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 a measure of equality and dignity within the Jewish people, no matter if Ashkenazi (those Jewish people mostly under Christianity’s influence while in exile), Sephardi, or otherwise. His funeral procession of hundreds of thousands persons, the largest ever, from many sectors of Israeli society is testimony of his significance. Yet by his strong emphasis on his own heritage, politically there was much bias for his own constituency, resulting in some high-profile corruption, and harsh words for civil institutions and those whom he disliked. (God’s intention is to restore complete equality and dignity among and within all the House of Jacob – Ephraim and Judah — making them “one stick” when all Israel is saved by seeing Jesus whom they have pierced.)
Here is one article from the Israeli English press, highlighting the man’s life:
Speaking in terms of Judaism, Rabbi Yosef was a sage, a ‘wise man’, steeped in ‘Torah’, meaning especially the Oral Law which forms the traditional foundation of Talmudic Rabbinic Judaism. At his death, many of his own ardent followers and disciples cried out as if their shining light had gone out, and their father had been taken from them, leaving them as orphans in the dark. There is the sense that there is no one who can replace him. This is true in all cases when certain figures pass from the scene, and a generation is left with ’lesser lights’.
In Biblical history, we see how YHVH, God of Israel, saw to it that Joshua Ben-Nun would be the heir to Moses, and acted on his behalf that he would be honored just as Moses was. We see this also when Elijah the prophet was taken up, and Elisha was there to be his anointed heir. It was God who indicated that Aaron’s son, Eleazar, would become High Priest following the death of Aaron. Following King David’s death, there was an attempt to usurp the throne which he had promised to Solomon. Whenever there is a void, and a lack of a publicly clear successor, power struggles often ensue, and divisions within the house become more evident. This is so within the Chabad movement which accepts their dead rabbi, Menachem Schneerson, to be the Messiah (which Ovadia Yosef categorically denounced). And this is already a much discussed issue over the passing away of Rabbi Yosef, and its consequences especially within the political party, Shas, which he founded to represent the interests of Sephardi Jews.
When Yeshua was with His apostles and disciples, He was preparing them for the time when He would no longer be with them, and He would not leave them orphans. At His death, even those closest to Him thought that their hopes were dashed, and went back to ‘business as usual’. When they saw Him after His resurrection, He spent 40 days with them to confirm them in the truth of His being alive again, and then told them to wait together in Jerusalem until they received the promise from the Father, the gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell within each one of them. At that appointed Pentecost/Shavuot, while the 120 disciples were gathered together, each and all received this gift, producing a harmony among these disciples as to who was in the lead (Peter), and what business they were about (preaching the gospel of God’s kingdom for salvation).
The 12 chosen apostles of the Messiah were a motley group of unlike people — Gallilean fishermen, a levitical tax collector, a Judean, a nationalist zealot. Yet the way of the Lord was able to bring these unlikely colleagues together, and, more importantly perhaps, keep them together in heart and mind, after His ascension to glory at the right hand of Power. The Holy Spirit held them in love and unity for the sake of the name of the Lord Yeshua, and reminded them of those things which He taught and did: how He loved them, chastening them, too, as a Big Brother, as a Good Friend, and as a Father to his children. The rest is history. Divisions have come within the house, but not because of those whom Jesus appointed to deliver to us the doctrines of the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
It is my prayer that, as the ‘wise’ of this age pass on (and they all know who Jesus is now, whether they are already glad, or already in torment), many of those who feel that there is not much hope in what comes after them, that their faith falsely placed in mere mortal men and their own wisdom would be turned toward the ever-living God of Heaven and Earth, who chose the Children of Israel to be His people and His children, and that He, in His infinite knowledge and wisdom and mercy, would favorably shine His uncreated Light of Messiah, the Son of God, upon them, that they might return home to the Father through calling on the name of Yeshua for salvation. Amen.
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. The cross slays all our own
righteousness, and to be disciples of Jesus, we are to deny ourselves,
pick up our own cross daily, and follow Him. He is our righteousness.
One prayer that is sure to be answered by God is the one which His Son,
the Lord Himself, prayed, which we read in John 17. He prays for our
love and unity within and among His own followers that is the same as
the love and unity “within and among” the one, true, triune God. The
answer to His prayer will be supernatural, as none of us have any clue
really to the utter reality of that sort of union and love. Yet it is
this Holy Spirit-produced life of Messiah formed in us that is at the
heart of God’s dealings with us, constantly bringing us to recognize our
dependence on Him, lest we exalt ourselves. It will be this revelation
of the sons of God — even if only momentarily this side of the
resurrection — that will bear witness to the world that Yeshua was sent
from the Father, and that the Father loves us as He loves Him.
