Listen to Andy’s message here:
Psalm 121: I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.5 The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. 8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in, from this time forth, and even forevermore.
Psalm 19: 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.
Jeremiah 49: 34 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying, 35 “Thus says the Lord of hosts:
‘Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, The foremost of their might. 36 Against Elam I will bring the four winds From the four quarters of heaven, And scatter them toward all those winds; There shall be no nations where the outcasts of Elam will not go. 37 For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies And before those who seek their life. I will bring disaster upon them, My fierce anger,’ says the Lord; ‘And I will send the sword after them Until I have consumed them. 38 I will set My throne in Elam, And will destroy from there the king and the princes,’ says the Lord.39 ‘But it shall come to pass in the latter days: I will bring back the captives of Elam,’ says the Lord.”
Today is Israel’s 70th birthday, 70 years since the modern State of Israel was reborn in the land of their fathers and the land of the Biblical promises. It’s an amazing achievement! Just consider the likelihood of the fledging State that declared independence just after the Holocaust, surrounded by enemies on all sides vowing her imminent destruction, still surviving until today. Not only surviving but thriving in her historical homeland, according to the Biblical record.
It’s not due to Jewish ingenuity or ability, nor the benefaction of the USA, nor the amazing ability of the IDF to defend the nation, that Israel is still with us today. All those things have played their part, but primarily it’s the hand of God Himself, sovereignly intervening in history to restore and defend the nation according to all His promises to do so! He is doing this to show the world He is the God of the Bible and that He keeps His promises!
So today I praise God for Israel celebrating her 70th birthday! It is an amazing testimony that, not only do the people of Israel live, ‘Am Yisrael Hai’, but that the God of Israel is alive and well and keeps His promises. And one day the people of Israel will look upon their Messiah and so enjoy the fulness of all He has prepared for them!
Psalm 121 (NKJV)
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.
Zechariah 12:10 (NKJV)
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
Romans 11:25 (NKJV)
For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.”
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Here is the audio of yesterday’s message. Israel is the fig tree Jesus told us to watch and understand in relation to His second coming. Israels restoration over the last seventy years is truly amazing, God at work in fulfilling His promises in Ezekiel 36 and 37. Events in the Middle East recently should awaken us to the subsequent prophecies of Ezekiel 38 and 39, events such as the recent alignment of Russia, Iran and Turkey, their presence in Syria and Iran’s continued threats to destroy Israel.
Here are some recommended links for further recent information and background study.
Middle East Update (with intel from IDF forces) Video from Major Amir Tsafati, (who served as Deputy Governor of Jericho and was part of the negotiating team which was tasked to turn over the area to the Palestinians. He is also an international speaker on terrorism.)
The Days of Ezekiel, Video. Amir Tsafati
A study of Ezekiel 38 and 39 by Derek Walker, Oxford Bible Church.
I saw this video this week, shared on Facebook by a congregational leader in Israel. It is of a former Muslim terrorist, the son of a Hamas leader & founder, speaking out at the UN on behalf of Israel, no less!
This amazingly courageous young man, Mosab Hassan Yousef, is now a believer in Jesus, and he recently spoke at the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of UN Watch, a non-governmental organisation. He speaks out from his own experience against the lies and atrocities perpetrated by the Palestinian Authority against the Palestinian population.
By doing so he will be clearly aware he is placing his own life in great danger of reprisal and murder, as he also is a Muslim who has converted to faith in Jesus as Lord and Saviour. It’s a fascinating video.
The article in which the video is linked cites a lack of Western media integrity in reporting such atrocities (as described by Mosab Yousef in the video), actually contributes to the ongoing political impasse in Middle Eastern politics.
Please pray for this young man, for the Lord’s protection on him, and for his message to receive widespread distribution.
I’m pleased to be able to report the UK refused to be a signatory to the Paris summit statement issued yesterday, January 15th.
Whilst we all want peace in the Middle East, we know from the Bible peace will not come as a result of a conference of 70 nations which did not even include Israel, a one day conference which had at best questionable motives and timing.
Read the brief article on Christians United For Israel website here.
Massive Dust Storm Forms ‘Hand of God’ Over Israeli Border to ‘Protect Nation From ISIS — Just Like in Old Testament’
A very interesting article with the above title appeared on the website of Christian Today recently. A weather phenomenon occurred recently on the Golan Heights, on the border of Israel with Syria, that it’s claimed helped to quell an ISIS attack on Israel.
It does indeed bring to mind events in the Old Testament where the God of Israel physically intervened on behalf of Israel against her enemies. The story of the pillar of cloud by the Red Sea is quoted in the article, but I’m also reminded of the time when Hezekiah pleaded with God against the attacking Babylonians in Isaiah 37. There are other examples too. There’s also the story from 1973, when a group of Israeli soldiers were caught in a Syrian minefield, dramatised here.
This all remind us that God still does intervene in human affairs, and that His promises in Psalm 121 still stand.
“Behold, He who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.”