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

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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


Israel Vision Talks

Israel Vision Talks is the 2nd in a series of talks featuring Meridel and Daniel Rawlings. In this, they discuss the uniqueness of Israel, as she “arose” from the ashes to create a vibrant country within only seventy years! Listen as they discuss some of the medical, scientific and artistic accomplishments of this tiny nation

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.

Alan Dershowitz addresses the worldwide surge of anti-Semitism

Photo: Eutoday.net news


– Why are so many grandchildren of Nazis and Nazi collaborators who brought us the Holocaust once again declaring war on the Jews?

– Why have we seen such an increase in anti-Semitism and irrationally virulent anti-Zionism in Western Europe?

 

To answer these questions, a myth must first be exposed. That myth is the one perpetrated by the French, Dutch, Norwegians, Swiss, Belgians, Austrians, and many other western Europeans: namely that the Holocaust was solely the work of German Nazis aided perhaps by some Polish, Ukrainian, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian collaborators. False.

 

The Holocaust was perpetrated by Europeans: by Nazi sympathizers and collaborators among the French, Dutch, Norwegians, Swiss, Belgians, Austrians and other Europeans, both Western and Eastern.

 

If the French government had not deported more Jews than their German occupiers asked for, to the death; if so many Dutch and Belgian citizens and government officials had not cooperated in the roundup of Jews; if so many Norwegians had not supported Quisling; if Swiss government officials and bankers had not exploited Jews; if Austria had not been more Nazi than the Nazis, the Holocaust would not have had so many Jewish victims.

 

In light of the widespread European complicity in the destruction of European Jewry, the pervasive anti- Semitism and irrationally hateful anti-Zionism that has recently surfaced throughout Western Europe toward Israel should surprise no one. “Oh no,” we hear from European apologists. “This is different. We don’t hate the Jews. We only hate their nation-state. Moreover, the Nazis were right-wing. We are left-wing, so we can’t be anti-Semites.”Nonsense. The hard left has a history of anti-Semitism as deep and enduring as the hard right. The line from Voltaire to Karl Marx, to Lavrenti Beria, to Robert Faurisson, to today’s hard-left Israel bashers is as straight as the line from Wilhelm Mars to the persecutors of Alfred Dreyfus to Hitler.

 

The Jews of Europe have always been crushed between the Black and the Red – victims of extremism whether it be the ultra-nationalism of Khmelnitsky to the ultra-anti-Semitism of Stalin. “But some of the most strident anti-Zionists are Jews, such as Norman Finkelstein and even Israelis such as Gilad Atzmon. Surely they can’t be anti-Semites?” Why not? Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas collaborated with the Gestapo. Atzmon, a hard leftist, describes himself as a proud self-hating Jew and admits that his ideas derive from a notorious anti-Semite. He denies that the Holocaust is historically proved but he believes that Jews may well have killed Christian children to use their blood to bake Passover matzah. And he thinks it’s “rational” to burn down synagogues. Finkelstein believes in an international Jewish conspiracy that includes Steven Spielberg, Leon Uris, Eli Wiesel, and Andrew Lloyd Webber!

 

“But Israel is doing bad things to the Palestinians,” the European apologists insist, “and we are sensitive to the plight of the underdog.”

 

No, you’re not! Where are your demonstrations on behalf of the oppressed Tibetans, Georgians, Syrians, Armenians, Kurds, or even Ukrainians? Where are your BDS movements against the Chinese, the Russians, the Cubans, the Turks, or the Assad regime? Only the Palestinians, only Israel? Why? Not because the Palestinians are more oppressed than these and other groups. Only because their alleged oppressors are Jews and the nation-state of the Jews. Would there be demonstrations and BDS campaigns on behalf of the Palestinians if they were oppressed by Jordan or Egypt? Oh, wait! The Palestinians were oppressed by Egypt and Jordan… The West Bank and Gaza were an open-air prison between 1948 and 1967 when Egypt and Jordan were the occupying powers. And remember Black September, when Jordan killed more Palestinians than Israel did in a century? (3,000) I don’t remember any demonstration or BDS campaigns — because there weren’t any.”

 

When Arabs occupy or kill Arabs, Europeans go ho-hum. But when Israel opens a soda factory in Maale Adumim, which even the Palestinian leadership acknowledges will remain part of Israel in any peace deal, Oxfam parts ways with Scarlett Johansson for advertising a soda company that employs hundreds of Palestinians. Keep in mind that Oxfam has provided “aid and material support” to two anti-Israel terrorist groups, according to the Tel Aviv-based Israeli Law Group.

 

The hypocrisy of so many hard-left western Europeans would be staggering if it were not so predictable based on the sordid history of Western Europe’s treatment of the Jews. Even England, which was on the right side of the war against Nazism, has a long history of anti-Semitism, beginning with the expulsion of the Jews in 1290 to the notorious White Paper of 1939, which prevented the Jews of Europe from seeking asylum from the Nazis in British-mandated Palestine… And Ireland, which vacillated in the war against Hitler, boasts some of the most virulent anti-Israel rhetoric. The simple reality is that one cannot understand the current western European left-wing war against the nation-state of the Jewish people without first acknowledging the long-term European war against the Jewish people themselves.

