Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
"May those who love you be secure."-Psalm 122:6
I (Sal) was about to visit the "promise land" in 2000 for a conference called 2000 AD and Beyond (global-wide missions conference). I already bought the airline and conference registration tickets (didn't RVSP any hotel space yet), but got a notice that this was going to be cancelled less than a month away. There was also a lot of tension in the area during that time, which was one of the factors for this conference being cancelled. I'm still waiting for that perfect "God-time" to visit t his place someday.
"... If we have found favor in your eyes," they said, "let this land be given to your servants as our possession.."-Numbers 32
It's made it on the news again this past week (August 15th-19th), the ongoing Gaza Strip territorial (West Bank) dispute. I have been watching ABC Nightline this week on this whole global issue, which I decided to do some research...
".. Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not resort to sorcery as at other times, but turned his face toward the desert. 2 When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him 3 and he uttered his oracle:
"The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,
the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly,
4 the oracle of one who hears the words of God,
who sees a vision from the Almighty, [a]
who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:
5 "How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob,
your dwelling places, O Israel! "-Numbers 24
Ironically, this past Wednesday, I was at the weekly Wednesday Morning Prairie Community Services' Bible Study. We read Biblical Prophecies relating to Israel, which one of them I meditated last night (Thursday, August 18th)...
"So now the solemn curses and judgments written in the law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out against us because of our sin. 12 You have done exactly what you warned you would do against us and our rulers. Never in all history has there been a disaster like the one that happened in Jerusalem. 13 Every curse written against us in the law of Moses has come true. All the troubles he predicted have taken place. But we have refused to seek mercy from the Lord our God by turning from our sins and recognizing his truth. 14 The Lord has brought against us the disaster he prepared, for we did not obey him, and the Lord our God is just in everything he does.
15 "O Lord our God, you brought lasting honor to your name by rescuing your people from Egypt in a great display of power. But we have sinned and are full of wickedness. 16 In view of all your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn your furious anger away from your city of Jerusalem, your holy mountain. All the neighboring nations mock Jerusalem and your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors."
"The experiment with the opulence and power of the great eastern kingdoms had ended in disaster for Israel. Solomon created the wealthiest and most powerful central government the Hebrews would ever see, but he did so at an impossibly high cost. Land was given away to pay for his extravagances, and people were sent into forced labor into Tyre in the north. When Solomon died (between 926-922 BC), the ten northern tribes refused to submit to his son, Rehoboam, and revolted. From this point on, there would be two kingdoms of Hebrews: in the north, Israel, and in the south, Judah. The Israelites formed their capital in the city of Samaria, and the Judaeans kept their capital in Jerusalem. These kingdoms remained separate states for over two hundred years.
Their history is a litany of ineffective, disobedient, and corrupt kings. When the Hebrews had first asked for a king, in the book of Judges, they were told that only Yahweh was their king. When they approached Samuel, he told them the desire for a king was an act of disobedience. They would pay dearly if they established a monarchy. The history told in the Hebrew books, I and II Kings, bears out Samuel's warning. The Hebrew empire soon collapses; Moab soon successfully revolts against Judah, and Ammon successfully secedes from Israel. Within a century of Solomon's death, the kingdoms of Israel and Judah are tiny little states, each no bigger than Connecticut, on the larger map of the Middle East. ..
"..God s everlasting promise to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel is still in effect today. Throughout its history, America has been in a unique position to bless the Jewish people, and has experienced many blessings as a result. In more recent years, however, America has failed to consistently stand by Israel and suffered dramatic disasters.
In this interesting and thorough book, McTernan traces the history of the Jewish people in America and how America s spectacular rise to power was tied to blessing the Jews. He examines America s integral role in fulfilling God s plan for the rebirth of the Jewish nation, and details the times when our nation defaulted on this call. Through a step-by-step analysis of political events, McTernan gives conclusive proof that God s judgment on those who curse Israel is still active. In every case where America has failed Israel, it has faced dramatic consequences within 24 hours. ..
"As America Has Done to Israel" Pt 1 of 3
"February 06, 2009 — On Sid Roth's show "It's Supernatural":
John McTernan reveals the supernatural connection between America's interfering with God's prophetic plan for Israel and the severe disasters striking our nation.
Please email the link to this video to all your contacts, even those you know in other nations.
