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  1. 1. From the president Shalom! Dear JVMI Partner and Friend, With all that is going on around the world today, people are desperate to understand what is going on in the Middle East in the light of biblical prophecy. We need to make sense of it all. People who have never before asked questions about the times in which we live are reading everything they can that is relative to the 2012 Mayan prophecies and what the Bible actually says about the Last Days Where in the World is and Israel. They’re asking, “Where is Israel in regard to these tumultuous times?” “What happens if the U.S. stops supporting Israel?” “Are we living in the Tribulation?” “Will the world end in 2012?” Jonathan In response to some of these inquiries, we have dedicated this issue of our magazine to deal with the subject of Israel at the dawn of a new decade. Bernis? Unquestionably, Israel is the focal point of all the controversy. One of the greatest threats Israel is now facing is Iran’s threat to wipe the country off the map with nuclear weapons. And there is the menace of continuing negativity against Israel around the world. The U.S. faces a great deal of pressure to back away from Israel and support the Palestinians or risk losing their support in the ongoing coalition against international terrorism. Ethiopia Medical Outreach Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Many, if not most, of these nations are terrorist nations themselves that have a horrifying record of human rights abuse and persecution of their Jewish and Christian populations. They want to see a April 23 - May 2 world without Israel and the United States on the globe. The Bible is crystal clear that God has given the Land of Israel to the Children of Israel, and we must stand behind them, for they are “the apple of His eye.” We must stand with Israel, and as Believers, Please remember we must make our voices heard on this issue. to pray for Jonathan Our citizenship is not of this world, but of the world to come. Now is the time to return to the Lord, as he travels to get our lives in order, to draw closer to Yeshua (Jesus), and to educate ourselves about the Land around the world. of the Bible—Israel—and the pivotal role she plays in all of our lives. Our priority must be that His Kingdom come, His will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. In this issue, in addition to my own article on the State of Israel’s current situation, we’ll hear from our friends, Bill Koenig, author and president of Koenig’s International News (, a daily news service with readers in 50 states and 79 countries; and our own Rabbi/Pastor Jack Zimmerman, an integral figure in our JVMI Speakers Bureau and frequent panelist on our monthly JVMI webcasts. Jack is a treasure trove of knowledge on the subject of Israel, the Middle East, and the signs of the times. This month we also have the distinct pleasure of announcing that our television program, Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis, is now airing on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) at 5:00 a.m. Pacific time and 8:00 a.m. Eastern time every Tuesday. Be sure to tune in and please let TBN know that you are blessed to see our program on their network. I thank you for your partnership in the Gospel. Your prayer and financial support is vital and enables us to reach out to the Jewish People and to the Nations with God’s love. My pledge to you remains: We will go through every door that the Lord opens to us to bring His light into the darkness of this troubled world. Shalom in Yeshua, Jonathan Bernis President & CEO Jewish Voice Ministries International 2 | Jewish Voice Today March/april 2010
  2. 2. contents Proclaiming Messiah to the World Jewish Voice Today 5 2 s h a lo m ! Volume 44 | number 2 march/april 2010 From the president adar/nisan/iyar 5770 By Jonathan Bernis 4 about this issue publisher By Sarah Weiner Jonathan bernis senior manaGinG 5 up Front editor israel 8 sarah Weiner By Jonathan Bernis senior Writer 8 G u e s t au t h o r mary ellen breitwiser Could benjamin netanyahu be the israeli senior GraphiC desiGners prime minister Who signs the daniel 9:27 Jennifer Carrell Covenant? lavinia matesan By Bill Koenig usa 10 G u e s t au t h o r p.O. Box 81439 the historical significance of israel 10 phoenix, aZ 85069-1439 USa By Jack Zimmerman 602-97l-850l 14 s p e C i a l i n t e r e s t Jewish Voice ministries Canada passover By Jonathan Bernis p.O. Box 476 Maple ridge, Bc V2X 3p2 0ll-602-97l-850l 20 J V t i n t e l l i G e n C e r e p o r t news from israel and around the World Jewish Voice ministries uK p.O. Box 628 22 h e b r e W l e s s o n 14 Borehamwood, UK WD6 9aT 00-l-602-97l-850l israel ain’t Just a land near egypt By Kevin Geoffrey address ChanGes & other CorrespondenCe: 23 s t e Wa r d s h i p Co r n e r p.O. Box 31998 the treasure principle phoenix, aZ 85046-1998 By Bill Mustard JeWish VoiCe ministries 24 propheCy & truth behind the international neWs 24 board oF direCtors how about the ‘israelification’ of all airports? rabbi Jonathan Bernis By Jan Markell Dr. larry Bates Elliot Klayman, Esq. Mrs. Madelaine lindvall 26 h e a d q ua r t e r s r e p o r t Mr. James Mueller By andy Freeman, program Director Mr. roger West Dr. Michael Maiden 27 resourCes Dorothy (Dotti) Naomi Solomon March/april 2010 Jewish Voice Today | 3
  3. 3. Beautiful I about this issue srael. For those who embrace the Bible as the Word of God, this ancient Land is Full-color beloved, transcendent, holy…a precious Photograph trust of the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For many others, it’s a Land of Book contention and strife, considered disputed (at best) or occupied territory. With a total landmass smaller than the state of New Jersey and ranking approxi- mately 150 in size comparison in the world, one should wonder why the miniscule State of Israel garners such an inordinate amount of world attention. Israel is often front-page news and the focal point of major news and media broadcasts, as well as the target of polarizing debates from town hall to world forums. Israel is indeed a Land of contradictions. The only nation on earth where legitimate spoils of war—of defensive war—have been returned to the aggressor and what remains is referred to as occupied territory; Israel continues to be castigated by much of the world for merely existing among her enemies as a tiny bastion of progressive democracy Comfort, in the massive Arab Middle East. Yet she steadily provides the world with a vastly inordinate measure of medical and scientific advances in research and development, and is a first- O Comfort responder when there is a major disaster anywhere in the world, such as the devastating January 2010 Haiti earthquake—when Israel sent massive resourc- es, even providing the only operating room in