Renowned US Messianic Jewish Worship Leader, Paul Wilbur, Coming to Jerusalem
On July 28, 2016 at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, Paul Wilbur will be ministering with “Worship the King”, an annual intercessory worship event. Paul is an internationally recognized Messianic worship leader and founder of Wilbur Ministries, who has over the last 20 years travelled the globe in order to bring the power of praise and the message of Messiah to the nations.
In asked about his participation with this worship event, Paul shares:
Shalom Jerusalem! I am coming to lift up the King, in the City of the King at the King David Hotel. Join me Thursday at 3:00 pm. See you there!
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New Israeli Startup Helps Shoppers Buy Smarter, Faster
The quest has just begun for one Israeli startup that has created an innovative online community for shoppers seeking fashion, beauty and home products.
The company, with.love, based in Tel Aviv, was started by two believers – one Israeli and one Dutch – who developed a social network for people seeking to purchase specific items. The goal of with.love is to help people find the items they are searching for in the shortest amount of time.
“We are connecting people to online stores, but in a unique way,” Benjamin Siegal, CEO and co-founder of with.love, told Kehila News Israel (KNI). “You want it? We find it, with love!”
When you want to buy something, but can’t find it online or don’t even know how to begin the search, with.love does the sleuthing for you.
“To begin a product quest, simply share a picture of the item you are interested in buying on with.love. You can snap a picture, take a screenshot or import it from Pinterest, Instagram or the web,” Siegal explained. “Then just sit back, relax, and let with.love do the searching for you.”
with.love employs its own unique method of finding products, with a community of experts, bloggers, and industry influencers, who scour the web for products and where they can be purchased. When the product quest is complete, its originator receives a notification and a link to the online store where the product can be purchased.
“The concept is designed to save hours of Internet searching for shoppers-on-a-mission”, Siegal said. “Many people spot items they wish to purchase while browsing on Pinterest and Instagram, from wedding dresses to sofas. But with no way of knowing the brands of these goods, these potential shoppers have little success in locating where these items can be bought. with.love aims to locate items otherwise difficult to unearth.”
For example, when Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, sports a new outfit, fashionistas are atwitter finding out the designer and where they can buy it, or a knockoff. Fashion experts likely already know. with.love gives fans access to this expert knowledge all the way from identifying the label to the point of purchase.
“We have bloggers and designers who are in tune with fashion,” Benjamin said. “They are like car enthusiasts – fashion fanatics know exactly how to identify and find specific items.”
Starting a quest is free and isn’t limited to the item itself.
Beyond that, with.love provides enthusiasts a place to discover niche or trending products from around the world. Members can browse other quests and make purchases on those too, not just their own. Brands benefit by seeing what products are in demand; stores benefit from increased traffic; and, with an exclusive feature of with.love, Instagram influencers (users with 10,000 or more followers) can transform their static feeds by adding an e-commerce element to their profiles.
Bob Singor, CTO and co-founder, explained how with.love’s concept enables shoppers to push past clutter on the web and focus on their own interests.
“We want to empower people to find exactly what they want, need and love, when they want it,” he said. “The product they love may be from a tiny, independent store that very few people know about, but someone in the with.love community will know. It’s like having a personal product detective working for you.”
Siegal, born in Jerusalem, specializes in business development, strategy and IT management, while Singor, born in the Netherlands, specializes in software development, cyber security and Big Data. The two worked together at Vision for Israel, a humanitarian aid organization in Israel. Their individual expertise provided a natural blend to start a company in the high tech field with goals to maintain high moral standards and deliver products that help people, Siegal said.
“We didn’t know exactly the direction back then, but that it would be in the high-tech world,” Siegal said, adding that the duo wants to ”sow back into the believing community and build a company that is a blessing to many.”
The startup is currently relying on word-of-mouth marketing before introducing more sweeping launches and a mobile application. A slow initial rollout has been met with positive feedback.
Siegal invites anyone to sign up for a free account and begin their own quests or help others fulfill theirs. Love, Siegal said, is a meaningful and positive emotion, hence the name.
“We wanted people to help each other, with love,” he said.
The website is simply, with.love.
with.love is currently looking for a second round of investors. For inquiries, contact the company at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A Peek at the Messianic Era
“The Preservation of Israel and the preservation of the Nazarene are one phenomenon.”
This line mulled over in my head as I sat in the back seat of our big blue van. The van twisted, turned, and trudged through the hillside as we made our way toward the heartland of Israel.
I had just finished reading Sholem Asch’s book One Destiny in which he addresses the unique relationship between Judaism and Christianity, centered on the Messianic hope present in both religions. I could not help but connect the preservation of this beautiful land out my window to the people of Israel.
