Saturday, November 5, 2011

News Letter

El Shaddai Ministries 

 
Feasts of the Lord in Prophecy Newsletter
eNews!
1 November 2011, Vol IV, Issue 9
 
Message from Pastor Mark
Shalom one and all !
How fast time flies, here we are, already in November and 2012 is just around the corner! It’s amazing how all the events going on in the world and the Middle East are speeding up. Well it’s a good thing for us that we have a Hope in the Messiah!
This month at El Shaddai we will be hosting Boaz Michael from First Fruits of Zion on Monday night, Nov 7th. They have produced a fantastic translation of the Gospels with Hebrew on one side and English on the other. It has incredible commentary as well as all the maps, idioms, O.T. references, and glossary of Hebrew words that you could ever want.
Boaz will be speaking on the topic of “Moses in Matthew”! You will see how Yeshua totally fit the prophecy in Deuteronomy that there would be a prophet like unto him raised up.
Then the following Shabbat and Monday night we will be very fortunate to have Danny Ben Gigi of Hebrew World to come and speak for us. He has quite the resume as you will see when you click on the flyer: http://www.elshaddaiministries.us/events/moses-in-matthew-flyer.pdf.  You will thoroughly enjoy what he has to bring so invite all your friends!!
As you know we have a group in Israel now touring and we can hardly wait to share with all of you the exciting things we have encountered and learned on this trip. Next year we hope many of you who have not yet come to Israel will be able to join us!
Keep Israel in your prayers as you know with all the uprisings going on in the Arab world and the Muslim brotherhood taking over it could become volatile this next year. Especially with Syria about to collapse and we know that Isaiah 17 still needs to be fulfilled prophetically. Keep the U.S. in your prayers that we will stand solidly behind Israel and with our own elections coming up next year that the right people would be voted in to office.
Our teaching is now on GLC so be sure and visit their website and enjoy the teachings!
http://www.glc.us.com/site/index.php.
Well now for a quick Hebrew lesson!
Many of you are aware that we started the new annual Torah cycle with the book of Genesis. Who do we read about but the first human: ADAM. The amazing thing about his name which basically means mankind is the Hebrew letters that make up his name. They look like this reading from right to left:  and in the ancient picture language like this: . The first letter is the aleph represented by an ox. It is similar to our letter A. It means ox, strength, that which goes first, the leader. The second letter is the dalet which is represented by a door and means door or pathway, to enter. It is similar to our letter D. The last letter is the letter mem similar to our M. It is a picture of waves of water symbolizing chaos. So we see from the picture language of Adam’s name that he was the one who “lead” us through the “door” into “chaos”. What a fitting name even as his name, as a whole, means humanity and humans were the ones who brought the chaos into God’s world through our disobedience.
May this year all of us resolve to “Shema”, hear and obey as good children who love their Abba and want to do what pleases Him!
May the Lord bless you and keep you!
-Pastor Mark

WHAT IS THE TORAH AND
WHY WE TEACH IT EVERY WEEK
By Tom O'Haver
What the “Torah” is:
The word "Torah" is often misunderstood, because it can mean different things to different people and in different contexts.  The literal meaning of “Torah” is “Teaching”. In its most limited sense, "Torah" refers to the Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.   In a broader sense, Torah was more than just these Five Books. God's Torah encompasses all of God's revelation.  But the word "torah" can also be used to refer to the entire Jewish bible (the body of scripture known to non-Jews as the Old Testament and to Jews as the Tanakh or Written Torah), or in its broadest sense, to the whole body of Jewish law and teachings and ultimately to Jesus (Yeshua) who is the Living Word. 
 
