Introducing Markell’s Decline of Interest in Israel


John R. Houk, Editor

Intro © February 21, 2019

I am huge with support for Israel and the Jewish people. You might wonder why (though my Grandmother once told me I had a Jewish ancestry – I was an uncaring teen at the time and discussion is a bit sketchy in my memory). The reason is God’s Word hasn’t changed and God Almighty has designated the descendants of Abraham, Isaac (not Ismael) and Jacob as the Chosen People for the Land of Promise. That Land is known today as Israel. In Jesus Redemption is to the Jew first then the Gentile. I’m a believer in the mystery of prophetic double fulfillment. In simple terms that means an event prophesied in the Bible may appear to have taken place but a fuller event is still to come (the more secularist a Christian the less likely to believe in double fulfillment prophecy or Dual Prophecy): Modern Israel coming into existence and a unified Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty are signs (many view Jesus speaking fig tree as symbolism of Israel – Matthew 24:32-33) of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

 

Yup, that makes me an authentic Christian Zionist. Bless Israel and you’ll be blessed. As a nation, this is one reason of the importance of America (and Americans for that matter) to be a blessing to Israel.

 

With my thoughts in mind, Jan Markell’s article below about Christian Pastors failing to talk and/or teach the importance of Israel is indeed a “Disturbing Trend”.

 

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A Disturbing Trend: Does Anybody Care?

 

By Jan Markell

Email sent 2/21/2019 8:09 AM

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Interest in Israel is waning. Does anybody care?

 

In recent weeks, several publications have put out alarming stories that evangelical support for Israel is sinking — and especially among young people. The periodicals state that a new survey reveals that there is confusion about, or indifference to, the world’s only Jewish state.

 

It is really a two-pronged phenomenon. There is a decline in the interest in end-times (eschatology) and a decline in interest and support for God’s Covenant land and people by those who identify as a part of the today’s church.

 

The Christian Post states, “Seventy-seven percent of evangelicals, ages 65 and older, say they support the existence, security and prosperity of Israel, according to a Life Way Research survey. But only 58 percent of evangelicals ages 18 to 34 say the same.”

 

The various articles indicate that young people are focused on social justice now. There is a perception that the Palestinians are “downtrodden, persecuted, and mistreated,” and therefore, sympathy is towards them. Israel is the “occupier.”

 

Adding to the survey were Joel Rosenberg and Chosen People Ministries. Rosenberg stated, “Unless the church gives younger believers a healthy, balanced, solidly biblical understanding of God’s love and plan for Israel, overall evangelical support for the Jewish state could very well plummet over the next decade as Millennials represent an ever-larger percentage of the overall church body.”

 

So who or what is to blame? May I suggest some of the following?

 

Pastors rarely teach or preach on the topic and thus it is not deemed as relevant. How can young people understand an issue if it is ignored?

 

  • Dispensationalism is in decline. This theology emphasizes the important and distinct roles of both Israel and the Church.

 

  • Replacing Dispensationalism are the troubling theologies known as Kingdom Now or Dominionism, Amillennialism, Replacement Theology, Christian Palestinianism, Preterism, and more. None of these will give Israel her proper biblical or end-time role. The emphasis will be on the church.

 

  • Many popular teachers and leaders mislead on issues relating to Israel and eschatology. Some of these include Dr. John Piper, Lynne Hybels, Hank Hanegraaff, Russell Moore, Rick Warren, Rick Wiles, Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, Shane Claiborne, Brian MacLaren, and most postmodern and Emergent teachers. Men like Andy Stanley tell people to “unhitch from the Old Testament.” How’s that for de-emphasizing Israel’s role?? Most of the Word of Faith/prosperity teachers and almost all of the New Apostolic Reformation promote Kingdom Now/Dominionism which does not teach Israel’s rightful role in the future. Again, these theologies place more emphasis on the church.

 

  • The destructive “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” (BDS) movement has infected all of the Mainline Protestants. They want to strangle Israel’s economy and thus “crush the occupation.” The entire World Council of Churches has signed onto BDS.

 

Lynne Hybels at Christ at the Checkpoint

 

Events like “Christ at the Checkpoint” have painted Israel as the Mideast villain and bully rather than the one free society in that region. Prominent evangelicals and social justice promoters such as Lynne Hybels speak at this event.  So do Tony Campolo, Gary Burge, Jim Wallis, Hank Hanegraaff, Shane Claiborne, and others who attract younger followers.

 

  • Periodicals for young people such as Relevant Magazine have turned into anti-Israel propaganda.

 

Relevant Mag cover

 

  • Youth events such as the Catalyst Conference and the Justice Conference regularly feature anti-Israel speakers, Palestinians, and speakers with off-base eschatology. Marxist Cornell West is a regular at the Justice Conference. These are targeting evangelical youth. Lynne Hybels has made the youth conference circuit, even bashing Israel’s wall of protection that has reduced Palestinian terrorism over 90%.

 

  • Social justice is no longer just an issue for the religious Left. If you visit the website of the National Association of Evangelicals, you will find 65 articles about social justice! Type that into their search engine.

 

  • Anti-Israel films like “Little Town of Bethlehem” was shown at 360 venues in 2010 including dozens of college campuses. Again, it beat the mantra of the Israeli “occupation” and focused on the Israeli soldiers who enforce it.

 

Christianity Today says that at best, young evangelicals are “indifferent about Israel.” With such a non-stop barrage of anti-Israel propaganda, how can young minds sort through fiction to find the facts?

 

The Israeli newspaper Ha-aretz is running an article that states that young evangelicals don’t have the automatic support for Israel that their parents had. This is a generation that is suspicious of anything that is presented without explanation. They don’t want to be political pawns. They don’t adopt automatic views and positions. In order to connect them to Israel, we need to make a case for why they should support it. Future U.S. policy towards Israel is at stake! 

 

All of this is happening as new and young members of the U.S. Congress, including one radical Muslim from Minnesota — Rep. Ilhan Omar — are taking a strong anti-Israel stand. Their anti-Semitism is not even subtle. How many younger people will Rep. Omar, Rep. Tlaib, and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez influence in the wrong direction?

 

While people, both young and old, can be disloyal and change sides, “He that keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.” (Psalm 121) God’s love and protection will never waiver for His covenant land and people.

 

How odd of God,

To choose the Jews;

But not as odd, as those who choose,

The Jewish God, but spurn the Jews.

 

Awaiting His return,

Jan Markell
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Introducing Markell’s Decline of Interest in Israel

John R. Houk, Editor

Intro © February 21, 2019

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A Disturbing Trend: Does Anybody Care?

 

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Jan Markell founded Olive Tree Ministries in the 1980s to teach believers how to be watchmen on the wall and understand the times from a biblical perspective. She is the author of 8 books with the major Christian publishing houses. She has also produced a dozen DVDs, some of them aired on Sky Angel.  Her popular radio program is hearing on over 800 radio stations across North America. She hosts the largest Bible prophecy conference in America.

 

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An Intro to a Third Temple


John R. Houk

© December 3, 2018

As a Christian Zionist, I am in the crowd that believes the building of a Third Temple will be another evidence of the nearness of Christ the Lord’s return initiating the final plans of Heaven on Earth.

 

The chain of events from a Christian perspective has the Third Temple built which is then desecrated by old Satan:

 

2 Thessalonians

 

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of [a]Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of [b]sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits [c]as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

 

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

Revelation 11

 

11 Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. [a]And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. (2 Thessalonians 2: 1-4, 9-12; Revelation 11: 1-2 – NKJV)

 

The Good News: Christ returns with a New Jerusalem and New Heaven placed on Earth:

 

Revelation

 

21 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, [a]John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

 

10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the [a]great city, the [b]holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.

 

22 And he showed me a [a]pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

 

12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the [a]Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Revelation 21: 1-4, 10-11; 22: 1, 12-13 – NKJV)

 

Yeah, I know, that’s a lot of Bible to show a coming Third Temple. Trust me, the above Scripture is only a drop in the bucket to a much larger amount of Scripture that exists.

 

Now, this is what began my thoughts on a Third Temple. I just read a WND article is prepared to consecrate an altar for the Third Temple.

 

I also realize a reality check suggests the only way to build a Third Temple is remove/tear-down the Dome of the Rock – the mosque planted by Muslims on the Temple Mount. Here two sources for background on the Third Temple Movement:

 

 

 

As if those sources above don’t pique your interest, now here’s the WND cross post Temple altar story.

 

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NATIONS INVITED TO CONSECRATION OF ALTAR FOR 3RD TEMPLE

Given opportunity ‘to participate in the Temple and to receive its blessings’

 

December 1, 2018

WND

Temple Mount & Western Wall

 

The newly re-created Sanhedrin in Israel is planning a ceremony to consecrate a stone altar prepared for use in the Third Temple, and it has released a declaration intended to be an invitation for other nations to participate in the Temple “and to receive its blessings.”

 

According to Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz’ report in Breaking Israel News the altar has been prepared with stones made of aerated concrete and “fit for use in the Temple.”

 

The current stones are in loose form ready to be moved to the Temple Mount and stored so they would be available “at a moment’s notice,” but there also are plans to re-create the pieces from actual stones, considered the “ideal material from which to build the altar.”

 

The Sanhedrin is the re-creation of the ancient legal council that advised in Israel during biblical times. It earlier invited Arab nations to prepare for their role in the construction of a Third Temple.

 

They were invited as “sons of Ishmael.” Ishmael, in the Bible, is the first son of Abraham, by his wife’s maid, Hagar. Abraham is the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Isaac was the second son, and Judaism and Christianity trace roots through him. Islam claims its heritage through Ishmael.

 

The newest move will include during Hanukkah a full-dress reenactment of the daily offering.

 

“The location is still unclear as the Jerusalem municipality is weighing security concerns that a Jewish ceremony of this sort will precipitate Muslim violence if performed in view of the Temple Mount,” the report said.

 

“Also at question is whether the Kohanim will ritually slaughter a lamb or whether prepared meat will be brought. Though the Sanhedrin has received all of the necessary permits from the government organizations in charge of slaughtering animals, they are still waiting for the municipality to approve that part of the ceremony. In either case, the meat will be roasted on the newly consecrated altar.”

 

A large menorah will be lit as part of the ceremony, the report said, and Rabbi Hillel Weiss explained the significance of the ceremony being held on the last day of Hanukkah.

 

“According to Jewish tradition, the tabernacle and Aaron the Priest were consecrated for service on the last day of Hanukkah,” Rabbi Weiss explained to Breaking Israel News. “It is fitting that we should invite the nations to the ceremony since Hanukkah is about bringing light to the darkness. The Jews were meant to do this for the entire world.”

 

The declaration itself explains, “We are very close to the time about which the prophets of Israel prophesied that the God of the world who created everything will be called by the world in the name of the God of Israel, for only the people of Israel remained attached to Him.”

 

It continues, “Anyone who wants to accompany us, to be a partner in serving God, and to connect with his people, must be a believer in the God who was revealed at Sinai, and to be as the people of Israel who were present there and preserved this status to this day.”

 

WND reported earlier this year that the organization and others were minting a special edition “70 Year Redemption Coin” to raise funds for the Third Temple.

 

Others were the Mikdash (Temple) Educational Center and the United Temple Movements.

 

The Trump-Cyrus coin, which honored two Israeli foreign heroes – one present and one past – came following President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.

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An Intro to a Third Temple

John R. Houk

© December 3, 2018

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Intro to Ungurean Post on ‘CRUSADES: The TRUTH’


John R. Houk, Editor

Posted November 27, 2018

About those Christian Crusaders that loaded their weaponry to RE-TAKE the Holy Land from Muslim invading conquerors. Closer to the truth than lying Multicultural Leftists and Muslim Apologists.

 

My only criticism I have is Geri Ungurean’s source downplays the Antisemitism of the Crusaders. That’s a bit surprising considering Ms. Ungurean is a Messianic Jew (i.e. a Jew that has accepted Christ as Lord and Savior).

 

Not deviate too much from this otherwise awesome post, my take is the Crusaders were Antisemites largely because the Church had spent centuries calling Jews Christ-Killers which if you read your Bible is a bit of a stretch. The Pharisee/Sadducee ruling class empowered by the Roman government feared any Jewish movement that might be a threat to their station in life under Roman rule. The Jewish population on the other hand reviled Roman rule; hence many Jewish Messianic and Rebellion Movements (of which as far as Christians concerned was the Messianic Movement of Christian Redemption in Christ).

