Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Anita Dittman's Christmas Experience In A German Labor Camp During WWII

Even though Christmas 2010 has come and gone, Holocaust survivor Anita Dittman, the girl from the true story “Trapped In Hitler’s Hell” has written her Christmas story of the time she spent in a German Labor Camp during World War II that she will never forget as one held captive in a Nazi labor camp then.

I found Anita Dittman’s Christmas experience story at The Lighthouse, and as it brought tears to my eyes, I thought again of all the horrible suffering and persecution of our brothers and sisters and how fortunate those of us  who live in a civilized world are, and how thankful to God we can be for the little treasures that mean so much to the multitudes taken prisoner all over the world for loving Jesus Christ,  that much of the world will never experience.

What follows is the remarkable Christmas Eve experience kept safely in Anita’s heart:

We prayed that God would miraculously sustain our strength; each day our food rations diminished so the German soldiers on the battlefronts could receive more food. Shortly after all of us Christians had prayed for physical strength, the neighboring farmers again rallied for us. Risking their lives, they smuggled us sausage, bread, and cheese and told us to eat the nourishing mushrooms in the forest where we cut trees. God seemed to pack a thousand calories in each tiny mushroom and bite of bread as we who trusted Jesus were given physical and spiritual sustenance.

Two horrible realities faced us women in December: winter and the traitors among us. To make life more comfortable for themselves,some women were reporting others to the guards for such things as conversations, attitudes, or anti-Nazi sentiment–anything that would make their lives more comfortable. Many of them spent the night with the guards and were given preferential treatment.

As the winter winds increased, everyone’s spirits sank. Our uniforms were terribly inadequate, and many of us were sent clothes from home. Father sent me some warm socks, gloves, and a jacket. If we worked long enough and hard enough, we could keep ourselves relatively warm on the work line. But marching to and from the work area was difficult because the wind raced through our clothing.

Again we anxiously awaited the whistle when the horse cart would bring us warm, lumpy soup. But it tasted awful, and usually it was cold by the time it reached us. The chunks in the soup were like tree bark. I watched Gunther one day as he took his bowl of soup to a mock grave. Pouring the soup in the grave, he covered it with dirt. Then he took a large stone and placed it over the grave site. On the stone he wrote: “Hier ruhet still una unvergessen, unser heutiges Mittagessen.” (“Here rests, still and unforgotten, today’s menu.”)

Just before Christmas I met another beautiful believer: Christian Risel. We met on the work line while cutting trees and, in our own silent way, quickly fell in love. Though I loved Rudi, Wolfgang, Gerhard, and Gunther, the love in my heart for Christian was different. A little older than I, he was strong and handsome in spite of the months of labor and deprivation. His eyes virtually sparkled, while the eyes of others in the camp were glassy and dazed. He had a smile when everyone else had a negative word, for he loved everyone in a special way. He even had Christian compassion for the Nazis. But he loved me the most. Of course no time was allowed for romance in the camp. It was too cold to stay outside much in our thin clothing, and we couldn’t go inside each other’s quarters. But we cut trees together frequently and got to know one another better. Each day that we were together, our love was reaffirmed.

“Someday, Anita, we will be gloriously free and happy once again,” Christian said as his axe cut into a thick pine tree. “We will have money to spend and food to eat, and we will have loved ones surrounding us. We’ll never have to dread another knock on our door. Do you believe that too, Anita?”

“I do. God reaffirms it every day. But I would rather be locked away and have Jesus than to be my sister, Hella, safe in the free world but denying the very One who gave her freedom.”

“Nothing happens without a purpose, doesn’t it?” Christian said. “What do you suppose is our ultimate purpose for being trapped in Nazi Germany? I think it is to glorify God in the end. Do you think that is true?”

“I do, Christian.”

“Anita, do you know what day it is today?”


“It is Christmas Eve. I have a surprise for you and the other Christians in the camp.”

“Why have you waited so long to tell me, Christian?”

