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HOW TO ENTER THE PROMISED LAND The Promised Land of the ancient Israelites was a type of the Promised Land of today’s people of God.
The movement of Israelites from Egypt to their earthly Promised Land was a pattern of the journey to spiritual Promised Land (1Co.
The Israelites had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness;
29:43 there also I will meet with the Israelites, and the place will be consecrated by my glory.
What would they answer present-day teachers who would say to them, “ You were mis taken, the land of Israel was then Great Britain and Ire land, and the savages of those islands were the true Israelites, and they had the only genuine king of Israel represented in ‘King Fergus’ or some of his posterity, and today represented by Queen Victoria?” John the Baptist, when introducing Christ, declared that his ministry was to Israel.
It is time for the Israelites residing beyond the rivers of Cush (Jews of Nigeria) to arise and shine.
for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword.
Here’s God’s response through the prophet Nathan, “I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day.
I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny.
A form of animal sacrifice developed among Israelites that emphasized the manipulation of blood, the life-force (Leviticus 17:11;
Frequent Reception of the Holy Mysteries is Beneficial and Salvific Part II, Chapter 2 from Concerning Frequent Communion by St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite Buy the book from “Uncut Mountain Supply” http://www.uncutmountainsupply.com/proddetail.asp?prod=cfc Webmaster Note: This book should be read by all pious Orthodox Christians. It is not a ʺbook only for clergy.ʺ Rather it is one that contains rich Patristic content, written for all the Faithful, and in a way that moves the heart deeply. It will help you draw closer to God by instructing you in the two‐fold action of regular ascetic struggle and reception of the Holy Mysteries. This book teaches clearly and convincingly that much Grace is given to those who frequently and worthily partake of Holy Communion. In reading this book you will gain a new appreciation for Holy Communion; will increase your efforts to watch over yourself more carefully; and will endeavor to partake whenever possible. What follows is the second of three chapters in Part II, ʺConcerning Frequent Communion.ʺ Take note of the other two chapter titles: ʺIs is necessary for the Orthodox to Partake frequently of the Divine body and blood of our Lord,ʺ and ʺInfrequent Communion causes great harm.ʺ Both the soul and the body of the Christian receive great benefit from the divine Mysteries—before he communes, when he communes, and after he communes. Before one communes, he must perform the necessary preparation, namely, confess to his Spiritual Father, have contrition, amend his ways, have compunction, learn to watch over himself carefully, and keep himself from passionate thoughts (as much as possible) and from every evil. The more the Christian practices self‐control, prays, and keeps vigil, the more pious he becomes and the more he performs every other good work, contemplating what a fearful King he will receive inside of himself. This is even more true when he considers that he will receive grace from Holy Communion in proportion to his preparation. The more often someone prepares himself, the more benefit he receives.  When a Christian partakes of Communion, who can comprehend the gifts and the charismata he receives? Or how can our inept tongue enumerate them? For this reason, let us again bring forward one by one the sacred teachers of the Church to tell us about these gifts, with their eloquent and God‐inspired mouths. Gregory the Theologian says: When the most sacred body of Christ is received and eaten in a proper manner, it becomes a weapon against those who war against us, it returns to God those who had left Him, it strengthens the weak, it causes the healthy to be glad, it heals sicknesses, and it preserves health. Through it we become meek and more willing to accept correction, more longsuffering in our pains, more fervent in our love, more detailed in our knowledge, more willing to do obedience, and keener in the workings of the charismata of the Spirit. But all the opposite happens to those who do not receive Communion in a proper manner.  Those who do not receive Communion frequently suffer totally opposite things, because they are not sealed with the precious blood of our Lord, as the same Gregory the Theologian says: Then the Lamb is slain, and with the precious blood are sealed action and reason, that is, habit and mental activity, the sideposts of our doors. I mean, of course, by doors, the movements and notions of the intellect, which are opened and closed correctly through spiritual vision.  St. Ephraim the Syrian writes: Brothers, let us practice stillness, fasting, prayer, and tears; gather together in the Church; work with our hands; speak about the Holy Fathers; be obedient to the truth; and listen to the divine Scriptures; so that our minds do not become barren (and sprout the thorns of evil thoughts). And let us certainly make ourselves worthy of partaking of the divine and immaculate Mysteries, so that our soul may be purified from thoughts of unbelief and impurity, and so that the Lord will dwell within us and deliver us from the evil one. The divine Cyril of Alexandria says that, because of divine Communion, those noetic thieves the demons find no opportunity to enter into our souls through the senses: You must consider your senses as the door to a house. Through the senses all images of things enter into the heart, and, through the senses, the innumerable multitude of lusts pour into it. The Prophet Joel calls the senses windows, saying: They shall enter in at our windows like a thief (Jl. 2:9), because these windows have not been marked with the precious blood of Christ. Moreover, the Law commanded that, after the slaughter (of the lamb), the Israelites were to smear the doorposts and the lintels of their houses with its blood, showing by this that the precious blood of Christ protects our own earthly dwelling‐place, which is to say, our body, and that the death brought about by the transgression is repelled through our enjoyment of the partaking of life (that is, of life‐giving Communion). Further, through our sealing (with the blood of Christ) we distance from ourselves the destroyer.  