By Mike Evans
You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. –Psalm 32:7, NKJV
As chairman of the board of the Corrie ten Boom Holocaust Museum in Holland, a part of our ministry which we restored almost 30 years ago, I am pleased that we have been able to keep the doors open at no charge to visitors. When I met Corrie ten Boom over dinner in 1972, the first words out of her mouth were from the Scripture above. That is why she called the secret room behind her bed "The Hiding Place." It was there that 800 Jewish lives were saved. Some of them are still living in Israel today thanks to the ten Boom family, most of whom gave their lives to save the Chosen People.
When David referred to a hiding place, he was referring to a den, a cave, or a secret chamber where a man could hide from danger. It is a cry from the Spirit to you and me from the prophet Isaiah in chapter 26, verse 20: "Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past." (NKJV)
Beloved, we have a hiding place from stress, a heavenly shelter in the time of storms where you can be shut in with God in a secret place, there in the Spirit beholding His face. That hiding place is the Lord. David declares, "There the Lord surrounded me with joyous songs of salvation, deliverance." Go to your hiding place, that place the angels of the Lord inhabit.
The Hebrew word "preserve" means to guard, protect, and keep. You are kept by the precious blood of Jesus and the Word of the Living God and the sweet Holy Spirit.
In the fall when I was young, I would help my mother as she canned pickles and fruits. The seals were very tight to preserve the food through the winter months. She always had me tighten the lids on the jars to seal them for her. You are preserved through the winter seasons of your life through the precious nail-scarred hands of the Savior. Rejoice today in His goodness for you!
On Sunday, May 10, 1942, two years after the fall of Holland, Corrie's brother, William ten Boom, began playing the Dutch National Anthem at their church. The Germans had decreed that it was against the law to do such a thing. Corrie's 82-year-old father, Casper, stood to his feet and one by one, the entire congregation joined him and sang.
When a Jewish neighbor across the street asked Casper ten Boom if she might stay with them, he replied, "In this household, God's people are always welcome." Word spread through the Jews in Ha'arlem that the ten Booms loved them. They began to slip into the ten Boom clock shop and were saved in the secret hiding place from where they made their way to Israel.
Do you remember the story of Oskar Schindler? He was memorialized in the Hall of the Righteous Gentiles in Yad Vashem—the Holocaust Museum in Israel. There are three other famous people in Schindler's company at Yad Vashem. They are Corrie ten Boom, her father, Casper, and her sister, Betsie, who were inducted just a few years ago. I spoke at the ceremony in Ha'arlem along with the Israeli ambassador to the Netherlands.
While I was there, one woman who was taken to the ten Boom house by her mother told me how she was saved. The woman said, with tears running down her face, "My mother took me to the house and said there was a hiding place for us."
"Casper ten Boom came to the door. He was very old and had a big beard. My mother asked if he could take a little girl's and an old lady's watch. (This was the code word to bring Jews for hiding.) He said, 'One moment please, I have to ask God.' He walked away for a moment. I turned to my mother and asked, 'Mother, is God in the house?' My mother answered, 'I don't know; maybe.' He came back and said, 'God says yes.' And so they risked their lives to save us. And, we were saved."
Stand on this promise today. The Lord is your hiding place. He shall preserve you from trouble. He will encompass you about with songs of deliverance.
In a few days we will celebrate a glorious birthday party. I would like to invite you to join me in celebration. Corrie was born on April 15, 1892. As amazing as it may sound, she died on April 15, 1983.
In 1972, I saw an elderly lady carrying her suitcase into a hotel in Texarkana, Arkansas. I didn't know who she was but rushed over and offered to carry her bag. She declined my offer with, "It's okay, young man. I'm just a tramp for the Lord. But if you insist, then please join me for a cup of soup." That precious lady was Corrie ten Boom. I accepted her invitation and, over soup, she comforted me.
The first time I ever heard the message of Jesus was at the age of six. I was watching cartoons, and when they went off, I turned the channel. There was Dr. Billy Graham who turned Corrie's book, The Hiding Place, into a movie. He was giving an invitation with "Just as I Am" playing softly in the background. My mother, an Orthodox Jew, ran into the room and turned off the set. The veins in her neck were bulging as she pointed at me. She said, "Don't ever watch that again! Christians kill Jews! Christians hate Jews! Jesus died; don't dig Him up."
My mother sat down and told me the story of her grandfather, a rabbi, who was burned to death in his synagogue in Minsk, Russia. The entire congregation was inside when the doors and windows were nailed shut by a group of Orthodox Christians. As the building burned, screams of "Christ killer" could be heard. She also said many of her relatives fled to Germany and were thrown into the ovens by German Christians who also screamed, "Christ killers!"
My mother had never seen loving, compassionate Christians. Instead she had tomatoes and eggs thrown at her in our community and was called a "Jew witch." Our house was spray painted with that same epithet. Corrie wept and held my hand as I told her that story. She said, "No, they were not real Christians. Real Christians love the Jewish people."
