October 31, 2012
November 2012: Widows and orphans of southern Israel
Bereaved families living with dangers of modern conflicts and wars
Yaffa from Be’ersheba writes, “I used to hear about the rockets in the north and how the civilians would sit in bomb shelters, and I empathized and felt sorry for them, but it was not the same as going through it myself.”
“Residents of the south know the following scene by heart: an unexpected siren, and for the first fraction of a second, before anything else happens, your heart freezes. After that, the normal routine begins: If there is a bomb shelter nearby, you run for it. If there isn’t, you go to any safe space. If you are outside, you look around for a place to hide, and if you are in the car, although it is illegal, you strap the children in safety belts and not a child seat, so you can easily take them out and run for cover.”
“During times of intense rocket fire, life here in the south happens in between the sirens. The daily routine is disrupted: children don’t go to school, or, rather, they don’t go out at all. There is nothing to do except wait for the situation to settle and hope that maybe this time, the quiet will last a bit longer. It isn’t easy for anyone, but for bereaved families, it is especially hard. There is a heightened sensitivity in families who have experienced loss, so the difficulty and fear are greater.” (more…)
September 30, 2012
Riot of Hebron 1929 Redux?
David Wilder reports on Hebron Jewish community’s past and present
In August, a young woman from Toronto visited me [David Wilder] at my office here in Hebron. She told that her name was Slonim, that her family was from Hebron, and that her family was miraculously saved during the 1929 massacre.
I told her, yes, members of the Slonim family were holed up in Rabbi Ya’akov Slonim’s home. The Rabbi’s Arab landlord, hearing about the impending riots, stood at the door of the house, refusing to allow the marauding Arabs to enter. They put a sword on his throat, threatening to kill him if he didn’t move. He didn’t budge. They drew blood. He stood his ground. Finally, they left. The building’s residents survived, including her grandmother. The young woman’s eyes bulged. “That’s the exact story my grandmother told me,” she exclaimed. (more…)
August 25, 2012
No safe place for Jews
From Entebbe to Bulgaria─Decades of international terror against Jews
On June 27, 1976, a Paris-bound Air France flight from Tel Aviv, via Athens, was hijacked and diverted to Entebbe, Uganda. Two of the hijackers were members of the German Baader-Meinhof Gang, and two were from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. They demanded the release of 53 jailed terrorists in Israel. On the third day of the crisis, the terrorists separated Israeli and Jewish passengers from the others. The captors freed the non-Jews and sent them to France the next day. Quietly, while the rest of the world talked but did nothing, the Israel Defense Forces planned a rescue mission. (more…)
June 24, 2012
Ethiopian Jews─A modern day exodus
IDF operations rescued thousands of Jews
During the annual Passover the story of the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt is told. But it is not the only story of restored freedom in the Jewish history. During this time of year, we are reminded of three IAF (Israel Air Force) operations that granted freedom to Ethiopian Jews.
Thousands of years after the Jewish people escaped from Egypt, the IDF rescued thousands of Jews from Ethiopia and brought them to the Promised Land of Israel in the 20th century version of the exodus story. (more…)
May 21, 2012
Hundreds of thousands of expelled Jews lived in refugee camps upon arrival in Israel.
What about the Jewish refugees?
Jews expelled from Arab and Muslim countries
The issue of “Palestinian refugees” is often brought up as one of the major sticking points of the Israeli-Arab conflict. But just as often ignored (at least by the likes of the UN) is the fact that there were even more Jewish refugees produced by the 1948 Israeli-Arab War (War of Israel’s Independence). (more…)
April 22, 2012
The true guardians of Jerusalem
Remembering General Edmund Allenby’s entry into the Holy City
There was an old Arab saying, “When the Nile flows into Palestine, then shall the Prophet from the West drive the Turks from Jerusalem.” Except for a short eight-year period in the early 19th century, when the Egyptians conquered and briefly held Jerusalem, the city was subject to the iron rule of the Ottoman Turks for over four hundred years. Christians and Jews, but especially Jews, suffered under Muslim religious demands that non-believers were to be dhimmis─second-class to Islamic believers. (more…)
March 29, 2012
Replacement Theology from “Bethlehem, Palestine”
This article does not necessarily represent the views of CFI−USA
Board or staff. It is published for information purposes only.
A new brand of political replacement theology built atop Jesus’ teachings of compassion, and attacking those who support the State of Israel on Biblical grounds, is locally known as Palestinian Liberation Theology. The movement had a major boost in 2010 with the release of the docu-mentary film “With God on Our Side,” which presented a critical view of Christian Zionism and featured the first Christ at the Checkpoint Conference in Bethlehem. The conference attempted to equate Jesus’s suffering with Israeli “mistreatment” of the Palestinian Arabs. (more…)
February 29, 2012
Israel on the one-way street of peace
The land-for-peace hoax
The rise of the forces of jihadist Islam in Egypt places the U.S. and other Western powers in an uncomfortable position. The U.S. is the guarantor of Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel. That treaty is based on the proposition of land for peace. Israel gave Sinai to Egypt in 1982, and in exchange it received a peace treaty with Egypt. Now that the Islamists are poised to take power, the treaty is effectively null and void.
The question naturally arises: Will the U.S. act in accordance with its role as guarantor of the peace and demand that the new Egyptian government give Sinai back to Israel? Because if the administration—Obama or another administration that is in power when Egypt abrogates the treaty—does not issue such a demand and stand behind it, and if the EU does not support the demand, the entire concept of land-for-peace will be exposed as a hoax. (more…)
February 28, 2012
Israel, a light to the nations
Jewish people’s contributions to humanity
Throughout world history, the Jewish people─even though small in number─have contributed much to humanity. The values of the Torah, especially the Ten Commandments, still represent the moral foundation of most Western societies. The revelation of the God of Israel as the Creator of the universe has transformed entire nations, even in the most remote parts of the earth.
