Monday, March 11, 2013

Letter to Pastors

March 8, 2013

Dear Pastors:

This morning in our daily Bible reading together, the BRIDE OF MY YOUTH and I read four chapters from the book of Job, one of which was Chapter 19. Of particular treasure to this ole man in that chapter are verse 25-27.

Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

The Redeemer whom Job knew that his eyes would see was HE described in Isaiah 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

HE is our KINSMAN-REDEEMER. HE must be a Kinsman! HE must be able to Redeem! HE must be capable of paying the Just-Demand! AND HE IS! PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!
After reading the Bible, I turned on my computer, and although two days old, there is a story about the Coalition Mr. Netanyahu is forging in the Knesset:

Coalition crisis has Likud on its toes

With only 10 days until PM must present government, Netanyahu, Lapid and Bennett lock horns over top portfolios. PM reluctant to waive Foreign portfolio; Lapid unwilling to serve as finance minister.

Yuval Karni

Published: 03.06.13, 12:43 /
Israel News

Solving the coalition quagmire: Ten days remain before the government formation deadline, and the main dispute between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennettand Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid, surrounds the number of ministers to be appointed from each respective party.

Bennett and Lapid are demanding to receive one of the three major portfolios: Lapid wants the Foreign Affairs Portfolio and Bennett is eying the Finance Portfolio.

The two claim that if Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman receives the position as foreign minister while his party holds 11 mandates – making it the fifth largest party in the Knesset, following the Likud, Yesh Atid, Labor and Habayit Hayehudi – the two should receive no less than Lieberman.

Additional disagreement lies in the number of ministers the parties will have in the government. Netanyahu is standing steadfast in his demand for a cabinet comprised of at least 24 ministers, while Lapid is willing to compromise on 20 ministers at most.

The three are also locking horns over the portfolios. Netanyahu is unwilling to give up the Foreign Affairs Portfolio to Lapid; and Lapid is unwilling to serve as finance minister since he believes that the Finance Portfolio is liable to constitute a "political trap" in times of budget cuts.

Likud-Beiteinu negotiators insisted Tuesday night that Lapid has no chance of receiving the Foreign Affairs Portfolio as Netanyahu promised it to Lieberman. "The Finance portfolio was offered to Yesh Atid, headed by Yair Lapid. It was simultaneously clarified to the Yesh Atid party that the Foreign Affairs portfolio will remain in the hands of the Likud-Beiteinu," said the sources.

Furthermore, sources associated with Lapid and Bennett said that they are also in accord regarding the portfolio allocation and that the decision regarding which one of them will serve as Finance Minister will be made mutually.

Bennett's people denied reports saying that he sealed the deal with Netanyahu regarding the Finance Ministry position. "Bennett did not speak to the prime minister yesterday at all, the report is untrue. The portfolios have not yet been decided upon," said an official at the office of the Habayit Hayehudi chairman.

12 candidates for six portfolios

As the portfolio distribution nears, there is clear tension within the Likud-Beiteinu. A source involved in the coalition negotiations admitted that "Most of the Likud ministers will be disappointed. The rules of the game have changed."

Sources associated to Netanyahu said that these are true trials and tribulations for the prime minister. The number of portfolios is small and their quality is slim. Netanyahu is expected to appoint six to seven more ministers on behalf of the Likud, but at least 12 candidates are contending for these portfolios.

Seven ministers are demanding to serve as ministers in the next government, some of whom expect an upgrade: Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar, Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan, Minister for Regional Development Silvan Shalom, Minister for Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya'alon (most likely to be Defense Minister), Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat.

In addition, Netanyahu promised MKs in his party that they will serve as ministers in his next government (MK Tzachi Hanegbi, Haim Katz, Yariv Levin and MK Zeev Elkin) and number six in the Likud, MK Danny Danon announced that he too is contending for a ministerial position in light of his place on the party list and his political power.

"Everyone went underground because they are afraid to say the wrong thing and thereby ruin their chance to become a minister," said a senior Likud source. "Some of the senior ministers understand that their upgrade will remain on paper and others are on defensive alert. The tension is insane.

A Likud ministerial candidate said "what is going on in the Likud is truly the Theater of the Absurd." According to him, "the most senior portfolio following Defense will be the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, for which Sa'ar, Erdan and Steinitz are contending. Other ministers understood that the only thing left is to fight for the Tourism, Health, Energy or Water portfolios."

Many in the Likud have criticized Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu, who they claim, abandoned his factional friends and displayed generosity towards his coalition partners. "Bibi sold everything. Suddenly the Health portfolio, that no one wanted to hear about, became an attractive portfolio."

Brethren, I know that I am "no Isaiah," but, as best I can, I am going to be like him, and in this day of ‘instant communication’ by email world-wide, for "Zion’s sake," and for "Jerusalem’s sake," I am not going to hold my peace!

Isaiah 62:1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.

3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. {Hephzibah: that is, My delight is in her} {Beulah: that is, Married}



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