Un-Christianity Today

20 12 2019


Franklin-Graham-640x480Last night I read the editorial from Christianity Today magazine. It was a rehash of Democrat talking points cleverly couched in religious and moral superiority. Name-dropping Billy Graham backfired immediately with Franklin Graham’s denunciation of the article, and revelation that Billy Graham voted for Trump, knew him personally and “He believed that Donald J. Trump was the man for this hour in history for our nation.”

The Bible exposes the self-righteousness of the editorial. Only when one feels morally superior does he forget this fundamental truth. No man knows another man’s heart:

“Judge not, that you be not judged.For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5

For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:11

President Trump will ultimately be judged on the fruit of his actions, not his words. Of course he offends many with his words, but what does he actually do, not in the past, but in his presidency? I maintain that his policy accomplishments have done more for Biblical standards in our nation than any President since Reagan. Whether it is from his heart or political expediency is not for me to judge or even know. But I do know that when I go into that voting booth in 2020 my vote is for the candidates who stand for pro-life, pro-Israel, pro-family, pro-America (not a globalist), pro legal immigration (not open borders), pro-school choice, pro-jobs and pro-minorities. Is President Trump a flawed human being? Of course! Show me one person without sin (other than Jesus) and I will hand you the stones. Compare the platforms of the parties and vote for the party which most closely lines up with the Bible. No contest.

I agree with Billy (and Franklin) Graham. Donald Trump (like Cyrus of old) is God’s man for this hour in America.

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

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists                  (Read more)

Lobbying for Israel

11 07 2019
Israel lives

Christians United for Israel 2019 Summit

Doreen and I just returned from 4 days in Washington, DC with Christians United for Israel. CUFI is the largest Christian pro-Israel group in the world at 7.1 million members! We heard an amazing array of speakers gathered together in one place by Pastor John Hagee, the founder of CUFI.

Speakers included VP Mike Pence, Sec. of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton, US Ambassador David Friedman, Holocaust survivor Irving Roth, National Jewish leader Malcolm Hoenlein,Watchman Host Erick Stakelbeck, 2 IDF Commanders, 4 Senators, several Congressmen and many others. Their college outreach, CUFI on Campus, now has chapters on some 300+ universities. What an inspirational experience! Here is a YouTube link to the videos of the speakers. Enjoy!

Yet, the goal of the Summit was for the 5,000 people from all 50 states to lobby our representatives for pro-Israel legislation. It was our privilege to meet with staff of Senator Thom Tillis, and then four of us in a personal meeting with our Congressman, George Holding of NC District 2. He was totally willing to stand with Israel regarding the three bills we shared.

On a personal note, we enjoyed taking the train from Raleigh to DC and also took time the last day to visit the new Bible Museum near the National Mall. It was an outstanding experience and you could spend days researching the massive treasure trove of material, interactive displays, videos and ancient archaeological artifacts.

Keep praying and acting for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain in the time of latter rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)

Next Year in Jerusalem!

6 12 2016

Flag at WallThis declaration ends each Passover with the hope of every Jew to return to Jerusalem . How would you like to travel with Doreen and me next November for an intimate guided tour of Israel? We took 14 people in 2015 and hope to have 15-20 this time. Below is the note I sent out to those who had expressed interest earlier. The decision to go or not go must be made this week,  so please act quickly if the Lord is leading.

Thank you for your love for Israel and for expressing interest in our Elisha Vision Israel tour with Doreen and me. The dates are Nov 1-11, 2017 leaving from Raleigh. Departure from another city can be arranged. Here is a link to the preliminary itinerary:
https://elishavision.wordpress.com/2015-israel-tour/ (Click on the mini-pdf brochure above the picture).
We will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem as the undivided capitol of Israel. We will also celebrate our own 50th wedding anniversary which was the same date, 6-11-67. Hallelujah! New this year… get your hands dirty at the Temple Mount archaeological dig, a free day in Jerusalem and more.
NOTE: We need for you to  send a deposit of $100.00 per person ASAP. I need to reserve the airline seats in order to confirm our flight and tour dates. I now have a donation button on my blog for PayPal or credit card if you prefer that method. Please indicate Israel Tour at checkout. If you prefer a check, send %Elisha Vision PO Box 1601 Wake Forest, NC 27588.
I am committed to keeping the group intimate, so please respond quickly. I hope you can go with us! If you know someone else interested, please forward this note. Thanks.
For Zion’s sake,
If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth— if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy. Psalm 137:6
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UN Revisionism

14 10 2016


UNESCO backs resolution ignoring Jewish link to Temple Mount You can’t make this stuff up. Now the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has voted to make the Temple Mount in Jerusalem a Muslim holy site exclusively. The decision effectively denies 3,000 years of Jerusalem as the Jewish Capitol. It also claims that the Western Wall is Muslim. What foolishness. The tragedy is that much of the world will believe it. The anti-Semitic anti-Israel propaganda has reached new lows for blatant lies and revisionist history.

Prime Minister Netanyahu understandably reacted strongly. Netanyahu called the decision “absurd,” while President Reuven Rivlin called it an “embarrassment” for UNESCO… “To say that Israel has no link to the Temple Mount is like saying that China has no link to the Great Wall or that Egypt has no connection to the Pyramids,” Netanyahu said, adding that “with this absurd decision UNESCO has lost what little legitimacy it still had.” He also said UNESCO was ignorant regarding the Bible, and accused the body of taking part in a “Theater of the Absurd.” What’s next? A UNESCO decision denying the connection between peanut butter and jelly? Batman and Robin? Rock and roll?

Full text of new UNESCO resolution

Deputy Foreign Minister Hotovely: UNESCO decision an ‘affront’ to Jews and Christians

Israel suspends cooperation with UNESCO over Jerusalem vote. Bennett says all work with ‘history-denying’ global body will be halted, as resolution ignoring Jewish ties to holy sites ‘gives boost to terrorism’

Trump slams UNESCO decision. Trump, Netanyahu, lawmakers, slam UNESCO declaration that Israel has no historic ties to Temple Mount.

Those who fight against Yehovah will be shattered. He thunders against them from heaven;
Yehovah judges throughout the earth. He gives power to his king; he increases the strength of his anointed one. 1 Samuel 2:10 NLT

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(New explanation for why I use God’s literal covenant Name: Yehovah. Here is a link to the best simple explanation I know, from my friend, Keith Johnson.

Loving Death More than Life

14 09 2016

israel_holocaustMiddle East terrorists boast that they will win because they love death more than life. What a perverse demonic bondage! Pray for their deliverance from the death cult. (Here is another excerpt from my newest book: The Hebrew God Who Has No Name).

Israel’s enemies have no regard for life. Their objective is to completely destroy Israel; they have no concern for their safety, nor the protection of their people. They pursue death. They boast about loving death more than life!

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; Deuteronomy 30:19

Yehovah even pleads that they choose life. Yet, they choose death. He gives them the liberty to choose. Yehovah’s longsuffering allows them space to repent. Such is the deep love of Yehovah; and such is the insanity of the enemies of Yehovah who choose death. Walk in the prophetic and choose life.

There are consequences to your choices. Yehovah has promised protection and salvation to those who love Him. Notice that Yehovah does not promise the protection and salvation to all He loves, but only to those who love Him. Some of His promises are conditional on our response. You demonstrate your love for Him by choosing life and keeping His commandments. His love never fails. He loves the worst sinner, and He grieves when they refuse to repent and end up in Hell. Yet, there is a reason for hope. Repent, (which means: “turn around”), Choose life.

Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord Yehovah. “Therefore turn and live!” Ezekiel 18:31-32

Wow! This reveals the truth of God’s character. He has no pleasure in death! Yehovah is the God of grace and mercy, the faithful God of love. What a contrast to the god of war and death that is breaking out of the Middle East and threatening the entire world.

Yet, we know that life will win over death, no matter the boasts of the deceived. Jesus is the resurrection and the Life. All who turn from their wickedness will find life abundantly.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

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[1] Psalm 91:14

Yehovah vs. the god of Islam

2 09 2016

IMG_2438(From the Introduction to The Hebrew God Who Has No Name, just published.)

There is a prophetic context and timing to restoring God’s Name. We are living in the day of the rise of Islam. The name of the god of Islam is shouted every time a suicide bomber attacks innocent civilians. Although presidents and media pretend we all worship the same god, it is a lie from the pit of hell. The God of the Bible is a Father who gave His Son, Jesus, to die in our place, for our sins. The god of Islam is not a father, and demands that his followers give their sons to die for his evil cause. You will see a stark contrast between the God of Israel and the god of Islam when you start using Yehovah’s Name.

This distinction is obscured without understanding the personal names involved. This was seen in the political realm where the Obama administration for eight years refused to name the terrorist enemy as radical Islam. The resulting confusion effectively hamstrung our defensive and offensive efforts to defeat the Islamist threat. Names matter. If we should name our enemy, how much more should we know the Name of Yehovah God, our Creator and Protector?

Furthermore, why would God’s first commandment warn us about “other gods” if we all worship the same God?  Please seriously consider the importance of using the personal Name of Yehovah, the living God of the Bible.

My salvation testimony for many years was meeting Jesus as “my own personal savior”. Now, in recent years, I have also come to know Yehovah as “my personal Father” in a deeper, more intimate way. That is my desire for you as well.

Here is Yeshua (Jesus) in His own words declaring this intimacy with the Father for each of us. He also declares the link between the Father’s Name and His love in us.

“…that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me… And I have declared to them Your Name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:21, 26

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the restoration of Israel.

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Israel Exists = God Exists

1 06 2016

536748_385193128190099_100000982451242_1074228_1062423626_nIsrael is profound proof of the existence of Yehovah, the God of the Bible. A Messianic ministry in Israel is producing a series of videos calling Israeli Jews back to their roots in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Please enjoy the video. (Click here if it doesn’t load).

The rebirth of Israel as a nation-state, in such perfect correspondence with prophecies thousands of years old, is the most tangible evidence that God is real, and that He is faithful to His word. The above video is part of a much larger series produced by the Messianic ministry One For Israel on their Internet portal iGod.co.il (Hebrew only). The aim of these videos is to cause fellow Israeli Jews, so many of whom have turned their backs on God in their frustration with today’s religious authorities, to reëxamine the evidence before them. Israel Today 5-30-16

“For you are a holy people to Yehovah your God; Yehovah your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. Yehovah did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because Yehovah loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, Yehovah has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 
Therefore know that Yehovah your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; Deuteronomy 7:6-9

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(I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah! (for deeper study click here.)

Ancient and Modern Israel

Ancient and Modern Israel


Good News Update

13 04 2016

Dry Bones Passover cartoonHere is some good news for your mid-week prophecy update.

  1. The arch from the Temple of Baal that was going up in Times Square on April 19 has been cancelled! Praise the Lord! I wrote about it in this earlier blog (Baal worship in NYC). Here is the updated story: Victory!…
  2. After six months of terror attacks against Israeli civilians, it is finally showing significant signs of stopping.
  3. A major problem of links to desalinization and heart disease has been solved: Israel, world leader in desalination, is considering adding magnesium to solve the problem.
  4. The Hebrew language is a miracle; it was dead and now is the living official language of Israel. It is another example of prophecy fulfilled. For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of Yehovah, to serve him with one consent. Zephaniah 3:9
  5. Israeli Group Aids Refugees Being Deported by EuropeIsraAID’s teams, made up of Jewish and Arab Israelis, continue providing aid through the distribution of equipment, conducting medical procedures and psycho-social support.

God show His love to those who need Him most! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

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Purim Fun 2016

24 03 2016

Dry bones purim 1Dry bones purim 2

Thanks again to my favorite Israeli cartoonist, Yaachov Kirchen.

“Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:13-14

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Ancient Perpetual Hatred of Israel

10 03 2016

Dry Bones Iran missilesThis week Iran fired two test missiles with the words (in Hebrew) “Israel Should be Wiped Off the Earth” painted on the sides of the missiles. Is this new or unique to history? Of course not! Hitler used similar language, even comparing the annihilation of the Jews as “exterminating rodents”. But it certainly did not start with Hitler, either. Consider this verse written by Ezekiel over 2,700 years ago. Notice that he considered it “ancient hatred” even then!

“Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end, therefore, as I live,” says the Lord Yehovah, “I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you.Ezekiel 35:5-6

The King James version calls it “perpetual hatred.” So what is the source of this relentless quest to destroy God’s beloved Israel? It is Satan himself. He hates Yehovah, but cannot touch Him, so He attacks the apple of God’s eye, Israel. This is clear in Psalm 83.

Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones. They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” Psalm 83:1-4

Satan’s goal is that Israel be forgotten. Where did he get that idea? I have said many times that the devil is not creative. He does not originate, he can only pervert what already exists. Here is where he got the idea to wipe Israel off the map.

For I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals, and they shall be remembered by their name no more. Hosea 2:17

Through Hosea, God was telling Israel’s future, that their worship of false gods would end. They would return to the living God of Israel, and the pagan gods’ names would be forgotten. Satan stole the idea of “wiping from memory” from Hosea’s prophecy. Satan didn’t have a new idea, he just perverted the eternal plan of Yehovah God.

So therefore, I don’t put much stake in Iran’s threats. They are just another in a long list of attempts to destroy Israel that will fail. I choose to stick with the faithful promise of Yehovah’s word.

Thus says Yehovah, Who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (Yehovah of hosts is His name): “If those ordinances depart
from before Me, says Yehovah,  then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.” Jeremiah 31:36:37

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(I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah! (for deeper study click here.)

Great News for Israeli Christians

12 02 2016

Aramaic ChristiansMost Christians in Israel are not Arabs. This is a little known fact. The Palestinian Arab population came with the Muslim conquest hundreds of years after Jesus walked the Land. But there was another people group during that period called Arameans. Jesus Himself spoke Aramaic as well as Hebrew.

Today, most of the so-called Arab Christians are actually Arameans. The great news is that Israel has now recognized them as a separate ethnic identity among Israeli citizens. I have written of this previously, (Israeli Christian Citizens in the IDF?) but this is a further update. Here is the new article:

Israeli Christians Officially Recognized as Arameans, Not Arabs Earlier this year, Israel took the first step in recognizing the nation’s Christians as an independent minority. Now, local Israeli Christians can register as a distinct ethnicity, as well. Lumped together with the Arab population for centuries, Israel’s Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) has been instructed to now recognize the bulk of the country’s Christians as Aramaeans, the actual ethnicity of most of the region’s Christians prior to the Arab Muslim conquest. “The existence of the Aramean nationality is clear and obvious,” wrote Interior Minister Gideon Saar in his official directive to the PIBA. Saar noted that local Aramean Christians have a distinct “historical heritage, religion, culture, descent and language” – all the conditions necessary to be recognized as a national or ethnic group. The change in the national registry will be by request for those Christians born into Christian families or clans and who can speak Aramaic. Financial Spots

This decision will liberate the Aramaic Christians from being under the thumb of the Muslims. Already, these Christians are loyal citizens of Israel, serving in the Israel Defense Forces with distinction. They are clearly pro-Israel. I praise God for this wonderful news. Israel is the only nation in the Middle East where Christians are valued equally. Most Muslim countries officially discriminate against Christians at the least, and commit genocide at the worst. We need to pray for persecuted Christians and rejoice at the recognition they now have in Israel.

For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace. Ephesians 2:14-15 NASB

Pray for the true peace of Jerusalem!

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Pray for Israel’s Modern Heroes

29 12 2015

Israeli female soldier heroLast month she stopped a suicide bomber on her way to blow herself up. This week, at the same checkpoint, she stopped a terrorist armed with a knife. We salute you, Sgt. Rotem Shabbat! The Jewish Standard

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists

Israel is Alive!

10 12 2015

TalitHere is my Hanukkah gift to all my Zionist friends. Six minutes of inspiration!

Please Watch!

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Christians United for Israel – UK 
MUST WATCH: Over 75 Jewish organisations invited Pastor Victor Styrsky, CUFI’s Eastern Representative in the US, to speak at the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach, Florida. Watch this powerful and passionate speech in support of Israel and the Jewish people.
But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May Yehovah punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” Ruth 1:16-17
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Jesus Was a Jew

14 10 2015

Israel garden of EdenLast Saturday Jeremiah Wright, former Pastor of President Obama, claimed that Jesus was a Palestinian. What about it? What difference does it make? Well, the Bible clearly declares that the Messiah will be born of the seed of David and of the tribe of Judah. If Jesus was a Palestinian, He is not the Messiah of Israel, or the Christ of Christians.

The truth is that there was no Palestine at the time of Jesus. Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea. Israel is mentioned no less than 52 times in the New Testament. Palestine is mentioned zero times. (By the way, it is also mentioned zero times in the Koran). There has never been a nation called Palestine in the history of the world, anywhere! Thirty years or more after Jesus was raised from the dead and ascended to Heaven, the Romans totally conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple in 70 AD. Later, in 135 AD, Roman Emperor Hadrian changed the name to Palaestina but it was not a country. They only did it to spite the Jews and attempt to wipe out the memory of Israel. That name stuck in subsequent history because of the rebellion of man against the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Yehovah God of Israel.

One can understand some of the confusion because our Bibles have maps that are labelled: Palestine in the time of Jesus. This is a gross and untrue error. At the beginning of the 20th Century, Jews began streaming back to the land after 400 years of brutal Ottoman Turk Muslim rule. Under the Ottomans it was called Southern Syria. The land was barren and the Jews reclaimed the swamps, the hills, and the valleys. They turned the desolate land into fertile fields (see photo above) and vineyards and olive groves. This productivity created a magnet of jobs for surrounding Arabs from Egypt, Syria and Iraq who joined in on the prosperity. All of these people, both Jews and Arabs, were called Palestinians because of the Roman name change after 135 AD. The main Jewish newspaper for decades was the Palestine Post. It only changed to the Jerusalem Post after Israel became a country in 1948.

It was Yassar Arafat who popularized the term Palestinians as means of dividing the Arabs from the Jews and to begin his terror plot to overthrow and destroy Israel. Now the UN and most of the nations have jumped on the bandwagon to establish a Palestinian State for the first time in history. There is no separate language, no currency, no history, no separate ethnic people or any other historic “right” to claim that they are a nation.

It is God who will have the last word, but you can be sure that Jesus was not a Palestinian.

The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, Yehovah, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, Yehovah, have spoken it, and I will do it.” Ezekiel 36:34-36

GOOD NEWS FLASH! Potentially game-changing oil reserves discovered in Israel – Fox News

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(I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah! (for deeper study click here.)

End of Days

9 10 2015


Israel is once again on the verge of a possible Muslim uprising (intifada). Please be much in prayer for Israel this week. Pray that peace will prevail. Pray for rain. (It actually quiets the riots.)

