American People. We are partners in freedom and seeking a better future for all humanity.”
As we remember our fallen and do our part in showing God’s love to all those in need, we must always pray for Israel and the Peace of Jerusalem. Jesus will one day reunite all of us who were scattered among the nations. A tragedy such as Boston is just another example of the terrors that will be coming upon the world. God is preparing us and he is warning us. Do we have the divine wisdom and the spiritual ears to hear, understand and obey?”

Elijah Jacobs

May 1, 2013   There is a major push again for Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount.
Miri Regev of Israel’s Internal Affairs Committee, has announced that she will be visiting the Temple Mount and is considering to allow Jews to pray at the site.  She quoted from Isaiah 56:7 in an effort to highlight her plan.

Unfortunately Regev’s comments met hostility from Arab Media. The Arab Media has misquoted her and Regev then pointed out the difference between Islam (who prevent non-Muslims from praying on the mount) and the Jewish people (who speak of “A house of prayer for all peoples).

The information was taken from the Messianic Bible Project news@biblesforisrael.com

May the Lord Bless you and keep you.

Sincerely
Elijah Jacobs

May 7, 2013                 Yom Yerushalayim:  A Day to Praise the Lord!

At sunset tonight begins Jerusalem Day.  This day celebrates the 46th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem.   On this day, during the Six Day War in 1967, all of Jerusalem came back under Jewish Sovereignty.  The Holy city became divided between Israel and Jordan after Israel proclaimed its independence in 1948, and the Arab nations attacked Israel.  It was during the 1948 War of  Independence that Jordan wrested control of the Old City and East Jerusalem from the Jewish People.  This is where the First and Second Temples once stood.  Under Jordanian rule, the Jewish people were forced to leave and many ancient synagogues were destroyed.

The day prior to the Six Day War was a time of intense Arab hostility, with Syria, Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) threatening to completely destroy Israel.  While her enemies amassed their troops, Israel launched a pre-emptive strike and miraculously defeated her enemies in 6 days.  This allowed for Israel’s Capital, Jerusalem to be once again in Jewish hands.  This is the land that God has promised to dwell in and live among His people.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:  “May those who love you be secure.”(Psalm 122:6)

Sincerely

Elijah Jacobs

June 26, 2013

Last night at sunset began a 3 week period of mourning for the Judean People.  Today is the 17th day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz and  2 tragic events began on this day.  On both 586 BC and 70AD, after a lengthy siege, the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Babylonians (586 BC) and the Romans (70 AD).   The reason for the period of mourning is that 3 weeks later on the 9th of Av in  586 BC, Solomon’s Temple, was destroyed by the Babylonians (under the rule of King Nebuchadnezzar) and the 2nd Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. (An event prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24:1-3).  These events were not coincidence but judgment from God due to idolatry and rebellion. 

“And in that day, I will become angry with them and forsake them…Many disasters and calamities will come on them, and in that day they will ask, ‘Have not these disasters come on us because our God is not with us?’  And I will certainly hide my face in that day because of all their wickedness in turning to other Gods.”  (Deuteronomy 31:16-18).

The Jewish people call the three week period, Bein, ha-Metzarim.  (Between the Straits). {Cf: Lamentations 1:3}. The Jewish people will not eat or drink from dawn until dusk today.  Orthodox Jews will not carry out marriages or express other forms of joy (playing musical instruments and reciting songs of praise.)  Despite this being a time of mourning, there is hope of restoration.  That hope will not come with the Third Temple, which the anti-Christ will have a key role in allowing it to be built.  It will come after the 70th week of Daniel ends and Jesus builds the Messianic Temple and ushers in the Millennium.  The Prophet, Zechariah, brought God’s message of hope to His people.

“The Fasts of the 4th, 5th, 7th and 10th months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah.  Therefore, love truth and peace. ”  (Zechariah 8:19).

Reference Source:  The Messianic Bible Project news@biblesforisrael.com

May the Lord be with you all.  God Bless You.

Elijah Jacobs

JULY 15, 2013                                    EREV TISHA B’AV

Tonight at sundown begins the fast for the 9th of Av. Some rabbis view this day as solemn as Yom Kippur. It was on the 9th of Av that Solomon’s Temple was destroyed in 586 B.C. by the Babylonians. In 70 A.D. the 2nd Temple was destroyed by General Titus and the Roman Empire. From sundown tonight until sundown tomorrow, there will be no eating or drinking (not even water). Observant Jews will refrain from bathing, sexual relations, wearing make-up and leather shoes. Many of the Judean people will gather together to mourn and read the Book of Lamentations in synagogues all across the world. The Book of Lamentations will also be read at the Kotel (Wailing Wall).

God’s Presence filled the temple after Solomon’s Dedication.(2Chronicles 7:1-2). The sacrificial system was performed in the Temple and God’s Presence resided in the Holy of Holies. The Hope for the Jewish people is that the Messiah will come and build the 3rd Temple. If we read and understand what Daniel says in Chapter 9:24-27, then the conclusion that we come to is that the 3rd Temple will be built at the decree of the Anti-Christ and desecrated half-way through the final 7 year period of this age.(Daniel’s 70th week.) In fact, nothing will be done with regards to the desecrated 3rd Temple until the 30th day after Daniel’s 70th Week.(cf: Daniel 12:11-12).

