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UNESCO passes resolution claiming ancient Hebron sites as “Palestinian World Heritage Sites”

Amir Tsarfati 

Jul 8, 2017




The Tomb of the Patriarchs in the Judean town of Hebron. (Photo: Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted in a secret ballot Friday passing a resolution which claims the Old City of Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as a “Palestinian World Heritage Site”.

The anti-Israel resolution passed despite Israel’s lobbying efforts, a reported twelve states voting in favor and only three opposing and six abstaining. Croatia, Jamaica and Poland requested the vote be taken by secret ballot.

The Palestinian Authority responded, its Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki stating on the resolution that it is a “success for a diplomatic battle fought by Palestine on all fronts, in the face of the Israeli and American pressure on the member states,” referring to the Trump Administration’s call for UNESCO to cancel the vote on Hebron.

Last week, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, called on UNESCO to cancel the vote, emphasizing that the site is not under threat, stating “The Tomb of the Patriarchs, which is sacred to three faiths, is in no immediate threat. Such a designation risks undermining the seriousness such an assessment by UNESCO should have.”

Also last week, Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO called on the vote to not take place, assuring Israel’s democracy and freedom of worship for Muslims at holy sites. The ambassador stated “Israel respects Muslim sensibilities and ensures freedom of worship, order, security, routine maintenance, and the development of infrastructure supporting the holy sites.”

It is the second attack on Israel by the United Nations this week, UNESCO voting an additional resolution claiming Israel has no sovereignty over its capital, Jerusalem, on Wednesday. The proposal also condemns Israel’s archeological excavations in Jerusalem’s Old City as “illegal”.

Both proposals were submitted to UNESCO by Arab states on behalf of the Palestinians.

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman responded firmly to the resolution, stating “No resolution from this irrelevant organization can hurt our thousands of years old historical right over the Cave of the Patriarchs, or our right over Israel. This decision also proves, once more, that the Palestinian Authority is not looking for peace, but rather to incitement against and besmirching of Israel in the world.”

This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, July 7, 2017, and reposted with permission.




Amir Tsarfati

Amir Tsarfati

Amir is the founder of Behold Israel and lives in northern Israel. He has been invited to churches, prophecy seminars and conferences around the world, to teach on current events in Israel in light of Bible prophecy. Since 2004, Amir has been consultant to various law enforcement agencies and seminars on homeland


***Messianic Jewish and Arab***

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Messianic Jewish and Arab young people unite in new worship album

N. J. Schiavi 

Jul 8, 2017


A new worship album coming out of Jerusalem with songs in both Arabic and Hebrew represents a move beyond reconciliation to true unity while also reflecting a significant increase in homegrown worship leaders across Israel.

The Voice of One Calling features young people from Jewish and Arab backgrounds who are worship leaders and song writers and have a desire to bring greater unity through their music.

The album, produced by Tal-Bethany Rosenfeld, was inspired by the dynamic of combined Hebrew-Arabic worship at Succat Hallel’s annual conference for young Israelis and Palestinians.

The album is very much a call to this generation in Israel to seek the Lord and to prepare the way for the coming King,” Rosenfeld told KNI. “This is a generation now that is proclaiming together, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord!’”

The songs on the album are a mix of classics and original pieces and are sung in both Hebrew and Arabic. Worship leaders and song writers featured include a teenage Arab girl from Nazareth and a young Israeli who just completed his army service — not your usual juxtaposition in Israel.

It’s definitely moved beyond reconciliation at our conferences,” said Rick Ridings who, together with his wife Patti, founded Succat Hallel, a 24/7 worship and prayer center in Jerusalem. “There’s more continuing relationship between Jewish and Arabic young people.”

Ridings said the vision for the album dates back to a conference called Elav (To Him) that gathered young people from around the country for several days of worship and consecration to God.

As we had more and more Arabic and Hebrew worship, there began to be a desire to have a time of blended worship where we go back and forth between Hebrew and Arabic,” Ridings said. “There was such a response — it hit a chord in people’s hearts about really being together in a deeper sense. So after that came to the vision to do a CD, which would also be blended.”

Rosenfeld, who spearheaded the project, said that in addition to emphasizing the Hebrew and Arabic together, the album represents the generations uniting as they sing “classic” Jewish songs and some written by the pioneers of Messianic worship mixed with songs from this new crop of musicians.

Indeed, Succat Hallel has been instrumental in raising up a new generation of worship leaders. Children who once attended youth-led worship watches at Succat Hallel have grown up to lead worship at their congregations and other venues around the country.

The Voice of One Calling was recorded near Succat Hallel at a studio in Jerusalem’s Hinnom Valley — the very place where child sacrifices to Molech once took place.

The recording process itself was a testimony. The staff at this studio, run by the municipality of Jerusalem, asked each of the musicians how they started believing in Yeshua. The technician, a religious Jew, and all the secular and religious workers at the studio were intrigued by the project and were “blown away that all these Jews, all these Arabs and all these foreigners were working together,” Rosenfeld said. 

We were worshipping energetically during the recording as if it was a live recording,” she said. 

Rosenfeld said her desire, as she works with these young song writers and musicians, is twofold.

One is to encourage young song writers and worship leaders to come up with new fresh songs in indigenous styles, and to connect with the music of their culture,” she said. “The other part of the vision is reconciliation, for young Jews and Arabs to join together in prayer for their people and to cry out with one voice for Yeshua’s return.”

Rosenfeld runs an annual worship camp to train up-and-coming musicians from across the land, giving them practical experience in worship leading, prayer leading and song writing. They learn by doing it themselves, she said.

We just equip, train and encourage, but they lead the prayer and worship times themselves,” she said. “The camps are a place where they can develop their gift.”

The worship leaders and song writers from The Voice of One Calling are now young adults who are teaching and training the youth at the camps.

One girl said that before she got to the camp, she felt her Bible reading was dry. “Now I can’t put my Bible down,” she said.

The worship camp this year trained some 100 young musicians from Israeli and Palestinian communities with teachers in both Arabic and Hebrew. Song writers, even younger than the ones recorded on The Voice of One Calling, have emerged from this camp and their songs are being recorded now.

Rosenfeld runs the camps under of the auspices of Dor Haba (The Next Generation), an entity within Succat Hallel that, according to the website, aims to “encourage young worshippers, song writers, prayer warriors, and musicians from all over Israel, both Jewish and Arab.” The logo for Dor Haba symbolically shows one hand reaching down to another.

It’s a chain relationship where we give to the next generation, whether we are 80 or 40 or 16 we are giving to the next generation: intergenerational encouragement,” Rosenfeld explained. “God sees beauty in the generations working together.”

The music on The Voice of One Calling is considered Mizrachi pop, or modern Middle Eastern music. The album can be purchased at Messianic and Christian bookstores around Israel or online on the Dor Haba website or on iTunes and Spotify.

A second album is already in the works.





N. J. Schiavi

N.J. Schiavi is news editor of KNI.


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***End the occupation***

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End the occupation

Daniel Juster 

Jul 3, 2017


Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on many occasions has praised "martyrs" for killing Israelis. (Photo by STR, Flash90)

Fifty years ago in the Six-Day War, Israel almost “accidentally” captured East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank). To mark the anniversary, the UN Secretary General just “blasted” Israel for these 50 years of “occupation” in the West Bank.

Instead of incessant criticism from the UN toward Israel, wouldn’t it be nice to hear a more even-handed UN demand to the Palestinian Authority to stop its own role in perpetuating the occupation status quo? For the last few years, I have been trying to grasp why it is that so many young people in the West are being lost from our faith. This is also happening in Messianic Judaism, and to a degree also in Israel.

The UN could say something like this:

We call upon you, the Palestinian Authority, to end the occupation. Your resistance to any reasonable settlement with Israel is the main reason that Israel is forced to continue the occupation of the West Bank. This resistance is based first of all on your refusal to accept that Israel is the state of the Jewish people.

The resistance to a settlement began with Jordan when Israel offered to return the West Bank to Jordan in return for peace with Israel. Jordan refused.

Jordan’s refusal was the catalyst for building settlements in the West Bank, to create Israel’s depth of security under the Labor governments. There was still the hope that Arab areas of the West Bank would eventually be governed by Jordan. But Jordan saw the difficulty of incorporating the West Bank again and gave up its claim, perpetuating the occupation.

The resistance to a settlement and the necessity of continued occupation was demonstrated in the peace plan put forth by Ehud Barak and supported by President Bill Clinton. When Arafat refused it, President Clinton turned to him and said, “You have made me a failure.” Afterward Arafat initiated a new violent intifada uprising.

Indeed, you perpetuate the refugee problem and poverty. Never in other wars has a refugee situation lasted for several generations. As time passes, refugees are resettled. But you seek to perpetuate the pitiful situation.

Even now you name streets, squares and buildings after terrorists. You educate your children to hatred and rejection of the Jewish State. You do not foster the conditions for peace. By doing this you force Israel to continue the occupation. You play a double game and cooperate with Israel so you can stay in power and oppose Hamas, but at the same time you promote and encourage violence. You say one thing in English to the world and the opposite to your own people in Arabic when you think no one else is listening.

Indeed, when you negotiate, you never accept a reasonable agreement on the matters of Israel’s security needs. You also know that Israel cannot give up the burgeoning Jewish neighborhoods east of the armistice line. But you press these issues to make peace impossible. You even reject any Jewish connection to the Temple area and to the Jewish areas of East Jerusalem that were Jewish prior to the 1948 war. By taking such a position you force continued occupation.

There are many plans to end the occupation from Israel. There is a reasonable two state solution or a three state solution (seeing that Gaza is separate). There is a linkage of Palestinian autonomy to Jordan. For international citizenship and foreign relationships you would have Jordanian citizenship but would be domestically independent in your own affairs. You would have Jordanian and Israeli connections for economic development. There are plans for a one state solution where all presently in the West Bank are given Israeli citizenship, but the refugees who are not within the greater Israel borders would have to be resettled in other countries.

These plans are all reasonable, and have pros and cons. But you reject every single one. As leaders you are enriched by the occupation. You receive billions of dollars in aid and pocket a good percentage of it. You live in mansions, drive fancy cars and have foreign bank accounts. You are personally rich while your people remain, largely, poor. Why would you want to end the occupation since you are getting rich off of the occupation?

Nevertheless we call upon the Palestinian Authority to end the occupation.

This article originally appeared in Israel’s Restoration newsletter, July 2017, and reposted with permission.


Daniel Juster

Daniel Juster

Dr. Daniel Juster, founder and director of Tikkun International, has been involved in the Messianic Jewish movement since 1972 and currently resides in Jerusalem, Israel, from where he serves and supports the Messianic movement worldwide. Dan was the founding president and general secretary of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations for 9 years, the senior pastor of Beth Messiah congregation for 22 years, and a co-founder of the Messiah Bible Institute in several nations. Dr. Juster serves on the board of Towards Jerusalem Council II, provides oversight to 15 congregations in the USA as well as overseeing emissaries in Israel and the Former Soviet Union. Daniel has authored about 20 books on topics ranging from theology, Israel and the Jewish people, eschatology, discipleship, and leadership.






***A Jewis Rapture Book***

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A Jew’s Rapture Book of Why

Ten questions about Israel for the "rapture-ready" Church

Hannah Weiss 

Jun 27, 2017


As a long-time follower of Yeshua the Messiah living in Israel, I address these questions to my brothers and sisters who support the pre-Tribulation Rapture scenario.

You refer to Israel as “God’s time piece,” and you intently watch everything touching my country for predictions of the End-Times. I know many of you have a genuine love for my people. But your Rapture belief dictates assumptions about Israel’s national repentance that need to be looked at more closely.

[1]  Why do you erect a “wall of partition” in the middle of God’s salvation plan?

Sorry if that sounds aggressive, but while you rejoice that Messiah made Jew and Gentile into one “and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall(Eph. 2:14), you may not realize that you have replaced it with another wall. Take Yeshua’s warning about the Great Tribulation:

For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.” (Matt. 24:21-22)

You say that you are not “the elect(the chosen) here. For you, this whole chapter is about a separate class of “chosen” that won’t exist until the really chosen are raptured. Likewise for Rev. 13:7, which says the Beast will “make war with the saints [holy ones] and overcome them.The really holy ones are in Heaven by then; these “[not so] holy ones” refused to accept the gospel before the Tribulation “because of their own unbelief, procrastination, or pride.” Jews, who are around 0.2% of the world’s population, are prominent in your descriptions of this group.

Where does that two-tier caste system come from? Not Scripture, which identifies only one group called “God’s elect(Luke 18:7, Rom.8:33). It’s based on a Scripture commentary called dispensationalism.

That 19th-century Church doctrine is one way to view God’s dealings with mankind, by dividing history into ages. It’s not bad… except for where in history you put the prophesied return of the Jewish nation to our God and our Messiah. For reasons I don’t get, the dispensationalists decided that the Jewish nation and the Church cannot be saved in the same “dispensation”.

