*** Israel ser tilbage***

Israel ser tilbage på begivenhedsrigt år 5777

Af Anders Hjorth Vindum 21. September 2017

Et år er gået, og jøderne fejrer endnu en gang rosh hashana. År 5777 blev begivenhedsrigt, ligesom 5778 nok bliver det.

I Israel fejrer man lige nu det jødiske nytår, rosh hashana. Det betyder, at de fleste israelere holder fri og tilbringer tid sammen med familie og venner. Mange vælger at besøge en af landets mange nationalparker for at komme lidt væk fra byerne.

Rigtig mange ultraortodokse jøder er rejst til Ukraine, nærmere betegnet byen Uman. Her befinder titusindvis af jøder, som tilhører den hasidiske Bratslav-retning, sig for at besøge rabbiner Nachmans grav. Hvert år foretager mange denne pilgrimsrejse. Tidligt torsdag blev nytårsfejringen dog overskygget af en voldsom granateksplosion, som sårede to jøder, blandt andet en 13-årig dreng. Det israelske politi har sendt repræsentanter til den ukrainske by for at hjælpe det lokale politi med at skabe tryghed i forbindelse med det store jødiske indtog. De mener, at granaten kan være kastet af personer, som var trætte af den støj, som de mange tilrejsende forårsager.

Ser tilbage på begivenhedsrigt år

Hjemme i Israel ser man tilbage på et år – år 5777 – hvor der er sket meget. Det amerikanske medie JTA har oplistet ti store jødiske begivenheder – naturligvis med et særligt fokus på de amerikansk-jødiske historier. Her er nogle udvalgte:

1: Den amerikansk-jødiske sanger Bob Dylan fik Nobelprisen i litteratur. Prisen gives normalt ikke til sangere. Dylan var to uger om at acceptere prisen.

2: USA undlod at nedlægge veto, da FN’s Sikkerhedsråd i december vedtog en resolution, der fordømte de israelske bosættelser som ”en grov overtrædelse af folkeretten”. Den amerikanske beslutning blev opfattet som Obamas afskedshilsen til Netanyahu. USA har ellers traditionelt nedlagt veto mod resolutioner, der fordømmer Israel.

3: Trump erstattede Obama som USA’s præsident. Han ansatte blandt andet sin jødiske svigersøn, Jared Kushner, som særlig rådgiver med ansvar for mægling i konflikten mellem Israel og palæstinenserne.

4: Fra januar til marts blev adskillige jødiske institutioner i USA udsat for i alt mere end 100 bombetrusler. Også flere jødiske gravpladser blev vandaliseret. Det skete umiddelbart efter Trumps indsættelse, og nogle mente, at den ekstremistiske højrefløj så Trumps indsættelse som en legitimering af chikane mod jøder. Det viste sig dog at være en enkelt person, en amerikansk-jødisk teenager, som stod bag de fleste trusler.

5: På grund af de mange hændelser i USA blev Trump spurgt, hvad han mente om antisemitisme i USA. I stedet for at svare rasede han mod journalisterne, som han mente kaldte ham for antisemit. Trump påstod, at han var »den mindst antisemitiske person, [journalisten] nogensinde havde set«.

Skulle man tilføje nogle begivenheder, der ikke har den amerikanske vinkel, kunne man nævne disse, som særligt vil blive husket:

6: I juli blev to grænsebetjente dræbt af palæstinensiske terrorister ved indgangen til Tempelpladsen. Efterfølgende valgte de israelske sikkerhedsmyndigheder at opstille metaldetektorer og overvågningskameraer ved muslimernes indgang til pladsen. Det resulterede i store protester og en muslimsk boykot af bøn på Tempelpladsen. Efter noget tid blev sikkerhedsforanstaltningerne fjernet igen.

7: En uge efter terrorangrebet på Tempelpladsen blev en bosætterfamilie myrdet på brutal vis, mens de fejrede sabbat. Gerningsmanden bankede på døren og dræbte tre af familiens medlemmer og sårede et fjerde.

8: Føljetonen om Benjamin og Sara Netanyahus mulige korruption har fyldt meget. Anklagerne vokser, og sagerne vil derfor sandsynligvis komme til at fylde endnu mere i det kommende jødiske år (læs mere om sagen i det næste nummer af Ordet og Israel).

Hvad bringer det nye år?

Når jøderne ser frem mod år 5778, kan de som sagt forvente at høre meget mere til sagen om premierministerparrets mulige magtmisbrug. Potentielt set kan sagen ende med et parlamentsvalg, hvis Netanyahu sagsøges og evt. dømmes for korruption.

Det bliver også interessant at se, om Trumps store optimisme, når det gælder en fredsaftale mellem Israel og palæstinenserne, beror på andet end mandens trang til sensationelle udtalelser. Mange spørger sig selv, om han overhovedet har en plan for, hvad der skal ske, og om han i så fald har tænkt sig at dele den med offentligheden.

Endelig vil man i Israel blive ved med at følge situationen i Syrien nøje. Man vil gøre alt for at forhindre Iran og Hizbollah i at vinde fodfæste tæt på den israelske grænse, nu hvor Islamisk Stat ser ud til at blive besejret.

