Next week the 3rd biennial CATC conference will begin in Bethlehem. This has once again stirred heated discussion and debate within the Messianic/Christian evangelical community in Israel. This public expression is good in that it helps all to ‘hear’ the depths of feelings which this conference arouses. It is also good for those from the Messianic community in Israel who do go, whether as invited speakers or whether as part of the gathered conference-goers, to go in the light of what others of their brethren think and feel, so that they may take it all into account while there. Even though each may be going ‘in his own name’, yet, nonetheless, they do represent more than themselves. We pray for salt, for spiritual discernment, for wisdom, for the right words in season, for protection from being overwhelmed in the atmosphere of the conference, for God to bring forth out of this conference something which is HIS.
In correspondence with a brother and friend who will be at the conference, and in a broader context of all that’s being ‘shared’ about the conference, here is my take about it that I have written to him, and to two of the speakers — one in a public forum, the other in a selected workship — who will be present:
“As I already said to you, I am glad that you will be at the conference. Your being there and my being there would convey different messages. I am not praying against the conference, nor am I boycotting it. I simply do not, nor cannot, endorse the conference. And, as I let you know, I have told E and J out of my love and respect for them both. But the extreme views of the film-maker of “The Stones Cry Out” — with her books and sites favorable towards Islam, but negative against Israel, and her presumptuous ignorance of God’s ways of working through men and nations in history — was the clincher. You could say that, for me, she is the ‘Stephen Sizer’ of this year’s conference.
This conference has never been about reconciliation. That’s why the first one was such a disaster, and brought so much rancor and division into the Messianic body here. I am also aware that there are not a few Arab believers in Israel proper who also want to keep away from it. (BTW, some of those closely involved with the conference have Israeli citizenship and passports, but do not generally want to be called Israeli, but Palestinian. This is like so many Jewish believers refusing to be called Christian, even though they are in Christ. God will not let either of these denials go through to the end.)
The conference mandate, and Alex Awad’s telling of how this conference came to be, make it very clear that there are at least six underlying assumptions governing this bi-annual gathering till now:
1. a re-write of history and of identity, to ‘blot out Israel from being a nation anymore’; to invent, deny, reinvent their own history; revise Yeshua’s identity; steal from the Israeli and Jewish people’s identity
2. the Bible is not the basis of what we believe or of who we are
3. weakening Biblical support among especially western evangelical Christians towards Israel in God’s plans, which they refuse to accept how this also affects His plans for Christians and the Body of Messiah
4. weakening economic and political support for Israel among the nations of the world
5. reducing financial assistance from Christians to Israel and to Messianic believers and congregations and ministries, in order to increase financial assistance to ‘Palestine’ and Arab churches and ministries, rather than seeking blessing of this kind to all (A few years ago already, I sent out to our entire e-mail list that they should not neglect the Arab and Palestinian believers (for we are one Body), not in prayer nor in financial giving, realizing that this could cut into what small support that we ourselves receive, whether personally or whether as a congregation.)
6. modify the tone and tactics, but not the essence of what the intent of the conference is about, as plainly stated in their mandate
All this reminds me of another scenario: a conference of believers, most of whom deny the deity of Jesus, but claiming that salvation is still through Him/him. They hold a conference which the outsiders don’t realize who and what is going on, but internally it causes an uproar within the Body of Christ here. They hold another conference, and invite a couple of belivers who do believe in Yeshua’s deity, but who are sympathetic to these others for relational reasons. They let these one or two speak what they believe, or on how important relationships are, but nothing is changed in the view that the ‘unbelievers’ have, and no one wants to be too judgmental because of its affect. Another conference is held: nothing has changed, but relationships are trumping truth. And the ‘unbelievers’ want their unbelief and concocted narrative to be just as valid as the truth that the believers hold with Holy Spirit confidence.
I understand that there is a difference between who Yeshua/Jesus really is, and what lack of understanding of what/who Israel is. The first is a salvation issue (even though the ‘unbelievers’ refuse to accept that); the other is not. That is why we break relationship and fellowship with those who deny the deity (and the humanity) of the Lord, but with the second group we may only stop ‘walking together’ at times. With the first group, we are not brothers in Messiah; with the second we can be. Love, truth, and righteousness all need to ‘be there’ for true unity and peace.
