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CAMP EPHRAIM – FREE CAMPING FOR THE FEASTS

Lots of us can come up with the cash for the trip to Jerusalem – it’s STAYING there that really strains the budget, since accommodations are SO expensive.  The good news is:

If you enjoy camping, you can camp for FREE right in the middle of Jerusalem, close to all the ‘important stuff’ and next to  gorgeous Independence Park!

REALLY!   🙂

My understanding is that you can even arrange for equipment rental so that you don’t have to bring things with you.  Pretty cool!!

This camp started at Sukkot 2016, and was up and running again at Pesach 2017.  It has been visited by many Jews, who are curious (and excited) to see ‘Ephraim’ in their city.

Come for the feasts!  Join the fun, and let Judah know that Ephraim is alive and well!!!

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Jerusalem has become a cup of trembling…. Buckle your seat belt!

The pace of prophecy fulfillment is picking up. This coming year will be filled with significant events which we must be alert to recognize and understand from the Word, rather than from the interpretation of men.   May YHVH endow us with great wisdom, with understanding, and with courage. Thank you, Pete Rambo (natsab blog), for this article:

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israel-and-the-palestinians-united-nations-mapIt is hard to understate the enormity of recent happenings regarding the fate of Jerusalem.  I am still trying to process it all, but I do think it safe to say that we, mankind, have crossed a threshold into prophetically uncharted waters.

If you have not heard, on Kislev 23, 5777, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2334 that condemns any Israeli activity beyond its 1967 borders.  Further, the Resolution gives teeth to the international body to begin using lawsuits and eventually military action against not only Israel, but any who would side with her.  According to the enforceable text of the Resolution, the Old City, the Western Wall as well as multiple Jewish suburbs around Jerusalem now belong to a non-existent people group commonly called ‘Palestinians.’

The political intrigue leading up to its passing is an interesting study in multiple characters. 

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The Jerusalem Debate – The End of the Matter

After posting all 14 of Bob Parham’s articles about going up to Jerusalem for the feasts, Al McCarn of “The Barking Fox” blog has written a terrific summary of the real and critical reasons why we should all have our hearts set on the Holy City. Please read prayerfully and with the constant thought that when YHVH gives a command, He also provides the means to obey the command. Jerusalem is on your horizon!!

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The Little Red Hen and her chicks enjoy the fruit of her labors. (©2014-2016 Ross-Sanger)The Little Red Hen and her chicks enjoy the fruit of her labors. (©2014-2016 Ross-Sanger)

There is a children’s story about a Little Red Hen who worked diligently to feed her chicks and keep her house in order.  One day she found some grain, which she decided to plant.  She asked the other barnyard animals to help, but each of them refused for one reason or another.  The same thing happened each time she asked for help in tending the plants, harvesting the wheat, taking it to the mill to grind into flour, and bake the flour into bread. 

At the end of this lengthy process, as the Little Red Hen pulled the fresh bread hot from the oven, all of the animals came running to help her eat it.  But before any of them could come near, she said, “Not one of you helped me plant the…

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God’s multiplier effect

This good word from a precious blogger friend (see the bottom of the page) gives me the opportunity to share a miracle that we had the privilege of participating in while we were celebrating Sukkot in Jerusalem. I hope it will bless you as much as it did us!

Background: We arrived in Jerusalem early on Friday afternoon a few hours prior to sundown, the beginning of Shabbat.  In Jerusalem, shops, markets and restaurants begin shutting down around 3-4 pm on Fridays in anticipation of Shabbat, so we had very little time to do some quick food shopping to supply us over the next 24-48 hours.  Some friends (Kimberly and Michael Brown) had arrived the day before and planned on having most of the Shabbat meal food already purchased, but we needed to get Challah, some fruit and some extras for the meal, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner for the following day.

