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The Parable of the Wedding Clothes

13 October 2020


I pray that you are keeping well in these trying times and pray an added measure of God’s grace upon you and your loved ones.

The other day I received a Youtube video of someone preaching about the parable of the wedding clothes which is found in Matthew 22:11-13.

Matthew 22:11-13

11 "But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless. 13 "Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' NIV

Yeshua (Jesus) told this parable as part of His teachings on the Kingdom of God. In the preceding verses He talks of how the King had sent out invitations to many people but they refused to come, finally He sent His servants to bring people from all corners i.e. the masses and these came.

When the banquet was about to begin the King came in and looked around at the guests and He found one man who wasn’t wearing the right clothes, He had the servants tie the man up and expel him.

We understand that this parable is about  people entering the Kingdom of God i.e. salvation. This man tried to get into the kingdom in his own way and was expelled. The preacher concerned explained that the wedding clothes here represented good works of compassion, mercy, helping the poor etc. In fact therefore, he was teaching salvation by works, which is inconsistent with scripture that tells us that salvation is by grace through faith, so that nobody can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9), that they were good enough and deserve to enter heaven.

What that brother failed to do is one of the most elements of good Bible study, he failed to consider the cultural and historical implications of these verses. In the days of Yeshua and before when a man was getting married it was customary for the groom’s family to provide special clothes for the guests, this would be a simple garment thrown over their normal clothes. This is so that everyone would be equal at the banquet and the “stars” of the wedding would be the couple. Similarly today in western weddings the bride and groom and their families are responsible for providing the clothes for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. In ancient Israel, the wedding clothes were a gift from the family of the groom.

“The custom in those days was for the one hosting the wedding feast—in this case, the king—to provide garments for the wedding guests. These wedding garments were simple, nondescript robes that all attendees wore. In this way, rank or station was covered, so everyone at the feast could mingle as equals.” (

“For every guest at the feast there had been provided a wedding garment. This garment was a gift from the king.” (

This then tells us that we can only enter heaven wearing the clothes given to us by the King, which refers to the blood of Yeshua our Messiah. The man’s own clothes which he was wearing represented his own good works whereas the clothes given by the King represented righteousness given as a gift from God, because of the blood of Yeshua.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. NIV

No amount of good works we do on earth can gain us entry into the kingdom of God because we are all sinners in fact Isaiah tells us that our righteous works are merely filthy rags in God’s eyes. (Isaiah 64:6) Even the Apostle Paul himself declared that there was nothing good in him (Romans 7). This after he said at the end of Romans 6 that salvation was a gift from God.

The writer of Hebrews makes reference to the Day of Atonement when the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies and said this:

Hebews 9:13-15

3 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? NKJV

The lesson that Yeshua was giving when He told this parable was a simple one; we cannot enter heaven on our own merit, but only by the free gift that He obtained for us by His sacrifice on the cross. If we could work our way into heaven, the cross would be meaningless. His blood is the only way in.


Shalom beloved of God, I pray that you are well and wherever you are, and at what stage of “lockdown” your nation is going through at the moment; may the strength and peace of God be upon you. We have been in Circuit Breaker/Lockdown mode for the past two and a half months, and the church has gone through tremendous change in the way we function. As I pondered this situation, I feel compelled to share some of my thoughts regarding the future of the church.

About a year ago, the church community that I am a part of, was preparing to move to a new location and as is the case with most churches, there were differing opinions about it. One night we had a prayer meeting and of course this move was the main agenda, now, I am not one who is prone to seeing visions but, that night I saw one. The vision was of Yeshua standing at a table with a blueprint spread out on it. Later as I thought about it I remembered it was like a scene from the movie The Ten Commandments, where Moses was with Pharaoh, looking at the plans for the new city they were building. Anyway, the Lord asked a question of us that night; “are you going to build it according to my blueprint or your own?” This is a question church leaders have to grapple with today.

Over the past few months church life has changed tremendously and we don’t really know when, or if, we can ever get back to “normal”. Personally I really dislike the phrase “new normal” when it comes to our life situation, especially since it means being distanced from friends and family and cooped up in our homes. I believe this season will pass, yet I also believe that more such seasons will come and with greater severity, this has been predicted in the Bible. They are indications of the Lord’s impending return. God has used this COVID19 situation to awaken the church and remind us that we need not be restricted to buildings or even denominational boundaries. Today, Christians can attend services from any number of churches without leaving home. I believe God has begun to blur the lines that have separated us for centuries and is bringing us together. The Father is beginning to answer the prayer that Yeshua prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane – to make us one. This is a major key for Revival. In His prayer, Yeshua said that when His people are united the world would believe that the Father had sent Him. Psalms 133 declares that God commands blessings when brothers are united, and in Acts 2 we see that the Holy Spirit was poured out when the disciples were in once accord. There is a great revival that God wants to send upon the world; not a city-wide or even nation-wide revival but a world-wide revival, but this can only happen if His people are united.

The church today has entered a time of transition and transformation into the church that Yeshua has designed; His original design.

