I have long considered Ezekiel 20: 45-49 (21:1-5 in Heb.) as relevant to us in these our days, and Beer Sheva, the City of the Fathers, still has a valuable place in God’s plans for the future of His land and people.
We want to thank so many of you who have written or called, both before the day in court today, and since we left there this afternoon. Your support and encouragement have been a real strength for us and a hopeful indication of the Lord’s blessings upon this entire affair. Also, on Sunday, the evening of praise and intercession was very freeing in the Spirit and a big part of our preparation for the battle we are in. It was a very tiring day. It is very much WORK for the lawyers. Continue reading “Lawsuit Update – 10 Jun 2009”
Dear Faithful Companions in the trials and tribulations for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints, (aren’t salutations great!)
Last night we had a wonderful time of praise and intercession for the trial here in Beer Sheva on Wednesday (and again on Sunday, June 21). Worship and intercessory leaders all came together from the different parts of the country to lead in prayer and praise to the Lord on behalf of His name in our trial against the Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Beer Sheva, Yehuda Deri’, and against the anti-Great Commission organization, Yad L’Achim. It was a very encouraging and uplifting evening here, both regarding the trial itself, and also for a breakthrough in the spirit amongst the Jewish people. It was an expression that this case is seen as a national issue and not only as one affecting Beer Sheva or Nachalat Yeshua Cong. Our two lawyers, Marvin Kramer and Kevork Nalbandian, were present, as well as four of the seven witnesses (not counting myself). Wednesday morning throughout the time of the trial, which is scheduled to begin at 9:00 local time, there will be continued praying and praise taking place.
There is much encouragement IN THE LORD!
Prayer Points:–that the truth versus lies would be evident
–for Judge Iddo Ruzin to be filled with the fear of God
–for our lawyers to be alert to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as they manage to trial
–for confusion and division within the house of the adversaries
–for clarity and Holy Spirit control within us as we testify and respond to cross-examination
—for the advance of God’s purposes towards His righteous judgments and the coming of the Lord Jesus,
bringing salvation to those whose hearts are steadfast on Him
–for more fruit of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the believers participating in this case, WHATEVER THE OUTWARD OUTCOME
Num 10:35-36 (read out last night):
“So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: ‘RISE UP, YHVH! Let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You!’
And when it rested, he said: ‘RETURN, YHVH, TO THE MANY THOUSANDS OF ISRAEL.’ ”
Thank-you all for your standing with us for the name of the Holy One of Israel to be honored in His own people and land and city.
Howard and Randi
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In addition, on Sunday, June 7, from 1830 (6:30pm), at the Old House of Kehilat Nachalat Yeshua, there will be an evening of PRAISE, WORSHIP, AND INTERCESSION before God regarding the trial. This is a very significant case, and I am truly blessed to have the Body coming together with us for the battle, which is in Yeshua’s sovereign hands.
We were greatly encouraged at the SAYF (Sitting at Yeshua’s Feet) retreat the last few days regarding our upcoming trial. A wide and varied representation of leadership within the Body of Messiah in Israel gave strong backing for our offensive action against those who aggressively oppose the work of God here in Israel. A number of the leaders are planning on being present in the court on the day of the trial (details are below in a letter sent out earlier to the Israeli Messianic leadership).
Beer Sheva holds an important place in God’s covenant purposes for Israel — from the beginning with the ‘Fathers’, and in our times with the return of the Land to the children of Jacob/Israel, and in releasing the refreshing, life-giving waters of the good news of GOD the Father to the still lost sheep of the House of Israel. Continue reading “Lawsuit Update – 15 May 2009”
I think, David, that believers — especially supporters of God’s purposes regarding Israel — should simply be reminded that, as you have so much emphasized, your case in Ariel does not stand alone, but is part of a concerted effort to discredit and to frighten the local believers in Jesus from being open about the faith, and even from living in the land. Our evangelical brothers and sisters need to stand with their Israeli brothers and sisters in any communications they may have with Jewish and Israeli officials and agencies.
I always put out this disclaimer when I send out updates of the case: Continue reading “Lawsuit Update – 3 Mar 2009”
Here is an English translation of a Hebrew article published at the beginning of Passover in Israel’s second largest newspaper, Maariv.
I want to point out that not all the statements concerning ourselves are accurate, nor is the journalist’s sentiment regarding our view of the end-times or of the Jewish people.
Some of the language in the article which offensive was also printed in English in the original Hebrew article. The rabbi’s remarks in the article are only part of the pleasantries he expressed! Thank God for His Spirit in me to help me to take it ‘in stride’, and not revile back!
God bless you, and thank-you for your input into our lives,
Howard and Randi
Currently the congregation is taking part in a lawsuit against religious protesters regarding a violent protest on December 24, 2005.
Please note:This case is not against Israel or against the Jewish people. It is not to be used in any way to foment or promote anti-Israel or anti-Jewish actions or reactions. It is already known through the Scriptures that Israel at present is opposed to the good news of God, so we are not out to make them an enemy. Nor is our legal action intended to be used by any other minority or religious groups in Israel to encourage or affirm anti-Israel/Jewish sentiment. For the sake of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, Israel and her people are beloved by God the Father for His honor and glory, and for the honor and glory of His Son.
This update adds to the previous one the news that the court has given a date in October for the hearing, with much to do until then. We have agreed to go to mediation and await to hear if the Defendants will agree.
Bless you for standing with us, Continue reading “Lawsuit Update – 1 May 2007”
I’m sorry that it has taken so long to give you an update on the pending court case between us and the Chief Rabbi of Beer Sheva and against the anti-missionary organization Yad L’Achim. This is partly due to the nature of things here in Israel and the judicial process, and partly due to the frailties of our human condition. We do very much appreciate your interest and prayers and willingness to contribute to this case, and hope to keep you informed as things progress to help you in praying in the Spirit and with the mind. Please remember to keep our lawyers, Marvin and Kevork, also in your prayers, and that the outcome would bring honor to the name of the Lord and also promote His righteous and gracious purposes in Israel and even beyond. Continue reading “Lawsuit Update – 20 Apr 2007”
News article and commentary
Translation of Article in the Sheva weekly dated 22 Feb 07
The Rabbinate Against “The Messianics/Christians”
The Chief Rabbinic Council for Israel decided in its meeting last Monday (20 February) to establish a special committee for “War Against the Mission Throughout the Country”. Continue reading “Lawsuit Update – 22 Feb 2007”