Dear Intercessors for Israel
Israel is holding its national elections April 9th. The future and direction of the country is at stake. National issues such as finding peace with the Palestinians, removing Israeli communities across the so called “Green Line”, the defense budget, health care, and a multitude of other needs are all paramount. Israelis go to the polls to vote to elect a political party, but each party’s top candidate campaigns for it. The percentage of votes cast for the party determines how many positions/seats it can fill in the Knesset.
“After the elections, the President of Israel, (who himself is not elected, but rather appointed by the Knesset) surveys the landscape of newly elected Knesset members and parties based on political ideologies. Then he determines which like-minded parties have the best chance of coming together to form a government. The President chooses as Prime Minister the party head he believes to be most capable of forming a government. To form a government, the future Prime Minister must put together a coalition of at least 61 out of the 120 members of Knesset, or a simple majority” (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Resilient Party (Hosen L’Yisrael)
Former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and his Israel Resilient Party (Hosen L’Yisrael) is currently the closest competitor to current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party. Gantz in an interview declared that “I am going to beat Netanyahu.” He then came out in favor of the possibility of removing Israeli communities from Judea and Samaria (West Bank). Gantz also stated that he was opposed to “controlling another people, and that Israel as a nation could learn from the 2005 removal of its settlements in the Gaza Strip” (www.i24.co.il). Gantz said he would also consider forming a government with the help of either UltraOrthodox parties or even the Arab parties “if they are Zionist.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman gave a cautious welcome to Gantz’s remarks: “It's encouraging, if he succeeds and he sticks to this opinion,” declared Abbas’s aide Nabil Abu Rudeineh in an interview to Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.
Gantz remarks immediately came under fire from Israeli conservatives, who accused him of seeking to remove settlers from their homes. “We thank Gantz for taking the mask off,” said Naftali Bennett who leads the Israel’s New Right party. “Benny Gantz is bypassing (Labor leader Avi) Gabbay on the left and wants to expel more Jews from their homes in a unilateral disengagement from Judea and Samaria. Benny Gantz cannot be the next Israeli defense minister.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, which has repeatedly accused Gantz of left-wing policies, said: “We told you - Gantz will establish a left-wing government with the help of an obstructionist bloc that relies on (Arab MK Ahmad) Tibi and the Joint List (of Arab parties).”
Gantz also said in the interview that he would not join a government under Netanyahu if the Prime Minister had been indicted in the corruption investigations against him. He also called on Netanyahu to “step down in a dignified manner” (www.ynetnews.com).
National Election Polls
National Election Polls taken this week show Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud Party leading all other Israel political parties. Polls project the Likud party winning 32 seats in the Knesset vice 23 for Gantz’s Israel Resilient Party. Often in Israeli elections, there is a lack of a clear majority by one party. Thus “coalitions” are formed to bring a government into power. Many minority parties become “kingmakers” as their few seats in the Knesset are just enough to allow a greater party to take power, if they can be persuaded to join. After every Israeli election, there is usually a “contest” among the leading parties to see who can form a ruling coalition.
Pray for these upcoming elections. Whichever party or coalition comes into power directly affects this nation’s future and security. “Lord, the government is on your shoulders, please guide all of Israel into wisdom to make your choice/exercise your will in this upcoming election.”
United States Military Leaving Syria
The US military is eyeing the end of April as the target date to pull out its forces from Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported last Thursday citing current and former US officials. According to the publication, the US will remove a significant portion of the 2,000 troops currently serving in the conflict-wracked country by mid-March with a full withdrawal coming by the end of April. Pentagon officials declined to comment to the WSJ on the recent report. The Pentagon has repeatedly stressed it would not announce its troop movements or give timelines for when they may leave Syria.
US President Donald Trump stunned Western allies on December 19 by announcing the American decision to quit Syria, declaring that the Islamic State movement, also known as ISIS, had been wiped out. “We're at 99 percent right now, we'll be at 100,” the president asserted referring to the proportion of the caliphate that had been recaptured. There are still an estimated 14,000 and 18,000 ISIS militants in Syria and in Iraq, including up to 3,000 foreign fighters, according to a report presented by the U.N. Security Council. Trump’s declaration has also raised fears of a long-threatened Turkish assault against the Kurds, and the United States has yet to come up with an agreement to protect its allies.
Also concerned by the US move is Israel, which is worried over whether Iran would be left with free reign to operate there, and whether Russia would respond to its calls to limit it. The United States has reiterated that it will continue to support Israel’s right to defend itself against Iran and Hezbollah, including through targeted strikes in Syria, in the wake of its decision to remove American forces from the country. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also vowed to intensify Israeli military actions in the wake of the United States’ withdrawal (www.i24.tv/en/news/).
Here is a link to a comprehensive report by CBN’s Chris Mitchel’s who has just returned from this region. Pray, protection for the Kurdish people and Syrian Christians in this ancient biblical region.
“Death to America”
Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared last Friday that his country’s popular Iranian chants wishing “Death to America” were directed at US President Donald Trump and top U.S. government officials and not the “American nation.” “First of all, I should tell the American officials: Death to America means death to Trump, John Bolton, and Pompeo. It means death to American rulers who are currently these individuals,” Khamenei told a group of Iranian Air Force members in Tehran as the Republic celebrates its 40th anniversary. Khamenei added that his nation would continue chanting “Death to America!” so long as “the US remains evil and wicked,” according to Iranian media.
Khamenei’s remarks on Friday appeared to be in response to US President Donald Trump, who during the US State of the Union address, said Iran “chants death to America and threatens genocide against the Jewish people. We will not avert our eyes from the Islamic Republic,” Trump warned. Pray concerning President Trump and other top American leaders that “the curse causeless shall not come” (Pr. 26:2). May the LORD God protect them from Iranian curses and death threats.
Pray this verse from Deuteronomy but substitute Khamenei’s name for Balaam’s: “Nevertheless the LORD would not hearken unto Balaam (Khamenei), but the LORD turned the curse into a blessing unto thee (Trump & U.S. officials) because the LORD thy God loved thee” (Deut. 23:5).
There are many hidden Christian believers in Iran. Pray for this growing body of believers. Pray for a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit in congregations that will transform the government in Iran. Pray for Iran and its leaders. May they see Yeshua in their dreams and be transformed and “… learn war no more” (Is.2:4).
“Nyet Russkiy Posol’slvo Iyerusalim!” — No Russian Embassy in Jerusalem!
The Russian government will not be moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Russia’s ambassador said last Thursday night, despite signals from Moscow that Russia has shifted its stance on the Israeli capital. Russia’s foreign ministry explicitly recognized the western portion of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city in 2017.
Last year following the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem, Russia’s mission to Israel also held its annual “National Day” celebration in Jerusalem, rather than in Tel Aviv for the first time ever.
Despite these past moves, Russian ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov told the Russian TASS outlet that his government would not be relocating its embassy to Jerusalem. “The issue of transferring the Russian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is outside the agenda. Russia is committed to the international legal framework concerning Jerusalem, including corresponding United Nations Security Council resolutions,” Viktorov said. The US and Guatemala have relocated their embassies to Jerusalem. A number of other countries, including Australia, Brazil, and the Czech Republic have suggested they may also move their embassies to the Israeli capital city (www.timesofisrael.com).
The world may yet still reject Jerusalem, but there is a day coming when “the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem” (Zec.1:17).
“The Desert Shall Rejoice”
Last November incendiary kites and balloons, which were launched from the Gaza Strip by Hamas operatives, set fire and destroyed the Southern Israel Gvarim nature reserve. Over 3,200 acres of grasses and forests, as well as an additional 1,000 acres of farmland were blackened. The nature reserve appeared to be a total ecological disaster. Now after this winter’s rains, carpets of red flowers called kalaniyot have appeared. Kobi Sufer, the regional director of the southern coastal area for the Nature and Parks Authority, declared his amazement. All the previous underground brush was removed by the fires, so “now all you see is carpets of the red flowers dancing in the wind.” Sufer also commented, “Someone comes here today, looks around and says, no way this placed burned!” (www.timesofisrael.com).
