Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WEEKLY Arrows from Zion 1/31/2018

Priority Prayer Focus Jan 31, 2018

A few days ago the Chief Rabbi of Israel issued a directive to the public to stop praying for rain as a "messenger of the community" (shaliach tzibur), but said they could continue to pray for rain as an individual. We believe the priesthood authority of Israel was transferred from the rabbinic to the apostolic in the times of the Acts of the Apostles. 

Israel has not yet received the necessary rain which the Israeli authorities hope will come in the month of February.  As a "messenger of the community" of faith in Yeshua, let us continue to pray for the abundance of rain to fall throughout the month of February - the physical rain to replenish water resources but also calling upon God for the promised spiritual rain upon the dry bones of Israel.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. The beasts of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to My people, My chosen, the people I formed for Myself that they may proclaim My praise."  Isaiah 43:18-21

Arrows from Zion
Strategically Aimed for the Lord’s Harvest in Israel
Contact info for all the ministries included inside the subscription-only Weekly Summary.

Over the past weekend a fairly rare event for Israel took place as about 170 women from all of the nation gathered for the Daughter of Zion women's conference. It was held in Magdala on the Sea of Galilee and exceeded the expectations of the organizers, Chaya Mizrachi of the Dugit Outreach and Adonai Roi congregation in Tel Aviv and Norma Sarvis in Jerusalem.  In their report Sarvis writes, "Many of the younger women, who comprised at least half of the group, shared that they had never before participated in a women’s meeting." The women are already asking when the next gathering can be and so there may be an even larger venue going forward.  Although the conference "touched on many difficult issuespersonal pain and loss, physical and spiritual barrenness, the Holocaust and its impact on families, grief and suffering---in all these things, the Spirit was releasing healing and restoration."

Please pray for the women who attended this spiritually impactful gathering, they what was ministered to them will be protected, will blossom and grow.  Pray for God to fulfill all His desire going forward for the participants, the organizers and future gatherings.

In a newsletter that looks like it will be distributed every two months, Revive Israel shares more in depth in the activities going on behind the scenes at Revive.  This reflects the transition taking place with Revive as " Asher and Betty’s service with Tikkun International is increasing" and "as they gradually hand over responsibility for Revive Israel, Ahavat Yeshua, and Tiferet Yeshua congregations to Youval Yanay, Ariel Blumenthal/Jonathan Moore, and Gil Afriat respectively, as well as to their colleagues." Please pray for them all as transitions usually come with expected and unexpected challenges.

This first bimonthly Revive newsletter covers the breakthrough event in a Middle Eastern country when the Revive team was able to meet with local believers to establish relations and join hears. The theme of that meeting was on the prophesied Isaiah 19 highway —read more inside the Weekly Summary attachment. You can also read about the Revive team in France, in Hong Kong, and in Jerusalem. There are also reports on the Beit (House) of Yeshua, a partner ministry to addicts, and also a Christian Arab team focused on outreach to Muslims. Lastly, there will be an Esther Fast – Livestream Event Revive Israel broadcast  on Facebook on Feb 27. Details inside the Weekly Summary attachment 

With all the cold and rain that is being poured out on Israel —much to the rejoicing of all—the Beer Sheva Yeshua's Inheritance congregation is highly motivated to do some renovations on their semi-enclosed courtyard meeting place. It has been so cold lately that they have had to squeeze everyone inside to keep warm, so this has brought them into studying their options, priorities and costs on renovating.  Howard Bass, who leads the congregation has news from many of their young members, including a wedding, some ministry trips to other nations to evangelize and news from the their son Tal now considering whether to re-up his IDF commitment or to terminate in August.  Howard  asks prayers for Tal, as this is a "decision of destiny" for his son.

For their two young men traveling to evangelize Israelis in Hebrew, please pray for the whole group, the Netivah Youth Ministry and Matan Ohana who is leading the group of five recently-released soldiers on a “after army trip” to New Zealand. Most Israelis travel abroad after being released from their mandatory IDF (Israeli Defense Force) duty. Please pray for these five Israelis to be refreshed, both physically and spiritually, as they volunteer in New Zealand and go through a discipleship program.

Read more from Beer Sheva inside the Weekly Summary attachment and read these articles mostly by Howard Bass by clicking on the links: Are Palestinians Children of Abraham?  |  Pride Comes Before A Fall  | Dimona Is Still in The Bible by Howard Bass  | Center Run By Believers Under Attack [in Dimona] by Staff
It was touching to read what Katy Smith wrote in the weekly letter from Maoz ministries about the speech that US VP Mike Pence delivered at the Israeli Knesset: "As a believer, I have to say having a born-again Christian friend of Israel address our top leaders in our Capital city was very special.  As I listened to the live speech on the radio in my car on the way home, tears rolled down my cheeks and spontaneous prayer rose from within me, as I kept asking God to bless VP Pence, President Trump, Ambassador Haley, and all those around the world supporting Israel—not because we are so perfect, but because they understand the Word of God and His purpose for this land."

