God is preparing us!
23/4/13

Why

1. God loves Israel – So should we

  • Israel… I have loved you with an everlasting love (Jer 31:1-3)
  • They are (not were) loved on account of the patriarchs. (Rom 11:28)
  • Thus says the LORD, ‘I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and Zion.’ (Zech 1:14)

2. Israel has a God Promised ongoing part in the redemptive strategy

  • God did not reject His people whom He foreknew. (Rom 11:2)
  • You are My servant; O Israel, I will not forget you. (Is 44:21)
  • I will bring you back into our own land… give you a new heart … and put My spirit in you. (Ez 36:24-27)
  • As long as the Sun and Moon remain, Israel will remain a nation before God. (jer 31:36)

3. We have all benefitted from Israel’s unbelief

  • Because of [Israel’s] transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles (Rom 11:11)
  • Israel’s unbelief was part of a divine strategy by which the astonishingly good news of the Kingdom came to all nations.

4. We are spiritually dependent upon Israel

  • Consider this: you do not support the root, but the roots supports you (Rom 11:17)
  • Israel is the “older brother” of the family into which we have been grafted by faith in Jesus.

5. God calls us to show mercy to Israel

  • … because of the mercy shown to you [Gentiles] they [Israel] also may now be shown mercy. (Rom 11:31)
  • “Comfort, O comfort My people.” Says you God. (Is 40:1)
  • God calls us to show mercy to Israel an comfort her, in part by declaring His love and purpose for her in intercessory prayer.

6. Greater blessing is still promised the world through Israel

  • For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? (Rom 11:15)

7. God commands us to pray for Israel

  • My heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. (Rom 10:1)
  • Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. (Ps 122:6)
  • We are the “watchmen” of Jeremiah 31:6, calling for Israel’s salvation. In Hebrew, the word here for watchman and the word for Christian are the same.

How

There can be no shalom, no peace or wholeness, for Israel until Messiah returns. In anticipation of that day, God is plowing Israel’s heart, preparing her for repentance and revival, just as He is preparing us. Israel needs prayers and intercession now more than any time in her history.

4 Purposes for intercessory prayer:

  1. To stand in the gap for those we make intercession for.
  2. To give birth to the purposes of God
  3. To under gird God’s work and workers with prayer
  4. To empower the hosts of heaven who battle the wicked spirits in heavenly places.

There is no more effective way to release the power of God into a situation than to proclaim the scriptures with faith and boldness.

Except for only a few nations, the world is determined to force Israel to give up Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. Proclaim the Word of God over them:

Arise, O Lord Do not let man prevail; let the nations be judged in your sight. Put them in fear, O Lord, That the nations may know themselves to be but men. (Ps 9:19, 20)

The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. (Ps 33:10 – 12)

Pray against evil plans

Woe to you who lie awake at night plotting wickedness; you rise at dawn to carry out your schemes… (Micah 2:1)

Let my adversaries be clothed with shame; and let them cover themselves with their own confusion… (Ps 109:29)

Destroy their plans, O Lord, confuse their tongues… (Ps 55:9)

Thus says the Lord, Who gives the sun for light by day, and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night… if this fixed order dearts from before Me… then the offspring of Israel shall cease from being a nation before me forever. (Jer 31:35,36)

Pray Israel’s prime minister will have God’s discernment, strength & courage.

Let Your hand be upon the man of your right hand, Upon the son of man whom You made strong for yourself. (Ps 80:17)

Pray that Jerusalem will remain the undivided capitol of Israel

The Lord of hosts will protect Jerusalem; He will protect and deliver it, He will spare and rescue it (Is 31:5)

You may want to read this

In his book, The House of the Lord, Francis Frangipani speaks about “birthing prayer” – prayer and intercession which brings forth dimensions in and through His people that are not possible by other means. Examples are shared about what can transpire in a church or city or nation when intercessors remain in the gap with the gift of “spiritual responsibility” for that which God has placed on their “prayer shoulders”. It might be well to keep these thoughts in mind as we patiently bear before the Lord the many situations in Israel that seem unchanged from month to month. At times it seems unbearable to wait these long, seemingly endless “nine spiritual months” until the purposes of God are birthed; one can become weary with the waiting – especially when it is difficult to understand just what exactly is going on! But God has His appointed times! Even as He once said to Abraham, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Genesis 18:14.

