Israel Prepares for Passover 5778

March 22, 2018

Photo by Shoshana
Seder – in Judaism a ceremonial meal with prescribed ritual reading of the Haggadah* observed in Jewish homes on the first night or first two nights of Passover

The following is a letter I received from a Christian “friend” in Israel who has asked to remain unnamed. I thought some of you might be interested in some of the practical things that go into the preparations for Passover in Israel.


Happy Holiday! “Hag Sameach” literally means ‘holiday happy’ in Hebrew.

Even though Pasach (Passover) doesn’t start until the Eve of March 30th, the main greeting here in Israel now is “Hag Sameach.” Today, as I was at the grocery store, I could see the shelves being emptied where the things with ‘leven’ used to be. They let the things sell out and will not buy anything with leven in it until after Pasach. So I could not buy my soy milk today; they are already out. Anyway, everyone is preparing, cleaning their homes (probably where ‘Spring Cleaning’ came from) and washing their cars. The price to wash your car is now 50 shekels instead of 40 shekels. $2.90 more because of the holiday. I found out when I washed my car today!

It’s an exciting time to be in Israel!

Also, Christians in the ‘Holy Land’ and from around the world will be celebrating Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. I took (a) picture on a Palm Sunday where people were celebrating by waving Palm branches and singing in their own languages as they walked the path Jesus (Yeshua) took as He rode the donkey into Jerusalem.

May our Lord bless you as you remember His love for you during this amazing season. “Hag Sameach” Hoping you have a blessed holiday!

Nisan, the first month on the Jewish calendar (according to the Torah), coincides with March-April on the civil calendar, which marks the beginning of the spring months. On the first day of Nisan, God instructed Moses, “This month shall be for you the beginning of months, the first of the month of the year” (Exodus 12:2).

This month we celebrate the 8-day holiday of Passover, from the 15th through the 22nd of Nisan. It commemorates the Jewish people’s miraculous redemption from slavery in Egypt, and the birth of the Jewish nation. We will not see a year change for the Hebrew calendar until September 10th 2018, 1 Tishrei 5779, the Rabbinical New Year.

In Israel everyone is preparing for the coming celebrations, it is during this time that the Jewish people are looking to God and remembering His blessings. He brought His people from slavery to their homeland, where He will be glorified. This is a wonderful time for us to be praying for the Jewish people to come to know His love for them and for us to seek His blessings in our own lives.

Shana Tovah (Have a Good Year)

My comment:

Some of you will be waving palm branches this Sunday as a reminder of our Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem. Christians remember the resurrection on a daily basis but it is important to know about the last week of Jesus’ journey here on Earth. Each of the gospels spend quite an amount of time on it so it must be of great value.

All Christians should be praying for the peace of Israel. In the past five days:

A Muslim resident plowed into a group of soldiers, killing two and critically injuring two others.

A 32-year-old father of four who worked as a security guard at an excavation site in the Old City, succumbed to multiple stab wounds to his torso.

The IDF destroyed two terrorist tunnels leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Netanyahu said, “The time has come for the International Community to realize that the financial aid given to Hamas is being used underground.” The people continue to suffer in the Gaza Strip due to lack of medical aid, electricity and water, which their Government is expected to supply.

An Israeli man was injured after he accidentally entered a Palestinian Authority-controlled town near Beitar Illit south of Jerusalem. The man, who was driving on a motorcycle, took the wrong exit, and found himself in the Palestinian town. He was attacked by rock-throwing terrorists and suffered a head injury. IDF forces were dispatched to the scene and transported him to the hospital.

There are, of course, larger forces at work plotting the destruction of the tiny little nation that God has an everlasting covenant with. Jews continue to return to the land in spite of the dangers they face from surrounding nations.

It is amazing to watch.

One thing is clear; Israel will never be destroyed. It is one thing you can take to the bank. Uh..I’m not so sure about how secure that is these days though.