Then have them do the same. God will bless the nations who bless Israel. Let's reach out and bless Israel. One of the ways is through this site www.CFIJerusalem.net" John McTernan's Insights, blogspot.com
*first movie I seen her acting is in Star Wars-cool! " Born in Jerusalem, Israel, to her artist mother and fertility specialist father,Portman caught the acting bug after her parents relocated to New York during her childhood. An agent contacted Portman at age 11 and she quickly earned plum acting roles on stage and in film.
Portman made her Broadway debut run in the title role of The Diary of Anne Frank. Directed by James Lapine and adapted by Wendy Kesselman, the production took a fresh look at the play, incorporating new material from The 1995 Definitive Edition of Anne Frank's diaries."
Related Sites: Wikipedia "In 2004 and 2005 she traveled to Uganda, Guatemala, and Ecuador as the Ambassador of Hope for FINCA International, an organization that promotes micro-lending to help finance women-owned businesses in poor countries. In an interview conducted backstage at the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia and appearing on the PBS program Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria she discussed micro-financing.[13"
From: "Poniman and Linda"
Subject: Fw: Remarks from CBS Sunday Morning-Amen
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 10:06:08 +0700
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a crche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this happen?" (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.
She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"
In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.
Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world 's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they beli eve, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in. My Best Regards.
Honestly and respectfully,
"David and Goliath throw down in this parody by the apologetix and WT Wesley Foundation "
"..In April 2003, US President BUSH, working in conjunction with the EU, UN, and Russia - the "Quartet" - took the lead in laying out a roadmap to a final settlement of the conflict by 2005, based on reciprocal steps by the two parties leading to two states, Israel and a democratic Palestine. However, progress toward a permanent status agreement was undermined by Israeli-Palestinian violence between September 2003 and February 2005. An Israeli-Palestinian agreement reached at Sharm al-Sheikh in February 2005, along with an internally-brokered Palestinian ceasefire, significantly reduced the violence."
"..(October 6, 1841-November 7, 1935) was an American evangelist and Christian Zionist influenced by Dwight Lyman Moody, and author of the Zionist Blackstone Memorial of 1891...
Blackstone was born in Adams, New York and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at age 11 during evangelistic meetings at a local Methodist church...
On November 24-25, 1890, Blackstone organized the Conference on the Past, Present and Future of Israel at the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Chicago where participants included leaders of both Jewish and Christian communities. Resolutions of sympathy for the oppressed Jews living in Russia were passed, but Blackstone was convinced that such resolutions - even though passed by prominent men - were insufficient. He advocated strongly for the resettlement of Jewish people in Palestine. Accordingly, the Blackstone Memorial of 1891 was drafted as a petition signed by 413 outstanding Christian and Jewish leaders in the United States."
"Short documentary on some remains of the First Temple in Jerusalem recently found. Source Infolive TV Israel http://www.infolive.tv/en/home
During construction for a planned walkway that will connect to the Temple Mount, the Israel Antiquities Authority have uncovered the remains of an ancient city dating back the First Temple at a site located near the Western Wall. Archaeologists working at the dig discovered the remains hidden beneath a subterranean street dating back to the Roman period. One of the most exciting artefacts found are several figurines of women and a personal letter seal made from a semi previous stone with the name "Netanyahu ben Yaush" engraved on it.03/16/08 "
BUILDING THE THIRD TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM
"Video taken from GODTUBE originated from CBN news, about the Jews' dream and determination to rebuild the Temple, the Third Temple, in Jerusalem" Bible Prophecy in the News : Rebuilding of the Jewish Temple, from youtube.com "Bible Prophecy predicts that in the last days the Jewish temple in Jerusalem will be rebuilt and that it will play a important role in the tribulation time. In this time the anti-christ will invade the temple and declare himself god. Are there plans to rebuild the temple and fulfill these prophecies. Check these news clips and judge for yourself. "
"JERUSALEM (RNS) Archaeologists have unearthed a trove of artifacts dating back to the time of the biblical King David that they say closely correspond to the description of Solomon's Temple found in the Book of Kings.
Hebrew University archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel said the find "is extraordinary" first because it marks the first time that shrines from the time of the early Israelite kings were found. In addition, two small, well-preserved models discovered in the excavations closely resemble elements described in the Bible.
The multiyear excavations took place at Khirbet Qeiyafa, a fortified city about 20 miles southwest of Jerusalem, adjacent to the Valley of Ella where, the Bible says, the ancient people of Israel were encamped when David slew Goliath.
Excavations yielded a large assortment of pottery, stone and metal tools as well as art and cult objects.
