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April 13, 2022 8:40 am
On Today’s Episode listen as Mike Zwick Interviews Sharon Hungerford from Shepherd’s Staff Ministries. Listen as they discuss Sharon’s love for Israel and what’s going on in the life of modern-day Jews.
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This is good Truth Network and welcome to If Not for God stories of hopelessness that turn to who here is your host Mike Swick. If not for God with Mike Zwick. Got my good friend Sharon Hungerford here. Sharon is actually going to be leaving us pretty soon she's going to Israel is that right Sharon, that's right.
I wanted to get Israel have been to Israel about 11 times over the years but think of it hit. So it's been about three years since have been able to visit the land that the Lord has given me a heart for Israel and the Jewish people somewhere around 2000 60,007. My husband and I were working in England and he's sense past that we were working in England volunteering with the ministry and the Lord put in our heart to guide up and just pray and seek him and when we did the name Cohen just dropped in my heart and heart.
The Lord's hate. This is your link to Israel. We didn't know that we needed a link to Israel name Israel is important. Of course, and within a day or two, we found a brochure saying Chuck Cohen was coming from Israel to speak about Israel and said horses set our hearts on fire and he came in he spoke about what the Gentile part of the church which is non-Jewish people. It means nations in in Hebrew and Gentiles means nations but it's it's about. He spoke about what the Gentile part of the church. The non-Jewish part is to do for the Jewish part for the Jews and we didn't realize there was that there was Scripture that taught very specifically about what were supposed to do the churches to do and he spoke of Isaiah 40 verse one comfort comfort my people, says your God. Speak kindly to Jerusalem, and tell them their warfare has ended and I was thinking what what more comfort could you give a Jewish person then to tell them their warfare has ended when they're surrounded by the enemy. So we are to comfort.
We are to pray for we are to to give to the Jewish people and one of the main things I want to talk about today is aliyah aliyah is basically in the modern Hebrew.
It's Jewish immigration, but aliyah in in the Hebrew means to go up Mount Zion and Jerusalem is is on Mount Zion. So it when the Jews return back to Israel and make aliyah. They are going up to Mount Zion, so probably I know if I it's funny, I think before I met you I don't know if I'd ever even heard of aliyah and you know I was raised what my dad was Jewish and so I was kind of raised what I was raised by my mom but I remember when I was 14 I want to live with my dad and I he told me the stories about when he was growing up. When he he grew up Jewish in the Christian kids that I think there were Catholics but they were Christians up in New York City and they would say to him you kill Jesus. So there's been some animosity. I guess between the Jews and the Christians, but very much very much and I've just been to Florida recently and I was just surprised even anti-Semitism within the church that they just for light lunch. A Jewish person accepts Christ there no longer Jewish and that they shouldn't necessarily act US sure and you know Jesus was Jewish. Our Bible is a Jewish Bible and inside the Scripture says very clearly we are to be thankful for what we inherited from Jewish people sent you the I think the verse that they uses Galatians 328 word says that there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus, and I understand at first but when you look throughout all the throughout all of the Old Testament, and even there's parts of the New Testament.
You can really see that Israel is the apple of God's eye, and in one of the verses that you reporting out to me before Sharon was Jeremiah Chuck chapter 16 and its verse 14 it says therefore behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that it shall no more be said that the Lord lives you brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt but the Lord lives you brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands were. He had driven them for I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers, behold, I will send for many fishermen says the Lord, and they shellfish them, and afterwords I will send for many hunters and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill and out of the holes of the rock.
Sharon, could you be one of those fishermen yeah the fishermen are the Christians and we are to help the Jewish people know that it's important to get back to the land. I mean God made a promise with Abraham and Nate. The Jews were to possess the land and it hasn't fully been his best so we have 6 million Jews in America that have not returned and and a lot of people would disagree that the Jews need to go back.
