Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 07/28/2018

An Israeli Jew’s Request

RonitBenderTwice I have met this woman of God, Ronit Bender, who has a street ministry to the poor and homeless in Israel. She has given me permission to post this recent email: “It’s an exciting time for Messianic believers (Jews who acknowledge Christ as their Messiah) and for Israel. We’re seeing the fulfillment of Old Testament and New Testament prophesy every day. Jewish people are being regathered from all corners of the earth (Isaiah 11:11-12Jeremiah 31:7-8Ezekiel 20:34). The Hebrew language has been restored to the Jewish people (Zephaniah 3:8-10) and they are living in the city of Jerusalem (Zechariah 8: 4-8). The land of Israel is flourishing and agricultural efforts are thriving as far as the Negev desert (Jeremiah 33:13). The nations are using the political arena to oppose the State of Israel and its control of Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:1-3). It’s an exciting time to be a believer in Israel and perhaps a frightening time to be a non-believer in Israel.

Israeli Jews can be very different from Jews you may have met in your home country. Many have little to no relationship with God and still carry a lot of hurt and resentment towards the church for its past actions. It is difficult for them to hear and accept the news that Yeshua (Jesus) is their messiah.

StreetMinEvery Jewish soul saved is territory reclaimed from the enemy (the devil) and when the enemy is hurt, he fights back. Messianic believers in Israel are accustomed to many struggles. They face exile from their homes, denial to make Aliyah (move to Israel), difficulties finding employment, shelter, and food, and may be disowned by their families, religious groups, and social circles.

We know that God’s will is for the Jewish people to be saved and that he will provide the protection they need. Please join us in praying for:

  • Ha Shem (God) to send his messengers to the people of Israel, remove the veil from their eyes (2 Corinthians 3:16) and open their ears so they may hear and see the good news that their Messiah has come, has risen, and will come again.
  • Past hurt and resentment against the church to be healed.
  • Wisdom and guidance for Israel’s leaders and protection for the IDF soldiers so that the State of Israel may continue to thrive amongst persecution from its enemies.
  • An end to persecution of Messianic Jews by Orthodox Jews and government departments.
  • The protection of believers from physical and spiritual opposition and that those around them will be drawn to Yeshua (John 17: 11, 23).
  • Believers around the world to acknowledge the Hebraic roots of their faith, have a passion to see the Jewish people saved (Romans 10:1) and provoke them to jealousy (Romans 11:11).
  • Jewish people to call on the Lord and be saved and blessed (Romans 10:12-13).
  • Jewish people around the world to respond to the prophetic call to return to the land of Israel and for their safe return and protection as they travel and settle in to their new home (Isaiah 40:1-2).

The safest place to be is in the will of our God and it is exciting to be part of what He is doing in Israel.”

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