Holiday Weight Challenge

17 09 2021

Holy days 5782

This cartoon hits home to me because of the wonderful hospitality I have enjoyed on this present ministry trip to New Hampshire and Maine. The list includes fresh haddock (several times), haddock chowder, two one-pound lobsters (they insisted), home made smoked ribs, pumpkin pie, and don’t forget the Maine black raspberry ice cream cone. Put that all together with less walking than usual and you get my point. Less food – more steps.

We have already observed Trumpets and Rosh Hashanah, followed by Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement. One week from today we begin Sukkot, or Tabernacles. That is one of my favorites because it points to the great heavenly banquet at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb with the Messiah Yeshua Himself! What a glorious day that will be.

And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” Revelation 19:6-9

The word I have been sharing in New England this week is to “Fear not!” because “more are they who are with us than they that are with them.” This has been a theme all summer. We must not give in to fear of viruses, terrorists, storms, or any other attack on our faith. Don’t look at the earthly circumstances. Look to the spiritual realm where Jesus has already won. I am praying for a great final harvest of souls, some of them directly because times are tough. Pray that Yehovah God, our Father will turn the hearts of many toward Him.

So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Yehovah, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then Yehovah opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:16-17

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for seasonal rains. Good news: The forecast is for more rain than normal this winter!

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





Abraham Did Not Know God’s Name

10 09 2021

Hebrew God cover photoWhile researching my book about God’ name, I discovered a fascinating verse in Exodus. Did you know that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did not know the covenant name of God? He appeared to them and spoke with them but did not reveal His name. He was know by them as “God Almighty.” 

And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am Yehovah. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty (El Shaddai), but by My name, Yehovah, I was not known to them. Exodus 6:2-3

Remember that most English translations do not translate His name into English, but rather conform to the Jewish rabbinic tradition of not using His name. However, there is a simple code so you can know when His name, Yehovah, should be used. Every time you see LORD in all capital letters in English versions, the real word in the Hebrew text is Yehovah, His covenant name. How many times is this mistaken translation used (substituting LORD for Yehovah)? In the Old Testament alone His name actually is used 6,828 times. Wow! When you start using His name, a whole new level opens up. Look at the third chapter of Exodus.

Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

15Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘Yehovah God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.” Exodus 3:13-15

In Exodus 3, Moses first learned Yehovah’s name at the burning bush, when God called Moses to go back to Egypt and bring Israel out of slavery. Many are confused because they only read verse 14 which mentions “I Am,” which is a descriptive phrase that means “the Eternally Existent One.” But, the next verse goes on to reveal the name, Yehovah, that appears 6,828 times, but is miss-translated as LORD. This comes from the tradition that Jews substitute “Adonai” which means Lord. Whenever the Hebrew text uses Adonai it is translated as “Lord” with only a the first letter capitalized. Now you know the code. All caps is His real name, and lower case Lord is Adonai. I cannot defend why modern Bible publishers persist in obscuring His literal name, Yehovah. By the way, some say it is Jehovah or Yahweh, but the pronunciation is secondary. Use His name!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain. A small rain shower fell in southern Israel this week.

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.





One Week Till Jesus Comes?

30 08 2021

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That blog title is what is known as clickbait. However, I do have a point. The Fall Feasts of Yehovah start next Monday night on the Jewish calendar, although Biblically it could be the next day or so and not necessarily at sundown.

Confused? Because of several references to Jesus coming at the sounding of the trumpets, I believe it refers to that specific time on God’s calendar. The first Fall Feast is known as Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of trumpets). It is also Rosh Hashana, the new year, 5782.

When Jesus was talking to His disciples about His return, He made an intriguing statement.

“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.” Matthew 24:36 NLT

Most interpret that verse as an absolute conclusion that there is no clue when He will come. However, the Jewish culture at the time of Jesus had a saying about Yom Teruah starting as “No man knows the day or hour.” That is because it starts Biblically at the actual physical sighting of the new moon from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. If it was cloudy you might not see it till midnight or later, or may not until the next night. Thus the saying.

