Weekly Update: What happened 20 years ago?

editor - 16 September 2021

Twenty years ago, in early September 2001, two events occurred that redefined the world.

One were the attacks on 9/11 in New York and Washington D.C.

The other was the disaster, a few days earlier, in Durban. A UN-sponsored conference intended to fight racism ended up as an orgy of anti-Jewish hatred, under the banner “Zionism is racism”.

Both events constituted attacks against the Western world. Taken together, they marked the end of the United States as global power, and of the centrality of Judeo-Christian values in the international order.

September 2001 ushered in a new era, a new phase of world history, in which the “old” realities are no longer accepted as truth. Somehow, since then, everything is different. The Al Qaida attacks marked the ascendancy of Islamic jihad as major global force. “Durban” marked the ascendancy of secular humanism as the new religion of the Western world.

In her recent essay, Caroline Glick argues that “[w]ith 20 years of hindsight, and in light of America’s catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan last month, it suddenly seems clear that the Durban Conference changed the course of history as much if not more than the Islamic terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.”

These two events show why the restoration of the Jewish people to the land is so controversial and divisive. The miraculous return of Jews from the four corners of the earth to the land of their forefathers confounds the inner logic and foundational principles of both Islamic jihad and secular humanism – which is why they are both so opposed to it. It is incomprehensible to the eyes of the world. Only eyes of faith can begin to understand it.

This week, Christians for Israel had the privilege of helping 130 Jews return to the promised land from Ukraine. As those families and teenagers packed up their belongings, left behind friends, jobs and security, and boarded the flight from Kiev to Tel Aviv, we witnessed evidence of something inexplicable: God continuing His work of redemption in the midst of this broken world.

Today, the Jewish people observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. That too, cannot be understood through worldly eyes, it only makes sense through the eyes of faith. On this day, the High priest went alone into the Holy of Holies. The Jewish people today are called to go into deep communion with God. Its celebration is full of hidden meaning, it reminds us that God’s name is being established on earth, His name alone will be glorified.

The miraculous return of Jews to the land, and their solemn observance of Yom Kippur and other holy days, are sure signs that God is still faithful to His promises.

The Editorial team

Israel & Christians Today

Assessing the twin disasters of September 2001

Caroline Glick writes (JNS): “With 20 years of hindsight, and in light of America’s catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan last month, it suddenly seems clear that the Durban Conference changed the course of history as much if not more than the Islamic terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.”
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Why Durban and the BDS Movement are problematic 

The BDS movement was officially launched in 2005 by 171 Palestinian NGOs. Relying on Durban and the precedent of the successful anti-apartheid movement that overthrew the white regime in South Africa, they called for economic and diplomatic pressure on Israel until it submits to Palestinian demands for self-determination, “…in accordance with international law.” According to thinc., both the BDS movement and the actions of states under the influence of the BDS movement, violate the fundamental rights of Israel and the Jewish people under international law.
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Yom Kippur

Kay Wilson writes: “On this holy day you try to come to terms with yourself, your fellow humans and G’d.”
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Historic anniversary flight to Israel: 25 years of ‘Bringing the Jews Home’

It is Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 4.30 PM. 130 Ukrainian Jews will from this moment on call Israel their new homeland: ninety teenagers and a number of families. They emigrated to the Promised Land thanks to the support of many Christians around the world. “Making Aliyah” is what this is called in Israel.
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The Position of a Son| Episode 11 in video series on Romans 9-11 with Johannes Gerloff 
If Paul’s readers would have been rooted in the Bible, they would have known, what it means to be an “Israelite”. However, they were Romans. His addressees are non-Jews. Therefore the Apostle has to explain. And the first point he makes is: They are in a position of a son!


Scripture for the week

Leviticus 16:23-34

23 “Then Aaron is to go into the tent of meeting and take off the linen garments he put on before he entered the Most Holy Place, and he is to leave them there. 24 He shall bathe himself with water in the sanctuary area and put on his regular garments. Then he shall come out and sacrifice the burnt offering for himself and the burnt offering for the people, to make atonement for himself and for the people. 25 He shall also burn the fat of the sin offering on the altar.

26 “The man who releases the goat as a scapegoat must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water; afterward he may come into the camp. 27 The bull and the goat for the sin offerings, whose blood was brought into the Most Holy Place to make atonement, must be taken outside the camp; their hides, flesh and intestines are to be burned up. 28 The man who burns them must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water; afterward he may come into the camp.

29 “This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves and not do any work—whether native-born or a foreigner residing among you—30 because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins. 31 It is a day of sabbath rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance. 32 The priest who is anointed and ordained to succeed his father as high priest is to make atonement. He is to put on the sacred linen garments 33 and make atonement for the Most Holy Place, for the tent of meeting and the altar, and for the priests and all the members of the community.

34 “This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.”

And it was done, as the Lord commanded Moses.