Take Advantage of Yad Vashem’s Free Online Class on Antisemitism

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Hi friends!  I want to encourage you to take advantage of a fantastic opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the Holocaust (what led up to it, how it happened and the impact it had).  The Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and International School for Holocaust Studies is offering a free online course entitled “Antisemitism: From its Origin to the Present,” and I highly recommend it.

In 2015 I had the tremendous privilege of attending a Christian Leaders Seminar at Yad Vashem, where I sat under the teaching of the world’s experts on Holocaust study.  The online course, of which I also partook about a year ago, was also developed by Yad Vashem staff.  It is very well done and, though you may not agree with every classmates’ comments, there is abundant opportunity to engage if you choose to.  Teaching sessions are taught online by world-renown experts, and you can access those teachings at your convenience.

The entire course is free, with no hidden charges, though there is an option to upgrade if you want a certificate of completion and unlimited access to course content.  For more information or to register, click here.  Why not jump in this weekend!  Enjoy!

PS: Check back tomorrow to find out why it is important to understand the issue of antisemitism and what you can do to combat it.

Yeshua Showing up in the Gaza Strip!

Friends, after days of tension in and around the Gaza Strip, are you ready for good news?  If so, I’ve got just the thing: King Jesus is ruling in the hearts of a growing number of Muslim men and women in the Gaza Strip!  One for Israel is at work ministering to the people of Gaza and they are seeing Gazans respond to the voice of the Living God!  Check this out:

So, what is our response?  It should be one of rejoicing, as our gracious Lord has snatched souls from the grip of false theology and brought them into eternal life with Himself! 


For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

~Galatians 3:27-29

BREAKING: Netanyahu Government Collapsing?

On Tuesday, a ceasefire brokered by Egypt and the UN between Hamas and Israel was officially ratified.  Prime Minister Netanyahu’s agreement to the ceasefire has created a firestorm in the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has resigned, expressing his displeasure with “ongoing excuses” in failing to deal more strongly with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

He has called for an early election and current Education Minister Naftali Bennett has threatened to leave the coalition if he is not given the Defense Minister position.

For those wondering how government works in Israel, here’s a very brief explanation.  There are at least 20+ political parties in Israel and 120 seats in the Knesset.  During each election, each party presents a list of candidates and the number of elected representatives from each party is proportional to the percentage of support their party receives.  A majority coalition is formed by parties in general agreement with a common agenda. The remaining parties serve as check and balance to the power of the coalition.  The chairman of the largest party in the coalition is typically tapped as Prime Minister.  The honor of actually selecting the Prime Minister is reserved for the President, who may choose who he wishes.  After which, the President has much less political clout than the Prime Minister he selects.

In the current scenario, Yisrael Beiteinu (Avigdor Lieberman’s party) and Bayit Hayehudi (Naftali Bennett’s party) are both part of the Netayahu/Likud coalition, but are threatening to leave, which would cause the Netanyahu government to collapse.

Politics in Israel are often much more volatile than those in America.  Only recently, Benjamin Netanyahu was himself considering calling for early elections, and his party (Likud) was expected to win handily and form a stronger coalition.  Now, however, he may face a stiffer challenge.

So, what’s the point?  Much of the Israeli public, particularly in the south, is dissatisfied with Netanyahu’s “dovish” stance toward Hamas.  Could it cause a loss of seats for Likud and a splintering of parties typically favorable to Netanyahu and Likud?  Or, will Netanyahu’s stability as Prime Minister be regained by election time?  Only time will tell in the crazy world of Israeli politics.

More importantly, though, is the “big picture” of how God seems to be setting the stage for end time events. The Trump-Netanyahu partnership has had tremendous impact on stemming the rising tide of globalism, antisemitism and the dividing of land (which the Bible specifically warns against).  I continue to believe God has called two men, Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump, for such a time as this. Ultimately, though, it appears animosity for each in their home countries could eventually lead to wide open doors for evil to swoop in to measures we have never seen.  I have consistently said I am not a fan of Donald Trump, the man.  But I firmly believe God has used him to bless Israel.  Once that blessing leaves, America could experience God’s hand of blessing removed for good, and we could find our nation either opposed to or uninterested in Israel.  At that point, Israel will stand alone…just as the Bible tells us she will.

But take heart, friends! This is only a “what if” scenario, but even if events happen as described (or worse), God is fully in control! The point is not to scare people. The point is to prepare people. That’s what Bible prophecy does! As believers in Jesus Christ, we know we could face difficult times, but we will never experience the wrath of God. He has promised to deliver us from it! (1Thessalonians 1:10, 1Thessalonians 5:9)  He is coming for us soon!

Check back later today for specific words of encouragement as we face the days ahead!  Shalom…peace!