By: Rabbi Ari Enkin, Rabbinic Director, United with Israel
Yom Kippur is a time when we are forced to focus on our mortality. We take inventory of what we have done. We evaluate our ‘spiritual worth.’ Just like Yom Kippur is the day of judgement, so, too, we must prepare ourselves for the ultimate Day of Judgement. And that is what I want to focus on in this article.
We also make use of Yom Kippur to recommit ourselves to leading a life worth living. We recommit to being good people whose lives are filled with meaning. We also want to ensure that we get ourselves the ‘best seats’ in the World to Come.
The Talmud tells us that we will be asked four questions when we one day reach heaven.
The first question is “Have you been honest in your business dealings?“
But make no mistake, it doesn’t merely refer to our honesty in money-related dealings. It also comes to include the questions: “Were you honest in your relationships? Were you a good neighbor? A good husband? A good father? Were you honest and did you give all your endeavors your best effort?”
The next question will be “Did you set aside time for Torah study?”
This too, is a much more loaded question than meets the eye. It comes to include such things as: “Did you pursue education? Did you strengthen your Judaism? Did you seek knowledge or did you prefer ignorance when it came to Torah observance? Did you live by the Torah’s values? Did you teach your children our heritage”?
Then we will be asked: “Did you try to have children?”
This, too, is of course, a loaded question. But it is so much more than that. It also includes: “Did you spend time with your family? Did you treat your wife properly? Did you try to provide for those dependent on you to the best of your ability?”
And finally, there is the question: “Did you look forward to redemption?”
I would suggest that this includes: “Did you work hard to build a better future for yourself and those around you? Did you give up when things weren’t getting tough or did you try, try, and try again? Did you support the State of Israe,l which represents Jewish redemption in our day?”
As we enter Yom Kippur it is these many question that should be on our mind. May we be able to give Him the right answers.
Regular use of cannabis doubles the risk of psychotic symptoms including schizophrenia and is closely associated with anxiety disorders, depression and psychosis, says official advice to the Morrison government triggered by the passage of new laws in the ACT.
The briefing paper prepared for Health Minister Greg Hunt reveals extensive links between cannabis use and adverse mental health affects, which have “broadened considerably” as marijuana is decriminalised.
In the three-page brief obtained by The Weekend Australian, the Health Department lists five “key issues” or research findings to consider after the ACT Legislative Assembly passed a private member’s bill allowing adults to possess 50gm of cannabis and grow two plants. Individual households can have up to four plants.
The department notes there has been a sizeable body of work analysing the adverse physiological and mental health effects of recreational cannabis use, despite marijuana being decriminalised only in a small number of jurisdictions.
It points to research from the US state of Colorado that found daily or near-daily cannabis use was associated with the development of a psychotic disorder.
The review of medical literature also examined Australian research, which concluded that regular cannabis users doubled their risk of experiencing psychotic symptoms — including schizophrenia — and were at an increased risk of screening positively for psychosis.
“The evidence base regarding adverse health effects linked to cannabis use has broadened considerably since the gradual decriminalisation, and in some cases legalisation, of the substance in certain international jurisdictions,” the department says.
“Adverse health outcomes as a result of regular cannabis use are not limited to mental health and psychotic symptoms.”
The department advised that a 2018 Canadian Medical Association Journal report found an overwhelming volume of evidence outlining the biological harm of cannabis use, including brain changes, adverse cognitive outcomes, negative pregnancy outcomes and testicular cancer.
The briefing also says a psychoactive component in cannabis called tetrahydrocannabinol, the main chemical responsible for the drug’s psychological effects, increased by almost 30 per cent throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s. This was linked to exacerbated symptoms of anxiety, depression and psychotic symptoms in “naive” users and increased psychotic symptoms and dependence in “experienced” users.
In Colorado, the first US state to legalise marijuana, emergency department visits due to cannabis increased slightly while the acute effects of THC — including hallucinations, paranoia and delusional beliefs — markedly increased with higher doses.
Government sources said the departmental advice was a “devastating confirmation” of the health and mental health effects of recreational cannabis and urged ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr to explain what health advice he received before supporting the legislation.
God’s word tells us that lawlessness will increase in the last days and this is just further evidence to support that premise.
The Prewrath Rapture positions the rapture at the trumpet blast of the seventh seal . Jesus said believers would not endure the wrath of God that is poured out with the Trumpet and Bowl judgements but He said that we would see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place (Matthew 24:15). It is at the end of the sixth seal that we are told ‘For the great day of His wrath has come.” (Revelation 6:17) At the seventh seal; The Rapture occurs and then the wrath of God begins to be poured out on the unrepentant. Much the same as Noah, his family and the animals enter the ark, God closes the door, and the wrath of God is poured out.
