I am in the second day of the Asia Messianic Forum conference in Bangkok, Thailand. There are 20 Asian countries represented here. There are representatives from countries like Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, and other countries. Some 700 delegates from Asia are present participating in this conference.

The main speakers are from Israel: Peter, Asher, Yehuda, and your humble servant. The teaching subject is: Restoration of Oneness / Unity of the Body of the Messiah. The teaching is excellent, and the response of the people is also excellent.

We have seen steady progress since a small group of Japanese brothers and I had the idea to work and spread the message of restoration of the church and Israel in 2008. Now the humble beginning has become a movement and the next step it will become a tidal wave, the way Peter, our brother from Mount Carmel, has called a move of the spirit of God’s Tsunami. This conference will end on Friday, and prayer would help solidify the progress and the seeds that have been planted since 2008, till now, in Asia.

The Torah reading this next Shabbat (August 17th, 2019) is Parashat Va’etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11, and from the Prophets Isaiah 40:1-26. From the New Testament the reading is from Mark 12:28-34.

This Shabbat is very special because of the reading of Isaiah 40:1-26. The name of this special Shabbat is “Nachamu”. In Hebrew Nachamu is translated as “comfort ye!” As Isaiah the prophet says:

“‘Comfort, yes, comfort My people!’ Says your God. ‘Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, That her warfare is ended, That her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the Lord’s hand Double for all her sins.’” – Isaiah 40:1,2 [NKJV]

I shall never forget when Marcia, and many other disciples of Yeshua in the land of Israel, performed Handel’s Messiah in the big national concert hall of Jerusalem. David Loden was the organizer and the conductor of the Handel’s Messiah concert in Jerusalem.

Hearing Handel’s Messiah for the first time, and hearing the singers, most of whom are disciples of Yeshua, singing “nachamu, nachamu, ami”, the tears just welled up in my eyes. Even my left eye that is blind teared up, and water started to flow down my face. Isaiah’s prediction and command to the nations to comfort Israel, and to a comfort Jerusalem, and to say to Jerusalem, “her warfare has ended and her iniquity is pardoned…”, was a major milestone in my appreciation of classical music in general, and Handel specifically.

The main thing that I want to share from the text in Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11, is that God did not show any favoritism to Moses. The great Moses, the deliverer of Israel from Egyptian slavery, the giver of the Torah, begged God to allow him this small favor, and just let him cross the Jordan river and step into the land of Canaan, that was promised to Abraham and to his seed forever.

God answered Moses very simply, “NO.” Moses will not enter into the promised land. Moses can beg and ask, and demand a favor from God. The God who said about Moses that He spoke to him face to face, mouth to mouth, didn’t bend to allow Moses this favor of entering the land of promise.

So, let us not be surprised sometimes when God tells us “NO.” Let us understand that although we are servants of God and we have given Him our lives, and He has saved our souls from perdition and brought us from Egyptian darkness to the light of His Torah, yet, He can for His own reasons say NO to us, and refuse our question and our request.

This is an important lesson to learn from an early age. God is not working at our service for our requests and whims.

The second thing that we ought to learn from this reading is that Moses, being 120 years old, has not lost his memory. But Moses forgot a little about the 10 commandments, and added some comments that don’t exist in Exodus 20. It is OK. 80 years passed, and a person can’t remember every word, even if it was spoken by God directly.

Moses just made some new commentary about the Shabbat. If you ask me why did the Holy Spirit allow this to happen, my answer would be the same as when people criticize the Gospels when there are synoptic problems. If there are some not-so-honest orthodox rabbis who use the different accounts in the Gospel and teach that you can’t trust the New Testament, you can always point to Moses and the 10 commandments, and to the problems between the books Samuel and Kings, and 1st and 2nd Chronicles.

This parasha is very rich and there is much important information. I urge you to read it and study it in person.

The other big thing on this Shabbat is the reading from Isaiah chapter 40. The Nachamu is a request or a command for the Gentiles to comfort Israel. I don’t believe that this is a request or a command to the pagans, but to those Gentiles, like the Christians, who honor the Bible as God’s Word, and believe in the word of God from Genesis to Revelation, and claim to believe in the God of Israel and in Yeshua the Messiah.

This makes sense to me that these Gentiles, who have received the grace of God and the forgiveness of sins from Yeshua the King of the Jews, ought to now comfort the people of God, the brothers and cousins of Yeshua, and encourage the Jewish people to do good and live and develop and farm and build the land of Israel. The land that God gave to Abraham and his decedents forever (see Genesis 13:15 and manly other texts in the Torah and in the Prophets).

