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Tonight I’m giving you a perspective of America from the vantage point across the sea – from Israel. Here is what I see.
America is the most powerful nation that has ever existed. It was founded by a majority of God-fearing immigrants who came searching for freedom of religion. Except for Israel at her pinnacle, America has nurtured the greatest God-fearing society, which in turn, created the most remarkable democracy ever – in the history of mankind.
But today it has enemies. Evil enemies that are determined to bring this nation down – and all the Western democratic countries with it.
The Brit HaHadasha (the New Testament) says that in the Last Days it would be as it was in the days of Noah. The Tanach (the Old Testament) specifically states that Noah’s days were dark with wickedness, and the earth was corrupt and filled with violence.
If you want to really understand what is happening in the world today, it is essential that you be a faithful reader of the entire Bible. Because only in the Bible can we learn how God dealt with His beloved Israel, which in turn explains how God deals with nations today that at one time followed the God of Israel. Here’s how it works:
When a nation experiences a spiritual awakening to the One True God, He always blesses that nation. But as the people prosper, they began to worship other gods – self, money, immorality, addictions, power and so on.
God sends his servants then to warn that nation. But after many warnings with no response from hard hearts, that nation begins to decline morally, physically and economically, and finally spirals into lawlessness and chaos.
It either becomes a mere shadow of what it once was, or it disappears.
Today in America – and I am focusing on America – violence and corruption have spread everywhere. (And I must sorrowfully add that much of what I say about America also describes Israeli culture.)
The root of America’s decline results from this country’s turning away from God. In modern English we call it atheism or agnosticism. You and I know that no void ever remains static. A heart without God will always be filled with other gods. Then, as happened with ancient Israel, everyone does what was right in his own eyes.
THE RELIGION OF ATHEISM
Today the religion of atheism is being taught with a vengeance by arrogant professors in once-God-fearing institutions. Their students have graduated and they fill positions of leadership, including political offices and mainstream media – which have a great influence on America’s culture and spiritual environment. This god-less generation is now spreading its atheistic religion into your homes, into your schools, and into your laws, so that the next generation will only know to accept this culture as the norm.
THE RELIGION OF SEX AND VIOLENCE
Next, Hollywood with its incredible talent, beauty and creativity has reached into every state, city and town, every computer and every smart phone, with its gods of sex and violence. The irreligious universities and the media eat it up.
The person known by many as the greatest living athlete has so hated his body that he became a transgender. The world has honored him with the Arthur Ashe award for courage by ESPN, which shows the hopelessness, the lostness, the unhappiness of a generation that worships itself. Moreover, it is spitting in the Creator’s face. Yeshua the Messiah clearly confirmed the Tanach when He said that from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
THE RELIGION OF ISLAM
But there is still another evil eating away at America. The religion of Islam has as its goal to completely transform America by replacing the constitution with Sharia law. You don’t believe it?
In 2004, the FBI uncovered a Muslim Brotherhood trove – two truckloads of documents explaining Islam’s five-phase blueprint to take over the United States.
I’ll quote from their mission statement:
“The Muslim Brotherhood must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within…so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
Remarkably, these documents of the Brotherhood’s plans could be found on the uscourts.gov website. I know because I used facts from them for articles I wrote in the Maoz Israel Report starting last January.
Last week I looked, and they had been deleted from the government website. However, you can still buy the basic plan in a booklet from Amazon called “An Explanatory Memorandum” from the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.
Because of the corruption of America’s government and turning its back on the God of our forefathers, it has been blinded to the mission of Islam in America. Even today, Islamists, according to their time-line and goals, are taking ground in the U.S. – especially on American campuses.
America’s inability to discern Islam’s theological goals explains why America and Europe insist that Israel give the Palestinian Muslims the privilege of creating an Islamic state in the hills overlooking Israel’s cities and airports.
According to all the polls I have seen, Hamas will win the next election in Judea and Samaria – the West Bank.
Isn’t it interesting that the place where Yeshua is going to return – the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem – is claimed by Muslims as the Islamic capital of the PLO Palestinian State?
And so the strangest marriage imaginable is taking place in America – the far-left atheists and agnostics, together with Hollywood’s purveyors of filth and carnage are teaming up with Muslims to reshape America as an anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, “free society.” All of them are at work to replace democracy, freedom of religion and the nation’s moral compass with hedonism. The unexpected twist for this nation would be to learn that Islam then plans to replace hedonism with Sharia.
