From left: Barrett Ens, Paul Long and Pastor Terry Sproule on a visit to Israel’s Biblical heartland. (Courtesy)
“These people are the real deal,” said Canadian Barrett Ens about the Jewish men and women who raise their families in Israel’s Biblical heartland.
Ens’ Word of Life Tabernacle Community recently gifted the funds to upgrade the electric infrastructure around the Jewish hilltop town of Esh Kodesh (“Sacred Fire) in Samaria to “make things a little more comfortable” for the Jews in the heartland. He said these Jews are fulfilling God’s Divine plan by living over the Green Line.
Ens, who first came to Israel in 2009 with his pastor, Terry Sproule, said when he visited these hilltop towns, as well as the larger Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, he saw the Bible come to life. He knew he had to be a part of building the heart of the Land of Israel.
Since 2012, Ens’ community has been donating much-needed funds to hilltop communities. They supported a power upgrade for Yair Farm, also in Samaria. They have built a playground in Esh Kodesh, improved security in the area, and even donated to extend and connect regional roads. Ens said they did it all in the name of God.
“You go up on these hilltops and you see large families with the determination, courage and perseverance … laying hold on what God has given them. That is faith,” he said.
Ens believes that the fact that Israel is a nation back in their land, speaking their ancient language and following their ancient traditions is “miraculous.” He said the first recent miracle of the Jewish people took place with the founding of the State of Israel 70 years ago in 1948, when the largely outnumbered Jewish army defeated its Arab enemies. Then, in 1967, and again in 1973, the Jewish people once again were victorious against stronger armies with bigger weapons.
“God put them in their homeland, God gave them these victories, God returned this land to the Jews,” said Ens.
He said it is a Godly mandate to “take hold of the land God returned to the Jewish people” by planting and building, as it says in Amos 9:14, “I will return the captivity of my people Israel, and they will rebuild desolate cities and settle them.”
Said Ens: “We want to be on the Lord’s side, we want to support what we believe God is doing.”
BLESSED BUY ISRAEL
Steve Wearp, a Christian Zionist originally from Texas, expressed similar sentiments to Ens. A few years ago, Wearp decided to pursue a dream of advocating for the Land of Israel. He founded Blessed Buy Israel, a company that sells products exclusively made in Judea and Samaria.
Blessed Buy Israel is meant to combat the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, which is working to end international support for Israel. Wearp started Blessed Buy Israel shortly after in 2015 the European Union made a political decision to label Israeli products from the Biblical heartland. He said it felt like the EU was putting “a big yellow star on Jewish storefronts – it was 1933 all over again.” In 1933, Nazi Germany began boycotting Jewish businesses.
“We believe that Christians and Jews are called to a different standard of BDS, which is to Bless, Defend and Serve the Land, people and God of Israel,” said Wearp. “We want to support [the Jews in the Biblical heartland] financially and help them tell their stories.”
Blessed Buy Israel sells items made in Judea and Samaria. (Courtesy)
Wearp first visited the ancient city of Shiloh in Samaria in 1991. Then it was only grass fields and rocks with little to see. Today, Shiloh and most of the rest of the heart of Israel is vineyards and olive groves.
“The Lord told Israel to go and take possession of the land,” said Wearp. “Taking possession means to build and restore and plant, to restore the ancient cities, to establish infrastructure.”
Wearp said that any Christian who worships the God of Israel and prays for the redemption must work alongside Israel to restore the land.
“We may not agree on who the messiah is, but we agree on what he would want us to do and that is to work together to bring about the Messianic era,” said Wearp. “We can walk together and be a blessing.”
FOOTSTEPS TOWARD REDEMPTION
HaYovel volunteers harvest grapes in Har Brakha. (Courtesy)
Isaiah 52:7 teaches, “How welcome on the mountain are the footsteps of the herald … telling Tzion, ‘Your God is King!’”
Today, many of those “footsteps” come from the feet of Tommy Waller, the head of HaYovel, who together with his wife, 11 children and 20 grandchildren, bring as many as 600 Christian Zionist volunteers to Israel each year to prune and harvest the vineyards of Judea and Samaria.
“For us, to prune where God spoke to Abraham, the place where the shekinah [spirit] of glory settled, where the women danced and got their husbands, and where grapes were harvested for the temple feast – wow,” Waller told Breaking Israel News. “We can open our scriptures and see the stories coming to life.”
When Waller first came to Israel 14 years ago, he said he was “totally clueless” about how meaningful his work would be and the spiritual awakening that would ensue. Now, he realizes that God’s plan is for the Jews to live in their historic and Biblical homeland, and for Christians like himself to work alongside the Jews to bring about the redemption. He said in the Messianic era the rebuilt Temple will be a house for all nations, and Christians will have responsibility in redemption, too.
“We have to accept God’s plan,” said Waller. “Our faith is evidenced by physical reality. I have seen the promises of God revealed.”
Waller, his family and their volunteers live together on Har Brakha, located on the southern ridge of Mount Gerizim in Samaria, in the Biblical heartland. Har Brakha is around 2 miles from Nablus, one of the largest Arab towns in the West Bank. Waller said these Arabs are benefitting from the “amazing industrial revolution” that is happening in the Biblical heartland at the hands of the Jews.
“The Arab workers are making three, four and five times more because the Jewish people have returned,” said Waller. “It is obvious to me, that the Arab communities are blessed when the Jews plant and build this land.”
He continued, “We need more beautiful feet – more Christians – to come and work the land to bring about the redemption.”
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Jeremy Corbyn leads a pro-Palestinian demonstration in London in 2014, one year before becoming Labour Party leader. Photo: File.
