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 Yeshua h’meshiach,
The Victor, Who, after all is also CREATOR, and Deliverer and Truth and Light. The Living Word. The eternal Way through all of this that swirls around us. May HE be glorified and blessed! May you also be blessed and encouraged.
This letter has been a BATTLE to even begin.
Life has been an increasing battle (I have no doubt that you have noticed and that it is the same for you). As I finally sat down to begin this letter, the mouse and keyboard for my computer gave up the ghost.
I am so completely intimidated by technology that it took a great deal of courage to pronounce it dead, dissect it from the computer (it is wireless (which should speak volumes about my abilities) and bring it downtown. I told the sales girl, “My keyboard and mouse just died. I want another just like this.’
I told her in a shaky voice, half expecting to be told that these are antique and aren’t made anymore. Thankfully I had prayed and her maybe 19 year old expertise replied, “Sababa, “(which is Hebrew and Arabic street talk for something like: “Cool, great, no problem, what-ever.”
In no time at all, I was home praying again that I could really do this. As you see PRAISE GOD. It works. I ATTACHED A NEW KEYBOARD AND MOUSE AND MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!
The heaviness and reality of the hour that we live in was brought home vividly to me at the shuk today. It was crowded by the time that I got there. So I went to an Arab vendor whom I have known for many years and trust. “Where are these clementia from?” I asked.
‘They are NOT from China!’ he answered. ‘See? Look at the box. Jaffa. They are from Israel.’
As I went to the apples I saw that he had written on the sign” “Israeli apples.”
I looked at him and said, “I work in a doctor’s office and this is serious what is happening now.” I was afraid that maybe he was thinking I was a bit loony.
He grew very serious. “I know,” he answered. “This is life and death but you know what? It is God’s judgment on the world. How many thousands of years has He sent His prophets to us? And how have we listened? We haven’t! We cheat and hate and say it is good when it isn’t. Everything that He told us not to do. Oh we agree with our mouths but the day of His judgment is here for the earth.’
Our eyes met in spite of the fact that he is an Arab Moslem man and I a Jewish disciple of Yeshua, there was total agreement. “We get it. God, God Almighty, God Who is real and alive is not happy with us and we would have to be blind not to see His Hand. And of course, things like plague cross country boarders, political parties, races, religions, and economic barriers. We can’t say, “YOU did this and need to repent.” It must be “Woe to us for we have sinned and not listened and not turned back to Him with our hearts in our hands.”
THIS is the climate that I see here today.
And with THIS report I will begin the letter.
Most of you thought that I would be at the IFI Prayer Conference. I did too. I was hoping to see some of you there although I do not go to visit, for it really is a working (PRAYER) conference. This is the third our of 4 years now that we had a crisis on the one day that I am able to join the conference and, having truly prayed. I can only say, “Yes Lord.”
It seems to me to be enemy intervention, but I have not prevailed and so I must leave it before Him. This year my husband VERY suddenly got extremely ill with a fever of above 102 (39) that wouldn’t come down. There was no warning. He was fine and then suddenly shivering under the covers. If he were younger, I might have left him sleeping but after consulting the emergency doctor I knew that I couldn’t leave him alone. So I didn’t.
Did the enemy win? No. I prayed anyway, just not with my brothers and sisters. All of the messages from the IFI conference are free and easy access to listen to on line RIGHT HERE IS THE LINK. I encourage you to take advantage and listen. At the IFI conferences we pray during the day but in the evening there is a message given concerning Israel by mostly local leaders.
And during the time of the conference, (wouldn’t you know it…what perfect timing!) there was finally the unveiling of the “American Peace Plan.” Here at home, I listened with the rest of the country. It was quite dramatic, but one thing kept quietly beating in my heart: ‘THE LAND MUST NOT BE DIVIDED!”
I heard what America said. I heard what The Arabs said. I heard what the Palestinians said and I heard what the Israelis said but I could not forget what I know that GOD has said: ‘The land is not yours, but MINE.”
The fear of God entered my heart. This is not to toy with. There is a silence in my heart. I don’t know what to say other than that. To my great surprise, the bus was quiet the next morning, even while the news was on. Everyone was listening but NO one was commenting. That is unusual. That happens when things are serious and no one dares to have an opinion. The look on the faces of the other passengers was serious and stoic. It continued at work: no comment.
Years ago, I had begun to make a list of scriptures that said that we should not divide the land. It is incomplete, but here is what I had written down. Some speak not directly but to the heart of the issue: Leviticus 25:23, Joshua 9:24 (the Gibeonites knew the promise!), Joshua 13, Nehemiah 9:8, Exodus 34:12, Joel 3:1-3, Acts 13:17-19.
In a way it reminds me of the commands to husbands and wives (Mat 19:6 and Mark 10:9 “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” And yet, it is a hard one to keep. Sort of like the commands concerning The Sabbath and God forbid that we should be legalistic. There is this verse and that verse. BUT IN MY HEART RESOUNDS THE INTENT OF GOD THAT THIS LAND BEING DIVIDED IS A SIGN OF JUDGMENT AND THAT THIS LAND IS HIS AND NOT OURS OR ANYONE ELSES.
And while this is going on (and yes…violent responses are taking place…a car ramming last night injured 12 soldiers…there was a stabbing attempt against a border officer this afternoon at one of the gates to the Old City). China is brought to her knees by the Corona virus, how itty bitty microscopic. China is brought to her knees and it remains to be seen if the rest of the world will also follow suit. It is certainly worthy or more than a pause!
I will NEVER forget last year’s brush with death when I was in the hospital with influenza and pneumonia and how clearly The Lord spoke to me out of 1 Chronicles 21— the POWER of David’s intercession as he stood between the death angel on the very spot that was to become the temple and PREVAILED over the PLAGUE that God had sent to judge. TEACH ME, LORD, TO PRAY! THAT I MAY KNOW YOU AND THE POWER OF YOUR RESURRECTION AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF YOUR SUFFERING, BEING MADE CONFORMABLE TO YOUR DEATH. This remains my prayer and I have no doubt that it is yours as well.
And AGAIN, my Pastor sent out a wonderful prayer letterwhich I will attach rather than go on. As a personal note, our daughter Sarah and two of the three children, Ana and Asher, are planning on visiting for a week or so from London 15 Feb.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS…FOR US…FOR ISRAEL…FOR HIS PURPOSES…FOR THE LORD TO BE GLORIFIED! May The Lord FLOOD you with Himself!
your sister J