The Tomb Of Jesus

Joseph of Arimathea was, according to all four Gospels, the man who assumed responsibility for the burial of Jesus after Jesus' crucifixion. He is described in Matthew 27:57 as simply a "rich man and disciple of Jesus."  We gain more information about him in Mark 15:43 and learn Joseph of Arimathea was a "prominent council member, who was waiting for the Kingdom of God." In Luke 23:50-56 we see how much he cared for Jesus in that he asked for the body of Jesus, took it down off the cross, wrapped it in linen and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock - a tomb where no one had ever lain before. In that day families would share the same tomb/cave, but Jesus was the first to be buried there.

No one knows for sure if this is exactly the place (pictured) that the Bible is referring to, but there is very strong evidence that it is accurate. It is a sobering moment to visit the tomb, walk inside of it, and consider that Jesus the Messiah was buried there.

Nearby the tomb, pictured are several round stones much like the one that had been rolled across the opening and sealed by Roman soldiers after Jesus was placed inside. I am so grateful that the story doesn't end there! No tomb can keep our Messiah sealed inside. He has risen! He has paid the price for my sin and yours and lives forever.

Join us on one of our Israel tour and see this tomb for yourself. Click here for more information.

 

The Pool of Bethesda - Israel

Read John 5:1-18.  In this account, if you think about it a minute, the man had been ill for 38 years. Jesus asked, "Do you want to be well?” His situation seemed hopeless.  Every time he wanted to get into the waters, somebody else got there first. And there he lay and his situation seemed hopeless.  When Jesus asked him if he wanted to be well, he said “But I have no one to help me.” He is making an excuse for why nothing is happening. He didn’t really expect anything. He didn’t expect Jesus to do anything.  His hope lay in getting into the waters. But he needed to take action and Jesus gave him that challenge and said “Pick up your pallet and walk.” And he did.

Sometimes we think about our situations where we think things are hopeless and it has been this way for 38 years and nothing is ever going to change it.  We need to remember that part of our problem might be that we are making excuses…that we are not expecting Jesus to do anything. We are sitting there in our hopelessness, making excuses, instead of acting on what Jesus has told us to do in His Word, and that by faith, we need to pick up our pallet and walk. And that is the solution, rather than lying in wait in hopelessness, like poor me, I hope somebody comes along and helps me someday.

Come see this site for yourself on our Israel Tour May 25 - June 5, 2017. Click here for itinerary and more information.

Capernaum - Israel

Take a look at the stones in the third picture. At the base of those stones, you will see gray stones…the salt stones. Those are the very stones of the synagogue that was here at the time of Jesus. These are the stones that heard the messages Jesus preached. These are the stones that watched, in a sense (it says the stones cry out), when Jesus in that synagogue, cast out demons. People were set free. (Another church was built on top of the synagogue where Jesus preached).

In Matthew 12-13, you see that Jesus came and settled in Capernaum. This is where Jesus lived! From here, you can look out at the sea that Jesus sailed on - His disciples fished on. You can look at what remains of Peter’s house. As a tourist, you can stand in the synagogue that is built on the stones where Jesus was. and there are wine presses and the things that were used in that day.

In verse 13-14: "...He came and settled in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Napthali. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, 'The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who were sitting in the darkness saw a great light..."

Who is Jesus? He is the Light of the world! John chapter 1 says He is the Light, the true Light that lights every man that believes in Him. The people sitting in darkness are about to see a great light! What will they do with Him? It says this was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet (v. 14). 

Matthew 4:17 says "From that time Jesus began to preach (in the synagogue in Capernaum) and say, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'"

Learn more and see it for yourself during our 2017 Israel Tour, May 25-June 5, 2017. For more information, click here:

2016 ANTISEMITIC STATISTICS

Diaspora Affairs Ministry released a report surveying antisemitic incidents in the West during 2016. There were notable increases in Germany and Britain.  However, the sharp rise in antisemitic incidents in the US was more shocking.

According to the report, the recent US presidential campaign was a major catalyst for the dissemination of hate speech and enabled the voices of marginal groups to reach far beyond their own communities.

The Israeli government report noted that the common thread among these groups was an opposition to political correctness, an affirmation of racial supremacy, and a resistance to multiculturalism and to immigration. These ideas, the ministry said, lead to antisemitic discourse and Holocaust denial.

Antisemitism is almost always a symptom of broader forms of prejudice and blind hatred. The Diaspora Affairs Ministry report reinforces the findings of an Anti-Defamation League report released in October that documented the frightening rise of antisemitic tweets.

