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Shalom Partner and Friend of Israel,
"Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also." - John 14:1-3.
The re-birth of the Nation of
We must understand that our God is in control of everything… God chose the nation of
2,000 years on Shavuot (Pentecost), the first Believers - who were nearly ALL Jewish, recognized that the New Covenant (Testament) had begun. They didn’t immediately recognize that non-Jews should be part of God’s people or His New Covenant blessings. The One-New-Man here foreshadowed the Old Covenant. It took them awhile to uncover the truths in the Hebrew Scriptures that point to the inclusion of the Goyim (Non-Jews/Gentiles) into God’s Covenantal plan for mankind …but today there is a great awakening happening in
Pray4Zion has over the past 14 years worked alongside the Messianic Congregation; supported Messianic Crèche (pre-school) and School in Tiberius,
We are reminded that the first missionaries were Jewish… that it took a special vision (Acts –16) to convince the Apostle Peter that it was acceptable for him as an observant Jew to enter the home of a pagan (the Roman Centurion Cornelius) to share the Good News. We learn, however, in Acts 11:20–25 that some of the Jews in
It was the role of the Apostle Paul (formally the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus) without question to bring the Jewish Gospel (New Covenant/Testament) to the pagans / Gentiles of the
Still, as we have said, it was NOT God’s intent to create a new religion since everything is based upon God’s Word – the Bible and God’s plan for Salvation. In fact, Paul clearly explains in his letter to the Romans (Romans 11:11–31) that the Believing Gentiles, who are the “wild olive branches,” have been grafted into the same “olive tree“ and now share in the nourishing sap from the same “olive root.” Paul warned the Romans, NOT to boast against the natural branches who were broken off because of unbelief …but, instead, relish the kindness of God. When the “broken branches” come to faith as Jewish Believers (Messianic), they are “grafted back” into their own “olive tree” and nourished along with the Gentiles …by the same root as the “Bride of Christ!” It’s certainly happening in
Although a man-made split from “the root” occurred between Jews and Gentiles during the last 2,000 years, this was never God’s intent…! From long ago, the plan of Almighty God was to re-establish the kind of intimacy with Him that was experienced in the Garden of Eden. That plan came to fruition when the veil that separated the Holy of Holies from mankind was torn from top to bottom. In Ephesians 2:14, Paul explains that through Yeshua, the enmity between Jew and Gentile has ceased - the dividing wall has been breached and that now both groups are one! Paul described to the Gentile Ephesians what the One New Man should look like; “You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of His household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Yeshua HaMashiach [Christ Jesus] Himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.” - Ephesians 2:19–21.
What many don’t understand… is that those Jews having returned to Israel through Aliyah is according to God’s promise and that they have a greater burden for Israel than Jews living in America, South Africa or around the world. Sadly, many Jews abroad are just Jewish by religion and don’t care much for the faithful Jews now living in
The Bible says that
Concerning ALL peoples… God promised that He would bless those who blessed Abraham and his descendants and curse those who curse them and this still stands true today Throughout history, people have been either blessed or cursed …depending on their treatment to the Jews. This principle was established by God way back in Abraham’s time (Genesis 14:12-20; 20:2-18; Deuteronomy 30:7; Isaiah 14:1-2). In more recent times God has dealt with NATIONS on the basis of their treatment to the Jews and we believe it is most certainly is anyone who curses
This raises and interesting question about the
The Lord our God is in control of the End Times and just as He was in control of the past so He is in control of the future… As we have always said nothing just happens by coincidence with God! Everything is by God’s “appointed time!” The Lord controls the ultimate fulfilment of time and has sovereign control to bring His promises to pass. Only the Lord knows the exact times and seasons for His fulfilment (Acts 1:7; 1; Thessalonians 5:1). The Lord Yeshua (Jesus) is coming again for His Bride the Church. For He says, “However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” - Luke 8:18. The question is NOT answered by the Lord for He leaves it as an open question. BUT there is no doubt regarding the faithfulness of the Son of Man and just as many Prophecies have already been fulfilled the Lord WILL return for us His true Bible believing – faithful Church …and we can stand upon the sovereign Word and promise of God!
“Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” - 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. Are you ready for the most amazing event that could happen at any moment …in the twinkling of an eye? The Rapture or “catching away” will be a “glorious event” that God in His mercy has promised to His Church. Yeshua (Jesus) told His Disciples that there would be many signs indicating His return is near. The Prophetic “signs” of today indicate that the return of our Lord is closer than we could imagine! The promise we have is that someday - at the blowing of a trumpet and the shout of an archangel, Yeshua (Jesus) WILL appear in the sky and take UP His Church - living and dead, to Heaven. The question remains: Are you ready? Truly, the time is running out as the Lord tells us to be ALERT AND WATCHFUL at all times.
