Brad L. Burge
God desires that ALL people would accept God's love and salvation through Jesus Christ. God has compelled me to share information with the world relating to the biblical seven year tribulation in order to share Truth in a deceived world.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. (John 1:1-5)
Jesus answered, "I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
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Rabbi David Rosen, chairman of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, said, "Because Judaism believes that the righteous of all nations have a portion of the world to come, it is not exclusive and provides a basis for a more tolerant approach."
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The number of homosexuals in Israel who have AIDS increased last year after previous declines. The contagious and potentially fatal disease is relatively common among those who practice homosexuality, which is prohibited by the Bible.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The IDF Staff and Command College completed on Wednesday its first course in 20 years that included all operational commanders of all branches of the armed forces.
The 10-month training course involved 58 officers under a new format introduced after changes were made following lessons learned in the Second Lebanon War. IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi noted that the success of the training can make the difference "between failure and success and between stalemate and victory."
The Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, an umbrella body for 80 US congregations is leading a 300 member contigent in a three day conference in Jerusalem beginning today. As part of the conference, discussion of the “discrimination” by Israeli government policies concerning immigration by “Messianic Jews”. Estimates claim that there are at least 12,000 Messianic Jews living in Israel, and up to a quarter of a million in the United States.
Israel’s Law of Return grants automatic citizenship to all descendants of Jews (with Jewish parents or grandparents), regardless of their current religion. Israel’s Supreme Court, however, has ruled in a 1970 amendment of the Law that Messianic Jews whose mothers are Jewish can be denied Israeli citizenship, based on a landmark 1962 case involving a Polish Jew who had converted to Catholicism and was living a monastic life. According to a Messianic Jewish immigration lawyer, the law has created an “absurd situation in which Messianic Jews must prove they are not Jewish in order to make aliya”
Christian Missionaries to Protest Discrimination in Israel - Inside Israel - Israel News - Arutz Sheva
The US-based Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations has thrown down the gauntlet in what may become a renewed battle over the issue of who has the right to immigrate to Israel.
The group is an umbrella organization for approximately 80 American Christian missionary congregations comprised of worshippers who seek to convince Jews to believe in Jesus. In their churches which they proclaim to be synagogues, they observe some Jewish traditions. While Jewish law clearly says that Judaism is passed to the next generation through the mother, these missionary congrerations say that if the father is Jewish, that's enough.
Some of the missionaries were born to Jewish mothers and are therefore Jewish according to Jewish law. Under the State's current Law of Return anyone with at least one Jewish parent or grandparent on either side of the family is eligible to immigrate to Israel. It is this law that enabled the Jewish Agency to utilize Jewish funds to bring in some 300,000 non-Jews to Israel from the Former Soviet Union.
In the past, however, those who profess belief in Jesus have been blocked from acquiring Israeli citizenship . . .
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
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Fellow Traveler: Adherence to what are called the seven laws of Noah, which are somewhat similar to, but not the same as, the ten commandments. I'm not an expert but I'll try to state them. Prohibitions against idolatry, adultery, murder, and theft. Belief in God. Then two that do not show up in the ten commandments. One is the prohibiton against cruelty to animals. The last Noahide law is communal, that society as a whole set up fair laws and justly enforce them.
Jeffrey Weiss: Yup. The "Noahide laws" are generally considered the minimum standards for non-Jews in traditional Judaism. They were the laws that applied to non-Jews who lived amongst the Israelites.
Conservative American Christian James Dobson has charged Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama with "deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to justify his own world view." Speaking on his national radio show, he accused the candidate of promoting a "fruitcake interpretation" of the American constitution.
Sen. Obama, stated in a speech two years that the United States is "no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."
Dobson attacked Sen. Obama for saying that the Bible cannot be used as a basis for public policy because of verses authorizing slavery and prohibiting the eating of shellfish. The Senator has said that New Testament passages are "so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application." Dobson charged that he is "dragging biblical understanding through the gutter."
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Blogger's note: Syria, prodded by Iran, may soon challenge Israel. If so, Israel may destroy Damascus just as the Bible says. If the Bible says it will happen, it will happen. The only question is when.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Sarkozy scheduled to take office 11-01-09.
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Proselytizing is strongly discouraged in Israel, a country whose population consists of a people that suffered centuries of persecution for not accepting Jesus and has little tolerance for missionary work.
