In Touch Quarter 4 - 2016

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The fourth issue for the year.

4 th Quarter 2016 • No 189 Christian Friends of Israel UK

The maker of all things

including Israel

Jeremiah 10:16

INSIDE

UNDER THE CHUPPAH

HEBRAIC STUDY - THE LAMB SLAIN

THE SHALOM INITIATIVE

REPRESENTATIVE PROFILE - SCOTTISH BORDERS

HEBREW WORD STUDY - THE LORD WHO SEES - OUR PROVIDER

CFI UK CONFERENCE REPORT

FESTIVAL SEASON REPORT

RESOURCES

Education • Advocacy • Aid


Editorial

Concern for

the Church

About us

CFI-UK seeks to bless Israel by

means of practical and moral

support, and to serve the Church in

teaching about God’s purposes for

Israel and the Hebraic heritage

of our faith.

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Report and distributes the Haverim

Hebraic teaching CDs.

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Jacob Vince

In my previous editorial I focused

on Paul’s anguish and concern

expressed in words for his own

ethnic people, ‘I speak the truth in Christ,

I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in

the Holy Spirit – I have great sorrow and

unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could

wish that I myself were cursed and cut off

from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those

of my own race, the people of Israel’ (Romans

9:1-3).

I suggested that if Paul had this

attitude and anguish, yet despite this

was still prepared to focus his attention

on ‘us’ Gentiles to whom he was called,

then should this not place on us an equal

measure of responsibility and concern

for Paul’s own people, the people of

Israel? I suggest that all who support

Christian friendship of Israel do indeed

take this approach and have this attitude.

However, Paul also writes in similar

manner about his concern for the

Church. The temptation for those who,

like myself, have come to realise the

significance and relevance of Israel to

the Church, is to dismiss others within

the Church who have not hitherto come

to such a realisation. Indeed we may

even speak disparagingly about the

wider Church to the extent of calling

it apostate. In other words, “we’re all

right Jack” but blow the rest of them!

We seek to separate ourselves from the

wider Church and potentially prefer,

even relish in the fact that we are on the

fringe. In many respects it is easier being

on the fringe just talking to those we

agree with, whilst at one and the same

time disparaging those with whom we

do not.

Let’s then look at how Paul felt about

the Church, even with all its huge

failings such as in the Corinthian church

where some things were happening that

didn’t even happen outside the church.

Well in the same way that Paul felt

about his own ethnic people, see Romans

10:1, he likewise or in similar manner

expressed his feelings for the Church.

To the church in Philippi, ‘I have

you in my heart’ (Philippians 1:7-8). Do

we? Concerning the wider Church,

expressed in his letter to the church at

Corinth, ‘besides everything else, I face

the daily pressure of my concern for all the

Churches’ (2 Corinthians 11:28). Just look

at the context of the ‘besides everything

else’. First Paul provides his credentials,

including his ethnic identity, ‘Are they

Israelites – So am I, Are they Abraham’s

descendants? So am I. Are they servants of

Christ? I am more’ (2 Corinthians 11:22-

23). Then the ‘besides everything else’ that

he has been through: ‘worked harder…

in prison more frequently… flogged more

severely… five times forty lashes minus

one… beaten… stoned… shipwrecked…

day in open sea… danger from bandits, own

countrymen, Gentiles, city, country, sea,

false brothers… hunger… thirst… cold…

naked’ (2 Corinthians 11:23-27).

First of all, despite much of this

happening at the hands of his fellow

Jews, Paul still holds his concern for

his own ethnic people of Israel (Romans

10:1). But the point that should more

widely be noted is that even in light of

the phenomenal danger, persecution

and troubles Paul has gone through, the

‘besides everything else’, Paul says that he

faces ‘daily’ yes, ‘daily the pressure of my

concern for all the churches’ (2 Corinthians

11:28) – ‘all’ the churches, not just some

of them.

So what responsibility does this

place on us? How do we feel about all

the churches we know? How do we

feel about the church gathering we

may attend? Perhaps some of us have

decided to cut ourselves off from our

predominantly gentile brothers and

sisters in the wider Church with poorerunderstanding.

If this is the case, then

surely it should not be so. We need to

repent of such an attitude and hold

the same one as Paul, indeed that of

Jesus – even if simply in honour of

Paul’s own place in reaching out to the

predominantly gentile world with God’s

salvation through Jesus – of which we are

the beneficiaries today. What we need

to ask is, have we not become arrogant

toward the wider Church? If so, then

after confessing this, let us come before

the throne of grace and ask how we can

better serve the Church as Christian

friends of Israel. In this way and with

God’s help we will live up to both parts

of our founding twofold calling, to bless

Israel and serve the Church.

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Feature

David Soakell

Under the

chuppah

חּופָ‏ ה

Many of you will remember

that in our fourth

quarter 2015 edition of

the ‘In Touch’ magazine Christian

Friends of Israel welcomed on

board Kristie King as our youngest

Area Representative.

Well, what a difference a year makes.

We are delighted to tell you that

Kristie is now married, and Julia and

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Kristie

and Ivan declaring their vows and

their love at their wedding in August

2016.

Kristie writes, “I just wanted to let

you all know that on the 6 th of August

I went from being a Miss to Mrs

when I married Ivan. After meeting

last year on a Christian dating site,

it wasn’t long before we both knew

that the Lord had brought us together

and we were happily married under

the wedding chuppah (canopy) in

Manchester. Ivan is a wonderful godly

man, worship leader and much more

and I am so thankful that God brought

us together.”

