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)





Free Money = End of Democracy

19 01 2021

Monopoly for socialists

This statement below is a remarkably accurate observation of the demise of democracies when voters start voting money to themselves. It is a quote from Chapter Eight of my book, Speak to the Dirt! (available in Kindle or soft cover.) What stage of transition do you think the United States is in now?

“More than 200 years ago, while the original 13 colonies were still part of great Britain, Professor Alexander Tytler wrote of the Athenian republic, which had fallen 2000 years earlier: ‘A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves a largesse from the (public) treasury. From that moment on, the majority will always vote for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy and is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From BONDAGE to SPIRITUAL FAITH; from SPIRITUAL FAITH to GREAT COURAGE; from GREAT COURAGE to ABUNDANCE; from ABUNDANCE to SELFISHNESS; from SELFISHNESS to COMPLACENCY; from COMPLACENCY to APATHY; from  APATHY to DEPENDENCY; from DEPENDENCY back again into BONDAGE.” (attributed to Tytler)

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” Matthew 25:31-34

Pray for our nation. Pray for repentance! Pray for the mercy of God and the outpouring of His Holy Spirit on our land.

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                         (Read more)





The Secret Place

16 01 2021

Yehovah

Where is the secret place of safety spoken of in the Bible? Is it a geographical place, like Jerusalem? If it is a secret, how many people really know where it is? Let me share insight to the answer to this puzzle. The answer is hidden in plain sight. A friend this week urged all of us to get serious about Psalm 91. It is such a great encouragement in times of deep trouble, such as the events in today’s political landscape. I would like to touch on just one aspect: the secret place.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. ​​I will say of Yehovah, “He is my refuge and my fortress; ​​My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:1-2

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; ​​I will set him on high, because he has known My name.” Psalm 91:14

Verse 14 explains two reason He protects us. First is because we choose to love Him. Second, we know His name. Let me suggest the secret is connected to knowing His name. His name is Yehovah, the Almighty Creator God, the eternally existent One. His name is above every other name and every other God. Yet, it is even more than simply being aware of His name as a fact of knowledge, it is knowing Him! He desires that we have a relationship with Him. The Kingdom of God is, first of all, relational. It is not about theology or religion, it is personal. When I first met the Messiah Yeshua as my own personal Savior, I was born again. My life began there at that moment with an actual relationship with Jesus. That was also true in an amazing sense when I found a personal relationship with God, the Father Himself. We can walk and talk with Him as with a friend. Have you discovered this secret? Here is another way of saying the same thing.

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

This name, Yehovah, appears in the original Hebrew text over 6,800 times, but is miss-translated as “LORD” every time. Lord is a real word in Hebrew, Adonai, but it is not the name of Yehovah. He certainly is Lord, but there are many Lords in history, yet only one Yehovah. If you see “LORD” in all capital letters in your Old Testament, the real Hebrew word is Yehovah. If you see “Lord,” without all capitals, then the word is Adonai. This is part of the secret hiding place of His name. Start using His name, it will change your life. Some may pronounce it “Yahweh” or other slight variations, but still use it. Use His name. His name is the strong tower. The righteous (through the blood of the Passover Lamb, Yeshua) run into His name, Yehovah, and are safe!

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                          (Read more)





Depression or Rejoicing?

13 01 2021

deer-by-pond

A CHOICE TO REJOICE! – We are living in unthinkable times of hypocrisy and contradictions. There is a pall of sadness and depression over the land. Those of us who have been around a few decades never imagined we would see our beloved country overtaken by Marxist socialist ideology. So, what now?

Believers have sure promises from God. His grace is sufficient. Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us. The Bible is full of comfort for troubled times. But here is one of the best, because it declares that we can choose to rejoice in the worst of times.

“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, ​​and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls— ​​Yet I will rejoice in Yehovah, ​​I will joy in the God of my salvation. ​​Yehovah God is my strength; ​​He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.” Habakkuk 3:17-19

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. ​​My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. ​​When shall I come and appear before God?”  Psalm 42:1-2

This is the time to “come and appear before God.” Are you thirsty for Him? My friend, Bill Taylor, shared a wonderful story recently. It is said that a deer in desperate thirst makes a breathing sound (of panting) that sounds very close to the Hebrew name of God: Yehovah. The “h” sounds in His name are very breathy and I can imagine that a panting deer could make those sounds.

It is also interesting to note the name changes God gave to Abram and Sarai. In both cases He added the “h” sound to their names: Abraham and Sarah! The Holy Spirit is the breath of Yehovah. I pray that we may have the added “h” sound to our lives at this perilous and pregnant time of history. Remember that history is His-Story. God is on the throne and has everything on target for His will to be done, and for His Kingdom to come on this earth, exactly as it is in Heaven. Choose to rejoice!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray and give thanks for Israel rain.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)





Top Cause of Death – 2020

2 01 2021

fetus

FORTY-TWO MILLION BABIES DIED, globally, from abortion in 2020. That’s 42.7 million deaths from abortion killing babies in the womb, the safest place for the baby to grow and live. Compare that to 1.8 million who died from Covid 19. Did the world lock down because of abortion?

Abortion Leading Global Cause of Death in 2020 with 42.7 Million Killed – Globally, there were more deaths from abortion in 2020 than all deaths from cancer, malaria, HIV/AIDS, smoking, alcohol, and traffic accidents combined, according to Worldometer statistics.

Does the Bible say anything about life in the womb? Of course it does.

“For You formed my inward parts; ​​You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; ​​Marvelous are Your works, ​​And that my soul knows very well. ​​My frame was not hidden from You, ​​When I was made in secret, ​​And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. ​​Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. ​​And in Your book they all were written, ​​The days fashioned for me, ​​When as yet there were none of them.”  Psalm 139:13-16

“Then the word of Yehovah came to me, saying: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”  Jeremiah 1:5

For a longer list check out the page from Focus on the Family.  Pray for deliverance from this scourge on the earth. Pray for the 48th annual March for Life in the United States which will take place in Washington, D.C., on January 29, 2021.

Doreen and I pray that you will be blessed by the Holy Spirit of the living God Yehovah and His Son Yeshua this new year of 2021. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and rain in Israel.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)





The Misty Flats – A Choice

28 12 2020

Fear not

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

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

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




Merry Christmas, Timing is Everything

25 12 2020

Christmas 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain!

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)





Why is Hanukkah Happy?

12 12 2020

Dry Bones Hanukkah 2020

We are in the eight days of Hanukkah and many have no idea of the meaning, even though it is in the New Testament. The simple definition is “dedication.” That is how you discover it in John’s Gospel. You may be surprised to learn that Jesus observed this holiday.

