One year ago this month on July 6th we awoke in North Bay, Canada to earth shaking news .....we were on the front page of the New York Times. In an attempt to drag us into the middle of a political firestorm the paper declared this: "HaYovel ...is effectively obstructing the creation of a Palestinian State." (NYT Link) We knew they were working on a story, but we had no idea it would turn into a 5000 word top half - front page story.
What an incredible statement. HaYovel, an organization bringing people to the Heartland of Israel to plant, prune, and harvest vineyards and olive groves, now implicated in "effectively obstructing the creation of a Palestinian state." Much of the article underlined my skepticism of the media and it's ability to report truth, but "effectively obstructing the creation of a Palestinian state" ....well ....that made us feel like "Super Farmers".
You know, "Super Farmers" - farmers able to stand against the will of the "Super Powers" of this world. Ordinary farmers .....NO WAY! Farmers that would never think of showing their strength by leaping over tall buildings. No, farmers that are so incredibly powerful that by simply planting, pruning, and harvesting grapes on the mountains of Israel they have caused the leaders of great nations to cower .....yes cower. I can almost hear it now as the heads of state gather around a long shimmering black table seated in soft leather chairs behind closed doors, "Mr President, what are we going to do about those dang vinedressers working in those vineyards in Judea and Samaria!" ...."We'll never get that land away from the Jews!"
You maybe laughing, like I am, at what I just wrote, but what if it's true? What if we could be, like the New York Times declared ....what if we really are ....."effectively obstructing the creation of a Palestinian state". If we are .....are you ready to join us - ready to lay down everything for the truth of God? (Rm 15:8) Are you ready to lay down a religion that never speaks about, prays for, or works for the "restoration of all things" - the subject of the entire Bible? (Acts 1:6, 3:21) Are you ready to open the Bible and walk in your prophetic destiny?
It is time for all those who claim to be Bible believers to go to their back yards ....uncover the talent buried there and DO SOMETHING with it! (Mt 25:14-30) It ain't okay just to talk about your religion!
This weekend and next week we have another opportunity to DO SOMETHING. This Sunday, the 17th of July, we will be hosting an event at the Silver Spring Jewish Community Center at 1401 Arcola Ave outside of Washington DC. The event will take place at 1:30 in the afternoon. It is an event in which those living in the Heartland of Israel will speak about the place they love and live. I have also been asked to speak at this event.
We also have the opportunity to attend a world class debate by two people - David Ha'ivri and Hussein Ibish - both qualified to debate the conflict over Samaria and Judea as a Jewish Homeland verses a Palestinian State. The event will be held at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue located just 2 blocks from the Washington Convention Center at 600 I Street NW in Washington, DC. If you've been waiting to visit the US Capital now's the time to come.
Please forward this information to those you think would be interested in attending any or all of these events ....or those who maybe interested in becoming Super Farmers!
Here is a link to a video about the land and the people we love very much.
Let's not just be Zealous for Zion, but like the God of Israel we serve - Greatly, Fervently, Zealous over Zion. (Zec 8:2)
Tommy Waller, HaYovel