A recent tour by Japanese Christians generated an article in the Jerusalem Post about the Beer Sheva Abraham’s Well International Visitor Center, just a 5-minute walk from Nachalat Yeshua (Yeshua’s Inheritance) Congregation, which is located on The Fathers Street (HaAvot St) in the Old City.
The well located at Tel Beer Sheva is deeper, and perhaps older than the well at the center.
Very surprising news about the desert city of Beer Sheva: a new lake, 2nd largest in Israel (after the Kinneret/Sea of Galilee) and the largest artificial lake in Israel, was inaugurated a few days ago during the holiday period of Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles. The ancient wells which our fathers Abraham and Isaac dug and re-dug to give water to drink in Beer Sheva — even down to WW1 — have been transformed into recreational lakes and pools. Israel is a world leader in reclaiming waste water for agriculture and commercial uses. The lake is a major part of the development of the Beer Sheva River Park.
Call it what you will – Be’er Sheva, Beersheva, Beersheba, Birüsseb, or Bir Seb’a – it is the “Capital of the Negev.”
Beersheva is the largest city in the Negev desert, the center of the fourth most populous metropolitan area in Israel and the eighth most populous Israeli city, boasting a world-class university, hospital and cyber research center of international repute.
You can read the full and interesting article here about the early years of the city during the formation of the modern State of Israel:
(Spoken at a ‘Tribe of Judah’ joint service in Beer Sheva on Jan 12, 2019)
Beer Sheva and the rest of the Negev have a key role in God’s plan of redemption and salvation of His people Israel, and of all the Gentiles who are called by His name. We are also part of His plan and history, most of us being immigrants from somewhere who have returned home on Earth in these last days, according to YHVH’s promise.
“Listen to Me, you who pursue righteousness, seekers of the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him.”
‘For the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her desert like Eden and her wilderness like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the sound of melody.’ (Isaiah 51:1-3)
Beer Sheva has a history of nearly 4000 years: the City of the Patriarchs of the Israeli people; the city named by Abraham, the father to the Jews, to the Christian believers, to the Arabs. Beer Sheva’s future is full of hope because she has deep roots in the past Messianic promises of the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob – the God of Israel. Believers in Jesus from all nations confess their own faith in the God of Israel’s fathers, who all lived in Beer Sheva. Continue reading “Beer Sheva: A Key to Breakthrough to Jerusalem”
There might not have been seas in the Negev in modern times, but rock drawings have been found in Beer Sheva depicting knowledge of ships:
While we were out of the country, a rocket from Gaza destroyed structurally a home in Beer Sheva, in our neighborhood. The Iron Dome missile defense system was not in place locally to be activated. Thankfully, the single mother heeded the siren warning in the middle of the night, and took her three young children into the bomb shelter just in time to find safety. The home is located just next to the tracks of the North Beer Sheva train station, and just across the street from Ben-Gurion University, which is across the street of Soroka Medical Center.
Here is a link from JNS, on how the incident was reported:
The Jewish Week and Times of Israel newspapers have published an article on the importance of the Negev and of Beer Sheva to Israel’s future:
Thank-you for your prayers connected with the events here in Beer Sheva for the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC Beer Sheva Charge and victory. The city has never had a day like this before! The PM of Australia and of Israel were present; the Governor-General of New Zealand was there (the NZ gov’t has just had a change of PM). Security was at an all-time employment; the municipality put out a tremendous effort to put on a spectacular day that has received very high remarks from the Aussies (especially) and Kiwis that we have spoken with. I was very impressed with the remarks made by the Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull. Also the new ANZAC Museum was dedicated, and, thankfully, the ones I know who have been praying and acting for years for it are very pleased! Continue reading “Beer Sheva Will Never Be The Same!”
The War of Independence for the nascent State of Israel began immediately after the declaration of statehood by the first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion on May 14, 1948. The Negev was an essential part of the territory that Israel would need to protect itself from Egypt from the south, and to enable development of the new country.
Beginning on Oct 15, 1948, Operation Yoav began with the mission of capturing Beer Sheva from the Egyptians, and open up the way to the entire southern desert. On Oct 21, in Operation Moses, the Israeli forces captured the city, making possible Israel’s ultimate victory against the Arab armies which attacked her at the very beginning of her restoration. The conflict remains unresolved till today, but the God of Israel will fulfill His intentions to restore His Kingdom to His people chosen to be His holy inheritance. (Is 19:23-25)