The market was jammed and it was really hard to even FIND anything, while the actual purchases took a while because of the crowds.  We only had time to buy minimal food for the four in our group before we had to head back to our apartment. We were hoping that Kimberly and Michael had had better success! The Ryan family of NINE (parents and 7 children) had also arrived Friday afternoon and were also scheduled to join us for the Shabbat meal.  They, too, were supposed to shop for their weekend food plus bring some additional items for the Shabbat meal.  Unfortunately, their arrival included some complications that prevented them from doing any shopping whatever.  Suddenly we needed to come up with food for nine to last until Sunday.  No problem – we would just eat less and send some of the Shabbat meal home with them, and we could share some lunch stuff, too.

The meal was to be held at our little apartment.  Kimberly and Michael arrived with what they had been able to purchase.  They had also had a hard time finding pre-cooked food.  They had two little roast chickens (one fit in the palms of my hands with no problem) and a pound or two of baked fish, plus wine and a nice salad.  They also brought lots of plastic plates and table ware, cups, napkins, etc.  Very nice!  We had purchased three loaves of Challah bread, a big bowl of fruit and some grape juice, plus a couple of very small side dishes.  It wasn’t much for a meal for 15 people – especially considering that we needed to feed nine people for another day from the same supply, but we figured we could tough it out.

Then I heard Kimberly on the phone inviting a dear Danish friend named Lars to join us!  Okay, one more – we can do that.  After she got off the phone, she explained that Lars also had his wife and little daughter with him, but that she had invited them because they, too, had just arrived that day and had had no time to shop for food because NONE of their baggage had arrived and they had had to spend all their time shopping for clothes and even shoes for their little girl.  Oh my…..

So we laid out our little supply of food.  The fish and chicken took up about a square foot of space on one counter and the rest sparsely covered a small table.  The wine and grape juice took up another square foot of space on another counter.

The Ryan family of nine arrived, and we all jammed into our little apartment.  It was apparent that we were going to have to make use of the tables and chairs in the courtyard downstairs!

Then Lars called to say that he couldn’t find our apartment building.  Kimberly and Michael left to lead them in.  A few minutes later, they came back with Lars and his wife and daughter.  What a pleasure to meet them!

But when I looked up from greeting Lars’ family, I was amazed to see more people behind them!  And then MORE people!  And even MORE people!

Lars had brought his tour group of TWENTY ONE Danish Christians!!!!

And they were all hungry!  They had all arrived just a few hours before and had had no time to grocery shop (may Yah bless the sweet people who managed to bring some nuts, some dates and two big nut & nougat loaf cakes).  Since the restaurants were closed, Lars had – in faith (something our dear friend Lars has a huge supply of!!) – invited them to come along.  We are so glad he did, because we got to see our mighty YHVH in action!

thirty-eightA little later two more people arrived, so we ended up with THIRTY-EIGHT hungry people and not nearly enough food for them.  But Yah is faithful!!!!

We handed out plates and sent everyone down into the courtyard where there were some tables and chairs.  First we offered the blessing, and then we sang “Shabbat Shalom!”, which rang through the entire building.  Lars later mentioned how thrilling that was to his Danish friends, who had never celebrated Shabbat before.  Praise Yah!

Then everyone began filing back upstairs to get their food.

These precious people had no idea that our supply was limited.  We served them first, and they piled the food on their plates – it had been many hours since they had last eaten, I guess, and they were hungry!  Then the family of nine came up to get their food, and you know how children are.  🙂

My husband John was standing near the food as he poured the wine and grape juice.  He kept watching and waiting for the moment when he would have to apologize and explain that there was no more food.  BUT THAT MOMENT NEVER CAME!

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No, this is not OUR chicken, but it’s what ours SHOULD have looked like!!

He told us that he would watch a person cut a big piece of chicken meat off of the little chicken, or take some fish, and when they walked away, the chicken looked as though only a tiny bit had been cut off and the fish looked untouched.  I saw that myself – at the very end of the meal, I watched a lady cut a big piece of breast meat off a chicken (I could tell from her plate that she had come back for ‘seconds’).  I had seen plenty of breast meat on other plates.  It should have been all gone.  But when she walked away, the chicken still had all of one breast and most of the other.  I was stunned!