My favorite cartoonist has done it again with this new one. If you know any pro-Israel folks with an artistic gift, you may want to tell them about the Dry Bones Academy for aspiring cartoonists. Here is Yaachov Kirschen’s personal appeal and the link to his Dry Bones Cartoon Academy.

When I came to Israel in the early seventies, I named my comic strip Dry Bones. That was because of Ezekiel’s vision of the Dry Bones and the ingathering of the Jews to the Land of Israel. Want to know what awaits us? What comes next? Sit yourself down and read the Book of Ezekiel. Meanwhile, do your part. Help us build the Dry Bones Online Academy of Cartoon Advocacy and Activism: www.igg.me/at/drybones

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Who Owns the “West Bank”?

18 09 2015

1922 mapToday’s commentary is a compelling fact sheet on the legal ownership of Judea and Samaria in modern Israel. I have reprinted it in its entirety for accuracy. Enjoy!

The ancient lands of Judea and Samaria, east of Jerusalem, have been part of the Jewish homeland for 3,000 years. Today Arabs demand all of it. 

Judea and Samaria, the land where Jewish ancestors Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rachel, David  and Solomon created Biblical history, was renamed the “West Bank” during Jordan’s brief, illegal 19-year occupation. Today, some 380,000 Jews own land and live in the territory, yet their rights are denied by Palestinian Arabs.

What are the facts?

“Israel has an irrefutable legal claim to these territories backed by the 93-year-old Mandate for Palestine.”

Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, the Allied Powers, which were the only parties with the right or power to resolve ownership of vast tracts of the Middle East, allotted to the Jewish people the land west of the Jordan River, including Judea and Samaria. This resolution, made at the San Remo Conference, was effected through the Mandate for Palestine, which was adopted by the League of Nations in 1922 and assumed by the United Nations in 1948. This document, based on “the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine,” secured “the establishment of the Jewish national home.” Nothing since 1922 has changed the legal status of those internationally binding documents.

Much of the land allocated to the Jews, including most of Judea and Samaria, was taken from them by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria following Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, when the Jewish state was attacked by those Arab nations—the latter three of which were also established by the Mandate for Palestine. Jordan illegally seized the “West Bank” and east Jerusalem, and expelled all Jews from these Biblical homelands.

In fact, the territories of Judea and Samaria have never been part of any nation except the Jewish state. In 1967, when it was again attacked by Arab armies, Israel defeated the invaders and recovered the occupied “West Bank” from Jordan. It should be noted that during Jordan’s occupation of the “West Bank,” no Arab Palestinian movement emerged in favor of independence. Indeed, it wasn’t until Israel reclaimed the land and Jews returned to their ancestral home that claims of Jewish “occupation” were raised.

Today, most land in present-day Judea and Samaria is not privately owned, but rather is unsurveyed—without proven ownership. Israel claims about 30% of the public land in the territory. However, the Supreme Court of Israel has ruled that unsurveyed land in Judea and Samaria can be acquired by Arabs who cultivate it consistently. Arabs, through deed and cultivation rights, own about 95% of private land in the territory. Jews, however, are not granted similar rights, so Jewish farming on unsurveyed land does not entitle Jews to private ownership. Nonetheless, Jews own about 5% of all private land in Judea and Samaria.

Israel offers land for peace. Israel has a clear, millennia-old historical claim to Judea and Samaria, and it reacquired the territories defending itself against an aggressive war. In addition, Israel has an irrefutable legal claim to these territories backed by the 95-year-old San Remo Resolution. Nonetheless, recognizing that its claims are disputed by Arab neighbors, the Jewish state has shown uncommon willingness to share the land.

Starting in 1967, following the Six-Day War, Israel has offered to give up almost all the land it controls in the “West Bank”—plus a Palestinian capital in the eastern part of Jerusalem—in exchange for peace. Unfortunately, despite numerous such land-for-peace overtures by Israel, including two most recently in 2000 and 2008, the Arabs have consistently rejected them.

Not only do the Arabs reject any Jewish claims to land in Judea and Samaria, they have also insisted during peace negotiations that the territory be made judenrein—free of Jews. Worse, many Palestinian Arabs, such as the terror group Hamas, maintain that the entire land of Palestine—from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, including all of Israel and the “West Bank”—belongs only to Arabs. Today, official Palestinian maps do not depict the state of Israel.

How will the dispute over Judea and Samaria be resolved? Over Israel’s 67 years, it has become a world-class cultural, economic and military power. Its standard of living is among the highest in the Middle East. Clearly the Jewish state is here to stay. Yet despite its strength, Israel has shown willingness to negotiate and exchange land for peace. Sadly, this willingness has not been matched by Palestinian leadership. Until such negotiations are consummated, the “West Bank” will remain in dispute—a no-man’s land in which claims of ownership remain cloudy and contested.

While Israel has clear rights to ownership of Judea and Samaria—also known as the “West Bank”—it has taken a practical position, offering to trade those rights and that land for peace with its Arab neighbors.  As of yet, however, tragically, no Palestinian leader has been willing to compromise his people’s unrealistic expectation that all of Palestine—from the river to the sea—belongs only to Arabs. Flame: Facts and Logic about the Middle East

I make this case  in my latest book, Blessing Israel. Please order a copy today.

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

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First Sneak Peek at My New Book

6 08 2015

NC writing retreat 8-15Doreen and I are presently writing in the North Carolina mountains. I am finishing my new book on Christian Zionism (sneak peek overview below). Doreen is writing her fourth children’s book, which completes her series. Please pray for us for a free flow of the Holy Spirit as we write. Thank you. Here is a first look at my newest book:

Blessing Israel – The Throne of Zion

Compelling Biblical Evidence of Zion’s Purpose in God’s Heart

Overview: The idea that God would single out one people to bless and favor has been the source of much controversy from the beginning. It started within Jacob’s own family with that famous (or infamous) coat of many colors. Who knew at the time, the great intrigue that would result not only with Joseph, but ultimately all nations.

My goal in writing this little guide to Christian Zionism is that you would lay it down after reading the last chapter concluding that you, too, are a Zionist.

This will involve learning the true Biblical idea of God’s purpose in blessing Israel and the definition of Zionism according to the Bible text. It must also serve to expose the many false definitions of Zionism, which has become a curse to many.

To find the correct understanding we look not to man’s definitions, but to God Himself. We want to know how He defines Zionism. What was in His heart? Did He favor a people only to reject all others? Or, did God set out to raise up a people to show the world what His love and favor produces, and invite them to join? The saga continues throughout human history, but concluding now, in this generation, with the most exciting climax possible.

We are also praying for the financial ability to get both books published as soon as possible. Thank you for your prayers.

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US Admin says Jerusalem Not in Israel

8 06 2015

Supreme CourtUS Supreme Court: Jerusalem-born Americans can’t list Israel as birthplace: WASHINGTON (AP) — The US Supreme Court struck down a disputed law Monday that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their US passports in an important ruling that underscores the president’s authority in foreign affairs.

U.S. top court backs Obama, invalidates Jerusalem passport law

Supreme Court strikes down ‘born in Jerusalem’ passport law

This is a serious slap in the face to Israel, but even more to the God of Israel. I tremble when I think of the possible repercussions to America. This is as big in my eyes as the US pressure for Israel to withdraw from Gaza that led to Hurricane Katrina and the collapse of Ariel Sharon.

Last month I wrote several blogs about President Obama refusing to meet “face to face” with PM Netanyahu until after the Iran deal. It was about God’s judgments getting personal. That was followed by a serious humiliation to the President who called a major summit of six Arab Gulf states and four of the six refused to meet “face to face,” including Saudi Arabia. That was personal.

This action of the US Supreme Court siding with President Obama and overturning the Law of the US Congress is a national shame. Therefore I am very concerned that we will quickly see a national judgment. What audacity! What gives us the right to tell Israel where their capital should be? Since it is a governmental decision from our capital city rejecting Israel’s capital city (and God’s chosen city) it may come as a direct judgment on Washington, DC. Pray for mercy!

For thus says Yehovah of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. Zechariah 2:8 NKJV

After a period of glory, Yehovah of Heaven’s Armies sent me against the nations who plundered you. For he said, “Anyone who harms you harms my most precious possession.” Zechariah 2:8 NLT

“Since the day that I brought My people out of the land of Egypt, I have chosen no city from any tribe of Israel in which to build a house, that My name might be there, nor did I choose any man to be a ruler over My people Israel. Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.” 2 Chronicles 6:5-6

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Off to Idaho

1 06 2015

RoshHanikraSandpoint, Idaho is one of my favorite ministry destinations  and for family and friends. For a decade or more I have ministered in the area including Spokane, Washington and Libby, Montana. It is a joy and an honor to have such a privilege. My base there is my brother Ken’s church, River of Life. I appreciate my relationships with some powerful marketplace ministers in Sandpoint, led by Ross Hall. One of my favorite stops is always the Cocolalla Cowboy Church with Pastor Steve Bradshaw.

For those of you who are led to pray for me, my request is always the Apostle Paul’s plea from Ephesians.

…that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:19-20 NKJV

The key need here is for “utterance” to be given. His (and my) prayer request is not just for boldness. Anyone can whip up some soul-ish boldness, from human personality. What we desperately need is that God-given utterance from above, the anointing of the Holy Spirit. I don’t want to just spout off my opinions, I covet to speak God’s words, His revelation. So please pray for me to that end if the Lord brings me to mind in the next two weeks of Idaho ministry. Thank you so much.

