Hello from Israel! A dream come true for me‚ for my daughter Jennifer and for my friend Shai!
So how did this come about?
My daughter has been studying Hebrew for the last 3 years (and paid for much if it with her own hard-earned money). Come end of the school year‚ Jenny decided to come to Bulgaria with me and see her Bulgarian grandparents‚ as well as our church family here in Sofia‚ Bulgaria.
My Israeli friend Shai has been inviting us to come to Israel and visit for several years. This year I found out that one of Europe’s budget airlines has started to fly direct from Sofia to Tel Aviv and I took a step of faith‚ finally making the decision to make the long-planned visit.
So here we are – It’s just for a weekend but I’m sure it will have a deep impact on Jennifer.
As for me‚ I’ve been longing to come back to Israel since the first time I was here in 199’ with my wife on a tour organized by the Bible school we graduated. I’ve longed to be able to come back‚ hang out with ordinary Israelis and roam the place on my own‚ without the stress of an organized tour. Well‚ here I am‚ enjoying every single bit of the realization of this dream!
Israel is unique in so many‚ many ways. It’s a modern-day‚ every day miracle. It’s also part of God’s plan for mankind‚ albeit not an easy one to grasp (are there any easy ones‚ in fact?).
The Jews are still God’s covenant people and the land of Israel is their covenant promise. God’s promise to Father Abraham still stands true today!
Now the Lord said to Abram‚
“ Go forth from your country‚
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house‚
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation‚
And I will bless you‚
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you‚
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
So how is Israel relevant today to all people?
It’s relevant because God’s commitment to Abraham still stands true: He will bless people and nations who bless Israel and he will curse them if they don’t. Yes‚ “bless” and “curse” are ancient but very powerful words. They encompass the totality of what we perceive today as “good” and “evil”. The good we say‚ think‚ create‚ plan and do for ourselves and for others. The evil we cause to ourselves and others (yes‚ being self-destructive is not so uncommon as we think).
Blessing and cursing has to do with releasing spiritual forces that either empower and give life or weaken and May even cause death! It’s powerful stuff! Which is why you and I‚ as well as our elected officials can’t be ignorant‚ confused or indifferent when it comes to Israel.
Is God an evil God when he promises that he will curse those how curse Abraham? Not at all. We just need to understand the language of the Bible‚ the spiritual perspective required to properly related to these concepts and the concept-giver per se.
God cursing those who curse the seed of Abraham is simply the response of a covenant partner against someone who dares to attack the one we love and we’re in covenant with. Also‚ God being both the Supreme Legislator and the Ultimate Judge‚ does have the right to serve justice where justice is due.
Looking at the history of the Jewish people‚ I see a people who have been persecuted and hated by all kinds of other people groups‚ Kings and governments. They have certainly needed the protection of the Almighty and He has been there for them.
Please also consider the following facts‚ related to the way the United States government has handled the issue with Israel’s right to the land. [Even] truthorfiction.com has confirmed these occurrences as true (I say [even] because sometimes their “investigations” are biased).
PS: We had a great time‚ felt very safe the whole time and I highly recommend to each one of my friends to consider visiting Israel in one way or another‚ at some point in your life!
TEN MAJOR EVENTS IN THE LAST 20 YEARS
(Relating to Israel’s Covenant Land)
1. October 30‚ 1991: The Perfect Storm
As President George H. W. Bush
is opening the Madrid (Spain) Conference to consider
“land for peace” in Israel’s Middle East role‚ the “perfect storm” develops in the North Atlantic‚ creating the largest waves ever recorded in that region. The storm travels 1000 miles from “east to west” instead of the normal “west to east” pattern and crashes into the New England Coast. Thirty-five foot
waves crash into the Kennebunkport home of President Bush.
2. August 2’‚ 199’: Hurricane Andrew
When the Madrid Conference moves to Washington DC and the peace talks
resume‚ Hurricane Andrew‚ the worst natural disaster ever to hit America‚ comes ashore and produces an
estimated $30 billion in damage and leaving 180‚000 homeless in Florida.
