October 2020 Thank You

Shalom Dear Friends and Valued Partners,

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

…for there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.

Psalm 133:1,3b

Jay & Meridel Rawlings

Meridel and I, our sons and team want to thank you personally for your faithful support in Prayer and Finances in this very difficult time. Your partnership has blessed us in many meaningful ways that have furthered the Kingdom of God on earth. You are like Gideon’s army of victorious warriors. Each of you have chosen to stand with Israel and her peoples in this battle. Yes, we are small in number but strong because He is strong. There are more than 10,000 anti-Semitic and anti-Israel websites on the Internet. But there are barely 100 websites that stand for the truth about Biblical Israel. The difference in numbers is like the battle that faced Gideon’s army. Here are two pro Biblical Israel websites.

www.israelvision.com    www.stillsmallvoice.tv

As the Scriptures say, “there is a famine in the land, a famine for the Word of God,  “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord,

“when I will send a famine through the land

not a famine of food or a thirst for water,

but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Amos 8:11

Photo by Aaron Burden

Tragically, there is as well a famine for food or nourishment. God promises to provide food for the hungry. This is affirmed in the Jewish prayer called “Grace After Meals.”  We all have to act in obedience to help feed the hungry. There are many organisations doing exactly this. But we at Jerusalem Vistas/Israel Vision have focused our outreach for fifty years to reach those starving for the Word of God. It is His life giving Word that satisfies the hungry and thirsting FOREVER!

For me, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, it is the ideal time to point people back to the Word of God for comfort, solace, and guidance. Never before has the Word  been more meaningful and relevant. Many, many times Jesus said to His disciples, FEAR NOT. We just have to believe and apply the Word in every circumstance of life. When He says be anxious for nothing that means, NOTHING!

Photo by Laurentiu Morariu on Unsplash

Over the years we have sent the Word out via the Internet. We have gotten “hits” even from Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Iraq, Iran and Malaysia. That is ministry, This is your ministry. Thanks for helping us give away the Bread of Life. Muslim people are curious about Israel. Now the UAE connection to Israel is a MIRACLE and an answer to prayer. it is a new time on earth!

Statistics show that many of the major social media sites get many billion hits per year. Most people however stay on these site only a few seconds or a few minutes. Why? Because they are not getting fed. We have statistics that people who land on our sites stay for 5, 10, to 15 or 20 minutes because there is nutritious, inspiring and blessed food served up there. Praise God. He gets all the glory!

Photo by @pabloheimplatz

Over the years we have used the Biblical expression, “Send the Light” to describe our work. We are have opportunities to send His Light into the darkness using all types of media.  Just watching the daily evening news lets us know it is needed.

“See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”   Isaiah 60:1b, c

But this means that we have to be proactive, to be involved, to see this happen lets

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.” Isaiah 60:1a

Thanks for helping us to do as King David did so long ago…he fed his people in Israel a triple portion, a nourishing meal – bread, meat and wine.  2 Samuel 6:19   Thanks for,

1. Your partnership in sending out the Word is making a huge difference,

2. Because “My Word will always accomplish the purpose that I intended” Isaiah 55:11

3.  Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away but my Word will last forever. Matt 24:35

May God Bless you and yours with health, safety, prosperity and blessings.

In His Love from Jerusalem,

Jay and Meridel and team
 

A Word from Jay in Jerusalem

July 15, 2020

Dr. Jay Rawlings

Dear Special Friends and Precious Partners,

Proverbs 18:24 says, “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”  How well, Meridel and I and our sons know that good friends are hard to find.

I Jay, say AMEN to this truth.  During these last weeks I have been thinking about YOU. Why? I have been shredding old Jerusalem Vistas files. Legally, according to Israeli, Canadian and American law, any file older than 10 years can be discarded. In order to protect YOUR identity, I have carefully disposed of this information in ways to prevent “identity theft.”  In doing so I have prayed with thankfulness for each of YOU by name.

SEND THE LIGHT

In a way, it is sad to shred our donor records. But on the other hand, it is very inspiring. I carefully read your names and addresses and the amounts you gave in order to keep us on the front lines. Later I shared some of these memories with Meridel and the family. Why? Because your faithfulness has encouraged us all, time and time again. Some of you responded to help us create our first film, Apples of Gold. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Proverbs 25:11   Do you remember?  The Israelis were our ‘apples of gold’ and the pictures of silver was the 16 mm film used by the 100 Huntley Street  film crew.  I travelled to Jewish and Christian communities throughout North America for a full year to raise the budget for that film. I did it for the JOY set before me. For 50 years now we have published the WORD OF GOD and send it out globally in many languages. You enabled us to create documentaries, TV programs, books, booklets and PowerPoints. You supported our lecture tours and today meet us on the internet.

