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Song of the Negev Desert, with its tremendous promises from the Living God of Israel. Written by Godfrey Birtil, and performed by Martin Sarvis.

War: Righteousness Exalts a Nation – 19 Aug 2014

Update, Tues., Aug 19:  Sirens and rocket fire have begun again, already before the agreed upon time for the “cease-fire” ended.  Thanks to all for your prayers.

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Shalom,

Israel is ‘anxiously’ waiting to see whether or not the current cease-fire with Hamas will continue after it’s agreed upon termination  at midnight tonight (Mon., Aug 18 in Israel).  As believers, we can wait with a calmer anticipation, not knowing what exactly may be, but knowing the sovereign Lord, Yeshua, who does know, and will see to it that whatever is right and necessary at this time will be so.  I have recently posted three brief reflections stemming from the present situation here:
http://streamsinthenegev.com/reflecting-pool/comment-page-4/#comment-140993

Last night our prayer focus was the horrific suffering by especially Christians in the jihadi Islamic world.  Someone sent a very telling  interview on Jordanian TV with a ‘normal looking spokesman’ from a couple of years ago about Islam’s values and plans, which you can watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE7aKk6hgV4&app=desktop

Christians are being targeted by “evangelical” radical Muslims in a similar fashion as the Jewish people were by the Nazis; that is, the evil-doers do not care what stream of Christianity (or of Judaism) one may be of, or whether one is a true believer or not.  The very fact that one is identifiable as a Christian, or as a Jew, is enough to ignite the wrath of the satanic contempt and hatred.  (This same satanic spirit and actions also revealed itself in the accusations and crucifixion of the Messiah, and against those who identified with Him, such as Stephen.  There is nothing new under the sun; and as we judge, let us first judge ourselves. It is all about YHVH and His Anointed Son and people.)

The apostle Peter wrote of the fiery trials that we would face as followers of Jesus.  (1Pt 4:7-19)  And the Holy Spirit through him  challenges all of us in how we are to live and conduct ourselves in the midst of such trials, and even atrocities.  It is certainly not natural!  Only a supernatural grace and power in the fullness of the Spirit is going to enable us to show ourselves true disciples of the Lord in the face of such a flood of evil sweeping the world.  There can be little doubt that the ‘falling away’, which the apostle Paul wrote about in several of his letters, is occuring right before our very eyes, first of all in that which is called the Church.  And as Peter wrote in his passage, God’s judgments begin with us.

We learn obedience through the things which we suffer. (Heb 5:8)  I was reminded of this by an article in a secular Israeli newspaper, Israel HaYom, to which we subscribe.  The article is entitled, “Spiritual Trials, Strategic Rewards”.  You can read the English version here:
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=9625

The opinion writer is calling Israel to obey the Law of Moses (Mal 4:4) if they want confidence to call upon God to help them win the wars against their enemies.  Without godliness and obedience to God, as a people we have no moral strength to defeat an implacable and larger foe.  Isn’t this what Yeshua and His apostles have instructed us?  There are going to wars until the end, both carnal and spiritual.  Yet, in and through such suffering, death, deprivation, fear, we are called to obey Him nonetheless:  we ARE called to a higher standard as the people of the one, true, living God than are others.  Good wins over evil only because Jesus comes back and there is a resurrection of the righteous!! (Mt 24:22; Dan 12:2; 1Thes 4:15-18)

With all this, there are still some efforts going on to stand in the breach connected with the renewed conflict and tension between the  Israeli Jewish believers and the Arab Palestinian believers.  (This is not a ‘neat’ line; there are mixtures and cross-overs in this  unsatisfying terminology.)  There are different groupings among us meeting together for prayers and discussions about what we can and should do in order to go on together in Holy Spirit unity, for the sake of the testimony regarding the truth of the gospel and of the righteousness of God.  Neither love nor mercy are sentimental, but are both based in the truth and holiness of our Father God. PLEASE PRAY WITH US FOR A HOLY SPIRIT BREAK-THROUGH IN THIS REAL AND FELT NEED OF WHAT THE LORD IS WANTING OF US IN THE FEAR OF YHVH.

Israel as God’s Sword and Bow – 9 Aug 2014

Once again, Hamas broke an agreed upon cease-fire, this one intended for at least 72 hours brokered by Egypt and the UN, breaking it yesterday (Friday) morning in the continuing war of Hamas against Israel, which has necessitated Israel’s heavy, yet restricted response.

Last night at our service, a siren went off during the time of the teaching on the whole-hearted commitment that Yeshua insists upon for those who would follow Him.  The congregation had to calmly go off to three locations on the property that we consider to be ‘safe’, even though we have no actual protected shelter from rocket/missile fire that might get through.  In this case, the Iron Dome intercepted two rockets in the air, which was visible from where we were.

A few members of the congregation have suffered from nervousness and anxiety during the month of rocket attacks and disrupted lives.  Some have been afraid to go anywhere with their children without some nearby shelter.  Many children have been confined to their homes, or just outside them.  Persons accustomed to go for walks have seen that curtailed, never knowing if and when a wailing siren may go off and a rocket/missile, or its shrapnel debris, may come down.  Some of the summer camps were canceled.  Many tour groups to Israel have canceled their plans to come.  Many thanks to those of you who have come over during this time despite the insecurity of the situation.

Also last night, V, young man and soldier who was in Gaza, and who came out last week, was able to come to the service, and let us know something of what he faced:  the death of three Israeli soldiers in a booby-trapped house 30 meters from him that Hamas blew up; many houses with tunnel openings, weapons, booby traps.  We are all so thankful for God’s protection over him.

It seems more and more clear that God is drawing some lines in the sand for people to choose on which side to stand.  Hamas, and other jihadi Islamic terrorists groups, are relentless in their drive and determination to “wear out the saints of the Most High” (Dan 8:25), and “to make war with the saints, and to overcome them” (Rev 13:7).  I believe that the Lord is giving us a taste and a glimpse of things to come, and for which we need to become spiritually prepared.  The things going on here, and, for now, even worse in Iraq and Syria, Egypt and Nigeria, Iran, Pakistan and Turkey, are acts of God’s long-suffering towards the repentance unto salvation of many before YESHUA HIMSELF directly intervenes for judgment on behalf of His covenant people and His Holy name. (Rev 6:12-17)  He is calling on us to persevere through to the end, and not give up on faith and hope in His coming, while learning all the more to love and to be forgiving.  (Lk 18:1-8)  Who is competent for these things?!  Thank God for the Holy Spirit within us to help us be overcomers by faith in the blood of Jesus and in the confession of who He is!

The modern State of Israel is the Israel of God in the making.  It seems that God is using Israel, the natural brethren of Yeshua/Jesus and the nation through whom He came in the flesh, as a sword, and as a battle bow (Zech 10:4-5), to bring division within the household and among the nations, just as Jesus Himself came to bring division within households and family relationships.  (Mt 10: 30-39)  Who is on the Lord’s side?

The question of whether the present re-established homeland for the Jewish people is of God, or merely of man, is not dissimilar to the question put to Yeshua/Jesus:  Tell us plainly whether you be the Messiah, the Son of God!?  One’s response and answer to that question will pierce even to the division of soul and spirit, and will have its consequences affecting our relationship with the God of Israel, our personal and church relationships, and of sifting between sheep and goat nations.

There is an important point here:  Yeshua is GOD’s Anointed One/Messiah/Christ. (Ps 2)  He is not Israel’s; He is not ours.  For the believer now in Yeshua, God’s Anointed One has become ours; yet He is still GOD’s chosen and appointed one.  Israel will accept another coming in his own name. (Jn 5:39-47)  The antichrist will be Israel’s choice of ‘Messiah’, before the remnant that is “all Israel” finally accepts Jesus to be the true Savior and King.

The Holy Spirit is working to bring to pass all that is written in the Law and the Prophets, and in the New Testament, too.

There is an abundance of information, both written and visual, ‘out there’ about what is supposedly going on over here.  At the end of the day, each person is going to have to decide for himself who he/she is going to listen to, and where and with whom they/we are going to stand.

The Valor and The Folly of War – 4 Aug 2014

Today were two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, and there is a danger of other break-outs of violence in the wake of the terrorist war against Israel, and Israel’s response in defense.  If Israel is so powerful and its destructive force known, then shouldn’t Hamas consider the cost before drawing Israel into a war?  It’s like a featherweight boxer picking on a heavyweight, knowing that the heavyweight can not use all his strength to keep the annoying attacker to stop, lest he be accused of using lethal force on a smaller, weaker opponent.

With this in mind, Hamas is claiming a tako (tie), if not a victory, because it is neutralizing Israel from putting away the ‘messenger from Satan’ for good, as Hamas continues to fire rockets, even at times to Beer Sheva, despite all of Israel’s fire-power.  As I have written before, war is unfortunately necessary in this present evil world, but it can never solve the problem of sin, the father and mother of war. And, God has built in frustration and futility into the affairs of men — including those who are chosen by Him and who also believe in Him — so that all will need to acknowledge Him as God, and Yeshua/Jesus as the only Savior.  The horrors and despair of war should move us not only to have mercy and compassion on account of the human devastation, but also to call upon the name of the Lord Jesus to  be glorified.  The whole creation has been subjected to this futility, with hope.

Hamas is the elected government of Gazans, who, by and large, support Hamas’ agenda against the existence of Israel.  Gaza is defacto a state, with an elected government and an army.  As long as Israel tries to separate Hamas as a terror organization from the general population, it can never ‘win’.  And the ‘world’ will never let it win anyway:  Israel is expected to still supply food, electricity, and medicine to its perpetual enemy, even as that enemy seeks Israel’s demise.  Yet the Israelis have no desire to utterly destroy its neighbors.  And neither is it God’s time for Israel to ‘win’; and that will not be until the Isaeli Jewish people and nation return to YHVH their God through Yeshua His Son, blessing Him who alone comes in the name of the Father.  Then Gaza will be part of the Tribe of Judah’s inheritance.   War has a way to bring out heroics in otherwise ordinary people, and we are emotionally moved by those ‘heroes’ risking their lives to defend their homes and nation.  We thank God for them, and pray that they would come to know the Father in Heaven.

Sadly, this war has once again shown the raw divisions within the Body as a whole, meaning between the Jewish and Arab believers.  Our prayer meeting on July 13 to try to arise above that — given that Yeshua is in full authority, and He has told us that there will be wars till the end — in order that we may have a public voice to our people, is still just that:  a prayer meeting.  It is my opinion that we must do it again after this war comes to an end, despite pronouncements coming from some Jewish Messianic leaders, and from some Arab brothers and institutions.

