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Trump is not the Gipper, but the Reagan Era is not over!

America must restore its lead in world affairs. Trump’s ‘America first’ does not mean ‘America only.’ Apparently some understood candidate Trump quite differently, and they are not happy with his overseas actions. The reality is that the world needs a strong America, which means we must put our own interests first. In doing so, we will be able to help the rest of the world.

America has a moral duty to remind the tyrants of this world that they cannot act with impunity. This present world is facing greater dangers than any time in recent memory. With all the tension buildup against Israel and Jerusalem, 2017 might be the year for a confrontation from Syria, Russia and Iran. The ultimate motive is the focus on Jerusalem. 

Newly elected President Trump faces the dual threat of nuclear war in Asia and the Middle East. The prospect of a conflict with Russia and Iran in the epicenter brings us closer to fulfilling the biblical prophecies that these two powers will one day lead a coalition of nations that will invade Israel. Two wars are prophesied in Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17, which describes Damascus as being reduced to a “ruinous heap.” Sounds like Assad’s chemical weapons might cause his own destruction. The heinous chemical attacks the Bashar al-Assad regime committed against their own people, are a result of the Obama administration’s weakness and irresolution.

A larger major war against Israel is prophesied at a later time in Ezekiel 38 & 39, in which God will judge and diminish Islam along with Russia. This could free up Israel to build their long-awaited third temple on the Temple Mount. These wars against Israel will not be Armageddon, but they will dramatically change the world order and set the stage for the antichrist and Armageddon.

The increased anti-Semitism and divestment of Israel is a sign that the nations will forsake Israel and challenge their right to claim Jerusalem as their capital. As 2016 ended, the nations were focused on Jerusalem, demanding that it be divided and made the capital of a Palestinian State. In December 2016, President Obama made the fatal mistake of voting against Israel’s legitimacy at the United Nations. His decision to betray Israel went against the U.S. Congress and the American people. Donald Trump’s presidency now gives the United States the opportunity to mend this disloyal act against Israel and Jerusalem! Governor Nikki Haley, Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations, is working hard to reverse anti-Semitism towards Israel.

As these world dangers intensify — just as the Bible predicts — so does the urgency to understand the hope that provides all believers peace in the midst of these dark times: the promise of the Lord’s soon return! Regardless, Jesus commanded His disciples to “occupy until I return.” Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Rev. 22:20)

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!

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Is God Sending Natural Disasters as Judgment?

When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:13-14).

Breaking Israel News took a look back at the top five Biblical phenomenon stories of the year proving that in these modern times, God is more visible than ever before those who are willing to see Him.

  • Life Discovered on Shores of Dead Sea as Prophesied in Ezekiel 47:9
  • End of Days Yellowstone Volcano Prophesied in Zechariah
  • Nile River Turns to Blood-Red in Biblical Nature Phenomenon
  • Biblical Plague Mysteriously Appears as Passover Approaches
  • Global Wave of Earthquakes a Prelude to Redemption? 

Read more at Breaking Israel News….. 

THOUSANDS HIT BY EXTREME GLOBAL FLOODING, LIGHTNING, AND TORNADOES. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

And if in spite of these things ye will not be corrected unto Me, but will walk contrary unto Me; then will I also walk contrary unto you; and I will smite you, even I, seven times for your sins. Leviticus 26:23-24 (The Israel Bible™)

The world is undergoing a global plague of flooding that many are trying to shrug off as a passing anomaly. However, one rabbi thinks the widespread meteorological disasters hold a clear message to the Jewish people.

On June 9th, politicians in Paris packed up their briefcases and left a conference that was a prelude to forcing Israel to accept an internationally imposed two-state solution. Just a few hours after the conference ended, the Seine River rose over 6 meters, levels that have not been seen in over 100 years. Sections of the Metro shut down and workers scrambled to save over 250,000 priceless pieces of art stored in the basement of the Louvre, the world’s largest museum. Thousands were forced from the homes into shelters.

The storm in Paris was only the beginning. The rains that hit Paris spread across Europe over the weekend, causing massive flooding throughout the continent. Southern and Central Germany were hit with heavy storms, raising river less by as much as four meters within minutes, killing 14 people.

