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Thursday
Dec172015

Greetings from our Home in Tennessee

This is the most wonderful time of the year. The laughter of children and carols can be heard everywhere; friends with happy faces greeting us in the market place where we hear their stories of answered prayers.  What a privilege to live in a nation where the birth of our Savior is celebrated.  May that never change.

It is always good to be in our home church and share again the Christmas Season.  This is our fourth year to have read through the Bible as a congregation.  It has been very encouraging when, meeting a friend, we find ourselves discussing the Scripture reading for the day or week.  We have sought to increase our prayer life and throughout the church, adults as well as children are learning to pray.

As revolt and chaos spreads through the Middle East, it turns out that the only stable democracy in the region is Israel. In neighboring Syria, 240,000 of its citizens lay dead and more than a million more have invaded Europe. Among them jihadists who are determined to bring chaos and mayhem to the capitals of Europe, as we have just witnessed in Paris.  Adding to this awful toxic brew is the arrival of the Russian military machine into the region. We should all take note and prepare ourselves for greater upheavals.  

Earlier this year, we received a letter from a close friend in Jerusalem, an Orthodox Jew.  Dr. Moshe Sharon, born in Haifa in 1937, educated at the Hebrew University and the University of London,   Dr. Sharon joined the faculty of Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1965 and received his PhD in Islamic history where he taught Islamic history and civilization and continues on staff there.  In his personal letter he writes: 

“Your prayers and support are needed and America should know that it needs the help of the Almighty to defend its values and heart of Christian civilization which is in great danger all over the world.  This makes your work mightily important and every achievement of yours in bringing the message of the Church by outreaching to as many people as possible is of a tremendous value.”

God promises in His Word a truly glorious future to Israel, but He also warns that the saved remnant of Israel will have gone through intense pressure to make them what He intends them to be. Will the church likewise emerge as a remnant that has been purified by a pressure no less intense?      

In Matthew 24, Jesus reveals a mark that characterizes God’s people: endurance. In verses 4–13 He gives a brief but vivid picture of the period leading up to the close of the present age. He describes a series of events that He calls “birth pangs” or “labor pains” because they climax in the birth of God’s kingdom on earth. He warns His disciples that they will be subjected to progressively increasing pressures.

“’Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake’” ( V9,  NKJV).

What sort of people are described here? Clearly they are Christians who suffer “for His name’s sake.” 

“‘And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come’” ( V 10-14, NKJV).

A divine purpose is behind these tests, to which both Jews and Christians are being subjected. As the present age draws to a close, God intends to bring forth a people for His name, who will be fit to share His Kingdom throughout eternity. Therefore He will not spare His people any test that is needed to produce the kind of commitment and character that He requires. The same period of testing that faces Israel likewise faces the Church. We need to ask ourselves: Are we prepared to go through what it will take to make us what God intends us to be? For those who make the right response, the end result will be a people who are pleasing to God, fit to share His glory.

Against a worldwide background of darkness, distress and confusion, Isaiah portrays the end-time Church emerging in glory and power:

So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. 

“And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.

“As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

“For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 

“And [the nations] shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.

“Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces [literally, wealth] of the [nations] shall come unto them.”  Isaiah 59:19–21, 60:1–5, NKJV

Proverbs 8:17   I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.  NKJV

Our thanks to each of you who have supported the Israel work this year.  We pray this will be the best Christmas you have ever had.

In His Great Love,

George and Betty

 

P.S.  We recommend Derek’s book, Ultimate Security

which will strengthen and encourage you.   

 

Sunday
Jul122015

Israel and the Church

It was a summer night in 1967, when we walked down the street to a friend’s house where we heard Derek Prince explain the importance of Israel. Derek understood so much more about the Bible than we did, and we wanted to know more of what he knew.

“How do you go to church all your life and miss the relationship between the Bible and everyday life? I have read the Bible in the past, people, places, history, and facts—but never like Derek.  He talks about it like a road map, yet I don’t even know it well enough to read the signs.”

George stopped to unlock our front door, then he turned around to look at me. “We have to learn more!” he said. I could feel his passion as he took my hand, closed his eyes, and prayed a prayer I had never heard him pray before, “God, we pray tonight for the peace of Jerusalem. Defend your people, Israel. Protect them from their enemies. And let Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Use us and our children, in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

The following morning, June 5, was the beginning of the Six Day War.

48 years later we find ourselves in Israel, praying for and teaching others to pray for Israel and the Church.   

We have recently been reading again the book by Derek, “The Destiny of Israel and the Church.” On the back cover of the book, Derek wrote: “One of the most exciting features of the period in which we now live is that the destinies of Israel and the Church are once again beginning to converge. This convergence will produce the most dramatic and significant developments of all human history.”  

The following paragraphs reveal briefly God’s plan for Israel and the Church:

In Romans 11:25–26 Paul is speaking primarily to Gentile Christians, and he shares with them a ‘mystery’—that is, a purpose of God which had been kept secret but is now revealed to believers:

For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness [full number] of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written; “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”’


This passage reveals two successive stages in God’s plan to bring the present age to a close.

  1. The words of Jesus in Matthew 24:14 must be fulfilled: ‘And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then  the end will come.’
  2. When the complete number of the Gentiles has been brought into the church, then God will once again turn fully to the preserved remnant of Israel and will reveal Himself to them in mercy and saving grace.