Although I have been trying to allow

Ivan and Kristie time to themselves,

along with the task of making a new

home in Bolton, we have been keeping

‘in touch’ of late and Kristie stated,

“We had a beautiful honeymoon in

Italy and are now home and excited

for what the Lord has planned for

the future. Thank you all for your

prayers.”

As you may remember, although

Kristie was born in the UK, she grew

up in Haifa, Israel, with her parents.

Whilst living there, they birthed a

feeding program called ‘The Ravens

Basket’ which feeds Jewish, Arabic,

Druze and Russian families. On

returning to England Kristie has

been part of a dance team ministry

who travel not only around the UK

and Ireland – but to many different

countries in the world – sharing

through dance, drama and media

the story of Israel, biblical prophecies

of old and those that are yet to be

fulfilled. It’s a great way to ‘awaken’

the church to its Hebraic roots, as well

as sharing with the Jewish community

that there are Believers/Christians

who love and pray for Israel. At the

time, I remember Kristie telling me,

“My passion as a young woman who

has lived, breathed, gone to school

and much more in Israel – is to share

the ‘reality’ of what that all means.

As someone who has lost friends to

the horrors of the terrorism that is

growing stronger in the Middle East

day by day, I know what it is like to

really know ‘that he who keeps Israel

neither slumbers nor sleeps’.”

I was really pleased to hear Kristie

state that she was “excited for what the

Lord has planned for their future”, and

I am really pleased that part of that

future will include her role as a CFI

Area Rep. When Kristie came on board

as a representative in 2015 she took on

Sheffield as her area; however she will

now be looking after the Bolton area.

So, on behalf of all at Christian Friends

of Israel, we would like to welcome

into the ‘CFI family’ Mr & Mrs Ivan

and Kristie Daniel-Sam, and we pray

for every blessing upon their marriage

and future.

Should you wish to get in touch with

Kristie for any CFI engagements in

the Bolton area, please contact her at

thealabastergirl@hotmail.co.uk

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Hebrew Word Study

Melissa Briggs MA,

Hebrew University of Jerusalem,

Melissa is an experienced Hebrew

teacher with a desire to make the

rich language of the Scriptures

accessible to Christians.

Adonai Yireh

The Lord who Sees – Our Provider

We’ve heard God is our Provider - but what

does that actually mean?

This summer my family and I were invited for a

meal at a campsite we visited. When I saw our hostess a few

hours before the meal, I asked her what we could bring.

“Just bring yourselves,” she generously replied. “I have

already provided for you. It will be lovely to spend time

with you.”

I checked again that she really had enough for all of us,

and then I profusely thanked her.

Then as I walked away, replaying her words in my head,

I felt the Lord gently speak to me: “That is what I have done

for you too. I’ve already provided for you.”

Sure enough, when we arrived at our friends’ tent a few

hours later, an elaborate collection of folding tables and

garden chairs were assembled – enough to accommodate all

of the invited guests. The table was laid, and the food was

plentiful and delicious. In the end, even more guests were

invited from neighbouring tents to enjoy the feast.

The Lord used this family’s generosity to challenge my

notion of what his provision looks like in my life. So often

I feel I do not want to be a burden, or that I must bring

something to the table, or that my needs are a

surprise to God.

Today we have lost sight of the crucial

planning that went into a long journey in biblical

times. We are spoiled and blessed by the luxury

of endless service stations and supermarkets.

They relieve of us of the pressure to anticipate

and pack provisions.

In Abraham’s day the length and expected

time of a journey was carefully calculated. Food

was meticulously prepared, counted and distributed so that

all of the sojourners’ needs would be meet for the entire

duration.

What if God, as our Provider, has already looked ahead,

anticipated all our needs, and is confident that he has

plenty to accommodate us? What if there are no surprises or

emergencies in Heaven?

The Biblical Hebrew word for ‘provider’ indeed paints a

picture of God seeing our needs – and seeing to them! In

fact, the very phrase used to describe God’s role as Provider

“The-LORD-Will-Provide”. This

could also be translated as “the LORD who sees”. Yireh is

from the verb ra’ah אָ‏ ה which רָ‏ means see/look/perceive/

behold! 1

This phrase comes from the account of Abraham’s

binding of Isaac in Genesis 22: “And Abraham lifted up his

eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a

thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and

offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham

called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is

יְ‏ הֹוָ‏ ה יִ‏ רְ‏ אֶ‏ ה Yireh' is ‘Adonai

In the Mount

of the LORD

it shall be

provided

said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

(Genesis 22:13-14)

Yireh is also related to the word Hagar uses to praise God

for his provision of water for her and Ishmael in their hour

of need: “So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her,

“You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen

him who looks after me.” (Genesis 16:13)

God’s provision for his people includes the physical, like

rams and water, and also the spiritual. Abraham’s binding of

Isaac is a powerful foreshadowing of the incomparable work

that Jesus the Messiah accomplished on the cross, through

which the provision for all our needs has been decisively

met. There, at the same place that Abraham offered up his

son, our Heavenly Father offered up his own precious Son

as a fulfilment of Genesis 22:14.

In Jesus we now have all our spiritual needs provided for:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has

blessed us in Christ (Messiah) with every spiritual blessing in the

heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3). What a marvellous truth!

