Words That Kill

16 09 2014

Mustard SeedFor many years of ministry I have emphasized choosing our words wisely. Our faith anchors our confession based on actual words: “believe in your heart and confess with your mouth.” I also teach that words carry blessings or curses and we must intentionally use that power to bless. But the 21st Century arena has moved from spiritual principles to life and death confrontations in the political real world. People are beheaded for their faith or for refusing another’s faith. For Islamic terrorists, it really does come down to demanding a few words from us, capitulating our faith with a confession to follow Islam instead of Jesus. Some forsake their faith to literally “save their neck.” Are you ready for this? We have now entered the true “war of words” between the righteous and the wicked:

By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. Proverbs 11:11 

There is striking example of this just over our Texas border where the cartels ruled. Juarez, across the border from El Paso, was called the murder capital of the world by CBS News in 2010. Today it is becoming a peaceful town through a revival, not through large evangelistic meetings, but through marketplace ministry where everyday believers practice Proverbs 11:11 and “pastor” their own sphere of business, school and government. Watch the video of this exciting transformation by Jesus. Transform Our World with Ed Silvoso.

Nowhere is this more obvious than the forceful declarations of the wicked terrorist groups, now reproducing as a metastasized cancer around the world today. The recent beheading videos of two Americans and one Brit are a tragic evil. But what is the goal of the terrorist? It is fear and terror. Kill two Americans and evoke terror in 300 million Americans? That is a highly efficient strategy. And it is nothing new. The devil has always used that method. Threats and accusations and horrible images spoken into the mind of man. The devil must be beside himself with the opportunity presented by actual video images instantly sent around the globe via the internet.

Anti-Semitism is another example of words that kill. False blood-libel accusations have incited mobs to kill Jews for centuries. They are called Christ-killers and accused of killing Christian children for blood to use for Passover. These untrue taunts have led to the deaths of millions of Jews in history, culminating in Hitler’s holocaust. Yet, today there is a new wave of Islamic anti-Semitism sweeping the world, especially Europe; and rising in America. There were 302 incidents in the UK in July alone! 

This time they are led by radical Muslims. But they are not only coming for the Jews, but also for the Christians, and for all non-Muslims. There is a saying in the Middle East: “First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.” My point today is not to inflame fear, but to stir up the Holy Spirit in you to stand for Yehovah God in these perilous times. Count the cost and make up your mind now to live for Jesus with no fear. We have assurance of our salvation (Yeshua). We do not cower in fear, but rather wake up, stand up and most importantly, speak up for the Kingdom the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the faithful God of Israel! In some ways it may be harder to live for Jesus than to die for Him. Make your decision now. Settle it between you and God and then shout it from the rooftops!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for America in the valley of decision.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists       (READ MORE)
 
(I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah!   (for deeper study click here.)




Come Join Our Israel Tour – February

9 09 2014
HE IS NOT HERE. HE IS RISEN

HE IS NOT HERE. HE IS RISEN

12 Day Israel Tour – Feb 10-21, 2015

 

Day 1 Tuesday Feb 10 

Depart USA (Philadelphia) on US Air 9:10pm

Day 2 Wednesday February 11

Arrive Tel Aviv 3:10pm

Joppa- Jonah’s‘s experience

Overnight – Tel Aviv-Dan Panorama Hotel

http://www.danhotels.com/TelAvivHotels/DanPanoramaTelAvivHotel/index.htm?gclid=CMCoyaDfqrYCFQWxnQoddE8AaQ

Day 3 Thursday February 12

Visit Dugit Messianic bookstore

Caesarea -Cornelius

Mount Carmel-Elijah

Megiddo-Armageddon (Rev 16:13-16)

Overnight- Galilee –Caesar Hotel Tiberius

http://www.caesarhotels.co.il/en/caesar-premier-hotel-tiberias

Day 4 Friday February 13

Mount Arbel overlook

Sail on the Sea of Galilee-Peter’s faith

Capernaum-Peter’s mother-in –law healed

Mount of Beatitudes- Blessed are the”

