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Monday
Mar132017

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.

Sunday
Mar122017

Spiritual Warfare

Greetings from Tennessee! The Daffodils are blooming! We are enjoying spring like days with warm weather and often soft rains. It is a beautiful season.


The United States is blessed to have completed a Presidential election and Inauguration! To have Christians invited to serve in the Cabinet of President Donald Trump is truly the answer to many people praying together. We have witnessed the miraculous! 

“For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?  Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grand-children…’Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’”  

The Words of Moses, Deuteronomy 4: 7-10 (NKJV®)

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, You raise up leaders and establish authority. We pray for our president, that You would give him an authority from You. May he act with Your wisdom and courage. Grant him discernment to know which directions You have ordained. Protect him from every attack of evil. Through his leadership, may Your Kingdom come and Your will be done. Amen.     

Allen Jackson, Senior Pastor, World Outreach Church

OUR NATION IS IN A BATTLE

“Our heavenly government is at war with the kingdom of Satan. Therefore, we are required to take our places as soldiers in this war.  We may be given freedom to choose the field of service, but we cannot opt out of the war.

This truth about spiritual warfare is enforced by the way the Bible speaks about God Himself as a military commander. This language does not occur just once or twice but is found throughout Scripture. For example, Exodus 15:3 records a song that Moses and the children of Israel sang after passing through the waters of the Red Sea. Seeing God’s judgment in the annihilation of the entire Egyptian army, the Israelites give expression to their gratitude and to their sense of triumph and victory in this song: ‘The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is His name.’

“The Bible emphasizes continually that the Lord is a man of war! In agreement with this, we find more than a hundred passages in Scripture where Jehovah is called the ‘Lord of hosts’ or the ‘God of hosts.’ Remember that the word host is the old English term for ‘army.’ He is the God of armies, the ‘Lord of armies.’

Derek Prince – War in Heaven

We understand that God alone is the only hope for our nation. Your prayers are valuable.

We thank God continually for you and for all the ways you support us and for the prayers you pray for the work in Israel.

In His Great Love,

George and Betty Jackson

Directors, DEREK PRINCE ISRAEL

 

Sunday
Jul032016

The Harvest Just Ahead

Greetings from Jerusalem:

We are living in very exciting times. Here in Israel, one feels a greater need to know their Bible than when in our homes in the USA.  Things at home are different in that we are distracted by many things that are of little permanent value.  Israel, on the other hand, is surrounded by enemies, and the world agrees with their enemies.  This causes a greater pressure!   

We are expecting at the airport this afternoon one-hundred on tour from our church in Tennessee.  It is a huge blessing to be among the Jewish people and to feel their confidence in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—our God!  The only God,  Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

In our past newsletters, we have been urging everyone what we felt was so important: Prayer for the Church in America.   First, for forgiveness, and for repentance.   In our church this year, the emphasis has been:  “Let’s Pray.”  The pastor stressed:  Just a sentence prayer in the marketplace, at the office, with our friends and with those we meet whom we do not know.

For several years before Derek Prince was taken to heaven, we would hear him before the lunch meal pray:  “Father, in Heaven, we ask You to send a revival to the English speaking nations of the world.”  Afterward he would say to us:  “I believe we will see one more revival in England and in America, because they were faithful, for years, to send missionaries throughout the world.”  

Following is a quote from Derek’s book:   The Harvest Just Ahead
“I absolutely believe that God desires to send to the United States of America the greatest revival in the history of this or any nation. I haven’t come to that belief by accident. For years I’ve prayed over it, meditated on it, fasted and sought God concerning it. I am convinced that I speak the truth from Almighty God. I’m not normally a particularly bold or self-assertive type of person, but I have a deep, inner conviction that I am speaking to you a message from God.
“I will not compromise about divine truth, because I will have to answer to God one day for what I say. There are many places in the Bible where God tells men and women to choose. In Deuteronomy 30:19, Moses said:
“‘I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.’”

