Jerusalem Liberated 50 Years Ago

20 06 2017

Western Wall at night 6-19-17

Doreen and I are presently in Jerusalem celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary with the entire nation of Israel. (Well, maybe they are not all aware of ours, but we sure are rejoicing in theirs.)

Ten years ago, Doreen and I were here for our 40th. Here is an updated description of what it is like to visit Yehovah God’s holy city.

“Going up to Jerusalem” pulsates every fiber of your being.

I have always felt that a visit to Israel is like a salmon returning to it spawning grounds. The Bible clearly declares that “this one and that one were born in her”. You really feel like you were born there:

“HIS foundation is in the holy mountains. Yehovah loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God!      Selah 

I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to those who know Me; Behold, O Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia: ‘This one was born there.'” And of Zion it will be said, This one and that one were born in herAnd the Most High Himself shall establish her.” Yehovah will record, when He registers the peoples: This one was born there.”      Selah

Both the singers and the players on instruments say, “All my springs are in you.” Psalm 87

You are literally returning “to the rock from which you were hewn:”

“LISTEN to Me, you who follow after righteousness, You who seek Yehovah: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him.” For Yehovah will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of Yehovah; joy and gladness will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody. Isaiah 51:1-3

ALL THREE DIMENSIONS of your humanness – spirit, soul and body vibrate with the pulse of His Life while you are in His Land!

BODY: All five senses are engaged. You see with your own eyes the stones that will cry out if His people won’t praise Him. You see the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on the water. You see the land that Abraham walked 4,000 years ago! I cannot begin to list the sights that follow one rushing after the other. You hear the wind and waves and sparrows and voices from every tongue with your own ears. You smell exotic aromas of food and spices and perfumes and people like you have never noticed before. You taste the salt air of the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean and the sweat of Masada and close contact in the open market! And did I mention the food? Real bread? Black olives like you have never tasted? Falafel and shwarma sandwiches and spices you may not recognize? Then you touch the Western Wall in prayer and praise and worship. You pick up a stone on the shore of Galilee that Peter may have thrown in the water while listening to Jesus teach. Yes, the senses are assaulted in Israel beyond words.

SOUL: The soul of man is who you are, your personality. It is what makes you, you! It is made up of mind, will and emotion. This dimension too, is overwhelmed in Israel. The guide will share so much thrilling factual history that your mind can scarcely process it. Only take notes of the most pertinent facts or your brain will blow a fuse. Your own memory will spring into overdrive as every Bible story you ever heard comes alive! Your emotions may at times feel like you will explode with tears and joy and understanding. Don’t worry, it is a good thing. (Although, they do have a wing in a Jerusalem hospital for those diagnosed with “the Jerusalem Syndrome.” If you think you are Jesus, or one of the two witnesses, or Moses; you may want to delay your visit to Israel until after your deliverance.) Regarding your will, if you ever had any doubts, they will be blasted into the stratosphere in light of the living evidence surrounding you at every site. In Israel, your choice to follow the Lord is loudly confirmed with humility and great joy.

SPIRIT: Remember when Saul was among the prophets and he could prophesy? That is how it is in the Land of God. You will be hearing so much in your spirit that you will hardly contain yourself and will certainly have to share what you are hearing with those around you. It is that way every time I go. Even familiar old verses come alive with new insight. Your worship seems sweeter, the quiet seems quieter. In praise you may hear the angel’s voices joining in with yours. You are exhausted and yet do not want to sleep at all for fear you will miss something. Your spirit is edified and you wonder why temptation was so tempting. You are truly on a mountaintop of the glory of Yehovah. On the other hand you will also discern (with greater clarity than ever) various other spirits around there that are not of God. I like to say, not entirely in jest, that Jerusalem is where all the demons go for their annual two-week vacations.

It is quite true that Jerusalem is the focal point of the whole earth. God placed His love on her and all the demons of hell are opposed. Jerusalem is not the target, it is the prize. We are at the end of the age. The lines are drawn. All the nations will gather to take the prize but all who try to lift Jerusalem will hurt themselves according to Zechariah.

“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.” Zechariah 12:3

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                 (READ MORE)

(Why use God’s literal covenant Name: Yehovah? Here is a link to the best simple explanation I know, from my friend, Keith Johnson.)





What God Did Not Do

15 06 2017

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John 3:16 is arguably the most famous verse in the New Testament. But why don’t we hear about the next verse? Both reveal God’s desire to save us (and the whole world) from our self-willed selves, from the devil, and from hell. His love is the amazing root of His grace, yet we overlook the profound statement in verse 17.

