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Special Blessing Israeli Believers Purim Report
from Co-Founder Dov Schwarz
BIB Co-Founders: John McTernan and Dov Schwarz
Purim March 9-10, 2020
For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom
for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14
Purim (The Feast of Lots) Then
Though there are many special Feast Days (Appointed Times) on the Biblical Calendar, certainly Purim has a very unique and timely significance RIGHT NOW! You may remember from the Book of Esther how wicked Haman deceived the Persian King to sign a decree to kill all the Jewish people under the control of the Persian Empire. Haman was doing all that was in his power to wipe out the Jews as a people. He was so arrogant that he cast lots (dice) to decide when to kill the Jews.
Of course King Ahasuerus chose Esther, an unknown captive from Judah, to be his bride and the new queen. She had a cozy position in the palace and may have sat this one out regarding trying to save her people. After all-she was the queen and may have been tempted with the option to try and skirt this new law. Mordecai, her older cousin and caretaker until she was made queen, helped her understand why she had been placed in such an important position. Hence, the above verse which brought great clarity in case there was any confusion.
Queen Esther fasted and prayed and great deliverance did come to the Jewish people. This chosen vessel of grace and mercy risked her life to save the Jewish people, fulfill her calling, and establish her own personal destiny. Here are her words that should be the clarion call for all disciples of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) today:
"Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law;
and if I perish, I perish!" Esther 4:16
You may also know that for many centuries Persia (Iran) and Israel were off the world's radar screen of global significance. Yet today, with great frequency and according to Bible prophecy, Israel and Persia are back on the world's radar screen with increasing global significance. The prophetic end-times scenarios have cast Israel and Persia with opposing supporting roles on the world stage. Once again, the voices of powerful Persian leaders regularly threaten the Jews with annihilation Of course, this all points to the Star of the show-King Messiah Yeshua returning to save His people Israel!
Tragically, so many in the body of Messiah are silent and distracted as they are missing the Purim of today. But here is a great truth and opportunity for disciples of Messiah Yeshua in our generation: This King Messiah Jesus has called we who have been born again into His Kingdom for such a time as this!
How can we think about the "if I perish-I perish" self-less attitude for our generation in this New Covenant? The words of our great Savior remind us that as we lose our lives for His sake, we actually gain eternal life. This is an essential element of His disciples.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
While so many are chasing after-even living for the things of this world and life, we can, and should, be concerned about Kingdom and Covenant matters such as being watchmen (and women) in prayer and support for Israel-especially in this season as we are reminded by the Purim of today here and now! That is where Israeli Believers in Messiah Jesus becomes so strategic.
The Israeli Believers in Messiah Yeshua are a light in the darkness in Israel. They (we) are getting out the gospel, saving babies from abortion, making disciples of Messiah Yeshua, helping Holocaust Survivors and poor and needy in Messiah Yeshua's name-and much more! To see the Biblical mandate for all these things you can go to the "What Does The Bible Say" page on our website: BlessingIsraeliBelievers.com
For me personally, these Purim matters became all too real as our Messiah and Lord called my family to live in Israel. To leave your country of birth in your 50s and move to the Middle-East, a completely different culture and lifestyle, is a kind of death to self. Yet, where there is a death to self for the Kingdom of Messiah there is also resurrection power available to make the way! The "such a time as this" opportunity was and is too big to miss!
For anyone reading this letter who bears witness with these things you can begin, or continue, to prayerfully and financially support our Israel preserving and blessing witness and work. Like never before, remember in this Purim season-you and I have been called to the Kingdom of Messiah Jesus-for such a time as this!
Blessings, Dov Schwarz
A special note from King of Kings, Melech HaM'lachim Congregation in Jerusalem
This is David Boskey, an elder at Melecha Ha'Mlachim Congregation in Jerusalem who works alongside Oded Shoshani.
We wanted to thank you so much for the continued support that BIB sends to us at Melech HaM'lachim.
One of congregants who we have been able to support is a single mother with a one-year old baby. After a season of not walking closely with the Lord, she found herself pregnant. The father pressured her to abort the child, but she felt very strongly the calling to be a mother to this child. Through many hardships and struggles, she returned to the Lord and gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Through your support she has been able to devote significant time to raise her son in this first year of his life, as well as being able to have the freedom to grow deeper in her relationship with the Lord through community life in our congregation.
We are so grateful for your care, which is extended through us to these precious ones.
May the Lord continue to bless you and you serve as His vessel to blessing many in the Israeli Body of faith.
Blessings, David Boskey
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