What Time Is It?

14 05 2022

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Timing is everything. What time is it now? Bible prophecy is always dependent on timing. Everything does not happen at once. Sequences of events lead chronologically step by step. Contrary to popular opinion, history is not circular, it is linear. Genesis is the account of “the beginning.” God has a purpose that has a beginning and ending. The end is His perfect Kingdom of righteousness with no sin, sickness, sorrow, or death. Consider these examples.

  1. Biblical Esther came for “such a time as this.” For her, it was a critical role in the literal saving of the Jewish race. She was willing to die, “to perish,” if necessary. As I prepare to speak in two weeks at the Arise and Shine Conference at Living Waters Ranch in Challis, Idaho, this theme is on my heart. “If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 NLT
  2. The tribe of Issachar “understood the times” and knew what Israel ought to do. How many Christians today know what time it is? Are Christians like the Pharisees?
    “One day the Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus, demanding that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority. He replied, “You know the saying, ‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow; red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.’ You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times!” Matthew 16:1-3 NLT
  3. Jesus Himself even had to wait for the timing of His death. He is also waiting for the timing of His return, known only to the Father. He often said His time was not yet, until it became “the time.” You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.” When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee.” John 7:8-9 But then later… Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.” John 12:23-24 NLT
  4. It is high time to wake up! And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” Romans 13:11-14

So, where are we on this timeline? I believe we are at a crossroads for our nation. It is time to wake up, stand up, and speak up for the Kingdom of Yehovah God and His Messiah. He is our only hope. But through Him we are “more than conquerors.” More are they that are with us than they that are with the enemy, as Elisha told his servant when surrounded by the Syrian army.

It is time to open our eyes to the eternal purpose of God. You may feel surrounded, or even hopeless, but God is in control. Jesus is on the throne! His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Don’t give up!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and rain for Israel.

Les Lawrence, a voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)





Sound the Shofar for Israel and America

7 05 2022

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It was my honor to blow the shofar at the National Day of Prayer here in Wake Forest at the Town Hall. I also prayed, not only for the peace of Jerusalem, but for mercy for the United States. The Bible is absolutely clear that those who bless Israel will be blessed and cursed if we curse Israel. Our government is hanging in the balance on the verge of cursing Israel with the new Iran Deal. God forbid!

We are also being measured by Yehovah God because of the MURDER of 62 million babies since the 1973 court decision. People are now demanding abortion with the twisted slogan: “Abortion is healthcare!” Pray, pray, pray, and speak up! This is a time of history that we, like Esther of old, have come for “a time such as this.”

Make no mistake. This is not about politics. It is genocide; and more black babies are murdered per capita than any other group. This is a boldfaced defiance of the living Creator God who instructed His creation to “Be fruitful and multiply.” Wickedness is fast reaching a “full cup.” There is a tipping point where God steps in to end the abominations. He will “not always strive with man”.

“For in the hand of Yehovah there is a cup, and the wine is red; It is fully mixed, and He pours it out; Surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth drain and drink down.”  Psalm 75:8

“And Yehovah said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”  Genesis 6:3

“Yehovah is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.” Psalm 103:8-9

Some may think that sounds harsh, and so, they deny that God is Who He says He is. They reject Him because He does not give them permission for evil. Because He is longsuffering, they think He approves. But after many opportunities for them to turn around, God concludes they are incorrigible. You do not want to cross that line. Pray for mercy. Pray for forgiveness.

Our nation is RIGHT. AT. THAT. LINE.

Pray that we will turn back to God, support Israel, and follow the Good Shepherd.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for Israel rain. (There were a few more showers this week!)

Les Lawrence, a voice of Christian Zionists            (Read more)





Worshipers Throw Rocks

29 04 2022

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The title of this post is a real headline. The Temple Mount/Ramadan annual oxymoron played out again this week. Does anybody notice that worship and throwing rocks sounds like a contradiction? Headlines in the Middle East and especially Israel often make no sense. 

Worshipers throw rocks at security forces – Defense establishment preparing for further clashes on the last Friday of the month of Ramadan. Arab rioters threw rocks and shot fireworks at security forces, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. “Violent clashes broke out on the holy site.”

Clashes erupt at Jerusalem holy sitePalestinians clashed with Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem before dawn on Friday as thousands gathered for prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.

It is so ridiculous to state clashes “erupt” or “broke out,” as if it was just a beautiful sunny morning and suddenly, completely unprovoked, a “CLASH” erupted like some mysterious volcano with no warning. It is planned. It is funded. It is as predictable as the sunrise. It is AS IF there are extra points for riots and terrorism during Ramadan. Oh, wait, the Koran does mention something like that.

Ramadan: ‘A Month of Jihad, Conquest, and Victory’ – By Raymond Ibrahim – Speaking on the first day of Ramadan, April 1, 2022, Mahmoud al-Habbash, the Supreme Sharia Judge of the Palestinian Authority, extolled the jihads waged by the prophet of Islam, Muhammad, during Ramadan:

How was this month [of Ramadan] in the life of Prophet [Muhammad]? …Did the Prophet spend Ramadan in calmness, serenity, laziness, and sleepiness? Far be it from him… The Prophet entered the great Battle of Badr [624] during Ramadan… Also in the month of Ramadan, in the 8th year of the Hijra [629-630], the Prophet and the Muslims conquered Mecca… Ramadan is … a month of Jihad, conquest, and victory.

There are videos of the rioters INSIDE the Al Aksa mosque with their shoes on, which is forbidden. They are even seen kicking a soccer ball around INSIDE THE MOSQUE!

Are these worshippers? Give me a break! Only the blinded ones refuse to see the obvious. (There is a lot of that going around these days.) However, this is not a new phenomena. This spiritual blindness is revealed throughout the Bible.

“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”  2 Corinthians 4:4

“But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”  1 John 2:11

So I (Isaiah) said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, YEHOVAH of hosts.” Isaiah 6:5

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain, and especially pray for the salvation of all who are willing.

Les Lawrence, a voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)





​​I will say to the North, ‘Give them up!’

3 03 2022

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Fear Not, for I Am With You! One of the greatest promises of God is connected to the regathering of the world’s scattered Jews back to their promised land. How many Jews will escape from Ukraine?

Interior Minister Shaked: Hundreds of thousands of immigrants expected from Ukraine – Government soon to decide on up to 12 new towns in Negev to cater to influx & housing shortage.

Christians treasure the promise of Jesus in Hebrews 13:5: “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” Yet the root of this promise is found in Yehovah’s regathering of the exiles.

“Fear not, for I am with you; ​​I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; ​​I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ ​​Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth— ​​Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; ​​I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” Isaiah 43:5-7

Ukraine: 400 Aliyah requests made in 24 hoursIsraeli prime minister reiterates call for nationals to leave country under Russian military invasion. In Lviv in western Ukraine, around 400 people applied for Aliyah (on the first day of the invasion.)

Making AliyahThe word Aliyah means “the act of going up,” which refers to the immigration of Jews from the nations to the Land of Israel (going up towards Jerusalem). “Making Aliyah” is part of a national Zionist ideology of the return of the Jewish people to their homeland.

Remember, God is always looking at Israel and His eternal promises to them. We look at Ukraine and see God’s hand at work. Continue to pray for His covenant people, both Jews and Christians. May His will be done!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for “rain in the time of latter rain.”

Les Lawrence, a voice of Christian Zionists            (Read more)

Emotional reception for immigrants from Ukraine – A United Hatzalah rescue flight arrives in Israel, bearing with it the Chief Rabbi of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

The dangerous journey from Ukraine to Israel – Jews from all parts of Ukraine came to United Hatzalah’s rescue flight.





I Need Ammunition, Not a Ride!

26 02 2022

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Courage is a rare commodity in today’s woke snowflake world. It is thrilling and inspiring to see the President of Ukraine standing up to the Russian invaders. Ukraine is an independent sovereign nation. When the U.S. offered to help him escape to safety, President Zelenskyy refused, rather declaring: “The fight is here, I need ammunition, not a ride.” Nothing exemplifies courage more than his stand. Contrast it to the leader of Afghanistan who immediately fled with suitcases of cash last year. I pray for courageous and righteous leaders to rise up around the world in these perilous times. Pure evil is rampaging over the earth, but Yehovah God knows those who are His. Stand for His righteous purpose!