Port-au-Prince in the initial days. My People According to Genesis 15:18, God gave the land of Canaan to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their descendants—from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates—as their promised, covenant Land. He also warned them not to divide it, nor allow the worship of foreign gods to defile it (Joel 3:2; Zechariah 12-14; Numbers 33:52-56). Israel was temporarily scattered to the four corners of the earth for her disobedience and suffered horrific curses described in Deuteronomy 28 for nearly two thousand years. God promises, however, in Leviticus 26:44 that He will not break covenant with Israel, nor utterly destroy her—by His Name. The Photos from the miracle of 1948 saw the beginning of restoration with the remarkable rebirth of the State of Israel—not due to the Jewish People earning any special favor JVMI 2009 Gondar, through repentance, but that God’s Name would be sanctified through keeping Ethiopia Outreach His Word. “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the the black Jews of ethiopia’s highlands sake of my holy name…’” (Ezekiel 36:22 NIV). recited this prayer for generations: “dear From that moment, until this day, the tiny State of Israel has suffered lord, we have been separated from our repeated attacks—without provocation. The Arab nations seeking her destruc- people and our land for too long. please tion have been open, vocal, and consistent with their proclamations of hatred take us home to israel!” those left behind and planned destruction for Israel. “We will drive the Jews into the sea…” was following the 1980s airlifts suffer from the declaration in 1948 when Arab nations attacked the fledgling State on desperately extreme poverty. let your heart every border, creating an Arab refugee tragedy that exists to this day. (See arti- be stirred with God’s own cry to “Comfort, cle by Rabbi Jack Zimmerman, The Historical Significance of Israel.) o comfort my people” as you meet the beta A powerful deception grips the minds and hearts of those who align israel of Gondar within these pages. this 80- themselves against Israel. Adonai says: “...whoever touches you [Israel] touches page, soft-cover book measures 8.5” x 11”— the apple of his eye” (Zechariah 2:8 NIV). From the fallacious concept of the suitable for coffee table display. see what very name and people group, “Palestinian,” to vilifying the Israelis—the vic- your support has done among the poorest tims of continual violence—as the aggressors, a perverse and dangerous lie has of the poor Jewish people of ethiopia. been plied, setting Israel in the cross hairs of government, church, university, Order #8660 | $40.00 and nations. With this issue, we hope to arm you with truth and understanding that will help you stand firm for Israel, firm for Adonai and His Word. —Sarah 4 | Jewish Voice Today March/april 2010
  4. 4. ISrAeL up Front By Jonathan Bernis The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” —God, Genesis 12:1-3 T he day-to-day and often, moment- He knows the future, and the Scriptures God Loves both jew and arab to-moment situation in Israel is a teach us that He turns the hearts of kings God loves Jewish People and Arabs equal- complex problem for those of us in (Proverbs 21:1). Although the United ly. For those of us who support Israel, we Jewish ministry. To call the atmosphere States has historically stood with Israel, a must remember that God is not “against” tense is a massive understatement. shift has taken place aloft the winds of the Arabs, nor does He hate them. The Rumors of war haunt the shadows of change in America, making clear some- Lord loves all of His creation and wants nearly every conversation. Whispers of a thing that has been true for longer than none to perish. Yeshua (Jesus) died for all major call-up of reserve forces for addi- we care to believe: Israel’s destiny rests in people, Jew and Arab alike, and desires all tional training and preparation were her own hands. to find everlasting life. We must pray faith- becoming commonplace when I was The Bible is the Jewish People’s fully for the Lord to touch, heal, and reveal there just a few months ago. Threats of Himself to Israelis, Palestinians, Muslims, renewed terrorist attacks haunt the Land deed to Israel. and even Islamic terrorists. We need to dreams of every parent. There is little peace today in Jerusa- intercede for every man, woman, boy, and Many within the Israeli intelligence lem and Israel. Jewish Voice and other girl on the earth to be saved. This is the community believe that Iran is just Messianic and humanitarian groups only way true peace and understanding can months, and possibly even weeks away inside Israel are gathering support and ever be found. from finishing their first nuclear weapon. formulating contingency plans for what Fear of the Iranian madman Mahmoud may be coming. If the worst does happen, God Gave the Land to israeL Ahmadinejad with a nuclear weapon is we must be prepared to help in whatever God gave the Land to the descendants of almost palpable. For beloved Israel, Iran way is needed. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Regardless of and its president pose a very dangerous How are we to comprehend all that is what the United Nations decides or threat to the survival of Jewish People— happening there when we are constantly decided over half a century ago, hundreds possibly the greatest threat since the barraged with biased reports coming of Scriptures in the Bible are clear that the Holocaust. from most major media outlets? There Land was given to the Children of Israel by The Middle East is at a crossroads, are no easy answers, but we can consider but God is not surprised by these events. some biblical perspectives: Co n t i n u e d o n pa G e 6 March/april 2010 Jewish Voice Today | 5
  5. 5. Co n t i n u e d F r o m pa G e 5 God as an everlasting inheritance. Hundreds of Scriptures beginning with For beloved Israel, Iran and its president pose a very Genesis chapters 12 and 15 make this truth crystal clear. Regardless of what any dangerous threat to the survival of Jewish People— government decides, this is the bottom line—the Bible is the Jewish People’s Land possibly the greatest threat since the Holocaust. deed to Israel. God said it and that settles it. As Christians, we must believe, accept, Islamic world.” To supporters of Israel he as one mourns for an only child, and grieve and set ourselves in agreement with what warns, “Anybody who recognizes Israel will bitterly for him as one grieves for a first- the Scriptures teach. God, in His sovereign- burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s born son. On that day the weeping in Jeru- ty, gave this Land to the Jewish People, and fury.” salem will be great, like the weeping of who are we to question His decision? While The fact that Iran has