 

But as Gentiles became the dominating group over the Jewish Christians, Jew-hatred began to be taught even though pre-Resurrection Jesus was raised under Jewish traditions and every single person among the Twelve Apostles was Jewish.

 

The Jewish perspective of Jew-hatred Medieval propaganda HERE.

 

The Christian perspective for Jew-Hatred Medieval propaganda HERE and HERE.

 

JRH 11/27/18

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The CRUSADES: The TRUTH About Islam and Why Christendom FINALLY Pushed Back

 

By GERI UNGUREAN

NOVEMBER 27, 2018

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

 

Truth About the Crusades

 

The devil is a liar.

 

We know this because God told us this in His Holy Word.  Satan is the father of lies. He is a master of deception and the author of confusion.

 

Through the centuries, history has been rewritten with the help of the evil one. If you asked the typical person on the street about the Crusades, most of them would begin to disparage Christianity and speak of  ‘horrors’ committed against Muslims.

 

Do you remember when Obama spoke of  Christian aggression during the Crusades?

 

VIDEO: Starnes: Why Obama smeared Christians at prayer event

 

Watch Dinesh Desouza’s comments at the 4:27 mark in this video:

 

VIDEO: Malzberg | Dinesh D’Souza weighs in on President Obama’s “Crusades” comments

 

I would encourage the reader to print this article out.  I am using a piece from thenewamerican.com to dispel the lies which have been perpetrated throughout the centuries about the Crusades.

 

This article is rather long. For those who would rather watch a video concerning truth about the Crusades, I will insert a link for that at the end of this piece.

 

From thenewamerican.com

 

The year is 732 A.D., and Europe is under assault. Islam, born a mere 110 years earlier, is already in its adolescence, and the Muslim Moors are on the march.

 

Growing in leaps and bounds, the Caliphate, as the Islamic realm is known, has thus far subdued much of Christendom, conquering the old Christian lands of the Mideast and North Africa in short order. Syria and Iraq fell in 636; Palestine in 638; and Egypt, which was not even an Arab land, fell in 642. North Africa, also not Arab, was under Muslim control by 709. Then came the year 711 and the Moors’ invasion of Europe, as they crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and entered Visigothic Iberia (now Spain and Portugal). And the new continent brought new successes to Islam. Conquering the Iberian Peninsula by 718, the Muslims crossed the Pyrenees Mountains into Gaul (now France) and worked their way northward. And now, in 732, they are approaching Tours, a mere 126 miles from Paris.

 

The Moorish leader, Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi, is supremely confident of success. He is in the vanguard of the first Muslim crusade, and his civilization has enjoyed rapidity and scope of conquest heretofore unseen in world history. He is at the head of an enormous army, replete with heavy cavalry, and views the Europeans as mere barbarians. In contrast, the barbarians facing him are all on foot, a tremendous disadvantage. The only thing the Frankish and Burgundian European forces have going for them is their leader, Charles of Herstal, grandfather of Charlemagne. He is a brilliant military tactician who, after losing his very first battle, is enjoying an unbroken 16-year streak of victories.

 

And this record will remain unblemished. Outnumbered by perhaps as much as 2 to 1 on a battlefield between the cities of Tours and Poitier, Charles routs the Moorish forces, stopping the Muslim advance into Europe cold. It becomes known as the Battle of Tours (or Poitier), and many historians consider it one of the great turning points in world history. By their lights, Charles is a man who saved Western Civilization, a hero who well deserves the moniker the battle earned him: Martellus. We thus now know him as Charles Martel, which translates into Charles the Hammer.

 

The Gathering Threat in the East

 

While the Hammer saved Gaul, the Muslims would not stop hammering Christendom — and it would be the better part of four centuries before Europe would again hammer back. This brings us to the late 11th century and perhaps the best-known events of medieval history: the Crusades.

 

Ah, the Crusades. Along with the Galileo affair and the Spanish Inquisition (both partially to largely misunderstood), they have become a metaphor for Christian “intolerance.” And this characterization figures prominently in the hate-the-West-first crowd’s repertoire and imbues everything, from movies such as 2005’s Kingdom of Heaven to school curricula to politicians’ pronouncements. In fact, it’s sometimes peddled so reflexively that the criticism descends into the ridiculous, such as when Bill Clinton gave a speech at Georgetown University and, writes Chair of the History Department at Saint Louis University Thomas Madden, “recounted (and embellished) a massacre of Jews after the Crusader conquest of Jerusalem in 1099 and informed his audience that the episode was still bitterly remembered in the Middle East. (Why Islamist terrorists should be upset about the killing of Jews was not explained.)” Why, indeed. Yet, it is the not-so-ridiculous, the fable accepted as fact, that does the most damage. Madden addresses this in his piece, “The Real History of the Crusades,” writing:

 

Misconceptions about the Crusades are all too common. The Crusades are generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics. They are supposed to have been the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general. A breed of proto-imperialists, the Crusaders introduced Western aggression to the peaceful Middle East and then deformed the enlightened Muslim culture, leaving it in ruins. For variations on this theme, one need not look far. See, for example, Steven Runciman’s famous three-volume epic, History of the Crusades, or the BBC/A&E documentary, The Crusades, hosted by Terry Jones. Both are terrible history yet wonderfully entertaining.

 

But what does good history tell us? Madden continues:

 

Christians in the eleventh century were not paranoid fanatics. Muslims really were gunning for them. While Muslims can be peaceful, Islam was born in war and grew the same way. From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword. Muslim thought divides the world into two spheres, the Abode of Islam and the Abode of War…. In the eleventh century, the Seljuk Turks conquered Asia Minor (modern Turkey), which had been Christian since the time of St. Paul. The old Roman Empire, known to modern historians as the Byzantine Empire, was reduced to little more than Greece. In desperation, the emperor in Constantinople sent word to the Christians of western [sic] Europe asking them to aid their brothers and sisters in the East.

 

[The Crusades] were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense.

 

The reality is that in our modern conception — or, really, misconception — of the word, it is the Muslims who had launched “crusades” against Christendom. (In the true sense of the word, the Moors couldn’t be Crusaders, as the term means “those who are marked with a cross,” and the Muslims just wanted to erase the cross.) And like Martel before them, who ejected the Moors from most of southern Gaul, and the Spaniards, who — through what was also a Crusade — would much later wrest back control over Iberia, the Crusades were an attempt to retake conquered Christian lands. So how can we describe the view taken by most academics, entertainers, and politicians? Well, it is the Jihadist view. It is Osama bin Laden’s view. It is a bit like ignoring all history of WWII until December 8, 1941 — and then damning the United States for launching unprovoked attacks on Japan.

 

Christendom Pushes Back

 

So now the year is 1095. Just as the Muslims had invaded Europe from the west in the days of Charles the Hammer, now they are pushing toward it from the east. And just as they had taken the Byzantine lands of the Mideast and North Africa in the seventh century, they now have seized Anatolia (most of modern Turkey), thus robbing the Byzantines of the majority of what they had left. The Muslims are now just a few battles away from moving west into Greece itself or north into the Balkans — the “back door” of Europe. Rightfully alarmed and fearing civilizational annihilation, Byzantine emperor Alexius I in Constantinople reaches out to a rival, Pope Urban II, for aid. Inspired to act, in November of 1095 the pope addresses the matter at the Council of Clermont, an event attended by more than 650 clerics and members of European nobility. On its second-to-last day, he gives a rousing sermon in which he appeals to the men of Europe to put aside their differences and rally to the aid of their brothers in the East. Here is an excerpt of the sermon as presented by the chronicler Fulcher of Chartres:

 

Your brethren who live in the east are in urgent need of your help, and you must hasten to give them the aid which has often been promised them. For, as the most of you have heard, the Turks and Arabs have attacked them and have conquered the territory of Romania [the Greek empire] as far west as the shore of the Mediterranean and the Hellespont, which is called the Arm of St. George. They have occupied more and more of the lands of those Christians, and have overcome them in seven battles. They have killed and captured many, and have destroyed the churches and devastated the empire. If you permit them to continue thus for awhile with impunity, the faithful of God will be much more widely attacked by them. On this account I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christ’s heralds to publish this everywhere and to persuade all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry aid promptly to those Christians.

 

In addition to this call, the pope articulates a second goal: the liberation of Jerusalem and other Mideast holy sites. The pope’s words are so moving that those in attendance are inspired to shout, it is said, “God wills it! God wills it!” The first crusade is born.

 

Modernity, the Middle Ages, and Myth

 

Yet, in modern times, much cynicism would be born. People just can’t believe that these medieval “barbarians” didn’t have ulterior motives. This brings us to the “ambitious pope” and “rapacious knights” bit, the 20th-century myths about 11th-century motivations. Let’s examine these one at a time.

 

First we have the notion that the Crusaders were imperialists. This is an understandable perspective for the modern mind, as the not-too-distant past has been one of a dominant West colonizing a world of backwaters. Yet this was a recent and relatively short-lived development. Do you remember how Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi considered the eighth-century Europeans barbarians? It was no different in the 11th century; Dar al-Islam was the burgeoning civilization. It was the imperialist force — and this wouldn’t change for another 600 years.

 

Next we have two myths that contradict each other; although, considered individually, they may seem tenable. One is that, despite the Crusaders’ purported religiosity, they were just seeking riches by the sword. The other myth is, they were so darn religious that they were seeking to convert Muslims by the sword. It seems unlikely that both could be true, and, as it turns out, neither is.

 

Today we like to say “Follow the money.” Well, if you followed it in the 11th century, it led right back to Europe. The reality is that most Crusader knights were “first sons,” men who had property and wealth — much to lose (including their lives) and little to gain. And just as the United States can drain the public treasury funding Mideast interventions today, medieval warfare was expensive business. Lords were often forced to sell or mortgage their lands to fund their Crusading, and many impoverished themselves. It also doesn’t seem that the average knight entertained visions of becoming “the man who would be king” in a faraway land, either. As Madden said in an October 2004 Zenit interview, “Much like a soldier today, the medieval Crusader was proud to do his duty but longed to return home.”

 

As for conversion, the Crusaders were warriors, not missionaries. They had no interest in converting Muslims; in fact, I doubt the notion ever entered their minds. They viewed the Muslims as enemies of God and His Church and a threat to Christendom, nothing more, nothing less. Treating this matter in a piece entitled “The Crusades: separating myth from reality,” Zenit cited medieval history expert Dr. Franco Cardini and wrote:

 

“The Crusades,” says Cardini, “were never ‘religious wars,’ their purpose was not to force conversions or suppress the infidel.” … To describe the Crusade as a “Holy War” against the Moslems is misleading, says Cardini: “The real interest in these expeditions, in service of Christian brethren threatened by Moslems, was the restoration of peace in the East, and the early stirring of the idea of rescue for distant fellow-Christians.”

 

Yet, whether or not the Crusades were religious wars, they certainly flew on the wings of religious faith. And when the Crusaders sought treasure, it was usually the kind that was stored up in Heaven. As to this sincerity of belief, Madden has pointed out that Europe is peppered with thousands of medieval charters in which knights speak of their deepest motivations, of their desire to do their Christian duty. Then, Professor Rodney Stark, author of the new book God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades, tells us that while the knights were serious sinners, they were also serious about becoming more saintly. Anne Godlasky of USA Today quotes him as stating, “These knights did such terrible things that their confessors kept saying, ‘I don’t know how you will ever atone for this — why don’t you try walking to Jerusalem barefoot.’ And they would do it — they took their faith very seriously.” Moreover, when the Crusaders met with failure, Europeans embraced a characteristically religious explanation: They blamed their own sinfulness. Then, seeking to purify themselves, piety movements arose all across their lands. Perhaps this is why Oxford historian Christopher Tyerman has called the Crusades “the ultimate manifestation of conviction politics.

We should also note that the Crusaders didn’t see themselves as “Crusaders”; the word wasn’t even originated till the 18th century. They viewed themselves as pilgrims.

