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How the Thanksgiving “Tukki” got it’s name.

Luis de Torres, Spanish physician of Jewish origin.

Luis de Torres, Spanish physician of Jewish origin.

Many of us here in America will be celebrating the national holiday of Thanksgiving this coming November 28, 2013.

It’s a special day set aside each year during the last Thursday of November for families to gather together and give thanks to God Almighty for all His manifold blessings. A traditional banquet of baked turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, various vegetables, fruit pies, and other delicious foods are served.

But did you know that the traditional turkey eaten at Thanksgiving was named by a Jewish doctor?

American Turkey

American Turkey

When Christopher Columbus discovered the new world (i.e. Cuba, Hispañola, and other Caribbean Islands) in 1492, a Jewish physician and interpreter, LUIS DE TORRES sailed with him. He was likely fleeing the notorious Spanish Inquisition and persecution of Jews in Spain of that time.* The large North American bird known today as the turkey was first seen by Columbus and his passengers. Thinking the huge bird was a parrot, Luis de Torres exclaimed, “Tukki!”, which is the Hebrew word for parrot. The name stuck from that time on and was later translated into English as TURKEY.

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Here at Real Jesus Ministries, Inc., we want to wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving Day and God’s richest blessings in the coming year.

Sincerely in Christ,

RealJesus Logo+75x75Luis Yosefus

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*Although some sources claim that Luis de Torres converted to Catholicism before leaving Spain, this is not likely, since local indians in the new world remember him speaking “offensively and disparagingly” about the Catholic religion, trying to dissuade anybody from adopting it.

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America’s Greatest Threat in 2013

Prophecy Watch_300 pxNational Security: America’s Greatest Threat in 2013

The president of the United States, Barack Obama, begins a second term in office in just a few days on January 20, 2013. For the next four years, President Obama and his cabinet of advisors must look for solutions to address the following problems and threats to national security:

  • Runaway financial deficits
  • Heightened fear and lack of national hope
  • Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons and potential violence
  • Tensions and eruptions of violence in the Middle East
  • The threat of China as a rising economic and military power (China holds in its hands billions of dollars in American debt and is challenging long-standing American supremacy in the region of Asia).
  • America’s $ 16 trillion debt as a threat to national security. Even the world’s most powerful nation can eventually spend itself into bankruptcy.

The most serious threat.

The most serious threat to America’s national security is the sins of the nation and the forsaking of God’s laws. America was original founded as a Christian republic. It’s founding fathers made an agreement with God to live by His laws. For over two hundred years, Almighty God has blessed and prospered the United States because of its adherence to the Ten Commandments and the Bible as a basis for our civil form of government. The majority of the framers of the U.S. Constitution were men who read the Bible and practiced its principles. They understood the character of the people of this nation had to be in line with God’s spiritual laws in order for the country to prosper.

But over the course of many decades now, America has backslidden and departed from its Christian character and has become primarily a secular nation – no longer believing in the living God that prospered it, and having no use for His spiritual and moral laws. As a result, the blessings of God have increasingly been lost, and the curses of God in Deuteronomy 28 have overtaken us.

But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you… – Deuteronomy 28:15

Because God holds a nation accountable who claims to be “Christian” by honoring and representing Him, the curses of breaking its covenant with God are being fulfilled.

Moses prophesied to Israel of the blessings and curses of obeying or breaking God’s covenant in great detail in the Book of Deuteronomy. I believe these same blessings and curses apply to America today. The curses America is experiencing today – economic problems, national catastrophes, and so on, are directly related to America’s forsaking of God.

Will America repent before it’s too late?

We don’t know. But the Word of God has given us the solution to all of our national problems in 2 Chronicles 7:14:

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

Because God is merciful and patient, He promises to turn back the curses upon America if it will turn back to Him. Let us continue to pray for President Obama and the leaders of the United States to repent and return America back to God before it is too late. If we will humble ourselves and seek His pardon He will heal our land. Let us also examine our own lives and repent of our own personal sins. Every one of us has a personal responsibility to live by God’s laws if we would hope to be happy in this life and continue in His blessings. Amen.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus