Remember the Tentifada in 2011?

“Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the ends of the earth.
Among them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and the one who labours with child together,A great throng shall return there. They shall come with weeping…”Jeremiah 31:8,9a.

In spite of her neighbours with their ongoing lies and continuous attacks, paradoxically, Israel IS Noah’s Arc for Jews according to the Almighty. They began to return home in the 1880’s. No nation wanted Jews. If you doubt this, do a little checking, (Canada included!) The situation only grew worse during WWII. Poor Jews returned to Biblical Zion with weeping weakened by disease and malnutrition just as the Prophets perceived and faithfully penned. This is what makes Israel absolutely unique! Oh, how we love to work to encourage any we meet, to come and take their rightful place here in history…this has always been an underlying goal of our original call, which sent us to Jewish Communities world wide.

Wanting now to focus on inside of Israel, we at Israel Vision are re-posting this production from the summer of 2011. Israelis of all ages were out in protest, locally known as the Tentifada, living in tents and trying to tell the government that they must keep their promises to their citizens. Did these protests bring significant change?Israel is not a perfect country, but it is the only Democracy in the Middle East and our people for the most part remain steadfast and loyal. However, many people, young and old alike, have reached the breaking point. Today, in 2018 is again one of those times.

Anyone who has lived in Israel can attest to the fact that the rents and cost of living are extremely high, and wages are low. Compared to the USA, we pay 23% more in our “cost of living index”.  At the same time, the wages are disgracefully low…so low in fact that a large sector of society can barely afford to rent the meanest of places. The idea of owning an apartment is now, “pie in the sky”, to say nothing of ever owning a house.

To buy a very small apartment will cost about 1.5 to 2 million shekels (between 4-5 hundred thousand dollars). The banks do not give mortgages easily. You must have at least 25% down, and an income of about 20,000 shekels per month, (US 6,000). The long and short of it is: most ordinary people barely earn above minimum wage of 5,000 shekels or US 1,500 dollars per month.

As for rentals, if you live around Jerusalem you will be lucky to find something for under 5,000 shekels (about $1,500)per month. In Israel you must also add property taxes (yes, the renter pays the taxes), building upkeep, and Insurance in addition to the on going monthly expenses of electricity, water, gas and phone/internet/cable. All this for a tiny place with no closets, cupboards, appliances and in most cases no light fixtures. Of course, there are always “good deals”but they are few and far in between and there will be dozens of people wanting them. No wonder people are up in arms. We are a hungry country with 1 in 3 children in Israel living in poverty. Can you believe that? Its a shocker!

So…in frustration and desperation people set up tents and protest. Today, almost seven years on we must ask, “are things any better?” To be honest, there have been improvements for the disabled which everyone is happy about, but the high cost of living~as in most countries~continues and more and more Israelis are falling through the cracks.

Tentifada in Israel (2011) Part I

Revisiting Sderot on the Gaza Border

Yes, this is an old film, but, we are re-posting it for a reason. In recent weeks Iran has become even more antagonistic towards Israel. As a result, the ruling elite in the Gaza strip have begun to once again rear their heads with threats to annihilate the state of Israel.
When the IDF went into Gaza in 2009, Jay, David and Daniel drove to Sderot, a small town on the border of Gaza to see what the people were going through. They heard the explosions, spoke to the citizens and toured the spots where rockets had struck. The idea that citizens had “15 Seconds” to find shelter was sobering. How do you even teach young children to run for a bomb shelter??
During this time, Earl Cox, an international broadcaster and journalist was also in Sderot. He was there to support the people. One evening he even purchased pizzas and drinks for the soldiers of the IDF who were on active duty along the border.
Mr. Cox invited David Rawlings and the Mayor of Sderot to Washington. David was able to record the Mayor as he gave his thoughts on the situation in Israel and thanked the American people for their support.
Now, in 2018 as you watch this, please take note~time has indeed passed, but nothing has really changed~Israel’s enemies continue to surround her and threaten the annihilation of the world’s only Jewish State.

Happy New Year greetings from Jay & Meridel

Dear Special

​Friends and Deeply ​A​ppreciated partners,

This is the time of year when one stops to reflect on the last 12 months and to look forward to the next 365 days – by faith.

We as a team are very thankful for all the Miracles that the Lord gave us last year. We heard from many of you and for that we are grateful. Thanks for sharing with us your needs, your hopes and dreams and of your triumphs and victories and your love gifts.​

Many of you have asked about my health. I am so very glad to report – victory.
I just had an Echogram and my heart is beating normally and the blood is moving through my heart in the right direction. ​Praise God.​ I also took a “stress test” and that also turned out very well too.​

My cardiologists are happy with my progress. Thank God forevermore. I sincerely appreciate your prayers and your words of encouragement. 

Meridel has been an outstanding “woman of valor” and “her children and grandchildren rise up and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31: 10-31 After Yeshua she is my best gift from my Heavenly Father.

