Elul Confounding Satan

Day 4 and 5 of Teshuvah: Rosh Chodesh (first Shabbat of the month)

Elul Confounding the Satan

During this Biblical month of Elul there is spiritual war taking place. It is not taking place in some heavenly realm; it is a battle for our hearts.

The shofar truly is a beautiful symbol, and it has many deep spiritual lessons for us. And it is effective in spiritual warfare, although not the way that charismatic Christianity envisions it. That by blowing the Shofar in every service it defeats the enemy. By setting the shofar in its proper context, we are able to perceive its powerful biblical messages.

In its context, the talmudic statement about “confounding the Satan”[1] does not mean that the sound of the shofar magically paralyzes all demonic forces whenever it is blown. The statement is preceded by the question (and I paraphrase), “Why do we blast the shofar on Rosh HaShanah so many times in different ways?”

The reason that this confounds the Satan—the Accuser, that is—is because it shows our great love for the mitzvot(commandment), our trust in God’s forgiveness, and our confidence in a judgment in our favor. Because of our repentance, which is hailed by the shofar blast, the Satan has no opportunity to accuse us and make any case for a negative judgment.

There truly is a spiritual war taking place. It is important for us to realize, however, that it is not taking place in some heavenly realm; it is a battle for our hearts.

Exhaling through the antler of an expired antelope may be effective if we were fighting against “flesh and blood,” but as we know, “though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” [2]

The list of spiritual armor that we find in Ephesians 6:10-18 makes no mention of the ram’s horn (or anything else actually visible to human eyes, for that matter). The shofar call of Rosh HaShanah is different in that the sound is a message for our own human ears—not the angelic, demonic, or divine. The voice of the shofar brings victory in our hearts by provoking us to repent. It is the act of repentance that “confounds the Satan.”

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A Prayer For Your Family During Teshuvah

Here is a great prayer to pray over your family during these 40 Days of Teshuvah:

Great prayer shared here for you to put in the names of those you are praying for and declaring their destiny to line up with God’s will for them. With this being the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul it’s a great place to proclaim His promises for your loved ones. We can also pray this for our President and His family as well.

We declare _________________ have been called yet again for greater and greater exploits. Exploits for the Kingdom of God! “_________________ know their God, are strong, and do exploits.” (Daniel11:32 KJV). “But ___________________ are loyal to their God and will act valiantly.” (NET Bible). We proclaim they are “boldly courageous; brave; stout-hearted. They are MARKED by or showing bravery or valor; heroic.” (Valiently in Dictionary.com). They are marked by a heart that belongs wholly to the Lord, a heart that seeks His will and His way only. “___________________ commits their way to You LORD, they trusts also in You, and they know You will do it.” (Psalm 37:5 NASB). “_______________ rolls all their works upon You Lord (they commit and trust them WHOLLY to You; You will cause their thoughts to become agreeable to Your will, and so will their plans be established and succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3 AMP). “________________________ also labors, striving according to His working which works in them mightily.” (Colossians 1:29 NASB).

We declare ______________________ are filled with growing excitement and even anticipation regarding how the Lord will use the gifting’s He has built into them for His Kingdom plans where He has planted them! For such a time as this.

We declare, the heart of the Lord has overtaken _____________, and His love for them has overwhelmed them. “He is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loves both of them.” (Ephesians 2:4 NASB). His love is so deep that “He has inscribed __________________ on the palm of His hands; they are continually before Him.” (Isaiah 49:16 NASB). (Job 42:2 ESV). We proclaim __________________ is ready to take some giants down!

We say _________________________ will not be surprised or taken off guard. They will be at the right place at the right time during this month of Elul.

ELUL DECLARATIONS:

** I declare my connection is my protection.

** I declare I have divine access into a new place.

** I declare I am headed for the tent.

** I declare this is my finest hour.

__________________ can see the Lord in the Field – in a tent with no sides. The enemy, who is pursuing them, sees a tower that he knows he has no strength against. We declare ______________ are being empowered in their “tent encounters” this month and they will triumph in incredible ways.

