Inside Israel – It’s All About Jerusalem



Hi and welcome to a look inside Israel today!  Our dear sis in Jerusalem shares today about that city, the one that God chose to put His name. Thank you and God bless you as you read and pray!  Now, here she is . ..

Beloved sisters and brothers, shalom. (that precious word, shalom!  What incredible BLESSING that we have SHALOM with God The Father through His Son Yeshua the Messiah! May He teach us all just how much of a true blessing this is as ‘shalom’ changes it’s earthly face according to the flesh. 
I have very much (even longed) to write but have been pretty ‘pressed out of measure’ (to use Paul’s term) in daily life and family situation, so I asked Him for His space in His time to write, and here it is.  May I glorify Him Alone and be a blessing.
Before I share of life here, I feel to present my own ‘invitation’ to you concerning the upcoming IFI (Intercessors for Israel) annual prayer conference that is scheduled to begin here on Jan. 22, 2013.  I will enclose more information on the bottom and a link to the site, or you could email me for complete information. (IPEJ stands for Israel Prayer Conference Jerusalem) Here is a latest entry:  Israeli elections will be held the day after the opening of the IPCJ 2013 on 22nd January. Thus we will be praying the night before the elections and the week when the coalition negotiations begin. I believe this is a Kairos moment for us. Kairos (καιρός) is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment). You will notice that 2013’s IPCJ is a week earlier than we have had for many years now. 
(note: the date of the conference was set last year not knowing we would have these elections!) I put that at the beginning so that those who don’t usually read to the end will see it too.  J 
I am frankly clueless as to what you are hearing about what is going on here.  Oh, maybe not ‘clueless’… some of you listen to ‘fox news’ in the USA which has a bit more sympathy to Israel. But others get BBC or different news papers…many get mail from here or from Christian ministries…but through the emails that I receive I have learned that many of you do only have opportunity to hear distorted reports, and, thanks to The Holy Spirit, you KNOW that, so I felt it is very important to share right now…because after all…
IT IS ALL ABOUT JERSUALEM just as it is written…and the time is NOW
I don’t mean to be ‘dramatic’ or ‘prophetic’…just a ‘witness’ of what is happening right before us.  I am neither a historian nor a reporter. I am a lamb.  I am asking The Holy Spirit to share my portion with you. 
Mt. Moriah…where Isaac was ‘sacrificed’ and where Abraham was provided with ‘the lamb’…is believed to be Temple Mount, where the Temple was built.  It is not only the belief of the Jews but also of the Moslems who have their ‘dome of the rock’ al-aksa mosque sitting on THE rock that they claim Abraham sacrificed…ISHMAEL on.  That is right…they do NOT believe that it was Isaac who was taken to be sacrificed, but Ishmael. The mosque that sits with the rock in its center has the inscription around the top of the ceiling where it meets the roof “Allah is one and he has NO SON”.  This is why I can NEVER use the name ‘Allah’ as a linguistically ‘correct’ Arabic word for God…as the very NAME Allah implies THAT THERE IS NO JESUS…NO YESHUA…NO SON WHO IS OUR SAVIOUR. I share this to lay just a BIT of the spiritual foundation – a framework – of the battle for THIS SPOT…Jerusalem…the city where God CHOSE to put HIS NAME.  Do I ‘UNDERSTAND’ it?  No way!  It is far too big for my pea brained spirit to comprehend, but what I can embrace of it fills me with a trembling awe at the sheer size of it…and more so… the HUGENESS of WHO GOD IS – for Whom it is HIS battle and not ours.  It is simply being fought out before us – and we all have a part.
The UN vote in the General Assembly to upgrade the Palestinians to a non member state had HUGE significance, and grants them many open doors.
INTERESTING FACT:  When Mahmud Abbas returned to the cheering rejoicing crowd in Ramalla, his statement was NOT something like ‘You are now an independent free people with rights, dignity, freedoms and respect!’ It was ‘This week the UN – Next week the Palestinian flag will be flying over Jerusalem!’
When Jerusalem miraculously came into Israeli hands in 1967 – it was NOT taken from the Palestinians.  It was in the hands of JORDAN! JORDAN was the state of the Palestinians and JORDAN was who ‘cared for it’. You can easily find photos of it online from pre 1967. It has NEVER BEEN the capital of ANY Arab country, tribe or group.  But it HAS been ours since King David declared it so when God told him that HERE was where He chose to put His Name.
I wrote to you during the second intifada about what I was seeing with my eyes.  It is hard to believe that this is now more then 13 years ago!  It was during all of the bombings that Ehud Olmert rammed through the decision to build this Jerusalem Lite Rail, and so the road demolition work began rendering my environment into an indescribable surreal mess: Was it a war zone or a construction site??? One could only shake their heads trying to cross a street…avoiding bombs and construction equipment at the same time. It HAD its humorous side! 
At that time I used to take the number 13 or 20 bus to the Old City. 
It would stop directly across the street from the Jaffa Gate and I could get the bus home just below Jaffa Gate. 
