July/August 2017

Out Of Egypt

Israel's Journey to the Promised Land: Highlights from the Book of Numbers

IMG In Depth: Our radio host, Chris Katulka interviewed Ty Perry about his article in this issue.



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From the Editor Jul/Aug 2017

Every Wednesday, we have chapel at The Friends of Israel headquarters. It’s a wonderful time when we pray together, hear a brief message, and sometimes connect via Skype with one of our workers overseas who...

FOI Canada Goes Up to Jerusalem

A look at the first-ever FOI Canada Up to Jerusalem trip to Israel and some of the wonderful experiences God provided. It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea. Sounds simple enough. Forty years later...

A Trail of Carcasses

Camped at Sinai for 12 months, the fledgling nation of Israel received God’s Law, constructed His Tabernacle, and established the Levitical priesthood. It had great dreams and high expectations of entering a land that flowed “with milk and honey” as it set out from...

Rebels Without a Cause

It didn't go well for Korah and crew when they complained against God. In fact, the ended up in what people today might call a giant sinkhole. Anyone who knows a little Yiddish probably knows the word kvetch. It means complain and whine habitually.

The Covert Conspiracy

Many things happen behind the scenes that affect our lives and the history of nations. The Israelites fell prey to the enemy's devices, and it cost them dearly. If you think you know everything going on around you, think again. Life is not always what it seems. Sometimes circumstances are orchestrated...

Satisfying God’s Wrath

The biblical doctrine of propitiation is under attack in our culture. Adherents of postmodernism and even some people within the church have rejected biblical teachings they perceive to be too harsh—such as judgment, hell, and the doctrine of propitiation.

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Inside View Jul/Aug 2017

Have you ever noticed the world’s fascination with hating the Jewish people? It’s nothing new. Anti-Semitism has been around since the days of the Old Testament. However, its growth today is alarming, particularly in the United States and Europe.

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The ‘Fake News’ Frenzy

Based on the laws of supply and demand, truth has become a valuable commodity. If it were tea, its scarcity would make it extremely expensive. As we are inundated with the activist media’s half-truths and lies, which some call “fake news,” the real thing is...

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The Same Old Same Old?

U.S. President Donald J. Trump has reversed himself on several important promises regarding Israel. On the campaign trail, he pledged to be a stalwart friend of the Jewish state but some of his initial policies actually mirror those of former...

Christian Persecution Jul/Aug 2017

INDIA—A Christian in Jharkhand state, India, recently succumbed to illnesses incurred when villagers immersed him and his wife in a cold pond because they had left their indigenous religion and refused to deny Christ.

The Facilitators

In 2003, President George W. Bush surprised American troops stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, with a visit for Thanksgiving dinner. “I was just looking for a warm meal somewhere,” he joked. More than 600 soldiers from the 1st Armored and 82nd Airborne Divisions were shocked...

Fiasco at Kadesh Barnea

After traveling through the desert from bondage in Egypt, the children of Israel embarked on the last leg of the journey to their new home: the land of Canaan—the land God had promised them. With the end of the trek in sight...

The Desert Complaint Department

A lesson in what NOT to do–even though God is always faithful. Complaining is a flaw of sinners. It is part of humanity’s sinful condition. It is part of humanity’s sinful condition. We grumble about long lines, prices, people...

What Shall We Eat?

When the ancient Israelites arrived in the Promised Land, it was "flowing with milk and honey." But when the Jewish pioneers arrived in the 19th and 20th centuries, it was as barren as a stone. This article, written in 1953 when the State of Israel was just 5 years old...

God’s Guardians

Biblical cherubim are heavenly creatures that act as God’s guardians. Archaeologists have discovered in Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) iconography and architecture cherubim-like figures that mirror their biblical function and help us visualize what they may look like.

A Minister’s Encouragement

1 Thessalonians 3:1–5: Birthing is not easy. That’s why it’s called labor. Paul felt personally responsible for the Thessalonian church, which he had birthed through his ministry. He cared for the babes in Christ there with the gentle love...


I recently heard someone sarcastically compare man’s relationship to God to a cruel game of hide-and-seek where God supposedly hides slightly out of reach and demands to be found. Man is “it”—seeking the ever-elusive God but never able to find or please Him.

Israel in the News Jul/Aug 2017

If you’re a resident or tourist in Israel and have a life-threatening medical emergency, Magen David Adom’s revolutionary smartphone app may save your life. Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national emergency medical service...

Apples of Gold Jul/Aug 2017

After many years of working hard to transform Israel’s desert into a fruitful land, we now live in nice towns. The land’s transformation has brought many new immigrants to Israel. They speak many languages and are highly educated, but they do not know the Bible.

Daily News from Israel

The Strife Continues

Crowds gathered in Israel for the thirty-ninth straight week, protesting the judicial overhaul by the current Netanyahu administration...

News Digest — 10/3/23

Israel will host the 68th annual Jerusalem March this week, continuing a tradition that began in 1955 and draws a crowd of...

News Digest — 10/2/23

The Jerusalem Municipality and the Israel Heritage Department, led by Deputy Mayor Aryeh King, this year put up the largest...

News Digest — 9/29/23

The Bnei Menashe Jewish community of northeastern India will gather to celebrate the Sukkot holiday this week, despite widespread...

News Digest — 9/28/23

Israeli security forces busted a weapons production facility and seized weapons during raids throughout the West Bank overnight...

Israel Joins U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Israel joined the U.S. Visa Waiver Program on Wednesday, a decision that reflects the strength of Israel’s relations with the United States...

News Digest — 9/27/23

Israel delivered a message to Hamas on Tuesday (26th) via UN envoy Tor Wennesland, who entered the Gaza Strip through the Erez Crossing in an effort to...

News Digest — 9/26/23

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the 50th-anniversary state memorial service for Israel’s fallen soldiers in the Yom Kippur War at...

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