Christians who liken Israel to Satan should at the least be careful in what they say and do, just as Gamliel admonished the Jews who were persecuting the Jewish believers to be careful in their attitudes, words, and actions, lest they find themselves fighting against God.  The Jewish leaders said that Jesus acted by the power of the devil.  There are many people who believe with good reason that Israel today is a work of God in keeping His covenant promises towards restoring His kingdom to Israel and on Earth.  Some of our Arab brothers are very loud and vocal when it comes to their outcry against the destruction and deaths in Gaza, and in their support of the ‘resistance against the occupation’, but are very quiet when it comes to all the atrocities being committed by Arabs against Arabs in Gaza and in the Arabic Muslim countries just across our borders and in North Africa and elsewhere.  Maybe God will allow an Islamic Palestinian state just to let them know what it is like, if that is really what they want.  We need to be very careful indeed.

Now some good news:  Anthony and Irene Chapman have composed a new song, “I Will Sing to You”, dedicated to the Israeli soldiers.  You can hear it here (in Hebrew):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIu4IWntT6w&feature=youtu.be

And earlier song written and sung by the Chapmans, “Prayer Under Fire”, during the first war in Gaza in December, 2008 – January, 2009, can be heard here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K5lpcLFO6g

Peace upon Israel, and upon all nations,

War Against Terror Evil Helps Sharpen Reality – 2 Aug 2014

Ex 3:7-10  And the LORD (YHVH) said:  “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.  So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey. . . Now, therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me. . . .

Ezek 20:33-36  As I live, says the Lord GOD (YHVH), surely with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you.  I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead My case with you face to face.  Just as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you, says the Lord GOD (YHVH).

Is 53:3  He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.  And He hid, as it were, His face from us; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Shabbat shalom,

Another broken cease-fire, which this time included the temporary capture of a mortally wounded Israeli soldier, whose status at this time is uncertain.  Fewer rockets fired at Beer Sheva, but we were wakened this morning at 6:00.  A brother in the Lord has been among the soldiers killed in this war. Shai Kushnir, who was part of the Tents of Mercy congregation, was among a group of soldiers killed by a mortar on Thursday.  His funeral was yesterday.

I don’t know how long, once the Israelis in Egypt began to feel that they were really slaves being worked to death by their taskmasters once the Pharoah who did not ‘know Joseph’ began to rule, that they began to moan and groan.  Until then, their lives weren’t really so bad, and they did not think to return to their homeland.  But the time came that they began to feel the pressure, and the suspicions, and the dislike of the Egyptian rulers towards them as Hebrews. Only then did they begin to cry out for deliverance, and at some point the crescendo reached God’s ears.  And He called to Moses in the desert that the time had come to act to bring His people out of Egypt and their enslavement, and to bring them into His land which He promised to their fathers to give to them. Things got worse, much worse, before they became better; but the deliverer and the deliverance were ‘activated’ and on the way.

Israel today is again being encountered by YHVH their God face-to-face in His controversy with Zion.  He will not allow them to fully become idolaters like the Gentiles that they so much emulate.  He WILL rule over them, and He will purge out the rebels as He does so.  The despite of the world towards Israel and her leaders is increasingly evident as leeway is given towards terrorists dedicated to Israel’s and the Christianized world’s destruction, and pressure is constantly put upon Israel and upon God-fearing Christians to yield ground/territory/principles and integrity in the name of ‘peace and social order’.

The ‘world’ is more prone to listen to the lies of the evil one, and to fall as prey to his schemes, than to give, at least, the benefit of the doubt to the information and explanations of those who are God’s instruments in this world — whether it is Israel in the continuous war against terror and terrorists, or whether it is Bible-believing disciples of Jesus who seek to maintain the salt of the covenants and the light of the truth of the gospel and of Messiah being Jesus in an increasingly antichristian (read, anti-YHVH God-and-His-Son) and ungodly, unholy world, which lies under the power of the evil one.  The ‘world’ is one thing, but allies and believers should be giving greater weight towards Israel for what is the ‘story behind the story’, and not to terrorists and their allies.  Don’t we as believers want unbelievers, and even other believers, to believe our side of things as it relates to ‘suffering and life’ in the world, and not listen to those who simply oppose any explanation given by Christians?  Here is a parody that shows the pressure of ‘group think’ against what we know to be true:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTezdMLJoyE

For those of you who love and support Israel and the Jewish people, make no mistake:  both rabbinic Judaism and Islam are against the truth of who the true God and Yeshua/Jesus/Yasu is.  The time will come that that lying and antichrist spirit will agree to direct their despite and hostility towards those who identify with Jesus, whether we are Jewish, Arab, or any other national and ethnic group.

This current outbreak of war in Gaza of Hamas against Israel has again brought to the surface all of the natural and partisan feelings by believers within the Body of Messiah here (and elsewhere).  There are plenty of words and analyses (including by yours truly) from all ‘parties’, and some of you may receive much of them.   God’s moralism is not like ours; nor does He force it upon anyone, but He will eventually require every one to acknowledge that His way and His thoughts alone are right, good, and holy — and His judgments are all righteous and true. There is no moral equivalence between Hamas and Israel; but neither is there any moral equivalence between Israel’s own justification to fight against her enemies, and between God’s righteousness in bringing the Jewish people to submit to His case with them regarding Jesus.  And as long as we, as those justified through our faith in the resurrection of Jesus, are unable to express with one voice the sovereign wisdom and righteousness of God in times of severe crisis, then it can also be said of us in a practical way that our righteousnesses are as filthy rags when compared with God’s purity.

In Romans, Paul writes that we are saved by God’s mercy because we, even as believers, have all been disobedient to Him, in whatever degree or measure.  I pray and wonder whether believers in the Ukraine are seeking to express their unity in Christ, or are they mostly defining themselves by being either pro-Ukraine or pro-Russia?  What about Christians in Ireland?  Whatever those cases are, there is the unique element in the battle for minds and hearts in Israel and the Middle East because of the COVENANT of God with Israel among the children in the flesh of Abraham, that is not so with any other nation or people (in the flesh) on the Earth.

If wanting to re-vote in the UN to eradicate Israel as a legal nation-state, which was intended and determined through post-WW1 decisions by the victorious powers, then all the Arab states established through those same victors’ decisions and agreements also need to be nullified.  This is what the Islamic caliphate aims to do as it seeks to restore the Muslim empire, at least over the entire Middle East, if not throughout the world. Hamas, with its underground evil empire war factory, reminds me of the Orcs in Lord of the Rings, as they, empowered by evil, planned their war to the death and destruction of all that represents what is good.  Satan works in the dark; Jesus is Light, and in the light.

There is plenty of impurity and uncleanness still in us, and we must find a way here for the Jewish and Arab believers to overcome our natural tendencies, and demonstrate and proclaim our unity in Christ/Messiah; to put all of our words and thoughts at the cross, and let the Lord do His will and have His way.  We have to trust Him, be willing scapegoats with Him, be called bad names with Jesus, be despised and rejected with Him.  Without the power and fullness of the Holy Spirit, we surely will not be capable of doing so in true and spiritual worship.

This Tuesday is the ninth of Av, a day of historic tragedy in the Jewish people’s annals.  We, as believers in Yeshua, are not mourning the destruction of the Temple, which was destroyed because of Israel’s sin.  We should focus, maybe, on the sins within the Body of Christ, the living corporate Temple of God, which are weakening our own witness and testimony to the world for the gospel, and of the holiness and righteousness of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are having a prayer and fast day in Beer Sheva at the Bible House.

Our challenge in living in tension:  love the brethren; love our enemies (we do pray for the salvation of even terrorists); bless those who curse us; pray for those  who  persecute us; but the natural nation of Israel, or any other country and government, is not born-again to be living by such supernaturallly, Holy Spirit enpowered standards of God’s sons and daughters in Messiah.   To expect that of them is both hypocritical and unrealistic.

Is God hearing the voice of the Bride for her Bridegroom?

War in Heavenlies and on Earth – 28 July 2014

It has been three full weeks now since Operation Protective Edge — the current war which the terror organization in Gaza, Hamas, started against Israel — began, with still no clear sense of when it might end.  I would ask that whatever I say in this letter will be read in the context of all that I have written in the previous updates .

Randi is returning now from Eilat after spending several nights there, taking an older sister in the Lord, and a single mother with two small children who were all stressed from the sirens and rockets fired at Beer Sheva in the past week.  We have one minute to get into shelter, which is a lot of time compared to those living closer to Gaza, and we do not hear all of the military noise from both sides which those living around Gaza are hearing continuously.  A King’s Kids camp, which we were providing sleeping quarters for this week, needed to be canceled. King’s Kids includes Jewish and Arab Israeli believers.

For those who read the Bible as the Word of God, and believe what it says about the end-times and the last days of the end-times, what is happening here and all around the Middle East makes some sense.  For those who relegate the Scriptures to be just a book, with some past history and some nice ethical principles on how to get along, are going to be without any answers for what God is doing, both among nations, and among individuals; both ‘in the world’, and within the Body of Christ; both in the flesh, and in the Spirit.  Yeshua/Jesus is reigning on high at the right hand of the Father, and the Holy Spirit is working in the world, and within the born-again believer/Christian, whatever our national or ethnic identity.

I write as one who believes that he obeyed the Lord in not taking a weapon when I was called to serve in the Israeli army:  The Father in Heaven loves the Arabs, like all other peoples, and doesn’t want to hurt anyone.  We raised our children to know the Lord for themselves, and as army age and duty neared, to pray that they would know God’s will for themselves:  they have all served — two of them as officers, two of them in special combat units, one of them in Gaza in 2009.  We have been going to Bethlehem since 2003 (during the 2nd Intifada) to celebrate the birth of the Lord with an evangelical pentecostal church that does not accept Israel, as a testimony and witness that our common faith and relationship in Jesus is paramount and must be demonstrated in times of crises.  God is not a pacifist, yet has provided the only peace plan to bring all war of every kind, including among animals and from bacteria and viruses, to an end.  There will be no sin or consequences of sin, such as war, in His eternal dwelling place which He will create for all those who love Jesus for who He really is.  We are called to become disciples of Yeshua/Jesus, not of anyone else, nor of any philosophy or cause or peer group.

