The Last Outpost Preaching

Peter and BrettWhilst out in town preaching the Gospel of Yeshua Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ, on Friday April 4, 2014, as I was packing up I was approached by two men visiting from England – Peter Gray-Read a natural Brit and Pastor Brett Crosson who is from Eastwood in Pietermaritzburg and has been resident in the UK for six years. The reason this posting is titled “The Last Outpost” is that Natal was for many years the province in which many English-speaking South Africans lived, and this reference is from the days during the Anglo-Boer war when the English soldiers occupied Natal. It was for a time affectionately known by English-speaking Natalians as “The Last British Outpost”!

Richard and PeterPeter, Brett and Richard had come to South Africa for ministry / mission work, and it was Peter’s prayer that he would meet up with ‘someone’ who would be out on the streets preaching the Gospel and doing Gospel Tract distribution. Well our Father was gracious in granting his heart’s desire and for a greater part of the remaining week of his stay in South Africa, Brother Peter and I – and on one occasion another British Brother named Richard – preached the Gospel ofRichard and Peter Yeshua extensively. We preached in Pietermaritzburg at the Mahatma Ghandi statue, in upper Church Street outside the Home Affairs’ offices to huge lines of people which had a young Jewess in line that heard the Good News of the Messiah, outside the Main Library and the main taxi rank at Peter and Gary outside PMB Library witnessingFreedom Square. We also went and witnessed to three street hawkers selling their crafts and a security guard at the Howick Falls. Later a whole group of elderly Indian folk on a day out also heard the preaching of Christ Jesus as they came to view the falls and also a young Muslim man who had heard me, and was spoken to initially by Peter, was receptive to the Gospel – even confirming that he has Christian friends and he also reads the Bible. We encouraged him to pursue his reading on a deeper level.

Church of the VowWe also took in some sights at the Voortrekker Museum with some history lessons and an EnglishChurch of the Vow translation of the Afrikaans Vow made to God at the Battle of Blood River on December 16, 1838 as we visited the Voortrekker Church built in honour to God’s deliverance!

Gary at Durban BeachOn Saturday April 12, Peter and I also preached down on the Durban beachfront outside ‘Joe Kools’ and up at the skateboard park. We were also joined by an ex-prisoner who now serves our Lord named David who had set out from Bloemfontein and found himself in Durban. He spent the day with us handingPeter preaching outside Joe Kools out Gospel literature along the beachfront. The day was a real blessing which ended off with some hard preaching / witnessing and rebuking of some Muslim anti-christ mockers of Yeshua at a beach-facing restaurant. The day was a full day as we only arrived back in Pietermaritzburg after 8pm.

Peter ministering and praying with JohannesThen on Monday April 14, the day Peter was to catch his flight back to England via Dubai, we had one last ministry outreach at the Richmond Home Affairs’ office in the KZN Midlands as I had to make an application for an unabridged birth certificate there. There was some sweet fellowship and ministry work as Peter ministered and prayed with an African security guard named Johannes.

During our time together it was a blessing from God our Father with many tracts been distributed, conversations and prayers undertaken and many, many people heard the Gospel preached with passion to this dying world. We give all praise to YHVH for His mercy and much grace that was given to us.

After the British Brethren had departed, it was back to solo evangelising.

Rory and Gary

Gary sharing the Law and Gospel of Yahshua with PhilipSaturday April 19 my dear Brother Rory Burns from our fellowship at Living Hope Baptist Church joined me on the streets outside the Capital Centre shopping complex in Pietermaritzburg where we preached and tracted the precinct. Initially the security guards did not want us to preach there – although we were on the public sidewalk – but they relented and said we could give our message for two hours! About twenty or so minutes into Gary preaching upon a box to gathering people as Rory engaged them in conversation we were being told that the shopping centre management wanted us to leave. By the providence of YHVH whilst finishing off, Gary was approached by an American named Philip Caloia who raised some objections and called the preaching of the Gospel “fairytales”! Whilst he was told to step aside, Rory took him aside whilst I wrapped up the preaching. By God’s divine appointment we spent over an hour engaging Philip in a side street with the Gospel and apologetics. He said that in America, evangelists would not give him more than ten minutes and then leave him for lost based on his “fairytale” statements and argumentative questions; and he was commending us – no boasting on our behalf – for our time and effort spending it with him. Here is part of our discussions with Philip.

