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Warning: This article, if you read the whole thing, is going to make you hungry for God, longing for revival. It may cause you to not eat for an extended period of time—because of this intense longing for the heavenly.

Like many people, I have been reading through the Exodus story afresh. I have long believed that the Exodus narrative was to Israel what the Great Tribulation will be to the Church. Can we draw insight from Moses that can help us today? I think yes.

They Cried out to God and He Heard

Before anything changed for the Israel, before God found Moses in the desert, the Bible says that the Israelites cried out to God in their suffering.

The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.  So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them. (Ex. 2:23-25)

God was moved by their cries. Their groaning reached God’s throne in heaven. But the change did not come overnight. Yeshua taught us that faith and prayer is similar to a farmer planting seed.

“This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.  Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.  All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.  As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:26-29)

He plants the seed by faith, but it takes time before a harvest comes. If we pray once for revival and then get disappointed when God doesn’t immediately visit, we miss the point. There is a process of praying and waiting. Crying out to God and expecting. Impregnation and then birth.

He remembered His covenant

I love this. What moved God? He remembered (not that He forgot) that He cut covenant with Abraham. If it was not just that God’s heart was moved by their cries, He had a legal obligation to move on behalf of the Israelites. Covenants are legal. Yahweh had a contractual responsibility to Abraham and his seed.

Clearly God went into that contract with the desire to help; He did not begrudgingly help Israel because of legalese, in which Abraham trapped him. No, Abraham was asleep when God made the covenant. But God is showing us that He honors His word.

We know that revival is promised (along with a messy Great Tribulation). We see this promise in Romans 11:12, 15, where God says that when Israel embraces Yeshua, something greater than Acts will follow.

But if [Israel’s] transgression (of rejecting Yeshua) means riches for the world, and [Israel’s] loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will [Israel’s] full inclusion bring! (Romans 11:12)

We see a great awakening during the Tribulation (Rev. 11, 14).

God will remember His covenant to us—He will remember His prophetic word to Israel; that her eyes would be opened in the end-times (Hosea 3:4-5, Ez. 36:25-28, Zech. 12:10, Romans 11:26).

Their Situation Changed Overnight

Sometimes those promises to Israel, as one who moved here to Tel Aviv, seem impossible. And if we have learned anything in the past month, it is that things can change in a second—overnight. While I am not a fan of pandemics, I am in awe of the power of God (all power is from God)—how He has brought a world to its knees in a matter of weeks. Is that not what He did to Pharaoh and all Egypt. God brought the most powerful man on earth to his knees in just a few days.

The Lord is going to roar from Zion, as Amos says, and humble the leaders of this world who stand in rebellion against him. He mocks the kings of the earth as they make plans against His (Ps. 2). While we are all praying for Boris Johnson to recover, the fact that he is fighting for his life just shows that no one can hide. As a BBC headline said this morning referring to their Prime Minister, “Power is no protection from harm.”

Even as Pharaoh could not stop the frogs from invading every area of his palace, who can hide from the Lord when He makes an appointment? (This is not to suggest that Boris Johnson is being judged, rather the fact that status, wealth, or friends in ‘not quite high enough’ places can save you.)

Revival can happen in a Nanosecond!

But it is the same with revival. I had the great privilege of teaching at the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry. God swept through that place in one moment and the world changed. If you watch the service where it all begins, you will be surprised to see that it wasn’t anything special. Steve Hill gives an altar call and a few people come forward. Then he asks people to come for prayer. Most come, but still—no big deal. And then suddenly…I get emotional just writing about i…God showed up and people start falling like dominos. Pastor John Kilpatrick said it was like a river came into the building. He, a man very much charge, was on the ground, unable to move for hours. It swept all over the US and the globe.

One moment, things were normal and then the next, God was there! (I am getting so hungry for God just writing about this!!!)

Now imagine Moses sharing this with the Israelites.

“And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.” (Ex. 3:21-22)

It must have been very difficult to believe. They had been salves for so long. How could there be any situation where they leave Egypt rich? It must of seemed like a dream. Of course, if I told you in January that there would be worldwide pandemic that would begin world economies to their knees before Passover, would you have believed me?

One day they were slaves—the next day there was “revival” as they plundered the enemy’s camp. It all starts with us crying out to God! Some want things to go back to normal. I want God to show up!

 

 

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I see a time soon when God is going to bring some of our ministry structures crumbling down. I do not exempt myself—for God alone knows my heart and motives, my fears and jealousies. Let it all come down! I imagine that some pastors are panicking over losing their platforms. Beware of those who tell you the key to stopping the plug, is a gift to their ministry. Giving is super important, but the people of God have too often been manipulated by millionaire preachers. I keep seeing in my spirit scaffolding and structures that were man made, and a wrecking ball/earthquake taking them all down. Then something more beautiful arising—the ecclesia, the people of God—in its place. Could it be that God is not only draining the swamp in politics, but also in ministry? Does not judgment begin with the house of God? (1 Pet. 4:17)

I would love for things to go back to the way they were. My life was good. Our small tour business has lost about $20,000…so far. But as Keith Green said, “I pledge my head to heaven for the Gospel.” Whom have I but Jesus? He is stripping everything else away.

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Friends, at the beginning of this pandemic, experts in the US said there was no need to where masks, unless you had the virus—to protect others. Of course, they are learning as they go, and were fearful that medical professionals would not be able to get the highly coveted masks. We all agree that those on the frontlines need them the most.