There are no easy answers to antisemitism, humanity’s oldest hatred. The government could do more than just release an annual report. Tracking and reporting antisemitic attacks is important, but that needs to be followed up with aggressive diplomatic action. Partnerships need to be forged and legislation needs to be passed. The real antidote to hatred is upholding a positive vision for mutual respect and understanding.  Taken from JPOST 1/23/17

A Two-State Solution is a Three-State Problem by Ron Cantor

Ron Cantor is the host of Out of Zion on Godtv and the director of Messiah’s Mandate, Tel Aviv-based teaching ministry to Israel and the nations. To learn more, go to: www.roncantor.com The following article is used with permission:

Today in Paris, the “Kings of the Earth” (Ps. 2) have taken their stand against God’s holy mountain, Jerusalem. They want to give Judea and Samaria (The West Bank) and East Jerusalem (including the Western Wall and Temple Mount) to the so-called Palestinians in hopes of creating a two-state solution.

However, what people don’t seem to know is that there already is a Palestinian state for Arabs that was recently created and it is called Jordan. Here is a little history.

1) The word Palestine comes, not from the Arabs, but the Romans. The Roman emperor Hadrian changed the name from Judea to Palestine in 135AD.

2) Before World War I, the border of “Palestine” was not only lands west of the Jordan River, what we now call Israel, but lands east of the Jordan as well—all of modern-day Jordan and Israel.

3) Great Britain took control of this land in 1917 after the Turks were defeated in WWI. They told the Jews in writing that their aim was to create a Jewish Homeland in Palestine. This document is known as the Balfour Declaration.

4) In 1920, the San Remo Conference (the legal body made up of the victors of WWI) assembled to decide how to administrate lands taken from the Ottoman Empire (Turkey). This group embraced the Balfour Declaration, giving the establishment of a Jewish homeland in historic Palestine international legal backing.

5) However, in 1921, Great Britain gave up 80% of historic Palestine as a gesture to the Arabs and created Transjordan (which would become Jordan). In addition, they officially removed this area from the land formerly promised for the establishment of a Jewish state. And if they had to revise their commitment to the Jewish people, then it can be established that they had originally planned to allow Jewish settlement on both sides of the Jordan River.

6) Now understand: there had never been a nation called Jordan or Transjordan in the past. This was a brand-new nation for Palestinian Arabs living on the East Bank of the Jordan.

7) Therefore, to take more land that was promised legally for Jewish settlement and create another Palestinian Arab state would be in fact, a third state in the region, two of which are for Palestinian Arabs and one for Palestinian Jews.

8) You may be surprised that I just used the term, “Palestinian Jews”. But that was the term given to anyone living in historic Palestine—Jew, Arab or Christian. There was no Arab nationality connected to the word nor has there ever been an Arab nation called Palestine.

So, when the nations of the world seek to divide up the Promised Land, creating an Arab nation on the West Bank of the Jordan, understand it is not a two-state solution, but a three-state problem. What is worse is that the leadership of the Palestinians is utterly corrupt, robbing the people and stealing international aid money. Islamic terror groups would seize power very quickly, even as they already have in Gaza.

While on the one hand, the West fights ISIS; they want to create another state of Islamic radicals. Israel embraces democratic ideals, human rights and a robust economy, but the nations want to create a nation that will soon be another Islamic totalitarian state. Israel floods the world with technological and medical breakthroughs, while the Islamic states teach their children hate and murder. Do we really need another state like this?

Despite it all, we stand in Israel knowing that the same God who rebirthed Israel out of the ashes of the Holocaust and has given us victory in every attack against us since, will continue to watch over us.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep. (Ps. 121:1-4)

If you want to learn more, download my free e-Book, “The 15 Most Important Facts about the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

Israel Tour With Jewish Roots Emphasis PLUS Petra, Jordan

May 25 - June 5, 2017

 (12-day study tour)

Registration deadline: February 25, 2017

We invite you to share the experience of a lifetime—a trip to the land of the Bible—where the Patriarchs of our faith walked.  On this 12-day journey, visit Jerusalem with its garden tomb, Mt. of Olives and Garden of Gethsemene, Caesarea by the Sea, visit Megiddo where the Battle of Armegeddon will take place, float in the Dead Sea, view the Mt. of Beatitudes, stand on Mt. Nebo where Moses overlooked the Promised Land, get baptized in the Jordan River, take a Cable Car up to Masada, witness Ein Gedi where David fled from Saul,  see the Qumran Caves, kayak in the Sea of Galilee, visit the village of Nazareth where Jesus lived, and tour Petra (Jordan) where many assume the Jews will flee in the future, and so much more!    