Even now Muslims are on track with their undemocratic Islamic plans. Their immediate push is to demand that the U.S. pass laws against persecution – of Christians? Anti-Semitism? Anti-Zionism? No, they are demanding laws against what they call Islamophobia, claiming it a hate crime – so they can continue to work their plan unopposed.
They vilify Israel, Jews and Christians. But they are demanding that it be illegal to speak against Islam.
And the atheistic judges are getting crazy enough to mandate such a law. Opposition to Islamophobia already has much traction in the U.N. and in Europe.
THE RELIGION OF ANTI-SEMITISM
And that brings me to one more powerful evil force at work in America today – the religion of anti-Semitism.
The atheist professors and their Muslim students, together with the free souls of Hollywood and much of the media and even the LGBT movement have banded together to push The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – the BDS movement against Israel – which is now spreading like wildfire across campuses and even mainline churches. The intent of the BDS is to isolate, demonize, collapse its economy and finally destroy the Zionist state. In America, and sadly, even in Israel, there are not a few liberal Jews caught up in this weapon against the Jewish state.
CAN WE WIN?
The question is, can we win this battle? It is possible, but not probable. We can…but it will take enormous commitment, boldness and self-sacrifice. Ari spends considerable time in China. Many of the Christian leaders with which he is in contact there, have spent years in jail because they refused to compromise their faith. Are we willing to go to jail for our faith?
Listen, Messianic Jews and Christians! Only a massive spiritual surge could win this war of wickedness, fighting to conquer this amazing country.
Unrelenting prayers and bold, courageous actions of God’s people could turn this around. The fact that the Obama administration has just signed congress’ trade laws into effect with an amendment that no EU country that has free trade with the U.S. can boycott Israel. . . . that’s huge! This is an enormous victory for Israel. I would truly call this an act of God! But the fight has just begun!
[Note: the next day after I gave this message, the U.S. State Department announced that although President Obama had signed the bill into law, he was not going to enforce the law! When I included this event in my message, it had seemed too good to be true. Sadly, it was….]
But here is our great challenge.
We must hate atheism but love the atheists.
We must hate perversion of sex but love the homosexuals.
We must hate the god of Islam but love the Muslims.
Yet we must stand up with every fiber in our being for the God of Israel, and for Zion’s sake. We must stand up for the Land that God repeatedly said He has given to the Jewish people. We must refuse to allow America to turn its back on Israel.
I suggest you join a group or organization that is actively fighting one or more of these evil belief systems.
Most of all we must fearlessly read the Bible, believe the Bible and bring its truth of salvation through Yeshua the Messiah back to America in every possible way through bold unified activism – so that this nation will not be destroyed, but once again be a light to the nations – as a grafted-in olive branch to the Olive Tree, which is Israel.
May America (and I include Canada, the UK and all other nations) stand with Israel until the day when all Israel shall be saved, and all the ends of the earth will worship only One God whose light shines from Zion, the God of Israel and His Son Yeshua the Messiah, King of the Jews.
May God bless Israel! And may God bless the United States of America!
This message was given by Shira Sorko-Ram at the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America on June 30, 2015.
A few days ago I attended Future Conference in San Diego, California, hosted by Dr. Jim Garlow, a pastor and an activist.
Yes, those two words describing him say it all. And, in fact, they should never be separated.
You see, pastors have the best networks in the world. How many other organizations get to energize their base face-to-face every single week? How many leaders can ask their followers to fund their initiatives – every single week?
How many get to share their passions with a captive, respectful audience? How many organizations have a spectrum of ages from babies to seniors – all hearing the same message, seeing the same branding, enabling the audience to continue the pastor’s goals and vision for decades, touching multiple generations?
All pastors have this…and more. And pastors have a God-given calling. Pastors MUST be activists! It is inherent in their Kingdom assignments!
The opposite of active is passive. Has anything in the world been accomplished by passivism? The “can’t we all just get along” approach has proven completely ineffective.
Yes, I believe we must love our neighbors, respect authority, and obey the laws of the land as long as they do not demand that we directly violate the clear Word of God.
But when it comes to passion – there is no substitute for action.
So…it was with this passion that the conveners of the Future Conference – pastors and leaders who, by anyone’s standard, were activists – made plans to invite anyone who would come for three and a half days, to hear about 24 subjects, with 56 speakers who spoke for a total of 24 hours and 15 minutes.
