.; 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: Some Keys to See Greater Blessings of YHVH in 2018
Gen 12:3 I will bless those who bless thee
One of the main things that motivates me to travel so much to minister to the Body of Messiah in the nations, is that on the day that I stand before the LORD, I want to hear Him say to me … Well done good and faithful servant. I had a revelation more than 25 years ago, that as a Messianic Jew, I am called to be a light and blessing to the nations. The best way I can fulfill that call and hear those precious words, is to help my non-Jewish brothers and sisters get blessed by GOD. The bottom line of my theology is that GOD is a good God and He is our Heavenly Father and that He wants to bless His children. So much so that he gave us many keys in the Bible to help us to be in a position for Him to bless us with all that He has for us.
At the outset of this new calendar year, I want to share the verses that I have found that can steer us in the direction of God’s blessing container ….. I am not suggesting that we apply these verses as methodology to be blessed.YHVH is looking for our hearts and HE knows our thoughts and motivations, so we need to be careful, that our primary motivation is that we want to please our Heavenly FATHER.
Perhaps the first reference in the Bible to GOD wanting to bless the nations is the above verse from Genesis 12.3 I will bless those who bless you … Very simply GOD promises to bless those who bless the Jewish descendants of Abraham. And the best way to bless the Jewish people is to stand with us in solidarity and pray for our protection and salvation. The Bible teaches that you reap what you sew – You can also sew financial blessings into a Messianic ministry in Israel.
But there are many other verses in the Bible that tell us how we can be blessed by our Father in Heaven. I will let the Word of GOD speak for itself …..
From the Hebrew scriptures ……..
Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked ……. but his delight is in the Torah of YHVH, and on His Torah he meditates day & night – perhaps we need to change our attitude to the Torah
Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: we need to be faithful people, especially faithful to GOD and HIS Word
Psalm 119:1 Blessed are the upright in the way, who walk in the Torah of YHVH – are we doing our best to walk according to the Torah ?
Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse ………. And test ME now with this, says the LORD of Hosts, to see if I will not open the windows of Heaven for you, and pour out a blessing for you, until there is not enough room to hold it. that is very clear – we need to be sure to give at least our first 10% back to GOD
From the New Testament: More keys to greater blessings from the Words of Messiah Yeshua …… no need to explain what He means – I am sure we have heard many sermons about the Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:11 Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Do you want to see the maximum of GOD’s blessings on your life and your family? If your answer is yes, then you need to make the decision to forget what you may have been wrongly taught about Israel, tithing and the Torah, and ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to live out your life as a citizen of the Kingdom of YHVH in a way that will allow Him to pour out on our lives, the blessings that HE desires to pour out on you.
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. Winter Storm Pounds Israel Times of Israel News Jan 6th
Israel was pounded Friday by its worst storm of the winter, with over 100 millimeters of rain falling in parts of the north and lightning strikes throughout the day and flash floods in the southern desert regions. The heavy rains left Israelis stranded in floods, shut main roads and brought down dozens of trees, causing some damage. Route 90 running along the Dead Sea was closed after a desert stream flooded and Route 234 was closed near Tze?elim in the south due to flooding. The town of Safed experienced the heaviest rainfall, with 110 millimeters of rain falling in the northern city. A number of other places in the north also got around 100 millimeters of rain and the ski resort at Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights saw heavy snowfall, but still not enough to open the site to visitors. As a result of the rain in the north, the Sea of Galilee rose three centimeters. Please pray for much more rain over the next 4 winter months
2. Israeli Court Orders Release of Arab Teenager Gains Fame Following Arrest Jerusalem Post Jan 4th
Ahed Tamimi, the 16-year-old Palestinian girl who has engaged in several rhetorical confrontations with Israeli security forces in order to be filmed and posted on YouTube, was arrested last week following the posting of a video in which she slapped an Israeli soldier. She was indicted on Monday for throwing rocks, threatening soldiers and inciting to violence, leading some Palestinian analysts to warn that Israel is actually turning her into a hero on the Palestinian street. The incident comes amidst an uptick in kinetic violence between Palestinian terrorist organizations and Israel on the border between southern Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. An Israeli judge has ordered that the assailant be released. Pray that Israeli judges take a much tougher stance against everyone who attempts to harm Israel or Israeli soldiers and civilians in any way.