Scrolls of fire – Kisalon

TOGETHER WE HAVE DONE IT 

Together we have worked to build the Kingdom of God on earth. It is completely clear that without YOU we could not have made such a regular impact on a variety of audiences around the globe. The greatest sign of the soon coming of Messiah is ISRAEL. We have doggedly believed from the time we were called out in 1969 that the ancient prophetic promises to Israel ARE coming to pass today! This truth has been the glue that has given our messages a timely and inspirational edge. All glory goes to the Holy One of Israel. You also share in the blessings of these endeavours. Thank you!      Photo: Scrolls of Fire, Angels and Israeli soldiers fighting together in battle.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC – IMPACT ON US ALL 

 Everyone would like to know what is going to happen in the future?  That means, today, tomorrow and long term. There is no question that every one of us on planet earth has been completely impacted by the deadly Novel Corona virus… me, you, your family, and our nations.  Yes, there are answers to these valid questions. You just have to know where to look for them. Jesus said, “When you see these things, ‘Look up, for your redemption is near. He that endures to the end will be saved.”’ Matthew 24:14

His word “saved” includes our body, soul, and spirit. He is with us offering complete deliverance in every way. 

Coffee in War Time

I took Meridel out for coffee before we were locked down again last week. Sitting in our local mall, which was busy at the time, she burst into tears. “There is so much suffering everywhere.” Explaining her feelings, she emphasised, “We are at war!”

I had to agree with her, and surprised myself my uttering, “We are in the Tribulation.”

I hope you are not shocked by this. It is high time to wake up and fill our lamps with fresh oil. The signs are all around us. What ever you are going to do, do quickly!

Dr. Jay Rawlings in his office in Jerusalem

 “Israel, the Nations, and the Future”

Several years ago I wrote a script on the above subject and our team made it into an eight part series. We are now working to re-release it as a multiple part program addressing the issues we all face in the COVID-19 era. By September 2020 YOU will be able to order a link to the first part of Israel, the Nations and the Future in the COVID-19 Era”We are currently in production. Join me on: www.israelvision.com for updates. For your continued support, I thank you.

In Yeshua’s Victory,    Jay, Meridel and Team

Now a short Bible study from Meridel: 

This reveals the heart of our Father in heaven. I was amazed… 

“BECAUSE they did not believe in God,

And did not trust in His salvation.

Yet, He commanded the clouds above,

And opened the doors of heaven,

He rained down manna on them to eat,

And gave them of the bread of heaven.

Men ate angel’s food;

He sent them food to the full. 

Psalm 78:22-25

The Spirit of God is searching the whole earth right now nation by nation.

 Where are those who will show themselves strong on His behalf!

Those who are planted in the house of the LORD

Shall flourish in the courts of our God. 

They shall still bear fruit in old age;

They shall be fresh and flourishing to declare that the LORD is upright.

 Ps 92:13-15.

And try Me now in this, says the LORD of hosts,

“If I will not open for you the windows (DOORS) 

of heaven and pour out for you such blessing. 

There will not be room enough to receive it. 

Malachi 3:10 

Love from Meridel

Dr. Meridel Rawlings working on her latest book called “Stain Remover”

Featured Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

Jerusalem Vistas – July 2020

Jay & Meridel Rawlings

Shalom Dear Friends and Valued Partners,

I wanted to know what the Bible has to say on the topic of:

 “Black lives matter” 

Thankfully we are beloved creations of the Holy One of Israel, The Mighty God.

 Guess what? He loves us, because,

 “ALL LIVES MATTER”

He loves all of His creation and everyone in it. He has no favourites, every life matters, everyone is special to Him. That includes you and your family.

The Bible says, God is no respecter of persons. He shows no partiality. SeeActs 10:34

The truth is that we were ALL created for a purpose. Let each one ask our Creator, “What is Your intent for my life? He will tell you. In my opinion I think this is what God calls us to.

  1. To be born of His Spirit
  2. To love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength
  3. To worship and praise Him
  4. To honour His eternal covenants
  5. To Obey His instructions
  6. To further His Will or purposes on earth
  7. To be fruitful and multiply

Summer 2020 is unlike any summer we have ever experienced.

Already we know almost nothing about the Revolution and the years before the Revolution. Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists, except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”  George Orwell’s iconic book 1984 was published in Great Britain four years after the end of WW11. These words are particularly chilling today in light of the current upheaval in the US.

I’m sure that you are confused and pained by the total upheaval in US today. Never before have we witnessed such utter lawlessness and anarchy. The fruit of hatred and rebellion is exploding across the earth. Jesus told us to recognize such signs as an indication of His soon return.

The following is a tearful statement recorded on “Hannity”  Fox News, July 1, 2020.

“I didn’t know how to teach my kid to die! I hugged and kissed him every day and said, ‘I love you.’ You can’t kiss a photograph.” Father of youth killed in CHOP Seattle USA.June 2020

“Where is God in all of this,” you wonder? 

Could He be saying, “Where are you?”

We have allowed “Truth to fall in the streets because it does not exist in our homes, schools and universities.”  When Israel went into Babylonian captivity, clear directives  were given by the Prophet Jeremiah. 

“For he has sent us to Babylon saying, ‘Build houses and dwell in them and plant gardens and eat their fruit. Seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away. Captivity is long; and pray to the LORD for it; (Babylon) for in its peace you will have peace.’” Jeremiah 29:28,7.