Following is a very encouraging report, coming from Malcolm Hedding, retired Executive Director of the International Christian Embassy,  Jerusalem.  Malcolm’s letter explains itself.  We wanted you to have this great report, trusting that you will be encouraged to seek God for yourself, your family, and our nation.   

Sent: Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016, 12:13 am:
“Dearest George and Betty,
“Greetings!  I was of course in the United Kingdom when the "Brexit" referendum went down and it was a shock for the media pundits and press to find out that they got it all wrong because they were too busy pushing their left wing agenda instead of listening to the people. I can tell you that the Church everywhere in the UK was repenting, praying, and fasting that God would have mercy on the nation and take it out of the European Union. I attended some of these meetings and there was a strong anointing upon them. It was as if we knew that it was going to happen and that Jesus was giving Britain another opportunity to repent and follow Him, and so it did! On the night of the referendum, I was speaking in the Northern Ireland Parliament, which was a huge privilege and honor and naturally I could not avoid the big issue of the day. The meeting was packed; it began at 8pm, finished at 10pm, and was followed by a dinner in one of the great halls that concluded at 11:30 pm. Jesus has taken me to some amazing places!  
“The Magna Carta (Great Charter) of the 13th century, which has undergirded British sovereignty for hundreds of years and which had great Christian underpinnings was brought back into the churches and has played a role in saving Britain from "The Beast." We will see how all this plays out, but for sure, God is giving Britain time to repent and follow Him. I pray that they will take it! You need to know that 69% of British sovereignty has been conceded to the European Union over the years, meaning that the nation has, up until now, been effectively governed by foreigners sitting in Brussels!
“This of course has great significance for the USA as it, too, has a wonderful founding document called The Constitution that guarantees the freedoms of the people and which is heavily influenced by Christian thought and teaching. It is worth fighting for since it merely reflects the truth that it itself sets forth. Namely, that our freedoms come from the God of the Bible and not from man. These freedoms are being eroded by politicians. It's time to fast, pray, and repent in America and the good news is that people are getting it. Blessed be Jesus!     --Malcolm”

A Piece of News from the USA:   Donald Trump, according to a new report, has accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.  Dr. James Dobson, who was among the more than 900 evangelical faith leaders who met with the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting in New York City, says it happened fairly recently. He also said he knew who led the businessman to Christ.

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but endures forever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people from this time forth forever.
Psalm 125:1,2  (NKJV)

Thank you for all the ways that you support us.

In God’s Love,


George and Betty Jackson,
Directors, Derek Prince Israel

Monday
May302016

The Regathering of Israel

"Therefore behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when it will no longer be said, 'As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,' but, 'As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them.' 
For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers.…”   Jeremiah 16:14-15

The Rebirth of the State of Israel

Derek Prince was privileged to be privy to the events leading up to the UN declaration permitting the Jews to have a homeland in the historical Land of Israel.  As American Christians, it is good for us to remember that it was President Harry Truman, on May 14, 1948,  who through the United Nations, supported Israel in becoming a Nation. 

Israel today

In April, Jewish people around the world gathered to celebrate the Feast of Passover in remembrance of their deliverance from Egyptian slavery.  During the first 2 weeks of May, Israel has already commemorated 3 more important dates: Holocaust Memorial Day, Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror, and Israel's 68th Independence Day.

The dispersion of Israel among the nations, as prophesied in the bible, came to a climax in WW2 with the rise of the Third Reich in Germany, and the famous meeting in Berlin between Adolf Hitler and The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, where the final solution to the "Jewish Problem" both in Europe and Palestine was discussed and agreed upon.

For 24 hours, all shops, restaurants and places of entertainment were closed while the nation solemnly remembered those who were murdered and persecuted in the Holocaust.

A few days later, a memorial day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror was recognized in another solemn 24 hours, which ended with fireworks, celebration and dancing in the streets to recognize Israel's 68th year of Independence.

The modern State of Israel and the Church of Jesus Christ continues to face many challenges.

