My Fathers Faith

Beginning at my father’s knee, my whole life long I was taught that God was NOT knowable or approachable. He was mysterious, unsearchable, far above us.

My Father Armin had lost his wife and 2 children in Hitler’s death camp.
Being a father and grandfather, I cannot even begin to imagine the depth of my father’s sorrow, his emotional pain, his doubts and the tears that must have flowed like a river running into a sea of hopelessness and despair.

Many people in his position came out of the death camps hating God. Somehow my father was able to start over again, marry my mother (also a survivor), raise me and live into his 80’s. He was never bitter, but placed his trust in the God of his fathers.

He loved this unknowable God with all his heart. Armin, more than anything else desired righteousness…he wanted to be perfect. According to the demand of God, we must be perfect to get into heaven.

So my father did good deeds, went to synagogue, gave charity to the poor. He was an honorable, loving, calm, gentle, soft spoken and kind man. I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved him. He is never far from my thoughts as is my mother.

Armin spent hours each day in the Old Testament. He loved to speak to me about the stories of the Nation of Israel and this unapproachable and unknowable God whom he loved.

In 1985 I became a Jewish Believer in Jesus. That is the only difference between my father and I as Jews. He waited for the 1st coming of the Messiah and I wait for His 2nd coming. This difference separates us by a chasm so great that it is not possible to Cross. The theological consequences of our differing views bring with it eternal consequences.

My Dad taught me about sin, the fact that I can never attain true righteousness and that because there are no more sacrifices of animals in a Temple, I must now rely on my Good Works to please the God of Israel. Then when I die, based on my Good Works, this unapproachable, unknowable …Holy God of both Mercy and Wrath would take pity on me when I stand before HIM and answer HIS question …“Why should I let you into MY Heaven?”

God’s word in the Old Testament is clear in Isaiah 64:6. Our good works are like filthy rags…everyone’s heart is evil from conception in our mother’s womb, NO PERSON CAN BECOME RIGHTEOUS. Our boasting before God about our good works will not gain us entrance into His heaven.

So where does that leave me? Where did it leave my father? What about your father? My father would tell me God is merciful and I agree. His mercies are new to us every day that He grants us life.

But God is also Holy and a Holy God hates Sin. God said through the Prophets that good works are not good enough, then what is good enough? Did God provide us a way to be saved from His wrath or not? That answer is yes! But the question you must answer is now different: Who do You say that I AM ?

God is Omniscient, He knows the past, present and future. He already had a plan for saving us the second that Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden. That plan was to provide a Savior. One who would come at the appointed time and offer a solution for our Sin problem.

I have spent the last 29 years of my life trying to convince people who do not have a Biblical Worldview that they are Sinners in danger of God’s Wrath and Judgment and that they are in need of a Savior.

This has been my passion, my joy and my greatest sorrow. Both my parents died before I came to know Jesus, the prophesied Savior and Messiah of Israel. I would gladly give up my life if I could but go back in time, and show my father in the Old Testament he cherished…the prophecies and portraits God gave the Jewish people, so they would recognize His Son Yeshua…the coming Messiah when He appeared on earth.

If you believe in His death on the Cross, the Empty Tomb, His Resurrection, the historically documented evidence of His appearing after death before many people, including 500 witness on one occasion and His Ascension into Heaven…then talk to your father if he still lives. Take part in giving your father, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the gift of eternal life… belief in the Messiah of Israel who came to die for the sins of the world.

God is still God. The wages of sin is still death. God does what we cannot do so we can be what we dare not dream: Perfect Before GOD.

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Spiritual Gold Nugget 2… Jerusalem’s Eastern Gate

There is one opening that has remained closed for thousands of years…the Eastern Gate entrance to the city of Jerusalem in Israel. God said it would remain closed until His Messiah; King Jesus sets foot again on the earth.

Then the Eastern Gate will open, first to welcome the King of Jerusalem and then to all those who will come from the nations to Worship the King and visit His City, the City of GOD…JERUSALEM.

Jesus deserves the title of King and with it the crown of “Glory and Honor.” He was born King of the Jews, but He was also present at Creation. He shared His birth with us, but He never knew a time when He didn’t exist, for He has always been.

And He will be there at the end when creation grows “Old like a garment”. The worn out Creation will be changed and YOU with it…if you believe…Because YOUR Sins have been Nailed to HIS Cross.

