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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
"Standing Together as One
. . . Under the Cross of Christ"
"Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!" (Matthew 21:9)
||The First 100 Days|
Prayer Resources for The First 100 Days
Tools to Assist in Offering Prayers for President Trump
and his Administration during these First 100 Days
1. 24/7 Prayer Line
Sponsored by the 24/7 National Strategic Prayer Network, you can call this number anytime, day or night, and join other prayer warriors across the nation to pray for the new administration.
The Conference Number is: 712-770-4340
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All are welcome to join!
PrayerSurgeNow hosts a weekly call every Saturday morning, beginning at 7:30 a.m. EST. Topics are geared to time-sensitive events happening in our country, and anointed speakers are invited to host each call, bringing insight to intercessors across the nation.
PrayerSurgeNow also hosts other calls throughout the week, as the need arises.
In order to keep pace with their news, please visit their blog at: www.prayersurgenow.blogspot.
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3. Daily Devotions - Sponsored by the AsOne network.
A prayer topic, intercession and Scriptural decrees are posted daily during these First 100 Days. Please go here to find today's devotion.
4. President Trump's Weekly Address:
Friday, April 7, 2017
To view last week's address, please go here.
5. PRAYERS FOR THE PRESIDENT
The First 100 Days and Beyond
A Collection of Prayers by the People:
An Inaugural Gift for President Donald J. Trump
To read this guide to prayer, written by 100 intercessors for each of the President's First 100 Days, please go here.
6. White House Press Briefings
To view each day's press conference,go here.
The videos of these press briefings appear below the video of Inauguration itself.
||Focus on Israel|
Chag Sameach Pesach!
1. Top IDF Intelligence Official: Hezbollah 'Very Challenged' at Moment Due to Ongoing Military Support of Assad Regime in Syria - Algemeiner
Hezbollah is "very challenged" at the moment due to its ongoing military support of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, a top IDF official told the Hebrew news site Walla in an interview published on Monday.
"Hezbollah is preoccupied with the war in Syria, which it should have stayed out of," Brig. Gen. Dror Shalom - the head of the Research Department of the IDF Directorate of Military Intelligence - said.
Shalom estimated that the number of members of the Lebanon-based Shiite terrorist group who have died in Syria has almost reached 2,000. (Read more)
2. Hamas designs terror-inspired 'Snakes and Ladders' - Times of Israel
A terrorism-inspired children's board game based on "Snakes and Ladders" (also known as Chutes and Ladders) that glorifies the Hamas terror group is soon set to hit stores in the Gaza Strip.
According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, "Reaching Jerusalem" was designed by Muhammad Ramadan Al-Amriti, an employee of the Hamas Interior Ministry who has previously produced and directed videos praising Hamas and terror attacks against Israel. (Read more)
3. Recalling lessons of Passover, Israelis pray for their Syrian 'enemies' - Times of Israel
JTA - At a Shabbat service in Tel Aviv on Friday evening, congregants recited the mourner's prayer for those killed in Syria's civil war.
Standing before a mural of the Tree of Life, the rabbi of Beit Daniel, the largest Reform synagogue in Israel, delivered a sermon on the Jewish obligation to condemn the savagery of the war. And a bar mitzvah boy led a prayer for peace in honor of the Syrian people, whom Israelis have long considered enemies.
"When you include something in your prayers, you push it to a higher level of consciousness," said Gilad Kariv, the head of the Reform movement in Israel and a member of Beit Daniel. "We declared that the Syrian people are rooted in the deepest part of our soul as individuals and as a community." (Read more)
4. MK Margalit: Israeli government 'must break its silence' - Israel National News
MK Erel Margalit sharply criticized the statement made by White House spokesman Sean Spicer that "even Hitler didn't use chemical weapons the way Assad did."
Margalit described this as a "wretched statement by the White House spokesman and I like many others await clarification. I am concerned that this is a hint to the problematic influence of officials who recently entered the White House including Holocaust deniers. Two weeks before Holocaust Memorial day, the Israeli government must break its silence over this statement and demand an apology," said Margalit. (Read more)
5. Israel's navy is preparing for 'any kind of threat' - YNET News
ABOARD INS HANIT (ISRAEL) - White specks appear on the horizon and a voice crackles over the radio with a warning: "The speed boat is acting independently."
Two boats on suicide bombing missions had been spotted either side of the INS Hanit, one of the Israeli navy's top warships.
