November 2017  Project: Israeli Soldiers 

 Israel’s finest taken down

In late September, Israeli news reported about the Har Adar (near Jerusalem) terrorist attack. A Border policeman and two security guards were killed. An Arab terrorist opened fire on a group of security personnel who were opening the Har Adar community entrance to       Palestinian workers. As a result, the community was closed and Palestinians lost their day’s pay!

The terrorist did not take down only the three exceptional men but caused another trauma and the deep loss for their families. Staff Sergeant Gavriyah from Beer Ya’akov had joined the Border Police for his mandatory national service and had recently served as a policeman in the Jerusalem area. Security guard Ottoman from Abu Gosh was known to offer a helping hand to everyone, also to Palestinian workers in his community. Security guard

Or Arish was a friendly local man from Har Adar. May their memory be blessed as their families, communities and all Israel mourn for them. CFI’s project for soldiers continues to encourage warriors of the Israeli Border Police, the IDF and the Reserve Units. With your support, we are able to provide special equipment, as well as items such as tactical gloves, knee pads and thermal wear for cold nights in the southern desert and northern mountains. Together with you, we combat the evil of anti-Semitism and bless Israel’s finest. Thank you! (Jim McKenzie, CFI)

Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem

Join multitudes of praying friends

We know that we serve a God Who hears our voices when we call. When there is no one else to run to, He is always there for us in our hour of greatest need. At CFI, for decades we have been asking you in the nations to “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem” as commanded in Psalm 122, and there are multitudes of you in the nations who pray.

Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem, however, is not just for Israel and her people. Verse 8 reveals that there is an additional purpose for praying: “For my family and friends, I will say, ‘Peace be with you.’”

When you pray for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem, you do so for those you love as well. God brings blessing to those who bless the nation of Israel, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Genesis 12 understanding of “I will bless those who bless you” also applies to praying for the nation of Israel and her people. We invite you daily to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all of Israel. We encourage you to find others who will pray with you and join the multitudes around the globe who pray for God’s chosen people─the Jewish nation. (For Zion’s Sake 3rdQ 2017 prayer needs)

God Keeps Covenant

A Thirty-Day Study of God’s Love for Israel

There are so many questions among Christians today concerning the Lord’s relationship with the Jewish people. Why is much of the Church silent on this whole issue? In this book, Wendy D. Beckett reveals God’s love for His chosen people. B23 for $11.00, click here to purchase.

 

The new Jewish year began with celebrations at sundown on September 20. Sounds of the shofar (ram’s horn) were heard in Jewish communities around the world.

The shofar is often used as an instrument of spiritual warfare. In Numbers 10, sounding a shofar is also a weapon for a battle: “And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who  attacks you, then you shall sound an alarm with trumpets; that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and be saved from your enemies” (Numbers 10:9 NASB).

Those who don’t have a shofar and are not familiar with its use, know that prayers and proclamations are mighty weapons in any war against the schemes of the enemy. When you find yourself in a spiritual battle, consider the following verses as your personal proclamation till you see a victory:

 I overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of my testimony, and I do not love my life to the death ( reference to Revelation 12:11 NASB).

 

No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue that accuses me in judgment I will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from You, O Lord ( reference to Isaiah 54:17 NASB).

 

 James 4:7 NABS says: “Submit, therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” The day of victory! 

In May 1948, the modern State of Israel was established. It was a miracle that took only one day. It was a historic victory over the Romans, the Nazis, the British Empire and the opposing Arab nations in the region. God in His Word had promised to bring the Jewish people back to their own land, so nothing was able to stand against His plans.

In April 2018, join us in Jerusalem to pray for peace, proclaim God’s promises and call Jews to return to their ancestral land. The enemy has surrounded the tiny state with nations filled with undying hatred and has raised political opposition to Israel in every corner of the world. Come to support and stand in the gap for the Lord’s land! 

“May those who love you be secure.

