Happy Resurrection Day!

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As we enter into the Passover weekend, we want to wish you all a very happy upcoming Resurrection Sunday. How amazing it is that this year both Passover and Good Friday are on the same day and both First Fruits and Resurrection Sunday are also together. This is a perfect picture of the real Passover sacrifice (1 Corinthians 5:7), and the ultimate first fruits (1 Corinthians 15:20)- The Messiah!

“… For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us…”
“… But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep…”

Jews worldwide to celebrate Passover Friday.

Friday evening will mark the beginning of Passover, a weeklong celebration and remembrance of the God’s deliverance of His people from slavery in Egypt and miracle of the Exodus.

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Jews worldwide will begin celebrating Passover on Friday evening. Jews in Israel celebrate the holiday for seven days, while Jews abroad celebrate for 8. Passover, known in Hebrew as Pesach, begins on the 15th of the Jewish month Nissan through the 22nd.

God chose Moses to lead the Israelites from captivity and decades of slavery to the Promised Land. When Moses came with God’s demand to the Pharaoh, he refused marking the beginning of the ten plagues.

The plagues came across Egypt and the Pharaoh refused to let the Chosen people go. The first of plagues was water that turned into blood followed by frogs, lice, flies, deceased livestock, boils, thunder and hail, locusts, darkness for three days, and the final plague of death of the firstborn of every family, including the Pharaoh’s.

God informed Moses to have every Israelite home in Egypt to mark their door with lamb’s blood, hence the holiday’s name of Pesach, which means “to pass over” as the Lord spared His People’s firstborn.

Jewish culture centers Passover on remembering the Exodus from Egypt, the first night of the holiday marked with a ritual meal called the Seder (order), a meal of 14 parts and the traditional text called the Haggadah.

The Haggadah (telling) is filled with prayers, songs and psalms to be read over the Seder. The Haggadah additionally has many texts from the midrash (commentaries by rabbis on the Torah).

One of the major Jewish customs of the Passover is the removal of all “chammetz” (leavened bread) from Jewish homes for the entirety of the Passover holiday. This tradition commemorates the Israelites departure from Egypt in a hurry, their bread not able to rise.

During Passover, Jews eat matzah, unleavened bread, through out the entire 7 days, matzah remembered as Lechem Oni, (the bread of affliction). Leavened bread is traditionally burned the day before the holiday begins, known as the “Biyur Chamtez”, however many Jewish communities today sell their bread to non-Jewish neighbors or friends.

The Seder meal consists of 14 traditions, with various forms of observance by Jewish communities worldwide. The meal ends with the traditional blessing that has been repeated since the Jews exile from the Israel, “Next year in Jerusalem”, a prayer that finally come to past with the establishment of the Jewish homeland Israel.

Two thousands years ago on Passover eve, Jesus was crucified and became the ultimate Passover as it is written, “For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.” (1 Corinthians 5:7)

May we all pray for the understanding of the people of Israel as for who their true Passover is, so that they will experience their personal exodus from the land of bondage to sin into the promises of God. “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” (Romans 11:26)

Be sure to watch Amir’s Passover teachings, Jesus and the Passover and The Passover Lamb.

 

Photo: Passover, Wikimedia Commons, 2018

Report: Israeli jets entered Iranian airspace undetected

Kuwait newspaper releases report that Israeli F-35’s entered Iranian airspace undetected by Russian radars in Syria and Iran’s air defense system; Source claims IAF jets flew over Iranian cities with nuclear facilities.

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Media reports Thursday claimed that Israeli stealth jets entered Iranian airspace undetected sometime in the past month.

The report first surfaced in Kuwait’s Al Jarida, with a source claiming that two Israeli F-35’s entered Iranian airspace. It reported that Israel Air Force jets flew over Syria and Iraq to enter Iranian airspace, the jets reportedly flying over Bandar Abbas, Esfahan and Shiraz- Iranian cities associated with its nuclear program.

