I want to thank everyone who participated in our matching funds campaign. We raised over 35K! Because of your partnership we will receive a 35K matching funds gift from two businessmen in Maryland. Thank you so much!!!

We will begin the three-week transformation of our present fellowship hall into a beautiful, warm and inviting not-for-profit coffee house in August. We will host concerts there and encourage folks to invite their unbelieving friends. We believe Good News of Yeshua is best shared Tel Aviv over a cappuccino. :-) In addition, we will use it for fellowship meals, young adults meetings and most importantly our weekly Friday pre-service prayer meeting.

In fact, for those coming on our fall Israel tour, we plan have an intimate concert with local Israeli artists in the coffee house on the second to last night. The tour is pretty full, but we can still accommodate a few more if you are interested. Just go to www.LivingStonesIsrael.com to get all the information.Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 8.57.18 AM

Our goal is to be as frugal as we can in building the coffee house so we can use any remaining funds to freshen up our sanctuary. We want to paint it and install a new floor. We want to impact the first impression that our visitors have—which means our old black floor must go!

My wife Elana took it upon herself to redo one of the most unattractive rooms in our building. The Heder Hanaka—room for nursing mothers. We wanted to bless our precious mothers and Elana put us to work. I wish I could show you the before pictures, so you can see the difference, but at least we have some nice after pictures. Elana did an amazing job.

Again, thank you so much for standing with us here in Tel Aviv! I know that by blessing Israel, God can’t help but bless you! He is faithful to His promises (Gen. 13:3). The restoration of the elder brother of the nations—Israel—is so dear to the Father’s heart.

Thank you!

Until all Israel is Saved! (Rom. 11:26),

Ron Cantor
Tiferet Yeshua, Tel Aviv

Dear Friends,

I have spent the last week rewriting Identity Theft. Why would I do that? Very simple, we want to take what was a teaching book for Believers and turn it into an outreach tool for Israelis. Several weeks ago “A”, a young father in our congregation who works in hi-tech, came to me and asked, “When are you going to translate Identity Theft into Hebrew? It is the best outreach book for Jewish people that I have ever seen.”

While I think he is exaggerating a bit, I do believe God will use it. Just a few weeks after it was published I did receive a note from an Israeli living in the U.S. that shortly after reading Identity Theft he made a commitment to the Messiah. That was more than two years ago and he is still going strong.

So with that in mind, we decided to rewrite it changing the main character from an American Jew, David, to an Israeli, Tal. In addition we added much more Messianic prophecy and showed how Yeshua fulfilled this. I wanted to share an excerpt with you from the new book in English. 

“But Tal, we can prove that Yeshua is the Messiah based on the prophecies. Earlier we used historical science to conclude that Yeshua rose from the dead. Now we can use mathematical science to see that Yeshua must be the Messiah. In 1957 Professor Peter W. Stoner wrote a book called Science Speaks. In it he sought to find out the mathematical probability of Yeshua fulfilling just eight of the dozens of prophecies.

“His research was simple. Take one issue like blue eyes. One out of six people have blue eyes. Then take something else, people over two meters (6’ 6”) tall. The odds of being over two are meters are about one in a thousand. How many of those one in six are over two meters tall? Suddenly the odds decrease to one in six thousand. Then you add another variable—how many of those blue-eyed, two-meter-tall people are women! The odds of being a blue-eye women at least two meters tall are closer to one in sixty thousand. Now, one more—how many of these women live in Ashkelon? Maybe one? Maybe none.

So we took just four variables and concluded that it is possible there is not one person in the world who fulfills just those four! Yeshua fulfilled not four prophecies, but over 300![1]

“Professor Stoner took just eight of these prophecies. He used 12 different classes of students over time to determine the odds of each prophecy being fulfilled. He then merged the odds and did the math. He concluded…brace yourself…that for one man to fulfill just eight of these prophecies, the chances are 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.[2] Considering there are only 7,000,000,000 people on earth, it would be impossible for more than one person to fulfill just those eight prophecies—and highly unlikely that even one could fulfill them, unless there was some intelligent being—God!—designing everything for His purposes.”

“Given these odds, it is stunning that not every scientist is a believer. This is amazing,” I said.

“I agree Tal. It proves that at the heart of the atheist is not science, but arrogance against God. They refuse to believe not because it goes against science, but because it offends their intelligence.

