Israel is at war from within. I trust you are all following the news and if you are not there are plenty of sources you can go to: www.jpost.com, www.timesofIsrael.com, www.ynetnews.com. I am not going to repeat what you can find through those 3 sources.
What is happening is not a result of no diplomatic solution to the Israel/Palestinian problem, it is not a result of poverty amongst the Arabs living in Judea and Samaria. This is a religious war fomented by Mahmoud Abbas (the head of the Palestinian Authority) and Hamas in Gaza. Its focal point is the Temple Mount and the lies that are being spoken to the Muslim Arabs of Israel.
The basis of these lies is their unwillingness to even acknowledge that the House of God once stood on the same mount where the abomination of Al Aqsa mosque now sits.
And the Lord said to him: "I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.
1 Kings 9:3
Israel has been falsely accused of changing the â€œstatus quoâ€ on the Temple Mount and preparing to allow Jews to pray there. Without getting into the right or wrong of this, there is no truth to this accusation.
However Abbas in an address on Palestinian TV said last month: â€œAl Aqsa Mosque is ours. They [Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet.â€ And: â€œWe bless every drop of blood spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah.â€
This was a clear call to the Muslims of both Judea and Samaria and in the rest of Israel, to attack Jews and to become â€œmartyrs.â€
This past Friday a televised Muslim preacher in Gaza held up a large knife and encouraged the Arabs of Israel to not only kill with their knives but to also rub poison on the blades to make them even more lethal.
There is a spirit of fear amongst the Jewish People in Israel, especially in Jerusalem and great pressure on the government to â€œdo somethingâ€ though it is not at all clear what can be done that is not already being done.
As this is a spiritual rebellion we are well placed to use our spiritual weapon of prayer to deal with the situation. This is a time for intercession, not spiritual warfare in binding the Principality of Islam - though we can appeal to the Lord to do that as He surely will when the time is right.
Pray for the people of Israel to be protected from the infectious â€œspirit of fearâ€ and that in their distress that they will â€œlook upâ€ and cry out to the God of Israel who will reveal to them their King and Messiah.
Ask the Lord to reveal His tactics for dealing with this wave of terrorism. If the Lord can speak through a donkey He can certainly get the attention of the Prime Minister or anyone else in the Israeli security cabinet or the security services.
Pray for the government that when they understand what they need to do they will not compromise because of what the nations might say.
The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
In the midst of this murderous wave of terror much of the western news media is grossly misrepresenting what is going on here. This was a recent headline in a newspaper: â€œTwo Palestinian Teenagers Shot by Israeli Police.â€ The reality was that they had just stabbed 4 Jewish men but you didnâ€™t find that out until later in the article. The clear lie is that Jews are killing Arabs for no good reason instead of the truth that they are stopping terrorists.
Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Pray that many in the Church who do not have a revelation of Israel would realize that the world not only lies about Israel but also hates her. That this would cause them to seek the Lord for His truth about Israel.
For the IFI Team
13 October 2015