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David’s Comment: Please Keep Praying for ALL the Jews to Return to Israel
Jeremiah 32:37-41 ?Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety I will rejoice in doinng them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.?
Josie and I have placed great importance on the subject of Aliyah ( the immigration of all Jews to Israel ) for many years now. The main reason being that we see the return of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland as being very close to GOD’s heart, and spoken of by YHVH through most of the prophets. In Ezekei 36:22 we read that GOD is keeping His covenant promises to the physical descendants of Abraham, not for their sake, but for the sake of His good name.
This matter of the Jews returning home is also of prime importance for their own safety, as the rise of anti-Semitism is once again happening in most of the world, and will surely continue to increase as Israel holds out against world demands to hand over more of their land and half of Jerusalem to the mythical ‘Palestinan people.’ In Zechariah 10:8 YHVH says that He will whistle for His people to come home, and today the Jewish population of Israel is more than 6.5 million. After the former Soviet Union collapsed following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, 1000 Jewish people were coming home every day of the week, except the Sabbath. Currently the number stands at about 1000 every week, but that is on the increase because of the rise of Anti-Semitism.
For Bible believing Christians who are eagerly looking forward to the return of the Messiah to set up the Kingdom of God and rule the world from a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, the Jews being back in their own land, is also directly related to the return of Yeshua, and thus should be a priority of all who eternal hope is to be included in the Bride of Messiah, and are anxiously awaiting that wonderful day of the Bridegroom’s return.
As well as the opening verse, there are dozens of others that speak about the return of the Jewish people, including the following verses which show us that it is indeed the Father’s will that, ALL Israel returns to their ancient homeland.
Ezekiel 36:10 “I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. (NKJ)
Ezekiel 39:28-29 then they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their own land, and left none of them captive any longer. ‘And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord GOD.” (NKJ)
Jeremiah 16:14 – 16 Behold the days are coming says YHVH that no longer will they say ” the Lord lives who brought the Children of Israel up from Egypt,” but they will say “the Lord lives who brought the Children of Israel back from the north country (Russia) and from every place where He had scattered them. For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers.” (NKJ)
The following excerpts from a speech by the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon highlights the importance at this point of Jewish, and World history. Prime Minister Sharon expressed his hope that another million new immigrants arrive in Israel in the decade ahead. He departed from his prepared text – that which was later distributed to journalists and sent out over the internet in order to add the following exhortation to the millions of Jewish people who are still living in the nations, and are reluctant to return to the land covenanted to their forefathers ……….
“In addition to the military campaign that we face, we are also engaged in a very difficult diplomatic campaign, to which we must stand up – and we expect you to stand with us. It’s not just our fight. Whatever happens here in Israel will influence the fate of the Jews all around the world. If Israel, Heaven forbid, becomes weakened, don?t expect even for a minute that you will be able to live the lives that you are living now. It will disappear in the blink of an eye. Your responsibility is therefore no less than ours. True, we live here, and we carry out certain missions that you, as long as you’re not here yet, cannot shoulder. But in terms of the responsibility, the backing for Israel in our international diplomatic struggles – you must stand as one behind us, and behind every democratically elected government of Israel. Because it is now not only our fate, but also your fate that hangs in the balance. The fate of every Jew in the world hangs in the balance. Now is the time for every Believer to pray like never before that the Lord would send a Spirit of Aliyah into the hearts of every Jewish person in America to return to the land He has given to us as our home forever. We have no other place that is truly ours and this will become more and more evident as days get shorter and shorter. AND, the return of the Jewish people to the land of Israel will hasten the return of the Messiah! Read Ezekiel 36 and you will find that when Israel returns from ALL of the lands to which they have been scattered, THEN, God will sprinkle clean water upon them, place His Spirit within them and THEN they will be His people and He will be their God. This revival MUST occur in order for Jerusalem to declare “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.” End Quote
We who are anxiously awaiting the 2nd coming must not forget what Yeshua said to the Jewish people in Jerusalem Matthew 23:39 You will not see me again until you say “Baruch ha bah B’Shem Adonai – Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD.” Josie and I thank GOD for adding you to our team to partner with us as we pray for the outpouring of His Holy Spirit upon the Jewish people who are still scattered amongst all the nations of the World. We pray that YHVH will bless you as you pray that many will return very soon, while it is still possible to come with their belongings and life savings. For surely the time will come, when the ‘hunters’ will once again be after them, and they will have to run, leaving everything behind. Also please pray for more ‘fishers’ to go to every country and help bring the Jews home, as many Christians have been doing over the last 30 years, by bus, ship and aeroplane.