Chris Reimers

*English Haggadah Text with Instructional Guide

News from Israel – 11/26/2017

November 26, 2017

Jerusalem…Entering the Old City
Photo by Paul Arps

IDF on the northern border were on high alert Monday – following a weekend when
warning shots were fired twice by an Israeli tank at Assad regime troops inside
Syria who were attempting to fortify positions in a buffer zone on Israel’s border.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) continues inciting school children through their
curriculum. The Knesset Christian Allies Caucus sponsored the Jerusalem Chairman’s
Conference where one of the speakers was Itimar Marcus of the Palestinian Media
Watch. While leaders from many countries including the United States were in
attendance, Marcus shared the actual material being read and studied by ‘Palestinian’
students even those in East Jerusalem. The curriculum is paid for by the UN and
some of that money comes from American Tax Payers. The picture was a
program on a PA children’s show, which aired May 23rd, 2017. How can the PA want
peace, when they teach their children to hate their ‘peace partner’?

In a draft resolution, the Arab League accused Iran and Hezbollah, which it considers
to be a terror organization, of supplying weapons and missiles to various terrorist
militias. “We are not declaring war on Iran at this stage,” announced Arab League
Secretary-General, but we are alerting the Security Council to possible future steps.”
A Jerusalem court ruled that the Palestinian Authority is liable for the 2001 shooting
attack in which three Israelis were murdered. The court ordered the PA and the
terrorists to pay a total of 62 million shekels (around 20 million dollars) to the
victims’ Israeli family.

Saudi Arabia ordered Palestinian Authority President Abbas – to either accept an
Israeli-Palestinian peace deal being put together by the Trump administration,
or resign. (IND Weekly)

Washington tells Palestinian Authority to join Israel in Peace Negotiations or the
office of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) will not be recertified
next month.

My comments:

I believe that Israel is God’s prophetic timepiece. The Middle East appears more stressed than ever. Are we nearing fulfillment of Biblical prophecies that we presently don’t understand completely? I continue to watch the tiny nation surrounded by enemies.



U.S. and Russia team up to Seek Israel Pullback from Golan

April 19, 2016
Photo from the Debka File

Photo from the Debka File

(Click on the map to enlarge it.)

Checking out rodi’s blog I saw this map and was intrigued. The article accompanying the map states:

“…Israel’s top political leaders and military commanders were stunned and shocked last weekend when they found out that US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to support the return of the Golan to Syria.”

Wow. If the Debka report is correct, and I have found it very dependable in the past, things are getting mighty interesting. If Israel were to lose the Golan Heights, their ability to protect themselves would decrease dramatically.

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s has declared that “Israel will never withdraw from the Golan.”

Mr. Netanyahu knows how important the Golan is to Israel’s survival.

Mr. Putin comes from a country where chess is very important. He is a master tactician. Just last week he “tested” the United States by allowing Russian jets to “buzz” a U.S. destroyer. I think that Mr. Putin thinks that Mr. Obama is a cupcake. Would Mr. Putin allow U.S. jets to “buzz” a major military ship, threatening the entire crew, and do nothing? I think not.

As a substitute teacher, I am tested on a daily basis. Having “car duty” after school today, my job was to watch students as they waited to be picked up by their parents. The students are to sit and wait. A few of them weren’t sitting. I asked them twice nicely to sit down like everyone else. A few listened, a few didn’t. I warned, “If you don’t sit down, you will have to go over and stand by the lady (principal) holding the megaphone.” One girl didn’t sit down. I waited for about two minutes and then told her she was going to have to go and stand by the principal. What kind of message would I have sent if I had let her “get by” with not listening to a teacher, which is quite disrespectful particularly because of the way I asked? She would lose a bit of respect for me. This is important as, the next time I ask her to do something, she might listen.

When it comes to strategy, Putin is a knight while Obama is a pawn. Because Netanyahu has helped keep his tiny little country alive this long, his leadership skills surpass Putin’s. Mr. Netanyahu has something on his side that Mr. Putin doesn’t. It is a covenant that God gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is an everlasting covenant. Israel will not be destroyed no matter how many enemies attack them.

“Scripture has at least 170 references to the land that God gave to the offspring of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God promised the land of Canaan to the Jews as an unconditional covenant – 55 times the Bible records that God confirmed the gift with an oath. Twelve of those times He stated that the covenant was everlasting.” (1)

Because I believe in the Bible, I believe in the everlasting covenant regarding the land of Israel.

Many Bible scholars think that Russia is mentioned in the Bible. If you want to know more about this, leave a comment and I will explain.

I am not absolutely certain that Russia is mentioned in the Bible but I think it is a good possibility.

I know for certain that Israel will be a major focus, as it already is, in the last days. Many Bible prophecies predict this. Again, if you are interested in these prophecies, please leave a comment.

