Alexandra Lindstrom

Don’t Ignore History, Relationships are On the Line

We can’t Ignore History. It Matters Relationally (updated May 20th, 2020) By Zac Waller An Apology In my recent article titled “We can’t ignore History. It Matters Relationally”, I made an effort to educate Christians about the sensitivities surrounding relationships with Orthodox Jews. We have worked with these precious people for over 15 years. I see so many offenses taking place against them and it increases the negativity attached to Yeshua’s name. In my zealousness to bring awareness to this need in the body of the Messiah, I spoke slanderous things about “many of” the Messianic Jews. My statements against the Messianic community were unnecessary and inappropriate. It is HaYovel’s purpose to gather and unify, not to separate and divide. We are here to strengthen Jewish identity. It is not our place to speak on an issue that is “within the family” of the Jewish people. HaYovel will continue to be a platform for Christians to declare to Zion, “Your God reigns!” To the Messianic community: it was wrong of me to speak evil of you, please accept this public apology. You are certainly welcome to visit us for a glass of Jeremiah 31:5 on the Mount of Blessing! Because of this, I have edited my article. Please see the revised version here: We can’t Ignore History. It Matters Relationally – Updated on May 20th, 2020 In recent years, Christians and Jews have reached unparalleled heights in their relationship with one another. Seeing the miraculous hand of God at work in Israel has provoked Christians to actively join in the fulfillment of Israel’s prophesied restoration. In this miraculous break from historical patterns, many Christians are partnering with Jews, unconditionally loving, serving, and defending them and their rights to their God-given, ancestral homeland. Early this month the foundations of this relationship were shaken. Rabbi Tuly Weisz, who has been an outspoken advocate for cooperation between Christians and Jews, put it this way: “It is entirely damaging to everything I and others in the religious community, who love Christian Zionists, have been working toward. It sets us back 10 years. [It]…shatters the faith of people like me, who had hoped we were making a difference in Jewish-Christian relations.” What was the cause of this shaking? A popular Israeli television network signed a contract with a Christian group, enabling them to air content in Hebrew with the intent to proselytize Jews. I think it is very important for us Christians, who greatly value our relationships, to take the reaction of Orthodox Jews seriously and ask ourselves, “Why are they responding this way?” As Christians who recognize the importance of having a relationship with God’s chosen people, we need to try to put ourselves in their shoes. Imagine if someone did the absolute worst, harmful and devastating thing you can think of to you and your loved ones. Imagine that this happened in every generation for two thousand years. Now imagine that this same people group openly came to your children to try and educate them about what they feel is the truth. At that point, freedom of speech, democracy, etc… doesn’t matter. It is insensitive, disrespectful, and causes even more damage to the already broken relationship. Christians have horribly abused the Jewish people in the past, forfeiting their credibility to have any say so in what is right. I am a white boy from the southern United States. I have freedom of speech, but I choose to be overly respectful and sensitive to my African American brothers and sisters because I want to have a relationship with them and bring healing to the horrific wounds of the past. We can’t ignore history. It does matter relationally. Horrible atrocities were committed in Jesus’ name. It is important for all of us who are called by His name to repent for the sins of our past, and to bring reparation to Yeshua’s name through unconditionally blessing, loving and supporting the Jewish people. To summarize our position, we fully believe in the following principles:    A. The relationship between the nations and the Jewish people is a special treasure that should be guarded and held with utmost sensitivity. This relationship is mutually beneficial, allowing both parties to fulfill their God-given roles.    B. Christians should put an end to the vicious cycle of arrogance and disrespect towards the Jews by pressuring them to convert to Christianity. Both Jews and Christians should speak and act respectfully towards the other, not mocking or making light of belief systems or practices. In accordance with these principles, and in light of the unbelievably horrific history of Christian abuse and violent actions towards Jews, we are very grateful to see that the leadership of GodTV recognizes that this relationship is sensitive and that they have removed videos with relationally damaging content. We endorse the removal of any content or channels that violates what we have outlined in section B. Our prayer is that God will bless us, Christians and Jews, to work together towards our common goals, becoming a light to the rest of the world. It is exciting to see this very thing happening in our day! Click Here to Read More Articles Like... Read MoreRead More