The source claimed that the jets were undetected both by Iran’s Russian-purchased air defenses, which it deployed to its nuclear sites, or by Russia’s radar systems in Syria.

The Israel Air Force announced its F-35 “Adir” fighter jets as fully operational at the end of 2017. The F-35 is capable of carrying over 16 tons of bombs and missiles and is most unique for having the most advanced stealth technology of any aircraft. The F-35 is also Israel’s solution to the S-300, as it is capable of evading the air defense system.

Israel is the first country aside from the United States to acquire the world’s most advanced fighter jets. Israel received five F-35’s total. Israel is set to receive a total of 50 F-35’s, Israel’s security cabinet having approved the $1.5 billion purchases as part of the United States and Israel’s Memorandum of Understanding. Israel’s security cabinet approved the purchase of 14 jets in 2014, the number rising to 50 with reports that Israel intends to purchase a total of 75 jets.

 

 

Photo: IAF F-35 jet, Wikimedia Commons, 2018.

EU held meeting to discuss new sanctions on Iran

Britain, Germany and France meet with EU representatives ahead of Trump’s May 12 deadline; List of 15 individuals and companies discussed; Sanctions to combat ballistic missile program and Iranian support of Assad regime.

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The European Union held a meeting centered on new sanctions on Iran in hopes to salvage the nuclear deal ahead of President Trump’s May deadline.

Representatives from Britain, France and Germany met with their EU counterparts in Brussels on Wednesday, the meeting centered on reviewing new sanctions, mainly to combat Iran’s ballistic missile program and its support of Assad’s regime.

Talk reportedly addressed travel bans and asset freezes, as well as an EU list of 15 individuals and companies being considered for sanctions. Reports also claimed that the EU is considering placing sanctions on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

According to diplomats from the meeting, discussions also centered “on possible travel bans and asset freezes before a foreign ministers’ meeting next month,” referring to the EU’s upcoming April Foreign Affairs Council.

President Trump threatened to leave the nuclear deal if necessary reforms were not met by his May 12, 2018 deadline. He  announced that he would refuse to again wave sanctions on the Islamic Republic if necessary changes are not made. He warned in January “I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies’ agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal. This is a last chance. In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately.”

Iran has always stated that its missile programs is not negotiable.

Last month, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Behrouz Kamalvandi, warned that if the Trump Administration were to “pull out״ of the nuclear deal, it could resume its uranium enrichment. He stated, “If America pulls out of the deal… Iran could resume its 20% uranium enrichment in less than 48 hours.”

Last year, the Islamic Republic passed legislation allocating $260 million to its missile program in retaliation for the United States placing additional sanctions on Iran at the time, or as reported by Iranian media to “counter America’s terrorist and adventurist actions”.

 

 

Photo: EU flag, Wikimedia Commons, 2018

Coins from Jewish Revolt against the Romans discovered in Jerusalem

Second Temple period coins discovered from four year Jewish revolt against the Romans in Jerusalem; Historic discovery falls ahead of Passover and “Freedom of the Jewish people 2,000 years later”.

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Coins dating back to the the Great Revolt were discovered in a cave near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The 2,000 year-old coins were found as part of the Ophel excavation that started this year. Dozens of bronze and a few silver coins from the four-year Jewish revolt were recently found providing historic information to the events of that time.

The excavation is led by Dr. Eilat Mazar of the Institute of Archeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was funded by the Herbert W. Armstrong College of Edmond. The excavation is of the Ophel cave located under the Temple Mount’s southern wall.

The coins discovered were believed to have been hidden in the cave by residents of Jerusalem during the destruction of the Second Temple and final year of the revolt. Coins from the first year of the revolt read “For the freedom of Zion,” and coins from the final year of the revolt read “For the redemption/to save Zion,” depicting the timeline of events of the Roman’s siege of Jerusalem and destruction of its Temple.

The coins depict a goblet used in the Second Temple, as well as the four Biblical species of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the citron, palm, myrtle and willow.

