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4 th <strong>Quarter</strong> <strong>2017</strong> • No 193 Christian Friends of Israel UK<br />

The righteous ... will grow like a cedar<br />

in Lebanon (Psalm 92:12)<br />

INSIDE<br />








Encouraging • Challenging • Assisting

Editorial<br />

Both are<br />

Jacob Vince<br />

preserved<br />

About us<br />

CFI-UK seeks to bless Israel by<br />

means of practical and moral<br />

support, and to serve the Church in<br />

teaching about God’s purposes for<br />

Israel and the Hebraic heritage<br />

of our faith.<br />

CFI also produces a monthly Prayer<br />

Letter, an audio Middle East News<br />

Report and distributes the Haverim<br />

Hebraic teaching CDs.<br />

Please send for full details of<br />

projects in Israel and also of the<br />

many teaching resources available.<br />

As an educational charity,<br />

we carry a variety of<br />

resources relevant to our<br />

purpose. We do not<br />

necessarily endorse every<br />

view expressed by our<br />

guest writers or authors<br />

of these resources.<br />

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Front Cover Image:<br />

Cedar Tree in Lebanon<br />

Right use of God’s holy word<br />

is critical. From the first<br />

chapters of the Bible in<br />

Genesis, as soon as God speaks,<br />

what he says becomes the irrefutable<br />

spoken word of God, which was<br />

later written down.<br />

God having spoken, Satan tempts Eve,<br />

noting Adam who is beside her and held<br />

responsible, with the questioning and<br />

testing words: ‘Did God really say?’ Next,<br />

Satan misstates what God has said,<br />

suggesting every tree is forbidden rather<br />

than only one. Then Eve adds to what<br />

God has said, saying that not only must<br />

they not eat of a particular tree but that<br />

they must not touch it either. Finally<br />

Eve is taken in by the deception of the<br />

enemy, along with Adam who arguably<br />

abdicates his responsibility in the matter,<br />

later disgracefully blaming Eve.<br />

A continuing concern of mine is<br />

how we too easily appropriate or<br />

misappropriate Scripture to ourselves<br />

either personally or as the church. To<br />

avoid this, we need to see the complete<br />

connectivity of the earlier biblical<br />

writings with the later biblical writings.<br />

Then, having done this, make sure that<br />

we do not too quickly read the now<br />

largely gentile church into the story,<br />

before considering the passage in its<br />

context.<br />

Having previously covered kingdom<br />

teachers taking treasures both old<br />

and new (<strong>In</strong> <strong>Touch</strong> No. 192), I want<br />

to take another example from Jesus’<br />

early teaching. It comes in response to<br />

a question drawn out of comparison<br />

between the Pharisees’ and the baptiser<br />

John’s disciples and Jesus’s disciples.<br />

The teaching is recorded by the gospel<br />

writers Matthew, Mark and Luke.<br />

‘Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees<br />

were fasting. Some people came and asked<br />

Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and<br />

the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting,<br />

but yours are not?”’ (Mark 2:18). Jesus’<br />

response is in two parts. First, ‘Jesus<br />

answered, “How can the guests of the<br />

bridegroom fast while he is with them? They<br />

cannot, so long as they have him with them.<br />

But the time will come when the bridegroom<br />

will be taken from them, and on that day they<br />

will fast.’ (Mark 2:19). Second, and this<br />

is the passage I want to focus on, Jesus<br />

says, ‘“No one sews a patch of unshrunk<br />

cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new<br />

piece will pull away from the old, making<br />

the tear worse. And no one pours new wine<br />

into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will<br />

burst the skins, and both the wine and the<br />

wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new<br />

wine into new wineskins”’ (Mark 2:21-<br />

22), or as Matthew adds, ‘”No, they pour<br />

new wine into new wineskins, and both are<br />

preserved”’ (Matthew 9:17)<br />

Our tendency is to suggest that Jesus<br />

dismisses the old cloth in favour of<br />

the new cloth and the old wineskins in<br />

favour of the new wineskins, thereby<br />

rejecting the old cloth and the old<br />

wineskins that have gone before. This<br />

might subsequently be taken as rejecting<br />

Israel and replacing it with the church.<br />

However, if we look more closely, the<br />

reason for not sewing a new unshrunk<br />

patch of cloth onto the old cloth, is so<br />

as not to unduly ‘damage’ the older<br />

cloth, ‘making the tear worse’. It appears<br />

important to preserve the old cloth<br />

rather than, if already torn, tear it<br />

further.<br />

The second analogy uses equivalent<br />

reasoning to emphasise this same<br />

point. <strong>In</strong> like manner, the concern<br />