It is to this that I want to give this word in this season. The Lord
Jesus told us that there would be wheat and tares until the end within
God’s Kingdom at large, within Israel, within the Church. He says in
connection with this not to separate the two until the harvest, and then
He would have angels do that work of separation — not us. The apostle
James warns us of being judges of the Law rather than doers of the Law.
As in all things of God, the devil attacks Him and those things. Our
usual initial response to something of God is to question it or reject
it, only afterwards to see and obey in accordance with God’s will, and
even then not always discerning God’s purpose. This should be proof enough for
us to see that we are not “little Christs” or “little Gods”!
As the time of Yeshua’s crucifixion neared, despite having instructed
His apostles (those closest to Him) of what was coming, they did not
understand in their hearts or minds, and when the actual deed was
accomplished they all thought their hope had been misplaced and was
gone. So, too, as the end of the age draws nearer, and the necessity of
this spiritual unity and love to be manifested, the devil is attacking
and doing his best to deceive the elect. The result is not more unity
and love being evident, but more judgmentalism and division in our own
assessment of who is really a true believer and who not — before the
time. Some things are clear, and require righteous judgment within the
household of God; other things require patience for the living Word of
God to bring the hidden things to light.
Those who engage in self-righteous separation from the corporate whole
place themselves in danger of sowing disunity rather than promoting the
unity which is in Messiah/Christ. And, of course, when we do such a
‘separation’, we always place ourselves ‘in’. For those of us who
support Israel in God’s purposes for the sake of His holy Name, we do
not normally distinguish the true Israel from the false at this time; we
simply refer to Israel, knowing that within this people and nation there
are those who believe in Yeshua already; those who fear God and do
righteousness, but do not yet know the Lord personally; and those who
are simply uninterested in the covenantal relationship and destiny which
YHVH God has established with and for them. Not all Israel is Israel.
So, too, is it for that collective and corporate entity historically
called the Church (in English): we must not quibble over terminology,
but simply acknowledge the same truth as it applies presently to Israel:
that there are true believers in Yeshua/Jesus; there are those who
fear the Lord and do righteousness, but do not know Him personally/are
not born-again; and those who have no interest in His covenantal ways in
saving individuals and nations alike by His grace through repentance and
faith in the gospel. It is all based on HIS righteousness, not at all
on any of ours, which are to Him, in any case, as filthy rags in comparison.
As this season of individual and national soul-searching and forgiveness
for sins is again brought before God’s chosen people and nation, we pray
for more to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. As the
Holy Spirit is generating God’s move on a world-wide scale for more than
a century already to bring the Bride of the Lamb to feel the need for
the Lord’s personal return in great power and glory, when the Lord does
break through to put some things in order, we may be surprised at the
results. Our hope and trust must be in the name of Jesus/Yeshua, and
not on our own understanding, however much we may think we know. It
does not need to be said that we do not know anything as we ought to know,
which helps keep pride covered and for us to boast only in the cross of our
Lord Jesus Christ, giving glory to YHVH God.
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 many Christians both in Syria and in Egypt. The United States is steadily losing its power and authority to maintain its own interests around the world, for other leaders and nations see the moral decay and corruption within American society, making it impossible for America to wield its influence as in the past. Even today President Obama is equivocating and vacillating about his resolve, and that of the Western allies, to attack Syrian positions. Even should they do so, the objective is not that the evil ruler Assad should be removed from power, which only shows that evil rulers are legitimate, with rare exceptions; and the alternatives are not necessarily better. Israel continues to hope that the US will come through, while claiming that she will defend and protect herself, but afraid of what the consequences will be if the US cuts off aid. Neither the US nor any other nation stands up on Israel’s behalf when she is threatened with retaliation if Syria is attacked. There are wars and rumors of wars all around the globe, and brutality and cold-blooded heartlessness increasing at a rapid and frightful pace.
Does any one really think that people can save the world? Do true believers in the Word of God and the truth of Messiah being Yeshua/Jesus really think that we will bring order to this world that Satan is the prince of and that lies under the evil one? Sinners can not save themselves or others from sinfulness. Thank God for Jesus and His promise that HE Himself will return in great power and glory at the appointed time to subdue evil and establish God’s righteousness and peace! This is the peace — the peace which Yeshua gives to the believer — that we have to offer a lost and dying world. We have a blessed hope that so many desperately need; if they do not see it and hear about it from us, we have nothing either to offer them, just like the “international community” and unbelieving Israel.
