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, career. His reputation is honored as a man who has lived according to what he believes. 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, has put 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.
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 Hope of Israel — and for all humanity — is in the God of Israel, 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 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!
ShaLOM, from a dry and thirsty land not yet desperate enough for the
only true source of true peace and rest.
In Yeshua’s Inheritance Congregation the last few weeks we have been
teaching on the necessity of both the baptism of the Holy Spirit for
salvation (new birth), and of the on-going filling of the Holy Spirit as
needed for the power necessary to live the victorious life of a believer
in Yeshua. Just as God has given this chosen land of His to be mostly
desert until the curse and futility are actually taken away after the
Lord returns, so, too, at times are our souls dry and thirsty, and
crying out for the living waters to submerge us with the fullness of
Messiah. The whole creation groans, and we groan with it until the
liberty of the full redemption at the resurrection of our bodies. We
have been saved in this hope, which is also the hope of the fathers of
the Jewish people. (Acts 26:6-8; Rom 8:18-25) That glorious day will
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 the two murders he committed, plus 30 more years in jail for the other attempts he carried out. In addition, he was ordered to pay a total of 680,000 ILS ($190,000) to the various victims of his crimes.
The judges, in their sentencing, said that despite all the religious claims of the murderer, he had violated the values of the people and nation, and the commandment which states, “You shall not murder”.
The case was particularly of interest to the Messianic/Christian community in Israel, because one of the victims was Ami Ortiz, the teenaged (at that time in March, 2008, during Purim) son of David and Leah. He opened a supposed Purim gift box left at the front door of their apartment, and the bomb blast severely wounded and damaged Ami and the home. Till today, Ami suffers from shrapnel still in his body, loss of hearing, pains, loss of three toes. Yet with all that, thanks to God, he has recovered wonderfully in body and soul.
None of the Ortiz family expresses any hatred toward Teitel, yet were determined to see that justice was done to such a one that has expressed no remorse and showed no mercy.
Israeli law does not recognize Jewish terror against Israelis or other Jews, which means that the Ortiz family has received no compensation from the government as victims of a terrorist act; whereas the Arab Palestinians who were his victims have received compensation. The Ortizes and their lawyers hope that this case will spur the government to modify the law to recognize that even Jewish people can be victims of other Jews simply for ideological reasons.
Here is the translation of an exerpt of the judges’ opening remarks in the courtroom, which form the conclusion of their transcript, before declaring th sentence on Teitel:
“Before the end (when the sentencing will take place) we want to repeat and emphasize: it was proven before us that feelings of hatred and frustration were used by the defendant while committing criminal acts, while sacred values became dust at his feet. We know that life is sacred and to be respected in every way, but we did not find a sign or memory of that knowledge in the possession of the defendant. Our scriptures command us: “Thou shalt not murder”, but the defendant stopped up his ears and eyes, and murdered and attempted to murder in cold blood. Every crime that he committed, was saturated with the contamination of the hatred of his mind and heart….
His actions become more evident and obvious, the murders were committed only because of the Arab origins of his victims, who were unarmed, without any threat of visible weapons or intimidation on their part towards him. The rest of the offenses the defendant committed were ideologically motivated. This is not a one case incident or a mistake, what we have before us is – a phenomenon.
The democratic System of government is honorable and worthy, when it is established on an interaction between the different segments of the nations that dwell in the country, Jews and Arabs as one, and the state institutions, which should be accompanied by a sense of trust and general confidence that prevails for every citizen, regardless of origin, whose actions are not led by arbitrariness of the heart but by appropriate values which we all want to depend on.
The State of Israel is blessed in this regard with governmental institutions that operate according to law, in a legal constitutional environment where sacred values are used as candles for its feet and human dignity and freedom are the leading values. But this matter in question invaded to the depths of our consciousness – and indeed violated one of the basic premises which guides us on a daily basis. The ruling in this case leaves no room for doubt: the murders, the attempted murders and other crimes committed by the defendant were directed at the heart of this country’s values which were stated beforehand, but it should be emphasized – that these malicious intentions cannot be tolerated by a society that fights against those who would try to destroy it.
This is true all year round, but even more so during these days between Memorial Day, Holocaust Memorial Day, and Independence Day.”