The word education in Latin means: “to bring forth from within.” Let us all pray today for peace to prosper through us, right where we are. The voice of the silent majority is not heard. Their silence is stunning. May people everywhere be fortified and encouraged by God’s Holy Spirit. We believe they will stand tall in the midst of insurrection and take back what is being lost. Let Salvation spring forth across the globe. We have been brought to the kingdom for such a time as this.

The Big Picture

Business as usual belongs to yesterday. Today each one of us is looking into a mirror whether we like it or not. What do you see? What are you focused on? Who are you focused on? Our long term goals and plans are on hold. Today is the only day we will ever live.

Here in Israel, we are in a state of extreme caution due to the COVID-19 resurgence. Travel remains restricted. We thank you for your prayers and love. Yesterday we had a call from loved ones in Canada and it was strengthening. We were happy to pray for their healing needs.

The Rawling’s Good News

Daniel & Shelly are engaged

We close with exceptionally good news: Daniel has found the love of his life. He and Shelly Bandel are engaged to be married. They were friends in high school. Shelly went to Canada and became a businesswoman in the fashion industry. When the pandemic was looming she returned home to be close to her parents and elderly grandparents.

May we all be thankful for the lives around us and tell them, “I love you” as often as we can.

Daniel & Shelly on Mount Zion, Jerusalem

REMEMBER – YOUR LIFE MATTERS!  Jesus promises: “He who overcomes and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations.” Revelation 2:26

“Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matt18:20

Jay and I wrote this letter in concert. Can you tell who wrote what?

We pray love and strength for your journey.

Jay and Meridel

Photo at the very top by: Photo by Koshu Kunii on Unsplash

Jerusalem Vistas Newsletter – June 2020

Dear Special Friends and Valued Partners,

We are glad to report that Israel is still a leading nation worldwide in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.  But the Israeli government is NOW warning us to prepare for a resurgence of the pest.

What does that mean?

What is God saying through all this as we watch the absolute chaos gripping the nations in addition to the effect of the virus.

Is there a glimmer of hope?  I believe there is?  In spite of the signs around us being very grave.

We, at Jerusalem Vistas are in a financial crisis since giving during the last months of the pandemic has sharply fallen off. We have urgent back bills and it is very humbling to tell you that we have had to lay off our faithful bookkeeper of 16 years. Legally we have to pay her by July 31 the salaries that she has not received totalling Can$ 22,000. Your help to meet this need will be an answer to all our prayers. Thank you for doing your part.  

PS Here is some good news.  Our sons are stepping in to eventually take over from Meridel and myself. Our Israeli accountant /auditor is reducing his costs to us and strongly recommends that “Jerusalem Vistas continues on as you are doing a very important work for Israel.” He said we stand in a unique place blessing the nation as media pioneers.

Let’s remember that Yeshua – Jesus spoke about the events going on all around us, TODAY! 

When asked by His closest friends and followers, “When will you return, and what will be the sign of your coming?  

He told them to watch for specific signs. I see them as PHYSICAL SIGNS, SPIRITUAL SIGNS AND MIXED SPIRITUAL/PHYSICAL SIGNS. See if you can categorise them below from His list.

  1. First He said, “Let no one deceive you.  Many will come in My name saying ‘I am the Messiah.” Some will be deceived.” But do not believe them.”
  2. Next He said, “You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but don’t be worried. For all these things will come to pass but the end is not yet.”
  3. Then He said, “Nation will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom.”
  4. Next He said “that there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes all over the earth.”
  5. This, He said,” is the beginning of sorrows.”
  6. Next, He said, “They will deliver you up to ridicule and even kill you. You will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake and then,
  7. Many will be offended, will hate one another and betray one another.”
  8. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive multitudes and,
  9. Because lawlessness will abound the love of many will grow cold.”
  10. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”
  11. “And this Gospel shall be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come.”
Photo by SJ Objio on Unsplash

During this epidemic we all applauded the outstanding dedication of the first line health care workers and all those in society who reached out, often at their peril, to preserve the lives of the victims and continued doing jobs keeping the rest of us alive. That to me is a clear way of preaching the Good News showing man’s humanity to man and “loving your neighbour as yourself.”

Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash

But how soon were our eyes turned to see the rioting, looting, and violence of those who became lawless. Yes, we are all disgusted and sickened at the unjust and unnecessary death of George Floyd. While his brother, at his memorial asked, pleaded and almost begged for the looting, rioting, maiming and killing to stop lest the memory of his brother be defiled. Lawlessness ruled and still does. How sad. How tragic. Where is humility in all of this?

This very difficult yet needed quality of humbling ourselves was placed before us all during the course of the virus in our nations. Here is what an anonymous writer posted on Facebook in Hebrew that was rendered like a song of humility or a lament.

“ We have taken nature for granted; and now we are not allowed to leave the house. 

We have disrespected our parents; now we cannot see them in person.

We have treated our teachers with content; and now educational institutions are closed.

