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Josie's Comment:  God's 'Remnant' Movements
Psalm 24 :6  This is Jacob the generation of those who seek Him. Who seek Your face. 

The Messianc body here in Israel is still just a remnant of the Israeli population.  When I think about the word remnant, it reminds me of what is written in the pages of the history of Israel, in the Tenach, in that the God of Israel always used a remnant only to achieve and accomplish His plans and purposes. He always used aremnant to gain a victory over Israel's enemies, and He only ever used a remnant to be His voicepiece. A remnant of the people of Israel returned from Babylon. Aremnant of Jews (Zionists) began to be brought back to Israel in 1948, a remnant movement of Jews began to return in 1967.  This remnant movement is calledMessianic Judaism which God is using to accomplish and fulfill His word.  The return of both the Zionist movement and the Messianic movement is still in the process today.

God is Alpha and Omega, (and everything in between)  and He is moving in this earth today through another  "remnant".  In the first decade plus, of our ministry, we seldom saw young people attending our meetings. However, in the last 2 years something has changed.  There is now a growing movement of a remnant of young people and young adults who God is "selecting" to stand with and be connected to Israel. Over these last 2 years, we have seen more and more young people attending our meetings. They have a deep and sincere hunger to understand Israel, to know how to connect the dots so to say, to learn about the Shabbat, to know more about God's Feasts, to know what the prophecies mean, to understand where the Church fits with Israel in these last days, and to pray and intercede for Israel and the Jewish people.

We are also seeing a new movement of groups of young people coming to serve in the land of Israel, sacrificing and giving up their holidays, choosing Israel over another nation to visit and even some are attending some of our prayer watches on Mt. Carmel to pray for God's land and people. They are willing to make a sacrifice of their time, money, energy and holiday time to come to Israel. This special remnant of young people who we see at our meetings in the nations, are willing to sacrifice their time during the week. Their interest and hunger is genuine. We see the "tug"in their hearts created by the Holy Spirit and we clearly see a tenderness and eagerness to learn about Israel and be a part of this movement.

In these days of the great falling away, temptation, and evil which is especially targeting the younger generations, we see the God of Israel searching and moving to and fro throughout the earth "selecting" and plucking out these special young ones, and giving them a heart for His people and nation Israel. If we think about just the mega churches in the USA, and the thousands of youth, or young people in these churches, and then see how very few of them have been an interest and passion for Israel, we realise that these selected ones who have been given a love for Israel are very special and we need to pray for them. 

There are many voices in the world today, a voice for homosexuality, a voice for Islam, a voice for ISIL, a voice for News Age religion,  even a voice for Satanism.  There needs to be a louder voice from Messianic Jews, and this is now in process. But there is another voice that has been birthed and growing and that is a voice for Israel from the younger generation.

I believe this remnant of the younger generation can be an even more powerful "voicepiece"  than the older generation, in their nations, to their friends, family, churches, communities through social media.  With their energy, creativity and passion to impart what they are experiencing with this heartbeat for Israel, they can be greatly impactive to the world, and especially to those in their own generation.  With this energy and their use of social media, they can be a more powerful voice for Israel, far exceeding the older generation. 
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Then there is a very special and selected remnant of young people here in Israel who are also arising to the call of God under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and becoming a voice through their giftings of evangelism, worship, preaching, and teaching from their Hebrew understanding of the Bible, which they also do with great passion and commitment, and also now through social media. Let's face it, this younger generation are using social media in a more impactive way, above and beyond how we the older generation know how to use it.

Lets pray for a connection between this younger generation here in the land and for the younger generation in the nations whom God has selected, beating with His heartbeat for His nation and His people, the Apple of His eye, Israel, to be an effective, influential, powerhouse in the midst of a blinded, deceived and uneducated younger generation - a generation that is dying in both Israel and the nations.

May the voice of these remnant movements trump the other voices of this dying world, but ultimately let the voice of the Lord be over all - Psalm 29:4  The voice of the Lord is powerful, the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

It is our job as the older generation to pray for their growth, success, maturity and protection of the "seed" that God has placed within them.

Pray God will continue to look to and fro the whole earth seeking out the full remnant of the next generation to be that blessing to Israel
Pray a wall of fire of protection around each one selected for such a time as this, from the powers of darkness that will try to destroy this special seed that God has planted in them
Pray God will continue to complete the remnant that He chooses
Pray that God will anoint them and use them mightily for Israel His glory. 
Pray God will give them dreams and visions concerning Israel 
Pray God will use this remnant to impart to others of their generation, what they are gleaning, and pray their passion will grow and deepen
Pray more youth groups, and young adults will come and visit Israel, have a life changing experience and be transformed
Pray blessings on those that have come and will come and that God will honor them and bless them for the sacrifices they are making .
  
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
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Israel requires prayer

THORNS IN YOUR SIDE AND PRICKS IN THE EYES

“But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the Land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the Land wherein ye dwell” (Numbers 33:55, KJV).

We all wish to see all peoples of the Middle East be able to live at peace and harmony with Israel and the Jewish people. This is all God expects but if they cannot, then they should have no place beside the Chosen Nation who has a destiny prepared for them by God. It is not the people God wants to eliminate but the presence of pagan gods and religion as every knee, of everyone, will bow before the Lord.

But if ye will not drive out the yoshvei HaAretz from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be barbs in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall harass you in HaAretz within you dwell. Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I meant to do unto them. (Bamidbar 33:55, OB)

It was the time when Moses was recording the journeys of the children of Israel as they were going out from the land of their slavery. While in the plains of Moab by Jordan (near Jericho) the Lord told Moses to speak again to the Israelites that after they had passed over the Jordan into the Land of Canaan, they were to drive out all of the inhabitants of the Land (because they were idol-worshipping people). Along with driving them out they were to destroy all of their pictures, molten images and pull down their pagan places of worship. There was to be no trace of them, for God was giving His Choice of a piece of real estate upon the earth to His Chosen People to dwell in. It would no longer be the “Land of Canaan” but “the Land of Israel.” Who can change that which the God of Heaven and Earth has decreed? It was His decision and what He counsels shall stand throughout the centuries of time...even if pagan religions today try to take it away. It will not happen. God gave strict instructions to the Israelites as to how to divide His Land between the tribes of their fathers. (Bamidbar/Numbers 33:54).

At this crucial turning point in the lives of the Children of Israel, as they were learning about their forthcoming inheritance, God gave a strong warning to them through Moses that if they did not totally eliminate the presence of all of the pagan religions in that region that they would come back to haunt them. They would be irritants in their eyes and thorns in their side for they all were harassers of Israel--just as it is today.

It is interesting to note that the Bible in Basic English translates “if you are slow in driving out the people of the Land, then those of them who are still there will be like pinpoints in your eyes and like thorns in your sides, troubling you in the Land where you are living.” No matter what translation we examine, a tiny sharp point is a pinpoint and they would not escape this thorn in the flesh if they allowed these pagan enemies to remain in the Land which God had ordained to be “holy”. How can pagan deity worship remain in a truly Holy Land? It cannot.

Today all Israel has to do is look at the Crescent moon symbols surrounding the nation, in the Palestinian cities in the Gaza Strip, imbedded in the Old City in East Jerusalem and in surrounding Arab villages throughout the country, to see that the false religion of Islam has infiltrated the minds and souls of millions of idol worshippers. It can even be seen in underground terrorist tunnels.

Those Arab Palestinians and Christian Palestinians who have chosen to live at peace with Israel either have had their eyes opened to the One True God of Israel or they are moderate in their religion and would live at peace with Israel; however, so many of the “pinpoints” and “thorns” are militant Islamic terrorists such as ISIS and ISIL, HAMAS, HIZBULLAH and others like them. They are people that call evil good and good evil. They have put darkness for their light and light for darkness in their eyes. Their root is rotten because they have rejected the truth about the One True God, about Israel and about the Coming Messiah, Yeshua. While God’s Hand is always stretched out to anyone who will repent, these people trust in a false god and they make promises that they do not keep. The feet of groups like ISIS run to evil and cannot wait to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are only destruction, hate and blood on their daily crooked paths of life, dragging many innocent young people into their web of terrifying life styles, where their sins against humanity testify against them.

We need intercessors (Isaiah 59:16) for Israel like never before. Israel’s army and military is the most honorable military in the world. They never kill just to kill. They live to save lives – even the lives of their enemies. This is good but until false religions who hate Israel’s God are either changed or eradicated and truth and justice of holiness reigns, these people who hate and kill will continue to be pin pricks and styes in the eyes of the Jewish people. Our prayers must be for the wicked to forsake his ways (Isaiah 55:7) and that they will have no peace until they submit to the Lordship of the God of Israel who will set up HIS KINGDOM in Jerusalem one future day. (Jeremiah 3:17). ISISthreatens the Holy City of Jerusalem as it makes its plans behind closed doors in dark places to strike with the fist of wickedness and attack whenever they feel the time is right. Prayer covering is needed now as never before.

 Let’s Go to the Throne of Prayer for Israel

 Pray that during this time of darkness for much of the Middle East (Isaiah 60:2) that Israel’s light will begin to shine above all other nations that she might arise and “shine” for her light HAS come!

 

  • Intercede for the many young boys and girls, some as young as 16 years old who have been reported by various news agencies to have been raped before being forced to carry out a suicide bombing. They have been told they must carry out a suicide attack to wash off their sins. 

 

  • Pray that those caught in the web of wickedness with no limits will somehow miraculously have their eyes opened to their evil deeds. Let us pray that the Spirit of God will find mercy on some of these men committing such acts so that they can be a testimony to the world instead of a shameful example of a human being. “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked” (Isaiah 57:20, 21).

 

  • Let’s thank God together that there have been reports in the Muslim world with tectonic rumblings as “the unsettling of entrenched Islamic faith is making its way into places and with people we assumed were closed to conversations about the Christian faith. Many Muslims are revolted by the vicious 
murdering by ISIS.  There are stories being told everywhere of people having dreams, visions or encounters with heavenly agents...These are not “oddball mission stories” to evoke unrealistic expectations of the Holy Spirit at work. They are real and are happening with increasing frequency. (The Christian Post, Global Ambassador, World Evangelical Alliance, Brian C. Stiller, April 2015). Let’s stop what we are doing and ask the Holy Spirit to continue to open minds and hearts to the loving presence of the Risen Lord of our faith. “He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Psalm 107:20).

 

  • Pray with all your hearts for Divine protection over Israel to continue as the Lord’s graciousness has done through the years since the forming of the Jewish nation and the Lord’s bringing His People home. “A senior IDF officer predicted that in the next war, Israel would be attacked by missiles from every possible front: Gaza, Judea and Samaria, Syria and Lebanon, as well as the Sinai, Israel Radio reported.” (The Jewish Press.com, April 2015). Even though much damage was inflicted in Gaza last summer and there are major splits between Hamas’ political and military wings, we need to be on guard in the spirit to watch in prayer at all times for this important point. “Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle” (Psalm 109:29).

 

  • Storm heaven with the power of heartfelt prayer “Name any church, any place, at any time, where believers got desperate and began to pray and didn’t see God respond!” (Herald of His Coming, March 2015). 

 

  • Let’s remember to always pray for Israel’s beloved Prime Minister and his new Cabinet. God obviously wanted him leading the nation at this difficult time and for the future years. He carries a huge weight on his shoulders. Let us help him carry his load through prayer. Also, please pray that the new Cabinet will have more unity in it than in all the previous years. Israel needs true UNITY to prevail in the critical decisions for the days ahead.

Thank you also for praying for Christian Friends of Israel Jerusalem as we continue to search for a permanent home for the ministry and for the upcoming 30th Anniversary Conference June 1,2,3,4 in Jerusalem. Your prayers for all of us are highly important to us serving in the Land!

Until He Comes,

Sharon Sanders

Co-Founder, Director of Christian Education and Ministry

Christian Friends of Israel - Jerusalem

God: The Defender of Israel

“When they shall say, “There is peace and quiet”, then suddenly destruction shall arise upon them as labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3, Aramaic Bible in plain English). “ But the multitude of your enemies will become like fine dust, and the multitude of the ruthless ones like the chaff which blows away; and it will happen instantly, suddenly” (Isaiah 29:5, New American Standard Bible).

 Everyone across the globe is talking about “peace talks” with Iran, as it continues to be the topic on all of the major television networks and Internet social media. It appears to be a time when great discernment is needed by those who follow the Lord. Why? Because there are so many “voices” out there, some heed nothing from God’s Word, others have one foot half in the world and half in the Church, others are total atheists, following false gods and religions. And then there are the true believers following the Master’s voice as well as those in Israel who believe both in Messiah and those who are God fearing and believing Jewish people. The latter three all believe in the One True God and therefore, really need to “call upon the Lord” for wisdom and strength during these precarious times in which we live. Along with talking about “peace talks” we have other politicians and religious leaders sensing something “big”- something “ominous”- is hiding around the corner. Is it just speculation or perhaps are they sensing something correctly? None of us really know, but what we do know for certain, is that these are dangerous times in which we live, for the whole world and especially for tiny little Israel. Many of us are “watching” day to day thanking God for each new morning and wondering what lies ahead. Leading voices on the Internet Gorbachev, former Ukrainian Ambassador to Washington, Yuri Shcherbak, Glenn Beck, King Abdullah of Jordan, Noah Beck, author of The Last Israelis, Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s armed forces and geopolitical analyst Joel Skousen have all voiced their concerns about where the  world is heading in these unstable times. Even Dr. Billy Graham and his son Franklin

have made recent similar statements of concern. Israel is back in her Land and more are returning home now and many more will come under the current rise in anti-Semitism. Christians are being burned alive and having their heads cut off and many have been uprooted from their homes. All of this should give us more reason to pray, to be ready and as Carol Gallups, a longtime Baptist pastor and radio host recently said, the Church should “stiffen its spine of boldness” and proclaim salvation in the Messiah! Yes, it is a time when the earth is being defiled by its inhabitants, “The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof...” (Isaiah 24:5), people are haughty (Isaiah 24:4) and the earth mourns for righteousness to come. A curse seems to be driving evil and joy has been darkened for many. The foundations of the earth “seem” to be shaking...are we steady? Only in the Lord! The countenances of those driven by mad hatred and murder witness against them as their root is rotten. The reward of their hands will be given to them. “Woe unto the wicked! It shall be ill with him: for

are saying “World War III is coming soon.” Again, we do not know for certain, we can only express what we are discerning. Therefore, in this month’s Watchman’s Prayer Letter, let us all realize that it is not hard to imagine end time scenario developing quickly, if they ever begin. Even Pope Francis warned last September that a type of “piecemeal World War III” may have begun” (BBC World News Report). Other voices such as radio show host Mark Levin, Former US Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Soviet leader Mikhail the reward of his hands shall be given him” (Isaiah 3:11). [All Scripture is taken from the King James Version of the Bible, unless stated otherwise.] Will the unjustified and seemingly unstoppable aggression by ISIS and other demonically controlled lawless militants – who by the way have no problem using the human heads they have severed from innocent victims to play ball with – be stopped by a current plague of lesions on their bodies that many of them are suffering from? Or, will they be allowed to advance and to pull other terrorist organizations with them into the safety zones of Israel’s borders that protect the Jewish state? Will the United States be spared from an outbreak of Islamic terror cells that have been placed around the nation? Will Iran push the button? Will Israel intervene to stop it? These are answers that only our Lord knows...and so what do we do? We continue on, as Watchmen, standing at our posts for Israel. Should we see on the horizon horsemen of the apocalypse and hear hoof beats on the ground, we need to do all we can to stand.....and when we have stood, continue to stand. I believe JERUSALEM will still be standing no matter what happens because this is the City destined to become t h e “ t h r o n e o f t h e Lord” (Jeremiah 3:17), and all nations will come up to JERUSALEM to worship the King (Zechariah 14:16). We might be approaching a Red Sea moment for Israel, as God waited until the last moment before Israel was delivered from Pharaoh, but deliver her He will and HE will, in the end, receive ALL THE GLORY as His Name will be known. “They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9, NIV). This is a certainty we can be assured of for “God is not a man, so he does not lie...” (Numbers 23:19). His counsel shall stand! Now...we must get on with our praying. Believers need to stay balanced in our thinking and approach the “signs of the times” with level heads and hearts of faith. We should not live in fear nor anxiety, but show faith and trust in God’s Word. God has it all under control because He knows the beginning until the end. We do not set dates nor are we alarmists, we just need to know our Bible prophecies and watch and pray as we enter the battle zone to hear from Him during these times. THIS IS THE VERY REASON WHY GOD WILL GET ALL THE GLORY BECAUSE HE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN DEFEND ISRAEL! (Zechariah 12:9, 10)

Let’s Go to the Throne Room Together

Pray for the soldiers in the Israeli army, ground troops, special elite units, tank commandos, those assigned to terror tunnels, the air force, navy and all combat and military forces of the nation of Israel. They will need much wisdom, strength, boldness and courage to fight the battles ahead. “My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace. I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war” (Psalm 120:6-7). Pray for every soldier to be secured in their faith in the God of Israel and to know it is HE who will fight “with them” but they need to turn their heads “up” to Him for He is

there with an outstretched arm every moment. “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 124:8).

