Jerusalem Prayer List May 25, 2018

In the last two weeks I did not publish the Jerusalem prayer list. I am still accompanying a group of students from Lipscomb University in Nashville. We started this study tour in Israel and from Israel traveled in Jordan and from Jordan to Egypt. Right now I am in Egypt and today we will be traveling to Mt. Sinai – Saint Catherine’s Monastery. Very early tomorrow morning we will be climbing Mt. Sinai. This evening we will be sleeping in St. Catherine’s Monastery and God willing, we will have the privilege of visiting the Library and the Museum of St. Catherine’s. This is a rare privilege now days since the library has not been open for the public for several years. A friend from Huston, Texas, who is a friend of one of the fathers in the Monastery fixed a special privilege for us to visit this ancient library and see the icon collection. The Sinai desert is in Egypt and we are going to need your prayers for all of our safety and security. This is a very serious request for prayer for our safety and safe return to Israel tomorrow night.

The Bible Lands are so very important for all serious students of God’s Word. Traveling and seeing and experiencing the places that have given us the geographic coordinates of the Biblical Story are one of the elements that convert the story from being just a story into being a conscious reality in our lives. These students are being lead by one of Lipscomb’s Vice Presidents who in 1987 was my students in a special one semester program in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Greece and Italy. The majority of those students from that program in 1987 have done well both spiritually and materially.

It is a special privilege to have the opportunity to shape the lives of students and also people in general. Now we are on our way to Sinai and we need your prayers.

The Torah reading of this Shabbat is going to be Neso. This Parasha ends with what is called the Aaronic blessing (Numbers 6:22-27):

“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’ “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”

This is a kind of universal blessing that even Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches use to bless their parishioners. It is a little strange for me that these Christians that actually reject the Old Testament and the Torah of God use this Aaronic Blessing and the tithing for the Priest of Israel and the Temple as the holy grail. These Christians adopt what they want from God’s word and reject the authority of what is called the Old Testament, but the blessings and the money they want to keep.

What does this blessing that is given to Aaron and his sons actually say:

  1. The Lord Bless you: God is going to bless you. Therefore don’t seek a blessing from the idols of your day, or from the people of your city and country. Depend on God for your blessing in life. If God blesses you, you will be truly blessed. If men bless you, you will forever be indebted to them. If men bless you they can not really keep/ protect/ guard/ you. Only God can bless you and protect you and guard you and your life.
  2. “The Lord make his face to shine upon you:” One of the worst predicaments in the Word of God is when God hides His face from you. IN other others God does not want to hear you or have a relationship with you. You can read Ezekiel 39:22-27 and see the consequences of the sin of Israel when God hides his face from you. This blessing of Aaron states that God is going to shine his face on you – you will have personal and clear communication and access to a personal relationship with the Almighty God of Israel and God will smile (shine) his face toward you.
  3. God will be gracious to you. He will measure your life, successes and falls, with his grace and not with His measure of justice and judgment. This is a very important blessing because it declares the attitude of God toward His children and not toward His enemies.
  4. “The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” This is the ending statement and summery of the Aaronic blessing: God will look with favor upon you. This is a request of God to pay attention to you and show favoritism toward you. This might sound strange to western ears. The priest of Israel, Aaron’s children, ask God to show special favor to Israel and to His children. Literally, “to lift up the face toward” means to treat favorably, even to show favoritism!
  5. God will grant you well-being, Shalom, wholeness, and bring you within His boarder (space of calm and security – Shalom!

It is such a great privilege for the men of our congregation every Shabbat to bless the children and their mothers with this blessing. Fathers need to bless their children and their family with this blessing at least once every week. I often say that this blessing and blessing of your children and wife every week is such a great privilege and encouragement. My father was a good father, but he never blessed me. On the other hand he cursed me thousands of times. I became what God has made me by the Grace of God and the blood of Yeshua. It would have been nice if my father would have blessed me! But, God the Father of us all has blessed me and you and He and He alone is the source of real blessings. I thank my Father in Heaven, the LORD of Glory, for His blessing and I thank HIM who is above all and in all for blessing me personally and all of humanity who seek His blessing and redemption daily.

Keep Israel in prayer and keep the whole Middle East in prayer. Iran continues daily to seek the destruction of Israel. The threats of Iran and much more serious than the world realizes. They continue to build military bases and amass thousands of rockets that can hit every point in Israel. Iran is the queen of deception and lies, and We all have to take it much more seriously than the majority of the world. Russian is playing a double game in Syria and it allows Iran to build bases in Syria knowing that these bases and military hard-ware is aimed only against one entity – Israel. The hands of the USA in Syria are tied behind their backs because of the sentiments that the Obama administration planed in the American public – withdrawal and minimalist involvement outside of the United States. USA has been involved in the affairs of the World since President Jefferson and this is what has made the USA a name and honor and respect among so many nations. First of all is that as Christians who believe in God and in the Messiah and hold the Bible as their compass and road map – we can’t stand by and see such great injustice and evil flourish around us. Because if we do that same injustice and evil will soon knock on our own doorstep and crash our shopping malls and streets of our great cities.So, pray for the forces of justice and truth and especially pray for Israel’s safety and success in being an agent of fulfillment of God’s promises to the World.Pray for Israel! Pray for the Israeli government to be wise and make the right decisions that will give peace a chance. Pray the same prayer for the Palestinian leadership. Pray that they will wake up and think of what is good for their people and not the fake religious hate that they are mongering and feeding their poor nation against Israel and the Jewish people.

