In Touch Quarter 1 - 2018


The first edition for 2018, published 6th February.

1 st Quarter 2018 • No 194 Christian Friends of Israel UK

Extol the Lord, O Jerusalem

Psalm 147:12









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The Fig Tree - Israel


Jacob Vince


was invited to do an interview

with Premier Radio for their

news programme in response

to the Trump administration

announcement to formally

recognise Jerusalem as the capital

of the State of Israel. I tend toward

the long view with regard to Israel

and Jerusalem.

Biblically Jerusalem is and appears

to remain a key city in God’s purposes.

This is illustrated by the instruction

to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and

indeed Jesus weeping over Jerusalem

with the words, “if you, even you, had

only known on this day what would bring

you peace” (Luke 19:42). Place and

people are important in the Bible with

the ultimate purpose that people would

seek the Lord and be found by him (Acts

17:26-27). We are encouraged to submit

to and pray for leaders by the apostle

Peter (1 Peter 2:12-14) and the apostle

Paul (Romans 13:1 and 1 Timothy 2:1-4),

again in the context of God wanting all

to be saved.

The reality of the situation in Jerusalem

today has many added layers.

Concerning the Trump administration

decision to recognise Jerusalem as the

capital of the State of Israel, this was

originally voted on and agreed by the

Clinton administration, but hitherto

has been postponed. The Trump

administration were, according to due

and democratic process, elected to that

role in the USA. It was in their manifesto

to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Trump administration considered

this over some time, met with respective

parties and after such consideration

decided to recognise, implementing

what was in their manifesto - action not

simply words. I suppose breaking the

deadlock requires some action, which

can have a negative or positive effect,

albeit the negative effect may only be

temporary with a larger positive effect

to come.

At this time when we remember Jesus

coming to earth for the greater good,

we are reminded that one response to

this was the murder of the innocents in

Bethlehem. I am not suggesting that the

Trump administration decision is on the

same level, but whilst the negative effect

is to be taken into account, if an action

is warranted, intimidation should not

be allowed to defer or cancel it. Often

change is what is necessary and can

come from unusual sources. I recall the

time of Sadat and Begin where initiative

was taken and the result was the Camp

David peace agreement, which has held

for a period of thirty plus years.

From Israel’s viewpoint Jerusalem

already is their capital. The Jerusalem

Law was passed in 1980 by the Knesset,

a democratically elected government of

the land. It confirmed Jerusalem as the

undivided capital of the State of Israel for

all time. Later the Jerusalem Covenant

of 1992 was signed by Israel and all

the Jewish communities at that time in

the diaspora: orthodox, conservative,

reform and secular. Increasingly many

Jews in the diaspora, perhaps even a

majority, have close links with Israel,

often through family members who live


I anticipate that the relocation of the

US Embassy will be to West Jerusalem,

which the whole international

community presumably accept is under

Israel’s sovereignty, and not to East

Jerusalem. It should always be borne

in mind that what is referred to as East

Jerusalem encompasses North, South

and East Jerusalem and the entire Old

City with the Jewish quarter and access

to the Western Wall of the Temple

platform. Jordan controlled this wider

area from 1947 to 1967, during which

time they destroyed some fifty Jewish

synagogues and decimated the Jewish

quarter of the Old City. On 31 July 1988,

King Hussein of Jordan announced the

severance of all legal and administrative

ties with the ‘West Bank’, except for the

Jordanian sponsorship of the Muslim

and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

Israel had taken control of East

Jerusalem from Jordan during the

defensive Six Day War in 1967 and

subsequently annexed it, together with

it’s neighbouring conurbations. Israel

granted control of the Islamic holy sites

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to the Jordanian religious authority,

with Israel maintaining security. Israel’s

record of custodianship is far better

than any holding this responsibility


I am cautious in applying prophetic

passages to an immediate situation,

but my morning readings as I read

through the Bible each year, arrived at

the prophet Zechariah and chapter 8 in

particular. It certainly implies a literal

fulfilment and is followed by chapter

9 referring to their king coming on a

donkey – according to John’s Gospel

literally fulfilled in Jesus. Moving on,

chapter 12 commences with Jerusalem

being a cup of reeling to surrounding

peoples, an immovable rock for all

the nations, and ends with the people

looking upon the one they have pierced

and mourning as for a first born son

– also referred to in the Revelation of

Two staff members retire in 2017

Clive Jones

In November 2017 Clive stood down

from the CFI UK Board of Trustees due

to health reasons. He has been a member

of the Board for over thirty years, during

which time his contributions to the

administration of this ministry have been

greatly appreciated.

We will certainly miss his wisdom, care

and general input to the Board meetings and on other occasions.

Clive has provided us with wise council. Often he has refocused

us on the Lord, and we have then found the answers to many

testing problems.

We will miss his leadership of early morning prayer times at

our ‘Way Ahead’ meetings, and his administration of the breaking

of bread, which was a time of inspiration to draw nearer to the

Lord. Clive’s pastoral heart was always evident in the many

topics that we have discussed. We are very grateful to him.

Please pray that the Lord will greatly bless, strengthen and

encourage Clive and Lynne and their family in everything they do,

and that they may constantly know his Shalom.

Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:7).

The apostle Paul writes toward

the close of his letter to the Church at

Rome: “For everything that was written

in the past was written to teach us, so that

through endurance and the encouragement

of the Scriptures we might have hope”

(Romans 15:4). So nothing should be

dismissed. The challenge today is to

accurately handle the word of truth.

May our Lord help us all to do so.

Fiona Lindsay

Wednesdays will not be quite the same

without Fiona’s ‘Intercessors Prayer

Update’ weekly email*, which for over

10 years has come each week to many of

our supporters’ inboxes. Her writing in a

personal – from the heart – succinct but

informative style has been appreciated by

very many people. I have always regarded

Fiona as one of our Lord’s special people, she just quietly gets on

with the job, guiding us to pray for the daily needs of CFI UK and

briefly for the wider needs in Israel.

We are very grateful for all of Fiona’s updates over the years,

and pray that she will continue to guide those she meets to pray.

The Lord bless you Fiona and continue to keep you and give you

his Shalom.

Prayer for CFI UK, Israel and the UK is vital, so we shall miss

Fiona’s help, but look forward to Julia Soakell’s prayer topics as

she takes up the baton this New Year. Thank you, Fiona.


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Obituary 2017 Professor Eric Moonman, OBE, 1929-2017

Professor Eric Moonman OBE was born in Liverpool on 29 April 1929 to Borach and Leah Moonman. He

attended Rathbone School in Liverpool which he left at the age of 13 to begin a seven-year apprenticeship at WJ

Pugh Printers and then the Liverpool Echo. He became a Fleet Street Manager, a Council leader in an East London

Borough, an MP, a Parliamentary private Secretary, thirteen years as boss of a London Health Authority and later

a specialist in counter-terrorism. He had many years as a senior officer of the Board of Deputies of British Jews

and he chaired the Zionist Federation, becoming president. The Zionist Federation said they “are truly saddened by

the passing of our President and long-standing supporter, Eric Moonman. He was a powerhouse of Zionism both as

an MP and outside of the house where his passion and drive led the ZF from strength to strength. He will be sorely


The Jewish Labour Movement’s national chair, Jeremy Newmark added that “Eric made an important contribution to UK politics and

Jewish Life. Our deepest condolences.”

Eric, together with previous CFI UK director Geoffrey Smith, pioneered and co-chaired the annual ZF/CFI parliament lobby day. This

unique working together of Jews and Christians in support of Israel has proved a modern outworking of ‘partnership in this great

enterprise,’ as referenced by Lord Balfour himself, and a fitting continuing testimony to Eric’s life and work. He died on the 22 December

2017 and was buried in Southport. 1 st Quarter 2018 • IN TOUCH 3

Hebraic Study

James Whitman

serves as president

of The Centre for


Studies (JC Studies)

Testing Jesus

Our subject is the testing of Jesus in the wilderness

Part 1 of 2

“Because Jesus has suffered when

tempted, he is able and willing to

provide immediate assistance to those

being tempted and exposed to suffering”

(Hebrews 2:18, Amplified Bible).

You delight in the word of

the Lord. You incline your

ear to hear his voice in

sacred Scripture so that you can

do his heavenly will on earth. Me

too. But each day seems to bring a

fresh wave of challenges.

We find ourselves overwhelmed: by

the need for and care of money, by

troubles, our own and those we love

(and those we read about), and if we

are honest, sometimes by a lack of

motivation coupled with a desire for

things other than seeking the kingdom,


Take heart! Jesus is in the business of

rooting our hearts, “But since they have

no root, they last only a short time. When

trouble or persecution comes because of

the word, they quickly fall away” (Mark

4:17). Jesus enables us to receive his

life-giving words like seed sown in

good soil, bearing Spirit-fruit in every

situation. Just as we need his grace

for salvation, we need his daily grace

to grow in that salvation (read Titus

2:11). Perhaps that’s why Matthew,

Mark, and Luke all record the same

character-shaping event in the

Messiah’s life. I invite you to revisit a

familiar story with me to better grasp

the world as our King Jesus sees it and,

by the power of Immanuel, to be a

better disciple.

But first, I think it wise to take off

whatever glasses you are wearing.

What do I mean by that? Set aside

what you know (or think you know)

about this familiar passage. Now,

put on the trifocal lenses of Judaic-

Christian spectacles to see the narrative


The distance area of the lens is to

see the antecedents to this story in the

Hebrew Bible. The question to ask is,

‘What did this mean to Jesus?’

The intermediate area of the lens is

to see the story in the New Testament.

Here our query is, ‘What did this mean

to the disciples?’

The nearest area of the lens is to see

parallels to the story playing out in

our lives. What does this mean for

disciples with Jesus dwelling in them?

As we consider the testing of Jesus in

the wilderness, this article will look at

the big picture—the event as a whole—

by identifying the story’s essential

elements. If we were reading the

next act of a play, we would need to

know the literary perspective, context

and the characters to comprehend the

action in light of the plot.