Our tour has a "Jewish roots" focus with optional Sabbath (Shabbat) worship services at two different Messianic congregations (churches where Jewish and Gentile believers worship together). For those interested in more information and who live in the southern California area, we will be having several Information Receptions. Our next Informational Reception will be Saturday, January 14th, at 1:30 pm at 651 W. Sunflower, Santa Ana (3 blocks east of South Coast Plaza) in the Conference Room. Please email info@SongForIsrael.org for more information.

If you live outside of California and will be joining our tour, please fill out the registration form by clicking here, so that you will receive any handouts given out at the meetings.

Printable copies of the itinerary, registration form and colorful flier may be found by clicking here.

Enjoy photos from some of our previous tours below.

Pictures from our Chanukah Party

Below are some pictures gathered from our very fun Chanukah Party!

Deby shared about Jesus/Yeshua, The Light of the World

In John 10:22- Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew name) was in Jerusalem during the Feast of Dedication (translated from the Hebrew, Chanukah).  Why do the Scriptures not teach about this event? Chanukah commemorates something that happened in between the writings of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament, and the New Testament. It was about the unlikely victory of the Jewish people from 165 BCE against the Syrian Emperor, Antiochus Epiphanes, who sacrificed a pig in the Holy Temple, desecrating the Temple, and demanded that all the Jews worship his Greek god.

Chanukah is an 8-day feast where the rededication of the Temple is celebrated. 

Years after the victory (referred to as the Macabbean Revolt), Yeshua recognized Chanukah as the occasion to declare Himself as the Son of God. In John 8:12, Yeshua told the scribes and Pharisees, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Later in the same conversation with the scribes and Pharisees, there is a discussion about Abraham and in the end, Yeshua says in v. 58, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” This became a problem as the Pharisees recognized Yeshua was calling Himself God.

In John 8, while in the Temple, Yeshua declares in v. 12, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of light.”

It was during the Feast of Dedication, Chanukah, that Yeshua shows He is the Messiah, the Light of the world. He relates the lights of Chanukah to Himself as being the Light of the world. 

Cotillion Dancers dance to a Chanukah song!

Swing Dancers dance to a Chanukah song!

 

Listed below are the raffle prizes that were donated and pictures of the winners:

1) Who doesn’t want to win during a game of spin the dreidel? Then how about winning A GELT OF GIFT CARDS! This gift includes a Trader Joe’s $25 card, two In-N-Out Burger cards each worth $7.85, a Starbucks $25 card, Blaze Pizza $25 card, two $10 Lucille’s BBQ cards, a Happy Nails $25 card, and an A La Minute $20 card! YUM! Won by Carolyn Dupaquier

2) PIE, ANYONE? This gift includes a total of 12 pies for a whole year! Your choice of one pie per month from one of America’s favoite restaurants, Polly’s Pies! Who doesn’t need a sweet, gourmet treat once a month? Also included is a ceramic pie serving dish, with a pumpkin pie recipe! So maybe, 13 pies? Won by Linda Gilman.

3) A DAY AT THE SALON! Join Suzy Kil at Addiction Salon in Orange for a haircut valued at $65. Plus, a bottle of Ulta Beauty Buttercream Cupcake 3-in-1 Smoothie Shower Gel, Bubble Bath, and Shampoo! Won by Pamela Sherman.

4) A DAY AT THE SALON! Join Suzy Kil at Addiction Salon in Orange for a partial highlight and haircut valued at $150. Plus, a lovely bottle of Ulta Beauty Hibiscus Punch 3-in-1 Smoothie Shower Gel, Bubble Bath, and Shampoo! Won by Dorris Lyons and Eva Valez.

5) A WORLD OF FRAGRANCE – Gift #1 donated by Catharina Baker which includes a treasure trove of multiple scents from soap to perfume! Perfect for getting compliments on new, modern, and fresh scents of the day—just for you! Won by Julia Humphrey.

6) A WORLD OF FRAGRANCE – Gift #2 donated by Catharina Baker which includes a treasure trove of multiple scents from soap to perfume! Perfect for getting compliments on new, modern, and fresh scents of the day—just for you! Won by Eva Valez.

