May 2017 LoveIsrael Founders Message
Dear Lovers of Israel,
I am writing to you from Jerusalem the City of God never-to-be divided again, two days before Israel’s 69th Independence Day. It is in my heart to share with you some thoughts and prayers directly from my heart to all Lovers of Israel, you are the watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem.
Tomorrow, only one day before the big celebration Israel would remember and say thank you to its 23,544 fallen soldiers who died in battle protecting this Holy Land. Please join me in lighting a memorial candle and praying for the memories of the soldiers that have fallen. “How the heroes have fallen in the heat of battle…How the heroes have fallen and the weapons of war perished.” (2 Samuel 1:25, 27)
My heart is saddened to share the numbers of Jewish defenders we have lost and is far less than the number of Jewish souls murdered in one week at the Auschwitz death camp. It brings great comfort to the Jewish people who live in our ancient homeland to know that God watches over the both the magnificent land of Israel and His Jewish people.
As Israel prepares to celebrate its 69th Independence Day I am so happy to share that our population has grown to 8.68 million in 2017 compared to 806,000 in 1948! The Jewish people living in Israel in 2017 is 43% of the total Jewish population in the world compared to 6% in 1948. It is a true modern day miracle of God for us, both Christian and Jew, to witness the gathering of God’s chosen people back to their Promised Land. “The Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you. If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. Then the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.” (Deuteronomy 30:3-5)
After centuries of an incalculable multitude of prayers by those who love and support Israel, we all have become living witnesses to the power of prayer to bring to life what is impossible to man. “Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven.” (Psalm 107:28-30)
The world is more complicated than ever before in history as foolish leaders without understanding seek power while millions die in their manufactured conflicts, millions face famine and rumors of war abound. (Job 12:24-25) But we are not without hope, for In Joel 3:1 we read of a time that is yet to come and the time far closer than we can imagine, “For behold, in those [climactic] days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem.” Until that time arrives, we pray and support Israel and the Jewish people in their ancient homeland and our Christian brothers and sisters around the world, we who believe His Holy Word and all the promises written within.
Our Beloved Israel in the Middle East is a small nation but a strong nation established by God Himself, a nation that is a light to all nations and a blessing to those that bless. (Isaiah 49:6, Genesis 12:3). “For it is written, for behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” (Isaiah 60:2-3)
Lovers of Israel as the Jewish people enter their celebrations this week, in the land of their forefathers, I wish you and yours and our beloved Israel many years of joy and happiness and I trust God will continue to prosper Israel and all Lovers of Israel as we wait – for the best is yet to come.
“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him. “ (Isaiah 64:4, 1 Corinthians 2:9)
Until next time, blessings upon you and yours from Zion.
Moshe Bar Zvi