Hashkama: 25th November 2015: A New Beginning

A few years have passed since I wrote the first Hashkama article.  At that time I was thinking of retiring and producing an article maybe two or three times a year.  I needed to give this little new project a title and a friend in Israel suggested the Hebrew word Hashkama.  It means Wake Up!  It was appropriate for what I had in mind.

It was about that time that Steve Maltz asked to meet with me, and he suggested that I think about writing a weekly column for Kesherweb.  I agreed to give it a go, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Hashkama: The Highway to Babylon [Part 5 – Final]

The book of Revelation, the last book in the Bible, takes us back to a “whole world” scenario (Genesis 11:1), and to Babylon (Revelation Ch.’s 17 & 18).  We perhaps think of Babylon as the world system that will produce a world leader, the Antichrist.  Some believe that when the Bible speaks about Jerusalem, it means the literal City of Jerusalem; therefore, they conclude, Babylon means the literal, rebuilt City of Babylon of the Last Days.

Hashkama: The Highway to Babylon [Part 3]

Different translations of Genesis 11:1

(a)At first, the people of the whole world had only one language and used the same words.  (b)At one time the whole earth had the same language and vocabulary.  (c)There was a time when the entire earth spoke a common language with an identical vocabulary.  (d)The whole earth had a common language and a common vocabulary.  (e)And all the earth was one language, one set of words.

Watch your Language

Hashkama: The Highway to Babylon [Part 2]

It is after Noah wakes up from his drunken slumber that he distinguishes the good from the bad (Genesis 9:24-27).  After this distinction is made it is apparent that only one line of humanity can emerge onto a new path, one that leads to God (Matthew 7:14).  As we read through the accounts in Genesis, we gain a further insight on Jesus’ words – “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it” (Matthew 7:13).  We also discover something of the spirit and nature of the wide gate, or in

Hashkama: It’s Time to Shine

Reading through Chapters 15 and 16 of the Book of Revelation, one discovers something very terrible for the world.  In Chapter 15 the seven angels with the seven last plagues appear.  The plagues are the last, because with them God’s wrath is completed.  In Chapter 16, the seven bowls of God’s wrath are poured out on the world.  The first bowl brought out ugly and painful sores on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshipped his image.  Those beings that had been created in the image of the Living God are now worshipping an image of the beast.  The s

Hashkama: The Highway to Babylon [Part 1]

A few years ago, a friend of mine planted a vineyard in the Negev desert.  After the Flood, Noah planted a vineyard (Genesis 9:21).  It is interesting that they did so because the vineyard features in various parts of Scripture.  In Deuteronomy 20:6, planting a vineyard was parallel to building a house or marrying one’s betrothed.  Then there is the vineyard of the Lord of Hosts in Isaiah 5:7.

Hashkama: China and the gap in its Armour

Nations condemn China, some saying that China should not be allowed to destroy the world, yet China has been given a place on the United Nations panel of Human Rights.  As a famous tennis player used to say – “You cannot be serious!”  But alas, those nations in the United Nations appear to be very serious.  One wonders if they even know what “human rights” are.  Is it the right to suffer pandemics at the hands of an already powerful nation, and one that has ambitions to rule the world?  Is it a human right to persecute Christians and other groups as Government polic

Hashkama: The Exception Clause Error and its Consequences (1)

Many years ago, I recommended a speaker to a group of mature Christians in a nearby town.  They were planning to hold meetings, inviting itinerate ministers to teach God’s word.  They rejected the speaker I put forward and I couldn’t think why.  He was well-known, educated in the word of God, and an itinerant speaker.  I had been in touch with David Pawson, so I suggested they invite him instead, which they did.  David spoke regularly on various topics, and I believe his relationship with Anchor Recordings developed at that time.  So, what was the problem with