India to purchase Israeli missiles over US Javelin

India announces the purchase of 8,000 anti-tank guided missiles from Israel, cancels previous efforts for sales from US Javelin

PM Netanyahu and Indian PM Modi

PM Netanyahu and Indian PM Modi

Following my previous article about the new era of Israel-India relations since the new popular Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected, we can’t ignore the fact that under President Obama America is losing its political strength world-wide.

In light of these two facts, we are watching a very important weapons deal that might bring the rising tension between Israel and the White House to some new heights.

India will purchase 8,000 of Israel’s Spike anti-tank guided missile. The announcement was made Saturday. India, the world’s largest arms buyer, rejected an offer to purchase the United State’s Javelin missiles. The United States has been lobbying for the purchase for some time.

The Spike missile was produced by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and is man-portable.

The purchase is a result of India’s Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s efforts to increase India’s security and increase relations with Israel. Modi’s government has been active since May 2014, his government focused on combatting increased tensions with Pakistan and China.

Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley stated to the country’s procurement panel that India’s “national security is the paramount concern of the government. All hurdles and bottlenecks in the procurement process should be addressed expeditiously so that the pace of acquisition is not stymied.”

India will reportedly pay $525 million for the missiles that will include 300 launchers.

The true meaning of The Feast of the Tabernacles

As Jews worldwide celebrate Sukkut, the last festival on the Jewish calendar, I want to share with you my short commentary on Leviticus 23:33-43

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The feasts of the Lord are God’s way to have Israel commemorate His love story with them, as well as the blueprint of His plan of salvation and redemption for all sinful mankind. Both are called to leave slavery and bondage and enter into His promised-land. Israel and Egypt were the shadow – the world and sin are the substance.

The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is the final of the seven feasts of the Lord according to Leviticus 23.

“…Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, (34) “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord. (35) On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. (36) For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.

(37) ‘These are the feasts of the Lord which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day— (38) besides the Sabbaths of the Lord, besides your gifts, besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings which you give to the Lord. (39) ‘Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a Sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a Sabbath-rest. (40) And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. (41) You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. (42) You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, 43 that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.’” (Leviticus 23:33-43)

The Exodus of Israel from Egypt was the historical event that God wanted Israel not to forget. Jeremiah the prophet describes how God says: “….the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt…” (Jeremiah 31:32)

Of all the feasts that the Lord had prescribed for Israel to celebrate in commemoration of His relationship with them since, the only one we know that will be celebrated in the future regularly by ALL nations that are left after the tribulation is the feast of Tabernacles.

“….And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. 18 If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. (Zachariah 14:16-19)

Pay attention that none of the other 6 feasts are to be celebrated by the gentiles in the future but this one. This is a festival that originally described another old chapter of the love story between God and his chosen people – Israel.
Yet under the New Testament (New Covenant) this festival will be fulfilled and celebrated by ALL nations every year in Jerusalem.

The two elements that are interesting in Zachariah’s prophecy are:

1. “…Everyone that is left from ALL nations…”- speaking of a remnant from a great global catastrophe

2. “…Come up to Jerusalem to worship the King…” – The nations will come up to Jerusalem to worship the Messiah who will sit on the throne of David and restore his fallen tabernacle.

This is the only time we hear the name Feast of Tabernacles in conjunction with some global events that will cause many to perish, and then gentiles from outside of Israel together with the Jews in the land itself, will be coming to Jerusalem to be part of the Lord’s kingdom on earth.

The Tribulation followed by the return of the Messiah back to earth together with His redeemed ones, whom he took to be with Him to escape God’s judgement, are the major events that would usher the period of the fulfilment of this great festival.

No doubt that although Tabernacles is about the exodus from Egypt and the dwelling in booths during the long journey of Israel into their promised land, the bigger picture is the Kingdom of God on earth known as the Millennial Kingdom. The shift is made from our Tabernacles in the past to His Tabernacle among people in the future.

This is why we read in the book of Revelation the following:

“… And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God…”(Revelation 21:3)

May we all remember that in order to reign with Him during that thousand years kingdom we must first go through the first feasts and believe in the Passover sacrifice that lived Unleavened life became the firstfruits from among those who fell asleep and sent during Pentecost His holy spirit to be with us until the last trumpet when He will be take us to escape the tribulation. As He returns, then ALL Israel will be saved as they mourn during their last day of atonement.