May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’

For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,

I will seek your prosperity.” (Psalm 122:6−9)

He who touches you, touches the apple of His eye        

No mention of the Palestinians

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly in September, President Donald Trump received considerable attention for what he actually said. No less interesting, however, is what he did not say. The speech contained zero mention of the Palestinians, zero mention of their conflict with Israel and zero mention of the peace process. This omission is not unprecedented, but it is unusual. Most US presidents have included the Israeli-Palestinian issue in their annual UN addresses. For a major change, President Trump appears to be trying to apply pressure to the Palestinians rather than only to Israel (remember President Obama!). Also, the Trump administration has consistently refused to say that the goal of the peace process is a two-state solution. Currently, some negotiations are going for a solution that Palestinians could accept. However, all efforts to achieve a two-state solution have repeatedly failed for almost 25 years. It is now obvious that the Palestinian leadership wants nothing less than the entire land of Israel! Continue reading

“I will make you a light of the nations”

Rising power among the nations

 In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about how Israel is reaching out to world nations to improve and advance cooperation in several fields. While there are nations who refuse to have any contact with the Jewish state, new doors are opening to the countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. In 2017, the Prime Minister made a record number of state visits around the globe, strengthening warm relations with other heads of states. After the most recent travel, he said:

“We are in the midst of a great revolution, a revolution in Israel’s standing among the nations.” The Prime Minister continued by saying that this is happening because, after 70 years, the world is embracing Israel, and Israel is embracing the world.

For the United Nations, the Prime Minister had some critical words after recalling the recent UN anti-Semitic resolutions condemning Israel for its presence in the Eternal City and denying any Jewish history related to Judaism’s holiest sites.

In addition, the Prime Minister said that UNESCO has declared the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron to be a Palestinian World Heritage site. He stated that this is no longer fake news but fake history.

The Prime Minister continued by saying that those who want to study about Jewish history in Jerusalem, Hebron and other Jewish holy sites, should refer to the Bible, which he highly recommends and reads every week.

The Prime Minister is correct as the Bible has much to say about Jewish history all over the land of Israel. As evidence about the accuracy of the Bible, many well-known archaeologists rely on and study the Scriptures to gain more knowledge about the discoveries they make in excavations.

Promise from Above

As a life-long defender of the State of Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu has for years drawn attention to Iran’s missile development and growing aggression in the region. Iran’s leaders have clearly declared their intention to wipe Israel off the map. Iran is pledging to extinguish the light and life of Israel. At the UNGA meeting in September, the Prime Minister had a response to Iran’s dictator, stating:

“The light of Israel will never be extinguished.”

Open Scriptures in the Chapel of the YMCA building in Jerusalem

PM Netanyahu referred to prophet Isaiah about salvation and Israel: “It is not enough that you are merely my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and restore the offspring of Israel. I will also make you a light to the nations, so my salvation can spread to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6 CJB). Prophet Isaiah continues about the special place Israel has in God’s plans: “Thus says the LORD…’Kings shall see and arise. Princes shall bow down because of the Lord who is Faithful, the Holy One of Israel Who has chosen You’” (Isaiah 49:7 NASB).

A message from Jerusalem

Exciting times

There has been so much Biblical prophecy taking place in Israel over the past months. It is mind boggling but so powerfully invigorating as we watch the power of God’s prophetic Word arise in today’s modern world to prove its eternity.

The Temple Mount─on which the Jewish people have not been able to pray for over ten years─has again come under Jewish control. No doubt this will cause endless anger and hatred from the radical Muslims. However, God will do things His way. War looms on our horizon and even Iran is getting into the picture. Pro-Iranian forces are circling the nation and Hezbollah is ready for a war in the north from Lebanon. Gaza is a boiling pot of hatred from Palestinian terrorists. Iran, Syria, Egypt and other neighboring Arab countries are making
plans to join together for one purpose: TO DESTROY ISRAEL.

This places us all who work for the ministry right in the heart of the conflict. The good news is that we are staying here and continuing with the Lord’s work. Because of the past thirty years of plowing some hard ground, the relationships between Jewish people and Christians have changed. You are a part of God’s plan and work for His people. Your prayers and support have made it possible. We all with the ministry thank you and bless you from the Holy City. (Reference to Sharon Sanders’ letter)

We will not stop praying for Israel

Prophet Daniel in Babylonian captivity                   

“O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Thine own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Thy city and Thy people are called by Thy name”  (Daniel 9:19)

Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, had marched his army to Jerusalem and besieged it. King Jehoiakim of Judah, along with sons of Israel─including some of the royal family─were taken to Shinar in Babylonia. Therein captivity, “Daniel observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely seventy years” (Daniel 9:2−). Continue reading

Revival of the Hebrew language

Uniting Jews worldwide

Rabbi Eliezer Ben-Yehuda was born in Luzhki, the Vilna Governorate of the Russian empire in 1858. When he passed away 64 years later in 1922, over 30,000 people attended his funeral on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. What was it that made him so respected and honored?

