.;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: Why Every Christian Should Care About and Pray for Israel
2 Chronicles 2:4 Blessed be YHVH God of Israel
As most of you know one of the main focuses of our ministry is to teach the Church about Israel in the hope of raising the level of prayer and intercession for Israel and the Jewish people. I believe that this is not just for the Christians who already have a burden for Israel, but I believe that it is the LORD’s desire is for every Christian to have His heart for His land and His people. The Bible tells us that Israel is the centre of GOD’s eye (Zechariah 2:8) and the head of the nations (Jeremiah 31:7), and that the Jewish people are His first-born (Exodus 4:22). YHVH tells us that He is zealous for Zion with great zeal. (Zechariah 8:2) As I have written before YHVH is the ultimate Zionist, and that same zeal for Zion should be replicated in every person who truly has the Holy Spirit dwelling within. We should all place Israel where GOD places Israel – NUMBER 1. That does not mean we need to ignore everything else He has called us to do, but we should all give Israel that place of priority.
As I travel around the nations, I often get asked “what has Israel got to do with the Church ?” and my immediate answer is “ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING”. Just in case there is anyone reading this who may not fully understand that answer, I will lay out my reasons ……..
1/ The God of the Bible is the GOD of Israel (of course He is also the GOD of the Universe and everything in it)
2/ Yeshua is the King of Israel and the Jewish people (of course He is also the King of all people)
3/ When Yeshua returns to Earth, He is coming to rule and reign from Jerusalem (He will rule over all of the nations)
4/ Yeshua will not come back until all of the words of the Jewish prophets are fulfilled (Acts 3:21), and Israel and the Jewish people are ready to invite and receive
Him (Matthew 23:39 – Revelation 1:7)
If every Christian truly understood, believed and acted upon these 4 points, they way the Church behaves towards Israel and the Jewish people would be very different, and the day of the Lord’s second coming would be much closer than it is (2 Peter 3:12), but its not too late to do so.
There is much more I can write here, but I have already written it many times before and I am busy preparing to go to Germany later in the week. One of the guest speakers at our prayer summit last week gave an amazing message which confirms all that I have written above and in the past. I recommend everyone who understands English listens to the message by Stan Goodenough. The other 2 messages by Eitan Shishkoff & our son Stefan are also excellent and worth listening to. Here is the link to the messages on our website http://www.out-of-zion.com/about/intercessors-for-israel/about-the-i-r-i-ministry/iri-prayer-summit-2017
Oh – there are 2 other reasons why we should make Israel our priority – Genesis 12:3 I will bless those who bless Israel. Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerualem …. may they prosper, who love you ……. If you want to prosper and see the fullness of the LORD’s blessings on you, your family, your ministry and your congregation, bless Israel and the Jewish people in prayer and solidarity.
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. US Administration: “No Budget Cuts to Aid to Israel” INN News March 17th
The USA State Department clarified on Thurs. 16 March that President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year would not reduce aid to Israel, but added that assistance levels to other nations, including Egypt and Jordan, were still being evaluated. “Our assistance to Israel is guaranteed and that reflects obviously our strong commitment to one of our strongest partners and allies,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. “With respect to other assistance levels, foreign military assistance levels, those are still being evaluated and decisions are going to be made going forward,” Toner added. The State Department clarified that “the budget blueprint includes $3.1 billion to meet our security assistance commitments to Israel.” Lets pray that the US will continue to stand with and bless Israel in every way
2. US Urges UN to Stop Calling Israel an “Apartheid State”
The United States on Wed. 15 March 2017 demanded that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres withdraw a report by a UN body accusing Israel of imposing apartheid on Arabs in Judea and Samaria. Guterres distanced himself from the report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) but USA Ambassador Nikki Haley said it should be scrapped altogether. “The United States is outraged by the report,” said Haley. “The United Nations secretariat was right to distance itself from this report, but it must go further and withdraw the report altogether.” The study concluded that “available evidence established beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid.” Based in Beirut, ESCWA is comprised of 18 Arab countries, which lists the ‘state of Palestine’ as a full member. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said “the report does not reflect the views of the secretary-general.” Please pray for a full reversal of the UN’s dreadful anti Israel attitude