There is a Jewish tradition that the Messiah was born on the 9th of Av and that God himself will build the Eternal Temple on this Day. I will respectfully disagree with this, as I believe that Jesus (the Messiah) was born on the Feast of Tabernacles (15th of Tishri)* and that the Temple will be dedicated to God on the 25th of Kislev (Hanukkah), also known as the Feast of the Dedication. Unfortunately, if any event will happen again on the 9th of Av during Daniel’s 70th Week, I believe it will be the destruction of the 3rd Temple. I see this happening after the midpoint of the 70th Week (Where the Anti-Christ desecrates the Temple and claims to be God) but before the Rapture of God’s People. Then when Jesus reigns during the Millennium, the fast days of the 4th, 5th, 7th and 10th months will be turned into days of rejoicing.(Zechariah 8:19). So through the dark clouds of Tribulation, true believers see the Light of Jesus on the Horizon. This belief will see us through the terrible time that lie ahead.
* By cross-referencing Luke 1:5-38, John 1:14 and 1 Chronicles 24:1-19, I came up with the idea that Jesus was born during the Feast of Tabernacles. God always works his Redemptive events around His Holy Days.

Peace be with You
Elijah Jacobs

August 2, 2013                 Be Careful of So Called Experts!

Today on the Military Channel, the topic of Jesus and His Crucifixion was examined. For a believer who does not have a firm foundation in God’s Word, a show like this can be very dangerous. Scientists and doctors showed that medically and physiologically Jesus was tortured and given a crown of thorns before his journey to Golgotha. This is supported by the Bible.

They also said that others helped Jesus carry His Cross. Once again, the Bible states that Simon the Cyrene was forced (by the Roman guards) to carry the cross behind Jesus. (Luke 23:26). So far it seems like most of the discoveries harmonize with scripture. No Problem. Then the bomb is dropped!

According to scientific research, it was determined that Jesus was on the Cross longer than 24 hours, possibly as long as 3 days. My mom was amazed at this and believed it to be true. When we do not take God’s Word as truth, we will believe the lie. Especially when it comes from scholarly men and women intent on proving that the Crucifixion was real.
We must remember that without faith, it is impossible to please God. I will quickly refute what the Military Channel said. WE MUST BELIEVE THE WORD BEFORE WE BELIEVE HUMAN DISCOVERY. LET GOD BE TRUE AND EVERY MAN A LIAR.(Romans 3:4a).

So what do the Gospels say about the length of Jesus’ crucifixion?( Read Luke 23). Mark 15:25 says that Jesus was crucified at 9am. All four Gospels identify the Day as the day of the Preparation for the Sabbath. Darkness fell on the land around noon and after 3pm, Jesus breathed his last words. Both Luke and John stress that Jesus’s body was taken down before sunset.

At sunset, the Jewish people of the land celebrated the Passover and they were not able to do any work. The body had to be taken down and placed in a burial before the Solemnity of Passover began. The day after Passover was the regular Sabbath. So to say that Jesus was on the cross for several days, not only ignores what the Gospels say but it shows a lack of understanding of what the Feast Days of Israel meant to God’s people.

Then again, we know from Daniel 7:25 that Satan will attempt through anti-Christ to change sacred seasons and the law. By implying that Jesus was not crucified on the Day of Preparation, these scientist become useful fools in the hands of Satan.

Please, always go to God’s Word to draw your final conclusions. God’s plan of salvation history will always revolve around the Feast Days of Israel.

Your Brother in Christ

Elijah Jacobs

August 18, 2013                                       Elul

Elul is the 6th month of the Hebrew religious calendar and the 12th month of the Civil Calendar. This year, Elul began at sundown on Tuesday, August 6th. The Gregorian equivalent to Elul is August-September. There are 29 days in this month. The name of the month was brought back from the Babylonian Exile and has originated from the Akkadian word for “Harvest.”
For the Jewish people, this month is a time for repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). The word “Elul” is similar to the root of the verb “search” in Aramaic. According to the Talmud, (the central text of mainstream Judaism) the Hebrew word “Elul” can be expanded as an acronym for “Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li- “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” (Song of Solomon 6:3). Elul is seen as a time to search one’s heart and draw close to God in preparation for the coming Day of Judgment (Rosh Hashanah) and the Day of Atonement. (Yom Kippur).
For the United States, in recent years, there have been major events during this month. The September 11, 2001 attacks happened on 25 Elul and the US stock market crashes of 2001 and 2008 both occurred on 29 Elul. God works in patterns and these events were warnings for the US to repent and turn back to God. I believe we will see another negative event in the month of Elul in 2015 as a final warning for this country. Then judgment will commence. After that, the 70th week of Daniel will not be far behind. So our job is to reach out and make as many disciples as we can. People must be prepared for the DARK DAYS ahead.

Trust in the light of Christ and the Fact that He will establish His Kingdom on Earth.

