Once again, it’s time to hear from our sister in Jerusalem about what she is witnessing there as a believer in Yeshua. Put your prayer shawls on and pray for Israel and Sister J. Now here she is …
Loving greetings sisters and brothers. May we draw near to Him Whose Name is above all names, The Only True God, to Whom belongs all glory and honor and praise and blessing.
Today is an amazing day. The weather is wonderful and the wind is blowing and it marks TWENTY YEARS SINCE WE MADE ALIYAH. WOW!
Twenty years ago today, I set my foot for the first time on the ground of my ancestors, Israel, and saw a Word come to pass that The Lord had spoken to me SEVENTEEN YEARS EARLIER. A Word that I did not WANT, nor understand, nor one that I worked out in any way to make it come to pass.
I had never seen this land and frankly, had never been much interested in doing so. His desires and plans for us are so much better and more perfect then our own. That’s in my opinion and by my experience. Easier? Maybe not. But to discover Him in it all is worth everything, the pearl of great price.
So, today is day SIX of this intensifying war, and war it is.
Today faces on the train, in the store, and at the shuk showed much more strain. The people were in more of a hurry then usual. Most wanted to be near their homes. I found my own eyes searching for the right places to take cover if the siren went off.
Here in Jerusalem we have 90 seconds. What added tension it must be for those in cities and places where you have only 15 seconds. That is not very long!
I watched a young army soldier and his air force girlfriend, kiss goodbye and hug as she got off at the bus station. He then traveled on to his destination.
Last night we gathered together at our kehila and had a wonderful meeting. It was very small because July is when many are away for a summer vacation, but we had more visitors then we expected. Because of the situation (in Hebrew we speak of the mat’tsav which means the situation), we decided on worship and testimonies with a shorter then usual message. One of our teenage boys told about how he was counselor at a believer’s camp for small children and how frightened they got at the siren. (Their parents wanted them to stay home.) He said that they prayed and The Lord gave him the scripture about The Lord being in our midst where there are 2 or 3 who believe. He was able to use that scripture to both lead a couple to The Lord, and help them bring their hearts into trusting peace. There were other edifying testimonies, too.
After this we broke into small groups for directed prayer, both for the issues of the war itself and for the salvation of our people. It is almost funny how much easier it is to pray for our enemies because, indeed, we have so many. But we felt that there was a great need to pray for our own people for salvation at this time.
We had just finished praying at 7 p.m. and stood to worship with a final song when the siren (ah’sag’ah) went off. Now, we meet on the 14th floor of a building in the city center, which has a great view of the entire city. So, it’s wonderful for prayer and also an easy target. But I don’t think there was any fear among us as we ran into the bathrooms, which also double as bomb shelters. We heard the “booms” and came out after waiting10 minutes to worship Him with song.
Although I am not afraid in my heart/spirit, I do have a physiological response to the siren. I have been told that the siren is actually designed that way to cause people to move quickly. In fact, the government just ordered all emergency vehicles to adjust their sirens to be unlike the air raid so as not to trigger fear.
What happens to me is that I experience an adrenalin surge and I have never reacted well to adrenalin. That’s why I don’t even like competitive sports. My heart races, my blood pressure rises and I shake. Yet I am not afraid. I have tried jump/smile/hug, but I am still dealing with this adrenalin problem. Thanks for prayer.
Once home again, I found my husband already watching the Hebrew news. There was a steady and heavy barrage of missiles all around the country. On both our TV and radio, all warnings are announced in a calm but firm voice over the program − and shown in the corner of the screen − saying ‘ah’sa’gah. The area is named so that if one does not hear the siren they know to run for cover.
A message arrived from Hamas that Tel Aviv, which had received numerous missiles already, would be destroyed by their new weapon, the J80 from Iran at 9p.m. Interesting! It was now 8:50. Nine o’clock arrived, nothing. At about 9:05 a number of rockets were aimed and intercepted in Tel Aviv but there was no Dooms Day as Hamas announced. Much to the disappointment of large groups of Palestinians gathered on the rooftops in Hebron and other areas, cheering and celebrating their god’s victory on Ramadan. While they were cheering, an errant Hamas rocket fell in Hebron, severely damaging a house. One or two also fell in and around Bethlehem. We are never told exactly where they fall in the media to avoid giving information to the enemy. There was a huge barrage across the country with also an attack from Lebanon in the Galilee area: 3 rockets.
We have had several serious casualties and a much damage, but thus far the several deaths have been from heart attacks.
Psalm 140:1-8 is a wonderful Psalm to pray right now: (I know that there are many)
Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;
Preserve me from violent men, (THIS WORD IN HEBREW IS…HAMAS!)
2 Who plan evil things in their hearts;
They continually gather together for war.
3 They sharpen their tongues like a serpent;
The poison of asps is under their lips. Selah
4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
Preserve me from violent men,
Who have purposed to make my steps stumble.
5 The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords;
They have spread a net by the wayside;
They have set traps for me. Selah
6 I said to the Lord: “You are my God;
Hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord.
7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation,
You have covered my head in the day of battle.
8 Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;
Do not further his wicked scheme,
Lest they be exalted. Selah
Forgive me for ending abruptly, but I must go and prepare dinner. Thank you for praying as The Lord leads, as you wait on Him for direction. His prayers are what I call “silver bullets.”
May HE BE GLORIFIED AND BLESSED AND SEEN. May He find us looking at Him with clean hearts and hands. God bless you.
your sis J