Perhaps the strangest aspect of this natural disaster was the human element. Despite meteorology being an advanced science, scientists were caught off guard. Inexplicably, there were virtually no preemptive warnings from the government and scientific institutions constantly on the watch to protect people from these natural disasters.

Two people were killed by flooding in Romania and hundreds were made homeless as rising waters flooded roadways, cutting off thousands more people.

Rain and flooding were not the only strange weather to manifest. Over 70 people were injured by lightning at the Rock am Ring music festival in Germany on Saturday, forcing officials to cancel the last day, sending over 90,000 wet and disappointed fans home.

The flooding was not a local meteorological phenomenon limited to Europe. Last Friday, while Parisians were swimming home, Krasnodar, Russia got hit in three hours with almost 3.5 inches of precipitation, what is normally a full month of rain.

No populated continent was spared. In America, extreme flooding hit the Gulf Coast of Texas, threatening 31 counties. Tragedy struck in Fort Hood when a military vehicle was swept away during a training exercise. Nine soldiers were killed in the accident. Nine more people were killed as at least six tornadoes struck in the state and record levels of precipitation fell in some areas. Water levels are still rising in South Texas.

Right across the border, Iztapalapa, one of the most densely populated areas of Mexico, was hit by flooding that forced hundreds of families from their homes.

In Asia, heavy floods hit the east and central provinces of China, rendering thousands homeless. Parts of that storm flooded India as well

The Eastern Australia coast was pounded by storms on Sunday while flooding hit the southeastern side of the continent, killing three.

In Biblical times, the flooding would likely have been seen as an expression of God’s anger, as nature was understood to be God’s aspect of judgment. When the Egyptians drowned in the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21), the sea was considered to be acting on God’s behalf. Joshua went to battle and the sun stood still for him (Joshua 10:13) as an expression of God’s will. Most of the ten plagues (Exodus 7:14) could be explained by geological, climate or weather-related causes, yet they were divinely directed.

What connection, if any, is there between today’s weather events and divine will? One rabbi has an answer…..Read full article at Breaking Israel News

Article by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz Published in Breaking Israel News (June 10, 2016)

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Where are my brothers?

We have shouted out to the world, but no-one has listened to us. Where is the Christian conscience? Where is human consciousness? Where are my brothers?

This is the cry coming from 50 hot spot nations around the globe. We invite you to connect with the persecuted Church through Open Doors World Watch List (WWL), which targets the top 50 countries where the persecution of Christians for religious reasons is most severe. You can adopt a country each day and pray along with the prayer points for each one. Visit our website and click onto the World Prayer Map: www.embassyforworldpeace.org

North Korea is #1 – PRAY for the 50,000-70,000 Christians imprisoned in labor camps. Ask God to sustain them. That God would change the heart of Kim Jong-Un, and use him to reform the country. For protection for Open Doors workers and contacts bringing practical and spiritual support to believers.

Syria is #3 – PRAY for protection for the many believers who have chosen to stay in Syria to serve their communities. For Open Doors workers and partners bringing relief to thousands of displaced Christian families. For a peaceful end to the conflict that has torn this country apart.

Iraq is #4 – As the mass exodus of Iraq’s Christians continues, so does the call for ending the plight of those who have remained. Like Iraq’s ancient Jewish community before them, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities may soon cease to exist. The disappearance of Iraq’s religious minorities has been a troubling trend since the US-led invasion in 2003, and it has threatened to end the cultural diversity of Iraq. As the violence in the country spikes and religious intolerance grows, many Christians, Yazidis, Mandaeans and other minority community members are leaving the country. The head of the Iraqi Catholic Church sent a chilling warning that Iraq’s 2,000-year-old Christian community is on the brink of extinction as new waves of Christians take the journey of exodus.

Sudan is #11 – PRAY that God will strengthen and unite Christians as they face increasing pressure from their Islamic extremist government. Praise God for strong civil rights bodies fighting for the oppressed, including Christians; pray that the government will pay attention to their requests. Give thanks that Open Doors is supporting the small but courageous local church in Sudan with discipleship training and community development projects. After being given a death sentence for her Christian faith, Sudanese Meriam Ilbraham and her family miraculously migrated to the U.S. 

South Sudan is the world’s newest nation, gaining independence from Sudan three years ago. But it’s also one of the poorest and most troubled. The neighboring states have clashed periodically since independence, but the most recent fighting has been between the South Sudan’s government and rebels, a quarrel that has been a major factor in their food shortages.

