Showing posts with label Julie Stahl. Show all posts
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

'The Creator of the Universe Will Not Allow Us to Be Driven from This Land': This Is Life on the Gaza Border - CBN News Julie Stahl

'The Creator of the Universe Will Not Allow Us to Be Driven from This Land': This Is Life on the Gaza Border
CBN News Julie Stahl
GAZA BORDER, Israel - Rockets, firebombs, and tunnels along the border. Those images are what most of the world know about the Gaza Strip.  But what’s it really like to live there? 
CBN’s Scott Ross met with Eliyahu McLean who lives and works in Israel along the border of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.  
McLean introduces visitors to this complicated situation by giving what he calls the “Gaza Border Reality Tour”.  He took Ross on the tour that provides a glimpse of the complexities of life from both sides of the border. 
Ross met with McLean at Moshav Yoshivia, where McLean lives with his wife and children. It’s just seven miles from the Gaza border, in the direct line of rocket fire.
“Three weeks ago on the Sabbath, I was just finishing prayers here and I just walked home at 10:00 am and we hear Red Alert, Tzeva Adom, from this siren, and as soon as we heard Red Alert in our houses we have to run to a safe room,” McLean explained.
Hamas launched some 700 rockets at southern Israel that weekend.  McLean said they have only 10-15 seconds to run to their safe rooms.
“Why do you choose to live in this sort of an environment, (and) with a family?” Ross asked.
“First of all, all of Israel is under rocket threat,” McLean answered. “Many Israelis have discovered that this part of the Holy Land is actually quality of life. A few rockets don’t scare us.  We have faith in God – that God is going to protect us and this is sovereign Israel. If we’re going to run from here, we might as well run from Tel Aviv. We might as well run from wherever we are in Israel. The word here is resilience.”
McLean took Ross to the synagogue where he prays, showed him the Torah scrolls and introduced him to the neighbors.  When the situation is tense, he said, they sing and dance.
Not far from there is a public overlook into the northern third of the Gaza Strip, and on beyond is the Mediterranean Sea.  From there, you can see Gaza City, a city of one million people.  There are two million people in all of Gaza.
“That is a lot of humanity,” McLean said.
“You see there’s a border fence here and you see Israeli army lookout posts and if you look slightly to the left you can see a mound of earth on the other side – you can see a Hamas lookout post.  By the way, wave to Hamas, as we’re looking at them they’re looking at us,” McLean told Ross. “The enemy is just that close.”
Standing along the international border, the Israeli town of Sderot is visible and just 45 miles up the coast is Israel’s second-largest city of Tel Aviv. It was also recently hit by rocket fire.
On the map of Gaza, McLean showed Ross the places where Israeli communities of Gush Katif were inside the Gaza Strip prior to the Disengagement.
“In 2005, then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon uprooted the 7,000 Israelis in about 23 communities,” McLean said.
“But the tragedy wasn’t just uprooting but they left behind all of the greenhouses that were top of the world and the Palestinians from Gaza who were working there, they could have maintained it but Hamas decided to destroy the greenhouses and use it as a launching pad to fire rockets. So, it’s a little bit of what you call shooting yourself in the foot,” he explained.
Hamas did the same thing with electricity. 
“One of the ironies is that in the 2014 Gaza war, Hamas was firing rockets that destroyed that power station, which in fact supplies over 30 percent of the electricity to the same people that they live among. Isn’t that ridiculous,” he said.
