“Next Year in Jerusalem—is NOW!”

Subtitled: “BLOW the Trumpets in ZION!”

A Book to Deepen Your Love and Understanding of Israel, The Jewish People, and the Messiah—For “The Gospel’s” Sake

By MICHAEL (BEN) ATTAR-Israeli, Hebrew Christian and Founder of The Ministry “Good Mood Foundation”

Before exiting “Yad Vashem,” the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, you will stop to reflect by the huge window (see above). On my trip to Israel in 2013, I stopped, gasped, and reflected. Suddenly, I remembered that I was “named” after each of my grandfathers in their remembrance.

My grandfather, on my mother’s side, Nathaniel, was a Zionist leader. He dreamed of a Jewish homeland. But He was shot in the head (in front of my grandmother) by the Nazis in 1941, in Poland. So, he died before Israel was established as a State. My other grandfather, on my father’s side, Michael was a Rabbi in Northern Morocco. He longed to be in Israel. So, in 1956, my grandfather liquidated his estate and prepared to move his entire family (11 children) to Israel. But he died of a stroke, one week before they were to immigrate. After a period of mourning, his entire family “moved forward,” and immigrated to Israel. Continuing to reflect as I looked through the window, I began to cry uncontrollably. Both of my grandfathers had longed to be “in” Israel. But here I was in Israel. I was also born here.

To conclude the “Feast of Passover,” the father pours the “fourth” cup of wine, which is called “Elijah’s Cup.” Then he says this prayer, “Next Year in Jerusalem.” The Jewish people longed to return to Jerusalem and to celebrate Passover here. So, for over 2,000 years, the Jews continued to end the Passover with the prayer, “Next Year in Jerusalem.” And on May 14, 1948, by God’s divine intervention, the State of Israel was Re-born. The Jewish people who had been scattered to the four corners of the world began returning to Israel. However, Jerusalem was still not under their control, so the Jews continued to end the Passover with the prayer, “Next Year in Jerusalem.” But on June 7, 1967, after the “6 Day War,” God enabled His People to recapture Jerusalem. And as Rabbi Shlomo Goren, and the IDF, entered the “Western Wall” Rabbi Shlomo blew a Shofar Trumpet and quoted this verse, “When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the Lord your God and rescued from your enemies.” Hallelujah, “Blow the Trumpets in Zion”-Jerusalem is again under Israel’s control. The prayers of the Jews have been answered.

Jews NOW live in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is NOW once again the Capital of Israel.
Jews NOW come to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.
“Next Year in Jerusalem—is Now!”

Foreword

“In your hands is the story of Israel, God’s People, and the Jewish Messiah. Their stories are told via a journey using the ‘narrative’ of all the Biblical sites, which can typically be seen on a ‘10-Day Introductory Tour’ to Israel. Your journey also uses the ‘narrative’ of ‘The Three Feasts’ the Jews returned to Jerusalem each year to celebrate: Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. Jesus’ words ‘uncover’ and connect many of the ‘spiritual dots’ concerning the Biblical sites and the Jewish Feasts. And Michael’s insightful commentary will also add to your understanding.

But what makes this such an extraordinary journey is the progressive order in which all the ‘narratives’ have been arranged. Everything leads up to the final story… In God’s Throne Room, one of God’s Angels’ has taken a piece of coal from the Brazen Altar of Sacrifice. Then the Angel touched ‘me’ with the coal which has the blood of ‘The Lamb’ (Jesus Christ) on it. My sin has been taken away. I am forgiven. Therefore, I am compelled… I must tell the Jewish People that the ‘Old Covenant’ is obsolete and that the ‘New Covenant’ is here.

Michael also has a follow-up book entitled “Shofars and Temple Trumpets.” In that groundbreaking book, Michael uses the ‘narrative’ of God’s favorite instrument, the Trumpet (Genesis to Revelation) to tell the story of Israel and His People, the Jews. I say ‘groundbreaking’ because as far as I know, this is the first time anyone has chronologically ‘detailed’ all the stories in the Bible which incorporate God’s Trumpets. There’s no doubt, God had it in ‘His Mind’ to use the Trumpet to ‘unveil’ and ‘reveal’ Jesus Christ. My heart leaped with joy when Scripture reminded me that Jesus’ ‘voice’ is like a TRUMPET. And that ‘One Day’ after the ‘Seventh Angel’ blows the Trumpet, Jesus Christ will return to rule and reign with all believers in the ‘New Jerusalem.’

I pray that both books, breathe ‘life’ into your spirit. And that God uses them to awaken, reawaken and deepen your LOVE for Israel, the Jewish people, and the Messiah.”

The Synopsis of This Book

This book’s premise is that those who read, understand, believe, and act in faith upon God’s Word are the “ones” who LOVE Israel, God’s People, the Jews, and the Jewish Messiah. Ultimately it is God who produces this LOVE within the hearts of His Children.

The audience for this book is Gentile Christians (and Hebrew Christians). I hope that God uses this book to “stir your heart” to reach out to the Jewish People. This book is also well suited to share and discuss with “anyone” who is “seeking and searching” after spiritual things.

To begin, there is a lot we can and should be thankful for because of the Jewish People. We owe the Jewish People a debt of gratitude for many of the things we have and enjoy which originated from the “minds” of Jewish inventors, artists, scientists, musicians, philanthropists, and business people. But we also owe the Jewish People a debt of gratitude for the many “spiritual things” we enjoy, too. To begin, we “owe our salvation” to Jesus, the Jewish Rabbi, and Messiah, who said, “Salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22). And of the 66 books in the Bible, 64 of them were written by Jewish authors. In fact, the Bible is a Jewish Book about the Jewish People, The Land of Israel, and the Jewish Messiah. That said, deepening your “Love” for Israel, the Jewish People and the Messiah are ultimately for “The Gospel’s” sake! We owe the Jewish People an explanation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Why? The Apostle Paul (a Hebrew Christian) and author of most of the New Testament said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” Romans 1:16–17

Ministry to God’s People begins by asking God to put Jewish friends into your life. This is followed by asking God to provide ways for you to:

  1. Love your Jewish friends.
  2. Bless your Jewish friends.
  3. Provide opportunities to have spiritual conversations with your Jewish friends.

Of course, the same is true for reaching your Gentile friends, too.

Therefore, when God provides opportunities for having spiritual conversations with your Jewish friends, you will need to have a good understanding of the “Key Stories” concerning Israel, the Jewish People, and the Messiah. So, I authored this book to deepen your understanding of “their” stories. However, there is so much more to understand. So, I pray this book stimulates your desire to learn more about Israel, the Jewish People, and the Messiah.

This book is also very personal. I share stories of my struggles growing up as a Jew, struggles associated with being a second-generation survivor of the Holocaust, and struggles with my father, and my family. I also share how God graciously healed many of these wounds. Each story “fits” within the narratives of this book and will make reading this book that much more personal.

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