Find the prayer requests from Maoz inside the Weekly Summary attachment covering prayers for Trump & Pence, Israeli Jewish believers facing persecution, Ari & Shira and all the projects going on under the auspices of Maoz including a special report on the 5 Arab Christian outreach ministries in Israel that are supported by Maoz.               

Joel Jelski and family made it to Gateways Beyond Cyprus where they will be off the grid mostly during their ministry preparation training in discipleship that comes to an end June 8th. Read more details from Joel inside the Weekly Summary attachment       

When Israeli pastor and evangelist Antony Simon was accidently killed in May 2017 after being struck by a car during a mission trip to northern Iraq, the Simon family was naturally stunned.  They write that it "was a year of trial and challenge for us." Their father's death became a great challenge to their church and ministry, yet they now say, "we were wonderfully blessed to witness God’s tender leading in each of our lives as He guided us every step of the way. We are so privileged to have a great staff which continues the good work God has given us to do, that work being to bring the Gospel to the unsaved of Israel whether through personal encounters and organized evangelism outreaches."  Read how they are carrying the work of the ministry forward inside the Weekly Summary attachment         

Ron Cantor looks at the prophet Isaiah (2:3) saying the Word of the Lord will go forth from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth and recognizes that he is living in that day: "I am pretty sure that Isaiah had no idea what television or YouTube would one day be, but that is exactly what I thought of as I was preparing my message for GOD TV’s Bless Israel special. I was humbled and excited to have the opportunity to minister from Israel to tens of thousands of people from Africa to Asia, from the US to the UK." Read more about the Israel Special inside the Weekly Summary attachment     

Also read about Ron's desire to keep the fire of evangelism fanned in the Israeli body of Messiah by bringing in evangelists to equip the Israeli believers .  Learn how you can help. Also, read this new blog post by Ron : John Kerry to the Rescue | Former SecState takes the Palestinian side against Trump

Arni Klein of Emmaus Way in the Galilee has issued a clarification on their upcoming Galilee Worship Gathering for English speakers on March 1-10: It is not limited to UK English speakers, but all who are fluent enough in English not to need a translator! There are still some spaces open and registration (contact)information is inside the Weekly Summary attachment. You will also get great insight into the vision for this gathering. Arni notes that despite the great blessing of the Balfour Declaration, the UK has slid into a precarious situation regarding Israel and "and particularly London has become perhaps the leading Islamic stronghold in Europe." 

Tying that to Matthew 13:12 and Genesis 12:3, Klein writes, "Over the last few years we have witnessed the Lord speaking directly to various brethren from the UK about these matters.  We were greatly encouraged.  Sadly, however, we’ve watched as people lost the vision, forgot what they had heard, and failed to hold onto the revelation that what they had nationally as well as individually was first and foremost for the purpose of fulfilling God’s plans concerning Israel.  Having witnessed this also in Germany over the last fifteen years, we find a common hole in the respective buckets to be the approach to Israel being the pathway to their own blessing."  That is one 'pregnant' thought which we hope more will contemplate.  Read more inside the Weekly Summary attachment                         

Guy Cohen who leads the Acco congregation, Katzir (Harvest) of Asher, sends a teaching on The Heart of a Giver, which you can read inside the Weekly Summary attachment. Other ways to keep in contact with the ministry are: follow us on social media and share the teachings, subscribe to our YouTube channel and visit our website for more information. 

Yeshua Israel, the ministry of Kobi and Shani Ferguson write,  "Israel is a land with a strong destiny. We have two main focuses this year as we pursue that destiny. First, to fill the land with songs of Israeli praise through the Israel Worship Initiative. Second, to build up the body of Jewish believers in the land through the Israel Family Initiative." Read more about their vision inside the Weekly Summary attachment and don't forget to  connect with Shani's YouTube channel for music videos.

Here are a few of the news items available this week on, the online community news and information portal by the community (kehila) in Israel:

Forgiven and set free: A post-abortion Bible study | Karen Faulkner -  Jan 30, 2018 | Recognizing that abortion can be a traumatic experience for many women, an Israeli pro-life organization, Be’ad Chaim, offers a post-abortion Bible study course to help women overcome troubling issues such as guilt, anger and grief that result from terminating a pregnancy.

