[ November/December Newsletter ]
 

Greetings Brethren, May Yahweh and Yahshua our savior be with you as this word comes to you this day as a refreshing blessing from on high. Almighty Yahweh is with His people during this pagan time of the year in which the nations are celebrating their pagan rites. We must abstain from the pagan celebrations which are during this time of year. In Jer. 10:1-5: He says hear the word which Yahweh speaks to you, O house of Israel. 2Thus says Yahweh: "Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, 3 for the customs of the peoples are false. A tree from the forest is cut down, and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman. 4Men deck it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move. 5Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Be not afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good." We must witness this truth to the world during this time of the year during this spiritual darkness.

 

The Time Of The End

In the book of Joel we see a reference to the blood moon and to an eclipse which will occur during the time of the end. We can all agree that this is some terrifying news for all those who don't have a relationship with Almighty Yahweh. In 2014 on the 1st high day of the feast of unleavened bread and the 1st high day of the feast of tabernacles there was a sign in the sky from Yahweh, a blood moon. In 2015 on the 1st high day of the feast of unleavened bread and the 1st high day of the feast of tabernacles there will be two more blood moons. Almighty Yahweh is trying to get your attention by these signs in the heavens being revealed on feast days. He is showing us that He is in control of the heavens and the earth, now the likelihood of this phenomena happening for two years in a row on the 1st high days is astronomical in its projection as something that could just happen. The probability is 1 in 3.3 billion that this would happen this way so yes it is of Yahweh and yes there is a lot of spiritual significance. You must get yourself in tune with almighty Yahweh by keeping the commandments including the set feast days. Once you have aligned yourself with the commandments things will become much clearer to you because your understanding will increase. You will understand why it is necessary to keep the feast of Yahweh which are a sign of things to come. There has been some fulfillment of the days like the Passover which saw the firstborn of Israel spared in Egypt. The true Passover lamb Yahshua came to spare each one who claimed him to be their lamb or their sacrifice. The time of the end will bring much in the way of pressure and affliction on those who choose Yahshua as their messiah. When we look at the lives of John the Baptist and the apostles their lives were linked to the life of Yahshua and His death. Their lives were also linked to His resurrection as well as each one of us who has chosen Him as our lamb. The Passover is the time that we reflect and renew the covenant with Yahweh. We go over the Passover story and all that Yahshua had to suffer for our sins and we rejoice with our brethren during the feast of unleavened bread because He arose from the grave in victory over death. Almighty Yahweh promises protection for those who reside under His authority in the time of the end. The great day of Yahweh is coming very quickly upon this world brethren, will you be ready? Our hope and prayer is that all who hear the message of salvation would heed its warning and repent of their sins and accept Yahshua's sacrifice before it is too late. In Ezk. 33:1-9 it states: "The word of Yahweh came to me: 2"Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman; 3 and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people; 4 then if any one who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 5He heard the sound of the trumpet, and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. 6But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes, and takes any one of them; that man is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand. 7"So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8 If I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, which wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 9But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way; he shall die in his iniquity, but you will have saved your life." We must warn all those who cross our path as watchmen of the house of Israel.

The time of the end is rapidly approaching brethren so we need to "Cry aloud, and spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and declare to my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." Isa. 58:1 We must remember our purpose as watchmen to fulfill the great commission in the last days, the time of the end. Are you doing your part to live a life overcoming this world and the sins of it? We must become a witness to the world by the lives we lead and not be ashamed of the testimony of Yahshua the Messiah. He died for us so be faithful my brethren now in the time of the end that your witness would convert others to the truth.

 

KENYA

Shalom Brother Robert.

I hope you are all fine there in Yahshua's name. We embarked on a missionary trip to Mbita last week on Thursday. This is the place we had last gone there about five months ago. This time our host was a different person by the name Simeon from an island nearby called Rusinga. In contrast to our first host Dalmas, Simeon showed a great quest for the true worship of our heavenly father Yahweh. We spent most of the time in his house studying and teaching the scriptures to his family consisting the wife a son and a daughter. On the Sabbath day, services were held at a meeting hall in a nearby school whereby about ten people attended.

