While our nation sits down tonight, to celebrate our redemption from bondage to Egypt, 3000 years ago, it is still in bondage to sin and is far from God. Although God is not far from Israel, Israel is far from God. We await a greater Passover; we look with longing for the time when our God will reveal His Son to His people, and they shall turn to Him!
Jer. 23:5 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
Jer. 23:6 In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE Lord OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Jer. 23:7 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’
Jer. 23:8 but, “As the LORD lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.”
There is coming a day, according to this prophecy, that the exodus from Egypt will not be remembered anymore; replacing that memory will be a greater exodus and ingathering of the Jews to the land. What makes this ingathering so superior to the exodus from Egypt? (We have been celebrating that one for 3000 years!). The answer lies in verses 5 and 6, the coming exodus, is superior because it is redemption from sin and death! "THE Lord OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS" points directly to Yeshua, our Passover Lamb! We are not saying that the first Exodus was superfluous, not at all; what we are saying is that it was not the whole story. The coming redemption is not just a redemption from bondage to the nations, but from bondage to sin. The Jewish people will not only live in the land merely, but live in the presence of the Lord. "I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Jeremiah 31:33
- Pray with us in this season for the fullness of God's plans and purpose for our nation.
- Pray with us for the revelation of Yeshua the Messiah to His people, pray with us for the spirit of grace to fall upon our nation, bringing relief from bondage.
- Pray with us this wonderful promise from Jeremiah 24:7 Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart."
Trouble in Gaza?
Thousands of Gazans are marching toward Israel on the eve of Passover. They call it the March of Return. There are already 5 dead from the clashes at the writing of this bulletin.
For background on the March of Return: https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5210084,00.html
For the latest news on what is happening: https://www.timesofisrael.com/6-gazans-said-wounded-as-thousands-flock-to-border-to-protest/
And here: https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5210347,00.html
The real motive for this march: https://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-leader-protests-mark-the-beginning-of-our-return-to-all-of-palestine/?
The situation in Gaza is nearing the boiling point; it may very well be that events are leading to an all-out clash with Hamas in the Gaza strip. Too, we should not forget the situation in the north of Israel. Things are very tense in Syria and Iran is relentlessly trying to advance towards Israel's borders.
These protests are scheduled to last until May 15, Israel's Independence Day and the date in which the US embassy is relocated to Jerusalem. We expect that tensions will greatly escalate; no one can predict where this is going to end. This is why we should not be asleep spiritually at this crucial time. Let us all on the name of the Lord with all our hearts and be vigilant.
- Pray with us for the arm of the Lord to bring this to naught
- Pray with us that Hamas will fail in this attack
- Pray with us that the outcome will be decisive in Israel's favor so that the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria do not imitate this initiative.
- Stand before the Lord, call on His name to fulfill His promises regarding Israel's protection, Israel's restoration and Israel's reconciliation to Him.
To end this bulletin, here is a heartfelt story of grace and mercy in the midst of all this turmoil: https://www.timesofisrael.com/using-brazilian-procedure-israeli-doctors-save-filipino-newborn-in-jerusalem/
Blessings from Jerusalem,