1. The Narrator

Who is telling the story? On one

level the answer is obvious. Matthew

4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13 recount the

events in detail while Mark 1:12-

13 highlights it with characteristic

brevity. But who told the story to

them? Where did it originate? There

were no human eyewitnesses. Just

as Abraham described his offering

of Isaac, and as Jacob recounted his

wrestling at Jabbok, so Jesus shared his

experience with his disciples. They,

in turn, made it a staple in their postresurrection

teaching of what Messiah

Jesus was all about, “The reason the Son

of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s

work” (1 John 3:8).

Because everything the Master

does is strategic, we can be sure of at

least two reasons why he shared his

testimony. First, he wants us to know

what we are up against so that we will

be sober-minded and watchful because

our “adversary the devil prowls around

like a roaring lion, seeking someone to

devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Second, lest we

become overwhelmed by evil or preoccupied

with the enemy, he wants us

to know what we can expect from him,

“For we do not have a high priest who is

unable to sympathise with our weaknesses,

but one who in every respect has been

tempted as we are” (Hebrews 4:15).

2. The Context

BEFORE: Matthew, Mark and

Luke each place Jesus’ time of testing

directly after his immersion in the

river Jordan, under the watchful eye

of John the baptiser. As Jesus surfaces

the sky cracks, the Spirit-dove lands

on him, and the Father (YHWH)

speaks a two-part blessing over him.

“This is my beloved Son” (Luke 3:22a)

alludes to Psalm 2:7 which is a poetic

reflection on the messianic king (see

2 Samuel 7). “With whom I am well

pleased” (Luke 3:22b) echoes Isaiah 42:1

which is a prophetic summation of the

messianic kingdom as the great hope

of the Hebrew Bible. Luke explores

the depths of this holy exhortation by

strategically placing his genealogy of

Jesus here (Luke 3:23-38).

As we shall see in the action part of

our story, the Son learned to handle the

sword of the Spirit (which is the word

of God) from his Father’s example.

The struggle Jesus is about to face is

a fight for his relationship with God:

his word, reflecting his will, done in

his way. There is a powerful lesson

for disciples here. Expect resistance

when God is doing something new in

your life and when you attempt to do

something for God. As it was for our

leader, so it is for his followers, “all who

desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus

will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12).

AFTER: The three Gospel writers

also agree that this epic confrontation

inaugurates Jesus’ public ministry. His

words and works, as Mark reminds

us, were a proclamation of the good

news about God, “The time is fulfilled,

and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent

and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). In

Matthew’s Gospel, these wilderness

temptations, like Peter’s confession

of Christ (Messiah), result in a critical

turning point for Jesus. Matthew uses

a little phrase twice—“from that time

Jesus began”—to help us see the big

picture arrangement of his book. The

first use in Matthew 4:17 inaugurates

his ministry. The second in 16:21

initiates his passion.

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The victory Jesus wins in private

now unfolds in his public ministry.

Said another way, his suffering results

in his ability to relieve the suffering of

others. His desire was for the Father;

the Father desires to help the helpless.

“Not my will, but yours, be done” (Luke

22:42) is at the core of true spiritual

warfare. “Do nothing from selfish

ambition or conceit, but in humility count

others more significant than yourselves”

(Philippians 2:3). As it was for our

teacher, so it is for his students, “Count

it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when

you meet trials of various kinds, for

you know that the testing of your faith

produces steadfastness” (James 1:2).

3. The Characters

Fresh from his baptism and infilling,

Jesus walks onto the stage of this

cosmic drama led (compelled) by the

Father’s Spirit. Waiting for him is

Satan (the devil; the tempter). Both are

armed—the adversary with an arsenal

of lies, the Messiah with the word of

God. The battle will last forty days

and forty nights, a phrase significant

to the biblical mind (Genesis 7:4, Exodus

34:28). The fighting will be intense.

Emerging from the struggle famished

and exhausted, we witness the Son of

Man facing three archetypal testings,

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We are standing on holy ground, and

I cannot help but wonder if the early

Church pondered these things in light

of his resurrection and saw in them

a reversal of events in Eden. In that

garden the tempter went one-on-one

with a sated humanity, successfully

twisting the intent of YHWH’s words,

giving birth to sin and death through

disobedience. In this wilderness, a

starving Son of Man goes toe-to-toe

with that very same source of evil.

But this time we have a champion

who loves God without mixture!

His loyalty, evidenced by his use of

Scripture and subsequent obedience,

vanquishes the foe.

Slowly, steadily, through the pages

of the Gospels, the Messiah’s victory—

foretold from of old—moves toward

final fulfilment: his life defeats the

devil, his crucifixion conquers sin, his

resurrection destroys death. “Thus it

is written, ‘The first man Adam became

a living being’; the last Adam became a

life-giving spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:45).

All of this is at work in the life of the

King’s subjects, “We know that we have

passed out of death into life because we

love” (1 John 3:14).

Many in our age of science and

technology dismiss Jesus’ view of

reality as simplistic, even primitive.

