June 2021

Dear Friends:

Photo: Daniel and I, with Jojo and Sheba

“ … and  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes;

 and there will no longer be death; 

there will no longer be sorrow and anguish, 

or crying or pain; for the former things have passed away.”  -Rev. 21:4

The missile attacks from Gaza were eleven days of hell. Our neighbours mischief never stops. The foment began right in the heart of Jerusalem at the Damascus Gate and on the nearby rapid transit train. Palestinian youth dared to assault Jews and post their disgusting attacks on ‘Tik Tok’ so the whole world could see what low-lives they are. Then young Israelis began to fight back, but the whole world went crazy too. Both Israelis and Palestinians were fleeing the missiles. Jews in every major city found themselves being preyed upon, hounded, beaten up, screamed at, threatened with rape and death. 112 synagogues burned, hundred of homes were sacked and many others damaged in the heart of Israel. This madness continues worldwide. “the beast was given power to make war with the saints.” -Rev.13:3

“No, no!” You say.“You’ve got it all wrong, that scripture happens during the tribulation.” Forget your neat charts and doctrines and open your eyes. With anti-Semitism exploding globally. Jews are not safe on any street worldwide or in their homes,neither are you! Pay attention, and wake up!

The Still Small Voice

I was sensing that I needed to go on a water fast. I am no stranger to fasting and have done several 40 day water fasts in the past. So I prayed and the answer to my query came, swifty and quietly. “Begin on Monday.” God never wastes words.That Monday just happened to be May 10th when the war broke out in full force. 4,000 rockets were launched into civilian areas in Israel including Jerusalem. Don’t forget the mortars. Together, Hamas launched 7,000 devices against us. It was war. Our kids slept in the family room on ground level so when the sirens went off they could rush immediately into our bomb-shelter which is just off the kitchen. This is tough stuff with a 3 month old baby and his mother. But the truth in, trauma set in nationwide. Daniel’s only comment: “At age five, I remember running into the sealed room. You clamped a gas mask over my face, before the rockets fell. That was Saddam Hussein’s Gulf War. I never imagined that my infant son , Ryan, would also have to listen to ear-splitting sirens and wait for the ‘thud’ of rockets. At 3 months he slept in our bomb shelter!”

Israel took this attack as an opportunity to dismantle 40% of the Hamas military infrastructure in Gaza, including 60 miles of underground tunnels large enough to drive jeeps through. Sadly, Hamas uses the ‘human shield’ approach and hides behind their desperately poor civilians, especially the children making Israel into heartless murderers. They are EVIL and profit from the endless suffering of their poor. 

Meanwhile, three women from the family of the leader of Hamas, as undergoing serious medical treatment in Israeli hospitals. One is a 17 year old niece, who has already received a month of bone marrow transplants for cancer. Most people choose not to believe that Israel at her heart is a humanitarian people. We Rawlings have lived here 50 years. Seeing is believing my friends! All the while rockets are thrown at us by the blood relative of these women. Yes, this has a touch of insanity to it.

Friends in Finland, Norway, Canada, the USA and Australia called to pray with us. My Canadian family were silent except for one call from my 92 year old uncle. A nephew wrote to say there was very limited news coverage in Canada and that it was all pro-Palestinian. Its time to wake up! I fasted for six days until I could go no further. I don’t have the physical strength of the past, but I believe my prayer power has grown and so I poured out in prayer and continue to do so.

Jerusalem, if I forget you …

My son Josh asked his Dad the other day. “What really fuelled you and Mom to live such risk-taking adventurous lives?” Quietly his Dad responded: “People. We love people, all kinds of people! We love to see them blessed.”  I learned this vital lesson from my dear Mom. Love what God loves and hate what He hates! He does not hate people, He hates Evil! She loved people and taught her children how to love the unlovely.  So friends, if we love God, and allow Him to love through us, we will love people and we will love Jerusalem. 

To take your spiritual temperature check out what you spend your time thinking about? Where are your heart emotions and thoughts? That is where you are. It’s just that simple. One of the central themes of the Bible is the city of Jerusalem, mentioned 660 times in the Hebrew scriptures and 146 times in the New Testament. That mysterious word “Zion” appears 165 times. Therefore reference to Jerusalem is found close to 1000 times in the Bible. It is the only city called “holy” in all of scripture. Pause and think of that.

Jerusalem is close to God’s heart. He loves it and has glorious plans for its Redemption along with each one of us. He has put his NAME here. “This is My resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it. My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Ps.132:13-14. Is. 56:7


“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.”  Zechariah 12:2-3

In Jerusalem, history was chiseled out by the Hand of God and Salvation was created for all men. This city will be the future throne of God’s Messiah,  who will rule over all nations with a rod of iron. Yes, before hand, we are assured of conflict involving all nations. But we are witnessing the untoward events from another perspective. We perceive paving stones being laid down with each attack; creating an avenue for the return of the KING! If you want to discern the times in which we are living, just look to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” Luke 21:24

We are promised:

“ … and  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be death; there will no longer be sorrow and anguish, or crying or pain; for the former things has passed away.”

Revelation 21:4

That divine act of love is given to every man, woman, boy and girl on planet earth. We have a Father in

 Heaven who loves us. What good news to this fatherless and motherless generation of lost youth!

By TPS / Tazpit News Agency –  17 Sivan 5781 – May 27, 2021

Israel welcomed a wave of more than 500 new Olim (Jewish immigrants) from more than 20 countries this week, according to figures from The Jewish Agency for Israel, which has billed this an “Aliyah Super Week.”…

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) joined in as one of the main supporters of this effort and sponsored flights for 148 new immigrants. My first book “Fishers and Hunters” is all about the call of Jews to return home to Israel. It has never stopped happening! God’s Word is ever-living.

The Health Tip of 2021

And the dream!

“How good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity …

It is like the dew of Mount Hermon coming down on the hills of Zion;

For there the LORD has commanded the blessing; life forevermore.”

 Psalm 133:1,3

We send love and blessings to you from Jerusalem.

Meridel and Jay and family

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