Shana tova til Israel og jøder rundtom i verden!

https://www.ordetogisrael.dk/aktuelt-2-2-2/israel-ser-tilbage-paa-begivenhedsrigt-aar-5777


 


 

 

 

Meningsmåling: 88% av israelerne var fornøyd med sitt liv det siste året
The Jerusalem Post, oversatt av Thor Evje 2017.09.20

Befolkningen i Israel øker stadig – den vokste med 156 000 siden forrige Rosh Hashana, og i likhet med de siste årene var befolkningsveksten for 5777 1,8%. De aller fleste israelere er fornøyd med deres liv.


Israels flagg

Israels befolkning er i dag på 8 743 millioner, ifølge data som Central Bureau of Statistics utgav på mandag i sin årsrapport foran Rosh Hashana. Ifølge rapporten fortsetter den israelske befolkningen å øke i alle sektorer.

I Israel er 6,523 millioner jøder, eller 74,6% av befolkningen, og ca. 1,824 millioner arabere, eller 20,9% av befolkningen. De resterende 396.000 israelere står for 4,5% av totalen. Hver av disse sektorene har hatt en jevn vekst siden forrige rapport.

88% av israelere i alderen 20 og over sa at de var "veldig fornøyd" eller "fornøyd" med livet deres. Likevel føler 21%, eller ca. 1,1 millioner mennesker, seg med jevne mellomrom; 6%, eller 340.000, innrømmer å føle seg ensom regelmessig; og 34% sier at de finner det vanskelig å dekke sine utgifter.

Innvandringen forblir jevn, med 25 977 nye innvandrere i 5777: 57% av dem fra det tidligere Sovjetunionen, 17% fra Frankrike og 11% fra USA. Rapporten avslørte også at 172.000 babyer ble født og 43.000 mennesker døde i 5777.

Landet har den høyeste fruktbarhetsgraden i Organisasjonen for økonomisk samarbeid og utvikling, med kvinner som gjennomsnittlig får 3,11 babyer i løpet av deres levetid.

Barnedødeligheten var 3,1 pr. 1000 levendefødte.

En jente født i år har en forventet levetid på 84,2 år, mens for gutter er det 80,7 år.

Det er 2.470.200 husholdninger i Israel, med gjennomsnittlig 3,31 personer i hver.

Det er 202.090 skilte familier i Israel, 53.579 inngikk ekteskap og 14.487 ble skilt siste året.

Statistisk sentralbyrå rapporterte om 2,2 millioner barn på skolen: 517 tusen i barnehager, ca. 1 million i grunnskolen, 517.000 i middelskoler og ca. 713.000 høyskoleelever. Omkring 73,8% av videregående elever fikk immatrikuleringsbevis.

Det var 268.600 studenter på høgskoler og universiteter i studieåret 2015-2016. Av disse var 40,8% menn. Omtrent 15,5% av alle disse elevene var arabere, og 31,4% var mannlige.

Ca. 76.000 israelere fikk høyskolepoeng i 2016; fem ganger tallet i 1990.

I mellomtiden lever 924 000 mennesker under fattigdomsgrensen, og utgjør 10,7% av israelerne.

Videre er 1,3 millioner mennesker registrert hos en eller flere sosiale tjenester, mens 14% av de som er 20 år og over, er registrert som funksjonshemmede.

Arbeiderne er generelt fornøyd. 59% var fornøyd med sitt arbeid og personlige liv, og 20% eller 700.000 ønsket å bytte jobb, mens 20% føler at deres helse eller sikkerhet er i fare på grunn av deres arbeid.

 

http://ordetogisrael.no/index.php?id=view-news&news_id=3206

 

 

 

 

 

 

*** Take heed ***

This post is written by a member of the Messianic community in Israel or guest contributor. The opinions and views expressed are solely those of the author and may not necessarily reflect those of Kehila News Israel.

Take heed; I have told you all things beforehand

Howard Bass 

Sep 13, 2017

 

The Scriptures are written for us living at the end of the age. That is why they are still relevant to us today – not only as a guide for wisdom unto salvation, and for righteous living, but also as a guide for knowing the will of God: Jesus Christ is going to come back to take back the world that the devil and human beings have usurped for themselves, and He will establish the Kingdom of God (YHVH) forevermore. 

All of the prophets of the LORD looked to that day; Yeshua Himself looked to that day; the Lord’s Supper looks to that day; the closest disciples of Messiah asked about that day, both before His crucifixion and after His resurrection before He ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father, where He still is.

This is also the vision statement of Yeshua’s Inheritance Congregation:  that as many people as possible under our authority and influence would be ready for and have part in the First Resurrection. (Rev. 20:4-6) Our mission statement is this: to be Yeshua’s witnesses to bring more people into His kingdom; we are God’s sons and daughters to grow to full maturity in preparation for our Bridegroom’s return. (Matt. 28:18-20)

The four apostles’ question at the beginning of Mark 13 is phrased differently in both Matthew 24 and in Luke 21. But Yeshua’s answer to them was essentially the same and with the same sequence of events (chronology). The question had to do with wanting to know when the end of the age would be which restores and establishes the Kingdom of God to Israel, and to know what signs there would be leading up to its fulfillment. Ever since Israel asked for another king, like the Gentiles have, the Kingdom of YHVH has been rejected by the House of Jacob. God intends to restore it!  HalleluYah!