“Professor Stone concluded that, ‘Any man who rejects the Messiah as the Son of God is rejecting a fact proved perhaps more absolutely than any other fact in the world.’[3] He goes on to give an astounding analogy:

Let us try to visualize this chance. If you mark one of ten tickets, and place all of the tickets in a hat, and thoroughly stir them, and then ask a blindfolded man to draw one, his chance of getting the right ticket is one in ten. Suppose that we take 1017 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote using their own wisdom.

Now these prophecies were either given by inspiration of God or the prophets just wrote them as they thought they should be. In such a case the prophets had just one chance in 1017 of having them come true in any man, but they all came true in Christ.

“So Yeshua must be the Messiah!” I concluded.

 

[1]http://www.accordingtothescriptures.org/prophecy/353prophecies.html

[2]http://www.bereanpublishers.com/the-odds-of-eight-messianic-prophecies-coming-true/

[3] Professor Stoners book can be read here for free in English. http://sciencespeaks.dstoner.net

(Because I know there will be one person out there who may not realize it, this first section is satire to open our eyes)

Bill Chill is from North Dakota. Several years ago he realized that he was not attracted to women—or men. But his true love is his cow Annabelle. Next week he an Annabelle will make it official during their marriage ceremony, now that the Freedom to do Whatever the Heck I Want ACT has been passed. Barack Obama has called Chill a hero and example to all the bullied kids of America. He plans to invite Bill and Annabelle to the White House after their marriage for a special dinner and grazing.

The LBGTA (‘a’ for animals) community is calling Bill “courageous” for bringing this former taboo into the mainstream. ESPN is giving him the Arthur Ashe Courage award (Meanwhile Ashe was seen turning over in his grave earlier today) to be presented by former winner, Bruce…, I mean, Caitlyn Jenner. ESPN doesn’t seem to understand or care that this, like Mr/Ms Jenner’s transformation has nothing to do with sports.

“All my life I knew I was different,” said Chill. “When my friends were going to prom I was ridiculed when I showed up with my goat Lisa. They just didn’t get me. Wow, how times have changed. Lisa, may she rest in peace, is gone, but I have found true love again with Annabelle.” Annabelle had no comment. But there is no truth to the rumor that her mother was served at the reception dinner.

Whenever anyone mentions the slippery slope upon which we are sliding down at a record pace, the left cries homophobe. But honestly where does it end? Bruce Jenner is a hero!? Really? Obama has tweeted praise to Jenner.

I would love to comment on what achievements truly take courage—like fighting terrorism, defeating ISIS, defending Christians that are being beheaded and raped (when will you find time to tweet about those things Mr. President? Maybe between the front nine and back nine?)—but this blog is taking a different path.Screen Shot 2015-05-30 at 10.43.58 AM

Once you declare that men and men can marry you have opened Pandora’s box. Now, men can be women. In fact, if you even call Jenner, Bruce or Mr., you are bigot. Kids are being raised by leftwing parents, being told, “You get to choose when you are ready, whether you are a boy are a girl.” Soon, three people will want to get married (in fact it has already happened).

And in the not too distant future there will be calls for every type of perversion imaginable.

  • Fathers will want to marry daughters (already one case this week!) or sons.
  • Perverted men will demand the freedom to have sex with little boys.
  • Siblings will demand the right to marry each other—and be declared heroes for doing so.
  • Polygamy will allowed.
  • And Bill Chill and Annabelle will live happily ever after

There is no end.

And the reason there is no end is because the new philosophy that is being legitimized is this: Who are you to judge someone else for the way they feel or what they desire.

So if I think Bruce is still Bruce (with boobs) then I am mean, a bully—yes, a homophobe (which is ironic, because I don’t think Bruce is gay—or is he?). But how dare you then turn around and judge someone who likes kiddy porn. He was born that way. What is wrong with being a pedophile? He too, was born that way. By the current trend, he is not a pervert, he is merely different. And we must embrace it.

Just because you want something doesn’t make it moral. What if I want to drink and drive? Don’t judge me. What if I want to steal—I find the challenge exhilarating? The funny thing is I used to steal as a teen. But I chose to stop doing something I enjoyed (at the time) because it was wrong!

This is why we need definitions. Good and evil. How do I know that marriage is between one woman and one man? Very simple, God said so.