Father, we release your peace and deep, deep restedness in your love to _______________ right now. Fill them with such a deep-rooted assurance that you are working on their behalf, and as they lift up praise to you, bring them into new depths and dimensions of worship that releases breakthrough and takes down strongholds. (Prov 21:22 TPT)

We praise you because this is the time of restoring all things and making everything new. God, come in like a flood, strengthening _________________ to their innermost beings and filling them with life, fresh vitality and explosive energy. Pour into them your extravagant love until they are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God. We declare over them that God will do everything He has said He will do and more. He has heard and paid attention to every request and He will exceed all hopes, dreams and wild imagination in His achievement of it all. We praise you God and lift you to the highest place. Thank you that this is your promise and you are faithful to keep it. (Eph 3:16-21 TPT)

I saw a cloud over different houses, and this is what I understood. Over each house, the cloud was releasing the wind and rain of His presence. He was coming with justice and mercy and power and presence and the Spirit of the fear of the Lord to bring about overnight deliverance and transformation. Holiness was being released, bringing great encouragement and a sign of the favour of God upon them.

I further heard that where their experience to date had felt like wading through thick treacle to get things to happen, there was now going to be an ease coming to them. it will be as though they have only to touch their little finger lightly to a wall and it will give way before them. There will be single days where more happens in one day than has previously shifted over periods of months.

So Father, we thank you again for your promises to them, and we pray that all the fullness, the joy and the overflow that Jesus came for would be gloriously manifest in their life, their bodies, and everything they put their hand to. We declare a resounding ‘No’ to the thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy. We declare the blood of Jesus Christ stands as a wall of separation between __________________ and every tactic and assignment that has warred against them, in Jesus’ name! (John 10:10 AMP)

The wind blows all around us as if it has a will of its own; we feel and hear it, but we do not understand where it has come from or where it will end up. Life in the Spirit is as if it were the wind of God (John 3:8 Voice).

Father God, we lift our voices in praise unto You; praise for Who You are and all You have done in the lives of _________________. We call You good and we praise You.

May Your Glorious Presence linger among __________________ and all with which they have to do forever. They are the work of Your hands; may You find reason to rejoice over them every day of their lives! (Psalm 104:31)

Even today, LORD God, we ask that You blow in fresh and anew upon the them. When You send out Your Breath, life is created, and the face of the earth is made beautiful and is renewed (v 30). Adversarial winds are blowing in, threatening to disrupt the assignment ________________ undertook regarding their ministry and business. These winds carry the message of loss and gloom; their very purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. We are here to say, “BUT GOD!” For _____________________ have the promise, “Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

We bless ______________ with ears that are awake; ears that listen for and hear the Wind of God. They turn a deaf ear to every contrary voice and wind, choosing Life in the Spirit, listening to the Wind Words, the Spirit of the LORD, blowing through the home, businesses and family of _______________ are Christ-conquerors, safe from devil-death. (Revelation 2:11).

In these evil days, teach them to redeem the time, making the most of every living, breathing moment. Fill their every thought with wisdom. Cause them in every decision to understand what the will of the Lord is. We especially ask that the Spirit of Wisdom guides through every step of their new projects they are undertaking, being on guard to not allow distraction of the details to break their heavenly focus. We declare ______________’s minds are set upon seeing and hearing only what their Father says.

As the month of Elul approaches, we declare opportunity for _______________________ to go out to meet the King in the field. He wants to meet with them in a special way and share intimacy with Him. Yes, Father, may _________________ run to Him, escaping all the ravages of daily living by relaxing in the oasis of His refreshing presence. May this be the year that ________________ realize beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are their Beloved’s and He is theirs!

Yes, we bless ___________________ and all with which they have to do with the blessings of Elul. We declare God will reveal Himself with great mercy.

Every root and tentacle of rejection and mistrust working to prevent them from coming into the fullness of grace Father has for them will be exposed and pulled up, in Jesus’ name.

___________________ will firmly grasp Father’s hand in this month of appointed mercy; they do not have to ‘think it through’ but simply walk it out with Him, submitting every emotion and action to the LORD.

