Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WEEKLY Arrows from Zion 2/21/2018


God bless Billy Graham who entered Heaven today

Priority Prayer Focus


Israelprayer:  This is the most significant Israeli public statement regarding Messianic Jews that I have ever seen in 17 years of closely tracking the Israeli Messianic community of faith.

As KehilaNews writes, the Jerusalem Post Opinion writer, Itzhak Rabihiya, was formerly a news journalist for one of the most read newspapers in Israel, Yediot Aharonot (YNet on social media) and still is a spokesman of the Labor Party, a left-leaning political party and major opposition to the right-leaning Likud party of Netanyahu. 

The most astounding statement of all is in the byline: "Perhaps the government of Israel should start viewing Messianic Jews as diplomatic assets rather than a religious threat." This, of course, is the truth. In the nations (diaspora), Messianic Jews are staunch ambassadors for Israel, as are evangelical Christians.  The same cannot be said for a majority in the traditional and secular Jewish community, as in America where Jews tend to ally more along US social issues than issues of safeguarding Israel. 

Itzhak Rabihiya's Op-Ed indicates a major shift to clarity in thinking towards recognizing who Israel's true friends are in the Diaspora, but also within Israel. In times past the Christian community did not pay much attention to what was happening in Israel with their brothers in the faith who are Messianic Jews. Rabihiya's direct confrontation of that issue in this article shows that situation has begun to change. He writes, " "...the [Israeli] Interior Ministry still seems to take pride in preventing Messianic Jews from immigrating to Israel. In the recent well-known case of Rebecca Floer, a Jewish daughter of Holocaust survivors was prevented from immigrating under the Law of Return because the ministry claimed it had reason to believe she was affiliated with the Messianic Jewish community."

Further, he underscores this as a strategic political position change for the Labor party as Israel increasingly appears to about be ready to elect a new Prime Minister. Rabihiya writes,  "It would behoove the Israeli government to recognize that the small Messianic Jewish community in Israel, which apparently numbers less than 20,000 people, has become, since the election of Donald Trump, disproportionately influential and important to Israel’s security and diplomatic standing. Unfortunately, it appears that neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, nor anyone in his Cabinet, fully understands this new reality. . . . In view of the deep relationship between Evangelical Christians and the Messianic community, perhaps the government of Israel should start viewing Messianic Jews as diplomatic assets rather than a religious threat."

Please read the full article, Evangelicals and Israel, as it contains so many good cues on how to prayer over this issue, which is always a prayer priority for this Israel Prayer Summary, and even the basis of the effort to build up the bonds of brotherhood between Christians and Israeli Jewish believers. -DD
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Praise the LORD for the abundant rain that LuAnne Sayag of the Carmel Congregation begins their monthly ministry letter speaking about. She writes, "As a congregation we kept praying fervently for rain -- both the physical and the spiritual. During the last days of 2017, I received this verse from the Lord: “You crown the year with Your goodness and Your paths drip with abundance" (Psalm 65:11).  I thought that God meant that He was going to finish out 2017 by giving us an abundance of rain, but it was not so.  However, on January 1, 2018, the heavens were opened, and the rain poured down. It was then that I understood that the real reign of a king comes after he is crowned. I believe that God was showing us that He has crowned this new year with His goodness which we are going to see and experience throughout this coming year." Hallelujah! Whatever the enemies of Israel attempt, God's blessings cannot be thwarted. Please continue to pray for the rains that will replenish all of Israel's needs.

Inside the subscription-only, attached Weekly Summary of Prayer Requests from Israeli Ministries, are the rest of the reports from the northern Carmel Congregation about ministry outreaches  and prayer requests over their house of the Lord known far and wide for worship.  One event upcoming is their School of Ministry, March 2 – 13, for Peter and all other speakers and worship leaders, as they impart understanding of God’s heart for Israel and the role of the nations in intercession, to the 120 participants coming from several nations.

Maoz Ministries (Ari and Shira Sorko-Ram) have a weekly prayer letter written by Katie Smith that this week speaks to the sound of sirens, jets and explosion heard in northern Israel last weekend. Everyone in Israel wondered if this outbreak would become a full blown war...as did Katie's 7 year old daughter who came to her admitting, "Mom, I'm scared of dying."  We should understand the toll taken by the persistent threat of war that hangs continually over the very young to the very old and everyone in between in Israel.  Pray for those who know their eternal home with the Father and also for all those in Israel who don't yet know. Pray for God's hand to hold back the plans of the enemy to steal, kill and destroy any Israeli before their time. Read the prayer points from Maoz inside the Weekly Summary attachment where there is also a report on the Maoz project of producing a Narrated Bible in Chronological Order ... in Hebrew.

