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THE DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

The Shofar
“On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest [Shabbaton], a sacred assembly [mikreh kodesh] commemorated with trumpet blasts [Zichron Teruah]. (Leviticus 23:24)

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5 STEPS TO BLESSINGS BEYOND ALL HUMAN UNDERSTANDING

God clearly reveals His plan for our prosperity in the first six verses of Ecclesiasts 11. This is one of the most powerful passages in the Bible on this topic of abundance.
Each of the following five steps are directly from God’s Word and crucial to triggering God’s overwhelming outpouring of supernatural harvest in your life.

SOW SEED FOR SOULS.
Cast thy bread upon the water; for thou shalt find it after many days. (Ecclesiastes 11:1)
Clearly the Lord promises that sowing seed for souls will always produce a harvest. Waters in this scripture represent the world. There is an unfailing law of giving and receiving. Therefore, our bread is never lost. Our seed is never misplaced. It goes into our future and returns as a mighty harvest.

INCREASE YOUR SEED PLANTING FOR PROTECTION

Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. (Ecclesiastes 11:2)
Increasing  seed on a regular basis brings a mighty harvest, and that act of faith also protests us and our loved ones from harm.
None of us knows what evil the Enemy may be planning against us tomorrow, but amazingly, giving to God’s work to save the lost builds a wall of protection around us. And this protection covers every area of our life, including our finances.

I’m simply giving you the Word of God. Throughout the Old and New Testaments we find many examples of generous givers who were protected by God Himself. One of the earliest examples is Abraham (Genesis 14), who was protected because of his heart for obedience and his willingness to give.

David was protected from the Amalekites and recovered all (1 Samuel 30). Like Abraham, David’s obedience and his giving nature were revealed when he gave the spoils to the elders of Israel.

Giving truly builds a mighty, defensible wall of protection from the Enemy. That is clearly stated throughout God’s Word, including in this notable passage: He hath dispersed , he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away; the desire of the wicked shall perish” (Psalm 112:9-10)

We know that storms will come our way. That’s just a part of life. Gazing in fear at the gales and tempests when they surround us will kill our faith for sowing. With no seed, there can be no harvest. But we are told in Ecclesiastes not to look at the storms

STAY FOCUSED ON GOD AND HIS PROMISES

If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth; and if the treefall toward the south, or toward the north , in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be. He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:3-4

Storms are sent by the devil to distract us from what he knows works. He does not want to see you blessed; that’s why he regularly sends anything he can to cause fear, to keep your faith weak, and to distract you.

God’s command is clear. Don’t look at the storms. Look, instead, toward His faithful promises!

TRUST GOD TO MULTIPLY THE SEED YOU SOW.

As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all (Ecclesiastes 11:5)

Here we have it! The most learning among us don’t know exactly how the wind blows, how a baby grows, or how a seed grows. We can observe these things, and we may try to explain them, but in the end, God is in charge.

It’s not our job to figure out how the seed multiplies. That’s God’s business. All we have to do is sow the seed. John 12:24

SOW ABUNDANTLY AND FREQUENTLY

In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that or whether they both shall be alike good. (Ecclesiastes 11:6)
God sealed the message in Ecclesiastes 11 with this amazing truth. He exhorts us to sow seed in the morning and in the evening because ultimately we don’t know which seed will trigger the harvest.
God does not ask us to simply sow now and then. He wants us to sow twice a day. Why? He wants to bless us beyond human understanding.

In face, the Bible teaches very specifically; He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6) if we sow abundantly, we will reap an abundant harvest.

Rev Samuel F Sarpong

 

 

MOUNT ZION THE CITY THAT CAN’T BE MOVED

We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.”  (Isaiah 8:18)
Mount Zion is a hill just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.  It is actually older than the Old City: it is the original city.

A view of the Old City of Jerusalem extending from Mount Zion at the left edge
of the frame to the corner of the Temple Mount near the right edge.
The first time Zion is mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures is in 2 Samuel 5:7 when David captured Jerusalem from the Jebusites.
“David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David [Ir David].”  (2 Samuel 5:7)
Zion originally referred only to that ancient fortress and was called the City of David  (2 Chronicles 5:2).
After Solomon built the First Temple on Mount Moriah, however, Zion came to refer to the Temple and its surrounding area, and later, the entire City of Jerusalem, which had expanded uphill and northward, beyond the original Mount Zion site.
Although ancient rabbinic commentaries describe the area of Mount Zion/ City of David as the center of the Land of Israel (Zamib i 5), today, the mostly Arab village of Silwan extends into Mount Zion, making the area the subject of hot dispute.