 

Theodore Herzl understood the pervasiveness and irrationality of European anti-Semitism, which led him to the conclusion that the only solution to Europe’s Jewish problem was for European Jews to leave that bastion of Jew-hatred and return to their original homeland, which is now the State of Israel.

 

None of this is to deny Israel’s imperfections or the criticism it justly deserves for some of its policies. But these imperfections and deserved criticism cannot even begin to explain, much less justify, the disproportionate hatred directed against the only nation-state of the Jewish people and the disproportionate silence regarding the far greater imperfections and deserved criticism of other nations and groups including the Palestinians.

 

Nor is this to deny that many western European individuals and some western European countries have refused to succumb to the hatred against the Jews or their state. The Czech Republic comes to mind. But far too many western Europeans are as irrational in their hatred toward Israel as their for-bearers were in their hatred toward their Jewish neighbors.

 

As author Amos Oz once aptly observed: the walls of his grandparents’ Europe were covered with graffiti saying, “Jews, go to Palestine.” Now they say, “Jews, get out of Palestine,” by which is meant Israel.

 

Who do these western European bigots think they’re fooling? Only fools who want to be fooled in the interest of denying that they are manifesting new variations on their grandparents’ old biases. Any objective person with an open mind, open eyes, and an open heart must see the double standard being applied to the nation-state of the Jewish people. Many doing so are the grandchildren of those who lethally applied a double standard to the Jews of Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.

Prayer Alert, Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe


Israel Vision Thanks you…                                    
March 2019

You do not have because you do not ask.

Ask and it shall be given to you, 

For everyone who asks receives; 

and he who seeks finds; 

and to him who knocks it shall be opened.

James 4:2  Matthew 7:7,8.

Shalom all who want to make a difference in these dark days:

I asked our eldest son, David, over Shabbat, “Which area is the most dangerous for Israel; militant Iran or Europe with its sweeping radical changes?” In France alone, ISIS has murdered 230 people.  Without hesitation, he responded: “Europe.” I agree and the following information will substantiate this conviction.

Our conversation continued: “David, we’ve been working for aliyah, helping to encourage Jews to come home to Israel for 50 years now. And with all of the Jew-hatred worldwide; this call is even more important than ever!  As a family, we created, films, TV shows, books, and lectures. Together we have told the world of Israel’s historic and prophetic place in ancient and modern history. We have also been vanguards for victims in the war on sexual abuse globally. BUT, nothing has changed! If anything, anti-Semitism and sexual abuse continue to grow. We hear daily about the parabolic rise of anti-Semitism globally linked to hatred of Israel. Sexual abuse has never been more prevalent. And right here in Israel, the issues remain basically unchanged… terror threats, hatred and clever smear champagnes from the Palestinians never seem to change.” We have entered a very dark night.

David agreed and shocked me by saying: “The Holocaust could happen again. The stage is being set. Just think, now with the world GPS systems, we would n’t be able to hide Jews. It’s very serious in spite of the miracle that Israel is an island of democracy and sanity surrounded by the growing sea of madness.

I said. “When I read the books Dad and I wrote 40 years ago… the basic issues are exactly the same. The difference is that today the Judaeo-Christian ethic is under fierce attack by the godless Right and Left in Europe; add to this the continued rise of Fundamentalism Islam in both East and West.

David encouraged me with: “You and Dad have always been prophetic; I want to encourage you to arrange speaking engagements. You need to spend time with the people of Europe.  In every meeting it’s important to have question and answer sessions!”

FACTS:

USA: Minneapolis Minnesota according to the FBI is the top hotbed of terror. 45 Somalis left to join ISIS  and El Shabab over the last 5 years. 12 were arrested trying to join ISIS. Congresswoman Ilan Omar was put into office by this radical Muslim Islamic sentiment. This socialist Democrat detests Israel and says so!

UK: Prime Minister Theresa May addressed anti-semitism within the institution of the British Parliament; which has increased 75% nationwide in one year. ISRAEL is the only nation who has signed a 10 Billion Pound trade deal with a Britain free from the restrictions of the EU to go into effect in April 2019.

REMEMBER: THE UK and the USA have been the greatest global Lighthouses for the Gospel in history! Christian Britains have been fasting and praying holding days of prayer for their nation. We must all pray, speak out, warn all you meet. Invite Jay and I to come to your area to speak out and bring clarity.

Together we were used to changing history in the 1980s and 1990s and we can do it again!

Contact us: jvrawlings@gmail.com  

Dance of Kindness

Dance for Kindness
Dancing has a way of breaking down barriers of bitterness and hatred, ignorance and isolation. 120 nations joined together with Jerusalem to “dance for kindness.” For the first time ever Gaza joined in. The common thread that stitched these inspiring dancers from across the globe to come together was the character quality of Kindness.
Jerusalem Vistas was called by Adi, the choreographer, and our daughter in law. “Jay, come we need to film this very special event.” Daniel headed the film crew as she led 500 Israelis of all ages in a dance celebrating… yes KINDNESS! They danced to the song ‘Unity’ created by the Solomon Brother’s and played by their Jerusalem Band. The lyrics go like this…

“There is a shining light in every one of us…
Every person in this world is a diamond in the rough.
One soul, one goal, one love, Unity!
Join us. One forever!