7) Need to rest and relax this weekend? Well this prize includes a private reserve bottle of 2014 CHARDONNAY donated by the Familia Achiro Winery located in Dutch Flat, California. Plus a $25 gift card to BJ’s Restaurant and Grille located in Anaheim Hills. Won by Carolyn Dupaquier.

8) Need to rest and relax this weekend? Well this prize includes a private reserve bottle of 2013 BARBERA donated by the Familia Achiro Winery located in Dutch Flat, California. Plus a $25 giftcard to Stefano’s Restaurant located in Yorba Linda. Won by Janet Allen.

9) A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES includes 4 admission tickets and 4 complimentary bags of popcorn at Starlight Cinema City. This gift also includes gourmet popcorn, Whoppers, pretzels, and Good and Plenty candy. What a fun night out with the family! Won by John Windsor.

10) INSPIRATIONAL BIBLE QUOTE FRAME donated by Jennifer (Deby’s daughter). A Blessing for the home. Who doesn’t need a daily reminder of God’s everlasting love? Won by Julie Healis.

11) IT’S BURGER TIME!!! Enjoy FOUR $7.85 Gift Cards to IN-N-OUT!! Also included in this gift pack is some gourmet popcorn, a set of straws, and old time sodas: Orange Soda, Root Beer, Lime Rickey, and Black Cherry Cola Soda. A fun gift to share with friends and family! Won by Dana Roberts.

12) IT’S BURGER TIME!!! Enjoy FOUR $7.85 Gift Cards to IN-N-OUT!! Also included in this gift pack is some gourmet popcorn, a set of straws, and old time sodas: Root Beer, Lime Rickey, Black Cherry Cola, and Blue Cream Soda. A fun gift to share with friends and family! Won by Janet Allen.

 13) IT’S PARTY TIME! This gift includes a classic glass Chanukah tray and server for all those latkes, a Chanukah ugly sweater cookie kit, a dreidel mold, and a novelty kitchen utensil.  Stop schvitzing and get to work! Won by Susan Young.

14) A LITTLE BLING FOR YOUR COLLECTION! Four (4) pairs of lovely, designer earrings from the creation of Sandy Dileo. Also, one (1) cross and sterling silver prayer charm necklace and one (1) necklace with crystal beads and silver ring. This is a perfect gift for any woman going out for a night on the town! (Approx. Value $100) Won by Pamela Rohan.

15) HANUKKAH GOODIE BASKET perfect for those eight nights of lights! This basket of goodies includes one (1) men’s large T-Shirt based on 1 Corinthians 15:51, a Schmoozer mug with a $5 Starbucks Gift Card, a Tin of Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix, a Chanukah Stamp Set, and themed Disney Dreidels. This’ll keep the kids entertained for a good few hours! Won by Elleke Reid-Humphreys.

16) HANUKKAH GOODIE BASKET perfect for those eight nights of lights! This basket of goodies includes one (1) men’s large T-Shirt based on 1 Corinthians 15:51, a Schmoozer mug with a $5 Starbucks Gift Card, eight (8) Star of David novelty candles, a Starbucks Via Instant Italian Roast, and four (4) Ghirardelli Premium Hot Cocoa Mixes. Won by John Baker.

17) SHOPPING SPREE for the New Year! This gift includes a $75 Gift Certificate for ARIEL GORDON fine jewelry located in South Coast Plaza plus a collectible Disney Hanukkah pin and desk novelty. Won by Pamela Sherman.

18) Having a PARTY for the holidays? Then this beautiful SPODE “The Judaica Collection” Star of David serving dish and a keepsake Hanukkah hand towel are a must.  Won by Christopher Otis.

19) CHOCOLATE FOR ALL! You’ll be the absolute bell of the ball! Or should I say, you’ll be the “sweetest” of them all!? This gift includes an old fashioned candy jar filled with classic chocolates, plus a gift certificate for 1 pound of See’s Candy. Won by Julie Healis.

20) MISCELLANEOUS GOODIES donated by Sheila Looney include a lovely blanket, a devo, a lunch pail and treats. Just right for our cold Southern California Nights! Won by Pamela Rohan.

21) A BEAUTIFUL FLORAL ARRANGEMENT FROM MOTHER EARTH FLORIST won by Janet Allen.

A very special thank you to all who donated raffle prizes and cash donations!

 

 

Song For Israel - 2016 in Review

Song For Israel would like to thank you those of you who partnered with us financially and prayerfully. In 2016, Song For Israel was able to boldly help stand in the gap for Israel and the Jewish people.  We are so grateful for the opportunity to continue to pursue our goal of proclaiming God's eternal plan through Israel.  We could not do that without your support.

