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Israel Prayer Update, August 25, 2015

1.  SILENCING WORDS ILL SPOKEN This week old tapes were leaked to the Israeli press in which former Prime Minister Ehud Barak claimed that at a particular time between 2009 and 2010 when he was Defense Minister under Netanyahu, the administration had drawn up plans to attack Iranian nuclear facilities.  According to Barak, both he and Netanyahu were behind the plan—but in the end it was thwarted by the hesitancy

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Israel Prayer Update, August 19, 2015

1.  THE SIXTH MONTH (ELUL)  Sunday August 16th  began the 6th Month in the Hebrew religious calendar, the month of Elul, and the 12th of the civil year.  This a month in which observant Jews are encouraged to devote themselves to self-examination and repentance before the Lord before the start of the High Holy Days at the beginning of the 7th Month.  As a call to this, it is customary

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Israel Prayer Update, August 10, 2015

KATZIR This week teenagers from all over Israel are attending a Messianic national summer camp in the Golan Heights. The week-long KATZIR (“harvest”) camp began Thursday and will finish with a special praise evening in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night.  Whereas the recent Elav was a short, concentrated event for Jewish and Arab teens and young adults taking place at one venue in Jerusalem, KATZIR is an indigenous week-long camp

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Israel Prayer Update, August 3, 2015

SIN AND VIOLENCE FROM WITHIN   “”And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of YHVH and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God”  (Numbers 15:39).  “The heart is deceitful above

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Israel Prayer Update, July 27, 2015

1.  THE TEMPLE MOUNTAIN ON TISH’A B’AV, AND ISRAEL’S ALLIANCE WITH THE KINGDOM OF JORDAN  As mentioned in last week’s Update, Saturday night and Sunday were observance days for Tish’a B’Av—“The Ninth of Av,”  a day of mourning for religious Jews, who fast and remember the destruction of the First and Second Temples.  During this observance the Book of Lamentations is read, and in Jerusalem thousands of Jews visit the

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Israel Prayer Update, July 20, 2015

“Between the Straits” A narrow gorge near SdeBoker in the Negev south of Beer Sheva 1.  QUDS DAY AND THE NEW IRANIAN AGREEMENT  Friday July 10 was “Quds Day” (Jerusalem Day) in Iran.  Instituted by the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, it has since taken place annually on the last Friday of Ramadan, both in Iran and in several other Muslim states.  It is essentially a day for

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Israel Prayer Update, July 13, 2015

“Between the Straits” A narrow gorge near SdeBoker in the Negev south of Beer Sheva   1.  ELAV  The 2015 ELAV conference in Jerusalem for youth and young adults has come to an end.  We are so grateful for all who stood with us at any time during the months, the weeks—right up through the final days of its coming into being.  We will plan to share more in coming Updates as the depths of what happened this week continue to be revealed. The Holy Spirit had truly gathered these Jewish and Arab youth and young adults—from within the recognized borders of  Israel, from Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), from the Kingdom of Jordan and from Egypt.  And His anointing was there!!  There were times of powerful high praise—in

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Israel Prayer Update, July 6, 2015

A narrow gorge near SdeBoker in the Negev south of Beer Sheva.   1.  THE 17TH OF TAMMUZ—THE “FAST OF THE FOURTH MONTH”—AND THREE WEEKS  “BETWEEN THE STRAITS.” “From the straits I called to Yah.  Yah answered me in a wide-open place.  The LORD is for me, I shall not fear.  What can humankind do to me…All the nations surrounded me.  With the LORD’s name I cut them down.  They swarmed round me, oh they surrounded me.  With the LORD’s name I cut them down…You pushed me hard to knock me down, but the LORD helped me.  My strength and my might [song] is Yah, and He has become my rescue [Hebrew: yeshuah—‘salvation’]” (Psalm 118:5-14—Robert Alter translation). On the 18th of June we entered into the Hebrew month of Tammuz. 

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Israel Prayer Update, June 30, 2015

 Almond Blossoms in Jerusalem “I am watching over my word to perform it!” Jeremiah 1:12   THE VATICAN’S RECOGNITION OF THE STATE OF PALESTINE  On May 22nd, the Vatican signed an accord with the Palestinians, a treaty covering the life and activity of the (Roman Catholic) Church in “Palestine.”  The Vatican had welcomed the UN General Assembly recognition of a Palestinian state in November 2012—but this is the first official document negotiated between the Holy See and that “state.” As such, it constitutes official recognition—instead of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, diplomatic relations will now be seen as existing between the Vatican and the State of Palestine. Israel was quick to strongly criticize the move.  Besides observing with regret that “this hasty step damages the prospects for advancing a peace agreement,

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