 

Having said this, it would be naïve to think that all Crusaders’ worldly endeavors were animated by heavenly thoughts. Some say that Pope Urban II might have hoped he could regain control over the Eastern Church after the Great Schism of 1054. It’s also said that Urban and others wanted to give those militant medieval knights someone to fight besides one another. As for those on the ground, the Crusades involved a motley multitude encompassing the regal to the rough-hewn, and it is certain that some among them dreamt of booty and betterment. Yet is this surprising or unusual? People are complex beings. Within a group or even an individual’s mind, there are usually multiple motivations, some noble, some ignoble. Charles the Hammer might have very well relished the glory won on the battlefield, for all we know. But it would be silly to think that was his main motivation for fighting the Moors. Likewise, if the Crusaders were primarily motivated by covetous impulses, it was the most remarkable of coincidences. For those dark urges then manifested themselves just when a Christian emperor appealed for aid, just when Europe again seemed imperiled — and after 400 years of mostly unanswered Muslim conquests.

 

Into the Mouth of Dar al-Islam

 

But however great the Europeans’ faith, the first Crusade was a long shot. The soldiers had to travel on foot and horseback 1,500 miles — traversing rivers, valleys, and mountains; braving the elements; dealing with hunger and thirst and whatever unknowns lay ahead — and then defeat entrenched Muslim forces. And the endeavor had gotten off to a rather inauspicious start: An unofficial Crusade comprising peasants and low-ranking knights had already departed — only to be massacred by the Seljuk Turks.

 

So, now, it is August 15, 1096, and the official Crusader armies depart from France and Italy. Arriving in Anatolia many months later, they lay siege to Muslim-occupied Nicea; however, Emperor Alexius I negotiates with the Turks, has the city delivered to him on June 1, 1097, and then forbids the Crusaders to enter. They then fight other battles against the Muslims on the way to their next objective: the great city of Antioch. It is a must-win scenario; if they do not take it, they cannot move on to Jerusalem. The siege continues for seven and a half months, during which time the Crusaders are hungry, tired, cold, and often discouraged; Antioch’s formidable walls seem an impenetrable barrier. On June 2, 1098, however, they are able to enter the city with the help of a spy. It is theirs.

 

Yet the Crusaders soon find themselves besieged and trapped in Antioch with the arrival of Muslim relief forces. Nevertheless, they manage a break-out on June 28, defeat the Turks, and, after a delay caused by internecine squabbling, move south to Jerusalem in April 1099. Starving after a long journey, they arrive at the Holy City on June 7 — with only a fraction of their original forces. Despite this, Jerusalem will not pose the problems of Antioch, and they capture it on July 15.

 

The First Crusade successes give Christendom a foothold in the Mideast for the first time in hundreds of years with the establishment of four outposts known today as “Crusader states.” They are: the County of Edessa and the Principality of Antioch, founded in 1098; the Kingdom of Jerusalem, founded in 1099; and the County of Tripoli, founded in 1104. Perhaps the tide has finally turned in Christendom’s favor.

 

But it was not to be. It was still a Muslim era, and more Crusades would be launched in the wake of Islamic triumphs. In fact, there was a multitude of Crusades — if we include minor ones — lasting until the end of the 17th century. However, it is customary to identify eight major Crusades, dating from 1096 through 1270, although this does omit many significant campaigns.

 

Great passion for a second Crusade was sparked when the County of Edessa was overcome by Turks and Kurds in 1144. Led by Kings Louis VII of France and Conrad III of Germany and advocated by St. Bernard, it was an utter failure. Most of the Crusaders were killed before even reaching Jerusalem, the campaign did more harm than good — and Muslim power continued to grow.

 

Because of this, Madden writes, “Crusading in the late twelfth century … became a total war effort.” All are asked to answer the call, from peasants to patricians, either by devoting blood and treasure to the defense of Christendom or through prayer, fasting, and alms to make her worthy of victory. Yet these are the days of the great Muslim leader Saladin, and in 1187 he destroys the Christian forces and takes one Christian city after another. And, finally, after almost a century of Christian rule, Jerusalem surrenders on October 2.

 

The loss of the Holy City inspires the Third Crusade. Led by storybook figures such as England’s King Richard the Lionheart, German Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa, and France’s King Philip II, it is sometimes called the Kings’ Crusade. Yet it is no fairytale affair. Frederick’s army quits the campaign in 1190 after their aged German leader drowns while crossing a river on horseback, and King Philip leaves after retaking the city of Acre, owing to continual friction with Richard. Despite this, the English King is undeterred. Displaying brilliant leadership and tactical skill, he fights his way south, taking on all comers, and eventually recaptures the Holy Land’s entire coast. Yet the crown jewel, Jerusalem, eludes his grasp. Believing he would not be able to hold it (since most Crusaders will be returning home), he must swallow hard and settle for what he can get: an agreement with Saladin to allow unarmed pilgrims unfettered access to the city. Richard then returns home and never sees the Holy Land again, dying from a battle-related wound sustained in Europe in 1199.

 

While the passion for Crusading remained strong in the 13th century and the Crusades were greater in scope, funding, and organization, they were lesser in accomplishment. There would be no more Richard the Lionhearts. Mideast Christian lands would slowly be overcome. And Jerusalem would never again be in Crusader hands. In fact, by 1291, the Crusader kingdom had been wiped off the map.

 

The Next Crusades Battle: The History Books

 

Because the Crusades ultimately failed to achieve their objectives, they are typically viewed as failures. And this brings us to a common Crusades myth. It’s said that those medieval campaigns are partly to blame for anti-Western sentiment in today’s Middle East, but this is nonsense. The reality is, as Madden told Zenit, “If you had asked someone in the Muslim world about the Crusades in the 18th century he or she would have known nothing about them.” This only makes sense. Why would the Crusades have been remembered? From the Muslim perspective, they were just routine victories — like so many others — events that would just naturally fade into the mists of time. What in truth is partly to blame for Islamic anti-Western sentiment is 19th-century pro-Western propaganda. That is to say, when England and France finally started colonizing Arab lands, they wanted to rubber-stamp imperialism. To this end, they taught Muslims in colonial schools that the Crusades were an example of an imperialism that brought civilization to a backward Middle East. And, not surprisingly but tragically, when imperialism was later discredited, the Crusades would be discredited along with it. Muslims would start using the false history against the West.

 

But there are many Crusade myths. For example, some would characterize the campaigns as anti-Semitic. Yet, while there were two notable massacres of Jews during the Crusades, there is more to the story — as Madden also explained in the Zenit interview:

 

No pope ever called a Crusade against Jews. During the First Crusade a large band of riffraff, not associated with the main army [the aforementioned “People’s Crusade”], descended on the towns of the Rhineland and decided to rob and kill the Jews they found there…. Pope Urban II and subsequent popes strongly condemned these attacks on Jews. Local bishops and other clergy and laity attempted to defend the Jews, although with limited success. Similarly, during the opening phase of the Second Crusade a group of renegades killed many Jews in Germany before St. Bernard was able to catch up to them and put a stop to it.

 

This obviously adds perspective. In every war there are rogue forces that commit transgressions. Why, the United States had the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam and Abu Ghraib in Iraq. Yet, to echo Madden on this count, it would be unfair to claim that the goal of American forces was to, respectively, murder innocent civilians or commit sexual abuse.

 

There were other Crusader sins as well. In the Second Crusade, the warriors foolishly attacked Muslim Damascus, which had been an ally of the Christians. Worse still, the Fourth Crusade saw the sacking of Constantinople itself — occupied by the very eastern Christians the Crusades were designed to protect — after the Crusaders helped an imperial claimant gain the Byzantine throne and then were refused the aid he had promised them as a quid pro quo. In response, the pope at the time, Innocent III, condemned the attack (and he had already excommunicated the Crusade). Nevertheless, the damage was done. The act widened the Great Schism of 1054 to perhaps irreparable proportions.

 

Yet, again, perspective is necessary. Medieval armies didn’t have modern discipline or rules of engagement, and they were, above all, medieval. You could not have put hundreds of thousands of men in the field during the course of centuries in that age without writing some dark chapters. Really, though, you couldn’t do it in the modern age, either.

 

With all these failures and missteps, we may wonder why Europeans continued Crusading well beyond the 13th century’s close. We may ask, was it worth the blood and treasure? Yet the answer boils down to one word: survival. The threats to Europe mentioned earlier would not remain theoretical. The Muslims would extinguish the Byzantine Empire — and Constantinople would be renamed Istanbul. They would cross into the Balkans, and their descendants would clash with Christians there in the 1990s. The Ottoman Turks would capture the Italian town of Otranto in 1480, prompting the evacuation of Rome. The Ottomans would occupy what is now Hungary for 158 years. And, in 1529 and 1683, they would reach the gates of Vienna.

 

Yet the tide would finally turn against Dar al-Islam. The Ottomans would lose the Battle of Vienna in 1683, and, more significantly, Europe was blossoming. It would outpace the Muslim world technologically, and in its march toward modernity, the Christian “barbarians” would become the burgeoning civilization. In fact, they would become dominant enough to forget how recent their time in the sun is — and how, perhaps, it almost never was.

 

So, were the Crusades really a failure? Sure, there was no Charles Martel and Battle of Tours, no Duke of Wellington at Waterloo; there was no history-changing engagement where we could say, ah, that is where we slew the dragon or “this was their finest hour.” And they accomplished none of their stated goals. But the Crusades era might have constituted a “holding action,” a time when Christendom was pushed toward the abyss and, outweighed and wobbling, pushed back. Of course, this isn’t the fashionable view. But it is easy today to characterize those medieval warriors any way we wish; they are no longer around to defend themselves. But had they not defended the West, we might not be troubling over the past at all — because we might not have a present. – source

 

VIDEO: The Truth About The Crusades

 

Brethren, it is important to be able to chronicle the events leading up to the Crusades. We must attempt to shut down revisionist historians who present history from a politically correct vantage point.

 

Truth is truth!!   Jesus would have us tell the truth about events in history regarding His church.

 

The Left have made Islam and Muslims into “victims.”  Not all Muslims are war lords or terrorists, but many are.  Their prophet Muhammad was the originally war lord and his fundamental followers continue in his footsteps.

 

Shalom b’Yeshua

 

MARANATHA!

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Intro to Ungurean Post on ‘CRUSADES: The TRUTH’

John R. Houk, Editor

Posted November 27, 2018

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The CRUSADES: The TRUTH About Islam and Why Christendom FINALLY Pushed Back

 

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Intro to Bussel’s ‘The Gospel of Jerusalem – Jewish New Year’


Intro by John R. Houk, Blog Editor

Posted September 10, 2018

The Jewish New Year, better known as Rosh Hashanah in Judaism, in 2018 began on the evening of September 9 and culminates on the evening of September 11.

 

Christianity and Judaism are closer entwined than many Christians (and Jews for that matter) may understand. Here’s a brief reminder for Christians.

 

Christians trace the history of their faith to Jesus the Christ the Son of God and the son of Mary. Essentially Mary’s husband became step-father. Mary and Joseph were Observant Jews following the traditions of Judaism. That means Jesus was raised an Observant Jew following the Judaic Traditions including Festivals of great religious importance in Judaism. The Gospels share over and over about how Jesus preached to the people in relating to the significance of Jewish Traditions and religious Festivals especially hearkening back to the Patriarch Fathers and the Prophets how their actions were a forthtelling of the Christ who is Jesus. (Any Antisemite Christians should think about that before they embark on any Jew-hatred rants.)

 

Ergo with that incomplete bit of Christian faith in relation to Jesus and Judaism, here is a bit of info on Rosh Hashanah from a Judaic perspective according to Judaism 101:

 

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of the Jewish month of Tishri.

 

Jewish “New Year”

 

The name “Rosh Hashanah” means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity between Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year, and the American midnight drinking bash and daytime football game.

 

There is, however, one important similarity between the Jewish New Year and the American one: Many Americans use the New Year as a time to plan a better life, making “resolutions.” Likewise, the Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year, continuing through the Days of Awe and Yom Kippur.

 

You may notice that the Bible speaks of Rosh Hashanah as occurring on the first day of the seventh month. The first month of the Jewish calendar is Nissan, occurring in March and April. Why, then, does the Jewish “new year” occur in Tishri, the seventh month?

 

Judaism has several different “new years,” a concept which may seem strange at first, but think of it this way: the American “new year” starts in January, but the new “school year” starts in September, and many businesses have “fiscal years” that start at various times of the year. In Judaism, Nissan 1 is the new year for the purpose of counting the reign of kings and months on the calendar, Elul 1 (in August) is the new year for the tithing of animals, Shevat 15 (in February) is the new year for trees (determining when first fruits can be eaten, etc.), and Tishri 1 (Rosh Hashanah) is the new year for years (when we increase the year number. Sabbatical and Jubilee years begin at this time).

 

 

Traditions

 

The name “Rosh Hashanah” is not used in the Bible to discuss this holiday. The Bible refers to the holiday as Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar). The holiday is instituted in Leviticus 23:24-25.

 

The shofar is a ram’s horn which is blownREAD THE REST (Rosh Hashanah; By Tracey Rich; Judaism 101; © Copyright 5756-5771 (1995-2011))

 

With that, I am grateful for Ari Bussel sharing this Jewish New Year’s testimony which includes a prayer for Israel, the Land of the Jews.

 

JRH 9/10/18

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The Gospel of Jerusalem – Jewish New Year

By Ari Bussel

Sent 9/9/2018 5:46 PM

 

Dear Friends of Zion and Jerusalem,

 

How quickly time passes!  Here are blessings and curses of the past year – embassy moves, earthquakes, Gaza and Syria.

 

A year ago Christian media professionals from around the world convened unto Zion Jerusalem for the Government of Israel’s First Christian Media Summit (pictured below with Israel’s President Rivlin).  Little did any of the participants envisioned that just months later, the United States of America will move its embassy to Israel’s capital.

 

President Rivlin Addressing Christian Media Summit October 2017

 

This was likely the single most significant action of Israel’s ally and friend, the United States of America; what my colleague Norma Zager calls “a simple reality check.”

 

It was quickly followed by Guatemala and Paraguay, although the latter gave in to pressure and is reversing the move of its embassy.  More countries promised to follow suit, yet the USA remains the one beacon of sanity and stability, an anchor of steadfast resolve.

 

President Cabrera-Mayor Barkat  Congrats Guatemala Embassy Jerusalem

 

Another “reality check” by the US administration and its Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, was to look at the utilization of US funds overseas and to stop the flow of money when it is earmarked to pay convicted terrorists and their families (the greater the dead and wounded, the higher the remuneration); incite terror and educate young children to become martyrs; and perpetuate the myth of “refugeedom” for all eternity instead of focusing on assimilation.

 

Israel celebrated.

 

A new street sign in Jerusalem, the Walls of the Old City with a special tribute, a group giving thanks to God the Almighty

 

There were also several moderate earthquakes in Israel (of the very physical/real type; Israel sits atop the Syrian-African Fault).  Not used to earthquakes and having undergone relatively minor preparedness and nation-wide training, Israelis suffered several waves of anxiety, but quickly returned to normalcy.

 

Then, there were two major developments to which one must pay attention.  On the Gaza border, Hamas is determined to instigate constant mayhem, sending its people to “walk unto the border of Israel and breach that border.”  It also has engaged in a new favorite summer pastime, “Go Fly A Kite.”

 

Most of us will immediate start singing “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” from Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA-g8YYPKVo).  The song was composed by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, two Beverly Hills brothers.

 

VIDEO: Let’s Go Fly A Kite – Mary Poppins (David Tomlinson)

 

A few weeks ago, the City of Beverly Hills celebrated Richard Sherman’s 90th birthday and presented him the Key to the City (https://vimeo.com/282597968).

 

VIMEO VIDEO: SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC! 90TH Birthday Tribute for Richard M. Sherman at the Wallis 07/21/2018 | Beverly Hills This Week

 

The Gazans’ idea of flying a kite is diabolically different.  Israel’s neighbors affix incendiary devices and have caused huge regional fires around Gaza, with devastating results to agriculture and property.

 

Week after week, this favorite summer activity has been taking place, yielding great amusement and thrill to the Gazans.

 

Up north, in Syria, the global superpowers are flexing their arms; the local population suffers and continues to be slaughtered by the Assad regime in the ongoing civil war; and Iran continues to strengthen its presence.  Hizballah, Iran’s proxy in Syria and Lebanon, alongside special forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard of Iran are training in urban-warfare.

 

This, too, is most eye-opening.  Israel’s Defense Forces are training for urban warfare, with specific focus how to safeguard the lives of civilians and of its own soldiers.  Hamas, Hizballah and other like-organizations embed themselves within dense civilian populations, which they use as human shields.

 

In contrast, Iran and Hizballah are focused on conquering Israeli cities and inflicting terror.  Several decades ago it was kidnapping school buses and holding school kids hostage or smashing skulls of very young children in front of their parents.  Several decades earlier it was butchering the Jewish inhabitants in entire towns, slicing open pregnant women, raping children, women and men, young and old, and using heads for soccer games.  (For those to whom this seems very far-fetched, Daesh is doing the very same in recent years; and much worse.)

 

Continued Existence

 

And thus, we see that Tiny-Mighty Israel is constantly on the alert.  Many good things are happening, but Israel exists in a most perilous neighborhood, and her continued existence is never something to be taken for granted.

 

Safeguarding Israel is her Defense Forces, her Government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the power of prayer.  Israel’s enemies rise not only against Israel but against God Lord of Hosts Himself.  (The Prophet Zechariah told us that he who touches Judea, Israel and Jerusalem – those who negate their very existence – touches the Apple of God’s Eye, for God dwells in their midst.  (Zechariah 2:12, 14))

 

Deuteronomy Chapter 20 דְּבָרִים

ד  כִּי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, הַהֹלֵךְ עִמָּכֶם–לְהִלָּחֵם לָכֶם עִם-אֹיְבֵיכֶם, לְהוֹשִׁיעַ אֶתְכֶם. 4 for the LORD your God is He that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’

 

Recognizing the power of prayer, Jewish people throughout the world say a special prayer (text below, translation by the Jewish Agency for Israel) in which we ask the God will send His light and truth to the leaders of Israel, her ministers and her advisors, and will provide them with good counsel and advice.

 

Prayer for State of Israel

 

Our Father in Heaven, Rock and Redeemer of Israel, bless the State of Israel, the first manifestation of the approach of our redemption. Shield it with Your loving kindness, envelop it in Your peace, and bestow Your light and truth upon its leaders, ministers, and   advisors, and grace them with Your good counsel.

 

Strengthen the hands of those who defend our holy land, grant them deliverance, and adorn them in a mantle of victory. Ordain peace in the land and grant its inhabitants eternal happiness.

 

Lead them, swiftly and upright, to Your city Zion and to Jerusalem, the abode of Your Name, as is written in the Torah of Your servant Moses: “Even if your outcasts are at the ends of the world, from  there the Lord your God will gather you, from there He will fetch you.

 

And the Lord your God will bring you to the land that your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will make you more prosperous and more numerous than your fathers.

 

Draw our hearts together to revere and venerate Your name and to observe all the precepts of Your Torah, and send us quickly the Messiah son of David, agent of Your vindication, to redeem those who await Your deliverance.

 

Manifest yourself in the splendor of Your boldness before the eyes of all inhabitants of Your world and may everyone endowed with a soul affirm that the Lord, God of Israel, is king and his dominion is absolute.

 

Amen forevermore.

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Intro to Bussel’s ‘The Gospel of Jerusalem – Jewish New Year’

Intro by John R. Houk, Blog Editor

Posted September 10, 2018

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The Gospel of Jerusalem – Jewish New Year

 

Edited by John R. Houk

 

© Ari Bussel

 

Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.

 

Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.

 

Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as the Crisis Response Team of the Maple Counseling Center.

 

Mr. Bussel was among the founding members and served on the boards of Gen. Shimon Erem’s Israel Christian Nexus, the Western Region of Friends of Israel Firefighters and the Israel Institute for Alternative Energy Advancement. He completed the Salvin Leadership Program of the Anti-Defamation League.

 

Mr. Bussel writes regularly. For the past decade, his weekly columns appeared in print in Israel Jewish Life, Shalom LA, Muslim World Today and Israeli Week. Mr. Bussel’s articles appear on numerous websites, including Canada Free Press, Free Republic, NewsBlaze, SlantRight and OpEdNews. He is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club.

 

Mr. Bussel received a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford … READ THE REST

 

My Christian Zionism Relating to Jerusalem U.S. Embassy


John R. Houk

© May 17, 2018

I am a Christian Zionist. This means my reflections on the Jewish State of Israel might be a bit controversial definitely to the American Left and to a few Conservative Americans. Essentially the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews by Promise from God Almighty Himself. You can probably guess as well, I am no friend of the Arabs that claim to be the made-up people known as Palestinians.

 

The Christian side of my Zionism probably is a bit of a turn-off to many observant Jews; viz., the re-establishment of the nation of Israel is an indicative sign the that Savior of humankind – Jesus the Messiah – is returning soon to establish the Kingdom of God on earth. On the other hand, I am not an overt fan in demanding Jews accept Jesus as their Savior.

 

This demand has been a blight on Christians through history. As Gentiles became the prominent population of the Christian make up, Antisemitism reared its ugly head against Jews with false accusations of Christ-killer. Remember ALL of the 12 Apostles and the initial Christians were ALL Jewish!

 

The Apostle Paul – born Jewish Saul of Tarsus – became a Christian after ending his Pharisaic Temple-ruler edict to persecute Christians. Jesus Himself appeared to Paul traveling the Damascus road to persecute Christians. Paul Believed in Jesus became an Apostle of The Way. Paul then became the catalyst to bring the Gospel of Christ to the Non-Jewish Gentiles as instructed by Jesus:

 

 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16: 15 NKJV)

 

So, why don’t I demand the overt conversion of Jewish people? Observant Jews are steeped in their traditions that probably won’t change without a Road to Damascus moment such as Paul experienced. Thus, at Christ’s return at the Second Coming, Jews will have their Road to Damascus moment. Until that day, I am fully supportive of Jews practicing Judaism and all their traditions (which ironically point to a future Messiah and many Christians believe are a type of the Christ [See Also: HERE, HERE &. HERE]).

 

Originally, I intended this as an intro to an Ari Bussel submission. However, the more I began writing the more I realized I was writing my thoughts on Christian Zionism. Ari’s submission essentially writes about President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital city Jerusalem is a God blesses those who bless Israel moment. As a Christian Zionist, I 100% concur with Ari Bussel.

 

JRH 5/17/18

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The God of Israel Rewards Those Who Come to Take Refuge under His Wings

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent 5/14/2018 5:39 PM

 

Dear Friends,

 

Yitz Dekel from Los Angeles writes:  “As an 11 years old boy in Haifa, I clearly remember the turbulent and riveting days of May 14 and May 15, 1948…”

 

It was today, exactly 70 years ago, that the world witnessed the rebirth of an ancient nation in its Biblical and historical homeland, the nation of Israel in the Land of Israel.

 

Today, as the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem, Israelis and Jews the world over expressed their joy in one simple, unifying manner.

 

We said a blessing, thanking God the Almighty, Lord of the Universe

who has granted us life and sustained us

who has brought us to this very moment,

enabling us to reach this occasion

 

(The Blessing of Shehecheyanu)

 

 

 

ברכת שהחיינו

 

ברוך אתה ה׳

אלוהינו מלך העולם

שהחיינו

וקיימנו

והגיענו

לזמן הזה

 

[Blog Editor: Google Translate of above Hebrew Shehecheyanu blessing:

 

Shehecheyanu blessing

 

bless you God’

Our God is King of the Universe

Shehecheyanu

And we have

And we arrived

For this time]

 

Unlike an Orthodox (religious) Jew, for a secular Israeli, reciting this blessing is not something we do often, easily or without thought.  It is thus all the more extraordinary that from the President to the Prime Minister of Israel, to every Israeli and Jew wherever one is, we said the same thing, with the utmost sincerity and meaning – for having reached this time and place!

 

As I sent out the text of the Prime Minister’s speech, our Christian friends replied immediately with greetings.  They were excited too, or maybe it was our joy that permeated and saturated the entire surface.  We were reinforcing each other, delighted and jubilant.

 

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center here in Los Angeles writes:

 

Enter Donald Trump. With the stroke of a pen, he validated 3,500 years of Jewish history by opening the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, debunking the global smear campaign against the Jewish State.

 

His decision will also have an impact on Christian-Jewish relations. My grandparents fled Eastern Europe at the beginning of the 20th Century primarily because of theologically-fueled hatred from Christian churches and clergy.

 

They would have been shocked to see the hundreds of Christian Zionists who sat shoulder to shoulder with American and Israeli Jews at the embassy opening on Monday. And they would have been amazed to learn it was American Christians, led by a few million Evangelicals, who consistently reminded President Trump about candidate Trump’s promise to do right by Israel.

