Weekly Newsletter – December 18, 2023
FROM THE HEART OF DR. REXELLA VAN IMPE
You Are God’s Gift to a Lost World
Did you ever realize that you are God’s gift to your world? He has planted you on this earth like a precious flower to share the beautiful scent of salvation with people in the parched desert around you. He gave you as a gift to these souls in need, and He expects you not only to brighten their world, but to bear fruit of new souls won to His kingdom. It’s not difficult to do when you allow the Holy Spirit to work through you.
People all around you need hope. You can tell, just reading the newspaper. I read several periodicals every week, just to keep current on world events . . . And I can’t help but notice that so many articles in the papers point to despair.
Violent crime is on the rise. Unemployment and poverty are rampant. Even suicide – which used to be so rare – is becoming commonplace. It breaks my heart to read that suicide is one of the leading causes of death among teenagers. Now even children are following this deadly trend, like the little girl we read about in Florida. She threw herself in front of a train because her mother was dying with the AIDS virus.
Yet every time I read a newspaper item like this, it just rings an alarm bell in my heart that says: People need HOPE. They need the truth of God’s love. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” We read about the love of God in Hebrews 6:19. That hope is our anchor, and God is calling each one of us to share that hope with souls in danger around us. Jesus has chosen you and me as His gift to a lost and dying world, to share his eternal love.
I know that you prize soul-winning above every other calling in your life; you have demonstrated that by your strong support of this ministry, which is sharing God’s love continually with those in need. Yet I also believe that God has called each one of His children to share His precious salvation message in our personal lives.
How can we do it? How can we find the words?
The Lord knows you inside and out; He knows you better than you know yourself. Through His intimate knowledge of your special talents and your limitations, I believe He will call you to win souls in the best, most effective way possible for you … What I mean is, God does not expect you to become an evangelist or a Gospel singer or a street-corner preacher. He simply calls you to do what you are able to do in presenting a Gospel witness.
For instance, there’s a little shopping mall near my home where I like to browse when I can spare a few minutes. I don’t go there with my Bible under my arm, looking for someone I could talk to … I simply go shopping like any other lady. But the Lord has given me opportunities to witness to several of the workers at that mall – waitresses and sales ladies.
Sometimes one of them will say, “Why are you always so happy? There’s something different about you.” They don’t care whether or not I’ve been to Bible school or what church I attend. They just notice Gods love at work in me. Or sometimes if I ask one of them how they’re doing, they will say, “I’m having a problem …” and they pour out their hearts to me.
They sense my love and interest in their lives, and they want to know what makes me happy. Through these simple things, the Lord has allowed me to lead several of these ladies to the cross and pray with them to accept Jesus. It’s not difficult, and it doesn’t require that you know a lot of Scripture or have a powerful testimony.
I would encourage you to use our video teachings in your personal witnessing. Invite your neighbors to a Bible study in your home, and use Jack’s video teaching as a guide – or give our videos as a gift. It’s a loving and effective way to warn your friends about the coming end times and lead them to Jesus.
I know from my own personal experience that there is something YOU can do for the Lord. You can personally witness to others and help lead them to Christ, in a specific way which God has enabled you to share and which no one else on earth could do like you. You are God’s gift to a lost world – let Him use you to reach your world with His good news!
A CLASSIC MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE
The Three-Way Struggle
In Palestine a three-way struggle continued between Jews, Arabs, and the British, with the Jews holding tenaciously to each hard-earned village and settlement. The attitude of the massive Arab and British forces about them must have created a situation reminiscent of an earlier return of Jews to their land, when their enemies said: “What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?” (Nehemiah 4:2).
Now as then the Jews continued to develop their land in spite of dangers, and to protect themselves as had their forefathers under Nehemiah, who had written:
And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah. They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me (Nehemiah 4:16-18).
U. N. Intervention
The continual struggle in Palestine was finally too much for the British. They were tired of the terrorism, the sabotage, the continual conflict between the Arabs and the Jews, and the expense. On April 2, 1947, Great Britain turned the fate of Palestine over to the United Nations. It was an historic action that would ultimately bring about the establishment of the State of Israel.
On November 29, 1947, after careful investigation, the United Nations voted to partition Palestine, giving independence to the Jews. The partition gave the Jews only about one-fourth of the amount of territory they originally intended for their homeland. It was only ten miles wide at its middle and vulnerable to attack on nearly every side. But to the Jews, the decision for partition meant independence, and they hailed the United Nations’ action with joy. At last they would have a home of their own.
Birth of a Nation
The date for statehood was finally set for May 15, 1948. As the occasion approached, Jewish excitement over independence was tempered by the threat of war with the Arabs. Being seriously undermanned and under gunned, they simply were not ready for war. Arms had been brought from Europe, but the British would not allow them to be used until after the mandate had ended. Arab leaders were promising a war of extermination. Having traveled the long trail from Hitler’s camps to their homeland, it now appeared that another Nazi-like experience awaited the Jews. But regardless of the danger, the Jews proceeded with preparations for the birth of their nation.
