Posts Tagged ‘God’

The Choice Is Yours

May 15, 2010

Last week PA negotiator Saeb Erekat criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for mentioning the Jewish people’s historic tie to Jerusalem as described in the Bible. He found Bibi’s biblical reference “distasteful” and accused the prime minister of “using religion” to “incite hatred and fear”.

That is exactly the problem with the whole world today. They find what G-D said in the Bible “distasteful”.

Netanyahu simply said that the Bible refers to Jerusalem and Zion 850 times.

The Almighty chose a country and a people for His own, to set an example for the rest of the world. He also clearly explained His “road-map” for Israel from the start, even in the first book of the Bible. – You see – the course is fixed – is happening and is about to happen. G-D’s Prophetic Word is moving upon us and can’t be stopped! Actually, we have been out of time…for a long time, for about the last 2000 years. 

Netanyahu – at first – did not say how many times Jerusalem is mentioned in the writings of other faiths, but after he was challenged by an Israeli Arab MK, he said that Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran at all.

G-D’s roadmap for Israel is right on time and its course is fixed – as it was for Israel in the days of the prophets. When something is so clearly and repeatedly declared in the scriptures, we need to wake up and prepare for what is coming.

 The greatest miracle anyone has ever witnessed was the re-gathering of Israel after 2000 years amongst the nations of the world.  This miracle also set the stage for G-D’s end-time prophecies to be fulfilled. – Have you noticed that all prophecies are always related to what happens in Israel?

Sometimes it’s not so easy to read the signs. Perhaps the reading part is not so hard, but accepting a life-altering radical shift — that is the difficulty. How many Jews in Europe in the 1930’s saw the signs, heard the reports, but didn’t leave because they just could not get their minds around what was taking place? 

Today Europe is openly anti-Israel. Seemingly overnight, the American administration has caught up with the spirit over Europe. 

 It’s that simple. If we are not lining up with God’s heart and mind on this very central and defining issue, we are at odds with Him. We either submit our life to the G-D of Israel, the creator of heaven and earth, or we are on a collision course with him. – How can we know his will? It’s written in the Bible. All we have to do is – read it!

 Do you see what is happening around the world? – Islam is running rampant in Europe. The President of the United States has Islamic roots along with a trail of radical leftwing associations and activities going back decades. 

 If one is not for Israel as G-D is, where does that leave us with God? If we are 95% okay with what G-D says and thinks, where does that leave us with God?  Is there any such thing as a partial surrender? Can we accept His Word in part? – There are too many people who think they can simply pick and choose what they like, and forget about the other part. – Yet, all throughout the Bible, G-D always demanded total surrender.

 The absence of Israel in the heart of people lies at the root of the presence of Islam in the nations. Islam goes where Israel is rejected. Like it or not, the rejection of Israel is the acceptance of Islam. 

 The US and the nations of the EU seek to force Israel into an agreement with an entity that does not accept its right to exist and is actively seeking Israel’s destruction. Consequently, the US and the nations in the EU find themselves inhabited and led by the very same spirit they have tried to force upon Israel, – a blinding, and demonic darkness.

While the nations talk of sanctions, Iran continues to declare the destruction of Israel and increase its nuclear program. And while the United States refused to approve any major Israeli weapons requests, it approved more than $10 billion worth of arms sales to Arab League states, including Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. As the White House continues to pressure Israel to give up its traditional lands of Judea and Samaria and to make East Jerusalem the national capital to the Palestinian Authority, Russia and North Korea are arming Iran and its puppet state Syria with weapons of mass destruction. And so, Russia is helping the prophetic warnings of coming destruction along. – Weapons are never sold for a peaceful purpose!

 There are many who do not believe the (Zechariah 12:3) prophecy that all who burden themselves with the battle for the control of Jerusalem, will “hurt themselves”. Just look at America–on the brink of financial ruin due to politicians spending money they don’t have; Islamic terrorists attacking from within; natural and manmade disasters cost trillions. Yet, America’s leadership continues to race headstrong into the prophetic warnings of destruction.

 We must simply make a choice. Are we standing with Israel and believing what G-D said, or are we joining the unbelieving world opposing the will of Almighty? – There is no right or left, there is only right or wrong! There is either truth or deception.

 “If it seems bad to you to serve Adonai, then choose today whom you are going to serve!….As for me and my household, we will serve Adonai.” (Y’hoshua 24:15)

 Shalom – Lilo

Obama Is Poking His Finger Into The Eye

March 27, 2010

 

 
 

 

It looks like the Devil is busy poisoning the minds with blind hatred towards his enemies the Jews.  He believes that if he can destroy the Jews, and the Nation of Israel, the Messiah won’t be able to arrive in Israel.