The main subject taught was Israel and the nations: That the nations would receive the eternal blessings of Yahweh only through the Patriarch Abraham as we read in Genesis 18:18. They must know and serve the only true mighty one of Israel in truth and in the spirit. Since all the nations had inherited lies and vanities from their forefathers: Jeremiah 16:19-21, they must learn the true way of worship from Israel, the people Yahweh gave His oracles: Jeremiah 12:16 and also Romans:3:1-2

This topic led into an in-depth study of the sacred name of our heavenly father Yahweh and the sovereign master Yahshua the messiah. We believe we sowed the good seed of righteousness and Yahweh will make it grow and flourish. All praise to Yahweh for the safe and successful trip.

Attached are some pictures.
Yahweh bless you.
Mumira.

Sabbath service at Mbita

 

MALAWI

Shalom Elder Robert,

Deacon George and I travelled to Mnchinji in central region and Arrived as scheduled. We found our brethren from the two Congregation groups in the district already assembled. We found that in both groups there are several new people who had just joined the Faith from other denominations. So we spent three days teaching the Word of Yahweh from our core beliefs document. And we found it necessary to leave with brother Allan a copy of a document of our core beliefs which is translated from English to Chichewa. We realized that we need to make more copies of the teaching materials for the brethren in central region. On the fourth day we baptized five men and eight women. It is evident that the work of Yahweh in Mnchinji is growing and we pray and ask for your consent that on our next trip to central region I ordain brother Allan as a deacon. The brethren asked us to pass on their greetings and love to their fellow brethren in Yahweh's Family. They are also requesting you to visit them next time you come to Malawi.

Yahweh bless you and all the brethren in the Faith.

Elder Hizzie Nazombe

Baptism

2 assembles

The brethren of Malawi have been hit with much rain and flooding as a result and many have become homeless as a result. Some are living in temporary shelters and some are in tents that the government has provided. We have sent some aid to about 37 families that were affected there. If you would like to help the brethren send your donations to YPTC Malawi aid, P.O. Box 1068 Lebanon, Pa. 17042

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Unprepared and low on supplies, aid organizations rush to reach the thousands of stranded flood victims [EPA]

Tchereni IDP camp, Phalombe, Malawi - One Sunday night in the middle of January, everything that Egifa Chimwaza owned was taken away from her. She lost her home, her only source of income, her possessions. For two weeks she slept on the cold hard floor of a local school, without so much as a blanket to comfort her, surrounded by strangers who had also lost everything. She hasn't had a meal for two days, and neither have her seven young children.

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According to the UN, 174,000 people have been displaced by flooding [EPA]

Egifa is a victim of Malawi's worst floods in living memory. The rains began on January 7 and swept through the southern half of the country, leaving in their wake a trail of utter devastation.On January 11, the flooding reached Egifa's home in the Phalombe district in the southeast of Malawi. The floodwaters overwhelmed her simple mud and brick house, its walls collapsing around her and her family. They were forced to flee with only what they could carry, eventually taking refuge in the nearby Tcherini school with more than 600 others. Their crops of maize, soya beans, and peas were destroyed.

No food, no water

After almost three weeks, tents arrived providing some shelter, but by the end of January the majority of those staying in Tchereni had received no food aid. Hundreds of camp residents sat dazed and helpless in the sun, despairing of food ever arriving. "I've been here for two weeks," said Egifa. "There has been no food delivery. Our only hope is that people like you can help." Some of those at Tchereni have survived by going out to work in fields that have escaped the worst of the flooding, where they earn a scant wage of 800 kwacha ($1.70) a day. This is enough to buy some maize from the nearest trading centre, a three-hour round-trip on foot. A single borehole provides water for the camp, but it is not enough. Those who have bicycles, ride for up to two hours to bring water from another borehole. Others walk for five hours to bring water from the river. Tchereni is far from being an isolated case. "It's symptomatic of most areas," says Paul Kalilombe, district commissioner for Phalombe. "I don't think that there is any camp that has received everything they need. There have been some deliveries of maize, and some of that has been processed into flour. Some lucky ones have received some other products." According to the UN, 336,000 people have been displaced by the flooding, 104 killed, and 1.15 million affected by the destruction of agriculture, upon which 80 percent of the population relies. The flooding is unprecedented. It's the first huge scale disaster Malawi has had since independence in 1964. We were able to mount a response within 72 hours, but not nearly enough to cope with the scale of what happened. Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF

Another 172 are missing in the district of Nsanje, the worst affected of the 15 districts hit by the floods.

Unforeseen disaster

Malawi suffers from flooding and food shortages every year, and aid supplies were in place to deal with this eventuality. But government authorities and aid agencies were caught completely unaware by the scale and timing of the floods. The rainy season in Malawi lasts from December to March, but the worst of the rains usually arrive in February. Even then, they are not nearly this severe. "The timing of the problem has taken us by surprise," says Kalilombe. "We were expecting flooding in February or March." "The flooding is unprecedented," says Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF country director for Malawi. "It's the first huge scale disaster Malawi has had since independence in 1964. We were able to mount a response within 72 hours, but not nearly enough to cope with the scale of what happened."

Un-coordinated aid

Aid efforts so far have been disjointed. "The provision of aid is very sporadic and there's a lack of coordination at the centre," says Kalilombe. "There's been a concentration on Chikwawa and Nsanje and they've forgotten about Phalombe." A desperate race is now on to locate those in need and to distribute food and other essential items. But the obstacles to identifying those who need aid, securing that aid in sufficient quantities, and successfully distributing it to the many thousands stranded by the floods are immense. "People ran in the middle of the night to the closest place they could stay," says Mdoe. "There are about 200 different sites ranging from 20 people to 2,000 people. There's absolutely no organization. If you bring in a bag of maize it's gone in seconds." In theory, authorities at the district level are responsible for the coordination of aid, but it became quickly apparent that the crisis was too much to cope with at a local level. "We didn't have enough resources to deal with the situation," admits Kalilombe. The UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination and UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs have stepped in at the invitation of the government to assess the scale of the disaster and help to coordinate food aid, and plans are being put in place. Short supplies for lost victims But even if those in need can be identified, securing food supplies at short notice is a huge challenge. "The government is desperately trying to get grain from the rest of the country, but there needs to be money for that," says Heather Campbell, country director of Concern Universal, which provides non-food items and water and sanitation services across five districts in southern Malawi. "The harvest is not for another one to two months, so there's not a lot of grain in the country. This is the hunger season." Attempts are being made to address the situation. The government of Malawi declared a State of Disaster on January 13, and has agreed to release 14,000 tonnes of maize from its Strategic Grain Reserve. The World Food Programme is supplementing government food supplies, and the International Organisation for Migration and the Red Cross are working with the Ministry of Land and Housing and local authorities to try to plug the gaps in aid provision. Donors have agreed to redirect funding. "After the first three weeks there was a 40 percent funding gap, which is quite good," says Mdoe. "Not much new funding has been received, but there has been flexibility by donors to redirect funding." But it is still not enough. The unprecedented scale of the crisis, a lack of available food, problems with the coordination of aid, difficulties of access and a shortage of finance have conspired to leave thousands cut off from even the most basic aid.