“Now it was the FEAST OF DEDICATION in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” John 10:22-24

Hanukkah is called the Feast of Dedication for a reason. About 150 years before Jesus came, the Greeks desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem and were going to destroy it. The Jew defeated them under Judas Maccabee, but then needed to rededicate the Temple. The special nine-candle menorah, called a Chanukkiah, commemorates that great victory.

In the year 168 BCE, the Temple in Jerusalem was desecrated and renamed for the Greek god Zeus. Antiochus had outlawed Judaism, banning the observance of Shabbat and holidays. He set up altars to Greek gods in the Temple, and gave Jews a choice that unfortunately would become familiar in future centuries: Convert or die. The Maccabees decided to resist instead — and won, despite facing overwhelming odds. Forward.com

Jewish tradition tells us they had only enough oil for one day, but needed eight days to consecrated more oil. Thus the miracle of the oil lasting eight days. Yet, the real miracle was the defeat of the Greeks. So, they have eight candles that are lit sequentially each day. But what about the ninth candle? The Jews call it the servant candle, used to light the others. What an amazing revelation for Christians of Jesus who is called the servant-king and is the light of the world!

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

There is one more thing about the context of Jesus in the Temple for Hanukkah. They asked Him if He really was the Messiah to tell them plainly. A bit further down in John 10, the answer comes when He says he told them and they did not believe, and ends the paragraph with this declaration:

I and My Father are one.” Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. John 10:30-31

They did not kill Him this time. It was one of half a dozen times they tried to kill Him before His time. But why? They considered it blasphemy to equate Himself with God. The reason they drew Him into declaring as the Messiah was so they had an excuse to kill Him. Yet, that would only come in the appointed manner and time of God’s own choosing.

I hope you see the value as a Christian to lighting the Hanukkah candles. Yes, we identify with our Jewish roots, but more importantly we worship and proclaim Jesus as the Son of God, Yeshua ben Yehovah!

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                      (Read more)





Endowed by the Creator

9 12 2020

Declaration of Independence

This is bigger than the Biden gaff, where he famously fumbled “endowed by the Creator” and instead said: “the thing, you know, you know, the thing.” There is a war in the heavenlies between forces of darkness and the light of Yehovah God shining through His Son, Yeshua. Anti-God folks also like to leave out “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. This is intentional, not accidental. Their beef is with God Himself. The current leftist anarchists attempting to overthrow the government echo the same motive we find in Psalm 83 where the attack against Israel is really the rejection of Yehovah.

“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

Notice the words in bold emphasis. They try to destroy Israel because they can’t reach God, but it is He that they hate. In the foundation of the United States we have the Declaration of Independence. The context is critical. The fresh new country being established was directly opposing the “Divine right of Kings,” which was their issue with England and necessitated the “separation” from the monarchy. Thus, belief in God and His impartation of “certain inalienable rights” was the background producing this declaration. Please consider carefully the Declaration’s references to God in the first two paragraphs. (I have added numbers to emphasize the five self-evident truths.)

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident,

  1. that all men are created equal,

  2. that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,

  3. that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–

  4. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —

  5. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. National Archives

Now this brings us to the responsibility of free speech. By this I mean our necessary speech when government seeks to limit our God given rights. This is the over arching authority of God. When possible we submit to rule and authority of man with the understanding that they are ordained by God. But when the authority requires us to disobey God, we must disobey the authority. Free speech is not free if we are told not to preach. Here is the clear Bible basis for civil disobedience.

So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:18-20

Pray for our nation, speak the truth without fear of man. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray for Israel’s seasonal rains to come in abundance.

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





2020 Zionist Story – Kissing the Ground!

4 12 2020

Ethiopian Jews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                                    (Read more)

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





Let it Rain!

27 11 2020

We have been praying for rain according to Zechariah 10:1 for Israel and our prayers are being answered. Thanks be to Yehovah, the faithful God of Israel, that even with the flooding there are no deaths reported.

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

Massive Increase in Lightning Strikes Across IsraelHeavy rains bring flooding, in addition to welcome increase in Sea of Galilee water level.

Wettest November since 1994 causes flooding, damage in coastal cities – Storms expected to let up over the weekend.

“Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there has been no latter rain. You have had a harlot’s forehead; you refuse to be ashamed.” Jeremiah 3:3

Blessing or Judgement? – Giving or withholding rain is a sign that God uses to let us know our condition before Him. We may complain about the flooding, but it sure is better than drought. Israel is in restoration, which is why I have faith that the rains are being restored. One specific sign of the last days is the promise that the desert will blossom like a rose. That is happening on a very small scale through irrigation, but the real blessing comes with the restoration of full scale seasonal rains that will cause the seeds in the desert to sprout and grow and produce fruit. Hallelujah!

“The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; ​​It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing. ​​The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellence of Carmel and Sharon. ​​They shall see the glory of Yehovah, the excellency of our God.” Isaiah 35:1-2

Keep praying for seasonal rains in abundance and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists               (Read more)

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





Israel + Saudi Arabia = Peace?

23 11 2020

Neom meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEOMAN ACCELERATOR OF HUMAN PROGRESS

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                 (Read more)

 





Fear God MORE

17 11 2020

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Do you fear death? Do you fear the future? Do you fear man or the devil? The only antidote is to fear God more. It may sound odd, but I am not saying be in terror of God, but respect and revere Him above all. A major life verse for me is found in the story of Elisha, (thus, Elisha Vision Ministries). When they were surrounded by the Syrian army, Elisha’s servant was afraid until Elisha spoke.

So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 2Kings 6:16

No matter how bad it looks MORE are they that are with us! Don’t fear. God is in control. He is greater than any adversary.

I’ve been in Daniel 2 a lot lately and heard a word from Yehovah. Last week I shared this quote:

That night the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven. He said, “Praise the name of God forever and ever, for He has all wisdom and power. He controls the course of world events; He removes kings and sets up other kings.  He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars. He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though he is surrounded by light.” Daniel 2:19-22 NLT

But, I heard more this week about the courage of Daniel and his three friends (the ones in the fiery furnace). They refused to bow or submit to the authority of the King because they served a higher authority, Yehovah God. My prayer is that for the sake of our nation and God’s purpose for America, we need Daniels to stand up and be counted for Yehovah and His Son, Yeshua. We must stand for the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Prayer is our greatest weapon.

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT

Pray for the President, for America, and for the peace of Jerusalem! Also pray for seasonal rains in Israel.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





Covid 19 Help from a Llama

13 11 2020

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There is a very encouraging story from Jerusalem that has received little notice in America news. Wally the llama lives in Massachusetts, but analysis of his antibodies was conducted in a Hebrew University lab in Jerusalem.