The road directed our path through the many Arab and Israeli villages that live in constant tension. Sadly, most of the world does not see the beautiful surrounding area. Judea and Samaria have been in the news a lot lately as our people have been under threat of stabbing attacks from terrorists. While the threat is real, there is no place on earth that brings more peace to your soul than the land God promised and gave to his people.
The hills rolled and turned with the rock that lay beneath them. Fresh signs of spring sprout from the earth proclaiming their determination to flourish no matter the surrounding threats. The prophets spoke of the coming Messianic Era as a time of great rejuvenation for the land when the desert would bloom. Seeing the desert blossoming I could not help but wonder if the coming kingdom of Messiah Yeshua was near.
Our van pulled onto a side road in a valley with long rows of grapevines stretched out on the countryside; it was the perfect place for our filming crew to shoot a segment of our new HaYesod program. On the adjacent hilltop rests a small community, a place well known in history for housing the Tabernacle.
Above one of the homes an Israeli flag whips in the wind to proudly proclaim Israeli presence on this controversial piece of earth.
As we jumped out of the van to set up our filming equipment we were met by twenty young men dressed in cowboy boots and hats—all holding vine trimmers. After greeting us and showing us around the two vineyards Joshua Waller, Director of Operations for HaYovel Ministries explained to us the surrounding villages. “Right over there” Joshua pointed to yet another hill nearby, “You can see where some hilltop youth tried to claim a hill and started settling, but the army came and took down their tents,” he said as we walked in the valley where two vineyards lay ready for pruning.
Joshua began instructing the nearly twenty volunteers who all had just recently arrived in Israel to come and prune the vines of Judea and Samaria. Armed with vine trimmers and cowboy hats the young men happily made their way to their assigned vines.
“Technically, HaYovel and the Waller family are one entity. Our family vision is what birthed the work of HaYovel today,” stated Sherri Waller (in a Skype interview), co-founder of HaYovel Ministries with her husband Tommy Waller. With eleven children and fourteen grandchildren the Waller family first came to Israel in 2004. “You should have seen us! All eleven children flying internationally,” Sherri said, laughing to herself.
“Coming to Israel that first time was like watching the Bible come to life,” said Joshua, one of the seven Waller boys in the family.
“After that first trip we were just hooked and completely in love with Israel. We rented a small top floor apartment in Ariel, and coming from the country life in America and with thirteen people in one small space, we couldn’t wait to get outside,” Sherri added, as she explained that throughout their time in Ariel and Har Bracha they began to see a need to help Israeli farmers harvest their vineyards.
“It was just so clear to us the importance of God’s land,” Sherri stated.
Today HaYovel is one of the largest humanitarian organizations serving over thirteen vineyards in Judea and Samaria. “This year alone we expect over five hundred volunteers to come from twenty-seven different countries,” said Joshua.
HaYovel’s busiest season is “harvest season,” usually occurring in late August when the grapes are ripe for gathering. Thirty-five staff members help transport volunteers from the airport to the vineyards, cook and prepare meals for all five hundred workers, and organize the massive operation to take place in an effective manner.
While the region of Judea and Samaria is typically filled with controversy, the Waller family believes that the heartland of Israel should not be neglected. “I would simply encourage anyone who has a problem with the area in which we work to come out here and see the land for themselves. The Bible talks about this land and we’ve come to understand that this is truly the heartland of Israel,” Joshua mused.
HaYovel is responsible for harvesting over four hundred tons of grapes annually. They work closely with local vineyards such as Psagot Wines, Tura Winery, Har Bracha Winery, and others in the area. “With four hundred tons of grapes turning into 260,000 bottles of wine, that’s over 5.2 million dollars into Israel’s economy,” stated Joshua. “People come from all over, use their vacation time and their own expenses to come and help during the harvest.
These people love God and they love his land….that’s why they come.”
“I’ve known the Wallers for over seven years and every year I am completely shocked by their love for Israel and their will to help in whatever way they can. You would never believe the amount of love these people have for Israel and the Jewish people,” stated Yaacov Berg, owner of Psagot Winery.
“We try to promote healthy advocacy for Israel. While our groups are in the land we educate them on Israel. We bring in several speakers from around the area to discuss different topics and we teach them how to defend and advocate for Israel in their home countries,” Joshua explained.
I could not help but see a glimpse of the coming Messianic Kingdom promised to us by the prophets and our Master Yeshua as I stood there watching the nations come from all over the world to tend to the heartland of our beloved country. I felt as if Isaiah’s vision of the Messianic Era was being fulfilled before my eyes:
Strangers shall stand and tend your flocks; foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers. (Isaiah 61:5)
I could not escape from the feeling that I was standing in the place of prophetic fulfillment of the Messianic Era as I heard these words read from the new HaYesod program:
Israel is a land of bounty, flowing with milk and honey. It’s the land of the kingdom of heaven. All the prophecies say that, in the kingdom, this land will be restored and filled with life. The Messiah will be here and rule from here for 1000 years. In that day there will be enormous agricultural bounty. The Prophets say the desert will bloom, and the vineyards will drip with sweet wine and the hills will be covered with grain.