enriched nuclear Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo” this does not mean that we should con- material and missiles capable of delivering (Zechariah 12:10-11). done all that Israel does, we must under- nuclear warheads to any destination in Jerusalem will be filled with descen- stand that this is an unconditional promise Israel only serves to heighten the serious- dants of David when Yeshua returns—an in God’s Word and support this divine ness of the threat. impossibility before Israel was re-estab- decision. The psalmist said, “He who lished in 1948 and highly implausible watches over Israel will neither slumber Although the United States has before Jerusalem was recaptured by Israeli nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4). historically stood with Israel, a forces in 1967. There will be no peace until the Prince in iran’s cross hairs shift has taken place aloft the of Peace establishes true peace. Most Chris- Currently, Israel’s greatest threat is Iran, a winds of change in America, tians are familiar with the exhortation to country of nearly 70 million people, of “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm whom seven in ten are under the age of making clear something that has 122:6). How do we pray? How can there thirty. Statistics released from the CIA and been true for longer than we care ever be peace? The Bible says many will say the U.N. say that one in five Iranians lives “peace, peace,” and there will be no peace. below poverty level, and five million sur- to believe: Israel’s destiny rests in The word peace in Hebrew is shalom and lit- vive on less than two dollars a day. Around her own hands. erally means “to bring to completion.” seven percent of the population can be God has a plan for this Land and this Peo- classified as radicals, who are bound Clearly, Israel’s future hangs in the bal- ple. It will come to pass in spite of the together by a common cause. ance. Yet, she will survive. God has pre- threats that are directed toward her. Ulti- Despite our government’s agenda to served the Jewish People not only because mately, this plan includes the return of try and convince us to the contrary, funda- of His love for them, but because Israel Yeshua (Jesus) to the Mount of Olives in mental Islam is committed to world domi- plays a vital role in the return of His Son. Jerusalem. nation. Anyone who is not a Muslim is an Dozens of Bible passages testify to the It has been said that Israel is God’s infidel. They are committed to Jihad, Holy important role of the Jewish People in the timepiece. If that is true, the hour must be War. For nearly a decade now, one of their last days of planet earth. Yeshua himself growing late. Are we fast approaching the immediate goals is the destruction of Israel. said: time of completion, when all Israel will be We don’t need to speculate about this. It “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill saved? “For I do not desire, brethren, that was announced by Iran’s supreme leader, the prophets and stone those sent to you, you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest Ayatollah Ali Khomeini, “It is the mission how often I have longed to gather your you should be wise in your own opinion, of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Isra- children together, as a hen gathers her that blindness in part has happened to Isra- el from the map of the region.” chicks under her wings, but you were not el until the fullness of the Gentiles has Iran’s President Ahmadinejad has stat- willing. Look, your house is left to you des- come in. And so all Israel will be saved” ed very publicly, “We don’t shy away from olate. For I tell you, you will not see me (Romans 11:25-26 NKJV). declaring that Islam is ready to rule the again until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord’” (Matthew world…. We must believe in the fact that Islam is not confined to geographical bor- 23:37-39). We must pray for God’s plan to be ders, ethnic groups, and nations. It’s a uni- Clearly, Messiah was speaking to Jew- fulfilled in this troubled Land, for ish People who lived in the city of Jerusa- versal ideology that leads the world to jus- tice…. We must prepare ourselves to rule lem. Today, most continue to reject and the Messiah to be revealed in the the world.” deny Him. Tomorrow, they will see Him hearts of Jews and “Palestinians” coming in power and glory as affirmed by On Israel, his stand is unwavering: He has promised the world a Middle East with- the Prophet Zechariah: “And I will pour out alike, and for His plan to be brought out Israel. In his 2005 “World Without on the house of David and the inhabitants to completion, culminating in the of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplica- Zionism” speech, with reference to Israel, he spoke of Iran’s mandate to “eliminate tion. They will look on me, the one they Lord’s return to the earth. Only then this disgraceful stain [Israel] from the have pierced, and they will mourn for him will true peace be realized. 6 | Jewish Voice Today March/april 2010
  6. 6. Sweden Norway Finland Estonia Latvia Denmark Lithuania Neth. Poland Belarus Germany Bel. Lux. Czech Rep. Slovakia Ukraine Austria Mold. Kazakhstan Switz. Hungary Slovenia Romania Italy Croatia France Bos. & Serb. Herz. Mont. Bulgaria in Albania Mace. Georgia Kyrgyzstan Armenia Azerb. Uzbekistan Greece Turkmenistan Tajikistan Turkey C h i n a Malta Cyprus Syria Lebanon Tunisia Israel Iran Afghanistan Iraq Jordan Algeria Kuwait Nepal Bhutan Libya Pakistan Egypt Qatar Bangladesh U.A.E. Saudi Arabia Burma India Lao Oman Mali Niger Chad Eritrea Yemen Thailan Sudan ina Faso Dijbouti Benin Nigeria Togo Ethiopia Suppose Iran one day gives hana Cameroon Central African Republic Somalia Sri Lanka Equatorial Guinea Uganda Kenya ome & Principe Congo Equator Gabon Rwanda Dem. Rep. of Congo nuclear devices to terrorists. Burundi Tanzania Could anyone within range Angola Malawi Zambia Namibia Zimbabwe Mauritius of Iran’s missiles Mozambique Botswana Tropic of Capricorn (adapted from the New York times) Madagascar feel safe? Swaziland Lesotho South Africa
