Warning

December 17, 2020
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Israel’s prophets were often used by God to warn of impending doom. Today many voices are calling out words of caution, words of warning and calls for action. Seventy-five years ago, the Second World War ended, bringing to an end one of the greatest bloodbaths of all time, including the systematic murder of 6 million Jews. Even as former enemies of Israel reach out a hand of peace, others are beating the drums of war. The world remains in the clutches of a worldwide pandemic. Confusion reigns, and hatred has not gone into lockdown. 

  • In the aftermath of the assassination by remote controlled weapons of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s leading nuclear scientist, Iran is threatening Israel with severe retaliation.
  • Terror groups Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza continue to breathe out words of hatred, spurring young people to acts of terror.
  • Anti-Semitism is on the rise. Even in the United States, where Jewish people have found a haven, the American Jewish Committee’s report on anti-Semitism reveals that 37% of US Jews take steps to conceal their Jewish identity in public. This is already the case in Europe, where many Jewish men don’t wear kippot (Jewish head coverings) in public. The head of Germany’s domestic security agency says anti-Semitism levels are rising in Germany. Experts say the levels are the highest since the Second World War.
  • Israel, greatly affected by the coronavirus, has soaring unemployment rates.

Calling Christians to Action

During the Holocaust, many Christians acted to save Jewish lives. I will never forget the testimony of Berthe from France. A Christian widow hid her from the Nazis. Berthe (pronounced Bert) was a young child in grave danger and this Christian family saved her, risking their own lives. The widow only saved one child, so she is not well known like Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg, Sempo Sukihara or even Corrie Ten Boom. However, the Mishnah (first postbiblical written recording of Jewish oral tradition) teaches that “whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” Today, the widow’s action has resulted in saving the lives of 17 people, as Berthe came to Israel, married, and had children, grandchildren and now even great grandchildren. I share this because it may seem impossible to do great things, but we can all do something, and together, God can use it to save multitudes. When the 5,000 gathered around Jesus (Yeshua) had nothing to eat, a small lad offered what he had—five loaves and two fishes. From this modest offering, Jesus fed the multitude.

As darkness swirls around the world, it is time for the true believers in God to rise up and let God’s light shine through them.

Bridges for Peace

We have decided to stand with the God of Israel and the people of Israel regardless of how difficult or risky it becomes. We will stand against anti-Semitism as it once again rears its ugly head. We will reach out with love to those in need in Israel, feeding, encouraging, repairing decrepit homes, assisting lonely Holocaust survivors, helping children, widows, orphans, immigrants and those who mourn. We will continue to feed the forgotten, elderly Jewish people in the former Soviet Union who will never come to Israel. We will continue to help Jewish people come home as God is rescuing them from their pursuers. We will continue to help those victimized by terror and war. We will continue to let our light shine.

We will continue to speak out on behalf of Israel around the world. The Lord has given us a voice, and we will use it for His glory and purposes.

Together

In the midst of difficult times, God is raising up Christians who will not run away, who will reach out with love and who will give to further God’s projects. Thank you for being one of these heroes of the faith. Your prayers and contributions have enabled us to reach out to the people of Israel. Every gift counts—small or large. Your action today may seem small or insignificant, but God is able to multiply our gifts to nurture the multitudes. Please choose your favorite project or give to our Greatest Israel Need fund. It is an investment in the Kingdom of God, and we will be faithful to use it wisely. We thank God every day for your faithfulness to Him, Israel, the Jewish people and Bridges for Peace. We call on Him to protect you and shield you from harm. We ask Him to bless you as you bless Israel (Gen. 12:3).

Blessings from Israel

Rebecca J. Brimmer

International President and CEO