by, David Lazarus | Israel Today | h/t Theodore Shoebat @ Shoebat.com
The citizens of Israel woke up this week to a special early morning announcement by the Israeli Army on news broadcasts all across the country: The Ministry of Defense has ordered that all soldiers staying in Jerusalem over the Sabbath are not allowed to have any contact with members of the sect of Jews who preach faith in Yeshua (Jesus).
Is faith in Yeshua such a threat to our national security that one of the most effective military organizations in the world feels the need to “protect” its soldiers from this “sect of Jews”?
It all started when a small group of Messianic Jews visited a hostel for lone soldiers in Jerusalem over the Sabbath. The army provides the hostel for soldiers who have no family in Israel. On the weekends, when they are off base, they can stay at “Beit Hachayal,” or Soldiers’ House. A group of Messianic Israelis were visiting soldiers at this particular Beit Hachayal on the Sabbath and talking about their New Testament faith.
Many soldiers enjoyed these visits, and some began reading the New Testament and other Messianic literature regularly. Soldiers were invited to visit with Messianics in their homes, where they were introduced to Messianic faith during Sabbath meals and Bible teachings.
The Jewish believers had built up many friendships with management and staff of the hostel, who appreciated the positive impact the visits had on the lone soldiers. One of the soldiers even came to faith in the Yeshua. No one at the hostel, or in the IDF, were bothered one bit by this, not until an “anti-missionary” organization stirred up trouble.
The so-called “anti-missionaries” became aware that a soldier had come to faith in Yeshua most likely from reading one of the many Messianic or Christian newsletters and websites they follow. So they reported to the Ministry of Defense and IDF authorities that “the cult of Jews who preach Christianity are running missionary activities at Beit Hachayal.”
The ultra-Orthodox authorities to which the anti-missionaries are attached carry a lot of political weight and can cause a lot of problems. So, without investigating the facts on the ground, the Ministry of Defense and IDF immediately put out the public warning against association with Messianic.
Messianic Jews also received a letter from the Ministry of Defense forbidding them from entering “Beit Hachayal without explicit permission including a description of intended activities.”
Years ago, Messianic Jews were considered something of a security risk by the IDF. Many were not allowed to serve in elite or sensitive units. Today, however, Messianics are highly regarded by military authorities, and are even sought out to serve as commanders and officers in every branch of the Israeli military, including Military Intelligence, which requires the highest security clearance.
One Messianic Jewish Sabra (native-Israeli born), a sergeant in the Israel Air Force, recently asked his commander if he could include the New Testament together with the Hebrew Bible in his pledge of allegiance to the State of Israel. “Yes you may,” returned the officer without blinking an eye. And so this young man joined the growing numbers of hundreds of openly Messianic Jewish soldiers proudly serving in the IDF.
So why is the Ministry of Defense now publicly opposing Messianic activity in Jerusalem? According to one combat soldier, who is not Messianic, it all has to do with politics. “The government passed a law recently to recruit religious (ultra-Orthodox) Jews, but most refuse to serve,” he explained. “The army is trying to appease the Orthodox community in Jerusalem by making this absurd announcement against Messianic faith. We are all here to serve our country and the army should not be involved in telling people which path of faith to follow.”
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By, Schuyler Montague
Several years ago while shoveling snow outside of the business I worked for, I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and was greeted by a gentleman who asked, “Do you believe in the existence of God?” “Absolutely!” I replied. He then asked “And, you believe that he created everything?” Again, I replied “Yes, absolutely!” This gentleman went on to say, “So, of all of His creations, the universe, the stars, the oceans, the animals and so on… He, can reach out and have as much of His creations that He desires at anytime, except for one..” “And, this one thing that He cannot just have at His own choosing is the one thing He desires the most.. Do you know what this one thing is?” I thought for a moment and not being one myself for just guessing replied, “No I do not, what is the one thing God desires the most?” The gentleman then said, “Our Love!” “Of all of God’s creations, the one thing he desires the most is the one thing that He cannot just have at anytime because “we” must choose to give it to Him.”
As profound as this message was, it became even more amazing. I turned for just a brief moment and looked away from the gentleman as something drew my attention off in the distance. I then turned back towards the man with whom I had been talking… and, he was gone. I scanned the area with my eyes but there was no one to be seen. It struck me as odd that he could just vanish so quickly but my greatest shock came when I looked down at where he had been standing and there was only fresh untouched snow. There were no footprints where he had been standing nor were there any tracks leading to or away from where I was.
One thing I have learned over the years is that it takes so much more effort to not believe in a Creator, than it does to believe. We only need to open our eyes, open our hearts and open our minds to the truth. If we simply look at the evidence, even the blind can see the fingerprints of a Creator and the perfection within His design.
As you read this, you are sitting on a ball that is spinning in space at a speed of 1,070 miles per hour. (1,670/kph.) It is not on rails or tracks but yet it keeps on a perfect course. It only maintains this perfect course due to the gravitational pull of the sun’s mass in the center of our galaxy and the counter-balance of the gravitational pull of the moon in our atmosphere. The size, mass, weight and distance of the sun, the earth and the moon are completely relative. The balance of our rotation and essentially the balance of our existence would not be possible if every one of these variables were not exact.
As humans, there are of course several things that are absolutely essential to the existence of life and humanity. Among these are oxygen to breath, water to drink, food to eat and a heat source for warmth. We just happen to have all of these things right here on earth where humans require them. Nowhere in all of space does oxygen exist except a small envelope just around the surface of the earth. Nowhere in all of space has evidence of water been found to exist except here on earth and we have an endless supply since our earth’s surface is composed of 75% water. The sun is at just the perfect location and distance from the earth to warm the surface for us to an inhabitable environment. If the sun were just a little closer we would burn up and just a little further away, we would freeze. We have an ionosphere that acts as a protective barrier around the earth. It holds in the heat and oxygen for us and at the same time, blocks out harmful radiation and deflects incoming objects from space.
One of the most amazing facts about our existence though comes through our food sources. Just look at the various forms of food that just grows up from beneath the surface of the earth. The numerous fruits, berries and nuts that just grow from the trees and dangle awaiting to be picked. The various animals and wildlife here on earth that provide meat for a required protein source and the unlimited amount of food in the seas. On the earth there are four perfect seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Spring is the birth of all that is new and facilitates the germination process and the beginning of the new life. Summer is the growth period which allows the food source to mature for consumption. Autumn is the period for harvest and reaping the mature food. Winter is the season that kills off the germs in the earths surface by freezing and prepares the ground for the following spring. If you remove any one of these four seasons, you would throw off the balance of nature. The earth tilts towards the sun allowing both hemispheres their adequate seasonal requirement. We possess a symbiotic relationship with so much of our surroundings that cannot be ignored. Humans breath in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide whereas plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. It is possible that neither one could exist without the other. Thereby concluding that each was created at the same time for each others benefit of existence.
There is just an endless amount of evidence of creation and just too much to merely be attributed to “luck” or “coincidence.” To simply say that all of these necessary variables and factors of existence just aligned themselves by chance, is to almost make oneself appear uneducated. For the believer, physical evidence is not required nor necessary for belief. Their belief is based on faith in that which is unseen, since the spiritual is more real than the physical. The believer will often tell you that God does not exist because they believe, but rather they believe because God exists. For some though in today’s world, they search out for evidence that is tangible. Evidence that can be seen with the eye. The further science goes into the realm of the unseen, the more we begin to see the fingerprints of perfection upon creation.
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