For those of us intentionally discipling

ourselves to him, it is profound truth

pictured in ways that enlighten and

empower. Growing in our salvation

means following him into the

wilderness of the human condition to

do battle, armed with the knowledge

“that we are from God, and the whole

world lies in the power of the evil one” (1

John 5:19). With a close and careful

reading of his experience, our training

begins. We know who and what we

are fighting against, and for whom

and what we are fighting. The next

question is, ‘How do we fight this

good fight of faith?’

4. The Action

We are ready to enter this scene and

watch the action develop in detail.

Unfortunately, that will have to wait

until the next edition of In Touch

magazine. In the meantime, I challenge

you to ponder these important

questions. Is there a difference between

temptation and testing? If yes, what is

the difference? What Old Testament

figures faced temptation or testing in

the wilderness? How does Matthew’s

account differ from Luke? Why do

you think that is? If you send me your

thoughts, I will make sure to read


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Did the Exodus story as written in the Bible really happen? According to most scholars today, the answer

is a resounding “no.” Many would say it is just a myth, a fairy tale. Shaken by these opinions, Mahoney

decides to tackle this issue with a deliberate scientific approach. After identifying key details in the biblical

text, he embarks on a 12-year journey across the globe, travelling to the very locations the biblical events

are said to have happened to see firsthand whether there is evidence for the Exodus or not.

After interviewing some of the world’s leading archaeologists, he comes to a profound question: What if

the experts have been looking for evidence in the wrong time period? The result is one of the most revealing

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conclusions about an amazing pattern of evidence and what it might mean for today.

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There is a kind of inherited madness that affects many people. It clouds their thinking, stimulates their

emotions and often provokes them into action. It’s a madness because there is no logic in it, no single

justification for it, yet it speaks with a sinister elegance, often with disastrous consequences. It goes by the

name of anti-Semitism described as ‘the longest hatred’.

The purpose of this little book is to expose the layers of hatred, as if peeling an onion, to shed light on the

variety of aspects, scenarios and environments that this hatred has infiltrated right through to this day.

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David Soakell

Are you the

missing link?

As you will be aware,

in December 2017 US

President Donald Trump

made an announcement that

rocked the world. ‘Trump was

moving the US Embassy from

Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital city –


However the world appeared

to disapprove; the Western Media

reported the issue with very negative

tones, and both Hamas and the PLO

called for a ‘greater intifada’ against

Israel over the Jerusalem status. For

those of us who ‘represent’ Christians

who are called to be ‘friends of Israel‘

and the Jewish people, the challenge

seems to have gone up another level.

This is not an easy calling.

Many throughout the world - and

specifically within the Islamic Middle

East - have declared that Jerusalem and

the Temple Mount is only historically

‘Islamic’ and that this city has little,

if anything, to do with Israel. Even

the United Nations and UNESCO

have agreed with this in their voting

and constant condemnation of Israel.

But what of the Church? Surely

the Christian Church should stand

with Israel and know of the biblical

and historic connections of Israel to

Jerusalem? After all, Jerusalem has

always been the focus of longing for

Diaspora Jews who were forced from

their land.

Psalm 137 is the well-known lament

of the Babylonian Jews who wept “by

the rivers of Babylon” and declared, “If

I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right

hand forget its skill” (Psalm 137:5).

Jews of all backgrounds are familiar

with the phrase “le-shanah ha-ba’ah

bi-Yerushalayim,” “Next year in

Jerusalem.” It makes two appearances

annually in Jewish liturgy: at the

conclusion of the Passover Seder and

at the conclusion of the Ne’ilah service

of Yom Kippur. And of course the

Bible is full of promises regarding

Jerusalem. Jerusalem (or Zion) is first

referred to as “the place which the Lord

your God chooses” (20 times) until the

designation changes to Jerusalem,

which itself occurs 811 times, plus

161 times as Zion, a total of 972 times.

[However it is not mentioned once in

the Koran!]

It is abundantly clear that God chose

Jerusalem. “... Jerusalem, the city the

Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of

Israel to put his Name” (1 Kings 14:21).

“This is what the Lord Almighty says, ‘My

towns will again overflow with prosperity,

and the Lord will again comfort Zion and

choose Jerusalem’” (Zechariah 1:17). So

how is it that 80% of the church knows

little about this? This is one reason

why CFI need Church Links and

Regional Links. We need to get the

message out to our brothers and sisters

in the Lord.

Currently we have thirty-five Church

Links around the UK, many are very

active. We also have Regional Links

(replacing the Area Representatives)

of whom there are fourteen. Our

Regional Links are listed below.

Philip Aitchison: Scottish Borders

Paul Hayes: Edinburgh

Audrey Lee: Glasgow

Donald MacDougall: Perthshire

Elspeth Masson: Scotland North

Julie Archer: Durham & Tees Valley

Sharn Asbridge: North Wales

Are you being called by God to

stand in the gap and be a Church Link

or a Regional Link for CFI? I once read

that God gives his vision to those who

are good stewards. God is looking for

stewards who will manage his plans

well, even in the face of opposition,

frustration, impatience, or even

spiritual attack. As we follow God’s

timeline, we may experience anxious

moments and frustration while we

wait for God’s plan to unfold. Satan

will tempt us to bypass God’s timeline

and question God’s direction. Yet God

entrusts his vision to those he knows

will persevere through criticism,

seasons of waiting, and spiritual


God also gives his vision to those

who are faithful in small things. He

will give greater vision to those who

are being faithful with what is already

in their charge. The Bible teaches

us that this is how God rewards his

faithful servants. “You have been faithful

with a few things; I will put you in charge

of many things” (Matthew 25:21-23).