appears as much about not bursting<br />

the old wineskins as retaining the<br />

wine, ‘Otherwise … both the wine and the<br />

wineskins will be ruined.’ (Mark 2:21). This<br />

suggests that in some way a continuing<br />

value is seen in the older receptacle as in<br />

not wanting to see it ruined.<br />

Added to this is the fact that the new<br />

wineskin like the old, is Jewish and not<br />

gentile! <strong>In</strong> other words, the church has a<br />

lot for which to thank all its forefathers,<br />

those who wrote down the law, the<br />

prophets, the psalms (Luke 24:44), as<br />

well as the apostles’ teaching (Acts 2:42).<br />

This is the emphasis we at Christian<br />

Friends of Israel endeavour to espouse,<br />

as we seek to understand Israel better<br />

in the context of the whole Bible and<br />

humbly express our gratitude.<br />

2 IN TOUCH • 4 th <strong>Quarter</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />


Israel Bonds and CFI<br />

Balfour 100: From Declaration to Start-up Nation<br />

One hundred years ago, Lord Balfour issued his<br />

famous declaration, announcing that the British<br />

government viewed with favour the establishment<br />

of a national home for the Jewish people.<br />

As important as it was, the Balfour Declaration alone was<br />

not sufficient to create the State of Israel.<br />

What has lead to the creation of Israel, and what has<br />

enabled the state to survive and thrive, are the efforts of<br />

millions of individual friends and supporters.<br />

One of Israel’s key supporters from and<br />

following the inception of the dream is the<br />

Christian community and, over more recent<br />

decades, ministries like Christian Friends of<br />

Israel (CFI). After it’s independence in 1948 Israel<br />

has received critical economic support through the<br />

purchase of Israel Bonds from friends here in the United<br />

Kingdom together with friends from around the world.<br />

What is an Israel Bond?<br />

<strong>In</strong> this Balfour 100 th Anniversary year CFI have<br />

linked with Israel Bonds to celebrate and<br />

contribute practically to Israel.<br />

Their proposal is for supporters to acquire a five year term<br />

bond in multiples of £100 (in recognition of the Balfour<br />

Declaration 100 th anniversary) providing a capital sum<br />

to Israel over this period, with the opportunity,<br />

suggested by Israel Bonds to donate the bond;<br />

made up of capital sum and interest on maturity, to<br />

Christian Friends of Israel (CFI Charitable Trust) for its<br />

ongoing and future work.<br />

Thinking back on how far we have come over the years,<br />

we must also look forward as to where we are going.<br />

Christian Friends of Israel and Israel Bonds<br />

have historically channelled the love and<br />

devotion of Israel’s supporters along parallel<br />

paths. Through this joint campaign, we are<br />

now doing so together.<br />

01<br />

An Israel Bond is a<br />

loan you can make to<br />

the State of Israel.<br />

<strong>In</strong> return for the loan, the State of<br />

Israel agrees to pay interest to you,<br />

the bondholder, and repay the loan<br />

at the end of its term.<br />

Like other bonds, investing in<br />

Israel Bonds puts your capital at risk.<br />

02<br />

Israel uses the loaned money to help<br />

strengthen almost every part of its<br />

modern, innovative and diverse economy.<br />

03 Israel Bonds are backed by<br />

the full faith and credit of the<br />

State of Israel, which has<br />

always made capital and<br />

interest payments since the<br />

first Israel bond was sold in<br />

1951. Past performance is not<br />

an indicator of future results.<br />

04<br />

Israel Bonds are not<br />

tradeable and must be<br />

held to maturity.<br />

By buying an Israel Bond,<br />

you are making a direct<br />

investment in the<br />

State of Israel.<br />

Your investment benefits<br />

the State of Israel.<br />

Celebrate the 100 th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration by buying a £100 Mazel Tov<br />

Israel Bond and receive a special edition Balfour 100 presentation pack.<br />

Consider donating that Israel Bond to Christian Friends of Israel.<br />

By donating the Israel Bond, you can help strengthen Israel and help enable<br />

Christian Friends of Israel to continue its important work.<br />

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Since 1951<br />

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advertisement article has been issued by the Development Company for Israel (<strong>In</strong>ternational) Limited, which is authorised and regulated by<br />

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Your capital is at risk, the rules under FSMA for the protection of retail clients do not apply. An investment in any of these bonds will not be<br />

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established secondary market, as a consequence Israel bonds are not readily realisable before their maturity date. DCI (<strong>In</strong>ternational) Ltd is<br />

