Remembrance Day Ends, Independence Day Begins

State of many young Jews in the West in Microcosm

Yesterday we went to the shopping area of Ein Bokek. As we sat at a table outside the mini-market we heard a clean-cut young man about 17 or 18 years old ask a question of an Israeli woman in English.

We took up a conversation with him. He is from Vancouver B.C. and in this Land with a Jewish youth group. We talked a while and explained  who we are—Zionist Christians and what that means, etc. 

He reached up his hand and touched a small Magen David (star of David) on a chain around his neck. And he softly said, “I’m embarrassed to wear this in Canada. But I bought it here and I like wearing it.”

I thought, He probably meant he was afraid to wear it in Canada. How sad. 

 

Two Very Special Days

Shelli and I were in the dining room when the 2-minute siren sounded at 11:00 this morning in remembrance of all the fallen in all Israel’s wars and victims of terrorism for more than 76 years. It was a unique experience to physically stand silently with the people in the room, including the cooks. But we knew we were standing with all the people of Israel throughout the Land of Israel. We looked at each other as the siren ended and thanked God we got to experience it.

Then tonight at dinner, another day began (the evening and the morning) and with it the celebration of the rebirth of Israel as the modern state 76 years ago. Flags flying. Even miniature flags stuck in the various desserts beside a large cake with a blue Magen David drawn on the white frosting.

My avatiach (אָבַטִיחַ = watermelon) had a small flag on a toothpick sticking out of the lush red of the melon (yummy, never tasted better).

How apropos that on one day, honor is given to the blood shed in bringing about and sustaining the modern state of Israel; and the very next day, celebration and thanksgiving are given for the state that such sacrifice birthed, kept, and is keeping. 

 

 

 

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31 Comments

  1. Donna Curry on May 14, 2024 at 12:26 pm

    How blessed you are to get to be in the land, with the people.

    • Harriet K Avner on May 15, 2024 at 5:50 pm

      My thoughts also Donna Curry! I have a few relatives in Israel, but have never met them. I am Dr. Billye`s age, and would love to travel with they, and you all, but health issues have caught up with me. I love to read her blogs, and listen to Max and Billye pray and talk about the Lord and The WORD!. Praying for Billye to be rested and refreshed!!

  2. Carolyn Mundt on May 14, 2024 at 2:27 pm

    Shalom Shalom

  3. Beth Kelly on May 14, 2024 at 2:38 pm

    New Beginings, Shalom Shalom
    Bless you all, Beth

  4. Tonya wright on May 14, 2024 at 3:57 pm

    So glad u are there. Please let the people know how much we love them and praying for them. Shalom, Tonya

  5. Sarah King on May 14, 2024 at 11:50 pm

    I felt like I could see you and Shelli look at each other for that moment 💛

  6. Tamee Beachum on May 15, 2024 at 6:13 am

    As a WWP, and all the times God has told us (and Israel) to “stand,” how significant it must have been to actually stand along with Israel?! I know you all stood even more humbled yet proudly there with them. You’re all filling our hearts too. Thank you!

  7. Brenda Blaze on May 15, 2024 at 6:59 am

    Thank you for letting us walk with you once again through the LAND!💙🇮🇱 Your writing truly makes us feel we are right there experiencing everything with you! These Blogs should be made into a book! They are so beautiful and powerful! Dear Father thank YOU for blessing and keeping Billye and Shelli and guiding their every step! In Jesus Precious Name!🙏❤️🧎🏻‍♀️

    • Jeanette McLean on May 16, 2024 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Brenda,
      Amen! Amen! Amen!
      To everything you have written!!!
      💜🙌👑🕊️🕎

  8. Darlene Callery on May 15, 2024 at 11:32 am

    Thank You!!! Darlene Callery

  9. Patty Wareham on May 15, 2024 at 1:35 pm

    How wonderful that you are both there at this set, appointed time. Shalom Ms Billye. We love you

  10. Kathy I Fain on May 15, 2024 at 1:48 pm

    It’s almost like being there, reading your blogs. But it won’t suffice, I still need to go back!

  11. carole paul on May 15, 2024 at 2:46 pm

    Hello Ms Billy, I am
    a WWP from FortWorth, Tx:) I love reading your recent blogs and love learning the few words about “Arise” and “Talitha” When You are brought to my mind I say prayers for you and For Shelli while you are in Isreal!🙏
    Blessings!
    from Carole

  12. Kathleen Fitzsimmons on May 15, 2024 at 9:16 pm

    Dear Sisters Billye and Shelli

    Thank you for being there in the land and taking us with you. Today’s morning and afternoon prayer calls were so important and so powerful…I feel so blessed to be called to this ministry of prayer, I’ve been with you since early 90’s , I am hearing more now than ever in my spirit, and being led more clearly as I sit in my seat of authority . I send my prayers and support to you and to Israel. Praise Jesus!!

  13. Ogo Maduekwe on May 16, 2024 at 11:10 am

    I would like to visit Israel with BBM 2025.

