Everyone seems to have an opinion about masks–and that is good. But my goal is to bring Israelis and others to Yeshua—not argue about masks. If I am more passionate about my opinion on the effectiveness of wearing a mask (to the point of calling people nazis and threatening them with bodily harm) than I am about reaching people with the message of salvation, my priorities are not in line with God’s.Continue Reading...
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For the past four years, Vice President Mike Pence has been mocked because he will not share a meal or be in a room alone with a woman. They’ve joked that he is weak if he cannot control himself or keep his pants on. Yet, the headlines are littered with stories like that of Rudy Giuliani this week—where he got “Borat-ed” because he was alone with a female reporter in a hotel room.
It is time to rethink the Pence Rule!Continue Reading...
We’re just two weeks away from one of the most significant elections in American history. Several “prophets” are predicting a victory by President Trump. (On the other hand, many of them also said Coronavirus would be gone by last April.) I, too, felt the Lord whisper something to me back in September and I have shared it with several people. But that’s not what this is about.
Today I’d like to share with everyone, who is a lover of Yeshua the Messiah, how we can guarantee victory on November 3rd. There is no question that President Trump’s policies have been the most pro-evangelical and pro-Israel in my lifetime. He has been incredibly vocal on pro-life issues and has placed three pro-life Supreme Court justices on the bench (assuming Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed next week).
On the other hand, and I say this without any sarcasm, Joe Biden seems barely there. I actually feel sorry for him, watching him try to get words out of his mouth. I’ve never seen a candidate simply stop campaigning, because they do more damage to themselves when they speak, as opposed to when they simply stay at home. On the other hand, they are also hoping that President Trump damages his own campaign with his over-the-top rhetoric, tweets and falsehoods. We have no idea what Vice President Biden’s actual policies will be because he is getting pulled leftward by the Bernie/AOC wing of the party. They want a socialist America and they will rewrite history.
But we can guarantee victory on November 3rd. It’s very simple. As believers in Jesus, we must keep our eyes focused on Him. No matter who wins on November 3rd, Yeshua is still King. No one is going to replace Him! We are still called to herald His message throughout the world.
I have become very concerned by seeing how so many people think the success of the Kingdom of God is dependent on the triumph of President Trump. Is God really that weak? The last great revival in America was in Pensacola, Florida, from 1995 until 2000. Hundreds of thousands of people gave their lives to Yeshua or rededicated their lives. I believe over two million people visited the Brownsville revival. I had the privilege of living there in the latter years and teaching in the Bible school. The atmosphere was electric!
Guess who was president during the Brownsville revival? That would be William Jefferson Clinton. I remember in 1992, when Clinton was elected, a pastor friend of mine in Louisiana declared boldly that Bill Clinton’s victory was God’s judgment on America. Yet we had the greatest revival since the Second Great Awakening, 150 years before.
Where is the greatest revival today? It’s not in Trump’s America. In fact, I’m sad to say that most believers in America rarely share their faith with other people. They are more likely to talk about politics on Facebook than using the forum to plead with the lost to consider Jesus.
The most powerful move of God today is probably in China, which happens to be one of the most repressive countries in the world and is governed by a maniacal, communist regime. Somehow, even with an ungodly government, the church has grown from one million believers in 1948 to around 160 million today! (And yes, prophetically I do believe there is a connection to the year 1948, when Israel was rebirthed as a nation.) It has been reported that every miracle seen in Acts is taking place now in China!
God is not limited by government. My question for you, dear believer, is this: Are you more passionate about politics or the Second Coming of Yeshua? If President Trump loses, will you be depressed or will you be in prayer, asking God how He can use us in spite of a Biden/Harris administration? To be clear, I would be sad that instead of having a president who was pursuing peace in the Middle East, we would have one who will resume the Obama administration’s nightmare of negotiating with Iran.
I’m not saying we should rejoice if Biden wins, but that we should rejoice that God is so big. Do you hear what I’m saying? GOD IS SO BIG!!! The Kingdom of God will not fall apart if President Trump loses. Sadly, one famous Christian magazine had the headline on a recent article that said, “Why a Trump win is critical to the Survival of Christian Faith and Values.” I just can’t imagine how God reacted to such a headline. He might have said, “Really? I’ve managed to keep this thing going for 2,000 years, through crusaders and dictators, through false religions and hedonism, Hitler and Mohamed … And yet you think that one man, not named Yeshua, is needed for my Kingdom’s survival?”
This type of thinking forgets about the power of revival. If God pours out His Spirit (and He has promised a Joel 2:28 end time outpouring), it changes everything. If you study past moves of God and awakenings, you will find that entire cities were transformed. No, I am not prophesying revival (prophecies of revival have become all but worthless, as they are non-stop, but rarely realized), but I am hopeful. What I do know, with all the political strides we have made in the past four years under President Trump, and many have been significant, is that there has been no major revival in America during this time.
The beauty of revival is that without politics, hearts can still change; and when hearts change, policy changes. In the midst of revival, I’ve seen homosexuals set free, drug addicts find new life and broken families reunited. It is the most beautiful thing when God reaches down and, in an instant, fixes countless broken lives.