With your help this year, Song For Israel:

Kfar Silver students.jpg

·      Launched a new Bomb Shelter Project for a high           school in Kfar Silver, Israel.  Amount collected to date   is  $1,940 (See photo to the right)

·      Launched a new SFI project called “Aliyah” (to help persecuted Jewish people around the world move to Israel). Amount collected to date is $250

·      Completed writing of our book called, Understanding God’s Eternal Plan For Israel

·      Held an 8-week beta test group for Understanding God’s Eternal Plan for Israel. (10 people participated)

·      We were re-invited to apply for the James L. Stamp Foundation grant and mid-December received funds to publish our book and purchase a piece of office equipment;

·      Partnered with Ben David Messianic Jewish Congregation for their Passover Seder at the Embassy Suites in Garden Grove in March

·      Began preparations for our conference in March of 2017

·      Led two Bible study classes in the Book of Hebrews, Parts 2 & 3, and Titus

·      Hosted 18 Prayer Meetings

·      Donations that have come in via Ebay sellers, Ebay Give, iGive and AmazonSmile were $333.30

·      Will host and celebrate a Chanukah party at the Yorba Linda Community Center on December 30th

And, with your help, we’re excited about 2017 and plan to:

·            Offer a conference in March, 2017

·            Partner with Ben David Messianic Jewish Congregation for a Passover Seder

·            Host the annual Israel Tour May 25 - June 5 (with a side trip to Petra, Jordan)

·            Continue to raise money for a bomb shelters in Israel through Operation Lifeshield

·            Continue to raise money for the “Aliyah” project in Israel

·            Publish the book, Understanding God’s Eternal Plan for Israel

·            Create a new workbook to go with Understanding God’s Eternal Plan for Israel

·            Offer several 8-week classes for small groups with the Understanding God’s Eternal Plan for Israel curriculum

·            Offer 2 inductive Bible Studies in the Book of Daniel

·            Look for more churches who share our vision and would enjoy partnering with us

·            Host a fabulous Chanukah party

·            Work on a plan to reach new people and share our vision

As always, Song For Israel counts on your support.  The discrimination towards Israel is rising every day! Your gift is extremely important to SFI because it provides resources that make an immediate impact through education, lifesaving bomb shelters, and ministry to the Jewish people.

Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us to proclaim God’s eternal plan for Israel? Please consider a monthly partnership and/or a year-end tax-deductible donation for Song For Israel. In addition, you might feel led to consider the following special projects:

1. Funds to help offset costs of our March conference

2. Donate towards our Spring Fundraising Dinner

3. Donate toward our Bomb Shelter or Aliyah Project

To make a donation, please click here.

Scripture tells us that “Those who bless Israel will be blessed…” (Genesis 12:3) In addition, our prayer team regularly prays that God will bless you, our donors.

Once again, thank you for helping Song For Israel impact our world in support of Israel and the Jewish people. May God richly bless you.

Blessings and Shalom,

The entire Song For Israel Team

UNESCO Votes that the Temple Mount & Western Wall have No Historic Ties to Israel

Last Thursday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to approve a resolution by the Palestinian Authority, declaring that both the Western Wall and the Temple Mount have no historic ties to Judaism.  Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, declared, “The theater of the absurd continues at the UN. Today UNESCO adopted its second decision this year denying the Jewish people’s connection to the Temple Mount, our holiest site for more than 3,000 years. What’s next? A UNESCO decision denying the connection between peanut butter and jelly? Batman and Robin? Rock ‘n’ roll?”

The United States voted in support of Israel (against the resolution), along with five other countries. Most countries (26) abstained and 24 voted for the resolution.

I am very disappointed that the world is basically turning a blind eye to Biblical and historical truths about the Temple Mount and Western Wall that go way back. The original Temple was built by King Solomon and before that, with Abraham being given the land then known as Mount Moriah (the same land where Abraham was to offer Isaac as a sacrifice mentioned in Genesis 22. Because of Abraham’s obedience, God told him that he and his “descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.” In 1 Chronicles 21 Mount Moriah is identified as Arunah or the Jebusite threshing floor that King David bought for 600 shekels of gold. This demonstrates that the Jews received this area through a legal transaction. They have never since sold this land to anyone. It has only been taken from them, the rightful owners.

Watch this video as Prime Minister Netanyahu shares his distaste regarding the UNESCO vote.