Yes, it was like drinking from a fire hose. In fact, on day two, they didn’t even allow a break for lunch, but instructed us to pick up a sandwich and take it to our next session and eat it in our seats. Yes, it was a setting filled with passion!
MY EXPECTATIONS WERE NOT MET
I have to admit, my expectations anticipating this conference were not realized. I expected to hear about the apathy, the lethargy, the disconnectedness of American Christians who were just the “frog in the water” unaware that the pot was moving to a boil. Boy, was I wrong.
Each speaker was knowledgeable and completely understood the ramifications and the challenges of their subject. They were not speaking “off the cuff.” There was nothing random about the topics or their presentations. No. They were abundantly prepared – as if they were born for that very moment to share their expertise and provide intelligent solutions to the challenges in front of us.
Usually a conference has highs and lows…tending to build to the final speaker on the final night. But this conference was different. It started on a high note with Senator Bob McEwen. He set the tone by speaking about America, its Biblical roots, and finished by sharing one of the most incredible versions of the last verse of the Star Spangled Banner I have ever heard in my life. In fact, I am a singer, and I vowed that if I ever was asked to sing the Star Spangled Banner, I would simply sing that last verse:
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
WHO IS PROTESTING CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION?
That same night, one of the main speakers scheduled was not able to attend, so there was a substitute. This was no mistake. Johnnie Moore, Chief of Staff for Mark and Roma Downey, executive producers of The Bible miniseries and Son of God, delivered a most poignant speech regarding Christian persecution. You could hear a pin drop.
He spoke of the Yazidis, a people group displaced from their homes just a few months ago. Many of the males were simply slaughtered, while the children 1-9 years old are being sold at the going price of $170 each. This is not ancient history. This is happening in 2015!
He confirmed that Mosul, Iraq has been completely overtaken by ISIS. There are NO Christians left there. ISIS is selling women for a pack of cigarettes. Where’s the FEMINIST OUTRAGE?!?!
It was difficult yet riveting to hear all of his facts regarding Christian persecution condensed into a 20 minute presentation. I guess that’s what made it so impactful. When we hear the facts, one after the other, it is mind-boggling that we sit across the ocean and do nothing. We just go to church, show up at work, collect our paycheck, buy groceries, and continue with our cushy lives.
People are dying just because they are Christians! ISIS ideology demands total elimination of Christianity…so eventually, they will be coming for our children, too.
Normally, one might feel hopeless, helpless, and discouraged. But that is exactly how the enemy would want us to respond. Instead, we were commissioned to STAND UP, SPEAK UP, and not sit idly by.
You see, we have answers. We have THE answer to every challenge the enemy dreams up. And we all have the calling to ACT! And you can do something.
RAISE YOUR VOICE! Speak up!
DON’T BACK DOWN! In the face of mocking, persecution, lies and distortions…stand your ground!
GIVE to those on the front lines (literally) on the field of battle. There are ministries and foot soldiers who are risking their very lives daily to minister to the persecuted with food, diapers, supplies, housing, and most of all, HOPE for a future. Congregations and their leaders all over the world are leading the way and sharing the Good News of the Messiah to all who will listen. Now is definitely the time to stand tall, stand strong and stand side by side with these warriors of the Gospel.
You may never be a pastor, but you can definitely be an ACTIVIST.
Christy Wilkerson, with husband Ray, live in Texas. Christy writes for the Maoz Israel Report, The Messianic Times, and other publications and has served as Maoz’ International Administrator for the last 26 years.
Ari Sorko-Ram speaking at the MJAA Conference.
The Jews are a covenant people. We are actually called “Bnei Brit” – the Children of Covenant. The Creator of the Universe Himself made these Covenants!
First He gave the Abrahamic Covenant to Abraham in order to create the Nation of Israel and to put into motion the purpose for the existence of Israel – which is to be a light to the nations. God promised He would bless all the families of the earth through the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Secondly, God made the Mosaic Covenant with Israel to reveal to Israel and all the nations their need for a Redeemer Messiah from their hopeless spiritual condition. Through it we learned that there is not a single perfect person, that we are all fallen beings who cannot of ourselves be “good enough” to merit a close relationship with a good and perfect God.
And that’s why He gave us the New Covenant, also called in the Old Testament, the Covenant of Peace. But many Christians do not realize the New Covenant was, first of all, made with the House of Israel and the House of Judah to reveal God’s solution for Israel and, through Israel, the rest of the world from our fallen state.
