Jerusalem Prayer List June 8, 2018

This week’s Torah Portion (The Parasha) is from Numbers chapters 13-16. One of the most dramatic stories in the Torah is the story of the 12 leaders, presidents of the twelve tribes, who are sent by Moses to tour the land of Canaan and see what is good in it. This account starts as an innocent story of a nation that is coming home after more than 400 years of absence. These people have an historical memory of the land that God gave to their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, but they themselves never have they seen their God given Land. One of the things that we can learn from this text of Numbers chapter 13 is that words do matter and that translations may seldom actually capture the small, but very important nuances of a text in another language.

The English text of Numbers 13:1-2 reads like this:

“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.” (Num 13:1–2 NKJV)

Here is the English text as translated verbatim from the Hebrew:

“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Send for your own self men to scout, [seek out] the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, all of them dignitaries who volunteer.” (Num 13:1–2 NKJV)

These small changes in the translation make a big difference. First and most important is the fact that God said to Moses, you need to send men for your own knowledge to tour the land scout the land. The word “Tour / Scout” is very different from the word “spy” – yes, what these men did was not only tour but they actually did the spying of the land. A normal tourist comes to see the land and find out what is good about the land. The spy comes to see the weaknesses of the place, the points that make the place vulnerable so that the land can be attacked in time of war. The twelve honorable men actually did the touring/scouting but in their report they brought the good news and an honest report but with bad and faithless conclusions.

  1. God knows everything even before it happens. This is what prophecy is about. God does not need to send spies to find out anything He knows even the secrets of men’s hearts.
  2. Moses and the leaders of Israel needed to know more about the land that God gave to their forefathers. It is for the sake of Moses and the leaders themselves to tour the land and find out more about this land so that they get excited and encouraged before entering the land and having to deliver it from the hands of the invaders, like the Palestines, Jebusites, Girgasites, Hittites, Amorites, and the other foreign nations that have come from far to invade the land.
  3. The sin of the 10 spies was not about saying things that were not accurate. All the 12 dignitaries said the same thing and spoke the truth, but the 10 added a statement that was not taking into account the mega factor in this formula and that is THE LORD who created the Universe the owner of the world and all that is in it. They didn’t give a report that took the major force that they have experienced when they put the blood on their door posts in Egypt, and when they crossed the Sea of Reads and when they received the Manna fresh every day. Their sin was in discouraging the people and not taking FAITH in God as a major factor and the weapon that is ultimate to power above all powers.

We are in Finland now with Marcia, Barry, Beth, and Joseph Shulam my grandson. This evening we are starting a seminar in Karmel Kori with brothers and sisters from all around Finland. This seminar has been established as a memorial for Terttu Maria Tucker more than 20 years ago. The seminar is attended by brothers and sisters from all around Finland and some even come from Sweden to take part in this seminar. This is the first time that Barry will be attending this seminar and also teach. Our dear brothers in Finland have been so gracious and generous to and hard working for the restoration of Israel and of the church.

Our prime minister Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu has been hopping through the European capitals, Paris, Berlin, London, doing his best to convince the Europeans that the Iran deal is a bad deal and that they need to join the USA on their position on Iran. Please pray for Israel and for the Israeli government and Mr. Netanyahu during these days.

It is clear from the last action of President Hamenai of Iran that they never had any intentions to stop their Nuclear bomb aspirations. As you notice the name Hamenai is the same root as Haman from the book of Ester. Haman decreed to kill all the Jews in the 127 nations that Iran/Persia ruled in the days of Artaxarches (HashVerosh – in Hebrew). Haman’s end was to be hung with all his 10 sons on the very tree that he prepared to hang Mordechai the Jew.

This issue of Iran needs the hand of the LORD to intervene and stop the evil intent and megalomaniac aspirations of Iran and the ayatollah government. For this we all need to mobilize into an army of prayer and intercession and call on the forces of Heaven and the forces of righteousness on this earth to pray and have the LORD stop Iran and their evil government from their evil intent.

Please pray for Netivyah and the leadership. We have wonderful young leaders and staff that the Lord has given us, and now I pray and ask you to join me in this prayer for three things:

  1. Inspiration and hunger for souls.
  2. Wisdom and strength for all the leaders and continued compassion for those who are suffering of poverty and hunger.
  3. The provision of ways and means to do the work of the Lord in Israel and keep a positive witness of God’s love and mercy for this nation in the process of restoration and renewal.

Pray for a special blessing for our brothers in Korea who have just done another Shalom Yerushalayim conference in Jerusalem. Pray that the effects and blessings of this conference and the event that Kumdanje did in the Hebrew University will have positive fruit and effect on both Israel and Korea.

Please 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 now back home and feeling better. Continue to pray for her, please!

I have a special prayer request for a very young baby from the Huch family in DFW that has been diagnosed with Leukemia. The baby is just a few months old and we all must mobilize to pray for this baby and for the whole Huch family. This family and especially the grandfather and grandmother of this baby and his father and mother are a great blessing for Israel and for Netivyah. On this ground I ask you all to lift up this baby and intercede before the Lord for his healing.

The Lord willing we will see our brother Hillel this week-end in the seminar and we will pray for him in person and ask you to please continue your prayer and intercession for Hillel.

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

Pray for healing of Barry R. from Tiberias he had a stroke and is in the process of rehabilitation now.

Continue to Pray for Julia and Victor our dear sister and brother who both need healing and God’s help.

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 be 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 and healing. 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, 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.

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.

I am finally correcting a prayer request that I had for several weeks. I asked you to pray for a dear brother in Finland by the name Jaakko Huhtala, but Jaakko our dear brother has already deceased a while ago and now it is his wife Ritva Huhtala that needs prayer for illness and for the loss of her husband.

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

Helsinki, Finland

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