This time of year, the annual Darom Adom (Scarlet South) festival is in full swing . Over 60,000 visitors came for the opening weekend. Organizers said they expect more than 350,000 Israeli flower lovers to visit these fields and celebrate the beauty of the wilderness blooming. Truly Isaiah’s prophecy is coming to pass once more (Is. 35. 1-2).
Raising Up Righteousness: 70 Days by Betty Love
To Remnant Rising — The Vision:
On January 30, 2019, the Lord brought to my remembrance a powerful vision and revelation He gave me years ago about our righteousness in Christ as sons of God. Righteousness exalts a nation! I had a vision of a grassroots movement of the Body of Christ standing in the gap in their territories and spheres of influence; they were decreeing and releasing the righteousness of God to bring reformation and transformation to our nation.
Immediately, as I recalled the vision, the Word of the Lord came to me, “I am raising up righteousness in the land. Rally the righteous remnant for the next 70 days to stand before me to decree and release my righteousness that is within them as born-again believers. We, my people and I, are raising up righteousness in this nation.
“You are going to hold court everyday – I will give you verdicts and change will occur every day - progress every day. Did I not tell you I am going to change a nation? You are my Josephs, Daniels, Josiahs…
“Your worship is plowing and my Josiahs are rising to bring reformation in your land!!! Embrace this. Josiah reformers! Josiah company! Josiah generation! The Josiah anointing!”
February 1, 2019
During a gathering of worship and prayer on Friday evening, I had an open vision of Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany (1517), which became the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. The Lord spoke to my heart and said, “No delay! Start the 70-Day Righteous Decree on Saturday, February 9, 2019 through April 19, 2019. It will end on Passover. For once again, I will see the Blood Covenant – and hear the cry of a righteous remnant in the land. It is time! Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand in this nation (Isaiah 28:18). The sin of a nation has reached its fullness; but the bowls of all the prayer movements have reached their fullness (Revelation 5:8 & 8:3). I will see and hear the outcry of my people and tip your prayer bowls, America! Revival… Awakening… and Reformation will come again to this nation.”
“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
Dear Intercessors for Israel: A team of Israeli medical research scientists stunned the world this week with some incredible “good news.” They announced that they have discovered the first complete cure for cancer. Dan Aridor, President of Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies (AEBI) stated in a news conference, that they are in the developmental state for treatment. This whole idea may sound unbelievable since some 18.1 million new cancer cases are diagnosed globally every year. Every sixth death in the world is attributed to cancer. Aridor and AEBI CEO Dr. Ilan Morad insist that their treatment, named MuTaTo (multi-target toxin) is ‘essentially’ a cancer anti-biotic – a disruption technology of the highest order (www.jpost.com).
If this miracle treatment succeeds, it will bring hope to millions around the world who battle this dreadful disease. Its genesis has been blamed on devils, the environment, lifestyles, and age to name a few factors. Cancer, its very mention brings fear and worry. Its treatment means rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery, yet total healing is not medically guaranteed.
Healing is the “children’s bread.” When Jesus was asked to cast a devil from a woman’s daughter, He declared “Let the children first be filled. For it is not right to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs.” Yet, it was the simple faith and enduring words from a Syrophoenician woman that caused Jesus to be amazed. For she said: “Yes, LORD but the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs” (Mk. 7:24-30). Only from heaven’s throne was this discovery released. I believe there are more in heaven waiting to be released into the world to those who pray and believe!
Pray for this treatment as it enters into trials. Pray that it will continue to revolutionize medicine and help humankind. Pray that this treatment will be accepted and used. Many of the world’s medical scientists are skeptical of Aridor’s claims.
Israel a Blessing
The LORD God promised to Abraham that He would make of him a great nation and that all the families of the earth would be blessed. “The Hebrew word for “bless” in Genesis 12:3 is barak (ברך .(It means to do or give something of value to someone else; it refers to a special favor, mercy or benefit; a gift bestowed by God. It means to infuse something with holiness or divine purpose. It is the root of the word brakah (הכרב (which we find in those countless passages in the Old Testament” (www.bridgesforpeace.com).
The nation of Israel today, along with its Jewish descendants of Abraham, are bringing this ancient divine promise into fulfilment. “The Jewish Nation is tiny, numbering less than 1/1000th of the world’s population. Yet its contribution to humanity is astounding; its footprints of blessing, innovation and aid etched into the areas of mankind’s greatest need” (www.jpost.com).
Just this week, Israel has sent in a 130-member IDF search and rescue team to Brazil to help that nation recover from catastrophic collapse of a dam. Many citizens are missing and the nation of Israel is there assisting and being a blessing to all of the world. So far, no other nation but Israel has volunteered to help Brazil recover from this disaster.
A Global Venture Superpower
In the past 20 years, Israel has established itself as a global venture capital superpower, with more start-ups and more patents granted per capita than any other nation on earth. It has also become the center for research and development in the areas of technology, communications and cyber warfare. Just this week computer giant Intel announced that it will invest 10 billion dollars in constructing and operating a new Israeli chip plant. This factory will be located in the southern city of Kiryat Gat. While Intel employs over 11,000 people in its existing plant, there are over 15,000 available jobs now open in the high-tech industry here. Israel as a nation has some 7,000 local high tech firms (www.timesofisrael.com)
Nobel Prize Winners
The Nobel Prize was stablished by Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel in 1895. This prize is a set of annual awards bestowed upon individuals in recognition of cultural and/or scientific advances in six categories – Literature, Chemistry, Economics, Physics, World Peace, and Medicine. Between 1901 and 2018, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to more than 900 individuals and organizations. At least 203 of them have been Jewish (www.jewishvirtuallibary.org ). Again, all the nations of the world have been blessed by the Jewish people.
Filling the World with Fruit
In the book of Isaiah, a prophecy is recorded and it is written that, “In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will blossom and bud and fill the whole world with fruit.” (NIV, Is. 27:6). Israel is now a major exporter of fresh produce and a world-leader in agricultural technologies, even though its geography is not naturally favorable to agriculture. More than half of the land area is arid desert, and the climate and lack of water resources do not favor farming. Just visit Jerusalem’s shuk (open air market) and you will marvel at the bounty that God has allowed this land and its people to produce, and bless the world with its exports.
A Light to the World
Lest we forget, the Jewish people were chosen by God, to safeguard the Torah, the Word, to be a light to the gentiles, and to bring forth the Messiah. The LORD God declared to Abraham that because of his obedience “In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 22:18). Jesus was the promised seed. He is the “Light of the World” and in him, all nations will be blessed.
Pray for the Jewish people, that they will recognize Yeshua (Jesus) as their true Messiah and receive him.
Now is the Time!
Scripture challenges us to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). If we always have soulish reactions to what we see and hear, we would quickly find ourselves in a sad, disheartening place. I'm grateful for the admonition to walk by faith—it's full of hope, promise, reminders of God's faithfulness, and so much more.
Almost daily I find myself listening to news, and reading articles and reports regarding the state of our nation. Of course, we are very divided on the ideals and philosophies that should guide us. Many on the left want secularism, the view that public education and other matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element. Others of us hold to our faith in God and the desire that America cling to her Christian roots and principles. An article I recently read brought these diverse viewpoints into stark focus.