SUDDENLY I found that the bus was diverted…permanently.  I remember well the day that I stood at the gate and surveyed the area and to my HORROR I realized that they were CUTTING OFF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FROM THE WEST TO THE EAST IN JERUSALEM.  There was a distinct demarcation line being formed between East and West.  I stood there praying for God to open my eyes to what I was seeing and I felt that I understood that they were PLANNING to divide the city!  As the rail was completed some 12 years later I saw just how chillingly accurate this was.  Oh, I can still GET to the Old City… I have a choice: I can either get off the train at City Hall and walk (not bad walking just a block or two into Jaffa Gate… downhill) or I can take the train to…DAMASCAS Gate (in the Moslem Quarter). As I said, it’s just a bit of a walk…but coming BACK UP the hill to City Hall is much more of a challenge and I see less and less older people able to do this.  The only buses that now stop around the Old City are those traveling to Arab areas. There is one ‘religious bus’ left that goes straight down to the Western Wall…a mini bus that takes a very circuitous route. Slowly, slowly we are being cut off along the line where the barbed wire used to separate us from Jordan!
JERUSALEM…”And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.”! Says The Lord in Zechariah 12. Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible 767-792 (I haven’t counted myself but looked it up) times.  It is mentioned in the koran not once, although I read a claim that it is too holy to be mentioned and has a mystical name that mystics can find.  JERUSALEM is central in GOD’S theme and plan…”…for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.” Jesus said in Luke 3:33
And so I write to you today from Jerusalem…the undivided capitol of Israel, and tell you that I have learned to ‘observe these things and pray’, but to KEEP MY EYES FIXED ON THE LORD AND KNOW HIS WORD AND THAT IT IS TRUE.  There alone is my stability…but it is enough.  The enemy has no new tactics and nothing takes The Lord by surprise.  “These things I have spoken to you that you should not be made to stumble.”! Jn 16:1
So right now the nations are R-E-A-L-L-Y A-N-G-R-Y with us (raging in fact!) because in response to the nations choosing to recognize the PLO as a state, we announced… ‘THE BUILDING OF 3,000 NEW HOUSING UNITS IN JUDEA, SAMARIA AND JERUSALEM!’  There was a cartoon going around for awhile showing war in Syria, bomb factories in Iran, N Korea, Pakistan etc. riots around the world, falling economies and morals …but…it all stops in horror when the Jews build houses!  It’s kind of funny when you really look at it, but we are being faced with icy threats from our ‘friends’ USA, England, France, Sweden, Germany, the UN oh my…the list is LONG!  The pressure is DEFINITELY on my friends!  And the focus is ALL …JERUSALEM!  And, yes.  You can feel it tangibly in the air…the stress…the shift. 
Something MAJOR has shifted. 
After my girls left I was heart sick, and one morning while I was praying and repenting for the depression that I had come into through wrong focus I felt that The Lord was telling me to now reach out to the young women of the body as an older woman.  I got excited.  Was this The Lord?  I immediately received 2 confirmations in the way of ‘gifts to share with others’ although I had intended to do it on my own, and this Sunday I had my first opportunity to walk this out.  The first young mother from our fellowship that I invited out to a nice lunch was ‘C’. She and her husband are both lovely Israeli believers (he is Jewish and she is not) and they have a son of about 2 whom my older daughter helped deliver as their doula. I prayed for her and asked The Lord to give me ways to bless her and to see HER needs. I knew that she was concerned about her husband being called to the reserves during the war, and that she was so thankful he hadn’t been.  As we sat there together I asked her how she had handled the siren and the bombs in Jerusalem.  Her eyes got big and watery. ‘Thank you for asking…No one has asked me…it was hard…it was eerie…I was alone with my son and we went to the shelter…I wondered if I was doing enough to protect him…when my husband came home he acted like it was no big thing, but to me it was…I read Psalm 91 and it calmed me.’ Ofcourse!  I hadn’t really thought of all of the young mothers – and how many were new immigrants…didn’t speak Hebrew…were scared and alone?  We talked and prayed and I she said ‘I had been wondering where the older women are to teach the younger and here you are…OH!  I am NOT saying you are o-l-d!’ I burst out laughing as she was embarrassed.  I told her that was EXACTLY the scripture that came to me when it was planted in my heart to do this sort of thing and that I didn’t MIND being ‘old’!  May I be a source of His comfort and strength to the young women here.  She looked at me soberly and said ‘It isn’t over yet, is it…the war I mean.  I feel as if it was a prelude to something MUCH bigger.’
And that is it in a nutshell.  I do agree…’bigger’ is coming.
Well…this day is moving along and I promise I will tell you what is going on on the bus and train NEXT time, but for now I must close with much love!
And please…if this IS the time that YOU are supposed to come to Jerusalem and pray for our nation HERE…I know He will make a way…please pray about it?  Here is their website, or contact me  
God bless you and encourage you in Him.  Lovingly, your sister here in Jerusalem
ani b’derek