Is God calling you? The good news

is that it is never too late to start

seeking God’s vision. We are always

at the right point in our lives to decide

to honour God and to delight in him.

Do pray for all our Regional Links

and Church Links throughout 2018.

And if you believe God is calling you,

then please contact me as the CFI UK

Liaison Officer:

REGIONALINK Who’s where...?

Moira Dare-Edwards: Essex

Matt & Immy Elwick: Wiltshire

Caroline Geuter: South West Midlands

David Walker: West Midlands

Judy Johnson: Dorset area

Martin & Julia West: South West

Glynis Brookes: York & area

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An oasis of care for all peoples

Laniado Hospital, Israel, was built as a life-affirming

response to the devastation of the Holocaust. It is a

testimony to the determination of one remarkable

survivor, Rabbi Yekutiel Halberstam, also known as the

‘Klausenberger Rebbe’.

He lost his wife, eleven children, and most of his devoted

followers in Auschwitz. He remained true to his faith and

principles throughout, serving as their source of hope

in their darkest hours. It was during the death march

to Dachau in 1945, when faced with what might have

been his final moment, that he made this promise: If he

survived the war, he would build a hospital.

Why a hospital? Because hospitals are predicated on

the value of every human. A place where people matter,

where kindness and compassion dictate every action.

Where life is celebrated and suffering is eased. 30 years

on, 8,400 babies are born in Laniado Hospital each year.

They are each a testament to the sanctity of life and to

the spirit of man. The hospital treats all people, Jews,

Christians and Muslims alike regardless of their belief or

ability to pay. This ethos is the life-blood of Laniado and

permeates every aspect of its operation. In fact, Laniado

is known as a ‘Centre for Healing’.

The Hospital Laniado is a full-scale medical campus

serving close to 450,000 people in the region with the

highest level of medical care. It also comprises a nursing

school, two geriatric-care centres, and a ground-breaking

medical research department.

Why Netanya? The Rabbi chose Netanya, on the

Northwestern coast, to build his dream. It is a mainly

secular town, with no previous connection to his

hassidic court. The reason was that Netanya is situated

at a point in Israel where less than 12 miles separate the

West Bank from the Mediterranean, making it vulnerable

to aggression and critical to the survival of the State

of Israel. A hospital built on love of humanity, he was

known to say, would provide the entire area with spiritual

protection from any possible threats.

Klausenberger Rebbe

With Compassion, Hope,

Help and Courage


Here in the UK, our donors feel a real connection to Laniado. They visit frequently, and gain tremendous

pleasure from seeing their giving make a real difference. They see peace and tranquility in its hallways,

dedication and compassion from its medical staff, and loyalty and commitment from its executive.

We share the Laniado vision, giving our supporters the opportunity to purchase specific equipment and

thereby partnering with Laniado’s medical team to help people and to change lives. 1 st Quarter 2018 • IN TOUCH 7


The Balfour 100

Celebration 2017

Julia Soakell

What an amazing, moving and inspiring

evening we had at the Royal Albert Hall on

Tuesday 7 th November 2017, when many of us

travelled from various parts of the UK to join with the

Jewish community, Gentiles and Christian believers

who felt deep within them a need for solidarity and

witness to commemorate the centenary of the Balfour

Declaration of 2nd November 1917, which paved the

way for the rebirth of the State of Israel.

Two coaches of CFI staff, volunteers and supporters,

subsidised by CFI, travelled from Eastbourne and various

pick up points in the north of England, to be there in the

beautiful and majestic Royal Albert Hall. Those present saw

and heard of the incredible events, the key people and the

circumstances which brought about the return of the Jewish

people – a nation reborn and a language revived.

As Reuven Rivlin (President of Israel) says in his opening

letter in the commemorative brochure (available from CFI):

“the Balfour Declaration paved the way to the historic vote

of the United Nations thirty years later... and in turn to the

declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel in

1948 and the renewed sovereignty of our people over our

homeland after two thousand years of exile. But equally

important, it was an expression of the shared values and

deep friendship between the Jewish people and members of

the Christian community, who saw the return of the Jewish

people to the land of Israel as a sign of the eternal bond

between God and his people. Lord Balfour together with so

many other British Christian leaders throughout the years

contributed greatly, and continue to do so much for the

Jewish people and the State of Israel. As we mark this historic

anniversary, we salute you in gratitude.”

The evening began with the promises seen in Genesis

12 and 15 and the historic narrative, powerfully and

professionally acted out in portrayals of the Christian leaders

of the 19 th century. They told of their own heartfelt belief

of the prophesied restoration of the nation of Israel to their

homeland. We heard from Spurgeon (with Bible in hand),

Bishop J.C. Ryle, Theodore Herzl and Revd William Hechler

– it was both a stirring and moving beginning and set the

tone of the evening perfectly. Other highlights included:

• A declaration of praise as more than 4,000 people sang the

words of Psalm 149 – ‘O Praise ye the Lord’.