Spiritual maturity of believers is seen in our growing in discernment between good and evil. (Heb 5:14)  We must know that our God is Good, and that the god of Islam is evil!  Otherwise, we are not going to engage in spiritual warfare any more successfully than we would in carnal warfare if we did not believe that we had a good and righteous need to fight, and to win.  Hamas, and also Fatah (PLO), with Abu Mazen as its president, both exist to destroy the Israel as YHVH has covenanted with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob that the Children of Israel (Israelis) will be in this land — not only for their own inheritance, but also the LORD’s! (Is 19: 23-25)  This is not an ordinary battle, but it is at the heart of all war:  against YHVH and His Anointed. (Ps 2)

Hamas terrorists are literally undermining the borders of Israel by their elaborate tunnel network in the lower parts of the earth. Many of these tunnels are built to extend right under kibbutzes and moshavs of Israelis living all around the border with Gaza.  Just today, an attack by a group of terrorists coming up from a tunnel into Kibbutz Nahal Oze was thwarted by Israeli security forces.  The only reason for these tunnels, apart for providing an underground security home for the leaders of Hamas, is to make terrorist attacks within Israel against soldiers and civilians.  Many of those living around Gaza are moving away until they do not have to fear these human moles from coming up from beneath them into their homes and schools.  No country would tolerate this, and God has given civil governments the moral and legal responsibility to protect its people against enemies, and against local criminals; and disciples of Christ are to generally submit to the civil authorities. (Rom 13)  Worldly governments can not be equated with the Church of God/Body of Christ, and can not be expected by believers to act as if they are.

The bogus claim of disproportionality of numbers of dead persons in Gaza as compared with the number of dead in Israel is irrevelant, and even hypocritical.  Was it proportional when Israel released more than 1030 Palestinian terrorists and murderers in order to get back one Israeli soldier from Gaza captured by Hamas?  Was it proportional when Israel released 430 terrorists in order to get back three dead Israeli soldiers from Hizbollah in Lebanon?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israeli_prisoner_exchanges

(I also wrote about this matter of proportionality in a pique during the 2009 war in Gaza:

http://streamsinthenegev.com/school-of-fish/still-living-in-the-days-of-the-bible-part-1-4-jan-2009/

http://streamsinthenegev.com/school-of-fish/still-living-in-the-days-of-the-bible-part-2-5-jan-2009/ )

Khaled Mashaal, one of the main leaders of Hamas, who is living well in Qatar while keeping his people in misery in Gaza, said today or yesterday that he is willing to live with Jews, but not with occupiers.  For those who know anything about Islam, to allow Jews (and Christians) to live in a Muslim-dominated society is to relegate them to dhimmis at best, and to force them to convert or die at worst.  The ‘occupation’ which Mashaal and Abu Mazen speak of is not territory gained by Israel in earlier wars which the Arab Palestinians waged against the  sovereign nation-state of Israel (both by God working out His redemptive plan, and by international law), but the entire country as the re-established homeland for the Jewish people.  If the “occupation” is the core issue of the conflict, then it is surely the Arabs’ refusal to abide by international law (not to mention God’s promises, which BELIEVERS should uphold) in accepting the state that has led them to feel ‘occupied’.  Rather than enjoy the benefits of being in the only successful pluralistic country in the region, they have spent their entire lives and efforts at cursing and plaguing Israel.  This is only returning upon their own heads!

I write these things with some fear and trepidation:  I am not a ‘right-wing fanatic’, nor a ‘hawk’, nor a war-monger, nor against peace.  I write these things to give, I hope, some facts for Bible-believers to pray with understanding, and not to be confused or deceived or ignorant, which contributes to those very things.

What must the Holy Spirit do to bring unity — based on [God's] truth, [God's] righteousness, and [God's] love — within the Body of Messiah, which is the prayer of our Lord?  And our prayers should be looking towards the sanctity of our Father’s name, and for the coming again of the Lord Yeshua/Jesus to establish God’s Kingdom in Jerusalem, Israel, over all nations and every created thing, throughout the entire universe which He created and made.  May He come in our generation!

God bless you all with His shalom, and may we be counted among those who pursue His peace, as is fitting for His children.

War of Hearts – 24 July 2014

Israel’s 10th President, Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin has just been consecrated and sworn in at the Knesset (Parliament), succeeding Shimon Peres after seven years in that office.  During the much subdued ceremony compared to normal times (due to the current military operation/war in Gaza against the Hamas terrorist regime), sirens were heard in Beer Sheva and all around the Jewish towns and kibbutzes around Gaza. Both the out-going President, and the in-coming, expressed confidence of defeating the terrorist threat, both against Israel and her citizenry, and also against ordinary Gazans suffering by their elected government.

War on Earth first manifested when Cain killed his innocent and righteous brother, Abel, and then rejected personal responsibility and to come back to God on His terms. Yet, for all this, YHVH let Cain know that He would avenge him against whoever might kill him , and would even s descendant, married two women, got hurt by a boy, killed him, and threatened anyone to challenge him, and promised to avenge himself 77 times! Does any of this sound familiar as individuals grew to become nations and history unfolds before our eyes?

For the first time in a long time, the EU has understood that Israel is fighting against terrorists, who need to be disarmed.  They hatefully and inhumanely hide behind and under innocent men, women, and children in the line of fire.  At the same time, though, UN organizations such UNRWA, UNESCO, UNHRC are accusing Israel of war crimes and considering taking her to the international criminal court!  Despite all the evidence and proof of Hamas’ reign of terror both within and without its territory, they are NOT being either rebuked or investigated, and are given ‘equal’ status to a legitimate government.  As the elected government of Gaza, Israel COULD legally go to war against GAZA, and not only against terrorists in Gaza.  The world’s unwarranted hatred of Israel and favor towards the likes of Hamas is reminiscent of those who wildly cried out to release the rebel, robber, and murderer Barabbas, and to crucify Yeshua.

Some thoughts to consider:
1.  Each time that Hamas refused to accept cease-fire arrangements, or broke the two humanitarian ones early, Israel discovered and recognized the extent and seriousness of the massive tunnel network and underground city which Hamas has expertly built over many years with the billions of dollars it receives from the U.S., the EU, and Qatar.  Did the western nations not notice that virtually no building was going on above ground to develop the Gaza Strip as a functioning society?!

Yet, for all that, Israel is censured and deligitimized while terrorists bully and intimidate and threaten anyone who challenges them and withholds from them ‘payment’.  Such is the hardness of the sinful heart that sets itself against the righteousness, truth, and love of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Pharoah was an example of this, but listen to the Word of God of things to come:

In Rev 13:5-9, the Holy Spirit has this to say about the christ to come and believers then:

“And a mouth speaking great things was given to it, and blasphemies. And authority was given to it to continue forty-two months.
And it opened its mouth in blasphemy toward God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, and those dwelling in Heaven.
And it was given to it to war with the saints and to overcome them.  And authority was given to it over every tribe and tongue and nation.
And all dwelling on the earth will worship it, those whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain, from the foundation of the world.
If anyone has an ear, let him hear.”

In Rev 9:20-21, John is given to write of those who will survive the plagues associated with the sixth trumpet:

“And the rest of the men who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and golden, and silver, and bronze, and stone, and wooden idols (which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk).
And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”

2.  A strong Israel remains more resistant to the message of the gospel, since the nation will continue to think that they can handle their own affairs and determine its own destiny, and that God is with them and blessing them without believing in Yeshua/Jesus, who alone has protected them throughout our history, and has provided the only way which will secure true peace and tranquility, not for her only, but for the entire world.

Israel remains the enemy of the gospel so that more Gentiles can still be saved through faith in God’s Messiah — Yeshua/Jesus — before “all Israel” — the full remnant from among all the tribes — will be saved.   Meanwhile, individual Jewish people inside and outside of Israel are being saved, but many more Gentiles, including those who are Muslims and enemies now of Israel and her God, are being brought into God’s Kingdom and household.  This continuing negative side of the Israeli people’s stubbornness and stiff-neckedness, and their continuing successes against all odds, will also bring forth the increasing rise, which we already can see, of anti-semitism and violence against the Jews, against Israel, and also against Christians.

God has built in frustration and futility in all the affairs of man, so that people might seek Him, in whom alone is perfection, and that believers will anticipate with a lively hope the return of the Lord.  No matter what the outcome of this present warfare, there will not be complete satisfaction on the part of Israel’s government, or among all her people, or among those who sympathize with the Palestinian narrative.  The cancelling of air flights to and out from Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport is a blow to Israel’s economy in many ways for a long time; the soldier who is missing, whom Hamas claims is in their custody (whether dead or alive is not known), plays on the strongest human emotions as to what to do about that; the kidnaping and murder of the three Israeli teens still remains a mystery as to the whereabouts of those who carried out the event which started the events leading to the eruption of the latest conflict.

Rom 11:32-36   “For God has shut up all in unbelief, so that He might show mercy to all.  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!
For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?
Or who first gave to Him, and it will be repaid to him?
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things; to Him be glory forever! Amen.”

Meanwhile, some members of our congregation have been making visits to the hospital to encourage, support, give food to the families and friends who are there because of their loved ones hospitalized from injuries.

God bless you, and thank-you for  your support in good times and bad.

The God of Armies – 21 July 2014

Yesterday we had five siren alerts of rockets and missiles still being fired from Gaza towards Beer Sheva.  Our weekly congregational services on Friday evenings are greatly reduced in the number of those coming since the place of meeting is old enough not to have any real protected area.

Soroka Medical Center, the university hospital located just down the street from us, is on emergency status now, as more Israeli soldiers are being wounded or killed in the hard fighting going on in the Gaza Strip.  While people are fighting and risking their lives, God is still bringing more children into the world:  a young medical student couple just gave birth on Saturday to a healthy boy!

The grandson of the remaing founding elder of Yeshua’s Inheritance Cong. is on the Israel-Gaza border, waiting for the probable call to go into the defensive war turned offensive, as is necessary in any war to stop the enemy from continuing to require the nation to defend itself.  His family is an example of Gentiles whom the God of Israel has made a place and a name for them among His people in their re-establishment back in the Land which He has promised to [eventually] give them as an everlasting possession and inheritance (as long as these Heavens and Earth remain).

Our prayer is that more Israelis and more Gazans would turn to the one true God, and fear His holy Name, which He often gives as YHVH of Hosts (Armies), since their is war in the heavenlies ever since Lucifer rebelled and took a third of the other angels with him to his side against the triune God; and that war has been brought earth-ward ever since Eve was deceived and Adam disobeyed in the Garden of Eden about 6000 years ago.  This war has not effectively ended yet, despite the truth that Jesus has already won it — both in the natural and in the spiritual as the Son of God and Son of Man — on the cross, and He is not going to now ‘lose’ it.  We may win some battles and lose the war; Yeshua only wins, despite appearances to the contrary!

Here is an example of an Israeli military commander who understands the spiritual dimension of this war against enemies such as Hamas:  http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/24759/Default.aspx
Let us pray that God would give him more light, and bring him, and many others, all the way back home through knowing Yeshua.