Garfinkel said the people who lived at the site appeared to shun both graven images and pigs -- both prohibited by the Hebrew Bible.
"Over the years, thousands of animal bones were found, including sheep, goats and cattle, but no pigs," he said. "Now we uncovered three cultic rooms with various cultic paraphernalia, but not even one human or animal figurine was found."
According to Garfinkel, this suggests that the inhabitants observed the biblical bans on pork and graven images -- "and thus practiced a different cult than that of the Canaanite or the Philistines" of the time.
Not all archaeologists agree with Garfinkel's assessment, however.
"These are beautiful finds, but they are not special in that similar ones have been found in various places, and they should therefore not be connected in any way to the ark" or other biblical references, Tel Aviv University archaeologist Nadav Na'aman told the newspaper Haaretz.
Na'aman doubted, too, whether the lack of pig bones suggests that the inhabitants of the settlement were part of King David's kingdom.
"The Canaanites also did not eat pork," Na'aman said.
"DALLAS, TEXAS (ANS) -- In ancient Israel, there were actually many Gilgals, not just one. The basic meaning of the word gilgal is “sacred circle of stones,” more specifically two circles converging together into one.
The newly-discovered site
at Gilgal in Israel.
Evidence now indicates that the two circles together looked very much like a sandal to symbolize the fulfillment of the promise that “every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours?” (Deut 11:24).
In April 2009, The University of Haifa in Israel issued a press release of Archaeologist Adam Zertal's work in which he discovered five huge stone-lined camps in the Jordan Valley, each in the shape of an enormous foot.
In the article, Zertal says that the foot held great significance as a symbol of the ownership of territory, control over an enemy, connection between people, and even the presence of Deity.
Now, according to the Moreshet (Heritage) Foundation Israel (MHF Israel), Gilgal, the ancient camp where the Bible says Joshua and the children of Israel first settled after entering the Promised Land, has been uncovered.
"JERUSALEM , ISRAEL (ANS) -- In an attempt to inspire and empower the local church in Israel and the Palestinian Authority to reach out to their own people groups, a conference was held last weekend in Jerusalem under the title �Back to Jerusalem.�
The conference was organized and sponsored by Life Agape, the local ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC). It is the first stage in the "Back to Jerusalem" Campaign.
According to Rajai Samawi, the project leader, quoted on the website www.Comeandsee.com : "The goal of the project is to empower the participants to be ready for the outreach week that will follow the conference, where the locals and the International guests will have the opportunity to minister to people in different parts of Israel, using Sports, Music and Drama -- together with personal visits." .."
"is the second-largest city in Israel, with a population of 388,700. Tel Aviv is situated on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline, covering 51.8 square kilometres (20.0 sq mi). It is the largest and most populous city in the Israeli metropolitan area known as Gush Dan, home to 3.15 million people as of 2007. Although it is less than a century old, Tel Aviv is recognized as a candidate global city with many of the key characteristics of World Cities being present. Tel Aviv is known as "the city that never sleeps" because of its nightlife and 24-hour culture. The city is governed by the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality, headed by Ron Huldai..."
Etymology "The name Tel Aviv (literally "Hill of Spring") was chosen in 1910 out of many suggestions, among them "Herzliya". Tel Aviv was the Hebrew title of Theodor Herzl's book Altneuland ("Old New Land"), translated from the German by Nahum Sokolow. Sokolow took the name from the Book of Ezekiel: "Then I came to them of the captivity at Tel Aviv, that lived by the river Chebar, and to where they lived; and I sat there overwhelmed among them seven days." This name was found fitting as it embraced the idea of the renaissance of the ancient Jewish homeland. Aviv is Hebrew for "spring", symbolizing renewal, and tel is an archeological site that reveals layers of civilization built one over the other.
Theories vary about the etymology of Jaffa or Yafo in Hebrew. Some theorists believe that the name derives from yafah or yofi, Hebrew for "beautiful" or "beauty". Another tradition is that Japheth, son of Noah, founded the city and that it was named for him. The city of Jaffa is mentioned in the Book of Jonah."
"...The Israelites traced their common lineage to the biblical patriarch Abraham through Isaac and Jacob. Jewish tradition holds that the Israelites were the descendants of Jacob's twelve sons (one of which was named Judah), who settled in Egypt. Their direct descendants respectively divided into twelve tribes, who were enslaved under the rule of an Egyptian pharaoh. In the Jewish faith, the emigration of the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan (the Exodus), led by the prophet Moses, marks the formation of the Israelites as a people.
