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Discipling the Nations
By Dan Juster
In Matthew 28:18-20 we read: Then Yeshua came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them… and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you...
From the time of the fall, God voiced His commitment to the redemption of the peoples who would be born. The fall would be reversed. In the covenant with Abraham, God promised that all the peoples of the earth would be blessed through Abraham’s seed. The Gospel – based on the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Yeshua– is the fulfillment of the promise to the nations and will eventually lead to all nations coming under the rule of the Messiah and entering into the fullness of the Kingdom. At this time, however, we are involved in seeking an adequate remnant from every nation that will influence the salvation of Israel and the nations.
This is especially important for Jewish disciples of Yeshua. Israel is not called merely for their own fulfillment. Israel’s call from the very first is for the blessing of the nations. Therefore Jewish followers of Yeshua should be involved in prayer for the nations and open to God’s call to the nations. This can be expressed in a variety of ways. When a Jewish disciple brings the Gospel to other nations, a very special quality of anointing is manifest. Some will do this on short term trips, some in mercy ministries, and some in long term venues for spreading the Good News.
Let us note that the Great Commission is not fulfilled by merely speaking the message, but in discipling the members of the nations to obey all of His commandments. This includes training in godly character. It includes discipling believers in all of their responsibilities in all spheres of life.
Yeshua says to those who are discipling that “All authority has been given to Me.” This means that He is delegating His authority and power to accomplish this commandment. May God give us His heart for the nations and for making disciples. May He give us specific nations for which we are called to pray and specific Kingdom works to support more specifically.
Kurds fighting Da'ash
By Michael Kerem
The Sunni-Shiite war continues to devastate and ravage the Middle East. At last count another 1.8 to 2 million refugees have flooded into N. Iraq and SE Turkey in the last few months adding to the nearly 6 million Syrians displaced.
The Assyrian Christians residing in Mosul area and the Yezidi Kurds were the worst affected by Da'ash's (ISIL) latest offensive. Christian families were attacked with men and children being killed and women being taken by soldiers to use at their discretion. An epic humanitarian crisis followed with hundreds of thousands having fled to the Kurdish autonomous region in N. Iraq and Turkey where relief agencies and local municipalities and churches have opened their doors to try to care for these refugees.
However the focal point of all of the latest fighting is now centered on a Kurdish city in Northern Syria adjacent to the Turkish Border (not far from ancient city of Haran), called Kobani. This represents a strategic test of the international community's ability to resist ISIL'S aggression and advance to control a large portion of Iraq and Syria as part of a renewed Islamic State.
How to pray:
1. For financial and humanitarian aid to thousands of these refugee populations (Christian, Muslim and Yezidi) especially as winter approaches.
2. Some local Messianic believers here have traveled to deliver aid and share God's plan for the region outlined in Isaiah 19.23-25. Pray for more teams to be sent.
3. for petitioning of governments to stand with the Kurds in N. Iraq and throughout the Middle East. The Kurds number 25-30 million and still do not have their own nation state. They are Sunni Muslims but have shown much openness to the gospel.
Opening ceremony of The Museum of Polish Jewry
By Mateusz Wójcikiewicz
On October 28, 2014 in Warsaw the official opening of The Museum of Polish Jews was attended by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. This historic event shows how good the Polish-Israeli relationship is at present.
World media has noticed this trend that Poland is friendlier towards Jews than other countries in Western Europe, where anti-Semitism is becoming stronger. Film director Adam Zucker in an interview for The Times of Israel spoke of the growing phenomenon of philo-Semitism so vividly seen in Poland.
Jewish culture festivals are very popular in Poland. The biggest known are Festival of Jewish Culture in Krakow in June each year, Singer's Warsaw in August, and the international film festival Jewish Motives in May in Warsaw. There are countless musical festivals, new Jewish restaurants inspired with Jewish kitchen, and newly restored synagogues.
President Komorowski said during the opening ceremony: "One cannot understand the history of Poland without knowledge of the history of Polish Jews. One equally cannot understand the history of Jews without knowledge of history of Poland."
Pray for the mid-term elections in the United States this week. May God raise up people for the Congress and Senate with a heart of righteousness and integrity! May this election be a positive turning point for godly values and restoration.
In the wake of a series of terrorist attacks in Egypt, seemingly associated with the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas, Egyptian President Al Sisi has undertaken some strong measures to create a security strip on the Egyptian side of the Gazan border. His troops are clearing 500 meters of houses used for tunnel openings. If successful, these measures could greatly limit the re-armament of Gaza and increase chances for less violence in the future.