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for Yehovah your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Make no mistake, this is a battle between good and evil with spiritual wickedness in high places. We all need courage. Have you ever thought how it starts? Courage is the root of the word: “encourage.” Something every one of us can do, is to encourage one another. Do you give courage to others or dis-courage them? The act of one leader could be the difference between a free Ukraine and slavery to Communism.

Last Tuesday, in my Issachar Forum meeting and YouTube video, I said that this is not the timing in Biblical prophecy for a world war. I believe we are moving into the time of an extraordinary peace in Israel that will cause them to conclude they are so safe that they will tear down their walls in the Land of Israel. This is the pre-condition to the Ezekiel 38 Gog and Magog War that is generally overlooked. Just read that chapter and you can see that it literally says the walls will come down BEFORE that war. I pray that the unexpected fierce resistance of the Ukrainians will lead to de-escalation by Russia and a withdrawal of their troops.

One more prophetic fulfillment is happening, as seen in these headlines and the Scripture following:

NATO Sending Military Aid to Ukraine, Putin Reportedly Deploys Special Forces ‘Hunters’ to Target Kyiv Gov’t

Chechen special forces ‘hunters’ are unleashed in Ukraine to detain or kill Kyiv officials – and are given ‘decks of cards’ with photographs of their targetsA squad of Chechen special forces ‘hunters’ has been ordered to detain or kill specific Ukrainian officials. The kill squad was pictured in a Ukrainian forest as they took part in prayer rituals ahead of potential fighting. (my note: These are Muslim jihadists.)

“but, ‘Yehovah lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers. “Behold, I will send for many fishermen,” says Yehovah, “and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.” Jeremiah 16:15-16

Pray for the 200,000 Jews who remain in Ukraine. God is calling them to Israel, just as the Russian Jews returned in the’90s. This is similar to the Nazi’s in World War II. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and thank Him for the faithful rains of water and the Holy Spirit.

Les Lawrence, a 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.





Chosen People – Chosen LAND!

19 02 2022

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Most know that the Jews are God’s chosen people, but few realize how important His chosen land is to Yehovah God who promised. In the original promise of Genesis 12 where God spoke of the blessing and curse relating to Israel, He pointedly called seventy-five year old Abram to leave his own country and family to a specific land.

Now Yehovah had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s  house, to a LAND that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1

I wrote an entire book about the LAND promise (Speak to the Dirt!) This is no small point. The LAND of Israel is a non-negotiable promise of Yehovah. Once you see this, you find land references throughout the Bible. Here is another of my favorites, from the mouth of Moses.

“Therefore you shall keep every commandment which I command you today, that you may be strong, and go in and possess the LAND which you cross over to possess,and that you may prolong your days in the LAND which Yehovah swore to give your fathers, to them and their descendants, ‘a LAND flowing with milk and honey.’For the LAND which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden; but the LAND which you cross over to possess is a LAND of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, a LAND for which Yehovah your God cares; the eyes of Yehovah your God ARE ALWAYS ON IT from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.” Deuteronomy 11:8-12

The blessing and curse principle of Genesis 12 is rising in importance as the antisemitism reaches new depths. Verbal and physical attacks against Jews (and also even Christians) are breaking records in many countries. This is directly tied to end times prophecy and starkly reveals that our battle is not carnal but “against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

‘Vicious Libel’: AOC Blasted After Implying Israel Keeps Palestinian Children In Cages  Ocasio-Cortez was blasted for her false claims involving the Jewish state. The American Jewish Committee responded by tweeting, “@AOC, you know as well as we do that there are no Palestinian children ‘in cages’ in the West Bank. This kind of gross misinformation hurts chances for reasonable discussion and furthers harmful biases. You must apologize for these baseless allegations.”

Jews, Christians Outraged After PCUSA Leader Accuses Israel of Enslaving Palestinians   Jewish leaders are calling for a top Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) official to resign for repeatedly accusing Israel of practicing slavery.

It does not matter if every nation stands against Israel and every demonic spirit spreads lies and libel against them. In the end, God will bless Israel in their OWN LAND and their enemies will be defeated. Jesus, the Messiah (Yeshua haMashiach) will rule from His throne in Jerusalem to the final glory of Yehovah God, the Father!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, a 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 and Vitamin D

5 02 2022

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One of the best things you can do against Covid is load up on vitamin D. An Israeli study shows the common denominator among death or serious illness patients is vitamin D deficiency. Pills are available but just getting outside into the sunlight is a head start to beating the virus.

Israeli study offers strongest proof yet of vitamin D’s power to fight COVID Bolstering previous research, scientists publish ‘remarkable’ data showing strong link between vitamin deficiency, prevalent in Israel, and death or serious illness among patients. Israel scientists say they have gathered the most convincing evidence to date that increased vitamin D levels can help COVID-19 patients reduce the risk of serious illness or death. Lacking vitamin D significantly increases danger levels, they concluded in newly peer-reviewed research published Thursday in the journal PLOS One.

Ironically, Israel is near the highest percentage of citizens with both Pfizer shots and then a third and a fourth booster. The head of Pfizer bragged that Israel was the “laboratory” for the vaccine. They also led the world in extreme lockdown measures.

Israel: highest number of serious Covid cases since start of pandemicIsrael reported the highest number of serious Covid cases since the start of the pandemic over the weekend, according to Health Ministry data on Saturday.

The empirical scientific evidence is now being recognized around the world that lockdowns and mandates did not help. Countries that did not lock down had about the same results as those who did. So, what can we learn from this?

The one thing I am hearing from the Holy Spirit is to “walk in the light.” I see an analogy from sunlight’s vitamin D and spiritually walking in the light of God. The Bible always contrast light and darkness. Jesus is the Light of the World. I wrote a whole book about it, (Generation Light). Here is just two verses to emphasize my point.

But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; Malachi 4:2a

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12

Pray for health. My friend Arthur Burt used to say: “It is good to have faith for healing, but it is better to have faith for health.” Let us raise the bar of our faith to believe for health from God. Walk in the light, both the natural healthy sunlight and in glorious light of Jesus our Messiah.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, rain in this season, and pray for Israel’s healing from the virus.

Les Lawrence, a voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)





My Prayer for Your Eyes of Understanding

22 01 2022

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If we want our prayers answered, it makes sense to pray what God has already promised for us. Perhaps the greatest apostolic prayer in the Bible is from Paul to the Ephesians. With Paul, I pray for eyes of understanding. I like to say that if you want to understand God, you need to learn to “stand under” Him in submission and expectancy. We pray for these eyes of understanding to be “enlightened.” The NLT says: “flooded with light.”

“Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know…” Ephesians 1:15-18a

This will then result in three specific revelations or understandings. 1. HOPE. 2. GLORY. 3. POWER. These three elements operate in spiritual understanding directly proceeding only from God through Jesus. It is the eternal foundation of His authority given to us for our benefit. These are supplied by Him!

“that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power…” Ephesians 1:18-19

  1. The hope of His calling.
  2. The riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
  3. The exceeding greatness of His power toward believers.

Believers who wallow in despair or depression need to “stand under” this revelation. God’s power has been released for us through Jesus. This amazing promise emanates from the supernatural authority granted to Jesus when God raised Him from the dead and gave Jesus the glorious name of Yehovah! God seated Jesus at His own right hand. I cannot say it better than Paul.

“…which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:20-23

If Jesus is “the head over all things,” then the only place for us is “under.” I pray for you, that your eyes of understanding be flooded with light so you, too, will experience His wonderful hope, glory, and power!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and thank Him for this week’s snow in Israel.

Les Lawrence, a voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)





Prophesy! (The Verb, Not the Noun)

7 01 2022

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PROPHESY! We must declare the prophetic truth of God at every opportunity. Most people view prophecy in its noun form referring to a study that compares the Bible and history. But I challenge you to consider the verb “to prophesy” as a mandate and calling of God. It is a command. We must do more than study it, we must say it! Speak to the dirt, prophesy to the land, prophesy to the bones!

A prophecy, as a noun, refers a past tense message that was given. To prophesy is to speak now the promises of God, in the present tense. I hope you hear me. It is a call to action. It is time to let our voices be heard. We study prophecies to learn God’s voice and purpose. But now is the time to say it, speak it, and declare it. Yehovah’s promises are often left in the past, or even relegated to some distant future. But we must engage with the present tense God. He is the eternally existent One.