“Certain elements of the leadership don’t take into account the needs of the simple people (that) aren’t necessarily those involved in the conflict,” he added.
Last year, Gazans had only four hours of electricity each day during the summer, which also creates problems for Israel.
“Recently the Israeli government even allowed money from a government called Qatar to revive the power stations, so now there are 12 hours a day of electricity.
“Why is electricity important in Gaza? First of all, it’s very hard in the heat of the summer or the cold of the winter to have no heating or to have or air conditioning.  If there’s no electricity the water treatment plants like last year will start pouring untreated sewage into the Mediterranean,” he explained. 
Nearby in Ashkelon is one of Israel’s largest water desalination plants
“If untreated sewage from Gaza reaches there what would happen to our saltwater treatment plant? It’s pumping water from the Mediterranean,” he said.  The plant is meant to purify salt, not sewage, he added.  
Mclean says just fighting the terrorists isn’t enough.
“We have to be concerned about what’s happening. We can’t just throw away the key. You see the dilemma Israel has? These days, even Hamas as extreme radical Islamist as they are, comparatively are the moderates.  If we topple them who will replace them?” he asked.
“At the same time, (we have) to remember the people just on the other side. Israel says why should it be our responsibility? Egypt doesn’t want them; Syria doesn’t want them; and Jordan doesn’t want them. Nobody in the Arab world wants them. So in the end, Israel ends up with the responsibility.”
The most recent border attacks involve fire kites or balloons, with incendiary devices attached.  The idea is they’ll fly across the border and set fire to the agricultural fields and forests on the Israeli side.
“The unfortunate reality is that we’ve lost hundreds of thousands of dollars of agricultural produce.  We’ve had thousands and tens of thousands of acres of national parkland totally burned to the ground,” McLean said.
“Sometimes it’s in the form of balloons and you know it’s very hard to tell children, you see balloons in the sky, you want to run after it that there might be a warhead on the end of the balloon,” he said.
McLean said that he and others want to send kites back to Gaza with a message of peace. 
“We in Israel didn’t come to displace you from a country called Palestine.  We came back home to the Holy Land not to be in a constant war with our neighbors but to live in peace with our neighbors,” added.
“Good overcomes evil. Light overcomes darkness,” Ross commented.
The final stop on the Gaza Border Reality Tour was one of the fields burned by a kite or balloon just two weeks earlier.  Besides the agricultural losses, McLean said there’s a message.
“We’re (Palestinians) in essence going to burn what we can’t have for ourselves and also it’s a statement of desperation and that the people there are suffering under a leadership that’s squelching freedom on the other side of the border,” McLean said.
Despite all the attacks and challenges, McLean said he’s hopeful.
“Ultimately, out of the ashes comes another field. A new life comes out of the ashes,” he said. “A new spirit and that new spirit is the spirit of determination, a spirit of prayer, the spirit of hope in the midst of a campaign of fear. Peace and love will prevail.
McLean said he’s a religious Jew who prays for peace daily.
“The Creator of the universe, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will hear our prayer and not allow us to be driven from this land but to allow us to flourish in this land,” he said. “Our destiny is to live as neighbors, whether we like it or not we are neighbors.”

