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--Sharing our Saviour Yahushua the Messiah to the World!--

 

-Please Read this FIRST- On this site we prefer to use the actual Name of our loving Heavenly Father as it was written in the Word, and thus you will note that we will use the Four Letter “Memorial Name” of   - YHVH, which is pronounced as YaHVaH or YaHWaH. In addition we will also use our Heavenly Father’s attribute/title, which is Elohim rather than “God,” which sadly is the name of a pagan god. In addition we also love to use the actual and real Name of our beloved Messiah which is  - Yahushua or Yahshua in short, for this is our Saviours original Hebrew Name as given to Him at birth in Lukas - Luke 1:31. This was the only Name ever used when He was on the earth by His family, disciples and His followers OVER THE centuries, even until today! However, it was changed to a foreign name by the founder of the new “pagan church of Rome.” Occasionally, we may also use other Hebrew or Greek names as well as different words in our studies for certain common words used are from pagan backgrounds and thus are not suitable. All names will be translated when they are FIRST used in a study or at various times as needed for clarity. There is a full explanation of YHVH’s blessed “Memorial Name” as well as the wonderful blessed Name of our Messiah and Saviour, thus please read …The Memorial Name.”

The three levels of learning & understanding of the blessed Word of YaHVaH Elohim (the Lord God):

When we read and study the blessed Scriptures, the Word of YHVH Elohim as a believer in Yahushua the Messiah, we should keep the following three steps always in mind for they are a valuable guide and it will certainly provide us with guidance and illuminate the sheer beauty and the fullness of YHVH’s most blessed Word.

1. Who was YHVH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, speaking to?

2. When was it said?

3. How was His Word understood at the time it was spoken/given?

I do believe that these three points are most relevant to our understanding of 1. What the Almighty is saying at the time – 2. As well as what it means to us today - and 3. Especially to you and me right now!

Glimpses of Hope

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Master (Yahushua). Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Share with Elohim’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:9-13.

Introduction & Tante Riek – “The Lady and the Deer.”

Israel has been persecuted over the centuries. Due to her sins, YaHVaH Elohim (the LORD God) scattered them throughout the world and told them that their enemies would hunt them. However, YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, made a Covenant with Avraham, Yitzchak - Isaac and Ya’akov - Jacob, and it is a Covenant He will keep “forever!”

“Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, nor shall I abhor them, to utterly destroy them and break My covenant with them; for I am YHVH their Elohim. But for their sake I will remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their Elohim: I am YHVH.” Vayikra - Leviticus 26:44-45.

But we should also remember that Elohim will remember everyone and every nation that has done evil unto Israel over the many centuries.

“YHVH's vengeance will soon fall upon all Gentile nations. For as you have done unto Israel, so shall it be done unto you.” Ovadyah – Obadiah 1:15.

According to the Word of Elohim, all who persecuted Israel stand condemned and His vengeance will fall upon them. Only those who have truly repented of their evil and have been reconciled with Elohim through the shed Blood of the Lamb (Yahushua), who is “the Passover sacrificed for us,” will escape this punishment.

In Part Two of my book “Dutch Tzedakah” I cover extensive details of many blessed believing individuals who rescued and saved Hebrews (Jews) from the Holocaust, as well as American and British airman, soldiers and others, including Dutch resistance fighters from the  Nazis. One of these faithful ones was a wonderful faithful lady who became known as “The Lady and the Deer,” her code name was Tante (aunty) Riek. This dear lady was the head of an organisation that she commenced, which in due course brought into the fold the Ten Boom family who became better known around the world due to a movie being made of the Corrie Ten Boom story, named “The Hiding Place.” But it must be said that Tante Riek was superbly supported by her husband and her pastor at all times! However in the end Tante Riek and her wonderful team of workers were responsible for saving well over one thousand Jewish men, women and children, American and British service men as well as many others from being caught by the German’s.

But sadly, she together with her husband were betrayed by a Dutch traitor. She was transported in a cattle train to Ravensbrück death camp. In this a horror concentration camp for women Tante Riek was tied to a cold bare concrete wall and she hung naked all the time while soldiers were standing around, whilst she was being tortured beyond belief and to the point of death. Although, a doctor would keep her alive for the next day of questioning. This evil was long and slow process taking many weeks! But, I will not describe the details here for it is much too painful, however some of it is available in my book that you can read for free online. At first I did not include the details in the first printing and those that followed, but it is now out of print, but it is in the online version, for the details were not available, only the very basics, for the Germans never released what happened. However in the early 1990s I discovered the truth (details below). The reason why I added the description of the horrors that occurred was to prove the mighty strength of faith in her Saviour and the point is - would your faith be that strong in such a situation? Will you stand up for Yahushua, or betray the Saviour? Blessed be the Name of Yahushua, all the time during the evil that was happening Tante Riek sang songs of praise and constantly asked Him to forgive her tormentors and she did so right to the very end December 27, 1944 when she finally died, being 11-days after Betsie ten Boom died, who told everyone in the camp that there is … “No pit is so deep that God is not deeper still.”

