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 our bond as His family and people.
Tonight, Israel — especially the Jewish people within her — began the annual Holocaust Remembrance/Memorial Day, till now the most devastating blow of destruction to hit the Jewish people. I say “till now”, because it seems to me that there is a greater ‘Shoah’ still to come. It could be said that the Inquisition was Sephardic Jewry’s trouble, and that the Holocaust Ashkenazi Jewry’s trouble. Both of these occurred on European soil. But the Scriptures speak of an unparalleled “Jacob’s Trouble” — great tribulation — to come “in the land” — the whole House of Jacob/Israel — out of which Israel will be saved. (Jer 30:7; Dan 12:1, Zec 13:7-9; Mt 24:4-31; Rev 7:14)
It is important to keep the Holocaust’s remembrance, especially at a time when many deny it, minimize it, relativize it. There are still living eye-witnesses and their family members who know it was true and horrible. These eye-witnesses are both among the victims and among the perpetrators. Yet there are those who are given a loud voice to say otherwise. Is this really any different than those who were strident in denying the real death and resurrection of the Lord Messiah, even while eye-witnesses were still around?! (Mt 27:62 – 28:15; 2Pt 1:12-18) As Israel puts their hope in the ability of the nation to defend itself, the God of Israel is at work to bring His people to repentance and faith in His Son, who is truly the Keeper of Israel.
The sacrifice of Yeshua is described in Greek as a holocaust — a whole-burnt offering. While the unwilling catastrophic destruction on the part of the Jewish people has led to the partial prophetic restoration of the modern homeland for the Jewish people back in their land, the willing sacrificial “slaughter” of the Lamb of God leads to salvation and eternal life in God’s Kingdom for all who believe.
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 to discourage the people and to get them to comply with expectations based both on fear and upon envy; yet in the face of all that, God is at work to increase their number! The Father loves and wants children! Lots of them! To fill His house! 🙂
You can view an interview on Israeli Channel 10 TV with a demographics expert bringing this unexpected and updated information to light (with English subtitles):
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 is reminded that Jesus Christ/Yeshua the Messiah died and rose again during this special week which God has given us.
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 Boker after completing his service (twice) as PM. The Prophets of Israel, who spoke the Word of YHVH in truth, also foresee the coming day when the Negev shall become as the Garden of Eden, the Garden of YHVH.
Here are links to some recent significant moves towards building up Beer Sheva as the information technology (IT) center and Silicon Valley of Israel:
“Move South”, young man!
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 again as the firstfruits from among the dead, was seen by more than 500 after His resurrection, ascended to the right hand of the Father with all authority in Heaven and Earth and to intercede for us, and that He is coming again! Let the NAME of the Lord be confessed, proclaimed, and exalted, both now and forevermore!
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: