The Sea of Galilee is one of the most popular tourists spots in Israel. This historic body of water is home to 27 species of fish, but in biblical times, Yeshua stood on its shores—and sometimes on the sea—and performed many miracles. He saw Peter and Andrew casting their net into the water and said, "'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men'" (Matt. 4:19, NKJV); He walked on water (see Matt. 14:22-33), and fed more than 5,000 people with five fish and two loaves of bread (see Matt. 14:13-21). To learn how to cast your net in this ancient sea, click below to watch the video.
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There comes a time in a nation's history—and there comes a time in the church—when spiritual fog and religious deception must be removed by a clear, unbiased, passionate pursuit of truth. America and the church are now in a spiritual fog over the issue of Islam.
But Islam and Christianity are not "sister faiths," and a side-by-side examination of the texts of the Bible and the Quran will quickly identify some of the differences related to Islam's teachings about Christ and the truths of our own Bible about the Son of God.
Islam instructs its followers to kill their enemies, but Christianity in-structs its followers to love their enemies.
The Quran says to "fight and slay the Pagans wherever you find them" (Surah 9:5). But our Holy Bible tells Christ's followers to: "Love your ene-mies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matt. 5:44, KJV).
Television evangelist and author Benny Hinn documents his unique perspective of Middle Eastern world affairs in the new release Blood in the Sand. The book—Hinn's first major release in several years—centers on the cultural war between Muslims and Jews for control of Israel and how it affects the rest of the world.
"I have spent all of my adult life as a student of prophecy, and I believe these recent developments in Israel and across the Middle East are signaling a hot, accelerated and unprecedented prophetic season that will quickly change the course of history," he writes.
Hinn's perspective on the conflict is unique. He was born in Jaffa, Israel, to parents of Armenian, Greek and Lebanese descent, and through the years he has traveled extensively to the area to meet with Jewish and Arab leaders.
Most Christians support Israel theoretically, but in day-to-day life, the nation, her people and her concerns seem far-off.
However, I believe the time has come for our outlook to change. Israel is rapidly evolving into what may become the most fundamental issue to face every Bible-believing Christian in the world.
Nations such as Iran are calling for the annihilation of Israel. An increasingly violent, militant Islam is poised to inflict global terror on all who stand with Zion. Historically Christian Europe is in demographic danger of becoming a Muslim continent.
Running through Jerusalem is a dividing line that becomes clearer with every passing day. When this reality hits us, we will be compelled to choose a side. Every committed Christian, I believe, will soon have no choice but to prepare for action.
Former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said it is "virtually unrealistic" for a Palestinian state to be placed "in the middle of the Jewish homeland" and that Israel should be able to build settlements where it wants, according to the Associated Press (AP).
While on a three-day tour of Israel this week, the former Arkansas governor and one-time Southern Baptist pastor told reporters on Tuesday that the international community should consider establishing a Palestinian state elsewhere.
"The question is should the Palestinians have a place to call their own? Yes, I have no problem with that," Huckabee said. "Should it be in the middle of the Jewish homeland? That's what I think has to be honestly assessed as virtually unrealistic."
There is no city on the face of the earth like Jerusalem. Jerusalem—the very word excites and stirs deep emotions, memories of the past, and hopes for the future.
The temple. The chanting of pilgrims. The palaces and towers. Wars and conquests. Religious longings of Jews, Muslims and Christians. Jews praying at the Western Wall for peace in the Holy City. Jerusalem is where heaven and earth meet.
There are cities famous for their size, their industrial and manufacturing capacities, their sports teams, or their unique locations. But Jerusalem is like no city on the face of the earth.
From its earliest times, the history of Jerusalem is the history of war and peace, of greatness and misery, of splendor and squalor, of Solomon's wisdom, and of blood flowing in the gutter like rainwater in spring.
From time to time, friends ask me how to share their faith in Yeshua (Jesus) with Jewish friends and acquaintances. I really enjoy addressing this issue for a variety of reasons, but mostly because too few of us know where to begin to speak to this question in the most sensitive, yet effective, way.