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Hebraic Study<br />

James Whitman<br />

serves as president<br />

of The Centre for<br />

Judaic-Christian<br />

Studies (JC Studies)<br />

We pick up the familiar<br />

story of Peter confessing<br />

what he believes about<br />

Jesus as the Jewish Messiah—in<br />

Matthew 16 and from my first<br />

article on the subject (<strong>In</strong> <strong>Touch</strong>,<br />

No. 192).<br />

Our purpose is to strengthen one<br />

another in the good confession that<br />

Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of<br />

God the Father.<br />

To get the most out of our study<br />

time together, keep your eyes on two<br />

things. First, the Father is maturing his<br />

Son’s faith. Second, the Son is growing<br />

his disciple’s faith. Both of these are<br />

in preparation for the troubles that are<br />

coming. There is an important third<br />

point as well, what you see is how he<br />

is working with each of us today.<br />

The Student’s Response<br />

(Matthew 16:13-16)<br />

Sequestered away from the political<br />

and religious tumult in Jerusalem, the<br />

teacher enjoys uninterrupted time with<br />

his students. <strong>In</strong> the Jewish manner<br />

of learning, he probes them with a<br />

question, “Who do people say that the<br />

Son of Man is?” Their answers provide<br />

us remarkable insight into the ethos<br />

of First Century Israel. The faithful<br />

were longing and praying, waiting and<br />

watching, for God’s chosen Messiah<br />

to come forward—in the prophetic<br />

tradition of their covenant history.<br />

<strong>In</strong> other words, as YHWH had done<br />

(think Exodus), they believed he<br />

would do again.<br />

Imagine what this dialogue meant to<br />

Jesus, knowing that the reality is truer<br />

than they can believe, yet in ways they<br />

cannot conceive. After three years with<br />

his men he needs to find out more, for<br />

the sake of the movement. “Who do you<br />

say that I am?”<br />

Simon Peter’s response was manna<br />

from heaven for the one who indeed<br />

is the prophet foretold by Moses, “You<br />

are the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the<br />

living God.” His confession is a Godtaught<br />

revelation arising from the<br />

prophetic texts and history of Israel.<br />

Torah records Moses as the first to<br />

use the descriptor ‘living God’ while<br />

Deepening Your<br />

Confession of Christ<br />

reminding the generation poised to<br />

enter the Promised Land that the<br />

revelation of divine dwelling and<br />

kingship at Sinai was the goal of the<br />

liberation from Egypt (Deuteronomy<br />

5:26). Roughly 800 years later the<br />

catchphrase ‘living God’ is wielded<br />

powerfully by prophets like Jeremiah,<br />

Isaiah, and Daniel.<br />

And what is this Messiah’s<br />

relationship to the living God? You<br />

are his Son, says Peter, a word so<br />

important contextually that Bible<br />

translators capitalise the S. Son yes,<br />

but not simply one of many, as the<br />

early church would realise in light of<br />

the Spirit outpouring. But what did<br />

the language imply to them at the<br />

Caesarea Philippi in the First Century (artist’s impression).<br />

moment? Surely front and centre is<br />

the sense of son as promised to King<br />

David and all of Israel:<br />

“I will raise up your offspring.”<br />

“I will establish his kingdom.”<br />

“I will establish the throne of his<br />

kingdom forever.”<br />

“I will be to him a father, and he shall<br />

be to me a son.” (2 Samuel 7:12-14)<br />

We must stop and realise, dear<br />

friends, that in this story we are on holy<br />

ground. Let us take off our footwear<br />

and draw nearer by inquiring, what<br />

kind of impact did Peter’s divine<br />

declaration have on Jesus? Remember,<br />

for Matthew this story serves as a<br />

hinge between,<br />

“From that time Jesus began to preach,<br />

saying, ‘Repent for the kingdom of God is<br />

at hand’” (Matthew 4:17)<br />

and,<br />

Part 2 of 2<br />

“From that time Jesus began to show<br />

his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem<br />

[...] and be killed, and on the third day be<br />

raised.” (Matthew 16:21)<br />

The Teacher’s Response<br />

(Matthew 16: 17-20)<br />

“Blessed are you, Simon!”<br />

One thing immediately evident<br />

from the Greek construction of Jesus’<br />

response to Peter is that he is excited,<br />

flooded with joy. The language is<br />

emphatic, and rightfully so. The<br />

teacher is listening carefully to his<br />

student and recognises the answer as<br />

inspired. Have you ever experienced<br />

God confirming something to you<br />

through another person? <strong>In</strong> the<br />

kingdom, that is the right order of<br />

things, God reveals, then uses his<br />

people to validate. <strong>In</strong> this case, Jesus<br />

is both affirming to Peter (and the<br />

other disciples) the divine nature<br />

of the insight, while receiving the<br />

confirmation he needs from his Father<br />

in heaven – amazing!<br />

“This was not revealed to you by man,<br />

but by my Father in heaven.”<br />

Another thing evident from the<br />

Master’s enthusiastic response is<br />

that Peter—recipient of this unveiled<br />

truth—is in a state of blessedness. The<br />

language here mirrors the beatitudes.<br />

The disciple is blessed because he<br />

received from the fount of all blessing.<br />

To be a kingdom person means to be<br />

attentive. Like Peter, as we gather up<br />

the glimpses of Immanuel, the Father<br />

puts them together for us in such a<br />

way that reveals the Son of the ‘living<br />

God,’ leading to increased intimacy.<br />

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Also, like Simon, we will need to cling<br />

