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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

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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

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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

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Israel Prayer Update, June 23, 2015

1.  PRAY FOR THE DRUZE.   The Druze (or Druse) are an Arabic-speaking ethnic group some 1.5 million strong dwelling primarily in the Middle East—Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan. They consider themselves descended from the Biblical Jethro, Moses’ Midianite father-in-law.  Druze embrace a secretive mystical religion thought to be derived from Shi’ite Islam over a thousand years ago in Egypt, yet now containing elements of a number of religious and philosophical systems,

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Israel Prayer Update, June 15, 2015

1.  RAMADAN “This is what YHVH says, ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD [i.e. YHVH, the Covenant God of Israel).  He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes.  He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives” (Jeremiah 17:5-6, NIV). This year the beginning of the Muslim month of Ramadan (Thursday, June 18 ) coincides with the first day of the 4th month in the Hebrew calendar (Tammuz).  Ramadan means “intense scorching heat or dryness, especially as of the ground.”  Fasting during daylight hours (to include both food and water) is one of the Five

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Israel Prayer Update, June 10, 2015

THE RETURN OF TEKHELET  “Speak to the children of Israel:  Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners.  And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the LORD 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 15:38-40; FROM THIS WEEK’S June 7-13, 2015 “TORAH PORTION”) The “blue” thread in these tassels or fringes (Hebrew: tzitzit) was not mere colouring, but tekhelet—a sky-blue pigment derived from the secretions of a particular species of

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Israel Prayer Update, June 1, 2015

JUDGMENT, AN ABSOLUTE STANDARD, AND HEAVENLY ENLIGHTENMENT FOR INSIGHT IN THE LATTER DAYS (Further thoughts by Martin on the Ten Commandments exhibition in Jerusalem). The Hebrew word Tzi-ohn (“Zion”) bears the same root as another word tzi-uhn, which is spelled the same way, and which means: “a marking, a signal, a pointing-out (in Jeremiah 31:21 it is translated “signposts”).”  The Book of Revelation repeatedly admonishes those “with an ear to hear” to “hear what the Spirit is saying to the congregations.”  We believe it of importance that we request of the Lord that He make us aware when some happening in Jerusalem (even seemingly of little outward significance) is in fact an occurrence through which His Spirit is seeking to ‘point something out’ to the Body across the World. As

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