Hanukkah reception at the White House! How wonderful! Please watch this, your heart will surely be touched! Happy Hanukkah everyone!

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https://www.c-span.org/video/?438272-1/president-trump-delivers-remarks-white-house-hanukkah-reception

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Psalm 119: The Delight of YHVH’s Torah!

Virtually every verse of Psalm 119 is about loving, welcoming and obeying God’s Torah in our lives! Perfect for anyone who wants to align themselves with God’s purposes for their lives and their nation. When I read this Psalm, I concentrate on every single verse, and I pray and mean it with all of my heart unto the Lord!
Psalm 119 from the World Messianic Bible (WMB, using God’s personal name YHVH)
ALEPH
1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to YHVH’s law.
2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes,
who seek him with their whole heart.
3 Yes, they do nothing wrong.
They walk in his ways.
4 You have commanded Your precepts,
that we should fully obey them.
5 Oh that my ways were steadfast
to obey Your statutes!
6 Then I wouldn’t be disappointed,
when I consider all of Your commandments.
7 I will give thanks to you with uprightness of heart,
when I learn Your righteous judgments.
8 I will observe Your statutes.
Don’t utterly forsake me.
BET
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to Your word.
10 With my whole heart, I have sought you.
Don’t let me wander from Your commandments.
11 I have hidden Your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, YHVH.
Teach me Your statutes.
13 With my lips,
I have declared all the ordinances of Your mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts,
and consider Your ways.
16 I will delight myself in Your statutes.
I will not forget Your word.
GIMEL
17 Do good to Your servant.
I will live and I will obey Your word.
18 Open my eyes,
that I may see wondrous things out of Your Torah.
19 I am a stranger on the earth.
Don’t hide Your commandments from me.
20 My soul is consumed with longing for Your ordinances at all times.
21 You have rebuked the proud who are cursed,
who wander from Your commandments.
22 Take reproach and contempt away from me,
for I have kept Your statutes.
23 Though princes sit and slander me,
Your servant will meditate on Your statutes.
24 Indeed Your statutes are my delight,
and my counselors.
DALED
25 My soul is laid low in the dust.
Revive me according to Your word!
26 I declared my ways, and you answered me.
Teach me Your statutes.
27 Let me understand the teaching of Your precepts!
Then I will meditate on Your wondrous works.
28 My soul is weary with sorrow:
strengthen me according to Your word.
29 Keep me from the way of deceit.
Grant me Your Torah graciously!
30 I have chosen the way of truth.
I have set Your ordinances before me.
31 I cling to Your statutes, YHVH.
Don’t let me be disappointed.
32 I run in the path of Your commandments,
for you have set my heart free.
HEY
33 Teach me, YHVH, the way of Your statutes.
I will keep them to the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I will keep Your Torah.
Yes, I will obey it with my whole heart.
35 Direct me in the path of Your commandments,
for I delight in them.
36 Turn my heart toward Your statutes,
not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things.
Revive me in Your ways.
38 Fulfill Your promise to Your servant,
that you may be feared.
39 Take away my disgrace that I dread,
for Your ordinances are good.
40 Behold, I long for Your precepts!
Revive me in Your righteousness.
VAV
41 Let Your loving kindness also come to me, YHVH,
Your salvation, according to Your word.
42 So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me,
for I trust in Your word.
43 Don’t snatch the word of truth out of my mouth,
for I put my hope in Your ordinances.
44 So I will obey Your Torah continually,
forever and ever.
45 I will walk in liberty,
for I have sought Your precepts.
46 I will also speak of Your statutes before kings,
and will not be disappointed.
47 I will delight myself in Your commandments,
because I love them.
48 I reach out my hands for Your commandments, which I love.
I will meditate on Your statutes.
ZAYIN
49 Remember Your word to Your servant,
because you gave me hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
for Your word has revived me.
51 The arrogant mock me excessively,
but I don’t swerve from Your Torah.
52 I remember Your ordinances of old, YHVH,
and have comforted myself.
53 Indignation has taken hold on me,
because of the wicked who forsake Your Torah.
54 Your statutes have been my songs
in the house where I live.
55 I have remembered Your name, YHVH, in the night,
and I obey Your Torah.
56 This is my way,
that I keep Your precepts.
CHET
