By Joseph Shulam
NEWS: UNESCO disavows Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem in 22-10 vote. Again, UNESCO past an anti-Israeli, anti-history, anti-logic, and anti-Bible resolution. The Arab States have an automatic majority in all the UN. They can pass resolutions that the moon is made of Swiss Cheese that was stolen from the home of Hag Amin El-Husseini by the Jews who died in the Holocaust and the UN will approve the resolution and condemn Israel. For those of us who believe The Word of God and know the promises of God to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, it is not important what the Muslims and Arabs (Palestinians, Saudis, Iranians, Iraqis, Syrians, Jordanians, Hezbollah, Hamas, ISIS, etc.) say, it is important what the Jews and Israel do. The existence of the State of Israel and the Jewish people for near 4000 years is a divine promise to our Forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is a promise that has been true against all odds, and has been proven to demonstrate the LORD’s faithfulness through the ages.
So, what should Bible believing Jews and non-Jews do about this international injustice and blatant lies?
1. Pray for Israel in obedience to God’s promises.
2. Stand with Israel.
3. Where there is a pro-Israel demonstration in your city – the Disciples of Yeshua need to be there in the front line. They ought to carry signs that say:
a. God loves Israel!
b. Jesus loves Israel!
c. Christians love Israel!
d. We stand with Israel because God stands with Israel!
e. Israel’s is the Apple of God’s Eye!
4. Support Jewish Causes in your country and city by attending functions that the Jewish Community is doing. Things like celebrations of Israel’s Independence Day and other events that celebrate Israel.
5. Stand with the Jewish Disciples of Yeshua in the Land of Israel, pray for them and their congregations and support financially the worthy projects that are being done in Israel for a good and healthy witness of God’s love and salvation.
This is the best way to stand with Israel and pray for Israel not only with words, but also with deeds.
We all know that in the End all of God’s promises will be fulfilled, Yeshua will return and the dead will be raised, and all Israel shall be saved. For now, we must stand in the gap and fight the good fight and put our trust in the Lord God Almighty and show our love and tenacity standing on the WORD of God.
We should know that the enemy sometimes uses the Word of God and twists the simple and clear meaning of God’s Word. Apostle Peter said it in the following words: “The LORD said to Abram … “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted. Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.”” (Genesis 13:14–18 ESV)
The above promises of God to Israel please check the following texts in God’s Word: Genesis slone: 15:7-18, 17:7-8, 18:18, 24:7, 26:3-4, 28:4-13, 31:3, 35:12, 46:3, 48:4, 50:24. The same promises of the Land appear in many more passages throughout the Bible.
We celebrated Israel’s 69th Independence Day in a park in Jerusalem. As most of the Israelis we had plenty of good food two big grills where people cooked plenty of meat and chicken and many salads and everything good including Marcia’s brownies. It was a real joyful time and good discussions on God’s Word.
We need your prayers for the young leadership of Netivyah and also for the old leadership that is Marcia and myself. We ask you to pray for Marcia’s health and for my strength. The summer program for travel is extensive and I need your prayers for both safety and strength and wisdom from God for the many many hours of teaching. We leave Israel for Finland on June 8th and after Finland fly to the United States. Marcia will stay in the United States from June 17th to August 28th. She needs your fervent prayer for her health, her memory, and her travel between our children and grandchildren and her family in East Tennessee and back home to Israel. I need your prayers for the same things as Marcia. My travel program is a little more extensive. I leave Israel with Marcia on Jun 8th – travel with Marcia to Finland and the USA, return back home to Israel in the middle of June and fly back out in the end of June to the Far East, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and return just a few days before Marcia to get the house ready. Please pray for us.
Right now, Marcia has some bronchitis and Danah has the same and Barry is suffering from allergies, and recently he had something called SVT in his heart. Our family is asking special prayers for our son. We all need God’s Grace and healing. Of course, our grandchildren are basically healthy with one problem that will pass in a few years, TEANAGEITIES! They too need your prayers and much more urgent is that you pray for their parents.
The different ministries of Netivyah are all doing very well under the leadership of Yuda, Daniel, Nancy, Hannah, and Oleg. They are actually doing the Hamotzi – Food Distribution and provision for the poor of Jerusalem. Each Wednesday afternoon between 2:00 to 6:15 p.m. the first floor of our building turns into a super-market where those who are eligible and approved by the City of Jerusalem can come and pick very high quality food for their families.
