Jews 70AD vs Christians 2019

This week in my class, “The Jewish Background of the New Testament”, we studied the writing of Josephus Flavio’s, all three; but I want to talk about something he said in his first book, “Jewish Wars”.

He was writing about the war of 70AD with the Romans.  He stated,  “The Jews are a strong, courageous people, worthy opponents of the Romans, deserving of great respect. However, their internal conflicts kept the Jews from winning the war.”

This statement hit me like a ton of bricks, because I see the same thing happening in the church today, and all along church history! In todays churches we have many problems, and we have universal problems common to all.  Let’s just take abortions as an example.  According to the laws of God, abortion is a sin.  Children are given as a gift.  God knew them before the creation of time, from the beginning to the end.  God has a plan for each life and He knows that plan.  We are not to play God and take that life for granted or for our convenience.  Abortion is murder of the innocent and defenseless.  Most churches believe this, however there is so much internal fighting that we can’t get together on the big items and have laws created to overcome this sin.  We are to busy condemning the next one for drinking wine and serving wafers, because we only drink juice and serve crackers. It is no different than 70 AD when the Jews lost Jerusalem to Rome.

This being the week of Chanukah remind me of a victorious Jewish war.  During the time of the Maccabees, a small band of men knew what had to be done.  They were determined to take the Greeks out of commission and take their Holy Temple back.  And they did it!  How?  With unity, all being of the same mind set.  By praying and believing God would give them victory.  They went to war and ran the Greeks out!  They took back their defiled Temple, where pigs had been offered on the Holy Alter and cleansed it by tearing down and removing all that was defiled.  They replaced the defiled with sanctified and holy items to start all over new.  They were determined to fight for, take back, and restore what was Holy according to Gods Word, and they did it.

The church of today can not fight a holy war.  To many people who claim to be a part of the church have defiled themselves with pagan traditions.  Either by personal choice, or through ignorance.  The church itself will have to clean itself up first one by one. Each one must remove the pagan items from their own lives, first cleaning the Holy Temple within themselves!  Then they will need to find like minded people who have also cleansed their Holy Temples. Than you can begin to strategize and move towards victory with a pure heart and divine intersession.  And gain the victory of bringing a pure white bride before the King of the Universe.  He will receive nothing less.

What will your Temple look like in 2019.  Will it still be full of pagan traditions, false idols, and unholy sacrifices?  Are you ready to begin cleaning that Temple?  Are you ready to find a small fighting band to join and begin to fight the impossible wars? Are you ready to give it all up and follow the King of the Universe to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, and become that pure spotless bride. Going to a church, infighting with other churches and people will not cut it.  You have and will continue to loose the big battles and never be victorious.  It starts in Your Temple, and once it is cleansed from sin, only than can you become the shining light you was called to be.

It’s time to put away all your childish traditions, and get serious about Gods Word.  The game is over!  It’s time to grow up and accept truly  what Yeshua said and walk the same path.  We have lost the war if we do not grow up, repent, ask for His mercy and walk all the way in His truth.

May the Father of the Universe hear your cry’s as you ask Him to set you free from your unknown sins.  May He show you the truth in His word so you can cleanse the Holy Temple within your body, and become a part of the Bride. May He bless you with wisdom and knowledge during this transformation, so you may be a brilliant light to show others the proper Temple cleansing way.  May His grace and mercy be more to you than just words in a song, may they be the life blood of your walk!  May you be so filled with the Holy Spirit that He fills your heart with love, and your mouth with truth.

Shalom  my beloved who desire to change in 2019,

and Blessing sent for Chanukah 2018, and a life changing 2019!

Pastor CyRilla Schultz

Learning My Alef, Bet, Gimel’s

Learning a new language has been quite an eye opener for me. Do you know how many components are involved in learning a new language? Well I’m going to tell you.  A LOT!

Because I teach a Hebrew Roots class and I will be spending a lot of time in Israel in the next year, I have decided to take a couple Hebrew language classes.  The first is a Biblical Hebrew class, and in December I start my conversational Hebrew class.  I have a few weeks of my Biblical Hebrew class under my belt, and was I surprised at the amount of steps it takes to learn this.

#1. You have to learn the shapes of each letter.  In Hebrew they read and write from right to left.  This is so backwards compared to what I have done for 60 years, but my brain doesn’t seem to mine.  This has been easy so far.  Hebrew letters shapes are not close to the English shapes, so there has been a lot of memorization in this area.

#2. You have to learn the name of each letter.  In the title I write Alef, Bet, Gimel, this in English is A, B, G.  They don’t have a C as we think of C in English,  and the G comes before the D-Dalet in Hebrew.

#3.  There are also new sounds to learn.  CH is a Bach sound like the ending of Bach.  It’s a back in the throat sound and not very easy to do. Just clear all that flem out of the back of your throat and you’ve got it.    There is the TS like the end of cats,  and Hebrew words start with this sound.  Try to say a word right now starting with this sound.  It just doesn’t feel right.  Now to top it off, there are two silent letters, I guess just for grins and giggles. Their R is a rolled sound,  which isn’t that uncommon in foreign languages, but difficult for me to do.  Several of the letters sound the same, so you have to learn what letter is used in what case when writing.  I’m just learning how to read Hebrew for now, so I don’t have to worry about this yet, but come December I’ll be learning how to write.

So  far I learned the letter shapes, names, and sounds.  I’m thinking to myself, this is great, I’m almost there, and then I realize…

#4. They have a totally different vocabulary!  What do you mean, Father is not spelled F-A-T-H-E-R?  In Hebrew Father is ABBA, spelled Alef, Bet. Two letters, that’s all!  So now comes the hard part, new vocabulary. After learning the new words, I have to learn the definitions.

Well that about sums it up.  Learning a new language is fun and exciting, and truly exercises the brain.  But it’s also challenging and time-consuming.  I believe there is always victory behind every challenge so I’m going for the gold!

I have a granddaughter in kindergarten and a grandson in preschool. I see there little minds in a new light.  It is amazing how their brilliant brains work.  They accept this challenge with no thought of what it takes to accomplish what they are doing.  They come over and rattle off the ABC’s as if they were born with this talent.  How often we ask them to do this without realizing the process behind it.  These all-absorbing brains are an amazing gift from God.  By the time these children are 6 years old they will be writing and reading words like prose.

I’m glad I’m studying a new language, and I’m glad I’m exercising my brain daily, but most of all; I’m glad God gave me a reason to do it all!

Shalom and Blessing sent for a wonderful day!