The miraculous ending of the story is this: As far as we know, all thirty-eight people ate as much as they wanted, and after the Danes had left, we were able to fill a backpack with left over chicken, left over fish, left over fruit, a whole (uncut) Challah loaf, and LOTS more, to send home with the family of nine!!!!

Y’shua multiplied the Loaves and Fishes (and chicken and fruit and a lot more!).  Praise His Name!!!  His Word is trustworthy!!

My Bible Reading, Listening and Living

Reading: Matthew 14:13-21

Jesus told his disciples—“Give them something to eat.”  What, Lord??!!!  There’s five thousand of them, not counting the women and children—where do we get the funds??!!!  But the Lord told them to bring to him what they had—five loaves of bread and two fish.  And we know the rest of the story—bread and fish multiplying, with twelve basketfuls of leftover at the end.

Lord Jesus, help me to see what I have.  Help me to bring it to you, trusting that however small it is that I have you will use it to bless many.

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Objection Number 11: Paul sailed from Philippi AFTER the days of Unleavened Bread. Therefore he shows that we don’t need to go to Jerusalem for the feasts.

Response by Bob Parham
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“Hey Paul, shouldn’t we be going to Jerusalem for Passover?  It’s almost time!”     “Nah,  Jesus took those commands away when He died, I think.”

The first thing that comes to my mind when I heard this objection was this: SINCE WHEN does the behavior of another believer dictate how I am to behave with respect to Yah’s clear commands?  I am to look to Yeshua and His Word, not to man, for my instruction. Continue reading Objection Number 11: Paul sailed from Philippi AFTER the days of Unleavened Bread. Therefore he shows that we don’t need to go to Jerusalem for the feasts.

Objection Number 10: Paul didn’t go to Jerusalem for 14 years, so we don’t have to (or shouldn’t) go either.

Response by Bob Parham
“Should I go to Jerusalem for the feast?   Nah, I think I’ll sit here for another seven years.”

The first thing I have to ask is this:  When did Paul’s (or anyone else’s) obedience or lack thereof eliminate my obligation to obey Yah’s eternal Commands?  Yeshua’s obedience didn’t cancel out Torah, so Paul’s apparent disobedience certainly doesn’t have the authority to cancel out Torah!  And if I have to choose, I will choose to follow YESHUA before I follow Paul!
Continue reading Objection Number 10: Paul didn’t go to Jerusalem for 14 years, so we don’t have to (or shouldn’t) go either.

Objection Number 9: Yeshua took away any commands concerning Jerusalem in John, Chapter 4.

Response by Bob Parham
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[Yeshua speaks to the people after His resurrection]   “No, I took those commands away when I died. By the way, you can eat pig now too!”   (Scriptural reference to be added as soon as I can find it…)

So which scripture(s) in John, Chapter 4 are being referred to?

John 4:19-26 – (19) “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. (20) Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”  (21) Woman,” Yeshua replied, believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  (22) You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. (23) Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. (24) God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”  (25) The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”  (26) Then Yeshua declared, I, the one speaking to you—I am he.
Continue reading Objection Number 9: Yeshua took away any commands concerning Jerusalem in John, Chapter 4.

Objection Number 8: We don’t have to keep those commands because we aren’t in The Land.

Response by Bob Parham

out-of-the-land-1Many people feel no need to appear in Jerusalem at the Pilgrimage Feasts because they live outside of Israel. More than once, someone has told me, “We don’t have to keep those commands, because we aren’t in The Land.”

I would have to ask, “Which commands do we not ‘have’ to keep?”
Continue reading Objection Number 8: We don’t have to keep those commands because we aren’t in The Land.

Objection Number 7: Keep the feasts outside of Jerusalem!

 Response by Bob Parham

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Deut 30 – (1) When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, (2) and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, (3) then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you.  

What a beautiful passage!  What does this passage have to do with whether it is good to keep the Pilgrimage Feasts outside the land or not?  Very much!  But what is it telling us: To keep the feast outside the land, or to NOT keep the feast while outside the land? Continue reading Objection Number 7: Keep the feasts outside of Jerusalem!