57 YHVH is my portion.
I promised to obey Your words.
58 I sought Your favor with my whole heart.
Be merciful to me according to Your word.
59 I considered my ways,
and turned my steps to Your statutes.
60 I will hurry, and not delay,
to obey Your commandments.
61 The ropes of the wicked bind me,
but I won’t forget Your Torah.
62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to you,
because of Your righteous ordinances.
63 I am a friend of all those who fear you,
of those who observe Your precepts.
64 The earth is full of Your loving kindness, YHVH.
Teach me Your statutes.
TET
65 Do good to Your servant,
according to Your word, YHVH.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
for I believe in Your commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted, I went astray;
but now I observe Your word.
68 You are good, and do good.
Teach me Your statutes.
69 The proud have smeared a lie upon me.
With my whole heart, I will keep Your precepts.
70 Their heart is as callous as the fat,
but I delight in Your Torah.
71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
that I may learn Your statutes.
72 The Torah you have spoken is better to me than thousands of pieces of gold and silver.
YUD
73 Your hands have made me and formed me.
Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
74 Those who fear you will see me and be glad,
because I have put my hope in Your word.
75 YHVH, I know that Your judgments are righteous,
that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76 Please let Your loving kindness be for my comfort,
according to Your word to Your servant.
77 Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live;
for Your Torah is my delight.
78 Let the proud be disappointed, for they have overthrown me wrongfully.
I will meditate on Your precepts.
79 Let those who fear you turn to me.
They will know Your statutes.
80 Let my heart be blameless toward Your decrees,
that I may not be disappointed.
KAF
81 My soul faints for Your salvation.
I hope in Your word.
82 My eyes fail for Your word.
I say, “When will you comfort me?”
83 For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke.
I don’t forget Your statutes.
84 How many are the days of Your servant?
When will you execute judgment on those who persecute me?
85 The proud have dug pits for me,
contrary to Your Torah.
86 All of Your commandments are faithful.
They persecute me wrongfully.
Help me!
87 They had almost wiped me from the earth,
but I didn’t forsake Your precepts.
88 Preserve my life according to Your loving kindness,
so I will obey the statutes of Your mouth.
LAMED
89 YHVH, Your word is settled in heaven forever.
90 Your faithfulness is to all generations.
You have established the earth, and it remains.
91 Your laws remain to this day,
for all things serve you.
92 Unless Your Torah had been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget Your precepts,
for with them, you have revived me.
94 I am Yours.
Save me, for I have sought Your precepts.
95 The wicked have waited for me, to destroy me.
I will consider Your statutes.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but Your commands are boundless.
MEM
97 How I love Your Torah!
It is my meditation all day.
98 Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
for Your commandments are always with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for Your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the aged,
because I have kept Your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet from every evil way,
that I might observe Your word.
102 I have not turned away from Your ordinances,
for you have taught me.
103 How sweet are Your promises to my taste,
more than honey to my mouth!
104 Through Your precepts, I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.
NUN
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet,
and a light for my path.
106 I have sworn, and have confirmed it,
that I will obey Your righteous ordinances.
107 I am afflicted very much.
Revive me, YHVH, according to Your word.
108 Accept, I beg you, the willing offerings of my mouth.
YHVH, teach me Your ordinances.
109 My soul is continually in my hand,
yet I won’t forget Your Torah.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me,
yet I haven’t gone astray from Your precepts.
111 I have taken Your testimonies as a heritage forever,
for they are the joy of my heart.
112 I have set my heart to perform Your statutes forever,
even to the end.
SAMEKH
113 I hate double-minded men,
but I love Your Torah.
114 You are my hiding place and my shield.
I hope in Your word.
115 Depart from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live.
Let me not be ashamed of my hope.
117 Hold me up, and I will be safe,
and will have respect for Your statutes continually.