to this when we fail or when others fail<br />

us.<br />

“On this rock, I will build my church.”<br />

Another reason for Israel’s Messiah<br />

to rejoice is that this confession is the<br />

seed that will spread, grow and protect<br />

his body of followers (his church)<br />

who will bear witness of these things<br />

to the world. Dwight Pryor discerns<br />

three layers of meaning in the Master’s<br />

statement. The rock here means Jesus’<br />

appointment of Peter as leader of the<br />

apostolic band in his absence, it also<br />

points to the ongoing importance of<br />

Jesus’ identity as the divine Messiah,<br />

and it establishes himself and his<br />

teaching as the source of faith and<br />

practice for kingdom people.<br />

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom.”<br />

Now the King lifts his eyes from<br />

the immediate to the cosmic context,<br />

prophesying powerfully about the evildefeating,<br />

world-changing force of his<br />

movement. The simple truth that the<br />

Creator is in Messiah reconciling the<br />

world to himself exposes and uproots<br />

the lies of the Adversary. Salvation<br />

in all its wonder, as experienced and<br />

witnessed by his band of disciples,<br />

would engulf the planet in the power<br />

of the resurrection: lives changed, evil<br />

empires toppled, creation restored.<br />

Steadily, one heart at a time, the<br />

kingdoms of the world will become the<br />

kingdom of our Lord and his Messiah.<br />

But not yet.<br />

“Tell no one that I am the Christ.”<br />

The time to testify will come, but<br />

first, the revelation of Messiah’s<br />

divine identity must confront and<br />

be proved by a Roman cross and an<br />

empty Jewish tomb. And as Peter’s<br />

failure only verses later shows, this<br />

will be the hardest test of all. It took<br />

over two years to bring the disciples to<br />

the point of receptivity that their God<br />

You are the Christ, the<br />

Son of the living God<br />

is uniquely in this Nazarene. But a<br />

crucified Messiah? “Never!”<br />

Our King has much to teach his<br />

servants about the cross-shaped<br />

character of serving him and his<br />

healing mission in and to the world.<br />

But they, and we, must have ears to<br />

hear. The Father taught his Son. The<br />

Son taught his disciples about the<br />

Father while the Holy One taught<br />

them about the Son. By his Spirit,<br />

as his disciples, we follow in this<br />

venerable tradition. Our curriculum is<br />

God’s word applied to every aspect of<br />

our journey under the sun.<br />

Not long ago my wife and I were<br />

privileged to attend a ceremony for<br />

a dear, long-time friend of ours. He<br />

was retiring, with honours, from<br />

the United States Air Force. It was a<br />

profound experience. Those that knew<br />

and loved him listened intently as his<br />

commanding officer outlined a history<br />

of distinguished service and creative<br />

contributions that spanned decades.<br />

Like Jacob’s son Joseph, the things<br />

entrusted to him prospered under his<br />

care.<br />

<strong>In</strong> attendance was his devoted wife,<br />

who knew him as a husband and<br />

confidant; children who knew him as<br />

a father; co-workers who knew him as<br />

their leader; friends and family who<br />

knew him as a dedicated Christian by<br />

the name of Arthur. On that day we<br />

all came to understand that there was<br />

more to the man than we knew. My<br />

point is this. If that is so for a mere<br />

mortal, then how much more the<br />

author and finisher of our faith?<br />

“When the Counsellor comes, whom I<br />

will send to you from the Father, the Spirit<br />

of truth who goes out from the Father, he<br />

will testify about me. And you also must<br />

testify, for you have been with me from the<br />

beginning” (John 15:26-27).<br />

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Report<br />

National Conference Report<br />

This year’s National Conference, Israel:<br />

Covenants and Kingdom, was held over two<br />

days in Victoria Baptist Church, Eastbourne,<br />

on 22 nd and 23 rd September. Supporters from across<br />

the UK enjoyed listening to speakers from Oxford,<br />

the Netherlands and Israel.<br />

The main conference sessions were opened with worship<br />

led by a group of young believers from several parts of<br />

the country, including Sarah and Ruth Linnell (singers),<br />

Matthew Soakell (drummer), Dan Selby and Janet Cole<br />

(members of Welcome Baptist Church in Heathfield).<br />

Revd Willem Glashouwer sharing his testimony and teaching on Israel.<br />

with great clarity. Later in the day he provided more detail<br />

on the topics covered in his books ‘Why Israel?’ and ‘Israel:<br />

Covenants and Kingdom.’ Of particular interest to many in<br />

the audience were his twelve articles regarding the place of<br />

Israel in God’s plan of salvation.<br />

Willem’s colleague Andrew Tucker is a lawyer by training,<br />

now serving as Executive Director of Christians for Israel<br />

<strong>In</strong>ternational. He spoke about the fact that Jerusalem is an<br />

Praise and worship led by Dan, Janet, Sarah, Ruth and Matthew.<br />

On the Friday evening Dr James Patrick spoke on a<br />

subject very close to his heart, presenting a surprisingly<br />

comprehensive review of British Christian History and the<br />

Jewish People – one that is echoed in a recent CFI publication<br />

‘A History of Christian Zionism in Britain’ (Resources p12).<br />

Andrew Tucker sharing insights on <strong>In</strong>ternational Law.<br />

James Patrick speaking on British Christian history and the Jewish people.<br />

Then on Saturday our main speaker was the Revd Willem<br />

Glashouwer, who is a Bible teacher and the President of<br />

Christians for Israel <strong>In</strong>ternational. <strong>In</strong> his first message he<br />