Jesus begins His answer by speaking of the second Temple’s destruction, which was prophesied in Dan 9:26. Then He goes on to say, “Take heed that no one deceives (leads astray) you.” We also know from the Lord, and also prophesied in Daniel, that there will be another temple of some sort, which will lead to the revelation of the Antichrist in the middle of the last seven years (Daniel’s 70th week) culminating in the return of the same Lord Jesus Christ who was seen ascending into Heaven. (Acts 1:9-11)

Mark 13:22-37

Yeshua says that the enemies want to deceive/lead astray the elect, if possible. The devil, antichrist, and false prophet want believers to turn from the way of truth in Christ, and to have doubt if Jesus Himself will actually return and judge and defeat the forces of evil. But the Lord does not want us to fear, but to trust Him who loves us: He is telling us in advance that these things must and will happen before His return.

Jesus is speaking to His disciples (including to us) about what will be before He comes. In the days after the great tribulation of those days still in the future (vs. 14-20), there will be celestial signs (Mark 13:24-26Joel 2:30-32before the day of God’s vengeance (Isa. 61:2). The Son of Man will be seen coming in the clouds with great power and glory. The Lord will send His angels (the harvesters – Matt. 13:39,49) to gather together His elect wherever they are – dead or alive. Those who are dead in Christ will be resurrected; those who are alive in Christ at His coming will be caught up/raptured. This is the resurrection of the righteous (Dan. 12:2); this is the First Resurrection of those who will rule and reign with Yeshua (Rev. 20:4-6); this is what Paul wrote about in his two letters to the believers in Thessaloniki (1 Thes. 4:15-182 Thes. 2:1-5); this is the resurrection that Paul did all to attain. (Phil. 3:7-16)

If the resurrection/rapture were before all the serious troubles to come – and if the believers would not be here to go through them because of a pre-trib rapture – surely the Lord would have said so in His answer to His disciples and to us about the signs leading up to His coming again.

Then Yeshua gives a “time-reference” to let His followers know when we should pay attention that His return is nearing. In Luke, He wept over Jerusalem for not knowing when He came the first time, because there were enough prophecies in the Tanach (Old Testament), and real proofs right in front of them. (Luke 19:41-42) How much more, then, we should be awakening/revived to anticipate with excitement in our hearts His return to remove Satan from power and to bring righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit to the whole of creation!

Jesus says: Learn this parable from the fig tree (v. 28). The fig tree which Jesus cursed (in ch. 11) is unbelieving Israel. The fig tree here is also unbelieving Israel, but growing again! (Ezek. 36:16-28) The reestablishment of the nation and people of Israel in this covenanted land of promise is a huge sign – like Noah’s ark – that summer (קיץ kahyeets) – the end (קץ ketz) – is near. The generation that sees this – we are that generation! – will see the fulfillment of all these things; we will see the return of the Lord! Nearly 70 years have passed since the fig tree/Israel is blossoming. Whatever may happen – Heaven and Earth can pass away – but His words will not.

Yeshua then goes on to say that no one except the Father knows the exact time, not even the angels. Believers have taken this statement in both directions:  there are those who keep trying to predict the exact time – which leads people astray, since they have always been wrong; and there are those who say no one can know when the Lord is coming – which also leads even believers astray, since they do not understand the times in which they live. There are those who say the resurrection/rapture are imminent, that no signs are needed. This also misleads, since it blinds believers to the obvious signs which Christ gave us to be watchful for; and some of these particular signs are during the period of great tribulation, during the last half of Daniel’s 70th Week. Also there are those who say that these troubles of war, earthquakes, and famines have always been in history; we are just more aware of them now. If that were all that Yeshua was saying, then they are not ‘signs’ of His return. Also there are those who say that there have always been wars, earthquakes, and famines. None of these extremes give unbelievers confidence or trust in what believers say to them about prophecy and current events, with Israel a key element of that as a sign pointing to the Lord’s return.

Jesus says, “Take heed, watch, and pray”. The LORD of Armies is coming quickly (Rev. 22:20), and in such a manner and at such a moment that even the devil (who is an ‘angel’) will not know or be prepared. He does not want us sleeping, but alert and obeying Him with faith through to the end. Jesus tells us that we should be doing whatever it is that HE has given us — His servants — to do until He returns. He does not say that we will finish what we were given to do, but that we should be found doing it. And He tells all believers to “watch!”.

There are signs; there is hope; He wants our hearts and minds to be ‘calm in the midst of the storm’. (Matt. 7:24-27) He has told us everything in advance in His love for us. This is part of the gospel: Jesus is coming again to save His people and to bring the Father’s kingdom to Earth, as it is in Heaven. So we can pray: even so, Come, Lord Jesus!

This article originally appeared on Streams in the Negev, September 8, 2017, and reposted with permission.


 

http://kehilanews.com/2017/09/13/take-heed-i-have-told-you-all-things-beforehand/


 

 

Messianic Jews denied marriage in Israel

Ron Cantor 

Sep 5, 2017

Last week, a lot of folks asked me if it was true that Israel refused to allow two fully Jewish, Messianic Jewish Israelis to get married because of their faith. There was a news report out of the Jerusalem Post that mentioned the two went to our congregation, Tiferet Yeshua.

Is it true?

Yes…and no.

It is absolutely true that it happened and they were given the opportunity to deny their faith.