The article was regarding the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, spearheaded by Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska. It seems that abortionists are continuously using loopholes to allow babies that survive abortions to die on the table, without providing any help or comfort whatsoever (can hardly bear the thought). Sasse, along with 37 other senators, is trying to change this. The article went on to say that if the law makes it through the Senate, it will almost certainly be rejected by the Democrat controlled House. Unconceivable.
What have we as a nation become?! Founding Father John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Thomas Jefferson, third US President and signer of the Declaration of Independence warned, "...God who gave us life and liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever..." Indeed.
This is why we continue to give all of our efforts to turning America back to God. The coming Third Great Awakening is needed to stop this runaway train, because it is the only thing that can transform the conscience of a nation. Regarding the apostate leaders of Israel, through the prophet Jeremiah, God stated, "Are they ashamed because they have done such shameful things? No, they are not at all ashamed. They do not even know how to blush!" (Jeremiah 6:15) Their conscience was dead.
And speaking of an inability to feel shame, consider Planned Parenthood's recent "Freedom to F**k" campaign. Other celebrity supporters of abortion are now spearheading the "Shout Your Abortion" movement. In other words, "Don't be ashamed of abortion—brag about it." It is certainly not my intention to shame anyone who has participated in an abortion—God can completely eradicate the sin, shame, and pain. My point is that a portion of America is in desperate need of an awakened conscience. Nothing can accomplish this but an encounter with God!
This is coming! God, in His mercy and covenantal faithfulness, is going to send a great revival. A merciful awakening is on the way, through which millions will find salvation and therein, find the mind of Christ. The heart and conscience of a nation will come alive. America will change from the inside.
There aren't many prophets I trust as much as Chuck Pierce. When he called me a few weeks ago and said, "It is time to go through our nation, region to region, preparing the land for awakening," I was very excited. Chuck went on to say, "We can now activate the revival roots in America." As we prayed about how to accomplish this, Holy Spirit led us to break the nation into regions and in this way, touch people from all 50 states, releasing the hovering power of Holy Spirit to bring forth revival (we are still deciding on exactly how many regions, but it will be probably be 15-20). I cannot tell you how encouraging this is to both of us. Keep an eye on my website (www.dutchsheets.org) and join us for one of these upcoming gatherings. And please pray for us.
When God says it is now time for an outpouring of His Spirit, He is not guaranteeing it; He is alerting us to release it through faith, prayer, and spirit-led decrees. Jerusalem missed the time of a God-visitation (see Luke 19:42-44); both Elijah and Daniel had to release restoration and revival through intercession, even though God had declared it was time for them to occur (1 Kings 18:1,41-46; Daniel 9:1-23, 10:12). This is where we are today in America. It is time to Appeal To Heaven as never before! That is what we do in these gatherings; it is also what I'm asking you to do in your personal and corporate prayer times. It is time for the final push in the birthing of America's spiritual restoration! This is the year! Borrowing the words of President Bush regarding the war on terrorism, I believe they are true of America's prayer army, "The battle is joined on many fronts. We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter; and we will not fail."
Loving greetings from Engeltal! Beloved, it’s time to pray! As I mentioned in the last Prayer Letter, the Lord is calling us to press in to persistent prayer. We must enter into the “secret place of the Most High” and “abide in the shadow of the Almighty,” allowing His Spirit to pray though us!
In order to be effective in prayer, we must pray by the leading of the Holy Spirit. We cannot be moved by what we see or hear in the natural, nor can we be moved by the lies of the Forever Loser. We cannot be moved by our mind, will, or emotions. While reason is perhaps our normal first resource for making decisions and voicing opinions, we must keep in mind that God’s ways are higher than our ways, and we don’t want to be praying against something that He is in the process of doing. Quieting ourselves to hear the Holy Spirit speak to us or give us something in our intuition is a much better plan.
Our fleshly compassion makes us want to intervene to help a struggling, “helpless” butterfly come out of its cocoon, or a chick pecking its way out of its egg. It’s the struggle that makes us strong. We must be careful to pray by the Holy Spirit and not by what our minds think would be a “nice, happy ending.”
I remember hearing Eva Dooley, a very anointed woman of God, tell of how she became so prophetic. She explained that while she was a young mother, she committed to spending time each day praying over prayer requests while her young children were napping. As she prayed, the Holy Spirit would give her specific details to pray. She had no other way of knowing these details, but as she prayed by the leading of the Holy Spirit, she would know that she had prayed rightly.
Many times we have to pray in tongues for a while to “get into the Spirit” to get a “download” of what needs to be prayed in English. Even if we don’t get a “download” in the Spirit, we will be praying the right thing, for “He that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:27). You simply cannot go wrong when you pray in tongues! Too often we tend to pray according to the biases that are the result of our upbringing, our experiences, and our wounds. So when we pray in the Spirit without our understanding engaged, we can really get into one accord. If our understanding hasn’t been enlightened by the Holy Spirit on a subject, we will be likely to pray the wrong thing. But right after Romans 8:27 where we learn to pray according to the will of God by allowing the Holy Spirit to make intercession through us, we see the wonderful promise of Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” We have the certainty of faith that God is in control and we must not be moved by circumstances or by what we see or hear.
It’s Time to Pray! First Timothy chapter one ends with Paul exhorting his son in the faith, Timothy, to “war a good warfare according to the prophecies” he had received, “holding faith, and a good conscience….” Chapter two begins with, “I exhort therefore [according to Timothy’s prophecies, faith and good conscience], that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 2:1-4). We can pray in English for all of our government leaders to be saved and to come into the knowledge of the truth. Regardless of our individual political opinions, we have an obligation to pray! Praying in the Spirit will help us not to pray according to our fleshly biases. Let’s trust that God is at work in the midst of the current kerfuffles and pray for Him to get great glory in the lives of all involved.
We are including a message from Jeremiah Johnson in this Prayer Letter that is a real call to prayer for our president. It is very serious! We must humble ourselves and pray according to the Holy Spirit about this!
“Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?” Job. 38: 21-22
Dear Intercessors for Israel:
A fast-moving winter storm blanketed Jerusalem and Northern Israel with snow, hail and copious amounts of rain. News sources posted photographs of the Western Wall plaza, Judaism’s holiest site covered in snow. Thunder also sounded and hail fell over the city. It was for many a night to remember. A total of four inches of the “white stuff” fell, but due to the ground being warm, it soon disappeared. The Israeli Electrical Corporation also announced that a new “record” for winter electrical usage had been set, as most Israelis use electrical heaters to stay warm.
Israel has been in a severe drought for the last five years, but this winter’s rains have appeared to have brought an end to the dryness. The Lake of Galilee is up some five inches but it still needs more than 15 feet of water to reach capacity.
In the opening scripture to this Prayer Letter as well as all of Chapter 38, God speaks to Job about His own sovereignty over creation, time and over all the peoples of the earth. The phrase, “the time of trouble” speaks of times of distress, and of battle and war. This phrase also references the forthcoming times of tribulation (Jer. 30:7, Obad. 1:14, Joel 2:11). God uses the “elements” to hide his people and send forth his judgments. He sent hail to judge Pharaoh (Ex. 9:25). The LORD will also use hail in future judgments: the “refuge of lies” mentioned in Isaiah will be destroyed because of the hail (Is. 28:17). Revelation speaks of great hailstones falling from heaven, causing people to curse God (Rev. 16:21).
Snow is mentioned in the Bible twenty-four times, (21 times in the O.T. and 3 in the N.T.). The Hebrew word for “treasures” also can mean “storehouses.” Snow comes from God’s treasure house. Psalms declares that He “scattered the kings in it, when snow was in Salmon” (Ps. 68:14).
Snow represents purity and beauty. It covers what is ugly and desolate, hiding trash and dirt and making as it were “all things beautiful.” Similarly, snow reminds us how God through the shed blood of Jesus can take the worst sinner and make him or her as “white as snow” (Is. 1:18). David implores the LORD to “wash me and I shall be whiter than snow” (Ps. 51:7).
