Pastor Ali grew up Muslim but not religious. Once married and with children, he found that he was in a cycle of alcoholism and rage. He beat his wife every day, he says. He was ashamed but couldn’t help himself.Eventually his friends advised him to go seek Allah’s help by going on hajj, pilgrimage to Mecca.
Sometimes living in Israel feels like a crash course in spiritual warfare. If the LORD has taught us anything its how close spiritual and physical warfare can be. God is teaching us to listen to His voice and know when He has released us to move forward!
Here is the next generation of worshipers and intercessors willing to press into God for His will to be done in the Middle East. These are young men and women willing to share in one another’s culture. Jews dancing to Arabic music. Arabs singing in Hebrew.
Sunday was the 28th of Iyar on the Jewish calendar, the 45th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem — Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day. So many — but mostly “national religious” teenagers — filled the streets of Jerusalem to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the restoration of all of Jerusalem into Jewish control.
Paul tell us that Yeshua is our Passover lamb sacrificed for us. Even when doing the modern, Rabbinical Jewish seder, one sees Messiah all over it. But in the Samaritan Passover we get the closest to seeing what an observant Jew would have practiced and seen through the Temple periods. When Paul says Jesus is our Passover, when John the Baptist introduces his cousin as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”, this is what they were visualizing.
The sun has set in Jerusalem. Independence Day is over (though I heard fireworks in the distance not long ago).
I joined the crowds last night and rejoiced with Israel for 64 years of independence, 64 years of having a homeland once again. God is not a man that He should lie. He has his reasons for tarrying. Israel waited and waited for their own country, and in 1948 the LORD finally restored it to them.
God is faithful to perform that which He has promised, even if it seems like we’ve been waiting so long.
I want to share some specific stories and thoughts on the happenings of Elav, but things have gotten busy for me in Israel. I missed one appointment this morning, so instead of fretting too much, I put myself to work. With more pictures and fewer words, you can see Elav unfold. I still hope later [...]
When Israel comes up in the news, often it is bad news: the Israeli army abused prisoners; the Gaza extremists are bombing south Israel; Israel is building where the world thinks it shouldn’t; Arabs are rioting in Jerusalem. And it goes on and on. I’m here to report — quoting Succat Hallel’s Rick Ridings — [...]
For Messiah is our peace, who made both [Jews and gentiles] into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity … so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to [...]