Representatives for LoveIsrael.org

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Romania, June 10

The day before yesterday, I shared with you our team members to give you an idea of what it takes to keep LoveIsrael.org running.  Today, I want to share with you about some other people who are important to this work.

We have a family who serve as representatives for us in the Netherlands.  They have created a government-recognized non-profit for us, they maintain a LoveIsrael website in the Dutch language, and they do all of the arrangements for our conferences there.  We appreciate so much all that Dirk and Theresa and their lovely family do to further the Kingdom in the Netherlands.

We also have 2 other families who are exploring how they can represent and grow LoveIsrael.org in their countries–Romania and Australia.  They are passionate about the Word of G-d and its transforming power and want to help impact their countries.  We are all praying and seeking the L-rd’s will on how to best accomplish this.  The family from Australia has already arranged a conference in Sydney, Australia, in August.

Whether it is sharing something on Facebook about LoveIsrael.org, using our videos in your home group, or helping to bring Baruch’s teaching to your city, we appreciate your support of this work, your love for people and your passion to see others impacted by the Word of G-d.

Baruch and I have an upcoming trip to the U.S., so why not check out the “events” section on LoveIsrael.org.  Perhaps we will be in your area!

 

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Shabbat Shalom! Parashat Balak

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In this week’s Torah portion one encounters a verse that praises Israel. Bilam who is summoned by the King of Moab that he should curse Israel responds with the following statement:

He did not perceive injustice in Jacob and He saw no iniquity in Israel. HaShem his G-d is with him and תרועת of the King is in him.” Numbers 23:21

One needs to remember that Bilam is a Gentile prophet who heard from HaShem and saw visions. Even though G-d had revealed to Bilam great things, Bilam was not faithful to HaShem. The purpose of this brief article is not to focus on Bilam, but rather this one verse and its implications. As a prophet, Bilam could see into the future. Therefore this statement concerning Israel is not saying that Israel is perfect and without sin, but rather it is a glimpse into the future condition of Israel in the Kingdom. The fact that in the next verse the Exodus is mentioned attests to Israel’s condition being the result of redemption (one must remember that the Exodus out of Egypt relates to redemption).

In verse 21, Bilam states that when G-d evaluated Jacob (Israel) He saw no injustice or iniquity in him. What brought about this change? It has already been stated that this is the outcome of redemption. The point that one must learn is that redemption has another important outcome. This is seen in the next part of the verse, where one reads, “HaShem his G-d is with him“. Throughout Scripture there are constant reminders that the purpose of redemption is to bring one into a relationship with G-d. Obviously this is significant for many reasons; however, in regard to Israel’s call, it is vital that Israel has a relationship with HaShem in order to fulfill this calling.

This brings us to the final part of this verse.  There is a debate on how to translate one word in this phrase. One reads that ותרועת  of the King is in him. The question is how to translate this word? Most rabbinically-based translations understand this word as relating to friendship (See Rashi); hence Israel has a special friendship with HaShem. Although this is true, there is an additional point which the word is revealing. This word also is used to describe the sound of the Shofar (Ram’s horn). This was blown for many different reasons, one of which was to enthrone a king. The fact that G-d is spoken of in this phrase as the King, informs the reader that the Hebrew word תרועה is used to remind one that Israel is called to announce to the world Who is the King.

I look forward to the day when Israel will receive the redemption that is only available through Yeshua and proclaim this to the nations in preparation for the establishment of the Kingdom which Messiah Yeshua will rule over.

Our Team

As you may know, we supply quarterly through our newsletter, and annually through our website, an accounting of all LoveIsrael.org funds.  If you look through the spreadsheet, you will know that Baruch is the only salaried employee.  However, we have several contracted employees who are vital to the running of LoveIsrael.org.  I thought it might be nice to give you an idea of the people we need to provide quality video teaching throughout the world.

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Moon over Eilat, Israel, yesterday.

These are the people who are involved in some aspect of the production of our videos, most are in the U.S., but there are also three people from Israel and one from Romania.  They are:  Steven, John, Mark, Shoshana, Steve, Mike, and Tovah.  We also have Jared, who works tirelessly for us to get the best contracts for our television programs (Hebrew and English).

We also have several volunteers, who donate their time because they believe in this work.  These people include Yosef, Robert, Victor, Debbie, Patty and myself.  These people are involved with the Spanish ministry, accounting and communication.  We are so blessed by the love and work of these people.

As you pray for LoveIsrael.org and the work that we do, I would ask that you also pray for these individuals, who work hard to provide to you and others around the world, clear teaching of G-d’s Word.

Some Updates

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Eilat, Israel today.

We were just forwarded an email which was written by the leader of the Bible College branch in Vietnam where Baruch recently taught.  He wrote the email to the director of the Bible College.  Part of it said,

“On behalf of the class, I would like to send you our thankfulness for sending Rabbi Baruch to teach us the Book Jeremiah. The students are much more interested in learning the Word of God. They love Pastor Baruch and his wife and are close to them as [if] they know them before.”

It was such a joy to get to spend time with the students and to watch them listen and interact with the text.  These students will be future pastors and leaders in their communities.