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Prophecy Fulfilled: Hundreds of Jewish Immigrants Come Home to Israel this Summer - CBN News Julie Stahl

Prophecy Fulfilled: Hundreds of Jewish Immigrants Come Home to Israel this Summer
CBN News Julie Stahl
TEL AVIV, Israel - Thousands of Jewish people from around the world are expected to immigrate to Israel this summer, fulfilling the words of the biblical prophets. CBN News was at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport when the first planeload of the summer arrived.
 A big welcome party awaited two hundred new immigrants who arrived in Israel to make the Jewish State their home. 
“I feel so happy and loved and I don’t know how to explain. It’s so crazy the people here waiting for us – the party, the music, the entire joy of this. It’s magic,” said Carolina Carolina Hidalgo, a new immigrant from Argentina.
“I’m always excited when I see new immigrants coming on Aliyah to Eretz Israel to the ancient homeland. I’m very moved by this because it encompasses three continents: Europe, Latin America and Asia,” said Isaac Herzog, Chairman of the Jewish Agency, the organization responsible for “Aliyah” or immigration to Israel.
“They’re all here in one big event, which epitomizes the great plight of the Jewish people in their return to their ancient homeland,” Herzog told CBN News as he waited to welcome the newcomers.
These are the first arrivals on special flights this summer.
“We’re working all over the world.  This year we’ll have 30,000 immigrants from 40 countries. It’s an incredible story,” Herzog said.
Among the newcomers are Brazilian and Argentinian singles who will study in an intensive Hebrew-language school called “ulpan” for several months.  Then they’ll look for jobs or continue with higher education.
“I’m an actress so I’m going to try to work with that. I’m also a makeup artist so I came with that idea,” Hidalgo told CBN News.
“Here I’m going to study Hebrew in Kibbutz Magan Michael and then I’ll be in the army for a year and a half.  And then like all Israelis, I will travel and then I’ll return to study music in Jerusalem,” said Octavio Moshe Peron, a new arrival from Argentina.
“First I want to really learn Hebrew, so I’m going to do Ulpan, very intensive right now, then I will start searching job as a scientist, in hi-tech,” said Ari Korenvais, another new immigrant from Argentina.
They came for different reasons.
“I came here because when I was little, I was living here with my family for a while, like four months and I fell in love with this country and the people and the culture so I always want to come back here and now I have the possibility, I came,” Hidalgo said.
“The economic situation is really great. OK neighborhood countries are not the best things but I don’t have to worry when I walk through the streets really here,” Korenvais said. 
“I came to Israel because I’m a Zionist. I love Israel and I’m hoping to make it my home,” said Abraham Chevelen from Ohio.
Chevelen, who has been here for just one week, came back to the airport to welcome the newcomers.
“I learned some Hebrew back in America. Thankfully, I’m very good at languages. I speak Chinese fluently. I plan on doing business with China in Israel and if I can do Chinese I can hopefully do Hebrew, right?” he said.
Many would see the arrival of these new immigrants as the fulfillment of God’s Word when He said He would re-gather Israel and plant them in their land.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

‘The Beating Heart of Jerusalem’: Newly Discovered Pilgrimage Road Gives Glimpse into Life During Jesus’ Time - CBN News Julie Stahl