“They noted, however, that if the couple were to accept upon themselves the principles of Jewish faith, including the belief in one God and Maimonides’s 13 Principles of Faith, declare in front of the rabbinical court that they have totally left Christianity, end their association with Tiferet Yeshua and their missionary activities and immerse in a mikve ritual bath, their request would be reexamined.” (JPost.com)

Fortunately, they refused. And it is an outrage that two fully Jewish, Israel-born people are denied the right to get married in their own country—one that was birthed to prevent the persecution of Jews, not enhance it.

So, why did I say, “Yes…and no.”? Because we are not the only group persecuted this way. You have to understand the archaic marriage system here in Israel. The chief rabbinical council, known as the rabanut in Hebrew, control all marriages in Israel. So…

  • If you don’t have a Jewish mother…no wedding for you.

  • If you marry a foreigner…no wedding for you.

  • If you are a man and want to marry a man…no wedding for you. (Despite the fact that Israel is one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world, gay marriage will probably never become legal here because of the rabanut[I do not support gay marriage, just reporting the fact of how the rabbis, not the government control these issues.])

  • If you made Aliyah (immigrated to Israel) from Russia but can’t prove you are Jewish…no wedding for you.

The rabbis will only marry fully Jewish people—and for them, that means your mother is Jewish. And now, if you believe like tens of thousands of first-century Jews believed (Acts 21:20), that Yeshua is the Messiah, you have, according to the rababut, left Judaism and … no wedding for you.

However, having lived here for 14 years, I have been to many weddings, all done by Orthodox rabbis where the folks getting married were clearly Messianic. It wasn’t an issue. But I guess, this time, it became an issue and the Chief Rabbinical council ruled, with great difficulty according to the Jerusalem Post article, against the Messianic Jewish couple.

“The complexity of the case required the involvement of the deputy president of the court together with two senior rabbinical judges, who themselves brought in a researcher and expert in Christianity and missionary groups, as well as questioning the couple themselves.” (JPost.com)

So Just Go to the Justice of the Peace

There is no justice and no peace in this situation. There is no such thing as a civil wedding here in the Promised Land, only religious ones. But it doesn’t mean you can’t get married. I know dozens of people where one of them was Jewish and other wasn’t or their mother was not Jewish, who have taken the 60-minute flight to Cyprus to get married and when they return, that marriage is recognized by the government.

Are Israelis for this?

Seventy percent of Israelis support same-sex marriage, and even more than that think the idea that you can’t have a civil marriage in Israel is just stupid. Politicians have sought to get this reversed.

“A bill proposed by Yesh Atid party MK, Aliza Lavie, that would have instituted civil marriage, including for gays, was voted down in the Knesset plenum … by an 11-vote margin, with 39 for and 50 against.” (timesofisrael.com)

So, why do we have such an archaic system? And why don’t we change it?

Where did it come from?

Under Ottoman rule, every religious community oversaw weddings for their own people. You have a Jewish, Muslim, Druze and Eastern Orthodox (Catholic) authority. This system not only survived British rule from 1917 to 1948, but also was adopted by the state of Israel. In fact, because it was the British themselves that performed weddings for Protestants and they left in 1948, there is no legal way for two Protestants to get married in Israel today!

“One signal that this may be more lacuna than conscious marginalization lies in the stark fact that no Protestants can marry in Israel either, not even each other; under British rule, Protestants married through British mandatory institutions, and a separate Israeli Protestant Christian hierarchy was never established.” (timesofIsrael.com)

Protestant marriages are decided on case by case basis. According to the US Embassy in Israel:

“The minister who plans to perform the ceremony writes to the Ministry for Religious Affairs, setting forth the names of the persons to be married, their nationality, and their religious affiliation. He requests the Ministry’s permission to perform the marriage and to issue a marriage certificate.”

Why no change?

It is very simple…and complex. The Orthodox parties in our Knesset (Parliament) represent a small minority in the nation, but because it is so difficult to form a coalition, the would-be prime minister is forced to make great concessions to them, to get him over the 60-seat threshold. In our government, there are normally about a dozen political parties (I know this is hard for Americans to understand). No single party has ever won more than 50% and the largest party (normally with about 25%-30% of the vote) has to compromise to get other parties to join their coalition.

The Orthodox parties demand a steep price. They don’t have to serve in the army. Most don’t work, but live off my taxes (so they can study and pray all day) and charity. They demand funding for their schools and other projects.

As common as the Lunar Eclipse!

A few years ago, we had only the second government in our short history with no Orthodox parties. We quickly passed laws making army service mandatory, stopped the welfare state-system off of which they were living, and forced religious schools to teach math and science, not just religion. However, Prime Minister Netanyahu found it hard to govern without the rubber stamp of the Orthodox parties that he (and most other prime ministers before him) had basically paid off. So, he dissolved his government, called for new elections and formed a new government with the Orthodox. The new laws were reversed.

On the one hand, it does make it hard to govern if your hands are tied as the prime minister—if your every decision is challenged by your cabinet. You can’t be a Prime Minister if there are constant threats from other parties to bring the government down. On the other hand, it is absolutely criminal that a small group of people gets to make sweeping decisions that cost hundreds of millions of shekels…and denies the right of marriage in Israel to a large segment of our population.

So, yes, a dear sweet Messianic Jewish Israeli couple has been denied their God-given right to marry here in Israel. But they are not alone. In the meantime, the couple would ask you to keep them in prayer, that they would have wisdom and know God’s will as they move forward.

This article originally appeared on Messiah’s Mandate, September 4, 2017, and reposted with permission.