In the horrid torture story above I mentioned that there were certain “soldiers standing around,” and the reader may have wondered how I came to know what Tante Riek actually did and say during that horrific time.

In the early 1990s I was sharing a series of studies at “Celebration Shalom” together with several other international teachers from around the Word, in different conference rooms at the Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise), Australia. After one of my meetings a man with a German accent walked up to me and he said, “Pastor Reuven will you please forgive me on behalf of Israel for hideous things that I did. For I was a SS soldier at Ravensbrück late in 1944.”

We had a discussion and he told me that he had “come to faith a long time ago,” remembering the “great faith of a certain lady in Ravensbrück who was murdered” her name was “Helena Theodora Kuipers-Rietberg,” being her actual name and not her code name, and that he had “wept and repented before the Lord” and that he had been “washed clean by the blood of the Lamb of Elohim.” Upon hearing that, I simply stood up and hugged him and said; “Dear brother I have nothing to forgive you, for YaHVaH our Elohim has already forgiven you for your sins, and He has told us in His Word that He remembers them no more. Thus, in Yahushua you are, and will always be my beloved brother!” We had a long hug and after prayer time, he departed a new man. It was certainly something that greatly touched me and it was an unexpected closure to this heroic story of “The Lady and the Deer.” The Jewish people are likened as the deer, for they knew they could trust her and thus they would look up to her, for this gentle deer would fully be trusting of her. See her image and the remarkable story online at  www.dutchtzedakah.com and read chapter 11.

Therefore, in what we have read above we should be aware that this is obviously a great story of Hope and great courage, but Tante Riek’s courage was yet to be tested to the fullest.

It had been this German SS Officer who was present at a most horrific scene, but whilst there he heard a voice full of love and sharing the Word of Elohim and about His Messiah Yahushua, and all that through a dear lady who was being tortured by German officers, yet she was a shining light and he was greatly touched. As we have learned, this man was changed by this event and more so he was saved by the shed blood of the Lamb without spot and blemish! I believe that this story is the ultimate when it comes to the meaning of Glimpses of Hope!

Two Heroic Jewish / Hebrew Tales!

As we have already learned, even during times of great evil, we can find “Glimpses of Hope.” In the next two sections there are two such glimpses, two powerful stories of faith. Both relate to Israel, the first during a time of great evil in modern history, World War II and the second one during Temple times.

I pray, as we see the kind of faith displayed in these events that it will challenge us to enter into a deeper walk of faith with Messiah Yahushua.

One of the first things the Germans did as they entered Hebrew communities during World War II was to set fire to all the Synagogues. The purpose of this act was to terrorise and demoralise the Children of Israel. It was done without shame and openly in broad daylight. Often a German army band would strike up in a triumphant march as the fires burned. For the occasion, Nazis would gather local Hebrews (Jews) and force them to watch the destruction. The Nazis feeling all-powerful, with the help of sympathetic locals, would assail the Synagogue, which is the bastion of Hebrew strength. More than once, faithful but oppressed, and persecuted Hebrews would defy death and rush forth in Sanctified fervour to rescue their Torah scrolls (containing the Five Books of Moses) out of the burning Synagogue.

Well remembered is the community of Pshevrosk in Poland. The Nazis engulfed their Synagogue as well as the house of study (the “Yeshiva”) in flames. Hordes of German soldiers and officers stood around enjoying the spectacle. Many Hebrews were gathered behind them with their heads bowed in pain and humiliation. The Rabbi of the community had been ordered to stand up front, thus he was being made an object of scorn and derision. Suddenly the Rabbi started to run. Another two Hebrews ran after him. The Germans stopped laughing and shouted, “Halt, halt, or we’ll shoot.” However, the Rabbi did not hear a thing. Nothing could stop him, not even the flames as he ran into the burning Synagogue. He and the two men disappeared into the fiery furnace. The Germans were speechless with astonishment. A few moments later, the Rabbi reappeared. His clothes singed, but his face was shining with a triumphant smile as his hands clutched a Torah scroll. Yes, he had saved the precious Word of Elohim!

“Juden impudence!” the German commander in chief screeched. They pointed their guns at the burning Synagogue and started to fire, making sure the other two men would not be able to come out. Both men were burned to death holding a Torah scroll each in their arms. The Rabbi was severely beaten with the butts of their rifles, but he held onto the Torah as if he and the Torah scroll were one and inseparable, as, in fact they were!