3. Israeli Air Force Attacks Terror Targets in Syria INN News March 17th
The Israeli military said its fighter jets had struck several targets in Syria early lasy Friday and were back in Israeli-controlled airspace, when Syria launched several anti-aircraft missiles toward the Israeli jets. Israel’s Arrow air defence missile intercepted one of the missiles, the army said, but would not elaborate on whether any other hostile missiles had struck Israeli territory. The safety of Israeli civilians and the safety of the Israeli aircraft were not compromised,the IDF spokesman stressed. A total of four Israeli jets breached Syrian airspace on Friday morning. They hit military target near Palmyra. In retaliation the jets were targeted by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles, which shot down an Israeli plane over occupied ground. Following the breach of the country’s airspace, the Syrian Army warned Israel of “direct” retaliation “with all means at its disposal,” The Israeli Army stressed that none of the IAF [Israeli Air Force] planes was harmed. “At no point was the safety of Israeli civilians or the IAF aircraft compromised.” Please pray that the northern border with Syria remains at peace
4. Terror Groups Intend to Escalate Terror War in All Ways Arutz 7 News March 19th
The Supreme Coordination Committee in Ramallah called on the various terrorist organizations to unite in “national unity” against Israel. The Supreme Coordination Committee consists of representatives of various terrorist organizations. Following a meeting involving the leaders of numerous terror groups, the Committee published a notice expressing support for a “national plan” which would include escalation of the terror war against Israel and encouraged “all forms” of terror in order to “support the rights of the Palestinian nation and its goals of independence and freedom.” Lets pray that all evil plans & schemes against Israel will fall back on those who intend to harm Israelis.
5. Hamas Leader: We Want All of “Palestine in its Entirety INN News March 19th
Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar recently declared that “removing the Jews from the land they occupied in 1948 is an immutable principle” in the Kora Al-Zahar claimed that Allah says in the Koran: ?And drive them out from wherever they have driven you out.?? He added that the Jews ?drove out? the Arabs ?from within the 1948 borders. Hence, removing the Jews from the land they occupied in 1948 is an immutable principle, because it appears in the Book of Allah. He further urged members of the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad never to mention the term ?1967 borders? and said, ?We have liberated Gaza, part of Palestine, but I am not prepared to accept just Gaza. Our position is: Palestine in its entirety, and not a grain of soil less. We will fight them wherever we can ? on the ground, underground, and if we have airplanes, we will fight them from the skies,? vowed Al-Zahar. The comments are exposed after a recent report suggesting that Hamas, as part of its desire to achieve international recognition, would accept the pre-1967 borders. Al-Zahar?s remarks say otherwise. Lets pray that Israel’s enemies will come to fear the GOD of Israel
6. Increased Terror Threat in Lead Up to Passover World Israel News March 20th
Attempts by Palestinian terrorists to carry out attacks against Israel will intensify in the coming month, ahead of the Passover holiday, the head of the Shin Bet (Israel?s Security Agency) warned. Addressing the Knesset?s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday, Shin Bet director Nadav Argaman said ?there is no doubt? that terrorism networks, and including those commanded by Hamas, will attempt to carry out attacks ahead of the spring holiday season. Passover and Israel?s national holidays, including Independence Day, are among the upcoming holidays. Referring to the relative quiet in recent months, Argaman said that Israel has learned to contend with the wave of terror attacks ? perpetrated mostly by individuals ? through technological, operative and intelligence developments. However, the quiet is misleading, he added, as Israel?s combined security forces have been successful in foiling over 400 terror plots. Hamas and the Islamic Jihad attempt to carry out attacks almost on a daily basis. Please pray for extra angelic protection over all of Israel until this increased threat is over
7. Israel Has Treated 2600 WoundedSyrians INN News March 17th
Israel’s medical services have treated more than 2,600 Syrians wounded during their country’s conflict since 2013, despite the two nations being officially at war, the Israeli army said Tues. 14 March 2027. The wounded are transferred to the border where they receive first aid from Israeli medical teams before being taken to hospitals. Israel and Syria have been officially at war for decades, though the border between the two countries was largely quiet until the Syrian conflict broke out in 2011. The Jewish state has allegedly carried out a number of strikes inside Syria, targeting Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah, an Israeli arch-foe and ally of the Syrian regime. Please pray that this news report is widely circulated