Who owns Machpelah? What is the historical precedent for UNESCO’s latest proposed designation? Can you connect the dots to the ancient cultural ties?
For the citizens of the rebirthed nation not yet two decades old, the liberation from occupation and reunification of the Eternal City of Jerusalem was more than a military triumph—the Six Day War altered the course of history.
As mortal beings, it’s impossible to foresee the outcome of events where the course of history is altered in a way we never anticipated. Yet, on Yom Yerushalayim—Jerusalem Day—such an outcome is commemorated.
Prophetic passages in both Testaments of the Bible affirm the centrality of Jerusalem in Israel’s future. Only those with a premeditated obsession to destroy Israel and rewrite history disavow what every rational person recognizes—Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the heart of the Jewish world.
Come and see the works of God…We went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment.
“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you; may He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion.” PSALM 20:1-2
“If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the LORD your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you.” DEUTERONOMY 30:4
I strongly encourage you to not only set an alarm to pause in a moment of silent solidarity with our Jewish friends, neighbors and co-workers; but, also determine to use Yom HaShoah to vocally counter those who aggressively attempt to diminish and co-opt the memory of the Holocaust.
“Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as prey to their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” PSALM 124:6-7
Don’t be a pew warmer. Be informed. Be alert. Use every opportunity to counter misinformation about Israel that will pervade our culture unless we remain vigilant.
In a reincarnation of the spirit of Amalek, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime instigated the most aggressive program to annihilate the Jewish people in the history of mankind.
Each person’s conduct toward Israel and the Jewish people has both broad and personal implications. It’s a simple choice. Intentionally choosing to benefit Israel in a practical way invites the corresponding blessing God promised.
Israel belongs to the Jewish people; and, God’s plan does not include abandoning the land of Israel for any other chunk of dirt no matter how attractive—including the Baja Peninsula.
As a biblically authentic Christian committed to a literal, historical, grammatical interpretation of Scripture, loving Israel and standing in solidarity with the Jewish people is the only morally viable response.
From sundown last night through sundown this evening, Tu B’Shevat is celebrated with tree planting and enjoying the fruit of trees. It also marks the beginning of the agricultural year for the purpose of biblical tithing.