From Jerusalem With Love

 

Hi Friends!
I wanted to share a letter from our sis in Jerusalem. I haven’t done this in awhile and felt compelled to again.  May you read and pray as God leads you.  Love, Deb

 

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“You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; The river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, For so You have prepared it.” PSALM 65:9
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” REVELATION 22:1-2

Greetings with grace and mercy in The Blessed Name of our Lord, Yeshua h’meshiach. May He be blessed and glorified and may you (and I) be encouraged toward Him for His glory. May you (and I) be TRULY planted beside His River, drinking of the fullness of it and producing HIS fruit for His glory!

Well…the longer I put off writing this letter because there is just too much to write about…the more there IS to write about: It only multiplies daily!

I have not written to you since our torrential rains claimed 7 lives; nor since the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and senior Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis; not since our electioneering started again intensely for the THIRD time in a year…nor since the 49 (according to Miki Levi – the police spokesman) Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers and assorted dignitaries and heads of state solidified their participation in events marking the 75th year since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp; named The World Holocaust Forum. That began today and perhaps I will begin there and work backwards.

‘There will be major traffic disruptions this week, especially on Wednesday and Thursday.’ all of the media informed us to a collective groan. ‘You are advised to leave vehicles at home (not in tow away zones) and take public transportation if you have to leave your houses.’ …’Public transportation will experience delays and disruptions…’ (they neglected to add ‘and insane overcrowding’) I watched as sharp shooters staked out roof tops and popped up from under man hole covers. Security vehicles inspected every corner of the city…and under every rock. At the bus stops the flashing sign read (in Hebrew, Arabic and English) ‘The bus lines will experience significant delays and interruptions on the 22 and 23rd. For specific information call *8787’. My boss insisted that I could make it to work, so I called *8787. After about 20 minutes of music (EVERYONE was calling *8787!) an annoyed worker told me that they HAVE no information concerning Jerusalem buses and that I should just stay home. When I gave my boss what information I had gotten he just rolled his eyes and said that he’d pay for a taxi. NOT SO EASY! You see…I LIVE on Hertzl Blvd…very near to Yad V’Shem (the Holocaust Memorial). I work across town. My memories of the visits of US Presidents Obama and then Trump are still quite vivid; walking to work isn’t as bad as walking home when I am tired…about 1.5-2 hours each way…and I am older and less agile.
But why are they gathering?
Our President, Reuven Rivlin, hosted them as anti-semitism has been rising at a most alarming rate while the number of Holocaust survivors is dropping rapidly: ‘Never Again’ and ‘Never Forget’ seems nearly forgotten and our nation seeks a way to prevent what appears inevitable.

HOLD THAT THOUGHT! (or perhaps drop it!)
I am incredibly thankful and humbled by The Lord’s restraining Hand! I had tried my best to write and send this letter yesterday…but interruption after interruption put an end to ALL of my best efforts.

Last night before going to sleep I listened to some of the events and was deeply touched…and learned things that I hadn’t known. This morning as I prepared to write, my husband turned the proceedings on and said ‘Come and see! You need to see this!’ …I had ‘INTENDED’ to write…but I went and saw and could not stop watching and listening.

As I sat down to work on this letter yet AGAIN…there was an email from my Pastor concerning what I was watching and it was said so much better than I ever could that I will include it and only add one fact that I learned from the conference that sent chills down my spine and I hadn’t known: A historian and researcher at Yad Vashem exhibited meticulous notebooks filled with lists, photos, information and even fingerprints! Ofcourse I KNEW about the lists that they kept; the ‘inventories’…but I never thought of it in this light: He said how IRONIC it was that the stated intent of the Nazis was to wipe ALL MEMORY of the Jews from the earth…to eradicate their names…their ways… their lives. Instead…preserved IN JEWISH JERUSALEM…are their names, information, even photographs and fingerprints recorded as witness by the Nazis themselves…Oh my! I was overwhelmed by the impact of what I was seeing. God sovereign will: ‘They will NOT be forgotten! You will be defeated!’ It is as if I am in a dream to realize that, yes, we are a PART of this huge spiritual battle…and I share with you from Jerusalem…restored to the Jews after 2,000 years!

Yesterday, while I was still only thinking narrowly…I confess…about the traffic jams and being ‘sequestered’ – my own selfish interests, I was waiting in an office across from a woman older than I, perhaps 85. She was speaking English, it seemed as if perhaps she was doing a phone interview with someone in America. I was able to make out both sides of the conversation. She was quite serious and it was her intensity that touched me. She said ‘I never thought that I would live to see this day. I never dreamed that such a thing would happen, but it is and ha’Shem (God) has brought it about! Do you understand what we are witnessing?’ I understood that she was speaking about this gathering and I was ashamed for my narrow thoughts. I looked at her and realized that she was indeed a Holocaust survivor and began to think about what it must feel like to her; could it be even like Joseph seeing his brothers coming, bowing down to ask for food?

So, these two days have passed with, in my opinion, minimal inconvenience considering the amount of astounding security; I can’t imagine HOW they pulled it off, protecting all of these dignitaries and escorting them around the city as well as in and out of the country.

