The Negev is Now

Construction work and roadworks are going on all around us here in Beer Sheva, and southward towards Yerucham.  The major investment and development is due to Beer Sheva being chosen as the ‘cyber hub’ of Israel, or as Ben-Gurion University of the Negev President, Rivka Carmi, quips, “silicon wadi“.  (A wadi is a dry river bed, waiting for the waters to stream into it.)   Beer Sheva and the Negev are also developing in preparation for major re-location of military bases and operations to the area.  Real estate and housing prices have skyrocketed, yet still much more affordable than in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.   Investment in the blooming desert, anyone?

You  can read more on this story in a Jerusalem Post article here:  http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-Ed-Contributors/The-Negev-is-now-352560

The Writing on the Wall – 23 May 2014

Yesterday morning, offensive writing offending religious sensitivities was found spray painted on the wall surrounding the property used by the Messianic congregation, Nachalat Yeshua (Yeshua’s Inheritance), in Beer Sheva.   This is known as a “price tag”, property attacks of incitement against those whom extremists oppose, usually against Palestinian Arabs and against Christians.

Six months ago, during a Jews For Jesus evangelism campaign in Beer Sheva, Jewish teenage yeshiva students, with their rabbi, were filmed defacing the same property, but the police refused to take any action against them.

Here is an article in the English edition of HAARETZ online newspaper about the current obscenity, which may have been to express their attitudes towards the visit of the Roman Catholic Pope to Israel this coming week:

http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/1.592439?v=8C4355BD3CDBBC7715EFABCE19D9E289

One day they will know better who Yeshua/Jesus really is.  May God forgive them now, for they still do not know what they are doing.

Beer Sheva and Negev Development Accelerating – 13 Apr 2014

The Israeli government is promoting and enhancing development opportunities in Beer Sheva and the Negev.  The primary impetus here is military re-location of some large bases from the population center to the vast periphery of the southern desert, of which Beer Sheva is the largest and capital city.

The first Prime Minister of Israel, David  Ben-Gurion, always believed that the future of the country depended on the development of the Negev.  He lived what he believed by moving to Kibbutz Sde Boker after completing his service (twice) as PM.  The Prophets of Israel, who spoke the Word of YHVH in truth, also foresee the coming day when the Negev shall become as the Garden of Eden, the Garden of YHVH.

Here are links to some recent significant moves towards building up Beer Sheva as the information technology (IT) center and Silicon Valley of Israel:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/179143

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Controls/SendFriend.ashx?print=1&type=0&item=179452

“Move South”, young man!

Record December Storm – 15 Dec 2013

Today in Beer Sheva we woke up to a bright sunny day, with clear blue skies, clean from all the wind, rain, hail, snow, and cold which hit the entire country from last Tuesday night till yesterday (Sat.) afternoon.  There has not been a major storm of this magnitude to hit Israel (and the rest of the countries round-about:  it even snowed in Cairo and parts of Saudi Arabia!) in the early part of December since records have been kept.  The last storm of this intensity and duration was in 1897.  It may be that we will see more record-breaking weather more frequently as the end-times progress with its troubles.  This storm even received a name — Alexa — perhaps hinting of its source in Siberia.

“In the 24 hours from Wednesday, [Dec 11], at 8 a.m. to Thursday at 8 a.m., the largest amounts of rain – between 60 and 100 millimeters – fell in the hills of Judea, Gush Etzion, the southern Coastal Plain and the northern Negev, according to IMS data.  The IMS station recorded 113 millimeters for this time period, while Beersheba measured 71 millimeters, the greatest amount of daily rainfall recorded there since 1921.”   Beer Sheva received more than 3-times the normal amount of rainfall for the whole month of December in the 4-day period.  “Out of all the water drenched regions, the Western Negev received the greatest quantities, at approximately 200 millimeters, the Water Authority said.”  “Out of all the water drenched regions, the Western Negev received the greatest quantities, at approximately 200 millimeters, the Water Authority said.  The rains also led to strong flows in the Shikma, Lachish, Basor and Ayalon streams. At Nahal Shikma, located in the Western Negev, such strong flow occurs only once every 25 years, the Water Authority said.”
http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Temperatures-remain-low-as-weekend-storm-blows-over-335049

Here is a great NASA satellite photo from today showing the snow on the mountains and cities of Israel, and round-about:
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/satellite-photo-of-the-snow/2013/12/15/

And in the flurry of all this both wonderful and damaging weather system, our first grandson experienced his first full week of life which God gave him!

Sign Spoken Against #2: Anti-Yeshua

During the two weeks of November 10-22, the evangelism organization, Jews for Jesus, conducted a campaign in the southern cities of Israel, focused in the largest city of Beer Sheva.  Beer Sheva and Arad have seen their share of opposition to the gospel over the years, and this campaign awakened some of that antagonism.   One of the campaigners was arrested just two days before the end of the campaign, the first time in eight such campaigns around Israel that this has happened.  He was released on bail after spending four days in a prison, and expelled from the country last week on Dec. 3.  This expulsion order (which is less serious than a deportation)  is being contested by JFJ through legal channels.  We hope that the outcome will not bring a further hindrance to the Great Commission in the land, and among the people, where it was first commanded. Continue reading “Sign Spoken Against #2: Anti-Yeshua”

RELIGIOUS POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY AS YESTERDAY – 18 Oct 2012

As in the days of Yeshua’s ministry in Israel about 2000 years ago, when the religious political authorities were led by Annanias and Caiaphas, so today the coalition-maker SHAS party, whose spiritual leader is Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, and political leaders Eli Yishai and Arieh Deri, reflect the corrupting influence of violent men who would take the kingdom by force. Continue reading “RELIGIOUS POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY AS YESTERDAY – 18 Oct 2012”

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”