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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

...if I perish, I perish....

(I wrote this post in 2014.  Since that time, since the recent terrorist attacks, the French Jews are now making Aliyah (moving) by the hundreds, possible thousands, to Israel.  Thus my reason for reposting while I finish my recent post.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.)
WWII ship, MS Restoration, at sea

...and who knoweth whether thou art come
to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Esther 4:14

ON A SERIOUS NOTE:
Have you ever wondered why you are living now
rather than in the 1800's, the 1900's, or earlier?  
I have.
Personally, I'm glad I didn't have to wear those long, bulky skirts, wash my laundry by hand, and walk fifty feet to an outhouse.
(oh my, I just realized that there are those who still
do the above...hope I didn't offend anyone!)  
  
Lately, however, another thought has crossed my mind.  
God has called me to live in these last days for a purpose.  
For such a time as this.

WWII ship MS Restoration
FLASHBACK:
God planted a love for Israel in Rob's heart 
in the early '70's when he lived on the West Bank.
God planted a love for Israel in my heart 
in 1991 when I was in Bible school in Sweden.

Rob and I were volunteers on the
MS Restoration for fourteen months in 1994-95.  
This old WWII ship was put in moth balls 
by the government after WW2. 
Why?
For such a time as this.  

Together, we transported Russian Jews 
from Sochi, Russia to Haifa, Israel.
Seattle, WA to Stockholm, Sweden;
Shoreham, England to Athens, Greece;
Black Sea to Israel
He protected us on our entire journey 
and among the nations
through which we traveled.  Joshua 24:17

We stand with Israel

Whether or not you believe the Bible, 
you only have to watch the news or read the newspapers
to see a rising in anti-Semitism.  
Thousands of Jews all over the world 
have begun their journey (aliyah) to Israel.

We don't have the full picture yet, 
but God's Word predicts certain events 
shall begin to take place in Israel in the last days.
Don't take my word for it; 
read God's Word for yourself.

I KNOW ONE THING:
I have been created for such a time as this 
to take a stand for Israel.
And like Esther declared, 
if I perish, I perish 
(Esther 4:7)

When Esther was asked to go before the king
to save the Jewish people,
she had to make a decision:
Put her life on the line, 
or keep quiet and live.
We don't know what would have happened 
if she had said no to the request, 
but she said YES,
and the Jews were saved.

LESSON:
Is this YOUR moment? -- If it is, then don't miss it! 

QUESTION:
Do you want God's blessings or curses?
I made my decision in 1992; 
Hope you will too.

I will bless them that bless thee,
and curse him that curseth thee...
Genesis 12:3
I Will Stand with Israel Ralley
Charleston, SC 2012

Read the book of Esther, a very inspiring story of adventure and making right decisions.

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