Why you need copy editors and proofreaders…

It is much easier to spot someone else’s errors because your brain will not as easily assume what the author meant to write. I do try to check my posts, but sometimes things will get by me and I do not have a proofreader. So, please show mercy if you see an error. Just make a note in the comments section and I will fix it.

This former copy editor and proofreader thanks you for your understanding.

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SLAUGHTER IN PARIS: ISIS claims responsibility for deadliest terror attacks in Europe since 2004. French President vows “pitiless” revenge against Islamic State. Yet Obama says ISIS has been “contained.”


Please pray for our leaders’ eyes and hearts to be opened and for those impacted by these terrorist attacks.

Originally posted on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog:

France-ISISattacks-Nov2015On Friday morning, President Obama told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the apocalyptic terror movement known as the Islamic State finally had been “contained.”

“I don’t think they’re gaining strength,” the President told George Stephanopolous. “What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.”

By Friday night, however, ISIS had launched a savage and deadly series of coordinated attacks throughout Paris. One day earlier, ISIS launched two suicide bombing attacks in Beirut. Just days before that, ISIS claimed to have blown a Russian civilian jetliner over Egypt. In each case, Islamic State leaders said they were attacking nations engaged in fighting against them in Syria and Iraq.

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The Day I’ll Finally Stop Grieving


This SO needs to be said!

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“How long has it been? When is he going to get over that grief and move on already?”

I get it.

I know you might be thinking that about me or about someone else these days.

I know you may look at someone you know in mourning and wonder when they’ll snap out of it.

I understand because I use to think that way too.

Okay, maybe at the time I was self-aware enough or guilty enough not to think it quite that explicitly, even in my own head. It might have come in the form of a growing impatience toward someone in mourning or a gradual dismissing of their sadness over time or maybe in my intentionally avoiding them as the days passed. It was subtle to be sure, but I can distinctly remember reaching the place where my compassion for grieving friends had reached its capacity—and it was long before they stopped hurting.

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What is “Apocalyptic Islam” and why is it so dangerous? The research behind my remarks to the Jerusalem Leaders Summit.

Originally posted on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog:

Addressing the Jerusalem Leaders Summit on the threat of Addressing the Jerusalem Leaders Summit on the threat of “Apocalyptic Islam.”

(Jerusalem, Israel) — Eschatology is not a word that typically comes up in public policy forums. Yesterday afternoon, however, I had the honor of addressing the Jerusalem Leaders Summit here in the heart of the epicenter. My remarks focused on the rise of Apocalyptic Islam — what it is, why it is emerging as a far more serious threat to the U.S., Israel, and the world than Radical Islam, and how Shia and Sunni eschatology differ immensely from Jewish and Christian eschatology.

For the last several days, my fellow speakers — including Members of the European Parliament — and I have been meeting with Israeli government officials to share ideas on a range of economic and security matters. Yesterday morning, for example, we visited the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) and were briefed by the Knesset Member Tzachi Hanegbi, chairman of the Foreign & Defense Affairs…

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Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the “War of Gog & Magog.” Part Four in our series on the prophecies of Ezekiel 38-39.


Learned some things here. Always learning. Not always in agreement, but always learning!

Originally posted on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog:

(Source: screen capture of a CNN report on July 9, 2015) (Source: screen capture of a CNN report on July 9, 2015)

(Central Israel) — Today is Part Four in our study of Ezekiel 38 & 39 and what Bible scholars call the “War of Gog and Magog.”

In light of the growing alliance between Russia and Iran, and the growing interest in eschatology among Muslims, Jews and Christians, many of you have questions regarding these prophecies.

Today, let’s answer three of the most frequently asked questions.

Q: Will the War of Gog and Magog happen before or after the Rapture?

A: The truth is we simply do not know the answer for certain, because Ezekiel does not say. Many of the theologians I cited in Epicenter believe the war will occur after the Rapture. In the novel Left Behind, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins describe the War of Gog and Magog as having already happened before the Rapture takes place. In

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Looking for Messiah in Genesis – Mimra, Devar

Looking for Messiah in Genesis – Mimra, Devar

My focus this Torah year is to look for Messiah in the Tanakh/Old Testament. I am looking for either His actual presence, references to Him or for what are called “types” or “shadows”. Types and shadows refers to events and/or people who, in some way, parallel Yeshua or things Yeshua did or does now. One quick example is Yosef/Joseph who feed the people during the famine from the stores collected in Egypt. Yeshua fed the multitudes several times. This is a parallel and there are many other ways that Yosef is a type/shadow of Messiah. But let’s start at the beginning of the bible.

B’resheet — in the beginning (or more accurately translated…in “a” beginning, but that is for another post).