  7. 7. G u e s t au t h o r Could Benjamin No Israeli politician is Netanyahu better known. No Israeli leader is a Be the Israeli stronger defender of Prime Minister his nation’s threats. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be the leader Who signs who agrees to the final biblical peace deal spoken of in Daniel 9:27—“He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offer- ing. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination the Daniel 9:27 that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” No Israeli politician is better known. No Israeli leader is a Covenant? stronger defender of his nation’s threats. In his policy speech at the Begin-Sadat Center at Bar-Ilan Uni- versity on June 14, 2009, Netanyahu was superb, clever, reason- able and strategic. He attempted a very delicate political balancing act—which, for the most part, seemed to succeed. He calmed the By Bill Koenig Kadima Party and the Labor Party with his statement that he favors a Palestinian state, but he offered very challenging contingencies that must first be satisfied. He satisfied Israel’s right-wing political parties on the state- ment of a unified (not divided) Jerusalem. Members of the Likud Party who don’t want to see any of Israel’s biblical land given to the Palestinians were disgruntled about the talk of a Palestinian state, but they appeared satisfied that Netanyahu’s requirements for the Palestinians are all but impossible for them to meet. He also enjoined Israel’s concerns and the moderate Arabs’ concerns about a nuclear Iran. This was a good strategy. He said: • If we receive this guarantee regarding demilitarization and Israel’s security needs, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, then we will be ready in a future peace agreement to reach a solution where a demilitarized Pales- tinian state exists alongside the Jewish state. • If the Palestinians turn toward peace—in fighting terror, in strengthening governance and the rule of law, in educating their (photo CourtesY: children for peace and in stopping incitement against Israel—we will do our part in making every effort to facilitate freedom of movement and access and to enable them to develop their econo- my. • Above all else, the Palestinians must decide between the path of peace and the path of Hamas. The Palestinian Authority will have to establish the rule of law in Gaza and overcome Hamas. Israel will not sit at the negotiating table with terrorists who seek 8 | Jewish Voice Today March/april 2010
  8. 8. its destruction. has to get Israel to comply with Arab and 12-14). Netanyahu addressed 140 Israeli international demands. He answered: We realize that Israel will eventually ambassadors and heads of delegations that “Under American law, the United States can agree to a final seven-year peace plan and were in Jerusalem on Dec. 28, 2009, for the withhold support on loan guarantees to that the false messiah will sponsor a peace first-ever series of high-level briefings. He Israel.” plan that will be confirmed by the nations once again emphasized his conditions to a Israel’s Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz (Daniel 9:27). peace deal: quickly reacted, saying, “Israel had no The false messiah will come forward at • Palestinian acceptance of Israel as intention of making use of the U.S. loan the midway point to stop sacrifices on the a Jewish state. guarantees in the near future, as it had man- Temple Mount in Jerusalem (Daniel 9:26- • Demilitarization of any future Pal- aged to raise enough funds on its own.” 27, Daniel 11:31, and Matthew 24:15). The estinian state. Mitchell’s remarks came shortly after Great Tribulation will begin at that point Netanyahu said, “Recognizing Israel as Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael and last for 42 months (Revelation 11:2, a Jewish state is necessary for any agree- Oren rejected Washington’s attempt to Revelation 12:6, Daniel 7:25, Revelation ment with the Palestinians that would lead place a firm two-year deadline on the peace 12:14). to an end to the conflict. We want an end to process. During the final 42 months, the Jews the conflict,” he said. “That means the Pal- “In the past, attempts to impose time will mourn for the one they pierced (Zecha- estinians must stop attempts to use a Pales- frameworks have not proved either realiz- riah 12:10). They will not see the Messiah tinian state as a jumping-off point for fur- able or helpful,” Oren told The Jerusalem until they say, “Blessed is he who comes in ther claims against Israel. No claim to flood Post. Previous deadlines have only increased the name of the Lord!” (Matthew 23: 39) Israel with refugees, which would mean the the Palestinians’ refusal to meet their peace God will make Jerusalem a burden- end of the Jewish state; and no irredentist obligations, confident that Israel would be some stone (Zechariah 12:3), and He will claims to the Negev, Galilee or Israeli citi- forced to comply regardless in order to destroy all the nations that come against zens, which would mean the dissolution of meet the timetable. Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:9). At the end of the Jewish state.” Senator John McCain (Republican-Ari- the 42 months, there will be final battle for Ha’aretz reported: Netanyahu said the zona) told a Jerusalem press conference on the city of Jerusalem—the battle of Arma- situation in Lebanon, and the rearming of Sunday, Jan. 10, that he expects President geddon (Zechariah 12-14). Hezbollah despite Security Council Resolu- Barack Obama to explicitly announce that We must continue to pray for the peace tion 1701 prohibiting just that, proved that his Administration is not planning to alter of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6)—a peace that agreements on paper were ineffective. America’s policy regarding financial aid to will only occur when Yeshua returns to Israel. Jerusalem to begin His 1,000-year millen- Netanyahu said, “recognizing Senator Joe Lieberman (Independent nial reign. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Rev. 22:20) Israel as a Jewish state is Democrat-Connecticut) stated at the same press conference that even if Obama tried necessary for any agreement with to use U.S. financial aid as leverage, Con- eye to eye the Palestinians that would lead gress would never approve such a measure. It is 271 miles long and 81 miles wide at its to an end to the conflict. We want The Bible’s road map—the ultimate widest point. It makes up less than one percent of the land of the Middle East. “It” is an end to the conflict.” plan Israel, and many world leaders believe this God gave the land of Canaan to Abra- nation is the key to peace. In this book, Bill “I am doubtful that anyone can do this ham, Isaac and Jacob and their descendants Koenig provides conclusive evidence that except a real Israeli presence, Israeli forces,” when He said, “On that day the Lord made the U.S. and the world are on a collision he said, intimating that in any future agree- a covenant with Abram and said, ‘To your course with God over Israel’s covenant land. ment with the Palestinians, Israeli forces— descendants I give this land, from the river Order #8635 | $15.00 +3.95 S&H not international ones—would have to be of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— on the eastern border of a future Palestinian the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kad- Bill Koenig is the president of Koenig’s International state to prevent it from importing arms and monites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, News ( The daily news service