All posts tagged: Israel

Still Small Voice – War Day 147

My Dear Friends: “… although you intended me harm, the LORD intended it for good, so as to bring about the present result: the survival of many people.” Genesis 50:20 Hostage Update: Of the 253 people abducted to Gaza, 134 living hostages remain with Hamas. 31 of them are deceased. Most of their identities remain unknown: the latest includes the stolen body of an IDF soldier killed on Oct 7th. Contrary Russia: Russia has been one of the only places outside of the Middle East welcoming Hamas terrorists and Houthi Jihadists. Today Hamas and Fatah who make up the political entity of the Palestinian people are calling for reconciliation. It is a pathetic joke.  Systematic sexual assaults by Hamas terrorists:  On October 7th, Hamas committed “brutal sexual assaults, systematically and deliberately carried out” states the first official report released, detailing that day’s sexual violence. “Hamas’s attack included violent acts of rape, accompanied, by threats with weapons, and in some cases, targeted towards injured women. Many of the rapes were carried out as a group, with …

Still Small Voice – Day 112 of War

Dear Friends:  “My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel,  the volunteers among the people. Bless the LORD.  But Zebulon was a people who risked their lives to the point of death.”  Judges 5:4,18. “How the mighty have fallen!” 2 Samuel 1:25 It is a time of utter sadness in Israel. In one day this week, we lost 24 soldiers in Gaza. I quote David as he begins his lament over the death of Jonathan and his enemy Saul. The photo above shows the faces of 21 of our sons who fell together this week. The entire nation mourns as the war grinds on.  The desperate plight of the hostages has everyone’s attention as well.  IDF surveillance has been unable to find them. Many of their family members stand at the Gaza border fence, crying out over loudspeakers; calling them by name over loudspeakers, assuring them they are NOT forgotten! At times like these, we lean into the LORD. He has given us many names by which to perceive His character and purposes in …

Still Small Voice – Day 105

My dear Friends: “The most important aspect of faith is hearing the voice of God.” Mother Theresa One of the greatest things each of us possess is our testimony. In this week’s letter, you will meet many living witnesses of October 7th in Israel. They cannot cease from praying and believing for victory to emerge from this madness of Israel fighting Hamas. The agony of war has turned a switch inside of Israel, causing the people, as a whole to lay down their lives for one another in amazing ways. This unfolding truth was reinforced deep within when I came to this startling realization. This painful birthing process going on in the very heart of Israel is what I wept and agonized over from April to August just months before the war. I thought at the time, I was just heartbroken because of the fractured relationships on every level in the nation. No. Abba was preparing to birth a people for HIMSELF!  Warfare is being waged in prayer and a brutal gorilla war on the …

Still Small Voice – Day 92 of War

To My Dear Friends: Sadly, Israel says, 2024 is A Year of War.   But it is a blessed time in God’s time clock. The Still Small Voice whispered into my heart: 2024 is a year of OPEN DOORS! I thank my Heavenly Father for His Presence!  “Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning.”  Ps. 30:5 I love to watch the sunrise every morning, as the black of night gives way to the light. “All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you pay attention to the voice of the LORD your God.”  Deuteronomy 28:2 “Israelis have been overwhelmed by the incredible people of every faith who have come to volunteer, console, support or just show up. It has been so heartwarming to receive friends from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and the USA or as Turkey, the UK and Europe. This expression of love by people of all ages has had a profound effect on all of us, an effect that often counteracts the demonstrations of …

Still Small Voice – Person of the Year! January 1st 2024

My dear Friends, my prayer family: They go to war knowing that the lives of their friends and families depend on them.  I read the following article and said to myself, I have to share this with my friends. It touched me so deeply because it explains why we Israelis have the power to stand up and be counted!  Thank you for having been there for us for over 50 years. Dec 31, 2023 By Daniel Greenfield, Frontpage Magazine In a year when the civilized world is stuck in a state of retreat, he is fighting back. Under Biden’s leadership, America has been invaded by hordes of millions of migrants, and Europe continues to stagger under an endless wave of migration from the Muslim world. That’s why American and European cities are being torn apart by rioting mobs supporting Hamas. But after Israel was invaded on Oct 7, it fought back. The men on the front lines are not the politicians or the generals, they’re among the 360,000 reservists activated in a nation with a Jewish …