NPR reported that a U.N. helicopter apparently was shot down yesterday (Aug. 26, 2014) while on a routine cargo flight over South Sudan. It illustrates the difficulty of bringing food aid to the war-torn country and the challenge of figuring out how serious that food crisis is. There’s a U.S. agency that’s supposed to make that determination – the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, or FEWS NET. However, as NPR’s Gregory Warner reports, “a lesser-known fact is that by the time the word famine was declared (in Somalia), at least half of its 260,000 victims had already died. In other words, by the time a situation gets as bad as famine, you’ve already arrived too late.”

PRAY for the global Church to respond to Southern Sudan’s food shortages. It is the world’s newest country, and many of South Sudan’s 12million people are on the brink of being wiped out. With the eyes of the world on the escalating violence in the Middle East and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the plight of South Sudan is going almost unnoticed. Four million people are in desperate need of food and child malnutrition is three times the emergency levels.

Nine years after the peace agreement that ended Sudan’s long war and three years after South Sudan gained independence, Africa’s youngest country is grappling with a new round of conflict, which has created another devastating humanitarian crisis. The UN and other humanitarian agencies refrain, for reasons both technical and political, from calling the conditions a famine. Instead, they speak of “catastrophic food insecurity” and “the world’s worst food crisis.” But no matter what you call it, many South Sudanese are currently facing hunger, disease and death.

In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”

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Religious cleansing: a crime against humanity

The Middle East is in the tightening grip of Islamic fanatics whose unimpeded advance makes their desire to establish an Islamic caliphate spanning Syria and Iraq a reality.

The persecution of non-Muslims is on the rise across the Middle East. Christians are being murdered in Sudan; jihadists are slaughtering worshipers in Nigeria, and ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria are burning churches as Christians flee for their lives in droves. Since June 2014, when extremist fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham captured Mosul, they have been on the outskirts of Sinjar, facing off against a small number of Kurdish peshmerga militiamen. Yazidis and Christians are on the run for their lives. ISIS fighters have been executing Christian and Yazidi men who won’t convert to Islam on the spot, taking away the women as jihadi brides.

An apocalyptic assault underway in Mosul by ISIS militants

The Sunni terrorist army, ISIS, is engaging in a savage religious cleansing of Christians in the areas which it now holds within Iraq. Mosul has become a killing ground for Christians. While the majority of Mosul’s 1.8 million inhabitants is Sunni Muslim, the city has historical importance for the world’s Christians. Mosul encompasses the ancient city of Nineveh, which is first mentioned in Genesis, chapter ten, when God sent Jonas to preach repentance, and in the end, the city was saved from destruction.

Today’s carnage across Iraq reveals how ISIS jihadists are resorting to grotesque levels of violence; Christians are being crucified for refusing to renounce their faith or simply because they are non-Muslim. Children are being beheaded; women are raped and sold into sex slavery, and many are having their limbs cut off.

U.S. Leaders: Bystanders to Genocide

As Syria and Iraq burn, the Obama administration is strumming their fiddles! Fox News reported that Britain’s David Cameron appeared self-assured and determined in his approach to the Iraq crisis, while Barack Obama came across as a deer in the headlights, unable to outline a coherent U.S. response to a rapidly growing crisis in the Middle East. Mr. Cameron issued an important warning to the world, one that should be heeded by a White House that badly needs a clear sense of direction and a real strategy for winning the global war against Islamic jihadists.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton refused to send help to the massacred Tutus in Rwanda, which he has since admitted is the biggest regret of his presidency. During the course of a hundred days the Hutu government of Rwanda and its extremist allies very nearly succeeded in exterminating the country’s Tutsi minority. Using firearms, machetes, and a variety of garden implements, Hutu militiamen, soldiers, and ordinary citizens murdered some 800,000 Tutsi and politically moderate Hutu. It was the fastest, most efficient killing spree of the twentieth century. History proves that staying out of Rwanda was an explicit U.S. policy objective.

