Beer Sheva: Gateway to Jerusalem

“Listen to Me, you who pursue righteousness, seekers of the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham you father, and to Sarah who bore you; for I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him.”

‘For the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her desert like Eden and her wilderness like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the sound of melody.’ (Isaiah 51:1-3)

Beer Sheva has a history of nearly 4000 years: the City of the Patriarchs of the Israeli people; the city named by Abraham, the father to the Jews, to the Christian believers, to the Arabs. Beer Sheva’s future is full of hope because she has deep roots in the past Messianic promises of the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob – the God of Israel. Believers in Jesus from all nations confess their own faith in the God of Israel’s fathers, who all lived in Beer Sheva. Continue reading “Beer Sheva: Gateway to Jerusalem”

Rocket From Gaza Destroys Beer Sheva Home – 17 Oct 2018

While we were out of the country, a rocket from Gaza destroyed structurally a home in Beer Sheva, in our neighborhood.  The Iron Dome missile defense system was not in place locally to be activated.  Thankfully, the single mother heeded the siren warning in the middle of the night, and took her three young children into the bomb shelter just in time to find safety.  The home is located just next to the tracks of the North Beer Sheva train station, and just across the street from Ben-Gurion University, which is across the street of Soroka Medical Center.

Here is a link from JNS, on how the incident was reported:
https://www.jns.org/rocket-from-gaza-destroys-beersheba-home-afp-rocket-caused-damage-to-garden/

Beer Sheva Will Never Be The Same!

Thank-you for your prayers connected with the events here in Beer Sheva for the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC Beer Sheva Charge and victory. The city has never had a day like this before! The PM of Australia and of Israel were present; the Governor-General of New Zealand was there (the NZ gov’t has just had a change of PM). Security was at an all-time employment; the municipality put out a tremendous effort to put on a spectacular day that has received very high remarks from the Aussies (especially) and Kiwis that we have spoken with. I was very impressed with the remarks made by the Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull. Also the new ANZAC Museum was dedicated, and, thankfully, the ones I know who have been praying and acting for years for it are very pleased! Continue reading “Beer Sheva Will Never Be The Same!”

Beer Sheva’s Capture in 1948 Independence War – Oct 15-22, 1948

The War of Independence for the nascent State of Israel began immediately after the declaration of statehood by the first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion on May 14, 1948.   The Negev was an essential part of the territory that Israel would need to protect itself from Egypt from the south, and to enable development of the new country.

Beginning on Oct 15, 1948, Operation Yoav began with the mission of capturing Beer Sheva from the Egyptians, and open up the way to the entire southern desert.  On Oct 21, in Operation Moses, the Israeli forces captured the city, making possible Israel’s ultimate victory against the Arab armies which attacked her at the very beginning of her restoration.  The conflict remains unresolved till today, but the God of Israel will fulfill His intentions to restore His Kingdom to His people chosen to be His holy inheritance. (Is 19:23-25)

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/operation-ldquo-yoav-rdquo-october-1948

http://www.jpost.com/Blogs/My-Nation-Lives/This-Week-in-Israeli-History-Battle-of-Beer-Sheva-Sinking-of-the-Emir-Farouk-and-the-Chazon-Ish-428622

Heads of State Prepare for 100th Anniversary of the Beer Sheva Charge

Beer Sheva is gearing up for historic visits by Prime Ministers of two distant countries whose brave soldiers fought on our local soil in a spectacular battle against the Turks and the Ottoman Empire 100  years ago on October 31, 1917.

The two PM’s are Malcolm Turnbull of Australia, and Bill English of New Zealand, whose ANZAC troops fought together on that day of destiny to open the way for the British-led Allied forces to capture the Holy Land from the Islamic Caliphate of the day, and to pave the way for the proclamation of the Balfour Declaration on Nov 2, 1917.  This document gave impetus for the return of the Jewish people back to the Land of Israel.

A new ANZAC museum is currently undergoing construction at the location of the WW1 British War Cemetery in Beer Sheva, and will also be officially dedicated as part of this year’s special commemoration.  The Israel PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, is also scheduled to attend.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/australia-new-zealand-pms-to-visit-israel-for-beersheba-battle-anniversary/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=098fe8f65c

The Australian Light Horse: http://www.lighthorse.org.au/famous-battles/world-war-one/famous-battles-the-battle-at-beersheba

New Zealand Mounted Rifles: http://www.nzmr.org/beersheba.htm

Photos http://www.israeldailypicture.com/2011/10/battle-of-beer-sheva-october-31-1917.html

Christian Cemetery Cleaned Up – 11 July 2016

This translated article from Hebrew appeared in the Caspari Media Review today:

Yediot HaNegev, July 1, 2016

A group of volunteers has taken it upon themselves to clean and repair the Christian cemetery in Beer-Sheva, “in light of the formal authorities’ lack of action on the subject.” “The neglect devastated me,” said one of the volunteers. “This doesn’t honor anyone and offends the families who come to visit their loved ones.” After three hours of dedicated work, however, the place now presents a completely different aspect.

The Christian cemetery referred to here lies behind the British WW1 War Memorial Cemetery.  The local cemetery is under the divided authority of the Greek Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Churches.  We do know that some evangelical Christians have also been buried there in the small, crowded cemetery.