As we continue to watch the nations stumble over Israel and especially the beloved City of Jerusalem we are encouraged by the word of God which declares the end from the beginning. We are in the season of the festival of Purim, which will be celebrated by Jewish communities from the eve of the 20th to the 21st of March, rejoicing in various festivities as they celebrate the incredible intervention of God, who saved the Jewish people from imminent destruction. The book of Ester tells the wondrous story of redemption brought about through the faithful actions of a humble man and a courageous women who feared God rather than man, and so played their part in their nation’s salvation. It is the only book of the Bible where God is not mentioned by Name and yet His hand is clearly working out his good plans! It is a story which brings us much encouragement in trusting that He will never allow the people of His inheritance, the Jewish people and the place of His inheritance, Israel, to be wiped off the face of the earth.
Click here to what a 5min crash course on Purim.
It is particularly pertinent in today’s climate of rising anti-Semitism to be reminded of the story of Ester which recounts the outworking of the most ancient and illogical hatred known to man. Haman, an Agagite, the enemy of the Jews, works his case in the King’s courts through a narrative of lies and deception. Hitler, our modern day Haman tried to wipe out as many Jews as possible, succeeding in murdering 6 million men, women and children around 70 odd years ago. Succeeding, in part, due to the apathy of the church and the people who stood and watched their neighbours rounded up and transported to the labour camps and gas chambers, as if they were animals taken to slaughter.
It did not happen suddenly, but was the result of an ongoing narrative of lies and deception that was allowed to continue unabated in the press and in the halls of power. We are seeing the same happening today and are shockingly far down the road already of our Jewish family being depicted as cruel to the “vulnerable” (In their attempts to defend themselves against terror attacks), to blame for the state of the world’s economies as it is stated that they control world finances and are greedy etc. The success of Israel in many areas will surely further exacerbate the ancient jealousies. The rise of blatant anti-Semitsm in civilised countries like the USA, where newly elected Democratic congresswomen like Ilhan Omar feel free to make anti-Semitic statements and the Labour party in the UK who endorse their own leader and members who are openly anti-Semitic in their halls of power (which led to the resignation of seven party members in protest), are a massive warning light to us of where things could be heading.
Anti Zionism has become the new anti-Semitism but plain old fashioned blatent anti-Semitism, is now once again on open display in our “modern” world. A few recent examples are:
3 March – Belgium – Shocking parade in Belgium where Jews were openly depicted as greedy and holding a rat, which implied being dirty and disease ridden. Click to read more
13 March – A Polish newspaper (displayed in their parliament area) published an article headed: “How to recognise a Jew”…repeating the degrading and insulting descriptions used to stigmatise Jews through the ages and ended the article asking “How will we defeat them? This cannot go on!” Click to read more
7th March – The New York Times ran a staff editorial blaming a Jewish school for spreading a contagious disease, during a measles outbreak. Click to read more
In the USA, a known friendly nation towards Israel, anti-Semitic incidents are doubling up year on year and sympathy for Israel vs Palestinians dropped in the latest survey by record percentage points, the biggest drop since the Gallup poll began in 2001.
The the UN Human Rights Council had a session on Monday which again focussed on Israel, depicting her as a human rights abuser. Many of the countries who led these charges are the true human rights abusers. See the response from the President of ICEJ, Dr Juergen Buehler. Click to read more
Let us rise up and be prepared to play our part in standing strong for truth around the people and nation of Israel. Many are ignorant of the true facts around Israel and we can all play our part as “Esters”, speaking up whenever possible, in defence of our Jewish family. The situation on the borders of Israel also remains volatile with the Lebanese border a big concern as Hizbollah continues to build up their forces and ammunitions on the border. Syria has a Russian build up near the Israeli border and Turkey and Iran continue to make plans as to how they can destroy Israel. Hamas in Gaza are desperate as they are facing bankruptcy and had to contend with large protests from their own people last week. Hamas arrested 7 journalists who dared to cover the protests. (4 of whom were hospitalised for injuries sustained during the arrests).
Pray for the Israeli elections on 9 April and also for our SA elections a month later on the 8 May. May we experience God’s mercy and protection during this time, as we trust for a season of godly governance to ensue in SA. We also need to pray that the planned downgrade of the SA Israeli Embassy to a liason office will not go ahead as this will bring no blessing to our nation. There is much concern about the unveiling of the so called “Deal of the Centuary Peace Plan” by Pres Trump, sometime soon after the Israeli elections on 9th April. Every president hopes to be the one to bring about peace in the Middle East but we know that it will only happen when God sends the Prince of Peace back to Jerusalem. There is a sense of things moving faster towards the end of days where the nations will come up to Jerusalem in an attempt to finally destroy Israel.
have had a number of good meetings recently, including a seminar aimed at
Pastors that we did in partnership with SAFI (SA Friends of Israel).
