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JNN: KEEPING YOU INFORMED ON ISRAEL’S "OPERATION DEFENSIVE EDGE” WITH DAILY UPDATES AND IMPORTANT PRAYER POINTS: The IDF launched "Operation Protective Edge” in Gaza last Tuesday, in order to stop the terror Israel's citizens face on a daily basis. JNN editors are keeping you updated each day as events unfold in Israel’s military operation against Hamas and other terrorist organizations operating out of the Gaza Strip. Please take the JNN updates to your prayer gatherings for the following suggestions on how to pray for Israel at this time. 1. That Hamas rocket attacks against Israel’s Negev communities and across the country will fall short of civilian areas, and for the infallible accuracy of Israel’s Iron Dome system. 2. That terrorist bases and infrastructures, arms factories and weapon’s tunnels will be pinpointed and destroyed. 3. Intercede for the safety and protection of Israel’s military men and women involved in anti-terrorist activities and for civilians in targeted cities. 4. For the comforting and emotional shielding of victims young and old in the midst of constant life-threatening explosions and disruption of their daily lives. 5. Intercede for the peace and safety of Jerusalem. 6. That all terrorists attempting to infiltrate Israel will be detected and dealt with. 7. For the wisdom and strategy of all of Israel’s government, security and military leaders as Israel deals with unrelenting antagonists and terrorist murderers piloted by Hamas. 8. Please pray also for the safety of the Vision for Israel team and their families in the country as some family members have already experienced the shock of being close to exploding rockets.


 


  prophecies referring to Yeshua:
  • Where He would be born . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MICAH 5:2
  • He would be born a virgin birth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ISAIAH 7:14
  • He must be a descendant from King David . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 SAMUEL 7:12,13
  • He would be called out of Egypt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOSEA 11:1
  • His ministry would start in Galilee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ISAIAH 9:1-8
  • He would come riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. . . . . . . . . ZECHARIAH 11:12
  • He must die before the destruction of the Second Temple. . DANIEL 9:26
  • They would cast lots for his clothes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PSALM 22:18
  • He would make atonement for our sins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ISAIAH 53:5

 


A PRAYER FOR ISRAEL

TEHILLIM 19


Psa 19:1  למנצח מזמור לדוד׃ (19:2) השׁמים מספרים כבוד־אל ומעשׂה ידיו מגיד הרקיע׃
Psa 19:2  (19:3) יום ליום יביע אמר ולילה ללילה יחוה־דעת׃
Psa 19:3  (19:4) אין־אמר ואין דברים בלי נשׁמע קולם׃
Psa 19:4  (19:5) בכל־הארץ יצא קום ובקצה תבל מליהם לשׁמשׁ שׂם־אהל בהם׃
Psa 19:5  (19:6) והוא כחתן יצא מחפתו ישׂישׂ כגבור לרוץ ארח׃
Psa 19:6  (19:7) מקצה השׁמים מוצאו ותקופתו על־קצותם ואין נסתר מחמתו׃
Psa 19:7  (19:8) תורת יהוה תמימה משׁיבת נפשׁ עדות יהוה נאמנה מחכימת פתי׃
Psa 19:8  (19:9) פקודי יהוה ישׁרים משׂמחי־לב מצות יהוה ברה מאירת עינים׃
Psa 19:9  (19:10) יראת יהוה טהורה עומדת לעד משׁפטי־יהוה אמת צדקו יחדו׃
Psa 19:10  (19:11) הנחמדים מזהב ומפז רב ומתוקים מדבשׁ ונפת צופים׃
Psa 19:11  (19:12) גם־עבדך נזהר בהם בשׁמרם עקב רב׃
Psa 19:12  (19:13) שׁגיאות מי־יבין מנסתרות נקני׃
Psa 19:13  (19:14) גם מזדים חשׂך עבדך אל־ימשׁלו־בי אז איתם ונקיתי מפשׁע רב׃
Psa 19:14  (19:15) יהיו לרצון אמרי־פי והגיון לבי לפניך יהוה צורי וגאלי׃

ENGLISH PSALMS 19


Psalm 19 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

19 (0) For the leader. A psalm of David:

(1) The heavens declare the glory of God,
the dome of the sky speaks the work of his hands.
(2) Every day it utters speech,
every night it reveals knowledge.
(3) Without speech, without a word,
without their voices being heard,
(4) their line goes out through all the earth
and their words to the end of the world.