Here in Israel we are surrounded by those who call for our demise. However we are so glad for His promises that say they are eternal and are for both now and forevermore. The Scriptures says that, “the eyes of the Lord are continually on Israel from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof.” Not one of His good promises will fail. Amen and Amen!

Thank God we were able to complete 2 full length movies, called “Keys to Success” and “The Heart of God – at Work in the Holy Land.”  We also finished 2 anniversary specials. First in July, 2017 on the “Seventy Years since the Exodus

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and secondly just today, “One Hundred Years since General Allenby Liberated Jerusalem.” 

Both of these are available on our Israel Vision website and Blogspot.

www.israelvision.com and israelvisiontv.blogspot.com 

We are ever grateful for YOU our precious supporters that enable us to publish the Word of God out from Jerusalem to a worldwide audience.

May God Richly Bless you is our prayer.

Jay and Meridel and Team​

IVTV Report – General Allenby 100th year commemoration in Jerusalem

100 years ago, on 11th December 1917, General Edmund Allenby, entered Jerusalem on foot, out of respect for the status of Jerusalem as the Holy City important to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Now, in 2017 a re-enactment of that historic day took place at Jaffa Gate, of the Old City of Jerusalem. Jay and Meridel Rawlings join the hosts of people including Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and the great, great nephew of General Allenby, Viscount Henry J. H. Allenby

Greetings for a blessed Rosh ha Shannah 5778

Dear Friends and Partners of Israel Vision,

We are inspired by this piece and know that you will be too. Israel is masterful at finding her lost treasures, especially her spiritual treasure.  Please enjoy this and pass it on far and wide.

You are well aware that Israel has said in so many words that ‘Evil’ is not going to flourish on our watch.  We went up in Galilee one night looking out over the Sea and there were three aircraft which drew our attention. Then we heard the bombs.  Yes… they took out a  hidden secret Syrian factory of deadly gases.  In 2013, Syria was believed by the world that she had gotten rid of her chemical warfare.  We are dealing with liars and killers.  Give thanks for Israel dear friends. You  know the scripture says about the SALT OF THE EARTH! WE HAVE NOT LOST OUR SAVOUR. Pray for us all here.

Now to end with a very sweet, and inspiring note:

Jay and I send you greetings for a blessed Rosh ha Shannah 5778.
It comes in the evening of September 20th until the 23rd.
Let the LORD God be blessed!

Love from the Rawlings tribe.

Still Small Voice thanks you… Sept. 2017

Dear Friends:

“Behold how good and blessed it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  For there the LORD commanded a blessing – Life forevermore.”  Ps. 133: 1,3b.

Before summer completely slips away, here is an update on Jay. We enjoyed our first date since his surgery three months ago. Shlomi Arad, one of Daniel’s friends at age 3 made our garden his second home. He found his soulmate and we all shared in the joy of his wedding day.  After the ceremony when we joined them under the huppa. Suddenly, Shlomi laid his hands on Jay and commanded a blessing!  

“Blessed is he who blesses you…” Numbers 24:9b

“This is how I feel right now” Jay said, looking into the face of a delicately perfumed peach rose. Photo left. “Its going on three months now since the doctors repaired my mitral valve and regulated my heart beat. I am feeling so much better and grow stronger every day. I thank you for your prayers.  Thank God. Thank you Yeshua.”  

Last week we visited his electrocardiologist and he
blessed Jay with a clean bill of health.

“Are you working?”

“Yes!” I’ve completed the script for a film, and am now working on a book.”

“Good!” the Dr. exclaimed. “Keep it up.”

Jay and Daniel are working on a second film about our refugee families, 12 in all safely prospering, working and studying in Guelph. Jay and Jan Karnis have completed a documentary on the lives of our dear friends Bill and Audrey Martin in Alberta, Canada. The Keys of Success, highlights the principles that ensured blessing in their lives and those of their children and grandchildren. They are an example in every way including their faithfulness in prayer for Israel. Thankfully they stand with us here in Israel and are a continual blessing.

We are so at home here in Israel, a unique land and people in many ways. One is the hot dry weather that decends every summer lasting right through September. Without sunscreen you will burn unmercifully.  Up here in the hills of Benjamin and Judah we are blessed with cool breezes at night and DEW nearly every evening. Dew only falls when the air grows completely still. Blessedly it bathes everything in its path. This was the secret of such bountiful crops in Bible times when they didn’t have irrigation to water the parched earth. I, Meridel tell Jay:  “We live by the dew…” I named our garden Gan Tal. Tal is Hebrew for dew. What a refreshing it is and always blesses.

September brings with it the ‘Second Spring’  along with that also the ‘Second Harvest’.

We have already personally harvested figs, grapes and pomegranates. Soon the cotton and wheat fields will be harvested. The olives are already huge and their weight is so heavy on the boughs, some have snapped off. We must place supports beneath them. Fall also brings back all the flowers to bud

and bloom again in a blessed newness of life. Oranges and avocodos are back on the market stalls now. Photo: Rt: The tip of the pomegranate. Its likeness was sowen on the bottom of the High Priest’s garment alternately with a bell.

