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The "Israel Land" Question
By Asher Intrater
Is the ultimate purpose of God for human beings to leave this planet and live forever in a non-resurrected body in the sky (“heaven”)? Or is to restore all things (Acts 3:21), raise the dead into new bodies that can live both in heaven and earth (I Corinthians 15, John 20, Luke 24), and unite heaven and earth together (Ephesians 1:10)? If we can agree on the second “restorationist” view point, then there is an important purpose for the renewed, created earth (Romans 8:21). There must be a way for a "covenant claim" of repossession and restoration in order to redeem what was lost at the fall of Adam.
Is the second coming of Yeshua really physical and literal? Does He come all the way down for His feet to stand on the Mount of Olives? (Zech 14:4) If He is to come to the Mount of Olives, then there is a purpose for the land of Israel. If He is to come, then there must be Jewish people living here who believe in Him and who will welcome Him back with shouts of "Baruch Haba B'shem Adonai (Matthew 23:39)."
If no land, then there is no literal return of Yeshua, because there is no covenanted place for Him to return to.
Will there be a real millennial kingdom on earth with Yeshua reigning from Jerusalem? If so, then there must be a continuing covenant purpose and claim for Jerusalem and Israel. If no Israel covenant, then there could not be a Jerusalem centered kingdom on earth. And if not, why don't we just stop praying altogether "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).
And one last thought: why should Christians be confused on this issue? It seems the Islamic Jihad, the United Nations and the Radical Left are not confused. They all do everything they can to stop Israel and the Messianic remnant here. What's obvious to them on the negative should be obvious to us on the positive.
Shavuot Video Invitation
Next month we are asking you to gather your family, friends and congregation and join in with us for our 4th annual all night Shavuot (Pentecost) prayer meeting. For 12 hours, beginning on the eve of June 3, 2014 (Israel time) we will worship, intercede and believe for a fresh out pouring of the Holy Spirit. This time will be broadcast live through live web-stream and you don't want to miss it. Watch here for more details to come. To watch, click HERE!
Denmark Trip Recap
By Cody & Liat Archer
Memorial and Independence Day
Most nations of the world have a Memorial and Independence Day. Yet in Israel the percentage of casualties remembered on Memorial Day is significantly higher and the events concerning Independence Day are much more dramatic. The two are celebrated together in Israel, with the Memorial Day mourning coming right before the Independence Day celebrations. There is a striking parallel with the death and resurrection of Yeshua.
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