Although there is much to be said of the virtues of tithes,

offerings, and wise investments, God’s provision for our

essential needs is a gift of grace from a loving Heavenly

Father. Do I feed or clothe my young children based on their

good behaviour? Certainly not! I care for their

needs because they are my beloved children –

not because they have earned it. Jesus echoes

the same sentiment about God’s provision:

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And

not one of them will fall to the ground apart from

your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all

numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value

than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)

We are to seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness,

and let God take care of the provisions as he foresees our

needs (Matthew 6:33). Though it is vital to guard against

laziness, greed, or a sense of entitlement:

“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought

nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of

the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will

be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation,

into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge

people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root

of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have

wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many

pangs. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue

righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.”

(1 Timothy 6: 6-11)

Ultimately, money is not our provider. The Lord is

our Provider – Adonai Yireh. Sometimes he uses money to

provide for us, but he can provide in many creative ways. A

currency could crash tomorrow and millions in cash would

be worthless, but the Lord’s provision is secure, and not

restricted to this world’s financial system.

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יְ‏ הֹוָ‏ ה יִ‏ רְ‏ אֶ‏ ה

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with

what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake

you.” So we can confidently say,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

(Hebrews 13:5-6)

Do you feel disqualified from God’s provision because of

past mismanagement of finances? The story of the Prodigal

Son offers amazing hope for even the most despairing of

situations (Luke 15:11-32). Despite the fact that the younger

son had squandered half of his father’s money – he is

immediately welcomed back and given the family’s signet

ring. He is not shamed, punished or condemned by the

father upon his return. Do you trust that your Heavenly

Father will do the same for you, if you humble yourself in

his presence?

If you are experiencing hardship in the area of provision,

then call upon the Lord to show you why. We serve the God

who sees and cares about our needs, spiritual, financial or

otherwise – and he sees to them! Do we believe that the Lord

has already provided for us? That we are seen by him? Are

we trusting that he has enough and is enough for all our

needs? Are we willing to forsake any love of money to fully

trust him – our generous Adonai Yireh?

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his

riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

If you are interested in learning the Hebrew language through online

tuition (or in person if you are local to Berkshire), or if you are interested

in hosting a Hebrew language day for a group in your area, please contact

Melissa for more details at: hebrew.explore@gmail.com

1. Note: The LORD our Yireh is famously rendered as ‘Jehovah Jireh’ in

certain Bible translations and songs, but the word Jehovah is a misnomer. It

is a muddle of two Hebrew names for God (the consonants from YHVH and

the vowels from Adonai). More information regarding Jehovah is available

in the Hebrew word studies section of CFI’s Kesher course.

Shalom Initiative

The Shalom Initiative is the outreach of

the UK Jewish community to Christian

friends in support of Israel and in defence

of the persecuted across the Middle East.

This newly-launched initiative is supported by

the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the

Jewish Leadership Council. Heading it up is

Steven Jaffe.

Belfast-born Steven will be familiar to many

Christian Friends of Israel supporters from his

speaking at ‘CFI’ events across the country and

his appearances on Revelation TV. Steven is

grassroots consultant to the Board of Deputies

whose work has embraced Christian friends

across the UK.

Steven says: “the last three or four years

of my life has been a tremendous journey. I’ve

visited parts of the country I scarcely knew

existed! More importantly, I deeply value my

many friendships with Christian supporters of

Israel. We are living in an age of unprecedented

co-operation between Jews and Christians

across the world, to defend what we hold dear

and in order to face common challenges.”

The Shalom Initiative is the Jewish

community’s response to the Shalom

Declaration (www.shalomdeclaration.org).

The declaration has been signed by over 200

UK ministries, prayer groups and churches as

a public act of solidarity with Jewish brothers

and sisters.

CFI Trustees signed the declaration and the

initiative was supported by area representatives

and activists across the country (see In Touch,

2nd Quarter 2015).

Steven describes the Shalom Declaration as “a

very public act of friendship from our Christian

friends in the face of growing anti-Israel

extremism and anti-Semitism. It touched the

hearts of many in the Jewish community. Hence

the desire to deepen friendships and to create

a new platform to encourage working together

both nationally and locally.”

He explains: “the Jewish community values

those who wish to stand with us in defence

of Israel from extreme and unfair criticism.

Given our own history of persecution, genocide

in Europe and expulsion from Arab lands, the

community also has a key role in exposing the

persecution and genocide of other minorities

across the Middle East, including the ferocious

genocide against the Christian communities.”

The Shalom Initiative will work with

Christian Friends of Israel and other ministries

to provide mutual support and encouragement.

Steven says: “CFI’s long-standing prayerfocused

advocacy work and practical support

for Israel is hugely appreciated by the Jewish

community. I remember former and current

directors, Geoffrey Smith and Jacob Vince,

receiving standing ovations at the plenary

meeting of the Board of Deputies in Brighton.”

“Part of the job of the Shalom Initiative

is to ensure the Jewish community knows

we have friends in the Christian world. Too

many headlines in the Jewish media focus on

boycott resolutions debated by various Church

denominations. Few hear about the Nights to

Celebrate Israel which are taking place around

the country or the Christian contribution to

various regional Friends of Israel groups.”

SPECIAL REPORT

The parliamentary advocacy day organised

by Christian Friends of Israel and the Zionist

Federation is the absolute model of our

communities working together.

The Shalom Initiative’s first campaign is

Postcards for Jerusalem, allowing Jews and

Christians to express their appreciation that we

can visit a remarkably safe and free city in the

Middle East.

The distance between Jerusalem and

Damascus is only 150 miles but the differences

could not be more stark. There are huge areas

of the Middle East which are unsafe to visit but

in Jerusalem residents and visitors alike enjoy

a large measure of security and freedom of

worship.

