Back from Israel

23 02 2015

20150212_143814This wall in Megiddo has stood for over 3,000 years. It was part of the northern Israel palace of King Solomon. Israel itself is still standing after 3,000 years. Our trip was a joyous discovery of the foundations of the land and the people who Yehovah God chose as His own. We saw with our own eyes the incredible restoration and even resurrection of Israel. Only one hundred years ago it was a desolate “God-forsaken” desert land, as witnessed by Mark Twain in Innocents Abroad. This was the result of 400 years of Muslim Ottoman Turk rule where they even taxed trees, leading to the deforestation of the land. Since the Ottoman defeat in WWI, Jews have planted over 240 million trees. Today Israel again shows signs of the Garden of Eden.

We prayed and proclaimed Yehovah’s purpose everywhere we traveled, from the coast to the Golan and Mt. Hermon, where we played in the snow. We worshiped on the Jesus boat on the Sea of Galilee and held a Mikvah (baptism) as the “preparation of the bride”. We even visited the site where John the Baptist immersed Yeshua, the necessary “preparation of the bridegroom”.

We saw Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We ascended Masada and walked down the Roman ramp. We rode camels in a Bedouin camp, visited Abraham’s well in old Beersheva, and even picked up smooth stones in the stream near David’s victory over Goliath.

Our four days in Jerusalem had too many highlights to list here, but walking on the Temple Mount was unforgettable. We were harassed by Muslims somewhat, but understood the significance of the holy location for Jews and Christians. The Dome of the Rock now dominates the skyline, but check out this scale model of the Temple compared to the scale model of the Dome. What a wonder of the world the Temple would have been.

20150218_145041We read Psalm 133 on Mt Hermon as a declaration of God’s purpose today to bless Israel and Zion with life forever!

A Song of Ascents. Of David.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there Yehovah commanded the blessing—Life forevermore. Psalm 133
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(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.)




Commander of the Straw Man Army

6 02 2015

Dry Bones Israel TiedPresident Obama is adept at using a “straw man” to shift an argument, from the real issue to one he can easily refute. It is a form of sleight of hand. He has made an international incident over the invitation for Israel’s Prime Minister to address a joint session of Congress on March 3.

A straw man is a common type of argument and is an informal fallacy based on the misrepresentation of an opponent’s argument. To be successful, a straw man argument requires that the audience be ignorant or uninformed of the original argument. The so-called typical “attacking a straw man” argument creates the illusion of having completely refuted or defeated an opponent’s proposition by covertly replacing it with a different proposition (i.e., “stand up a straw man”) and then to refute or defeat that false argument (“knock down a straw man”) instead of the original proposition. Wikipedia

Perhaps my thoughts will inspire someone to produce an analysis of the President’s use of the straw man. Today I want to use the example of PM Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. Speaker Boehner is accused of some horrific “breach of protocol” for inviting the PM without informing the White House. Even if conceding a breach occurred, it certainly did not rise to the level of an international incident (which the President has created). Leaving aside the contentious relationship the President has developed with our closest Middle East ally, there is a simple answer to why he chose this battle at this time.

It is not about protocol. It’s about Iran. The US is forcing a bad agreement that will allow Iran to still end up with nuclear weapons. This threatens the very existence of Israel. Netanyahu will make the case to Congress. Given their recent advances in ICBM technology, now the US is in range.

Congress wants to vote more sanctions against Iran. The Democrats want to postpone the vote till after the negotiations on March 24. The President does not want Congress or the American people to hear the Israeli objections till after the deal is done.

A second straw man was also used. The President says the speech is too close too Israel’s elections. Yet, the National Field Director of the President’s 2012 re-election campaign is now working for the Israeli opposition, in an effort to unseat Prime Minister Netanyahu. The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

Top Obama Aid Working to Defeat Israeli Right

President Obama, VP Biden and Secretary Kerry all refuse to even meet with the Prime Minister while he is in Washington. Now, Vice President Biden will not even attend the speech, because “The Vice President’s office expects that the vice president will be traveling abroad during the joint session of Congress,” a US official said

UPDATE! Biden Meets Herzog in Munich A day after announcing he would boycott PM Netanyahu’s speech, Vice President Joe Biden met Israeli opposition leader MK Yitzhak Herzog in Munich. Not influencing the election???