This month’s meditation for ________________ will be Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege, the overwhelming preciousness, surpassing worth, and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. And of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him. I will perceive and recognize and understand Him more fully and clearly. For His sake I lose everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish in order that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8). copied

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A Season of Restoration and Provision

Blow The Trumpet in Zion. Tonight at sundown begins the Biblical season of Teshuvah. Teshuvah means, Return to God in Repentance. For the next 40 days people of God will be blowing their Shofar each day as an alarm to wake up the nations to prepare for Yom Kippur,(Day of Atonement.) One of the greatest truth of this time in Biblical understanding, is God will be judging how we’ve treated our fellowman this past year. A Jewish understanding of Scripture teaches that God sees how we have treated others. So this is a time of repentance. Have how have we treated the widows, orphans, and the poor? How is our relationship with our family, friends, work associates, and neighbors?
 
The Fundamental truth of this 40 day season is the Shema, “hear oh Israel the Lord He is one.” And, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul, and your neighbor as yourself.”
 
If ever before in our Nation and through out the world we need to pray the prayer of 2 Chonicles 7:14, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.:
 
As you pray during this forty day season… remember 40 is the Hebrew number for Testing, pray 2 Chronicles 7:14.
 
The biblical book of Malachi is a picture of Teshuvah along with the book of Ruth. Malachi is called “The Great Assembly.” After Israel had been in exile the elders gathered in Jerusalem to inquire of the Lord, “why Have You forsaken us?” Why are we always enslaved and in exile? God speaks through Malachi for Israel to return to Him by remembering the Feasts in their seasons and to bring their Tithe and Feast Offerings to the storehouse.
 
The book of Ruth is the story of King Boaz a typology of Yeshua who was in the field and notice the gentile woman Ruth who had chosen to stay in Jerusalem to serve her mother in love, Naomi. So just like the season of Teshuvah this is also the season when the King Yeshua is in your field with open arms to forgive, heal, and restore. This also is a season leading to Yom Kippur a time of family restoration. Each day during this forty days I will be posting a brief thought and prayer as we prepare for the upcoming Feasts of Tabernacles. May God grant you a contrite heart to Return To Him and Restore a right Spirit with in you.
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Out of the Box!

So blessed this morning by our Pastor Larry Huch who taught on the land of Israel and it’s people. At the end of the service New Beginnings Church gave $250,000 to Keren Hayesod and organization to fund Jewish people in helping them return (Aliyah) to their promise land given to them by God. The two men receiving the check, Josh, from Dallas who made Aliyah in 1999 is now a member of Israeli’s Knesset and voted one of the most 50 influential men in Israel. Along with Moody who is the president and CFO of Keren Hayesod. I could listen to these two men speak for hours. The Biblical wisdom coming from them is truly amazing. Yet, it is sad to me that much of the American Church would not receive their wisdom because in their eyes they have been replaced by the Christian Church replacement theology. Yet is it not God’s word that the one new man is Jew and Gentile and that the Gentiles have been grafted into the Olive Branch?
 
While at lunch today Debbie and I were discussing this when I said,”how sad much of the Church in America would not give them a thought because in it’s eyes these men don’t recognize Yeshua as Messiah.” Debbie made a deep and profound statement, “Whose to say they don’t? There wisdom comes from Torah (first five books of the Old Testament) and the TaNakh (rest of Old Testament.) If Yeshua is the Logos, the living word then they do receive Him!” When she said it, we both took a long pause, because we knew it was of the Spirit of God.
 
Now that thought is certainly out of the proverbial Evangelic/Christianeese Box. Something to think about!
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The Season of Signs In The Heavens

Tonight at Sundown in the Biblical Calendar we just finished the 9th day of the Biblical month of Av. This has been a day for the Jewish people and those of us who follow our Jewish Roots of Christianity, a day of fasting. For this day has brought many tragedies and persecution to Israel. You can go to my post on Wellsring Israel Facebook page or my ministry page Wellspringisrael.com concerning the significance of this day.
 