Mark seeing Jesus transfigured records that his clothes: “became shining, exceeding white as snow.” John saw the risen Jesus appearing before him with “his head and his hair being like wool, and “as white as snow.” He is the spotless Lamb (I Pet. 1:18-19). Pray for Israel to continue to have a wet season. Pray that the rains from heaven would continue, so that the aquifers and the lake of Galilee would be filled. Pray that the LORD would continue to shelter his people during times of trouble. Pray that He who rules the heavens, would use the elements to “scatter the kings” who desire to wage war against Israel.
“The Deal of the Century”
Israeli news sources revealed crucial elements of President Trump’s much heralded future Middle East peace plan. Last year President Trump declared that if both Israel and Palestine agreed to this plan’s implementation, it would be “the deal of the century.” The plan, details of which have been a closely guarded secret for months, also calls for a land swap for the land that Israel will annex, though the ratio of the swap was not immediately clear, according to the report.
Regarding Jerusalem, the report stated that the city would be divided, with West Jerusalem and some areas of East Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, and East Jerusalem – including most of the Arab neighborhoods – being the capital of a Palestinian state. Israel would retain sovereignty over the Old City and its immediate environs, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, but it would be administered together with the Palestinians, Jordanians, and perhaps other countries. The report said that the White House expectation was for the Palestinians to reject the plan when it is presented, but for Israel to give a positive response. The Palestinians, who have cut off ties with the US, have said that they would reject any plan Trump would put forward.
If the report about the contours of the plan is accurate, the amount of land that would make up the Palestinian state is more than double Areas A and B, where the Palestinians today have control, but less than what Ehud Olmert offered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in 2008, which he rejected. Former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert offered a near-total withdrawal from the West Bank, proposing that Israel only keep 6.3% of Judea and Samaria to incorporate the large settlement blocs, and compensate the Palestinians with Israeli land equivalent to 5.8% of the West Bank. He also proposed putting the Old City and the holy sites under international control.
A senior White House official said in response to the report, “As in the past, speculation with regards to the content of the plan is not accurate. We have no further comment.” An official in the Prime Minister’s Office said it had “nothing to offer” on the news report.
Beit El Council head Shai Alon said, “The US president has achieved many things. He was the first [president] to transfer the US Embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize our rights to the Holy City. But his solution to the conflict with the Palestinians, as it was revealed this evening, is filled with holes, and of course we oppose it.” Alon rejected any talk of dividing Jerusalem. “We didn’t return to Jerusalem after thousands of years of exile, so that a Jordanian guard would inspect us at the entrance to the Western Wall”
The Palestinian Authority said on Wednesday that “any peace plan that does not include an independent Palestinian state - with all of East Jerusalem as its capital - on the 1967 borders, is destined to fail.” The PA was responding to a report first released by Israel television channel 13, which claimed that US President Donald Trump's "deal of the century" will include a Palestinian state on 85% - 90% of the West Bank and some parts of East Jerusalem.
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said on Sunday that President Donald Trump's peace plan will not be released for several months, and most probably after the April 9th elections in Israel. “We want to release it in a way that gives it the best chance of getting a good reception,” Friedman said in Jerusalem. The Israeli elections, he added, “are a factor, but not the only factor.”
Man Proposes, But God Disposes
Thomas Kempis, a medieval writer who wrote the devotional The Imitations of Christ , stated that while man proposes, God in the end disposes. In other words, people can make plans but it is God who determines how things will turn out. Kempis’ counsel is reflected in Scripture. Proverbs declares “There are many devices in a man’s heart, nevertheless the counsel of the LORD shall stand” (Pr. 19:21). Past American Presidents, as well as other great leaders of the world and the United Nations, have all tried to make lasting peace in the Middle East. Past failed peace plans and accords fill the dustbins of history. There will be no true and lasting peace until the Prince of Peace returns with a rod of iron in His hand to rule the nations.
The LORD God is also resolute in His counsel to the nations. They need to heed His adjuring word concerning Israel: “I will also gather all nations and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel whom they have scattered among the nations and parted my land.” In other words, nations and leaders who by the force of their diplomacy or military power try to divide the land will find themselves severely judged by the LORD God. Israel is God’s land. Palestine’s leaders are also in danger of God’s judgment. In their desire to possess “all the land”, they will surely reap the whirlwind. Pray for the people of Palestine. May there be a day when Jew and Arab can come together as one in the love of Jesus Christ. Pray for a true lasting peace to come to Israel. Pray that the nation turns toward God as their strength and not find it in the “arm of flesh.”
U.S. Congresswoman Calls Israel a “Regime”
Newly elected Democratic Congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, secured a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee this week. A former Somalian refugee, she is one of two Muslim women elected to Congress. Within the very hour of her appointment, Omar referred to Israel as a "regime." In an interview with CNN, the lawmaker claimed that “Israel has hypnotized the world,” and appealed to Allah to “awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel” (www.jpost.com 1/17/2019).
God told Abraham regarding the Jewish people that “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee” (Gen. 12a). Pray for her soul. Jesus said “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you” (Mt. 5:44).
Gaza’s Air, Sea, and Land War against Israel
The Gaza Strip is home to some two million people and borders Southern Israel and Egypt’s Northern Sinai. Hamas, an Iranian supported terrorist group, controls the entire coastal enclave. These “leaders” have sought ways to make life miserable for Israelis. Communities that border the Gaza Strip have been subjected to weekly riots along the border fences, secret cross border tunnels capable of sending terrorists into Israel, waste discharged into the ocean, polluting Israel’s beaches, scuba terrorists from the sea, fire balloons, drones, missiles, and now sewage.
Raw wastewater and sewage from Gaza is being pumped into southern Israeli streams, and garbage is being amassed along the Israeli border fence, causing an ecological nightmare and the suffering of residents near the border (www.ynetnews.com ). The report stated that polluted sewage is being pumped from the Gaza cities of Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia into Nahal Hanun, which travels through Israel before emptying out into the Mediterranean Sea. In the process, Israeli groundwater is being polluted, and causing an invasion of mosquitoes and flies in the moshavim and kibbutzim adjacent to Gaza. Due to the difficult conditions, Israel’s Water Authority has established a pumping station near the Erez border crossing and begun to purify the water.
Open Air Landfills
Three giant landfills have also been set up by the Hamas government bordering Southern Israel, causing the smell of trash to spread into the Jewish communities. Residents reported that the landfills are periodically lit on fire, causing the release of dangerous chemicals into the air. Insects and rodents are also breeding in the landfills and then infesting the communities, along with disease-ridden cats and dogs that breach the fence and scavenge in the garbage. These pollutants also contaminate the soil and crops which grow in Israel thereby ruining their market value and endangering those who consume them.
The situation comes after months of incendiary balloon and kite attacks by Gazans which have burned thousands of acres of agricultural, residential, and protected nature lands, causing millions of dollars in damage. Additionally, in 2018, approximately 330 rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israeli communities.
Please pray. God knows the solution to these problems, even when we feel they are impossible to solve. Zephaniah declares: “Woe to the inhabitants of the sea coast….For Gaza shall be forsaken…and the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds and folds for flocks” (Zeph 2:4-7).
Please pray for the communities along Israel’s borders with Gaza. May those who live there find rest, peace, and restoration. Pray David’s word in Psalms: “Let them be confounded and turned back that hate Zion” (Ps. 129:5). Also, for those who live in the effected border communities, pray Psalm 126, a Psalm of restoration. Pray: “The LORD hath done great things for us: whereof we are glad, Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy” (Ps. 126:3-5).
