Israel’s 10th President, Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin has just been consecrated and sworn in at the Knesset (Parliament), succeeding Shimon Peres after seven years in that office. During the much subdued ceremony compared to normal times (due to the current military operation/war in Gaza against the Hamas terrorist regime), sirens were heard in Beer Sheva and all around the Jewish towns and kibbutzes around Gaza. Both the out-going President, and the in-coming, expressed confidence of defeating the terrorist threat, both against Israel and her citizenry, and also against ordinary Gazans suffering by their elected government.
War on Earth first manifested when Cain killed his innocent and righteous brother, Abel, and then rejected personal responsibility and to come back to God on His terms. Yet, for all this, YHVH let Cain know that He would avenge him against whoever might kill him , and would even s descendant, married two women, got hurt by a boy, killed him, and threatened anyone to challenge him, and promised to avenge himself 77 times! Does any of this sound familiar as individuals grew to become nations and history unfolds before our eyes?
For the first time in a long time, the EU has understood that Israel is fighting against terrorists, who need to be disarmed. They hatefully and inhumanely hide behind and under innocent men, women, and children in the line of fire. At the same time, though, UN organizations such UNRWA, UNESCO, UNHRC are accusing Israel of war crimes and considering taking her to the international criminal court! Despite all the evidence and proof of Hamas’ reign of terror both within and without its territory, they are NOT being either rebuked or investigated, and are given ‘equal’ status to a legitimate government. As the elected government of Gaza, Israel COULD legally go to war against GAZA, and not only against terrorists in Gaza. The world’s unwarranted hatred of Israel and favor towards the likes of Hamas is reminiscent of those who wildly cried out to release the rebel, robber, and murderer Barabbas, and to crucify Yeshua.
Some thoughts to consider:
1. Each time that Hamas refused to accept cease-fire arrangements, or broke the two humanitarian ones early, Israel discovered and recognized the extent and seriousness of the massive tunnel network and underground city which Hamas has expertly built over many years with the billions of dollars it receives from the U.S., the EU, and Qatar. Did the western nations not notice that virtually no building was going on above ground to develop the Gaza Strip as a functioning society?!
Yet, for all that, Israel is censured and deligitimized while terrorists bully and intimidate and threaten anyone who challenges them and withholds from them ‘payment’. Such is the hardness of the sinful heart that sets itself against the righteousness, truth, and love of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Pharoah was an example of this, but listen to the Word of God of things to come:
In Rev 13:5-9, the Holy Spirit has this to say about the christ to come and believers then:
“And a mouth speaking great things was given to it, and blasphemies. And authority was given to it to continue forty-two months.
And it opened its mouth in blasphemy toward God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, and those dwelling in Heaven.
And it was given to it to war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given to it over every tribe and tongue and nation.
And all dwelling on the earth will worship it, those whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain, from the foundation of the world.
If anyone has an ear, let him hear.”
In Rev 9:20-21, John is given to write of those who will survive the plagues associated with the sixth trumpet:
“And the rest of the men who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and golden, and silver, and bronze, and stone, and wooden idols (which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk).
And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”
2. A strong Israel remains more resistant to the message of the gospel, since the nation will continue to think that they can handle their own affairs and determine its own destiny, and that God is with them and blessing them without believing in Yeshua/Jesus, who alone has protected them throughout our history, and has provided the only way which will secure true peace and tranquility, not for her only, but for the entire world.
Israel remains the enemy of the gospel so that more Gentiles can still be saved through faith in God’s Messiah — Yeshua/Jesus — before “all Israel” — the full remnant from among all the tribes — will be saved. Meanwhile, individual Jewish people inside and outside of Israel are being saved, but many more Gentiles, including those who are Muslims and enemies now of Israel and her God, are being brought into God’s Kingdom and household. This continuing negative side of the Israeli people’s stubbornness and stiff-neckedness, and their continuing successes against all odds, will also bring forth the increasing rise, which we already can see, of anti-semitism and violence against the Jews, against Israel, and also against Christians.