Also, you can read a Biblical thread which shows the true nature and purpose of the historic and cosmic war:  http://streamsinthenegev.com/messianic-judaism/praise-to-him-who-sits-upon-the-throne-and-to-the-lamb/

I was considering some of the ways that Israel is reflecting the nature of her God in these wars, even though she is unaware of it:

1.  God is using Israel to bless the world by taking a small, embattled, squeezed-in nation of people who have known unparalleled suffering, yet ‘stubbornly and stiff-neckedly’ kept going, to stand up to an implacable enemy which not only threatens her own existence (as if YHVH was not involved or else not capable), but also threatens, intimidates, bullies, terrorizes the entire Judeo-Christian civilization and its beneficent influences, the very environment in which the Jewish people have both suffered and thrived.

2.  Israel’s government and people turned the other cheek thousands of times over the years as Hamas sent thousands of missiles fired at it’s next-door neighbor (the Bible tells us to be ‘good neighbors’), before it finally took it on the chin enough to try to get the foolishness out of the neighborhood bully, who doesn’t allow even their own people to question their bad behavior, and the horrible consequences it brings upon them all.

3.  YHVH (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is stronger and mightier than all the forces of His creation combined, yet He is kind and gentle with us so that we don’t crumple at His touch.  But when He does let us taste a sample of His power, it is that we might truly fear Him and worship Him as God, and cease from our own folly that we are potential gods.  Jesus could wipe us out with a breath of air!  Even believers do much to bring reproach to His name!  Many ‘innocent’ people die in earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, bad accidents, etc. etc. etc.  And, sad but true, people will blame God, even blaspheme him.

So, Israel, is indeed a mighty army to be reckoned with, beyond any normal standard.  She could, if unleashed without any scruples, destroy all of Gaza and its people.  Yet, by the Spirit of her God, whom she still refuses to accept to rule over them, she demonstrates restraint and does what is possible to reduce loss of life, while unavoidably and inadvertently also contributing to loss of life and property.  And, many blame Israel as the convenient scapegoat.

4.  Both in Proverbs and in Romans, the Word of God tell us:  “not avenging yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath, for it hath been written, `Vengeance [is] Mine, I will recompense again, saith the Lord;’ if, then, thine enemy doth hunger, feed him; if he doth thirst, give him drink; for this doing, coals of fire thou shalt heap upon his head; Be not overcome by the evil, but overcome, in the good, the evil.”

Israel, in the midst of war, has not only agreed to three humanitarian cease-fire arrangements which Hamas has either refused, or agreed to and broken (and Israel should not agree to one without ensuring Hamas gains no benefit), but she has opened up a field hospital on the Israeli side of the Gaza border, in order to help Palestinian wounded; Soroka Hospital is providing medical treatment to some wounded Gazans.  Israel, for some reason, provides (yes, with some restrictions), water, medicine, electricity, food, construction materials to Gaza (read, Hamas), which is not only not appreciated, but even used to worsen the lives of the general population by the terrorist leadership, and used to build many (15 already located as of now) elaborate tunnels to protect Hamas leaders, and to try to infiltrate into Israel to kill, maim, kidnap.

As believers in Jesus, let us give glory to God, who, behind the scenes, is bringing people and nations to account, saving many who repent and believe the gospel, and bringing glory to His Name, and to His Son’s name.

May God have mercy on us all!

Israel Again at War in Gaza Against Hamas – 18 July 2014

Israel sent in ground troops into Gaza last night at 10:30, following a long day which included a ‘game changer’, or which showed the situation for what it is regarding the perpetual murderous grudge of Hamas towards Israel and the Jewish people (in particular, but also against their own population, which they hatefully use as human ‘shields’ in order to deter Israel’s military efforts, and also to turn public opinion against Israel when civilians are killed in the war).

In Operation Protective Edge, we see the effectiveness of the vast sums of money spent by Israel to protect her citizens and borders, at the same time as seeing the extent of the vast sums of money spent by Hamas in its efforts to politically gain from seeking to terrorize and kill as many Israelis as possible with its vast arsenal of missiles able to reach anywhere in Israel, and its tunnels to enable terrorists to come underground under the Gaza-Israel border in order to carry out attacks on innocent civilians.

It was just such a tunnel that turned the tide yesterday whereby the Israeli government decided that a ground offensive is necessary if they are going to locate and destroy the many well-constructed tunnels which Hamas has somehow managed to build over the years. Yesterday, pre-dawn, Israeli intelligence picked up information of an imminent attack of terrorists seen running towards a tunnel entrance, which would have led them to a kibbutz on the Israeli side of the border.  The airforce pinpointed the target of several men running into the tunnel entrance and blew up the entrance.  It is not certain if all of the terrorists were killed or injured.  This planned attack was done at the beginning of the day in which Israel agreed to a 5-hour cease-fire for humanitarian reasons to allow for Gazans to get medical aid and groceries.

Just before the cease-fire, which began at 10:00 yesterday morning, Hamas launced multiple rockets into Israel; during the cease-fire, some rockets were fired; immediately after the cease-fire at 3:00, again a barrage of missiles were fired into all areas of Israel. Hamas has twice refused to accept a truce brokered by Egypt, while Israel had expressed a willingness.  Hamas is insisting on its own terms, which is like a bad boy causing trouble all the time, and then demanding to get concessions in his favor because he ‘agrees’ to ‘act good’ for a while. Now Hamas wants Turkey to act as broker, but Turkey’s PM has turned his government into an enemy of Israel, as he seeks to restore the Islamic empire.

While Hamas hopes and prays that every rocket and missile it launches will be successful, not only to frighten and disrupt the lives of Israel, but also to injure, kill, or damage as many civilians — and sometimes military — as possible, they insist on holding Israel to ‘playing by civilized rules’ when she at length chooses to retaliate in defending her people.  And the world listens to Hamas:  while saying that Israel has the right to defend herself, she must do whatever is possible to not kill those not involved in the fighting, even though they know that Hamas has embedded their arsenal among the population, and the Hamas leaders are safely hiding in well-protected underground facilities.  This double standard does not seem to apply to other nations which even now are wreaking havoc and destruction on each other.  Israel does have a conscience, and does care (sometimes too much) what others think, and does value life over death (with incongruous exceptions like abortion).

The Israeli military goes to great pains not to cause excessive civilian casualties, but war against an avowed enemy that does not care for even its own people is not going to be a movie or a video game, when at the end all the gore is only acting or virtual.  In most of Israel’s wars, the ‘powers-that-be’ usually have stopped Israel from attaining its objectives just at the (A SIREN IS GOING OFF JUST NOW IN BEER SHEVA.  BE BACK IN A MINUTE.) (BACK NOW, AFTER TWO CONSECUTIVE SIRENS, DURING WHICH WE WENT DOWN TO OUR BOMB SHELTER.) moment that she has gained the upper hand, and then concessions are required of Israel which perpetuates the necessity for so much money and energy to go into a seemingly never-ending war economy, even as Israel prospers at the same time.

God is with Israel in a unique way — in both goodness and severity — because of His covenantal relationship, and He is acting to bring His Chosen People to return back to Him, who alone gives true peace with eternal security, and will make wars to cease.  Meanwhile, the gospel of Jesus Christ goes out to all that more Gentiles and Jews will be saved now and not have to endure the wrath of God to come.

God is working in many ways and in different levels — both natural and spiritual — as He brings to pass the fulfillment of every jot and tittle of the Law and the Prophets.

Thank-you for for standing with Israel for the sake of the name of the Lord.

Clear Trumpet Call – 13 July 2014

Shalom from God in Messiah,

Thanks to God and to all of you who stood with us in prayer and words of encouragement for the Trumpet Call to Prayer that gathered close to 50 people!

Things being what they are here, today proved two things:  in the Body of Messiah here, not all are of one mind, even if many are of one  heart; and, God is ‘there’ when we come together in unity for the sake of the name of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (or in any other language which honors Him).

There was a better turnout of Arab leaders than of the Messianic (Jewish) ones.  On the Jewish side, though (but not all are Jewish), we  had more who are not ‘leaders’.  While we had brothers and sisters from Ariel and Beer Sheva, the rest of those who came were primarily from the  Jerusalem and Bethlehem areas.  Few of the leaders on the Jewish and Arab side had actually communicated prior to Sunday’s gathering, so we
really had no clue as to who was or was not coming. Other events  were going on in the north of the country, so we knew that they were not available; and the Galilean leaders decided that they would have their own prayer gathering.

What we are in need of is for ALL parts of this small country, with its relatively small number of Jewish and Arab believers, to come together in one place.  God willing, this will yet happen!  There were a few persons who had asked if we would be praying for the usual partisan things that each side is so good at; I said, ‘No’, so they did not come.  It is just this sort of partisan, divisive mindset that we have to get beyond if we are going to move on, forward, upward.  Otherwise, we have no message for our peoples about the truth of the gospel and its power to make peace, produce love, promote unity and holiness in the fear of the Lord.

Yeshua told His 11 remaining apostles before He left them to go ‘home’ that ALL authority has been given to Him in Heaven and on Earth, and that we should take the gospel and make disciples of any and all people, and that both these things are true until the end of the age.  The end of the age has not come yet, so both these facts and truths are still in force.  And Yeshua promises to be WITH US in this matter until the end.

Our High Priest, Messiah, also prayed that we would become one with Him and each other in the same manner as He is one with the Father.  This is no natural unity!  Nor is there a natural means of attaining to it:  it must be a work of the Holy Spirit in those who want to be a part of the sure answer of the Father to this prayer of His Son.

Do we want God to do what He wants to do?  Jesus has told all of us that there are going to be wars until the end, just as much as He is sovereign over all things during all of the wars and other tribulations.  GIVEN THAT, He and His apostles tell us how we are to live and what we are to labor for, even as we rest in Him with all assurance.  Wars and threats are not to be seen BY BELIEVERS as reasons for NOT believing and obeying, but are to seen as CHALLENGES — sometimes even insurmountable by all natural reckoning — for us to overcome by our faith of who Jesus is so that we might be conformed to His image.  Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.  Jewish people as a whole do not believe that; Muslims do not believe that.  It is we who have the witness and the truth, and the Holy Spirit has been given to us for power to both
proclaim and to live that truth.  There is spiritual warfare regarding this truth just as much as there is natural warfare all around.  We are called to identify with Jesus BY NAME in a world and against the devil which reject and despise Him.

