4th May 2020
Liberty or Crisis, Defeat or Victory, or just a good
In Israel, steps to exit the quarantine have already been taken. Those two
months were stressful, both economically and for the mental state.
Our new government (we don't know how stable it is, as we see that it is
jerry-built, therefore please pray for it) tries to make its first steps
towards the economy, education and PUBLIC meetings, of which we are part.
And as I wrote before, this situation was not easy psychologically, and
some families encountered real disasters. Nevertheless, I recall a saying
of one Jew, who was a teenager during WWII: "We were hiding from the Nazis
in the basements without food and water, while you are sitting in your
homes with full refrigerators." This is something to think about. Also, we
cannot explain these two months in any other way, only as a chance for
re-evaluation, given to us by God.
What about the disease?
Many believers quote Jacob "God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He
Himself tempt anyone", and ask this question. Or how can a period, being
hospitalized with artificial-lung-ventilation "work together for good"?
All those questions are not easy, especially for those who grew up under
the influence of the Prosperity Theology. But one famous wise Greek said:
"Socrates is a friend of mine, but the truth is more valuable."
The truth of the scriptures is that in the "arsenal" of the Creator there
is both good AND evil. Speaking of Isaiah 45:7: "I form the light, and
create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I, the Lord, do all these
things." To understand these verses, it is important to see the eternal
good that God has provided for those who love Him, and the scriptures also
speak about this through the lips of Asaph, who at some point in time was
depressed, because he saw "the welfare of the wicked and the suffering of
the righteous," but right after that, he receives a revelation: "For I was
envious of the foolish when I saw the prosperity of the wicked ... When I
thought to understand this, it was too painful for me, Until I went into
the sanctuary of God. Then I understood their end" (Ps. 73:3,1-17).
Of course, we faithfully hold to the lesson of our Savior in the prayer,
"Do not lead me into temptation," but sometimes we need to pray for
patience and enlightenment from Heaven to understand the importance of our
Call - to walk with God and not only think about the changes in our lives.
Moreover, we need to DO these changes.
I write these words for those who are in doubt and who ask, "Where was God
at that time?"
And here is the answer: "God is always close-by, and he desires to grant us
mercy." But sometimes the daily routine is absorbing our attention so much
that HE even uses the fears and horrors of this world, which the world is
deserves, because of the sin of people, and He returns his lost children to
HIMSELF! This is an important lesson and it is quite important to learn
this lesson from the past difficult months with awareness and with
Where do the next two or three months lead us?
The infectologists cannot predict the future while the economists are
skeptically looking into the future ...
Hence, what about us? After all, we do live on!
Eventually, we have families, ministries, interests, and interrupted plans
of purchasing certain things (a house, a car, or perhaps a fancy set of
kitchen ware ...). Nonetheless, in these days, we should continue to ask
for the Lord's will, for ourselves and for our dear ones. His will for the
world and his will concerning our walk before Him, because He uses you and
me to speak, to show and to give this world a chance to repent.
Although Israel suffered exceedingly from the economical point of view, we
notice that the death toll is relatively low.
Why? Do we have remarkably strong medicine and an unusually powerful
hospital network? Befriended doctors and our own eyes see that this is
certainly not the case - hospitals and equipment could not withhold the
"wave" like in Italy.
(Plus, the former Minister of Health, the Rabbi of Gurski Hassids, was more
interested in issues things than the health problem.) Still, the merciful
God showed his grace not by chance. I do believe that another dynamic, a
heavenly one moved in Israel and it is a sign to the world.
Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is
risen upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over
the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you.(Isaiah
Here, we see the word thick darkness, but in Hebrew is written "Fog".
Driving a car in fog is much more difficult than driving in darkness.
Darkness can be illuminated by light, while fog absorbs light and makes
driving very challenging. The "fog" of seduction and sinfulness covers the
world and the mystical Judaism calls this action "a shell." The truth of
God is getting farther away from the human gaze and a similar "pandemic" or
"other manifestations of the last days" are intended to frighten those who
are too proud and to wake up those who are still able to awaken. And God
knows those people. I believe that you belong to such ones and that you are
capable of hearing and receiving the words of the Lord these days.
And Israel? Israel never ceased to be an instrument in the hands of the
Heavenly Father and "suffered" enough for the past centuries. Moreover, God
CREATES in it something special ... We ask for your prayer, your support,
and your friendship - after all, this is not only for us, it is for all,
all on THIS earth!
A little less dramatic :-)
Nowadays, at "Return to Zion," we think about the importance of weekly
worship. We did not have such a practice before. It was completely
unexpected, but the people gathered in front of the computer screens on
Mondays and worshipped with their children and the Holy Spirit moved at a
We feel the importance of making a change in the congregation and to divide
it into two groups - the first one for those who prefer to keep the
language of the country of origin (in our case Russian), because it is not
possible or too difficult for them to learn Hebrew, and the second one for
those who are completely "at home" with Hebrew.
A whole movement of online lessons has begun, and by the Grace of the Lord,
we see a big increase of viewers during online meetings ... PLEASE PRAY FOR
US AND FOR WISDOM FROM HEAVEN! Please pray for our hands to be strengthened
and for the needed initiative for those who are jealous for the Lord in
Israel - to do His work!
We are in prayer for you! We ask our Heavenly Father for mercy for your
homes! We ask God for everyone to exit the quarantine with dignity both
morally and economically and to continue to be a Light!
We love you and value your friendship,