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.

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."

After six days

"When did the transfiguration happen? The gospels of Matthew and Mark both indicate that the revelation on the high mountain happened “after six days.” ... Six days after what?"

The three who saw

"Yeshua said that some of his disciples would not die before they saw the kingdom arrive. Which ones? And when did that happen?"

Teaching with authority

"The crowds found the prophet from Nazareth teaching His disciples on the mount, and they gathered around Him to listen. They heard his fiery words about entering the kingdom and the righteousness of the religious."

The house on the sand

"Have you built your spiritual life on sand? It’s one thing to know about Yeshua and believe in him; it’s another thing to heed his words and obey them."

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