The Fool Says in His Heart…

21 06 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for seasonal rains.

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





54 Years of Love

11 06 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)





Masambu Biography Launched!

6 06 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)





Pray for Masambu travel visa

30 05 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)





Misfires and Irony

27 05 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for truth along with peace for Jerusalem.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                      (Read more)





Now Over 3,500 Rockets from Gaza

16 05 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists               (Read more)





1,200 Rockets from Gaza War #4

12 05 2021

THIS. MUST. STOP.

1,050 rockets in 38 hours.

137 rockets in 5 minutes.

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

Over 200 Israelis wounded.

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

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

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

FOUR STRIKES AND YOU’RE OUT!

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

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

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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and seasonal rains.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                      (Read more)





Abraham Accords Institute of Peace

9 05 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for the Messianic Peace of Jerusalem and for seasonal rains.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





The SHIELD of Yehovah

26 04 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“The Chosen” is Relational

21 04 2021

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

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

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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                (Read more)





Bible Prophecy Interpretation Tip

16 04 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)





Iran Nuke “Accident”

12 04 2021

Dry Bones Accident in Iranian Nuke Site

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

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

Iran says electrical ‘incident’ reported at Natanz nuclear facility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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All Words Matter

1 04 2021

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

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

Here are two critical examples of why words matter.

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)

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





Have You Been Passed Over?

27 03 2021

Dry Bones Passover 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)





Abraham Accords Update

20 03 2021

Dry Bones Jersalem Incoming

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

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

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

‘Thus says the Lord Yehovah: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’— to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land. Ezekiel 38:10-12

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                       (Read more)





God and Congress

5 03 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)





Never Again Uprooted

2 03 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)





Iron Sharpens Iron

26 02 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                      (Read more)





If I Perish, I Perish

23 02 2021

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

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

Four Take-aways From Esther’s Courage:

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                          (Read more)





Five Mistakes Caused by FEAR

11 02 2021

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

FIVE ERRORS OF FEAR:

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

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

FIVE CORRECTIONS OF FAITH:

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                         (Read more)





Muslim Nation Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

2 02 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)

 





King David and the Color Purple

29 01 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                      (Read more)

 





Circle of Peace Still Alive?

26 01 2021

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

llama

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

 

Dry Bones America America

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

I Voted With Stars Clipart

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

Lamb

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.








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