When Israeli spokesman Hananya Naftali posted this picture of a US army unit training with IDF paratroopers it really spoke to me of the spiritual parallel. Not only are the defenders of the nation of Israel in need of strategic alliances on a international political level, the alliances also extend to military cooperation like this.
For us this is a picture of our own spiritual alliance with the community of faith in Yeshua/Jesus in Israel. The alliances of the international Church with the Body of Messiah in Israel are a powerful alignment that defends and protects the believers of Israel so they can live and thrive and bear spiritual fruit in their own nation.
I struggled this week with what to focus on because Sunday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. Placing the focus on the strategic alliance of Christians praying with and for the body of believers in Israel is my way of saying, "Never Again" in the midst of rising worldwide Antisemitism and anti-Zion/anti-Israel public opinion.
You see, I understand the cry that came out of the human ashes of the Holocaust, "Never Again," but with my own eyes I am seeing a world that does not respond to that cry. And how could it? It is a spiritual war that targets the Jews and Israel — wholly unnatural and beyond reason. It is a demonic hatred that opposes God's plan and purposes: the coming of Zion. That is exactly why Israel is opposed with a vengeance among the nations. The Allies of World War II were called the United Nations; now it is the United Nations that seems to place all its hypocritical energies on turning the whole world against Israel by lies and deception.
That's where we come in. If you are part of this mailing list, then you are among those that God has revealed the great significance of how He is raising up the Remnant of faith in Yeshua within Israel to defend and protect until "all Israel" is saved; until Jesus Himself returns to defend Zion and sit upon His throne in Jerusalem.
It sounds fantastical, but all of our spiritual energy and devotion to our alliance with our brothers and sisters in Israel is every bit as important as the alliances that Israel has been making government to government. In fact, if it were not for the Israel-supporting believers who have propelled people into top leadership positions in the U.S., Brazil and other nations, would we even see this backing in the nations taking place? I don't think so. It is the praying Christians in the nations who are impacting these alliances.
Yours, and mine, is one prayer before the throne of God, for His purposes to be established for Israel, for Israelis and for the Remnant of faith in Israel. “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
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Israel's Restoration is a mailing that features the articles and videos of the (mostly) Israeli ministries aligned in the Tikkun Global ministries. This week is an article from Eitan Shishkoff Where the Oil Flows on his recent ministry in Japan. There is also an extended article about evangelism via YeshuaChai.tv, which is the online 24-hour internet television station preaching the gospel in Hebrew and nearly all of the content is produced locally!
Truly, believers in the nations need to grasp how critical online outreach is in Israel. The seeds that are planted through the online outreaches of several different ministries is just difficult for believers in nations that do not have the same kind of taboo against Jesus as the Jews do. Online outreach gives a way for the curious to begin to investigate Yeshua and the faith. Please read more from this YeshuaChai.tv update in the Weekly Summary, or also there is some information here.
Next up, good news from Eddie Santoro, while doctors were ready to abandon further treatment, Eddie's latest MRI has reversed that decision because there was shrinkage on the tumor. He writes, "First of all I want to share with you that I am still fighting the good fight of faith! . . . . Lord willing, we will continue with the drug I have been taking every two weeks. We encourage you to please stand with us and pray together that the cancer will disappear. We are so grateful for each day that we are able to serve the Lord. God is the victory and in Him we are more than conquerors. We thank you for your love and support in this battle."
Eddie just celebrated his 70th birthday, God bless him & Jackie with many more. He also updates all on the Ahavat Yeshua congregation as the "young senior elders" carry forward that Jerusalem work. Plus Eddie's update on Israeli elections, and the heating up on the Iran, Syria and Gaza fronts. Read more by connecting directly with the ministry, or by subscribing to the Weekly Summary of Prayer Requests from Israeli Ministries
Pastor Najeeb & Elizabeth Atteih continue hanging on to the Haifa Bible bookshop - but unless there is an infusion of monetary help they will not be able to for much longer. They continue in all their other ministry outreaches too from the ministry to Syrian refugees to the Arab IDF Soldiers Home. Elizabeth also shares her heart of Amenia, as she is Armenian. Read more by connecting directly with the ministry, or by subscribing to the Weekly Summary of Prayer Requests from Israeli Ministries
Orna Grinman of Ot Oo’Mofet (A Sign & Example) writes, "My jaw dropped as I stumbled upon an article in one of the Israeli religious newspapers." Her article A Red Heifer and an Eternal Lamb is one I hope Temple-fascinated Christians will read and internalize.