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:17

If the doctor diagnoses you with terminal cancer, is he condemning you to death or is the cancer responsible? Likewise, when God offers His Son to die in our place, He is not condemning us to hell. The cancer of our own sin and rebellion condemn us. Jesus came to save us, to give us life. He is the Messiah, the Lamb of God, sent to bear our sin that we could live. He is not the cancer, He is the cure!

In my recent book, Blessing Israel, I made a similar declaration about Israel. Yehovah God did not choose Israel as a means of rejecting the rest of the world, but as His means of saving the Gentiles. From the beginning, His promise has been that those who bless Israel will be blessed. That salvation offer was first spoken in Genesis.

“I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3

All the families of the earth! But the nations rejected God and His promised Messiah, and therefore rejected Israel. They became jealous of God’s chosen ones and began a long history of trying to kill the chosen people. Yet, the very reason they were chosen was to bless the nations. How ironic that this was misunderstood and rejected.

Now in this last generation, Yehovah God is restoring Israel to favor and great blessing. Once again Gentile nations have a choice to embrace God’s blessing or reject Him again. It is the dividing of the sheep and goat nations.

All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. Matthew 25:32

Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the nations. One cannot accept Jesus and reject Israel or accept Israel and reject Yeshua. The merger has begun.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists





Happy Jerusalem Day 2017

5 06 2017

Dry Bones Jerusalem Day 2017

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christina Zionists





Trump Buys Lie, Signs Waiver

1 06 2017

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Claiming it will help “the peace process” President Trump signed the waiver today blocking the US Embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Palestinians and the Muslim world keep deceiving US Presidents with the lie that peace is possible “if only” the US or Israel would just to something (fill in the blank) or not do something (like move the Embassy), then there would finally be peace. It is a damnable lie!

The peace process is dead. It is not going to happen. Israel knows it. The Palestinians know it. Since meeting with Trump, Abbas has named a “cultural center” after a major terrorist/”martyr” and defied condemnations about the naming.

PM: Keeping US embassy in Tel Aviv ‘drives peace away’ The Prime Minister Office says Trump’s decision to postpone moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem diminishes chances for peace between Israelis and Palestinians because it keeps false narrative alive. “Israel’s consistent position is that the American embassy, like the embassies of all countries with whom we have diplomatic relations, should be in Jerusalem, our eternal capital,” the statement from Netanyahu’s office says.

President Trump has broken his word to move the Embassy and has succumbed to Muslim pressure and the seduction of being the one who finally brings peace.

The Art of the Middle East Peace Deal President Donald Trump has a real opportunity to broker an accord between Israel and the Palestinians. Can President Donald Trump broker the Israeli-Palestinian deal of a lifetime? After his trip to Israel, there is certainly cause for hope.Settling the major issues between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has been an idée fixe for successive American presidential administrations.

So, where do we go from here? We pray even harder for President Trump according to Psalm 140. We pray that he will see through the lies and seduction of any personal glory as the peacemaker. He can still decide to move the Embassy after another six months, but once starting down the path of compromising, it is hard to turn around. I will not soft pedal it. He blew it. There will be repercussions for America and/or for his Administration. This is the wrong direction. He is under a withering attack from all sides. This is not the time to appease the globalists. I am very concerned.

This message concerning the fate of Israel came from Yehovah: “This message is from Yehovah, who stretched out the heavens, laid the foundations of the earth, and formed the human spirit. I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves. Zechariah 12:1-3 NLT

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists     (Read more – Why the Two-State Idea is Dead)





Why Two State Idea is Dead

29 05 2017

Dry Bones Two state

One-fifth of foreign aid to Palestinians is allocated to jailed terrorists

The Palestinian Authority’s annual budget reveals that more than 7% — is allocated as salaries to Palestinian terrorists in Israel jails, continuing after they are released, and to the families of those who died while “fighting Zionism.” This was reported by Brig.-Gen (res) Yossie Kuperwasser of the Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs to the Knesset Security Committee in a briefing Monday.  