• A solo by Caleb Alalade of Father’s Heart Ministry of ‘Great

is thy faithfulness’ with a new verse added for the occasion,

accompanied by two superb choirs.

• Dances by the Israel Dance Institute accompanied by Shir

Klezner Ensemble portraying Jewish life in the villages of 19 th

century Russia and Eastern Europe.

• A powerful portrayal of Lord Arthur Balfour and Chaim

Weismann, “partners in this great enterprise,” as they

discussed the prospect of a Jewish homeland; and the reading of

the Declaration by the present Lord Balfour.

• The amazing events of 31 st October 1917 (500 years since the

start of the Reformation) and their timing that combined with

the actual Declaration, as recounted by David Schmidt and

Kelvin Crombie.

It was important, even in the celebration of this prophetic

and momentous document, that we also acknowledged that

having been chosen as a Cyrus nation, Britain reneged on

this agreement when it failed to uphold the partnership so

honourably made in 1917.

We saw that the future of our alignment with Israel as a

nation and people rests with our younger generation. There

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is a great need for the Church to recognise God’s promise

made to Abraham “I will bless those who bless you” (Genesis

12:3) and its continued relevance today. A beautifullyworded

promise was made by dozens of ‘millennial’

Christians pledging their ongoing love and support for Israel

and the Jewish people.

The Nigerian Redeemed Church of God choir, representing

the black majority churches of Britain, who almost without

exception support the Jewish people and land of Israel, sang

two beautiful songs – including ‘Make A Way’ by Travis

Greene. Other inspiring pieces were from Brenda Taylor and

her daughter Juliet Dawn.

As David Soakell reflected in his Watching over Zion

News Report*, “For me there were four accounts where

emotions got the better of me. I listened in perfect stillness

to renowned violinist Serguei Popov play his touching

rendition of Schindler’s List main theme. I watched with

pride as my son joined the many young Christians of today’s

generation on stage declaring their support of Israel. And we

almost lifted the roof off with a wonderful rendition of ‘O

praise ye the Lord!’ while ending with the Hatikvah. With

Jews and Christians under one roof – this was indeed a great


Memories will remain for a lifetime for all who attended

– so many were privileged to share something so unique

and such an inspiring testimony to the glory of God. As we

worshipped with thousands of others in the beauty of the

Royal Albert Hall, it seemed a foreshadowing of Heaven.

As we look to participate in the Holocaust Memorial Day

on 27 th January 2018, let us remember that even with the

Balfour Declaration, history shows the appalling loss of

hundreds of thousands of Jewish people who were prevented

from immigrating during the Nazi era in Europe to what was

at the time called Palestine under the British Mandate, and

because of that died in the Holocaust. May we be stirred to

remember and never let the next generation forget.

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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.

For an inheritance to be acquired, someone has

to die. “Where a will is, there must of necessity

be the death of the one who made it” (Hebrews

9:16). The firstborn of all creation, Jesus, willingly

died in our place to obtain an inheritance for us. But

what actually is our inheritance? How and when can

it be accessed?

Jesus received judgment on our behalf so that we can

receive blessing: an eternal inheritance. “If you belong to

Messiah, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to

promise” (Galatians 3:29). If we have been born again, then

it is, “into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This

inheritance is kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4). Unlike a

standard inheritance, our inheritance in Christ can never be

diminished or destroyed. We experience a foretaste of this

inheritance during our earthly lives, and then forever in

eternity with God. Our heavenly Father echoes the words of

the forgiving father to his older son found in Luke’s Gospel,

“you are always with me, and everything I have is yours” (Luke


Some say there is no need for a Christian to do anything

to fully access their inheritance in Christ and to walk in

the fullness of his blessings in this lifetime, because Christ

has already done it all. But is that really what the Bible


The original biblical Hebrew words on this topic are

fascinating. There are two words from two different families

of root letters. It is worth taking notice when words on the

same topic come from different root word families, as the

Hebrew language usually sources such words from the

same root letters—but not on the topic of inheritance! The

main ‘noun’ used to describe the actual thing promised—

the inheritance—is one that indicates that the inheritance

is gifted and not earned ‏.(‏nachalah‏)נַחֲלָה It is used 223

times in the Tanakh, over half of which refer to land as a

gift. The ‘verb’ used is ‏ָרַ‏ ‏ׁש (yarash), י sometimes translated

as “to possess” or “to inherit”, an action verb indicating

“to actively drive out, to dispossess the enemy in order

to obtain possession.” It is used 231 times in the Hebrew

Bible, usually relating to military action. One always has to

actively take the gifted inheritance, not passively receive it.

What is our inheritance in Christ?

Sons, not orphans or slaves, are eligible to receive an

inheritance. “Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and

if a son, then an heir through God” (Galatians 4:7). We inherit

eternal life starting from the moment we are born again.

But God’s generosity does not stop there. We also inherit

redemption, freedom from sin, reconciliation with God,

the possibility for shalom in all areas of our lives, purpose,

Jesus’ authority as his ambassadors, and all the promises of

God found in the Bible. God truly bestows grace upon grace

to his children.

