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This week in Israel, we celebrate the story of Esther. It is an all too familiar theme of a world leader seeking to carry out genocide against the Jewish people. I want to look at the three central characters and learn one thing from each of them.


When Esther heard through Mordechai that Haman was plotting to kill the Jews, she balked. She was not like Mordechai, who refused to bow down to Haman. She wasn’t naturally courageous. My friend Yakov Damkani is a Mordechai. He is a fearless Israeli evangelist, who has stood for Yeshua in the face of violent attacks. But Esther was not. Like most of us, if she was going to do this—risk her life—she was going to need help from above.

I think of those four policemen who did not charge into the school while 17 teenagers were killed. That is what you are trained to do. You put your life on the line for others. In Israel, it is second nature to run to the action, rather than run from it. On dozens of occasions, civilians have stopped terrorists. Last year, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, took down and knife wielding Palestinian with his bare hands.

I don’t judge the police officers in Florida. I don’t know what I would do in the same situation. But Esther had to overcome a similar fear. Probably shaking with fear, she approached the king. Her bravery saved thousands of lives.


We read in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” It is true and we can see that in the life of Mordechai. If God has determined blessing for your life, no outside element can stop it—not the devil, not Haman.

Yes, there are tests and challenges in life. They are not contrary to the blessing of God, but sent to help us mature. Joseph was not ready to save the world from famine as a teenager, when he boasted he would rule over his brothers. But after being sold as a slave, falsely accused of rape and then thrown into prison, he was ready.

The trials developed deep character in Joseph—so much so, that when he was reunited with his brothers he was able to say in essence, “This was God’s plan for me, not yours,” as he forgave them. Just because you are going through a trial doesn’t mean God has forgotten you.

Look how things ended up with Mordechai. Haman hated him. He wanted to kill him. One night the king could not sleep and so he decided to have someone read him the chronicles of his reign. He discovered that Mordechai had once saved his life from an assassination plot. The next day he asked Haman, what should be done for the man that the king wants to honor. Naturally Haman was sure the king wanted to honor him. So he says:

“For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!’” (Esther 6:7-9)

The king was pleased with Haman’s idea and told Haman to do it for Mordechai. Hollywood could not have written a better script. In addition, Esther was given Haman’s estate and presented Mordechai with his signet ring that he took back from Haman. If God has determined blessing on your life, then you can expect it. He will overcome the impossible to bless His children.


Fueled by pride and jealousy Haman plotted against the Jewish people. When we seek to harm others, we clog the funnel of blessing. Like Joseph, we must forgive those who hurt us.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matt. 6:14-15)

And if we seek to harm others out of fear, jealousy, anger, pride, etc., we will bring curses on ourselves.

“Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.” (Prov. 26:27)

This biblical principle states that the very vehicle that you seek to use to harm others will run you down. It is written in Esther, “when the plot came to the king’s attention, he issued written orders that the evil scheme Haman had devised against the Jews should come back onto his own head.” (Esther 9:25)

The King was informed that “a pole reaching to a height of fifty cubits stands by Haman’s house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.” The king said, “Impale him on it!” (Esther 7:9)


Let’s choose to be people of courage, walking in the blessing of God, forgiving all who sin against us.




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While I was sleeping in on Shabbat a few weeks ago, after an exhausting day of travel the day before, from Nepal to Israel, Iran sent a drone into Israeli airspace. Israeli officials called this a “severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty.”

The drone was in Israel for just over a minute before an Israeli attack helicopter took it out just south of the Sea of Galilee. The drone was sent from an Iranian base in Syria’s Palmyra region. Israel responded with force.

Watch: Israeli Helicopter shoots down Iranian Drone

The Times of Israel reported that Israel targeted 12 sites and according to a military statement, it included, “three aerial defense batteries and four Iranian targets that are part of Iran’s military establishment in Syria.”

Syria’s air defense systems have been severally damaged and I am not sure that the IAF (Israeli Air Force) is finished. Many of the Russian-made sophisticated anti-aircraft batteries were destroyed. The IAF faced substantial anti-aircraft fire from Syria. For the first time in 36 years one of our F-16 jets was shot down. The two pilots ejected over northern Israel and survived, although one is in serious but stable condition.

Watch: Israelis video pilot parachuting from F-16 


Israeli forces targeted and destroyed the drone base from where it came. The Syrians cried foul, saying the base was only used to target ISIS. And yet, somehow, the drone crashed in Beit Shean, Israel, quite a distance from Syria.

