AIPAC’s Near East Report – May 2018

If you are unfamiliar with AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), I want to give you a very brief overview.  AIPAC is the world’s largest public policy and lobbying group on behalf of Israel’s interests.  I don’t know how many total members belong to AIPAC, but I can tell you that well over 15,000 attend their annual conference in Washington DC.  Israel supporters from every US state gather to discuss policy, listen to world-renown experts on various topics related to Israel, and lobby Congress on the most important issues regarding Israel.  For example, AIPAC took a strong stand against the Iranian nuclear deal and a strong stand for moving the embassy to Jerusalem.

AIPAC is not a Christian organization.  In fact, it is very diverse and bipartisan.  Both Democrats and Republicans, male and female, liberal and conservative work together on policies most advantageous to the security and well being of Israel.  There are various caucuses (such as a strong Christian caucus) who meet together to discuss their own perspectives of the issues.

With that as the backdrop, I can tell you that AIPAC is very informative when it comes to reporting on what takes place in the Middle East, and they typically have views and policies that resonate well with Israel supporters of all sorts.  (Not always, but for the most part!)

They recently published their latest Near East Report and I recommend it for those of you who like to be “in the know” about what’s going on in the Middle East.  Enjoy!

Understanding Israel at 70

The excitement surrounding Israel’s 70th anniversary continues in evangelical circles.  Recently, I read a very interesting piece written by former ICEJ Executive Director, Malcolm Hedding.  With great insight and understanding of the history and present-day significance of Israel, he penned Understanding Israel at 70.  I highly recommend it!

Enjoy!

Iranian Bases in Syria Take Another Hit from Israeli Warplanes

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Reports are surfacing that the Israeli Air Force took aim…and hit…yet another Iranian/Hezbollah military base south of Homs, Syria.  It is believed that at least two dozen terrorists were killed and Iranian ground-to-air missiles were destroyed.

This follows at least two other unconfirmed airstrikes in the Deir ez-Zor region which destroyed two Syrian military posts near an energy installation.  The Syrian army and Hezbollah reported the strikes being part of a US coalition, though the Pentagon has denied reports of an American strike.

Israel has strongly vowed not to allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria, from which to attack Israel.  Over the past couple weeks Israel has taken out multiple military sites and rendered many of Iran’s bases inoperable.

Friends, I truly believe the Lord is honoring the prayers of those who seek Him, and is granting favor to Israel and a last chance for America to right the immoral ship we are on.  Ultimately, Ezekiel 38-39 tells us what will happen in that part of the world, but until then, let’s be about our Father’s business!

Pray on!

Why Israel Matters – The Bible Study

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Never in the history of the world has Israel been more relevant than today.  Never in the history of the world has it been more crucial for Christians to understand our place in relation to the Jewish people.  Never in the history of the world has it been more important for the Bride of Christ to make herself ready for the return of the Bridegroom.

What we see in our world today confirms the Lord’s mercy and grace upon His people, but also represents the birth pangs Jesus taught about in Mathew 24:8 when referring to the last days.  We are living in an incredibly exciting time in history, yet much of the Christian world is uninformed or spiritually asleep at the wheel!

My passion is to know and understand what God is doing in these last days, and to share it with others who yearn to live as though Jesus will return at any moment!  To that end, I’m happy to announce I will be teaching Why Israel Matters, beginning Sunday, June 3 at CalvaryPHX in Phoenix AZ.

Why Israel Matters focuses on what God’s Word has to say about the past, present and future of His chosen land and His chosen people.  We’ll consider current events, such as the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the move of embassies to Jerusalem, the situation in Syria and the rest of the Middle East, and the US withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, in light of Scripture.

If you are in the Phoenix area, please take a 12-week journey with me, where we will focus not only on current events, but also on what the Bible says about:

  • God’s purpose and His 3-fold call upon Israel and the Jewish people
  • Jewish roots of the Christian faith
  • Principles regarding the land of Israel
  • God’s covenants with Israel and the ramifications for us
  • The return of the Lord

Here is all you need to know about the study, Why Israel Matters:

When:  11:00 am Sunday mornings, beginning June 3
Where: Room 209, CalvaryPHX Central Campus
Duration: 12 weeks
Cost: None
Nursery and Children’s Ministry are available for kids.
More info and Directions

Will you please do me a favor?  Come and bring a friend, or forward this information to those interested in this study.  It is my desire to see Christians excited about the Lord’s return, and preparing themselves for it.