.; A compilation of news reports from the past week for the information of those committed to .praying.for the restoration of Israel
Stefan’s Comment: Preparing to Tabernacle With the Lord
Zechariah 2:10 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the LORD. (NKJV)
We are about to celebrate the last of the fall Feasts of the Lord next Sunday at sunset – Succot or the Feast of Tabernacles. I imagine that many other emails have gone out over the last two or three weeks, speaking about the Feasts of the Lord explaining their significance and beauty, and also their fulfilment. I am sure that most of you are aware of how Yeshua fulfilled the spring feasts of the Lord as he became the Passover Lamb for us and also was the first fruit offering before the Father. The fall feasts are yet to be fulfilled completely in Messiah.
In Israel during Succot, many families build a small booth on their deck or in their garden. Some families that do not have an outdoor area build it next to the building, and sometimes a collective booth is built for the residence of the building so that anyone can come and dwell in the booth as the Lord commanded us. This is a time of rejoicing as the booths are decorated with the Seven Species which are the fruits of the land of Israel,and a number of them are also harvested at this time Figs, Pomegranates, Grapes, Wheat, Barley, Olives and Dates. Succot is also known as the Feast of Ingathering when the children of Israel would gather to remember God?s faithfulness and give thanks to the Lord for the harvest of the past year. (Exodus23:16)
Zechariah 14 speaks about the feast of Succot,and how even when Messiah dwells among us during the Messianic age, all who dwell on the earth will not only celebrate Succot, but will come up to Jerusalem in accordance with God’s commandment. Those who do not shall have no rain this being not only a physical necessity but also a picture of blessing and life. Zechariah 14:16-19 “And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the LORD strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles”. (NKJV)
Not only is Succot a prophetic picture of the dwelling of Messiah among us in the future when Yeshua returns as Lord and King, I believe it is also the time when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us the first time the time of Messiah’s birth. Most scholars today agree that Yeshua was not born on His traditional birthday – December 25th. There are many reasons why, and those who wish to find out more can do so by conducting a simple Google search.The two main dates that are considered seriously are Passover and Succot.
The Messiah had to be born at a time when the shepherds were still out in the fields with their flocks. This would generally be between April and October when there is no rain in Israel and when the temperature in the high hills of Bethlehem and Judah are not hovering around zero. Since the Feast of Tabernacles resembles the dwelling of God’s Spirit amongst us His Schina, I tend to believe that it is during this time that the Messiah was given to us, as it is written in John1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”(NKJV)
In Jewish thought there is a term I mentioned above known as the“Schina” (pronounced ?Shechinah”).This word comes from the root Shin, Chaf, Nun and means to dwell or to rest. This is also the word used in John 1:14 in Greek – “ske?noo” and it means to encamp; to tabernacle, dwell in a tent; to dwell, have one?s abode.When speaking about the Schina in the different Jewish writings the term is usually used to describe the dwelling or resting of God’s Spirit among us. The Jewish writings speak of unusual signs that caused the sages who were alive in Yeshua’s days to conclude that the Schina, or the Spirit of God had left the temple 40 years prior to its destruction. This is almost the exact time that Yeshua died on the cross for us and sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in each of our hearts, just as He promised! Acts 7:48-49 “However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: ‘Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the Lord, or what is the place of My rest?”.(NKJV)
The Creator of the Universe was not satisfied with a temple made of gold and other precious metals, stones and amazing artistic designs ? He prefers to dwell in our simple, and usually very imperfect hearts instead. During this coming week as we remember the dwelling of Messiah among us 2000 years ago, the dwelling of God’s Spirit in us during these days, and as we look forward with great expectation to the day when the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords will dwell in our midst once again, let us thank the Lord for His greatest gift to us and let us pray that here in Israel and around the world millions Jews and non-Jews will soon come to know the Schina and dwelling of God’s Word and truth in their lives Yeshua our Messiah.
Special Prayer Request: Josie and I, Stefan and Keren and our 3 grandaughters have just arrived in the Hong Kong. We have meetings here over the weekend to celebrate the start of the Feast of Tabernacles, then on Wednesday 26th we all fly to Singapore to celebrate the end of the Feast of Tabernacles. This is a challenging mission, traveling with the 2 little girls and a baby, so please will you keep us in your prayers. Please pray for excellent health for all of us, traveling mercies for the flights and on the roads, and in the trains, and please pray for a strong anointing on the messages and ministry. Thank you and GOD bless you.
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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. Israeli-American Killed by 17 Year Old Terrorist Times of Israel News Sept 16th
An American Israeli man stabbed to death in a terror attack in the central West Bank on Sunday was identified as Ari Fuld, a 45-year-old father of four from the Efrat settlement. Shortly before noon on Sunday, a Palestinian teenager stabbed Fuld outside a shopping mall near Efrat, at the Gush Etzion Junction south of Jerusalem. Despite his wounds, Fuld chased and shot at his attacker before collapsing to the ground. Fuld was rushed to a Jerusalem hospital in unstable condition. After resuscitation efforts failed, doctors there pronounced him dead. The attacker was shot by Fuld and another armed civilian at the scene and taken to Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus in moderate condition with multiple gunshot wounds, hospital officials said. The terrorist was identified as a 17-year-old Palestinian from the village of Yatta, near Hebron. Lawmakers from across the political spectrum praised Fuld for his actions. Israel plans to demolish the family home of the terrorist. Pray that the IDF is able to prevent any and all terror attacks against its civilians and soldiers
2. Israel Air Force Atacks Damascas Airport World Israel News Sept 16th
Israel attacked Damascus International Airport with missiles Saturday night, Syrian state media said, adding that air defenses shot down some of them. A war monitoring group said the attack targeted an arms depot for Iranian forces or Lebanon?s Hezbollah group. Explosions during the attack were heard across Damascus. The state news agency SANA posted pictures showing what appeared to be air defenses firing into the air. State media quoted an unidentified military official as reporting the attack but gave no further details. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the attack targeted an arms depot near the airport where new weapons recently arrived for the Iranians or Lebanon?s Hezbollah group. The monitoring group had no immediate word on casualties, saying the strike did cause material damage. Israel rarely acknowledges attacks inside Syria but has said it would use military action to prevent weapons transfers to its enemies. Earlier this month, an Israeli military official said the Jewish state has struck over 200 Iranian Targets inside Syria over the past 18 months. Pray the Israel is able to discover and destroy all Iranian military installations that pose a threat to the State of Israel
3. Russia Blames Israel for Loss of Airforce Plane i24 News Sept 18th
Russia’s ministry of defense confirmed on Tuesday that one of its military jets was accidentally shot down by Syrian government air defenses as they confronted four Israeli F-16s in the coastal region of Latakia, killing 15 Russian servicemen. Israeli pilots carrying out attacks on Syrian targets “used the Russian plane as a cover, exposing it to fire from Syrian air defenses,” a statement by the Russian military said. Moscow accused Israel of “deliberate provocations” in Latakia and blamed the Israeli air force for “pushing” the Russian Il-20 military jet into the line of Syrian missiles. Russian Defense Minister Shoigu told his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman Tuesday that Moscow may consider measures to respond to the downing of a Russian plane over Syria, as he lay “full” blame on Israel’s air force. Pray that Israel and Russia will resolve this incident diplomatically
4. Terror Attack on Yom Kippur
A terrorist assaulted a Jewish worshiper in Jerusalem as the Yom Kippur holiday commenced, but his would-be stabbing attack was thwarted by Israeli police who shot and killed the assailant. Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year, and attracts droves of worshipers to Jerusalem. According to a police statement, the Palestinian attacker charged a Jewish worshiper close to Jerusalem?s Old City on Tuesday evening, forcing him to the ground. Immediately afterwards, the assailant took off running with a sharp object in his hand, prompting officers to open fire. The attacker subsequently died. “Palestinian” leaders frequently call for ?popular resistance? in the media and online, a term that many identify as a euphemism for violence against Israeli civilians. Their law requires murderers and their families, to receive generous monthly salaries. Pray that all planned terror attacks will be discovered and prevented before they take place
5. Israel Threatens to Bomb Assad’s Palace Israel Today News Sept 20th
On Monday past, Israel appeared to threaten to bomb the presidential palace of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad when it published clear satellite imagery of the sprawling facility. Israel has admitted to carrying out no fewer than 200 air strikes against military targets in Syria over the past 18 months. So, publishing spy satellite imagery of Assad’s home was a not-too-subtle warning to the Syrian leader to stop working with forces dedicated to Israel’s demise. Pray that Assad heeds the warning and does not provoke any trouble with Israel.
6. President Trump to the PA: “Do Not Bite the Hand that Feeds You” Israel Today News Sept 18th
Despite being wholly dependent upon the goodwill of Israel, the Arab states and Western power-brokers, the Palestinian Authority has seemingly done its best to alienate each and every one. It’s ironic, considering that much of the Palestinian leadership’s diplomatic efforts are focused on isolating Israel. Israel’s reasons for distrusting the Palestinian Authority are clear. And numerous statements by Arab leaders across the Middle East in recent years reveal that they don’t think very highly of Mahmoud Abbas and his regime, even if they remain committed to the “Palestinian cause.” But the bulk of the PA’s annual income comes from the West, and a large chunk of that used to be provided by the United States. But no more. Over the past several weeks, US President Donald Trump has significantly slashed American financial aid to the Palestinians. In an interview with the New York Times published on Friday, Trump’s son-in-law and foreign policy adviser Jared Kushner effectively warned the Palestinians to stop biting the hands that feed them. “Nobody is entitled to America?s foreign aid,” Kushner said as he addressed the Palestinian leadership’s hostility toward the Trump Administration. Pray that the PA will heed the warning from the USA
7. Record Number of Tourists Arrive in Israel in August Globes News September
Israel set another 70th anniversary record in August with 2.7 million arrivals and departures at Tel Aviv?s Ben Gurion International Airport. It?s the airport?s biggest month in its history and a 10 percent increase from August 2017. July statistics were also up 10.6 percent from the previous year and authorities are anticipating a record-breaking September. With the Jewish high holy days (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot) falling earlier this year on the Gregorian calendar, Israeli authorities are predicting a 17 percent increase from last September. In addition to families coming to Israel during this season, many Israelis travel abroad for the holidays. Favorite destinations include the US, Greece, Italy and Russia. On the eve of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which this year begins Tuesday evening, September 18, Ben Gurion closes down, with the last takeoff and landing in the afternoon, at 1:55 and 1:40 pm, respectively. The airport reopens Wednesday evening, with the first landing at 9:30 pm and the first departure at 11:30. Pray that the number of tourists will steadily continue to increase fulfilling Isaiah 2:2