.;A compilation of news reports from the past week for the information of those committed to..praying..for the restoration of Israel
Guest Comment: Guest Comment: Redemption, Refreshing and Restoration – by Errol Francis (NZ)
Act 3:19-22a ( CJB) “Therefore, repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be erased; so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord’s presence; and he may send the Messiah appointed in advance for you, that is, Yeshua. He has to remain in heaven until the time comes for restoring everything, as God said long ago, when he spoke through the holy prophets. For Moshe himself said, ‘Adonai will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers.
The means of redemption for Jew and Gentile alike are stated in the beginning of the verses above. Redemption was provided right from the fall in Eden. Genesis 3:15 prophetically points forward to Yeshua. Genesis 3:21 implies blood was shed to enable their sin to be physically covered. Again, Lamb’s blood was shed on the eve of Exodus. Here is redemption over time, climaxing at Passover and Calvary: both of which we remember and celebrate annually.
Following the establishment of redemption, YHVH activated events to refresh His relationship with mankind. Early history tells how He spoke with Job, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel. Also with craftsmen who built the Tabernacle and Temple, also rebuilding Jerusalem under Ezra and Nehemiah. These faithful servants of YHVH kept the times of refreshing occurring right until the time of Yeshua. Now it is up to us to be refreshed in The Spirit of The Lord. (Ruach HaKodesh) that was poured out in the New Covenant refulfillment of Shavuot, and to share that with the world.
Orthodox Jews who look back to the times before Yeshua and His Spirit poured out need to see the promise in Jeremiah for Yeshua’s New Covenant, when Torah will be “spirit written” in their hearts, not written only on stone or scroll. That this will happen is clearly prophesied in Zechariah 12:10 “and I will pour out on the house of David and on those living in Yerushalayim a spirit of grace and prayer; and they will look to me, whom they pierced.” (CJB) This verse proclaims a truth for Israel that confounds a view by many churches that Acts 2:17′s pouring out of the spirit in the latter days, is to be a church only event.
A passage in Isaiah often ignored is: Isaiah 44:1-3 “Now listen, Ya`akov my servant, Isra’el whom I have chosen: Thus says Adonai, who made you, formed you in the womb, and will help you: Don’t be afraid, Ya`akov my servant, Yeshurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit on your descendants, my blessing on your offspring.” (CJB) This will soon happen! Another passage in Isaiah to grasp onto is Chapter 32, verses 13-17.
While I am a Charismatic Christian with strong end time revival hopes, I agree with David Silver and other Messianic Jews, that the longed for pouring out of the Holy Spirit in the gentile world will not occur on its own. That revival will accompany the same release of spiritual awakening, redemption, refreshing and restoration that will begin amongst the Jewish People. Then we will have two lively branches on the Olive Tree trunk.
In the twentieth century the Charismatic Church was constantly teaching on “Restoration”. The time frame of their restorations was from the Protestant Reformation to their present. The topics of restoration included: readily available and readable scripture, the salvation experience of being born again, baptism by full immersion, being baptised in the Holy Spirit, renewal of healing and spiritual gifts and the five-fold ministry roles. Acts 3:21 has always been popular with those who are looking for revival rather than for a pre-tribulation rapture. “whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets. (NKV). While some have spoken of the celebration of The Feast of Tabernacles now including Christians, as restorative, they usually miss this next facet of restoration “Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” Acts 1:6
There is a great and universal Kingdom of Yeshua Ha Mashiach to come, which will embrace Israel and all nations.
If you have not yet downloaded David’s new and free PDF booklet: “The Restoration of The Church” You should do so today.
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. Police Officer Killed in Violence at Bedouin Town Israel Today News Jan 20th
Police attempting to enforce a demolition order in the southern Bedouin town of Umm al-Hiran last Wednesday were violently opposed by local residents, left-wing activists and Arab Israeli Members of Knesset. A great many Bedouins construct houses and other buildings on state property without purchasing the land or otherwise obtaining the necessary permits. Every once in a while, Israeli courts actually issue a demolition order in response to this criminal activity. The officers taking part in the demolition expected opposition, but didn?t expect the day to end in bloodshed and death. Already during the early morning hours, residents, activists and Arab MKs had violently demonstrated, some hurling stones at the police. MK Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint Arab List party, was wounded in the head during this confrontation. Police say Odeh was hit by one of the stones thrown by the protesters. A short time later, a local Bedouin resident began speeding toward the police line in his pickup truck. It is unclear whether police opened fire before or after he reached their lines, but the outcome was that the driver was killed and that he ran over and killed one of the officers. Please pray that the situation will remain calm following this incident
2. President Trump Promises to Keep His Promise to Move Embassy Israel HaYom Jan 21st
At his pre-inaugural Chairman?s Global Dinner Tuesday night in Washington, US President-elect Donald Trump reiterated his commitment to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. ?Of course I remember what I said about Jerusalem,? Trump said in response to a question from a reporter for Israel Hayom. ?You know that I am not a person who breaks promises,? Trump added. Trump?s team decided to stick with its long-held plan to move the embassy in the face of warnings against it, including Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who said it was crossing a red line, as well as outgoing US Secretary of State who claimed it would lead to a regional explosion. At the dinner, where many foreign diplomats were introduced to the new president, Mr.Trump expressed his eagerness to build a strong relationship with Israel. Lets pray that the move will happen sooner rather than later
3. Approval for 671 New Housing Units Around Jerusalem INN News Jan 22nd
The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee approved on Sunday 671 new housing units in various Jerusalem neighborhoods. Previous discussions regarding the approval of new Jerusalem housing units were cancelled in December, reportedly at the request of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. 324 new housing units will be built in Ramot, and 174 in Ramat Shlomo. In Pisgat Ze’ev, 68 new housing units will be built. In Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods, 49 new units will be built in Beit Hanina and 14 in Wadi al-Joz. 24 new housing units will be built in Umm Lisun and Umm Tuba. In the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood, which is known as a terrorist breeding ground, seven new units will be approved. Four others will be approved in Beit Safafa, three in Sur Baher, and four others in At-Tur. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said, “We have suffered eight difficult years of Obama, who pressured Israel to freeze building. “I hope that era is over, and that from now on we will continue to build and develop Jerusalem for the good of its residents, Jewish and Arab alike. We must strengthen our sovereignty over Israel’s capital and create a unified Jerusalem. “We must also help young couples, because that is the right thing to do,” Barkat concluded. Please pray for the building program to continue and increase
4. Pres. Trump Invites PM Netanyahu to the White House
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Trump held their first conversation Sunday evening which was characterized by Trump as ?very nice.? The conversation lasted less than 30-minutes. Trump invited Netanyahu to come to Washington and meet him in February. According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the exact date of the meeting will be determined in the coming days. The two leaders discussed the Iran nuclear agreement, the process with the Palestinians and other subjects. Earlier in the day, at the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that there were many issues for him to discuss with the new president, including the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the situation in Syria, and the Iranian threat.
Another topic that was expected to have been discussed between the two leaders was moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Just prior to the conversation, White House press secretary said the administration has begun deliberations over whether to move the embassy. “We are the very beginning stages of discussing this subject,” But Trump declined to comment when asked about his plans to move the embassy. While some took the statement to mean that the move was not imminent, others ? such as Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat saw the very announcement as ?historic.? ?I congratulate President Trump on the White House’s historic announcement that discussions have begun on moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,? he said. ?The announcement this evening sends a clear message to the entire world that the US recognizes Israel as the united capital of the State of Israel.? Please pray that the two leaders will form a strong bond to counteract the attacks against both of them
5. Terror Attack Thwarted
A suspected terror attack was thwarted at a bus stop near the town of Kochav Ya’akov, about ten minutes from the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze’ev and Neve Ya’akov but a part of the Binyamin region. A terrorist veered from the main road and crashed into a bus stop where soldiers and civilians were standing. The terrorist was holding a knife but did not get out of the car. No injuries were reported during the attack. The terrorist was neutralized by two soldiers waiting at the bus stop. Please pray that all IDF soldiers will be protected by angels
6. President Trump Freezes Obama Gift to the PA World Israel News Jan 26th
The Trump administration has frozen Obama?s quiet, last minute cash gift to the Palestinian Authority. Former US President Barack Obama, in his waning hours, quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA), which Congress had been blocking. The State Department is reviewing the last-minute decision by former Secretary of State John Kerry to send $221 million dollars to the Palestinians. Kerry formally notified Congress that State would release the money Friday morning, just hours before President Donald Trump took the oath of office. The funds ? supposedly intended for reconstruction in Gaza and good governance programs for the Palestinian Authority ? were being blocked by at least two Republican lawmakers, in response to Palestinian attempts to join international organizations, from which it intended to launch more international campaigns against Israel. When asked about the transfer during Tuesday?s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that ?[Trump] is very concerned about how taxpayer money is spent, whether it?s sent overseas and what we get for it in terms of the relationship or our support for a democracy or aid to another country for their defenses. But he?s going to be examining all aspects of the budget? He?s going to make sure that every deal, every dollar that is spent by the government is done in a way that respects the American taxpayer.? Lets pray that the money is never released to the PA
7. Tornado Hits East Jerusalem Breaking Christian News Jan 22nd
A tornado hit East Jerusalem on Saturday, and it received very little media coverage ? possibly because it was East Jerusalem, Mississippi, and not its more famous namesake. Yet as the world argues over the fate of East Jerusalem in Israel, it seems that the fates of the two cities, with identical names on opposite sides of the globe, are remarkably intertwined.
Over the weekend, a massive hurricane in the American south created a tornado which ripped through Hattiesburg, Mississippi, killing four and ravaging East Jerusalem, a small Hattiesburg neighborhood with a peculiar name whose history is oddly connected to its Jerusalem cousin. Like its American counterpart, Israel?s East Jerusalem was also recently a target. Just a few weeks ago, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution declaring it illegal for Jews to live there. But this is not the first time the two were simultaneously targeted: four years ago, in February of 2013, another tornado in Hattiesburg coincided with another anti-Israel UN resolution, which called for Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria to be immediately withdrawn without preconditions.
It turns out that the connection between the two locations goes even further back. East Jerusalem, Hattiesburg was also hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, just eight days after the Israeli government initiated an operation in Gush Katif in which 9,000 Jews were forcibly removed from their communities in the Gaza Strip. A major religious leader, reacted to the US disaster, one of the worst in the nation?s history, by saying that Hurricane Katrina was the ?direct result of support for the disengagement plan?. The rabbi of King David?s Tomb on Mount Zion, explained the possible connection. ?It is impossible for me to ascribe a cause to a specific disaster, to say this is what God had in mind, but our actions do affect divine judgement,? Rabbi Berger explained, quoting King Solomon. As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man to man. (Proverbs 27:19)