Peter of Primacy- Feed my sheep-Jn 21

Jordan River

Overnight- Galilee

Day 5 Saturday February 14

Tel Dan- Judges gate & Abraham’s gate

Caesarea Philippi- Peter’s great confession

Golan Heights & Bental- former Syrian bunkers

Overnight- Galilee

Day 6 Sunday February 15

Bet Shean- Saul & his sons 1 Sam 31

Qumran- finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls

En Gedi-David penned the psalms here

Float in Dead Sea

Overnight- Dead Sea – David Red Sea Resort & Spa

http://www.david-deadsea.com/

Day 7  Monday February 16

Masada- King Herod’s Fortress

Walk DOWN Roman ramp
Lunch @ Kfar Hanokdim-and camels
Beersheva-Abraham & Abimelech oath
Valley of Elah-David vs Goliath

Overnight- Jerusalem-Leonardo Plaza Hotel (Short walk to Old City)

http://www.leonardo-hotels.com/israel-hotels/jerusalem-hotels/plaza-hotel-jerusalem

Day 8 Tuesday February 17

Mount of Olives-Triumphal Entry

Garden of Gethsemane-Yeshua agony

Kidron Valley-Absalom’s treason

House of Caiaphas-Peter denied Yeshua 3 x

Afternoon – Bethlehem & Church of the Nativity
Shepherds Field

Olive Wood shopping

Overnight- Jerusalem

Note: All sights will be visited. The sequence of sights can be changed by the tour guide.

Day 9 Wednesday February 18

City of David-King David’s “ palace “

City of David movie

Hezekiah’s tunnel-2 Kings 20:20

(wet or dry tunnel- bring a flashlight)

Pool of Siloam- John 9

Southern Excavations-Jesus taught as a child

Davidson Center & movie

Western Wall Tunnel

Mount Zion-Last Supper/ Passover

Upper Room-Pentecost

Walk thru Jewish Quarter

Overnight- Jerusalem

Day 10 Thursday February 19

Free day to explore the old city on your own. Shop in the ancient bazaars, walk the citadel walls. Visit museums. Enjoy your day

Overnight- Jerusalem

Day 11 Friday February 20

Holy Land Model

Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial
Pool of Bethesda–Yeshua healed man-ill for 38 yrs

Antonia Fortress-Herod’s Fortress-

Garden Tomb Celebration

Farewell dinner

Flight departs 11:30pm

Day 12 Saturday February 21

Arrive Philly 5:20am

Full of wonderful memories of Eretz Israel, and Jerusalem, the Land He calls His own, and the “apple of his eye”

 

Please click on the Menu bar above “2015 Israel Tour” for registration and other information.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists





A Time to Favor Israel

4 09 2014

 

Raleigh, NC Event September 10
A Time to Favor Israel final

 

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Citizen of the Year!

1 09 2014

Daniel YahavHere is a great story of an Israeli Messianic Pastor near Tiberias. Pastor Daniel Yahav has long been recognized by the Messianic community in the Land, but this new honor is extraordinary. I was privileged to share in his congregation, Peniel, early in his ministry there in 1990. For years I have recommended an article he wrote: BEWARE THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES with pic

However, now he has been chosen as the Citizen of the Year in his home town in Israel. Daniel Yahav, pastor of the Tiberias-area Messianic congregation Peniel, has received this year’s Honorary Citizen Award in his hometown of Yavne’el, which is a real testimony given the Orthodox Jewish character of the Galilee community. Israel Today

There were times in the nineties when the Orthodox threatened to stone his people at a hillside meeting. There were also later threats to burn down the building they were renting. (Because of the threats they moved out of the building and yet it was still burned down the next month).

So it makes this more than wonderful that his town has honored him, because his town is heavily Orthodox. Thank you, Lord for favor! Let us continue to pray for Pastor Yahav and the Peniel Congregation.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists      (READ MORE)





Like the Garden of Eden

28 08 2014

Israel_Tel-Dan_MD Thus says the Lord Yehovah: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, Yehovah, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, Yehovah, have spoken it, and I will do it.” Ezekiel 36:33-36

Israel was desolate a hundred years ago, a rocky barren moonscape. Today it is alive with agriculture, flowers, fruit and most of all trees, 250 million trees planted in 100 years! Israel is one on only two countries on the planet that has more trees than in the past.  This is the number planted by the Jewish National Fund. There may have been more planted by other groups.