I find it interesting that most lists of scriptures referencing Messiah in the bible start with B’resheet/Genesis 3:15 where it talks about the seed of the woman. Now, there are some fascinating things about that word “seed”, but I will save that for later. You see, I think he is there earlier than that and the sages agree! In Genesis Rabbah 1:2 (a commentary on Genesis by the sages), it says that the rabbis understood the Spirit hovering over the water to be the Spirit of Messiah. This was not their only thought on who was hovering, but it is definitely included.

In addition, there are two terms used interchangeably, the Aramaic Mimra and the Hebrew Devar. Both mean “word”. Mimra is also sometimes used interchangeably as God. In John 1, Yeshua is referred to as the Word, which would be Mimra or Devar. Daniel Boyarin in Jewish Annotated New Testament, 546-550, wrote “…historical investigation suggests that in the first two centuries CE, the Mimra was not a mere name, but an actual divine entity functioning as a mediator.”

Yeshua was called by the Greek term “Logos”. There are several examples in the Targumim that suggest that the Mimra has many of the same roles as the Logos. Two examples from the Targumim that come before B’resheet 3:15 are 1:3, where the Mimra creates and 3:8 where the Mimra speaks to humans.

So, this is where I believe we see the first reference or hint of Messiah in the scriptures. These are just my thoughts. I am not a scholar or theologian, merely a seeker and studier (when I can).

I want to thank Rabbi Itzhak Shapira, whose book The Return of the Kosher Pig is a wealth of information. He has studied the sages and the scriptures in depth. He has translated works that are still only in Hebrew and quoted the sages and Jewish works extensively in the book. “Part Two: Identification” starts on page 55 of the book. It is from there that I have drawn much of this information. I have heard him speak and highly recommend giving him a listen if you get the chance.

Over time, I hope to keep working on this. I don’t know how far I will get for the scriptures are like a deep well that is always full and never seems to have a bottom. Plus, not being a scholar and having challenges of my own, my studies are sometimes somewhat scattered. So, I will learn what I can and I will share what I can of what I learn.

I hope you will go looking with me and share your thoughts, too!

I have added another resource to the previous post about finding Prophecies about Messiah, https://ourbeitshalom.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/messiahchrist-prophecies-and-fulfillments/

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The Second Message of the Potter

The Second Message of the Potter

I was led to read Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 18 this morning…the beginning where it talks about the Potter. Most of us are familiar with the account. It is the one where G-d tells Yirmeyahu to go to the potter’s house where He would tell him more. So, he goes.

At the potter’s house, he sees the potter making pots. Whenever a pot did not come out right, he would take the clay and start over, remaking the pot into something of his choosing.

Then, G-d speaks to him. He says, “House of Isra’el, can’t I deal with you as the potter deals with his clay? Look! You, house of Isra’el, are the same in my hand as the clay in the potter’s hand.” Now, that is the part probably most of us are familiar with in one way or another.

But today I was struck by what comes next. You see, most of the statements in the bible are about Israel, whether as one nation or split into two…Israel and Judah. But there are statements about the “nations”, too, and that is what follows.

He goes on to talk about uprooting, breaking down and destroying a nation or kingdom or building and planting a nation or kingdom. He talks about a nation that does evil, but repents and about a nation that He builds that turns to evil. If the evil one repents, He will turn from the disaster He was going to bring upon it and if the good nation He builds turns to evil and does not listen to Him, He will withhold the good He would have done to help it.

Now, there are some things to note here. First, an evil nation can repent and be blessed by G-d. Had we started out evil, destruction would have followed our continued evil. But we didn’t.

If you ignore revised history, we were built up by G-d. We were founded upon biblical principles among others (where the others did not conflict with the biblical). Of all the sources cited for the Founding Fathers in their working on forming our government, the single largest quoted source is the bible. The writings of the around 250 Founding Fathers indicate that they were, with few exceptions, Christians. Many were clergymen. There were only a handful of deists and even they wanted the bible taught in schools! In fact, some of them actually wanted Hebrew to be the national language. This is a nation founded on miracles…literally. You can read about them. Without G-d’s hand, this nation would not have been founded. Yet, we have turned to evil.

This is where it gets even more interesting. Whereas, G-d says He will not destroy the evil nation that repents, He says He will not do the good He said He would do for the good nation that turns to evil. He does not say He will destroy it, but that He won’t do good to help it. Do we not see that happening in our nation? So many people think of bad things as being G-d’s handiwork. But He does not have to do bad things. All He has to do is remove His protection. He has blessed us in SO many ways and those blessings have continued to benefit us for a long time even though we have been doing evil for a long time. (Think Roe v Wade, 1973, for starts.)

