Some Bible Light on the News
“Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let
them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations, spare not; lengthen thy
cords, and strengthen thy stakes”
From the context we know the first
application of this verse is to Israel, but as individuals, we all need to
enlarge our understanding of God’s Word that gives plan and
purpose for us personally and for all peoples.
Many Christians have said to me, “I just
don’t feel comfortable converting Jews to Christianity, but I don’t know
why.” Many Christians do not know the Bible reasons for not converting them.
I wanted to print an edition of Bible Light on the News with
these Biblical evidences, but that subject has now enlarged to such an
extent it will need to be a book!
The booklet, Why Jews Reject Jesus,
printed several years ago, gives the best possible start to
understanding this matter. It was written by my late husband, Elmer
Josephson, who incorporated it in his book, Israel, God’s Key to World
Redemption. This book has been widely distributed. One distributor
and good friend, Sam Peak of Biblical Faith Ministries, wrote: “An
original thinker and a tireless student of the Word, Elmer Josephson was a
leading warrior (perhaps the foremost warrior in the 20th century) in
opposition to the traditional Replacement Theology of the Church.
(Replacement Theology consists of the strange idea that the Christian Church
has in some spiritual way replaced the Jews, the ancient covenant people of
Israel.) Arguing from the Scriptures, Elmer Josephson literally blows this
odd and dangerous doctrine out-of-the-water. We encourage you to get a copy
of this book and replace replacement theology with an exciting study of what
the Bible literally says. 487 pages of KEY information.”
If you do not have this book, we will send it
to you, for a $10 donation to Bible Light.
anniversary flag unfurls and
flows fully extended on my porch. Like a tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) it
nearly covers the front entrance. After 2500 years of being state-less,
without a flag and without a capital, the never-heard-of-before happened. Do
we realize the importance of these 60 years since Israel became a State?
What will another 60 years bring? Another 60 years equals 120 – a familiar
number in the minds of Bible students.
beginning of this 60 years a
tiny land portion was delegated by the U.N. to the Jewish people for a
homeland. Surrounding nations moved rapidly in hatred to extinguish the tiny
nation. Instead, they found themselves losing territory. And not only so,
but many Christian ministers lost theological ground. As a friend of ours in
Jerusalem remarked, “They lost more theological ground than the Arabs did
4,000-year-old people who had
preserved the Torah (means teaching – good deeds – the really good
life) given at Sinai, stubbornly insist on loving their neighbors and
returning land to a people who never owned it but hated Jews for doing so.
That love for peace with her neighbors has driven the already tiny nation of
Israel into a shrunken land space that cannot resettle the Jews driven from
Gaza, to say nothing about the immigrants coming to Israel under the Law of
Return. Israel’s concessions are a one-way street that hasn’t brought peace,
yet our State Department continues to pressure Israel to do more. What will
bring peace? In the pages of Bible Light Publications we’ve often cited the
Bible prophecies that clearly indicate some great act of God that will
witness to His indescribable love for His people and show that He keeps His
promises. By way of review read in Ezekiel 32 what happens to those who
cause “terror in the land of life.”
Death Culture Rides Again:
are hearing so much in the news about Iran’s threat to annihilate Israel,
recently putting on a big show of ballistic missiles, and defying the world
over sanctions against her nuclear ambitions. Isaiah has a word concerning
both tirades and actions against Israel:
“No weapon that
is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall
rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of
the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD”
(Isaiah 54:17). History bears record of God’s promise to His covenant
people, “I will curse him that curseth thee” (Gen. 12:3). It is the path of
Did you notice in
that verse from Isaiah, there is no requisition for perfection in God’s
people? Rather, it says their ‘righteousness is of Him.’ In other
words, He keeps His Everlasting Abrahamic Covenant promises – unchangeable
and unconditional – and “his mercies endure forever” (at least 48 times in
the Bible). Now at the time of their return, the numerous restoration
Scriptures enlighten understanding remarkably!
