I am on a mission to learn about Israel. I have had some very helpful suggestions from FBook...Thanks Guys. I just want to really learn...well try to learn and understand... what it's all about. Why are so many countries turning against Israel as mention further in this article? Now Hussein is turning against Israel by wanting to confront 'Her' Prime Misnister. I would give just about anything to go on this upcoming tour to Israel, but unfortunately, it is just not possible financially. But I can and I will be making full use of my library. Learning from a few books that have been suggested as a place for me to start. I can't go on saying I support the cause without at least knowing some of the history - apart from Bible History and Christian stories I have read.
Happy Passover and epicenter update
Thursday, 9 April 2009
HAPPY PASSOVER -- AND AN EPICENTER CONFERENCE UPDATE
* Come with us to Israel and stand with the Jewish people
By Joel C. Rosenberg (Washington, D.C., April 8, 2009) --
"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage." (Exodus 20:2)
Lynn and the boys and I are celebrating Passover this year with our Joshua Fund team. As we do, we are rejoicing over how the Lord has delivered the Jewish people through so many trials in recent decades, and how He has miraculously and prophetically resurrected the State of Israel, as He had promised in the Scriptures to do in the "last days" of human history. We are also praying for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to deliver the children of Israel from rising new threats - this time from Iran and Radical Islam, not the Pharoah of Egypt.
Many nations around the world are turning against Israel at present. The Turkish Prime Minister recently called for Israel to be banned from the U.N. A Spanish court is considering trying Israeli military officials on "war crimes" charges for defending Israel from Hamas rocket attacks. Boycotts of Israeli goods and services are being called for around the world. And now comes this headline in a leading Israeli newspaper: "Obama team readying for confrontation with Netanyahu."
That said, we are not worried. The Lord who has been so faithful to the Jewish people from time immemorial will show His mighty hand once again. That was the theme of this year's Epicenter Conference, that we serve a great and mighty God, a prayer-hearing and a prayer-answering God, a God who loves Israel and will bless her. In my "State of the Epicenter" address on Saturday, I spoke from the Book of Esther about another time in history when the leader of Iran/Persia (King Xerxes) called for the annihilation of the Jewish people. It seemed hopeless. But as the Jews who really loved the Lord fasted and prayed and turned their hearts towards Him, the Lord heard their cries and sent a great deliverance through one man (Mordechai) and one woman (Hadassah/Esther) willing to serve Him even unto death. Will He not provide such a great deliverance again, as we turn our hearts towards Him and seek His face and ask Him to forgive us and heal us and draw us close to His heart?
We believe the Iran crisis provides a tremendous opportunity for the Church to stand with Israel and bless Israel and see the God of Israel do a mighty miracle. The Joshua Fund team, therefore, is committed to doing everything we possibly can to educate Christians around the world and mobilize a global movement of people who will bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus. This November 5-17, we will be a leading a Joshua Fund "Prayer & Vision Trip" to Israel, concluding with our first-ever "Jerusalem Prayer Summit." We would love to have you join us for this extraordinary opportunity to walk the land that Jesus walked, learn the history and the prophetic future of the Holy Land, meet Israeli pastors and Joshua Fund allies, and see how powerfully the God of Israel is moving today. Please pray about it and then, if the Lord gives you the green light, please join us on what will be an unforgettable experience.
EPICENTER CONFERENCE UPDATE:
* As more data are coming in, it appears that more than 20,000 people participated in person and on-line, not the 13,000 we first reported
* A total of 57 countries had people watching on-line
* A total of 92 churches in the U.S., Canada and Israel showed the conference to their congregations
* You can now pre-order CDs, DVDs and/or MP3s of the conference at www.epicenter09.com
[To read more of the update -- including an update from the 2009 Epicenter Conference on the keynote messages delivered by Lt.-General Jerry Boykin and Pastor Chuck Smith -- please click below]
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COME TO ISRAEL WITH US IN NOVEMBER
It is with great excitement over God's wonderful love and plan for Israel and the people of the epicenter that I invite you to join us for our next Joshua Fund "Prayer & Vision Trip." It will be held November 5-17, 2009, and culminate in our first-ever "Jerusalem Prayer Summit."
If you have never been to the Holy Land, it is hard to describe what a profound spiritual effect such a journey can have on you and your family. You may have heard others say God's Word seemed to "come alive" in a new way when they walked where Jesus walked, from the shores of Galilee to the Mount of Olives and into the streets of Jerusalem. Well, it's true, and I believe our 2009 Israel trip will allow you to experience this for yourself and intensify your desire to walk closely with Jesus Christ.
If you have been to Israel before, this trip will be a great opportunity to deepen your understanding of how powerfully the Lord is moving there. I will teach at key locations and answer your questions about the future of the epicenter. You will have the opportunity to meet with and pray for local pastors and ministry leaders. We are arranging for you to spend time engaged in a practical Joshua Fund ministry project to bless the poor and needy. What's more, you will participate in a two-day conference to pray for the peace of Jerusalem at this critical hour.
We can take up to 300 people, and to make your experience as personal and special as possible, you will be assigned to one of seven buses of about 45 people. Each bus will be hosted by a Joshua Fund staff or board member or couple, or one of our close allies. You will ride that bus with your host every day, and in the process you'll get to know the people on your bus, study the Bible with them, pray with and for them, discover Israel together with them, ask questions with them, and thus form a small community. Lord willing, I will rotate through the buses to get to know you and answer your questions. Each bus will also have a professional, licensed Israeli tour guide who know every detail of the country inside and out.
As always, we will do our best to keep you up-to-date on the kinds of projects we are doing, and brief you on how those projects are proceeding. We will also let you know about the kinds of projects we are developing for the future. In no way do we want to pressure anyone to give financially. We fully believe the Lord will provide for the needs of the people we seek to serve. But if you or others wish to help, we welcome your support, and all financial gifts are tax-deductible.
If you would like to make a contribution to the on-going work of The Joshua Fund please make your check payable to "The Joshua Fund" and send to:
The Joshua Fund
18950 Base Camp Road
Monument, Colorado 80132-8009
Thanks so much and may the Lord richly bless you and your family as you bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus -- especially at critical moment in history of the epicenter.
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