A Little Humor for Sukkot

21 09 2018

Dry Bones Sukkot 2018

I am in New England ministering the next two weekends which span the 8 days of Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles. With all the sober news in the world, a bit of humor is in order. I gleaned a few laughs from the Levitt Letter worth sharing:

Short Summary of every Jewish holiday: “They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat!”

There is a big controversy on the Jewish view of when life begins. In Jewish tradition the fetus is not considered viable until it graduates from medical school.

What’s the difference between a Rottweiler and a Jewish mother? Eventually, the Rottweiler lets go.

Jewish Adage: “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing.”

A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22

Have a blessed season of celebration of Yehovah God’s provision. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)

Dry Bones Yom Kippur 2018

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Repentance X 4

17 09 2018

A-man_s-real-belief-is-that-which-he-lives-by.Maybe I had too much free time during Hurricane Florence this week, but my thoughts have turned to repentance. Also, Tuesday at sundown is the start of Yom Kippur, the highest holy day in the Jewish calendar, which happens to be about repentance. My “brain floaters” (see: Brain Floaters) even drifted over to the bombshell accusation of Judge Kavanaugh. Here are my four thoughts in order.

  1. Repent. We have already heard the usual criticisms of the weather forecasters for “exaggerating” the hurricane. And yet, thousands (probably millions) of people were praying that the possible Category 4 storm would diminish, turn out to sea, or in some way not be as bad as predicted. Their. Prayers. Were. Answered. I am sure there was a lot of repentance going on in the Carolinas. Yes, of course, it is still terrible. And the flooding will be terrible for weeks. But it was not a Cat 4! I personally saw SW Miami a few weeks after Hurricane Andrew. It was like a 30 mile wide tornado had roared through. There were no homes standing. Folks could not even find their streets because all landmarks were obliterated including trees and street signs leveled. Hurricane Florence hit as a Cat 1. Thank you merciful Father Yehovah God and Messiah Yeshua, for sparing us “the big one.”
  2. Yom Kippur is primarily about repentance where observant Jews acknowledges their need of forgiveness through repentance. In Judaism, Yehovah covers their sins for another year. In Jesus, our sins are taken away permanently. Hallelujah! The Judeo/Christian heritage is one of forgiveness and second chances.The prayers of Yom Kippur are focused on the confession of guilt and on petitioning, both privately and publicly, for mercy.

    But Messiah having come as a Kohen Gadol (high priest) of the coming good things, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation, nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption. HNV – Hebrew Names Version 

  3. Why read Jonah on Yom Kippur? The prayers of Yom Kippur are focused on the confession of guilt and on petitioning, both privately and publicly, for mercy. The entire Old Testament book of Jonah is read as part of the liturgy for Yom Kippur, because of its emphasis on God’s forgiveness for those who repent. (WRAL.com)        Connecting Jonah to Florence is easy. After Nineveh repented, God spared the city from utter destruction, and Jonah complained! He had prophesied destruction and God showed mercy. Moral?: Don’t complain that Florence was not as bad as predicted, be thankful.
  4. What about the Kavanaugh accusation? Don’t you think 36 years of outstanding moral reputation is enough to conclude he is trustworthy? I don’t believe he is guilty, but even if one were guilty, I thought we were a country of forgiveness and second chances. His life bears the evidence of a man who has already faced his sins and found forgiveness. Let’s leave that dubious politically timed move alone. Christians are not perfect, just forgiven. Do you want to know what Judge Kavanaugh believes? Look at the life he has led for 36 years.

Pray for our country, pray for Jerusalem, and pray that some of our rain would go to Israel.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





Trump Stands with Israel

12 09 2018

John BoltonThis week the Trump Administration made two more decisive declarations, in a speech by US National Security Adviser John Bolton. He announced the closing of the Palestinian office in Washington, DC and also denounced the International Criminal Court (ICC). The PLO office was closed for calling for the ICC to charge Israelis with war crimes and for lack of cooperation with President Trump on his peace plan. The ICC was rejected officially because they threatened to charge our soldiers in Afghanistan with war crimes. The ICC has done the same with Israeli soldiers without charging Hamas terrorists who regularly attack civilians including women and children. Hamas is on our terrorist list and is well-known for using women and children as human shields. Yet, the ICC only charges Israel and the US.

John Bolton threatens war crimes court with sanctions in virulent attack US national security adviser calls ICC illegitimate and says “we will let it die on its own.” “The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” Bolton said.

He said the Trump administration would “fight back” and impose sanctions – even seeking to criminally prosecute ICC officials – if the court formally proceeded with opening an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by US military and intelligence staff during the war in Afghanistan or pursued any investigation into Israel or other US allies.