“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah – not according to the [Mosaic] covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord…For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34)
Both Jews and Gentiles (people of the nations) who are grafted into the Jewish Olive Tree are delivered from the judgment of the Law in the framework of the Mosaic Covenant and brought back into relationship with the God of Israel.
But there is so much more to the New Covenant! For it is the New Covenant that will implement and empower the physical and spiritual restoration of the nation of Israel, so that God’s plan for all the nations can be accomplished.
God’s promise of salvation for the world was made before Israel was created and Israel was created for this very purpose.
God’s plan was always to have Israel as an integral part in bringing the message of His salvation to the world. And this has never changed!
“And with this, the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up;
So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says The Lord who does all these things.” Acts 15:15-17
But so many Christians throughout the centuries and even now, have set Israel aside for a future time or believed that God has cast off Israel completely.
Yet understanding the truth has never been so crucial. There is an important role for the New Covenant believer – a corporate role for all who are in the New Covenant – to restore Israel to the Kingdom of God so that God’s promise and intention to bring His salvation to the world can be accomplished.
We are one body consisting of Jews and Gentiles; one God, one Messiah, yet with many different roles to accomplish God’s purposes. And our mandate is to bring back the people of Israel to the Land of Israel and to the God of Israel.
I repeat: It is not just about our personal salvation. We are born again and restored to God for a purpose that will impact eternity. And He will never forget nor reject Israel no matter what has happened in the past!
Yes I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul.” Jeremiah 32:42
When God says with all My heart and all My soul, we should understand that He is serious!
“For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all the countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from your idols.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
I will put my spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be my people and I will be your God.” Ezekiel 36:24-28
WHAT COMES BEFORE “AFTERWARDS”?
But how does this fit in with Yeshua’s return to Jerusalem? No one knows the times, according to our Messiah. Yet the Bible does provide some clues of the last days. For example, one of the most famous Scriptures in the Bible was given by the prophet Joel: “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh!” (2:28)
This certainly speaks of the great ingathering of souls before Judgment Day. But have you ever noticed the word in that sentence, “afterward”? The question is, after what?
The only way to know is to look at the verses prior to this verse! In fact, the whole chapter speaks about the people of Israel crying out for God to save them – both physically and spiritually. They plead with God, “Why should [the nations] say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”
Then Joel says “the Lord will be zealous for His land and pity His people.” In beautiful poetic language God urges His people, “Be glad then you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God!”
He promises to send the former and the latter rain; promises there will be plenty of harvest and a restoration of what the locust have eaten. Then Israel will “praise the name of the Lord your God,” and “then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God and there is no other.” (From Joel 2)
It is only then that it says, “And it shall come to pass afterward….”
This is an amazing prophecy. Israel must be restored both physically and spiritually before (and take part in) the last day revival. Israel is God’s time piece for the fulfillment of prophecy and His Word. God wants to see His Salvation reach every nation and every people, but not without Israel!
It started with Israel and it will finish with Israel.
Our country is young and needs your help!
The Body of believers in Israel is also young and needs your help. They are still in need of your every effort to gird them up so they can make an impact on our nation that will bring Israel into Her rightful place in God’s plan for world revival.
We always need to pray but we must also put legs to our prayers and use our gifts and talents to be an active participant in God’s restoration of the nation of Israel.
There are those who are already making a great impact upon the nation, many of whom we partner with…
The MJAA’s Joseph Project is touching the nation from the north to the south with humanitarian aid. There are youth programs – Katzir Youth Camp is witnessing at every conference dramatic life-changes in our Messianic teens; Elav Conference is bringing young Jewish and Arab believers together to build a stronger united Body and to embody the true “Road Map to Peace.”
There are approximately 150 congregations all over the land who are committed to growing and discipling believers. The Israel College of the Bible is training our next generation leaders, and our own IstandwithIsrael.com is disbursing help to the Messianic believers’ needs throughout the land.
The list is long of those on the ground who are actively engaged in seeing Israel’s destiny fulfilled. We who are in the New Covenant can make a difference because God has commanded us and equipped us to do so.
“Hear the word of the Lord, O nations
And declare it in the isles afar off, and say,
‘He who scattered Israel will gather him,
And keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’” Jeremiah 31:10
The goal: to bring salvation to the entire world!
Excerpts from message by Ari Sorko-Ram given at MJAA 2015
On a Facebook page, two Israeli-born lesbians posted their story – “Our Trial Against Yad Hashmona.” In 2008 they had a civil “marriage” in London. But after four years they decided they wanted to celebrate their union with a party in Israel.