Survey shows waning support of Israel among millennial evangelicals | Kehila News Israel Staff -  Jan 28, 2018 | Though evangelical Christians in America are a known bloc of spiritual, political and financial support for Israel, a new study has shown that the younger generation of Christians are somewhat more ambivalent toward the Jewish State— a trend that concerns pro-Israel Christian leaders as well as policy makers.

European Christians urged to speak up on Israel’s behalf | Kehila News Israel Staff -  Jan 26, 2018 | Passive support of Israel among European Christians might be a bigger detriment to support of the Jewish state than vocal opposition, a European Coalition for Israel representative has warned.


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: 
No new updates on health issues this week. Please consult the list inside the subscription only Weekly Summary attachment       

Teaching Articles 

Avner Boskey's lastest article: Dividing the Jewish pie into three pieces in which he applies the term "full gospel" to a specifically Hebrew context.  "That term may actually help us to better understand YHVH’s multifaceted heart, purpose and plan for His Jewish people. The divine strategy emphasizes that there are three essential and distinct steps in Israel’s restoration. Each step is necessary. Each step is interrelated to the other two. No step is to be left out, and no step should be overemphasized."

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

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).

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. 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.

Here's just one testimonial from a recent participant: "I've heard teaching on the Tabernacle before, but this one was head and shoulder above them all. The door, curtain, alter, showbread.... wow! ...I was blessed, refreshed and inspired to share even more of Orna's teaching."

Over the years we have developed a special and powerful seminar, designed to help the believers live their routine in the Holy of Holies, where their shame and struggles are replaced with God's glory.  We invite you to Join a program that will transform your innermost being, and equip you with tools that will turn you into a victorious child of God, a Tabernacle builder, a healthy and active disciple. Your worst wounds and battles are not something to suppress or ignore, but a way to manifest God's incredible Glory.  Registration has already begun. If you are interested, contact us for further details at  Check our website and subscribe to our blog at

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

WEEKLY Arrows from Zion 1/24/2018

Priority Prayer Focus

There is an old saying, "It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease." Of course that flies in the face of trusting God to supply all our needs without the need of begging for donations. One thing to know in general about Messianic ministries is that over the top appeals for funding donations that we often see among some in Christian ministry, is an embarrassment in the eyes of most Messianic Jewish ministers. That is a good thing I think in general, but as with every of principle of the Kingdom of God there is balance between the two extreme ideas of never asking for donations and always laying a heavy request for support upon those enjoying your ministry.

We can know the truth of this by what happened in the first century, Acts 6:1 "In those days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Grecian Jews began to grumble against the Hebraic Jews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food." As spiritual as the first Apostles were, they had to be told by the people that this discrepancy of distributing resources was leaving a whole group of Greek Jewish widows going without within the community of faith.

God did not speak directly to the Apostles about this need as they devoted themselves to His Word and to prayer, but human beings had to speak up to call their attention to the need. Quite literally, in order to get the needed "grease" the left out "wheel" needed to "squeak" up!

Consider this my own squeaking up for donations to this ministry. And please bear in mind that even though you may rarely are hard pressed with donation appeals for Israeli Messianic ministries, I can assure you that the need exists. Please respond to those that are blessing you spiritually, with material blessing.

Arrows from Zion
Strategically Aimed for the Lord’s Harvest in Israel
Contact info for all the ministries included inside the subscription-only Weekly Summary.

First up, Mazal tov to Eddie Santoro from the Ahavat Yeshua congregation in Jerusalem on his 69th birthday! If you have been on this mailing list then you may remember that Eddie is indeed blessed by God to celebrate this birthday having overcome a literal death sentence just over two years ago when doctors diagnosed him with an aggressive brain cancer that few survive - even with successful surgery. But here it is two years down the road and Eddie continues to amaze with "all clear" in his follow
up cancer screenings.

Not only did God preserve Eddie's life, but He also did a deep work in Eddie's spirit with a deep revelation of eternity, as Ecclesiastes 3:11 says "also He has planted eternity in their heart, so that no man can fully discover all the work of God from the beginning to the end." Santoro, in his 'wrestling' with God in his own life and death struggle, caught a deeper glimpse of eternity - and also a zeal as never before to pray for God's healing to the sick. It is interesting that in one translation of Eccl 3:11, God 'planting eternity' in our hearts is interpreted to mean giving us a "sense of Divine purpose".  That is surely the work God has done in Eddie Santoro's life and I would encourage you to read Eddie's  short word the time we have been given inside the Weekly Summary attachment      

Sally Shiff is an intercessor and liaison for Kehilat HaMaayan in Kfar Saba. Let me explain quickly about her liaison role. There are many Israeli Messianic ministries who began life in the United States and they speak English perfectly. But there are others who are native to other lands like Russia or Brazil. There are also native Israeli Messianic ministries. English is a second language to many but for many it is just enough to 'get by' not great for major communications. This is how Sally is able to bless her on congregation in Kfar Saba, to be a fluent English-speaking representative for them.  So it is good to remember that when dealing with some of the ministries of Israel that not all are fluent English speakers - and that's okay! They are there to minister to Israelis first and foremost. So give plenty of grace when trying to communicate with some whose first language is not the same as yours - we're still family!