3. President Trump Follows Through on Threat to Cut Aid to P.A. Israel Today News Jan 8th
One thing is becoming certain – you dismiss US President Trump’s threats at your own peril. For decades, Middle East despots and warlords were conditioned to shrug off American pressure, knowing full well that the White House didn’t have the guts to follow through. Some might argue that it’s not about guts, that former presidents were being diplomatic by necessity. But then, why apply pressure or issue warnings in the first place, as some former presidents often did? Making threats when everyone knows you have no intention of following through is the opposite of effective. Well, those days are done under Trump, and the Palestinians just learned that lesson the hard way. Last Thursday, Trump tweeted that he was questioning the usefulness of massive American financial aid to the PA when it continues to incite against Israel and won’t come to the negotiating table. Days later, it was revealed that Trump had significantly slashed US contributions to UNRWA, the special UN body set up to cater solely to so-called Palestinian “refugees.” Until now, the US covered a full one-fourth of UNRWA’s operating costs. Three Western diplomats confirmed over the weekend that Trump had frozen $125 million in annual aid to UNRWA, about one-third of the annual US contribution. The sources added that Trump could increase the cut to $180 million if the Palestinian Authority fails to get the message and rejoin the peace proces
4. PM Netanyahu: Close Down UNRWA to Solve ‘Palestinian’ Problem
PM Benjamin Netanyahu called to shut down the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is responsible for funneling aid to the so called Palestinian refugees, saying that it is perpetuating the Palestinan problem. Speaking at at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, PM Netanyahu said that he completely agrees with President Trump?s ?sharp criticism of UNRWA? and his decision to cut the US funding to the body. ?UNRWA is an organization that perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem. It also perpetuates the narrative of the right-of-return, as it were, in order to eliminate the state of Israel; therefore, UNRWA needs to pass from the world,? PM Netanyahu stated, ?This is an agency that was established 70 years ago, only for Palestinian refugees, at a time when the UNHCR (the UN refugee agency) deals with global refugee problems. Of course this creates a situation in which there are great-grandchildren of refugees, who are not refugees but who are cared for by UNRWA, and another 70 years will pass and those great-grandchildren will have great-grandchildren and therefore, this absurdity needs to end,” the Israeli premier added. ?I have brought this position to the attention of the US. This is how to rid the world of UNRWA and deal with genuine refugee problems, to the extent that such remain,? he concluded. Pray that the UNRWA will indeed be shut down as soon as possible.
5. More Violence in Gaza Ha Aretz News Jan 11th
Two teenage Arabs have been killed and three others seriously wounded in clashes with Israeli soldiers on Thursday, the PA Health Ministry has reported. One fatality occured at protests at the Gaza border, the second at clashes near the West Bank city of Nablus. Both fatalities are reported to be 16 years of age. According to the PA sources, the Gaza protesters were shot near the border fence in the central Gaza Strip, while clashes in the West Bank broke out between protesters and Israeli troops near the refugee camp of Iraq Burin, south of Nablus. Sources in the strip said that dozens of Arab youths took part in a protest at the border against U.S. President Trump’s December announcement in which he declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The army has said it is looking into the reports. Pray that the IDF uses all resources at its disposal to stop the current wave of rocket attacks and other forms of violence against Israel.
6. PM Netanyahu: Israel Has Helped Prevent Aircraft Terror in Europe Times of Israel News Jan 8th
PM Benjamin Netanyahu has indicated that Israel has prevented hijacked airplanes from crashing into European cities. ?We have, through our intelligence services, provided information that has stopped several dozen major terrorist attacks, many of them in European countries,? he told foreign diplomats in Jerusalem. ?Some of these could have been mass attacks, of the worst kind that you have experienced on the soil of Europe and even worse, because they involve civil aviation. Israel has prevented that, and thereby helped save many European lives,? Netanyahu said, apparently referring to plane hijackings. He did not provide specific details about the attacks Israel helped prevent. The Prime Minister?s Office declined to elaborate. Pray that the nations will wake up to the
advantages of standing with Israel rather than against
7. Israel Celebrates 3000 Years of Hebrew Language United With Israel News Jan 8th
Israel on Monday marked Hebrew Language Day, celebrated on the birthday of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the father of modern Hebrew. The revival of the spoken Hebrew language is an extraordinary story, unparalleled in history. A language with roots dating back more than 3,000 years, it was brought back to life after centuries during which it effectively lay dormant, and it?s now flourishing in the 21st
century. Hebrew was not a spoken language 150 years ago. It was literally nobody?s mother tongue. Today, more than nine million people speak Hebrew and, for the majority of them, it?s their native tongue. Throughout the millennia of the Jewish dispersion following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, Hebrew remained alive in liturgy and religious ceremonies and as a sort of lingua franca across the Diaspora. Written Hebrew continued to evolve; it was the language of poetry and correspondence between scholars, who wrote books on law and philosophy in Hebrew. Each generation was encouraged to be literate in Hebrew so as to be familiar with Judaism?s foundational texts and life-cycle traditions and rituals. But, during these years, the language ceased to be a living, breathing part of ordinary, secular personal or national life. Lets give thanks to YHVH for giving us His wonderful language