Sunday, March 14, 2010

Shemah Yisrael Yahweh Eloheynu Yahweh 'Echad

Hear O'Israel Yahweh is our God Yahweh is one
Baruch Atah Yahweh Eloheynu Melech HaOlam

Blessed are you Yahweh our God King of the Universe


Malachi 3
1. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and Yahweh, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith Yahweh of hosts.

2. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

3. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto Yahweh an offering in righteousness.

Malachi 3
16. Then they that feared Yahweh spake often one to another: and Yahweh hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared Yahweh, and that thought upon his name.

17. And they shall be mine, saith Yahweh of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

18. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

JOHN 16:28-30
28. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

29. His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.

30. Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.

John 2:18-22
18. Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

19. Yesu answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

20. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

21. But he spake of the temple of his body.

22. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Yesu had said.

Matthew 12:13-21
13. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

14. Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

15. But when Yesu knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;

16. And charged them that they should not make him known:

17. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

18. Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

19. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

20. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

21. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

John 14:6-11
6. Yesu saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

7. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

8. Philip saith unto him, Yahweh, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

9. Yesu saith unto him, have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

10. Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

11. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.

Matthew 10:32-32
32. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

33. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

The following text is an excerpt from Early jewish writings/text/ Antiquities 18.3.3

Josephus, Antiquities Book XVIII:

"3. Now there was about this time Yesu, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold, these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day."

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,

Flavius Josephus:
Josephus (AD 37 – c. 100), also known as Yosef Ben Matityahu (Joseph, son of Matthias) and, after he became a Roman citizen, as Titus Flavius Josephus a first-century Jewish historian of priestly and royal ancestry who survived and recorded the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Reference to Yesu as brother of James The Just:
James is described by Josephus and in the New Testament as being "the brother of Yesu," and in the Liturgy of St James as "the brother of God" (Adelphotheos).

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,

Testimonium Flavianum:
Yesu of Nazareth is possibly mentioned in two passages of the work The Antiquities of the Jews by the Jewish historian Josephus, written in the late first century AD. One passage, known as the Testimonium Flavianum, discusses the career of Yesu. The authenticity of the Testimonium Flavianum has been disputed since the 17th century, although most modern scholars agree that it is partially authentic. The second passage mentions Yesu as the brother of a James, possibly James the Just. Most scholars consider this passage genuine.

Friday, March 12, 2010

(About the Shofar) click here to Return to About God


God's breath
The shofar is the sound of man's breath as it is blown into a ram's horn. Man is the sound of God's breath as it was blown into the dust of the earth. On the anniversary of man's formation God wants to see the results of His blast. He tells man to blow back the breath of God and listens carefully to the sound. It should still be reminiscent of God's own breath.

A shofar is an instrument made from the horn of a ram or other kosher animal. It was used in ancient Israel to announce the New Moon (Rosh Chodesh) and call people together. It was also blown on Rosh Hashanah, marking the beginning of the New Year, signifying both need to wake up to the call to repentance, and in connection with the portion read on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the Binding of Isaac (Genesis, chapter 22) in which Abraham sacrifices a ram in place of his son, Isaac.

Today, the shofar is featured most prominently in the Rosh Hashanah morning services. It is considered a commandment to hear the shofar blown.
There is a great deal of symbolism tied in with the legal requirements for what constitutes a proper shofar. The shofar of Rosh Hashanah, whose purpose it is to rouse the Divine in the listener, may not be constructed of an artificial instrument. It must be an instrument in its natural form and naturally hollow, through whom sound is produced by human breath, which God breathes into human beings. This pure, and natural sound, symbolizes the lives it calls Jews to lead. What is more, the most desirable shofar is the bent horn of a ram. The ram reminds one of Abraham's willing sacrifice of that which was most precious to him. The curve in the horn mirrors the contrition of the one who repents.

In the Talmud, we read: Why do we sound the shofar? Because the Holy One, blessed be God, said: Blow me a ram's horn that I may remember to your credit the binding of Isaac, the son of Abraham, and I shall account it to you as a binding of yourselves before Me. The Torah tells us: Abraham looked up and behold, he saw a ram caught in the thicket by its horns [Genesis 22:13]. This teaches us that the Holy One, blessed be God, showed our ancestor Abraham the ram tearing himself free from one thicket and becoming entangled in another. Said the Holy One, blessed be God, to Abraham: Thus are your children destined to be caught in iniquities and entangled in misfortunes, but in the end they will be redeemed by the horns of a ram. Therefore the prophet Zechariah said of the time of redemption: And YAHWEH shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth like the lightning; and YAHWEH God shall blow the shofar, and shall move in stormy winds of the south [Zechariah 9:14]. [Rosh Hashanah 16a]

What is a Shofar?
A Shofar is long Rams horn used to proclaim Jewish ceremonial events. It is hollowed out and blown on one end similar to a trumpet. The Ibex is one the most popular rams horns. They usually appear conical with a spiral appearance.