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. (Gen. 2:24)

God has made Himself clear.

God’s design for marital relationship is heterosexual, not homosexual, and monogamous, not polygamous. This relational aspect of God’s image in marriage has analogues portrayed in Yahweh’s relation with Israel (Isa 54:5 ; Jer 31:32 ; Ezek 16:8-14 ; Hosea 2:14-20) as well as in Christ’s relation with the church (Eph 5:21-33 ; cf. 1 Cor 11:1-3 ; 2 Cor 11:2 ; Rev 19:7-9). Israel is portrayed as Yahweh’s wife (Isa 54:5 ; Jer 31:32 ; Ezek 16:8-14 ; Hosea 2:14-20). Her idolatrous unfaithfulness and disobedience to Yahweh are frequently depicted as spiritual “adultery” (Num 25:1-4 ; Judges 2:17 ; Jer 3:20 ; Ezek 16:15-59 ; 23:1-48 ; Hosea 1:2 ; 2:2-13 ; 3:3) for which she was punished by captivity. Yahweh “divorced” his “unfaithful wife” (Isa 50:1 ; Jer 3:8 ; Hosea 2:2), but ultimately will have compassion and delightfully restore her to faithfulness and holiness (Isa 54 ; 62:4-5 ; Ezek 16:53-63 ; Hosea 2:14-3:1).[i]

Not only have we redefined marriage but now we have redefined something that 99% of two year olds comprehend: Gender. We have entered into a time about which Isaiah prophesied:

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. (Is. 5:20)

God help us!

 

[i] http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/marriage/

Scholars have traditionally assumed that Ezekiel’s Gog and Magog was a coalition of nations, but could it be that it is one nation made up of many nationalities—ISIS? In this short teaching Ron takes a look at this possibility.

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Friend, Shalom from Tel Aviv!

   We can see Israelis come to Yeshua!
   We are seeing Israelis come to Yeshua!
   However, we want to see more!

   God has been laying a great foundation here at Tiferet Yeshua these past two years. We now have a solid, loving staff, Elders in unity and nearly a dozen Shamishim (deacons). It is time to be more intentional about reaching out. In fact, since our last congregational meeting, it has been burning inside of me. The Lord has been speaking to me about ways we can bring Israelis to Yeshua, however one of them demands that we get our Coffee House up and running!

   As many of you know, two businessmen from Maryland have partnered with us to build a Coffee House/Prayer Center here in Tel Aviv. They will donate $35,000 if we can raise an additional $35,000. It is June 2 and we have raised $22,188. We just need $12,812 more in order to double the 35 to $70,000 with their matching gift. But we have a dead line of June 30th!
   

   While we will use the Coffee House for many events—

>> Prayer meetings,
>> Bible studies,
>> Young adults group,
>> Fellowship meals on Friday evenings

   …the most exciting thing we will do is begin to host small outreach concerts. Once a month, at least, we will invite local Messianic artists (like Shai Sol, who was just on a nationwide TV reality singing competition, where she declared her faith in Yeshua to all Israel) to come and minister in song. We will encourage people to bring their unbelieving friends as well as invite people from the area.

   This is how to reach Israelis. Building relationships over a cup of café afuch (cappuccino) and listening to music. I am sure that Israelis will receive Yeshua in this Coffee House—but we need your help. We are less than $13,000 away from building an outreach center in Tel Aviv.

   As I write, my heart is ready to jump out of my chest, I am so excited about what God is going to do.
 The timing is right! It is time to reach out—to reach Tel Aviv! Will you partner with us? Will you join us in seeking to reach our city?

Please go right now to www.35challenge.org and make whatever donation you can. 100% of your gift will go to renovations. Don’t think that your gift of $25 or $50 won’t make a difference—it will! But I imagine some of you can give $500 or $1,000—That would be such a blessing and push us towards our goal faster. We only have 28 more days!

You can also send a check to:

Tiferet Yeshua
c/o TYC Coffee/Prayer
PO Box 535788
Grand Prairie, TX  75053

On behalf of our team here at Tiferet Yeshua, I want to thank you so much for partnering with us for the salvation of Tel Aviv.

Until All Israel is Saved! (Rom. 11:26),

Ron Cantor
Tiferet Yeshua, Tel Aviv

PS. The total on the giving page does not reflect the gifts that we have received in checks. Thank you in advance for your partnership!