The voice crying out in the desert still goes out: “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near, and be saved from the wrath [of God] to come.”
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 serve in the IDF, the Israeli Defense Forces. He is opposed to boycotts against Israeli goods, even those manufactured in the ‘occupied territories’, saying that they hurt Arab workers and families whose livelihood comes from those jobs and other opportunities.
At present there is no viable party, but by raising the banner of Arabs willing to stand with Israel against all the pressures, especially from Islamic forces and from Christians who have taken on a more Islamic worldview regarding Israel, Shlayan has put out a challenge for Bible-believing Arabs to consider anew their relationship and attitudes with respect to Israel and Israelis. The New Covenant/New Testament gives hope to the seed of Ishmael and of Esau when they put their faith and hope in the truth of the gospel to bring them back home to the Father, to YHVH God of Abraham, while at the same time confirming the hope of Israel as a nation through that same good news of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God.
Arab Israeli Christians face some similar tensions as Jewish Israeli believers in Yeshua/Jesus in how they identify themselves compared with how their compatriots label them.
Here are some recent articles from the press related to the new party and a change rising up among the Israeli Arabs:
Jerusalem Post http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/New-pro-Israel-Arab-party-says-EU-boycott-counterproductive-322864
The Jewish Press http://www.jewishpress.com/news/arab-christian-party-dont-release-arab-murderers/2013/08/14/
Elder of Ziyon (blog) http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il/2013/07/christian-girl-tells-arab-newspaper-she.html
The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/boshra-khalaila-telling-israel-like-it-is-in-arabic/
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 a creation (as was Adam, and as is the born-again believer in Jesus) makes them unique among other people groups, races, clusters, ethnicities. Despite all the mixture that is acknowledged (i.e., no pure-blood credentials), there remains the historic identity and collective memory, with a lineage and civilization that has set us apart, that has been the subject and object of specific recognition, honor, and attack, and that has survived in a distinct way which still differentiates the Jewish and Israeli people from others. The God of Israel is the living God! Without Him, we are not, for it is He who has made us.
The news is rife with all manner of attempts and efforts to eradicate the acceptance of this God — without Whom none of the opposers of the truth would even be living to oppose! The Bible (both Old and New Testaments), the record given through the Jewish people of this true God and Savior, is constantly under attack from those who do not want the Lord to rule over them in any way. The truth of Him being the Creator has been attacked without pause by Jews and Gentiles who do not want to glorify YHVH (including Jesus/Yeshua) as God, nor are they thankful for the wonders of His creation. From the time of Pharoah till today there have been those despots and envious rulers seeking to destroy the Israeli nation and Jewish people, who are witnesses to all that YHVH is God. They reject His claims through His people for His land and for Jerusalem, His city.
Once the spirit rises to defy Israel’s God, it works to defy the Jewish people’s history and identity and distinguishing features: just this past week, Poland has sought to ban the ritual slaughter of animals in a manner consistent with Jewish law for acceptable (kosher) animals and meat. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4404308,00.html ; see also http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/02/12/outlawing-kosher-meat-and-europe%E2%80%99s-profound-semite-loathing/ Under the Law of Moses (the Torah), God made a distinction between different categories of animals, which He had created, as to whether it was acceptable for Jewish people to eat or not, as well as forbidding the eating of blood (which He also did for all humanity after the flood in Noah’s day, and again in the New Testament for both Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus. The NT brings freedom with respect to the type of animals which can be for food to believers in Yeshua/Jesus). Banning the manner in which Jewish meat butchers have traditionally slaughtered animals for food preparation, based on an ‘animal rights’ sensitivity, is one example of denying the Jewish people a ritual which can be traced back to God’s commandments for them. God cares more for the well-being of animals than even some of His prophets! (Jonah)
A year ago, Germany sought to ban the Jewish covenant ritual of circumcising 8-days old baby boys, which is a covenant sign between YHVH and the physical descendants of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob. In seeking this ban, which other countries had already done, Germany was denying one of the most significant signs of Jewish identity, and which carried with it belonging to this particular and specially created people group — the Isreli/Jewish people — by the very Creator Himself. http://www.timesofisrael.com/three-months-after-local-court-banned-circumcisions-german-government-to-legalize-rite/ ; http://streamsinthenegev.com/latest-news/circumcision-ban-26-july-2012/ These bans are based on the humanistic UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, much of which is suitable anywhere in the world, but which places its own understanding above the Creator God’s own particular declaration of human responsibilities, rights and liberties, and judgments and punishments, when it touches on His covenant (including New Covenant) commandments and prescriptions.