And rather than comment further I will attach my Pastor’s letter…it is more important to digest Truth than added words. May The Lord TRULY keep you in His perfect will, tender of heart and before Him for His glory… and me too please Lord! Lovingly, your sister.

A warning to the nations; a wake-up call to the Jewish people, and to the Body of Christ

(If you want to read this on the web, click here)

Fifth World Holocaust Forum – The largest diplomatic event in Israel’s history!
The Forum this year will commemorate the 75th liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
It theme is: “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism,”

The peculiar thing about this year’s Forum:
It was hoped that 10 or 15 world leaders would agree to attend. Instead, it has become the largest diplomatic event in Israel’s history.

Delegations from 49 countries, including 41 heads of states, are in Israel at this moment. The US vice president, Mr. Pence, Russia’s president, Mr. Putin, Prince Charles of Britain, French president Mr. Macron, and many other kings and heads of states.

Why is this significant – A warning to the nations
First: We are in a time of growing denial of the Holocaust, and an alarming increase of anti-Semitism in the world. Significantly, the leaders of the nations are acknowledging it.

Second: We are living in the time of Israel’s restoration, and this could be God, calling the nations to warn them before they descend into deeper darkness and further rebellion against God, His people, and His unfolding plan. It will be very destructive, Psalm 2:10-12

Here is why I think this is the case
Last night, on Wednesday, Prominent Holocaust scholar, Professor Yehuda Bauer, delivered the keynote address at a festive dinner held for about 45 heads of states that were present. (Putin and Pence came only this morning on Thursday.)

He claimed (rightly I believe) that the deadliest military conflict in history, claiming anywhere between 70 to 85 million lives, including 6 million Jews, was caused by hatred for the Jews!

He was given eleven minutes to do this, eleven Minutes! They spent far more time eating than listening to what I believe is, a warning from God.

The most chilling part is Prof. Bauer’s quote of Hitler: “Today I will once more be a prophet: If the international Jewish financiers in and outside Europe should succeed in plunging the nations once more into a world war” – as we all know, World War I was caused by the Jews, right? – “then the result will not be the bolshevization of the earth, and thus the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe” Die Vernichtung der jüdischen Rasse in Europa. So, the Jewish capitalists rule the West, and what they want is the victory of Bolshevism. The result will be the annihilation of the Jews.“

And here is the warning: “Anti-Semitism is not a Jewish illness, but a non-Jewish one; it is a cancer that kills and destroys your nations and your countries.” And, this, “…..fight anti-Semitism. Not because of the Jews, but to protect your societies from a deadly cancer.”

The caption for the text in the Times of Israel was: Holocaust scholar’s speech to world leaders: Anti-Semitism destroys your nations

Read more about it here

Will it be heeded? Will the nations respond? Have they read Psalm 2? Will your country respond!

Personally, I believe that although diplomatic activity regarding these things is important, these efforts will never win the battle against Israel-hatred, and antisemitism. It is a spiritual battle that is leading to the final confrontation between the nations and God. We as believers have an important role to play, we are called to stand before the Lord and call upon His name.

“Israel is God’s Spectacle to all the world, by which HIS MERCY SHALL BE MADE KNOWN – a Visible Demonstration in The Last Days – to “the nations of them that are saved,” Rev. 21:24. Israel – The Mystery Nation – carries through into The Revelation Prophecy. THERE appears those who are SEALED IN THEIR FOREHEADS, and “who follow the Lamb, whithersoever He goeth.” Redeemed? Yes. Washed in The Blood of The Lamb? Yes. Saved by Grace through Faith? Yes. BUT the ONLY NATION mentioned BY NAME among the Ransomed Throngs in The Revelation Vision. For these very reasons, we declare that the anti-semitic spirit – HATE THE JEWS – is one of the most deadly spirits in the world.” (Rex Andrews, The Mystery of Israel”)

We must pray!

But this is also a warning to Israel and the Jews of the Diaspora
In March of 1939, weeks before Britain published the ‘white papers’ (May 1939) effectively slamming shut the doors of Palestine to the Jews of Europe, the Jews of Poland, sent a desperate telegram to London, begging the British to keep the doors of Palestine open!

It went unheeded. You can read about it here.

[I thank God that my grandmother, a dentist in Poland, saw the dangers already in 1933 when Hitler came to power and pushed the family out of Europe. By 1935, her family was already in Palestine. Just four years later, the doors were slammed shut!]

Just as most of the Jews of Europe delayed dealing with leaving Europe for Palestine, so today, millions of Jews are refusing to read the signs of the times and are delaying their decision to come to Israel.

We must pray!

The Body of Christ must wake up!
Instead of being so taken up with their comfort, welfare, and seeking of blessing as their highest goal in life, Christians should awaken to the dangerous times they are living in. Dangerous to their nation, dangerous to the believers, and dangerous to Israel.

Christians must learn to seek the face of God, make the Bible their primary book, and learn to pray with understanding!

