.; A compilation of news reports from the past week for the information of those committed to .praying.for Israel
David’s Comment: Shavuot – The Feast of Weeks / Pentecost (repeat)
Leviticus 23:15 – 16 ?You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath.
Acts 2: 1- 4 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
This comment is based on the same article that I sent out at this time last year. However the subject is even more important as we find lives radically changed by COVID-19. As I wrote the week after Passover as we began to count the Omer, if not already, it will not be long before the only way we will know how to function successfully and survive in this world gone crazy, is to be supernaturally led by the Ruach ha Kodesh – the Holy Spirit, in all that we need to do.
The Jewish people celebrated Shavuot or the Feast of Weeks on Thursday evening and Friday, and the Christian world will celebrate Pentecost this Sunday. The word Pentecost is Greek for 50 days, and we know that it was on that day that the Ruach ha Kodesh or the Holy Spirit came down to Jerusalem in a very dramatic and powerful way. This day was the exact same date that Moses received the Torah on Mt Sinai, 50 days after the Israelites crossed through the Red Sea and began their 40 year desert journey to the Promised Land of Israel. The Hebrew name of this festival Shavuot is the plural from the word shavua = week = 7 days (sheva). If we multiply shavua x shavua we get 49. The timing and the dynamics of the two holy days, one and Old Covenant event and the other a New Covenant event, give us some very clear insight into the connection of the covenants.
As I have shared before, all the major New Covenant events occur precisely as a fulfillment of the Feasts of YHVH that He commanded His people to keep. The correlation between the original Shavuot – the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai in Exodus 19, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2, are amazing. In both case the event takes place 50 days after Passover. The Torah was given 50 days after the lambs were sacrificed at the original Passover, and the Holy Spirit came down on the 50th day after the Passover when the Lamb of God was sacrificed.
At both events the people were gathered to appear before God. At the original Shavuot the Israelites were camped at the bottom of the mountain. (Exodus 19:2). At Shavuot after the resurrection of Yeshua, we read ?When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.? (Acts 2:1) Both events were accompanied by a loud noise and fire that came down from Heaven. ?On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast.? (Exodus 19:16) ….. ?And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind.? (Acts 2:2) ?And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.? (Acts 2:3)
At both events God wrote His Torah by His Spirit. At Mt.Sinai God wrote the Torah on tablets of stone. ?And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.? (Exodus 31:18) At Pentecost God wrote the same Torah on the hearts of the 12 apostles. It was a fulfillment of the new covenant. ?But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my Torah within them, and I will write it on their hearts.? (Jeremiah 31:33)
There is one more amazing similarity between both events. At Mt.Sinai 3000 people died. (Exodus 32:28) At Pentecost, 3000 people were born again. All of the Feasts of the LORD are connected to the harvest cycle, Shavuot is a harvest Feast, celebrating the first harvest. ?You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath. Then you shall present a grain offering of new grain to the LORD.? (Leviticus 23:15-16)
The New Covenant fulfillment of Shavuot is also about the harvest. What happened in Jerusalem in Acts 2 at Pentecost was the first New Covenant harvest unto the LORD. At the end of his Gospel message on the Day of Pentecost, Peter declared “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. (Acts 2:40-41) The New Covenant Ekklesia had been born and filled with the Spirit of GOD.
Josie and I pray that the LORD will touch everyone reading this comment with a fresh in-filling of His Ruach – Holy Spirit, to comfort, teach and guide each one in the challenging days that lie ahead. Will you please pray with us that YHVH will continue to bring in the harvest of the Jewish people. Pray the words of the Apostle Paul from Romans 11:27, that one day ALL Israel will be saved. And please pray that YHVH will pour out a fresh and greater anointing of His Holy Spirit on Messianic Jews in Israel and around the world. Lets also pray for a fresh outpouring of the Ruach ha Kodesh (the Holy Spirit) on the entire Body of Messiah in every nation this Shavuot / Pentecost.
The LORD bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on all of the land given to the Jewish people by the GOD of Israel. Please pray that all 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 & Hag Sameach ….. David & Josie
This Week’s News Items
1. PM Netanyahu Promises to Keep Building Up Jerusalem United With Israel News May 22nd
In a speech marking the 53rd anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, Prime Minister Netanyahu joined the nation in celebrating Jerusalem Day, saying that construction in the united city will never stop. Speaking by video Thursday evening to students at the city?s Mercaz Harav Yeshiva, PM Netanyahu reached out to religious Zionists, saying he wanted more of them in his government. ?I have a loving attitude toward religious Zionism,? PM Netanyahu said. ?The national unity government we established earlier this week has quite a few religious ministers, the Likud has many, but I want more religious ministers in the government. I hope that more will join us, that is required and it is important for the fateful tasks ahead of us.? With nearly 950,000 signatures from around the world to date, The Jerusalem Declaration, a unique project launched by United with Israel), reads: ?I declare that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish People and support all efforts to maintain and strengthen a united Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel.? Each and every one of us has the obligation to do whatever we can to make sure that all of Jerusalem remains under Israeli sovereignty. Here is what you can do ….. If you haven?t done so yet, please sign the Jerusalem Declaration by and forward this to everyone you know, asking them to do the same. Jerusalem Must Remain the United Capital of Israel CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE JERUSALEM DECLARATION.
2. Why Is Jerusalem So Important to Israel, the Church and the World ? David Silver May 2020
I would have made this my comment for the week, but because of the season we are in I wanted to republish the article on Shavuot and Pentecost. It is easy to see that the city of Jerusalem holds great importance to much of the World, because most of the World is caught up in the Arab / Israeli conflict, arguing over the city, on one side or the other. Here are the reasons that I believe Jerusalem is so important …….
For the Jewish people …. Jerusalem has been our eternal capital city since the time of King David, over 3000 years ago. It had been financially paid for several times and it has been paid for with a lot of Jewish blood. For the Jewish people who believe in GOD and the Tenach (Bible), we know that Jerusalem is the city that YHVH has chosen to be His address on Earth, past, present and future (2 Chronicles 7: 12 & 16) Orthodox Jews also believe that the Messiah will rule over the Messianic Kingdom from the Temple in Jerusalem. Added to that we believe that the site of the Temple in Jerusalem is where GOD called Abraham to sacrifice his son, and more importantly, GOD allowed His Son to be sacrificed at the same location. Even that GOD created Adam and Eve at that same place, so the entire Human race has its roots and its future in Jerusalem.
For the Body of Messiah (the Church) …. Jerusalem is super important for Bible believing Christians, who are all (hopefully) anxiously awaiting the return Messiah Yeshua to rule over the Kingdom, because this is the City of the King. This is where Yeshua will return to, to sit on the Throne of David for 1000 years. So Jerusalem must be here,and it must be the undivided capital city of Israel. And Yeshua will only return when the Jewish people in Jerusalem look up to Heaven and cry out Baruch Ha Bah B’Shem Adonai – Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord (Acts 3:21 – Matthew 23:39) The eternal future of every person in the New Covenant is rooted in Jerusalem.
The Secular World ….. Our World is in a big mess and it is getting more messy by the week, if not by the day ! If you looked at my Illuminati / New World Order presentation, you will have seen that since the 1920’s many political and religious leaders have been saying that the only hope for this world is a single government under the leadership of one man. I have good news and bad news for the New World Order people. The good news is that one world government, and one world religion, under one great leader is coming very soon. The bad news is that this great leader of the New World is not their guy, but the Son of the GOD of Israel, who is coming to take over the World, and put the enemies of His Father, under His feet. (If they do not repent, they will find themselves much deeper down than that) Yeshua is Sar Shalom – the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and only He can deliver true, everlasting peace to our very troubled planet. The Prince of Peace can only return to be the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords in the City of the King – Jerusalem. I pray that everyone reading this now understands why the Holy city of Jerusalem is so important. Enjoy this video and please do sign the above Jerusalem Declaration.
3. PM Netanyahu Court Case Under Way but May Take 3 Years United With Israel News May 24th
The trial of PM Netanyahu opened last Sunday, but it will take up to three years of hearings on three different charges before the three judges issue their verdict. Proceedings began with the reading of the indictments on fraud, bribery and breach of trust against PM Netanyahu and the three other defendants. The trial itself will be complicated and does not involve PM Netanyahu alone, so there are numerous teams of lawyers involved. The legal procedures alone can take months for each phase of the trial. Immediately after the charges are read there is likely to be a defense request for postponement of the trial for up to another year over technical issues. There are 3 different charges involved. The first, known as Case 1000, alleges PM Netanyahu and his wife received illegal gifts from several wealthy acquaintances. Case 2000 involves recorded conversations between Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronot newspaper owner Arnon Mozes in which Netanyahu and Mozes discussed legislation that could harm Yediot?s major competitor, the Israel Hayom daily funded by Netanyahu?s American friend Sheldon Adelson. Case 4000 alleges that Netanyahu, at the time also minister of communications, pedaled influence with the Bezeq phone company in order to gain positive press coverage from the Walla news organization that Bezeq owns. The prosecutor?s office wants the hearing to begin with Case 1000 because it has the clearest evidence and may indicate Netanyahu?s criminal conduct, then move to Case 2000 and only at the end deal with Case 4000 as it is the most complex to prove. In the end both sides will have the option of appealing the verdict. Those appeals will probably extend the saga beyond two or three years ? possibly overlapping with a future national election. Only when the Supreme Court is finished with the appeals would anybody begin serving a sentence, if there is one. Pray for a miracle quick end to the whole situation, saving millions of tax-payers much needed shekels and allowing PM Netanyahu to focus on the task of running the country for the next 18 months
4. Israel – Iran Cyber War World Israel News May 22nd
An expert in cyber warfare warned Friday that an Iranian cyber warfare attack that caused significant damage to Israel?s infrastructure would be ?be grounds for war.? Dr. Yaniv Levitan, an information warfare expert at the University of Haifa, explained that while recent attacks on Israel?s water system were not successful, damage to the country?s strategic infrastructure system would be crossing a red line. His comments came after it was revealed that Israeli water and sewerage facilities were attacked several times in the past month and hundreds of Israeli websites were damaged this week by suspected Iranian hackers. Some minor damage was caused to several facilities, but no operational damage was done. ?As far as the states are concerned, there are clear lines of what can be harmed, such as industrial espionage,? Levitan told Ynet. ?A state will not go to war because of industrial espionage, but damage to infrastructure can certainly be grounds for war.? Levitan said the recent cyber attack attributed to Israel that temporarily interrupted service at a major Iranian port was an ?answer using the same currency.? ?We call it a deterrent. It?s the price you?ll pay if you act against me. You choose, if you want to act ? I have the ability to respond,? Levitan said. In the world of cyber warfare, Levitan said the top powers are Russia, China and the United States, with Israel and Iran both significant players, noting that if a state has the money it cannot just buy cyber weapons, but also hire contract cyber hitmen. Pray that Iran will back off from the constant attempts to hack into Israel’s computer networks
5. Israel and Hezbollah Gearing Up For War World Israel News May 22nd
Twenty years after Hezbollah guerrillas pushed Israel?s last troops from southern Lebanon, both sides are gearing up for a possible war that neither seems to want. Israeli troops are striking Hezbollah targets in neighboring Syria and drilling for what could be an invasion of Lebanon. Hezbollah is beefing up its own forces and threatening to invade Israel. The bitter enemies routinely exchange warnings and threats. ?We are preparing seriously for the next war. We?re not taking any shortcuts because we understand we have to be extremely strong to defeat the enemy,? said Col. Israel Friedler, an Israeli commander who has been overseeing a weeks-long exercise simulating war with Hezbollah at a base in northern Israel. Hezbollah emerged as a ragtag guerrilla group in the 1980s, funded by Iran to battle Israeli troops occupying southern Lebanon. A protracted guerrilla war, characterized by roadside bombs and sniper attacks, eventually forced Israel to withdraw in May 2000. With the exception of an inconclusive, month long war in 2006, the volatile frontier has largely remained calm. Since then, Hezbollah has evolved into the most powerful military and political entity in Lebanon. The party and its allies dominate Lebanon?s parliament and are the main power behind Prime Minister Hassan Diab?s government. Pray that this expected war will be delayed for as long as possible
6. Israeli Researchers Say 2 Drugs are Effective Against Covid-19 Arutz 7 May 26th
As part of the wide-ranging efforts of the Israel Institute for Biological Research to identify antiviral drugs for COVID-19, scientists have tested the FDA-approved Cerdelga drug, and a second drug that is currently in advanced stages of the approval process. Treatment new diseases like COVID-19 using an existing, approved drug may serve as an effective short-term solution considering that one of the major challenges in addressing such a pandemic is the length of time it takes for both the research and approval phases of new drugs. The study conducted by IIBR demonstrated that antiviral treatment using both drugs led to a significant reduction in the replication capacity of the corona virus and to the destruction of the infected cell. This decrease in virus replication prevents further cell damage following infection with the Corona virus (at this stage the drugs were tested on cell cultures). The two drugs under development are currently being tested for their effectiveness in treating animals infected with the Corona virus. It is important to note that these drugs were found to be effective against a number of different strains of viruses including influenza and West Nile fever. This indicates their potential in treating various viral diseases effectively – including future outbreaks of new viruses – once they are clinically approved.The specific compounds tested have already been studied clinically, implying they can be fast-tracked for public use. Pray that these 2 drugs will be proven to be effective and made available immediately worldwide.
7. Iran Bans Use of All Israeli Technology Times of Israel News May 22nd
Ahead of its annual al-Quds Day orgy of Israel-bashing on Friday, Iran?s parliament has unanimously passed legislation banning ?any cooperation? with Israel ? specifically including the use of Israeli computer hardware and software ? as a crime against God. In normal years, al-Quds day is marked across the Islamic Republic by orchestrated anti-Israel marches and speeches, the trampling and burning of Israeli flags, and other displays of hatred rather at odds with the regime?s frequent assurances to the international community that its friendly and peace-loving leaders have no interest whatsoever in acquiring nuclear weapons. Khamenei has this week resorted to calling online for a ?final solution? to the Israel problem, and for arming the West Bank like they do in Gaza, in order to expedite it. Underlining the utter hypocrisy of his regime?s ostensible humanitarian concern for the Palestinian people, he has been castigating the United Arab Emirates for committing nothing less than ?the biggest treachery? [in] the history of the Arab world? ? by delivering 16 tons of coronavirus aid for the Palestinians via Ben Gurion Airport. Under the legislation passed Monday, any cooperation with ?the Zionist regime? is henceforth to be considered ?equal to enmity towards God and corruption on earth. All Iranian bodies are required to use the country?s regional and international capacities to confront the Zionist regime?s measures,? it reported, and, specifically, ?activities of the Israeli software platforms in Iran and using its hardware and software products is forbidden.? Pray that this decision will wake the good people of Iran up to the fact that their evil regime is doing them harm and making their lives miserable.