These are serious days. After my husband read this letter, he looked up at me and said, “I hear the sound of warning coming from a prophet.”
Yes, it’s tough stuff. But if Christians believe, to the Jew first, as Paul taught, then why will this principal of Divine Authority not also visit us? And let’s face it; just look at the times the nations are living through. Are we all getting the message? Father God is looking for His own. Can we still pray, keep a good spirit and look up for our Redemption?
“Say, therefore, to the Israelite people: ‘I am God. I will free you from the labors of the Egyptians and deliver you from their bondage. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and through extraordinary chastisements.’”Exodus 6:6 Hebrew Bible
What do you think? Do the 1,500 missiles that hit Israel this past week, ( some fell near our home), qualify as extraordinary chastisement? Is the hatred against Israel fomented in the UN, choosing to curse Israel on her 75th birthday across the world, by taking up the Palestinian rant of neck bah – disaster; not an extraordinary chastisement? What about the ongoing threats and terror against civilians, that have never ceased since 1880 when the first pioneers returned to Palestine from Lithuania? Would you think that is an “extraordinary chastisement”?
How can you pray effectively for Israel; if these extraordinary chastisements have been determined from heaven? What an awful thought! What would the Almighty want His people to grasp? How do they keep missing this scripture from their very own Bible all of these years? How do you think you would deal with the daily reality of such hateful neighbours and the continual threats of annihilation? Be honest!
May I suggest you pray for all of the peoples of this region: the Jews, Arabs and the Christians amongst us. Pray for the Arabs to get a grip on this reality of hatred they have been taught from their mother’s milk and face their vicarial hatred of Israel before it’s too late. Pray for a revelation of Messiah to come upon all Rabbis. Pray for the Jews to return to the Living One and stop fighting the Biblical ways of the LORD. Pray for them to have the opportunity to know the Way the Truth and the Life. Pray for the Christians in the country to stand up and be counted as shining lights in a dark place. Pray for the Messianic Jews to keep on keeping on, refusing to bend or bow to the dictates of a hateful religious system. Pray for all people. Everyone has post-traumatic stress. We are worn out with the conflicts and never-ending stresses of life inside and outside of Israel. The highest rate of Jew hatred in the world since WW2 is today. Pray for a visitation from heaven. Pray this scripture please:
“For I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your uncleanness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you and I will remove the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”Ezekiel: 36:23, 25, 26.
Jerusalem was wrestled out of the malicious hand of Jordan 56 years ago today. Jordan had decimated the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, burning it to the ground and turning synagogues into horse stables. They used gravestones from the Mount of Olives to pave a road into Jerusalem, used some of them as latrines. From the walls of the Old City their solders shot just 30 feet distance into the city hall, all the while Mayor Teddy Kollek and staff kept working day and night. The stone building still bears the pock marks of those bullets. Jerusalem was a divided Jerusalem 24/7 from 1948 to 1967! And so today, we celebrate the coming together of a once divided Jerusalem. We celebrate its amazing restoration. We rejoice in its repossession, cleansing and rebuilding. What was once desecrated and despised, is becoming one of the most beautiful cities on earth. Would to God we Israelis will be restored in like manner. Pray for this please!
Today. Jerusalem is fast becoming Israel’s first city with more than one million residents. A Central Bureau of Statistics report published this week shows 984,500 people, currently call Jerusalem home. One in ten Israelis reside in our capital. 60% are Jewish (including the non-Arab population), 39.2% are Arabs. About 29% are religious Jews. Last year our population increased by 12,200 residents.
The Jerusalem March was a great celebration. “For me the highlight was watching the 2,000 Christians who came from Germany to rejoice with us. They danced and waved the Israeli flag and encouraged all they met. What shouted loudly was the fact that they are the living relatives of former WW2 Nazis! They brought joy and encouragement and HOPE to the entire city of Jerusalem and nation of Israel, as you can imagine.” Enjoy the video clip below and rejoice with us.
Pray: “What can I bring to Jerusalem?”
“Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you,
if I do not prefer Jerusalem
above my chief joy.”Psalm: 137:6
Shabbat Shalom from Meridel Rawlings
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