Bible Prophecy Interpretation Tip

16 04 2021

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Most Christians avoid Bible prophecy because it gets so confusing due to all the conflicting interpretations of symbols and spiritualizing. This is unfortunate. The most important predictions in the Bible are quite literal and easy to grasp by seeing their context in actual world history and current events.

Three of my most trusted mentors have believed a simple tip or rule of interpreting scripture: “If you can possibly take a verse or passage literally, do so.” This has been the key for me over many years now. Bible prophecy buffs tend to enjoy elaborate theories of last day scenarios that tantalize the reader or “tickle the ears” of their followers. It may be fun, but serves to draw attention away from actual predictions that edify and instruct us for daily living in a changing world.

My journey in literal prophecy began with Ezekiel 36 which is most often applied to the spiritual experience of Christians, but is a literal prophecy for the 21st century. It reveals Yehovah’s plan to restore both the land and the people of Israel, literally, in a real modern miracle. We have seen it fulfilled with our own eyes. Other examples can be found by taking literally Psalm 102, Psalm 83, Isaiah 17 and 19, Isaiah 60, and Ezekiel 38 and 39. 

What we have here is a definite pattern. Take the Bible literally. Only launch into symbolic meaning as a last resort if it simply cannot be taken literally. The extreme of this problem is seen in the ultimate rejection of the Bible itself. That is the trend as denominations turn away from God.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)





Iran Nuke “Accident”

12 04 2021

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A major event happened in Iran yesterday. A large explosion completely destroyed the internal power system at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility and caused further fire damage. Iran initially claimed it was an accident before admitting it was “a terrorist enemy.” This will set Iran’s illegal nuclear program back at least nine months.

There are two parts to this story, the physical facts and the Bible prophecy implications. First, here are links to the facts. Then I will share the prophetic.

Iran says electrical ‘incident’ reported at Natanz nuclear facility

Iran says ‘terrorist act’ behind power cut at Natanz nuclear facility – Israeli outlets claim that a Mossad cyberattack is likely behind the incident.

‘Mossad behind cyberattack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility’ – Security cabinet set to meet next week amid growing tensions between Israel and Iran.

Officials: It will take Iran 9 months to fix damage at Natanz – Intelligence officials tell New York Times that the fire at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility was caused by a large explosion that completely destroyed its internal power system.

New fire breaks out in Iranian nuclear facility – Senior Iranian official says additional fire has broken out at Natanz uranium enrichment plant, which was earlier hit by sabotage.

What does this mean for Bible prophecy? Iran is viewed as the biggest threat to Israel at the present time. However, timing is the real question. Is this Iran’s hour of power? I don’t think so. As I have been teaching, there has to be a time of very secure peace for Israel before Iran, Turkey and others invade Israel in the Gog and Magog War of Ezekiel 38. We are now between the Psalm 83 War and Ezekiel 38. Therefore, I see Iran continuing to diminish in their influence. I know this goes against the tide of predictions, but I would rather base my view on solid scriptural foundations.

The Abraham Accords, which led to normalization between Israel and Arab Gulf states, are still expanding. Even Saudi Arabia is closer to open normalization with Israel. Some pundits predicted the end of the Accords with the new U.S. administration. But, the Accords have a life of their own from Yehovah God. He is moving all the players in the direction of His purpose, to expand the territory of Israel to their ultimate boundaries.

On the same day Yehovah made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates.” Genesis 15:18

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                          (Read more)





All Words Matter

1 04 2021

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HAPPY RESURRECTION SUNDAY! As an author and a blogger, I have always had a love for words. Taking a cue from the current culture’s obsession with defining which LIVES matter, let me explain why WORDS matter. But first, a comment on WHY lives matter: Every human being was created by Yehovah God for His love and salvation. God loves each one uniquely and offers deliverance from sin and death, through belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus, Yehovah’s Son (Yeshua ben Yehovah). If Jesus had only died, we would still be in our sin, but the fact that He rose from dead ended death’s control over us. The question is not WHICH lives matter but WHY each life matters.

“For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord Yehovah. “Therefore turn and live!” Ezekiel 18:32

Here are two critical examples of why words matter.

  1. The Creator God has a specific name, Yehovah. But in today’s loose vernacular His name has been substituted with the generic “god.” As soon as you untether from His actual name, you are vulnerable to myriad redefinitions of “god.” It matters that we use His covenant name, Yehovah. (For more on this check out my book: The Hebrew God Who Has No Name.)
  2. The most important celebration for all Christians is Resurrection Sunday. It signifies the day that death and hell were defeated by the supernatural resurrection of the Messiah. The world and many churches wrongly call that day “Easter” after the Babylonian pagan goddess, Ishtar or Astarte, the queen of heaven. Are you comfortable with using the wrong word for the greatest celebration of LIFE in all of history? (For more on this check out my earlier blog post: The Ultimate Antidote:
    The Hinge of History.)

And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.  1 Corinthians 15:17 NLT

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins, and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.       1 John 2:1-2 NLT

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and thank God for this week’s rain in Israel.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)

Notice I do not use the name: Easter. That is the name of a pagan goddess, and should have no association whatsoever to the resurrection of Jesus. The season is called Passover and is rich with deep meaning that ultimately connects believing Jews and Christians as one new man through the Messiah.





Never Again Uprooted

2 03 2021

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Israel is a nation raised from the dead. This great prophecy from Amos 9 applies to today’s restoration of Israel. Millions of Jews have returned, from nearly every nation on earth, as a stirring testimony to the faithfulness of Yehovah God. Every word He has spoken will be fulfilled. What a joy and privilege to live in this great day.

“I will firmly plant them there in their own land. They will never again be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says Yehovah your God.”  Amos 9:15 NLT

  1. Yehovah is the One who is doing it.
  2. They are back in their own land, ancient Israel, not any other location.
  3. It is permanent, never to be removed again from their land.

This is not new to us. We have witnessed it with our own eyes for over seventy years. Israel was in Egypt for over 400 years, Babylon for over 70, and the dispersion to all countries for over 1,800 years! The Bible revealed each of those sojourns, but no more! No more will they ever be uprooted from the Land Yehovah gave them. Hallelujah!

No matter how hard the nations rage and try to block Him, Yehovah wins. They will fail. All the demons of hell, the fallen angels and the devil himself will utterly fail. It might be a good time to step back and remember the immutable, unchangeable promises of God. When you are tempted to slump down under the many pressures of life. Remember what God has done. Remember what He is doing now. And remember His promised victory yet to come. Remember also to guard your faith.

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” Matthew 24:12

I was blessed by Pastor John Thrift’s word Sunday morning at Grace Assembly. He reminded us of the cause of many Christians who grow cold, allowing the fire of their faith to go out. The great time of lawlessness in the earth is now upon us. If we focus on the abominations and rebellion around us, we risk the cold heart of unbelief. This is the time to look up to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. He is seated at the right hand of Yehovah God in Heaven; and He is right on time; and He is in control of our eternal destiny if we allow Him. As the wise virgins, we must keep our lamps trimmed and filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit.

“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”  Matthew 24:11:14

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for and give thanks for the seasonal rains of restoration!

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)





Iron Sharpens Iron

26 02 2021

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Would like to know three secrets of our happy and blessed marriage of 53+ years? There are more reasons, but these three are non-negotiable: Faith, Equality, and Honesty. This post came out of a discussion Doreen and I had this Wednesday about this verse.

“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”  Proverbs 27:17

I always thought of that verse as “brother to brother” in a spiritual sense, which is true. But now I have seen a deeper meaning when it applies to the relationship of husband and wife. On the “brother” level, it certainly describes the value of  rubbing or sharpening off the rough edges between two believers. But, when applied to marriage, it is life and death. A blessed and successful marriage must embrace the “iron.” Doreen and I rejoiced to see this new understanding from the Lord on Wednesday. And just to make sure we “heard” the Holy Spirit, Doreen’s verse for the day popped up Thursday morning with Proverbs 27:17. How cool is that?

When we first started dating in October of 1964, at Berkshire Christian College, we sort of “stumbled” into three personal commitments that we now know were straight from the Throne of Heaven. We were married June 11, 1967 at the end of Israel’s Six Day War. These three foundation stones of our now nearly 56 years of friendship were laid during a few walks together in 1964.