Throughout the centuries, in spite of oppression, banishment, and slaughter, there was an uninterrupted continuity of Jewish life in the country. The Jewish community in the land of Israel has always played a unique role in Jewish history.
This article refers to the history in the Land of Israel in the boundaries defined by Canaan or as the region later also known by the Roman name of Palestina....
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com Middle Eastern Outreach-Abraham Roots...
"... "If it wasn't for what the Jews brought to Christianity, there would be no Christianity," Christofaro said. "There is a promise to those who bless Israel to be blessed. Those who curse it will be cursed..."
" The history of the Jewish people begins with Abraham, and the story of Abraham begins when G-d tells him to leave his homeland, promising Abraham and his descendants a new home in the land of Canaan. (Gen. 12). This is the land now known as Israel, named after Abraham's grandson, whose descendants are the Jewish people. The land is often referred to as the Promised Land because of G-d's repeated promise (Gen. 12:7, 13:15, 15:18, 17:8) to give the land to the descendants of Abraham.
The land is described repeatedly in the Torah as a good land and "a land flowing with milk and honey" (e.g., Ex. 3:8). This description may not seem to fit well with the desert images we see on the nightly news, but let's keep in mind that the land was repeatedly abused by conquerors who were determined to make the land uninhabitable for the Jews. In the few decades since the Jewish people regained control of the land, we have seen a tremendous improvement in its agriculture. Israeli agriculture today has a very high yield.
Jews have lived in this land continuously from the time of its original conquest by Joshua more than 3200 years ago until the present day, though Jews were not always in political control of the land, and Jews were not always the majority of the land's population. "
"The answer is really very simple. God gave the land of Israel to Abraham (Genesis 17:8) and to his descendants through Isaac (Genesis 26:2-5) and Jacob (Genesis 28:1-4,13-14).
That means the land belongs to the descendants of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel. In other words, the land belongs to the children of Israel, referred to in the New Testament as the Jews (Romans 1:16). "
"From an interview with a Muslim Scholar teaching Religious Studies at San Diego State University:
FP: You are yourself a Muslim and yet, quite unconventionally amongst Islamic clerics and scholars, you teach that the Koran says Israel belongs to the Jews. Can you educate us on this Islamic teaching?
The Qur'an refers to the exiles, but leaves it open for return...saying to the Jews that if they keep their promise to God, then God will keep the divine promise to them. WE may argue that the present state of Israel was not created in the most peaceful means, and that many were displaced--for me, this is not the issue. The issue is that when the Muslims entered that land in the seventh century, they were well aware of its rightful owners, and when they failed to act according to divine mandate (at least as perceived by followers of all Abrahamic faiths), they aided and abetted in a crime. And the present situation shows the fruits of that action--wherein innocent Palestinians and Israelis are being killed on a daily basis. ..."
"God wanted to give Avraham a double blessing, through Ishmael and through Isaac, and ordered that Ishmael's descendents should live in the desert of Arabia and Isaac's in Canaan.
The Qur'an recognizes the Land of Israel as the heritage of the Jews and it explains that, before the Last Judgment, Jews will return to dwell there. This prophecy has already been fulfilled.
"..There are 22 Arab countries and over 30 Muslim countries in the world.
There is only one Jewish homeland: Israel.
As for a two state solution, how is that supposed to work?
After all, Israel evacuated thousands of Jewish families and gave huge tracts of land to the Arabs over two years ago.
Since then, no homes or schools were built on that land.
Instead, the Arabs are using that very land to fire rockets into Israeli towns.
It seems that there will never be peace..
came from Judah-from Bible Study on how Jews came about... "...And he said unto him, What [is] thy name? And he said, Jacob.
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And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
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And Jacob asked [him], and said, Tell [me], I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore [is] it [that] thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there."-Genesis 32:27-29
Judah Isreali History-Wikipedia, Judah-Wikipedia, Judah Ministries, State of Israel, "When Israel became Israel..."-Bible Study
"...."Here's the background of what happened: Israeli is facing a new international crisis after a spasm of violence aboard Turkish-flagged boats filled with some 600 activists from the Middle East and Europe that were heading for Gaza as part of a 'Gaza aid flotilla.'
