Standing in the Gap for Israel report 12/11

HBB001The Word:

The people served Adonai throughout Y’hoshua’s life and throughout the lives of all the older men who outlived Y’hoshua and who had seen all the great work of Adonai which he had done for Isra’el. When Y’hoshua the son of Nun, the servant of Adonai, died, he was 110 years old; and they buried him near the boundary of his property in Timnat-Heres, in the hills of Efrayim, north of Mount Ga‘ash.  When that entire generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation arose that knew neither Adonai nor the work he had done for Isra’el. Then the people of Isra’el did what was evil from Adonai’s perspective and served the ba‘alim. They abandoned Adonai, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, selected from the gods of the peoples around them, and worshipped them; this made Adonai angry. (Judges 2:7-12 Complete Jewish Bible

Haven’t I ordered you, ‘Be strong, be bold’? So don’t be afraid or downhearted, because Adonai your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 Complete Jewish Bible)

israel flagmovingPointers for prayer: Once again, as you read through this week’s report please pray in line with the Word of God over these issues.

israel flagmovingPlease continue to pray regarding the issue of the potential third intifada that Abbas’ PLO is attempting to whip up, with their Arab Palestinian youth becoming ever increasingly violent against Israel. Pray that the truth regarding this whole situation would be exposed – and specifically where the Media is concerned. Pray that the Lord would expose any ‘hidden agendas’ within the way the Media report what is happening.  Let us remain watchful and constant in our prayers, and continue to pray that the LORD God would place His Wall of Fire around the Nation and people of Israel.  (Zechariah 2:5)

Hazak (Chazak Amenu – We Stand As One)

Jerusalem-day

As I mentioned would be the case in my last report, due to being on the UK speaking tour with CFI Jerusalem’s co-founder Sharon Sanders and other CFI engagements, this is my first report since the 15th October 2015 – apologies for any inconvenience caused.

I have been out of office for almost a month and have driven over two thousand miles throughout the UK. The tour with Sharon Sanders was extremely successful and we were really pleased with the great response from the people who turned up throughout the tour.  It all started on Friday 16th October at Heathfield, then the tour went to Bournemouth, Old Woking, Luton, Blackheath (West Midlands), Preston, Dewsbury (where we also did an interview on Branch FM Radio on the afternoon), a full day’s conference at Beit Yeshua in Gateshead; then Middlesbrough, Chirnside in the Scottish Borders, Norwich, and Brentwood in Essex.  Since then, I have been speaking at various areas including Liverpool, Sunderland and Dewsbury.  On her tour, Sharon spoke at length on the vision and work of Christian Friends of Israel in the Land from their base in Jerusalem – getting beneath the soil and helping many people through the projects.

However Sharon also spoke on the importance of ‘standing strong’ and never giving up – no matter what the world will throw at us.  One of the songs we used was a stirring original English/Hebrew anthem recorded by over 50 Jewish Musicians including Abie Rotenberg, Avraham Fried, Avraham Rosenblum and many more called Hazak (Chazak).  Chazak ve nit’chazek! Be strong, be strong, and let us strengthen one another. Many were indeed encouraged by this song and you can watch the video of the song here:

Given the circumstances surrounding Israel’s birth as a nation and the odds against its survival, Israel should never have succeeded, nor exist as a nation today. The reason it does has to be down to the faithfulness of God in His promises in the Scriptures.  Yet Israel not only exists, but thrives in spite of its adversaries and in the face of circumstances that defy logic.  Israel has survived against all odds and we cannot attribute their military victories purely to the brave defence of their army – the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) as it barely existed in 1948.  No… it can only be a divine assistance that caused Israel’s survival through the turbulent twentieth century, which is still as turbulent today.  As Rabbi Lau – Israeli’s Chief Rabbi once stated, “It’s a combination of G-d’s blessings to the Jewish People and the grace of a Miracle that we more than survive, we flourish.”  Or as Israel’s first Prime Minister Ben Gurion said, “If you don’t believe in Miracles, it is not practical to exist in Israel.”

Israel’s remarkable stories of heroism and bravery that stopped a seemingly unstoppable armada of Syrian tanks bound for Tel Aviv at the start of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, suddenly found God at work!  As the documentary film ‘Israel Against All Odds’ states…  When an Israeli tank commander found himself and his men in the middle of a mine field, how was the prayer of one of his men suddenly followed by an unprecedented wind that blew away nearly a foot of topsoil and then just as suddenly stop, revealing the hiding places of thousands of mines so the soldiers could escape unharmed?  Why, during the war for independence, did a battalion of Jordanian soldiers approaching the position of a handful of Israeli soldiers defending Mt. Zion without ammunition, suddenly shout “Abraham” and turn and flee?  How could three dozen teenagers – who were survivors of the Holocaust, walk right past a company of Egyptian soldiers in the Negev without being seen?  The fact that these and scores of other unexplainable occurrences fill the pages of every war in Israel is documented is proof that just like the stories within the Bible, God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

The Bible is full of proof, promises and eternal covenants for His people – the Jewish nation of Israel – so much so that ‘replacement theology’ and those who campaign for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement simply cannot be taken seriously.  May The Lord God convict any man or woman that believes in the heresy of replacement theology.

However, the battle for standing with Israel remains a battle… a huge battle.  And sadly, I feel it will only get worse.  So, as Sharon Sanders stated whilst bringing a message for my own fellowship at One Life Church, like the nation and people of Israel, we too need to stand strong and never give up – no matter what the world will throw at us. To hear Sharon’s message at One Life Church Eston, click here:

http://www.onelifechurch.org.uk/media/.   For those who went to listen to Sharon Sanders recent UK tour, many of you have asked for the other video that we showed of the Jewish lad worshipping. I have added that also to my YouTube page… simple click below:

The continuing push for a third intifada.

third intifada

At a recent prayer meeting, I pondered on the Scripture at the top of this report from Judges Chapter 2, where we read, ‘When that entire generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation arose that knew neither Adonai nor the work He had done for Isra’el. Then the people of Isra’el did what was evil’.  Now I am fully aware that this Scripture is regarding the nation of Israel at the time of the Biblical period recorded in Judges.  However, this is also very apparent today with the Arab Palestinian youth.  For years the Arab Palestinian ‘father’s’ have been digging deep into the foundations of the Temple Mount where the Dome of the rock is built, and removing archaeological evidence (proof) of the Jewish history and dumping it in rubbish heaps.  In 2014, Camera reported, “Even now, there are mounting accusations that the Muslim Waqf is deliberately destroying ancient Jewish artefacts and structures from the First Temple period under the guise of renovations on the Temple Mount in order to erase any archaeological evidence of Jewish existence there.”  The older generation of Arab Palestinians know the truth, as they have dug and removed much of it.  Yet the lies taught to this youthful generation of Palestinians mean that today’s Palestinian teenagers know nothing else but what they have been told.  Therefore they sincerely believe that they have every right to defend what they believe is ‘their historic real estate’. And it is that specific people – the Palestinian youth – that are today threatening the lives of many Jewish people.  However, the Arab Palestinian uprising has been instigated by both the Palestinian Authority’s Abbas and the leaders of Hamas.  Last Friday night as Shabbat began, Arab snipers shot two Jewish teenagers in Hebron. Like previous attacks, this happened near the Tomb of the Patriarchs, (or what is known in Hebrew as Ma’arat HaMachpelah) – a place I have visited twice in recent years and again in June 2015 – where thousands of Jews were visiting on Shabbat for the annual Parshat Chayei Sarah gathering.

The two Jews who were hit, a 16-year-old teenager, was seriously wounded with gunfire to the chest, while a second Jewish 18-year-old teen, was lightly injured. Later on that day (on Friday evening), a soldier was also seriously wounded by gunfire from Palestinians in Hebron. The soldier is in serious condition, and the hospital says his life is still in danger. The sniper was captured. Another soldier was also shot and wounded. In addition Arabs in Hebron threw stones at civilians and tried to cause further unrest.