Floods displace thousands in Malawi

"There are still big challenges in terms of access," says Mdoe. "There are areas that can only be accessed by helicopter. There is still a fear that there are areas that are receiving less help than others." There is a grave danger that with the traditional flooding season still ahead, conditions could deteriorate further. "With the peak of the rainy season in mid-February still ahead, soils already saturated and rivers running high, additional flooding and access challenges remain a concern, particularly for populations that have already been affected or displaced by the January floods," says Baton Osmani, Malawi country director for WFP. Having witnessed the tragedy of what was unfolding in Phalombe, The One Foundation, a UK-based philanthropic business that funds clean water programmes for communities in Malawi, stepped in alongside Irish Aid and local partners Concern Universal, to put plans in place to deliver emergency aid to Tchereni and nine other camps in the area. "It is clear that some aid is getting through, but with such significant funding gaps and the challenges of aid distribution within the country, there are thousands of people still without access to the basics of shelter, food and water," says Duncan Goose, founder and CEO of The One Foundation, who travelled from the UK to witness the effects of the flooding. "The population is suffering and the government and international community need to step in now." For Egifa and thousands like her, such support cannot come soon enough.

 

Eyes on Israel

Religious leaders are warning that the United States is nearing a day of judgment based on its treatment of the nation of Israel. What's more, they say, signs in the heavens are coinciding with what is shaping up to be an unexpectedly controversial address by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 3 and a fiercely contested Israeli election weeks later. Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries warns that "our nation will be judged" based on whether the United States sides with or against the Jewish state. Biltz believes signs in the heavens and correlations with feast days on the biblical calendar show such a judgment may be coming soon.


Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

"When Netanyahu speaks before Congress on March 3, this is the day before the Fast of Esther when the enemies of Israel, specifically Persia/Iran, had planned to destroy the nation of Israel," he said. "The next day is Purim, which celebrates the day Israel achieved victory over Iran. The timing significance of this is just as important as the timing of the blood moon." Biltz, author of "Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs," warns that the next blood moon is scheduled to appear over Passover, which begins April 3, just one month after Netanyahu's speech. And this will be preceded two weeks earlier by a total solar eclipse on March 20, three days after the Israeli election, and coincides with Nisan, the beginning of the New Year according to the biblical calendar. Discover God's fingerprint in the skies and in the times with "Blood Moons," "The Feasts of the Lord" and a 16-month biblical calendar, all bundled together at one, discount price! Total eclipses don't take place on any other known planet, point out intelligent-design scientists. They only take place on Earth, the finely tuned planet where life exists that can actually view them. Biltz points out that the Bible says in Genesis that the sun, moon and stars were created specifically as signs for mankind, so His creation would know about the feasts (or appointed times) to have relationship with their Creator. These prophetic warnings come amid unprecedented tumult in the American-Israeli relationship. President Barack Obama and other leading Democrats say they will not be attending Netanyahu's speech, and the White House condemned House Speaker John Boehner's invitation as a breach of protocol. Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, is circulating a letter signed by 22 other House Democrats urging Boehner to delay the speech.

Top staffers in the Obama administration are also heavily involved in the political opposition to Netanyahu, who faces an election on March 17. "God tells us in Genesis 1:14 that the heavenly bodies were created to serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years," Biltz said. "But the word seasons is better translated as divine appointments, and here we have a solar eclipse and then a blood moon falling on the New Year and Passover respectively – all at a time when the Jewish state is under great persecution. God is trying to tell us something about a divine appointment." Pastor Ray Bentley of Maranatha Chapel in San Diego, California, enthusiastically agrees with Biltz and warns that Christians need to be "praying like they never prayed before." "Rabbis have a saying," Bentley said, "that the word coincidence is not a kosher word. These kinds of signs show we are in a powerful, phenomenal time, a time of great testing for both Israel and the world." Bentley believes Israel is facing a "second Holocaust" and that Christians need to become more vocal in their defense of the Jewish state. Pastor Biltz agrees and says the fact that Israel has become a partisan issue is nothing less than tragic. "This shouldn't be political," Biltz said. "This is about the survival of Israel. Iran is the issue of the day. It is developing nuclear weapons. And our own nation will be judged depending on how it acts in this moment." Both Biltz and Bentley cited Joel 3:2 to justify their positions. The verse says the ations will be judged by God for having scattered the people of Israel among the nations and divided its land. As Biltz puts it, "God says he will divide the sheep from the goats, one nation from another, and he will do it on the basis of those who supported Israel and those who didn't."