Here is another translation of that verse from the New Living Translation. I love this version.

And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should. Ephesians 6:19-20 NLT

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Israel Election Crunch Time

16 03 2015

Israel election 2015Today is a mega prayer day for Israel. Tomorrow, Israel chooses its next government. The choice has never been clearer. Netanyahu’s conservative camp will hold onto the land. The liberal camp of Herzog will divide Israel to establish a Palestinian Muslim state which will immediately be overtaken by terrorists. If you are a watchman on the wall; or if you just like the view from the top of the wall, Pray! Pray today! Pray NOW!

I don’t mean hope. I mean pray that the God of Israel will act to defend her. Pray with the prophetic confidence of agreement with His covenant. Here is the scriptural foundation for our prayer of faith.

And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. Daniel 2:21 NKJV

This means God will choose whom He wants to lead Israel. I am praying that the Holy Spirit will touch the hearts of the Israeli voters and move them toward His choice.

My faith is not in the people, but the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. Psalm 121:4 NLT

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After the Dust-Up Settles

4 03 2015

Bibi at Congress 2015Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech was a grand-slam home run yesterday at the Joint Session of the US Congress. Many observers compared it to Winston Churchill. They are right in the sense of the historic timing of this warning of world-wide catastrophe if Iran gets the bomb.

There are moments in life when a leader acts not to win votes — but for the sake of the children. There are moments when a leader is not measured against an American president or media pundits. These are moments where only history can be the judge. Boaz Bismuth in Israel Hayom

The similarities between now and 1939 are clear and portend earth-shaking implications to follow any failure to face the facts. The soberness of the speech properly underscored the choices. We face far more than a trivial breach of protocol, we are looking right down the payload of intercontinental ballistic missiles headed our way. It is not only Israel being threatened and the rest of the Sunni Middle East. The entire Western world is in Iran’s sights and goals. Remember the Iranian mantra that Israel is the little Satan and America is the big Satan.

My only comment about the “dust-up” manufactured by the White House is that it was not worthy of the Office of the President of the United States. It was shameful and embarrassing.

So we pray. We pray hard. We pray often. We pray for the real peace of Jerusalem. We stand for Israel, confident that there is One Who watches over Israel, Who neither slumbers nor sleeps. Yehovah, God of Israel is the ultimate watchman on the wall.

Thank you Prime Minister Netanyahu for giving voice to the truth from God’s voice to our ears.

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

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Commander of the Straw Man Army

6 02 2015

Dry Bones Israel TiedPresident Obama is adept at using a “straw man” to shift an argument, from the real issue to one he can easily refute. It is a form of sleight of hand. He has made an international incident over the invitation for Israel’s Prime Minister to address a joint session of Congress on March 3.

A straw man is a common type of argument and is an informal fallacy based on the misrepresentation of an opponent’s argument. To be successful, a straw man argument requires that the audience be ignorant or uninformed of the original argument. The so-called typical “attacking a straw man” argument creates the illusion of having completely refuted or defeated an opponent’s proposition by covertly replacing it with a different proposition (i.e., “stand up a straw man”) and then to refute or defeat that false argument (“knock down a straw man”) instead of the original proposition. Wikipedia

Perhaps my thoughts will inspire someone to produce an analysis of the President’s use of the straw man. Today I want to use the example of PM Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. Speaker Boehner is accused of some horrific “breach of protocol” for inviting the PM without informing the White House. Even if conceding a breach occurred, it certainly did not rise to the level of an international incident (which the President has created). Leaving aside the contentious relationship the President has developed with our closest Middle East ally, there is a simple answer to why he chose this battle at this time.

It is not about protocol. It’s about Iran. The US is forcing a bad agreement that will allow Iran to still end up with nuclear weapons. This threatens the very existence of Israel. Netanyahu will make the case to Congress. Given their recent advances in ICBM technology, now the US is in range.

Congress wants to vote more sanctions against Iran. The Democrats want to postpone the vote till after the negotiations on March 24. The President does not want Congress or the American people to hear the Israeli objections till after the deal is done.

A second straw man was also used. The President says the speech is too close too Israel’s elections. Yet, the National Field Director of the President’s 2012 re-election campaign is now working for the Israeli opposition, in an effort to unseat Prime Minister Netanyahu. The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

Top Obama Aid Working to Defeat Israeli Right

President Obama, VP Biden and Secretary Kerry all refuse to even meet with the Prime Minister while he is in Washington. Now, Vice President Biden will not even attend the speech, because “The Vice President’s office expects that the vice president will be traveling abroad during the joint session of Congress,” a US official said

UPDATE! Biden Meets Herzog in Munich A day after announcing he would boycott PM Netanyahu’s speech, Vice President Joe Biden met Israeli opposition leader MK Yitzhak Herzog in Munich. Not influencing the election???

Finally, there is a growing boycott of the speech by Democrats. What in the world is going on with this Administration? Is the Democratic Party turning against Israel?

Dems confront Israel, raising Netanyahu speech stakes

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. In that day,” says Yehovah, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in Yehovah of hosts, their God.’ In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a fire-pan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem.” Zechariah 12:2-6

Is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that “fiery torch”?

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

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(I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah! (for deeper study click here.)

Good News/Bad News

31 10 2014

Dry Bones SolomonThe world looks better when you mix in a little humor with the truth. Here is what my favorite Israeli cartoonist (Yaachov Kirschen) added as a comment under his Oct 28 cartoon titled: King Solomon and His Advisor.

“Yikes! According to Biblical Prophecy, in the latter days, all the nations will come against Israel because of Jerusalem.” Dry Bones

He is right of course as repeated many times in the Bible. Here is just one.

I will also gather all nations,  and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land. Joel 3:2

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain in the Promised Land.

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Come Join Our Israel Tour – February

9 09 2014


12 Day Israel Tour – Feb 10-21, 2015


Day 1 Tuesday Feb 10 

Depart USA (Philadelphia) on US Air 9:10pm

Day 2 Wednesday February 11

Arrive Tel Aviv 3:10pm

Joppa- Jonah’s‘s experience

Overnight – Tel Aviv-Dan Panorama Hotel


Day 3 Thursday February 12

Visit Dugit Messianic bookstore

Caesarea –Cornelius

Mount Carmel-Elijah

Megiddo-Armageddon (Rev 16:13-16)

Overnight- Galilee –Caesar Hotel Tiberius


Day 4 Friday February 13

Mount Arbel overlook

Sail on the Sea of Galilee-Peter’s faith

Capernaum-Peter’s mother-in –law healed

Mount of Beatitudes- Blessed are the”

Peter of Primacy- Feed my sheep-Jn 21

Jordan River

Overnight- Galilee

Day 5 Saturday February 14

Tel Dan- Judges gate & Abraham’s gate

Caesarea Philippi- Peter’s great confession

Golan Heights & Bental- former Syrian bunkers

Overnight- Galilee

Day 6 Sunday February 15

Bet Shean- Saul & his sons 1 Sam 31

Qumran- finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls

En Gedi-David penned the psalms here

Float in Dead Sea

Overnight- Dead Sea – David Red Sea Resort & Spa


Day 7  Monday February 16

Masada- King Herod’s Fortress

Walk DOWN Roman ramp
Lunch @ Kfar Hanokdim-and camels
Beersheva-Abraham & Abimelech oath
Valley of Elah-David vs Goliath

Overnight- Jerusalem-Leonardo Plaza Hotel (Short walk to Old City)


Day 8 Tuesday February 17

Mount of Olives-Triumphal Entry

Garden of Gethsemane-Yeshua agony

Kidron Valley-Absalom’s treason

House of Caiaphas-Peter denied Yeshua 3 x

Afternoon – Bethlehem & Church of the Nativity
Shepherds Field

Olive Wood shopping

Overnight- Jerusalem

Note: All sights will be visited. The sequence of sights can be changed by the tour guide.

Day 9 Wednesday February 18

City of David-King David’s “ palace “

City of David movie

Hezekiah’s tunnel-2 Kings 20:20

(wet or dry tunnel- bring a flashlight)

Pool of Siloam- John 9

Southern Excavations-Jesus taught as a child

Davidson Center & movie

Western Wall Tunnel

Mount Zion-Last Supper/ Passover

Upper Room-Pentecost

Walk thru Jewish Quarter

Overnight- Jerusalem

Day 10 Thursday February 19

Free day to explore the old city on your own. Shop in the ancient bazaars, walk the citadel walls. Visit museums. Enjoy your day

Overnight- Jerusalem

Day 11 Friday February 20

Holy Land Model

Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial
Pool of Bethesda–Yeshua healed man-ill for 38 yrs

Antonia Fortress-Herod’s Fortress-

Garden Tomb Celebration

Farewell dinner

Flight departs 11:30pm

Day 12 Saturday February 21

Arrive Philly 5:20am

Full of wonderful memories of Eretz Israel, and Jerusalem, the Land He calls His own, and the “apple of his eye”


Please click on the Menu bar above “2015 Israel Tour” for registration and other information.

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Israel Tour Invitation

25 06 2014

Garden TombDoreen and I would like to invite you to accompany us on a trip of a life-time to the beautiful land of Israel. Is it your time to go?

You may not have noticed the previous announcement of our 2015 Israel Tour. Please pray about your participation. The dates are February 10-21, 2015. We are limiting to 25 people and we are halfway to that total. I believe the intimacy of a small group is a bonus. Please click here for the full itinerary (in Word doc format), cost and registration. Notice the hot links on the itinerary to view each hotel.

