.; A compilation of news reports from the past week for the information of those committed to .praying.for the restoration of Israel
Guest Comment: The King of Glory – by Keren Silver (Adapted from an article Worship for the King published in Kehilah News July 30th)
Coming from a musical family that worshipped together on a regular basis, I have been singing for as long as I can remember and composed my first song around the age of 13 with the desire to see people come to God and experience His presence. At age 16, I became aware that God was calling me to share my gift with the world. I resisted for several years because of my reluctance to be in the spotlight and feeling that it was not the right timing, but I finally gave in and recorded my first CD – Show Me Your Glory, which was released in 2014. I thought that would be my one and only CD, however my second album, King of Glory, is due out in mid-August. Both albums came out of surrender to God and a desire to be faithful with the gift He gave me, and not bury it in the ground. I see these songs as God?s songs which He gives me in order to bless the body of believers in Israel in particular, as well as around the world.
A number of the songs on the second album came out of a difficult season. I had gone through a stillbirth ? the most difficult thing I have ever experienced. I was so shattered that I had a difficult time hearing God. He started giving me songs containing His words and this cut through the dark and difficult place I was in. One of the things that God showed me during that time was that He is the King of Glory, both in the good times and in the bad. He began to teach me that the purpose of our lives is to know Him, become more like Him, and take part in His glory. This also means knowing His suffering. It was then that I started singing again.
After my personal tragedy took place, God lifted my head and began to show me His glory. He is the King of Glory and worthy of all praise, no matter what I am feeling or going through. It?s a very basic, yet deep and life-altering truth. Although everything changes around us and seems unstable, He does not change; He is I Am Who I Am, the Lord of Hosts, as I declare in one of the songs. And that is why this CD is called King of Glory ? because that?s who He is. He is worthy of our praise.
About a year ago, after I felt God telling me to release another album. I teamed up with Messianic music producer Avi Perrodin and began recording the first demos in November, with the goal of completing the entire project before giving birth for the fourth time this past March, however I unexpectedly started having problems with my voice. Several specialists found nothing wrong with my vocal cords and suggested that the problem was probably related to pregnancy hormones. It was a terrible and very scary situation. We recorded everything except my final vocals, buthad to stop because I could not sing. It was frustrating because it put the schedule for the CD on hold, but looking back, it was God?s way of making sure I stayed calm. Recording a CD on a tight schedule is a stressful process and this way, I had no choice but to step back. In the meantime, musicians from all over Israel worked on the album, including my younger brother, David Seguin, who also sings on my first album, but this time he recorded two of his own songs, which are already sung in many congregations throughout Israel. Working with him comes naturally, and my music would not be complete without him.
I went back to the studio two months after giving birth. After Selah was born, I was listening to the songs before we recorded my final vocals, and just started weeping. Not because of my pain, but because the Spirit of God came and washed my soul and brought so much healing. Often, I would hold Selah while recording, because at that stage she would stay still and quiet for long periods of time. God used that, too, to heal me – singing songs that came out of a dark season because of losing a baby, while standing in the studio with a newborn in my arms was just amazing. The album?s main themes are our expectation of Yeshua?s return and praising Him while declaring His unchanging truth.
After releasing my first album, in which I asked God to show me His glory, He began to stir an intense yearning for Yeshua?s return and for His kingdom to come, and a desire for His reign in my life and the universe in general. They?re not my songs and through the effect that Show Me Your Glory had on people all over the world, the Lord has really encouraged me in that so many people were touched and their lives changed as they were set free by the songs on the album. I am so humbled and privileged that God uses the songs that He gives me to work in other people’s lives.
