‘Israel is a Paradise for Christians’

The stronghold of Arab nationalism is beginning to crumble:

In an interview with Italian media, Israeli Christians from Nazareth once again debunked assertions that Israel is an apartheid state with their own powerful testimonies.

The report started off by noting that there is a growing rift in the Israeli Christian community between those who choose to side with the Jewish state and those who choose to identify with the “Palestinian” narrative.

But that the problems facing Christians are not coming primarily from Jewish Israel, but rather from the Muslims, is evident in even a cursory investigation of Nazareth.

Read the full story at Israel Today.

  • Christopher
    Posted at 23:11h, 10 April

    Good article. It is important to realize that Israel has an outstretched arm, while ITS Arab neighbors have a closed fist. I see the peace talks as futile and any attempt to create a two state solution will be fruitless. Zechariah 12:3

  • Kathy
    Posted at 14:12h, 11 April

    My lifetime has coincided with the years that Israel has existed in modern times, give or take a couple of years. When I discovered the writings of David Baron, a Messianic believer who died in 1926, I thought it would be interesting to get his perspective. Indeed, a succinct little book – “Israel’s Inalienable Possessions” – is simply a must read. Get it. Read it. Internalize it. It is a timeless treasure. It will help you keep on keeping on in love and prayers for Israel and the Jewish people everywhere.

  • Jeanne
    Posted at 14:16h, 11 April

    Has anyone told Lynne Hybles and all the other “evangelicals” who have thrown their support to the Palestinians?

  • Joel
    Posted at 18:06h, 11 April


    Anything by Baron or Adolph Saphir are must reads.

  • Gabe
    Posted at 00:24h, 12 April

    I’ve been following a Christian Israeli Arab party called “Sons of the New Testament” for a while. They have a page on Facebook and they post in English, Hebrew and Arab(for which Google Translate works pretty well). A good on-the-ground perspective:

    Facebook Page: goo.gl/J8dkWp

  • Christopher
    Posted at 02:00h, 12 April

    One of my favorite messianic Jewish believers is Michael L. Brown. He is very good at debating rabbis in a respectful and knowledgeable manner.
    There is a certain amount of awe about a Jewish believer in our Savior.

  • David W. Lincoln
    Posted at 21:49h, 12 April

    Bishara Shlayan, who is on facebook, is a mensch who has earned my trust and respect.

    The same can be said about Father Gabriel Nadaf.

    I mention these two menschen because of the roles they play in the Christian community in Israel.

  • Clark Gear
    Posted at 21:11h, 14 April

    Joel have you seen this from Hillsong? http://youtu.be/frnSIOhlobQ
    Would the Arab believers in Yeshua call Yehovah Allah in a Muslim sense?

  • Joel
    Posted at 10:09h, 15 April

    Yes, he certainly did not say that correctly.

  • BJ and Alisa
    Posted at 18:29h, 15 April

    Hi Joel,

    Jesus told all His disciples ( that includes us ) that these things will happen before His second return. Matthew 24:10-11.
    There is no need to be afraid, He gives us plenty of warning.

    acts 20:28-30, 1 timothy 4:1, 2 peter 2:1-3

    I apologize if I went off topic.

  • Gabe
    Posted at 05:25h, 19 April

    Hello All:

    A very in-depth, detailed al-Monitor article on the dramatic changes quietly taking place in the Israeli military and intelligence community over the past 3 years since the beginning of the “Arab Spring.”


    Similar to what’s currently happening in America, the Israeli leadership is implementing large reductions in forces in a strategic shift away from conventional warfare readiness, and they are focusing on smaller, specialized forces and intelligence-gathering in order to combat terrorism in the immediate area. Defensive bulwarks such as Iron Dome are becoming a lynchpin of their long-term security strategy. The impression amongst Israeli top brass is that that the changes taking place in the Middle East will mean that Israel will no longer have to fight large-scale conflicts. There is also a growing movement among college-aged, middle-class Israelis to refuse their compulsory military service, which may accelerate calls in Israeli society for further reductions in military forces.

    I believe that the current shift taking place in the Israeli government and the IDF leadership could be significant from the standpoint of the end times IF it continues to take root and grow. Although unconventional warfare is definitely the most serious threat that Israel currently faces (besides a nuclear-armed Iran), the relaxed posture in regards to conventional warfare is somewhat concerning in light of what the Bible teaches about the attitude of Israel during the period of time immediately preceding the Great Tribulation. At that time, the false prophets in politics and religion will be preaching “peace and safety” and Israel will lower her guard, apparently under the impression that she is not under threat (Jeremiah 6:14, 8:11, 14:13, 23:17-32, 50:6, Ezekiel 7:25, 13:16, 1 Thesselonians 5:1-4). She will be an “unsuspecting people” in a “land of unwalled villages.” (Ezekiel 38:10-11, 14). Flimsy, “whitewashed walls” (like Iron Dome?) will give Israel the impression that she is safe (Ezekiel 13:10). In reality, she will be lulled into a deception which will ultimately lead to a “covenant of death” (Isaiah 28:18) in which she is completely unprepared for the “flood” of the armies of antichrist that will break out suddenly against her and which will overrun Jerusalem and Israel and which will continue to spread across the Earth in a seemingly unstoppable way for a short time (Daniel 9:26, 11:22, Revelation 13:4).

    As I read these things, I realize how urgent it is, more than ever, for us to pray and intercede for laborers for the harvest in Israel and the surrounding nations before this time begins. The fields are ripe and we may not have long. It is our job as gentile believers to be a Jeremiah-like witness to an unbelieving Israel before the final covenant judgment (Isaiah 28:10-12), which ends with her final covenant restoration and glorification at the return of Jesus.

    Blessings to all,

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