This tour is a little longer than normal and I have customized it somewhat to visit particular sites coinciding with what I have taught. Our next to last full day you will be free to explore Jerusalem. Our hotel for five nights in Jerusalem is a ten minute walk to the Old City. Naftali, is our hand-picked excellent Israeli guide. We will have great fun, enormous learning opportunities, and spiritual encouragement.

If you have flight or technical questions please contact Regina at Mauro Tours. You still have time to register ($300.00 per person) before the discount deadline of July 15.

Please prayerfully consider our invitation and if the Lord says “No”, then please pray for those who will be going. Thank you and special thanks for your faithful reading of my blog and for your prayers as a watchman on the wall for Jerusalem!

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Sheep and Goat Nations

28 05 2014

sheep-goatHere is a simple question. Will all the nations of the world attack Israel in the last great battle? What about sheep and goat nations? Who are they?

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

This text clearly speaks of nations (not individuals) who will be separated by the coming Messiah, some to the Father’s Kingdom and some to everlasting punishment.

“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels….. And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:41 & 46

The verses I omitted tell the standard of judgement: The nations are judged specifically on how they treat His brothers.

“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” Matthew 25:40

Let me suggest that at least part of this standard is how the nations treat Israel. Of course it would apply to all believers, but includes Israel, His physical brethren. Is this not consistent with 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

Therefore, I believe that, even now, nations are judged by how they treat Israel. This is so important that it determines the future of nations in the final judgment day. Please consider what I say. Pray about it seriously.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

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The Immutable God

26 05 2014

Remote ControlI would like to define the word “immutable” for you in such a way that you will never forget. In fact, you will remember it from now on, every time you pick up your television remote control. The word “immutable” used to be a difficult concept for me to understand. The light came on for me when I thought of it in modern usage. Let’s face it. Nobody uses the word “immutable” in daily conversation. Then I remembered my TV remote control. What is your favorite button on your remote control? When I preach this message, I ask the congregation to respond. Some simply like the “ON-OFF” button. Others like the channel changers; but most people agree with me. My favorite remote control button is the “MUTE” button. It is so convenient. It seems to give me a sort of power; yes, control over the television! If I don’t like listening to a commercial, I just push the “MUTE” button and I don’t have to listen. Don’t you agree? Even if you prefer the on/off button or the channel changer button, you can see my point. There is a definite sense of control over what you see and hear. Our problem is that we live our lives as though God were a great cosmic broadcast that we could tune in/tune out: turn on/turn off; change or mute at our own whim with our trusty little remote control device. Many people don’t like what God says or does. We don’t want to listen to His voice, so we try everything to mute Him; but sooner or later we learn. YOU CAN’T MUTE GOD He is immutable! We try to make Him fit into a box. We try to change the message to something more to our liking, but it is impossible. He is unchangeable. He is in control. James 1:17 says: “with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” Malachi 3:6 quotes the Lord “For I am the Lord, I do not change;” and that great verse in Hebrews 13.8: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” GOD IS IMMUTABLE!

The apostle Paul spoke this principle in another context. “Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No? But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us – by me, Silvanus, and Timothy – was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (I Cor.1:17-20). Not only does Paul confirm the principle of God’s truthfulness and faithfulness, but he also declares that ALL of God’s promises are still YES in Jesus!

Therefore, we see that God has in fact promised to restore the land of Israel, and that this is not a conditional or temporary promise, but He will continue to bring it to pass even to a thousand generations and will fulfill it through Jesus to the end times. The trustworthiness of its fulfillment does not depend on any people, past, present or future, but on the nature of the immutable God with whom it is impossible to lie. So if this God of truth raises His hand to signify the earnestness of His heart-given promise, we had better believe He means it and will do exactly as He says. We cannot mute God!       GOD IS FAITHFUL!

(This excerpt is from Chapter One of my first book, Prophesy To The Land!)

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Checkpoint Politics

11 03 2014

christcheckpointThis week a direct attack on Israel by “Christians” is underway in Bethlehem. I put “Christians” in quotes because they are replacement theology Christians, believing that modern Israel has nothing to do with the Bible, because God completely replaced the Jews with the gentile church for rejecting Jesus as Messiah. This doctrine is now repudiated by the miraculous history of Israel’s restoration and favor in war and peace for the last 65 years. Only the blessing of Yehovah, the God of Israel could explain their supernatural existence.

The Christ at the Checkpoint conference this week in Bethlehem makes Israel the oppressor and Palestinians the victims. Christian compassion is the excuse for an anti-Israel political cause gaining ground in evangelical circles. (Click here for an excellent in-depth article) This is the worn out political narrative fostered on the world by Yassar Arafat. He invented and defined a previously non-existent people group as a separate entity and race within the Arabs. The Romans called the land of Israel Palestine attempting to destroy the Jews. But even in the 20th century, Palestine was still the unofficial name of the land. However, the population was both Jew and Arab. Even Jews were Palestinians in the nomenclature of the day. The Jerusalem Post was always called The Palestine Post before 1948. There has never at any point in history been a state called Palestine, or a national language, or currency or race. Pure invention of radical Islam and the PLO under Arafat. The Palestinian flag was only chosen in 1964 based on the 1916 flag of the Arab Revolt.

Last year’s conference included well know American speakers including Tony Campolo and Lynne Hybels, wife of Bill Hybels, pastor of Willow Creek Church near Chicago. Also, 35 students from Wheaton College attended led by Wheaton professor and longtime pro-Palestinian activist Gary Burge. This trend of evangelicals opposing Israel is very disturbing. This year, William Wilson, president of Oral Roberts University, is a featured speaker!

Meanwhile, Israeli Messianic leaders have signed a petition explaining their refusal to support the conference. I know several of the leaders personally and certainly add my agreement to their statement. (Click here for full statement). There is also a vocal minority of Arab Christians opposed to the Checkpoint bias. As we continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, remember especially the believers standing in Israel for God’s ultimate purpose and promise for His Land.

‘Thus says the Lord Yehovah: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, Yehovah, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, Yehovah, have spoken it, and I will do it.” Ezekiel 36:33-36

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(As is my custom, I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah!) (for deeper study click here.)

The View From Israel

23 01 2014

etinger‘Don’t Make Us America’s Next Mistake’ Expert warns America: before pushing peace deal, remember Iraq, Iran, Libya and Egypt. The U.S. needs to take a serious look at history before continuing on its current path, former ambassador and Mideast expert Yoram Ettinger has warned. Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Ettinger recalled a long string of American diplomatic and military failures in the Middle East – and warned that current U.S. policy could make Israel the latest in a chain of mistakes.

Several years ago, there was a great point made by Lance Lambert, a Jewish believer in Yeshua as the Messiah. He is a well-respected senior Bible teacher in the Land. His declaration was simple:Israel looks pitifully to America for her salvation.” However, that is beginning to change dramatically, as this article reveals. Israel is waking up to a new reality. They cannot trust America. That is a good thing for Israel, because she must look to Yehovah for survival, not to any man. On the other hand, it is bad for America. We have documented many times the Genesis principle that those who bless Israel are blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed.

I am glad to say that millions of Americans including Congress are still pro-Israel. It is the Administration that has turned away from blessing. It has consequences for our country, and it should motivate us at the polls. My household rates support of Israel as one of our highest priorities when choosing our elected officials. Please pray about your support of Israel in this US election year.

Here is another quote from the article linked above: The U.S. also supported the Islamic revolution in Iran, then supported Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein until his invasion of Kuwait, Ettinger said. PLO head Yasser Arafat was welcome in the White House, and American leaders – including Kerry – treated Syrian dictator Bashar Assad as a peace-seeking leader with whom Israel should negotiate, until the bloody Syrian civil war ended their support.

Ettinger listed other failures of American policy as well, including Hamas’ ascent to power in Gaza – which followed American pressure to include the terrorist group in PA elections – the Muslim Brotherhood’s status in Egypt, and the violence in Libya following the American-backed overthrow of the previous government in that country.

“Whoever is impressed by the opinions given by American Secretaries of State and Presidents should look at their track records,” Ettinger urged. Doing so “will make him think twice about following their recommendations,” he concluded. ‘Don’t Make Us America’s Next Mistake’

Israel must transition from trusting in the United States, and for that matter, even from the Israel Defense Forces, to totally trust in the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.

Now I know that Yehovah saves His anointed; ​​He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.  ​​Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of Yehovah our God. ​​They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stand upright. Save, Yehovah! ​​May the King answer us when we call. Psalm 20:6-9

When you pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for rain in abundance, remember to pray for wisdom from above for her leaders and her people. We do not blindly support every decision of the Israeli government, but we do support the eternal purpose of the God of Israel to bless and restore and protect her in these last days of the age. Finally, we pray for the day when they will recognize Jesus as their Messiah and the Son of God.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists       (READ MORE)

(As is my custom, I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah!) (for deeper study click here.)

Israel: God’s Glory

4 12 2013

I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory. Isaiah 46:13

What a wonderful way for God to display His power and glory, by redeeming banished Israel back to their land and their God! Embracing the literal restoration of Israel is pivotal to understanding God’s glory. My first book, Prophesy To the Land! was a literal reading of Ezekiel 36. Since then I have proven over and over the maxim learned from several mentors: “If you can possibly take a passage literally, do so.”