"We recognize the target. This is an immediate enemy," a voice says in Hebrew over the loudspeaker. "Ready for action." (Read more)
6. Insight for Intercessors: Weekly Bulletin
To read this alert, go here.
||The Daily Brief|
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. NKorea State Media Warns of Nuclear Strike If Provoked as US Warships Approach - NewsMax
North Korean state media on Tuesday warned of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of a U.S. pre-emptive strike as a U.S. Navy strike group led by a nuclear-powered aircraft steamed towards the western Pacific.
Tension has escalated sharply on the Korean peninsula with talk of military action by the United States gaining traction following its strikes last week against Syria and amid concerns the reclusive North may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test.
North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the country was prepared to respond to any aggression by the United States.
- Father, we pray You would go before us and defeat our enemy. In Your mercy, show the people of North Korea that You are Almighty God.
- Summon your might, O God. Display your power, O God, as you have in the past. (Psalm 68:28)
2. Nuke-sniffer aircraft arrives on Okinawa as tensions rise on Korean peninsula - Stars & Stripes
A U.S. aircraft that specializes in detecting radioactive debris after the detonation of a nuclear device has arrived on Okinawa amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.
An Air Force WC-135 Constant Phoenix - commonly referred to as a nuke-sniffer - arrived at Kadena Air Base last Friday evening, said Satoru Kuba, an Okinawan who monitors military aircraft traffic at Kadena Air Base.
- Father, we pray this airplane and crew will successfully complete its' mission.
- The prudent carefully consider their steps. (Proverbs 14:15b)
3. Trump on North Korea Threats: We Are Sending an Armada - Fox Business
President Trump said he is taking action after North Korea's President Kim Jong-un threatened to nuke U.S. war ships.
"We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier," Trump told the FOX Business Network's Maria Bartiromo. "We have the best military people on Earth. And I will say this: he is doing the wrong thing."
Meanwhile, President Trump spoke with President Xi Jinping of China Wednesday over North Korea concerns. He said he was willing to help the U.S. with North Korea's weapons program. (Read more)
- Father, we thank You that You have brought us a leader who is taking a "no nonsense" approach to any nation that would threaten our people. We thank You, too, for the statement made by President Xi Jinping, offering to support us if North Korea launches a missile strike against our land. Thank You, Lord, in Your name, amen.
- "But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head." (Psalm 3:3)
4. Tillerson: 'Our Hope Is Bashar al-Assad Will Not Be a Part of (Syria's) Future'; Urges Russia to 'Realign' With U.S. - CNS News
In a statement he read to reporters on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson repeated something he said on Sunday, that "the United States' priority in Syria and Iraq remains the defeat of ISIS."
But Tillerson also expressed "hope" for regime change in Syria, and he urged Russia to "realign with the United States" and other nations that are "seeking to resolve the Syrian crisis" by forcing Assad out.
"Many nations look to the Geneva process to resolve the Syrian conflict in a way that produces stability and gives Syria and the Syrian people the opportunity to determine their own political future," Tillerson said. "And our hope is Bashar al-Assad will not be a part of that future."
- Father, we pray these wise words from Secretary Tillerson would bring change and result in peace and stability for the Syrian people.
- Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances. (Proverbs 25:11)
5. Jeff Sessions Delivers Sweeping Reforms to Protect the Border and US Citizens - The Daily Signal
Attorney General Jeff Sessions paid a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border today during a trip to Nogales, Arizona, where he spoke to a group of Customs and Border Protection agents and prosecutors.
He referred to the southwest border as "ground zero" in the fight against "transnational gangs like MS-13 and international cartels [that] flood our country with drugs and leave death and violence in their wake." He added that "it is here that criminal aliens and the coyotes and the document-forgers seek to overthrow our system of lawful immigration."
Sessions pledged to ratchet up the fight against "criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into warzones, that rape and kill innocent citizens, and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders" using "[d]epravity and violence a[s] their calling cards, including brutal machete attacks and beheadings."
- Father, we ask for Your blessings upon Attorney General Sessions, our law enforcement and judges as they process people who do not have the right to be in our nation. We pray for a balance of both justice and mercy to be shown.
- Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. (Proverbs 14:19)
6. FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page - Washington Post
The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said.
The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page's communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials.
This is the clearest evidence so far that the FBI had reason to believe during the 2016 presidential campaign that a Trump campaign adviser was in touch with Russian agents. Such contacts are now at the center of an investigation into whether the campaign coordinated with the Russian government to swing the election in Trump's favor.
