Israel + Saudi Arabia = Peace?

23 11 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEOMAN ACCELERATOR OF HUMAN PROGRESS

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                 (Read more)

 





Fear God MORE

17 11 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





Covid 19 Help from a Llama

13 11 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)





America’s War with America

27 10 2020

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





What are you voting for?

21 10 2020

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I voted for the First Amendment and freedom of speech.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I voted for secure borders and legal immigration.

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

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

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

I voted to fight against human/child trafficking.

I voted for Freedom of Religion.

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

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

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

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

What are you voting for?

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)





American Jewish Test

17 10 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)

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





Do. Not. Faint.

13 10 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)

 





Do. Not. Fear.

7 10 2020

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

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

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

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

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                 (Read more)





Amy Means Beloved

3 10 2020

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

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

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                 (Read more)





Beyond Politics

29 09 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)





The Other “F” Word

4 09 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)

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

 

 





Psalm 83 War, with a Twist

1 09 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists               (Read more)

 





The Light is Inside!

28 08 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)





Trump, Israel’s ‘Greatest Friend

25 08 2020

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

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

1Recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli Capital

2. U.S. Embassy Transfer

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

4. Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights

5.  U.S. No Longer Deems Settlements Illegal

6. Executive Order Against Antisemitism 

7. The Importance of the Comma in Middle East Policy

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

9. Combating BDS Act

10. Pro-Israel House Resolutions

11. Nixing the Nuclear Deal with Iran

12. Brokering Peace Deals Between Israel and Arab Countries

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

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

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

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

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





Kenya for Israel 2020

21 08 2020

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

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

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

WHY Pray for Israel?

HOW to Pray for Israel

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

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

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Antidote for Media Lies

18 08 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists               (Read more)





Israel’s New Peace Treaty?

13 08 2020

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

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

“You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’— Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord Yehovah: “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it? “ Ezekiel 38:11 & 14

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

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

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

Here are the details from the news FYI:

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

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

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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                     (Read more)

 





Turkey and the New Ottoman Empire

8 08 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                (Read more)





Extending Israeli Sovereignty

4 08 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)





Stay in Your Own Lane

31 07 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)

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

 

 





Was the Burning Bush in Saudi Arabia?

28 07 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)

 





Do Not Lose Heart

24 07 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the United States.

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YEHOVAH GOD IS ONE!

21 07 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)

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





Can You Have a Riot with No Media?

17 07 2020

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                       (Read more)





Self-evident Truths

10 07 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  Read more





From River to Sea, Israel Will Be Free

27 06 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists

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





Is Zionist a Dirty Word?

15 06 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for favor for Zion and peace for Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists

 

 

 

 





ASK for Shalom from Jerusalem

6 06 2020

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

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

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

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

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

ASK FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

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

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

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

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists





Can’t Make This Up Dept. – Grand Prize

26 05 2020

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An Iranian protester holds an anti-Israeli placard during an annual anti-Israeli Al-Quds Day rally in Tehran, Iran, June 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Today’s report is not made up. The Iranian Parliament has voted (seriously) to ban all Israeli tech. Therefore, I have awarded Iran the 2020 Grand Prize in the “You can’t make this up Department,” even though it is only May 26. The Ayatollah, the Parliament, and the President all agree. The legislation passed by parliament brands any cooperation with Israel as an “act against God.” (Of course, they did not say “God,” they said “Allah.”)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday issued an executive order requiring the implementation of a law passed last week that bars any cooperation with Israel, including the use of Israeli software and hardware. Times of Israel

Iran’s president orders implementation of law banning all use of Israeli tech – Legislation bars any cooperation, including ‘activities of the Israeli software platforms in Iran and using its hardware and software products’

Iran has banned all use of Israeli tech. Really? That would set it back 50 years – New law bars cooperation with Zionists, including ‘hardware and software,’ as crime against God. So, no computers, internet, cellphones; healthcare ravaged; and no BMW for Khamenei.

An Iran without “Israel inside,” Singer said, “would make North Korea look advanced and cosmopolitan. Essentially, Iran would go back to the world of 50 years ago, maybe more. It would look like a huge Amish colony in Muslim garb.” Saul Singer

For a list of all the technology that would be banned in this ridiculous legislation, please click on the above link.

The fear of Yehovah is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, But the folly of fools is deceit. Proverbs 14:8

The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. Proverbs 15:2 

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools. Romans 1:18-22

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists





This is Jerusalem!