In them he places a tent for the sun,
(5) which comes out like a bridegroom from the bridal chamber,
with delight like an athlete to run his race.
(6) It rises at one side of the sky,
circles around to the other side,
and nothing escapes its heat.

(7) The Torah of Adonai is perfect,
restoring the inner person.
The instruction of Adonai is sure,
making wise the thoughtless.
(8) The precepts of Adonai are right,
rejoicing the heart.
The mitzvah of Adonai is pure,
enlightening the eyes.
10 (9) The fear of Adonai is clean,
enduring forever.
The rulings of Adonai are true,
they are righteous altogether,
11 (10) more desirable than gold,
than much fine gold,
also sweeter than honey
or drippings from the honeycomb.
12 (11) Through them your servant is warned;
in obeying them there is great reward.

13 (12) Who can discern unintentional sins?
Cleanse me from hidden faults.
14 (13) Also keep your servant from presumptuous sins,
so that they won't control me.
Then I will be blameless
and free of great offense.

15 (14) May the words of my mouth
and the thoughts of my heart
be acceptable in your presence,
Adonai, my Rock and Redeemer.


TEHILLIM 15

Psa 15:1  מזמור לדוד יהוה מי־יגור באהלך מי־ישׁכן בהר קדשׁך׃
Psa 15:2  הולך תמים ופעל צדק ודבר אמת בלבבו׃
Psa 15:3  לא־רגל על־לשׁנו לא־עשׂה לרעהו רעה וחרפה לא־נשׂא על־קרבו׃
Psa 15:4  נבזה בעיניו נמאס ואת־יראי יהוה יכבד נשׁבע להרע ולא ימר׃
Psa 15:5  כספו לא־נתן בנשׁך ושׁחד על־נקי לא לקח עשׂה־אלה לא ימוט לעולם׃



Psalm 15 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

1(0) A psalm of David:

(1) Adonai, who can rest in your tent?
Who can live on your holy mountain?

Those who live a blameless life,
who behave uprightly,
who speak truth from their hearts
and keep their tongues from slander;
who never do harm to others
or seek to discredit neighbors;
who look with scorn on the vile,
but honor those who fear Adonai;
who hold to an oath, no matter the cost;
who refuse usury when they lend money
and refuse a bribe to damage the innocent.

Those who do these things
never will be moved.





JNN: "OPERATION DEFENSIVE EDGE,” DAILY UPDATES AND IMPORTANT PRAYER POINTS:


Please take the JNN updates to your prayer gatherings for the following suggestions on how to pray for Israel during this ongoing time of crisis.
1. That Hamas rocket attacks against Israel’s Negev communities and across the country will fall short of civilian areas, and for the infallible accuracy of Israel’s Iron Dome system.
 2. That terrorist bases and infrastructures, arms factories and weapon’s tunnels will be pinpointed and destroyed.
3. Intercede for the safety and protection of Israel’s military men and women involved in anti-terrorist activities and for civilians in targeted cities.
4. For the comforting and emotional shielding of victims young and old in the midst of constant life-threatening explosions and disruption of their daily lives.
5. Intercede for the peace and safety of Jerusalem.
6. That all terrorists attempting to infiltrate Israel will be detected and dealt with.
7. For the wisdom and strategy of all of Israel’s government and military leaders as Israel deals with unrelenting antagonists and terrorist murderers piloted by Hamas.



Urgent prayer request for our fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, and uncles who are now on the ground in the most dangerous place - Gaza‏


Gavriel, our fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, and uncles are now on the ground
in the most dangerous place - Gaza.

So we have one simple prayer request:

Please pray that the Lord would give wisdom and direction to our troops so that
there will be minimal loss of life for both Arab civilians and those in our army.