An urgent invitation to the body of believers in the Church

I invite you to accept your humanitarian responsibilities toward the afflicted and help them in their plight and the difficult conditions in which they live today. You can help pray and send support for the Christians and Yazidis who have been driven out of Mosul, or the Sunni Arabs who don’t want to live under the tyranny of ISIS. Christians must help now! Matthew 25:40 states, in the words of Jesus, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”

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Islamic Caliphate Fuels Genocide of Christians in Mideast

The world is watching helplessly while Islamists spread their radical ideology through the sword—committing genocide with their barbaric 7th Century traditions. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is beheading children, raping women, and killing scores of Christians in Iraq. They are also warning Christians to convert or be massacred. At the same time, ISIS jihadists are crucifying Christians and others in Syria, and the bloody civil war in Syria has left 170,000 dead and created millions of refugees fleeing for safety

What is happening to the Assyrian Christians, also known as Chaldean and Syriac, in Iraq? This small Christian population in Iraq has shrunk dramatically as a result of the jihad there. Lila Gilbert reported on Fox News: “And now, with the raging incursion of ISIS – a brutal Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist group – the religious cleansing of Iraq’s Christians is nearing completion as well. Iraq’s  Christian community is hardly a western innovation or a colonial relic. It dates from the 1st Century, when two of Jesus’ disciples – St. Thomas and St. Thaddeus (also known as St. Jude) – preached the Gospel in what was then Assyria. There has been a Christian presence in Iraq ever since. [Source, Lila Gilbert, The religious cleansing of Iraq’s Christians, Fox News]

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been enforcing Dhimmi status of the Christian residents of Syria, and are now committing genocide on Christians in the regions they have recently conquered in Iraq. The concept of Dhimmitude, is a dehumanizing status belonging to all subjugated non-Muslims in Islamist societies. ISIS gives several choices—convert to Islam, or if you remain Christian, you must accept the Dhimmi status and pay the jizya, (a tax for non-Muslims only), or… you will be put to the sword. Most opt for the second choice and live out their lives as second-class subjects. This is the hard-tyranny of Islamic supremacy, which is the hallmark of the Caliphate system. Freedom is an unknown concept; liberty is blasphemy in a system that crushes the individual into clay mortar for the building of a greater Islamic State.

The global left views the advent of a new Caliphate as something similar to an Islamic version of the European Union—nothing could be further from the truth. The Obama Administration made this mistaken assessment while dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood in the Mideast. The Caliphate is a means toward an end; that end being Islamic dominance. The Caliphate is merely the structural entity that will administer Sharia throughout an Islamist-controlled world.

As Christians, we need to pray faithfully and consistently for Christians in the Middle East to have courage to stand for Christ and boldly proclaim the Gospel—the good news—amidst such darkness and evil. We need to pray for the Lord to protect Jews, Christians and Muslims from this jihadist wave of terror. We need to speak out—don’t be silent in the face of great evil—we must urge the democracies and all civilized nations of the world to fight such terror and help those who are defending themselves against Radical Islam.

Even so, we must not wait for governments to do the right thing—the Church must do all it can to help those who are suffering in real and practical ways. Jesus instructs us in Matthew 25:40, “…..‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”

Compiled by: Ruth Schofield

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What is all the Turmoil in the World?

World Turmoil is an Opportunity to Pray for the Harvest Within the Nations

Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:1-3)

Jesus is Lord of all the nations and the present great harvest field appears to be in the Muslim world. In the Bible, we frequently see a pattern whereby troubles come upon Israel in order to draw her people closer to God. The Book of Hebrews encourages us that times of discipline and correction are a sign of God at work in those He loves (Hebrews 12:3-11).

Let us not forget that God has a wonderful plan and purpose for every single nation in the earth.

Paul said in Acts, chapter 17, that the Lord determines the times and borders of nations (and even their respective rulers) “in order that they might seek Him”.

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring’ (vv. 26-29).

The Lord wants people from Egypt, Syria, Iraq and the entire Middle East in heaven with Him one day. God wants to bring His peace to the region and to the entire world. This needs to be our objective and prayer. Let us pray like never before for these countries:

  1. China was taken over by a radical Communist regime and yet today it is witnessing one of the greatest revivals in human history.
  1. Iran was taken over by apocalyptic Ayatollahs and yet it is currently experiencing the fastest rate of church growth in the world.
  1. Egyptian Coptic Christian, Father Zakaria Botros, sees multitudes of Muslims come to faith in Yeshua the Messiah through his 90-minute satellite TV program which is reaching over 50 million listeners every day in Muslim lands! The jihadists find him so dangerous that they have put a bounty on his head for $60 million and he has been exiled from Egypt.