spoke of his childhood years when his family were friends<br />

of the Ten Boom family. He spoke with deep feeling about<br />

some of his experiences of interacting with Jewish people as<br />

a Christian, and linked those experiences to the Scriptures<br />

‘immovable rock,’ and about the significance of the United<br />

Nations (UN), which has a charter that he described as<br />

‘very Jewish.’ He explained the extent of the legitimacy of<br />

decisions made at the UN with regard to international law,<br />

helping his audience understand how to contribute towards<br />

redressing bias and falsehoods so often spoken about Israel.<br />

The UN Charter says all states are equal, but often that ideal<br />

evaporates when the topic is Israel.<br />

On Saturday afternoon we were blessed to have Kevin<br />

and Stacey Howard speak about the need for us to be salt<br />

and light in the world today, in context with Hebraic<br />

thinking. Those who have supported CFI Jerusalem, some<br />

for three decades, felt privileged to see the ‘passing on of<br />

the baton’ from Sharon Sanders to her daughter Stacey, who<br />

is Executive Director of CFI Jerusalem, and her husband<br />

Kevin, who is Director of Media. Kevin touched many<br />

hearts when he presented photos from the ten care projects<br />

6 IN TOUCH • 4 th <strong>Quarter</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />


Israel: Covenants & Kingdom<br />

The special Balfour 100 Exhibition compiled by Tristan<br />

McDonald to commemorate the centenary of the Balfour<br />

Declaration was very informative reminding us all how<br />

significant those times were.<br />

page 12). Visitors to the resources stall were served by staff,<br />

volunteers, Regional Links and Church Links.<br />

Feedback from young and old alike was very encouraging,<br />

with many commenting that they look forward to meeting<br />

up at the Balfour 100 celebrations in November and at next<br />

year’s CFI UK National Conference.<br />


Kevin and Stacey Howard sharing updates on CFI Jerusalem.<br />

run by CFI Jerusalem, where 25 staff and volunteers work<br />

with Holocaust survivors, victims of trauma and terror in<br />

the land, and serve in various ways to encourage Arab and<br />

Jewish pastors in Israel.<br />

We were pleased to see more young people attend the<br />

conference this year, one of whom featured in a film clip<br />

of an interview conducted at the <strong>2017</strong> New Wine Christian<br />

festival. That clip provided a good opportunity to see one<br />

of the ways in which CFI interacts with the wider Christian<br />

community in the UK.<br />

The CFI resources stall was busy through both days of the<br />

conference, with delegates able to see new and older books,<br />

CDs and DVD teaching materials for themselves. Recent<br />

additions to our range included sets of DVDs and study<br />

guides by Revd Glashouwer, and a new documentary DVD<br />

by Hugh Kitson, titled ‘Whose Land?’ (see Resources on<br />

You can obtain a copy of the<br />

conference audio on CDs.<br />

Please see our Resources on page 12,<br />

or simply visit our online store:<br />

www.cfi.org.uk/shop<br />

Matthew Soakell encourages us to use Social Media to support CFI.<br />

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Report<br />

Julia Soakell<br />

UK Delegation<br />

Speaking Tour<br />


15 th – 27 th September, <strong>2017</strong><br />

The UK national tour with Stacey and<br />

Kevin Howard was a great success.<br />

David Soakell had spent months planning the<br />

tour so that it spread across the country. Once<br />

they arrived he first drove them to meetings in<br />

Luton and then Birmingham. From there they<br />

went north to Dewsbury for an evening meeting<br />

at Dewsbury Revival Centre, and the next day<br />

they were interviewed at the ‘Branch FM’<br />

radio station. Then they went to Billingham,<br />

Stockton-on-Tees, before travelling on to Perth<br />

in Scotland.<br />

Over the next few days they travelled<br />

south to the CFI-UK National Conference in<br />

Eastbourne, East Sussex. They spoke on the<br />

Saturday afternoon about the ten care projects<br />

that are supported by CFI Jerusalem. They then<br />

travelled to Woking in Surrey and spoke once<br />

again to supporters and friends there. CFI UK’s<br />

chief executive, Jacob Vince, then drove them<br />

for the remainder of their tour via Eastleigh,<br />

Southampton, Farringdon, Oxfordshire, and<br />

finally to River of Life Church, Bristol for the<br />

evening of the 27 th . Jacob then drove them<br />

to Heathrow that night and they flew back to<br />

Israel early the next morning!<br />

Supporters were so encouraged to hear how<br />

the Lord is continuing to work in the ministry<br />

in Israel. They heard updates of the 25 staff<br />

at the Jerusalem office, some of whom work<br />

with survivors of terrorism and the Holocaust.<br />

There was also news of the Messianic and Arab<br />

pastors involved in the ‘First Fruits’ ministry,<br />

and many Jewish people returning to Israel<br />

from around the globe. Records now show<br />

that the Distribution Centre has been visited<br />

by 300,000 people over the last thirty years.<br />

Many have been blessed by the contributions<br />

of clothes and gifts from the UK - sent via the<br />

‘Olive Grove Project’ led by Rob and Margaret<br />

Hearing. The population of Jews in Israel now<br />

represents the largest in the world, followed by<br />

that in America.<br />

The ‘Open Doors’ project, which helps those<br />

making Aliyah, is now welcoming Jewish<br />

families from France, Bolivia, Brazil and<br />

Argentina, amongst others. Many listeners<br />

heard for the first time about the ‘Communities<br />

Under Attack’ project and were so touched<br />

to see photos of the staff giving their time to<br />

build relationships with individuals who needed<br />

comfort, company, healing and practical help.<br />

Many of these are helped after injury or trauma<br />

from terrorist attacks, both children and adults,<br />

including some rabbis. Many were shocked to<br />

hear that the population of Gaza border towns<br />

like Sderot, and those on the Lebanese border,<br />

have about 80% of their citizens on antidepressant<br />

medication.<br />

The ‘Forsake Them Not’ team are still<br />

working with many old and frail Holocaust<br />

survivors - some of the 30,000 still alive - the<br />

last Jewish witnesses of the atrocities of the<br />

Shoah. Maggie and her team tell the survivors<br />

that Christians around the world continue to<br />

pray for them. The CFI team had made 374<br />

visits to these lonely pensioners in 210 days.<br />

Many of them attend events for the festivals<br />

and national holidays hosted by CFI, where<br />

Sharon Sanders continues to “love a party”!<br />

Many intercessors expressed their<br />

‘tremendous encouragement’ as they listened to<br />

Kevin and Stacey speak and how excited they<br />

were to be able to pray even more specifically<br />

into these areas based on the updates. Many<br />

expressed gratitude that this tour had brought<br />

home to them the unique combination of CFI<br />

branches around the world - with the UK branch<br />

focused on educating the church and standing<br />

with the UK Jewish Community, supporting<br />

CFI Jerusalem and the expression of God’s<br />

heart for Israel, where prophecy is being lived<br />

out. As a praying people the UK family could<br />

see topics for prayer and thanksgiving and how<br />

a legacy of many prayers is being realised in<br />

these various projects.<br />

Kevin and Stacey were blessed by the<br />

meetings, and by individual conversations with<br />

supporters. They were grateful to all who had<br />

asked after her parents and who had faithfully<br />

supported them over the decades. Kevin spoke<br />

