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Prophetic Lessons From Passover: Lesson #1

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Passover Symbolic Foods

Shalom and Happy Passover,

There are many wonderful and practical lessons to be learned from the Biblical feast of Passover. The Passover is one of the three national feasts of Israel that were commanded by God that Israel as a nation commemorate annually, and they are; Passover, Shavuot (the feast of weeks also know in the Christian world as Pentecost) and Succot (the feast of tabernacles). Each of these feasts also have a powerful prophetic Messianic fulfillment.

Over the next seven days of Passover I will share with you some of the lessons and insights about Passover that I feel might be helpful to you.

Lesson #1:

The Passover, which was the national commemoration of God’s great and supernatural deliverance of Israel from Egypt (Exodus 7-13), foreshadowed the Messiah’s first coming, His death and resurrection.

In traditional rabbinic writings…

…what Messianic Jews would refer to as the Messiah’s first coming and suffering for the sin of man is called the Messiah Ben Joseph or the Suffering Messiah. Rabbis throughout the centuries refer to what we believe is the Messiah’s second coming to reign as ruler of the world and king of the Jews as the Messiah Ben David, i.e. the Messiah Son of David. Despite the fact that most modern rabbis in traditional Judaism would deny or avoid admitting that the rabbis recognized two distinct messianic advents…it is a fact of history and can be easily established from rabbinic writings.

Prophetic Foreshadow

Moses & Pharaoh

Pharaoh & Moses

What makes the Passover a prophetic foreshadow of the Messiah Yeshua’s coming and sacrifice for sins is contained in the account of the final plague God sent on Egypt. Because Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let Israel leave Egypt as God called for, God visited the plague of death to all of

The Blood of the Lamb

The Blood of the Lamb

 the firstborn of both animal and man in Egypt. In order for Israel to avoid the angel of death’s visit to their households God told the Israelites to sacrifice and eat a lamb. More importantly He commanded them to take some of the lamb’s blood and put it on the doorpost of each household. As the angel of death passed over their houses and noted the blood on their lintels they would be spared…and they were.

Messianic Fulfillment

In the same way, we avoid the eternal death for our sins that we richly deserve when God sees the blood of the Suffering Messiah, Yeshua, on the doorposts of our hearts. This is exactly what happens when each of us obeys God and accepts what God so sacrificially provided through His Son the Messiah’s death and eternal atonement. God’s eternal judgment is averted and for those who have accepted His atonement the debt of their sins is covered for eternity.

Mercy was extended to all of those households under the blood of the sacrificed lamb of old and mercy is extended to all of those who dwell under the eternal blood of the Messiah Ben Joseph, Yeshua (Jesus).

Joel Chernoff

~The views contained in The Joel Chernoff Report are not necessarily views held by the MJAA~

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No Political Solution to Mideast Conflict?

 Israel has a new government and a new Prime Minister…Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu successfully pieced together a government and now has the responsibility for navigating treacherous national and international political and military issues confronting Israel.
Israel's newly appointed Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel's newly appointed Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

Mr. Netanyahu appears to be up to the task.

He wasted no time in sending the world a message that he sees the Iranian nuclear threat as the number one issue facing not only Israel’s existence but also endangering the western world.

Amazingly, even before he was sworn into office, he publically stated that if the US does not put an end to the Iranian nuclear threat “Israel might be forced to resort to a military strike on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear installations.” (Jerusalem Post) Now that’s a bold statement given the post Gaza/anti-Israel political climate internationally.

 An Apocalyptic cult?

He further stated,

“You don’t want a messianic apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs…When the wide-eyed believer gets hold of the reins of power and the weapons of mass death, then the entire world should start worrying, and that is what is happening in Iran.”

Netanyahu goes on to point out Iranian President Ahmadinajad’s multiple calls to “wipe Israel off the map” and politically influential Iranian Moslem cleric Ayatollah Khamenei’s description of Israel as “a cancerous tumor.” He appears to take the Iranian President and cleric at their word. I really believe Netanyahu’s warning concerning Iran is serious. Israel will follow through.

I don’t believe he is spouting empty words…and for that matter neither is the God of Israel.

I love it when the enemies of Israel so brazenly shake their fist in Israel’s face. What they don’t realize is that they are actually mocking the God of Israel and that is not a wise thing to do. Israel exists in her homeland because God brought about their return for His purposes and plans. Any person or nation that gets in the way of God’s agenda will find themselves at the “sharp end of His divine sword.”

This is a spiritual not political confrontation.

Look–the fact is that our Arab cousins and Moslem brothers see this as a spiritual confrontation between the God of Islam and the God of Israel. They couldn’t be anymore clear about it. Messianic Jews and most evangelical Christians agree with this perspective. Western politicians and leaders seem not to grasp this so they pursue a political answer only to encounter failure year after year. They ignore the obvious at their own peril. Let me say this very clearly…

Their will be no political resolution of the Middle East conflict.

