ISRAEL - License Denied for Evangelical TV Channel

Arno Froese

The HOT cable TV provider has declined to request a new license for the Shelanu TV Evangelical channel, after the Council for Cable and Satellite Broadcasting suspended its original license.

Shelanu TV, which critics accused of seeking to proselytize Jews, is now left without a cable TV provider in the near future, but says it will move to an internet platform, insisting it will “not be silenced.”

In a statement to the press, Ron Cantor, a spokesman for Shelanu TV and a prominent figure among so-called Messianic Jews in Israel, again denied the allegations made by council chairman Asher Biton that Shelanu TV’s original license request had sought to cover up its intention of appealing to Jewish Israelis.

Shelanu TV’s license was granted in April, and the commencement of its broadcasts sparked criticism when it became clear that its parent organization, GOD TV, is dedicated to preaching the Christian gospel and the task of the “Great Commission,” a doctrine in Christian theology to gain disciples for Christianity and to preach the religion to non-Christians.

In a video announcing the new channel, GOD TV CEO Ward Simpson stated, “God has supernaturally opened the door for us to bring the gospel of Jesus into the homes, lives and hearts of his Jewish people.”

He then retracted the video and issued a new statement saying Shelanu TV was not trying to convert Jews, and told The Jerusalem Post his channel was “calling on the Jewish community to reexamine the claim that Yeshua is the Messiah.”, 30 June 2020

Arno's commentary

There is no law against Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, or atheism. But strangely, when it comes to Christianity, Jews in Israel are frightened. That, however, is not surprising, because the Jewish people have suffered greatly under “Christian” regimes—for 2,000 years—with the diabolical epitome occurring under Hitler’s Germany, when 6 million Jews were systematically murdered.

Nevertheless, Jesus said, “I will build my church.” He continues to do so, as reliable reports come to us indicating that many Jews are turning to Jesus. That is the Church Jesus is building, and no law has the power to make it cease or to cancel a “license.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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