The postcards - which are to be sent to

the Foreign Secretary - have a stunning view

of Jerusalem on the front. On the back is a

printed message to the Rt Hon Boris Johnson

MP. The message requests him to pass on to

his Israeli counterpart our appreciation that we

can visit a safe and free Jerusalem.

Steven is delighted to say that several

thousand of these postcards have been

distributed to Christian supporters from every

corner of the UK. We take the opportunity

to enclose a postcard for you to use. Should

you require more they can be obtained free of

charge from: shalomdeclaration@yahoo.com

PLEASE NOTE: We at CFI UK consider it

wise not to send details openly on a postcard,

so recommend you enclose in an envelope,

address by hand as on the postcard, then stamp

and send accordingly.

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Report

Israel and the New Covenant

Robin Lane

CFI UK Annual Conference 2016 - Report

After some very difficult weeks leading up to the

conference, Saturday 17 th September dawned fair and

final preparations started at 8 o’clock in the morning.

A number of visitors were very keen for the conference to

start, some arriving within minutes of us opening up Victoria

Baptist Church – much earlier than expected! This proved to be

a bit of a challenge as the bookstall and the ministries exhibition

were not ready to open until 9 o’clock. However, these ‘early

birds’ were content to go into the main auditorium, claim their

seats, and wait whilst the setting-up was completed.

They were a sign of the interest that the conference publicity

had aroused, with more than 400 people gathering to hear

David Pawson and Werner Oder, up to 25 percent of whom had

not been to a CFI Conference before. We quickly overflowed

Victoria’s car park and filled up that of the neighbouring school

too. It was a very busy start to the day, with extra chairs needed

for latecomers. But somehow the Lord enabled us to work

everything out, and people enjoyed the opening time of praise

before settling down to listen to the first message.

People warmed to David Pawson immediately when he

expressed his delight at being able to teach us from the Bible

at the age of 86, despite having cancer “all over his body.” He

taught with great clarity and authority, focusing on ‘The Five

Crucial Covenants’ from amongst the full number in the Bible.

David spent just over an hour taking us through the Noahic,

Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic and Messianic covenants. He

described the party involved, the promise included, any proviso

made, any penalty associated, the relevant duration and, finally,

the divine purpose.

After a break for refreshments, Werner Oder took to the stage

and combined a description of his lost childhood, as the son of

a Nazi war criminal, with probing questions about what it is

that actually saves believers from their sinful nature. Drawing

powerfully on his own experiences in overcoming his past, Werner

presented three steps to freedom: stop shifting the blame for

your sin, stop holding on to the past, and grasp the importance

of the resurrection life of Jesus Christ – not just his atoning

death on the cross. Many in the audience were deeply moved by

Werner’s message.

The lunch break was followed by a series of presentations

on the work of CFI UK over the last year, carried out within

the context of many difficulties and several tragedies. The staff

team and volunteer helpers are deeply grateful to the Lord for

carrying us through such a year.

Following the afternoon break there was another time of

sung praise before David Pawson presented his second message,

‘Israel and the New Covenant.’ He noted that Jesus was sent

to the Jews, that the New Covenant is Jewish, that the Jews

were the first to benefit from it, and that the disciples were

not in error when they asked Jesus about the restoration of the

kingdom. However, most of the Jews rejected the New Covenant

and quickly rejected Christianity – but they will eventually

benefit from the New Covenant. David looks forward to the day

Jacob Vince, CFI UK Chief Executive, welcomed visitors to the conference.

David Pawson, full of the Spirit, taught with wisdom and authority.

David Soakell, CFI UK Liaison Officer, reviewed a year of hard work by the

Area Representatives.

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A full house at Victoria Baptist Church listened to David Pawson teach about the covenants.

Werner Oder preached a powerful message.

when Jews and Christians are one flock, one new man in Christ

Jesus, and live together in the New Jerusalem.

Good use was made of social media during the day, with some

of the key comments by the speakers being ‘tweeted’ as well as

posted on CFI’s Facebook page. One example was David Pawson’s

definitive statement that, “The Jews will always be God's people,

and through them he blesses the whole world.” Another was one

of his forthright statements about salvation: “None of your bad

deeds can keep you out of heaven and none of your good deeds

can get you in!”

Later on Werner Oder’s provocative statement was tweeted,

“Forgiveness does not save us; forgiveness is not salvation.” That

was followed shortly afterwards by his key point from Romans

5:10, “For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to

him through the death of his Son ... How much more, having been

reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”

Thus it was that Matthew Soakell told us that in addition to

what was taking place at Victoria Baptist Church, there had

been 2,900 interactions on social media by lunchtime, with

various followers responding to the tweets and Facebook posts.

Some of these interactions came from visitors at the conference,

one tweeting early on: ‘Very moving worship at this conference,’

and another later tweeting, ‘Just heard Werner Oder speak

… inspired.’ That was followed by yet another person tweeting

‘Amazing testimony and teaching from Werner Oder - it was for

freedom that Christ has set us free!’

After the conference, too, there was much positive feedback

both verbally and through social media. One visitor tweeted,

‘Thank you for a wonderful day! Great teaching, worship and lots

of info,’ and another wrote ‘Wonderful Bible teaching today …

Privilege to hear David Pawson & Werner Oder.’ A third visitor

said, ‘An excellent conference which we found encouraging,

inspiring and really challenging’; whilst a fourth wrote on

Facebook: ‘Life changing conference ... thanks to all of you.’

So thank God for a successful outcome to all the conference

planning and arranging. Audio recordings of the messages are

now available in CD format, as described below.

