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Shabbot Shalom and Yom Kipper!

September 18, 2010
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David’s Comment: Time is Short – Time to Put the Gospel to Work
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.   (NKJ)

If anyone is in doubt that things are accelerating and the return of the Lord is rapidly approaching  – just look at the crazy things taking place all around the world.  Things that were taboo 30 years ago are now regularly seen on television & movie screens.  Most people don’t even bat an eyelid at things that would have caused an outrage a generation ago.  Even in the church, which is supposed to be the House of God, we see & hear things that you would once only have witnessed in a pub or nightclub.  Ever since the late 1960’s the moral fibre of the Western world had been steadily sliding into the abyss. 

Another clue is the rise of Islam, and not just radical Islam.  We are witnessing the covert infiltration of Islam into every sector of our once Christian nations – the most concerning being the media and politics.  Do not be fooled like most of those around us.  Islam is not a nice peaceful religion.  It is a religion that exists to take land for Allah and to subdue all those who resist, even to the point of cold blooded murder.  And the Islamic world’s intensifying fervour to see the demise of Israel is yet another indicator of the rapidly approaching end of the age.

Then there are the ever increasing natural disasters.  Storms, floods, tsunamis, fires, and earthquakes are wreaking havoc all over the planet.  According to the UK’s Daily Telegraph, the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, moved the earth 11 feet. These are truly days of great shaking, but according to the words of Yeshua in Matthew 24 and Luke 21, there is much worse to come.  As never before, now is the time to share the Good News of God’s plan and provision of personal salvation with family, friends, neighbours, work-mates, and the people we come into contact every day at the PO, the bank or the store. Even people we encounter who we never met before and are unlikely to meet again, deserve the opportunity to say YES to Yeshua. 

Ever since the morning after I gave my life to the Lord, I have had a strong compunction to tell people about the reality of God.  Until that time, i had been a devout Atheist, virulently denying the very existence of God.  Most people’s initial response was “that’s great for you, but please don’t involve me.”  It seems that a spirit has come down over the post-Christian Western World that causes the majority of people to have absolutely no interest in their own eternal well-being.  In fact I had a recent revelation that most people (myself included) spend more time & energy trying to prove that God doesn’t exist, than seeking to simply discover the truth.  I see now how irrational that is.  Surely if there really is a benevolent Creator out there, who desires to have a 2 way intimate relationship with His children, and wants to bless them in every way, any intelligent, rational person would want to have that kind of relationship.  Only a  lying, deceiving spirit can cause human beings from seeking out their Creator.

Yeshua is now seated at the right hand of the Father, leaving each & every one of us with the “great commission” to go into all of the world making disciples in every nation.  That doesn’t mean we need to travel to the other side of the world to share the Gospel.  Sadly, most of the people we encounter every day are on the road to eternity in Hell. In case any of our readers don’t believe there is a Hell, Yeshua mentioned Hell many more times that He mentioned Heaven. And if there is no Hell, why did the Son of God need to endure the excrutiatingly painful and shameful death on the cross ?  I believe there is a Hell and that the Lord is looking to us to rescue as many of His children as possible from that eternal separation.

I want to share with you some of the ways I employ to share the Gospel

Rather than you doing all the talking,  ask them questions  …. 

Find out where they are currently at in their belief system   –  there is no point talking about the Bible if they dont even believe there is a God

Share your most powerful, supernatural testimonies  –  if you don’t have any, step out of your comfort zone and you will soon have some

Use current events to initiate conversations.  Here you can quote what the Bible says about the End Times  –   as a car bumper that i saw said  ” Read the Bible – It will scare the Hell out of you !”

Proclaim relevant scripture verses over people  – but you don’t need to tell them that you are quoting the Bible – that only causes people to  put their defenses up – just proclaim the Word

Most importantly keep the people you are witnessing to in your prayers  –  Yeshua told us that no one comes to the Father unless the Holy Spirit draws them

If you would like a more comprehensive article on evangelism please email me & I will send you an attached article.       REMEMBER  ………..

Rom 10:14-15  How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”  (NKJ)

The Lord bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on the land given to the Jewish people by the God of Israel. 
Lets pray that Israel will turn back to their God.  Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for that breakthrough to the Muslims,  and please remember to pray for all of the soldiers in the IDF -they are defending and fighting for the Kingdom of God.

Shabbat Shalom …. David & Josie

THIS WEEKS NEWS REPORTS   

1. Netanyahu Demands Full End to Conflict   Israel Today News   Sept 12th
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that when he attends the next round of direct peace negotiations with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday, he will demand that the agreement they are working toward mark a full end to the conflict.   Abbas “needs to recognize the principle that if we reach a settlement on borders then Israel will demand that it end the conflict, and the Palestinians recognize the Jewish state,” an Israeli official told the Ynet news portal. “The prime minister will not agree to a principle that allows the Palestinians to establish a state and then continue the argument over which territory belongs to whom.”    In that vein, Netanyahu on Sunday reiterated his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as “the Jewish state,” and that after the signing of a peace deal.   “We both live on the same small piece of land but as soon as we suggest a two state solution for two nations, a Jewish one and a Palestinian one, unfortunately I do not hear from the other side the sentence ‘two states for two nations.’ I hear two states, but I don’t hear two nations,” Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting.
   Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas clarified for his people on Monday that he intends to make not even one concession or compromise in direct peace negotiations with Israel, and that for a final status peace to be achieved, Israel will have to fully meet all Arab demands and abandon its own conditions.  First and foremost, Abbas told Palestinian newspapers that if the Jewish building freeze in Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”) is not extended indefinitely, the negotiations will come to an immediate halt. But Abbas also said he would walk out of the talks if he is pressured at all to alter the Palestinians’ more hardline positions.  “If they demand concessions on the rights of the refugees or the 1967 borders, I will quit. I can’t allow myself to make even one concession,” Abbas told the Palestinian newspaper Al-Ayyam.   The Palestinian Authority again reiterated to its own people in Arabic that the ultimate goal in regards to Jerusalem is to wrest control of the entire city from Israel. And once again, the international media ignored the nefarious agenda that the Palestinians themselves admit they have.  The Palestinian government was outraged this week when the World Jewish Congress kicked off its annual gathering in Jerusalem.  
Please pray that the PM keeps the Biblical borders and the future of Israel as his primary concern

2. Gaza Rockets Mar Holiday Weekend for Israelis    Israel Today News   Sept 12th
    The Rosh Hashanah holiday weekend was not a restful one for the residents of southern Negev region, where four rockets fired by Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists landed from Thursday to Saturday evening. On Sunday morning, another two rockets were fired at southern Israel.  There were no injuries in the attacks, but local Israelis were forced to spend much of the holiday indoors and as close to their bomb shelters as possible.   Last Wednesday, on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, a mortar shell fired from Gaza damaged an Israeli kindergarten just 30 minutes before the children arrived.
Please pray that all rockets & other missiles will continue to land on open ground

3 .IDF Shelling Kills 3 Militants Near Gaza Border   Ha Aretz News  Sept 12th
    An Israel Defense Forces shelling killed three Palestinians approaching the border between Israel and Gaza, Israel Radio reported on Sunday, as the number of violent incidents in recent weeks continues to increase.   Earlier Sunday, Gaza militants fired three mortar shells at the northern Negev. No injuries or damages were reported.  The IDF Spokesman’s Office stated in response that an “IDF unit spotted suspicious figures attempting to fire anti-tank missiles, at which point the soldiers returned fire.”   The statement added that, in an earlier separate incident, Israeli soldiers identified suspicious figures attempting to approach the border fence between Israel and Gaza, with soldiers firing warning shots.
    Lask week Israel Air Force planes struck targets in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in retaliation to Palestinian militants firing a rocket from the territory into Israel.  The IDF confirmed at the time that its air force had attacked the coastal territory in response to a wave of security incidents over the last week.  The army said that it had struck smuggling tunnels used by militants planning to infiltrate Israel and commit terror acts against civilians soldiers.   The cross-border violence was the first since Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Washington on Thursday to relaunch peace talks, and was a stark reminder of the obstacles both leaders face.
     Early on Saturday, Gaza militants fired a rocket into southern Israel, causing no injuries, the Israeli military said.  Hours later, witnesses and Hamas security officials said Israeli aircraft fired rockets at targets in Gaza, including smuggling tunnels along the border with Egypt.   Gaza security officials say one Palestinian was killed, one wounded and three are missing after the Israeli air strike. Hamas identified the five as smugglers working in a tunnel under the Gaza-Egypt border.  The Islamists of Hamas routed forces loyal to Abbas to take over the Gaza Strip in 2007. Hamas rejects Abbas’s peace moves and said on Thursday that 13 militant groups had agreed to work together to launch “more effective attacks” against Israel.
Please pray that the IDF is able to locate and decommission all who seek to make war with Israel

4. Palestinian Mortar Targets Israeli Kindergarten    Israel Today News   Sept 12th
    Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired a mortar shell at an elementary school compound in southern Israel on Wednesday morning, damaging the kindergarten building.   The attack came just 30 minutes before the students arrived for school. Officials said that had the attack happened just a little later, Israel would today be mourning a major tragedy.   School officials decided to go ahead with classes, but had all of the students study in the few buildings that are fully reinforced against Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks. Students were not permitted to go outside for recess.
Lets give thank to the Lord for the fact that the children were not harmed

5. Nine Mortars Hit Southern Israel   –  One Terrorist Killed in Tunnel Strike  Ha Aretz News Sept 15th
    Israeli aircraft bombed a smuggling tunnel under the Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt on Wednesday, killing a Palestinian, witnesses said. The attack came hours after Gaza militants stepped up rocket and mortarfire on southern Israel, in an apparent attempt to scupper Middle East peace talks.   Witnesses in the southern Gaza town of Rafah said the Israeli air strike killed a tunnel worker and wounded two other people. The Israeli army confirmed the attack.   Earlier on Wednesday, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two Qassam rockets into Israel. One of the rockets exploded in an open area in the industrial zone just south of Ashkelon. There were no injuries or property damage.  In addition to the rocket strikes, nine mortar shells also hit an open area in the Eshkol region near the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed. 
     There was also a fear of renewed violence across the border in Jordan, with the U.S. embassy in the country warning of a high chance of terror attacks in the Red Sea city of Aqaba over the coming 48 hours.  The increased violence came a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Tuesday in Egypt to continue the direct peace talks that began earlier this month. The leaders were meeting again in Jerusalem on Wednesday, for their third conversation in two days.  Hamas, which control the Gaza strip, have condemned the talks and early this month timed a pair of West Bank shooting attacks to coincide with the opening of negotiations in Washington, killing four Israelis and wounding two.
Please pray that those repsonsible for these rocket attacks are prevented from making further attacks