God is going to fulfill every jot and tittle of all that He has purposed and promised to do.  KNOWING that, He is calling us out from every people and nation to be a kingdom of priests that have a different and better ‘calling’ in the meantime.  If we “do not keep our proper domain”, and resort to merely natural instincts and associations, then we are not really upholding the truth of the gospel and the truth that to Jesus belongs all authority:  He has won the war on the cross!  And because He is risen, EVERYTHING which God promised to the fathers will be fulfilled!  Because of only ONE righteous Man, God will not destroy either Israel or the Earth.  Praise the Lord!  We have much to be THANKFUL for as we come together as brothers and sisters, despite our peoples being at war with each other over the inheritance.  No one will receive from God what He has not promised; but neither will anyone receive from God even what is promised in any other way except than through honoring and blessing Jesus, before whom every knee shall bow and tongue confess that He is YHVH (LORD).

These things comprised the substance and spirit of our prayers.  We do not know what the next step is, but trust the Lord to  lead us, so that we will have a collective voice to speak truth in love and in righteousness in His name and for His sake.  We blessed each other before we left, and we may need to remind each other what we have ‘tasted’ to keep us on course.  May the Lord Jesus do what He needs to do to get what He wants, even during this present war ‘situation’ in our land and against our people.  We pray that the Holy Spirit would give the Christians in Gaza hope as they look to Yasu for help and strength.  We pray for Israelis to begin to turn back towards the God of Israel, rather than trust in themselves or in our military forces and capabilities, as amazing and important and necessary as they are in these times.

Trumpet Call To Prayer – 9 July 2014

As I write this, the sounds of war are heard within our nation, and the blood of Abel cries out for vengeance and vindication.  Yet the blood of Jesus Christ/Yeshua the Messiah/Yasu al Massih cries out better things:  salvation, and forgiveness of sin. (Heb 12:24)

There is a growing sense within and among the Israeli Messianic/Christian and Palestinian Christian communities that our united, collective voice needs to be heard as a prophetic voice to our people.  We, who believe in the … Continue reading

Hamas Video Targets Beer Sheva – 7 July 2014

Hamas has put out a one-minute video trying to scare the ‘settlers’ of Beer Sheva to flee before it is too late:  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/182592#.U7rkakB5bFw

Vengeance and Redemption – 6 July 2014

Rockets have again hit Beer Sheva (yesterday, as of this writing), violence and rage are again venting, cries for vengeance are shrieking.  Yet, for all this, God is working out redemption, as witnessed by people repenting and believing the good news of God about salvation through living faith in Jesus throughout the country and region.  Today is still the day of salvation!  This is still the acceptable year of the LORD (YHVH)!  We, as believers in Yeshua/Jesus, cannot forget that.

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The Shot Heard ‘Round The World – 28 June 2014

Today, 100 years ago, on June 28, 1914, in Sarajevo, Gavrilo Princip fired the shot that started World War I when he killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand.  No one could have known then that that gunshot would trigger the first world war in history, with staggering loss of life, but that that war, rather than being the ‘war to end all war’ would actually become the war which has not yet ended.

Jesus Christ said nearly 2000 years ago, when asked … Continue reading

The Negev is Now

Construction work and roadworks are going on all around us here in Beer Sheva, and southward towards Yerucham.  The major investment and development is due to Beer Sheva being chosen as the ‘cyber hub’ of Israel, or as Ben-Gurion University of the Negev President, Rivka Carmi, quips, “silicon wadi“.  (A wadi is a dry river bed, waiting for the waters to stream into it.)   Beer Sheva and the Negev are also developing in preparation for major re-location of military bases and … Continue reading

Kidnapping as Act of Terror – 16 June 2014

Israel is still riveted to prayers and the news reports about the three teen boys, ages 16, 16, and 19, who were kidnapped on Thursday night, and whose whereabouts and circumstances since then are still unknown as of this post.  While it is not certain exactly who carried out the kidnappings, it is clear that it was carried out by jihadi elements within the Palestinian Authority/Hamas-governed population, probably around Hebron.

Both the PA and Hamas have similar short-term policies towards their long-term objectives:  the release of all terrorist prisoners … Continue reading

Pentecost – 8 June 2014

Today, Sonday, is Pentecost, the holiday marking 50 days from the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 7 complete Sabbaths from that day after the Sabbath when He rose and showed Himself alive with many infallible proofs.  On that unique fulfillment of Shavuot/Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given from the Father in Yeshua’s name to His disciples.  Although the Lord Messiah is ascended in glory at the right hand of God, His presence is still with those who believe … Continue reading

HEBREW — The Primary Language of Jesus in Israel in His Day – 2 June 2014

Why Jesus was a Hebrew-speaker Hebrew, and not only Aramaic, was a spoken language at the time of Jesus, but PM Netanyahu’s exchange with the pope wasn’t only academic: It’s a debate with a clear religious and cultural subtext. By | Jun. 2, 2014 | 10:28 AM  (HAARETZ)

Around the turn of the millennium, I received an email from a party looking to create a film script about … Continue reading

State of Religious Freedom in Israel – 31 May 2014

In the wake of the ‘writing on the wall’ at the congregational home of Yeshua’s Inheritance Congregation, Donna Diorio, of IsraelPrayer, has written an update article wrapping up some recent events from a perspective of watching developments over many years:

http://israelwatcherasecondopinion.blogspot.co.il/2014/05/the-state-of-religious-freedom-in.html

For readers unacquainted with the lawsuit referenced by Donna, you can read our update reports on them beginning with this post from 2007:

http://streamsinthenegev.com/lawsuit/lawsuit-update-initiation-of-suit-9-feb-2007/

“Policy of Misunderstanding” – 30 May 2014

According to “official” sources, the denial of visa entries for Arabic Christians planning on attending the ‘At The Crossroads’ conference in Jerusalem earlier this month was due to a “policy of misunderstanding”.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/policy-of-misunderstanding-bars-christian-tourists-source-says/

The Writing on the Wall – 23 May 2014

Yesterday morning, offensive writing offending religious sensitivities was found spray painted on the wall surrounding the property used by the Messianic congregation, Nachalat Yeshua (Yeshua’s Inheritance), in Beer Sheva.   This is known as a “price tag”, property attacks of incitement against those whom extremists oppose, usually against Palestinian Arabs and against Christians.

Six months ago, during a Jews For Jesus evangelism campaign in Beer Sheva, Jewish teenage yeshiva students, with their rabbi, were filmed defacing the same property, but the police … Continue reading

At The Crossroads Conference in Jerusalem – 20 May 2014

Last week, from May 13-16, the second bi-annual “At The Crossroads” conference was held in Jerusalem at Christ Church inside Jaffa Gate.  The conference did not focus on either politics or theology, but on carrying out the Great Commission in a triangular region in the middle of the Earth inspired by the Word of God in Isaiah 19: 23-25:  the highway from Egypt to Assyria (the whole area of its former empire), with Israel in between as the bridge of … Continue reading

Dates to Remember – 9 May 2014

Times and seasons have a way of stirring the memories, both personal and collective. Depending on what they may signify, the reactions and anticipations may vary among individuals or nations, or among those joined together through religion or faith. Below are some historical markers that are beginning to converge to draw attention to a watershed, perhaps. Both friend and foe are taking notice.

Oct 31, 1517 – Reformation Day, which gave the Bible back to the people that they may … Continue reading

Record May Rainfall in All of Israel – 9 May 2014

Israel experienced a rare nation-wide lightning and thunder storm, pouring record amounts of rainfall, accompanied by hail, going back to 1920.  On Wednesday night, May 7, the storm began, continuing through much of the day on Thursday.   The Negev region suffered flash floods and stranded hikers and tourists.

In the Negev, May is usually a dry month, following the rainy season of the Israeli winter.   This winter was exceptionally dry throughout much of the country, and the rainfall of the last … Continue reading

Israel’s Independence Day – 6 May 2014

Tuesday, May 6, is Israel’s 66th Independence Day.  Millions of Jews suffered, were murdered, died in the Holocaust; tens of thousands more have died in the wars from the inception of the re-establishment of the Jewish people back in their homeland; hundreds are memorialized for their deaths since 1860 as they ‘returned to Zion’.  All of this human tragedy and valor as a price in order to be redeemed from the lands of exile, scattered around the globe, after 1900 … Continue reading

Holocaust Past and Future – 27 Apr 2014

Remember, lest we forget.  This “creed” underlies much of Jewish and Christian culture.  All of the LORD’s holidays are to remember His mighty acts of redemption, based on bringing His people out of Egypt.  Believers in Jesus, in fellowshipping in the Lord’s Supper, do so to remember Yeshua and what He did in and through His death on the cross; and we are to do so until He comes again.  God has given us these times of remembrance together so that we might not forget, and to be strengthened in … Continue reading

Israeli Jewish Population Increasing More Than Arab – 20 Apr 2014

While the premise of increasing Arab/Palestinian Muslim population growth over and against the Jewish birth and demographics has been used for decades to advance some political policy, current information challenges that assumption.   During  the closing years of  slavery in Egypt, despite being placed under even harsher work conditions and economic stress, among the Children of Israel there was a population explosion. (Exodus 1:8-14).  It seems like history may be repeating itself:  today, the world is applying increasingly harsh measures against Israel in order … Continue reading

A Greater Passover – 14 Apr 2014

As Jewish people everywhere celebrate the Passover, we can rejoice as we remember that not only has YHVH made His name great as the God of Israel who brought His people up out of Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm to serve Him, but also He continues to raise a banner to all nations as He brings back His people from all corners of the world to the land which He swore to give them as an everlasting possession.  And the whole world … Continue reading

Beer Sheva and Negev Development Accelerating – 13 Apr 2014

The Israeli government is promoting and enhancing development opportunities in Beer Sheva and the Negev.  The primary impetus here is military re-location of some large bases from the population center to the vast periphery of the southern desert, of which Beer Sheva is the largest and capital city.

The first Prime Minister of Israel, David  Ben-Gurion, always believed that the future of the country depended on the development of the Negev.  He lived what he believed by moving to Kibbutz Sde … Continue reading

Passover and Firstfruits – 6 Apr 2014

Greetings this season when the Body of Messiah/Christ reminds the world that Jesus Christ/Yeshua Messiah died and rose again!

Even unbelieving Jewish people in Israel and in the diaspora are witnesses to the one true God and His mighty act to deliver them from Egypt, making His name known to the nations as Yehovah, the God of Israel.

Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus are His witnesses that the Redeemer and Savior has come in the flesh, died at Passover, risen … Continue reading

More Christian Heritage Discovered in the Negev – 3 Apr 2014

In addition to sites at Avdat, Shivta, Nizzana, archeologists have now uncovered a Byzantine monastery, with beautiful colored mosaics, in the Negev region not far from Beer Sheva, near Hura, a Bedouin town:

  http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=16579

Not Only God, But The Civilized World Has Spoken – 30 Mar 2014

A case study of sovereign legal rights to Jerusalem – in particular East Jeruslaem, and more specifically the Old City with the Temple Mount:  a thesis by Dr. Jacques Gauthier, an international lawyer and human rights attorney:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf8cF1HYqN8

Today’s peace negotiations are a battle of narratives less grounded on facts and more on historical fallacies and revisionist history, personal and national emotions, and increasing lawlessness (recognizing no law as binding).

Would You Come To This Conference? – 17 Mar 2014

The “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference has ended.  There is tension within the ranks of the Body of Messiah here in Israel.  We pray for healing of strained or broken relationships through humility, repentance where necessary, forgiveness as commanded, transcendant love for our heavenly Father and our Lord Yeshua the Messiah/Jesus Christ.  This is all part of our sanctification, and is also a part of God’s righteousness to nullify our own.

I was thinking about another conference, but with an opposite orientation.  If … Continue reading

Christ At The Checkpoint – 4 Mar 2013

Next week the 3rd biennial CATC conference will begin in Bethlehem.  This has once again stirred heated discussion and debate within the Messianic/Christian evangelical community in Israel.  This public expression is good in that it helps all to ‘hear’ the depths of feelings which this conference arouses.  It is also good for those from the Messianic community in Israel who do go, whether as invited speakers or whether as part of the gathered conference-goers, to go in the light of … Continue reading

At Odds – 23 Feb 2014

In three weeks, two events are overlapping each other:  the Christ At The Checkpoint (CATC) conference in Bethlehem, and a day of praying and fasting preceding the beginning of Purim.  I have been invited to be present at both; I will only be at the Esther’s Fast day on Mar. 13 at Yad HaShmonah, organized by Revive Israel.  I will be leading the final prayer session for the hour before we conclude the day with the Lord’s Supper.  The focus … Continue reading

Beer Sheva Planned as Cyber Hub of Israel – 30 Jan 2014

Here is a YouTube video of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking of the government’s plans to make Beer Sheva the hi-tech capital of the country and of the East:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMkhvtm7VD4

Ariel (Arik) Sharon Buried With His Fathers – 13 Jan 2014

The 11th Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, died on Shabbat, January 11, after being in a coma for eight years following a massive stroke in 2005.   Whether the Spirit of God accomplished something in the soul of this man while he lay these last eight years we do not know now.  What we can know is that whether so or not, Arik knows who Jesus Christ is now, and would want all Israel to know while they still can.

… Continue reading

Record December Storm – 15 Dec 2013

Today in Beer Sheva we woke up to a bright sunny day, with clear blue skies, clean from all the wind, rain, hail, snow, and cold which hit the entire country from last Tuesday night till yesterday (Sat.) afternoon.  There has not been a major storm of this magnitude to hit Israel (and the rest of the countries round-about:  it even snowed in Cairo and parts of Saudi Arabia!) in the early part of December since records have been kept.  … Continue reading

Sign Spoken Against #2: Anti-Yeshua

During the two weeks of November 10-22, the evangelism organization, Jews for Jesus, conducted a campaign in the southern cities of Israel, focused in the largest city of Beer Sheva.  Beer Sheva and Arad have seen their share of opposition to the gospel over the years, and this campaign awakened some of that antagonism.   One of the campaigners was arrested just two days before the end of the campaign, the first time in eight such campaigns around Israel that this has happened.  … Continue reading

Sign Spoken Against #1: Anti-Israel

At the beginning of the Summer/Winter of this year (2013), Israel and Australia jointly issued two stamps commemorating the part of the ANZAC and the Australian Lighthorse in the historical development leading up to the re-establishment of the Jewish people back in the promised and holy land.  The stamps remember the victory over the Turks in Beer Sheva in the famous Beer Sheva Charge on October 31, 1917, in WW1.

In the Bible, YHVH God speaks through His servant, the prophet … Continue reading

Death of Sephardic Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – 7 Oct 2013

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef died at the age of 93, following many months of deteriorating health.  He was perhaps the most influential rabbi in this period of the return of the Jewish people back to the promised land.  His influence was both religious and political, and affected all of Israeli society, not just the Sephardi Jewish (those who were especially under Islamic influence during the long years of exile) community which he specifically represented.  This, in itself, was an enormous achievement:  helping restore … Continue reading

A SEASONAL WORD – 1 Sept 2013

In God’s prophetic and redemptive calendar given to Israel, the appointed times of the Memorial of Blowing of Trumpets, of the Day of Atonements, and of the Feast of Booths speak of the Ingathering of God’s people/harvest at the end of the age.  God knows His own, and those who call upon the name of the Lord will depart from iniquity.

One thing that God will not have in His people — whether Israel or the Church — is self-righteouness.  … Continue reading

World Can Not Save Itself – 29 Aug 2013

Syria continues to kill its own, with and without chemical weapons.  The Arab world does not intervene; the western world has lost its moral and political capacity to effectively intervene; the international community expresses itself through the United Nations with words.  Arab/Palestinian Christians continue seek to undermine Israel’s legitimacy — with backing from the rest of the world — even while Israel remains till now the only stable country in the region, but remain silent regarding the slaughter of even … Continue reading

CHRISTIAN ARABS IDENTIFYING WITH ISRAEL AS ISRAELIS – 18 Aug 2013

In July a Christian Arab from Nazareth, Bishara Shlayan, announced his intentions of forming a new political party in Israel.  At that time, the name of the party was Allies of the New Covenant, but afterwards changed to just Allies, since Jewish people were uncomfortable with the term, New Covenant, which is the same as New Testament.

Among other things, Shlayan and the party want to be recognized as Israelis, as proud citizens of Israel, their country, and want to … Continue reading

TIME FOR SELF-RESPECTING JEWS TO STAND UP – 21 July 2013

According to the inspired Word of God given to us in the Bible, YHVH, the one and only true God, created Jacob, Israel, and all called by His name, for His glory.  He alone is the only Savior who forgives sin.  He only is the Deliverer  from enemies and foreign gods.  YHVH, the Holy One of Israel, is the  only One who knows all things from the beginning through beyond their end. (Is 43:1-15)

The revelation from God that the Jewish people are … Continue reading

Beer Sheva Taking Leading Role in Israeli Engineering and High-Tech – 1 July 2013

Here is an article from today’s The Times of Israel internet newspaper about Beer Sheva’s present future:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/tech-helps-develop-development-town-beersheba/

Tech helps develop ‘development town’ Beersheba A major science and technology event at Ben-Gurion University highlights just how far the Negev has come in recent years

HOPE DESPITE FUTILITY – 19 June 2013

The people of Israel lives!  Am Israel Chai!   Last night witnessed a gala celebration of a man and his life, and of a people and their hope.  Israeli President Shimon Peres enjoyed a birthday party unlike any other person on the world stage.  Although his actual birthday isn’t until August 8, leaders and celebrities from Israel and from all around the world came together in an exciting and emotive way to wish Shimon a happy 90th birthday, with the hope … Continue reading

AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH – 3 June 2013

It is hot and dry in the Southland of the Holy Land.  Last night at 9:00 (21:00), the temperatures around Israel were as hot as what is normal for this time of year at mid-day.

As much as God has promised the perpetuity of agricultural growth, of temperatures, seasons, and cycle of days (Gen 8:22), nonetheless the stability of the Earth’s life seems to be less predictable and consistent as the last days progress towards the end-times.  We go from … Continue reading

SHAVUOT/PENTECOST – 13 May 2013

Holiday greetings to you all!

In the following days the Biblical holiday of Shavuot ([7] Weeks) and Pentecost (50 Days) will be marked, properly counting from the first-fruits resurrection of our Lord Yeshua from the dead on the day after the Sabbath, i.e. Sonday, during the Passover/Unleavened Bread week.  Thus, Shavuot/Pentecost should also be properly celebrated on the 8th Sonday from the Passover, which is 7 weeks from that first Sonday, and the 50th day including that day after the Sabbath.  … Continue reading

PEACE IN THE MIDST OF TERROR – 17 Apr 2013

Shalom with God to all of you,

With the evil of the terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon shocking the civilized world once again at the brutal character of those who worship a god of vengeance and death, in Israel the celebration of the 65th year of statehood has just concluded, a testimony to the faithfulness of the living God  of the living who gave His Son to be brutalized to death, in the greatest expression of love this world has ever known, offering forgiveness to all who … Continue reading

JEWISH TERRORIST JACK TEITEL CONDEMNED – 9 Apr 2013

Today in the Jerusalem District Court, the three judges in the case of “Jewish terrorist”, Jack Teitel, found him completely responsible for his “cold-blooded” acts of murder and of attempted murder.  In the courtroom, when asked by reporters whether he had any regrets for what he had done, he said the he “has no regret nor is he sorry for what he did”, and that he would do it again if he had to.  Teitel received two consecutive life sentences for … Continue reading

THE INCOMPARABLE HOLOCAUST – 8 Apr 2013

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel.  This annual memorial gives living eye-witness testimony  to  the truth of the incomparable catastrophe known as the Holocaust, with a capital ‘H’.  There has till now been nothing else like it on a national or ethnic scale, however horribly many people or nations have suffered from the hands of God, devils, or humans.

In the face of so much proof from both victims and perpetrators — and from their descendants — it is not only incredible … Continue reading

THE NEW MOON: COVERED, OR REVEALED?

On March 11 there is a New Moon.  Will you see it?  What is it that you will see?

This New Moon also marks the beginning of the first month in God’s redemptive calendar year given to Israel, leading up to the Passover on the Full Moon two weeks later. (Ex 12:2)

So, is the new moon covered over, that is, darkened?; or, is it a slim crescent, that is, partially revealed … Continue reading

DOES THE ‘GOD PARTICLE’ FOREBODE DOOM TO THE UNIVERSE? – 21 Feb 2013

The capture of the most wanted sub-atomic  particle in physics last summer was named as Science journal’s Breakthrough of the  Year 2012.  (see earlier post on the ‘God Particle’:  http://streamsinthenegev.com/latest-news/god-particle-found-4-july-2012-2/  ) 

Now scientists are speculating that the Higgs bosun could also be a cause for the eventual destruction of the universe — should the sun not burn out first.