The Purim Connection

The deep concern in Israel is that Iran now has military bases in Syria. Syria, a country devastated by civil war, causing half a million deaths so far, is in tatters. Iran is seizing the opportunity to use Syria as a proxy country. Iran’s border is about 1,500 kilometers from Israel. But Syria and Lebanon (where Iran has tremendous influence over Hezbollah) both border Israel. Iran hates Israel and wants to destroy her. As I am writing we are six days from the feast of Purim, where we remember that God protected the Jews of Iran (ancient Persia) from Haman’s genocidal plan. Yet the same anti-Semitic demonic forces are still working through the Ayatollahs of Iran, seeking to annihilate Israel.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for our political and military leaders to use wisdom in how we respond.
  • Pray for supernatural protection over Israel.
  • Pray for the peace-desiring people in Syrian, that they would have a democracy free from Iran.
  • Pray for a move of God amongst the Muslims of Iran and Syria.
  • Pray for a move of God in Israel.
  • Pray for the full recovery of the pilot.



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John Kerry to the Rescue

Ron Cantor —  January 27, 2018 —  Comments

John Kerry is meddling in the Middle East. He was secretary of state, during the creation of ISIS. The Trump administration has defeated ISIS as a state. But still, Kerry feels the need to involve himself in Middle East politics.

He reportedly ( sent word to President Abbas (the leader of the Palestinians Authority) to encourage him. Just so you know, Abbas replaced Arafat—the father of modern terrorism. Abbas turned down a sweetheart peace deal in 2008. He celebrates when suicide bombers kill Israelis and names streets, squares and schools after terrorists. And Kerry felt the need to lift up his spirits.

Cursing President Trump

Since President Trump recognized Jerusalem (as the capital of Israel), Abbas has been in full-on rage mode, declaring in public that he doesn’t need America or her money (the next day, Trump took 65 million dollars in aid off the table) and is spewing out the wildest conspiracy theories. Of Trump, he said, May your house be demolished, the most venomous curse in Arab culture. The 82-year-old leader is fuming mad.

But Kerry, a failed diplomat, is encouraging the alleged Holocaust denier, through a confidant, telling him to:

  1. “Hold on and be strong.”
  2. “Don’t give into Trump. He will not be in office for more than another year.
  3. Put your own peace plan together.

Yes, an American politician is telling a terrorist supporter to stay strong. And there is little chance that Abbas will present his peace plan, because war is better for him. The Palestinian leadership has never shown a real desire for a state of their own, alongside Jewish Israel.

President Kerry?

It is also being reported that Kerry told the confidant to tell Abbas that he is considering running against Trump in 2020. In other words, whereas Trump has shown to be the pro-Israel, pro-democracy president, Kerry would take up the cause of the Palestinians, who continue to incite violence, persecute journalists and take no meaningful steps against terrorism—and let’s not forget, are in a political partnership with Hamas. Kerry has made it clear. He doesn’t like Israel.

On the last weeks of the Obama administration, with nothing to gain diplomatically, Kerry unleashed a harsh rebuke against Israel in a December 2016 speech. This was just after the U.S. backed U.N. vote condemning Israeli cities in ancient Judea and Samaria. It was a reckless, angry parting shot. When the Obama administration should have been helping to build the only successful democracy in the Middle East, they were condemning her. A “president Kerry” would be bad for Israel, and thus, bad for the U.S. (Gen. 12:3). Trump responded to Kerry’s hand grenade of a speech in a way that only he can—on twitter.

Tolerating Temper Tantrums

This should come as no surprise. For years, the West tolerates the murderous actions of the Palestinian Authority, much like a parent tolerates a rebellious child that they become tired of confronting. They simply give in. This was true of both Bushes, Clinton and definitely Obama. It is not a left or right issue; it is how the Muslim world manipulates the West.

Trump made some demands from Palestinian Authority:

  1. Stop inciting people to violence.
  2. Stop paying the families of terrorists (more than $350 million in 2017).
  3. Stop glorifying terrorism by naming streets, square and schools after them.

But they have been trained to ignore such demands, because no one will hold them accountable. President Trump, apparently, did not know this unwritten rule. In May, instead of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he decided to restart the peace process. That is when he made the demands of the Palestinians. He really gave them a chance. But they completely ignored him and continued to promote terror, assuming there would be no consequences.

Didn’t Take Long for Trump to Understand the Situation

When President Trump realized that they were ignoring his very reasonable demands, he took it as a personal insult. He also realized that they have no interest in compromising for peace. It was at that time that he recognized it was more important to strengthen ties with Israel, and he decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Abbas reacted badly. He is not used to being held to account. In fact, he is acting out in a very destructive way. He is no longer interested in America being a broker for peace, and has turned to Europe where he was rebuffed.

