By AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN February 22, 2018 7:00 am 3
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OP-ED: “RED ALERT” to our cell phones
Readers of Trumpet-er.com
We, like many were awakened today about 4:30 am when Israel shot down an Iranian drone just south of the Sea of Galilee. This was followed by an Israeli attack against Syria, where the drone was launched and controlled. One Israeli F-16 was shot down and crashed in the Golan Heights. The two pilots ejected and were rescued.
Since then there have been numerous rocket attacks and alerts in Israel. The areas attacked by rockets are in both the north, the south, and the Golan Heights. (Rosh Pina, Golan Heights, Kiryat Shmona, Moatza Ezorit Merhavim, Akko) Israelis in the Golan Heights have been in and out of their bomb shelters since early morning hours, Saturday, February 10, 2018.
If you want to follow where rocket attacks are occurring download “Red Alert,” on your cell phone. It notifies you when and where a rocket attack is taking place in Israel.
Could this be the opening salvo that marks the beginning of the prophesied Psalm 83-Isaiah 17 war?
Please, pray the Lord will protect the IDF and IAF soldiers and pilots who will be in the front lines of this fight.
Pray for the hundreds of thousands of Israeli’s who are being warned on and off to go into their bomb shelters in northern and southern parts of Israel as we write.
Please pray for wisdom for Israel’s leaders, and all of us here, the thousands of innocent men, women, and children who are the targets of missiles from Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria.
May the God of Israel, who neither slumbers nor sleeps, send His waring angels to protect and watch over her boarders and His people in Israel.
If you have not already seen and read the articles regarding the warring activities in Israel today, click here to do so and become more informed.
Op-Ed: Israel will Blossom and Sprout and Fill the Whole World with Fruit
“In the days to come Jacob will take root,
Israel will blossom and sprout, and they will fill
the whole world with fruit.”
Israel as a nation ceased to exist in 70 CE, when the Romans sacked Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple, and dispersed the Jews throughout the nations of the world and there they remained for some 2,000 years.
In 1515, the Turkish Empire came to power and their empire included the land known today as modern Israel. The Turks decided to tax all the land and the trees on the Land of Israel. The tax became so overbearing that anyone who owned land in Israel cut down the trees in order to avoid loosing their land due to the extreme burdening of heavy taxation.
The result was the deforestation of Israel, which turned the land, known as Israel today, into a land of swamps and deserts. Swamps breed mosquitos, and mosquitos spread malaria.
Mark Twain Visits the Holy Land in 1867,
and he quipped in a letter to his mother saying,
“Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.”
Twain’s writings in his book Innocent’s Abroad, described the utter desolation and barrenness of the land of Israel in 1867.
Throughout Innocent’s Abroad, Twain explicitly states that the area was desolate and devoid of inhabitants. His group entered Palestine (Israel today) from the north, passing through such sites as the Sea of Galilee, the Banias, Nazareth, Jenin and Nablus.
Riding on horseback through the Jezreel Valley, Twain observed, “There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent – not for 30 miles in either direction. There are two or three small clusters of Bedouin tents, but not a single permanent habitation. One may ride 10 miles, hereabouts, and not see 10 human beings.”
He continues, “Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, I think Palestine must be the prince… Can the curse of the Deity beautify a land? Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes. Over it broods the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies.”
The land was just as Ezekiel prophesied:
“I will make the land a desolation and a waste, and the pride of her power will cease; and the mountains of Israel will be desolate so that no one will pass through.” Ezekiel 33:28
Consequently, by the time the Turkish Empire was destroyed at the end of WWI, Israel was a land filled with swamps, malaria, and deserts.
By the turn of the 20th century, Jewish Zionists began to return to the land, determined to drain the swamps and to reclaim the land in order to make the land of Israel bear fruit once again. Consequently, the early pioneers imported thousands of eucalyptus trees from Australia to suck up the water to drain the swamps and eliminate deadly malaria.
So from the earliest days as a new nation, the planting of trees of every variety, especially fruit trees became an important part of Jewish history and life in the new nation when it was re- birthed in 1948 as the nation of Israel.
Consequently, a national holiday is now celebrated in Israel called Tu B’Shvat. In 1890, Rabbi, Ze’ev Yavetz one of the founders of the Mizrachi movement took his students to plant trees in the agricultural colony of Zichron Yaakov. This custom was adopted in 1908 by the Jewish Teachers Union and later by the Jewish National Fund, established in 1901, for the purpose of reclaiming the land and re-forestation of the Land of Israel.
In the early 20th century, the Jewish National Fund devoted the day to planting eucalyptus trees to stop the plague of malaria in the Hula Valley; today the Fund schedules major tree-planting events in large forests every Tu B’Shvat. Over a million Israelis take part in the Jewish National Fund’s Tu B’Shvat tree-planting activities.
In keeping with the idea of Tu B’Shvat marking the revival of nature, many of Israel’s major institutions have chosen this day for their inauguration. The cornerstone-laying of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem took place on Tu B’Shvat 1918; the Technion in Haifa, on Tu B’Shvat 1925; and the Knesset, on Tu B’Shvat 1949.
Tu B’Shvat is the Israel’s Arbor Day, and it is often referred to by that name in international media. Ecological organizations in Israel and the diaspora have adopted the holiday to further environmental-awareness programs. On Israeli kibbutzim, Tu B’Shvat is celebrated as an agricultural holiday.
Incredibly, in the 70 short years, Israel is one of the world’s leading citrus producers and exporters of fruit. These fruits include oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and pomelit, a hybrid of a grapefruit and a pomelo, developed in Israel.
Today, more than forty different types of fruit are grown in Israel. In addition to citrus, these include avocados, bananas, apples, cherries, plums, nectarines, grapes, dates, strawberries, prickly pear, persimmons, and pomegranates. Israel is the leading producer of loquat after Japan.