And there is more to come! The Bible speaks of the desert blossoming like a rose. Israel’s desert is called the Negev, which is also the Hebrew word for “south”, because it is in that part of Israel. Israel’s Negev is indeed blossoming. It is one of only two deserts on earth that is shrinking. All the others are expanding, including the American Southwest. Israel’s desert is shrinking by several meters a year.

Israel’s land primarily consisted of desert until the construction of desalination plants along the country’s coast. The largest percent of desalinated water used in any country is in Israel, which produces 40% of its domestic water use from seawater desalination. The desalination plants, which remove the salt from ocean water, have created a new source of water for farming, drinking, and washing. Wikipedia

This is all the product of science and technology (such as Israel’s invention of drip irrigation). However there is another reason to expect great changes the Negev desert. God has promised the total restoration of Israel. That includes returning the desert to it previous state. What was that? Israel’s Negev used to be a forest! Consider this amazing verse predicting the judgment of the South (Negev in Hebrew).

“and say to the forest of the South, ‘Hear the word of Yehovah! Thus says the Lord Yehovah: “Behold, I will kindle a fire in you, and it shall devour every green tree and every dry tree in you; the blazing flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to thenorth shall be scorched by it.’ “ Ezekiel 20:47

So we know why it became a desert, but what will God do to transform it back to forest land?

Ask Yehovah for rain in the time of the latter rain. Yehovah will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, grass in the field for everyone. Zechariah 10:1

That is your new assignment!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists     (READ MORE)

(I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah!) (for deeper study click here.)





Daniel Tragerman – 4 years old

23 08 2014

daniel-3Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in His sight. This precious little boy, Daniel Tragerman, was murdered intentionally by Hamas Friday afternoon while at home with his Israeli parents. He was playing in a tent inside his living room when a mortar exploded outside. It was shrapnel from the blast that took his life. I don’t have many words right now.

But it must be understood that Hamas fires their rockets at kindergartens and homes with the goal of killing Jewish children. That is never true of Israel’s Defense Forces. Many precious Palestinian children have also died, as human shields for Hamas, because it needs high death numbers to influence world opinion. Shame on them. Yehovah God will judge!

As we tuck in our little ones tonight, say a prayer for all the little ones on both sides of the clash of civilizations. Yes, it is also a clash of religions, one views life as sanctified by a loving God, and the other worships death as the “highest good”.

Hamas has now admitted that it was their group that kidnapped and murdered the three Israeli teens in June that caused the present escalation of thousands of Hamas rockets fired at Israel’s civilians.

“Now therefore, listen to me, my children,
For blessed are those who keep my ways.
Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from Yehovah;
But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:32-36
Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists       (READ MORE)
(I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah!) (for deeper study click here.)




Immigration or Migration?

19 08 2014

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Here is more on my concern for America…

Today I am sharing an outstanding six-minute video exposing a myth about immigration. Do you remember the term “bleeding heart liberal”? It carried the inference that some folks used human suffering as a ploy for their political agenda. I need for you to watch this video that proves immigration of poor people to America actually worsens world poverty. It sounds so good that we are helping destitute ones, but wait till you see the effect.

Immigration or Migration? For several years now, I have explained the difference. Immigration involves someone coming to America for the American dream. They are eager to learn English, our culture, our traditions and to generally fit into society. But migration is the opposite. They insist on living here in a sort of parallel universe. This threatens the American way, especially if they happen to be drug cartels or radical Islamists or others intent on the destruction of America.

Should we harden our hearts to a needy world? Of course not, but we should find the best way to help them for the long term. Please watch the video. Here is the link if you cannot see or play the video. Here is another link to a website with more information: Numbers USA has over 2 million members.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists      (READ MORE)








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