I have place watchmen on your walls Jerusalem – they shall not be silent. You who mention My name, give Me no rest until I make Jerusalem a praise in all the Earth. – Isaiah 62:6 – 7
The comment I wrote on February 16 this year was titled “The Drums of War are Beating Again.” International events of the last 10 days have inspired me to use the same theme for this week’s comment, as the drums of war are indeed getting louder, almost by the day. The poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the UK 3 weeks ago, and the widely accepted accusation that Russia is responsible, has led to a major deterioration in diplomatic relations between Russia and the Western nations who are holding President Putin responsible. Some political commentators are even calling it a “new Cold War.” Even though President Trump is doing his best to preserve good relations with President Putin, the US relationship with Russia has been extremely strained by the Russian attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 US elections.
The USA and Iranian leaders continue to trade accusations, insults and threats over the controversial Iranian Nuclear Program deal that Barack Obama brokered and signed. Added to that Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu continues to claim that the US agreement with Iran has the potential to be disasterous for Israel and other nations in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and a number of other Arab states are in agreement with PM Netanyahu and President Trump in regards to Iran not being allowed to have nuclear weapons. PM Netanyahu also openly accuses Iran of financially backing and supplying arms and training personnel to Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist groups, as they do their best to destroy Israel. Iran and Israel also continue to trade accusations, insults and threats of military action against each other.
The 7 year-old civil war in Syria continues to threaten stability in the entire region. The US and Israel accuse Russia and Iran of backing the ruling regime of President Assad, who is once again being accused of once again using chemical weapons against his own people, killing more than 200. As always Assad is denying the accusation, and Russia is saying that there is no evidence of chemicals being used, but the USA and most other Western leaders are saying that this is the last straw for the Syrian leader.
A day after news broke about the chemical attack, Israeli Air Force jets fired 8 missiles at (an Iranian) base in Syria, causing significant damage and killed a number of Iranian technicians. Israel has taken similar action against Iranian backed military sites in Syrian on several previous occasions. President Putin is reported to be very angry with Israel for taking this action without informing the Russians. As I write this comment President Trump advised the Russians that the US will be firing missiles at targets in Syria and the Russians responded saying that they will shoot down all missiles fired at Syria. That could lead to a war between the USA & Russia which could well lead to World War 3.
The only bright light on the international horizon is the upcoming meeting between President Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in May. If the 2 leaders succeed in coming to some sort of agreement concerning Nth Korea’s nuclear disarmament, then at least the threat of war, even a limited nuclear conflict, will be significantly reduced, which of course is good news for the whole world. That leaves the insane situation in the Middle East as the biggest threat to world peace at this time.
That brings us back to Israel and the urgent need for increased prayer and intercession. As the celebration of Israel’s 70th birthday gets closer – April 19th according to the Hebrew calendar and May 14th on the Gregorian calendar, I am sure the activity in the spiritual realm is becoming more intense. The Kingdom of YHVH is growing in excitement of the celebrations, but the Kingdom of darkness must surely becoming more agitated and frantic to stop it and bring about Israel’s destruction. The planned opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14th can only increase the activity and intensity in both kingdoms.
The violent Hamas backed demonstrations that have been taking place in Gaza over the last 2 weeks and are planned to continue at least until May 14th. As the Israeli army and Air Force does its very best to protect Israel’s borders from infiltration by terrorists intent on killing innocent Israeli citizens, while at the same time doing it best not to harm people in Gaza who are not a threat to Israel, world opinion continues to turn against Israel and favor the enemy of the Kingdom of YHVH.
If you are seeing the prophetic significance of what I have written above, there are several responses that should be automatic in your life:
1. An increase in your love for, and solidarity with Israel.
2. Increased boldness to speak up to defend Israel to family, friends, people at work, and people in your church, even the leaders if necessary.
3. Most importantly a significant increase in your prayer and intercession for Israel and the Jewish people – here are some prayer point to assist you:
Pray for Divine and angelic protection over all of Israel’s military pesonnel, over all Israel’s territory and borders, and that any missiles fired at Israel will fall back on
whoever fired them.
Pray for special protection over the Israel/Gaza border this weekend and every weekend until the violent demonstrations stop.
Pray for wisdom and strength for PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet and top military leaders as they endeavour to maintain security and safety.
Pray for a major increase in Aliyah (Jews returning to Israel) from every country.
Pray for a major increase in the number of Jewish people in and in the nations to come to faith in Yeshua as Messiah and Lord.
Pray for increased anointing on all Messianic Jews in Israel to more impactive and more effective as we speak to people here in Israel and in the nations.
Please pray for more and wider doors to open for Out of Zion Ministries to share the truth about Israel to the Body of Messiah in the nations.
This article originally appeared on Out of Zion Ministries, April 13, 2018, and reposted with permission.