This story interests me because it appears that Israel is alone in its battle to survive, something many Christian students of prophecy believe will happen near the end of days as we know them.

Chris Reimers



Iran Deal Increases Chance for Middle East War

April 13, 2016

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted something about the Middle East. My understanding of the Bible makes Israel very important forever. Check out the “New Jerusalem” discussed in Revelation 21. Iran and Russia appear to be “riding high,” creating more tension (if that’s possible) in the Middle East.

Scott Uehlinger is a 20 year CIA veteran and is an expert on Russia and Iran. He discusses American politics, the Iran “Deal,” Russia and Iran, and many other subjects.

I think Greg Hunter and his guests are more accurate than the mainstream news 95% of the time.

I was surprised to see Russian jets fly so close to U.S. naval personnel doing drills on a naval destroyer. It was reported that one jet got within 30 feet of the vessel.

Mr. Putin is not afraid to put our seamen in danger.



November 6, 2013
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Call me a cheap skate, I didn’t want to run out and buy Mr. Hagee’s popular best-selling book so I did a bit of research on the internet.   I know Mr. Hagee can preach a good sermon and I appreciate his support of Israel.  I’m not particularly fond of his fund raising practices for the WOF network TBN.

Recently, there has been much discussion about the upcoming Tetrad: When four consecutive lunar eclipses are all total eclipses.  I have known of this event for some time, as J.R. Church and Gary Stearman brought it to my attention years ago.

Like James Ussher’s Chronology, J.R. Church’s last book attempted to line up historical events with Biblical dates.  J.R.’s calendar went to 2024 in the back of his last book “Daniel Reveals the Bloodline of the Antichrist.”  BTW…I think Mr. Ussher did a great work.

HERE is the best article that I could find online that discusses this subject.  I knew there were other tetrads besides the ones Mr. Hagee is focusing on and this outlines them.  In fairness to Mr. Hagee, I haven’t read his book I have only heard him talk about the subject and when he did he only mentioned the Tetrads of 1948, 1967, and the one upcoming.  He may have included the ones mentioned HERE.

I find this a fascinating subject and, as I heard a Jewish scholar “in the know” say today that the U.S. would probably not help Israel defend itself against Iran, there could be something to this upcoming tetrad event.

I am not a date setter.  Read the article and tell me what you think.



May 15, 2013

cufi_logo“Iran has convinced Syria to allow Hezbollah to open a “new front” against Israel in the Golan Heights, the London-based Arabic-language newspaper al-Hayat reported Wednesday.

“Tehran, seeking to prevent the fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, asked Damascus if Hezbollah could set up a new military front against Israel in the Golan.CUFI 1

“’All Arabs and Muslims’ are requested to join the fight against Israel, Tehran said, according to Israel Radio.

“The report comes a week after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed to respond to Jerusalem’s aggression with the help of Syria’s advanced ‘game-changing’ weapons. The next stage, he warned during a public speech, would be opening up a front on the Golan Heights.”

My comment:  “They are at it again.  Those who would destroy Israel make ready for war.  It is another sign that Jesus is coming soon.  They are surrounded by many enemies, but God will not leave his chosen ones.  The covenant is everlasting.  I believe there will be a war, and I think Israel will expand its territory.  Only time will tell.”



Here is the CUFI Facebook page.

Here is the CUFI website.

Anti-Semitic Theology


December 18, 2012

Keep looking up.


What My Muslim Friends Believe and the Hajj 2012

October 27, 2012

Photo by Al Fassam
The Kaaba in Mecca

Yes, I have Muslim friends.  They think I am lost and I think they are lost.  Volumes have been written on the differences in Muslim and Christian beliefs.  I am going to focus on a major difference. It is a distinction that has implications that affect our world today.

First, I believe that many Muslims are peaceful.  If it were not true, how could it be that so many live among the Jews in Israel?

Second, they are not saved.  Their view of Jesus is too different from the Biblical view.

Third, there are many fanatics in all belief systems.  Unfortunately, Muslim fanatics are becoming a larger segment of the religion’s population.  I wouldn’t be offended if someone called me a “fanatic for Jesus.”  At the same time, I have no desire to kill anyone because of what they believe.  It is simply not compatible with Biblical teachings.

