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Luke Hilton

How Bad Do You Want It?

 

(by Tommy Waller)

Recently I read an article about a football player who walked on at the University of Arkansas named Brandon Burlsworth. Walking on to any college football team without a scholarship is not easy, but Brandon was determined. Slow and terribly out of shape, he arrived at the school with what appeared to be no chance of ever stepping onto the field. Setting his mind on the goal, he began to work out, and by his sophomore year he became a starter on the offensive line. Later, he would receive many awards for his abilities – both athletically and academically.

Brandon was a leader, and when the team needed inspiration in critical games, he would look at each player in the eye and say over and over, “How bad do you want it? How bad do you want it?” Sadly, Brandon was killed in a tragic car accident just weeks after being drafted by the NFL. Even after his death some 17 years ago, he’s still an inspiration.

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Team Christianity is at a critical juncture. Yeshua (Jesus) understood that there would be a time when religious people would distort the prophecies concerning Israel for a number of reasons. How sad this must have been to see those who would later claim to follow Him deny the very thing he was most passionate about – the very key to unifying the nations (Mark 11:17). Israel, Jerusalem, and the Temple were the direct targets of this passion. We see it in John 2:17, Matt 5:35, Matt 23:37, Mark 11:15, Luke 2:46-49, Luke 9:51, Matt 10:5,6, to name a few.

Over and over, Yeshua was asked, “When will the kingdom of God come?” (ex. Luke 17:20, Acts 1:6) The answer he gave to the question in Luke was, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21) In other words, when you see prophecy being fulfilled – get in the game – get off the sidelines – own it – it’s who you are – you gotta want it!

The Israel question in Acts 1:6 was summed up in verse 8 (paraphrased), “If you want this Kingdom here’s what I need you to do -beginning right where you’re standing I need you take this message to Judea and Samaria and then to the whole earth and just so you know I’ve got your back, I’m going to empower you with the Holy Spirit.”

I believe, at that moment, as He readied Himself for the ascent in verse 9, He looked at His followers and said, “Brothers and sisters, it ain’t over. My Father told the prophet Isaiah that He would set watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem who will not hold their peace day or night. I’m coming back, but I need you to give My Father no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in all the earth.” (Is 62:6,7)

How bad do you want it?! How bad do you want it?!

I am thankful to all those who came down from the bleachers and sacrificed their time, money and physical bodies to get in the game this year on the mountains of Israel. You inspire me!

Because I believe God is moving on many fronts concerning Israel, and because I am excited about entering the 50th year since the liberation of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, I’m going to do something very bold.

I’m going to ask for your support.

As much as we did this year, there was/is opportunity to do at least twice that much. The prophecy in Amos 9 says, “the plowman will overtake the reaper.” In other words, it will be hard to harvest all that the plowman is planting – but we have to make the effort!!

Our matching fund campaign is going on right now, and we need everyone to give what they can. Every donation is double no matter the size, $10 becomes $20, $20 goes to $40. Your part counts! Please pray that our efforts as watchmen will be blessed on the mountains of Israel.  

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With great appreciation,

Tommy Waller

Founder & President, HaYovel

Are You Coming to Hebrew Class This Winter?

 

Click here for more information and to register. Hebrew class is December 18th, 2016 – January 26th, 2017. From beginner to advanced, there is a class for everyone! Can’t make it to Missouri? We have an online class option! Head over to the HEBREW CLASS PAGE and check out your options today. Hebrew is the language of heaven! Let’s learn to speak it... Read MoreRead More

Repeat Volunteers and the Fast of Atonement (by David Johnson)

Not long ago, a friend of mine asked me why HaYovel’s volunteers often return to Israel to serve on a second and third volunteer trip. Isn’t one trip to Israel enough?Isn’t it enough to make a single visit to HaYovel’s base on the Mount of Blessing? I wonder what Moses would have said if a friend of his asked him a similar question as they walked out of Egypt on that first Passover: “Moses, didn’t you already have an encounter with God at that burning bush on Mount Sinai forty years ago? Why do you want to go back there again, and why do you want to take us with you?” Amazingly, Moses not only returned to that mountain again, but he took a few million people with him and made at least three more trips up to the summit! So, what were Moses’ reasons for ascending Mount Sinai multiple times and what is the connection to the Fast of Atonement? Each of Moses’ trips up the mountain had a special purpose. Firstly, Moses had a God encounter at the burning bush. Secondly, Moses received the law, and ascended again to obtain an unbroken set of the Ten Commandments. Lastly, God heard Moses’ intercession and gave complete forgiveness to the people of Israel at the end of his final journey. These trips to Mount Sinai were in no way repetitive for Moses because no encounter with the living God can ever be mundane. Moses humbly served God and others and returned to the location of his “God encounter” many times. So, how does this connect to the Fast of Atonement? The biblical festivals were given to Israel to memorialize a vast array of events which took place throughout history: Passover vividly recounts the Exodus from Egypt, Pentecost beautifully symbolizes the giving of the law on Mount Sinai, and the Feast of Tabernacles tangibly teaches us how God dwelt with the people of Israel in the wilderness. But what was the original event that inspired the Day of Atonement? The answer may surprise you, but this day began because Moses wouldn’t stop travelling to that special mountain, and on the last day of Moses’ final expedition, on the tenth day of the seventh month, God granted the people of Israel complete forgiveness for the sin of the Golden Calf. This merciful act of God is what the Fast of Atonement commemorates. Consider observing Yom Kippur this year. It begins  begins at sundown on the evening of Tuesday, October 11th. There are so many personal applications that we can glean from Moses’ ascensions up Mount Sinai as we enter this magnificent day. Like Moses turned away from his own preoccupations to encounter God at the bush, let’s turn from distractions and renew our relationship with the Lord and our relationships with others. As Moses received the Ten Commandments, let’s focus our eyes and tune our ears to see and hear the words of Scripture. Moses received God’s answer to his prayers. Even so, let’s press into God in focused prayer and expect answers from our merciful Creator. After some thought, this is how I will answer my friend’s question next time he asks why we keep travelling to Israel, “Travelling to Israel and encountering God never gets old. Please come join me on the... Read MoreRead More
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