Reflecting Back on the Trumps’ 2017 Christmas Greeting

A year ago, I felt blessed to hear President Trump quote Isaiah 9:6, recognize Jesus as our source of hope and joy, and wish us Merry Christmas (rather than “Happy Holidays”).  Do the Trump’s actually know the Savior in whose birth they acknowledge?  I don’t know, but it is certainly my prayer.  I hope it is your’s as well.  

While President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are both on record at various times quoting Scripture, and America is currently a great friend of Israel, we live in a time where legal and administrative challenges are bearing down on both world leaders.

We don’t know what will ultimately come of the various charges, but one thing we know for certain: Trump and Netanyahu will not be in power forever.  In fact, even if they are successful defending legal allegations, neither may survive their next election.  Legal and moral challenges aside, though, each seems to have been strategically place by the Lord “for such a time as this.”

My point?  Short of miraculous turns in both countries, Israel may soon find herself without America strongly at her side, and with Israeli leadership unable to accomplish what is necessary to keep Israel secure.  That, friends, is a recipe for the Lord to come to Israel’s defense, as He will when Israel is invaded from the north.

So, this Christmas season, let’s rejoice in leaders who are willing to quote Scripture and accurately acknowledge the Christmas season.  That dynamic may soon disappear.  Let’s also pray fervently for them.  

BTW – here is the Trump Christmas greeting from 2017.  Hopefully we’ll hear similar sentiments this Christmas as well!

Why Don’t we Hear about This in the News?

Currently, the UN is considering their annual sanctions against Israel, claiming all sorts of humanitarian atrocities.  One of the accusations consistently leveled against Israel is that they are an apartheid state, wanting to “cleanse the land” of all Arabs.

Anyone who knows anything at all about Israel knows that Arabs, including Palestinians, live freely in Israel.  They vote, they have representation in the Knesset, they have the same rights as Israeli citizens that Jews have, and Arabs hold important positions in government. 

Apartheid?  Cleansing of the land?  I don’t think so!

On the other hand, November 30 is a day of remembrance of over 850,000 Jews who once lived in neighboring Arab countries.  Take a look at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs recent video:

Bet you didn’t hear THAT on the news, did you!?!  Pray for the UN!  May God bless the efforts of US Ambassador Nikki Haley, Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon, and any who will stand for righteousness and just treatment of Israel.  Pray, also, that the UN will reverse course and condemn Hamas’ attacks on Israeli citizens.  Here is more info about that:

Be prayerful, my friends.  That is one of our responsibilities as the bride of Christ!

Blessings!

FYI – Hanukkah starts today, so tune in as we focus on the Jewish celebration of light over the next few day!

Tomorrow is Universal Children’s Day at the UN…Please Pray!

Established in 1954, the UN’s Day of the Child was established to “promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.”
Pray they come to their senses.

For Zion’s Sake – November 2018

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Greetings friends!  Indeed, time spent in prayer is never wasted, so I hope it is your habit to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as Psalm 122 exhorts.

On the first Wednesday of every month we join believers from all over the world to do just that.  Our Father in heaven is pleased when His children unite together at the foot of the throne.  Today’s the day, so let’s go there!

PRAISE:  Lord, we praise You that You are a God of encouragement.  A great Salvation is coming for Israel, as this great Salvation came for us.  We praise You for Jesus, Messiah of Israel.  Amen.

PROCLAIM:
Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth,
Say to the daughter of Zion, “Lo, your salvation comes;
Behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.”
~Isaiah 62:11

PONDER:  In spite of the variety of deadly enemy campaigns against Israel throughout the ages, there is a promise that this darkness will fail.  We are called to encourage Zion with the assurance that a great deliverance is coming, that there will be a blessing, and that this salvation is embodied in a person, the Messiah, who died for them.  His reward for Israel is with Him, to the embarrassment of all who have ever hated Israel, including (at times) the Church.  There is a glorious future beyond the present which is a blessing to Jerusalem and a blessing to us.  Let us usher Him in with our prayers.

PRAY:  See this month’s prayer points, posted by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and pray accordingly.  Find the “Current Prayer Guide” here.  (Hint: there are several prayer points, so why not split them up and pray for a few of them each week throughout the month of November.)