Unfortunately, two further videos were not saved properly and we cannot show how Philip was being challenged by what we were telling him. In fact the following statement had him perplexed:

You have to be born twice in order to die once, if you should die, to receive eternal life. But you will be born once and die twice in damnation!

Philip said that this statement went straight over his head, but as Gary started reading Revelation 20:11-15 the fourteen years in which Philip “was” – or rather thought he was a Christian, he “got it”! Whilst he does not believe Hell exists the statement of two deaths had him “lost” for a time! It shows the Power of God’s Word. At this point he needed to get to his rented car as he was to travel to Ladysmith and we volunteered to drop him off where he had parked the vehicle. By his insistence he wrote his email address down for Gary as he wishes to continue the conversation. Gary has already sent him an email and will await his return to the USA in the month or so ahead. Keep praying for Philip, for this might be an answer to his mostly Christian family praying for him. What are the chances that an “ex-christian” (a clear contradiction of terms) who was born in Brooklyn, NYC in 1954, who now lives in Florida, Miami travels halfway around the world from the USA and finds himself in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa where he meets two evangelists, and hears the Good News of a Resurrected Saviour who can save a wretched, mocking sinner? Philip has seen that Rory and Gary are the result of a gracious God! We do pray and hope he too will come to true faith in our Saviour Yeshua Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ! Please keep all in prayer for their salvation.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Be Active in Your Faith

Brethren, be encouraged. There are two types of men in the world: 1 – Those that are saved and Heaven bound; and 2 – Those that are lost and Hell bound. Of those that are saved, there are two types of Saints: 1 – Those who speak to God about men; and 2 – Those who speak to men about God.

Those who speak to God about men should put legs to their prayers and join those who speak to men about God in fulfilment of the Great Commission. For it is the prayers of those who speak to men about God that are referred to in Luke 10:2 –

Therefore said he [Yeshua] unto them,The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

Be active in your faith. Shalom.

The Noah Movie Deception

The Noah Movie Deception revealed in these two clips.

I wrote an article warning against Hollywood who would take and twist the Bible stories for their own evil and wicked gain. You can read the article here at this link: Biblical films’ Hollywood comeback, dated January 31, 2014. The Devil is at work to deceive.

Be warned Christian – do not be a part of the cesspool of this world. You will drown!

Signs and Seasons in the Heavens

In the beginning when God created the Heaven and the Earth, God created all things with a purpose to fulfil His will. More specifically we read the creation account of Day 4 of the Creation Week, in Genesis 1:14-19 which reads as follows:

Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Gen 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
Gen 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
Gen 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. (my emphasis and throughout)

God speaks from Heaven by signs and seasons – not just the four seasons as we know them as Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn, but the appointed times and festivals as we read in the Strong’s Complete Word Study Concordance under the Hebrew word:

4150 מועד môwʿêd, mo-ade’; or מעד ʿêd, mo-ade’; or (feminine) מועדה môwʿâdâh, mo-aw-daw’; (2 Ch 8:13), from 3259; properly an appointment, i.e. a fixed time or season; specifically a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand):- appointed (sign, time), (place of, solemn) assembly, congregation, (set, solemn) feast, (appointed, due) season, solemn (-ity), synagogue, (set) time (appointed).

A masculine noun meaning an appointed time or place. It can signify an appointed meeting time in general (Ge 18:14; Ex 13:10); a specific appointed time, usually for a sacred feast or festival (Hos 9:5; 12:9); …

When YHVH created the earth, God set in place an axial tilt of 23.4° which is perfect for the climatic seasons that we experience. It is also perfect to work in harmony with the moon which does not only govern the ocean tides, but also reveals the festival seasons to be celebrated in accordance with the lunar months that dictate the Hebrew calendar. As can be seen from the graphic hereunder the Jewish Festivals as recorded in Leviticus 23 are divinely placed in the harvest seasons of Spring and Autumn.

Earth and Moon Phases

There are also certain lesser Jewish feast days like Hanukkah, Purim and Ninth of Av that are also celebrated, but are not recorded under Leviticus 23. We can also see from YHVH’s prophetic calendar that the pagan man-made holiday of “Christmas” does not find any place or command in YHVH’s feasts. To understand the Feast Holy Days, the main Spring Holy Days have already been historically fulfilled by the first coming of Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ), these being Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and Pentecost. The remaining main Autumn Holy Days, being Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Tabernacles will be fulfilled at Yeshua’s second coming.

