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Lawsuit Update – 15 May 2009

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In addition, on Sunday, June 7, from 1830 (6:30pm), at the Old House of Kehilat Nachalat Yeshua, there will be an evening of PRAISE, WORSHIP, AND INTERCESSION before God regarding the trial.  This is a very significant case, and I am truly blessed to have the Body coming together with us for the battle, which is in Yeshua’s sovereign hands. 

We were greatly encouraged at the SAYF (Sitting at Yeshua’s Feet) retreat the last few days  regarding our upcoming trial.  A wide and varied representation of leadership within the Body of Messiah in Israel gave strong backing for our offensive action against those who aggressively oppose the work of God here in Israel.  A number of the leaders are planning on being present in the court on the day of the trial (details are below in a letter sent out earlier to the Israeli Messianic leadership). 

Beer Sheva holds an important place in God’s covenant purposes for Israel — from the beginning with the ‘Fathers’, and in our times with the return of the Land to the children of Jacob/Israel, and in releasing the refreshing, life-giving waters of the good news of GOD the Father to the still lost sheep of the House of Israel.Shalom Achim,

Let God arise,

In His service with you,
Howard

As some of you know, I and amutat Nichalim BaNegev have filed suit against the Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Beer Sheva, Yehuda Deri (brother of Arieh), and against the anti-Great Commission organization, Yad L’Achim.

The suit comes after prayer and consultation with other leaders in Beer Sheva, the Negev, and around the country.  It is based on the riot which the two parties were responsible for organizing against Kehilat Nachalat Yeshua on 24 Dec 2005.

The trial dates are set for June 10 and 21 in Beer Sheva at Beit Mishpat HaShalom (which is located in a tall, massive, white stone and glass building on the left side just past the ‘iriya‘ as you drive into Beer Sheva on Hgwy 40, and continue on Sderot Itzhak Rager).

Our lawyers are Marvin Kramer and Kevork Nalbandian.  We would ask you all to keep us all, and our 7 other excellent witnesses, in prayer.  The judge is Iddo Ruzin, who also needs our prayers.

We want to encourage any of you who can to be with us in the court room on the designated days:  on June 10 at 9:00; on the 21st at 12:30.  Note:  It is advisable to get there much earlier in order to be more certain of getting a seat in the courtroom.The trial is a case to uphold the legitimate right to express the true Messianic faith in Yeshua here in Beer Sheva and in Israel, according to the existing laws which supposedly govern the State.  Our nation was re-established literally on the ashes of people who were killed and then dishonorably cremated because they were Jewish — mostly unknowing witnesses of the one true God who chose them and gave them a destiny still to be fulfilled.

Now we, who believe in the one true God and in Yeshua Messiah whom He sent, are being targeted because we are mostly knowing witnesses whom He has chosen.

Our lawyers and witnesses for the trial are an incredibly diverse group expressing the truth that the God of the Jews is also the God of the Gentiles, and that Yeshua is the one who gathers us and brings us home to the Father.  What is so striking about these who have agreed to testify publicly for the sake of truth and righteousness? :

We have a New York/Israeli Jewish believer; an Armenian/Israeli Orthodox believer; a white Scandinavian/American Christian; an Arab Israeli Christian; a Canadian/Israeli Messianic Jew; an Israeli sabra believer; another American Christian; a Spanish/Israeli Roman Catholic; an Israeli/American Jewish Christian; and, an American/Israeli Jewish believer in Jesus.

What a testimony itself of what the Lord has done!  May our combined witness and testimony speak to those who are looking and listening, to the glory of our great God and Savior.

Please keep this whole matter in prayer, perhaps even fasting, and encourage others to join in, that the will of God is done, and that His righteousness is revealed!We look forward to the day when the prophetic words of Zechariah, the father of John the baptizer, written for us in Luke 1:68-75, will be fully filled in Israel when Yeshua returns!

I include here what I have always sent out to anyone I have communicated with regarding this significant court case:

Please note:  This case is not against Israel or against the Jewish people. It is not to be used in any way to foment or promote anti-Israel or anti-Jewish actions or reactions. It is already known through the Scriptures that Israel at present is opposed to the good news of God, so we are not out to make them an enemy. Nor is our legal action intended to be used by any other minority or religious groups in Israel to encourage or affirm anti-Israel/Jewish sentiment. For the sake of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, Israel and her people are beloved by God the Father for His honor and glory, and for the honor and glory of His Son.For the salvation of the Jewish people and of Israel, and of many Gentiles whom God will use to provoke His people to jealousy and to show mercy to them,
Howard

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