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The Power of Love / LoveIsrael.com

Dear Lover of Israel, I am writing to you a pressing timely message from Jerusalem the city of God and the eternal capital of the Jewish people. It is my responsibility to share with you a truthful and accurate message from Jerusalem the city of Truth (Zechariah 8:3) for it is Truth that sets us free (John 8:32).

In the last few weeks there have been dramatic developments in the Middle East where “winds of war” begin to blow over our beloved Israel and the entire region. Only one week ago Iran made an aggressive and direct attack against Israel by launching an advanced UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) over Israel. The Israeli air force brought the UAV down and launched several strikes against Iranian targets in Syria successfully.

Lovers of Israel, we live in a day where we are witnessing a rise of conflict against Israel from Iran (backed by the Shite world and Russia) and it appears we are on the edge of an end-time eruption of conflict. Iran, backed by Russia, is the underlying source of manipulations and violence in our region of the world. Iran supports Hezbollah and Hamas which are a direct threat to Israel with reportedly 200,000 rockets and missiles from Lebanon, Syria and Gaza aimed at Israel. As Iran continues to work on its nuclear program behind the scenes and beyond the scope of media. Their goal is to have the potential to launch nuclear missiles that reach Israel, Europe and possibly one day the USA-the creator of the naive nuclear agreement signed with Iran under the Obama administration. Iran now possesses a corridor to the Mediterranean Sea through Syria supported by its heavy presence in Lebanon, Syria and Gaza – the world continues to condone these aggressive movements with silence.

Israel, a light to the nations (Isaiah 49:6), declares that they will never let Iran become a direct threat to Israel and launch a new front against her in the Golan Heights therefore more military action is just a matter of time. It has been prophesied that a time during the end of this present age a massive invasion involving Islamic nations aligned with the country which today is called Russia will attack the nation Israel from the north, their goal is to annihilate God’s chosen nation. This invading army will be supernaturally destroyed in a remarkable way that will bring glory to God (Ezekiel 38-39). “When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer. And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 39:27-29).

As we enter the time of celebrations for the 70th Independence Day of Israel, a nation reborn from the ashes, let all Lovers of Israel STAND BOLDLY in FAITH and ACTIVELY SUPPORT both the land and the people of Israel. Today DO SOMETHING in support of our beloved Israel. I encourage you to pray for Israel every day without fear, knowing that there is no fear in perfect love for perfect fear drives out fear (1 John 4:18). Come and visit Israel and see for yourself with your eyes of faith and filled with His perfect LOVE and walk in the footsteps of Jesus in the land of miracles and witness what God has done and is doing in our beautiful modern nation.

So please ask yourself, what can I do for Israel today as you continue praying for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6). Bring your family and friends to Israel to our humble ministry in the land of Israel “For the LORD takes pleasure in His people, He will beautify the humble with salvation.” (Psalm 149:4)

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for standing with Israel through your support of LoveIsrael and I pray a meaningful week–great week–for you and your loved ones as we move forward in our journey with Adonai.

Shalom Shalom
Moshe Bar Zvi
Founder of LoveIsrael.com
(Genesis 12:3)
#LoveIsrael

Declare His Glory

“Come near, you nations, to hear; and heed, you people! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world and all things that come forth from it.” (Isaiah 34:1)

“I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord!
Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!
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erusalem, which is built as a city that is compacted together—
To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed and as a testimony for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. For there the thrones of judgment were set, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they prosper who love you [the Holy City]! May peace be within your walls and prosperity within your palaces! For my brethren and companions’ sake, I will now say, Peace be within you! For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek, inquire for, and require your good.” (Psalm 122) 

We are blessed for our your eyes have seen and our ears have heard for we have witnessed another miraculously fulfillment of prophecy in our lifetime regarding Israel—the land and the Jewish people.

Lovers of Israel let us “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; show forth from day to day His salvation. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all peoples.”
(1 Chronicles 16:23-24)

#JerusalemEternalCapitalofIsrael #Dec62017 #LoveIsrael

Founder’s Message “Prayer Call”

Dear Lovers of Israel,

I am writing to you from Jerusalem, the City of God, never to be divided again. We are in the Jewish month of Elul and only a few weeks from the Jewish New Year and according to Jewish belief it is a time “The King is in the field.” King’s reside within the walls of their royal palace and an audience with him must be held within his throne room adhering to strict royal protocol. During the month of Elul, on our sacred calendar, it is believed that the king leaves his palace to enter the fields outside the palace. Anyone can approach him and he receives and welcomes them all, even peasants, making this a time when the king is nearest his people.

We are living in dramatic days and some would say the END OF DAYS as we know it, where chaos is the ruler on earth as human evil and natural disasters shake our world. This is all a result of mankind’s sinful nature.
Millions of people are starving to death in Africa and others are being murdered in places such as Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Nigeria, Myanmar and Ukraine. This bloodshed is sign of human evil and brutality that shows no mercy or grace for life (Proverbs 21:10).