Sally does a review of 2017 and looks ahead to 2018 and beyond in her prayer letter this month. She quotes one of the prophetic promises of God to Israel which I long ago latched onto as my own personally too: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11). She also writes, "This year, as it unfolds, I anticipate that we will see things that we have never seen before, yet read in our Bible.  Who would have ever thought that we would see a President of the United States publicly proclaim Jerusalem the capital of the Israel, or pull funding from the United Nations?"  There is something stirring in Israel and we are hearing more of the Messianic ministries mentioning it with excitement. Please read Sally's email which includes prayer points inside the Weekly Summary attachment   

The focus that Katy Smith of the Maoz Ministries weekly email for Ari & Shira Sorko-Ram is about the rise of religious persecution against our faith. She writes, "Israel is the only democratic country in the Middle East, thereby the only one that has freedom of religion as one of its pillars.  That means whichever religion a person chooses to practice, they must be treated like anyone else, and enjoy basic human rights.  This is the LAW. However, there are groups of people in this land that disregard the law, especially where Messianic Jews are concerned.  And so, persecution of believers in Israel continues."

She writes about the rabbinic incitement campaign against a small storefront ministry in Dimona, as well as the bureaucratic opposition to the Makor Ha'Tikvah Messianic school which is supported by Maoz ministries. Please read more inside the attached, subscription-only DOCX Weekly Summary of Prayer Requests from Israeli Ministries Plus Maoz prayer points

From the team at Revive Israel, an article by Ariel Blumental 3 Principles of Biblical Leadership from 1 Peter 5, a video from Cody Archer on Rekindling the Fire of our first love, and a short Facebook video from Asher Intrater with Tal Har Report at the End of the AGLOW Europe Conference. Also there is a short piece on Three Ways to Pray for Iran, read it inside the Weekly Summary attachment   

The IFI, Intercessors for Israel are currently in their annual Prayer Conference until February. They ask for prayer covering the intercession in Jerusalem and then traveling to the Golan and the Tel Aviv area is a time to hearing and praying for His kingdom purposes to be done on earth and in heaven.  If you didn't know, there are many such conferences with tours combined that are conducted by Israeli ministries and honestly it is the best way in my opinion to make a heart to heart, spirit to spirit connection with Israel - through the Messianic ministries of Israel. Depending upon the ministry you can connect with ministries whose focus is intercession, worship, evangelism, volunteer opportunities, tours to connect with multiple congregational works - whatever you are drawn to in ministry. And you get to see the real Israel and meet the real Israeli believers and people - not just an exhausting daily bus tour to ancient sites. (Although most also do partial touring of the sites too)  

Please read more of the prayer requests Intercessors for Israel makes for this current conference-tour inside the Weekly Summary attachment. You will also see their prayer points for the increase of spiritual warfare since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital; Security on Israel's borders and how to pray about Iran's agenda to "build a Shi'ite Crescent land bridge from Tehran to the Mediterranean".

Ron Cantor, a young man with abounding energy judging by all the ministry activities he is involved with, has a couple of blog posts we think you will like reading: Replacement Theology is Intellectually Dishonest (or plain dumb!) | Ron Cantor |  Forgive me for the frank title, but in this instance, it is accurate. Replacement theology is the belief that the Jewish rejection of Jesus resulted in God rejecting Israel, in favor of the Church. The Church is the new Israel and the old Israel is simply cursed. All of the promises in the Old Testament to Israel are now to the Church, while the curses remain the property of the Jewish people."

Also: Hollywood ain’t got noth’n on Moses!  | Ron Cantor | The story of Moses could not have been written by Hollywood’s best screenwriter. We have an evil king in Pharaoh. We have an oppressed people in the Israelites. We have a baby redeemer. The story begins with a nervous Pharaoh, trying to stymie the growth of the Israelite people. But the plan backfires. “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.” (Ex. 1:12)

From the Dugit Ministry of Avi and Chaya Mizrachi, Chaya writes about the Women of Hope conference that she and Norma Sarvis have put together for the Messianic ladies across Israel.  This is a special opportunity for the believer women to gather together in the Galilee to be blessed and refreshed in the Word and the Spirit. Please read more inside the Weekly Summary attachment for prayer points and an opportunity to help defray the costs for putting this gathering on.