We have squandered our money on things we don’t need; and now shopping malls have shut down.

We have more cars than we need; and now the roads are empty.

We have ceased to really connect with others; and now are in isolation.

We have placed an importance on external beauty; and now our faces are covered with masks.

We can’t keep on as if there is no tomorrow; because if we do tomorrow will not come.

We all need to pause and take account of our lives; because the gift of this virus is, that we have received a second chance.”

In closing, during the lockdown here in our home, Meridel heard the Still Small Voice ask her, “can you not watch with Me one hour?” In response she fasted on water for 12 days.

To me this was a very sincere and challenging way to humble one’s self and since that time we have received some very powerful answers to prayer.  I say this to encourage you in your walk with the Lord.

Finally, we see a breakthrough with the average Palestinian citizens who are defying the PLO/Fatah leadership of President Abbas.  He has rejected the Israeli annexation of the Jordan Valley, but 90% of his citizens are saying, “Yes” we want to live under Israeli sovereignty in place of our corrupt leadership. This is a HUGE glimmer of hope never seen before. Please keep praying for the “Peace of Jerusalem.”  He is answering prayer. 

We send you our love and prayers and very best wishes,

Jay, Meridel and sons and team.

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The Power of Words

We bring the “Good News from Israel” to advance the understanding of the Jewish and Christian faiths worldwide through teaching, education and study of the Holy Scriptures as they relate to the peoples of the land of Israel. This is accomplished via media productions, including films, TV programs and other recordings that that we produce and broadcast worldwide via internet and TV.

Our religious leaders are hearing this voice!

Religious leaders from 4 faiths, unite in unprecedented prayer in Jerusalem.

Religious leaders pray together in Jerusalem

29 Nissan 5789 / 23 April 2020

Dear Friends:

This is a time to pray and not faint! It is also a time for correction and new direction.

There is movement in God’s Holy Spirit here in His City Jerusalem. Jay was invited to this prayer meeting, but we are in lock-down, or he would have gone. We are encouraged with the changes taking place. We were also guests of Rabbi Rosen, (mentioned below) decades ago and showed our film “Gates of Brass” in his synagogue in Dublin Ireland. Let us consider this word:

“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, (Australia) or command the locusts to devour the land, (East Africa) or send pestilence among My people, ( corona19virus) if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:13, 14.

Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze religious leaders seek divine intervention to heal the sick and end the pandemic.

By Yakir Benzion, United With Israel

The leaders of the four leading religions in Israel–Judaism, Islam, Christianity and the Druze faith–convened for an unprecedented interfaith prayer in Jerusalem Wednesday, beseeching God to end the corona epidemic.

The initiative was a collaboration of the Chief Rbbinate of Israel and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior, with the World Council of Religious Leaders and numerous Jewish and non-Jewish organizations.

With strict health restrictions in effect in Israel, the leaders stood two meters apart with several of them wearing surgical masks along with their traditional robes of office.

The joint prayer was composed by Israel’s two chief rabbis and  translated in a united form acceptable to the spiritual leaders of all faiths in Israel, the organizers said.

“Lord of all generations … We come before you with a bowed head, and with bent stature, and plead,” the prayer read. “Hundreds of thousands died, millions have fallen sick. Save, we beseech thee, O Lord. We entreat thee, O Lord, send prosperity! Send complete recovery to the sick, avert the plague from Your world.”

“Please God, You who have nourished us in famine and provided us with plenty, You have removed us from pestilence, and freed us from severe and long-lasting disease –help us.”

Following the prayer, the leaders each offered their personal thoughts.

“Jerusalem is a house of prayer for all the people and now all the peoples all over the world are suffering from this coronavirus” said Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, head of the Catholic Church in

The event marked the first time that the different religious leaders had joined together to offer a communal prayer, and organizers had hoped to broadcast the event live over the internet. However, technical problems repeatedly interrupted the live stream.

The leaders present at the event were Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, Latin Patriarch Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, Druze Spiritual leader Sheikh Mowafaq Tarif, Imam Sheikh Gamal el Ubra, and Imam Sheikh Agel Al-Atrash.

One of the organizers, Rabbi David Rosen of Jerusalem, who moderated the event, is known for his longstanding commitments to interfaith dialogue. He also serves as an advisor to Israel’s chief rabbis on interreligious affairs.

“In these turbulent times, we continue to hear growing voices against entire communities,” Rosen said in a statement before the event. “This new dire reality has affected all humanity, regardless of religion, gender and race. Out of true faith in solidarity, we now call on all citizens of the world to join forces and carry a joint prayer to health and unity.”

Coming Soon! New Book by Jay Rawlings

We bring the “Good News from Israel” to advance the understanding of the Jewish and Christian faiths worldwide through teaching, education and study of the Holy Scriptures as they relate to the peoples of the land of Israel. This is accomplished via media productions, including films, TV programs and other recordings that that we produce and broadcast worldwide via internet and TV.

Hag Sameach… Joyous Passover and Blessed Easter!

Dear Friends,
Blessings to you at this sacred season from the Rawlings family in Jerusalem.  