“Because it was just confirmed at lunchtime.” Christian’s eyes really sparkled with excitement now. “Mr. Anders has given me permission to take all the Christians to a Christmas Eve service in Ostlinde tonight! Of course a guard will accompany us, but he will be exposed to the gospel too.”

“Christian, you don’t mean it! A real Christmas Eve service. We must spread the news.

Oh, it is another miracle of God.” To war-weary Christian prisoners who loved Jesus, this was the best news in months, perhaps years. But the camp’s unbelievers had no time for our happiness; most of them felt no special comfort each day as we believers did.

Whether they were jealous or skeptical, they preferred that we keep to ourselves, which only drew us closer together.

Twenty of us trudged over the snow-covered hills and meadows that night to a little country church at the edge of Ostlinde. The snow was falling lightly, and both melted snowflakes and tears dampened my face as Christian took my hand. “This will be the most meaningful Christmas I’ve ever had,” I told him. “It shows God’s very special love for us. It tells me He cares for us and that we’ll be all right in the end.”

“The birth of Jesus must have been like this,” Christian said quietly. “He was poor and persecuted, and He was misunderstood and rejected, yet He always forgave. We have to forgive too, Anita, even the Nazis.”

That night we huddled in the little church with a hundred or more of the farmers and townspeople. We sang Christmas carols and praised the Lord until well after midnight. As we read the Christmas story, we were reassured that Jesus knew our every ache because He also had been a man and had experienced human grief. In the dim candlelight we all gathered at the altar on our knees and prayed for Germany and our separated families; the guard stood careful watch in the doorway. Then we trudged home in the moonlight, for the snow had stopped falling. No one spoke a word; we all were savoring every minute of this blessed Christmas Eve.

[A]s we headed back to the camp over the snowdrifts, in the stillness of that dark, dark night, nobody spoke. Our silent communication conveyed a oneness that superseded all verbal expression. Saturated with the restful music and with gratitude to God, I sank into a deep and restful sleep on my straw mattress. (Anita Dittman was 17 years old when this story took place. Today, she is 82 and lives in Minnesota.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

The Jewish Jesus-Son of David

As we celebrate Christmas, the coming of the Messiah, in this video,you can hear our Messianic brother Dr. Michael L. Brown speak of the Messiah, the Jewish Jesus, Son of David, whom the prophets of the Old Testament wrote of, presented by CBN:

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Christmas Is All About The Birth of Jesus Christ

To my many viewers from all over the world, and new visitors, May your Christmas be filled with the goodness  of Christ, as Christians all over the world unite as one, celebrating the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, longing for His soon return. 

Matthew 2:3-8

3. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6. And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Micah 5:1-2

7. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

Matthew 2:9-10

9. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Matthew 2:11

11. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

Wise men still seek Him.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Advancing Rapidly Into The Antichrist System

Advancing rapidly into the antichrist and one world government system, changes to the American way of life are rapidly coming to pass before our very eyes, as biblical prophecy is being fulfilled at breathtaking speed.

In the very near future, the marxist regime now in control of the American government, under the guise of 'protecting the people', will create a vast domestic spying network to collect information about Americans in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks and subsequent terror plots The Washington Post reported today.

The system collects, stores and analyzes information about thousands of US citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing, the report noted.

Meanwhile, over the weekend, on Sunday the Senate passed the Food Safety and Modernizaton Act, which will give the government control and power over the food industry,which will hurt small farmers and put many out of business. See Top ten lies about Senate Bill 510 

With just these two pieces of illegal legislation, the antichrist regime according to Revelation 13:17 will be able to control what people  buy and sell all over America. Bible believing Christians can be confident that as we see all of these things take place foretold in the Bible, Jesus Christ's return will follow very soon.  Draw near and take comfort in Him and His promises! 

