May 18: Jacob’s Trouble

Influence of Eastern mysticism

God is specific in His accusations of Israel’s rebellion. Even today, the Jewish people are still following the false gods of the nations to which God exiled them.  Eastern, mystical, New Age influences are found in every Jewish community around the world, especially in Israel.

Isaiah 2:5-9

O house of Jacob, come and let us walk
In the light of the Lord.

For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob,
Because they are filled with eastern ways;
They are soothsayers like the Philistines,
And they are pleased with the children of foreigners.
Their land is also full of silver and gold,
And there is no end to their treasures;
Their land is also full of horses,
And there is no end to their chariots.
Their land is also full of idols;
They worship the work of their own hands,
That which their own fingers have made.
People bow down,
And each man humbles himself;
Therefore do not forgive them.


Gino Barteli was a champion road cyclists in Italy. He won many races in Italy and the Tour de France in 1938 and 1948. He used the cover of training to be a courier of messages long distances between the networks hiding Jews in Italy. When stopped and searched, he asked that his bicycle be left alone as it was precisely tune.


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