Wally the llama’s antibodies, analyzed in J’lem, may help millions through COVID – They are highly potent,” says Israeli researcher who scrutinized the Massachusetts llama’s ‘nanobodies’ to pave the way for an inhaler intended to help patients fight virus.

Antibodies from a single llama that were analyzed in a Jerusalem lab could be replicated and help “millions” of coronavirus patients, scientists say.

Dina Schneidman-Duhovny of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has examined the qualities of dozens of antibodies from a llama called Wally and identified which would best fight the coronavirus in humans.

The best candidates have been tested in vitro by her US-based colleagues with live coronavirus and human cells, and appear to significantly reduce the virus’s ability to infect cells.

As the llama antibodies are much smaller than human antibodies — they are often dubbed “nanobodies” — they are simpler and cheaper to replicate artificially. Researchers say they would not need to be taken intravenously, unlike human antibodies, and could be dosed via an inhaler, which is already being developed for clinical testing. (TOI / VFI News)

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

God continues to use Israel to be a blessing to the whole world. Thank you, Jesus!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for abundant seasonal rain. Also continue to pray for merciful and righteous judgement for the U.S. election.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)





America’s War with America

27 10 2020

 

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American Presidential election 2020, and the whole world is watching.

We are in the final week of the chaos election. I don’t need to list examples. But this cartoon really captures a profound reality. The American republic with 231 years of representative government, is at war with the utopian socialist dreams of actual Marxists. They dominate media, the Democrat Party, and public education. I am not saying all people in those categories are Marxists. I am saying they are dominated by Marxist theory. 

Similarly, the other side, while not largely Christian or Jewish, is highly influenced by the historic American heritage based on the Judeo/Christian standard derived from the Bible. In a certain sense we see ideas that have worked amazingly well for centuries strongly resisted by those who hold ideas that have never worked in practical application.

In the vast middle we have people who do not hold either idea intentionally. They go along with various winds of social change that appeal to random feelings at the time. That is why media is so powerful to influence the masses. The only defense against this onslaught is to think for yourself. Be well read, especially in history and Bible knowledge, which was normal for not only our founding fathers, but their families and indeed the wider population.

And oh, by the way, there is one other antidote. VOTE!

This election is in Yehovah God’s hands. He has the final say. However, in our republic, He will hold us individually accountable for our vote. The America of history is always “we the people.” God is on the throne, but He uses each of us in His Plan. We each have a place, a roll to fulfill, even as simple as one vote. I encourage you to read all of Revelation 5 at the link below.

He stepped forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the one sitting on the throne. And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song with these words: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth.”  Revelation 5:7-10 NLT

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





What are you voting for?

21 10 2020

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I voted for the First Amendment and freedom of speech.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I voted for secure borders and legal immigration.

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

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

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

I voted to fight against human/child trafficking.

I voted for Freedom of Religion.

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

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

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

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

What are you voting for?

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





American Jewish Test

17 10 2020

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The 2020 U.S. election poses a serious test for American Jews. Will they choose to stand with their historic relationship with Yehovah, God of Israel, or follow secular gods of man? This election is a clear choice between the party that stands with Israel and the one that opposes just about every Biblical standard of holy life and purpose.

There is a little known passage in Ezekiel that refers to America in a profound warning. All believers need to consider God’s revelation about American Jews in these verses.

“What you have in your mind shall never be, when you say, ‘We will be like the Gentiles, like the families in other countries, serving wood and stone.’

“As I live,” says the Lord Yehovah, “surely with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you. I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead My case with you face to face. Just as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you,” says the Lord Yehovah.

“I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant; I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they dwell, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am Yehovah.” Ezekiel 20:32-38

There is so much to say about this passage, but I will just do a simple list.

  1. They are always tempted to “be like the other nations,” but this is not God’s plan.
  2. God scattered them among the nations.
  3. God will bring them out of those nations, not initially to Israel, but to “the wilderness of the peoples,” which I believe is America.
  4. God will plead with them “face to face” as He did in Egypt, which speaks of direct intervention.
  5. He will cause them to “pass under the rod” which speaks of separation of two types as in the story of Jacob and Laban.
  6. He will separate the rebels who sin against Him.
  7. The rebels will not be allowed to move to Israel.
  8. Those who know and love Yehovah God will move to Israel.

Two different Jewish tribes choose different candidates – Many liberal Jews still care deeply about Israel and its security, but it is not their top priority.

Editor of Israel Hayom: American Jews should vote for TrumpArutz Sheva interiewed editor of Israel Hayom Boaz Bismuth who called on US Jews to help re-elect ‘the best President Israel has seen’.

70% of Jews plan to vote for Biden, Pew study finds27% of American Jews plan to vote for President Trump, new poll finds, up slightly from 2016.

So, my conclusion is that this election is the beginning of this process of God’s separation. I steadfastly believe that Yehovah is speaking directly “face to face” by His Holy Spirit to each Jew in his/her heart. They will choose either to follow Him or to rebel.

By the way, I also believe this same principle applies to Christians. This is crunch time in history. Multitudes are choosing whether to serve God or man. Choose wisely, eternity is on the line.

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of Yehovah is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)

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





Do. Not. Faint.

13 10 2020

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My last post was Do. Not. Fear. Today let’s take it up a level. Do. Not. Faint. You have overcome fear by your faith that God’s got this. Now is the time to buckle up and push forward. I know it’s been a long year getting to the most important election of our lives. Louisiana Senator Kennedy said if 2020 would just slow down a bit, he “would get off and walk.” Make no mistake, we are in big time spiritual warfare. Candidate Biden says he is fighting for the soul of the nation. But we are standing for the Spirit of America, which was founded on Biblical Judeo/Christian values and principles. This was always taught in our schools until recent history. It may sometimes appear that we are losing the battle, but Yehovah has the final say. I do not believe He is done with the United States. I don’t think God raised up Trump to stop halfway. Bible believers are awakening all over the country.

Here are four reasons God is not finished with the United States yet:

  1. We and this Administration are faithfully standing with Israel.
  2. There are yet millions of true Christians “who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Sixty million abortions is more than enough evil to deserve righteous judgement, but God moves on behalf of the righteous believers who love and follow His Son, the Messiah Yeshua Jesus.
  3. The Bible says if we cast our bread (Jesus) on the waters (nations), it will return to us. This nation has cast the bread of life like no other in history. God is merciful and faithful to keep His promise to bless us.
  4. We are seeing deep personal repentance because of these great trials, and also a national turning back to God. Haters are louder than ever, but God’s people are speaking out more than in a long time. You even hear it from the President and other officials. Even believers from the media are more open about their faith.

Therefore, we must not give up, don’t quit now; we are too close to the victory. Lift up your eyes to the heavens where our help comes from. Hear the Word of Yehovah!