CFI UK Annual Conference 2016 - 4 CD set

This set includes three teaching messages by David Pawson and Werner Oder, plus a collection of shorter messages

about the work of CFI UK. It was recorded live at CFI-UK’s Annual Conference 2016, which was held on 17th

September. The teaching covers the place of Israel within the New Covenant. David Pawson examines this biblically

within the context of the five main biblical covenants; whereas Werner Oder, through personal testimony, considers its

impact upon individual believers.

Disc 1: The Five Crucial Covenants (David Pawson)

Disc 2: It is for Freedom that Christ has Set You Free (Werner Oder)

Disc 3: Israel and the New Covenant (David Pawson)

Disc 4: CFI UK - Blessing Israel, Serving the Church (CFI staff feedback)

CDS131 // 4CD SET // £13.50 (incl. p&p)

BY GOD, I WILL. The Biblical Covenants. David Pawson

It can bewilder many Christians that teachers and preachers using the same Bible can come up with so many different

interpretations and, more particularly, applications of God’s Word. One of the main reasons for this confusion is their

handling of the word ‘covenant’, which is so fundamental to Scripture. The two key questions are: how many covenants

has God made with human beings, and how many of these apply to Christians today?

Some say there is only one (‘the covenant of grace’) running right through Scripture, though they might add a second

(‘a covenant of works’) which applied only to Adam in Eden. Most think there are two (the ‘old’ and the ‘new’)

corresponding to the Old and the New ‘Testaments’ (a synonym for ‘covenant’). Others claim to have found seven

(though they usually call them ‘dispensations’). David Pawson believes there are five which are basic to the story of our

redemption – the Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic and Messianic. Only one of these is ‘old’ and therefore obsolete;

only one is ‘new’ but endorses the other three. With this insight we can ‘rightly divide the word of truth’ (2 Timothy

2:15; NIV has ‘correctly handle’). See if you agree!

B482 // BOOK // 107 pages // £9.50 (incl. UK p&p)

Order by phone, post or website.

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Feature

James Whitman

serves as president

of The Centre for

Judaic-Christian

Studies (JC Studies)

Reading the Bible for all it’s worth! PART 3

The Lamb Slain

My job is to add depth to the way you read Scripture by tapping into our covenant roots – which are

historically and uniquely Jewish.

We began this series identifying

strategies for keeping the Testaments

connected, followed by ways to see

the consistency of the Father’s words

and deeds from Genesis to Revelation.

In this third article we’ll explore how

the person and work of the man

Jesus (Yeshua from Nazareth) shed

additional light on everything we read

in God’s word, and everything we

encounter in daily life.

While editing a new video course

on the Book of Revelation, the apostle

John’s Spirit-vision of Jesus as a lamb

captured my imagination. Keep in

mind that this unveiling of Jesus

Christ (Revelation 1:1) is written well

after he died on a Roman cross, was

raised to new life by the Lord’s Spirit,

and ascended to the right hand of his

Father, the God of Abraham, Isaac,

and Jacob. Through a series of breathtaking

images, John leads us to and

focuses our attention on a shocking

revelation in chapter five, verse six:

“And between the throne and the four

living creatures and among the elders

I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had

been slain...” (Revelation 5:6)

The Setting: In chapter four, John’s

second use of “in the Spirit” transports

us, along with him, into visions of

heaven, a wondrous multitude, and

a throne inhabited by one they call,

Lord God Almighty. The content of

their worship, “for you created all things,

and by your will, they existed and were

created,” (Revelation 4:11) ties us back to

Genesis.

The Problem: In the right hand of the

enthroned one is a scroll (book) secured

by seven seals. Unfortunately, a

question from a powerful angelic figure

results in a fruitless search for anyone,

anywhere, worthy to look into (or

interpret) the scroll. The first sound to

break the silence is that of the prophet

sobbing from a profound sense of grief

and hopelessness. Not exactly what

you’d expect to witness in heaven.

The Solution: The next sound is that

of an elder consoling the apostle John

with good news. There is indeed

someone worthy, “Weep no more;

behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the

Root of David, has conquered, so that he

can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

(Revelation 5:5). In our new course on

Revelation* Dr Ron Herms suggests,

based on compelling textual evidence,

that the scroll in question tells the story

of every man, woman and child. It is

the book of human history, whose only

interpreter has impeccable covenantal

credentials (Mosaic and Davidic).

The Dramatic Unveiling: Yet all that

goes before does not prepare us

for what comes next. The elder’s

beckoning to behold in 5:5 causes

us to lift our eyes with John in 5:6.

What do we see? The Lion is a Lamb,

‘standing, as though it had been slain,

with seven horns and with seven eyes,

which are the seven spirits of God sent out

into all the earth.’ (Revelation 5:6). John

intentionally leads his readers to this

point. And from here forward, he uses

the Lamb – in reference to Jesus – as

the controlling image throughout his

apocalypse, or unveiling. Why?

No doubt you have enough kingdom

expertise to answer the question for

yourself. Jesus overcame all of evil’s

power and authority as a lamb. That

part we grasp. But John is using his

unveiling to testify that God has

always operated this way – and that

Jesus still conquers evil the same way.

The image of the slain Lamb opens

biblical understanding like a key opens

a chest full of treasure.

CREATION - THE GIFT OF BEING ALIVE

John gives voice to what the Early

Church believed when he declares that

the Lamb is slain from the foundation

of the world (Revelation 13:8). If you

compare versions of the Bible, you

will see that the Greek in this verse

is challenging to interpret. But this

translation seems consistent when you

connect John’s idea with other apostles

like Peter (1 Peter 1:18-21) and Paul

(Colossians 1:15-20).