  1. FAITH – Somehow, I am not even sure how it started, we began to say often: “You and me and Jesus.” We still say that in words and/or action virtually ever day since. We also say “I love you!” multiple times a day. We chose to make Jesus the most important One in our relationship, more important than each other.
  2. EQUALITY – From the beginning we saw the Ephesians order of relationships. Many study husband and wife starting with  Ephesians 5:23 about wives submitting to their husbands. However, to start there is a colossal error. The previous verse is the start point of our marriage: “submitting to one another in the fear of God.” We are equal before God. Jesus speaking through her has more authority than my own opinion, and Him speaking through me has more than hers. Once that is clear, we can proceed to the hierarchy of family structure that follows. It is in this functional equality that “iron sharpens iron.”  One of the first things that attracted me to Doreen was her strength of character and confidence is her beliefs. When we “discussed” anything it was with 100% conviction both ways and we still enjoy these free “discussions” today. We have never shrunk back from standing strong for our opinions. I value that highly in a person. How we reconcile the times we disagree is another story, but we started by agreeing to never go to bed mad.  “Be angry, and do not sin” Do not let the sun go down on your wrath.  Ephesians 4:26
  3. HONESTY – We had a third revelation on our walks. The armor of God in Ephesians 6 starts with: “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,” Ephesians 6:14  We mistakenly thought that referred to true doctrine, but it instead means honesty. Be honest. Tell the truth to one another. That is the preeminent piece of armor. If you don’t have truth, you are completely vulnerable to the enemy. On our second walk we vowed to be honest with each other. We even share our thoughts with each other when asked. Wow! That has been pure gold for a living relationship. Thank you, Jesus!

These three accidental vows have guided our marriage consistently. It helps that we had the godly examples of our own parents. My folks dated four years and were married 68 years. When Doreen and I celebrated 34 years, I turned to her and said: “Well, we are half way!” That long view is part of what I hope you get from these musings. One of my biggest heartbreaks is that we have not been better at helping others to find what we have found in our Jesus marriage. It is never too late. Follow Jesus!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for Israel rain (and the March 23 election).

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                      (Read more)





If I Perish, I Perish

23 02 2021

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Purim around the world this year is sundown Thursday to sundown Friday. Jews and Christians remember the great courage of Esther, Queen of Persia, who laid it all on the line to stand for the Jews. Her Jewish family and all the Jews of the Persian Empire were to be killed. That included twenty provinces, the whole know world at the time. That genocide was stopped by Esther’s great personal risk. The King did not even know she was Jewish. She was only one person, but was placed in position to save a nation. Please read the Book of Esther this week. It is one of the greatest stories of the Bible. Here is the short passage telling of her decision.

And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” Esther 4:13-16

Four Take-aways From Esther’s Courage:

  1. She came to the kingdom for “such a time as this.”
  2. The Jews fasted three days and nights.
  3. It was against the law for her to approach the king.
  4. Esther was willing to die if necessary.

What is the timing of your life right now? Is there a cause greater than your appetite? Is your obedience to Yehovah God higher than all else? Are you willing to lay down your life, if necessary, for God’s purpose? We are living in grand and awful times. We must listen to the Holy Spirit now more than ever. The Messiah Yeshua is asking us for full attention and obedience in these perilous times. As for me and my house, we will serve Yehovah.

Esther’s enemy was Haman, an Amalekite, a people who were perennial enemies of God’s people. The demonic spirit of  Amalek is still after the Jews today. But, that is a story for another time. Read Esther this week for a word for our times.

Finally, I noticed that the great movie about Esther, ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING, is on TBN television this Friday night at both 8pm and 10pm Eastern. Enjoy! It is well worth a couple hours. ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING is also available on livestream from PureFlix.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain in Israel.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                          (Read more)





Muslim Nation Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

2 02 2021

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Big Muslim/Israel News You Missed: Kosovo, a Muslim majority nation in Europe, is the first Muslim nation to have their embassy in Jerusalem. Thanks to the Trump peace negotiations, both Kosovo and Serbia (majority Christian) have agreed to recognition and relationship with the Jewish state.

Israel, Kosovo establish diplomatic ties; Pristina to open embassy in Jerusalem – Israel and Kosovo officially cemented their agreement to normalize ties on Monday, with the European state to become the first Muslim-majority nation to establish an embassy in Jerusalem.

These two European countries are technically not part of the Circle of Peace, but are certainly caught up in Yehovah’s plan to bless Israel with an expanding time of peace leading up to the Gog and Magog War of Ezekiel 38. A defining characteristic  of that war is that Israel will be dwelling in such peace that they will tear down the miles of walls and fencing that now separate them from the Palestinian areas. This is such a profound declaration that we cannot ignore it, especially as we see it coming to fulfillment. Israel dwelling safely is mentioned in verses 8 and 14, but the clearest is verse 11.

“You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’—” Ezekiel 38:11

This is certainly NOT the case in 2021. Israel still has walls all over the place, which have kept them safe from suicide bombers for 15 years. Because of the Circle of Peace that PM Netanyahu proclaimed, we are seeing this right before our eyes!

Another profound revelation from this chapter is the coalition of nations against Israel. They are led by Turkey, Iran, Sudan, and Libya. This is a totally different list than the Psalm 83 War, which has ended not in a final battle, but in the circle of peace process. Those Psalm 83 nations have fought Israel since 1948. They will be joined to Israel producing new borders reaching to the Ezekiel coalition. What an amazing day to be alive! Fasten your seat belts.

Keeping tabs on another potential participant in the circle, here is a new story from Indonesia.

“It’s time to make peace with Israel,” says vocal Muslim exclusive with a very special Muslim woman who is inspiring others: “Glory be to Israel!” Israel Today

Pray for the growing circle of peace for Jerusalem and pray for seasonal rain and snow.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)

 





The Misty Flats – A Choice

28 12 2020

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As we wait between the holidays and the new year we face a choice, as always. Do not succumb to the doldrums of “the misty flats.” We must choose the heights of God’s purpose. The temptation is to surrender to mild or even serious depression as we view our world. But God is in control! Look to the Rock from which you were hewn. We are not meaningless blobs slogging through a meager existence, but beings created in the image of Yehovah God. Rise up! Follow the higher path upward to find your place in God’s Plan.

I was inspired by this early 20th century poem by John Oxenham. Consider the message and choose wisely.

To every man there openeth
A Way, and Ways, and a Way.
And the High Soul climbs the High way,
And the Low Soul gropes the Low,
And in between, on the misty flats,
The rest drift to and fro.
But to every man there openeth
A High Way, and a Low.
And every man decideth
The Way his soul shall go.
If you feel like you are in the misty flats during the holidays, it is time to stir up the Holy Spirit in your heart and trust Him completely. Here is an anchor scripture from Isaiah 51, to encourage you. I pray that the Lord Jesus will strengthen you with might in the inner man. Read the end of the book, we win!
A Call to Trust Yehovah
“Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance—
all who seek Yehovah!
Consider the rock from which you were cut,
the quarry from which you were mined.
Yes, think about Abraham, your ancestor,
and Sarah, who gave birth to your nation.
Abraham was only one man when I called him.
But when I blessed him, he became a great nation.”
Yehovah will comfort Israel again
and have pity on her ruins.
Her desert will blossom like Eden,
her barren wilderness like the garden of Yehovah.
Joy and gladness will be found there.
Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air. Isaiah 51:1-3 NLT
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for winter rains in Israel.
Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                        (Read more)
(Why  do I use God’s literal covenant Name: Yehovah? Here is a link to the explanation  in my book: The Hebrew God Who Has No Name.) and here is a link to a great visual from my friend Keith Johnson.




Merry Christmas, Timing is Everything

25 12 2020

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Monday’s big event was the close view of Saturn and Jupiter forming “the Christmas Star,” for the first time in 800 years. Even though the wise men visited two years later; and Messiah’s birth was probably a different month; still, there was a message from God on Monday.

The astronomical oddity was exactly on December 21, the shortest day of the year. How appropriate that the day with the most darkness was visited by the heavenly sign of the star. The Messiah indeed came into Israel at one of its darkest hours to proclaim Himself as the LIGHT of the world!

Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:9-14 NLT

Doreen and I, and our entire family, bless you this wonderful season. May you day be full of joy, blessing and giving of thanks for Yeshua, the Messiah. He is the real reason to celebrate.

Also, please prayerfully consider an end of year donation to Elisha Vision Ministries. We so appreciate your prayers and support throughout the year. Shalom!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain!