Related Story: Kissinger: Obama Will Use World Crisis To Form New World Order

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

11 Million Dollar 'Christmas Tree' In The United Arab Emirates

11-Million-Dollar Christmas Tree In Abu Dhabi, UAE
Image Credit: AP Photo/Hussein Malla

I don't know about you, but I am not the least bit impressed by this pagan 11 million dollar Christmas tree in the United Arab Emirates decorated with gold ornaments and jewelry of rubies and diamonds, which indeed reveals poor taste as Bible believing Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of the one true God, Jesus Christ.  There's not enough gold, diamonds or rubies that could buy the free gift of  salvation and  faith in the  freedom in Christ that Jesus gives for free.

As shameful as it is, if these people want to flaunt their money celebrating a pagan tradition, when much of the world is going hungry and starving,  this is their choice; but it has nothing to do with the celebrating the birth of the Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ.  I can guarantee you, based upon the teachings of our Lord, I doubt the Lord is the least bit impressed either.

The decorated 'Christmas Tree' tradition comes from the pagan   Roman seven-day festival of Saturn known as Saturnalia Festival, which began on December 17, a celebration marked by unrestrained revelry and often licentiousness.
As the pagan  tradition goes, the Romans, the Vikings and the Druids all decorated their homes with evergreen plants in the winter as a symol of life.
Just as the Romans hijacked Biblical Christianity and turned it into a pagan religion, Roman Catholicism  does not represent Biblical Christianity anymore than a pagan 'Christmas Tree' decorated with gold ornaments, rubies and diamonds represents  the celebration of the birth of the Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

EU Leaders, Solana May Force Palestinian State Upon Israel?

The coming new year could prove to be an extremely prophetic one with regards to the status of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. According to this left wing Haaretz article out of Israel, former  EU leaders, including the one time, "supposedly retired"  EU high representative Solana, and the international community may force a palestinian state upon Israel without negotiations, with the former EU high representative blaming PM Netanyahu as the cause for not extending the building freeze in Judea and Samaria.

Interesting to note, South American countries where Nazi war criminals fled to after the WWII war have already decided to recognize an independant palestinian state going back to 1967 borders, without negotiations  between Israel and the arabs. 

The 1967 borders include all of the Gaza Strip, biblical Judea and Samaria dubbed the "West Bank", and east Jerusalem, or the "Old City", including the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. What is called the Temple Mount today is considered to be the place where Abraham bound Isaac and nearly offered him to God. Genesis 22:2. It is also the place where the First and Second Temples were built. 2 Chronicles 3:1.

The handwriting is on the wall, and the scheme  here is to back Israel into a corner by the anti-semitic globalists aligned with the muslims who hate the Jews and Israel and want both gone.
The article goes on to say that European leaders are backing the palestinians' efforts to rally int'l. support for the recognition of an independent palestinian state as an alternative to the negotiations that have reached a deadlock, noting that the palestinians are not able to set up an independent state without international political and economic assistance. 

Obviously, the only way to maintain any kind of  political stability in the area will be to place an international army around Jerusalem, in the name of keeping the peace.

This will amount  to a direct assult upon God's Holy City of Jerusalem, which will divide the city, giving half of the Holy City or the "old city" of east Jerusalem to Israel's enemies, placing Jerusalem under siege.
But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel. II Chronicles 6:6
Jesus warned us in Luke's Gospel Chapter 21 that when you see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. vs. 20. 

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. Zachariah 12:2

In Luke's Gospel Chapter 21 verse 22, Jesus tells us that "these be the days of vengence, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

From all of the activity we are seeing with regards to Bible prophecy as it relates to Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, and what is written from the Holy Scriptures of God, one can clearly see that the age of grace and the times of the Gentiles will soon be coming to a close, as the Lord will be coming back to redeem the remnant of Israel and His people upon the earth.  The immediate forthcoming years are ones to watch closely and to prepare ourselves for tribulation, busying ourselves with telling the lost of tribulation that is at the door, with the soon return of our Lord, as it is surely coming.  It is evident that war will break out in the Middle East if these worldly globalists have their way.  And Bible prophecy tells us this is so.