Acts 3:20-21

20 Then times of refreshment (revival) will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah. 21 For He must remain in heaven until the time for the final restoration of all things, as God promised long ago through his holy prophets. (NLT)

In this passage Shimon Kefar (Simon Peter) told the crowds in Jerusalem that heaven must keep Yeshua until the time when things are restored, that indicates that prior to the return of The Lord, there will be a restoration process. Restoration is necessary because somewhere after the first century AD the church began to lose her way and identity. She was born as a Jewish entity on a Feast day that Jews had been celebrating for over a thousand years, the Feast of Weeks; Shavuot in Hebrew and Pentecost in English. The second generation of church leaders slowly began to drift away from the Jewish roots, partly because there was no longer a nation called Israel or Judah and Jerusalem was destroyed. We took on a more Gentile face, finally in 324 AD at the council of Nicea, Emperor Constantine officially cut us off for the Olive Tree of Israel by saying that we should have nothing in common with the murderers of Christ i.e. the Jews.

The book of Joel tells us in the second chapter that although God will destroy for a time, He is also a restorer and it is His purpose to restore both the church and Israel. The restoration process began in 1517 with Martin Luther and the restoration of Israel began in the 1890s with people like Captain Alfred Dreyfuss and Theodore Hertzel. The world has seen various revivals breaking out which changed the nature of the church and also the formation of Israel and the birth of Jewish believers in Yeshua who live as Jews while believing in Yeshua (Messianic Jews), just as in the book of Acts.

The restored church will look very similar to the original church. I have been involved in the “One New Man” ministry for over twenty years, in the early 2000s very few churches were interested to know about Israel, today this number has grown tremendously, granted, churches are at different levels of understanding but still the interest is there.

As we go forward and face much more difficult situations such as new viruses or economic collapse or even wars, which have been predicted, the church would have to return to her original form; meeting in home groups. There would actually be benefits to this.

The first and most obvious benefit is the freedom from costs incurred to rent or maintain large meeting facilities.

The second is what I believe is in God’s heart the most; discipleship. The Great commission says that we are to go and make disciples of the nations. Today for the most part, discipleship is understood as a class that a church member can take which runs for a specific period of time. True discipleship is the process of transferring a biblical value system to another person, this happens primarily through sharing by demonstration. The Apostle Paul told the church in Corinth to imitate him as he imitated Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1). It has been said that discipleship is more caught than taught. 

Back in 1999 when I was still the pastor of a church, I had an experience that changed my outlook of church. I was waiting for a bus at a terminal and while waiting I was asking Him, “how do I build this church Lord, how do I make it grow?” His answer took me totally by surprise, firstly it felt as if He was right next to me; it was almost an audible voice. Second was what He said; “where in scripture did I tell you to build the church? I said I will build MY church, I told you to make disciples. You make disciples and I will build my church.” This released me from the concern of gaining numbers and focus on building lives.

This means that church leaders must now start preparing for the future by making and empowering disciples who would lead small home churches. Not cell groups, but actual churches where weekly services are conducted in homes, sacraments are celebrated led by these leaders and sermons do not necessarily come for a centralized source but rather each leader of a home church would hear the Lord him/her self and share accordingly.

The second benefit I see is that there will be a release of gifts and a rising of the five-fold ministry spoken of in Ephesians 4. People are often reluctant to share their gifts in large groups but in smaller groups where they have a sense of ownership it is much easier for them to operate in their gifts. One reason being that it is less intimidating. Second; when there is only a small number say 20 or 30 people the need for the gifts is more visible and if they feel sense of responsibility they will exercise their gifts, whether they are spiritual gifts or otherwise.

The third benefit I can see is that the church will become a multi-generational church. One problem in church today is that after a young people outgrow the youth ministry they often have trouble assimilating into the adult congregation, the whole culture is different from what they were used to. The church today has separated the children, youth and even young adults giving them their own “church” as it were, so when they grow older and no long officially fit into any of those categories they feel lost. Some move on to start churches that are more attuned to what they like but often this causes a rift and hurt feelings. Others might attend the adult service but remain inactive while others stop going to church completely.

In these last days much reference has been made of Malachi’s prophecy that God would turn the heart of the Fathers towards the children and vice versa (Malachi 4:6). To enable this to happen; churches must become multi-generational. That was the way it was with the first church where whole families worshipped together; children, young people, adults and even the elderly. The young must be allowed to minister, even sharing the Word or prophecy; this gives them a voice and a sense that they are not just spectators. We can take a page out of Jewish culture; during Shabbat (Sabbath) the whole family sits together, fathers bless their wives and children and the Word is not just preached by discussed and everyone can speak. The first church broke bread from house to house, that is exactly what Jewish people do on Shabbat.

I see this as the future of the church but a not too distant future, and I pray that we will begin preparing today.

God bless you.

Is the Gospel for Israel?