Rabbi Abba & the Vineyards of Israel

Israel declared statehood 72 years ago on May 14th, the very same day as the recording of this show. On this day, in 2020, the largest coalition government in Israel’s history is being sworn in. Rabbi Abba, who lived nearly 2,000 years ago, said that there is no more manifest sign of redemption than what Ezekiel said when prophesying about the restoration of Israel’s mountains. Another Jewish rabbi said that when agriculture began to be restored in Israel, the advent of the Messiah would be near. Tune in to the Joshua and Caleb Report for the latest on Israel’s government, Mike Pompeo’s visit to Israel, and the celebration of Jerusalem Day, coming up next week! Please make sure to subscribe to our podcast, and leave us a review! Partial music in this episode is by Bryan Atkinson, original game and media composer. You can find out more about Bryan’s work at bryanatkinson.productions. Listen via Spotify Listen via Apple... Read MoreRead More

Do you want to sing the hymns Yeshua sang?

Hallel Psalms Album Original Israel Inspired Music Have you noticed that in today’s world of music, there is a lack of modern Hebrew/English music that is written straight from the Scriptures? Have you had a hard time finding an effective method for memorizing Scripture? Introducing the Hallel Psalms album, Psalms 113 through 118. In an epic collection of music, Brayden and Tali Waller have produced this word-for-word Scripture album in English and Hebrew. Bringing the words of the psalmist to life, these songs are an easy and effective way to memorize Scripture while immersing yourself in the word of God. Click Here to Order Your Album! The Story Behind the Hallel Album In the Gospels, after Jesus and His disciples eat the Passover, it says “and when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” (Mark 26:30). In this passage, the word for “hymn” actually means “hallel,” or “praise”. Traditionally, this refers to Psalms 113 – 118. Even today, this section of Scripture, known as The Hallel, is sung by the Jewish people throughout the world during special times of the year. Now you too can sing the ancient hymns that Jesus once led His disciples in. Download Your mp3 Album Includes: Psalms 113 through 118 100% Scripture All Original Music Booklet with lyrics in English and Hebrew Click Here to Order Now! Purchase the... Read MoreRead More

Nobody likes controversial issues. . .