Hanukkah

While some Christian believers have said that Hanukkah could be seen as “Christmas”, the real reason for the celebration of the Jewish Feast of Hanukkah is the celebration of retaking the Temple after Antiochus Epiphanes, an evil Greco-Syrian king had desecrated the Temple. There can therefore be no collaborations with “Christmas”. Hanukkah starts 25 Chislev and lasts for eight days. This therefore shows that it is not “Christmas” as we look at the Gregorian calendar days when the celebration takes place:

  • 2014 – December 16-24;
  • 2015 – December 6-14.

Not only does the days fluctuate, but it is never constant for one day December 25 and the Jewish celebration also lasts eight days.

Purim

A lesser Jewish festival held in the Spring in the Hebrew month Adar 14, to commemorate the defeat of Haman’s plot to massacre the Jews as recorded in the Book of Esther. The dates are:

  • 2014 – March 15-16;
  • 2015 – March 4-5.

Passover (Pesach), Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits

These Feast Days were fulfilled in Yeshua Messiah’s death, burial and resurrection during His first coming to the world as the Redeemer. The “Christian” celebration of “Easter” is pagan man-made feast days that has bunnies and chocolate eggs as part of the celebrations that have no foundation or commands from the Holy Scriptures. The dates for the Jewish Feasts are:

  • Jewish Passover
  • 2014 – April 14-22;
  • 2015 – April 3-11.
  • The “Christian Passover/Easter”
  • 2014 – April 18-20.

The dates for the Christian Passover/Easter” are calculated the first Friday after the Pashal full moon. Western churches use the Gregorian calendar, the Orthodox churches use the Julian calendar.

As Yeshua Messiah, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ fulfilled these feast days, He instituted the Lord’s Supper that we are to do in remembrance of His death. We read, as it is written:

1 Cor 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
1 Cor 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
1 Cor 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
1 Cor 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

Pentecost (Shavuot)

This day was fulfilled after Yeshua Messiah ascended to the right hand of our Father YHVH and the Holy Spirit was sent to those who believed upon Him. This celebration takes place in the Hebrew calendar Sivan 6-7.

Ninth of Av (Fast of Tisha b’Av)

This day of commemoration is due to fine misfortunes which befell the Hebrew fathers – on 9th of Av – decreed fathers should not enter the promised land, first and second Temples destroyed, Bethar was captured and the city of Jerusalem was ploughed up. However, this day primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples by the Babylonians in 586BC and by the Romans in 70AD, respectively. The dates are as follows:

  • 2014 – August 4-5;
  • 2015 – July 25-26.

Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah)

This is the Civil New Year in the Hebrew calendar on 1 and 2 Tishri. This feast is yet to be fulfilled in Yeshua Messiah. The dates are as follows:

  • 2014 – September 24-26;
  • 2015 – September 13-15.

Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

This festival day will be fulfilled at the second coming of Yeshua Messiah and this day is celebrated in the Hebrew calendar 10 Tishri. The dates are as follows:

  • 2014 – October 3-4;
  • 2015 – September 22-23.

Feast of Tabernacles/Booths (Sukkot)

This feast was partially fulfilled at the birth of Yeshua Messiah when He came to “tabernacle” amongst His people, and it will be fulfilled at Yeshua’s second coming. The feast takes place in the Hebrew calendar 15-21 Tishri. The dates are as follows:

  • 2014 – October 8-15;
  • 2015 – September 27 – October 4.

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah

This is a Shabbat (Sabbath) Day that is declared as the eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles. Inside Israel it is known as Shemini Atzeret and is celebrated on Tishri 22 and outside Israel it is known as Simchat Torah and is celebrated on Tishri 23. The occasion is rejoicing in the Torah (or Law) after the weekly reading of the Torah readings. The dates are as follows:

  • 2014 – October 15-17;
  • 2015 – October 4-6.

As can be seen from the dates for 2014 and 2015 they fluctuate and are never constant due to the Jews celebrating during the moon phases in their Hebrew months, just as YHVH had ordained from His Word given to His people Israel.

Soli Deo Gloria

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Blog posting amended on September 15, 2015

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