"French, Danish and Israelis sources said some of the Turkish-backed left-wing activists had connections to terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda and Hamas. The Israeli government had made it clear in advance that the six boats would not be allowed to enter Gaza directly, but would have to bring any humanitarian aid they carried to be bringing through Israeli ports. Israeli commandos ordered the boats to stop, but the flotilla refused. The Israelis then forced the boats to stop and boarded them in part to determine if the activists were trying to smuggle weapons into Gaza. The commandos were then attacked by the activists and the Israelis defended themselves. At least 10 activists were killed and several more were wounded. At least 5 Israeli commandos were wounded, as well."
Rosenberg states that according to Netanyahu: "They [the Israeli soldiers] were mobbed, they were clubbed, they were beaten, stabbed, there was even a report of gunfire. And our soldiers had to defend themselves."
Netanyahu stated: "Our policy was and will continue to be that Israel would let humanitarian aid, any kind of goods that are meant for peace, to the civilian population of Gaza…We have no problems with the people of Gaza. We do have a conflict with the terrorist regime of Hamas, supported by Iran. We want to maintain a situation where we prevent weapons and war materials from coming into Gaza, and allowing humanitarian aid to go to the population of Gaza."
More details are available on Rosenberg's weblog -- http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com .
For additional information on Joel C. Rosenberg, visit www.joelrosenberg.com . . Israeli Inquiry Finds Fault in Turkish Ship Takeover, aolnews.com (Monday, June 21st 2010) "..The investigation found that the raid on the ship should only have been conducted after the attackers were hosed with water cannons and smoke grenades.
Israel maintains that the commandos were attacked with knives as they landed on the ship and the soldiers' lives were in danger. Some of the Turkish activists on the ship say the soldiers opened fire first.
The Ha'aretz newspaper quoted the top military commander involved in the attack as saying there was a major intelligence blunder.
"The major defect in the preparations and gathering of intelligence was that we did not know we would be coping with tens of rioters," he told Ha'aretz. "This was not disorderly conduct that deteriorated. This was a planned terrorist attack."..
"Israel (MNN) ― More than 300 have died in Israel air attacks in Gaza. The attacks came after Hamas broke a ceasefire, launching numerous rockets at Israelis. Tom Doyle with E3 Partners says many Christians had left the area to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem. But, Doyle says, bombs hit near a church.
"Across from the Gaza Baptist Church is where the police station is. Israel launched a missile into the police station, and about 40 were killed there. The windows were blown out of the church. I know most of the believers are staying tight in their homes praying."
E3 Partners is helping equip church leaders in evangelism by providing training and resources. "Usually when this happens," says Doyle, "ministry pulls back. But that's when believers can make a difference. And when believers can make a difference and reach out physically, that's another opportunity to reach out for Christ in this epicenter -- this war-torn region."
According to Doyle, this a perfect time for ministry. "We find that Muslims are very open to the Gospel right now. Maybe 60% of the Muslims in the Middle East are not practicing. Muslim are disenchanted. They're tired of war, and they're frustrated. And Christians have the message of the Gospel."
Doyle is asking you to pray that the church will stay strong in the midst of this conflict and that the church would unite. "In Israel, we see that the only answer to the problem is for Jews and Arab believers to come together and reach out."
E3 Partners is helping pastors and church leaders in 10 Middle Eastern nations. You can sponsor a pastor there. Click here to learn more. "
....Jews are often identified as belonging to one of two major groups: the Ashkenazim, or "Germans" (Ashkenaz meaning "Germany" in Medieval Hebrew, denoting their Central European base), and the Sephardim, or "Spaniards" (Sefarad meaning "Spain" or "Iberia" in Hebrew, denoting their Spanish and Portuguese base). The Mizrahim, or "Easterners" (Mizrach being "East" in Hebrew), that is, the diverse collection of Middle Eastern and North African Jews, constitute a third major group, although they are sometimes termed Sephardi for liturgical reasons.
Smaller groups include, but are not restricted to, Indian Jews such as the Bene Israel, Bnei Menashe, Cochin Jews, and Bene Ephraim; the Romaniotes of Greece; the Italian Jews ("Italkim" or "Bené Roma"); the Teimanim from Yemen and Oman; various African Jews, including most numerously the Beta Israel of Ethiopia; and Chinese Jews, most notably the Kaifeng Jews, as well as various other distinct but now almost extinct communities."
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2008 21:05:20 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Minnesota Prayer Alliance (formerly USGAPN)"
Subject: Chuck Pierce: It's Time To Align With God's Covenant People
This resolution was sent to David and Leah Ortiz, parents of the 15-year old Amiel:
A RESOLUTION adjourning the 2008 Session of the Kentucky House of Representatives in honor of Ami Ortiz, a world-class example of how one teen and his family have demonstrated God's love and forgiveness in the face of murderous religious persecution.