A Jewish women places a prayer, written on slip of paper, between the
massive stones of the Western (Wailing) Wall.  The spaces between the
stones of the Wall are full of written prayer requests.
The Spring That Runs Through It: Silwan, Siloam, and Shiloach
The Arabic name Silwan comes from the Greek term Siloam, which is derived from the Hebrew name Shiloach.
Both the Arabic and Hebrew mean Gihon spring, which flows through the Kidron Valley that runs north-south between the Mount of Olives and the City of David on the southern edge of the Temple Mount.
That spring once watered the king’s gardens below the palace walls on Mount Zion.  (2 Kings 25:4)
From the time of King Solomon’s reign through the reign of Hezekiah, water from the Gihon was brought up to the Temple on Mount Moriah for use in the sacrifices during God’s commanded feasts.
Psalm 48:2 calls Mount Zion the city of the great King.  It sounds majestic and it truly was in Solomon’s day when the First Temple stood in all its glory!
Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”  (Psalm 48:2)

An 1845 map of Ancient Jerusalem identifying Mount Zion with
the Pool of Siloam beside it.  To the right of Mount Zion is the
Hill of Offense, so named because Solomon built high places
to false gods there.  Silwan is built on its steep western face
and now extends down into the Kidron Valley (Valley of
Jehoshaphat) and up to Mount Zion.  The Mount of Olives is the
elevation just north of Silwan.
City of David and the Mount of Olives
Silwan is located on a steep ridge southeast of the Temple Mount called the Ophel in Hebrew, which means climb, extending to the ridge of the southern peak of the Mount of Olives.
The original City of David was built on the Ophel ridge.  David’s palace was located on the crest and the people’s houses cascaded down the hill.  That slope, in fact, enabled King David to see Bathsheba bathing on her roof (2 Samuel 11:2).
Today, houses still stretch down the hill, likely appearing much as they did in King David’s time.

The houses of Silwan
This stacked arrangement likely offered a defensive advantage during that period, enabling the Israelites to see their enemy climbing the hill to attack.
Although the ridge of the City of David had almost no housing in the mid-19th century, Jewish settlement did begin around 1874 when the Mayachus family moved there.  By 1884, a community of Yemenite Jews lived at the south end of Silwan.
During the British Mandate period (1920–1947), the Arab village of Silwan expanded into the City of David.
Jordan took that area of Jerusalem in the Israeli War of Independence (1948).  When Jordan and other Arab nations attacked Israel once again in 1967, Israel won the area back.

The Tomb of Zechariah (right) and the Tomb of Benei Hezir in the
Kidron Valley.
Archaeological Proof of Jewish Roots
It has been known since the 19th century that the central area of Silwan was built upon an ancient cemetery of Judea’s elite, as attested to by roughly fifty rock-cut tombs found at the base of the village.
Many of these ancient tombs, which are scattered throughout Silwan and the surrounding area, have been incorporated into Arab housing and often the inscriptions have been effaced or damaged.
One of those tombs, which is incorporated into a modern-period house in Silwan, is thought to be of Shebna, King Hezekiah’s steward and treasurer.  (Isaiah 22:15–16)
Though Silwan has merited the attention of archaeologists for many years, efforts to conduct a thorough survey by British archaeologist Charles Warren (who conducted the first major excavations of the Temple Mount) were thwarted by the Arab residents.
“The people of Siloam are a lawless set, credited with being the most unscrupulous ruffians in Palestine,” he wrote.  (BAS)

Silwan in the late 19th century with houses built directly on top of the cave
tombs, left of the center.
Since Israel recovered East Jerusalem in 1967, archaeologists are uncovering evidence of the truth of the historical accounts in the Bible, as well as proof of the ancient roots of the Jewish People in Israel.
In 1968, the tombs of the Silwan neighborhood were surveyed.
In 2010, a team discovered a massive wall on the slope between the Temple Mount and Silwan dating back to the tenth century BC.  Nearby fragments of pottery were found with inscriptions such as “the king.”
This is proof of construction in the City of David during King Solomon’s time (1 Kings 3:1), which many Arabs do not accept.
“This is the first time a structure has been found that could conform to descriptions of King Solomon’s construction in Jerusalem,” stated Dr. Eilat Mazar, former director of the joint dig by Hebrew University, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.  (Haaretz)
Though the finds are incredible, the IAA stopped excavations at this site in 2013 for unclear reasons.  Nevertheless, various excavations at other locations in the City of David are currently underway.
“And the king commanded them to quarry large stones, costly stones and hewn stones, to lay the foundation of the Temple.”  (1 Kings 5:17)

