Week 11 – Looking for the Blessed Hope

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Welcome to our last week of Why Israel Matters, study friends!  You probably noticed this week’s session is entitled Looking for the Blessed Hope.  For me, it seems it always comes back to that!  So, not only is that the name of this blog, but our study culminates with the same thought: we are to live well as we look for the return of our Blessed Hope…King Jesus.

Over the past two weeks our focus was on bringing the King home (though we know this world is not our home!)  Indeed, Jesus will return to culminate each of the three great covenants (Abrahamic, Mosaic and New), initiating the Davidic Covenant.  Let’s begin this week’s study with a look at Hebrew 8, where the writer describes a “better ministry/covenant.”  Primarily, that “better covenant” refers to the New Covenant, which was better than the Mosaic covenant of law.  Consider these things:

  • According to verse 1, where is the High Priest seated now?  Given that, who do you believe the High Priest is?
  • Verses 4-5 indicate that priests on earth “serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things.”  I think of the covenants and of the Jewish feasts…all are copies and shadows of the heavenly things.  Jesus left this earth to go prepare a place for us.  A place filled with SUBSTANCE, not SHADOW!
  • Take careful note of the promises of God in verses 7-12.  What are some of those promises?

Now, while thinking of those promises, consider what the prophet wrote in Ezekiel 36:24-27:

For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.

God is serious about His covenants with His people!  Today, the Jews are restored physically to their land (though many have yet to return home).  But one day, they will be restored spiritually.  Oh what a day it will be!  That will happen when the eyes of the Jewish people are finally opened, they recognize their Messiah, all Israel is saved and they invite their King to return!

I want to share a new release from Aaron Shust, who debuted this song at an ICEJ celebration of the opening of the US Embassy in May.  I think it will set the tone for us to close out our study this week.  Please listen carefully to the words, and perhaps even go back an look up the verses at a later time.  Enjoy!

Was Moving the Embassy to Jerusalem the Right Thing to Do?

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Great debate still rages in some circles as to whether or not the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem was the right thing to do.

ICEJ-US Deputy Director Daryl Hedding has published a good article explaining why the Embassy move was the right thing politically, historically and spiritually.  Find out why here:

Was Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem the Right Thing to Do?

Shabbat Shalom!

Word from Jerusalem – July 2018

Blessed Lord’s Day, dear friends!

I want to bless you with the latest issue of Word from Jerusalem, the monthly publication of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ).  This month’s e-magazine’s focus is on the impact of Israel’s re-birth.

Yes, it is a very big deal, not only in Israel, but for Jews and Christians around the world, as the prophetic impact is eternal!  In May, Israel celebrated the 70th anniversary of her rebirth, and is enjoying great prosperity…just as Scripture says they will!  (Read Ezekiel 38 for evidence.)

This issue contains articles such as:

  • The Impact of Israel’s Rebirth – written by ICEJ VP and Senior Spokesman, David Parsons.  (David was one of the attorneys who helped draft the Jerusalem Embassy Act that paved the way for the US Embassy’s move to Jerusalem.)
  • Learning to Remember: A Visit to Yad Vashem – Yad Vashem is the Holocaust Memorial, Museum and Educational center in Jerusalem
  • Was Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem the Right Thing to Do? – Daryl Hedding (Deputy Director of the US Branch of ICEJ) provides a well-thought commentary on the move of the embassy.
  • …many other articles highlighting the various ministries and outreaches of ICEJ

Here is the magazine.  I pray your are blessed by it!

Word from Jerusalem – June 2018

Welcome back, friends!  If you have followed long, you know that I share each issue of ICEJ’s Word from Jerusalem, a monthly publication highlighting events happening in Israel, and the ministry of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

Many of you have told me how blessed you are to get a glimpse into the work the Lord is doing in Israel.  But this issue will blow your socks off!  Why?  Because it is filled with exciting highlights of the incredible gala celebration of the opening of the US Embassy, and the conference that followed.

I attended those events in Washington DC in mid-May and can attest to the quality and depth of them.  I know you will be blessed by coverage of that conference, as well as other happenings surrounding the ICEJ and their ministry in Jerusalem.  Please take some time to check out:

  • Greetings from VP Mike Pence, on behalf of the White House.
  • US Celebration of Israel’s 70th – the ACLI Gala, featuring very prominent speakers.
  • Israel: Seventy and Strong – a recap of the conference.
  • A heartfelt message from Dr Saleem Shalash – get the perspective from an Arab Israeli Christian, living a life of freedom in Israel (and extremely thankful for it!)
  • US Embassy Opening: May 14, 2018 – a look back at that exciting day.
  • …many other articles from happenings around the world.

You will be blessed!  Enjoy!

 

PS: I’m teaching week 2 of the study, Why Israel Matters, today.  Please pray for a work of the Holy Spirit as I teach.  Also, I’ll continue posting info from that study, so stay tuned!  (Of course, you’re welcome to join us live if you live in the Phoenix area! Info and Directions)