.; A compilation of news reports from the past week for the information of those committed to .praying.for the restoration of Israel
DAVID’S COMMENT: JERUSALEM : THE PLACE WHERE EMPIRES DIE
Zechariah 12:2 – 3 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the peoples all around, and it shall also be against Judah in the siege against Jerusalem. And in that day I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all peoples. All who lift it shall be dashed to pieces. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.
I was watching a Christian TV program some time back. They were promoting a book by the late Lester Sumrall, a American preacher I believe was a true warrior of God. The title of the book was the same as the title of this week’s comment. I have not read the book, but I don’t need to read it to know what brother Lester was meaning by the title of his book JERUSALEM : THE PLACE WHERE EMPIRES DIE. Although this book was written several decades ago, it is still just as relevant today as when it was written – actually even more relevant now because we are closer to the time of the end.
Israel’s history is the account of Lucifer finding a succession of evil men to carry out his plan to destroy the nation that GOD chose to be His agents of world redemption and the center of His Kngdom on the Earth. The history of the world is the account of the rise and fall of the great empires that have dominated the world scene – Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. At the very height of their world dominance, they all made a mistake that turned out to be the beginning of their end – they came to take Jerusalem. Very quickly these 4 mighty empires began to fall apart until they fully disappeared, or became a mere shadow of their former stature.
The GOD of the Bible, who is also the Creator of the Universe, calls Himself “the GOD of Israel” and He has chosen the tiny nation of Israel to outwork His plans to redeem a part of humanity for Himself. He made very specific statements and promises through Abraham, Moses and the prophets of Israel concerning this seemingly insignificant territory of former desert in the Middle East. In Zechariah 2:8 the Bible tells us that who ever touches Israel touches the apple of GOD’s eye. To touch Israel, is to poke your finger in GOD’s eye – not a smart move considering that He also describes Himself as a consuming fire! (Deuteronomy 4:24)
Most of the world continues to run towards the suicidal act of aligning themselves with the Muslim world’s stand against Israel. It seems to me to be be a fulfillment of Zechariah 12:2. The warning in verse 3 is that those nations will be dashed to pieces. And in Joel 3 we see severe judgment coming upon all of the nations who mistreat Israel and divide God’s land. Joel 3:2 I will gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will execute judgment upon them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations: and they have parted my land,
In our time, history is repeating itself and the New World Order is becoming the current world empire. Most of the nations are placing themselves in an extremely precarious situation now. The UN and EU are at the forefront of the western world’s pressure upon Israel to give up the land that GOD covenanted to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants. They have chosen Middle East oil and $$$ over the blessings of YHVH. Except the USA and less than a handful of other nations, the whole world refuses to even acknowledge that the sovereign nation of Israel has the right to chose Jerusalem its own capital city. This will surely bring down the wrath of YHVH upon the nations conspiring to divide Israel, and all who live in those nations will be affected. I am sharing this because I am concerned for Israel and for the nations. I just found the following verse in my daily ready – Psalm 110:5 – 6 The Lord at Your right hand shall strike through kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill them with dead bodies; He shall kill the heads of the nations.
That day cant be too far off ! Back to the title of Lester Sumrall’s book ……. JERUSALEM : THE PLACE WHERE EMPIRES DIE – Woe to the leaders of the nations (and the churches) who oppose the plans of GOD and ignore His warnings. Yes, He is a loving GOD, but He is also a GOD of wrath, a GOD of vengeance, and He is a consuming fire. Israel is in big trouble, but the nations are in much bigger trouble, and much of the Church is in trouble. Josie and I want to exhort every one of our readers to take this very seriously. We need to pray for our political and church leaders, that they will see the error of their ways and the folly of opposing the Creator of the Universe. If we don’t warn them, who will ? Esther 4:14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall come for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house shall be destroyed.
The LORD bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on the land given to the Jewish people by the GOD of Israel. Lets pray that Israel will turn back to their GOD. Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for a breakthrough to the Muslims, and please remember to pray Divine protection for all of the soldiers in the IDF.
Shabbat Shalom …… David & Josie
This Weeks News Items
1. Fire Balloons Ignite 40 Plus Fires Over the Weekend Times of Israel August 5th
Over forty fires broke out in southern Israel over the weekend sparked by incendiary balloons launched over the border from the Gaza Strip, according to reports in the Israel media. On Saturday, firefighters battled 10 fires in the areas adjacent to the Gaza Strip, and over 30 fires the day before, public broadcaster Kan reported. The broadcaster said it was the highest number of arson attacks since Hamas declared an unofficial ceasefire with Israel last month. In response to the continued launching of incendiary balloons from Gaza, the IDF on Saturday said it struck 2 separate terror cells responsible for flying the devices over the border. IDF aircraft fired on Palestinian operatives launching incendiary balloons into Israel on Sunday, the military said. The IDF also said it struck a vehicle that was being used by a second cell in the northern Gaza Strip to launch the balloons. The Hamas-run Health Ministry said four people were injured in an Israeli attack on the northern Gaza Strip.
Pray that the IDF is successful in preventing these fire balloons and kites from causing damage in southern Israel
2. Israel Cuts Gas Supply to Gaza Because of Arson Attacks World News Israel Aug 2nd
Israel’ Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that Israel would terminate fuel supplies to Gaza through the Kerem Shalom because of ?continued terror of flaming balloons and friction on the border.?
He says the measure started last Thursday. Israel temporarily suspended fuel shipments to Gaza in July for similar reasons. Incendiary balloons and kites, many set off during border protests organized by Gaza?s militant Hamas group, have caused fires that have devastated southern Israel?s farmland and forests. Israel and Egypt have maintained a crippling decade-long blockade since Hamas seized Gaza in 2007. Fuel shortages have left Gaza with limited electricity supply. Hamas has refused to seriously clamp down on groups of terrorists operating in Gaza that are responsible for the arson attacks.