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)





2020 Zionist Story – Kissing the Ground!

4 12 2020

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The mother descending from the plane “kisses the ground and carries a baby named Yerushalayim, and another baby named Esther. Esther and Yerushalayim, come to Jerusalem – this is the essence of the Jewish story, this is the essence of the Zionist story,” – Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomes Ethiopian Jews to Israel as newest Israeli citizens. Israel Today

Operation Tsur Israel: First 316 Ethiopian Jews Arrive HomeBy February 2021, over 2,000 members of the Falash Mura are expected in Israel. Defense Minister Benny Gantz stated that “we are realizing the Zionist vision in its purest sense – Kibbutz Galuyot [the reconvening of the diaspora]. You, who stand at the gates of this country, carry on your backs a wonderful tradition of thousands of years,” 

Kissing the ground, hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants welcomed to Israel – Ethiopia-born Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shato arrives with flight, greeted with fanfare at airport, as plan to bring 2,000 kicks off, with thousands more still waiting. Waving Israeli flags as they came down the steps of the aircraft, over 300 members of Ethiopia’s Jewish community arrived in Israel on Thursday in a special airlift from Gondar. Times of Israel December 3, 2020

“I will be found by you, says Yehovah, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says Yehovah, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.” Jeremiah 29:14

“Listen to this message from Yehovah, you nations of the world; proclaim it in distant coastlands: Yehovah, who scattered his people, will gather them and watch over them as a shepherd does his flock.” Jeremiah 31:10 NLT

“Therefore say, ‘Thus says Yehovah: “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” Ezekiel 11:17

“This is what the Sovereign Yehovah says: The people of Israel will again live in their own land, the land I gave my servant Jacob. For I will gather them from the distant lands where I have scattered them. I will reveal to the nations of the world my holiness among my people.” Ezekiel 28:25-26 NLT

These Ethiopian Israelis believe they are from the tribe of Dan. Also, there are immigrants from India from the lost tribe of Mannaseh, and immigrants from Nigeria who believe they are descendants of Ephraim.

God is certainly regathering His people from the far corners of the world. Hallelujah! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain in Israel.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                                    (Read more)

(Why  do I use God’s literal covenant Name: Yehovah? Here is a link to the explanation  in my book: The Hebrew God Who Has No Name.) and here is a link to a great visual from my friend Keith Johnson.





The Epic Spiritual Battle

1 12 2020

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Lies and mixture confuse the news reports from major media. We are undoubtedly now engaged in spiritual warfare such as described in Ephesians 6. One such example is censorship of conservative voices as revealed in a legal win for Candace Owens. She was censored by Facebook’s “independent” fact-checker Politifact. She simply stated that Joe Biden is not the President-Elect, even though it is all over media. The truth is that a candidate does not legally have that designation until the Electoral College votes (Dec. 14).

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  Ephesians 6:12

Last week, Rick Ridings, an Israeli Messianic leader, posted a vision he received on November 22. It involved a demonic spider queen spinning her web over the whole world, but which was defeated by the Lion of Judah. I quote the verses he used here because they accurately speak to the current confusion over the U.S. election. The overriding importance is how our government will treat Israel. This is so much bigger than our nation, but touches the eternal purpose of Yehovah to bless Israel.

“He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success. He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away.” Job 5:12-13 NIV

“Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless. What they trust in is fragile; what they rely on is a spider’s web. They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold.” Job 8:13-15 NIV

“They hatch harmful plots like snake’s eggs and spin their lies like a spider spins its web.  Whoever eats their ‘eggs’ dies and a poisonous snake gets hatched! Their ‘webs’ cannot substitute as clothing, they cannot cover themselves with the lies they spin, nor can their works cover themselves adequately. Their actions are evil, and the wages of violence is in their hands.” Isaiah 59:5-6 TPT

“As a lion growls, a great lion over his prey – and though a whole band of shepherds is called together against him, he is not frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor – so the Lord Almighty will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights. Like birds hovering overhead, the Lord Almighty will shield Jerusalem.” Isaiah 31:4-5 NIV

We must continue to pray and stand for truth and victory in the U.S. election for Israel’s sake. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                            (Read more)

 

 





Israel + Saudi Arabia = Peace?

23 11 2020

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Breaking News Today! – Dramatic secret meeting between Israel and Saudi Arabia with Crown Prince Mohammed, Prime Minister Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. This just happened last night. It has been officially confirmed by Israel that the meeting took place. This is very clear evidence of a brewing peace deal. Here are fresh reports:

‘Huge Drama:’ Israelis Excited Over Netanyahu Meeting in Saudi Arabia – Saudi officials confirm secret meeting, sparking new hopes of peace

Netanyahu discussed normalization with Saudi Crown Prince – Senior Saudi official says Israeli PM and Saudi Crown Prince discussed normalization but did not reach any agreement in last night’s meeting

PM secretly meets with Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, Pompeo in Saudi Arabia – Mossad Director Yossi Cohen said to accompany Netanyahu on trip focused on Jerusalem-Riyadh ties, and possibly the signing of a peace accord with the Gulf power in the near future.

This major meeting has Israel and Saudi Arabia buzzing, as well as the rest of the Middle East. The possibilities are amazing as the Arab states choose to align with Israel to jointly resist Iran’s terror threats. The Iranian Shia Ayatollahs and Mullahs are sworn to the destruction of the Arab monarchies because of the ancient divisions of Islam between Shias and Sunnis. Naturally, there is opposition to the talks from Hamas in Gaza. Even the Arab members of Israel’s Knesset (Parliament) are exposed, as against peace.

Arab MKs condemn Netanyahu’s Saudi visit, warn it could spark war – Joint List lawmakers, who also opposed normalization with UAE and Bahrain, claim Trump and PM have ‘nothing to lose’; Hamas demands explanation from Riyadh

One final aspect is fascinating on a different level. This surprise talks were held in the new Saudi city of Neom on the Red Sea. This is a $500 BILLION project by MBS (Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman). But it happens to be right where Mt. Sinai is located. My theory is that MBS plans to use Mt. Sinai as the crown tourist attraction for his Neom project, and for this he needs peace and normal relations with Israel.

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For all of this we must be in much prayer. Remember what I have been saying about the future of Saudi Arabia according Isaiah 60. All the places in these two verses are in Saudi Arabia.

“The multitude of camels shall cover your land, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; ​​All those from Sheba shall come; ​​They shall bring gold and incense, and they shall proclaim the praises of Yehovah. ​​All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you; they shall ascend with acceptance on My altar, and I will glorify the house of My glory.” Isaiah 60:6-7

If you can believe the Bible, it says they will be accepted on Yehovah’s altar! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray and thank God for Israel’s rain.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                 (Read more)

 





The God Who Reveals Secrets

30 10 2020

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TOP BUTTON? My priority in this election is Israel. If you get the top button on your shirt in the wrong buttonhole, each succeeding button will be wrong. Israel is the top button.

Today’s pundits always start at the bottom or randomly in the middle. No wonder they usually get it wrong. Yehovah God is working in this world (and in this election) from the top down. He is working to reveal the Messiah of Israel as the Savior of the world. Israel is the key. 

Is Trump counting on God to put him back in the White House? – Trump’s recent moves are seen by Evangelicals as manifestations of the Bible.

We are in a day where Yehovah is revealing hidden secrets, which will turn the course of history as it did in Daniel’s day:

Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, “The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king. But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.”  Daniel 2:27-29

Confused, broken-hearted, lost people find it difficult to believe in God, let alone believe His promises. Israel, resurrected and restored against all odds, is proof of God’s faithfulness. His word and His character are unchangeable, immutable. (Some of you may recall my illustration of the mute button on a remote control: “You can’t mute God, He is immutable!”

For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 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 6:13-20

The two immutable things are God’s word and His character. What He promises cannot fail because His character is perfect. 

​“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. ​​Has He said, and will He not do? ​​Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? ​​Behold, I have received a command to bless; ​​He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.” Numbers 23:19-20

Therefore, because God is blessing, favoring, and restoring Israel, I believe the most pro-Israel President in U.S. history will be re-elected. Israel is the top button and that is why I voted for Donald J. Trump.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray for Israel rain. Pray for our elections.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                 (Read more)

 





Circle of Peace

24 10 2020

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu refers to the snowballing Arab peace agreements as the “circle of peace.” Yesterday Sudan was added to the growing list, soon to be followed by Oman, Morocco, and even Saudi Arabia, as well as others. There are now five Arab nations at peace with Israel. Don’t forget that Serbia and Kosovo also agree to recognize Israel and open embassies in Israel. Kosovo is the first non-Arab Muslim nation to do so. This is truly historic.

Sudan is especially interesting because they are still technically at war with Israel from 1948, which is not true of the UAE and Bahrain. Sudan’s capitol, Khartoum, was the location of the infamous Arab League meeting after the 1967 Six Day War. That is where they adopted “the three No’s”: “No to peace with Israel, no to recognition of Israel and no to negotiations with Israel.” Also, please note that Sudan will end up against Israel in the Ezekiel 38 Gog & Magog War. But first, Israel must enter a period of total peace, such complete peace that they tear down their walls and bars and gates. They would have to have immense confidence in their security, which brings me back to the circle of peace.