Related Story: Judah and Jerusalem Under Siege

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Legendary Tree Called "Sacred" Destroyed By Vandals In UK

  • "It is a sacred tree," she said.  "Not only for the Christian church, but for many other people."
  • "The tree unites everybody in the town," she said. "It's a symbol worldwide.  More
"When I read this story about a supposedly "sacred tree" that some in the UK think "unites everybody in the town", that was destroyed by vandals in the UK, I had to gasp to myself. Romans Chapter 1, particularly verse twenty five immediately comes to mind, as well as God's Commandment "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."

Friends, this amounts to nothing less than idolatry and paganism, and is forbidden by God;  and linking this tree to the Christian religion, calling it sacred, when it is Jesus Christ whom we worship, is a mockery to the faith that Christians all over the world adhere to. Jesus Christ is the ONE who unites people together all over the world by His Holy Spirit who lives in all of His people, not a tree.   Only Jesus Christ is worthy to be worshipped, because only Jesus died for your sins to give you eternal life.  If you don't know Jesus, now is the time to get to know him. Don't put it off any longer.   Today is the day of salvation for you!

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Franklin Graham Speaks About Cholera Crisis In Haiti

Recently, Evangelist Franklin Graham sat down and spoke with Greta of Fox News about the hugh Cholera  crisis in Haiti which is not being reported to the world, and according to the Rev. Graham, the epidemic is much worse than what is being reported.

Not surprisingly, what is taking place in Haiti by the UN, whose own troops are likely to have caused the Cholera epidemic which has taken the lives of 2,000 people to date,  and the Haitian government is criminal.  According to the Rev. Graham, urgently needed Ringer's Lactate IV solution used to treat and contain the masses infected with cholera is being provided by the UN to the Hatian government, which is holding these supplies back from treating those infected with Cholera, and Christian relief organizations such as the Rev. Graham's Samaritan's Purse are left to carry the burden in which 200,000 people and more will likely be infected with Cholera.
  • And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.  Luke 21:11
Learn the truth about the Cholera crisis in Haiti by listening to the Rev. Graham here as he is interviewed by Greta.

There were millions upon millions of dollars donated to the Haiti Relief Fund at the time of the earthquake by major corporations.  The linked list does not include individual and smaller company, and other donations  from the many charitable organizations.  Does anyone know where the money went??

Related Story: UN Troops In Haiti Likely Cause of Cholera Epidemic Says French Expert

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

UN Troops In Haiti Likely Cause Of Cholera Epidemic Says French Expert

A cover-up at the UN? Don’t look for this piece of information on your from page news.

While the United Nations is busy engaging itself in  controlling the health of nations and people around the world through mandatory vaccine programs linked to the cause of  various  diseases,and passing out condoms to suppress the AIDS epidemic,  it appears that now this hypocritical government body can not control the unsanitary conditions of its own UN troops in Haiti, who are now believed  to be the orgin and cause of deaths of over 2,000 people from the recent cholera epidemic in Haiti. And the death toll may be twice the official count when its all said and done.

It seems, according to a study from an expert French epidemiologist,  the cholera epidemic started in a tributary of Haiti’s Artibonite river, situated next to a UN base, outside the town of Mirebalais., according to a French Foreign Ministry official,a village not affected by the earthquake earlier this year.

It is apparent the UN could take a lesson on biblical cleanliness and clean its own house before it attempts to tell others how to clean theirs with vaccines and condoms, and now unsanitary conditions from UN troops in Haiti.

While outwards cleanliness is unrelated to spiritual cleanliness according to the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 15:11, the Mosaic laws, which Jesus fulfilled, certainly show us that God is concerned about the concepts of clean and unclean, which include body fluids and discharges.
  • "It cannot be ruled out that steps have been taken to remove the suspected fecal matter and to erase the traces of an epidemic of cholera among the soldiers," he wrote."
  • Until this outbreak there had not been a diagnosed case of cholera in Haiti as far back as records go in the mid-20th Century, Claire-Lise Chaignat, head of the global task force on cholera control at the World Health Organisation, said in October.
The fact finding report  by the French expert is most revealing, and can be read in its entirety by going to the link below.

