‘…YeHoWaH is with you when you are with Him. If you seek him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you’. 2 Chronicles 15:2
Following on with the understanding of what ‘alone’ in Genesis 2:18 reveals of Adam wanting to walk independently from YeHoWaH Elohim, and the specific help supplied for him within the woman (namely her presence and voice to aid him in his walk before God), we need to further smash some treasured illusions of ‘pre-fall’ Genesis. These are the stories concerning our first parents told over and over. Repeated and drilled into us as foundational knowledge by Sunday school teachers using simplistic illustrations through to the most austere pulpits who further hone our understanding with academic reason – catching all who are not prepared to seek to know beyond what they are told. Continue reading →
Joel 3:2: I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.
Isaiah 5:20: Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight!
Following up on Christine’s articles on the maps of Israel, I found the following article about a billboard that was put up in Ellerslie, Auckland about the same subject.
Israel’s reality of the last 19 years was about to change all within six days.
‘Israel on the eve of the 1967 Six-Day War was a country of more than 2.5 million people, of whom approximately 87 percent were Jews. Its 7,200 square miles … comprised one-tenth of one percent of the Middle East landmass, and less than two percent of the region’s total population’. sixdaywar.org (an indepth site on the 6 day war)
The day after Israel declares her independence, officially becoming the new State of Israel, her neighbours go to war with her. A combined invasion by Egypt, Jordan and Syria, together with expeditionary forces from Iraq, entered Israel – Jordan having declared privately to Jewish emissaries 13 days previously on 2 May that it would abide by a decision not to attack the Jewish State. Hmm…
Psalm 122:6: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you”.
The Bible is clear that all of us who desire to serve Yahweh in Spirit and in truth need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. I was both saddened and encouraged by the following article from the Zionist Federation of New Zealand. It is a good read and gives counter arguments to all of us that are standing with Israel and her Jewish Messiah.
A month or so back I found myself lost for words in the face of a friend’s confident assertion of Israel’s evil concerning the Palestinians. It wasn’t a new attitude seldom heard. Very much common place and for the most part unquestioned, it is given as fact largely because of incredible media bias, that unfortunately plays a big part in the shaping our individual and collective opinions. I just went blank.
Because of her confidence, I began to wonder whether the accusation levelled at me (on a previous occasion) – of myobvious bias originating not from actual history of world events but from America’s biblebelt of pro-Israel christianity – actually had some merit, as the ‘truth’ presents as very much bipolar on this topic, dependent on the side taken. Because I Continue reading →
This morning I received the good news that Saaed Abedini, a Christian Pastor with American citizenship, three years detained in Iranian prisons has been released along with three others. Sometimes I think how certain events might come about, and wondered at one time if his release would in some way be connected to the sanctions against Iran being lifted. While I will never know all the details, reports are stating that Iran has been given the ‘all clear’ in regards to its nuclear restrictions and has had sanctions against them lifted. So while we rejoice with Saeed and Nagmeh and their family, may we remember the potentially heightened threat this poses to Israel. Iran reportedly will have access to ridiculous amounts of money to potentially throw behind its terrorist activities. Iran’s leaders have made no secret of their desire to wipe Israel off the map. It is a sad thing when a Christian’s life seems traded for Israel’s safety, however we know God is bigger and will accomplish all that He has set out in His word. Please continue to pray for Saaed and Nagmeh as there is much for them to work through; and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.