If the court comes after us, Israel, or other US allies we will not sit quietly,” he said, also threatening to impose the same sanctions on any country that aided the investigation.He condemned the inquiry into war crimes in Afghanistan as an “utterly unfounded, unjustifiable investigation” and the court as illegitimate“We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead,” Bolton said. The Guardian

Bolton: International Criminal Court Will Face Repercussions If Americans Prosecuted – “The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by the illegitimate court,” Bolton said during a speech to the Federalist Society in Washington, D.C. He said the court is a threat to American sovereignty and national security, arguing that the court has very little accountability and that its definitions of crimes are “vague and subject to wide-ranging interpretation.”

Calling the proposed investigation of war crimes in Afghanistan “utterly unfounded,” Bolton said the Trump administration will ban the court’s judges and prosecutors from entering the US if they move ahead with any prosecutions of Americans. Bolton also warned that the administration would work to sanction the funds of ICC officials and that officials would be prosecuted in U.S. criminal courts. NPR

I praise God that the Trump Administration continues to stand with Israel. It is the singular most important reason that Yehovah is blessing our President. The plots against him will fail as long as he stays true to Israel. We must pray for him faithfully. There are many believers who believe that President Donald Trump is a modern fulfillment of the ancient Persian King Cyrus who helped the Jews rebuild Jerusalem.

This is what Yehovah says to Cyrus, his anointed one,
whose right hand he will empower.
Before him, mighty kings will be paralyzed with fear.
Their fortress gates will be opened,
never to shut again.
This is what Yehovah says:
“I will go before you, Cyrus,
and level the mountains. 
I will smash down gates of bronze
and cut through bars of iron.
And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—
secret riches.
I will do this so you may know that I am Yehovah,
the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name. Isaiah 45:1-3 NLT

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)

 





Listen for the Trumpet Sounds

7 09 2018

jesus_second_comingDid you hear the one about the long-awaited Messiah finally arriving in Jerusalem? The Mayor of Jerusalem goes out to meet him and welcomes him to Jerusalem. But the mayor says: “I just have one question. Is this your first or second visit?”

Jews believe he has not come yet. But Christians believe Jesus is the Messiah who came 2,000 years ago to become the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world to all who receive Him, especially the Jews. But both believe the Messiah is coming soon!

Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. Matthew 24:34-36

Which generation will not pass till all is fulfilled? If you study Matthew 24 and Luke 21 you will find the only time specific reference is the status of Jerusalem. Jesus prophesied its downfall: “It will be trodden down (ruled) by the gentiles.”

And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. Luke 21:24

So, Jerusalem’s fall would last UNTIL. That is a timing word. We now know when the “until” happened. It was June 1967 that Israel regained sovereignty over Jerusalem from the gentiles. This restoration followed the scattering to all nations. This is all now in our rear view mirror. It’s history. Therefore we are the generation that will not pass away till the Messiah comes!

Jesus said exactly when He would come. Most Christians believe He was obscuring the timing with His answer. On the contrary, He actually specified the timing. The phrase “no man knows the day or hour” was almost a cliché’ in Jesus’ day. It was a common expression among the Jews of that day referring to the timing of the Fall Feasts of Yehovah. These were: Trumpets, Yom Kippur and Tabernacles. (For my teaching on the Feasts, please listen to my radio interview for ten minutes on each of the seven Feasts.)

The Fall feasts begin with Trumpets or Yom Teruah This year it is officially Sunday sundown to Tuesday sundown, September 9-10. This is an arbitrary fixed date set by Rabbinic Judaism. However, the Biblical commencing of  Yom Teruah or Trumpets, begins on the first sighting of the new moon in the seventh month from Jerusalem. (Using the Biblical method to figure it is a characteristic of Karaite (Bible believing) Jews. Here is a link to Nehemiah Gordon, a leading Karaite).

So what? Well, I believe Jesus was telling His disciples He would come during the Fall Feasts, specifically Trumpets.

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:52

There are five elements that make the actual day or hour unknowable.

  1. The confusion caused by the arbitrary Rabbinic calendar.
  2. The actual day of sighting the new moon could vary by weather conditions, cloud cover, etc.
  3. Even the hour could vary if the evening started cloudy early and cleared up later, for example.
  4. The “last trumpet” could refer to the last shofar during Yom Teruah (trumpets) beginning the Fall feast.
  5. Or, the “last trumpet” could even refer to the trumpet sounded at the end of Yom Kippur.

Therefore, even though the day or hour is unknown, I believe Jesus was speaking clearing to His disciples that He would come during the first ten days of the Fall Feasts, which then leads to Tabernacles where God will live with men and celebrate the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

May it be this year, Yeshua ben Yehovah – Jesus Son of God – Yeshua haMashiach – Jesus the Messiah!