The Islamic authorities have for years been denying and re-writing the history of this land to seek to deceive as many as possible with claims that there has never been a Jewish presence here, including the two Temples which were so central to Israeli life up through the life and times of Jesus the Messiah and the nascent church. http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=487 It is a ‘non-violent’ way to seek to wipe out Israel from being a nation. (Ps 83) All the while, archeological finds continue to show that on ‘every centimeter’ of this land there is evidence and proof of the Biblical history. http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/artifacts-and-the-bible/the-tel-dan-inscription-the-first-historical-evidence-of-the-king-david-bible-story/
Last week, the European Union passed a resolution to not recognize any Israeli Jewish claim to what is called Israeli-occupied territory within the borders of this land lying between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. http://www.timesofisrael.com/eu-publishes-guidelines-limiting-israel-funding/ The EU is denying and rejecting already existing legal status for Jewish people to live within this area, whether or not Arabs and other people also live there. The legality of Jewish access and rights within Judea and Samaria (the ‘West Bank’), and within east Jerusalem, go back to the Balfour Declaration in 1917; to the San Remo Treaty of 1920; to the League of Nations Palestine Mandate of 1922; the United Nations Charter of 1945; to the international laws of war which continue to be considered an exception to Israeli victories in its series of wars with the Arab nations surrounding her. All this conflict is again connected with the historic identity and redemptive hope of the people called Israel today, or the Jewish people, to whom YHVH promised to their fathers and to their physical descendants this land which was once the land of Canaan, became the land of Israel, had its name changed to Palestine more than a century after Jesus died and rose again, and is today disputed because of unbelief and unacceptance of God’s terms of peace and reconciliation by all the parties involved.
There is also the intellectual and/or ideological assertion that the the world without Israel would be the answer to all that troubles us, and not only by radical jihadist Muslim leaders. It is a bit like the prophet Jonah, who knew that if he were thrown overboard, the storm would be abated. In the current case, however, it is the troubled who are thinking up such a scenario for a hopeful end, not knowing what they are doing. The venerable BBC radio has taken this scenario seriously enough to bring it up in a popular interview program: http://bbcwatch.org/2013/03/07/bbc-mainstreams-the-concept-of-a-world-without-israel/ And here you can read a well thought-out analysis of the sentiment, an article by Josef Joffe, originally published by Foreign Policy magazine in January 2005: http://www.soliya.net/download/world_without_israel.pdf Without a marker, we all go astray and need a Shepherd to find us and bring us home safely before the vultures will get their satisfaction.
And so, just yesterday, once more, there is another round of ‘peace talks’ arranged by the U.S. administration with the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority leadership. http://www.timesofisrael.com/kerry-announces-renewal-of-direct-peace-negotiations/ This effort to solve the age-old feud will not give satisfaction, even if an agreement is accepted. Until GOD is satisfied, no one else will be.
Will all Jews, the children of Israel, who care about who they are, and why they are, please stand up and be counted?! Our Father God is waiting with open arms.
Here is an article from today’s The Times of Israel internet newspaper about Beer Sheva’s present future:
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
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 of many more.
President Peres was one of the founding builders of the modern State of Israel, and has served in nearly every major government position available. He is a man who has embodied the Israeli and Jewish people’s dream and hope of a better tomorrow, whatever today brings. It is an indomitable optimism that does not give up hope, despite the reality of futility which constantly frustrates its realization. He has been a politician and a statesman who has never been tainted by scandal, yet has often found himself at odds with the conventional wisdom during the course of his long, and still very active, life. He, like his nation, has a remarkable record of achievement and resiliency. His reputation is honored as a man who has lived according to what he believes. He received accolades of praise that properly belong to another Man. He is a man of the world, and the world hears him. If ever a a person has received his reward in this life, Shimon Peres is among them. If it only ends with this, it will be an eternal tragedy he will forever regret.
King Solomon, the wisest man who has ever lived apart from Jesus Christ, was also very wealthy. With his wisdom and wealth, he set himself to do whatever came into his heart and mind. The book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible tells of his quest for understanding and for happiness. What the son of King David came to realize, with all the resources at his disposal to be a self-satisfied man, was that all was vanity, and vanity of vanities. The optimistic humanistic effort to have a good life and to make the world better is, at the end of the day, futile. Yet God, the Creator and Redeemer — who has subjected the whole creation to futility – has put into it and into every person a hope that there is – and can be — something better. This hope is embedded in the collective soul of the Jewish people in particular, and in humankind generally; but wishful thinking does not bring fulfillment, nor does God have a dream that He hopes will come true.