I am really looking forward to seeing what God is going to do through the second album. I want God to use it to free the captives, heal the brokenhearted, comfort those who mourn, give beauty for ashes, and a garment of praise instead of heaviness. I want these songs to be a source of blessing and a connection to the true source of living water, so that people will be renewed, encouraged and restored through the words that God spoke to me and through me. Also to see us standing together and giving the King of Glory the praise and worship that He deserves, no matter the circumstances, and watch as He establishes His Kingdom on earth in us and through us. The new album can be pre-ordered at https://igg.me/at/kerensilver. I pray that it will truly bless you – Keren
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. Father of 2 Murdered in Terror Attack Times of Israel News July 27th
A man stabbed repeatedly in the chest and torso during a terror attack inside the settlement of Adam died. The victim was rushed a hospital in Jerusalem, where doctors tried unsuccessfully to save him. The man, 31, was a resident of the Jerusalem-area settlement. he was stabbed after happening upon the terrorist, who had sneaked into the West Bank community by climbing a fence. Two other people were stabbed by the terrorist after investigating the scene. One man, 58, was rushed to the Jerusalem hospital with serious injuries. Doctors managed to stabilize him and his condition was upgraded to moderate, a hospital spokesperson said early Friday. A third victim, who was lightly injured, shot and killed the 17 year old terrorist from the a nearby Arab village . The death of the victim makes Thursday?s attack the first fatal terror incident since March 18, when off-duty security guard was stabbed to death in the Old City of Jerusalem. Please pray for the family of the murdered man and for the other victims to be healed
2. Police Close Temple Mount After Friday Riot Times of Israel News July 27th
Israeli Police forces entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque during clashes with Muslim worshipers Friday afternoon that led to an hours-long closure of the Jerusalem holy site. The highly unusual decision to forcibly expel Palestinians from the mosque was ordered by the Jerusalem police commander and came after dozens of people barricaded themselves in the house of worship. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam and sits atop the Temple Mount, the most sacred place in Judaism and revered as the home of the ancient Jewish Temples. Shortly after police announced officers had entered the mosque, the AFP news agency reported the gates to the Temple Mount had been reopened, some four hours after police first shuttered the site. The compound was reopened, with worshipers flooding in to pray, an AFP photographer said. Pray that Israel takes back full control over the entire Temple Mount compound
3. Gaza Protest Flotilla Will be Intercepted by Israel Navy World Israel News July 29th
A flotilla seeking to challenge Israel?s maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip, was stopped by Israel?s navy in Israel?s territorial waters. About 40 activists from 15 countries are on board the vessels, which left the Italian city of Palermo on July 21. Israel imposed a maritime blockade on Gaza after Hamas took control of the Strip in 2007. The blockade is intended to prevent Hamas from importing weapons and materials used to build its terror facilities. As for humanitarian aid, Israel allows its delivery via the port of Ashdod. This blockade has been ruled legal under international law by the UN. The head of the International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza, confirmed that one of the vessels had dropped out with an unspecified ?problem? and that two boats were now making their way toward Gaza. European activists and a Jordanian lawmaker are on board al-Awda, which is supposedly carrying medical aid for Gaza residents, he added. The Israeli navy was expected to prevent the ships from reaching Gaza as was the case with previous attempts by pro-Palestinian activists. The activists stressed that they would resist Israel?s expected takeover of the boats in non-violent ways, reports said. There have been previous attempts to challenge Israel?s sovereignty. The most notorious was the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla, in which nine Turkish activists were killed after assaulting IDF soldiers who bordered the ship. Ten Israeli Navy commandos were injured as well, one seriously, and some were taken captive during the clash. Pray that this will be the last time these activists attempt to break the blockade of the Gaza coastline.