At the same time, Israel has warm relations with U.S. evangelical groups, which strongly support its cause, but these generally refrain from proselytizing inside Israel. Even the Mormon church, which has mission work at its core worldwide, agreed when it opened a campus in Jerusalem to refrain from missionary activity.
But his religion also holds that one can embrace Jesus - Ami calls him by his Hebrew name, Yeshua - as the Messiah and remain Jewish. Orthodox Jews, on the other hand, believe that the Messiah has yet to come . . .
Ami Dahan, a local police official, says hundreds of Christian religious books were burned on May 15 in an empty lot in town. He said Deputy Mayor Uzi Aharon, has been questioned on suspicion that he instructed youths to collect the books from homes where they had been distributed and told them to burn them.
Aharon denies ordering the burning. He says the books were collected from a neighborhood of mostly Ethiopian immigrants who are easily persuaded by
"There are three missionaries who live and work in the town, and every Saturday they take people to worship and try to brainwash them," Aharon said.
Many Messianic Jews say they recognize the sensitivities involved and do not distribute religious material or conduct high-profile campaigns. But Aharon noted a recent Jews for Jesus campaign with signs on buses that equated two similar Hebrew words - Jesus and salvation. Public outrage quickly forced the bus company to remove the signs.
Calev Myers, a lawyer who represents Messianic Jews, said he has fought 200 legal cases in the past two years. Most involve authorities' attempts to close down houses of worship, revoke the citizenship of believers or refuse to register their children as Israelis. In one case, Israel has accused a German religion student of missionary activity and has tried - so far unsuccessfully - to deport her.
"In incidents of violence, police are reluctant to press charges," Myers said.
The book-burning caused shock among U.S. evangelicals.
Dave Parsons, spokesman of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, which represents evangelical Christian communities, said the test would be how vigorously authorities pursued the case.
"We believe there is a link to a series of incidents here in the land that involve harassment, intimidation and physical violence," he said.
The Ortiz family moved from the United States to Israel in 1985, qualifying as immigrants under Israel's Law of Return because Leah, the mother, is Jewish. In 1989 they moved into Ariel, a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, and established a small Messianic group which now numbers 60, most of them immigrants from the former Soviet Union, according to David Ortiz, the pastor and Ami's father.
He said that he built the community through conversations with friends and neighbors, but did not actually go door-to-door distributing religious material to strangers in the traditional sense of missionary work. David Ortiz says he has also proselytized in the Palestinian areas - prompting Islamic leaders there to warn against contact with him. Ortiz said he had no problem if Messianic Jews discuss their religious views with others and persuade them to believe in Jesus.
When the family began holding study sessions, a rabbi warned Ortiz not to speak about Jesus outside the home.
In 2005, fliers were distributed in Ariel warning that there were believers of Jesus in the community. One day, two men wearing the black skullcaps of Orthodox Jews knocked on the door and photographed Ortiz when he answered. Recently the photo turned up on a flier with the family's address.
When the basket was left at the door Ami wasn't surprised, since it was Purim, a holiday when Jews exchange gifts.
"I opened it up and I heard it and then I was on the floor and I didn't hear anything, I didn't see anything, the lanky boy recalls."
Ami was in critical condition, with severe gashes in his legs and feet and one that just missed his jugular vein. His tryout for the Maccabi team was canceled.
His family initially suspected Palestinians; Ariel is in the heart of the West Bank and surrounded by Palestinian towns and villages and, like most Jewish settlements, has been the target of Palestinian attacks. But police immediately told him the bomb was more sophisticated than those made by Palestinians since it contained plastic explosives.
Safety pins and screws are still lodged in 15-year-old Ami Ortiz's body three months after he opened a booby-trapped gift basket sent to his family. The explosion severed two toes, damaged his hearing and harmed a promising basketball career.
"Nobody ever suspected that a Jewish group would do such a thing, that they would put a bomb in somebody else's house," David Ortiz said.
Police have since told the family that Palestinians were not behind the bombing. The family has footage from a security camera of a man delivering the package, according to a person close to the family who spoke on condition of anonymity because police say disclosing details could harm the investigation.
Police spokesman Danny Poleg would not discuss the case, saying only that no arrests have been made.
Meanwhile, the Messianic Jewish believers are taking no chances. These days they worship under the protection of an armed guard.