‘The Beating Heart of Jerusalem’: Newly Discovered Pilgrimage Road Gives Glimpse into Life During Jesus’ Time
CBN News Julie Stahl
In ancient Israel, the Jewish people obeyed the biblical commandment to travel to Jerusalem three times a year for a temple sacrifice – at Passover, Shavuot  (Pentecost), and Succoth (Feast of Tabernacles) Now for the first time in 2,000 years, the road they walked is being uncovered for all to see. 
“The places and events and peoples that make Jerusalem, Jerusalem for Christians, for Jews, it all happened here. It happened here in the City of David,” said Zeev Orenstein, Director of International Affairs at the City of David Foundation
Photo Courtesy: Shalom Kweller, City of David Archives
“This is where the beating heart of Jerusalem is.  We’re talking about the Pool of Siloam, we’re talking about Mt. Moriah, the Temple Mount. We’re talking about the City of David.  The Pilgrimage Road links them all together,” Orenstein told CBN News.
For Jews in ancient days, their pilgrimage began at the Pool of Siloam, a giant mikveh, or ritual bath.  The size of two Olympic swimming pools, they would purify themselves here before going up to the Temple to offer their sacrifices.
“The historian Josephus says, 2,000 years ago, on the pilgrimage festivals, there would have been more than 2 million people going up on pilgrimage. That’s a lot of people that need to bathe,” Orenstein explained.
The pool is also where Jesus healed the blind man as recounted in the book of John.  Its location was hidden by a road until fifteen years ago when a sewage leak led to excavations, the discovery of the pool and much more.
“The archaeologists when they find the pool of Siloam, they understand that that’s the pool and they know where the Temple stood on the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago, the same Temple Mount as today,” Orenstein said.
Orenstein said then archaeologists wondered how the pilgrims traveled from the pool to the Temple Mount.
“So the archaeologists widen the excavation,” he explained and that is now what they’re calling the ancient Pilgrimage Road.
The stones are that Jesus would have walked on, on his way up to the Temple.  The significance of the excavation of the Pilgrimage Road is that for the first time in 2,000 years, visitors will be able to walk all the way from the Pool of Siloam up to the Western Wall.
“The word in the Bible, the Hebrew word is Aliyah b’regel, oleh regel.  Now what we understand that to mean is that it’s a spiritual ascent, going up to Jerusalem, going up to the Temple. It’s a very holy place,” Orenstein explained.  “But, when you’re in the place where the Bible happened, the words of the Bible come to life,” he said pointing out that the road actually goes uphill. 
And it was more than that.
“This would have been a Times Square.  We would have had on both sides of the road, keep in mind the road is about three, four or five times wider than what we see.  You would have had shops, stalls along both sides of the road. This is the center of Jerusalem from a spiritual perspective, from a communal perspective, also from a commerce perspective,” he said.
According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, the road took ten years to build from 20-30 AD and was constructed by the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate.
“Now, one of the major issues of Jerusalem is that it’s a living city. All the archaeological layers are built on top of one another and the modern quarters and everything (is) built on top of the archaeological layers,” said IAA Excavation Manager Ari Levy.
Although the ancient road was out in the open 2,000 years ago, it’s currently underground, beneath the Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Silwan.  So walking on the road is like being in a tunnel.  Levy says uncovering the road is a major engineering feat.
“We have a modern neighborhood just above our heads and we don’t want it to collapse,” Levy told CBN News.  “After each meter that we take out, each meter of soil, we (put in) an arch-like construction.  This supports the entire weight of what we have above us.”
Along the route, you can see many places where the road remains intact and others where it’s destroyed given its violent history.
“We know that the Romans they destroyed Jerusalem and if you were to find everything intact it wouldn’t seem like much of a destruction,” Orenstein said.
Among the discovered treasures are small coins minted during the Great (Jewish) Revolt before the Romans destroyed the Temple and Jerusalem in 70 AD.
Scholars often wonder why the Jews made worthless coins instead of weapons. Orenstein has an answer.
“The Jews of Jerusalem understood that the Romans were likely going to destroy the city. But they also believed that one day in the future, descendants would return and find these coins and they would know what their ancestors lived and died for – for a free Jerusalem. 
“And here we are nearly 2,000 years later, standing along the very same Pilgrimage Road here in the City of David in Jerusalem – the capital of the Jewish State of Israel,” he said.
Half of the Pilgrimage Road will open soon to the public and within a few years, all the way from the Pool of Siloam to the Western Wall.   That will give visitors a firsthand experience of what it was like to worship God in the time of Jesus.

Monday, July 8, 2019

‘Incredibly Significant’: One Man’s Quest for the Ark of the Covenant Takes Him Beneath the Temple Mount - CBN News Chris Mitchell,Julie Stahl