US Firefighters "Dropped Everything" to Fight Fires in Israel

39 firefighters gave up their Thanksgiving weekend to help Israel in their fire crisis.  Seven of the 39 are Jewish, but all of them share a love for Israel.

 American Firefighters in Israel (Photo by The Times of Israel)

American Firefighters in Israel (Photo by The Times of Israel)

Over 32,000 acres of beautiful forest burned along with hundreds of homes and businesses. According to the Israeli authorities, the fires began because of a very long dry spell and high winds, but were exacerbated by Palestinian and Arab-Israeli arsonists with nationalist motives. While 29 have been arrested for arson, investigations continue.

Last Friday, Israel’s Public Security Ministry requested help from the “Emergency Volunteers Project,” a network of over 950 American volunteers and professional first responders. Many Israeli firefighters had been fighting the blazes for 90 hours straight and appreciated the American help so they could rest.

 Elan Raber (Photo from The Times of Israel)

Elan Raber (Photo from The Times of Israel)

Elan Raber, Jewish, flew in Sunday morning from Los Angeles, where he works for the Los Angeles City Fire Department. He was familiar with the station at Petach Tivkah because he trained there with the Emergency Volunteers Program. Raber was born in Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces and views being in Israel as “part of his calling,” According to The Times of Israel.

Over 200 Fires Threaten Israel Three Days Straight

At a press conference today, Prime Minister Netanyahu said that Israel is facing a wave of terror in the form of arsonists setting much of the country of Israel ablaze. Not all the fires were set by arsons, but many were. "Every fire caused by arson, or incitement to commit arson, is terrorism for all intents and purposes, and we will bring them to justice," he said. 

 Photo provided by ICEJ

Photo provided by ICEJ

The forest fires are now threatening many towns and villages nationwide. The biggest concern at this moment is the northern city of Haifa, where several major fires are rapidly spreading into built-up areas of the city. 60,000 residents have been evacuated.

Shin Bet and Police are investigating and have detained a number of suspects on suspicion of arson.

Netanyahu has requested assistance from Greece, Croatia and Russia to help battle the blazes across the country and spreading rapidly with strong winds. Several homes and businesses have been destroyed.

While we are sitting at our Thanksgiving tables, please remember to pray for the safety of those living in Israel and for those fighting over 200 fires today. Pray that God would stop the winds that are accelerating the blazes.

 

Promises President-Elect Donald Trump Made Regarding Israel

President-Elect Donald Trump has made some remarkable promises to Israel and we are looking forward to them. After the elections, Donald Trump said: “My Administration will stand side-by-side with the Jewish people and Israel’s leaders to continue strengthening the bridges that connect, not only Jewish Americans and Israelis, but also all Americans and Israelis.”  (JPOST Nov 11, 2016) Vice President-elect Mike Pence is one of the most pro-Israel policy-makers in America.

Below are quotes from various sources regarding Trumps promises to Israel: 

 1.  Relationship with Iran

  • “Together we will stand up to enemies, like Iran, bent on destroying Israel and her people, together we will make America and Israel safe again.” (JPost Nov 11, 2016)
     
  • “Trump has been a strong critic of the deal with Iran. Since this deal was an executive branch initiative never ratified by Congress, we know that President-Elect Trump will be able to immediately take steps to stop the flow of cash and business deals to Iran.” (CUFI 11/10/16)
     
  • “Trump will vacate the US’s signature from the nuclear deal with Iran.” However, Trump cannot reimpose the sanctions on Iran that the nuclear deal canceled. He also cannot “take back the billions of dollars that Iran has already received due to the abrogation of economic sanctions and through cash payoffs from the Obama administration.” (Caroline Glick Nov. 15 RealClear)
     
  • “In an AIPAC meeting in March this year, Trump announced that his "number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran" and to "stand up to Iran's aggressive push to destabilise and dominate the region." (Alijazeera Nov. 12)

    2.  Jerusalem as Capitol of Israel

    • "On the campaign trail, Donald Trump the candidate promised to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capitol of Israel—a move that would upend decades of US policy.” (CNN Nov. 14, 2016)
       
    • “David Friedman, a Trump advisor,  told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday that one of the administration’s first moves would be to follow through on the campaign promise made last month by Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, according to which her father would move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. ‘It was a campaign promise, and there is every intention to keep it,’ Friedman said.” (Jerusalem Post Nov. 11, 2016)