Over the past few days, our government has alerted the civilians in Gaza to move out of their
homes so that there would be few casualities as we enter Gaza on the ground to root out more than
800 terrorist tunnels used to smuggle missiles, homes used as terrorist command centers, and the backyards of
homes and apartment buildings used as missile launch sites.

Please pray that the Lord will send his angels and His Spirit, and that His will be done as our
friends and family—fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, and uncles—who are now on the
ground just 45 minutes south of us, in Gaza, will be protected and that few lives will be lost
on either side. 

Asking for your Prayer at this time, is most important, and the reason for this emai


Please I sincerely pray you join me in this prayer request for our brothers and sisters at arms , let's show our love for them through our intercessions seeking Hashems protection and the healing of any wounded and the comfort of their families our familes Mishpocha




ONE WORD MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, GIVE ME YOUR EAR PRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND PRAY HARD 

Dear praying friend, 


This letter is written under the influence of one-sided Israel's ceasefire. This very strange ceasefire caused serious confusion in my heart - and not only in mine. All the days of our military confrontation with Hamas I felt that something changed in our prime-minister Netaniyahu: he behaved without his regular confidence, his usual lexicon changed.  Instead of strong, trustworthy and responsible leader we see
a weak somebody who is under influence of some utopia, some extremely naive  ideas and who tries to make an impression that he possesses  some  special information, extremely secret  but very good for the nation. Feelings are similar to those many Israelis had about late "iron general"  Arik (Ariel) Sharon, who suddenly became "a dove". Sharon arranged withdrawal of our troops and settlements from Gaza that caused tremendous damage to the safety of Israel - and today's war is a clear consequence of that withdrawal. We don't want Netaniyahu to repeat this pattern.  Please pray for our Prime-Minister (and his cabinet), he clearly needs hesed-grace.
Especially pray for his deliverance from wrong international influence and pressure - Isaiah 31: Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in horsemen because they are very strong,
But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the LORDGod has something much more powerful and efficient  for the protection of the Land, for the Prime-minister, for all of us: "As a lion roars, And a young lion over his prey ... 
So the LORD of hosts will come down To fight for Mount Zion and for its hill. Like birds flying about, So will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem. Defending, He will also deliver it; Passing over, He will preserve it.

After one-sided ceasefire was announced by Israel on 9 am,  Hamas and Jihad launched 76 rockets towards Southern Israel, Gush Dan,  and even Afula, Carmel,   Haifa and Eilat. Praise God, no casualties, -  but what an adequate reaction to Israel's ceasefire. The fact that 45% of  the missile arsenal of Hamas was destroyed from the air during eight days of the military operation Protective Edge caused euphoria among the members of Israeli security cabinet. Taking in to account the post-ceasefire barrage of rockets shot on Israel  today,  it is very difficult to share the politicians euphoria.

Israel kept out for six hours until 3 pm when IDF got an order  to renew a military operation. Even the situation changed and Netaniyahu with his colleagues had to refuse their great plans,  he apparently did not loose all the hopes  to make peace with terrorists.
Meanwhile we got our first causality - 30 years old man was critically injured on Gaza
border. Please pray for the safety of our civilians. and that they will not take extreme efficiency for granted (some politicians even are stating that we can unilaterally keep ceasefire and let Hamas continue to shoot because we have Iron Dome).

Have a blessed day and than you very much for standing with us, with our people, praying for us,

In Yeshua's love,




Netanyahu: "Gloves Are Off” against Hamas, Launches "Operation Protective Edge”

"Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.” (Psalm 144:1)

Israel has launched a sweeping counter-offensive to ongoing rocket fire by terrorists in the Gaza Strip dubbed Operation Protective Edge. The rapid deterioration in southern Israel comes on the heels of a spike in tensions between Jews and Arabs in Israel after the murders of three Jewish and one Arab teenagers.

The operation, which was launched in the early hours of Tuesday morning, began hours after the IDF called up some 1,500 reservists to the Gaza border. The Israeli Cabinet made the decision to launch Operation Protective Edge after a dramatic rise in rocket fire towards Israel on Monday.  As part of the gradual escalation against Hamas, the Cabinet decided that the IDF will focus the operation on specific targets and figures, Ynet news reported.