Finally, there is a growing boycott of the speech by Democrats. What in the world is going on with this Administration? Is the Democratic Party turning against Israel?

Dems confront Israel, raising Netanyahu speech stakes

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. In that day,” says Yehovah, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in Yehovah of hosts, their God.’ In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a fire-pan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem.” Zechariah 12:2-6

Is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that “fiery torch”?

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

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(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.)





Israel, Here We Come!

2 02 2015

IsraelDoreen and I are so excited to bring a small group of 14 to Israel for our 2015 Tour next week! I hope to post updates while we are there. If I am not able to post on this blog, I will try to use Twitter for an occasional Tweet of our progress. You can follow me on Twitter at this address: @TNCLes

We plan to “prophesy to the Land” according to Ezekiel 36, and my first book.

We also plan to visit the Garden Tomb and Golgotha. Please see the updated press release at the “Golgotha” tab on the menu bar above this blog.

Your prayers will be appreciated as we travel throughout the glorious Land of Promise!

For Yehovah has chosen Jerusalem; he has desired it for his home. “This is my resting place forever,” he said. “I will live here, for this is the home I desired. I will bless this city and make it prosperous; I will satisfy its poor with food. I will clothe its priests with godliness; its faithful servants will sing for joy. Here I will increase the power of David; my anointed one will be a light for my people. I will clothe his enemies with shame, but he will be a glorious king.” Psalm 132: 13-18 NLT
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Jesus in the Middle

30 01 2015

2011-10-21_12-40-43_148I was inspired this week by the teaching of Ed Silvoso on Jesus’ promise to be in our midst with two or three. I used to think of that as a convenient excuse for having a small church. It was used somewhat apologetically. “We may only have a few here tonight, but at least Jesus showed up.”

However, I ask you: When are your greatest experiences of church?For me, most of the best have come in the smaller groups. In fact, you could make a case that the more people gathered, the less true church fellowship, communion and connection to God.

Of course it is wonderful to worship with thousands in one accord, but you don’t really have much personal “church”. Let me put it another way. If you had to choose between being at the feeding of the five thousand or having lunch with Jesus and a few disciples, which would you choose?

We need large meetings for teaching and encouragement. Jesus did it. But the real shared life comes with intimacy. The good news is that we don’t have to choose, we can have both. Just make sure you know the difference. My guess is that most Christians are completely missing the best part.

Two or three is not some inadequate minimum or quorum for Jesus to show up. It the optimum situation that Jesus is longing for: real intimacy in fellowship and love with us! He especially loves those times.

“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20

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Jesus is a Jew

27 01 2015

six million and oneToday is Holocaust Memorial Day January 27, 2015. Please take at least a moment to remember all those who perished at the hands of the Hitler death machine. Six million Jews and at least five million others were murdered. Yet, God will redeem and has redeemed their suffering as recorded in Psalm 102 (see below).

Yad Vashem, the Jerusalem Holocaust Museum now has an exhibit by Jewish artist Moshe Hoffman that must be seen. It is the picture above this article. His message is profound for Jews and Christian alike. Jesus was a Jew. If Jesus had lived His earthly life during World War II in Europe, Hitler would have dragged Him down off the cross and taken Jesus to the gas chamber and incineration furnace. Jesus was a Jew. He is still a Jew. Christians believe He is the Messiah and is coming soon. When He comes, He will still be a Jew. He is the seed of David of the tribe of Judah.

Please take a moment to meditate on the first half of Psalm 102, the Holocaust Psalm:

 A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before Yehovah.