The new location of the Succat Hallel prayer room is in full swing since New Year's Eve when they hosed a worship night for the youth.  With only one posted invitation, around 60-70 youth showed up to worship in the New Year before the Lord.  Read about it inside the Weekly Summary attachment   and about other news for Succat Hallel.

Ben Juster who is the operations director for Tikkun International Ministries was reflecting on the Tikkun timeline of the 40 years of connection between his dad, Daniel Juster, Asher Intrater, Eitan Shishkoff and Paul Wilbur. It's a powerful heritage that Ben has grown up in and if you have ever heard Ben minister, you will know that it is a heritage that he truly inherited personally with great wisdom in the things of the Spirit.  His Tikkun prayer points cover items for the Acco Katzir Asher congregation that Guy Cohen leads; Pray concerning the team at Revive Israel in Jerusalem, Dan and Patty Juster's US itinerary; and the deepening of all Tikkun-affiliated relationships. See more inside the Weekly Summary attachment     

As mentioned earlier, Norma Sarvis (Jerusalem) and Chaya Mizrachi (Tel Aviv) got together to put on a special ministry event for the ladies, Daughter of Zion Gathering this weekend in the Galilee. Norma writes, "The worship leaders and speakers are from Israel, with one coming from Europe. This being a first-time event, I honestly expected about 80-90 women. As of now, over 150 have registered to come. For Israel, this is a very large group!  Most of the women coming are 40 years old or younger. They are hungry!"  Norma notes with interest that this weekend "the Torah Portion speaks of “Miriam the prophetess” (Exodus 15:20-21), and the Haftarah (reading from the Prophets) begins with Deborah a prophetess to whom the sons of Israel came for wise judgment (Judges 4:4-5) and goes on to speak of Ya’el, whom God used to defeat an enemy captain (4:21-22). We believe that it is indeed time for the women of Israel to come together as an army, to hear the Command of the LORD, and to proclaim the tidings!" Read her prayer points for the event inside the Weekly Summary attachment   

Husband Martin Sarvis gives his usual excellent insights on the news of the day that impact Israel with a report on US VP Mike Pence's visit to Israel where Pence certainly wow'd the house in his Knesset speech.  Please read this glowing report of Pence's visit inside the Weekly Summary attachment  and how it differed in good ways from other senior foreign leaders who have addressed the Knesset. For one thing Pence, in Hebrew, spoke an ancient blessing that Martin notes, "every Jewish person has known from childhood". The Knesset chamber "simply exploded" as the Israeli parliament members jumped to their feet in resounding applause and wide smiles on all the faces.  [see that clip on Facebook here]
Along with other prayer points, Martin encourages all to read the speech for themselves at the Jerusalem Post

From Yeshua Israel ministries, Kobi and Shani Ferguson Why Jerusalem Matters to You | by Shani Ferguson | If Israel is the apple of God’s eye,  Jerusalem is the apple of Israel’s eye.  The center of the center.  The core of the core.  The physical location where the presence of the only Living God dwelt among men.  It is the place where God asked Abraham to offer his only son - and the place where God himself would ultimately offer His... Read more online. Also listen to and purchase Shani's new worship song Sapphire Skies

Lastly, a few of the great selections from this week:

The cost of following Yeshua in Israel and around the world | One For Israel Staff | Though we are not killed for our faith in Israel, and very rarely physically hurt, opposition through social, political, judicial and economic means puts believers under great pressure. ALSO see the VIDEO from One For Israel as Orthodox Jewish "anti-missionaries" attempt to ridicule Eitan publicly

Messianic Believers are among women joining the Israel Air Force fighter pilot course | Kehila News Israel Staff | The IAF is now actively seeking to recruit more women to its fighter pilot course and believers, too, have answered this call.

Celebrating Be’ad Chaim’s 30th Birthday (Israel's Pro-Life Movement is Messianic!) | Be'ad Chaim Counselor | Only God knows how many babies this wonderful work has actually saved over the last 30 years. Some of those babies are parents themselves by now. Some of the Mums have chosen life through reading a leaflet on the street, or been caused to reconsider by just looking on the website, and never contacting the office. We give thanks to the Lord for them all.

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

Please keep in prayer the Israeli ministry leaders and believers with urgent health needs including the fight for their very lives: 

We're hearing of many in ministry teams in Israel 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.