The report from Rachel and Gilad Netanel in Ein Karim outside of Jerusalem is always a delight to read. It reminds me of the scripture in Daniel 11:32, "... but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits." Amazing things happen as Rachel and Gilad open their home with generous hospitality and Rachel shares her faith fearlessly.  I do not share specifics in Arrows which is published online, but I do urge you to open and read inside the subscription-only, attached Weekly Summary of Prayer Requests from Israeli Ministries. Your heart will be uplifted.

From the Revive Israel team in Jerusalem - two videos: Revive Live with Cody Archer & Ariel Blumenthal | How a Jew Met The Messiah in Asia and Asher Intrater teaching on why geography will become more and more important as we approach the end times in Time and Geography. Also, Israel a Prophetic Parable for the Church  by Yoni Koski | If Israel is a parable, then there is much for the Church to learn from, as the world watches the nation’s development and the heating up of the battle for the Land and especially its capital, Jerusalem. The purpose of a parable is instruction.

Also from Revive Israel and invitation to join them for the Esther Fast Live Streaming Tuesday February 27th via FACEBOOK Live for fasting and worship from 16:00 – 22:00 Israel time, for our annual worship, prayer and fasting event in accordance with the pattern of the book of Esther. At the time of the event go to – reviveisrael.org.  |  For more information, watch this video

We also have a short update from Joel Jelski, who along with his wife, Teresa and their toddler, are in the midst of discipleship training on the island of Cyprus with Gateways Beyond. GB is a destination that many young believer Israelis and Messianic young adults from around the world go to for an extended period of discipleship. Joel and Teresa have found it "amazing" but also "challenging" when as Joel writes, "God was really working in our hearts, and it wasn't always a comfortable place." Read more from them including prayer requests inside the Weekly Summary attachment

Beer Sheva leaders of the Yeshua's Inheritance congregation, Howard and Randi Bass have a lovely family of adult children (complete with grandchildren) who are all following the Lord. I mention this because Howard shared a great family photo inside the Weekly Summary attachment along with a little update on what each of their children are doing (KehilaNews.com, Israel Jewish Voice Ministries, final year towards a degree in engineering studies, and a captain in the IDF combat engineering section.  Children are a blessing and a gift from the Lord. Psalm 127:3

In the congregation, there is a lot going on too with recent guest preachers, Arab brother, Khaled Daleh, who pastors the Evangelical Baptist Church in Kfar Yasif, and from Jerusalem Messianic Jewish Marcel Rebiai spoke on the Kingdom of God within the born-again believer.  Bass has been a great model of an Israeli leader who steps out to engage the diversity of convictions in the body of Messiah, while staying true to his own spiritual convictions at the same time. It is an admirable trait I have seen in him for all the years of this prayer summary.

Bass reports that the Dimona controversy is still ongoing and also that their congregation is taking on the problem so widespread among believers probably around the world - pornography. It is not a minor thing seeing how in Numbers we see that Balaam could not curse the children of Israel, but when they "began to commit whoredom" with the people that hired Balaam to curse them, they brought themselves under a curse. It is a tremendous need in the Body to get out from under the curse of pornography which is sexual immorality.  Read more from the Beer Sheva congregation inside the Weekly Summary attachment

There is a shift in ministry focus for the House of Victory rehab ministry that is run by Eric Benson and connected to the Carmel Congregation. The shift is to concentrate its ministry efforts within their own city of Haifa instead of working with the coalition of congregations at a Tel Aviv center.  This seems like a great move because no major city is without its own desperate addicts and alcoholics living on the street and alone in the world. Eric Benson confides in this prayer letter which we urge you to read to catch the vision of the work they are doing, that "in the recent months we have been facing a serious challenge in the finances of Beit Nitzachon" (House of Victory).  The work that is done among the addicts, prostitutes and street people is the most un-glamorous of all the types of ministry that a believer can be called to but it is also exactly the kind of ministry that it is easy to envision Yeshua doing.  Benson shares 3 videos you can watch inside the Weekly Summary attachment including this one video of our work in Tel Aviv and Haifa. We encourage you to read this prayer letter in full.

As promised, we have the second report on the outreach to Refugees that is being done by Lebanese pastor Najeeb and his wife Elizabeth, who also run the Immanuel Church and Bookshop. Last week we shared that Najeeb is still in Germany recovering from hip surgery that he had to have done suddenly. Elizabeth continues to carry on with all their ministries in Haifa which she shared last week and now this week with a different outreach of that to refugees harbored in Jordan - especially the children. You can read it in full inside the Weekly Summary attachment

Orna Grinman has a new blog post called All Alone. | Loneliness. Such a clear and simple word, familiar to almost everyone. We go a long way in our attempts to ease it. My personal man-made answer to it used to be chocolate. Well, sometimes it still is. Or a good TV series, one that can numb my feelings for a weekend, suck me into someone... Read more online by clicking the linked title.

From KehilaNews.com  Here are just a few of the items on KehilaNews.com this week:

Yeshua Israel enables modern-day psalmists to inspire the world | Cliff Keller | Kobi and Shani Ferguson, both accomplished musicians, refined their vision for the Worship Initiative by asking themselves what they would have most liked made available to them as they began their journeys; among the most important, they decided, were affordable recording, musical resources, well-wishers, encouragement and leads.

Messianic school Makor HaTikvah makes finals in Jerusalem robotics tournament | Kehila News Israel Staff | The only Messianic day school in Jerusalem, Makor HaTikvah, recently attended the First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Competition. The team of Messianic believers completed an amazing comeback to go from 24th place to 5th place to make the finals!

Wonderful events demonstrating God's overflowing blessings | Eddie Santoro | Eddie writes, "As we trust in God and lay hold of his infinite power, our lives are filled with overflowing blessings. Here are just a few of the many wonderful events that have filled the past few weeks and allowed us to be 'The light of the world!'

KNI Israel Prayer Corner :: Feb 20, 2018 | Kehila News Israel Staff | Prayer for Israel News Concerns of impending war remain high in Israel and not just on Israel's northern border, but also in a serious escalation of violence out of Gaza. In a meeting of the UN Security Council, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told that body it was a "wake up call" to improve the situation on the ...
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Urgent HEALING Needs
Life and Death is in the power of the tongue

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inside the attached DOCX Weekly Summary to keep in prayer the Israeli ministry leaders and believers with urgent health needs including the fight for their very lives: 

Rick Ridings daughter, Esther Moore
continues to need prayer in her ongoing battle with cancer. Now part of the Succat Hallel staff, there are encouraging signs in her healing. | Eduardo, an elder in the Beer Sheva Yeshua's Inheritance congregation, has been bed-ridden with a newly discovered  congenital spinal defect which has him in severe back pain. He has already outlived the typical 25-yr life statistic and also has been able to father three children. Please pray for this serious condition: a healing miracle from God |  Olga Bikas continues to suffer from chronic, acute back pain. She is getting medication and physiotherapeutic treatments but without any substantial improvement, doctors are now beginning to talk about surgery| Lebanese Christian Pastor Najeeb Attieh had two surgeries on his thighs & a hip replacement Pray for full recovery| Rick Ridings daughter, Esther Moore, miracle needed for cancer battle |  PLEASE CONTINUE PRAYER FOR for HaMaayan congregant Danny Meyuseff suffering poor health on several fronts,  David Ortiz, Ami Ortiz, Ruth Nessim| LONG TERM BATTLES |  David Stern,  David, Leah and Ami,  Moshe M.;  Michael E, Claude Ezagouri; Baruch & Karen Maayan, Judy, wife of pastor Yaakov K.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WEEKLY Arrows from Zion 2/14/2018 ♥


Priority Prayer Focus

Although the news out of Israel has died down a bit since the intrusion Saturday morning of a drone from an Iranian military base in Syria set off Israel being put on high alert, an Israeli F-16 being downed by anti-aircraft fire from Syria, we keep our focus on the war footing that the region is now in.

We have several news items below from KehilaNews.com from Israeli ministries who were reporting on these events immediately, and who offer prayer points to go with them. Catch up on the news and keep the prayers for Israel's protection and wisdom high on your prayer priorities list for the days ahead. We hope this will die down completely, but we also know that it is not a matter of if war will come, only when the time is that it will surely come.


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In keeping with our priority prayer focus of the war potential on Israel's northern borders, we are starting with this latest prayer letter in just this morning from Eddie Santoro of Ahavat Yeshua congregation/Zion's Glory Ministry. Eddie writes: "The first and most important prayer need at this time concerns the tension filled situation confronting Israel with Iran and Syria. . . . Iran, the dominant power in the Islamic Middle East, has been helping Syria with arms and troops in its protracted civil war to drive out the radical ISIS rebels that have been trying to take control. Having succeeded in this, Iran has now instructed Syria to establish military bases close to the northern border of Israel. The purpose of these bases is to launch an attack on Israel in the near future. Obviously Israel sees this as provocation and will not accept this new and dangerous situation."

Santoro gives a summary of events and ends with these observations: "Israel does not want a war on its Northern front, but the situation is very volatile with complex dynamics operating. Syria and Iran see the F-16 destruction as an incredible victory and are emboldened by their new ability to confront Israeli defenses.  Please pray for God’s protection on Israel. Pray for wisdom and Godly strategy for the Israeli government against the evil Islamic forces of Iran and its servant Syria."

Other subjects in the Santoro prayer letter regards the corruption charges against Prime Minister Netanyahu, the blessing of the 2018 rainfall so far (keep praying!), and the USA trip that he and Jackie begin on Feb 26 for 3 wks of family visits and speaking in congregations/churches in Kingston, NY, Virginia Beach, VA and Tampa, Florida. If you would like to know where and when, please send them a note - contact information found inside the Weekly Summary attachment.  Pray also for their protection against the horrible flu season here in the US - travel in complete health, with strength and stamina and with safe air and land travel.

Shifting gears completely, Kobi and Shani Ferguson of Yeshua Israel Ministries in Jerusalem has launched a new "Fellowship of Artists" for the dozens of Israeli psalmists, worship leaders and musicians from across Israel. It is a place to support and encourage each other spiritually and artistically. They write, "If you come from a largely Christian environment, it may be hard to imagine the loneliness of being the only believer in your workplace/neighborhood/school. Since Jewish believers are a tiny percentage of the population, congregations are spread thin across the land and rarely do believers live near each other. This leaves many of the believing communities isolated. Often, when we meet with musicians they confess, 'We love music. We love to worship. We want to serve. But we feel so lonely'.”

Please read about new fellowship which from the looks of the photo (see inside the Weekly Summary attachment) is going great from the start. As someone who has been around musicians all of my life, I especially liked reading their description of the artistic temperament, which most non-artistic people do not understand so readily about them. Israelprayer thinks this is going to be a wonderful new fellowship to bring much needed bonds of friendship, mutual trust and understanding among the people who are leading the Israeli community of faith into the presence of God. Read more inside the Weekly Summary attachment, also see Kobi's US itinerary for roughly Mar 15-April 15 for open dates.

From the Jerusalem-based Revive Israel weekly prayer letter first a short article that is an invitation to join via live streaming them and other Israeli ministries on Feb 27th for the annual Esther Fast 2018. They write, "For us the events in the book of Esther are a prophetic pattern for understanding the End Times. . . . Our prayers, according to this pattern, can reduce the damage done by the enemy and increase the extent of the coming revival." Read the full, but short article inside the Weekly Summary attachment and click the link above for a short video about the event."

Also from Revive: an article by Asher on Three End Times' Outpourings, plus two videos, on with Cody and Youval on the history of Revive Israel called Revive Live: How Did We Get Here? and another by Cody Archer called, Overcoming End Time Anxiety

From the Maoz Ministries of Ari and Shira Sorko-Ram, Shira's article about the movie based on Israeli evangelist Jacob Damkani: Israel's Most Controversial Film: "A New Spririt". some things you may not know about Damkani are written about, like how he was "once a local gangster from a poverty-stricken town in Israel, who fled to the United States and was introduced to Yeshua as his Messiah. Damkani was discipled in singer Keith Green's community in the 70's and his life was turned completely upside down. He returned home and became Israel's pioneer messenger on the streets of Israel, boldly preaching the Good News to curious onlookers and furious ultra-Orthodox Jews ... and does so to this day" To read more click the linked title.

Also there is a report also from Shira on Why Guatemala Said "Yes" to Jerusalem following Trump's decision to move the US Embassy to Israel's capital. Also inside the Weekly Summary attachment is Maoz weekly prayer letter by Katy Smith where you will find their requested prayers for the nations, the Israeli believers, their congregation and ministry works - also a special plea for the increasingly bad humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Ron Cantor's Messiah's Mandate ministry has $1,500 for the upcoming Purim Outreach at the Tel Aviv Tiferet Yeshua congregation. Purim is not just a big deal for children and adults to enjoy getting dressed up as characters in the biblical account from the book of Esther, it is a serious prophetic picture of the redemption of Israel by God when evil government edicts are issues against the Jewish people.  Don't think of this as Israel's version of Halloween because Purim is the original and Halloween is the perversion of a prophetic picture that God is using to speak to the Jewish people what He also spoke to them in words by the prophet Jeremiah: "I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." 

Read about the Purim plans and how you can participate inside the Weekly Summary attachment, also take advantage of Ron's offer of a free ebook newly written on a subject most of us are vitally interested in: The Coming End-Time Awakening

Israel Pochtar, despite the regional  uptick in war temperature, writes this week about an important annual event they attend in a Middle Eastern nation in order to establish reconciliation and relationship with Arab pastors and leaders from all over the Middle East. In the past reports of this meeting, Pochtar has written of the touching exchanges of experience by all the participants and no doubt this will be the same. Due to the sensitivity of times, I will refer you to the subscription-only Weekly Summary of Prayer Requests from Israeli Ministries which is attached to read more details and prayer requests from Israel Pochtar.

It is a MUST for every one of you who subscribe to the Arrows from Zion and Weekly Summary of Prayer Requests from Israeli Ministries to comprehend the priority that most Israeli Messianic Jewish ministers place on God's desire for salvation of the Arab and Persian Middle Eastern people, and for the bonds of true brotherhood - the one new man - to be established between them and the Israeli Messianic community. While Islamists are the enemy of Israel and the Jewish people, the Israeli ministries recognize that God's will is for many held captive in Islam to be saved.  It is a fine emotional line to walk because of all the evil that is done in the name of Allah, which is one indication of why Yeshua said, "because wickedness shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." We must press past the easy path of simply hating our enemies to praying that our enemies become our brothers in Messiah.

Pastor Najeeb and Elizabeth Atteih are Lebanese ministers who live in Haifa who run a Bible book shop, a church, an Arab Christian IDF Soldiers home and do extensive ministry outreach among the refugees from the Syrian war and from Isis.  They are currently under an extreme ministry situation due to surgery on Najeeb discovered while he was ministering to refugees in Germany. It has become a major setback for them as Najeeb underwent the surgery in Germany, but Elizabeth had to be in Haifa to take care of book shop and ministry outreach here. In fact, they write that the situation has presented such hardship that the Soldier's home ministry may have to be shut down. You can read more about what they do in respect to supporting Israeli Christian Arabs serving in the Israeli Defense Forces - very important! - and also how you might help them remain viable. Next week we will present their prayer letter detailing Najeeb's ongoing outreach in Germany as he continues to recovery from the hip replacements there.  Read more of their news inside the Weekly Summary attachment

Jim Schutz is the Executive Director of the Joseph Project which is the largest importer of humanitarian aid to Israel. Jim writes, " I am convinced that God’s love for Israel and the Jewish people cannot be separated from His love for the nations.  From the biblical perspective, this is a deep mystery.  In the beginning, God even “set the boundaries of the nations according to the number of the sons and daughters of Israel.” (Deut 32:8). Throughout the Bible, God often deals with the Jewish people for the sake of the nations and with the nations for the sake of Israel.  And the fulfilling of God’s plan for Israel’s restoration, is what releases the ultimate blessing of “life from the dead” for the world (Rom 11:15). The Bible clearly calls non-Jews to understand this mystery and participate in it while taking hold of God’s love for all." Read more about the humanitarian efforts that the Joseph Project is doing from Jerusalem inside the Weekly Summary attachment

Lastly, this week Orna Grinman's Ot OoMofet (A Sign & An Example) ministry is offering for the first time the "Tabernacle School" to English speakers in Israel and in a condensed format. This school usually lasts 7 months, but is now offered to tourists in an intensive format of 8 days.  The seminar is scheduled for between April 22 and May 1, 2018 (final duration will be advertised at a later date). We all battle with various problems, sins or bad habits. For a while we may manage to defeat or control them, but then they pop up again because the root is still there. The seminar is designed to take the participants through a personal process, equipping them with Biblical powerful tools that are based on the format of the Tabernacle.  Learn more by clicking title


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Click on the picture or Title to link to the story. Here are just a few of the items on KehilaNews.com this week:

Prayer Alert: Israel attacks Syrian targets after drone violation | Ron Cantor | Israeli forces targeted and destroyed the drone base from where it came. The Syrians cried foul, saying the base was only used to target ISIS. And yet, somehow, the drone crashed in Beit Shean, Israel, quite a distance from Syria.

Syrian Army shot down Israeli F-16 during IDF strikes on Iranian targets in Syria | Amir Tsarfati | Before the plane was downed by anti-aircraft fire the IDF confirmed that it had hit 12 targets, “including three aerial defense batteries and four Iranian targets that are part of Iran’s military establishment in Syria were attacked.”

Netanyahu: Israel wants peace, but is prepared for ‘any scenario’ | Chris Mitchell  |Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and cabinet ministers visited Israel's northern border on the Golan Heights overlooking Syria. They received a briefing from Israel Defense Forces chief of staff and other army officials.

KNI Israel Prayer Corner :: Feb 13, 2018 | Kehila News Staff | Potential for the outbreak of war on Israel’s northern border is a major prayer point for Israel as a nation. A drone from of an Iranian base in central Syria violated Israeli airspace entering from Jordan before an Israeli attack helicopter downed it just south of the Sea of Galilee. Retaliating for the intrusion, Israel launched attack on 12 significant Iranian military sites in Syria. The Israeli Air Force took intense anti-aircraft fire from Syria and an F-16 jet became the first downed Israeli jet since 1982.


Urgent HEALING Needs
Life and Death is in the power of the tongue

Please see
inside the attached DOCX Weekly Summary to keep in prayer the Israeli ministry leaders and believers with urgent health needs including the fight for their very lives:

The main list of Israeli ministry leaders in need of intercessory prayer this week remains the same and you can find that detailed in the Weekly Summary. One exception to that is an update on the daughter of Rick Ridings of Succat Hallel. Esther Moore has been standing in faith about cancer and there are excerpts from her detailed report (it is good!) inside this Weekly Summary. To receive the full update you will find information on how to contact Rick Ridings in the attached Summary.

Praying the Headlines


Since Netanyahu is extremely popular in the United States, Asher's explanation will really help you to see things from the Israeli perspective - and he ends with how to pray over the situation.  It is a good thing to understand that even in the community of Messianic Jewish faith in Israel, there are mixed opinions over the police accusations and no one really knows the truth of facts in these two instances as Asher explains. That I why I am going to add my own 2¢ to what Asher has said in this video, and I do that having been an Israel Watcher for a few decades. I have seen this before in the previous Netanyahu administration.

My Word We may not know the specifics about this case, but we do know the well established pattern of the police going after Netanyahu with politically motivated investigations. As I followed Israeli politics (because of the believers in Israel) during Netanyahu's first administration as Prime Minister in the late 1990's, it was the same thing: He was continually being hounded by police investigations and everyone in Israel's hair was on fire about it - including the Messianic Jewish believers.  This was during the Clinton administration during the many investigations into Clinton scandals. Now once again, it seems Israel's Left is taking a page from the American Left who are trying to burn down the White House with President Trump in it.

The willingness of the political elites to throw our nations into complete chaos to regain their own power is beyond belief! Like Asher said, we don't know the details of corruption with certainty, but one thing we do know is the willingness of the opposition political parties and operatives in positions of authority (like Israeli police or the US FBI-DOJ) to sacrifice the good and well being of the nation in order to regain power for their side.

Our prayer cannot just be about Netanyahu or Trump's potential misdeeds, but it is also must be about this critical problem of 'no holds barred' political cage-fighting-to-the-death that the opposition is willing to force on our nations. That is as evil a motive as it gets. It is like the woman who told King Solomon, go ahead and cut the baby in half then because I insist on getting what I want out of this. Pray for the exposure of hidden evil motives behind the accusations too. That the evil-doers be exposed wherever they are.
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Friday, February 9, 2018

WEEKLY Arrows from Zion 2/8/2018


Priority Prayer Focus

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Yeshua, so that the life of Yeshua may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Yeshua's sake, so that the life of Yeshua also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
—2 Corinthians 4:8-11

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

Update on my husband

Friday at midnight I took my husband Tony to the ER close to our home and within the hour he was transferred to a larger hospital with the cath lab that needed to deal with his heart attack. About 12 hours after he began to experience the pain, the heart surgeon on call at the hospital (a Lebanese doctor who got his degree in Beirut in 2000!) placed a stent in the same artery as he had a stent placed 20 years ago. We didn't realize going through it how close Tony came to dying last Shabbat and we are still grappling with that reality.

Tony was released from the hospital rather quickly at his urging. By Sunday afternoon I brought him home where he has mostly been resting except that he has had to keep his custom cabinet business going (he even had to hire a furniture-quality painter from his hospital bed who unfortunately turned out to be unqualified to paint a dog house!).  So, lost money and time, but he scrambled to find another painter after he got out of the hospital and continues to keep in progress jobs on track - late but not lost! There is more stress in dealing with this than I wish he had handle but he is resting in between.  My own stresses have to do with handling all the necessary changes in medications, diet, canceling some doctor visits & scheduling and getting him to others. Plus I have been running along with him to check the job sites because we have both been a little insecure about him going alone. So much medication has made him light headed and every discomfort is disconcerting right now.  Tony hopes next week to sign new contracts for jobs he has bid on (yes, even since coming out of the hospital!) for a cash infusion that we need.

We are speaking shalom to each other and keeping the shield of faith up against all fiery darts that come with such a life-threatening, life changing event. We can do all things through Messiah who strengthens us. Thanks for your prayers and material support. We truly appreciate it, Donna

P.S. As I finish up this prayer letter I am starting to feel something coming on me & having been surrounded by a hospital full of flu-people, please pray that this curse will not alight on me! I don't want it and don't want Tony exposed to it either!
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This week we are starting out with a great story  you can read in the January Maoz Ministries Report from some of the Arab co-workers Maoz supports called, One by One, They Are Coming. As you may know, working among Muslims is a difficult and often dangerous ministry, but this report will brighten your day. You can also access the February Maoz Israel Report