Now, I am not stating a doctrine, just a little food for thought. So, what if Jesus used that common Jewish phrase as a hint, a clue, that He would return during the sounding of the trumpets on Yom Teruah? Even Jesus did not know at that time what the weather would be at His return, but we can know the season.

“…in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:52

I could be wrong, and we should be ready to meet him every day. But, I must say it is just a little more exciting at this time of year. And wouldn’t this be a great year for Him to come? Next week?!

This year also happens to be a Shmita year; when observant Israelis leave their fields fallow (one year every seven) to allow the land to rest and restore its nutrients for better crops the other six years. Some even believe it is a Jubilee year, (although it seems like somebody says that every year).

With all the shaking in the whole earth, wouldn’t this be a good time? Are you ready to meet Him? If it is not, then we we will carry on with His business until He comes.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and rain for Israel.

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





Conspiracy Fear is Wrong

27 08 2021

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Fears that come from conspiracy theories are fundamentally flawed. Whether they come from left or right wing sources, from government, from medicine, or even from Christian sources, if they produce panic or dread, run from them. This post is just a simple appeal based on Scripture.  Don’t think like everyone else!

Ancient Israel was under threat from the Assyrians and God gave Isaiah a crystal clear instruction that applies today.

Yehovah has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said, “Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them. Make Yehovah of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life. He is the one you should fear. He is the one who should make you tremble. He will keep you safe. Isaiah 8:11-14a NLT

The name of Yehovah is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

Don’t think like everyone else! Fear is a spirit, and it is not from God.

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:6-7

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and rain for Israel.

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.





Why Rest One Day out of Seven?

23 08 2021

One of seven

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.

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

 





More are They That are With Us

20 08 2021

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Afghanistan has seized the attention of the whole world. Now more than ever we need to keep our focus on the Heavenly realm of spiritual reality. Last Monday I wrote about the evil nature of man without Jesus. I explained the background of our ministry name from the account of the prophet Elisha when surrounded by the Syrian army. His servant was terrified, but Elisha saw a truer reality than the flesh and blood troops on the ground. He saw that the Syrian army was outnumbered by a heavenly army of chariots of fire. This was my comment Monday: “More are they that are with us than they that are with them. Look into the spiritual realm and see the chariots of fire and the angels of Yehovah God surrounding and outnumbering our enemies. We have read the end of the Book, and we win!”

This applies to the Christians in Afghanistan today. Pray for them. Yes! But, pray with faith. Pray with your eyes on the heavenly reality. Yehovah God is still in total control. According to Joel Richardson of Sheep Among Wolves, the greatest evangelism on the planet is first in Iran, and second in Afghanistan. He says also that the greatest persecution of Christians is North Korea, followed by Afghanistan. You won’t see it on the news. We have to sharpen our spiritual eyes. I pray as Elisha did for his panicked servant, that God would open our eyes to see the chariots of fire and His holy angels.

So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Yehovah, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then Yehovah opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:16-17

Afghani Christians are living in the final Book of Revelation. It is amazing, but true, that Jesus gives supernatural grace at the very time of greatest persecution. Throughout history there are stories of Christians who ask God to let them serve Him even to the death.

From Facebook 8-21-21: “We received news that the underground church in Kabul Afghanistan has been martyred. Our friends have been in contact and met together last night in deep prayer. The last words she spoke was “ we feel your prayers because this supernatural boldness came over us and we were singing in the spirit even the kids said mom we will not deny Jesus. As they were on the phone they heard screaming and gun shots. God is so powerful they went to be with the creator filled with joy. We will be fasting tommorow for the churches still fighting please join.”
 
KEEP PRAYING! Their reward is great. May the enemy encounter Jesus and His love that they repent.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”  Revelation 12:11-12

Pray that persecuted believers will find the supernatural authority Jesus declared, that allowed Him to have peace all the way to the cross. We need not fear man or the devil. Yehovah God has all power and authority.

Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” John 19:10-11

Yes, pray for the Afghani believers, but pray with faith and hope and even joy of the eternal victories being won even now in this present day. I continue to hear loud and strong in the Holy Spirt:

More are They That are With Us Than They that are With Them!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and rain for Israel,

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

 





Which Word Does Not Apply Today?

16 08 2021

Fear not

The whole world is shaking. Time for a reality check. Should we be surprised to see the “perilous times” predicted by Paul the apostle? Consider the contrast between believers and unbelievers. Whether we are thinking of the Taliban or Antifa, or BLM rioters, this is the day Paul saw. In the following list, which does not apply to our culture today?

Men will be lovers of themselves,

lovers of money,

boasters,

proud,

blasphemers,

disobedient to parents,

unthankful,

unholy,

unloving,

unforgiving,

slanderers,

without self-control,

brutal,

despisers of good,

traitors,

headstrong,

haughty,

lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

2 Timothy 3:2-5

On the other hand, this is the day for believers to stand up for God’s Kingdom no matter the personal cost. Jesus said He will never leave us or forsake us. We have a living hope of eternal life with Him and all who love the glorious appearing of the Messiah Yeshua. Come quickly Lord Jesus! But in the meantime, we have a job to do and He is with us.

“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:12-17

Yehovah has provided all we need to be completely and thoroughly equipped. Hallelujah! More are they that are with us than they that are with them. Look into the spiritual realm and see the chariots of fire and the angels of Yehovah God surrounding and outnumbering our enemies. We have read the end of the Book, and we win!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and seasonal rain.

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





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)





Why Are We Called Elisha Vision?

7 08 2021

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Les and Doreen Lawrence have a specific ministry to connect Jewish and Christian believers. We see a prophetic timing in God’s last generation which brings Jews and Christians together as “One New Man” in Jesus (Yeshua). This prophetic merger explains many of the geo-political events of this day, especially in contrast to the rise of radical Islam.

Our task is to help others see this and understand what believers ought to do, thus participating in the fulfillment of His plan.

Our method is by following the example of Elisha who could “see” the spiritual dimension when others could not. We endeavor to open eyes to the fact that “more are they that are with us than they that are with them.” This is primarily working with leaders to provide “seed to the sowers” regarding our critical union with Israel in God’s final purpose of restoration.

Our support for Israel is first and foremost for the eternal purpose of God for His people and His Land through many unconditional promises. Our support begins by standing with the believers in the Land. Many Israelis have come to believe in Jesus as the Messiah. We choose to stand foursquare beside them in these difficult days. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem, knowing that the only true peace is in Yeshua ben Yehovah. We pray for the government, knowing that many of its leaders do not know God, but we believe that God is the one who removes and sets up kings. Jesus died for all men, and we therefore pray for the salvation of all the neighbors of Israel as well, while still recognizing God’s unique prophetic relationship to Israel.

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, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. Ephesians 2:14-16

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Please pray for the peace of Jerusalem and rain for 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.

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





Equality vs Equity

29 07 2021

Dry Bones Woke

You need to know the difference between these two words. I like to talk about “fun with words,” but this issue is not fun. America is under assault from a Marxist “cultural revolution” much like the terrible China revolution under Mao. Manipulation of words through redefinition and confusion is typical. As in the cartoon, there are many new issues being used by the “Woke” culture to divide Americans. I am focusing on just one of those issues.

Equality and equity come from the same root word, equal. But, they have opposite meanings. Today’s Marxists use “equity” because it conflates and confuses the two words. They sound to most hearers like they both mean equal, but here is the difference. Equal refers to “equal opportunity.” Equity refers to “equal outcomes.”

America has always stood for equality. The Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal.” All should have equal opportunity for the American dream. That used to be out of reach for many, but through the years this equal opportunity has expanded exponentially as our nation has matured. New laws freed the slaves, gave them the right to vote and much more. Women who were denied voting rights finally gained that right. My point is that we continue to correct past wrongs, and although we have more to do, we still “have come a long way, baby,” as the saying goes.

