Beer Sheva: A Key to Breakthrough to Jerusalem

(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”

Heads of State Prepare for 100th Anniversary of the Beer Sheva Charge

Beer Sheva is gearing up for historic visits by Prime Ministers of two distant countries whose brave soldiers fought on our local soil in a spectacular battle against the Turks and the Ottoman Empire 100  years ago on October 31, 1917.

The two PM’s are Malcolm Turnbull of Australia, and Bill English of New Zealand, whose ANZAC troops fought together on that day of destiny to open the way for the British-led Allied forces to capture the Holy Land from the Islamic Caliphate of the day, and to pave the way for the proclamation of the Balfour Declaration on Nov 2, 1917.  This document gave impetus for the return of the Jewish people back to the Land of Israel.

A new ANZAC museum is currently undergoing construction at the location of the WW1 British War Cemetery in Beer Sheva, and will also be officially dedicated as part of this year’s special commemoration.  The Israel PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, is also scheduled to attend.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/australia-new-zealand-pms-to-visit-israel-for-beersheba-battle-anniversary/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=098fe8f65c

The Australian Light Horse: http://www.lighthorse.org.au/famous-battles/world-war-one/famous-battles-the-battle-at-beersheba

New Zealand Mounted Rifles: http://www.nzmr.org/beersheba.htm

Photos http://www.israeldailypicture.com/2011/10/battle-of-beer-sheva-october-31-1917.html

Clogged Wells: Religiosity vs Living Faith — 27 Apr 2013

We have spoken about clogged wells earlier, and about how not giving tithes and offerings can be a cause of stoppage of the living water in our life and in the congregation.  Giving from our money according to the appreciation of God’s grace and for His purposes is one defense against stinginess and greed. 

Today I want us to look at and consider together about another cause of clogged wells, and of what each of us can do to be both blessed and also a blessing to others.  This requires repentance, which brings life unto God, and also requires each of us to take heed as we seek the life that is Messiah in us to grow and enlarge. Continue reading “Clogged Wells: Religiosity vs Living Faith — 27 Apr 2013”

BIBLE VERSES FOR BEER SHEVA

Viewing Beer Sheva from God’s perspective 

Gen. 21:31-33  — named Beer Sheva by Abraham, who planted a tamarisk tree and called there on the name of YHVH, the everlasting God

Gen. 21:12-20  —  Hagar and Ishmael encouraged and comforted and blessed in the wilderness of B-S, after being cast out of Abraham’s and Sarah’s house

Gen. 22:19  —  after offering up Isaac, Abraham and his seed were blessed by God, and Abraham with his son returned to and lived in B-S

Gen. 26:23-33  —  YHVH confirmed His covenant to Isaac in B-S,  who built an altar and dug a well.  Isaac’s servants found a well with water (“revival”) after the Philistines had filled in (“contention and quenching”) all the wells which Abraham had dug, and  the place was confirmed as Beer Sheva.

Gen. 28:10  —  Jacob also had lived in B-S

Gen. 46:1,5  —  on the way to Egypt with his sons and their families, Jacob (Israel) sacrificed to God in B.S. and received revelation, guidance, comfort, and hope Continue reading “BIBLE VERSES FOR BEER SHEVA”

SOME INFLUENCES UPON BEER SHEVA IN PERSPECTIVE

The Faithfulness of God to Beer Sheva, the City of the Fathers

  • Good and hopeful beginnings
  • Troublesome present
  • Glorious future

ISRAEL:  The People and The Land

Gen. 50:24  — Israel promised the Land of Canaan by the Word of – and on oath from-  YHVH God

Rom. 9:4-5  —  To Israel belong the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the Law, and the service of God, and the promises; whose are the fathers, and of whom concerning the flesh Messiah (Christ) came.

Is. 42:6; 49:6  —  Israel to be a light to the nations through the Light Continue reading “SOME INFLUENCES UPON BEER SHEVA IN PERSPECTIVE”

STREAMS IN THE NEGEV AND THE RETURN OF THE JEWS TO ISRAEL

“Return our exiles, O Lord, like watercourses in the Negev. Those who sow in tears shall reap with songs of joy. He who goes along weeping, carrying the seedbag, shall come back with songs of joy, carrying his sheaves” (Psalm 126:4-6).