“After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely. — You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’ Ezekiel 38:8 & 11

Notice that the nations that now encircle Israel are not mentioned in Ezekiel 38. Those are the nations that will create the circle of peace, along with others (Gulf states, North African states and a few other Muslim states). We may also see agreements with other African states who want to get in on the economic benefits that are about to explode in this Middle East circle of peace. According to Isaiah 19, even Syria and Lebanon will join! Here is just one example of the economic opportunity.

Israeli firm signs deal to pipe UAE oil to Europe – State-owned Europe-Asia Pipeline Co. says agreement, reached as part of normalization pact, will see much more oil pumped through major link between East Asia and Europe

To be sure, this peace may not last more than a decade or so, but in the meantime it is an earth shaking realignment of loyalties in the Middle East. Shifting sands will see the Arab nations working with Israel in unprecedented ways. This is right in line with our studies of Psalm 83, Isaiah 19 and Isaiah 60. Wow! What a time to be alive.

MY TAKE: What about the Palestinian Arabs? The people will be included, not with a new state, but in an option to become citizens of Israel. The PA (Palestinian Authority) and PLO will certainly reject every offer for peace, so there will come a separation between the people and their terrorist leaders. The land was given by Yehovah God to Israel and He has the final say. Therefore, Israel will ultimately prevail.

“On the same day Yehovah made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates.” Genesis 15:18

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, pray for rain, and pray for the U.S. election.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)





What are you voting for?

21 10 2020

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I voted for the First Amendment and freedom of speech.

I voted for the Second Amendment and my right to defend my life and my family.

I voted for the next Supreme Court Justice to protect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

I voted for the continued growth of my retirement 401K and the stock market.

I voted for a return of our troops from foreign countries and the end to America’s involvement in foreign conflicts.

I voted for the Electoral College & the Republic in which we live.

I voted for the Police to be respected and to ensure Law & Order.

I voted for the continued appointment of Federal Judges who respect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

I voted for our jobs to remain in America and not be outsourced all over again to China, Mexico and other foreign countries.

I voted for secure borders and legal immigration.

I voted for the Military & the Veterans who fought for this Country who gave the American people their freedoms.

I voted for the unborn babies that have a right to live.

I voted for continued peace progress in the middle east and in support of Israel.

I voted to fight against human/child trafficking.

I voted for Freedom of Religion.

I voted for the American Flag that is disrespected by the Democratic Party.

I voted for the right to speak my opinion & not be censored.

I voted not just voting for one person. I’m voting for the future of my Country.

I voted for my children and my grandchildren to ensure their freedoms and their future.

What are you voting for?

(Source unknown, but it makes sense to me.)

Today I voted for policies that continue this great American experiment of representative government with checks and balances that control to some extent the natural sinful nature and rebellion of humans. Our republic is based on the Bible, without which we are doomed to fall.

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior. 1 Timothy 2:1-3 NLT

Pray for the United States election. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and rains to begin Israel’s rainy season.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





Kenya for Israel 2020

21 08 2020

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My third year speaking at the Kenya PDA (Purpose, Destiny, Achievement) Conference was virtual this year. Last year Doreen and I were honored to speak to nearly 5,000 young Kenyans in Bungoma County. It was limited to 100 in person this year because of the China virus. Yet, several speakers from the U.S. and India were able to speak on video in addition to Kenya church leaders in person, along with the founder, Michael Masambu.

Pastor Masambu started 20 years ago with 17 youth. The future is bright for Kenya with all the leaders that have been raised up already, and the best is yet to come. Please Pray for Michael as he continues to expand his vision for Jesus and the Kingdom of God for Kenya and the world. Michael and I are nearly finished with his biography that will be printed, Lord willing, in Kenya and in the States. Here is the title: The Swahili Man – A Village Boy Who Became A Man of God for Kenya

My two sessions are now available on my YouTube channel by simply searching my name, Les Lawrence, on YouTube. But, here are links if you are interested in my requested subjects:

WHY Pray for Israel?

HOW to Pray for Israel

“For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?”  Romans 11:24

Israel is rising. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for Kenya!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)





Turkey and the New Ottoman Empire

8 08 2020

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Today I am featuring excerpts from an article in Israel Today by David Lazarus: Underground Pastor Reveals: Turkey Becoming Another IranIn exclusive interview, Turkish Christian leader says, “We have learned that democracy is not our savior” (This is from a Members Only section, but is a great example of the value of becoming a member.) Notice the rising opposition to Israel and the God of Israel.

Turkey is tilting towards the East, and its growing relationship with China and Russia bode a major increase in the minefield of enemy warmongers along Israel’s northern border. In the meantime, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s strong-arm president, has undermined NATO by installing Russian S-400 anti-aircraft batteries pointed towards Israel and Europe, and is ramping up his support for terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah while allowing other jihadist groups like ISIS to launch terror attacks unhindered in the region.

Mustafa, who cannot reveal his real name for fear of violent retribution against his wife and three children … explained that just having contact with someone from Israel is now considered an act of treason as Erdogan continues to push the once secular democracy towards a regional caliphate, or Islamic State. “The government is constantly trying to frame local believers as spies, which is evidence that they deserved to die,” he said.

“Somehow Turkey is still seen as a moderate Muslim country by the US and Europe,” Mustafa said. “But Turkey failed to join the Western alliance because it is in the country’s DNA to return to the Islamic State dreams of the Ottoman Empire.”

Turning the Hagia Sofia, one of the world’s most distinguished historical churches, into an Islamic mosque is indicative of what’s happening in Turkey today. “Erdogan sees himself as ‘Conqueror of Christianity’ and restorer of Islam,” Mustafa revealed. “He wants to rebuild a new Ottoman Empire and declare himself Caliph (supreme leader of the Islamic State). The Hagia Sofia was an ace card he’s been holding and now he needs it to fill the ballot boxes. The entire country is moving towards radical Islam.”

I hope you will consider becoming a member of Israel Today, published in Israel by Messianic believers in Yeshua as Son of God and Messiah of Israel.

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship Yehovah in the holy mount at Jerusalem.” Isaiah 27:13

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                (Read more)





The Disappearing Palestinians

28 04 2020

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This week Israel is celebrating it 72nd Independence Day. The population has reached 9.2 million citizens. Jews are nearly seven million and Arabs nearly two million. But an amazing phenomena was identified in a major annual survey just release by The Jewish People Policy Institute. There is a major shift occurring in the Arab/Palestinian community. Palestinians are “disappearing.” Look at the changes in just one year in the above identity chart of non-Jew residents of Israel. 

A dramatic increase, compared with last year, in the percentage of non-Jews who consider their primary identity to be “Israeli,” and a concurrent sharp decline in the percentage of those who define their identity as “Palestinian.” JPPI

Notice the decrease in the “Palestinian” category from 18% to just 7% in one year. Also notice the big increase in the “Israeli” category from 5% to 23%. These are non-Jews! So, what can we see prophetically from these trends?

First, the world media is way off. They repeat the narrative that Palestinian Arabs hate Israel, are terribly oppressed, and live in an “apartheid” state. Yet this and many other surveys on the ground tell a completely different story.

Second, this is evidence to me that God is working in the Arabs as well as the Jews to move toward the “one new man,” that Paul prophesies in Ephesians.

For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them. Therefore remember that once you, the Goyim in the flesh, who are called “uncircumcision” by that which is called “circumcision,” (in the flesh, made by hands); that you were at that time separate from Messiah, alienated from the commonwealth of Yisra’el, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Messiah Yeshua you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Messiah. For he is our shalom, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition, having abolished in the flesh the hostility, the law of mitzvot contained in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man of the two, making shalom; Ephesians 2:10-15 Hebrew Names Version

Pray for all the residents of land of Israel for their salvation and unity. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists





Israel Election SUCCESS!

20 04 2020

Gantz and Netanyahu agreeWe now have a government! After three elections and a year-long stalemate, Israel finally has a unity governing agreement. Prime Minister Netanyahu will be the PM for a year and a half, followed by Gantz, also for 18 months. This is a win-win for Netanyahu and the conservative Zionist parties. Here is a countdown of the top five most important aspects of the agreement.

5. Netanyahu’s Likud Party will have the Knesset Speakership.

4. There will be a record 36 Ministers and 16 Deputy Ministers, split equally between the Center-Right and Center Left.

3. The orthodox religious parties won a victory in that the cabinet would set quotas for religious military drafts, rather than the Knesset, and thus better for orthodox males.

2. Likud won veto power in the Judicial Committee which would help turn the Supreme Court in a more conservative direction. Gantz’s former allies fume over coalition deal with Netanyahu – Lapid slams Blue and White for agreeing to allow PM ‘to appoint the judges that will adjudicate his affairs’;

And the number one victory in the agreement?