God has built in frustration and futility in all the affairs of man, so that people might seek Him, in whom alone is perfection, and that believers will anticipate with living hope the return of the Lord. No matter what the outcome of this present warfare, there will not be complete satisfaction on the part of Israel’s government, or among all her people, or among those who sympathize with the Palestinian narrative. The cancelling of air flights to and out from Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport is a blow to Israel’s economy in many ways for a long time; the soldier who is missing, whom Hamas claims is in their custody (whether dead or alive is not known), plays on the strongest human emotions as to what to do about that; the kidnaping and murder of the three Israeli teens still remains a mystery as to the whereabouts of those who carried out the event which started the events leading to the eruption of the latest conflict.
Rom 11:32-36 “For God has shut up all in unbelief, so that He might show mercy to all. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!
For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?
Or who first gave to Him, and it will be repaid to him?
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things; to Him be glory forever! Amen.”
Meanwhile, some members of our congregation have been making visits to the hospital to encourage, support, give food to the families and friends who are there because of their loved ones hospitalized from injuries.
God bless you, and thank-you for your support in good times and bad.
Yesterday we had five siren alerts of rockets and missiles still being fired from Gaza towards Beer Sheva. Our weekly congregational services on Friday evenings are greatly reduced in the number of those coming since the place of meeting is old enough not to have any real protected area.
Soroka Medical Center, the university hospital located just down the street from us, is on emergency status now, as more Israeli soldiers are being wounded or killed in the hard fighting going on in the Gaza Strip. While people are fighting and risking their lives, God is still bringing more children into the world: a young medical student couple just gave birth on Saturday to a healthy boy!
The grandson of the remaing founding elder of Yeshua’s Inheritance Cong. is on the Israel-Gaza border, waiting for the probable call to go into the defensive war turned offensive, as is necessary in any war to stop the enemy from continuing to require the nation to defend itself. His family is an example of Gentiles whom the God of Israel has made a place and a name for them among His people in their re-establishment back in the Land which He has promised to [eventually] give them as an everlasting possession and inheritance (as long as these Heavens and Earth remain).
Our prayer is that more Israelis and more Gazans would turn to the one true God, and fear His holy Name, which He often gives as YHVH of Hosts (Armies), since their is war in the heavenlies ever since Lucifer rebelled and took a third of the other angels with him to his side against the triune God; and that war has been brought earth-ward ever since Eve was deceived and Adam disobeyed in the Garden of Eden about 6000 years ago. This war has not effectively ended yet, despite the truth that Jesus has already won it — both in the natural and in the spiritual as the Son of God and Son of Man — on the cross, and He is not going to now ‘lose’ it. We may win some battles and lose the war; Yeshua only wins, despite appearances to the contrary!
Here is an example of an Israeli military commander who understands the spiritual dimension of this war against enemies such as Hamas: http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/24759/Default.aspx
Let us pray that God would give him more light, and bring him, and many others, all the way back home through knowing Yeshua.
Also, you can read a Biblical thread which shows the true nature and purpose of the historic and cosmic war: http://streamsinthenegev.com/messianic-judaism/praise-to-him-who-sits-upon-the-throne-and-to-the-lamb/
I was considering some of the ways that Israel is reflecting the nature of her God in these wars, even though she is unaware of it:
1. God is using Israel to bless the world by taking a small, embattled, squeezed-in nation of people who have known unparalleled suffering, yet ‘stubbornly and stiff-neckedly’ kept going, to stand up to an implacable enemy which not only threatens her own existence (as if YHVH was not involved or else not capable), but also threatens, intimidates, bullies, terrorizes the entire Judeo-Christian civilization and its beneficent influences, the very environment in which the Jewish people have both suffered and thrived.
2. Israel’s government and people turned the other cheek thousands of times over the years as Hamas sent thousands of missiles fired at it’s next-door neighbor (the Bible tells us to be ‘good neighbors’), before it finally took it on the chin enough to try to get the foolishness out of the neighborhood bully, who doesn’t allow even their own people to question their bad behavior, and the horrible consequences it brings upon them all.