“It may be that the universe we live in is inherently unstable,” said Joseph Lykken, a … Continue reading

SUNDAY

Lev 23:10-12  Speak to the children of Israel and say to them, When you have come into the land which I give to you, and shall reap the harvest of it, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.  And he shall wave the sheaf before Yehovah to be received for you. On the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.  And you shall offer … Continue reading

SOUL SECURITY: MILITARY SERVICE? – 12 Feb 2013

The Prime Minister-designate, Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu, is facing difficulties forming a new government coalition, partly over the issue of “sharing the burden”.  Sharing the burden here primarily refers to more equality in sharing the economic and military burdens of the country.  The political agenda of Yair Lapid and Yesh Atid (There is a Future), the party receiving the second largest number of votes in the recent elections last month, included in its platform making military service compulsory for most of … Continue reading

JERUSALEM AT PEACE, AND A PRAISE IN THE EARTH

Ps 122:6-9 Prayerfully ask about the peace of Jerusalem; those who love you shall be blessed. Peace be within your walls, blessings within your palaces. For my brothers and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within you. Because of the house of Yehovah our God I will seek your good.

Is 62:1-7 For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until its righteousness goes out as brightness, and her salvation … Continue reading

ISRAELI ELECTION RESULTS – 22 Jan 2013

Shalom from a divided land and people.

Election results from today’s voting for the next Israeli government are indicating that the large nationalist coalition has been significantly reduced. The current Prime Minister — and the probable next PM — will not have the large and commanding coalition as he had expected just  under three months ago when he and the other leading party at that time merged, and will need to form a coalition with others who challenge him personally, or … Continue reading

JEWISH TERRORIST, JACK TEITEL, CONVICTED – 16 Jan 2013

For those of you who have been on my (Donna Diorio) mailing list for a while, you know how we have followed the case of the religious Jewish terrorist who tried to murder a Messianic family in Ariel by setting a Purim basket loaded with a bomb.  David and Leah Ortiz’ then 15-year old youngest son was blown to pieces but through the grace of a miracle of God lived.  Jack Teitel has finally been convicted in Jerusalem District court. This case has been dragging on … Continue reading

BIZARRO WORLD – 5 Jan 2013

“Palestinian Authority President Abbas signed a presidential decree changing the name of the Palestinian Authority to the “State of Palestine,” following the Palestinians’ upgraded status at the United Nations as a non-member observer state.

According to the decree, reported by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa Thursday night, all stamps, signs, and official letterheads will be changed to bear the new name.” ( http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-changes-name-of-palestinian-authority-to-state-of-palestine/ )

For those accustomed to the unreal virtual world reality in this post-modern world, the announcement … Continue reading

IN DEFENSE OF CHRISTMAS – 25 Dec 2012

As a Jew, I didn’t want to celebrate Christmas when I became a believer, partly because it wasn’t “Jewish”, and partly because it was too paganized and commercialized. But the Lord began to show me that my reasons were not all correct. In my other words, I was throwing the baby out with the bath water. The truth of God is not pagan, and it happened right here in Israel among Jewish people, as prophesied by the prophets of YHVH  long … Continue reading

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE – 22 Dec 2012

We have to say that there is a release, a freedom, to rejoice during this ending of each year once we stop resisting the truth of the birth of Yeshua and stop allowing the enemy to sow his confusion and division.  The truth of the Lord’s birth is not pagan, even though people, including Christians (even believers!!) have paganized it or join in it.  We Jewish people have done some similar things with the holy days and times of God, … Continue reading

BIRTH, DEATH, AND GOOD FRIDAY OF MESSIAH YESHUA THE LORD – 12 Dec 2012

I just did a quick count-down and count-up and came to this conclusion on this fourth day of Hanukkah:  if Jesus died in 30 AD (which is 40 years before the Temple’s destruction; mentioned in the Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 39b, and also referred to in the Jerusalem Talmud; see http://www3.telus.net/public/kstam/en/temple/details/evidence.htm  ), and was 33 1/2 yrs old (having begun His 3 1/2 yr public ministry when He was about 30 years old, then He was born in Dec., 5 B.C., … Continue reading

THE FLOWING STREAMS OF THE LAST DAYS – 1 Dec 2012

War is natural to the devil and to fallen human nature.  We hear and read about wars every day, and many suffer up close and personally at the hands of those who would destroy the Earth.  Yeshua has told us that until the end there will be wars and rumors of wars.  The Word of God in the whole of the Bible makes it clear for those who believe that at the end of the day, the victory is God’s … Continue reading

CEASEFIRE – 21 Nov 2012

A ceasefire has just gone into effect betweeen Hamas and Israel in Operation Pillar of Cloud (Defense).  Following eight days of heavy rocket attacks upon mostly southern Israeli cities, but also including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, along with Israeli air strikes on terrorist strongholds, both sides agreed to a ceasefire brokered by the U.S. and Egypt.  How long will this one last before it is broken, and at what cost?

It is a time for thanks-giving to YHVH God, even if only for … Continue reading

LATEST MILITARY OPERATION BETWEEN ISRAEL AND GAZA – 15 Nov 2012

Shalom from Above and within, but not on the ground.

Since last night we have been inundated with a barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza in Beer Sheva.  After more than 100 rockets fired into southern Israel the last few days, the Israeli government decided to act forcefully to hopefully this time cause Hamas and the other terrorist organizations and sponsors of terror to re-consider their policies towards Israel.

Being that the conflict is religiously based, and ultimately spiritual in the … Continue reading

U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS – 9 Nov 2012

In this week’s US elections, President Barack Obama won 69 percent of the Jewish vote, compared with 78% in 2008, according to exit polls. In Israel, Romney won more than 80% of the vote of Jewish living in the Jewish State, underlining the difference in priorities among Jews in the Diaspora, where health care and the economy are the dominating influences.   Even the right to abortion held a higher priority than support for Israel.  Only 10% said Israel was their top … Continue reading

MERGER OF LIKUD AND ISRAEL BEITANU PARTY LISTS – 30 Oct 2012

Yesterday the Likud central committee agreed to merge their party list with that of Israel Beitanu (Israel Our Home) for the upcoming elections scheduled on January 22, 2013.  The merger of these two nationalist parties is seen as a major political victory for Prime Minister Bibi (Benjamin) Netanyahu to strengthen his position to lead the country.  Israel Beitanu is led by Avigdor Liberman, the current Foreign Minister.

“Today we are voting for a strong Likud and a strong prime minister,” … Continue reading

THE NEGEV IS ‘HOT’; VISIT IN 2013 – 26 Oct 2012

According to the Lonely Planet Travel Guide, the southern region of Israel is worth visiting.  They have rated the Negev as the second best region in the world to tour in 2013, before it becomes over-developed, and to enjoy what is already available for travelers. 

You can read the full story here:  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/themes/best-in-travel-2013/top-10-regions/#ixzz2AJC9CbUV 

Imagine what it will be like after the Lord Yeshua returns and the desert is turned into a veritable Garden of Eden! (Is 51:3)

RELIGIOUS POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY AS YESTERDAY – 18 Oct 2012

As in the days of Yeshua’s ministry in Israel about 2000 years ago, when the religious political authorities were led by Annanias and Caiaphas, so today the coalition-maker SHAS party, whose spiritual leader is Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, and political leaders Eli Yishai and Arieh Deri, reflect the corrupting influence of violent men who would take the kingdom by force.

On a Channel 2 television interview this evening, Deri and Yishai were interviewed together.  This was a momentous occasion, for both … Continue reading

ARAB SPRING AND THE ISRAELI ENEMY – 17 Oct 2012

On the online Arab News, Middle East section, date-line of Saturday, October 6, 2012, (the Islamic year of 1433), Abdulateef Al-Mulhim wrote an opinion piece comparing Israel with the Arab nations.  You can read it here:  http://www.arabnews.com/arab-spring-and-israeli-enemy .  Al-Mulhim is a retired Commodore of the Royal Saudi Navy.

May God Most High shine more of His light into many more of the families of Ishmael and of Esau, as He continues to break through the hostility in the minds of … Continue reading

NON-STOP RUMORS OF WAR – 15 Aug 2012

No day passes here in Israel without news about whether or not there will be an Israeli attack on Iran’s developing nuclear bomb facilities.  The United States continues its own diplomatic and political ‘wordfare’ on whether Israel could even succeed, and what the consequences of an Israeli initiative could bring to the world, and whether the U.S. would help Israel in the event of an outbreak of war. 

While Iran is given freedom to voice its intentions to wipe Israel … Continue reading

CIRCUMCISION BAN – 26 July 2012

Germany and Austria have banned religious circumcisions on Jewish male babies, and on Muslim males.  In California, attempts  have been made to also ban circumcision.  Those decision-makers and complying hospitals and doctors think that cutting the foreskin of an 8-day-old baby causes “grievous bodily harm”, and that it is a denial of those persons’ civil liberties to impose on him a religious practice of faith by their parents.  What if, when the Jewish person would be old enough to understand, … Continue reading

GOD PARTICLE FOUND? – 4 July 2012

Speaking to a packed audience Wednesday morning in Geneva, CERN director general Rolf Heuer confirmed that two separate teams working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are more than 99 percent certain they’ve discovered the Higgs boson, aka the God particle—or at the least a brand-new particle exactly where they expected the Higgs to be.

The long-sought particle may complete the standard model of physics by explaining why objects in our universe have mass—and in so … Continue reading

SERVING ONE’S COUNTRY – 4 July 2012

“Chairman of the Keshev Committee, Yohanan Plesner, tasked with creating recommendations to replace the Tal Law, presented the findings of his now-disbanded committee Wednesday morning, which included a goal of 80 percent haredi participation in military and civilian service within four years and the imposition of personal sanctions on those who do not serve.The report recommends applying a principle of “service for all,” which would apply to the ultra-Orthodox haredi population and later to the Israeli-Arab population.” ( Jerusalem … Continue reading

NO NEWS IS NEWS – 21 June 2012

Today is the first day of Summer and the longest day[light] of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  It looks to be a hot summer here in Israel.  But then, that is not so new as to be news.

Reading the newspaper today is not much different from having read it last week.  Oh, there are some different ‘personal interest’ stories which are often quickly  forgotten, but mostly it is a rehash of things which continue, and which have been … Continue reading

ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY – 25 Apr 2012

Tonight Israel celebrates her 64th year of ‘independence’.  These 64 years certainly give reason for people everywhere to pay heed to her miraculous revival as a nation: whether if from God according to Biblical prophecy; or of man apart from any direct intervention of God; or merely a quirk of history allowed for in the sovereignty of God ruling through history, without any specific purpose.

