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 —
Now also many nations have gathered against you, Who say, “Let her be defiled, And let our eye look upon Zion.” But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, Nor do they understand His counsel; For He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor.” (MICAH 4:11,12)
O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts. You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the Lord. They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord!’ But the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed.” (EZEKIEL 13:4-6)
Greetings sisters and brothers,
In The Name of Yeshua, Jesus, King of kings, Lord of lords, the brightness of the image of The Father, our Peace and our greatly anticipated Joy. May HE be glorified and blessed and may you be encouraged and blessed too through Him.
How many times can I say, “What times we live in!” and how can I encourage and share when I know so little? I must go back to what He told me to do from the beginning: “What you see, hear, WRITE.”
I see and hear horns of war and drums of unrest and dismay. This is what I see and hear all around me etched on burdened faces.
We still have no government. We have not had a government for a very long time and things are heating up around us. We are still not sure if we will have to go to a third round of elections, and if we do, will the results be the same deadlock? There is grief and discouragement with the uncertainty.
The air is hot and dry as a drying wind is blowing across our country. There has not been a November like this since 2010 when the Carmel forest fire disaster stunned the country. It is hot and dry like that again. I always listen when the weather here is strange because it often speaks of strange events waiting around the next corner.
On the bus I was listening to the morning news trying to explain the re-opening of the Iranian nuclear facility at Fordo…and the name jarred me. There was something particularly foreboding about that plant being deep underground, having been hidden from inspectors.
The next morning I woke up with the name “Fordo” ringing in my ears. After prayer I went and looked up the meaning:
translation and definition of “fordo” (English-Persian Dictionary online):
IPA: /fɔːˈduː/; Type: verb;
(فقط به صورت اسم مفعول) خسته کردن
مرکز هستهای فردو
To kill, destroy.
To annul, abolish, cancel.
Fordo has a goal, a purpose that is announced in its name.
At the Friday morning IFI meetings, Chuck has been saying that God appears to be calling the nations to the threshing floor and we are the bait. You know, it does not feel very comfortable to be bait. Surely the nations around us are boiling. We do not have a government but we have a promise that the government will be upon HIS shoulders, and I believe that.
GOD also has a goal and purposes that are also announced in His Name!
WELL, I wrote the above two days ago. I was EVEN going to tell you about how our bus drivers individualize their buses, but there is no time to discuss that now.
You see, we are again in what appears to be the beginnings of a war. I am sure that most of you know by now (thank you social media even though it’s not always accurate) but I am also sure that some do not know. So I will share with you what I know.
Our south has been under constant increasing low level attack for about a year and a half. Most of your nations would never allow a few rockets a week or weekly violent riots at your borders or sending of countless incendiary devices over our forests and fields setting them alight to raging fires. An attack here, a murder there and so many more uncovered and diverted!
Apparently the main instigator for most of these attacks has been a charismatic leader of Islamic jihad named Abu Al-Atta.
At about 4 am yesterday, Israel assassinated him as he was planning an imminent attack. Concurrently, IT SEEMS, (these reports are less concrete) we MAY have targeted another Islamic jihad leader in Damascus. The results were and continue to be a barrage of rockets targeting most of our coast into our central region.
At this point the battle is escalating and Israel is targeting strategic sites in Gaza. Schools and businesses were closed today for some 2 million people from the Gaza periphery to targeted areas along the coast and into the center. Tel Aviv was closed down and shelters were opened. Naturally, we are on high alert.
At this point, Jerusalem is quiet, but still, Jerusalem is the prize.
So, it is time for prayer, because this is HIS people, HIS city and His nation. HIS plan and purposes are SO much bigger than my puny understanding of it all. I am thankful for every ray of His light that He shines into me that I might see and understand a bit, but I am finally aware that it is really, only a BIT!
I would like to refer you to a fairly accurate site for local news that is continually updates itself on a live basis. Many of their articles I do not agree with but they seem like the most accurate English source right now: https://www.timesofisrael.com/
I will close my part of this letter here. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR FAITHFUL PRAYERS INTO THE PURPOSES OF GOD FOR HIS GLORY. MAY YOU (AND WE HERE) PRAY HIS HEART AND NOT OURS. MAY WE GLORIFY HIM AND FINISH THE WORK.
your sister J