Israel Is Real

1 12 2009

ISRAEL E-CARD Volume 3 Issue 23  December 1, 2009

Topic # 1   Israel Blesses the Nations

In the volume of my reading about Israel lately, I have noticed two references to a new book by Dan Senor and Saul Singer, Start Up Nation. It details Israel’s amazing technological contribution to the global economy. One such reference was a column by Shmuley Boteach entitled No Holds Barred: Israel’s Time Has Come (JPost.com 10-26-09). Am I the only one tired of hearing only bad news about Jews and Israel? Remember the old joke about the Jew who loves reading anti-Semitic magazines? When asked why, he says, “When I read Jewish newspapers, all I hear is that we’re hated. When I read the anti-Semitic alternatives, they tell me we run the world.”

He goes on to list some of Israel’s positives: Israeli universities ranked in the top 10, a disproportionate number of Nobel Prizes, high percentage of the world’s computer chips made in Israel, and huge business investment in Israel by giants such as Andy Grove, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. Finally, more Israeli companies are on the NASDAQ than  from all of Europe, China, India, Korea, and Japan combined.

Link to CBN News video story on new book: Start Up Nation here.

Topic #2  The Hanukkah Menorah

Many Christians are unaware that there is a special Menorah for Hanukkah. The regular Menorah has seven candles speaking of the seven-fold spirit of God in Isaiah 11. But there are nine candles on the Chanakiah. It depicts the miraculous eight days of oil for the Menorah during the time of the Maccabees. Why are there nine candles? The ninth is the Servant candle. It is an amazing picture of Messiah Jesus, who came as a servant and is the Light of the world. Jesus went up to Jerusalem for all the feasts of Yahweh every year, even Hanukkah: It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah. John 10:22 NLTYahweh will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And Yahweh will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of Yahweh your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. Deuteronomy 28:12-13

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