Luke Hilton

Jews in Gaza Eating Matzah for Passover?

This week’s show is packed to the brim with special and positive news from Israel’s Heartland. You’ll be touched and inspired to hear a story of a Jewish mother who was separated from her children and grandchildren for 30 years before recently reuniting and sending them matzah for Passover to Gaza! Israel’s 21st Knesset is underway, new roads have been approved in Judea and Samaria, and the first bill for sovereignty in the settlements has been submitted to the government! This, a 2 minute siren where the entire nation stops to remember on Holocaust Memorial Day, and much more on this week’s... Read MoreRead More

Passover, a Feast for the Whole Family

Happy Passover! This week, politics in Israel seem to be settling down, with Bibi Netanyahu being tasked to form the next government. The New Right Party officially is out of the Knesset, and Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennet will be dropping out of politics for a while. Zac Waller joins the show to talk about Passover, and why families all over the world should celebrate! Even the children, no matter how young, can celebrate this meaningful feast, even staying up until 2:00AM. This, and more on this week’s... Read MoreRead More

Double Standards & Terrorists

On March 15th, a 28-year-old Australian man opened fire inside a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, not stopping before 50 people were dead. An attack of such horrific proportions is hard to fathom, and decidedly qualifies as an act of terrorism. As I read through the news, I saw a unifying theme—leaders from all political spectrums and faiths unequivocally condemned the attack, which was directed at Muslims inside a mosque. Christian leaders, Jewish leaders, and Muslim leaders alike condemned such brutality—religious and political differences didn’t matter. Terrorism is terrorism, and murder is murder. Two days later, on March 17th, a young Arab man hid inside some illegal Arab stores just outside the city of Ariel, in Samaria. He sneaked up to an IDF soldier, stabbed him, stole his weapon and shot him. He then stole a car and drove a few miles west, where he shot two more people—another IDF soldier and a 47-year-old rabbi from the community of Eli. The first soldier, Gal Keidan, died of his wounds. Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger succumbed to his wounds 24 hours later, leaving behind 12 children, ages 1 to 22. The third victim is recovering from his wounds, but is still in critical condition. There are two points I’d like to bring out from these terrorist attacks. First, the entire world unequivocally condemned the attack in New Zealand. Two days later, the world fell silent when two Jews from the so-called “West Bank” were murdered. Is this because there were only two killed in Samaria, and there were 50 killed in New Zealand? While doing research about these attacks, I came across some interesting statistics: Since the beginning of 2019, there have been 411 terror attacks in Judea and Samaria alone. These include stabbings, shootings, molotov cocktails and stone throwings. And lest you think stone throwings are simply child’s play mostly committed by rowdy youngsters, there have been several Jews killed simply from a stone thrown at a car driving down the highway. Here are some statistics from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (click here for the full report). Since October 2015: 79 innocent people have been killed in Palestinian terrorist attacks and 1,210 wounded (including tourists, a foreign worker and several uninvolved Palestinians). There have been 204 stabbing attacks and 150 attempted stabbings, 228 shooting attacks, 74 vehicular (ramming) attacks, and 361 roadside/pipe bombs. In addition, riots and other types of attacks occur almost daily—rock throwing (8,831), petrol bombs/grenades/arson kites & balloons (2,494). Since October 2015, 1,237 rockets and mortar bombs have been launched from Gaza towards Israeli territory. Is it only because these attacks have been spread out over three and a half years that the world will not condemn them? Since 79 people have been killed over a period of three and a half years, is it not as bad as one terror attack that kills 50 people? When will the world condemn terror and murder, no matter where it is and who it kills? The second point that I’d like to bring out is that this Arab terrorist who killed two Jews in Samaria actually brought further harm to his own people. The Ariel Junction, where the attack occurred, is located directly between two industries that are providing equal opportunity for work and education to both Jews and Arabs. The Barkan Industrial Park, located just east of the Ariel Junction, has 120 factories that employ about 6,000 people. Roughly half of these employees are Palestinian Arabs, and the other half are Israeli Jews. These people all work together, and receive the same wages, benefits, and vacations. They eat lunch together in the same break rooms, and have the same opportunities to become supervisors, managers, and make a good living for their families. Sadly, for the first time in its history, an Arab terrorist murdered two of his co-workers in October 2018, one of whom was Jewish, and the other Arab. Ariel is one of the largest “settlements” in Judea and Samaria, home to 35,000 people, 15,000 of whom attend the Ariel University. This beautiful and innovative college offers a wide range of studies, including a medical program, the first of its kind in Judea and Samaria. Unique to this school, Arabs and Jewish students attend classes side by side. While an Arab terrorist murdered two Jews at the Ariel Junction, a short distance away, Jews and Arabs were attending classes together, and Jews and Arabs were working at their jobs together. Have you heard any of this in the mainstream media? Do you think Israel is being treated by a double standard? Will you see Muslim, Jewish, and Christian leaders around the world standing up for coexistence and peace in Judea and Samaria? If you condemn murder anywhere in the world, and want true peace between Israel and their Arab neighbors, please share this article. Tell your friends and family the truth. It’s our job to share the Joshua and Caleb Report, from the Heartland of... Read MoreRead More

