© 17 November 2017 Revive Israel Ministries
Urgent Global Prayer for Lebanon
For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined. “The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the cypress, the pine and the box tree together, to beautify the place of My sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. - Isaiah 60:12-13
In the game pick-up-sticks, spiked sticks of different colours are thrown into the air and fall randomly. The winner extracts the most sticks without disturbing the pile. However, care must be taken because the sticks are sharp and misuse can cause injury. Likewise, the vying spiritual and political influences in Lebanon - Shia, Sunni and Christian – this month have been thrown in the air and now is the time to pray that they fall in such a way that the Kingdom of God will advance forcefully in the Middle East. The catalyst for throwing these sticks into the air was Saad Hariri’s 4th Nov. controversial resignation as Lebanese Prime Minister.
Lebanon has been described as a ‘playground for foreign powers’ since its borders were drawn by the French-British 1916 Sykes-Picot axis agreement. Internally, the country’s delicately balanced 1926 constitution determines that the president is Christian (at least culturally), the prime minister Sunni Muslim and the parliament speaker Shiite Muslim. Initially this worked well, and as with Jesus parable of the wheat and tares (Matthew 13:24-30) good seed was sown and the Christian influence held sway for a season. Later, apparently ‘moderate’ Sunni Muslim influence grew up in the form of the Hariri family, backed externally by oil rich Sunni Saudi Arabia. However, in 2005 PM Rafiq Hariri was brutally murdered - clearly the Enemy had long since sown bad seed! Both Shiite (Alawite) President Assad of Syria (see map) and the Iran backed powerful Lebanese Shiite terrorist militia army Hezbollah, were inconclusively blamed. Jump to 2016 and Maronite Christian Michel Aoun was elected president to fill a political vacuum, alongside existing Prime Minister Saad Hariri – Rafiq’s son. Crucially Aoun allied himself with Hezbollah, vowing to ‘reclaim’ territory from Israel’s Mount Hermon area. Shiite influence was growing at the expense of Sunni and the delicate balance disturbed.
Saad Hariri's resignation from within Saudi Arabia appears to be motivated by fear of an assassination plot and also encouraged, or even forced by Saudi Arabia in order to highlight Shiite dominance in Lebanon via Iran’s proxy Hezbollah. Iran is seeking regional hegemony and a land corridor between Iran and the Mediterranean, a platform to attack and wipe out Israel. It manufactures missiles in Syria and now also in Lebanon. Indeed, Hezbollah has an estimated, unprecedented 150,000 missiles pointed at Israel.
Yet within Lebanon there are 1.4 million traditional Christians and 21,000 evangelicals, 2.5 million Moslems, 1 million+ Syrian refugees struggling for rights and work. Biblically Lebanon has a history of cooperation and trade with Israel, notably in the time of King Solomon and King Hiram of Tyre (within current Lebanon). Until 2000, the mostly Christian South Lebanese army cooperated with Israel against Islamic militancy.
How to pray:
The People of God
Who are the people of God? What was the view of the Apostles on this matter? What does this mean for Israel and the Church?
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It was our joy to participate in a special conference in Poland recently. Polish people from different Christian backgrounds gathered in Wisla to learn about Israel and the nations. As Jews and Poles, we worshipped, listened to the Holy Spirit, and heard how God is working in the Middle East calling His people to salvation and to ministry.
During the conference, I shared how the Lord is rebuilding the apostolic model of the Church in the nations and in Israel, to create in Himself one new man from the two (Ephesians 2, 15 NKJV).
Asher Intrater spoke of his own transformation, from resentment towards Polish people to acknowledgment of his Polish roots. God's love allowed him to forgive the pain which his family suffered from the Poles, and to open his heart to a renewed covenantal relationship between Poles and Jews.
Don Finto encouraged us that the more we love Jews, the more we pray for them. The more we pray, the more they come to know the Lord.
Israeli artist, Rick Wienecke shared about his Fountain of Tears sculpture which reveals a strong link between the Holocaust and the crucifixion. He recently created its replica in Poland, in Brzezinka.
We believe that this experience will bring fruit, and will result in a great movement of the Holy Spirit both in Israel and among the nations.