‘Incredibly Significant’: One Man’s Quest for the Ark of the Covenant Takes Him Beneath the Temple Mount
July 5, 2019  CBN News Chris Mitchell, Julie Stahl
JERUSALEM, Israel - For centuries, the search for the Ark of the Covenant has captured the imagination of movie makers, archeologists and even a queen of England.  Legends have placed the Ark in such faraway places as Ethiopia or Ireland.
Researcher and author Harry Moskoff took CBN News through the Western Wall tunnels, up to the ramparts of the Temple Mount and into the chambers surrounding Judaism’s holiest site.  His book, The A.R.K Report, chronicles his two-decade quest to find the legendary icon. 
He says one theory is that it was taken out of the Temple and carried to Jericho eighteen miles away.  
“It says in Jeremiah that some of the vessels of the Temple were exited, sort of escaped as it were, through this area at the destruction of the First Temple,” he explained.
Moskoff took CBN News to the spot where he believes the Ark really lies.
Moskoff believes a key clue lies behind a 570-ton rock and says high tech search tools give credence to his theory.
“Two years ago, there were tests done by the University of Nebraska, sonar tests…using electromagnetic waves.  They actually found what’s called a storage space across from here,” said Moskoff.  
“So actually, there was a purpose for putting this giant stone, this massive slab here.  One of the reasons, in my opinion, is to protect whatever it is on the other side.  And according to my theory of where the Ark was actually buried by King Josiah, I think it was 568 BC – in back of these boulders, these massive stones,” he said.
Underneath the Temple Mount lie dozens of underground tunnels and chambers.    
“Back then, a 150 years ago, Charles Warren went in and actually did a survey,” Moskoff said, adding that political tensions prevent anyone from excavating underneath the Temple Mount today.
“No one’s been allowed to even put a shovel, nothing.  But, basically, they were the ones that surveyed the whole area and they were the ones who picked out the tunnels...They couldn’t find the Ark.”
Warren, a British explorer, documented those tunnels at the request of Queen Victoria. He was just one of many throughout history looking for the Ark. 
“When people like the Crusaders and the Knights Templar, even the Palestine Exploration Fund, which was originally commissioned by Queen Victoria, came over the centuries to look for the Ark, what they were looking for was a golden box with the staves.  But what they really should have been looking for is a room.  They could have been right up against the wall and on the other side of the wall is the Ark,” said Moskoff.
Moskoff believes the original Holy of Holies had another chamber directly beneath it.    
“Actually, in the blueprint itself of the First Temple, a chamber should be built [exactly] the same [as the] Holy of Holies, exactly the same level of holiness as the one just above it.  It was set up right from the beginning to house the Ark, with the golden floor and everything,” he said.
Moskoff explained that Solomon built the Holy of Holies so that the Ark could go below it.
He believes the Ark will be revealed one day. 
“Timing is incredibly important, incredibly significant.  Obviously, it’s a groundbreaking, game-changing, biblical type of discovery.  My personal opinion is that when it does happen it won’t be in a clandestine way.  Where we are sneaking through these tunnels, you know what I mean, and we’re bringing it out under the cover of darkness.  It will be a great occasion and will help bring the Messiah.  It will be something all nations will really rejoice in,” the researcher explained.
Moskoff credits Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark for the renewed interest. 
“There are some things they got right about the power of the Ark…and its destructive forces shouldn’t get into the wrong hands."
Moskoff wants the world to know that the Ark is more than just a piece of history.
“It’s a real thing. Just like it did 2700 years ago it still exists today.  It’s got the broken tablets that Moses crashed down there at Mt. Sinai and the second tablets.  It really does exist.  We’re really going to see it hopefully in our lifetime again.  It is a catalyst for the Messiah to come."
Until it is revealed, the Ark of the Covenant built by Moses in the wilderness will continue to fascinate the world. 

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Strategic Prayer Warrior, Messianic Leader in Jerusalem Dies at 75 - CBN News Julie Stahl

