Letter From the Editor
Dear Friends who Love the Bible’s Light,
“…In returning and rest
shall you be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength….”
In recent months we’ve
seen flip-flops in support of the State of Israel by leaders and diplomats,
political and religious. Even Israel’s own Prime Minister, once known as the
great supporter of settling the Land of Milk and Honey (particularly the
mountains of Ephraim) now seems to be bent on dismantling the settlements.
And the majority of Israelis are willing to do just that. Why? What in the
world is going on?
Sick and tired of
conflict, Israelis support giving away the store in hopes of peace.
Both the right and left have much to say about it. There are verbal threats
and even violence by some to hold on to the land. And it is disconcerting to
see some Christians exasperating this dissension.
Hitler did not distinguish between
right and left Jews. He tried to exterminate them all. Is the
right always right? Is the left always wrong? Who can change either one? And
which one can bring peace? In the political arena, BOTH parties have lost
chances. Reports from Jerusalem of compassion and support toward fellow Jews
who have been taken out of their Gaza homes, give hints of these differences
dimming. We look for the day when the need for such tags will disappear –
right and left.
Now what? Can we
find some answers in God’s Word? How about starting with our own selves, as
individual Bible believers, simmering down and getting into the
“quietness and confidence” mode spoken of in the verse above. It tells
us that’s where strength is found. Are loud demands of each other getting
the job done? Link this verse in Isaiah with Zechariah 4:6: “Not by
[military] might, nor by [diplomatic] power, but by My Spirit,
saith the LORD of Hosts.” – Well, then, if we have confidence in Him and
get quiet, what might happen?
Isaiah 57 gives a clue:
“…merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken
away from the evil to come.” Many of the prophets declared there would
be judgment in the latter days, unheard of before, and the mountain region
of Israel would suffer from this. Is this the time of Isaiah 26:20,
“Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about
thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be
The next verse reveals
Isaiah is talking about a time when the earth’s inhabitants “shall
disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain” [a blow-up of
cover-ups]. There has been enough sowing to the wind to reap the whirlwind
(Hosea 8:7). The bountiful sowing to the death culture will bring a reaping
according to the seed sown. Is the harvest of the earth almost upon us when
the tares will be removed from the wheat? (Matthew 13:24-30).
You may be wondering why I
ask questions instead of “laying it out as it is” in your opinion. The
experience of years has had a mellowing effect, and understanding has come
that NO MAN OR WOMAN has all the answers. These are days of heart searching,
and going back to basics in the study of God’s Word – in whole and not just
the passages that fit our beliefs.
We are seeing that our
rash of words isn’t accomplishing any thing. So shall we lay down and
play dead? Shall we quit speaking of prophetic Scriptures entirely? No, but
Isaiah 40 tells us how and what. Let us speak His Word in His Love which
guarantees His anointed blessing. On whom? Only the Bible-believers in
Israel? Are the rest not God’s people also? Did He not say that when He
regathers His people to His Land, He would take away the stony hearts and
make a transplant with a heart of flesh? (Ezekiel 11:19. Read also
36:24-29.) In the meantime it seems many who are called Christians are
trying to perform surgery without a license.
Love is made known
by the manner in which words are spoken and deeds are performed.
But the question still
isn’t answered: What shall we do? “Be not overcome of evil, but
overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). We can help bring life and
healing to desolate areas available to us. One way we can step up projects
of restoration and healing is by planting trees – this time in the desert
south of the Dead Sea which is behind in restoration.
We’ve been shirking it
because of the comfort level! Restoring the desert requires a roughing-in
time. Do all the pioneers belong to the previous generations? We will see
what God and man can do if we really cooperate with Him. The only
requirement is that we operate as El Shaddai does – in Love and in Truth.
And the truth is not effective when it’s used to brow-beat and harass. We
can’t really be in His Truth unless we operate in His spirit of Love.
believers let’s ask ourselves: What is the worst thing that can happen now?
In spite of our protests more settlements in the Land promised to Israel may
be lost. What then? Does this mean all those prophetic promises, such as to
the mountains in Ezekiel 36, are null and void? Never! But He doesn’t have
to – nor will He – do it according to our dictates. Does fulfillment of
prophecy depend on us? What if we bring forth a false peace? Since day one
we’ve heard that anti-Christ rides on that track.
If the settlements are
lost, shall we get a divorce over them? Attitude is so important. Dogmatism
brings division, and turns many completely away. Many times such rhetoric
spills forth as hatred. There is something for all of us to learn in this
seeming disastrous disengagement.
Considering Isaiah 57:1 and 26:20, could it be that in His providence, the
settlers are being put elsewhere, safe from what is coming? If we get quiet
and listen maybe He will show us (Isaiah 42:9 & 43:19).
Whether the secular
segment of Jews believes or not has nothing to do with the facts. It is
God’s covenant and He always keeps His covenants. He is not a respecter of
persons, but He is a respecter of His covenants – unconditionally!
The Abrahamic Covenant was
the doing of El Shaddai, translated “Almighty” in the King James version. It
is not altogether a bad translation for the root of Shaddai is “shad”,
Hebrew for breast. As a baby rests on the mother’s breast and receives
fulfillment of all needs, so to us El Shaddai is our Supplier and Source of
Love, the Greatest Power, the All-Mighty. Don’t we want to know El
When love is stressed by
some, let’s not put them in a box with a label – “humanism”. Shall we let a
cult rob us of the strongest force in the world? I don’t know the cult’s
definition of love, but we are talking about the love of God for every
person, that He will show through us if we walk with Him in the light of His
Word and Spirit.
This letter is not
directed at any one person or organization, but there are hurtful attitudes
in both Christians and Jews who are on the right side and appears not
to be riding on a wave of love.
Maybe we’d better revive
the old southern tune, “It’s the old-time religion – it makes me love every
body and that’s good enough for me”!
P.S. The enormity of the damage to the southern
coastal area of our nation was realized after we’d prepared this mailing.
Three Scriptures come to mind. “When the Most High divided to the nations
their inheritance … He set the bounds (coastal regions) of the people
according to the number of the children of Israel” (Deut. 32:8). This
tells us that all nations have to do somehow with God’s plan for Israel, and
in our day, the USA, more than any other nation, has the most influence on
Israel. Proverbs 26:2, “…the curse causeless shall not come.” And we
cannot over stress the importance of Gen. 12:3, “I will bless them that
bless thee; and curse him that curses thee.” May our government and all
of us be awakened to the fact these are not mere man’s words. Let us pray
for Jerusalem and Washington.