The Israel Defense Forces killed a Hamas military commander in the West Bank, Israel Radio reported on Friday, in the latest of recent violent clashes between Israel and the Islamist organization.  Hamas has declared its objection to the recent relaunch of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, saying that Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas does not represent the Palestinian people and is not authorized to negotiate on its behalf.     Speaking to the cabinet earlier this week, Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin said that Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip and which is believed to have operatives working in the PA-ruled West Bank, has issued “an organizational directive to foil the talks.”
    According to the IDF, an Israeli army unit had been conducting a raid for wanted Palestiniains in a village east of Tul Karm, when one of the wanted men, named by Israel Radio as Hamas West Bank strongman Iyad Shilbayeh, began “running suspiciously toward the [IDF] force, refusing to heed the soldiers’ request to stop.” “The unit, feeling threatened, opened fire, killing the suspected,” the IDF Spokesman’s office said, adding that “the incident was being investigated.”   In an escalation of tensions on Wednesday, militants fired two phosphorous mortar shells into Israel from the Hamas-ruled Strip. A total of nine mortar shells were fired on Wednesday, all falling in fields in the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no casualties or damage.
6. IDF Kills Hamas Military Leadwr in the West Bank – Tensiomns Rising    Ha Aretz News   Sept 17th
   Please pray for calm over the Yom Kippur weekend  – often a time of heightened pressure on Israel

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak held initial discussions with defense officials this week about the approaching end of the building freeze in the West Bank. He is trying to find ways to restrict settlement construction by the Defense Ministry, which is the de facto authority in the West Bank, without issuing a new order to suspend construction when the moratorium ends on September 26.   U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday urged Israel to extend the freeze. She told Channel 10 this would be “extremely useful” for making progress in negotiations with the Palestinians.   A senior official familiar with the debate on the construction freeze said new building in the West Bank could be delayed through legal measures for a long time. The ministry is also examining legal steps it can take to delay the construction of 2,000 housing units that had been approved before the construction freeze went into place.
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at his meetings this week with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he would not extend the moratorium on construction. The official said that, instead of a new suspension order, which would require the approval of both the cabinet and the forum of seven ministers, Israel could reach quiet understandings with the Americans on limiting the construction for several months.  It is expected that such understandings would enable the Americans to persuade the Palestinian Authority not to quit the negotiations, the official said.  Barak is due to leave Saturday night for Washington, where he will meet with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and National Security Advisor General James Jones. He is also scheduled to meet with Clinton.   .  Terrorist Planned to Bomb IDF Event in Paris     Ha Aretz  News  Sept 11th
7.  Barak May Use Legal Loopholes to Impose Defacto Settlement Freeze   Ha Aretz News  Sept 17th
 Please pray that Baraks plans will be foiled

7     A terrorist who planned to bomb an Israel Defense Forces fundraising event in Paris has been arrested in Egypt and extradited to France, the Le Journal du Dimanche reported late Saturday.   The report, which was relayed to the newspaper by French intelligence chief Bernard Squarcini, did not specify when the arrest took place nor did it elaborate on the details of the IDF event in question.  Speaking in an interview with the weekly newspaper, Squarcini said French authorities foil an average of two planned attacks per year, but “one day or another, we’re going to get hit.”   He said the risk of a terrorist attack on French soil has “never been higher” and that “objectively, there are reasons for worry.”
    The intelligence chief added that France’s history as a colonial master in North Africa, its military presence in Afghanistan and a proposal that would ban full-covering face veils in public make the country a prime target for certain radical Islamist groups.  The risk now was as high as in 1995 before of deadly attacks on the Paris Metro by Algerian Islamic extremists, Squarcini told Le Journal.  Squarcini said the threat is threefold, coming from Al-Qaida’s North African affiliate – an Algerian insurgent group that allied itself with the international terror network several years ago and has targeted French interest in the region in the past – radical French converts to Islam and French nationals who have trained with extremist groups in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.
Please pray for angelic protection over Israeli interests everywhere in the World

     *  Recommended U-Tube Video Clips  *

NEW    Mulsims taking over in France    http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2010/August/Islamization-of-Paris-a-Warning-to-the-West
     
            The Identity of the Messiah in the Hebrew Scriptures
   http://www.youtube.com/user/israelmedia1#p/a/u/1/mQFWi6cCUtY

            New insights to the battle of Gog & Magog by Chuck Missler  http://www.god.tv/video/play?video=1280 45 minutes

            Israel Under Fire    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMEvrxgv3O0

            Interesting info from an Arab perspective    http://www.shoebat.com/videos/speak2arab.php

            What is Obama planning ?       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNlaQEYw0q4&feature=player_embedded

            For those who want to boycott Israel       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbIQto3KPUM&eurl

            Israeli innovation        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHStBGk_D8Y

            what may unfold over the next few months    http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=mpg&mpid=136

85 other YouTube videos about Israel at:http://www.jr.co.il/videos/israel-videos.htm

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FINANCES: The Carmel Alert prayer points bulletin is sent out weekly via e-mail.  We also produce a bi-monthly  family ministry newsletter which we prefer to send out by postal mail.  Much of our literature is on our  website at:  www.out-of-zion.com Out of Zion Ministries is answering the call to be a blessing and a light to the nations.   David regularly travels to churches around the world to share the Word of the Lord in respect to the Jewish roots of Christianity, and to bring awareness of the Church’s relation-ship to Israel and  the Jewish people and her responsibility to partner with the Lord in the restoration of  Israel.  We are open to  visiting your congregation if  we are invited.  We are have a vision to take the Gospel to the Jew first and then to the people of other nations.
      The work of  Out of Zion is made possible through the prayerful and financial support of  the Body of Messiah.  We encourage you to seek the Lord as to how He would have you be His & our fellow-workers.   If you wish to become a partner in the restoration & salvation of  Israel, & the restoration of the Church to  her Jewish roots,   please contact us at     kiwi@netvision.net.il.  Your prayer and financial support will go toward our expenses here in Israel and our ministry to the nations.   
            

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Shabbot Shalom!

August 29, 2010

Parashah 51 Nitzavim

Deuteronomy 29:10(9) – 30:20

By Dr. S. K. Blad

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Torah Readings (the years when Nitzavim is read separately):

  1. 29:10-12 (9-11 Heb.)
  2. 29:13-15 (12-14 Heb.)
  3. 29:16-29 (15-28 Heb.)
  4. 30:1-6
  5. 30:7-10
  6. 30:11-14
  7. 30:15-20
  8. Maftir: 30:18-20

 

Torah Readings (the years when Nitzavim is read together with VaYelech):

  1. 29:10-29 (9-28 Heb.)
  2. 30:1-6
  3. 30:7-14
  4. 30:15 – 31:6
  5. 31:7-13
  6. 31:14-19
  7. 31:20-30
  8. Maftir: 31:28-30

 

Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10 – 63:9

The Apostolic Scriptures: Revelation 17:1 – 18:24

Readings from the RC:

  1. Revelation 17:1-8
  2. Revelation 17:9-18
  3. Revelation 18:1-8
  4. Revelation 18:9-14
  5. Revelation 18:15-24

 

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Nitzavim

Means “(you pl.) stand”

The First Aliyah, 29:10-12 (9-11 Heb.)

29:10(9) “You stand this day all of you before HaShem your Elohim; your heads, your tribes, your elders, and your officers, even all the men of Yisra’el”(HNV revised) – In this final renewal of the covenant before the people crossed over into the Promised Land everyone is present, including those who joined them when they came out of Egypt and who were not born into the people, as it is written in Exodus 12:38a,

“A mixed multitude went up also with them”(HNV)

This mixed people group from other nations had converted in Egypt before they ate of the Pesach lamb. No male foreigner could eat of the lamb without first being circumcised in the flesh, which means converting to Judaism, as it is written in Exodus 12:48-49,

“When a stranger shall live as a foreigner with you, and will keep the Pesach to HaShem, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one who is born in the land: but no uncircumcised person shall eat of it. One Torah shall be to him who is born at home, and to the stranger who lives as a foreigner among you.”(HNV revised)

Converts from other nations that have entered into the covenant ought to be treated just like the native Israelites.

The Second Aliyah, 29:13-15 (12-14 Heb.)

 

29:14-15(13-14) “Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath, but with him who stands here with us this day before HaShem our Elohim, and also with him who is not here with us this day”(HNV revised) – This teaches us that this covenant includes those who were not yet born, and this can be paralleled with Yeshua’s prayer in John 17:20-21,

“Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me.”(HNV revised)

The Third Aliyah, 29:16 – 29 (15-28 Heb.)

 

29:18(17) “lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turns away this day from HaShem our Elohim, to go to serve the gods of those nations; lest there should be among you a root that bears gall and wormwood”(HNV revised) – This bitter root is the idolatry that Avraham’s forefathers practiced, which we can see in Joshua 24:2, where it is written,

“Yehoshua said to all the people, Thus says HaShem, the Elohim of Yisra’el, Your fathers lived of old time beyond the River, even Terach, the father of Avraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.”(HNV revised)

In Hebrews 12:15, it is written,

“looking carefully lest there be any man who falls short of the grace of Elohim; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby the many be defiled”(HNV revised)

According to the second rule of the pshat-level of interpretation, called similar expression (gezerah shavah), the bitter root that is mentioned here is referring to idolatry, just as it does in the text in Deuteronomy.

29:19(18)b “for then the whole land, the moist with the dry, will be destroyed.” – According to Nachmanides, this is the correct translation. Rashi and Onkelos however, say that it ought to be translated, “in order to add the sins that were not committed intentionally to those that were committed intentionally”.