Shimon Peres has struggled with his fellow pioneers and builders of the State of Israel in his and their quest for peace and security. Last night’s gala celebration, which brought people from the whole spectrum of political and social life — both within Israel and the Jewish world, and also from many other countries — was a proof that Shimon had prevailed. Israel, like this man who has shared her life and struggles from the beginning, continues to seek approval from her neighbors and from the whole international community, and finds them very fickle. Neither Shimon Peres nor his people Israel has yet overcome in their struggle with man and God, who alone gives the most important approval which anyone must have, and who gives the peace which comes from ceasing our own works to find significance and worth in this world, by coming to know that the true unifying truth and Hope of Israel — and for all humanity — is found in the Messiah Son of David, even the Lord Jesus Christ/ha-Adon Yeshua ha-Mashiach.
My prayer for Shimon Peres, and for the others of my people, is that they be saved, and to give the glory to the God of our fathers, and to do His will in obedience of the faith in the living God, and in His Son. What a wonderful testimony to hear the likes of President Peres – who has won the acclaim of the world and accomplished so much, yet frustrated by the elusive peace he so much wants for all — to be able to confess like the apostle Paul, who had all the credentials, that all that he achieved in and from the world is rubbish not to be compared with the living and sure hope in God of the riches of the glory of knowing his exalted Lord and Savior and Prince of Peace – the Light to enlighten the nations, and the Glory of His people Israel!
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 colder/wetter-than-normal immediately to hotter/dryer-than-normal, and back again. Life goes on by the power of God’s Word holding all things together, whether people are oblivious to the realities of the times we live in, or whether we discern the signs of the times.
Praise the Lord for His goodness and mercies to sinful humanity!
Holiday greetings to you all!
In the following days the Biblical holiday of Shavuot ( 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. Our new life as a new creation born-again by the Holy Spirit begins as children of the resurrection in our Savior Redeemer, who died and rose again! Jesus is the first-born of creation, and the first-born of many brethren. Praise God for His free gift of eternal life after death for all who truly believe His good news! (Lev 23:9-21; Acts 2:1; Rom 10:1-13)
God bless you as you celebrate His wonderful gift of His Spirit and of eternal life in Messiah Jesus!
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 will believe the love of the truth. The Lord Yeshua sympathizes as our High Priest with all who suffer unrighteously the brutality of murderous hatred, for He Himself has suffered the same in His body and soul and spirit. Praise to God forever that this same Jesus lives forevermore by His resurrection from the dead in power over death, the last enemy!
As I write this, I have heard a report of three rockets shot at the southern city of Eilat. No injuries are reported, but terror does not need actual victims; it only needs to take away peace from the ordinary lives of ordinary people going about their ordinary lives. In the harsh reality of a world against the truth of the true God and Savior, it seems as if this will only increase before all is done. (Rev 6:3-4) And it is the Lord Yeshua/Jesus Himself who will loose the restraint. Our hope is in Him, who knows how to keep our souls secure through faith as we look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, no matter what may come between now and the Finish Line.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
To fulfill Israel’s sovereign and redemptive election God is working to:
–return the heart of His people to Jerusalem and His Word, offering as many who will repent and believe today for salvation through Messiah Yeshua the blessedness of the first resurrection;
–tread down Jerusalem so that the Jews’ heart-cry and hope is only in Him who comes in the name of YEHOVAH;
–convict of national and generational transgression, sin, and iniquity against the LORD and His covenant so that He can forgive, cleanse, … Continue reading
A call for a national fast by the believers in Israel has gone out for this week, Aug 8-9, coinciding with the Jewish day of mourning over the destruction of the two temples, and for other calamitous events which have occured on or near the same Hebrew calendar date of the 9th day of the 5th month.
The Body of Messiah, as a priesthood representing our peoples before God, is called to intercede for our nation in the face of all the … Continue reading
Two days ago a bill against boycotting Israeli products and services originating from within the ‘territories’ — Judea and Samaria — was passed into law by Israel’s Knesset (Parliament). The new law allows citizens to bring civil suits against persons and organizations that call for economic, cultural, or academic boycotts against Israel, Israeli institutions, or regions under Israeli control. It also prevents the government from doing business with companies that initiate or comply with such boycotts. Anyone who considers himself … Continue reading
Pentecost Sunday — the day after the seventh Sabbath following the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ — begins tomorrow in the morning light of day. The life of believers in Yeshua as Messiah and Lord is a miracle of new spiritual birth, based upon the faith in the truth of the miracle that He rose from the dead.
