.; 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: The Heart of the Problem with the World
1 John 5:19 The whole world lies under the influence of the evil one
In last week’s comment we looked at the Heart of the Problem with Europe. This week we will look at the Heart of the Problem with almost the whole world. ever since Abraham and his family left their home and began the long journey to the Promised Land, the people of Abraham have face persecution and the threat of anihilitation. Its a 4000 year saga and for mot of the time there always being a least one group intent on wiping Abraham’s people out. Abraham’s grandson Jacob became Israel and his 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel or the Jewish people as they are all generically called today.
All of the great world empires, Egypt, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome all tried to abort GOD’s plans for Israel, and they all failed miserabley, and the Jews survived right through to the 20th century, surviving the most evil attempt to wipe them out – the Nazi regime in Germany 1939-1945. Out of the tragedy of the Holocaust the Jewish people’s ancient homeland, Israel, was resurrected and today the 21st century, the tiny nation of Israel is the world leader in many sectors.
However the 4000 year saga of hatred against the Jewish people is not over. The UN, the EU, the Muslim world are all working to at least diminish the size of Israel, but for most religious Muslims Israel does not have a right to exist. And just like in the Nazi era, the news media is responsible for fanning the flames of anti-Semitism. Most of the news about Israel is inaccurate and grossly unbalanced, and has it been exposed in a number of instances that the news media has actually set up situations for their cameras to record, or manipulated the true facts behind the events to make Israel look bad.
Even when the reporting of Israel’s conflicts is reasonably truthful, It seems that Israel is the only nation on Earth that is not allowed to defend its citizens from terror attacks and outright acts of war. In my opinion the Israeli government and military are often very slow to react against those who make themselves our enemies, and when action is finally taken, it is usually very limited, and Israel is too quick to agree to cease-fires, before they have ensured that the other side is not able to re-arm and attack again, which is exactly what they do every time. Israel never attacks anyone without being provoked and forced to do so, but the media always reports as if Israel is to blame.
I believe that the reason behind the above bias against Israel is that the media and most of the political leaders do not believe in GOD and do not give any credibility to what GOD communicates in the Bible. Furthermore in rejecting GOD’s authority over the rightful ownership of the land, whether they know or realise it or not, they are serving the purposes of the ‘evil one.’ The Devil is using every sector of Humanity, to serve his age old plan to destroy Israel and the Jewish people, to stop the second coming of Yeshua, and the re-establishment of the Kingdom of GOD on the Earth. Of course there are millions of people who may not be against Israel, but according to the words of Yeshua, people are either with or against – in the Kingdom of GOD there is no ‘middle ground’ or neutral position.
And its not just the issue of Israel that is a problem – abortion, same sex relationships, and anyone or anything that people worship or give their priority to in the place of YHVH, indicates serious heart problems which carry eternal consequences.
To sum the situation up very briefly, the Heart of the Problem with the World, is that whoever is not inside a covenant relationship with the Creator of the Universe, also known as the GOD of Israel, has come under the influence of the evil one, and are in grave danger of eternal damnation and separation from their Creator. I pray that this week’s comment will inspire all of our readers to increase the level of sharing the Gospel (Hebrew meaning = The Goodness of GOD) with family, friends, neighbours, and the people we encounter every day.