An understanding of Prophecy in the Last Days brings comfort in the face of sorrow…! What believer hasn’t stood in front of an open grave of a loved one without thinking of the certainty of the resurrection of the body…? Or, who when misunderstood or wronged, has not thought ahead of the time when the Lord will come “…and bring to light the hidden things of darkness… and then shall every man have praise of God?” - 1 Corinthians 4:5. We often take prophetic truths for granted but just think how hopeless we would be if the Bible did not predict the future. Think of the excitement of knowing that living believers may never see death but be changed instantly at the return of Christ! (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
An understanding of Prophecy in the Last Days brings hope to believers during these very difficult days… of unknown future lockdowns caused by a planned Globalists pandemic of
The Prophecy of Matthew 24 and Luke 21 helps us ALL prepare for that day, including the appearance of …false Christ’s, wars, calamities such as famines, pestilences, plagues and earthquakes, apostasy and the coming Tribulation and persecution of Christians …as well as a worldwide Gospel proclamation. This crisis has shown that no matter who you are …or the colour of the skin …or where you are situated …or what you do …or how much money you have - everyone is vulnerable! This ought to help us realize just how dependent upon God we really are! These signs point us to the Rapture …and the Second Coming of Christ, which is at the end of the 7-Year Tribulation period. According to our Lord Yeshua the generation that sees all of these signs will also see His return (Matthew 24:32-34). But before the return of Christ, these events that He predicted are going to spill into the world in which we live. The word “pestilence” is defined as “a contagion or infectious epidemic that is virulent and devastating.” That’s a pretty good description of what’s going on right now!
While our current situation is definitely “a sign” for today …the corona virus has taught us many things. In fact, we can learn from this pandemic that will help us serve our Lord better, live better lives and be better people: It has taught us NOT to put our trust in Governments, Leaders, Scientists or anyone who does not have our best interests at heart. We must always look upwards towards God who is our help in a time of trouble …and to the credibility of His Word - the Bible. There will be worldwide events that are going to happen during the Tribulation …events that are much more horrific than what we are even facing today - which may have seemed improbable to some until recently. Not only does the Bible say they will happen …but that it could happen in our generation – the generation that saw Israel reborn in 1948.
It’s NOT global warming - it’s NOT global cooling and It’s definitely NOT climate change even although it is somewhat related. God's Word is warning us that it is the SIN of Mankind that is affecting the entire earth more and more severely! God says; "If you live in accordance with my precepts and are careful to observe my commandments (order), I will give you rain in proper season, so that the land will bear its crops, and the trees their fruit; your threshing will last till harvest time, and your harvest till the time for sowing, and you will have food to eat in abundance, so that you may dwell securely in your land. I will establish peace in the land, that you may lie down to rest without anxiety. I will rid the country of ravenous beasts, and keep the sword of war from sweeping across your land." - Leviticus 26:3-4.
There is an uncertainty of life that we all can safely say that NONE of us saw this pandemic coming and the extent at which it was to be implemented NOR what is yet to come - except those wicked Globalists and ruling world leaders who planned it for years in secret. Who could have known or imagined such a time as this? Life is truly uncertain, but we can be certain that God is in control and is on His throne, even in the midst of our uncertain circumstances. Are we in trouble? Yes! But it is a warning and a reminder that our HOPE is in God alone. As Jesus prepared to leave His disciples and return to Heaven, He said, “Let not your heart be troubled” - John 14:1. Also, in John ; “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Our Lord doesn’t just overcome “tribulation,” He overcomes the world and the entire environment in which tribulation takes place and He is in TOTAL control! We can trust in the sufficiency of Yeshua – Jesus Christ our Saviour.
It’s a Biblical fact that the Rapture is coming… Yeshua (Jesus) told His Disciples on the Mount of Olive, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man,” Luke 21:36. This verse makes it very clear if we are NOT “watching” for His coming we will not be counted “worthy to escape all the things that will come to pass” during the Great Tribulation! If we are not “watching” for Him He is not coming for us. The Apostle Paul makes it very clear that if we are not looking for Yeshua (Jesus) we are not going with Him in the Rapture (Hebrews 9:28). We must keep our lamps burning as we wait for our “Bridegroom!”
Did you know the Bible contains more prophecies about the Second Coming of Yeshua (Jesus) than it does the First? It has been calculated that there are actually more than 300 Prophecies concerning various aspects of our Lord’s First Coming! NO one could possibly have made this number of accurate predictions by chance! But, God did it, through His Prophets, and the evidence is in the Bible for all to see and believe. Fulfilled Prophecy also gives us an assurance of Prophecies which are yet unfulfilled! We may, with all confidence, conclude that since all Prophecies concerning Christ’s First coming came to pass just as predicted - then all the Prophecies concerning His Second Coming will likewise be fulfilled exactly as they are written. And, because, Yeshua said; “I will come again,” John 14:3 …we CAN be assured that He will. When Paul writes that the Lord will descend from heaven, and that the dead in Christ will be raised and those alive in Christ will be changed (1 Thessalonians -17) we may confidently expect that just this WILL happen!