Transformation by Serving in Israel

When I was 16 years old, I climbed onto an airplane for a twelve hour flight to Israel. Even just before boarding the plane, I really had no idea what I was getting into. During the flight, my mom handed me an “Israel 101” type magazine. I can’t remember who the publisher was, but the short magazine gave me my first glimpse into the history of the nation to which I was enroute. By the time we landed, I knew a little bit of Israel’s story, but still had no idea of what we were about to step into. Fast forward almost 11 years. I now find myself traveling to Israel multiple times a year, and defending Israel’s heartland in online videos, articles, podcasts, and in congregations and events around the world. When I was 16, I thought going to Israel would be an adventure. Like it would be for most 16 year olds, the idea of flying halfway around the world to visit another land, people and culture was exciting to me. Up until that point, I had never even been out of the USA. The night before our trip, we found out that we would be spending time in the “West Bank.” West Bank? Wasn’t that a dangerous place? Trusting our hosts, we landed in Israel and were picked up and driven to Ariel. From there, we proceeded to drive to the Mount of Blessing, and my personal transformation began. That first trip to Israel, we harvested grapes, spent time with local people, stood in places that I’d only previously read about in the Bible, and were immersed in Israel’s rich culture and heritage. I loved it. Three and a half weeks later, we returned to the US with our skin a shade or two darker and our eyes opened to the world of Middle Eastern culture. Going to Israel for the first time was definitely a highlight and lifetime memory, and something I counted as a one-time experience—or was it? One year later, my sister approached me and asked if I wanted to go back to Israel with her, this time for two months (she had also been the previous year). At first, I was surprised. Go back? I thought that we had done the “Israel thing” last year? After thinking and praying about it, however, I agreed and began to get excited. Our second trip to Israel, we spent two months, and something in my heart clicked. This trip, I spent enough time to really become intertwined with Israel’s story of covenant, promise, hardship, struggle, victory, and a deep connection between a people and a land. I listened to stories of pioneers who had lost lands, homes, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, all because of a strong tie to a promise that God had made 4,000 years prior. I learned that Christianity had blatantly rejected Israel’s promise and tried to recast themselves as its recipients. Atrocities too numerous and horrible to name here were committed over a period of 2,000 years—all in the name of Christianity. Up until 1948, the lie of Replacement Theology was very believable. After all, the Jewish people had been scattered, without a home, and wandering for thousands of years. Over the course of one war in the Middle East in 1948, all of that changed. After this clear move of God’s miraculous hand, the world could no longer believe that lie. The Jewish people had come home to stay. Ever since Israel’s founding 71 years ago, the new question for Christianity has been: “What part are we to play?” Up until a few years ago, as a whole, neither Jews nor Christians were ready for any kind of partnership. In recent years, however, all of that is changing. My story is not unusual. Thousands of Christians from all corners of the earth are flocking to Israel as they awaken to the fact that God is weaving a masterful story of restoration there. They are choosing to stand on age-old promises that are still true today. They are choosing to go back to their communities with the true story of what God is doing there. They are choosing to no longer stay silent. Israel is not without its struggles. Terrorism still happens. Israel is still blamed in the media with lies disguised as truth. The numbers of those who stand against Israel’s right to exist are still far greater than those standing with Israel. With terrorism still happening in Israel, a question that has been circulating in the media lately is, “What can we do to stop it?” Memorials, public outcries, and more social media posts don’t seem to be enough. Every year, HaYovel brings about 300-400 Christian volunteers to Judea and Samaria to help farmers and Jewish communities with projects. What if this number were an annual 3,000-4000? What if it were 10,000? Would the world be able to turn a blind eye? If there were thousands of Christians standing in solidarity with their Jewish brothers and sisters in the biblical heartland, the world would notice. This is a very practical need that we can fill. And it does make a difference! The challenge is out to you. Come to Judea and Samaria this year, and make a difference for Israel’s heartland. At the same time, experience your own transformation as you have your eyes opened to the reality of God’s restoration work that is happening in Israel. If you have been once already, come again. God has spoken on the mountains of Israel before, and He can do it again. The rocks have a story to tell. Just like my life was changed on my first and second trips to Israel, your life can also be changed. Through serving the land and people of Israel, you will be brought into the blessing of Abraham. So bring a friend and come. Your hands and feet will make a difference. >> Click here to find out more about coming to... Read MoreRead More