Father Zakaria reports there are two and a half million converts to Christianity in Egypt, a similar number in Pakistan and five million in Sudan. He says in the last three decades, more Muslims have come to believe in salvation through Jesus Christ than in the last 14 centuries of Islam.

  1. Muslims coming to Christ by the 10,000s…… Bold evangelists believe by faith that Islam is collapsing.

Even in hard-core Islamic Arab nations God is on the move. Joel Rosenberg, prize winning author and founder of the Joseph Fund, reports that each year 10,000 Muslims are becoming Christians in Algeria, 35,000 a year in Morocco, 50,000 in Saudi Arabia. Some 6,000,000 a year in Africa are converting to Christianity! Syrian refugees scattered throughout Jordan are another harvest field – bringing them food, clothing and the Gospel.

  1. The God of Israel has plans and purposes of peace and reconciliation for the entire Mideast region:

Jeremiah 48:47, “Yet I will bring back the captives of Moab in the latter days,” says the Lord. Thus far is the judgment of Moab.” (Moab is Jordan)

Jeremiah 49:6;  “But afterward I will bring back the captives of the people of Ammon,” says the Lord. (Ammon is northern Jordan) (vv. 38, 39), “I will set My throne in Elam, and will destroy from there the king and the princes,’ says the Lord. ‘But it shall come to pass in the latter days: I will bring back the captives of Elam,’ says the Lord.” (Ancient Persia, modern-day Iran)

C0mpiled by: Ruth Schofield

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Israel accepts Egypt’s ceasefire plan: Hamas answers with rockets!

(Washington, D.C.) – Early this morning, the Israeli security cabinet voted to accept Egypt’s cease fire proposal. Hamas leaders responded by firing a barrage of 47 rockets at Israel just as the Israelis stopped their combat operations.

Egypt proposed a cease-fire between Israeli and Palestinian militant forces in Gaza to go into effect on Tuesday, July 15th.  Senior Israeli government sources say Hamas’ rejection clears the way for Israel to launch new attacks against the terrorists in Gaza. They also say it provides broad international legitimacy for Israel’s defensive efforts because Israel is being seen by world leaders as reasonable while Hamas is clearly the aggressor.

Netanyahu has ordered Israeli air strikes to recommence. Now the question is whether he and his security cabinet will decide a major ground operation is necessary and wise.

Yaakov Amidror, a former national security adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, states that Hamas still has almost 90 percent of their rocket supply left. 

Ron Proser, Israeli ambassador to the U.N., explained the difference between Israel’s actions and Hamas’ tactics. “Israel is using precision strikes to avoid harming civilians, but Hamas is exploiting our concern for human rights by hiding in Palestinian homes, schools and mosques and using a Palestinian hospital as the headquarters,” Proser told CBN News.

Netanyahu warned the operation to rid Hamas of its ability to fire rockets may take a long time.Some analysts believe Israel’s military campaign also sends a signal to Iran. The IDF’s massive air campaign may be showing Tehran, it is capable of mounting the same kind of large-scale air campaign necessary to destroy its nuclear infrastructure. While Western leaders might be willing to tolerate a nuclear Iran, Israel knows the Islamic Republic, with its nuclear weapons, poses an existential threat to the Jewish state.

We are praying Psalm 35 for Israel and the people. Please keep praying for an effective end to the conflict soon. Pray especially for those Palestinian families in Gaza who have been traumatized by Hamas’ rocket war, and are caught in the crossfire. Continue to pray for calm to be restored soon – so much pain and so much damage has been caused by this latest conflict so far.