27 May 2020

If you are a Christian lover of Israel and keep up with the news in Israel, you are probably aware of the controversy surrounding Shelanu TV. Just in case you have not heard about it; some people in the Messianic community had decided to set up a Hebrew channel with God TV to spread the gospel to the Jewish people in Israel. This idea has come under tremendous attack from the religious authorities and one minister is trying to shut it down. The situation is now being fought in the courts although legally, freedom of religion and speech is protected by the legislature in Israel.

Some religious leaders in Israel have sought the support of Christian leaders overseas, particularly in the United States and some of these leaders have come out to say that believers should not preach the gospel to the Jews. They may have different reasons for doing this; some probably want to maintain their relationships with Jewish religious and government leaders, or out of fear of opening age old wounds inflicted by the church upon the Jews, while others may subscribe to what is called “dual covenant theology”, which is the idea that Jewish people do not need to believe in Yeshua (Jesus) to be saved; that they are saved under a separate covenant.

What does the Bible say about the salvation of the Jews? Are they saved by a different covenant? Let’s go through some scriptures to see.

Yeshua spoke primarily to Jews

When a Gentile woman came and pleaded with Yeshua to heal her daughter, He said that He was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel (Matthew 15:24). After hearing her faith response, He had compassion and healed her daughter, but His priority was the people of Israel, the Jews.

In John chapter three, Yeshua was having a conversation with Nicodemus, a Pharisee and member of the ruling council, the Sanhedrin. It was to this man that Yeshua said “unless a person is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of Heaven (John 3:3).

In John 14, Yeshua was speaking to His disciples, bear in mind that they were all Jewish, and He told them – "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6). Thus saying there is no other way for a person, Jewish or not, to enter the Kingdom of God.

So in both these cases we see that Yeshua was speaking to Jews and telling them that they could not be saved apart from Him.

The Church was born as a Jewish entity.

In the first chapter of Acts, Yeshua told His Jewish disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit, He said that after they received this promise they would become His witnesses starting from Jerusalem i.e. with the Jewish people. In other words they were commanded by Yeshua Himself to preach to the Jews.

We are all aware that the church was born on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, what many Christians are unaware of is that Israel had been celebrating this feast since the days of Moses. It is one of the Biblical feasts that God commanded them to observe in Leviticus 23. It was a pilgrimage feast wherein Jews were commanded to return to Jerusalem to celebrate.

Acts 2:5 says “Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.” NIV

These were Jews from the Diaspora who had come to Jerusalem for the feast which is called Shavuot in Hebrew or, in English Pentecost. So when we read of the different nations gathered there in verses 8 and 9 we must understand that although they were from different nations they were all Jewish.

So when Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, rose to speak all those who heard him were Jewish. In fact in verse 22 he addresses the crowd as “men of Israel” and we know the result that day, three thousand people came to faith and were baptised, then again in chapter 3 after the crippled man at the temple was healed, Peter and John were clearly addressing the people of Israel, Peter said “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you?” (Acts 3:12) he then proceeds to give glory to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and to tell them that Yeshua was the prophet Moses had spoken of. The result of this was that two thousand more (Jews) were added to the number of the church (Acts 4:4).

Following this he and John were arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin and told not to preach the name of Yeshua anymore. It was to the Sanhedrin, the ruling council of Jewish leaders that they said “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12). They were telling Jewish religious leaders that the only name by which they could find salvation was the name of Yeshua.

In Acts 21 we see the account of the time when Paul returned to Jerusalem and met with the church leaders, he testified about all that God was doing among the Gentiles, then the Jewish church leaders testified of what God was doing among the Jews: "And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord. And they said to him, You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law" (Acts 21:20 NKJV)

The word myriad in Greek is “murias” which means ten thousand, so myriads would indicate at least twenty thousand. That tells us that there were at least twenty thousand believers in Jerusalem at that time. Historians estimate that in the first century the population was around six hundred thousand, which would have made it nearly 6% of the population. What is more interesting is that “they were all zealous for the law (Torah)” which would make them religious Jews who had come to faith in Messiah Yeshua.

So the gospel was growing in Jerusalem in the first century, it could not have happened if the early disciples had not been preaching to the Jews.

Paul’s Burden for the Jews

Finally let us look at the Apostle Paul; whilst he was called primarily to the Gentiles, he was also deeply burdened for his own people, the Jews. Over and over again in the book of Acts we see him going first to the synagogue in every city he visited, there he preached about Yeshua.

In the book of Romans he clearly states that the gospel of Yeshua is to the Jew first then the Gentiles (Romans 1:16). Furthermore in chapters 9 and 10 he clearly expresses his heart’s desire to see his people (Jews) be saved i.e. through Messiah Yeshua. In 9:1-3 we see that he is so burdened for their salvation that he would have been willing to lose his own salvation if it meant that some Jews would be saved. If this was only Paul’s heart for his own people, then why did God allow it to be included in the Bible? I believe these are not merely the sentiments of Paul, but the heart of God Himself, for His own people whom He had chosen, to come to faith in His Son.