specifically about ‘Salt and Light’ in the word<br />

of God using texts from Genesis 2:15 and<br />

17:19. He raised the need for unity within<br />

the church to shine in a new and vibrant way<br />

in these days. It was a deep and challenging<br />

message to us all, as we see the need for<br />

unity in Kingdom purpose, as well as within<br />

our families, fellowships and nation; so as to<br />

‘preserve’ the things of God at a time when<br />

the world suffers from the erosion of Christian<br />

heritage and values.<br />

<strong>In</strong> answer to prayer, it was great to see young<br />

people attending the UK Tour. At Dewsbury,<br />

Laura Thomas and Matthew Soakell promoted<br />

our social media and the resources stall. It was<br />

also good to see young people involved in the<br />

worship teams.<br />

We have seen CFI supporters and churches<br />

stirred by the important messages given at<br />

these tour events. May we now pray for even<br />

greater fruit to be evident in support and<br />

understanding of the heart of the ministry of<br />

CFI, along with support for Israel - land and<br />

people - as prophecies are fulfilled in her at this<br />

time and in the days to come. Thank you to all<br />

those who supported and helped on the tour!<br />

Stacy and Kevin Howard in St Hugh’s Church Hall, Luton.<br />

Stacey took over as Executive Director of CFI<br />

Jerusalem from her parents Sharon and Ray<br />

Sanders in 2014 and her husband Kevin is Director<br />

of Media and Technology for CFI Jerusalem.<br />

Both had successful careers in their own fields in the<br />

USA before feeling led to leave family, three children<br />

and six grandchildren, to head up the work diligently<br />

done in previous decades by her parents.<br />

Dewsbury Revival Centre: Kevin, Stacey, David and Matthew.<br />

A special stop at the local Christian radio ‘Branch FM.’<br />

New Life Church, Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees.<br />

National Christian Outreach Centre, Perth, Scotland.<br />

Debbie and Laura Thomas in CFI Twitter frame, Dewsbury.<br />

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Feature<br />

A Declaration<br />

Prompted by God<br />

Robin Lane<br />

Anyone who has followed<br />

the news this year will have<br />

realised that the Balfour<br />

Declaration is a part of British<br />

history that attracts controversy.<br />

Highlighted by the event planned<br />

for 7 th November in the Royal<br />

Albert Hall, some people want to<br />

celebrate the Declaration on its<br />

centenary – celebrate it as one of<br />

the best things the British people<br />

have done.<br />

Alongside them, many Jewish people<br />

want to celebrate it because they too<br />

are well aware that it was a vital step<br />

on the path to the reconstituted State of<br />

Israel in 1948.<br />

But there are many other people<br />

who hold the opposite opinion, which<br />

Mahmoud Abbas put into words in a<br />

speech to the General Assembly of the<br />

United Nations in September 2016.<br />

He said that Great Britain should<br />

apologise “to the Palestinian people for<br />

the catastrophes, misery and injustice<br />

this declaration created.” Many<br />

supporters of the so-called ‘Palestinian’<br />

people also think that an apology is<br />

due, blaming Israel for what they see<br />

as the suffering of these people.<br />

<strong>In</strong> the heat of this controversy<br />

there is a question that is too often<br />

ignored: ‘What does God think of<br />

the Balfour Declaration?’ Whilst it<br />

might seem presumptuous to claim<br />

that we can know what God thinks<br />

about something that is not mentioned<br />

directly in the Scriptures, both history<br />

and the Scriptures themselves give us<br />

vital clues about the answer.<br />

Even in the early centuries of the<br />

Christian faith, both Britain and<br />

Ireland held out for hundreds of years<br />

against the Roman Church’s move<br />

to separate Easter celebrations from<br />

the timing of Passover celebrations.<br />

Aside from disliking instructions from<br />

another country, there seemed to be<br />

some desire to hold onto the Jewish<br />

foundation of the Christian faith. 1<br />

Hundreds of years later a series<br />

of British men got into difficulties<br />

with the church authorities because<br />

of preaching and writing about the<br />

special place of the Jewish people<br />

in God’s plans. <strong>In</strong> 1585 Francis Kett<br />

published a tract about God’s people<br />

gathering in Jerusalem, and received<br />

the death penalty from church leaders<br />

as a result. Yet just a few years later<br />

English scholar Thomas Brightman<br />

wrote of the Jews: ‘Shall they return to<br />

Jerusalem again? There is nothing more<br />

certain: the prophets do everywhere<br />

confirm it and beat upon it.’<br />

These two men start a significant<br />

list that was assembled by historian<br />

Franz Kobler, including Henry Finch<br />

and hymn-writer William Cowper. 2<br />

Kobler’s work was later extended by<br />

Ken Burnett, the founder of the Prayer<br />

for Israel ministry, in a talk titled<br />

‘Britain: A Nation Called by God.’<br />

Ken noted that other prominent<br />

Christians such as John Wesley, Robert<br />

Murray McCheyne, C H Spurgeon<br />

and J C Ryle also preached clearly<br />

about the special place of the Jewish<br />

people in God’s plans – a special<br />

This is a revised edition of a booklet first published by<br />

Love Never Fails. It reviews the development of a vision<br />

among prominent evangelical church leaders in Britain<br />

that took place over more than three centuries and led to<br />

the Balfour Declaration in 1917. It highlights Britain’s<br />

calling to be chief facilitator in the restoration of the<br />

Jewish people to their ancient Promised Land and her<br />

positive contribution towards this. It goes on to describe<br />

the way the British administration obstructed that<br />

restoration and calls for appropriate response.<br />

This edition builds on the contributions of Ken Burnett and<br />

Derek Prince with additional material from their original<br />

sources, as well as some from extra sources.<br />

BT120 // 28 pages // £3.50 (incl. UK p&p)<br />

place that included their return to the<br />

land of Israel. More detail on this can<br />

be found in a recently expanded and<br />

republished CFI booklet. 3<br />

When we add this combination of<br />

historical writing and preaching to the<br />

power of the Christian faith and the<br />

widespread availability of the Bible, it<br />

seems that we have the key motivator<br />

that led to the Balfour Declaration in<br />

1917. Whilst various other reasons<br />

have been suggested as the motivation,<br />

in the highly unusual circumstances<br />

of the First World War the British War<br />

Cabinet of ten men included seven<br />

who were either evangelical Christians,<br />

or came from that background. Several<br />

of them later confirmed their belief<br />

that God wanted the Jewish people to<br />

return to the land.<br />

Thus there is a significant body of<br />

evidence to indicate that it was God<br />

himself who prompted the Balfour<br />

Declaration. So we can be thankful that<br />

the present UK Government has stated<br />

clearly that they have no intention of<br />

apologising for it.<br />


1. A History of Christian Zionism in Britain,<br />

Dr James Patrick, BT 119, CFI UK, <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

2. The Vision was There, Franz Kobler, 1956.<br />

3. A Nation Called by God, BT 120, CFI UK, <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

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Hebrew Word Study<br />

Melissa Briggs MA,<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem,<br />