Don’t skip the 6 festivals if you want to reign with Him during the 7th one!

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon

The true meaning of Yom Kippur

As we approach the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar I wanted to share with you my short commentary on Leviticus 23:27

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“….it shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord…” (Leviticus 23:27)

One of the most common questions one will be asked over the next few days is: did you fast on Yom Kippur?

Fasting on Yom Kippur is not biblical. It is traditional.

The Bible says something else that was interpreted by Rabbis throughout the course of Jewish history as – neither eating nor drinking but praying and making petitions before God for forgiveness.

The interesting thing is that fasting is being perceived as the way to “afflict our souls” but the most common blessing one will hear from another during that very season will be “Have an easy fast”.

Should we fast? Should it be easy? What are we doing this for? Is it for us? Is it for God? Is it so we will feel good with ourselves? What then is the reason man feels terrible with the way he conducts himself throughout the year that makes him feel so good with himself after not eating for 25 hours?

Is it our soul that we afflict by not eating or just our very empty tummies?

God has asked the nation of Israel to afflict their souls.
In light of the scriptures one must search what is that way one should be afflicting his soul.

Please pay close attention to the fact that there were 2 things required from the nation of Israel at the same time: Afflicting the souls and offering an offering made by fire.
Tradition is nice when it leads you to where the word of God is leading – true worship of God and humility of us. Whenever tradition brings the ME as the holy one and ME as the suffering one and ME as the righteous one – then this tradition is no better than any false teaching and false doctrines of other religions and faiths who believes in other gods.
When God is telling us “Afflict your souls” He is talking about our souls, spirit, and not our tummies and body. I can show you numerous books and courses of how to get along without eating much. Weight-loss programs have become a very popular thing in our “health-conscious-world”.
Glorifying God and humbling ourselves in His sight so He will lift us higher and higher is something that only the Word of God – written and in the flesh (Jesus) can show us how to do.

My point is very simple: The Jewish tradition has missed the point of this holiday even without talking about Jesus. Instead of afflicting the soul they choose to afflict the body (a very common thing in many new age and old age religions) so the spirit can feel good, clean and even happy about its ability to make a sacrifice to the God it worships. In other words: We afflict the wrong thing. We shift our focus from God to us, as usual.

What is then the affliction of the soul? – Here comes the point of Jesus – One can afflict His soul only when one understand that one has no chance becoming holy by one’s own strength and deeds. This helplessness is the worst thing one’s soul can experience.

What then is our option if we can not do it by ourselves?

Here comes the second thing God has demanded: Offering!

Who is then that was offered for us since we can not justify ourselves by our own strength and deeds:

Peter and Paul both Jewish people by all opinions were well acquainted with the Law and the traditions, and both of them understood that precious truth that was revealed in Messiah’s life, death and resurrection:
In His Life he was purer than anyone else and fulfilled the Law making himself later on the perfect “Passover Lamb” who was examined while being alive for it’s purity.
In His death – we understand how insufficient the blood of Animal was and how perfect the sacrifice of Christ was:

Hebrews 10:1-18
10 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:
“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
But a body You have prepared for Me.
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin
You had no pleasure.
7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—
In the volume of the book it is written of Me—
To do Your will, O God.’”
8 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.”He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

Psalm 40:6-8
6 Sacrifice and offering You did not desire;
My ears You have opened.
Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.
7 Then I said, “Behold, I come;
In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
8 I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is within my heart.”

Jeremiah 31:31-34
31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,[a] says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

Allow me to end this short commentary with these wonderful words that should echo in the ears of all who still believes that somehow there is something they can do to please God besides their
simple but sincere trust and faith in the one whom God sent to pay our debt and remove sin’s power once and for all:

“….for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved….” (Acts 4:12)

And you shall call His Name Yeshua (Jesus’ name in Hebrew which comes from the word “salvation” in Hebrew) – For He will SAVE His people from their sins…” (Matthew 1:21)

Afflict your souls oh Israel by understanding that by your own strength and deeds you will NOT be saved!

Bring this perfect sacrifice that is better than any animal can ever be and is the only way truth and life – Yeshua!

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved – you and your household …”
(Acts 16:31)