This article was updated on September 8, 2017.


 

http://kehilanews.com/2017/09/05/messianic-jews-denied-marriage-in-israel/


 

 

Israeli drones deliver food in Reykjavík, Iceland

Dee Catz 

Sep 2, 2017

(Photo: screenshot YouTube/Flytrex)

In September 2015 Iceland’s capital city submitted a motion to boycott all products made in Israel. Fortuitously for Reykjavík, that particular bill was not passed, and two years later, that very city is benefiting from an Israeli project that is delivering food to them via drone.

This past week, Flytrex, an Israeli technology company launched in Iceland what they are calling the world’s first commercial food delivery system, based entirely on unmanned aerial vehicles. They have signed an agreement with AHA, an on-demand goods service — the largest online marketplace in Iceland that serves the needs of the Nordic capital.

The talks of a boycott two years ago threatened to put a severe strain on Israel-Iceland relations, but following a general outcry from Israel’s foreign ministry, and a careful rewording of the legislation, a compromise was made and the bill that was passed has allowed for this kind of partnership to occur.

“We feel that the cooperation with Flytrex is going to put us at the forefront of the competition in terms of what we can offer to both our retailers and to our customers,” AHA CEO Maron Kristófersson said at the launch.

The city of Reykjavík in particular is well suited to being serviced by drones because it has many small rivers which make deliveries a challenge for time and ease. Even supermarkets and restaurants make use of AHA’s services.

Flytrex CEO Yariv Bash said that to start off there will be around 20 deliveries per day. Each Chinese-manufactured drone, a modified Matrice 600 models with six propellers, can carry boxes containing orders that weigh up to a few kilograms.

Already, the online trader has experienced a 60 percent reduction in costs due to the Israeli drone system. Land and sea deliveries cost that much more. Another benefit is that the unmanned vehicles are faster and have reduced delivery times by almost 20 minutes at the busiest times of the day.

“Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples, A leader and commander for the peoples. Behold, you will call a nation you do not know, and a nation which knows you not will run to you, Because of the LORD your God, even the Holy Oneof Israel;
For He has glorified you.”

Isaiah 55:4-5

http://kehilanews.com/2017/09/02/israeli-drones-deliver-food-in-reykjavik-iceland/


 


 

***The amazing story***

 

The amazing story of Yonatan Perry

Gil Afriat 

Aug 22, 2017

 

First time I heard from Yonatan was by an email that arrived to Tiferet Yeshua Inbox. It read something like this: “Hi, my name is Yonatan. I am new. Don’t know yet where to go from here. I will probably not be able ever to tell my family that I believe in Yeshua. How do I continue from here? I will be happy to get a phone call from you”.

The following day I called Yonatan and heard an amazing testimony from him. Yonatan was raised in a national orthodox family. When he was in his twenties, his father passed away due to medical malpractice and Yonatan, who was very close to his father, felt betrayed and turned away from God and the orthodox faith. For several years he was living his life as a secular Jew, which led him to feel empty and seek God again. While surfing the web, he found a testimony of a messianic Jew and was shocked – How can a Jew believe in Jesus?!? How can a Jew “betray” his identity and people in this way?? He completely rejected this option.

Sometime later, he found himself on military reserve duty in enemy territory during an army operation. He was for some days with several soldiers from his unit in an area along the front lines, when one day, on guard duty his shoe lace opened and when he bent down to tie it a bullet went right above his head almost touching his hair! He was shaken and felt that clearly a higher power was in work here saving his life. The following night, he saw in a dream a person clothed in white telling him “Your sins are forgiven. Go out from here”. When he woke up, he decided to convince his fellow soldiers that they had to leave this place, and immediately after they left, bombs fell down on the exact location where they were just several hours before!

After the operation ended and he was released from reserve duty, he went on to investigate on the internet the meaning of the words “Your sins are forgiven”. Immediately information about Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) came up. As he was reading through teachings of messianic prophecies in the Tanach (“Old Testament”), he was stunned by how clearly they point to Yeshua and he started to realize that it was the Lord himself who appeared in his dream and saved him and his friends! Still it was a long process until he was freed from the deep anti-messianic religious sentiments and prayed to accept Yeshua as his Lord and Savior. That is when he wrote his email to us.

After our phone conversation, I invited him to meet with me in our offices at the congregation. We spent several hours together talking and reading through the bible. It was so wonderful to see his excitement as he understood more and more of the faith. He was saying over and over again “this is the truth! People must see it!”. It is so gratifying to see people opening their hearts to God to convict them deeper and deeper with the truth of His beloved Son!

Yonatan started to go to a congregation close to his home, where he was mentored and grew in his faith. We kept in touch as he came from time to time to Tiferet Yeshua to participate in prayer meetings, bible lessons and our “alpha course”.

We discussed the issue of baptism as a declaration of faith, a commitment to follow the Lord, and a symbol of death of the old man and re-birth from the Spirit – a new creation in Yeshua. A couple of months ago he told me that he was ready to be baptized, and together with brothers and sisters from his congregation, we spent several wonderful hours at the beach – listening to Yonatan giving a beautiful testimony of His faith, baptizing him and praying for him to receive the Holy Spirit.