It appears that the transition from the emphasis on the Gentiles to the emphasis on the Jews will not be a single instantaneous event, but will be gradual and progressive. We are already in the early stages of this transition. The critical point of the Lord’s revelation to Israel is prophetically depicted in Zechariah 12:10:

And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

At this point, for the first time, Israel as a nation will receive a supernatural revelation of the identity of the Messiah who had been pierced with the nails of crucifixion.

2 chapters further on, Zechariah pictures the actual return of the Messiah in person:

And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from the east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south… Thus the Lord my God will come, and all the saints with You. (Zechariah 14:4–5).

The foregoing analysis of the destiny of Israel and the church, as unfolded in the Scriptures, leads us to certain important conclusions.

  1. The only reliable source of light upon the current situation in the Middle East is provided by God’s prophetic word. If we do not seek the light that comes from this source, we will inevitably find ourselves in the dark, subject to many forms of confusion and deception.
  2. The destiny of both Israel and the church has been determined by God in eternity on the basis of His foreknowledge. Its outworking in time is guaranteed by the irrevocable covenants that God has established with each of them.
  3. For all the good that God has promised to Israel and the church, both are equally and totally dependent upon God’s grace, which can be appropriated only by faith.
  4. Tremendous tests and pressures lie ahead for both Israel and the church, but those who faithfully endure will be privileged to share God’s kingdom with Him throughout eternity.
  5. Christians from Gentile backgrounds owe their entire spiritual inheritance to Israel. One appropriate way for them to acknowledge their indebtedness is to stand by Israel in the midst of their present pressures and to uphold them with faithful intercession.
  6. The peoples of the Middle East will never know true justice or lasting peace until they are submitted to God’s appointed ruler, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Your continued support for Israel and the Church is immeasurable, and we thank you.  

In His Great Love,     

George and Betty

Sunday
May242015

Our Role in Shaping History

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.

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, or 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

CALL TO PRAY
In recent weeks we have met with some political leaders in our own State of Tennessee as well as other parts of our Nation. Without exception, they feel their greatest need is prayer. One question consistently asked:  “What did Derek Prince say about this time in History?” We have been able to provide copies of The Prophetic Guide to the End of Time, Rules of Engagement, The Key to the Middle East, and Secrets of a Prayer Warrior in book form. We also encourage them to go to YouTube and listen for themselves on many subjects that Derek covered specifically for us at this time. This material is available for the Body of Christ around the world!

Thank you for all the ways you seek to spread the gospel. May God bless your efforts and keep you safe. We are humbled by your faithfulness in praying, giving, and supporting us in so many ways. Thank you!

Wednesday
Apr292015

Our response to Israel's Regathering

Someone has commented that this particular passage contains "one of the noisiest verses in the bible." At the same time, to make the historical context absolutely clear, the prophet paints a vivid picture of the Jewish people being regathered to their land:

This is what the Lord says:

“Sing with joy for Jacob;
    shout for the foremost of the nations.
Make your praises heard, and say,
    ‘Lord, save your people,
    the remnant of Israel.’
See, I will bring them from the land of the north
    and gather them from the ends of the earth.
Among them will be the blind and the lame,
    expectant mothers and women in labor;
    a great throng will return.

Both the words and the context of this prophecy leave no doubt that it refers to the end-time regathering and restoration of Israel.

 

Monday
Mar022015

Winter news update

World news causes us to turn to our Bibles and seek the face of the Lord. One of the most exciting things about our future is what is ahead for the Church of Jesus Christ.

A Season of Opportunity

I looked and there before me was a white horse!  It’s rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. (Revelation 6:2)

“What is the white horse that goes out conquering and to conquer? Well, in the Roman Empire it was the emperor himself who rode on a white horse. And this rider has a laurel wreath on his brow which is the insignia of a conqueror. It corresponds, actually, to the gold medal in the Olympic games today, the mark of the victor. So the white, I believe, speaks of purity. So here is a conqueror in purity who goes forth totally victorious. My understanding, this is Jesus in the gospel going out to all nations, going out victorious. I envisage a period when the gospel will go out with almost irresistible power and conviction. And, multitudes will be swept into the kingdom of God.

In fact, I believe that in a few years more people will be saved than have ever been saved since Jesus died and rose from the dead. You see, we see this together with the growth of the world population to five billion. Think of that sickle casting in in such a world population. Think of that horse riding out through nation after nation.”

Taken from Derek Prince’s message:  The White Horse of the Gospel  
This message is available to you on YouTube: The White Horse

“Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.’” (Revelation 14:6-7)

Derek said in his book, Promise Land “Israel is the watershed—the line of separation between nations; rulers and nations will determine their own destiny by how they respond to what God does for Israel.”

The Iranian Threat

At the heart of the Islamic Republic of Iran is a goal of destroying the Jewish state. In November 2014 the all-powerful Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said that the Jewish state "has no cure but to be annihilated." The tragic history of the Jewish people in the 20th century has taught them that threats of annihilation must be taken seriously. This is particularly so in the case of Iran which is moving inexorably toward a nuclear weapons capability. (Washington Post)

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel recently speaking to a private group:

“I want to remind you, seventy years ago we didn’t have the ability to speak out. Now we have a country, a government, an army. We have the ability to make ourselves heard. It would be an everlasting crime not to raise our voices against this existential threat which is “a mortal threat to our survival. I am,” he said with particular passion, “firmly committed to preventing it.” According to Ezekiel 36:22-14 ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.

Our thanks to everyone, everywhere, whom are working to spread the gospel. May God bless your efforts and keep you safe. We are humbled by your faithfulness in praying, giving, and supporting us in so many ways.  Thank you!

In His Great Love,

George and Betty Jackson,

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