Many Christians in my acquaintance have a somewhat vague awareness that the Jews are God's chosen people, but there are various misconceptions about Jewish practices and traditions, including an erroneous belief that all Jews reject Jesus as their Messiah.
If you thought taking prayer requests via e-mail made things easy for your congregation, you've got nothing on Alon Nil. The 25-year-old from Tel Aviv, Israel, recently launched a non-profit service that allows people around the world to place their prayers in Jerusalem's Western Wall-via Twitter.
Nil created the service, which is available to people of all faiths, as a way to connect people with the Jewish culture. Using the Twitter account @thekotel, individuals can tweet a prayer (no more than 140 characters, of course), which Nil will print out on a small piece of paper and stuff in the cracks of the prayer site-also known as the Kotel and believed to be the place closest to the Holy of Holies in the second temple.
We gentile Christians enjoy the blessing of knowing Jesus as Savior. We were grafted into the fold through the work of Christ on the cross, with a command to tell the world about Him. But the message of Yeshua is "to the Jew first." And today, many Jews are accepting the Messiah into their lives and introducing Him to others. Here's why. Click below to watch the video.
The concept of replacement theology is popular in America's churches. Replacement theology means that Israel failed, and God has replaced Israel with the church. This is simply not true. Romans 11:1 says: "I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin."
Twice in Romans 11 Paul says that Israel has not fallen and is still the apple of God's eye. In the New Testament, the word Israel is used 77 times. Clearly, in 71 of those references it speaks of the nation of Israel, which is 96 percent of the time. It does not refer to the church.
Has God cast away Israel? Absolutely not! The fact is, when something is "cast away," you never hear of it again. Yet in the book of Revelation, 12 tribes of Israel, and 12,000 out of each of the 12 tribes, are sealed to present the gospel during the Great Tribulation (Rev. 7:4).Add a comment read more
It has been over 2,000 years since the death and resurrection of Jesus. Since that time Christianity has grown and changed to reflect different eras, cultures, and different beliefs. The expression of our faith has taken on various forms and faces. It is ever growing and transforming—sometimes with choices that are for the better and some for the worse.
Since the 1970s more and more Christians are finding themselves returning to the Jewish roots of their faith. And with this outpouring has come many questions regarding the importance of our roots and in what form they should and can be expressed. In other words, "how deep do I really want to go?"
Jewish leaders finally are realizing that evangelical Christians are Israel's best friends. As a Jewish believer, I rejoice over this growing love and support for the country and the people. I am grateful for the rallies, financial support and efforts to lobby our government not to force Israel to trade land for peace.
Having said that, I have serious concern for the growing acceptance of "dual covenant theology." It promotes the idea that Jewish people have a separate path to salvation through the Abrahamic or Mosaic covenants. In other words, Jews don't need Jesus for personal salvation.
Proponents of this theology teach that Judaism and Christianity are valid yet distinct religions, each equally worthy of the other's respect. They say Christians should not challenge the traditional Jewish thought that Jesus was not the Messiah.
Most Christians know the Great Commission, which says: "Go into the world and make disciples of all nations" (Matt. 28:19). But this isn't the Great Commission for Christians; it's for Jews!
All the men addressed in this verse were Jewish. In this statement Jesus was telling the apostles to go to the gentiles and nations, and make disciples of them. Messiah was actually telling them to teach these pagans (since that's what they were) about the God of Israel and his Messiah.
Jews going to gentiles was what the Great Commission was initially all about, even though it has been expanded to Christians going to the lost.
In chapter 11 of Romans, Paul (Rabbi Saul) wrote to the believers in Rome about his people, Israel. He spoke of them as "natural" branches of the olive tree, whereas he considered gentiles to be "wild" branches (11:16-24).
When we went to Russia to be intercessors for a music festival in St. Petersburg, we heard many testimonies from Jewish people. As they shared how their lives had been changed when they received Yeshua (Jesus), these testimonies all had a common theme. I do not recall hearing one testimony that did not include some type of sign that God used to reveal His Son Jesus to them as their Messiah.
In 1 Cor. 1:22-24, we see Paul's insight into those with whom he was sharing the good news. He says, "For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God."