Equity, on the other hand, demands (even by force) that all have equal outcomes. All people should have equal shares of wealth, regardless of their effort. This is unbiblical. The Bible teaches personal responsibility and accountability. No wonder rejection of God goes with this “cultural revolution.” Marxism has always been characterized by godless atheism.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7

“For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

Free stuff from the government is not Biblical. With the requirement of responsibility comes the ability to respond. Our laws should be sure to protect everyone’s opportunity for advancement. History is full of rags to riches stories of those from humble beginnings who achieved great things. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina is a great current example. He was on the verge of a life of drugs and rebellion when a Christian owner of a Chick-fil-A restaurant helped him change his life through opportunity to know Jesus and the opportunity to advance at work. In fact, prosperity and liberty are connected to the blessing of God. Faith in the Messiah Yeshua changes all lives for the better beyond color, gender, or other differences.

So, when you encounter the propaganda about equality and equity, remember the distinction between opportunity and outcome.

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

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





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!

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





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)

 





Are Jews Safe in America?

27 06 2021

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It is not yet obvious to most, but the inevitable persecution of Jews in America has begun. The rise of anti-Semitism is well documented, but what does it mean? Yehovah God promised that He would gather the exiles (outcasts) of Israel from the whole world. That includes the United States. Only Israel with seven million Jews has more Jews than America. Around five million still live here, far more than any other country. Yet God is calling them home. Remember the main text of my book, Speak to the Dirt! Ezekiel prophesied their return from all countries.

And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am Yehovah,” says the Lord Yehovah, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. 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. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. Ezekiel 36:23-28

FISHER AND HUNTERS – Notice that it clearly declares they will return from “all countries.” How does He do it? Sadly, there are three stages. First, the call goes out to return. Then God sends “fishers” to fish those out who are ready. But, finally He has to send “hunters” to provoke the stragglers to make the move to the chosen land of Israel.

“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says Yehovah, “that it shall no more be said, ‘Yehovah lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ 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 16:14-16

Pray that American Jews will heed the call and return without the necessity of “hunters.”

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for seasonal 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.





The Fool Says in His Heart…

21 06 2021

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The Fool Says in His Heart “There is no God.” Psalm 14:1

Funny thing about this quote, it is from Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom. It was his response from a reporter after the British Labor Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, had professed his atheism. Further, this exchange was at the G7 Summit last week. Very interesting.

I was delighted to hear of Boris Johnson swimming against the tide during the G7 summit in Cornwall by confirming his belief in God. ITV’s Robert Peston put it to him that Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer had openly declared his atheism, so what did the Prime Minister think? I don’t suppose Robert (or anyone else, including Sir Keir) was ready for the answer ‘Bojo’ gave by quoting the Bible: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’.” (Psalm 14:1) As I have said elsewhere, our words are extremely important, and this is a clear declaration of belief in God, neatly following his Easter comment in which he quoted Jesus as being “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Charles Gardner – Israel Today

You would enjoy reading the rest of the above article which goes on to explain that St. Patrick was Jewish and observed Passover instead of Easter. Also, many Christians were killed by the “Church” for not giving up their Jewish roots. Today, with the rise of anti-Semitism, we see that the ancient evil is still around. 

Pray for all Christians to rediscover our Jewish roots and pray for leaders to boldly confess their belief in God and His Son, Messiah Yeshua. Amen.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for 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.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)





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)





Pray for Masambu travel visa

30 05 2021

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PRAYER ALERT: Next weekend I am speaking with Michael Masambu at Living Waters Ranch in Challis, Idaho. Michael needs a miracle to get his visa to travel from Kenya in time for the conference. We have finished the joint project of writing his biography and the book is being officially launched at the Ranch. Please pray with us that his visa will come through in time. Thank you sincerely, Les

This is a quote from the back cover of THE SWAHILI MAN – A Village Boy Who Became a Man of God for Kenya and the World:

Here is a man who never would have been born and never would have survived childhood apart from God. Michael lives to declare the victory of Jesus, the Messiah to generations of young people searching for their purpose and destiny. One thing Michael taught me was that your birth is not a date on the calendar, but a specific time of history in which one is born to walk out his purpose as a part of God’s plan. This is Michael’s story, living life as an archive of history. It is not so much leaving a legacy as it is living your life in the present, aware of making history. Michael inspires youth to create their own history by connecting to the supernatural flow of God’s eternal purpose.