1. ANNEXATION! Netanyahu and Gantz agreed to officially begin extending Israel sovereignty into areas of Judea and Samaria (West Bank), especially the Jordan Valley. This would begin as soon as July 1, and would be in cooperation with the U.S. Deal of the Century peace plan. Unity deal allows Netanyahu to begin advancing annexation from July 1 Move must be carried out in full cooperation with US, which has all but given its blessing already; can be advanced through cabinet or Knesset, where right enjoys clear majority.

So, how does this fulfill Bible prophecy? Well, first, it finally ends the impotent Oslo Peace Plan of 1993 that has only led to bloodshed because of the Palestinian false hope. They wrongly call it “occupied territory” when the legal term is “disputed territory.”

Second, it allows Israel to legally expand to more of the Biblical Promised Land. This is as big or bigger than President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital, moving the U.S. Embassy, and Trump’s recognition of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights. Even though the Trump plan still talks about two states, I believe this signals the end of that false hope as well. God gave the land to Israel according to Scripture and it will be Israel’s land!

Here are related stories:

Rotation, annexation et al: Key elements of the Netanyahu-Gantz coalition deal  Agreement envisages vote on West Bank annexation in July, gives right-wing veto power on panel that chooses judges, provides for new elections if High Court bars Netanyahu as PM

The deal is done: Netanyahu, Gantz ink coalition pact – Deal ends 17-month political crisis * Plan calls for annexation in July

PLO official blasts new Israeli governmentSaeb Erekat says Netanyahu-Gantz government is a threat to peace, security and stability in the Middle East.

Naturally, there will be great vocal (and potentially violent) opposition, but the bottom line is that the prophetic arrow is pointing in the right direction. Yehovah God will bless Israel and the United States as this is accomplished. Those who would divide the land are on the wrong side of history as the saying goes.

At the time of those events,” says Yehovah, “when I restore the prosperity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather the armies of the world into the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will judge them for harming my people, my special possession, for scattering my people among the nations, and for dividing up my land. Joel 3:1-2 NLT

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists





Sea of Galilee Nearly Full

14 04 2020

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The last time the floodgates were opened was 1992. The lowest level, recorded in 2001, was 19 feet below what it is today! The Sea of Galilee (also called Kinnert) is only seven inches from full, and is gaining an inch a day. More rain is forecast for this week and the Spring runoff from Mt Hermon is continuing. It is likely water will be released into the Jordan River soon. Our prayers are answered. Praise the Lord! This is a Biblical sign of God’s blessing. It reminds us that even in the time of great testing from the virus pandemic and economic doomsayers, Yehovah God is accumulating His blessing to be poured out on those who wait for Him. Let the sea roar!

Please read and meditate on this great Scripture from the dedication of David’s Tabernacle when the Ark of the Covenant was placed in an open tent for all to gather for worship. Notice I intentionally use the accurate translation of God’s name rather than the generic “LORD,” which is wrongly used in English translations throughout the Old Testament. This passage is so much stronger using God’s real name!

Sing to YEHOVAH , all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.​

For YEHOVAH is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But YEHOVAH  made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and gladness are in His place.

Give to YEHOVAH , O families of the peoples, Give to YEHOVAH  glory and strength. Give to YEHOVAH  the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship YEHOVAH  in the beauty of holiness!

Tremble before Him, all the earth. The world also is firmly established, It shall not be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; And let them say among the nations, “YEHOVAH  reigns.”

Let the sea roar, and all its fullnessLet the field rejoice, and all that is in it. Then the trees of the woods shall rejoice before YEHOVAH For He is coming to judge the earth. Oh, give thanks to YEHOVAH , for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. And say, “Save us, O God of our salvation; Gather us together, and deliver us from the Gentiles, to give thanks to Your holy name, to triumph in Your praise.”

Blessed be YEHOVAH  God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! And all the people said, “Amen!” and praised YEHOVAH.  1 Chronicles 16:23-36

Does that bring into focus what David was really doing? He had a personal relationship of intimacy with the God of Israel that he wanted to introduce to everyone in Israel. It was too bad God was again shut up in the inner confines of the temple of Solomon.

Thank Yehovah God for rain, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)

(Why  do I use God’s literal covenant Name: Yehovah? Here is a link to the explanation  in my book: The Hebrew God Who Has No Name.) and here is a link to a great visual from my friend Keith Johnson.

 

 





Israel Election SHOCK!

27 03 2020

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Breakthrough! Shock, bombshell, and earthquake are all words that describe the miracle turn of events ending the Israel political deadlock. The leader of the opposition, Benny Gantz, has agreed to join with Netanyahu in an emergency unity government because of the coronavirus. This is good news.

We have prayed for a more than a year against the spirit of Haman and for the rising of an Esther who would courageously declare: “If I perish, I perish.” This is what Gantz has done. His slogan has always been: “Israel, above all else.” By choosing to be a statesman and put country first, he has completely cut off his political future in the left wing. They are already turning on him like vultures, but Netanyahu lives on as Prime Minister. The agreement has Gantz sharing the PM role after Netanyahu serves the first 18 months.

I have always seen Avigdor Lieberman as a Haman. He is now relegated to irrelevance in the opposition. His political coup gambit has failed. In addition Yair Lapid, Gantz’ former partner in the Blue & White party, has been exposed also as a Haman. The road ahead may be rocky, but now Israel can have a fully operating government with PM Netanyahu for the next 18 months. Continue to pray for Yehovah’s blessing on His chosen people.

Here are several insightful articles for more analysis:

Defying ruthless, deadlocked politics, Gantz sacrifices everything for stability – With Lapid continuing to maneuver despite the national emergency, Gantz willingly gave up on his political career to ally with Netanyahu in hopes of helping his beleaguered nation.

To place ‘Israel before all else,’ Gantz threw away his insurance policy – Blue and White head no longer has centrist alliance to return to if unity talks with Netanyahu go south, and most of his former Knesset supporters have turned on him.

The Gantz must be crazy: 6 things to know for March 27 – Benny Gantz joins Netanyahu, eliciting indignant anger from his former boosters, and a whole lot of questions from everyone else.

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 1 Timothy 1:1-2

Notice that we are to pray not only for the leaders, but for all who are in authority. We pray for Netanyahu and for Gantz. We pray for Trump and Pelosi. God can do His work in the heart of anybody that the Holy Spirit chooses. Pray for ALL.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray and thank God for His rain. (Sea of Galilee levels reach 16 year high.)

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                      (Read more)





Bible Voting + Israel Virus Vaccine!

29 02 2020

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ISRAEL NEWS FLASH! Before my thoughts on voting, there is great news from Israel. Scientists have been working for four years on a vaccine for coronavirus in chickens that can be adapted for humans, and they are only weeks away. Praise the Lord! Pray for a total breakthrough. Israel continues to be a blessing for the nations. 

Israeli scientists: ‘In a few weeks, we will have coronavirus vaccine’ – JPost

About Voting: My plan was to prepare a Biblical voting guide for this year, but I found a list already completed that works. Thank you, Linda, for sending it to me. The irony is that it was already attacked online before I used it. That’s good, because now I can refute the accusation that “the Bible verses were cherry-picked to confirm my own bias.”

About BiasIt is accepted truth that everyone is biased. The key is to know the bias of your source. My bias is not Republican or Democrat, but the Bible. I don’t start with my party and then “cherry-pick” verses. My Bible knowledge informs my choices. Therefore the above positions flow from the Bible and not vice versa. I could add a number of other issues, and I will this summer when the party platforms are released. For instance, “national borders”  was God’s idea (Acts 17:26), not globalism.

What I asks is that you pray about your choices, but especially that you be sure to vote! There were 20 million evangelical Christians who did not vote last time! Imagine the results if we all voted this time. Please pray and vote!

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,  for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,  1 Timothy 2:1-3

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain,

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists               (Read more)





Israel’s Future is Now

14 02 2020

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Much remains of the promises to Israel, but much is now happening. Some Christians have been tainted by replacement theology, that the church has replaced Israel in God’s plan. That is a grave error. The future promises to Israel are seen in the present. Just consider this one passage (of many):

“Therefore thus says the Lord Yehovah: ‘Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name— after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when they dwelt safely in their own land and no one made them afraid. When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, then they shall know that I am Yehovah their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer. And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord Yehovah.” Ezekiel 39:25-29

Look at what God will do for them AFTER He brings them back from among the nations. Notice that Yehovah uses both terms, Jacob and Israel. He clearly did not mean the church. We may call ourselves “spiritual Israel,” but not “spiritual Jacob.” He clearly means physical Israel that was scattered to the nations.

