©April 21, 2012 Revive Israel
God's Faithfulness in Israel's History
By Eddie Santoro
The long Passover holiday has ended and everyone has returned to regular work and school. For one glorious week the people of Israel observed the ancient commandment to remember God's faithful intervention in this nation's history, when He came down and personally delivered His people from affliction. Little did the people of Israel in that day know or understand just how many more times our faithful God would have to intercede to ensure that its supernatural destiny would be fulfilled. As we look over this long history, we can proclaim that He who was faithful is still faithful and will continue in His faithfulness until every promise that He has spoken is fulfilled.
Following the Passover celebration, the nation immediately passes through another eight days leading up to Holocaust Remembrance Day. Here in Israel, normal life pauses, as the nation collectively remembers the 6,000,000 who were murdered during the nightmare of the attempted genocide of the Jewish people. For 24 hours, this worst of all tragedies is relived. Regular television and radio broadcasting is replaced by heartbreaking yet heroic testimonies of those whose lives were caught up in this unfathomable dark period of history.
There are so many who share in the experience of being the only survivors of large families that were murdered in Europe during those years. It is one of the unnatural legacies of this nation that so many have no extended, older families. For them the long history of generations was wiped out during the years of the Holocaust, and their family history started anew from one lone survivor.
The remembrance of this horrific period as it is told by the people of Israel stands as a mighty proclamation of God's faithfulness. Satan has done his best to destroy this nation but he cannot! Israel lives!
Next Tuesday evening is the beginning of Israel's solemn Memorial Day. The nation will commit twenty four hours to honor the memory of the soldiers who died protecting this nation in its many wars and the civilians who were murdered in the all too many terrorist attacks. Here in this land that has been attacked so many times in recent history, there are few families that are not personally connected to someone who gave his life so that Israel may live.
And finally as the sun sets on Memorial Day, the nation will move from grief to joy, as Israel celebrates Independence Day, the miracle of its birth 64 years ago. Israelis will hold parties on the streets and parks of every town and city in Israel as this nation celebrates its independence and continuing life.
Israel's existence today is a miracle! Our God who keeps all His promises is faithful and true. May the testimony of God's faithfulness to Israel also bless and encourage you as you live a life of expectation and hope in Yeshua our Messiah. He who promised is faithful, and He will guard all that we entrust unto Him until that day (II Timothy 1:12).
The God Factor
By Francis Frangipane (excerpt)
The world appears to be heading into an inevitable war. Iran is committed to developing nuclear weapons, while Israel is committed to preventing them from doing so.
But the war may not be as inevitable as it seems. 80% of the Muslim world belongs to the Sunni sect, while Iran is a part of the Shiite sect. This infamous conflict between these two sects is a long and violent one. Nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran would put the majority of the Muslim nations at risk of attack as well, so it stands to reason that they would side against Iran’s dangerous pursuits.
There is also a factor in this situation that trumps all others: the God factor. This factor is always the most powerful, yet often times the least known. In recent years, Iranians have been coming to faith in Jesus in droves. These new believers are discovering the Lord through visions and dreams as an alternative to the violence and hate of Islam. They meet in secret, underground house churches and mission leaders in Iran estimate their numbers to have reached nearly one million.
For more information about Francis Frangipane, see: http://www.frangipane.org/
By Don Finto (excerpt)
In the late 7th century before the coming of Yeshua, Hezekiah was a king that “did what was right in the in the eyes of the Lord” (2 Kings 18:3). When the Assyrians conquered the northern kingdom of Israel and invaded Judah, however, the situation seemed hopeless. Hezekiah cried out to the Lord. God heard his prayers and sent the prophet Isaiah to proclaim the downfall of the Assyrians and the deliverance of Judah.
"That night the Angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning - there were all the dead bodies. So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew" (19:35-36).
If God can destroy an entire army and bring a mighty nation to its knees in one night, He is fully capable of meeting all the needs and fulfilling all the dreams that He initiates in our lives. The Bible is a testimony of God’s glory and power. And that same power that King Hezekiah and the people of Judah saw on that great day is available to you today! So let us pray bold prayers and expect the impossible!
For more information about Don Finto, see: http://calebcompany.org/
Keep your calendar set and prepare your prayer groups to gather together again this year in Israel and around the world for the annual Pentecost prayer vigil on the eve of Shavuot (Feast of Weeks), all night, Saturday-Sunday, May 26-27, as we intercede for the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the end times (Acts 2:17). Details to follow.
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