3. YHVH (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is stronger and mightier than all the forces of His creation combined, yet He is kind and gentle with us so that we don’t crumple at His touch. But when He does let us taste a sample of His power, it is that we might truly fear Him and worship Him as God, and cease from our own folly that we are potential gods. Jesus could wipe us out with a breath of air! Even believers do much to bring reproach to His name! Many ‘innocent’ people die in earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, bad accidents, etc. etc. etc. And, sad but true, people will blame God, even blaspheme him.
So, Israel, is indeed a mighty army to be reckoned with, beyond any normal standard. She could, if unleashed without any scruples, destroy all of Gaza and its people. Yet, by the Spirit of her God, whom she still refuses to accept to rule over them, she demonstrates restraint and does what is possible to reduce loss of life, while unavoidably and inadvertently also contributing to loss of life and property. And, many blame Israel as the convenient scapegoat.
4. Both in Proverbs and in Romans, the Word of God tell us: “not avenging yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath, for it hath been written, `Vengeance [is] Mine, I will recompense again, saith the Lord;’ if, then, thine enemy doth hunger, feed him; if he doth thirst, give him drink; for this doing, coals of fire thou shalt heap upon his head; Be not overcome by the evil, but overcome, in the good, the evil.”
Israel, in the midst of war, has not only agreed to three humanitarian cease-fire arrangements which Hamas has either refused, or agreed to and broken (and Israel should not agree to one without ensuring Hamas gains no benefit), but she has opened up a field hospital on the Israeli side of the Gaza border, in order to help Palestinian wounded; Soroka Hospital is providing medical treatment to some wounded Gazans. Israel, for some reason, provides (yes, with some restrictions), water, medicine, electricity, food, construction materials to Gaza (read, Hamas), which is not only not appreciated, but even used to worsen the lives of the general population by the terrorist leadership, and used to build many (15 already located as of now) elaborate tunnels to protect Hamas leaders, and to try to infiltrate into Israel to kill, maim, kidnap.
As believers in Jesus, let us give glory to God, who, behind the scenes, is bringing people and nations to account, saving many who repent and believe the gospel, and bringing glory to His Name, and to His Son’s name.
May God have mercy on us all!
Israel sent in ground troops into Gaza last night at 10:30, following a long day which included a ‘game changer’, or which showed the situation for what it is regarding the perpetual murderous grudge of Hamas towards Israel and the Jewish people (in particular, but also against their own population, which they hatefully use as human ‘shields’ in order to deter Israel’s military efforts, and also to turn public opinion against Israel when civilians are killed in the war).
In Operation Protective Edge, we see the effectiveness of the vast sums of money spent by Israel to protect her citizens and borders, at the same time as seeing the extent of the vast sums of money spent by Hamas in its efforts to politically gain from seeking to terrorize and kill as many Israelis as possible with its vast arsenal of missiles able to reach anywhere in Israel, and its tunnels to enable terrorists to come underground under the Gaza-Israel border in order to carry out attacks on innocent civilians.
It was just such a tunnel that turned the tide yesterday whereby the Israeli government decided that a ground offensive is necessary if they are going to locate and destroy the many well-constructed tunnels which Hamas has somehow managed to build over the years. Yesterday, pre-dawn, Israeli intelligence picked up information of an imminent attack of terrorists seen running towards a tunnel entrance, which would have led them to a kibbutz on the Israeli side of the border. The airforce pinpointed the target of several men running into the tunnel entrance and blew up the entrance. It is not certain if all of the terrorists were killed or injured. This planned attack was done at the beginning of the day in which Israel agreed to a 5-hour cease-fire for humanitarian reasons to allow for Gazans to get medical aid and groceries.