At eight in the morning on May 14, the British lowered the Union Jack in Jerusalem. By mid-afternoon there was a full-scale war on throughout the country between the Arabs and the Jews.
At 4:00 P.M. that day, David Ben-Gurion read the Declaration of Independence of Israel and it was broadcast from the Tel Aviv Museum. He began:
The land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people.
Here their spiritual, religious, and national identity was formed. Here they achieved independence and created a culture of national and universal significance. Here they wrote and gave the Bible to the world.
Exiled from Palestine, the Jewish people remained faithful to it in all the countries of their dispersion, never ceasing to pray and hope for their return and restoration of their national freedom.
Concluding the Declaration, Ben-Gurion said:
In the midst of wanton aggression, we call upon the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to return to the ways of peace and play their part in the development of the State with full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its bodies and institutions — provisional or permanent.
We offer peace and unity to all the neighboring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all.
Our call goes out to the Jewish people all over the world to rally to our side in the task of immigration and development and to stand by us in the great struggle for the fulfillment of the dream of generations — the redemption of Israel.
The United States was the first country to recognize the State of Israel, with President Truman’s statement of recognition coming at 6:10 P.M. on May 14.
On that day, the following editorial appeared in the New York Times:
This is the last day of British rule in Palestine. At midnight (6:00 this afternoon our time), Great Britain surrenders the mandate which she received from the League of Nations twenty-five years ago. The zero hour, awaited with hope and anxiety by the bitterly divided population, marks a fateful change in the status and government of a small country that has presented the United Nations with its hardest test to date and weighs more heavily than any other on the heart and conscience of the world.
Palestine will now be an independent entity for the first time in centuries
The long-awaited statehood had arrived. Israel was born.
The War of Independence
On May 15, from Tel Aviv at 5:25 in the morning, Ben-Gurion was broadcasting Israel’s thanks to the United States for prompt recognition of their statehood. A loud explosion interrupted his speech. After a pause, he said, “A bomb has just fallen on this city from enemy aircraft flying overhead.” The War of Independence had begun.
To call it the “War of Independence” seems a contradiction. Most nations trace their histories to a war of independence after which statehood was won. In Israel’s case, the long struggle for statehood was capped by a war of independence. Although there had been sporadic fighting throughout the country in the months preceding the end of the British mandate, the actual war began on the birthday of the nation. Although travail usually accompanies birth, in this historic situation travail and trouble continued after birth had taken place.
The War of Independence was bloody and desperate. Had the Arabs known how poorly the Jews were armed they might have pressed their advantage and quickly won the war. The Arabs had been able to purchase weapons on the open market because they were recognized nations. Europe was then a giant weapons market, a sort of postwar rummage sale, but the Jews had been hindered in purchasing arms because of their political status. They had been able to secure some World War II arms, but at the beginning of the war they had only four large howitzers of the type used by the French army in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870.
In one battle with forty-five Syrian tanks, only two of the ancient howitzers were available, having been hurriedly moved from Haifa to be used in the defense of the oldest kibbutz in Palestine. Colonel Moshe Dayan, the local commander, ordered his men to fire at the most advanced Syrian tank. The Israelis scored a direct hit, causing the column to turn around and retreat. They never returned. Had the Syrians known they had been fired upon with one of the only two weapons on hand at the time, they would have undoubtedly used their strength and firepower to win the battle.
The Arab League nations that opposed Israel were Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and Trans Jordan. They formed a formidable alliance against less than a million poorly armed Jews. Many of the Arabs fought well and Jewish casualties were high. Six thousand Israelis were killed during the eight months of war. Had American losses been that high proportionately during World War II, they would have reached two million, which is more than the number killed in both world wars.
We will continue our study on the birth of Israel in our next newsletter.
CHANGED LIVES-one at a time
A Message for Rexella, we have been watching you for many years and wanted to let you know that you are such a tremendous inspiration. Thank you for all that you do. We love you from Petite Riviere, Nova Scotia.
Fred & Jeanette W.
Hi, I met both Jack and Rexella in Troy a few times and they were always really nice and very special couple. They made you feel so very special and they seemed interested in what you were doing and likes to chat a bit with you. When they saw you they did remember you (not names as that is impossible they see so many people) when you crossed paths again. It was special I am great at spotting famous people and saying “hello” calmly, not like an excited, screaming banshee. That makes these nice people very cautious and alarmed. I moved way up north a year and a half ago and found out Jack passed in 2020. That made me so sad. I am glad Rexella is continuing with their wonderful work.
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