• Give yourself to prayer (Psalm 109:4) that the Lord will bring confusion into the camps of the enemies and that all that is driving them in a maniacal way, will be exposed and defeated by the Spirit of God to cause them to run away from their goals of destruction. Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned that Israel is to expect another war soon, IDF Planning Directorate Chief Major General Nimrod Sheffler

stated recently that he “does not rule out dramatic steps to combat Iran’s nuclear program” (Israel Hayom, April 3,2015). “The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand” (Psalm 121:5).

• Intercede for unity in the newly formed government of Israel so that they willbe able in times of danger, to truly protect their heritage. “Pray for those in authority including kings and all who are in high station, in order that we may live peaceful and tranquil lives with all godliness and gravity” (Weymouth New Testament, 1Timothy 2:2).

• Pray against Iran placing guided warheads on its rockets and smuggling them to Hizbullah in Lebanon, as was reported by a senior Defense Ministry official in Israel. “Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers...” (Psalm 124:7).

• Pray fervently that United States warships stationed in the region of the Mediterranean with Aegis naval missile defense systems will work with God in

His plans and purposes for Israel, to ensure that Israel will be protected against long-range Iranian ballistic missiles. We know that only God is Israel’s defense but that he does also use others to help. “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now

may Israel say; If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick...” (Psalm 124:1-3).

• Beseech the Lord that that His angels will help defend Israel in the next war as the IDF expects 1000-1500 rockets a day in the next Lebanon war (Israel Hayom, April 1, 2015). The IDF will need to deploy their limited number of Iron Dome anti-rocket systems trusting that God will use them for defense. “They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion...” (Psalm 125:1).

• Praise the Lord for the good report (JewishPress.com, 4/1/2015) that nearly every Israeli would eat Matzah and keep kosher on Passover eve. The breakdown was 90% of Israel participated in a Passover Seder, and 80% of secular Jews said they do believe in God, according to a study done by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics. It is a wonderful step in the right direction. “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, there shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob” (Romans 11:26).

• Pray that the advanced weaponry-- much of it supplied by Iran and flowing into Syria and Lebanon – will be halted. Whatever happens in Syria will happen in Lebanon (in terms of weapons availability).

• Pray that the evil, aggressive mission of the terrorist and militant organizations that have created a joint military force will be stopped by the Lord.

• Praise God that during Passover and especially on the priestly blessing day75,000 Israelis went to the Western Wall to pray. One of the Rabbis (Vaknin) called for a day of prayer to encourage the arrival of the messiah and the redemption of the Jewish people and the world. People responded. We live in exciting days...and many Israelis agree with the Rabbi that the connections between the blood red moons and the times of redemption run deep.

• Intercede for Israel to realize that the heart of the battle is spiritual and that unity in the God of Israel is needed. “I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication” (Psalm 142:1).

• Thank God that through all that is coming, on the other side of the battle, lies Jerusalem and since God has already--for those of us who believe-- paid for our sins, that He will restore total peace in this beloved Land and City and Messiah will return to only one place: Jerusalem! “And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem...” (Zechariah 14:4). We would ask that you also pray for the ongoing ministry and staff of Christian Friends of Israel Jerusalem based in the beloved City, that the work will go unhindered, especially in times of war and that we will be used for His Glory, in the midst of it. Your prayers and your support are vital.

Thank you!

Until He Comes,

Sharon Sanders

Co-founder, Director

Christian Friends of Israel - Jerusalem

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Prayer for Israel - Issued 1st May 2015

God: The Defender of Israel

“When they shall say, “There is peace and quiet”, then suddenly destruction shall arise upon them as labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3, Aramaic Bible in plain English).  “ But the multitude of your enemies will become like fine dust, and the multitude of the ruthless ones like the chaff which blows away; and it will happen instantly, suddenly” (Isaiah 29:5, New American Standard Bible).

Everyone across the globe is talking about “peace talks” with Iran, as it continues to be the topic on all of the major television networks and Internet social media. It appears to be a time when great discernment is needed by those who follow the Lord. Why? Because there are so many “voices” out there, some heed nothing from God’s Word, others have one foot half in the world and half in the Church, others are total atheists, following false gods and religions. And then there are the true believers following the Master’s voice as well as those in Israel who believe both in Messiah and those who are God fearing and believing Jewish people. The latter three all believe in the One True God and therefore, really need to “call upon the Lord” for wisdom and strength during these precarious times in which we live.

Along with talking about “peace talks” we have other politicians and religious leaders sensing something “big”- something “ominous”- is hiding around the corner. Is it just speculation or perhaps are they sensing something correctly? None of us really know, but what we do know for certain, is that these are dangerous times in which we live, for the whole world and especially for tiny little Israel. Many of us are  “watching” day to day thanking God for each new morning and wondering what lies ahead. Leading voices on the Internet are saying “World War III is coming soon.” Again, we do not know for certain, we can only express what we are discerning. Therefore, in this month’s Watchman’s Prayer Letter, let us all realize that it is not hard to imagine end time scenarios developing quickly, if they ever begin. Even Pope Francis warned last September that a type of “piecemeal World War III” may  have begun” (BBC World News Report). Other voices such as radio show host Mark Levin, Former US Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, former Ukrainian Ambassador to Washington, Yuri Shcherbak, Glenn Beck,  King Abdullah of Jordan, Noah Beck, author of The Last Israelis, Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s armed forces and geopolitical analyst Joel Skousen have all voiced their concerns about where the world is heading in these unstable times. Even Dr. Billy Graham and his son Franklin have made recent similar statements of concern. Israel is back in her Land and more are returning home now and many more will come under the current rise in anti-Semitism. Christians are being burned alive and having their heads cut off and many have been uprooted from their homes. All of this should give us more reason to pray, to be ready and as Carol Gallups, a longtime Baptist pastor and radio host recently said, the Church  should “stiffen its spine of boldness”  and proclaim salvation in the Messiah! Yes, it is a time when the earth is being defiled by its inhabitants, “The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof...” (Isaiah 24:5), people are haughty (Isaiah 24:4) and the earth mourns for righteousness to come. A curse seems to  be driving evil and joy has been darkened for many. The foundations of the earth “seem” to be shaking...are we steady? Only in the Lord! The countenances of those driven by mad hatred and murder witness against them as their root is rotten. The reward of their hands will be given to them. “Woe unto the wicked! It shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him” (Isaiah 3:11). [All Scripture is taken from the King James Version of the Bible, unless stated otherwise.]

Will the unjustified and seemingly unstoppable aggression by ISIS and other demonically controlled lawless militants – who by the way have no problem using the human heads they have severed from innocent victims to play ball with – be stopped by a current plague of lesions on their bodies that many of them are suffering from? Or, will they be allowed to advance and to pull other terrorist organizations with them into the safety zones of Israel’s borders that protect the Jewish state? Will the United States be spared from an outbreak of Islamic terror cells that have been placed around the nation? Will Iran push the button? Will Israel intervene to stop it? These are answers that only our Lord knows...and so what do we do? We continue on, as Watchmen, standing at our posts for Israel. Should we see on the horizon horsemen of the apocalypse and hear hoof beats on the ground, we need to do all we can to stand.....and when we have stood, continue to stand. I believe JERUSALEM will still be standing no matter what happens because this is the City destined to become the “throne of the Lord” (Jeremiah 3:17), and all nations will come up to JERUSALEM to worship the King (Zechariah 14:16). We might be approaching  a Red Sea moment for Israel, as God waited until the last moment before Israel was delivered from Pharaoh, but deliver her He will and HE will, in the end, receive ALL THE GLORY as His Name will be known. “They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9, NIV).  This is a certainty we can be assured of for “God is not a man, so he does not lie...” (Numbers 23:19). His counsel shall stand!  Now...we must get on with our praying.

Believers need to stay balanced in our thinking and approach the “signs of the times” with level heads and hearts of faith. We should not live in fear nor anxiety, but show faith and trust in God’s Word. God has it all under control because He knows the beginning until the end. We do not set dates nor are we alarmists, we just need to know our Bible prophecies and watch and pray as we enter the battle zone to hear from Him during these times.

THIS IS THE VERY REASON WHY GOD WILL GET ALL THE GLORY BECAUSE HE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN DEFEND ISRAEL! (Zechariah 12:9, 10)

 Let’s Go to the Throne Room Together

Pray for the soldiers in the Israeli army, ground troops, special elite units, tank commandos, those assigned to terror tunnels, the air force, navy and all combat and military forces of the nation of Israel. They will need much wisdom, strength, boldness and courage to fight the battles ahead. “My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace. I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war”(Psalm 120:6-7). Pray for every soldier to be secured in their faith in the God of Israel and to know it is HE who will fight “with them” but they need to turn their heads “up” to Him for He is there with an outstretched arm every moment. “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 124:8).

Give yourself to prayer (Psalm 109:4) that the Lord will bring confusion into the camps of the enemies and that all that is driving them in a maniacal way, will be exposed and defeated by the Spirit of God to cause them to run away from their goals of destruction. Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned that Israel is to expect another war soon, IDF Planning Directorate Chief Major General Nimrod Sheffler stated recently that he “does not rule out dramatic steps to combat Iran’s nuclear program” (Israel Hayom, April 3,2015). “The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand” (Psalm 121:5).

Intercede for unity in the newly formed government of Israel so that they will be able in times of danger, to truly protect their heritage. “Pray for those in authority including kings and all who are in high station, in order that we may live peaceful and tranquil lives with all godliness and gravity” (Weymouth New Testament, 1Timothy 2:2).

Pray against Iran placing guided warheads on its rockets and smuggling them to Hizbullah in Lebanon, as was reported by a senior Defense Ministry official in Israel. “Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers...” (Psalm 124:7).

Pray fervently that United States warships stationed in the region of the Mediterranean with Aegis naval missile defense systems will work with God in His plans and purposes for Israel, to ensure that Israel will be protected against long-range Iranian ballistic missiles. We know that only God is Israel’s defense but that he does also use others to help. “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say; If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick...” (Psalm 124:1-3).

Beseech the Lord that that His angels will help defend Israel in the next war as the IDF expects 1000-1500 rockets a day in the next Lebanon war (Israel Hayom, April 1, 2015). The IDF will need to deploy their limited number of Iron Dome anti-rocket systems trusting that God will use them for defense. “They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion...” (Psalm 125:1).

Praise the Lord for the good report (JewishPress.com, 4/1/2015) that nearly every Israeli would eat matza and keep kosher on Passover eve. The breakdown was 90% of Israel participated in a Passover Seder, and 80% of secular Jews said they do believe in God, according to a study done by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.  It is a wonderful step in the right direction.  “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, there shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob” (Romans 11:26).

Pray that the advanced weaponry--much of it supplied by Iran and flowing into Syria and Lebanon – will be halted. Whatever happens in Syria will happen in Lebanon (in terms of weapons availability).

Pray that the evil, aggressive mission of the terrorist and militant organizations that have created a joint military force will be stopped by the Lord.

Praise God that during Passover and especially on the priestly blessing day 75,000 Israelis went to the Western Wall to pray. One of the Rabbis (Vaknin) called for a day of prayer to encourage the arrival of the messiah and the redemption of the Jewish people and the world.  People responded. We live in exciting days...and many Israelis agree with the Rabbi that the connections between the blood red moons and the times of redemption run deep.

Intercede for Israel to realize that the heart of the battle is spiritual and that unity in the God of Israel is needed. “I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication” (Psalm 142:1).

Thank God that through all that is coming, on the other side of the battle, lies Jerusalem and since God has already--for those of us who believe--paid for our sins, that He will restore total peace in this beloved Land and City and Messiah will return to only one place:  Jerusalem! “And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem...” (Zechariah 14:4).

 

We would ask that you also pray for the ongoing ministry and staff of Christian Friends of Israel Jerusalem based in the beloved City, that the work will go unhindered, especially in times of war and that we will be used for His Glory, in the midst of it. Your prayers and your support are vital. Thank you!

Until He Comes,

Sharon Sanders

Christian Friends of Israel - Jerusalem

www.cfijerusalem.org