It is a joy to be back in Holland again. This fall season is known as, The Seasons of God! This season is also called The Appointed Time. The three fall festivals are; The Feast of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, concluding with the seven-day Feast of tabernacles! Prophetically, Trumpets conceals the imagery of the resurrection of the dead in Christ. The Day of Atonement is when God meets man. The Feast of Tabernacles, speaks of Messiah tabernacling with us; Immanuel, God with us!
This is a 40-day season of repentance or turning – Teshuvah. Elul the 1st began, on August 28th and concludes on October 5th, the Day of Atonement. We ask you to pray for Jay and I as we work our way from coast to coast across Canada. We are believing for CHANGE everywhere we go.
The 10 days from Trumpets (the Jewish New Year) to the Day of Atonement (September 26th – October 4th) are also called, The Days of Awe. It is a time to extend forgiveness to those who have offended us. The Jewish new year falls on September 25th-27th. Remember the mercy that surrounds your life, and let go of anything offensive. It is a time of Divine mercy upon you, and your need to repent and forgive others. We give thanks and set our face for a blessed new year, protected under Divine favor.
Some of our greatest spiritual breakthroughs, both personally and in our ministry, have occurred during this holy season.
- Jay and I were engaged to be married.
- He went to Toronto for two years of graduate studies, and I to India.
- Father God called us out of Canada to Israel in 1969 at this season.
- These feasts have been a ‘crossroads’ in our lives, trumpeting change over and over again. Please pray, as we have begun a 50-day tour to Holland and Canada at this most auspicious time in Jewish history.
I am writing to you from the Bettel Conference center in Northern Holland. The link at the bottom of my letter allows you to join our workshop at the ICEJ national conference for the Netherlands. Our topic is “The Ingathering of the Exiles at a Time of Crisis from a Pioneers Perspective”. Jay presents a brief history of Soviet Jewry and our film Gates of Brass. He tells about our visit to make a presentation in the Kremlin. We gave them a scroll of the 65,000 signatures on a petition asking. “Let My People Go!” People signed on at our film premiers held in the major capital cities of the world, 1886 – 1989.
The numbers of olim (Israeli new immigrants) this year from war-torn Ukraine and Russia is record breaking in relation to the last two decades. It could perhaps reach as many as 40,000 by the end of 2022. This is the fruit of this. Horrible war. Meridel and I pioneered this movement helping Jews come home from the 1970’s on. It was unheard of then in the Christian world, Jews have worked since the 1880’s to bring the Jews home.
In 1989, we met in the Kremlin in Moscow, with Yuri Reshitov, Mikhail Gorbachev’s Assistant for Human Rights and Jewish Affairs. He said to Jay, “You have power in the media!” It was not a compliment. Jay thought to himself, “I do!” And gulped. However, at the end of that very chilly meeting he warmed up after telling his five comrades to leave the room. Then privately, away from any microphones, he shared, that Esther his Jewish wife and he would be celebrating Passover the following week. He also said, “If you ever want to make another film on Russia, I am willing to help you!”. Meridel and I were shocked and amazed at this turn of events. We call it our miracle in the Kremlin.
A year later Glasnost and Perestroika were implemented and over the next 3 years from 1991 – 1993; 393,000 olim were released from Soviet Russia to return home to Zion just as the prophets foretold. This movement signaled the ultimate release of 1.3 million Soviet Jews to date. It continues. But, now Putin is threatening to stop it again with the closing of the Jewish Agency offices in the FSU. PRAY!
However, we believe he will not succeed because there are so many people, Jews and Christians alike, now working in so many ways to bring the Jews home.