Inside Israel – Encouragement to Pray

Hi and welcome to a peek inside Israel today. So glad you can be here. I have an older letter from J of Jerusalem, a believer in Jesus who made aliyah to Israel from the US some 16 years ago. J’s husband was recovering from being hit by a motorcycle when he suffered a heart attack. So while she asks for prayers for others and for Israel, please join me in praying for her and her family as well. Thank you so much! Your prayers are precious! Now here’s J . . .

Greetings from Jerusalem, with the love of The King of kings!

I was so blessed this morning by being freed up to go to the ifi prayer conference and join in for just one of the sessions, as well as to see some beloved prayer warriors from around the world. It is my day off and I was up early with my list of ‘must do today’ before me when I became aware of The Lord’s firm push that I should just go out to conference this morning. I was thrilled and ran, by faith, for a cab (the bus mess meant that it would have taken a full 2 hours by bus from my apartment to get across town).

There are 3 sessions daily, the morning one being the, perhaps most intense prayer session. This morning, Peter Tsukahira, a pastor from the Carmel region in the north, spoke and it was pin point right on. It stirred my spirit so deeply that I would like to share with you the gist of what he said. Lord, help me to share accurately.

Peter, who has lived with his family in Israel for more then 20 years, made his first trip to Egypt recently and vividly described the intensity of his experience. He and his wife were in Cairo, and reported that there is, literally, a mosque on EVERY corner…but not just that; they are full to overflowing on Friday (the moslem day of the worship of ala). Furthermore, the service is broadcasted by loudspeaker into the streets. He found that the taxi cab drivers that drove them around were listening to prayers or sermons or reading of the koran. The same was true everywhere they went. People were listening to prayers, sermons and the koran on the streets, as they worked, as they rested. They had opportunity to go into an area off the beaten path to buy coffee. In the small, poor, two room shop, coffee was being ground in the back room and the merchant sat at his desk in the front room. As he was watching television, Peter noted that he wasn’t watching sports, nor news, nor a soap opera…but prayers broadcast from Mecca.

Peter, who often preaches in western nations, noted the huge difference between the intensity with which the moslems were practicing their religion, compared with what he has seen in the west, where entertainment, material goods and complacency appear more and more pervasive. He challenged us with the thought that the world is being confronted by a SPIRITUAL challenge from militant islam…but the church is, by in large, defaulting. He suggested that when the church defaults to confront a spiritual battle clearly, the challenge goes to political leaders. When political leaders can find no solution…the next step is war. He then shocked me with a clear and sobering reality; that the church in the 1930s effectively defaulted from confronting nazism with a firm stand and message. Politics failed to find an answer to confront nazism effectively…and the result was WW2. IF THE CHURCH HAD A CHANCE TO RE-LIVE THE 1930, KNOWING WHAT IT KNOWS NOW… HOW WOULD THEY HAVE PRAYED AND SPOKEN OUT? This is quite a thought, particularly for those of us who are old enough to remember the stories of the millions killed in the horrors of ww2. With notable exceptions, (most of us were inspired through Reese Howells and other great men of God who understood the times and seasons…knew The Word of God and His Voice, and were also constrained by a great fear of God…who prayed through ww2 and saw way ahead that God intended to restore Israel as He said in His Word) the church was quiet and complacent.

We were asked to pray for the Church to awaken to the REAL threat of radical islam and for the Body to unmask replacement theology and understand, from the scriptures, God’s heart and purposes for Israel.

Perhaps you would like to pray along? There are now video ‘synopsis’ of the main message of the day from this conference being posted by Chuck Cohen. If you would like to follow along (these are NOT ‘videos of the conference’ as this is a PRAYER conference and the purposes of the videos are to encourage you to pray along with the prayer points being discerned and shared as broken bread), just go to the web site below and click on to videos. Each video is less then 10 minutes (so far) so it is not very time consuming. May we all be spurred on to effective, fervent prayer…standing in His righteousness alone. God bless you!

ani b’derek

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