The magnificent menorah that stood in the Tabernacle of Meeting was crafted of pure gold. It was made using the pattern that Moses saw, which first existed in heaven. See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain”…Hebrews 8:5c. Modern Israel’s official national seal was taken from Moses account in the book of Exodus.

Our President Reuben Rivlin, reminded us at this time during the national and global pandemic crisis to remember the good things. In the past year, Israel launched their first orbiting Lunar lander. Also, Israel produced the world’s first 3-D printed vascularised heart! As the father of our nation, he emphasized the importance of strengthening all of our relationships. To that we say Amen!

Photo by Phil Goodwin on Unsplash

Around the world, every Passover meal begins with asking the children: Why is this night different from all others?This year the world has not witnessed any Passover like it. Hopefully more than ever before, our Passover or Easter celebration will be filled with spiritual lessons. Our table will be filled with symbolic foods, the front door will stay open throughout the feast, and a chair will be placed at the table for Elijah, who is always invited. We look for the Messiah, and know that Elijah precedes Him. Why? Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse”…Malachi 4:5,6.

Our dining room table is usually extended to the limit, but this year we are just three. We plan a virtual Passover meal with loved ones via the internet. Our sons are sequestered in their homes, on the other side of Jerusalem, in Finland and Denmark.

Four thousand years ago, the LORD of glory changed history. Moses instructed his enslaved people to slaughter a lamb for each household. Why a lamb? Because it was worshiped as a god by ancient Egypt. The Living God came with a different reality, directly opposed to the status quo. When Jews applied the blood of the Passover lamb to their lentils and doorposts, they first had to overcome fear, knowing that this strange act would be viewed as insurrection against the ruling authorities. Every Jewish family was ordered to stay inside, like a lock down. Did they realize the death angel would be moving through the land to visit every home with no blood covering? I am sure the symbolism is not lost on any of us.

Today, Israel and most nations are in lock down. We choose to seek the LORD, repent, pray and give thanks for our lives and every blessing bestowed upon us. We pray for the multitudes and their families in the valley of decision, with thousands going out into eternity, night by night. I find the Bible is so inspirational as my competent guide book. I am comforted and pray this for all.

I was amazed to see that this weeks Prophetic portion of the Parasha (weekly Bible reading) included:For death has come through our windows, has entered our palaces, to kill off the children – no longer to be outside! And the young men – no longer on the streets”…Jeremiah 9:21. The prophet was warning the nation of the coming disaster, but it applies so aptly to all our families, nations and peoples today. And this, In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalemand the land shall mourn, every family by itselfall the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves…Zechariah 12:11a, 12a,14.

Jesus said: I must work the works of Him who sent Me, while it is day, the night is coming when no one can work”…John 9:4~Only 20% of Israel’s work force is employed presently.

Local Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, has made shockingly accurate predictions in the past. He foresaw the pandemic five years ago. Lately he declared the following;

China will suffer the worst of the diseases; more than 100,000 people will die. (no one knows the actual number of victims in China) This will be a prelude to even greater troubles, endless misfortunes, for China. Even though many financial experts are predicting that China will rule the world economically, China will go bankrupt. China is only rising up in order to fall down. This will show people that the real source of blessing is the LORD God of Israel.

All of Israel needs to come together with one heart as we do in times of war. This pandemic is a type of war. It is not only our country at stake. 

The entire world derives divine sustenance [is blessed] through the promises given to Israel and despite God’s anger, He loves His children and wants to show His mercy.

A cure to the corona virus will come from Israel before the end of the upcoming Passover holiday.  Miracles and wonders will be seen during the holiday of Passover and the disease will end. God sees all the suffering and fear. He hears our prayers and for that, he will bring great salvation.

We are in the time just before Messiah and God is sweeping (spraying) in between people so that the Messiah will have a clean place to walk. The rabbi said, he was speaking in allegory and concluded with: The simple message is to repent. The disease is like a keren or [ray of light] that is showing everyone the pathway to repentance.

Indeed, my God does nothing without having revealed His purposes to His servants the Neviim(prophets)Amos 3:7 Israel Bible

May our vision and understanding of the plans and purposes of the LORD God of Israel and His Messiah be enlarged this Passover? Jesus~Yeshua the Messiah left us an example to follow in His footsteps. Father let this cup pass from menevertheless not my will but Yours be done…”This vow speaks into my life along with His final plea: Father forgive them for they know not what they do. The pattern has been set. Let us walk in His ways in these challenging times.

We leave you now with these beautifully anointed songs…Enjoy each other dear friends! Hag Someyach! Happy Holidays!

Jay and Meridel Rawlings and family

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Video Update from Dr. Jay Rawlings

In journalism, one always strives to make the complex simple. Certainly, the prophet Ezekiel succeeded in summarizing a long and complex history of the Jewish People in Chapter 36 of the book named after him. For those of you who are interested to take time to watch this video update by Dr. Jay Rawlings from Jerusalem, Israel

Thank You Letter – October 2019, Tishrei 5780

Dear Precious Friends and Partners,

September 29th evening to September 30th, evening, 2019 marked the first day of the Hebrew month called Tishrei. It also also marked the start of the Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Ha Shana called the Jewish New Year. Then began the ten “Days of Awe” in which we ask our friends and acquaintances for forgiveness for any offences we have committed in preparation for repentance before God on Yom Kippur. So I am asking you to forgive me when I have offended you during this last last year. Thank God he is our Lamb.