Elijah Jacobs

August 31, 2013                  Thinking Out Loud

The Spanish-American, known popularly as George Santayana (1863-1952), was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. He is widely known for articulating The Law of Repetitive Consequences. In essence this law states: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

As a tribute to the 150th year of the Madrid-born Santayana, let’s examine briefly the Spanish Flee, the “Armada Invincible” (literally “Great or Most Fortunate Navy” or “Invincible Fleet”) and look at its 525 year-old lessons. The Spanish Ruler, King Philip II, had a long-standing personal feud, with his relative, by marriage, Queen Elizabeth I, of England. It came to a head when Philip sent his 130 ship armada (“the invincible fleet”) with the intention of overthrowing the Protestant queen and permanently establishing Spain’s power in the Low Countries or the Spanish Netherlands.

However, in August of 1588, Spain’s plan of conquest was not going well. They were beaten back in a series of harassment-type attacks by the English fleet and forced to return to Spain. On the way back, God intervened in the affairs of men. The Armada sailed into a great storm at sea, off the western coast of the northern part of Ireland. God inflicted heavy losses on the Armada.
“The Great and Most Fortunate Navy” would never recover. Fifty of Spain’s ships that set sail with glorious intent, never returned home.

The British House of Commons may be paying attention to history. They denied their prime minister, David Cameron, the support he requested to help launch a strike against Syria’s leadership. As U.S. ships steam toward the eastern Mediterranean Sea armed with military muscle and might, except for France’s “war machine” that has known two centuries of defeat, they are sailing without allies. As our commander-in-chief, Barrack Obama sits poised to push the attack button without congressional or popular support at home, his attitude evokes images of the 16th century Philip II of Spain.

Back in America, many are still outraged by Miley Cyrus’ MTV award performance, the justice department’s refusal to contest recently passed marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington, same-sex unions making their way through state legislatures, etc. Could it be that the history lesson offered by Pharaoh’s commanders, in Exodus 14:25 will be repeated? It was in their efforts to destroy the Israelites that things started to go badly. The Egyptian army sounded the retreat before Israel because they knew that the Lord was fighting for His People. Pharaoh’s powerful forces were engulfed by the Red Sea. God’s Glory was revealed and the Israelites beheld this great power and feared Yahweh and believed in Him and His servant Moses. DO NOT BE SURPRISED IF WE SEE OUR GOD INTERVENING AGAIN.

John Finkbeiner.

September 1, 2013              I Disagree with Pope Francis

Today, Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons and he called for a negotiated settlement to the civil war in Syria. In addition, he announced that he would lead a worldwide day of prayer and fasting on September 7th. The pope urged all sides in the civil war to put down their arms and “listen to the voice of their conscience and with courage take up the way of negotiations.”
Pope Francis invited Catholics, other Christians, those of other faiths and non-believers who are “men of good will” to join him on the evening of September 7th, at St. Peter’s Square. The purpose is to invoke the gift of peace for Syria, the Middle East and wherever there is conflict in this world. The pope was also quoted as saying “War brings on war and violence brings on violence.”
The sentiments of Pope Francis seem genuine and his thoughts about war are true but there will never be true peace until Jesus returns. What the pope failed to differentiate between is the peace that Jesus will bring and the peace that the world offers. The KJV says in Daniel 8:25: “he (anti-Christ) shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace destroy many; he shall also stand against the Prince of Princes.” So one can speak about peace but have a heart against Jesus.

The Bible shows many examples of evil individuals who offered “peace”. The spirit of Folly, which is in the adulterous woman, brings peace offerings, but her way leads to death. (Proverbs 7:14-27) The anti-Christ will confirm a covenant (of peace) with many but then will break it. (Daniel 9:24-27). Please read 2 Kings 9. The wicked King of Israel, Joram sent messengers to meet with Jehu and they asked Jehu the simple question: “Is it peace?” Jehu’s response was: “What have you to do with peace?” He then told the messenger to fall in behind him. After a second messenger was sent and did not return, Joram (along with Ahaziah, king of Judah), met Jehu at the property of Naboth. Joram once again asked Jehu if he was coming in peace. Jehu’s reply was telling: “What peace can there be, so, long as the many whoredoms and sorceries of your mother Jezebel continue?” Joram was killed at the hands of Jehu and Ahaziah at the command of Jehu, fulfilling the promise which God spoke to the prophet Elisha. God said that He would wipe out the line of Ahab. (The wicked ruler of Israel whose wife was Jezebel.)
So I ask you: “What peace is there in this age as the spirit of the Harlot (Rev 17:1-18) is upon us”? Can we really pray side by side those who worship false idols or reject God’s existence? This cannot be tolerated. Our job is to boldly declare God’s Word and with the Love of Jesus, seek those who are lost. Pope Francis should have declared a day of prayer to Yahweh in the name of Jesus. I know he was not trying to offend anyone but those who are not right with God or do not have a heart for Jesus will not be praying for the Peace that surpasses all understanding. If we live by Philippians 4:8, then the peace of God will be with us all. Proverbs tells us when our ways please the Lord, even our enemies will be at peace with us. (Proverbs 16:7). So, I believe that before we pray for peace, we should be asking for God’s forgiveness and pray that we are doing His Will in our lives. Peace will then follow.

