The feast of Purim recalls the time when a beautiful young orphan queen known as Esther saved her people from annihilation in ancient Persia.
Her identity as a Jew was a secret at the time of her accession to the throne as the potential for anti-Semitism was so great that the Bible’s account of her heroics only mentions God in code.
But when her guardian, Morcedai, alerted her to Haman’s genocidal plot against all the Jews in an empire stretching from India to Egypt, he challenged her with these words: “If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4.14)
She knew it would be dangerous to approach the king without being summoned but, just as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego risked the fiery furnace rather than compromise their faith, Esther too bit the bullet, defiantly declaring: “If I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4.16)
Is it not time for the church to stand up for the Jews as Esther did? The church in Germany were, for the most part, silent as they watched Hitler’s anti-Semitic cancer spread.
Thankfully, para-church organisations like Christian Friends of Israel, representing thousands of individual Christians, have until now played the part of Mordecai in their attempt to alert the church to the dangers.
October 09 – 24, 2019 Hosted by Martin Weatherston
The Feast of Tabernacles is a time-honoured season for God’s people to go up to Jerusalem. It is the greatest of three ‘pilgrim festivals’ the children of Israel were commanded to attend (Lev. 23:39-47). Yeshua would have kept this Feast every year of His earthly life (John10:2-53). It is an ‘appointed time’ not only for generations of Jewish people but for all generations of His people – including those yet to come in the Millenium (Zech.14: 16-19 & Rev.21:3) Our WJAS Tour has been designed to enable you to experience the liturgical richness of this biblical festival not just as a tourist but as a pilgrim. It is not only an appointed time but an anointed time to celebrate the Feast together with Jewish and Christian believers from all over the world. This action on your part will be prophetic of the fullness of the Gentiles which will lead, in turn, to all Israel being saved (Romans 11;25,26). For more details, visit….https://www.cmj-israel.org/sites/default/files/uploads/Weatherston%202019.pdf
Martin Weatherston: The Church, Israel & the Jewish People
Christine Sakakibara Session 2
PERTH SEMINAR AT 79A ROBINSON AVENUE BELMONT Friday 5 June 7:00 – 9:30pm Session 1 Christine Sakakibara Saturday 6 June 10:00 – 12:00pm Session 2 Christine Sakakibara Saturday 6 June 1:00 – 2:30 pm Session 3 Martin Weatherston (CMJ) Saturday 6 June 2:30 – 4:00 pm Session 4 Christine Sakakibara LUNCH: Tea & Coffee will be available: BYO Food. A love offering will be taken for the speakers. Christine was born in Australia, but she is a true Jerusalemite having lived in Israel for just on 40 years, with all of her five children being born in Jerusalem. Living through wars and terror, she can testify to the saving power of God shielding and healing her loved ones on many occasions. Christine is a keen observer of international news and writes regular prayer updates about the ongoing Middle East situation. She has a “ministry of helps” as detailed in 1 Corinthians 12:28.
Christine’s speaking ministry extends into the UK, USA, Singapore and Australia. Her messages are seasoned with a unique sense of humour, while also providing a practical approach to intercession…… ‘praying for the peace of Jerusalem’. Four of her children have served in the Israeli Army, and her youngest daughter is currently employed as an officer in the Air Force. This has brought Christine into close contact with bereaved families and grieving soldiers resulting in her having developed a deep understanding of the mental financial and physical struggles that these young people and their families endure.
The Narkis Street Congregation in West Jerusalem is Christine’s home Church where she serves on the leadership team, and where she is also a frequent speaker as well as being active in their social outreach programs.