At a meeting with heads of Israel’s security establishments in Tel Aviv, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that "the gloves are off” when it comes to terrorism from Gaza.

"Hamas chose this escalation and will pay a heavy price,” the prime minister added.

The number of rockets shot towards Israel in the last 24 hours has topped over 100, including a ten minute barrage Monday evening between 8:00 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. that saw 30 rockets shot into Israeli territory. During that time, Code Red sirens sounded throughout communities in southern Israel as well as in central Israel, including Jerusalem, Rehovot and Beit Shemesh. As of early Tuesday afternoon, terrorists have fired more than 50 rockets towards Israel.

In response to the continued rocket fire, the Israeli Cabinet has approved the call up of an additional 40,000 reservists in preparation for a possible ground offensive into Gaza.

Fisherman in Ashdod catch Iron Dome in action

The Iron Dome Missile Defense system has been working non-stop since Monday as it further protects the lives of those residing in southern Israel. The anti-missile battery system has shot down incoming rockets over the towns of Sderot, Be’er Sheva, Ashdod and Ashkelon repeatedly.

According to the IDF, Operation Protective Edge is meant "to stop the terror Israel’s citizens face on a daily basis,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said on Twitter. As part of the operation, the Israel Air Force targeted over 50 terror sites in Gaza overnight Monday, including the homes of four Hamas officials. [Click here to watch IDF footage of the strike]


Those officials include Iyah Sahikh, a senior Hamas official who is directly responsible for rocket fire on Israel; Abdullah Khashash, a "repeat offender” who has masterminded current and previous rocket fire on Israel; Samer Abu Daka, a senior Hamas official known to coordinate terror attacks against Israel; and Hassan Abdallah, a Hamas official responsible for the current barrage of rocket attacks.

The airstrikes also destroyed concealed "rocket launchers, launching infrastructure, a weapon storage facility, training bases and terror tunnel shafts,” the IDF confirmed.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon announced a "state of emergency” for cities and communities situated between 0-40 kilometers from the Gaza Strip. In a released statement, the defense minister stated: "We are preparing for action against Hamas, which will not end within a few days.  Hamas has led this round of violence so it can target and damage our home front.  There is a need for breathing room.”

"In the last few hours we have launched powerful strikes and hit tens of Hamas targets; the IDF is continuing its strikes to exact a heavy price from Hamas.  We will not tolerate rocket fire on Israel cities, and we are preparing to expand the operation with everything at our disposal to strike Hamas,” he added.

Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, has threatened Israel that it would cause "an earthquake” and allow rockets to reach farther into Israeli territory. A statement by the Gaza-based terror group said that Israel’s attacks on Gaza "crossed all the red lines.” Hamas vowed that it "will respond by expanding the range of our targets.”

Despite a 48-hour ultimatum issued by Israel over the weekend, Hamas has ignored Israel’s cease-fire agreement to end the rocket fire. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said: "This is not the time for quiet. We have a bank of various targets. An Iron Dome will be needed in every Israeli home.”

Iron Dome intercepts rockets over Rehovot

IDF spokesman Brig.-Gen. Moti Almoz told Ynet Tuesday morning that the IDF is preparing itself to intensify operation in Gaza. "We are very determined and have an aggressive plan in Gaza,” he stated. "We are conducting this [operation] in steps that will escalate in the coming days.”

"Residents of the south need to heed Home Front Command guidelines,” he added.

Israeli officials across the political spectrum have come out in support of Operation Protective edge. Opposition leader Issac Herzog (Labor” acknowledged the serious escalation of violence perpetrated by Hamas and said Israel has no choice but to "strike a blow to the head of Hamas.”

Finance Minister Yair Lapid told Israel Radio that Hamas is "weak and crumbling” and the main goal of Operation Protective Edge is to "calm the south and allow citizens living there to get up in the morning and be able to send their kids to summer school.”


Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/17813/idf-launches-operation-protective-edge-gaza-terror/#OBgAt9mDVAUW5Xz5.99



The Shmira Project - For Active Duty Combat Soldiers

This is a grassroots program that pairs IDF combat soldiers with Jews around the world who do acts of kindness, prayer or Torah learning to increase the soldier’s spiritual merit and protection.