Maoz is also asking for prayers for protection of the Jewish people around the world in the face of rising acts of anti-Semitism. The talk about the recent legislation effort in Poland to distance their country from having participated in the Holocaust - it is like people do not believe in facts anymore and think that a good, but false narrative will solve everything.  Please pray the prayer points over this important issue that many of the Israeli ministries are addressing in various outlets. It is important to counter lies for as the famous quote goes, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

the Hasdey Yeshua (Mercy of Yesha) congregation in Arad is rejoicing that God has been answering our prayers for rain upon Israel and urging all to continue to pray for the rain to fall to make all their water resources replenish.  They also write that the physical rain is a picture of the supernatural rain that Israel has been in a drought situation for too. Please pray for the spiritual rain to fall too.  There is a really encouraging account of a "chance" meeting with the Arad mayor you will want to read inside the subscription only Attached DOCX Weekly Summary of Prayer Requests from Israeli Ministries Also several social media videos about their congregation and the state of the believers in Israel.

From Tikkun Ministries monthly newsletter, these articles:
                We Prophecy in Part | Asher Intrater (Revive Israel) | ... those of us who believe in prophecy often need to "tone down" our language.
                The Anti-Tradition Charismatics | Daniel Juster (Restoration from Zion) | Without space and time for the move of the Spirit in the main services and in home gatherings, we fall into rigid patterns ...
                Shifting Seasons | Eitan Shishkoff (Ohalei Rachamim) | Are you sensing a shift in the world, in your spiritual community, in your own life?
                The True Light | Guy Cohen (Katzir Asher) | "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
                Aliyah News | Leon Mazin (Return to Zion) | "They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel's father"
                Attitudes Towards Tribulation | Asher Intrater (Revive Israel) | Responding to adversity by faith and knowing God's power for day-to-day deliverance are critically important for our generation.
                Trusting God | Ron Cantor (Revive Israel) | ... if I humbled myself and trusted God, no one could keep me from His favor and blessing.

Chaya Mizrachi of the Adnoi Roi (The Lord is my Shepard) congregation & Dugit Ministries, as well as co-founder to the Women's Retreat Event, Norma Sarvis with Succat Hallel, sent us a glowing report of the Awakening Hope Women's Conference they put on at the end of January. It was a blessing on the 160 women from across Israel who came, including many young believer women about 50% of the total participants who said they had never attended a spiritual women's retreat before in their lives!  All the women are urging a continuation of the event in the coming year. Please read all about this wonderful time of refreshing for the believing women inside the Weekly Summary attachment

I can never state this enough:  Many of the spirit and soul nourishing things that we take for granted in our spiritual lives are not the average experience of believers in Israel. Kids go to schools where they may be the only believer in their school; Most ministers in congregations have to raise their own support or work at other jobs to fund their ministry work; there is not a continual flow of spiritual conferences that they can go to for refreshing; there are not the spiritual educational resources sold or available almost anywhere; at this point they are still a minority in a segment of people who never esteemed their faith.  These are special circumstances on top of all the other special circumstances of hardship that we are more well aware of surrounding the Israel people in general —and this is why your prayers and support mean so much to the whole community of faith in Israel.

Ron Cantor has a new book and he is giving it away! It is called The Coming End-Time Awakening and you can Click here to get your free online book from Ron Cantor "I do not believe that Yeshua is returning to a defeated bride. Yes, there will be trials and tribulation and many will turn away, but in the midst of this, the Bible promises an awesome end-times revival."

Carolyn and Richard Hyde of Heart of God Ministries write, "We are so touched by the incredible outpouring of love and prayers from all of you faithful saints when I was denied my Israeli passport by the Ministry of Interior, MOI." Read more inside the subscription only Attached DOCX Weekly Summary of Prayer Requests from Israeli Ministries

From Revive Israel, Asher Intrater writes about the complex response of Israel Knesset members to  VP Mike Pence at The Knesset.  There is a also an excellent "dividing asunder" of Two Types of Lies in this short video by Asher. On Revive Live Ron Cantor and Ariel Blumenthal discuss the nuances of a new law recently proposed in Poland regarding the Holocaust.   Also you will find a Poland ministry trip  update written by Peter May about the time they had at the Aglow Europe gathering.

Israel Pochtar, who has so many wonderful outreach ministries in his community, also has a huge heart and vision for planting congregations and in this weekly prayer report, Israel gives a rundown of several of their congregations in Rishon LeZion, Jerusalem, in Ramle, Eliat, and in Beer Sheva - a congregation that is a rehab center and a home church.  Please read about these wonderful works who are reaching out to the young, the poor, the addicted and Israelis across all spectrums of life. Each one could use your prayers and also your material support to reach the lost Jewish people.

