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Israel Prayer Update for May 18, 2015

Counting the Omer Day 44   1.  THE NEW GOVERNMENT  Benyamin Netanyahu’s 20-minister government was finally sworn in late Thursday night, following a razor-sharp approval vote (61-59) by the Knesset. The following short article, taken from the  May 17, 2015 online bulletin of the International Christian Zionist Center, and written by its director Jan Willem van der Hoeven, we find to be a clear and succinct assessment of “where we

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Israel Update, May 11, 2015

PRAYER UPDATE FROM ISRAEL,–MAY 11, 2015   Counting the Omer Day 37 1.  GLOBAL PRAYER CALL GATHERING IN JERUSALEM Late last January, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, a conference made up of representatives from many nations was held in Krakow, Poland.  From this gathering was sent forth a “Global Prayer Call” for believers around the world, that over the course of the

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Israel Prayer Update, May 4, 2015

1.  PRAY FOR A STABLE GOVERNMENT  TO COME INTO PLACE THIS WEEK  “Coalition conundrums:  Will Israel finally get a stable government?”  (Headline in the editorial section of the The Jerusalem Post, May 1, 2015)  I. Wednesday at 8 p.m. is the deadline for Benyamin Netanyahu to present a coalition representing at least 61 seats to President Reuven Rivlin.  If he is unable to do so, the President must choose either

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Israel Prayer Update, April 27, 2015

 * Counting the Omer Day 23 1.  THE “REAL FACE OF ISRAEL” IN KATHMANDU  “…Be a blessing!…In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3).  As occurred with other crises in recent years (Haiti, the Philippines), from the moment the news of the catastrophe in Nepal began coming over the airwaves, Israel was already making preparations to send aid.  This morning, the first of two large

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Israel Prayer Update, April 20, 2015

     Stormy cloud formations over Jerusalem.   1. AMIDST STORMY NEGOTIATIONS, PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU GRANTED TWO MORE WEEKS TO FORM A COALITION  “I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the level; then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies and the waters will overflow the secret place (Isaiah 28:17).   “Righteousness and Justice are the foundation of Your throne; Loving-kindness and Truth go before Your face”  (Psalm 89:14). 

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Israel Prayer Update, April 14, 2015

GREEN IN THE DESERT Judean Desert just east of Jericho, photographed two weeks ago, at a time when this terrain would normally be barren and brown.    1.   LATTER RAIN…AND HAIL TO SWEEP AWAY DECEPTION. “Ask the LORD for rain in the time of the latter rain.  The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, grass in the field for everyone” (Zechariah 10:1).  “I will

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Israel Prayer Update, April 6, 2015

1.  PASSOVER WEEK CONTINUES A.  We continue through next Friday with Chag Matzot—“The Festival of Unleavened Bread.”     I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” (John 6:51). “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened.  For indeed, Messiah, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (I Corinthians 5:7-8). In the Hebrew Bible much is written about the importance of this week-long festival (See Exodus

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ISRAEL PRAYER UPDATE, MARCH 30, 2015

  FRIDAY EVENING BEGINS PASSOVER AND THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD  “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened.  For indeed, Messiah, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth”  (I Corinthians 5:7-8). Friday at sundown Jews around the world will be gathered round tables in obedience to the command in Exodus 12:14, “So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations.  You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.” They will have cleaned leaven from their homes (Ex.

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Israel Prayer Update, March 23, 2015

1.  NETANYAHU WILL CONTINUE AT THE HELM The results of last week’s governmental elections in Israel were astounding.  For days polls had been declaring that Netanyahu’s Likud party was steadily slipping; two days before elections it was confidently forecast to have fallen several seats behind the opposition Zionist Union party of Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni.  But on Wednesday morning Israelis awakened to the astounding news that the Likud had won an extraordinary 30 seats, to Zionist Union’s 24.  All local as well as international media were labeling it a major upset. We attribute this amazing turn-around to the prayers of God’s people around the world—God has raised and preserved this man, He is extending his scepter of governance towards him for a third consecutive term, and in doing so

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