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 we may want to “make the world better” (which obviously means different things to different people), our version of a “better world” can go up in flames and smoke in an instant. Mercifully, it began to rain today in Israel (including the Carmel region, and even in Beer Sheva), furthering helping to douse the burning embers of this devastating fire, which has been called the worst natural disaster in Israeli history.
Three prison guard trainees from Beer Sheva were among those killed in the blaze of those trapped in a busload to go into the danger zone to try to rescue prisoners from the area. There were also others from Negev towns and cities who were among the killed, and a number of them worked at the Beer Sheva prison facility. Our congregation, Nachalat Yeshua, took up a special collection to give to the Beer Sheva families as an expression of our sympathy at this time.
The apostle Peter writes that just as the world was once destroyed by water, so will it be a second time, but by fire. There may actually be something to global warming to set the stage for that. Some of us may think that we will not be around for that; but what if some of us are? What will we do? How will we react, or respond? Will our faith be found secure in the Lord and in His promises that all things are in HIS hands? As it is written, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Our God is a consuming fire! We dare not take Him for granted, but rather humbly place our whole-hearted trust in Yeshua, who died and rose again, and is coming again to renew His creation to make it a habitable place filled with the knowledge of His glory! Hallelu-Yah!
With that in mind, here is a great breath of fresh air: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE
Yeshua was born King of the Jews; He died on the cross as King of the Jews; and the day is coming that He will be the King of the Jews! Even so, come Lord Jesus!
Let us not be ashamed of the Lord Jesus Christ or of His words in this generation, which is ours to be His witnesses and a praise unto Him.