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The Return of Israel

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  Looking forward to the return of Israel! This is like a sign the Lord will show us Dear brothers and sisters in Yeshua, Blessings, and peace to you from our Heavenly Father. In prayer for you and your families! And with great gratitude that you are in partnership with Shavei Zion. We seek the will of the Father and try to move in it! In the period between Pesach and Shavuot, which is called Sefirat Omer (Counting of the Omer), there are usually no weddings or any organized fun. The reason has to do with the memory of the death of Rabbi Akiva, who is a very famous figure in Orthodox Judaism, but a problematic figure for Messianic believers. As some Messianic researchers say, it was Rabbi Akiva, who declared Bar Kochba the Messiah, who destroyed the unity in the country of Israel and provoked a confrontation in the camp of the Jewish army, which was half Messianic Jews. Given that these dates also usually fall on the Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the Day of Remembrance of those

With God's help, we'll get through...

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          For Yeshua , our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 1 Corinthians 5 :7 NIV The special time, when according to the Biblical calendar we celebrate the holiday of Unleavened Bread and the Exodus from the house of slavery, I wish you health , success, and victories. Let’s be honest , we are not living in simple easy times . The whole world is focused on the situation between Ukraine and Russia, we see how various spiritual forces both good and bad are activ e . Unfortunately, these days Israel is being shaken by brutal terrorist attacks. In just three weeks, fourteen people were murdered by terrorists. Pain, anger, disappointment. . . All this is our pre - Passover experience. I think many are disappointed with the government's policy of not being able to solve internal problems… Speaking of news near home – at Return to Zion , three staff members of our Ministry are ill with Covid , as well as m any others in the Congregation, which prompts me to ask

The Battle of Gog & Magog

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  Post-apocalypse, or pre-apocalypse, what times are we living in now?! (See Ezekiel 38:1-6) I think this question worries a lot of people today. We have witnessed the ongoing Covid epidemic, we constantly hear about earthquakes in various places, we’ve seen war in Syria and other armed conflicts in different parts of the world. And of course now, the war between Russia and Ukraine. Many from the former USSR would never have thought of a war like this to even happen. Of course, looking at all this, many are wondering "is the world coming to an end?". This question is still difficult to answer. Similar pictures were drawn during the Napoleonic wars, and at the beginning of the 20th century, and those who are a little over 50 years old remember that during this half a century of ours, the end of the world was foreshadowed more than once or twice. I was born in the USSR, and I can say with confidence that the difference between an Ashkenazi Jew and a Sephardic Jew is much gr

In the field of war

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  I noticed an incredible prophetic power in the Weekly Torah chapters, according to Jewish custom, analyzed from the days of Ezra ... Their images and allegories and sometimes direct instructions on th ese corresponding days and weeks ... And today, against the backdrop of aggression in Ukraine, I am reading and trying to learn something… Pkudey begins with words These are the amounts of the materials used for the tabernacle, the tabernacle of the covenant law, which were recorded at Moses’ command by the Levites under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron, the priest. Exodus 38:21 NIV The Lord gives instructions for “beginning the functioning of the tabernacle”… Everything seems to be clear and we do not want to delve into the details. For today, this is an allegory about diligence and the desire to serve God in any circumstances. The importance of carrying God's torch of faith and hope. Enlighten the darkness of this age with the truth of the Creator. To bring restora

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST FOR UKRAINE & RUSSIA

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Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Yeshua Ha-Mashiach. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV It is somehow difficult these days to read the first phrase "always rejoice". I was born and raised in the former Soviet Union. During this time, I managed to finish middle school, University, and served in the Soviet Army (2 years) - in a tank repair battalion in Siberia, not far from Khabarovsk and the border with China. The Russian military concept is not much different from the Soviet one, which was "victory at any cost". The life of a soldier is valued less than a Kalashnikov assault rifle. At that time there was no big difference between Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and other nations. Only Jews were kept at a distance (Slavic anti-Semitism affected). Today I watch with horror what had happened. Russia is bombing Ukraine. This was unimaginable even in a nightmare. It is clear that the Elites solv