Please continue to pray for the Peace of Jerusalem with a pure and humble heart. We must always remember to seek forgiveness and take the beam out of our own eye.
*The quotes from Pope Francis were taken from an Associated Press article.

Sincerely
Elijah Jacobs

September 2, 2013              Is this what it Looks Like?

You may have heard it or perhaps you’ve said it yourself: “I can’t stand watching the news on TV. I’d rather do something I enjoy. The news is so depressing.”

Personally, I cannot remember when I last watched an edition of the network news, but I’m thinking that I ought to start. The world has moved to the precipice and is threatening to jump. We need witnesses.

T.S. Eliot seemed positive about what the end looked like when he composed his poem Ash Wednesday. The concluding line was “…. this is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper.”

Maybe our notes will be useful to a future historian. Readers curious about how such a noble nation turned rotten will find there were loud bangs to get our attention. We also had explosions and a multitude of whimpers.

In the 18th century, Edward Gibbon gathered first person accounts from the 4th and 5th centuries. Through these witnesses, he created his six-volume The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Similarities abound between Rome then and the United States now, but that is not my point. We are witnesses of the end, not just of America’s decline and fall but of this age’s as well. We must document what we see and save it for posterity on hard copy.

There is not one hole in the ship of state, but many. However, let us focus on one. The poor souls who follow the entertainment world’s madness ought to chronicle this generation of female celebrities. It had been a slow descent into the cesspool, until we arrived at the post-2001 era. We’ve had Madonna, Janet, Brittany, and Lady Gaga creating successive outrages while riches, fame and millions of fans urged them on. Molly (Cyrus) is only the latest and most outrageous. Here’s hoping that she will be the last. Unfolding before our eyes is our culture’s fast slide into the abyss. The precipice is very near.

Writing about social trends for future historians is dirty work, but someone must do it- or how will others know? This is what the end looks like. If you don’t believe me, study the Bible’s prophets or read another book that will help our objectivity. I modestly recommend The Prophets of God by this writer. It might just be the antidote for your depression.

God Bless You
John Finkbeiner

September 14, 2013.                Yom Kippur
5pm EST

In the eastern part of the United States, we are winding down the most solemn of the Holy Days of Israel, YOM KIPPUR (Day of Atonement). While today was a Sabbath rest and a time of prayer and reflection, at sundown Jewish families will be having a festive meal. This meal is in Thanksgiving to Yahweh because He forgave the sins of the people for another year. Synagogues throughout the world have read the entire book of Jonah today. So God’s grace and mercy is the central theme to Yom Kippur. Many who celebrate tonight will then begin to work on building their temporary shelters (Sukkots) in preparation for the Feast of Tabernacles which begins 5 days from today.

Yom Kippur should be very important to a Bible believer who studies prophecy. This is the Day that concludes the 70th week of Daniel. How do we know? Scripture tells us. Yom Kippur is the day that the sins of the nation of Israel are atoned for. In Temple times, this was the day when the High Priest (Cohen HaGodol) could enter the Holy of Holies and make atonement for Israel. The High Priest had to bathe in water then put on white linen clothing (which represented purity and humility) before entering God’s Presence. After confessing his sins and those of his family the high priest would confess the sins of the nation. One goat would be sacrificed to Yahweh and the 2nd goat, was chosen as the Azazel or scapegoat. This Hebrew noun means dismissal or entire removal. So the high priest would lay both hands on the head of the scapegoat, confessing the sins of the children of Israel. Then the Azazel would be led into the desert, thus removing the sins from the people. For a Christian, Jesus is our Azazel and when he returns, the Children of Israel will realize this and mourn. (Cf: Zechariah 12:10-11/Revelation 1:7)

Daniel 9:24 gives us great insight.

Seventy ‘sevens’ (1 week is a period of 7 prophetic years) are decreed for your people and your Holy City to finish (restrain) transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most Holy Place (or most Holy One).”

The only day that atones for wickedness and forgives sin (for one year) and seals the people with God’s righteousness (also for the coming year) is Yom Kippur. The above verse in Daniel shows us that the ultimate fulfillment of the 70th week is Yom Kippur. It will not only end this age, but it ushers in a New Age, the Millennium (which begins 75 days later. See Daniel 12:11-12). Jesus will become the atoning sacrifice for all of Israel and this day of fasting will become a day of rejoicing in the future. By understanding this, we will have the ability to calculate when antichrist will confirm a covenant with Israel. We will also be able to calculate the mid-point of the 70th week (which is the Abomination that causes Desolation). God wants us to know this because he showed it to the Prophet Daniel and Jesus told his disciples about it in the Olivet Discourse.

In an upcoming blog, I will show you how we can get an approximate date for the beginning of the final 7 years and when the anti-christ will desecrate the Temple. These are great guides for God’s people. We can know the enemies’ plans before they come to fruition. My hope is that more people desire to learn and be prepared for the ominous days that loom over the horizon.

May Yahweh bless you with His grace, peace and love.