The farther from G-d we go, the more vulnerable we become. He has given us warnings, but we are not paying attention to them. 9/11 could have been much worse. Katrina could have been much worse. He is lifting His hand of protection. What is next for us? I don’t know, but we need to be prepared. What is the best preparation? Be His! Seek the Creator and surrender your heart to Him!

I truly believe He will take care of His own. There are SO many examples in the Scriptures where He has taken care of His own in the midst or horrific happenings. There are also examples of His supernatural provision. He is the same G-d now that He was then. Make sure you are His…that you are a part of His family.

He knows our hearts. He knows who is truly seeking Him and wants Him and who is just playing a game. He knows who is truly worshiping Him in their whole lives and who just gives a nod on Sunday mornings. He knows who loves Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength and who looks at church as mainly a social gathering. He also knows who loves their neighbor as themselves. Ouch! Where are you in that list?

If you are not sure where your heart is, ask Him to show you. He will! If you are not sure He is even real, ask Him to show Himself to you. He will! He has since the garden and He will continue to do so because He does not want even ONE person to perish. He wants ALL to be in His family!

Need help? Use the contact link above to write me. I will do my best to answer your questions and pray with you.

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Will the Biblical “War of Gog & Magog” bring about the end of Radical Islam as we have known it? Here’s the answer, Part Three.


Part 3 from a man I highly respect. He has written novels based on scripture that have a habit of coming true. He wrote in a novel about a 9/11 style attack before it happened.

Originally posted on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog:

Kremlin_Moskow_2(Central Israel) — Today is Part Three of our study of Ezekiel 38 & 39 and the Biblical prophecies concerning the coming “War of Gog & Magog.”

The stunning move in recent weeks by Russia and Iran to intensify their military alliance and to actually engage in combat operations in Syria, not far from the borders of Israel, has prompted renewed interest in these ancient prophecies. So has Israel’s discovery this month of massive amounts of oil in the Golan Heights, the explosion of Radical Islam and Apocalyptic Islam in the region, and the surge of interest in eschatology (the study of End Times matters) among Muslims, Jews and Christians around the world.

As I explain in my 2006 non-fiction book, Epicenter — and the updated 2008 paperback release, Epicenter 2.0 — the prophecies of Ezekiel…

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The Holocaust…way worse than we first thought

Here is an article about the research that has been done since the Holocaust into what all really happened in terms of live lost and hurt. It is shocking and way worse than we once thought. http://www.virtualjerusalem.com/news.php?Itemid=11031

Please check it out. Know the truth and don’t allow this to happen again. It is not just the Jews. There is so much more that happened. The disabled, the mentally ill, the Gypsies, the Polish, the Christians. There were many people groups, although the Jews were the largest single group.


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Israel makes massive discovery of oil in the Golan Heights. Is this a prelude to the “War of Gog & Magog”? Here’s the answer, Part Two.


Are we coming closer? I think we are. How soon? I don’t know.

Originally posted on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog:

The table of contents of "Epicenter," from 2006. The table of contents of “Epicenter,” from 2006.

(Central Israel) — It has been a dramatic month here in Israel, and we’re only eleven days in.

At the moment, we’re experiencing a rash of violence, including a series of stabbings by Arab terrorists, Arab rioting in various cities, and other attacks against Jewish people. Last night, terrorists in Gaza also fired a series of rockets at southern Israel. Fortunately, the Iron Dome system shot down one of the rockets and no one was injured by the others. The Prime Minister has deployed additional police and soldiers to increase security. He has also deployed additional Iron Dome batteries in the south. Please pray for a restoration of calm. We’re not worried. Life is going on nearly as usual here. But life is never dull here, and we need the Lord to move mightily to restrain the forces of evil.

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With Russian & Iranian forces now engaged in combat in Syria, people are asking, “What is the War of Gog & Magog?” Here’s the answer, Part One.


We must pay attention!

Originally posted on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog:

Standing in front of the famed Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. Standing in front of the famed Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.

(Istanbul, Turkey) — With Russian and Iranian military forces now cooperating together and engaging in combat in Syria, just miles north of the border of Israel, people are asking me a lot of questions. Among them:

  • Is there any significance to these developments in light of Bible prophecy?
  • Do these events have anything to do with the prophecies found in Ezekiel 38 & 39?
  • Are recent events setting the stage for the fulfillment of what Bible scholars call the “War of Gog & Magog” that is supposed to take place in the End of Days?

Last Friday night, I addressed the topic of Apocalyptic Islam at a conference in Toronto, looking at how Shia and Sunni extremists see the prophetic trend lines in the Middle East. On Saturday evening, I then taught through Ezekiel 38 & 39, addressing these specific questions…

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