‘Annihilate Jews, liberate Al-Aqsa from their filth’

24 07 2017

 

My shocking title quote is consistent with the Friday preachers and imams at Al Aksa mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. However, this imam is an American preacher at a mosque in northern California. His name is Ammar Shahin  aka Shaykh Ammar Shaheen. The link on the picture connects him to faculty/staff of Islamic University of Minnesota. This is from his sermon from last week at his Islamic Center in Davis, California:

 

In it he cited a hadith, according to which the Muslims would fight the Jews on Judgment Day, and prayed to Allah to “liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews” and to “annihilate them down to the very last one,” not sparing any of them. “Oh Allah, make this happen by our hands. Let us play a part in this,” he prayed in the sermon, which was posted on the Davis Masjid YouTube channel. INS Israel National News  (Follow this link for a sub-titled 2 minute video of his comments.)

His sermon is in the context of a new level of terrorism in Israel that started with three terrorists smuggling weapons onto the Temple Mount (including a sub  machine gun) which were used to murder two Israeli policemen who were standing guard at a Muslim entrance to the Mount. Those murdered were actually Druse men, not Jews. Other police chased the three terrorists back onto the Temple Mount where they were all three killed in a firefight. As a result, Israel closed all access for two days to search for any additional weapons. The last time access was closed was in 1969. It was re-opened in 48 hours. New metal detectors were installed which Muslims used as a pretext to start daily riots in which several Palestinians and Israelis died.

This past Friday a terrorist climbed a wall into an Israeli village in the West Bank and murdered three family members celebrating the birth of a new grandchild over Shabbat dinner. The terrorist’s father said he had to do it because of the metal detectors. His mother said she was proud of him.

Here are some pertinent links to this story:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/Fatah-says-campaign-for-jerusalem-has-begun/

http://www.timesofisrael.com/In-jerusalem-some-muslims-warn-religious-war-is-imminent-other-say-its-begun/

http://www.debka.com/article/26153/This-is-a-war-for-sovereign-control-of-Temple-Mt

Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent— both are detestable to Yehovah. Proverbs 17:15 NLT

Pray. Pray. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists               (Read more)

 





Pence: Embassy Move Not If, but When

19 07 2017

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“I promise you that the day will come when President Donald Trump moves the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Pence said. “It is not a question of if; it is only when.” Vice President Mike Pence 7-17-17

Five to seven thousand Christians met in Washington this week at the Christians United for Israel Summit, led by Pastor John Hagee of San Antonio, Texas. Our Vice President was the keynote speaker. Doreen and I have been members for several years and have attended three previous summits. This year we missed it because of our trip to Israel. But the impact of a Christian Zionist group of over three million members is considerable.

Lines are being drawn all over the political and religious landscape. Even Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate opposition leader has declared that anti-Zionism is the new anti-Semitism.

As the Senator said in the above short video, this is not a Republican or Democrat issue. Here is the Israel Pledge as offered by CUFI:

We believe that the Jewish people have a right to live in their ancient land of Israel, and that the modern State of Israel is the fulfillment of this historic right. 

We maintain that there is no excuse for acts of terrorism against Israel and that Israel has the same right as every other nation to defend her citizens from such violent attacks. 

We pledge to stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel and to speak out on their behalf whenever and wherever necessary until the attacks stop and they are finally living in peace and security with their neighbors.

Did God’s people stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! They were disobedient, so God made salvation available to the Gentiles. But he wanted his own people to become jealous and claim it for themselves. Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God’s offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it. Romans 11:11-12 NLT

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and stand with Israel!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists





What We Are Up Against

13 07 2017

What are we facing from the global terrorist threat? It is more than an ideology. We are face to face with demonic evil. Israel has been dealing with it for decades. Here is an example from just last week (July 6,2017). Official Palestinian Authority TV praised a man responsible for murdering 22 school children and four adult hostages in a 1974 terrorist attack in Israel. They make monuments and name streets after these so-called “martyrs” and “freedom fighters”. This video is not from 1974, it is from last week!

Isaiah saw this evil in Jerusalem before the Babylonian captivity. It is not unique to the Palestinians or the Jews of Isaiah’s day. It is the un-redeemed nature of sinful man under the influence of Satan, the devil, who comes only  to “steal, kill and destroy” (in the words of Jesus in John 10:10). Yet, even as Isaiah describes the evil murderous heart of sin, he begins with God’s ability to save us.