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As you will see in the above photos by Stand With Us the Palestinian youth are fully committed to obey the teachings of their elders – they have stacked up rocks in the mosque ready to throw at the Jewish people.  And what is that message they hear? Well you can listen to Arab Palestinian Cleric Khaled Al-Maghrabi in the Al-Aqsa Mosque addressing his ‘followers’ on October 27, 2015.  His subject: ‘The annihilation of the Jews and Virgins of Paradise’.

Of course many people will point the finger of accusation and declare that as Israel are the ‘occupiers’ and the Palestinians are living under ‘oppression’, then we should expect this ‘retaliation’.  Both statements are of course inaccurate. But what is daily life really like for normal Arab Palestinians? Much of what we read in the mainstream media paints a picture of non-stop Palestinian suffering at the hands of Israelis. Many journalists tell us that Arab Palestinians suffer the most depraved acts as a natural consequence of unbearable suffering. However, the reality is rather different to what is reported in the media.

I have included a link to a video below by Corey Gil-Shuster in which Arab Palestinians sitting in cafes, bowling alleys, and by swimming pools talk about how much they suffer. It is astonishing what they say. I do need to point out however that Corey Gil-Shuster states that a lot of the problems are down to ‘humiliation‘ after the Palestinians “lost Palestine 70 or so years ago…” Actually that is incorrect, as what was regarded as ‘the Palestinians’ before 1948 were actually the Jewish people. It was only when Israel became the nation of Israel again in 1948 that the name Palestine became redundant. Leading PLO terrorist Yasser Arafat however took the redundant name ‘Palestine’ and used it for his terrorist organisation. Thus the modern myth of ‘Palestinians’ was born. Before this, the Arabs would have been extremely offended if you had called them a ‘Palestinian’ – as it would have meant you were calling them ‘Jews’. Also, Jews were living in this land before 1948 – the land the Romans renamed what was then ‘Israel’ to Palestine. However, the short film is worth watching.

When we see true suffering of Christians being beheaded by ISIS, or parts of Arica suffering from starvation, or natural disasters such as Haiti – can the Arab Palestinians really state that they are ‘suffering’?An average of 13% of adults worldwide rated their lives poorly enough to be considered “suffering,” according to Gallup surveys in 146 countries. Average global suffering has remained relatively unchanged over the past several years. One in four or more residents in 18 countries rated their lives poorly enough to be classified as suffering. Afghanistan and Bulgaria had the negative distinction of leading the global suffering list. Yemen, Armenia, and El Salvador followed closely behind, with one in three or more residents suffering in each of these countries. Other countries included Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Cambodia, Haiti and Madagascar. The Palestinian territories were nowhere in sight on Gallup’s list.  So what is daily life like for normal Arab Palestinians? Watch the video below:

Some journalists have described the events of the past few weeks in Israel as a “wave of violence” sweeping the land. Other media groups have hidden the truth about this “wave of terror” by Palestinian Arabs by very poor journalism – even pointing the blame at the Israeli’s themselves. Some consider the terror attacks throughout October as a ‘third intifada’. Yesterday (Tuesday), again, two Palestinian boys, an 11 and a 13-year-old, stabbed and tried to kill a 37-year-old Israeli man at the train station.  One should ask, “What kind of a society cheers when an 11-year-old stabs someone?”  None of us know how long this war of hate against the Jews will continue, or how many names will be added to the list of those killed by the Palestinian Arabs and how it will end.  One thing is for sure however, Israel will not – and CANNOT – give up. Please pray that the Israeli’s will continue to be strong in spirit in their everyday life of having to cope with this battle, and pray for their protection. Pray too that the Arab Palestinians would be convicted by God Himself and that they would desire life and not death, love instead of hatred, and discover the true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob instead of following a false god.