Eddie and Jackie Santoro of the Ahavat Yeshua congregation catch us up to their recent ministry activities - and the new picture of them shows that Eddie is really looking great following his battle with a cancerous tumor. They both are glowing with that "Life Abundant" Yeshua brought for us all.  Read about their life of outreach touching people in Jerusalem and wherever they travel in Israel and beyond inside the Weekly Summary attachment

Eddie writes, "Our congregation is flourishing. It is hard to believe that it was almost 12 years ago that Asher and I along with fifteen others from Revive Israel started the work that now has a weekly attendance of about two hundred. And today, a team of young Israelis that we have helped raise up for this very moment are carrying the responsibility for the daily operation of the congregation. It is so gratifying to see them operate with such a high level of maturity, energy, vision and most importantly, love. . . . It is with much love in our hearts that we declare to you that God blesses those who bless Israel and so in return, we loose the blessing of God in every area of your life."


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Click on the picture or Title to link to the story. Here are just a few of the items on KehilaNews.com this week:

After 15 years in the Land, Israeli's citizenship remains under assault | Cliff Keller | When Richard and Carolyn Hyde of Heart of G-d Ministries made Aliyah to Israel in 2003, each was granted citizenship and issued an Israeli passport. When the time arrived for the couple to renew their documents, the Israeli Ministry of Interior (MOI) routinely issued a ten-year passport to Richard, who is Christian, but declined to renew Carolyn’s, a Jewish follower of Yeshua.

Believers refreshed at Daughters of Zion: Woman of Hope conference | Kehila News Israel Staff | Believing women from around Israel gathered last month for a women’s conference that inspired hope and peace and, symbolically, took place at Magdala, the archaeological site of believed to be the home town of biblical heroine Mary Magdalene.

UK & US officials confirming cooperation, as well as reports of advanced Arab cooperation with Israel in the fight against common regional threats like Iran, Hezbollah and ISIS.



Urgent HEALING Needs
Life and Death is in the power of the tongue

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inside the attached DOCX Weekly Summary to keep in prayer the Israeli ministry leaders and believers with urgent health needs including the fight for their very lives: 

While we were in the hospital with my husband, they were overrun with flu cases. We came into the ER just as their main flood of ER intake had started to slow down. During the whole time there, most people we saw were wearing masks.  It is terrible this year with many deaths reported. It is the same in Israel and we're hearing of many in the Israeli ministry teams battling with seasonal colds, flu, etc. Pray for a shield of protection around them all - their families, the old and the young | Olga Bikas continues to suffer from chronic, acute back pain. She is getting medication and physiotherapeutic treatments but without any substantial improvement, doctors are now beginning to talk about surgery| Lebanese Christian Pastor Najeeb Attieh had two surgeries on his thighs & a hip replacement Pray for full recovery| Rick Ridings daughter, Esther Moore, miracle needed for cancer battle |  Esther Ridings Moore for cancerous tumor to yield to treatment and prayer with full healing | PLEASE CONTINUE PRAYER FOR for HaMaayan congregant Danny Meyuseff suffering poor health on several fronts,  David Ortiz, Ami Ortiz, Ruth Nessim| LONG TERM BATTLES |  David Stern,  David, Leah and Ami,  Moshe M.;  Michael E, Claude Ezagouri; Baruch & Karen Maayan, Judy, wife of pastor Yaakov K.

Teaching Articles and Praying the Headlines

Inside the Weekly Summary attachment a teaching of last week's Torah portion, Mishpatim, or Judgments, that Martin Sarvis correlates to "a serious dilemma related to some 38,000 persons who migrated from Africa" that Israel faces. Perspective and prayer points included.  


Israeli Ministries on Tours  |  BOOKING meetings now (See open dates)  Inside the attached Weekly Summary are itineraries and open dates for Marc Chopinsky and also for Ronit Bender 


The Israeli Messianic Marketplace  Feature of the Week:

Orna Grinman in Modi’in A Sign & An Example (Ot Oo’Mofet)  
A ministry to orphans, widows and single parents in the body of Messiah in Israel
aleftav@netvision.net.il  http://www.signandwonder.org/  
Follow Orna on Facebook  Read regular updates on Orna's new blog


Ot OoMofet is offering for the first time the "Tabernacle School" to English speakers in Israel and in a condensed format. This school usually lasts 7 months, but is now offered to tourists in an intensive format of 8 days.  The seminar is scheduled for between April 22 and May 1, 2018 (final duration will be advertised at a later date). We all battle with various problems, sins or bad habits. For a while we may manage to defeat or control them, but then they pop up again because the root is still there. The seminar is designed to take the participants through a personal process, equipping them with Biblical powerful tools that are based on the format of the Tabernacle.
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