Yonatan shared that he felt a great warmth filling his body and he was filled with joy. He has already shared with his family his faith in Yeshua, and is becoming bolder and bolder sharing with friends and colleagues. He just told me that after sharing with a friend on the phone, the friend told him that they must meet together since he has to understand better this faith that Yonatan speaks about with so much emotion and joy. The Lord has done great work in his heart since that first email saying “I will probably not be able ever to tell my family that I believe in Yeshua”!

Please pray for Yonatan to continue growing in the Lord, stand strong through challenges and trials, and walk in the power of the Spirit to be a great witness of Yeshua. Praise God for His grace to save Yonatan. The same grace that he poured on lost people when He walked upon the earth: “And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.” Matthew 9:2.

This article originally appeared on Tiferet Yeshua, August, 16, 2017, and reposted with permission.

 

Gil Afriat

Gil, a native born Israeli, is the congregational leader of Tiferet Yeshua, a Messianic congregation in Tel Aviv.

 

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***The Canaanites were real***

 

The Canaanites were real – and they’re living in Lebanon!

One For Israel Staff 

Aug 22, 2017

 

 

Beirut, Lebanon (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

To everyone’s amazement, scientists have been able to extract DNA from the remains of ancient Canaanites buried in the Lebanese city of Sidon some 3,700 years ago – and they have made an astonishing discovery. When comparing the DNA with that of the population of Lebanon, they found a 90% match, meaning that most Lebanese are Canaanites by origin, according to a paper published on 27th July in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

“We can see the present-day Lebanese can trace most of their ancestry to the Canaanites or a genetically equivalent population,” said Chris Tyler-Smith, one of the authors of the paper. “They derive just over 90 percent of their ancestry from the Canaanites.” [1]

Several skeletons were found at the excavation site, but it was unclear if they would be able to extract genetic material from the bones or not. Eventually they successfully took DNA from five of the bones that they had found.

We usually think of the Lebanese people as Arabs, but their true roots, it would seem, are not from the Arabian peninsular but from the indigenous Canaanites who were living in the region even before the time of the Patriarchs.

Who were the Canaanites?

The Canaanites were mentioned in letters from rulers in Egypt, Anatolia, Babylon, along with other places in the region during the time of the Bronze Age, and of course, they get a good few mentions in the Bible. Biblically, the Canaanites populated the land of Israel as it is today, along with other people groups such as the Amorites, the Hittites and the Jebusites, among others. The people of the land had been engaged in the kind of idol worship that involved child sacrifice and ritual prostitution, among other horrors, and God had had enough. He ordered the Israelites to put an end to it all.

“You must utterly destroy them—the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites—just as Adonai your God has commanded you. You are to do this so they will not teach you to do all the abominations as they have done for their gods, and so you would sin against Adonai your God.” (Deuteronomy 20:17-18)

We know from the Scriptures that although the Israelites took great areas of land and won many battles, a lot of Canaanites continued to live among the Israelites.

For example, Joshua 16:10 tells us of the tribe of Ephraim,

“They did not drive out the Canaanites that were living in Gezer, so the Canaanites continued to live in the midst of Ephraim to this day, and became forced laborers.”

Similarly, Joshua 17:12 says,

“The children of Manasseh could not take possession of these towns, because the Canaanites were resolved to live in that land.he tribe of Manesseh, but when the sons of Israel became stronger, that they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but did not utterly dispossess them.”

The violent struggle continues throughout Judges, and other tribes (Naphtali, Asher, Zebulun) also ended up living among the Canaanites rather than eliminating them. Judges 3:5 tells us that the sons of Israel ended up settling among the Canaanites and other peoples of the land, contrary to the command of God.

Interestingly though, we read in 2 Samuel 24:7 that the “Stronghold of Tyre” was a city of the Canaanites – this is in Lebanon today, not far from Sidon (known as Saïda today).

God and the Canaanites

More than 400 years earlier, in Genesis 15:13-21, God does serious business with Abraham, and gives him a heads up about what is coming with Egypt, slavery, and the Exodus, as well as the return to the promised land:

“Know for certain that your seed will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and they will be enslaved and oppressed 400 years. But I am going to judge the nation that they will serve. Afterward they will go out with many possessions…Then in the fourth generation they will return here—for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete… I give this land to your seed, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River: the Kenite, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Raphaites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”

God foresaw it all, and was waiting for the iniquity of those living in the land to reach its full measure, giving 400 years of mercy before he sent Israel to take the land from them. As we know, the enterprise was not an overwhelming success and the Israelites were drawn into idol worship with all of its horrors just as God warned in Deuteronomy 20.

But the Canaanites crop up again later in the bible – much later…

Now Yeshua left from there and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that district came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, O Master, Ben-David! My daughter is severely tormented by a demon.”

But He did not answer her a word. And when His disciples came, they were urging Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.”

But He responded, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

So she came and got down on her knees before Him, saying, “Master, help me!”

And answering, He said, “It’s not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

But she said, “Yes, Master, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”

Then answering, Yeshua said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed in that very hour.

A Canaanite woman from the region of Tyre and Sidon – one of the ancient ancestors of the Lebanese people! And despite the manner in which Yeshua treats her (likely as a lesson to his disciples as he draws out her great faith and certainty in his heart and ability to heal for all to see) the Messiah has words of high praise for her at the end of their interaction. He crossed over ethnic and religious boundaries to express his compassion and care, just as she knew he would. She was counting on it. Yeshua loved this Canaanite woman, and has great love for the millions of Canaanites who are alive and well today, and living in Lebanon, whatever their background, religion or culture.