  1. They will hallow Him, see Him as Holy, once again.
  2. They will know Him as Yehovah.
  3. They will realize He is the one who sent them into captivity.
  4. They will also know that He is the one who brought them back.
  5. He will leave none of them captive.
  6. He will not hide His face from them anymore.
  7. He will pour out His Spirit on them.

Hallelujah to the faithful God who keeps His covenants even to a thousand generations!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and thank Him for continuing snow and rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)





Palestinian Confusion

8 02 2020

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The Trump peace deal has exposed deep differences among Palestinian Arabs in Israel. My last post exposed the lie about “Palestinians.” The above cartoon from my friend Yaakov Kirschen points out the dilemma facing Arab Palestinians in the West Bank. The Bible calls this area Judea and Samaria. Here is more from a recent article.

The Real Reason Arabs In Israel Do Not Want to Live In ‘Palestine’The main reason Arabs in Israel are afraid of becoming Palestinian citizens is because they know that the Palestinian state will be anything but democratic. Many Arab citizens of Israel see how Palestinians living under the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip are subject to human rights violations on a daily basis. In Israel, Arab citizens participate in the general elections and have their own representatives in the Knesset. In the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Palestinians have been deprived of free and fair elections since January 2006.

President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority is now in the 16th year of his four year term. I’m not kidding. He is 84, in failing health, and has named no successor. He has said he will die before giving up any part of “Palestine” which he says is “from the river to the sea.” This is the chant heard on college campuses around the world. Don’t hold your breath waiting for him to make peace with Israel.

We need to pray for the helpless Palestinian people. They need the Messiah Yeshua as much as the rest of us. God is blessing Israel and will increase favor. The best hope for Palestinians is to be granted Israeli citizenship and to worship Yehovah, God of Israel.

“Thus you shall divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. It shall be that you will divide it by lot as an inheritance for yourselves, and for the strangers who dwell among you and who bear children among you. They shall be to you as native-born among the children of Israel; they shall have an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. And it shall be that in whatever tribe the stranger dwells, there you shall give him his inheritance,” says the Lord Yehovah. Ezekiel 47:21-23

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                         (Read more)





Palestinian History Lesson

5 02 2020

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This cartoon is totally true. Palestine was a generic term for the land area of Israel imposed by the Romans in the first Century. There has never been an actual country called Palestine at any time in history. The Jerusalem Post newspaper was originally the Palestine Post until Israel became a nation. The Palestine Liberation Org (PLO) under Yasser Arafat co-opted the term in 1964. Before that, residents of Israel were Jews and Arabs. By creating a new group he claimed victimhood for his followers. Even today there are nearly two million Arab citizens of Israel, most of whom are happy to be “Israelis.” They are better off than most Arabs in any Muslim country.

The Arab/Palestinian people would like to make peace with Israel. It is their radical jihadist leaders that prevent every peace plan. When we pray for the peace of Jerusalem we are praying for Arabs and Jews alike. Every human being who receives the Messiah Yeshua as the Son of God and Savior is welcomed into the family of God. We continue to pray for the future merger of the “one new man” where we all become one in Him.

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galations 3:26-29 

For as many of you as were immersed into Messiah have put on Messiah. There is neither Yehudi nor Yevanit, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Messiah Yeshua. If you are Messiah’s, then you are Avraham’s seed and heirs according to promise.Galations 3:26-29 HNV
Finally, the distinctions listed still exist in this world, but the message is that we all have
equal access to relationship with God through His Son, the Messiah Yeshua.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.
Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                (Read more)




Follow-up to Isaiah 45

1 02 2020

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This week I posted my commentary on the impeachment, related to the Trump/Cyrus links in Isaiah 45. Please read it if you missed it the first time. But I want to add three particular points from verse 13:

I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways; he shall build My city and let My exiles go free, not for price nor reward,” says Yehovah of hosts. Isaiah 45: 13

  1. The righteousness here does not refer to Cyrus (or Trump). Cyrus was a pagan king. The prophetic voice of Yehovah God to Isaiah/Israel was pre-empting their natural rejection of God using a Gentile. God was saying that He, Yehovah, is doing this “in righteousness.” It is His own plan fulfilled using Cyrus. King Cyrus’ (or Trump’s) righteousness is not relevant. It is God’s purpose. Yehovah is doing it.
  2. Next, Cyrus will build Jerusalem and free the captives of Babylon. Remember that this prophecy used the name of Cyrus over one hundred years before he was born, thus the extraordinary explanation ahead of time. President Trump’s declaration for Jerusalem is well documented. The American exiled Jews also fit the analogy, though it requires explanation. There are more Jews in Israel than America. This was not true only 20 years ago. God is calling American Jews to Israel. Not all Jews in America will return, but that is another story. (See Ezekiel 20:33-38. This passage reveals that the Jews scattered to the countries will end up in a place called “the wilderness of the peoples” which, given the historical reality, refers to America.)
  3. Finally, Cyrus will do this “not for price or reward.” He did it because God motivated him. He got nothing in return. In fact, he lost many productive citizens of Persia and great wealth carried to Jerusalem. President Trump does not even keep his $400,000 salary. He is doing his job “not for price or reward.” He is mightily opposed by some powerful nations and even within the United States.

My conclusion is that these current global and Middle East geo-political events have their source in God, far above politics or personalities. He is restoring Jerusalem in our time. Yehovah God Himself is doing this today “in righteousness!” Are you with Him or against Him?

Here is a good look at the peace plan from Mike Evans,  a #1 New York Times bestselling author with 100 published books. He is the founder of Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem of which the late President Shimon Peres, Israel’s ninth president, was the chair. He also serves as a founding member on the Trump Evangelical Faith Initiative and has 70 million Facebook followers on the Jerusalem Prayer Team.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists               (Read more)





The Greening of Israel

13 01 2020

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The Hula Valley and Mount Hermon. Photo by Lili via Shutterstock.com

Why do we pray for rain for Israel? Israel must become green. We pray according to God’s restoration purpose prophesied by prophets of old. If you want your prayers answered, pray what God has already said He will do. 

“Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance—all who seek Yehovah! Consider the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were mined. Yes, think about Abraham, your ancestor, and Sarah, who gave birth to your nation. Abraham was only one man when I called him. But when I blessed him, he became a great nation.” Yehovah will comfort Israel again and have pity on her ruins. Her desert will blossom like Edenher barren wilderness like the garden of Yehovah. Joy and gladness will be found there. Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air. Isaiah 51:1-3 NLT

THE GARDEN OF YEHOVAH – We are now living in the season of the supernatural restoration of Israel, promised by Yehovah God of Israel, through many prophets over 4,000 years! God turned the page in 1948, following the prophesied judgement of the 1,800+ years of scattering to the countries of the world,  and we now see favor and blessing for His Chosen ones.

I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven. Israel will blossom like the lily; it will send roots deep into the soil like the cedars in Lebanon. Its branches will spread out like beautiful olive trees, as fragrant as the cedars of Lebanon. My people will again live under my shade. They will flourish like grain and blossom like grapevines. They will be as fragrant as the wines of Lebanon. Hosea 14:5-7 NLT

After years of drought the sea of Galilee is beginning to fill up again. It has risen three and a half feet already. Rainfall is “an unusually high amount for this point in the season.” The lake is 13 miles long and 8.1 miles wide covering 64.4 square miles. That’s a lot of rain! Thank you Jesus.

Ask Yehovah for rain in the time of the latter rain. Yehovah  will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone.  Zechariah 10:1

Finally, we pray for the restoration of the seasonal rains because God says to, when we are “in the time of latter rain.” The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in this generation on “all flesh” means it is time for Israel’s greening! The best part is Israel is included in His Holy Spirit rain.

For I will gather you up from all the nations and bring you home again to your land.“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. “And you will live in Israel, the land I gave your ancestors long ago. You will be my people, and I will be your God. … And when I bring you back, people will say, ‘This former wasteland is now like the Garden of Eden! Ezekiel 36:24-28, 35 NLT

Thank God for the rain and pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)





2020 Zion’s Favor

8 01 2020

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This new year will see continued restoration of God’s favor toward Israel. The graph of His faithful blessings is still moving steadily upward. There are setbacks along the way, but Yehovah turns them around in the fulfilling of His Plan. The recent flare-up with Iran only confirms what I have been saying for several years. Iran will be diminished in this season. Iran only rises to join the final coalition for the final battle of Gog & Magog: foretold in Ezekiel 38. The primary countries named are Turkey, Iran, Sudan and Libya . (The towns listed are in Turkey and the ancient country names are now Iran/ Persia, Ethiopia/Sudan and Libya). This can only emerge after a time of peace when Israel takes down all of their present walls. Read the conditions listed for yourself.