 

For us, the Jewish people, it is amazing to see Christians standing with us; side by side, often leading.  As it is says in Psalms:

 

Psalms Chapter 133 תְּהִלִּים

 

א  שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת, לְדָוִד:
הִנֵּה מַה-טּוֹב, וּמַה-נָּעִים–    שֶׁבֶת

אַחִים גַּם-יָחַד.

 

1 A Song of Ascents; of David. {N}
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

 

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Like our Christian friends the world over, minorities in Israel celebrate too, with equal dosages of excitement.  They know that it is in Israel and nowhere else where they can live freely and securely, as equal citizens in a Jewish country.  In the only Jewish country in the world, they can worship as they wish.  So it was in Biblical times; so it is in modern era in the 21st Century.

 

An Israeli Druze whom I am honored to call a friend, Riad Hasson, writes:

 

This day in Jerusalem was most thrilling.  Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel and the Jewish people for all its generations.  We, the Israeli Druze, are proud of the decision and the execution (of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem)!!  Jerusalem – the City of King David – is suitable and warrants glory and honor, appropriate for the City of the Forefathers and the City toward which the eyes of the entire world turn.   I love your Jerusalem.  We all love you Jerusalem!

 

 

My dear friend Mendi Safadi, also an Israeli Druze, was in Jerusalem the entire day celebrating.  Here are some pictures he took – join, as if we are all there!  As I was forwarding the video clips he took, people thought I am in Zion Jerusalem.  “No,” I replied, “I am in the City of Angels, saluting the City of God.”

 

(Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

 

[Blog Editor: Ari included many photos of the U.S. Embassy event in Jerusalem. Below are only a few hand-picked stunning photos. I feel confident if you want the entire photo array, ask Ari Bussel to send them to you – bussel@me.com]

The power and energy emanate from Zion Jerusalem, like an immense beam of light, and the entire world turns its head toward the City on the Hills, as foretold by the Prophet Isaiah:

 

Isaiah Chapter 2 יְשַׁעְיָהוּ

 

ב  וְהָיָה בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים, נָכוֹן יִהְיֶה הַר בֵּית-יְהוָה בְּרֹאשׁ הֶהָרִים, וְנִשָּׂא, מִגְּבָעוֹת; וְנָהֲרוּ אֵלָיו, כָּל-הַגּוֹיִם.

2 And it shall come to pass in the end of days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established as the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

ג  וְהָלְכוּ עַמִּים רַבִּים, וְאָמְרוּ לְכוּ וְנַעֲלֶה אֶל-הַר-יְהוָה אֶל-בֵּית אֱלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב, וְיֹרֵנוּ מִדְּרָכָיו, וְנֵלְכָה בְּאֹרְחֹתָיו:  כִּי מִצִּיּוֹן תֵּצֵא תוֹרָה, וּדְבַר-יְהוָה מִירוּשָׁלִָם.

3 And many peoples shall go and say: ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

 

However, it is not the Prophet Isaiah’s words that are applicable today.  Instead, as we are in the City of David, the redheaded, good-looking David, who was skillful in playing and a mighty man of valor, a man of war and prudent in affairs and a comely person (1 Samuel 16:18).  David son of Yishai, grandson of Oved, great-grandson of Ruth of Moab.

 

Ruth was not Jewish, and yet she is the great-grandmother of King David, whose city we celebrate today and every day.  Jerusalem was once the home of the Temple, today it is the capital of Israel.  It is the same King David from whose lineage Jews and Christian alike believe that the Messiah will come.

 

Ruth wonders too, for she is “a foreigner” and yet treated equally or even better than the locals.  Such in ancient times; so at present times.  And so we are told the reason:  for “you left your father and your mother and your homeland, and you went to a nation you did not know previously.”  Ruth came to “take refuge under the wings of the Lord, God of Israel,” and so this act of hers is forever recognized and not forgotten:

 

Ruth Chapter 2 רוּת

 

  וַתִּפֹּל, עַל-פָּנֶיהָ, וַתִּשְׁתַּחוּ, אָרְצָה; וַתֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו, מַדּוּעַ מָצָאתִי חֵן בְּעֵינֶיךָ לְהַכִּירֵנִי–וְאָנֹכִי, נָכְרִיָּה.

10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed down to the ground, and said unto him: ‘Why have I found favour in thy sight, that thou shouldest take cognizance of me, seeing I am a foreigner?’

יא  וַיַּעַן בֹּעַז, וַיֹּאמֶר לָהּ–הֻגֵּד הֻגַּד לִי כֹּל אֲשֶׁר-עָשִׂית אֶת-חֲמוֹתֵךְ, אַחֲרֵי מוֹת אִישֵׁךְ; וַתַּעַזְבִי אָבִיךְ וְאִמֵּךְ, וְאֶרֶץ מוֹלַדְתֵּךְ, וַתֵּלְכִי, אֶל-עַם אֲשֶׁר לֹא-יָדַעַתְּ תְּמוֹל שִׁלְשׁוֹם.

11 And Boaz answered and said unto her: ‘It hath fully been told me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother-in-law since the death of thy husband; and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people that thou knewest not heretofore.

יב  יְשַׁלֵּם יְהוָה, פָּעֳלֵךְ; וּתְהִי מַשְׂכֻּרְתֵּךְ שְׁלֵמָה, מֵעִם יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, אֲשֶׁר-בָּאת, לַחֲסוֹת תַּחַת-כְּנָפָיו.

12 The LORD recompense thy work, and be thy reward complete from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to take refuge.’

 

Ruth lived the way she did not expecting anything in return.  Quite on the contrary, she sacrificed and risked much.  In many ways, we have witnessed many more “Ruths” millennia later during the Holocaust.  These were the Righteous Gentiles.

 

And so we recall an ancient promise by God the Almighty.  How wonderful we have an opportunity to “open The Book” and refresh our memories.  We will discover there so many wonderfully amazing things.  All foretold; all happening in ancient times and at present times!

 

Genesis Chapter 12 בְּרֵאשִׁית

 

ג  וַאֲבָרְכָה, מְבָרְכֶיךָ, וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ, אָאֹר; וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ, כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה.

3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’

 

We have apparently merited reaching this very day and witnessing history in the making.

 

SHALOM!

 

Always,

Ari Bussel
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My Christian Zionism Relating to Jerusalem U.S. Embassy

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© May 17, 2018

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The God of Israel Rewards Those Who Come to Take Refuge under His Wings

 

 Edited by John R. Houk

Text enclosed by brackets and explanatory links are by the Editor.

 

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Ari Bussel Bio via BeverlyHills.org

 

Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.

 

Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.

 

Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as READ THE REST

 

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem from Israel Perspective


Edited by John R. Houk

News Releases Sent by Ari Bussel

Posted 5/15/18

Ari Bussel emailed two press releases from the Israel Government Press Office (GPO) pertaining to the USA opening its Embassy in Israel’s Capital City Jerusalem. The first are the remarks from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the second are the brief remarks of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem

 

PM Benjamin Netanyahu photo credit: Kobi Gideon (GPO) – 5/14/18

 

Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser

Sent by Ari Bussel

Sent 5/14/2018 12:26 PM

GPO Link

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, today (Monday, 14 May 2018), attended the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

 

After the ceremony, the Prime Minister and his wife were invited to US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman’s office for a toast with the American delegation.

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu:

 

“We have no better friends in the world. You stand for Israel and you stand for Jerusalem. Thank you.

 

Your presence here today is a testament to the importance of this occasion, not only for the Trump administration, but in a very personal way for you. For you, each of you, for the pursuit of peace, and for President Trump himself. Thank you.

 

Dear friends,

 

What a glorious day. Remember this moment. This is history. President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history.

 

All of us are deeply moved. All of us are deeply grateful.

 

For me, being here brings back wonderful memories from my childhood. [Hebrew] So, I know some of you didn’t follow every word I said in Hebrew, and I’ll tell you that I spent the first three years of my life in this neighborhood, in Ein Gedi Street in Talpiot, which is not very far away. There were a few charming houses here, many open fields. I remember ambling in these fields with my brother, Yoni. He was six; I was three. He held my hand very tight. We’d walk to this wondrous house of Professor Joseph Klausner, the renowned Jewish historian who was my father’s teacher. I used to peer through the slats of the wooden synagogue where he and the great Israeli writer, Shai Agnon, used to pray on Shabbat. And David, I would approach this place right here, but only so far, because my mother told me, ‘You can’t go any further.’ This was near the border. It was exposed to sniper fire. That was then. This is now, today.

 

Today, the embassy of the most powerful nation on earth, our greatest ally, the United States of America, today its embassy opened here.

 

So for me this spot brings back personal memories, but for our people, it evokes profound collective memories of the greatest moments we have known on this City on a Hill.

 

In Jerusalem, Abraham passed the greatest test of faith and the right to be the father of our nation.

 

In Jerusalem, King David established our capital three thousand years ago.

 

In Jerusalem, King Solomon built our Temple, which stood for many centuries.

 

In Jerusalem, Jewish exiles from Babylon rebuilt the Temple, which stood for many more centuries.

 

In Jerusalem, the Maccabees rededicated that Temple and restored Jewish sovereignty in this land.

 

And it was here in Jerusalem some two thousand years later that the soldiers of Israel spoke three immortal words, ‘Har ha’bayit be’yadeinu,’ ‘The Temple Mount is in our hands,’ words that lifted the spirit of the entire nation.

 

We are in Jerusalem and we are here to stay.

 

We are here in Jerusalem, protected by the brave soldiers of the army of Israel, led by our Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, and our brave soldiers, our brave soldiers are protecting the borders of Israel as we speak today. We salute them all, and the members of our security forces, the Shin Bet and the Mossad, whose head is with us today. We salute you all, all of you.

 

Over a century ago, the Balfour Declaration recognized the right of the Jewish people to a national home in this land. And exactly 70 years ago today, President Truman became the first world leader to recognize the newborn Jewish state. Last December, President Trump became the first world leader to recognize Jerusalem as our capital. And today, the United States of America is opening its embassy right here in Jerusalem.

 

Thank you. Thank you, President Trump, for having the courage to keep your promises. Thank you, President Trump, and thank you all, for making the alliance between America and Israel stronger than ever. And thank you, a special thank you, to you, Ambassador Friedman. Thank you, David, for everything you do to bring our countries and our peoples closer together. Today, you have a special privilege. You are privileged to become the first American ambassador to serve your country in Jerusalem, and this is a distinct honor that will be yours forever. Nobody can be first again.

 

My friends, this is a great day for Israel. It’s a great day for America. It’s a great day for our fantastic partnership. But I believe it’s also a great day for peace.

 

I want to thank Jared, Jason and David for your tireless efforts to advance peace, and for your tireless efforts to advance the truth. The truth and peace are interconnected. A peace that is built on lies will crash on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality. You can only build peace on truth, and the truth is that Jerusalem has been and will always be the capital of the Jewish people, the capital of the Jewish state. Truth, peace and justice – as our Supreme Court Justice here. Hanan Melcer, can attest – truth, peace and justice, this is what we have and this is what we believe in.

 

The prophet, Zechariah, declared over 2,500 years ago, ‘So said the Lord, ‘I will return to Zion and I will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. And Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth.’

 

May the opening of this embassy in this city spread the truth far and wide, and may the truth advance a lasting peace between Israel and all our neighbors.

 

G-d bless the United States of America and G-d bless Jerusalem, the eternal, undivided capital of Israel.

 

Baruch atah A-donai Elokeinu melekh ha’olam shehecheyanu vekiymanu vehigi’anu lazman hazeh [Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion.]”

 

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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat hosts Presidential and Congressional Delegations in honor of the Opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem

 

Mayor Nir Barkat Greeting relating to U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

 

Sent by Ari Bussel

Sent 5/14/2018 12:33 PM

Similar Article Link: Jerusalem Municipality

 

This morning (Monday, 14 May 2018), Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat hosted an intimate breakfast in honor of the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. The breakfast was attended by members of the US Presidential delegation, including Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and Jason Greenblatt, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations. The breakfast was also attended by the Congressional delegation to Israel.

 

Mayor Barkat: “It is an honor to be here today to celebrate with dear friends of Jerusalem. Today is a historic day for the eternal capital of the Jewish people. When I began my work in public service for Jerusalem, our goal was to bring Jerusalem back to its former glory – to Make Jerusalem Great Again. By taking the bold step of moving the US Embassy to its rightful place in Jerusalem, President Trump is helping us Make Jerusalem Great Again by recognizing 3,000 years of history.”