Hear my prayer, O Yehovah,
And let my cry come to You.
Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble;
Incline Your ear to me;
In the day that I call, answer me speedily.
For my days are consumed like smoke,
And my bones are burned like a hearth.
My heart is stricken and withered like grass,
So that I forget to eat my bread.
Because of the sound of my groaning
My bones cling to my skin.
I am like a pelican of the wilderness;
I am like an owl of the desert.
I lie awake,
And am like a sparrow alone on the housetop.
My enemies reproach me all day long;
Those who deride me swear an oath against me.
For I have eaten ashes like bread,
And mingled my drink with weeping,
10 Because of Your indignation and Your wrath;
For You have lifted me up and cast me away.
11 My days are like a shadow that lengthens,
And I wither away like grass.
12 But You, O Yehovah, shall endure forever,
And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.
13 You will arise and have mercy on Zion;
For the time to favor her,
Yes, the set time, has come.
14 For Your servants take pleasure in her stones,
And show favor to her dust.
15 So the nations shall fear the name of Yehovah,
And all the kings of the earth Your glory.
16 For Yehovah shall build up Zion;
He shall appear in His glory.
17 He shall regard the prayer of the destitute,
And shall not despise their prayer.
18 This will be written for the generation to come,
That a people yet to be created may praise Yehovah. 
                                                                                                                                              The correct Hebrew translation of “generation to come” is actually “generation last”, which is the title of my second book. We are the generation that can understand Psalm 102. Selah!
                                             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.)




Eyes to See

23 01 2015

Abe LincolnWhat in the world is God doing? Or, more exactly: What is God doing in the world? Can we expect to see from His perspective. Is it possible to see His Hand in the affairs of men? Or are we blinded to His actions?

Today I want to explain why my heart burns for God’s people to have their eyes and ears opened to see and hear what He is doing. I am not speaking of life after death, but being spiritually alive in a world that is dying.

Why do I blog and do video updates every week? The answer is in the name of our ministry: Elisha Vision Ministries. This blog is called Elisha Vision Commentary. My YouTube video is Issachar Forum, but it is under the name of “Elishasees”. I lead a meeting at a local restaurant every Sunday night called: Issachar Forum: A Prophetic Think Tank. But it is all about “seeing”. And it is based directly on the Biblical account of Elisha, his servant, and the Syrian Army.

The Syrian King’s attacks on Israel were known ahead of time and he learned that Elisha was telling Israel where the Syrians would attack. So the King sent his army to capture Elisha. When Elisha’s servant saw them he was afraid until Elisha prayed for his eyes to open:

So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Yehovah, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then Yehovah opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:16-17

This is why I am in ministry. My prayer is for God to open our eyes to see His mighty Hand in the affairs of men. Do not look down in fear and discouragement. Look up to Yehovah God and His Son, Yeshua ben Yehovah. We have read the end of the Book, and we win! If we see the world through God’s eyes and take our stand with Jesus, we will see the victory. God is the one who sees “the end from the beginning”. Don’t get caught in these last days with blind eyes. I pray God will open your eyes and your ears to His purpose in every situation. Shalom, shalom!

​”Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, ​declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,’ “ Isaiah 46:9-10
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Israel Attacks Hezbollah in Syria

20 01 2015

While You were Watching Football

Israel Attacks Hezbollah in Syria .

While America was watching football last Sunday, Israel hit two vehicles on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights in northern Israel. The implication could be grave for the Middle East. It could be the spark that detonates the Psalm 83 War. But there are four aspects to this event of particular interest.

1. First, Hezbollah claims they are not in the Golan Heights at all. Yet, one of their top commanders died, along with several members. You have heard little, if any, news of this attack on Western media because of football and the US President’s State of the Union speech calling for taxes on the rich to create more entitlement program giveaways.

2. Second, a very senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard General was also killed with several of his men. What were they doing on the Israeli border? Some reports suggest they were working on a missile launch site. A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a strike on Hezbollah 

3. Third, “An Israeli security official said on Tuesday that an alleged Israeli helicopter missile strike on the Syrian side of the Golan earlier this week that killed a top Iranian general was aimed at what was believed to be a caravan of low-ranking Hezbollah fighters.” Why would Israel say that? They are trying to defuse the inevitable response from Hezbollah and Iran.

4. Fourth, the plot thickens: Amid Rising Tensions, IDF Closes Roads Along Lebanon Border : “Tanks join Iron Dome batteries along Israel’s northern border, following airstrike which killed senior Hezbollah, Iranian commanders.” The threat is so serious that the IDF has closed roads, sent Iron Dome (defensive missile) batteries along with IDF tanks. Time to PRAY!

But do not fear, O My servant Jacob, and do not be dismayed, O Israel! For behold, I will save you from afar, and your offspring from the land of their captivity; Jacob shall return, have rest and be at ease; No one shall make him afraid. Jeremiah 46:27

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