has staging attacks against Israel. Amorites, Canaanites, Gergashites and readers in 50 states and 79 countries. Bill co-authored Jebusites” (Genesis 15:18). Israel: The Blessing or the Curse in 2001 and Eye to Eye: Obama Admin threatens to withhold The Promised Land is not to be divid- Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel in 2007. he is a aid to Israel ed; and the Bible said, “I will gather all graduate of arizona State University with a B.S. in communications. Bill and his wife, claudia, reside in the American President Barack Obama’s nations and bring them down to the Valley Washington, D.c. area where he is a White house Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, threat- of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judg- correspondent. he writes a weekly ened in the first week of January to with- ment against them concerning my inheri- 12-page news report called hold financial aid to Israel if they did not tance, my people Israel, for they scattered “Koenig’s Eye View from the White accept demanded concessions to get the my people among the nations and divided house” that focuses on world news that is biblically relevant and White stalled peace process back on track. up my land” (Joel 3:2). And that there will house news from a christian In an interview with Charlie Rose, be consequences to those who attempt to perspective. Bill plans to release a Mitchell was asked what leverage the U.S. divide the land of Israel (see Zechariah new book in 2010. March/april 2010 Jewish Voice Today | 9
  9. 9. G u e s t au t h o r The Historical Significance By JacK Zimmerman of Israel C Scores of otherwise rationally an you be fooled? How easy would Israel remains: “If Israel would stop it be for someone to “pull the wool occupying the West Bank and Gaza, over your eyes?” In April 1998, thinking people have been led to Palestinians wouldn’t have to deploy thousands of people were taken in by a believe that in the tumultuous rockets and suicide bombers to defend promotional campaign devised by fast- themselves from Israeli aggression.” food giant, Burger King. In a full page USA region of the Middle east, Israel is “Israeli aggression” has nothing to do Today advertisement, the restaurant occupying Palestinian Land and with Arab terrorism. On Sunday morning, announced an addition to their menu—the February 22, 1948, in anticipation of Isra- “Left-Handed Whopper.” According to the inflicting the same aggression, el’s independence, a triple truck bomb was ad, the new Whopper had the same fear and hurt against Palestinians detonated by Arab terrorists on Jerusalem’s ingredients as the regular whopper, except Ben Yehuda Street. Fifty-four people were that the lettuce, hamburger, etc., had all that the Nazis inflicted against killed and hundreds wounded. This event been rotated 180 degrees to benefit the 32 Jews in the Holocaust. took place 19 years before Israel even had a million left-handed Americans who wanted presence in the West Bank or Gaza. to eat Whoppers just like everyone else. people have been led to believe that in the Arab terrorism is caused not by the The following day, thousands of left- tumultuous region of the Middle East, Isra- “desperation” of “occupation,” but by the handed folks came in to Burger King to el is occupying Palestinian land and inflict- very thought of a Jewish State. request the new Whopper. There were also ing the same aggression, fear, and hurt For years, western leaders have held thousands of right-handed folks in line against Palestinians that the Nazis inflicted summits, peace conferences, and made right behind them—requesting the original against Jews in the Holocaust. These people diplomatic visits in an effort to bring about “right-handed” Whopper, and insisting it insist the claims against Israel are true, but peace between Arabs and Jews in the not be discontinued. We did mention this they never bother to check the validity of Middle East. Many have tried; all have happened in April 1998? That would be those claims. Do they actually line up with failed. They have used what they thought April Fool’s Day, 1998. The whole thing the facts? Not so much. Popular claims were common sense approaches. was a hoax, yet by the thousands, people made against Israel in the name of Palestin- Yet, as recently as one year ago, some were taken in—never giving it a second ian Independence could fill a small library, of the bloodiest conflicts in the region have thought. but what about the history-based facts, taken place. In response to unrelenting Which just goes to show you that actual photographs, authentic documents rocket attacks from the Gaza strip, Israel scores of otherwise rationally thinking and other indisputable evidence that favors unleashed massive air attacks against people can be led to believe almost Israel? I’ll borrow the phrase of a popular militant Hamas forces. More than 1,200 anything, if it’s presented convincingly news network that claims, “We Report— Palestinians died. Currently there is a enough. You Decide.” ceasefire, but in the Middle East, everyone Scores of otherwise rationally thinking The number-one popular claim against knows that a ceasefire is tenuous at best—a 10 | Jewish Voice Today March/april 2010
  10. 10. time for Arab forces to regroup and rearm. the return of Jesus will bring peace to the Roman emperor Hadrian changed the Hamas will continue to attack Israel region and to the world. name of the city of Jerusalem to Aelia and no one will say a word, yet the moment And then, of course, there is the side of Capitolina, and he changed the name of Israel responds, it will be the target of those who favor the Palestinian cause. They Israel to Syria-Palestina. Palestina was the worldwide condemnation. And just as has claim: “It is shocking how the Israelis Roman word for “Philistine.” And knowing been done throughout every ceasefire, continue their propaganda of being under that the Philistines were Israel’s fiercest Hamas and other terrorist groups will use constant rocket fire.” “What about the sea, enemy from history until then, Hadrian this time to acquire even greater numbers air, and land attacks? And the occupation wanted to degrade the Jews by naming their of rockets so they can attack Israel even over the last 60 years?” “Israel is occupying country after their worst rivals. harder the next time. This is no secret. Palestinian land.” Ask anyone, if someone Hamas leaders themselves have publicly invades your land, won’t you fight back any Now, today’s Palestinians are said this is their agenda during a ceasefire. way you can? also what are known as Muslims. “Israel is a terrorist country.” “Hamas The Arabs asked for land—for the is the oppressed party fighting for their Muslims follow the religion of Jews to leave—they were given rights and land. Israel is a bully operating Islam. It is one of