It will be resolved but not in the way the world thinks it should be. God does have a plan and we have very good Biblical evidence as to what it might be. More on that in later blogs.

Prime Minister Netanyahu & President Obama

Is a confrontation between President Obama and PM Netanyahu in the works?

If PM Netanyahu carries out his threat and attacks Iran unilaterally it will certainly put their relationship to the test. Of course Netanyahu does not want to offend or lose America’s friendship but I really believe that he will act in Israel’s best interest first and worry about what the rest of the world thinks later.

Obama on the other hand fancies himself to be globalist and is right now positioning himself via the opportunities presented by the international financial crisis as a possible leader of some form of one world government. (more on this later)

He is a globalist rather than a nationalist. John McCain was clearly a “country first” (nationalist) candidate while President Obama presented himself as something more. Time will tell.

We need to continue to pray…

that the USA continues to stay on the right side of this prophetic scenario and support Israel unwaveringly. This protects us from God’s judgment for our countries mounting debt of moral depravity among many other sins. Blessing Israel will continue to stay God’s wrath. His mercy and blessing instead will continue to be released over us. (Genesis 12:3)

Joel Chernoff

 ~The views contained in The Joel Chernoff Report are not necessarily views held by the MJAA~

A New and Unique Perspective

Blog Focus

This being the first blog entry in The Joel Chernoff Report (TJCR) I take the liberty (since it’s my blog) to give some direction as to its future content. TJCR will look at and comment on a wide range of issues and events surrounding the Biblically prophesied physical and spiritual restoration of Israel.

ISRAEL

ISRAEL

Since I am very aware of these prophecies as I study them in Scripture, I believe that we live in a time when we are seeing Biblical prophecy come alive and be fulfilled. We know from Scripture what the prophetic trajectory looks like and now we have the privilege of seeing these events unfold before our eyes. These are both terrifying and exciting times.

The interesting thing about Biblical prophecy is that God chooses to share with us what I call “prophetic/signpost events”. He chooses not to tell us exactly when and where or even in what order various important prophetic events will happen. He simply states that these events will transpire in the prophetic period called the “Last Days”. In Scripture the “Last Days” is that time period just before the Messiah returns to Jerusalem and sets up His Kingdom over the whole earth. The reason these prophecies were given to us by God was to help us know that His return was imminent.

What do Messianic Jews believe about the Messiah?

Many within today’s Jewish world either do not believe the Messiah has come or don’t know or care. Messianic Jews (like me) believe that the Messiah has come and that He is returning at the end of the prophetic period called the “Last Days”. He is known to Messianic Jews by His Hebrew name, Yeshua while the western world knows him in English as Jesus.

How do we know we are in the “Last Days”?

There are two significant prophetic events” that confirm with certainty that we are in the “Last Days”.

Israel is Born

Israel is Born

1.  The Physical Restoration of the Nation of Israel: (ie the Jewish people being re-established in her original land grant) This event was prophesied over and over both in the Tenach (Old Testament) and in the Brit Chadasha (New Testament). This was only to happen in the “Last Days” and indeed this was fulfilled in 1948 after almost 2000 years of exile, with the re-establishment of the State of Israel. Significantly, this is the only time in history that a nation was disbursed from its original homeland and later restored to the very same homeland as a people. This was indeed a miraculous prophetic fulfillment.

2. The Spiritual Restoration of Israel: The Jewish prophets foretell a massive spiritual awakening will sweep the nation of Israel in the “Last Days” and move our people to a place of right relationship with God. I believe that Messianic Judaism also known as the Messianic Jewish Movement is that revival.

Why I believe Messianic Judaism is that revival?

In 1967 there were fewer than 2000 Messianic Jews in the US. Today that number, according to Jewish population studies in the US, estimates the number at between one to two million in the US alone. In 1967 there were zero Messianic synagogues and today there are over 700 worldwide and those numbers are increasing faster than anyone can keep track.

National Messianic Conference

National Messianic Conference

Consequently, I can confidently assert that since 1967, Messianic Judaism is the fastest growing stream of Jewish religious life on the planet today. This movement is not the product of any person or organization but simply the work of God’s Spirit in fulfillment of prophecy according to God’s purposes and plans.

Middle East Conflict

israeli-flag-burning1Having said all of the above you can see why the events and continuing conflict surrounding Israel are so important. The spiritual and physical restoration of Israel is central in God’s prophetic plan for planet earth and the Messiah’s second coming is inextricably and prophetically connected to Israel’s restoration. Indeed Yeshua himself said that He will not return to Israel until the Jewish people say “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Last word on TJCR focus

TJCR will specifically focus on events surrounding Israel, her allies and her enemies and bring a Messianic Jewish and prophetic perspective to those events.

For Messiah’s glory,

Joel Chernoff

-The views contained in The Joel Chernoff Report are not necessarily views held by the MJAA-