Outreach Reports

Can You Read the Bible?

Tel Aviv

The Word of God is powerful. It can cut through philosophy, ideology, theology, and any other system that attempts to deny its power. Over the centuries man has tried to usurp the authority of the Bible and proclaim that he has the final say-so.

The truth is one touch from the Word of God can set captives free forever! Ya'akov (James) declares, "Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the Word implanted, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21 NASB)

How can Israel "receive the Word implanted" if it has been removed from their grasp? This is one of the major issues we face when sharing Yeshua. It's not that Bibles are scarce in the Land or hard to acquire. No, the problem is that most Israelis have bought the lie that they can't read it without proper interpretation from their rabbi.

God sent His Holy Spirit to help us break strongholds such as this. He is constantly delivering fresh and innovative ideas in order for us to reach out to religious and secular Jews all over the nation.

We always like to connect with other followers of the Master, both indigenous and from abroad, before we begin an outreach. We petition God for guidance, protection, and revelation for the people we are led to speak with. This day was no different as we began by praying with a group of believers from New Zealand.

The Holy Spirit led us to ask people on the street if they can read the Bible. An orthodox man named Abraham replied to us, "Of course I can." We then opened the Bible to Genesis 1 and asked him to read. After Abraham read the chapter, we asked, "Could you explain what it says?" Abraham replied, "Yes, of course, it is talking about God's creation." We then asked if he was sure. He replied, "Yes, a little boy could read this!" We said, "But the rabbis say we can't read this without their help." Abraham thought for a second and said that is nonsense. 

We then turned to Psalm 2 and asked Abraham to read the passage:

The LORD said to me, "You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. "Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 2:1-12 ESV)

As he was reading he began to say, "Maybe I need to go get my rabbi, it is too difficult for me." We reminded him that he just said it's nonsense to need a rabbi in order to read the Bible. "But it says here God has a Son. How could this be true? I have been reading Psalms for over 20 years and never noticed this!" Abraham exclaimed.

We gently said to him. "God's Son is the Messiah of Israel. He paid the full price so you can have eternal life if you believe in Him. We must glorify God and worship His Son, the true Savior of Israel and the world."

Abraham was breathless. The lie of the enemy that says we can't read the Scriptures without rabbinic interpretation was removed. We gave him a Bible and Bible DVD with contact information. 

We continued to share the good news with people by asking them the same question, "Can you read the Bible?" For many, the barrier was eliminated that day!
Dear friends, as you see these photos and look at the people we are sharing with, could you please pray for their salvation. There is power in prayer!

Maybe There Is A God?

Tel Aviv

We could sense a spiritual hunger as we were walking the streets of Tel Aviv. Unfortunately, most were trying to feed their spirit with the lust of the world. People were sitting in bars getting drunk, women were dressed very inappropriately, and homosexual people were openly kissing each other as gay bars and clubs were everywhere. Young people were lining up to get tattoos and piercings all over their bodies. It appears the city and the nation itself has slid into moral decay. The people need the love, hope, and light of Yeshua more than ever!

Yoram was sitting on a bench and looked very depressed as we approached him to say shalom. He observed Bibles and Bible DVDs in our hands and told us he didn't want to buy anything. We said we were not there to sell him anything and gently told Yoram what we had was free for all who would receive it.

Yoram looked puzzled, so we explained that God loves him so much and does not want him to be distressed. He said the reason he is heartbroken is because his son and daughter were killed in a car wreck three years ago. He lamented that his life meant nothing and asked us how we could say God loves him when he doesn't even believe there is a God.
 

 

We said that we very sorry for what happened to his family and it was not a coincidence we met. We revealed to him the fact that God knew this day would happen before the foundation of the world. Yoram was very touched by our compassion but still insisted there was no God.

At that moment we were prompted by the Spirit to look up and direct Yoram's attention to the beautiful sunset that was taking place. Yoram suddenly looked astonished and said it was the most amazing thing he had seen in a while. We asked him who he thought made that beautiful painting. Yoram, as he was looking intently into the sunset, said I don't know. We then asked him if he believed there was a chance someone could have made this very special picture. At that moment Yoram broke down and said yes. As tears began to fall, he whispered these wonderful words, "Maybe there is a God." Glory to the King, the Holy Spirit was working on him!

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20 ESV)

The conversation continued as we told him that God is calling him. Yoram asked how he could go to God and thought maybe he should wrap Tefillin. We told him that God wanted his heart and He gave His Son, the Messiah of Israel, so that we could have eternal life.

Yoram wanted to hear more and seemed to have joy again just by their conversation. He said he had to go but wanted to meet with us very soon to discuss this again. Please pray for Yoram. Pray that the Lord will continue to reveal himself to him and heal him mentally and spiritually.

We continued to share the love of our Messiah on the streets of Tel Aviv. We passed out Bibles and Bible DVDs to many people.