the fastest on the blind Jewish, ‘We are the Chosen 100 percent of what they asked People’ ideology. They are no different growing religions today. In fact, for in that region—so why are from the Nazis. Our U.S. tax dollars are one out of every five people on supporting this terror. Write your they attacking the Jews on their representatives and demand that they cut this planet follows the religion borders in Israel-proper? funding to Israel.” of Islam. You can see how passionate the How do the conflicts start? Why do arguments are on both sides. Both sides say One of the claims made to the land they continue? Who’s really to blame? the land belongs to them. Obviously one today by Palestinians is that they are the In 2005, Israel pulled out of Gaza. That of the two sides is wrong. Is there a way to descendants of the original Philistines; means, all Jewish citizens left entire towns, find out who is right? Of course there is. Of therefore, they were in the land first— beautiful homes, and businesses to give the two things we can be certain, history and before the Jews. “It’s our land, you Jewish Arabs a completely Jew-free Gaza. (The the Bible, the Word of God. Neither of People,” was their mantra, “and you can’t Nazis called it judenrein—”free of all Jews”.) them lie. But if you don’t know your history, have it back. We want it for ourselves!” The Jews became refugees in Israel. Since it’s easy to believe the lie. Now that might be looked at as a fairly that time, Hamas has launched more than convincing argument, except for several 6,000 rockets at Israel. Why? The Arabs There has never been a sovereign major flaws, including this one in Amos 1:8 asked for land—for the Jews to leave—they were given 100 percent of what they asked land called Palestine. Jerusalem that says God Himself would cause the Philistines to become extinct. When God for in that region—so why are they has never been their capital. makes a promise, He keeps it. God made attacking the Jews on their borders in Israel- proper? There has never been a Palestin- the promise, and God kept the promise. Because 600 years before the religion of Did you see this reported on your ian language. There has been no Islam came to be, the Philistines were gone evening news? It seems the media only comes on the scene when Israel fires back Palestinian culture, nor has there for good. The point is, if you say that you descend to defend itself—painting Israel as the ever been a Palestinian people. from a particular people group and that aggressor. What would the U.S. do if Mexico group was long ago made extinct, it’s kind declared we had no right to exist and started Let me make the truth easy for you to of tough to have descendants from an shooting rockets into our country? We uncover. First let’s look at the word extinct group of people. It simply is not would likely take strong military action Palestinian itself. What is the origin of that there. But if the Palestinians didn’t come against Mexico until the attacks stopped. word? One of the popular and often-told from the Philistines, where did they come We would not wait for four years. That’s stories in Jewish history is where the Roman from? exactly what Israel is forced to do and yet Emperor Titus and his army came into The facts are these—there has never they get criticized for trying to protect Jerusalem and destroyed the Second been a sovereign land called Palestine. themselves. We wouldn’t allow anyone to Temple. About three years later, the Roman Jerusalem has never been their capital. shoot at us. Why should they? army came up Mount Masada where there There has never been a Palestinian Indeed, the reason that there’s no was a Jewish community that was trying to language. There has been no Palestinian peace in the Middle East is because every avoid the Romans. culture, nor has there ever been a Palestinian time things are peaceful, Hamas starts Rather than being killed by the people. But don’t believe me as a Jew attacking and initiating violence. Israel has Romans, they all took their own lives. Many because I say it. I’m only quoting the never been the one to start aggression. of us know about Masada. But there is a Palestinian leaders who say it themselves. Here’s the definition of a ceasefire: Israel later story that many of us do not know Something that surprises many ceases, and the Arabs continue to fire. Only and it happened in the year 132. Then involves a Dutch newspaper called Trouw March/april 2010 Jewish Voice Today | 11
  11. 11. Co n t i n u e d F r o m pa G e 11 that published an interview in 1977 with Palestine Liberation Organization leader Both sides say the land belongs Zuheir Mohsen (1936-1979). His to them. Obviously one of the comments were as follows. “The Palestinian people do not exist. The creation of a two sides is wrong. Is there a Palestinian state is only a means of continuing our struggle against the state of way to find out who is right? Of Israel for our Arab unity. course there is. Of two things “In reality there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians we can be certain, history and and Lebanese. It is only for political and tactical reasons that we speak today about the Bible, the Word of God. the existence of a Palestinian people. Since Neither of them lie. But if you Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian don’t know your history, it’s people’ to oppose Zionism.” (See http:// easy to believe the lie. Trouw Interview.) This is shocking! The Palestinians him. And then Allah said to the Israelites, up at that time. themselves admit that the whole idea of a ‘Dwell you Israelites in the land of Israel While many Jews did flee the city of Palestinian people is a lie! and when the promise of the hereafter Jerusalem for their lives, they didn’t leave Now, today’s Palestinians are also what comes to be fulfilled, Allah shall assemble Israel. They simply migrated to another are known as Muslims. Muslims follow the the Israelites all together in the land of Isra- city in Israel where they could live in safety. religion of Islam. It is one of the fastest el.’” That town was called Yavneh, the place growing religions today. In fact, one out of It’s in their holy book! Why aren’t they where rabbinic commentaries come from, every five people on this planet follows the following it? Well, those comments were writings of the Rabbis, even the Talmud, religion of Islam. Their prophet is Moham- made by their prophet Mohammed when and the fact that we have those great works med. Their holy book is known as the he was receiving revelations in a cave today proves that the Jewish People never Koran, which they fully believe is the during the time he was living in the city of left. inspired word of their god, who they call Mecca. But, when he got kicked out of Allah. In the Koran, it says that the Muslims Mecca and later moved to Medina