We all knew that sooner or later Israel would have to once again rise to the bullies of the world. The world has watched the patience of Israel and now much of the world is voicing their approval how Israel is handling the current crisis. Your prayers and support of Israel are needed now more than before.
I recently returned home from my 27th journey to Israel. On October 8th I joined a day tour with my Believer Guide Friend Netan; this was the day after the drone missile was shot down by Israel. While Hezbollah claimed responsibility for launching the missile this was one of the alarms that the world began to see. Nasrallahm, the leader of Hezbollah said “Today we are uncovering a small part of our capabilities, and we shall keep many more hidden,” he continued by saying “It is our natural right to send other reconnaissance flights inside occupied Palestine … This is not the first time and will not be the last. We can reach any place we want in Israel.”
This statement got confirmed as we were standing outside the Zion Gate. A call from one of his children (he has nine) brought us to attention; she’s a 20 year-old soldier in the Israeli Defense Force. When he got off the phone he began to share the reason for her call. It was at this time that Israel was going from orange to red alert. It was at that moment we all knew that things would begin to happen in the not so distant future.
Over the next few days I began to share with my friends that Israel was on red alert and it was wise to always be aware of your surroundings. Notices were being put up instructing the safety bunkers in the city; something that had really caught my eye as never before.
I departed on the 22nd of October which also was the week they the country was “practicing” for a major emergency; Earthquake Preparedness. Israel believes that a very big earthquake may happen in the future and are predicting that up to 5000 people could be injured. Streets were blocked, groups of emergency medical and police personal were being stationed, and hospitals went through drills.
Today (November 17, 2012) Israel isn’t seeing Hezbollah’s rage intensify, but Hamas. It is almost like it should be double red alert. Reserve troops have been summed, over 70,000 to leave their families the next days and weeks.
Israel has chosen an appropriate name for this operation; in our media it is called Operation Pillar of Defense (Ammud Anan) and should be correctly translated Pillar of the Cloud; a direct reference to the pillar of the cloud found in Exodus 13:21 & 22.
And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people. KJV
While the Scripture reference is for Passover, the meaning is as strong as what the word “pillar” stands for as well as a “memorial” to what the Lord did with His Strong Hand as the Children of Israel left Egypt. (Exodus 13:9)
I choose the picture of the two silver trumpets for this blog with much purpose. First a little background of them.
Trumpet in the Bible was either a shofar (ram’s horn) or the silver trumpets. Each has their own particular functions; initially the two functions of the silver trumpets; the calling of assembly and the breaking of camp. There are two “calls” associated with them. We learn of this call from the Holy Scriptures and from history and historical texts. The tekiah (a short blast) and the teruah (a series of rapid, staccato blasts).
The Call to Break Camp is the ‘teruah‘; short, rapid tones that would signal the various families surrounding the Tabernacle compound to set out and break camp. (Numbers 10:5, 6).
The Call to Assemble – the ‘tekiah‘ was in addition to the breaking of camp. The silver trumpets were used to call “the community” to assemble with Moses at the entrance to the Dwelling. There was a distinction between the two instructions. If the tekiah was heard from one silver trumpet it was a signal that the head of the family assemble at the entrance of the Dwelling with Moses. If both trumpets sounded the whole community was to gather at the entrance to the Dwelling with Moses – (Numbers 10:3, Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews 3:292-294).
The functions that were assigned to the silver trumpets were many; they were sounded in the time of war (Numbers 10:9, 31:6; 2 Chronicles 13:12), in the day of your gladness, your appointed seasons and new moons (Numbers 10:10), before the Ark of YAHVEH and over the burnt-offerings and peace-offerings. – (Numbers 10:10; 1 Chronicles 15:24, 15:28, 16:6, 16:14; 2 Chronicles 5:12, 5:13, 7:6. 13:14, 29:28)
Today, Family, both trumpets have sounded and it is declaration that not only the heads of Israel to assemble, but the Whole House of Israel, and those who love her, to respond and join in the spirit to be a “pillar” as Israel continues to rightfully defend her citizens. We have that opportunity tomorrow, Sunday, November 17 to be united in prayer. (EST 9am)
Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Former chief rabbi Ovadia Yoeph announced Thursday evening that they would hold a massive gathering of prayer for spiritual awakening and on behalf of the soldiers, Sunday afternoon at 4:00 the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem.
The chief rabbi said, “The people of Israel lives, and its success depends on its unity and faith.” He sent out a prayer of recovery for the wounded and condolences to the families of those who were killed, concluding, “It’s our duty, at this hour, to strengthen the residents of the south and our heroic soldiers in prayer.” (source Arutz Sheva)
Thank you for setting apart time to pray tomorrow and also to be a “silver trumpet”. Also, don’t let your prayers only be for one day. It is possible that this conflict won’t be resolved in a few days; it could be longer. The reality is the truth that this is (and has been) an attack on the freedom of democracy that is found in the only country in the Middle East who values life, family and freedom, Israel. The patience of Israel has been amazing as they have endured thousands of rockets this year, and hundreds just over the last few days.
So much more to write but I want to share with you that Israel’s Iron Dome is working!! This diagram shows the mechanics of it.
Google Iron Dome Israel to see more info how the Iron Dome is working and protecting Israel.
ALSO, this info just in. The IDF is asking for discretion to be used in your social media how you are reporting rocket activity in Israel as the enemy is using it. Please tell everyone to be wise in their posts!!
To close I want to tell you of the plans that I am making for a spring journey to Israel, March 10 to 19, 2013. Details have been posted on my web page www.HereToTheNations.com/page10. I also posted a video on my Face book page www.facebook.com/PreciousOils with the invite. I’ll be posting some of the mitzvah’s (good deeds) and basic itinerary soon. If you’ve never read a theme who the Fragrant Bride is I’ve written it out and it is why we are going to Israel in the Spring.
For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burns. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. Thou shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shall no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shall be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighted in thee, and thy land shall be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee. I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Isaiah 62:1-7
The book of Ruth gives us a “clue” to how an Intercessor’s character should be.
And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goes, I will go; and where thou lodges, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Ruth 1:16
Three times Naomi “urged” or “interceded” for Orpah and Ruth to go back to Moab. Orpah left, Ruth began her own intercession (entreating) by clinging onto Naomi. Intercession requires us to “cling on” to which is good, and where we find promise.
Volumes could be written how the Bride of Yeshua is being refined. In Hebrew we find the word is
צרף tsâraph tsaw-raf’
A primitive root; to fuse (metal), that is, refine (literally or figuratively): – cast, (re-) fine (-er), founder, goldsmith, melt, pure, purge away, try.
One scriptural usage of tsaraph is found in Daniel 12:10, it is the word “tried”. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
The Father is looking for a Bride for His Son. She will be a Watchman on the Walls, she will “cling-on”, and she will understand the times that we live.
Thanks for reading.