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Urgent Call for all Watchmen

Who are the watchmen? According to Ezekiel 33:1-9, this includes those called to shepherd the flocks and all supportive ministries within the para-Church charged with the care of God’s flocks. Overall, this means leaders of the Church; all pastors and associate ministers; intercessors and prophets. (Read the watchman’s warning below these prayer points.)

PRAYER FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS & OFFICIALS (1Timothy 2:1-4)

(Job 28:11) Pray for TRUTH to be brought into the LIGHT.

(Psalm 90:8) Pray for all things hidden by deceit to be uncovered and unraveled.

Pray for all lies and evil agendas to be exposed and brought into the light.

Jeremiah 16:17, “For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity hidden from My eyes.”

Matthew 10:26, “Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.”

Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Obadiah 1:5, ““For the day of the Lord upon all the nations is near; as you have done, it shall be done to you; your reprisal shall return upon your own head. (In modern times, this warning pertains to how the nations treat Israel.)

URGENT PRAYER: NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

1. Congress & Israel left out of P5 +1 Iran Agreement (March 31 Deadline)

Under the current deal, President Obama is prepared to make the concessions Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned against; including letting Iran keep its “uranium enrichment capabilities,” putting it one step closer to a nuclear weapon. Apparently, the U.N. is supposed to take the word of President Rouhani that his nation will not use that program for evil — which as anyone who follows Iran knows, is an enormous risk.

While this White House is on the brink of a deal to relax sanctions on Iran; a few days ago their supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, led the people in chants of “Death to America” in his Nowruz (Persian New Year) address. President Obama spoke to the Iranian people in a video message on the day of Nowruz calling on them to support a nuclear deal. Ayatollah Khamenei’s response to Obama’s Nowruz message said he was asking Iranians to submit to American demands in exchange for economic relief, describing the negotiations in terms of a struggle rather than mutual benefit. The crowd then broke out in chants of “Death to America” which was repeated multiple times over the course of the hour-long speech.

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), a member of the Armed Services Committee and a veteran, is demanding some accountability from the President in his talks with one of the world’s largest state sponsors of terrorism. In a letter with 46 other GOP senators, Sen. Cotton fired off a rare letter to Iranian leaders explaining that the Senate will have to approve any deal the President strikes with their country. When it comes to a matter of national security — or, in Israel’s case, national survival — hanging in the balance, conservatives refuse to sit on their hands and watch the White House negotiate away America’s future with Iran.” 

2. ISRAEL: Why is President Obama abandoning the Jewish State, when the majority of U.S. citizens choose to support Israel?

The Bible prophecies us that all nations will turn against Israel in the last days — and all nations will face judgment for it — but woe unto us if it happens on our watch. Have we come to that fateful moment? Pray about the President’s actions against Israel, and the negotiations for an incredibly dangerous deal with Iran. This is the most insecure moment in the history of the U.S.-Israel relationship, and requires that all WATCHMEN continue to stand in the gap, day and night. We will be held accountable if we fail to warn and take action when the LORD commands us to do so. Much is hanging in the balance. May you and I be found faithful to the assignment (Ezekiel 33:1-9).

3. U.S. SUPREME COURT

ObamaCare to be Reviewed (April 2015) 

It was a development that stunned Washington. Last Fall, the Supreme Court said it would review ObamaCare, again. This time because the IRS rewrote the law, all on its own. It will be reviewed on the “vagueness” of how the bill was written. The public has been deceived by what it claims and what they receive. This case is critical. If the Supreme Court rules against ObamaCare, it will strike down the law’s most important elements. President Obama would have to go back to the drawing board, this time dealing with a conservative majority in Congress.

Same-sex Marriage Equality (April 2015)

The U.S. Supreme Court will tackle the issue of gay marriage this term. At issue, will states be permitted to refuse gay marriage and refuse to recognize gay marriages from other states? The justices said they would review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states. Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee are among the 14 states where gay and lesbian couples are not allowed to marry. In January, Florida became the 36th state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to allow gay marriage. In 2013, the high court struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled legally marriage gay couples are entitled to the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

The High Court will review several other cases regarding Religious Freedom and First Amendment Rights. Read More…..

