There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission – a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment he finds greatness. It is his finest hour! Winston Churchill
God raised up Winston Churchill for the hour in which he lived. Europe and the Western world were facing an evil and formidable foe, Adolf Hitler.
Just as the Nazi’s targeted the Jews in Europe for annihilation, today anti-Semitism is spreading globally at an alarming rate. That was never more evident than in 2018 with the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre, the anti-Semitic content published in textbooks and instructional materials and the growing violence against Jewish students on college campuses.
Proclaim this to the nations, prepare for war… Joel 9:3
As 2018 draws to a close, I look back at what we've accomplished because of your partnership and participation in our global mission to educate and activate Christians, Jews and all people of conscience to stand against the rise of the global hatred of anti-Semitism.
As a result of our global outreach through the broadcast of our award-winning program Focus On Israel, on DAYSTAR and GOD-TV, PJTN's achievements have included:
- The launching of our first International PJTN Chapter in South Africa in 2019
- Celebrated as Ohio became the 12th state to adopt Tennessee's anti-BDS resolution
- Launching the "Ignite the Torch for the Next Generation" initiative to inspire the next generation of media and communication students to take this critical message to their generation.
However, as we look forward to 2019 and the challenges it will bring in fighting this age-old hatred, we are faced with a shortfall of $147,000 as the final days of 2018 approach. That it is why I am contacting you today.
“Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie. Above they deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by…”
As Christians pause to sing songs of remembrances of Bethlehem during this season, they recall symbols of mangers and shepherds watching their flocks on the Judean hills. Unfortunately, the Bethlehem of today is a much less peaceful scene.
Bethlehem is now home to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and “Christ At The Checkpoint,” a conference chaired by the PA’s “Higher Committee For Christian Affairs.” Their distorted message: “The Israeli government is giving the green light to the army and to the settlers to continue the acts of attacking and killing the Palestinian people, in particular women and children.” Their perspective is decidedly a skewed Palestinian Liberation Theology teaching that God severed His Covenant with Israel and the Jewish people, replacing them in this case with Palestinians. According to this false doctrine, Jesus was not a Jew, but a Palestinian.
As we gather in this season, Bibles are once again opened to re-read the wonderful account in Luke (Luke 1:33) where we find the age-old story of the Angel Gabriel visiting Mary (Miriam) to inform her that she will bear a son. The angel goes on to declare that her son will reign over the House of Jacob (Israel) forever.
Fast forward to our generation, and you will hear Christians standing up to give the argument that Jesus wasn't Jewish. How can this ignorance exist?
How can anyone overlook Luke 2:21 where we are told that Mary and Joseph circumcised Jesus and gave him his name on the eighth day, as is commanded in the Torah?
Or how can they ignore in Luke 2:22-24 where we are told that after the days of Mary's purification, according to the Torah, they were to present him in the Temple in Jerusalem to the LORD and they were to offer a sacrifice of two turtle doves?
Jesus lived His life as a Jew.
In this special season, reminders of God’s special covenant with Israel surround us.
As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus next week, many pastors will be preaching from the pulpits about that miraculous birth and the events surrounding it.
As the story in the book of Luke recounts, we are once again reminded of the biblical evidence of Israel's rights to her ancient homeland. It’s a right that many so-called Christian leaders in Bethlehem and around the world refuse to recognize, choosing to ignore the documented evidence:
In Luke Chapter 1:5, it is written, "In the days of Herod, the king of Judea. . ."
Herod ruled over Judea, not the West Bank
In Luke 2:4, "Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem. . ." into Judea, not the West Bank
Yet, even the prophet Micah in 5:2 foretold that this historic event would occur in Bethlehem Ephrathah in Judea.
As you’ve probably noticed, the power of the dollar isn’t what it used to be…
In this season of gift giving, how will you choose to spend your $1…?
- In Los Angeles—$1 will buy you 10 minutes of parking time on the meter while you shop.
- You can buy a $1 coffee at McDonald's to warm you up in the Midwest.
- One song can brighten your shopping rounds for $1 at iTunes.
- A downloadable book can be sent your way as a stocking stuffer for $1 from Kindle.
At PJTN, each $1 buys an important share in our global broadcast time.
Your $1 investment in Focus On Israel gives you a guaranteed portion of the blessing God promises in His word to “bless those that bless Israel.”
As seen by the successes we have had in 2018, PJTN is an organization for “a time such as this” – when the call to support Israel and the Jewish people against the rise of anti-Semitism both in America and around the world, has never been more desperately needed.
I am “at ground zero” today in Ohio to bring you the good news that the Ohio House of Representatives has today followed the Senate’s lead in passing HCR10 – it’s a landmark day for PJTN’s two year campaign to educate, advocate and raise awareness for this important piece of legislation which condemns the anti-Semitic BDS movement in the state of Ohio.
Working to create awareness in Ohio—as in the other 11 states that already passed similar legislation—has enabled PJTN to create a strong coalition of like-minded citizens and grassroots supporters who share our mission. We used the two years to educate Ohio and its citizens on the meaning of the essential goodness of Israel; the danger posed by the BDS Movement to the rights and safety of Ohio’s Jewish students and their Christian allies on campus; Overall, awareness was brought to the dangers posed by BDS to the continuation of free speech on campus – a threat if left unchecked poses the potential extinction of First Amendment rights.
In this the season of gift giving, do you know that if you shop at Amazon online, your every wrapped package could be a “gift” to PJTN?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to donate to PJTN every time you shop online, and at no cost to you. We are one of the family of 501(C) 3 charities who can be designated to receive a donation every time you shop at Amazon.
It’s as simple as accessing Amazon through their special charitable giving link at PJTN.org/amazon and designating “Proclaiming Justice To The Nations” as the charity you would like to support. The special “smile link” will take you to the same Amazon site you are familiar with and to the same wish list, wedding and baby registry and other account settings you are already using. It will cost you nothing and will benefit us greatly. The AmazonSmile Foundation will set aside 0.5% of all purchases specially earmarked through the “smile” link and if you list us as your charity of choice—Amazon will make a donation to PJTN made possible by you.
As last night marked in Jewish homes and gatherings around the world the joyful lighting of the first of the eight candles of the menorah, so we began the eight day celebration known as the “festival of lights.” It’s a cherished and honored time that yearly recalls God’s faithfulness to the Maccabees to work miracles in the preservation of His Chosen People.
The light of Chanukah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, emanates from the successive ceremonial lighting of the candles of the menorah on each of the holiday’s eight nights. They are ignited as symbols of hope and in remembrance of miracles in a time of darkness. The menorah has eight main branches—plus the raised ninth lamp set apart as the “shamash” (servant) light which is used to kindle the other lights.