23 05 2020

Today I share a one minute video of video in honor of Jerusalem Day, which was celebrated this week. I also urge you to consider subscribing to Israel Today, the best Messianic site from Israel. I have met the editor, Aviel Schneider, an Israeli believer born in Israel. Israel Today was founded by his father. Please enjoy this link and consider a subscription.

The 2,000-Year Jewish Love AffairHas any people ever had such a deep connection to their capital as the Jewish people? It was in the year 70 CE that we lost her, but we never forgot her. Foreign armies pillaged, slaughtered and raped her, yet her name has remained on our lips three times a day in our prayers. With hope and faith of a day when she would come back to us, we could not give her up. Israel Today 

The restoration of Jerusalem is not happening by the will of man, but by the eternal purpose of God Himself. The nations will rage. Politicians will oppose Him, but Yehovah God of Israel will certainly keep His word to His beloved people, Israel.

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

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists





The Bible is not Ancient

19 05 2020

radioTo most modern Americans, the Bible is an ancient collection of out of date stories. But that is wrong. The Bible is more current than today’s newspaper headlines, because God sees the end from the beginning. The word of God is living energy, transforming everything it touches. Consider this verse.

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. Hebrews 4:12

The phrase “living and powerful” comes from Greek words that mean “alive” and “energy.” God’s word is alive! God’s word is energy! Think about it. His words are not lying around in some dead letter office. His message is throbbing with life, imparting life, breathing His very being into ours as we listen to Him.

When He speaks it is far more than inspiration. Powerful energy is released into our spirit, soul, and body. You need to understand that literally. When you are feeling blah, and listless, hearing the voice of God fires you up. I am not talking about the Bible as opinions of various writers, but as the Holy Spirit breathing out the very voice of the living Yehovah God, King of Creation.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV

God lives outside of the human time/space continuum. When He speaks into our human condition, there is a supernatural effect. It is beyond natural. He speaks through the Bible, through visions and dreams, through prophesies, and even through circumstances. The key for us is to see what He is saying, to listen expectantly, ready to receive.

Most people think God never speaks to them. That is dead wrong. God speaks to every person on this planet. The problem is that we are not listening, or don’t want to listen, or are just too busy with our own selfish pursuits. The problem is that there are too many voices. Think of it as a radio with hundreds of stations with every imaginable programming. But, you hear every station, every frequency all at once, at the same time. Somewhere in the cacophony of sounds assailing your senses, there is one clear channel with the voice of God. How do you tune Him in, and tune the others out? The others are louder and demanding, and yet God is speaking. Can you hear Him? Try it.

Pastor John Thrift preached Sunday at Grace Assembly in Wake Forest, NC. He talked about a great commandment that is rarely preached. When Jesus appeared on the mountain with Moses and Elijah, who represented the Law and the Prophets, God gave a clear command. When Peter started talking, God interrupted Peter. Think of that. Even Peter was talking when he should have been listening. Whew!

Yehovah directed Peter to Jesus, His “beloved Son,” and commanded: “Hear Him!”

He (Peter) was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Matthew 17:5 ESV

Have you ever considered that commandment? Are you talking, instead of listening? Maybe it is time pay attention to His voice? Consider what I say. Try praying this simple prayer: “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists





Are You a Watcher?

12 05 2020

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Can you “see” something when someone is speaking words? There are degrees of seeing and hearing from God, that most never realize. Yet, we are called to “see” what God is saying. My friend, Sharon Sanders, of Christian Friends of Israel Jerusalem, recently shared a profound truth. Her prophetic intercessors prayer letter referenced a Hebrew scholar with great insight, which I quote in this excerpt:

According to Chaim Bentorah, a Biblical Hebrew Studies teacher, we can “see” what someone “says.” He states that the word ra’ah means a physical and spiritual seeing… This takes a close guarding according to Chaim, something like a bodyguard or secret service agent whose entire attention and focus are on observing things that everyone around him are not observing. It’s like looking for any subtle hint or movement, which may signal a threat to his mission of protection. 

Our goals in prayer are to discern the situation before us, through prayer and to determine whether Israel might be in danger. We need to be focused in our watch time when praying for Israel. … We need to watch to see if God is saying something specific to our hearts. Sharon Sanders, CFI Jerusalem (March 2020)

When we use the phrase “God’s word,” we usually mean Scripture, but every Bible verse was first spoken by God. The power of words is in the speaking, or the saying of what is on God’s heart. Do you “see” what He is saying? There is way more in His words than the simple grammar. What is God saying to you, to us? Can you see it, and really hear it?

I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected. Habakkuk 2:1

Dear Heavenly Father, Yehovah God, please give us ears to hear and eyes to see what you are showing us when you speak.