Praying the Headlines
In the realm of infuriating news headlines, there's this from the Jerusalem Post

Kerry to Abbas confidante: 'Stay strong and do not give in to Trump' | JPost | While the White House confirms that since the "Jerusalem Declaration" there has been a complete disconnect between the Palestinian Authority and the Trump administration, it turns out that the previous administration actually maintains contact with PA officials. Ma'ariv reported that former US Secretary of State John Kerry met in London with a close associate of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Hussein Agha, for a long and open conversation about a variety of topics. Agha apparently reported details of the conversation to senior PA officials in Ramallah. A senior PA official confirmed to Ma'ariv that the meeting took place. . . . The former US Secretary of State also surprised his interlocutor by saying he was seriously considering running for president in 2020.

Teaching Articles 

Betting on the Wrong Horse | By Avner Boskey | January 17, 2018 | Speaking the truth to politicians is often a daunting and thankless task. Kings and prime ministers have been known for trying “to make lies sound truthful… and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind” (as George Orwell once said) – while they ignore the wise counsel of YHVH and bet on the wrong horse.

Israeli Ministries on Tours 

1/20/18  Marc Chopinsky
MARC CHOPINSKY helped define the sound of modern Messianic praise & worship music as one of the primary songwriters and founding members of Israel’s Hope (along with Paul Wilbur and Rene Bloch). A worshipper at Tents of Mercy in Kiryat Yam, Israel, Marc has put out a re-release of the top Israel's Hope music. 

April 27 & 28 | Houston/Kingwood, TX - The Crossover project with Mitch and Rozalie Jerome and their new congregation called 'My City on the Hill'. I will minister in music as well as speak on 'Destiny, Calling and Identity'.
April 30 & May 1 | Richmond VA - Israel focus fellowship with Q&A and refreshments. A little music too.
May 2 & 3 | Ashburn VA - Worship Concert and sharing at Ashby Ponds retirement center in Ashburn VA. Mixed Jewish and Christian folks.
May 5 | Rockville, MD - Son of David Messianic congregation -  at 10am - Music and speaking
May 6  @ 11am| Bluemont VA  Village Church  Music and sharing.
May 12 @ 11am | Washington, DC  - Ahavat Yeshua Messianic congregation - Music and speaking

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WEEKLY Arrows from Zion 1/17/2018

Priority Prayer Focus Jan 17, 2018

Micah 6:8 reads, "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?"

We have our hands full to walk in the requirements of God, doing justice, loving kindness and being humble by God's estimation rather than man's estimation, don't we? Our hearts can deceive us, but our true motives are always clearly seen by God.  Even people who believe in and follow the LORD forget how our Father is seeing us clearly every moment. We may fool ourselves and fool other people, but we never fool God about what motivates us to court injustice, act unkindly and present a false humility.

Living according to God's requirements is a form of worship. Perhaps even the highest form because it is possible to sing God's praises then live in a way that breaks what He wants to see in our lives. Praying that we all live up to what Micah spoke prophetically that God wants from us. If we live in such a way, will the life of Yeshua not surely shine brightly from our lives?

Arrows from Zion
Strategically Aimed for the Lord’s Harvest in Israel
Contact info for all the ministries included inside the subscription-only Weekly Summary.

 I loved this true story from Ron Cantor and Asher Intrater this week called Delivery Man. "The word Shaliach, שליח, has several meanings in modern Hebrew:  apostle, public servant, anyone with a sense of divine mission or purpose, and even a delivery man." You can read it inside the Weekly Summary attachment             

Also, Asher Intrater addresses the belief many have that the end times holds only persecution , tribulation and antichrist but not widespread revival. Read this article as Intrater explains why he sees both Victory and Persecution in Revelation (the lat book of the Bible). You should also view his video A Balanced View of Apostolic Ministry as the controversy surrounding apostles and prophets in our day is back in the spotlight. Asher clarifies misconceptions in, "what we believe and what we don't believe" about apostolic and prophetic ministry.

Please keep Richard and Carolyn Hyde in top priority of prayer as they continue to have to battle religious persecution by the Israeli Ministry of Interior which wants to revoke Carolyn's citizenship on the basis of her faith in Yeshua/Jesus.  That would create a domino effect throughout her family, who are also Israeli citizens having given birth to many of Carolyn and Richard's grandchildren there.  Read the details of the most recent developments inside the attached subscription-only DOCX Weekly Summary of Prayer Requests from Israeli Ministries. You will find other news from the Hydes there as they press on in their high calling before the LORD.