The same divine Cyril says in another place that, through Communion, we are cleansed from every impurity of soul and receive eagerness and fervor to do good: The precious blood of Christ not only frees us from every corruption, but it also cleanses us from every impurity lying hidden within us, and it does not allow us to grow cold on account of sloth, but rather makes us fervent in the Spirit.  St. Theodore the Studite wondrously describes the benefit one receives from frequent Communion: Tears and contrition have great power. But the Communion of the sanctified Gifts, above all, has especially great power and benefit, and, seeing that you are so indifferent towards it and do not frequently receive it, I am in wonder and great amazement. For I see that you only receive Communion on Sundays, but, if there is a Liturgy on any other day, you do not commune, though when I was in the monastery each one of you had permission to commune every day, if you so desired. But now the Liturgy is less frequently celebrated, and you still do not commune. I say these things to you, not because I wish for you simply to commune—haphazardly, without preparation (for it is written: But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the Bread, and drink of the Cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lords body and blood [1 Cor. 11:2829]). No, I am not saying this. God forbid! I say that we should, out of our desire for Communion, purify ourselves as much as possible and make ourselves worthy of the Gift. For the Bread which came down from heaven is participation in life: If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world (Jn. 6:51). Again He says: He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him (Jn. 6:58). Do you see the ineffable gift? He not only died for us, but He also gives Himself to us as food. What could show more love than this? What is more salvific to the soul? Moreover, no one fails to partake every day of the food and drink of the common table. And, if it happens that someone does not eat, he becomes greatly dismayed. And we are not speaking here about ordinary bread, but about the Bread of life; not about an ordinary cup, but about the Cup of immortality. And do we consider Communion an indifferent matter, entirely unnecessary? How is this thought not irrational and foolish? If this is how it has been up until now, my children, I ask that we henceforth take heed to ourselves, and, knowing the power of the Gift, let us purify ourselves as much as possible and partake of the sanctified Things. And if it happens that we are occupied with a handicraft, as soon as we hear the sounding‐board calling us to Church, let us put our work aside and go partake of the Gift with great desire. And this (that is, frequent Communion) will certainly benefit us, for we keep ourselves pure through our preparation for Communion. If we do not commune frequently, it is impossible for us not to become subject to the passions. Frequent Communion will become for us a companion unto eternal life.  So, my brothers, if we practice what the divine Fathers have ordered and frequently commune, we not only will have the support and help of divine grace in this short life, but also will have the angels of God as helpers, and the very Master of the angels Himself. Furthermore, the inimical demons will be greatly distanced from us, as the divine Chrysostom says: Let us then return from that Table like lions breathing fire, having become fearsome to the devil, thinking about our Head (Christ) and the love He has shown for us. This blood causes the image of our King to be fresh within us, it produces unspeakable beauty, and, watering and nourishing our soul frequently, it does not permit its nobility to waste away. This blood, worthily received, drives away demons and keeps them far from us, while it calls to us the angels and the Master of angels. For wherever they see the Masters blood, devils flee and angels run to gather together. This blood is the salvation of our souls. By it the soul is washed, is made beautiful, and is inflamed; and it causes our intellect to be brighter than fire and makes the soul gleam more than gold....Those who partake of this blood stand with the angels and the powers that are above, clothed in the kingly robe itself, armed with spiritual weapons. But I have not yet said anything great by this: for they are clothed even with the King Himself.  Do you see, my beloved brother, how many wonderful charismata you receive if you frequently commune? Do you see that with frequent Communion the intellect is illumined, the mind is made to shine, and all of the powers of the soul are purified? If you also desire to kill the passions of the flesh, go to Communion frequently and you will succeed. Cyril of Alexandria confirms this for us: Receive Holy Communion believing that it liberates us not only from death, but also from every illness. And this is because, when Christ dwells within us through frequent Communion, He pacifies and calms the fierce war of the flesh, ignites piety toward God, and deadens the passions.  Thus, without frequent Communion we cannot be freed from the passions and ascend to the heights of dispassion; just as the Israelites, if they had not eaten the passover in Egypt, would not have been able to be freed. For Egypt means an impassioned life, and if we do not frequently receive the precious body and blood of our Lord (every day if it be possible), we will not be able to be freed from the noetic Pharaonians (that is, the passions and the demons). According to Cyril of Alexandria, As long as those of Israel were slaves to the Egyptians, they slaughtered the lamb and ate the passover. This shows that the soul of man cannot be freed from the tyranny of the devil by any other means except the partaking of Christ. For He Himself says: If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (Jn. 8:36).  Again St. Cyril says, They had to sacrifice the lamb, being that it was a type of Christ, for they could not have been freed by any other means.  So if we also desire to flee Egypt, namely, dark and oppressive sin, and to flee Pharaoh, that is, the noetic tyrant (according to Gregory the Theologian),  and inherit the land of the heart and the promise, we must
Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without defect or blemish and that has never been under a yoke.