“When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for Yehovah your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt. So it shall be, when you are on the verge of battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people. And he shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart FAINT, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for Yehovah your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’” Deuteronomy 20:1-4

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow WEARY while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:7-10

Have you not known? ​​Have you not heard? ​​The everlasting God, Yehovah, ​​The Creator of the ends of the earth, ​​Neither FAINTS nor is WEARY. ​​His understanding is unsearchable. ​​He gives power to the weak, ​​And to those who have no might He increases strength. ​​Even the youths shall faint and be weary, ​​And the young men shall utterly fall, ​​But those who wait on Yehovah shall RENEW their strength; ​​They shall mount up with wings like eagles, ​​They shall run and NOT BE WEARY, ​​They shall walk and NOT FAINT. Isaiah 40:28-31

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain, pray for national repentance, and pray for our election.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)

 





Do. Not. Fear.

7 10 2020

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Why is such a simple idea so hard for some? We live in a day dominated by fear, not fear of a pandemic, but a pandemic of fear. DO. NOT. FEAR. Why is such a simple idea so hard for some? This basic Bible admonition is seemingly impossible for many. The answer is that we have moved so far from FAITH that we are ruled by fear. Those who read their Bible and practice their faith in Yehovah God, find the release valve from all the gloom and doom now living in the media. 

When President Trump said “Do not fear Covid” this week, he was not ignoring the virus, he was declaring the Bible way of overcoming. For many, it is a real battle, and many succumb to fear. The media and some leaders even shame you if you do not cower before the virus. “We’re all going to die! The sky is falling!” Yet, the data is in. 99.9% of people under 65 will live and not die. 95% of those over 65 will live. Is it serious? Of course, but not as bad as the initial projections of 2.1 million U.S. deaths. We have seen one-tenth of that. Be encouraged that you and your loved ones will make it through. If you are a Christian, even if you die, you look forward to eternity with Jesus.

Faith is not a crutch, as critics claim, it the very foundation upon which we stand. Trusting our holy God really does shield us from the fiery darts of fear.

“In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.” Ephesians 6:16 NLT

“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

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

Our Father God has sent His Son, Yeshua (Jesus), to show us His unfailing love and bring us into His perfect peace (shalom, shalom). Believers need to stand up in faith and overcome fear. Have mercy on us O Lord!

(Disclaimer: I am not against masks and distancing as a practical matter. We show our Christian love and respect for others in so doing. However, be sure that love is your motive and not fear.)

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for the coming rainy season.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                 (Read more)





Amy Means Beloved

3 10 2020

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Should we always demand justice? I have a few words today about justice in general and Amy Coney Barrett in particular. Yes, I know the President has the virus, but I trust the Lord to raise him up. The Supreme Court vote is even more critical now.

Since we have a daughter named Amy, I know that the name means “beloved.” But I believe the Lord spoke to me that He has a special love for Amy Coney Barrett and that she has been raised up for this hour like the Bible hero Esther.

“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?” Esther 4:14

Should we always demand justice? To answer the question simply: No. The world today is clamoring for “justice” and they do not know what they are demanding. The Bible is clear that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Also, that “the wages of sin is death.” (See Romans 3:23 and 6:23). Therefore, when we demand justice we demand death. May I suggest that it is better to ask for mercy and forgiveness which has been offered to all through the blood sacrifice of Yeshua the Messiah as the Lamb of God.

Sometimes, after explaining this, I ask an audience to raise their hands if they want justice. Then I ask how many want mercy. Of course it is unanimous for mercy, when put that way. I only wish we could get through to the confused protestors about the mercy of Yehovah God.

Yet, in society there must be swift judgment for evil doers. That is where our court system comes into play. We need righteous justices to rule according to our constitution and our Judeo/Christian Biblical heritage. Please pray for Amy Coney Barrett’s soon confirmation.

And pray for the peace of Jerusalem and rain in season in Israel.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                 (Read more)





Beyond Politics

29 09 2020

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The world is about to focus squarely on the first U.S. Presidential debate, but what should we look for? The pundits blab incessantly about style or bloopers or personality, but they are wrong. The only consideration is the clear substantial differences in the future policies of the candidates and their party platforms. In my lifetime there has never been a greater gap in moral/immoral and Biblical/anti-Biblical issues.

The chart I posted does not emphasize strongly enough the most important Biblical/moral points:

  1. The Republican party is pro-Israel. Need I list President Trump’s actions?
  2. His party is pro-life.
  3. His party is pro-marriage and family on the Biblical model.
  4. His party is pro-freedom of religion.
  5. His party is pro-constitution, which is based directly from our Biblical Judeo/Christian heritage. Three supreme court justices!

President Trump’s most effective slogan: Promises Made. Promises Kept. He is in pretty good company there…

Understand, therefore, that Yehovah your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands. Deuteronomy 7:9 NLT

You may mistakenly believe I am being political. But I am not choosing by party, but by policy. My belief is that if any sincere Christian prays about Biblical values and compares the two opposite platforms, he or she will easily conclude which is truly Bible based. Please rise up and vote according to your own Bible and your listening to the Holy Spirit.

Also, did I mention that I am voting for Dan Forest for North Carolina governor? He is a friend, a lover of Israel, and a solid Christian family man with impeccable qualifications to lead our state.

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)





The Other “F” Word

4 09 2020

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There are few more vile words in the English language than the “F” word. No need to expound on its many manifestations. Suffice it to say that it is ungodly, immoral, disrespectful, hurtful, profane, and ignorant. This was the kind of thing the Bible warns us to avoid.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.” Ephesians 5:8-12

THE OTHER “F” WORD – While it is human nature to strike out or strike back at others, Jesus has a better way: FORGIVENESS is the best antidote to offense, anger, and even hatred. We are quite familiar with “70 X 7,” but do we actually practice it?

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-22

The vile “F” word brings only separation, but forgiveness brings healing. Our modern profane and rebellious culture cannot be healed by one side winning, but through forgiveness. This is not possible in the natural man, but only through Jesus and our Judeo/Christian heritage.

God’s forgiveness does not ignore sin, but rather faces and acknowledges it. Repentance means more than saying: “I’m sorry,” but goes a step further to say: “I was wrong!” That is where we find healing and forgiveness.

As we pray for our nation, let us remember this great principle and pray fervently for forgiveness.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Yehovah, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance. Psalm 33:12

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for our nation.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)

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

 

 





Psalm 83 War, with a Twist

1 09 2020

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For several years I expected a war to end the conflict described in Psalm 83 which started with the invasion against Israel in 1948 by the Arab Legion. The confederacy formed of modern Arab nations are exactly the nations listed in the Psalm by their ancient names.