So, here is how we can guarantee a win for the Kingdom of God on November 3rd. Let’s remember the final words of Jesus,
“Go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19) … “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15) … But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
I have always been politically active. I am certainly not against it. But our Commission which was described as Great, is not about who wins an election but is about reaching lost, broken souls with the message of the gospel. Let’s stay focused on that, and we’re going to be just fine, no matter who wins. The world still needs Jesus, and they won’t hear about Him without us.
During a walk in Tel Aviv, I came across a very ugly building. It was ugly because it was not finished. It was maybe one-third complete. Now if somebody tried to sell me that building, as is, I would be foolish to buy it. It’s not functionable. There are no walls, no facade and I’m sure the plumbing isn’t working.
However, right next to that unfinished building are two beautiful towers. Within a year or two, the not-yet-finished building will look just like those beautiful towers. They’re over 40 stories high and, rumor has it, the top floor is a restaurant / swimming pool.
No — this blog is not about real estate; it is about you!
If you’re like most believers, then you have moments where you wonder if you’re ever going to fulfill the destiny that God has placed on your life. Maybe you have moments where you feel like that one-third finished building. But instead of having construction workers building you up day and night, it seems like you’re stuck.
I want to encourage you that God is not finished with you! In fact, I can promise you that. Let’s go to the book of Philippians. Paul begins many of his letters with a prayer for his friends in other cities who are contending for the gospel.
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Messiah Yeshua.” (Philippians 1:3-6)
God is not going to leave you only one-third finished! In verse six, Paul is no longer praying or asking God to do something, but he is stating what he believes to be a fact. He says that he is “confident.” Now this man knows a thing or two about the heart of God. He has visited the third heaven. He has seen the risen Messiah in a vision. He has received some of the most significant theological downloads of any human being ever to live. So, when he tells me that he’s confident of God doing something, my ears perk up.
He says that God is working on me and He’s going to carry it to completion until the day that Yeshua returns to planet earth. Most of us can break our progress down to two categories:
- Areas where we need more equipping
- Areas of sin which we need to overcome
Can you relate to that? This same Paul says in Ephesians, using the same verbiage connected to building: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Messiah Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
This part has to do with equipping. God has committed to equip us as His workmanship so that we can do the works of Jesus in this world. Through the Holy Spirit we can heal the sick and even raise the dead. We are called by God to preach the gospel and disciple all nations. Every one of us has a role to play in the Great Commission.
But sin can disqualify us. That’s what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:27, and that is why he disciplines his body to obey Jesus and not his own desires. In Titus he says that, “the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions.” (Titus 2:11-12) Most believers do not understand the power of grace. They think it is a girl’s name, when, in fact, (and no offense to anyone named Grace – it’s a beautiful name) grace is power. We obtain it to overcome sin and to walk in the supernatural.
The Bible tells us that there is a supply of grace at the throne of heaven and good news: It is available to us. But wait, there is more!
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16)
Not only can we obtain grace to give us strength to overcome sin or persecution in the time of need, but the Bible says that because Yeshua became a human and was tempted, even as we are—and yet did not sin—that he sympathizes with our struggle. He cares about you and is praying for you at God’s right hand. No, Jesus is not looking down on you in anger. Instead He is saying, “I understand what you’re going through. I, too, was tempted. But I overcame. I’m now going to give you the grace to overcome as well.”
At His throne you don’t just find grace to overcome, but mercy for when we do fall into sin. Grace is power, but mercy is forgiveness. Mercy is given when we humble ourselves before God, not when we take it for granted and just keep sinning.
Jesus is on your side and one day soon you are no longer going to look like a one-third finished building, but a beautiful skyscraper touching heaven.
This is Saeb Erekat and he has been the top negotiator for the corrupt Palestinian Authority since the 90s. He has COVID-19 and was in critical, but stable condition. May God touch him and reveal the truth to him!
But there is another point to be made here. I want you to see the difference between Israel and the Palestinians, Syrians, Iranians, etc. You see Mr. Erekat is now run of the mill Palestinian.
Erekat, 65, has been one of the Palestinians’ most recognizable faces over the past several decades, serving as a senior negotiator in talks with Israel. He was also a senior adviser to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and current Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. (Times of Israel)
After contracting Coronavirus, his suffered complications. But instead of going to a Palestinian hospital (and probably dying because they have invested in terror instead of their people) he was taken to a hospital in Jerusalem after the Palestinian Authority requested that Israel save his life. Israel is giving him top medical care.
Erekat, who was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem two days ago, was being supported by an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine, as well as a ventilator.” (Times of Israel)
Over the years this man has attacked Israel, sowed seeds of division, supported Arafat and he is a #BDS supporter. He once accused Israel on the international stage of murdering 500 Palestinian civilians, when it fact, it was 50 terrorists, after a suicide bombing during a Passover celebration that murdered 30 Israelis and injured 140 others. The IDF went into the city of Jenin to get the terrorists…and they did.
But as he found himself in poor health, Mr. Erekat asked to be taken to an Israeli hospital—the enemy! And we took him. And he is getting great healthcare. With one lung and having survived a heart attack, things are not looking good for him. But thank GOD that he has “enemies” who are fighting to save his life, so he can continue to spread hate against Jews.
This is why I love my country! And really, let’s pray for his survival.
“Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?'” (Ezek. 33:11) Turn Saeb! Turn!