Jerusalem Prayer List April 6, 2018

The last night of Passover in Israel. The seventh night of the seventh day that will be tomorrow. It ought to be the last day of eating Matzoth (unleavened Bread). However, because the actual Passover ends tomorrow evening and the Sabbath enters immediately there is no time to bake bread. This year we will eat Matzoth (unlearned Bread) eight days instead of seven days. It is no big deal, but I believe that most of Israel is already anxious to eat good soft white bread. Most of Israel will be patient and wait until Sabbath night when the new week starts and the bakeries will start working and there will be long lines in all the bakeries for people to buy their first loaf of bread after 8 days of dry hard Matzoth.

The Hamas (Arab/Palestinian Terrorist Organization) has been sending thousands of men, women and children to the border fence in Gaza to enable known terrorists under the auspices of the civilians to infiltrate into Israel through the fence and committee atrocities killing babies in their cribs and crashing the heads of toddlers with the buts of their guns. Israel will not allow this to happen and in the last week 18 Arabs have been killed while trying to cut holes in the fence. Out of the 18 that were shot 11 were known terrorists some of whom were wanted by the Israeli authorities. Israel has made it clear that the Israeli defense forces are not going to allow any Arab/Palestinian terrorist to get close to the border fence. Israel needs your prayers! Israel needs your support in every way. Don’t be shy to speak to your church members and brothers and sisters in the faith about Israel. Israel is God’s elect people for the purpose of ushering the Messiah the first time and receiving Him the second time He is revealed descending over the sky of Jerusalem.

Please pray for Israel and for every Israeli soldier stationed around the border of Gaza. Keep our men safe and give our officers wisdom to pull the trigger only when it is absolutely necessary. Give the leadership of the Palestinians in Ramallah and in Gaza wisdom to stop their terrorist activities and to stop resorting to violence and hate mongering and seek peace and coexistence. Give the Arab leaders the courage to accept the Promises of God in the Bible and to recognize that Israel is a Jewish State in fulfilment of God’s prophetic promises.Pray for a group of brothers and sisters from Jerusalem, from the USA and from Finland, that are going (flying) on Sunday morning to Greece to follow in some of the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. We need special prayer for safety and health and protection of the whole group.

Israel approaching two very major events in the next few weeks: The celebration of the 70th day of Independence, and President Donald Trump visiting Israel for the move of the USA Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. This is a big move and there are many among our neighbors who are very upset by this move. Prayer and God’s involvement in this move is our most powerful asset. We need you to pray for these two events. Israel needs God’s grace and our leadership needs wisdom. Our security services need revelation to know and recognize the plots of the enemy before it is carried out and stop it.

Please pray for the Israeli government. There are some major problems that face our government. I ask you to pray for our leadership to make wise and legal decisions:

  1. We have several tens of thousands of African infiltrators (work seekers) who have crossed the border from Sinai to Israel illegally. Most of these illegals are Muslims and they are also violent and aggressive. Israel has tried many different ways to resolve this problem unsuccessfully. Our government has proposed a working plan to resolve this issue, but the coalition partners objected to this compromise type of solution and the government folded and gave up the program. We need to pray for the government of Israel and the USA and Europe.
  2. President Putin of Russia and President Erdogan, and the President of Iran, the new axis of evil, has been meeting in Turkey in the last few days to discuss the future of the Middle East, and especially the future of Syria. However, Israel was one of the main topics of discussion and none of them were seeking Israel’s good. We need our brothers and sisters around the world to pray to God and ask for divine intervention in these plots against Israel that are being weaved among this axis of evil that is plotting how to drive Europe and the USA out of what is happening in the Middle East, and especially with Israel. Pray for us and for Israel’s safety and security.
  3. Pray for the spreading of good teaching that Yehuda and Daniel and Adam are doing with the weekly short video teaching. These teachings are reaching around the world and the responses are good and wide spread.
  4. Pray for Netivyah and the young people who are working as a team and blessing people in Israel and around the world.

This year because of Israel’s seventieth anniversary there it is expected that Israel will exceed the number of tourists from all around the world. Our congregation has visitors from seven or more countries weekly. Last Shabbat we had more than 40 brothers and sisters from China visit us and many other visitors. All the Chinese visitors heard a teaching on Baptism and almost all of them received emersion in the Jordan River the next day. Jerusalem is again becoming a pivotal point for the spread of the Gospel. Yeshua told the Apostles in the book of Acts that the Good News will go out of Jerusalem to the outer-most-parts-of-the World. We are looking at what God is doing both among Christians and among Jewish Rabbis and it is all amazing and beyond our imagination. I ask you to pray for all the thousands of tourists and lovers of Zion that are visiting Israel this year. Please pray for the Holy Spirit of God to touch the visitors and those who come to celebrate and those who come to help and those who come to see and stand with us. Please pray for the Blessing of the Lord to envelope every guest and visitor to take with them from Israel the biggest treasure of all, taken faith. This land is faith substantiated by the rocks and the hills, by the market places and the archaeological and historical places that say to all, yes the story is true, Yeshua, King David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hezekiah, and Baruch son of Neriah were really here and we have found the seals of their signature and on the pages of History and reality buried under our feet in the streets of Jerusalem.

