Israel Today Ministries Blog

Jabez: Four Challenges

First Chronicles 1-9 is punctuated by four clear narratives:

a.   4:9, 10:  Jabez asking God to enlarge his borders.

b.  4:39 – 43: Simeonites seized Meunite and Amalekite territory and exterminated the population.

c&d. 5: 9,10 & 5:18-22:  These two stories are separated by a brief Gadite genealogy listing, but together connects a story in which a combined force of Reubenites,...

Tones of a Mother

The crescent moon glistened high above the Mediterranean Sea, a warship was patrolling the coastline, and within ear range I heard the tender tones of a mother telling the story of her days as a youth to her teenage daughter.  The mother ended up chatting with me explaining her conversation. 

She grew up in the area upon the mountain of the prophet (Elijah, Mount Carmel) and was passing on the heritage of her...


This is Shoshanna (Rose), 94 years old.  She shared her story with us as she showed us her number that the Nazis tattooed on her arm.

During World War II, Shoshanna, then 21 years old, was taken to the concentration camp in Auschwitz, Germany.   She ended up weighing 50 pounds.

Evil Things

The SS Nazi soldiers beat her, raped her, tied her down on the floor and stepped on her stomach.  They made her eat feces...

Optimism is Not Hope!

Optimism is not hope.  Optimism is a mental positive attitude towards life in general.  Hope is more mysterious and more deep. Hope is like a tether anchored to the rock while your vessel is adrift in the sea of life.  You pull the tether until you reach the shore – it is there that you find stability, rest and peace. 

In a troubled world we struggle to find faith as though faith alone scatters the...




“Israel is your home”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that at a time of rising anti-Semitism in Europe, Israel is the only place where Jews can truly feel safe. "This wave of attacks is expected to continue," Netanyahu told his Cabinet. "Jews deserve security in every country, but we say to our Jewish brothers and sisters, Israel is your home."- AP, Feb. 16, 2015

Why Hate the Jew...

Feast of Tabernacles

(Lev. 23:34-43; Deut. 16:13-15; Num. 29:12-40)

The Feast of Tabernacles (Booths), or Succot (Sukkot), begins at sunset.  It is the third major feast in which the men of Israel were required to go up to Jerusalem.


Succot, is an eight-day festival recalling the wilderness wanderings in which Israel dwelt in temporary tents (Tabernacles, Booths). Today, Jews erect a “sukkah” (booth) and...

Jewish Holy Days

       The Jewish calendar is replete with celebration and reflection.  Following are a few highlights regarding some of the Holy Days.

Rosh Hashanah: (September/October)

       Rosh Hashanah begins the celebration of the Jewish New Year and is also a celebration of the creation of the universe. The shofar (ram’s horn) is blown, special prayers are recited and the culmination of these...

Q.  Based on your studies, what is your view on the timing of the Rapture?

A.  First of all let’s look at the five main views on the Rapture.


1.     Partial Rapture Position: This view states that only believers who are faithfully watching and waiting for the Lord will be raptured at various times before and during the 7 – year Tribulation.  Those who will be raptured are spiritually mature...

Seeing the Light

Light plays an important role in some religious traditions. For example, in the tradition of Judaism lighting candles on Shabbat is to remind Jewish people of their Creator and to set apart this day from other days. Also, lighting the Hanukkah menorah is a memorial of the miracle of God’s intervention on Israel’s behalf in 168 B.C. Plus, the seven branch menorah found in the synagogue and formerly in the Temple “tells of an...

The Ancient Message The Ancient MessageIn Exodus 19 we have the account of Moses’ encounter with God and the receiving of the Torah (Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Bible). It has been almost 2,000 years since God communicated with man in such a direct fashion. The first time was with Adam. Now Moses is chosen to hear, and he will write down, the words of God.

What a...