She then told me about being in Ravensbruck concentration camp on her birthday. Corrie was in solitary confinement as she prayed, and the Lord gave her a birthday gift: Psalm 91. I remembered that, so I turned to read it. When I did, I was overjoyed because the last verse says, "With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."
Corrie was 51 when God gave her that scripture at Ravensbruck. The present God gave her was 40 years of ministry. The following year, the Lord put a burden on my heart to go to Holland and make inquiries about buying the ten Boom clock shop so that loving Christians could restore it and keep it open to share the love of Christ with the Jewish people.
I was amazed when the man who owned the building said no. I asked if we could pray. He said he wouldn't, but that I could. I prayed, and when I finished my prayer, the clocks began to chime. It was noon. He asked if I knew what day it was. "I completely forgot," he said. "It's Corrie's birthday. I will sell the building."
I know of no other elderly Christian family who gave their lives saving 800 Jewish lives. When the Gestapo arrested them, Casper was told, "Old man, you can die in your bed if you promise not to bring any more Jews into this house." He replied, "It would be an honor to give my life for God's ancient people." He did ten days later.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Corrie:
"This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see."
"Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength—carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength."
"What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul."
"Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden."
"It is not my ability, but my response to God's ability, that counts."
"Happiness isn't something that depends on our surroundings ... It's something we make inside ourselves."
Dr. Michael D. Evans is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of the nonfiction book Jimmy Carter: the Liberal Left and World Chaos, in which he compares the Obama and Carter presidencies; and the fiction book, GameChanger. Evans’ books are available at www.Timeworthybooks.com.
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Persia: The Final Jihad
Persia. The very word evokes images of kings and princes and tales of Arabian nights, of Scheherazade, the teller of 1001 stories of cunning and derring-do.
However, Persia was not solely acclaimed for the tales of 1001 Arabian Nights, but for algebra, Backgammon, a postal service, military conscription, and advances in human rights.
Living in the FOG (Favor of God)
Until God gave me this revelation, I had no idea that Scriptures I had circled even as a child would have special significance in the years to come.
After having seen Jesus face-to-face at the age of eleven, I knew I wanted to hear His voice again. That is what sparked this amazing search. I learned through this revelation how to hear the voice of God again and again-through His Word.
As a young girl, Sarah Batsheva was infatuated with the handsome teenage boy who lived down the street. That teenage boy was Adolf Eichmann. It all seemed innocent and nice until Sarah's grandmother died, and then nothing was ever the same again.
Living Fear Free
Discover the secret of "replacing fear with joy" and learn how "you can enter into His rest by accepting the reality of the Atonement".
This uplifting book will remind you that "You are a soldier in the army of God…called, anointed, filled, blessed, and equipped and…more than a conqueror in Him". You will be inspired to "take courage as you go in His name" and filled with hope as you remember that "the best is yet to come!"
What is the real reason for the ongoing conflict in the Middle East between the Jewish and Muslim populations?
The Candidate was written in order to expose the lie of The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and to reveal the extent to which this lie has led to the ongoing hatred of the Jewish people and the state of Israel by her racist enemies.
It was written in fiction form in order to reach beyond an audience of scholars, academics and political pundits to the common man. Most are unaware of the extent to which even their own opinions about modern Israel and the Jewish people have been subtly influenced by the anti-Semitic slurs which ultimately flow from this hate literature.
The Final Generation
Are the Prophetic Pieces Nearly in Place?
A diabolical counterfeit of God's ultimate plan of salvation seems to be spreading across the Middle East—and is playing out just as foretold in the Bible. While Western Christians seem to be growing more complacent and concerned with their personal comfort and success, a prophetic storm is gathering in the Middle East. Radical Islamists are preparing for the final battle, believing it will usher in a new age of Islamist supremacy.
Do you find these events as chilling as I do?
The Samson Option
Darkness blankets the eastern seaboard. From Maine to Georgia, the power grid is in shambles, destroyed by the pulse of a high-altitude nuclear detonation. Cities and towns of every size are on the verge of chaos. Only the military continues to function, frantically searching the seas for the two container ships bearing nuclear missiles poised for a second strike that will destory what remains of America. The President is convinced the attacks are the work of Al-Qa’ida operatives aided by elements within the Pakistani government. David Hoag knows the truth about who is really behind the attacks, but powerful forces in high places are bent on unleashing America's military might and Israel is poised for a response of its own. Can Hoag reach the President in the time to avert a worldwide disaster? Or, is the beginning of the end?
Events in the Middle East are rapidly moving toward total chaos. Eyes worldwide are directed toward every country except the one that is most important—Israel. It has been called the "world's canary in the coal mine." You know the story of how miners carried canaries into coal mines to detect poisonous methane gas. It was one of the first early warning systems.