John
1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Torah Readings:
We, at El Shaddai Ministries read, study and teach on Torah Portions each week.  We publish the portion for each week on our website.  It is thought that the custom to complete the weekly public reading of the Torah every year (on the holiday of Simchat Torah) finds its root in Babylon when Israel was in captivity. The Torah’s division into fifty-four sections (Parshiyot) was to allow for the completion of a yearly cycle with the reading of one Parshah per week.
Written Torah
To Jews, there is no "Old Testament." The books that Christians call the New Testament are not part of Jewish scripture. The so-called Old Testament is known as Written Torah or the Tanakh.
This is a list of the books of Written Torah, in the order in which they appear in Jewish translations, with the Hebrew name of the book, a translation of the Hebrew name (where it is not the same as the English name), and English names of the books (where it is not the same as the Hebrew name). The Hebrew names of the first five books are derived from the first few words of the book. The text of each book is more or less the same in Jewish translations as what you see in Christian bibles, although there are some occasional, slight differences in the numbering of verses and there are some significant differences in the translations.
TORAH (The Teachings):
Bereishith (In the beginning...) (Genesis) Shemoth (The names...) (Exodus) Vayiqra (And He called...) (Leviticus) Bamidbar (In the wilderness...) (Numbers) Devarim (The words...) (Deuteronomy) NEVI'IM (The Prophets):
Yehoshua (Joshua) Shoftim (Judges) Shmuel (I &II Samuel) Melakhim (I & II Kings) Yeshayah (Isaiah) Yirmyah (Jeremiah) Yechezqel (Ezekiel) The Twelve (treated as one book): Hoshea (Hosea) Yoel (Joel) Amos Ovadyah (Obadiah) Yonah (Jonah) Mikhah (Micah) Nachum Chavaqquq (Habbakkuk) Tzefanyah (Zephaniah) Chaggai Zekharyah (Zechariah) Malakhi KETHUVIM (The Writings):
Tehillim (Psalms) Mishlei (Proverbs) Iyov (Job) Shir Ha-Shirim (Song of Songs) Ruth Eikhah (Lamentations) Qoheleth (the author's name) (Ecclesiastes) Esther Daniel Ezra & Nechemyah (Nehemiah) (treated as one book) Divrei Ha-Yamim (The words of the days) (Chronicles) Written Torah is often referred to as the Tanakh, which is an acrostic of Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim.   
The Haftorah and B’rit Hadasha
In addition to the Torah readings each week, we include scriptures from the Haftorah and B’rit Hadasha. The Haftorah is a series of selections from the books of Nevi'im ("Prophets") of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) that is publicly read in synagogue as part of Jewish religious practice. The Haftorah reading follows the Torah reading on each Sabbath and on Jewish festivals and fast days. Typically, the haftorah is thematically linked to the parasha (Torah portion) that precedes it.
The B’rit Hadasha is the Hebrew term for what we typically call the New Testament.  So we include readings from the Gospels and Apostolic Scriptures (also known as the “Renewed Covenant” or “New Testament”) that relates to the Torah Portion.
Why Teach the Torah Every Week
Have you ever read a passage in the Bible that you have read many times before but suddenly see something different and meaningful in it?  There is a phrase in Jewish tradition that says that Torah has 70 facets. This statement is sometimes used to indicate different perspectives of interpretation of the Torah.  We find by repeating the weekly Torah Portions each year that we will discover a new facets of meaning just like a diamond has many faces of beauty.
So hang on and buckle your seatbelts because we are starting anew in discovering what God has for us in His Word and how His Living Word, Yeshua is manifested throughout the Torah, Haftorah, and Brit Chadesha.


Tom O'Haver is a Zaken (Pastoral Elder), the IT Director and
Webmaster for El Shaddai Ministries.
He is also the Production Editor of this Newsletter.






RECIPES
By Tina Fallstead
Slow Cooked White Chili
Ingredients
•    3/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cubed
•    1 medium onion, chopped
•    1 garlic clove, minced
•    1 table
spoon vegetable oil
•    1 1/2
cups water
•    1 (15 ounce) can white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
•    1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
•    1 (11 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
•    1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies
•    1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
•    1 teaspoon ground cumin


Directions
1.    In a large skillet, sauté chicken, onion and garlic in oil until onion is tender. Transfer to a slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until chicken juices run clear and flavors are blended.


