At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise globally—from the Middle East to Europe to college campuses—there is also a lot of good news for pro Israel supporters.
I recently saw that one of the group’s now-famed “Nights to Honor Israel” was held in Columbus, Georgia. For me, one of the more interesting outcomes is the fact that the event saw several denominations coming together; there was even a prayer led by a United Methodist minister! This is good news, indeed.
I’ve been involved in activism for Israel for more than 20 years, and I believe CUFI hasn’t even hit their stride yet. The organization is surging, and I’m convinced the best is yet to come. The leadership is savvy, committed, and most of all, imbued with real character.
The Columbus “Night to Honor Israel” is a signal of things to come. Even with the difficulties Israel must deal with, her friends like CUFI ensure the Jews will never stand alone again.
I just returned from speaking at a church on the East Coast, and it was instructive for several reasons.
My topic was Israel and her “place among the nations.”
Turnout was excellent but at dinner that evening, the pastor gave me a lay of the land, literally. He said that in his county alone, there are 39 other churches in that denomination. Around eight of them would be open to my message. I also scanned the community during the trip and concluded there are a handful of other denominational churches that might participate in a pro Israel seminar.
A generation or two ago, this situation would have been reversed. Around 75 percent of churches would have been enthusiastic to hear about Israel. Several things have changed:
•A hundred years of seminaries teaching Replacement Theology, or casting doubt on the historicity of biblical accounts—particularly those in the Hebrew Scriptures—produced legions of pastors who skew a significant amount of the Bible to fit liberal worldview.
•As the horrors of the Holocaust fade (soon, no survivors will remain alive), Jew-hatred is able to come into the light and in many places, flourish. This includes too many American churches.
•Churches, following the un-biblical model of the “seeker-driven” model, or the mega-church model, teach topically now. Serious preaching through the Bible, and actual, real Bible study, is largely a thing of the past. The result is a nation that is biblically illiterate.
•Much of America’s evangelical leadership is now cozying-up to the Palestinian narrative.
These factors and more have ravaged the landscape with regard to pro Israel teaching. A parallel outcome is the severely depleted list of churches eager to hear teaching about Bible prophecy. Many of the same above factors apply here, as well, but I must acknowledge that with the latter, the Bible prophecy community has also shot itself in the foot with antiquated teaching methods, date-setting, and flaky topics.
Two things come to mind: Israel, in a secular sense, is a moral nation. Her PR efforts are sometimes lacking, but from security to cultural openness to innovation, Israel is a remarkable place. This is the opposite of what most people hear through media.
Secondly, the Bible itself is remarkably self-authenticating. There is no good reason not to believe the biblical accounts, ranging from origins to the birth of the Jewish people, and the New Testament events.
Yet an intense assault on both the Bible’s veracity, and the legitimacy of Israel has been launched.
If younger generations aren’t given real Bible instruction, these realities I’ve outlined will get worse.
Which itself is foretold in the Bible. Apostasy is already in the American Church.
The first time I drove down to the Dead Sea, I almost ran off the road when acres of palm groves began dotting the barren landscape of the Judean Hills.
What is this? I wondered.
It was part of my awakening with regard to Israeli innovation. It is nothing less than astonishing.
Since then, I’ve developed a hobby of sorts in tracking the amazing inventions and technological advances in many arenas developed in Israel. Truly, this tiny nation—so controversial in so many circles—is benefiting mankind in ways few understand.
In fact, just this week I read a very moving piece about groundbreaking surgery being done in Israel to relieve the tremors that plague sufferers of Parkinson’s Disease.
Now, my friend Marcella Rosen and her staff at Untold News are launching a new media campaign to highlight these amazing advances. With the tag-line “How to Make the World a Better Place? the Israel Is On It campaign raises awareness of Israel’s major contributions to the environment, medicine, and technology.
(Her book, Tiny Dynamo, is a terrific little read on this subject.)
The campaign launched in January, with ads in the New York Times, and the objective is to inform and intrigue younger Americans with Israeli inventions, that benefit their lives. This Millennial Generation is often bombarded with propaganda from all sides, including the false charge against Israel that it is an apartheid state. The “Israel Is On It” campaign helps in a big way to destroy those false claims. In fact, especially for its size, Israel makes huge contributions to the betterment of people everywhere.
To date, visitors to the “Israel Is On It” website show that 76 percent are under 45. This is critically important in what Benjamin Netanyahu has called the Battle for Truth.