The work of HaYovel Ministry is truly helping to bring the kingdom; their testimony to the Jewish people and their love of Israel is one that sees no bounds and causes hearts to be stirred. HaYovel not only supports the land itself but also educates on Israel advocacy. Israel needs all the help it can get. The Waller family is on the cutting edge of healing the image of the nations as Israelis are touched by their miraculous work.
Joshua continued, “It’s our dream to continue building the farms and vineyards in the Shomron, to be a leading voice for support and defense of Israel abroad and to see all nations coming from around the world to help Israel…one of our favorite sayings is: Israel, you’re not alone. My hope is that the people of Israel will see that through our work here.”
As we made our way back home and the hills of Judea and Samaria grew further away I was inspired by the promise of the Messianic Kingdom and how, even though it is not here in full, ministries such as HaYovel give us a glimpse of the Messianic Era, when God will gather all Israel and restore her land:
He will raise a signal for the nations and will assemble the banished of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. (Isaiah 11:12)
To learn more about HaYovel go to their website: http://www.hayovel.com/
This article originally appeared on First Fruits of Zion, July 19, 2016, and reposted with permission.
S Michael was raised a second generation Messianic Jew and serves within the community both in the United States and Israel.
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Messianic Publisher Sells Book for First Time in Mainstream Israeli Bookstores
In June, just like every year, the Hebrew Book Week was held in Israel.
Among the books presented in the book bazaars on the city streets, and in select bookstores this year, you would have found the book “Chayot Osot Chayim” (Animals Having Fun) by the Messianic Publishing house HaChotam.
HaChotam Publishing has been operating since 2001 as a non-profit organization.
“Our main goal is to encourage believers to read scriptures more and better apply and put into practice what is written in them. In order to do this we produce magazines, books, CDs, games and other products.”
Among the magazines they publish is the children’s publication “Yaldei-Ya”, translated as “Children of God”. The magazine is intended for young children and is printed four times a year. It is written in simple language and helps children learn about the work of God through quizzes, comics and short articles about natural phenomena that demonstrate God’s Wisdom.
The magazine editor is Orit Kashtan. Orit’s primary work revolves around the world of children, and apart from Yaldei-Ya, she has participated in the “LaShir BeEmet” (Sing in Truth) project, co-producing “HaMelech Nolad” (The King Is Born) and “HaMelech Hai veKayam” (The King is Alive and Well) books and CDs. The song “Ki Ko Ahav Elohim et HaOlam” (For God so Loved the World) from the project has become a song sung in almost every Messianic home in Israel.
In every the Tzeva HaTeva (Color of Nature) section of Yaldei-Ya, you can read a short article about animals, which explains how the power and wisdom of God is reflected in the things He created.
Orit says, “I collected information on about 20 animals for all the publications which I have written for over the years. My husband, Eitan (the Manager of HaChotam) challenged me to gather material for another 30 animals so that these could all be published in one book.”
Work on the book took a year and a half. The book includes 50 animals in the categories of birds, reptiles, mammals, Actinopterygii (Ray-finned fish), insects and Cephalopods.
It is written in such a way that it creates interest for children. Each animal is explained and an in-depth description of the animal’s body structure and how it operates is given; in addition to an interesting fact about the animal such as the meaning of its name, as well as an amusing point. Vibrant paintings are spread out over entire pages. The book is impressive in size and hard-covered, fitting into any school bag.
This is the first time HaChotam Publishing has successfully sold books to mainstream bookstores in Israel. “For fifteen years we tried to offer our books to bookstores in Israel. When we published the book “Tevat Noach – HaSipur HaAmiti” (Noah’s Ark – The True Story), a colorful children’s book presenting the story of The Flood in light of the truths of Scripture, it almost happened. We signed a contract, but at the last minute the deal fell through because of some hostile influences who knew that we were Messianic Publishers. To our surprise, when we arrived this time with the “Chayot” book it worked in spite of everything.”
The book has been displayed in store fronts. In some of the stores they have even sold out, and in general have sold more copies than HaChotam staff expected. There have been warm responses to the book and parents have told of their children who want to take it to school to read it in free time between classes.
Orit believes that despite technology controlling our lives, and especially the lives of our children, they still ask to read books. Children are not as entrenched in their opinions as adults are. They are curious to learn and to know, and need to be taught the truths of the Word and work of God thoroughly and carefully alongside all the other subject matter they are taught such as The Theory of Evolution.
My prayer is that there will be a generation of children who serve, a generation of children who grow up and study to become deeply familiar with the Word of God and it will be seen by the whole world.