Just before the cease-fire, which began at 10:00 yesterday morning, Hamas launced multiple rockets into Israel; during the cease-fire, some rockets were fired; immediately after the cease-fire at 3:00, again a barrage of missiles were fired into all areas of Israel. Hamas has twice refused to accept a truce brokered by Egypt, while Israel had expressed a willingness. Hamas is insisting on its own terms, which is like a bad boy causing trouble all the time, and then demanding to get concessions in his favor because he ‘agrees’ to ‘act good’ for a while. Now Hamas wants Turkey to act as broker, but Turkey’s PM has turned his government into an enemy of Israel, as he seeks to restore the Islamic empire.
While Hamas hopes and prays that every rocket and missile it launches will be successful, not only to frighten and disrupt the lives of Israel, but also to injure, kill, or damage as many civilians — and sometimes military — as possible, they insist on holding Israel to ‘playing by civilized rules’ when she at length chooses to retaliate in defending her people. And the world listens to Hamas: while saying that Israel has the right to defend herself, she must do whatever is possible to not kill those not involved in the fighting, even though they know that Hamas has embedded their arsenal among the population, and the Hamas leaders are safely hiding in well-protected underground facilities. This double standard does not seem to apply to other nations which even now are wreaking havoc and destruction on each other. Israel does have a conscience, and does care (sometimes too much) what others think, and does value life over death (with incongruous exceptions like abortion).
The Israeli military goes to great pains not to cause excessive civilian casualties, but war against an avowed enemy that does not care for even its own people is not going to be a movie or a video game, when at the end all the gore is only acting or virtual. In most of Israel’s wars, the ‘powers-that-be’ usually have stopped Israel from attaining its objectives just at the (A SIREN IS GOING OFF JUST NOW IN BEER SHEVA. BE BACK IN A MINUTE.) (BACK NOW, AFTER TWO CONSECUTIVE SIRENS, DURING WHICH WE WENT DOWN TO OUR BOMB SHELTER.) moment that she has gained the upper hand, and then concessions are required of Israel which perpetuates the necessity for so much money and energy to go into a seemingly never-ending war economy, even as Israel prospers at the same time.
God is with Israel in a unique way — in both goodness and severity — because of His covenantal relationship, and He is acting to bring His Chosen People to return back to Him, who alone gives true peace with eternal security, and will make wars to cease. Meanwhile, the gospel of Jesus Christ goes out to all that more Gentiles and Jews will be saved now and not have to endure the wrath of God to come.
God is working in many ways and in different levels — both natural and spiritual — as He brings to pass the fulfillment of every jot and tittle of the Law and the Prophets.
Thank-you for for standing with Israel for the sake of the name of the Lord.
Shalom from God in Messiah,
Thanks to God and to all of you who stood with us in prayer and words of encouragement for the Trumpet Call to Prayer that gathered close to 50 people!
Things being what they are here, today proved two things: in the Body of Messiah here, not all are of one mind, even if many are of one heart; and, God is ‘there’ when we come together in unity for the sake of the name of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (or in any other language which honors Him).
There was a better turnout of Arab leaders than of the Messianic (Jewish) ones. On the Jewish side, though (but not all are Jewish), we had more who are not ‘leaders’. While we had brothers and sisters from Ariel and Beer Sheva, the rest of those who came were primarily from the Jerusalem and Bethlehem areas. Few of the leaders on the Jewish and Arab side had actually communicated prior to Sunday’s gathering, so we
really had no clue as to who was or was not coming. Other events were going on in the north of the country, so we knew that they were not available; and the Galilean leaders decided that they would have their own prayer gathering.
What we are in need of is for ALL parts of this small country, with its relatively small number of Jewish and Arab believers, to come together in one place. God willing, this will yet happen! There were a few persons who had asked if we would be praying for the usual partisan things that each side is so good at; I said, ‘No’, so they did not come. It is just this sort of partisan, divisive mindset that we have to get beyond if we are going to move on, forward, upward. Otherwise, we have no message for our peoples about the truth of the gospel and its power to make peace, produce love, promote unity and holiness in the fear of the Lord.