The report calls for among other things, you guessed it, improved sanitation procedures among UN peacekeeping troops.

Related Story: Franklin Graham Speaks About Cholera Crisis In Haiti

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Dutch MP Geert Wilders On "Jordan is Palestine" Speaks In Israel

It is a pleasure and a breath of fresh air to listen to the courageous and great Dutch politician and freedom  fighter, Geert Wilders, who has hit another home run as he spoke the historical  truth about "Jordan is Palestine"   in Tel Aviv, Israel at a conference of the HaTikvah movement. You can listen to him here on this video speaking before the conference on Jordan is Palestine. You won’t want to miss this:

The Israel National News, in covering Geert Wilders speech, has documented the context of Mr. Wilder's speech, and for your reading, I am including it here:

Wilders, who is the leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom and who has been a staunch critic of Islam, started his speech by saying that Israel “is an immense source of inspiration for me.” He added that he is “not ashamed to stand with Israel, but proud. I am grateful to Israel. I will always defend Israel. Your country is the cradle of Western civilization. We call it the Judeo-Christian civilization with good reason.”

Wilders blamed the Arab leaders as well as Islam for what he called “the plight of the Palestinians in refugee camps in Lebanon, Gaza, and other places,” and said that ‘Palestine’, where many say that the PA Arabs should return, is, in fact located in Jordan.

“Israel, including Judea and Samaria, has been the land of the Jews since time immemorial,” said Wilders. “Judea means Land of the Jews. Never in the history of the world has there been an autonomous state in the area that was not Jewish. The Diaspora of the Jews, which began after their defeat by the Romans in 70 [C.E.], did not lead to the departure of all the Jews from their ancient homeland. Jews had been living in the Jordan Valley for centuries until the Arab invaders drove them out in 1948, when the provinces of Judea and Samaria were occupied by the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan, which abbreviated its name to Jordan in 1950. And until 1967, when Israel regained the ancient Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria, no one, not a single Islamic scholar or Western politician, ever demanded that there be an independent Palestinian state in the so-called West Bank.”

He added that Israel must not trade land for peace and not “assign Judea and Samaria to another Palestinian state – a second one, next to Jordan,” since, as he said, the conflict in the Middle East is not a conflict over territory, but rather an ideological battle.

Wilders mentioned the expulsion from Gaza of 2005 and said that this “sacrificing” of land by Israel did not attain peace but rather made the situation worse, simply because the conflict is ideological.
“Ideologies must be confronted with the iron will never to give in, ‘never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty.’ That is the lesson which the world learned from Winston Churchill when he confronted the evil ideology of Nazism,” said Wilders.

He added that Israel needs defendable borders and that for this reason Jews must settle Judea and Samaria. Wilders called the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria “an expression of the Jewish right to exist in this land. They are tiny outposts of freedom, defying ideological forces which deny not only Israel but the entire West the right to live in peace, dignity and liberty.”
  •  6But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel"  2 Chronicles 6:6
Wilders also said that Islam threatens not just Israel, but the entire world, and added that “Without Judea and Samaria, Israel cannot protect Jerusalem. The future of the world depends on Jerusalem. If Jerusalem falls, Athens and Rome – and Paris, London and Washington – will be next.”

As for the PA Arabs, Wilders said that “Since Jordan is Palestine, it is the duty of the Jordanian government to welcome all Palestinian refugees who voluntarily want to settle there.”

“Allowing all Palestinians to voluntarily settle in Jordan is a better way towards peace than the current so-called two-states-approach (in reality a three-states-approach) propagated by the United Nations, the U.S. administration, and governing elites all over the world,” he said. “We only want a democratic non-violent solution for the Palestinian problem. This requires that the Palestinian people should be given the right to voluntarily settle in Jordan and freely elect their own government in Amman. If the present Hashemite King is still as popular as today, he can remain in power. That is for the people of Palestine to decide in real democratic elections. My friends, let us adopt a totally new approach. Let us acknowledge that Jordan is Palestine.

