This year I made it a point to wish as many people as possible a Merry Christmas. The result was delightful! Those who thought I was Jewish and those who had come to question my belief in Yeshua as the long-awaited Jewish Savior of the world were pleasantly surprised as we easily fell into a brief, light-hearted discussion about the real Christmas message. Some folks were actually kind enough to ask if it was appropriate to wish me a Merry Christmas! What a lovely way to further bond with colleagues and clients.

This birth celebration has been mostly lost in the material, selfish culture which has arrested our culture, but true believers understand the true message of redemption, which starts in a manger and ends on a Roman cross. I actually enjoyed the obvious mental tension that ensued when each holiday goer was pressed regarding the forsaking of G-d’s appointed times. A few Rabbis were surprised that during this annual expression of excess, my family chose to join with G-d’s people on asarah b’tevet and mourn the siege on Jerusalem.

As we watch the world around us painfully search for real contentment, and Americans forsaking the freedoms for which their fathers fought, we should take solace in the word’s of Sha’ul to young Timothy.

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

(1 Tim. 4:7-8 ESV)

The exciting conclusion of our End Times for Dummies is upon us! It’s time to study the Revelation of Yeshua to John. Download the latest study guide from the Resources page, as we’ve added the timeline deduced from class following the Olivet Discourse.

Lessons 8 and 9 will be reviewed in several classes. The next class will focus on the sequence revealed in the seven seals.

We are not meeting on Christmas or New Year’s days.

Our next class is at 7:30pm on January 8. See you then!

Shalom,

Yosef b. Yosef

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