 Last week America’s Muslim President, Barack Obama Hussein, intentionally humiliated Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu by ignoring customs and abstaining from any public appearance with him during Netanyahu’s visit to the White House.

 Normally – when a Head of State visits the US – he or she is greeted with honor, some-times even military honors.  For example when one of the Arab Leaders comes to the White House, they are even met at the Airport by the President Himself.  If it happens to be the King of Saudi Arabia, Obama even bows before him to show his submission to Islam.  All these people are invited through the front door of the White House and brought to the Oval Office. And of course the visit is always covered by the media with full press coverage. 

 However, Obama did not allow any press coverage or photographs to be taken of his meeting with Netanyahu. The Israeli Prime Minister was brought in under the cover of night through a side door and quickly ushered into a side room where he had to wait for the “grand appearance” of the President, who took his time. Obama arrived with all his arrogance and distain showing, what has been reported as a vindictive attitude towards the Jewish Leader of Israel. 

Oh my goodness, – I never thought I’d see the day that an American administration would denounce the Jewish state of Israel for rebuilding Jerusalem.

America’s Muslim president is directly responsible for the break-down of the peace process. It is no coincidence that as all this unfolded, Palestinian Arabs were rioting in Jerusalem and elsewhere, again shooting rockets out of Gaza.

 And what seems to be the big problem? Apartments are being built in Jerusalem!

Jerusalem, the city of King David, has been the Jewish capital for over 4000 years. Conquering nations occupied Jerusalem over the time, but there has never been another State with Jerusalem as its capital. It has always been a Jewish town. Even when Jesus was there, he visited the town to worship at the Temple as a Jew. – The only one who was never there was Muhammad. In one of his dreams he “flew” on a horse to a far-away mosque. At the time of his dream there was no mosque in Jerusalem, so he couldn’t have flown there. – Jerusalem is never even mentioned in the Koran. – Muslims bow their heads towards Mecca, and their rear-end towards the Jewish Temple mount.

The world is putting Israel’s right to exist is on trial, trying to delegitimize the Jewish claim to their land. Under Obama, Jerusalem has now become occupied territory in the West Bank. Israel’s enemies have found another battlefield — the worldwide court of public opinion. It’s an attempt to wipe Israel off the map, not with a nuclear bomb, but with slander and to paint a future world without Israel.

Obama no longer negotiates with Israel, he demands that Israel submit to the Islamic Arabs and give up their land in order to appease the Islamic Arabs. In short, what he is demanding is the final and total destruction of the Jewish State of Israel. But then, he already promised during his election campaign: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”  

Obama, you may poke your finger into the chest of the Israeli Prime Minister. What you are really doing, is poking your finger into G-D’s eye. The Almighty declares Jerusalem as his own city. You better pay attention to what G-D says to you! “Anyone who injures you injures the very pupil of my eye. But I will shake my hand over them, and they will be plundered by those who were formerly their slaves.” (Zech. 2:8-9) …It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. …” (Zechariah 12:9)

 

Rabbi Samson Rafael Hirsch and Professor Arnold B. Ehrlich believe that rather than referring to God’s eye, the “eye that has been touched” (Hebrew, aino) belongs to the one doing the touching (hanoge’ah).

Understood in this context, the one touching [harming] Israel damages his own eye so at the very least, he can no longer see clearly. His perception has diminished, physically, mentally and theologically. And if the damage is severe, he may have even blinded himself so he can no longer distinguish truth from non-truth.

Whichever way one interprets Zechariah 2:8—either touching the apple [pupil] of G-D’s eye or of one’s own eye—the bottom line is that G-D is well aware of the persecution the Jews have suffered throughout the ages. And He has vowed to recompense those who fostered harm upon them. For better or for worse, they are His covenant people.

Irrespective of what we see or think in today’s world, HaShem is at work in the Jewish homeland. Rest assured He will completely fulfill every promise He has made.

Yet, Obama doesn’t care. His Jihadist intent to destroy the United States from within and his hatred for the USA and even its flag is becoming well known.

However, one day he also will stand before the Almighty, when He will judge all nations according to how they treated his people, – the Jews.

The Controversy of Zion

March 7, 2010

Last week I read that Palestinian President Abbas pointed a finger at  Israel, saying that it crossed red lines in Jerusalem. He also said that Israel damaged the chances for a peace process. He even called on the American administration to “stop the adventure which may ignite a religious war in the region.”