Yehovah has appeared of old to me, saying: ​​“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; ​​Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. ​​Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, ​​O virgin of Israel! ​​You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, and shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice. ​​You shall yet plant vines on the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant and eat them as ordinary food. ​​For there shall be a day when the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim, ​‘​Arise, and let us go up to Zion, to Yehovah our God.’ ” Jeremiah 31:3-6

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

 

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists





Fake Refugees

3 09 2018

Dry Bones Fake Refugees

What do you call four generations of perpetual refugee status? They are called: Palestinians. After seventy years, an actual number of five to seven hundred thousand Arabs displaced by the Israeli War of Independence has ballooned to from five to seven million! This is ten times as many “refugees” as actually fled in 1948. Also, some estimate that only 20,000 of the original ones are still alive. Yet, they demand that Israel accept millions into Israel in a so-called “right of return”. This while also demanding that the new Palestinian state will allow zero Jews in any capacity whatsoever to live in their state.

Plus, an equal number or more Jews were driven out of Arab countries at the same time. Yet, Israel joyfully accepted them as full citizens and they have completely integrated into Israeli society.  Arab countries do not grant Palestinians citizenship and normal rights because they serve a political purpose as continual victims on the world stage. What is wrong with this picture? They are fake refugees.

After seventy years a U.S. President finally has the courage to call for an end to the travesty. President Trump calls them fake refugees. The UN has a refugee agency for the rest of the world that routinely resettles refugees in a few months or a year or so. The UN agency for Palestinians is called UNRWA and has perpetuated them in refugee status.

The President made three momentous decisions that have literally changed the face of the peace process.

  1. Recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved our Embassy there.
  2. Cancelled $200 million in aid from the Palestinian authority. (Taylor Force Act)
  3. Stopped our $300 million annual contribution to UNRWA.

Some are reporting that President Trump will spell out his peace plan at his UN speech this month. We need to pray fervently that he will follow the voice of Yehovah, who is the ultimate defender of Israel and the #1 Zionist.

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists               (Read more)





OCCUPIERS!

30 08 2018

End the Unjust Occupation JPEG

Israel is accused and accursed every day by Muslims and many nations for being occupiers. Yet, isn’t this exactly what God commanded them to do? Therefore the condemnation is not of Israel, but is really condemning God.

“For you will cross over the Jordan and go in to possess the land which Yehovah your God is giving you, and you will possess it and dwell in it.” Deuteronomy 11:31

Another valid translation of “possess” is “occupy”. Israel is not evil for occupying the Land, they are obedient to the will of Yehovah. This reminds me of Psalm 83 which we reference often as the Psalm 83 War. It is a powerful prayer request to God for victory over Israel’s enemies. The premise of their request is that Israel is under attack primarily because they identify with God.

Do not keep silent, O God! ​​Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! ​​For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head. ​​They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones. ​​They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” ​​For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You: Psalm 83:1-5

This is a completely valid basis for appealing for God’s help. As you know, the next verses list the surrounding nations. Then the method of victory is described in the last section of the Psalm: “Deal with them as with Midian,” which refers to Gideon’s story where God turned the Midianites to fight against one another resulting in the deaths of 120,000 soldiers without Gideon’s 300 killing one. Later, Gideon caught and killed the last 15,000 who had fled with their kings. See: Judges 8:10

Of course, my point is that we in 2018 are in the same scenario. Israel is surrounded by enemies (the same ones) who want to kill Israel because they really hate Yehovah. It is a religious war and always has been. Again the Psalm 83 prayer applies. Only God can deliver His people once again. Pray Psalm 83 often and passionately.

And don’t be thrown off by the accusation: OCCUPIERS! That is exactly what Israel must do in all of the Land that Yehovah God has promised.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





What Makes God Happy?

27 08 2018

Dry Bones 70Do you know that Yehovah rejoices over you with joy? Do you know that God sings? His love for His people brings Him such joy that He breaks out into songs of joy over us.

Yehovah thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

The Hebrew word, ‘rejoice,’  means to “spin around under violent emotion.” The phrase “rejoice over you” literally means to “dance, skip, leap, and spin in joy.” So, the latter part of this verse is more accurately translated, “He will dance over you with singing.” Does God dance?

My friend John Kelly sent me the background to the classic Jewish song of rejoicing, Hava Nagila. There is nothing greater than joining with our Creator in joyful music together. That is why Jewish people dance and sing with such energy. The full article is here, but have you every heard the translation of Hava Nagila?

Hava nagila, hava nagila
Let us rejoice, let us rejoice

Hava nagila ve-nismecha
Let us rejoice and be glad

Hava neranena, hava neranena
Let us sing, let us sing

Hava neranena ve-nismecha
Let us sing and be glad

Uru, uru achim
Awake, awake brothers

Uru achim b’lev sameach
Awake brothers with a joyful heart

God promised, that after severe judgement, He would bring them back from “all countries” to the land of Israel. Especially notice the emphasis at the end of this great promise of Yehovah God to Israel. He says He will rejoice in doing good to them… with all His heart and soul. Think of the emotional involvement of God as He restores His beloved people. Yehovah is singing a lot these days. God is faithful!

“Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely. They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. I will rejoice in doing good to them, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all My heart and all My soul.”  Jeremiah 32:37-41

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists               (Read more)








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