Page has not been accused of any crimes, and it is unclear whether the Justice Department might later seek charges against him or others in connection with Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The counterintelligence investigation into Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections began in July, officials have said. Most such investigations don't result in criminal charges.
- Father, we pray for justice within our intelligence services. May the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth be revealed through these investigations.
- And the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you. (Deuteronomy 19:18-19)
7. Republican wins Kansas special election, fending off upset - The Hill
Republican candidate Ron Estes is projected to win Kansas's House seat, overcoming an unexpectedly tough challenge and denying Democrats a major upset - albeit by a much slimmer margin than his Republican predecessor.
Estes defeated civil rights attorney James Thompson (D) in Tuesday's special election to fill the seat vacated by President Trump's CIA director Mike Pompeo, with both the Associated Press and the New York Times calling the race.
With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Estes has 52 percent of the vote to Thompson's 46 percent.
Estes, a two-term state treasurer, had been expected to cruise to the finish line in a district that Trump carried by nearly 30 points. In the final days of the race, however, Republicans scrambled to fend off what would have been a devastating upset.
- Father, we pray the voice of the people will continue to be heard and acted upon in Washington, DC. May each Representative and Senator follow through with their duties and promises without delay.
- People who promise things that they never give are like clouds and wind that bring no rain. (Proverbs 25:14)
8. Eleven States Threatened With Lawsuits If No Action Taken To Clean Voter Rolls - Daily Caller
Watchdog group Judicial Watch (JW) sent out warning letters Monday to 11 states with counties in where the registered voters outnumbers voting-age citizens, as calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau's 2011-2015 American Community Survey.
According to the letters, this is "strong circumstantial evidence that these . . . counties are not conducting reasonable voter registration record maintenance as mandated under the [National Voter Registration Act] NVRA."
The NVRA and the federal Help America Vote Act require states to make reasonable efforts to maintain accurate voting rolls.
The 11 states that Judicial Watch sent a letter to are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee.
- Father, we pray these and all states will act to clean up their voter rolls and provide needed integrity for our elections.
- Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. (Proverbs 2:11)
9. Dems press Trump to restore family planning funding - The Hill
Scores of House Democrats are pressing the Trump administration to reinstate funding for an international program dedicated to family planning and women's reproductive health. The State Department earlier this month announced it would pull all U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), citing concerns that the money would subsidize coercive abortion services overseas, particularly in China.
In a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the Democrats contend those concerns are unfounded, warning that the decision to halt U.S. funds - slated to top $32 million this year - threatens the lives of countless low-income women around the globe. "UNFPA does not currently support - nor has ever supported or participated in - the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization," the lawmakers wrote.
The program "works in more than 150 countries to facilitate safe births, protect girls from child marriage and female genital mutilation, and provide access to voluntary contraception for women and men," they added. "In more than 100 of these countries, [the United States Agency for International Development] does not operate a family planning program, rendering UNFPA's presence all the more crucial."
. . . In announcing its decision to eliminate UNFPA funding, the State Department singled out the program's partnership with China's National Health and Family Planning Commission, which manages Beijing's "two-child policy," installed in 2015 as a scaled-back version of its decadeslong "one-child policy." (Read more)
- May President Trump and Vice President Pence stand firm on protecting life internationally and preventing the US from in any way funding or promoting abortion.
· Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. (Psalm 127:3)
10. Alabama governor resigns as scandal leads to criminal charges - Reuters
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigned on Monday after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors related to campaign finance violations and linked to his relationship with a former adviser, ending a year-long scandal that has enveloped the state's government. The guilty pleas were part of an agreement with prosecutors that called for him to step down, said Ellen Brooks, special prosecutor appointed by the state Attorney General Steve Marshall to investigate Bentley. "I have decided it is time for me to step down as Alabama governor," said Bentley at a news conference in the state capital of Montgomery, adding that his service "was a calling that God placed on my life." (Read more)
- Father, our brothers and sisters in Egypt are sad and discouraged. We pray You would surround them and encourage them with Your Spirit.
- But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the One who lifts up my head. (Psalm 3:3)
11. Churches in Southern Egypt Will Not Celebrate Easter - NewsMax
Egyptian churches, in the southern city of Minya, say they will not hold Easter celebrations next Saturday in mourning for 45 Coptic Christians killed this week in twin bombings of churches in two cities during Palm Sunday ceremonies. In statement on Tuesday, the Minya Coptic Orthodox Diocese said that celebrations will only be limited to the liturgical prayers "without any festive manifestations." Minya province has the highest Coptic Christian population in the country.