I will keep this prayer list shorter both because it is late night here and I am very tired after five days of very intense conference and teaching.

Please pray for the wife of a dear Korean friend who is a student in a university in Israel. Her name is Rachel, Jingyung Lee. She is a mother of little children. She has been diagnosed with breast cancer. This family has had a difficult life, and now this cancer issue is a new challenge.

Please also pray for a dear Japanese sister who is young is dealing with cancer, and now chemotherapeutic treatment. The wife of a dear friend, also young, who is dealing with cancer, sister Yoshida of the Kyoto Glory Church. Keep our dear sister Tiz H. in your prayer, she too has just gone through surgery for cancer and is getting chemotherapeutic treatment. When I look at this list I see that there are others that we are praying for, like Ruby L., who was the first secretary of Netivyah, right in the very beginning of Netivyah in the early 1980s, and others.

Angela is a dear sister from Taiwan who is also battling stage 4 cancer and needs our prayers for a speedy and full recovery. Angela is a dynamic servant of God, and her dear husband is a leader and supporter of Israel, and a person of deep faith and a servant’s heart. Please pray and believe for a miracle of healing for all these dear brothers and sisters who are suffering from this terrible scourge of cancer. God is able to heal, and we pray and believe for healing of all those whom God has given us the privilege and burden to pray for their healing.

Please continue to pray for the whole Stern family in Jerusalem, David and Martha, and Daniel their son, and his family too.

Keep Noaam, our granddaughter, in your prayers. Keep Joseph Shulam, our grandson, also in your prayers. They are both 16 years old and starting their junior year in high school.

Please keep Marcia’s family, and especially Marcia’s mother, in your prayers. Horace H. Saunders, Marcia’s father, has left this earth and left behind his wife June, Marcia Shulam, H.E. Saunders, Scott, and Nathan Saunders. It is good that Marcia was able to be with her father and mother in East Tennessee during these hard days and nights before her father passed into the next world. Especially pray for Marcia to stay focused and strong to be able to help and support her mother and family during these days of grieving for her father.

Nothing has changed in Israel’s political scene. All is the same, and the politicians continue each in his own nasty style and rhetorical dog bites. Israel needs your prayers these days more than on other normal days. The repetition of the general election seems to be scrambling every political party, and the mix and match game is in full speed. I pray that all our politicians will lift up their eyes and see what God has promised our Israeli nation, and trust God for the fulfillment of His promises.

The Middle East is still hearing drums of war between Israel and Iran, and Israel and the Hamas in Gaza. The situation is extremely serious and needs for every disciple of Yeshua, and everyone who believes the bible, to pray and pray and pray for the Lord of all to intervene in only the way that He can intervene, to stop this serious deterioration in the relationships in the Middle East.

Please be praying for our dear sister Emma in China, and add to your prayers a dear sister called Deborah Ruth who also lives in Beijing, China. Add to these specific prayers also special prayers for all our brothers and sisters in China who are followers of the Messiah. They are going through some not-so-simple times.

Keep Netivyah in your prayers. We need your prayers and your support. Remember that what happens in Israel, in that small sliver of a country between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, is going to affect and set the tone for the salvation of Israel, but also for the salvation of the world. Remember that more than ¾ of the world is still totally pagan, idol-worshipping. I bless the brothers and sisters from around the world who love God, love Yeshua, and love Israel, and sacrifice for God’s kingdom and for the work of the Lord in Israel.

Please make an effort to join Netivyah’s 40th anniversary tour and seminar in November 2019. Our intention is to have one big tourist bus that holds 55 people. The numbers are approaching the limits, and I urge you that if you are interested to attend, you should be immediately registering and making your financial deposits. Time is getting very short, dear brothers, if you would like to take part in this very special time in the land of Israel, with unusual and special events that will inspire and refresh and encourage and bless you from the land of Israel, and from fellowship with Netivyah, please act quick and register and send your deposits as soon as you can.

I ask all of you to mobilize your prayers to pray for the Aliyah and the return of the Anussim, both spiritually, outside of the adulterated brands of Christianity, back to the pure waters of God’s word, and also physically, to the land of our forefathers, the land of Zion, Jerusalem.

Please don’t forget to pray for my family, and especially for Marcia my dear wife, and Danah and Noaam, and Barry, Beth, Joey, and all those on this prayer list – that God will be glorified in their lives and in their healing.