Research: Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog 

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G-d’s Heart for Isaac and Ishmael

The Celebration of Purim (March 4-5) is a good time to remind everyone that we must rid ourselves of any inkling of prejudice…..

Robert Stearns, founder of Eagle’s Wings Ministries and the Jerusalem Day of Prayer, recently responded in a Jerusalem Post Oped to World Vision vice-president Steve Haas’ attack on Christian Zionism. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre accused Haas of making comments “that malign Israel and undermine her very right to exist.” The executive leaders of World Vision have since distanced themselves from Haas’ anti-Semitic remarks. 

(World Vision is one of the largest Christian relief agencies in the world.) Here are excerpts from Robert Stearns Oped article in The Jerusalem Post (02/04/2015) Listed below are suggestions on how to best pray for Isaac and Ishmael.

Steve Haas’s misrepresentation of Israel is coupled with an all-out assault on Christian Zionists. The toxic mix of lies, ignorance, and half-truths that drive the global movement to delegitimize Israel have washed up at one of the most widely known international Christian aid organizations.

Last week, an Evangelical publication excerpted a speech delivered by Steve Haas, the vice president of World Vision, to students at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Haas – drawing on his authority as a leader of a Christian relief agency that operates in nearly 100 countries with a $1 billion annual budget – called for a radical course correction within the Evangelical Movement, away from supporting Israel…..

There is deep pain on both sides of this conflict. That’s why those of us in positions of Christian leadership have a sacred responsibility to advance real education, real dialogue and real facts. In a situation that calls for depth and thoughtfulness, Steve Haas’ narrow and dangerously one-sided presentation is quite far from what one would expect from a “Christian peacemaker.” Read more….

PRAYING GOD’S BURDEN FOR ISAAC AND ISHMAEL…..

The hour in which we live is crucial. It is time for the Church to carry God’s burden for both Jews and Arabs in our prayers. So how do we effectively pray for these two peoples? We must first understand how God feels about Isaac and Ishmael. God’s love for both brothers was evident in the fact that He not only named them, but also spoke awesome prophetic words over both.

  • As for Isaac, “…..I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him” (Genesis 17:19).
  • “And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation” (Genesis 17:20).
  • Yahweh repeats Himself in verse 21, “But My covenant I will establish with Isaac…..”

We must carry God’s heart for the Jewish people! Jew-hatred (anti-Semitism) is as old as the Jews themselves and is often referred to as the longest hatred. Because the people of Israel and the land of Israel are central to the end-time purposes of God, the devil will continue to fight, doing his best to delegitimize and destroy the nation and people of Israel.

We must pray that Jewish eyes would be opened to Yeshua, their Jewish Messiah. The Bible clearly states that because of Israel’s rejection of the Messiah, they have experienced a partial spiritual blindness, giving the nations (the “wild branches”) an opportunity to be grafted into the Jewish tree. The natural outflow for those of us who believe that Jesus is the Messiah ought to be a burden for the salvation of Israel.

Similarly, we must carry God’s heart for the Arab nations surrounding Israel.  There is yet an unfulfilled destiny for the descendants of Ishmael, and God is still looking for a people who will embrace his people and speak new life into them (Genesis 21:17-18). We must pray that Arab eyes would be opened to the true Messiah, and not Islam’s Mahdi. The same Yeshua, who supernaturally revealed Himself on the Damascus Road to Saul of Tarsus, also desires to make Himself known to the descendants of Ishmael. For over a decade, Yeshua has been going behind the Islamic Veil and leading Muslims to the Cross.  This has become the fastest growing harvest among the nations (Joel 3:13-14).

While God loves the Jews and Arabs around the world, we must remember He has a unique covenant with His chosen people, Israel, and there are blessings or curses for however the world responds to the Jewish people (Genesis 12:3). The Bible also clearly mandates that we pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6), and relentlessly pray until God establishes Jerusalem “a praise in the earth” (Isaiah 62:7). Shalom! Happy Purim!

Source: Decision Magazine, Article: Praying God’s Heart by Scott Volk, excerpts from paras. 4-17

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The biggest threat now is not Radical Islam. It is “Apocalyptic Islam.”