This new year in the Hebrew calendar is 5780. As many of you know the letters and the numbers in Hebrew are interchangeable and they always represent a symbol or spell a word which is prophetic for this coming year and indeed this new decade. 

 In 5780, eighty is symbolic of the Hebrew letter “Pey” or mouth. Symbolism behind the Hebrew letter “Pey” is to begin understanding what’s in store for Israel, the church, our globe, and our personal lives in the decade of “Pey”, or the “Mouth.”

Understanding of the times and seasons is nothing new to the Tribes of Israel, indeed, it’s even understood within Nature itself. Even before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the sons and daughters of the Tribe of Issachar were known to have a deep understanding of the times, and they knew by faith what it was that would need to happen next in order for the Jewish people to align themselves with God’s plans as described in 1 Chronicles 12:32,

“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do”

Today’s times are no different. Especially thanks to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, those who have understanding of the Spirit of God have access to the Throne Room of God and are, likewise, able to see and hear what is on Heaven’s Agenda for the coming times. Holy Spirit filled believers are invited to join the children of Issachar to have understanding of the times and to know what it is the new Israel ought to do.  By WakingEve in Prophetic on July 3, 2019

This understanding is very significant right now because Israel is in the position where it cannot form a government. Having had two elections the leaders are still unable to form a viable, workable coalition. In response to this situation the Lord showed me something. What was it?

The reality is that in the future the Messiah will form the government of Israel and indeed the world, as it is written in Isaiah 9:7,

“Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

This time was prophetically foretold by a well known and respected Jewish Sage, or “Receiver of Messages” named Yitzchak Kaduri, of blessed memory who passed away several years ago.

Here is the reference,

“A report in Israel’s daily Yisrael Hayom this week addressed a report that’s been spread recently on Whatsapp groups and social media that Rav Yitzchak Kaduri, z’tl, predicted the current situation of the deadlock between Likud (Netanayahu) and Blue and White (Gantz) and the fights between the right and left. He said that they would be led by two men with the first name Benyamin!

The message on social media says that ”a sefer” or book, named “U’Shevuato L’Yishchak,” which Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri, z’tl wrote in his youth was recently found in in the yeshiva of the Sages or mekubalim, Nachlas Yitzchak. A prediction was found in the sefer (book) saying: 

“On the eve of the year 5780, the year of tikkunim, (adjustments) there won’t be a governmentin Israel for an extended period of time. The camps will quarrel greatly with each other without reaching any decision. And then, on the day of Rosh Hashana, with the fight that will be in Shamayim (Heaven) and Hakodash Baruch Hu (The Holy One) and His legions will decide between them. This is all I can reveal, and from herein on I swore not to reveal more secrets.

It is important to note that this Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri also wrote very positively about Yeshua being the Messiah. He also ended this revelation” that he would reveal more “secrets” at a later time.”

So this year and decade is dedicated to “the mouth” and how the Lord says that we are to open wide our mouths and that in due season He would fill them with powerful, clear teachings from His perspective. In another place it is mentioned that this will be the year of “adjustments” so we

must be ready to “open our mouths” for His understandings and therefore His adjustments in our lives, our families and our nations. Here is the situation.

Israel needs a major democratic adjustment now and for the future!

I just received an email from our good friend Dr James Lunney, a retired Canadian Member of Parliament, asking us to PRAY for the national elections in Canada on October 21st, 2019.

On October 31, the United Kingdom, (except Scotland) is due to leave the European Union in a move called “Brexit” under Prime Minister Boris Johnson. What an adjustment this will be!

In the USA, hugely divided, the Democrats are calling for the baseless “impeachment” of President Trump. 

Many are hoping, praying and speaking out that there will be major “adjustments” in these nations and indeed around the globe. “Fasten your seat belts – He is driving!’

Thanks again for your support. But we need a major adjustment in our income. Without it we cannot proceed.

Thank God, He Never Fails!

In His love,

Jay and Meridel and sons and team.

Top Photo by Rafael Nir on Unsplash

Double Honour

Dear Friends: 

Today I received this email from our dear Canadian friends, Ralph Rutledge and his sister Norma Jean Mainse. David Mainse, of blessed memory, founded and hosted 100 Huntley Street, Canada’s nationwide Christian TV network. David was a great friend of Israel and of ours. Meridel and I have followed David’s anointed daily blog 100 Words. Now, since David’s graduation to Heaven last year his son, Ron Mainse continues to send out his Dad’s blog at the request of many.  