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 how there can be so many who deny its actuality, but it also demands of those who do know the truth to speak up and out about it in order to ‘keep truth alive’. A similar thing occurred not long after the crucifixion and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ: despite all evidence attesting to the truth of what actually happened, that truth was denied and suppressed until today, when multitudes are actually dull of hearing and feeling to believe the truth and its condemnation on the one hand, and its redemptive hope beyond all mortal reasoning on the other. The restoration of the Jewish people as a nation in its land – promised long ago by YHVH to His chosen people – is a revival the like of which is also incomparable with other peoples and lands.
There was an attempt yesterday to ‘wipe Israel off the internet’ by those whose irrational hatred of Israel and the Jewish people have led them to waste their lives and energies on acts of hatred and evil, totally ignoring that it is from the Jewish people and from YHVH, the God of Israel, that all that is good and beneficial to mankind has come. That terrible things also come through Jewish people should be no surprise to people that understand the sinfulness of human beings, whoever they be. There is no ‘mankind’ apart from the truth that the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob/Israel created us in His image and likeness, from which we have all fallen, and to which He calls us to return through repentance and faith in the gospel. Yeshua/Jesus sows His seed; the devil sows his. The spirit of antisemitism and of antichrist are both directed against God Himself and His Son. (Ex 4:22; Rom 1:1-5)
The God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah) has said, and still says:
“Do not fear, O Jacob My servant”, says YHVH: For I am with you. For I will make a complete end of all the nations to which I have driven you, but I will not make a complete end of you. I will justly discipline/chastise you, and I will not let you off wholly unpunished.” (Jer 46:28)
“Truly these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all persons everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising [Yeshua/Jesus] from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)
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 or exposed? The Scriptures are not silent about this, since God commanded Israel to celebrate every New Moon, and to blow the trumpets on that occasion! (Num 10:10) If Jesus does fulfill the meaning of the New Moon, and if the moon does symbolize Israel, then the answer to whether the new moon is covered or partially revealed will be consistent with its symbolism.
There are three Bible references to the New Moon that can help us:
1Sam 20:5 “And David said the Jonathan, ‘Indeed tomorrow is the New Moon, and I should not fail to sit with the King to eat. But let me go, that I may hide in the field until the third day at evening.’”
From this verse, we can see that David knew when there would be a new moon, without there being any official ‘spotters’ to watch for it and inform all the others after they had seen it. David also says that he will be hiding in the field. How hiding? Because there would be no light of the moon to help make him visible in any movements, as he sought to protect himself from the king who sought his life. How long did he plan to hide out in the field during the new moon? Until the third evening, which is about the length of time for the dark moon to wax as it goes from its final light phase to its next crescent moon.
Amos 8:5 “. . . When will the New Moon be past, that we may sell grain? . . . .”
The heartless people who were only concerned with their own commercial interests at the expense of the poor and needy were anxious to know when the beginning-of-the-month New Moon (and the end-of-the-week Sabbath) would be over – and not, “when is it?” — so that they could get back to business and oppress the poor and needy. If the New Moon were a sliver of light (like the Islamic sign by sight!), there would be no need of the question! But if the new moon is darkened by the Earth being directly between it and the Sun, it could take up to three days until the life that was hidden appeared again to sight. The oppressors wanted to know when they could again be ‘freed’ from the constraints of the Law of God in whatever way it restricted their evil thoughts and plans.
Ps 81:3-4Eng “Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon; at the covering, on our celebration day. For this is a statute for Israel, a law of the God of Jacob.”
Verse 3 has been used by many to go through hoops not to accept it for what it plainly and simply says in Hebrew. The two verses are each in parallel. Verse 4 (5 in Hebrew) says in parallel the same thing: God gave His instruction to Israel – to Jacob – to celebrate the New Moon. Verse 3 (4 in Hebrew) is describing when to blow the trumpet: at the New Moon, which is described as being covered. The parallel part of the verse is not describing the time, nor is it speaking of two different moon phases, just as the other verse is not speaking of two different peoples. And, God did not command Israel to blow the trumpets on the full moons. The Hebrew word is ba-kaseh (כסה), which simply means “at the [whole] covering“. If something is partially covered, it is not ‘covered’; it is partly exposed. We do not speak of covering something in some measure of light, but we speak of covering something over. Light reveals; darkness covers. Yeshua spoke of letting our light shine, not being hidden under cover of a basket. (Mt 5:14-16) The heavens declare the glory of God!