Israel is in a state of war with many of its neighbors, and even the ones with peace treaties have tremendous political turmoil and instability. Right now combat soldiers are in clear and present danger.  These soldiers frequently go into hostile areas: patrolling Israel's borders from terrorism abroad, and preempting terrorism from within.

The Hebrew word "shmira" (pronounced shmeerah) means "guarding" or "protecting". In modern Hebrew, shmira also means guard duty.

The Shmira Project is a person to person match that everyone can do. It follows the ancient practice of pairing physical effort with spiritual effort. The families of soldiers enjoy the reassurance of spiritual support for their children.  Participants enjoy knowing that they bring about unity and connectedness.There are absolutely no fees.

Join The Shmira Project. It’s personal. It’s powerful.  It’s one name at a time.

It’s guard duty for the rest of us.

Take a name and take a shift of guard duty.  There are several ways to sign up.

Please go to our sign up page 

Or

•   In USA:  For a soldier's name through our automated system, text 410-575-4337. To contact the administrators, call or text 410-657-2433

•   Fax Israel: 02-540-0771   

Thank you to all who participated in the Shmira Project during the November 2012 Gaza Crisis. During the first week of "Operation Pillar of Defense" in  November, 2012, over 10,000 of you signed on.  Each took the name of an IDF soldier or resident of Israel who was in danger. The response was swift and powerful. You came from 35 countries and offered messages of true inspiration and encouragement. Each and every one of you made a difference. "The unity is the protection.” said one Rabbi. Whenever you may think that the Jewish People are in disarray and alone, remember the response of this one week.

This project originated with Rav Simcha HaCohen Kook, Chief Rabbi Rechovot & The Hurva Synagogue with the Bostoner Rebbe, zt”l in 2009 during the Gaza Operation Cast Lead. It has the support of people across the world and across all denominations.  It's being organized in its present format by the mother of a former IDF paratrooper. Rabbinical Endorsements - הסכמות


The Tree of Life

Jun 05, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

Central to the Jewish belief in a living G-d is the belief that He communicated His Will to man, the one creature whom He endowed with free will to follow it. In fact, the very essence of Judaism rests upon the acceptance of an extraordinary one time event in history, the Divine revelation at Mount Sinai in which the entire Jewish people participated as a group. The result was the giving of the 10 commandments, the root of everything that today we call "Torah,” meaning "to teach,” a profoundly beautiful tapestry of Divine law that teaches man how to live in this world in the fullest sense of the word. It was the sprouting of the Tree of Life.

Written Torah

After Mount Sinai, the "Written Torah” was written down by Moses through direct Divine prophecy during the forty-year period after the Exodus. If the 10 commandments are the root of the Tree, the Five Books of Moses ("Chumash”) are the trunk. Beginning with the Creation of the World and ending with Moses’ death, the Chumash is on the surface a body of instructive stories which contain an expanded array of commandments, however underneath are worlds of infinite depth and understanding which transcend age and intellect. In Hebrew, the name of each book is derived from the first word that appears in each book:

• Genesis (Beresheit) – "Beresheit” ("in the beginning”). This book chronicles the Creation of the World, the Great Flood, and also tells the stories of Judaism’s patriarchs and matriarchs. These stories begin with Abraham and Sarah and end with Joseph in Egypt.
• Exodus (Shemot) – "Shemot”( "names”) . This book tells story of the Israelites servitude in Egypt, their journey to Mt. Sinai (where the Ten Commandments are received) and their subsequent wanderings in the desert.
• Leviticus (Vayikra) – "Vayikra” means ("And He Called”). This book deals mostly with priestly matters such as rituals, sacrifice, atonement and ritual purity.
• Numbers (Bamidbar) –("In the wilderness”). This book talks about the Israelites wanderings in the desert as they continue towards their journey to Israel.
• Deuteronomy (D’varim) – ("Words”). This is the final book of the Torah. It recounts the Israelites’ journey according to Moses and ends with his death just before they enter the Promised Land.