The clashes began as Arabs started to hurl stones at the Western Wall plaza and police forces stationed at the Mugrabi Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. The Arab attacks on Jews followed a sermon that area residents said encouraged Muslim violence. Israeli police forces removed the stone throwers and stormed the Temple Mount compound, using stun grenades.

Let’s see, who started it? The Arabs! They even threw stones at tourists. What did the Israelis do? They sent their police to stop the stone throwers. – But who gets blamed for hindering the peace process? The Israelis.

On June 7th, 1967, the city of Jerusalem was reunited for the first time since its partition in 1948. On June 14, 1967, the rubble was cleared from the Western Wall Square. Once again, the holiest place for all Jews was open, and all were invited to visit. It was estimated that 200,000 Israelis visited the Western Wall, though they had to pass through six police barriers to reach the site.

Today, the Jews are again faced with the prospect of their beloved city being divided for the sake of appeasement. Israel faces not only the bias of the entire Arab world, and many in the European Union, it faces unwarranted bias from our own U. S. State Department’s refusal to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

So, to whom does Jerusalem belong?

Over 3000 years ago, G-D told King David: “…I have chosen Jerusalem, so that my name can be there: and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel” (II Chronicles 6:6). In (II Chronicles 33:4) he says: “My name will be in Jerusalem forever.”

In the Hebrew alphabet the letter Shin ש is the first letter in the name of God, Shaddai. Shaddai, meaning “the keeper of the doors of Israel”, is inscribed on the mezuzot on all the doorways of a Jewish home.The map above identifies the geography of ancient Jerusalem. Three valleys surround Jerusalem, the Kidron Valley on the east, The Refaiim Valley, just east of the City of Zion, and the Hinom Valley south and west of the City of Zion. Together with the Temple Mount and Jerusalem in their midst, they form the Hebrew letter Shin (high-lighted in red).

Could it be that G-D constructed the geography of the region to fulfill the verses above and actually, and physically, put His name on Jerusalem? Is the “fingerprint of HaShem on Jerusalem for all to see? Maybe. Just a coincidence, perhaps, perhaps not, but it is something to meditate on.

The prophet Isaiah predicted: “The Law will go out from Zion, and the word of Adonai from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:3)

The Almighty has preserved Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem has been leveled to the ground five times. Her people have been carried away captive, yet Jerusalem always rises from the rubble because G-D has ordained it through the centuries! Jerusalem belongs to G-D.

It is therefore not wise to “mess” with Jerusalem, especially not the people who’s Koran never even mentions that city.

G-D takes a very dim view indeed of any nation that puts its hand to the division of His land. He has vowed to deal extremely harshly with those who do this. God has, He says, “a day of vengeance for the controversy of Zion.” (Joel 3:2; Isaiah 34:1-8)

It would be best for any nation not to mess with Jerusalem, because they will fall into the hands of the living G-D and the consequences will be awful.

What Are You Going To Do About It?

August 18, 2009

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First of all, – I don’t like politics.

However, I observe what is happening in America.

It used to a country ruled by two main parties: Democrats and Republicans. For a few years the USA would have a Democratic president, then a Republican one. Somehow they always managed to compromise peacefully on their most important issues.

This all changed with the last election. All of a sudden the whole country is ruled unilaterally by Democrats. Republicans who object to his government are now branded as enemies. As a matter of fact, anyone who objects to this president is being now an enemy to the Obama government.

What is the big dividing issue? Most of it has to do with moral values.

1. Republicans don’t believe in murdering unborn babies and support heterosexual marriages. (Adam and Eve! Not Adam and Steve!) Republicans are anti-ABORTION while Democrats favor abortion and homosexuality. Republicans oppose same-sex MARRIAGE while democrats support it. Republicans feel that a good FAMILY background is important. Democrats seek to destroy the foundation of the family.

2. Republicans support the freedom to BEAR ARMS. This gives law abiding citizens the opportunity to protect themselves. Republicans favor a strong MILITARY to protect its citizens. Democrats want strict gun laws so that their citizens are “Powerless”. This works toward their ultimate goal of socialism/ communism. Democrats want to downsize our military leaving us at the mercy of countries like China and Russia.

