Arab-Israelis Come to America to Combat the BDS Movement

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Last week I followed a very intriguing story.  An Arab-Israeli group, Reservists on Duty/The Minorities Project, completed a lecture tour on American college campuses, where the purpose was to combat the BDS Movement.

Hear the fascinating details from project coordinator,  Jonathan Elkhoury:

I find it ironic that, while America seems to unravel, truth-speaking Arabs are coming out of the woodwork to speak truth in a nation that was founded on the Word of God!  Sadly, America has lost its moral compass.  Thankfully, God is sending others to help us see Biblical truth.

Focus here is often on the special call God placed upon Israel: to be the vehicle of world redemption.  However, it is also true that God gave America a special role in history as well.  Why do I say that?  Because, in His divine sovereignty, our founding fathers established America on very firm Biblical principles, then grew us up to be a “missionary nation” to spread the good news of Jesus the Messiah around the world in a season of time the Jewish nation did not recognize Him.

Along with that, America served as a sort of guardian for Israel.  The US was the first to recognize the nation of Israel in 1948, provided timely military aid to ensure Israel’s survival when neighboring nations attempted to wipe them off the map, and recently moved the US embassy to Jerusalem after recognizing the Holy City as the eternal capital of the state of Israel.

Just as Genesis 12:3 promises, God has blessed our nation because we have blessed Israel.  Yet, we test the resolve of God when we turn against Israel, as though the promise does not apply in reverse.  Sure, those who bless Israel will be blessed.  But those who curse Israel cannot expect to get by without God removing His hand of blessing.  Indeed, we risk being cursed when we condone the BDS Movement or other antisemitic words and behavior.

Friends, pray for our nation.  Pray also that the Lord will continue to send “missionaries” such as Reservists on Duty, who will lend their voices and influence to combat things such as BDS.  Most importantly, pray for the Spirit of the Lord to send revival.  Personally, I believe the Spirit is stirring and there is an effort to bring about revival, but there is tremendous opposition.  Right now it looks political, but the reality is that it is not a battle against flesh and blood, or between political parties and candidates.  It is a SPIRITUAL battle that requires spiritual weapons.

We find those weapons on our knees, at the foot of the cross.  Meet you there!

 

A Brief Look at Israel’s Calling in Genesis 1-12

Hi friends!  As Christians, it is important to understand God’s calling upon Israel in order to understand our heritage as believers.

One for Israel produced a very concise and informative 5-minute video describing Israel’s calling in the first 12 chapters of Genesis.  It is well worth the time.  Enjoy!

From “Death to Israel” to Salvation: An Iranian Muslim’s Salvation Story

When God told Abraham He would bless all the people on earth through him and his descendants (Genesis 12:3), He meant ALL people!

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in “who is against who,” and on what side we will stand, we forget that when God created man, He created all of us in His image (Genesis 1:27, Colossians 3:10).  We are all His special creation, He desires that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9), and indeed, He blesses ALL people through Abraham and his descendants.

Furthermore, take a look at Zechariah’s prophecy regarding those who will ultimately join themselves to the Lord:

Many nations will join themselves to the Lord in that day and will become My people.
~Zechariah 2:11
(Read the entire chapter!)

God’s Word tells me He is intent on drawing all people to Himself!  He is able, and our prayers should echo His sentiment!

To cement the point, here is a fascinating testimony of an Iranian Muslim who met the Jewish Messiah.  Heaven will be filled with those from people groups we often view as enemies on earth.  So, rather than praying only for those who are “just like us,” let’s step outside our comfort zone and pray for those who are not like us!  Enjoy!

The Jerusalem Post Recognizes ICEJ’s Service to Israelis

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Hi friends!  In May, the US moved its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem.  However, if you are a Christian, did you know YOU have an embassy in Jerusalem, and that it was the only embassy in Jerusalem for many years prior to America moving their embassy there?

Indeed, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has been representing Christians from around the world to Israel since 1980, with Biblical purposes of providing comfort and blessing to Israel (Isaiah 40:1, Genesis 12:3), as well as proclaiming God’s steadfast plan to fulfill His promises to restore the Jewish people to their land and to relationship with God (Ezekiel 36:24-28).  They are the “hands and feet” of all of us who love Israel and wish to bless her!

Over the years, the ICEJ has worked tirelessly:

  • Providing care and a place to live to Holocaust survivors (Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors)
  • Providing dozens of portable bomb shelters to cities along the Gaza border
  • Donating several fire-fighting vehicles to battle the arson fires set by incendiary balloons and other devices from the Gaza Strip
  • Outfitting IDF and police units with body armor
  • Sponsoring numerous plane loads of Jews making aliyah (returning to the homeland)
  • Teaching and speaking all over the world, emphasizing the importance of understanding Israel’s place in God’s plan
  • Hosting an annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration where Christians from around the world come to Jerusalem to worship the King of Kings, and to share their love with Israeli citizens
  • Hosting tours for pastors and for young people, designed to encourage leaders and young people to spread the truth about Israel
  • Providing Passover meals and other food to those living in poverty in Israel
  • Providing basic needs, loving, and caring for orphans, children and at-risk youth
  • …many other humanitarian and educational initiatives

The ICEJ has been praised by the Israeli government, other NGOs, and the people they serve.  Recently, The Jerusalem Post published a glowing article touting the efforts of the ICEJ.  (Find it here.)

If you are a Christian who loves Israel and desires to obey the Biblical command to bless Israel, I encourage you to learn more about the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and consider partnering with them in prayer and/or financially.  You will be blessed!

Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.
~Luke 6:38