But King JESUS has never changed since the beginning and will be the same when time is no more.  He is “I AM”, the ever-present Jehovah of the Old Testament.

My Earthly Father

The memories of my father are vivid to say the least. Funny isn’t it how we take those we love for granted while their here. Then when they are gone we begin remembering the moments of their lives that touched our hearts.

My father loved God. He spoke to me infrequently about His God because the events of his life were filled with so much pain. He could not understand how a good God could have allowed the Holocaust. He did not understand the Holiness of God and the Sins we all bear before HIM. He was raised to think that we all through being good and giving charity can earn a place in heaven. His theology was wrong because he too listened like I did to the words of others rather than read the Words of God.

Yet when he talked about God his eyes filled with tears and his words were filled with awe, and wonder and passion. As I stood on the welcome matt before the door of the ARK, I remembered all those moments my father had spoken to me of his God. All of the seeds my father had planted into my heart that were watered by his tears for me.

For his heart cry was always that I would come to know the God he had come to love. As I think back on him I am truly saddened that it was his death that actually lead me to Yeshua / Jesus and life. My father died not knowing his Messiah, by loving God through religion rather than coming to know God through a personal relationship with His Son.

The Bible is clear that Loving God is the last of several steps that begin with the Truth about God and then fear that becomes knowledge, leading to understanding, then repentance and acceptance and finally love.

When I finally opened the eyes of my heart to Jesus, I watched as the hand of His Father opened the door to His Ark of safety, which is His Words contained in His Bible. I stepped in and His mighty hand shut the door behind me and there within this refuge of sanctuary I sat before His Throne as He began to tell me in His own words the Greatest Story Ever Told.

When He was done I understood the past, the present and the future told to me personally through the words that contain eternal life, by the one who is, who was and is too come.

So now I write first and foremost for HIM. Then I write for YOU and finally I write for those in my family that I love.

The day will come when like my father before me I will no longer be here. I want to leave a legacy of words and memories for them that tell them who I am and what I believe.

I want them to know that I love them, pray for them and will wait for them in a better place. I want them to know that I placed my eternal life in the nail scarred hands of JESUS, the Jewish Messiah, the Son of the Living God.

I want them to know that I have not found a religion but a relationship, a personal relationship with God. I want them to know that as long as they have life they have the ability to Seek the Living God who waits at the top of the stairs for them with a welcome matt. All they need do is open the door of their hearts and He will open the door to them so they can go into His ARK. There they will find the Living Words of God, written personally to each of them.

Only by reading His Words will they come to the knowledge of the Truth about God. Then they will fear HIM. That fear will become knowledge of HIM, and that will lead to the understanding of what this life truly is about and why they were born.

Then with repentant broken hearts they too will allow God to heal them of their sins by accepting the death of Jesus on the Cross for their sins. Only then will they be able to Love God and live for God and grow in wisdom and discernment of God.

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PASSOVER-the Blood of a Lamb or a Chicken?

The one common thread among all Jews is that they believe God will let them into heaven based on their good works. The Jewish people are no longer the people of the book / Bible. Rabbinical teaching is held higher than Gods Word in Scripture. Nothing in the Old Testament gives you assurance that when you die you would be with God. There is nothing that guarantees you the assurance that your sins are forgiven.

In the days of the Temple the Torah instructed you to bring a sacrifice to the Temple for your sins. You would have laid your hands on the lamb’s head, symbolically transferring your sin to the head of the innocent lamb. The lamb would have been killed in your place and its blood would have been placed on the altar to make atonement for your sin, in accordance with the commands God gave Moses in Lev. 17:11.

But, today there is no Temple. For some inexplicable reason, the same God who had commanded that forgiveness of sin be sought through blood sacrifice had allowed the total destruction of the only place on earth where He had commanded that sacrifice to be made. All that is left of that Temple is the Wailing Wall. Without the ability to offer a sacrifice, how then can a Jew follow Gods instructions for obtaining forgiveness?

Leave it to the Rabbis to come up with an official answer from God to this problem. On Yom Kippur, the most solemn of days, when people ask the Lord to forgive their sin’s they now can come with a chicken for their sacrifice. They will swing the poor chicken around their heads in a circle, 3 times and say something like this: This is my sacrifice that dies for my sins. This chicken shall go to its death; but I shall go to a good, long life and to peace. This is my replacement, this is my healing, and this is my atonement. Then the chicken is slaughtered and usually given to the poor for food.