WHEREAS, at 2:30 p.m. On Thursday, March 20, 2008, a 15 year-old Ami Ortiz, the son of a well-known pastor in Ariel, Israel, miraculously escaped death when he opened a traditional "Happy Purim" gift loaded with explosives and delivered to his home by terrorists intending to frighten members of the tiny Messianic community into fleeing their homes, city, and nation; and
WHEREAS, a March 23 Jerusalem Post article reported that Ami's "neck had an eight-inch gash like someone slit his throat. He has a ruptured lung. Doctors had to operate on his tongue. He has second-degree burns to his chest and arms, and there is no flesh on the thighs." The article further disclosed that doctors amputated two of Ami's toes and are working to prevent the loss of his arms and legs and to remove fragments of nails, bolts, screws, and metal shards from his entire body, including his right eye; and
WHEREAS, prior to the murderous bombing of his home, Ami Ortiz, the youngest of David and Leah Ortiz's six children, had also endured, along with other family members, years of harassment and intimidation associated with anti-missionary efforts to frighten the family by throwing a Molotov cocktail at the family's car, vandalizing their property, demonstrations, threats, and distribution of hurtful flyers and "wanted" posters plastered around their town with the personal information about the Ortiz family; and
WHEREAS, Pastor Ortiz's ministry to both Arab and Jewish believers resulted in death threats from the Hamas terrorist organization in the mid-1990's for preaching the Gospel to Palestinian Muslims; and
WHEREAS, the Ortiz family has also received similar threats from certain ultra-Orthodox Jews, some of whom have been involved in anti-missionary efforts to outlaw the free expression of Messianic faith in Israel; and
WHEREAS, the latest attempt to murder the Ortiz family marks an escalation of physical attacks on Messianic Jews in Israel, following the fire-bombing of a Messianic house of prayer in Jerusalem several months ago, and the ongoing attacks in Arad; and
WHEREAS, prior to the bombing of the Ortiz home, the Messianic community complained that Israel's media have often under-reported, downplayed, or reframed the significance of deadly attacks on Jewish believers; and
WHEREAS, the evening following the attack on the Ortiz family, Israel's Channel 10 news unwittingly justified such attacks with the statement, "Where there are missionaries there will be anti-missionaries;" and
WHEREAS, a recent article on Ami Ortiz in the March 25 issue of The Jerusalem Post quotes Howard Bass, head of a Messianic congregation in Beersheba as saying there has been "very little sympathy for our plight. We get the feeling that nobody in Israel is willing to take a strong stand against violent, anti-missionary activity;" and
WHEREAS, just before Christmas in 2005, Bass' congregation was attacked by hundreds of demonstrators who received the backing of the local rabbinic leadership, the Post said. Another Messianic believer, Edwin Beckford, is under house arrest. Last Fall, arsonists set fire to Jerusalem's Narkis Street Baptist Church, which sustained minor damage; and
WHEREAS, the government of Israel's history of reluctance to aggressively prosecute anti-missionary terrorists who have attacked Messianic Jews and their congregations in Beersheba and Arad with the same zeal that Israel prosecutes other terrorists dehumanizes a religious minority and emboldens terrorists to believe that Messianic Jews are fair game; and
WHEREAS, the police and courts in Israel may soon face pressure by certain ultra-orthodox religious politicians in Israel's Knesset and government ministries to "go easy" on the perpetrators of this attempted murder of the Ortiz family because some of these politicians believe missionaries to be at fault for being a "severe provocation;" and
WHEREAS, in the face of death, Ami Ortiz called upon the Messiah Yeshua, and has continued to set the right example for all believers by embracing the words of Yeshua: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you;"
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:
The House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky hereby adjourns the 2008 Session of the Kentucky House of Representatives in honor of Ami Ortiz and his family for demonstrating the love and forgiveness of God in the face of murderous religious persecution.
The Clerk of the House of Representatives shall send copies of this Resolution to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, 3 Kaplan Street, Hakirya, Jerusalem 91950; Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik, Knesset, Kiryat Ben-Gurion, Jerusalem 91950; Mayor Ron Nachman, Ariel Municipality, Ariel City Hall, Ariel, Israel 40700; and Ambasador Sallai Meridor, 3514 International Drive N.W., Washington, DC 2000
"Christopher Columbus Jewish
Over five centuries after the famed explorer's death, historians are taking a fresh look at what motivated Christopher Columbus to make his voyage across the Atlantic -- and how his faith may have played into those motivations.
