This article appeared in the Summer 1997 issue of The Tree of Life Magazine
NEWSGROUP PRAISE REPORT FROM NORWAY
Many of you are just finding out about the internet, and we wanted to share with you a wonderful testimony and a lesson hot off the Hebraic Heritage Newsgroup. Since we study the Hebraic "roots" of our faith, we have a "nickname" for those in the newsgroup: We are known as "Rooters." This couple live in Bergen, Norway and were invited to write an article for this magazine. It arrived June 11 and we just couldn't resist sharing it with you. Now you can hear what is happening in another part of the world, and know that this is not the only letter that we receive. Things are happening all over the world! Baruch HaShem! Cheryle Holeman
Dear Rooters: Shalom!
First of all, thank you Eddie and thank you Cheryle and Tom! You don't realize how much you have meant to us up in the cold north. We also want to thank all of you in this newsgroup. We have learned a lot from you the last few months. But most of all, we are grateful to the L-rd who showed us the way.
We were supposed to write (much) earlier, but we feel that our English is not "perfect" (good enough???), therefore we has been kind of slow. We hope you will forgive us.
But here we are, Arne and Grete Wang, from the western part of Norway, more precisely, from a town called Bergen. We have been more or less like other gentile believers, ordinary Christian, "good" people, doing the right things etc.
One day, 7 years ago, the L-rd revealed to us, the truth that Israel still has a particular place in G-d's plan for this world. We understood that He wanted us to study this matter, and from that day our lives changed. We did not have any teacher, because the congregation we belonged to, didn't believe that Israel still were G-d's chosen people. Therefore we had to rely on the Bible and the Holy Spirit. That was enough!! We prayed to Him in a different way that we used to. And He lead us ALL THE WAY. We studied both the Old Covenant and the History of the Jews and the Church.
In 1993 we knew that the time had come to share some of the truths we had been taught. What happened? The L-rd gave us a free access to a secular local Radio Station (He had been training us for 3 years in a Christian Radio program), He also supported us with our own Studio (a new house..... that's another story). We started to produce a 1 hour weekly Program, called "Israel, in the past, present and future". After about 6 months, we were able to increase to a 1 hour 45 min. long Program each week. They were so popular that the owner of the Radio Station, offered us even more free time on the air. Therefore more people were able to listen and we are now "on the air" 2 hours 45 min. every week. In the beginning we didn't realize which direction this would lead us, but one year later we experienced a new revelation.
A dear friend of ours, went to Israel to celebrate Succot. When she came back, she brought a stack of audio cassettes (and some books) from the feast. In this stack, we found Richard Booker with his Seminar from one of his books: "How the Cross became a Sword". We literally "took off",
now we understood!!! We had to get hold of his books, and we called International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and ordered all his books!! They understood that this was urgent and sent what they had immediately.
Now The Holy Spirit lead our studies in a new
direction, we started to understand how important the Roots of
our faith was. We had to tell others about what the L-rd had
revealed to us, and the Radio programs was the best way to teach
others about this wonderful truth.
In July last year 1996, the L-rd spoke to us and told us to arrange a week-end Seminar at a small Christian Country Hotel, not far from Bergen. We called the Headmaster at once, and booked in for one week-end in the fall. Then we started to plan for this event, and since I just had got INTERNET-access in my computer, we started to Surf on the Net. I remember I used the keyword "Shabbat", and guess who we found? HEBRAIC HERITAGE MINISTRIES!!!! Praise the L-ord!!!
We really found something, everything we needed for the week-end. I, who never had translated anything, had to do just that. OK, the L-rd is the Master, He know what we are supposed to do, so be obedient, even if it seems strange at the moment, He knows everything and He will use them who are willing!!
The Seminar was a great success, 40 people, Erev Shabbat in the Country far up north!! Who would imagine? They wanted more, we would like to do more, and we did!! Close to New Year we "stumbled" over Ha'YDid Ministries, we knew this was from the L-rd, He had lead us, no doubt. He wanted us to study more of the L-rds Festivals, especially Passover. I just had to obey, He wanted us to do a Passover Seder Demonstration, we had never been to any, so what should we do?
Cheryle had already been through that part and I learned a lot of her "Anti Panic Passover Guide". If it is OK, I will translate it and adjust it a little for Scandinavian use. Then we read Eddie's fabulous Haggadah, and we found it so important that we decided to translate it as it was. (We asked for permission first!) We will send it over to you Eddie!!
Praise the Lord! Sounds great! The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever !!!
In Norway we could not get Matzah, so I just had to make it myself. (I have never seen "real Matzah", I have only read about it). But I learned a lot. We had to drive for 8 hours, looking for Grape juice, but, for the first time in our life, we did not find any. The L-rd did another miracle, He made "grape juice" out of black currant and red currant juice. It tasted like grape!!!
I could have wrote a book about all our efforts, preparing the Passover Seder, but it turned out to be an unforgettable evening. Our plan was to celebrate with a few people, and we rented a lounge for maximum 30 people. I ordered turkey and got 5 nice ladies for hostesses. I told our listeners about the event, and they started to call. We had to say stop after 40 -----, we were too many already, but everybody felt the presence of the L-rd, and we will do it again next year.
We now have our own Homepage (in Norwegian) if you would like to visit? Do you speak Norwegian?? I doubt it. But you may know some Scandinavians? Both Norwegians, Swedish and Danish understand each other.
We are looking forward to doing more for our L-rd, and we know that all of us in this group has a great and very important work ahead. More and more people are searching for their roots, and we are supposed to tell them where their real roots are to find.
We had plans for Shavuot, but the L-rd stopped us. I'm not sure why, but I think it has to do with the date. How can we know where to start counting the Omer?
I explain this in my book, "The Seven Festivals of the Messiah".
In Lev 23:15 it is written:
"And you shall count unto you from the MORROW AFTER THE SABBATH, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven sabbaths shall be complete"
The ISSUE is that there are TWO sabbath during the week of
Passover.The 1st day of Unleavened Bread (Nisan 15) is declared by God to be a SPECIAL sabbath known as a "high sabbath" (John 19:31). This day is a sabbath regardless of what day of the week that it falls on. This is in addition to the weekly sabbath.
There was a disagreement between the Sadducees and the Pharisees regarding the interpretation of this verse. The Sadducees and the Pharisees did NOT like each other. The Sadducees took the verse LITERALLY and took it to mean to morrow after the "WEEKLY sabbath". The Pharisees took the verse to mean the SPECIAL sabbath of Nisan 15. The modern day Orthodox Jews are descendents from the Biblical Pharisees. So, today, Judaism begins counting from the SPECIAL sabbath being Nisan 15.
Although MOST of the doctrine of the Sadducees was UNBIBLICAL (Acts 23:7-8), it this case, I believe that the Sadducees were correct. Yeshua/Jesus is our example. HE died on Passover. HE is our First Fruits (I Cor 15:20, 23). Therefore, I believe that the counting should according to the WEEKLY sabbath.
Shalom and G-d Bless you all.
Arne and Grete Wang
If you like to visit: http://home.sn.no/~gwang/
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