.; A compilation of news reports from the past week for the information of those committed to .praying.for Israel
David’s Comment: The Jewish People’s Most Tragic Date – the 9th of Av
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith and not by sight
This Saturday even through to sunset Sunday is one of the most somber dates in the Jewish calendar. If there is anyone out there who still doubts that the God of Israel has certain days set aside (all key New Testament events occur on an Old Testament Levitical feast day) then consider the following list of the incredible repeated ocurrance of events that have meant disaster for the Jewish people. Every one of the following events occurred on the same day in the Jewish calendar – the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av. There are more …….
1312 BC 10 Spies return with a bad report of the Land of Israel. Jewish people cry in despair, give up hope of entering the Land of Israel.
586 BC Destruction of First Temple by the Babylonians, under Nebuchadnezar. About 100,000 Jews were killed during invasion. Exile of remaining tribes to Babylon and Persia.
70 AD Destruction of Second Temple by Romans, under Titus. Over 2,500,000 Jews die as a result of war, famine and disease. Over 1 million Jews exiled to all parts of the Roman Empire. Over 100,000 Jews sold as slaves by Romans. Thousands of Jews killed and tortured in gladiatorial games and other pagan celebrations.
132 AD Bar Kochba revolt crushed. Betar destroyed – over 100,000 Jews killed.
133 AD Turnus Rufus ploughs site of Temple. Romans build pagan city of Aelia Capitolina on site of Jerusalem.
1095 AD First Crusade declared by Pope Urban II. 10,000 Jews killed in first month of the Crusade. The Crusades brought death and destruction to thousands of Jews, totally obliterate many communities in Rhineland and France.
1290 AD Expulsion of Jews from England, accompanied by pogroms and confiscation of books and property.
1492 AD Inquisition in Spain and Portugal culminates in the expulsion of the Jews from the Spain. Families separated, many die by drowning, massive loss of property.
1914 AD Britain and Russia declare war on Germany. First World War begins. First World War issues unresolved, ultimately causing Second World War and Holocaust. 120,000 Jewish casualties in the armies involved in WW 1. More than 400 pogroms in Hungary,Ukraine, Poland and Russia.
1942 AD Deportations of Jews from Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka concentration camp begin.
1994 AD The deadly bombing the building of the the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina which killed 86 people and wounded 300 others.
For over 2000 years now, the Jewish people have been mourning the destruction of the Holy Temple in 70 AD. At every festive occasion its loss is remembered. No wedding takes places without the symbolic broken glass. Ashes of mourning are placed upon the forehead of the groom and a section of a new home is left unpainted or unfinished, all in remembrance of the Destruction and the Exile from Zion. One might ask,Why are they still crying after 2000 years? Why can?t they get over it and move on? Why? Because the Divine Promise still stands. The Temple will be rebuilt and until that day Zion will never be forgotten.
One August day (it was on Tisha b?Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, Napoleon was walking along a street when he stopped in front of a synagogue. He heard crying from within.“What are those Jews doing?” he asked the soldier at his side. “They are mourning over the destruction of their Temple.” “When did that happen? Napoleon asked. “Around 2000 years ago” the soldier replied.” Napoleon continued “They are still crying after 2000 years? A nation that mourns so long will never cease. They will surely return to their land and see the rebuilding of their Temple.”
What was is that Napoleon saw that gave him the confidence to make such a statement? He understood that the connection between the People and the Place is intrinsic. One cannot live without the other. Just as the Jewish People is alive, so too is Zion. A nation that will not allow itself to forget will also not allow itself to let go or give up. The Jews are still crying after 2000 years because they realize the greatness of what was lost and they long for its return like a father who knows his child is missing, but who is not dead. They also cry in anticipation as they see the in gathering of the exiles and wait for when Zion will be restored to its former state and the Temple will be rebuilt.
There is a lesson in Tisha B’Av for every Believer today. The rabbis say that the reason for tragedy reoccurring on the 9th Av is that it is the date the 10 spies came back with a bad report. GOD sent the 12 men out to ‘spy out’ the Promised Land. I believe that all 12 saw the same scene with their physical eyes, and they did see giants in the land, but Joshua and Caleb came back with a good report because they were walking by faith and not by sight. The other 10 men were in the flesh and were not seeing the land according to GOD’s promises. Because of the 10, the 9th Av became a day of bad reports for almost 3000 years.
Let us also cry out to the God of Israel for the salvation of the Jewish people and let us pray that when the time is right YHVH will see that the mosque is removed and His house rebuilt at His address on Earth.
And let us all be sure not to make the same mistake as the 10 spies. We need to live our lives in faith, according to the promises YHVH has made to all of us in His Word. If you have not been walking by faith, I encourage you to repent doubt and unbelief.
The LORD bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on all of the land given to the Jewish people by the GOD of Israel. Please pray that all 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 Week’s News Items
1. Obsession to Defeat PM Netanyahu is Dividing the Nation Israel Today News August 6th
A few days ago, 11-year-old Noga Mashiach posted to her mother?s Facebook page a video that quickly went viral. This clever kid, who aspires to one day become prime minister, follows the news like her peers follow reality television shows. Articulated and intelligent, Noga cries her heart out, asking our politicians to cease being combative and divisive. In the video, the young girls states that she would like our politicians to instead be ?assertive, not aggressive, that they would speak in a way pleasant to people?s ears ? no one likes to be hurt ? no, this isn?t the way. I ask you to speak in a pleasant and soothing way ? this is what makes people listen, be interested, but to speak hurtfully won?t impress anyone.? Her latest video from Friday begins by stating, ?Today, I will speak about a knife between the teeth.? In its Israeli context, this idiom refers to soldiers willing to do whatever it takes to complete the mission. Some Israeli politicians have been using the phrase in the course of the current campaign, signaling that they will do whatever it takes to win the upcoming election. To give but one example, Yair Lapid from the front-running ?Blue and White Party? said months ago that ?one needs a knife between the teeth to beat PM anyahu.? This combative attitude manifests in an aggressive election campaign that, as young Noga laments, is nothing but divisive. Please pray for a spirit of unity to fall upon the Israel political scene
2. New Election Race is Very Close World Israel News August 6th
As the race between PM Netanyahu?s Likud party and Blue and White headed by MK Benny Gantz remains tight, a poll published Monday shows the Likud with a slim lead. The survey gives the Likud 31 seats in the 120-member parliament compared to Blue and White?s 29. The Joint List, a conglomeration of predominantly Arab non-Zionist parties, follow with 11 seats each. Israel Beiteinu, headed by MK Avigdor Liberman whose refusal to join a Netanyahu government following the April election resulted in a return to the polls for Israelis on September 17, continues to place itself as a kingmaker, with 10 seats, according to the Walla! poll, holding the balance of power between a right-wing and left-wing government. Haredi religious parties United Torah Judaism and Shas follow with eight and seven seats respectively. The new left-centre block party would win seven seats, while the once-mighty Labor Party brings up the rear with six parliamentary seats. The ongoing split between the two largest parties continues to raise the question of whether Likud and Blue and White should join forces to form a national unity government. Liberman has repeatedly stated that his party would only join such a government after the September election. However, the Blue and White?s stated policy has been to refuse to join forces with the Likud if Netanyahu remains at the helm because of pending criminal indictments against the PM. The poll shows that 52 percent of those asked opposed a unity government if headed by Netanyahu, compared to 34 percent who support such a scenario. Pray that Israelis will change the way they vote so that a clear winner will be elected in September
3. Turkish President: We are Against Whoever is on Israel’s Side Jerusalem Post August 3rd
Whoever is on the side of Israel, let everyone know that we are against them,? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week. Erdogan made the comments as he addressed senior provincial officials from the ruling AKP party in Ankara. ?We do not approve of silence on the [so called] state terror that Israel blatantly carries out in Palestine,? Erdogan said. Erdogan has a history of slamming the Jewish state and its leader, PM Benjamin Netanyahu. The Turkish president made waves last year when he said that the spirit of Adolf Hitler had re-emerged among some Israeli policymakers. In March 2019 a spokesperson for Erdogan slammed Netanyahu for comments he had made regarding the Nation-State Law, inspiring Netanyahu to say that “Turkey’s dictator Erdogan attacks Israel’s democracy while Turkish journalists and judges fill his prisons. What a joke!” Erdogan’s party took a beating in mayoral elections in June 2019, breaking his aura of invincibility in his country and delivering a message from voters unhappy over his policies. The United States said last week it was removing NATO ally Turkey from the F-35 program after Ankara purchased and received delivery of Russian S-400 missile defenses. Pray that there will be a change of leadership in Turkey, to a new leader who is not so strongly against Israel
4. Israel Security Team Thwarts Bomb Attack in Jerusalem United WIth Israel News August 6th
