BETHLEHEM PROFESSOR SPEAKS OUT

BETHLEHEM PROFESSOR SPEAKS OUT

Translated article by Bethlehem University professor Published on Radio Bethlehem Website – 21/2/14. Palestinian youth, especially university graduates, have reached a high level of desperation and severe frustration. In my job as a lecturer at Bethlehem University I meet and mingle with many of the graduates, and this enables me to observe their desperation and frustration. Some of them have been in tears because of their horrible situation and their inability to find careers or even get a scholarship to complete their higher education. They all agree that nepotism and favoritism known as “Vitamin F” (aka connections) are prevalent in our Palestinian society. I was prompted to write this article in order to express the high levels of desperation, which our Palestinian youth are facing; it has pushed them to the point of saying “Hey professor even the groom needs connections.” (we need connections/favours to help us get jobs.) Is this the really the state we have got to in our community? For how long will we disregard the potential and destroy the ambitions of university graduates who are supposed to have a key role in building the society? With appreciation for all classes and different levels in our society, we can all compliment each other as a connected circle. But what worries me, and it is the concern of many others as well, is that this situation encourages the qualified, the intellectual, and people with experience to leave our country and invest in other countries; countries which we long to emulate, even if only a fraction of their capabilities and development in all areas of life. How long...

PROPHECY RECEIVED FROM A SUPPORTER OF THE EMMAUS GROUP – JANUARY 2014

This prophecy was weighed before publishing and, having first secured permission from the source, felt inspired to publish it as it sits alongside other prophetic words we have received over the last 18 months. “Soon, an event of catastrophic proportions will occur upon the earth. This event will herald a period of unparalleled distress and disorder upon the face of the earth when the natural order of creation will be shaken to its very foundations. These are the very final days of this present order and present age before the fulfillment and summation of all things. Throughout these days, which will appear bereft of my presence, but in reality will be the final harvest of this present age, the outpouring of my spirit shall be of such intensity, when multitudes shall be brought into my kingdom and the miraculous and the unimaginable shall be seen, as I come to take my rightful place amongst my people. Now is the time for my people to arise and proclaim the glory of my splendor and of my coming kingdom; for behold I stand at the door of this present age with my feet upon the very threshold. In the midst of the chaos and turmoil that shall arise from these events, I will reveal myself in all my glory to those powers who have opposed me and been hostile to my kingdom. And I will bring to fulfillment all I have spoken of in my word and throughout the ages as my kingdom comes, and I am seen to be who I truly am; the lamb slain before the foundation of...
RESPONSE TO BETHLEHEM UNWRAPPED

RESPONSE TO BETHLEHEM UNWRAPPED

As a Christian group concerned with the condition of the church in Islamic states, we felt compelled to respond to the Bethlehem Unwrapped event as it raises a number of concerns. The event took place at St James, Piccadilly – a church with a long and well-known history of hosting activities that foster beliefs and values contrary to the will of God. This particular event was no different and served only to divide. There were no winners – only losers. The Palestinian Christians lost because they were afforded no true voice. Living as they do in an Islamic territory (95.2% Moslem), under Sharia, their need for protection and justice from an increasingly radicalised political leadership was lost behind the plethora of anti-Israeli narratives. The Israelis lost because no one wanted to listen to their genuine call for security from the militant factions who have killed, maimed and terrified Christians, Moslems and Jews alike. The people attending lost because for many, it proved a complete waste of time and money. Saturday night’s gathering was billed as a debate yet there were no motions nor votes, no measurable outcomes. And, significantly, St James lost, because its credibility as a church that represents the God of Israel has now sunk to a new low. Jesus Christ, the Head of the church (to whom St James is supposed to be in submission) taught His followers to judge a tree by its fruit. “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its fruit.” (Luke 6:43) If we use His...
PROPHETIC WORD TO THE UK CHURCH

PROPHETIC WORD TO THE UK CHURCH

Church of England hear My voice and hearken to My words.  You are lost in a world of confusion and iniquity.  You have sinned by rejecting My word, My Commandments, statutes and precepts. You have ignored your Creator and chosen your own ways.   As you have rejected Me so I will reject you.  You have become wise in your own eyes. O Church you have played the harlot with false gods, shall I divorce you forever?  Return to Me with a broken and contrite heart that I might return to you.   You have lifted your skirt, and exposed yourself.  You have assimilated into the ways of the world when I called you to come out and be separate.   You are in the world but you are not of it.  Yet you chose the ways of man instead of My ways. Does My word not expressly forbid unholiness in the body?  Yet you have violated my body by inciting and inviting unholiness and profane things.  You have eyes to see but you never see.  Therefore judgment must come; as a father chastises the son he loves, so I must chasten you.  Will the Groom return for a Bride that has committed harlotry?  No!  The Bride must be cleansed of her iniquity; she must be cleansed by fire and purified. Do not be surprised when tests and trials befall you.  Do not say, “God has forsaken us.”  For I love you, but the evil must be purged.  I am a Holy God, and I cannot be betrothed to an unholy Bride.  Repent and be saved.  Cast out the immoral brother or...
A LIGHTHOUSE IN THE STORM

A LIGHTHOUSE IN THE STORM

In Matthew 5 we can read how in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, he exhorted people to be salt and light in the world. “You are the light of the world…so let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” So in this first message from the Emmaus Group, I want to focus on the subject of light. All around the world for hundreds of years, seafarers have relied on lights to enable them navigate. Lighthouses have helped them navigate safe passages, find harbours to shelter and rest in, and fix their position when many miles offshore. Such lighthouses have always been strategically placed, frequently on remote rocky outcrops or reefs, headlands, cliff tops or harbour walls. They were always built where seafarers would need them most. Lighthouses are like beacons of hope and security, enduring the harshest of weather with great storms crashing against them, yet they stand, flashing their unique sequence of light. They have strong walls and are built with deep foundations on solid rock. Some 12 miles off the entrance of Plymouth harbour in the West of England stands a very famous lighthouse called Eddystone. Its name is taken from the granite reef on which it stands, one that had previously sunk many a ship. The first was designed and built by Henry Winstanley. Styled like a Chinese Pagoda however, it was not very strong! Although finished in 1699, by November 1703 urgent repairs were required which Winstanley himself supervised. On the night of 26th November a violent storm blew up, and, having every confidence...