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20

As you find your voice, it must be with confidence, a definite certainty. This comes not from practice or getting louder, it comes from the inner witness of the Holy Spirit of Truth. When Moses had called all the seventy elders together, two of them didn’t make it to the meeting, but the anointing was so strong they started to prophesy right in the midst of the people. When some, including Joshua, asked Moses to forbid them, his response was:

“Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all Yehovah’s people were prophets and that Yehovah would put His Spirit upon them!” Numbers 11:29

My prayer for all of us is that we would prophesy the Kingdom of God. How do we do this? We simply follow Jesus’ and Paul’s example:

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Matthew 4:23

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 24:14

Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No? But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 2 Corinthians 1:17-22

Pray for and declare the peace of Jerusalem and rain in season!

Les Lawrence, a voice of Christian Zionists             (Read more)





My Half-Shekel’s Worth, by Simeon of Jerusalem

13 12 2021

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I have not gone up to the Temple as often since I have gotten older, but today I just had to go. There was a sound inside of me as clear as a shofar calling to worship. Even though it was shoulder to shoulder because of children’s dedication day, the Holy Spirit compelled me to go today.

I am trembling with joy and can hardly see through my tears to write down what happened. For so long I have waited to see the Messiah as we all have, but God had spoken so clearly that I would live to see Messiah myself. It was really exciting for me as a young man when He spoke that promise to me. I believed Him with all my heart.

But I must admit I sometimes doubted that promise I heard from Yehovah many years ago, especially with my advancing age, but I could not give up on it. It was so clear. He spoke to my heart that I would live to see the promised Messiah of Israel with my own eyes! After nearly four thousand years it was nearly impossible to believe that one of such minor value as me would have such an extraordinary privilege.

There had to be several hundred dedications there today, but when I came up it was like the Red Sea parted and the Holy Spirit led me right to one particular mother holding her child. They were not different from the others; I just knew they were the ones I was supposed to see. She did not know me, but somehow trusted me to hold Him in my arms.

As soon as I did, my heart was on fire. It was from the inside, but even my body was shaking as I realized instantly that we had all been wrong expecting the Messiah to be a grown man, a conquering King. This child was the Messiah! My head was spinning, but my heart was sure. This little one is the Promise! My theology fell away. It doesn’t matter how to explain it. I know.

Immediately, words came out of my mouth like I was Elijah, or Isaiah, or Zechariah. I have never known anything like I know this. I had to write this down, now, before I forget a single word. I spoke the words, but the Ruach HaKodesh, the Spirit of the Holy One, was revealing everything to me as I declared the truth! This is what I said to her and her husband, but especially to her.

“Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace (shalom), according to Your word; ​​For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 2:29-32

I really am ready to die now in perfect shalom. God kept His word to me! Yehovah’s salvation has come in human form! I saw Him! I don’t understand how, but He is the Messiah. He is going to be seen somehow by the whole world, not only Israel. How can it happen? I don’t know; but He will be revealed as Savior to everyone in the world and yet will glorify Israel more than ever. I stopped speaking for a moment as we sort of took it all in. The father, Joseph, and his wife, Mary, were as astounded as I was at the words I had spoken.

Then I felt led to speak a blessing over them and Mary specifically. Yet, it turned out to be more than a blessing, it was a prophecy. I am not sure I understand. But it was clearly supernatural, and I don’t question it. The Spirt seemed to indicate that unlike most nations that rise and fall and then disappear, Israel is soon to fall but will then rise again later! We were all so amazed! Also, the Child will be a sign that will create strong opposition that will personally bring pain to Mary. It is a mystery to me, but I know what I heard. There was a third effect as well. The coming revelation of this Child will expose the secret thoughts of people’s hearts! The Messiah will break through everyone’s hard heart so that nothing will be hidden from Yehovah. Here are the exact words He gave me.

“Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:34-35

I don’t know if anyone will ever read this, but I just had to get it recorded for a testimony to the truth I saw and heard today. The Messiah has come!

Signed as my true witness,

SIMEON of Jerusalem (This is my interpretation of how Simeon must have felt. L.L.)

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, a voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





Hamas and Perverse Hope

10 12 2021

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Satan is not subtle, nor is he bright. He only lives to bring darkness, destruction, and death. In comments about recent terrorist stabbings in Jerusalem, Hamas, the Gaza terrorist overlords, have reached a new low in this headline:

Hamas spokesman: Stabbings give us hope A Hamas spokesperson called on Israeli Arabs to step up attacks against “settlers” saying it “gives hope to Gaza.” Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for the Hamas movement, said that the increased terrorist activity in Judea and Samaria draws its inspiration from the spirit of jihad and the struggle in the Gaza Strip. “…in stabbing the settlers with a knife and in confrontations with the soldiers of the occupation, you gave us back the hope of victory and liberation.” Barhum called on Israeli Arabs to continue shooting and stabbing the “occupation and its settlers.”

The name they use, Hamas, is actually an acronym of the organizations full name. They use it because the acronym forms a specific word in Hebrew: violence. It is intended as a sort of subtle propaganda intimidation of Israelis. The Hebrew word “hamas” occurs 60 times in the Hebrew text of the Bible.

The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with VIOLENCE. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with VIOLENCE through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Genesis 6:11-13

Hamas occurs 60 times. The KJV translates Strong’s H2555 in the following manner: violence (39x), violent (7x), cruelty (4x), wrong (3x), false (2x), cruel (1x), damage (1x), injustice (1x), oppressor (with H376) (1x), unrighteous (1x).

Click on each to see an amazing glimpse into the death cult of jihadism. It was no accident that Hamas uses this acronym. Death is the final threat of Satan. The good news is that Yeshua not only paid for our sins with His own blood, He defeated death itself! He rose from the dead! Death no longer has its hold on believers. We know we shall live again, no matter what the devil does. He is defeated. The Messiah rules! Jesus if the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! And, He is coming soon!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and thank God for the winter rains.

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Real Miracle of Hanukka

2 12 2021

Dry Bones Hanukkah 2021

This cartoon sums it up. The miracle of Israel’s restoration is the story of the faithfulness of Yehovah, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The supernatural blessing of God on Israel continues to this day. When the Maccabees defeated the Greco/Syrian dictator Antiochus, they thwarted his intention to destroy Jerusalem and Israel’s temple. My wife, Doreen, wrote a children’s book about it: How Hanukkah Saved Christmas.

If Antiochus had succeeded, the prophecies of the Messiah entering Jerusalem and the Temple could not have happened. Here is just one example of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem prophesied and fulfilled.

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9

“The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: ​​​Hosanna! “​Blessed is He who comes in the name of Yehovah!” ​​The King of Israel!

​Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: ​​“Fear not, daughter of Zion; ​​Behold, your King is coming, ​​Sitting on a donkey’s colt.”Zechariah 12:12-15

The miracle of Israel’s survival through nearly 2,000 years of scattering among the nations is nothing less than the supernatural faithfulness of God. He has kept His promises to the forefathers in this wonderful time of restoration. After the great dispersion both Jews and Christians are eagerly looking for the Messiah to come. They are also now sharing persecution from the enemy. The wall that has separated Jews and Christians is coming down. We are seeing the promise of “one new man!”

“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,” Ephesians 2:14-15

Bonus quote regarding the Covid panic: “The Delta and the Omicron are no match for the Alpha and Omega!”

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and for an abundant rainy season in Israel.

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Which Thanksgiving was First?

25 11 2021

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Did the Pilgrims start a new tradition? Or was it instituted 3,000 years ago? It was simply brought to the new world by those who were fleeing religious persecution. The Pilgrims were Bible believers who practiced what they preached. We would do well to practice the same. Today, just meditate on the glorious REAL REASON for the season! God is GOOD!

A Psalm of Thanksgiving.
Make a joyful shout to Yehovah, all you lands!
Serve Yehovah with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that Yehovah, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For Yehovah is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100
Notice it is a command to “all you lands.” Most translations say “all the earth.” This is not only for Israel, or only Christians, but the whole earth is to shout and give thanks to Yehovah God because He is good.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for rain there.
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The Collapse of Iran

18 11 2021

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(Iran coup Mar 2022 ILTV Screenshot 2021-11-17)

Iran is destined to collapse in the near future. Since I discovered the juxtaposition of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38; it has been clear that Iran must diminish for a time. Israel must come into an extraordinary peace before the Gog and Magog War of Ezekiel 38. There are two compelling Biblical reasons for this.

