Posted by: cindybythesea | November 16, 2013

The Harvest is Ripe – part 6

In order to make wine, beautiful robust grapes must first be crushed.

At the entrance to the village where we were staying and nearly adjacent to our camp was an IDF outpost. Israeli soldiers guarding the area 24/7 – even, patrolling the village streets at night with guns in hand. And, while this lent a somewhat comforting measure of safety, I was also struck with the realization of what Israeli settlers live with on a daily basis.

I was surprised to learn that 80% of Judea and Samaria (the area known to the world as the West Bank, which includes East Jerusalem) is Palestinian. In other words, 500,000 Israeli Jews live among the much greater number (2,100,000) Palestinian Arabs in the same area. As you can see, they are greatly outnumbered. A fact, that I can attest to as we passed village after village complete with mosques and minarets.

This area (Judea and Samaria) has been divided in to areas A, B, and C.  “A” designating full Palestinian control. “B” under Palestinian administration fortified with Israeli security and “C” (which includes East Jerusalem) – “to be negotiated”.

A road sign like the one below stood at the intersection to where we were staying. To the left and up the mountain was our village, to the right – an area forbidden to anyone but Palestinians on danger of mortal harm.

As we traveled to the vineyards, we passed village after village (Palestinian) with homes often as big as hotels. Many of which were empty, we were told.  Simply built, so that a claim to occupying the land could be made. Where the funding for these buildings came from, I’m not sure. Below is a photo of a village similar to ones that we were seeing.

One day, while working in the vineyards near Shiloh, we were down in a valley flanked on each side by Palestinian villages. We were busy picking grapes, when suddenly about mid-day, the Arabic call to prayer came echoing over loud-speaker from the mountains above. From one village to the other and back again, the call rang out hanging above our heads like a low dark cloud – a stark reminder that we were indeed in very close proximity to hostile territory.

As you can see, the situation is volatile. In fact, in Hebron, where Abraham and Sarah and the other early Patriarch and Matriarchs are buried, the Jew to Palestinian ration is about 500-850 to 250,000. Can you imagine?

In early 2014, the Israeli government will be forced under international pressure (President Obama, specifically) to concede these territories.  A peace for land deal, which is doomed to fail.

…. the crushing of the grapes.

Friends, there are dark days ahead for Israel. But, we know what the end result will be. No wine can be made without first crushing grapes. Please, keep in prayer, the people of Israel, specifically those living in Judea and Samaria – Jew and Palestinian alike. Pray that in these last days ….. salvation will come to many as God’s plan for the redemption of his people and the land that he loves moves forward.

“Sing, O Daughter of Zion, shout aloud O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel is with you; never again will you fear any harm. On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The Lord your God is with you; he is mighty to save. He will take delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zechariah 3: 14-17.

“Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

* all photos courtesy of google images.


  1. I am not sure as to how all the pieces fit together but I do know this. Death has claimed many in the way of boundary disputes. The devil is in it. I have become increasingly suspect of the idea that the passages that are used to describe Israel and it’s prophecies are just about the physical Jerusalem and it’s people who inhabit it.
    There are many who still reject Christ. They who do are not numbered among His people. There are still some yet to come. They will come out of that nation, and not in it’s entirety.
    One of my all time favorite songs from as a child of 6 years old was the Battle hymn of the republic.

    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
    He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
    He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
    His truth is marching on.

    And as for Abraham and Sara, would they, as Gods own, still have made their own choice of they flesh were they to see the future of the one decision to help Gods plan along by using Hagar?

    And so will we as Gods own stand faithful and allow Him to work despite what we might think we can do?

    Remember they exchange in Matthew 16? Where we see the Holy spirit function as He would for all in Christ in the duration days until His return. We see Peter commended for his response of faith, and just a short time later his (Peter) flesh speaks and the Lord rebukes the devil. It came out of Peter.

    We have enough to do in watching our own step. I see the same thing going on in the community of believers today, that was going on at the last supper. Chatter about accomplishment. About who knows what and when.

    Christ is coming back. The one thing that matters above all is His Word being preached fully and faithfully. Some in the community of “Christianity” have fallen in with all sorts of things.

    But God will prevail, will I be faithful?

    [Jeff, with all due respect, I could not disagree more. This is not your typical border dispute for Jerusalem is the city of the great King and the place Jesus will return to. Therefore, it is a contentious site and one the enemy is wrestling for control of as he seeks to thwart God’s great plan. As far as Abram and Sara are concerned. They are humans who made mistakes just like we do – and, yes, we are still living with the the results of that particular sin to this day – yet, God in his sovereignty has used it in his mighty plan. Specifically in differentiating grace from law. See Galatians chapter 4. The fact that much of Israel is yet in unbelief does not change God’s plan nor his promise. It is still unfolding and will culminate as described in Zechariah 12.
    ” On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem. And, I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. ….. On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to cleanse them from sin and impurity.” Zechariah 12:9-13:1

    This is a subject that I feel strongly about and is not up for debate on this blog. Please refrain from a rebuttal as I will not engage in a point by point discussion for the scripture is already clear on this. If God does not keep his promises to Israel, what makes us think he will be true to his promises to us.

    “For Zions sake, I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.” Isaiah 62:1. —- C]

  2. I guess that begs the question. Who is Israel?

  3. Hi Cindy, just a note to wish you a very merry CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR!
    THANK YOU so very much for your blog. I look forward to each new posting!!
    I believe we are the last generation and very near the LORDS return, Found a short video that really does a good job of illustrating this and makes it clear
    that the end of the age is very near!! LINK is….


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