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations and special United Nations envoy for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches, said Israeli-American nations are at a crucial juncture. "This is a critical turning point," she said. "It seems that with Obama's presidency, every year that goes by the relationship between Israel and the United States becomes more strained, and not because of the Israeli prime minister. The overwhelmingly majority of Americans support Israel and believe Israel has the right to defend itself against terrorism. But this president is trying to undermine Prime Minister Netanyahu." Cardoza-Moore believes Obama's agenda goes behind simple opposition to Netanyahu. "I see this as anti-Semitism," she said. "The president of the United States has bought into the BDS movement."

The BDS movement is the "Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions" campaign taking root on college campuses and in churches around the country. The goal of the campaign is to economically strangle the Jewish state to force concessions to the Palestinians. However, Cardoza-Moore believes Netanyahu will receive a rapturous reception in Congress, "the body that really represents that American people. You will see standing ovation after standing ovation for this man."

Pastor Bentley warns that "the nations will be judged collectively" on what they do in this moment. And he believes Christians need to be talking just as much about prophecies of the End Times as they do about prophecies of the past. "We are told that Israel will be alone during this time," Bentley said. "We may be seeing the beginnings of that process." Cardoza-Moore sees the controversy over Israel as core to the survival of the United States. "There will be judgment upon this nation based upon how we act right now," she said. "That's all I can say."

In her film, "The Forgotten People: Christianity and the Holocaust," producer Laurie Cardoza-Moore documents the growing hatred of Jews, the parallels between Nazism and radical Islam and why Christians must take a stand for justice and defend the people and nation of Israel.

The bible tells us in Zech. 12:3 that Jerusalem shall be a burdensome stone for all the peoples; all that burden themselves with it shall be severely wounded; and all the nations of the earth shall be gathered together against it. It seems the people don't want to hear the word of Yahweh but it shall stand. All of the nations will turn their backs on Israel and fight against it but Yahweh will fight for Israel and bring those who oppose our savior and His people under His control. Brethren continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

 

NEWS, NOTES, & NOTABLES

Looking Ahead to the Next New Moon:The new moon for the 1st scriptural month should be visible the evening of Friday, March 20, 2014. So watch.

In Genesis 1:14-18 we see the significance of the heavenly bodies. "Then Elohim said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth;' and it was so. Then Elohim made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. Elohim set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And Elohim saw that it was good." (NKJV)

Be sure to look for this new moon and report your findings to us by calling 717-383-6975.

We are commanded to pray for the sick among us in James 5:13-15 13"Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the assembly; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of Yahweh: 15and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and Yahweh shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, it shall be forgiven him. Let us pray for these people who have a petition before Almighty Yahweh.

 

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Aleah Galbreath Gary Brower
Allison York Guzman Family
Andrew & Chiel Jackson Jeff Kopp
Ben Peabody Family Joanne Session
Betsy Pierson, Joann & Scott Martin
Phalen & Loretta Pierson Joseph Morrisey
Brethren in Malawi John Grant
Carol Burras & Family Jordon, Berlin & Hudson Onumonu
Carol Wilson Juan Cruz
Carrie Nimmons Karen Davis prayer request
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Davis Prayer Request Linda Peterson
Brenda Carden Family Mamie Brooks
Congregation of Yahshua HaMashiach Mary & Robert Hopson
Crockett Family Pacheco Family
Dan Vangelli Parv Riaz & Pakistani Assembly
Darius & Marissa Bailey Peter Mumira Family
Deborah Joyner Prayer request Philippine Brethren
Diego Garcia Family Pinero Family
Dillion Youtz Robert Hicks
Donna Brooks Shalom Congregation
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Ed Yatsko Susan Mills
Eliezer Syphonia Dudley
Ellie Alverez Family Terry & Wilma Carden
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Everlyn Kilach Trinidad Brethren
Gail & Willis Brumfield Virginia Johnson & Family & Friends
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