I’m asked by people, “why do you follow the Jewishness of our Savior and why do you practice the Jewish Feasts with it’s calendar?” Isn’t that old Testament? According to Genesis 1:14, “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;”
 
The timing and the seasons of the Lord are to be for us “signs”. Many people are aware of the date of September 23rd in science and astronomy. This is the date that every 2000 years a Star better known as the Bethlehem Star shows up in the Heavens. It showed up in the year 0 AD when Yeshua was born. It showed up 2000 years earlier when God called Abraham to Father a nation and God changed his grandson, Jacob’s name to Israel. This same Star showed up again in the Heavens on September 23, 2015.
 
But what is even more interesting is the Star of Bethlehem stays in the heavens for two years. We know this by Matthew 2 where the three Wisemen go to Herod and ask, “Where is he is born the “King of the Jews?” Now Herod was called by all the Romans and Jews in Jerusalem, “The King of the Jews.” Herod inquires about the Star and by his inquiring has all the boys killed two years of age and younger. Thus, giving us the understanding the Star is in the heavens for two years every 2000 years.
 
So track forward with me to this September 23, 2017. This star is showing something very interesting. September 21-22 of this year is Rosh Hashanah, the Blowing of Trumpets. Yom Kippur is eight days later, September 30th. The Bethlehem Star points to a constellation called Virgo. Revelation 12 mentions this constellation. “Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. 2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth”.
 
Virgo is a virgin and is great with child. According to verse, the virgin bears a man child that will rule his people. Jupiter is a planet of mystery. Because every 2000 years when Bethlehem Star appears, it goes in a circular motion as moving into the womb of virgo and birthing this man child. Revelation says she is clothed with the sun and the sun is placed at her shoulder and the moon is at her feet. The word of God also says, Her head is crowned with garland of twelve stars. to understand this, the constellation of Leo is sitting in the heavenlies at her head on September 23rd. Leo consist of 9 stars, so where are the other three stars. Get this, on September 23 the three planets of Mars, Venus, and Mercury line with Leo to make up the 12 Stars crowning Virgo’s head.
 
Okay what does this mean? What are you trying to say. If every 2000 years the Star of Bethlehem shows up and points to the constellation of Virgo and Leo which is mentioned in Revelation 12, and this same sign was in the Heavens with Abraham, the birth of Jesus, and this coming September 23. Then should we not be taking notice? God speaks through patterns and types all through out scripture.
 
Even more amazing, watch this. On August 21st of this year there is a total Eclipse that will span across diagonally the USA. Starting in the Northwest and going down to Southeast. But in Seven years it will happen again. Only this time spanning diagonally from the Northeast moving down to the Southwest. Making an “X” across the USA. In the Hebrew alphabet the letter TAV looks like and “X” and it means literally a “sign” or “Signal.”
 
Wow, (sorry this has been rather lengthy). So this is why I follow our Jewish Roots. How exciting to be living in a Season and Sign that the last time this happened was the birth of our Messiah, Yeshua. Lift up your heads for your redemption draws near!
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Three Weeks of DIRE STRAITS

Shabbat Shalom! Here is my teaching tonight for Shabbat. It is rather lengthy, but for those who Want to Learn About Biblical History and Prophetic Timing it is a great read.

Five years ago at this time my wife and I were in the CNN Tower Hotel in Atlanta for a Business Trip we had earned with the insurance company I worked for. The first night was during this time referred to as “DIRE STRAITS.” We were at the pre-dinner gathering for hors d’oeuvres when we met two insurance agents from Los Angeles who were orthodox Jews. They had ordered a kosher meal for the banquet. I mentioned to them if they were aware that this was the time of year called “Dire Straits” and the 9th day of Av? They got excited and asked me how I knew about this important time of the Jewish Calendar. I then told them what I have written below. They were amazed, saying, you know more about this than we were taught in the Synagogue.

For those unfamiliar with the period called the “dire straits”, it is a 3 week time period between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av on the biblical calendar. This year, 2017, it falls between July 11th and August 1st. The first day and the last day are two of the fast days as mentioned in Zechariah 8:19. This is a time period set aside to repent and ask for forgiveness for the sins of our forefathers as Daniel did in Daniel 9:3-19.

These three weeks have always been troublous times for the nation of Israel. The 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av are linked together historically as days on which Israel has been punished for sin. The Lebanon war that broke out a few years ago started on the 17th of Tammuz. In Zech 8:19 it is prophesied that some year that day will turn to a day of rejoicing.