Through the centuries, great Jewish thinkers, artists and scientists have contributed much to mankind. While the Jews make up only 0.25 percent of the world population, one-quarter of all Nobel laureates in medicine, chemistry, physics and the coveted peace prize over the past 100 years have been awarded to Jews.
This great tradition is continued in the modern State of Israel. Only recently, Prof. Dan Shechtman, from the Technion Institute in Haifa, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his ground-breaking research on crystals.
As stated in the book Israel in the World, Israel is probably the only country that already had a world-class university, scientific, medical and agricultural research institutes, and an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra all before the state was even founded, in 1948.
The agricultural development of the Land of Israel is historic. Israel is the only nation whose desert region is constantly receding. Israel is also the only nation that has more trees on its territory today than 100 years ago.
As a result, Israel’s agricultural know-how is being exported to many African and Asian countries, including China. The Israeli patented “drip irrigation system” is used all over the world. The scientific and technical achievements of the young nation are incredible. Today, Israel’s technological products and advanced systems have become an integral part of the global high-tech revolution If you are among the 100 million users of ICQ who chat online with your friends around the world, you might not know that the software code for this ground-breaking utility was written by three young Israelis. If your computer uses a Pentium, Centrino or Quad Core Processor, they also have been designated and developed in Israel. Did you know that the very first anti-virus software package was developed in Israel? And if your computer is protected from hackers, then you are most likely shielded through a software code developed by the Israeli company Check Point.
Today, many civilian airliners are protected from ground-launched terror attacks through cutting-edge Israeli surveillance software.
It is, therefore, no wonder that all prominent high-tech companies─Microsoft, Motorola, Visco, Intel, IBM and many others─have major research facilities in Israel. Kurt Hellstrom, President and CEO of Ericsson, a world leader in mobile systems, recently said: “We must be in Israel today! It is an innovative and competent country. We are here to stay!”
Today, Israel’s medical research has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Approximately one medical drug out of 15 being sold in the U.S. comes from an Israeli pharmaceutical company. (more…)
January 31, 2011
By Pastor Werner Oder, son of an Austrian Nazi SS officer
Replacement theology undoubtedly is of demonic origin, as can be seen from the enormous damage it has caused the Jewish people over the millennia. The very strange thing is that many of those who formulated it were “Church Fathers” who gave us much of the theology still taught in Christian seminaries today.
In spite of discovering biblical truth, their knowledge of God was inadequate, their faith limited, and their theology imperfect. This imperfection was passed down through the ages until it became Church tradition, even though much of it is not scriptural. Jesus noted that even the theologians of His day were “teaching for commandments the traditions of men” (Mark 7:9).
This is one of the reasons why many churches do not stand with Israel today─because their traditional views held that God had replaced Israel with the Church.
Though most of Israel’s Christian friends are clearly aware of this problem, few are equally aware that the pendulum is now swinging in an opposite direction. Over the years, I have observed the increasing trend among Christian Zionists to replace Church with Israel!
Pastor Oder continues with his personal statements:
Once again we have troubling doctrines adopted by some Christians that suggest they are really the lost tribe of Ephraim. Or that there is no blessing on their church because the pastor does not use unleavened bread, teach the law, or say the blessing in Hebrew. So they leave their fellowship, miffed that they do not sing Hebraic songs or the pastor does not preach about Israel.
They claim to have been “hurt” by the organized Church and decide to have church at home. This is a fashionable phrase which one hears all the time: “I was hurt by the Church.” We live in a broken world where people injure each other. Getting hurt is inevitable.
Since the truth always hurts, my guess is that those “hurt” in church were offended by those who spoke the truth. Instead of thanking God for the truth that sets free, they were offended. And instead of dealing with it, they ran and joined the growing ranks of the un-churched, a worldwide movement of those deceived and robbed of fellowship.
The Apostle Paul warned, “Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first…” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). This great “falling away” is powered by the spirit of the deceiver who is also called “the accuser of the brethren, who accuses them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:10c).
Pastor Oder further states:
This powerful force is causing believers to abandon their faith, not in Jesus, nor in God, but in the Church. Their loss of faith in the Church indicates, if anything, their lack of relationship with the Head of the Church, which is Christ. No one can say they love Christ while hating His Body, for Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her.
Hebrews 6:4 adds that it is nigh “impossible” to restore those who have “fallen away” from the Lord. The tragedy is that they are so convinced they are right that they cannot be restored to repentance. They are the greatest losers in human history who have once tasted the heavenly gift and been partakers of the Holy Spirit.
I am greatly concerned to see this spirit of Church-bashing seep into the ranks of Christian Zionism, through people who criticize the Church, badmouth pastors, accuse Church leaders, and write books that run down the Body of Christ. The greatest danger to the Church does not come from nonbelievers, but from the spirit of deception within.
(Excerpts:The new replacement theology by Pastor Werner Oder. Please note that this article does not represent the views of the Board or staff of CFI–USA. Published for information only.)
I constantly remember you in my prayers…
For centuries church fathers have overlooked the fact that God’s covenant with Israel was a permanent one. In His Word God says that if His covenant with day and night and the fixed laws of heaven and earth can pass away, then so can his covenant with Israel be abrogated (Jer. 33:25-26). PRAY that the eyes of believers throughout the world would be open to the errors of Replacement Theology which the Bible clearly does not teach. (more…)