Photograph courtesy of Alpha & Omega Photography, Inc.
Strategic Prayer Warrior, Messianic Leader in Jerusalem Dies at 75
CBN News Julie Stahl
“For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet,” (Isaiah 62:1).  That’s the verse that most typified the life of Eliyahu Ben Haim, his wife Hanna said of her late husband.
Eliyahu (Elijah in English) Ben Haim, chairman of Intercessors for Israel (IFI), went to be with the Lord last Saturday evening.  In 1985, he was handed the reins of IFI and had directed the Jerusalem-based organization since then urging prayer at home and abroad for the sake of Zion -- Israel; and distributing weekly prayer points to inform and guide.
Ben Haim immigrated to Israel in 1969.  He returned to settle here with his family in 1984.
“Eliyahu did what God wanted him to do.  He started traveling, speaking about Israel and the Jewish people returning to their Land. Many people opposed him,” said David Antrosio, who delivered the eulogy at Ben Haim’s funeral in Jerusalem. Antrosio was Ben Haim’s first pastor 45 years ago in Montana.
“Literally thousands of people have heard what God is doing for Israel, restoring Israel and the Jewish people,” said Antrosio. “Some of you have even been encouraged to make Aliyah (immigrate to Israel) by Eliyahu.  Thousands of people are now praying for Israel because of Eliyahu.” 
For decades, IFI hosted an annual prayer conference in Jerusalem (as well as elsewhere in the world) and tour in Israel to pray and encourage prayer on behalf of the Jewish people and State of Israel as the fulfillment of God’s prophetic Word and led "prayer teams to strategic places to defend Israel among the nations," IFI's website said.
At this year’s conference in January, Ben Haim spoke about “Strategic Intercession” and how the answers to our prayers don’t always come at the time or in the way we expect.  
“Our intercession does make a difference,” Ben Haim said. “Our concentration needs to be not us but Him. Our intercession is real.  God desires it and it makes a difference in the world and in the Kingdom of God.” 
He said praying for people and groups of people and the church is intercession but there’s a difference with strategic intercession.
“Strategic intercession is praying God’s will expressed in his Word into being. It’s praying for nations and for peoples and for God’s prophetic purposes to be accomplished,” he said.
“I prayed at least 15 years for the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem and now it’s right across the street from my house. That’s something I never expected and never wanted. I’m talking about it being across the street!” he said.
One local believer who asked not to be named told CBN News how important Ben Haim’s messages were to her at the prayer conferences.
“I loved his perspective, I loved his insight, his wisdom.  He had a handle on politics.  He had a biblical perspective of politics and you always came away being more informed and because it was a prayer conference you were more informed about how to pray and he gave you direction for that as well.
“Sometimes he came off as a little bit of a tough guy. He was not a tough guy.  He was a teddy bear.  He was the most kind person you would ever meet.  Really cared for other people. Mercy and grace (were) second nature to him,” she said.
In addition to his work with IFI, he was also on the board of Ebenezer, Operation Exodus, traveling around the world to practically raise support for the fulfillment of prophecy: the return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.
At his funeral, his daughter Rachel, described her dad the man behind the strong leader.  She said it was his nature to help widows, orphans, the weak and overlooked.
“In 1985, when I was seven, there was a man who came and stayed with us every two weeks over the course of several months because he was taking medical treatment at the nearby hospital.
“A couple of months ago, I asked my mother about this unusual memory.  She told me that the man had had AIDS and my father was the only one who would open his house to him. When my mother questioned him about it he said he couldn’t leave a man in need on the street,” she said.
Following a very successful prayer conference in Scotland in June, Ben Haim was diagnosed with “necrotizing fasciitis” commonly known as “flesh-eating disease” -- a rare and virulent bacteria.  Ten days earlier doctors had amputated his leg in an attempt to save his life.  Though he was improving and his family and friends had hope for his recovery, a heart attack took his life while he was still in Scotland. 
Ben Haim will be sorely missed by his widow, children, grandchildren and friends, and the Body of Messiah in Israel and worldwide.  But as one congregation here said in its announcement of his passing: “Eliyahu has fought the good fight and glorified God in all his ways until the end.”
Eliyahu Ben Haim and his wife, Hanna
Photograph courtesy of Alpha & Omega Photography, Inc.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Jewish Protesters Assault Messianic Believers, Christians: 'Some Were Cut in the Face' - CBN News Chris Mitchell, Julie Stahl

Jewish Protesters Assault Messianic Believers, Christians: 'Some Were Cut in the Face'
CBN News Chris Mitchell, Julie Stahl
JERUSALEM, Israel - Dozens of Jewish protestors recently attacked Messianic believers headed to a Hebrew worship concert in Jerusalem. It’s the latest example of the hostility of certain orthodox Jews against the Messianic community.