Yeshua told His 11 remaining apostles before He left them to go ‘home’ that ALL authority has been given to Him in Heaven and on Earth, and that we should take the gospel and make disciples of any and all people, and that both these things are true until the end of the age. The end of the age has not come yet, so both these facts and truths are still in force. And Yeshua promises to be WITH US in this matter until the end.
Our High Priest, Messiah, also prayed that we would become one with Him and each other in the same manner as He is one with the Father. This is no natural unity! Nor is there a natural means of attaining to it: it must be a work of the Holy Spirit in those who want to be a part of the sure answer of the Father to this prayer of His Son.
Do we want God to do what He wants to do? Jesus has told all of us that there are going to be wars until the end, just as much as He is sovereign over all things during all of the wars and other tribulations. GIVEN THAT, He and His apostles tell us how we are to live and what we are to labor for, even as we rest in Him with all assurance. Wars and threats are not to be seen BY BELIEVERS as reasons for NOT believing and obeying, but are to seen as CHALLENGES — sometimes even insurmountable by all natural reckoning — for us to overcome by our faith of who Jesus is so that we might be conformed to His image. Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. Jewish people as a whole do not believe that; Muslims do not believe that. It is we who have the witness and the truth, and the Holy Spirit has been given to us for power to both
proclaim and to live that truth. There is spiritual warfare regarding this truth just as much as there is natural warfare all around. We are called to identify with Jesus BY NAME in a world and against the devil which reject and despise Him.
God is going to fulfill every jot and tittle of all that He has purposed and promised to do. KNOWING that, He is calling us out from every people and nation to be a kingdom of priests that have a different and better ‘calling’ in the meantime. If we “do not keep our proper domain”, and resort to merely natural instincts and associations, then we are not really upholding the truth of the gospel and the truth that to Jesus belongs all authority: He has won the war on the cross! And because He is risen, EVERYTHING which God promised to the fathers will be fulfilled! Because of only ONE righteous Man, God will not destroy either Israel or the Earth. Praise the Lord! We have much to be THANKFUL for as we come together as brothers and sisters, despite our peoples being at war with each other over the inheritance. No one will receive from God what He has not promised; but neither will anyone receive from God even what is promised in any other way except than through honoring and blessing Jesus, before whom every knee shall bow and tongue confess that He is YHVH (LORD).
These things comprised the substance and spirit of our prayers. We do not know what the next step is, but trust the Lord to lead us, so that we will have a collective voice to speak truth in love and in righteousness in His name and for His sake. We blessed each other before we left, and we may need to remind each other what we have ‘tasted’ to keep us on course. May the Lord Jesus do what He needs to do to get what He wants, even during this present war ‘situation’ in our land and against our people. We pray that the Holy Spirit would give the Christians in Gaza hope as they look to Yasu for help and strength. We pray for Israelis to begin to turn back towards the God of Israel, rather than trust in themselves or in our military forces and capabilities, as amazing and important and necessary as they are in these times.
As I write this, the sounds of war are heard within our nation, and the blood of Abel cries out for vengeance and vindication. Yet the blood of Jesus Christ/Yeshua the Messiah/Yasu al Massih cries out better things: salvation, and forgiveness of sin. (Heb 12:24)
There is a growing sense within and among the Israeli Messianic/Christian and Palestinian Christian communities that our united, collective voice needs to be heard as a prophetic voice to our people. We, who believe in the name of the Son of God have, by grace, received the truth for solving the perpetual conflict between the Jewish and Arab peoples, and for all the other people groups in the world. They do not know the Way of peace, but we do: His name is Yeshua/Yasu/Jesus, who died and rose again!
We can seek our own righteousness, or else we can submit to the righteousness of God, who alone is wise and good. The message which our Lord has given us to take to our people is the gospel, which alone God has blessed with power to save and to give peace to those who repent and believe, and who live in its truth.
With this purpose in mind, and after consultation with some of the Jewish and Arab leaders, we are calling a meeting to pray together this Sunday, July 13, from 15:00 – 17:30. The location is accessible, and legally allows for Israelis and Palestinians to meet together.
