Hallelujah, glory to God, praise the Lord, and if I could write His praises in tongues — I would!
You know that Jan and I have worked, prayed, loved, and gone to the Holy Land over fifty times! Yes, for TBN’s nearly full 38 years we have met with all the prime ministers (except one), pled with them and their ministers of TV and broadcasting for a TV license — to no avail!
But, IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME, GOD! Yes, in a moment I will tell you how our God did it! But first, a glorious prophetic miracle had to be fulfilled. Read it and rejoice for the sons and daughters of Abraham!
“I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild their ruined cities, and live in them again, and they shall plant vineyards and gardens and eat their crops and drink their wine. I will firmly plant them there upon the land that I have given them….” Amos 9:14-15 TLB
And to the many enemies of Israel God gives this warning—
“‘And they shall not be pulled up again,’ says the Lord your God!” Amos 9:15 TLB
Praise God, now we see why we had to wait so long for our TBN miracle: the remnant of God’s people had to return and be in the land so that we can reach them with the glorious truth of their Messiah! And now the final miracle begins!
So, how did God do it?
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Romans 11:33 KJV
Who would have dreamed that our Russian network and our Russian brothers would be the key?! As the Jews returned to their homeland, it finally became apparent that a great number, in fact a majority, were coming from Russia. So much so that Russian speaking Jews are now about 25% of the population of Israel! Our brother Igor Nikitin first brought us the news: Russian Israelis want to bring our TBN Russia network into all Israel!
Many of you saw the almost unbelievable miracle as Lia Shemtov, a member of the Israeli Knesset (congress) came to Praise the Lord and presented a historic “thank you” document to TBN! This gracious lady made it clear that she and her government were our friends even though our networks are fully Christian! As negotiations continued, it was decided that a fully functioning TV studio would be desirable so that local LIVE programs could be produced and broadcast. The emphasis would be at first Russian, since they come largely from the Orthodox Christian faith. It was then proposed that perhaps Hebrew sub-titles be added to some programs so that all could understand the message. Finally, since many in Israel understand English, we rejoice that some programs will be broadcast in English since many tell us that it helps them learn this business language of the world.
I could hardly contain my joy as we viewed the awesome dedication celebration last May! Igor Nikitin and a host of Messianic pastors led over 2,000 praising believers thanking God for this great miracle!
Ah, dear partners, say it with me: THE FIG TREE HAS BLOSSOMED — and we grafted in branches are ready to bear precious fruit!
So, now the real work begins. Local live programs must be produced. God willing, as you read this letter, I plan to be in Jerusalem to produce some programs and to be sure that everything is in proper order. I hope to meet with several ministers of government as well as many precious pastors. Please pray for me — at 77 I do not have the same zip that I had at 27! Do I have a witness?
So, now besides prayer, we need some good partners who also have a burden to reach this prophetic miracle! The cost will be light if everyone reading this would add perhaps two or three dollars to their pledge. You angel partners have never let us down! How else could we support 77 satellite channels, 35 big full power stations, plus over 20,000 affiliated TV and cable stations worldwide, and very soon iTBN—the awesome new Internet station carrying all 10 of our networks also around the world?!
Dear, dear partners: Rejoice with me again as we praise our God for this and the many miracles that we have seen these 38 awesome years!
love you for being a part of this great final voice to the world! We will look for your letter and will be your prayer partner till Jesus comes!
P.S. Finally, to the enemies of Israel, hear the word of the Lord —
“For lo thine enemies…have said, come and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel be no more” Psa. 83:4
And God’s reply:
“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh…he shall speak unto them in his wrath and destroy them in his sore displeasure.” Psa. 2:4-5
Over 2,000 people from all over Israel attended the May 28, 2011, dedication service of “Shalom Channel,” our new studio headquartered in Jerusalem.
(Pictured left to right: Pastor Igor Nikitin, Lia Shemtov, Paul Sr. and Paul Jr.) Last year Israeli Knesset member Lia Shemtov presented Paul Sr. with an official letter of thanks for his and TBN’s many years of friendship and support for the State of Israel.
Devastating tornados struck the U.S. Southeast this past April, killing hundreds and wiping out homes and communities across several states. TBN’s response was immediate. Jan visited the area and through Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse ministry, helped provide much needed relief goods. (Pictured: Jan at the site of Saint Mary Primitive Baptist Church in Pratt, AL, which was completely destroyed).