and Unfortunately, so many people were the original inhabitants of the Land started preaching on the streets that he was that we refer to as Israel. God’s holy prophet and apostle, people never go back to study history. were inclined to go and take a look. Instead they reason that the The Muslim holy book, When people started listening to Arabs must be right or they Mohammed, the Jews said, “Wait a minute! the Koran, says that Israel He’s not quoting Torah. He’s a false wouldn’t be so willing to sacrifice belongs to the Jews. prophet.” The Christians said, “He’s not their sons and daughters. talking about Jesus. He’s a false prophet!” Their Koran says that Allah promised And after the Jews and Christians rejected the Land to them through Abraham and his Mohammed’s message, all of a sudden, Who came to take over Israel next? son, Ishmael. Muslims believe that Allah’s comments in the Koran about the After the Romans were there for a while Abraham and Ishmael were Muslim as well Jews and Christians weren’t so nice and then the Byzantines, the Muslims and so they say that the Land, according to anymore. invaded it. They actually made a deal with their god, is rightfully theirs. In fact, there’s a comment in there that the Jews, saying, “You Jews help us defeat Not only that, Muslims and even many says, “Do not take the Jews or Christians as the Persians, and when we start ruling here, Christians believe that since the Land was friends, for in the hereafter, they will be we’ll let you back into Jerusalem.” As we promised to Abraham’s descendants, both among the losers.” Jewish people say, “Such a deal.” So we did sides have a legitimate claim to it. You don’t need a land dispute to justify it. We helped them out. We came back into Now just a side note here. Before we get your hatred—your god is already doing Jerusalem, and at first, Jewish People were to that claim, did you know that the Mus- that for you. But if you are a Palestinian, treated fairly well. It didn’t last long, lim holy book, the Koran, says that Israel you do need and you will use revisionist because when you don’t believe in the belongs to the Jews? That’s right. Chapters history such as this claim from the Arab Muslim prophet, you are known as a in the Koran are known as surahs. If you go lands. Today’s Arab Muslims say that when dhimmi, an Arab word that refers to “its to surah 17:102-203 from the Koran, it says: Rome invaded Jerusalem, every last Jew left non-Islamic population that live in Islamic- “Pharaoh sought to scare the Israelites out Israel and effectively deserted the Holy conquered lands.” You’re a second-class of the land of Israel but Allah drowned Land. Therefore, any claim that Jewish citizen! Pharaoh together with all who were with People say they have to the Land was given After a while, Jewish People were 12 | Jewish Voice Today March/april 2010
  12. 12. Previous Page: MaP of land biblically mandated to Israel This Page (Clockwise from Left): IshMaeL—told to leave Israel (CourtesY: wikipedia); PaLesTInIan youTh (CourtesY:; deCLaraTIon of The esTabLIshMenT of The sTaTe of IsraeL—May 14, 1948 (CourtesY: wikipedia); hadrIan—roman emperor in 132 changed name of Israel to Palestine (CourtesY: persecuted and forced to wear yellow Here’s your land, Jordan.” The Arabs felt Ishmael. The Bible does promise that badges in the shape of the Star of David so they got short changed and massive Arab Ishmael would also become a great nation, that they could be distinguished from rioting against Jews broke out in Israel. The but that nation would not be Israel. These Muslims. Sound familiar? This is 1,000 Jews were claiming it was their land, and are the words of the very Word of God years before the Holocaust when Hitler the Arabs saw this as a threat to their itself. Of that there is no dispute. would again force Jews to wear such badges. sovereign claim. Think about it, Ishmael was to have his Where do you think he got the idea? own land. If God’s intent was to have Ish- Muslim rule over Israel lasted until If God’s intent was to have mael share the Land, then why did God around 1100 when the Crusades came in kick Ishmael out and tell him he would from the East. Muslims would later regain Ishmael share the Land, then why have to set up shop elsewhere? Clearly the control and again be kicked out by the did God kick Ishmael out and tell Land belongs to those who descended Ottoman Turks that ruled until 1918. Arab from the Twelve Tribes—the Jews. The Lord Muslims lost a lot of their glory long ago him he would have to set up shop spoke to the prophet Jeremiah, saying: when their empire fell. In their effort to elsewhere? regain that glory, they have tried changing “The time is coming,” declares history by throwing in violence and protests It’s good to see what the biblical view the LORD, “when I will make a new to convince the world that they got short- of the Land is. Just as Muslims have their covenant with the house of Israel changed along the way. holy book, we Christians and Jews have and with the house of Judah. It will Unfortunately, so many people never ours, the Bible. Like the Koran, the Bible not be like the covenant I made with go back to study history. Instead they says that Abraham’s descendants would their forefathers when I took them reason that the Arabs must be right or they inherit the Land through Isaac and Jacob— by the hand to lead them out of wouldn’t be so willing to sacrifice their not Ishmael. Egypt, because they broke my sons and daughters. covenant, though I was a husband to Today Palestinians claim that what Abraham fell facedown; he them,” declares the LORD. “This is happened to them next was a travesty, and laughed and said to himself, “Will a the covenant I will make with the it’s another key reason they believe Israel son be born to a man a hundred house of Israel after that time,” belongs to them. The vast empire of Great years old? Will Sarah bear a child at declares the LORD. “I will put my Britain wanted to add Israel to its collection. the age of ninety?” And Abraham law in their minds and write it on In order to do that, Britain needed to defeat said to God, “If only Ishmael might their hearts. I will be their God, and those Ottoman Turks who were ruling live under your blessing!” Then God they will be my people.” Israel, but they couldn’t do it without help said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will —Jeremiah 31:31-33 from the Arabs. They knew the Arabs bear you a son, and you will call him wanted to have their own homeland, so Isaac. I will establish my covenant Clearly the Bible says that though they made a deal. with him as an everlasting covenant Israel broke covenant with God, He did not They promised if the Arabs would help for his descendants after him.” cast them out as His Covenant People. He them defeat the Ottoman Turks, they’d give —Genesis 17:17-19 NIV simply extended a new covenant to them in the Arabs their very own land. So the Arabs order that their blessings would remain helped, believing that “the Land” would be So the Land Covenant made with God intact. God’s covenant promises are eternal. Israel. Wrong! In the end, Britain said, and Abraham would extend from Abraham “Thanks for your help in our victory, Arabs. through Isaac and Jacob, but not through Co n t i n u e d o n pa G e 18 March/april 2010 Jewish Voice Today | 13
