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Thursday
Dec062018

Happy Chanuka and Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Tennessee!

What a glorious year it is! For several years we did not feel the liberty to use the greeting, "Merry Christmas". This year, we are thrilled to hear it spoken so often. What a wonderful freedom we have. May the spirit of Christmas cover America, and the nations of the world.

In thinking of Israel, the USA and the world, this passage comes to mind: Jesus spoke in John 4:35, saying: "Do you not say 'There are yet four more months, then comes harvest?' Behold I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields that they are white for harvest." 

In Matthew 9:36-38, Jesus describes our world today:

Seeing the people, He (Jesus) felt compassion for them because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus went on to say, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest." 

The multitudes had rabbis and synagogues, but they did not have shepherds. Jesus saw people differently from his disciples. Because of that unique perspective, he spoke the words of Matthew 9:36. If that statement was true then, how much more is it true today?

Going after the harvest requires a push from the Holy Spirit. What better time is there to ask the Holy Spirit for help than at the Christmas season? We as Christians believe in the Judgement of God. Our belief affects the way we relate to people, and it adds a sense of urgency to our lives. The Christmas season sets the stage for us to be more conscious of those around us, to feel the compassion that Jesus felt. When we come together with friends, famiy, neighbors, those we meet in the market place, and in church, may God help us to be aware of their spiritual needs. 

The White Horse of the Gospel

 In Revelation 6:1-8 there is a vivid picture from the close of the age. It represents the urgency of the time in which we live. In the writings of Derek Prince we find:

Personally, I see the first horse as the white horse of the gospel, going out ‘conquering and to conquer.’ This white horse conquers with tremendous power, but it is not conquering by military means or carnal weapons.
As I read this description of the horses in Revelation 6, I think of Psalm 45:
My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever. [Next follows what I believe to be a description of Jesus, riding forth on the white horse.] Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, With Your glory and Your majesty. And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness; [This is not a military conqueror. This is one who conquers by the power Horse of the Gospel.
In Revelation 6:1-8 there is a vivid picture from the close of the age. It represents the urgency ofthe time in which we live. In the writings of Derek Prince we find:“Personally, I see the first horse as the white horse of the gospel, going out ‘conquering and to conquer.’ This white horse conquers with tremendous power,but it is not conquering by military means or carnal weapons.“As I read this description of the horses in Revelation 6, I think of Psalm 45: My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my compositionconcerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

 

Mercy, Then Judgment

“The first horse to go out is the white horse of the gospel, ‘conquering and to conquer.’ This is the harvest of grace and mercy. I believe this represents a period when the gospel is conquering with mighty power in nation after nation—and I believe the full conquest of the gospel is still ahead.” Derek Prince

Many people today are asking the question: “Will there be another harvest of souls before Jesus returns?” We believe there will be a worldwide harvest, an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It will be swift and powerful. It is believed that in those few years, more people will be saved than have been saved in all the centuries since Jesus died and rose from the dead.

The Heavenly Warrior Defeats the Beast

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:11-16, NKJ ®)

We pray you have a wonderful Christmas Season, asking God to bless you and your families! May God especially bless and protect the Church and the Jewish people around the world.

In His Great Love,

George and Betty Jackson Directors

Derek Prince Israel

 


Monday
Nov122018

Longing for His Appearing

We feel this is a significant time in the history of the Church, Israel and the United States of America. May our prayers together hasten the return of the Lord Jesus.

From St. Paul: 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

We recently received a copy of a Derek Prince Book, Longing for His Appearing. It was a life-changing book for us. It is a small book that can be obtained through Derek Prince USA Office. From the back cover: When you discover what Jesus' return really means, you can begin living in the light of His coming. Every moment becomes supernaturally charged with a new sense of victory, purpose, and destiny! This easy-to-read, hope-filled approach to the end of times will:

  • Give a fresh sense of purpose and mission to the People of God.
  • Remind you of the victory that is yours both now and forever.
  • Fill you with hope even in the midst of the trials and tragedies around you.
  • Show you how to practically prepare for Jesus' return by enjoying union with God, completing your assignment, and cultivating a lifestyle of powerful prayer.
  • Unveil the main key to speeding up the Lord's return!

"Receive peace and comfort by resting in the truth of God's goodness, power and love - no matter what challenges may come up against you!"

Wednesday
Apr112018

National Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel

Last night Holocaust Remembrance Day commenced in Israel with ceremonies in every city and town. We heard the testimonies of survivors, and their children and grandchildren. We also heard stories of those who didn't survive. Many of the survivors, having lost all in Europe, made their way to Palestine, determined to rebuild this country as a homeland for the Jewish people, 2,000 years after being expelled from the land by the Roman Empire. The following text is taken from Derek Prince's book, "Promised Land."