Prophetic implications of today’s Israeli-Arab conflict:

Many of today’s top Bible scholars believe the present Israeli–Arab conflict is the conflict outlined in Psalm 83, and is the war which precedes Ezekiel 38 & 39; the coming Russian-Iranian led confederate invasion of Israel commonly called the Gog of Magog Invasion. The reason Psalm 83 is distinguished as a separate prophecy is that the Arab nations are largely absent from Ezekiel 38. Psalm 83:7 refers to the inhabitants of Tyre – who appear to be today’s Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon. Today’s conflict has been underway since 2006, involving Arab Palestinians, Hamas, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Syrians, Saudis, Al-Qaeda, and Jordanians. Bible prophecy indicates that Israel’s borders will be enlarged, its prosperity will increase, and its national stature will be enhanced. Israel will ultimately become a superpower in the MidEast. This will eventually provoke Russia and Iran to lead another coalition of nations who will come from the north to take a spoil, (Ezekiel 38:10-17).

Note: Hamas and Hezbollah are proxy terrorist armies of Iran. Syria supports Iran by getting rockets and supplies to both terror groups.

Compiled by Ruth Schofield

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The Two Sides of the War: Background of the Israeli – PLO Conflict

Since Israel and the PLO signed the Declaration of Principles in 1993, Hamas has perpetrated more than 80 suicide attacks, murdering some 1,000 Israelis. Ever since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Hamas has used the territory as a staging ground for rocket attacks, launching over 9,000 rockets and 5,000 mortar bombs. Today, Hamas possesses over 10,000 rockets that threaten 40% of the Israel’s population.

Long-range Iranian-made missiles are being used by Hamas.  In 2014, the IDF captured the Iranian weapons ship Klos-C with its Syrian-made M-302 missiles, which was only the tip of the iceberg of Iran’s involvement in supplying Hamas organizations in Gaza. Despite Iran’s tension with Hamas stemming from the Syrian crisis, recently the ties between Iran and Hamas have been renewed, with the former supporting Hamas’ attacks against Israel.

Why after nine years since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip and handed full control over to the PA, has the Palestinian leadership not turned Gaza into a model of freedom and opportunity, rather than a place of such suffering and sadness and a base camp for terrorism? Why did Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) recently make a peace agreement with Hamas, a terrorist organization affiliated with the Radicals of the Muslim Brotherhood?

What about the moderate Palestinians who do not want war but seek peace? We do not see their leaders making wise choices to help their people. Rather, we see the Palestinians in Gaza as sheep without a shepherd, feeling harassed and helpless. Both sides are caught in the crossfire, and we should even have more compassion, as we watch the current crisis unfold. We are deeply concerned for Israeli civilians, especially those who live in the south and on the Lebanon border which is now under fire. As Christians, we need to find ways to bless and care for both sides.

Prayer is a beginning. As people who love Christ and care about the people of the epicenter, we must start by praying for peace. However,  let us not stop there. Now, more than ever, we need to be seeking peace in the epicenter. Because people on both sides are suffering, and God loves the Arabs and the Jews. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6).

The Bible is clear that governments are instituted by God to establish justice and protect people from all enemies, foreign and domestic. So followers of Christ should pray for all people to be governed by honest leaders who can establish safety, security and environment of hope, growth and opportunity. This is all part of our Biblical commitment to seeking peace, making peace, and not letting ourselves become cynical when peace is disrupted.

Compiled by Ruth Schofield

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In Support of Israel

We have received reports from several news sources inside Israel. This one is from Joel Rosenberg (author and Middle East expert):

Washington, D.C., July 8, 2014 – The security situation in southern Israel is deteriorating rapidly. We need to be praying without ceasing.

Last month, Palestinian extremists kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenage boys. Then, a few days ago, Jewish extremists kidnapped and murdered an Arab teenage boy, apparently burning him alive. Meanwhile, Palestinian extremists in Gaza began firing rockets at Jewish and Arab civilians in southern Israel. More than 220 rockets have been fired at Israel by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza since July 1st. Then in just 24 hours, over 130 rockets were fired at Israel, including Tel Aviv.

At one point, they were coming in at about one per minute, (fortunately, Israel’s “Iron Dome” system is shooting down many of them.) The Israeli Air Force is striking Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, and this morning Prime Minister Netanyahu and his government authorized “Operative Protective Edge” to ratchet up attacks on the terrorists in Gaza. The IDF is calling up 40,000 reservists for a possible massive ground invasion of Gaza.

•  Pray for the Lord to restore calm on the Israeli/Gaza border. 

•  Pray for Palestinian leaders and security forces to move decisively to arrest those committing these war crimes, firing at innocent civilians. 

•  Pray for Israeli leaders to have wisdom to know how best to protect their citizens (hopefully an invasion of Gaza won’t be needed).