118 You reject all those who stray from Your statutes,
for their deceit is in vain.
119 You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross.
Therefore I love Your testimonies.
120 My flesh trembles for fear of you.
I am afraid of Your judgments.
AYIN
121 I have done what is just and righteous.
Don’t leave me to my oppressors.
122 Ensure Your servant’s well-being.
Don’t let the proud oppress me.
123 My eyes fail looking for Your salvation,
for Your righteous word.
124 Deal with Your servant according to Your loving kindness.
Teach me Your statutes.
125 I am Your servant. Give me understanding,
that I may know Your testimonies.
126 It is time to act, YHVH,
for they break Your Torah.
127 Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold,
yes, more than pure gold.
128 Therefore I consider all of Your precepts to be right.
I hate every false way.
PEY
129 Your testimonies are wonderful,
therefore my soul keeps them.
130 The entrance of Your words gives light.
It gives understanding to the simple.
131 I opened my mouth wide and panted,
for I longed for Your commandments.
132 Turn to me, and have mercy on me,
as you always do to those who love Your name.
133 Establish my footsteps in Your word.
Don’t let any iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Redeem me from the oppression of man,
so I will observe Your precepts.
135 Make Your face shine on Your servant.
Teach me Your statutes.
136 Streams of tears run down my eyes,
because they don’t observe Your Torah.
TZADI
137 You are righteous, YHVH.
Your judgments are upright.
138 You have commanded Your statutes in righteousness.
They are fully trustworthy.
139 My zeal wears me out,
because my enemies ignore Your words.
140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested,
and Your servant loves them.
141 I am small and despised.
I don’t forget Your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness.
Your Torah is truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold of me.
Your commandments are my delight.
144 Your testimonies are righteous forever.
Give me understanding, that I may live.
KUF
145I have called with my whole heart.
Answer me, YHVH!
I will keep Your statutes.
146 I have called to you. Save me!
I will obey Your statutes.
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help.
I put my hope in Your words.
148 My eyes stay open through the night watches,
that I might meditate on Your word.
149 Hear my voice according to Your loving kindness.
Revive me, YHVH, according to Your ordinances.
150 They draw near who follow after wickedness.
They are far from Your Torah.
151 You are near, YHVH.
All Your commandments are truth.
152 Of old I have known from Your testimonies,
that you have founded them forever.
RESH
153 Consider my affliction, and deliver me,
for I don’t forget Your Torah.
154 Plead my cause, and redeem me!
Revive me according to Your promise.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
for they don’t seek Your statutes.
156 Great are Your tender mercies, YHVH.
Revive me according to Your ordinances.
157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries.
I haven’t swerved from Your testimonies.
158 I look at the faithless with loathing,
because they don’t observe Your word.
159 Consider how I love Your precepts.
Revive me, YHVH, according to Your loving kindness.
160 All of Your words are truth.
Every one of Your righteous ordinances endures forever.
SIN AND SHIN
161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause,
but my heart stands in awe of Your words.
162 I rejoice at Your word,
as one who finds great plunder.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood.
I love Your Torah.
164 Seven times a day, I praise you,
because of Your righteous ordinances.
165 Those who love Your Torah have great peace.
Nothing causes them to stumble.
166I have hoped for Your salvation, YHVH.
I have done Your commandments.
167 My soul has observed Your testimonies.
I love them exceedingly.
168 I have obeyed Your precepts and Your testimonies,
for all my ways are before you.
TAV
169 Let my cry come before you, YHVH.
Give me understanding according to Your word.
170 Let my supplication come before you.
Deliver me according to Your word.
171 Let my lips utter praise,
for you teach me Your statutes.
172 Let my tongue sing of Your word,
for all Your commandments are righteousness.
173 Let Your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen Your precepts.
174I have longed for Your salvation [yeshuat], YHVH.
Your Torah is my delight.
175 Let my soul live, that I may praise you.
Let Your ordinances help me.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep.
Seek Your servant, for I don’t forget Your commandments.
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America Moves its Embassy to Jerusalem: Isaiah 44:24-28