They discovered the Messianic Jewish kibbutz outside of Jerusalem which has a lovely boutique hotel and an Events Hall that is used constantly by Messianic couples who are celebrating their marriage.
In addition to marriage celebrations, many other Messianic conferences and events take place at Yad Hashmona. Furthermore, the Israeli public also rents these facilities, situated in the beautiful Judean hills.
However, at the end of 2012, when these two women telephoned Yad Hashmona and explained they were going to have a lesbian party, the hall owners declined to host such a party because of their faith and commitment to the New and Old Testaments.
Perhaps harbingering what will be happening in the U.S. since the Supreme Court ruling that same sex marriages are legal, the lesbians decided to sue Yad Hashmona.
The news, of course, went directly to the newspapers. In their legal defense, the Messianic Jewish kibbutz members wrote that homosexual and lesbian relations are against the will of God….both the Old Testament and the New Testament treat this phenomenon as an abomination.
Judge Dorit Feinstein acknowledged there was a clash here between freedom of worship and the right to equality. But she claimed a commercial business could not discriminate according to a law passed in the year 2000, forbidding discrimination in public places.
She opined: “If you want to open a business in a democracy, you need to check that you can follow the law. If you can’t, don’t open the business.”
After Yad Hashmona lost their appeal last year, the judge fined the Kibbutz 123,000 shekels ($32,665) including court costs for “discrimination” and “sexual harassment.” The lesbians said they would use the money to raise their children. They also claimed they would donate to a senior citizens home for lesbians, homosexuals, transgenders and transvestites.
Rather than compromise their faith, Yad Hashmona leaders decided to close their event hall to any wedding events, a decision that will cause a substantial loss of income for this small kibbutz.
Daniel Chudos and his fiancé, Mira, decided to celebrate their wedding party at an Events Hall in the southern town of Yavne. All was going forward until they got a phone call from the owners saying they discovered the couple were Messianic Jewish believers. The owners went on to say that their rabbi had forbidden them to rent the hall to this couple because of their Messianic faith.
Daniel and Mira have indisputable evidence that the sole reason for refusing to grant them wedding hall services is based on religious grounds, namely their Messianic Jewish beliefs.
The couple’s lawyers have explained to them that this rejection is contrary to the Events Hall’s lawful obligations not to discriminate as is set forth in the “2002 Law of Prohibition of Discrimination in Products and Services and in Entry to Entertainment Establishments and Public Facilities,” which includes discrimination prohibitions on religious grounds – the same law used against Yad Hashmona.
The owners claimed their Kashrut license would be in danger if they agreed to facilitate a wedding celebration for a Messianic couple. This excuse is not true, and would contradict a Supreme Court ruling which determined that the Rabbinate of Israel must grant a Kashrut license even if the business is owned by Messianic Jews, and that the only relevant considerations on whether to grant a Kashrut license or not should be based on whether the food served is kosher.
According to the Discrimination Prohibition Law, if a commercial business refuses to grant a service to a person based on religion, sex, or race, the commercial business will then be required to compensate each person for an amount of up to 50,000 NIS, ($13,000) without the need to prove actual damage.
This ruling which forbade revoking the Kosher licenses of Messianic Jews (which would have greatly reduced their ability to conduct a profitable business in Israel) was won in a court case “Pnina Komforti vs. The Chief Rabbinate,” the cost of which was heavily subsidized by Maoz Israel Ministries.
Winning that case stopped the rabbinate in its tracks; they had intended to close down any Messianic business they could find which had to have a Kosher license to do business.
For Daniel and Mira, it is needless to say that they were greatly offended by this refusal, but thankfully, and even though changes of plans were required, they did eventually find an Events Hall which agreed to facilitate their wedding celebration.
Daniel and Mira exchanged rings on July 23, and even though in many ways they would like to put this odious incident behind, they believe it is of great importance and are committed to take legal action here for the sake of the entire Messianic Jewish community.
They are therefore willing to use their case in order to help advance the civil rights of the members of the Messianic Jewish community in Israel.
The legal costs required to take this case to court, and to force the Events Hall to abide by the Discrimination Prohibition Law – and stop another rabbinical encroachment on the Messianic community – have been set at the discounted rate of $18,000 USD. (£11,600, €16,300)
We believe this is a case worth fighting for. Stand side by side with us as we stand up for our rights and let our voices be heard! You can help us win this important case, which will help to promote the religious freedom of the Messianic Jewish community in Israel.