In November, we plan to be in Singapore again as well as another country, which has not yet been decided.

In a few weeks, we will be in the States.  Be sure to check out the “Events” section on the LoveIsrael.org website to see where we will be.  It would be great to meet you!

We also want to remind you to consider registering for our Ninth Annual LoveIsrael.org conference in Orlando, FL.  It is free.  Check out our website for details.

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In the Desert

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Palm trees in the desert, taken today just north of Eilat.

Today I traveled down to Eilat, where I will be working for a couple of days.  Isn’t it amazing to see these beautiful date palms growing in the desert?  Awhile back, I was on a flight to the States, and I overheard some men from Oklahoma.  They had been in Israel to study irrigation and how Israel was able to grow things in very harsh conditions.  G-d continues to bless the land.  While here, the temperature is supposed to be 104-106 degrees Fahrenheit!

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The new Ramon airport, which is scheduled to open this year.

I was also able to see the progress being made on the new airport.  It was supposed to be completed last year, but now is scheduled to be completed in early 2019.  The airport is named in memory of the first Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who perished in the Space Shuttle Colombia disaster, and his son Assaf Ramon, who died six years later when his F-16 fighter jet crashed over the Judea and Samaria Area.

Sunday, June 24, Israel shot at an unmanned drone over the Golan Heights.  As many of you know, while Baruch and I were in Vietnam and Singapore, many rockets were shot into the south of Israel.  None made it to our city.  But still, the attacks continue.

In Israel news today, Prince William of England will visit Israel tomorrow, where he is scheduled to visit Yad Vashem and his great-grandmother’s (Princess Alice of Battenberg) grave in Jerusalem.  She is honored as Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem.

Shabbat Shalom!

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Gorgeous flowers from my walk today.

Shabbat is upon us and it is so good to be in the Land.  Shabbat is very special here.  It is in the air on Fridays, as people hurry to get everything they need, since the stores will close early and not open until Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Please find below a short commentary by Baruch on this week’s Torah portion.

In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Chukat, we read a unique verse concerning the well from which the Children of Israel drank water. Concerning this well it was said,

Then will sing Israel this Song: Come up O’ Well They answered her.” Numbers 21:17

The first thing that stands out about this song is its similarity to that of the Song of Moses in Exodus 15:1. Both verses begin with the same phrase, “Then will sing….” It is also significant that in both verses the verb is in the future tense. Rabbinical commentators see the passage in Exodus as having a dual fulfillment. That is, the verse has relevance not only in the days of Moses, but also in the last days. The same point is applicable for the verse from Numbers.

It is also interesting that Israel sang praises to the well which provided the water, but never to HaShem Whom provided the manna. In the New Covenant one reads about the connection (symbolically) between the manna and the Messiah. In John chapter six Yeshua speaks about the bread (manna) that came down from heaven and taught the people that He is THE BREAD OF LIFE! (See John 6:48-51). Although Yeshua related Himself to the manna symbolically, the Scripture reveals a most unique relationship between Him and the well. Paul teaches that the well was Messiah (See I Corinthians 10:4). In actually it was the Rock that covered the well that was Messiah. It seems that the Rock followed the Children of Israel in the wilderness and provided them water. Wherever the Rock was the “well” was underneath. Hence it could be said that in fact the water came forth from the Rock and that there was no well in reality.

The last part of the verse admonishes the people to respond to the “well”, i.e. the source of the water. This is the important message of the Song, Israel must respond to Messiah in order to receive the “gift”. It is most significant that twice, in verses 18 and 19, the term gift is used in regard to the water. Rabbinical texts understand that the gift relates to salvation. Now it is easy to see why and how Paul taught that the Rock in the wilderness was Messiah.

In the same way the people were thirsty in the wilderness for what the Rock could provide them, so too do we need to be filled with the Spirit of Yeshua so we too can continue on our journey of following HaShem’s leadership as we press on to the upward calling that each believer has received in Messiah Yeshua.

Singapore

Baruch and I arrived home this morning.  We were blessed with very good flights and it was wonderful to get home.  Our time in Singapore went by so quickly, as we had several meetings and Baruch taught each evening we were there.  This time he taught the book of Revelation and everyone was very interested and attentive.

The college Baruch is taught at has campuses in several Asian countries, including Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Cambodia and Laos.  As of 2016, they have trained over 100,000 pastors.  In 2016, they decided to expand their focus to include training city pastors.  Prior to that, their emphasis had been on rural pastors, which have a different set of struggles and needs.  The city pastors need additional training to confront the more educated people who are in high tech or business.

We also met with a pastor in Singapore who is originally from S. Korea.  He is very interested in facilitating Baruch coming to S. Korea to teach.  This interests us because our television show is already airing in S. Korea on Daystar and this would be a great opportunity to promote our Bible teaching program.

It was very moving to be in Vietnam and Singapore and hear Baruch teaching about idolatry, while being surrounded by temples to false gods. We realized that we were in a part of the world which did not have knowledge of Judeo-Christian teaching.  It was so foreign to us and made me sad.