3. January 16‚ 1994: Northridge Earthquake
President Bill Clinton meets with Syria’s President Hafez el-Assad in Geneva. They talk about a peace agreement with Israel that includes giving up the Golan Heights. Within 24 hours‚ a powerful 6.9 earthquake rocks Southern California‚ This quake‚ centered in Northridge‚ becomes the second most destructive natural disaster to hit the United States‚ behind Hurricane Andrew‚
4. January 21‚ 1998: Lewinsky Scandal
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President
Clinton at the White House and is coldly received. Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
refuse to have lunch with him. Shortly afterwards on that day‚ the Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks into the
mass media and begins to occupy a major portion of Clinton’s time.
5. September 28‚ 1998: Hurricane George
As Secretary of State Albright works on the final details of an agreement in which Israel would give up 1’ percent of Yesha (Judah and Samaria)‚ Hurricane George slams into
the United States Gulf Coast with 110 mph winds and gusts up to 175 mph. The hurricane hits the coast and
stalled. On September 28‚ Clinton meets with Yasser Arafat and Netanyahu at the White House to finalize this land deal. Later‚ Arafat addresses the United Nations about declaring an independent Palestinian
state by May 1999‚ as Hurricane George pounds the Gulf Coast‚ causing $1 billion in damage. At the exact time
that Arafat departs the country‚ the storm begins to dissipate.
6. October 15-2’‚ 1998: Texas Flooded
On October 15‚ 1998‚ Arafat and Netanyahu meet at the Wye River Plantation in Maryland. The talks are scheduled to last five days with the focus on Israel giving up 13
percent of Yesha. The talks are extended and conclude on October 2’. On October 17‚ awesome rains and
tornadoes hit southern Texas. The San Antonio area is deluged with rain. The rain and flooding in Texas continue until October 2’ and then subside. The floods ravage 25 percent of Texas and leave over one billion dollars in damage. On October 21‚ Clinton declares this section of Texas a major disaster area.
7. November 30‚ 1998: Market Capitalization Evaporates
Arafat comes to Washington again to meet with President Clinton to raise money for a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital. A total of 4’ other nations were represented in
Washington. All the nations agreed to give Arafat $3 billion in aid. Clinton promised $400 million‚ and the
European nations $1.7 billion. On the same day‚ the Dow Jones average drops 216 points‚ and on December 1‚
the European Market had its third worst day in history. Hundreds of billions of market capitalization
were wiped out in the U.S. and Europe.
8. December 1’‚ 1998: Clinton is Impeached
As Clinton lands in the Palestinian-controlled section of Israel to discuss the “land for peace” process‚ the House of Representatives votes four articles of impeachment against him.
9. May 3‚ 1999: The Powerful Super Tornado
On the day that Yasser Arafat is scheduled to declare a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital‚ the
most powerful tornado storm system ever to hit the United States sweeps across Oklahoma and Kansas. The
winds are clocked at 316 mph the fastest wind speed ever recorded. The declaration is postponed to December 1999 at the request of President Clinton‚ whose letter to Arafat encourages him in his
“aspirations for his own land.” He also writes that the Palestinians have a right to “determine their own
future on their own land” and that they deserve to “live free‚ today‚ tomorrow and forever.”
10. Week of October 11: Hurricane‚ Earthquake and Dow Collapse
As Jewish settlers in 15 West Bank (Israel) settlements are evicted from the covenant land in Israel‚ the Dow-Jones financial averages lose 5.7
percent in the worst week since October 1989. On October 15 the Dow lost 266 points‚ and a hurricane
slams into North Carolina. On the next morning‚ October 16‚ a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocks the southwest in the fifth most powerful earthquake in
20th Century. The earthquake was centered in the California desert and did little damage but was felt in three states.