The rest of the books of the Hebrew Bible consist of the Prophets (Neviim) and the Sacred Writings (Ketuvim), written down over the following centuries. The Neviim convey the teachings of various Prophets in the context of Israel’s early history. Prophets were role models of holiness, scholarship and closeness to G-d. They set the standards for the entire community. These 12 books tell of the Prophets’ visions for the Jewish people, including their ongoing struggles to promote greater adherence to the teachings of the Torah.

The Ketuvim can be divided into four sections: prayer and spiritual wisdom (Psalms, Proverbs, and Job), the Megillot, or Scrolls (Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations of Jeremiah, Ecclesiastes, and Esther), prophecy (Daniel), and a continuation of the historical narrative from the exile into Babylon until the return to the Land of Israel and the building of the Second Temple history (Ezra, Nehemiah, and I and II Chronicles). Torah, with the Neviim and the Ketuvim are together referred to as TaNaKh.

Oral Torah

"Torah” also refers to the Oral Torah (Torah She-B’al Peh) "which Moses also received at Sinai, and transmitted to Joshua, and Joshua to the Elders, and the Elders to the Prophets, and the Prophets to the Men of the Great Assembly…” (Ethics of the Fathers 1:1). The Oral Torah embodies the branches of the Tree, an intricate web of all the finer points of the commandments, the details of the general principles contained in the Written Torah and the ways by which the commandments were to be applied. For example, the Torah forbids "work” on the Sabbath. What constitutes "work”? How shall "work” be defined for purposes of the Sabbath? Except for several references to such tasks as gathering wood, kindling fire, cooking and baking, the Written Torah does not say. The Oral Torah does.

Ultimately, in order to ensure its survival, the Oral Torah was also redacted to writing, (around 200 C.E.), and codified into the "Mishna”, which in turn became the basis for the Talmud, a massive collection of legal and philosophical discussions and commentaries based on the underlying principles of the Mishna.

Rabbinic Torah

In the broadest sense, however, the study of Torah refers not only to the Written and Oral Torah, but also to the entire body of Rabbinic law and interpretation based upon the Torah that developed over the centuries. For the Torah was always a living body of work, constantly applied by a living people to ever evolving circumstances. Though the result of human effort, these "fruits” of labor are an integral part of the Jewish law to which the Torah itself grants authoritative status: "And you shall observe and do according to all that they shall teach you. "According to the law which they shall teach you and according to the judgment which they shall tell you, you shall do” (Deuteronomy 17:10-11). The intensive sum total of Rabbinic literature over thousands of years is the "Torah” in its largest meaning – one of the greatest libraries in the world.

The Torah, whether Written, Oral or Rabbinic is the heart and soul of Judaism, creating, sustaining and guiding the Jewish people throughout the centuries, until the present day. However, the goal has always been the same, the enabling of a relationship between G-d and man and the resulting unity and harmonization of all Creation as a result.



Today is a day of mourning in Israel!


The Holy Temple in Jerusalem

"Have you not brought this on yourselves by forsaking the LORD your God
when He led you in the way?"  
(Jeremiah 2:17)


Do you believe in coincidence?  Today, on the 17th of Tammuz, the Jewish People are remembering a tragic coincidence.

On this day in both 586 BC and in AD 70, the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Babylonians and the Romans respectively.

And in yet another remarkable coincidence, the First and Second Temples were destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC and by the Romans in AD 70 three weeks later on the 9th of Av.

In Judaism, the breach of Jerusalem's walls and the subsequent destruction of the Temple is considered no mere coincidence.  These great tragedies were the result of rebellion and idolatry.

"And in that day I will become angry with them and forsake them....  Many disasters and calamities will come on them, and in that day they will ask, ‘Have not these disasters come on us because our God is not with us?’  And I will certainly hide my face in that day because of all their wickedness in turning to other gods."  (Deuteronomy 31:16-18)

 


The current walls that surround Jerusalem where built between AD 1535 
and 1538 during the Ottoman Empire.  Around 1000 BC, David and Solomon
extended the original walls that were built by the Jebusites.  Ezra and
Nehemiah rebuilt the walls destroyed by the Babylonians.  

