"so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, that is, all the Goyim who have been called by my name," Acts 15:17
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The author would be sorry if visitors read only these pages and not the source material. The aim is to create a thirst rather than to satisfy it.
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|Jews and Christians||Exploring the proper and actual relationship; in the context of a very sad history|
|The Feasts of Israel (the Bible Feasts)||The Feasts which are still in your Bible and which were only denied to Gentiles by man|
|Israel in today's world||How the world treats Israel, how the Bible views Israel and how we should treat Israel|
|Matters of Jewish and Christian faith||Matters which are often misunderstood or ignored by most churches|
|Beginner's guide to the Christian Faith||Trying to offer a no-jargon non-religious introduction to the essentials of a saving relationship with God.|
|Unbelief||Sadly, it becomes apparent that many Christians do not really believe much of the Bible|
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The Hebrew words used are transliterations and are written in italics. There can different spellings for many of these words.
Mention of Israel and the Jews can cause instant division within churches and Christian circles, so it seems prudent to offer some explanation of wildolive's position and aspirations.
The author was greatly blessed by being introduced to a proper understanding of what God means in the Bible when He talks about Israel, Jerusalem, Judah etc. Wildolive is his effort to share that blessing with others who had been deprived of it. The responsibility to share that teaching was accepted along with the blessing. The author was not instructed to comment upon or belittle other areas of doctrine.
Because of wide differences in teaching and understanding, many people strongly disagree with wildolive. The author is sad about this, but not surprised considering the history of Christianity. The aim is to clearly but gently affirm the truth received; not to engage in acrimonious debate or name calling. This is the aim in explaining the conflict between Israel and the Arabs/Muslims just as much as the conflicts between proponents of different theologies.
Behind the familiar but spectacular story of Jonah is a frank account of the turmoil and questioning of a man called by God to proclaim a message. As such it can be used as a mirror to examine our hearts and motives in proclaiming a message, to see how they compare with God's heart and motives. So, straight away we see that we cannot stand and criticise Jonah.
Jonah was given a message of wrath to deliver to the people of Nineveh, but he realised that God's message had an unstated "if" that did not please him. When Jonah was given a second chance he delivered the message and the people repented. But Jonah was angry that God did not vindicate Jonah's prophetic message, but showed mercy. The last chapter of the story shows God teaching Jonah about His heart of mercy.
" ...... But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?"
Antony Wareham, preaching on Jonah, spoke of the advice he was given as he started his ministry, "Find out what is breaking God's heart and let it break yours." Looking at the world and the Church today there must be many things that are breaking God's heart.
I believe one is the "Christian" Church's treatment of the Jews resulting from its rejection or distortion of large amounts of the holy scriptures.
I believe another is the plight of a billion souls, subject to another prophet and another gospel, and committed to opposing God's purposes by destroying the people God chose to be His messengers to the world.
Wildolive is not here to deliver messages of judgment on those with whom I disagree and then sit back and wait for judgment to fall. I would like to gently reason with those who hold a different view and pray that they would be granted insight and blessing. I pray for a godly desire to see repentance bringing mercy and blessing.
I fear that much of the church is acting like the foolish virgins in Jesus' parable. If Jesus told that story, and gave his Revelation to John because he foresaw the church falling into error, I can not prevent these things. But I earnestly hope to be able to persuade as many as possible to change direction.
In the Hebrew Bible, the book of Job (Iyov) comes directly after the book of Proverbs (Mishlei).
While reading these books, I was struck that Solomon was the wisest of men, but the dialogue in Job shows us the limitations of Wisdom. Job's friends could knock wisdom and knowledge back and forth, but the answer was not there. The use of poetry in Job's dialogue indicates that the heart and not the head is being addressed. God's heart is the answer.
Solomon had Wisdom and understanding, but his father David was a man after God's own heart. Wildolive can not take you there.
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