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A recent report on RT News, reveals scores of former Muslims converting to Christianity in Europe. I recently met with a missionary to Europe who told me of one evangelist from a Muslim background who goes into refugee camps every day. Because of the danger, he asks the Lord to lead him to those refugees who are ready. The results of have been astounding.

One church has grown from 150 to 700 mostly from refugee converts. Last week 80 refugees from Iran and Afghanistan were baptized. In Austria, since January 1st there have been more than 300 applications for baptism and 70% are Muslim background refugees. And a church in Liverpool is attracting over 100 in their Farsi service (language spoken in Iran).

Furthermore, many of these have followed Yeshua into the waters of immersion—making it official to all their friends and family that they have left Islam and now serve Yeshua. One young lady says in the video, “Since I became a Christian, I fear no one.”

Why Now?

One of the reasons for the mass conversations is ISIS. Many of these refugees have witnessed the most horrible atrocities in the name of Islam at the hands of ISIS members. They want nothing to do with that religion.

Another reason is that in Muslim countries the penalty for converting is usually death. In Europe no such laws exist.

Additionally, it is rare that someone can hear the true message of Yeshua in countries like Syria and Saudi Arabia. However, in Europe, they can freely go to a church.

In their home countries, even if they are not killed, they will suffer complete rejection from their families and communities. There is no where else to go. In Europe they are finding new friends, who embrace them fully in the love of Yeshua.

Let’s keep praying for eyes to be opened and more Muslims to find freedom in Yeshua.

“Truly I tell you,” Yeshua replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (Mark 10:29-31)

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Israel is the lowest ranked team at the World Baseball Classic, 200-1 underdogs! They have been compared to the Jamaican Bobsled Team. And, as I am typing, they are in the ninth inning at 8:19 AM, Sunday morning (Israel time) and are about to defeat baseball powerhouse, Cuba. This is after going undefeated in their first round against third-ranked Korea, fourth-ranked Taiwan and ninth-ranked Holland.

This is nothing short of a miracle…well, just short of a miracle. After all, we are talking baseball, not Red Sea partitions.

Yawning, not Fawning

Now you would expect that the nation is just overwhelmed with excitement and pride. The truth is, most Israelis could not explain the rules of baseball and are unaware of our success at the #WBC. When our Sports Minister was asked if she was going to South Korea, (where Israel is playing), she was clueless that the event was even taking place.

Players and coaches read the book of Esther for Purim before going out and being Cuba (@Yair_Rosenberg, Twitter)

Nevertheless, to see sluggers wearing the kippah and singing (or at least listening) the Israeli national anthem is moving. In addition, according to Jewish tradition, the players read from the book of Esther (known as the Megillah) from the dugout.

“The Finger of God!”

So, why isn’t the nation more excited? Let’s go back to 2004. When Maccabi Tel Aviv scored six quick points, they were still trailing by three with two seconds left in the Euroleague basketball game that would decide if they made the playoffs or not. They fouled the other team’s best shooter. He hadn’t missed a foul shot in his last 18 Euroleague games! He missed them both. Tel Aviv got the rebound and Gur Shelif quickly passed the ball to Derek Sharpe, who swished a three-pointer, as time ran out. We won in overtime!

The headline read the next morning, “The Finger of God!”

“Maccabi’s coach, Pini Gershon, declared the shot a Passover miracle. “You have witnessed a miracle. I am a believer. And if this is not a miracle, I don’t know what a miracle is.”

As a new immigrant, I watched the ending on a beach in Eilat with about 500 people. It was truly the greatest comeback I’d ever seen. We went on to win the Euroleague Championship that year.

You see, being the people of the book, rebirthed after 2,000 years of wandering around nationless, we view every victory as God-inspired. When Israel won just two medals—a bronze and silver—in last summer’s Olympics, the bronze medal winner, Or Sasson said, “We did something amazing. Israel is a judo empire.”

Well, not quite. But we overcame a lot to get those medals. First, a Saudi opponent forfeited her match to avoid going up against an Israeli. Then, the Lebanese Judo team would not let the Israeli team on the bus they were supposed to ride together. Finally, after the aforementioned Sasson, defeated his Egyptian opponent, the Egyptian refused to shake his hands. So, with the world against us, we tend to see the finger of God, not only in theology and war, but also in sports.

Why not Baseball?

And yet, when I just told my very Israeli wife of Israel’s heroics in the World Baseball Classic, she had no idea what I was talking about. Let me explain why.

  1. First, Israelis don’t play baseball. We play soccer and basketball. In schools, there are no baseball teams.
  2. Secondly, Israelis don’t watch baseball. Your average Israeli could not tell you what a bunt is. A sacrificed fly might be mistaken for doves being sacrificed at the Temple, before connecting it to baseball.
  3. And, thirdly, our “Israeli” team doesn’t have many Israelis—two, to be exact—and my guess is they immigrated.

