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Archive for October, 2005

HAMAS SPEAKS OUT!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Once again the Muslim terrorists are speaking out about their resistance to Israel. No matter what Israel does to appease them, their hatred continues and escalates. Now, the Palestinian Authority coordinator of the various terrorist groups has asserted that they intend to escalate the violent attacks against Israeli citizens until Israel leaves (all Jews!). They have also said publicly that their main priority is to kill Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. They claim that the “ceasefire” which they agreed to has been violated by Israel (which is utter nonsense and nothing but more political propaganda out of their mouths). This is a “ceasefire”? They continue to attack!

After the elections in January they intend to resume their devious and wicked plans to destroy the entire Nation of Israel! Not one thing out of their mouths has ever been close to the truth! Western media continue to be deceived by their claims. They care nothing about the precious Arab people who have to live under their Islamic control. There is no democracy in the Palestinian territories – they operate by fear and intimidation and violence against their own peope!

Now they are speaking out concerning a very limited but essential project of Israel in terms of archaeological excavations at the Temple Mount. They have given the ridiculous argument to western journalists that the Israeli efforts are designed to bring down the Al-Aqsa Mosque. They say that the “digs” are destroying the foundations of the mosque (which they say has existed since Adam!). They claim that Jewish temples were never located on the Temple Mount and that Solomon (they say he was an Islamic prophet, and not Jewish) built his structure in another location. They claim that the “wailing wall” or the “Western Wall” was originally a part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque!

Remember this – if you tell a lie long enough and to enough gullible people, it will eventually be regarded as the truth – this was a tactic of Adolph Hitler and the Islamic world embraces it. May the LORD GOD of ISRAEL give us wisdom and courage to confront the “lies” and “fabrications” of Islam and its terrorism!

WHAT CAUSES DISASTERS?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

It seems like it is on every person’s mind who has observed closely the serious and devastating disasters that have occurred in recent months in the United States and around the world. Earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, viruses, diseases – you name it – it is happening everywhere!

In the light of continual questions about these disasters, we present to you the following viewpoints which we have heard or read about:

1. Some of these “disasters” are the result of “global-warming” – this might be true but there is no way to give conclusive proof at the present time.

2. These “disasters” reveal that the “tribulation” predicted in the Bible has already begun – we do not believe this is so. The Book of Revelation clearly shows that the disasters of the Great Tribulation (“the day of the Lord” or “the day of God’s wrath”) have not happened as yet in the light of the number of fatalities. Before the Tribulation is half over – over one-half of the world’s population will be destroyed! The disasters of the Tribulation are still future. It is possible that what we have seen are “warnings” from God about what is yet to come.

3. These “disasters” are judgments of God upon the US government for turning its back on Israel and supporting a Palestinian State and a divided Jerusalem. This argument has been charted in detail by White House Correspondent Bill Koenig (web site: watch.org) and is certainly worth serious study.

4. These “disasters” have nothing to do with the involvement of God. Those who hold this view say that “If God has the power to stop them and does not do it, they He is cruel and lacking in compassion.” If He does care, but cannot do anything about it, then He is weak and not powerful like the Bible presents Him to be. Of course, we at HOPE for TODAY do NOT hold to this opinion!

5. These “disasters” are the work of Satan, the “god of this world.” Some believe that God allows Satan to do these things and that it is a part of what they call “spiritual warfare.”

6. Many people (and web sites) believe that these “disasters” are the result of sin and wicked behavior by the people who are affected by them. But, according to John 9 (the man born blind), not all serious consequences in the lives of people are caused by specific sinning by that individual. However, in defense of this view, it has been so in past history (according to the Bible) that God’s judgment fell upon nations and people who rebelled against Him and continued to violate His commandments.

7. These “disasters” are caused by God (Who – in this view – does control the weather – read Psalm 148:8) for reasons and purposes that we cannot understand at the moment.

It would seem best to us to stand with point 7 and let the “fog” of human opinion clear and allow the God of history to reveal in His timing why such things occur. We stand in the view that God is in control – no matter how “out-of-control” things seem in this wicked world of ours. God is bringing history to a grand and glorious climax and His Son, our Savior, the Messiah of Israel, is coming back to earth to set up a kingdom that will never end! May that day come soon!

Thanks for listening.