Sunday's bombings, claimed by the Islamic State group, are the latest escalation by the extremist group - which recently vowed to step up its attacks against Egypt's embattled Christian minority. (Read more)
- Father, our brothers and sisters in Egypt are sad and discouraged. We pray You would surround them and encourage them with Your Spirit.
- "But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the One who lifts up my head." (Psalm 3:3)
||The Daily Jot (Part I)|
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Passover and prophecy
Monday began Passover. Passover is a Jewish feast commemorating how God led the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery. Christians often overlook Passover, not understanding that it is most Holy and prophetic. The Israelites painted the blood of an unblemished, sacrificial lamb on their doorposts for the plague of death of the firstborn to Passover them. This is the picture of Christ, the unblemished lamb, who died on the cross for our sins. Our church family and friends celebrate the beginning of Passover with a traditional Passover Seder, a feast retelling the story of the Exodus from Egypt and foretelling the Messiah's sacrifice, return, and reign.
What Christians call the Lord's Supper, is actually a Passover Seder. Jesus said in Luke 22:15-16, "I have desired to eat this Passover with your before I suffer: For I way unto you, I will not anymore eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God." The Seder Plate is comprised of salt water, parsley, a lamb shank bone, chopped apples and nuts, horseradish root, bitter herb and a roasted egg-each element symbolizing a part of the redemption story of deliverance from Egyptian bondage. There are four symbolic cups of wine from which participants drink. The first is the cup of Sanctification, the second is the cup of Deliverance, the third is the cup of Redemption, and the fourth is the cup of Restoration.
The Seder uses matzah, unleavened bread pierced with holes, in three pieces shared during the Seder. One piece is broken and then wrapped in cloth and hidden until the end and then is revealed and shared in communion. As Christ said, "Take, eat; this is my body." The cup of Redemption symbolizes the blood of the Passover lamb. It was the cup taken after the meal. When Jesus took the cup of Redemption, he said in Matthew 26:27-29, "Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."
As you can see, the Passover has several layers. God brought the Israelites out of Egypt by demonstrating to them that the blood of the Lamb saves them. He instituted a service (Passover Seder), that the Israelites were to keep forever. Exodus 12:27 says, "It is the sacrifice of the Lord's Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses." Through the Passover, God delivered the Israelites from bondage, foretold of the suffering Messiah, the redemption of sins, and the kingdom to come. When we, as Christ followers take part in Passover, we are participating in the prophetic redemption and return of Christ.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
||The Daily Jot (Part II)|
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The brutal Islamic Slave Trade
The United Nation's International Organization for Migration has posted a report on what it calls "shocking" events in Northern and West Africa. Its staff in Niger and Libya have "described as 'slave markets' tormenting hundreds of young African men bound for Libya." While this horror may come as a "shock" to the UN, it is commonplace in Islamic nations and Islamic controlled areas. Each year the State Department's Report on Human Rights points to Islamic nations as the most egregious violators of human rights because of human trafficking, violence against women and children, persecution of non-Muslims, and slavery. These very things are encountered each day in our ministry in Ghana.
Our ministry partner in Ghana, Pastor William Agbeti writes: "Quite recently, a Ghanaian lady smuggled to Dubai managed to send a voice-recorded appeal to a friend, who forwarded it to me for help. I, in turn, forwarded it to the police. In her appeal, the lady said she and numerous others were trafficked from Ghana to Dubai, under false pretenses. She ended up in the house of a Muslim man in Dubai as a sex slave and house cleaner. She is forced to work endlessly during the day, and at night she is subjected to extreme sex. She is not allowed to leave the house under any circumstance. Not even for medical attention. In a heartbreaking voice, amidst weeping, she appealed to the Ghanaian authorities to come to her aid. The police have not gotten back to me on the issue."
Agbeti continued: "Now, in our own ministerial quarters, a young girl also almost fell victim to the Islamic human trafficking. The traffickers took her money, warned her not to tell anybody, and set a date for her journey to "greener pastures". God loving her so much, she mustered up courage and approached us to seek a final opinion about the opportunity. Was she fortunate or what? To cut a long story short, the girl is currently under the care of our ministry, safely enrolled in a school, far from harm's way. We are responsible for her needs and school fees. These and other developments make our work quite dangerous but highly necessary as we seek to make the world a much better place to live in with your help."