29:28(27) “and HaShem rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as at this day.”(HNV revised) – According to Talmud,[1] this text is referring to the ten tribes that must remain in another land until the coming age begins. The word “as at this day” is interpreted as a reference to the olam haba, the coming age.

29:29(28) “The secret things belong to HaShem our Elohim; but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this Torah.”(HNV revised) – This teaches us that we are responsible to convey to our children all the things that the Eternal has revealed to us. It also means that the sins that are committed in secret cannot be judged by a human court of law, but will be judged by the heavenly court, and that HaShem does not bring judgment over the people for those sins. However, if the leaders of the people do not judge the sins that were committed openly, the whole people will partake of the punishment for them.

The Fourth Aliyah, 30:1-6

 

30:1 “It shall happen, when all these things are come on you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you shall call them to mind among all the nations, where HaShem your Elohim has driven you”(HNV revised) – When it talks about “all these things”, it is referring to chapter 28, where the blessings and the curses are listed. All this has already come over the children of Israel throughout the course of history. This verse takes us to the end times, the time after all this has come over Israel. Here the Torah speaks of what would come after all the blessings and curses of chapter 28. We are living in that time now and the power of this promise has reached us.

        The great majority of Israel’s descendants have lost their identity through assimilation. The few million Jews who exist today are only a small fraction of the descendants of the twelve tribes. The Jewish people of today are mainly descended from three tribes only, Yehudah, Binyamin, and Levi.

        The ten tribes were exiled to “another land, as at this day”, compare with 29:28. Some Jewish interpreters say that “another land” means the USA. In 28:64, it is also speaking of an exile to “all lands”. This means that the people of Israel, the twelve tribes, have been spread out among all the peoples that exist on the earth. In all nations, there are physical descendants of Israel, as the prophet Hosea also says in 1:10a,

“Yet the number of the children of Yisra’el will be as the sand of the sea, which can’t be measured nor numbered.”(HNV revised)

The prophet Hosea was sent to prophesy over the ten tribes in the north.

Our father Avraham received promises about three different kinds of children: the dust of the earth, compare with Genesis 13:16, the stars in the sky, compare with Genesis 15:5; 22:17, and the sand of the seashore, compare with Genesis 22:17. Yitzchak only received the promise that his children would be as the stars, compare with Genesis 26:4, and Yaakov was promised that his descendants would be both as the dust of the earth and the sand of the sea, compare with Genesis 28:14; 32:12. The stars symbolize heavenly children, believers, spiritual children, the children of Elohim. The earth symbolizes Eretz Israel, the land of Israel. The dust of the earth symbolizes the physical descendants who live in the land of Israel. If we compare the text in Genesis 22:17 with Genesis 32:12, we can see that the promise concerning the sand is a two-fold promise. HaShem said to Avraham that his descendants would be as the sand by the seashore, but to Yaakov he says that they would be as the sand of the sea. Sand by the seashore is not the same thing as the sand in the sea. The sea symbolizes the gentile nations, compare with Psalm 93:3-4; 144:7; Isaiah 17:3; Ezekiel 26:3. There are three types of sea sand. One type of sand is by the seashore. It is always visible and it is never covered by water. Another part of the sand is closer to the water. It is exposed to the attacks of the ocean waves and the tidewaters and therefore it is sometimes out of the water and other times under water. The third part of the sand is always under the seawater. The part of the sand that is on the sea shore and that is never under water, symbolizes those Israelites and Jews among the nations who keep the Torah and make up a barrier against evil, as it is written in Jeremiah 5:22,

“Don’t you fear me? Says HaShem: won’t you tremble at my presence, who have placed the sand for the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it can’t pass it? and though the waves of it toss themselves, yet they can’t prevail; though they roar, yet they can’t pass over it.”(HNV revised)

The sand that is at times under the sea and at times out of the water symbolizes those Israelites and Jews who live a life of compromise, those who cannot stand against the different attacks of the gentiles. Therefore they are under the water sometimes, but at times they are able to live a Jewish life. The sand in the sea represents those Israelites and Jews who have been assimilated among the gentiles and are no longer living like Jews. Just as there is a lot more sand at the bottom of the ocean than there is by the shore, there are a lot more descendants of Israel who have drowned among the gentiles than there are those who live separated from them. The majority of Avraham’s descendants have been completely swallowed up by the customs and cultures of the gentiles.

The Hebrew word that is translated as sand is “chol”,[2] which comes from the root “chul” or “chil”,[3] which means:

1.     Qal: twist, turn, shake, have birth pains; Poel: twist, give birth; Poal: tremble, be cowardly; Hitpael: shake.

2.     Qal: be firm.

3.     Qal, Poel, and Hitpoel: wait.[4]

This teaches us that the sand represents those descendants of Avraham who have gone around in the world, those who have been shaken in the nations, those who have had mortal birth pains, like Rachel, and waited for the Messiah to come, those who have twisted and trembled because of campaigns of hatred, persecution, and murder.

There are a few million Jews who have never lost their identity, and the majority of them do not live in Israel. They are still spread out among the gentile nations. However, the great majority of the descendants of Israel do not know that they have Israelite forefathers and they live their lives and serve “other gods of wood (Christianity) and stone (Islam)”. Their identity is not at all Israelite but gentile.

When the Torah speaks about Israel returning in the end times, we must carefully define which group of Israel’s descendants this is talking about. Let us therefore analyze this passage more thoroughly:

“It shall happen, when all these things are come on you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you shall call them to mind among all the nations, where HaShem your Elohim has driven you”

We have said earlier that all the blessings and curses have already been fulfilled in the history of the people of Israel, and that we are now living in the time for the fulfillment of this prophecy. Now is the time for the assimilated ones to receive the call to come back to their Israelite identity.

The Hebrew word “shuv”[5] occurs six times in this chapter, in verses 1, 2, 3 (twice), 8, and 10. “Shuv” means: Kal: return, repeat, be changed, refrain, change; Poel: bring back, restore, pervert; Hi: bring back, return, turn, pay, remove, be changed, calm, replace, distance (oneself), answer, take back; Ho: be returned.[6]

This passage of Scripture describes such a great return of the people of Israel in the last days that the world has never seen anything like it. The world has, at a couple of occasions, witnessed how Israel has left two nations, Egypt and Babylon, but this time the world will see Israel being raised up and coming out of all the nations of the world. The Torah and the Prophets are not only speaking of the return of those who have kept their Jewish identity throughout the course of history, since they can be counted. The Scriptures are speaking about a return of the twelve tribes of Israel who cannot be counted because of their great number. Dear Reader, we are now beginning to see one of the greatest miracles in world history, the return of the children of Israel. Return to what? The Torah gives us the answer. This text is talking about five different kinds of return:

1.     The return of the heart to the history of Israel, v. 1.

2.     The return of the family to the Eternal, the Elohim of Israel, and to all his commandments that are written in Moshe’s Torah, v. 2.

3.     The return of the exiles to the land of Israel, v. 3.

4.     The return to listening to the voice of the Eternal to keeping all the commandments in the Torah, v. 8.

5.     The return to the Eternal with the whole heart and the whole soul, v. 10-14.

This is the redemption program for Israel that the Eternal has for our time.

If we analyze this prophecy, we will see that it is talking to the descendants of Israel who have experienced the curses that are written in chapter 28, that live outside of the land of Israel, have not had the history of Israel in their hearts, have not loved HaShem with their whole heart and soul, and therefore have not been obedient by keeping his commandments. In this time we will see how they gradually, one by one, are moved by the Messiah of Israel to come into this returning process in the final restoration of Israel before the Messiah Yeshua comes back. This movement is beginning to touch millions of lives all over the world right now, in accordance with the word that says, “among all the nations” (30:1).

The First Type of Return

 

The first thing that happens to these people who are visited by the Messiah Yeshua in our day, is that they begin to identify themselves as Israelites or Jews. They come into an identity crisis and they ask themselves, “Who am I?” They will no longer feel like gentiles. They no longer feel outside of Israel. They feel like the Jews are their siblings. They find answers in the Scriptures which say that they are no longer strangers and guests, but CITIZENS with the consecrated ones and members in Elohim’s family, compare with Ephesians 2:19. Another text that they are touched by is the one which says that they have been grafted into the cultivated olive tree, Romans 11.

Those who have been taught and brought up in the Christian world will realize that they have been deceived by a system that has given them a false identity, separate from Israel, that is pagan and Greek. Suddenly they feel like strangers to the Christian and Greek way of speaking, and they identify with the Hebrew vocabulary. They feel the Jewish songs touching their souls deeply. They suddenly feel the urge to dance Hebrew dances. They weep when they hear “HaTikvah” – Israel’s national anthem. They identify completely with the history of the people of Israel and thus they fulfill the text in Devarim 30:1, which says that “all this” that came over Israel will once again be in the hearts of those who make teshuvah (return) in the last days. They identify with the Jews who were brought to the Nazi death camps. If they had lived during that time, they would also have been suffering together with them. They like to watch Jewish movies in order to get to know their family. They want to dress like Jews, speak like Jews, eat like Jews, sing like Jews, celebrate Shabbat and all the feasts of Israel, and live a Jewish lifestyle in the home. This is a return to the national identity. The Jewish soul is being awakened within them. There is nothing that can stop this inner feeling that they have. They will experience religious resistance, curses, and rejection from their own family members. Brothers, sisters, parents, and children reject them because they have “gone crazy”. They do not care if they are humiliated, misinterpreted, persecuted, mistreated, or slandered, just as long as they can “come home”. They know that what has happened inside of them is something heavenly. In the midst of their fear and insecurity, there is something within them that is giving them the courage to go on, and this inner strength is more powerful than all external resistance. They know that they are a part of the Eternal’s program for Israel’s restoration in the end times, and they do not want to miss it, no matter what. They are willing to give their lives out of love for the Rabbi Yeshua from Natzeret, whom they have discovered as the Messiah of Israel who one day gave his life for them in order to give them an inheritance among the Jews. They have a cry inside of them which says, “Your people are my people and your Elohim is my Elohim”.

This is the fulfillment of the first type of return that is expressed in this text, the return of the heart to identify with the history of the people of Israel.