ISRAEL AND THE LAST DAYS

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

Much as been said and written about what the Nation of Israel will face during the “last days.” That term is used of events in Acts 2 that happened almost 2000 years ago, and that term applies to all that has taken place within the period of time we know as “church history.” This term “last days” will continue until the end of the Great Tribulation – it applies to the time when the sun will be darkened and the moon will turn to blood and the hearts of men around the world will panic and turn their hatred toward Jerusalem and the Nation of Israel, believing that their existence is the reason for the problems in the world and the lack of so-called “world peace.” These “last days” will culminate with the return of the Messiah of Israel to this planet, destroying all the armies of the world who think that they can attack the Nation of Israel without God responding to it. The Messiah will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed and He will personally reign as KING and PRIEST for ever!

The phrase “the Day of the Lord” is the final stage of the “last days.” It appears from what is taking place presently that we are on the threshold of the beginning of this period of seven years known as “the Day of the Lord.” There is nothing pleasant about it – it is a day of darkness, gloom, death, destruction, perils unprecedented, famine, disease and plagues out of control – in Biblical terms – one half of the world’s population will be dead before this coming judgment of God will be half over!

Israeli desires for peace sometimes “cloud” the mind as to the truth. The Bible warns that Israel’s leaders will be deceived and seduced by world leaders who will insist that “dividing” their God-given land and giving up some of Jerusalem will bring a measure of peace with Israel’s historical enemies. It is a false peace. The Apostle Paul warns us in I Thessalonians 5:1-3 not to be deceived when the world says “peace and safety (Homeland Security?)” – for “sudden destruction” is just around the corner!

To find genuine peace and true comfort in these difficult days requires faith and commitment to the Messiah of Israel. Here at HOPE for TODAY we believe that the Messiah (in fulfillment of Malachi 3) has already been in Israel – before the Second Temple was destroyed – and that He is coming again – and will deliver the people of Israel from what will look like “sudden destruction.” The hope for world peace is found in the PRINCE OF PEACE – the Messiah of Israel. We believe that the evidence and credentials for the Messiah are clearly fulfilled in the Person and work of Yeshua HaMashiach – Jesus the Messiah – adopted son of Joseph, promised descendent of Abraham, and the royal heir to the throne of Israel’s King David.

Isaiah 45:22 quotes the Messiah: “LOOK UNTO ME, AND BE YE SAVED, ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH; FOR I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NONE ELSE.”

PRESSURES AND PERSECUTION

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

In examining a host of web sites, news articles, and journalistic tendencies, it becomes increasingly obvious that the world is undergoing a significant change concerning religious belief and toleration. Some conclude that it is a result of terrorism. However, there appears to be a different source of trouble.

Widespread persecution of believers is occurring in many places around the world – not all of it connected to the historical conflict between Islam and Jewish people or Islam and Christianity, etc. The increase in “pressure” in the United States of America (once the bastion of religious freedom) against those who have strong convictions of faith and moral values has been increasing at an alarming rate. Verbal attacks have become common place. The so-called “hate” laws have become almost hypocritical in that religious bigotry and “smear tactics” toward Bible-believing Christians (especially) have become commonplace.

Some have described the current “pressures” and “persecution” as a religious and cultural war against the Bible itself. The standards of morality that governed the United States (and Europe) and that dominated its legal system for years have been stripped of their impact and respect. The desire for “freedom” to do whatever one wants to do – no matter who suffers or is hurt in the process – has grown to epidemic proportions. Biblical standards of morality are mocked and treated as “culturally insignificant” or just plain “stupid” and “childless.” The nation (and the world) is heading for moral disaster and collapse!

What is behind all of this? For one thing, the Bible teaches that God has an eternal plan that is being worked out in human history according to what He desires – NOT what we think, feel, or do! The God of the Bible has warned that “iniquity shall abound” and that the “love of many shall wax cold.” It predicts that “perilous times” will come (II Timothy 3) and that demonic influence and deception (I Timothy 4) will accelerate in the last days of planet earth.

The Bible also warns us about the influence, hatred, and evil doings of the Devil – Satan himself and his vast network of fallen angels (evil spirits or demons) who are accelerating their efforts against God’s people and God’s final plans for human history.

The Bible warns believers about coming persecution and the growth of verbal and physical attacks against Bible believers. Jesus said in John 15:20: “If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” In John 15:18 He said: “If the world (referring to non-believers) hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you.”

The words of Matthew 24:9-12 are especially powerful in the light of what is taking place all around the world: “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you; and ye shall be hated of all nations for My Name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
Truer words have never been spoken! It is happening in our time!

Peter wrote in I Peter 4:12-14: “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the Name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part – HE IS GLORIFIED!”

Peter ends his argument in I Peter 4:19 with these words – “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”

Today – why don’t we all PRAY for our brothers and sisters in the Lord around the world who are facing persecution and death? And, as for ourselves – remember the admonition of our Lord not to fear those who can kill the body, but rather fear Him Who can cast both body and soul into hell! Paul wrote in Romans 8:18 – “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed” – WE HAVE READ THE LAST CHAPTER, AND WE WIN!

