By Christine Darg, Jerusalem Channel
[14 May 2021] Today, 73 Years Ago, David Ben Gurion declared Israel’s Independence, and the following day was declared by the Arabs as the Nakba (Day of Catastrophe). Explosions of violence and civil wars happen during flash points of tension surrounding Muslim and Jewish celebrations, and social media is the fuel thrown onto the sparks of conflict.
At the end of Ramadan this past week, incidents on the Temple Mount exploded when Israeli police were seen in the mosque attempting to maintain order by dispersing protesters.
Images were shared on social media of a tree on fire, making it appear that the mosque was burning.
Tragically the widespread violence further fuels ignorant anti-semitism despite many pro-Israel public demonstrations in nations.
Believers in the God of Israel are not taken by surprise and have been praying powerfully non-stop in gatherings all over the world because the situation has dangerously escalated. Ben Gurion International Airport is closed due to rocket fire and civilian fighting has erupted in the streets of nearly Lod, where the Israeli army had to be deployed to quell the riots.
We pray continually for the peace of Jerusalem amid the continuous rocket attacks. Appropriately named, Operation “Guardian on the Walls” has been implemented by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) amid retaliatory strikes against more than 1,500 rocket attacks by Hamas.
Isaiah 62: 6, “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem!”
The earthquake-like social convulsions are described in the Bible as the “birth pains of Messiah.” Truly many signs point to the soon return of Jesus, the only true and lasting Arbiter of peace.
Israel’s most recent multiple elections have so far failed to produce a new government. Hamas strikes, thinking Israel is weak without stable leadership. However, the current government of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz are still the ones responsible to fight this war. And as of now, they seem to be working in unity. Friday’s prayer points from Intercessors for Israel (IFI) blessed the Almighty that “in Your sovereign foresight, You have kept Israel’s most experienced leader, PM Bibi Netanyahu, as its head at this time (Dan. 5:21).” The war with Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza with the rocket attacks and riots in Israel’s cities, has slowed down negotiations for the “government-for-change” coalition. IFI prayer leaders prayed this past week for Naftali Bennett and other right-wing leaders who were willing to join hands with left-wing parties backed by an Islamic party to form a government of change – i.e., basically an anti-Bibi government. And late yesterday, Bennett backed out from the negotiations recognizing that this type of “unity” government was very dangerous because the Israeli Arab party could bring it down during a time of war. Of course, ultimately and presently there is Heaven’s shadow government–Yeshua, sits at the right hand of God the Father and the government is “upon His shoulders (Psa. 110:1; Isa. 9:6).”
Furthermore, we declare with Intercessors for Israel and with the Bible’s Nehemiah that in the Providence and timing of God, the Jews have returned to re-build Jerusalem. Destructive entities have no part in God’s prophetic program (Neh. 2:20; Psa. 147:2). As a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) official said on Iraqi TV this week, “We buy our weapons with Iranian money. I am proud to say that the rockets we use to pound Tel Aviv have an Iranian signature on them.”
Pray with me:
“He makes wars to cease unto the end of the earth….” Psalm 46: 9
“Deliver Israel, O God, out of all his trouble.” Psalm 25: 22