Employment Desert – 17 May 2015

Three small Negev cities face severe unemployment.  The towns of Arad, Dimona, and Yeruham are essentially factory towns, dependent on the major industrial chemical companies for most of the employment.

Due to weakening profit margins, these companies (and other companies in the textile and ceramic industries) have been laying off workers and closing factories and plants, a situation that has been going on for years in Israel’s southern region.  Whole cities are becoming economically impoverished by these actions.

We have seen many times of promises and incentives being given to Israelis to move to the Negev to live, and for companies to invest in the region, only to see that nearly every time other forces and “priorities” take over that brings confusion and doubt into the viability of the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and the Galilee to faithfully carry out its mission.

The vision of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, of the Negev’s essential necessity for Israel’s future has seen great strides beyond anyone’s realistic expectations.  Yet, the vision of the Biblical Prophets of the God of Israel for Israel’s desert is distinguished from Ben-Gurion’s:  they saw YHVH God as a vital participant in the blooming and blossoming of the desert, still waiting for the Chosen People to return to Him, so that He will bring it to pass in righteousness and justice. (Is 35:1-10; 51:1-3)

Here is a link to today’s story of the cities of Dimona, Arad, and Yeruham striking today to protest the companies’ policies, and the government’s:
http://www.timesofisrael.com/southern-cities-shut-down-to-protest-factory-layoffs/

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

Record May Rainfall in All of Israel – 9 May 2014

Israel experienced a rare nation-wide lightning and thunder storm, pouring record amounts of rainfall, accompanied by hail, going back to 1920.  On Wednesday night, May 7, the storm began, continuing through much of the day on Thursday.   The Negev region suffered flash floods and stranded hikers and tourists.

In the Negev, May is usually a dry month, following the rainy season of the Israeli winter.   This winter was exceptionally dry throughout much of the country, and the rainfall of the last two days was more than January and February combined!  The roads into and out of the southern-most city of Eilat were closed due to flooding.  Beer Sheva received app. 36 mm of rain; Arad 44 mm!

You can read a fuller account, with a video of the falls at Ein Gedi across from the Dead Sea, in this news article from the English version of HAARETZhttp://www.haaretz.com/news/national/1.589491

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!

Ariel (Arik) Sharon Buried With His Fathers – 13 Jan 2014

The 11th Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, died on Shabbat, January 11, after being in a coma for eight years following a massive stroke in 2005.   Whether the Spirit of God accomplished something in the soul of this man while he lay these last eight years we do not know now.  What we can know is that whether so or not, Arik knows who Jesus Christ is now, and would want all Israel to know while they still can. Continue reading “Ariel (Arik) Sharon Buried With His Fathers – 13 Jan 2014”

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!

THE NEGEV IS ‘HOT’; VISIT IN 2013 – 26 Oct 2012

According to the Lonely Planet Travel Guide, the southern region of Israel is worth visiting.  They have rated the Negev as the second best region in the world to tour in 2013, before it becomes over-developed, and to enjoy what is already available for travelers. 

You can read the full story here:  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/themes/best-in-travel-2013/top-10-regions/#ixzz2AJC9CbUV 

Imagine what it will be like after the Lord Yeshua returns and the desert is turned into a veritable Garden of Eden! (Is 51:3)

TRUTH, AND THE LYING SPIRIT – 23 Aug 2011

Greetings from the land where the lie is often spoken as truth,

Thanks to the many of you who have written in, and to those who didn’t yet lifted a voice to our Father in Heaven.

From the time that the serpent got Eve and Adam to listen to him over the clear Word of God, we have inherited the tendency to believe lies over truth.  And when the lie is repeated enough and taught and passed on as being true, it takes a rude awakening sometimes to open our eyes and ears to reality.  I was always brought up to believe that the truth of Jesus was not true — at least not for Jewish people.  If something is true, it is true for everyone.  Today Israel and Jewish people curses — although not always knowingly — both Jesus and those who believe in Him.  And Israel herself finds the nations delegitimizing and cursing the truth of her existence, and her witness to the one true God — even in her unbelief.  We reap what we sow; as we judge, we shall be judged. Continue reading “TRUTH, AND THE LYING SPIRIT – 23 Aug 2011”