Having said all this, we have to balance it with a right understanding of Jewish salvation. In the past, the church made some terrible mistakes by forcing Jews to "convert to Christianity”. By “conversion” they meant that when a Jewish person converts he/she has to renounce all Jewish practices including keeping the dietary laws, worshipping on Saturday, keeping the Biblical feasts etc. Sadly the church forced these things upon the Jews to the point where their they could not believe that Yeshua could possibly be Jewish, let alone their Messiah.

The gospel allows us to keep our ethnic identities particularly the Jewish people. They do not have to become Christian, i.e. worship on Sunday and keep the Christian festivals and eat non-kosher food. The early Jewish church kept their identity, so we must allow the Jewish people to keep their identities as Jews, while embracing their Jewish Messiah Yeshua. By this we honour them as our older brother.

So, ultimately the gospel is for all people, Jews as well as Gentiles. Our duty as Gentile believers in Yeshua is to provoke the Jews and make them jealous (Romans 11:11), but we must do it in a gentle loving fashion so that they will know and accept Yeshua is their own Messiah. We must also support the work of the Messianic body in Israel who are bringing the message of Yeshua in a totally Jewish context to His own people. Galatians 6:10 tells us to do good to all especially the household of faith, in Israel this means the Messianic Jews, who are our brothers and sisters in Messiah.

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Reflections on COVID-19

Part 2 – Babel 2.0

22 April 2020

Shalom beloved of God,

Once again I pray that you are keeping strong in the Lord during this very trying time. If you or a family member happen to be one of those working on the “front lines” such as medical staff, cleaners or immigration officers etc. I salute you, thank you very much for your selfless service and please extend my thanks to your family and friends who may be doing such jobs.

Before I proceed, I want to reiterate that what I am about to share are my own thoughts and reflections, I do not claim it to be “thus says the Lord”, I ask you to read it and seek discernment from the Holy Spirit, if you feel it is right be my guest to share, if not you are free to delete it.

With this article I would like to share my thoughts derived from my observation of what is going on in the world. As I pondered these things I was reminded of this verse from the book of Ecclesiastes- “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9 NKJV). So how are the things we are experiencing today similar to that happened in the past?

As I pondered I was reminded of the account of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. To better understand that story we need to backtrack to chapter 9 verse 7 God said: "As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it." (Genesis 9:7 NIV)

After the flood, God desired that mankind would populate the earth; instead they decided to stay in one place and build a huge tower that would reach the heavens. Basically they were defying God, and by building that tower they were telling Him that they could now escape a flood if He should ever do it again, we could say they were giving God the middle finger. Many scholars say that this project was led by Nimrod, a grandson of Ham the son of Noah. Whoever it was, he united the entire population of the world at that time to go against the plan of God. We know how that ended; the project was abandoned because God came down and confused the people making them speak different languages so that they could not understand each other.

How does this apply today you might ask. Well with the advent of this current pandemic, what is the constant cry we are hearing? We are hearing the cry for mankind to work together to overcome the pandemic and for this effort to be led by the United Nations’ World Health Organisation. Just the other day celebrities held an online concert entitled “One World At Home”. I believe that at this time it is vital to have a combined effort of nations to find a cure for the virus, but that comes with apocalyptic implications. For decades now, Europe has become the prime example of a conglomeration of nations without borders. The goal was to make region one big nation with a common economy. I find it amazing that the headquarters of the EU in Strasbourg, France, uncannily resembles a painting of the Tower of Babel painted by a Belgian painter named Brugel. Not only that but at the entrance of this building is a statue of a woman riding a beast, the woman is called “Europa” see Revelation 17. Europa in Greek mythology is a goddess who was so beautiful that Zeus came to her in the form of a bull and took her away. So although world governments may appear and claim to be secular and non-religious, we see that there are spiritual forces behind them. The New Testament tells us that there is a warfare going on, not against people but against spiritual forces in heavenly (high) places, this would include rulers in this world.

As the calls are going out for a concerted global effort to find a cure or vaccine for this pandemic, we are simultaneously hearing a call for immunization of the world’s population and, the issuance of some kind of certification of immunization which would come in various forms, the old-fashioned paper method, which of course would be obsolete or a digital format which could go as far as to implant and RFID chip or something similar into the hands of people. Today we already see in China not just “cashless” payments but contactless payments by QR codes. I was told by a Singaporean businessman who has lived in Beijing for fourteen years that even beggars on the street receive money this way. This is not something in the future it is today. Imagine where this will lead to. This of course would eventually lead us to the “mark of the beast” in Revelation 13.

This call for “globalization” does not come simply from world governments but also from the Pope. Pope Francis is often heard speaking about the need for globalization and he is even calling for a "global compact on education", originally scheduled for May 14, 2020, but has since been moved to October 18, 2020. with government and youth leaders together. He speaks more about a human world government these days than of Jesus. His is the moral voice of the globalist agenda.