Believers will experience tribulation even great tribulation meted out by the Antichrist but at the same time Christians will shine brightly in the darkness with many turning to Christ despite the persecution it brings.
Dr Alan Kurschner of Eschatos Ministries explains how the greek grammar in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 supports Prewrath.
The Greek grammar in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 clearly supports the prewrath interpretation that those two events: 1. apostasy and 2, the lawless one revealed, will occur first, before the day of the Lord.
“Let no one deceive you in any way; for the day of the Lord will not come unless [ean mē] the apostasy comes first [prōton] and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3
A couple of simple cross-references of the same Greek construction in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 to other biblical examples will demonstrate that the pretribulational view skews Paul’s message. The Greek is constructed with the conditional “unless” (ean mē) coupled with the adverb “first” (prōton), which results in placing the conditional events sequentially before the main event.
For example, John 7:51: “Our law doesn’t condemn a man unless[ean mē] it first [prōton] hears from him and learns what he is doing, does it?”
That is to say, before the event of “condemnation,” two events need to happen first: (1) hearing from the accused, and thus (2) learning what he is doing. The two events do not happen “during” the condemnation, as the flawed pretrib Greek analysis would have it. Rather, they occur before the verdict of condemnation.
Next Mark 3:27: “But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless[ean mē] he first [prōton] ties up the strong man; then [tote] indeed the house can be plundered.”
That is to say, the strongman is tied up first, before the house is plundered (the “then” [tote] confirms this).
These two examples that share the same Greek construction with 2 Thessalonians 2:3 suffice to illustrate Paul’ message that before the day of the Lord begins, two events must happen first: the apostasy and the revelation of the man of lawlessness. Only then can the day of the Lord begin.
Atheist evangelist Richard Dawkins is on the crusade again with his latest book Outgrowing God1 to win more converts to his religion of atheism. His book was released in September, published by Random House Books.
CMI has produced an excellent review of this book. I suggest you go to their website http://www.creation.com to see it, in its entirety. The following is an abbreviated version.
As a teenager, Dawkins de-converted from (nominal) Christianity to atheism since he was unsure as to which god was the right god out of hundreds or even thousands of candidates.
Dawkins does not understand that to know God one has to be born again and receive the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit can lead you into all truth. He is our counsellor, teacher and comforter. It is the Holy Spirit that produces the fruit of the Spirit in a believers life: love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness goodness, gentleness, kindness and self control. He is also the one that gives the gifts of the spirit for ministry.
In the first half of his book Dawkins raises eternal questions about good and evil. Is God really good? Is the Bible really true? Do we need the Bible and God to be good?
Dawkins obviously, like much of the world, does not like what God defines as sin and would much prefer to make up his own rules. Moreover, would like to change those rules as he sees fit.
Sin involves nothing less than flagrant rebellion against the will of Almighty God. Sin cuts us off from the living God entirely. This is no trifling matter. God, as our Creator, would be perfectly righteous in sending every one of us to death for our sins. It is only by God’s grace that He doesn’t do so. In fact, the problem of our eternal, sinful separation was so bad, that God sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins on the cross (see also Dawkins’ dilemma: how God forgives sin).
A key element in Dawkins’ de-conversion experience is his belief in evolution, which convinced him that seemingly designed elements really evolved over long periods of time.
The second half of Dawkins’ book deals with his attempt to undermine the concept of intelligent design, using natural selection and evolution as an alternative explanation. Not wanting to sound trite but as a scientist he should be aware of the Ockham’s Razor approach to science. For even Dawkins himself has previously stated “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose”.14 So, even as an evolutionist, Dawkins is forced to acknowledge how certain structures in the animal kingdom appear to be designed. His examples include the color pigments of the octopus, the tongue of the chameleon, and the legs of the cheetah, or the feathers of birds (p. 36).
Dawkins does not explain how legs can turn into wings or leaves into thorns. Neither does he name a single gene which would be responsible for such mutations as a practical example. In short, Dawkins misrepresents the way natural selection happens in nature. Natural selection is efficient in explaining how anatomically different structures in organisms lead to differential survival. But it does not explain how the structures themselves arise. People readily recognise cases of intelligent design in automobiles, buildings, books, statues, or hieroglyphs. Therefore, DNA serves as a plan for the whole entire body of an organism. DNA is the information that controls all the machinery of the cells to function successfully, to reproduce and adapt to their environment. Information comes only from intelligence and in the case of the information to control living cells, a level of intelligence beyond our understanding..
