A Reader Writes:
Hi Jacob, I hope your USA trip is going well.Ã‚Â A friend of mine had a question they wanted me to ask you about the Azazel scapegoat.Ã‚Â He was under the impression that the scapegoat and the sacrificial goat were types of Christ and what He did; one goat sacrificed and the other led to the wilderness, etc.Ã‚Â He said he looked up the Azazel scapegoat in Encyclopedia Judaica and saw in the Book of Enoch that the Azazel name is demonic there and the sources call Azazel a demon.Ã‚Â He's not sure what the Azazel goat originally meant in its Mosaic context and when it began to be viewed as demonic by some Jewish sources.Ã‚Â He wanted to hear your take on the Azazel scapegoat.Ã‚Â If you have a teaching that deals with this that is recorded I can just make a copy of that to give him.Ã‚Â I couldn't think of a CD that specifically dealt with the scapegoat in depth.Ã‚Â I hope all is well with you and that you are in good health.
God bless you and encourage you in these days.
Die wildernis van gister en nou.
"Want ek wil nie hÃƒÂª, broeders, dat julle nie sou weet nie dat ons vaders almal onder die wolk was en almal deur die see deurgegaan het, en almal in Moses gedoop is in die wolk en in die see, en almal dieselfde geestelike spys geÃƒÂ«et het, en almal dieselfde geestelike drank gedrink het, want hulle het gedrink uit 'n geestelike rots wat gevolg het, en die rots was Christus. Maar God het in die meeste van hulle geen welgevalle gehad nie, want hulle is neergeslaan in die woestyn"¦ Maar al hierdie dinge het hulle oorgekom as voorbeelde en is opgeskrywe as 'n waarskuwing aan ons op wie die eindes van die eeue gekom het." (1 Kor.10: 1-5,11)
A Reader Inquires:
How to I tell my brother that there are no more apostles after Paul? He attends a church that invites various apostles and female pastors to come and speak. Most of the pastors are married to female pastors. They buy $30 Hebrew prayer shawls to cover up the women when they fall back into a trance and seem to pass out. The pastor shouts, pauses and waits for a drummer to slam a drum whenever he shouts something like "Stomp on him!" (meaning the devil) and many other catchy commands. How did they ever come up with more apostles?
While I will be happy to answer your question about apostles, the problems at your brother's church extend well beyond that or any other single issue. Quite frankly, from what you describe, the whole joint is nuts.
Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Co 13:8"“13)
A Reader Writes:
Dear Bro Jacob,
I hope you are well, and that you enjoyed your trip overseas.
I have tried to find out through the Moriel website and your tapes etc what your position on the above is?
For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness...Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. "” 1 Corinthians 10:1"“5, 11
In the example of Israel being led out of Egypt to the Promised Land, one of the most vivid scriptural illustrations of being saved out of the old life for the new, a very tragic thing occurs along the way. A significant number within the ranks of God's people so large that it is difficult to fully comprehend became so spiritually corrupt that God forbade them admittance into the Promised Land. Only a very few of the original group gained entrance. Some today would assert, "Well, it is obvious they were never saved to begin with", yet the Apostle Paul says "all were baptized into Moses", "all ate the same spiritual food"¦the same spiritual drink", and that they were all following the Old Testament incarnation of Christ. At the very least it seems problematic to state they were spiritual counterfeits with such impeccable qualifications. I would suggest there is much in this example to teach us about this present age in the final hours leading up to Christ's Return which illuminates the working of the apostasy "“ the "great falling away" "“ we are witnessing within the Body of Christ.
"˜I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; (Rev. 2:2)
For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. (2 Co. 10:12)
We live at a time when there are not only an alarmingly large number of individuals who insist on being addressed as "Apostle", but an entire organization which claims worldwide membership of more than 500 apostles. The most visible leader of this movement is C. Peter Wagner and the activities associated with these people is often called "The New Apostolic Reformation". In a YouTube video titled "", you can see many of the more prominent "apostles" of this movement formally anointing Todd Bentley into their ranks. This is all to say that while studying 2 Corinthians recently, when I came across Paul's description listed above about the character of false apostles, I instantly fixated not just on that video, but the whole of what I have seen in the actions of both Wagner and this movement. If you watch it again after reading 2 Corinthians 10:12, it is impossible not to see how "they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves". One of the hallmarks of false apostles is their mutual admiration society.
A Reader Asks:
"In the Millenium, there will be a Temple and at the Temple sacrifices will be made to atone for sin. Why is this? Surely Yeshua has atoned once and for all for sin? Can you pleased explain the significance of this?"
Pastor from Wales UK
by By Pat Franklin
Dec 13, 2010
Teaching by Jacob Prasch
The Nativity account in the Bible is not just the literal history of Christ's first advent.Ã‚Â It also reveals what it will be like just before the Lord Jesus comes again!Ã‚Â Bible teacher Jacob Prasch, known for hisÃ‚Â insights, opened the Nativity scriptures* to us at our church in England.Ã‚Â If you want to know what the time will be like, and who will and will not be ready to meet King Jesus, read on.
A Japanese translation ofÃ‚Â "Typology of the Temple" is now available from the Online Sermons page.
Since the Hebrew Scriptures close with the prophet Malachi foretelling of a Messenger from God who would appear before the Messiah, and Jesus' ministry begins with John the Baptist calling the nation to repentance, most Christians assume that the intervening period of about four centuries includes little that is of any spiritual or Biblical significance. While this era is accurately known as the "silent years" in that no prophetic voice from God is heard during this time, it is a mistake for Christians to think of it as unimportant. Many of the prophetic visions of Daniel play out during this time. Most notably, the incredible and swift ascendancy of Alexander the Great and the kingdom of Greece to worldwide prominence. This period also sets the backdrop for the events that led to the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Both stories are tied together and hold important lessons for Christians.