    3.  Settlements

    • "It is certainly not Mr. Trump’s view that settlement activities should be condemned and that it is an obstacle for peace, because it is not an obstacle for peace,” Jason Greenblatt, the Trump team’s point person on Israel — and rumored potential new envoy to the region — told Israeli Army Radio Thursday.” (Vox Nov. 11, 2016)
       
    • "With Trump in the White House, Israel will continue expanding settlements in the West Bank.” (Alijazeera Nov. 12, 2016)
       
    • “Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party, said Trump's election allows Israel to fully dismiss the notion of a Palestinian state. "This is the position of the President-elect, as written in his platform, and it should be our policy, plain and simple. The era of a Palestinian state is over" (CNN Nov. 14, 2016)“Israel has long maintained that only direct negotiations without the involvement of any third parties could lead to a peace settlement with the Palestinians. Trump seems to share that policy.” I believe that my administration can play a significant role in helping the parties to achieve a just, lasting peace – which must be negotiated between the parties themselves, and not imposed on them by others. Israel and the Jewish people deserve no less,” the president-elect said.” (RT America Nov. 13. 2016)

    4.  Relationship with Palestinians

    • “Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party, said 'Trump's election allows Israel to fully dismiss the notion of a Palestinian state. This is the position of the President-elect, as written in his platform, and it should be our policy, plain and simple. The era of a Palestinian state is over.'" (CNN Nov. 14, 2016)
       
    • “Israel has long maintained that only direct negotiations without the involvement of any third parties could lead to a peace settlement with the Palestinians. Trump seems to share that policy. 'I believe that my administration can play a significant role in helping the parties to achieve a just, lasting peace--which must be negotiated between the parties themselves, and not imposed on them by others. Israel and the Jewish people deserve no less,' the president-elect said." (RT America Nov. 13. 2016)


      Many of these changes have been promised before. It is only through a willing President and our prayers to God our Father that these things might occur. Song For Israel encourages you to pray for our leaders and for Israel on a regular basis. 

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      Israel's Prime Minister Congratulates Trump Victory!

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu published a statement congratulating Donald Trump, saying: "Congratulations on being elected President of the United States of America. President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel. We will work together to advance the security, prosperity, and peace. The strong connection between the United States and Israel is based on shared values, shared interests, and a shared destiny. I am certain that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between Israel and the United States and bring it to even greater heights. May God bless America. May God bless Israel. May God bless our enduring alliance." 

      In addition to this statement, Netanyahu prepared the video below:

      Israel Tour Informational Meeting - This Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 pm

      Are you ready to let God change your life forever? Come join us for a unique tour to Israel, taking you back to your Jewish roots as you walk the places where our Messiah walked.

      Join us this Saturday, November 12th at 1:30 pm at 651 W. Sunflower (three blocks east of South Coast Plaza), Santa Ana in the Conference (to the left of the sanctuary). Learn about this special tour to Israel and Petra--see picture books from previous trips--meet who may be going on this trip with you!

      We invite you to share the experience of a lifetime—a trip to the land of the Bible—where the Patriarchs of our faith walked.  On this 12-day journey, visit Jerusalem with its garden tomb, Mt. of Olives and Garden of Gethsemene, Caesarea by the Sea, visit Megiddo where the Battle of Armegeddon will take place, float in the Dead Sea, view the Mt. of Beatitudes, stand on Mt. Nebo where Moses overlooked the Promised Land, get baptized in the Jordan River, take a Cable Car up to Masada, witness Ein Gedi where David fled from Saul,  see the Qumran Caves, kayak in the Sea of Galilee, visit the village of Nazareth where Jesus lived, and tour Petra (Jordan) where many assume the Jews will flee in the future, and so much more!      

      For more information, click here.

      Our Feast of Tabernacles Celebration Last Sunday

      Although rain prohibited us from experiencing the fullness of the evening planned, we were able to share the Scriptural importance of this day! The Feast of Tabernacles is a day that is celebrated as we remember God's provision for the Hebrew people as they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. They were always fed, their clothes never wore out and there was always protection as they carried their dwelling place (tabernacle/sukkah) with them. This Feast has a future fulfillment in that we will tabernacle "dwell" with our Messiah and will always be with Him. 

      Here are a few pictures from our celebration! 

      Bomb Shelter Project for Kfar Silver, Israel

      Situated in Kfar Silver, a Southern Israeli village located near Ashkelon (just a few miles from the Gaza Strip), sits an agricultural high school where more than 200 students attend class. On any given day it is a great place to be – unless the sirens go off warning them of an incoming rocket. There are not enough bomb shelters on this property and when the alarms sound, students have 7 to 9 seconds to run for shelter. Where will they run?