I will be doing a series of meeting in the Durban area near the end of March, so please come and join us and feel free to bring along others as well.
Another 80 Ethiopean Jews made Aliyah this month, funded mainly by the ICEJ. The ICEJ have also committed to funding the approximately last 1000 Ethiopean Jews waiting to come to Israel.
We are grateful for the continuing donations and are in the process of transferring close to R700 000 to the ICEJ headquarters in Jerusalem which will help towards these and other practical ways of blessing Israel.
Please remember to ensure that we have your updated address and contact numbers to receipt you for your donations and to also stay in contact with you.
Rejoice, O gentiles with
For He will avenge the blood of His servants,
And render vengeance to His adversaries;
He will provide atonement for His land and His people.
National Director of the South African Branch
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
P.O. Box 1192 | Jerusalem, Israel 9101002
T: +27 21 879 1788 | C: +27 83 306 0009 | www.icej.org.za
30 March 2019
9.30am to 11.30am
Jerusalem… awaiting her King
National Director of the SA Branch
St Olav Church 214 St Thomas Rd Durban
Contact: Karen Kerr 083 650 2211 or 031 701 6389 for info/directions and to RSVP
Saturday, 30 March 2019
3.30pm to 6.00pm
Jerusalem Covenant City of God
National Director of the SA Branch
KZN Celebration Centre (AFM Church) 33 High Street Tongaat
Contact: Pastor Steven Naidoo 082 650 4462 for info/direction and to RSVP
Sunday, 31 March 2019
Services times: 8.00am
The Call of Israel
National Director of the SA Branch New Covenant Fellowship North
6 Bhoola Road (industrial area) Tongaat
Contact: Pastor Steven Naidoo 082 650 4462 for info/direction
look forward to seeing you at one of the events coming up!
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2 nights – Dead Sea – float in the very healthy
mineral dense sea, the lowest place on earth, visit Masada and visit Ein Gedi,
where David hid from Saul.
5 nights – Jerusalem – Walk on the walls of Jerusalem. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Yeshua perspired blood before being betrayed, contemplate at the Garden Tomb, pray at the Western wall, visit the Mt of Olives, the place where He ascended to heaven and to where He will soon return….and the Eastern/Golden Gate through which Messiah will again walk, tour through the City of David, Caiaphas (high priest) house where Yeshua spent his last evening before being crucified, walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, visit Yad Vashem Holocaust Centre, drink coffee at Ben Yehuda where you can witness the throngs of Jewish people, young and old, who have returned to their beloved homeland.
3 nights – Galilee – Visit Haifa and ancient Caesarea on the coast. Mt of Beautitudes, Tabgha, Capernaum, Nazareth Village, Boat ride on Sea of Galilee, Mt Carmel and Megiddo, Caesarea Philippi, and Beit She’an – ancient ruins of ancient roman city. Opportunity for baptism in the Jordan River too.
ICEJ Feast Tour
10 October 2019 to 22 October 2019
Join believers from 80 nations, as we go up to Jerusalem, the City of our King, to worship the King of Kings! The ICEJ Feast of Tabernacle celebration is a prophetic foreshadowing of the time to come spoken by Zechariah.
And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all
the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to
worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
For more information and an
itinerary for the 11 day tour in Israel, contact
Vivienne on 083 306 0009 / 021 879 1788
or email email@example.com
Let’s get practical – we can each do our part for Israel – below are 3 easy ways – implement them yourself and then share with your small group and friends – let’s grow the community of Christians who support Israel. It starts with YOU.
You can pray for Israel. Churches, groups and individuals
around the world are joining monthly to pray for Israel according to the
command of Isaiah 62:
I have set watchmen on your walls O Jerusalem;
They shall never hold their peace day or night.
You who make mention of the Lord do not keep silent,
And give Him no rest till He establishes
And He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth
We invite you to join this global movement of prayer. If you would like, you can sign up and use our monthly prayer points whenever you pray corporately or individually
You can bless Israel by donating to ICEJ in
Jerusalem. This will ensure that your donations are used to further the
causes of ICEJ, please use the following account:
Remember, the bank details have changed:
Account Name: Friends of the Embassy
Bank: FNB, Stellenbosch
Branch #: 200610
Account #: 62730234672 Annual Membership Fee
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