Warren’s Shaft, which was discovered in 1867 by Charles Warren, is
thought to be the shaft through which King David conquered Mount Zion
from the Jebusites.  (2 Samuel 5:6–10)
Another remarkable discovery during construction of the visitor center in 1997 uncovered two monumental towers that date back to the age of the kings of Judea: one protecting the base of Warren’s Shaft (a tunnel that allows access to the Gihon Spring from inside the city walls), and the other protecting the spring itself.
These archaeological discoveries inspired the City of Jerusalem to propose development of a National Park through the restoration of the valley floor.
They plan to recreate the area that once housed King Solomon’s gardens and call it the King’s Garden (Gan Hamelekh).  The waters of the Gihon will once again flow south along their ancient course.

A model of the City of David, which was located just south of the
Temple Mount.
A Microcosm of the Bigger Picture
These plans have aroused anger, resentment and controversy in the community.
In a sense, Silwan is just a microcosm of the much larger conflict—a dispute over the Holy Land, one that has been ongoing since ancient times. 
Part of the dispute over the City’s plans is that illegally built Arab homes would have to be demolished to make way for the park.
Although the City has offered to relocate the families to newly-built homes, the demolitions are being fought as the Arabs perceive that the underlying plan is to increase Israeli settlements in the area.
The Arabs of Silwan have, therefore, demanded legal permits for their existing, unauthorized homes, vowing, “We’ll never leave our homes.”  (JPost)

Housing units built on Silwan’s barren hillside for Jews in the 1880s
Fueling their anger, the non-profit organization, which is named the Ir David Foundation (City of David), is working to return land to the heirs of Yemenite Jews who immigrated to Israel in 1882 and settled in Silwan.
They were forced to leave their neighborhoods by the British Mandate Authority due to the Arab Riots of 1929.  By 1930 they returned to rebuild, only to be evacuated again in 1938 by the British at the height of WWII; this time their homes confiscated.
A resettlement effort has been underway and guards are required for the 500+ Jewish residents of Silwan today to ensure their safety against Arab attacks.
Arab juveniles and adults throw rocks and Molotov cocktails at taxis.  Mourners visiting the Jewish cemetery on nearby Mount of Olives are assailed by rocks and grave sites are desecrated.
Sadly, because Jews are the minority in this neighborhood, they are regarded as the cause of the problem while they try to peacefully exist against the attacks of their neighbors.

For over 3000 years, Jewish people have been laid to rest on the Mount
of Olives where there are about 150,000 graves.  An estimated 38,000
graves were destroyed by Jordan during its occupation to make way for
parking lots, a latrine for Jordanian soldiers, the Intercontinental Hotel, etc.
International Pressure to Divide Jerusalem
Many Jewish People feel a pressing need to work at taking back their heritage, which is being encroached upon by the Arab’s illegal building and rapid growth.  (Arab birthrates almost double that of the Jews.)
Their hope and prayer is that a contiguous Jewish settlement from the Old City to the settlement city of Ma’ale Adumim will deter any future land division between Israel and the proposed Arab State.
Why is this important?
Sadly, 46 years after the Israeli’s fought and won East Jerusalem back from Jordanian possession in the 1967 Six-Day War, most countries still do not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
They consider East Jerusalem to be “disputed territory” or worse, “occupied territory.”
Orthodox Jewish man overlooks the Al-Aqsa mosque located on the
Temple Mount
As such, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Council) has passed multiple resolutions drafted by Muslim nations declaring that the Temple Mount and East Jerusalem are Muslim sites.
And in July 2017, a resolution was adopted condemning “the failure of the Israeli occupying authorities to cease the persistent excavations, tunneling, works, projects and other illegal practices in East Jerusalem, particularly in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, which are illegal under international law.”  (TimesofIsrael)
Of course, stopping such excavations prevents the discovery of the Biblical truth of Solomon’s Temple and the Jewish People’s claims to the land, and that is the ultimate goal.
As International pressure pushes Israel toward a two-state solution, any move by the Jewish population to dig or expand is viewed by the world as the “occupation of Arab lands” and a “systematic, deliberate and provocative” effort to stop Jerusalem from becoming the capital of two states.  (Israel Today)
Outside factions feel that peace can only be obtained by carving up Jerusalem, an unacceptable trade-off for the Jewish people who would again lose access to the City of David and their ability to pray at the Western Wall.