In fact, Yeshua warns that the people of Tyre and Sidon would have an easier time of it on judgment day, because they were quicker to believe and repent:

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” (Matthew 11:21)

Yeshua goes on to invite all who are weary to come to him and find rest – an offer which is still open to us all (Jews, gentiles, Canaanites!) today.

Geneticist Chris Tyler-Smith was careful to point out that we cannot draw too many conclusions based on genetic data alone. Genes are not the same as culture, which can radically evolve over the years while genes can remain unchanged. “[The] Canaanites are still a huge mystery to us”, admits Assaf Yasur-Landau, an archaeologist writing a book on the subject, “so every study of the Canaanites—whether it’s in genetics, culture, economy, religion, or politics—is something that will tell us tremendously important facts about the makeup of the Biblical world of the first millennium.”[2]

[1] New York Times, Fate of Ancient Canaanites Seen in DNA Analysis: They Survived, Nicholas St.Fleur, July 27, 2017
[2] National Geographic, Living Descendants of Biblical Canaanites Identified Via DNA, Kristin Romey, July 27, 2017

This article originally appeared on the website of One for Israel, and reposted with permission.

 

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Commentary on Parashat Shoftim (Judges)

Moran Rosenblit 

Aug 24, 2017

 

D’varim (Deuteronomy) 16:18–21:9

As I was reading our Scripture portion for this week, I was amazed at how full it is with many references pointing to the Messiah such as:

You shall not sacrifice to the Lᴏʀᴅ your God an ox or a sheep which has a blemish or any defect, for that is a detestable thing to the Lᴏʀᴅ your God.
(Deuteronomy 17:1)

The Lᴏʀᴅ your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to Him.
(Deuteronomy 18:15)

These are just a couple of examples; there are many other great prophecies in Deuteronomy that point to Yeshua. He was the perfect Lamb, without blemish or defect (sin), who was given by the Father as the final sacrifice. He is the One “like [Moses]” whom God raised up amongst the people of Israel, to whom we are to listen.

There is also a clear warning in our parasha against idol worship of any kind:

If there is found in your midst, in any of your towns, which the Lᴏʀᴅ your God is giving you, a man or a woman who does what is evil in the sight of the Lᴏʀᴅ your God, by transgressing His covenant, and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the heavenly host, which I have not commanded, and if it is told you and you have heard of it, then you shall inquire thoroughly. And behold, if it is true and the thing certain that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, then you shall bring out that man or that woman who has done this evil deed, to your gates, that is, the man or the woman, and you shall stone them to death.
(Deuteronomy 17:2–5)

The eclipse that recently took place in the USA during this past week made me think about how easy it is worship the creation versus the Creator. I was grieved to see how many people were so awed by the creation, but failed to give the Creator any credit for His awesome and wondrous power that was displayed! Because of the incredible wonder of these natural phenomena, it is easy to fall into worshiping the creation rather than the Creator Himself. Even well meaning followers of God allowed the earthly excitement to take our eyes off the Son and instead focus on His creation. But the truth is that this was a phenomenon that points to Him alone and displays His glory:

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
(Psalm 19:1)

During the past couple of years, there has been a lot of excitement about another phenomenon in the sky – the “blood” moons. Some argue that we must pay attention to these events since they are the sign of the times, to which I would respond with a challenge, “The sign of times for what?” Again, it’s so easy for us to fall into the trap of worshiping the “sign of times” rather than understanding that all of these things are meant to point us to the Creator! If they are indeed a sign of the times, then we would do well to draw closer to God, make sure that we are clean before Him, abiding in Him, and prepare others for Him as well.

Even at the risk of coming across as unreasonable, I want to express my concern about what I see happening in the Body of Messiah. Often times our walk with the Lord is as unstable as the wind, going in whichever direction it blows. Whether it’s blood moons, eclipses, or Shmetah, we are so quick to immerse ourselves in the excitement surrounding these things, even to the point of worshiping them. We must remember that the Lord has given us all these signs as an act of mercy, and to ultimately refocus our eyes on HIM.

Please understand that my intention in writing this is to encourage each one of us to search our hearts, so that we will not become idol worshipers—literally or figuratively. As we can see from Deuteronomy 17:5, idol worship is a serious offense, punishable by death. Let us not take God’s word lightly!

Search your heart this weekend, and repent before our Creator if you have allowed the creation to take your eyes off of Him, rather than draw you closer to Him.

This article originally appeared on Hope for Israel, August 24, 2017, and reposted with permission.

 

Moran Rosenblit

Moran Rosenblit

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Moran is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Israel, which is a service and resource-providing ministry that aims to bring the hope of the Messiah back to Israel. It is also a resource center for current and timely news updates concerning Israel that provides daily prayer alerts, Bible teachings, and weekly blogs in order to help believers across the world understand what God is doing in the Land, how to pray for Israel and filter everything through the Word of God.

 

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Yesterday, today and tomorrow

Eddie Santoro 

Aug 15, 2017

 

View of mountains in Switzerland, the ICEJ-sponsored pastors conference

Next month we mark twenty years in Israel! As we look back over the wonderful years that have already passed we are so very grateful for His mercy and provision. By God’s grace, in the first 9 years, we helped to establish a wonderful congregation in Tel Aviv, and in the last 11 years, we have devoted our lives to raising up Ahavat Yeshua in Jerusalem. Today, both congregations are flourishing, filled with the life of His Spirit and shining forth with the Gospel to Israelis who do not believe.