#1 – Both prophecies name specific countries around Israel. But, none of those named in Psalm 83 are repeated in Ezekiel 38. Why? I believe the Abraham Accords will continue to expand creating real peace with all of Israel’s immediate Arab neighbors. (See Isaiah 19.) Therefore, the timing issue requires a substantial period of peace before Gog and Magog. Also, Ezekiel 38 is clear (several times) that the invasion occurs when Israel has taken down the walls which now dot the landscape, especially around Jerusalem, and they are dwelling without gates in “a land of unwalled villages.”

#2 – Iran/Persia is not named in Psalm 83, but is a major player with Turkey in Ezekiel. Therefore, Iran must diminish or collapse in the present. It is simply not their time yet. They will not expand at this time, but their time will come later. I have been predicting the diminishing of Iran for several years. It is now becoming evident.

Experts are now suggesting major faults in many areas of the Iranian regime. It may fall the same way the Soviet Union fell in the 90’s. The Ayatollah is reportedly near death and the government is very shaky. The economy is collapsing. Israel is poised to eliminate the nuclear threat as soon as necessary. In addition, there are more than five distinct minorities in Iran that are plotting a coup against the Ayatollah as early as March next year, about four months from now. Only about half of Iran’s population is Persian. The rest are various ethnic minorities such as Turks, Kurds, Arabs, Azeris, and others. For more on this watch a two minute interview with Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a MidEast expert from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. It starts at about 5:40 into the video.

As the Arab nations make peace there are still terrorist groups that must also disappear including Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria. These will fall from within according to the prayer of Psalm 83.

Deal with them as with Midian, Psalm 83:9

Gideon’s victory over the Midianites was because Yehovah caused a terror to sweep over them and they killed each other in the confusion. That is the prayer of Psalm 83 for today’s enemies of Israel. Let it be done according to God’s word!

Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before Yehovah our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. Psalm 95:6-7 NLT

He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. Yehovah himself watches over you! Yehovah stands beside you as your protective shade. Psalm 121:3-5 NLT

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

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Northern Idaho Ministry

5 11 2021

Montana Mts from Sandpoint Idaho

My final weekend in Idaho will be busy with meetings at Sandpoint River of Life on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. and then Sunday morning at the Cocolalla Cowboy Church.

Here are a few headlines that connect to prophecy this week. One of the most important ongoing moves of God for Israel continue to be the Abraham Accords. The first story about President Biden trying to add Saudi Arabia to the Accords is quite significant. He has tried to cancel just about everything else started by President Trump except this. Why? God is the real source of the Accords. It is moving forward in spite of the Biden administration overall reversals. Don’t worry about geo-political moves, instead watch what the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is doing. He is right on track to fulfill His word to the uttermost.

Biden working to add Saudi Arabia to Abraham Accords – Biden administration working with Saudi Arabia on normalization of ties with Israel, USA concludes.

What the New York Times Meant for Evil, God Used for GoodIn its documentary hit piece “Whose Promised Land?” the venerable Gray Lady inadvertently confirmed Israel’s biblical mandate.

Saudi Arabia eyes tourism with Al Ula archaeological dig – Saudi Arabia is looking to tourism in an attempt to diversify the kingdom’s oil heavy economy. Efforts are underway in Saudi Arabia’s Al Ula desert to unearth 2,000 year old ancient artifacts left behind by the kingdoms of Dadan and Lihyan.

There is much more to be revealed about the place of Saudi Arabia in Israel prophecy, especially regarding tourism. Stay tuned. I will be sharing some of that this weekend. Every single ancient place mentioned in these verses are in modern 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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and thank Him for seasonal rains.

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A Verse That Makes Me Say: Hmmm

23 10 2021

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A fool’s displeasure is known at once, but whoever ignores an insult is sensible. Proverbs 12:16 CSB

A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted. Proverbs 12:16 NLT

Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. Proverbs 12:16 NIV

The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult. Proverbs 12:16 ESV

A fool shows his annoyance the same day, But one who overlooks an insult is prudent. Proverbs 12:16 HNV

A fool’s wrath is known at once, But a prudent man covers shame. Proverbs 12:16 NKJV

— SELAH

A fool loses his cool immediately and takes offense. A wise man stays quiet and covers his initial shameful feelings. (My own paraphrase.) 

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

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When God Moves Enemies Scatter

14 10 2021

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The cry of God’s people under attack is that Yehovah God Himself would rise up and intervene to defeat the enemies. There is a powerful prayer of Moses that was declared every time the Ark of God moved out of the camp to lead the way as Israel advanced. We know about the cloud by day and fire by night, but the real key was Yehovah going with them in the Ark of God’s presence, the Ark of the Covenant. If God does not go with you, you don’t want to go.

So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: “Rise up, O Yehovah! Let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You.” Numbers 10:35

The fear of Yehovah God literally came on the enemies of Israel as they approached the Promised Land. His reputation proceeded them. Notice the last phrase in the declaration: “Let those who hate you flee before you.” Make no mistake, God’s wrath is toward those who hate Him.

Even today the lines are drawn. There are a lot of accusations of “haters,” but the ultimate evil hatred is against God. Enemies attack His people, but it is God they hate. This prayer of Moses is a very practical prayer for believers today. Our first priority is to let God lead. Put Him out front in everything we do. If we put Him and His presence first, that is when the enemies will scatter. If your enemies are winning, maybe you are not putting God first.

This declaration was said by Moses as the Ark moved out. However, the next verse gives another prayer for when they camp for the night and the Ark is in their midst. It is also good for us today.

And when it rested, he said: “Return, O Yehovah, To the many thousands of Israel.” Numbers 10:36

We pray for God to go before us as we go out, and for Him be in the middle of our lives when resting.

We also declare these very verses when we pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Yehovah God is our hope and protection through the Messiah, His Son: Yeshua ben Yehovah, Jesus Son of God!

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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.





Abraham Accords Israel Caucus

11 10 2021

Dry bones ABE Peace

Today is the convening of the new Abraham Accords Caucus in the Israeli Knesset (Parliament). This is another step in the expanding peace between Israel and the Arab states. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are in Israel today to participate in the caucus. The media invitation describes the initiative as: “The launch of the caucus will focus on the enormous economic and tourism potential, the deepening of relations with countries in the region and the possibility of new agreements with additional countries,”

Kushner, Trump to attend launch of Abraham Accords CaucusKnesset caucus to focus on economic and tourism potential of historic pact between Israel, four Arab countries. Former US president Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, who both served as senior White House advisers, will attend the launch of the Abraham Accords Caucus at the Knesset (Israel parliament) on Monday.

Also, a promising new sign is seen in a joint water agreement with Jordan and Oman. The latter is another country interested in the peace accords.

Senior official hopeful for future Israel-Oman normalization – A senior official from Israel’s Foreign Ministry expressed interest in the country’s potential for diplomatic relations with Oman on Wednesday.

Israel is not an apartheid state, Pompeo says“We recognized that this is not an occupied nation, this is not an apartheid country,” Pompeo stated. “It is a democracy where faiths can be practiced from all of the Abrahamic traditions.” 

Even while the world is distracted by many things, Yehovah, the God of Israel is still proceeding with His prophetic purpose of peace for Israel. Of course, there is the ultimate peace of the Messiah, but in this season God is moving toward a peace that will meet the conditions of the Ezekiel 38 Gog and Magog War. Israel must be at peace, having taken down the present walls, enjoying an unprecedented respite from the constant threats of war. Most expect that war, but I maintain that there must be a breakthrough peace to set the stage first. Pray into God’s will. Pray according to His revealed order of events in Scripture.

Thus says the Lord Yehovah: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: 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 38:10-11

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

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Kenya Awakening!

6 10 2021

The Matthew 10 Initiative – Those who follow Elisha Vision know that we have a heart for Kenya and high esteem for Michael Masambu who is leading an amazing outreach this month in Kenya. This video describes the vision of presenting the Gospel to 1.8 million students this month in their own schools, followed by another next June in three more counties, and then once more in October 2022. We are praying for 600,000 decisions for Jesus this month. Every school will then follow up with discipleship ongoing. This is done with the blessing of the Kenyan government.

Please pray into this initiative. Elisha Vision Ministries is cooperating with Michael raising funds for vans for nearly 60 teams spreading out to the schools. This appeal is for U.S. residents only. If you are led to help financially please send your checks with “Kenya” on the memo line to: Elisha Vision PO Box 1601 Wake Forest, NC 27587. All 100% of offerings marked “Kenya” will go to the Matthew 10 Initiative in Kenya. Thank you so much! Also, remember you can get my biography of Michael Masambu – The Swahili Man – A Village Boy Who Became a Man of God for Kenya and the World. Proceed also go to his ministry. It is available in paperback and Kindle.