Therefore, Doreen and I continue to travel to support Israel as we “stay in our lane” proclaiming the restoration of Israel: the land, the people, the Hebrew language, their culture and salvation through the Messiah Yeshua and the restoration of the covenant name of our Father God: YEHOVAH!

Our travel was extensive this year with 2 1/2 weeks in Florida in March and a stop in Chareston, SC on the way home. Patrick Kennedy and I went to Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s men’s retreat at the Billy Graham Cove in April and also shared in the Shalom Peniel Passover at the Raleigh Hilton. June was our wonderful Israel tour with 30 folks forever changed. In July, Doreen and I were blessed to attend the Christians United for Israel Summit with John Hagee in Washington, DC. August found us at Liberty University for the American Renewal Project promoting Christian pastor and church involvement in the election process. It is time Christians stand up and speak up and VOTE for righteousness in government. Idaho was the location of 2 1/2 weeks of ministry in October in Sandpoint, Challis and Boise. Two weeks ministering in New Hampshire followed throuugh Nov 5. We then left Nov. 27 for Kenya ministry, returning on Dec 11. The PDA youth conference saw over 1,500 saved and over 3,000 baptized in the Holy Spirit. I also spoke  to 100 pastors in Nairobi and had several life-changing impartations of my Israel message to key pastors from Zimbabwe and India. Whew! What a wonderful year. Thank you Jesus! (This excerpt is from our EV Intercessors 2019 Report.)

We have deep appreciation and gratitude for your love and support. As always, if the Lord speaks to you to send financial gifts, you can give by credit card or PayPal on the Donate Button or send mail to PO Box 1601, Wake Forest, NC 27588.

Also, please note that our Oct 20-30 Elisha Vision Speak to the Dirt Israel Tour is now accepting deposits of $300.00 for 14 remaining spots. You can use the same Donate Button and mention the Tour. First come, first served.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and thank Him for the present rains!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists             (Read more)





2020 Vision in Prophecy

4 01 2020

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This cartoon with the sound of “ticking” has prophetic meaning. This is not just another year or decade. Major prophetic pieces are fitting into the puzzle. Hidden plots in the past are now being revealed. Israel is at the center of the world in many respects. The geo-politcal shaking of nations is being overtaken by cosmic contests of war in the heavenlies.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

Elisha Vision Ministries is based on the prayer of Elisha for his servant’s eyes to be opened to see in the spiritual dimension. Elisha’s great declaration was “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 2 Kings 6:16 We see the end of days, and we win in Jesus. Pray for 2020 spiritual vision.

But in the meantime, we are at war in the spiritual plane. Don’t look down at the flesh, look up to the Messiah and Yehovah, the God of angel armies. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken.

Yet I see real victory in 2020. We plan to take two groups to Israel. I see victory for God’s purpose in the elections in both Israel and America. I see a greater harvest of souls for the Kingdom and greater activation of believers to function with authority in a broken world. I see revival in Africa sparked by a greater move of God in Kenya and beyond. I see believers moving into greater faith, not just for healing, but faith to live in health. We are closer than ever to the glorious appearing of the Messiah Yeshua! Here is a word for 2020. Speak, exhort and rebuke with authority.

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you. Titus 2:11-15

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for seasonal rain in the Land! May your new year be blessed and effective for the Kingdom of God.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)

Please note that the 2020 Elisha Vision Israel Tour is now open. (See menu bar above.)





Kenya Loves Israel

26 11 2019

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Last year’s PDA Conference: Purpose Destiny Achievement

Doreen and I along with our friend, Patrick Kennedy, are flying out to Kenya in a few hours. It will be my honor to speak for three hours to 100 pastors in Nairobi this Friday. Later in the next week I am speaking to another 100 pastors in Bungoma Town. Both pastors’ meetings are on the subject of Kenya standing with Israel.

Speaking in a church each Sunday is also a blessing. Last year the Lord Jesus really joined us in the Holy Spirit with two church families. The main youth conference has 3,400 youth and young adults registered. Please pray for us that the Gospel of the Kingdom of God will touch many. Also, please pray that the flooding rains in Kenya would stop for the next two weeks during the conference. More than 65 died in floods and landslides last weekend.

My good friend Michael Masambu tells me that ancient Cush included part of Kenya, and that there are Cushites still living in northern Kenya. The nation is 80% Christian and has a record of standing with Israel at key times. Pray for Kenya!

“And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; ​for the Gentiles shall seek Him, ​and His resting place shall be glorious.” It shall come to pass in that day That the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush,From Elam and Shinar, from Hamath and the islands of the sea. He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. Isaiah 11:10-12

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain in Israel.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)





Hand of God Defeats Missiles

23 11 2019

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(Credit: JPOST screenshot/REUTERS/Omar Sandiki)

This is a true report of the recent Israeli cruise missile counter attack on Iranian forces near Damascus, Syria as missiles were fired at Israel.

Hand of God Returns Syrian Missiles to Fall Upon the Enemies of Israel – On Wednesday night, the Syrian army launched missiles at Israel but a video released on Twitter shows that at least one missile changed course after launch, striking inside Syria.

The story goes on to explain that Israel shot them down with “Delilah” cruise missiles with radar-jamming technology. Some of the successful defense was credited to Israeli technology, but part could not be explained. It reminds me of the Gaza rocket that hit a Gaza building instead of the Israeli target two weeks ago. Amnesty International blamed Israel but was contradicted by an eye witness Fox News reporter across the street from the Gaza building. (See Israel Fake News).

It should be noted that this is not the first time the hand of God has sent missiles back to fall upon the enemies of Israel. In 2016, Russia sent the advanced S-300 anti-air system to Iran. The move caused great concern in Israel but Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, a prominent spiritual leader, reassured his followers that the missiles were not a threat.The rabbi predicted,“These missiles, which can shoot down practically any plane, will get a virus in their computers, and go crazy. They will blow up inside their bunkers. The launcher will blow up underneath them.” A few weeks later, a YouTube video showed precisely what the rabbi had prophesied: a missile shot out of an S-300 launcher but its rocket failed to ignite. The missile dropped back onto its launcher, exploding inside the bunker.Breaking Israel News

They have prepared a net for my steps;
My soul is bowed down;
They have dug a pit before me;
Into the midst of it they themselves have fallen. Selah  Psalm 57:6

Their sword shall enter their own heart,
And their bows shall be broken. Psalm 37:15

This concept is consistent throughout the Bible. It is the promise of Yehovah God to protect His people as in Psalm 91. That is why I steadfastly pray against the spirit of Haman (Book of Esther). As his evil plot was exposed and all those conspiring were hung on the gallows Haman had built for Mordecai, so too today I pray that those who conspire against God, would fall into their own trap.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray with faith! And pray for rain in season.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)





Israel Defense Minister’s Prayer

19 11 2019

Watch: Defense Minister’s prayer at first General Staff meeting – Naftali Bennett recites prayer for the State of Israel at first General Staff meeting since becoming Defense Minister.

What a great way to start your term in office! Naftali Bennett, Israel’s new Defense Minister started his first General Staff meeting with prayer. It inspires me to pray for Israel. If we pray for Israel’s defense from their enemies, Yehovah God will protect us from our enemies. It is the eternal “quid quo pro” of Scripture.

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

The name “Naftali” means “my wrestling” or “one who struggles or fights.” He was Jacob’s fifth son. It seems appropriate for the Defense Minister of Israel.

Then Rachel said, “With great wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and indeed I have prevailed.” So she called his name Naphtali.Genesis 30:8

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for an abundant rainy season.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





Israel Fake News

15 11 2019

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The problem of fake news is not just in America. Israel regularly faces the same issue. Here is just the most recent example.

Fox News reporter in Gaza: Amnesty International lied – Reporter rebuts Amnesty claim Israel hit Gaza building, explaining, “A rocket misfired from Gaza. I was across the street when it happened.” Amnesty International lied yesterday, Tuesday, when it accused Israel of violating international law for bombing the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights building in Gaza, said Fox News foreign correspondent Trey Yingst. 

Amnesty International Called Out for Falsely Accusing Israel of Attacking Gaza Building — Which Was Actually Hit by Misfired Palestinian RocketAmnesty quickly issued a tweet saying, “We strongly condemn attack on the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights whose office in Gaza was struck by an Israeli missile earlier this morning. Strikes targeting civilian buildings is a violation of international law.” 

The irony and hypocrisy of this charge is that Israel always strikes military targets in response to terror attacks while the terrorists target civilians. That is the whole point of terror, to intimidate the civilian population. Don’t be deceived by “media reports,” find out the truth by double-checking the several sources of any story. Amnesty International is notorious for its left-leaning anti-Israel stance.