YHVH is giving me a new song this morning, and I’m shaking in its implications. Please pray I will be able to manifest this faithfully.

When America moves its embassy to Jerusalem (which was just announced by President Trump yesterday) this will be a powerful statement to the world about Israel’s sovereign right to the land — and a prophetic fulfillment that will bring the countdown clock to Messiah’s coming one big step closer! (it may also unleash WW3 in the Middle East, but that’s beside the point).

Early this morning I received powerful words from the LORD (YHVH) during my Bible studies from Isaiah 44 (which is the Haftarah portion #24 of the yearly pattern of Jewish scripture reading up to v.23). It’s a powerful passage of scripture! But where it gets even more powerful is right after the parasha reading concludes, and that’s concerning King Cyrus. Up to Isaiah 44:23 the LORD dramatically sets the stage for Judah and Jerusalem’s restoration that would be brought about specifically through His chosen shepherd, one NAMED Cyrus (see the poetry of Isaiah 44:24-28 — yes YHVH through Isaiah named Cyrus specifically 140 years in advance! ) Isaiah 44:24 begins a 5-verse poem by YHVH that leads to the climax of verse 28, the announcement that YHVH’s instrument would be a king whose name would be “Cyrus”, and it is he who will cause Jerusalem to be rebuilt, and the foundation of the temple to be laid. Take time to read Isaiah 44:1-23, and then read the fire in these concluding words of chapter 44:

Isaiah 44:24-28 NKJV
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer,
And He who formed you from the womb:
“I am the LORD, who makes all things,
Who stretches out the heavens all alone,
Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself;
25 Who frustrates the signs of the babblers,
And drives diviners mad;
Who turns wise men backward,
And makes their knowledge foolishness;
26 Who confirms the word of His servant,
And performs the counsel of His messengers;
Who says to Jerusalem, ‘You shall be inhabited,’
To the cities of Judah, ‘You shall be built,’
And I will raise up her waste places;
27 Who says to the deep, ‘Be dry!
And I will dry up your rivers’;
28 Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd,
And he shall perform all My pleasure,
Saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,”
And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.”’

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Happy Birthday Cassandra!

15934186_1228452097236130_687548526_o-115799930_1228447723903234_475254318504324650_o-1Happy birthday to my beloved wife Cassandra! My dear, it’s been an amazing journey together serving our Father in heaven (YHVH) and His awesome Son Yeshua our Messiah! I cannot say in words how much I appreciate your obedience to be His handmaiden! I understand first-hand how He has led you, spoken to you, guided you in His purposes. A very big part of that, I am a direct recipient of, so these words come from the depths of my heart. I am very proud of you. I have watched you grow in spirit, character, and experience now, just over 10 years since we first met at that all-night worship gathering in New York. I didn’t know you, but Elohim did! I didn’t have a clue what His plan was, but Elohim knew every step of the way what He was going to do. And despite all the obstacles, and oppositions, you (like Rebecca, Isaac’s wife) had heard from YHVH His divine promise…and you at personal risk and cost stepped up to the plate and did your part. I love you for that. I love you so much! God has used you to bless my life so much! And we have much more to do together for His glory. So on this your birthday, I want to thank you for being the beautiful person you are, the obedient hand-maiden that you are, the amazing help-meet that you are, and the true partner-in-life that you are, to me. May YHVH grant you every desire and make you like Rebecca, a true mother of Israel. Happy Birthday my darling!

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For Unto Us! A Child is Born!

What a day this has been! I spent an hour in God’s word this morning, reading amazing passages of scripture. December 25th is always a special day, and today I officially release my new music album (both CD and downloads) to the public, entitled “For Unto Us.”
This special time of the year has consistently been the time when the Lord has apprehended me unto deeper and higher things for His glory! Here are a few memorable “December dates” in my life:
Dec. 23rd 1982 was the day He spoke to me while I knelt at my bed, and called me into full-time ministry. I ceased my secular music career and followed His call, entering Bible College and becoming a professor then pastor then College Dean and then world-wide worship evangelist—and have never looked back!
Dec 21st 1997 was when He gave me a vision in Japan and told me that my music would go around the world, coming from the “Gate facing East.
Dec. 20 1998 I signed with “Praise Incorporated” in the Philippines to distribute my albums. Suddenly I was doing tours throughout the Philippines, touching thousands of lives in cities from Luzon to Zamboanga, even leading worship for the El Shaddai Catholic group with one million people in a single meeting in Manila. God’s hand was in all of this, and He used Anita Teh (my manager in the Philippines) mightily, whose ministry name is Eastgate Foundation! (How cool is that?) And from Dec. 1998 Filipinos began taking my songs (like “For the Lord is My Tower”) all around the world! God fulfilled His word within a year! And shortly thereafter I received gold and platinum album awards for three of my albums in the Philippines. Isn’t God amazing?
I could tell you of many other “December” moments. Check back for updates to this “note” to see more as I add thereunto.
Today on Christmas Day I have officially released my newest album, “For Unto Us” to the entire world. It is my 18th album, and is unique from my other albums in many ways. Would you like to hear it? Enjoy! If you’d like to receive a free download of the title song “For Unto Us”, go to www.stevekuban.com/store, I’ve set the price for free for this limited time.
Shalom! He is our Prince of Peace!
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It’s always important to check with God