According to the Talmud, a Shofar that is legal for ceremonial events must be at least three handbreadths long.

There are small Shofars that people sometimes use which are not really Shofars by Talmudic definition. To be accurate so you can use the generic term "Keren", which means "horn" in hebrew.

The Shofar goes back far into biblical history. It is believed that the Shofar commemorates the Ram caught in the thicket by its horn (Hebrew: Keren). …
In the absence of the temple today, the Shofar is used instead of the Chotzotzerah to proclaim the Jewish high holy days. The holy day, "Rosh HaShannah" or New Year is also called Yom HaTeruah.

In many translations, this is referred to as the feast of the trumpets.

"Yom" means "Day", "Teruah" means to blow the trumpet or sound alarm.

(About the Rose) Click here to Return to About GOD


Why The Red and White ROSE?

"In Jewish Liturgy the expression 'Shoshana Yaacov' (Rose of Jacob) represents all of Israel.
In the Bible Israel is compared to a rose:
[Hos 14:5] I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily [Hebrew 'shoshana' i.e. rose], and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
'Lily' in Hebrew is 'shoshana' and actually means a rose. The rose (or rosette shape based on the rose) which (as a rosette) was a symbol of royalty in ancient Israel and in other nations....
As the rose among the thorns, so is my love among the maidens' (Song of Solomon 2:2): What is the rose: It is the Assemblage of Israel, the Community of Israel. For there is a rose (above) and a rose (below). Just as the rose which is among the thorns has red and white, so does the Assemblage of Israel have justice and mercy...."
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The Rose is still a symbol of Israel, by Divine Design and Intervention. Please read on.

Also from;
"In ENGLAND BETWEEN THE YEARS 1450 - 1485 there was a series of civil wars known as 'Wars of the Roses' occurring between the rival Houses of York and Lancaster. Each side was represented by a rose, York by a white rose, and Lancaster by a red rose. At the end of the struggle a partly Welsh noble named Henry Tudor became king. Henry claimed to unify in his person the two rival sides. He chose as his symbol a rose with both red and white petals (i.e. a large white rose with a smaller red rose overlaid on it) and with five green leaves around it. Dr. Clifford Smyth of Ulster supplied Yair Davidiy with color photographs of pictures from the Tudor Period depicting the Tudor rose. These paintings show that there then existed in England a real breed of rose that looked like the Tudor Rose. This rose, unbeknown to Henry, was (says the above quoted Zohar) the symbol of Israel. Henceforth the red and white petal 'Tudor Rose' became the symbol of the English monarchs and therefore of England itself. It still is an official symbol of Britain. The Tudor Rose admittedly has only ten petals whereas the 'Rose of Israel' described in the Zohar has thirteen but then England being dominated by the tribe of Ephraim represents only ten out of the original thirteen Israelite Tribes.
Henry Tudor was a great man: He came from a Ruling House legendarily connected with King Arthur and he may have been descended (as some believe) from King David. 'He has been called the Solomon of England'. He asserted the independence of England from Europe. The history of modern England as an outwardly looking independently minded great nation begins with Henry. His reign marks the beginning of that period in which the blessings promised to the seed of Israel would be realized in the British and British descended peoples!

The United States Congress in 1986 chose the rose as the national flower of the USA.

In the precincts of the HOLY TEMPLE in Jerusalem before its destruction there was a special rose garden situated between the present Western ('Wailing') Wall and the actual Temple (i.e. Holy of Holies, Mishna Middot ch.1)...."
Excerpt from,