This is my understanding of the Scripture and there are actually 64 scriptures that talk about the return of the Jewish people back to the land of Israel and of course since 1948 at well even earlier 1880s 90s. The Jews began to return and course and 48 Israel became a nation or state again and says God and wait you know we've been talking about Ukraine and what's going on. Aaron was fresh and that's exactly what I was to say is that for me. I was single God I I needed some help in understanding all of this and I saw what happened in the Ukraine air sheet you're seeing what's happening in the Ukraine.
Right now, and many Jews are actually leaving the Ukraine to go back to Israel.
And I'm also hearing there's Jews from Russia who were leaving Russia to go back to Israel, so it looks as if it may be playing out before very eyes. It definitely is playing out and there's even there's a large number of Ethiopians as well. Jewish Ethiopians that have been left in a war environment that haven't been able to get out but the High Ct. in Israel has just said that they're going to bring them back and so I'm working with a ministry called his lighthouse ministries in Israel very dear friends in the same and hunt us a learner and the Lord put the vision several years ago on their heart to they were actually in Ashdod and just enjoying the beach. It's up port city and so they were looking out in the Mediterranean and there were ships all in the Mediterranean and the Lord put down their heart is that this is going to be filled with my people coming back here to be a lighthouse is called his lighthouse so God will be a lighthouse to the people coming back in. So part of the vision is to purchase land and build a complex that would house like 500 Jewish people that are making Jewish immigration to help them be that step in between to help them move into Israel and make full immigration so it's a temporary place yeah mood is funny because we have we have a friend of ours Lorren we have a Monday morning prayer meeting over in Burlington and this guy has the gift of prophecy and I've seen this firsthand. He's been able to look at me and tell me things that there's no way that anybody could've known but that's what he does will start praying and he'll just say stuff and people like how did you know so but anyways we were there. One morning I think you said that will render that you had felt the Lord tell you that Lorren had had a word for you is all right I just really sense that I was in a guy when you have a word.
So what he said what he said he saw a lighthouse and had no idea that I lighthouse ministries enough they knew nothing again that nothing that says this is been an interesting journey for me, Lord, is allow me to go around the borders. I'm an intercessor I love hearing what God puts on my heart to pray and I believe praying.
His word is the most powerful effective intercession and so he's allow me to go around the borders of Israel and Israel. When Israel and the Jewish people get back to the land. Ezekiel 36 is the clearest explanation. But God says he himself like 19 maybe 20 times.
I don't remember that he himself will bring his people back and and it talks about where living outside of the land is its blast that was not last may have gotten the word here I am so Ezekiel 36 is profaning when the Jews live outside of the land is proof training the name of God, and he says he himself will bring them back. Not for their sake, but for his holy name say any says when he brings them back to the land that the nations this of the Gentile nations, the nations will know that he is God. It I believe is going to be the greatest evangelical time where the nations recognize and understand that he's got kids, you know, the Jews have come back. There's many that have come back but there they haven't had that spiritual return yet and it's the church's responsibility to pray in that spiritual return and no lot of the church is blamed the Jews for for killing Christ, of all things somebody explained to me that you know the Jews had to be the one responsible for his death because there the priest and they would've offered the this lamb and and so Jesus was the sacrificial lamb being offered and but it's all of our sins that nailed him to the cross and and we have to understand and Paul very clearly says in Romans different places that we owe a debt. The Jewish people for our inheritance of Jesus Christ and you know the thing that makes the most sense to me. Satan does not want the end to come.
He does not want the antichrist to come because his and will be over. And so really all he has to to is to keep Jew and Gentile, because the end time charges going to be Jew and Gentile together and Ephesians talks about that. The one new man and and what we were so interested in blaming each other and so interested in where were falling right into what Satan wants us to do you know when are we gonna quit shooting our wounded when are we gonna love our brothers, even if their seeming innovation and just thing about the show, you just absent you know we need to love like Christ love which is laying down his life and so even the murderers like you gardeners is a Scripture that I love. That's very important in this topic, but in Jeremiah 32. There's only one thing that God does with all his heart, with all his soul and some disconnect start with verse 37 and read down to 41 which is the one want to get to simply hold. I will guide us and I will gather them Jewish people out of all the countries where I have driven them in my anger and my fury and Ng great wrath.
