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Israel's Dual Reality

Israel's Dual Reality
Sunday, September 1, 2019 / Matt and Laurie Crouch

Stand Together. TBN Stands Proudly with the People of Israel.

 
Here in the United States, when we see a colorful balloon floating by in a clear blue sky, we smile. We assume some child has let it go for the joy of watching it sail away.
 
Young Jewish girl proudly waving the flag of Israel.
Sadly, for people living in southern Israel, the sight of a balloon triggers alarm, rather than smiles these days. For several years now, terrorist cells within Hamas in the Gaza Strip have taken to attaching incendiary bombs to helium balloons and releasing them when the winds are right to carry them into southern Israel.
 
These firebombs are released in the hope that they will land on an Israeli home or business and burn it down or, at minimum, set an Israeli farmer’s field on fire. Many have done just that.  A typical headline in Israel from a few months ago read, “Incendiary Balloons from Gaza Set Off Three Fires in Southern Israel Yesterday.”
 

...these attacks have become an almost daily feature of life for the people of southern Israel—along with periodic waves of rocket attacks that trigger air raid sirens and send Israeli families with terrified children scrambling into bomb shelters.

 
Dear TBN Partner, Laurie and I believe it’s important that you know these attacks have become an almost-daily feature of life for the people of southern Israel—along with the periodic waves of rocket attacks that trigger air-raid sirens and send Israeli families with terrified children scrambling into bomb shelters. The range of those rockets has been increasing lately.
 
For example, in March of this year, a rocket fired from Gaza flew all the way north of Tel Aviv, striking and demolishing a home. Seven were injured in the blast—including two children and one baby—but, thank the Lord, no one was killed.
 

ENEMIES ALL AROUND

If you follow the news, you know that families living in Israel not only have to be on constant guard against attacks from the south, they have to keep their eyes to the north as well. Both Syria and Lebanon on Israel’s northern border are home to the terrorist army Hezbollah, a group heavily supported by the mullahs of Iran. Iran, in turn, is being backed by Russia. Laurie and I mention all of this to you now for several reasons.

 

We know you understand how important this remarkable nation is to God and to His plans for redeeming the world through His Son, Jesus.

 
First and foremost, we care deeply about Israel and know that you do too. We know you understand how important this remarkable nation is to God and to His plans for redeeming the world through His Son, Jesus.
 
AN EXCITING MOVE OF GOD
Amid this turmoil, there is growing evidence of a Messianic revival quietly going on inside Israel. “Messianic” Believers are Jewish people who have come to realize that Jesus was and is the promised Messiah, and their numbers are increasing.  
Matt Crouch joined former Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat to discuss the U.S. Embassy's move which recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

 

In fact, the number of Messianic congregations inside the country has been rising for decades. A 1989 survey found only 30 Messianic congregations in the entire country. By 1999, a study found that had grown to 81 fellowships. Fast-forward to 2017, where a study by the Texas-based organization “One for Israel” identified more than 300 Messianic congregations.

 

Please join TBN in praying for, encouraging, and supporting this historic and prophetically important move of God.
 
COMBATTING ANTI-SEMITISM 
Lies, smears, and distortions about Israel fill many media channels. Day after day, we’re bombarded with negative news twisted to put the people and government of Israel in a bad light. 
 
Where will people hear the truth? On TBN! Delivering the truth about Israel and the Jewish people to the world is something your partnership with TBN does 365 days each year. In some places in the world where TBN Networks are made available, you may be providing the only pro-Israel, pro-truth message some people will ever hear.
    
UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES
  Kathie Lee Gifford teams up with Rabbi Jason Sobel in The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi.When you strip away all the lies and find the deepest truths about Israel, the “Holy Land” will come alive. Countless people have visited Israel and emerged from their journey with a deeper faith than they’ve ever had before. Including Kathie Lee Gifford.
 
That’s why we’re sending a copy of her book The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi to every partner who supports TBN this month with any gift. Her journey into the heart of Scriptural faith and the Holy Land is fascinating and inspiring.

 

We’re praying for the peace of Jerusalem. We know you are too.  Note: You can find out more about The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi, and other special resources available to our partners this month at tbn.org/give/donate.

 
 
We go to great lengths to keep you informed about developments in Israel through TBN programming. Here are a few of TBN's Israel-based shows: 
Here are a few of TBN's Israel-based shows: Manna-fest with Pastor Perry Stone, The watchman with Erick Stakelbeck, Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis, and Discovering The Jewish Jesus with Rabbi Kirt Schneider.
 
In 2014, TBN began construction of the Israel Studio, and has since been creating content in Jerusalem that highlights the fulfillment of Biblical promise and prophecy in the Holy Land.
In 2014, TBN began construction of the Israel Studio, and has since been creating content in Jerusalem that highlights the fulfillment of Biblical promise and prophecy in the Holy Land.