 

The event featured remarks by Deputy Secretary of State John T. Sullivan, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

 

Mayor Barkat presented the Presidential delegation with a plaque describing the dedication of the new United States Square in honor of President Donald J. Trump.

 

Rachel Greenspan

Advisor, Foreign Affairs and Media

Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat

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Article In Egyptian Government Daily: Trump’s … About Jerusalem Is … Phase In … Of ‘The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion’


 

Here is an example of classic Muslim Jew-Hatred. This time it emanates from a Daily newspaper in Egypt – Egyptian government daily Al-Yawm Al-Sabi’.

 

MEMRI’s English translated version simply drools with Jew-Hatred. The theme of lies and derision is based on the long debunked as fictional forgery is The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

 

The Egyptian government daily use The Protocols as a racist Antisemitic reason that President Trump intends to the move the U.S. Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to the city that Israel calls its Capital – Jerusalem.

 

This is a great follow-up to the SlantRight 2.0 post about Antisemitism: “Shameful Social Media Jew-Hatred”.

 

And the Palestine Media Watch (PMW) has a great post on how Islamic terrorists with in the Palestine Authority (PA), Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon use The Protocols to incite the murder of Jews in Israel.

 

JRH 2/14/18

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Article In Egyptian Government Daily: Trump’s Announcement About Jerusalem Is Another Phase In The Implementation Of ‘The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion’

 

Special Dispatch No. 7333

February 14, 2018

MEMRI

 

On December 11, 2017, the Egyptian government daily Al-Yawm Al-Sabi’ published an article by Hashem Al-Fakharani titled “From the ‘[Arab] Spring Plots’ to ‘the Buying of the White House’ – The Protocols of the Elders of Zion Are Realizing Their Goals after 100 Years …” In this article, Al-Fakharani claimed that President Donald Trump’s announcement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is the result of pressure by the Jewish lobby, and is another phase in the implementation of the Jewish-Zionist plot to take over the world set out in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. He wrote that, as part of the implementation of this plot, the Jews also extorted the Balfour Declaration from Britain and concocted schemes to destroy Arab countries and ignited the flame of “The Arab Spring” within them, which undermined their stability.

 

The article in the Egyptian daily; the image shows President Trump next to the cover of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Al-Yawm Al-Sabi’, Egypt, December 11, 2017)

 

The following are translated excerpts from the article:[1]

 

“Through diligent activity, in accordance with its dubious agenda, the occupation state has cautiously spun its web. For many decades, Israel replaced [its] sponsors in the region in order to [create] chaos-inducing scenarios. First, it extorted the Balfour Declaration from Britain during the Colonial period, then it replaced [the British sponsorship] with the patronage of the U.S., and finally it led [the U.S. to] the obscene announcement made by President Donald Trump, in which he declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to his decision to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city [Jerusalem].

 

“The unilateral American recognition [of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital], which ignored the warnings of the international community about its implications, was not sudden. Rather, it was part of the Zionist plot that the Jews of Europe started to weave, like a spider’s web, in the year 1901, by means of the document The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which includes 24 protocols. [These protocols comprise a plan] to take over the world by appointing [the Jews’] henchmen to sensitive positions among decision-makers, and by establishing lobby groups – [collectively] known as the Zionist lobby – that tyrannically control the fates of the nations.

 

“The vile Protocols were written by an agent for the political secret police in Russia, the Russian Matvei Golovinski. He received the inspiration to write them from the book Dialogue in Hell between Machiavelli and Montesquieu, by the [French] author Maurice Joly…

 

“The rabbinic council of the Jews developed the protocols with the goal of destroying the Christian hegemony in the world. Thus, after the [First Zionist] Congress – which took place in Basel, Switzerland, and was organized in 1897 by Theodor Herzl, the leader of the Zionist movement – the group of European rabbis amended the Protocols with the objective of establishing a national homeland for the Jews in Palestine.

 

“Following the Balfour Declaration, in which Palestine was given by those who did not own it [i.e. the British] to those who had no right to it [i.e. the Jews], schemes were concocted to destroy the peoples and armies that opposed the establishment of a state for the Jews in Palestine, and specifically the Arab countries that opposed the establishment of this state.

 

“An examination of the Seventh Protocol in The Protocols [of the Elders of Zion] reveals that it stresses the need to wear down every country that stands in the way of those plans, by creating internal crises that lead to wars, and by causing world wars. In order to actualize these protocols, Israel worked diligently to ignite the flames of the so-called Arab Spring, which undermined the [Arab] peoples in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Libya. By means of this [Seventh] Protocol, Israel succeeded in weakening the capabilities of these countries’ armies, while the Egyptian army managed to stand firm against this diabolical plot.

 

“Following the revolution that broke out in March 2011, Syria, which is one of the countries in conflict with Israel, was worn down by the war between the Syrian army and terror organizations such as ISIS, Jabhat Al-Nusra, and Al-Qaeda. The same applies to Libya, Iraq, and Yemen. After about seven years of “Arab Spring” – which drove out [the population of] Syria, destroyed Libya, and wiped out Yemen – and more than 100 years after [publication of] The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Zionist lobby put pressure on the American president to make the perverted decision [about Jerusalem], which has been defined as Balfour Declaration II.”

 

[1] Al-Yawm Al-Sabi’, (Egypt), December 11, 2017.

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A Recognition of Reality


VIDEO: Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Justin Smith writes about the obvious fact that Leftists and Muslim apologists have been in denial for decades. Namely, that Jerusalem is the Capital city of the Jewish State of Israel. Whiners cry recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital city will harm or end the peace process. Just as Justin Smith correctly points out, “What peace process?

 

Israel has bent over backwards for decades to allow a sovereign Palestinian State – even though undeserved. The so-called Palestinian leadership has torpedoed every too generous Israeli offer. They refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish State while unofficially (except Hamas which officially) wants to the total destruction of Israel and the death of its Jewish citizens (See Also HERE).

 

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A Recognition of Reality

A Historical Injustice Corrected

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent: 12/9/2017 2:15 PM (updated 12/11/17)

 

Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel, according to President Donald Trump, who declared it so on December 6th 2017, rewarding our close ally Israel and correcting a historical injustice, although any sane person already understood this fact and the historical record removes all doubt. President Trump’s declaration sounded the death knell on the seven decades long world delusion that Muslims and the ideology of Islam somehow have any claim to any part of Jerusalem, which is a critical component of the mythical “palestinians’” simple ploy to undermine and ultimately destroy Israel, a sovereign Jewish state in the middle of the Islamic world, which is viewed in their eyes as an insult to Islam.

 

Along with this declaration, President Trump announced the plan to move the U.S. Embassy, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem over the next few years, to ultimately fulfill the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act, signed by President Bill Clinton, which originally called for this to be completed by 1999. A waiver signed by President Trump has delayed the move for six months, until a review can present an efficient and viable plan for the move.

 

President Trump was cautioned against this move, by Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who feared it would enrage the Islamic world. While it did result in an immediate blowback, President Trump is convinced that this will aid the peace process in the long term; and even if this is not the case, God will bless him and America for his courageous and righteous decision.

 

Representative John Culberson (R-TX) told ‘The Hill’: “America should never change our foreign policy based on an assumption that we’re going to offend a group of Islamic radicals. America should always do the right thing and stand by our allies, and America has no stronger ally on earth than the people of Israel.”

 

Justifying his decision, President Trump mentioned the Parliament, Supreme Court and the prime minister’s home in West Jerusalem, as locations within the Old City, including Al Aqsa mosque. A bright, glaring focal point, he made no mention of any Palestinian rights to East Jerusalem.

 

Today, the Jewish Temple Mount is the third holiest site in Islam, behind Saudi Arabia’s Mecca and Medina. Muslims believe once they claim a piece of land, it belongs to Islam forever.

 

However, there has never been a “Palestinian” state with Jerusalem as its capital, or a palestinian language or culture. There was not any such thing as a “palestinian” people, prior to 1948. They were ethnic Arabs and Muslims, who created the myth as a political tool to use against an unwanted Jewish state in their midst.

 

For the past three thousand years, since 1000 B.C., there has been an uninterrupted Jewish presence in the city of Jerusalem, which is the religious and cultural home for the Jewish people and their historic capital. Jews, wherever they are in the world, face Jerusalem when they pray, and each year at Passover, their hopeful prayer is recited, “Next year in Jerusalem”.

 

The Bible mentions the City of David, Jerusalem, more than 600 times, and Jerusalem is mentioned hundreds of times in the Prophets (Nevi’im) and Writings (Ketuvim). The Psalms 137:5 state, “If I forget thee Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill“. Out of all the cities in the world, the Bible only calls on us to pray for the welfare of Jerusalem, but not once is Jerusalem mentioned in the Koran.

 

In Mohammed’s lifetime, Jerusalem was an unimportant city in the Byzantine Empire and a Christian city without a single mosque. The Al Aqsa mosque is a conquest mosque [Tov Rose & CBN] built atop the ruins of the Church of Saint Mary of Justinian. And, although Islamic tradition says Mohammed ascended into Heaven from Al Aqsa mosque, there is no record of Mohammed having ever been to Jerusalem.

 

President Trump rightfully noted: “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”

 

Many professional “peace experts” contend that President Trump’s capital idea will kill any chance for a negotiated settlement between the Palestinians and Israel. Palestinian Authority president-for-life Mahmoud Abbas, an old terrorist himself, characterized the move as America’s “declaration of withdrawal” from the “peace process”.

 

What peace process?

 

For nearly a decade, Abbas has refused to engage in direct talks, despite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s open invitation, but no negotiation is better than the bad faith negotiations of the Palestinians. In 1993, under Yasser Arafat, they accepted extremely generous deals in the Oslo Accords and right away committed wave after wave of terrorist attacks, in an effort to force more concessions from Israel and the West.

 

And now, President Trump has sent the unmistakable message that murder will not be rewarded. No longer will violence over Jerusalem be tolerated.

 

Calls for Muslims to engage in “three days of rage” immediately sounded over mosque loudspeakers in Gaza, and hundreds moved on the Israeli border, after Trump’s speech, throwing stones and chanting, “We don’t need empty words, we need stones and Kalasnikovs”, while other clashes broke out in Hebron and Bethlehem. Thirty-one Palestinians were wounded on Thursday, and Friday after prayers was like all other Fridays, with the usual protests and anger.

 

The Palestinians don’t want to peacefully coexist beside Israel, in a two-state solution. They seek a one state solution and an Islamic State that exists in the place of Israel, and they cling to their fantasy of eradicating the Jewish state. To achieve this, they have created a campaign to revise history, and they attempt to erase the undeniable Jewish connection and birthright to Jerusalem.

 

Reprehensibly, on May 2nd of this year, near Israel’s Independence Day, the U.N.’s cultural body, UNESCO, passed a series of resolutions that stated Israel hasn’t any legal or historical rights anywhere in Jerusalem. Largely comprised of an anti-Israel majority, the votes against the resolution came from the U.S., U.K., Italy, Germany, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Greece, Paraguay and Togo.

 

In the moments after the vote passed, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, draped in a large Israeli flag, addressed the meeting: “Even now, after this miserable vote, this blue and white flag is flying high above the Temple Mount and throughout Israel’s eternal capital city, Jerusalem, waving in the wind, saying to all ‘here we are, and we are here to stay'”.

 

Denying reality is how this game has long been played. For seventy years the world has pretended that Jerusalem wasn’t the capital of Israel. We even witnessed the U.N. become the poster child for the absurd, when it declared East Jerusalem “occupied territory”, on December 23rd 2016, because of President Obama’s anti-Israel sentiment. This advanced the insane and ignoble fantasy that, as a matter of international law, the Western Wall, and the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem too, really belongs to the Palestinians. President Donald Trump just put an end to their game, with his acknowledgement of fact and his brave act and moral courage.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

All source links as well as text embraced by brackets are by the Editor.

 

© Justin O. Smith

 

The Gospel of Jerusalem – Last but not Least (First Christian Media Summit) Part 2


This is the second post on Ari Bussel’s experience at the first Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem October 15-18, 2017. Note though this is Ari’s third submission. I did not post the second submission. This first post can be read HERE.

