“Fully 80% of Israeli Jews believe that God exists – the highest figure found by the Guttman-Avi Chai survey since this review of Israeli-Jewish beliefs began two decades ago. The study also found that 70% of respondents believe the Jews are the Chosen People, 65% believe the Torah and mitzvot (religious commandments) are God-given, and 56% believe in life after death. But that doesn’t mean Jews in general are becoming more religious, at least not in an Orthodox Jewish way. Only 37% of Israeli Jews had a problem with fellow Jews not following the biblical commandments, and nearly 70% said they want more entertainment venues to be open on the Shabbat. The numbers, however, coincide with other recent findings that Israelis are increasingly hungry for a deeper spiritual life.” (Haaretz and Israel Today newspapers, and taken from Jerusalem-on-Line)
There is a spiritual emptiness throughout all cultures, being that the Spirit of God is resisted by the peoples and nations of the world. This vacuum is being filled ( or else left emptied) by other spirits and self-justification, with the consequences of more wars and rumors of wars, lawlessness abounding, and the love of many growing cold . There is ‘religious’ revival professing God, but denying the power of godliness.
We pray that our light, as believers in God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ/Messiah Yeshua, would so shine that those truly hungering and thirsting for righteousness, peace, truth, love will repent of their unbelief in Yeshua, and find the substance of what is good. This is YHVH God’s covenant with the house of Israel and the House of Jacob: He will forgive them of their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. (Jer 33:34b Eng; Heb 8:10-12)
Greetings in the goodness of our God.
It is still summer, and not only is Israel still not saved, but the summer-time-clock has ended, and we are back on standard time. With all the different time zones and arbitrary time changes, Yeshua knew what He was saying when He said that we can not know the day and hour of His coming! Praise God that He knows how to keep His own time!!
An interesting survey taken by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics was published today in the Israeli newspapers, which shows that more Israelis are becoming more religious. Less than half the population – 42% – (according to survey statistical measurements ) consider themselves secular. Most of those surveyed say that they have become “more religious” than they had been before. The survey broke down the Jewish people into 5 categories: ultra-orthodox; religious; traditional-religious; traditional, but not religious; secular. Continue reading “ISRAELIS BECOMING MORE RELIGIOUS – 13 Sept 2010”
(“Go Unto All Nations” Magazine
Hong Kong Asso. of Christian Missions)
For the first time since the dispersion of the children of Israel almost 2000 years ago, more Jewish people in the world today live in the State of Israel than in any other country. More than 40% of Jewish people live here. Close to 68% of the more than 5.4 million Jews who live in the country are native born (sabras). The modern state is 59 years old, and YHVH God is actively intervening in the affairs of men to bring to fulfillment His covenantal promises and oaths given long ago – as recorded in the Bible – and which He confirmed by the words of the Lord Jesus and of His apostles. (Gen 17:4-8; 26:2-5; 28:13-15; Ezek 36:22-28; Mt 5:17-18; 2Cor 1:20)
“You only have I known.” (Amos 3:2); and, “Israel is my first-born” (Ex 4:22-23). Israel is a special nation. It is unique amongst the lands and nations of the world. There were other nations, such as Babylon, Assyria, and Egypt before Israel came into being, but God has declared Israel – the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – to be His inheritance (Is 19:25). YHVH chose the children of Jacob not because they were/are better than the other nations or people groups (that is, the Gentiles), nor because He needed a large number of people to accomplish His purposes to glorify His name and the name of His Son. (If so, He would have chosen the fathers of those who became the Chinese!) Continue reading “ISRAEL IS GOD’S CHOSEN”