.;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 LORD (YHVH) He is God – by Janet Flashman (Jerusalem)
Isaiah 45:1, 4 ( Amp) Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held to subdue nations before him, and I will unarm and ungird the loins of kings to open doors before him, so that gates will not be shut?.. For the sake of Jacob My servant, and of Israel My chosen, I have called you by your name. I have surnamed you, though you have not known Me.
Donald Trump is aptly named for his Cyrus call. His presidential victory certainly ?trumped? over the long standing control of the Republican establishment and the Democratic liberal progressives. The media frenzy regarding Trump?s first few weeks in office is astounding. It certainly seems that Trump?s presidency has stirred up something significant in the spirit.
In the west the media, entertainment industry and academia have largely been controlled by the progressive liberal left and although these institutions are a minority in society they have controlled the popular narrative. However, it would seem that many in the west are tired of their narrative and this was reflected in the Brexit vote and now Donald Trump?s election victory. It will be interesting to see what will be the outcome of the French elections. Many believers find it hard to think of Donald Trump as God?s anointed man for the season due to some obvious character flaws and have become offended by God?s choice. However, God called a Persian King Cyrus who did not know the Lord, to break down the ruling Babylonian principality of that time and to allow the Jewish People to return to Israel and rebuild the Temple.
I believe Donald Trump is called for such a time as this and he needs our prayers. We also need to pray for the minds and hearts of unbelievers and believers alike that are taken in and manipulated by the media?s agenda to destroy the reputation of Donald Trump. I cannot help but liken the situation to the confrontation on Mount Carmel between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Here, the God of Israel granted Elijah a tremendous victory over the prophets of Baal. The purpose of the confrontation was all about who would capture the hearts and minds of the people of Israel. When it was all over the people repented and cried ?the Lord He is God!? When Jezebel heard of Elijah?s victory and Israel?s declaration she was angered at her loss of control over the people and she sought to take Elijah?s life. The ?Jezebelic?, humanistic, anti-God media are incensed that they have lost control and are stirred up to do everything within their means to destroy and delegitimise the presidency of Donald Trump.
Trump?s temporary ban on travel to the US by 7 Muslim nations until a vetting system has been put in place is about protecting American lives which is the responsibility of President of America. Interestingly, these 7 nations are nations which the Obama Administration had identified as high risk in terms of terrorist infiltrating the United States hidden among the refugees. In fact several recent attacks in America were committed by Muslim immigrants.
The hypocrisy and double standards of the media bias and liberal left is made clear when we observe the fact that there is no outcry or demonstrations about the fact that in 2011 the Obama Administration placed a 6 month ban on Iraqis entering the United States and even more telling is the fact that 16 countries of the world forbid Israelis from entering their countries even for a holiday. Additionally, where is the outcry about the fact that Saudia Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain refuse to take even one refugee? These are countries in which Arabic is spoken and Islam is practised making it easier in terms of absorption for new immigrants from Syria and other Muslim nations.
Please pray that Donald Trump will remain true to his presidential promises toward Israel and not be tempted to compromise when it comes to the security and legitimacy of Israel. Many in the West are ?dumbed down? and not aware in what is going on in the world. They listen to media sound bites and are manipulated by media distortions of the facts. And please pray that strong voices will arise for truth in the media, politics, universities and the entertainment industry and that the media lies about Donald Trump will be exposed.
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 that 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. British PM May Slams Muslim Countries for Banning Israelis
Donald Trump’s controversial ban on the entry to the US of citizens of seven Muslim countries has also drawn attention to a less known prohibition instituted by 16 Muslim countries against the entry of Israeli citizens into their territory. The issue reached the British parliament on Wednesday, where British Prime Minister Theresa May denounced the discrimination against Israelis and called on Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn to join her in denouncing the discrimination. At a recent Prime Minister?s Questions session in the House of Commons, Mrs.May was asked about the issue by Conservative MP Theresa Villiers. May answered that ?it is absolutely right that this house should be aware of the discrimination and the ban that exists around the world?particularly for those who are Israeli citizens.? ?We are consistent with our approach. We don?t agree with that approach of banning entry to countries by citizens and it?s not an approach that we will be taking. Please pray that other world leaders take the same stance
2. Iran Threatens to Bomb Enemies CBS News Feb 4th