GloryOverIsraelGod’s glory is revealed in the awesome story of Israel. After the leaders of Israel refused Jesus as Messiah, and were banished from the land to wander the world, many concluded that Israel was replaced by the church in God’s salvation plan. However, that mistake (seemingly confirmed by the Holocaust) was blown away when God began to favor Israel on God’s own timetable:

You will arise and have mercy on Zion; For the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come. Psalm 102:13

I love to preach Psalm 102 which I call the “Holocaust Psalm.” Before Israel became a nation, one could claim that her judgment was permanent. However, since 1948, God has poured out blessing and favor for 65 years. The exiles have returned (and are returning), Jerusalem is back under Israeli sovereignty, God has miraculously protected and delivered them in multiple wars, and He has blessed them with massive newly discovered natural resources and technology. ​Trillions of cubic feet of natural gas are now flowing into Israel from vast fields offshore in the Mediterranean Sea.

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 60:5

Also consider that “Approximately 20 percent or 1 in 5 of Nobel Prize laureates are Jews, yet Jews make up less than 0.2 percent of the world’s population.” (Israel Today) FAVOR!

Finally, consider this recent headline: Netanyahu: Iran is the Darkness, We’re the Light: “We have come to banish the darkness and the greatest darkness that threatens the world today is that of a nuclear Iran,” he said. “We are committed to doing whatever we can to prevent this darkness. If possible, it would be preferable to do so by diplomatic means and if not we will serve as a light to the nations.”

While the world succumbs to the dark scourge of radical Islam, Israel is shining brighter and brighter. And as I said in my previous blog, “Those who bless Israel will be blessed, and those who curse Israel will be cursed.” As for me and my house, we will serve Yehovah, God of Israel, and His eternal covenant purpose to bless Israel.

Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; ​​I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man who executes My counsel, from a far country. ​​Indeed I have spoken it; ​​I will also bring it to pass. ​​I have purposed it; ​​I will also do it. ​​Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted, who are far from righteousness: ​​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 46:9-13

Don’t forget that the word salvation in verse 13 above is Yeshua, the Hebrew word for Jesus. Jesus is the “salvation” placed in Zion for Israel.

And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. Zechariah 12:10

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists      (READ MORE)

Voting Bias?

15 11 2013

Dry Bones voting biasThis has always been true in the United Nations where there are 57 Muslim nations’ votes against Israel on every issue, before even counting the other nations. Then of course many other nations are intimidated or bribed to oppose Israel. I just thought it would be good to remind you of the odds stacked against Israel. Only Yehovah God can defend this tiny nation of His Promise.

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American Jews: Wake Up!

5 11 2013

CFI  So Abraham prayed to God   Genesis 20.17This is one of those rare occasions when I reprint an entire article. This is the experience of a young Israeli, Hen Mazzig, as reported by the Times of Israel. Please take 5 minutes to understand this “first hand” antisemitism right here in America.

An Israeli Soldier to American Jews: Wake up!

As a young Israeli who had just completed five years of service in the IDF, I looked forward to my new job educating people in the Pacific Northwest about Israel. I was shocked, however, by the anti-Israel bigotry and hostility I encountered, especially in the greater Seattle area, Oregon, and Berkeley. I had been very liberal, a member of the leftist Zionist party, Meretz, but the anti-Semitism and hatred for Israel that I have seen in the U.S. has changed my outlook personally and politically.

As part of my work as an educator at StandWithUs, between January and May of this year, I  traveled to college campuses, high schools and churches, sharing the history of modern Israel.  I also shared personal stories about growing up in the Jewish state, and about my family. I always spoke about my military service as an officer in an IDF COGAT unit that attends to the needs of Palestinian civilians who are not involved in the conflict and promotes Palestinian civil society. Each time I would speak and take questions for an hour or more. I have shared my personal story with over 16,000 people at many, many college campuses and high schools, including UC Berkeley, Stanford, the University of Washington, Seattle University and many others. Many of those to whom I spoke were supportive, friendly, and open to hearing about my Israel. But, sadly, far too many were not.

When I served as a soldier in the West Bank, I got used to having ugly things said to me, but nothing prepared me for the misinformation, demonization of Israel, and the gut-wrenching, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic hostility expressed by many students, professors, church members, and even some high school students right here in the Pacific Northwest.

I was further shocked by how unaware the organized Jewish community is and how little they are actually doing to counter this rising anti-Semitism, which motivated me to write this article.

This new form of bigotry against Israel has been called the “new anti-Semitism,” with “Israel” replacing “Jew” in traditional anti-Semitic imagery and canards, singling out and discriminating against the Jewish state, and denying the Jewish people alone the right to self-determination. The new anti-Semitism is packaged in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS), which claims to champion Palestinian rights though its real goal is to erode American support for Israel, discredit Jews who support Israel, and pave the way for eliminating the Jewish state. One of BDS’ central demands is the “complete right of return” for all the descendants of the original Palestinian refugees, subtle language that means the end of Israel as the Jewish homeland because it would turn Israel into a Palestinian-Arab majority state.

It is surprising that an extremist group like BDS is ever taken seriously, but BDS advocates have found receptive audiences in some circles. Their campaigns are well organized and in many cases, well financed. They have lobbied universities, corporations, food co-ops, churches, performing artists, labor unions, and other organizations to boycott Israel and companies that do business with Israel. But even if these groups don’t agree to treat Israel as a pariah state, the BDS activists manage to spread their anti-Israel misinformation, lies and prejudice simply by forcing a debate based on their false claims about Israel.

To give you a taste of the viciousness of the BDS attacks, let me cite just a few of the many shocking experiences I have had. At a BDS event in Portland, a professor from a Seattle university told the assembled crowd that the Jews of Israel have no national rights and should be forced out of the country. When I asked, “Where do you want them to go?” she calmly answered, “I don’t care. I don’t care if they don’t have any place else to go. They should not be there.” When I responded that she was calling for ethnic cleansing, both she and her supporters denied it. And during a presentation in Seattle, I spoke about my longing for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. When I was done, a woman in her 60’s stood up and yelled at me, “You are worse than the Nazis. You are just like the Nazi youth!” A number of times I was repeatedly accused of being a killer, though I have never hurt anyone in my life. On other occasions, anti-Israel activists called me a rapist. The claims go beyond being absurd – in one case, a professor asked me if I knew how many Palestinians have been raped by IDF forces. I answered that as far as I knew, none. She triumphantly responded that I was right, because, she said, “You IDF soldiers don’t rape Palestinians because Israelis are so racist and disgusted by them that you won’t touch them.”

Such irrational accusations are symptomatic of dangerous anti-Semitism. Yet, alarmingly, most mainstream American Jews are completely oblivious to this ugly movement and the threat it poses. They seem to be asleep, unaware that this anti-Jewish bigotry is peddled on campuses, by speakers in high schools, churches, and communities, and is often deceptively camouflaged in the rhetoric of human rights.

The American Jewish community and its leaders are not providing a united front to combat this latest threat. Unfortunately, this repeats a pattern of Jewish communal groups failing to unite in a timely way to counter threats against us individually and as a community.

Shockingly, a small but very vocal number of Jews actively support BDS. They often belong to organizations that prominently include “Jewish” in their names, like Jewish Voice for Peace, to give cover to BDS and the anti-Semitism that animates it. A question that we, as a Jewish community must ask ourselves, is whether it is ever appropriate to include and accept Jews who support BDS and directly or indirectly advocate the ultimate elimination of the Jewish State of Israel.

I think it is not.

My experiences in America have changed me. I never expected to encounter such hatred and lies. I never believed that such anti-Semitism still existed, especially in the U.S. I never knew that the battlefield was not just Gaza, the West Bank, and hostile Middle Eastern countries wanting to destroy Israel and kill our citizens and soldiers. It is also here in America, where a battle must be waged against prejudice and lies.

I implore American Jews: do more.

Israel cannot fight this big battle alone. If you are affiliated with a Jewish organization, let it know you want it to actively, openly and unequivocally oppose the BDS campaign and those who support it. Inform yourself, your friends and families, by visiting websites of organizations like StandWithUs, Jewish Virtual Library, AIPAC, AJC and others that will update you and provide information about BDS and anti-Semitism.

I urge the organized Jewish community and its members to wake up and stand up for the Jewish state of Israel, and for all it represents, and for all it works to achieve.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists     (READ MORE)

Really Good Israel News

22 10 2013

fig“So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, Yehovah, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, Yehovah, have spoken it, and I will do it.” Ezekiel 36:35-36


a) Gas – Israel’s recent discovery of mega gas fields titled Tamar and Leviathan are located off the Israeli coast from Haifa. These massive discoveries will soon transform Israel as they will adequately look after Israel’s domestic needs forever and thereafter to supply foreign markets. A number of countries are pursuing involvement in these finds. Among them are Russia, China, Europe and South Korea. Putin was in Israel two months ago pursuing a contractual relationship with Israel on its gas development projects. Nothing has been signed yet.

Tamar is came online sometime in 2013 and Leviathan to follow in early 2014.

Additional target areas are being explored all the way down the Mediterranean coast of Israel.

The likelihood is that a pipeline from the gas discovery area will be built to Cyprus and on to Greece. This will help Greece with some of its financial troubles. It is expected there will be a plant built to liquefy the gas at the Greek end of the underwater pipeline.

b) Oil – geologists have recently completed a large mapping of most of southern Israel and preliminary findings indicate there are vast amounts of oil trapped in rock layers under about 15% of the State of Israel. This shale oil is technically difficult to extract but Israel and the companies involved are becoming very familiar with the methodology to extract this oil called ‘fracking’. Retired Canadian experts in this system are now resident in Israel working on this huge project.