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists





The Disappearing Palestinians

28 04 2020

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This week Israel is celebrating it 72nd Independence Day. The population has reached 9.2 million citizens. Jews are nearly seven million and Arabs nearly two million. But an amazing phenomena was identified in a major annual survey just release by The Jewish People Policy Institute. There is a major shift occurring in the Arab/Palestinian community. Palestinians are “disappearing.” Look at the changes in just one year in the above identity chart of non-Jew residents of Israel. 

A dramatic increase, compared with last year, in the percentage of non-Jews who consider their primary identity to be “Israeli,” and a concurrent sharp decline in the percentage of those who define their identity as “Palestinian.” JPPI

Notice the decrease in the “Palestinian” category from 18% to just 7% in one year. Also notice the big increase in the “Israeli” category from 5% to 23%. These are non-Jews! So, what can we see prophetically from these trends?

First, the world media is way off. They repeat the narrative that Palestinian Arabs hate Israel, are terribly oppressed, and live in an “apartheid” state. Yet this and many other surveys on the ground tell a completely different story.

Second, this is evidence to me that God is working in the Arabs as well as the Jews to move toward the “one new man,” that Paul prophesies in Ephesians.

For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them. Therefore remember that once you, the Goyim in the flesh, who are called “uncircumcision” by that which is called “circumcision,” (in the flesh, made by hands); that you were at that time separate from Messiah, alienated from the commonwealth of Yisra’el, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Messiah Yeshua you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Messiah. For he is our shalom, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition, having abolished in the flesh the hostility, the law of mitzvot contained in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man of the two, making shalom; Ephesians 2:10-15 Hebrew Names Version

Pray for all the residents of land of Israel for their salvation and unity. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists





Two Responses to Favor in Judgment

17 04 2020

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So what have you learned so far from the pandemic? God is with us, you know. He is here, and He is speaking to us. He always speaks to each of us. You may say that He does not talk to you, but you would be wrong. God speaks, we just aren’t listening or we don’t know how. I will let you in on a little secret. You get better at listening with practice! After you have poured out all your own prayer requests, stay a little longer and listen. Learn to recognize Him. He explains a lot to us when we tune in. It really does take practice, so don’t give up. Here is some pretty clear guidance for how to respond to the judgments of God in the earth.

At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. 

Though the wicked is shown favor, He does not learn righteousness; he deals unjustly in the land of uprightness, and does not perceive the majesty of YEHOVAH.  Isaiah 26:9-10 NASB

Has God favored you with life and provision? Has He blessed you with more than you deserve? It is possible to see and hear God in favor and even in judgment. It is our opportunity to learn righteousness. The wicked have the opposite reaction. They hate God and get angry at Him and continue in their wicked injustice. The wicked ones don’t get it. Instead of being in awe at the majesty of Yehovah, they curse Him and suffer in their self-inflicted pain. On national TV, New York Gov. Cuomo declared that God did not save us, we ourselves did. During this coronavirus pandemic we should pray for a great awakening in America to see and hear the answers provided by our majestic and loving Heavenly Father through His Son, Jesus the Messiah.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and thank Him for the abundant rains in Israel.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                   (Read more)





The Ultimate Antidote

7 04 2020

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THE HINGE OF HISTORY

 

As humanity battles “the invisible enemy” Coronavirus, a much more deadly disease threatens our eternal destiny. While there is no vaccine yet for the virus, Yehovah has provided the antidote for sin that seeks to block our eternal relationship with our loving Father God. His plan is revealed in the Passover and Resurrection Day. We celebrate both this week. (See: 2020 Passover at Home). Each has three parts revealing God’s purpose of redemption.

Passover’s three parts are unleavened bread, the passing over of the death angel, and firstfruits. Each point to the Lamb Messiah. He was unleavened by sin, He died in our place, and He rose from the dead. The Exodus account is a prophetic look ahead to the actual historic reality of Jesus two thousand years ago. How ironic that Passover 2020 mimics the conditions of the first Passover. They were given the “stay at home order” just as we are today. We too, must apply the blood to the doorposts, not only of our doors but on our hearts.

THE HINGE OF HISTORY When Yeshua finally came there were also three key elements. I call His “Passion Week” the Hinge of History. Every hinge has three pieces. One piece attaches to the door and one to the doorpost. The third is the pin that connects the two. It is critical that we understand the cross broke the curse and delivered us from death through the shed blood of the Lamb. But redemption would have failed without the other two pieces.

Jesus was tempted to save His own life in the Gethsemane prayer. Three times He asked His Father for another way, yet each time ended with: “Not my will, but your will be done!” Without that prayerful surrender there would have been no cross.