The Blessing of Abraham

Most Christians are familiar with the blessing of Abraham. Genesis 12:3 has become an iconic verse for many pro-Israel Christians, Zionists, Messianics, and Hebrew Roots followers. It’s been so well used, that it’s even reached the point of abuse in some circles, with organizations using the verse to raise money as they promise wealth and prosperity for donors to Israel, etc. In this article, I want to dig deeper into what the blessing of Abraham really is, and its place in Christianity. “I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you, and in you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3) This verse is the first record of God’s promise to Abraham, and directly after it, we find that Abraham traveled to a place called Elon Moreh, where, as he gazed out over the Tirzah Valley towards the Mount of Blessing and Mount of Cursing, and the valley of Shechem, God told him, “. . . to you and your descendants, I will give this land.” (Genesis 12:7) On a side note, this is also a great visual teaser to encourage you to come and visit the Biblical Heartland, stand where Abraham stood, and see your Bible come to life! The Tirzah Valley, ironically, is the route that the children of Israel took to enter the land with Joshua, many years later. We won’t go through all of the passages recording the blessing of Abraham, but numerous times throughout Genesis, we see God promising the same thing to him and then passing it down to Isaac, and on to Jacob. The theme of the story stays the same: I will bless those who bless you; I will give you a land and make you a great nation. In you, all families of the earth shall be blessed Some choose to take this story and go down the path of anti-semitism. Sadly, we’ve seen a horrific history between Christians and Jews for the last 2,000 years as millions of Jews have been persecuted, and even lost their lives due to this evil lie. Instead of joining in the promise of Abraham, many nations choose to hate the blessing. Others choose the lie of something called Replacement Theology, a false doctrine that states that God did away with the promise of Abraham, and replaced it with one to the church. This is a very dangerous position and has contributed to the last 2,000 years of separation. Others, and we have seen a rise in this position just in the last few decades, choose to join in with the blessing of Abraham. This leads me to my main point – one of the main themes in this Abrahamic story is that God promised him that all families of the earth would be blessed through him! I believe God is not just speaking of the fact that if we bless Israel we will be blessed. I’m talking about physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional wellbeing. God promised to bless all families of the earth through Abraham and His descendants. That’s an incredible opportunity! Instead of trying to explain away the blessing, replace it, or fight against it, we can choose to join in, realizing that our very lives are intertwined with this story! Over the centuries, many people have held onto resentment towards the blessing of Abraham, which many times led to terrible persecution. Instead, we have the opportunity to walk with our brothers and sisters, realizing that this is the place where blessing for the nations comes from. “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it. Many nations shall come and say, ‘come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” (Micah 4: 1-3) God’s Word will go forth from Jerusalem! One day, many nations will want to go up to the mountain of the LORD, to His house. This goes hand in hand with the verse from Isaiah 56:7, which states: “Even them (speaking of the foreigner) I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer . . . for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” God didn’t exclusively bless Abraham and His descendants so that the rest of the world would be condemned, or live outside of His blessing. He crafted a beautiful plan where all nations and families would be abundantly blessed through a man called Abraham. This plan includes you, and me, and anyone who chooses to stand on God’s promises. We could spend pages more describing the opportunities that the prophets gave for the nations to be involved in this special story. I’ll leave you with just one: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” (Isaiah 52:7) HaYovel, brings beautiful feet to Judea and Samaria, the Biblical Heartland of Israel, where we choose to take part in the beautiful promise of Abraham and participate in all of the wonderful blessings that the prophets foretold. Will you participate in this... Read MoreRead More
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