House of Peace news
Our beloved Peter and Margaret Jones from the U.K. are once again back in the land and hosting the House of Peace. We thank them for being such a blessing to the Body of Christ. The HOP also hosts Wednesday afternoon prayer and intercession. If you are in Jerusalem, please come by and join us in prayer.
The Daniel Company
I’m convinced through prayer that Donald Trump desperately needs a Daniel Company to arise in the United States that will faithfully give him the word of the Lord and advise him with Godly counsel at strategic times during his Presidency. Donald Trump has and will even appoint some of those in the Daniel Company. God has revealed to me that Sarah Huckabee and Mike Pence are specifically carrying this anointing and have undoubtedly been placed around Trump for such a time as this. On Inauguration Day (January 20, 2017), I gave the following public prophecy in Merritt Island, FL: “Mike Pence will not bow down to Donald Trump, bur rather will stand up to him. I am giving Mike Pence a backbone like never before and he will faithfully deliver the truth to Donald Trump again and again” says the Lord. Then God said “I myself will stand up in the midst of the UN council. Those who oppose Israel, I will oppose. Those who defend Israel, I will defend” says God.
I believe God has also revealed to be that even Benjamin Netanyahu is part of the Daniel Company that is surrounding Donald Trump in an attempt to keep him from becoming a type of Nebuchadnezzar in the years ahead. On December 29, 2016, I gave the following prophecy that was recorded, God says, “Benjamin, though small in the eyes of many men, has gained great favor with Me. I will use him as a frontrunner in the nations of the earth to expose the plots and plans of the enemy. He will be a trusted adviser to Donald Trump and help him navigate through turbulent days ahead. Donald will be a friend to Israel and Israel will be a friend to Donald and America.”
The Daniel Company is also those in the body of Christ who will fast and pray for Donald Trump. They will walk in holiness and the fear of the Lord. They will contend against any pride or arrogance that will attempt to overtake Trump in the days ahead. God will give them clear prophetic dreams, visions, and strategy for the body of Christ on how to pray and what to pray for. They will be a tremendous catalyst and key in the hand of the Lord to turn America toward God like never before. Donald Trump is not the savior of America, but he has indeed been raised up by God for divine purposes and the enemy will attempt to thwart his destiny without the prayers and prophetic intelligence of the saints.
Israel on the Moon
Israel will soon launch its first moon lander, a 1300-pound satellite. A private Israeli corporation named SpaceIL along with Israeli Aerospace Industries has funded its development. President Morris Kahn, head of SpaceIL announced: “The launch of the first Israeli spacecraft will fill Israel, in its 70th year, with pride. It is a national accomplishment that will put us on the world’s space map” (www.spaceil.com/news ). The spacecraft will be shot into an elliptical obit to save fuel, and be programed to land on the moon February 13, 2019. The moon lander is named Bereshit from the first words of the Bible “In the Beginning”, in Hebrew. The Bereshit or Genesis lander will perform a number of important experiments and tests while on the moon. It will also place an Israeli flag on the moon’s surface. SpaceIL’s lander will touch down in Mare Serenitatis, the "Sea of Serenity." When that happens, Israel will have the honor of being the fourth nation to have a satellite land on the moon, after Russia, the U.S. and China.
Bobby Conner: "Strategies to Advance! Discover a New Way for a New Day"
It’s Time to Occupy the Land! In a profound encounter the Spirit of God said to me, “It is time to go to the next new level!” I was instructed to prepare a remnant of Believers to position themselves to advance, proceeding to the next new level, to possess and occupy the land. I said, “Lord, I don’t like the word ‘remnant.’ It seems too selective.” He replied, “Don’t misunderstand; this invitation of advancement is open to all who will obey. Gender or age make no difference. It is an issue of the heart.” (All are called, but few will come!)
Awake from Slumber: Don’t allow yourself to stagnate and become callous and cold. Now is the time to awake from slumber and rouse to reality (see Romans 13:11-14)! Arise and shine and push on to new heights (see Isaiah 60:1-5). The Spirit of Truth is desiring to release profound, awesome revelation for any who will seek to come higher. If you contend and earnestly seek, this can be a season where the eyes of your heart are flooded with revelatory light (see Ephesians 1:17-18). We must dig deeper into the Word of God to discover the ways of God.
“Therefore let us get past the elementary stage in the teachings about the Christ, advancing on to maturity and perfection and spiritual completeness, [doing this] without laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of teaching about washings (ritual purifications), the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. [These are all important matters in which you should have been proficient long ago.] And we will do this [that is, proceed to maturity], if God permits.” (Hebrews 6:1-3 AMP)
It is time for the prophetic seers to go into the courts of Heaven, behind the veil, and acquire the divine plans and purposes of God. The Spirit of Truth stands ready to release the divine strategies and blueprints of Heaven. This is not a time to be vague and dim, but we must be bright and alert, clear and committed to advancing the King in His Kingdom.
Divine Dissatisfaction is Producing a Holy Hunger! The Spirit of God is fanning the flame of discontentment within the hearts of many. We can’t remain satisfied and content with our lack of power and spiritual authority; a cry of desperation must burst forth: “Enough is enough!” Ask yourself this question: “Am I willing to pay the price to seek the Lord for promotion?” This will be a season of swift acceleration and advancement if we put God first
We are instructed to seek the Lord while He is near (see Isaiah 55:6). We are reminded that we only find the Lord when we search with all our heart (see Jeremiah 29:12-13). If we make seeking Him and His Kingdom our top priority, He will take care of everything else (see Matthew 6:33).
There is a wonderful grace offered for us to advance in the times of adversity! The invitation is extended to all saints; however, by a lack of commitment, many will disqualify themselves. This is a time to be desperate for the revealed glory of God. One of the marks of these overcomers will be hunger and complete dissatisfaction with business as usual. This holy hunger will drive us to seek the Lord on a much more increased level.
Jesus states in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” The AMPC version reveals, “...those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God)...shall be completely satisfied!”
It’s time to remove all lids of limitations off and believe God for big things, being assured that He is able to do much more than we could ask or even think (see Ephesians 3:20-21).
Deep Calls to Deep: One way not to miss God’s new thing, is to not think that it is already here. Yes, we are so thankful and grateful for all that God is doing, yet there is much more. The promise is that the whole earth shall be filled with the knowledge of God’s glory (see Numbers 14:21 and Habakkuk 2:14).
The Spirit of God is stirring our souls and awakening our hearts to seek deeper depths and higher heights. This is the time for you to go all out for Christ and the Kingdom of God. Don’t hold back; surrender yourself entirely to the control and guidance of the Holy Spirit. This statement is so true: “Deep calls to deep” (Psalm 42:7).
“Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)
This is a promise of transformational power being released, giving an unction to function—a roadway in the rugged wilderness and flowing, refreshing rivers in the dry, barren desert. Nothing is too hard for our God (see Job 42:2 and Genesis 18:14)!
“You have heard [these things foretold], now you see this fulfillment. And will you not bear witness to it? I show you specified new things from this time forth, even hidden things [kept in reserve] which you have not known. They are created now [called into being by the prophetic word], and not long ago; and before today you have never heard of them, lest you should say, ‘Behold, I knew them!’” (Isaiah 48:6-7 AMPC)
These new things are called into reality by the prophetic proclamation. They are decreed, and God brings them into reality.
We do not have time to delay, the Spirit of Truth is preparing a remnant to proceed to the next new level; we must advance and make progress (see Ephesians 5:14-15). In this next new level we will begin to grasp a higher, clearer insight into the majesty of the Master. Prepare to behold the living Lord Jesus in a much clearer way.
It is time to taste the hidden manna reserved for overcomers revealed in Revelation 2:17: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” I pray that 2019 will be filled with the overflowing favor of God upon you and your loved ones. Embrace the promises of God’s new day. Expect to see God’s mighty power!
Campaign launched to create gold crown for Messiah
'As a symbol of our belief that this period of waiting has ended'
There already are plans being drawn up for the third Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Temple tools are being re-created. The animals that could be used in sacrifice are being bred. The altar re-creation is under way.
Nations Invited to Consecration of Altar for 3rd Temple
The newly re-created Sanhedrin in Israel is planning a ceremony to consecrate a stone altar prepared for use in the Third Temple, and it has released a declaration intended to be an invitation for other nations to participate in the Temple “and to receive its blessings.”
Expressions of the Heart
By Sharon Buss
Love and greetings from Engeltal! We have just passed the most holy day on God’s calendar, Yom Kippur. We gave the staff the day off to pray and seek the Lord, and we felt to take a group to Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks to the prayer meeting that Billye Brim hosts every Wednesday. It is always so good to pray together corporately for the requests that are on the Holy Spirit’s heart. We prayed and cried out for law and order to be established once again in this nation, as well as many other things. As we drove to the exit of their land, a few sprinkles of rain began to spot our windshield. The sun was shining brightly so we begin to look for the rainbow. As we drove along, we were able to see that beautiful token of God’s promises, and felt that it was a sign that the Lord had truly heard our prayers.
The Feast of Tabernacles
The Feast of Tabernacles was/is a week-long harvest festival. It marked the end of the busy harvest period and the end of the Jewish year. For the festival, people made temporary shelters (booths) from branches, and they picnicked underneath these shelters in the mild autumn weather. As well as being a harvest festival, the Feast of Tabernacles commemorated God’s protection of, and provision for, the Israelites during their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. The booths reminded the Jews of the temporary shelters their ancestors had used during that time in the desert. The Feast of Tabernacles was a happy celebration and holiday. The festivities included a daily procession of pilgrim worshippers to the temple in Jerusalem with daily temple services.
The Water Drawing Ceremony
“Each day during the Feast of Tabernacles, water in a gold vessel was ceremonially carried in procession from the Pool of Siloam to the temple. This water was then poured out in front of the altar of burnt offerings, and Isaiah 13:3 was recited: “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Trumpets would be sounded, special Psalms were sung, and the people gave thanks for the rain. It reminded people of the rain God had sent in the time of Moses (Ex. 17:1-6). It also looked forward to the days when abundant, living water would flow from the temple in the messianic kingdom
The priest had two golden pitchers. One was for wine. He filled the other with water from the pool. As the flutes played, a choir of Israelites chanted Psalm 118. The whole procession then returned to the Temple through the Water Gate. A trumpet then sounded as the priest entered the Temple area. He approached the altar where there were two silver basins. The priest then poured wine into one of the basins as a drink offering to the Lord and water from the pool of Siloam into the other. The whole ceremony, with the parade and the flutes and the singing, was such a joyful occasion that one of the ancient rabbis wrote: "Anyone who has not seen this water ceremony has never seen rejoicing in his life."
The ceremony was to thank God for His bounty and to ask Him to provide rain for the crops in the coming year. Today, many people take water for granted. Water was often scarce in Biblical times. The people were very much aware of their dependence on God for the rains that were so vital for the preservation of life. The prophets came to see rain as a symbol of salvation and the work of God's Holy Spirit: Ezekiel prophesies: I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean…” (Ezk. 36:25)
No wonder then that Jesus stood in the Temple on this great day of the feast and cried out: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (Jn. 7:38-39). The Apostle John commented on this speech, “But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (Jn. 7:39)
As the rain falls to nourish the crops, so the Ruach ha Kodesh, the Holy Spirit, falls upon those who have identified with Jesus in His death and resurrection. It is that Spirit that refreshes us, and causes us to grow in grace and in faith. It is that Spirit that allows us to experience Immanuel, God with us. That Spirit is available to us today and every day” (quote from www.CBN.com).
All the Nations
Many believe that the Feast of Tabernacles foreshadows the Millennial reign of Christ and the Wedding Banquet of Christ and His “Bride” (His followers). In fact, the sukkah (booth) resembles the huppah in a Jewish wedding. Zechariah speaks of the final in-gathering of the nations, the final harvest where those sheep nations will come under Messiah’s rule and reign. As a part of this “in-gathering” since the late seventies, nations and peoples have been coming up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.
Please pray for peace over Israel during this Feast of Tabernacles. May the true joy of the Lord during this time, the LORD of the Harvest, be seen and celebrated.
Last week, a Russian IL-20 patrol plane with a crew of 15 was shot down by Syrian missile fire directed at Israeli warplanes. Russia in the aftermath has accused Israel of using this patrol plane as a radar cover for its attacking fighters. During this period, Israel had launched a successful surprise night attack on missile storage facilities near the northern Syria city of Latakia, destroying what was termed a “critical threat.”
Russia has in turn condemned this “hostile provocative attack” and has in turn closed off all of the Eastern Mediterranean airspace and sea lanes, an area that affects Northern Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria. This action effectively shuts down Israel’s and the United States’ capacity to strike targets in Syria. Russia now claims it is holding “military exercises.” The United States aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman is due in this area soon. Israel in an effort to calm tensions down has sent its IAF chief to Moscow for “talks.” Prime Minister Netanyahu also has spoken with Russia’s President Putin.
Israel though has again reiterated to all parties that it has the right to protect itself, and will do so in light of Iran’s continued deliveries of advanced missiles. This week, Israeli news sources revealed that the State is beginning a program of “hardening” its nuclear facilities so as to withstand Iranian missile attacks.
Pray for peace for this region and for Israel. Many here believe that a future regional war is soon coming and have begun preparation and training for it. The IDF is regularly conducting “exercises” in order to be prepared to counter missile attacks from Iran and Hezbollah.
9 Prophetic Words for Year 5779: Patricia King
Prophetic insights at the head of the year are very powerful. The new year (Rosh Hashanah), according to the Hebrew calendar, begins this year at sundown on September 9 through sundown September 11. It is the year 5779. I encourage you to review the following prophetic words for the year. Come into agreement with the words for your life and for the Body. Embrace them. Pray into them. Activate them and watch your life go to a new level of alignment in the Lord to His Kingdom purposes.
2 Chronicles 20:20b NASB, "...Put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed."
1. God Will Reveal Himself as Creator in 5779
A revelation of God as CREATOR will be released to the Body in this next season. There has been much revelation of God as Savior, Healer, Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, Deliverer and Provider, but very little emphasis has been given to God as Creator. The very first revelation of God in the Scriptures was God as Creator.
"Believers will be called to intense seasons of intercession, watching, and fasting." For those who embrace this revelation, there will be many who will work creative miracles on His behalf, especially in the area of physical miracles (i.e. body parts and organs being created) and great anointing will be released for wealth creation.
Genesis 1:1 NASB, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
Romans 4:17b NASB, "...even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist."
Deuteronomy 8:18, "But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day."
2. It's Time to Birth – Multiple Births
In this season, there will be many who give birth to callings, dreams and destiny purposes. Some have waited for many years, but suddenly they will find themselves ready to birth. Some will give birth to many new things at once in this season and will have the grace to steward following.
Genesis 1:28, "...Be fruitful and multiply..."
3. Increased Harvest of Souls Worldwide
John 4:35 NKJV, "Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!" I see a golden sickle in the hands of God's people. This is a symbol of harvest. This season will bring forth a great harvest, but it is only the beginning of a large wave of harvest that will be reaped for the glory of God over the next few years. There will be a uniting of forces to bring in the harvest. Leaders who were once at odds with one another and denominations that were resistant to each other will find themselves laboring in the same field in a spirit of unity.