2:12) Israelites by God’s anangement w eie recognized and treated under the provisions of the typical sacrifices, as though they were justified from Adamic guilt and penalty, and were as a nation consecrated to God and treated as though they were to be made the biide of Clmst.
The rock accompanied the Israelites, but could not be in them (Jn.
presence among the Israelites in the Tabernacle and Temple, As the above description showed us how it will be manifested and in a higher and better sense, his presence has been in the to Israel that God's arm is ruling, now we get the inside or Gospel church as in a shifting tent or Tabernacle, all through spiritual view of the kingdom's establishment, and appropri the Gospel age, but soon the Temple glory or his presence in the ately, symbols are used in the description.
ARMIES ONLINE Chapter I. Introduction. World Geopolitics 2012 2014. In a changing world army is an important protector of stability of the country. Any government values society opinions of its army, and governments are working to influence this opinion in various ways, making use of modern digital tools and mediums, such as social networks. Many people do not know how glorious history of the IDF began. In times of the Second Aliyah a large number of Jewish youth, who had experience in creating selfdefense units to protect against the racist massacres in Russia, moved to Palestine. April 12, 1909 organization HaShomer the predecessor of the Haganah, was established. Starting as an organization consisting of scattered selfdefense units it turned into a military formation. In the period of 19361939 the policy of havlagah (policy of selfrestraint) was introduced. 1618 May 1941 in view of the potential danger of the GermanItalian invasion of Palestine Haganah created “strikeforces” Palmach. Many members of the Haganah volunteered for the British Army forming Jewish Brigade. During the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto Jewish Fighting Organization, consisting of more than 600 almost bare handed men, was able to destroy several dozen Nazis. Most of the men died, but some managed to get out of the ghetto. Disaster was a bitter lesson for our people, and the young state faced with the need to build an effective army to defend the Jews against new threats which evolve in the modern world. More than decade has passed since the world changing terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in NY, USA. Shock suffered by America that day has put a serious mark on the inner life of the United States and American foreign policy. United States and its NATO allies invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, giving start to the long civil war that is still yet to end. The invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan cost US taxpayers 4.4 trillion dollars. The war against terrorism has led to changes in American society and expanded the boundaries of what the Americans are ready to sacrifice in exchange for security. The recent scandal in the United States associated with the widespread use of torture towards suspected terrorists clearly demonstrated it. CIA chief said that torture helped establish the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. The number of victims of terrorist attacks reached almost 18 thousand in the year 2013, according to the Global Terrorism Index. In 13 years since the «11/09», the number of victims of terrorist attacks increased by almost 5 times. Severe growth – by 60% even in comparison with 2012. The number of terrorist victims is growing: 3361 in 2000 to 17958 in 2013. The lion's share of the activities of terrorists falls on four major terrorist organizations: the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria; Boko Haram (Nigeria), the Taliban (Afghanistan) and Al Qaeda (in different parts of the world). But not only the number of victims increase – International Terrorism is expanding geographically, hence the word «international». In 2008 there were 19 countries in which more than 50 people were killed by terrorist, in 2013 the number of such countries has grown to 24. Over the past seventy years Middle East remains the center of constant tension. Since the end of the War of Independence by April 2013, 2493 civilians were killed in terrorist attacks in Israel. Since the beginning of the Second Intifada in 2000 until April 2013, 974 civilians were killed in Israel. More than 1.5 million people died as victims of armed conflict, which began in late 2010 in Libya, Egypt, Yemen and Syria. Political crisis in Ukraine that began in November 2013, led to a bloody civil war in the middle of Europe and found controversial by many countries reunification of the Crimea with Russia. Today, according to OSCE study, 4,000 people were killed in Ukraine civil conflict and this number is still growing. Russia has also paid a price for the Crimea annexation – ruble, Russian currency, took a deep dive during 2014 and fell by 40%. The USA made a huge effort to manipulate Europe and isolate Russia politically and economically. The economic situation in Russia began to deteriorate before the Ukrainian crisis but the US and EU sanctions and the collapse of the oil market kicked the process up a notch. Terrorism is not the only threat faced by the world in the last decade. Social inequality and thus instability is growing. 80% of world's GDP belongs to the 24 countries that are home to 14.5% of the world population; 15% of GDP 63 countries with 31% of the world population; 5% of GDP 45 countries with 55% of the world population. By the beginning of the XXI century the gap in GDP per capita between the rich and poor parts of humanity has reached 15.4 thousand dollars, an increase, which has tripled over the past 40 years. In 1960, 20% of the richest population had 70% of the total world income; today this figure reaches 90%. The poorest 20% of the world population in 1960 had 2.3% of global economic income, and today they have less than 1.1%. 