[2]  Why are you so sure that Israel won’t repent in the Church age?

Wasn’t the Church age birthed by the repenting remnant of Israel who embraced Yeshua as Lord? So why shouldn’t the Church age reach its climax with the rest of Israel repenting? Seems to me that’s what Paul taught.

He wrote of the “mysterythat the promise, “all Israel will be saved,is tied to “the times of the Gentilesbeing fulfilled (Rom. 11:25). The apostle to you Gentiles doesn’t say that these acts of God will be happening in different ages. On the contrary, Paul expected that Gentiles who had received the mercy which saved them “nowwould bring to Israel that same mercy “now(v. 30-31). He was thinking of end-time prophecies like Isaiah 49.

In short, the salvation plan of Israel>Church>Israel was already announced back in what you call the “Law dispensation”. The mystery was not that God planned to save the Gentiles through Messiah, but that no one knew how God’s plan would play out. Actually, the Spirit-filled Jewish apostles found themselves looking at it with astonishment (Acts 10:45). It’s a good bet the Spirit-filled Church will be equally astonished at how God’s plan for saving all of Israel plays out.

Unfortunately, everyone in your doctrinal camp already “knows” that God deals with the Church and Israel in separate ages. So you have a condition pasted over His plan: Israel will have to be saved in some other dispensation, not yours.

Identifying that other dispensation got messy. Some decided that the Church age overwrote the “Israel/Law age” permanently (Replacement Theology). Others proposed that God called a time-out on Israel’s salvation until the end of the Church age, at which time the Israel age would resume (following their Law again), or reboot (a Grace-age echo called  “second-chancesalvation).

The chaos is such that the 7-dispensation scenario leaves the Tribulation, Israel’s time for salvation, orphaned between Dispensations 6 and 7. That’s also when you believe the Holy Spirit – the One who convicts men of sin – is removed from the earth. You have thus wedged Israel’s only shot at national repentance into a spiritual no-man’s time, when you envision repentance to be more difficult and painful than ever before.

THIS is God’s “covenant mercy” to His people Israel??

[3]  Why did Israel’s return from exile throw your teachers into such confusion?

Rapture supporters got excited when we reclaimed our ancient homeland in fulfillment of prophecy. Counting from the year 1948, Rapture teachers lined up to give explicit or hinted predictions of the Church’s soon departure: 1981, 1986, 1988, 1994, 2009, 2011, 2012 and more. When the “blood moons(2014-15) failed to signal the Rapture, they were reused to forecast troubles for Israel. (Why Israel? Those eclipses were not over our land….) The many failures have not dampened enthusiasm among the rapture-ready for the latest Rapture theories based on Israel’s reappearance.

Meanwhile a different event created a bigger dilemma. In 1967 the Jews, facing open vows to destroy them, not only repelled the destroyers but regained control of Jerusalem, under admittedly unplanned circumstances. And God, not content to merely give victory, left His Fingerprints on the timing: restoring Israel’s Biblical heartland to the Jews in six days (like Creation), and liberating captive Jerusalem on the third day (like Yeshua’s Resurrection).

Rapture teachers were caught flat-footed. This was an explicit sign ending the Church age, based on Yeshua’s prophecy: “…they [the Jews] will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24) The doctrinal dilemma was twofold: The Rapture is supposed to close “the times of the Gentiles”, not a war… and Jerusalem isn’t supposed to return to the Jews until they accept Christ.

The Rapture doctrine couldn’t be wrong. “God’s time piece” must be malfunctioning.

To turn back the clock, some of you predict a third Jewish exile from the Land: Israel’s rebirth was not an act of God but “a bizarre series of eventsthat will be nullified any day now. Others expect a localized Holocaust in “the West Bank,cancelling the gains of the Six-Day War in a flood of new Jewish victims.

Disowning God’s command to the Church (Isa. 40:1-2), these teachers refuse to tell Jerusalem that “her warfare is ended,for they believe “her iniquitywill not be “pardonedwhile the Church is on the earth. The Jews must keep enduring punishment and lose Jerusalem again. The times of the Gentiles must return. Why? Because the Church still hasn’t been raptured. But a more convenient explanation is available: the Jews still haven’t accepted Yeshua.

[4]  Why do you never ask how many repentant Jews would be enough for God to end Israel’s punishment?

Based on God’s own testimony (Gen. 18:32), ten righteous residents would have been enough to save Sodom. Repentant Jews number between 15,000 and 20,000 (not counting silent and unaffiliated believers) in the Jewish state alone.

Is it possible that because of this humble fraction, Israel’s repentance is recognized by God as begun, and this is why Israel is experiencing so many of the blessings listed in our Covenant?

Some of you don’t sound happy about that idea; the Rapture program calls for less grace on Israel and more discipline. It really doesn’t matter how many are repenting now. One of your prominent teachers insists that “before Israel enters into her time of national blessing she must first pass through the fire of the tribulation.

[5]  Why does Israel’s repentance require the Tribulation?

If you could understand Hebrew, you would overhear discussions about Yeshua throughout Israel, even among the orthodox. Recognition of Him is still cautious, and it’s fraught with misunderstandings. But we in Israel have noticed a new freedom to talk about Him over the last decade. It’s both a cause and effect of a native-born Jewish community that openly embraces Yeshua as Messiah with typical Israeli confidence. In the army, in the universities, on the job, at the beach, and on treks abroad, the witness is passing like tiny sparks, Israeli to Israeli. Many listeners become interested enough to pick up a New Testament and read it. They are surprised to discover how Jewish it is: a fulfillment of the Tanach, turbo-driven by the Spirit of YHVH. The Good News is still powerful “to the Jew first(Rom. 1:16).

But for reasons unknown, the dispensational foundation of your Rapture teaching will not allow for what we are experiencing. Blocking our testimony are three interlocking restrictions: “All Israel” will have to repent before God will have mercy on our nation; that could only come about from the extreme pressure of the Tribulation; neither of those can happen until after the Rapture of the Church. For some, that means way, way after, “at the last possible moment of the Great Tribulation.”

This cynical picture of God’s compassion on Israel is not complete without “Jacob’s Trouble”.

Alas! for that day is great, there is none like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s distress….” (Jer. 30:7) Rapture teachers routinely equate this with the end-time Tribulation, as though only Israel will have trouble from it. But what of God’s promise in the same verse, that Jacob “will be saved out of it? It’s changed to: “he will be purged by suffering through to the end of it.” Some also connect Zech. 13:7-9, which foretells that 2/3 of all Jews will be slaughtered, never considering that 2000 years of Jew-hatred have probably supplied that number already (1/3 of world Jewry were slaughtered by the Nazis alone).