3. Republicans want a smaller federal GOVERNMENT with the power in the hands of its citizens. Democrats want a large and controlling government who seek to exploit us for their benefit

4. Republicans see FLAG burning as unacceptable. Democrats along see this as freedom of expression.

5. Democrats are running up crushing federal debt at a level unprecedented in American history. We are talking trillions upon trillions of dollars in debt. This ensures the future will bring ruinous taxes, runaway inflation, or eventual financial collapse. Obama is lending aid, money, and support to tyrannies and terrorists. From getting chummy with Hugo Chavez to releasing dangerous GITMO terrorists to handing almost a billion dollars to Palestinian terrorists, Obama has yet to meet a terrorist or tyrant he doesn’t seem to like.

Watch out, your freedom in America is on decline. Object as long as you still can. Free speech is about to be snuffed.

Shouldn’t G-D’s will be the only important issue? Isn’t He the one who created the universe and gave the Jews the 10 commandments ? Wouldn’t we be better off heading His advice?

If you want to endure the consequences of your rejection of His rules, – go for it. But as for me and my house, we shall serve the L-rd. (Josh: 24.15)

What are you going to do about it, before it is too late?

Is This The Last Generation?

August 4, 2009

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On August 1, 2009, Elliot Avrams wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal: “Why Israel is nervous”.He wrote: “The tension in U.S.-Israel relations was manifest this past week as an extraordinary troupe of Obama administration officials visited Jerusalem. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, National Security Advisor James Jones, special Middle East envoy George Mitchell and new White House adviser Dennis Ross all showed up in Israel’s capital in an effort to…well, to do something.” He went on to explain that the Obama administration has managed to win the mistrust of most Israelis, not just conservative politicians: “Despite his great popularity in many parts of the world, in Israel Obama is now seen as no ally. A June poll found that just 6% of Israelis called him “pro-Israel,” when 88% had seen President George W. Bush that way.”
Three years after Israel fought a bloody war in Lebanon against Hezbollah; there are growing fears that hostilities could erupt again this time with the militant group better armed than ever. According to Israeli, United Nations and Hezbollah officials, the Shia Muslim militia is today stronger than it was in 2006 when it took on the might of the Israeli army in a war that cost the lives of 1,191 Lebanese and 43 Israeli civilians. Hezbollah has stockpiled up to 40,000 rockets and is training its forces to use ground-to-ground missiles capable of hitting Tel Aviv and anti-aircraft missiles that could challenge Israel’s dominance of the skies over Lebanon.

There is also a new reality on the ground in Gaza; al-Qaeda has become so strong that they are now threatening Hamas over leadership of the Gaza Strip. In the past few days al-Qaeda assailants calling themselves “Jaljalat” attacked a wedding celebration in Gaza in the area of Khan Younes- one of the last strongholds of Fatah. In fact the wedding was within the family of Fatah strong man Mohammad Dahlan. There was shooting and throwing of grenades – wounding or killing over 70 of this family. What makes it so notable is that this is the largest operation al-Qaeda has perpetrated against the “Palestinian” people in Gaza. Keep in mind that in this Islamic environment the people are ruled by fear and the terrorist group that can instill the most of that is the one which will take control.

Again, don’t be confused. Although different Islamic groups may have strange names, but they all have the same goal: “To eliminate Israel and to kill you!”

In order to tighten their grip, the Hamas leaders in Gaza have now started what is known as “Modesty Patrols” and have passed a new law requiring that all women in Gaza keep their head covered with the “hijab”. No women can be seen in public with a man who is not a member of her family. These Islamic ‘Modesty Patrols’ are even stopping cars to check if a woman is with an unrelated man. – We are witnessing the takeover by Hamas and al-Qaeda of the minds and souls of the Arabs in Gaza – forcing them to accept Sharia law whilst establishing another Taliban society. And in all areas of public education the indoctrination of the young, inspiring them to become suicide bombers, continues apace – teaching that to kill a Jew reveals the highest form of love toward Allah.

Yet one US President after the other continues to insist that Israel must surrender its land to these evil people who hate them, and want to control the world.

The Islamic US President Hussein Obama even bowed before the Saudi prince and finds it convenient to accept the Saudi Peace Plan. These are the same Saudis who are promoting and financing the teaching of their brand of Wahhabi Islam in new mosques across the US. In doing so they are putting in place a “plan” that they believe is essential to the next stage in their terrorist scheme.

What Obama really wants is to finish what Bush started, which is to hand Israel over to the Islamic World.

As the world spins into total insanity, the only sane place to be is in God’s Kingdom.

