by Natan Alterman
Then Satan said, “How will I overcome this one who is under siege?
He possesses bravery, ingenuity, weapons of war and resourcefulness.”
And he said, “I’ll not sap his strength, nor rein him in, nor put a bit in his mouth,
Nor fill his heart with cowardice, nor overwhelm him with discouragement
As in days gone by.
I will only do this:
I will cast a shadow of dullness over his mind until he forgets that his cause is just.”
There are many prayer points that continue to surface in this war. While many are very obvious, perhaps a reminder of some of these will help keep them in the forefront of your prayer times.
Pray for the families who have lost loved ones during this war.
Pray for Israel's soldiers.
Pray for the thousands of reservists who received their "marching orders" today.
Pray for the kidnapped soldiers. Pray for their kidnappers.
Pray the IAF will continue to hit their targets with even greater accuracy to destroy the strongholds of the enemy.
Pray for the thousands of Israelis from the North who have fled their homes and gone to other parts of the country. Pray every need will be met during this time. They have left jobs behind so they have no income during this time. Many will return to damaged or destroyed homes. Pray for those who remain in the North.
Pray for the continued "hedge of protection" over this land and people. Today, rockets from Lebanon penetrated deeper into Israel than ever before.
Pray for the Love of God to be released into the hearts of those who hate the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. It is only through a *new heart" that they will have this love.
Pray for all the believers in the land to continue to be used by the Lord as an instrument of Peace. Pray for Godly wisdom, greater knowledge, and deeper compassion. Pray for more of His love to come forth for all people.
In 1999 we (White Dove Ministries and Bob Jones) wrote in the “Basilisk” article that terrorism was not coming... it is already here. That threat remains real. Nonetheless, intercession can nullify those spiritual plans of the enemy both for Israel and our nation. In recent weeks, the Lord has given specific permission to call upon heaven for the release and activation of the mighty warring angels, including the distinguished archangel Michael.
The Lord’s love for Israel is eternal and to share in His heart is to participate in His love for the Jewish people and the land upon which the blood of Christ was spilled.
In Jewish tradition, the 17th of the month of Tammuz is a fast day which commemorates the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar (586 BC) and Titus (AD 70).
In addition to the breaching of the City Walls, the Mishnah (Ta’anit 4:6) recounts four other tragedies that occurred on this day, 17th of Tammuz:
After Matan Torah, the giving of the Torah, Moses went back up Mount Sinai for forty days in order to learn both the general principles and details of the Law and to receive the 10 Commandments. But Bnei Yisrael miscalculated the amount of time that Moses was meant to be on the mount, and on the 39th day of his absence (17th of Tammuz) fearing that he would not return, they built an idol - the golden calf. When Moshe (Moses) saw that the nation, who had just made a covenant with God, had built an idol, he was overcome by anger and he threw the 10 commandments to the floor, smashing them to pieces.
During the days of the destruction of the first Temple, the walls of Jerusalem were breached on the 9th of Tammuz. Although the enemies entered the city and spread desolation, they were unable to enter the Sanctuary because the Cohanim (priests) had fortified themselves and continued to perform the daily offerings.
On the 17th of Tammuz, a number of years before the destruction of the Second Temple, during the time of the Roman Procurator Comenus, there was great tension between the Romans and the Jews. Josephus Flavious tells of the burning of the Torah Scroll by Comenus and his forces: “On the royal road, near Beit Horon, robbers befell the cortege of Stephanus, a royal official, and they thoroughly plundered it. Comenus sent an armed force to the nearby villages and ordered the arrest of their inhabitants, who were then to be brought before him. One of the soldiers seized a scroll of the Holy Torah in one of the villages; he tore it and cast it into the fire...From all sides the Jews gathered in trembling, as if their entire land had been given over into the flames...”
Many are of the belief that Apustumus, a royal Roman official, placed an idol in the Second Temple on the 17th of Tammuz.
Historically, the 21 days between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B’Av (9th of Av), have been fraught with trials and tribulation for the Jews.
During the Three Weeks from 17th Tammuz until the 9th Av, the Jewish nation undergoes a collective period of mourning.
1200 B.C.– Israel told by God in the wilderness that generation would not enter the land of promise.
586 B.C .– The Babylonian army destroyed the Holy Temple.
70 C.E. – Titus and the Roman army destroyed the Holy Temple
135 – "Bethar" the stronghold of Bar Kochba, fell ending the last trial for Jewish Independence.
136 – Rome began to erect the pagan city on site of the Temple dedication.
1096 — The first crusades began.
1290 — The Jews were expelled from England.
1306 — The Jews were expelled from France.
1492 — King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella signed expulsion. By July, on the 9th of AV, all Jews had to be out of Spain.
1914 — Declarations for World WAR I began.
1942 — Plans for the annihilation of Jews were drafted initiating World War II.