At this critical time, the need to come together as believers in Yeshua/Jesus/Yasu, to humble ourselves, to pray and seek God’s face, and to turn from our own ungodly ways towards each other and towards our enemies — real and perceived – has never been greater.
For the sake of His Holy Name. . .
Hamas has put out a one-minute video trying to scare the ‘settlers’ of Beer Sheva to flee before it is too late: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/182592#.U7rkakB5bFw
Rockets have again hit Beer Sheva (yesterday, as of this writing), violence and rage are again venting, cries for vengeance are shrieking. Yet, for all this, God is working out redemption, as witnessed by people repenting and believing the good news of God about salvation through living faith in Jesus throughout the country and region. Today is still the day of salvation! This is still the acceptable year of the LORD (YHVH)! We, as believers in Yeshua/Jesus, cannot forget that.
The natural man either witdraws into isolation and seclusion, seeking ‘private’ peace for/with those who are ‘his/hers’; or else draws upon carnal weapons to defend, and to ‘kill before being killed’. This is normative human response to existential threat. Yet. . .the spiritual man — those born of the Spirit from Above — must exercise faith, hope, and love just in such times as these. Even should we be engaged in military service, we must not rely upon, nor think, that such weapons will bring peace. They can not kill a spirit, nor will human weaponry gain the credit for bringing true righteousness and peace to the world and all that lives in it.
God does say that there will be wars until the end, and that He will even glorify His holy name through war. Jesus is, after all, YHVH (the LORD) of Hosts (Armies)! But it is not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit human hearts will be replaced, and thoughts and intentions renewed and transformed. Only the coming again of the Lord Jesus Christ will make wars to cease, and weapons turned into agricultural tools. War will not be learned anymore, and this will be in EVERY FACET of life! O, for that happy day!
Tonight we had a prayer meeting at ‘the Old House’ (Yeshua’s Inheritance Cong. home, thanks to God and to the CMA), and this time we invited other city pastors to join us, with anyone else that they wanted to bring. The situation in the country and region is also a call for the believers in general, and the congregational/church leaders in particular, to come together in unity to beseech God on His Throne of Grace, as well as work together for the sake of the gospel and Yeshua’s name, by whom we are called and identify. This is a trying time for the Arab Israeli believers, who are being spiritually challenged, I know; they are caught between a rock and a hard place, and the cost of being a disciple of Yasu is weighing in on them. But this is not less so for the Jewish Israeli believer vis a vis our own primary allegiance.
Today, 100 years ago, on June 28, 1914, in Sarajevo, Gavrilo Princip fired the shot that started World War I when he killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand. No one could have known then that that gunshot would trigger the first world war in history, with staggering loss of life, but that that war, rather than being the ‘war to end all war’ would actually become the war which has not yet ended.
Jesus Christ said nearly 2000 years ago, when asked by His disciples what would be the sign of His coming and of the end of the age: “. . .For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. . . .Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. . . .when you see all these things, know that it is near — at the doors! Assuredly I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” (Mt 24; Lk 21)
When the Allied victors of WW1 carved out their spoils and staked out their territories, they started a process which has continued down till this day, still affecting the entire world: Jerusalem has come to the fore; Gentile nations are still trampling it even while the Jewish people are re-claiming their capital; the ancient Gentile kingdoms of Babylon, Medes-Persia, Greece and Rome, and the Islamic nations of the Middle East today have all been reconstituted from the aftermath of that war from 1918 as Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, not to mention the only non-Gentile nation in the midst of them — Israel!