Tzom Tammuz – The Seventeenth of Tammuz

Five great catastrophes occurred in biblical history on the 17th of Tammuz:

1. Moses broke the tablets at Mount Sinai — in response to the sin of the Golden Calf. (Exo 32:19)

2. The daily offerings in the First Temple were suspended during the siege of Jerusalem, after the Kohanim could no longer obtain animals.

3. Jerusalem’s walls were breached, prior to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD.

4. Prior to the Great Revolt, the Roman general Apostamos burned a Torah scroll – setting a precedent for the horrifying burning of Jewish books throughout the centuries.

5. An idolatrous image was placed in the Sanctuary of the Holy Temple – a brazen act of blasphemy and desecration.

Notice that two of these events have a second fulfillment yet to come –

The daily sacrifices will be stopped and an idolatrous image will be set up (Dan 11:31; Eze 8:3-5; Rev 13:14-15).

Tisha B’Av – The Ninth of Av

The Israelites were in the desert, recently having experienced the miraculous Exodus, and were poised to enter the Promised Land. But first they sent out a reconnaissance mission, to assist in formulating a prudent battle strategy. The spies returned on the eighth day of Av and reported that the land was unconquerable. That night, the 9th of Av, the people cried. They insisted that they’d rather go back to Egypt than be slaughtered by the Canaanites. God is highly displeased by this public demonstration of distrust in His power, and consequently, with only two exceptions, that generation of Israelites never entered the Holy Land. Only their children had that privilege, after wandering in the desert for 40 years.

Many calamities have occurred on this date in history:
1. The spies returned from their scouting mission into the Promised Land and 10 of the 12 gave an evil report filled with fear. Standing in doubt, they were slanderous of God’s Word and promise because He said He would go before them, fight their battles and deliver them into the land. Only Joshua and Caleb gave a report filled with faith. The Israelites were sentenced on Tisha B’Av to wander in the wilderness for 40 years until that generation had died out. Only Joshua, of the tribe of Ephraim and Caleb, of the tribe of Judah were permitted to enter the Promised Land. (Num. 13-14)

2. The 1st Temple, Solomon’s Temple, was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC. 100,000 Jews were slaughtered and millions more exiled. The tribes of Judah and Benjamin were carried captive to Babylon. The actual fire was set on the 9th of Av. (2King 25:8-9; Jer. 52:12-13)

3. The 2nd Temple, Herod’s Temple, was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD on the 9th of Av led by Titus. Some two million Jews died, and another one million were exiled. The Roman army laid siege to Jerusalem and on the 17th of Tammuz the Daily Sacrifice was again stopped. Roman centurions on the 9th of Av burned the Second Temple. The extreme heat of the fire caused gold of the Temple to melt and run into the cracks and crevices between the stones. When the fire cooled the Roman soldiers used wedges and crowbars to overturn every stone in their search for the gold. Luke 19:44 fulfilled. One year later on the 9th of Av the Romans plowed the Temple Mount and the city of Jerusalem to prepare the area to be turned into a Roman colony. Micah 3: 12 fulfilled.

4. The Bar Kochba revolt was crushed by Roman Emperor Hadrian. The city of Betar — the Jews’ last stand against the Romans was captured and liquidated. Over 100,000 Jews were slaughtered. (135 AD) The Temple area and its surroundings were plowed under. Jerusalem was rebuilt as a pagan city — renamed Aelia Capitolina — and access was forbidden to Jews.

5. In 1290 King Edward I (Longshanks) ordered the expulsion of all Jews from England on the 9th of Av. (And they did not settle there again until Oliver Cromwell gave them that right in 1657.)

6. During the Spanish Inquisition, Ferdinand and Isabella issued the Alhambra Decree, on March 31, 1492, ordering all Jews to leave Spain by the end of July 1492. July 31, 1492 was Tisha B’Av. It was during this time that Christopher Columbus, who may himself have been of Jewish descent, left to ‘discover’ America.(Note that if you use a Jewish calendar converter to check this, it may show July 31 as the 27th of Tammuz. If so, the converter has failed to take into account the Gregorian Reformation, which skipped 11 days on the calendar. If you add the 11 missing days and convert August 11 instead of July 31, you will see that “August 11” 1492 is the 9th of Av.)