As part of HaChotam’s service to children and Youth is a magazine called “Mashehu MeHaShetach” (From the Scene) – written entirely by Messianic Youth, which encourages them to work and serve in the field of publishing; writing about current material, contemporary interests and issues relating to the life of their generation.
Recently Orit and the HaChotam team have been working on books and other materials including a Q&A book for children giving them tools and answers to any questions they encounter in everyday life.
Orit and the rest of the staff are very excited about the success of the “Chayot” book and especially that God’s name is being glorified through the magnificent Creation story. In the book’s preface, Orit asks readers to remember that “all these amazing creatures were created by God with wisdom and in love, therefore Praise the Lord because He has done marvellous things.”
Click here to go to HaChotam’s website to purchase the book “Chayot Osot Chayim” on discount, and view other products.
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Update on Prayer about Occult Music Festival “Tomorrowland” in Jerusalem
We want to thank those of you who joined in with us from the nations to pray concerning the “Tomorrowland” occult music festival in Jerusalem. Here is a short update:
1. We went with a local team to worship, pray, and proclaim on-site on Friday, 22 July. This team ended up being 12 people representing a wide range of ages and congregations, and with the blessing of two elder statesmen pastors who are considered as “gatekeepers” in Jerusalem. A few Messianic Jewish believers made confession for the sin of the nation in opening doors to something like this through such things as the “Pride and Tolerance Parade” held in Jerusalem last Thursday; the New Age festivals in Israel promoting worship of ancient gods; and the desire to conform to the Western nations. There were a lot of relevant Scriptures proclaimed. We walked around the Payis Arena worshipping and proclaiming Psalm 24 at all the gates. Then another team went on-site during the event itself, Saturday evening.
2. We were very encouraged by strong prayer also from the other houses of prayer in Jerusalem, and we heard of major mobilisation in South Africa and other African nations, Germany, and prayers of agreement in Belgium and Japan (some of the countries hosting these events).
3. We had especially prayed that in Jerusalem: There would be a small attendance… that there would be major delays and disruptions. And that as a result no unholy alliances or covenants would be able to be established in this city or nation.
Praise the Lord, we can report that our team on-site Saturday evening, saw that:
1. The attendance was very low. Out of the ability of the arena here to hold 15,000 for concerts, there were only 1,132 attendees in Jerusalem as compared to 9,089 in Columbia and 14,779 in Germany (where it sold out). We saw with our own eyes that those with guest passes (who didn’t pay) were at least 200, so that means they may have sold only about 900 tickets for an event highly publicized. We prayed that even those who attended who were not aware of the occult nature of the event would be marked and sealed by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach) and the Holy Spirit.
2. There was a very long delay, and disruptions due to technical difficulties.
We found an area overlooking their technical video linking truck and the satellite receiver. According to an official statement from their satellite provider, the direct link from the mother festival in Belgium was to have taken place from 7-11 pm GMT, which would have been 9 PM – 1 AM here in Jerusalem. They opened the doors almost two hours late in Jerusalem “due to technical difficulties” and we watched many technicians running back and forth, moving the satellite dish, bringing in new cables, etc. until about 10:30 PM. Click below to see a short video that we took of this “confusion, division, and disarray”.
We believe that by the time they finally made connection, the crowd here had not joined into whatever the Lord did not want them to witness and join into. Intercessors here continued to pray into this through the night.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY DURING THESE STRATEGIC NEXT THREE WEEKS (THE 17TH OF TAMMUZ TO THE 9TH OF AV):
1. Continue to proclaim that no new doors were or will be opened to ancient gods and demonic spirits desiring covenant and worship from the youth of Israel.
2. Pray that the youth that attended here and in the other 7 nations will be set free from unholy covenants they may have entered into unknowingly.
3. Pray that the altars of worship to the True and Living God of Israel will multiply across this Land. Pray that ELAV 2016, our national youth conference 25,26 August will be used of the Lord to raise up those altars of worship, and will be protected. Pray for major financial provision yet needed for ELAV (you may give on our website).
4. One prophetic Intercessor from Nazareth had a vision of a another dragon spirit trying to enter into Jerusalem. Pray there will be no “landing spot or gate” opened to any dragon spirit here in Jerusalem or Israel. This is significant as this intercessor did not know a dragon was a new and major motif in the main “Tomorrowland” festival in Belgium this year, as witnessed by these new photos from the Belgian “Tomorrowland” Facebook site:
5. Please continue to pray that all who are interceding about all of this will continue to experience the protection of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach) over themselves, their families, and their ministries.
This update originally appeared on Succat Hallel, July 24, 2016, and reposted with permission.
Rick is the founder of Succat Hallel, 24/7 worship and prayer overlooking the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.