“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”Matthew 10:40-42

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for Israel rain, both physical and spiritual.

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Why Rest One Day out of Seven?

23 08 2021

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My view of resting may shock you. The Bible clearly says to rest one day a week (a sabbath to be exact). For Jews it is sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, or in Bible terms, the seventh day. Many Christians observe Sunday and even call it their “sabbath day”. Either way it is one day out seven, and it is a commandment. As a pastor for many years Sunday was my busiest day, so my “sabbath” was Monday. But that is not my shocking statement.

“Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of Yehovah in all your dwellings.” Leviticus 23:3

Six days work, one day no work. But what if I told you that God wants you to rest every day? And if you work all seven days each week, you will not be able to rest any day? Let me mention this great verse and tell you what I believe it means for our earthly lives, not our eternal lives.

“There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” Hebrews 4:9-10

I wish we could go through all of Hebrews 9, but let me simply state that there is a kind of rest promised beyond one day a week, but also, before eternity. God has provided by His Holy Spirit the ability to “be at rest” in our reborn spiritual nature. We can live at rest even while doing very intense work and other activities. However, if we do not take that one day of physical rest, ceasing from our normal labors, then we cannot be at rest during the week.

Do you get it? We are commanded to unplug one day for our own good. We recharge our spiritual batteries and can then focus clearly the rest of the week. It is not about finding the right doctrine about “which” day, but actually doing it. Jesus was quite clear, yet many did not understand what He meant.

And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27

After God made creation in six days. He sat back and appreciated how beautiful and how good it was. We also need to stop and “smell the roses”. What Jesus was explaining was that the sabbath idea was not a command to observe a rest day to make us religious. Rather, we are commanded to rest one out seven because we get tired! It is for us; we need it. Many, both Jews and Christians have turned it into self-righteous day of proving we deserve His love, which is forever impossible.

SHOCKER! But, wait! What if it really is possible to be at peace (shalom) and rest every day? Yes, we can be at rest even at work. It is because we rest in Him. When we get that straight, we will be anxious for nothing, He’s got this! By taking that one day to unplug, we learn (eventually) to rest with Him every day. A sabbath day is for us, not a trial. It was made for us. It is good.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and rain for Israel.

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What is “Pay to Slay?”

9 08 2021

Sbarro Pizza

Million dollar murders, paid by the Palestinian Authority. This is the 20th anniversary of the 2001 Sbarro Pizzeria bombing in central Jerusalem. It was one of the most tragic terrorist attacks during the second Palestinian Intifada (uprising). Over 150 were injured and 15 were murdered, including 7 children and a pregnant woman.

The murderers in Israeli prison are still being paid monthly for their “heroic operation.” The suicide bomber is considered a martyr and to this day his family is being paid monthly for a total (so far) of nearly $70,000.00.

Blood money: The PA has already paid $1,183,257 to the terrorists who blew up the Sbarro pizza shop – Planner of the attack: “If time could go backwards, I would carry out what I did, in the same manner.” By now, the PA has paid Abdullah Barghouti, the terrorist who built the bomb and is responsible for the murder of 67 people in various attacks, a cumulative sum of US$285,571 (921,500 shekels). Every month, the PA pays him a salary of US$2,255 (7,300 shekels). In addition, the PA has paid the family of the suicide bomber US$68,498 (221,400 shekels). Every month the PA continues to pay his family an allowance of US$432 (1,400 shekels). The minimum wage in the PA is 1,450 shekels/month (US$44).

The Lucrative Business of Blowing Up JewsFigures show Palestinian terrorists involved in 2001 bombing have to date been paid millions. Jerusalem has long complained that one of the main obstacles to peace is the Palestinians’ so-called policy of “pay-for-slay.” In short, the Palestinian Authority offers generous compensation to Palestinians jailed or the families of those killed as a result of attacking Israelis. The money to do this comes primarily from foreign aid.

Zephaniah identifies certain Palestinians, as “Cherethites” or literally: ASSASSINS or EXECUTIONERS! It would seem to be a simple step to understanding this reference as an ancient way of describing the suicide/homicide bombers of today.

Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast, The nation of the Cherethites! The word of Yehovah is against you,
O Canaan, land of the Philistines: “I will destroy you; so there shall be no inhabitant.” Zephaniah 2:5

After this last days judgement God will allow His people to return to the coastland which not only includes Ashkelon (which Israel now has) but also refers to Gaza. I believe Gaza is soon to be given back to Israel, likely with a final battle after four previous Gaza wars in the last twenty years.

The seacoast shall be pastures, with shelters for shepherds and folds for flocks. The coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed their flocks there; in the houses of Ashkelon they shall lie down at evening. For Yehovah their God will intervene for them, and return their captives. Zephaniah 2:6-7

This “pay for slay” system of the Palestinian Authority must stop. We need to pray for righteous leaders who will take a stand against “pay for slay” and stop giving millions of dollars to the corrupt Palestinian Authority.

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

Les Lawrence, a voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





Has God’s Law Ended?

2 08 2021

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Israel is not removed from God’s plan, but is restored after great judgement. Romans Chapters 9-11 clearly define Israel’s place in the eternal purpose of God. Most of this passage is clear. However, the section at the start of Chapter 10 has been wildly misunderstood.

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Romans 10:4

This verse confuses those who miss the context. It is often only partially quoted: “Christ is the end of the law.” That is not what it says. What has ended is the idea that righteousness can be earned by keeping God’s law. Jesus ended that once and for all by providing our salvation as an absolute gift of God’s grace. This is consistent with the Old Testament, for example:

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and Yehovah has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9

Isaiah and Jeremiah understood that man was incorrigibly corrupted by sin in his very nature. Only when Yehovah laid all of our iniquity on the Messiah, could there ever be deliverance from that nature. Now let us look at the context of Romans 10 and feel the heart of Apostle Paul. He previously had been at the top of the Pharisee food chain. If anyone could have earned righteousness it was Paul.

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Romans 10:1-4

Paul clearly explains in Chapter 11 that Israel will be saved in the end, but here he charges them with ignorance of “God’s righteousness.” He contrasts His great revelation of salvation by faith without works of any kind, to our human attempts to establish what he calls “their own righteousness” by keeping the law, which is impossible. God meant for us to recognize the impossibility and throw ourselves on His mercy. But instead, they (and we) go about trying to “be righteous.” We can only be free when we give up, and receive the free gift of salvation through the transaction of the blood of the Lamb and Messiah. What a relief, when we realize He does not expect us to “get righteous” by perfectly keeping the law and never sin in any way!

The Law has not ended. The wicked will be judged by the Law. What ended was revealed in the last, often skipped, phrase: “end of the law for righteousness.” In their zeal they tried to keep the law, ignorantly thinking it was possible. But now we are believing by faith in the finished work of the resurrected Messiah. They also will be saved by having faith in the Jewish Messiah. Thank you, Yeshua ben Yehovah!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for seasonal rains.

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How Long Will Israel’s Government Last?

24 07 2021

MK Ayelet Shaked

There have already been at least three votes of “no-confidence” in the new coalition Israeli government. One was 59-59 with two abstentions. If just one abstention had voted against the coalition there would be new elections. Yesterday, Ayelet Shaked, a top member of the Prime Minister’s Yamina party said she would bring the coalition down if they submit to Biden’s pressure to freeze “settlements.” 

I will quit govt if it agrees to settlement freeze, Shaked says“If the government does something fraught with what I believe are grave ideological implications, I won’t be a part of it. For example, if the US demands a freeze on building in Judea and Samaria — then there will be no government,” she said. 

Her statement came hours after PM Bennett apparently indicated a move toward a freeze. This is the same old playbook from the Obama/Biden years which never accomplished any progress because of the refusal of the Palestinian Authority to negotiate. They always insisted on pre-conditions before sitting down to talk. The same old pattern is accepted again by the Biden Administration.

ANALYSIS: Biden’s Attempt to Revive Peace Process Seems Dead in Its TracksThe Biden administration is working hard to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table, but is making all of Obama’s mistakes. More than a week after the Palestinian Authority (PA) presented a grocery list of preconditions for new peace talks with Israel to the US administration of President Joe Biden, it appears that the United States has accepted at least one of these conditions.

