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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

Friday
Jul262013

Derek Prince Israel: Israel and the Nations

Greetings from Jerusalem:

Being back in Israel, listening to the Jewish people, and hearing the news from surrounding nations, we have again turned to God and His Word for answers regarding the time in which we live. Through His prophetic Word, God has declared to all nations that He intends to regather Israel in their own land and restore them to His favor. The world has witnessed this.

His Word sets forth the two opposing aspects of God’s dealings with the nations at the close of this age: mercy and restoration for Israel, but judgment for all those nations who oppose and oppress Israel and claim jurisdiction over Israel’s land.

“Israel is not interested in becoming a ‘binational country,’ but must ensure that it can defend itself by itself against any threat, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, hours before US Secretary of State, John Kerry arrived for talks.”   

PM Netanyahu believes Abbas is interested in meeting with him only to foment a crisis that will enable him to shift responsibility to Israel and to resume his statehood bid at the UN this fall. These truths should encourage all Americans to be praying that the spirit of repentance fall on The Church in America, lest a greater judgment fall on our Nation.

“In Revelation 22:13, Jesus declares Himself to be ‘the Alpha and the Omega’ of all history. As the Alpha, He set history in motion. Thereafter, other persons and agents have played their various parts. But when the end comes, it will again be Jesus who reappears as the Omega and brings history to its divinely ordained consummation.

“In this closing scene, all the actors in the drama of establishing God’s Kingdom on earth are brought together on stage. It is the same stage on which every previous crisis of the same drama has been enacted: Jerusalem and the mountains that surround it. Angelic hosts, glorified saints and the preserved remnant of Israel take their respective places.But the central figure, outshining all the rest and drawing them together around Himself, is that of Messiah, the King."

"Thus heaven will vindicate the confession that every orthodox Jew has maintained through the long centuries: ‘I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah; and even if he tarries, still I will wait every day for him to come.’ “Thus, too, will heaven answer the prayer of the aged apostle John on the isle of Patmos—the prayer echoed by every true Christian as he closes his New Testament: ‘Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.’”  

Taken from Chapter 9 in the book, Promised Land by Derek Prince

How can we ever say, “thank you”, to all those who support us in so many ways? We especially thank those individuals who support us financially, all of which is a great encouragement!

God be With You!

George and Betty Jackson

For more information on Derek Prince Israel, email us at contact@dpi.co.il

You may give to our Israel work by sending your check to Derek Prince Israel, 1921 New Salem Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37128

Saturday
Jun012013

Greetings from Tennessee:
Our bags are packed and in a few hours we will be leaving for Jerusalem. We return with great anticipation of what God is doing there.

Early in the month of June, 2003 we rented the apartment we have continued to occupy. In early September we furnished and settled in the apartment and sixteen days later, brother Prince went to his eternal reward. Only a few blocks away we sometimes stand on the promenade overlooking Jerusalem from the South and we understand that following God is not about routine.

Abraham had understood this when he traveled toward Mount Moriah, Jerusalem’s temple mount, with Isaac. He very likely had a first glimpse of the area from the southern promenade we so often visit.

God’s attentiveness and His Promises for Israel have not diminished:

For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

(Ezekiel 36:24-27)

The tiny nation of Israel remains at the center of world attention. When we first visited Israel in 1968, it was impossible to imagine the barren hills and small cities would be transformed into the high tech, flourishing nation of modern Israel. The twisting dusty roads have been transformed into busy thoroughfares. A people who for centuries were forbidden to own property and were driven from nation after nation have become  agricultural leaders for the world.

Yet the pressure on Israel grows with each passing day. The pages of God’s word provide enough insight that we should not be surprised at Israel’s emergence or the increasing pressure. These trends will continue.  Logic would suggest the hatred and anti-Semitism that led to the holocaust would be lessons learned and never repeated. The great forces that shape our destiny are not logical but spiritual. The spiritual force given expression in the horrors of the holocaust still thrives in the earth. Thus we see new and aggressive presentations of hatred and anti-Semitism directed at the Jewish people and Israel.

We believe the need for a vital, effective Church has never been greater. Our world is staggering towards chaos and confusion with little sense of direction; only the truth of a living God can provide illumination in the darkness that is gathering.

In America, the revolutions of the 1960’s initiated a momentum that has taken us farther and farther away from the principles of God.  Our affluence and freedoms have been used to promote personal liberty and indulgence rather than to acknowledge the existence of a living God and our responsibility to him as citizen of both earthly and heavenly realms.   

In the name of inclusivity Jesus has been pushed farther and farther from the public consciousness. Expressions of tolerance, diversity and inclusivity have resulted in great intolerance for Christianity. The Church is God’s instrument in the earth.   

If we are to see America regain momentum and shake off the addled confusion which seems to grip us, the change must begin with the Church. Our hope for the future does not reside in Washington, DC or with political parties. The possibility of change begins in the hearts of God’s people. A spirit of humility and repentance is needed. We have to lay aside our sectarian bickering and rekindle a passion for Jesus as Christ, Lord and King.   

For too long we have behaved as the Laodicean church described in the book of Revelation, saying “we are rich and in need of little” when in fact we are in a “pitiful” position of great need.

The Church is tasked by our Lord with being a light in the darkness. It is not fruitful to rage against the darkness. It is far more effective to increase the light. Our primary allegiance is to our Lord Jesus. We can be His unrelenting advocates in our homes, communities, businesses and schools. We serve a God of Hope!  

The Church is not a collection of perfect people, rather a place where broken people can find hope and restoration through the redemptive work of Jesus of Nazareth.

God’s message for humanity is inextricably woven through the history of the Jewish people. God’s future plans for His people will be made evident in His presence in the midst of the Jewish people. We have a responsibility to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and to be a comfort to the Jewish people. Thank you so much for all the way you support us.

Over the past two years, we have taken time to write fourteen chapters in book form, and we have published it, “An extra Ordinary Life, the ordinary pursuit of an extraordinary God.”  The account represents a very short period of time in our life, our struggles to know God.   

God Be With You,
George and Betty Jackson

A copy of the book is now available by going to http://georgeandbettyjackson.org/el/index.htm.

Please keep us in your prayers. Thank you for the many ways you support us.

You may give to our Israel work by sending your check to Derek Prince Israel, 1921 New Salem Road, Murfreesboro, TN  37128.

Friday
Mar082013

Feast of Tabernacles 2013

Time of Harvest, September 20-25

The ICEJ's 2013 Feast of Tabernacles will feature the theme "Time of Harvest". We are expecting the Lord to be present again in a powerful way. 

For more information, visit the ICEJ website: http://int.icej.org/feast-tabernacles-2013

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