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.

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Israel Visionin uutiskirje, Toukokuu 2019

kirjoittanut tri Jay Rawlings

Shalom kallisarvoiset ystävät ja yhteistyökumppanit!

Varhain viime lauantaina kännykkäni alkoi piipata. Tiesin välittömästi mistä kyse. Meridel ja minä aloimme rukoilla ja esirukoilla.

Kännykässäni on sovellus nimeltä ”Red Alert” eli punainen, siis kiireellinen ja tärkeä hälytys. Se hälyttää aina, kun Israeliin osuu raketteja. Hätäpiippauksia tuli yksi toisensa jälkeen lähes tauotta. Maan eteläosaan osui satamäärin hengenvaarallisia, räjähteillä lastattuja raketteja Gazasta. Kännykkäni pärisi hätäpiippauksia tuntikausia.

Tähän aamuun mennessä, toukokuun 6. päivään, yhteensä 700 rakettia on iskeytynyt asutusalueille Askeloniin, Asdodiin, Siderotiin, Beersebaan ja moniin muihin asutuskeskuksiin. Vain 12 km meistä etelään, Beit Shemeshiin osui niinikään. Hävitys, tuho on rikollismaista. Israelilaisista 150 on haavoittunut, osa hengenvaarallisesti, ja 4 henkilöä on kuollut. Pommisuojista turvaa etsineistä ihmisistä 1,5 miljoonaa on traumatisoitunut vakavasti.

Israelin hävittäjät vastasivat ja tuhosivat Hamasin rakettien ampumatukikohtia. Siinä yhteydessä kuoli 23 terroristia ja toimijaa. Surullista kyllä, sivuvaikutuksena vahinkoa koitui muillekin ihmisille, sillä terroristit piileskelevät palestiinalaisten ja heidän kotiensa, sairaaloidensa, lastentarhojensa ja koulujensa suojissa. He toimivat tällä tavalla, jotta uutisissa Israel esitetään julmana hyökkääjänä. Päinvastainen on totta.

Rukoilettehan kanssamme, että tämä hulluus loppuu ja Gazan tilanteeseen saadaan pysyvä ratkaisu. Useimmat palestinalaiskansalaiset haluavat sieltä pois. Vaan heitä heidän omat Hamas-johtajansa pitävätä siellä (pantti)vankeina. Samaan aikaan Israel toimittaa heille sähköä, vettä, polttoainetta, ruokaa ja lääkkeitä, siis Israelin vannoutuneille vihollisille. Maailman lehdistö ei koskaan raportoi näistä tosiasioista.

Jumalan sana on ainut lohtumme.
Te saatte kuulla sodan ääniä ja sanomia sodista, mutta älkää pelästykö. Näin täytyy tapahtua, mutta se ei vielä ole loppu.” Matteus 24:6
Mene, kansani, kammioihisi ja sulje ovet jälkeesi. Pysy piilossa hetken aikaa, kunnes viha on mennyt ohi,” Jesaja 26:20
”Armahda minua, Jumala, armahda minua, sillä sinuun sieluni turvautuu. Minä turvaudun sinun siipiesi suojaan, kunnes onnettomuudet ovat menneet ohi.” Psalmi 57:2
”Jumala on meidän turvamme ja väkevyytemme, varma apumme hädän hetkellä.” Psalmi 46:2”Ei hän pelkää pahaa sanomaa. Hänen sydämensä on vahva, hän turvaa Herraan.” Psalmi 112: 7”… ja teidän elämänne on Kristuksen kanssa kätkettynä Jumalassa.” Kirje kolossalaisille 3:3”Tämän olen puhunut teille, että teillä olisi minussa rauha. Maailmassa teillä on ahdistus, mutta olkaa rohkeat: minä olen voittanut maailman.” 
Johannes 16:33

Kiitos rukouksista nuorimman poikamme Danielin puolesta. Kymmenen päivää sitten hän joutui äkisti puhevaikeuksien vuoksi sairaalaan; samaan paikkaan, missä minulle suoritettiin avosydänleikkaus. Sairaalassa hänelle tehtiin useita kokeita, mm. tietokonetomografia ja magneettikuvaus sekä otettiin selkäydinneste- ja verikokeita. Hänellä arveltiin olevan tulehdus

aivoissa. Syytä ei tiedetä. Nyt Daniel on kotona saamassa tulehdusestolääkitystä ja rukousta. Näemme paranemisen edistyvän joka päivä, mutta hän joutuu vielä sairaalaan kuukauden kuluttua toiseen magneettikuvaukseen ja Israelin taitavimpiin kuuluvan neurologin vastaanotolle.

