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Tuesday’s Prayers for One New Man (June 14, 2016)

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Why does Satan so passionately despise the Jews? For one things, it is a reflection of his hatred for God. The Jews are God’s chosen people! By hurting them he seeks to hurt the Lord and take revenge for his own sentence of death. His effort to annihilate the Jews is also an attempt to discredit the Lord, since He has sworn in His word that they will never be destroyed. If Israel ceases to exist as a distinct people, then God did not, or could not, keep His promise. That would mean that He was powerless or that He lied!

But there is another reason the devil despises the Jews: The salvation of Israel means the return of Jesus, the resurrection of the righteous, the revival of the Church and the resurrection of the Church and the restoration of the earth. The fulfillment of the Jews’ destiny will seal the devil’s doom. Yes, “the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20)…and he is beginning to squirm. The time to favor Israel is upon us and Satan is quaking with fear. The countdown has begun.

(Excerpt from Our Hands Are Stained With Blood by Dr. Michael L. Brown, Destiny Image, ©1992 – Michael L. Brown, pp. 163 – 164)

My prayer for today:

Lord, raise up believers who have spiritual eyes and ears, like Daniel did for Jeremiah’s prophecy, so that these believers will fast and pray, knowing it is the season for the Jew and Gentile to become the one new man in Christ Jesus. (Based on Daniel 9:2 and Ephesians 2:15)

Join with me on Tuesday’s to pray and fast for the one new man to finally come forth in the Body of Christ.

…that he might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace (Ephesians 2:15)

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Summer Sabbatical

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I need to take time off to do some extra studying and finish up a few projects, but I will still be fasting and posting prayers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you can, join me on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

If you need to get in touch with me, send an email.

God bless you all.

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Inside Israel

The Shuk in Jerusalem

The Shuk in Jerusalem

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 —

Shalom Brothers and Sisters,

I greet you with thanksgiving that we are “one loaf of bread” together before Him, for His purposes and glory, sisters and brothers, family, in this together to encourage one another all the way home.  May HE be glorified and blessed and may you be edified.

Today is Shavuot, called Pentecost in the New Testament and in the English “Old Testament” translated as Feast of Weeks.  It is one of the three holidays when all men of Israel are COMMANDED to come up to the temple, NOT EMPTY HANDED, and to bring an offering and rejoice before God.  The other two “Pilgrim Feasts” are Passover and Sukkot.  Of the three holidays, the least is written about Shavuot, and what IS written could cause one to scratch their head. and say, “Huh?”  It acts like a minor holiday and yet GOD called it one of the three MAJOR ones, so it is wisdom to listen to and hear HIM.

The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) were all songs that were sung (and still are) by the children of Israel as they made the pilgrimage up to Jerusalem from north, south, east and west, up the trails toward the temple mount.  Undoubtedly Yeshua (Jesus) and his family sang them as they came up to Jerusalem for Passover as is recorded in Luke 2:41-52.  Of course, there WAS no New Covenant yet, so He was brought up according to the Old Covenant, as were his disciples, who later added their writings.

Because there are so few scriptures, I have written them out in full for you at the end of this letter, beginning with Acts 2, because I have found that God does NOTHING in a shallow manner. It is all in seed form, and we do well to wait for the ripe fruit.

So, what IS Shavuot basically?  Well, it seems to me that it is “the joyful offering to God of the first fruits in the place that HE has set.”  This is an act of obedience.  The temple is not here.  Of course it also wasn’t yet built when He first set this commandment.  The first fruits and grain, two loaves of bread made with the new grain, the best with joy. These words are familiar to us and I find Shavuot a wonderful time to examine my own heart, How much of my joyful offering is rote or flesh. But the first fruits, our first love…Ah ha!  What an opportunity to refresh, revive, examine, and offer again our all and best.

BUT HOW IS IT CELEBRATED HERE?

Now, THAT is a good question, because it sure has taken its twists and turns over the years.

Milk!  It’s the dairy holiday.  We make tons of cheesecake, cheese blintzes, quiche, and more exotic foods.  We eat dairy and dress in white.  Why?  No one knows.

There is a second modern tradition that is evolving into something interesting though.  For years there has been a tradition for religious Jews to stay up all night and the following day to study the Torah. But mostly Mishna and Talmud (the commentaries on the scriptures written by the sages, so the students study and argue concerning the interpretations of the rabbis).

Over the past few years, many secular study groups have been rising up spontaneously throughout the country with young and old reading the scriptures for themselves and discussing them.  This is exciting to me. People seeking answers outside of the mainstream rabbinical framework.  The scriptures promise us that hungry hearts seeking Him will indeed find Him.

