No Plan B

1 10 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)





Happy Jewish New Year!

28 09 2019

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                 (Read more)





Who Owns the Land of Israel?

24 09 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)

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





Israel Election Deadlock Dilemma

20 09 2019
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Benny Gantz and Bibi Netanyahu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely. They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul. Jeremiah 32:37-41

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)





Israel Good News: Aliyah Rises

7 09 2019

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ALIYAH RISES BY 30%: Jewish aliya (immigration) to Israel rose by nearly 30% in the first half of 2019 over the same period last year. The sharp increase in newcomers, 16,005 arrivals, has been attributed to Russian speakers from countries facing financial problems, nationalism, and crackdowns on civil liberties. The majority of immigrants came from Russia, where aliyah rose by 72% to 7,884 arrivals this year, and Ukraine, which saw a 9% increase to 3,007 immigrants. (JNN)

“I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 43:6

What a day to be alive, to see the scattered captives of Israel returning by the millions in our lifetime. It is truly a resurrection miracle. A nation that was exiled, a language that was dead, and a people without hope, are now growing, blossoming, prospering in their own land. Hallelujah! Yehovah God is faithful.

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





From the River to the Sea!

28 08 2019
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Signs carried and badges worn at the National Demonstration for Palestine in central London on May 11, 2019. (U.K. Campaign Against Antisemitism)

The boycott Israel (BDS) movement (sponsored in Congress by the two Muslim Congresswomen) is not about boycotting Israel. A wave of antisemitism has swept over our college campuses. The main slogan in all the anti-Israel protests is: FREE, FREE, PALESTINE! FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA, PALESTINE WILL BE FREE. That does not define the West Bank or Gaza, it defines Israel. They mean to have a state called Palestine (which does not yet exist and never has existed in history). This state would be “free of Jews” according to PA leader Mahmoud Abbas. BDS means genocide of the Jews.

The problem with their goal is that it directly contradicts the promises of God in the Bible. Their problem is not with the Jews, but with Yehovah God. Please click on this excellent resource for real facts about Israel’s right to the Land.

Remember to keep praying Psalm 83 which clearly identifies their motives. They don’t just hate the Jews, they hate God Himself!

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: … Deal with them as with Midian.  Psalm 83:1-5, 9

You will remember how God dealt with the Midianites with Gideon’s 300. The enemy armies turned and fought and killed one another! 120,000 armed enemy soldiers died, along with their leaders. That is how we should pray in our day about Israel’s enemies, that they would fight each other. Actually, that is really happening right now.

Finally, here is the answer to why God limited Gideon to only 300 men:

And Yehovah said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ Judges 7:2

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more) 

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

 





Grafted In: an Old Testament Concept

20 08 2019
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This is an actual symbol of First Century Jewish believers in Yeshua as the Messiah

Christian believers rejoice in the “grafted in” verse in Romans 11, but what if I told you it comes from God’s prophetic promise to Isaiah? This is developed in depth by Nehemiah Gordon in his video teaching: Minding My Own Business. Seriously, you should watch it. Let’s compare the verses.

But Yehovah will have mercy on the descendants of Jacob. He will choose Israel as his special people once again. He will bring them back to settle once again in their own land. And people from many different nations will come and JOIN them there and unite with the people of Israel. Isaiah 14:1 NLT

The King James says: “strangers will be joined with them”. Nehemiah explains that the Hebrew text comes from a root that literally means “grafted” to Israel. Wow! Here is what Paul says in Romans.

And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. Romans 11:17-18

Romans 11 is a major hinge of history explaining the breaking off of Jewish branches in judgement. That opened the door for the nations to come in, but don’t forget the ultimate event of the Jews being grafted back into their own tree! Hallelujah!

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists               (Read more)








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