In addition to human destruction we are facing natural disasters in so many various places. In the last few weeks we have witnessed nature’s disruption under the weight of mankind’s sin. Typhoons in India, record breaking hurricanes in Houston with one headed to Florida after it leveled parts of the Caribbean Islands as Mexico was hit by an earthquake – the strongest they have experienced in 100 years.

My heart goes out to all the victims and survivors and I ask that you continue with me in prayer for their full recovery as they rebuild lives, homes and infra-structures in their communities. My dear Lovers of Israel, it is clear to me that in these last days we are facing a “last call” as mankind spirals downward perpetuating evil and showing no mercy for life.

There is only one solution that would pave the way for humanity to turn-away from sin and turn-toward God and this would be our united prayer and obedience to His Word. It would open doors for peace where is there is chaos and reconciliation where there is division.

Humanities first step toward reconciliation is to believe God’s Word and which includes blessing Israel. As it has been from the beginning, a provision was made for people everywhere to receive His blessings. (Genesis 12:3). It is a divine window that opens and pours prosperity into a person’s life, family and nation. What would usher peace into our world is brothers dwelling in unity, especially Christians and Jews. We can see the results of this powerful covenant in Psalm 133. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity…” for it is “…there the LORD commanded the blessing—life forever.”

Thank you for staying connected and joining with me in prayer. Together we are creating effectual prayers that will put into motion a divine force that can move around the world helping to heal us all. (James 5:16) “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies…” (Psalm 103:2-4)

Blessings upon you and yours—Shabbat Shalom!
Moshe Bar Zvi
Founder
Loveisrael.com

Feast of Trumpets

The Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teru’ah) more commonly called Rosh HaShana is celebrated on 1 Tishrei the first month of the civil year and the seventh on the sacred Jewish calendar bridging the summer and autumn months. The Hebrew word Tishrei means (to begin) as it is the beginning of the the High Holy Days that starts on the Feast of Trumpets and ends on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

During the month of Elul, before Tishrei, is when it is believed the “King is in the field.” At the beginning of the High Holy Days begins a process of preparation before the holiest day of the Jewish year Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

This feast begins the Jewish new year of 5778 and starts the time when Jewish people repent from sin and hope for renewal in the coming year. This is the time Jewish people “recharge” for the coming year and is believed to be when God reinvests Himself in His creation.

Typical foods eaten during the Feast of Trumpets hold symbolic meaning, here are a few: (1) Shofar: its blasts are a clarion call signaling the Jewish people to return (2) Apples dipped in honey: the hope of a sweet year ahead (3) Pomegranates: a symbol of righteousness because it is said to have 613 seeds (4) Challah that is round: symbolizes the cyclical nature of the year.

Between the Feasts of Tabernacles (Rosh Hashana) and through the Days of Awe that lead up to Yom Kippur is a solemn time where broken relationships are repaired, apologies for past bad behavior are made and when you hope your name is written and sealed in ‘Book of Life.’

We greet Lovers of Israel with “L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu” meaning “May you be inscribed “in the book of life” for a good year.” For to not have your name written in the Book of Life is to have your name blotted out. “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.” (Psalm 69:28)

Shanah Tovah ”good year’
#FeastofTrumpets #RoshHashana #LoveIsrael

Message from the Founder – June 2017

Dear Lovers of Israel,
Greetings from Jerusalem, it is in my heart to share with you a deeper understanding of the Biblical promises attached to blessing Israel and the Jewish people. Let us start by imagining our Holy Bible as a menu where we choose what we want for our meal. Our level of faith is dependent on our choices. Increasing our trust in His Word and our willingness to obey His Word is a daily life-long experience. God’s Word is food for our soul and holds within itself the power to bring to pass every promise according to His intended purpose. Allow me to share these three scriptural truths that will change your life forever.

The first truth is “I will bless those who bless you….and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3) We simply believe God will bless those who bless Israel. We need to believe (have faith) in God’s Word for it was by faith the worlds were framed and it was by faith Abraham obeyed and put his trust in God’s Word that caused him to inherit the promises. This promise of blessing is an eternal perpetual blessing pouring over whoever blesses Israel.

The second truth is “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, may they prosper who love you.” (Psalm 122:6). The Land of Israel has been home to the Jewish people for over 4,000 years with Jerusalem as its capital; and is the place where King Solomon built God’s Temple and the place where God chose to place His Name forever. Jerusalem is the one place Jews have longed to return after exile for thousands of years. Jewish tradition says, “Those who long to see Jerusalem’s glory are called her lovers.” When a Lover of Israel prays for the peace of Jerusalem, blessed with prosperity their prayers bless both the city of Jerusalem and the Jewish people.