Netivyah Scholarship Fund for students in the Israeli institutions of higher education is doing well too and the demand for more scholarships is constant. If we had more resources we could do much more next year. We are blessing the next generation of Disciples of Yeshua in this land. This is an investment for the future of the community of Disciples in this land. We are providing financial stipend of 200 US dollars per month to more than 19 students some are Jewish some are Arabs. You too can invest in the future of the Body of the Messiah in Israel by contributing to Netivyah Scholarship fund.
Kol HaYeshua Radio broadcast is daily on A.M. radio. We need your prayers to make this very valuable and important broadcast of teaching by Jews, to Jews, about the Jewish Messiah into F.M. Radio. A.M. has minimum listeners in Israel. Most people who listen to radio around the world are tuning into F.M. stereo stations. We need your prayers for God to enable us to make this change.
We are coming out with a new Teaching from Zion magazine in a couple of weeks. This one will be about King David. Like all the teaching from Zion magazines this one too will be extremely interesting and the novel thing is that you will be able to reach a wonderful article written by one of the young men who is raised in Netivyah and has finished the Army and now is a student in the Hebrew University. He is a graduate of our youth group called the Munchkins.
If you have not seen or received the Teaching from Zion magazines up to now you can always go to our web page and register. The magazine is for free and you can download many older copies from our web page for free. The magazine is mailed for free to six out of the continents of our globe. The only continent that we don’t have subscribers to the Teaching from Zion magazine is Antarctica and we might even get some from Antarctica soon.
The teaching ministry of Netivyah is also doing wonderful things because so many of our men in the congregation are very find teachers and this summer I am taking Daniel Stern to the Far East and he will be speaking in Taiwan and in Japan. While I travel out of the country – the men of the congregation take turn teaching and preaching and they are a touch and wonderful complimentary competition that makes me very happy.
Now your prayers for the sick and those who need a breakthrough in their lives.
Thank you for praying for Barry my son. His surgery has healed and we are all grateful for your prayers for Barry. Please continue to pray for Barry’s health. In Holland Tineke is also battling cancer for the second time and needs the LORD’s grace and healing, encouragement and strength so that her body overcomes.
Please don’t forget to pray for the whole Shkedi family. Especially pray for Ynon –the baby needs healing and strength and his family needs encouragement and strength.
Kari A., a dear brother in Finland who had colon surgery last week and the surgery has become complicated Kari needs our prayers in a very intense way
I ask for special prayers for our dear brothers and sisters in Finland: Keijo and Salme, Sister Airi, Anne-Mirjami, Anna Majia, Satu-Maria and her daughters, Tim Tucker, Erki and Sirpa and for our dear Finish members of the Roeh Israel Congregation, Leah K., Ahuva B., Ilana H. I also ask you for the following members of the congregation in Jerusalem: David S., Sarit, Miriam, Hannah, Greg, Yuri M. who is in the hospital now with serious kidney problems and Daniel P., who is also in the hospital for rehabilitation after a serious motorcycle accident. Brothers and sisters in the USA that need your prayers for healing: Emmet, Boby, Ruby, John M. Aaron H., John M., Liz Johnson, Horace and June S. Brothers and sisters in Brazil that need healing: Paulo, Naomi, Clara, Marcelo’s father and especially his mother. In Japan, we have the following brothers and sisters that need your prayers for healing: Pra. Curita, Toru, Tomoko San, Sadako San, Takeo Sensei, and Daisuke Sensei, and Sister Yumi’s husband.
The list of brothers and sisters who need strength and blessing in their homes and in their business, is also important to pray for: The Goh family who is under no little stress and needs wisdom and protection and revival of success in the new path that God is forging for them. Sister Christy, Sister Laurel, and for Brother Michael Kenzevic, and Daniel L., all need success and prosperity in their life and work. Pray for a dear brother in Finland by the name of David. Pray that the Lord will provide for David a great job that will honor his gifting and his family.
Pray for Roger, a dear brother who stands with so many good works and with Netivyah. He needs wisdom and peace and success in his work and life.
God bless all of you who pray for the Salvation of Israel and the World. We all need to make our Horizonte wider and have at least the dream and the desire to see the whole world kneel before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and be dressed in white on that day when the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall arise. If we don’t have that desire we will also not do things to make this happen. If we don’t have the faith we shall not be focused on that which is in God’s heart and desire.
Joseph and Marcia Shulam