We who live today are only now beginning to see the beginning of the end which WW1 triggered. Some of us are children of parents who were born during or just after that war. The modern nation-states of the ancient Gentile kingdoms are reminiscent of the statue image of Nebuchadnezzer’s dream which Daniel interpreted, recorded for us in the Bible. Are we the generation which will see the coming again of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Stone from Heaven which will knock down all those kingdoms from under their feet, and God will establish His King on Mt Zion in Jerusalem? (Dan 2:34-35, 44-45; Ps 2)
Construction work and roadworks are going on all around us here in Beer Sheva, and southward towards Yerucham. The major investment and development is due to Beer Sheva being chosen as the ‘cyber hub’ of Israel, or as Ben-Gurion University of the Negev President, Rivka Carmi, quips, “silicon wadi“. (A wadi is a dry river bed, waiting for the waters to stream into it.) Beer Sheva and the Negev are also developing in preparation for major re-location of military bases and operations to the area. Real estate and housing prices have skyrocketed, yet still much more affordable than in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. Investment in the blooming desert, anyone?
You can read more on this story in a Jerusalem Post article here: http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-Ed-Contributors/The-Negev-is-now-352560
Israel is still riveted to prayers and the news reports about the three teen boys, ages 16, 16, and 19, who were kidnapped on Thursday night, and whose whereabouts and circumstances since then are still unknown as of this post. While it is not certain exactly who carried out the kidnappings, it is clear that it was carried out by jihadi elements within the Palestinian Authority/Hamas-governed population, probably around Hebron.
Both the PA and Hamas have similar short-term policies towards their long-term objectives: the release of all terrorist prisoners — by which kidnapping civilians, or taking military hostages has proven effective in the past — towards the elimination of the State of Israel. Their tactics may differ — the PA has seen that violence is less well-received by those they are trying to influence; Hamas still avows armed resistance as an Islamic jihad (Holy War) imperative — yet the goal remains the same. How else to account for the “reconciled unity” government between the two faction?
The apostle Paul closes out his letter to the believers in Rome with these words: “For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.” (Rom 16:19-20)
We see that those who practice evil and who repay evil with evil (or even good with evil) are wise concerning evil and do not love that which is good. Their definition of peace is not the same as the definition given by the God who made peace with His enemies through the blood of the cross, when the only-begotten Son of God willingly paid with His own life for the sin of the world and the sins of sinners. Vengeance belongs to YHVH! In the wisdom and righteousness of God, He is giving people to see, to discern, to choose good or evil. The day of judgment will come, and as the redeemed of the Lord, we want to let Him crush Satan under our feet.
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In the wake of the ‘writing on the wall’ at the congregational home of Yeshua’s Inheritance Congregation, Donna Diorio, of IsraelPrayer, has written an update article wrapping up some recent events from a perspective of watching developments over many years:
For readers unacquainted with the lawsuit referenced by Donna, you can read our update reports on them beginning with this post from 2007:
According to “official” sources, the denial of visa entries for Arabic Christians planning on attending the ‘At The Crossroads’ conference in Jerusalem earlier this month was due to a “policy of misunderstanding”.
Yesterday morning, offensive writing offending religious sensitivities was found spray painted on the wall surrounding the property used by the Messianic congregation, Nachalat Yeshua (Yeshua’s Inheritance), in Beer Sheva. This is known as a “price tag”, property attacks of incitement against those whom extremists oppose, usually against Palestinian Arabs and against Christians.
Six months ago, during a Jews For Jesus evangelism campaign in Beer Sheva, Jewish teenage yeshiva students, with their rabbi, were filmed defacing the same property, but the police … Continue reading
Last week, from May 13-16, the second bi-annual “At The Crossroads” conference was held in Jerusalem at Christ Church inside Jaffa Gate. The conference did not focus on either politics or theology, but on carrying out the Great Commission in a triangular region in the middle of the Earth inspired by the Word of God in Isaiah 19: 23-25: the highway from Egypt to Assyria (the whole area of its former empire), with Israel in between as the bridge of … Continue reading
Times and seasons have a way of stirring the memories, both personal and collective. Depending on what they may signify, the reactions and anticipations may vary among individuals or nations, or among those joined together through religion or faith. Below are some historical markers that are beginning to converge to draw attention to a watershed, perhaps. Both friend and foe are taking notice.