The contrast is heightened by claiming a parallel promise that the Church will be saved from tribulation (Rev. 3:10), which in that case means physical removal so that not one Christian will suffer. So now you have a new problem: Divine favoritism.

In order to justify God rescuing His beloved Gentiles from the Tribulation, while He makes his beloved Jews “the focusof it, Rapture teaching blames the Jews. One dear pastor, who obviously cares about us, wrote a piece called “Jacob’s Trouble and the Great Tribulation,where he lamented that Israel’s debt for rejecting Yeshua is still unpaid:

When the Jewish people rejected the Son of God as the Messiah, they set in motion the chain of events that were and are still to be affected. The process of bringing them to repentance is yet forthcoming. They are an incredibly stubborn people and God’s chastisement [in the Tribulation] is one of the tools that will break the yoke.  (emphasis added)

Those who accept his view have missed three glaring contradictions:

(1) If “the Jewish peoplehad rejected Messiah, there would have been no missionaries to the Gentiles, and there would be no Church today.

(2) If the Jews are “incredibly stubbornabout the gospel, it’s “for your sake(Rom. 11:28). God will not need to beat them with the Tribulation stick in order to “breakwhat He Himself placed on them.

(3) We see the nation’s wholesale response to “the spirit of grace and supplicationwhich God will pour out (Zech. 12:10-ff). Does this follow “chastisement(v. 1-9)? No! It follows a stunning series of miraculous victories that sound familiar.

[6]  Why would you prefer flawed human theories over God’s order of events?

Scripture reveals an order that Rapture teaching tries to ignore. Consider the description of God’s dealing with Israel in Ezekiel 36.

First (v. 1-15) comes our physical return to the Land, specifically “the mountains of Israelwhich are claimed by others (Judea-Samaria-Golan). Then God declares His wrath over our unfaithfulness in past tense (16-23). He brings us back from “all the lands(24), cleanses us and gives us “a new heart and a new spirit(25-26). That’s salvation, right? Our nation then becomes famous for Spirit-filled observance of “the statutes and ordinancesGod gave us (27). Finally there’s rebuilding, repentance, and more rebuilding (28-38).

In contrast, Rapture teachers like this one leap from Ezek. 36:24 straight to Ezek. 38: Because this prophecy has been fulfilled and Israel is a nation once more, that piece of the set-up is in place for the prophecy concerning the Gog-Magog Battle to begin.” After that, unbelieving Israel faces the Tribulation.

Ezekiel 37 expresses God’s plan more concisely and vividly as two miraculous resurrections. Again, first is the physical, then the spiritual. Whereas Rapture teachers stop reading at v. 11, time-wise we are somewhere between v. 13 and 14. Israel is the only country in the world whose pop music has been described as “God-obsessed,and this trend has intensified over the last decade.

So for all you know, Israel’s repentance could be underway right now — and you would never see it. Your theology forbids seeing it before the Rapture.

That’s probably why a veteran Rapture teacher wrote this about modern Israel: “…most of her citizens are not only indifferent to the God of their Fathers, but openly hostile to any notions that the God of the Land is anything more than an interesting mythology now outgrown and to be discarded.” He never checked the factsonly his dispensational rulebook.

As mentioned, there are at least 15,000 in Israel alone who didn’t need the Tribulation to receive Yeshua. That problem, however, is erased by teaching that we aren’t repentant Israel. We’re just the Church that happens to live in Israel.

[7]  Why is it so hard for you to acknowledge our Jewish identity?

Rapture doctrine strongly encourages the nation of Israel to fight for its Jewish character. Study of Torah and Hebrew, the obligation to observe Israel’s God-given covenant, even loyalty to traditions not commanded in Scripture — the rapture-ready Church is duty-bound to protect these as the inheritance of the Jews. We might even say that the less interested in Yeshua Israelis seem to be, the more strongly you are prepared to honor and defend their Jewish identity.

What a change occurs when Israelis (or Jews anywhere) actually accept their Messiah! Suddenly they need to shed those “old covenant” ways and consider themselves no different from the nations who make up the Church. They have entered the realm of “no Jew or Gentile(Gal. 3:28), which apparently means that all saints are now Gentile. It’s also the realm of “no male or female“… are all saints now female?

This flip-flop on the acceptability of Jewish identity leads you to a schizophrenic kind of Zionism. In supporting the nation of Israel, you must separate the unbelieving Jewish people from the “formerly Jewish” saints. Some big pro-Rapture ministries have built excellent relations with the Israeli government by avoiding the Israeli believers. Others who partner with Israeli believers are careful to identify us as Christians with an “ethnic Jewish” heritage — culturally interesting, but irrelevant for serving God. The consensus is that we in Israel who believe in Messiah should no longer participate in God’s covenant with Israel. If we do, then we are “under Law” rather than Grace.

I admit that we ourselves are flip-flopping about our obligations before God as Jews in Messiah. We’re probably confusing you as well. Let’s just say that the rapture-ready teachings about Israel aren’t helping either side.

[8]  Why should Israel’s dedication to Torah be cancelled by salvation?

True Torah is not rabbinic teaching, but the “commandments of Godthat Messiah wholeheartedly supports (Matt. 5:19, 15:3, etc.). God’s Torah contains greater commandments for all mankind and lesser commands for Israel only. While no one would abolish “do not stealfrom the Grace age, the Church discourages Israel’s laws as grace-killing bondage, or at best unnecessary ceremony. But didn’t the same gracious God give both kinds of commands?

What about the original apostles and their Jewish disciples, who taught you Grace? They released you from Israel’s obligations (Acts 15) while they themselves “were all zealous for the Law(Acts 21:20). They never taught Jews in Messiah to abandon that Law (v. 21), and they looked for personal obedience to the Law as proof that a Jewish saint was “walking orderly(v. 24).

Yet Rapture teaching, guided by dispensationalism, banishes that orderly walk from this age. As this Rapture FAQ page explains, No Christian needs to keep the Sabbath, the feasts or the dietary laws to abide in Christ.” Whether Jews need to keep these to abide in their Covenant is not even on the radar. The only saints interested in Israel’s laws are legalists trying to earn salvation.

The Torah zeal of the Jewish apostles and the Jerusalem community is neutralized by hinting that those who built the Church — and who warned you not to change their teaching (Gal. 1:8-9) — were not as spiritually enlightened as today’s Church teachers.