“There isn’t a single European country or other country we’ve spoken to since the December 6 announcement that in any way, shape or form believes a US-led process could be replaced,” a White House official told reporters during a briefing Tuesday. “They all want to work with the US, despite the Palestinian reaction.” (

And yesterday President Trump made it clear, as world aid organizations were saying the U.S. halting aid to the Palestinians would cause a human catastrophe, that if they want the aid, they must negotiate peace.

“They disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support — tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands. That money is on the table. That money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace… I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace. And they’re going to have to want to make peace too, or we’re going to have nothing to do with it any longer. This was never brought up by other negotiators, but it’s brought up by me.”

But, at the end of the day, Abbas has never been willing to make compromises and Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., confronted them on this point yesterday.

“We will not chase after a Palestinian leadership that lacks what is needed to achieve peace. He rejected any American role in peace talks. He insulted the American president. He called for suspending recognition of Israel. Hate-filled speeches and end-runs around negotiations take us nowhere,” referring to Abbas wild hate speech of last week. “Peace will not be achieved without leaders with courage. Real peace requires leaders who are willing to step forward, acknowledge hard truths, and make compromises. The United States remains fully prepared and eager to pursue peace.”

It feels so good to have a U.S. administration, which understands the real situation here in Israel, dealing with terrorists who have no intention on keeping the promises they make. President Trump may well be the most Israel-friendly president ever!


To believe God has rejected Israel is to deny reality

Forgive me for the frank title, but in this instance, it is accurate. Replacement theology is the belief that the Jewish rejection of Jesus resulted in God rejecting Israel, in favor of the Church. The Church is the new Israel and the old Israel is simply cursed. All of the promises in the Old Testament to Israel are now to the Church, while the curses remain the property of the Jewish people.

This became official church doctrine by the fourth century, but was popular by the year 150 through the writing of Justin Martyr, where he referred to the Church as the “True Israel.” Shockingly, the root of this demonic doctrine began to grow a mere 19 years after the resurrection.  (Read more about that here). It is why Paul wrote such a strong caution in Romans 11, warning them of the consequences of turning against Israel.

“For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.” (Rom. 11:21-22)

In 130, Emperor Hadrian went on a demonic rampage against the Jews. They were exiled from Jerusalem, forbidden to enter under threat of death. The name was changed from Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina, to honor Jupiter. Judea was renamed Palestine. He wanted to rid the land of every last vestige of Jewishness.

For the next 1,818 years, the Jews wandered the globe without a nation. Having passed through persecutions, the Inquisition, pogroms, the Crusades and ultimately, the Holocaust, indeed, one could have made a strong case that the Jewish people were cursed—that God was finished with them.

The Comeback Kid

However, we have seen so many prophecies fulfilled in the last 150 years regarding the Jews, that one must be blind, dumb or intellectually dishonest to believe that God has replaced Israel with the Church or that Israel is forever cursed.

Here we are, nearly 2,000 years later, with Israel restored and Jerusalem as her capital. You really have to disconnect yourself from modern history to still embrace replacement theology. That would mean that by massive coincidence, Israel was rebirthed in 1948, Jerusalem was restored through the miraculous victory in the Six-Day-War, millions of Jewish exiles came back to Zion just as the prophets predicted, and all this while being the most persecuted people in world history, having suffered 52 attempted genocides.

No nation has ever lost her geographical homeland for more than a short time and remained an identifiable people. Israel wandered for two millennia and survived! Only God could have done that. The very fact that these Jewish fingers can type on this keyboard is proof that God has been faithful to His promises.

The Facts

Let’s just look at a few of the dozens of prophecies regarding Israel’s restoration and see if they’ve come to pass.

For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.” (Ezekiel 36:24)

Immigration of Jewish people, en masse, began in 1882. Since then, millions of Jews have made Aliyah (immigrated to Israel).

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, `Give them up!’ and to the south, `Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth…” (Isaiah 43:5-6, 21)

From the east, they came back from Yemen, Iran and Iraq. From the south, they returned from Egypt, Ethiopia, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. From the west, they poured in from former Nazi-occupied Europe, Morocco, Algeria and the Americas. From the north…we will get there.

“Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.” (Is. 66:8)

In one day, May 14, 1948, Israel became a nation. This year marks her 70th anniversary. Never has a “dead” nation come back to life after 2,000 years of exile.

“ This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west.  I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.’” (Zech. 7-8)

Jerusalem was restored in 1967. According to this prophecy, God would be the One who does this. I understand that some don’t like the idea of a restored Jewish Jerusalem. Certainly not the U.N. But, “Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’” (Is. 45:9) The answer is ‘no’, by the way.

“However, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ but it will be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ For I will restore them to the land I gave their ancestors.” (Jer. 16:14-15)

In 1991, the Iron Curtain came down and over 1,000,000 Russian-speaking Jews poured into Israel from “the land of the north.”