You will not find a chicken anywhere in the Old Testament being used as an atonement for sin. The Jewish people must make a decision, either to follow the Priests and Rabbis or to follow the Word of God.

You know why the Temple is no longer necessary; the Jews do not need it. The final sacrifice had been made! A Holy God demanded the ultimate price be paid to obtain forgiveness of sin. Yet in His profound and incomprehensible love for you and I, He had paid that price Himself. Isaiah tells the story of the Son of God and HIS act of Redemption on the Cross more than 700 years before it happened in 53: 5-6.

I am a Messianic Jewish Believer in JESUS, the Son of God and the TRUE MESSIAH to ALL those who Believe the Old and New Testament Words of GOD. Seek GOD, not the words of men.

The Temple Veil

In the Temple Building the High Priest was able to go through the veil one day a year and stand before the Mercy Seat to offer a Sacrifice on behalf of the Nation of Israel in Atonement for the Sins of the Nation. It took many priests on either side pulling this magnificent Tapestry apart to allow one priest, once a year to gain entrance to stand before God with the blood offering.

It was this Veil, this curtain that blocked the entrance into the Holy of Holies that God Himself tore apart with His finger opening it wide for all to come in. God tore open the Veil at the exact moment His Son Jesus gave up His life on the Cross.

Then in 70 AD God allowed the Temple to be destroyed sending another message to all people throughout time.

The Jewish sacrificial system was now finished, forever. Jesus had died as the unblemished Lamb of God to take away the sins of all who turn to His Cross and Believe in HIM. He died once for all sins, past, present and future.

Yet the Nation of Israel, that had visibly seen the miracles of God; continue to this day to have another veil blocking them from coming to God.

This veil is in front of their eyes and minds and their hearts that are currently made of Stone.

Even though God tore the veil of the Temple to the Holy of Holies open, there remains to this day a veil over the eyes of the Jewish people. ( Isaiah 6: 9-13 )

That veil is just as large and just as strong, just as insurmountable as the first veil was in the Holy of Holies. It took God to open that veil and it takes God to open the veil over the eyes, hearts and minds of Jews who do not know the Son of God, Jesus as their Savior, their Messiah and Lord.

When we think of the tearing of the veil in the Jerusalem Temple we need to think of the body of Christ, which was torn open by the spear.

I keep trying to look at the events of Scripture through Jewish eyes because the events happened in Jewish context. I found something interesting. It opens yet another way to look at the event of the tearing of the veil when Jesus died on the Cross.

“And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed His last. And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.”
(Mark 15:37-38).

“It is as if God in person acts as any devoted Jewish father would have done standing by His own Son’s deathbed…
He rent ( tore open) His garments.

The customary Jewish mourning gesture of a father was to tear his outer garment.” Anonymous.

You know, the more I read Scripture, the more the Holy Spirit helps me to find deeper Truth. No one could have written our Bible but God.

Weaving a tapestry, a Love story so layered, interwoven and deep that it rewards us with Gold Nuggets in the most unforeseen places if we but look.

To Cry Out into the Darkness

I found myself looking down at my Aunt’s headstone. There were people crying all around me, her daughter, and her son, and her grandchildren…my first cousins, all recognizing this moment in life that is so bitter for us all.

Then they went through the prayer for the dead. I recalled saying the very same prayers for my Father and my Mother before I became a believer in Christ.

And then the rabbi said to us that God has taken my Aunt into heaven because of the many mitzvah’s, good works she had done that God now counted to her Soul as Righteousness.

Then I thought again of the veil covering the eyes, and hearts and minds of the Jewish people.

NO ONE can be Righteous before God who is Holy, Holy, Holy.
You CANNOT earn your way into heaven. It says that in the Old Testament and its even clearer in the (Jewish) New Testament.

As everyone repeated the Prayer for the Dead, I was praying as hard as I could that God would lift the veil, on that day, off of those standing around me at the grave site. Pleading in my heart of hearts that my family would no longer be Blind and Deaf having no Discernment of the Words of God written in their Old Testament.

I prayed that God would lift the veil so they might see their Messiah, Jesus the Son of God lifted on High.

That they would be able to step out of the long, tragic line of people that do not know Christ as their Savior and Lord. THE LINE, that began formation outside the Garden of Eden, and has continued throughout history to this day, and until Jesus Comes Again.

THE LINE, that forms mankind’s Holocaust, allowed by Almighty God
because GOD WILL NOT LOOK UPON SIN!