Yeshua said that in the world we would have tribulations. He also said that He has overcome the world! And we, too, by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony that Jesus is Lord and Messiah/Christ, will overcome as we hold fast with faith to the hope of the glory beyond the present suffering.
When I see the Islamic State (the precursor of the re-emerging Caliphate) terrorists, without conscience or mercy, slaughtering people in general created in God’s image, and especially aiming for Christians and Jews, who represent the one true God, YEHOVAH, God of Israel and of the Church, I pray God give me grace and mercy to not love my own life unto death, if I am ever put into such a situation as they gloat about. These use religion as a cloak for every kind of lawlessness and barbarism, and seek to recruit “sons of Belial” — those with no Law or Authority over them — from out of every nation to join them in wanton blood-thirsty brutality, putting fear into the hearts and minds of men.
It is interesting that commentators of every sort are using words seeking to describe this growing ‘beast’ in terms not used for any other power. They find it difficult to describe in ordinary language such extraordinary evil. This evil spirit first manifested itself not long after sin entered the world, in the person of Lamech, one of Cain’s descendants, and its flower and fruit are nearing full ripeness. (Gen 4:19-24; Mt 13:24-30, 36-43)
Though many will succumb, yet the Holy Spirit is mightily at work in the world to bring many lost and hopeless children home to the Father, through saving faith in Jesus Christ the Son! Praise to God, as we learn more of what it is to offer up SACRIFICES of praise with our lips out of heavy spirits for all the evil and blasphemy all around.
Shabbat shalom (Peaceful Sabbath),
It is a quiet day; no sirens, no rockets. Back to ‘normal’. I think the standard of measuring ‘normalcy’ has been lowered during this last generation, at least in this part of the world. With this, God is bringing the hiddent things of darkness to light, so that His judgments will be seen to be righteous and true when the necessary time comes in His long-suffering towards sinners (and who isn’t?). We had a wonderfully refreshing service last night.
Yeshua spoke the parable about the good seed and bad seed sown in the field. (Mt 13:24-30, 36-43) I hope that I have ears to hear, because He exhorts those who would understand the parable that we must have ears to hear what it means, even though He explains it to His disciples who asked Him what the parable means. One thing that is clear: judgment is at the end of the age, and Jesus will send out His angels to make the required separation of what can only be properly judged when all can see. In Rev 16, the bowls of God’s wrath are poured out on the Earth against His enemies who have fully shown themselves to be so. The amazing thing is that people still do not repent of their sinful deeds and give the Lord glory! Sin is very sinful!! Continue reading “War Cry: Come, Lord Jesus!”
Update, Tues., Aug 19: Sirens and rocket fire have begun again, already before the agreed upon time for the “cease-fire” ended. Thanks to all for your prayers.
_ _ _ _ _ Continue reading “War: Righteousness Exalts a Nation – 19 Aug 2014”
Once again, Hamas broke an agreed upon cease-fire, this one intended for at least 72 hours brokered by Egypt and the UN, breaking it yesterday (Friday) morning in the continuing war of Hamas against Israel, which has necessitated Israel’s heavy, yet restricted response.
Last night at our service, a siren went off during the time of the teaching on the whole-hearted commitment that Yeshua insists upon for those who would follow Him. The congregation had to calmly go off to three locations on the property that we consider to be ‘safe’, even though we have no actual protected shelter from rocket/missile fire that might get through. In this case, the Iron Dome intercepted two rockets in the air, which was visible from where we were. Continue reading “Israel as God’s Sword and Bow – 9 Aug 2014”
Today were two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, and there is a danger of other break-outs of violence in the wake of the terrorist war against Israel, and Israel’s response in defense. If Israel is so powerful and its destructive force known, then shouldn’t Hamas consider the cost before drawing Israel into a war? It’s like a featherweight boxer picking on a heavyweight, knowing that the heavyweight can not use all his strength to keep the annoying attacker to stop, lest he be accused of using lethal force on a smaller, weaker opponent. Continue reading “The Valor and The Folly of War – 4 Aug 2014”
Ex 3:7-10 And the LORD (YHVH) said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey. . . Now, therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me. . . .
Ezek 20:33-36 As I live, says the Lord GOD (YHVH), surely with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you. I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead My case with you face to face. Just as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you, says the Lord GOD (YHVH).
Is 53:3 He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And He hid, as it were, His face from us; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Continue reading “War Against Terror Evil Helps Sharpen Reality – 2 Aug 2014”
It has been three full weeks now since Operation Protective Edge — the current war which the terror organization in Gaza, Hamas, started against Israel — began, with still no clear sense of when it might end. I would ask that whatever I say in this letter will be read in the context of all that I have written in the previous updates . Continue reading “War in Heavenlies and on Earth – 28 July 2014”
Israel’s 10th President, Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin has just been consecrated and sworn in at the Knesset (Parliament), succeeding Shimon Peres after seven years in that office. During the much subdued ceremony compared to normal times (due to the current military operation/war in Gaza against the Hamas terrorist regime), sirens were heard in Beer Sheva and all around the Jewish towns and kibbutzes around Gaza. Both the out-going President, and the in-coming, expressed confidence of defeating the terrorist threat, both against Israel and her citizenry, and also against ordinary Gazans suffering by their elected government.
War on Earth first manifested when Cain killed his innocent and righteous brother, Abel, and then rejected personal responsibility and to come back to God on His terms. Yet, for all this, YHVH let Cain know that He would avenge him against whoever might kill him , and would even s descendant, married two women, got hurt by a boy, killed him, and threatened anyone to challenge him, and promised to avenge himself 77 times! Does any of this sound familiar as individuals grew to become nations and history unfolds before our eyes? Continue reading “War of Hearts – 24 July 2014”
Yesterday we had five siren alerts of rockets and missiles still being fired from Gaza towards Beer Sheva. Our weekly congregational services on Friday evenings are greatly reduced in the number of those coming since the place of meeting is old enough not to have any real protected area.
Soroka Medical Center, the university hospital located just down the street from us, is on emergency status now, as more Israeli soldiers are being wounded or killed in the hard fighting going on in the Gaza Strip. While people are fighting and risking their lives, God is still bringing more children into the world: a young medical student couple just gave birth on Saturday to a healthy boy! Continue reading “The God of Armies – 21 July 2014”
Israel sent in ground troops into Gaza last night at 10:30, following a long day which included a ‘game changer’, or which showed the situation for what it is regarding the perpetual murderous grudge of Hamas towards Israel and the Jewish people (in particular, but also against their own population, which they hatefully use as human ‘shields’ in order to deter Israel’s military efforts, and also to turn public opinion against Israel when civilians are killed in the war).
In Operation Protective Edge, we see the effectiveness of the vast sums of money spent by Israel to protect her citizens and borders, at the same time as seeing the extent of the vast sums of money spent by Hamas in its efforts to politically gain from seeking to terrorize and kill as many Israelis as possible with its vast arsenal of missiles able to reach anywhere in Israel, and its tunnels to enable terrorists to come underground under the Gaza-Israel border in order to carry out attacks on innocent civilians. Continue reading “Israel Again at War in Gaza Against Hamas – 18 July 2014”