Some scholars, after analyzing Columbus' will and other documents, have devised a new theory about the explorer. They believe he was a Marrano, or a Jew who pretended to be a Catholic to avoid religious persecution. These historians also theorize that Columbus' main goal in life was to liberate Jerusalem from Muslim control, and that he decided to take his historic quest to North America in order to find a new homeland for Jews who had been forced out of Spain.
During the time of Columbus' voyage, Marranos were a targeted group. Tens of thousands of them were tortured during the Spanish Inquisition, so keeping one's true religious identity secret was a crucial priority for many.
As CNN reports, Columbus' will contained five provisions that some scholars believe to be evidence of the explorer's true faith:
Two of his wishes -- tithe one-tenth of his income to the poor and provide an anonymous dowry for poor girls -- are part of Jewish customs. He also decreed to give money to a Jew who lived at the entrance of the Lisbon Jewish Quarter.
On those documents, Columbus used a triangular signature of dots and letters that resembled inscriptions found on gravestones of Jewish cemeteries in Spain. He ordered his heirs to use the signature in perpetuity.
According to British historian Cecil Roth's "The History of the Marranos," the anagram was a cryptic substitute for the Kaddish, a prayer recited in the synagogue by mourners after the death of a close relative. Thus, Columbus's subterfuge allowed his sons to say Kaddish for their crypto-Jewish father when he died. Finally, Columbus left money to support the crusade he hoped his successors would take up to liberate the Holy Land.
Scholars also point to the real financiers of the voyage as evidence of the trip's purpose. While most schoolchildren grow up learning that the expedition was financed by Queen Isabella, historians say it was mostly paid for by two prominent Jews who had been forced to convert to Catholicism, Louis de Santangel and Gabriel Sanchez.
While these claims may be difficult to verify, the new portrait of Columbus painted by these scholars adds a complicated layer to the already convoluted sentiment toward the famed explorer. While he is lauded in the United States with a federal holiday and a receives a great deal of credit for discovering North America, his legacy has been tainted by charges of genocide and exploitation. But if Columbus' true intent was not imperialism, but freedom from religious trial, public perception of the man may shift yet again."
Countdown To Eternity - Biblical Last Days And The End Times Part 5
"Countdown to Eternity is a high quality film prod
For a very long time there has not been such an exciting and EFFECTIVE WITNESSING TOOL available to show family, friends and those interested in the important questions and eternal issues. The Countdown to Eternity uses current footage and research to examine and present a provocative look at the signs of the times.
The Bible is authenticated through the fulfillment of prophecy. No other book can truthfully make the claim of foretelling the future with 100% accuracy. The Bible transcends time and space and stands above all the other books that have ever been written. What does the future hold? Find out for yourself?
Exciting things are happening! A message of hope and salvation!
A fascinating look at the biblical signs of the times which indicate Christs Second Coming. Also shows that the Bible has been authenticated through the fulfillment of past prophecy.
This film is a powerful soul-winning tool that has already won the hearts of thousands of unbelievers and skeptics.
The Bible lays out mankinds destiny in the last days! Are you prepared?" "Peace and Security" EPIC! Bible Prophecy is Happening NOW! , from youtube.com "1 Thessalonians 5:3
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
"Safety" can also be translated as "Security"
As far as I know, the oldest quote in this video is from Tzipi Livni from April 2008.
The quotes are from the following -
Javier Solana - Former High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy
Hilary Clinton - US Secretary of State
Barack Obama - unconstitutional President of the US
George Mitchell - Middle East envoy for Obama Admin
Tzipi Livni - Head of Israeli Kadima Party
Ban Ki Moon - UN Secretary General
Mahmoud ACK!Madinejad - Iranian Lunatic President
Dan Gillerman - Israel Ambassador to UN
Tony Blair - Former British Prime Minister
Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu - Israeli Prime Minister
I've prayed over this video to send the Holy Spirit to all it's watchers. Please do the same!"
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com Life: Peace, Quietness, Reconciliation, Rest, etc...
"This is a clip of Jews who believe in Jesus as the Messiah in Israel.They retain their Jewish identity and keep the festivals and yet believe Jesus is the fullfilment of the old testament prophesises concerning the messiah(ie Isaiah 53).Definately a worthwhile viewing"
"..JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An influential Israeli rabbi has said God should strike the Palestinians and their leader with a plague, calling for their death in a fiery sermon before Middle East peace talks set to begin next week.