Today YHVH spoke so clearly from His amazing Word during our daily Torah, Haftarah and Brit Chadashah reading. We started two fresh cycles of reading on Simchat Torah (Oct. 25th this year): A YEARLY cycle of the traditional Jewish Parashah Table, where Jews read a specific portion of scripture each week on Shabbat: and a daily reading schedule, where we read each portion sequentially each day (except Shabbat which is devoted to the Parashah Table), so today we are on #36 (since we’re on the 36th day of reading following the new cycle’s beginning on Oct 25th, 2016).
In today’s Torah portion (#36) we read in Numbers chapter 9 how Moses was asked by two men concerning what they should do regarding Passover observance (Numbers 9:6-7). They had been in contact with a dead person, and so were not ceremonially clean to observe the Passover. It was a question that had never come up before. Moses didn’t just haphazardly issue a response from his head, but rather said unto them, “Stand still, and I will hear what the LORD will command concerning you.” (Numb 9:8) And the next verse says, “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying….” (Numb. 9:9) God gave Moses the answer to the question. We too need to learn to do this. It’s easy to sometimes just speak from our minds, but it’s far more important that we always take time to inquire of the LORD. And don’t feel pressured to give an answer. Sometimes I get asked, “Please come on such and such a date to our big event.” I will respond, “Just wait, I’ll ask YHVH His will on the matter.” I’m not afraid to tell someone, “Stand still, and I will hear what YHVH will command concerning you.” And I don’t let the fact that they are standing there make me feel rushed to give them an answer. God always will respond, when we seek Him earnestly.
We also read a chapter each day from the Gospels, today was Mark 8. Beginning at verse 31 we read: “And Yeshua began to teach [His disciples] that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. And He spake that saying openly. And Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him. But when Yeshua had turned about and looked on His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get thee behind me, Satan: for you are not mindful of the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.” It might have been a noble thought on the part of Peter, to say, “No way Jesus, you’re not going to die!” But WHO was saying this? Truthfully, in a moment Peter had gone from being someone enlightened concerning the true identity of Yeshua being the Messiah, the Christ, to now being an agent of Satan through his man-centered thinking! We too need to always be aware, just because we might feel a certain way in our flesh, we must always be sensitive to GOD’S WILL! Otherwise we too can be unwittingly used by Satan to try to thwart God’s purposes! (What a sobering thought!)
We also read one chapter from Acts each day, so today we read from Acts 4. Peter and John had gone to the temple (Acts 3:1-11) and through them God healed a 40-year old man who had been lame from birth. “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Yeshuah the Messiah of Nazareth rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. and he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praise God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the gate called Beautiful of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.” (Acts 3:6-10). Peter then declared, “Yeshuah’s name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong. . . . Yes the faith which comes through Yeshua has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” Everybody in Jerusalem knew the lame man, for he had been begging for alms at the temple for many years, and as a result of this mighty miracle five thousand people believed (Acts 4:4) when Peter preached who Yeshua was.
But the priests, temple captain, and the Sadducees were upset with what happened, and put Peter and John in prison overnight, and the next day brought them before the high priest Annas, his family, and leader Caiaphas to give account. No one could deny that what had happened was indeed a mighty miracle from God. “The leaders said among themselves, ‘What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a remarkable miracle has been done by them known to all that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. But that it spread no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.’ And they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Yeshua.” (Acts 4:16-18)
“But Peter and John answered and said unto them, “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:21)
So there are definitely times in our lives when we must follow the voice of God, rather than just follow our heart, our head or our feelings, or even the words that leaders may tell us! We truly need to LISTEN to what God says concerning the matter!
Have you had such a time in your life? I have. And it’s not been easy. But always, when we will listen to what YHVH, Yeshua and the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) have to say concerning a matter, we will be emboldened to obey the voice of God, rather than our own thoughts, or the voice of man.
I have much more to share and will do so shortly. This is just the beginning of some of what YHVH has spoken to me today through His wonderful word! How I love to read and hear from Him! May God bless you all!
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