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 …
Greetings in The Name of The Lord, Whose path is set so that we might just keep walking toward the goal of knowing Him, serving Him faithfully, filled with HIS Spirit Alone, for His glory Alone, by His grace and in His strength. Only HE could do that with the likes of us, eh? May He be blessed and glorified and may you be blessed.
With so much happening, His plans swirl around us here at an ever-increasing rate. I’m sure that most of you know how different segments around the world received our Prime Minister’s speech before the US congress. You also probably know that our elections are scheduled to take place on the 17th of March.
In my opinion, there is often a fine line between our own observations and opinions and then finding His Heart and will, particularly in political matters. But in deed, we are CALLED to Know Him AND His will, so, we know that He does not contradict His Word and the WHOLE counsel of His Word.
This means that I do know that Israel is part of His end-time plan and it means for Israel to be part of His plan, it must be in existence. I ALSO know that HE says that Israel WILL stand alone and must look to HIM Alone. This is also in His end-time plan. I also know from His Word that all of the world will come against us.
These things help me to not vote according to the panic that many Israelis feel as they see the political echelons of America and Europe turning against us. Although the speech given by Netanyahu in the US congress received a huge number of standing ovations and at the same time, scornful responses of those opposed to his words. The idea that the speech was an election ploy was surely proved wrong when the polls showed that the speech did NOT influence votes here at all. He is still running increasingly behind the left wing (as far as the polls show, which means little in my opinion.)
From the many talks that I had with patients at the doctor’s office where I work, my understanding is that the MAIN LINE OF DIVISION is between those who believe that we MUST trust God Alone as a nation…and those who believe that we must trust the nations, particularly America. You would be amazed at the number of conversations that I have had with people who say, “But we KNOW that we will stand alone and must finally trust God completely…”
Yes. They know, many of them. And I hear it on the bus and train as well. Most people do NOT enjoy being scoffed at, so you do not hear it loudly because those in the media and the universities have such devastatingly sharp tongues and pens. But I do share it with you for prayer.
We MUST be a nation that depends on our God Alone. THAT is the will of God to which I have no doubt. It means not being afraid BECAUSE of looking away unto Him. It is easy for me to say that I know Yeshua, Jesus. But to my brothers and sisters after the flesh that do not yet know His Face and His Name, I look forward to the fulfillment of Romans 9, 10 and 11, Ezekiel 36, Zechariah 12, Mat 23:37-39, Luke 13:34-35, just to name a very few.
So, yes, I ask for prayer for our elections, that God will turn the hearts of the people to vote according to His will.
As the media stands excitedly poised to welcome a Netanyahu defeat, I remember clearly a few events that were exclamation points along my observations. Perhaps you remember, too:
The US President ran his campaign with a motto: “Change!’ (“yes we can”). At the time I recall quoting the verse Proverbs 24:21-22 –
21 My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
I had red flags in my heart back then because change was the goal. I am old enough to have seen rebellion and how it works: “The present is uncomfortable…we want out…anything seems better then this.”
When the US President was elected, I closely watched his visit to Egypt where he so warmly greeted then President Hosni Mubarak and pledged in his speech to loyally back him. But his agenda of change was already working and with barely the blink of an eye he was supporting the Moslem Brotherhood and the stunned Mubarak was toppled overnight. This was the beginning of the Arab Spring.
I also remember clearly the President’s trip here where with the support of Shimon Peres, our “man of peace”, the main author of the chaotic Oslo peace accords. Obama gathered a large number of handpicked left-wing Israeli university students, WITHOUT consulting our Prime Minister, and had a heart to heart chat with our young people, encouraging them to “rise up and bring CHANGE.” These were seeds, or tares, well planted into fertile, intellectual, energetic minds, political science majors, who know how to organize.
I also remember why these nasty, early elections were called. There was a rebellion in the government and our Prime Minister said that he needed a mandate to run the country and that he could not do it with the bickering and mockery instigated mainly by the left. (I am NOT saying that none of it was legitimate! I am saying though that it was organized and he was correct.)
It is interesting that attrition (“the action or process of gradually reducing the strength or effectiveness of someone or something through sustained attack or pressure.”) appears to produce a response of CHANGE, unless we are standing firm in HIM with our eyes fixed steadfastly on His Face, which NEVER CHANGES.
And so our elections – WHICH WILL INDEED AFFECT THE ENTIRE WORLD – pose a clear choice to a very, very weary people: left wing choosing to stand with the world and please them in a run toward peace at any price or right wing with a decision to stand in our understanding of God’s purposes…that He has given us this land and we are not to give it away… even at the expense of relentless struggles.
At times like this, Daniel 9:27 comes up for discussion among many:
“Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”
And yet I prefer to focus on different verses: 1 Corin 10:13 “…but God is faithful…” and Eph. 2:4 “But God, Who is rich in mercy…” 1 Thes 4:8 “…but God, Who has also given unto us His Holy Sprit…”
Oh, there are others. NO, I am NOT more spiritual…not by a long shot. But I really cannot figure it all out…AND YET, I KNOW THE ONE WHO CAN AND WHO HAS AND WHO IS ALREADY THERE. What does it all mean? We get to look more unto The Lord, to draw nearer and to learn more of His mercy. I know what I HOPE happens on this coming Tuesday, and I pray toward that end, but I pray looking away toward Him.
Thank you for praying along with us for His glory!
your sister J