Keep Elena Litvak, Efim’s widow, in your prayers, and sister Altamiro from Belo-Horizonte who also lost her dear husband Dr. Altamiro. Our brother Bob Weiner is still in need of our prayers. Please remember our dear brother Jacob Damkani in your prayers.

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Korea. I just came from Korea to Bangkok for the youth camp and for the Asian Messianic Forum. I had a good discussion with Dr. M. Song and with the others who have formed the “Israel Forum.” They are all dear and special brothers and sisters, and I believe that Satan is attacking all the friends of Israel, and now especially in Korea.

This situation there is a real spiritual warfare issue. Please keep in prayer KIBI and the Israel Forum, and so many men and women of God who love the God of Israel and the Messiah of Israel, and have been praying for Israel so many years, and supporting good works in Israel.

These are precious brothers and sisters who love God and love Israel. I pray that the Lord will reconcile his children and reunite them with one purpose, that is prayer and support of Israel, and especially the local Jewish disciples of Yeshua the Messiah in the land of Israel. I ask you to pray especially for the board members of KIBI, who have invested their lives and their money in this pro-Israel organization in Korea.

Please keep the whole Abu-Eid family in your prayers. Please continue praying for baby Lion from the Huch family in DFW.

Please pray a special prayer for Anna West (she is 99 years old and continues praying for the salvation of Israel daily). You can also include Ann’s dear son Roger and his family in your prayers.

Pray for our Jewish brother Hillel from Helsinki, and Keijo and Salme in Nokia, and for Tim Tucker, Anne-Mirjami, Satu-Maria and Anna-Majia, Sinni Tuuli, Erki and Sirpa Murto, Evelina, and Eva H., all in Finland. Pray for our dear sister Leah, who is traveling to Finland this week. She is one of those volunteers from Finland who came in 1973, during the war, and has served the Jewish nation as a volunteer nurse for many years. She just had her 88th birthday.

Pray for Patty, Andrea, and Tineke – and our brothers and sisters in the Netherlands that need healing from God.

Continue to pray for Julia and Victor. Pray for our dear sister Paula in Switzerland who needs a divine breakthrough. I want to also add Barry and Dalia, two dear brothers who live in Tiberias and are suffering from illness and pain, and are in need of prayer and help.

I would like to add a dear brother and the son of a dear family of Netivyah supporters in Finland. Their son Aaron Tani is a young man with diabetic problems. Aaron has a family and children and he needs our prayers urgently. Please pray for Aaron Tani.

Please keep praying for a dear sister named Zhou WenriIan living in China. Please intercede for Pastor Isaac in Chennai. Pastor Isaac needs healing for his kidneys.

Please lift in your prayers the following brothers and sisters who need the Lord’s gracious touch of healing: George, Gary, Melanie, and Aaron Tani. Nancy Hook and her family need special prayer for Don’s health and Aaron their son’s situation and health. Also, our congregation members, Sarit, David S., Gabriela the adult, Ahuva, Leah, Ilana, Hannah, young Gabriela, Zvi D. and Batsheva, and Jonathan B. and his wife Aviva. Our dear sisters Laurel, Orna, Sima, and Aviva.

A special prayer is needed for one of my godsons, David B.A., and his family, and especially Elhanan and Julie David’s father and mother, my dear friends and brothers. Keep the whole family in your prayers.

These are brothers and sisters from around the world who need your prayer and your intercession, and healing: Paulo and Noami, Marcelo’s parents, Curita Sensei, the Abe family, Toru, Takeo Sensei, Daisuke Sensei, Tomoko San, Yumi, and her father and family.

This prayer list is very special because we are not only praying for the physically sick brothers and sisters. We are praying for healthy brothers and sisters who are a blessing in God’s Kingdom, but they need that extra “what do you call it” to succeed and become a bigger blessing for the Lord and His kingdom.

In Hong Kong, we pray and ask you to join us and pray for Louisa and Tony. Keep our dear brother Goh and his family in your prayers. In Korea pray for Sister Christy. Please keep brother Michael Knezevich in prayer. Please add to your prayers Ismael Alves who lives in Portugal, and Asher Gabriel in Kenya.

I wish all of you, who stand with Israel and who pray for Jerusalem, the best of the Lord’s blessings and the fulfillment of all His promises to His faithful children. Those who hear God and do His will are the ones who are called wise! Those who only hear His word and don’t do it are called foolish! Let us all strive to be wise and never foolish! The best is yet to come!

The Lord God of Israel and the grace of Yeshua our Messiah, King, Teacher, Rabbi, and Lord be with you all!