©April 12, 2013 Revive Israel
Those Who Are With Us
By Don Finto
Reading through Kings. Ran across the time when Elisha and his servant were trapped in Dothan. The Syrian king had surrounded the city with an army of horses and chariots.
"Oh, my lord, what shall we do?" the servant cried.
"Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them."
Those who are with us! I paused when I read this.
I knew what was coming next. Elisha prayed and the servant's eyes were opened so that he saw the surrounding hills full of horses and chariots of fire.
What kind of chariots of fire are around me? I wondered. How many angels?
"The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers him," David had written in one of his psalms (34:7). "The LORD surrounds His people," the Jewish pilgrims proclaimed as they approached the city of Jerusalem (Ps. 125:2). "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation," echoes the writer of Hebrews.
Surrounded by angels - hills filled with horses and chariots of fire - the angel of the LORD encamped about me - angels sent forth to serve.
Those who are with us are more than those who are with them! Be encouraged!
Situation in Korea
By Mansuk Song
Because of the UN economic sanctions against North Korea, they are trying to get the attention of the US and South Korea by military threats. North Korea is losing investments from China and other countries, while South Korea is receiving increasingly more foreign investments. South Korean stock markets are stable with no unrest at all. If North Korea makes any kind of military attack, then there would be serious retaliation against them.
Let us pray for a peaceful end to the evil regime in N. Korea, one which continues to persecute Christians and cause fear and instability throughout the world.
Please set your calendars for the all-night prayer and fasting on the eve of Pentecost (Shavuot). Congregations and prayer houses within Israel will be joining together with us with one heart in one accord (Acts 1:14) for 12 hours from 10:00 PM to 10:00 AM (Israeli time), May 14-15. We will be interceding for the fulfillment of the promise for a worldwide revival in the end times (Acts 2:17). Prayer groups from around the world will be joining us on internet and live stream. Praise sets and prayer topics, as well as internet connections, will be sent in the coming weeks. Please join us for this "future-history making" event.
Jack Teitel, the "Jewish Terrorist" who bombed the home of the Messianic Jewish Ortiz family in 2008, seriously wounding their son Amiel, was sentenced this week to a double life prison sentence. Here is a video from Maoz, featuring the father, David Ortiz.
By Bella Davidov
I have just returned from my first trip to Poland where I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau.
I was born in a refugee camp in Germany, in 1947. My parents were both Holocaust survivors who lost most of their family and possessions. Only one of my father’s brothers survived because he came to Israel in the 30's.
Both my parents were Polish. My mother was born and grew up in the Jewish section of Warsaw. When the Germans invaded Poland, they turned it into a ghetto.
She was able to escape and made her way to Russia. Moving from place to place against all the odds -- freezing cold weather, hunger, no shelter or proper clothing, she survived. After the war she came back to Warsaw, only to find it totally destroyed, including the street where she grew up. Looking through the rubble for anything that might belong to her, she found nothing. No one survived but her (my mother died in 1998 at the age of 85).
I was a year old when Israel was declared a nation in 1948, and we immigrated to Israel. So I grew up with the Jewish nation. I heard of the events of the Holocaust all my life, but only after I became a believer in Yeshua and grew in faith did I have a desire to understand this unbelievable disaster that befell my people. Now it was time to discover my roots; my daughter Liat joined me.
The spring day was unusually cold when we arrived at Auschwitz. I walked in the snow, and listened to the Polish tour guide explain that the "inmates" (who were mainly Jews) were transported by train to this place. Upon arrival they were segregated by sex, surrendered their valuables and removed their clothes before entering the gas chambers. I shivered as I stood there listening, but not just from the cold. Standing in that death camp, seeing the huge size of the place, I thought: “It’s amazing to what length the Nazis went in order to kill the Jews… so many buildings were built to house them. What an investment!”
Many people from all over the world come to visit Auschwitz today. We hear the number “six million” of the Jews who died, but it’s hard to grasp the meaning of such a huge number of people. But seeing the enormous piles of hair, shoes, toothbrushes and glasses gave us a little idea of how many died. When I saw the piles of glasses it struck me that these were not just glasses, but every pair represented a Jew who was murdered.
I cried and prayed to God that all this was not in vain. Out of the ashes of the Holocaust, He brought His people back to the Land. Now He is bringing us back to Himself. I join Paul in his prayer: "...my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved." (Rom 10:1)
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