Crucifixion reveals the Holy God’s

heart of radical love, willing to

embrace suffering to save his creation

from the very start (and to the discredit

of humanity, every step of the way

since then). Shame on any theology

that dares insinuate he thought it up

because nothing else was working.

Rather, the death of Yeshua at the hand

of rebellious men with murderous

intent testifies to the glory of his Father,

the present worth of the cosmos, and its

ultimate destiny under the care of our

Maker and rightful King.

PASSOVER - THE GIFT OF ABUNDANT

LIFE

Revelation 15:2-3 presents a stunning

picture of the overcomers singing a

song of worship. Remarkably it is one

song, which is at the same time both

the song of Moses and the song of

the Lamb. Exodus imagery provides

a vocabulary for salvation. It tells a

complete story of YHWH ransoming a

people. And at its very core is a lamb,

blood, and covenant faithfulness.

The Exodus fuels the biblical

imagination of New Testament

writers. As is so often the case, we

learn much about the apostle Paul’s

way of thinking indirectly by watching

how he applies it when dealing with

behaviour in the household of faith.

The issue in 1 Corinthians 5 is sexual

sin. While exhorting them to get their

act together he supplies us with an

awe-inspiring glimpse of the early

church, “For Christ, our Passover lamb,

has been sacrificed.” (1 Corinthians 5:7)

True this is a historical reference to

Jesus’ death occurring during the

season of Passover. But of equal

importance, this speaks to a profound

truth about the ongoing efficacy of his

atoning death.

ISRAEL AND THE TEMPLE -

A PEOPLE, A PURPOSE

The wealth of the Torah is

inexhaustible. Central to all the radiant

truth it conveys is YHWH’s intention

to return to earth by dwelling with a

redeemed people, offering them access

to ongoing forgiveness and worship

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through the sanctuary sacrifices. To

what end? “I will take you as my own

people, and I will be your God” (Exodus

6:7); “you shall be for me a kingdom of

priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6).

I heard a sermon describing Israel’s

Temple in Jerusalem as a horrible place

with sacrifices designed to frighten

worshippers into compliance. This

misrepresentation, based on prejudice

against people and things Jewish,

would have surprised and alarmed

John the Revelator. Indeed, his

reference points of Israel’s patriarchs

and apostles (Revelation 4:4), Israel

as a people (Revelation 12:1), and

the Tabernacle in heaven (Revelation

15:5) are unintelligible to anti-Semitic

thinking. Instead, John expects us to

understand, appreciate and learn the

lessons they teach.

And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll

and to open its seals, for you were

slain, and by your blood you ransomed

people for God

from every tribe and language and

people and nation,

and you have made them a kingdom

and priests to our God,

and they shall reign on the earth.”

(Revelation 5:9-10)

John the Baptiser forever connects

the Old and New Testament testimony

of covenant and new covenant history.

The one of whom Jesus said there is

none born of woman greater than he,

said himself of Jesus, “look, the Lamb of

God who takes away the sin of the world!”

(John 1:29)

We know that the word of the cross

is folly to those who are perishing, and

that to us who are being saved it is the

power of God. We also know that no

one comprehends the thoughts of God

except the Spirit of God. The apostle

John, in his prophetic role as pastor to

the seven churches in Asia, reminds us

that the Lamb slain is foundational to

healthy discernment, understanding

and witness. In a world hostile to

grace, can we do any better than to

emulate our Master?

Now back to the throne room (where

what we shall be in due time is hidden

with Messiah),

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honour and power,

for you created all things, and by your

will they existed and were created.”

(Revelation 4:11)

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to

receive power and wealth and wisdom

and might and honour and glory and

blessing!” (Revelation 5:12)

“To him who sits on the throne and

to the Lamb be blessing and honour

and glory and might forever and

ever!”(Revelation 5:13)

* If you’d like to watch samples of our

new video study on Revelation, please

send an email request to James at:

thecenter@jcstudies.com.

Haverim Studies – depth and variety

As we read our Bibles we encounter many

challenges. Some of them come in direct

statements from God, such as when Jesus

said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must

deny themselves and take up their cross and

follow me” (Mark 8:34). Others come in

trying to understand exactly what particular

sections of Scripture mean; such as when

Jesus said, “From the days of John the

Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has

been subjected to violence, and violent people

have been raiding it” (Matthew 11:12).

The Haverim studies are helpful with both

types of challenge, largely by addressing

the second type. They do this by explaining

difficult passages of Scripture from the

perspective of those who lived in Israel

during the Second Temple Period, i.e. the

time when Christ came among us. Many

theologians have attempted to do this

down the centuries, but it is those who

have immersed themselves in the culture

and literature of the times who are most

effective.

The messages vary in nature, some being

single ones like the late Dr Dwight Pryor’s

‘Renewing the Christian Mind: Paul and

the Righteousness of God’, whilst others

come in the form of short series, such as the

three latest messages by Dr Steven Notley

on the Holy Spirit in both the Old and the

New Testaments. For anyone who would like

to explore the meaning of the Scriptures in

more depth, these Haverim studies can be

extremely useful. They can be purchased on

a subscription basis, or individually.

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CFI UK AREA REPRESENTATIVE PROFILE

SCOTTISH BORDERS – INTERVIEW by CFI’s David Soakell

This fourth quarter 2016 issue of

the ‘In Touch’ magazine continues

with the CFI Area Representative

profiles. This time David Soakell

interviews our Scottish Borders

Area Rep – Philip Aitchison.

