Islamic Extremists Murder Christians in Iraq
Islamic terrorists connected to Al Qaida stormed a Catholic Church in Baghdad, killing 58 innocent people, included the vibrant youth pastor, Waseem. Another 80 people were injured. The group that claimed responsibility for the attack now dares that they will kill all Christians anywhere. There are two points to learn from this: One, radical Islam calls for murdering both Christians and Jews. Two, Muslims make no distinction between Catholics, Protestants, Pentecostals and Jews. They are all infidels, worthy of immediate execution.
Perhaps this is a reverse message from God that Israel and the Church, in all of our different streams, must unite together. Psychologists say, "internal amity equals external enmity." Common attacks from the outside should cause unity on the inside.
Building Set on Fire in Jerusalem
Friday morning at 1:00 AM we reported a fire to the Jerusalem police and
fire department, which erupted in our church property on Prophets Street
55. Ten persons visiting the Holy Land were sleeping in the church
facilities at the time. Within 20 minutes emergency personnel arrived
to fight the fire.
Situated in a city that is divided by hate we seek to be an agent of reconciliation and peace. We will continue to serve the Holy Land residents, declaring God’s love for all of our neighbors, friends and enemies.
UNESCO Declares Holy Sites in Israel to be Muslim
The United Nations body in charge of preserving historical sites decided last week to redefine Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem and the Patriarchs Cave in Hebron as Palestinian mosques (Muslim). Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the decision, "an absurd attempt to cut Israel off from its heritage. If the places where the fathers and mothers of the Jewish nation (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Leah and Rachel) were buried some 4000 years ago are not part of the Jewish heritage, then what is?"
Interestingly the UNESCO decision came during the week that religious Jews read the Torah portion where Abraham insists on paying full price for the Machpelah cave – 400 shekels (Genesis 23). I suppose the Holy Spirit knew ahead of time that the purchase would be contested, and so had it recorded in the Bible two to three thousand years before Islam began. In a similar passage, King David insisted in paying full price for the threshing floor of Ornan – 600 shekels (I Chronicles 21). There the Temple in Jerusalem was built. In yet another parallel passage, God demanded of Jeremiah to buy the field of Anathoth for full price, seal the documents and set witnesses (Jeremiah 32). That area is located in the disputed Judea-Samaria-West Bank territories.
These three locations: Hebron, Jerusalem and the West Bank are the three most hotly disputed areas today in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and in International political-religious debate. The deeds and purchase of all three locations are recorded in the Bible; a fact which can only be explained by the sovereignty and foreknowledge of God. When those events took place thousands of years ago, He already knew what would happen today.
Shani's and Andrew's Wedding
Please continue to pray for the many, many not-yet-believing, Israelis who attended the wedding. There was a beautiful witness of the love of God, our love for the couple, the presence of the Holy Spirit, and the name of Yeshua.
Revival for Spain
Please pray for Asher and Betty as they will be ministering at a national men's leadership conference in Spain. We are praying for a spark of revival that will spread from this assembly across the nation of Spain, for evangelism, unity of the Church, power of the Holy Spirit, Jewish roots, etc.
U. S. Elections
Two years ago, during the months before and after Barak Obama's election, he was revered by an unprecedented number of people in every nation. Because of the support he had in the media, his intelligence and charisma, and the delight that most people had to see a black man reach the highest political office in the world, it would be difficult to think of any person in history who ever received so much reverence from so many people. His recent rising and diminishing were meteoric.
Before the election, we had our whole ministry team open their Bibles and read out loud the words from Daniel 4:17; 4:25; 4:32 and 5:21 – passages which all say the same thing: "God rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses." I asked our team not to think as conservatives or liberals, for or against any candidate; but just to meditate, believe and declare that God does have the ability to enter into the affairs of men, even in government and politics. He can change any situation. He has the power to raise up and to cast down. We are not politicians. We are people who believe in the power of prayer, and desire to bring about a better world, wherever we live.
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