Just as there is no common ground with those who deny the true Jesus upon which to discuss the many questions that do arise for true believers, so it is not really possible to discuss the real issues of covenant faithfulness and of [God's] justice with those who refuse to believe God’s word about the restoration of Israel as a nation, and, ultimately of the Kingdom of God to Israel, and over the nations, and to the entire world and universe. The entire creation is groaning until now for that day!
The last days will see an increasing deception, and the devil is after the elect, if possible. Some of these brothers are deceived and deceiving others; some are deliberately fabricating and leading others astray to follow after them.
I pray that you will have salt in you at the conference, and that the Holy Spirit will fill you to be a discerning, faithful witness regarding all things; and I look forward to hearing your reports.
Also, here are links to two excellent analyses: one, of the factors behind the increasing weakening of evangelical Christian support for Israel; and the second an outstanding research into the stated intentions of the CATC conference, and the subsequent results. (In referring to these links, it does not mean that I agree with all that either ministry otherwise necessarily ‘majors’ in.)
In three weeks, two events are overlapping each other: the Christ At The Checkpoint (CATC) conference in Bethlehem, and a day of praying and fasting preceding the beginning of Purim. I have been invited to be present at both; I will only be at the Esther’s Fast day on Mar. 13 at Yad HaShmonah, organized by Revive Israel. I will be leading the final prayer session for the hour before we conclude the day with the Lord’s Supper. The focus will be God’s providential protection of His wayward people, despite their unbelief and the continuing threats to destroy them. (Remember: the laws of Persia can not be changed; they are still ‘on the books’ sealed with the King’s ring, both to destroy the Jews, and for the Jews to defend themselves.)
With this, we stand in the gap as those who have been saved by the grace of God through repentance and faith in the gospel, knowing that we, too, were once alienated and exposed to the enemies’ schemes to destroy our lives through sin and God’s righteous judgments against us before we came under the blood of Jesus and the new covenant. The Lord’s Supper expresses our thankfulness and our unity among all believers, for whom God is our Father through Messiah/Christ.
With respect to the CATC conference, I have communicated with the director from the Palestinian hosts, and with the primary leader from the Israeli Messianic contingent about my not endorsing the conference nor my participation in it. The mandate of the conference is not one which I can approve by being there:
While we can work on some projects together, and we do, I am not able to work together on this one. I do pray that God will have His way at the conference, and that the Holy Spirit will continue to bring forth whatever good can come through this ‘process’. There is not at all a consensus among the Messianic leadership here in Israel regarding this conference. Reconciliation goes on, but not necessarily through any particular organization or conference.
It is the burden on my heart that we will see a breakthrough from God to set things right and in order on many levels and areas in our personal, congregational, and Kingdom-wide lives; that the sheep will come together in the truth, in a truer expression of unity and love for one another, all for the glory of the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (in whatever language His name is great!), as we look to that glorious day of His return. Then, there will be peace within and without and between. Until then, for the believer, our Savior says: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ . . . .”
Here is a YouTube video of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking of the government’s plans to make Beer Sheva the hi-tech capital of the country and of the East: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMkhvtm7VD4
The 11th Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, died on Shabbat, January 11, after being in a coma for eight years following a massive stroke in 2005. Whether the Spirit of God accomplished something in the soul of this man while he lay these last eight years we do not know now. What we can know is that whether so or not, Arik knows who Jesus Christ is now, and would want all Israel to know while they still can.
Sharon is one of the last of the founding fathers of the modern State of Israel. He was wounded in the Independence War of 1948-49. He was a great military leader and strategist, known for his courage and decision-making, his charisma and attentiveness to others, earning great respect and admiration from those who served with him and under him, especially during 1956 Suez War, the 1967 Six-Day War, and in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and from those who were his personal friends. He also irked some of those who had authority over him, both militarily and politically, for acting at times on his own initiative against standing orders. Despite the controversies surrounding him, especially during the first Lebanon War in 1982 and for the 2005 disengagement from Gaza which uprooted Jewish families and their livelihoods, Sharon’s legacy is great by any human measure. Even his large appetite and body size were great, and his humor about that was self-effacing. Sharon was also the architect of the Jewish settlements in what are considered the disputed territories. He devised the military and defensive strategy for fighting terrorism. And it was Sharon who turned from his ideology which so many had followed after his leadership, and authorized the disengagement and forcible evacuation from Gaza.