The Faithfulness of God

He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.”
For he remembered his holy promise given to his servant Abraham. He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy; he gave them the lands of the nations, and they fell heir to what others had toiled for—that they might keep his precepts and observe his laws. 
(Psalm 105, 8-11; 42-45)

God has provided specific instructions on How to Pray for Israel and the Church:

  1. Stay within the parameters of God's Word. (Matt. 24:20)
  2. Enter with thanksgiving and praise (Ps 100:4, Jer. 31:7)
  3. Jew or Gentile - confess appropriate sins (Dan. 9:5-15)
  4. Identify with God's ultimate purpose: A People for Himself (Tit. 2:11-14). * Political and military issues are secondary.
  5. Only by God's spirit (Zech. 4:6)
  6. Plead for Mercy and Favor (Ps. 102:13-18)
  7. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem (Ps. 122:6)
  8. Bless - and be blessed! (Num. 24:9)
  9. Don't tell God what to do! (Is. 40:13-17)
  10. Pray for harvest of Gentiles (Rom. 11:25-26)
  11. Take the sword of the Spirit - proclaim! (Eph. 6:17, Ps. 33:8-12, Jer. 31:10b, Ps. 125:3, 129:5-6

 

Here in Tennessee

Our Pastor has dedicated this year to, Learning to Pray!   Each week we have had a different message on the Church’s importance and responsibilities.  Some of his titles:

  • Prepared, Invested and Aligned-God is Our Rock  
  • Let's Pray-Prayer 201
  • Let's Pray-The Lord’s Prayer
  • Trusting God in an Unstable World

Recent Results of Prayer In Our Church and Community

  • May 3, Decision America Tour – Franklin Graham – more than 9,000 gathered at our State Capitol in Nashville. 17 chartered buses from our campus
  • Local Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast – Attendees doubled over last year
  • May 5, National Day of Prayer -  25% increase

May this letter find you in good health!
Thank you so much for all the ways you continue to support us.
Titus 2:13  “Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”

In His Great Love,
George and Betty Jackson, Directors
Derek Prince Israel

Sunday
Mar062016

God watches over His Word

The Nation of Israel, in early springtime, is sprinkled with Almond Trees. Some stand alone in perfect places where individual blossoms can be admired. Others cascade over the hillsides of Israel and are visible for miles away.

The Prophet Jeremiah lived in Anathoth, three miles northeast of Jerusalem. He was called as a Prophet by God before he was born. In the first chapter of the Book of Jeremiah, we find Israel in a place far from God, not unlike the Nations of the world today.

The Almond Tree is a reminder to us: God watches over His Word!

The times we are living in are scary, to say the least. The world is unstable. Global politics are volatile. The rate of change we now experience is spiraling out of control. We’re uncertain about what will happen tomorrow, and we feel helpless to do anything about it.

In our church here at home, we have just completed a four-week New Year Series, "Let’s Pray!" Adults and children are learning to pray together in their homes. We have been encouraged to pray a short prayer as we meet people in schools, on their jobs, and in the market place. Many of those who receive prayer are often greatly encouraged. We are learning, too, that we can pray with some the prayer of salvation, which changes their eternal destiny!

The Last Great Task

In Matthew 24:3, the disciples asked Jesus a question: ‘“…what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the close of the age?”’ (rsv). Their question was specific. They did not ask for signs in the plural, but for the sign—the one final, definite indication that the close of the age was at hand.

In verses 5 through 13, Jesus gave them various signs—various events or trends that would characterize the closing period. However, it was not until verse 14 that He actually answered their specific question: ‘“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”’

Here is a specific answer to a specific question. When shall the end come? When this ‘Gospel of the Kingdom shall have been preached in all the world’ and to all nations. …The initiative in world affairs is with God and His people. The climax of the age will not be brought about by the actions of secular government or military power, nor by the floods of satanic deception and lawlessness. The final decisive activity will be the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom. This is a task that can be accomplished only by the Church of Jesus Christ. --Derek Prince, Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting


Our thanks to all of you who support in so many ways.
We could never do it without you!  May the Lord bless you richly!

George & Betty Jackson, Directors