.; 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: Major Denominations are Still Boycotting Israel
Genesis 12:3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who make light of you (literal Hebrew translation)
Last week in the USA, the Uniting Church of Christ announced officially that they will boycott Israel, thus aligning themselves with the so called ” Palestinians “. Iin doing so they join a growing list of denominations including the United Methodist and Presbyterian Church USA, who have made the same anti-Semitic decision. This is just a few of them – United Methodist Church USA – Presbyterian Church USA – British Methodist Church – United Church of Canada – South African Council of Churches – Malaysia Council of Churches – Church of Sweden – World Council of Churches Central Committee . Most of these same churches are in serious error in other key issues and have compromised the truth, many of them condoning Homosexuality in their pews and in their leadership. One has to ask the following questions – what Bible do they read, and which god are they really serving ? How can they be serving the God of the Bible ?
In taking this seriously erroneous anti-Semitic stand, these ‘Christian’ denominations join the secular world in appeasing the Muslims in their absolute hatred of Israel. In doing so they are opposing all that YHVH is doing in Israel and the world today, in preparation to restablsih His Kingdom on the Earth (in Jerusalem). How can anyone who reads the Bible, and claims to be a ‘ Believer ‘, make such a grave mistake ? Israel is mentioned in the Bible 2591 times and the word Palestine is only mentioned once. Actually the name Palestine is a mistranslation of Joel 3:4, where the Hebrew word Plesheth has been translated as ” Palestine ” in many of the English Bibles. This is incorrect as the correct interpretation of the word Strongs # 6429 Plesheth (pel-eh’-sheth) is Philistia or Philistine – a region of Syria: The Arab people who are now being referred to as the “Palestinians” are NOT the descendants of the Philistines (who originated in southern Europe), but they are being driven to destroy Israel by the same wicked spirit.
The Bible tells us that the Philistines were always the arch enemies of Israel. Anyone who is an enemy of Israel, is by default an enemy of the God of the Bible who calls Himself the God of Israel. Thus in electing to stand with the Palestinian cause, which by their own admission is nothing short of the total destruction of the Jewish state, and opposing Israel’s defense of her right to legally occupy all of the territory given by YHVH to Abraham and his descendants, these professing Christians are actually fighting against GOD. And by standing against Israel, they are taking Israel lightly or of little importance and bringing their organisations under a curse, as we read in Genesis 12:3.
I am extremely concerned for the eternal consequences of the people responsible for this Satanicly inspired decision, and for the many hundreds of thousands of members of their denominations, who are obviously sitting under Replacement Theology teachings. These people are setting themselves against the Lord and His Anointed One (Psalm 2:1-2 ). However I am even more concerned for the millions of unsaved Jewish people who need to accept Yeshua but already have a deep distrust of anything to do with Christianity because of the 2000 years of anti-Semitism that has primarily eminated from the European church. News of this action by the 2 denominations only confirms that nothing has changed in respect of the majority of the Church conspiring with the secular state, and the Devil, against the Jewish people.
What to do about the apostate churches? Of course we should pray that the Holy Spirit will draw them to repentance. However in Revelation 18:4, we see a time when the Lord says come out of her my people. I have always been very careful not to encourage people to leave the church prematurely, as we need to be salt and light to those who are deceived. In fact, I have always encouraged disenchanted people to stay in their church until the Lord clearly shows them to leave, or until the church gets seriously off-track. Perhaps that time is getting very close now. Is it right to continue in a church where any kind of sin or un-Biblical behaviour is tolerated ? Revelation 18:4 goes on to say Come out of her, My people, that you may not be partakers of her sins, and that you may not receive of her plagues. (or curses).
Deception is increasing in the Body of Messiah – even the elect are falling away. If you are in a church that accepts Gay members or is taking Israel lightly, then perhaps you should fast and pray and seriously and seek Divine wisdom and direction as to whether or should stay, or find a church that believes and applies the Bible.
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 & Jose
This Weeks News Items
1. Car Ramming Attack Near Jerusalem INN News July 9th
A ramming attack has been reported south of Jerusalem Monday afternoon. According to an initial investigation into the attack, the attack rammed his car into a fortified position used by soldiers guarding the popular hitchhiking spot. A streetlight was hit and knocked down in the attack, striking the soldier. The soldier was treated on the scene, then evacuated to a Jerusalem hospital. He has been listed in moderate stable condition. A medical responder described the soldier?s injuries: ?When we arrived at the scene, we saw a young man roughly 20 years old, fully conscious, who had suffered contusions on his upper and lower limbs as a result of the car crash.? ?With the help of an IDF medical unit that was at the scene, we provided him medical treatment, loaded him into an ambulance, and evacuated him to the hospital in moderate stable condition while we continued to treat him.? The terrorist attempted to stab officers after he exited his vehicle. He was shot and killed by security forces after he lunged at them while brandishing a knife. Pray that any other plans to commit terror attacks are prevented
2. Israeli Politicians Strike Back at UNESCO Jerusalem Post July 9th
Twenty two countries voted in favor of a UNESCO decision labeling Israel an “occupying power” in Jerusalem and criticizing archaeological excavations in the city on Tues. 4 July 2017. Israeli leaders were quick to condemn the decision ?: Nothing is more disgraceful than UNESCO declaring the world?s only Jewish state the ?occupier? of the Western Wall and Jerusalem?s Old City,” said Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon. ?Yesterday, I toured the City of David and the Old City with UN ambassadors from around the world and explained the deep and ancient connection between the Jewish people and the holiest sites of our nation. No faux ?heritage committee? can sever the bonds between our people and Jerusalem,? Danon said. Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett stated that “UNESCO’s repeated fake claims do not change the Jewish connection to Jerusalem or reality on the ground.? He said that ?instead of protecting hundreds of sites destroyed by radical Islam, UNESCO is acting against the only middle-eastern country safeguarding all holy sites and granting worshipers religious freedom.” UNESCO has additionally lobbied to have the Cave of the Patriarchs, one of the holiest sites in Judaism located in Hebron, labeled as exclusively Muslim. Pray that UNESCO will be prevented from further anti-Semetic action
3. US Amabassador to UNESCO: The Palestian Authority Are Liars Arutz 7 News July 9th
USA Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley this week sent a letter to UNESCO Secretary General Irina Bokova in which she stated that the Palestinian Authority was lying when it said that the Cave of the Patriarchs, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, was in danger of being destroyed by Israel. She noted that there are other heritage sites in the Congo, Iraq, Libya and Syria which are under immediate threat and about which nothing has been done so far.? Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, said in response that “Nikki Haley’s letter speaks for itself about the absurdity of the persecution of the Jewish state in every international arena, especially in UNESCO. Pray that other nations also have the boldness to tell the truth about the lies of the PA
4. Two Terrorist Killed, To Wounded After Bomb Attack INN News July 12th
An IDF special forces unit operating in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Jenin in Samaria was attacked by terrorists early Wednesday morning. The soldiers, from the elite Maglan commando unit, were searching for wanted terror suspects in Jenin when they came under fire. A group of terrorists shot at the Maglan force and hurled explosive devices, prompting the soldiers to return fire. Two terrorists were eliminated by the IDF fire, while two others were wounded, Channel 10has reported. Sources in the Palestinian Authority say one of the wounded is in serious condition, the other in moderate condition. An army spokesperson confirmed the incident, saying that the soldiers were forced to defend themselves after they were attacked. “Palestinian gunmen opened fire at the forces and assailants hurled explosive devices at the forces” operating in the camp.? An IDF spokeswoman reported that no soldiers were injured in the attack. In other IDF operations overnight, 21 wanted suspects from across Judea and Samaria were arrested, including 18 individuals suspected in terror attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces. Pray that all terrorists are ‘neutralised’ before they can carry out their planned attacks
5. Majority of Israelis Agree the Land Belongs to the Jewish People Israel Today News July 12th
A growing majority of Israelis no longer sees the presence of Jews or the Israeli military in the so-called “West Bank” as an occupation. Many do see it as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. That wasn’t what the researchers behind a recent survey hoped to find. Under the banner “Save Israel. Stop the Occupation,” Tel Aviv University professors Dr. Nimrod Rosler and Daniel Bar-Tal set out to reveal what most Israelis think about the biblical heartlands of Judea and Samaria and the Jewish settlements there. According to the survey, as reported by Israel National News, a mere 30 percent of Israelis today view this as “occupation.” That is down from 51 percent who said in 2004 that Israel was occupying the West Bank. The drop in the number of Israelis who see the situation in Judea and Samaria as an occupation has corresponded to a drastic reduction in those who support the land-for-peace process leading to a “two state solution.” Pray that many more Israelis will come to this opinion and that the Liberal left wing groups will be forever silenced
6. Israel Denies Promising to Freeze Construction World Israel News July 12th
As President Trump?s administration prepares to facilitate peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Arab media outlet Al-Hayat claimed that Israel had agreed to slow down construction in Judea and Samaria, reported Ynet News. According to Al-Hayat, Trump?s special advisor and Middle East envoy Greenblatt relayed to a Palestinian delegation that Israel would place constraints on construction during peace negotiations. In response to these reports, Prime Minister Netanyahu?s office announced, ?There is no such commitment.? Greenblatt allegedly made the comments while meeting with the PLO Executive Committee, headed by Saeb Erekat. The meeting took place during Greenblatt?s ?interim visit? this week, which serves as a precursor to Trump?s anticipated announcement of new peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Building Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria remains a point of contention for the Palestinians, who consistently seek to frame construction in that region as an obstacle to peace. The Trump administration has sent mixed signals with regard to its position on Israeli construction. While a State Department spokes-woman intoned that Trump sees ?settlements as something that does not help the peace process,? the president appointed as Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, a man who has been supportive of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Pray that Israel continues to build everywhere in the Promised Land
7. Israel Tourism at Record High in 1st Half of 2017 Jerusalem Post
Breaking incoming traveler records month after month in 2017, Israel has experienced its best half-year ever in the history of the country’s tourism industry. During the first six months of the year, 1.74 million tourists entered Israel, up 26% from the first half of last year the Tourism Ministry has reported. In June alone, 303,000 tourists arrived aa 28% rise in comparison to June 2016. Tourist arrivals from China took a particular leap from the first half of 2016 to the first half of 2017, climbing some 76%. The number of Russian tourists increased by 30%, while the number of travelers from the United States rose by 20%. As the second half of the year moves forwarded Israel is expected to continue to attract rising numbers of tourists and positively impact the country at large. Pray that this amazing growth of the nations coming up to Zion (Isaiah 2:3) will continue, thus blessing Israel’s economy and defeating the foolish and deceived boycotters