“Support has also suffered because the team is, well, not very Israeli. Thanks to the WBC’s “heritage rule,” its players are almost all Americans with major or minor league experiences and varying degrees of ties to Judaism and Israel.”

So the only way for Israelis to truly get excited about this “Purim Miracle” is for our team to keep winning.

Mensch on the Bench

A mensch is a Yiddish word for “stand-up guy” and some are crediting Israel’s miraculous success with their mascot, who actually can’t stand up. The Mensch on the Bench, as he is known, resembles a rabbinic Jew; he is 5ft tall and was the idea of infielder Cody Decker.

“[The Mensch has been a] big hit in South Korea and with pictures of him wearing a t-shirt making the rounds on social media, he’s also been involved with generating the hashtag #JewCrew.”

Is Baseball the new Judo?

After Israel’s Olympic success in judo, it became all the rage for younger Israelis. However, the problem with baseball is that you need 18 people, a field and equipment. Nevertheless, if the Israeli team continues on this tear, the larger population will rally behind our sort-of-Israeli team. The good news is that it slowly catching on. After today’s win, I noticed that it was on the front page of, not just our English news sites here in Israel, but our most popular Hebrew site had a story about it as well.

If Israel somehow reaches the finals in Dodger Stadium, they will arrive too soon for us to connect it to Passover, and Purim is just now ending. We might just have to event another Jewish holiday. Maybe this one will be celebrated with hotdogs, peanuts and crackerjacks.

 

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How refreshing! For the past eight years the United States, under the leadership of President Obama, has distanced itself from its historic friendship with democratic Israel. President Trump’s new United Nations Ambassador wasted no time and making it clear that the United States was back on the side of the Jewish nation.

She expressed shock that the Security Council focused solely on issues that have nothing to do with world security—namely Israel. Not a word about Hamas’ extrajudicial executions of Palestinians, Assad’s butchering of half a million Arabs, or Hezbollah’s growing arsenal. They didn’t seem concerned that Iran is developing a ballistic missile that is able to carry a nuclear warhead to New York City. In fact, they didn’t even mention North Korea’s testing of missiles or assassinating the brother of their dictator on foreign soil.

Here is what the NY Sun wrote:

But the meeting, she said, was not about Hezbollah’s illegal buildup of rockets in Lebanon, it was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists, it was not how we defeat ISIS, it was not how we hold Beshar al-Assad accountable for the slaughter of thousands of civilians.

“No,” she said, “instead the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East. I am new around here, but I understand that’s how the Council has operated month after month for decades. I am here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore. I am here to underscore to the ironclad support of the United States for Israel. I am here to emphasize that the United States is determined to stand up to the U.N.’s anti-Israel bias.”

Images of former Secretary of State, John Kerry, angrily rebuking Israel for building homes, while ignoring those who are committing murder, have subsided. For those still wondering if the Trump administration was going to be pro-Israel, wonder no more. Haley’s Comet  is soaring!

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has proclaimed that Islam is not the cause of Terror. Since when did heads of state become scholars on Islam? I will never forget George Bush’s declaration that Islam is the “religion of peace.” He went on to repeat it over and over again. But it was the result of wishful thinking, not from his scholarly studies on Islam.

Merkel says Islam is being falsely interpreted. Or is it? For instance, when the Westboro Baptist Church says outrageous things such as “thank God for dead soldiers,” “God blew up the troops,” “thank God for 9/11,” and “God hates America,” there is no shortage of evangelical leaders to express that this is radical departure from the Scripture’s teaching. Yet, there are so few Islamic scholars, much less, Muslim head’s of states, that condemn this supposed “false interpretation” if Islam.

Where’s the beef?

I guess I would like to see a little bit of evidence of Islam’s peace. Now I understand that as a president or prime minister you are seeking to calm fears and alleviate tensions. But what if Islam is not a peaceful religion? Can we admit it? Simply because it is a religion, do we have to deem it peaceful, even if most adherents don’t practice it peacefully? Yes, I said most and I’ll get back to that.

Are all religions peaceful?

Let’s supposed that there was a new religion. It allowed wife-beating. It encouraged discrimination against women. It tolerated relatives killing relatives who left the religion. If your sister is immoral, or even raped, you can kill her to save your family’s honor. One of its tenets was that you could lie, if it was good for the religion’s cause. The founder had slaves, murdered his enemies, slept with a corpse, had over 60 sexual partners, many whom were sex slaves and married a six-year-old.

