©October 15, 2011 Revive Israel MinistriesGilad Shalit
After 1,934 days being held unlawfully as a hostage, an agreement was signed releasing Gilad in exchange for 1,027 terrorists or security prisoners. (1 Israeli for over 1,000 terrorists!) The vote in the Israeli cabinet was 26 in favor, 3 against.
While everyone is rejoicing at the prospect of his soon return, there is a sober awareness of what this may cost in the future because of the release of so many terrorists. First, it strengthens Hamas over the PLO. In addition, it may result in more terrorist acts in the future.
The terrorists now being released had murdered 569 innocent Israelis. 180 Israelis have already been killed by terrorists from previous prisoner releases. An Israeli response was, "Shalit is worth a thousand terrorists." But that's not the point. Shalit is worth a million terrorists. The question is how many other innocent people will be murdered because of this release.
One of the factors that enabled the agreement was the mediating role of the interim government in Egypt. The exchange deal for Shalit was personally overseen by Benyamin Netanyahu, and is seen as a political victory for him. Gilad's release was signed on the eve of Sukkot, and he should be home by the end of the feast.
This week marked the 30th anniversary of the death of famous Israel political and military leader Moshe Dayan. A series of articles were printed in the local papers describing his life as heroic, yet tragic, almost of biblical proportions.
He was among the first native-born sons of the first Israeli kibbutz "Daganya." He was a fearless soldier, had dark, good-looking features, and spoke Hebrew with a native accent and a rich poetic vocabulary taken from the Old Testament prophets.
He was the ultimate symbol of the new Israeli, as opposed to the old Diaspora Jew; a man of farming, archaeology and military, at home in the Homeland of our patriarchs. Sexual immorality was "winked" at, as a modern, healthy, robust reaction to the challenges of being pioneers and fighters.
His victorious image reached its peak at the 1967 war. He was Defense Minister when Israel recaptured the old city of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount. There were many heroes in those days, and he was the hero of heroes.
However between the years 1967 and 1973, a tragic change took place. Along with other Israelis, he was portrayed as becoming arrogant, indulgent, and desirous of fame and money. The attack of the surrounding nations in the Yom Kippur war caught Israel unprepared. Much of the blame fell on Dayan.
After the many casualties of that war and after his poor leadership, Dayan began to decline. There were problems with political co-workers, family, and finances. The former star was waning. In the Israeli "mythos" he is known for both the glory days of victory and for the deterioration of latter years. His rise and fall became symbolic of what was both good and bad in Israeli society.
26 Christians Murdered in Egypt
It is unclear why Western governments or churches are turning a blind eye to the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world. On Sunday night, Egyptian Copts staged what was supposed to be a peaceful vigil at Egypt’s state television headquarters in Cairo. The 1,000 Christians gathered in Cairo to protest the recent burning of two churches by Islamic mobs and the rapid escalation of state-supported violent attacks on Christians by Muslim groups.
The protesters were beset by Islamic attackers who were rapidly backed up by military forces. Between 19 and 40 Copts were killed by soldiers and Muslim attackers. They were run over by military vehicles, beaten, shot and dragged through the streets of Cairo.
Glorification of the Saints
Three human beings reached a level of physical glorification in their lifetime, as recorded in the Bible. The first was Moses (Exodus 33-34) after two 40 day fasts on Mount Sinai. The second was the first martyr, Stephen (Acts 6-7), as he was being stoned by religious persecutors. The third of course was Yeshua, Himself, on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17, Luke 9).
In all three cases, their faces shone with light. Exodus 34:29 – "When Moses came down from Mount Sinai… he did not know that the skin of his face was shining…"
Acts 6:15 – "All those sitting in the Sanhedrin looked upon him [Stephen] and saw his face like the face of an angel."
Matthew 17:2 – "Yeshua… was transfigured before them; His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white like light."
Yeshua told His disciples that they would experience momentarily ("taste") what the kingdom of God on earth will be like. He prayed and was transformed into glory. In the world to come, we can attain glorified bodies that will shine with light. Yeshua caused it to happen in order to demonstrate that the glory power will be subject to our wills and can be increased or decreased.
That is part of our reward. The more a person serves Him by faith in this life; the more his resurrected body will shine with light in the next. The degree of glory in each person's resurrected body will differ, just as stars differ in their magnitude.
It is interesting to note that neither the idolatry and immorality of ancient Israel, nor the murderous persecution of the religious Jews, could stop the glory power on Moses or Stephen. However, the carnal talk of Peter and the disciples cut the glory short in a moment of time.
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Special holiday outreach scheduled in Jerusalem this weekend with our friends at RCC. Please pray (now!) for anointing and much fruit. A large number of not-yet-saved Israelis are expected. Asher will be sharing message.
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