The Second Type of Return

30:2 “and shall return to HaShem your Elohim, and shall obey his voice according to all that I command you this day, you and your children, with all your heart, and with all your soul”(HNV revised) – The second type of return that is talked about is when the family returns to the Eternal, the Elohim of Israel, and to all his commandments that are written in the Torah of Moshe. This is primarily talking about coming into a much deeper relationship with the Eternal and getting revelation from the Scriptures from a Hebrew viewpoint, not a pagan/Greek viewpoint. These people’s way of thinking is changed so that they understand the written Word like never before. It is as if a veil has fallen from their minds so that they now can see the greatness of the Eternal and respect his Word in a deeper way. They become very aware that the Eternal cannot change his word, or change or do away with his covenants and his commandments. That which was true 3,500 years ago continues to be true still today. The commandments that are in Moshe’s Torah are no longer considered to be something of the past, but something very relevant and applicable to modern daily life. A deep longing rises up within them to study and learn how to fulfill the commandments that apply to their personal lives, their families, and their congregational fellowship. They have now understood that love for the Eternal is not only expressed in ecstatic emotions and love songs, but in a daily obedience to the eternal statutes that are written in HaShem’s Torah that was given through Moshe.

Secondly, this is speaking of a revelation concerning the importance of the family. Earlier they were more interested in their personal wellbeing and they sought the Eternal for their own sake. Now they have become aware that spiritual life has to do with family. They see how Avraham was chosen specifically to be a father, because he had the ability to convey to his children what the Eternal revealed to him. They understand that they must live a Torah-life in the family. The home becomes a meeting place with the Elohim of Israel. The family Shabbat becomes a meeting with Eternity. The dinner table becomes an altar where they eat before the Eternal and where they speak of spiritual things. The sex life is no longer a means of satisfying animalistic urges, but it becomes a heavenly experience full of consecration and purity. Respect for the position of authority that the husband and father has is being restored. An unselfish love from the husband toward his wife becomes both a strong desire to satisfy her needs as well as to be a practical help that takes the load off of her in her demanding household work. The conversations with the children become a part of the eternal plan that exists for each of them. The children are looked upon as heavenly gifts that carry the calling of being a part of a consecrated people who are trained to fulfill the commandments of the Eternal, to fight idolatry, to win the victory in the great tribulation that will come, and in the end to see the return of the Messiah on the clouds of heaven.

        The Third Type of Return

30:3 “that then HaShem your Elohim will turn your captivity, and have compassion on you, and will return and gather you from all the peoples, where HaShem your Elohim has scattered you.”(HNV revised) – This is talking about the Eternal’s response to those who return according to the first two points. If the people who are spread out among all the nations return to their Israelite identity and come back to the Eternal their Elohim and his Torah, which was given through Moshe, with their whole heart and their whole soul, then HaShem will cause them to return from the Diaspora to dwell in the land of Israel. This return is not the same as what we have seen throughout these past two centuries as Jews have returned from almost all the nations of the earth, although this is certainly a partial fulfillment of these promises. No, this text is speaking of something much larger. It is first speaking of a return to the Eternal and his Torah, including the commandment which speaks of believing in Yeshua, who was the promised prophet like Moshe, compare with Deuteronomy 18:15.

        One who returns to HaShem will take him seriously. He has given, and continues to give, testimony of his Son Yeshua. One who listens to the Father will come to Yeshua. One who does not come to Yeshua does not take HaShem seriously and is not obeying him. One who rejects Yeshua as the Messiah is rejecting HaShem who has made him the Messiah and Adon, first and foremost for the Jewish people, but also for all the inhabitants of the earth.

        The return to HaShem in the last days means, therefore, a return to the living Torah, Yeshua HaMashiach. When this happens, HaShem will do a great miracle. He will bring all of us to the Promised Land that was given to Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov’s descendants, even the gentiles who have converted through the Mashiach and are not physical descendants, as it is written in Galatians 3:7, 29,

“Know therefore that those who are of faith, the same are children of Avraham… If you are Messiah’s, then you are Avraham’s seed and heirs according to promise.”(HNV)

30:4 “If any of your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of the heavens, from there will HaShem your Elohim gather you, and from there will he bring you back”(HNV revised) – This text teaches us that this move of restoration of the Israelite identity among the descendants of Israel must begin in the lands that are the farthest away from the land of Israel. This is why the Messianic movement, “Hebrew roots”, and the Netzarite movement, are the strongest in the lands that are the farthest away from Israel; “from there” the Eternal begins his work of restoration in the end times. Since the sowing of the children of Israel was made from the land of Israel and out to the farthest corners of the earth, and the time has now come for bringing in the great harvest, which the prophets speak about, the return is beginning in the lands that are the farthest away from Israel and continues with the countries that are closer to Israel. Thus the whole world will be aware that he who scattered the children of Israel also gathers them together without leaving a single one behind.

        “bring you” – This expression is referring to the second step of a Hebrew marriage ceremony, the wedding itself, which is called “nisuin” (the lifting up) and lakach (take), when the bride is taken and brought under the chupah (the wedding canopy) in the home of the bridegroom’s father. Here we see how the wedding of the Lamb is announced in the Torah of Moshe. It will take place in Yerushalayim and will be celebrated for a thousand years.

30:5 “and HaShem your Elohim will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and he will do you good, and multiply you above your fathers.”(HNV revised) – According to R. Munk,[7] this could mean that the land of Israel is expanded.

30:6 “HaShem your Elohim will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love HaShem your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live.”(HNV revised) – In Deuteronomy 10:16, the people are urged to circumcise the foreskin of their hearts. Here, however, the Eternal promises that he himself will circumcise the hearts of the parents and children who have made teshuva. Since we have already talked about this, we will only note here that this is referring to the yetzer ha-rah – the evil urge – the original sin within man, being totally destroyed. This will finally happen when the Messiah Yeshua visits the people of Israel for the second time.

        “that you may live” – This is talking about eternal life, which is the result of the final circumcision of the heart.

The Fifth Aliyah, 30:7-10

 

30:7 “HaShem your Elohim will put all these curses on your enemies, and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.”(HNV revised) – This is speaking about the moment when the Messiah returns and when all the armies that fight against Yerushalayim will be crushed, compare with Zechariah 14.

        The Fourth Type of Return

30:8-9 “You shall return and obey the voice of HaShem, and do all his commandments which I command you this day. HaShem your Elohim will make you plenteous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground, for good: for HaShem will again rejoice over you for good, as he rejoiced over your fathers”(HNV revised) – I do not know if this is to be understood as a repetition confirming what was said earlier, or as a reference to another group of people within Israel. If we understand it to mean another group of people within Israel, i.e., not the group mentioned in verses 1-7, it is possible that it is talking about those who did not receive Yeshua as the Messiah earlier and were part of the bride or wedding guests and were transformed to become immortal, but about those of the children of Israel who receive Yeshua just as he comes back. They will receive the land of Israel as their physical inheritance while those who are a part of the bride of Messiah will rule with him from Yerushalayim in the Messianic kingdom for a thousand years.

        The descendants who are only dust of the earth will have their joy in the Eternal’s Torah during the thousand year Messianic reign.

        The Fifth Type of Return

30:8b, 10 “do all his commandments… if you shall obey the voice of HaShem your Elohim, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this Torah scroll; if you turn to HaShem your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul.”(HNV revised) – This is talking about the 613 commandments that will be kept during the Messianic reign, including the commandments concerning temple and animal sacrifice. This teaches us that the temple must be built again in connection with the return to Israel that take place in the end times and the return of the Messiah, compare with Ezekiel 40-48.

The Sixth Aliyah, 30:11-14

30:11-14 “For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it? But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it.”(HNV revised) – According to Nachamanides, this text is talking about the commandment to make teshuvah (return, repent), which is mentioned earlier in this context. The majority of the rabbis, including Rashi, say however, that it is talking about the Torah in general. Shaliach Shaul ben Gamliel gives the text a specific Messianic application, speaking from the drash-level, showing that the commandment that it is talking about is referring to the Messiah, the living Torah, as it is written in Romans 10:6-10,

“But the righteousness which is of faith says this, ‘Don’t say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?”’ – that is, to bring Messiah down – or, “’Who will descend into the abyss?’” – that is, to bring Messiah up from the dead. – But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth, and in your heart’ that is, the word of faith, which we preach: that if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Yeshua, and believe in your heart that Elohim raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.’”(HNV revised)

Note the connection between keeping the commandments and being saved by acknowledging Yeshua, who was raised from the dead, as Adon. There is one commandment that brings salvation more than any other commandment, and it is the commandment that talks about listening to and obeying the prophet who is like Moshe, compare with Deuteronomy 18:15. One who fulfills this commandment will be eternally saved, as it is written in Acts 16:31,

“They said, ‘Believe in the Lord Yeshua the Messiah, and you will be saved, you and your household.’”(HNV)

One who fulfills this commandment will be saved for eternity.

Furthermore, we can understand these texts to mean that salvation through Yeshua is the door which leads to a life in obedience to the rest of the commandments.

The Seventh Aliyah, 30:15-20

 

30:15 “Behold, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil”(HNV) – The Eternal does not force anyone to go the right way. He informs us of both ways, the way of life and the way of death, and we are free to choose. We cannot force anyone to love HaShem and to believe in Yeshua. Each person must choose to do this. On the other hand, we must inform all men that each person’s choice brings eternal consequences. There are very serious consequences to not obeying HaShem who commands us to choose the way of life and who commands all men to repent from evil and leave their idols, as it is written in Acts 17:30,

“The times of ignorance therefore Elohim overlooked. But now he commands that all people everywhere should repent”(HNV revised)

In Acts 13:38-41, it is written,

“Be it known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man is proclaimed to you remission of sins, and by him everyone who believes is justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the Torah of Moshe. Beware therefore, lest that come on you which is spoken in the prophets: ’Behold, you scoffers, and wonder, and perish; for I work a work in your days, a work which you will in no way believe, if one declares it to you.'”(HNV)

Freedom means responsibility. There is no freedom without responsibility.

30:19 “I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that you may live, you and your seed”(HNV) – Man has the ability to choose between the way of life and the way of death, but HaShem commands him to choose the way of life. One who does not do this is rebelling against the Eternal and will suffer the anguish of death for his rebellion.