Several days ago the following article appeared in our local newspaper Israel h’Yom:

THE BIBLE IS SPREADING ONCE AGAIN by: Dr. Gabi Avital

Over the Shavuot holiday, synagogues and places of Torah study will fill up with worshippers and those eager to learn. Many, even those considered secular, will try to maintain the growing tradition of studying Torah throughout the night.

This spectacular display goes completely against the academic predictions from more than 60 years ago. For example, Prof. Zvi Adar’s “The Educational Values of the Bible” states that “past generations did not speak about the Bible, but they lived in its ways, whereas we, who speak highly of it every day, live outside of it, and so it too is outside of us.”

Later in the book, Adar proposes another approach, a humanistic one — according to which mankind is at the center and God is pushed to the sidelines — to teaching the Bible and adapting it to the nation in Zion. The central reasoning: “The decline of traditional religion in the world as a whole, and in Israel in particular, has also led to the decline of the religious objective for teaching the Bible.”

His reasoning is not completely unfounded. Europe underwent deep secularization, the influence of which is evident in every poll and study, including among Bible researchers and students in the Holy Land. What has happened to the Bible since the early years of the state? What was the result of the painful experience of creating a melting pot of people? Was the Bible also crushed in the mix? As the places of Torah study were only beginning to internalize the depth of the impact the Holocaust had on yeshivas and religious institutions, the academic community took the lead.

The scientists made “critical commentaries” about the Bible. They compared it to the Code of Hammurabi and the Epic of Gilgamesh; dismantled it into verifiable passages; took over its soul with an enlightened scientific spirit; wrote articles, and attended conferences. And yet some say it is precisely because of this that the Biblical Studies departments at the universities emptied out.

However, among the “ignorant,” those who see the Bible as a holy book, the situation is the exact opposite of what the concerned academics are claiming. Bible study is growing and flourishing like spring flowers in a year blessed with rain. Young Israelis are learning Bible verses and passages by heart; the International Bible Contest is taken seriously, and each Shabbat people are reading the weekly Torah portion.

And why is this? From the moment that the future of the Bible was “deposited” into the hands of academia, its fate was sealed: The science that forced its way into Bible research wiped out its soul. Those who remove the soul — that is, God — from the Bible are left with a confusing, violent and irrelevant book. Biblical researchers from academia and the secular seminaries have decided that we must first read the “criticism of the text” and only later a verse on love or social justice. They do not realize that the Bible is not a “biblical text.” It includes some elements of a history book, but that is not the heart of it. The Bible is the foundation of the Jewish people’s soul. The Bible and the Talmud, the Mishnah and the

are amazing creations that any nation would be proud of.

Ahead of Shavuot, the holiday during which we celebrate receiving the Torah, it seems that the Bible is not as scary as people think. Recognition that the Bible is also the foundation of international support for the existence of the sole Jewish state is becoming more and more apparent. The archaeological finds are growing in number and contributing to the verification of events that took place in this land in past generations. More and more people are refusing to believe that the people of Israel are nothing more than a wandering tribe. The spread of the Bible is no longer just a theoretical concept.” (this was in our secular newspaper on the 9th of June)

The scriptures for Shavuot:

Acts 2:1-43

LEVITICUS 23:9-14

NUMBERS 28:26-30

DEUTERONOMY 16:9-12

DEUTERONOMY 16:9-12

May we each be found IN HIM ALONE…With our eyes fixed upon Him…for His glory.

Lovingly,

your sister J

 

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Why Prophesy if Hardly Anyone Pays Attention? (Part 8)

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There’s no doubt Jeremiah’s prophecies had a positive effect on King Josiah of Judah, especially Jeremiah’s prophetic words reminding the Israelites of God’s covenant with them:

Cursed be the man who does not hear the words of this covenant that I commanded your fathers when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Listen to my voice, and do all that I command you. So shall you be my people, and I will be your God…” (Jeremiah 11:3-5)

Jeremiah first spoke this prophecy in Jerusalem sometime during 622 BC. The prophet then traveled from town to town throughout the land speaking the prophecy to the whole nation. Everyone heard the prophecy.

In 621 BC, King Josiah began repairing the Temple in Jerusalem. The main copy of the Law was discovered while the renovation was going on and eventually it was read to King Josiah. The words convicted the King so that he tore his garments. Josiah then ordered the High priests and other priests to inquire of the Lord about the book which was found.

The priests went to a prophetess named Huldah who confirmed the words of Zephaniah and Jeremiah that God’s wrath would be poured out on Jerusalem, destroying the city. Huldah also added:

“Because your [Josiah’s] heart was penitent, and you humbled yourself before the LORD, when you heard how I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants…Therefore, behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace…” (2 Kings 35:27-28)

King Josiah renewed the covenant with the Lord and removed all of the abominations that belonged to the children of Israel.

A revival then broke out and continued for twelve years. Judah observed all of the Lord’s feasts and followed the Lord.