The comments below are excerpts from Joel Rosenberg’s messages at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, held last week in Nashville, TN. This is a must-read and gives a snapshot of the threats the world faces from ISIS and Iran. Follow the link at the bottom to read more of Joel’s fact sheet on the broader situation.

The Islamic Republic of Iran today is ruled by an apocalyptic, genocidal death cult. So is the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The former are Shia. The latter are Sunni. Both believe the End of days has come. Both believe their messiah – known as the “Mahdi” – is coming at any moment. Both are trying to hasten the coming of the Mahdi. Yet each has entirely different strategies to hasten his arrival or appearance on earth.

ISIS wants to build a caliphate. Iran wants to build The Bomb. ISIS is committing genocide now. Iran is preparing to commit genocide later.

In the near term, ISIS is more dangerous. Why? Because ISIS is on a jihadist rampage right now. Robbing. Killing. Destroying. Enslaving. Raping. Torturing. Beheading. Because ISIS is a Satanic movement. This is not mere terrorism. This is genocide. These are demon-possessed people making blood sacrifices to their god and if they are not stopped they will murder millions and bring down one Mid-eastern regime after another.

As Americans, we dare not turn a blind eye to this threat. If we don’t defeat the jihadists over there, they are coming here. We must act, and act now.

Longer term, Iran is the most dangerous, especially if the President approves this disastrous nuclear deal that is emerging. Why? Because the apocalyptic leaders of Iran are biding their time to build a nuclear arsenal capable of killing tens of millions of people in a matter of minutes.

Far too few people in the West truly understand the nature and threat of Radical Islam. Fewer still are aware of — much less understand — the nature and threat of Apocalyptic Islam. Indeed, many dismiss these concerns all together. But the fact is that a deep and widespread belief exists within the Islamic world that we are living in the End of Days, and that the Islamic “Mahdi” or “messiah” is coming at any moment to bring Judgment Day and the end of all things.

According to a 2012 report by the Pew Research Center, “in most countries in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, more than half or more of Muslims believe they will live to see the return of the Mahdi.” Consider that sentence again — “more than half.” In a world of 1.5 billion Muslims, that means more than 750 million Muslims believe not only that the Mahdi is coming, but that his arrival is imminent.

Read more of Joel Rosenberg’s fact sheet on ISIS and Iran:

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Congress, Netanyahu and Purim (March 3 – 4)

On Tuesday, March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress on the topic of Iran’s nuclear program. We cannot think of a more important issue for the United States, Israel, and the entire West. Standing with Israel is imperative for Israel, the global Jewish communities, and for our nation. The Jewish people and Israel are surrounded by nations calling for their complete destruction. Iran is positioned to use all their force against not only Israel, but also against America.

On Wednesday, March 4, the Festival of Purim begins when Jews around the world will celebrate a victory from the Book of Esther. More than 2,000 years ago, the Jewish people were delivered in Persia (modern day Iran) from an evil anti-Semite — Haman — who had manipulated the king into issuing a decree that would annihilate the Jews.

Today, like in the days of old, the Jewish people and Israel are surrounded by nations calling for their complete destruction. Plus, Iran is positioned to use all their force against not only Israel, but also against America.

Just hours before the Purim holiday begins, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the U.S. Congress, at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner, to explain why his country cannot tolerate the threat from another group of evil anti-Semites in Iran to annihilate the Jews: the acquisition of nuclear weapons by the Ayatollah Khamenei and his government.

Millions of Americans, and others around the world are grateful to the nation of Israel, to Prime Minister Netanyahu, and to Speaker Boehner and the lawmakers of both parties who welcome him. Netanyahu is willing to speak the truth on the world stage when the spirit of hatred and murder is on the loose, radiating from the Middle East to every continent.

We invite you to join with those who will pray and intercede, and fast with the Jewish people, as Esther and her people did in biblical times. Pray for Israel, for Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s leaders, for wisdom for our own leaders, and for discernment to navigate the dangerous waters ahead. Who knows whether, as in the days of Esther and Mordecai, the address wasn’t appointed “for such a time as this”?

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