The UN has similar reports. The Islamic slave and human sex trafficking trade is big business. In Libya and Somalia, for example, Islamists entice people unawares or outright kidnap them and hold them for ransom. If their families are unable to pay up, the victims are sold into slavery. They are used up, starved, raped, and are often murdered. This is reality. Islam protects and foments human trafficking and the modern slave trade. Unlike the Koran, the Bible says the theft of a man for profit is a capital offense. Exodus 21 lists judgments set before the Israelites. Verse 16 says, "He that steals a man, and sells him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death." God's freedom vs allah's slavery. Who in their right mind would consider Islam?
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
||Sessions Gets Serious|
Sessions Gets Serious
While the media continue to pursue the narrative that Donald Trump cannot accomplish anything, day by day the Trump Administration is rolling back the last eight years of disastrous policies.
For example, Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited the southern border yesterday and announced new initiatives intended to seriously address illegal immigration. Attorney General Sessions bluntly warned:
"For those who continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned: This is a new era. This is the Trump era. The lawlessness, the abdication of duty to enforce our laws, and the catch and release policies of the past are over."
In stark contrast to the Obama Administration's abuse of "prosecutorial discretion," Attorney General Sessions yesterday directed federal prosecutors to charge repeat illegal entry offenders with a felony. Illegal immigrants caught with fake documents or IDs will be charged with aggravated identity theft.
While Obama's weak policies invited massive waves of illegal immigration, Trump's tough stance is having an immediate effect: Border crossings have fallen to their lowest levels in 17 years!
President Trump is already producing positive results. So much for the media's "do nothing" narrative. (Gary Bauer)
||Trump Was Right|
Trump Was Right
Slowly but surely, the truth is coming out.
When Donald Trump claimed last month that the Obama Administration had his "wires tapped," the media rushed to shut down the debate. Twenty-four hours after Trump's tweet, Obama's Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was on "Meet The Press." Clapper told host Chuck Todd, "There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign."
Asked directly whether he could confirm or deny the existence of a FISA court order, Clapper said, "I can deny it." Clapper also said he would have known if other government agencies had asked for a wiretap.
Clapper probably wasn't the best messenger given his past troubles with the truth.
The Washington Post dropped this bombshell today, "The FBI obtained a secret [FISA] court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump." Of course, nowhere in the story did the Post acknowledge that Trump was right about the monitoring of his associates.
The campaign adviser who was the subject of the FBI's surveillance is Carter Page. According to the Post, Page never met with Donald Trump. But in the process of monitoring Page, the government likely picked up a lot of interesting political intelligence on Donald Trump and other Trump associates.
Previous reports suggested that communications among Trump's transition team was picked up through "incidental collection." Well, a FISA court order is a far cry from "incidental collection."
Moreover, the Post also notes that the 90-day warrant "has been renewed more than once by the FISA court." We know from FBI Director James Comey's testimony that the FBI launched an investigation of Russian interference in the election last July. Assuming the FISA warrant was issued in July, then its renewal would have continued well into the transition period.
Meanwhile, Fox News reported last night that the House Intelligence Committee is expanding its investigation of Susan Rice amid growing frustration with the FBI's continued stonewalling. (Gary Bauer)
||Understanding the Seder|
Understanding the Passover Seder
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Yeshua,
The Exodus from Egypt and the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery marked the birth of the nation of Israel, and is considered by the Jewish people to be the single most important event in their history.[i] The delivery itself was both miraculous and divinely orchestrated entirely at His hand. The Lord had sent Moses to Pharaoh to deliver this message; "Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness" (Exodus 5:1, NKJV).[ii]
Their subsequent liberation was for the sole purpose of serving God-including the sacrifice of animals that were considered sacred to the Egyptians. This request came with the possible repercussion of death. Therefore, the first Passover is considered one of divine faith, and is different from future Passovers which are those of remembrance.
Shortly after the Lord initiated His Mosaic covenant with Israel; establishing their law, priesthood, calendar, and their holy convocations. And He purposed to fulfill His promise with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to deliver their descendants into the land of Canaan, and give it to them as an eternal inheritance.[iii] As such, the celebration of the Passover-commanded to be observed with the roasting of a Paschal Lamb, and eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs-was consecrated as an eternal ordinance of remembrance with the nation of Israel.[iv]
. . . The Seder is considered a family affair, and it is common to invite others that might otherwise not have the means to participate. Seders are long, ranging anywhere from two to over four hours. Since the Seder cannot begin until after dusk,[vii] an Orthodox Seder can go until midnight. Seders are joyous and celebratory, and involve an elaborate dinner with an assortment of unleavened kosher foods. Chicken Matzah ball soup is a personal favorite of mine.