Dawkins understands that the Earth is fine-tuned for life to exist on its surface. If the Earth were just a little too close to the Sun, then it would be too hot for life to exist. On the other hand, if it was just a little too far, then it would be too cold for life. Furthermore, if the gravitational constant, G were even just a little different, then life could not exist on Earth. This is something called the anthropic principle, namely that Earth, and even the universe seems to have been designed especially for human life.
In response, Dawkins posits the multiverse concept. This concept states there are millions or even billions of universes, parallel with our own, each defined by its own laws and physical constants. Therefore, according to the law of big numbers, even though the great majority of these universes may all be devoid of life, a very small percent of them may still be finely tuned to allow life to appear.
What physical evidence is there for billions of other universes? Is it even possible for us to know of other universes? As such, this is not a scientific concept. Even if there happened to be other universes out there, how do we know that there are billions of them? Also, how do we know that they come into being independently from one another to have differing parameters and physical laws? Nonsense.
Lastly, Dawkins and other evolutionists attack design as unscientific. However, we see intuitively, that design is scientific. For example, if engineers designed sonar systems from bats, what kind of supernatural intelligence created bats? Design can easily be inferred from simple observation of nature. Dawkins needs to use extra, convoluted arguments to explain that biological structures evolved as opposed to being simply designed. By applying the principle of Ockham’s Razor, we can reject Dawkins’ evolutionary arguments and accept the principle of design. Dawkins should not reject intelligent design but acknowledge it as a viable scientific argument for the origin of life.
There is a whole lot of shaking going on in America right now, and many people are concerned about what that could potentially mean. Could it be possible that the U.S. is entering a more seismically active time? Jesus told his disciples in the Olivet Discourse that in the end times, just before His return to earth, there would be an increase in earthquakes. This week alone, we have seen earthquake swarms in Texas, Oklahoma, San Francisco and the New Madrid fault zone.
In just over 12 hours, Texas experienced not one earthquake, but four, experts say. Three quakes were centred near the town of Snyder — just south of the Texas panhandle — with a fourth centred near the Fort Worth area, according to the United States Geological Survey. The first and strongest of the cluster hit just after 4:45 p.m. Monday about 12 miles north of Snyder and measured magnitude 4.0.
That was the strongest earthquake in Texas so far this year.Over the past 24 hours, the state has experienced nine earthquakes of at least magnitude 1.5, and over the past seven days there have been 40 such earthquakes.
Meanwhile, we have been witnessing unusual earthquake activity in Oklahoma as well.Decades ago, Oklahoma was very quiet geologically, but things sure have changed over the past few years. If you can believe it, there have already been more than 1,000 earthquakes of at least magnitude 1.5 in Oklahoma so far in 2019.
Unusual seismic activity is also occurring along the California coast. This week, a swarm of five moderate earthquakes in the San Francisco area made headlines all over the nation.
A swarm of tiny temblors shook up California’s East Bay over the past 24 hours, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.
The agency reported at least five quakes registering from 2.0 to 2.9 magnitude, along with a slew of even smaller temblors registering below 2.0 magnitude. The swarm centred on Dublin and San Ramon on the east side of San Francisco Bay.
Those earthquakes didn’t really cause any significant damage, but the concern is that all of this shaking could be leading up to something. Moreover, scientists assure us that “the Big One” is way overdue and that at some point our time will run out.
Last but certainly not least, an earthquake swarm just hit the New Madrid fault zone as well.
In less than an hour on Monday morning, southeastern Missouri was hit by five significant earthquakes. It started with a 2.6 magnitude temblor around 11:18 a.m. near Lilbourn, a small city just north of Missouri’s boot heel, according to the United States Geological Survey. A mere three minutes later, a 1.1 magnitude quake rumbled nearby. Just before 11:30 a.m., a 2.7 magnitude quake rattled southwest of Lilbourn followed by a 1.8 magnitude quake only five minutes later, the USGS says. It would be 23 minutes before the next quake, another magnitude 2.7, shook an area just west of Lilbourn, the USGS says.
Extract from article by Michael Snyder in Charisma News 10/2/2019
Plans were revealed for the construction of an interfaith complex that will house a church, synagogue, and mosque in the United Arab Emirates as part of an effort to promote religious harmony and bridge adherents of the three Abrahamic religions. The complex, known as the Abrahamic Family House, will be located on Saadiyat Island near Abu Dhabi.