A miracle is what only God can do. He may act providentially as He oversees the affairs of His creation, but when … Continue reading
Tonight in Israel marks the beginning of Memorial Day, when the nation remembers those Jewish people who have fallen in battles or in terror attacks, going back to 1860. Back then in the 19th century, Jewish people began to have their hearts and sights on the return to Zion, to the land from which they were exiled as a consequence of the rejection and crucifixion of the Messiah, but which God had also promised a return. A return to the … Continue reading
This evening in Israel marks the beginning of Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Holocaust of the Jewish people, in particular, by the Nazi regime during WWII is unique in its scale and impact. There is really no other effort at genocide that compares historically.
Holocaust is a Greek word meaning “whole-burnt offering by fire”. This is a term for one of the sacrifices offered unto YHVH God by Israel under the Law of Moses. It is also the word used to describe … Continue reading
Today is Passover in Israel. Most Jewish people around the world remember that YHVH delivered His people Israel out of slavery in Egypt to bring them liberty to serve Him in the promised Land of Canaan.
Beyond that, though, YHVH demonstrated by His great power that He alone is the one true God. He defeated all the gods of Egypt, and showed Pharoah and the people that none of their so-called gods can compare with YEHOVAH, the Creator of the … Continue reading
In recent days there have been interesting items in the news and opinion pages, which we as believers in Israel would do well to heed as realistic attitudes. One is a survey of Israeli young people; the other a couple of paragraphs of an insightful commentary by Caroline Glick. She found it pertinent to express her views about Messianic Jews in her article concerning a Jewish problem.
In an article published April 1 in the online JWR (Jewish World Review), … Continue reading
Early yesterday morning at 5:15, we were awakened in Beer Sheva by the sound of the air raid siren. Another rocket from Gaza was fired our way, hitting in a residential neighborhood in the center of the city. Thankfully, it missed a direct hit on a house, but nonetheless caused injury and damage. Schools were called off that day, and once again the Mayor made the right decision: another rocket hit around 9:45, when children would have been in school. … Continue reading
The demonstration in Arad took place, and Channel 1 news covered it. Here is a link, which also has English sub-titles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnR6DYmHdOI
Praise the Lord for the neighbors, and the other residents who joined with them to protest against the religious oppressors! This is what we need to see more of in Israel if there is going to be a breakthrough in the ranks of those in control: local, Hebrew-speaking, ordinary Israelis — and those not so ordinary … Continue reading
Last night around 9:40 (21:40) a grad rocket launched from Gaza hit near our neighborhood in Beer Sheva. The rocket was the first to hit a major city in Israel since the 2009 war against Hamas, which Israel launched near the end of 2008 because of eight years of thousands of rocket attacks against cities both near to and farther out from Gaza. Thankfully the warning siren worked properly and lives were saved, even though houses and cars were damaged. The Islamic Jihad … Continue reading
As the events in the Middle East take on some historic proportions, I am reminded of the beginning of the first Palestinian intifada (uprising) which began in 1987 here in Israel. It brought such an earthquake of change in the whole perception of the conflict here, and its consequences world-wide, that I had to seek the Lord for His answer in the Scriptures. And the Holy Spirit led me to Gen. 27:40b specifically, but within the whole context of the conflict of … Continue reading
This last month has seen the beginning of rumblings in the Islamic nations of North Africa and the Middle East. There is an uprising against the entrenched leadership of the Arabic Muslim rulers, beginning with the ruler of Tunisia, and moving on to Egypt, and threatening Yemen and Jordan, with other rulers and nations worried about the repercussions within their borders. Israel, the only non-Muslim nation in the region, is rightly concerned with the outcome of these uprisings: only Egypt … Continue reading
Praise the Lord that the news black-out on the arrest of suspects involved in the murder of Kristine Luken and the severe wounding of Kay Wilson has been lifted with good news! Thanks to Kay’s lucidity and excellent descriptions of the two men directly involved in their case, the police have arrested a gang of Palestinians who had decided to kill Jews and Israelis, especially since the killing of a chief Hamas operative in Kuwait last year. Kay is being … Continue reading
Yesterday, the eighth and former President of the State of Israel, Moshe Katzav, was convicted as a rapist, sexual harasser, perjurer, and an obstructer of the judicial process. http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=201648