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. US to Announce it Rejects ‘Palestinian’ Right of Return Times of Israel News Aug 25th
The Trump Administration will announce in the next few days that it rejects the long-standing Palestinian demand for a ?right of return? for million of refugees and their descendants to Israel, an Israeli television report said Saturday night. The US will announce a policy that, ?from its point of view, essentially cancels the ?right of return,’? the report said. The ?right of return? is one of the key core issues of dispute in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians claim that five million people ? tens of thousands of original refugees from what is today?s Israel, and their millions of descendants ? have a ?right of return.? Israel rejects the demand, saying that it represents a bid by the Palestinians to destroy Israel by weight of numbers. Israel?s population is almost nine million, some three-quarters of whom are Jewish. An influx of millions would mean Israel could no longer be a Jewish-majority state. Pray that the so called “Palestinians’ will never be given the right of return
2. President Trump Cuts $200 Million From Palestinian Authority Times of Israel News
The Trump administration has decided to cut more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinians, the State Department announced Friday, suggesting those tax-payer funds no longer served American interests. The move is the ostensible result a review of US assistance to the Palestinian Authority that US President Donald Trump ordered in January, following Palestinian outrage over his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel?s capital and move the US embassy there. ?As a result of that review, at the direction of the president, we will direct more than $200 million in Economic Support Funds originally planned for programs in the West Bank and Gaza,? a State Department official said. ?Those funds will now address high-priority projects elsewhere.? Pray that other nations will follow the lead of the US and cut aid that ends up in the hands of terrorists
3. Israel to Invest in Advance Missile Development Arutz 7 News Aug 27th
Israel’s Defense Ministry, and Israel Military Industries, signed an agreement to develop and equip the IDF with advanced rockets. The project is expected to cost Israel hundreds of millions of shekels and comes after Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman decided to equip the IDF with easily accessible, precise missiles and rockets of varying ranges. According to the Defense Ministry, this agreement will improve Israel’s abilities significantly, and will allow Israel to hit a target precisely, from a distance, at a relatively low cost per mission. The new rockets will use advanced technologies appropriate for the modern battlefield. Pray that this new development program will be successful in equipping the Israeli military to better defend the country
4. Revolution in the Way USA Dealing with the Israel / ‘Palestinian’ Conflict Times of Israel News Aug 28th
A revolution is taking place in the way the United States deals with the Palestinian Israeli conflict and it could have serious ramifications for the security situation in Israel some say while others see God’s hand in the stunning developments. Last week the Trump Administration announced it would cut $200 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority until it will receive assurances the PA and Hamas will spend the aid to improve the lives of Palestinians and not on funding terrorism directed at Israel. The money will now be ?redirected? from the so-called West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and Gaza and will be used ?to serve U.S. national interests?, according to a statement by the U.S. State Department. The Washington Free Beacon reported that a senior Trump official had said ?the administration will no longer enable the Palestinian Authority and those in the Hamas terrorist government to use aid dollars in their war against Israel.? “Hamas is fighting a morally-bankrupt war at the expense of the ‘Palestinian’ people, the anonymous official was quoted as saying.?Hamas’s corrupt and illegitimate control has provoked conflict and led to poverty and hopelessness, while hampering the ability of the international community to help,” he added. Pray that the USA will remain on this course even after the Trump era ends
5. Violent Disturbance at Joseph’s Tomb INN News Aug 28th
An IDF patrol that was securing the entrance of Jewish worshipers to Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem (Nablus) overnight Monday opened fire at a PA registered vehicle that accelerated towards it, the IDF said. There were no injuries among the soldiers. Violent disturbances broke out in the area as the prayers were ongoing. Palestinian Arab media reported that there several Arabs were injured in the disturbance, including one who sustained moderate to serious injuries. The IDF said the details of the incident are under investigation. Pray that the IDF security units are vigilant to identify and deal with all potential threats.
6. Israel’s Minister of Housing Celebrates New Settlements INN News Aug 28th
Israel’s Minister of Construction and Housing took part last night in the celebrations marking the end of the summer in the Samarian community of Beit El. “Settlement in Judea and Samaria is a symbol and a central expression of the Zionist hold of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel, and I am happy that this is penetrating all levels of the entire public and this understanding is seeping in,” he said.
According to him, the Ministry of Construction and Housing has invested in the past three years close to one billion shekels in settlement in Judea and Samaria. He added, “I am proud of this, and the money has been invested in the development of settlements, in planning, roads, in the construction of cultural and sports centers. This is necessary because there are half a million residents here and it is impossible to ignore Judea and Samaria settlement.? Pray that Israel continues to increase housing in all parts of the Promised Land
7. Israel Education Ministry Discourages Teaching Evolution Times of Israel News Aug 31st
Many students in the Israeli school system are not learning about evolution and the Education Ministry is discreetly encouraging teachers to avoid the subject in primary school biology courses, a local media report has found. A handful of Israeli teachers told Channel 10 News that the Education Ministry promotes the avoidance of the theory of Charles Darwin who said all living things evolved from common ancestry. The teachers reportedly said they are not trained to teach the subject and are instead encouraged to teach other subjects within the sciences. Israeli children in kindergarten through elementary school do not receive biology lessons on the origins of mankind, according to the report. Only when they reach middle school do teachers vaguely refer to evolution during general classroom discussion, it added. Before the Israeli high school curriculum was changed five years ago, it included one unit on evolution, the teachers said. This unit was replaced by subjects like genetics, species survival, and environmental adaptation, according to the three biology teachers who spoke to Channel 10. The Education Ministry reportedly responded to the news saying, ?Learning the principles of adaptation to the environment is compulsory in middle school. The theory of evolution itself is taught as an optional class in high schools.? The Pew Research Center found that approximately half of Israelis believed in evolution. Pray that the theory of evolution as fact is dropped from all education systems