Would we be forced to call it a religion of peace simply because it was a religion or because lots of people followed it? I would hope not. Sadly, the new religion that I just explained to you is traditional Islam!

Strict—the other Islam

While I understand that a majority of Muslims are not suicide bombers or jihadists, I would submit that many of these non-radicals rejoice when these attacks take place. My wife, who has Middle Eastern features, was told in 2002 by Arab men in Paris, “Tell our brothers in the U.S. ‘Good job,’” referring to 9/11. They assumed she was Moroccan, not Israeli. No, they wouldn’t commit the act, but they do ‘praise Allah’ that someone had the courage to blow up a Tel Aviv bus or bring down the World Trade Center.

You see, we have been duped into thinking that there are just two versions of Islam: radical and moderate. Actually, the largest form that is practiced all over the Middle East and world is what I will simply call strict Islam. And strict Islam is what Angela Merkel and Barack Obama have ignored.

These are devout Muslims. They are not strapping on suicide belts, but many of them do beat their wives, abuse their daughters and use every sort of manipulation to make sure their children know that death is preferable to leaving Islam.

A personal story

Take the story of Safeeya. She was born in Kuwait. When Saddam invaded in 1990, they became refugees in the U.S. She explains that, in her home, Allah was cold and distant. He was to be feared. He was not easy to please. She once came in second place at in a Koran passage memorizing contest. Her parents were not pleased; she should have gotten first place.

At a certain age her father told her that her brother would now oversee her Islamic studies and he would be free to beat her if needed. This was normal in her non-radical, but very strict culture.

When she was eight, they made pilgrimage to Mecca, as all good Muslims should. There she saw a woman beheaded. Her father told her, “if you don’t listen to the teaching of the prophet from the Koran…this is what will happen to.” Young Safeeya was traumatized.

When she became a believer in Jesus, her father told her that she should be killed.

Another story

I met Joy in the business lounge at an Ethiopian airport. She was on the run. She was from Uganda, working in “western” Dubai. She and her husband were arrested on false charges and forced to convert to Islam or spend six years jail. She “converted” and memorized large portions of the Koran. She was released from jail and sent to Muslims in Uganda. She was so prolific that she was forced to recite the Koran in front of Libya’s Momar Gadhafi after her release. She showed me the video and death was all over her.

She escaped the Muslims in Uganda and fled. She told me, “If they catch me, they will kill me because I have memorized the Koran. To them, I have the word of God in my heart and must be eliminated.” Fortunately, we connected her to a great church in Uganda where she was reunited with her husband. The last I heard, they were serving the Lord.

A final story

In Pakistan, a man recently killed his sister. Her crime: she married a recent convert to Islam from Christianity. Apparently, he was not Islamic enough. His coworkers mocked him constantly for not acting against his sister. He was humiliated and finally bought a gun and shot her in the head. Her father was outraged. Not that his daughter was murdered, but that now other family members who know of the shame she brought on the family.

“My family is destroyed, everything is destroyed only because of this shameful girl. Even after death I am destroyed because of her.”

Honor killings in Pakistan are on the increase.

“Pakistan has seen an increase in the number of women and girls killed in the name of honor: last year, 1,184 people died, only 88 of them men. The year before, the figure was 1005, and in 2013 it was 869, according to the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. The true numbers are believed to be higher, because many cases go unreported.”

Not a minority!

This is most of Islam. Not peaceful. Not friendly. Not acceptable by any human rights standards. But amazingly, liberals like Ben Affleck stand up for the rights of Tzofia’s father to beat her. Well, he refuses to admit that it is taking place. Other than a few bad guys, Islam is just dandy! And Angela Merkel, a wonderful lady in so many rights, is now an expert on Islamic studies?

“The Islamic faith is not the cause of terrorism” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday, and urged members of the Muslim clergy to fight back against a ‘false’ interpretation of the religion that permits acts of violence to be carried out in its name.

“I expect from religious authorities of Islam to find strong language in order to delimitate peaceful Islam from terrorism committed in the name of Islam. We as non-Muslims cannot do this; it should be done by Islamic clergy and authorities.”

But that will never happen and for one simple reason. That reason is not fear of other Muslims, but because the very “Islamic clergy and authorities” that might have a voice to be heard, have no problem with wife-beating or honor killings. How can they condemn it while they condone it?

The only hope for Islam is its collapse. Because at its very core, it is not peaceful, but quite oppressive and downright evil. I am not speaking of every Muslim, but Islamic teaching and the example of Mohamed. Donald Trump did not get elected because Americans are a bunch of racists (who elected a black president twice!), but because Americans are looking for tough (even if very peculiar) leadership that will not continue to espouse the politically correct and dangerous lie, that Islam is peace.