However, it now appears that it may not end with a war, but with the recognition of Israel and peace between Jews and Arabs. That is quite a twist. This direction is provoked by the threat of Iran (which is Persian and not Arab) and their proxies against the Arab states. The recent agreement between Israel and the UAE  (United Arab Emirates) is a fresh indication. Other Arab states may soon join in the fun.

Gog and Magog? Do not look for Ezekiel 38 anytime soon. Israel must be living in such secure peace that they tear down all walls they have built as separation from the Arabs in recent years. Thus, the season of peace before the Gog and Magog war.

“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 the bolded words above which unequivocally describe conditions that simply do not exist today in Israel. Therefore, the next prophetic event is not war with Iran, but an extraordinary (and surprising) peace.

For several years I have said that Iran must diminish; and we are now seeing it happen. Expect more examples of this to come soon. Even Hezbollah and Hamas will fade, as hard as that is to imagine. This is God’s work, using Donald Trump and Bibi Netanyahu.

The recent explosion in Beirut exposed Hezbollah’s evil plots and is the beginning of the end of Hezbollah. They have been denied much of their support from Iran because of Iran’s financial collapse from the U.S. sanctions and other internal problems. Recently, with great bravado, the head of Hezbollah threatened to kill an Israeli soldier for each of his lost fighters. But the next day Israel bombed Damascus killing Hezbollah members, calling their bluff. They do not want a war right now in their time of weakness and turmoil in Lebanon.

Five Iranian-backed militia killed in Syria in alleged Israeli air strike Hizballah has threatened to kill an Israeli soldier for every fighter who loses his life in an IDF attack in Syria, but so far missed its aim in three attempts.

So, we watch and pray. Yehovah, God of angel armies, is not deterred by any geo-political events. God said the land is given to Israel, all of it. Nothing will prevent the exact fulfillment of His promise, in which He raised His hand in an oath.

Therefore thus says the Lord Yehovah: “I have raised My hand in an oath that surely the nations that are around you shall bear their own shame.But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come. Ezekiel 36:7-8

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists               (Read more)

 





The Light is Inside!

28 08 2020

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There’s a lot of talk about light and darkness these days, but did you know you carry the light inside? Many believe that we reflect the light of God. But that is not what the Bible teaches. The light is inside us! One of my favorite revelations is in Isaiah 60. Of course, it literally applies to the last days’ restoration of Israel, but is also true of all true believers in Yeshua, including us former Gentiles who are grafted into Israel spiritually.

Look at the many mentions of various words signalling the LIGHT of God’s glory that dwells inside us as believers. (Emphasis mine.)

Arise, shine; ​​For your light has come! ​​And the glory of Yehovah is risen upon you. ​​For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, ​​And deep darkness the people; ​​But Yehovah will arise over you, ​​And His glory will be seen upon you. ​​The Gentiles shall come to your light, ​​And kings to the brightness of your rising. ​​“Lift up your eyes all around, and see: ​​They all gather together, they come to you; ​​Your sons shall come from afar, ​​And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. ​​Then you shall see and become radiant, ​​And your heart shall swell with joy; ​​Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, ​​The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. Isaiah 60:1-5

You will become RADIANT! Not “reflective.” The light is inside! I like to say that when we come into a group of people with unholy, demonic spirits, the demons cower instantly because they see the blinding light of God. It is not visible to the natural eye, but it is real. So, why do we fear? Why are we insecure? The glory of God shines from within us. The devil fears the LIGHT.

Now, read it again and notice the personal pronouns “you” and “yours” packed into just five verses (although it continues in further verses). This is the promise of those who walk with the Living God and His Son, Jesus!

Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of Yehovah is risen upon you.For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But Yehovah will arise over you,And His glory will be seen upon you.The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you;Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. Isaiah 60:1-5

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

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works IN US, Ephesians 3:20

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)





Trump, Israel’s ‘Greatest Friend

25 08 2020

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Among the world leaders, President Trump is far ahead in his steadfast support of Israel as America’s friend and best Mid-East ally. Since we are in the Republican National Convention week, it is timely to highlight the proof of Trump’s clear record on Israel compared to the weak Biden position.

Here is a great summary of the proof from Deborah Danan, an Israel-based correspondent for Breitbart News. Please check out her full article (with links) backing up this list.

1Recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli Capital

2. U.S. Embassy Transfer

3Cutting Aid to the corrupt U.N.’s Palestinian Refugee Agency

4. Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights

5.  U.S. No Longer Deems Settlements Illegal

6. Executive Order Against Antisemitism 

7. The Importance of the Comma in Middle East Policy

8. Cutting U.S. Aid to the Palestinian Authority over its Pay-for-Slay Scheme

9. Combating BDS Act

10. Pro-Israel House Resolutions

11. Nixing the Nuclear Deal with Iran

12. Brokering Peace Deals Between Israel and Arab Countries

As we prepare to vote, we need to ask for Holy Spirit confirmation of which choice lines up with the Bible. Soon, I plan to present a comparison of the other policy differences of the two candidates on simple Scriptural grounds. Please keep praying for our country that we will fit into Yehovah’s plan for us and for Israel.

When you pray for Israel there is a boomerang effect (Genesis 12:2-3). If you bless Israel,  you are blessed, and the same with the curse. But, this is a principle, not a magic wand.

But Yehovah said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. Yehovah doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but Yehovah looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT

So, we pray for God’s will in our election. And, pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists,              (Read more)





Kenya for Israel 2020

21 08 2020

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

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

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

WHY Pray for Israel?

HOW to Pray for Israel

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

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

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Antidote for Media Lies

18 08 2020

Mustard SeedBRAINWASHED is an interesting term. It is an oxymoron. It means the opposite of how it sounds. In reality, if you are brainwashed, you are brain-dirtied, not washed. You have been fed so many lies that you believe the lies and don’t recognize truth anymore. Propaganda is the tool of the brainwashers/dirtiers. Politicians use it all the time. Media formerly existed to hold leaders to account for lies and propaganda. But what happens if the media is biased to the point of blurring the truth in favor of a preferred agenda or narrative? What is the antidote? Connect to the source of absolute truth through faith in God and the Messiah Jesus/Yeshua.

Jesus gave us His antidote as He taught about the vine that bears much fruit. His word makes us clean. Examine every report by comparing it to the words of Jesus.

“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” John 15:3

Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church expands on the same theme.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,” Ephesians 5:25-26

Hearing the voice of God through Jesus results in a true brain “washing.” Truth is the antidote to lies. Jesus said His sheep would hear His voice and not follow any other voice.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  John 14:6

Let us learn to listen and take the antidote whenever we are confused by conflicting reports. Absolute truth does exist. It is a Person! Let Him wash you with His eternal words of life.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the fulfillment of God’s purpose.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists               (Read more)





Israel’s New Peace Treaty?

