Guatemala Moves EmbassyOn December 24, 2017, Guatemala became the first country at the United Nations to join the United States by announcing that they too would move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “I would like to thank President Trump for leading the way,” Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales told an audience at AIPAC, the […]
Fern and Adolph were a young couple living in a very conservative community. The couple had met while picking apples at a multi-congregation event. Both of them grew up in churches that believed in keeping the Shabbat on Saturday instead of Sunday as the day of rest. They also had been raised with a strong focus on Bible prophecy and anticipated the return of the Jews to Israel. “G-d says in Genesis, bless Israel,” says Adolph succinctly. “We wanted to be a part of blessing Israel.”…
In 1999, Rick Ridings received a word from the L-rd to lay down his ministry of establishing international prayer and worship gatherings in cities throughout Africa, Asia and Europe and move to Israel. Before making his move, Rick contacted the leaders of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance and asked them to pray for him regarding settling in Israel. He says he was thinking of spending half of his time there but after prayer the leaders told him that he should set up a full-time ministry and start 24/7 worship and prayer. Rick arrived in Israel with his family, including wife Patricia and his then young daughters Anna and Esther. His oldest daughter, Bethany, remained studying in the United States and had a heart for reaching out to Jewish young people in Israel by attending a youth festival outside of Chicago and videoing Jewish speakers…
Messianic Judaism in Israel, in which Jewish believers identify both as Jews and as followers of Yeshua Jesus, began to truly emerge only after the Six Day War in 1967. In the years prior to this and going back to British Mandate times, previous attempts by believers in Yeshua to identify as Jews were made under such leaders as Moshe Imanuel Ben-Meir and Hyman Jacobs, who founded a Messianic fellowship in the 1920s and 1930s with the intent of bringing Jewish believers together outside of the context of the Christian church. This effort how- ever, never gained the support of the Christian community where many outreach- es to the Jews did not support the idea of a distinct Jewish identity for Jewish believers apart from the historical churches.
It’s a “one foot in front of the other” journey to serve the people of Israel, filled with treacherous terrain, problematic potholes, massive downed trees, flash flooding, and constant detours unforeseen by GPS, metaphorically speaking. Were it not for the
mandate to bless Israel, many would consider the governmental hoop-jumping, looming threats of deportation, miles of red tape and various other forms of adversity to be insurmountable and maybe not even worth the trouble of serving such a nation. Why do so many Christian and Messianic groups serve then? Why do they sacrifice so much to bring assistance to its citizens without a promise of any kind of return? Is it just about that Biblical admonition to go? Or is there something more?
In July of 1947, the packet steamer, President Warfield, originally designed to accommodate 400 passengers, sailed from Set, France toward British Mandatory Palestine with over 4,500 Jewish refugees onboard. Most were Holocaust survivors with no legal immigration status. All hoped to begin new lives in the promised land. The steamship recently renamed Exodus 1947 approached Palestine. Though still in international waters, it was encircled and attacked by what crew member Reverend John Stanley Grauel described in his autobiography as “a formidable representation of the British fleet.”
After a prolonged ordeal at sea and in port as a captive ship, its passengers were refused immigration to Israel and dispatched by the British to a detainment camp in Europe.
As the State of Israel turns 70, it continues to be surrounded by opposition groups. This centers around the conflict over the occupation of the Land. .Palestinian revisionist history asserts its rights to the Land as hereditary: “The Arabs of Palestine are the indigenous inhabitants of the country, who have been in occupation of it since the beginning of history.” The Case for Palestine: Evidence Submitted by the Arab Office, p. 92. This argument, however, has nothing but sentiment in its support.