  13. 13. Passover By Jonathan Bernis The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household…. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect…. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs… and when I see the blood, I will pass over you….” —exodus 12:1-3; 5-7; 13
  14. 14. speCial interest P assover is a holiday rich with revela- branches in front of Him and celebrated as Passover begins tion and insight into the character He passed, riding on a donkey to show that at sunset on and nature of the God of Israel. It He was coming in humility and peace. clearly illustrates that He not only can save For four days, the Passover lamb was to Monday, March 29 and redeem people, but does. Indeed, it is a be kept in public view so that anyone who momentous event for all mankind. Bibli- wished to examine the animal could do so, er! cally speaking, it is by far the most signifi- ensuring that it was without defect as com- Special Magazine Off cant holiday of the year, for it is the Pass- over that marks the beginning of God’s redemptive plan for mankind. manded. Meanwhile, the Pharisees and Sadducees were trying desperately to find fault with Yeshua, but could not do so. In Passover resources To non-Jews, Passover is probably the fact, Pontius Pilate, who agreed to have the best known of the biblical Feasts. Any Messiah executed, washed his hands in Christian who has even a moderate com- front of the crowd and told them, “I am prehension of the Old Testament will cer- innocent of this man’s blood. It is your tainly understand the connection between responsibility” (Matthew 27:24). Passover and the sacrificial death of the There are many parallels between the Messiah. death of Yeshua and the sacrifice of the Most remember how Moses asked Pha- Passover lamb. For example, the blood raoh to free the Israelites, who had become stains on the Savior’s head, hands and feet slaves in Egypt. When the Egyptian leader matched the blood placed on the door- refused to listen, God sent a number of frame of every Israelite house in Egypt. plagues on the land of Egypt, including an Another is that it was forbidden for any of infestation of frogs, swarms of locusts, the Passover lamb’s bones to be broken Messianic Passover Seder Kit blood, hail, and darkness. The Egyptians (Exodus 12:46) and, similarly, none of Make passover a family tradition! celebrate suffered terribly, but Pharaoh remained Messiah’s bones were broken, although this ancient, yet timeless, biblical tradition adamant in his opposition to let the Israel- Roman soldiers did break the legs of the with Jonathan Bernis and his family. Kit ites leave Egypt. two thieves who were crucified on either includes Messianic passover 2 DVD set, Finally, God gave instructions to Moses side of Him (John 19:31-37). 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  15. 15. Countries eligible to sit Countries not eligible to on the United Nations sit on the United Nations Security Council: Security Council: Afghanistan Gambia Pakistan Albania Georgia Palau Algeria Germany Panama Andorra Ghana Papua New Guinea Angola Greece Paraguay Antigua and Barbuda Grenada Peru Argentina Guatemala Philippines Armenia Guinea Poland Australia Guinea-Bissau Portugal Austria Guyana Qatar Azerbaijan Haiti Republic of Korea Bahamas Honduras Romania Bahrain Hungary Russian Federation Bangladesh Iceland Rwanda Barbados India St. Kitts and Nevis Belarus Indonesia St. Lucia Belgium Iran St. Vincent and the Belize Iraq Grenadines Benin Ireland Samoa Bhutan Italy San Marina Bolivia Jamaica São Tomé and Principe Bosnia and Herzegovina Japan Saudi Arabia Botswana Jordan Senegal Brazil Kazakhstan Seychelles Brunei Darussalam Kenya Sierra Leone Bulgaria Kiribati Singapore Burkina Faso Kuwait Slovakia Burundi Kyrgyzstan Slovenia Cambodia Laos Solomon Islands Cameroon Latvia Somalia Canada Lebanon South Africa Cape Verde Lesotho Spain Israel Central African Republic Liberia Sri Lanka Chad Libya Sudan Chile Liechtenstein Suriname China Lithuania Swaziland Colombia Luxembourg Sweden Comoro Islands Madagascar Syria Congo Malawi Tajikistan Costa Rica Malaysia Tanzania Côte d’Ivoire Maldives Thailand Croatia Mali The Former Yugoslav Cuba Malta Republic of Macedonia Cyprus Marshall Islands Togo Czech Republic Mauritania Tonga Democratic People’s Mauritius Trinidad and Tobago Republic of Korea Mexico Tunisia Democratic Republic Micronesia Turkey of the Congo Moldova Turkmenistan Denmark Monaco Uganda Djibouti Mongolia Ukraine Dominica Morocco United Arab Emirates Dominican Republic Mozambique United Kingdom Ecuador Myanmar United States Egypt Namibia Uruguay EI Salvador Nauru Uzbekistan Equatorial Guinea Nepal Vanuatu Eritrea Netherlands Venezuela Estonia New Zealand Viet Nam Ethiopia Nicaragua Yemen Fiji Niger Yugoslavia Finland Nigeria Zambia France Norway Zimbabwe Gabon Oman From peacekeeping to democracy-building, from Kosovo to Namibia to East group. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has called for an end to this injustice The New York Times Timor, the UN is indispensable—and worthy of America’s engagement and and “the normalization of Israel’s status within the United Nations.” As a support. temporary measure, Israel has sought acceptance in the West European and Others Group (WEOG), which includes not only the democracies of Western But unfair treatment of one country, Israel, mars the UN’s noble mission. Of Europe but also Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. The all 188 member countries, only Israel—in a glaring example of inequality—is U.S., Australia, Canada and Norway have supported Israel’s admission to ineligible to serve on the Security Council, the world body’s key deliberative WEOG, but the 15-member European Union refuses to act. group. Without membership in a regional group, Israel can never be elected to serve To be eligible, a country must belong to one of the five regional groups. Israel on the Security Council or, for that matter, on the other most important bodies should be part of the Asian bloc, but Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and others have of the UN system. shamefully prevented its entry for decades. Of all UN members only Israel is denied the right to belong to any regional What should you do? Make yourself heard! 16 | Jewish Voice Today March/april 2010
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