I found a document from 1924 that was dispatched from Jerusalem on August 22nd to New York. This document proves that already in 1924 there were Anussim, Jews who were forced to convert to Catholicism who asked and wanted to return home to the Land of Israel and recover their Jewish Identity. Here is a quotation from this document:

“We marry only among ourselves and even if we are baptized as children in Catholic churches, are married according to Catholic rates and are laid in our graves as Catholics, we feel ourselves Jews more than ever/ In the course of the centuries we have lived under the pressure of clericalism, cut off from every communication with Jews. The Jewish laws have become strange to us. By certain phases of the moon we know when it is Yom Kippur, which we observe devoutly according to the commands which have been handed down by tradition. It pains us that we do not understand the words of the Hebrew commands. We Marranos never cease to speak of our return to Jerusalem. We speak of it with our children and we believe in it firmly. We take the most joyful interest in the present reconstruction work of our Jewish brethren in the land of our fathers.”

I ask you to pray that this sad and long saga of these Jews who were forced to convert to Catholicism (Christianity) can be reinstated and received in Israel as Jews without forcing them to convert to Orthodox Judaism. Open the arms and the hearts of the Israeli leadership, both the secular and the religious leadership to see this historical moment and restore these millions of Jews back to this land. It is going to happen, the Word of Obadiah the prophet, like the words of all the prophets are going to become a reality, I pray that it will happen in my days and I will see it with my eye.

Please keep on praying for Tal our dear brother from the Galilee. He is coping with cancer and we all pray for the Lord to touch Tal with healing and grace.

I also ask you to pray for Andrea – a sister in Holland that is also coping with a difficult illness.

Please pray for our youth group, the Munchkins, they are going for a few days of camping during this holiday. Pray for their safety and for their training and for their spiritual growth and fellowship.

Please pray for Marcia’s health. She has some additional challenges in mobility and we are going to see the specialist today.

Please pray for Danah our daughter and for Noaam our granddaughter. They both have a difficult period that is not uncommon between teenagers and parents. Our family needs prayer for a divine touch and a whole lot of wisdom.

Please pray for Alexandra, a young lady, a new bride, who is suffering from illness and needs healing.

Please pray for a dear Orthodox Jewish sister who’s name is Margareta.

Please offer a special prayer for Ruby’s health and strength to endure and ask God to heal Ruby.

Please keep praying for a dear old devout Muslim woman named Um Abu Eid. She is old and sick and in need of God’s mercy.

Pray for Tineke a young woman who has a very serious situation with cancer.

Please continue to pray for Pastor George and Bida his wife from Belo-Horizonte, Brazil.

Please pray for the Museum of the Inquisition in Belo-Horizonte, Brazil and for the “Teaching from Zion Ministry” in the same city.

Pray for the conference that we are planning in Portugal for the Restoration of the Anussim back spiritually to their rightful identity as Jews and also physically home to Israel. The conference will be, the Lord willing, in May 2019.

Please continue to pray for these special brothers and sisters who are struggling with issues of this world and need divine wisdom and help to have better work and jobs, and other issues that are not physical illness but tests and trials in life. Please pray for Mr. Chung and Sister Lee. Please pray for Tony and Luiza our dear brothers in H.K. I have special concern for our dear brother Goh and his family, and for Sister Christy, Sister Laurel, and for Brother Michael Kenzevic, and Abe San and his family and his centenarian mother-in-law Sadako San in Japan.

Continue to pray for Gary in Jerusalem.

Aharon (Don and Nancy’s Son) is still struggling with a tumor in his brain keep him in your prayers please! Also keep his family in your prayers. Yuri Marianenko is fighting a prostate cancer. Our wonderful older brothers and sisters need our prayers: Ahuvah Ben Meir, Sarit, Miriam, Ilana, and Leah. Yehuda H., our brother is also in need of God’s gracious healing touch. I am adding a request for you to pray for a dear couple.

Praise God David Stern is out of the Hospital already more than a month. He still needs our prayers for strength and healing.

We pray up our dear brothers and sisters Clara, Paulo, Naomi, Tim Tucker, Anne-Mirijami, Satu-Maria, Anna-Majia, Sinni Tuuli, Erki and Sirpa, Keijo and Salme, and Evelina, Eva H., Liz in Georgia, and Horace and June Marcia’s parents. We especially lift before God’s throne of mercy Marcelo’s father and mother in Belo-Horizonte.

We pray for the following dear brothers and sisters: Pastor Carita in Tokyo, Toru San, and the husband of Yumi and for her father Ohara Sensei, Shoko San, Takeo Sensei and Tomoko San, the Abe family and Sadako San all in Japan.

Please pray for Hillel – Hillel is a dear brother who is suffering in several different areas of life. Pray for the Lord to uplift Hillel and bless Hillel and his family, and heal Hillel, and give Hillel the ability to work and produce. In Yeshua’s name.

God bless and keep HIS promises to Abraham and bless all those who bless the Children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Keep you all healthy, blessed, and happy in all that the Lord is doing for you and for the world around you!

Now is the time to seriously pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and believe in God’s promises!

Joseph Shulam

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