7. World War One broke out on the eve of Tisha B’Av in 1914 when Germany declared war on Russia. German resentment from the war set the stage for the Holocaust.

8. On the eve of Tisha B’Av 1942, the mass deportation began of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, en route to Treblinka.

9. On Tisha B’Av, August 14, 2005, 8,000 Jewish settlers were forcefully expelled from their homes in Gush Katif, the Southern Gaza strip.

Typically the book of Lamentations is read on the 9th of Av.

God would allow such events to befall their people. What was the cause of such a harsh punishment? Their sages have taught (Talmud, Yoma 9b) that the First Temple was destroyed because of following three things:
1. Sexual immorality
2. Widespread murder
3. Idolatry
The Second Temple, however, the sages taught, was destroyed because of one singular reason: baseless hatred (sinat chinam).

Gemora teaches that such a severe judgment was meted out despite the fact that Jews at the time occupied themselves with Torah, observed mitzvot and practiced charity. People would hate one another without a cause, slander their fellow Jews for having differing beliefs, hypocritically accuse each other of violating halachic standards, and be uncharitable to those from other Jewish sects who may not have been living up to their specific customs:

“In the times of the second Bais HaMikdosh, the “murderers” of the time did not feel that what they were doing was wrong. They did not consider their murderous actions as transgressions. Rather, they viewed them as appropriate, and even a “mitzvah!” And why was that the case? When these people saw their brethren committing various transgressions, they said to themselves “These people are Sadducees; these people are apostates who deny the validity of the Torah and the supremacy of G-d. These people are rebellious and must die, as they legally deserve such!” Were these “righteous” murderers correct? No.” (Rabbi Yehudah Prero, A Hate Worse Than Death)

It has been said that the Messiah would come “in a generation that is totally innocent or totally guilty”. Jesus called the generation of his day a “wicked and adulterous generation” (Matthew 12:39). It was said of him that he was sent to save his people from their sins. We are also told that he too became a target of that same baseless hatred that the sages taught was prevalent at the time:
If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. (John 15:24-25)

It is precisely in that environment of baseless hatred by a sinful generation that Messiah was rejected by the corrupt Rome-appointed Jerusalem leadership who were in charge of the Temple at that time. Jesus foresaw what would happen to Jerusalem and to his beloved temple within its walls:
And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. (Luke 19:41-44)

Today, we are the spiritual temple of God. Though this temple be besieged from without, we are to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered and avoid the baseless hatred that destroys from within.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1Cor 3:16-17)
Our Lord taught us to love one another. As end time events unfold, let’s remember that our Lord warned us that we would be betrayed by those who are of our own house (Matt 10:17-36) and that those who persecute us will think that they are serving God (John 16:2). But He also told us that we should love one another even to the point of laying down our lives for our brother. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35)
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1John 3:15-16)
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13

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Why Do Jewish People Believe Cremation Is Wrong?

For in depth article on “Why do Jews forbid Cremation go to: Chapad.org, look up the article death and morning. Here is a overview of the article:To sum up:
Cremation
· is a transgression of a Biblical law to bury our dead,
· demonstrates a rejection of G‑d’s supreme “ownership” over all of Creation,

· violates our legal responsibility to return what was loaned to us (our bodies) in as wholesome a state as possible,

· constitutes a rejection of the Jewish belief of tzelem Elokim (created in G‑d’s image),

· constitutes a rejection of the Jewish belief in resurrection of the dead,

· (if done voluntarily, knowing fully the responsibilities) will cause the body not to be included among the Jewish People when the time of resurrection arrives,

· violates the biblical prohibition of following heathen practices,

· upends the soul’s natural separation and acclimation process, thus causing it additional untold pain,

· deviates from Jewish history and our forebears’ and contemporaries’ selfless and heroic efforts to properly bury our dead, and

· declares, in effect, that once the soul has departed the body, the lifeless body has no further value.

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