Many Muslim fanatics are very violent.  A large number want to see the Jewish people wiped from the face of the earth.  This brings me to the subject of this post.

Who did Abraham take into the “land of Moriah” to offer up as a sacrifice as God commanded?

According to the Bible, Abraham took Isaac (Gen. 22:2).  According to Islam, Abraham took Ishmael.

This difference is one reason for the turmoil in the Middle East.

You may see a Muslim view of the Abrahamic story here.

You may see a Christian view of the Abrahamic story here.

Today is the last day of the pilgrimage to Mecca in 2012 (Hajj).  This is why I am covering this subject.  If you are a Christian, please pray for the Muslims.  They need the true Savior.

Chris Reimers


June 10, 2010

Rabbis in Israel Discuss Property Rights

“The Rabbinical Council of Judea and Samaria issued a statement Thursday (June 3rd) in which it said that the results of the incident in which Israel intercepted a flotilla trying to break the naval blockade of Gaza seem like the Biblical description of ‘the beginning of the Gog and Magog process where the world is against us, but which ends with the third and final redemption.'”

The headline is a comment by a long-time Bible student, Gary Stearman.  The paragraph above is the reason for Gary’s statement.

The Rabbis are talking about the building of the Third Temple when they use the term “the third and final redemption.”  If you are not a Bible student and do not know why this statement is important, you should watch the following video – CR:

Media source:

A good source for information on the covenant that God made with the Jews:

The Latest New “Flotilla” info:

Great post by Prophecy in the News:

This one is written from “their” viewpoint.  It is informative.


June 7, 2010

Israeli Air Force Fuga aircrafts fly over the Mediterranean coast of Tel Aviv during a special military display for Israel's 60th Independence Day on May 8, 2008

I thought it could happen last summer.  It now seems this summer may be the time.  If either the EU or Iran use military force to aid “aid” ships to Gaza, there will be war.  Bible students know what this war could mean.

Reports state that both Iran and EU reps are saying that the “flotilla” event will not happen the same way again.

Israel is saying that it will defend itself.

It appears that many are pushing the little land that God gave the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, into war.

How much verbiage is rhetoric and how much gets acted upon remains.

I have a Christian friend who knows of a believer who is living and ministering in Israel.  The ministry is called “Love Without Boarders” and was started by one lady.  She is on the ground in Israel, so I would consider this information a primary source.  It is true that she is getting her information locally so one has to view it accordingly.  The information is dated June 6th.  I have put the intro at the end because a rearrangement puts material relating to my headline at the top.

Ron Kunath is the name of my Christian friend.  His email stated:

“This is a Prayer Letter from a dear Missionary friend I worked with for many years. Check out the Gaza Flotilla Video below…God bless….RK”

You can receive the ministry’s newsletter by going here:

Here is the Latest new “flotilla” info:

A great post by Gary Stearman of Prophecy in the News:

This one is written from “their” view but is very informative.

I hope you find this as interesting as I did.  There is documentation at the very end.

Chris Reimers

Christian Friends of Israel,

Beginning of Gog and Magog? – Concerning the incident this week which is

trying to give Israel bad publicity the Rabbinical Council issued an unusual

statement “We are at the beginning of Gog and Magog process where the world

is against us at first, but which ends with the third and final redemption.”

Gaza Tunnels – An estimated 1,000 tunnels are in use to smuggle various

black market goods as well as drugs and weapons. Several thousand young men

and boys are employed in the tunnels. Workers are paid $20 a day, according

to Arab media. Some tunnel operators say children are more likely than

adults to work hard even for the lower wage.

Israeli Sub deployed – Israel has allegedly deployed a permanent submarine

presence in the Persian Gulf to keep an eye on Iran, according to  media

reports published Sunday. The three German-built submarines are reportedly

equipped with nuclear cruise missiles.

Syria Supports Hizbulla – Hizbullah terrorists are running weapons to

Lebanon from secret arms depots in Syria where the terrorists have been

accorded their own living quarters, arms storage site and a fleet of trucks,

Palestinians Boycott Israel – The Israel boycott by the Palestinian

Authority took on wider dimensions when Arabs burned two Arab stores for

allegedly doing business with Jews.

Hamas Refuses Flotilla Humanitarian Aid – Hamas continues to prevent the

transfer of the humanitarian aid which has been unloaded at the Kerem Shalom

crossing. The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories

(COGAT) will continue to work closely with international bodies and the

Palestinian Authority in order to organize the transfer of the goods into

the Gaza Strip.