This marked a massive rise from the previous such survey, in which only 39% of Jews believed Corbyn was antisemitic.
British Jews also expressed an extremely low opinion of the Labour Party in general. The poll showed that 85.6% believed Labour suffered from “very high” levels of antisemitism.
Corbyn and his party have been beset with a series of high-profile antisemitism scandals for several years, which has resulted in the resignation and suspension of several prominent officials. Corbyn himself was recently caught on video saying that “Zionists” did not understand “English irony” despite “having lived in this country for a very long time.”
Makuya in Jerusalem 201 (YouTube)
Like an apple tree among trees of the forest, So is my beloved among the youths. I delight to sit in his shade, And his fruit is sweet to my mouth. (Song of Songs 2:3)
For ten days in late August, Israeli Rabbi Benny Lau and his wife, Rabbanit Noah Lau, traveled from Jerusalem to Japan to lead Bible study for groups of Makuya Japanese Christians. The Laus traveled to five Japanese towns and spent three days together at a weekend conference with 3,400 members of the Makuya group.
Makuya is Japanese for the Hebrew word Mishkan, the tent of meeting, where human beings come into contact with God. The Mishkan was the portable sanctuary that the Israelites used in the desert, before entering Israel and building the First Holy Temple.
The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. (Psalm 11:5)
Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. (Credit: Agencia O Globo)
Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner in the upcoming presidential election in Brazil, was stabbed during a campaign rally Thursday and was undergoing surgery.
The far-right politician, whose heated rhetoric has electrified some voters and angered others – -who accuse him of racism and homophobia – in a deeply polarized electorate, was attacked amid a crowd in the south-east state of Minas Gerais. Bolsonaro has performed strongly in recent opinion polls.
Those same polls suggested that he will likely receive the most votes in next month’s presidential elections, especially if the country’s former president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (‘Lula’) remains blocked from standing. He is currently in prison, but is appealing against his candidacy ban – imposed after his conviction for corruption.
Republican lawmakers have made it clear they have no intention of repealing Obamacare in the current Congress.
Republicans in the nation’s top lawmaking body have never really wanted to get rid of Obamacare. They would prefer to present the program, which David Horowitz correctly describes as “the greatest assault on individual freedom and individual choice in our lifetimes,” as a villain and whip up sentiment against it and run against it every election. They view Obamacare as good for the business of politics. They may chip away at it from time to time or tinker with it at the margins, but make no mistake: these creatures of Washington want to keep it in place. This is the Republicans’ dirty secret.
The Trump administration has decided to reopen a case brought by a Zionist group against Rutgers University, previously closed by the Obama administration in 2014, alleging that the university had allowed Jewish students to be subjected to a hostile environment in violation of Title VI of the U.S. Civil Rights Act. The issue, ignored by the Obama administration, was whether the students were discriminated against based on their actual or perceived Jewish ancestry or ethnicity. Kenneth L. Marcus, the new assistant secretary of education for civil rights, decided that the case deserved another look.
Nestled in the Han River in the middle of South Korea’s bustling capital of Seoul, Yeoui Island is hardly where one would expect to find the largest mega-church in the world. Home to the city’s business and financial district, its skyline dotted with skyscrapers, the island boasts some of the country’s most powerful institutions, such as the Korean stock exchange and the headquarters of LG, the international conglomerate.
The AfD’s opponents, who often brand the party as “far right” or “extremist,” claim that the party’s alleged ties to neo-Nazi groups pose an existential threat to Germany’s constitutional order. The AfD’s supporters counter that Germany’s politically correct establishment, afraid of losing its power and influence, is attempting to outlaw a legitimate party that has pledged to put the interests of German citizens first.
Israel’s Palestinian foes regard “martyrdom” as the supremely highest expression of Islamic sacredness. Nonetheless, there are certain conspicuously prominent disjunctions between the relevant obligations of faith and expectations of international law. Unambiguously, only the latter set of obligations can offer a suitably authoritative source for assessing Palestinian resorts to armed force.
This is the case even when the stated objective of such resorts would be “self-determination” and/or “national liberation.”
“Setting fire to the ground,” a “major catastrophe,” bringing “new instability” are the headlines that have greeted Donald Trump’s unorthodox decisions over the past year. Withdrawing from UNESCO, moving the US Embassy, leaving the Iran deal and cutting funding to UNRWA and funding for Pakistan were seen as extreme decisions in the Middle East and around the world. Insofar as there is a “Trump Doctrine,” it has been to call this bluff.
In the mind-set of Trump and his team, the time has come for the United States to move quickly to reverse decades of foreign policy norms, ending the status quo, and ripping up what the previous administrations did.
The jihadi assault on and massacre of Christians continued unabated throughout the Muslim word. According to one report titled, “Armed gangs WIPE OUT 15 villages in mass Christian slaughter in Nigeria,” several Islamic terrorists “stormed through 15 villages to massacre Christians and destroy their churches in a violent crackdown against the religion…. Dozens of people have been killed after the gangs ransacked towns and villages to clear them of all aspects of the Christian faith.
Wars are raging in various parts of the Middle East, although there is a tendency not to call the conflicts by that name because of the fear conjured up by the word.
One conflagration is the war Iran is waging against those – headed by Israel – who stand in the way of its plans to take over the entire Middle East.
Another is the Assad regime’s war to take back control of the entire country, and a third is the PLO’s battle for survival.
Much has been written about the first of these wars, and reports have claimed that from early 2017 on, Israel has launched over 200 attacks in Syria, mainly at targets connected to Iran.