The project is a result of Roman Catholic Pope Francis’ papal visit to Abu Dhabi in February when the pontiff and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar in Egypt signed a declaration establishing the interfaith Higher Committee of Human Fraternity.
Members of the committee
The committee includes: Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Prof Mohamed Hussein Mahrasawi, President of Al-Azhar University; Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, Personal Secretary of Pope Francis; Judge Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salam, Advisor to the Grand Imam; Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi; Dr Sultan Faisal Al Rumaithi, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders; and Yasser Hareb Al Muhairi, Emirati writer and media personality, Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig of Washington Hebrew Congregation
The Abrahamic Family House is the first formal initiative of the higher committee. Plans by British architect David Adjaye were unveiled during the Celebration of Human Fraternity at a New York City public library on Sept. 20. In a statement, Adjaye declared that the Abrahamic Family House will be “open to the world.” He expressed hope that it will serve as a space for people across society to “learn and engage in a mission of peaceful coexistence for generations to come.
Higher Committee member Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig of Washington Hebrew Congregation said in a statement that the new complex is an “important opportunity for all who believe in the power of faith and humanity.”
“It will help build bridges between religious leaders and communities as well as foster peace and harmony in an era that is too often defined by difference,” Lustig said. “I am honoured to be part of such an esteemed group working to champion love over hate, justice over injustice, and faith over fear.”
The agenda of “global warming,” which has now morphed into the more generic-sounding name of “climate change.” This name change came about after several brutal winters of Arctic Polar Vortexes which made it seem all the more ridiculous.
The solution to this problem is to refocus on God, REPENT, and allow Him to “hear from Heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land.” Until we call out for God’s Hand, secular “wisdom” and false science will prevail.
“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin andheal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:13-14
When will we realise, God is sovereign and nothing occurs on this planet without Him allowing it to happen. Moreover, we invariably get the leaders we deserve so that we can see the inevitable outcome of Satan inspired leaders such as Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and Osama Bin Laden. In the not to distant future God will have His Son, Jesus, on the throne ruling with a rod of iron from Jerusalem. “His Kingdom will come and His will, will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.
The following report from a respected Investment Research and Consulting company confirms the precarious state of the worlds economies. Governments with unprecedented debt are incapable of solving their countries mounting problems. Youth unemployment in many countries is at a level where societal collapse and even anarchy is possible.
A world that has largely turned away from God, and blindly accepted evolution and a history of billions of years for the cosmos, is oblivious to the truth revealed in God’s Word, about where we are in His timeline for the planet.
All of this is prophesied in God’s Word, Sadly, we are also told that much of the church largely compromises with the world and its values. However, as the world gets darker and lawlessness increases, God reveals to us that at the same time the harvest is ripe, all that is needed is workers to go out into the fields.
What is God calling you to do in these last days? Are you in a church that recognises the times and is taking seriously Jesus command to go into all the world with the Good News? If not then pray. Jesus made it possible for our Heavenly Father to send the Holy Spirit to be your counsellor, teacher and comforter. He will guide your steps if your submit to His sovereignty.
Sep. 21, 2019 – Baltimore, MD – Outsider Club and Angel Publishing Investment Research Recent up-and-down drastic volatility is a signal the big move is nearing. Currencies in Venezuela and Turkey have collapsed. Germany is selling negative 30-year bonds. And while the dollar is strong for now… this is only the opening salvo in a total economic war that the U.S. is destined to lose…A war that will see China and Russia dumping U.S. debt… bypassing the U.S. dollar… and igniting a monetary hurricane that could usher in the total collapse of America’s fiat regime. It’ll be worse than 2008 — a financial 9/11.This nightmare scenario is imminent and inevitable. As we speak, a chain reaction is taking place in the markets.And when these events come to a head within the next few months, we’ll witness the final unravelling of these historically overpriced markets.The greenback will collapse…Gold will spike to between $3,000 and $5,000 per ounce… Specific mining stocks could climb to 4,237%…It could be the defining moment of the 21st century. We’ve recorded an urgent emergency briefing on the coming crisis.
Stories like this one will be commonplace. Thomas Cook declared bankruptcy last Monday. The firm runs hotels, resorts, airlines and cruises for 19 million people a year in 16 countries. It currently has 600,000 people abroad, forcing governments and insurance companies to co-ordinate a huge rescue operation.
Whitehall sources admitted that a rescue operation was likely to be complex and drawn out, with around 150,000 Britons on Thomas Cook holidays at about 60 destinations overseas. It could cost the taxpayer £600 million.
On Tuesday, Union Seminary, New York posted a photo of the chapel service which showed a student sitting on the ground before several potted plants to offer confession, mainly over failures to protect the environment.