Mazar explained the significance of the discovery just ahead of the Jewish celebration of Passover. She explained, “The discovery of dozens of coins in the center of ancient Jerusalem, bearing the inscription ‘to freedom/to save Zion,’ is of special importance during this period, when the Jewish state is preparing to celebrate Passover and the Freedom of the Jewish people 2,000 years later.”

Mazar and her team discovered a seal impression that may have belonged to the prophet Isaiah in February of this year. During one of her first excavations of Ophel in 1994, her team discovered a seal that was deciphered in 2015. The seal beared the name of King Hezekiah and read “Belonging to Hezekiah Ahaz King of Judah”.

The discovery was most significant, Mazar explained, as it was “the first time that a seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king has ever come to light in a scientific archaeological excavation.”

 

 

Photo: Coins discovered, Dr. Eilat Mazar & Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2018

Houthi rebels in Yemen fired missiles on Saudi Arabia Sunday night

3 of 7 rockets reported intercepted by Saudi air defense; First casualty in S. Arabia in conflict with Yemen; Houthi militia confirm attacks targeted Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport.

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Houthi rebels in Yemen fired missiles on Saudi Arabia Sunday night with one casualty reported in Riyadh.

A barrage of 7 missiles were fired at Riyad and surrounding cities according to spokesman for the Kingdom’s military, Col. Turki al-Maliki. He confirmed the rocket attacks were carried out by Houthi militia and that Saudi air defenses were able to down three of the rockets.

Houthi rebels confirmed the missiles were targeting the King Khalid International Airport outside Riyadh.

Two were injured and one killed, an Egyptian national. It was the first death in Saudi Arabia during its three year military campaign against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels that started in March 2015.

It was the third rocket attack from Yemen on Saudi Arabia in the last five months, the last attack in November of last year. The Kingdom’s Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, announced following the attacks that it holds Iran and Hezbollah responsible, stating the “missile launched from Yemen at Riyadh is an Iranian missile launched by Hezbollah, an area occupied by the Houthi rebels.”

He warned Iran at the time, “The [Saudi] Kingdom reserves the right to respond in a timely manner to the hostile actions of the Iranian regime,” and that Iran’s “interventions in the region are detrimental to the security of neighboring countries and affect international peace and security. We will not allow any infringement on our national security.”

Netanyahu: Taylor Force Act powerful signal from the US which is changing the rules.

PM thanks US Congress and Trump Admin. for passing Taylor Force Act aimed at cutting PA funding of terrorists; Netanyahu: United States simply exposing lie after lie and is standing up on truth after truth.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sunday thanked the United States Congress for passing the “Taylor Force Act” this past weekend.

The new legislation is part of the new $1.3 trillion spending bill. It’s aim is to cut funding that is used by the Palestinian Authority to pay families of terrorists for killing Israelis.

The Taylor Force Act was named after a US army veteran, Taylor Force, 28, who was stabbed to death by a 22-year old Palestinian terrorist in Jaffa in 2016.

Speaking during his weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the United States, specifically Congress and President Trump. He stated “The American Congress has passed the Taylor Force Act, which is named after an American student who was murdered in Jaffa, Taylor Force, from a wonderful family. It is designed to deny to the Palestinian Authority hundreds of millions of dollars that they invest in encouraging terrorism and lavish on terrorist families and the murderers themselves.”

He added “I think that this is a very powerful signal from the US which is changing the rules. It is unwilling to accept the truth of the past or, I should say, the lies of the past, and live with them. It is simply exposing lie after lie and is standing up on truth after truth. I congratulate the American Congress and President Trump for these decisions. I am certain that I do so on behalf of all Israeli government ministers.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, also thanked the United States, stating “The passage of the Taylor Force Act is an important step towards finally ending the despicable practice of pay to slay and ensuring accountability in the Palestinian Authority.”

The United States is cutting its aid to the Palestinians by $300 million. Families of Palestinian terrorists, or “martyrs” are paid a monthly stipend by the Palestinian Authority, as much as $3,500 a month.

 

 

Photo: Taylor Force who was murdered by terrorist in Jaffa, FB, 2016