Jewish men pray at the Western Wall.
The Jewish People Indigenous to Israel
Amidst all of this turmoil, the extensive proof of ancient Jewish history found in the area seems to go unnoticed in the world.
Alan Baker, an Israeli expert in international law, stated “the Jews are an indigenous people in this land.  If the international community cannot accept this fact, then there is no basis for even starting peace talks.”  (Israel Today)
When the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob placed His name in Jerusalem and made it His Holy Habitation (2 Kings 21:7), the city was destined to be a hotbed of turmoil until Messiah’s return.
Nevertheless, God promises that He will bring peace to Jerusalem and all of Israel.
“I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream.”  (Isaiah 66:12)
Samuel, although Zion once referred only to the geographical location of God’s Habitation, Zion also came to refer to the entire nation of Israel.
God’s Word promises that the Jewish People will know Him.  Please help Bibles For Israel hasten that day.  Our ministry is Vital in the Holy Land in these end-times.  Time is Short.
“The children of your oppressors will come bowing before you; all who despise you will bow down at your feet and will call you the City of the LORD, Zion of the Holy One of Israel.”  (Isaiah 60:14)
Rev Samuel F Sarpong

SALVATION

Question: “Will there be a second chance for salvation after death?” Answer: While the idea of a second chance for salvation is appealing, the Bible is clear that death is the end of all chances. Hebrews 9:27 tells us that we die, and then face judgment. So, as long as a person is alive, he has a second, third, fourth, fifth, etc. chance to accept Christ and be saved (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31). Once a person dies, there are no more chances. The idea of purgatory, a place where people go after death to pay for their sins, has no biblical basis, but is rather a tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. To

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THE CONCEPT AND DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

One of the greatest needs in the church and in the Christian life today is the power of the Holy Spirit. Man in his natural ability is not able to serve God acceptably, and even if the Spirit has renewed God, through salvation, this in itself does not assure him spiritual power in his life. The true biblical teaching regarding the Holy Spirit is often ignored, misunderstood, and abused. Therefore, it is extremely important to study carefully the God’s word to see what it says about the Holy Spirit. “The doctrine of the Holy Spirit is called pneumatology coming from the Greek words “pneuma” meaning spirit and “logos” meaning word”[1]. The Holy Spirit is one of the doctrines in the biblical teaching concerning the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a Divine being, His

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MY EXPERIENCES AS A PASTOR

First of all, l feel my pastoral experience has been very demanding ever since l came into ministry January 2000 and have been the leader of Christian Gold House Chapel UK. I have also gained a lot of ministerial experience in Ghana.

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Hope in Humility

UNDERSTANDING CHRISTIANITY

Jesus was not the founder of Christianity as we know it today. Most of the New Testament doesn’t even concern the historical Jesus while the main influence is the Apostle Paul and through the church he founded at Ephesus a Greek convert named John. Paul never met Jesus in the flesh, he only claimed some spiritual visions and proceeded to Hellenize the teachings of Jesus (who preached a generic form of Judaism), until he created Pauline Christianity. Because there are no known writings from Jesus or His actual Apostles, most of what He really taught is remains controversial. Also see the disputed Gnostic Gospels.

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UNDERSTANDING PAUL

What does Paul mean when he uses the phrase the righteousness of God? Is he writing about God imputing his own righteousness to us as his people?

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Divine Encounters

WHICH PAUL IS PAUL

Which Paul Is Paul

 

The book of Acts 2, 9, 11 provides the historical record for understanding and knowing the Apostle Paul. The books written by Paul begin with greetings to the readers. The first thing Paul does in his letters is by identify himself. According to scholars, within the 27 books of the New Testament, 13 are written by Paul.

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Prophetic Promises of #Abundance and #Prosperity!

HIS PRESENCE IS MORE SIGNIFICANT

“It is high and magnificent; the whole earth rejoices to see it!  Mount Zion, the holy mountain, is the city of the great King!”  (Psalm 48:2)
King David made Jerusalem the capital of Israel almost 3,000 years ago.  Ever since, the city has played a central role in Jewish life, even after the city was sacked and the Temple was destroyed in AD 70 by the Romans.
Jewish prayers underline this central role and the holiness of Jerusalem.  For instance, the Amidah, which is recited three times every weekday, is prayed facing Jerusalem.
These lines are part of the Amidah:

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