Proclaiming Yeshua To The Most Senior Rabbis In Israel This Sukkot

Happy Sukkot! - From Jerusalem

Kotel

Sukkot, otherwise known as the Feast of Tabernacles, is coming to a close. Ancient Israel was commanded by the Lord to dwell in temporary houses called sukkas (dwellings) during their desert sojourn. In Leviticus 23:42-43, the Lord instructs Israel to memorialize that time in the desert by celebrating Sukkot every year.

It is described as a pilgrimage Feast because all Israel was required to journey to Jerusalem and bring a portion of their autumn harvest as an offering. When the Temple was standing, the nation also offered a total of seventy bulls as a sacrifice to the Lord. Many believe this offering of bulls was made to intercede for all the nations of the earth in order for Israel to fulfill their role as a nation of Priests.

Our Heavenly Father, in His amazing prophetic nature, designed this Feast to help us realize our need for Him to Tabernacle (dwell) with us. It also shows how much He loves his people and desires to literally live among us.

The greatest occurrence of Him dwelling with us is when he descended in human flesh to accomplish the most important miracle the world has ever known. It is a safe assumption to say Yeshua was born during this Feast as the Gospel of John tells us that, "the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of an only begotten of a father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14 YLT)

Not only does this incredible time look back in history, it also sheds light on what will be taking place in the Millennium. The prophet Zachariah show us that all nations will come to celebrate this feast and worship King Yeshua when He is sitting on the throne in Jerusalem. In fact, if any nation decides to neglect this Feast, the Lord will withhold the blessing of rain on that nation!

"Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain." (Zechariah 14:16-17 NIV)

As we entered Jerusalem, we didn't know exactly what to expect but knew it could get pretty dicey down at the Wailing Wall (The Kotel). We had orders from above to tell people the prophetic significance of the Feast!
 
As we headed down to share Yeshua, we stopped to pray with a group of believers visiting Israel from First Baptist Church in Wylie, Texas. After praying, we felt empowered by the Holy Spirit to accomplish the task.
 

 

Jews from all over Israel and the world were gathered together at the Wall to celebrate Sukkot. We felt grieved because they did not have the full picture, meaning, and importance of the Feast. We yearned for them to know!

As we were walking though the enormous crowd, we approached a rather tall and intimidating looking rabbi. We asked him why he was there today. The rabbi told him he was there to say the Berkat Kohanim (The Priestly Blessing) of the Feast.

 

We said, "Sukkot is a time to release the blessing of the Messiah into your life! It is a challenge God places before His people at this time." The rabbi asked where this was in the Bible. We pointed to Malachi 3:3-4 where it says, "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years." (NIV)

The rabbi asked how this applies to him today because there is not a Temple. We explained that the Lord tells us to return and bring offerings of righteousness and the only way to do this is through the Messiah; the final, perfect, and complete offering.

The rabbi then introduced himself as Rabbi Steig and asked us if he knew who he was. We replied, in a loving way, that we are sure the rabbi has a respectable job and a lot of people look up to him. The truth is we are all small people but serve a big God. If we don't turn to him and understand the importance of these holidays and what they truly mean, then instead of receiving the blessings of God we will receive the wrath of God. We continued and said there is only one Priest that can bless us. His is the Son of God, Yeshua Ha Mashiach. We are all priests when we accept Him as Savior!

The rabbi gnashed his teeth at us and left. PLEASE PRAY FOR HIS SALVATION!

Again, the Holy Spirit told us to move and directed us to walk right into the main Sukka. We heard the Spirit say to us, "Tabernacle with me. Don't be afraid. Tell the people in here how much I love them. Tell them I am crying for them and calling them." See Photo.
 

Sukka (booth)

We walked up to a man named David and explained to him that the Sukka is a sign that God wants a relationship with us. He said it is a special time of repentance. At this point, at least 100 people were listening to the conversation in silence. The Holy Spirit told us to leave and as he did he could hear the crowd discussing what we had said. We sensed the same Shekinah Glory that led the people out of Egypt was present and working in the Sukka to draw people to Himself. Praise God! 

Breaking News: Gilad Shalit to be Released!

IDF Soldier Gilad Shalit

Gilad Shalit

We are overjoyed to report a deal has been brokered for the release of Gilad Shalit. Sergeant Shalit, an Israeli soldier, has been a prisoner of Hamas since 2006 when he was seized in a raid and taken back to the Gaza Strip.

Since that time, Israel has been desperately attempting to rescue Gilad through various deals. Finally, a deal was struck and Gilad should be home within days. Unfortunately, Israel had to release 1000 Palestinian prisoners in return, but this is a shining example of how much the nation of Israel cares for even just one its own.
Tonight is the beginning of the Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles) in Israel. In Leviticus 23 the Lord encourages Israel to rejoice and celebrate during this time. For those of you outside of Israel, please rejoice with us for the Feast and celebrate because an Israeli will be released from the bondage of Hamas.

Let us also be thankful and rejoice when just one Israeli has been released from the spiritual prison of the enemy by the love and power of Yeshua Ha Mashiach. In Luke 15:4-7 He gives us a parable about a lost sheep:

"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' "I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."

Gilad is not officially home yet so please pray that the deal would not be derailed for any reason and, above all, please pray for his and his family's salvation.

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