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Alexandra Lindstrom

Wine in Israel – Made in Legality – Podcast

Some are calling it the biggest diplomatic event in Israel’s history. More than 45 leaders and heads of state are convening in Israel for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Iran is much in the news lately, and this week, for something surprising – refusing to walk on American and Israeli flags. Fake news? Let us know what you think. This week’s show is packed full of positive and encouraging news from Israel, including a segment about God’s great, fervent, zeal for Zion. Listen via... Read MoreRead More

There is a Miracle to Celebrate – Save the Date

Israel – Celebrate the Miracle  72 years since the rebirth of Israel Announcing, HaYovel’s second annual “Celebrate the Miracle” gala event in Franklin, TN on April 30th, 2020. Mark your calendars, and watch your inboxes – registration will open in the beginning of March. Last year’s event included music by award-winning musician Michael Card, dynamic speakers such as Rabbi Yehuda Glick, Dr. Alan Keyes, Pastor Steve Berger, and a gourmet meal from Pucketts Catering. This year’s gala event is lining up to be even more inspiring, celebratory and exciting than the previous. Stay tuned for more information coming! Millions of people are actively fighting against the miraculous regathering of the Jewish people and the restoration of their land. HaYovel brings Christian volunteers from around the world to serve Israel’s farmers. We provide quality work, hearts of love and a positive international voice. Our volunteers connect to the land of their faith, restore Christian Jewish relations, and gain an understanding of God’s purposes for Israel. >>>Click here to download the... Read MoreRead More

Tu B’Shvat – You are Invited to Celebrate the New Year for Trees with Us

Join us on Har Bracha for Tu B’Shvat! Tu B’shvat is the holiday in Israel for planting trees. On the Jewish Calendar, this day marks the new year for trees. All over Israel, people will be planting trees and celebrating God’s blessing over Israel’s agriculture. On Sunday, February 9th from 3pm to 7pm, you are invited to: Plant a tree on Har Bracha Tour the HaYovel Base & Mt. of Blessing Enjoy fresh fruits from the land of Israel Enjoy a glass of Israeli wine Celebrate God’s goodness with a traditional seder meal There will be a pickup available at Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem at 2:00pm >>> register for this event and plant a tree in the Heartland! Click Here to Sign Up What is Tu B’Shvat? Tu B’Shvat is Hebrew for the 15th day of the Hebrew month Shevat. In the Jewish world, Tu B’Shvat is a very significant day. It takes place in the month of Shevat because this is when most of the year’s rainfall has passed and the trees begin to wake up and start the process of bearing fruit. It is considered the new year for trees. This begs the question, “Why is there a holiday in Israel set aside to celebrate and plant trees?” First of all, in Jewish culture, trees have a significant role. In the beginning of Genesis, God created fruit-bearing trees and other plants before He created any other living thing. Also in Deuteronomy, there is a prohibition against destroying trees even in times of war. Throughout Jewish history, the sages of Israel forbade Jews to allow goats to graze freely over the land, in order to keep them from destroying the natural forests of Israel. The concept of planting trees represents hope and forethought for future generations. It is an act of building up and restoration––a time for concentrating on the possibilities for the future.  Planting a tree in the land of Israel is especially significant because of the last 2,000 years of desolation over the land. When the Romans conquered and destroyed Israel in 70 AD, they cut down a lot of the trees in Israel to use for fires and to build siege works. Also, when the British began building railroads across Israel in the late 19th century, they cut down many of the remaining trees to use in its construction. Today there is a very small number of trees that can be found in Israel. For us, this is a great opportunity to show our support for the land of Israel and be a part of the restoration that is taking place. Every tree that is planted in Israel is taking us one step closer to bringing back the forests that once populated the land of Israel! Click Here to Come Plant a Tree on Tu... Read MoreRead More

Galilee Just Six Feet Away From Maximum Capacity

By Ben Hilton This week, as I was reading Israeli news headlines, an article grabbed my attention: “Galilee just six feet away from maximum capacity!” I was ecstatic. For many in Israel, the Galilee level is seen as a gauge for average rainfall, an indicator of where they are in the need for rain each season. For years now, Israel has been under near-drought conditions, and the Galilee has sunk to a record low level. But now, with abundant rains pouring down on the land of Israel over the last few months, the current Galilee level has risen to an almost normal state. This is something described by some in Israel as a miracle. But why is rain so crucial to Israel as a country? After all, they do have other sources for water. To answer this, we should look back to the covenant God made with Israel in chapter eleven of Deuteronomy. Here, God lays some basic premises or conditions. If Israel is faithful to follow after Him and walk in righteousness, He will, in return, provide material blessings. One of these blessings is that of rain. “And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain.” Deuteronomy 11:13-14 Here God is telling His people that rain is a condition – a gauge – so to speak, of their relationship with Him. When Israel walks righteously, the rain will come; if they walk in sin, the rain will stop. This brings up an interesting question. Why does God choose rain as a sign of when His people are walking righteously? Water is the lifeblood of life as we know it. If we were to go without water for even a short amount of time, our bodies would quickly begin to dry up. If we continue without water for several days, we die. If this is true about water, how much more about God? He is our lifeblood, physically, and spiritually. Without Him, we quickly begin to dry up, resulting in spiritual death. God is telling Israel that as essential as water is to their day to day lives, He will always be more essential. Meaning if they ever should forget Him, He will take away the water supply resulting in a quick and sure reminder to turn back to Him. Have you ever gone an entire day without water, or maybe two? It’s not something you will easily forget. Is this covenant sign of rain between Israel and God still in effect today? Psalm 105:10 says, “He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations.” God is faithful, remembering His promises and covenants forever. Not only did He bring His people back to their land after two thousand years of exile, but He restored their language and brought the land back to beauty again. While this was happening, Israel’s average rainfall began to increase. Evidence even goes so far as to show that throughout the last 70 years, some of Israel’s most dramatic surges in aliyah (Jews returning to Israel) have paralleled a dramatic increase in average rainfall! I believe this could be God blessing His people like He promised in Deuteronomy. Despite all of this, Israel as a whole has struggled with secularism since its founding. But could this also be a fulfillment of prophecy? Ezekiel 36:24 says, “For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.” It would seem that God is indicating here that Israel’s return to the land would be mostly secular. But after their return, when they are established as a nation, God will sprinkle clean water over them, cleansing them from all unrighteousness. And this seems to be what is happening. Israel, as a nation, has been on a dramatic climb in spirituality, leaning more and more toward conservative ideas each year. In fact, Israel may be one of the few countries in the world right now where the culture is becoming primarily more conservative with time! With this conservative trend in Israel and the knowledge of the unique covenant between God and Israel concerning rain, you see why I was excited reading the article about the Galilee level. God is on the move in Israel, restoring the land and people one step at a time, and I believe the rising rains are a reflection of this. Click Here to Read the Article on the... Read MoreRead More

Pruning Brings Much Fruit – Grape Vines & and the Bible – Podcast

Changes are coming to the Joshua and Caleb Report podcast! Listen to today’s show for details, and send us your feedback. We’d love to hear from you. Zac Waller joins the show as we dive into the physical and spiritual correlation to pruning grape vines. John 15 and and the actual definition of pruning are almost parallel! Cattle farmers are important in Israel and out of the top ten biblical archeology finds in 2019, nine were found in Israel. Listen in for an upbeat show bringing you the positive story from Israel. Listen to this week’s... Read MoreRead More
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