Last night and today Israelis remembered all those who sacrificed their lives in the numerous … Continue reading

YESHUA IS RISEN AND ASCENDED ON HIGH! – 7 Apr 2012

There have been fresh reports by credible witnesses that the Passover Lamb of God — none other than the Lord Jesus Christ — crucified more than 2000 years ago as the God of Israel kept His covenantal promises — is alive and seated in glory at the right hand of Power.  The Arm of the LORD/YHVH, sent to powerfully intervene in world affairs to deliver His people from oppression and from oppressors, is returned to His Father’s side.  Many are … Continue reading

GLOBAL MARCH TO JERUSALEM – 28 Mar 2012

On Friday, March 30, “two million Arab and international protesters will march toward the borders of Israel and take part in activities designed to highlight Jerusalem’s Arab character on Friday, March 30, the event organizer claims. Ribhi Haloum, general coordinator of the Global March toJerusalem, said in a press statement that volunteers from 80 countries will take part in the march.  Jordan and Lebanon will send protesters to the border, whereas Egypt will organize a solidarity marathon from Cairo Universityto … Continue reading

CATC 2012 Manifesto – 12 Mar 2012

The CATC conference in Bethlehem ended on Friday evening, and the controversy going into the conference continued in its going out.  The organizers put out a ‘manifesto’ (which you can read on their own website, www.christatthecheckpoint.com ), which says nothing about evangelizing anyone, nor of any hope in the coming again of the Lord to bring GOD’s righteousness and justice to the whole of His world which He made; nor does it accept YHVH God’s on-going covenant faithfulness … Continue reading

ROCKETS BURSTING IN AIR AND ON GROUND – 12 Mar 2012

Israel in the south (Negev regioin) is undergoing daily rocket and missile attacks from Gaza for the fourth day now, with air-raid sirens going off during the day and the middle of the night.  We just had an attack about 1/2 hour ago as I have been writing this letter, plus one around 3:00 in the morning.  Schools are still closed, and other public places are opening and closing as they see fit.  One missile landed and damaged a school yesterday, … Continue reading

CHRIST AT THE CHECKPOINT – 5 Mar 2012

There is a conference beginning today in Bethlehem, which is named Christ At The Checkpoint.  There is much controversy over this conference within the Messianic Body here in Israel, and also from those abroad, including regarding the participation of two local pastors.  The secular Israeli media that has reported on the conference sees it as anti-Israel and anti-Semitic.

The conference website is very clear that the purpose of the conference — despite having the two Israeli pastors speak — is … Continue reading

JACOB BECOMING THE ISRAEL OF GOD – 29 Feb 2012

Today, Israel is acting like Jacob — caring for the things of God, but seeking them by their own abilities in their own strength, rather than by the Spirit of YHVH, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac. (Gen 31:42; Zech 4:6)

Jacob received his new and spiritual name, Israel, only after he had struggled with the Man all night, the night before he would meet again his brother Esau after deceitfully obtaining the birthright and blessing from … Continue reading

COULD PALESTINIAN ARABS BE EDOMITES? – 28 Feb 2012

A scientific study was done some years ago,which indicates that the genetic heritage between Jewish people and [some of] the Arabs shows that they have a common ancestor —Abraham —just as the Bible records. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/05/000509003653.htm

That being so,then Arab peoples get to Abraham through Esau/Edom,Jacob’s twin brother,and through Ishmael,Isaac’s half-brother.  Perhaps the Palestinians aren’t an “invented people” after all, but have simply lost track of, or disconnected from, their Semitic roots.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East today … Continue reading

WHY THE SILENCE? – 6 Feb 2012

If the Arab ‘Spring’ is wintry, how cold is its winter?!  This is an exchange of e-emails with some Arab leaders in Israel and the Palestinian Authority that I had:

Shalom B, B, Y,

I looked on Come and See, hoping that I might see in writing what I am not hearing, but am both disappointed and disturbed:  where is the Israeli/Palestinian (call it whatever you want) Arab Christian voice expressing outrage over what is taking place in Syria?!  

Why … Continue reading

SURVEY: RECORD NUMBER OF ISRAELIS PROFESS BELIEF IN GOD – 28 Jan 2012

“Fully 80% of Israeli Jews believe that God exists – the highest figure found by the Guttman-Avi Chai survey since this review of Israeli-Jewish beliefs began two decades ago. The study also found that 70% of respondents believe the Jews are the Chosen People, 65% believe the Torah and mitzvot (religious commandments) are God-given, and 56% believe in life after death. But that doesn’t mean Jews in general are becoming more religious, at least not in an Orthodox Jewish way. … Continue reading

RIPE FOR HARVEST – 26 Jan 2012

(quoted from Arni Klein, Klein Fax, 20 Jan 2012)

Most of you will remember the court battle in Beer Sheva between the Messianic believers and the orthodox community.  In the natural,one might say it didn’t turn out well considering all the time, energy, resources, prayer, and heart that was sown during those days.  We generally expect victory to look a certain way.  As we perceived it,that battle was not really about right and wrong or our reputation.   Our hearts’ desire was that … Continue reading

JESUS CHRIST, THE FRIEND OF WOMEN – 27 Dec 2011

In recent days and weeks, certain sects within the ultra-orthodox Jewish religious community, especially in Jerusalem and in Beit Shemesh, have openly displayed their utter contempt towards women.  This manifests a similar spirit seen in Islam, and is also the attitude of the antichrist. (Dan 11:37; 2Tim 3:3)  This contemptible behavior is in accord with the prayer in the Talmud (the sacred oral law and tradition of rabbinic Judaism), in which the men thank God for not making them women!

The Law … Continue reading

Christmas – 26 Dec 2011

The Light has come, and the daylight begins to push away the darkness of winter days.  Spring must be in the air!

From the beginning till the end of the year, our Lord and God watches over His people and His land! (Dt 11:12)  God ‘found’ His Sabbath rest in His Son, who came to bring the old order of things to an end that the light of a new way and day could be brought to mankind.

At our … Continue reading

INVENTIONS, HISTORY, HYPOCRISY – 11 Dec 2011

Yesterday, in an interview on a U.S. cable network, Newt Gringrich, a Republican Presidential candidate, said that the Palestinian people are “invented”.  This, of course, raised an outcry from Palestinian Arab political, religioius, and intellectual leaders.

After all the claims by Palestinians delegitimizing Israel’s right to exist, the Islamic repudiation of any Jewish history connected to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and the denial even by many (if not most) Palestinian Arab Christians of God’s everlasting covenants connected with Abraham, with … Continue reading

LOVING YOUR ENEMIES – 27 Oct 2011

On Sunday Turkey suffered a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake, killing hundreds, injuring over a thousand, destroying more than 2000 buildings, leaving thousands homeless and struggling.

Israel offered immediate rescue assistance to Turkey, but the Turkish government refused the initial request, saying they could manage without Israel’s expertise.  With the suffering and emotions rising, the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan changed his mind, and asked Israel for help with pre-fabricated temporary housing units, which Israel was quick to dispatch.

Turkey, as … Continue reading

A TIME OF REJOICING – 19 Oct 2011

Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held captive for more than five years by Hamas in Gaza, came back home yesterday, October 18.  It was a day of much anticipation and emotion throughout the nation.  When we saw Gilad walking out from the car which took him out of Hamas’ hands into those of the Egyptians — meaning that he had been freed — it was a moment of tears of joy and thanksgiving.

Israel’s history is full of mourning turned … Continue reading

GILAD SHALIT AND THE FACE OF GOD – 13 Oct 2011

On the eve of the Jewish celebration of the Feast of Booths/Tabernacles, which is a time of rejoicing for the children of Israel who have blessed the God of Israel for preserving and identifying with them as His people, the news has been full of the deal made with Hamas to release the Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, after more than five years of being held captive without ANY visitations deemed lawful and ethical under conventions legislated by world bodies, such … Continue reading

THE TENTH OF THE SEVENTH MONTH – 8 Oct 2011

Today is the 10th day of the 7th month in the Biblical Hebrew calendar.  It is the holiest day in the Jewish year; it is the Sabbath of Sabbaths, and today is, in fact, also the Sabbath day.  This day is called the Day of Atonements (Yom Ha-Kippurim; Yom Kippur)  You can read its significance in chapters 16 and 23 of Leviticus in the Torah.

The streets of Beer Sheva are full of children laughing and playing in the streets, … Continue reading

TRUMPETS ARE SOUNDING – 18 Sep 2011

New Week greetings,

As the Jewish New Year approaches next week, it is good to remember that Biblically, it is actually the beginning of the seventh month given by God to Israel, and is actually called a Memorial of the Blowing/Shout of Trumpets (see Lev 23).  It is His redemptive calendar within His comprehensive year.  We who have been born-again and are now seated with Yeshua in heavenly places are given a view of the whole of what YHVH is … Continue reading

QUESTIONS – 4 Sep 2011

Is the Bible — the Old and the New Testaments — true, or is the Koran?

Is the God of Israel the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth — of the Universe?

Is YHVH (YEHOVAH or YAHWEH) the name of the one true God, or is some other god with another name?

Is the true God a Father with a Son and a people (other children)?  Or is the true God not a father and childless?

Was Abraham a … Continue reading

OF BREAKING OF COVENANTS AND TREATIES – 1 Sep 2011

Israel and her supporters will be disappointed with the results of the vote in the United Nations scheduled for September 20 regarding either a mere upgrade of Palestinian status at the UN, or else the recognition of an independent Palestinian state.  This vote is despite, and in spite of, all international agreements previous regarding rules of war and of guarantees for a sovereign Jewish nation.  It will mark a significant retreat of human support for Israel.

Should believers in Yeshua/Jesus … Continue reading

ISRAEL UNDER SIEGE – 26 Aug 2011

Here is an excellent link to a presentation presenting the legitimacy of Israel from a legal and historic perspective.  As you know, the Palestinians are trying to get the UN later in September to nullify previous historic legal agreements regarding Israel.

http://www.ec4i.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=128:give-pe

If a Mormon like Glenn Beck, and other “unsaved” actors and ordinary persons, can take a strong public stand in support of the legitimate and moral right of Israel to not only exist, but also to be … Continue reading

TRUTH, AND THE LYING SPIRIT – 23 Aug 2011

Greetings from the land where the lie is often spoken as truth,

Thanks to the many of you who have written in, and to those who didn’t yet lifted a voice to our Father in Heaven.

From the time that the serpent got Eve and Adam to listen to him over the clear Word of God, we have inherited the tendency to believe lies over truth.  And when the lie is repeated enough and taught and passed on as being … Continue reading

BEER SHEVA UNDER FIRE – 20 Aug 2011

This morning before we left home for our congregational service, the sirens went off, and we went down to our bomb shelter.  The rockets from Gaza this morning, and also on Thursday night, fell not too far from the section of the city in which we live, and on one of the rocket falls, the house shook from the vibrations of the impact.  This evening we have had twice to go into shelters while we were visiting friends from the … Continue reading