“Hear O peoples and listen O earth!” (Micah 1:2)

Micah begins his message scroll with a divine warning to the whole earth. He ends it with a prediction of God’s judgment on the nations (7:10, 13, 16-17). In both cases HaShem is calling the nations to focus in on what He is doing with the Jewish people – to bow the knee in humble recognition of their amazing and irrevocable calling, their tragic failures, and their earth-shaking last days restoration.

Today the world’s largest Jewish community outside of Israel supports the official peace process and Middle Eastern policies of a serving American President, while less than 6% of Israeli Jews feel that this President’s policies are good for the Jewish state (see Micah 3:5). Unless Israel’s leaders back down from God’s covenant promises regarding the Land of Israel in Genesis 12 and 15, they will face political pressure, shakings and times of trouble from Western governments.

It is biblically true that God has used worldwide anti-Semitism and the hatred of the nations to purify and restore Israel (as He did with Assyria in Isaiah 10:5-19; see also Micah 2:3). Yet the same Bible warns us that God judges those nations severely and by no means leave them unpunished in the process (see Amos 9:8).

One of God’s last-days strategies is the regathering of the Jewish people to their own Promised Land. Though this restoration of the Jewish people to the land of Israel will incur the hatred of the nations in general and the military onslaught on the part of the Arab nations in particular (see Ezekiel 36:2-7; Psalm 83:2-12; Psalm 2),

Micah saw in a vision that at the end of days Israel will become the center of the world – spiritually and governmentally. Zion will become the world’s capital city. The Moshiach will reign from a united Jerusalem as the ultimate Davidic King, and all nations will recognize these facts, coming in worship and blessing to the Mountain of Adonai. Divine patience counsels us that true peace will not be a Middle Eastern reality until that day.

In the meantime, we should remember that all Gentile peace plans, treaties and strategies (be they ever so well intentioned) will fall by the political roadside on the way up to Jerusalem.

“The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations … like a young lion among flocks of sheep” (Micah 5:8-9)

The prophet says that, at the end of days, military victory will be granted to Israel. She will be the unchallenged international superpower in the Middle East. At what exact point-in-time this will happen may not be crystal clear in Scripture (see Zech. 13:8-14:2 etc), but it this future reality is the prophetic word of the Lord. Israel as God’s victorious army is a mighty theme in the Bible, and it is the pinnacle of Ezekiel’s vision of the dry bones (Ezek. 37:9-11; Psalm 110:3; Micah 4:11-13).
“Do not gloat over me, my enemy!” (Micah 7:8)

Micah warns those who believe that God has abandoned His Jewish people – or even those who do not believe that the God of Israel exists – that Israel’s present problems will not last forever. God will soon rescue His people from the anger and hatred of the nations. At that point there will be a major reversal of historical roles – Israel’s enemies will experience the fate they had tried to inflict on the people of Jacob, while the Jewish people will finally see their enemies defeated forever.

In this Video Rabbi Lazer Brody brings down that we are right here @ the end of the exile! All the great Rabbi’s from Every Sect of Judaism are in agreement about one thing; the Moshiach is here & just waiting to reveal himself – get your affairs in order while you still have a chance!

http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/video/video.php?v=111702003417&ref=mf

Miracles in Gaza

July 31, 2009

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This is interesting and inspiring. G-D hears the prayers of the Israeli soldiers, and of those who pray for them.

http://www.aish.com/jw/id/50932092.html

Please continue to carry these IDF soldiers on the wing of your prayers – Lilo

Bravo, Mr. Netanyahu !

July 20, 2009

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Netanyahu flatly rejected US demand to halt Jerusalem housing project.

Jerusalem is the “unified capital of Israel and the capital of the Jewish people, and sovereignty over it is indisputable,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday, responding to an American demand to put an end to a housing project to be built in east Jerusalem.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the US demand was “odd.”

“Thousands of Arab families build houses in Jerusalem, in the neighborhoods of Neve Yaakov and French Hill, and I’ve never heard any comment on the matter from the United States or Europe,” Lieberman said. “I’m trying to put this delicately: It would be very strange if Jews were discriminated against in Jerusalem of all places, especially in light of the fact that it is not an isolated site; this is the heart of the city, very close to the Government Compound and Israel Police Headquarters.”

According to the Torah, Israel is G-D’s Land and Jerusalem His place of dwelling. What utter arrogance of an American President to tell the Israeli Prime Minister what to do.

This is not a difference of opinion between presidents of two different countries; it is a difference of opinion between Obama and the Almighty.

America, I fear for you! – Lilo

Yesh Din V’Yesh Dayan

March 24, 2009

Challenging Times

December 1, 2008

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On my desk I have a little plaque that says:”Before you go to bed, give your troubles to God”. Everyone who read it said that they liked it.