 

JRH 10/30/17

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The Gospel of Jerusalem – Last but not Least (First Christian Media Summit) Part 2 (on this blog)

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent 10/28/2017 10:55 AM

 

Dear Friends of Zion and Jerusalem,

 

Dear Colleagues in the Christian Media,

 

 

It is said, that we save the best for last.

 

Indeed, take a peek, and see some of us seated at the President’s welcoming room.

 

The staff person who granted us permission and stayed to supervise us explained, that the President sits on the right, the other head of state on the left.

 

So we took turns taking pictures, and ever since, I was trying to identify this very room in press pictures of visitors of dignitaries.

 

It turns out that Israel is a hub on the global map, and numerous world leaders arrive here regularly, possibly more than to any other destination around the world.  No wonder we were only granted an hour, and were requested to put our phones away (the President does not like it apparently).

 

None of the pictures from press releases of the last few days is from this room, which leads me to believe that “we have seen nothing yet,” and that there are numerous other receiving halls under different names and guises in the President’s Mansion.

 

One thing I would greatly urge the organizers for future summits is the following request:

 

If only the President had spent some time greeting us individually, the representatives of the various Christian media outlets from more than three dozen countries around the world.

 

The President could have taken a few minutes to pass through the center and side aisles and say individual “SHALOM” to us.  Here Frank who gave him a book, there Susan with her Children’s book – Why is Great-Grandma so Sad? (both books about the Holocaust).  And we all wanted a picture – a picture with the President of the Jewish State of Israel!

 

This would have been more memorable likely than the entire speech, that was disseminated to the foreign press about an hour after it took place.  The speech we could read, but to meet the Tenth President of the Jewish State of Israel is a different story altogether!

 

It is the personal touch – Israel saying “THANK YOU, DEAR FRIEND.

 

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

THANK YOU FOR WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE ALMIGHTY

THANK YOU FOR SPENDING THE TIME AND EFFORT TO COME HERE – MANY ON THEIR VERY FIRST VISIT

 

MAKE IT A HABIT – COME AGAIN AND AGAIN

WE VALUE YOUR SUPPORT

WE CHERISH YOUR FRIENDSHIP

 

WE MIGHT LOOK ROUGH ON THE OUTSIDE, VOCAL, OPINIONATED,

BUT OUR HEART IS THAT OF GOLD, WARM AND CARING

AND WE ARE “THE APPLE OF GOD’S EYE”

 

IT IS A GREAT RESPONSIBILITY

AND WE CANNOT DO IT ALONE

THUS WE COUNT AND DEPEND ON YOUR SUPPORT

IN BAD DAYS AND IN WORSE

IN DAYS OF JOY AND GREAT HAPPINESS

 

WE – THE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY PEOPLE –

ARE A FAMILY

FOR WE ALL SERVE THE SAME GOD THE ALMIGHTY,

YES, THE GOD OF ISRAEL

 

AND WHEN WE SOUND THE CRY OF “HEAR O ISRAEL”

IT IS DESIGNED TO THE EARS OF THE JEWS

OF OUR BRETHREN THE CHRISTIANS

AND TO THE EXCLUSIVE ATTENTION OF GOD THE ALMIGHTY

 

YOU HAVE DONE WELL

FAITHFUL SERVANTS OF THE LORD

CONTINUE

FOR THE WORK HAS ONLY BEGUN

AND FAITH WITHOUT ACTION, AS YOU KNOW, IS OF NO VALUE

 

PRAY

STAND IN UNISON

STAND TOGETHER

AS ONE

 

AND WE ARE HERE TO SAY

HALLELUJAH!

(YOU SEE, YOU ALL DO SPEAK HEBREW,

FOR HALLEJUJAH MEANS “PRAISE THE LORD!”)

 

SHALOM

COME BACK

AND REMEMBER – YOU ARE ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS!

 

 

 

SHALOM, dear friends, from Zion Jerusalem!

 

 

Always,

Ari Bussel

bussel@me.com
USA +1 (310) 339-6686

 

[Blog Editor: Not all emailed are displayed due to repetitiveness. Sorry Ari.]

 

At the President’s Mansion, Jerusalem, Israel

 

Note the official symbol of the State of Israel – in the center the Menorah with seven lamps, on either side an olive branch and the word Israel underneath (chosen and entered into law in 1949)

Working on the Israeli-Syrian border, extending help to the real refugees and needy of the Syrian civil-war:

Israel’s First President, Chaim Weizmann

 

Israel’s Ninth President, Shimon Peres, a dreamer

 

Mike Evans and the Dutch contingency

 

“We knew President Navon”

 

Dreaming, thinking big and doing what no one has done before

Now looking into the future

For – as my father says – it is always the “repeat order,” not the initial placement of a product that counts!

“A Blessing, I will lead us in a blessing!”

 

“Cousins” from across the Pond – US and UK

 

The artworks adorning the walls are indeed “museum quality:”  They are on loan from the Israel Museum

Line up, please, quickly, get ready:

Note the nine-lamp Chanukah Menorah on the right, and compare with the Menorah on the State emblem (seven-lamp – as was inside the Temple and whose work was considered more important than the sacrifices)

 

Zechariah Chapter 4 זְכַרְיָה

 

א  וַיָּשָׁב, הַמַּלְאָךְ הַדֹּבֵר בִּי; וַיְעִירֵנִי, כְּאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר-יֵעוֹר מִשְּׁנָתוֹ.

1 And the angel that spoke with me returned, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep.

ב  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי, מָה אַתָּה רֹאֶה; ויאמר (וָאֹמַר) רָאִיתִי וְהִנֵּה מְנוֹרַת זָהָב כֻּלָּהּ וְגֻלָּהּ עַל-רֹאשָׁהּ, וְשִׁבְעָה נֵרֹתֶיהָ עָלֶיהָ–שִׁבְעָה וְשִׁבְעָה מוּצָקוֹת, לַנֵּרוֹת אֲשֶׁר עַל-רֹאשָׁהּ.

2 And he said unto me: ‘What seest thou?’ And I said: ‘I have seen, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and its seven lamps thereon; there are seven pipes, yea, seven, to the lamps, which are upon the top thereof;

ג  וּשְׁנַיִם זֵיתִים, עָלֶיהָ:  אֶחָד מִימִין הַגֻּלָּה, וְאֶחָד עַל-שְׂמֹאלָהּ.

3 and two olive-trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.’

 

(to be continued … [Ari Bussel])

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Blog Editor: Ari wrote “to be continued”. That is a maybe if the next email submission is as erudite as this one rather than repetitive. Just in case, you can email Ari and I am confident he will send you all the updates related to his experience at the First Christian Media Summit: bussel@me.com

 

Edited by John R. Houk

Text enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.

 

© Ari Bussel

 

Ari Bussel Bio via Saybrex International

 

Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.

 

Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.

 

Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as the Crisis Response Team of the Maple Counseling Center.

 

Mr. Bussel was among the founding members and served on the boards of Gen. Shimon Erem’s Israel Christian Nexus, the Western Region of Friends of Israel Firefighters and the Israel Institute for Alternative Energy Advancement. He completed the Salvin Leadership Program of the Anti-Defamation League.

 

Mr. Bussel writes regularly. For the past decade, his weekly columns appeared in print in Israel Jewish Life, Shalom LA, Muslim World Today and Israeli Week. Mr. Bussel’s articles appear on numerous websites, including Canada Free Press, Free Republic, NewsBlaze, SlantRight and OpEdNews. He is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club.

 

Mr. Bussel received a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford  READ THE REST

 

The Gospel of Jerusalem – Our Task (First Christian Media Summit)


 

Ari Bussel is inspired by the first Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem that took place October 15-18, 2017.

 

Here’s a description excerpt from ARUTZ SHEVA 7:

 

The annual Christian Media Summit conference is taking place this week in Jerusalem. The four-day summit brings together a select group of top Christian media broadcasters, publishers, journalists, and communicators from around the world for discussion and study on topics related to Israel and the Christian world.

 

The Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage, together with the Government Press Office (GPO), helped to organize the event.

 

Mark Jenkins, the President of the Words of Visionary Missionaries, said at the conference that the delegates at the conference were “people who certainly have a heart for Israel. These are people who are typically Israel advocates in the United States.”

 

James Smith, the Communications Vice President of the National Religious Broadcasters, said that the conference is “an attempt to help Christians understand why Israel matters politically, from a security standpoint, from a historical standpoint, and why Christians should understand that, and should support Israel’s interests.” (Watch: Christian media leaders explain why Israel matters; By Yoni Kempinski; Arutz Sheva 7 – INN; 10/16/17 21:38)

 

Now it’s time for Ari’s viewpoint.

 

JRH 10/23/17

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The Gospel of Jerusalem – Our Task (First Christian Media Summit)

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent 10/20/2017 7:50 AM

 

Dear Friends of Zion and Jerusalem,

 

Dear Colleagues in the Christian Media,

 

A Dream 

 

For the past four days, I was dreaming.  I had to pinch myself, but was afraid to do so, lest I be awakened from a most wonderful dream.

 

I went to sleep every night and awoke early the next morning (ready for a magnificent Israeli breakfast) and turned toward the Temple Mount, for Jews everywhere around the world turn toward Jerusalem in prayer, and when in Jerusalem, we turn toward the Temple Mount, and when there, we turn to the Holy of Holies.

 

I breathed in, enough air to fill the lungs to capacity, and refused to exhale.  I wanted to cherish the moment, which lasted four magnificent days, so that it will remain, an endless source of light and energy to be used forevermore – at a time of great sorrow or dire condition or great peril; at times of great joy and celebration.

 

For what we have uncovered together was nothing short than the essence of God the Almighty, residing among His people at the place of His choosing – right here in Zion Jerusalem.  It was a gift of a lifetime, the culmination of years in the making and the source of all time to come.

 

So when the time came to say goodbye and for each of us to leave back – to the States, UK, Holland, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Hungary, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Guatemala, Nepal, Korea and to more than two dozen other countries – I simply refused!  Alas, each of us had to take a plane, but we know that the friendship crafted during this First Christian Media Summit will be with us, for it is indestructible.

 

Psalms Chapter 126 תְּהִלִּים

 

א  שִׁיר, הַמַּעֲלוֹת:
בְּשׁוּב יְהוָה, אֶת-שִׁיבַת צִיּוֹן–    הָיִינוּ, כְּחֹלְמִים.

1 A Song of Ascents. {N}
When the LORD brought back those that returned to Zion, we were like unto them that dream.

ב  אָז יִמָּלֵא שְׂחוֹק, פִּינוּ–    וּלְשׁוֹנֵנוּ רִנָּה:
אָז, יֹאמְרוּ בַגּוֹיִם–    הִגְדִּיל יְהוָה, לַעֲשׂוֹת עִם-אֵלֶּה.

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing; {N}
then said they among the nations: ‘The LORD hath done great things with these.’

ג  הִגְדִּיל יְהוָה, לַעֲשׂוֹת עִמָּנוּ–    הָיִינוּ שְׂמֵחִים.

3 The LORD hath done great things with us; we are rejoiced.

 

Praise and Song to the Almighty

 

2017 is a most significant year to Israel and the Jewish people.  The year marks:

 

* the 120th anniversary of the First Zionist Congress in Basel, 

 

* the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, 

 

* the 70th year of the UN Partition Plan,

 

* the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War,

 

* and 50 years for the Reunification of Jerusalem.

 

In Los Angeles, the City of Angels saluted the City of God in a series of events that took place earlier this year.  Here is some background material we prepared for the press that you might find useful:

 

In 2017, and for the past 50 years, there is only one place in the entire Middle East and the African continent where freedom of religion is paramount, and people as well as holy sites flourish, as they are protected by law and by practice.

 

This place is Jerusalem, Israel’s capital from Biblical to present times.  For two thousand years, the Jewish people yearned to return to their homeland and to the holy city of Jerusalem.

 

Here, Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac as a test of his loyalty to God the Almighty; Jacob dreamed of the ladder with angels ascending and descending; King David conquered the city and made it his capital, bringing the Ark of the Covenant here; His son King Solomon built the First Temple, a magnificent marvel; the First and Second Temple were then destroyed, but a portion of the Western Wall remains to this very day; and here is where Jesus walked in the Way of Suffering, Via Dolorosa, was crucified and then resurrected.

