Idaho Update

9 10 2019

Idaho Feast of Tab Conf

Today is Yom Kippur in Idaho. Jews around the world have been repenting and seeking atonement for their sins. How wonderful is the revelation that Yeshua the Messiah gave His own blood as the Lamb of Yehovah to wipe away our sin once and for all who believe! We cannot atone for our own sins, only trust Yeshua’s blood sacrifice. Hallelujah!

Tonight I have my fourth meeting in Sandpoint, Idaho. It has been great so far. One of my favorite spots is always at the Cocalalla Cowboy Church. Tonight is Sandpoint Christian Center and tomorrow I drive nine hours to Challis, Id. to Living Water Ranch with Christopher and Debbie James for a three-day conference. I will be joining there with Michael Masambu of Kenya, and then we go together to Boise for next week’s Feast of Tabernacles One New Man Conference in Meridian.

Please continue to pray for utterance from above as I declare God’s faithfulness to Israel based on two immutable (unchangeable) things: His character and His Word.

For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set  before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 16:20

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for the seasonal rains.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                 (Read more)





Prayer for Travel

4 10 2019
Living Waters Ranch

Living Waters Ranch Challis, Idaho

Here is my travel update and request for prayer as I leave today to minister in Idaho, New Hampshire and Kenya. My prayer request is simple:

And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, Ephesians 6:19

And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. Ephesians 6:19 NLT

Notice that I pray as Paul did, not for boldness, but that utterance would be given by God. Anyone can be bold, but we need to hear from God so we speak the right words. God has opened doors for me to speak in seven of the next ten weeks, ending with two weeks in Kenya speaking to 3,000 high school and college age future leaders of Kenya. I have also been scheduled to speak to several dozen pastors in two weekends on the subject of Kenya standing with Israel. Finally, I will speak each Sunday in local churches.

This week is Sandpoint, Idaho, at River of Life Church, Saturday morning and evening. Cocollala Cowboy Church  Sunday morning, and Sandpoint Christian Center Wednesday night. The following weekend is Challis, Idaho at Living Waters Ranch. The third week is in Boise at a week long Feast of Tabernacles One New Man Conference in Meridian led by Brian Harrison (details: 208-899-0888).

Doreen and I will be in New England Oct 25-Nov 5 at Milton, NH the first weekend with Pastor Jim Weedon at Milton Christian Fellowship; and then with Pastor Henry Snyder at River Church in Conway, NH the second Sunday.

Doreen is also going to Kenya with me (along with Patrick Kennedy) for two weeks from Nov 27-Dec 11. Michael Masambu leads the Kenya Purpose, Destiny, Achievement Conference. Michael and I will also be together in Challis and Boise. Praise God for His open doors. Your prayers are gratefully appreciated. Thank you.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for the latter rains to fall this season.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





No Plan B

1 10 2019

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Was God surprised and taken off guard when Adam and Eve fell into sin? Did that event throw a monkey wrench into God’s “little earth experiment?” Did He wring his hands and worry: “What am I going to do? Oh! What am I going to do now? I wasn’t prepared for this”? Does God have a Plan A and B and perhaps a Plan C or D? Of course it sounds foolish when put this way, but has God ever been surprised by any development of history? This is a very critical and basic issue. This question is pertinent to our whole story. If God just tries a plan “to see if it works” and in fact does not really know whether it will, then He is not the God of the Bible.

“Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’ Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man who executes My counsel from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass, I have purposed it; I will also do it” Isaiah 46:9-11.

This hardly sounds like one who is ruling at the whims of mankind’s vacillating will. We do have a free will as it affects our personal place in God’s plan, but our choice will neither alter nor thwart God’s purpose. He is the only one who knows the outcome from beginning to end before it happens! There is no Plan B!

“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, “My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,” Isaiah 46:10

Some Christians today are actually being tempted by fleshly pride with the so-called “replacement theology” that says it didn’t work out with Israel, so God raised up the church to replace them. The real danger of this line of thinking is that if God could change His mind about all His promises to Israel, what would keep Him from changing His mind about the church? Most people in the western nations are ignorant of Islam, but Islamic theology teaches precisely that! They say Israel blew it and then God called the church, but they blew it too, so God called Mohammed and the Muslims of Islam.  In effect, they teach that Islam is Plan C. This is not true! God does not revise His purpose to fit man, but He revises man to fit His purpose. He has only had one plan from the beginning, and ultimately He will do it, either with us or without us. In the end there will be an Israel in the land fulfilling in exact literal detail every promise of the Bible, in concert with those promises to the church in all nations.

