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Wednesday
Sep102014

Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem

"AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS THAT EVERYONE WHO IS LEFT OF ALL NATIONS WHICH CAME AGAINST JERUSALEM SHALL GO UP FROM YEAR TO YEAR TO WORSHIP THE KING, THE LORD OF HOSTS, AND TO KEEP THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES." ZECHARIAH 14:16

Up to 5,000 Christians from over 100 countries have come up to Jerusalem each year (regardless of the political climate in the Middle East) making the Feast of Tabernacles the largest and most popular annual Christian tourist event in Israel.

Pilgrims come to worship the Lord, pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and to bless Israel.  We believe that celebrating the Feast each year honours the Lord in anticipation of the fulfillment of the words spoken by Zechariah.

The Feast takes place at several outstanding venues across Jerusalem. There are specific seminar tracks available and focused bible teaching throughout the week.  Each evening concludes with a time of dynamic worship and praise lead by an international worship team.

Thursday
Jul172014

What should be our Response to Israel?

Matthew  25:31-46    

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Commentary in NIV Study Bible, 1985 Edition:

25:31-46  The two most widely accepted interpretations of this judgment are:

  1. It will occur at the beginning of an earthly millennial kingdom (vv. 31-34). Its purpose will be to determine who will be allowed to enter the kingdom (v. 34) The criterion for judgment will be the kind of treatment shown to the Jewish people (“these brothers of mine,” v. 40) during the preceding great tribulation period (vv. 35-40, 42-45). Ultimately, how a person treats the Jewish people will reveal whether or not he is saved (vv. 41-46).
  2. The judgment referred to occurs at the great white throne at the end of the age (Rev 20:11-15). Its purpose will be to determine who will be allowed to enter the eternal kingdom of the saved and who will be consigned to eternal punishment in hell (vv. 34, 46). The basis for judgment will be whether love is shown to God’s people (see 1 Jn 3:14-15).

Thursday
Mar202014

Greetings from Jerusalem

Greetings from Jerusalem

On March 16 and 17, all Israel celebrated Purim. Taken from the book of Esther at the time of the Persian empire, the Jewish people have continued the celebration that was instituted when God led the enemies of His people to their own destruction.  

PURIM 2014: The world is increasingly aware that Iran (once Persia) will likely have a nuclear weapon soon. This Muslim extremist country’s most hated and maligned enemy - the tiny nation of Israel - considers a nuclear Iran to be the greatest threat to its existence in the world today.   

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday said it was wrong for Israel to insist upon being recognized by the Palestinians as a Jewish state as a condition for peace.  (Jerusalem Post)

Confronted by these powerful common enemies, Christians and Jews are being compelled to reevaluate their attitudes toward one another. Rather than focusing on the points that have kept them apart for so long, they are beginning to emphasize the many elements of their common spiritual heritage.

The person of the Holy Spirit in the Christian Church worldwide has caused Christians from all backgrounds to return to their basic biblical origins. They have thus discovered, often to their surprise, that in Old and New Testament alike, these origins are Jewish.

The state of Israel, on the other hand, confronted with the defection of many of its former political allies, is beginning to realize—with at least equal surprise—that its firmest and most influential friends today are found among Bible-believing Christians worldwide.

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.”  

We are aware that many of you are giving yourselves, and making great investments of your time and energy, as well as your finances, to fulfill Matthew 24:14. Thank you so much for reaching to your neighbors, your families, as well across the Nations of the World! We thank you too for all the ways you support Derek Prince Israel. May the Lord bless you for all you do!

Tuesday
Dec102013

Christmas Greetings

Christmas Greetings:

It is again the time of year when people everywhere are reminded that a baby was born in Bethlehem. Whether it is resisted or accepted, Jesus’ birth is still announced around the world, which for those who believe His message, calls for rejoicing!

Our own Nation that we have known and loved, through the years has been a blessing to Israel and a powerful support, in all ways, to the Body of Christ world-wide.  We are in serious trouble.  Sin and ungodliness is being sanctioned everywhere and even by state laws, and more disturbing still is the tension that has now developed between our Administration and Israel.  There was a time when Israel and America walked “hand-in-hand.”  However, this is changing and it causes us to weep.  The recent agreement that the USA and its western partners made with Iran is proof that this leaves Israel exposed to a nuclear armed Iran. 

The exaltation of man is the force that will finally give rise to the Antichrist, the man of sin (lawlessness), who opposes and exalts himself above everything that is called God or is worshiped, and even sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God:

“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.  He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”  2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, NIV

Scripture reveals that he will bring under his dominion all who have refused the love of the truth.  For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie—the original lie, that is, with which Satan deceived our first parents: “You will be like God” or “like gods.”  This exaltation of man in the place of God will usher in the “great tribulation”—a period of worldwide agony so terrible that it will exceed even the Holocaust of 1939–1945 (see Matthew 24:21–22).

Before this final period of tribulation, however, God still has tremendous purposes to work out for both Israel and the Church.  A harvest of mercy will precede the harvest of judgment.

There are those who take their stand upon the infallible Word of God, embracing both its promises and its covenants. They will be drawn both from natural Israel and from the professing Church.  Of them it will be said, “They overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Revelation 12:11).  They will be people with one overriding priority: to do the will of God will be more important to them than to hold on to life itself.

Please pray that God would have mercy upon the USA and that the Christians would rightly discern the days in which we are living, live godly Christ-like lives and give themselves to persistent, sacrificial prayer. We serve a mighty and faithful God. If we will respond to the call of God, we can see the greatest revival the world has ever known.

Thank you for the many ways that you have supported Derek Prince Israel this year!  

The Hebrew materials are spreading across the Nation of Israel and becoming more effective day by day! May the Lord richly bless you, keep you safe and in His peace. 

In His Great Love,

George and Betty Jackson

Thursday
Oct032013

Israel in the Fall

Greetings from Jerusalem:

We arrived back in Israel in September while serious threats of war were being broadcast across America. Needless to say, we were relieved when those threats were no longer heard.

Despite the recent tensions in Syria, over 5,000 Christian pilgrims from nearly 100 nations arrived safely in Jerusalem for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem's annual celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles which began on September 20. According to David Parsons, the ICEJ media director, there were no cancellations to this year's event.

Following is a line of from a popular song in Israel today which expresses the heart of many Jewish people:

We are Believers, sons of Believers...
We have nobody to rely on, only on our Father in Heaven!

There is a marked difference in the way the Israeli people relate to Christians. It is common today, more than ever before, to find Jewish people publicly showing interest in the beliefs of Christians, eager to ask questions and listen intently as their questions are answered.

It is good to remember the early Church, which with the exception of Luke, was entirely Jewish. They eventually took the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles.

During a walk through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, a well-known Jewish artist expressed himself this way to us: “We can now see that Jews and Christians were one, and now, they are coming back together. We pray earnestly this is not derailed.” He gave each of us a copy of a painting by a Jewish artist of two olive trees, joined together at the base of the trees, and as the trees developed and spread, the trees came together again.

Our Bible Reading for today was from Ezekiel, chapter 38. The following verses seem to be an appropriate warning for America, as we appear to be forging an alliance with Russia. Verses 14-16:

Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it? place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.”  (NKJ)

We continue to pray for Israel, the Jewish people and the Church worldwide. Thank you so much for your continued support in many ways. We love to hear from you, especially any comments or questions you may have. You may write to us at 1921 New Salem Road, Murfreesboro, TN. 37128 or send us an e-mail at dprinceblog@gmail.com.

In His Great Love,
George and Betty