While studying in Europe, he became acquainted with the early Zionist movement and concluded that the revival of the Hebrew language in the Land of Israel could unite all Jews worldwide.

In 1881, Ben-Yehuda immigrated to the Ottoman-ruled Palestine. Motivated by the surrounding ideas and rejecting the diaspora lifestyle, Ben-Yehuda set out to develop a new language that could replace Yiddish and other regional dialects as a means of everyday communication between Jews who make Aliyah from various regions of the world. He regarded Hebrew and Zionism as symbiotic: “The Hebrew language can live only if we revive the nation and return it to the fatherland,” he wrote. Continue reading

No more community uprootings!

Gush Katif before and after the 2005 Gaza evacuation

We are in Samaria to stay

On August 28, marking the 50th anniversary of Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “We are here to stay. There will be no uprooting of communities in the Land of Israel. Removing settlements has not contributed to peace. What have we gained from removing settlements for the sake of peace? We got rockets. And it won’t happen again.”

 “The other reason we must hold unto Samaria is that it is a strategic asset for the State of Israel. It is the key to our future. We will guard Samaria in the face of all those who seek to drive us out of this place,” said Netanyahu. He promised to keep up the momentum of development and construction in Judea and Samaria.

In 2005, Israel withdrew and evacuated about 9,000 Jews from the Gaza Strip’s 17 Jewish communities. Also, four Jewish communities north of Gaza were dismantled.  Citizens were reluctant to move to the military pulled out families against their will. The official compensation was said to be $200,000 per family to cover temporary housing and resettlement, but it did not. After twelve years since the evacuation, many of those families are still in temporary dwellings.

We may pray that the current and future prime ministers of Israel will hold onto the land, refusing to evacuate any of the community from their own land. The cost of human suffering and loss of homes cannot be calculated.

Hebron’s Jewish community

After 38 years since returning to the city of Hebron, the Jewish community has acquired the official status of an independent settlement. Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman upgraded the municipal status of Hebron’s Jewish site, separating it from the Palestinian municipality.

It is a change in the status of the 1,000 Jews who live in Hebron. The 1997 agreement split the city, of what is now more than 220,000 Palestinians, leaving 80% under the Palestinian Authority and 20% under Israel.

The upgrade comes during UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ visit to Israel and the PA territories. In July, UNESCO registered in its World Heritage List Hebron’s old town and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as an “endangered Muslim site” in the State of Palestine. (On-line resources)

Evacuation from Jewish communities of Bedolah (right) and Gush Katif, summer 2005.

 

The Ministry of CFI─Faith in Action

The best act of kindness

Wisdom is required to enable us to best serve the needs in Israel.  Reaching out there requires traveling to individual homes, driving through Israeli traffic, trying to avoid traffic jams, locating the exact address of needy people, finding a parking space, and then walking─ sometimes several blocks─carrying gifts of love sent by the ministry supporters. Continue reading

The Temple Mount attack

September Project: Communities Under Attack


Rioters in the Tomb of the Rock compound proves that the site has no meaning to Muslims other than use as a political weapon against Israel.

In mid-July, three terrorists opened fire on a group of policemen near the Temple Mount in the Old City, killing two Israeli police officers and injuring two more. Both killed were young Druze officers. The attackers had brought several guns to the Islamic holy site. The two attackers lost their lives during the attack. The Jerusalem Police Commander, along with the Public Security Minister, issued a directive barring Muslim and Jews from accessing the holy site. Security forces were on high alert across the country. When the Temple Mount was again open for visitors, the Muslim Waqf (Muslim religious authority) denied Muslim entry and joined with other Islamic groups to “boycott all Israeli aggression measures,” including placing metal detectors on the Temple Mount. (It is difficult to see how an improved security for all visitors would harm Muslim worshippers.)s always in any situation in the Holy City, the Waqf encouraged rioting. Thousands of Palestinians entered the site after a 12-day boycott. Some hurled stones at police, causing injuries.

As always in any situation in the Holy City, the Waqf encouraged rioting. Thousands of Palestinians entered the site after a 12-day boycott. Some hurled stones at police, causing injuries for 10 police officers and over one hundred Palestinians. As a result of days-long rioting, Israel agreed to remove the metal detectors, handing a victory to the Palestinians. Thankfully, Israel has ultimate control over the site and can limit access as needed.

Please join us to stand with Israel in Jerusalem and in all the Jewish communities under attack. Thank you!