We are approaching a crisis point in the Middle-East. May 15, on the Christian Calendar, is the 70thanniversary of the modern State of Israel. This date corresponded to the Hebrew date of Iyar 5 of Iyar in 1948. This year, the Iyar 5 occurred on April 20. The United States has announced that its embassy will soon be opened in Jerusalem recognizing that city as the capital of Israel. I assume that this will occur on the anniversary of Israel’s independence. At about the same time, Israel will celebrate “Jerusalem Day” on the anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War. This date marks a most significant milestone in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. [Read more…]
This week I am going to deal with the subject of Yom Kippur recorded in Leviticus 16 and 17. Yom Kippur has an extremely important message for all believers.
Yom Kippur occurs on the tenth day of the seventh month. On the tenth day of the first month the Passover Lamb was separated from the flock. It would be slaughtered on the 14th day for the Passover sacrifice. Now exactly seven months later, two goats were taken from the herd and presented to the priest.
And he shall take from the congregation of the sons of Israel two male goats for a sin offering and one ram for a burnt offering (Leviticus 16:5). [Read more…]
The question of “clean and unclean” is one of the most obscure Biblical concepts to Christians (a better choice of words would be “pure and defiled”). The commandments dealing with this subject appear to deal with a range of unrelated issues that the church chooses to ignore. Hopefully, we will be able to shed some light on importance of these concepts.
The main issue concerning “clean and unclean” is stated in Leviticus 15:31.
Thus you shall keep the sons of Israel separated from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness by their defiling My tabernacle that is among them (Leviticus 15:31). [Read more…]
Over the past 2,000 years, the Biblical concepts of justification, election, salvation and final judgment have been twisted into unbiblical teaching and misunderstanding within Christianity. Today, they are popularly combined into the concept of “getting saved” (or other similar phrase) and avoiding hell. This week’s Tzemach Institute looks at these concepts and attempts to untie the knot.
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This week’s study section is the beginning of the book Leviticus. In it, we encounter what is commonly referred to as the Levitical Sacrifices or Offerings. Instead of plowing into the “sacrifices” directly, I will attempt to look at this section in a broader context in order to understand the most basic meaning of the section. In addition, I will consider the origin of the word which English translators call “sacrifice”. This will help us understand the true significance of this section. [Read more…]