Posted by: cindybythesea | December 15, 2011

Christmas and a Giddy Sense of Expectation

     Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone! I will be traveling to the mainland tomorrow to spend the holidays with my children and grandchildren, so, I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah!

It’s been a great year and I have enjoyed so much getting to know all of you through the format of this blog.  How blessed we are to live in a time when we can share information like this. My hope and prayer is that we will continue to make wise use of this tool (the internet) for as long as God makes it available to us in these days before his soon return.

How blessed we are to live in a time when we are seeing Bible prophecy fulfilled before our very eyes. I was tremendously excited to receive information via the Joel Rosenberg blog yesterday, regarding a Bible study to be held in the home of Prime Minister Netanyahu.  Amazing!  I was giddy with happiness and expectation all day long after reading it. God is beginning to move in the heart’s of his covenant people, just stand back and watch!  The more isolated they feel, the more driven they will be to look back in to their history and to search their scriptures – and, to ultimately receive their rightful King, Yeshua!  I believe we are seeing the first move in that direction today.

*If you haven’t yet read this exciting article, take a few minutes to check it out, its copied below.

On that exciting note, I will sign off.  Feel free to post in the comments section, (news, links, comments for discussion, etc.) while I am away – I’ll check them as often as I can.  

 Until then, see you in the air or back here in time for 2012.  Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and keep looking up!  Much love and aloha in Messiah Jesus!  Cindy

* (Washington, D.C., December 13, 2011) — I read a fascinating story in the Jerusalem Post this morning and it gave me fresh hope for the nation of Israel.
“Taking a page out of David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin’s playbook, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will begin hosting a regular Bible study group in his official residence for researchers, public officials and invited guests, “reports the Post. “Netanyahu announced the establishment of the study circle on Friday at a ceremony marking 30 days since the passing of his father-in-law, Shmuel Ben-Artzi. The study group will be named after Ben-Artzi, a noted poet and Bible teacher. Both Ben-Gurion and Begin, when they each served as prime minister, hosted regular Bible study groups. Netanyahu said he was establishing the class to perpetuate love of the Bible.”
This is an excellent step by the Prime Minister, and he should be commended for it. Indeed, let us pray that the study of the Word of God has a powerful, personal impact on the Prime Minister and his family and each of his colleagues and guests. Let’s pray that many Israelis would follow the Prime Minister’s lead and begin reading the Holy Scriptures again, and that Bible studies in people’s homes would spring up all over the Land of Israel.
Such a national reawakening to the importance of the Scriptures has happened before in Israel’s history. Remember men like Nehemiah, Ezra, Josiah, and Joel? These were beloved governors, priests, kings and prophets whom the Lord used to turn the Jewish people back to the Scriptures and the need for national and individual prayer, fasting and repentance. One of my favorite examples is found in 2 Kings 22. I’d encourage you to read it afresh, for it is the remarkable story of King Josiah.
At the age of 8, Josiah took the throne. When he was 18, he instructed the temple to be cleaned and renovated. In so doing, he learned that a long forgotten copy of the Scriptures had been found in the temple. Indeed, someone brought him the dusty scrolls and read the Word to the king. “When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes” in repentance for all of Israel’s sinful ways, and his own. Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest and several other servants, “Go, inquire of the Lord for me and the people and all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found, for great is the wrath of the Lord that burns against us, because our fathers have not listened to the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”
In 2 Kings 23, then, comes the equally amazing story of King Josiah gathering all the people of Israel tand reading the Word of the Lord to them. Together, convicted of their own sins, they chose to make a covenant before the Lord to obey His all of His commandments. “Before him,” the Bible says, “there was no king like him who turned to the Lord with all his might, according to the law of Moses; nor did any like him arise after him.” Let us pray that Israel once again experience a national renaissance of hunger for the Word of the Lord. Amen.
[To see read the full Jerusalem Post story — and more details about Netanyahu’s growing interest in Bible study in recent years — please go to: http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/; or go to www.joshuafund.net

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Responses

  1. Thank you so much for posting this story since I did not see it. This is most exciting news and very positive step for Israel. I am excited to learn of this. Thank you for your site and the postings you share. I always look forward to reading them. Blessings to you and yours.

  2. And then this morning Joel posted this!

    This is worth watching. It’s not often that you hear an Israeli Prime Minister mention the name of Jesus. But Netanyahu has recorded a warm Christmas greeting for “all the Christian citizens of Israel,” as well as to Christians around the world. He also invites Christians to come visit Israel and see the places where the Bible came to live. Amen. Let the name of Jesus — Yeshua in Hebrew — be lifted up among all this Christmas season, just as it was amongst the Israeli shepherds in the field outside of Bethlehem so long ago. “In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:8-14)

    See Video greeting to Christians here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRm0NV88bbA

    Going to try to post the actual youtube here (this never seems to work for me :()

  3. I saw that Christmas greeting by Prime Minister Netanyahu and was very touched by it. It caused joy in my spirit at a deeper level. I pray God’s continued blessing and protection on PM Netanyahu and on Israel.

  4. Wow, had read about the Bible study but didn’t see the Christmas greeting.

    Cindy, thank you for being obedient to our Father and for sharing your thoughts and a place for everyone to connect and share.

    God bless and keep you as you (and family) travel. Enjoy your visit and I pray that God richly bless you in the short time we have before we truly go home.

    ((Hugs)), love in Him and prayers,
    Tamara

  5. Cindy,
    Thank you for a beautiful post. The video from the Prime Minister was very touching. May you have a very blessed and joyous Christmas celebration; may the Lord watch over you and keep you safe. I thank all of you who are willing to take the time to comment; it is a blessing to me to read the posts. May each and every individual who visits here have a blessed Christmas and may our precious Lord and Savior draw you closer to Him. May He stir your heart and set it on fire to be a strong witness for Him in these last days. Many blessings!


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