In 1973, two Israeli scientists, Haim Rabinowitch and Nachum Kedar, developed a variety of tomato with slower ripening than ordinary tomatoes in a hot climate. Their research led to the development of the world’s first long shelf-life commercial tomato varieties. This single discovery completely transformed agricultural economics in Israel, promoting the export of the vegetable seeds and the transformation into Israeli high-tech farming.
This discovery also had a massive global impact, as it enabled large scale production of fruits through the prevention of rapid spoiling. Prior to their discovery, farmers were often forced to discard up to 40% of their produce.
God Speaks and prophesied regarding the land of Israel
“So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
Just as prophesied thousands of years before in Scripture, Israel a nation that ceased to exist for more than 2,000 years, a barren swamp filled land. A land of deserts, arid land with little water, was transformed in 70 years into a land just as God declared:
“In the days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will blossom and sprout, and they will fill the whole world with fruit.” Isaiah 27:6
Be sure to go to Israel News and see the full article and short video on Tu B’Shvat, and those who would like to be delighted even further, click below on the link in red.
Op-Ed: Fear of the Living God
“I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues and works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:26-27
The story of Daniel is relevant today because he was appointed as one of three men to rule over and administer the entire kingdom of Darius the Meade. However, the God of Israel, through His Spirit, gave Daniel wisdom, knowledge, and understanding far beyond that of the other men in positions of power around the king.
What was the result? There arose in the hearts and minds of the these men, and others around the king, jealousy, disdain, hatred, and fear of Daniel being appointed the sole administrator.
Consequently, they plotted against Daniel, to destroy him. They used flattery and deceit to set their plot in motion. They urged king Darius to issue a decree, that for the next 30 days no one could worship or bow down to person or idol, but fully worship the king himself as god. Anyone caught worshipping any other god was to be thrown into the lion’s den.
When Daniel heard of the decree, he went up into his upper room, opened the shutters, bowed down and worshipped the God of Israel three times a day. Right on script, these evil men burst in on Daniel in the midst of his prayers, and rushed to report to the king as witness of Daniel’s transgression and crime against his decree.
The king loved Daniel, and sought all day as to how he might free him from the decree. At sunset when no options remained, the king cast Daniel into the den of lions, As he sealed the entrance to the lion’s den with his signet ring, he cried out to Daniel saying, “Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.” Daniel 6:16
Understand clearly that Daniel knew of the king’s decree, yet he chose to worship only the God of Israel, fully knowing he would be cast into the lion’s den. Daniel chose not to worship the king, who was just a man, but chose to worship and pray and bow to the God of Israel.
If you were the king, would you have arisen at sunrise and gone in haste to the lion’s den? Most kings would not have gone because they would have believed the lions had eaten Daniel. Yet, king Darius went in hasty expectation to the lion’s den. Why? The answer can be found in what he cried out to Daniel at the mouth of the lions den.
God honors Daniel’s faith
“Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Daniel 6:20
Notice how the king addressed Daniel. “Daniel, servant of the living God!” King Darius knew Daniel was different from all the other men serving in his kingdom. Why? Because Daniel had a different spirit from all the other men. He could not be bought or bribed, and his wisdom exceeded that of all other men in the king’s service.
The king understood that Daniel served the living God whose home was in Jerusalem. Consequently, when the charges were brought against Daniel, the king believed in his mind it was possible that Daniel’s God could preserve him from the mouth of the lions.
Thus, his urgent cry to Daniel as he approached the den the next morning; “Has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to deliver you from the lions?”
Daniel wanted there to be no doubt in the king’s mind as to who had rescued him and gave testimony to the king immediately. “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Daniel 6:21-22
Daniel was innocent of any crime against his God or against the king, and he wanted the king to understand this clearly.
A key point here is: because Daniel would not worship any god but the God of Israel, and was willingly cast into the lions den, he believed his life was in God’s hands no matter the outcome. Neither evil men, the king, or the lions could harm him without the consent of His God.
Second, if Daniel had not gone into the lion’s den, the king never would have experienced the power and faithfulness of the God of Israel.
Sometimes, some of us have to be willing to go into the lion’s den, so those around us can experience God!
Have you ever been cast into a den of lions because of your faith? Many living in the Middle East and other nations as well today have suffered similar fates, if not the same as Daniel and his friends. What will you do when the day comes and you are tested? Only you can answer this question?
After having Daniel removed from the lion’s den, “The king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions – them, their children, and their wives; and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den.” Daniel 6:24
So those who sought to cast Daniel into the lion’s den, were themselves along with their wives and children cast into the den of lions and died. The consequences of coming against a man or woman raised up by God can be very dangerous.
The problem is that most people today cannot perceive one that has been chosen and anointed by God for a specific purpose. They cannot, because the Spirit of God is not in them.
One of the final lessons of having no fear of the living God, is the consequences of coming against a man chosen and anointed by God for a specific purpose.
Throughout human history there have been many such men and women. Some have died, suffering a martyr’s death, while some have been rescued and lived to give testimony attesting to God’s mercy, grace, and power.
So what did this pagan king do next after removing Daniel from the den? King Darius declared, “I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues and works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:26-27
God has not changed, because He is not a man. He is God. After thousands of years of persecution, Israel and the Jewish people have survived. Why? Because God does not change, and His covenant promises stand forever.
“For I, the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob (Israel).” Malachi 3:6
The Book of Remembrance for Those who Feared the Lord
“Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them, so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name. “They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I make them My jewels, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. Malachi 3:16-18
Can you discern between the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and one who does not serve Him?
Do you fear the LORD and mediate on His name?
Know for certain if you do, then as the LORD declared, “You shall be Mine!”