Wilders concluded his speech by saying: “Toda raba [thank you]… And shalom to all of you.”

Related Story: Geert Wilders: Jordan Is Palestine

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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Fires In Mt. Carmel That Killed 41 Israelis Set By Arabs

Taken by a freelance photographer, this picture shows the Prison Service cadets’ bus and Haifa police chief Ahuva Tomer’s car moments before they were engulfed by the fire Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.
Photo by: Dan Amir

The news coming out of Israel now is that while the Israel media is keeping a low key on the wave of arson by Israel’s Arabs, the fact remains that the Mt. Carmel deadly fires that killed 41 Israelis, as well as a wave of other fires, were  set by Arabs, two of whom were arrested, the Israel National News is reporting.  Is it any wonder that arabs are dancing and celebrating in the streets over the murder of innocent Israelis?  This amounts to nothing less than the worst terror/jihad  attack in the history of Israel, and the left  Israeli media is downplaying it with some Israeli  media even ignoring it. 

Why? Is the left  media of  Israel now controlling its terrorism?   This obviously is no accident, but a jihad attack by muslims.    The people of Israel and especially those who gave their lives to save others  while rescuing others from the
deadly fire deserve to have  the truth made know  from their government leaders,  even in the face of a left media cover-up in Israel, even if they have to go out in the streets and shout it.  There is more than one way to have truth become known besides the left media, and the Israeli leadership should be shouting the truth about the start of this horrific fire from the housetops.


  • The IDF has released video footage shot from an IAF aircraft, which shows a vehicle escaping from the scene of an arson attack on the Carmel Mountain. The conversation on the radio, in Hebrew, is between pilots and police. The pilots report that they have received word from a firefighting aircraft that spotted the vehicle leaving the scene of an act of arson, near a spot called the Muhraka. The aircraft follows the vehicle – a Renault Kangoo – until it is stopped by police cars.
  • Police and volunteers are manning checkpoints, lookouts and ambushes throughout Israel in an effort to combat a wave of terrorist arson by Arab citizens of Israel. While occasionally reporting some of the arson incidents, most news sources are playing them down considerably, while others cover them up completely.
  • Police said the main conflagration in the Carmel Mountains was unintentionally caused by a group of youth from Ossafiya. According to a report on Channel 2 news, the youths lit a fire as part of a nocturnal picnic and did not put it out properly before leaving the site. Later reports said that while most of the residents of Ossafiya are Druze, the youths who were arrested are Arabs. More at link  (NOTE: Druze are of the arab sect with the arab culture and are arabs).
The Israeli leaders, and people of Israel  need our prayers and support like never before and it is my prayer that the Lord will turn this horrific terror attack against Israel and the Jews   by muslims into something good.  Romans 8:28.

Meanwhile, there is at least  one honest politician in Israel who is speaking out against the Israeli media lies and government/media  cover up concerning  the start of the catastrophic Mt. Carmel, Israel fire:
  • MK Anastasia Michaeli (Israel Beiteinu) called for those who started the fire in the Carmel to be tried for treason and attempted genocide, despite police reports that the fire was caused by negligence.
  • "What I saw in the Carmel today wasn't just any fire - I saw a war," Michaeli said. "People are losing their homes, parts of the land were completely destroyed, animals are running to save their lives, and 41 people were killed. All of these sights are part of war."
  • "The arsonists should sit in jail for the rest of their lives," Michaeli said, "and lose [Israeli] citizenship."
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Friday, December 03, 2010

The Jews And The Amish

Here's an inspirational  story on forgiveness  from Israel Today  concerning the Jews and the Amish, where the Amish travelled to Israel to seek forgiveness from the Jews.  I think it is heartwarming to learn that there are Gentile Christians who are hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit and then taking action to make amends and seek forgiveness, as taught by Jesus as they themselves seek  love and forgiveness from the Jewish people of  Israel and heal hurts from the past.