Cyber evangelism and discipleship will grow through the use of social media to reach the lost in this season. Crusades will swell in many regions in the earth and hundreds of thousands and even millions will gather together in diverse places. Many miracles, signs and wonders will draw multitudes, and many will come to Christ in one sweep of the sickle. Church plants will be multiplied exponentially in this season to bring souls to Christ and to disciple the new Believers.
4. Supernatural power of God will escalate through His people. This year there will be an emergence of fresh hunger for the supernatural and a deep conviction to confirm the Word with signs following.
1 Corinthians 1:18 NASB, "For the word of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 NASB, "...and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God."
5. Witchcraft will Be Exposed and Overcome
New levels of witchcraft will war against the Church, but God will raise up His standard against these powers and overcome them. The Body will be granted increased discernment, power and skill over witchcraft. Hidden agendas of the enemy will be brought into the light. New books and teachings will emerge.
Exodus 7:8-12 NKJV, "Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 'When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, "Show a miracle for yourselves," then you shall say to Aaron, "Take your rod and cast it before Pharaoh, and let it become a serpent."' So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and they did so, just as the LORD commanded. And Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent. But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For every man threw down his rod, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods."
Luke 10:19 NKJV, "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
6. Watch and Pray
"In this season, there will be many who give birth to callings, dreams and destiny purposes." Believers will be called to intense seasons of intercession, watching, and fasting. The gift of tongues in particular will be an emphasis. Through the posture of watching, fasting and prayer, there will be fresh revelation given regarding the Kingdom – His power and His glory. Believers will be cleansed, consecrated and empowered.
Matthew 26:36-41 NKJV, "Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, 'Sit here while I go and pray over there.' And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, 'My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.' He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, 'O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.' Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, 'What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?' Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
7. Hidden Treasures of Darkness will Be Revealed
Many Believers who have gone through a difficult, challenging and dark season will have breakthrough and will receive "the treasures of the darkness" they passed through. When they come through the hard season, they will be like those who will dream and will be brought into an operation of greater authority in the spirit.
Isaiah 45:3 NKJV, "I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel."
Psalm 126:1 NKJV, "When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream."
8. A Call to the Secret Place Jesus is calling His Church into the secret place – the place that is free from all distraction. A place where our eyes and attention are only on Him. In the secret place, Jesus will groom His Bride. The outward manifestations of what is revealed in the secret place will astound many as a level of wisdom and revelation that is beyond what has been seen in Church history up to this time will come forth.
Song of Songs 2:14 TPT, "For you are my dove, hidden in the split-open rock. It was I who took you and hid you up high in the secret stairway of the sky. Let me see your radiant face and hear your sweet voice. How beautiful your eyes of worship and lovely your voice in prayer."
Matthew 6:6 NKJV, "But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly."
9. Voice Activation of the Kingdom
In this year, Believers will learn to hear, see and speak. They will hear and see what the Spirit is saying and release decrees through their voice that will carry powerful Kingdom authority. The emphasis on decrees of the Word will increase this year and many Believers will be greatly skilled in voice activating Kingdom manifestations. Job 22:28 NASB, "You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways." Esther 8:8b, "...a decree which is written in the name of the king and sealed with the king's signet ring may not be revoked."
Romans 10:10 NASB, "For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation."
Unreached People Group: The Romani, Balkan in Turkey
Romani call themselves Rom, which in their language means "men." Rom is derived from the Indian word Dom, meaning "a man of low caste who gains his livelihood by singing and dancing." Romani have their roots in India. Wherever they have lived, they remained mysterious and distinct. Curiosity about them eventually led to hatred and discrimination. In the twentieth century, many Romani were killed by Nazis. Today, they are still discriminated against. Many Romani have maintained their ancient religious traditions and beliefs.
Ministry Obstacles: The Rom are strongly inclined to keep outside influences away. Outreach Ideas: Pray for discovery Bible studies to spread rapidly as they bless Romani families and communities.
Pray for the Followers of Christ: Pray for the few followers of Christ among the Romani of Turkey. They live in an environment hostile to their faith. Pray they will remain firmly established upon Christ and his promises and provision.
Pray for the Entire People Group: Pray for the Romani to escape their low status in society, to live honorable lives that will earn them respect and acceptance.
Scripture Focus: "All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." Matthew 25:32
Size of New Jerusalem
How large is the city? That varies slightly depending on the version of the Bible. The ESV and NIV versions say it is 12,000 stadia in length and width(Rev. 21:16), where a stadia is 607 feet. This translates to 1,400 miles, which is what the NLT Bible says. However, the KJV and other versions say 12,000 furlongs, which translates to 1,500 miles.
Regardless of whether the city is 1,400 miles or 1,500 miles in length and width, it is shaped like a square at the base. This means New Jerusalem is larger than India with nearly 2 million square miles. These measurements are meant to be literal since they are described as man's measurements(Rev. 21:17).
Time Technology Is Here - Are You Being Deceived?
One of our ministry staff recently met with an executive from Google, who happened to be Jewish but not familiar with either the Tanakh (old Testament) or the New Testament.
As the Google executive spoke about artificial intelligence (AI) and how it is being programmed into every industry, such as robots and cars, he also described how AI is evolving and how the government is monitoring and controlling people through technology today.
It sounded like he was describing words right out of the Book of Revelation.
What he explained is already in development at Google and through ventures like The 2045 Initiative, which was started and funded in 2011 by a Russian billionaire.
For many years, however, scientists and very wealthy people have been diligently working on similar projects around the world that integrate technology with our human bodies.
In the last phase of the 2045 Initiative, nano-technology will be interwoven into our brains and bring us cybernetic immortality and what some are calling “spiritual self-improvement.”
Here is a link to the short video about the project. In it, you will see a glimpse of future technology being developed now, and how robots and artificial intelligence will play a part in controlling society.
However, please return to our newsletter to learn more about the greatest deception of all time.
Is the Upcoming July Blood Moon a Sign of the End Times?
The past couple years have bought some spectacular astronomical sights which will continue in 2018 with a blood moon which is set to grace the skies of the Eastern Hemisphere on the night of July 27.
According to Independent UK, a blood moon is defined as:
“A blood moon is the definition used when the moon appears bright, large and reddish in colour, and it only occurs when there is a full moon. The blood moon is the result of a total lunar eclipse, which is when the moon passes directly behind earth and into its shadow.”
The upcoming blood moon is not only of interest to astronomers and star-gazers, however. It has also drawn the attention of end times speculators and pastors.
Christian John Hagee and Mark Blitz explained that this blood moon is part of a series of unique astronomical events which signal what the Bible predicts in Acts 2:20 and Revelation 6:12.
According to Mirror UK, Hagee and Blitz particularly point to what they call the “tetrad”--four consecutive lunar eclipses which began in April 2014 with six full moons in between.
Whether you believe an event like a blood moon has prophetic significance, or is simply part of the way God created the heavenly bodies, it is most certainly an opportunity to marvel at the wonder of Creation.
Expressions of the Heart
by Sharon Buss
Happy and loving greetings from Engeltal! Philip and I had a glorious time on this trip. After 4000+ miles of driving, it’s wonderful to be home and celebrate what we saw and experienced God doing!
Millions Watch Billy Graham's 'Last Crusade'
It wasn't your normal funeral.
And not only because of all the well-known names in attendance to honor Billy Graham.
It was the famous evangelist's "last crusade," and it's not a stretch to think new names were written in heaven today as a result if it.
This could be the most inspiring thing you've seen in ages.