I will bring them back to this place and I will cause them to dwell safely, they shall be my people and I will be there God, then I will give them one heart and one way that they may fear me forever for the good of them and their children after them and I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from doing them good, but I will put my fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from me. Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good. I will assuredly plant them in this land. With all my heart and with all my soul so it's it's crystal clear here that God will plant them in his land with all his heart and all his soul. And because that's going to be the complete restoration is of heaven and earth coming back together with Jesus having its totally got better than the garden. It'll be complete paradise. We have the new heaven come to our a lot of people don't understand that. I think they think you were just at some place way off in the sky or whatever but rice is bold.
I will make a new heaven and a new earth right and a new Jerusalem will come down literally and so this can be very Jewish.
I remember what I was what I was in high school.
The some of the kids asked me this is with a Coke always with that. Are you Jewish vessel wall half Jewish. My dad was the day you die cut I got some took some credit for that for the about the next year to have it. I remember one time my dad was telling me he said that he was in New York. He was in the city is going through the streets and with him a couple of his friends and there were some other guys who were Italian eggs were Catholic and and they looked at him and his friends.
They were older guys and they said are you guys Jewish and his two friends said no or not but he said yes I am. He said they may have thrown a rock at him or something like that. But I never forgot that you know to to be proud of who you are, you know the even Jesus says and the guy says I am her uterus is in the gospel. It says I am not ashamed of the gospel for that.
It is the power of God and there is power. You know why I go back and I was just think about this earlier today member the very first video that I did. I was scared to death because I had never done anything like this before and I and I said I'm just gonna do it. I woke up at 5 o'clock in the morning I put it on Facebook but as it is or something that God has called you to do. I said, and are you doing you know because most of us. I believe if we Christians, we have a calling that God is called us to.
But the number two are we answering the call, have we said yes to the voice of Jesus and so you have obviously said yes to the voice of Jesus, Sharon, and you know maybe your son who's listening today are watching today. They said we'd love to get involved in the sun you have a you have a website or is it yes there's a website for his lighthouse ministries because his lighthouse.com and my website. Shepherd's staff ministries.org talks about the role of the church and our responsibility to the Jewish people, which is been my focus and but I'm gonna leave April 18 and go over for not quite three months and just based setting up we don't have this large land that we had talked about, but we Israel is so I love Israel they just the people open their homes when there's great need. When there's a big Jewish. The Russian Jews came back to sin. 89 9091 in that window all the Russian Jews came back in the Jewish people just open their homes so there's different ministries coming together to this is so cool because these ministries there's 45 ministries just with the group with his lighthouse and it's like God has given each ministry a piece of what's needed for the people coming in light one may, I think one ministry has about 50 people come in and and so his lighthouse is pack a container and containers are hard to get now because of everything going on up there, but they have a container so they been storing up batting in their making school packs and packs for children packs for adults and and so everybody is contributing to the whole one of the local churches there in Jerusalem is said what, how can we help you and all these ministries are working together in unity. It it's in its Jew and Gentile together. I mean, it's up little slice of heaven there you go there you go.
So the what you hope to accomplish when you leave us in April. Well, like one major column in life is to pray for us and to listen so I will be an intercessor for this ministry that I also will be hands-on and working. I have lots of friends and now these other ministries as well and we meet together and so will be whatever is needed to help these people get adjusted.
In other coming from war and some people may have lost of children is a Russian man young man that came in. He started got his citizenship.