This also gleaned from,

by Stephen Spykerman

The Amazing Motto of the Tudor Rose
Having followed all the comments about Brit-Am’s proposed emblem, I thought I would share my recent discovery about the Tudor Rose. It happened whilst my wife and I were on our way back home after keeping the eight-day festival of Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles in Dorset in the S/E of England. After an hours drive we decided to stop off for coffee at a place called Wimborne Minster, and ancient little Dorset market town. The town is dominated by its Minster – an almost cathedral sized church dating back 1300 years. We went around the town twice trying, to no avail to find a place to park. In the end we parked in the private car park of the Minster and consequently we felt duty bound to visit the ancient church. As we entered the building the lady at the entrance informed us that the ‘CHAINED LIBRARY’ would be opening in just a few minutes. She told us that it contained a rare collection of ancient books second only to the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. It was called the ‘chained’ library because the books were, according to centuries old custom chained to their shelves to prevent theft. To get to the library one had to ascend a stone stairway into an ancient tower. The direction of the spiral staircase was opposite to the conventional. Staircases such as this are known as ecclesiastical or security staircases and were designed with the intention of allowing easier defence of the rooms above by a swordsman. At that period swordsman were generally right handed and a right handed swordsman would have had considerable difficulty in ascending the spiral with a drawn sword to attack the treasures held in the library. The library contains classic works of Plato, Plutarch, Pliny, Cicero and Machiavelli. Also numerous theological works of the Venerable Bede, Calvin, Erasmus and many others, too numerous to mention. Amongst the many different Bibles was a volume of the Hebrew Scriptures by Menasseh ben Israel. The book that really caught my attention was a book written by the great Tudor king Henry VIII. It was written before his breach with the Roman Catholic Church regarding his proposed divorce from Katherine of Aragon.

Only three copies are known to exist of this book – one is held by Her Majesty the Queen, the other is held by the Vatican, and the third I had the privilege of examining at Wimborne Minster. The thick leather binding is embossed with the Royal Arms in its upper half and with the Tudor Rose in its lower part. What was so amazing about the illustration of the Tudor Rose was that it was surrounded by a Motto written in Latin. I got really excited about this, as in all the heraldic books I have researched I have never come across one that referred to the motto of the Tudor Rose. Henry VII, the father of Henry VIII was the first Tudor king to introduce the Tudor Rose. He clearly was fully aware of the origins of the symbolism of the red and white rose, and he almost certainly devised the text himself. The words were considered to be of such significance that it was subsequently adopted as the royal motto of the Tudor family. What is so remarkable is that it conveys a powerful allusion to the throne of David in ancient Israel. Like all motto’s of that time it was phrased in Latin – the text reads – “Hac Rosa Virtutis de Celo Missa Cereno Eturnu(m) Florens (Fulgens) Regia Sceptra Feret” and in modern English this reads; “This rose of virtue sent us from on high shall shine in sceptred state eternally”.

Notice it speaks of a rose of virtue, e.g. (the rose of Israel) sent to us from on high, e.g. (by the God of Israel) shall shine in sceptred state eternally – meaning it shall rule for all of eternity. This text can only be a reference to the throne of king David of Israel, as it alone was ever established for all of eternity. The patriarch Jacob was the first to prophesy of this sceptred throne on his deathbed when he addressed his son Judah, saying, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes” (Gen. 49:10). ‘Shiloh’ was a reference to the Messiah, the prophesied Deliverer who would come to deliver and rule over a restored Israel in the end times. The prophet Nathan adds a further dimension to the prophecy as he comes to king David of Israel and, speaking of his son Solomon, he utters the most amazing prophecy about the future of David’s throne: “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever . . . . And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever” (2 Samuel 7:12-13,16). Here we have an immutable promise of the everlasting continuance of the Royal House and Throne of David. Henry Tudor in devising the motto of the Tudor Rose clearly affirmed that he considered himself to be of the line of those Davidicdescendants seated on this prophesied throne of David that was to last forever. The divine promise is further confirmed in the book of Psalms and its absolute certainty is heavily emphasised once again: “I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David: ‘Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations’” (Psalm 89:3-4).
Your seed, your throne and your kingdom will be established forever and to all generations! What could be clearer than that! This is what the Tudor family, being themselves of the line of David, had uppermost in mind when they devised the motto for the Tudor Rose. They considered the Tudor Rose to be ‘that rose of virtue sent from on high’ as a sacred charge in that it represented the throne of David that shall shine in sceptred state (ruling over Israel) eternally.’ Baruch Hashem
Stephen Spykerman –

The U.S.A. has been proven to have all the tribes present on the continent, 13 in all, Joseph is absent which would make it 11, however he is represented by his 2 sons Ephraim and Manasseh, which included with the original 11 makes the total number 13.

The U.S.A. and Great Britain are the fulfillment of Genesis 48:1-22. Joseph was given a second portion of the booty in Gen. 48:22, which became a full portion to each of the sons Ephraim and Manasseh by inheritance. This blessing is the reason we in America and Great Britain live the great lifestyle we do, in this time frame we (America and Great Britain) constitute Israel. See Gen.48:5-6.

The Rose on this site may have 13 petals, it is hard to tell. I came upon this Rose in California near Hollywood at a friends house, and was so amazed I had to take the picture of it, at that time not knowing the significance of it, amazing.

Baruch Atah Yahweh Eloheynu, Melech HaOlam

Blessed are you Yahweh our God, King of the Universe