More Gas and Possibly Oil found in Israel – According to the Globes

financial journal, the field has been discovered to be even larger than

previously thought. The field’s estimated size has grown several times as

more surveys are conducted.  Last year  Teshuva, originally said the gas

reserves could allow Israel to be self-sufficient in energy for two decades,

but now it seems that was a conservative estimate.  “The results indicate

that in addition to the gas, there are signs of oil at a greater depth. We

have turned Israel into a great energy power. Today is a holiday for every

citizen of Israel. It’s a day of joy,”  The offshore platform will be imported from the gulf of Mexico.

(I tried everything to increase the size of the next section to no avail. Use your control + and control – buttons, at the same time, to enlarge and decrease in size. -CR)


_ZQ==> Video – In regards the flotilla which was meant to bring humanitarian Aid to
Gaza, the following 5 minute video will give the explanation which most
people already know here in Israel.    Gaza Flotilla
L6h8iIS_ElgIrPVsxsF0MGTgnjO23YnBKqnwHwdwaY=>     Unfortunately, many people
in the West listen to their local media and believe what they are told.  The
Bible tells us to study to show ourselves approved.  If we want to know the
truth we have to search for it and not just believe someone’s opinion.
Israel is in a Media and Public Relations war.  They have been attacked and
I have been attacked in standing for Israel.  After living here 11 years, I
have plenty to complain about concerning my treatment by people here in
Israel.  As a matter of fact I can’t even drive my car because of laws that
restrict foreigners, it’s unfair.  Though my natural instinct would be to
jump on the band wagon and criticize Israel, I have to look at all the
evidence and weigh out the matter fairly.  When I do that, I have no choice
but to tell you that Israel is doing what it can under intense scrutiny of
the World to protect it’s nation and people.  Again you don’t have to
believe what I or anyone else tells you, but before you judge please make
sure you have all the facts.  If you know the facts you should join us in
fighting the lies with the truth.  Our desire and prayer is that the truth
will prevail.

Radio – This week I interviewed Avi Lipkin who has written several books
concerning Israel’s situation and Islam.  His wife monitors Arab media and
thus exposes what is really happening that we in the West do not hear about.
To listen to the radio interview, please click here:  Avi Lipkin Interview
Lizzy helping with distribution

The number of Believers are growing in the Land due to the Love of Christ
being shown through the Body.  A local organization donated clothing to help
the poor in a Muslim village and we were the distributors.  We took material
such as the Jesus film and Bibles and with support money I bought food for 6
families. Thanks for being a part! We truly are workers together with
Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:9

A family of local Believers had their house burn down this week.  They had
no clothes for the kids so part of your donations went to help this family.
We will continue to help as we can.
Thank you for being a blessing!


Christians Helping Israel – Christian Friends of Israel had their 25th
Anniversary in Jerusalem.  This brought in over 600 visitors from 40
nations.  Directors Sharon and Ray Sanders continue to serve Israel and
invite volunteers to serve along with them.

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Israel Update #12
Love Without Borders

June 6, 2010


Thanks for your prayers, the Lord answered and one of my co-workers returned
to Israel to continue helping with the work.

I met with the Ministry of Tourism this week to share some information and
thoughts so that Christians who are wanting to come to Israel can learn
more, meet the people and serve during their tour.  It was a productive
meeting and he invited me to take a desk at the Ministry of Tourism and work
from their office.  It would not be practical for me, but it was an honor to
be invited.  I will continue to work with him and others on staff so that we
can build a better understanding between Israel and Christians from abroad.

Israel is certainly a land of opportunity, but it is also a land of
opposition.  I guess that’s why we are told in 2 Timothy 2:3 You therefore
endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  We are in a battle,
wherever we are, but soldiers don’t quit in the middle of a battle.  (I
learned that from my dad who fought in both Korea and Viet Nam.) I believe
the Lord wants us to be doers of the Word, pray for one anther and continue

to move forward following and serving Him.

Related headlines:

Hamas welcomes EU proposal to monitor crossings

‘ Iranian ships won’t reach Gaza

If you need additional documentation, Google:

Hamas leader Salah Al-Bardawil welcomed statements by Spanish Minster of Foreign Affairs Miguel Ángel Moratinos

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