Meridel, Jay and son David in 1969

We first met David on a Saturday morning in Sept 1969. Norma Jean served us coffee at their kitchen table, while Ron and Ren pranced through the house, slamming the screen door as young teens do! Maybe they thought we were cool because of our Corvette parked in their drive way. Jay and I had recently been shown the left foot of fellowship by well meaning Pastors, when we prayed for their young people to receive the Baptism of the Holy spirit. Hurt, but not deterred; reading the Friday paper, Jay said, “I have to find someone I can speak with.” That was how he found the Rev. David, Mainse, who hosted at 15 minute TV show in Hamilton Ontario at the time.   

We told him of our rather unusual call to ‘sell everything and go to Israel.’ David listened intently and later challenged his entire church to pray that we would sell the Corvette Sting Ray in order to be debt free. Our departure date for Israel was October 20th 1969. David said very carefully looking directly into our eyes: “I do NOT understand your call, but I know this, you are both called by God!”  

“My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; neither shall anyone snatch hem out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand: I and my Father are one.” John 10;27-30 

As David mentions in his article below, he and Norma Jean were our pastors in 1969 when the Lord called us to leave Canada and to do two things. First He said to Meridel, If you love Me, Love My People,” and secondly He said to me, “Declare among the nations; Proclaim, and set up a standard; Publish – do not conceal it.” Jeremiah 50;2a 

So with these brief instructions we gave away our belongings and began a lifetime of blessing Israel. We first began to ‘fish’ for the Jewish people by visiting the heads of Jewish Communities around the globe, 120 nations and seven years later, we made Israel our home. No Jewish soul ever turned us away. The solemn message is even MORE relative today than it was back then: “Behold, I will send for many fishermen, says the LORD, and they shall fish them: and afterward I will send for many hunters and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill and out of the holes of the rocks.” Jeremiah 16:16 

Dear David Mainse did not elaborate… since that photo was taken (see below), both Jay and I completed our earned doctorates: his in history and mine in psychology. We are citizens of Israel and very much at home with our Jewish heritage, which we knew nothing of prior to coming to Israel. 

Left to right: Chris, Daniel, David and Josh

Over the last forty years, Jay and team have produced 150 documentaries  on the unfolding of Israel’s Biblical, natural and prophetic history with our son David working along side of us for 20 years. Because we were are no longer able to support him financially he has taken a position at Media Line in Jerusalem. You can see his weekly news feeds on You Tube at: medialine.com  Chris is a Product Designer and team leader working in Finland as a design specialist at Digitalist a company that creates digital solutions & innovations for companies such as Samsung, Intel, Nokia, Time Warner and more. Josh is also a web designer working for high tech start ups in Israel and New York. Daniel is our cameraman/editor for Jerusalem Vistas. This spring and summer he has been miraculously healed of inflammation of the brain. Thank God! All of our men contribute their expertise to the work. Amen!

Meridel & Jay in Greece July, 2019

 October 20th will begin our 50th anniversary from the day we left Canada for Israel. We will be rejoicing greatly with Jerusalem and with all who love her! Now we will see what the LORD will do with our sons!

You might remember my firsts book; Fishers and Hunters, then; Honour Thy Father???  Together Jay and I wrote: Love My People – Volume 1 Timeless Secrets. I have been blessed to counsel privately and present seminars with instructive workbooks for survivors and educators who attend my seminars on sexual abuse.  We are in the process of publishing my latest work: Healing the Indelible Stain.

 Jay and I are presently building a summer home in Greece, a place of rest and recreation for our tribe. Seven of us live in Europe and seven of us live in Israel. We delight in hand picked encounters day by day as we go about the business of the Master in this new outreach for the Lord!

We send you our love and would be delighted to hear from you.

Jay’s favourite scripture is: “Love, never fails!” 1 Corinthians 13:8

With love and thanksgiving, 

Meridel Rawlings 

Tel: 054 4711786, call us if you are in Jerusalem. 

Box 84156  Mevasseret Zion, 9079097 ISRAEL 

Now back to David’s Mainse’s blog: DOUBLE HONOUR 

Canadian and long-time Christian leader in Israel, Jay Rawlings, holds his Bible on the path that leads to the Eastern Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem. Jay and his wife, Meridel, have built many bridges of relationship between the Jews and Christians. Jay has a Masters Degree in Hospital Administration and was Assistant Administrator of Henderson Hospital in Hamilton as a young man. I had the privilege of serving as their Pastor when God called them to world missions, specifically with a calling to bless God’s ancient people, the Jews. Jay sold his much-loved Corvette Stingray and with their little son, David, they left all to follow Jesus. Jay and Meridel are surely worthy of “double honour,” as they have served as true elders, as Paul said, “in the Word and doctrine.” by the Reverend David Mainse.

PHOTO of JAY

See: www.100words.ca

Thank you letter – August 2019

Jerusalem Vistas Canada Society August 2019 Thank You Letter

Shalom and warm greetings to our dear friends and precious partners,During the first days of August every year we remember with fasting the horrific destructions of our people over the centuries by marking the day called the Ninth of Av or Tisha B’Av in Hebrew.