Boris Johnson speaks out against BDS

Boris Johnson in Israel

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has caused an upset in his current tour of Israel.  Boris was speaking in Tel Aviv as part of a Middle East trade mission, which has done little to dampen talk of his leadership ambitions.  Last month, 343 British academics signed a letter, printed as a full-page advert in The Guardian, pledging to boycott Israeli academic institutions over what it claims are Israel’s “treatment of Palestinian people and its “illegal occupation” of their land.”  And so, Boris Johnson hit back condemning any talk of boycott of goods and services, as well as other measures such as sanctions or divestment of shares in Israeli companies, describing their proponents as “corduroy jacketed-academics… by and large lefty academics who have no real standing in the matter and are unlikely to be influential on Britain”.

The London Mayor stated, “I cannot think of anything more foolish than to say you want to have any kind of sanctions or divestment or boycott against a country that, when all is said and done, is the only democracy in the region that is the only place, in my view, which has an open, pluralistic society. Why boycott Israel?”

Since his comments, Boris cut short a visit to ‘Palestinian territories’ in Judea & Samaria due to security concerns.  Johnson was due to meet with a Palestinian youth group, female businesswomen, and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. Yet his invitation to two of the meetings was retracted following what they referred to as “inaccurate, misinformed, and disrespectful” remarks concerning BDS.  His comments, conveyed to reporters on Monday, have since made waves on social media and raised concerns for his safety in so-called Palestinian territories.  To watch a report on this, click here: http://www.thejc.com/videos/news-videos/watch-i-cannot-think-anything-more-foolish-bds-says-boris-johnson

Urgent prayer needed

Dave & Chris Walker August 2015As featured in CFI’s latest In Touch magazine, the CFI West Midlands Area Reps for Christian Friends of Israel UK are Dave & Chris Walker.  Sadly, over the past year, Chris Walker has had lung cancer.  Chris, who has never smoked, seemed completely healthy just over a year ago when all the CFI Area Reps met together for our UK reps conference.  However, after going for a general health check, she was told the devastating news that she had a tumour on her lungs which was inoperable.

In September2015, Julia and I visited Dave & Chris and prayed with them and anointed Chris with oil as the Scriptures teach us.  During the recent UK Tour with CFI Jerusalem’s co-founder Sharon Sanders, Sharon and I also visited Chris and again, we prayed believing that God would bring full healing.  Chris has done amazingly well and the doctors have been shocked at the fact that she is still walking, driving and living a ‘normal’ life style.  However, I have just received an update from Dave Walker.  He writes, “Chris visited the Oncologist as planned on Monday but the result of that meeting is not the best of news…  The oncologist has said that there is no point continuing the treatment as the scan has shown that the tumour is not responding to the Chemo Therapy and that the tumour is beginning to grow. So they are arranging palliative care for Chris. Chris did ask the obvious question how long has she got and the Oncologist was to the point and said that he couldn’t give a fixed time but in his estimation it was a matter of Months but he wasn’t sure if they were long months or short ones. So my friends, that at the moment is the situation. We thank you all for your prayers and support which we have and still do greatly appreciate.  None of us know what God has got planned for any of us, and I can tell you in all honesty that Chris`s faith is still rock solid and she still insists that I do not give up anything (re CFI etc.) because of this.”

Can I ask that you bring this before the Lord as a matter or urgent prayer, and keeping praying. For we can only keep praying and keep trusting the Creator of Heaven and Earth and keep lifting them both into the Lord’s arms for His grace and mercy and healing.  Let us not give up, but keep perusing what only God can do in Yeshua’s name.  [The above is reprinted here with Dave and Chris Walkers permission].

David Soakell

(Middle East News Correspondent)  Tweet me @David_CFI

Sources: Unless stated, personal sources throughout Israel, Christian Friends of Israel Jerusalem, Israeli Embassy London, The Jerusalem Post, i24news.tv/en/ & Israel National Radio

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About David Soakell

Believer in Yeshua (Jesus). In full time ministry work. Passionate about Israel, and publishes a weekly Middle East News Report.
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