response to our request for participation in the Esther Fast from
March 16-19 has been tremendous. We are expecting a breakthrough for
the Kingdom of God! (Similar to Esther 1:1, we have about 127 nations involved
in this prayer initiative.)
[Jim Maher was leader of the Israel Mandate at IHOP, Kansas City. He was also responsible for IHOP's involvement in this Esther fast. This week he was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident leaving behind his precious wife, son and daughter.]
Jim was a man with a daddy's heart, who loved his family and friends so well. Watching Jim and Elizabeth interact was like watching two school kids when they are first in love. Jim pastored many hearts and led us into sweet worship and passionate intercession. Because of the love that burned within him, he spent his strength building relationships with God, his natural and spiritual family and people from Israel. His presence on Earth will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing this beloved, great man.
Japan after Earthquake/Tsunami
By Ariel Blumenthal
[Ariel served in Japan for the last 4 years, and is in contact with our ministry partners close to the center of the destruction.]
Our hearts stand in sympathy with the people of Japan during this catastrophe. Yeshua told us of the earthquakes and similar tragedies that would take place in the Last Days (Mt 24:7). Indonesia, Haiti, China, New Zealand, and now Japan—the nation that is most prepared for such events. Yet, we saw how awesome is the power of nature under the mighty hand of God, and how small and helpless we are in the face of such forces. We also see the God-given character of the Japanese people of self-control, service, dedication, and order.
[Eye witness account of the anti-Messianic demonstration in the southern city of Arad this week]
There were about 250 ultra-Orthodox demonstrators yesterday in front of Polly S's house. The demonstration lasted about 2.5 hours. In the garden of one of the neighbors, son to Holocaust survivors, there was a demonstration of about 30-50 people, who came to say they did not like what the ultra-Orthodox are doing. They had signs in our favor.
The demonstration was not aggressive as we thought it would be, but it was very loud: 250 men singing "Am Israel Chai." Rabbis giving speeches, shouts and yells of "amen" to what the Rabbis were shouting, while the Rabbis give a religious zeal to their speeches by shouting "God reigned, reigns and will reign forever and ever," while the things they said had no connection to the Lord or His character.
At one point, there was a presentation on a screen, done by an "anti-missionary" group, featuring faces and names of about 20 believers in Arad. The message was that we are the enemies of the Jewish people. A person we know, a former yeshiva student who later became a believer, said that while he was in the Yeshiva, the anti-missionary group came in and showed a film about Messianic Jews, at the end of which the yeshiva guys wanted to kill us.
One of the counter-protesters was the principal of the first high school in Arad. He came out with a big flag of Israel and shouted in anger at the ultra-Orthodox that were there, which of course got the immediate attention of the reporters there, who rushed to him with their cameras. The entire demonstration was covered by the Israeli TV.
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