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Issachar Reflections

by Dan Stolebarger


EACH FALL, WE TAKE GROUPS TO ISRAEL ON OUR ANNUAL ISSACHAR TOUR. OUR GOAL IS TO NOT ONLY WALK THROUGH THE PAGES OF THE BIBLE, BUT ALSO TO GIVE A FIRSTHAND PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING.

This has always been a one-bus tour due to the sites and experiences we offer. However this year, the tour sold out so quickly that we ended up adding a second tour, with Petra offered in between!

Israeli speakers with various backgrounds, either from the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), the Knesset, the Mossad, the Shin

Bet and even from Messianic congregations joined us for briefings on current events in their areas of expertise. We also combine experiences on the tour. For ex-ample, one morning, we were at the elite air force base, Ramat David, in the Valley of Armegeddon, and that afternoon, on a hill over-looking Nazareth and the Jezreel Valley.

The following are excerpts taken from this year’s excellent speakers. The common theme shared by all our speakers is the real threat of a nuclear Iran and the growing concern of the abilities and commitments to Israel from the current United States Administration.

Danny Seaman: Deputy Director of the Israeli Minis-try of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs.

We (Israelis) are despised for who we are and not for what we do. How do you sit down and negotiate with those who believe this? ...If the Arabs put down their weapons there will be peace; if the Jews put down their weapons there will be a massacre.

Yechiel Leiter: Served as Chief of Staff to Bibi Netanyahu at Israel’s Ministry of Finance. Served earlier as a political assistant to Ariel Sharon. Ordained Rabbi and lives in a “settlement” near Shiloh located in the West Bank.

Why is it that Israel cannot defend itself? Why is it that our protection is always categorized as dis-proportionate use of military force?...Concerning the situation in Syria today, can you imagine what would have happened if a few years back Israel would have given the Golan back to Syria?

MK Danny Danon: Member of the Likud party and our host in the Knesset. Also, the head of the Knesset Caucus to Fight Anti-Semitism.

The world’s number one concern is the reality of a nuclear Iran. No financial sanctions will change the course, only the possible governmental collapse of the current regime or military intervention! The time for debate and resolutions are over; we must act now!

Itamar Marcus: Palestinian Media Watch

Itamar shared a powerful PowerPoint presentation that quite frankly left our group angry at the deception our government refuses to see. Various video clips, translated from Arabic, showed the current brainwashing of preschoolers that presented a world without Israel, as well as the planting of seeds of hatred (anti-Semitism), to the absolute glorification of suicide bombers. After viewing a presentation like this, one can only find the current situation hopeless! Every reader of this article should subscribe to the Palestinian Media Watch: www.palwatch.org.

Amir Tsarfati: General Manager of Sar El, formerly assistant to Deputy Director in Jericho, and a Messianic Believer.

The stage is getting ready for the Psalm 83 war... The Jewish problem with the concept of Messiah has more to do with the role of the Messiah rather than who the Messiah is.

Calev Myers: Founder of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice, Co-Chairman of the Knesset Caucus to Fight Anti-Semitism, and a Messianic Believer.

Never forget that the nation of Israel is a miracle!... Here is the problem the world cannot resolve: He chose a people, He created a nation and He gave them a Land... Many evangelical Christians support the physical restoration of Israel, but how many are investing in the spiritual restoration of Israel?”

Closing Reflections

Both Issachar tours were amazing—the people outstanding! But this time, more than ever be-fore, I believe that time is short and the end-time dominoes are about to fall. As believers in Yeshua and lovers of Israel, let us purpose in our hearts to be His vessels and to STAND for Israel.


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