Each of the countries that surround Israel—Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt—is in upheaval to some degree. The only matter on which all can agree is their hatred for Israel and the Jewish people.
Sorrowfully, the Liberal Left in America has drawn a line in the sand and stepped over to the other side—away from our long-time ally, Israel. President Barack Obama's one-world view has placed him squarely alongside the United Nations. He has cast his lot with those who would see Israel stripped, bleeding, and impotent to defend herself. No longer the Good Samaritan, he has befriended those who pass by on the other side and ignore the threat Israel faces.
IT’S A LIE THAT WOULD NOT DIE;
believed to be true by Adolf Hitler, Henry Ford, and the late Osama bin Laden. It was introduced by the Russian secret police in an attempt to bolster the reign of Tsar Nicholas II. It erroneously exposed his enemies as co-conspirators with the Jews in a plot to take over the world. This fabricated document was embraced by a religious fanatic, Sergei Nilus, and published in 1905 in Russia. He published three separate versions of the book, and the last in 1917 indicated that Theodor Herzl was the writer of the mythical conspiracy theory. The book birthed the pogroms in Russia, and was used by Hitler as an excuse to exterminate six million Jews in Europe. Many Muslim leaders worldwide keep it within reach as the most revered book, after the Quran. Every terrorist organization uses this plagiarized copy to support the vile acts it commits.
When a father forsakes his God-given responsibilities, Can a son find the strength to forgive?
… David took a deep breath and forced himself to think. God’s grace, he told himself, reaches to the depths of sin.
When a son is wounded beyond belief, Can he unleash the healing power of love on his entire family?
Unforgiveness is like drinking poison while hoping it will make your enemy sick, David thought to himself.
When a heaven-sent messenger draws near and empowers healing… Can a man of God believe what he sees?
As he sat there on the step the light through the window grew brighter again, filling the room and surrounding him with its glow.
You’ll love this moving story of grace and forgiveness beyond measure.
I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. - Genesis 12:3
President Obama plans to succeed in dividing Jerusalem by 2012, blackmailing Israel over the Iran crisis to achieve his objective. "Never miss the opportunity of a crisis."
The president apparently feels that Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria are a fair trade in order to keep Iran (Persia) from going atomic. The Obama administration seems to be treating Israel as a property to be bartered — or perhaps more accurately — to be betrayed for the sake of expediency. The Arab world wants its 22nd Islamic state with its capital in Jerusalem for one simple reason: Muslims believe Israel is Arab land occupied by foreigners.
If America touches prophecy - Jerusalem - God's curse will fall upon America and upon President Obama as decreed in Genesie 12:3. The ancient prophet Zachariah cried out, "I will make Jerusalem a cup that will send all the surrounding people reeling … an immovable rock for all nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves."
An Islamic radical drives a Suburban loaded with explosives into the early morning drop-off line at a school in Denver.
In Chicago, another fanatical Muslim drives a gasoline truck into the Chicago Board of Trade building. Death and destruction rain down.
Terrorists crash small, explosive-laden airplanes into the airport in Atlanta, destroying two jumbo jets and the main terminal. All flights are grounded.
A nuclear bomb is exploded high above Washington, D.C. The entire East Coast power grid collapses. Everything is at a standstill.
This electrifying new fiction novel from Mike Evans traces the events from inception to execution — from the hopelessness of a world gone mad to a renewed hope.
Atomic Iran: Countdown to Armageddon
The Story Behind this Provocative Book
The Countdown to Armageddon Has Begun!
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that Israel must be “wiped off the map.” Such a radical statement might seem like bravado and bluster, but the Iranian connection to rocket attacks on Israel make it crystal clear that the Islamic Republic has every intention of following through with its threats of total destruction. Most troubling of all, Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons with reckless determination as part of its mission to annihilate Israel, which Ahmadinejad calls a “stain of disgrace.”
With Iran’s history of contempt for the United Nations, the United States, Great Britain, and of course, Israel, such an apocalyptic event could happen at any moment. You need to take a stand!
Jimmy Carter, the Liberal Left and World Chaos
The presidential election was a public sounding board for the much-touted failures of the Republican Party. He ran against a disgraced president in the aftermath of an unpopular war on a theme of "change." He kept his word, and change began. Barack Obama? No, Jimmy Carter!
Philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Jimmy Carter, the Liberal Left and World Chaos: An Obama/Carter Plan That Will Not Work, is a 550-page hardback revealing how Barack Obama and the Liberal Left are poised to repeat Carter's changes and mistakes!
Mistakes like providing checks of $150 million to the Ayatollah Khomeini to overthrow the Shah of Iran. This change lit the fuse of terrorism that exploded against the world when Khomeini declared April Fools Day 1980 "the first day of the government of God." Radical Islam was born. As if that weren't enough, Carter provided $500 million to the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom Fighters, who became the Taliban and Al-Qaeda