Melissa is an experienced Hebrew<br />

teacher with a desire to make the<br />

rich language of the Scriptures<br />

accessible to Christians.<br />

Unveiling<br />

Beauty<br />

יֹופִי<br />

yofi<br />

God is beautiful. Isaiah says of the Lord, “Your<br />

eyes will see the king in his beauty (yofi) and<br />

view a land that stretches afar” (Isaiah 33:17),<br />

and David writes, “Give to the Lord the glory due to<br />

his name; worship the Lord in the splendour of his<br />

holiness” (Psalm 29:2).<br />

Beholding God’s beauty was David’s greatest desire, even<br />

when under intense attack. “One thing I ask of the Lord , this<br />

is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the<br />

days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek<br />

him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).<br />

What is beauty and what is its purpose?<br />

Beauty – whether in nature, music, poetry, art, literature or<br />

people – is meant to point us to God. We long for beauty<br />

because we are created by, and for, a beautiful God.<br />

But beauty is a misunderstood or neglected topic in the<br />

modern Western Church. While media is promoting beauty<br />

as supremely important, the church feels at a loss for what<br />

to do besides downplay the significance of beauty. It is an<br />

attribute of God that many have too quickly written off as<br />

‘worldly’.<br />

Our hearts should be full of an awareness and thankfulness<br />

that God is not simply a utilitarian God. He chose to<br />

create the world full of so many colours, tastes, aromas,<br />

breathtaking views, and sensory delights.<br />

The world sends an endless stream of<br />

damaging and confusing messages about<br />

beauty. It has hijacked and twisted beauty –<br />

wrongly placing it as the highest virtue, or as the<br />

measure of worth, or as the path to happiness or<br />

lust. The world’s standards and definitions of<br />

beauty are skewed and fickle.<br />

One of the Hebrew words for beauty is יֹופִ‏ י yofi, which<br />

can refer to both an inner and/or outer beauty of mankind,<br />

or of the Lord, or of locations, such as Jerusalem (see Psalm<br />

48:2). <strong>In</strong> Modern Hebrew this word is used in an extremely<br />

casual way to mean ‘great’ or ‘attractive’, in a way that<br />

downgrades the Biblical significance of yofi.<br />

Beauty is the appealing, pleasing attractiveness of the<br />

goodness and creativity of God’s nature – reflected in God’s<br />

handiwork and perfectly embodied in the glorified Messiah.<br />

Other words in this same family of words, which all share<br />

the same root letter system, include:<br />

(adjective) yafehיָ‏ – beautiful, fair פֶ‏ ה<br />

(verb) yafahיָ‏ – to be beautiful or fair פָ‏ ה<br />

Yafo – a coastal town on the Mediterranean – (often יָפֹו<br />

pronounced Jaffa or Joppa in English) – meaning<br />

‘beautiful’ (proper noun)<br />

Translation of this topic can be confusing because there<br />

are a number of Hebrew words from different root letter<br />

systems that all get translated as ‘beautiful’ in English. For<br />

example, a number of the most common Scriptures that are<br />

used to ‘prove’ that God is disinterested in beauty, such as<br />

1 Samuel 16:7 and Isaiah 53:2, do not actually use the word<br />

yofi. Rather, in both these instances, the Hebrew word is<br />

(mareh) from the family of words on the topic<br />

of ‘seeing’ – meaning “what can be seen with the eye” or mere<br />

visual, outward appearance.<br />

So has the church forgotten what true beauty looks like?<br />

Beauty is multi-faceted and meant to reflect God and to<br />

draw us to God. The church, as the body of Messiah, must<br />

reclaim beauty and return it to its rightful, God-given role.<br />

God has already made each individual beautiful in his<br />

own creative way, so there is no need to strive. And praise<br />

for all beauty or goodness in our lives should be directed<br />

only towards him. “He has made everything beautiful (yafeh)<br />

in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet<br />

they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end”<br />

(Ecclesiastes 3:11).<br />

God is the one who made us in his image, who redeems us,<br />

and who transforms us by the power of the Holy Spirit into<br />

the likeness of his beautiful Son. “Those who look to him are<br />

radiant, their faces are never covered with shame” (Psalm 34:5).<br />

מַ‏ רְ‏ אֶ‏ ה actually<br />

Beauty is<br />

meant to point<br />

us to God<br />

Imagine these five scenes: a tropical island with leafy palm<br />

trees; rolling sand dunes in a desert expanse; an impressive<br />

mountain range sprinkled with pine trees; a lush, dense<br />

rainforest; the English countryside with her many shades<br />

of green and colourful wildflowers. Amazingly, they are all<br />

beautiful, even though they are so different from<br />

one another!<br />

What is true in nature is certainly true in<br />

the crown of God’s creation – humankind –<br />

that beauty is multi-faceted and not a limited<br />

commodity. Beauty can come in all shapes, sizes,<br />

shades, and variations – especially in people!<br />

Ezekiel 16 vividly portrays the Lord mercifully and<br />

generously lavishing Israel with beauty and adornment<br />

– only to have Israel misuse that yofi in ‘prostitution’ for a<br />

season. At the end of the chapter God graciously vows to<br />

restore Israel to himself through a new covenant.<br />

Many warnings and lessons about beauty can be gleaned<br />

from this important chapter, “I gave you my solemn oath and<br />

entered into a covenant with you, declares the Sovereign Lord, and<br />

you became mine. ...I dressed you in fine linen and covered you with<br />

costly garments... I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears<br />

and a beautiful crown on your head. ... You became very beautiful<br />

(yofi) and rose to be a queen. And your fame spread among the<br />

nations on account of your beauty (yofi), because the splendour I<br />

had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign<br />

Lord.” ‘But you trusted in your beauty (yofi) and used your fame<br />

to become a prostitute. You lavished your favours on anyone who<br />

passed by and your beauty became his. ... Such things should not<br />

happen, nor should they ever occur.” (see Ezekiel 16).<br />

Like many of God’s other good creations – such as<br />

sexuality or food – beauty can become an idol and can<br />

be misused. <strong>In</strong> fact, in Ezekiel 28:17 we read that Lucifer<br />

fell partly due to pride about his own beauty (yofi). And<br />

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certainly, yofi without reverence for the Lord is fleeting (see<br />

Proverbs 31:30). When we elevate beauty to a role it was<br />

never intended to hold – to be a measure of our worth or<br />

identity – beauty will always let us down.<br />

Though men are certainly appreciators of beauty, women<br />

have an innate desire to be beautiful. According to Ephesians<br />

5, women are a representation of the beautiful bride of the<br />

Messiah. So often women are drawn to the idea of adorning<br />

themselves with attractive clothing, make-up and jewellery.<br />

Perhaps this is a physical picture of the preparation the bride<br />

of Messiah is meant to be undertaking?<br />

Ornate garments that women from every culture around<br />

the world wear for weddings point to the glorious garments<br />

of salvation that the bride of Messiah wears (see Isaiah 61-63<br />

and Revelation 19:7-8).<br />

Sadly, sin has entered into the picture along with decay,<br />

disease and death. But praise God that our redemption<br />

draws near and the Messiah conquered sin and death. If<br />

we are part of the bride, then our future is one of joy and<br />

perfected beauty – without spot or blemish (see Ephesians<br />

5:27 and Philippians 3:20-21).<br />

Psalm 45 is a beautiful exposition of the redemption story<br />

– of the strength of the Messiah and the love he has for his<br />

bride: “You [Messiah] are the most excellent (yafeh) of men and<br />

your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you<br />

forever.... [O bride] The king is enthralled by your beauty (yofi);<br />

honour him, for he is your lord. The Daughter of Tyre will come<br />

with a gift, men of wealth will seek your favour. All glorious is the<br />

princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold.<br />

<strong>In</strong> embroidered garments she is led to the king...” (see Psalm 45).<br />

