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)
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−). (more…)
Celebrating in Jerusalem with Israeli flags and Hebron banners
A free people in our land, in Jerusalem…
All through its sixty-nine years of independence, Israel has fought for the nation’s existence. From the 1948 War of Independence to United Nations’ resolutions, Israel has survived, prospered and welcomed back home millions of Jews from all corners of the world.
In his Independence Day greeting on May 2, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin called it the Independence Day of all the Jewish people. “Sixty-nine years ago, in the moments just after David Ben-Gurion declared the birth of the State of Israel, we all went out to dance in the streets. We celebrated a hope which came true: to be a free people in our land, in Jerusalem.” (more…)
My help comes from the LORD…
“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains. From whence shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip, He who keeps you will not slumber” (Psalm 121:2−3 NAS).
We begin a new year with you, thanking the Lord for His care. We sincerely thank Him for protecting Israel, its leadership, and citizens. We praise the Lord, God of Israel, for the new US Administration, and pray for them wisdom to lead the nation into the coming years. We thank the Almighty for protecting CFI’s staff all over the world and providing the many assistance projects we have for the best of the people of Israel. (more…)
God’s divine choice
The following chapters are excerpts from “The Glory of Thy People Israel,” by Lance Lambert (2012).
“I have said to my American friends: If I were to stand in Washington─that most beautiful city in the new world─ near the Washington Memorial, and say: ‘You see all this? It is all going to disappear. God is going to judge this whole situation, and it will disappear so completely that the world will not even know there was a Washington. It will become a myth or a legend, as if it had never existed.’ You would laugh at me and say, ‘How could Washington disappear? It is so great; it is the capital of the superpower of the world. How could Washington disappear?’ But they all disappear. It is only Jerusalem that endures. (more…)
CFI invites pastors and ministry leaders for an educational tour to Israel in January 31–February 7, 2017. This 8-day exceptional and economical experience allows you to become familiar with Israel and the ministry of CFI, and to prepare to bring your own tour in the future. The land tour for $399 per person, in double occupancy, includes touring and entrance fees, two meals per day, transfers in Israel and tour & hotel tips. Single occupancy available for additional $300. Domestic and international flights on your own.
Pastors Mark, Wanda and Leon (right to left) touring in Israel.
Now picture yourself teaching, baptizing and leading a group!
For details visit CFI Jerusalem at www.cfijerusalem.org.
Life counts in any age
Parents have always known that raising children and educating them is a challenge all over the world. The task is more difficult in families where parents are unemployed or facing health challenges. For a young person, schooling becomes an overwhelming burden without substantial support from home. Elderly pensioners requiring medical treatments can no longer afford groceries, upkeep of their homes or other life necessities. (more…)
May we friends of Israel around the US join brothers and sisters of faith throughout the world and pray for:
- Protection for Israel’s southern, western, northern and eastern borders.
- Wisdom for the nation’s political and military leadership, the soldiers and the police force as they face enemy armies and daily terrorism.
Brian and Mark greeting soldiers at a bus stop
- Knowledge of how to intercede to break the yoke of Islam in the life of hundreds of millions of people.
- Committed people to stand with Israel for her survival.
- Wisdom of how to combat evil schemes, such as the BDS movement against Israel.
- Interest to reach university students─not to give in to propaganda and misinformation about Israel’s policies. Israel is not the former South Africa but a nation with equal laws for each citizen.
- Families who have recently lost family members due to knife, car and other attacks.
- Encouragement and help for Holocaust survivors, unemployed, war veterans, single parent families, new immigrants adjusting to life in Israel, and all lonely, forgotten and sick.
- CFI Headquarters to find a suitable property for the ministry. AMEN
Targeting Christians and other minorities
The Middle East Christians, Yazidis, Shiites and other minorities across the region are being persecuted and killed, and ancient communities uprooted from their ancestral lands. The IS jihadists are labeled as modern-day versions of tyrannical kings such as Herod or Domitian from the Biblical history. King Herod massacred several members of his own family and Bethlehem’s male infants to prevent the prophesied rise of Jesus.
The IS ideology hates difference and, therefore, wants to eliminate especially Christians from the very region where Christian faith began. Pope Francis has referred to the persecuted by saying that “They are our martyrs of today.” (more…)