We were debtors destined for death and eternal separation

from God, but, in the most astounding transaction of all time,

נַחֲלָה Inheritance


Jesus bought us back from the dominion of darkness with

his precious blood in order to transfer us to his kingdom of

light and life. “And you also were included in Messiah when you

heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you

believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy

Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the

redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his

glory” (Ephesians 1:12-14)

Jesus inherited everything from the Father, and he has

passed on to us the eligibility to partake in this family

inheritance (see John 16:15; John 1:12; Romans 8:16-17). We

have a share in everything that belongs to God if we are

born again into his kingdom. He desires us to know what

is ours and he does not want to hold anything back, “For as

many as are the promises of God, they all find their ‘Yes’ (answer)

in him (Jesus)” (2 Corinthians 1:20 - Amplified).

Our inheritance includes the ability to share in God’s

very nature, character, and authority. “For by these he has

granted to us his precious and magnificent promises, so that by

them you may become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter

1:4). This promised inheritance helps to sustain us with

hope throughout a lifetime of joys, suffering, and trials: “As

we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are

unseen” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

Insights from Joshua and the Promised Land

The children of Israel were given the land of Israel as

an inheritance, but as they stood at the Jordan River, they

had not yet appropriated their inheritance. They had a

legal right to the land promised to them, but they had

not experientially taken hold of it yet. That was going to

necessitate obedience to the Lord in actual battles (according

to the Lord’s guidance and help). “So Moses swore on that day,

saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden will be a

nachalah to you and to your children forever, because you have

followed the Lord my God fully’” (Joshua 14:9). “So Joshua took

the entire land, just as the Lord had directed Moses, and he gave it

as a nachalah to Israel according to their tribal divisions. Then the

land had rest from war” (Joshua 11:23).

Eleven of the twelve tribes are given specific portions of

the land of Israel as their inheritance, but the tribe of the

Levites are not given land as their possession. Rather the

Lord himself promised to be their inheritance. “That is why

the Levites have no share or nachalah among their fellow Israelites;

the Lord is their nachalah, as the Lord your God told them”

(Deuteronomy 10: 9, see also Numbers 18:20).

Amazingly God says that the people of Israel are his

inheritance! “For the Lord’s portion is his people, Jacob his

allotted nachalah” (Deuteronomy 32: 9; see also 9:29).

The Jewish people are gifted the land, but Joshua and his

army have to go to battle to possess it. They have to displace

the enemy who occupies the territory. “But I said to you, ‘You

will possess (yarash) their land; I will give it to you to possess

(yarash) it, a land flowing with milk and honey.’ I am the Lord

your God, who has set you apart from the nations” (Leviticus


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Implications for Believers

In Luke’s Gospel a lawyer puts Jesus to the test by asking:

“Rabbi, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25).

But is this lawyer asking the wrong question? His question

suggests we can obligate God by our actions to reward us

with eternal life. The truth is there is nothing anyone can

do to inherit eternal life. So why do we often act as if our

good deeds do indeed obligate God? Or behave as if our

sinful mistakes might wipe out God’s generous gifts? Does

a son and heir need to strive to earn his already promised


The Bible clearly asserts that we join in an epic battle when

we join God’s kingdom. We must put on the full armour

that he provides in order to fight effectively against the

enemy (see Ephesians 6:10-20).

How should it change our attitude and perspective

towards life to realise that we are co-heirs with Christ, not

based on our own merit, but on the righteousness of Jesus

and the generosity and mercy of his Father? Does a co-heir

to the kingdom of God need to feel helpless or hopeless?

Does a co-heir need to stress about money or be focused on

storing-up treasures on earth? Such unfathomable riches,

provision and blessings are ours in Christ! But the greatest

inheritance is to know the Lord himself, as the Levites


Your inheritance is like a beautiful gift dropped on your

doorstep with your name on it. You could leave it there

and technically it would still be yours. Or you could pick

it up, unwrap it, read the instructions, assemble the gift that

you have been given, and make use of it! There can be a

big difference between what God is willing to give us and

what we are willing to receive (or take possession of). Read

Deuteronomy 28-31! Is your full share in the inheritance

sitting dormant until you step up and do what God asks?

“Go into the inheritance I have given you and occupy it.”

To walk in the fullness of our inheritance in Christ we

must believe his truth, obey his commands and take hold

of his promises. Then for us, to live will be Christ and to

die will be gain. “The boundary lines have fallen for me in

pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance (nachalah)”

(Psalm 16:6).

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:

or at:

Resources 2018 call: 01323 410 810

IT IS NO DREAM - The Life of Theodor Herzl

Narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, this DVD documentary examines the life of the well-known journalist and

playwright, who against all the odds took upon himself the task of attempting to create a Jewish homeland in

what was then Ottoman-ruled Palestine - becoming the father of the modern State of Israel.

The film follows Herzl as he meets with kings, prime ministers, ambassadors, a sultan, a pope and government

ministers from Constantinople to St. Petersburg, Paris to Berlin, Vienna to Vilna, London to Basel, in his

quest to build a Jewish nation.