The Old and New Covenants are a progressive revelation of the original blueprint. These testaments are not mutually exclusive or contradictory as some teach but are a beautifully woven tapestry. They reveal the infinite artistry of our loving Creator who is revealed most perfectly in Jesus, the Alpha and the Omega (Hebrew: the Aleph and the Tav), the beginning and the end. Jesus is not only the Omega of the New Testament, but He is also the Alpha of the Old Testament. God has been working on only one plan all along and it is right on schedule. Israel has always been in the plan and still is even at the end. We, the church, can only understand how we fit it by understanding the context of Israel. The church is grafted into Israel, the original planting of the Lord. There is not a new tree! There is no Plan B! (Today’s blog is excerpted from Chapter 3 in my newest book, Speak To The Dirt!)

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for the latter rains.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)





Happy Jewish New Year!

28 09 2019

Dry Bones Jewish new year

The Jewish New Year 5780 starts at sundown Sunday. We do pray for peace and God’s blessings for the new year in Israel and for Jews everywhere. Especially pray for the formation of the new Israeli government. The impasse is formidable.

Dry Bones impasseDry Bones election magic

Only Yehovah God and His Messiah Yeshua can solve the dilemma. We continue to pray that the spirit of Haman be exposed and the evil plot revealed. 

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.” Daniel 2:20-22

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for latter rains.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                 (Read more)





Who Owns the Land of Israel?

24 09 2019

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Who owns the Holy Land? Is it the Palestinians? Is it Israel? Is it the United Nations? Is it the Roman Catholic Church? OR, is it Yehovah God?

The earth is Yehovah’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him. For He laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths. Psalm 24:1-2 NLT

“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since He is Lord of heaven and earth, He doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve His needs—for He has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and He satisfies every need. From one man He created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and He determined their boundaries. Acts 17:24-26  NLT

Now that we have made that clear, you can understand the outright blasphemy of the Palestinian leaders’ recent statements. Both President Abbas and his Minister of Culture claim they own the land because: We are Canaanites!” If that is not bad enough, an Arab Minister of Knesset in Israel makes the same claim.

Tibi to Rivlin: We own this land –  “We did not immigrate here, we were born here, we are a native population, we are not guests, we are the owners of this land: says Joint List MK Ahmed Tibi. INN

First, it is a lie that they are a native population. History is clear that they are Arabs who came to the land from Syria, Egypt and other Arab states in relatively recent centuries. The Jews trace there habitation at least 4,000 years.

Second, the Palestinians are proven by DNA to have no ancestry to the Canaanites or even to the Philistines (another bogus claim). They have never claimed Canaanite ancestry until the last few years for political leverage.

Which brings me to my final point. Why did the Canaanites get expelled from the land? Did God remove them from the land unfairly or unrighteously? The Bible states two reasons they lost the land. It was a combination of their complete wickedness and God’s oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (who became Israel). God is quite clear about this point:

Because the entire land has become defiled, I am punishing the people who live there. I will cause the land to vomit them out. Leviticus 18:25 NLT

“After Yehovah your God has done this for you, don’t say in your hearts, ‘Yehovah has given us this land because we are such good people!’ No, it is because of the wickedness of the other nations that He is pushing them out of your way. It is not because you are so good or have such integrity that you are about to occupy their land. Yehovah your God will drive these nations out ahead of you only because of their wickedness, and to fulfill the oath He swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 9:4-5 NLT

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for the coming seasonal rains.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)

(Why  do I use God’s literal covenant Name: Yehovah? Here is a link to a simple explanation, from my friend, Keith Johnson. Also, I explain it in my book: The Hebrew God Who Has No Name.)





Israel Election Deadlock Dilemma

20 09 2019
Netanyahu and Gantz

Benny Gantz and Bibi Netanyahu

Let me make this simple. No party has enough seats in the 120 seat Knesset (parliament) to form a government (61 needed). The Gantz Blue & White Party had 33 seats, with Netanyahu’s Likud Party only earning 31 seats. However, when you factor in the other parties, the Left (Gantz) has only 44 total seats. The Right has 55. Therefore, either a unity government is formed combining the two blocs or there will be new elections. Whew!