Faith comes natural to all people. Otherwise, we wouldn’t step onto a plane. How do we know that the pilot is properly trained to fly the plane? How do we know that all parts of the plane are in working order? As a passenger I must believe that he knows what he is doing.

The question is where we invest our natural faith. Do we have faith in other people? Do we have faith in our own abilities? Or do we have faith in G-d?

Some people think the Bible is just a fairytale story. While I was touring Israel, I was wondering how unbelievers explain the existence of all those biblical towns that have been there for thousands of years.

Today we seem to live in an age of anxiety, as the scenario the Bible predicted for the end times is being fulfilled before our eyes. Our faith is challenged, because the world doesn’t seem to make sense the way we thought it did. Our hearts become fearful. We look at things that happen around us with our natural eyes – the human viewpoint. Despair is rising within us.

Everyone has troubles. We face problems, affliction, suffering, and hardship. We need strength, endurance, and patience.

This is why we need to know how to trust in G-d’s promises.

Only when we see the things that happen around us through our spiritual eyes – from His divine viewpoint – can we experience inner peace and freedom from worry and anxiety.

How can we know his promises? Well, they are found in the Bible. – The more we study the scriptures, the more we increase our knowledge base about G-d and that causes our faith to grow. Since God is unchangeable, He will continue to be mindful of us in the future as He has been in the past. – God never takes back or changes His promises. It’s in the Bible, (Psalm 89:34), “I will not break my covenant or change what my lips have spoken.”

When reading our newspapers and watching television here in Israel it is easy to lose faith and see the miracle of modern Israel about to melt away. But the newspapers and television cannot and will not portray the reality of Jewish faith.

It was impossible to even dream that a Jewish State could be reborn in 1948. It was a logical certainty that the June war of 1967 would see the Jewish State destroyed. Today it looks even worse; rockets are pointed at Israel from every surrounding state.

But G-d promised: “I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel; they will rebuild and inhabit the ruined cities; they will plant vineyards and drink their vine, cultivate gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant them on their own soil, no more to be uprooted from their land, which I gave them.” (Amos 9:15)

The living G-d of Creation gave us a precious tool to enable us to live a good, happy and fulfilling life on this earth. Faith in G-d is our most powerful weapon.

In G-D We Trust

October 25, 2008

A few weeks ago we flew with Iceland Air over Reykjavík on our way to Europe. A week later we heard on the news that Iceland was bankrupt. I know that people go bankrupt all the time and companies do, too. But it can happen to an entire country also. – Yet Iceland’s government shut down the stock market and seized control of its last major independent bank. That brought trading in the country’s currency to a halt, as foreign banks were no longer willing to accept the Icelandic Krona.

“Iceland is bankrupt,” said Arsaell Valfells, a professor at the University of Iceland. “The Icelandic Krona is history. The IMF has to come and rescue us.”

The IMF managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, said in Washington that he had activated an emergency funding system, last used during the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990’s, to help countries in crisis. This has happened of course before, but in places like Argentina and Thailand, and never in a country so close to Europe.

Iceland is raked by icy North Atlantic winds and dotted with volcanoes and geysers. Its inhabitants now not only live with the threat of earthquakes and maritime disasters, but also with the new fear of losing all of their money.

We live in an hour in the earth that the Bible speaks of as the “last days.” Many of the prophets of G-D are predicting times of trouble and tribulation for our world today. This is certainly a description of our present world. One of the greatest fears people are fighting today is fear of financial loss and fear of the future.

Just this Friday stock markets around the world plummeted and oil prices plunged to their lowest in more than a year. Even gold, the traditional safe haven in times of panic, fell sharply. According to Associated Press Writers, Patrick Rizzo and Ellen Simon:” The common denominator was growing fears that governments, central banks and finance ministers seem powerless to stop the deepening of a global recession that will slam corporate earnings and lead to deep job losses around the world.”
“This is beyond volatile: It is chaotic,” Carl Weinberg, chief economist at High Frequency Economics wrote in note to clients.

On March 10, 1862 the first United States paper money was issued. The denominations were $5, $10, and $20. They became legal tender by Act of March 17, 1862. The inclusion of “In God We Trust” on all currency was required by law in 1955.

This inclusion is not such a bad idea after all. Since you can’t trust your bank today, the only safe place for any of us is to stay in the will of God!

Psalm 91:15-16: “He will call on me, and I will answer him: I will be with him when he is in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him honor. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.”