On Wednesday, July 21, it was announced that the Americans are demanding that Israel stop all construction activities in the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and that the government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett apparently has given in to this demand. Israel Today

Notice that the issue is land again. Every time the anti-Israel left gains power, they immediately move to block Yehovah God’s purpose to restore Israel to its Biblical mandate for all of the land. God seems to be using the same pattern as when Israel originally took possession of the land city by city. But, make no mistake, His Biblical promise will be fulfilled because of His faithful character.

“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?” Numbers 23:19

Whenever man finds himself blocking the path of God’s plan, he loses. God curses those who curse Israel. It is Yehovah who sets the boundaries of nations and He has chosen Israel and the exact boundaries of her habitation.

“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,” Acts17:26 

…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!

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Messiah and the 9th of Av

17 07 2021

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The day of mourning for the destruction of the first and second Biblical Temples began at sundown July 17, 2021. For Jews it is a day of fasting and remembrance, not only that the temples were destroyed on the exact day over 650 years apart, but also many other Jewish tragedies were on the 9th of Av. We need to intentionally pray and stand with Israel this weekend. But, beyond the mourning is the belief that only the Messiah coming will end Jewish persecution. Here is a quote from a Jewish website making this very point.

Mourning the Temple: Tisha B’av at the Western WallOn Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av, the First and Second Jerusalem Temples were destroyed. Jews from all sectors mourn the Holy Temples at the Western Wall, with prayers and lamentations.  The First Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians, sending the Jewish into a 70-year exile. The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans, and Judean independence was lost following the fall of the city of the city of Beitar, the last stronghold of the Bar Kochba revolt. After the destruction of the Temple, the Jews lost their spiritual center and were exiled from their homeland. This is the exile which the Jewish People suffer from to this day, and it will be resolved only with the coming of the Messiah.

Days of mourning for Jews usually brings up the long awaited arrival of the Messiah. Anti-Semitism also reminds of the hope of the Messiah. My observation from a distance is that there is a notable increase of interest in the Messiah almost year by year. When I first visited Israel in 1984 more than 50% of Israeli Jews were atheists. Even though there is a strong secular segment in Israel, more Israelis are softening toward God. There is a growing number who now believe in Yeshua haMashiach. Jesus the Messiah. It is still only a remnant, but Yehovah God is turning hearts toward Him. Pray for hungry seeking hearts for Jews everywhere.

For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:24-26

Notice this is the re-gathering after being exiled to all the nations, which we now see in current events. God will give them a new heart and a new spirit after they return to their “own land.” Christians who have received the Messiah have had this very same experience of a new heart and a new spirit. I long for the glorious day when His chosen ones recognize Messiah and enter the joy and true Shabbat rest of the God of Israel. 

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for seasonal rain.

Les Lawrence, a voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)

 





Remarkable Secrets of Things to Come

14 07 2021

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The prophet Jeremiah prophesied judgement on Jerusalem before, during, and after Babylon conquered the great city of God. But, the most amazing part is found in chapter 33 where God reveals the great forgiveness, healing, and restoration of Jerusalem. Most of Jeremiah’s contemporaries hated him because of his “doom and gloom” words. Check out this prophecy from Yehovah through Jeremiah:

“You expect to fight the Babylonians, but the men of this city are already as good as dead, for I have determined to destroy them in my terrible anger. I have abandoned them because of all their wickedness.” Jeremiah 33:5 NLT

Yet, this word came immediately after Yehovah made His promise of secrets to Jeremiah.

“This is what Yehovah says—Yehovah who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is Yehovah: Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” Jeremiah 33:2-3 NLT

You might expect the secrets would be all good news, but the first prophecy was very bad news for Jerusalem during its three-year siege by Nebuchadnezzar. The corrupt false prophets of Jerusalem, who had sacrificed to the gods of Baal, were certain that God would never destroy the city. But they were “dead” wrong! I think it should sober us today about our own nation. Yehovah has the final say!

However, the prophecy does not end in gloom, but in great joy and mercy by Yehovah, for His name’s sake, because of His promises to their fathers. He did indeed abandon the godless ones in Jeremiah’s day, but revealed the greatest secret of the last day restoration of all that Yehovah had promised.

“Nevertheless, the time will come when I will heal Jerusalem’s wounds and give it prosperity and true peace. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and Israel and rebuild their towns. I will cleanse them of their sins against me and forgive all their sins of rebellion. Then this city will bring me joy, glory, and honor before all the nations of the earth! The people of the world will see all the good I do for my people, and they will tremble with awe at the peace and prosperity I provide for them.” Jeremiah 33:6-9 NLT

Notice that the “people of the world” will see all the good and tremble with awe! Wow! Did this happen at the return from Babylon? Did it happen when Jesus came? No, and it did not happen for nearly two thousand years after. But in 1948, Israel became a resurrected nation miraculously and is clearly experiencing the promised restoration and favor of Yehovah. Psalm 102 details the last horrible destruction of the Holocaust followed by the “time to favor Zion, yes, the set time has come.” God has certainly turned the page from judgement to mercy! Now we are seeing with our own eyes the fulfillment in process of Jeremiah’s “remarkable secrets.”

“This is what Yehovah says: You have said, ‘This is a desolate land where people and animals have all disappeared.’ Yet in the empty streets of Jerusalem and Judah’s other towns, there will be heard once more the sounds of joy and laughter. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will be heard again, along with the joyous songs of people bringing thanksgiving offerings to Yehovah. They will sing, ‘Give thanks to Yehovah of Heaven’s Armies, for Yehovah is good. His faithful love endures forever!’ For I will restore the prosperity of this land to what it was in the past, says Yehovah.” Jeremiah 33:10-11 NLT

Hallelujah! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for seasonal rains.

Les Lawrence, a 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.





“No Fear” Rally in DC Sunday

7 07 2021

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This Sunday July 11 will see a DC rally to stand with American Jews who have experienced a dramatic rise in antisemitism.

American Jews Still Reeling From Rise In Anti-Semitism After Israel-Hamas Conflict, Survey Shows305. That’s how many anti-Semitic incidents the ADL recorded in May 2021, a 115% increase from the same period last year. This included 190 cases of harassment, 50 cases of vandalism and 11 assaults. 

Hundreds to rally outside US Capitol to protest antisemitism – Titled “NO FEAR: A rally in solidarity with the Jewish people,” the rally will feature prominent activists, leaders, elected officials and victims of antisemitic attacks. “It is time for the Jewish people and our allies to speak out against antisemitism with the many voices in our resilient community,” the rally’s website states. “Our tent is big. We welcome all Zionist, Jewish organizations, and allies. If you believe we have a right to exist in peace and security as a Jewish people both here in the United States and in Israel, then you belong with us.” Among the speakers attending will be Elisha Wiesel, son of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

This current explosion of Jew hatred may have been sparked by the May Gaza war, but is part of a larger trend toward more serious incidents of antisemitism globally against Jews and Israel itself. The Bible warns of this and it points to timing of end-time prophecy.

There is also an historical pattern repeating. Each major persecution of Jews follows a particular Biblical prophecy of Jeremiah of first fishers and then hunters, which I covered in my June 27 blog post. It is important for us as Biblical Zionists to stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers. On the surface it is attacking Jews, but the real hatred is of Yehovah God Himself. Notice the clear target in this passage is Israel, as a way to attack God:

Do not keep silent, O God! ​​Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! ​​For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; ​​and those who hate You have lifted up their head. ​​They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones. ​​They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” ​​For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You:  Psalm 83:1-5

They are His enemies, they hate Him, and the confederacy is against Him! And also remember that the last days persecution in not only aimed at Israel and the Jews, but also against Bible believing Christians. This is more and more evident even from our own government. Choose this day Who you will serve and where you will take your stand. As for me and my house, we stand with Israel and the God of Israel. We may not be able to attend the rally, but we can pray.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and seasonal rains.

Les Lawrence, a voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)

 





54 Years of Love

11 06 2021

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Doreen and I have been married 54 years. Is it okay that I feature our anniversary in my blog post today? We are getting ready for a private anniversary lunch at a favorite restaurant. We always say that we are blessed more than we deserve and we mean it. We fell in love at Berkshire Christian College in October 1964 and were married June 11, 1967. Throughout the years our love has been constant because it was based from the beginning on a simple covenant: “You and me and Jesus!” He has been the center all the way.