Kiitos rukouksista. Me olemme edustajanne tässä maassa ja pyydämme apua kanssaihmisiltä tällaisella hetkellä.

Israel Vision Newsletter – May 2019

Written by Dr. Jay Rawlings

Shalom Dear Friends and Partners,


Early last Saturday morning my phone started beeping. I instantly knew what it was. Meridel and I started to pray and intercede.

I have an App on my phone called “Red Alert” and it sounds an alarm whenever Israel is being hit by rockets. It kept ringing and hardly stopped. Continuously the southern part of the nation was hit by hundreds and hundreds of deadly explosive-laden missiles from Gaza. My phone alarm sounded for hours.

This morning , May 6th, the current total is 700 rockets that struck the population areas of Ashkelon, Ashdod, Sderot, Beer Sheva, and many other population centers even reaching to Beit Shemesh just 12 km south of us. The destruction and carnage is criminal. There have been 150 Israeli citizens injured, some critically while leaving 4 dead and 1.5 million people severely traumatized seeking refuge in their bomb shelters.

Israeli jets responded taking out scores of Hamas rocket launch sites killing 23 terrorists and operatives. Sadly some collateral damage occurred because the terrorists hide right in the middle of Palestinian, homes, hospitals, kindergartens and schools. They do this on purpose so that the news portrays the Israelis as the cruel aggressors. The opposite is true.

Please join us in prayer for this madness to stop and that a permanent solution will be found in Gaza. Most of the Palestinian citizens there want out. However, they are held as captives by their own Hamas leaders. Meanwhile Israel supplies, electricity, water, fuel, food and medicines to them, Israel’s sworn enemies. The world press never reports these facts.

The Word of God is our only comfort.

You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Matthew 24:6

Go, my people, enter your rooms (shelters) and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. Isaiah 26:20,21

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. 
Psalm 57:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7Your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. Colossians 3:3

‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’ John 16:33

Thank you for praying for our youngest son Daniel. Ten days ago he was suddenly admitted with speech difficulties, to the hospital where I had my open heart surgery, They gave him many tests including one CT scan and 2 MRI’s as well as a spinal fluid tap and blood tests. They decided that he had an inflammation of the brain. The cause was unknown. He is now home on anti-inflammatory medicine and prayer. We see an improvement every day. But he must go back to the hospital in one month for another MRI exam and a consultation with one of the leading neurologists in Israel. Thank you for your prayers.

We are your feet on the ground here, reaching out to our fellow citizens at such a time as this.


Urgent Prayer Needed!

We are asking all of our friends and Prayer Warrior partners to please put out immediate prayer for Jay and Meridel Rawling’s youngest son Daniel.

He is currently in hospital in Jerusalem. He has an inflammation in the brain, which is affecting his speech. Jay and Meridel are at his side. The neurologists are currently performing investigative procedures.
We are all so grateful for the immediate, and professional quality of response from the medical staff at the hospital.
Please, Pray!
 You may address any messages to this email address: jvistas@gmail.com

All messages will be printed and given to Jay and Meridel to read to Daniel.
May God bring Daniel complete healing!
With Love and Thanks,
The Rawlings / Jerusalem Vistas Family


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Jay’s Monthly Thank you letter for March 2019

Dear and Precious Friends and Partners,

As I was praying about writing this letter to you this month, I felt the “Still Small Voice” say to me, “Tell them about your early days in Israel.” I wasn’t sure how far to go back, but then this verse came to me in my Bible reading,

And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!

1 Thessalonians 5:12 MSG

That’s it! I want to overwhelm you with appreciation and love – today. I want to honor, many of you leaders, pastors and evangelists, both men and women around the world, who have worked so hard and given so royally to help Meridel and myself and our team to educate a large worldwide audience about God’s faithfulness to His Word and keeping power concerning His covenants to Israel.

When we came to Israel as a family in 1969, we had no idea what we were going to do. All we knew was that our marching orders, way back 50 years ago, were twofold, First, Meridel heard the Lord say to her, “If you love me? Then love My people.

Secondly, the Lord gave me a scripture from Jeremiah 50:2a which says, in the MSG Bible,

 “Get the word out to the nations! Preach it! Go public with this, broadcast it far and wide: 

Back then, five decades ago, we were a young married couple with one son, David, nine months old. We had no clue how to be obedient to and to fulfill these clear and quite simple instructions. We felt like Meridel’s pioneering forefathers when they came to Canada from Switzerland, England, and Ireland in the 1800s. Likewise, my grandparents came to Canada in the early 1900s, very poor, uneducated, with a few clothes on their backs. They arrived from England, Scotland, and France. They too were pioneers!