(Israel has been in a war of attrition for the entirety of her existence as a modern sovereign state. Just as in the days when Joshua led the campaign to take possession of the land from the Canaanites, yet found it humanly impossible to fully do so, so today the people are weary of fighting and suffering and death. While Israel may make an agreement to ‘end hostilities’, those who love death more than we love life will eventually be unable to restrain themselves. Only the personal, bodily return of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah — the Lamb who was slain, the Lord Messiah Yeshua – will bring war to an end, will bring in everlasting righteousness, and lasting peace and security and joy.)
Ariel (meaning ‘lion’, the Hebrew name he chose for himself) held many ministerial positions in his political career, which almost ended following the condemnation against him for indirect responsibility in the massacre of refugees in the Shabra and Shatila camps in Lebanon during the first war in Lebanon in 1980. Yet, being the ‘bulldozer’ that he was known as, and given his inherent popularity and abilities, he ultimately became the leader of the Jewish people through his election as Prime Minister. From this position as a sitting elected leader of his nation he did not move, but was struck down by a second and ultimately mortal stroke while still PM, power being constitutionally transferred to his successor, Ehud Olmert. His impact on very many areas of Israeli life is felt until today. His legacy as a ‘warrior’ fittingly also describes his battle to hang onto life, even in the last days of his comatose life when his vital organs began to give up. Sharon’s inner contradictions, and the incessant targeted attacks against him personally — whether justified or not — are all part of what makes him “Israeli”, a “Jew”, and within him was that undefeatable determination to live and survive, while seeking peace and security for his children and his people.
Sharon considered himself first of all a family man. He said that his strength and inspiration came from his beloved wife, Lily, next to whom he is buried today at their grand private ranch and farm in the western Negev, and from his sons and grandchildren. Sharon was greatly affected by the accidental shooting death of his young son from his first wife, who was killed in a car accident. During the eight years of his coma, his sons were daily concerned with his well-being and provided the best medical treatment possible — not only for a standing Prime Minister, but also for their father.
The efforts taken to keep Ariel Sharon alive, in some small hope that he might revive out of his coma, were taken partly due to the value placed on human life in normative Judaism. The paradox is, that during this same month, the Israeli law-makers approved for the government to provide government-paid abortions for any reason for any woman up to the age of 33.
Today in Beer Sheva we woke up to a bright sunny day, with clear blue skies, clean from all the wind, rain, hail, snow, and cold which hit the entire country from last Tuesday night till yesterday (Sat.) afternoon. There has not been a major storm of this magnitude to hit Israel (and the rest of the countries round-about: it even snowed in Cairo and parts of Saudi Arabia!) in the early part of December since records have been kept. The last storm of this intensity and duration was in 1897. It may be that we will see more record-breaking weather more frequently as the end-times progress with its troubles. This storm even received a name — Alexa — perhaps hinting of its source in Siberia.
“In the 24 hours from Wednesday, [Dec 11], at 8 a.m. to Thursday at 8 a.m., the largest amounts of rain – between 60 and 100 millimeters – fell in the hills of Judea, Gush Etzion, the southern Coastal Plain and the northern Negev, according to IMS data. The IMS station recorded 113 millimeters for this time period, while Beersheba measured 71 millimeters, the greatest amount of daily rainfall recorded there since 1921.” Beer Sheva received more than 3-times the normal amount of rainfall for the whole month of December in the 4-day period. “Out of all the water drenched regions, the Western Negev received the greatest quantities, at approximately 200 millimeters, the Water Authority said.” “Out of all the water drenched regions, the Western Negev received the greatest quantities, at approximately 200 millimeters, the Water Authority said. The rains also led to strong flows in the Shikma, Lachish, Basor and Ayalon streams. At Nahal Shikma, located in the Western Negev, such strong flow occurs only once every 25 years, the Water Authority said.”
Here is a great NASA satellite photo from today showing the snow on the mountains and cities of Israel, and round-about:
And in the flurry of all this both wonderful and damaging weather system, our first grandson experienced his first full week of life which God gave him!
