PRAYER UPDATE FROM ISRAEL –MAY 1, 2017
“For not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them. You are my King, O God; ordain salvation for Jacob! Through you we push down our foes; through your name we tread down those who rise up against us. For not in my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me, but you have saved us from our foes and have put to shame those who hate us. In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah”
1. ISRAEL AT 69
Tuesday is Independence Day in Israel. Monday evening, as Memorial Day comes to an end, citizens around the nation will turn out to begin celebration of 69 years of the miracle which is still going on—a people scattered for almost 2000 years, not only gathered back, but granted sovereignty over the Land promised to them forever by the God of their forefathers. As we were reminded in Jeremiah 31:35-36 last week, the continuing presence of “the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and stars for light by night” is witness that “the seed of Israel” has never ceased from being a nation before the LORD. And now that goy gadol—that “great nation” (Genesis 12:2) promised to Abraham—continues to return and become established in the Land.
Friday’s Jerusalem Post citing a report from the Central Bureau of Statistics, made some comparisons between the Jewish State at its birth, and what she is today:
* Today the population of Israel stands at 8.68 million. Of this number 6.484 million residents are Jewish, 1.808 million are Arab.
* In 1948, there were 11.5 million Jews in the world, of whom 6% were living in Israel. In 2015 there were 14.411 million Jews in the world, 43% of whom live in Israel. Soon the country will reach the point where the majority of the world’s Jews live in Israel.
* This past year 174,000 babies were born in Israel; 44,000 deaths were reported.
* This past year some 30,000 new immigrants arrived in Israel.
* Today ¾ of Israel’s Jewish population are Sabras (born in Israel)—more than double the percentage in 1948.
* In 1948 Israel had only one city—Tel Aviv—with more than 100,000 residents. Today, 14 cities have populations exceeding that number, with eight having more than 200,000 residents.
* In 1955 Israel faced a 7.2% unemployment; in 1916 unemployment stood at 4.8%.
(“On 69th birthday, Israel at 8.68 million”:The Jerusalem Post, 28 April 2017)
This past Thursday (April 27th ) was Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the second Hebrew month, Iyar. This month (using the ancient Canaanite name Ziv) is mentioned specifically in I Kings 6:1, 37 as the time when King Solomon “began to build the house of the LORD” and “the foundation was laid.” And it was on the fifth of Iyar in 1948 that the “foundation” for the modern state of Israel was laid, with David Ben Gurion reading out the new Declaration of Independence, concluding:
ACCORDINGLY, WE, the members of the National Council, representing the Jewish people in Palestine and the Zionist movement of the world, met together in solemn assembly today, the day of the termination of the British mandate for Palestine, by virtue of the natural and historic right of the Jewish people and the Resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations, HEREBY PROCLAIM the establishment of the Jewish State in Palestine, to be called
That day 69 years later is what is celebrated this Tuesday May 2nd.
It is preceded by a 24 hour period of memorial for the 23,554 who have fallen in Israel’s wars and at the hands of terrorism. On Sunday evening, sirens sounded for a minute throughout the nation, and at 11:00 a.m. on Monday.
As Yom Ha’Zikharon, the Day of Remembrance, draws to an end, Jews in Israel will turn out to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzma’ut—“Independence Day”, and modern Israel’s 69th BIRTHDAY. There will be revelry in the streets, food, fireworks, and a holiday on Tuesday.
*Grace from the God of all Comfort (II Corinthians 1:3) upon those who have been bereaved. Pray for revelation that He is also a God of Hope who loves them and has a Future and a Hope.
*Thanksgiving that God has brought His ancient people back into their land of heritage according to His Word, and established and prospered them in that Land for 69 years.
*Protection for Israeli Jews during this day of celebration.
*Many Arabs in Israel and the contested territories commemorate the day of Israel’s becoming a nation on the Gregorian date of 15 May, calling it Nakba—“Catastrophe”. Please pray for Muslim Arabs to come to Salvation in Yasuah (Jesus)—and for God to grant them His council, wisdom and peace regarding His purposes for both Jews and Arabs in His Land. Pray for racism to be broken down in Israel.
*That all “foundations” which need to be laid in Israel during this month—in our government, in relations with our allies, within the Body of Messiah—be accomplished. “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Yeshua the Messiah!” (I Corinthians 3:11).
*That members of the still very young Israeli Body of Messiah, both Jew and Arab, be maturing and being prepared as ministers of the Holy Spirit in the Land. Daniel 12:1-3 tells of a coming “time of trouble” for Israel “such as never has been since there was a nation [1948?] til that time.” We are not to draw back in fear as that time approaches—but it is important that the Body be being made ready now. It will be a time when “those who know their God shall be strong and take action, and those with insight will instruct many” (Daniel 11:32-33); a time when “those with insight” and “those who turn many to righteousness” will shine like stars in the darkness (12:3).
–Martin and Norma Sarvis