While some focus on praying for the political side of these things, I prefer to pray the scriptures. There is no indication that Daniel, for instance, ever used his political ‘connections’ to try to influence the king of Babylon to restore the Jews. He prayed from the Word (Jeremiah). Neither did Esther. Her act was not a political one but an intercessory one. They prayed according to the Word of God, and even risked their lives to do so! So should we, (pray I mean.)

Pray for the gathering of the Jews from the nations. There are many other scriptures and promises regarding God’s gathering of the Jews from the lands where they willingly remain in exile. Take some time, find them, pray them, I urge you. See for instance Ezekiel 39:21-29

Pray for your nation. God’s warnings are not idle threats. Remember the devastation of Germany in WWII. Take a look at the condition of the nations around Israel at this time. See how the cancer of the Jew-hatred and Israel-hatred has devastated their lands.

Psalm 2 is an example, See also Zechariah 12, especially Zech 12:10

Pray for the salvation of Israel Ezekiel 39:21-29, Zechariah 12:10-13:1

Pray for the Body of Christ in the nations. You can find many places in the scriptures that speak of the spiritual condition of Israel; there are great parallels to the condition of the Body today.

Read Malachi. Is the Church offering God worthy sacrifices? Is the Church wholeheartedly serving the Lord in the Word? Is the Church faithful to God’s view of marriage, money? Is the Church faithful to God and serving him wholeheartedly?

Will you pray for the purifying work of the Lord in your own life? In your fellowship’s life – Malachi 3:1-5.

Will you trust the Lord to work in this fiery way in your own life. Do not be afraid to yield to His nail-pierced hands as He works to sanctify you and prepare you for the things ahead.

Blessing from Jerusalem,


ani b’derek אני בדרך

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Answering Each One

 

Walk in wisdom
continue in prayer

redeeming the time
with thanksgiving

letting your speech
be seasoned with salt

full of grace and mercy
for living.

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You are with me as I speak.

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“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving,”

“meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open for us a door for the word , to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, “

“that I might make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”

“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.”

“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”

Colossians 4: 2,3,4,5,6 NKJV

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No Compare

 

The sufferings of
this present time
won’t be worthy
to compare

with the glory
revealed in us
through Jesus, our hope
our prayer.

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The glory of You with me far outweighs my sufferings.

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“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Romans 8:18 NKJV

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He Has Done It

 

I am not silent
when they accuse
and speak lies
to condemn you

for My mercy says
“you’re already saved”
and all will see
of what you’re made.

A laid down life is safe from condemnation.

“Do not keep silent, O God of my praise! They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, but I give myself to prayer. Help me, O LORD my God! Oh, save me according to Your mercy, that they may know that this is Your hand – that You, Lord, have done it!” Psalm 109:1,2,3,4,26,27 NKJV

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Awaken

 

I set
the day in motion
I awaken
every dawn

with your prayer
and praises
with your
heartfelt songs.

A laid down life is filled with God’s mercy and truth.

“O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise even with my glory. Awake lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn. For Your mercy is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the clouds.” Psalm 108:1,2,4 NKJV

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Ready

 

I am your God
merciful
ready to forgive
and hear

your prayers
and supplications
answering
“I’m near.”

A laid down life’s soul is rejoiced by God.

“You are my God. Rejoice the soul of your servant. For You, Lord, are good and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. In the day of my trouble, I will call upon You, for You will answer me. There is none like You, O Lord, nor are there any works like Your works. For You are great and do wondrous things; You alone are God. “. Psalm 86:2,4,5,7,8,10 NKJV

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Overwhelmed

IMG_0320When your heart
is overwhelmed
and you cry out
in prayer

I am the Rock
you are led to
where mercy and truth
are shared.

“When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”  Psalm 61:2 NKJV

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Temptations

“When He came to the place, He said to them, ‘Pray that you may not enter into temptation.’.”  Luke 22:40 NJKV

I’ve been told that it is not a sin to be tempted.

Thank You,  Lord,  for knowing what our temptations would be and teaching us how to pray concerning them.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Take this cup from me
if it be Your will

yet not my will
but Yours be done

that I may not enter
into temptation

but turn away
unto the Son.

God bless you as you turn away from temptation and to Him today!  

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No Record

 

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“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”  Mark 11:25 NKJV

Forgiveness is such a big part of our lives.

Thank You, Lord, for healing us and helping us to forgive.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Lord please teach me
to forgive others
the way You
forgive me

so completely
and deeply
that there’s no record
or memory.

God bless you as you forgive someone today!

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Breath of Life

“Now when they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them and kill them.”  Revelation 11:7 NKJV

“Now after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.”  Revelation 11:10 NKJV

I’m reminded of the utter shock and devastation the apostles must have felt seeing Jesus nailed to a cross and placed in a tomb.

Thank You, Lord, for breathing life into what appears to have died.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

When it looks
the darkest
and prayer has seemed
to fail

that’s when God says
“Come close to Me
and watch how I
prevail.”

God bless you as He breathes life into what seems hopeless today!

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