Delicious Crockpot Apple Crisp
Ingredients:
•    6 cups thin-sliced Granny Smith apples, peeled
•    2/3 cup packed brown sugar
•    1/2 cup apple cider
•    1/2 cup flour
•    1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
•    1 tsp. ground cinnamon
•    1/2
cup butter

Directions:
Start cooking your apples in the slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, flour, apple cider/juice, oats and cinnamon. With a hand mixer, cut in the margarine until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle all that over the apples. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours or until apples are tender. Decorate with a dollop of whip cream and a mint sprig!


Tina Fallstead is El Shaddai Ministries' receptionist and Administrative Assistant.
She and her family are a valued part of our congregation and ministry.




FAST FUN FACTS

Did you know that the Hebrew Meanings of the 10 Generations Mentioned in Genesis 5 tell of the plan of redemption?
Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainain, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah
ADAM = MANKIND
OT;120 'adam (aw-dawm'); from OT:119; ruddy i.e. a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.):
SETH = ISAPPOINTED TO
OT:7896 shiyth (sheeth); a primitive root; to place KJV appoint
ENOS = FEEBLE, FRAIL, MORTALITY(#582 FROM #605)
OT:582 'enowsh (en-oshe'); from OT:605; properly, a mortal OT:605 'anash (aw-nash'); a primitive root; to be frail, feeble
CAINAN = A FIXED DWELLING PLACE
OT:7064 qen (kane); contracted from OT:7077; a nest (as fixed)
MAHALALEEL = GOD WHO IS PRAISED
OT:4111 Mahalal' el (mah-hal-al-ale' ); from OT:4110 and OT:410; praise of God
JARED = COMES DOWN, DESCEND
OT:3382 Yered (yeh'-red); from OT:3381; a descent;
ENOCH = TO INSTRUCT, TRAIN UP
OT:2596 chanak (khaw-nak'); to initiate or discipline: KJV - dedicate, train up.
METHUSELAH = A MAN SENT FORTH(#4968 FROM #4962, #7973)
OT:4968 Methuwshelach (meth-oo-sheh'-lakh); from OT:4962 and OT:7973; man of a dart; OT:4962 math (math); an adult (as of full length); by implication, a man
OT:7973 shelach (sheh'-lakh); from OT:7971; a missile of attack,
LAMECH = TO BE BEATEN, SMITTEN, AND TORTURED
OT:3929 Lemek (leh'-mek); from #4347
OT:4347 makkah, a blow, by implication, a wound; carnage, also beaten, slaughter, smote, X sore, stripe, stroke, wound((-ed)).
NOAH = BRINGING REST, A QUIET PEACE
OT:5146 Noach (no' -akh); the same as OT:5118; rest
OT:5118 nuwach (noo'-akh); or nowach (no'-akh); from OT:5117; quiet:
MANKIND / IS APPOINTED TO / FEEBLE, FRAIL, MORTALITY / A FIXED DWELLING PLACE. / GOD WHO IS PRAISED / COMES DOWN / TO INSTRUCT / AS A MAN SENT FORTH / TO BE BEATEN, SMITTEN AND TORTURED / BRINGING REST, A QUIET PEACE.
Submitted by Tina Fallstead


 RECOMMENDED READING
Hebrew Word Pictures, by Dr. Frank Seekins
Book & CD

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stunning detail by Dr. Seekins.

Father, Mother, God, Repentance and Peace, along with hundreds
more Hebrew words, are graphically described through the original 22
letters of Biblical Hebrew.


Sharing the Word, by Dr. Frank Seekins
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If the Holy Spirit has been piquing your interest in Hebrew Roots and the Hebrew
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Sharing the Word for everyone, especially Pastors, because it comes with a
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Submitted by Tina Fallstead

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