The sunset was stunning as we saw hurricane Florence from the Almighty’s perspective. We were not scheduled to fly out until tomorrow, but the deteriorating weather and Abba’s provision carried us out 24 hours early. What a blessing! Miss the storm AND get another day in Israel. Win – win!
Details of our escape are posted at aniyosef.com.
As I looked down on the sunset while it slowly changed through a spectum of vibrant colors, I
Continue reading “Heading back to Israel…”
I love to travel but must say, it is a
sickness. Somehow airports, security, sitting and food (airport and airplane) are either bad or worst.
We arrived at Ben Gurion early only to find out our flight is already delayed nearly two hours…. aaargh… so, we sit.
Boys were hungry and we all agreed on burgers… predictably
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Numbers 9:15-23 explains in detail the travel habits of the Children of Israel in the wilderness. The abbreviated version is that they followed the Pillar of Cloud. When the Cloud moved, they moved. When the Cloud stood still, they camped.
Some camp locations were mere days long. Others, like Kadesh Barnea, were lengthy, up to 19 years.
Imagine having lived in a location for a year or two and the cloud suddenly moved. You would have had to make the decision to move or to stay. While most moved, I am sure that there were those who, at every move, decided to stay put. Kadesh must have been the hardest! Houses had been built, stables had been fortified and even orchards planted and harvested from. Then, boom!, time to move.
This Hebrew roots/Messianic walk is much like that journey through the wilderness. We’ve been pulled out of Egypt in a glorious but difficult awakening, Continue reading “The Moving Cloud and Difficult Truth”
Make it a PRIORITY to visit Jerusalem in the coming year. And,to make the trip extra special, I recommend doing it during one of the pilgrim feasts.
Recently, I shared a terrific series concerning the debate about making regular pilgrimages to Jerusalem for the feasts. As previously shared, Bob Parham demonstrates with clarity that the eleven most common objections do not hold water when held to the light of Scripture.
As if that were not enough, the Barking Fox, who has reblogged and commented on the series, has written a fantastic wrap-up that is at once exciting and challenging. I commend it to you as a must read and call you to prayerfully consider how this will alter your plans for the coming year!
Come, let us go up!!
The Jerusalem Debate – The End of the Matter
There is a children’s story about a Little Red Hen who worked diligently to feed her chicks and keep her house in order. One day she found some grain, which she decided to plant. She asked the other barnyard animals to help, but each of them refused for one reason or another. The same thing happened each time she asked for help in tending the plants, harvesting the wheat, taking it to the mill to grind into flour, and bake the flour into bread.
At the end of this lengthy process, as the Little Red Hen pulled the fresh bread hot from the oven, all of the animals came running to help her eat it. But before any of them could come near, she said, “Not one of you helped me plant the grain, nor tend it, nor harvest it; none of you helped me take it to the mill, and you did not help me bake it into bread. Why should I share the bread with you now? It is for my chicks and I, and we will eat it ourselves.” Whereupon she shut the door, leaving her neighbors to watch longingly as her family enjoyed the fruit of her labors.
This story contains a moral for Hebrews who are debating whether the commandment to go up to Jerusalem for the Feasts of YHVH applies to them. Quite simply, if we are to enjoy the benefits of a restored Temple of the Living God, and of the nation that will be restored around it, then we had best be doing all we can to help in the process now.
Tomorrow is Simchat Torah and then we head to Ariel for the Congress, so we made our last trip into Jerusalem today. Not having visited the Kotel yet, we made that our very first priority and, like last time, it was an emotional walk. So many men praying. It was a bit more crowded than last time we went, but nothing like three days ago during the Priestly Blessings when tens of thousands packed into the plaza at the base of the Wall.
It is an interesting thing. In Christendom, Scriptures speaking to the dwelling of God with man in a spiritual sense are emphasized while the Beit Hamikdash, House of Prayer (for all nations, as Solomon prayed for it to be) is de-emphasized. Still, on this trip I have met many, many Jews who are spirit filled, but may not understand the Messiah in the same way I do. The trip to the Kotel, the western Wall, dashes the Christian de-emphasize.
Along with my three younger sons, I carefully slipped through the praying mass toward an empty spot on the Wall where we could Continue reading “Last day in Jerusalem, a mixed bag….”
I was thinking yesterday how blessed we are to be taking three of our boys with us on this trip to Israel. For them it is their first international trip and for one it is his first commercial flight/airport experience.
Kelly and I have traveled overseas many times. My experience began with a bush pilot father and living in South America, then we share the military experience with overseas deployments and duty stations. Traveling with boys in tow is a first with some new lessons that I will share as we go along, but I thought for the many friends we have who would love to take a similar trip, I would offer some thoughts on how this came about and how we prepared, particularly for the expense.
Last year, Kelly and I traveled to Israel. All through the trip we ooVoo’ed our boys as well as sending texts and pictures. When we arrived home, well after their bedtime, they met us at the door with hugs and immediately expressed that we could not return to the Land without taking them. Easy for them to say!! I saw the cash register start spinning!!
Well, upon the announcement of the Congress late last year and the particular good news that it would be immediately following Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, I knew we had to go! But, how? Continue reading “Traveling international with family”
The day we visited the Western Wall on my recent trip to Israel, we first went into the tunnels along the Wall that have been excavated deeply to the street level at the time of Yeshua. While there, women, young and old were walking in and out with prayer books. Once we got to the deepest part where we passed closest to the assumed placement of the Holy of Holies, we moved in hushed silence past a group of these ladies, seated and standing in prayer and davening as they cried out on behalf of Israel to the King of the universe. My heart was touched and I KNOW His heart is!
Here is a beautiful rendition of Isaiah 62 in Hebrew by a young lady that invokes memories of the emotions I felt in that passageway.
Indeed! For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent!
A loooong day of travel that started yesterday mid-morning with a two hour drive to the airport, and several travel glitches, but we are here! Already, have had a couple neat blessings.
The trip is long, and we had a couple layovers. A change in the Miami connection turned the 1.5 hour layover we originally scheduled into 4 hours of sitting, but no real hassle. The Madrid layover was a bit more interesting… The Israeli security screening team was no joke. One member of our small party was pulled into a room to be searched, all her belonging were searched and she was questioned for about 30 minutes as passengers were boarding… That was interesting and called for some prayer.
We arrived in Tel Aviv about 45 minutes behind schedule and hailed a taxi. Fun conversation over the language barriers. He was from Azerbaijan and knew little English. I know less Hebrew, so it was interesting making a connection, but he’ll pick us up tomorrow! What was even more interesting is that as we pulled up in front of our hotel, Kelly points to a man standing on the opposite side of the street and says, “Hey!! That’s Continue reading “We’re HERE!!! and, a surprise! (Pics, too.)”
All checked in and sitting at the gate in Charlotte. Sallie is traveling with Kelly and me. She hasn’t flown in 30 years and we haven’t in about 20 years. While much is the same, the whole security thing is a bit crazy.
We all had ticket ‘issues’, but a kind lady at check-in spent about an hour on the phone solving them.
Had a blessed time of prayer with the boys and blessing them before leaving the house. They are apprehensive, but this is a great time for them to grow and put into action much they have been learning…
Excited for this adventure. Praying Yehovah’s leading, protection and guidance.