13 08 2020

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press statement at the PM’s office in Jerusalem, on August 13, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90 

Major breaking news today that Israel and UAE United Arab Emirates have made peace after 72 years of declared war from 1948. What does this mean? Is it good or bad news? For over a year I have maintained that Israel must enter a time of peace before the great Gog and Magog War of Ezekiel 38. Here is why…

“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’— Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord Yehovah: “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it? “ Ezekiel 38:11 & 14

Notice the underlined words: unwalled, safely, without walls, neither bars nor gates, and safely. Five points of emphasis that require concluding that this war is still future. Israel is not dwelling safely without walls today. They must enter a time of peace before the Gog and Magog war.

Therefore, I believe this new peace agreement is good. The downside is that Israel will suspend extending sovereignty into Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley, which the world calls the West Bank. More Arab states will soon follow, even Saudi Arabia. A further look at Ezekiel 38 reveals that these states are not listed among Israel’s enemies at that time.

My prayer is that the suspension of sovereignty will be short-lived. Even so, it will probably not happen before the US election. Pray that our pro-Israel President will still be in office to carry out Israel gaining more of the Promise Land.

Here are the details from the news FYI:

Trump announces ‘Historic Peace Agreement’ between Israel, UAE – United Arab Emirates and Israel agree to ‘full normalization’ of diplomatic relations

Jared Kushner: ‘Israel won’t move forward with sovereignty till time is right’Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner responds to Netanyahu’s vow to apply sovereignty, confirms sovereignty plan suspension is ‘temporary’.

Hailing ‘new era with Arab world,’ Netanyahu vows others will follow UAE’s lead –  Touting ‘full and formal peace’ with advanced, innovative Gulf nation, PM says Israelis will soon be flying direct to Abu Dhabi; insists annexation plan is only temporarily halted.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)

 





Turkey and the New Ottoman Empire

8 08 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                (Read more)





Extending Israeli Sovereignty

4 08 2020

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There is a Divine order to this historic decision. It is the key to President Trump’s reelection for sure, but the Israeli Prime Minister must act first. This was made clear by the U.S. Secretary of State: Pompeo: Sovereignty is Israel’s decision to make

July 1 was the date Israel was permitted to extend sovereignty to the Jordan Valley, Judea, and Samaria. The world calls it the “West Bank.” Yet, Israel failed to proceed for unclear reasons. The popular excuse was that the U.S. wanted to slow down because of the virus. I wrote about this in my July 2 post: Delay Israel Sovereignty: a TEST?

However, the ball is now in PM Netanyahu’s court. He needs to take the initiative to bring it to a vote. He told his Likud party that he needs full U.S. support, but I think that is a cop-out. This is his test. Likud is with him and there are even supporters in the Blue and White party of Benny Gantz. If Netanyahu takes the courageous decision, President Trump will back him up. That is the proper order of this historic move. 

Green light on Judea and Samaria is key to Trump’s re-electionFor many US Jews, the choice they never thought they would have to make has arrived.

We have been considering the geo-political level, but the truth is found in God’s faithful promises to restore and favor Israel in their own land, which includes Judea and Samaria. Ultimately the land of Israel will stretch all the way from the Nile to the Eurphrates River:

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

I love the powerful declaration before the United Nations Security Council last year as Amb. Danon held up the Bible and proclaimed it as Israel’s eternal deed to the Land!

Israeli ambassador’s ‘Bible speech’ at U.N. goes viral – May 18, 2019 – “This is the deed to our land,” stated Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations as he read from the Bible at the Security Council,

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)





Stay in Your Own Lane

31 07 2020

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My good friend and brother, Pastor Bill Morgan, tells a great story of learning to hear from God. As he was seeking God about expanding into several new areas, he heard the Lord tell him to stay in his lane. If he tried to do things outside of his calling and giftings it would not go well.

Later he was driving on a major highway and sharing that story with a friend when he came upon a construction zone. Just as he finished his story, a large traffic sign said: “Stay in your own lane.” It was a timely confirmation.

Pastor Bill’s story has stuck with me. At this time in my own life and ministry there are many different opportunities in front of me. The Lord has reminded me to stay in my own lane.

Elisha Vision Ministries was birthed out of our love for Israel and our specific calling to impart that love to others. It was based on Elisha’s prayer for his servant when surrounded by the Syrian army. The servant only saw the Syrians, but Elisha saw heaven’s armies and prayed that his servant’s eyes be opened to see in the Spirit.

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

Doreen and I have a certain lane to proclaim the opening of the eyes of God’s servants, especially to His eternal covenant with Israel. Please pray for us to fulfill our calling and to stay in our own lane.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)

Here is a link to my message on the Last Generation, a teaching on Psalm 102, The Holocaust Psalm. I start around the 55 min. mark.

 

 





Was the Burning Bush in Saudi Arabia?

28 07 2020

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God spoke to Moses from a bush that burned without being consumed. Yehovah called the area “holy ground” and Moses had to remove his shoes. Where exactly did this conversation take place, geographically speaking?

“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of Yehovah appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.” Exodus 3:1-2

He was at a mountain called Horeb, which is another name for Sinai, (by the agreement of most scholars). Notice that this incident occurred when Moses was living in Midian, which is located in what today is Saudi Arabia, east of the right tongue of the Red Sea. Also note that Horeb was called “the mountain of God.” There are three reasons why this is important.

First, the “burning bush” conversation was God’s call to Moses to set His people free from Egypt and included a little noticed geographic imperative. Moses was commanded to bring the freed children of Israel to the same mountain.

So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” Exodus 3:12

Secondly, the location had a more important purpose in God’s plan. That same mountain  was where God gave the Ten Commandments. I never realized that this all happened in modern Saudi Arabia. There are multiple videos on YouTube about Mt. Sinai in Saudi Arabia. This is a major change from earlier archaeology.

Thirdly,  there is an amazing prophecy in Isaiah 60 stating that the people from the same geographical area will ultimately worship Yehovah God in Jerusalem. Does this indicate the salvation of the Saudis? All the places in these two verses are in Saudi Arabia.

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

Wow! They will be accepted at Yehovah’s altar in Jerusalem! Have you ever seen this? If this is a future prophecy, it indicates they will accept Yeshua as Messiah and Son of God, and join with Israel. What an amazing prophecy.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)

 





Do Not Lose Heart

24 07 2020

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Israel, and our nation, and indeed the whole world is under a great spiritual attack. With one crisis after another, many are tempted to lose heart. Where is the battle ground? What choice do we have? Are we to just roll over and submit to fear and discouragement? Of course not!