   Heaven and earth stand as witnesses against all the sins of the people of Israel. Therefore the present heaven and earth must pass away after the thousand year reign, so that there will be no witnesses to recall the sins of Israel, compare with Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; Matthew 5:18; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1.

30:20 “to love HaShem your Elohim, to obey his voice, and to cleave to him; for he is your life, and the length of your days; that you may dwell in the land which HaShem swore to your fathers, to Avraham, to Yitzchak, and to Ya`akov, to give them.”(HNV revised) – Love for the Eternal is the way of life. Love for the Eternal is expressed by obedience to his voice in a very intimate relationship with him.

        “for he is your life” – He himself is the eternal life, as it is written in 1 John 5:20,

“We know that the Son of Elohim has come, and has given us an understanding, that we know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Yeshua the Messiah. This is the true Elohim, and eternal life.”(HNV revised)

The word “This” is referring to the Father, not to Yeshua. The Father is the true Elohim and the eternal life, and he has placed this eternal life in his Son Yeshua, as it is written in 1 John 5:12,

“He who has the Son has the life. He who doesn’t have Elohim’s Son doesn’t have the life.”(HNV revised)

Dear Reader, have you chosen the way of life? HaShem commands you to turn from the evil way and to choose the good way that leads to life. If you choose the way of life now, and trust in the atonement through Yeshua, you will be saved.

How we are Saved…

August 25, 2010

‘Cursed be anyone who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ (Deut.  27:26 NIV)

 

Who can deliver us from the curse?

This text is speaking of an attitude of “confirming” or “keeping to” the words of the Torah in one’s heart. One who says in his heart that the commandments no longer apply, will be cursed. On the other hand, one who holds fast to them in his heart will be blessed. Therefore, the Scriptures say in Romans 8:3-4: “For what the Torah couldn’t do, in that it was weak through the flesh, Elohim did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh; that the ordinance of the Torah might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”(HNV revised)

The demands of the Torah are fulfilled in us. It does not say by us, but in us. This is something internal, an attitude, a willingness, a readiness. The Messiah came so that we would be able to have the right attitude toward the commandments by being filled with the Spirit. A spirit that leads a person to reject the commandments of the Torah is not of the Eternal, it is not the Spirit of the Messiah, but the spirit of the anti-messiah (1 John 4:3; 2 Tim 2:7; Dan 7:25).

In Galatians 3:10, it is written: “For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who doesn’t continue in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.’”(HNV)

Here this quote from Deuteronomy 27:16 is used to describe the result of relating to the Torah in a wrong way, by using it as a means to self-justification. This is called “works of the law”, which is a theological term meaning “legalism”. If the Torah is used in this way, it will not bring anything other than a curse, for without faith, and in one’s own strength, it is impossible to fulfill the commandments the right way. This means that if you believe that you can obtain salvation by fulfilling the commandments in a legalistic, obligatory manner, you will be under a curse, for you do not have the ability to do it in your own strength. You need HaShem’s grace to receive forgiveness for mistakes. The expression “works of the law” does not mean to obey the Torah, but it is talking about a wrong way of fulfilling the commandments, by doing it to receive merit and earning approval for salvation on a scale where the good deeds on one side outweigh the bad deeds on the other side. This is a deceptive way of thinking. Salvation is not earned by merits.

The only way to be rid of the condemnation of your sin is that someone takes your place. In the sacrificial system that is described in Leviticus, we see how innocent animals had to carry the guilt of man. By this the Eternal, through his great compassion, forgave the people who were repentant.

However, animals cannot replace man. They are all shadows of the true sacrifice that was given once and for all, as a substitute, so that we could be forgiven on a judicially righteous basis. HaShem is righteous and he forgives us on account of Yeshua’s death.

Those who received forgiveness for their sins through the temple sacrifices received it because of the sacrifice of Yeshua, which is reflected in the temple sacrifices. Without the sacrifice of Yeshua, the temple sacrifices would not have any value (Rom 3:25-26).

If a person tries to replace his evil deeds with good deeds, even though the good deeds are in line with the Torah, he cannot remove the curse that came because of the disobedience, even if the disobedience was only against one single commandment. He needs to come to the Eternal for forgiveness, and acknowledge that he cannot save himself.

“The Anointed One redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—“ (Gal 3:13 ESV revised)

Thanks to the Eternal who has supplied with a substitute to deliver us from curse, sin and death!

Ketriel

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August 21, 2010
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I received the following information from  The Omega Letter Intelligence Digest Sunday, August 14, 2010 edition.  What you are about to read will or should shock you  ……  (you can click on the links to read more on each point)   These are just a few of the travesties against Christianity that are taking place in the only nation founded on the Old & New Testaments.  On the US Dollar note it boldly states  IN GOD WE TRUST  –  After reading the following accounts one must surely ask  ” what god is that referring to ?” or what in the world has happened to the once strongly Christian,  United States of America.”

You can’t pray on the steps of the Supreme Court.  You can’t preach from the Scriptures at a Gay Pride Parade.  A New Mexico federal judge warned a graduating class that he was sending a US Marshall to their graduation to ensure nobody said the Name ‘Jesus’ or they would spend six months in jail.  “Anyone who violates these orders, no kidding, is going to wish that he or she had died as a child when this court gets through with it,” the judge told the students. 

A teacher at the Lynn Lucas Middle School in Houston Texas threw away two students’ “Truth for Youth” Bibles, calling them “garbage.” She then took the students to the principal’s office where she threatened to call Child Protective Services on their parents for permitting them to bring their Bibles.  Later at the same school, different officials threw away students’ book covers showing the Ten Commandments, claiming the commandments were hate speech and could offend students. 

Senior citizens in Balch Springs, Texas were forbidden from saying grace before meals because the food they were grateful for was federally-subsidised.   Praying over federally-subsidized food violates the provisions of the 1st Amendment where it says, “Congress shall make no rule respecting the establishment of religion nor prohibit the free exercise thereof.”

In another case, school officials at the University of New Orleans denied Michelle Beadle permission to hand out an evangelistic tract that encourages Jewish people to embrace Jesus Christ as the true Messiah.  The university told Beadle, a Messianic Jew who works as a missionary for Christian Jew Foundation Ministries, that the content of the literature ‘may be offensive’ to some people.

There are probably dozens, if not hundreds of similar instances of this kind of extreme anti-Christian persecution.  If the founding fathers could see what is taking place in America today, they would be spinning in their graves.  How did it come to this ?     Have you ever heard of Muslims being told they can’t pray.  They stop and pray anywhere they like. Can you imagine the furore if they were told they can’t pray on public property.  Remember what happened in Denmark over an insulting cartoon.  Imagine what the media would say if Muslim prayer was banned except inside their Mosques.

I believe the Church, has been asleep or afraid to fight for the Faith  and has allowed the Athiests, the Satanists, the Islamists and the Gay brigade to get such a big foot in the door, there is no turning back.  The Body of Messiah needs to learn from our enemies and indignantly resist the encroachment of the enemy.  They never give up.  If they lose one battle, they retreat, regroup and attack again, until they achieve their demands. 

And then there is the Mosque they want to build at Ground Zero.  3000 innocent people died when the Twin Towers were destroyed by 19 Muslim terrorists and yet they have the audacity to want to build a shrine to worship Allah.  In times past they wouldn’t have stood a chance but in today’s PC world, there is only a very limited outcry against this offense  to the memory of those who perished.  I believe most Americans are appalled by the thought of a Mosque so close to Ground Zero, but most don’t dare raise their voice against it. Even New York’s Jewish mayor is in favour of it.  Someone please suggest to Mayor Bloomberg that he should builds a synagogue or church anywhere in Saudi Arabia and see how far he gets. 

I believe that the two greatest threats to Western civilization are the Muslims and the Gays.  Our nations bend over backwards to appease both groups.  Seems the West has forgotten how Islam has tried to wipe out Judaism and Christianity in the past, and that the ultimate goal of Islam is world domination under Allah.  In the past they used outright force and violence to achieve their goal, but in our time the ‘peaceful majority’ work quietly behind the scenes taking advantage of the Western worlds foolish ‘political correctness’, while the radical minority continue their murderous Jihad.  However, the goals of both are identical – to subdue and dominate the rest of the world and it seems the Jewish & Christian nations are their primary target.

You don’t have to be a professor to see how the gays have been working furiously to impose their abominable sexual orientation upon the normal world.  Like the Muslims they have been working quietly behind the scenes and more radically out in the open.  They too us political correctness and human rights to brainwash the rest of us into accepting their abominable practices as normal.  They too never give up.  Praise the Lord, their attempt to have Gay marriage legalised in California has been blocked.  But mark my words, they will be back to try again before too long.  And they will probably get their wicked way because the rest of us are silent.  I have said this before and I will say it again – it is time for the people of God to get MILITANT  –  spiritually in prayer and with the secular media. 

Actually there are 3 main threats to Western civilization.  Who is the 3rd ?  I am glad you asked !   its YOU & ME – if we dont rise up, speak up and front up to oppose the flood of evil that is engulfing us.   As you contemplate this article and wonder  “What in the World Has Happened to America ?”  consider you own nation –  it probably isn’t too far behind the United States.

The Lord bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on the land given to the Jewish people by the God of Israel. 
Lets pray that Israel will turn back to their God.  Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for that breakthrough to the Muslims,  and please remember to pray for all of the soldiers in the IDF -they are defending and fighting for the Kingdom of God.