An eternal covenant exists between Israel and the Torah, the Word of Elohim. Ever since Sinai, the two have been joined together, bound by a common fate. Those who would attempt to destroy the Children of Israel would always try to destroy the Word of Elohim, the Torah. However, as the centuries have shown, neither Israel nor the Word of Elohim can be annihilated.

Many have tried to destroy the Hebrew people by destroying their Torah scrolls, their Synagogues, even both Temples, but Israel has persevered in their faith of their Creator, blessed be He, the Elohim of Avraham, Yitzchak - Isaac and Ya’akov - Jacob. Thus the promise, as described earlier in Vayikra - Leviticus 26 and many other Scriptures, that YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, would never allow Israel to be destroyed, nor would He break His covenant with them!

The fact is friends, the adversary (HaSatan) has done all he can to destroy the Jewish people and even used “so-called christians” including Popes, Kings, Queens and evil warlords like Luther and his follower Hitler. The adversary knows, only when faithful Israel is restored to the “Land of Promise” can Messiah Yahushua return! Although the world is now in a time of great evil, for we need to remember that it is the time of the “I, me and myself” and Satan is the god of the earth leading more and more astray, desiring to have as many on his side. But then we should know this, for Messiah did say that “the Gate is Narrow.” Ponder on the meaning and look at the associated Scriptures?

The priests at the Temple.

In conclusion, let me relate some of the dramatic events that took place when the Temple was destroyed. As the enemy came into Elohim’s Temple, they found faithful priests serving Elohim at the altar. Although they began killing them with swords and spears, the priests would not interrupt their bringing of the daily offering. When the head of one priest was cut off, another came and immediately took the ritual basin out of his hands. This happened with many priests in quick succession, until they had completed depositing on the altar everything that was supposed to be there according to the Torah / Law and they had completed the order of service. Then the enemy, just like the Nazi madmen, ignited the Sanctified of Holies. The priests that remained alive threw themselves into the fire. Tragically thousands of young priests were consumed together with the House of YaHVaH Elohim. At the same time tens of thousands of Hebrews died martyrs’ deaths for their faith; sanctifying the Name of Elohim and clutching to His Word the Torah!

The bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed” Shemos - Exodus 3: 2.

This verse contains a picture of Israel stylised as a lowly bush, which for centuries have been hunted by evil ones. Yet, the Hebrew people to this day have never been consumed or utterly destroyed, nor will they ever be, for YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, made an eternal Covenant with them.

However, beloved in Messiah Yahushua the meaning of this same verse can also apply to all that are saved by the shed Blood of the Lamb of Elohim. We must always stand strong in Messiah Yahushua, even in the face of adversity. Many believers (the “protesters” & those who stood by the TRUTH of Elohim’s Word) have done so over the past two thousand years. Just like the story above, “The Lady with the Deer” that can be found in the author’s book “Dutch Tzedakah.” This book, by this author, contains the following. Part One, the fascinating history of Hebrews from the Promised land to Egypt, back to the Land of milk and honey, Messiah’s time and Israel rejection of Him as a nation, but not by the faithful individuals who knew and believed in Him. Then Israel’s dispersion to the four corners of the earth. The book briefly looks at their time in Europe, Spain and the inquisition, then Jewish life in the Netherlands until the arrival of Adolf Hitler. Part Two has various heroic stories of Dutch believers who rescued Hebrews and others from the hands of the evil ones, during World War Two. These stories should be read by all, for they are truly uplifting. Most of these life-changing stories have never been written before.

Having read this chapter, one might ask; “Is my faith and commitment in Messiah Yahushua strong enough?” I pray beloved that it is. Allow our Heavenly Father to have control of your life, for nothing is impossible for the faithful. It is my hearts prayer and desire that you have been challenged to become more involved in His work.

And He (Messiah Yahushua) said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to every creature. He who believes and is immersed (baptised) will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe. In My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues, they will take up serpents, and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them, they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover’” Markus - Mark 16:15-18.

Be assured YaHVaH Elohim will bless all who answer His call to “Go” and share Glimpses of Messiah Yahushua in our own lives with others. Go and share the light that is within you, which are Glimpses of Him who is “The Hope,” our “Hatikvah.” Zecharyah – Zechariah 9:12.

If those in Yahushua are as strong, as Tante Riek and Israel was in the Glimpses of Hope as we have seen in the examples above, then beloved we will never be consumed by the evil one!

As you go and share the love, mercy, and forgiveness that our beloved Messiah offers, may the Spirit of YaHVaH Elohim touch and change them, that they may also receive the REWARD … FOR …

Great is your REWARD in HEAVEN!” Mattityahu - Matthew 5:12.

“Teach me Your way, O YHVH. I will walk in Your truth.
UNITE MY HEART TO FEAR YOUR NAME!”

Tehillim – Psalms 86:11

                                                                                   

May YHVH Elohim bless and keep you in the palm of His hand always, in Messiah Yahushua’s loving Name!

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