Will Ephraim please stand up and be counted?
We want our own USA to stand with Israel. It was encouraging to learn that
President Bush in a message to the Knesset recently, mentioned (twice, I
believe) that God had made promises to them. These have been, and
will be, confirmed by current events. In the meantime, Israel continues to
bless the nations, exemplifying “Love thy Neighbor”.
`A recent survey found a marked
increase in the interest of learning Torah (God’s Love-Laws-for-Living)
among secular Jews who associate Judaism in a negative way but have a great
thirst for the Word of the LORD itself. (I see a parallel of this in
Christians seeking to understand our Hebrew roots, and becoming disenchanted
with organized controlling organizations.)
`Israel’s economy is exploding with
the shekel appreciating nearly 30% against the dollar since the first of
2007, yet they took strategic steps to strengthen the dollar! Israel’s
business culture encourages individual imagination; other countries are
coming to learn the latest innovations.
`The “Jordan Option” is revisited.
That is: Jordan is the true home to the “Palestinians.” In 1922 Britain
partitioned Palestine into two separate parts, establishing an Arab emirate
east of the Jordan River and leaving Western “Palestine” as the Jewish
national home. This emirate, extending over ¾ of the area called Palestine,
was renamed, “The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan” in 1950. Is not this better
than terror and bloodshed, with Israel trading live terrorists for the dead
bodies of her sons who were kidnapped by Israel’s terrorist neighbors?
`Meanwhile valiant Jews from North
America and Britain are making aliyah (immigration) to Israel encouraged by
the organization, Nefesh B’Nefesh, bringing 13 flights of olim
(immigrants) this summer.
`It has also been 60 years since the
discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and now another may have turned up. A
three foot tall tablet, called “Gabriel’s Revelation”, with 87 lines of
Hebrew believed to date from just before the birth of Jesus, is causing a
big stir in Biblical archaeological circles – especially because it may
speak of a Messiah who will rise from the dead after three days. Some of
the text is faded leaving much of what it says open to debate.
`Israel has launched an all out effort
to reclaim the Arava and Negev desert wilderness in the southland.
Incidentally, can we Americans learn this “make do with what you have”
lesson to help our economy today? We’re still a long way from the make-do
days of the great depression.
Regarding developing the desert region in
Israel, we have been asking our Bible Light friends to give toward planting
palm trees and a library/learning center at Biblical Tamar Park, south of
the Dead Sea. This is a very strategic area as the Red-Dead Canal Project
moves forward with the accompanying highway and railroad reaching to the
Port of Eilat.
At this writing I plan to return to Jerusalem
and Biblical Tamar Park in February 2009 with Dr. DeWayne Coxon of
Blossoming Rose. (Click here for the itinerary.) I
think this is the best one yet. If you come with us you will see, not only
the usual places “where Jesus walked” but also what is happening there
today. You will have a special opportunity to visit Tamar and surroundings
to see first hand the beginning restoration of this blossoming desert area.
No other generation has had this marvelous opportunity to be a part of
fulfilling restoration prophecies found in the Book of Books. Read what
happens when the desert blossoms “as the rose.” (Isaiah 35)
Bible Light’s particular interest there is
the planting of Date Palms to line the driveway from the highway and with a
grove on each side of the entrance way. Financing this project is
practically finished, so we have begun steps toward the building of the
Library/Learning Center where visitors from the nations can learn and use
God’s Key to Peace and Prosperity.
For too long our vision has been far too
small. God’s love plan and purpose is world inclusive. What is happening in
Israel is World Center Stage for that plan and purpose. He is calling:
“Hear, O Earth, the Word of the Lord.” It is so simple and clear mankind
can’t stand it, and therefore keep trying to complicate it.
To catch up with tomorrow’s news headlines,
read the BOOK. It will also
greatly strengthen your faith and life.
In the LORD’S