What about you? Do you think Islam is the cause of Islamic Terror or just a false interpretation of an otherwise peaceful religion? Use the comments sections below to answer. 

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It has been reported that some 500,000 Syrians have been killed in the six-year-old civil war. This has created a refugee problem numbering more than 10,000,000. Yet, it is the country on Syria’s southern border—her mortal enemy, Israel—that has done more for the refugees and for those wounded in attacks, than Arab countries like Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Israel agrees to take 100 Syrian Orphans

According to an Amnesty International report, these countries have not taken in even one Syrian refugee. And yet, Israel is preparing to receive 100 Syrian refugee orphans. (Note: some of the nations listed dispute the Amnesty report.)

It does seem quite strange that you would take in refugees from a country that would love to see you eliminated from the face of the earth. In fact, the L.A. Times published an article back in 2015 entitled: One country that won’t be taking Syrian refugees: Israel.

Think again. A plan proposed by Israel’s interior minister would have 100 Syrian orphans come to Israel. For three months, they would stay in dorms and then be placed with Israeli Arab families. Yes, Israel has 1.5 million Israeli Arab citizens. These are not Palestinians but Israeli, with all the freedoms that Israeli Jews enjoy.

Israel’s Secret Field Hospital

Imagine this scenario. A wounded Israeli needs medical attention. He doesn’t have time to get to an Israeli hospital, but there is a hospital just over the Syrian border. So, he pleads with the Syrians to let him in. Would they let him in? How would they treat him? Would they charge him for treatment?

Of course, this is a nonsensical postulation. It would never happen, but if it did, more than likely the Israeli would either be turned away, kidnapped or killed. And then, there is that adage, “Love your enemy.”

Up in the Golan Heights, Israel established a field hospital to treat Syrians. As of last August, Israel had treated over 2,500 wounded Syrians at both this field hospital and in other Israeli hospitals, saving many of their lives.

In one case, the Israeli Defense Forces went into Syria, just over the border to evacuate eight wounded Syrians. Under heavy fire, Israeli soldiers (our sons and daughters) risked their lives to save members of an enemy state. This is unheard of. But it doesn’t surprise me. Despite the image that the media spreads of an imperialist, apartheid state—this is the real Israel.

The field hospital has been closed, but Israel’s heart has not. The military decided that it would instead do emergency treatments in military ambulances while they are on their way to a hospital in the Galilee. The IDF Northern Command said that the closing of the field hospital was done to increase efficiency, and that the field hospital can be re-opened at any time.

Of course, the Syrians, who have been taught since youth that Israel is a bloodthirsty, evil nation, were shocked to see the compassion. One surgeon said:

“They say that before the previous week, before they came, they thought we were the Great Satan, the enemies, and looked for the tails between our legs.”

In the same article, a rebel fighter remarked.

“Bashar [Assad] didn’t take care of us. Here, in Israel, we are being taken care of. Bashar doesn’t care about us, whereas Israel does. Bashar fires shells at us, he doesn’t care about us at all.”

Another expressed his shock:

“They taught us about the Zionist enemy, the Zionist oppressor. But when we saw the Zionists, [we realized] they were nothing like what we’d been told. They’re human beings just like us, human, and even more than that.”

The Times of Israel wrote an excellent piece on the Israel field hospital.

100 Tons of Secret Love from Jews

An Israeli group has collected 100 tons of supplies for Syrian refugees. Winter coats, boots, warm clothing and more will be donated for those Syrians fleeing civil war. But there is one catch. All clothing tags with Hebrew or any other reference to Israel had to be removed. In addition, the goods will be delivered via a third party so the recipient will never know that it was their mortal enemy, Israel, that is helping them in their most difficult moment.

 “I thought people would be reluctant to support an effort they would not get credit for,” Gilad Perry, Dror Israel’s international collaborations director, said in a statement. “I was amazed to see how wrong I was. The generosity of people just caring for those who suffer from the cold winter on the other side of the border, in an ‘enemy country,’ overwhelmed me.”

Whenever Israel does something like this, there are those who scoff, saying, “You are just doing this for the PR.” And yet, here there is no PR. I want those Syrian refugees who have been breastfed lies about the character of Israelis since birth, to know the truth about us. But even as they are wearing Israeli jackets and Israeli boots, they will still assume we hate them.

“Through you, the whole world will be blessed”

God said to Abraham that His seed would be a blessing to the world (Gen. 12:3). This has come true—even towards our enemies. While the donors were happy to give anonymously, I want the world to see what a great country we live in. So I don’t apologize for asking you to be sure to share this information with your friends.

PIC: from Israel’s field hospital in Haiti, which received the worlds highest grade possible and has become the standard that other nations are copying.