“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

The attack is in our mind and emotions, our soul, our self-life. As long as we contemplate our navel, so to speak, we will succumb. It is time to lift up our eyes and our hearts to the spiritual victory ground. We will not win in the flesh or the soul because the battle is the Lord’s! Yeshua ben Yehovah, Jesus, Son of God is our only hope.

We have been sowing to our own selves, the soul man. It is time to sow to the Spirit! Your soul cannot handle the trials that are upon us. You must rise up in the dimension of the Holy Spirit to find courage and the ultimate victory. We will reap God’s reward if we do not lose heart. Consider this section of Scripture:

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:7-10

The key is clear. Sow to the flesh, or sow to the Spirit. The choice is ours. Do you want corruption in your life or family or nation? Then sow to the flesh. But if you desire to reap everlasting life, walk by the Holy Spirit. Here are the words of Jesus:

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the United States.

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YEHOVAH GOD IS ONE!

21 07 2020

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Today let us drill down a bit for a look at a major blockage for Jews to see Jesus as their Messiah. This teaching is quoted from Chapter 10 of my book: Speak to the Dirt! There is a deep theological problem for the sincerely seeking Jew. For centuries Jews have repeated what is known as the “Shema Israel”, which is a Bible verse calling all Jews to hear God:

Hear, O Israel: Yehovah our God, Yehovah is one! Deuteronomy 6:4

This verse has had a powerful effect on the Jewish people for millennia, but in relatively recent centuries it has taken on meaning that is almost bigger than life. A very famous Hebrew rabbi of the 12th century named Maimonides made a profound contribution to Jewish tradition. As a matter of fact he was quite instrumental in the advance of Kabalism, which is a kind of Jewish mysticism considered by Christians to be occult. His most profound effect on history was over a very simple point regarding the Shema. He noticed that the Hebrew word translated “one” in that verse was troubling to his personal concept of God. Instead of changing his belief, he changed the word. He did not of course try to change it in the Torah, the actual scripture text, because that was strictly forbidden. He did, however, change it in his teaching that is recorded in the Talmud, the rabbinical biblical commentaries. Why all this fuss about a little word? It actually is a critical point. The Hebrew word in the Hebrew Bible text is “echad.” The word he substituted in his teaching was another Hebrew word for “one” – “yachid.” The subtle difference, in this apparently small adjustment of emphasis, has created one of the greatest blockages to Jewish salvation that exists today. “Yachid” means “one,” but in an indivisible singular sense that when used in the Shema, makes God singular and absolutely indivisible. This certainly is the Jewish concept of God that prevails today. However, the word “echad” is the actual word for “one” in the original text and carries a profoundly different meaning. It means “one” also, but in the sense of a plural unity. This point is critical in understanding how Jesus and the Holy Spirit fit into our understanding of God.

We can easily confirm this point by checking how “echad” is used in other Bible texts. In an earlier chapter we studied Ezekiel 37:17 regarding the reuniting of the kingdom of Israel and the kingdom of Judah using two sticks:

Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand. Ezekiel 37:17

Here two kingdoms of people become one, which indicates a spiritual and political unity, made up of many people. The phrases “one people” or “one nation” are used numerous times in the Hebrew Scriptures. And yet there is an even more convincing text:

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24

This is the same word “echad” that is used in the Shema: “Yehovah is one!” In other words there is one God in a plural sense of unity who has revealed Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

This discovery meets the test of interpreting scripture by scripture, which is also seen in another better-known example:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

In the first verse of the Bible, the word translated “God” is the Hebrew word “elohim,” which has a plural ending! This is used throughout Genesis 1 and, in fact, the entire Old Testament. The idea of a plurality within God is further indicated with this verse:

Then God said, Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Genesis 1:26

Again, plural words are used in reference to God. The reason it is so hard for people to accept this idea of one God who is plural in manifestation, is because of our proven human disunity. We can’t seem to get along with anybody else. Even marriage, which God intended as a prime example of unity, has come under such attack that some people do not know even one couple who are a bona fide model of unity. Yet, our human failure does not invalidate God’s revelation. The “two shall be one” is still God’s purpose and there are still believing couples who are enjoying such unity!

Echad is also the word used in the phrase: The twelve tribes will be ONE nation. This oneness is what Paul referenced as Jews and Gentile becoming “one new man:”

“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross,” Ephesians 2:14-16

Pray for the peace and the “echad” oneness of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)

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





Can You Have a Riot with No Media?

17 07 2020

 

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What if they gave a riot and the media didn’t show up?  “If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?” For decades now it is seen in Israel that violent “demonstrations” are in direct proportion to the number of cameras that show up. Tragically, this scourge has now invaded America’s cities and the same is true. Most of the “news” is generated by media coverage.

This photo is a classic example of the type of fake news that I am highlighting. The original New York Times caption in 2000 read: “An Israeli policeman and a Palestinian on the Temple Mount.” The truth was: “American Jew, Tuvia Grossman, rescued by police after being beaten by a mob of Palestinians.” (Read the amazing real story at Honest Reporting.)

If a group stages a peaceful protest it gets little attention, but if there is violence, looting, injuries, or death, it gets 24/7 media. That is the nature of the drive for ratings: “If it bleeds, it leads.” So, this can become corrupt, leading to staged events to attract media coverage.

How does this compare to Bible warnings? We know it reveals the end times, but it also simply exposes the deceitful heart. Consider this selection from Proverbs 12.

“An honest witness tells the truth; a false witness tells lies. Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed. Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace! No harm comes to the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble. Yehovah detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.” Proverbs 12:17-22 NLT

A false witness describes riots as protests, or describes mobs as protesters. It is a lie to refer to looters as hungry people looking for bread. Those of us who love Yehovah God and His Son, Jesus (Yeshua ben Yehovah) must stand for truth. Pray for lies to be exposed and shalom for our nation.

“But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment (hypocrisy).” James 5:12

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for the United States. Pray for our leaders in both countries.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                       (Read more)





Self-evident Truths

10 07 2020

Declaration of IndependenceWe hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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Have you ever considered the first phrase of the Declaration? There are three distinct thoughts: We holdthese truths self-evident. We hold on, closely, without compromise, to these certain truths. We consider them to be obvious, self-evident. The evidence of their truth is clearly embodied in the very speaking of them.

Self-evident truth is a little like the humorous phrase: “Common sense is not as common as it used to be.” Actually, that quote originated with Voltaire: “Common sense is not so common.” However, we are talking about transcendent truth that is higher and more profound than common sense. It carries a prerequisite for the hearer, that you love the truth. Otherwise you can miss it entirely.

“This man (of lawlessness) will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 NLT

So, do you know the five self-evident truths in the Declaration?