Like countless thousands and thousands of thousands, they faced the cold, foreboding Canadian winters. A vast uninhabited wilderness lay before them. This scenario of settlers seeking a better life also happened in America, Australia, South Africa, and South America to name a few places.

We too felt like we were pioneers in Israel. We discovered, that our first task was to pray! Then to listen for His instructions and act upon them in obedience. 

In 1969, Israel was a lot different than it is today. Following Israel’s miraculous victory in the 1967 Six Day War, there was a sense of euphoria in the nation. But this, however, would be short-lived, as by 1973 the Yom Kippur War, severely hurt Israel. In the beginning, Syrian and Egyptian tanks devastated the IDF or Israel Defence Forces in the Sinai and on the Golan Heights. Initially, this war, which the Arabs started on the Holiest Day of the Jewish year, caused huge losses in personnel and equipment. It was also a case of nuclear brinkmanship between the USA and the USSR. The current situation today is quite similar in that Syria involves Russia, Iran, Turkey against Israel and the USA.

Back then in the late 1970s, our first prayer meetings were held out in the woods where we could sing and praise God without calling attention to ourselves. Month by month a small group of us would turn up for these meetings. Our children played around us as we interceded and petitioned Heaven’s Gate.

At that time, I would estimate that there were about 25 to 50 Jewish believers in Yeshua in all of Israel. Slowly the numbers began to increase. The relations between the Arab believers and Jewish believers in Yeshua began to blossom. Miracles started to happen in spite of strong persecution by the ultra-Orthodox religious Jews. Thank God for the bravery, grit, and perseverance of the early believers, Arab and Jew, and internationals alike.

Today, there are about 20 to 25,000 Messianic believers and an equal number of Evangelical Arabs. This coupled with many vibrant congregations, Bible Schools, Pro-Life works, prayer groups plus services to the poorest of the poor in Israel today, represent His hands at work. Over the years I have made several promotional documentaries on the vibrancy of the Gospel work going on in Israel today. Thank God for these miracles.

In obedience to the Lord, we continue to send our regular TV and Internet reports on interesting prophetic subjects happening in Israel today. We have also started a pioneering work in Greece. In fact, our son Josh and I are there as I write this letter to you. Again it is pondering work for the Lord.

( I now know what the Apostle Paul must have felt like when writing in this part of the world, it’s a bit lonely)

We send our love and appreciation to you for your support to our ongoing, “pioneering works for the Lord.”   May you be overwhelmed with love and appreciation, – TODAY

In His service,

Jay, Meridel, sons, and team.

Israel Vision – Middle East Update

Ori Ansbacher, aged 19, was a gentle Jewish soul who volunteered with disadvantaged kids of all faiths. On Feb. 7th, 2019, while walking alone in the forest near Jerusalem, she was raped, stabbed multiple times and decapitated.

Arafat Irfayia: Ori’s murderer, a proud Palestinian from Hebron smirks, “I wanted to return to an Israeli jail. “Now officially a Hero of the Resistance, according to the Palestinian Authority, he will receive $3,700 US. salary monthly for life (paid by UK & EU taxpayers). He will likely spend at most 10 years in a comfortable Israeli jail and will also enjoy the honor of having schools and roads named after him.

Here in Israel, we feel that justice has been turned upon its head. This despicable murderer is no doubt the victim of the P.A.’s educational system of hatred of Israel; brainwashing their children and youth to believe the highest honor is to murder an Israeli.

Former Israeli PM Ehud Barak,  since the Oslo Accords in 1982 was ‘Inspector’ on behalf of Israel for anti-semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric perpetrated in Palestinian school books. Recently he confessed to never having looked between the covers of their school books. My question is, AT  WHAT PRICE? We have a generation of adult Palestinians who believe the highest good is to murder Israelis. It was Plato who said:

“The most important quest in life is who gets to teach the children and what they teach them?” How true.  “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

Iran is on the move, celebrating 40 years as the Islamic Republic. They boast of their strong presence in Lebanon and Turkey to fight the terrorism of Israel. They work to assure the world that they have never attacked any nation.FACT:  Iran installed enough long-range missiles in Lebanon to attack Israel day and night for three weeks non-stop. One must use critical thinking in reading any ‘so-called’ news.