Shabbat Shalom …. David & Josie 
 
THIS WEEKS NEWS REPORTS   

1.  John Bolton: Russia’s Loading of Nuke Fuel Into Iran Plant Means Aug. 21 Deadline for Israeli Attack    Aug 13th David  A. Patten
   News that Russia will load nuclear fuel rods into an Iranian reactor has touched off a countdown to a point of no return, a deadline by which Israel would have to launch an attack on Iran’s Bushehr reactor before it becomes effectively “immune” to any assault, says former Bush administration U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton.  Once the fuel rods are loaded, Bolton told Fox News on Friday afternoon, “it makes it essentially immune from attack by Israel. Because once the rods are in the reactor an attack on the reactor risks spreading radiation in the air, and perhaps into the water of the Persian Gulf.”   Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin declared in March that Russia would  start the Bushehr reactor this summer. But the announcement from a spokesman for Russia’s state atomic agency to Reuters Friday sent international diplomats scrambling to head off a crisis.
   The story immediately became front-page news in Israel, which has laid precise plans to carry out an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities while going along with President Obama’s plans to use international sanctions and diplomatic persuasion to convince Iran’s clerics not to go nuclear.  Bolton made it clear that it is widely assumed that any Israeli attack on the Bushehr reactor must take place before the reactor is loaded with fuel rods.  “most people think that neither Israel nor the United States, come to that, would attack the reactor after it’s been fueled.”
   The developments mean Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu soon may face a stark choice: Attack the Bushehr reactor in the next 8 days, or allow it to become operational despite the certainty it would greatly enhance Iran’s ability to create nuclear weapons.   The failure to demand it be shut down began in the Bush years, he said,  and continues with the Obama administration “under what I believe is the mistaken theory that Iran is entitled to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.”    Russia’s move would put Iran “in a much better position overall,” he said, adding, “I think this is a very delicate point, as I say, it closes off to the Israelis one possible target for pre-emptive military action.  U.N. sanctions against Iran, he said, “have not had and will not have any material effect on Iran’s push to have deliverable nuclear weapons.”
Please pray that any attack by Israel and or the USA  will not ignite a major M.E. war

2. Hezbollah Prepares for War   Yahoo News  Aug 13th
    With tensions mounting along their shared border, Israel’s military says Hezbollah is moving fighters and weapons into the villages of south Lebanon, building up a secret network of arms warehouses, bunkers and command posts in preparation for war.   The Israeli military has begun releasing detailed information about what it calls Hezbollah’s new border deployment,  four years after a cross-border raid by its guerrillas triggered a 34-day war.  Israel’s military says Hezbollah has changed strategy since the last war, moving most of its fighters and weapons from wooded rural areas into villages. It says the aim is to avoid detection and use to civilians for cover if war erupts.  The military says all of this exists under the nose of 12,000 international peacekeepers who, by their own count, conduct up to 340 patrols a day in south Lebanon but are hobbled by a hostile population and rules preventing them from searching private property.
    In an interview with The Associated Press on Mount Adir, a hill overlooking the border, an officer from the military’s Northern Command pointed through the summer haze at the village of Aita al-Shaab.   One of its southernmost buildings, a white structure housing mentally handicapped children, is a Hezbollah lookout post, the officer said. Several guerrilla command posts are in civilian buildings in the centre of Aita al-Shaab, she said, with several dozen fighters able to move among houses through underground tunnels. The military would not allow her name to be used because of the sensitivity of her job.   The village also houses a network of warehouses holding arms trucked in from Iran via Syria, she said, some in stand-alone structures and some in smaller stashes in garages, basements and buried under backyards.
     The officer said the guerrillas now have 5,000 fighters operating in the buffer zone between the border and the Litani River ­ a strip ranging from 5 kilometres to 30 kilometres (3 miles to 18 miles) wide ­ which is supposed to be free of militant activity under the 2006 cease-fire. In late 2009, Nasrallah said Hezbollah’s rocket arsenal stood at 30,000. Israel says it’s now about 40,000.  In preparation for a new round against Hezbollah, the Israeli military has simulated parts of south Lebanon at a training base called Elyakim, about an hour’s drive south from the border. A second facility in central Israel is nearing completion.   One day in late July, near a mock Lebanese village of grey concrete, a company of sweating Israeli infantry recruits staged a manoeuvre through thick Lebanese-style undergrowth, complete with rockets hidden in the bushes and bombs camouflaged as rocks.  A square metal cover on the earth opened onto a concrete tunnel where Lt. Natan Mann stood in the dark, drilling his men for the real thing.   “The army has made tactical changes and changes in its mindset,” said Mann, 23, one hand on the plastic grip of his rifle. “We’re either at war, or we’re training for war.”
Please pray that the Lord will move His hand mightly in the future war with Lebanon & Syria
 
3. Israel, PA Reported On Verge of Direct Talks    ICEJ News  Aug 16th
    According to various press reports over the weekend, Israel and the Palestinian Authority are on the verge of publicly agreeing to direct talks, although there is still uncertainty whether both sides will accept the terms of reference for such negotiations expected to be issued by the Mideast Quartet by Tuesday.  Reuters reported over the weekend that, according to a letter in its possession signed by the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas is ready to announce this week his readiness to finally move to direct negotiations with Israel, some 18 months after Benjamin Netanyahu became prime minister.
    The Quartet “should help President Abbas rally enough support, both at home and abroad, to engage in direct talks,” Ashton reportedly said. Ashton added in the letter that Israel must stop building in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and other conditions, which she said must “be issued concurrently with the announcement of the launch of direct talks.”   The impending Quartet statement is expected to reaffirm a March 19 communique’ which called for a halt to all Israeli settlement activity and a final peace accord to be implemented within two years.  Reuters also quoted a senior Palestinian official as saying that the talks would be based on the idea of establishing a Palestinian state “on the basis of pre-1967 borders. This language is what has been accepted in all the agreements over the past 18 years by Israeli prime ministers, including Netanyahu in his first term.”  But senior officials in the Prime Minister’s Office insisted on Sunday that  Netanyahu is not budging from his long held position that there must be no preconditions for direct talks.
    Abbas is also reported to be backing down from his insistence that he will not enter into direct talks unless Israel first agrees to extend the settlement freeze past its current September 26 deadline and to expand it to include eastern Jerusalem as well. He reportedly is now ready to accept a watered down statement by the Quartet that Israel should not be building in West Bank settlements, and is planning to seek approval from the PLO Executive Committee by Tuesday for this change in position.  Meanwhile, the Hamas terror militia that rules the Gaza Strip has been urging Abbas not to agree to the talks. On Sunday, Palestinian factions in the rejectionist front warned that the talks were dangerous for Palestinian interests. “Insisting on direct talk throws a life line to Israel as its isolation deepens,” said a Hamas statement, which was also signed by Islamic Jihad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine. “A return to direct talks serves the US and Zionist aim to liquidate the national rights of the Palestinian people.” 
Please pray that the Israeli negotiating team do not cave in to Arab,US, UN, or EU demands

Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist groups have stepped up their attacks in Judea and Samaria as pressure over Israel-PA negotiations increases. Two IDF soldiers and a civilian woman were wounded in rock-throwing attacks in the past week. In other such assaults, vehicles were damaged, but the passengers escaped injury.  PA officials recently admitted Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is under intense pressure to agree to direct negotiations with Israel.  Abbas has demanded that Israel freeze construction east of the 1949 armistice line and agree to use the line as the base for negotiations on the borders of a PA state.  Only when Israel concedes will the PA begin talks, he says. Recent reports suggest Israel is under pressure to agree to Abbas’ demands. On Friday, the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayyat reported PM Binyamin Netanyahu has agreed to give Abbas 90% of Judea and Samaria for the establishment of a PA state, and to forcibly expel the roughly 50,000 Jews living in the area.
4. PA Violence Continues Even Though Direct Peace Talks Near   Israel National News   Aug 14th
     Please pray that Israel will not enter into any agreement while the Arabs continue to reject Israel’s right to exist

5.  Israel Preparing Massive Underground Bomb Shelters     ICEJ News  Aug 19th
Israel is planning to build massive new underground bomb shelters in train stations and other public facilities, and will upgrade older shelters, all for use in case of anticipated missile barrages and chemical or biological attacks. “The State of Israel is preparing to build additional large underground spaces which would be able to absorb tens of thousands of people and protect them from non-conventional weapons for a long period of time,” Major-General Ronny Seri, head of the Home Front Command’s fortification department, told Yedioth Ahronoth on Tuesday. The new spaces are being built with state of the art air filters, medical facilities and communications lines. The new train station in southern Jerusalem will be equipped with a shelter 80 meters underground to protect up to 5,000 people against a chemical or biological attack. The subway in Haifa, a new underground parking garage in Holon, and the recently renovated Habima theater in Tel Aviv are also being planned for use as emergency public shelters against unconventional attack
Please pray for these shelters to be ready in time for the next attack against Israel

6. Algeria, Lebanon Sending Blockade Runners to Gaza   ICEJ News   Aug 19th
      Israel’s Channel 10 TV news reported on Thursday that a ship from Algeria is on its way to attempt to run the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. The ship, which is sponsored by the Libyan government and organized by a private group called the Muslim Wise Men, has several prominent religious and political leaders aboard in addition to food, educational materials and medical supplies. Meantime, the Lebanese ship the “Miriam,” named after the Virgin Mary and carrying aid and some 70 female activists, will set sail from Lebanon on Sunday in hopes of breaking the Israeli blockade, even though Cyprus has warned the vessel will not be allowed to pass through its waters. A senior Cyprus official said today his nation has a “moral and legal responsibility” to those entering its waters, and that a blockade-busting ship could endanger lives along with “regional peace and stability,” a clear reference to the deadly Mavi Marmara incident in late May. Lebanese leaders have refused to meet with the flotilla sponsors, indicating the mission does not have their blessing. Israel has eased the Gaza blockade in recent weeks to allow everything in except weapons and dual use materials, but anti-Israel activists still appear determined to make their point. Former British MP George Galloway, whose group Viva Palestina is preparing its own aid flotilla for September, said this week:  “We are at a moment when pressure can be brought to bear as never before to frustrate Israel’s moves to crush the Palestinians.”
Please pray that these ships will be turned back before that even get close to confronting the Israeli navy

7. Hamas on Killing spree in Gaza   Alex Fishman   YNet news  Aug 9th
    News about bodies occasionally found at sea are published by Gaza newspapers. The number of such bodies isn’t huge, yet not all those drowning victims chose to go swimming voluntarily. The Gazans who found their death at sea include mid-level officials at sensitive government ministries.  Some of them were shot in the head before being sent on their swim. There is a common denominator to these deaths: All of the victims were designated as traitors by the secret service of Hamas’ military wing in charge of counter-espionage and executed as collaborators. And these are not just simple collaborators, but rather, people who penetrated deep into Hamas’ government; so deep that Hamas leaders are embarrassed to expose the failure and prefer to make these people disappear, with or without a brief court-martial.
    These are clear signs of distress for Hamas’ regime… The group failed to breach the naval blockade, failed to breach the obstacle of global recognition (Hamas flirts with the Norwegians and Swiss, who make great promises without the ability to deliver) and failed to breach the obstacle of Arab recognition… Meanwhile, the religious pressure keeps building up inside the Strip. Religious laws are becoming stricter and expand: Beardless men feel unease, while women are not allowed to smoke nargilas and must don a burqa, and so on. Gaza’s streets are becoming Iran-like.
   Hamas’ frustration already comes with a price: The recent rockets fired at Ashkelon and Sderot were shot by Hamas’ military wing, without notifying the group’s political leadership. There is no doubt that this fire aimed to destroy the calm and reignite the conflict against Israel & However, Hamas suffered a greater embarrassment following the delusional rocket attack on Eilat, which ended up killing and wounding people in Jordan’s Aqaba of all places.
Please pray that the world will wake up the wickedness of Hamas

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Let my people stay…

August 21, 2010
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Obama, a ‘Strategic Catastrophe’
Israeli officials say it’s not Iran that is Israel’s greatest threat | Aviel Schneider



Netanyahu to Obama: Let my people…STAY!

