Friday, September 21, 2007
Vision for Israel
Prayer Letter – September 20, 2007
JNN NEWS, P.O. Box 7411, Jerusalem 91073, Israel
and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and
will heal their land."2 Chronicles 7:14
YOM KIPPUR: The Day of Atonement , (Yom Kippur) , is considered to be the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. It begins this year , September 21 , at sunset. Both religious and secular Jews take part in a 25 hour total fast , refrain from work and attend synagogue. In Israel no cars move on the streets or highways , and Jewish shops and businesses are entirely shut down. Yom Kippur is a time set aside to afflict the soul and to confess and turn away from the sins of the past year. Repentance is taken seriously in hopes of avoiding God's judgment and finding one’s name written into God's Book of Life. Many hours are spent in the synagogue and in prayer. Services end at nightfall with a long blast on the shofar and are followed by a festive meal.
ISRAEL AIR STRIKE IN SYRIA SHROUDED IN SECRECY: Israel and Syria have been reticent concerning details and motives surrounding an Israeli air strike inside Syria , September 6th. According to media reports released September 15th , the mission into Syrian airspace was an Israeli air strike linked to a North Korean shipment of suspected nuclear material delivered to Syria shortly before the attack. The ship arrived September 3rd in the Syrian port of Tartus . Three days later the IAF allegedly bombed an "agricultural research center" inside Syria , which Israel believed to be a nuclear facility front used by the Syrians to extract uranium from phosphates. Further details said Israel had gathered satellite imagery showing possible North Korean cooperation with Syria on a nuclear facility. ( J.Post) "The Lord foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples." Psalm 33:10
SYRIAN 'SURPRISE' FOR ISRAEL: Following news that the Israel Air Force carried out an air strike against a North Korean nuclear shipment to Syria , a UK daily newspaper quoted Israeli officials as saying Syria had been planning a "devastating surprise" for Israel. Preparation for the strike began shortly after Meir Dagan , Chief of the Mossad Intelligence Agency , presented PM Ehud Olmert late spring with evidence that Syria was seeking to buy a nuclear device from North Korea . Dagan feared the device could be installed on Scud-C missiles. "This was to be a devastating Syrian surprise for Israel , " said one official. "We've known for a long time Syria has deadly chemical warheads on its Scuds, but Israel can't live with a nuclear warhead." (Haaretz)
AS MANY AS EIGHT ISRAELI AIRCRAFT INVOLVED IN SYRIAN STRIKE: The UK Observer said Israel 's strike on Syria involved as many as eight aircraft. Reportedly , the force included F-15s and F-16s equipped with Maverick missiles and 500 pound bombs. Flying among the warplanes at great height was an electronic intelligence gathering aircraft. According to the report , an IAF commando team that had arrived on the ground days earlier directed laser beams at the target for the jets. Syria 's ambassador to Washington has denied reports an Israel Air Force strike on his country targeted a nuclear project being undertaken with the cooperation of North Korea . ( UK Observer) "As when a thirsty man dreams he is drinking, but awakens faint with his thirst unquenched, so will it be with the hordes of nations that fight against Mount Zion." Isaiah 29:8
EX-UN ENVOY: IAF ACTION IN SYRIA IS 'MESSAGE TO IRAN' OVER NUKES: Former UN ambassador , John Bolton , said on Sunday Israel's military operation inside Syria earlier this month should be regarded as a 'clear message to Iran' that its nuclear efforts will not be ignored by the international community. "I think it would be unusual for Israel to conduct a military operation inside Syria other than for a very high value target , and certainly a Syrian effort in the nuclear weapons area would qualify , " said Bolton . (Haaretz)
IRAN SAYS 600 MISSILES POINTED AT ISRAEL : Six hundred Iranian Shihab-3 missiles are pointed at targets throughout Israel , and will be launched if either Iran or Syria are attacked , an Iranian website affiliated with the regime stated on Monday. According to the report , dozens of locations throughout Iraq , which are being used by the US Army , have also been targeted. The Shihab missile has a range of 1 , 300 km , and can reach anywhere in Israel . ( J.Post) "Listen, all you distant lands. Prepare for battle, and be shattered! Prepare for battle, and be shattered!" Isaiah 8:9
GROWING NEO-NAZI ATTACKS IN ISRAEL : Neo-Nazis attacked a 70-year-old woman who was walking on the bridge in Haifa Monday morning. The gang members beat her and shouted out "Heil Hitler , " in the latest of a series of Nazi attacks that began with the arrest of a Nazi gang in Petach Tikva 10 days ago. ( INN ) "Prepare chains, because the land is full of bloodshed..." Ezekiel 7:23
RABBIS BAN JEWISH PARTICIPATION IN ICEJ CONFERENCE: The Chief Rabbinate of Israel has issued a ruling welcoming the Christians arriving for the annual Feast of Tabernacles conference while banning Jews from participating. The event draws tens of thousands of Christians from around the world for a week of teaching , worship , and prayer , and culminates with a march through the streets of Jerusalem . The Rabbis' Decision read as follows: A. [We] bless the [Christian] tourists who will arrive in our Holy Land for the upcoming holidays...B. It is forbidden for any Jew to take part in the gatherings in the Binyanei HaUmah Jerusalem Convention Center and in the marches taking place during the Sukkot holiday , because the information we have states that some of the bodies gathering there are active , inter alia , in attempting to convert us from our faith. "One who fears for his soul will stay far away." ( INN ) "Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God" Acts 5:38-39
ISRAELI ASTROPHYSICISTS HELP FIND OLDEST KNOWN PLANET: Israeli astrophysicists helped discover and are investigating the oldest known planet located some 4 , 500 light years outside our solar system. The V391b Pegasi Pegasi planet revolves around a pulsating star that is shrinking from its red giant status to a white dwarf. Thus far scientists have only been able to theorize about the distant future of earth and other planets when their suns die out , but the Pegasi discovery will now enable astrophysicists to study a planet's characteristics as its sun reaches its demise. ( J.Post) "He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; He seals off the light of the stars." Job 9:7
Succot 2007: Plan to join us September 29 - October 2nd for the 7th year anniversary of the Succot celebration and 40 years of a united Jerusalem. Our coming Succot event will be a combination of Messianic teaching, worship and touring the Land during the one major Feast that has not yet been fulfilled by Yeshua. Speakers include: Stephen Strang, Lance Lambert, Dwight Pryor, Cindy Jacobs, David Herzog, Elhanan Ben Avraham, Arie Bar David and Dan Juster. Worship will be led by Barry and Batya Segal, Frank and Marlou van Essen, Watoto Children’s Choir and the Benote Tzon Dance Troupe. For details go to www.succotcelebration.com .
Special Request: If you are visiting Israel soon we have an urgent need to receive supplies of vitamins and toiletries at The Joseph Storehouse. If you have spare luggage capacity we would be grateful if you would bring some with you. Please visit: www.visionforisrael.com for more information.
Blessings from Jerusalem ,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff