Pass – over Easter?

19 04 2019

Passover Lamb

Do Passover and Easter conflict with each other? As a Christian Zionist, this is important to me. There are three reasons they agree and one huge reason they conflict. It’s really not that complicated. The original events commemorated are in total agreement. It is only the later traditions added that confuse the issue.

So let me explain. Have you heard of this saying about the Old and New Testaments? “The Old is in the New revealed and the New is in the Old concealed.” This is a summary of the concept that, as Yehovah God was revealing His purpose, first with Israel and then all the nations, it was a progressive revelation.

Passover, and the other feasts of Yehovah in Leviticus 23, are the pattern for the entire Bible/human history. Before the Messiah came, the possibility of relationship with God was primarily national. After He came it was revealed to be intimately personal. This was not a new plan, but was hidden in the Torah, or Old Testament, all along. Abraham was saved not for who he was, but because he believed God. For example, here is a paragraph I recently wrote for a small group in my home town:

Celebrating the resurrection is certainly Biblical because it is the fulfillment of First Fruits, the third feast of Yehovah on the morning after the Sabbath. See Leviticus 23.  Yeshua (Jesus) is the Passover Lamb. He is also the Unleavened (by sin) Bread, and then the first fruit from the dead. Hallelujah! (FYI – I personally do not use the name “Easter” because it comes from the name of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, goddess of fertility, and thus the rabbits and eggs.)

So, the three feasts of Passover week are fulfilled in Jesus with perfect symmetry. The same is true for Shavuot/Pentecost, and the Fall Feasts. (I gave a ten-minute summary of each Feast in this radio interview. Listen to the first part about Passover.)

The big deal about the clash between Passover and Easter, is certainly not about Scripture, it is about tradition. As I said in the above quote, Easter is a name traced back to the top Babylonian goddess, a pagan deity of fertility that appears by many names throughout history. This was never originally associated with the resurrection of Yeshua. It was later added intentionally to divert from Jesus.

The crazy fact is that even though the name Easter came into use many hundreds of years after Jesus, the name actually appears in the King James Bible in a mega translation error:

And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Acts 12:4 KJV

This is terribly unfortunate because virtually all other translations make the correction. The Greek word is “Pesach” which literally means “Passover.” If you look at the preceding verses in the New King James you see a direct reference to Passover (Unleavened Bread) in verse 3.

Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread. So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover. Acts 12:1-4 NKJV

As for me and my house, we will celebrate two glorious historic days of deliverance this weekend. We will thank our Father God for the fabulous night almost 4,000 years ago that the death Angel passed over every house, which had the blood of a spotless lamb on the doorpost. We will also celebrate and worship the living Lamb of God who died and rose from the dead after three days; whose blood has washed over us who believe, so that we are clean before God. Death has passed over us by the gracious unmerited favor of God over all who believe in Him, who is the Living Passover Lamb.

HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)





Don’t Miss the Point of Immanuel

21 12 2017

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One of the most important names of Jesus is Immanuel, which means “God with us!”

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23 (This is a direct quote from Isaiah 7:14)

Jesus, or Yeshua, means salvation. One of my new favorites is Yeshua ben Yehovah or Jesus Son of God. But the point of His name, Immanuel, is that Jesus, the Messiah, is Yehovah God with us manifested as the Son. It is a non-negotiable core belief of true believers. He was not just sent from God, He is God in the flesh. This is critical.

Muslims believe in a false god even though they have a “prophet” Jesus, or Isa in Arabic. But they don’t believe He is Yehovah’s Son. In fact, they consider it blasphemous. Yet, it is true whether or not they believe. When they accept Jesus as Immanuel, they are accepted into the house of faith.

Jews come at it differently. They do believe in the true God, Yehovah. But, even though the Bible speaks of His Son in Psalm 2 and Proverbs 30:4, they don’t believe Yeshua is the son of Yehovah. That is why this verse is so profound for Jewish believers.

Who has ascended into heaven, or descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has bound the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name, and what is His Son’s name,
If you know? Proverbs 30:4

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of Yehovah!” Matthew 23:38-39

This is not a generic representation of the Name, but the exact embodiment of Yehovah Himself! You may understand why the Jews also consider this blasphemous. It is precisely why he was crucified. Some of the Jews in that day received Him as the Son of God, but others did not. Although the above quote speaks of judgment on that generation, it also speaks of compassion and the certainty of a future time when their descendants would indeed recognize that Messiah Yeshua is the actual Son of Yehovah God!

My book, Blessing Israel, speaks of the coming merger of Jew and former gentiles into the commonwealth of Israel as one new man in Yeshua Immanuel! His death served as the ultimate payment for the sins of the world as the LAMB OF GOD!

We pray for the salvation of Israel, the Muslims and for all the nations.

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. Matthew 10:32-33

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists               (Read more)

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Islamists in Proverbs

9 12 2013

Today I submit four remarkably descriptive verses from Proverbs exposing the character of radical Islam. Do you agree? Of course this section is a warning for all of us, but seems so accurate of the demonic spirit that threatens the world.

The only hope for Muslims and for all of us is the Messiah Jesus. He is the only one who can deliver us from evil. He is the Son of God, our Savior: Yeshua ben Yehovah!

These six things Yehovah hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: ​​A proud look, ​​A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, ​​A heart that devises wicked plans, ​​Feet that are swift in running to evil, ​​A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren. Proverbs 6:16-19

Simple Islam front coverRather than condemning these traits, Islamists praise and honor their “martyrs” who succeed in killing infidels using these very methods. Think about the seven abominations one by one. Do they not coincide with radical Islam?

Again I say, the only hope for Muslims and for all of us is the Messiah Jesus. He is the only one who can deliver us from evil. He is the Son of God, our Savior: Yeshua ben Yehovah!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists      (READ MORE)

(As is my custom, I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah!) (for deeper study click here.)





Happy Thanksgivukkah!

26 11 2013

HanukkahSo, Hanukkah 2013 begins at sundown this Wednesday and will still be the first day of Hanukkah when our family and friends sit down to our sumptuous Thanksgiving turkey Turkey 02_small about 1 pm Thursday. This coincidence last happened in 1888 and will not occur again for over 70,000 years. Thus my greeting: Happy Thanksgivukkah! We plan to give thanks around the table on Thursday for our blessings and also discuss the glorious hope of the Messiah, the Light of the World!

… TO … all my Jewish friends and to all my Christian friends. So, why should Christians celebrate this Jewish holiday? Is it given to us like all the Biblical feasts of Yehovah in Leviticus 23? No, actually it is not. Why then, should we celebrate?

I know two good reasons. First, it has genuine historic significance that changed the course of nations and fulfilled prophecy. My wife, Doreen, wrote a children’s story book called How Hanukkah saved Christmas. Had the Greeks under Antiochus succeeded in killing all the Jews and destroying the temple, Jesus could not have come. You see, He must be born a Jew, a descendant of King David. No Jews left; no Messiah. He also had to come into the temple. No temple; no fulfilled prophecy.

The second reason to celebrate has to do with the traditional miracle oil that was enough to light the temple menorah for one day, but lasted eight days, allowing time to sanctify (or dedicate) new oil. Thus the references to Hanukkah as the Festival of Lights, and Feast of Dedication.

Now it was the Feast of Dedication, and it was winter   (John 10:22).

At Jesus’ last visit to Jerusalem before His death He announced several times, leading up to the Festival of Lights, that He was the Light of the World. That generation and that Jewish culture could make no mistake about what He claimed. That is one reason He was charged with blasphemy. They knew exactly what He meant. He claimed to be the Son of God, Yeshua ben Yehovah!

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12

Finally, today’s Israelis celebrate Hanukkah with nine candles instead of  a regular seven candle menorah. Why nine? Eight makes sense because of the eight-day miracle. But why nine? The ninth one is usually offset a bit and is called the shamash, or, servant/attendant candle. Its purpose is to light the other candles. What a great object lesson for the purpose of Jesus as the Light of the World. He brings the Light of His Father, Yehovah to all who receive Him.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists        (READ MORE)

(As is my custom, I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah!) (for deeper study click here.)





The Unknown Christmas Tragedy

18 12 2012

We are all weary of the endless media coverage of the horrible massacre of children last Friday. But is it even possible to overstate the evil? Media talk about it because people are insatiable for every detail, not out of morbid curiosity so much, but because of the very unthinkable magnitude of evil that befell that idyllic New England community.

We live in a fallen world. There really is evil personified. The Bible is clear that the devil came for death and destruction. Jesus, Himself, said this about Satan:

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10

Today I attended the first Christmas program of my three-year old grandson, complete with Mary, Joseph, shepherds and animals. It was priceless, yet sobering in light of the suffering families in Connecticut. But there is a part of the Christmas story that is never portrayed with cute little ones dressed in animal costumes. It is the part about King Herod’s rage and jealousy upon hearing of a baby born “King of the Jews”. Determined to kill that baby, but unsure of his age, Herod ordered the murder of every single baby boy up to the age of two.

Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Matthew 2:16

This Christmas season is different for many because of the events in New Town. Yet, although some have decided not to celebrate the birth of Jesus, I disagree. Certainly the false images of tinsel and glitter and excessive commercialization are inappropriate, but more than ever we need to rejoice in that certain event 2,000 years ago when God became man. It is our only hope. He is our only hope.

Lamb cover 2The miracle of Yehovah God sending His Son, Yeshuah ben Yehovah, to be born as a baby into this evil sinful world was absolutely necessary. It was the only way to redeem fallen man. Through blood he was born from Mary’s womb. Blood was shed as the enemy tried to kill Him as an infant. Blood has been shed throughout the millenniums as Satan has tried to kill Yeshua’s family before and after His birth. It was necessary that Jesus come as the Promised Messiah, but more importantly, that He die. His blood was the only perfect, holy, righteous blood that could satisfy the justice of a holy God. He became the human Passover Lamb. It was completed with His resurrection from the dead, thereby defeating death itself.

Our hope is not that this world will get better and better, but that no matter what happens, we have the blessed hope of resurrection life and eternity with Jesus where there will be no more tears or death or dying!

I was amazed to hear comments on Fox News from a Catholic Priest, Jonathan Morris, and an evangelical, Max Lucado. They both emphasized free will in the evil choice of the killer last week. He chose to kill. The contrast with Jesus could not be more stark. He chose to die to give life to all who would believe in Him. It was not imposed on Him by the Heavenly Father. He chose it, out of His love for each one of us.

saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Luke 22:42

So, the million dollar question is: What will you do with your free will?

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists          (READ MORE)





I Am Israeli

14 12 2012

On rare occasions I find a way to express my love for and identification to the Israeli people. Today I share a video that does just that. This young lady reminds me of another one that Doreen and I met, in Samaria (West Bank) five years ago, who was amazed and moved to tears by the simple fact that we came… and cared…and loved.

This Hanukkah video is the true report of a real person, Einat Bloch Yefet, a young mother whose brother was murdered by terrorists in Gush Katif. She lived in Gush Katif in Gaza before the “disengagement” when all Jews were removed as a “gesture of Peace”. You know the rest of the story: Hamas took over and now fire rockets into Israel at civilians from closer range with no conscience. So, how do every day Israeli’s deal with it?

It is at times like this that I know that I am Israeli, not by genetics, but by the blood of Yeshua ben Yehovah. We “celebrate” Hanukkah and also Christmas, the birth of the Messiah, not with tinsel and glitter, but with a deep love for God. Yet our celebration is tempered with the sober joy of appreciation for life itself, given to all of us by the ONE Who is the Life-Giver! He is indeed inside of us. He will never leave us or forsake us, even to the end. Thank you Jesus!

“Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace—and one builds a wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar — say to those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall.” Ezekiel 13:10

I AM ISRAELI

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists      (READ MORE)

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 NLT





NYC AD Wars

24 08 2012

This summer has seen a flare-up of ad wars in the New York City subway system stations. First was the above ad placed in 50 locations by a Palestinian group. The four maps depicted are incorrect. The first one labels the area in 1946 as Palestine, as if it were an Arab state. The truth is there has never in history been a state called Palestine. There has never been a unique language, currency, or culture. Palestinians are merely Arabs. Jews have lived there continuously for 3,000 years. The area was renamed Palestinia by the Romans in their effort to stamp out Israel in 135 AD. Controlled by various Gentile empires until 1948, Israel was legally declared a nation by the United Nations and declared its independence at that time. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any nation but Israel since King David made it his capital over 3,000 years ago.

The last map above exaggerates the area recognized as Israel. As a result of these ads, a pro-Israel group, Stand With Israel, countered with six ads of their own in 75 subway locations. Two of these are below, telling the truth about Israel.

The period that David reigned over Israel was forty years; seven years he reigned in Hebron, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years. 1 Kings 2:11

PRAY FOR THE REAL PEACE OF JERUSALEM, YESHUA BEN YEHOVAH! JESUS, SON OF GOD!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists       (READ MORE)








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