A word on Israel and the Nations

God said in Genesis 12:3, I will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you.

Those who have cursed God’s people have paid dearly over the centuries. None of the contemporary enemy nations of ancient Israel have survived. Modern England abandoned Israel and lost her Empire. America has been warned again and again through man-made and natural disasters against her apostasy and compromise, including “dividing up My land” (Joel 3:2). Even many churches and some of the biggest Bible colleges continue to espouse “Replacement” theology and are decidedly anti-Israel. To whom much is given, much is required.

The Bible clearly states that the nations will be judged according to their position on Israel (cf. Joel 3; Ruth 2:11). The present on-going international pressure to convince Israel to give up “land for peace” goes directly against the perpetual covenant God made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God will not compromise His covenant promise to Israel any more than He will compromise His covenant promise to His Church.

God has an eternal plan for Israel

God has an eternal plan for Israel. No man, no nation, nor Satan himself can cause God to deviate from His plan. God’s promises to Israel are forever . He has allowed Israel to be severely corrected more than once over the centuries, but He has never abandoned her, and He promised He never will. Israel is the wife of the LORD, His Beloved, and He is a faithful Husband. (Is 54:65, Jer 3:14)

God is NOT taken by surprise. God knew before the foundation of the world what would happen today – to Israel – to you – to me. “Remember the former things of old, for I am God and there is no other: I am God and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.” Amazingly, He has chosen to accomplish His purpose through prayerful partnership with His Church, therefore we continue to intercede, to stand in the gap, to pray.

What Next?

An imminent Iranian attack

Your intercession may make a powerful difference. Examine the possibility that prophecies recorded in Psalm 83 and Zechariah 12, will be fulfilled at the same time and that the predicted attack will happen very soon. Both chapters predict a powerful attack launched on Israel by all her surrounding neighbours. The nations involved, with help from Iran, have been planning and boasting of this attack for a long time. They have been procuring long-range missiles and warheads capable of reaching every part of tiny Israel. It would now appear to be an appropriate time to launch this attack. The predicted attack appears to be so devastating that in the natural , it could achieve its ultimate evil aim which is the total destruction of Israel as a Jewish State. Israel’s enemies intend that even the very memory of Israel will cease to exist.

Zechariah describes the successful defence of Israel accomplished by a direct divine intervention led by the “Angel of the Lord”, perhaps the Jewish Messiah. He goes on to predict an amazing subsequent outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the House of Israel that produces a spirit of national repentance and a recognition of their deliverer as the one who was previously wounded. A simple description of what Zechariah 12 and Psalm 83 predict may be as follows:

  • A powerful and vicious attack will be launched against Israel by all her near neighbours.
  • God will intervene directly to save the nation from total destruction.
  • The defence of Israel will be led by a figure described as “The Angel of the Lord”
  • An amazing supernatural victory will be won for Israel. (Million of Muslims will be set free in surrender to God’s love)
  • The Holy Spirit will be poured out on the entire population of Israel.
  • The nation will look upon Him that was (once) pierced.
  • The nation will recognise the one who was pierced as their Messiah.
  • National mourning will overtake all the citizens of Israel.
  • A powerful transformation of the nation will begin.
  • A fountain will be opened for national cleansing. (Zech 13:1)

There has never been a more appropriate or urgent time to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Events are unfolding more quickly than most anticipate. We urgently need to pray and intercede positively for God’s Will to be done on Earth as it is in heaven.

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