“submitting to one another in the fear of God.” Ephesians 5:21

We follow this verse in Ephesians to submit to each other before ever getting to the structural order of husband-wife-children. We submit to Jesus in each other. If Doreen hears from the Lord, that totally trumps my opinion on any matter, and vice versa. We chose over 56 years ago, on our third date, to live by that concept and we have been so blessed beyond words. Many start their teaching about marriage with the next verse about wife submitting to husband, but that will not work unless they previously submit to each other in Jesus.

Our ministry has taken us to ten countries and many states. We have “family” all over the world, especially Kenya and Israel. We have been abundantly blessed with the treasure of three beautiful daughters who love Jesus. They have given us seven wonderful grandchildren who also follow Jesus. We thank God for our godly sons-in-law also.

This is not to say we have not had trials and some hard times, but that our heavenly Father has always been with us. One of our biggest regrets is that we have not been able to impart this marriage key to everyone more effectively. We certainly give Yehovah God all the glory for our love, and we look forward to the years ahead. Our times are in His hands.

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

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Masambu Biography Launched!

6 06 2021

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Living Water Ranch in Challis, Idaho was the location of our book launch for THE SWAHILI MAN, a Village Boy Who Became a Man of God for Kenya and the World. Michael Masambu appeared in live video on Saturday morning at the Arise and Shine Conference. He was not able to get his visa in time. He emphasized Isaiah’s prophecy in chapter 60 that “Arise and shine” was not a suggestion, but a command.

Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of Yehovah is risen upon you… Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy; Isaiah 60:1,5a

It was my honor speak several times and to launch the book. The proceeds from the book will go to Michael’s ministry in Kenya. You may now order it directly in the U.S. The suggested donation is $15.00 per book. The simplest way to order is to send a check, payable to Elisha Vision, to this address: Elisha Vision P.O. Box 1601 Wake Forest, NC 27588. Bulk orders are encouraged. A full case is 68 copies.

Please pray for Michael Masambu’s vision to reach 300,000 young people this Fall in every school in three counties (states) of Kenya. He is also committed to pay school fees for 65 orphans for the entire school year at $200.00 each. Thank you for your prayers and contributions.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for seasonal rains in Israel. Also pray for Israel’s government.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)





Misfires and Irony

27 05 2021

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MISFIRES – This is a chart of the 680 misfired rockets from Gaza that landed in Gaza, no doubt killing their own civilians.

Israel Defense Forces @IDF Fact: Of the 4,300+ rockets that Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired at Israel during Operation Guardian of the Walls, 680 misfired and exploded inside Gaza, killing and injuring their own civilians.

IRONY – Hamas leader’s daughter has been in a Tel Aviv hospital for a month. She is being given life-saving health care the entire time of the Gaza war started by Hamas. Is Israel apartheid? You decide.

Daughter of Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh being treated in Israel Hamas launched 4,000 missiles at Israel, including Tel Aviv, while its leader’s daughter was being treated at a Tel Aviv hospital. The hospital said that she “is one in more than a thousand patients from Gaza and the territories, children and adults, who come for treatment every year at Ichilov Hospital.”

We must continue to pray for wisdom and discernment to recognize the lies and propaganda coming from terrorist groups. Consider the source. The murderous genocidal spirit of Satan is evident in the Hamas Charter which states: “ISRAEL WILL EXIST AND WILL CONTINUE TO EXIST UNTIL ISLAM WILL OBLITERATE IT.”

For your hands are defiled with blood, ​​and your fingers with iniquity; ​​Your lips have spoken lies, ​​Your tongue has muttered perversity. ​​No one calls for justice, ​​nor does any plead for truth. ​​They trust in empty words and speak lies; ​​They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity. Isaiah 59:3-4

Pray for truth along with peace for Jerusalem.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                      (Read more)





Friday Prayers = Riots… WHAT?

22 05 2021

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Cognitive Dissonance – Conflicting illogical thoughts and conclusions is a good definition. The case in point is the typical reaction on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount after “Friday prayers,” when youth pour out of the al Aqsa mosque and commence rioting. Notice the Hamas flags. This was after the ceasefire following eleven days of 4,360 rockets fired at Israeli civilians. Doesn’t anyone notice the contradiction of the headlines such as this one from yesterday, after the Gaza ceasefire:

Palestinians riot on Temple Mount after Friday prayersHundreds of people threw rocks and petrol bombs at police officers who responded at the scene. …Days of unrest at Al-Aqsa during Islam’s holy fasting month of Ramadan…

Yes, it happened also during the entire “holy fasting month of Ramadan.” Does anybody have a problem with the words “prayers” and “holy” being used preceding riots? I don’t think that word means what they think it means. My point is that there is a spiritual source even beyond the political goals. There are those who choose violence and destruction as their way of expressing themselves. We see it in the BLM and Antifa riots in the U.S. also. The real source is Satan himself. When his nature takes over human nature the result always leads to death.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

One more point – Don’t forget that the number one terror supporting nation is Iran, and they are behind the latest Gaza war. Yes, this is the same Iran that is about to receive boatloads of cash and have all sanctions lifted by the Biden administration.

Iran hails Palestinian ‘victory’, warns of ‘deadly blows’ against Israel – Iran, which does not recognize Israel, supports and arms the Islamist militants of Hamas, who rule the Gaza Strip.

Hamas’ Haniyeh vows to destabilize Jerusalem, thanks Iran for support – Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh suggested that Hamas’s current objective is to continue fueling the ongoing violence in Jerusalem, just hours after the ceasefire came into effect.

Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”  John 10:7-9

Pray for the Messiah Yeshua to bring His peace to Jerusalem.

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Now Over 3,500 Rockets from Gaza

16 05 2021

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Hamas rockets from Gaza continue to fall on Israel for one week. This update features excerpts from last night’s Netanyahu speech, courtesy of allIsraelnews.com. Please refer to my last blog post for context. (This is the fourth Gaza war which fulfills Amos 1:6-7.)

Netanyahu vows Israel will respond “until the security of our people is restored” – It has been five days since Hamas brazenly fired rockets at Jerusalem and other Israeli cities in a totally unprovoked attack.

This past week, millions of Israelis were forced into bomb shelters as missiles rained down on our cities. Several Israelis have been killed. Many more have been wounded. You know and I know, no country would tolerate this. Israel will not tolerate this.

Israel has responded forcefully to these attacks and we will continue to respond forcefully until the security of our people is reinstated and restored. We’ve eliminated dozens of Hamas terrorists and taken out hundreds of terrorist sites, including missile launchers and buildings that Hamas used to plan and perpetrate these attacks.

Two nights ago, Israel also seriously degraded the terror infrastructure of Hamas. We knocked out part of the vast subterranean tunnel network that Hamas uses to attack Israel. I want to remind the world that in firing on our cities, Hamas is committing a double war crime. They’re targeting our civilians and hiding behind Palestinian civilians, effectively using them as human shields.

As always, Israel is doing everything possible to protect our civilians and keep Palestinian civilians out of harm’s way. We demonstrated this yet again today when we warned civilians to vacate the building used by the Hamas terror intelligence. They vacated the premises before the target was destroyed and that’s why you don’t hear of casualties from these collapsing terror towers because we take special care to avoid these civilian casualties, exactly the opposite of Hamas. 

SOLIDARITY SUNDAY: As terrorists in Gaza fire 3,000 rockets, tens of millions of Evangelicals heed call to pray for Israelis and PalestiniansI’ve been so encouraged hearing from Christians around the world who are mobilizing others to pray for Jews and Arabs, and to focus on the promises of Psalm 91. As Israel heads into the biblical holiday of Shavuot (Pentecost) this evening, tens of millions of Evangelical Christians are gathering in churches today in the U.S. and around the globe to obey Psalm 122:6 which commands believers to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” and all the people of the Land. Shavuot (Pentecost), also known as the “Feast of Weeks” or “Holiday of First Fruits” commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

How Israel moves Gazan civilians out of the way of attacks on Hamas – Israel uses phone calls and roof-knock munitions to evacuate Gazans ahead of airstrikes. “We select warheads with the necessary lethality to hit those who need to be hit and to reduce the impact on others,” Israeli official explains.

