By Ephraim and Rimona Frank, Kelly Ferrari Mills, and Batya Wootten
We have three informative articles about Israel to share with you. We ask you to please read them and pray for all Israel.
In That Day…
by Ephraim and Rimona Frank
Shalom Fellow Israelite,
First of all we want to thank you for your prayers and concern for all of us, here in the land, at this time. I think almost over two thirds of the nation’s population has heard the sound of the sirens, and ran to an area of safety. If we do not do something about this situation, and are forced into another so called cease-fire, next time Hamas will have even better and more accurate missiles, just like they do now compared to two years ago (when we engaged in a similar operation).
Speaking about “two years ago”, at the Succot “LeChaim Ephraim” conference in the Old City of Jerusalem Rimona gave a teaching on Amos 9:11: “In that day will I raise up the succa of David that is fallen” (emphasis added). She explained why the Hebrew word normally translated “fallen” should be “falling”, and then elaborated on that idea (if you are interested in that teaching you can view it on our website www.israelitereturn.com Part 1: Rimona shares on “the Falling Succah (booth) of David” (Amos 9:11)
But what I would like to share with you this time is not about this particular word, but about the phrase “in that day”. In what “day”? Let us go back to the context of Amos chapter 9, and find out if that day is occurring in our day. As we know, a given prophecy may have more than one time fulfillment, so we do not want to miss or be unaware of an important prophetic moment. The “day” mentioned above pertains to all the seed of Jacob/Israel.
This is how Amos 9 opens up, beginning with a very foreboding statement: “I saw the Lord standing by (“al” – Hebrew word meaning upon or above) the altar (the place where YHVH executes His righteous justice), and He said: ‘Strike the doorposts (in Hebrew “caphtor”, “capital”) that the thresholds (“saph”) may shake, and break (batsa) them on the heads of them all…'” The imagery of an edifice, or building, with emphasis on the capitals of its pillars and on its threshold, conveys the idea of a household or nation, and of those who are in charge (governmental heads) as well as those who are at the foundations (and all who are in between) – ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ as it were. The Hebrew word for “break” (in that verse) is “batsa”. In this case its usage is very appropriate, not only as to how YHVH is about to mete out justice, but also to His reasons for doing so. “Batsa” means to cut off, break off, gain by unrighteous violence, get, finish, being covetous and greedy, to gain wrongfully or by violence. The rulers and rank and file are shown to have gained their position and possessions through greed, unrighteousness, covetousness, and violence (see Amos 2:6-8; 4:1; 5:9-13; 6:1, 4-7; 8:4-6).
Thus, YHVH will strike them, and the whole evil kingdom will come down on the heads of all those who live under its dominion, no one will escape “…I will slay the last of them with the sword. He who flees from them shall not get away, and he who escapes from them shall not be delivered” (Amos 9:1). The same message is repeated in the next 3 verses (through v. 4). This tells us that YHVH means business, and isn’t mincing His words. In the course of this passage YHVH becomes more specific, and reinforced His position and posture: “The Lord YHVH of hosts, He who touches the earth and it melts… and subside like the River of Egypt. He who builds His layers in the sky, and has founded His strata in the earth; Who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the face of the earth — YHVH is His name” (Amos 9:5-6).
Immediately upon focusing attention on Himself, YHVH specifies who His people are, and defines not only His sovereignty over them but also their condition, calling the government that rules them “the sinful kingdom” (v. 8). This kingdom today, with its dominion, rule, and authority is Satan’s. This is why the governmental authorities all the way down to the foundations are corrupted with greed, lies, violence, etc. Hence YHVH declares that, He is going to strike the “capitals” that the whole house of Israel is living under.
YHVH continues: “For behold, I am commanding, and I will shake the house of Israel among all nations” (Amos 9:9 emphases added). This can also read, “in all nations”. In the course of four thousand years, YHVH has been true and faithful to keep His word regarding His covenant of multiplicity with our forefathers. With this idea in mind, of the house of Jacob being in all nations, let us continue reading Amos 9:9: “…as grain is sifted in a sieve; yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground” (Amos 9:9). In other words, the seed of Israel is in the sieve of the nations, nations whom Elohim is going to shake (and is already begun to do so) with no one escaping this time of trembling (i.e. no one will be falling out of this sieve) – everyone will go through this tribulation. “Yet I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob” (v. 8).
Yet YHVH issues a clear warning: “All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword, who say, ‘The calamity shall not overtake nor confront us'” (Amos 9:10).
This brings to mind a scripture from Jeremiah: “For thus says YHVH: ‘We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask now, and see, whether a man is ever in labor with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins like a woman in labor, and all faces turned pale? Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it'” (Jeremiah 30:5-7), at least a remnant. Many limit this “day” to the Jews in the land of Israel, but Jacob is in all nations like seed in a sieve. Do not let this day come on you like a thief.
“For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober” (1 Thessalonians 5:2-6).