Satan’s agenda since he seduced Adam and Eve, has been to rule the world, he failed in his attempt to usurp God’s throne in heaven so he came after the throne on earth and took it by seduction. Yeshua came to destroy his work (1 John 3:8) yet while Yeshua’s death on the cross defeated him, the war still rages on. The Apostle Paul speaks about it in Ephesians 6 when he said that we are not fighting against people but against spiritual forces in high places (Ephesians 6:12). These forces that are in high places work through the world’s system and world leaders both government leaders as well as others who in one way or another have influence in the world, be they celebrities or corporate leaders.

In Revelation 12, John writes about a woman with a garland of twelve stars who gives birth to a son. This son ruled the nations with a rod of iron. This picture speaks of Israel, the twelve stars represent the twelve tribes, and the son is Yeshua who will rule the world (Psalm 45:6). Then he writes about the dragon i.e. Satan who would come after the woman, the last verse in this chapter says: And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Revelation 12:17 NKJV)

John mentions the offspring of the woman and seems to imply two groups here: those who keep the commandments of God (Torah) and those who have the testimony of Yeshua. The devil will come after Jews and Christians. This is testified clearly by groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS who have openly said that their targets are the Saturday people and the Sunday people.

I’m sure some of you will ask “but pastor won’t we be raptured by then?” My answer is I hope so. Beloved, please remember that whatever theology we may hold concerning the rapture, there is no solid conclusion. As many scriptures as the pre-tribulationists can furnish to prove their point, the post-tribulationists can do the same as well, my advice is to hold it all loosely. A dear brother once gave me some good advice “hope for the best but prepare for the worst”.

Ephesians 5:16 in the New King James Version says we must walk “circumspectly”, that word means to be aware of your surroundings, to know what is going on around you so that we will not be “caught with your pants down”, but rather to know how God wants us to live and what He wants us to do in this time.

As days get darker we need more and more the light of God, His Word and Spirit, to lead us. In this trying time we should not simply be praying for God to remove the virus from the world but asking Him for the strength and courage to do His will and to shine. God today is calling forth a people the likes of which is spoken of in Revelation 12:11 who overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb, The Word of their testimony and who were willing to lay down their lives. I pray that we will all be willing to be those people.

God bless you.


Shalom Chaverim,

God’s blessings be upon you in Yeshua’s name. Today (26th March) at sunset will begin the Biblical New Year. In case you are unfamiliar let me give a short explanation. In Exodus 12 as the Lord gave Moses and Aaron instructions for the first Passover that would release the Israelites from Egypt, He said "This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.” (Exodus 12:2 NKJV)

The month that the Lord was referring to is the month now known as Nisan, in which Passover falls. Jewish people celebrate the New Year in September/October on Rosh Hashannah which falls on the first of Tishrei, it is known as the “secular New Year”. Jewish people do not hold any kind of celebration on the Biblical New Year, most likely because the Lord did not declare it to be a moed  or feast day. However, the first of Tishrei, is a feast day but it is so because it is the Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah (Leviticus 23:24, Numbers 29:1-6). This day is a much bigger celebration among Jewish people than the Biblical New Year.

This year we shall be celebrating Passover in the shadow of the COVID19 situation which has spread throughout the world, without a doubt it is a very trying time for everyone, the world as well as the church.

Last Sunday morning I suddenly saw this word like a neon sign in my mind, the word was "ENDURANCE". As I pondered this, I began to understand that God wants to build endurance in His people. I suppose you are familiar with the saying that the Christian life is more like a marathon than a hundred metre sprint. To be able to run a marathon one would have to put in a lot of training, which is often very hard. For the information of my foreign friends; every Singaporean male has to serve in the military for two years once they reach the age of eighteen. I myself served six years as a contract serviceman in the Air Force but I did my basic training in an operational infantry unit, which lasted three months. I remember one day when we had to run for practically the whole day. It was tough and we often felt like giving up but we could not. The Bible tells us that God puts us through trials and difficulties to build up our endurance. I was never very athletic as a teenager, but at the end of those three months I could play a full ninety minutes of football (soccer) and then still go for a run. This was due to the tough training I endured. 

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. James 1:2-3 NKJV

The Greek word translated as “patience here is “hupomone” which also means endurance.

In Ephesians 6, the Bible tells us that we are in a spiritual war against principalities and powers in high places.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God; that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:10-13 NKJV

Paul told his spiritual son, Timothy, to endure hardship like a good soldier - You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Timothy 2:3-4 NKJV

This season that we are going through is very difficult but it is recorded in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 that Yeshua said these things (including pestilence) would happen; He calls them labour pains. Any woman who has had a baby or husband who has stood by his wife during childbirth can tell you that as the time of delivery comes closer the pains get more intense and more frequent. So this COVID19 situation will not be the last, there will be more coming and they will be worse. That is why we need to be strong and be able to endure to the end. Yeshua said in Matthew 24:13 that those who endure to the end will be saved.

The Bible also promises a special reward to those who endure: Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. 2 Timothy 2:11-12 NIV

Let’s ponder on this verse for a moment; it says those who endure will reign with Christ; this of course gives us a picture of a king and the one who reigns with him is the queen; his bride. Now take a look at this verse from Revelation.

Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'" And he added, "These are the true words of God." Revelation 19:9 NIV

We have been taught that all of us who believe in Yeshua will be the bride, if that is the case, who then are the guests who are invited? Some say the angels, but I doubt that; they would be the ones working during the wedding banquet. The bride will be those who endure, who have stood firm to the end, not compromising with the world and standing in faith on the promises of God in spite of whatever situation they face. God is preparing the bride of Messiah and He is using these calamities to do it.

How do we endure? Psalm 91 gives us the instruction.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Psalm 91:1-2 NIV

  1. Get closer to God; the picture I see in verse 1 is chicks hiding under the wing of a hen during a storm. The hen just sits there but the chicks need to run and find shelter under her wings. This speaks of a closer relationship with God, going to Him all the time to find shelter.
  2. Boast about the Lord; tell people that even in these trying times whether regarding the health or the economic situation, God is taking care of you. That means no panicking.

Of course this does not mean we should be blasé about the situation, we must observe all the necessary precautions, but we must not fear and we must be a beacon of courage to the world. It does not mean that we won’t get hit by the virus; here in Singapore some of the clusters were churches and the first death was a Christian lady. The difference between us and the world is we will not fear in spite of anything that happens.

On the other hand we also must admit that we are weak, we are unable to endure by ourselves, we need the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through us, so we need to constantly be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 says we should be continuously being filled with the Holy Spirit. The Greek word for “filled” means to be “crammed full”, only when we are full of the Spirit can we endure. We need to top up our tanks daily.

So beloved, be strong in the Lord and the power of HIS might, He will help us to endure and become His bride.

God bless you

Pastor Gilbert Carthigasu

Reflections on COVID-19

Part 1 – Who’s in Charge?

Shalom my friends, 

I pray that you are keeping well during this very difficult time that we find ourselves in today. In this article and the ones to follow, I would like to share my reflections on the current situation, I want to emphasize that these are my reflections and thoughts; I make no claim to say “thus says the Lord”. Although God has used me from time to time speak prophetically, I do not hold the office of a prophet neither do I aspire to it. I simply submit this message to you as the Bible says we are to submit to each other. Please take it to the Lord and let Him speak to your heart and discern, if what I say is true, act on it, if not discard it and you are free to give me your feedback. In this series I will cover how some Christians have responded to the situation and what I see God is about to do in the church.

The first thing that got my attention is the name of the virus, someone decided to call it “corona”, I understand it is due to the shape of it, but the word means “crown” in Spanish. I understand that this is actually a common kind of virus which usually causes flu. Somehow this strain of the virus has the ability to rule the world, today everyone is talking about it, and my inbox is full of messages from all over the world about it. This is the work of the “Prince of the power of the air” who has used the media in all forms to propagate his agenda which is fear. One thing he wants to do amongst the people of God is to make us think that he created this virus and he is controlling things. This is a lie!

If we study the Bible we will see that it is actually God who is in control, even if He did not directly do it, He allowed it. We are approaching Passover and if we look at the situation in Egypt we see that it was God who released the ten plagues on the nation, so that the Israelites, His people, would be set free. To do this God had to show His power:

“Thus says the Lord God of the Hebrews: "Let My people go, that they may serve Me, for at this time I will send all My plagues to your very heart, and on your servants and on your people, that you may know that there is none like Me in all the earth.” (Exodus 9:13-14 NKJV)

Notice God said here that they were His plagues, not the devil’s.

Also God spoke to King Solomon and warned him that He would send catastrophe to the nation: "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, (2 Chronicles 7:13 NIV)

Two things to take note of here; He said “when I shut the heavens ...” meaning it was going to happen. Then in this same sentence God included “plague” which means that He was the one sending the plague among His people, their response should be what He said in verse 14, that they would humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways.

In the book of Revelation we see that each time one of the seven seals are broken, a plague is released upon the earth and all the calamities that happen with t the sounding of the trumpets, but it is Jesus who breaks the seals not the Anti-Christ or the beast or anyone else.

The next question then is why is He doing it? In the book of Exodus, he released the Plagues so that His people would be set free at the same time there was hope in His heart that people from Egypt and other nations would turn to Him, that’s why He made a way for “strangers” to escape.

And when a stranger (non-Israelite) dwells with you and wants to keep the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as a native of the land. For no uncircumcised person shall eat it. (Exodus 12:48 NKJV).

Non-Israelites could escape the final plague if they entered into covenant with God and joined the nation of Israel. The book of Revelation tells us that God releases terrible plagues upon the earth in an attempt to get people to repent but they will not.

But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. (Revelation 9:20-21 NKJV)

So the source of this “plague” that we see today is not the devil, rather it is God; our loving Father, who does not want people to perish but for everyone to repent and be saved, sometimes He has to take harsh measures to get people’s attention. Since this is the case then I believe it is futile for us to rebuke it, because we would then be rebuking the work of God.

Yet just as our Father was able to protect Israel through the plagues in Egypt, He is also able to keep us through this and any future other plagues that may (and will) come our way. We must not fear we must be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

So what should be our response? First we should not get caught up by fear, unlike the masses who take to panic buying and hoarding. Live a life of faith, quietly trusting God to take care of you and your loved ones.