Now, wouldn’t you think that everyone would have been happy with Jeremiah’s covenant prophecy and his other prophetic words? Because after all they were confirmed and helped restore Judah’s position before God’s throne.

(Continued in Part 9…if you’re interested, the full series to date may be seen here.)

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Thursday’s Prayers for America (6/9/2016)

For 3.3 million Americans, the holy month of Ramadan began on June 6 and will continue through July 5. The month-long fast and celebration commemorates the time when Allah handed the Koran, the holy book of Islam, to Prophet Muhammad.

The Muslims are allowed two meals per day. One before sunrise called suhoor and one after sunset, which is called iftar. The most pious Muslims do not even drink water during the daylight hours. All are expected to fast except the elderly, the young, and the sick.

My prayers for today:

Lord, I pray that You use this Ramadan fast as a time to open the eyes of Muslims, so that they turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place for those sanctified by faith in You. (Based on Acts 26:18)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

Join with me on Thursdays to fast and pray for America.

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Why Prophesy if Hardly Anyone Pays Attention? (Part 7)

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Today’s American believers are crying out to God for Him to send a revival to America, hoping a move of His Spirit will change our nation’s rush toward the abyss. The recent outpouring of the Spirit in West Virginia among high school students has given many a glimmer of hope, but what will happen if God sends a major revival? Will it end America’s problems with sin?

Hey, just so you know: I’m all for revival and any move of the Spirit that God wants to pour out on America. Revive us, O Lord!

But let’s open our eyes and understand that revivals tend to be shallow works in the Body of Christ. People just have to put up their sails and blow along on the winds of the Holy Spirit. They don’t have to work much to be around the presence of God. People get saved. Many renew their faith in Christ. Miracles happen. New revelations become everyday occurrences. And so forth.

Yet, what has usually happened after the revival fires have burned out?

In the Businessmen’s Revival of 1857, six percent of America’s total population – or one million people – were converted to Christ. But even with this, the Civil War began just three years later. The deep roots of sin were not dealt with in the revival and six hundred thousand men died.

The Welsh Revival of 1904-1905 touched almost every person in Wales. Bars were closed. Jail cells emptied. Miners no longer swore in the workplace. Churches were open twenty-four hours each day to handle the crowds. Two years later, everything returned back to the former ways.

The Azusa Street Revival of 1906-1912 restored the spiritual gifts to the Body of Christ, but it also tore down the racial walls. Blacks and whites, led by Pastor William Seymour, worshipped God side by side. Yet, when the revival ended, blacks and whites separated once again into black churches and white churches.

God has a divine purpose in His revivals and moves of the Spirit, but it never replaces the individual believer’s responsibility to make godly choices, pursue holiness, grow in sanctification, and seek the Lord with a whole heart. This is what Jesus referred to when He said:

“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23 NLT)

Jeremiah discovered this important lesson as the revival fires ebbed.

(Continued in Part 8…if you’re interested, the full series to date may be seen here.)

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Tuesday’s Prayers for the One New Man (June 7, 2016)

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In the 1990s, spiritual warfare was the “in” revelation for us believers. Most of the hype was due to a fresh look at –

so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 3:10)

We sang spiritual warfare songs, waved banners, spoke in loud tongues (loud because somehow this seemed to have more power against demons), and shouted proclamations of liberty to cities, believing the demonic principalities and powers would loosen their holds on oppressed people. It was a heady time for loud warriors in the army of God.

But let’s be honest: can anyone name one city that was set free, like San Francisco? Or LA-Compton? Or Chicago? Or Philadelphia? Or Detroit? Or Washington D. C.? Or wherever?

No! Not one city!

Most of us Christians have moved on to the next “in” revelation and have completely forgotten our spiritual warfare efforts from this time period. Yet, the verse still remains in our Bibles, and if all scripture is inspired by God, then maybe we did something wrong back in the 1990s.

What may have been our error?

This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel…and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things (Ephesians 3:6,9)

Paul wrote his letter to the Ephesians in 61 AD. At the time, the Body of Christ was mainly Jewish with only a few Gentiles. Paul’s profound revelation showed that God’s plan was to join the Jews and Gentiles into one Body through the cross.

My dad’s favorite saying to me when I had a brainstorm idea: “Son, don’t go off half-cocked.” By this, he meant that I should not start a project without being totally prepared.

So, I think we believers went off half-cocked to fight spiritual warfare in the 1990s. We were missing half of the church: the Jews.

(Excerpt from Search for One New Man series which can be seen in its entirety here.)

My prayer today:

Lord, help us Gentile believers to hear the sound of Your shofar so that we can embrace our Jewish brothers and sisters to fight spiritual battles in America today.

Join with me on Tuesday’s to pray and fast for the one new man to finally come forth in the Body of Christ.

…that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace (Ephesians 2:15)

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