news from cook islands
Thank you for sending Bible Basics and Gospel News which I am happy to read. I have just come back from my 3 month holiday in Australia, in Sydney and Melbourne. Bro. Shane Kirkwood and Bro. Adam Byrars were in Raro preaching. I travelled back with them to Australia and they pushed me in the wheelchairs in the airport terminal. I stayed with my daughter in Miranda, Sydney, and I have been to the Sutherland, Castle Hill, Riverwood, Westride and Morebank ecclesias. I learnt a lot in those ecclesias; they welcomed me and I also had lunch and dinner with them. Then I moved to Melbourne, accompanied by my daughter Pamela, who was a nurse, and her two boys. I was happy to meet and stay with my two boys in Melbourne, who are doing fine. Pamela and the two boys flew back to Sydney four days later. I have been to Melbourne and Canberra ecclesias. It was an educational holiday for me. It is good to be back home away from the Australian cold and in the warm in Raro. June was our winter in Raro, but still hot, I can feel it because I wear summer clothes all the time. I can see the mango tree flowering; it is the wrong time, it should be in September. Maybe the weather in the world is changing.
What is the secret of Israel today and the future? Yes the weather was changing today, as was man’s mind and heart changing too. I saw the news on TV the war in Lebanon, Hesbola and Israel shelling each other; these Arab nations want Israel to disappear from the map of the world. The President of Iran could truly says these words, from Psalm 83:4 “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” This is in the mind of some people in the world today. But we read at the end of the same chapters. 17-18, “Let them be confounded and dismayed for ever; yea, let them be put to shame and perish: that they may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.”
The children of Israel are the same as Gentiles, they are no different, they sin; they were punished by God for their ignorance of the Law. In AD 70, the Jews were dispersed all over the world and today they are back in their land, today the nation of Israel is again on the map of the world.
The secret of Israel comes to us from, Jer.31:35-37: “Thus says the Lord who gives the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who disturbs the sea when the waves thereof roar; the Lord of hosts is His name. If those ordinances depart from before me, says the Lord, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus says the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, says the Lord.” God’s ordinance cannot be broken by any man or super power. God will make things happen in His own way according to the scriptures. With the Hope of Israel, may God bless you and Gospel News which lets our brothers and sisters in one part of the world know those in other parts of the world.
Bro. Mata Remuera