Secondly we should spread the faith, I admire the Christians in Wuhan, who, in spite of their dire circumstances went out on the streets to share the gospel and give out masks to people. We need to imitate such faith.

Thirdly, be wise, take all necessary precautions as prescribed by health authorities, I’m sure some of you may ask “what about church meetings?” I shall deal with that issue in another part of this message. In the meantime stay safe under the wings of our almighty Father.

Ultimately, let us rest assured that it is our God is wearing the crown, not a virus, so let's give Him the throne in our lives.

Pastor Gilbert Carthigasu


(One New Man Asia)

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8 December 2019

A Tribute to A Giant.

This morning I awoke to the news that one of the greatest evangelist in Christian history, Reinhard Bonnke, had gone home to the Lord. His life was marked by millions who came to believe in Jesus in Africa and beyond and also by the numerous church leaders who were raised through his ministry. The church is poorer for his passing into glory.

Reading the many eulogies that have been posted online, I realized that very few of us "ordinary Christians" can emulate him when it comes to the results of his ministry, so for most, it would seem an impossible dream to be like him. Yet the Apostle Paul told the church in Corinth to imitate him as he imitated Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1), is there then anything about brother Bonnke that we as "ordinary Christians" can emulate? I believe there is.

I believe that in heaven, brother Bonnke will not be rewarded for the millions who were saved nor the multitude of miracles and healings that took place, I say this because it was not his words or actions that did this but rather the conviction and power of the Holy Spirit working through him that achieved these great results and all glory for those belong to God. Oh yes, he will be greatly rewarded not for the results but for his faithfulness to the vision and calling that God gave him. Towards the end of his life as Apostle Paul stood before King Agrippa he said “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19). Jesus told us that God rewards faithfulness; in the gospel of Matthew twice He said that the master would say to the servants “well done my good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21,23).

So what impresses me most about brother Bonnke’s life is not the results, but his faithfulness to the calling he received as a young boy to be a missionary in Africa and staying faithful to that vision throughout his life. I am sure there must have been many setbacks and discouraging moments in his life, but he persisted and kept the faith. It is this trait that every Christian can and should emulate, to be faithful to the vision that God gave us.

Brother Bonnke’s life challenges each and every believer in Christ to imitate him, not focusing on results, but to stay faithful to the call. I salute you Brother Bonnke and thank the Lord for giving us such a great example of faithfulness. We must also thank his wife and family for allowing him to fulfill that call our sympathies and prayers for comfort go out to them.

Was Jesus Palestinian?


Gilbert Carthigasu

(Director, One New Man Asia)

27 April, 2019

This past week, the New York Times and Ilhan Omar, the Democrat Party's congresswoman made a statement saying that Jesus was a Palestinian. 

To be fair the NYT later issued a correction that said:

Correction: April 26, 2019

Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to Jesus’s background. While he lived in an area that later came to be known as Palestine, Jesus was a Jew who was born in Bethlehem.

Read the full article here:

Omar is not the first to make such a claim, in the past, Palestinian leaders such as Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas and others in the Arab world have made the same statement.

Most of us would dismiss such statements as foolish ramblings and inconsequential but actually there is something more behind it.

A World at War

Most of us don’t realize it but we are living in a war zone; the Bible tells us so:

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)

This tells us that there is a war going on that we cannot see because it happens in the spiritual realm, it says we are fighting against “powers and rulers of this age”. This means it is more than just the devil bring difficulties into our personal lives it far greater and more strategic than the individual believer, even individual churches or denominations. It is a war for the mind-set of people. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says that our weapons are mighty to the tearing down of arguments that holds itself against the knowledge of Christ. Thus the battlefield is the minds of people. This is very evident today where in some places if a person born physically male believes he is actually a female he/she can use the women’s restroom, compete in sports against women etc. As they say “it’s all in the mind”.

Our adversary, Ha Satan as he is known in Hebrew, or Satan in English has only one weapon, a weapon he has used since he tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden; lies. Jesus himself called him the father of lies (John 8:44). So fake news and lies are his domain and the weapons he uses to control the world.

So what is the significance of this statement?

  1. It causes people to doubt the accuracy of the Bible. Some believers who are not well grounded in the Bible will begin to doubt its authenticity and accuracy because the statement seem true since the Palestinians claim that they are native to the land.
  2. It is aimed at separating the person of Jesus from Israel and thereby the church from her roots in Israel, because if Jesus was Palestinian as they claim then we today have no connection with the land and the people of Israel. At the same time it seeks to undermine the church’s support for Israel.
  3. By changing the identity of Jesus they try to validate their claim to the land implying that they have been there at least two thousand years.

