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How J Street Policy Took a Wrong Turn

The founding of J Street in 2008 sparked much debate in the pro-Israel community. Many were concerned that the group would be overly critical of the Jewish state and thus erode the pro-Israel consensus in the United States.

Others and I disagreed and welcomed J Street's stated desire to "broaden the public and policy debate in the U.S. about the Middle East." It disturbed me that there were those who would seek to preclude any reasonable voice from competing in the marketplace of ideas. read more

Pentecostal Denomination Declares Support for Israel

One hundred and twenty-eight leaders from the Pentecostal Church of God Sunday pledged support for Israel and an undivided Jerusalem when they presented Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat with a signed a declaration.

General Bishop Charles Scott said the group's visit represents more than symbolism. "Understanding the theology of the situation is paramount," Scott said. "We intend this to be a juggernaut," he added.

Bishop Charles Scott (left) and Mayor Nir Barkat read more

The New Jerusalem

The passages of Scripture in Revelation 21:1-27, should cause our hearts to leap. If you know your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life, you can look forward to living in the New Jerusalem.

The description of this holy city is mind boggling, but I believe every word of it. Yes, we will walk streets of gold, and there will be gates made of pearl. There will be no need of the sun or the moon because the light will emanate from the glory of God. read more

Responding to Rabbinic Judaism


When we are filled with the Spirit and our faith is centered on Yeshua, on all that He has done and will do for us, a wonderful transformation takes place: We are endowed with a renewed mind which can weigh viewpoints, practices, and philosophies (see Rom. 12:2).

In this regard, when we reflect on that huge corpus of literature known as rabbinic literature—and I include in this the prayer books—we are filled with what I would call profound ambivalence. What do I mean by this term?

A Personal Response to Rabbinic Judaism

As a young leader in the Messianic Jewish movement, I devoted myself to working my way through the Talmud, the primary multi-volume corpus of the application of Jewish Law. I was also taking a course in Jewish worship at Spertus College of Judaic that concentrated on the prayer books. read more

Lessons From the Jewish Temple


Scripture tells us that man is God's temple (see 1 Cor. 3:16). In order to fully understand this analogy, we must recall the division of the Jewish temple into three parts.

There was its exterior, seen by all men, with the outer court, into which every Israelite might enter, and where all the external religious service was performed. There was the holy place, into which alone the priests might enter, to present to God the blood or the incense, the bread or the oil that they had brought from without. read more

Sudanese Refugees Find Shelter at Messianic Ministry


The genocide staged by Sudan's Islamist regime keeps topping the lists of contemporary disasters. Some 3.5 million South Sudanese Christians and animists have been killed in a brutal "conversion" campaign that has lasted more than 25 years. Millions have fled their homes, seeking shelter from starvation, slavery and violent death.

But among the desert mountains across which Moses fled with another persecuted people long ago some of these Sudanese believers have found refuge in a place aptly named The Shelter. read more

Jerusalem’s Prophetic Destiny

Without question Israel and its capital city, Jerusalem, are of paramount importance in the plans and purposes of God. And we know God uses believers to work with Him in prayer for the carrying out of His plans, His mysteries, on the earth (see 1 Cor. 14:2).

That's why He commands us to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem" (Ps. 122:6, NKJV). But this does not mean we are to pray simply for the absence of war. It also means we are to pray for Jerusalem to fulfill its prophetic destiny. read more

Being Ready for the Bridegroom


We used to lead a "Lamp Lighters" group when my husband was in the army. The children in this group were junior high age, and I loved hearing them sing, "Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning till the break of day."

This story of the ten virgins is about being ready for the Lord's return. One has to understand the Jewish betrothal customs to receive the full impact of what is being conveyed in this passage. read more

How a Drug Addict Found Faith in Yeshua

Michael L. Brown grew up in a typical conservative Jewish home in the suburbs of Long Island, N.Y. He attended Hebrew school and had been introduced to the Scriptures as a child. But during his teen years, he got caught up in the 1960s counterculture. He played drums in a rock band and started using drugs at age 14. He shot heroine and cocaine, and even stole money from his family to support his habit. But a visit to a Pentecostal church changed everything. Watch videos below.

 

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Israeli Company Discovers Oil Near Tel Aviv

An oil exploration company has announced that it has found "significant quantities" of oil in Israel, buoying hopes that natural resources are prevalent in the Holy Land and could enable Israel to become energy independent.

An Israeli company, the Givot Olam Oil Exploration Limited Partnership, announced in December that it found oil at its drill site in Rosh Ha'Ayin, about 10 miles inland from the Tel Aviv coastline. Gas was also found during the drill. read more

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