We are on the brink of a spiritual breakthrough in the nation of
Israel. Today, the number of Israeli Messianic Jewish believers is
estimated at 12,000, with about 140 different congregations and home
fellowships. God is birthing a new end-time movement of Jewish lovers in
Yeshua that is becoming a prophetic voice to Israel as well as to other
nations. This is truly a time to rejoice.
Nevertheless, many Jewish believers in Israel regularly experience
not only rejection by the traditional Jewish religious establishment but
also growing antagonism and hostility from extremist ultra-orthodox
elements. What is happening to the Messianic Jews is to be expected
considering we are in the end times. Similar persecution is being
experienced by believers all over the world. read more
A New York-based ministry that co-organizes the annual Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem is coupling its intercession with action by raising funds to help the poor in Israel.
Eagles' Wings ministry hopes to feed at least 1,000 impoverished families in Jerusalem and other Israeli cities this year as part of its ongoing mission to bless the people of Israel through prayer.
The ministry provided some meals this summer through a partnership with an Israel-based aid organization. But it hopes to raise more funding for the outreach through donations made at its website and during services held on the global prayer day Oct. 3. Each meal costs $18, according to the Eagles' Wings website, with a week's worth of food provided for $189.
"I feel like it's time for us to really pray prayers that we are willing to become the answer to," said Eagles' Wings founder Robert Stearns, who launched the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem eight years ago in partnership with Foursquare Church leader Jack Hayford. "... Yes prayer is vital, yes prayer is urgent, but [we want to do something] from a social justice aspect that also brings a sense of relief and a sense of genuine comfort to the people living there." read more
The Sea of Galilee is one of the most popular tourists spots in Israel. Yeshua stood on its shores—and sometimes on the sea—and performed many miracles. He saw Peter and Andrew casting their net into the water and said, "'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men'" (Matt. 4:19, NKJV); He walked on water (see Matt. 14:22-33), and fed more than 5,000 people with five fish and two loaves of bread (see Matt. 14:13-21). To learn how to cast your net in this ancient sea, click below to watch the video. read more
God loves a grateful nation. Just as an individual cannot "out-thank" the Lord-for God pours out His blessing more than ever, so a nation cannot out-thank God either.
Just as those individuals who praised God on Palm Sunday possibly did so selfishly, even ignorantly and for the wrong reasons—and God accepted their praise, so God accepts the praise of a nation that attempts to show gratitude to Him. It does not necessarily matter that every single person who participates in such thanksgiving is a faithful servant of God in his or her private life; God just notices a nation overall that makes any attempt to show gratitude to Him. read more
I love Jerusalem! I love it because it's a beautiful city and because it is where Messiah taught, laid down His life for the sins of mankind, and was resurrected, triumphing over death. It is the city of the great kings David and Solomon, and the place where the prophets and other great Bible heroes came to worship God in the temple.
From a human perspective, Jerusalem would not rank as one of the world's most important cities. Even when biblical history was being written in Jerusalem's streets, the city was not as significant as Alexandria, Rome or Athens.
Still, 3,000 years after King David's reign, most of the world's population believes that Jerusalem is the most important city on earth. There is only one possible reason: It is important to God and to His plans for the last days. read more
It's easy for a Hollywood celebrity to stand next to a starving child, stare into a video camera and remind us that children are our future. It's much more difficult to nourish that child—on a regular basis—with enough food, clothing and education to help him grow up and truly shape the future.
The same principle applies to caring for widows, immigrants, the impoverished and other people groups who, for various reasons, need assistance for a better life. In Israel, dozens of organizations have been birthed specifically to reach this swelling segment of the Jewish population. Amid the politics of the most contested land in human history, the following five humanitarian aid organizations have dedicated themselves to being a consistent presence in the Holy Land to shape a brighter tomorrow for the next generation of Jews. read more
Thousands of Christians met in Washington, D.C., to do what some say the Obama administration has been reluctant to do: stand unwaveringly with Israel.
Roughly 4,500 people gathered in late July for the fifth annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Washington Summit, where they lobbied lawmakers to maintain the nation's historic support for Israel and declared their solidarity with the Jewish state.
"Israel's enemies are our enemies; Israel's fight is our fight," CUFI founder John Hagee (pictured) told the crowd at the Night to Honor Israel event. "If a line has to be drawn, then let it be drawn around both of us: Christians and Jews, Americans and Israelis." read more
In his forthcoming book In Defense of Faith: The Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity, David Brog takes aim at the media, from Hollywood to cable news political pundits, who claim "religion is the root of all violence in the world."
Brog, the executive director of Christians United for Israel founded by John Hagee, defends faith-based values of human rights and justice among many, and those who gave rise to their existence from Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement to Bono's campaign to end AIDS in Africa. read more
The Bible tells us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. In doing so, we not only invoke God's blessing and protection over His chosen people; we also secure our own well-being. Ray Wilkerson of Maoz Israel, a Messianic ministry in the Holy Land, says Jewish believers in Yeshua are often persecuted for their faith. But Christians around the world can affect change in the nation if we petition God for Zion's sake. To discover three ways to pray for Israel, listen to the podcast below. read more