Payouts to the families of martyrs consumed around 20 percent of foreign donations to the Palestinian authority in 2016. Hamas terrorists were among the beneficiaries. Gen. Kuperwasser, a former senior intelligence officer, noted that the ongoing wave of “lone attacks” with knives and vehicles of recent years turns out to be part of “an institutional campaign of violence against Israel – not just incited but also directly funded by the PA.” DEBKAfile May 29, 2017

 

But as for me, I trust in You, O Yehovah;
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
And from those who persecute me.
Make Your face shine upon Your servant;
Save me for Your mercies’ sake. Psalm 31:14-16
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists           (Read more)




What Trump did NOT Do in Israel

26 05 2017

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Here is an excellent summary of what President Trump did not do in Israel – from Joel Rosenberg

  • Did not unveil an American-imposed peace plan and pressure Israel to accept it
  • Did not even use the words “two state solution” during his entire visit
  • Did not criticize Israeli settlements, or mention them publicly at all
  • Did not criticize Israeli policies of any kind
  • Did not surprise the Israelis with major announcements of any kind, much less any policies that weren’t carefully discussed in advance
  • Did not go off message, either in his public remarks or on Twitter

Another big moment came when the President met in Bethlehem with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas: “Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded,” Mr. Trump said during his public remarks, at Mr. Abbas’ side. “We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single unified voice.”

As the Times of Israel noted, this was a “reference to the salaries paid by the [Palestinian Authority] to jailed Palestinian terrorists and to the families of Palestinian prisoners killed while committing terror attacks.” Joel Rosenberg

We must pray for President Trump. Here is a great Psalm of David, praying for deliverance from his enemies. It is amazingly appropriate for our President.

Deliver me, O Yehovah, from evil men;
Preserve me from violent men,
Who plan evil things in their hearts;
They continually gather together for war.
They sharpen their tongues like a serpent;
The poison of asps is under their lips.Selah
Keep me, O Yehovah, from the hands of the wicked;
Preserve me from violent men,
Who have purposed to make my steps stumble.
The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords;
They have spread a net by the wayside;
They have set traps for me. Selah
I said to the LORD: “You are my God;
Hear the voice of my supplications, O Yehovah.
O Yehovah the Lord, the strength of my salvation,
You have covered my head in the day of battle.
Do not grant, O Yehovah, the desires of the wicked;
Do not further his wicked scheme,
Lest they be exalted. Selah
“As for the head of those who surround me,
Let the evil of their lips cover them;
10 Let burning coals fall upon them;
Let them be cast into the fire,
Into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
11 Let not a slanderer be established in the earth;
Let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him.”
12 I know that Yehovah will maintain
The cause of the afflicted,
And justice for the poor.
13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name;
The upright shall dwell in Your presence. Psalm 140
Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists           (Read – Trump Speaks for God to Muslim Leaders)
(Why use God’s literal covenant Name: Yehovah? Here is a link to the best simple explanation I know, from my friend, Keith Johnson.)




Trump Speaks for God to Muslim Leaders

22 05 2017

Trump in Saudi ArabiaTrump Offers “Life or Death” Choice – Media and talking heads will slice and dice the events of President Trump’s first foreign trip ad nauseam, but we should consider his warning to the 50+ Muslim leaders assembled in Saudi Arabia. He offered a simple choice in calling Muslims to reject terrorism. Choose life!

7 Quotes from the President’s speech:

Donald Trump insisted in a speech addressing global ‘Islamic extremism’ that Muslim leaders must scare would-be terrorists into submission, warning them about the impact suicide bombings will have on their immortal souls.

  1. ‘Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity,’ Trump said in a sumptuous Saudi ballroom that put Mar-a-Lago to shame.

  2. ‘If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be fully condemned,’ he said.

  3. ‘Heroes don’t kill innocents,’ a confident Trump declared at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh. ‘They save them.’

  4. ‘Drive them out!’ he said. ‘Drive them out of your places of worship, Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy lands, and drive them out of this earth,’ he trumpeted. 

  5. With God’s help this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practice terror and spread its vile creed,’ the president said.

  6. Trump insisted that fighting terrorism is ‘a battle between good and evil,’ not between ‘different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.’

  7. Terrorists do not worship God. They worship death,’ (Daily Mail.com)

Our President essentially charged the leaders with standing for good, which is life, or supporting terror, which is a death cult. It is a stark choice that Yehovah God offered Israel on more than one occasion in the Bible.

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord Yehovah. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord Yehovah. “Therefore turn and live!” Ezekiel 18:30-32

Ezekiel 18 includes a revealing aspect of God’s character. Verses 23 and 32 Yehovah declares that He has no pleasure in the death of one who dies. Many think God has some perverse satisfaction in the death of the wicked. On the contrary, He grieves over losing them for His Kingdom. Thus, the call is always: “Turn and live!”

We must pray that the hearts of those who really hear” the call from the Holy Spirit, will turn from evil and death with that eternal choice of life. We know it is only available from Yehovah God through His Son, the Messiah Yeshua.

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! Deuteronomy 30:19 NLT

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists          (Read more)

(Why use God’s literal covenant Name: Yehovah? Here is a link to the best simple explanation I know, from my friend, Keith Johnson.)

 








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