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

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