We believe God has a real plan to use this book for His purpose. Please pray for the book distribution as well as for Michael’s visa.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yehovah, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

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

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)





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.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists               (Read more)





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.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists             (Read more)





“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.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)





Iran Nuke “Accident”

12 04 2021

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

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

Iran says electrical ‘incident’ reported at Natanz nuclear facility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                          (Read more)





All Words Matter

1 04 2021

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

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

Here are two critical examples of why words matter.

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)

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





Have You Been Passed Over?

27 03 2021

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Do you ever feel rejected because you were passed over for a promotion or honor of some kind? That can be devastating, but there was one time when being passed over was great news. Jews and many Christians around the world are observing Passover this week. It remembers the glorious deliverance from Egypt and from slavery. For every true believer it also represents our deliverance from slavery to sin. Before we learn about the Passover lamb and the blood on the doorposts, we PRACTICE sin and lawlessness. And we get pretty good at it. However, when the blood of the Lamb is applied to the doorposts of our hearts, we are set free from the law of sin and death. The Messiah Yeshua died for us, in our place. If we believe in His atonement we are no longer bound to PRACTICING sin. We now PRACTICE righteousness, and even though it is a slow progression, we are being changed.  PRACTICE speaks of intentionally repeating over and over a certain skill (like piano or sports) until you get better and better at it. What are you putting into PRACTICE in your life? It is your choice.

Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice wicked works  With men who work iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies. Psalm 141:4

For the foolish person will speak foolishness, And his heart will work iniquity: To practice ungodliness, To utter error against Yehovah, To keep the hungry unsatisfied, And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. Isaiah 32:6

And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:23

In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:10

We who are believers in the Blood of the Lamb Jesus are rejoicing that the death angel has passed over our house and we are free to practice life and righteousness. Our sins were forgiven instantly, but we choose to practice a whole new lifestyle which is made possible by the blood of the Lamb. This process continues till the Messiah comes and then He will permanently change us for eternity. Hallelujah!

…in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:52

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for seasonal rains. (There was even more rain this week.)

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)





Abraham Accords Update

20 03 2021

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Last week Kosovo and the Czech Republic opened embassies in Jerusalem. This week Netanyahu announced four more countries are close, including Niger, Mauritania, Indonesia, and one other (my guess is Serbia or Saudi Arabia). There will also be more African nations. Last year under President Donald Trump the Abraham Accords began with United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco. The inertia set in motion last year has a life of its own and continues even with negative developments around the world. Jesus prophesied of this day.

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.” Matthew 24:4-7

Notice He said “The end is not yet.” We are certainly in the last days; but there are also certain events still in play before the Messiah Yeshua comes. We are now seeing the Psalm 83 protagonists miraculously making peace and normalization agreements with Israel. This is right on track with prophecy because Israel must enjoy a secure season of peace so profound that they take down the walls that currently exist, especially around Jerusalem. The great Gog and Magog War can only commence at such a time of peace and only because that peace is what triggers the invasion by Turkey, Iran, Libya, and their evil coalition to destroy Israel. The spirit of Amalek never gives up until the Messiah ultimately returns to defeat it.

‘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’— to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land. Ezekiel 38:10-12

It is so remarkable to be alive in these days of clear Biblical prophecy fulfilled nearly day by day. Hallelujah! Stay tuned and fasten your seat belt. I have read the end of the Book, and we win!

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                       (Read more)





God and Congress

5 03 2021

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You may have heard Congressman Jerry Nadler’s quote on the news. Someone on Facebook misquoted it and then fact checkers declared the “misquote” to be false. However, here is the exact quote: “What any religious tradition describes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress.” 