  1. All men are created equal.
  2. The Creator grants rights to all people.
  3. These rights include life.
  4. These rights include liberty.
  5. These rights include the pursuit of happiness.

Bible believers know that truth is not only a concept, it is the person of Jesus, the Messiah.

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 NLT

“But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Romans 1:18-20 NLT

Wow! That is a pretty clear statement that the truth about God is obvious. As we pray for our nation in this time of crises, pray that people will gain a love of the truth. God desires to show mercy if we only repent of our self love and cry out to Him. Cry out for Jesus, the Truth, the Life-giver.

Also, continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and rain in season.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  Read more





From River to Sea, Israel Will Be Free

27 06 2020

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“From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” What if I told your their slogan is the Satanic counterfeit of Yehovah’s promise to Israel? What if Yehovah’s river border is not the Jordan River, but the Euphrates? Moses and Joshua clearly defined it.

“Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the riverthe River Euphrates, even to the Western Sea, shall be your territory.” Deuteronomy 11:24

“No man shall be able to stand against you; Yehovah your God will put the dread of you and the fear of you upon all the land where you tread, just as He has said to you.” Deuteronomy 11:25

“From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory.” Joshua 1:4

The original promise to Abraham was even more precise, defining the western land border as the Nile River. Later, Isaiah confirmed the same geographical area of Israel’s dominion.

“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

In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, whom Yehovah of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.” Isaiah 19:24-25

Finally, Solomon prophesies the Messianic Kingdom of God reaching the whole world!

“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.” Psalm 72:8

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists

(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.





Is Zionist a Dirty Word?

15 06 2020

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A hundred years ago, the word Zion was a positive word sung in many of our hymns, like: “We’re marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion; we’re marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God.” They named churches, schools, towns, and even a national park after Zion, but not so much anymore. The meaning of the word has been sullied and made into a curse word. Anti-Israel propaganda has changed the public perception of the word. No wonder, when it is now used like this: Dirty Zionist, Zionist pigs, Zionist apes, Zionist liars, Zionist occupiers, imperialist Zionists, and racist Zionists. Whew! With this avalanche of epithets, no wonder the average person is confused. (Intro to Blessing Israel)

Yet, I am honored to call myself a Zionist, a Christian Zionist,a Biblical Zionist. The historical prophetic meaning is made clear in over 150 Bible verses. That is the only way to understand that Yehovah God Himself is the number one Zionist. It is not primarily a political term, but a spiritual fact of God’s love and purpose for the land and people of Israel. Here are just a few verses, if you want to know Yehovah God’s heart for Zion.

King on Zion: “Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.” Psalm 2:6

God dwells in Zion: Sing praises to Yehovah, who dwells in Zion! ​​Declare His deeds among the people. Psalm 9:11

Captives return to Zion: Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! ​​When Yehovah brings back the captivity of His people, ​​let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad. Psalm 14:7

Zion joy of whole earth: Great is Yehovah, and greatly to be praised ​​in the city of our God, ​​in His holy mountain. ​​Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.  ​​God is in her palaces; ​​He is known as her refuge. Psalm 48:1-3

Favor Zion: You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favor her, yes, the set time, has come. For Your servants take pleasure in her stones, and show favor to her dust. ​​So the nations shall fear the name of Yehovah, and all the kings of the earth Your glory. ​​For Yehovah shall build up Zion; ​​He shall appear in His glory. Psalm 102:13-16

God rests in Zion: For Yehovah has chosen Zion; ​​He has desired it for His dwelling place: ​​“This is My resting place forever; ​​here I will dwell, for I have desired it.” Psalm 132:13-14

​Salvation in Zion: I bring My righteousness near, it shall not be far off; ​​My salvation shall not linger. ​And I will place salvation in Zion, for Israel My glory. Isaiah 46:13

Ransomed return to Zion: So the ransomed of Yehovah shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. ​​They shall obtain joy and gladness; sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 51:11

Zeal for Zion: So the angel who spoke with me said to me, “Proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says Yehovah of hosts: ​​“I am zealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with great zeal.“ Again proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says Yehovah of hosts:​​“My cities shall again spread out through prosperity; Yehovah will again comfort Zion, and will again choose Jerusalem.”Zechariah 1:14, 17

Cornerstone in Zion: Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, ​​“Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, ​​and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” 1 Peter 2:6

Pray for favor for Zion and peace for Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists

 

 

 

 





ASK for Shalom from Jerusalem

6 06 2020

Yehudah Glick

Rabbi Yehuda Glick – Jerusalem

One of the most famous prayers in the Bible is found in Psalm 122:6, but do you know what happens when you invoke that prayer? I just learned something this week that is brand new to me.

PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM. MAY THEY PROSPER WHO LOVE YOU.

Rabbi Yehuda Glick (aka: the red-headed Rabbi) led live prayers and Psalms from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Thursday. He enlisted about a dozen pastors from the U.S. (via ZOOM) to pray for America, including my friend Keith Johnson. He walked around the Temple Mount on a beautiful day in Jerusalem giving a mini-tour during the prayers. You can watch it at this link. They each read a Psalm from the Songs of Ascent, Psalms 120-134.

Rabbi Glick explained that we can ask for the “peace of Jerusalem” to come to us, for our nation, for our family. I always thought of the prayer being directed to Jerusalem, but rather, the peace is given by Yehovah to us from Jerusalem, when we ask!

In fact, a simple Hebrew word study shows that the word translated “pray” in English is really “ask.” What a major difference that makes!

ASK FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

If you still doubt, look up the word for “prosper.” Prosperity is not the primary meaning. In the Strong’s Concordance entry, “prosper” is only part of the meaning of the Hebrew word: שָׁלָה shalah: to be at rest, prosper, be quiet, be at ease

So, the verse starts with asking and ends with the petitioner receiving rest. What a great prayer to ask for our country with the virus and the riots. It also applies personally to all who are in fear and panic. When we ask for the peace of Jerusalem, God brings His peace, His shalom to us. It is the same formula in Genesis.

“I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3

Ironically, Rabbi Glick was attacked within three hours of that prayer from the Temple Mount. It was the second time someone attempted to assassinate him. The first in 2014, was a miraculous deliverance from being shot four times at close range, but surviving. Why is he a target? He has fought for years for the Temple Mount to be a house of prayer for all nations. Currently, only Muslims are allowed to pray there, even though Israel has freedom of religion, just not on the location of the the Temple. Pray protection and courage for him. Reporting after the attack, he said he will never stop.

Now when you “Ask” for Jerusalem, you are praying for Jerusalem to be blessed and for Jerusalem to BE a blessing to the world. Hallelujah! May that eternal peace of Jerusalem, which will be manifest when the Messiah comes, be in the hearts of all who believe in Him.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists








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