“[After I bring you back] I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” (Ezek. 36:25-27)

“For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.” (Hosea 3:4-5)

The prophets predicted that after Israel went through a long season without a government or Temple, and after God brought them back to their own country, they would have a spiritual awakening and embrace the Messiah (David was long dead and buried, but as Peter tells us in Acts 2:29ff, prophecies about David after his death refer to Yeshua.) Today, there are more Jewish believers in Jesus than ever before, numbering in the hundreds of thousands. In Israel, there are over 150 Messianic congregations and growing.

You’re Not Dumb!

Come on. These are just a few of the prophecies regarding Israel that have come to pass. I did not even mention Isaiah 35: 1, which speaks of the desert blossoming like a rose (Israel exports roses from the Negev Desert). Nor did I mention Genesis 12:3, which tells us that Israel will be a blessing to the world (you can’t use your iPhone, instant messaging or go to the doctor without encountering Israeli technology). Clearly, you can see with your own eyes that God is not finished with Israel.

Yes, in the Middle Ages it did look like much of replacement theology was right. But God cannot lie or break a promise, and for 2000 years, He watched over His word and now He is bringing the prophecies to pass.

In the Hebrew language, the number 18 means life. It was exactly 1,818 years from the time Hadrian changed the name of Jerusalem until the time of her rebirth. Coincidence? I think not.

This is a guest post from Dr. Daniel C. Juster

Politcal Suicide

About a week ago, Carl Rove spoke on Steve Bannon’s involvement in the new Michael Wolff book on Donald Trump. The book basically trashes Donald Trump’s ability and even sanity. Rove said that Bannon’s involvement reminded him of the Buddhist monks, who during the Vietnam war, would dowse themselves with gasoline and then light themselves afire. By analogy, Bannon committed political suicide. I agree with Rove. However, I believe that the response of Mohammed Abbas to Donald Trump was also political suicide and ends his future. It is as if he dowsed himself with gasoline and is now irrelevant.

One can debate the merit of President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but the response of Abbas and the Palestinian Authority has been self-destructive. Such is hatred. He could have said that he strongly protests what Trump did, noted that the issue of East Jerusalem as a capital for Palestine was still on the table, and then said he would wait for the American peace proposal. But instead, his response was a total rejection of the Jewish state and speeches that condemned Israel as a colonial imposition in the Arab Muslim world with roots in the 17th century rule of Oliver Cromwell. Well he was right about one thing, and that is some Puritans, Cromwell included, hoped for the restoration of Israel.

Abbas Unites Israel’s Right and Left

His speeches since that time were full of anti-Semitic overtones. Abbas managed to unite both the left and right in Israel, and his responses have been condemned by the leaders of Labor on the left, Yesh Atid in the center, and of course, all the parties on the right. Abbas now says he will not accept the United States as the peace mediator. That is the end of the peace process since Israel will accept no one else. He has now pulled out of the peace process. The Palestinian Authority voted to unrecognized Israel, and to seek recognition of their statehood without peace.

Yet, the Palestinians by all international norms (which are being ignored by the U. N.) do not qualify as a state. They desire their status to be that of an occupied state, but they have no unified government. Gaza is ruled by Hamas, a terrorist organization. And the Palestinian authority is a corrupt kleptocracy. The Trump administration responds by cutting Palestinian aid due to their supporting terrorists in jail and families of suicide bombers with larger salaries than 90 percent of the Palestinian population. Be a terrorist, get a 20 year sentence and your family has a large income for life! Now the U. S. is defunding UNRWA of the United Nations which is an organization for Palestinian refugees who live outside of Israel east of the Green line territory of Israel. UNRWA perpetuates the refugee problem as a political weapon against Israel, and unlike any situation of refugees, does not allow resettlement and a prosperous future for those who are descendants of the refugees from the 1948 war. Wow! This has never happened in any other refugee situation. So President Trump is beginning to pull the plug on UNRWA.

Unless something drastic happens we may be seeing the end of the Palestinian authority. This will be hard for Israel since the Palestinian Authority does cooperate on significant security matters with Israel. Yet, the delusion a Palestinian peace partner is now gone.

Note from Ron: Since Madrid (91), the Palestinians have behaved in the most belligerent way, praising terror, naming schools and streets after killers and worse. Every president has tolerated it, assuming it is the nature of the Middle East. Trump will not put up with it and since he took office and has demanded it stop. They assumed he was just like the others. But then, after Abbas’ behavior this week, the president stopped $65 million in aid. No one has ever stood up to them like President Trump has. The western leaders enabled them and indulged them and now that Trump is play their game, they are throwing a temper tantrum.  

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