Inside the King of Kings congregation, an audience listened to a concert of Hebrew worship songs, written by Israelis.

But outside, something else was going on.

“Thirty to 40 religious men had gathered and they started harassing our people as they were trying to enter into worship – blowing whistles, trying to drown out the sound of worship and that alerted the first wave of the SWAT team and the police that came out,” said Chad Holland, Senior Pastor of King of Kings Community Jerusalem (KKCJ).

The Messianic Jewish Alliance of Israel held the concert at KKCJ’s facility – one of the largest congregations in Jerusalem for Christians and Messianic Jews.  
Holland told CBN News a mob of protestors outside the facility’s lobby attacked men, women, and children trying to attend the concert.

“They started by screaming, pushing. Several people were hit; some were cut in the face.  They broke glass. They damaged property. They were kicking. They were hitting. They were cornering people. They pushed several up against the wall. They pushed down several women as well. They threw water bottles. They spit on a lot of people and in the end, they started spraying pepper spray,” Holland said.

Some of the protestors held a sign from the far-right fringe group Lehava that opposes contact with non-Jews and opposes a Christian presence in Israel.
According to Holland, the police had a hard time gaining control of the protestors.

“They overran the first wave of the SWAT team. They ended up leaving. Then a second wave of regular level police came with a captain and the mob scene overran them as well with numbers and it took several hours before the police could rally enough of the SWAT team in full armor and helmets and the face shields,” Holland said.

While evangelical and other Christians are welcomed as friends by most Israeli sectors, Messianics – Jews who believe Jesus is the Messiah – are sometimes shunned.

“Even though we tried to reason with them and to discuss, hey why are you guys so angry, they said that we were traitors, that the Messianic believers were traitors,” he said.
“They chanted several times that we worship three gods. Now, of course, if you know anything about the Messianic theology, we believe in One God. And we tried to reason with them to explain to them that they had a misunderstanding. They, later on, didn’t take too kindly to that explanation. They began to chant that we were Nazis at that point,” he added.

Holland said they’d welcome the opportunity to explain who they are and what they believe to the protestors.

"We’re certainly not the enemies of anyone worshipping God but that we are believers in Yeshua,” Holland explained. 
“We serve one God and we believe in the Bible. We’d love to sit down and talk with them if they would ever have us. We thank the police again and we covet the prayers of all the believers around the world,” he said.

Holland said, in the end, the protestors didn’t win because the concert went on as planned.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Archaeologists Unearth 'Suburb' From the Time of Jesus - JULIE STAHL/CBN NEWS

(Israel Antiquities Authority)
New building construction in Israel often yields ancient treasures. That's the case in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sharafat.
Israeli archaeologists uncovered a Jewish village from the around the time of Jesus in this Jerusalem Arab neighborhood as part of what's called a salvage excavation—an excavation conducted while preparing the site for a new elementary school.
"The most spectacular find here is a grand burial estate," said archaeologist Ya'akov Billig, who is leading the excavations at the site for the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Today, the area is inside Jerusalem. Two thousand years ago, it would have been like a suburb of Jerusalem.
"The burial estate starts from a stepped, long corridor going under a bridge like an overpass into a courtyard with a bench on one side and a bench on another side," Billig explained to CBN News. "Then, from there upwards there was a covered barrel entrance to the burial cave and from there on inwards is the underground burial cave."
Billig said the burial estate tells a lot about its owners.
"The whole plan here belongs to some very important and/or rich person with his family, possibly even for several generations," he said.
They've also identified a Jewish ritual bath and much more.
"One of the agricultural products that was grown here and produced, there were probably grape vineyards. We have evidence of the winepress with a very large treading floor where they placed the grapes, said Billig.
"We also have an olive press. Between the wine and the olive oil they probably had quite a high living standard here," he said. 
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