Pray for the Iranian Ayatollahs that their evil intent against Israel will be converted into a healthy and wise desire to bless their nation and people and deliver them from the bondage of the Shiite radical Islam.

Please keep Praying for the situation on our northern frontier. Iran and the Hezbollah pray that they calm down and see the light and learn to love Israel rather than want to destroy it.

Pray for the President D. Trump and for Kim Jeong Un of North Korea. It the talks fail between the USA/South Korea and North Korea the situation in the Korean Peninsula and in East Asia will become very complex and threaten the World with World War III. No one want this kind of war to take place on the face of our world because North Korean leaders have an “inherited genetic proclivity to madness”. In my opinion others of the world leaders have the same “genetic” inclinations.

I continue to ask you to pray for Marcia my wife and her health, her pain from the Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetic, and some memory issues.

Pray for a very fine young lady Gabriela. Gabriela is a special girl and for my family she is almost like our own great grand-child. Please raise prayer in behalf of Gabriela. She is in the hospital and we need a real miracle breakthrough for dear Gabi.

Hillel a dear Jewish brother in Helsinki, Finland, also needs God’s healing hands to touch his life and body.

Pray for Patty, Andrea and Tineke are all in Netherlands and need healing from God.

Pray for healing and recovery for a dear brother from Tiberias called Barry he had a stroke and is in the process of rehabilitation now.

Pray for the efforts of Zvi, a dear brother in the Messiah, who is working to build a nursing home for elderly brothers and sisters from the household of faith. As you know the command in the New Covenant is to do good for everyone but first of all to those of the household of faith. These are the local disciples of Yeshua in this land. Millions of dollars are spent by Christians for Israel and even for Orthodox Jewish ministries who hate us and hate Yeshua our Lord. This is a great deception that is going on here in the Land of Israel since 1974 until now. Don’t neglect your brothers and sisters in the Land of Israel. We are happy that there are Christians who want to bless Israel. We bless Israel with much more than money and charitable donations. Our we and our children serve Israel with everything from serving in the Israel Defense Forces (the Army) in the best and the most sensitive unites to feeding the poor of Jerusalem to spreading GOOD NEWS of love and grace from the Almighty God for the Jewish people and the World. So, please pray for Zvi and others who want to build in Jerusalem a place where those who are aging quickly will see the love of God and the community until they join the LORD and wait for the resurrection.

Continue to Pray for Julia. She is still in the hospital and feeling a little better.

Please keep praying for a dear sister named Zhou Wenrilan living in China.

Keep praying for the planned conference in Portugal in May 2019. This conference is to awaken governments and the world attention and press for the Restoration of the Anussim (Marranos) both spiritually and physically to their naturals home.

Please keep praying for my daughter Danah and granddaughter Noaam and their health and strength and provision. They are so wonderful and need so much help from God and so much strength. May the Lord God of Israel in the name of Yeshua help them. The suffering is so long and so intense. I believe that it is time for the Lord to hear our prayers.

Please praying for Alexandra, a young lady, a new bride. We are seeking the LORD’s blessing for Alexandra and husband in healing and strength.

Margareta is a dear Jewish sister who needs deliverance. Please keep praying for dear Ruby who has also suffered for long years and it is time for the Lord to hear our prayers for her healing. Um Abu-Eid is a dear old Arab sister. Please pray for her healing and strength. The list is still the same Bida, George, Gary, Melanie, Aharon, Yuri Marianenko, Sarit, Ahuva, Leah, Ilana, Miraim, Yehuda H., David Stern, Paulo, Noami, Tim Tucker, Anne-Mirjami, Satu-Maria and Anna-Majia, Sinni Tuuli, Erki and Sirpa, Jaako from Vaasa, Keijo and Salme, Evelina, Eva H., Horace and June Marcia’s father and mother, Marcelo’s parents. Curita Sensei, the Abe family, Toru, Takeo Sensei, Daisuke Sensei, Tomoko San, Sadako San, Yumi and her husband, and her family in Okinawa.

Please pray for Louisa and Tony in Hong Kong. Louisa is a dear sister who needs healing from Cancer and Tony is a dear brother who needs healing emotionally and generally in his life and business.

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 Knezevich. I have a special request from a brother Moshe Daniel from Kenya for his ministry and for the brothers in Kenya.

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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