Israel Pochtar of Beit Hallel congregation and Voice of Judah ministries writes about their discipleship programs aimed at building strong marriages and families. VIDEO Now they are organizing a 3-day Galilee couple's retreat for 15 couples - some believers and others where only one spouse is a believer. If you would like to help them in sponsoring this retreat, donate noting "Family Retreat". Also included in the Weekly Summary of Prayer Requests from Israeli Ministries: Israel's prayer requests for their ministry.
Evan Levine of HaTikva Project looks back on 2018 accomplishments while looking forward to greater reach in 2019. This outreach distributes much needed help to both the believers in Israel and the unbelievers who are needy. They also operate dental services at great discounts for the same needy Israelis. And their Family outreach is working with adoption and foster agencies to be a part of Israel's orphan crisis. To learn more email Evan at hatikvaproject.org
The IFI Intercessors for Israel in Jerusalem send more video updates from their annual intercessors conference in Jerusalem: Video 3 | Video 4 | Video 5
Ron Cantor of Messiah's Mandate has a re-alignment announcement as he transitions from the Maoz Ministries to expanded leadership in the Tikkun Global family of ministries, where his primary accountability under Asher Intrater, Dan Juster and Eitan Shishkoff has been for quite some time. This is a super friendly transition, with many partnerships with the Tel Aviv Maoz-related ministries continuing. One major change is in how to donate, so please read Ron's full message in Weekly Summary of Prayer Requests from Israeli Ministries, or by connecting with him directly email or online
The Revive Israel weekly email from Asher Intrater's team features an article by Joni Koski Pray for Renewed Aliyah in 2019 PLUS 2 videos Cody Archer with Asher Hebrew — a Modern Miracle? and Asher talking about Unselfish Love which Yeshua calls us to
If you follow Carolyn Hyde on Facebook you know the LORD delighted them in their journey to Uganda. In their latest ministry letter they go into more depth about the great favor and connection that they found awaiting them & unbeknownst to them. Read about it in the Weekly summary, or by connecting directly with their ministry. And go listen in on Carolyn's Worship music which will surely bless you!
I so appreciate Beit Immanuel's David Lazarus for his appeal to his fellow Messianic Jewish Israelis for bringing deep divisions and major rifts between factions to a place of commitment "to preserving the spirit of unity demanded in scripture in order to present an authentic gospel to the Jewish people." Blessed are the peacemakers, David, for they shall be called sons of God.
Hasdey Yeshua brings a good report on the recent southern Israel, multi-congregation get-together in January. This is the third report from different ministries who participated and it is unanimous that the worship even was greatly encouraging and a blessing to all. The congregation continues to seek permanent shelter - they have been without a congregational roof over their heads for several years now. Keep praying for breakthrough...also for their Bedouin ministry team and the great fruit that is being nurtured in this group. They also have prayer requests for several in their congregation who are up against legal maneuvers against them becoming citizens - it is discrimination based on their faith in Yeshua. This is an issue of utmost prayer priority throughout Israel and which are hinged upon Israeli elections outcomes.
Prayers please for the Bat-Tzion — Daughter of Zion Gathering of Israeli Women starting Feb 1. The unusual women's conference (for Israeli believers it is unusual) is for worship and praise, for teaching and testimony, for mutual encouragement and fellowship; to seek together the face of the Lord, to listen for His voice, what He is saying, instructing, how He is equipping for these coming months! See the prayer requests of organizers Chaya Mizrachi and Norma Sarvis inside the Weekly Summary of Prayer Requests from Israeli Ministries
Urgent HEALING Needs: Life and Death is in the power of the tongue
Please keep in prayer these Israeli ministry leaders and believers with urgent health needs
CONTINUED URGENT PRAYER for EDDIE SANTORO signs of response to chemo has doctors open to giving him more /see update above; and Elisheva's good report last week for Jacob Damkani's rehab | Ronit Bender is still hospitalized & awaiting surgery (maybe next week) for a more serious heart situation that first thought: Left Ventricle Disease, for which major open heart surgery is required. Please pray that no weapon formed against against all three of these shall prosper & that miracles of healing will flow. | Sally Shiff had to go to ER with sudden leg soreness & found she had an unexplained strained ligament under her knee - she is confined to bed rest. She also reported an outbreak of serious health issues in the Kfar Saba congregation, from Orna Sperandeo with double pneumonia, to accidents resulting in broken bones, back injuries...one friend of the ministry dying sudden of brain cancer. Please pray for this sudden rise in injuries and accidents. (I also am still recovering from a back injury after making a movement that should not have caused this much problem!) | Martin Sarvis has suffered an injury to his shoulder & is/was scheduled to see doctors, asks prayer for recovery & wholeness |Ruth Nessim has several health issues, one of the most critical is her EYES which has sent her to the hospital many times. Please pray for Ruth in Nahariya| Olga Bikas’s health condition that seems to have become chronic, with no hope from the doctors for any improvement in the future. This, no doubt, puts an additional emotional and physical burden on our family. Please pray for her acute back pain. | Albert a Messianic leader from southern Israel, has had a successful surgery and an amazing recovery but keep praying for total restoration | Rania Sayegh asks for prayer of restoration of strength, energy, and complete healing. | In the Acco congregation: Prayer for 5 year old Leon is still very much needed. The bacteria affecting the head injury has been identified as Streptococcus. Up until now all treatment, including steroids has not succeeded in stopping this infection. Pray for his mother and siblings as the past months are taking their toll.
