Posted in Featured Articles Uncategorized on January 2nd, 2017 While we in America were joyously celebrating a brand new year earlier this month, our friends in Israel were feeling anything but joy. The last days of 2016 were quite difficult for those living in the Jewish state. The United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2334 with a 14-0 vote. It states that Israeli communities and cities in Judea and Samaria (commonly referred to as the West Bank) have no legal validity and are a flagrant violation of international law. This also includes Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. The United States abstained from voting in Resolution 2334, even though we had the power to veto the resolution. Thankfully, there are no real immediate legal ramifications for Israel. However, this puts yet another brick in the wall of the diplomatic efforts the United Nations continues to use to discredit Israel internationally. Within just weeks of this resolution passing, a 28-year old radical Palestinian terrorist drove a truck into a group of young IDF soldiers in Jerusalem, killing four and wounding ten. This happened just one block from the United Nations compound in Jerusalem. Tragically, each of the victims who died was under the age of 23. Four beautiful, innocent young lives lost. Perhaps the leaders of our government are willing to abstain while the nations of the earth rage against the Jewish people, but we will not! These events remind us that we must be willing to courageously stand with the Jewish people at all times. Though there may be seasons of peace in Israel, the war against her is surely not over. The Scriptures remind us why in Psalm 2: “Why are the nations so angry? …The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord.” And what is God’s response? “But the One who rules in heaven laughs! …in anger He rebukes them, terrifying them with His fierce fury. For the Lord declares, ‘I have placed My chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on My holy mountain.’” The LORD is the defender of Israel, and the protector of Jerusalem. We must join Him in this great defense of the Jewish people—today! 2017 is off to an ominous start in Israel, but I know that we – as believers in Yeshua (Jesus) – will shine His great light on the Jewish people, to encourage them and give them hope. Around the world, MJBI is doing just that in many Jewish communities. Would you consider a financial gift to help us continue in this great ministry God has called us to? Your prayers and gifts are making a difference in eternity. May the God of Israel bless and defend you, as you defend His beloved! Gratefully, Nic Lesmeister – President and CEO Menu Categories Featured Articles Zealous Magazine Articles Newsletter Breaking News Get our updates! *Email Address *First Name *Last Name Alternate Email Phone Number Stay informed of the latest about Israel and Jewish ministry!