We just completed 3 special days–2 days of Rosh HaShanah and Shabbat. We enjoyed some quiet time with our family and then last night we had a time of learning at our study center.
This is always a very busy time for us. We have as many of our regular studies as we can–those which don’t fall on a yom tov. (A Yom Tov is a festival day which is treated like a Shabbat, with a few exceptions.) We also have many friends and supporters come to Israel for the Feasts.
This year is no exception. We look forward to visiting with them and sharing about LoveIsrael and what is going on with the work here.
Our time in Romania was very beneficial and necessary in order to help us learn how to better reach Romanians and to understand some of the thoughts and beliefs of the past and how they impact the country today.
Recently there was a poll taken in the U.S. to discover the level of anti-Semitism. Ten percent of the population admitted to anti-Semitic beliefs. Pollsters and psychologists will tell you that for every person who admits to a view which is not socially-acceptable, there is a significant percentage who hold this view but do not feel comfortable to admit it in the poll.
This should disturb us! However, this is also confirmation of prophecy. Scripture is clear that the last days will be the worst time of anti-Semitism ever! G-d will use this to bring more and more Jewish people to Israel. But I must caution you, just because HaShem will use this evilness does NOT mean that He is behind it. Last night, at our Study Center, we learned that although G-d used Assyria and Babylon to punish His people, this does not mean that G-d was pleased with these two empires. Neither Assyria nor Babylon acted with a desire to serve G-d. Rather, these empires acted out of a sinful desire. G-d used them, but G-d did not see anything praiseworthy in their acts.
Those who are anti-Semitic and anti-Israel are going to find His harsh judgment upon them. May we look at what is taking place in the world and what is about to take place with the discernment of the Holy Spirit.