“For My Name shall be great among the nations,” says the LORD of Hosts.” Malachi 1:11e.

However, we are surrounded by  enemies who hate Israel to be blessed…so be in prayer for Israel over this Jewish New Year and Feast of Tabernacles. The Iranians are building a munitions factory on our northern border with Syria. They have long range missles in Syria as I write, that can reach any part of Israel. North Korea has been supplying Syria with sarine gas; which has killed hundreds this year. These nations have broken UN agreements. And Russia acts as though she were not aware of it? Treason!

September this year arrives in the Hebrew month of Elul. It ushers in a time of brevity for all believing Jews of whatever persuasion. It is a month of prayer, heart searching, repentance and fasting; culminating in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Repentance is a very commom theme in Judaism. Oh how we all need it! I have just completed a 14 day fast, the hardest in my experience. It never gets easier, that is the truth. When the shofars are blown all over the land; feasting and great joy breaks forth in that order. Living here continously for 41 years, we contuinue to be surprised and delighted with life here. The People and the Land of the Bible, the land of Moses and Jesus and vibrant young Israelis today, our own young people among them is our high calling! We forget the curses of the nations and repeat the words of the prophets and Jesus by which all men will be judged. May God grant us His cleansing and Peace in a time of war! He is our only Source and the secret of our sustenance.  “Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 124:8

Since we opened the Int’l Christian Embassy September 1980 multitudes of Christians have learned to love the Feast of Tabernacles. Their hearts have been captivated by the richness of their Roots. After all Jesus is the root and offspring of King David. One day He will sit on  David’s throne. We await tens of thousands of pilgrims to the cith of the great king, Jerusalem. They “come up” to Jerusalem just as prophesied and the entire nation of Israel feels their hearts of love and blessing!

Many Christians concern themselves with the date of September 23rd, which happens to be the Jewish New Year. Photo of the  Constellation Virgo (Virgin) left. But this time their concern is linked to the alignment of the sun and moon and planets. Christian groups equate this event to: “Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.” Rev. 12:1,2.

I refer you to the following website. Get the facts from a Christian astromomer, a scientist. Be informed. Ask your children or granchildren to help you find this site.

https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/stars/what-will-happen-september-23-2017/

Israeli Rabbis speak: I will paraphrase what I heard on a ILTV interview news program from Tel Aviv. “We know that prophecy is has been fulfilled and is being fulfilled. But, because of our very long and sad history the Jewish people try not to speculate over such events.Terrible mistakes were made. We do know that there will be painful times, ahead, which we call the ‘birth pangs’ of Messiah. Only then can we know who Messiah is. Yes, it is obvious that time is short.”

Would you like to join me, Meridel , in the following prayer as I speak out the perfectly expressed heart’s cry of a person named Jabez?

It is a spectular, perfect prayer to Almighty God. “And Jabez called upon the name of the God of Israel saying,Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, 

that I may not cause pain!’”  Chronicles 4:10

My Book Hidden Wounds:(working title): “It is powerful and will bless multitudes” ! says Jay.  A old friend was here for Shabbat dinner. We last saw him in April when he came for a counseling session. That was four months ago, not a word, until he showed up for dinner. I had given him a copy of one chapter from this book. Suffering as he was from tormenting thoughts from childhood, he desperately needed to understand the vital concept of how to get free and stay free. The first thing he said upon entering the house: “Oh, Meridel, I read your chapter and did my homework and have never looked back!”  Wow! That was it! This was a big encouragement to me. Didn’t Jesus say how few ever came back to say ‘thank you’ and to bless in return? Yes I was encouraged and am working to have the book edited by mid-September. Then it goes to other editors and then the printer. I ask for your prayers and help with the printing costs.

Trip to Nepal: Yes, we have the Nepal film on trafficking in English, German, Finnish, Russian, Estonian, and Spanish.  If you would like to request a copy then do so! Share it with others, help us. But more needs to be done We want to get back into Nepal and stir up the faith of the co-workers there. It is very much on my heart. It is time to return with a film crew. We need airfare at US $2,000. a ticket plus accommodation and food for four people. I would also like to take an offering for Indira. My heart’s cry is to get out into the fields and villages with Indira.  Please help us in this endeavour. It would be best if we could leave by the end of October this fall. Please don’t just read this, help us to return and continue to make a difference.  Thank you so much. I am counting on your help. No gift is too small, neither is any too large. I need to hear from you. Thank you. Look what we have done, our film has gone farand wide. Here am I. Hinayi. great, but the    

               The harvest truly is great bit the laborers are few: therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His  harvest… I send you out as lambs among wolves.” Luke 10:2,3a

Photos: Chris, Me, David Lt.

Ministering on a Nepali farm. Rt.

Alma Hagen my mentor. Lt.

Prayer for the farmer’s wife. Below

Indira Ghale heading up the work. Rt.

Meridel Rawlings and family.

Dr. Meridel Rawlings, Box 84156, Mevasseret Zion, 9079097.
Email: meridel.rawlings@gmail.com Website: stillsmallvoice.tv 

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