Ironically, the national motto “In God We Trust” appears on the wall of Congress right behind the Speaker’s rostrum. God we trust. Congress? Not so much. The founding fathers believed that Congress itself was birthed by God and derived its authority from Yehovah and the Bible. The influence of our Judeo/Christian, Bible-based form of government is the model for the world. It is quite dangerous for our nation and especially for Congressman Nadler to defy the living God. His unashamed boldness only highlights how far we have fallen. We must pray for mercy for our leaders and our country.

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity; There is none who does good. Psalm 53:1

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7

President Biden ran on the motto of “saving the soul of America,” yet it seems there is a rising rebellion against God that is bolder than ever. In the end, Yehovah God Himself will judge. God’s Son, Jesus, will sit at the judgement seat and separate the sheep from the goats. Now, more than ever, we must be about our Father’s business and share the great news of the salvation of Yeshua ben Yehovah. He saves not only our souls, but our body and our spirit for life eternal with Him at the right hand of God our Father.

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)





Never Again Uprooted

2 03 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)





Iron Sharpens Iron

26 02 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                      (Read more)





If I Perish, I Perish

23 02 2021

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

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

Four Take-aways From Esther’s Courage:

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                          (Read more)





Five Mistakes Caused by FEAR

11 02 2021

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Fear has torment. Many people today live in fear. The worst fears include the Covid pandemic, politics (like the impeachment fiasco), fear of financial ruin, and finally, the fear of death. Yet, to fear is a huge mistake, a major miscalculation of relative threats. Here is a simple chart revealing the five errors made by those who live in fear.

FIVE ERRORS OF FEAR:

  1. Overestimating the power of evil.
  2. Looking at the giants through natural eyes.
  3. Underestimating the power of Yehovah God.
  4. Forgetting our past deliverance.
  5. Forgetting our future reward.

Now, let us look at the five corrections of faith. Reject the mistakes of fear. Look instead to Jesus and to Yehovah God for overcoming faith. Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts. Most people make the mistake of believing their doubts and doubting their beliefs. Have faith in God! For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

FIVE CORRECTIONS OF FAITH:

  1. God is greater than evil. Yes, evil exists, but God has the final victory. Fear overestimates evil. If we are with Him, we win. “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world!” 1 John 4:4
  2. Don’t look at the “giants,” as the evil report of the spies sent by Moses, but look instead at God’s power. Elijah prayed and his servant saw the spiritual angel victory. “Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw.” 2 Kings 6:17
  3. Overestimate what God can do and underestimate Satan. Believe that nothing is beyond God’s ability to heal, provide, save, and deliver. He is able to save utterly. “For with God nothing will be impossible!”  Luke 1:37 
  4. Remember all that God has already done in your life, and give thanks. “Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me,” Isaiah 46:9
  5. When the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future! Jesus paid for our total life eternal. Our future is settled in Heaven. JESUS is the Author and Finisher of our FAITH! “…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                         (Read more)





Muslim Nation Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

2 02 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)

 





King David and the Color Purple

29 01 2021

Purple threads from Solomon

Proof of royalty from the time of King David and King Solomon has been confirmed. This piece of cloth dyed purple is dated at 1,000 BCE and was found at Solomon’s mines in southern Israel. Critics always try to debunk the Biblical accounts, but this is hard evidence. The purple dye comes from Mediterranean snails, and was more valuable than gold. Here is the first Biblical mention (of many) of the purple dye. It is in the instructions given to Moses for the Tabernacle.

Yehovah said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me. And this is the contribution that you shall receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze, blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, goats’ hair, tanned rams’ skins, goatskins, acacia wood, oil for the lamps, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, onyx stones, and stones for setting, for the ephod and for the breastpiece. And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it. Exodus 25:1-9 ESV

Here is another verse that connects the color directly to Solomon’s chariot.

King Solomon made himself a carriage from the wood of Lebanon. He made its posts of silver, its back of gold, its seat of purple; its interior was inlaid with love by the daughters of Jerusalem. Song of Songs 3:9-10 ESV

Ancient cloth with “royal purple” dye mentioned in the Bible discovered – Israeli archaeologists have just announced the discovery of samples of cloth dyed with that specific purple dating to the times of King David and King Solomon.