Still Small Voice Im Dezember 2023

Jay and Meridel Rawlings, Box 47554, Ermioni, Griechenland 210 51 Unser himmlischer Vater IST die Liebe. Jesus IST Sein Geliebter. Der Heilige Geist IST der Geist der Liebe. Möge Jesus uns in dieser Zeit der weltweiten Ausbeutung, des Verlustes, des Krieges und des Kummers Frieden bringen. Ich habe eine Kopie dieses ungewöhnlichen Gemäldes ausgewählt, weil es zeigt, wer Jesus auf Erden war und für uns heute IST. Hier sehen wir einen Engel, welcher ihn in diesen letzten einsamen Stunden im Garten stärkt, während Satan im Schatten lauert. Jesus stand seiner letzten Prüfung gegenüber und fühlte sich verlassen und allein. Im Olivenhain war alles still. “Vater, wenn du es willst, lass diesen Kelch an mir vorübergehen”, flehte Jesus. Seine Antwort war ein furchtbares Schweigen. Was für eine ernste Lektion in Gehorsam und Treue. Schauen wir zurück auf die Nacht seiner Geburt, welche von der Stille der Himmelswache überschattet war. Die Heilige Familie, von der Welt «ungesehen», wurde allein gelassen und für die Welt als bedeutungslos betrachtet. Die berühmten Hirtenfelder von «Bethlehem-Ephratha» (der Ort, an welchem die …

Still Small Voice – Christmas Greetings

Jay and Meridel Rawlings.  Box 47554, Ermioni, Greece. 210 51  December 2023.                                                                                                       Our heavenly Father IS Love. Jesus IS His Beloved. Holy Spirit IS the Spirit of Love. May Jesus bring Peace to us at this time of world exploitation, loss, war, and sorrow. I chose a copy of this unusual painting because of Who Jesus was on earth and IS to us today. Here we see an angel strengthening Him in those last lonely hours in the Garden, while Satan lurks in the shadows. Jesus faced His last ordeal feeling forsaken and alone. All was quiet in the olive grove. “Father if it be your will, let this cup pass from me.” Jesus pleaded. His answer was an awful silence. What a severe …

Still Small Voice – War Day 63

Hanukah, December 8th 2023 Shalom Friends: “For with You is the fountain of life, and in Your Light, we see light.” Ps 36:9 “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above. It comes down from the Father of Lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens.]” James 1:17 Hanukkah, The Festival of Lights, is a time of miracles. Hanukkah lights are being lit in Israeli homes, and inside of war-torn Gaza wherever the IDF soldiers are. Hanukkah reminds us of the history of the Maccabean wars. A brave godly father and his 5 sons stood up against evil, fighting for years for the liberty of Israel. The war rages. Two senior Hamas intelligent officers were eliminated. Dozens of Hamas ‘Nekbah’ (the top fighting unit) operatives surrendered to the IDF.  They were caught running away. They gave up and were taken into Israel, for interrogation. We are nearing the point when Hamas will have to surrender or die. You must know that all of the humanitarian aid Israel is sending into Gaza at this …

Still Small Voice – Anti-Semitism Alert

Shalom Friends: Prayers for the hostages went up around the world for 49 days. That night Oct 24th 2023, was the first of six nights of ceasefire, 120 women and children were returned Many recording artists created their own version of BringThem Home, each beautiful. This particular rendition is a prayer by Shmuel Lemmer. His audience of Holocaust Survivors each hold a photograph of a hostage. Look for his performance at the end. “For just as the new heavens and the new earth, which I make will remain and endure before Me,” declares the LORD, “So your off spring and your name will remain and endure.”  Isaiah 66:22 On the 6th day of the ceasefire, Israel demanded the return of 17 women and 2 little red-headed boys. Hamas said they are dead and blamed Israel. At 5:48 a.m. on Friday, Dec 1st, Hamas lobbed rockets into south Israel. They took responsibility for a terror attack at an East Jerusalem bus stop; 3 Israelis were shot to death, 8 wounded.  This is their way of reminding …

Still Small Voice – War Day 24 / October 30th, 2023

From Jay’s desk: “Shalom Dear Friends and Family, The tragic and horrendous events continue in Israel. The suffering of innocents on both sides is so desperately sad, it is beyond words. Our website www.israelvision.com  is now reopened by our son Chris, in light of the situation. He has established a GoFundMe account earmarked for the survivors of the Israeli families of the hostages held in Gaza. The latest count by Israel is 237. To participate please go to: https://gofund.me/337091c5 Our son David is in Jerusalem shooting regular video reports. Chris uploads them to:  www.israelvision.com and stillsmallvoice My family is now urging me to meet you weekly for 2-3 minutes via video updates. Looking forward to it.  We as a family, thank you for help in this drastic situation.“ With our love and prayers, Jay From Meridel’s Desk:  My Dear Friends who Pray: Thank you, for your communications to us, to our children in Jerusalem and the rest of the tribe in Europe. Quite frankly, I find it impossible to wrap my head around what is …