It is a somber time when one considers all the enormous suffering of our forefathers at the hands of evil despots, ungodly empires and there uncaring people. Here is an abbreviated list of such events that occurred on or around the ninth of Av.

  1. The Twelve Spies sent by Moses to observe the land of Canaan returned from their mission. Only two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, brought a positive report, while the others spoke disparagingly about the land. The majority report caused the Children of Israel to cry, panic and despair of ever entering the “Promised Land”. This day as a day of] crying for the generations”, alluding to the future misfortunes which occurred on the same date.
  2. The First Temple built by King Solomon was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 587 BCE, and the population of the Kingdom of Judah was sent into the Babylonian exile. The First Temple’s destruction began on the 7th of Av (2 Kings 25:8) and continued until the 10th (Jeremiah 52:12). According to the Talmud, the actual destruction of the Temple began on the Ninth of Av, and it continued to burn throughout the Tenth of Av.
  3. The Second Temple built by Ezra and Nehemiah was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE] scattering the people of Judea and commencing the Jewish exile from the Holy Land that continues to this day.
  4. The Romans subsequently crushed Bar Kokhba’s revolt and destroyed the city of Betar, killing over 500,000 Jewish civilians (approximately 580,000) on August 4, 135 CE.
  5. Following the Bar Kokhba revolt, Roman commander Turnus Rufus plowed the site of the Temple in Jerusalem and the surrounding area, in 135 CE and covered it with salt.;
  6. Over time, Tisha B’Av has come to be a Jewish day of mourning, not only for these events, but also for later tragedies which occurred on or near the 9th of Av. References to some of these events appear in liturgy composed for Tisha B’Av.
  7. The First Crusade officially commenced on August 15, 1096, killing 10,000 Jews in its first month and destroying Jewish communities in France and the Rhineland.
  8. The Jews were expelled from England on July 18, 1290 (Av 9)
  9. The Jews were expelled from France on July 22, 1306 (Av 10)
  10. The Jews were expelled from Spain on July 31, 1492 (Av 7)
  11. Germany entered World War I on August 1–2, 1914 (Av 9–10), which caused massive upheaval in European Jewry and whose aftermath led to the Holocaust.
  12. On August 2, 1941 (Av 9), SS commander Heinrich Himmler formally received approval from the Nazi Party for “The Final Solution.” As a result, the Holocaust began during which almost one third of the world’s Jewish population perished.
  13. On July 23, 1942 (Av 9), began the mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, en route to Treblinka.
  14. The AMIA bombing, of the Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, killed 85 and injuring 300 on July 18, 1994 (10 Av)
  15. The Israeli disengagement from Gaza began in the Gaza Strip, expelling 8000 Jews who lived in Gush Katif; August 15, 2005; 10 Av,
  16. While the Holocaust spanned a number of years, most religious communities use Tisha B’Av to mourn its 6,000,000 Jewish victims, in addition to or instead of the secular Holocaust Memorial Days. On Tisha B’Av, communities which otherwise do not modify the traditional prayer liturgy have added the recitation of special prayers related to the Holocaust.”

Regarding point 14 above, yesterday I was reading to Meridel a quote from a book that I have written (and she will later edit) called Timeless Secrets Volume 2 “Miracles Among the Nations.” I was remembering our time in Argentina when visiting the Jewish community in Buenos Aires. We had gone there as a family in 1974 to warn the local Jewish community leaders about the dangers looming on the horizon for them. We also tried to encourage them to make “aliyah” or emigrate to Israel where they will be safe according to the Bible. Many did. Thank God.

One evening an Israeli Secret Service (Mossad) agent came to meet us and asked me, “Where are you getting your message about the dangers for the Jews in Argentina today?”

I told him. “The message comes, right from here pointing to my Bible. “But, he responded, where does it say it is dangerous for Jews to live here?”  “Right from here.”  

“Yes, but where?” he asked.  I then read from Jeremiah 16:15 and 16:

“But the Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.

  For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers.

Behold I will send for many fishermen says the Lord, 

and they shall fish them; 

and afterward I will send for many hunters 

and they shall hunt them

 from every mountain and from every hill and out of the holes of the rocks.”

Jeremiah 16:15-16

I said, “Sir, this means that there is a time coming when people like us will go around the world calling the Jewish people back home – gently, but after that will come a time when cruel hunters will come!”

He was curious and wanted to know more places in the Bible that things like this are written.  We assured him there were lots.  I sat down with him as Meridel put the children to bed.  I wrote out several scripture references warning the Jews to flee the Diaspora and to come home to safety.

As he left he shook his head and smiled, “I will tell my bosses this but they won’t believe it!”  I said, “Yes, I think they will!” I responded.

Sadly Jeremiah’s words came to pass in two horrible and tragic terror attacks in Buenos Aires just as we had warned. See point 14 mentioned above.

This year the Ninth of Av fast is from sunset August 10 to nightfall on August 11, 2019.

Thank you again for your support of our prophetic media ministry. We deeply appreciated each one of you.

In His love, 

Jay Meridel and sons and team.

Photo by Joe Pregadio on Unsplash

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