In this beautiful and beloved psalm, the return of the exiles to Israel is compared to the “watercourses in the Negev.  “Why the Negev and not simply “the desert”?  The Negev streams come from collecting basins incomparably larger than those of the Judean Desert.  When rain falls on the Negev mountains, water begins to flow into hundreds of tiny rivulets that drain into dozens of larger watercourses.  These carry the water, in ever-growing strength, to larger streams that can reach several hundred meters in width.

This picture––myriad tiny rivulets coming together from distant areas to form powerful streams–is surely what inspired the psalmist to pray for the ingathering of the exiles from the four corners of the earth “like watercourses in the Negev.” (See Nogah Hareuveni, Desert and Shepherd in Our Biblical Heritage, p.89-90.)

Those who “sow in tears and reap with songs of joy” is a parallel image.  The sowers put each tiny, precious seed into the ground, not knowing whether or not there would be a harvest.  And if the blessing of the harvest does come, each seed will have multiplied itself many dozens of times–like the tiny rivulets in the Negev that, together, form rushing streams.

(from website of Neot Kedumim http://www.n-k.org.il/public/english/what/newsletter/2005/donor.htm)

SALVATION OF ISRAEL AND GREAT HARVEST OF GENTILES

(Korean Israel Conference, “The Kingdom of God”, October 6, 2010, in Seoul)

There is hope for the nations:  Jesus Christ is coming again!  This has been my hope ever since being saved, and over the years it has not only not diminished, it has intensified.  Praise God!

Acts 1:6-8   Therefore, when they had come together, [the apostles] asked [Jesus], saying, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the Kingdom to Israel?’  And He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.  But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the Earth.’  [The Triune God is fully involved in the Great Commission.]

Rom 11:25-29   For I do not desire, [Gentile] brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:  ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.’    [This full restoration of the full remnant from all the tribes that will be the ‘all Israel’ during the Millennial Kingdom of Messiah will be the reality of the Israel of God, a holy people for Himself as first-born among the nations chosen to glorify Him and to be a blessing to others. (Zech 12:10; Gal 6:16)] Continue reading “SALVATION OF ISRAEL AND GREAT HARVEST OF GENTILES”

LETTER TO MAYORS ITZHAK RAGER AND RUVIK DANILOVITCH

26 August 1991;
4 October 2009

Shalom,

I have only recently taken the opportunity from personal interest only to peruse the Renewal and Development Plan for Beer Sheva and the Negev, which was presented in three parts in 1989.  Even though I may be late, I did notice that public involvement would be restricted to dialogue, and I do not know whether the plan has been accepted as proposed, or whether recent developments related to aliyah necessitated any substantial changes.  Therefore, I am taking the liberty to write to you now.  We do notice and appreciate the beautification works being done and the much needed additional sidewalks. Continue reading “LETTER TO MAYORS ITZHAK RAGER AND RUVIK DANILOVITCH”

FREEDOM OF RELIGION IN ISRAEL – 18 Nov 2006

Almost eight years ago, our congregation was attacked by up to 1000 religious Jews, in which they succeeded to prevent us from worshipping God together on that Shabbat.  Nearly one year ago, on the day before Christmas and Hanukkah, we were attacked again by up to 500 religious Jews, who prevented us from conducting two baptisms but could not stop us from eventually worshipping the Lord together, even it was three hours later.  When I say “religious” Jews, let us remember our teaching on “k’ilu” (as IF) and on the fear of YHVH God.  It’s written in James that if anyone thinks himself to be religious but does not bridle his own tongue, he deceives his own heart and his religion is useless. Continue reading “FREEDOM OF RELIGION IN ISRAEL – 18 Nov 2006”

BEER SHEVA ON THE HIGHWAY – Nov 2005

Covenant History:  Past, Present, Future

–the first covenant between the chosen of God with those outside His covenant was between Abraham  and the Philistine king, Avimelech (Gen 21:27).  BEER SHEVA was named by Abraham on the basis of that agreement, which has held up remarkably well through the centuries in which Jews have lived there.    Isaac also made (confirmed) the same covenant with Avimelech, and the name of the city as Beer Sheva.

Hagar and Ishmael were blessed, encouraged, given a future and a hope by YHVH God in Beer Sheva   (Gen 21:15-21).  Like Hagar his mother, Ishmael’s wife was Egyptian.

–Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer Sheva and called on the name of YHVH, the Everlasting God   (Gen 21:33). Continue reading “BEER SHEVA ON THE HIGHWAY – Nov 2005”