  14. Victoria Austin on May 16, 2024 at 11:14 am

    My heart aches and prays for the salvation and peace of Israel. So very thankful you are there and send us these messages so we can be there in the spirit with you.

    • Chrystalle Tylor on May 17, 2024 at 7:26 am

      Same here Victoria, with you in that x. Thank you Billye and Shelli, for being great representatives, teachers and intercessors. God Bless you both and the path before you.

  15. Patricia Arceneaux on May 16, 2024 at 11:23 am

    Praying for your safety and blessings upon you in your group. Thank you for the weekly prayer meetings and for the prophetic witness you do on YouTube. My husband and I are so looking forward to attending the autumn assembly again this year.

  16. Mary Harvey on May 16, 2024 at 11:24 am

    I am so thankful that you are there to let everyone know how much we love them, stand with them, and pray for them. I love reading your blog Billye and hearing all about your adventures with Shelli in Israel. Someday I will go with y’all on one of your trips but, until then, thank you so much for your blog.

  17. Donna Bryson on May 16, 2024 at 11:31 am

    Jesus is so wonderful. Without Him, none of this would be possible. I delight to hear your experiences in His land and know that He is with us all at any given time, loving and teaching us about His love. Satan always wants to destroy love and those who love, but he is a liar, and he is already a defeated foe. Only those whom he tricks into working for him will never know love, only hate, for Satan is the author of hate. God loves those who are deceived and waits for them to open to His knock on their heart’s door. We must pray for them, as He does not want them to go to Hell with Satan. Have you heard the testimony of the son of one of the creators of Hamas? It’s truly wonderful. I think I sent you the link.
    Sometimes, when I am persecuted, even by the church, or those in it, and wonder why, I realize that this is part of being a part of the family of Abraham, that God told him would be persecuted. AND we are persecuted for His name’s sake, as well. But in all of that, we know our reward will be greater and it will be worth it all for if we suffer with Him, we will also reign with Him, glory hallelujah!
    I hope you are able to witness to some of those who were taken hostage and bring them the good news of the Love of God that overcomes all hatred and evil., I pray that they come to really know Him as He knows and loves them, that is my prayer.
    Thank you again for sharing, Billye and Shellie. We love you and pray for your safety and safe return to America. In Jesus name, amen.

    • Scott on May 16, 2024 at 12:24 pm

      I love watermelon … bring some back! I’m sure Israel watermelon is much better.

  18. Roxann Michaelsen on May 16, 2024 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experiences in the land. I wish I were there too but your blog brings the land to me and I am so very thankful. We rejoice with Israel at God’s faithfulness to do what He promised to do and His keeping power! Blessings to you Billie for your love for Israel and the lost. Praying for you for new strength and continuous revelation and the completion of the Migdal Arbel Prayer Center! Our hearts are with you!

  19. Rebecca Jones on May 16, 2024 at 1:53 pm

    I pray every morning for Israel ! It is my hearts desire to go but have not been able to do that yet! Blessings and thanks for sharing your journey.

    Praying you have a marvelous time with unexpected God surprises !

  20. Mary and Norman Totten on May 16, 2024 at 2:08 pm

    Very special days ahead for you both as you mingle and minister Gods love and comfort to His people Dr Billye and Shelli . Give our love to Guy. Mary and Norman from Ireland

  21. Augusta Harris on May 16, 2024 at 3:32 pm

    It was wonderful to read about your experience in Israel on such an important DayI I remember back when Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day was similarly celebrated in America. Praying for Israel! Praying much for America…🙏🏾❤️
    Bless you all Billye!
    Sister Augusta

  22. Christine rinard on May 16, 2024 at 6:24 pm

    I entered into the silence with respect and gratitude. I have tears streaming down my face. But god. Our hope and strength coms from our God!! Let us all continue to pray. Thxs for sharing

  23. VELMA on May 16, 2024 at 6:33 pm

    Please let the people know how much we love them and praying for them. We are trusting the Lord will direct our Canadian government to stand strong on God’s side for Isrieal with us who believe Shalom. Alberta university’s are standing strong.

  24. Melissa Romero on May 16, 2024 at 10:55 pm

    We love you~ Reading your blogs I feel so much love bubbling within me. It’s deep inside my heart. Tears of Joy. Praying 💐

  25. Karen Jacobs on May 17, 2024 at 6:01 pm

    THANK YOU SIS BILLYE AND SHELLI FOR SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE BEING IN ISRAEL AT THIS SPECIAL TIME IN HISTORY! WATERMELON IS BETTER IN ISRAEL! LOVE AND BLESSINGS AND PRAYERS! KAREN JACOBS 🙏❤

  26. Joan NewVine on May 18, 2024 at 8:46 am

    Thanks for the update. Israel the apple of God’s Eye. Still lifting up every morning. Successful stay and safe return

  27. Trena Jones on May 19, 2024 at 5:44 am

    SHALOM SHALOM
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I am confident in this that the gratefulness the Jewish people feel is overwhelming.
    Blessings and be safe.
    SHALOM SHALOM
    Trena Jones

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