Listen! Yehovah’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore. Your hands are the hands of murderers, and your fingers are filthy with sin. Your lips are full of lies, and your mouth spews corruption. No one cares about being fair and honest. The people’s lawsuits are based on lies. They conceive evil deeds and then give birth to sin. They hatch deadly snakes and weave spiders’ webs. Whoever falls into their webs will die, and there’s danger even in getting near them. Their webs can’t be made into clothing, and nothing they do is productive. All their activity is filled with sin, and violence is their trademark. Their feet run to do evil, and they rush to commit murder. They think only about sinning. Misery and destruction always follow them. They don’t know where to find peace or what it means to be just and good. They have mapped out crooked roads, and no one who follows them knows a moment’s peace. Isaiah 59:1-9 NLT

Please read the rest of Isaiah 59. We had a great Bible study in our Tuesday night group using this chapter. It is time to wake up and know what we are up against. Our confidence in this battle is that Yehovah is on the job. We have read the end of the Book, and we win, if we stand with Yehovah God and Yeshua His Son.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists

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

 





Talking Trees

11 07 2017

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One highlight of our recent trip to Jerusalem was a 30 minute conversation with my favorite Israeli cartoonist, Yaachov Kirschen and his wife, Sali. She is also known as the LSW, long-suffering wife. It was a delightful conversation where we discussed how much we have in common in our Zionism. He as an Israeli returned to the Land and me as a voice of Christian Zionists.

A main topic of our talk was his book: Trees: The Green Testament.

“TREES, the Green Testament” draws a cartoon explanation of the basic world view of Judeo Christian civilization and celebrates our shared fundamental belief system. It is the Bible, Zionism, and world history, from the viewpoint of the TREES of the land of Israel! From the Garden of Eden to the End Time promise of mankind beating his swords into plowshares. From the Burning Bush on Mount Sinai to the planting of thousands of trees in the modern, reborn State of Israel.”

The best part of our 50th Anniversary trip was being submerged in the city and its people, celebrating Jerusalem’s 50th Anniversary of its Liberation during the Six Day War. In the end it is not about politics, it is about the faithful God of Israel restoring the Jewish people to their land, their language, their city and their God. His faithful promises of restoration are being precisely fulfilled to the tiniest detail. More to come of what we heard from the Holy Spirit on this great experience. We are forever thankful to our daughters and their families and many friends for the love and sacrifice that enabled our priceless three weeks in Jerusalem!

“Yes, God ’s Message: ‘You’re going to look at this place, these empty and desolate towns of Judah and streets of Jerusalem, and say, “A wasteland. Unlivable. Not even a dog could live here.” But the time is coming when you’re going to hear laughter and celebration, marriage festivities, people exclaiming, “Thank God -of-the-Angel-Armies. He’s so good! His love never quits,” as they bring thank offerings into God ’s Temple. I’ll restore everything that was lost in this land. I’ll make everything as good as new.’ I, God , say so.”
Jeremiah 33:10‭-‬11 MSG

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists





Romancing Jerusalem

4 07 2017

Les & Doreen June 2017

Light rail Jerusalem

There are those who warn about a romanticized view of Jerusalem, yet, it is possible to face the real threats of our day and still have a palpable love for this eternal capital.

Doreen and I have been here for almost three weeks celebrating our 50th anniversary, along with Jerusalem’s 50th. We love this city of God. We were wed one day after the Six Day War in 1967. We have been exceptionally blessed and are the first to admit it is far more than we deserve. Yet, we have tried to live with a measure of humility while setting an example of relational love. This is most obvious in a loving marriage, but it also available in all of our relationships.

The Kingdom of God is relational. This world keeps trying to make it religious and political. But Jesus warned quite sternly:

Then He charged them, saying, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” Mark 8:15 NKJV

As they were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod.” Mark 8:15 NLT

The religious spirit is SELF-righteousness. The political spirit is SELF-interest. We certainly must beware of both.

Doreen and I have been living a dream of a marriage. Sometimes we are tempted to feel guilty for this blessing. Yet, we have learned one thing that may be an encouragement to those who have not been blessed with 50 years. We live each day and each year as if it was our last. We have always had a sense of the imminence of the Second Coming of Messiah Yeshua. But also, we have always been thankful for every single blessing in the present tense. From that we have reaped wonderful memories.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:20:21

Treasure your memories. This is our exhortation to those who feel you were slighted when God was blessing others. You have great memories of your own. Treasure them. Your memories may not be 50 years, but whatever the length, they are real. Remember them. Be thankful for them. If you have had a wonderful spouse, even for a short time, be thankful.

For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists





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








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