The Life of an Israeli 18-Year-Old

 

Just curious…are most 18-year-olds in other parts of the world handed automatic weapons and put in critical positions of national defense?  Only in Israel…where they can’t afford to make mistakes!

Pray for these young people…and pray for the young people serving in America’s military as well.  We owe them all a debt we cannot pay, so let’s pay our debt in prayer!

For Zion’s Sake – October 2017

Isaiah 62

In accordance with Scriptural commands to pray for the  peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122) and to give the Lord no rest until Jerusalem is a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62:7), we are turning our focus today to those very commands.  The Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative is a worldwide effort to draw Christians from around the world together in prayer.  The first Wednesday of every month is set aside as the day of prayer.  Today, that falls on the opening of the Feast of Tabernacles!  What a great time to pray for Israel!  (If you are seeing this after the fact, pray anyway!  God is not bound by time!)

Isaiah 62 is our prayer guide and we focus on one verse of that chapter each month.  It is October, so we’ll zero in on verse 10:

Go through, go through the gates,
Clear the way for the people;
Build up, build up the highway,
Remove the stones, lift up a standard over the peoples.

PRAISE: Lord, thank You that You include us in Your glorious plan for Israel.  We respond to Your call to action and we give You praise for the work You will do both in us and for Jerusalem.  Thank You for Your redemptive work.  Amen

PONDER: There is work for the watchmen to do.  The prayers, attitudes and actions of the watchmen help create a thoroughfare for God’s promises to freely move.  There are gates to go through, a way to be prepared, a highway to build, stones to remove and a banner to lift up.  For the Christian, this work involves removing the crushing stone of 2000 years of antisemitism.  We must earn a right to our voice, we must recognize and rectify the harm that has been done in the name of Christ, and we must demonstrate the true face of Jesus the Messiah to the Jewish people.  Israel must know that there is a people who will sacrifice for them – us.  Lord, we pray that we are worthy of this work.

PRAYER:  Specific prayer points are found here.

Thank you for being a watchman on the wall (Isaiah 62:6, Ezekiel 33:1-9), and know that the Lord looks favorably on those who heed His commands to pray for Israel!  Blessings!

The Big Middle East Lie

I just discovered an article regarding the killing of three Israeli police and border patrol officers by a Palestinian at a checkpoint in Israel several days ago.  The article doesn’t have “new news” about the event, but it does offer some perspective of the whole issue of Palestinians working in Israel.

Here is a snippet from the article:

His family and friends say he also had a good life and was considered lucky to have been employed by Jews because he received a higher salary and was protected by Israeli labor laws.The night before Jamal set out in his murderous mission, he spent a few hours at the fitness gym in his village, located only a few miles away from Har Adar.

So, Jamal, the murderer of the three Israelis (two of the victims were Arab Israelis), was not poor. He was not unemployed. In fact, according his friends, Jamal earned much more than what a senior police officer or school teacher working for the Palestinian Authority or Hamas brings home every month.

What was it, then, that drove Jamal to his murderous scheme, gunning down three young men who were supposed to be facilitating his entry into Israel? Was it because he could not provide for his children? No. Was it because his landlord was pressuring him about the rent? No: Jamal lived in a nice place of his own, complete with furniture, appliances and bedrooms that any family in the West would be proud to own.

~The Gatestone Institute, October 2, 2017

I encourage you to read the article (linked above) for more insight into this tragedy and why Palestinians do these sort of things.  But meanwhile, acts of terror continue to hog headlines and leave people wondering whether or not our world will survive much longer.  We’ve now added Marseille (France) and Las Vegas to the list of places besieged by pure, Satanic evil, and no place on earth seems off limits.

Christian friends, it has never been more crucial than now to be in God’s Word, be in prayer and be about our Father’s business.  Take some time to pray today for the families affected by these massacres, then go out into the world and be salt and light! (Matthew 5:13-16)

PS: We’re still studying What in the World is Going On each Sunday at both campuses of Calvary Community Church.  (9:00am in the Prayer Room at Northwest, 11:00am in Room 403 at Central)  Get more info here.

Blessings!

Son of Hamas Takes Palestinian Authority to Task at UN

Mosab Hassan Yousef was born the oldest son of a Hamas founder.  Raised to one day inherit his own leadership role in the organization, Mosab was groomed in the ideology of Hamas.  Because their charter demands they destroy the Jews, Mosab set about doing his part to fulfill that mission.

Only, a strange thing happened along the way.  Detained and held captive by the Israelis, Mosab was approached by a Shin Bet (Israel’s FBI) official with an interesting proposal: become an informant and a spy for Israel.  The fascinating story is told in the film, The Green Prince, which you will find here.

As a spy, Mosab saved the lives of hundreds of Palestinians and Israelis.  Eventually, he professed faith in Christ (though he speaks often about a “higher consciousness” as his guiding force, so be careful in assuming he fully understands Christianity), sought and received asylum in the US and took up the cause of speaking out against the evil atrocities perpetrated upon his own people, the Palestinians.

On Wednesday, he addressed delegates at the United Nation for about a minute and a half, and heads turned!  Boldly he spoke out against the illegitimacy of the Palestinian Authority, and the reality of how they treat their people.  He loves his people and wants good for them, and he recognizes the issue lies with leadership.

His comments to the UN are below.  (His part begins at about the 1:00 mark.)  Meanwhile, please pray for him.  Ask the Lord to grow him up in His faith, and that he will become an agent of change for the Palestinian people.