A woman may be very pretty by the world’s standards,<br />

but she may have a coldness, meanness, or self-centredness<br />

about her that diminishes her overall yofi. She radiates<br />

stress, superiority, striving, or insecurity instead of rest in<br />

Jesus’ love for her. Our self-obsessed, self-indulgent motives<br />

have no place when we are God’s ambassadors, purchased<br />

at a costly price.<br />

Godly beauty is not about increasing our own self-esteem<br />

or our own glory, but rather joyfully losing ourselves in<br />

Jesus - more of him, and less of me! “Do you not know that<br />

your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you<br />

have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought<br />

at a price. Therefore honour God with your body.” (I Corinthians<br />

6:19-20). The Temple in Jerusalem was to be looked after<br />

in an excellent manner; shouldn’t that carry over into the<br />

stewardship of our bodies as ‘temples’ as well?<br />

So how far will we go to honour God, and to let him unveil<br />

his yofi in our lives?<br />

If you are interested in learning the Hebrew language through online<br />

tuition (or in person if you are local to Berkshire), or if you are interested<br />

in hosting a Hebrew language day for a group in your area, please<br />

contact Melissa for more details at: hebrew.explore@gmail.com or at<br />

www.explorehebrew.co.uk<br />

Land of the Bible<br />

The Beauty of the Land of Israel<br />

16 Month Hebrew Heritage Calendar<br />

September <strong>2017</strong>–December 2018<br />

Features 15 unique photographs<br />

incorporating Scripture in NKJV, ENGLISH and HEBREW<br />

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• References shown for all WEEKLY SCRIPTURE PORTIONS (Torah and Haftarah)<br />

• Each calendar month has one or more WRITING SPACES for reminders and notes.<br />

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This CD set includes five informative, inspiring and biblical messages by Dr James Patrick, Revd Willem Glashouwer,<br />

Andrew Tucker, and Stacey and Kevin Howard. It was recorded live at the CFI-UK’s 32nd National Conference, which<br />

was held in September <strong>2017</strong>. The teaching covers: British Christian History and the Jewish People; Israel: Covenants &<br />

Kingdom; the <strong>In</strong>ternational Legal Situation and the inspiration for the care projects of CFI Jerusalem.<br />

Disc 1: British Christian History and the Jewish People – James Patrick<br />

Disc 2: Israel: Covenants & Kingdom Part 1 – Revd Willem Glashouwer<br />

Disc 3: The <strong>In</strong>ternational Legal Situation – Andrew Tucker<br />

Disc 4: A Season to Shine on Jerusalem – Stacey & Kevin Howard<br />

Disc 5: Israel: Covenants & Kingdom Part 2 – Revd Willem Glashouwer<br />

CDS133 // CD // 5 CDs // £15.00 (incl. UK p&p)<br />


<strong>In</strong> November 1917, Britain issued the Balfour Declaration, which the League of Nations then incorporated into the<br />

Mandate for Palestine. Its purpose was fulfilled with the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.<br />

But why was it Britain, rather than any other country, who led the nations in restoring the Jewish people to their ancient<br />

homeland? This booklet surveys the key role played by Christians in the three centuries of British political activism for<br />

Jewish national restoration. It also traces the influences upon this idea back into far earlier times, beyond the failures<br />

of the mediaeval period and into the era of the Celtic saints. With over 40 pictures this is a companion guide to James<br />

Patrick’s conference talk.<br />

BT119 // BOOKLET // 28 pages // £4.00 (incl. UK p&p)<br />

WHY ISRAEL? DVD & STUDY GUIDE Revd Willem Glashouwer<br />

The series Why Israel? explores the biblical significance of Israel and the Jewish people for Christians today. It gives an<br />

inside look from a biblical, historical and prophetic perspective at God’s work with Israel. We see miracles happen in our<br />

days: the Jews are returning to the Promised Land just as the Bible prophesied. It brings to light that God has not forgotten<br />

the Jewish people and that Jesus is coming soon! This new series of Why Israel? challenges the church to embrace and<br />

bless the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. It also shows how Israel is a sign of hope to the world.<br />

1. God loves Israel; 2. The Covenants; 3. Old Covenant, New Covenant; 4. Israel & the Church; 5. Anti-Semitism<br />

6. Israel & the nations; 7. Jerusalem; 8. The Kingdom of God; 9. Jesus; 10. His blood be on us<br />

The series contains 10 chapters of approximately 25 minutes each. This English DVD set includes a study guide.<br />

S11 // DVD // 260 mins // £13.50 (incl. UK p&p)<br />

WHY JERUSALEM? Revd Willem Glashouwer<br />

This book explores the significance of the city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a unique city - a holy place and the focus of world<br />

history. Ezekiel 38:12 even describes Jerusalem as ‘the centre of the earth’.<br />

The author deals with a number of theological, historical and prophetic aspects of Jerusalem from a biblical point of<br />

view, in relation to contemporary history. He illustrates the central place of the Temple, the spiritual roots of Jerusalem,<br />

Jerusalem as a holy city, Jerusalem and Jesus, Jerusalem as a stumbling block in world politics and Jerusalem’s role in the<br />

end times. The book also provides a chronology of Jerusalem and her history of more than 3,000 years.<br />

B488 // BOOK // 236 pages // £12.50 (incl. UK p&p)<br />

WHOSE LAND? Part 1 Hugh Kitson<br />

A century after the Balfour Declaration of November 1917 the argument over the land – then known as Palestine – rages<br />

on. Politicians, clerics and school teachers living in the Gaza strip, the West Bank and the Old City of Jerusalem, teach their<br />

children, teenagers and young adults that the Balfour Declaration was illegal, and that the whole of the land – now known<br />

as Israel – in fact belongs to the Arab people who are today known as the Palestinians. So what historic and legal claim do<br />

the Palestinian Arabs have over Jerusalem and the Land of Israel?<br />

Do the Jewish people have historic and legal rights? If so, when and where did they originate?<br />

<strong>In</strong> ‘Whose Land?’ Richard Kemp, together with a group of historians and international lawyers, examines the conflicting<br />

claims of the Palestinians and the Israelis through the eyes of verifiable history and international law.<br />

D139 // DVD // 90 mins // £16.00 (incl. UK p&p)

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