HAPPY PASSOVER — AND AN EPICENTER CONFERENCE UPDATE
* Come with us to Israel and stand with the Jewish people
By Joel C. Rosenberg (Washington, D.C., April 8, 2009) — "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage." (Exodus 20:2)
Lynn and the boys and I are celebrating Passover this year with our Joshua Fund team. As we do, we are rejoicing over how the Lord has delivered the Jewish people through so many trials in recent decades, and how He has miraculously and prophetically resurrected the State of Israel, as He had promised in the Scriptures to do in the "last days" of human history. We are also praying for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to deliver the children of Israel from rising new threats – this time from Iran and Radical Islam, not the Pharoah of Egypt.
Many nations around the world are turning against Israel at present. The Turkish Prime Minister recently called for Israel to be banned from the U.N. A Spanish court is considering trying Israeli military officials on "war crimes" charges for defending Israel from Hamas rocket attacks. Boycotts of Israeli goods and services are being called for around the world. And now comes this headline in a leading Israeli newspaper: "Obama team readying for confrontation with Netanyahu."
That said, we are not worried. The Lord who has been so faithful to the Jewish people from time immemorial will show His mighty hand once again. That was the theme of this year’s Epicenter Conference, that we serve a great and mighty God, a prayer-hearing and a prayer-answering God, a God who loves Israel and will bless her. In my "State of the Epicenter" address on Saturday, I spoke from the Book of Esther about another time in history when the leader of Iran/Persia (King Xerxes) called for the annihilation of the Jewish people. It seemed hopeless. But as the Jews who really loved the Lord fasted and prayed and turned their hearts towards Him, the Lord heard their cries and sent a great deliverance through one man (Mordechai) and one woman (Hadassah/Esther) willing to serve Him even unto death. Will He not provide such a great deliverance again, as we turn our hearts towards Him and seek His face and ask Him to forgive us and heal us and draw us close to His heart?
We believe the Iran crisis provides a tremendous opportunity for the Church to stand with Israel and bless Israel and see the God of Israel do a mighty miracle. The Joshua Fund team, therefore, is committed to doing everything we possibly can to educate Christians around the world and mobilize a global movement of people who will bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus. This November 5-17, we will be a leading a Joshua Fund "Prayer & Vision Trip" to Israel, concluding with our first-ever "Jerusalem Prayer Summit." We would love to have you join us for this extraordinary opportunity to walk the land that Jesus walked, learn the history and the prophetic future of the Holy Land, meet Israeli pastors and Joshua Fund allies, and see how powerfully the God of Israel is moving today. Please pray about it and then, if the Lord gives you the green light, please join us on what will be an unforgettable experience.
EPICENTER CONFERENCE UPDATE:
* As more data are coming in, it appears that more than 20,000 people participated in person and on-line, not the 13,000 we first reported
* A total of 57 countries had people watching on-line
* A total of 92 churches in the U.S., Canada and Israel showed the conference to their congregations
* You can now pre-order CDs, DVDs and/or MP3s of the conference at http://www.epicenter09.com
[To read more of the update — including an update from the 2009 Epicenter Conference on the keynote messages delivered by Lt.-General Jerry Boykin and Pastor Chuck Smith — please click below]