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

Standing in the Midst

“So the priests who bore the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan until everything was finished that the Lord had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua; and the people hastened and crossed over.” Joshua 4:10
“Then it came to pass, when all the people had completely crossed over, that the ark of the Lord and the priests crossed over in the presence of the people.” Joshua 4:11

Once again God made the impossible possible for the children of Israel, as they crossed over the flooded Jordan on dry ground.

Thank You, Lord, for making a way for us to stand and walk through the flood of our situations that seek to knock us off our feet and keep us from You. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Through the Flood

Over the banks
dark waters rise
but You want us on
the other side
so You make a way
for us to cross
and no one drowns
no one’s lost.

Inside Israel – from May 15

“Hi” to everyone here to take a look inside Israel. Much has been going on this week and we are so thankful for His faithfulness, that He keeps His promises and has His own plans. Thank you for taking the time today to read and pray, for J of Jerusalem and for Israel. Now, here’s J . . .

I want to add to this that the Syrian boarder was breached by about 200 Syrians this afternoon. The boarders appear to be the main target -breaching them from outside – from Gaza, from Egypt, from Jordan, from Lebanon, and from Syria. HOPEFULLY the Egyptian and Jordanian rally’s were controlled from within their countries, but the day is not over yet. I have been praying all day that God would confound the enemies at the borders and raise up His standard there…reminding Him that, according to His immutable, faithful WORD, HE established the borders. I was at our daughter’s for most of the day helping with the children and the inter-city bus that I took home was driven by an Arab man. His cell phone began ringing (illegal for anyone to talk while they drive) and he looked at it and looked worried, then turned it off. It rang again and again and AGAIN (likely 10-15 times) and he began driving the back country, windy roads like a maniac. Finally at one of the stops he took his call, but he was speaking in Arabic and I did not understand. There is a GREAT deal of tension in the air today (the air, where the prince of the power of the air loves to stir things up), but God IS on the throne and I am thankful for the ‘helps’ that help us to pray into it…PARTICULARLY THE HOLY SPIRIT! I am also forwarding my Pastor’s update on praying through this day. BLESS YOU AS YOU PRAY!


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As Nakba Day Progresses

Terror attack
An Arab truck driver has used his truck this morning as a weapon for a terror attack in Tel Aviv.

The truck driver rampaged through the streets of Tel Aviv, hitting several vehicles. One person was killed and 17 wounded.

After the rampage, the truck driver got out of his car and proceeded to attack by-standers who were in the area. The man was finally subdued after people realized it was a terror attack.

In east Jerusalem, rioting resumed on Sunday morning as residents of one neighborhood hurled stones at police.

In Ramallah Nakba Day began with a siren which lasted for 63 seconds, a second for each year of Israel’s existence. Thousands marched the streets, Israeli flags were burned, and some rallies are planned. All these activities are a mimic of Israel’s Memorial Day and Independence, just celebrated.

Some incidences of stone throwing and firebombs have been reported.

However, overall, it seems that Nakba Day will not become an all out 3rd Intifada, as many Arabs have hoped and called for.

Meanwhile, Hamas leader Ismalil Haniyeh, launchd ‘Nakba Day’ by calling for the destruction of Israel. “Palestinians mark the occasion this year with great hope of bringing to an end the Zionist project in Palestine,” he said to approximately 10,000 people at a Gaza City mosque.

We continue to stand before the Lord for His unambiguously expressed will to restore Israel to Himself and to the Land. God is GOD, and His will is not only supreme, but also good!

“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD. And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee. And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again. Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.” Zechariah 2:12-13

Notice in the verse above:
1. The Holy Land is called Judah and Zion, not Palestine (a name given the land, by the Romans after the second Jewish revolt between 132-135 AD, to erase the memory of the Jews from the land.)
2. Salvation in Yeshua is foretold in verse 11, “many nations shall be joined to the Lord…”
3. Israel is God’s inheritance and His portion in the land.
4. God’s answer to all other voices and opinions? “Be Silent” (Literally, “Shut up”)

Pray that God’s will be done on earth as it is done in heaven!

IPCJerusalem, Israel

Turn and Take Your Journey

“On this side of the Jordan in the land of Moab, Moses began to explain this law, saying,
‘The Lord our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying, “You have dwelt long enough at this mountain.
Turn and take your journey . . .” Deuteronomy 1:5-7

How the children of Israel must have rejoiced to hear those words.

Lord, we wait ready and with anticipation for when You say, “long enough.” And here’s a simple poem . . .

His Fulfillment

Living in the shadow of this mountain
so long it feels like home
but You never intended us to think
this was the end of the road.

So now You call for us to pick up
to journey on and so we go
into all that You have promised
the fulfillment that You know.


“These are those who were numbered by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jerico.” Numbers 26:63
“But among these there was not a man of those who were numbered. . .in the wilderness of Sinai. So there was not left a man of them except Caleb. . .and Joshua.” Numbers 26:65

I feel I can relate to the generation that never made it out of the wilderness of Sinai.

O Lord, even if all my days be spent in the wilderness, I thank You for allowing me to live each one to the fullest with You. And here’s a simple poem . . .

With You

Life is a blur
of rough terrain

each clearing entered
grows over again

but there is beauty
in the wilderness too

each time I look
and always find You.