(You can read the full article here: http://streamsinthenegev.com/school-of-fish/the-new-moon-covered-or-revealed/ )
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 theoretical physicist from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. “And at some point, billions of years from now, it’s all going to get wiped out.
Scientists refer to last year’s discovery as a Higgs boson-like particle, since they’re still working to confirm it really is the elusive particle. The Higgs boson, also called the “God particle”, is believed to give all objects mass. But Lykken says it could also spell doom for the universe.”
We see again that the Bible and Science can be reconciled. True science — knowledge — will confirm what is written for our instruction and admonition in the Scriptures. But, the problem with “Science” is that, while it has much of the data right, too often the scientists do not interpret the data correctly so as to give us the true knowledge for understanding of what it really means, and the wisdom for living in the truth.
The Bible is very clear that this very good universe is going to go, and will be replaced by one that is Perfect! But it will occur far sooner than billions of years from now, but will be within the next 1000 years, give or take a few years.
Gen 1:1,31 “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.” “And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
Is 34:4a ”And all the host of the heavens shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled like a scroll.”
Rev 6:14-17 ”And the heaven departed like a scroll when it is rolled together. And every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains. And they said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him sitting on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of His wrath has come, and who will be able to stand?”
2Pt 3:3-14 “First, knowing this, that there will come in the last days scoffers walking according to their own lusts and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.
For this is hidden from them by their willing it, that the heavens were of old, and the earth out of the water, and through water, being held together by the Word of God, through which the world that then was, being flooded by water, perished. But the present heavens and the earth being kept in store by the same Word, are being kept for fire until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
But, beloved, let not this one thing be hidden from you, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness, but is long-suffering toward us, not purposing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a rushing noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat. And the earth and the works in it will be burned up. Then, all these things being about to be dissolved, what sort ought you to be in holy behavior and godliness, looking for and rushing the coming of the Day of God, on account of which the heavens, being on fire, will melt away, and the elements will melt, burning with heat?
But according to His promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking for these things, be diligent, spotless, and without blemish, to be found by Him in peace.”
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 that day when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering to Yehovah.
Act 13:32-33 And we proclaim glad tidings to you, the promise made to the fathers, that this God has fulfilled to us their children, raising up Yeshua, as also it is written in the second Psalm, “You are My Son, this day I have begotten You.”
Ps 118:19-24 Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go into them, and I will praise Yehovah. This is the gate of Yehovah into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise You; for You have heard me, and are my salvation. The Stone which the builders refused has become the Head of the corner. This is from Yehovah; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which Yehovah has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Rev 1:9-11 I, John, who also am your brother and companion in the affliction, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the island that is called Patmos, for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last. Also, What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches. . . .
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
Good evening from here after a hot, hard, and long day.
Our trial — no pun intended but very apropos — is not yet over, and will be convened again for a final date on November 23 at 9:30 in the morning. The verdict will then be given by December 23.
I have been greatly encouraged by the response of the believers within and without Israel to us and this case. It anticipates a day when there will be a … Continue reading
I have long considered Ezekiel 20: 45-49 (21:1-5 in Heb.) as relevant to us in these our days, and Beer Sheva, the City of the Fathers, still has a valuable place in God’s plans for the future of His land and people.
We want to thank so many of you who have written or called, both before the day in court today, and since we left there this afternoon. Your support and encouragement have been a real strength for us and a hopeful indication of the Lord’s blessings upon this entire affair. Also, on Sunday, the evening of praise and intercession was very freeing in the Spirit and a big part of our preparation for the battle we are in. … Continue reading
Dear Faithful Companions in the trials and tribulations for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints, (aren’t salutations great!)
Last night we had a wonderful time of praise and intercession for the trial here in Beer Sheva on Wednesday (and again on Sunday, June 21). Worship and intercessory leaders all came together from the different parts of the country to lead in prayer and praise to the Lord on behalf of His name in our trial against the … Continue reading
Dear Brothers and Sisters, In addition, on Sunday, June 7, from 1830 (6:30pm), at the Old House of Kehilat Nachalat Yeshua, there will be an evening of PRAISE, WORSHIP, AND INTERCESSION before God regarding the trial. This is a very significant case, and I am truly blessed to have the Body coming together with us for the battle, which is in Yeshua’s sovereign hands.
We were greatly encouraged at the … Continue reading