The third truth is “I have set watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night….” (Isaiah 62:6-7) These Lovers of Israel never fall silent and give Him no rest – obedient to His call. The Bible teaches us that faith without actions is dead. To stand strong with Israel and be a watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem (God’s boots on the ground), it requires obedience to God’s Holy Spirit. A watchmen is committed and actively involved in supporting Israel and the Jewish people. Watchmen speak words of faith and combine them with acts of love for a powerful spiritual force.

We are living in chaotic days, witnessing dramas and bloodshed as darkness unfolds its attempts to tear nations and communities apart. I encourage you to live by faith, pray and obey His Word adopting these three scriptures into your daily meal plan and watch and see the Goodness of God flow into your life in the presence of your enemies. TRUST GOD every step along the way.

My dear Lovers of Israel, I am among you as one who serves (Luke 22:27), connecting you directly with the Land of Israel and the Jewish people. As we continue building our strong bridge together, Christians and Jews, we stand firm on a bridge constructed on the foundation of His Word and His unfailing Love.

Blessings to you and yours from Jerusalem.

Shalom Shalom,
Moshe Bar Zvi
Founder LoveIsrael.com
#LoveIsrael — with Moshe Bar Zvi.

Leadership without Partitions

This week’s parasha, Behaalotcha, tells us about the appointment of the elders. This story did not begin well. The nation that was being nourished by the manna – the Divine food that came down from heaven every morning – started missing Egypt. It remembered the abundance of the Nile, the fish, the vegetables, the varied foods. The manna seemed boring and tasteless. Moshe heard the nation crying and complaining and felt he no longer had the strength to lead it on his own. He turned to God and said: Alone I cannot carry this entire people for it is too hard for me. (Bamidbar 11, 14)

God responded with a practical solution: Then the Lord said to Moses, “Assemble for Me seventy men of the elders of Israel…Then they will bear the burden of the people with you so that you need not bear it alone.” (Ibid Ibid, 16-17)

These seventy elders would now be partners in leading the nation. They would help carry the heavy burden, take on responsibilities, and make decisions. Indeed, Moshe implements what he is told to do. He collects seventy elders and shares his burden with them.

This event influenced halacha (Jewish law) for generations of leadership. The Sanhedrin – the halachic institution that functioned until 1,600 years ago, that determined halacha for the entire nation, was composed of seventy-one members because of these seventy elders who shared in leading the nation alongside Moshe. We learn this from the words of the Mishna: The big Sanhedrin was composed of seventy-one, and why was it seventy-one? Because it says, ‘Assemble for Me seventy men of the elders of Israel’ and Moshe was with them, bringing it to seventy-one. (Tractate Sanhedrine, ch. 1)

It is interesting to note that contrary to the negative motives for appointing these seventy elders, coming on the heels of the nation’s complaints and Moshe’s despair, the sages of the Talmud see this appointment as an important event, a very significant step in the process the nation undergoes from the Exodus of Egypt until its entrance to the Land of Israel.

The Blessed be He liked the day of the appointment of the elders as much as the day the Torah was given. (Bamidbar Raba, ch. 15)

What is the message inherent in the appointment of these elders? What is the great fondness for this day of the elders’ appointment to the point of comparing it to the most historically significant day for the Jewish nation – the day it received the Torah?

We may be able to grasp this based on a halacha brought in the Talmud in the name of Rabbi Yochanan, the greatest of sages in the Land of Israel in the 3rd century. The sages of the Sanhedrin, he said, had to be proficient in “seventy languages”, meaning many languages. Why? So that the Sanhedrin would not need a translator. The sages sitting on the Sanhedrin had to hear the issues first-hand. A translator can translate accurately, but there are things he cannot translate: pain, suffering, sorrow, distress… These are things that are hard to convey through another person. The sages had to experience themselves what the person standing before them was experiencing, up close, without human intermediaries. For this reason, the sages of the Sanhedrin had to be proficient in many languages, so they could listen to the person before them, understand his distress and sense his suffering. Only then could they determine halacha for the nation. Only if they were attentive to the complicated humane issues could they correctly determine what the correct decision would be.

Moshe Rabeinu, the admired leader who received the Torah and conveyed it to the nation, could no longer cope alone with the difficulties the nation was suffering: yearning for Egypt, the boredom of the desert, the difficulty of waiting day after day without knowing for how long… He admitted his inability and therefore God proposed the solution of appointing the elders. In order to comprehend the nation’s distress, the leadership had to have some variety by adding seventy elders, seventy additional opinions, seventy new perspectives. Leadership must be able to contain an array of complexities.

This is true for leaders of a nation as well as for every parent. Children need leadership. Children need parents who can take responsibility and make decisions. But parents in their role as leaders must always remember the need to listen, to understand, to contain all the complexities. Only thus can true leadership take place.

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Site