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. Prince William Gets Stoned in Ramallah
Prince William’s visit was important for being the first (official visit) by a member of the British Royal Family since the founding of the State of Israel. But beside that fact, it was a rather uneventful stopover, as befitting the visit of an apolitical figure to a politically-charged region. Except for once incident. When Prince William went to visit with Palestinian and UN officials in Ramallah, his vehicle was stoned by Palestinian children. The residents of Jalazun refugee camp had not been aware of the prince’s visit beforehand, and when they suddenly found a British royal outside their homes, they became enraged. Many Palestinians still blame the British for handing “their” country over to the Jews. Prince William was, of course, unharmed. What’s really telling isn’t that Palestinian kids raised on a constant diet of hateful incitement would engage in such violence; it’s that the mainstream international media completely ignored the stoning of Britain’s future king.
Anyone who’s been following this conflict for any length of time will know that had Prince William been stoned by Jewish settler children, the incident would have made headline news across the world for at least the next week. So, why the lack of coverage when Palestinian kids do it? Pray that the secular media learns to be honest and balanced when it comes to Israel
2. President Trump Preparing to Announce His Peace Plan INN News July 1st
As the White House prepares to release President Trump?s long-awaited Mideast peace plan, Ramallah is reportedlyplanninging protests to be staged in various Palestinian communities in the near future The Palestinian Authority (PA) recently gave the go-ahead to activists based in Arab communities in Judea and Samaria to stage protests against US President Donald Trump?s unreleased Middle East peace plan, reported the Jerusalem Post. The revelation of protest plans arrives on the heels of a visit to the region by two of Trump?s senior advisers, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, with whom PA officials refused to meet. While the US team held high-level meetings in Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and Qatar, the PA chose to maintain its months-long boycott of the Trump administration, which it launched following the president?s announcement that the US would recognize Jerusalem as the Jewish state?s capital and move its embassy in Israel to the location. On Monday, the first protest is slated for Ramallah, organized by a group called the National and Islamic Forces who began recruiting participants online on Saturday, with additional protests planned for other Palestinian communities in the following days and weeks. The protests coincide with a Palestinian online initiative called ?The National Campaign to Down the Deal of the Century,? which employs the phrase Trump has used to publicize his forthcoming peace plan. Palestinian sources told the Post that Fatah had instructed its loyalists to participate in the demonstrations, with the aim of transforming ire against Trump into a rallying cry for the ailing Abbas and increasingly unpopular PA leadership, which faces criticism from within for the punitive sanctions it maintains against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. If this new plan requires Israel to give away GOD’s land, then we need to pray that it totally fails
3. Syrians Thank Israeli for Assisting Them Israel Today News July 2nd
Syrian civilians being mercilessly bombed by their own regime and turned away by neighboring Arab countries are thanking Israel for showing kindness even to its enemies. Israeli soldiers who are part of “Operation Good Neighbor” delivered tons of food, clothing and medical supplies to the Syrian refugees amassing on their nation’s side of the Golan Heights. The refugees began streaming to the border last week when the Syrian regime and its Russian allies began indiscriminate aerial assaults on their homes, which are situated in some of the last rebel-held territory.
Israeli officials said they can’t possibly take in 160,000 refugees, but are trying to do everything possible to help them. Over the weekend, six Syrians in need of urgent medical treatment were granted entry to Israel. The wounded included four young children, some of whom are being treated by IDF medics. One Syrian refugee said he and his family felt hopeless after being turned away at the border with Jordan, which has already taken in over half a million Syrian refugees, and turned toward Israel as a last resort. They were pleased to find the Jewish state ready to help, despite the fact that Syria remains officially at war with Israel. “We saw a very noble stance by the Israeli side, both by the aid that it sent and in its treating of the wounded,” the man said. We have t aske the question “why is the mainstream international media is paying so very little attention to this incredible display of Israeli goodwill, which demonstrates quite clearly that the Jewish state is not racist against Arabs ?” Lets pray that the majority of Syrians come to hear of Israel’s aid to their people and change their attitude towards their Jewish neighbours
4. Gaza Terrorists Breach Border Fence World News Israel July 2nd
The IDF opened fire Monday afternoon on four terrorists who infiltrated the border fence separating Gaza from Israel. The four attempted to set on fire an abandoned army outpost in the southern section of Gaza. One terrorist was killed. Another was critically wounded and transported to a hospital for medical treatment. A third terrorist was captured and transferred to the custody of security forces for interrogation. No one on the Israeli side was injured. ?Our forces fired at four terrorists who infiltrated the border fence and tried to set on fire an abandoned sharpshooters? tower. The terrorists were armed with cutters and flammable materials. IDF soldiers identified the terrorists and fired at them,? the IDF stated. Pray that every attempt to break into Israel to commit terror is seen and prevented
5. Iranian Weapons Base in Syria Attacked INN News July 4th
Media outlets affiliated with the Syrian opposition reported on Tuesday that Israel had attacked warehouses of weapons used by Iranian militias near the Dara-Damascus road.The Syrian Center for Monitoring Human Rights reported that the explosions were heard in the north of Daraa, in an area controlled by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces. Assad’s army has recently been operating with Russian air support to capture the city of Dara, which is considered the symbol of the rebel movement. Last week Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu referred to Israel’s attacks on Syria and said at the graduation ceremony of the pilots’ course that “We blew up Iran’s cash machine. The ones who provided the most cash to Iran were stopped short, and the Iranian people are feeling it in their pockets. The IDF, and the Air Force, will continue to act with force against Iranian targets in the area.” Pray that all Iranian facilities in Syria will be likewise destroye
6. The Gazan Man Who Died Twice Jerusalem Post July 1st
Videos showing the death of a double amputee that Palestinian officials claimed was killed by IDF sniper fire in protests near the Gaza border with Israel in 2017, were staged, a recent report by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) claimed. The 29 year old man was was one of two Gazans killed in clashes with Israeli troops on December 17 of that year in protests against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He was also a prominent activist, had previously lost his legs in an Israeli airstrike in 2008, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported at the time of his death. Palestinian released two separate videos claiming to show the moment that the man was killed by Israeli troops, the CAMERA report stated. The two contradictory videos were taken at different times of day and show different participants. Similarly, the videos show a different location for Abu Thuraya’s injury than that seen in a photo of his funeral, the report found. Separately, an IDF investigation into the man’s claimed death concluded that Israeli snipers had ceased firing an hour before he was killed. “This incident extends beyond the personal case of Abu Thurayya,” the report concluded. “It demonstrates a propagandist mechanism of staging the injuring and killing of a person who eagerly anticipates his martyrdom and views it positively as his contribution to a campaign against the Jewish state.” Pray that all secular media fake news is exposed and see by the world
7. More Jews Live in Israel Than in Any Other Country World News Israel July 4rh
The largest concentration of Jewish people, more than six million, live in Israel, compared with 5.7 million living in the United States, reported Israel’s Aliyah Minister to the government Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs. The Committee Chairman praised the Aliyah Ministry?s achievements and said Israel?s mission was to bring all of the world?s Jews back home.. ?We invest a lot to encourage Aliyah – we hold fairs in the countries of origin, offer potential immigrants personal accompaniment and assistance in their job search, studies and housing. The past year has seen a significant surge in the number of Jews immigrating to Israel, as well as the return to Israel of many former residents. ?We are working to reduce administrative obstacles, and we have increased the number of languages available in service centers.
The ministry also increased assistance for entrepreneurs and has seen a rise in the number of businesses opened by olim, as well as a significant drop in delinquency among teenage new immigrants. Director General of the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration emphasized that Israel is now home to the world?s largest Jewish community, followed by the US, France, the UK, Ukraine, and Russia, among others. Since 2013, there has been a dramatic increase in immigration from the former Soviet Union. Over the past year, 76,000 individuals eligible for Aliyah made contact with the ministry. About 70,000 young immigrants arrived in Israel over the past decade, and a significant increase has been recorded since the establishment of the Ministry?s Youth Division. Of the 245,235 immigrants who arrived in Israel over the past 10 years, 29,228 made Aliyah in 2017, of whom 7,239 are returning residents. Pray that the LORD will whistle louder to call ALL the Jewish people home, in preparation of re-establishing His Kingdom on the Earth.