When John predicted that the water of the
Christians have been asking the question; “What time is it, God?” According to the signs, it’s almost “midnight,” and Yeshua (Jesus) is asking if His bride is prepared for the imminent call to be taken home to heaven …But on a more personal level, the question we all have to ask ourselves, “Am I ready to leave this world, when the Rapture call is given?” Since the Church will have been removed before the final 7-years of Tribulation and this is to be seen as one of the greatest signs God has given our generation concerning the Rapture of His true Church. Whatever we believe about the timing of the Rapture, or whether we even believe in Bible prophecy the most important question we need to ask ourselves is “AM I Ready?” If we were to die right now, we would be immediately removed from the earth to stand before our Creator for judgment. If ever there was a time to proclaim the imminent appearing of Christ that time is now. God has made every possible effort to awaken the Church to the fact that Yeshua will soon be calling His Bride home!
“Now there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that Day; and not to me only, but also to all those who love His appearing,” 2 Timothy 4:8.
How quickly will these two changes occur; the resurrection of dead saints and the translation of living believers? Paul says that it will all happen “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” The whole procedure will be instantaneous. This indicates that the Rapture including both dead and living saints will take place in an inseparable instant of time…! The Words “moment” and “twinkling” refer to the instantaneous nature of this event. And, the phrase “at the last trump” reminds us of its finality. After the trumpet sounds, there will be NO time to prepare for the changes will occur instantly. There will be NO second chance for those up till then have refused the grace of God! Paul says we shall all be changed in that instant. This would seem to disprove the teaching that only certain believers will be Raptured while others will be left to go through a partial Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51-57).
What we experiencing in a sick world today is a kick-back of our planet's eco-systems …because of mankind's chaotic mindset and rebellion against God, His Word, and His Creation. Scientists together with greedy self-serving Globalists leaders and the ruling wealthy elites want to replace God with their views of how the earth should be managed …and this should be concerning for everyone! They have the backing of a FAKE Media! If we follow God's Word – the Bible, His Laws and His order for us to have an abundant life on earth, we will receive our rains in proper season and our sunshine in proper season and will have food, clothing, shelter, and peace in safe communities. God has given us His beautiful creation to enjoy during our fleeting time on earth and has given us all freewill of choice! However, what we are seeing today is the plan of the wicked and greedy world Globalists leaders and ruling elites …to prevent and limit us from our God-gifted rights to and even deciding our time on earth. Our times are in God’s Hands – not mans. The only time that they will win is when we give in to their evil demands!
Sincere prayer from the heart should bring one to a better understanding of the heart of God the Father. A sincere relationship with the Heavenly ABBA Father cannot exist without prayer. Prayer is a necessity in the exchange of one’s heart with God the Father. We can always come to our Heavenly Father with all our hurts, disappointments and challenges. Even in these difficult times our HOPE is in Him. Our lives should always be one with the Father in worship and prayer as we wait for the "glorious" day of our soon redemption. Our souls cry Abba Father!
Today now, more than at any time is the time to support Israel and the Jewish people - the Lord’s Brethren. Israelis are facing intense suffering not only from the Corona (Covid-19) Virus pandemic …but are forced by the government to take "voluntary" …yet mandatory vaccinations or be ostracized from society! This is happening to innocent children as well. Not since World War 11 and the Holocaust has Jews been the testing ground for the world. At the same time attacks continue within Israel by Palestinian Arabs bent on destroying Israel. The surrounding Israeli borders are vulnerable and face a constant threat from Iran. In Israel "peace" or "ceasefire" is NEVER certain! Thank you once again for your prayers and generous support!
God’s Word is true! He IS watching to see how the nations are treating His people – Israel. God will have mercy on Israel through Gentile believers acting as mediators towards them! This is one of the most amazing revelations ever given to the Church – an opportunity to do something that carries the highest priority in the heart of God. Yet, sadly, so few have seen the potential and the rewards of serving God in this manner - as agents of mercy to Israel and the Jewish people! Israel was and still is despised today and a despised nation continually turning away from God BUT nothing ever altered the purpose of God for that nation. The despised element is always a noticeable element in the purpose of God. When the Saviour of the world came, He came of that despised nation; like Israel… He Himself was; "despised and rejected by men," …and there is that despised element; "…things that are despised God has chosen," 1 Corinthians 1:28. Now, more than at any time is the time to support Israel and the Jewish people - the Lord’s Brethren! We are witnessing the nations and people turning their backs on Israel. Thank you for your prayers and generous financial support especially during these very difficult times. With "lockdown" and difficult "recovery" still lying ahead we ARE reminded that the Wuhan Corona Virus has caused many dire needs and continue to increase here in Israel upon the already most vulnerable! Once again – Thank you!
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Alf & Julie Saunders
01st November, 2021
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