Pray for truth to come out. I end with my favorite revelation from 2 Thessalonians:

He (Satan) will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth. 2 Thessalonians 2:10–12 NLT

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                        (Read more)

 





Never Means Never

12 11 2019

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Israel has been hit by over 200 rockets in the last 24 hours (now over 360 in 48 hours) after eliminating a top terror commander in Gaza. We pray that this will not escalate into a major invasion. Gaza continues to burn with violence year after year. The very name “Hamas” in Hebrew means violence. Yet rather than be discouraged, we pray for Israel and confess the immutable purpose of Yehovah God:

For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says Yehovah, who has mercy on you. Isaiah 54:10 NLT

Here is one example of God’s miracle mercy:

Netivot home hit: ‘Miracle – not sure we’d get to shelter’ – Batsheva Haddad’s home suffers direct rocket hit. She and family entered protected space on time and were saved.

Rockets Rain Down on Israel After Killing of Top Jihadist – Overnight, the Israel Air Force (IAF) had taken out Bahaa Abu al-Ata, a high-ranking Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza. Al-Ata was responsible for numerous attacks on Israel in recent months and years. He is also believed to have been planning further larger attacks against Israeli population centers.

 It is Yehovah who provides the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night, and who stirs the sea into roaring waves. His name is Yehovah of Heaven’s  Armies, and this is what he says: “I am as likely to reject my people Israel as I am to abolish the laws of nature!” Jeremiah 31:35-36 NLT

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists             (Read more)





All Christians Pray for Israel’s Return

7 11 2019

Aliyah 19Every time you pray the Lord’s Prayer you are praying for the regathering of the Jewish exiles from all the countries of the world. The first line implores our heavenly Father to “hallow” or “sanctify” His name. There is only one Bible passage that explains how this can be done.

It has long been understood from the Scriptures that Christian support for Jewish Aliyah (immigration to Israel) is expected, but in the opinion of esteemed theologian Dr Fred Wright, it is absolutely fundamental.

Dr Wright points out that there is only one portion of Scripture that explains how the Lord’s name may be sanctified, and it is found in a passage from Ezekiel chapter 36 (beginning at verse 16) that, in the Hebrew Bible, is headed Kidush ha Shem (The Sanctification of God’s Holy Name).

Jewish exile is a consequence of their rebellion against God whose holy name is constantly profaned while they remain in foreign lands, “for it was said of them, ‘These are the Lord’s people, and yet they had to leave his land’.” (v20)

So it is out of concern for his holy name, which they have profaned (a word used five times in this short passage) by their exile, that the Lord will bring them back (vv24-26). Israel Today 11-3-19

My book, Speak To the Dirt! explains in detail that Israel’s exile was judgement that contradicted God’s promise to the land and people of Israel. Only their return to the land will hallow or sanctify His name according to Ezekiel. The nations shall know His name at that time. Also remember that His name is not “LORD” but is Yehovah!

And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am Yehovah,” says the Lord Yehovah, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Ezekiel 36:23-24

As Israel celebrates Aliyah Day, 2019 figures point to a peak year – According to official statistics, 28,629 olim arrived in Israel between January and October 2019. Only a decade ago, the number of olim for roughly the same period stood at 17,179. Israel Hayom

Personal note: We are back from New England after seven meetings and wonderful fellowship and hospitality. Thank you Jim & Donna Weeden and Henry & Sherry Snyder (& Ava) for your kindness and love. Thanks also to all who prayed for us. The Holy Spirit confirmed the message in every heart. In just three weeks Doreen and I (and Patrick Kennedy) will be in Kenya with Michael Masambu’s 3,000 future leaders of Kenya and also 200 pastors in separate meetings. Please continue to pray for us.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain in this rainy season.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)

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Declaration for Israel

28 10 2019

Doreen and I made a wonderful discovery in our first New Hampshire weekend. Milton Christian Fellowship uses a great declaration in their prayer time on Sunday mornings. I share it here for you to use however the Lord leads you as we stand for God’s purposes in Israel. Statement of Solidarity

We have been so blessed with the personal hospitality of Pastor Jim and Donna Weeden and the whole church. They love Israel and were an inspiration to Doreen and me.

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and thank God for the rainy season.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists





Will the Nile River Run Dry?

24 10 2019

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Nile River over Luxor, Egypt 10-9-19

Does the Bible prophesy the Nile River will dry up? Among certain unfulfilled prophesies this one about the Nile is quite troubling. How could such a devastating thing even happen? Is it real? The prediction is found in the prophecy of Isaiah, chapter 19.

The waters of the Nile will fail to rise and flood the fields. The riverbed will be parched and dry. The canals of the Nile will dry up, and the streams of Egypt will stink with rotting reeds and rushes. All the greenery along the riverbank and all the crops along the river will dry up and blow away. Isaiah 19:5-7 NLT

Could this really happen? It is as real as today’s headlines.

Egypt’s options dry up as Nile dam talks break down Egypt has been holding talks for years with Ethiopia and Sudan, which have long complained about Cairo’s overwhelming share of the river. The Nile supplies more than 90% of Egypt’s fresh water, although Egyptians have one of the lowest per capita shares of water in the world. The latest breakdown in talks with Ethiopia over its construction of a massive upstream Nile dam has left Egypt with dwindling options as it seeks to protect the main source of fresh water for its large and growing population.

Talks collapsed earlier this month over the construction of the $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is around 70% complete and promises to provide much-needed electricity to Ethiopia’s 100 million people. But Egypt, with a population of around the same size, fears that the process of filling the reservoir behind the dam could slice into its share of the river, with catastrophic consequences. Pro-government media have cast it as a national security threat that could warrant military action. Israel Hayom

We have been looking at Isaiah 19 for awhile now, and it is a severe judgment in verse 12: “what God plans, what Yehovah of Heaven’s Armies is going to do to Egypt.” Yet, the chapter does not end there, but with great news. The resulting repentance of Egyptians causes them to cry out to the God of Israel!

In that day five of Egypt’s cities will follow Yehovah of Heaven’s Armies. They will even begin to speak Hebrew, the language of Canaan. One of these cities will be Heliopolis, the City of the Sun. In that day there will be an altar to Yehovah in the heart of Egypt, and there will be a monument to Yehovah at its border. It will be a sign and a witness that Yehovah of Heaven’s Armies is worshiped in the land of Egypt. When the people cry to Yehovah for help against those who oppress them, he will send them a savior who will rescue them.Yehovah will make himself known to the Egyptians. Yes, they will know Yehovah and will give their sacrifices and offerings to him. They will make a vow to Yehovah and will keep it.Yehovah will strike Egypt, and then he will bring healing. For the Egyptians will turn to Yehovah, and he will listen to their pleas and heal them. Isaiah 19:18-22 NLT

Wow! Can you believe it? What a wonderful salvation in the end. Finally, there will also be something similar happening in the area of ancient Assyria which is now Syria and the area where the Kurds now live.

In that day Egypt and Assyria will be connected by a highway. The Egyptians and Assyrians will move freely between their lands, and they will both worship God. And Israel will be their ally. The three will be together, and Israel will be a blessing to them. For Yehovah of Heaven’s Armies will say, “Blessed be Egypt, my people. Blessed be Assyria, the land I have made. Blessed be Israel, my special possession!” Isaiah 19:23-25 NLT

Wow again! Fasten your seat belts, the ride may get a little bumpy in the near future. This is a literal prophecy for our day, soon to be fulfilled. Watch and pray.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray and thank Him for rain.

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.)





Road Trip! Idaho

16 10 2019

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Michael Masambu and I had a fun road trip through the spectacular mountains of Idaho traveling from Challis to Boise with only one minor wrong turn (one hour). We are now in our third week of ministry in this great part of God’s country.

The Challis ministry at Living Waters Ranch was wonderful with rich worship, fellowship and teaching with other leaders, a gathering of eagles. Now we are staying in the most hospitable lodging in Eagle, Idaho. The Aldous family has been a great blessing hosting us.

Brian Harrison has put together a week-long celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles with multiple speakers and great worship teams. My emphasis on the restoration of Israel has been well received.

Monday I return home for three days and then Doreen and I fly to New Hampshire for two weeks of meetings into November. At the end of November we fly with Patrick Kennedy to 15 days of ministry in Kenya. Wow! What an honor to be used by Yehovah.

Please continue to hold us up in prayer for utterance from above to speak the words of life from Jesus.

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of Yehovah, do not keep silent, And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Isaiah 62:6-7

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and thank Him for the heavy rains falling now!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)





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

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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)








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