Community Seders today are quite common in many Jewish congregations. What has also been growing in popularity are Messianic and Christian observances of the Passover that correlate events of the Exodus to the coming of our Messiah, including His death, burial, and resurrection. We will make those same correlations in this teaching. Some churches are even starting to call their communion services, "Passover communion."
What is traditionally characterized as Passover (Pesach) today, is actually comprised of three separate but overlapping convocations; the Sacrifice of the Paschal Lamb (Korban Pesach), the festival of Unleavened Bread (Hag Ha'matzot), and the Feast of First Fruits (Reisheet Katzir).
"The LORD bless you from Zion, He Who made heaven and earth."
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||What Time Is It?|
If it is not time, what time is it?
With all that is going on in Syria, Korea, Egypt, South Africa, there is a sense of provocation towards war. Certainly, intense spiritual activity is inciting action and activity that is concerning, at the very least. What is God saying in the midst of this tumult? While on a "retreat" this weekend to specifically draw near to God and discern what He was saying, I perched myself on a bluff overlooking a tumultuous rocky surf. While watching the breakers churn, the Lord opened a brief panoramic view of the nations. The land was dark and oceans gray. The map looked like nations and people being pushed off the cliff . . . in masses into a dark and turbulent sea. I heard a warning from the Lord, "It is not time!" The realization hit that the enemy is trying to push his agenda to bring destruction and war before God's time so that people will not be saved. Daniel 7:25 warns that he will "Intend to change the times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and a half a time." On the contrary, Jesus desires none to perish. The ends of the earth have not yet been reached. Preparations for the New Jerusalem may very well be underway. The diaspora and troubles rising in Syria and the Middle East point to an overturning, but it is not yet complete. It is not time. We really must continue to press in and pray.
Seated on the bluff, I could sense the Presence of the Lord awaken me with a new alertness of the time. The enemy was trying to push me into despair and concern that was draining my resources and energy. The thought that "it is not time," completely broke the chains of weariness and new life began to flow through my spirit and soul. I started to see things in a different light, with a newness of hope and encouragement. It is time to call and contend for those things that are not as though they were, to declare a thing that it may be so! The word of Job 22:28, "You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways," came alive in a new and fresh way. But wait . . . there is more!
If it's not time, what time is it?
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Fred and Sue Rowe
"He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law." (Daniel 7:25)
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The Persecuted Church
"Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body." (Hebrews 13:3)
Please visit the website for International Christian Concern to lift up prayers for the persecuted around the world, every day. Their link is: www.persecution.org -- or go here to connect. Thank you for interceding for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Asia, the Islamic World, and the Far East.
"I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (1 Corinthians 2:2)
Blest be the dear uniting love, That will not let us part! Our bodies may far off remove, We still are one in heart.
Joined in one spirit to our Head, Where He appoints we go; And still in Jesus' footsteps tread, And show His praise below.
O may we ever walk in Him, And nothing know beside; Nothing desire, nothing esteem, But Jesus crucified.
Closer and closer let us cleave To His beloved embrace; Expect His fullness to receive And grace to answer grace.
While thus we walk with Christ in light Who shall our souls disjoin, Souls, which Himself vouchsafes t'unite In fellowship divine!
We all are one who Him receive, The same in mind and heart, Nor joy, nor grief, nor time, nor place, Nor life, nor death can part.
Partakers of the Savior's grace, The same in mind and heart, Nor joy, nor grief, nor time, nor place, Nor life, nor death can part.
But let us hasten to the day Which shall our flesh restore, When death shall all be done away, And bodies part no more!
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About the Author:
Words: Charles Wesley, 1742
Music: William H. Havergal, 1847
About the hymn:
John B. Gough, the great temperance lecturer, gives an interesting account in his Autobiography of the singing of this hymn when as a boy he left home in June, 1839. While the ship on which he was to sail was becalmed and tarried at Sandgate, his father and other loved ones came on board. When the visitors were about to leave for the shore, they formed their boats in a semicircle around the ship, and all stood up and with blended voices sang their affectionate farewell in the words of this hymn. As the music floated over the calm waters in the weird twilight of the dying day, it left an impression never to be forgotten by any of those who witnessed the beautiful leave taking.