The Shin Bet, Israel?s domestic security agency, says it thwarted plans by members of the Hamas terror group from Hebron to carry out a bomb attack in Jerusalem earlier this summer. The agency says that it has confiscated the explosive device, weighing three kilograms (about six-and-a-half pounds), that was intended for use in the attack. The security agency says that, in addition, terrorists were taken in by Israeli forces in recent months for allegedly having received directives from Hamas in the Gaza Strip to carry out attacks against both Israeli and Palestinian Authority targets. ?The operatives in Judea and Samaria were instructed to form cells in order to carry out kidnappings, shootings, stabbings, purchase weaponry, and to find and induct additional operatives for terrorist activities,? the Shin Bet said in its statement. Prime Minister Netanyahu commended ?the operational-intelligence effort that led to the thwarting of a terrorist attack that Hamas planned to carry out on our territory.? Lets give thanks to the LORD that this potentially serious attack was prevented
5. Israel Joining US Forces to Patrol Straits of Hermuz Times of Israel News Aug 5th
Israel’s Foreign Minister said last Tuesday that Israel was involved in a US-led naval mission to provide maritime security in the Strait of Hormuz, where Iran recently seized merchant ships. Speaking at a closed session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the FM said Israel was assisting the mission with intelligence and other unspecified fields. He said the mission was in Israel?s strategic interest of countering Iran and boost ties with Gulf countries. According to the Israeli news site, he told the committee that he instructed his ministry to work to include Israel in the mission after a recent visit to Abu Dhabi. The foreign minister was said to have discussed this at the time with an unnamed senior Emirati official, with whom he discussed the ?Iranian threat? The FM also reportedly praised Britain?s announcement Monday that it would join the mission, making it the only country so far to officially do so. The report did not specify whether Israel would send naval vessels to take part in the US-led mission. A report from the Kan public broadcaster last month said that Israel was not expected to send ships, but would provide intelligence. Pray that the combined effort will succeed in protecting international shipping in the Straits of Hermuz, from Iranian aggression
6. Religious Student Stabbed to Death in Terror Attack Times of Israel News Aug 8th
The body of a yeshiva student who had been stabbed to death was discovered outside a settlement in the Gush Etzion area of Samaria (West Bank) in the predawn hours of Thursday morning, prompting a massive manhunt for the killer. The victim, who was later identified Dvir Sorek of the Ofra settlement, was studying at the Machanayim religious seminary in the Migdal Oz settlement, and had joined the military while continuing his studies, in a program known in Hebrew as hesder. Though formally a soldier, he was unarmed and not in uniform at the time of the attack, nor had he undergone military training. Authorities were treating the killing as a terror attack. As of Thursday morning, no terror group took responsibility for the killing. The 19-year-old had been missing since Wednesday evening. His family and people at the yeshiva where he was studying told authorities that they?d lost contact with Sorek as he was returning to the seminary after a trip to Jerusalem. Sorek?s body was found at approximately 3 a.m. along a road leading to Migdal Oz, a settlement south of Bethlehem. Initial findings indicated that the off-duty soldier was not killed where his body was found, but had been abducted elsewhere, as he was walking from the nearby Gush Etzion Junction to his yeshiva, and taken away in a car. He was apparently stabbed to death after being snatched and was then left along the road just outside his yeshiva in Migdal Oz. Hamas and Islamic Jihad heaped praise on the deadly attack, but stopped short of claiming responsibility for the fatal knifing. Please keep the family of the victim in your prayers and pray that the murderers will be caught quickly
7. PM Netanyahu Vows to Push Israeli Sovereignty After Latest Terror Attack in Samaria Times of Israel News Aug 8th
Prime Minister Netanyahu vowed Thursday to guarantee Israeli sovereignty in ?all parts? of the West Bank as he participated in a cornerstone-laying ceremony for 650 new housing units in the settlement of Beit El. The event came hours after an Israeli student was found stabbed to death near a West Bank settlement in an apparent terror attack, sparking calls for Israel to expand settlement building in response, and a day after the United Nations and Britain panned Israel for paving the way for ?effective annexation? by approving thousands of settler homes. ?We promised to build hundreds of housing units ? today we are doing it, both because we promised and because our mission is to establish the nation of Israel in our country, to secure our sovereignty over our historic homeland,? he said, according to a statement sent out by his ruling Likud party. ?We know that the Land of Israel is acquired through suffering,? he said, referring to the stabbing earlier that day of yeshiva student and off-duty IDF soldier Dvir Sorek. ?He was from a family that has already made a heavy sacrifice for the Land of Israel,? the prime minister said, in reference to Sorek?s grandfather, who was killed in a 2000 terror attack. ?These vicious terrorists, they come to uproot ? we come to plant. They come to destroy ? we come to build,? he added. ?Our hands will reach out and we will deepen our roots in our homeland, in all parts of it.? Pray that PM Netanyahu keeps to his promise and that Israel secures all of the Promised Land