Elijah Jacobs

September 18. 2013                  Sukkot

Tonight at sundown begins the celebration of Sukkot(Feasts of Tabernacles/Booths), which will complete the Fall Cycle of Feasts. During the times of the Temple, it was one of 3 pilgrimages (called Shelosh Regalim) in which the Israelites were to go to Jerusalem and worship as a nation. Sukkot is also known as the Festival of the Nations and the prophet Zechariah tells of a time (the Millennium) when every nation will be REQUIRED to make the journey to Jerusalem and keep this Holy Day.(Zechariah 14:16-17). This day celebrates God dwelling among his people and it is a celebration of when God brought Israel out of Egypt and dwelt with His people in temporary shelters for 40 years. It is a remembrance of God Providing for His People in the Sinai Desert before entering the Promised Land. (Leviticus 23:33-43).
At Sukkot, we should remember God’s kindness and mercy in leading and guiding Israel by day with a pillar of cloud and protecting them by night with a pillar of fire, and providing them with daily manna. In the Millennium, Jesus will be present, ruling over all. He will continue to be our Bread of Life. Another of the names of Sukkot is Z’man Simchateinu (The Season of Our Joy). Leviticus 23:40 with reference to this feast says:
“On the first day you shall take the fruit of majestic trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy tress and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for 7 days.”
Deuteronomy 16:13-15 teaches all (sons, daughter, slaves, Levites, strangers, orphans and widows) to be joyful during this feast and we learn from Exodus that this Day is also known as the Feast of the Ingathering and it is a time of celebration for gathering in the Fall Harvest. (Exodus: 23:16).

John 1:14: “The Word was made flesh and dwelt/lived(Tabernacled) among us and we have seen His glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” This is important because Jesus was born in a temporary shelter (manger) and the announcement of his birth was a time of Joy. The glory of Yahweh was also revealed in the Heavens on this glorious evening.

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for see–I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you, you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace (Shalom peace) to those on whom he favors!” (Luke 2:8-14)

To me it is clear that the birth of Jesus occurred during the Feast of Tabernacles as a testament to the celebration of God Dwelling among His People. In the last blog, I showed how The Day of Atonement perfectly ends the 70th week of Daniel. Tabernacles will then be celebrated 5 days later. There will be need for temporary shelters because of the damage around Jerusalem but it will also be a time of rejoicing for Jesus will have just defeated the anti-Christ and His people will be traveling from the nations to join their King. It will be celebrated within the 75 day interim between the end of the 70th Week of Daniel and the Millennium. I also believe it will be one of the events we will remember in the Millennium when we celebrate Tabernacles. Jesus sheltered His people during the Day of the Lord’s Judgment and delivered us out of the 2nd Age.
So for the Jewish nation, the Christian Nation and everyone who will come to Jesus in the future, Tabernacles (Sukkot) is a joyous day filled with hope. Yahweh is JUST, MERCIFUL, FORGIVING and LOVING. HE IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE OUR DELIVERER.

May this time be filled with joy and love for the Lord and Others.

The peace of Jesus Christ be with you all.

Elijah Jacobs

December 5, 2013 The Importance of Hanukkah

Tonight at sundown, marks the end of the 8 day celebration of Hanukkah, also known as The Feast of The Dedication and The Festival of Lights. It is not only an important Holiday for the Judean people, but for Christians as well. Jesus observed the festival as documented in John 10:22-23. Historically, The Feast of The Dedication was established when Judas Maccabees and his brothers defeated Antiochus Epiphanes IV and rededicated the Jewish Temple that was desecrated on 25 Kislev in 167 B.C. The entire sanctuary was purified by Priests on 25 Kislev , 164 B.C. All pagan worship sites in Jerusalem were torn down and throughout Judea the Law of God was proclaimed again. The miracle that happened (according to Jewish tradition) was that there was only enough oil to light the Menorah for one day, yet the Menorah remained lit for 8 days (thus the name: Festival of Lights). The first 2 books of the Maccabees gives us the historical perspective. Judas also proclaimed the length of this celebration equal to the 8 day celebration of Sukkot.
For a Christian, Jesus is the light of the world. (John 8:12). Our bodies are also the TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.(1 Corinthians 6:19-20). So while we should always glorify God with our bodies, Hanukkah is a perfect time for us to consecrate ourselves to Yahweh again. In the next post, I will show how important the Feast of Dedication is from a prophetic standpoint.

May the Light of Jesus shine in you always.