I think it was in less like two weeks, which is amazing and about. There was a mother and her child, and because you know in Ukraine. There the men and the boys are required to stay and fight. So these families are being separated from the fathers, brothers and sisters and so you know that's a lot of trauma and a lot of people are going through. So one thing I've done is counseling and so even in intercession, you know, the spirit that God often has this guys three things even knowledge so we can identify with people just whether it's trauma or illness or losing family are, you know there's a lot of times that the Lord, I have us experience something that can help others get through it that we meet in the future so yeah, you know, one of the verses that I think of is the Matthew 1926 and it says Jesus looked at them and he said with me on this is impossible with God all things are possible and to show you where my faith is verses were Sharon's faith is a it a few months ago I said sharing your knocking to be able to get into Israel are not letting anybody yet and not luster Jewish right was that it and Sharon said no, my going to get.
And God told me I was good again and I was like okay and then all of a sudden I got the doors opened and so that's the ticket book your ticket in the II think you you said recently you had one of your grandchildren, Samuel, yes that very five years old five years old was he was talking with his mother in CVS and he what was there a time out heaven and hell and he said he wanted to ask Jesus come to come and live in his heart so he his all over this and is ready to go tell all his classmates how to asked Jesus into their heart. I do believe it was the real deal. So I mean you know what exciting what I'm thinking of all that he what I'm thinking about this.
Whether it's what whether it's what Sharon is doing or whether it's something else that you're doing what my dad it was talking about this on the way over, but my dad's favorite song was a song by Neil diamond. I'm sure Pastor Steve remembers Neil diamond and you do as well Sharon, but the name the name of the song was. You don't send me flowers anymore and what it's about. It's about a it's about a couple who was together and when they first got together.
The husband did everything that he could do to really impress his wife and then he bought her flowers and heat. He did everything that he could to make a good impression on her and then Barbra Streisand is singing the song with him later on she says you don't do that anymore.
You don't send me flowers anymore and and so what I'm what I think about that one of the verses that came to my mind and was praying about it this morning it says it's Revelation 315 through 16. He says I know you I know your works, that you are neither hot nor cold. He said I'd rather you be one or the other, he says, but because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew the out of thy mouth, thinking that's pretty serious and so whether it's Pastor Steve who answered the call to Stu to go into the ministry or whether it's Sharon who answered the call to two to really get involved in Israel.
I want to ask you if you're if you're listening today or you're watching today would you feel like God is calling you to do you know with one of the things that would not told the story before is when I first got saved was Pastor Bill Mackenzie or Bert Pinedale Christian church in Winston-Salem. He says the devils not to tell you not to give your life to Christ, although nowadays I look at it, you probably will, but what he said was, he said he'll just tell you to do it later and it says in Scripture that today is the day of salvation. So if you've never given your life to Christ before I want to encourage you right now to say yes to Jesus to ask him to forgive you of your sins and to commit to live the rest of your life or Herman Goss. I know I know it's tough as a as a Christian we go through tough times.
There's persecution all over the world. I mean, you know, the Jews are being persecuted. Like you said Sharon minutes even in the United States and I got to see that firsthand what I was in high school, but it's not going to be just the Jews. This time is Conoco cheese and Christian and that's happening all over as well. The persecution of Christians all over the world. Persecution of Jews and and so I guess when you're when you're going through this. You want to have a rock you want to have the rock of ages you want to have. Jesus Christ was living in your heart. What will Samuel set I want to give my life to Jesus and so if you never given your life to Jesus. I want to encourage you to do that today but but Sharon, our final two minutes or so. What what is your final message that you have to people who may say what I don't know about this all the all thing or are the Jews supposed to go back would you tell him to look up how it asked them to read the Scripture in context and not change Lotto. There's something called replacement theology where the church believes that the church has replaced Israel but read it at face value and don't read read Israel.
As Israel and yes there sometimes that he's talking to the church as well. I wanted to just read Psalm 121 which talks about its he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel shall never neither slumber nor sleep and sing a song go, go forth since that's beautiful Sharon thank thank you so much for coming on when you come back in June. Would love to have you. God this is the Truth Network