While this reflects favorably on the Israeli system of law — that no one is officially above it — it also demonstrates the sad state of affairs in a country which would allow such a man to rise to such a position of power and influence over a period … Continue reading
The one true living God has left His witness in every place, including in His sovereignty over times and nature. The universe at large, and our unique solar system set within it, both bear witness to His Godhead and plans, to His times and His seasons. (Gen 1:1-19; 8:22; Ps 19:1-6; Jer 31:35-37; 33:25-26)
The ‘modern’ calendar for the whole world till now is centered around the person of Jesus Christ (Messiah Yeshua). The all-encompassing ”creative” year begins in Winter around the … Continue reading
Is 9:6-7 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with justice and righteousness from this time forward, even forever. The zeal of YHVH … Continue reading
The fires in the Carmel forests in western Galilee near the Haifa area have finally been brought under control, but at great human and natural loss. Israel received help from a number of countries to help fight the fire, especially from the air. Help even came from Turkey, whose relationships with Israel have taken a turn for the worse in the last year. Government officials are under fire, and if nothing else, God has shown that no matter how much … Continue reading
An arson attack was carried out a few nights ago on the Christian and Missionary Alliance center in Jerusalem. There were people inside sleeping during the attack. I was able to meet with them when they came down to Beer Sheva on Sunday for a work project at HaMaKoM Bible House.
What alerted me to be concerned was an internet article sent out by someone (with an Arab name) which took some of the facts of the case, and turned … Continue reading
Pope Benedict XVI convened a special Vatican Synod in Rome, composed of about 200 bishops mostly from Muslim countries. These official representatives of the Roman Catholic Church have reiterated in its strongest terms its historic ‘replacement theology’ and distortion of Scripture, reverting to official Catholic positions prior to adjustments stated in Nostra Aetate, an interfaith document drafted in October 1965 during the Second Vatican Council. In this latest synod to decide on important issues, the Vatican issued a declaration: “Recourse to theological and biblical … Continue reading
This news is not new! It is also good news for those who love His appearing! It is the same “old” news! It remains current news!
There is a wave of deception entering from without and working within the “Church” connected with the return of the Lord Jesus Christ from Heaven to judge the nations and to establish His righteous reign over Israel and the rest of the world. Many professing believers/Christians — and some are truly so — are … Continue reading
Greetings in the goodness of our God.
It is still summer, and not only is Israel still not saved, but the summer-time-clock has ended, and we are back on standard time. With all the different time zones and arbitrary time changes, Yeshua knew what He was saying when He said that we can not know the day and hour of His coming! Praise God that He knows how to keep His own time!!
An interesting survey taken by the Israeli … Continue reading
Today a small representation of leaders of Messianic congregations and other ministries from all sections of the country met together to discuss the lawsuit and its verdict and the ‘what now?’. The ‘what now?’ is still an open discussion. In the very short term, unless a very clear Word of the Lord should come to say otherwise, there will be no appeal of the verdict. We spoke and heard today how the lawsuit was initiated and handled, and how the … Continue reading
Philp 3: 3-11 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in the Messiah Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so. . . . But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Messiah. Yet indeed I also reckon all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered … Continue reading
Shalom Brothers and Sisters,
A verdict has been handed down by Judge Iddo Ruzin in our lawsuit filed against the Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yehuda Deri, and against the anti-Messianic organization, Yad L’Achim. The judge did exactly what we have been praying and hoping . . . that he would not do! Judge Ruzin has determined that the two defendants are innocent of any wrong-doing concerning the events before, during, and after 24 Dec 2005, and that we did not produce … Continue reading
We are still waiting for the Judge’s verdict in our lawsuit. The customary 30 days have passed, but he is under no legal obligation to have given it during that time. The times are in the Lord’s control, and so we trust Him for making the best use of this time to bring forth the verdict He wants, and the consequences of it. Please continue to pray for Judge Iddo Ruzin, who is understandably under much pressure.
We are still waiting for Judge Iddo Ruzin to deliver his verdict on our case. It is possible that he has already decided and posted it in the mail, or it may be that he is still deliberating on it. In any case, we hope to receive his decision in the coming days.