Although Israeli officials publicly play down the crisis in relations between Jerusalem and Washington, privately the language is much different. Sources close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu describe Obama as a “strategic catastrophe” for Israel.

Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office, speaking on condition of anonymity to the nation’s top newspapers, see the Obama administration as a serious threat to the future of the State of Israel. On the record, Israel and the US have a “strategic partnership that is unbreakable”; off the record, the terminology is blunt to say the least.

“President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have drawn a clear line, supporting the Palestinian position at the expense of Israel,” said one Netanyahu confidant. “It is insane, it is sick. Relations between Jerusalem and Washington are simply disastrous; the situation has never been so dangerous. This US President wants to establish a Palestinian state at any price and hand them Jerusalem on a silver platter.”

Netanyahu has repeatedly distanced himself from such statements, but commentators say the government speaks with a forked tongue. “Israel’s relations with the US are at a low point, and Obama poses a danger to Israel,” wrote Nahum Barnea in the nation’s biggest newspaper Yediot Ahronot.

The feeling among the Israeli public is that Obama is appeasing the Muslim world at the expense of Israel.

“The American President told me in confidence that he is a Muslim,” said Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Nile TV. That could explain why Obama has instructed that the term “Islamic extremism” no longer be used in official government documents and statements.

Furthermore, the US is now accusing Israel of harming American interests in the Middle East. General David Petraeus, the head of US Central Command, said Israel’s intransigence on resolving the conflict with the Palestinians is endangering US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Even the US Congress considers Obama’s behavior toward Netanyahu humiliating. Three-quarters of the House of Representatives, 337 of 435 members, signed a bipartisan letter to Clinton expressing “deep concern over recent tension” between the two countries, and demanding that it be smoothed over quickly and in private.

“Obama is a real problem for Israel,” a senior official told told Yediot. “He is Israel’s biggest strategic catastrophe.”

The newspaper also quoted another official who believes that for the first time Washington has switched sides. “The Obama White House is putting pressure only on Israel but does not expect anything from the Palestinians,” he said. “These American demands are unacceptable.”

“The Americans know very well that Israeli construction has always been happening in East Jerusalem and building in Jewish neighborhoods has never been frozen,” said another official. “The Americans use excuses like [the Jewish neighborhood of] Ramat Shlomo and the Shepherd Hotel [another Jewish building project in East Jerusalem] to confront Netanyahu.”

So during Passover, Netanyahu invited Nobel Prize-winning author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel to his private residence in Caesaria. He urged Wiesel, who is an American citizen, to make it clear to his good friend Obama how important Jerusalem is to the Jewish people.

“Jerusalem was, is and always will be the united capital of Israel,” said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. “Construction in all parts of Jerusalem will continue.”

According to a poll by the Independent Media Review & Analysis, 70 percent of Israeli Jews oppose a construction freeze in East Jerusalem, compared to only 19 percent who support it. The survey also found that 69 percent believe the division of Jerusalem with international control of the Old City would lead to ongoing conflict rather than peace.

Officials in Netanyahu’s inner circle believe Obama’s strategy is to force a change of government in Israel. By forcing Israeli concessions on the “settlement” issue, hawks could bolt the coalition, pushing Netanyahu into an alliance with the dovish Kadima party. Kadima is led by former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who, under the previous Olmert government, offered the Palestinians an independent state in 97 percent of the disputed territories with a capital in East Jerusalem.

Obama has been buoyed by his domestic success in passing the historic health care reform bill. And he may believe that he can extend that victory to the international arena by resolving the Middle East conflict. But if Obama continues to underestimate Israeli resolve on Jerusalem, his peace efforts are doomed to failure.

 

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SHABBOT SHALOM!

July 30, 2010

Eph 6:11-12 “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (NKJ)

We are in an ongoing battle every moment of our lives. In every decision that we make, we have a choice to obey God and bring Him glory, or to disobey Him and cause Him grief, regardless of anyone else knowing of this choice. Everything that we do echoes in the spiritual realm, every thought, every whim, every attitude and every word. As Shaul (Paul) wrote in the above verse, it is not against flesh and blood that we wrestle, but against principalities, powers and spiritual hosts. Out of all the armour of God stated in Eph 6, the Sword of the Spirit is the only offensive weapon that we have.  All the others are
defensive weapons that are designed to keep us from the fiery arrows that the enemy sends our way. The only weapon that we have to strike back at the enemy is the sword. There is a famous saying that I think we have all heard at one point or another in our lives: “The best defence is a strong offence”.  Wars and battles are not won by being on the defensive, but by attacking, striking hard at the enemy and advancing forward until he either surrenders or withdraws.

It is for good reason that it is called the ‘Sword of the Spirit’  because it is a spiritual weapon and we must be in the Spirit in order to use it. Our sword is the living word of God that is “…powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb 4:12, NKJ). But in order for it to be affective, we must know how to use it and be skilled in handling it. How can a soldier go to war with a weapon that he does not know how to use? Just imagine a soldier throwing his M-4
rifle at the enemy instead of shooting at him with it – not very effective. Also think of a soldier who knows how to use his M-4, meaning he knows how to fire it, but it takes him forever to change a clip, or he only know how to fire standing up, but not squatting, sitting, kneeling or lying down. This is not how a trained, skilled soldier is to perform in battle.  So we must know how to use our sword and be skilled in it.

A perfect example can be found in Matt 3:16 going into Matt 4. Yeshua goes through ‘Tironut’ or ‘Basic Training – Boot Camp’ in English.  It is the first time that we see that the enemy tempted Yeshua.  The first thing we see is that after He was baptized Yeshua was filled with the Spirit and was then moved by the Spirit into the desert. Notice the importance of being in the Spirit. Before His baptism Yeshua did not perform any miracles nor minister in anyway. We are only told that He grew in wisdom and stature before God and men. In the desert the enemy came to Yeshua in order to attack Him. Notice the pattern in the temptations:

First, Satan attacks Yeshua in the weakness / vulnerability of His flesh. Yeshua was hungry after fasting for 40 days already and the enemy tries to get Him to turn stones into bread. Notice how Yeshua, being filled with the Spirit strikes the enemy with the Sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God) with much skill and precision. He knows exactly how to use His weapon to refute the attack of the enemy.

Secondly, the enemy tries to use the word to cause Yeshua to fall. The enemy is doing two things here – 1/ he is twisting and perverting the word of God from the truth that is in it and  2/ he is attacking the sovereignty of God the Father over Yeshua’s life. Again Yeshua knows how to strike skillfully with the truth of the word against the perversion of the word.

Thirdly, the enemy offers Yeshua a short cut and a cheap alternative of the real promise given by the Father (Psalm 110:1). Yeshua knows why He has come, He knows what is planned for Him and what He must do. Heb 12:2 “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (NKJ).   Again Yeshua strikes the devil with the word of God and the enemy finally flees from Him just as is written in James 4:7 “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (NKJ).  Then the angels come and minister to Him both physically (food) and spiritually,  I believe. What a perfect example of how we are to stand in the word and use it in the spirit to come against the enemy’s attacks, resisting (defending and counter-attacking) until he flees!

Another prime example is young King David when fighting against Goliath (read 1 Sam 17:45-50). David is skilled in his simple weapons – the slingshot and
the shepherds staff, but not with all of Saul’s armour and weaponry. He goes out against Goliath with what he is skilled in. I believe that David was filled with and moved by the Spirit at that moment as it was not normal for him to do what he did in that situation. Goliath curses David and his God, the God of Israel. Goliath wishes to enslave Israel. His words are lofty and come against the word of God. David speaking prophetically with boldness declares to Goliath exactly what is about to happen to him and this soon comes to pass. There was a spirit working in Goliath that exalted itself against the knowledge of God and His truth that was cut down and destroyed by a brave freckly red head who knew God’s word, was skilled in it, was brave and saw beyond Goliath’s size, armour and battle experience to God’s promises, purposes and desires.

2 Cor 10:3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” (NKJ)

The apostles were commanded by the Lord not to leave Jerusalem until they were filled with power from on high, until they were filled with the Spirit. Walking in the Spirit is the living out the New Covenant. Only in the Spirit can we walk according to God’s commandments.  Only in the Spirit are we in tune with our Master, our Abba (Father) to do His will, just as Yeshua was. Of course we will always fail and wrestle with our flesh, but still that is our goal and our vision.

In these days there are many spirits that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God concerning those who are the Lord’s and also the nation of Israel. Let us become more skilled in the Word. Let us proclaim the word over out lives and over the nation of Israel. The enemy will keep attacking because he knows that his time is short, but we have a weapon that is “living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit…”   to strike back with. Let us walk in the Spirit and make full use of our spiritual sword – the Word of God.

The Lord bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on the land given to the Jewish people by the God of Israel. 
Lets pray that Israel will turn back to their God.  Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for that breakthrough to the Muslims,  and please remember to pray for all of the soldiers in the IDF -they are defending and fighting for the Kingdom of God.

