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.

Shalom!!

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.

cr

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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

READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

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(1) SOURCE


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.

CR


THE COMING BLOOD MOONS

November 6, 2013
Photo by pray4zion.org

Photo by pray4zion.org

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.

cr


A NEW FRONT

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.”

CR

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THE REASON WE WATCH ISRAEL

December 18, 2012

Keep looking up.

CR & GS


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