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!

How Do Jews Retaliate when Threatened with Extinction? They Survive…and Multiply!

Hi friends!  I have a very heartwarming story to share today.  In December 2015 I was especially blessed to be invited to participate in a Christian Leaders Seminar at the Yad Vashem Museum and School for International Studies.  It was an incredible experience, but one thing made it even more special than any other.

A pastor in our class happened to be the son of Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds.  As we arrived for the seminar, that name meant little to most of us.  However, by the end of that 8-day seminar, we discovered just what a hero Roddie Edmonds was!  An incredible human being, he saved the lives of 200 Jews during WWII. That classmate, Chris Edmonds, shared the heroic story of his father, and while there at Yad Vashem for the seminar, got word his father was named Righteous Among the Nations, Israel’s highest honor granted to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

In March 2016, Chris was invited to share his father’s story before an enthusiastic crowd of 18,000 at the annual AIPAC Conference.  (You can see that video here.)

Recently, The Jewish Foundation of the Righteous produced a video, featuring Chris’ journey to Germany where his father commanded a unit of men captured by Nazi forces, then stood firm in protecting Jewish soldiers under his command.  Four of Edmonds’ men (all Jewish) tell the story, and it’s well worth seeing!  In the end, you see their revenge to the Nazis who hoped to wipe them out: they lived (thanks to Master Sergeant Edmonds) and multiplied!

Enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/198357872

 

 

Silent Respect, Fleeing Armies and Stark Irony

I admit…I’m a Middle East news junky!  I just find it so intriguing that the news so closely aligns with Scripture!  But, I seem to find the ridiculous and absurd more often than not.  (That’s easy when Israel’s enemies habitually open their mouths with the strangest and most untruthful things!)

But yesterday was an especially intriguing news day.  To begin with, it was Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.  It is a day filled with ceremony honoring the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.  The grandest ceremony takes place at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum where the Israeli Prime Minister and President almost always speak to the Jewish people, exhorting them to never forget the atrocities carried out against their people.

But perhaps most fascinating is what happens mid-morning on Yom HaShoah.  Sirens go off around the country for two minutes and the entire nation literally stands still to honor the Holocaust victims.  Here is what it looks like on busy freeways (click the picture to see the video):

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Of course, while that was going on, we continued receiving news regarding Syria.  The US has pledged to send missiles in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons on innocent Syrian civilians.  There are US threats against Russian, Iranian and Assad regime positions.  (Other allies are making commitments to the effort as well.)

The response: Military aircraft and sea vessels are scrambling every which direction!  After commandeering a Syrian port months ago, Russian vessels are scooting out into the Mediterranean Sea.  Iran is evacuating air bases it claims not to have, and Assad is moving his military assets to what he considers to be safer, Russian protected bases!

Before the US threat of airstrikes in Syria:

After the US threat of airstrikes in Syria:

 

Finally, a stark irony (among many).  According to Israel National News (Arutz Sheva), just days before Yom HaShoah, the Palestinian Authority used pictures of dead Holocaust victims to misrepresent an alleged massacre of Palestinians by Jews in 1948.  The picture is clearly misappropriated.  (You will find the story and pictures here.)

These are crazy news days, but it doesn’t mean we have to be afraid.  As Christians, we are living in one of the most exciting times in history.  Not because of the crazy things taking place, but because we know that Jesus is returning soon!  We can lift up our heads because we know our redemption draws near!  (Luke 21:28)

Live Broadcast of Yad Vashem’s Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony

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Hi friends!  I was just reminded of a live broadcast of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) from the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem today.  The broadcast begins at 10:00am (AZ time)/1:00pm (Eastern) in the US.  (8:00pm in Israel)

I have had the privilege of meeting the people “behind the scenes” who are responsible for this broadcast and they not only love Israel, but also do an excellent job.

For more information about the event and how to view it live, click here.  If you miss it, but would like to see it later, stay tuned.  It will likely become available online and I will make every attempt to update you once it does.  Enjoy!

PS: For those of you thinking, “Hey, didn’t we just commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day in January?”  Very astute!  Yes, International Holocaust Remembrance Day is in January.  However, the Jewish commemoration, known as Yom HaShoah, takes place today!  Thanks for asking!