This may be a good time to say plainly that we have not gone into this suit as a civil liberties issue, nor on the basis of … Continue reading
Shalom to all. This evening Israel commemorates Memorial Day for all those who have been killed during the years of wars and rumors of wars. It is a true statement that we must fight for liberty and peace. Tuesday is Israel’s Independence Day, and God is working to sanctify His name amongst His people whom He will cleanse from all their ungodliness and uncleanness. We praise and worship our great God and Savior that He has paid the greatest price … Continue reading
Greetings in the name of Yeshua, who is and who was and who is to come!
This is a reminder to please remember to continue in prayer for the outcome of our lawsuit against Beer Sheva’s Chief Rabbi Yehuda Deri, and against the anti-Messianic organization, Yad L’Achim. Our next and “last” scheduled appearance before the Judge Iddo Ruzin is next week on April 15 at 11:10 that morning.
We have submitted to the judge and to the two defendants our … Continue reading
Shalom upon you! (Shalom aleichem!)
My apologies for not being able to get this out sooner, since I know that many of you were and have been praying for our day in court yesterday. Also some of you even called, or SMSed, or sent e-mails, and we are very encouraged by such attentive support.
Up to about 30 also met at Ha-MaKoM for worship and intercession during the course of the court session, which went on till about 1:00pm. Once … Continue reading
Hag Purim sameach! The God of Israel continues His sleepless watch over His people. . .and because of such sovereign grace and power, we are not consumed but prevail! Hallelu-Yah!
Next Tuesday, March 9, at 9:00, in Beer Sheva Court Shalom, 4th Fl, Room #44, our scheduled last appearance before Judge Iddo Ruzin takes place in our lawsuit against Beer Sheva Chief Rabbi Yehuda Deri and against the organization Yad L’Achim. Alex Artovsky, their director for the department, The Struggle … Continue reading
This is a reminder about our next and last day in court in our civil lawsuit against Beer Sheva Chief Rabbi Yehuda Deri, and against the Shas-related ‘counter-missionary’ organization, Yad L’Achim.
On Tuesday morning, March 9, in the Beer Sheva Magistrate’s Court Shalom (Room 44, 4th Fl), testimony will be heard by Rabbi Alex Artovsky of Yad L’Achim. Following his testimony, the lawyers representing the parties will each give their oral closing arguments before the Judge, Iddo Ruzin. The judge … Continue reading
MAOZ Video of Lawsuit
Here is a link to a well done video by MAOZ regarding our going to court:
For those who could not open the link http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART1/971/819.html to the original online Maariv newspaper article, it seems to work if you copy and paste, and then click on the Hebrew word at the left side of the page which comes up.
Here is the Caspari Media Review English translation of part of the article: it … Continue reading
Shalom to All,
Many of you have written, and even called, to express your support and encouragements for our day in court today. This has been wonderfully gratifying to us, for we know through you how much God is with us.
Yesterday, brothers and sisters from all parts of the country, and also from Europe and North America, came together at the ‘Old House’, where the Nachalat Yeshua Congregation meets together to worship. There was a joyful and meekly confident … Continue reading
This Friday, the Maariv will carry a story about our lawsuit. This is the first such article as news that the Israeli media is doing! Other newspapers, such as the HaAretz, which did a major article recently about/against Yad L’Achim and their activities against the Messianic believers, have not covered this story even though a significant chief Rabbi of a major city in Israel is being sued for illegal acts done under his authority. I contacted … Continue reading
The anticipation of our scheduled final day in court on November 23 is increasing. Believers from all around Israel and from other nations are writing and encouraging and PRAYING for the righteousness of God to be revealed through the proceedings of the day, and especially in the verdict which the judge will deliver sometime up till December 23, four years after the illegal event which we believe that the anti-Christian/Messianic organization, Yad L’Achim, represented by Rabbi Alex Artovsky, … Continue reading
Shalom, and thank God for Yeshua that our names are already written in the Lamb’s Book of Life!
I want to update you on some good news regarding our lawsuit against the Beer Sheva Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yehuda Deri, and against the anti-great commission organization, Yad L’Achim with Rabbi Alex Atrovsky as their representative being the head of their Struggle Against the Mission section, scheduled to be completed in the Beer Sheva Magistrate’s Court in our civil suit on November 23, … Continue reading
Here are a couple of interesting articles/broadcasts about the trial already:
The segment on the 700 Club begins about 6:30 minutes into their program.
Another CBN Video Jerusalem Post Article
Here is the link to my Jerualem Post article:
“A Nation Under Law?”
Thanks again for expressing so much support for us throughout this lawsuit, which is a significant part of what the Lord is seeking … Continue reading