3. Trump White House to Announce Peace Plan World Israel News Aug 3rd
Oficials say the Trump administration is staffing up a Middle East policy team at the White House in anticipation of unveiling its long awaited but largely mysterious Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. The National Security Council last week began approaching other agencies seeking volunteers to join the team, which will work for President Donald Trump?s Mideast peace team leaders, jared Kuhner and Jason Greenblatt, according to the officials. The team, which is being set up to organize the peace plan?s public presentation and any negotiations that may ensue, will comprise three units: one concentrating on its political and security details, one on its significant economic focus and one on strategic communications, the officials said. The creation of a White House team is the first evidence in months that a plan is advancing. Although Trump officials have long promised the most comprehensive package ever put forward toward resolving the conflict, the emerging plan has not been described with even a small amount of detail by Kushner, Greenblatt or any other official. Timing on the release of the plan remains undecided. The State Department, Pentagon, intelligence agencies and Congress have been asked to detail personnel to the team for six months to a year, according to the officials, who were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity. Pray that any peace plan that requires Israel to divide GOD’s land will fail before it even gets to the table
4. US Seeks to End ‘Palestinian’ Refugee Status World Israel News Aug 6th
Jared Kushner, the US president?s senior adviser, and Republican lawmakers are discussing ways to end the Palestinians? special refugee status and redirect UN aid. The US executive and legislative branches are considering ways to put an end to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which supports millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants in the Middle East, according to a Friday report in Foreign Policy. Jared Kushner, President Trump?s son-in-law and senior advisor, writes, ? ?It is important to have an honest and sincere effort to disfupt UNRWA as it perpetuates a status quo, is corrupt, inefficient and doesn?t help peace.? The report notes that Kushner discussed the refugee issue with Jordanian officials when he and Trump?s special negotiator, Jason Greenblatt, passed through the region in June to discuss their as-yet-unrevealed peace plan in various capitals. According to P.A. officials, Kushner lobbied for Jordan to remove the refugee status of over two million registered Palestinians.The US team suggested that the amount withheld from UNRWA could be contributed instead to other agencies that would supply humanitarian aid to Arabs in these countries. Pray that the UNRWA is indeed closed down as soon as possible and that all legitimate refugee are quickly resettled in other places.
5. Israel Strikes Hamas After 70 Rockets Fired in 1 Day – 2 Israelis Injured United With Israel Aug 8th
The Israel Defense Forces hit 12 Hamas positions across the Gaza Strip, including a factory that produces concrete for terror tunnels, late Wednesday nigeraht after sevl dozen rockets were fired on southern Israel by the Hamas terror group. Rockets set off sirens across southern Israel Wednesday evening in several southern towns. Approximately 70 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip at Israel. The Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted 11 launches, the majority of the rockets hit open areas. However at least two Israelis were injured as a result of rockets that landed in Sderot. The two injured ? a 34-year-old man with wounds from glass shards and a 20-year-old with light injuries ? were evacuated to the Medical Center in Ashkelon. Over a dozen other people were treated for shock. In a statement, the Hamas terror group said: ?We are delivering on our promise to even the playing field with the enemy and it is succeeding in doing so.? Earlier on Wednesday, Hamas terrorists fired at an engineering vehicle near the northern Gaza Strip that was involved in the construction of a barrier along the security fence. In response, an IDF tank targeted a Hamas post in the northern Gaza Strip. Yesterday, an IDF tank shelled a Hamas observation post along the Gaza border, which killed two terrorists, after an attack by Hamas snipers. The attacks by Gaza terrorists have been part of the ongoing tensions between Israel and Hamas in recent months, which have included near weekly protests every Friday along the Israel-Gaza border. Recent reports have indicated that a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas may be in the works that would include easing the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. We need to pray for the complete removal of Hamas from the entire Gaza Strip
6. IDF Officer Says War With Hamas is Close Israel Today News August 9th
A senior IDF officer told Army Radio on Thursday morning that he saw a new full-scale war with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as inevitable. Overnight and during the early morning hours, Gaza-based terrorists fired at least 200 rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel. Some reached as far as the coastal city of Ashkelon, and authorities prepared the surrounding population for even deeper terrorist missile strikes. A number of Israeli homes, factories, schools and playgrounds were hit during the barrage. More than a dozen people were treated for shock, a handful suffered light injuries, and at least one person?a 30-year-old foreign worker from Thailand?was seriously wounded. Israel responded with harsh aerial bombardments of Hamas installations, most of which are situated entirely too close to, or directly amongst, the civilian population. Israeli forces also began massing on the Gaza periphery, and the officer who spoke to Army Radio said a ground operation was very likely if the situation continued to deteriorate. In preparation for that eventuality, and to minimize possible casualties from continued Hamas attacks, summer camps in the southwestern Negev region were cancelled, and local residents were warned to remain within running distance of a bomb shelter at all times. Pray that Israel uses its full military potential to remove Hamas from Gaza and that Israel begins to retake the Gaza Strip which is a Biblical part of the Promised Land
7. Syria Rebuilding its Army World News Israel Aug 7th
While viewing an army exercise in the north, the defense minister warned that the Assad regime was building a bigger military than it had before the outbreak of the 2011 civil war. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Tuesday that the Syrians are rebuilding their land army so that it ?would return to its old dimensions ? and even be bigger,? according to Kan Israel News. Liberman was speaking after taking in an Armored Brigades exercise on the Golan Heights, after which he expressed full confidence in the IDF?s ability to repel any dangers from Damascus, now that Bashar al Assad?s regime has gained back most of its territory that borders Israel from rebel fighters. Pray that President Assad is not foolish and tries to attack Israel