4. Hamas Leader Claims Protests are Peaceful the Calls to Kill All Zionist Jews INN News July 28th
One of the top Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip last week again claimed that ongoing demonstrations along the coastal enclave’s border with Israel are “peaceful” in nature. With his very next breath, he encouraged local Muslims to slaughter every Jew they can get their hands on. Speaking a funeral at the Great Omari Mosque in Gaza City, Fathi Hamad hailed the “success” of what he called “peaceful” protests at the Gaza security fence that have been going on since the end of March. “We are making history with our peacefulness and our peaceful movement,” Hamas insisted. Contrary to Hamad’s remarks, those protests have been marked by routine violence, including the flying of thousands of “fire kites” into southern Israel, resulting in the destruction of vast swaths of agricultural fields and nature reserves. Unable to any longer resist the urge to incite at least a little violence, and exposing the true nature of the Gaza riots, Hamad blurted out: “O Muslims, wherever you find a Zionist Jew, you must kill him because that is an expression of your solidarity with the al-Aqsa Mosque and an expression of your solidarity with your Jerusalem, your Palestine and? your people.” Pray that world leaders and the secular media wake up to the reality of the situation
5. Majority of Israeli Jews Think that the Gaza Pullout was a Mistake World News Israel July 31st
A majority of Israeli Jews said Israel made a mistake in 2005 when it evacuated the Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip and pulled out all military forces, according to poll conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute. The IDI asked respondents: ?In retrospect, do you think Israel?s unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip in 2005 was a smart move or not a smart move from the standpoint of Israel?s national interest?? The majority of the Jewish sample (56%) responded that the disengagement was not a smart move. When IDI looked into the issue a year after the disengagement, in June 2006, it found that 50% saw it as a mistake compared to 46% who thought the opposite. Over the years, the rate of those who assess the move negatively has risen to a certain extent, though not dramatically, with a corresponding decline in the rate of those viewing it positively. The poll also found considerable public support for a military operation if Hamas violates the ceasefire. Sixty-one percent of the Jewish public thinks that from the standpoint of Israel?s interest, the IDF should launch a wide-scale military operation against Hamas in Gaza if it violates the ceasefire. Pray that Israel will make the right GOD inspired decision in regards to how to handle the situation in the Gaza Strip
6. Israel Kills 7 Terrorists on Northern Border Times of israel News Aug 2nd
Seven armed terrorists were said to have been killed late Wednesday in an IDF airstrike in Syria, close to the border with Israel. The IDF confirmed Thursday that it targeted a number of ?terror squads? in the Syrian Golan Heights and that explosive belts along with a Kalashnikov rifle were found during searches of the area Thursday morning. The army did not elaborate on the affiliation of the terrorists, on how soldiers managed to retrieve the weapons, and how many of them were killed. However, Arab media reported that seven were killed in the strike. An IDF spokesman said the gunmen were members of the Islamic State group and had been less than 700 feet from the border when they were targeted. According to Army Radio, the gunmen had been en route to an attack on Israel. The Russia?s Interfax news agency reported that Russian military police would be deploying along the border between Syria and Israel to prevent further escalation between the sides. The air raid took place as the IDF was completing a large-scale drill of war scenarios testing the preparedness of the Northern Command and the General Staff. The army stressed that the exercise had been planned well in advance as part of its training program for 2018. Pray that the positioning of the Russians will succeed in keeping the northern border peaceful
7. US Politician In Favour of Settlements in Judea and Samaria World Israel News Aug 1st
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a longtime vocal supporter of Israel, took trowel in hand Wednesday to give a hands-on display of his support for building in Judea and Samaria by laying cement and stone blocks in a wall around a home in a new neighborhood in the city of Efrat. He also made the specific point of saying how happy he and his delegation were ?that the long-time, almost 15 year freeze on construction in Judea and Samaria is no longer in place? and that ?families looking for a better life can come to wonderful neighborhoods like this.? Standing behind a sign saying “Build Israel Great Again” (a play on President Trump?s campaign slogan ?Make America Great Again?), Huckabee noted that the American administration was also supportive. ?I think that if President Trump could be here today he would be a very happy man?because he is a builder?that is his life,? he said. ?I certainly can say that the president would be very proud to see beautiful, wonderful, thriving neighborhoods being built,? he added, before praising the Efrat Mayor for building a community ?where people can bring their families and can thrive, their children can be educated, they can be safe, secure, and have a wonderful future.? In stark contrast to most foreign politicians, who consider the expansion of ?settlements? Israel?s main obstacle to peace with the Arabs, the Christian pastor and former presidential candidate stated. Furthermore, giving jobs to hundreds of Arab construction workers that enable them to ?have a long-term sense of prosperity? is ?the greatest way to peace,? he said. Pray that Israel continues to populate all of the Promised Land