Take for example Israel’s inroads into making seawater drinkable. The Middle East is parched in many places, of course. While oil is a precious liquid that fuels the region’s growth, it has its limits. Water is an equally precious commodity and now with its innovative style, Israel is solving that problem. As the “Israel Is On It” website puts it:
“Six years ago, Israel was almost out of water. Today, there’s plenty to go around, thanks to Israel’s advances in desalination (removing the salt from seawater) and recycling of wastewater. Severe water restrictions (like limiting showers to two minutes) have been lifted.
“25% of Israel’s fresh water is now created through desalination. Israel has also become the world leader in recycling wastewater for agricultural use. 86% of wastewater in Israel is recycled, creating more than half the water needed for farming.
“As reported in the New York Times, Israel has a multi-pronged effort to end the drought.
“Good for Israel. And because Israel is happy to share what it’s learned with our drought-threatened world, good for all of us. Israel’s IDE Technologies Ltd has built the US’s largest desalination plant in San Diego, California using Israel-invented reserve osmosis technology.”
This is but one example made available from the Untold News initiative. I highly recommend that you check out this amazing campaign, and then spread the word.
Israel deserves the PR, frankly.
Everyone wants a miracle. People from all walks of life, literally, want a miracle.
Some suffer physically, others in relationships. In today’s economy, just getting through each day financially is often a catastrophic undertaking.
Some people pray for miracles, others simply hope.
From time to time, a legitimate miracle is available for all to see.
I would like to highlight a gigantic miracle that few know anything about.
In order to fully see this miracle in all its splendor, one must have some basic understanding of the Bible. Specifically, the Hebrew Scriptures, or what Christians call the Old Testament. There, one finds a remarkable narrative that weaves its way from Genesis to Malachi.
In this narrative, God reveals the entire sweep of Jewish history. Born in Genesis, the Jewish national identity was forged at Mt. Sinai. Over millennia, they became the world’s most famous ancient kingdom, the “myth critics” notwithstanding.
Early on, God says that the day would come when Israel would be exiled from the land He gave their forefathers. But “after many days,” He would remember them and return them to that land.
The fact that the Jews have returned by the millions, in our time, is not disputable. Yet most miss this astonishing miracle, this fulfillment of Bible prophecy, largely for two reasons: A) They do not read the Bible and therefore do not know and B) Some read the words and refuse to see it.
Neither fact removes the miracle.
I have found over the years that when talking to church audiences, few have a real understanding of the profound implications of Israel’s existence. For various reasons, many people miss the special nature of the Jewish people.
About a year ago, my friend Gary Frazier had an idea for a book, a primer of sorts about Israel. He kindly asked me to be part of the project and lo and behold, it just released, published by New Leaf Publishing Group.
We wanted to provide a basic chronology, a timeline of biblical history/Jewish history, and then to help people understand the implications. I’m certain we accomplished the first part; it is up to readers to decide if we managed the second part.
Honestly, for years people have asked me for a basic resource to understand Bible prophecy. I do believe The Miracle of Israel is at least a significant contribution to this field. Broken into three parts — Past, Present, and Future — the book features chapters like: Beginnings and Father Abraham; Jesus Years; God’s Endgame.
We also provide sidebars, like “Fascinating Facts” and “Amazing Prophecies.”
Aside from basic history and geography, we cite numerous examples of miracles in the ancient and present life of national Israel, such as:
“The Israelis were literally being overrun in the Golan Heights in
the first hours of the Yom Kippur War by the Syrian army who
had crossed the eastern border into Israel with 1,400 tanks and
men. Israel had been caught off guard. The Israelis deployed their
forces of only 200 tanks, only to be largely decimated by the
onslaught of the Syrian forces. Avi Dor Kahalani, a veteran of
the Six Day War of ’67, whose story became a best-selling book
entitled Fury 77, was the tank company commander. Kahalani
was on his radio screaming for reinforcements. He was being told
reinforcements were on their way, but they must hold out until
they arrived because if the Syrians broke out into the valley there
would be no stopping them in their march to Tel Aviv. Kahalani
kept radioing as the situation became more dire by the moment,
and continued to be told help was on the way. The fact was, help
was not coming; there was none to send.”
The dramatic conclusion to that story, which occurred during Israel’s miraculous victory in 1973, is just one of many in The Miracle of Israel.
The underlying point we aim for in the book is to show people that if God keeps His promises to the Jews — and He has, very clearly — then He will keep His promises to you as an individual. If He says that you can find peace, or that He will never leave you…well, you can count on that. You can stake your life on it.
If you need a miracle, make yourself aware of the biggest modern miracle in our world.
The Miracle of Israel.