•  Pray for safety for Israelis and Palestinians caught in the crossfire. 

•  Pray for the Lord to comfort people on both sides, reveal His Word to them, and draw them to Himself.

Posted by Ruth Schofield, Embassy for World Peace, Washington, D.C. http://www.embassyforworldpeace.org

This is what we are praying in Washington, DC:

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people from this time forth and forever. –Psalm 125:2

Psalm 35:  A Prayer for Divine Intervention

1 [O Lord,] Plead our cause with those who strive to destroy us;

Fight against those who fight against us.

2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for our help.

3 Also draw out the spear, and stop those who pursue us.

Let the people say, “[The Lord] is our salvation.”

4 Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor

who seek to destroy our Godly heritage and sovereignty.

Let those be turned back and brought to confusion

Who plot this nation’s destruction.

5 Let them be like chaff before the wind,

And let the angel of the Lord chase them.

6 Let their way be dark and slippery,

And let the angel of the Lord pursue them.

7 For without cause they have hidden their net for us in a pit,

Which they have dug without cause for our destruction.

8 Let destruction come upon our enemies unexpectedly,

And let the net that they have hidden for us, catch them;

Into that very destruction let them fall.

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Arab Spring Becomes Christian Winter

We must stand up for Middle East’s persecuted Christians

By Johnnie Moore – Professor of religion and Sr. Vice President of Liberty University – The plight of Christians in the Middle East today (The following are excerpts — to read the full column, please click here.)

Feb. 04, 2014–Christianity began in the East, not the West, yet today Christians in the East are enduring an all-out-assault by Islamic terrorists, while Christians in the West live their lives largely oblivious to it all. This has to change.

This is no imaginary persecution; in Syria alone there have been reports of kidnappings, Christian communities intentionally displaced by militants and, worst of all, shootings and beheadings of Christians who refused to convert to Islam.

In Egypt radicals have recently destroyed dozens of churches, and the once vibrant Christian population in Iraq has been decimated.

Christians in the West should stand up for those in the East out of regard for all they have given us over these thousands of years, if for no other reason.

See, what most American Christians don’t realize is that the “Islamic World” was once the Christian world. Some of the most well-known and influential leaders in the early church hailed from North Africa and the Middle East….

Today, St. Augustine would be called a Tunisian, Origen would be Egyptian and the Apostle Paul – who was on the road to Damascus when he encountered Christ – would have told the story of his conversion while heading to “Syria.”

It was also in the Syrian city of “Antioch” that Christians were first called “Christians,” and to this day there are as many Christian holy sites in that nation as anywhere else in the world.

When Jesus was born, and his life was threatened by the hysteria of King Herod, it was to Egypt that Joseph and Mary fled until Herod’s bloodlust subsided.

If the famed Council of Nicaea were held today, the headline would read: “Christian theologians gather in Turkey to settle long-held dispute about Christ’s deity,” and the part of the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized could have very well flowed through modern-day Jordan , as opposed to Israel…..

Sadly, few Christians in the West have any idea this is going on, and I was once just like them.

Then I was invited last September to observe a meeting convened by Jordan’s King Abdullah in his country’s capital, Amman. Several dozen leaders of the Christian congregations of the East attended the meeting; I listened as these Catholic cardinals, Orthodox patriarchs and Anglican and Coptic bishops described the plight of their people.

No one was discussing their theological differences, because it was their churches that had been burned, their relatives who had been kidnapped and killed, and nearly every one of them told stories of consoling an inconsolable mother or child as they grieved the death of their last living loved one.

I wept as I heard their stories, and I wondered why Christians around the world weren’t incensed by it all.

Ironically, that meeting in Jordan was not convened by Christians, but by Muslims who cared about the plight of their Christian neighbors.

At one point, Jordan’s strong and kind king said that “it is a duty rather than a favor” to protect the Christians in the region, and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, a senior adviser to the king, acknowledged that “Christians were in this region before Muslims.” He said, “They are not strangers, nor colonialists, nor foreigners. They are natives of these lands and Arabs, just as Muslims are.”

While I was deeply encouraged by the tone of these Islamic leaders, I couldn’t help but ask myself, “I wonder how many Christians in the West even care about those in the East?”

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