Observant Jews are fasting today until nightfall in order to mourn the breach of Jerusalem's walls.

Today also begins a three-week period of teshuvah (repentance) called Bein ha-Metzarim (Between the Straits) or The Three Weeks

During this period, Orthodox Jews will limit celebrations—not carrying out marriages and avoiding other expressions of joy, such as playing musical instruments and reciting songs of praise. 
 
Although this is a time of mourning, it is also a time of hope since Zechariah prophesied that the 17th of Tammuz would be transformed into a day of joy.

"The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah.  Therefore love truth and peace."  (Zechariah 8:19)


 

An Jewish man prays at the Western (Wailing)
Wall, the last remnant of the Holy Temple.
 
The 17th of Tammuz, therefore, is a minor fast that carries the hope of a major promise:

On this day and throughout The Three Weeks, the Jewish People look forward to the coming Third Temple and the Messianic Era when the Sar Shalom (Prince of Peace) will reign in Jerusalem.
 
However, about 99.9% of God's Chosen Jewish People here in Israel do not yet recognize that Yeshua (Jesus) has fulfilled the Messianic prophecies regarding the suffering Messiah (His first coming).  They also do not know, therefore, that He will be returning to rule in Jerusalem as King Messiah. 

"I have placed My chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on My holy mountain."  (Psalm 2:6)


 
 

 

 

It happened that when Moses raised his hand, Israel was stronger, and when he lowered his hand, Amalek was stronger.

EXODUS (17:11)
 

וְהָיָה כַּאֲשֶׁר יָרִים מֹשֶׁה יָדוֹ וְגָבַר יִשְׂרָאֵל וְכַאֲשֶׁר יָנִיחַ יָדוֹ וְגָבַר עֲמָלֵק

שמות יז:יא


v'-ha-YA ka-a-SHER ya-REEM mo-SHE ya-DO v'-ga-VAR yis-ra-AYL v'-ka-a-SHER ya-NEE-akh ya-DOH v'-ga-VAR a-ma-LAYK 


Jerusalem Inspiration

Today's verse may seem puzzling! Could Moses' hands determine the outcome of a war? The Bible is teaching us an eternal message. Moses' hands did not cause victory, rather, they prompted the nation to look heavenward. When we look towards Heaven, and subject our hearts to God, we prevail. The soldiers in the IDF are fighting for all of Israel to prevail in these trying times.
 

                                                                                                                                                                 
                               


 


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Ezekiel 33:1-20 (NIV) Call of the Watchman 33 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 Son of man, speak to your people and say to them:When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. 5 Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone life, that persons life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood. 7 Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 8 When I say to the wicked, “You wicked people, you will surely die,and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, those wicked people will die for[a] their sins, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 9 But if you do warn the wicked to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sins, though you yourself will be saved. 10 Son of man, say to the house of Israel, This is what you are saying: Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of[b] them. How then can we live? 11 Say to them, As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, house of Israel? 12 Therefore, son of man, say to your people, “If someone who is righteous disobeys, that persons former righteousness will count for nothing. And if someone who is wicked repents, that persons former wickedness will not bring condemnation. The righteous, if they sin, will not be allowed to live because of their former righteousness.13 If I tell the righteous that they will surely live, but then they trust in their righteousness and do evil, none of the righteous things they have done will be remembered; they will die for the evil they have done. 14 And if I say to the wicked,You will surely die,but they then turn away from their sins and do what is just and right 15 if they give back what they took in pledge for a loan, return what they have stolen, follow the decrees that give life, and do no evil, they will surely live; they will not die. 16 None of the sins they have committed will be remembered against them. They have done what is just and right; they will surely live. 17 Yet your people say,The way of the Lord is not just.But it is their way that is not just. 18 If the righteous turn from their righteousness and do evil, they will die for it. 19 And if the wicked turn away from their wickedness and do what is just and right, they will live by doing so. 20 Yet you say, house of Israel, “The way of the Lord is not just. But I will judge each of you according to your own ways