D124 // 97 mins // DVD // £14.00 (incl. UK p&p)

BALFOUR 100 Partners in this Great Enterprise

The return of the Jewish people to their historic Homeland is of global significance. The nation of Israel has

been re-born and their language revived. No other people in world history can compare.

Issued at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2017, this colour brochure brilliantly commemorates and

celebrates the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, which paved the way for the rebirth of the State of

Israel. The 58 pages include features and articles all of which review and comment on the last 70 years

since 1948, highlighting some of the practical good work going on in the land. A limited edition, they are

available on a first-come first-served basis.

M27 // size A4 // 58 pages // £7.00 (incl. UK p&p)

POSITION PAPER The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation (thinc)

Are the Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under International Law?

It is often claimed by the media and many UN policy documents that the ‘Israeli settlements’ in the West

Bank and East Jerusalem are in violation of international law. This report reviews the main legal and

factual arguments associated with this claim and concludes that such simplistic characterisations are

biased and unfounded under international law.

The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation (thinc) advocates for unbiased, reasonable and nondiscriminatory

application of international law and the rule of law to all states and peoples.

M26 // size A4 // 52 pages // £8.00 (incl. UK p&p) 1 st Quarter 2018 • IN TOUCH 11

CFI Jerusalem - Celebration Conference 2018

Ray & Sharon Sanders Chris Mitchell Jonathan Spyer Rick Ridings David Nekrutman Danny Ayalon

Christians from around the world will be coming to Jerusalem in celebration of Israel’s 70th Birthday! Stacey, Kevin and the CFI Jerusalem

team have put together an amazing line-up of guest speakers, awesome music and outings including a BBQ in the park, experiencing the

IDF Air Show, evening fireworks and lots and lots of dancing and laughter. You’ll celebrate as only Israelis can! CFI is a ministry of

solidarity and reconciliation. What better way to show your love and support for this nation, and her people, than to praise the God of Israel

with his people on this very special occasion?



Monday, April 16th

3–7pm - Registration

7pm - Speaker Session with the Israeli Dance Team

Tuesday, April 17th

9am - Morning speaker sessions

2pm - Afternoon excursion: Yad Hashmona: Biblical

Tour and Dinner

7pm - Evening Speaker Sessions

Wednesday, April 18th

9am - Morning Speaker Sessions

1pm - Afternoon Speaker Sessions

6pm - Evening excursion to City Centre to join Israeli

celebrations in Jerusalem: street parties, dancing,

fireworks, food, street performances, etc.

Thursday, April 19th

9am - Morning Speaker Sessions

12pm - Afternoon excursion: BBQ to Celebrate

Independence Day with thousands of Israelis and Air

Force Show

5pm - Finale Banquet Dinner and Speaker Sessions



Book now:

Pricing per person for Gold and Platinum options includes:

Accommodation at all hotels, tips to guide, drivers and hotels, porterage, all

meals mentioned, and entrances to all locations mentioned above.

Does not include: flights, visas, insurance, lunches (except where mentioned

on booking), and any services not mentioned above. Please include room

share request, if we are unable to pair you as a room share, you will be

responsible to pay at the single occupancy rate.

Your hosts Kevin and Stacey warmly invite you to attend

the CFI Jerusalem conference and

consider joining the post-conference tour

Friday 20th – Thursday 26 April, 2018

CFI Jerusalem

Post-Conference Tour Schedule*

Friday, 20th April

Yad Vashem, CFI Project Forsake Them Not, Machane Yehuda Market,

Western Wall, Overnight in Ein Gedi or Jerusalem.

Saturday, 21st April

Qasr El Yahud, Masada, Kalia Beach, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea, Kfar

Hanokdim Bedouin Experience and camel ride.

Sunday, 22nd April

Sde Boker, Biblical Beer Sheva, Salad Trail, Sderot, CFI Project: Under

His Wings and Communities Under Attack, Overnight in Netanya.

Tuesday, 24 April

Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha Church, Capernaum, St. Peter’s Fish,

Boat ride across the Sea of Galilee, Gan Hashlosha, Overnight in


Wednesday, 25th April

Kibbutz in Galilee, CFI Project David’s Shield, Banias, HaGoshrim, Mt.

Bental, Overnight in Galilee region.

Thursday, 26th April

Old Jaffa, Abrage Restaurant and Farewell Lunch with Kevin and

Stacey, Transfers to airport.

*both schedules subject to minor changes

Price options per person (Flight NOT included)

BASIC All Conference Speaker Sessions • Excursions and Festivities with Transportation •

Excursion Dinner 4/17 • Finale Banquet Dinner 4/19

$349 (£260*)

Sharing room

Single room

GOLD Includes Basic Package • Accommodations at Yehuda Hotel Check-in: 4/16 – Check-out 4/20

• Breakfast & Dinners at Hotel Yehuda Jerusalem

$849 (£630*) $1249 (£930*)

PLAT Includes Gold Package • Accommodations from 4/16 – 4/26 at various locations • 6.5 Days

of Touring Israel

$2249 (£1660*) $2949 (£2180*)

*Approximate UK £ conversion as a guide only

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