      Song For Israel has been asked to help. For $20,000+ we can provide safety for these high school students. Our goal is to raise these funds and personally deliver a check during our next Israel tour. 

      We partner with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and Operation Lifeshield to bring shelter to students in Israel. Our first bomb shelter was funded in 2014 to aid the Eden Center, a school for girls near Sderot (two miles from the Gaza border).

      To contribute to this life-saving project, you may either send a tax-deductible donation to Song For Israel, 18340 Yorba Linda Blvd. #107-153, Yorba Linda, CA 92886 or click here. Please indicate this is a bomb shelter donation. Thank you helping save lives.

      Feast of Tabernacles Holiday Begins Tonight and Lasts 7 Days

      The details about this Feast are found in Leviticus 23:33-44. During this seven-day celebration, no work was to be done on the first or the last day. In between these days of complete rest, offerings were to be presented to the Lord on each day of the seven-day period. The first day was a holy day and the rest of the days were feast days!

      For one week, the people of Israel lived in makeshift Booths called SUKKAHs, of leafy branches, symbolizing their journey through the wilderness after leaving Egypt. Feast of Tabernacles celebrates God’s protection and provision in the Wilderness.

      The Feast occurs after Israel’s Fall harvest. Also called The Feast of Ingathering, it was the major annual harvest of the year. The spring harvest was very small in comparison to the fall harvest.

      All over Israel, you will see sukkahs! They build them in their backyards, on their apartment porches, in the back of a truck! Then they invite friends to feast with them in celebration! A sukkah is supposed to be a makeshift structure that is easily moved. Fruit is hung as a reminder that God provides all that we need. Children make chains out of colorful paper. The sukkah provides shade and yet there are openings between leafy branches on top so that we can see His glory in the stars at night. God wants to be our shelter and our shade.

       Leviticus 23:40 says “You shall take for yourselves on the first day, the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.“You shall take for yourselves on the first day, the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations and you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

      What fun to be told to rest before and after the 7-day feast and to rejoice and have joy! And to eat, eat, eat! Rest, have fun and eat.  I like that!

       Our non-Kosher Sukkah at our last feast

      Our non-Kosher Sukkah at our last feast

      Deut. 16:13-16 Says “You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress; and you shall rejoice in your feast. Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the Lord your God…the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely will rejoice.”

      In John 7, we see Jesus coming up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles! 1 Corinthians 5:8.  Paul encouraged those in Corinth (mostly NOT Jewish) to celebrate the feasts!

      Significance

      God wanted His people to celebrate the fact that He provided shelter for them in the wilderness. Shelters or booths were to be built in which the people worshiped for the week of the feast to remind them of their departure from Egypt and their long journey to Sinai. They were to rejoice in the Lord, during the entire celebration of the feast, giving thanks to God for His abundant gifts and all that He had done. This was the only festival where rejoicing is commanded by God. It is a time for His people to remember that God dwelled with them in their wilderness journey. He guided them with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. They would look up night or day and see that He was with them. God tells them to live in booths for 7 days to remind them that He was with them and supplied all they needed.

      God has always desired to dwell with us. God wants to be with you. He desires to dwell with His people. He always has and always will.

      There is Prophetic Fulfillment in EACH APPOINTED DAY

      This feast reminded Israel of God’s blessings in the past. He had led them out of Egyptian bondage, cared for them in the wilderness, and brought them into their promised inheritance. Once they had lived in booths and tents, but in the Promised Land, they would live in houses! Tabernacles represent the Lord’s shelter in the future. The Lord will establish his Tabernacle in Jerusalem (Ezekiel 37:26) and the world will come every year to appear before the King & worship Him. A final ingathering will take place.

      In the future, families of the earth (the believers) will come to Jerusalem to annually celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14:16-19). God is setting up His kingdom and he is going to restore it. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. Revelation 21:3 says “...behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God!” God will tabernacle with men! Can you imagine this!?! We will celebrate a spiritual harvest…the Ingathering in that day. The Future Feast of Tabernacles, celebrated on the new earth, with God Himself, will be the most joyous occasion of all time! We can look forward to it!

      We can celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles because it speaks of our Messiah! It reminds us of what He has done and what He WILL DO. 

      Join us for our Feast of Tabernacles Celebration Dinner on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Click here for more information.

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