"Abu Mazen and all these evil people should perish from this earth," Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual head of the religious Shas party in Israel's government, said in a sermon late on Saturday, using Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's popular name....
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu distanced himself from the comments and said Israel wanted to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians that would ensure good neighborly relations....
"http://www.biblelandshop.net/movies-menu-bible-land-christianity.html From Village Life in the Galilee to Jerusalem's Holy Temple, from Hebrew Prayers to the Songs of the Festivals and the Sabbath, the world that Jesus knew 2,000 years ago was a distinctly Jewish one.rnNow for the first time you can discover thernJewish Roots of Jesus as this film takes you on an exciting journey to witness the same language, religion and traditions that Jesus would have known when He lived.rnNarration in Languages: English, French, German."
"Moslem silent-majority leader, Mrs. Nonie Darwish, alleges Islamist public-relations groups, like Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) are mercenary spin-doctors for extremist Islamist (i.e., Islamic political domination) economic & political interests in America.
Press conference at Four Seasons, Beverly Hills for Voices of Muslim Reformers in the Modern World.
(Background left- Tashbih Sayyed; right- Dr. Wafa Sultan).
-Olympics Munich massacre
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "...occurred during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, when members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and eventually murdered by Black September, a militant group with ties to Yasser Arafat’s Fatah organization...
Willi Daume, president of the Munich organizing committee, initially sought to cancel the remainder of the Games, but in the afternoon Brundage and others who wished to continue the Games prevailed, stating that they could not let the incident halt the games. Brundage stated “the Games must go on”, a decision endorsed by the Israeli government and Israeli Olympic team chef de mission Shmuel Lalkin....
"A political, historical thriller directed by Steven Spielberg. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Starring Eric Bana, Daniel Craig and Geoffrey Rush. " Munich (film)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "a 2005 semi-fictionalized film about the Israeli government's secret retaliation after the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli Olympic athletes by Black September gunmen. The film stars Eric Bana and was co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg.."
The named members of Black September, and their deaths, are also mostly factual... Ali Hassan Salameh
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "...was the chief of operations— code name Abu Hassan— for Black September, the organization responsible for the 1972 Munich massacre and other attacks. He was also the founder of Force 17...
According to several sources, Salameh served as a secret contact between the PLO and the CIA from 1970 until his death, guaranteeing not assassinating Americans in exchange for financial and political support. He helped protect Americans in Beirut, and his role was to facilitate contacts between the Palestinians and Americans, in hope of obtaining American support for the Palestinians....
In popular culture
...He is briefly mentioned in the Robert Ludlum novel The Janson Directive, where his alleged links to the CIA are cited as an example of shady deals the United States makes.
"�At that moment, I saw the difference that these trips make. Just having these youth come together and be in one place, hearing each others� languages and knowing they have the same Father, is very important. This will be something they remember. We cannot know what God has in store for each of the youth who attended, but I know that He will use this encounter to His glory. This is a time when you can speak either Arabic or Hebrew and no one will look at you funny or think negatively of you, in sharp contrast to the reality around us. �Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.� If we get off our boats and focus on Jesus, there is nothing we cannot do.�
"known as the Church of the Resurrection (Anastasis) to Eastern Orthodox Christians, is a Christian church in the Old City of Jerusalem.
It stands on a site that encompasses both Golgotha, or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb (sepulchre) where he was buried.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century, and it remains the holiest Christian site in the world. "
A World Tour in Jerusalem
"Join us on a tour of a part of downytown Jeursalem where the presence of the 19th century world powers is still felt, and monumental and beautiful structures built by Russia, Italy, Great Britain and Ethiopia line the shady streets and tell of an illustrious past. 08/05/07"
"We believe every single person has the power to make a tremendous difference in our world. Too often we're just not sure what to do, how to help, or how or where to get started. These 101 ideas will propel you to get started, and then guide you as you move forward. No matter where you live; how much money you make (or don't make); whether you are healthy or sick; whether you are young or old; whether you are busy or have a lot of free time - YOU can make a difference! Take a minute and watch our exclusive flash movie. THANKS! You'll never be the same!"
"Welcome to God's balcony - Jerusalem.
The eternal capital of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
One of the most beautiful cities in the world."
Israel & Jerusalem - sights and sounds from the Holy Land
"A short pictorial journey into Israel & the holy city of Jerusalem. Accompanied by music from the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest which was held in Jerusalem."