Israeli Memorial and Independence Day
By Mati Shoshani
On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, Israel celebrates 63 years of independence. The joy is marred by the remembrance of those who died in battle for the independence we enjoy. In Jewish tradition, joyous occasions are coupled with the sadness and pain of past events. For example, we break a glass at weddings to remember the destruction of the Temple.
Tonight (Sunday) Israelis will stand for two minutes in remembrance of their 25,310 fallen brethren who died protecting our country. For many of us this is a personal time of grief as almost all Israelis have lost a friend or family member.
On Monday evening we transition from mourning to joy as we begin to celebrate Israel's independence. In the Israeli collective memory, the correlation between death and freedom is quite obvious. We recognize the frailty of our existence, and how close we came to losing it, not once but several times. This is a time in which the nation unites and recognizes the price paid by many for the life we live today.
As we stand and acknowledge the sacrifices of the past, we should remind ourselves of the fragility of Israel's existence. We might not be facing an immediate military attack, but we are in the midst of an ongoing battle over the hearts and minds of the world, and we need your prayers and support.
The targeted assassination of Osama Bin Laden, responsible for the death of 3,000 on the 9-11 Twin Tower attack, was an act of moral justice; correct and courageous. Barak Obama and the Navy Seals team deserve credit for leading the operation. Everyone in Israel responded favorably. Several comments:
Some Hamas leaders praised Bin Laden as a martyr and hero. Will the US now see it is unreasonable to force Israel to make concessions to Hamas, who are virtually the same as Al Qaida?
Bin Laden was living in a villa in Pakistan. Will the US now see that the support to Pakistan or any other Islamic governments necessarily involves giving cover to terrorist activities?
Israel has received worldwide criticism and even outrage for targeted assassinations of other confirmed terrorist leaders. Will the world community now understand that there was no other way to deal with them?
Israel Mandate Conference
Pray for the Israel Mandate conference at IHOP, Kansas City this weekend. Speakers include David Pawson, Mike Bickle, and Dan Juster.
Two Thousand years ago the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the early Messianic community in Jerusalem (Acts 2:1-4). This event was a turning point in the history of the kingdom of God. At that time Peter (Shimon Kepha) stood up and preached his famous Pentecost sermon. He described that outpouring as, "This is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel” (Acts 2:16). Classically this was interpreted to mean that the first century outpouring was the end, the fulfillment, the finality of what Joel prophesied. However, a closer examination of the text shows that there is yet a greater fulfillment yet to come.
"It will come to pass in the end times," says God, "I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh" - (Acts 2:17).
The outpouring of the first century was neither "on all flesh," nor "in the end times… before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord” (Acts 2:17-21). The content of that experience of the outpouring was correct, but the scope and the timing were not fulfilled.
This means that there will be another Pentecost, a "Second Pentecost." It will be a worldwide spiritual outpouring. This revival will take place shortly before the Second Coming, and in fact be part of the necessary process which brings about the Second Coming. We could say, "The Second Pentecost will lead up to the Second Coming." As the first Pentecost happened directly after the first Coming, the second Pentecost will happen directly before the second Coming. As the first Pentecost came out of Jerusalem, so will the second Pentecost come out of Jerusalem (Joel 2:32 - 3:2).
For this reason we are sponsoring a worldwide night of intercession, both in Israel and internationally, to pray for this soon coming, prophesied event. We will pray and fast for this one topic: worldwide revival in the end times. This all night prayer session involves cooperation with the Messianic Jewish Alliance of Israel, local pastors, and local prayer houses. We invite you to join with us for 12 hours on the eve of Shavuot (Pentecost), Tuesday-Wednesday, June 7 – 8, 10:00 PM to 10:00 AM, Israeli time.
Prayer groups, houses of prayer, congregations, and churches are all invited to join with the Messianic community in Israel for this prophetic prayer initiative. We will send further organizational information and prayer guidelines in the next few weeks. Please reserve this date on your calendars and let all your friends know about it.
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