The World Energy Council and Israel Energy Initiatives have completed a detailed study and presented it to the government on their estimates of Israel’s shale oil potential. They estimate that Israel’s shale reserves could contain as much as 250 billion barrels of potentially recoverable oil.

This would be putting Israel on a par with Saudi Arabia in terms of its oil reserves!

Israeli planners believe that if the gas and oil finds reach the levels that the potential indicates, Israel’s current group of allies, trading partners and opponents could drastically change. Israel’s geo-political standing in the world will also change. It’s amazing what friends can be made when you have oil and gas to export!

MED-RED RAILWAY – China is in very serious negotiation (contracts have been exchanged) – the Chinese will build and finance most of a high speed railway from Eilat to Ashdod. This would allow tankers and freighters to avoid the Suez Canal as well as cut the time frame from canal usage in half, by using the railway. This is a huge development for Israel as it will open up the Negev , which was always the dream of David Ben Gurion. It would not be surprising that a major announcement on this development with all its details should be expected by mid 2013.


The Chinese Government, while they are negotiating the Med-Red Railway, have made it clear to Israel that they have a multi-billion dollar fund that they would put to use, to fund Israeli hi-tech start-ups and companies needing mezzanine financing. The Israeli Government is very amenable to this opportunity, and the Chinese have already agreed to the stringent conditions that Israel wants to apply on any of the investments. Look for an announcement on this in 2013.

You should be aware that the Israeli Government and various Agrarian companies are extremely busy today in China – assisting the Chinese with their need to get much more production out of their land, while following the Israeli system of water economy. Further, the Chinese are learning every possible method Israel has on how to maximize milk production, and other elements necessary for the Chinese to raise the level of feeding their huge population. This relationship is being very well received by the Chinese and its government.

ALIYAH – Numerous European countries are seeing their Jewish populations diminishing because of a resurgence of anti-Semitism and violence against their Jewish communities. Islam is on the march in many of the European countries. In particular, sizable numbers of French, British and smaller numbers of Jews from other EU countries have left or are in the process of going to Israel. The Jewish Agency for Israel is planning for a significant aliyah to continue as well as increase over time with Jews leaving Ukraine and Russia.

Again the planning of the Jewish Agency indicates that Ben Gurion’s dream of large communities in the Negev is now nearer to realization than ever before. Hi-tech companies are being offered significant inducements by the government to establish their campuses and their R&D facilities in communities being formed in the Negev. Currently the hi-tech campuses are extremely crowded in an area south of Tel Aviv. Bear in mind that nothing is far in Israel.


Assuming all of the things described previously like oil, gas, Chinese investment, Med-Red Railway, as well as things still to be developed, the future for Israel is extremely bright.

The IDF, the IAF, the MOSSAD, the SHIN-BET, the AMAN, are amongst the best of their kind in the world and will do their utmost to safeguard the State of Israel and the Jewish people wherever they are to be found. (author unknown)

Thank you Jesus!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists       (READ MORE)

Odd Way to Worship

6 09 2012


Today’s cartoon is not about Islam. It is about Islamism, the international, antisemitic, anti-female, anti-freedom, anti-western, fascist movement that is now out of control and infecting Muslims around the world …and inciting them to kill. Islamism is the enemy that the world refuses to name. (Yaakov Kirschen -Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973)

One of the most encouraging signs of the end of this age is revealed in this cartoon and the commentary by the cartoonist. For many years I proclaimed that Israel and the church were on parallel tracks. However, the Lord corrected me a few years ago. They are not parallel (meaning they would never meet) but they are merging. Mr. Kirschen is an Israeli who is asking the right question. He illustrates that the god of Islam is different in character from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Christians and Jews preach that God is love. Islam’s god is primarily a god of War. Our God is a Father. The Koran adamantly and utterly rejects that its god could, or ever would be a father. It is considered blasphemy.

Therefore, I rejoice to see this step toward the reconciliation destined for Jews and Christians.

Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, If you know? Proverbs 30:4

Please keep me in prayer as I minister in Idaho the next two weeks. Thank you.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists      (READ MORE)

Voting for Israel

18 08 2012

Many believers manage to suspend their principles when they step into the voting booth. This is wrong. We must vote the Bible. I vote pro-life. I vote pro Biblical marriage. And an uppermost criteria…I vote Israel. It must be stated that many Democrats are pro-Israel, but in this year’s presidential ballot there is a stark contrast.

President Obama speaks some good things about Israel, but his actions have been the opposite. We cannot judge by words. He has alienated our best friends in the Middle East, while directly encouraging the Muslim Brotherhood, who are sweeping into power throughout the region.

Meanwhile, a highly respected annual list in Israel names the most pro-Israel non-Jewish leaders in the world. Topping the 2012 listing was Mitt Romney, the US Presidential Candidate:

Love or hate his politics, Romney’s vocal support for Israel as a contender for the world’s top job, has challenged the incumbent and many Americans to rediscover their own understanding of the United States’ special relationship with the Jewish state.

His tough stance on Iran has put the Ayatollahs on notice.  In his recent trip to the Holy Land, he acknowledged Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and cited the historic connection of the Jewish people with the land, which has gone a long way in underlining the Jewish narrative regarding Israel on the world stage, thereby earning him the top spot this year.  the algemeiner

Following Romney on the list are Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp, Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India.

Romney’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital challenged the diplomatic world which refuses to recognize the obvious. This weekend Romney again spoke against the diplomatic tide: U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney blasts Obama on Iran, says America must lead the world in stopping ‘genocidal regime.’ Speaking after Ahmadinejad called Israel a “cancerous tumor that must be excised,” he said Obama had failed to prevent Iran from moving forward with its nuclear program. “America must lead the world in stopping Iran’s genocidal regime from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability,” he declared. His running mate Congressman Ryan said, “Under President Romney our adversaries will think twice about challenging America and our allies because we believe in peace through strength. There will be no daylight between America and our friends around the world.”

Vice Presidential Candidate, Paul Ryan, has long been considered pro-Israel:  America has no better friend in the Middle East than the nation of Israel. Not only is Israel the region’s only fully functioning democracy, with a government based on popular consent and the rule of law, but it is also a valuable ally against Islamic extremism and terrorism. He’s been the co-sponsor of no less than 5 pro-Israel bills and resolutions, and puts the issue “Israel” under the category “Homeland Security” on his Congressional website.

If you still struggle to justify voting please consider the Biblical counsel to “give unto Caesar” and to act on our faith. This is not a time to vote “present”, it is time to wake up, stand up, speak up and vote the Bible!

And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21

But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.  James 2:18

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Elisha’s Eyes

24 01 2012

There is a major transition underway in the Church. For several decades the emphasis has been on the Elijah anointing of struggle against false gods, and the restoration of Fatherhood. Today, however, we have moved into an era of seeing more clearly in the Holy Spirit dimension, just as Elisha’s servant saw God’s answer in the chariots of fire surrounding the Syrian army. Read the story in 2 Kings 6. My latest book, Generation LIGHT, examines the transition from Elijah to Elisha: seeing what God sees.

Book One the GENERATION Series, was Generation LAST, on why we are now in the last generation of history as we know it. The conclusion expounded Isaiah 60 and the glory of Yehovah given to His people at one of the darkest hours of world history. Glory is expressed some 15 times in the first five verses of Isaiah 60 as arise, shine, glory seen, and even the word light.

Perhaps the most important key word is radiant, found in verse 5. We do not simply reflect God’s glory, we radiate His glory: Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart will swell with joy; Isaiah 60:5.

Jesus is the light of the world. Generation LIGHT reveals His glorious light expressed in supernatural power enabling us to swim against the rising tide of the enemy of our souls. The result is not only survival, but also an overcoming authority: to heal, to save, and to set captives free. This is the day of resurrection power as exemplified first in Elisha, then Jesus, and finally in the last generation, through Israel and the Church. While this book accentuates “seeing” as the prerequisite LIGHT, the GENERATION Series concludes with Book Three, declaring the resurrection power released in this last generation. Generation LIFE is coming this Spring (Lord willing).


Yehovah God let the prophet Daniel see today’s news, over 2,500 years ago. What was Daniel’s revelation about the 21st Century? He was not seeing only destruction, but victory. Many Christians have heard at least something about the great vision of history that God gave to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. It was interpreted by Daniel. God revealed the major kingdoms of history, even including the kings of the last generation. But just look at the result: God’s King and Kingdom fill the whole earth!

And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Daniel 2:44

That gives us the big picture, but what about the personal view? How will each believer act in the end times? We have already talked about being children of light, not surprised as the world will be, when Jesus returns as a thief in the night. But Daniel gives us another piece. When the antichrist is in power, He will deceive many by his flattery. Yet this will not be the case for believers who know God.

Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. Daniel 11:32

The Hebrew word translated great exploits means function or do. In other words, believers will be able to function when the world becomes dysfunctional with fear and panic at the unfolding events. That is certainly good news and a reason for our hope. We will be watching, sober, awake and functioning even at the worst of times. We have read the end of the Book. Jesus wins! And He lives in us! Christ living in us is our hope of glory.

I am praying that we all see what God sees with “Elisha Eyes” and radiate His glory and His joy! This is the only way to function effectively in today’s dysfunctional world.