WHAT ABOUT THE “PURPOSE-DRIVEN” LIFE?

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

It is not the purpose of HOPE for TODAY to attack people who love the Lord and His Word. We will not hesitate to confront heresy that denies the major doctrines of our Lord and His salvation. Our major focus is on Bible Prophecy and the Nation of Israel in God’s prophetic program.

We have received hundreds of requests to comment about the best-selling books “The Purpose-Driven Life” and “The Purpose-Driven Church” authored by Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California.
Pastor Warren has been seen several times during the past few months in high profile interviews such as “Larry King.” He is writing articles to help people in major magazines, including “Ladies Home Journal.”

By his own profession, Pastor Warren is committed to the Bible as the inspired Word of God and believes that salvation and eternal life is only found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

His plans have included a global outreach to help suffering countries around the world in meeting their basic needs of food, water, and medicines. He certainly needs to be commended for his vision and his concern for the needs of people. We are assuming that he also intends to reach people with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have attended the services of Saddleback Church and have observed “firsthand” their ministry and talked to some of their staff and key leadership. They seem united and excited about what God is doing in their ministry. We heard nothing of complaint, criticism, and attacks on those who may disagree with their approach.

This church and its Senior Pastor have been concerned for many years with the “traditional” approach of churches to reaching people in today’s world. They speak about it quite often. They tried something different and it began to draw people. They have eliminated a great deal of negative preaching and teaching and have tried to design their services to enable non-believers to feel “comfortable” in attending, thus giving the church the opportunity to make contact with them and seek to win them to faith in Jesus Christ.

In terms of numbers of people, the story of Saddleback Church is indeed amazing. Some report that in actual numbers it is the largest attended church in North America. It certainly is a part of the top five largest churches in attendance. The church has multiple services in order to reach the numbers of people who are coming.

Many churches are following their plan of ministry and use the program known as “40 days of purpose.” We commend them for their desire to glorify the Lord and reach people with the true gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

So, why are so many churches and pastors criticizing their approach? In visiting many web sites on this matter, we have come up with a list of “concerns” about the “Saddleback approach” to ministry.

1. The removal of Biblical terms dealing with salvation – such as sin, death, hell, etc. “Fire and brimstone” preaching is out – a softer approach is in.

2. The use of multiple translations that support the speaker’s point of view – rather than expositional and exegetical teaching of what the Bible is actually saying. (We found this criticism in almost every article)

3. The desire to make non-believers “comfortable.” Certainly we would all agree that having comfortable chairs, well-equipped nurseries, clean rest rooms, and excellent sound and video systems are all worthwhile goals of ministry. But, this point deals with the way non-believers are being addressed. Nothing is offensive, and any person would easily identify with the messages that seem to focus on “getting your act together” or “finding your real purpose in life” etc. Some suggest that I Corinthians 14:24-25 teaches that non-believers are “convinced” or literally “convicted” and as a result – respond in repentance to the message of God’s Word.

4. The emphasis on self-esteem and worth to the neglect of the true gospel. This criticism is often presented on various web sites, and statements made by Pastor Rick Warren are “pulled” from a wider context in order to prove that he is teaching incorrectly. One of the characteristics of the “perilous times” that are coming (II Timothy 3:1-5) is that people will be “lovers of themselves” instead of “lovers of God.” Personal esteem and worth begins with the gospel when we become “new creatures in Christ.” Our worth is established through creation in God’s image and redemption through the work of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ. The “natural man” apart from the work of Christ is not going to understand true Biblical worth and esteem. I Corinthians 1:18-2:5 clearly reveals that God’s eternal choice of believers was not rooted in their ability, understanding, approval by others, or any other achievement – it is based on God’s sovereign will and choice. The simple truth of the gospel is that people are “sinners” and need to be “saved” – and that comes through faith in what the Lord has done for us – NOT the result of our works, ability, performance, money, or so-called worth!

5. The best-selling book of Pastor Warren entitled “The Purpose-Driven Life” has become one of the most talked about books of this or any other generation. From a literary and graphics point of view – it is well stated and presented in “easy-to-understand” terms and arguments. It could be used in any motivational program to encourage constituents to have a stronger goal and purpose in life. However, mature believers have been deeply concerned that this kind of teaching would now replace the faithful expository preaching and teaching of pastors who are to “equip” believers for their ministry and service for our Lord. The Bible makes a strong case for the centrality and importance of the Word of God in all we say and do (II Timothy 3:14-17).