So Philip, can you tell us something

about yourself and why you felt you

should become an Area Rep for CFI?

“Ever since I became a Christian I always

thought that Israel was special and

that we needed to pray for the peace of

Jerusalem and for Israel but never really

understood the significance of Israel

in God’s purposes. No-one taught me

replacement theology per se, it was more

a case that Israel was never mentioned

and all the focus was on the Lord Jesus,

the Church and mission. All that was to

change when I attended a CFI conference

in 2005. I cannot remember the teaching

now but something happened that led me

to understand that I really needed to get

involved with Israel in some way. Geoffrey

Smith was looking for people to be CFI

Advocates for Israel and as I was reading

Esther at the time I believed that I needed

to volunteer and take on the responsibility.

From there my understanding of the

significance of Israel in God’s purposes

began to grow and I got more involved

with CFI. A few years later David Soakell

asked me to consider being an Area Rep.

I declined; I had other things in mind as

well as Israel. Sometime later it became

clear that Israel was to be a main point of

focus in my Christian life and when David

asked me a second time, I

knew it was from the Lord

and it was time to take on

the area rep’s job.”

So what does being an

Area Rep involve for you?

“Three months after I took

on the Area Rep position

and still trying to find my

feet in the job, I attended

an Area Reps’ conference

where Julia Soakell took

us through the passage in

Exodus where God said

to Moses, “What is that

you have in your hand?”

Julia put that question

to us. I knew I was due

to receive a copy of the

Kesher course and I sensed

that the Lord was putting

the Kesher course in my

hand. From then on I have

sought to make the Kesher

course available throughout the Scottish

Borders. I believed that it would provide

a good biblical foundation for anyone

wanting to know more about God’s

purpose for Israel and the Jewish roots

of our faith. Since then I have had the

growing conviction that there are many

who do love Israel and pray for God’s

purpose for Israel but are not confident

about taking a public stand in the face

of the current anti-Israel climate. The

Kesher course helps tremendously. In

addition to Kesher, I now have ‘Text &

Context’ and ‘Behold the Man’ courses

which can help us in the same way. I look

for opportunities to hold public meetings

for speakers/teachers who can bring us up

to date with what God is doing in Israel to

help us in our intercessions for Israel or

who can help us become more confident

in standing up for Israel. I also organised

a CFI prayer conference in the Scottish

Borders with Julia and David Soakell, and

hope to do this on a regular basis.”

All our Area Reps fulfil their roles in

different ways and all are unique, but

what would you say are the highlights of

your role and what are the challenges?

“Highlights: Being in a position to serve

others in helping them to fulfil what

God has called them to do re Israel.

Arranging meetings for people to come

to so they can hear about what God is

doing in Israel first hand from teachers

and speakers from Israel or from those

involved with ministries working in Israel.

Challenges: Getting past the perception

that Israel is primarily a political issue

rather than a spiritual one. You can

talk about reaching out to any other

community, people group, or nation and

you are accepted. It is Biblical, it is

Christian, and it is the decent thing to do.

Mention Israel and you can see and feel

the atmosphere change, it immediately

becomes political – and that’s when the

shutters come down.”

So, what would you say to someone

considering being an Area Rep?

“What do you believe the Lord is saying

to you with regards to your involvement

with Israel? Get that clear in your own

heart and mind. Then ask yourself, “Is it

in line with the twin aims of CFI to bless

Israel and to educate the church?” Can

you embrace CFI’s way of Education,

Aid and Advocacy? If the answer to the

second and third questions are yes, go for

it with all you have.”

If you are in the Scottish Borders area

and would like to contact Philip, or ask

him to come and speak at your fellowship,

you can contact him on: 07443 900244

email: philipaitchison@gmail.com

If you are a CFI Church Link in do get in

touch with your area rep(s) on their email

address. Or if you would like to become

a CFI Church Link, please email Julia

Soakell at julia.soakell@cfi.org.uk.

CHURCHLINK

Christian Friends of Israel in

the UK needs you!

We are making good progress in

developing a unique Church Link

network around the country to support

the CFI vision and to encourage

people to read our literature, sign up

to receive updates and pray with us.

We seek to inform the Church of her

Hebraic heritage and to continue to

bless the people and land of Israel.

Age is no barrier but communication is

mostly via email.

Those taking up the role can support

their CFI Area Representative

to promote exciting forthcoming

events and provide access to up-todate

CFI material by distributing

in their local church, fellowship or

meetings. It’s a small role but with

a big goal to increase awareness.

Please email julia.soakell@cfi.org.uk

to apply.

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Report

A Fruitful Festival Season for CFI

Feedback from David & Julia Soakell

The summer proved to be a great season for CFI

as we attended some of the many Christian

festivals this year.

Thanks to all those supporters who have prayed through

this time. Those staffing the stand prayed each morning and

answers came in great conversations, divine appointments,

encouraging meetings in the café at New Wine in Somerset

with people interested in getting more involved as

intercessors, Church Links and Area Representatives. This is

a Christian family-based two-week event that attracts 30,000

people each year. A video showing the beauty and diversity

of the Land of Israel (see Resources: ‘Israel Aerial Odyssey’)

ran continuously on the stand and it attracted a lot of interest

and generated many conversations – including a little girl

of five, transfixed by the pictures, who asked to come back

with her parents on other days to watch again. There was

an increased interest in books too, and the team were able to

recommend many resources – books, calendars and DVDs to

help delegates ‘dig deeper’ and learn more about Israel and

the Hebrew roots of their faith.