My introduction to the people of Israel coincided with one of the most tragic and critical periods in their long and often tragic history. The unutterable horror of the holocaust was just beginning to make its full impact upon the Jewish community around the world, but nowhere to a greater degree than the Land of Israel.

In spite of a blockade imposed by the British Army and Navy, a trickle of Jewish survivors from Europe was making its way by various routes to Palestine. I found myself, almost against my will, listening to accounts of suffering and cruelty that I had never believed possible. From time to time, I witnessed the reunion of family members who had been separated from each other in Europe, but had somehow escaped, to meet again in Israel.

My exposure to Israel's geography had already given a new direction to my study of the Bible. Now my firsthand exposure to this aspect of Israel's history was even more revolutionary in its impact upon me. I began to discover countless passages in almost all the Old Testament prophets predicting that, before the present age comes to close, there is to be a great ingathering of Jewish people from all over the world to the Land of Israel. Nor were these predicions confined to the Old Testament. I discovered corresponding passages in the teaching of Jesus in the New Testament, which indicate that the closing drama of the present age will be inacted in the Land of Israel.

Up to this time, I had viewed such passages as vague, almost Utopian pictures that somehow inspired hope of a better age to come. Now, however, I saw that they were precise, specific predictions that were being fulfilled before my eyes. In many of these predictions, certain salient features were singled out for mention, just as if the writer himself had been an eye witness.

I found many examples of this in the prophet Jeremiah. One passage became particularly vivid for me:

"Return, faithless people," declares the Lord, "for I am your husband. I will choose one of you from every town and two from every clan and bring you to Zion... In those days the house of Judah will join the rest of the house of Israel, and together they will come from a northern land to the land I gave your forefathers as an inheritance." (Jeremiah 3:14, 18)

This passage emphasizes the return of the Israelites from "a northern land" to the land God had given to their forefathers. Indisputably, the latter is the land of Israel. "A northern land" would include Russia, Poland, Germany, and other countries in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. In 1946, that was precisely the area from which the majority of Jewish reugees were making their way to Israel.

What particularly impressed me was the detail "one from every town and two from every clan." This corresponded exactly with what I was hearing from Jewish people around me. Many times a survivor's story would go like this: "I'm the only one in our family from Berlin who survived. But I've met just one other member of the family who has also survived - my uncle from Hannover." 

In each story, the name of the town might differ. The country might be Poland or Austria, rather than Germany. Rather than an uncle, it might be a married sister, or a cousin, or a nephew. But the essential feature of Jeremiah's prophecy remained the same: "One from every town and two from every clan."

In most cases, I felt sure, these Jewish people had no idea they were quoting the words of one of their own prophets, who predicted 2,500 years beforehand, the very events they had lived through.

Tuesday
Apr102018

Israel Celebrates the Feast of Passover

This week marks the Feast of Passover, celebrated by Jews around the world. Join us as we remember the tremendous outpouring of God's covenant faithfulness in leading the Jewish people out of slavery in Egypt, into a life of worship and dependence on Him.

Exodus 15:22-24 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?

The people were totally unprepared for this situation. They could not conceive that such a thing would happen to them when God was actually leading them and when God had just granted them such a tremendous deliverance and vicory.

God, however, was not unprepared. No matter how many times you feel unprepared, God is never unprepared. God never has an emergency. God is never confronted with a situation for which he has no answer.

The people grumbled, but Moses had the sense to pray:

Exodus 15:25-26 And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

Act of Faith

It is important to note that the scripture doesn't say the tree made the water sweet. There was nothing magical about that tree. It was the supernatural power of God that made the water sweet. The casting in of the tree was the act of faith that released the miracle-working power of God into the water. That is how God's miracle-working power is usually released in our lives. It takes a specific act of faith to release that power.

The act of faith is the key that unlocks the miracle-working power of God and makes it available in the situation where we need it.

-- Derek Prince, Life's Bitter Pool

Thursday
Mar012018

Israel celebrates the Feast of Esther

Israel Celebrates the Feast of Esther

This week marks the Feast of Esther, celebrated by Jews around the world. As recorded in the book of Esther in the Bible, Mordeccai the Jew stood out in his generation because he refused to do what everyone else was doing - bowing down to Haman. As a result, Mordeccai was subjected to great pressure, including a direct threat of the annihilation of his people.

If Mordeccai wouldn't have resisted Haman, and had instead appeased him by bowing down, Haman may have never devised his evil plan to annihilate the Jewish people.

However, Mordeccai chose to honor God, even at the price of tremendous pressure faced by him and his people. Through this pressure, God demonstrated his faithfulness to those who stubbornly walk against the tide of this world.

Do you stand out in your generation? Are there certain things that you stubbornly refuse to do, even when everyone else engages in these things without a second thought? God will surey demonstrate his faithfulness in your life, as he did for Mordeccai and continues to do for the Jewish people.