That’s a slippery slope. Building on dispensationalist divorce of Law and Grace, one recent teaching likewise dismisses the Spirit’s power throughout the New Testament as a temporary “baby stagebetween Law and Grace. Once the Church entered total Grace, she wisely gave up miracles. Paul’s principle (1 Cor. 4:20), For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power,” is inverted here by a wordy, contradictory justification for why so many Christians today are powerless.

The profound connection between faithfulness to God’s commandments and the Holy Spirit’s activity affects both the Church and Israel, and it deserves a separate article. But I digress.

[9]  “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?” (Matt. 15:3)

The enlightened Church encourages Jewishness in unrepentant Jews, but discourages it in repentant Jews. Homogenizing them all into the Church benefits the rapture-ready; it continually removes signs of the Jewish nation repenting before you are snatched away.

But as the Rapture continues to delay, and Israel’s repentance becomes more visible and more Jewish, how long can this strategy succeed?

Was it ever right in the first place? Doesn’t the New Testament command us as Jewish disciples “to remain in the callingof the Jews? (1 Cor. 7:18)

Are you teaching Paul’s gospel? Where then are those “of Jewish heritage” among you who rest on the seventh day “to keep it holybecause “it’s a sign of the Covenant between Me and the children of Israel forever? (Ex. 31:16-17) If you aren’t teaching this command to your Jewish congregants, haven’t you dismembered God’s definitions of “foreverand “the children of Israelto protect your dispensations?

If you cannot acknowledge Israel’s “irrevocablegifts and calling as “the root which supportsboth Israel and the Church throughout this present age (Rom. 11:18), you lose more than just a balanced perspective on Israel. You will lose your place in an act of God awaited by ALL the ages. Sure enough, it does focus on Israel.

[10]  Why should you miss God’s greatest restoration act in history?

Paul is clear that Israel was hardened by God so that the nations — you — could receive Messiah. “From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake.(Rom. 11:28)

He contends that this places on the Gentiles an obligation which also is a glorious opportunity:

For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy.(v. 30-31)

Yes, rapture-ready friend: Paul placed Israel’s national repentance in the hands of the Church, in your hands, as a favor to be returned. And in his admonition to the Gentiles, notice the word “NOW.

Rapture teaching denies you that opportunity by postponing the “nowof God until after the Church has been raptured. It denies that Israel’s repentance is beginning right now by stripping the Torah-based identity markers from all Jews who come to Messiah.

How did the apostles bring “myriadsof Jews to Messiah (Acts 21:20)? By walking in the full Torah-based gospel with the full power of the Holy Spirit. God is looking for saints who are willing to be trained by Him to bring this walk back to Israel. The cost is high. But we’re talking about “life from the dead(Rom. 11:15).

Listen to Me, O islands, and pay attention to me, you peoples from afar.” (Isa. 49:1) You who have ears to hear your Lord calling: Ask  Him to give you a role in fulfilling this astonishing end-time mystery. Once He shows you that the Time has arrived, you won’t want to be left behind!

Hannah Weiss

Hannah Weiss

Hannah Weiss lives in Israel with her husband Hillel, their three children and two grandchildren. Besides writing on issues relevant for followers of Yeshua, she also works as an English writer, editor and translator for Israeli exporters and academics. Hannah is part of a small home fellowship, Restorers of Zion, which serves the Body of Messiah by focusing on neglected or dysfunctional areas of Scriptural teaching and practice.


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The meaning behind the Israeli flag

One For Israel Staff 

Jun 27, 2017

The Israeli flag is flown proudly all around the country, and is a symbol of triumph and joy to many. If you love Israel, it is likely dear to you too. The meaning and symbolism behind the flag is important to know about for all who love Israel, as it tells the story of God and his people.

The base is a prayer shawl

The background is white, with two blue stripes. This is to represent the “tallit” – the Jewish prayer shawl. The wearing of a tallit has developed from this commandment in Numbers:

Again the LORD spoke to Moses saying, “Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners.
“And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the LORD and do them…and be holy for your God” Numbers 15:37-40

The tassels had to be attached to a garment, and that garment came to be known as the tallit, or prayer shawl. Note that God specifies that blue thread had to be used. Blue represented holiness, blue spoke of the heavens. A blue cloth was used to cover the ark of the covenant, and appears many times in the descriptions of the tabernacle. Yeshua looked up to the sky when praying towards the heavens, and we are supposed to associate blue with the divine.

Tassels are important too, and have a royal connotation. When tassels were added to a garment in ancient times it symbolised the wearer’s authority. They were not worn by commoners, but by the nobility or royalty.[1] Israel were called to be a kingdom of priests, and the tallit is symbolic of that identity and calling.

“Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.” (Ex 19:4-6)

The command to have blue threaded tassels was not in the law handed down at Sinai. It actually came about later, as a result of Israel’s sin, by way of helping the people of Israel to remember God’s laws. Numbers 15 tells us of a man caught collecting wood on Shabbat, and who was stoned to death as a result. God explains that there is one Torah for sons of Israel and for those living among them (remember there were a great mixed multitude who had joined Israel – Ex 12:38) and that there are consequences for sin done defiantly, but also unintentionally. Even in the case of forgetfulness or ignorance, sacrifices are still necessary to restore purity and right relationship with God.

The tassels were God’s way of giving the people of Israel a tangible reminder to keep his commandments, a bit like a piece of string tied round your finger or a knot in your handkerchief.

So the base of the flag just with a couple of blue stripes on a white background tells us quite a lot of the story between God and his people: The blue of the tallit represents the heavens, the white is purity brought about by the necessary sacrifices. The whole basis of the tallit came about in the context of God responding to Israel’s sin by giving symbolic, colour-coded instructions to help them remember his commandments. He had already given his law at Sinai, but the people were failing, and God was already graciously creating useful devices to remember his covenant and keep on the right path. The tassels were a visible reminder of God’s laws, but also signified the special calling of Israel to be a kingdom of priests, set apart for his purposes. It is a perfect picture of Israel’s permanent, covenantal relationship with God: they are his people, and though they may fail, God’s faithfulness to them is eternal.

The Star

Often known as the Star (or shield) of David, this hexagram is more likely from the time of his son Solomon. When inside a circle, the star is known as the Seal of Solomon, and seems to have some rather dark origins. It is possible that it was introduced from one of Solomon’s pagan wives, but certainly the base number six is common in Chaldean culture, from which we get the 360 degree circle, and 60 minute hour.

The symbol of Israel had always traditionally been the menorah – a right and fitting representation of God’s plan and purposes to bring forth the Messiah to the world from within the people of Israel. The star was used on amulets, but not used as a symbol for the Jewish people until the 14th century, but throughout 17th century it came to represent Israel more and more.[2] In 1897, it became the emblem of the Zionist movement, and ended up on the flag in 1948.

Without going too far into the sad story of how the enemy has deceived the children of Israel over and over again, suffice to say that this star is not very godly. However, it does represent part of the reality in Israel today.

Whenever God acts and creates, the enemy is not far behind twisting, distorting, and producing counterfeits. But these counterfeits do not do away with the original any more than fake bank notes invalidate real ones. They exist side by side, and can cause a great deal of confusion and mess. Though Israel was reestablished and brought about by the hand of God (and preserved through divine intervention on many occasions) the modern state of Israel is not immune from the enemy’s meddlings, and we are naive to think that everything is pure as the driven snow. It is not. There has been much Freemasonry active in the very foundations of the modern state, and there are some who call themselves Jews who are not, but this in no way takes away from the fact that the descendants of Israel have been regathered from 2000 years of exile. The Bible tells us that God called Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that he rescued the twelve tribes of Israel through Joseph in Egypt, gave them his Torah through Moses at Sinai and preserved them throughout history… and he is regathering them now in our days, just as he promised. These facts remain true. The two stories exist side by side.

Wheat and tares

Yeshua gives us this helpful illustration:

He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

Both the good and the bad are mixed in together, but make no mistake, God knows which is which! When God looks at Israel he can clearly see those who are his chosen people, the ones he promised to restore to the land of Israel and to revive spiritually in the end times, and he sees perfectly clearly all the works of the evil one. He is not fooled by forgery, and he will sort everything out in the end.

So in many ways, the flag is a perfect emblem of the state of Israel today, telling the two stories: The chosenness of the kingdom of priests, the people of Israel and their permanent, covenantal relationship with their divine God, and the symbol suggesting the enemy’s interference in among it all. I do not see the need to reject the flag because of the star – God is aware of what is going on, he knows all and is over all. The story is not over yet. Judging by God’s faithfulness to his promises so far when it comes to Israel, we can be sure it will all work out exactly as he says in his Word.

This article originally appeared on One for Israel and reposted with permission.


***Events in Jerusalem, 1917***

Events in Jerusalem, 1917, as foretold in the Bible

One For Israel Staff 

Jun 20, 2017


Jerusalem, December 1917. The atmosphere was electric as General Allenby dismounted his horse in humility, removed his hat in reverence, and entered the walls of the Old City through the Jaffa Gate, which hadn’t been in use for many years. 973 years of Muslim rule were over. Iconic footage shows Jewish people welcoming him as if he was some kind of messiah, and the Land was never the same again. As time went on, Britain’s involvement would not always be so positive, but the story of how this particular moment came about is one of breathtaking wonder.

After other Muslim conquests had come and gone, the Turkish Ottomans conquered and ruled over Jerusalem and what was then Palestine for 400 years exactly – to the day. In the Bible, 400 years seems to be a bit of a byword for slavery and oppression – 400 years of Canaanite sin stored up for wrath, 400 years of slavery in Egypt… and here we have 400 years of Ottoman rule. The building of churches and synagogues was outlawed, church bells were forbidden, non-Muslims (dhimmis) had to pay the jizya tax, but most catastrophically of all, in 1915 the call had gone out to get rid of every Christian in the Empire. The Armenian Genocide included not only Armenians but also Catholics and Greek Orthodox Christians. One and a half million were murdered, and many more suffered horrifically before making their escape. Perhaps God had decided that enough was enough.

The moment foretold and the strategy given in Isaiah 31

As the Turks were allied with Germany in the First World War, the British found themselves fighting against the fading Ottoman Empire in the Middle East. General Allenby was charged with liberating Jerusalem and had expressed concern to his superiors about the magnitude and sensitivity of the task before him. He had been ordered to take the city without firing on the people or the city.[1] How on earth was it to be done? “Pray”, the answer came from above, which perhaps did not seem to be very helpful at the time. But Allenby did pray.

He came across the work of Bible scholar, Dr H. Aldersmith, who had been studying the prophecies regarding Israel. Aldersmith explained in his book from 1898, “Fullness of the Nations,” that he believed Jerusalem would be delivered by Great Britain in 1917.[2] He had become convinced from Isaiah 31:4-5 that the UK would have a part to play in the restoration of Jerusalem, and that it would be accomplished by some kind of flying machine.[3] Aldersmith had arrived at this idea even before the Wright brothers took their first flight in 1903 – air planes had not even been invented, but of course that is precisely what ended up happening. Fourteen years later in 1917 airplanes were used but not commonly, and most people had never seen one. This man’s conviction about Isaiah 31 was Allenby’s inspiration. He would fly planes over Jerusalem, and drop notes written in Arabic saying, “Surrender the city! Allenby”.

There was an Arab saying that, “The Turks will not leave Jerusalem until the river Nile flows in Palestine and the prophet expels them from the city”.

Remarkably enough, events conspired to bring these two highly unlikely things to pass. British troops were stationed in Egypt in the years leading up to these events, and Lieutenant General Sir Archibald Murray gained authorisation to build a pipeline to pump fresh Nile water and a railway to supply their troops. By 1917, the water had arrived, along with the troops, in Palestine. The River Nile was, bizarrely, flowing in Palestine.

Secondly Allenby’s airdropped note when written in Arabic looks like: “Surrender the city! Al Nabi”, which means “The Prophet”[4]. Many of the Turks left at that time, after the mysterious flying objects sent messages from “Al Nabi”. From the evening of December 8, 1917 and all through the night, Turkish troops were leaving Jerusalem. By early the following morning all had gone, and the Mayor of Jerusalem and with small party, under a white flag, came to surrender the keys of the city to the British commander. The formal surrender was accepted by General O’Shea, on behalf of the Commander-in-Chief, who himself took the official ceremonial surrender two days later. Jerusalem was delivered and not a shot was fired.

General Allenby officially accepted the surrender at David’s Tower by the Jaffa Gate, and a proclamation was read in seven languages, telling the people they could go quietly and undisturbed about their ordinary business, and all their holy places would be respected.

Pay careful attention to this date…

So the evening of December 8th through to the day of December 9th was a critical and historical time. In the Jewish calendar, from sunset December 8th through to sunset December 9th that year fell on the 24th of the Jewish month of Kislev. What is so special about the 24th Kislev?

To find the answer, we need to go back many hundreds of years to the prophet Haggai. Kislev is the ninth month of the Jewish calendar, and if we read the second chapter of Haggai, a prophet who was ministering during the building of the second temple, we notice that he highlights that very date three times.

Haggai is receiving the word from the Lord on that date, 24th Kislev, and tells us to “consider” that date, or to pay careful attention to it in verse 10, 18 and again in verse 20.

The context of the chapter is mainly surrounding the issue of the temple, of holiness and defilement, and of blessing for his people. God reminds us of his power over all the nations, and his total sovereignty. He can shake the nations whenever he chooses. He promises blessing for the people of Israel and draws our attention quite pointedly to that particular date – the 24th Kislev. “But from this day on”, writes Haggai, “I will bless you”.

Some believe that the Feast of Dedication, Hanukkah, has its roots in this chapter, since surrounds the issue of rededicating the temple. Perhaps this date was significant to the Jewish people even before the Maccabees overthrew the Greeks and turfed out their idols from the temple in 167 BCE? Either way, the idea of removing that which is against the God of Israel from his holy place resonates throughout the ages at this very time in the Jewish calendar. Is it a coincidence that Allenby walked through that gate on 24th Kislev, at Hanukkah – the Feast of Dedication, signalling the end of Muslim rule over Jerusalem?

Moreover, even further back than Haggai, Daniel 12:12 also prophesied that there would be blessing for Jerusalem after “1335 days”. As one of the British officers was amazed to realise, the Islamic year in 1917 was 1335, since the Muslim calendar started in 622 [see note 2]. Keen observers of prophecy such as Dr H. Aldersmith had already put the pieces together, and were expecting redemption and blessing for Jerusalem in 1917. By December 8th the Islamic year had just changed to 1336. The 1335 years were up. “Blessed is he”, writes Daniel, “who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days”.

After 1335 years of Islam, the city of Jerusalem was delivered by the British using airplanes that “hovered like birds” on 24th Kislev, 1917. And remarkably, in the standard English Book of Prayer for that day, December 8, the reading just happened to be Isaiah 31.

[1] W. T. Massey, How Jerusalem Was Won? records  General Allenby’s instructions to General Sir Philip Chetwode on November 26, 1917 : ‘I place no restrictions upon you in respect of any operation which you may consider necessary against Lifta, or the enemy’s lines to the south of it, except that on no account is any risk to be run of bringing the City of Jerusalem or its immediate environs within the area of operations.’
[2] Based on Daniel 12:7,11 – Commencing with the rise of Islam (622 CE) and using the lunar year measure, the complete result was as follows: v.7: time, times and a half (i.e. 1260 days) = 1844 CE, v.11: 1290 days = 1873 CE, v.12: 1335 days = 1917 CE
[3] Lord Wavell’s book, ‘The Palestine Campaigns’ (London: Constable, 1928)
[4] Other accounts record “Allah Nabi” which means the prophet of God – I.B.Tauris, Palestine and Egypt Under the Ottomans: Paintings, Books, Photographs, Maps and Manuscripts Hisham Khatib 23 May 2003

This article originally appeared on One for Israel, May 21, 2017, and reposted with permission.



The “Lord’s Prayer” and the mystery of revival

Eric Tokajer 

Jun 17, 2017

In Matthew chapter six, we find one of the best-known sections of Scripture in the Brit Chadasha (New Testament). While millions are familiar with the words from this text and many repeat the words daily or weekly as a part of liturgical worship, this familiarity has also opened the door to misunderstanding. Let’s look at these verses.

Therefore, pray in this way: ‘Our Father in heaven, sanctified be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. – Matt. 6:9-13

A simple look to the introduction lets us know that while these powerful words were spoken about prayer, the context tells us that Yeshua (Jesus) was not giving the Disciples a formulated prayer, but He was providing instructions for prayer. He was not giving them a prayer to recite. He was teaching them a format or formula for their individual prayer lives.

In the verses, preceding Yeshua telling his followers not to pray like the heathen and then tells them how to pray, not what to pray. In other words, Matthew 6:9-13 isn’t a liturgical prayer to recite over and again; it is an outline to be followed in order to have a powerful and effective prayer life. As we read through the words of instruction, we find instructions to honor and praise our G-D and Creator; Our Father.

We are further taught to acknowledge His Kingship and Kingdom both Heavenly and Earthly. The lesson continues by teaching us to be thankful for His provision. We are then told to forgive, and the teaching ends by reminding us that only G-D can keep us from temptation and deliver us from evil. There is amazing power in prayers who follow these instructions provided to us so clearly and simply by our Messiah. Even so, the key to revival begins with the word “Our.” Notice that this word as well as the words, “us” and “we” used throughout these verses of instructions on prayer are all plural words. In other words, Yeshua’s instructions for His followers on prayer teach us that our prayers must be prayed within the context of unity and community.

The power of the “L-RD’s Prayer” is not in its repetition, nor is it in a person praying individually for their own needs alone. The power of these words of instruction and direction is in the unity intended to be fostered through prayer for community. The words are “My Father” or “Forgive Me” but “Our Father” and “Forgive Us.” Revival will come when our prayers become patterned after His instructions and when we become unity minded.


Israelsprofetiene oppfylles foran øynene våre
Generalsekretær Ole Andersen i Ordet og Israel i Danmark 2017.06.19

En høstdag i 1949 summet det av liv på flyplassen ved Lydda i Israel. Et fly fra Aden på den arabiske halvøy hadde nettopp landet. Drøyt hundre jøder fra Jemen gikk ned flytrappen og stod for første gang på Det hellige lands jord

Generalsekretær Ole Andersen i Ordet og Israel i Danmark

Nettopp denne dagen var Israels arbeidsminister på besøk på flyplassen. Golda Meir het hun. Senere skulle hun bli Israels statsminister.
En gammel, skjegget mann som nettopp hadde steget ut av flyet, fanget Golda Meirs oppmerksomhet. Hun spurte ham om han ikke hadde vært redd for å skulle fly.

«Nei», svarte mannen, og så siterte han løftet fra profeten Jesaja om dem som «får vinger som ørner» på samme måte som da Gud førte Israels folk ut av slaveriet i Egypt.

Den gamle jemenittiske jøden var ikke i tvil om sammenhengen mellom hans hjemkomst til Israels land og bibelen. I profeti etter profeti forutsier Bibelen at det jødiske folk til sist i historien skal komme tilbake til Israels land. Allerede Moses sa det«Herren din Gud vil igjen samle deg fra alle de folk han har spredt deg ut blant. Om du så er drevet bort til himmelens grense, skal Herren din Gud samle deg derfra, og derfra skal han hente deg.» (5 Mos 30,3-4).

I over 3000 år har denne profetien sett håpløs ut. Israels folk har bare blitt mer og mer spredt utover jorden. Inntil slutten av 1800-tallet. Da begynte jøder i større antall å vende tilbake til Israels land.

Siden har det gått fort. I de første få årene etter staten Israels opprettelse i 1948 immigrerte 700.000 jøder til landet. En ny stor bølge av immigranter kom i årene etter Sovjetunionens sammenbrudd på begynnelsen av 1990-årene.

Fra hele verden er jøder strømmet til Israels land. I dag bor nesten halvparten av verdens 14 millioner jøder i Israel. Det er nytt i verdenshistorien. Siden Jesu tid har aldri en så stor del av de jødiske folk bodd i Israel som i dag.

Bibelen forutsa det. I dag er det ved å bli virkelighet. Profetiene er ennå ikke fullt oppfylt, men det er på vei.

Jødenes hjemkomst til Israel i vår tid roper til mennesker at Bibelens Gud er en virkelighet! Det han har forutsagt, skjer! Tro på ham!
Bibelen forteller at Gud har lagt en frelsesplan for hele verden. Planens høydepunkt er at alt ondt skal stoppes og Paradis gjenopprettes på en totalt fornyet jord når Jesus har kommet igjen.

Guds handlinger med Israel i vår tid viser at den fantastiske plan er nær ved å nå sitt mål.

‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem’

Tzippe Barrow 

Jun 4, 2017


Night time view of the Old City in Jerusalem (Photo: Sebi Berens/Flash90)

JERUSALEM, Israel – On Thursday, President Trump announced his long-awaited, and somewhat expected, decision to postpone relocating the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Signing the waiver gives him a breather – for at least six months – to think about – and hopefully pray about – whether that was the right decision.

Former President Barack Obama signed 16 waivers during his two terms in office. Before Obama, there was George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The embassy act was passed during Clinton’s first term in 1995.

For more than two decades, three presidents have postponed enacting the legislation requiring the move – the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act. Two decades!

President Trump’s campaign promise to move the embassy is well known. His personal conviction seems to be that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and therefore foreign embassies should be there too.

That really seems to be his intention. He thinks out of the box and that move is out of the box from a lot of people’s point of view. He’s made no secret of his support for the Jewish state by including Israel on his first official trip abroad as president.

Yes, it was a whirlwind tour – 30 hours – that included carefully chosen venues where videographers and photographers could record for all the world to see and think about his visit.

Here in Israel, many people prayed that God would touch the president personally and deeply.

Maybe his mind was made up when he came here. He wasn’t saying – and even that was kind of a hint.

In the end, he decided to sign the waiver and it’s been posted as breaking news.

Before being elected president, Donald J. Trump had a pretty full life. His accomplishments are impressive, to say the least. He did a lot for others too, giving generously to worthy causes, without a huge amount of fanfare. He didn’t need to talk about it.

But with all his life experiences, he’s never taken on anything bigger than Jerusalem – the city the world describes as sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims. And so it is from a human point of view.

But not from God’s point of view.

Daniel understood that God puts kings in place and removes them.

“And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” (Daniel 2:21)

And a very wise king wrote in the Book of Proverbs, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter. As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.” (Proverbs 25:2-3)

God has not abdicated His throne. Neither does anything get by Him. Nothing, absolutely nothing, takes Him by surprise. He is never caught off guard.

His plan for Israel, for Jerusalem and the world at large is recorded for anyone who’s interested. The Bible not only preserves the history of the Jewish people, it also reveals God’s heart.

It’s all there, meticulously written and preserved. Jerusalem is beloved in the sight of the Lord. Psalm 122 is one of many places that admonishes people to pray.

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’ Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!

Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together, where the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord to the testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.

For thrones are set there for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you.

Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces. For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, ‘Peace be within you.’

Because of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.”

Perhaps more than ever, it’s time to intercede for God’s purposes, pray for President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and pray with all our heart for the peace of Jerusalem.

This article originally appeared on CBN News, June 2, 2017, and reposted with permission.



Israelsk sykehus reddet palestiner – fikk titusenvis av kroner i donasjon

En palestinsk mann donerte titusenvis av kroner til barnekreftavdelingen på Rambam-sykehus. (Foto: Wikipedia)

En palestinsk mann donerte titusenvis av kroner til barnekreftavdelingen på Rambam-sykehus. (Foto: Wikipedia)

Den palestinske mannen ble motivert av samholdet mellom jøder og arabere på sykehuset.

En palestinsk mann har donert titusenvis av kroner til Rambam Medical Center i Haifa, etter at han mottok livreddende behandling på sykehuset. Ifølge sykehuset skal mannen ha bidratt med pengene for å hjelpe syke barn, og på den måten bidra til å bygge fred gjennom helsevesenet. Det skriver sykehuset i en pressemelding.

– Både det israelske og palestinske samfunnet lider under all volden, og jeg kunne ønske vi heller kunne strebe etter fred og god helse, sier han i pressemeldingen.

Mannen jobber som offentlig tjenestemann i de palestinske selvstyremyndighetene, men ønsker å være anonym. Han ble innlagt på sykehuset for kreftbehandling tidligere i år. På sykehuset fikk han med egne øyner se sameksistens mellom jøder og arabere i praksis. Det motiverte ham til å gi en økonomisk donasjon til sykehuset.

– Da jeg ankom Rambam så jeg et medisinsk apparat som behandlet sine pasienter med et stort engasjement, men jeg så også små barn som led. Palestinske barn, israelske, syriske og barn fra andre land som blir behandlet på Rambam for alvorlige sykdommer trenger all den hjelpen de kan få, sier mannen.

Donasjonen vil bli brukt til et lekerom for barn på sykehusets kreftavdelingen.

– Jeg bestemte meg for å gi denne donasjonen for å hjelpe mennesker uavhengig av alle politiske skillelinjer og uenigheter, forteller den anonyme giveren.

Rambam er det største medisinske senteret nord i Israel og et av landets mest anerkjente sykehus. Sammen med en del andre israelske sykehus blir det betraktet som en modell for sameksistens mellom jøder og arabere. Korridorene på sykehuset er fylt opp av kvinner som bærer tradisjonelle muslimske kjoler og hodeplagg, sammen med ultra-ortodokse jøder og pasienter med jødiske hodeplagg.

Siden 2015 har halvparten av sengene på sykehusets kreftavdeling for barn vært fylt opp av barn og unge fra Gazastripen og Vestbredden.