In a seemingly unprecedented move, a group of Amish Christians from the US made widespread use of modern technology - including airplanes, tour buses and even iPhones - in order to come to Israel and apologize to the Jews.

The Amish are most notable to outsiders for their shunning of the technological conveniences that have made life so fast-paced for everyone else. But they did not shy away from using whatever means necessary to accomplish what they viewed as the vitally important task of making things right between their community and Israel.

The Amish, both in the US and Europe, have a long history of anti-Semitism and have traditionally been firm proponents of Replacement Theology, which claims that God cast aside the Jews for their widespread rejection of Jesus as their messiah. Many Amish once believed the Nazi Holocaust was God’s punishment for that rejection of Jesus, and actually applauded Hitler.

“We are here to say we are sorry,” group leader Ben Girod told Israel’s Channel 2 News as the group visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem. “God reminded me that this is not who He is. We no longer want to reject you or look at you as not being God’s people. You were God's people long before we were."

Group member Jonas added, “Our people have had some bad attitudes toward the Jewish people and have rejected the Jewish people to a certain extent, and we have come to restore that and apologize.”

In another clip, Girod is shown reading Psalm 121:4 to the group, reminding them that “He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”

But the group did not only speak of these things amongst themselves. A strong declaration printed on a beautiful parchment was presented Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, who oversees the Western Wall, on behalf of the entire Amish community. In the declaration, the Amish ask Israel’s forgiveness “for our collective sin of pride and selfishness by ignoring the plight of the Jewish people and the nation of Israel.”

The document concludes by committing the Amish from this point forward to speak out strongly in support of the Jews and the Jewish state.

During their stay in Jerusalem, the group made great efforts to interact with average Israelis, who needed little prodding to satisfy their curiosity regarding these odd-looking foreigners who had come with a message of such warmth and love.

Related Story: Replacement Theology In American Churches

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Arson Suspected In Mt. Carmel, Israel Raging Fires

Let us all stand in the gap for the people of Israel and ask God, in his mercy,  to send rain to the land of Israel, in Jesus name......

The Jerusalem Post is now reporting that the police think  the cause of the  horrific raging fires, reported here,  spreading across the Mt. Carmel area of northern Israel that have caused over 40 young Israelis to perish was started deliberately by arsons. 

Above, up-to-date map of fires raging in Carmel, Israel.
Two Nabbed On Suspicion of Starting Fires in North
Two Arson Suspects Spotted By IAF Drone
Two Arson Suspects Apprehended in Carmel Forest
Wave of Fires Breaks Out Across Israel
Carmel Fire 1km From Haifa

The "fire news" out of Israel is changing very rapidly and it is difficult to keep up with all of it, and in a strange way, it appears to me that the Israeli media is "downplaying" the idea that the northern inferno may have been deliberately set.    Stay tuned, and continue to pray for the people of Israel and  the brave firefighters and public servants who are battling these fires in an effort to save lives.

Some 100 firefighters from Bulgaria have arrived as well as forces from Jordan and Greece. Fire extinguishing planes were on their way from Britain and Cyprus as well as aid from the United States, Russia, Egypt, Spain, Azerbaijan, Romania and Turkey — which put aside recent tensions to lend a hand.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday evening carried out telephone conversations with leaders from Norway, Finland, Belgium, Holland and Germany in an attempt to secure additional firefighting planes.

Related Story: Raging Fire Burns 40 Alive In Israel

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Thursday, December 02, 2010


Many Christians are unfamiliar with the celebration of Hanukkah  taking place among our Jewish brethren now.  Hanukkah, often called the  Festival of Lights,  is mentioned in John's Gospel Chapter 10:22 "And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter" came about as a result of a  victory from a battle of good over evil  that was fought and won by the Jews centuries ago, and  is explained for us by our Jewish brother in Christ, Jerry Golden from Israel. 