Oct 31, 1517 – Reformation Day, which gave the Bible back to the people that they may … Continue reading
Israel experienced a rare nation-wide lightning and thunder storm, pouring record amounts of rainfall, accompanied by hail, going back to 1920. On Wednesday night, May 7, the storm began, continuing through much of the day on Thursday. The Negev region suffered flash floods and stranded hikers and tourists.
In the Negev, May is usually a dry month, following the rainy season of the Israeli winter. This winter was exceptionally dry throughout much of the country, and the rainfall of the last … Continue reading
Tuesday, May 6, is Israel’s 66th Independence Day. Millions of Jews suffered, were murdered, died in the Holocaust; tens of thousands more have died in the wars from the inception of the re-establishment of the Jewish people back in their homeland; hundreds are memorialized for their deaths since 1860 as they ‘returned to Zion’. All of this human tragedy and valor as a price in order to be redeemed from the lands of exile, scattered around the globe, after 1900 … Continue reading
Remember, lest we forget. This “creed” underlies much of Jewish and Christian culture. All of the LORD’s holidays are to remember His mighty acts of redemption, based on bringing His people out of Egypt. Believers in Jesus, in fellowshipping in the Lord’s Supper, do so to remember Yeshua and what He did in and through His death on the cross; and we are to do so until He comes again. God has given us these times of remembrance together so that we might not forget, and to be strengthened in … Continue reading
While the premise of increasing Arab/Palestinian Muslim population growth over and against the Jewish birth and demographics has been used for decades to advance some political policy, current information challenges that assumption. During the closing years of slavery in Egypt, despite being placed under even harsher work conditions and economic stress, among the Children of Israel there was a population explosion. (Exodus 1:8-14). It seems like history may be repeating itself: today, the world is applying increasingly harsh measures against Israel in order … Continue reading
As Jewish people everywhere celebrate the Passover, we can rejoice as we remember that not only has YHVH made His name great as the God of Israel who brought His people up out of Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm to serve Him, but also He continues to raise a banner to all nations as He brings back His people from all corners of the world to the land which He swore to give them as an everlasting possession. And the whole world … Continue reading
The Israeli government is promoting and enhancing development opportunities in Beer Sheva and the Negev. The primary impetus here is military re-location of some large bases from the population center to the vast periphery of the southern desert, of which Beer Sheva is the largest and capital city.
The first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, always believed that the future of the country depended on the development of the Negev. He lived what he believed by moving to Kibbutz Sde … Continue reading
Greetings this season when the Body of Messiah/Christ reminds the world that Jesus Christ/Yeshua Messiah died and rose again!
Even unbelieving Jewish people in Israel and in the diaspora are witnesses to the one true God and His mighty act to deliver them from Egypt, making His name known to the nations as Yehovah, the God of Israel.
Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus are His witnesses that the Redeemer and Savior has come in the flesh, died at Passover, risen … Continue reading
In addition to sites at Avdat, Shivta, Nizzana, archeologists have now uncovered a Byzantine monastery, with beautiful colored mosaics, in the Negev region not far from Beer Sheva, near Hura, a Bedouin town:
A case study of sovereign legal rights to Jerusalem – in particular East Jeruslaem, and more specifically the Old City with the Temple Mount: a thesis by Dr. Jacques Gauthier, an international lawyer and human rights attorney:
Today’s peace negotiations are a battle of narratives less grounded on facts and more on historical fallacies and revisionist history, personal and national emotions, and increasing lawlessness (recognizing no law as binding).
The “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference has ended. There is tension within the ranks of the Body of Messiah here in Israel. We pray for healing of strained or broken relationships through humility, repentance where necessary, forgiveness as commanded, transcendant love for our heavenly Father and our Lord Yeshua the Messiah/Jesus Christ. This is all part of our sanctification, and is also a part of God’s righteousness to nullify our own.
I was thinking about another conference, but with an opposite orientation. If … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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.
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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. … Continue reading
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. … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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. … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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