Eddie and Jackie SantoroEddie and Jackie Santoro

There are other special moments that come to mind as we look back during this season. Thirty eight years ago I met my beautiful wife. She came to a July 4 picnic put on by our congregation in Woodstock, NY. I met her on that first day, brought her to faith on the second day and asked for her hand in marriage on the third day. Jackie said “yes!” and on September 2, we were married. A day never passes that I do not thank God for all she is and has been to me.

On August 7, 2015, exactly two years ago, I was diagnosed with brain cancer. The storm was great, the affliction was mighty but we turned to God and then we shared the BAD NEWS with you and you joined the battle for my life.

Eight months later they discovered a separate case of cancer in my tonsil and lymph. They assured me that it was not connected to the brain cancer in any way. It was a hard blow but we again turned to God and again WE TURNED TO YOU! And exactly one year ago at the end of this month, they finished the treatments. Praise God, once again, I was cancer free!

By God’s grace and your ongoing prayer and support, we are not finished!

Switzerland

On Sunday, we left for a “Pastor’s Retreat” in the Swiss Alps, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy. There are more than fifty of us attending, including children. The group is comprised of Arab and Jewish pastors from Israel along with many of the European leaders of the ICEJ. The time here has been so wonderful in so many ways. We meet together every morning and evening for a time of prayer, worship and sharing and spend the bulk of every day seeing the beautiful country that surrounds us. It has been an incredible experience that has filled our hearts with joy, as we spend these days with these special people. Here are a few snapshots of beautiful Switzerland.

Life is an amazing adventure in God. Sometimes it’s difficult and sometimes it’s all a pleasure but in all situations we have learned to look to Yeshua. He has given us all that we need and we can do all things in Him who strengthens us. As we abide in him, we move from glory to glory.

We are grateful to God as we have lived yesterday, are living today and look forward to tomorrow. And we know with certainty that in every way His great provision will be there for each of you as you step from today into tomorrow.

This article originally appeared in Zion’s Glory Update, August 11, 2017, and reposted with permission.

 

Eddie Santoro

Eddie Santoro

Eddie and his wife, Jackie, are senior leaders of Ahavat Yeshua Messianic Congregation in Jerusalem and also serve in positions of senior leadership in Revive Israel.

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Witnessing the mighty works of God while saving lives

Sandy Shoshani 

Aug 16, 2017

 

 

As I write this letter, my eyes tear, my knees wobble and my heart beats faster. It is amazing to witness the mighty works of God as we save lives.

At Be’ad Chaim’s annual Board meeting recently, I reported the number of babies saved trough Operation Moses project since its humble beginning in 2006. As of today, we have saved over 2,000 lives. That’s 2,000+ beds, bathtubs and strollers, and over 72,000 bags of diapers and boxes of baby formula. Not to mention the hundreds od thousands of baby onesies and booties distributed by our clothing boutiques.

The finances to provide 2,000+ babies with basic needs for a full year has gone up and down like the ocean tide. It has been astounding to watch God provide faithfully. Sureley, He cares for the unborn and blesses our work.

The most deeply touching part of reviewing our lists are the thousands of names: Names of moms whose lives have been deeply touched and changed; and names of babies who are alive today because of the ministry of Be’ad Chaim.

The first Operation Moses babies were born in Autumn 2006. I can easily recall each of the 15 moms and babies whom we serviced that first year. We became integral parts of each other’s lives. I attended several births and visited each home, often spending hours with the families.

  • Our first OM baby, Michaella’s life was saved by an SMS who told her mom she was a gift from God. Her mom was a single, new immigrant, from South America, who later found a great job.

  • Orian’s mom was young and wild from a dysfunctional family, but who dearly loves her daughter.

  • Ben Zion’s mom was a lonley new immigrant from the US. She now has a good ob and recently invited s to her wedding.

  • Or’s mom came to Israel through trafficking. She married his dad and now has five sons.

  • Eitan’s mom was an orphan who became pregnant when traveling in Thailand. Despite her fears, she learned to support herself and her son.

  • Anat’s mom was alone, a new immigrant from Siberia, but has now discovered her Lord and is one of our precious Be’ad Chaim counselors.

This is a small sampling of some of our first babies. We are now servicing 500 moms and babies nationwide. I can’t say that i know each one personally anymore. We have a fantastic group of counselors who befriend each mom and show her love, kindness and respect. Miraculously, through our Operation Moses project, we provide the practical needs for each one of them. I believe the traditional Jewish prayer on special occations is appropriate:

ברוך אתה ה אלהינו מלח העולם, שהחינו וקימנו והגיענו לזמן הזה”

“Blessed are you, Oh Lord, Kind of the universe, who has given us life, sustained us and enabled us to arrive at this occasion.”

May the Lord richly bless you for partnering with us in this life-saving work. Through our lives together, God has done far beyond all that we could have thought or imagined. To him be the Glory for all that He has done.

 

This article originally appeared on Be’ad Chaim, and reposted with permission.

Sandy Shoshani

Sandy Shoshani

http://www.beadchaim.com/

Sandy is the National Director of Be’ad Chaim (Pro Life), a registered Israeli non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of mothers and unborn children.

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