It was a David versus Goliath moment as PM Bibi announced the steps necessary to combat our unseen enemy – Covid-19. I felt numb as I watched his grim “game face” and listened to his rapid staccato gun-fire presentation. I heard but couldn’t process what he was saying. Until he spoke words that took no processing:
Victims of the enemy
And then came the explanation:
“We need to use the same digital surveillance that we use on terrorists to be able to locate and isolate those who have become victims of the enemy.”
Numbness became nausea.
This sudden change in our lives made sense. How can we argue against a system that will save lives? Especially me! I’m 75 and because of my severe dietary issues I’m a prime candidate for the disease. But to say that someone who might have been exposed and therefore contagious needs the same surveillance as a terrorist? Is someone diagnosed with the virus a “victim of the enemy?”
Day by day restrictions become more severe. Since many Israelis are not following instructions we’re hearing the threat of new and more odious restrictions. Furthermore, to the Jewish psyche, the selection process of the elderly, the infirm, and the weak is a reminder of our horrific past.
All this is for my welfare?!
Certainly the length of the hidden incubation and its rate of infection is serious and scary. But I contend MUCH MORE serious and scary is the ramification of our response:
Friends, in breath taking speed our lives changed and our lives have a “new normal.” Our geographic location is irrelevant. Suddenly it is the dream of every globalist as we are all facing the same challenge. Recently MSNBC Senior Business Consultant Stephanie Ruhle said,“We need global cooperation and a global leader. Yes, global cooperation and honesty.”
The stage has been set and in a manner no one could have anticipated. But set for what? People are reeling; the present is up-side down and our futures seem uncertain.
Uncertain? Not for those with eyes to see; God has given us a glimpse of what the Bible calls
- Perilous times
- Latter Days
- Day of the Lord
- The day of vengeance for the cause of Zion
Even though God’s prophetic word is 30%-40% of Scripture, these words are usually ignored, denied or dismissed. There are arguments about the reality and timing of the Rapture, perhaps teaching the book of Revelation, but a thorough teaching of the entirety of the subject is sadly omitted.
AND THEN CAME SUNDAY
This “new normal” of life kept me under the covers; I simply was not ready to face this new day. Just as God’s mercies were new this morning, I sensed God wanted to do something new in, through, for and by my life. Indeed, “Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Proclaiming the Gospel wasn’t an issue; Jesus was and will always be the only source of life and peace. Nor was I questioning the mission statement of my life and Novea Ministries: “To fill the earth with the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Christ Jesus.”
No, I was questioning God’s new assignment to fulfill that mission. I didn’t doubt that everything I have been doing, was preparing me for something. The words of Mordecai rang in my ears:“You have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)
God answered almost immediately from the words in Luke 1:16-17
“He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.
‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’
and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,
to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
Israel should have been prepared and ready to recognize and receive her Messiah. Simeon and Anna were, but no one else. In fact, Israel was disciplined because she wasn’t prepared nor ready:
“For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” (Luke 19:43-44)
For This Purpose (Part 2)
God has given us His “end-time” plan for a purpose. This current situation has shown us that as watchmen we need to be ready to minister to Israel and to the nations armed with an understanding of God’s prophetic word.
Commonly known by both Israel and the church is the term, “Jacob’s Trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7), but few Jews understand its reality. God is committed to making Israel His people, so must discipline, refine and prune the land and the people. This is God’s purpose for Jacob’s Trouble.
But what is not commonly known in the church is “God’s vengeance for the cause of Zion” (Isaiah 34:8) when God fulfills His warning in Genesis 12:3 against the nations who have cursed (made light) of Israel. God has been patient with the Gentiles, but His patience will be replaced by His fiery jealousy for Israel. It behooves the Church now to understand God’s unique relationship with Israel…God’s witness.
Whether Jew or Gentile, these days are to be avoided at all costs.
Now is the time to:
TURN ISRAEL TO THE LORD THEIR GOD
…by proclaiming the Gospel. Jews shudder when I say, “What is coming will make the Holocaust look like a picnic.” To minister more effectively to Israelis, I have to warn them of what’s coming and give them their only hope – Yeshua.
TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS
From a “mother in Israel” (who had an absentee father) fathers need to be challenged to love their children to teach them the ways of our Father God. The Bible warns, “If possible, even the elect will be deceived” (Matthew 24:24). Through God’s love, fathers need to lead their children into truth.
[TURN] THE DISOBEDIENT TO THE WISDOM OF THE JUST….
Today more than ever, the Church needs God’s wisdom to talk to people by knowing their hearts. We cannot make even thirsty horses drink until they realize that they are thirsty! We can reach into people’s hearts can be learned by watching Jesus, listening to His spirit and speaking truth without compromise.
PREPARE THE PEOPLE
Jesus is coming soon! Without an understanding of eschatology, we will not know how to discern the times. Furthermore, there is a dire need among the Body to really know God through His word and not just experience. We need to be prepared in our bodies, souls and spirit; preparing mentally, emotionally as well as spiritually.
MAKE THEM READY
Jesus wasn’t “ready” for ministry until He won the battle of temptation against Satan. Throughout the New Testament we hear the words, “endure to the end.” The “Hall of Fame” (Hebrews 11), 1 Peter, 2 Timothy 1-3, James all remind us that suffering is part of the Christian life. Paul iterates his sufferings yet considers them “light afflictions” because he “…determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2.)
Beloved of God, we need to be ready to endure to the end…keeping our eyes fixed on the joy set before us.
New Normal for Novea Ministries
Our new normal is not so “new” as the illustration on the Novea website of our three-fold strategy attests.
- Witness TO and Witness IN Israel: Interact and engage Israelis through relationship and Divine appointments. After 22 years of sowing, I pray now is the time for the harvest.
- Witness OF Israel by continuing to use using internet technology and social media to reach the nations:
- Novea Website (to counter the deletion of our posts from social media, our website becomes more important. Most articles (except the more sensitive) in these three “blogs” will eventually be available on the Joan Lipis YouTube channel.
- Joanie’s Jewels
- Simcha, Celebrating the feasts of the Lord
- Echod, Restoring the Breach
- Lunchtime Prayer for Israel: Scripture, mini commentary and prayer prompt.
- You Tube channels
- Zoom interactive meetings to teach and dialogue on the subject of “End Times.”
- Facebook, Twitter
All for the glory of God and the salvation of Israel, j