Kislev 24th until Tevet 2nd.

This year Hanukkah begins the night of December 1st
The Feast of Dedication” or Hanukkah, -- you will not find this Holiday in Lev. 23 with the seven Feasts of the Lord. But we find it in John 10:22 and other places as well. I think it may be necessary to do a little history here before going on; this will not be a history lesson, just a little background.

The time was around 167 BC or, if you’re Jewish--BCE. Prior to this date a young ruler named Alexander the Great, ruled the entire ancient world. This period of time is referred to as “the Hellenistic period” (Greeks). His untimely death caused a power struggle and four of his generals split up the kingdom. The one that ended up with Israel was Antiochus IV. This new Ruler of Israel commanded everyone to convert to Hellenism (Greek M

But, there were those Jews who held close to the Torah and God’s way of worship and refused to embrace Hellenism. In fact, Antiochus gave the Jews an ultimatum, to either give up their distinctive customs, such as worshipping on the Sabbath (Saturday), Circumcision, and Kosher Laws, or die.

One of the first things Antiochus did was to desecrate the Holy Temple. He ordered the utensils, such as the Menorah, Altar, and Table to be defiled and torn down. Then to be certain that he had accomplished his job, he ordered a pig to be sacrificed on the holy altar. After doing all of that, he order that a Greek god Zeus be worshiped in the Temple.

When Antiochus heard that the people were murmuring and talking about revolt against him, he marched his troops to a town in the foothills called Modi’in. His plan was to erect a false god in the city and force the people to worship it. Modi’in was the home of a priest named Mattathias who had five sons. He and his sons revolted and killed the soldiers and began the revolt against this evil ruler. One of Mattathias’s sons was Judah, and he became the new leader and was quickly nicknamed “Maccabee” (the Hammer in Hebrew). To bring this piece of history to a close we will just report that Maccabee and his men defeated the Greek armies and got rid of Antiochus.

The Maccabees now faced the task of restoring the Temple for Jewish worship to their Holy God. They cleansed the Temple and restored the furnishings. There was special attention given to the Menorah, for it symbolized the Light of God. They restored it and when they went to light it, they found there was a problem. This Menorah could only be used with special oil, and it took eight days to prepare such oil. They found enough of this special oil to burn only one day. To celebrate the victory of the battle fought for their religious liberty, they decided to light the Menorah anyway and allow the light of God to shine forth with its glory, even if but for a day. But God gave them a miracle, and the oil lasted eight days, until the new oil was made ready. So today we have the eight days of the Feast of Dedication “Hanukkah.” It is also why you will see a nine branch Menorah instead of seven in most Jewish homes. It represents the miracle of the eight days the oil burned; the ninth branch (in the center) is the Shamash (Servant Lamp), which represents the Messiah.

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Raging Fire Burns 40 Alive In Israel

Please pray for the people of Israel, a country affected by one of its worst  droughts in its history,  as a horrific, out of control raging fire has broken out in Carmel, Israel burning at least 40 people alive who were travelling on a bus to Damon Prison to rescue the inmates; many of those who perished were security personnel risking their lives to save others as they were being transported on a bus after assisting in the evacuation of the Damon Prison.   Apparently, the bus became ablaze when it became trapped after a burning tree fell in front of it.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but arson has not been ruled out.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the fire as a "catastrophe the likes of which we have never known. We will have to draw many lessons in order to deal with catastrophes of this kind but right now, everything must be about saving lives."

The prime minister praised the firefighters' work and said they were handling the fire with courage and dedication. He then travelled to the site of the fire.

It was also reported that the prime minister spoke to the leaders of Russia, Italy, Greece and Cyprus and appealed to them for assistance in extinguishing the fire by asking them to send fire extinguishing planes. Story here and hereYahoo News is also reporting on the fire in Israel.

Updates with related stories: Arson Suspected in Mt. Carmel, Israel Raging Fires

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