To be sure, there are two other factors, but they will not change the above facts. The Arab bloc has 13 seats but will not join the government. Avigdor Lieberman’s party has eight seats but refuses to join the Right bloc with Netanyahu. Therefore we are stuck at 44 and 55. Netanyahu tried to pursuade a small left party of six to join the Right, but failed. So, a combination unity or new elections in four or five months. Deadlock Delimma

We need to pray for God’s answer. Yehovah has the final say!

Here is analysis from Caroline Glick, my favorite Israeli columnist: I need to point out a basic fact about the election results which the US media, in particular, is missing. Benjamin Netanyahu did not lose and Benny Gantz didn’t win. Gantz cannot form a government under any circumstances. He cannot build a majority coalition.

By forming a unified political bloc of 55 Knesset members with the Likud’s satellite parties, Netanyahu has created a situation where he is the only possible prime minister. Either the Blue and White Party — or one of its factions — joins him, or Amir Peretz and Orly Levy bring the Labor party in, or Israel goes to new elections. Those are the only options. In other words, it’s either going to be Netanyahu or elections. It’s up to Gantz, and Peretz.

I’ll say more. The balance of power is still very much on the Right. The Right has 55 seats. The Left has 44. Liberman is nothing but a Bibi hater. And the Arab parties are so extreme that they cannot be considered for any governing coalition. Netanyahu is the only person capable of forming a government. It remains to be seen if that will happen, but Gantz cannot form a government. And he is slowly coming to terms with this unalterable reality.

We need to pray faithfully that God will bring wisdom and unity in the midst of this dilemma. Only He knows His purpose. Pray that He will reveal to the leaders of Israel the “one heart and one way” of this promise:

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. Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul. Jeremiah 32:37-41

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and thank God for the beginning of the seasonal rains.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)





Discerning Israel Sept 17 Elections

16 09 2019

OmarToday I urge prayer and discernment for Israel as they go to the polls. I will add an update in two days with results. But right now we pray for Yehovah God’s purpose be fulfilled. If you want your prayers answered, pray what God has already said He will do. If you pray for a Palestinian state in the God-given territory allotted to Israel, your prayer will not be answered. He is opposed to dividing the land (Joel 3:2). The land-for-peace idea and the two-state idea have both failed miserably. Yet the mantra goes on. Consider this example of “election interference” on CBS Face the Nation Sunday by US Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Ilhan Omar: Netanyahu’s ‘existence’ a problemControversial congresswoman says “existence” of PM is “contradictory” to peace, reiterates support for BDS. Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar called Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s “existence” a problem in an interview with CBS’ Face the Nation program.

“I certainly hope that the people of Israel make a different decision. And my hope is that they recognize that his existence, his policies, his rhetoric really is contradictory to the peace that we are all hoping that that region receives and receives soon,” Omar told host Margaret Brennan. INN

Aside from the fact that the two-state idea is dead, do you know the Muslim concept of peace? There will be peace when all the world either joins Islam or is defeated by Islam. For Omar to state that Netanyahu’s “existence” is the problem, says all you need to know about her bias. He has been freely elected Prime Minister  multiple times by the democratic will of the Israeli citizens, both Jew and Arab.

The polls open in Israel in about nine hours, about midnight East Coast time. Please pray tonight and all day tomorrow as Israel votes. Pray that the Holy Spirit will move on the voters to choose wisely and hear God’s voice. I do not support every idea of the Israeli government, just as I do not believe every US Administration decision is right. But I am convinced that God is working in both leaders for His purpose. Pray, pray, pray!

Check back here Wednesday for the update.

Wednesday Update: The election gave no clear winner, so a unity of several factions is likely with or without PM Netanyahu. We wait and pray. Here is good analysis from the Editor-in-Chief of Jerusalem Post, Yaachov Katz: Four scenarios I see moving forward:   1. Gantz goes first, fails to form gov’t. Then Bibi tries & public pressure pushes Gantz (w/o Lapid) into Likud’s arms.   2. Bibi goes first & fails. Gantz begins & offers Likud rotation as PM w/o Bibi. Likud cuts off head & joins Gantz.   3. Bibi offers Liberman rotation as PM. Serves 1-2 years, passes immunity-related bills and then Liberman takes over.   4. After 12 weeks, no one succeeds in forming gov’t and we head to round three (ex-PM Olmert predicted next election in February).

 “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of  Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land.” Joel 3:1-2

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for the rainy season to begin.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)

 








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