“Today in chapel, we confessed to plants. Together, we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honour. What do you confess to the plants in your life?” tweeted Union.
Offering their prayers to plants?
The Seminary stated, “We are in the throes of a climate emergency, a crisis created by humanity’s arrogance, our disregard for Creation. Far too often, we see the natural world only as resources to be extracted for our use, not divinely created in their own right—worthy of honour, thanks and care.We have played a deplorable role in degrading God’s creation. We must birth new theology, new liturgy to heal and sow, replacing ones that reap and destroy.”
Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, denounced the chapel event and tweets made in defense of it on his podcast “The Briefing” as coming from a “modern secular worldview.”
“If you do not worship the Creator, you will inevitably worship the creation, in one way or another. That is the primal form of idolatry,” said Mohler.
“We cannot be pleased with the desecration of creation, but we can also not be pleased or ever satisfied with the idea that creation exists unto itself, that human beings are a blight upon creation, and that it is wrong for human beings to exercise dominion over creation.”
Mohler also took issue with Union referring to the plants as “beings,” explaining that a “being is one who has consciousness, and has consciousness of consciousness. A stalk of wheat is not a being, nor is a rhododendron, nor is an oak tree, nor even an acorn, nor is an entire forest. Plants are not beings, but what you see here is the confusion that happens when the biblical worldview is abandoned,” he continued.
Union Seminary was founded in 1836 by a group of Presbyterian ministers and sees itself as rooted in Protestantism. Nevertheless, the school states on their website that they seek to train students of all religions to advance social justice.
Over 1,000 mostly Jewish people in Odessa, Ukraine make professions of faith during a supernatural Healing Meeting
More than 1,000 predominately Jewish people in Odessa, Ukraine, stood and made a public profession of faith during a revival meeting, says evangelist Sid Roth.
Roth, host of the charismatic television show It’s Supernatural!, tells Charisma in an exclusive interview that a supernatural peace flooded the room while he preached to the unsaved crowd.
“It’s unbelievable,” he says. “One thousand people sitting there, unsaved, and they’re so still, they’re not even getting up to go to the bathroom. … I’ll challenge anyone to talk to 1,000 unsaved Jews about Yeshua or Jesus the Messiah and have them sit through the whole lecture. And I cover Bible prophecy; I cover why Jews don’t believe; I cover everything. I don’t leave anything out. And then at the end of the meeting, that same glory that causes the miracles causes the repentance and salvation.”
Roth says miracles are common when he teaches unsaved Jewish crowds. For a while, he hesitated to share words of knowledge from the stage because he didn’t want people to see him as the healer but rather focus solely on God. But once he started sharing the words God gave him, he watched the Holy Spirit do miracles.
“I say, ‘If your pain is gone or the symptom is totally gone, I want you to stand up,’ and I’ve had as many as 60% to 70% of people, unsaved Jews, instantly stand up and say they’ve been healed,” he says. “… When the glory shows up, it’s not like laying hands on people. It’s not like the anointing. I have nothing to do with it. I can’t make it happen. I’m almost like an observer.”
Roth says about 1,000 people showed up to his lecture on the supernatural in Odessa, which took place a block away from the city’s largest synagogue. Roth says a high percentage of the audience was instantly healed during the event, and he estimates that at the end, nearly 100% rose to their feet and gave public professions of faith.
“You don’t read about Jewish people coming to the Lord in those numbers anywhere but in the New Testament,” Roth says. “It’s unprecedented.”
These kinds of numbers are so surprising, Roth says, that several Jewish believers in Jesus didn’t believe Roth was reporting the truth.
“They actually thought I was lying,” he says. “So what they did is they sent spies to my meetings. And they found out that what I always say was true.”
But Christians shouldn’t be surprised at this kind of revival, Roth says. After all, Smith Wigglesworth prophesied about a greater glory coming that would bring record numbers of people into the faith. Wigglesworth believed that revival would then spread across the world. Roth believes Jewish people will play a crucial role in that global revival.
“As these young people come to the Lord, these Jewish people come to the Lord, they’re going to revolutionize the world,” Roth says. “… I can’t call it a prophecy, but I can just say that I sense so strongly that Ukraine is going to be a Christian nation.
“Today is the day of salvation. I believe it. … I believe that as this greater glory spreads throughout the world, the whole paradigm that we know as the church and Christianity is about to change. It will be closer to the Bible than what it is today. And one of the changes will be that these great miracles will be not by a few anointed men and women of God. The least Christian is going to operate in this greater glory. Why? Because God loves humanity.”