Elijah Jacobs

December 12, 2013            Hanukkah in Prophecy
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Hanukkah is a very special Feast Day, not only for the Judean people but it has great significance for a Christian as well. (See last post). Most importantly, Hanukkah is going to have an ultimate fulfillment at the beginning of the Millennium. Previously, I have written how The Day of Atonement will be fulfilled on the final day of Daniel’s 70th week. (CF Daniel 9:24-27) This is a key point to understand. Daniel 12:11-12 tells us that from the time the daily sacrifice is abolished there are 1290 days and blessed are those that reach the 1335th day. Daniel 9:27 tells us that this end to the sacrifice will be in the middle of Daniel’s 70th week (Day 1260). So by harmonizing the above scriptures, we see that the desecrated temple and the altar of sacrifice will not be touched until 30 days after the 70th week. Day 1335 is a day of blessing for those who overcome and reach it. It suggests a new era. This era is the Millennium or the 1000 year rule of Jesus on Earth.
Hanukkah is the first day of the Millennium. How do we know? The Hebrew calendar gives us the biggest clue. Hanukkah (the Feast of the Dedication of the Temple of God) is on the 75th day after Yom Kippur. This perfectly correlates with Day 1335, 75 days after the 70th week of Daniel. It also makes perfect sense for this day to be the day when the purification and sanctification of the Temple is completed. Jesus will claim the throne, dedicate the Temple to our Heavenly Father and usher in the Shekinah Glory of God. The light of Christ will fill the Temple and the Millennium will begin with an eight day celebration, resembling a great wedding feast. So each year that Hanukkah comes, the People of God should reflect and understand the significance this great celebration will have in the near future. It will be the ultimate fulfillment of what Judas Maccabees and his brothers accomplished around 164 B.C.

May the Prince of Peace Reign in your hearts.
Elijah Jacobs

Foolish America

April 1, 2015 “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’. They are corrupt. They have done abominable works. There is none who does good.” (Psalm 14:1, NKJV).

While many in America will light-heartedly acknowledge April Fool’s Day, we are at a crossroads in our country. We have moved further away from God. The United States’ relationship with Israel is arguably at its lowest point ever. Yet, we still strive to do what is right in our own eyes. Wake Up, America! Judgment is coming and we need to repent and turn to Jesus.

The Godless (workers of iniquity) have no knowledge and do not call on the Lord. Scripture warns that these people (like America today) are in great fear because God is with the generation of the righteous.(Psalm 14:4-5). This week should be our wake up call, as many people remember the last events of Jesus’ mortal life. For those who never made a commitment to God, please consider this. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23). Jesus became our sacrificial lamb and died on the cross so that whomsoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.(John 3:16)

This is the message that needs to get out into our neighborhoods, our work place and institutions. When Jesus rose from the dead, He conquered death for all believers. The body of Christ needs to strongly advance against the evils of this age. Satan is increasing his efforts because his time is short. We must take the Word of God and attack Satan’s throne. If we do not, the so called believer will be the biggest fool of all. EJ

August 21, 20015.               The Cycle of the Shemitah (The Release) 

Every 7 years there is a jubilee cycle, where God releases the nation of Israel from personal debt if they are following His ways. For a nation whose God is the LORD and who is disobedient, Yahweh will shake up that country’s economy. For the United States, we had  major stock market crashes on September 17th, 2001 and September 29, 2008. Each was worse than the previous one. The common factor was that they occurred on the same day of the Hebrew Calendar, Elul 29. That is the last day of the civil calendar and at sunset of September 17th, 2001 and September 29th, 2008, The Feast of Trumpets was ushered in. That is a Day of Judgment from God on a particular nation.

The Lord was warning us to turn from our evil ways and repent as a nation. Have we? Well, with the Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriages and with President Obama’s stance on the Iran nuclear treaty (which puts Israel in greater danger) we have blatantly spit in God’s face. Judgment is imminent. So when does the next 7 year cycle end? It is September 13th, 2015. However, that is a Sunday, so if God wants to wake up America in the financial realm, it could either be done on Friday, September 11th (14 year anniversary of 9/11) or on Monday, September 14th, which is the Feast of Trumpets. The Trump Call was to call the people of God for a Sacred Assembly, warn them of coming judgment or prepare for war.

While God does not have to act during this Jubilee Cycle, in light of our disobedience, I would suggest that He will. Today Wall Street had a shake up as the Dow plunged over 500 points. The reason was due to uncertainty over the Global Market and because of the recent economic struggles of China. China has bought a lot of our debt and their economy will effect ours. The date of this points drop is a clue as well. August 21st is only 3 weeks (3 sets of 7) away from 9/11. This is not a coincidence, because The Lord is orchestrating events that line up with Biblical numbers which represent perfection (3) and completion (7). GOD always works in the fullness of time. So we must be like the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do. (1 Chronicles 12:32 NKJV). Christians, wake up and stand in the gap for we are nearing the end of this age!

May the grace and love of the Lord protect and keep you.

 

 

November 25th, 2015                 Thanksgiving

Tomorrow, the United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving. It is a time for travel, being with family and enjoying great food and company. Many will watch football games throughout the day, while others will use the extended weekend to take out Christmas decorations or go shopping for gifts. It is a wonderful and hectic time of year. Unfortunately, many Americans forget the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

The Sovereign Lord gave us this great nation to be a beacon of light and liberty. Our light is flickering and many are self-absorbed with their own lives and difficult circumstances. No matter what our current situation is, every American should be on bended knee, thanking Jesus for what He did for us. He owed us nothing, but gave us everything. The king rescued us from the pit.

The prophet Jonah is a great example for us to study. God called him to prophesy to the great city of Nineveh. This city was in the heart of the Assyrian Empire (Assyria took the northern kingdom of Israel into captivity in 722BC by using extreme violence). Jonah, knowing that these people may very well repent, refused God’s commands and tried to flee by boat to the city of Tarshish.

