Amir Tsarfati Speaking in the US on Sunday

Ok Bible students, you have another opportunity to hear good, solid Bible teaching from Amir Tsarfati.  He will teach his new lesson on 70 Weeks of Daniel, helping us understand the crucial prophecy regarding Jesus’ first coming and His Second Coming, and the timing of those events.  God laid it out for the prophet Daniel who recorded it for us!

If you are in the Euless TX area (just southwest of DFW airport), consider going to hear Amir’s teaching live.  He will be at First Euless Church at 11:00am (Central).  (For more information click here.)  There is a “Watch Live” button on FEC’s website, so I suspect it will be live streamed.  If not, there are plans to record it, so look for it on that website, or on Amir Tsarfati’s YouTube channel.

Plug in, my friends!  It is important to know and understand the times in which we live, in light of Scripture.  You will get that in Amir’s teaching.  Enjoy!

Behold Israel Releases New Teachings in English and Spanish

Many of you follow this blog from Guatemala, Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries and I have good news for you!  Amir Tsarfati, founder of Behold Israel, has recently released several messages he has delivered while teaching in Mexico.  These timely messages are in English, but translated to Spanish, and they are powerful!

Here is a list of messages available from the current tour of Mexico:

Amir continues his teaching tour in Mexico until June 21, and you can find out more here.  If you are near anywhere he is teaching, I strongly encourage you to attend one or more of these opportunities to hear one of the world’s foremost experts and Bible teachers regarding Israel and God’s plan for her.  You will be greatly blessed!

Amir’s next stop is the US, where he will teach at First Euless Church (Euless TX) on June 25.  You will find information about that engagement here.

Enjoy…and have a blessed day!

Aftermath of the Six Day War – And Celebrating with Israel!

Today is it!  Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) begins this evening at sundown in Jerusalem, and because they are 10 hours ahead of us here in Phoenix AZ, the celebration may have already begun (depending upon where you live and when you read this!)  We have spent several days gaining understanding as to why Jerusalem Day, and particularly this 50th anniversary of it, is so important.  If you have missed our discussions, you will find them here:

As to the aftermath of the Six Day War, I think we still see the same sort of hostilities that led up to the war, and the same motive: the enemies of God do not want to see fulfillment of His use of Israel as the vehicle of world redemption!  Friends, the battle that has raged throughout history (and will continue to rage until the end) over Jerusalem is a SPIRITUAL battle, not a political or ethnic one!  God has a plan, the enemy knows the outcome, and is determined to bring down as many as possible before our Lord returns to take us to our heavenly home!  Don’t be taken down in unbelief of Jesus the Messiah.

But, let’s consider some lessons that seem to go overlooked in the aftermath.  First, God has a very specific plan for His chosen people, and He will see His plan through!  Israel will not…in fact, cannot…fail.  If so, God would be a liar!  Jerusalem will stand.

Secondly, God’s means of victory are sometimes (many times, in Israel’s case) miraculous!  His ways are bigger and better than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9), and if he chooses to perform the miraculous, He will do so!  Never doubt God and His promises.  He intends for Israel to be the vehicle through which He brings salvation to all who will accept it, and His vehicle will not be taken out of service!

Thirdly, the power of God is supernatural and beyond our comprehension.  (Psalm 18:13-15, Daniel 4:35, Job 38:4-6), so we never have to wonder who wins in the end.  Have you read the last chapter?  Fear not, for we are on the winning side when we stand with Him!  Prophecy is not meant to scare, but to prepare.  Because Jerusalem stands, our King is coming soon…are you ready?

Finally, Israel stands today, not because of her military might, but because of God’s faithfulness!  That is well worth celebrating!

As the Jubilee Year celebration of Jerusalem Day kicks into full swing this evening and tomorrow, will you join me in rejoicing that Jerusalem stands?  Not simply because that is good news for the Jewish people.  (That would be reason enough.)  But because it also signals to us that our world is not falling apart, but falling into place for the return of our King!

And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree [Israel], and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near.  So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.”
~Luke 21:29-31 

Celebrate with Israel today, but also celebrate the fact that the kingdom of God is near!

The Irrevocable Call of God

Having just celebrated Resurrection Sunday, and closing out the Jewish Passover celebration, how fitting that we dive back into our study, Why Israel Matters: Rightly Relating to Our Jewish Roots.  In a lesson to come, I will describe how the feasts of Israel serve as God’s calendar for end times.  However, that will have to wait as we work our way to that point (soon) in our study!  So, pull up a chair and let’s study together.

Previously, we dug deep into the Lord’s statement in Matthew 23:37-39:

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” [Emphasis mine]

Indeed, the Jews will make that proclamation one day, providing evidence that God’s call upon them as the vehicle of world redemption is irrevocable!  (Cannot be changed.)

But, in order to bring the King home, at least three conditions must be met:

  • Israel must be in her land
  • Israel’s historical mission must not fail.
  • Israel’s destiny must be national, not simply “spiritual.”

In light of God’s call being irrevocable, let’s consider the first condition.  In Acts 1, we read about the promise of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ ascension to heaven (following His death, burial and resurrection detailed in the gospels).  Just as the disciples sat at Jesus’ feet on the Mount of Olives prior to His crucifixion, asking about the end times; so once more before His ascension to heaven, His followers questioned Him about a kingdom yet to come.

In verse 6, His followers asked if this was the time in which Jesus would restore the kingdom to Israel.  Jesus told them it wasn’t for them to know the times and seasons.  This was “kingdom talk.”  The King will return to the kingdom when the Jewish people welcome Him home with “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”  (Matthew 23:39)

Now, we know the kingdom He comes to rule will not be simply Israel as we know it today.  It will be the Millennial Kingdom…the fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant, and the King will reign on His throne from Jerusalem.

But consider this: though the condition is that Israel must be in her land, Jesus Himself told them (Matthew 23:38) that the Temple would be destroyed!  Furthermore, the Jews would be dispersed, and Gentiles would rule over Jerusalem.  That brings about two dilemmas:

  1. How can the Jews welcome the King back to the kingdom (Israel) if they are not even there?
  2. Gentiles are not the welcoming committee of the King…the Jews are!

So, soon after this, the Jews were dispersed, and Gentiles ruled in the land?  Did God’s promises somehow failed?  Of course not!  God’s call is irrevocable, and He uses even unforeseen circumstances to accomplish His purposes.

Though the Jews were dispersed, and though a string of Gentile “kingdoms” ruled the area (as described in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel 2), Israel declared statehood once again in 1948 and Jews have flocked from every corner of the earth back to their homeland!

The first condition is met!  Israel is back in her land and will never  again be uprooted!

The second condition necessary for the return of the King is that Israel’s historical mission must not fail.  Tune in tomorrow and we’ll take a look at that!