Just so you know, what the Hydes are facing is not an isolated incident. This happens continually in Israel due to the power of the religious parties. And not only that, but there are many expressions of religious persecution that have been happening for years and are happening currently. The fact that such religious persecution is illegal does not stop it from happening. We know of issues in bureaucratic  delays on permits that have troubled Messianic congregations renovations progress; or mobs gathering in often violent protest of Messianic congregations - this week Howard Bass describes what is currently going on in Dimona. These are major issues for prayer. With moving ahead with the testimony of Yeshua in Israel, there are persecutions. We are those assigned to hold up the arms of all those who are laboring in God's vineyard with the Good News.

Arni and Yonit Klein call 2018 "A Time of Extraordinary Potential".  Arni writes, "Isn’t it remarkable that fifty years after Jerusalem was restored to Jewish control the US President recognizes it as Israel’s capital? There is something more to be said for the timing of President Trump’s announcement. It was a moment of decided prophetic significance. On the Hebrew calendar the date was Kislev 19. Beyond coincidence… beyond amazing…it was on the 19th of Kislev in 1949 that Ben Gurion first designated Jerusalem as the capital of Israel!" That's not all because Klein goes on to note many other prophetic milestones inside the Weekly Summary attachment. 

Arni also notes, "Of quite a different spirit, but notably dramatic, the orthodox-controlled Ministry of the Interior is taking their war against the believing community to new levels.  In addition to refusing citizenship to Jews because of belief in Yeshua, they are now threatening to attempt to take away the citizenship of Messianic believers who said they were Jewish at the time of their immigration. Their premise is that in light of a rabbinic ruling that believing in Yeshua constitutes a change of religion, to believe in Yeshua and say you are Jewish is to have falsely represented oneself.  The absurdity of it all is no less than Israel needing to agree with the world’s assertion that we have no historical relation to Jerusalem. For the MOI to actually be able to remove one’s citizenship would require a court ruling.  In point of fact, the Attorney General has already declared such an act to be illegal, especially where the relevant statute of limitations has expired. The MOI ignore the law and care nothing for truth and justice; yet they hold a pivotal place in the government coalition, such that the Prime Minister essentially allows them to do whatever they want." This is for intercession because the religious parties have the Prime Minister over a barrel. Read more in the Weekly Summary.

Love this from the Trumpet of Salvation, evangelist Jacob Damkani's ministry: "2018 - two thousand - yod-chet: chai - life! ....As the busyness and noise of 2017 fade into the twilight of our memories, our hearts and minds are focused optimistically on the new things to come. The year 2018 is upon us. 2018 - two thousand - yod-chet: chai - life!" So the number 18 is a symbol of "giving the gift of life". That sounds pretty promising for the year ahead, don't you think?

Since December theaters in Israel have been showing the Hollywood-production style movie of Jacob Damkani's life, how God plucked him up out of a "gangster" life and made him one of Israel's first modern day evangelists. The movie is called A New Spirit and will shortly move into DVD and other forms of distribution in Israel. The ministry could use your help to reach more Israelis with the movie and Damkani's book, "Why Me?" They will even send your Israeli friends a free copy of the book - details inside the Weekly Summary attachment          . See also Why Me? Online version ?למה דווקא אני  and New Spirit - The Movie Trailer. There is also an invite to come to Israel to help spread the Good News in short term opportunities.

The Sorko-Ram Maoz Ministries began this week with the horrible news of a terrorist driving by shooting attack on a 35-year old rabbi, the father of six who died from his wounds. They write, "This attack came on the day Israel's Defense Ministry released data on how much the Palestinian Authority is paying the families of killed or wounded terrorists, as well as Palestinian prisoners and their families.  The report states that in 2017, the PA paid them about 7% of their overall budget—some $350 million. While the average wage in Judea and Samaria (under PA's rule) is a little over NIS 2,000 (less than $600), a terrorist serving 20 years to life will receive NIS 10,950 (just over $3,150) every month for the rest of his life. For years, Israel's pleas for the world to stop this reward system for terrorism have fallen on deaf ears.  Meanwhile, terror attacks continue, and Israel, as in many cases, finds herself [almost] alone fighting for survival."     

Imagine how disheartening it is to the average Israeli that the world continues to support  such a thing. Please read the prayer points from Maoz Ministries inside the Weekly Summary attachment      

Israel Pochtar is one of those that has suffered mobs protesting their ministry as well as bureaucratic stringing along as they upgrade their congregational facility. Please keep this ministry in prayer as they are always a great joy to read all the things they are doing to reach their community with the Good News God has for them in Messiah Yeshua. You can read about their efforts to show "the true meaning behind Christmas" in their ministry to Russian Jewish immigrants in Ashdod and surrounding areas.  Also how they are discipling those that have to faith through their many forms of outreach. Please read the many good things and also prayer needs in Israel Pochtar's ministry letter this week.