The book is interesting and enjoyable to read, but it lacks depth and clarity from a Biblical point of view.

6. The use of secular and contemporary music styles. This criticism has been around for a long time. Believers disagree sharply on the kind of musical styles that should be used in worship. Many believe that music today is “too loud” and uses drums and guitars too much. Many believers have been used to organs and pianos for many years and are finding the changes very difficult to accept. Many believe that the desire to identify with the world in order to reach them has gone from “cultural adaptation” to “compromise” with the world in order to be accepted. There are thousands of believers who have great difficulty with the use of secular songs and music in the context of the worship of Almighty God in the services of our churches. This criticism of the Saddleback ministry could also be applied to thousands of others who are doing the same.

For what it is worth, we do not believe that this approach to ministry and church life is Biblical. We are concerned that it substitutes for the power of God’s Word and the work of the Holy Spirit. We still believe that the greatest need in our churches today is the faithful preaching and teaching of the Bible itself – we believe the motto should be: “The Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible.”

Thanks for listening, and for your questions.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN GAZA?

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

There are many fine news agencies and web sites where “up-to-date” information can be received on what is going on in the world, and even in Gaza. So, why another one?

GAZA is headed for destruction – and according to Zephaniah 2:4-7 it has been “forsaken” by God and it will return in the end time in the hands of the “Philistines” – the ancient people with whom Israel had many conflicts and battles. Goliath was a Philistine. God is going to destroy this territory in the end times. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why God allowed the Jewish leadership to remove the Jewish families out of that territory – because God will destroy it. Perhaps He will use a “disaster” or a military attack or a nuclear weapon – perhaps He will use Israel to inflict it – we just do not know.

There are nearly two million people now in GAZA and thousands have crossed into this territory since it turned over into the hands of the Palestinian Authority. Web sites for terrorist organizations have declared that it is “the beginning of the end” for Israel. Headquarters for Hamas, Hezbullah, Islamic Jihad, Muslim Brotherhood, etc., are moving quickly into GAZA to establish a base from which they can launch what they are now calling “the final Jihad” against Israel. They intend to destroy the State of Israel and set up an Islamic Regime.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority are meeting this week to negotiate the plans for a Palestinian State.
Talk is cheap – actions speak louder than words, and even the words of Israel’s enemies are clear – “Israel will be destroyed!”

Jerusalem remains a “bone of contention” between the negotiating parties. The Palestinian Authority is demanding that Israel give up East Jerusalem for a capital for the proposed Palestinian State. Zechariah 12 is coming to pass before our eyes!

Syria remains a “belligerent” foe to the northeast of Israel. They have new weapons and new missiles that have been delivered by Russia over the requests by the United States not to do so. Syria is “flexing their muscles” and continues to be the supporter of “insurgents” who go into Iraq through Syrian borders and kill as many American soldiers and Iraqi civilians as they possible can.

New docments captured by our troops in Iraq have clearly shown the connection between the war in Iraq and the situation in GAZA. The terrorists are making plans to unite and to bring one gigantic frontal assault against Israel. Armaggedon is just around the corner, friends!

Now it is being reported that Osama ben Ladin is moving his center of operations into GAZA – He is definitely maneuvering himself to be the “spiritual leader” of the revolution against Israel and the United States.

But, according to the Bible – GAZA IS GOING DOWN! The Bible also teaches through the Hebrew prophets that DAMASCUS will also be destroyed!

Keep your eyes on Israel!

WHAT IS “JACOB’S TROUBLE”?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

The term “Jacob’s trouble” is found in Jeremiah 30:7-11:

“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of JACOB’S TROUBLE; but he shall be saved out of it. For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them. Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.”

1. JACOB’S TROUBLE is described as the most severe time of “trouble” that the Nation of Israel has ever experienced!

2. JACOB’S TROUBLE refers to the coming “Day of the Lord”!

3. JACOB’S TROUBLE is launched by the Person known as the “Abomination of Desolation” who will stand in the “holy place” (rebuilt temple) and demand that the Jewish people worship Him! cf. Matthew 24:15; II Thessalonians 2:1-4

4. JACOB’S TROUBLE will last for 1260 days – during the last half of the Great Tribulation – the time of Satan’s attack against Israel – cf. Revelation 12.

JACOB’S TROUBLE is a time of TESTING for the Nation of Israel as is clear from the passage in Jeremiah 30:7-11. It is also the time of TRIUMPH over all nations of the world.

In Matthew 24:21-22 our Lord Yeshua said that this time will be the most severe trial that Israel has ever endured! We do not wish it to be so, but the Bible teaches that it is coming!

