Grapes are one of the seven special agricultural products of the Land of Israel and teach us a vital life lesson. According to Rabbi Natan Slifkin, “the grapes must be totally crushed, either underfoot or in a press, in order to produce valuable wine." In this prophecy, Ezekiel prophesies that the inhabitants of Jerusalem will be destroyed just as a vine that no longer produces grapes is burned for fuel. The message of the grape, however, is that the suffering and hardships are not intended merely as punishments. Rather, the Lord hopes that the pain and anguish will eventually bring out the best in them, and inspire their return to the Almighty. We are living the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy as the children of Israel have returned to the Land and are planting vineyards in Samaria (Jeremiah 31:4). While there is no doubt that we are living in miraculous times, enemies of Israel are literally trying to uproot us from our ancestral homeland. Last week, Arab terrorists destroyed thousands of grapevines in the Shiloh region in an attempt to threaten and intimidate the Jewish communities in the area. The Israel365 Charity Fund is working with the affected farmers to remedy the enormous amount of damage that has been caused to their fields and their livelihood.
Israel is the best proof that God exists and is still acting in our world" says grape farmer Yaakov Berg. His flourishing vineyards in Judea and Samaria are proof that we are living in times of the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.
Join Israeli host, Aaron Lipkin, and his friend, Zac Waller, on an amazing adventure to see where the earliest Israelites first set their feet in the Land! Watch as Aaron Lipkin and Zac Waller uncover the secrets of six footprint formations—all dated from the early Israelite period and all found in central Israel. What were they used for? Why are they all located in the Jordan Valley and eastern foothills of Samaria? Why did the ancient Hebrews go to so much trouble to build these round monuments in the shape of a footprint?
Greetings Rabbi Weisz,bI am writing from Albany, on the south coast of Western Australia. My name is Ruth and although I am a practicing Christian, I have a fascination for the scriptures in the Old Testament, and a great interest in those I regard as God's chosen people. May your people and especially the Faithful in Jerusalem be richly blessed by our amazing God and Father, for the glory of His name.