Racism in Most of Us – 7 Aug 2019

As I wrote in my July 1 prayer/newsletter, prophecies and current events are coming together in view on the not-so-distant horizon — something like the little cloud that Elijah the Prophet saw as the Lord promised long-awaited rain.  I fear, though, that the pride of America — and of Israel — will cause them to be caught off-guard when real trouble comes.  It will be a sudden and unexpected reality check.  I wrote that, for me, it is both exciting and frightening:  in the Spirit, exciting; in the flesh, frightening.  Thank God for His love and grace through our faith and hope in who Jesus Christ/Yeshua the Messiah is, and for what He has accomplished by His death on the cross and resurrection!

That same day, July 1, an 18 yr-old Ethiopian boy was killed by an off-duty policeman in the Haifa area during a street fight.  Continue reading “Racism in Most of Us – 7 Aug 2019”

Heavy Negev Rains Into June

The rainy season in Israel, especially in the southern desert region, normally ends by Passover, or sometime in April.  Between Passover and Shavuot/Pentecost we are more accustomed to hot dry winds and dust.  This year we have seen an unusually high amount of rainfall — some deadly in their effects — well into June.  This is highly unusual.  This year so far, June has seen the second highest rainfall in Israel, only behind 1992.  But the Negev has seen some historic amounts of rain during this period, and this month.

We know that many people pray for rain in Israel, and rainfall is definitely needed . . . . during the rainy season.  The blessing of God regarding rain is the right amount at the right time — not simply rain in quantities.  It is always nice to have the occasional summer rain shower to break the heat and wash off the dust from everything.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/floods-inundate-southern-towns-as-freak-rains-batter-country/

Jerusalem Day

It has been 50 years (May 24 this year according to the Hebrew calendar) since Israel captured Jerusalem in the Six-Day War in June, 1967.  It is clear now for many years already that this did not bring the “times of the Gentiles” to fulfillment. (Lk 21:24)  Jerusalem is still being trampled under foot by the Gentile powers, and East Jerusalem — the Biblical Jerusalem, where the Old City and Temple Mount are located — is still being offered as the capital of some potential Palestinian state.  Jerusalem’s peace will only come with the return of the rightful Heir to the throne of David. Until then, there is still much unrest and trouble.  Keep Jerusalem in your hearts and prayers, for the sake of the name of the Lord, who has chosen that city as His — the city of the great King!  For now, she has the spirit of Sodom and Egypt (Rev 11:8), and awaits her full redemption.

President Trump is scheduled to arrive tomorrow for a brief and historic visit.  He wants to make peace between the three major religions.  Such attempts should be wake-up bells for real believers in Jesus that we are nearing some extremely significant ‘signs of the times’, and cause us to increase our alertness in watching and praying as we carry on our Lord’s business.  The religious and political kingdoms of this world are opposed to the Kingdom of God, which is not of this world (Ps 2; Jn 18:36) — but the Day is nearing when it will come!  Praise the Lord!!

Israel — Of God, or Not of God?

Israel celebrates her 69th Day of Independence this Monday and Tuesday.  Most of Israel’s Arab population knows it as their Day of Catastrophe (nakba).  Neither one yet fears YHVH.  The one, true, living God of Heaven and Earth is fulfilling His Word and plan for His holy name’s sake, and against all opposition to Him — including unbelief.  He cannot, and will not, be stopped!  Praise be to His name!

The Israeli Jewish people celebrate their military strength and prowess; the Arab Palestinian people refuse to accept that the land was covenanted to Jacob for an everlasting possession, yet to be realized.  The Holy Spirit is working to turn away ungodliness from Jacob so that all Israel (the full remnant from all the tribes) will be saved.  The Arabs hope is to be found in Israel’s hope:  Yeshua/Yasua/Jesus, the Lord and Messiah, Son of David. Continue reading “Israel — Of God, or Not of God?”