Jonah may have had family or friends butchered by this evil nation, so his trepidation would be understandable. However, when God gives us a command, we better listen and obey. Jonah’s consequence for disobedience was to be swallowed by a great fish and remain there for 3 days and 3 nights (Jonah 1:17).

While facing the abyss, Jonah cried out to Yahweh. His words are something we should remember.

” But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving: I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD” ( Jonah 2:9 NKJV).

Jesus uses Jonah as a sign for the adulterous generation that he encountered.

” For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40, NKJV).

Tomorrow when we enjoy the comforts provided to us, we must never forget the ultimate sacrifice that God made. His Son descended into the depths of Hell and rose again as atonement for sin. He bought our freedom through His Blood. Our job is to accept that gift and live in holiness and obedience. EJ.

 

 

December 2, 2015                     Hailstones (Part 1)

 

In the special year in review 2015 edition of Voice of the Martyrs, there is a very revealing article: “Great Evil, Great Revival” (pgs. 4-5).  Despite the turmoil and death in Syria, our LORD is moving in a very powerful way. Amidst the war and destruction, many are coming to a saving relationship in JESUS.

As rockets and mortar fall on the city of Damascus, God is protecting His children. On Friday, June 5th, terroristic threats were issued warning that approximately 30,000 Muslims would attack the ancient city. After 1pm prayer (Salat), thousands left the mosque, shouting as they advanced. Suddenly, the sunny skies darkened and rain poured from the sky and giant hailstones were unleashed against the blood-thirsty crowd.

It was reported that this was the the first time a storm of this ferocity occurred in many years. After 15 minutes of God’s fury, the streets were emptied and the enemy fled. The secular media even took pictures of the hail and reported on the evening news that ” God fought with us.” (VOM, Year in Review, 2015, pg. 5).

God has fought for His people using this method before. The Pharaoh of Egypt mocked YAHWEH and THE ALMIGHTY countered by attacking Egypt with 1o plagues. Before the 7th plague, the LORD said that He raised Pharaoh up so that the Name of the Lord of Hosts be known throughout the earth (Exodus 9:16).

The next day, heavy rain and hail poured down. No storm like that ever happened in Egypt previously. Hail fell on every man, beast and herb of the field. God warned the enemy but many did not listen. Those not prepared were subdued by the hail mingled with fire and only the children of Israel, living in the region of Goshen were spared from God’s Hand (Exodus 9:18-26).

Through Scripture, we see hail used as a weapon against evil nations and as protection for God’s people. How close are we to Jesus’ return? Examples like this combined with what the LORD reveals in the Bible is proof that we are nearing the End of the Age. In part 2, we will see how a future example of God’s wrath  (the 7th bowl judgment of Revelation 16) will parallel the events that happened recently in Damascus. EJ

 

December 6, 2015                      Hailstones (Part 2)

A few months ago, the Lord protected Christians in Damascus from a Muslim attack by using hailstones to disperse the crowd. This attack by Yahweh is well known in the Old Testament. Not only did the Almighty afflict Pharaoh’s land with hailstones (7th plague of Egypt), He also routed the Amorites and their 5 kings as they fled from the Israelite Army.

In the 10th chapter of Joshua, we learn that  the children of Israel, slaughtered a great number of Amorites at Gibeon. As the beleaguered forces retreated, God made one final statement and He unleashed large hailstones from heaven to destroy the enemy forces.

“There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword” (Joshua 10:11b, NKJV).

Enemies of Jesus better take notice. History and current events prove that The Father remains true to His prophetic word. During the Day of the Lord’s judgment, hailstones will be a great weapon once again. The 7th bowl judgment will be the final attack on Satan’s kingdom.

” Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne saying, ‘ It is done!’….And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.” ( Revelation 16:17. 21, NKJV).

The message is clear! God is fighting for His people today just as He did for ancient Israel. Evildoers will not repent even when they see these extraordinary events. However, the people of God must walk in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, never compromising the Word of God. We must be obedient and boldly speak the truth as the Day approaches. EJ

 

December 21, 2015                         Asara B’Tevet

 

Today, Orthodox Jews observe the 10th of Tevet. It is a day of fasting, mourning and repentance. When a nation is continually disobedient to the LORD, HE will raise up enemies in order to bring His people to repentance.

The last king of Judah, Zedekiah, did evil in the eyes of the LORD. This is especially disturbing in light of the fact that he knew that his nephew, Jehoachin and his royal household were taken captive into Babylon 9 years earlier. Instead of repenting, this foolish king ignored the prophet Jeremiah and rebelled.

The result was a day of solemnity for the Jewish people. It was on the 10th of Tevet, when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon  gathered his army and encamped against the city of Jerusalem. A siege wall was built against it and in less than 2 years, the temple was destroyed. (2nd Kings 25:1-10 and Jeremiah 39:1-3).

