This is war, as the Holy Spirit has been saying since the first kidnapping of the Israeli soldier. On one hand, the Father said that He will "kill monsters" so we know that He will use this to come against the those who have been using terror as a tactic, and on the other hand He will use this to turn Israel to Himself. I saw the Father, several times the other day, standing as a warrior in the midst of Israel. They are going to need His help. The worst problem for them is not only the Islamic people rallying together to come against them, but the condemnation of the rest of the world, particularly European nations. Nations in Europe are already starting to condemn them. It breaks our hearts to see Israel at war. We pray for them day and night. Yesterday, while Therese and Jordan and I were in Albuquerque, we sat down for a moment to rest while at the entrance to a store. Just then, a woman came by and Jordan went to her and offered the picture of Jesus. She told him, "No, I am from Judaism. Give it to a Christian." Jordan said, "Oh, you don't have to be Christian to have this picture of Jesus" so she said, "Do you want me to wear it" and he answered, "Yes", so she said, "If you want me to wear it, I will". So we had the joy of seeing this Jewish woman putting Jesus' picture around her neck and wearing it into the store. In the Spirit, I saw Jesus wrap His arms around her and cling to her with love. I don't think we could have seen anything more comforting in the face of what we are having to see in Israel and the war there. This was a sign from the Holy Spirit, showing the reality of the bridge that He is building to restore Israel to Himself, and of course, no one can come to Him but through Jesus.
The group called Jews For Jesus have been in the news since they have been passing out literature in New York City. I saw a former leader of Jews For Jesus, named Susan Perlman, say on the TV news the other day, "Jews for Jesus are Jews who believe that Jesus is the Messiah". I saw the words go out in power from her by the Holy Spirit. The next day on the news, the present leader of Jews For Jesus said, "They cannot stop my heritage, or keep me from being Jewish, just because I believe in Jesus". There was power from the Holy Spirit with this too. And I realized, of course they cannot. The Holy Spirit has to say, He has to decide, no one can take on themselves the authority to reject another from being Jewish, and the Holy Spirit shows that they absolutely are Jewish, like their Brother and Savior, Jesus, was Jewish.
We mailed 1000 pictures to Uganda yesterday. We were so glad to mail them. We pray for each person who receives them, that they realize by feeling Jesus' presence, that they really can know Him. As they talk to Him, they will start to hear His voice, and His answers and His loving heart towards them. We also mailed pictures to Rwanda (5000 to a supervisor of schools who was planning to distribute them there) and 2000 to a Pastor in Botswana, and 500 to Doris in Tanzania, who translated JESUS IS ALIVE AND KNOWS YOUR NAME into Swahili. We also mailed some pictures to four different men in prisons in the USA.
It is a new generation being reached by the pictures. Not just churchgoers, or religious people, but people, every one of them created by Jesus with love. People who can know Him as Abraham did - hear His voice and enter into friendship with Him. The created being loved by the Creator, and loving Him back. And as people do this - talk to Him and hear from Him - then He will lead them to love others and to pray for others, and to share Himself with many. He will show them what is on His heart for the world, so they can see the events in the world and know what He feels about it and what He is doing. And then, soon - very soon, Jesus will return to the earth. I saw a quick thing in the Spirit the other day. I saw the events on earth that are coming and it was like a catfight, In a catfight there is movement with rowling and howling and hissing and scratching and rolling all around, with claws flashing. I saw the flurry of a catfight, but it was a panther rather than a kitty fighting. Already to look at the news is almost more than you can keep up with, so much is happening, but it will get more fast and furious as time goes by. All this is generated by Satan who is fighting against his capture, and striking out to destroy (prime target Israel, second prime target USA) and by the Father who is determined to restore this world to Himself, and prepare the world for His Son to return. We know the Victor, but can we bear the fight to the victory? Oh, we pray for Israel with all our hearts. GOD BLESS ISRAEL.
I am glad that for all who are watching what is happening in the world and praying about it all. Strive now to hear His voice, Brothers and Sisters. Have Abraham as your example. Don't seek the relationship without love that the self-centered church has with Him. Of course the foundation of the church is sound: Jesus is God, come to earth, who died for our sin and rose again and is coming again for us. This is so. But they have many teachings of man and traditions that cause them to be locked in a certain viewpoint of God and what He will or will not do, and most do not know Him as Abraham did. They don't have a one on one relationship where He speaks to them of things on earth and eternity and shares His heart. In the church the number one topic is themselves. SELF is the basis of sin in every human being. LOVE, on the other hand, is the antithesis of self, and is devoted to others; first of all to the One who loved us so, who created us in His image. Love will listen and hear Him. Love will seek Him and find Him. The Father said that anyone who wants to know Him, who seeks Him, is able to find Him, for the Father will respond to any who call out to Him, seeking to know Him. He doesn't need religiosity. He needs friends, and lovers of His Son. To them, He will reveal Himself. So be encouraged and persevere in seeking Him and trusting Him that He will make Himself known to you. The danger is not in the heart, but with the mind and what you will think. Through your thoughts - what you think He will say or do or won't say or do - you can limit Him, and not hear Him since it will not be what you expect.
Let me give you an example of the simplicity of loving Jesus. One of the errands that Therese and I did yesterday was to get some new glasses for Therese, since she has had headaches that we thought might be caused by a vision change. We went to a place that provides an eyecheck and makes the new lens in one day. So, we were standing by a rack of glasses in front of a mirror and Therese was trying on different pairs of frames to see which she liked. Of course she asked my opinion. To me, they all looked good on her. So, I asked Jesus to help us decide, since I liked everything on her. As she continued to try on pairs, leaning forward and peering into the mirror to see how they look, I saw Jesus. He was standing in front of her and He was leaning forward as she was and peering into her face. She didn't see Him, because she was intent on looking into the mirror. So, since she didn't see Him, Jesus started making funny faces at her. It was just a loving and humorous glimpse from Him.
He was with us all day as we traveled all over town (He showed Himself at other times too) and what a loving friend He is. He led us with perfect timing: we had just sat down to rest when the Jewish woman came, so we were able to get a picture of Jesus to her from Jordan. Later we suddenly decided we wanted ice cream, and an ice cream truck came by. Therese flagged him down. We bought ice cream and gave him pictures of Jesus and asked him if he had seen THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST. He had not and he wanted one, and he had just got a DVD player last week, so we gave him the film on dvd. It is Jesus acting with love. Above all, we strive to teach people to develop a relationship with Him, and the pictures are a powerful and deep tool to turn their thoughts towards Him and to open doors to hearing His voice. Once they know Him, how can they help but love Him. And they - each one who seeks Him and loves Him - are our family; our brothers and sisters in Jesus, united by one Holy Spirit, serving one Father, betrothed to one Son, Jesus, our beloved.
We have been busy around here. There is joy in serving Jesus together. We work on the property, we make the pictures, we run errands, and we write when we can about all the things that the Father is showing, such as the powerful visions He has been giving to Silvana about the Bridge that He is building to Israel. We miss Felicia's presence, since she had to go back to Hawaii. But she is with us in spirit, praying for us and we for her.