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." -- 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Nearly 1 Million U.S. Evangelicals are 'Jewish'
A new survey by LifeWay Research shows an estimated 871,000 American evangelical Christians have at least one Jewish parent or grandparent – almost three times the largest estimates previously assessed in past studies. Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2018/03/nearly-1-million-u-s-evangelicals-are-jewish/#QrCuqOtPoSHXJDfR.99
Super-Secret Spy Court Raises Alarm Over Feds' Snooping
It's a mysterious court that hides behind a hulking vaulted door and impenetrable concrete walls – and it's where the federal government makes some of its most secretive decisions concerning Americans' basic liberties.
Legendary Spymaster Haunted by What Dems Are Doing
All the abuse of intelligence uncovered in Washington recently is now haunting even the biggest characters in the spy industry.
Prophetic update: Is the Great Deception here?
Some call it fake news. Jesus called it deception. When His disciples asked about the signs of the last days, Jesus began by giving His followers this warning: “Take heed that no one deceives you” (Matthew 24:4).
More Ominous, 'Biblical' Signs in the Sky
Blood moons and eclipses have come and gone. But the signs of the times are getting more ominous than ever.
Well-known opponent of U.N. now has U.N.-related job
For years, one powerful American voice has been declaring serious problems with the United Nations.
And now, this household name has actually taken a position directly related to the "dark," global body ... Read more
Blood Moons. A total solar eclipse traversing the country. A devastating hurricane. And next up, an astronomical sign seemingly straight out of the book of Revelation.
Is God trying to say something?
If so, this starry pattern in the sky on Sept. 23 is being called a possible precursor to the Tribulation.. Read More
Messianic rabbi throws down gauntlet to Israel's Sanhedrin
Members of Israel's newly reconstituted Sanhedrin were pretty pleased with themselves when they decided Jews who believe in Jesus will no longer be allowed to marry in Israel.
They weren't counting on last week's WND report stirring up the media in the Jewish State.
Now the religious body is trying to cover its replay of early church persecution, but this Messianic rabbi isn't about to let them get away with it.
He's got them between a rock and a hard place, and he's not letting go...
Netanyahu Under Police Investigation
Headlines in the Israeli news this week were not about Palestinian terror, impending global or regional war, or Iranian pronouncements of destruction of the Jewish state. Instead, media and public attention focused on criminal corruption charges against Prime Minister Netanyahu, and to a lesser degree, his wife.
After years of investigation, Israeli police have recommended the attorney general indict the prime minister in two separate matters of bribery and breach of trust. One set of charges accuses him of having received personal gifts illegally. The other set alleges he struck a deal with the owner of a leading Israel newspaper to tone down its criticism of his administration in exchange for reducing the circulation of a rival newspaper.
Internal political crises and media slurs have dogged Netanyahu for years. This is partly because the Israeli coalition system of government can readily lend itself to both real and "fake" (media manufactured) corruption. Recall that not too long ago, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and former President Katsav were both indicted, forced to leave office and sent to prison. We sensed the charges against them were in fact true and that God wanted to replace them.
With heavy hearts, we still believe that God raised up Netanyahu and placed him in office. By his leadership since 2009, Israel stands today in a better position with respect to security, international diplomacy, financial prosperity, and in some ways spiritually, than any time in its modern existence. Netanyahu respects the Hebrew Scriptures. He is the only head of state to have quoted them to the UN General Assembly in recent years. This is not to say he is without sin, has not made serious mistakes, the charges against him are totally false, or that he should stay in office indefinitely.
In today's digital age, the media is probably as much the creator, as it is reporter, of the news. In both Israel and the US (as well as other nations), politicians and media machines are often at sharp odds. When a conservative political leader genuinely seeks his nation's welfare first, conflict is inevitable with secular, globalist oriented, liberal media. If that leader advocates traditional Judeo-Christian values, intense spiritual warfare can result. At the same time, the opportunity to govern should be regarded as a privilege and honor. When a leader's term of office is prolonged, this can subtly lead to a sense of entitlement on the part of the leader. Entitlement can sometimes cause the leader to feel (s)he is above---or should be above---the law. (Proverbs 16:2) Only God knows to what extent, if any, the prime minister has succumbed to this temptation. Only He knows the whole truth surrounding Mr. Netanyahu. It has been our prayer that God deal directly with the PM concerning any sin and the condition of his heart. We pray that any necessary chastisement would come from Him, Face to face, and not through the hands of men. This week, one specific way that I (Sandy) have been led to pray is that he be able to honestly declare, "See how my enemies have increased and how fiercely they hate me. Guard my life and rescue me, let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in You. May integrity and uprightness protect me because my hope is in You." (Psalm 25:19-21)
The prime minister's present political crisis seems far more likely than others in the past to result in criminal indictment. At this writing, we don't know for sure if God desires his tenure to continue. Even if the PM is not indicted or is proven innocent, great damage has been sustained by his coalition government. That damage may be irreparable and cost him his position. In any case, we feel Psalm 25:19-21 gives strategic direction for prayer. God wants Mr. Netanyahu to surrender fully to Him, that integrity might protect him. In addition, we suggest you pray and proclaim according to the points below (some of which are adapted from our friends at Intercessors for Israel):
1. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. (Proverbs 14:34) Pray the PM and other governors of Israel will humbly recognize and recommit to the high calling to govern the land where God chose to establish His name, in righteousness and integrity.
2. Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish? Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it. (Jonah 3:9-10) ...God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6) Pray for a gift of repentance on the PM and other governors of Israel, that they might turn from any evil or corrupt ways and that God would mercifully forestall judgment on the nation.
3. We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken...Our help is in the name of the Lord. (Psalm124:7-8) Netanyahu and members of his coalition appear trapped (in different ways) in no-win situations where any response on their part could cause further harm. Pray for wisdom and the undoing of all demonic traps.
4. When evildoers advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. (Psalm 27:2) Pray God would protect Netanyahu's health physically, psychologically and spiritually from years of relentless personal attack. Pray he'd be protected him from bitterness or arrogance of heart toward his enemies.
5. Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence. (Psalm 27:12) Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from that noisy crowd of evildoers...They encourage each other in evil plans, they talk about hiding their snares; they say, "Who will see them?" They plot injustice and say, "We have devised a perfect plan!" Surely the mind and heart of man are cunning. But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly they will be struck down. He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin...(Psalm 64:2,5-8) Pray that God will expose any fake news and hidden truth surrounding allegations against Netanyahu. Pray He will vindicate him quickly to the extent he is innocent.
6. Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.(Proverbs 15:22) Ask God to raise up at least one trusted counselor to encourage and exhort Netanyahu according to His Word.
7. May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame. (Psalm 129:5) May God arise, may His enemies be scattered; may His foes flee before Him. (Psalm 68:1) Due to the current political crisis, our government is distracted from other critical matters, especially issues of security and defense. May God protect His people during this vulnerable time. May He remember His covenant with Israel and deal with His enemies who seek to upend her promised restoration.
8. The Israelites did evil...they forgot the Lord their God...The anger of the Lord burned against Israel...But when they cried out to the Lord, He raised up for them a deliverer,... Caleb's younger brother, who saved them. (Judges 3:7-11, see also Judges 3:15, 4:3-4, 6:7-12, 28) Pray that a remnant in Israel will cry out to God, asking Him to raise up a leader who will act according to His purposes when Netanyahu's tenure is over.
9. He deposes kings and raises up others. (Daniel 2:21; see also Romans 13:1, John 19:11, Psalm 75:6-7, Daniel 4:17) But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. (Psalm 33:11-12) You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come. (Psalm 102:13) To everything there is a season... (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) Prayerfully proclaim that Netanyahu will remain in office for the full time God wants him there. Declare God's sovereign timing in the unfolding of this crisis and in end times events concerning Israel. Prayerfully affirm that satan will not succeed in his plans to upend God's purposes.
10. I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise will continually be in my mouth. Worship Him with thanksgiving in all circumstances. (Psalm 34:1, 1Thessalonians 5:18)