But here in Tel Aviv, my wife kept telling me that the Israeli news outlets were encouraging everyone to wear a mask when they went outside. So, I did some research (googling). I first found out that the Czech Republic made it mandatory to where a mask when going out and even a novice can see the difference. I was going through the different graphs on the Johns Hopkins page looking for any difference in different countries. Other than China (who cannot be trusted) and South Korea, they all looked similar…but then I checked on the Czech’s and the difference was clear.

United States Graph where masks were not encouraged. 4/3/2020

World averages as of 4/3/2020

Czech Republic 4/3/2020

Then someone sent me this video from people in the Czech Republic.

They have a site called www.mask4all.org and offer advice in the graphic below.

Understand, I am a person of faith—I am trusting God for supernatural protection. But also want to be wise. The Bible tells us that we can drink deadly poison and handle snake bites, but it also assumes that you will not seek such situations, rather, it is when they are forced upon you like Paul:

Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. (Acts 28:3-5)

Psalm 91 says that no plague will come near our dwelling. If you are not a person of faith and you want to know how to have a relationship with God and gain eternal life, please go here. It is better than a mask!!! 🙂

Back to the masks:

The CDC released new guidelines this week, recommending that we all wear at least non-medical face coverings when you go outside. It certainly can’t hurt! And if you are asymptomatic and have COVID-19, you could be spreading it without knowing.

So, let’s look at masks and what they do.

First, what is the difference between the medical grade masks and the non-medical ones? Most of the ones you have seen on TV are medical grade. That would even include the disposable surgical masks. Then you have some with filters, some that get tighter than others, and even the see through full-face shields. In Israel, I have seen many grocery store workers wearing these. In ICU units, they typically wear both a mask and a shield, as they are working with people they are infected. Take a minute now and pray for heroic medical workers, from nurses, to paramedics to doctors.

This grocer sold me 70 gift cards with the funds you provided. We got them to 70 very poor Filipino families in Tel Aviv.

A non-medical mask is really anything else. I used an undershirt before we got a supply of disposable surgical masks. It is believed that material from a bandana to a scarf will keep out much of the infected droplets. Note, the droplets can still attach to the outside of the mask. So, when you get home, wash them before you reuse. When you take them off, it is recommended that you use a fresh pair of gloves or make sure to wash your hands immediately. DO NOT TOUCH THE OUTSIDE OF THE MASK AND THEN YOUR FACE!

Now, if you are not going to wash your hands, you are wasting your time. If infected particles are on the outside of your mask and then you touch it—and then touch your mouth…hello? So here are some guidelines from the World Health Organization (whom I do not trust on bigger issues, but I do here)

  • Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
  • To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

If you are going to wear a mask, it should just be one of many actions you take to prevent getting infected.

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Classic Surgical Mask

Surgical mask

Surgical masks were created to keep the wearer from getting liquids, from coughing or sneezing, on their patients and to keep the wearer from breathing in droplets or liquids that contained harmful bacteria. When I was in Nepal, we wore them everywhere in Katmandu because of the pollution. They were not, however, designed to prevent the smaller or tiny particles from getting to the wearer.

They are disposable as well. It is not recommended that you use it more than once. Remember, tainted particles can attach to the outside, so get rid of it quickly and responsibly when you get home.

Notice, SHE IS NOT COVERING HERE NOSE!!! Cover your nose!

Face coverings

Reusable face coverings should cover your nose and mouth and can be made from many different items in your home from shirts to scarfs. However, after each use they need to be washed (and wash your hands after using them) in hot water and dry them on high heat. That will kill any viral particles. These are not as effective as surgical masks and respirators, but they are a defense if you don’t have a mask. Certainly the more layers, the safer you are.

N95 Respirator Mask

N95 respirators

You have heard Governor Cuomo constantly say that he needs more respirators. He is speaking of the N95 respirator mask. It fits very tight, covers the nose and mouth, but also has a respirator for extra protection. It is said to block 95% of particles including viruses! These MUST be cleaned after each use! Here are some guidelines:

  • Place a steam basket or colander inside of a pot.
  • Boil water on the stove
  • Place your mask inside facing down in the steam basket for about 30 seconds covered.
  • Take it out and spray it with 70% rubbing alcohol.
  • Hang to dry.
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Reusable Cloth Surgical Mask

Cloth Surgical Mask

These are less safe, that disposable surgical masks and N95 respirators, but better than nothing. Again, make sure to wash! (If this was my only optioned I would prefer a think scarf or several layers of another fabric.)

Should you wear one

It would seem from evidence over the past two months that it would be advised.

However, wear it correctly. Wash your hands. Do not bring particles from the outside into your home. Dispose or wash correctly. I know this is a hassle, but it could save your life or someone with whom you come in contact.

**Ron Cantor is not a scientist or health care professional. He just wants to see you not die. Consult your physician for professional advice.

 

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Yesterday, a defiant Florida pastor, Rodney Howard-Browne was arrested for defying an ordinance against public gatherings. For weeks Howard-Browne had been vocal about continuing to meet as a church despite a “safer-at-home” order that the country put in place recently to protect people from COVID-19. He has spread conspiracy theories that pit together the WHO, Chinese gov, the media, Bill Gates, and big Pharma and the goal to down America.

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Yesterday I read about a conversation between a well known teacher and “God”. I put God in quotes because the conversation seemed quite strange to me. He was explaining things in a text that clearly were not there. What do you think?

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