Today’s threat from ISIS is not the first time Israel has faced radical fundamentalism from Syria. The modern-day fundamentalism is a flash forward of what the prophet Daniel predicted (and which came to pass in the second century b.c.). But today’s existential threat to Israel is building to a far greater crisis.
In these times of stress and uncertainty, many people rely on one another to feel supported, holding onto each other for strength. But it is difficult to grip the arm of your friend when the ground seems to be shaking underneath your feet. For the few of us in Israel who believe in Yeshua, we know that the only thing reliable and strong enough to hold us is the Lord.
Afer Yoel and his five siblings, all born in the U.S., made aliyah with their mom and dad, he and his brother Dan served in an elite unit in the IDF, where both have narrowly escaped death in combat. Yoel, a Messianic Jew, shares his story and reflects on the difficult subject of God’s protection in battle.
Our team of Russian-speakers in Israel is asking for your prayers…
Review of a 2008 documentary about Israelis who travel to India, get involved with the drug scene, and “flip out.”
A Hanukkah Meditation It’s Almost Hanukkah Hanukkah will soon be arriving (December 8, 2012 to be exact). The erev of the holiday falls on the night of December 7 — which happens to be the “date that will live in infamy” when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Which brings me to another possible war, the escalating […]
Prominent evangelical backs out of pro-Israel event over proselytizing disclaimer Reported by Jim Brown for One News Now. Copyright 2006, 2007 American Family News Network Christian radio talk-show host Janet Parshall, a high-profile American evangelical known for her strong support of Israel, has dropped out of a Jerusalem conference sponsored by a Christian caucus of […]
The Festival of Purim is on March 4 this year. Let’s see how much you know about this Jewish holiday: The word “Purim” means
Your host, Lon Solomon, is Jewish and has believed in Jesus 36 years; he’s been pastor of McLean Bible Church for 26 years and has served as a valued member of the Jews for Jesus board of directors for 20 years. This will be his 31st tour of Israel. Date: October 22-October 30, 2007 (Israel […]
Essen Irina Ryvkina reports, “Natasha had attended a Messianic congregation over a long period of time, though not regularly because she is very ill. After she was recently hospitalized, I decided to visit her with a brother in Christ who lives in her city. Natasha was very glad to see us. She shared her anxieties, […]
Do you think Jewish students in Israel should be able to study the life of Jesus in school? According to an October 7th article in Ynetnews, “Starting from this school year, high school students will be able to take matriculation exam in ‘Christian religion.’ Program currently open for Arab students only, but Education Ministry says […]
Collective National Depression Israel has just come through a war with Hezbollah in Lebanon and no one there seems to think it went well. There is no confidence that any lasting peace will result from this war. Israelis prefer peace, but most felt that this fight was a necessary defence against terrorist attack. When the […]
Good deeds sometimes do more harm than good. That’s right. If we busy ourselves with doing good while omitting what is best, then what is good eventually shrivels into a sorry substitute for what is best.
Author Robert Stearns has written a compelling cover story for this month’s edition of Charisma Magazine, titled “Why Israel Matters.” He urges Christians to support the nation of Israel, using both a theological and political perspective. But he leaves out the most important truth for Christians to understand about Israel
I was camped with my paratrooper unit in the desert surrounding the Dead Sea when I recognized the name Joshua Friedberg on the front page of an Israeli newspaper. Ne’dar, missing. Before I had time to process what was happening, I was on a bus heading back to Machon Meir Yeshiva in Jerusalem to join […]
As we reflect on the issue of reconciliation between Israeli and Palestinian believers, we thought you might appreciate reading a bit from Tass Abu Sadr, a Palestinian who was raised as a Muslim and has been a believer in Jesus since 1993. Tass spent many years as a Fatah fighter; his is a radical example […]
It is most unlikely that a completely unbiased book regarding Arabs and/or Jews exists, and the existence of an unbiased reader is even less likely. But that shouldn’t discourage us from reading such books; it’s just an incentive to pray for discernment concerning other people’s biases, and a willingness to admit our own. There is […]
It is the nature of the media to zero in on drama — so it is no surprise that reports on the Middle East always emphasize whatever is most volatile in this troubled region. It is difficult, even for Christians, to avoid being caught up in the hyperbole and overheated rhetoric. Some people are just […]
Yes, a group of Jews and Christians are visiting the Land of Israel together, right now, led by a rabbi and a pastor who have expressed the hope of learning from one another. They are wrapping up their trip in the next few days. Pray for open and honest discussions about Jesus. (We don’t know […]
Irina Volodarskaya is a young Jewish believer from Kiev who has helped out as both a literary and oral translator from English into Russian. A few of the recent Davar” publications were her handiwork, and she most recently served as one of the translators at the School of the Messengers in Germany. I’ve hoped that […]
It’s June of ’92, and our Jews for Jesus team of 20 board the British Airways plane from London to Israel. Our faces show a mixture of excitement and apprehension. We are about to spend two months on a moshav (a farm/hotel) outside of Jerusalem. From this base we will do evangelism and take courses […]
This year, Israel is celebrating its 50th birthday, its modern Year of Jubilee. In the last 50 years the world has seen the Israeli desert blossom like the Garden of Eden. Yet there has been no such spiritual blossoming in the hearts of the people of Israel—our Jewish people—who live in the Land. There have […]
The Jewish religion is not static, fixed in ancient times. New rulings of rabbinical interpretation of the law meet the modern milieu and even a new Jewish holiday can find its way onto the calendar. The fifth day of the month of Iyyar marks the anniversary of the day in 5708 when the modern state […]
A cool canopy stretches the rim of the earth, -from the four corners drive the four winds of heaven; like caravans laden with splendor of Kings they bear perfume, clouds of spice and weave them with the Night in Jerusalem. The hot afternoon has flown, the dusk settles slowly, -dying shades of daylight stain the […]
Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour with David Hazard (Grand Rapids: Chosen Books 1984), 224 pp. Blood Brothers chronicles four decades in the life of Elias Chacour, a Melkite clergyman who believes that God has called him to be an instrument of peace and reconciliation between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East. It is this […]
Even though most Zionists would deny it, it is good to know that God is the God of the Zionists. Although not acknowledged by many of those who shaped the movement, God shaped the shapers of the movement.
The Jews—God’s People Photographs by Hilla and Max Jacoby, &169;1984, Daybreak Books, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, 245 pp, $49.95, hardbound. It somehow seems strange that a photo essay of Israel and her people isn’t a more common sight in bookstores today, considering the tiny but strategic nation’s prominent place in world news. This […]