Imitating the Messiah's Humility

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Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Messiah, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Mashiach Yeshua: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Yeshua every kn

Oil for the Lampstand

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20 “Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning. 21 In the tent of meeting, outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law, Aaron and his sons are to keep the lamps burning before the Lord from evening till morning. This is to be a lasting ordinance among the Israelites for the generations to come. Exodus 27:20-21 NIV 1 “Have Aaron your brother brought to you from among the Israelites, along with his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, so they may serve me as priests. 2 Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron to give him dignity and honor.” Exodus 28:1-2 NIV Each weekly chapter can be interpreted literally, looking for the essence, nuances, meaning of words, or it can be interpreted allegorically, using imagination and associations. Any method is possible, worthy, important, and can give us proper edification. Therefore, the basic desire of God's Spirit, expressed through the Scri

Abram and Lot Separate

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  Sincerely, Leon Mazin Translation result The Lord chooses a man named Abram. And tells him to become a tool to correct the corrupted world. The first Jew. (Abram in Hebrew means "passed over.") God says to Abram, “Go! Let's start moving." As we know, he left with his whole family, and with his nephew Lot, for whom he had paternal feelings - the 75-year-old Abram did not yet have his own children. After long wanderings, friction began to occur between the two relatives: So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” 10 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) Genesis 13:8-10 NIV

Jethro visits Moses

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So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. They greeted each other and then went into the tent. Moses told his father-in-law about everything the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the Lord had saved them. Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. Exodus 18:7-9 NIV Whatever one may say, Jethro was a pagan. Perhaps he had exploits towards the truth, but as he was the “Priest of Midian” he remained so. Undoubtedly, as the Jewish tradition says, “nitsei ohr – sparks of LIGHT” were distributed to different people, while Israel retained the main source. If we were to speak today's economic language, then in the Shares of the "Corporation of Truth" Israel owned a "controlling stake." But there was no reason not to listen to those other "owners of the Trut

Joseph Makes Himself Known

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And Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.” Genesis 45:28 NIV Father's joy. He really wanted to see his son, and then such sudden news and an offer come. Of course, much is not clear. It is not clear why Yosef offered the Father and his brothers to go up to Egypt at all? He himself says that Egypt is below (you came down to me) and Eretz Avot/Land of the Fathers is above (go up to my father). Such a powerful man as he could completely feed his father's family in the promised land. Today, a lot of people receive support from their loved ones where they live, and everything is fine. Later, as the Midrash says, Joseph's grandson, Yair, even made conquests in distant Canaan... And everything was successful at a distance. Maybe, as the commentators say, Joseph wanted to build a “new society” in Egypt. But in this case, anyway, why take the family (representatives of the old society) to yourself? What would they interfere wi

Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau

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Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. He instructed them: “This is what you are to say to my lord Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now. Genesis 32:3-4 NIV We see Jacob returning from Haran. He has wives, children, and property. He had just held the last negotiations with Laban and made peace with him. And here are new expectations, and the incomprehensible participation of ANGELS in the communication of two quarreling brothers - Jacob and Esau. What kind of level of spirituality (positive and negative) do the brothers have such that Angels are sent to communicate between the two, in Hebrew, it is written that these Angels are Jacobs messengers?! And then we see the reconciliation of both. And they cried on each other's shoulders, hugging each other. Lesson. In the end, earthly affairs are decided by people, not by angels... We also read a similar statement in the bo

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

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  Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. Genesis 28:10-11 NIV   Lesson 1. Speak to me, God of my Father! It is difficult to understand where Jacob came to. It is traditionally believed that he went north from Beer Sheva, and having reached the place that today is called “Beit El”, he spent the night and saw angels ascending and descending from a ladder, and the Lord God stood at the top... In 1994, I happened to serve a short time in the Israeli army, in this very settlement (Beit El). It is located near Ramallah. In general, the heavens are open there and praying at night is very spiritual. Another opinion says that he reached the place where his father Yitzhak once lay on the altar. Quite possibly, in frustrated feelings, because of the events that happened (and through his fault), he had to hastily retreat from the w