During the two weeks of November 10-22, the evangelism organization, Jews for Jesus, conducted a campaign in the southern cities of Israel, focused in the largest city of Beer Sheva. Beer Sheva and Arad have seen their share of opposition to the gospel over the years, and this campaign awakened some of that antagonism. One of the campaigners was arrested just two days before the end of the campaign, the first time in eight such campaigns around Israel that this has happened. He was released on bail after spending four days in a prison, and expelled from the country last week on Dec. 3. This expulsion order (which is less serious than a deportation) is being contested by JFJ through legal channels. We hope that the outcome will not bring a further hindrance to the Great Commission in the land, and among the people, where it was first commanded.
In the wake of the campaign, once again around the Hanukkah holiday, ultra-orthodox Jewish young men (teens, overseen by an adult rabbi), spray-painted blasphemous graffiti on the walls of the meeting place of Yeshua’s Inheritance Congregation. The police have not yet taken any decisive action, despite the perpetrators being photographed by security cameras. And on Nov. 27, Yo-Yakim Figueras, the pastor of Hasdey Yeshua in Arad, was interviewed on Radio Darom (Southern Radio), along with a religious political leader who is also on the Beer Sheva mayor’s council. The calm, Holy Spirit-controlled spirit of Yo-Yakim stood in stark contrast to the livid outbursts by the other. The interview can be heard here, but without translation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k4mOelzHKA We thank the Lord for the opportunity given to Yo-Yakim, who says, “In the interview, the (name of political party) member was outraged for the fact I was given a stage. On the other hand, I tried to challenge the people to check for themselves the biblical prophecies and decide who Yeshua is.”
YHVH God still speaks through His servant, Simeon, a righteous and devout Israeli Jew waiting for the consolation of Israel, who knew that He would see the Lord’s Messiah (Anointed One; Christ) before He would die. Simeon spoke these words more than 2000 years ago by the Holy Spirit to Mary/Miriam, the mother of Yeshua, not long after the Lord’s birth: “Behold, this [child] is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against . . . that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed”. (Lk 2:25-35)
Here are some links to articles related to the evangelism campaign and reactions against it:
Although Israel is still an enemy of the gospel so that more Gentiles can still be saved before all Israel is saved, she also remains beloved for the fathers’ sakes, that He may have mercy upon all. (Rom 11:25-36) Such is the wisdom and sovereignty of the one true God!
At the beginning of the Summer/Winter of this year (2013), Israel and Australia jointly issued two stamps commemorating the part of the ANZAC and the Australian Lighthorse in the historical development leading up to the re-establishment of the Jewish people back in the promised and holy land. The stamps remember the victory over the Turks in Beer Sheva in the famous Beer Sheva Charge on October 31, 1917, in WW1.
In the Bible, YHVH God speaks through His servant, the prophet Isaiah, in chapter 11:11-12, saying that He would set up a banner/ensign for the nations, and would assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the Earth. This He is presently doing, and He has ‘showed His hand’ for nearly 120 years now.
Here is a link which gives the raw intensity against this miraculous sign for our day, which is modern-day Israel, expressed against the issue of these stamps:
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 … Continue reading
According to the inspired Word of God given to us in the Bible, YHVH, the one and only true God, created Jacob, Israel, and all called by His name, for His glory. He alone is the only Savior who forgives sin. He only is the Deliverer from enemies and foreign gods. YHVH, the Holy One of Israel, is the only One who knows all things from the beginning through beyond their end. (Is 43:1-15)
The revelation from God that the Jewish people are … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
It is hot and dry in the Southland of the Holy Land. Last night at 9:00 (21:00), the temperatures around Israel were as hot as what is normal for this time of year at mid-day.
As much as God has promised the perpetuity of agricultural growth, of temperatures, seasons, and cycle of days (Gen 8:22), nonetheless the stability of the Earth’s life seems to be less predictable and consistent as the last days progress towards the end-times. We go from … Continue reading
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. … Continue reading
Shalom with God to all of you,
With the evil of the terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon shocking the civilized world once again at the brutal character of those who worship a god of vengeance and death, in Israel the celebration of the 65th year of statehood has just concluded, a testimony to the faithfulness of the living God of the living who gave His Son to be brutalized to death, in the greatest expression of love this world has ever known, offering forgiveness to all who … Continue reading
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