Iran?s missiles will come down on the country?s enemies if they do wrong, a senior commander in Iran?s elite Revolutionary Guard was quoted as saying on 4 Feb. 2017. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Guard?s airspace division, said: ?If the enemy does not walk the line, our missiles will come down on them.? Hajizadeh?s comments came during a Revolutionary Guard military exercise aimed at testing its missile and radar systems. Tasnim said all the equipment used in the war game, including all defensive systems, radars, command centers and ground-to-air missile equipment, are designed and manufactured by Iranian scientists. Iranian English Press TV reported that Iran Vice President Ishaq Jahangiri dismissed what he called recent anti-Iran posturing by the USA. He said ?threadbare? accusations are aimed by Washington at scaring away investors. ?The Iranian nation and authorities do not attach the least value to these remarks,? he said. Please pray that many more government leaders will take a stand against Iran?s vicious goals against Israel and the West
3. Lives Saved as Terror Gang Arrested INN News Feb 6th
Israeli security forces uncovered a series of terror plots targeting towns in northern Israel, the military censor released for publication on Monday. In a joint operation of the IDF, Israeli Police, and Shin Bet internal security agency, a terrorist gang from the town of Bani Naim near Hevron was uncovered and captured before they were able to strike. The terror cell was reportedly part of a large operation in the Hevron area, directed by the Hamas terror regime in Gaza. During interrogation by security agents, it was revealed that members of the terror cell used Facebook to communicate with their handlers in Gaza. The cell was, at the time of their capture, plotting a number of attacks against Israeli Jews, including shootings, bombings, and kidnappings. Members of the gang scouted out a number of targets for the various attacks, including an army base near Kfar Kara, the Bus Station in Binyamina, the Great Synagogue in Zichron Yaakov, and a bus station. According to the Shin Bet security agency, the terrorists became acquainted with the targets while working in Israel. The Shin Bet report noted that the terrorists had entered Israel illegally and were working without permits. In preparing for the attacks, the cell attempted to acquire firearms and produce explosive devices. Lets give thanks to the LORD that these terror attacks were averted
4. No Comment from US After Israel Legitimizes Settlement Blocks Arutz 7 News Feb 6th
While the United States has refused to condemn the passing of the new law on Monday night, Britain and the European Union slammed the legislation on Tuesday, saying that it threatened the pursuit of a two-state solution. The British government warned Israel in a statement Tuesday that the law would diminish the Jewish state?s position around the world. The statement, issued by Minister for the Middle East, comes on the heels of a meeting between UK Prime Minister May and Israeli Premier Netanyahu. “As a long-standing friend of Israel, I condemn the passing of the Land Regularization Bill which damages Israel?s standing with its international partners,” said the M.E. Minister. “It is of great concern,” he continued, “that the bill paves the way for significant growth in settlements deep in the West Bank, threatening the viability of the two-state solution. We reiterate our support for a two-state solution leading to a secure Israel that is safe from terrorism, and a contiguous, viable, and sovereign Palestinian state.” The European Union also chastised Israel over the law?s passage, delaying a meeting between EU and Israeli officials long seen as a step towards mending strained relations. The summit, slated for the end of February, has now been postponed indefinitely. Please pray that the Israeli government does not give into international pressure
5. ISIS Fires Rockets at Eilat Israel Today News Feb 9th
ISIS terrorists operating out of the Sinai Peninsula fired a number of missiles at the southern Israel resort town of Eilat on Wednesday night. Israel?s vaunted Iron Dome anti-missile system managed to intercept three of the missiles that were on target to hit Eliat. It let a fourth fall in an uninhabited area. ISIS terrorists later claimed responsibility for the failed attack, according to Hamas-controlled media in the Gaza Strip. ISIS has threatened to invest more of its resources in attacking Israel. Please pray that ISIS has more sense than to provoke a war with Israel
6. IDF Brigadier-General Slams Court for Convicting Soldier Who Shot Terrorist INN News Feb 8th
Reserve Brigadier General Gal Hirsch spoke about the conviction of IDF soldier Elor Azariya, who was convicted of manslaughter after he shot a terrorist who had committed a terror attack and seemed to be attempting to detonate an explosive vest. “We should not have opened a criminal case against the the soldier Elor Azariya, who sho the terrorist,” Hirsch said. “Operational incidents need to be investigated in a discreet fashion and need to be kept completely confidential. Only the affected unit should know about the investigation at all. These incidents need to investigated through military operational investigation only. “Our soldiers need to be supported, unless they were morally wrong. The entire investigation process needs to be internal, within the IDF.” In Azariya’s case, the prosecution is seeking a sentence of three to five years in jail and a rank demotion from Sergeant to Private. The jail term would not include the ten months he has already spent under arrest.Last week, Azariya asked the court for mercy and said, “For ten months, I have been jailed, and my family has fallen apart. I am asking the court to judge me mercifully.” Elor’s mother collapsed at one of the hearings and his father had a stroke in August. Please pray that the convicted is overturned and the young man is immediately released
7. Iranian Refuses to Complete With Israeli Opponent Iran Press TV
Iranian karate practitioner Majid Hassaninia refused to take on his Israeli opponent in the 21st Open de Paris – Karate Premier League in France. On Friday 3 Feb. 2017 Hassaninia did not show up for a scheduled encounter against a representative from Israel and was subsequently excluded from the rest of the tournament. The Islamic Republic of Iran has long refused to engage in sports competitions against Israel. Please pray that the Iranian people begin to realise that Israel is not their enemy