Personal Prayer Request: Tomorrow my husband Tony is having echo & stress test to see if his stent put in last Feb is still clear. He has been suffering from short-windedness with any minor activities the last few months. With many weeks of delay, suddenly yesterday the test date got reset for tomorrow. (It seems like a God-thing to me, because I had just started to get in the 'what if' worry zone). We would appreciate your prayers that the report we get back is good - stent remaining clear - and the short-windedness based on a 75-year old man who has been extremely physically active, just not having been much physically active over the past year since heart surgery in Feb & and spine surgery in May.
Prayer Vision regarding Threats to Israel's Ports of Entry
Received by Rick Ridings in Jerusalem 18 December, 2018
(received BEFORE President Trump’s Announcement of the Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Syria, or Syria’s threat against Israel’s main airport)
During a time of worship in Succat Hallel, I saw in a vision the highways coming into Jerusalem from the North, South, East, and West. Those travelling these highways were bringing gold bricks of prayer and finances to build up Jerusalem. Some of this was even coming from the Middle East, as prophesied in Isaiah 60: 5,6. As prophesied in Isaiah 60;8-10, there were also “ships of Tarshish” coming from the West bringing gold bricks.
However, in the major seaports, Haifa, Ashdod, and Eilat, I saw demons digging holes, then big tunnels to open a way for attacks. These demons were then calling sharks to swallow up these ports. They were also calling sharks to attack the natural gas fields in Israeli waters. In addition, there were sharks assigned to stop the “ships of Tarshish” from getting to Israel.
Then I saw a similar thing happening to another type of port of entry, the major international airport for Israel, Ben Gurion Airport. I saw demons that were digging tunnels from Tel Aviv to the airport, so that sharks could come through and swallow up Ben Gurion Airport.
[NOTE: The fact that I was seeing “sharks” is very significant. I had not seen sharks (as a symbol of military threat) since 2009. In that vision, the sharks were coming from the Mediterranean to attack Israel. I had not thought of the Mediterranean coast as a border needing protection until then. When I shared that vision in 2009, a leader in global security was present who has briefed major presidents and prime ministers. He said the vision was accurate, but that he could not share the meaning as that was “classified information”. Two years later he explained that it had been ‘de-classified, and that he could share with me now that they knew in 2009 that North Korea had developed a submarine almost impossible to track, that they knew it had been sold to Iran, and had strong evidence it had been sold to Syria. The name of this submarine was “The Shark”!]
Back to the current 2018 vision, I saw that as intercessors cried out for these ports; huge, strong angels were sent to guard each port, holding crossed swords. Other smaller angels began digging up and exposing the demonic tunnels making these ports vulnerable.
After that, the gold bricks coming into Jerusalem were built into a wall of protection around Jerusalem. Other gold bricks helped to build up the Throne of David, for the Son of David, above the Temple Mount. Then great glory began to arise over Jerusalem as prophesied in Isaiah 60:1,2 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. ..."
Feature of the Week Ruth Nessim's autobiography, The Roofed Gate
Autobiography of Ruth Nessim, a Jewish believer in Jesus who was born in London, England and spent the Second World War dodging the Blitz. For the next several years, she coped with crushing poverty and rampant anti-Semitism. After a neighbour told her one day to go back to Palestine “where she belonged,” Ruth experienced a growing desire to make Israel her home. Finally, in 1971, she and her husband, Albert, took their three children and made Aliyah. Purchase from HaGefin Publishing
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