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Christian Zionism

22 10 2011

What is a Christian Zionist? Since I bill myself as a Voice of Christian Zionists, allow me to expand on what that means. Also, how do Messianic believers fit into the picture? There are sure to be other definitions, but here is mine. As a Christian Zionist, I am a believer that Jesus (Yeshua) is the promised Messiah of the Hebrew scriptures and that God is literally restoring His covenant people, Israel, to their own land in its historic geographical location. I have a literal view of the Bible which says Christians are adopted into Israel. I used to trace my roots back 2,000 years to Jesus. Now I realize my roots go all the way back to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; all the way to Adam at least 6,000 years! The Old Testament is for me, too!

A recent email asked how a person could believe in Jesus and be a Torah observer. It is a valid stand and speaks of someone who takes his faith seriously and is not “sleeping” through life, like many today.

There are two points to make. First, most of Christendom believes the law was done away with. However, that is a misinterpretation. Romans  10:4 is the basis for this error: For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Most put a period after law, but Yeshua did not end the law, it still exists and is in full force. It will be the standard by which all are judged at the last Day. The Apostle Paul’s point was not the end of the law, but the end of obtaining righteousness through the keeping of the law. (renewed annually with a blood sacrifice)  Torah observers in Yeshua  keep the feasts and dietary stipulations now, voluntarily, by personal choice. It does not earn them righteousness. But the depth and wealth of revelation of the Torah is now greatly appreciated by sincere believers. By the way, Torah never was limited to “legal codes”, but embraces the heart of God, the love of God, the intent of God to bless His  people.

Secondly, we see the revelation of the name of God to be Yahweh (or Yehovah, as I now prefer). There is a great site by my friend Keith Johnson. Here is the site: http://hishallowedname.com/ The discovery of the Leningrad manuscripts in the 90’s produced manuscripts with about 50 times out of 6,828 uses of the Name where the original vowel points still exist, confirming Y’hovah as the pronunciation. But I digress.) Nehemiah Gordon, a Karaite (scripture believing) Jew, worked closely with Keith. Nehemiah was a prominent scholar working on the Dead Sea Scrolls. He and Keith also have a book proposing that Matthew’s Gospel was originally written in Hebrew.

Finally, I agree with Nehemiah that Rabbinic Judaism errs when they elevate the oral law (and traditions) above the scripture. A Christian Zionist takes the Bible literally wherever possible and hold scripture above man’s opinions. My mission is to call people to wake up, stand up, and speak up. God is restoring His name in our day, to be read and spoken. This is in direct contrast with the rise of Islam’s god who is not a father and has no son; which means the Isa of the Koran is a different Jesus than Paul preached. Israel is being restored in covenant mercy by Yehovah, the ultimate promise keeper. Former gentiles who find Messiah Yeshua will merge with believing Jews (Romans 11) as one new man (Ephesians 2). The return of Jesus is very soon when all will recognize Him in His fullness as Yeshua ben Yehovah (Philippians 2).

And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 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 11:23-24

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Ephesians 2:14-18

and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:11

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Why We Need Toucans

17 06 2011

I was reading a really horribly twisted article on the Jerusalem Post this morning which I suggest you read, to understand people who try to solve Israel’s problems without Yehovah God. It includes mockery of Glen Beck and his Jerusalem rally in August. The writer also manages to attack Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann and Mike Huckabee along with other American and Israeli conservatives. He even manages to skewer several godly pastors both living and dead.

There is a mantra of the godless left that says “right-wing” Christians and Jews hate Muslims. This is a lie. Jesus died for Muslims, and God calls them to repentance as He does for all people. God loves people and desires that they choose life in Him. Therefore, we love Muslim people as God does. However, the ideology and religious doctrine of Islam is paganism. It denies that God is a Father and that Jesus is His Son Who died on the cross to save whosoever will come to Him.

So, why do we need toucans? After reading the article, I stared at my computer background which today is the toucan. I just started worshiping the glorious beauty and diversity of our Creator. Could the world get by without that one specie of tropical bird? Probably yes. Yet, God in His infinite wisdom may have just decided one day: “Wouldn’t it be cool to have at least one of my birds with an enormous yellow and orange beak with stark black and white feathers?” Well, if that is what God was thinking, I agree. Even the flight of the toucan is cool. Because of the disproportionate weight of his prize beak, a toucan has to work hard to gain altitude and then falls as he glides, pumps up to heights again, only to fall again as he glides.

Somehow I think life is a bit like a toucan with our own ups and downs, but God is with us! We have a place in His purpose that is uniquely ours. Don’t ever tire of pumping up your altitude in the Holy Spirit, the glide is worth it.

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Obama Fading In Israel

26 05 2011

The Jerusalem Post released a brand new poll of Israeli Jews today showing Obama at 12%. Only 12% believe he is pro-Israel while 40% believe he is pro-Palestinian. He has yet to visit Israel as President after one visit during his campaign. Meanwhile, a new Israel National News poll reveals that two-thirds of Israel Arab citizens oppose Israel’s existence!

He exposed his bias last week when he took up the Palestinian demand of the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat about the 1967 borders. (They share another ignominious commonality in that they were both awarded the Nobel Peace prize with dubious earned accomplishments). His walk back at AIPAC was unconvincing, at least to Israeli Jews. It is clear that even some of America’s Jews are having serious “buyers remorse” about his presidency.

Contrast that with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s rock star reception before the joint session of Congress. Israel has hardly had such a commanding statesman in a generation. He made his case with moral clarity not dependent on enticing words, but with the authority of truth. He who speaks with truth in his corner can afford to be gracious; as he was with our president.

Finally, what happened to our President in the UK? His numerous embarrassing gaffes did not look good. I have not heard anyone comment on his travel days changed, due to the Iceland volcano’s ash plume. What makes it interesting, is that it his third foreign trip in a year altered by a volcano. It also happened in Poland and Indonesia. Jesus said that if His disciples stopped praising Him, even the rocks would cry out. Somehow, these volcanoes send a different message.

HERE is the basis of prayer for our leaders, from the Hebrew prophet, Daniel:

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. I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors, for you have given me wisdom and strength. You have told me what we asked of you and revealed to us what the king demanded.”Daniel 2:19-23.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists        (READ MORE)

Short Memory

29 03 2011

Then a new king came to the throne of Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. (Exodus 1:8 NLT). (More photos)

The problem of short memory affects geo-politics. Joseph had risen to number two in Egypt because of the favor and promotion of God. Not only was provision made for his Hebrew family, but all of Egypt prospered under his God-given wisdom and revelation. But a new king came to power who did not know Joseph or what he had done for the country. How could he not know? …short memory!

A few weeks ago an Israeli family in the town of Itamar was brutally murdered in their beds. The news covered it briefly and then went on to other news. Even though their were tens of thousands of people at the funeral, the liberal Israeli paper Haaretz, did not even mention the funeral on the front page. How many reports anywhere mentioned that less than a decade before another mother and three children were also murdered by Palestinian terrorists in Itamar?short memory.

Here is another example: How many intifada’s have occurred? The Palestinians are now threatening a “third intifada”. Yet, the collective memory of the world is so short. After the Balfour Declaration of 1917 provided a homeland for the Jews, there were two intifadas. One was in the 20’s and another in the 30’s. That means we are now up to number five if there is a new one. …short memory.

Did President Obama Know Joseph?

It is likely if not certain that the new leadership in Egypt will be worse than Murbarak. Dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, the new leaders in Egypt are destined to break the treaty with Israel and forget all the benefits of that peace. That is one issue. However, there is another application closer to home.

President Obama may fit the definition of “a king who knew not Joseph” as the leader of America. His background is far more Muslim than anyone admits. Both his father and step father were Muslims and he was taught in a Muslim school in his most formative years in Indonesia. His youth in Hawaii was a much more “multi-cultural”  experience (see note below) than most Americans. Add to that his early and later associations with Marxists and Black Liberation Theology. So what is my point? How can we expect President Obama to carry the treasured heritage in his memory that most Americans carry? He does not know it for himself. Then, throw in the questions about his birth certificate and his locked up college records. What President have we ever had with such secrecy? …short memory.

Note on multiculturalism: I am using this term not in the sense of peaceful race relations, but as a seductive way for pagan gods to gain entrance to God’s people. Heaven is not multicultural, it is a Kingdom undivided totally loving and worshiping the one true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through His only begotten Son, Jesus: Yeshua ben Yehovah.

God’s Viewpoint on Multiculturalism

The idols of Babylon, Bel and Nebo, are being hauled away on ox carts. But look! The beasts are staggering under the weight! Both the idols and the ones carrying them are bowed down. The gods cannot protect the people, and the people cannot protect the gods. They go off into captivity together. “Listen to me, all you who are left in Israel. I created you and have cared for you since before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. “To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal? Some people pour out their silver and gold and hire a craftsman to make a god from it. Then they bow down and worship it! They carry it around on their shoulders, and when they set it down, it stays there. It cannot even move! And when someone prays to it, there is no answer. It has no power to get anyone out of trouble. “Do not forget this, you guilty ones. And do not forget the things I have done throughout history. For I am God I alone! I am God, and there is no one else like me. Only I can tell you what is going to happen even before it happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. I will call a swift bird of prey from the east a leader from a distant land who will come and do my bidding. I have said I would do it, and I will. Listen to me, you stubborn, evil people! For I am ready to set things right, not in the distant future, but right now! I am ready to save Jerusalem and give my glory to Israel. (Isaiah 46 NLT).

(My thoughts were triggered when a good friend shared the Exodus verse with me over the weekend in Clearwater.)

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists     (READ MORE)

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