Likewise, when He died, if He had not been raised, Satan would have won. Death would be victorious. But He did not stay in the grave. He lives! Death was defeated for all who embrace Him as the Messiah Lamb of God. (Please read all of 1 Corinthians 15)

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

Jesus, the Son of God, or as said in Hebrew: Yeshua ben Yehovah is the antidote!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain to fill the Sea of Galilee.

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.





God Will Make a Way!

4 04 2020

“God will make a way where there seems to be no way!” Doreen and I remember one of our best family vacations was in the mid-eighties. We had a brand new car and took a wonderful road trip from Florida to New England with our three girls. It was  notable for two things (in no particular order). My Mom sent along her famous peanut butter fudge, which we sampled each time we crossed a state line (love New England). The other was that every morning we started the day with our favorite song, God Will Make a Way. Watching Pastor Randy & Peggy Morris share that song this morning released tears of worship and thankfulness for God’s faithfulness. Every book I have written has that foundation. God is faithful. Yehovah is faithful.

We learned a new song with the same message while ministering in Kenya. Carol Achieng led the worship and Michael Masambu led the PDA Youth Conference (Purpose, Destiny, Achievement). Here are the lyrics:

“Who has the final say? Yehovah has the final say. Who has the final say? Yehovah has the final say. He turned my life around. He turned my life around. He makes a way where there seems no way. Yehovah has the final say!”

Doreen and I watched as our rental house burned down with all our possessions in 2001. The miraculous presence  of the Holy Spirit ministered supernatural peace at that time. That gave rise to my paraphrase: “peace that doesn’t make sense.” Logically we had every right to “freak out” and fall apart. But no, God was faithful. He was right there with us through it. It was real. We still have that peace and never did fall apart, even though some thought we would after the shock wore off. But, rather we have experienced over and over and over that He is faithful. Hallelujah!

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.2 Timothy 2:13 

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                    (Read more)

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





Israel Election SHOCK!

27 03 2020

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Breakthrough! Shock, bombshell, and earthquake are all words that describe the miracle turn of events ending the Israel political deadlock. The leader of the opposition, Benny Gantz, has agreed to join with Netanyahu in an emergency unity government because of the coronavirus. This is good news.

We have prayed for a more than a year against the spirit of Haman and for the rising of an Esther who would courageously declare: “If I perish, I perish.” This is what Gantz has done. His slogan has always been: “Israel, above all else.” By choosing to be a statesman and put country first, he has completely cut off his political future in the left wing. They are already turning on him like vultures, but Netanyahu lives on as Prime Minister. The agreement has Gantz sharing the PM role after Netanyahu serves the first 18 months.

I have always seen Avigdor Lieberman as a Haman. He is now relegated to irrelevance in the opposition. His political coup gambit has failed. In addition Yair Lapid, Gantz’ former partner in the Blue & White party, has been exposed also as a Haman. The road ahead may be rocky, but now Israel can have a fully operating government with PM Netanyahu for the next 18 months. Continue to pray for Yehovah’s blessing on His chosen people.

Here are several insightful articles for more analysis:

Defying ruthless, deadlocked politics, Gantz sacrifices everything for stability – With Lapid continuing to maneuver despite the national emergency, Gantz willingly gave up on his political career to ally with Netanyahu in hopes of helping his beleaguered nation.

To place ‘Israel before all else,’ Gantz threw away his insurance policy – Blue and White head no longer has centrist alliance to return to if unity talks with Netanyahu go south, and most of his former Knesset supporters have turned on him.

The Gantz must be crazy: 6 things to know for March 27 – Benny Gantz joins Netanyahu, eliciting indignant anger from his former boosters, and a whole lot of questions from everyone else.

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 1 Timothy 1:1-2

Notice that we are to pray not only for the leaders, but for all who are in authority. We pray for Netanyahu and for Gantz. We pray for Trump and Pelosi. God can do His work in the heart of anybody that the Holy Spirit chooses. Pray for ALL.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray and thank God for His rain. (Sea of Galilee levels reach 16 year high.)

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                      (Read more)





Corona Virus HOPE

24 03 2020

Dry Bones Passover 2020False prophecy, gain-sayers, and media hype all have something in common. It is like bloggers who try to generate clicks. There is an ulterior motive. They want followers, viewers, and readers for their own agendas. This is a particular problem with the present virus pandemic/panic. Today I offer a less apoplectic and less apocalyptic opinion. There is hope in the numbers. What if Trump is right and the W.H.O. is wrong?