The History of Palestine

Ancient History

There is a theology that has been taught since the second century by our early church fathers that says that since Israel rejected Christ, God is finished with them and no longer has a place for them in the redemption of the world. It is called “Replacement Theology”. It is wrong, the Apostle Paul himself declared that God still loves the Jewish people and they have not lost their calling (Romans 11:25-30). However replacement theology has so impacted the church that many Bibles have maps at the back with the title “Palestine in Jesus’ Day” or “First Century Palestine” or something similar. This is not true; there never was a Palestine in Jesus Day!

The land that Jesus lived in, was called Judea, a province of the Roman Empire. Pontius Pilate was appointed by the Emperor Tiberias, as governor of that province. (Luke 3:1) You may notice in the map in the column on the left that Bethlehem and Jerusalem were all part of that province.

Things changed after the Great Revolt of 70 AD when Jewish zealots tried to free Israel from Roman rule. Roman army crushed the rebellion, destroyed the temple and evicted the Jews from Jerusalem. Then after a second rebellion, called the Bar Kochbah rebellion, from 132-136 AD the Jews were chased out of the land. Then the Romans renamed Jerusalem; Aelia Capitolina and the land was renamed “Syria Philistina” after the ancient enemies of Israel, the Philistines who had disappeared since the days of King David. It also must be noted that that the Philistines were invaders who came from Greece and settled in South Western Judea.

Christians, particularly preachers and teachers of the Bible need to be careful and not use this term which is historically and Biblically incorrect.

Modern History

Throughout history until 1988 there was never a state in the world called “Palestine”.  In November 1988 Yasser Arafat unilaterally declared it. The people living in the land when Israel was given statehood in 1948 were Arabs, not “Palestinians”. Jerusalem and other parts of the land were controlled by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In fact until today, the Temple Mount area is controlled by the Jordanian Mufti.

The fact that there was no state called Palestinian is easily proven. In all the wars that Israel fought, they never faced a Palestinian army:

In 1948, the War of Independence; Israel fought against Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq

In 1967, the Six Day War; Israel fought against Egypt, Syria and Jordan.

In 1973, the Yom Kippur War; Israel fought against Egypt and Syria.

In all these wars there were fighters who called themselves Palestinians but not an official Palestinian army because there was no state called Palestine.

Therefore there is no way that Jesus could have been Palestinian. Now let’s turn to Jesus.

The “Jewishness” of Jesus.

Let us take a look at Jesus’ life and see whether this claim is true.

He was born in Bethlehem, now the Palestinians would say “aha!” because Bethlehem today is under the control of the Palestinian Authority. Bible history however tells us something different.

"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting." (Micah 5:2 NKJV)

The prophet describes Bethlehem as being part of Judah, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, he also says that the one who is coming, Messiah, will be ruler of Israel. Nowhere is Palestine mentioned here.

The gospel of Matthew tells us that he was a descendant of King David, the greatest king of Israel, in fact Matthew traces His lineage back to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Palestinians of today are Arabs who are descendants of Ishmael.

Jesus because He was/is Jewish regularly went to synagogue on the Sabbath or Shabbat (Luke 4:16). In this chapter we also see that Jesus was given the scroll to read and exhort from the reading, this was an honour given to visiting teachers and only to Jewish teachers. Had he not been Jewish they would not have extended that honour to him. In fact if one reads the gospels we find Jesus regularly in the synagogues on Shabbat, sometimes challenging the Pahrisees.

We also see in the gospels that he kept the Feasts of the Lord; we see him in Jerusalem many time in the gospel at Passover, in fact He and the disciples were observing the Passover when they had the Last Supper. We also see Him at the Temple during the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7).

When He was crucified, Pontius Pilate declared that He was Jewish by placing a sign over his head saying “King of the Jews”.

Finally, the church was born Jewish. Our “parents” are Jewish:

"Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; (Isaiah 51:1-2 NKJV)

Isaiah speaks to people who follow righteousness and seek the Lord, i.e. Christians saying Abraham is our father and Sarah our mother.

All the disciples were Jewish, particularly from Galilee (Acts 1:11, 2:7)

All those who heard the disciples at Pentecost were Jews (Acts 2:5) thus the first church was Jewish.

Apostle Paul says that Jesus broke down the barrier between Jew and Gentile and made us one in Him. (Ephesians 2:11-16).

Just as in a human family we are not given a choice as to who our siblings will be, similarly in God’s family we were not given a choice. God bound us with Israel and though some are still astray, we pray for the day when like the prodigal they will return.

So finally, remember that God has grafted us not into a Palestinian tree but a Jewish Olive tree, we get our nourishment from that tree, i.e. The Word of God. Don't allow the world to deceive you.

God bless you

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Who Really Killed Jesus

On Good Friday, this year, 2019. Some Christians in Poland made an effigy of Judas, looking like an orthodox Jew, they beat and burned the effigy. Sadly this is not a new phenomenon but one that dates back centuries. Jews have been attacked and killed because they were labeled by the church as being the killers of Christ. In this article I tackle the issue of who really killed Jesus. Read it here

The Law And Grace Dilemma

One of the dilemmas facing the Body of Christ today, is the relationship between law and grace. Are these two concepts diametrically opposed to each other or can we find a balance between the two? To find out read the article here.