We praise the Lord that in a future, terrible, dark hour of the world’s attack of Israel, deliverance will come by the return of the Messiah in power and great glory. Isaiah 63:1-6 speaks of the Messiah carrying out the vengeance of God’s wrath against a world who will dare to attack the people of God! Zechariah 12:9 says that “all nations” who come against Israel will be destroyed by the Messiah. Our HOPE is in the return of the MESSIAH of ISRAEL!

GOD IS FAITHFUL!

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

There are many attributes of God which humanity does not possess – such as the fact that He is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, perfect, incomprehensible, infinite, etc. There are also attributes of God that can be reflected in the lives of believers. His love, mercy, justice, kindness, longsuffering, faithfulness, humility, etc. One of the outstanding characteristics of God (which humanity imperfectly reflects from time to time through the control of the Holy Spirit) is the matter of His faithfulness.

Proverbs 20:6 says “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” It is indeed a rarity. Moses, however, was called “faithful in all his house, as a servant” (Hebrews 3:5) and Hanani, the brother of Nehemiah in Nehemiah 7:2 was called “a faithful man, and feared God above many.” Of course, the Messiah of Israel, our blessed Lord Yeshua was “faithful to Him that appointed Him” according to Hebrews 3:2.

Notice the following facts about the wonderful faithfulness of God:

1. His CALLING reveals His faithfulness!

I Thessalonians 5:24 says “Faithful is He that calleth you.” I Corinthians 1:9 adds: “God is faithful, by Whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Jesus Christ our Lord.”

2. His COMPASSION reveals His faithfulness!

Lamentations 3:22-23 says “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness!” Hebrews 2:17 says of our Messiah: “Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”

3. His COVENANT reveals His faithfulness!

Deuteronomy 7:9 teaches the real reasons behind God’s choice of Israel as a “special people…above all people that are upon the face of the earth” and says: “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations.”

Psalm 89:1 speaks of the faithfulness of God and in verse 8 we read: “O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto Thee? Or to Thy faithfulness round about Thee?” In Psalm 89:33-34 the Bible says: “Nevertheless My lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer My faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of My lips.”

4. His CHARACTER exalts His faithfulness!

Psalm 119:86 says: “All Thy commandments are faithful” and verse 90 adds: “Thy faithfulness is unto all generations.” Verse 138 says: “The testimonies that Thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.”

Consider at least four things about His wonderful character that reveals the nature of His faithfulness:

(1) He will FORGIVE our sins!

I John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, HE IS FAITHFUL and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

(2) He will HELP us in our trials!

I Corinthians 10:13 tells us: “There hath no temptation (or trial) taken you but such as is common to man: but GOD IS FAITHFUL, Who will not suffer you to be tempted (tested) above that ye are able; but will with the temptation (trial) also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Psalm 119:75 adds: “and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.”
Psalm 143:1 says: “Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in Thy faithfulness answer me.”

(3) He will PROTECT us from the evil one!

II Thessalonians 3:3 says: “But THE LORD IS FAITHFUL, Who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil (one).”

(4) He will KEEP His promises to us!

Hebrews 10:23: “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for HE IS FAITHFUL that promised.” Hebrews 11:11 says of Sara: “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged Him faithful Who had promised.”

One of the great hymns that believers enjoy is “GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS”

Great is Thy faithfulness – O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not Thy compassions – they fail not
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be!

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS! GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS! Morning by morning new mercies I see! All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS, Lord, unto me!

ISRAEL NEEDS PRAYER!

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

The entire world needs to pray! GOD ANSWERS PRAYER from believing and repentant hearts. He is “near” to the “brokenhearted” and responds to the “broken and contrite heart.”

When Solomon retired that night after the great celebrations of worship over the completion of the Temple, the LORD GOD of ISRAEL appeared to him and spoke of the need of His chosen people, Israel, to pray. II Chronicles 7:14 tells us what the Lord said to Solomon:
“If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and PRAY and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways – THEN I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

What a wonderful promise that God has given to His chosen people! It involves the following:

1. A right RELATIONSHIP with the LORD GOD of Israel – “My people who are called by My Name”

2. A humble RELIANCE upon God alone – “humble themselves”

3. A continual RESPONSE to the Lord Himself – “seek My face”

4. A strong RESISTANCE to sinful attitudes and actions – “turn from their wicked ways”

5. A wonderful RESULT – “hear from heaven…forgive their sin…heal their land”

This verse was printed on the back of our Israel T-Shirts that we gave to each person who went on our recent Israel Tour.

Israel needs to call upon the only One Who can help them in the midst of all the crisis and turmoil that they are experiencing. So do we all!


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