2015 could be a turning point for the existence of the EU. The impetus for the collapse of the United Europe according to financial analysts from Saxo Bank will be output of the United Kingdom from the Union. According to the forecast of the Danish analysts, during the election to be held in the Kingdom on May 7, 2015, a quarter of the votes will get the United Kingdom Independence Party known for its antiEuropean policy. Thus, «the eurosceptics» will be the third largest party in the British Parliament. Today eurosceptics’ popularity is growing exponentially. So, in the last parliamentary elections in France 14% of voters voted for the National Front, led by Marine Le Pen. In comparison: in 2007 Le Pen's rightwing party won only 4% of the French voters. «Alternative for Germany» established in 2013, the party has achieved real success in the regional elections in the parliaments of Brandenburg and Thuringia, receiving 12% and 10% of the votes respectively. In addition, representatives of the party passed in the parliament of Saxony (with 9.7% of the votes). Today, "Alternative for Germany" is the third most popular party in Germany. According to the research center Forsa, 10% of Germans support antieuropean rhetoric. Global economic slowdown, growing frustration and disappointment over United Europe and rising tensions in the Middle East with Israel and Palestine and Syria and Iraq because of the activity of a terrorist organization ISIS these are the main trends that will shape 2015 political, economical and social world map. Today it is s especially important for Israel to take into account the perception of its army within the country and in the international arena. After all, we are a small country with few natural resources, surrounded on all sides by enemies who do not let us expand. Chapter ll. IsraeliPalestinian conflict. Historical context of IDF. Attitude towards Israeli army has changed over the past forty years. Internet has sped up access to information and made the army more open and transparent. With the help of social networks people can give feedback to the army, to share their thoughts and feelings about how they evaluate military operations. Today, of all the currently existing democratic states, Israel is the only country that throughout its history is constantly facing with the threat of war. And even now, after five largescale wars with Arab countries (in 19481949, 1956, 1967, 1973 and 19821985.), as well as IsraeliEgyptian War of Attrition (19671970.) most of them refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist. Since 1948, Israel was in the process that transformed population that consisted of repatriates into a single cohesive nation. In the mid1950s, the leadership of the country defined foreign policy of Israel after a long dispute, Moshe Sharett who executed moderate pacifist approach was dismissed from his post as prime minister, and more radical David BenGurion, who enjoyed great respect among the generals, gained control. Retaliation, and then the Sinai Campaign became a kind of "test of maturity" for the new militarypolitical course, and many believed then, despite the retreat from Sinai after the war, that Israel as a whole has successfully coped with the task. Unprecedented mobilization and enthusiasm of Israeli society has been immediately seen after the Six Day War. Many were surprised by swift victory and gaining of new territories, often perceived as their liberation. All that was seen as convincing proof and justification of righteous model of "a nation in uniform", demanding great hardships in the name of collectivist values and ideals. Even the Yom Kippur War was not conducive to a major change of public opinion. Moreover, the war strengthened the Israelites in the belief that they are one people, united by a common destiny, shared victories and defeats. For decades, the military confrontation with hostile Arab environment was the most important axis of identity in Israeli society. In many respects the opposition allowed external threat to rally society, muting its internal contradictions. First Lebanon War led to the fact that selfperception of nation striving for peace and fighting only as a last resort necessity, given the failure. The war gave rise to sharp public criticism, the apogee of which was the demonstration by about four hundred thousand people in protest against the massacre with the connivance of the IDF by Lebanese Christians in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila. In the first half of the 1980s, When the IDF was in Lebanon, Israeli society has realized that the army was not able to successfully perform police functions. This is due primarily to the fact that its personnel is replenished from different layers of society and holds conflicting political views. The
Church = ekklesia (Thayer's Definition) 1) a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly 1a) an assembly of the people convened at the public place of the council for the purpose of deliberating 1b) the assembly of the Israelites 1c) any gathering or throng of men assembled by chance, tumultuously 1d) in a Christian sense 1d1) an assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting The 'church' then is the gathered together assembly of believers, both in the sense of the gathering, and the ones gathered together.
The Zohar testified to that in the section of Naso, “Because the Israelites will taste from the Tree of Life, which is this book of the Zohar, they will go out of exile with mercy”.
In the book of Numbers, the Israelites are shown to have first searched the Promised Land (Canaan) for a duration of 40 days (refer to 13 and 14).