“Again, in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me saying, ‘Son of Man, write down the name of the day, this very day- the king of Babylon started his siege against Jerusalem this very day.’ ” (Ezekiel 24:1-2, NKJV)

Yahweh wanted His people to understand the long term ramifications of sin and disobedience. Nearly three thousand years later, Israel is still mourning. This is a wake up call to the People of God. We must live in the Truth of God’s Word.  God is raising up prophets to warn this country.

The United States needs to learn from Judah’s errors. There is refuge in no one else but JESUS! The path America is on is going to lead her destruction and despair. Some will turn to God in humility and plead for forgiveness. The majority will harden their hearts to the LORD. 2016 may very well signal the death knell of this once great country. While it is still day, we must live in obedience and stand for the Truth of Scripture. EJ

 

January 3, 2016                           The Narrow Gate

 

The revelry of New Year’s has passed . As this holiday weekend comes to an end, many will return to work/school. Resolutions for the new year will kick in and people will try to achieve goals: weight loss, job promotions, becoming better parents, finding true love, breaking an addiction, etc. 2016 will bring the hope of a better life.

My hope for many in the United States is a simple message that Jesus gave during His “Sermon on the Mount”.

” Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way the leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14, NKJV).

Luke actually tells us that many will seek to enter through the narrow gate and will not be able (Luke 13:24). These are the same people that Jesus says will cry out “Lord, Lord!” However, they will be cast out because our King never knew them. They did not do the will of The Father. Matthew makes it clear that prophesying or casting out demons in Jesus’ name is not good enough to have eternal life (Matthew 7:21-23).

So what is the way to everlasting life? The Messiah tells us that He is the door that His sheep must go through (John 10:7,9). There is no other way! All four Gospels are clear on this point.

” Jesus said to her (Martha), ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this’ ” (John 11:25-26).

This is the same question we must ask others. People must know Jesus personally. The consequences are high if they do not because another will come along and have the appearance of the Messiah. The antichrist will deceive many and only those who know the Master’s voice will stand firm.

My prayer for the new year is that people will repent and commit themselves fully to Jesus. This means to place God first and to really get serious about studying and living out Scripture. EJ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. John Finkbeiner’s avatar

    It is early, but do you think there is a connection between Israel’s Memorial Day and the bomb explosions in Boston today?

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  2. arjdolphins’s avatar

    I do believe that there is a connection with Israel’s Memorial Day and the bombings in Boston (4-15-13). Yesterday was also Patriot’s Day in Boston. Last night at sunset, Israel was celebrating their 65th year as a nation. You and I know that does not make radical Muslims happy. It is not a coincidence in my opinion. If the attacks were by Islamic Terrorists–and it is by no means clear that they were at present–but if they were, then it is obvious why. Not only do the terrorists want to wipe out the Jewish State of Israel, but they want to destroy America.

    An attack on the U.S. is like an attack on Israel. The book by John Finkbeiner, “The Prophets of God,” offered a good explanation of the ultimate goal of Islamic revolutionaries, namely a world-wide caliphate. Radical Islam wants to usher in their Mahdi, the twelfth imam, by destroying the enemies of Islam. We all know who that is. It would surprise me if our Patriot’s Day in Boston was not an occasion to inflict death, pain and destruction as a part of the Holy War or Jihad of dedicated radical Muslims against their perceived enemies.

    Elijah Jacobs

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  3. arjdolphins’s avatar

    Reading further on the “terrorist” attacks at the Boston Marathon (April 15, 2013), I found that there were as many as thirty that needed some type of amputation. This is a great tragedy. All of the victims are in my prayers. I am not wishing tragedy on anyone and I pray God’s healing strength on all the injured, yet it is clear that God works in times like these. His grace is made manifest in our weaknesses. We are more likely to come to Christ when we no longer have strength of our own. The ultimate hope is that Jesus will bring healing to all his children: that when we see him face-to-face we will be whole again.

    May the Risen Lord comfort and heal those affected by the Boston tragedy. May he use his people to show agape love to those in need. As a group, let us all pray for America’s repentance.

    Elijah Jacobs

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  4. ElijahJacobs’s avatar

    New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg revealed that the suspected Boston Marathon bombers also had plans to attack busy Time Square. The Tsarnaev brothers were committed Islamic terrorists. Americans need to know who their enemies are. We must repent and ask God for mercy before it is too late.

    Elijah Jacobs

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  5. Elijah Jacobs’s avatar

    What I found out from the Times of Israel today is that the 2 young men involved in the Boston bombings are suspected for 3 Boston Murders in 2011. One was a good friend to one of the brothers; the other 2 were ex roomates. Two of the men were Jewish. Now police are saying the date of the murders was on Sep. 11, around 8pm though the bodies were found on Sep. 12. Police are now investigating to determine if there was a link between the murders and the Boston Marathon bombings. Anyone who has more info please respond. God Bless You.

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  6. ElijahJacobs’s avatar

    From what I have been reading, the Jewish people are steadily pushing for prayer on the Temple Mount. And why shouldn’t they, though Islamic authorities do not allow it. I will place a post with some details on this. God Bless You.

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  7. John Finkbeiner’s avatar

    I join you in praying for our Christian family. May we all desire to fulfill our Lord’s will and bring glory to His Name.

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