Shabbat Shalom …. David & Josie 
 
THIS WEEKS NEWS REPORTS   

1. Remains of IDF Crewman Recovered From Crash Site in Romania   ICEJ News   July 28th
    IDF recovery teams have found the remains of six Israeli Air Force crewman and their Romanian comrade killed when their CH-53 transport helicopter crashed during a training mission in Romania Monday night. The team, which included troops from the elite search-and-rescue unit 669, Oketz elite canine unit which includes dogs specially trained to locate body parts, Rabbinical Corps, Medical Corps and Spokesperson’s Unit landed in Romania early Wednesday morning and were immediately taken to the crash site in the Carpathian mountains by their Romanian hosts, who had rushed to secure the site early Tuesday morning. “The wreckage is scattered over a large area,” a senior IDF officer told the Jerusalem Post. “The teams are at the site working to collect the remains and pieces of the wreckage which are required for the air force’s investigation into what caused the crash.” Despite the remote location and steep terrain, Romanian officials managed to recover the aircrafts black box Tuesday evening, and the investigation is focusing on either mechanical failure or possibly pilot error in the thick fog and high winds as possible causes of the crash.
Please pray the the Holy Spirit will comfort & touch the family & friends who are grieving at this tragic loss

2.  Gaza Rockets Pound Southern Israel   Israel Today News   July 25th
     Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired four rockets and two mortar shells at communities in southern Israel on Saturday.  There were no injuries in any of the attacks, as all the projectiles landed just outside local Israeli villages.  Defense officials noted that at least one of the Palestinian rockets was manufactured in a very professional manner, and they believe it had been imported into the Hamas-controlled territory.   Israeli officials have been warning for months and even years that despite international guarantees and feeble efforts to prevent arms smuggling into Gaza, terrorists based there has managed to acquire large quantities of long and short-range weapons. The presence of these weapons will inevitably lead to renewed open warfare in the area.   Please pray for supernatural protection over the citizens that are under fire from these rockets and mortars

3. Gaza Rockets Strike Asheklon    ha Aretz News   July 30th
    A Grad-type Katyusha rocket fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip struck close to an apartment building in a residential area of Ashkelon on Friday, while two mortar shells exploded in the western Negev just a few hours later.   The Katyusha rocket hit the populated neighborhood just after 8:30 A.M., causing some damage to the nearby building and to a number of parked cars. There were no casualties in the incident, but at least two people were treated for shock. Residents said that the Color Red rocket alert sounded prior to the explosion.  Police sapper removing Grad in Ashkelon At around 12:30 P.M., two mortar shells hit the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.
    The attack on Ashkelon was one of the first to strike the southern city after months of quiet since Israel launched a three week military campaign in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in late 2008, called Operation Cast Lead in Israel.   “No doubt this is the most serious event that happened since Operation Cast Lead,” Ashkelon mayor Benny Vaknin told Israel Radio. The city is located about 12 km (7 miles) up the coast from the Gaza Strip and has some 125,000 residents 
Please pray that the IDF locates and tapprehends those responsible for firing these rockets

4. PM NETANYAHU: No Extension to the 10 Month settlement Freeze    Jerusalem Post    July 25th
     PM Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel will not extend a 10-month freeze in West Bank settlement construction, which is set to end in late September.  It was not clear whether Netanyahu was trying to pressure Palestinians to resume direct peace talks. Netanyahu noted that his cabinet declared the moratorium to encourage Palestinians to negotiate with Israel directly, instead of through the US.  He said the freeze was limited in time: “It has not changed and that’s how it will be.” (J.Post)  It is easy for those who have not visited Israel to picture “Israeli settlements,” so often in the news, as a few tents, huts or trailers in the wilderness; temporary camps with handfuls of Jewish zealots that could easily find other accommodations – if that’s all it would take to make peace with the Palestinians.  In fact, as of November 2009, approximately 280,000 Israelis live in the 121 officially-recognized settlements in the West Bank, a further 190,000 Israelis live in settlements in East Jerusalem.  Settlements range from farming communities to suburbs to frontier villages, and, in the case of East Jerusalem, city neighborhoods. The three largest settlements, Modi’in Illit, Maale Adumim and Betar Illit, are cities with over 30,000 residents each.  These Jewish communities include homes, schools, government buildings, shopping centers and thriving business. The US in past months has insisted that Israel forgo even natural growth construction to meet the need for additional schools, medical facilities, apartments, and shops. The reason for this is to accommodate the outrageous Palestinian hopes and demands that Israelis will eventually agree to walk away from these thriving towns and neighborhoods and turn them over to their enemies in exchange for a false peace.  It is an answer to many prayers that the Israeli government has now refused to continue the settlement freeze past late September. The agreement has borne only bad fruit. The Gaza Strip is an outstanding example of what always happens when Israel and her so called allies fall for the lie of peace with Islamists: Ongoing terrorist attacks, rocket assaults and years of Jewish work on homes and businesses destroyed.
Please pray for all round support for PM Netanyahu as he stands strong in God plan for the Jewish people to re-populate all of the Promised Land

5.  Israeli Volleyball Team Attacked in Turkey    Israel Today News  July 25th
An Israeli women’s volleyball team was assailed by violent protestors while playing an international match against Serbia in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Saturday.  Turkish rioters carrying Palestinian flags clashed with a large police force deployed at the event. The demonstrators also carried posters of Furkan Dogan, the youngest of nine so-called “peace activists” who were killed while attacking an Israeli boarding party that intercepted a Turkish-sponsored flotilla trying to break the maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip.  Israel last week lifted a travel advisory warning Israelis not to visit Turkey in the wake of the May 31 flotilla incident. Saturday’s attack suggested the travel advisory may have been lifted prematurely, and that Israelis visiting Turkey could still find themselves in danger simply for being Israeli.   Turkish hostility toward Israel has been mounting for some time, and the flotilla incident was merely an excuse to escalate it further. In February of this year, months before the flotilla incident, an Israeli basketball team playing in Turkey was pelted with glass bottles and forced to flee the court during a game.    Please pray for protection over all Israelis wherever they are in the World

6.  Former CIA Head:  US Attack on Iran Becoming More Likely  FOX News  July 24th
     A former CIA director says military action against Iran now seems more likely because no matter what the U.S. does diplomatically, Tehran keeps pushing ahead with its suspected nuclear program.  Michael Hayden, a CIA chief under President George W. Bush, says that during his tenure a strike was “way down the list” of options. But he tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that such action now “seems inexorable.”   He predicts Iran will build its program to the point where it’s just below having an actual weapon. Hayden says that would be as destabilizing to the region as the real thing.  U.S. officials have said military action remains an option if sanctions fail to deter Iran.  Iran says its nuclear work is for peaceful purposes such as power generation.
Please pray for any such attack on Iran to be succesful with no loss of life on all sides

7.  Church Leaders Who Claim The God of Israel is Allah    Yale Education Website
     A “who’s who” of evangelical Christian leaders, including Rick Warren, Robert Schuller, Brian McLaren, Richard Cizik and Bill Hybels, have signed a letter to the Muslim community entitled “Loving God And Neighbor Together” that openly equates Allah with the Christian God.  By affirming that Allah is God, the 300 Christian leaders in this letter are denying the Triune God of the Bible. The reality is that the Quran denies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God no less than nine times.  This letter represents apostasy of the highest order. It is another huge step towards the one world religion and one world church of the last days. The Christian ministers who signed this letter have denied their faith and have brought shame to their ministries and congregations. Therefore, we are calling for the immediate resignation of each and every Christian minister that signed this letter.    You can find a list of the Christian leaders that signed this letter here:    http://www.yale.edu/faith/acw/acw.htm    You will likely recognize quite a few names on that list.    Please pray that these apostate leaders wake up to the folly of their ways and repent before it is too late for them and the people they are  deceiving.

When iconic Seventies disco group Boney M rocked Ramallah this week, the local music festival prevented the band from performing one of its biggest hits.  Lead singer Maizie Williams said Palestinian concert organisers told her it was probably not the wisest of ideas to sing Rivers Of Babylon.   The song’s chorus quotes from the Book of Psalms, referring to the exiled Jewish people’s yearning to return to the biblical land of Israel.   Palestinians question the Jewish historical connection to the Holy Land, and organisers felt that it might have been ‘inappropriate’ for the band to play the song – and asked for it to be skipped in the set list.   Williams said: ‘I don’t know if it is a political thing or what, but they asked us not to do it.  ‘We were a bit disappointed that we could not do it because we know that everybody loves this song no matter what.’   The band performed its other big hits, like Ma Baker, Daddy Cool, and Rasputin in front of hundreds of fans.   Making people happy: Boney M star Maizie Williams says she does not want to worry about politics, concentraiting instead on entertaining.

8.  Boney M Asked Not to Sing ” Rivers of Babylon”  at Ramallah Concert    Foreign News Service July 24th
         *  Recommended U-Tube Video Clips  *

      New insights to the battle of Gog & Magog by Chuck Missler  http://www.god.tv/video/play?video=1280 45 minutes

     Israel Under Fire    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMEvrxgv3O0

       Interesting info from an Arab perspective    http://www.shoebat.com/videos/speak2arab.php

      What is Obama planning ?       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNlaQEYw0q4&feature=player_embedded

       For those who want to boycott Israel       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbIQto3KPUM&eurl

     Israeli innovation          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHStBGk_D8Y

      what may unfold over the next few months    http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=mpg&mpid=136

85 other YouTube videos about Israel at:http://www.jr.co.il/videos/israel-videos.htm

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FINANCES: The Carmel Alert prayer points bulletin is sent out weekly via e-mail.  We also produce a bi-monthly  family ministry newsletter which we prefer to send out by postal mail.  Much of our literature is on our  website at:  www.out-of-zion.com Out of Zion Ministries is answering the call to be a blessing and a light to the nations.   David regularly travels to churches around the world to share the Word of the Lord in respect to the Jewish roots of Christianity, and to bring awareness of the Church’s relation-ship to Israel and  the Jewish people and her responsibility to partner with the Lord in the restoration of  Israel.  We are open to  visiting your congregation if  we are invited.  We are have a vision to take the Gospel to the Jew first and then to the people of other nations.
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