Who was wearing royal purple at King Solomon’s mines?Archaeologists working in southern Israel find Bronze Age cloth fibers colored with purple dye that was so hard to produce that it sometimes cost more than gold, the first such discovery in Israel or the southern Levant.

Historic discovery provides glimpse into wardrobe of King DavidFor first time, fabric with royal purple from time of Kings David and Solomon found at ancient copper mine.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL ‘BREAKTHROUGH’: TRUE ROYAL PURPLE FABRIC WORN BY KING SOLOMON DISCOVERED IN SOUTH ISRAEL  – What did a fashionable King in Israel wear 3,000 years ago? The color purple as well as red and blue were prominent in their wardrobes.

Every word that God has spoken is truth and will come to pass exactly as He has promised. Be encouraged!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                      (Read more)

 





Circle of Peace Still Alive?

26 01 2021

Ethiopian Jews kissing the ground in Israel

Yes, the circle of peace is alive, not because of political changes, but in spite of the elections. It survives because it is Yehovah Himself who is doing it. Another nation to watch is Ethiopia. Israel has recently admitted another group of Ethiopian Jews as citizens. This is a progressive miracle of several decades. Here are Biblical indications of Ethiopia joining the circle of peace. Following the verses, I have reprinted my post from 10-24-20 which explains why this circle is Biblical and will stand the test of time.

“Envoys will come out of Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.” Psalm 68:31

“In that time a present will be brought to Yehovah of hosts from a people tall and smooth of skin, and from a people terrible from their beginning onward, a nation powerful and treading down, whose land the rivers divide— To the place of the name of Yehovah of hosts, to Mount Zion.” Isaiah 18:7

“For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the name of Yehovah, to serve Him with one accord. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, the daughter of My dispersed ones, shall bring My offering.” Zephaniah 3:9-10

CIRCLE OF PEACE (from 10-24-20) — Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu refers to the snowballing Arab peace agreements as the “circle of peace.” Yesterday Sudan was added to the growing list, soon to be followed by Oman, Morocco, and even Saudi Arabia, as well as others. There are now five Arab nations at peace with Israel. Don’t forget that Serbia and Kosovo also agree to recognize Israel and open embassies in Israel. Kosovo is the first non-Arab Muslim nation to do so. This is truly historic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for the “circle” of peace for Jerusalem and pray for more snow and rain for Israel.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)





Snow in Israel?

23 01 2021

snow in Israel 2

Most people think of Israel as a desert, but Israel has a complete variety of climates. Mt. Hermon is nearly 10,000 feet tall. This week several more inches of snow fell at the Mt. Hermon Ski area in the north part of Israel. There are now 27 inches on the upper slopes. The temperature at the peak of the ski lifts in 24F and 30F at the base. I should admit that they call that “extreme cold.” Okay, I never said Israel has Arctic weather. Occasionally there is even snow in Jerusalem. We were there in February 2015 when they had 10 inches in Jerusalem. But we were in balmy Tel Aviv (45 minutes away) at 60F. Unfortunately, the ski area is closed this week because of the pandemic, but here are some pics.

The Galilee area is almost always warm with date palms and bananas, beautiful green hillsides, and lots of flowers. The lake is nearly 700 feet below sea level. Then, if you travel south to the Dead Sea you will find yourself almost 1,400 feet below sea level in extreme dry conditions and very hot in the summer. The salt content is about ten times normal sea water. No wonder you can float and read a magazine.

The Bible talks about snow directly and indirectly. There are 23 verses with the word “snow.” It directly refers to times of snow, and God asks Job if he has entered the “treasuries” of the snow. But, the other use is comparison, where something is white like snow as with leprosy. But the best comparison is found in Isaiah.

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says Yehovah, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18

Here is the link to all 23 verses in the Bible that mention snow. The forecast is for snow across the U.S. this week, so it is a good time see what the Lord says about snow. Enjoy!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain and even some more snow!

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)








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