Please read the entire article above (click the blue link) about how Israel systematically avoids civilians as much as possible. Hamas uses civilians as human shields and targets civilians indiscriminately in Israel. The media building also housed Hamas intelligence offices. Hamas uses homes, schools, mosques, and even media locations as human shields. They know that Israel intentionally avoids civilian targets. Pray especially for the poor Gazans who are the first victims of Hamas. This is not about Arabs and Jews. It is about jihad or peace.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ​​“May they prosper who love you. ​​Peace be within your walls, ​​Prosperity within your palaces.” ​​For the sake of my brethren and companions, ​​I will now say, “Peace be within you.” ​​Because of the house of Yehovah our God ​​I will seek your good. Psalm 122:6-9

Pray fervently particularly right now for Jerusalem peace and for seasonal rains.

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1,200 Rockets from Gaza War #4

12 05 2021

THIS. MUST. STOP.

1,050 rockets in 38 hours.

137 rockets in 5 minutes.

At least six Israelis dead. (Two were Israeli Muslim citizens, a father and sixteen year old daughter.)

Over 200 Israelis wounded.

Intentional rocket fire from Gaza is directed at Israeli civilians and cities. When Israel retaliates they carefully seek only military terrorist targets. Yet, the world media describes it as “violence on both sides” as if the motives are equal. Gaza is a terrorist dictatorship targeting civilians who live in the strongest democracy in the Middle East. Israel must defend itself. It is the right of every sovereign nation. Many of the deaths in Gaza resulted from their own rockets (200+) that fell in Gaza, short of their targets in Israel.

We must pray for wisdom for Prime Minister Netanyahu. Pray that he will hear from God. Although the government is in transition, Netanyahu is still PM. If there could be a poll today who do you think Israelis would prefer as PM to handle this crisis? I believe it would be overwhelming for Netanyahu.

“The Gaza Health Ministry, which is run by Hamas, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), has claimed that 53 Palestinians have been killed, including more than a dozen minors, with more than 320 wounded. Those numbers should be met with skepticism because Hamas is a terrorist organization, and thus not credible. Also, many of those who have been killed are terrorists and Israel has cautioned that some of the Palestinians that have been killed lost their lives because they were hit by rockets fired by Hamas.” The Daily Wire

FOUR STRIKES AND YOU’RE OUT!

Prophetically, It is profound that this is the fourth Gaza war. This present Gaza war is called “Operation Guardian of the Walls” by Israel,, and “Sword of Jerusalem” by Hamas. Remember that “Hamas” is an acronym in Arabic, but is an actual Hebrew word that means: “Violence.” It is now in the prophetic timing for the destruction of Hamas and Gaza according to the prophet Amos.

Thus says Yehovah: “For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because they took captive the whole captivity To deliver them up to Edom. But I will send a fire upon the wall of Gaza, Which shall devour its palaces.” Amos 1:6-7

We are in a very serious prophetic window. Now more than ever we need to listen to the Holy Spirit and know the Scripture prophesies. We are close to the coming of the Messiah Yeshua. A season of peace should come before the Ezekiel 38 War, as I have been saying for quite awhile. Stay tuned! And PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and seasonal rains.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                      (Read more)





Abraham Accords Institute of Peace

9 05 2021

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While there has been unrest and riots (see below) in Jerusalem this week, the Abraham Accords are full speed ahead. While many pundits thought the Accords would disappear with the new Administration in DC, the opposite is the case. The Accords have a life of their own, which I believe is from God Himself. While the world careens ominously toward war because of Iran, God is doing something different. He will expand Israel’s land and also bring a season of peace. I have talked much about the necessary peace between the two wars described in Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38. Most prophecy teachers jump ahead to the anti-Christ peace and miss this interim peace that is required before the Gog and Magog war of Ezekiel 38:11. Meanwhile, Jared Kushner is working on that interim peace.

Scoop: Jared Kushner founds “Abraham Accords Institute” – Jared Kushner is founding an organization called the Abraham Accords Institute for Peace, to work on deepening the normalization agreements he helped strike between Israel and Arab countries.

The big picture: The Abraham Accords, signed in September 2020, were arguably Trump’s biggest foreign policy achievement and the biggest breakthrough for relations between Israel and the Arab world for 25 years.

Details: The non-partisan, non-profit organization will have a five-year mandate and be funded through private donations.

  • According to a statement, it will focus on increasing trade and tourism between the five signatory countries — Israel, Bahrain, the UAE, Morocco and Sudan — and developing programs to foster people-to-people connections between the countries.

  • It will also “provide analysis of the benefits of normalization and the potential benefits additional Arab countries can receive if they join the Abraham Accords.” Axios

The riots have been fomented by Hamas and the PLO to take advantage of the convergence of the end of Ramadan and Jerusalem Day in which Israel celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. The trigger for the violence is a relatively minor property dispute between Jews and Arabs explained in the following story.

Sheikh Jarrah: What’s All the Hubbub?Only the Palestinians could convince the world to see a property ownership dispute as an existential crisis. It’s everywhere you look. People around the world who previously had no idea what Sheikh Jarrah even was are now treating the East Jerusalem neighborhood as a cause célèbre. It’s the kind of public relations coup that’s the Palestinians’ forte. No one has died, despite the constant use of the word “bloodshed,” and this isn’t some mass expulsion event, even though it’s being portrayed as such. Israel Today

Iran, Turkey, Hamas, and Hezbollah will diminish leading into this interim season of peace. Yes, Iran and Turkey will lead the Ezekiel war, but not before a very secure peace that allows Israel to feel so secure that they tear down the walls that mar the landscape of the Holy Land. That is the reason the Abraham Accords will succeed. Stay tuned.

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 Messianic Peace of Jerusalem and for seasonal rains.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





The SHIELD of Yehovah

26 04 2021

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A viral photo of an IDF (Israel Defense Forces) soldier shielding a Muslim woman reveals the nature of our God.

An Egyptian, Hussein Aboubakr Mansour, posted this picture and statement on Twitter: “God bless Israel! God bless the IDF! This Ramadan I pray that God opens the eyes or more Muslims to what is really happening there.”

Viral Photo Shows IDF Officer Protecting Palestinian Woman – “As violent clashes again break out across Israel, IDF soldiers are being maligned in the media. But what’s the real picture?

A photo from Hebron has gone viral on social media among both pro- and anti-Israel crowds. It shows a fully-armored Israeli soldier protecting a Palestinian woman with a shield as she crosses the street.

The photo was taken amid Palestinian riots that began last week in Jerusalem and have since spread to Hebron, Gaza and other parts of the country.

It is yet another stark reminder that Israeli soldiers do not hate Palestinian Arabs, nor are they trained to do them harm. Rather, Israeli soldiers are trained to protect life from any and all who would do harm, as demonstrated by this officer.” Israel Today April 26, 2021

Yehovah God Himself is accused of evil, yet He is the Most Holy One. Of course, His enemies would accuse His chosen people of all manner of evil. The truth is seen on the ground in the midst of trouble. Praise God for that soldier showing the real protection of God toward that woman crossing the street. Sometimes the most profound truth is revealed in the most ordinary actions. Propaganda says Israel hates Arabs. The truth is manifest in this simply gesture by an anonymous IDF soldier just doing his job.

“But You, O Yehovah, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to Yehovah with my voice, ​and He heard me from His holy hill. Selah.” Psalm 3:3-4

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

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“The Chosen” is Relational

21 04 2021

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The Kingdom of God is relational. The world system is transactional. This clear contrast is the simplest way I know to express the character of God’s Kingdom purpose in the earth. Now, I want to encourage you to watch “The Chosen” series about Jesus calling His disciples. It is an outstanding portrayal of the RELATIONSHIPS of the disciples with each other and with Jesus. The casting of each disciple and their character development in the story is superb. Most stories of Jesus focus on doctrines and textual faithfulness and are written for Christians. This endeavor is what is called historical fiction. The Biblical facts are the base, but then the back stories of each character are developed with historical context. When I watch it, I am able to vicariously put myself in the accurate context of First Century life.

The Chosen is relational. This is a multi-season series with season one (8 episodes) now available on the internet, with season two being released every few weeks. Season Two, episodes 1-3 are now online. The best way to view these is to download the special FREE app they have offered. You can watch on your phone or computer and even cast it to your smart TV.  Also, DVDs are available. Just go to you App store, search The Chosen, and download. You will thank me! As I write this blog, The Chosen, has been viewed over 131 million times! Here is a link to get you started. THE CHOSEN

“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                (Read more)





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.

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Iran Nuke “Accident”

12 04 2021

Dry Bones Accident in Iranian Nuke Site

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)








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