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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.

Tuesday
Jun062017

Salvation is of the Jews

Dear Friends of Derek Prince Israel:
50 years have passed quickly, and tonight we find ourselves in Jerusalem in the same apartment we secured in June of 2003. One year earlier Derek Prince had established a new Branch of Derek Prince Ministries, naming it Derek Prince Israel. His invitation to us was to become Directors of this new endeavor, for the purpose of being an encouragement to the Jewish people in various ways.
Having learned that without the Jews we would have no patriarchs, no prophets, no apostles, no Bible – and no Savior we were in a position to humbly and in the Fear of the Lord, accept the call. It is important for us as Christians to acknowledge the truth of what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman. “Salvation is of the Jews.”
We have seen many changes in our short time in Israel. There is greater pressure in all the nations of the world today.
We need to bear in mind that one major factor in God’s judgment of all other nations will be their treatment of the Jews. In Matthew 25:31–46 we have a picture of Christ as King at the end of this age on the throne of His glory, with all nations arraigned before Him for judgment. They are separated into two categories—the “sheep,” who are accepted into Christ’s kingdom, and the “goats,” who are rejected from His kingdom. In each case, the reason given by Christ is, “Inasmuch as you did it—or did not do it—to one of the least of these My brethren” (vv. 40, 45). The nations who show mercy to the Jews will receive mercy from God; the nations who deny mercy to the Jews will be denied mercy from God.” -- Derek Prince, Our Debt to Israel

 

One of the greatest changes we see in Israel is the love for Israel from Christians all over the world, and also the understanding of the Jewish people that Christians are their friends. Over the centuries the Jews have seen little among the Christians that would allow them to trust us. In seeking and praying for the good of Israel, Gentile Christians need to remind ourselves that we are serving not merely the interests of Israel, but even more those of our own nation.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,   to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

In the Great Love of God,

George and Betty Jackson, Directors,

DEREK PRINCE ISRAEL

Thursday
May182017

Rumors of War

Dear Friends of Derek Prince Israel,

June 4th marks exactly 50 years since we sat together with our South Florida Bible Study Group and heard Derek Prince warn us about the “rumors of war” in the Middle East.

  • The following day, Israel bombs airfields in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq, destroying 452 aircraft in three hours. Israeli ground forces also move against Egyptian forces in the Sinai Peninsula at four points. 
  • June 6th, Israel notifies Jordan’s King Hussein that it will not attack if his troops keep the peace. In response, Jordan opens fire along the entire armistice line and occupies UN Headquarters in Jerusalem.
  • June 7th, Israel gains possession of the Old City of Jerusalem for the first time since AD 70.
  • June 10th, a reunified Jerusalem was declared the “Eternal Capital of the State of Israel.” All familiar with the innermost convictions of the Jewish people can vouch for the certainty that Israel will never voluntarily yield up control of Jerusalem.

Zechariah 12:2 describes the reaction of all those surrounding Jerusalem.

These are, of course, all the Muslim nations of the Middle East. For them, Jerusalem under Jewish control has become "a cup that sends them reeling." 

In verse 3, Zechariah includes “all the nations of the earth.”

At present, the prophesies of Zechariah—and many similar prophecies from various parts of the Bible—fulfill three important functions.

  1. First, they show us very clearly the general direction in which world events are moving.
  2. Second, they enable us to align ourselves with the purposes of God.
  3. Third, they warn us that the climax of the age could well be close at hand.

With this in mind, this June we commemorate God’s victory over Israel’s enemies and the reunification of Jerusalem. We likewise celebrate the opportunity God gave us that night in South Florida—meeting Derek and Lydia Prince and hearing God’s Truth at such a pivotal time. Little did we realize how significantly our relationship with both the Princes and Israel would develop, deepen, and grow.

In October 2002, we had been praying and fasting for three days—focusing on a scripture, Psalm 90:12, which we had placed on our bedroom floor: “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Our fast was to say to the Lord: “We are willing to go anywhere in the world.”

Our prayers were immediately answered with a telephone call from Jerusalem. Derek Prince was on the line, extending the invitation to a new ministry in Israel—the work in which we have endeavored since that time.

It is a joy and privilege to support God’s plans and purposes for Israel and His Church. Thank you, again, for the many ways you have stood with us,. We pray God will bless you in every way, especially with His presence.

Join us as we celebrate Jerusalem’s special 50th Year Anniversary.

In His Great Love,

George and Betty Jackson, Directors DEREK PRINCE ISRAEL