Ephraim and Rimona
Our God is an Iron Dome Defense System!
by Kelly Ferrari Mills
Day after day, night after night the people of Israel have been dealing with the very real threat of injury or death in an explosion from the rockets launched by Hamas; yet through these last seven days of heavy cross-fire, not one Jewish life has been lost. One could attribute that miracle to Israel’s amazing Iron Dome Missile Defense System – but I see the Hand of the God of Israel all over this war, which Israel has named OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE.
I looked on the internet to learn how the Iron Dome technology works, and was not surprised to see that the article – though intending to be scientific in its explanation – was actually lining up perfectly with the 91st Psalm! This gave me great delight, remembering that while we were in Israel in March, we were stopping each time we came across I.D.F. soldiers so that we could give them the bandanas we had. They were green camo print with the 91st psalm written on them – so when the soldiers put them on, they were wrapped in the Word of the “Iron Dome” and covered. Watch how the explanation of this technology lines up with the promises of our God. Words from this internet article are in italics:
The name Iron Dome evokes an image of a protective bubble over a city.
I will say of my God He is my refuge and my fortress…He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge.
In practice, it targets incoming rockets and fires an interceptor missile to destroy them in the air.
His faithfulness is your shield and rampart.
The radar detects a rocket launch and passes information regarding its path to the control center, which calculates the predicted point of impact,” the IDF said. “If this location justifies an interception, a missile is fired to intercept the rocket. The payload of the interceptor missile explodes near the rocket, in a place that is not expected to cause injuries.”
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
Iron Dome confronts multiple threats simultaneously, in all weather conditions, the military said.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
Those who trust in the God of Israel are covered by His Protective Edge! We should also be praying Psalm 125 in these days, as we cry out to Him for justice and mercy:
Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken, but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people both now and forevermore.
The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous! Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart. But those who turn to crooked ways the LORD will banish with the evildoers. Peace be upon Israel.
Amen and amen!
Kelly Ferrari Mills
Z e c h a r i a h 12:10 –
The SEE Then SAY Verse
by Batya Wootten
We live in prophetic times and I question whether or not we fully understand the prophecy of Zechariah 12:10. I would like to examine it here and explain why I feel that way.
The verse reads, “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.”
Many think that when the Jewish people see the Messiah coming (returning) in the clouds, THEN, they will welcome him. However, in reality the order of the verse is that first they SEE, and then they SAY…
John 19:37 speaks of the time when Messiah Yeshua hung on the cross, of that time we read, “They will look on the one they have pierced.” Moreover, Yeshua said to those of Judah and Jerusalem, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!'” (Matthew 23:37-39).
Note that Messiah Yeshua follows the same order as that of Zechariah: First they will have to SAY that Messiah is the Blessed One, and then they will SEE Him…
Does “see” here mean to recognize Him, to know Him personally, and not to just visually behold Him? That seems to be the case, and it seems that Yeshua’s plan is that Judah would have faith in Him before He returns.
We must ask these questions because, if Judah is supposed to believe in the Messiah BEFORE He returns, then, as Believers, we have a job to do: We have to learn to walk in a way that causes Judah to see something in us that He likes, as per Romans Eleven.
We are taught that when Yeshua returns in the clouds, that “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen” (Revelation1:7).
The truth is, when we behold the Master, and see the wounds in His Body, knowing they are there because of our sins, we will surely “mourn.” Seeing Him will be both bitter and sweet. Bitter because we will realize what we have personally done to Him, and sweet, because we will know that He has forever forgiven us, that He even paid a terrible price to bring forgiveness to us.
If this is the case, why do so many preach and teach the “SEE and then SAY” theory? One reason may be because the idea requires absolutely nothing of us. We just sit around and let it happen. On the other hand, if we accept the more challenging “SAY and then SEE” theory, which Scripture supports, we have to change, and with that change, we will help bring change to our beloved brother, Judah.
I suggest that that the “SEE and then SAY” theory breeds complacency, and if it has bred complacency in us, we need to repent. This day we need to ask the Father,
How can I personally help in this cause? What can I personally do that will not add to a problem between brothers, but will help bring resolution and restoration?
Song of Solomon 2:15 tells us to “Catch the little foxes that ruin the vineyards that are in bloom.” It is the little sins that do us in. They add up much like the nibbling of a fox on a vine, until the vine is finally ruined.
Our Father planted Israel as a choice vine, but foxes are always nibbling at it, accumulating bite after destructive little bite. Surely, if we ask our Heavenly Father to guide us by His Ruach, each one of can do some little thing to help stem the tide, to help stop the assaults against Israel, and bring much needed healing and restoration to long-lost brothers.
Seeing the truth about our need to minister to, meaning care for Judah should not lead to an attempt at “Jewish Evangelism.” Such attempts have often been part of the problem. True that Judah needs to know Messiah Yeshua, simply because He IS the Messiah. But they naturally have difficulty hearing words of correction from those who have a history of mistreating them, and more importantly, not truly understanding the Messiah and His purposes themselves. For this reason, we need to walk our walk and not just talk our talk. We need to have faith and be like our Messiah, even as taught by David Altman in this month’s Herald Newsletter: http://www.redeemedisrael.com/category/the-herald/
Shalom b’ Yeshua,
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