We also met with clergy who had been on a recent tour of

Israel with Jacob Vince earlier in the year. They shared what

a massive difference it had meant to them personally but also

within their ministry - one said he was ‘transformed’ by the

experience and it had brought great revelation and insight.

The New Wine stand was manned over the two weeks by

David and Julia Soakell and Jacob Vince, Matt Elwick and Bill

and Val Crudgington – all of whom enjoyed the time there,

however long the days were! The camaraderie with other

ministries and traders was exceptional and the atmosphere

of openness was greater than in many other years – we had

enquires from Christians who had never heard of CFI and

many signed up to receive regular CFI literature.

This was also the case at CLAN gathering in Scotland for

five days in July, where Scottish Area Representatives Paul

and Mo Hayes and Philip Aitchison manned a stand. They

too felt that hearts were very receptive and that there were

many intelligent and thoughtful questions this year. Many

CFI supporters also came to encourage the team and express

how pleased they were to see CFI represented again.

Julia Soakell – with a special role for prayer encouragement

says “we really need now to pray that each piece of

literature, every conversation and every purchase made can

bear fruit for the Kingdom and be used, digested or passed

on. I believe we are praying in faith for a great harvest from

these times at the festivals. As the apostle Paul writes to the

first century church at Ephesus, “Now to him who is able to do

immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his

power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in

Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”

(Ephesians 3:20).

Please join with us praying for a harvest in the hearts of

these people and in the ministry of CFI as a result of these

events this year.

Julia Soakell, Bill and Val Crudgington promoting CFI UK at New Wine.

Reaching the next generation at New Wine.

A popular stand at the Christian Resource Exhibition at London’s ExCeL.

Moira Dare-Edwards and friend at the CRE in London’s ExCeL.

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Resources www.cfi.org.uk/shop

BATTLING WITH NAZI DEMONS Werner Oder

Werner Oder is an internationally renowned Lecturer and Bible teacher, inspiring and empowering people to receive hope

through learning the lessons from history. He has been Senior Pastor of Tuckton Christian Centre for over thirty years.

“Can any good thing come out of Nazi Austria? Well, one person did and his story is one of the most remarkable I have

ever come across... in a word, he is a miracle of grace. What an amazing family God has. May this book introduce you to

one of his most unusual sons with whom we will share eternity”. David Pawson.

B471 // BOOK // 140 pages // £11 (incl. UK p&p)

ISRAEL AERIAL ODYSSEY NEW EDITION

Duby Tal & Moni Haramati present a breathtaking aerial journey that brings the story of the Holy Land to life. Stunning

aerial photography reveals the vast diversity found in Israel's landscape, history and archaeology. Hear the stories of the

people, religions and cultures that passed through this land, fought over it, lived in it and prayed for it.

This one of a kind video creation conveys the experience of soaring through Israel's sky, giving you an exciting new view of

this fascinating, ancient land. This new edition includes the 50 minute Skyway Tour without commentary.

Languages: Hebrew; English; Russian; Portuguese; Spanish and German.

Produced for National Geographic Channel by Albatross Ltd.

D137 // DVD // 24 mins plus 50 mins // £17.50 (incl. UK p&p)

ISRAEL IN THE NEW TESTAMENT David Pawson

Those who believe what the Bible teaches about God's plans and purposes for the people and place of Israel are often

accused of giving more time and attention to the Old Testament than the New, and there is some truth in this.

Over 80% of the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament have been literally fulfilled. It is a simple matter of faith in

God's faithfulness to believe that he means what he says, and will do what he says he will do.

This exciting new study reveals that both the people and the place called 'Israel' have a significant role in God's future

plans for world redemption.

Six books of the New Testament are used here to illustrate this important truth; Matthew, Acts, Romans, Galatians,

Hebrews and Revelation.

B393 // Book // 347 pages // £11.50 (incl. UK p&p)

WHAT IS THE BIBLICAL HEBREW CALENDAR? R. K. Bamber

This booklet has been written in response to those who say, “We don’t need the Biblical Hebrew Calendar now because we

are not under the Law of Moses. Believers in Jesus are under grace, not under the Law.”

It presents some of the benefits that accrue from an understanding of the Hebrew Calendar - essentially helping people to

be ‘biblical’ - and then concludes by explaining why it is important for Gentile new-covenant believers to give attention to

the Biblical Hebrew Calendar.

BT117 // Booklet // 28 pages // £3.50 (incl. UK p&p)

The Beauty of the Land of Israel from Dawn to Dusk

16 Month Hebrew Heritage Calendar

Features 16 unique photographs

incorporating Scripture in NKJV, ENGLISH and HEBREW

£10

Includes free

UK P&P

• All dates in both JEWISH/LUNAR and GREGORIAN/SOLAR calendar systems, in

English and Hebrew.

• ALL MAJOR BIBLICAL/JEWISH/ISRAELI HOLIDAYS

(“The LORD’s Appointed Times”) marked and explained in a special reference chart.

• SABBATH (Shabbat) BEGINNING AND ENDING TIMES for Jerusalem.

• References shown for all WEEKLY SCRIPTURE PORTIONS (Torah and Haftarah),

plus "Gospel Portions."

• Each calendar day has a LARGE WRITING AREA. In addition, each calendar month

has one or more writing spaces for reminders and notes.

September 2016

to December 2017

Issued by: CFI Communications, PO Box 2687, Eastbourne,

BN22 7LZ. Produced and printed in Israel

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