 

The Prophet Isaiah instructed and highlighted (66:10):  “Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad with her, all who love her!” the city “Jerusalem that is built as a city which is joined together” (Psalms 122:3) and which is remembered and constantly highlighted “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if I remember thee not, if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy” (Psalms 137:5-6).

 

It is in this spirit, 50 years to the date from when the Israeli flag was raised over the Temple Mount, that Christians and Jews and other minorities will gather and declare:

 

There is no other place like Jerusalem, Jerusalem of Gold, the City of God!

 

Throughout the Middle East and Africa Christians and other minorities are being raped, sold to slavery, executed en masse (including Muslims in the hands of other Muslims) and murdered, and holy places (churches, mosques, etc.) are desecrated, burned to the ground and destroyed.  Jerusalem is the only place where freedom of religion and protection of religious rights and institutions is by law and practice.

 

Jerusalem is the only place that for the past 50 years church bells can be heard, as well as the Muezzin call to prayer.  Jews walk freely, living their daily lives side by side other minorities.  Jerusalem is the only place in the entire region and beyond where the Christian population experiences a net positive growth; where minorities feel safe and welcome.

 

This is the theme being highlighted, celebrating a Jubilee of humanity flourishing.

 

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We celebrated Jerusalem in a night of Song and Praise (Shir ve Hallel) to God the Almighty.  We called it Jerusalem of Gold.  We rejoiced and gave thanks.  We stood together – Israelis, Jews, Russians, Iranians, Armenians, Korean, …; Christians of all streams; Latinos; whites and blacks; men and women; old and young; and we were blessed.  (There are 18 clips available for viewing:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-zo1WunO2U6TBZoEQo2XEMWDj5i-ifTh&app=desktop.)

 

Pierre Lavi, a publisher in Jerusalem, produced the following song about Jerusalem.  I invite you to enjoy this four minute clip:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-GuRPPYlyw

 

[Blog Editor: Here is the embed for the above video link:

 

VIDEO: ירושלים – לביא פ. אנטרפרייז בע”מ .Yerushalaim – Lavi P. Enterprises Ltd

 

Posted by laviph

Published on Mar 9, 2014

 

השיר “ירושלים” מאת משה חלימי ובביצוע אסתר פורשיאן. הופק ובוים על ידי: לביא פ. אנטרפרייז בע”מ – הוצאה לאור עם מגע אישי/הפקות.

 

The song “Yerushalaim” by Moshe Halimi, singer: Esther Porshain, directed by: Lavi P. Enterprises Ltd. – Publishing House/Productions. Please make your own video clip about Jerusalem, based on this song and send it to us. the best one will win a prise (laviph@gmail.com)]

 

Also, Mayor Nir Barkat’s office prepared the following three-minute segment to communities around the world, Voices of Jerusalem.  Please use it freely!

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5cN8zBbFK21aTRXZmhwMnlZajQ/view

 

[Blog Editor: I uploaded this video to my Youtube Channel:

 

VIDEO: Jerusalem Project v50 English And nir

 

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Our assignment

 

Psalms 48 tells us that our Lord is Great, and it directs us to take what we have seen and heard, the Glory of God the Almighty.  It tells us to go ‘round Zion Jerusalem, study and learn it in detail, and tell what we have learned and experienced – tell LeDor Acharon (to the last generation):

 

ב  גָּדוֹל יְהוָה וּמְהֻלָּל מְאֹד–    בְּעִיר אֱלֹהֵינוּ, הַר-קָדְשׁוֹ.

2 Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, in the city of our God, His holy mountain,

ט  כַּאֲשֶׁר שָׁמַעְנוּ,    כֵּן רָאִינוּ–
בְּעִיר-יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת,    בְּעִיר אֱלֹהֵינוּ:
אֱלֹהִים יְכוֹנְנֶהָ עַד-עוֹלָם    סֶלָה.

9 As we have heard, so have we seen {N}
in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God– {N}
God establish it for ever. Selah

י  דִּמִּינוּ אֱלֹהִים חַסְדֶּךָ–    בְּקֶרֶב, הֵיכָלֶךָ.

10 We have thought on Thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of Thy temple.

יג  סֹבּוּ צִיּוֹן, וְהַקִּיפוּהָ;    סִפְרוּ, מִגְדָּלֶיהָ.

13 Walk about Zion, and go round about her; count the towers thereof.

יד  שִׁיתוּ לִבְּכֶם, לְחֵילָה–פַּסְּגוּ אַרְמְנוֹתֶיהָ:    לְמַעַן תְּסַפְּרוּ, לְדוֹר אַחֲרוֹן.

14 Mark ye well her ramparts, traverse her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.

 

We have been driven inside and around the City, we went under the ground and emerged on the Temple Mount, we circled the City from outside, we went to her tops, climbed her hills and mountains, and we descended down into the earth underneath her.  We saw excavations and new discoveries, and we stood in awe under the magnificent skies, at a place closest to God; and we said a prayer

 

a prayer with our entire body and soul

for it is here that all had started – the very Creation –

where the past comes alive

giving us meaning and a purpose

and it is here, in Zion Jerusalem, that the fulfillment of our very being

is being accomplished

at present time and in the future

 

And so we step forward

for we have been anointed with a task

a responsibility that we carry with us

right from Zion Jerusalem to all ends of the world

We bring the Gospel (good news) of Jerusalem

to the world that surrounds us

 

We are the messengers –

the new Guards of Zion Jerusalem,

and an assignment was given to us –

in those times, millennia ago,

and at present time

 

Says the Prophet Isaiah:

 

Isaiah Chapter 62 יְשַׁעְיָהוּ

 

א  לְמַעַן צִיּוֹן לֹא אֶחֱשֶׁה, וּלְמַעַן יְרוּשָׁלִַם לֹא אֶשְׁקוֹט, עַד-יֵצֵא כַנֹּגַהּ צִדְקָהּ, וִישׁוּעָתָהּ כְּלַפִּיד יִבְעָר.

1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her triumph go forth as brightness, and her salvation as a torch that burneth.

ב  וְרָאוּ גוֹיִם צִדְקֵךְ, וְכָל-מְלָכִים כְּבוֹדֵךְ; וְקֹרָא לָךְ שֵׁם חָדָשׁ, אֲשֶׁר פִּי יְהוָה יִקֳּבֶנּוּ.

2 And the nations shall see thy triumph, and all kings thy glory; and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall mark out.

 

And he specifically tells us:

 

ו  עַל-חוֹמֹתַיִךְ יְרוּשָׁלִַם, הִפְקַדְתִּי שֹׁמְרִים–כָּל-הַיּוֹם וְכָל-הַלַּיְלָה תָּמִיד, לֹא יֶחֱשׁוּ; הַמַּזְכִּרִים, אֶת-יְהוָה–אַל-דֳּמִי, לָכֶם.

6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, they shall never hold their peace day nor night: ‘Ye that are the LORD’S remembrancers, take ye no rest,

 

We must not be silent!  We must act – day and night, all the time.

 

What a tremendous assignment;

Indeed what an astonishing honor;

what an amazing experience of having the Bible assume life

and we – the dry bones – be breathed life by God Himself

and sent to fulfill His task!

Let us hear the Word of the Lord –

as He spoke to Ezekiel (37) after taking him all around the valley full of dry bones

and He told Ezekiel to prophesy, so that the dry bones hear the word of the Lord.

 

There we stood on the mountain, and we saw the wind, and we heard the noise; and we saw the fire; and then – utter and complete silence.  (1 Kings19:11-13)

 

Now that we left the Garden of Eden, we have a task upon us;

and the task is enormous

yet magnificent

challenging, almost insurmountable, but absolutely doable

if we only set our hearts and minds to it

and pray with all our might

to be guided properly

to be supported when needed

and to have the strength to continue

so that we can do what is expected

so that tomorrow can rise

a better day

a different day

a day when the words of the Prophet Zechariah (9:3-5, 22) are fulfilled:

 

ג  כֹּה, אָמַר יְהוָה, שַׁבְתִּי אֶל-צִיּוֹן, וְשָׁכַנְתִּי בְּתוֹךְ יְרוּשָׁלִָם; וְנִקְרְאָה יְרוּשָׁלִַם עִיר הָאֱמֶת, וְהַר-יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת הַר הַקֹּדֶשׁ.  {ס}

3 Thus saith the LORD: I return unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; and Jerusalem shall be called the city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain. {S}

ד  כֹּה אָמַר, יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, עֹד יֵשְׁבוּ זְקֵנִים וּזְקֵנוֹת, בִּרְחֹבוֹת יְרוּשָׁלִָם; וְאִישׁ מִשְׁעַנְתּוֹ בְּיָדוֹ, מֵרֹב יָמִים.

4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: There shall yet old men and old women sit in the broad places of Jerusalem, every man with his staff in his hand for very age.

ה  וּרְחֹבוֹת הָעִיר יִמָּלְאוּ, יְלָדִים וִילָדוֹת, מְשַׂחֲקִים, בִּרְחֹבֹתֶיהָ.  {ס}

5 And the broad places of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the broad places thereof. {S}

כב  וּבָאוּ עַמִּים רַבִּים וְגוֹיִם עֲצוּמִים, לְבַקֵּשׁ אֶת-יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת בִּירוּשָׁלִָם, וּלְחַלּוֹת, אֶת-פְּנֵי יְהוָה.  {ס}

22 Yea, many peoples and mighty nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favour of the LORD. {S}

 

And (ibid:14):

 

ט  וְהָיָה יְהוָה לְמֶלֶךְ, עַל-כָּל-הָאָרֶץ; בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, יִהְיֶה יְהוָה אֶחָד–וּשְׁמוֹ אֶחָד.

9 And the LORD shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall the LORD be One, and His name one

 

It has been a tremendous journey together,

but we have only started.

We are now lights around the world

all connected in a network

a great big army, an exceedingly great host

and God will lead us,

as says the Prophet Joel (2):

 

יא  וַיהוָה, נָתַן קוֹלוֹ לִפְנֵי חֵילוֹ–כִּי רַב מְאֹד מַחֲנֵהוּ, כִּי עָצוּם עֹשֵׂה דְבָרוֹ:  כִּי-גָדוֹל יוֹם-יְהוָה וְנוֹרָא מְאֹד, וּמִי יְכִילֶנּוּ.

11 And the LORD uttereth His voice before His army; for His camp is very great, for he is mighty that executeth His word; for great is the day of the LORD and very terrible; and who can abide it?

כז  וִידַעְתֶּם, כִּי בְקֶרֶב יִשְׂרָאֵל אָנִי, וַאֲנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, וְאֵין עוֹד; וְלֹא-יֵבֹשׁוּ עַמִּי, לְעוֹלָם.  {פ}

27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and there is none else; and My people shall never be ashamed. {P}

 

SHALOM from Zion Jerusalem!

 

Always,

Ari Bussel

bussel@me.com
USA +1 (310) 339-6686

 

Dead Sea Scrolls; Psalms 133

 

א  שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת, לְדָוִד:
הִנֵּה מַה-טּוֹב, וּמַה-נָּעִים–    שֶׁבֶת אַחִים גַּם-יָחַד.
1 A Song of Ascents; of David. {N}
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

 

 

 

 

At the Shrine of the Book

Ancient and the inspiration for the way the Shrine was conceived

 

 

 

Jerusalem of once, made of 50m stones

Model at the Israel Museum

 

 

 

The City of David

 

 

Remnants of the Destruction

 

 

Archway of the bridge that once led unto the south-west most corner of the Temple Mount

 

 

The Western Wall

 

A picture in the President’s Residence

On loan from the Israel Museum

 

 

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Edited by John R. Houk

Text enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.

 

© Ari Bussel

 

Ari Bussel Bio via Saybrex International

 

Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.

 

Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.

 

Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as the Crisis Response Team of the Maple Counseling Center.

 

Mr. Bussel was among the founding members and served on the boards of Gen. Shimon Erem’s Israel Christian Nexus, the Western Region of Friends of Israel Firefighters and the Israel Institute for Alternative Energy Advancement. He completed the Salvin Leadership Program of the Anti-Defamation League.

 

Mr. Bussel writes regularly. For the past decade, his weekly columns appeared in print in Israel Jewish Life, Shalom LA, Muslim World Today and Israeli Week. Mr. Bussel’s articles appear on numerous websites, including Canada Free Press, Free Republic, NewsBlaze, SlantRight and OpEdNews. He is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club.

 

Mr. Bussel received a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford  READ THE REST