The Elusive Unity Government & Conditional Sovereignty By Luke Hilton Two controversial issues in Israel have dragged on for months now. One of them has constant international attention, and world leaders on both sides of the political spectrum have been free in their support or criticism. The other issue has dragged Israel through three election cycles in less than one year and is threatening to lead to a fourth. The other has potential to squash a centuries-old conflict that has stayed at the top of every U.S. president’s policy list for the last 70 years. I’m speaking of course, of Israel’s elusive unity government and the volatile potential for Israel to apply sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria. After third elections in March 2020, Knesset members have shown more determination to lay down their egos to form a coalition….to a certain degree anyway. A unity government was agreed upon a few weeks ago, but the small details of who gets which ministry position, committee seats, etc. has dragged discussions on for an interminable amount of time. Just yesterday, however, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Benny Gantz (the two leaders of the largest parties forming the unity government) announced that the new coalition will be sworn in next week.  The only caveat to this new unity government is that it will be mostly made up of Israel’s largest right wing party (Likud) and largest left wing party (Blue and White). Part of the agreement calls for Netanyahu to serve as prime minister for the first two years, and Benny Gantz to serve as prime minister during the second two years. A number of other critical ministerial positions have also been promised to Blue and White, leaving right wing lawmakers wondering if a unity government is worth the price that they will have to pay when liberal MKs hold key positions in the government. The unity government is not sworn in yet. It’s still a game of wait and see. The second issue is one that has brought some parts of Israel together and others further apart. Since President Trump’s “Deal of the Century” peace plan was released in January of this year, there has been no small talk of sovereignty in parts of Judea and Samaria. As coalition talks in Israel’s government have progressed, the question of if and when to apply sovereignty has dominated much of the debate. The biggest question, however, resolved itself this week when the United States announced that they expect Israel to declare sovereignty very soon. U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that they expect Israel to apply sovereignty within weeks, as soon as the mapping process is finished. The mapping process refers to the delineation of which areas in Judea and Samaria will be annexed to Israel, which parts will remain Palestinian, and which Jewish communities will exist only as enclaves surrounded by Palestinian territory.  The only conditions that the U.S. will expect in exchange for sovereignty, according to Freidman, are those laid out in the Deal of the Century. Enact a partial building freeze in the 15 Jewish communities that will exist as enclaves in Judea and Samaria. Keep the door open for peace negotiations with the Palestinians for a period of four years. Firstly, a building freeze could be disastrous for the fifteen Jewish communities that will become enclaves. Har Bracha, for example, is a booming town in northern Samaria whose growth rate is tremendous. They constantly have waiting lists of new families to move into the town, and they have a massive vision to become a city that can compete with any modern city in Israel. They currently have about 3,000 residents and have already drawn up architectural plans to expand the community at least four times its current size. The second condition laid out by David Friedman is that Israel must keep the door open for peace with the Palestinian Authority for four years. The PA has already declared that it wants no peace with Israel, and refuses to even come to a negotiating table with them. However, just in case they happen to change their minds over the next few years, the U.S. insists that Israel has to be ready. The end result, according to Friedman, would be the creation of a Palestinian state side by side with Israel, scattered like salt and pepper throughout East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Imagine that you live in a suburban neighborhood. Now, even though this may sound like a scene out of a horror movie, imagine that one of your neighbors murders two of your children. Not only do they get away with it, but they continue living across the street. The rest of your neighbors in the community are good people, but they insist that you be friendly with the family who murdered your children. It doesn’t matter that they won’t talk to you, and take every opportunity to attack you, both verbally and physically. It doesn’t matter that they are training their own children to murder more of your family. According to the neighborhood civic league, the only thing that matters is that you must make the murderous family happy, allow them to live in peace with you, and try to talk to them about giving them some of your yard so that they can live even closer to you. Sounds crazy right? To make fiction into fact, however, the strange story I just told is very true in Israel. This is really what is happening between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.  Even though Ambassador David Friedman is a staunch supporter of Israel and their right to live and prosper in Judea and Samaria, he stated the end goal of sovereignty himself. When criticized that the “Deal of the Century” would eliminate the possibility of a two-state solution, Friedman said:  The Trump vision provides for a two-state solution. Ours is the first and only administration to have obtained Israel’s commitment to negotiate based upon specific terms, conditions and territorial dimensions that would lead to the creation of a Palestinian state with double the geographic footprint they enjoy now.” (New York Post)  On both issues, there are pros and cons. Of course we all hope and pray that Israel will establish a unity government and that they will apply sovereignty to Judea and Samaria. At what price should we align ourselves with these two issues though? At the price of a murderous Palestinian state living next to their Jewish neighbors? At the price of a liberal government in Israel that very well could destroy more Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria? Whatever happens in the coming weeks and months in Israel, be sure to always check your Bible to figure out which side of the coin you should stand on. Try passages like Joel 2, Amos 9, Genesis 12, Ezekiel 36, Jeremiah 33…..I think you get the idea. Just read the Bible. Click Here to Read More Articles Like... Read MoreRead More

Will Israel Annex the West Bank? – Podcast

According to US and Israeli leaders, Israel could declare sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, and parts of Judea and Samaria in a matter of weeks. With Israel’s unity government on the verge of being established, the next biggest issue at the forefront of Israeli politics is whether or not to apply sovereignty over parts of the West Bank. The move has sparked outcries from the right and left wing camps from all parts of the world. Also in today’s show, we discuss whether it is moral and right for Christians to evangelize in Israel, and the unique position that HaYovel has taken in the land. Listen in to today’s show for radical truth from Israel’s front lines. Partial music in this episode is by Bryan Atkinson, original game and media composer. You can find out more about Bryan’s work at bryanatkinson.productions. Listen via Spotify Listen via Apple... Read MoreRead More
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