It just may be that the terrible numbers in Italy and Europe do not apply to the U.S. Our model seems to hold the same promise as South Korea which has leveled off. Italy has ten times  the deaths (to date) as we do, yet with only a small difference in positive cases. Consider this report from yesterday, March 23.

Israeli Expert: Trump Right, World Health Organization Wrong on Coronavirus Death Rate In the final analysis, mortality rates for coronavirus originally cited by President Donald Trump are going to be proven more accurate than the higher numbers claimed by the World Health Organization, according to an Israeli expert in epidemic modeling.

I know we are all tired of the never ending coverage, but we need to favor hope over panic, faith over fear, and life over death. Of course Satan only came “to steal, kill & destroy;” but Jesus brings life. That is not only eternal life, but life now in the midst of the testing and trials of our earthly existence. Turn to God in these times. Don’t give in to the exaggerated predictions based on exponential formulas. Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us. Trust Him. Trust Yehovah God and His Holy Spirit. Jesus said:

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  John 10:9-10

NOW ABOUT THAT HOPE:

For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 10:13-20

Will your anchor hold? Have faith to trust Him. Hold on to His shalom. And pray for the shalom of Jerusalem, along with prayer for rain in Israel. I am praying for a turning point by Passover and Firstfruits.

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





The Mule on the Go!

11 02 2020

Michael MKMToday is a little something different. I am working on writing a biography of my dear friend, Michael Masambu of Kenya. After the great Kenya youth conference headed by him in December, he was physically exhausted. I was honored to speak there to 4,800 youth and was likewise spent. So, today I’m sharing his Facebook comment, posted shortly after the meetings.

Owing to my background – my difficult childhood, I am this person that thinks I must work for the next meal. I worked for the next meal at a very tender age. I worked for the next meal under harsh conditions. I worked for my notebook, for my pensil and for my pen 🖋. I could only move to the next level if I worked. I ate because I had worked. I bought a shirt because I worked for it. My parents didn’t provide much because dad was too old and mom was too poor and over burdened. I worked to pay for my High School and College. I worked as a carpenter. I made beds, I made chairs, I made all manner of furniture. I overworked! I hurt my chest.

I am a pathfinder. I am a ground breaker. This is what life has given me. Today I realize things changed the day He became my Dad. He doesn’t grow old. He is the same Yesterday today and forever. He budgets for His kids. I am His Kid. If His Kid, then all my needs are made! What I have today came from him. What I need tomorrow will come from Him. It is my duty to be found by Him. He is Elshadai! He is Yehovah Yireh! Learn to trust him. Being a mule on the go always is denying that He cares.Yet He truly cares! Rest. Wait upon him. Those who wait upon the Lord shall be Strengthened. Hallelujah. Free at last! Free at last! MKM

I thank God for Michael and his dear wife, Sarah. Let’s pray for them as they continue in the Father’s vineyard.

But those who wait on Yehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31

Pray for Kenya, pray for Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)





Palestinian Confusion

8 02 2020

Dry Bones curiouser

The Trump peace deal has exposed deep differences among Palestinian Arabs in Israel. My last post exposed the lie about “Palestinians.” The above cartoon from my friend Yaakov Kirschen points out the dilemma facing Arab Palestinians in the West Bank. The Bible calls this area Judea and Samaria. Here is more from a recent article.

The Real Reason Arabs In Israel Do Not Want to Live In ‘Palestine’The main reason Arabs in Israel are afraid of becoming Palestinian citizens is because they know that the Palestinian state will be anything but democratic. Many Arab citizens of Israel see how Palestinians living under the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip are subject to human rights violations on a daily basis. In Israel, Arab citizens participate in the general elections and have their own representatives in the Knesset. In the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Palestinians have been deprived of free and fair elections since January 2006.

President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority is now in the 16th year of his four year term. I’m not kidding. He is 84, in failing health, and has named no successor. He has said he will die before giving up any part of “Palestine” which he says is “from the river to the sea.” This is the chant heard on college campuses around the world. Don’t hold your breath waiting for him to make peace with Israel.

We need to pray for the helpless Palestinian people. They need the Messiah Yeshua as much as the rest of us. God is blessing Israel and will increase favor. The best hope for Palestinians is to be granted Israeli citizenship and to worship Yehovah, God of Israel.

“Thus you shall divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. It shall be that you will divide it by lot as an inheritance for yourselves, and for the strangers who dwell among you and who bear children among you. They shall be to you as native-born among the children of Israel; they shall have an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. And it shall be that in whatever tribe the stranger dwells, there you shall give him his inheritance,” says the Lord Yehovah. Ezekiel 47:21-23

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                         (Read more)








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