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Worthy Brief - 12/18/2019

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Worthy News Brief - December 18, 2019

Friend, be part of the solution!

Matthew 24:6-8  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled, for all these things must occur; but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in different places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows. 

With everything happening in Israel, I’m often asked what do I think will happen with the latest political situation in the holy land.  Right now, we’re in the midst of a political stalemate as we’ve had 2 elections without a government being formed … which is the first time this has ever happened in Israel … and on our way to a 3rd election. 

But the situation in Israel is typical of what’s happening all across the world.  Within many nations around the world – Great Britain, France, China, India, Iran, Chile, Bolivia, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, and even the United States, internal crises are either brewing or have already exploded into varying degrees of violence, armed conflict and/or civil war.  

In the Olivet discourse recorded in Matthew 24 Yeshua prophesied that "... nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom."  The word "nation" in Greek is the word "ethnos", from which we get the English word "ethnic". All of this polarization and ethnic warfare which the media feed upon and incite is the work of the enemy as he stirs up the sinful nature of men.

Israeli politics are as vulnerable to this as any other nation since we are not yet under the loving and just authority of our true King. Yet, of course we do need a government; but just maybe, the Lord is speaking to our nation through this political impasse; maybe He wants to remind us that, on our own, we are hopelessly doomed to conflicts and strife, and that we need to look to Heaven for His prophesied reign.

So of course we pray for the Lord's will in our political situation; but as we remember who we are, sons and daughters of the Most High from every tribe, nation and tongue we must resolve NOT to participate in the spirit of  division, conflict, strife, violence and hatred that is proliferating across the globe.

Friend, our mandate as a kingdom of priests is to pray, and let the world be blown away by our love.  Crisis is everywhere, but the Chinese character for this word "crisis" also means "opportunity". Our opportunity in all this crisis is to stand out, stand apart and demonstrate faith, hope, and love which the Holy Spirit gives us through Yeshua. Amen? 

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Lapeer, Michigan

Editor's Note: We'll be speaking in Kentucky, and Indiana this weekend! Check out our calendar for our upcoming speaking engagements. If you would like us to minister at your congregation, home fellowship, or Israel focused event, be sure to let us know ASAP. You can send an email to george [ @ ] worthyministries.com for more information. 

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