Orna Grinman asks "What is tormenting you and causing you much pain?" in her blog post this week called, Is God Tabernacling within you?. Click to read.

David Lazarus writes about their congregation, Beit Immanuel, "We are all familiar with those times in life when troubles seem to pop up everywhere. The Psalmist describes these times as being like "surrounded by a swarm of bees" (Psalm 118:12). For us, this is one of those times as some of the kindest, most faithful and generous members of our congregation are facing difficulties. My first reaction was to complain to God, "Why do the nicest people need to suffer so much? It's not fair!" After visiting the families, praying and weeping with them, I realized that my attitude was not helping. That my questioning was a distraction from what needed to be done. When our loved ones are in trouble, that is the time to give as much love and support as we can, the kind of love that will help them overcome. I believe that this is an opportunity for you also to step up and come next to these families and share your love and blessings. Allow me to describe briefly a few of their stories and see if you too would like to give a helping hand." See more of David's appeal for several congregational members inside the Weekly Summary attachment         

As I mentioned earlier, Howard and Randi Bass went down to Dimona to see that, "The situation there is heating up again, with the Chabad Rabbi stirring up protests and demonstrations against Albert and Esther, who are again opening up their nice little 'meeting place', situated just across from the offices of the city's rabbinic authority (the Rabbinate).  The Chabad rabbi brings together teenagers from the local yeshiva (Jewish study center) to annoy and to disturb their peace, and the peace of some of the other local shop owners in the commercial center of the city. . . . Please pray and thank God for Albert and Esther who are humbly demonstrating courage and a quiet spirit as they serve the Lord and love His people."  There are a lot more details shared inside the Weekly Summary attachment to help you intercede over this situation —and also a situation in Israel involving a refugee-immigration dilemma.

Howard also writes about the Fellowship of Christian Students in Israel (FCSI). One of the Nachalat Yeshua congregational leaders, Anthony Chapman is their chairman. Howard asks for prayer over this organization of "students -- Jewish, Arab, others -- in your prayers, and also consider financially supporting the organization."

Martin Sarvis in Jerusalem is looking forward to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel which will be celebrated this year. Imagine how prophetically significant that is! Martin clues us in with his ministry letter this week, which you can read inside the Weekly Summary attachment. Martin writes, "The last paragraph of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, signed 70 years ago this year, begins this way, 'Placing our trust in the Rock of Israel, we affix our signatures to this proclamation…'  This concept of Israel trusting in God as her Rock is very ancient."

Last but not least from
KNI is launching a new weekly Israel Prayer Corner that summarizes key prayer points related to the Messianic community and mainstream Israel news. Please share with 'Prayer for Israel' groups.

KNI Israel Prayer Corner :: Jan 16, 2018 | Kehila News Israel Staff | Welcome to the first edition of the KNI Israel Prayer Corner. We plan to summarize the key prayer points on a weekly basis that are related to the Messianic community and related to mainstream

Be’ad Chaim Gardens of Life - Tu b’Shvat Tree planting event | Karen Faulkner | "Women and men who have suffered the loss of a baby through abortion or miscarriage are invited to plant a tree in their child’s honor at the Be’ad Chaim Gardens of Life on January 31, 2018, the day of this year’s Tu b’Shvat holiday."

VIDEO: Brad Show interview with Yoyakim Figueras and Joe Finkelstein - "Hasdey Yeshua's new challenges" | Brad TV | Hasdey Yeshua Congregation was forced to leave their building and worship in a tent in the dessert of Arad. Now they are facing new challenges.
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: 
No updates. Please consult Weekly Summary for 1/10/2018 for standing requests.

Praying the Headlines

From the Intercessors for Israel group in Jerusalem, Ofer Amitai, Eliyahu Ben-Haim and Chuck Cohen
prayer requests and pointers on corruption in Israeli society, the Trump decision on the Iran nuclear deal, how Palestinians have turned from the US and are looking to the EU to back them; the problem of illegal immigration that is affecting most Western nations is also a problem in Israel. These are excellent prayer points on those issues.

Other news headlines worth taking note of:

Rewriting history, Abbas calls Israel a ‘colonial project’ unrelated to Judaism | In speech ignoring Jewish ties to holy land, PA head implies European Jews chose to die in Holocaust rather than go to Palestine; claims Ben-Gurion forced Mideast Jews to Israel

Trump Cuts UNRWA Funding Amid Abbas Assault | The funding goes to a UN agency specially designated for the descendants of Palestinian refugees.

Netanyahu Says U.S. Likely to Move Embassy 'Much Sooner' Than You Think | The prime minister said he expects the embassy to move within the year.


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