First Fruits of Zion Staff

First Fruits of Zion Staff
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First Fruits of Zion specializes in the study and teaching of Scripture from its historical, linguistic, and cultural context. Using the latest scholarship, ancient Jewish sources, and extra-biblical literature, we present a Messianic Jewish reading of the Bible and early Jewish-Christianity. We do this by publishing books, ebooks, magazines, journals, study programs, audio and audio-visual resources, and presenting new material through seminars, conferences, and guided Israel tours. First Fruits of Zion specializes in the study and teaching of Scripture from its historical, linguistic, and cultural context. Using the latest scholarship, ancient Jewish sources, and extra-biblical literature, we present a Messianic Jewish reading of the Bible and early Jewish-Christianity. We do this by publishing books, ebooks, magazines, journals, study programs, audio and audio-visual resources, and presenting new material through seminars, conferences, and guided Israel tours.

Coming down the mountain

"At the sound of the terrifying voice from heaven, the disciples collapsed face down on the ground—their bodies reflexively prostrating before the Almighty. Each of the three disciples could later recount..."

Bat Kol at the transfiguration

"The voice that spoke from heaven at the Transfiguration alluded to important Messianic prophecies. Do you know what they are?"

The Cloud of Glory and the Transfiguration

"In the Torah, the cloud of glory conceals the Shechinah, the Dwelling Presence of the LORD. The same cloud lead Israel in the wilderness, descended on Mount Sinai, and settled upon the Tabernacle."

Three Sukkot on Mount Transfiguration

"While the Master prayed through the long hours of the night, Simon Peter, James, and John could not fight off sleep. Their eyes were very heavy. As they would later do in Gethsemane, they fell asleep while Yeshua prayed. They slept, unaware of His transfiguration and the presence of Moses and Elijah until they awoke."

Message from Heaven at Mount Transfiguration

"Yeshua needed information about the path before Him. The generation had failed to heed the warnings He and John the Immerser had offered. The arrest of execution of John the Immerser betokened the people’s rejection of their message."

Elijah and Moses at the transfiguration

“Elijah appeared to them along with Moses; and they were talking with Yeshua” (Mark 9:4). What is the significance?

The gift of repentance

"We are now leaving behind the memories of destruction, both of the Temple and of the Jewish people, as we exit out of the month of Av and enter into the month of Elul."

The metamorphosis

"A metamorphosis is the process of substantially changing (or transfiguring) from one physical state to another. In what manner did Yeshua change from one state to another?"

Transfigured in prayer

"The story of the transfiguration begins when Yeshua “took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray” (Luke 9:28). It says that he went up on the mountain “to pray,” not to transfigure. He had a lot to pray about."

Where did the transfiguration occur?

"The gospels do not indicate the location of the high mountain that the Master chose. Early church tradition places the transfiguration on Mount Tabor, a prominent hill at the eastern end of the Jezreel valley, not far from Nazareth."

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