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"Praying for All in Authority"
Friday, December 28, 2018

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----- ALERT! Israeli Air Force (IAF) carries out three strikes obliterating key Iranian sites inside Syria. Go here for details and/or see below. High alert for your intercession. Thank you!

(Source: Times of Israel)

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Photos said to show Iranian warehouse flattened by Israeli strike in Syria
But satellite images reveal no evidence of attack at Damascus airport, which reportedly targeted a 747 cargo jet belonging to Iran's Fars Air Qeshm
Satellite images show the extent of damage from an alleged Israeli strike in Syria this week, with one photo indicating that a large storage facility was completely destroyed, an Israeli satellite imaging company said Thursday.

The photos, taken December 26 and published by ImageSat International, were of the remains of an Iranian warehouse at a base belonging to the Syrian army's 4th division and located west of the capital Damascus, the company said. The 900-square-meter (8,000 square foot) structure appeared to have been obliterated by the attack, it said.

However, by contrast, the images showed no evidence of an attack at Damascus airport. Initial media reports of the airstrike had speculated that a 747 cargo jet, belonging to Iran's Fars Air Qeshm, had been targeted after it landed at the airport.

The civilian company has been accused on multiple occasions of smuggling Iranian arms to Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group that fought Israel in a 2006 war, and media speculated that its cargo had been the target of the strikes.

An Israeli security official confirmed to the Associated Press on Wednesday that Israel carried out the overnight airstrike in Syria, saying a series of Iranian targets were hit.

The official said the air force had attacked several Iranian targets in three main locations late Tuesday and early Wednesday. He said the targets were primarily storage and logistics facilities used by archenemy Iran to ship weapons to Hezbollah.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity under standard security protocols. The Israeli military has not commented on the incident.

. . . Newsweek reported Wednesday morning that the alleged Israeli airstrike hit several senior Hezbollah officials as they boarded a plane bound for Iran, citing a US Defense Department source. The unnamed source told the magazine he had received the information from top Israeli military brass, and said strategic Iranian munitions were also targeted, including advanced GPS components for weaponry.

That report was later denied by Lebanon's Al-Mayadeen, widely regarded as pro-Hezbollah, which said no senior members of the terror group were hurt. (Read more here.)

Source: Times of Israel
- Father God, we awaken this morning to this very serious news coming out of the Middle East. Our sense, dear Lord, is that these are not the last air strikes, but the beginning of an escalation of tension in this region. We thank You, O Lord, that You ARE in control, and we purpose to remain on the wall, always praying for the peace of Jerusalem. Grant P.M. Netanyahu and his military advisors wisdom and skill as they now face their enemy head on. May all of their efforts be successful, and may many lives be spared in the days ahead. In Your Name, Yeshua, we pray, amen.
- "Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies." (Psalm 60:12)

Focus on Israel

1. Two Ex-Israeli Military Chiefs in Talks on Potential Joint Ticket for Upcoming Knesset Election - Algemeiner

Two former heads of the Israeli military are said to be in talks to run together on a joint slate in the upcoming April 9 Knesset general election.

The Hebrew news outlet Mako reported on Wednesday that Moshe Ya'alon and Benny Gantz were in "advanced contacts" and the chance of them establishing a united front were very high.

The 68-year-old Yaalon was the IDF chief of staff during the Second Intifada in the early 2000s while Benny Gantz, 59, served in the role during Operation Cast Lead in 2014.

Following his military career, Ya'alon entered politics as a Likud member and was named defense minister by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2013. He resigned from the position in 2016 after a falling out with Netanyahu.

After the Knesset election was moved up to April earlier this week, Ya'alon announced he would be forming a new political party.

(Read more)

2. Israeli ex-general, polling closest to Netanyahu, joins 2019 election race - Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A former Israeli armed forces chief who opinion polls show poses the toughest challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bid for reelection next year formally established a political party on Thursday.

Details about Benny Gantz's Israel Resilience Party, leaked to local media after it was registered, gave little indication of its ideological tilt.

Along with preserving Israel as "a Jewish and democratic country", the party pledged unspecified changes to priorities in national security and the economy.

(Read more)

3. State Department confirms Pompeo-Netanyahu meeting - Israel National News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet next week in Brazil with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as Washington prepares to withdraw troops from Syria, the State Department said Thursday, according to AFP.

Pompeo and Netanyahu will meet in Brasilia where both will be attending the New Year's Day inauguration of president-elect Jair Bolsonaro.

Netanyahu has met frequently with Pompeo and enjoys a warm relationship with President Donald Trump, happy about his withdrawal from a denuclearization deal with Iran and his landmark shift of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

(Read more)

4. In escalating trade fight, PA halts Israeli produce and poultry imports - Times of Israel

The Palestinian Authority government decided on Thursday to halt Israeli fruit, vegetable, and poultry imports into Palestinian markets, the official PA news site Wafa reported.

The decision came after Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel decided to freeze Palestinian fruit and vegetable imports into Israel.

Ariel ordered authorities in the Agriculture Ministry not to permit Palestinian fruit and vegetable imports into the Jewish state on December 17 after the PA instructed Palestinian meat-sellers to stop purchasing lamb from Israel, Dalia Goldenberg, a spokeswoman for the minister, said in a phone call.

(Read more)

5. IDF destroys fifth Hezbollah terror tunnel - World Israel News

The IDF has destroyed a fifth Hezbollah tunnel crossing from Lebanon into Israel as part of Operation Northern Shield, an IDF spokesman said Wednesday. "We have just destroyed another Hezbollah attack tunnel that was dug from Lebanon into Israeli territory," the spokesman said.

The tunnel came from Ayta ash Shab, a village across the border from an Israeli farming community. It violated Israeli territory.

"The IDF sees the Lebanese government as responsible for the digging of the tunnels and the consequences," the spokesman added, calling the digging of the tunnels a gross violation of U.N. Resolution 1701 and of Israeli sovereignty.

(Read more)

6. Intercessors for Israel: Friday Prayer Points

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7. Bridges for Peace: Israel Prayer Update

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The Daily Brief

1. 'We're Not the Suckers of the World': Trump Defends Syria Pullout - CBN News

President Donald Trump is back in Washington Thursday morning after a surprise holiday visit to members of America's armed services in Iraq. Trump revealed he wants us troops to remain in Iraq despite his decision last week to withdraw all 2,000 soldiers in neighboring Syria. "Our presence in Syria was not open-ended and was never intended to be permanent," Trump explained, adding that the US should no longer share the burdens of global defense alone.

"It's not fair when the burden is all on us," he said. "We don't want to be taken advantage of any more by countries that use us and use our incredible military to protect them. They don't pay for it and they're going to have to."

"We are spread out all over the world. We are in countries most people haven't even heard about. Frankly, it's ridiculous," he noted. "We're not the suckers of the world. We're no longer the suckers, folks," he told the troops. "We're respected again as a nation." Trump also met with the US ambassador to Iraq and with US troops in Germany on his way home. Iraq's prime minister also accepted an invitation to visit the White House. (Read more)

- Thank You, Lord, for giving us a President who is not afraid to speak the truth to the world. Please keep our President safe from all enemies, now and always, amen.

- "No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that [a]accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me," declares the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17)

2. Sarah Sanders Shares Touching Story About Trump's Trip To Iraq - Daily Caller

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders shared details of a "powerful" moment between President Donald Trump and a U.S. soldier in Iraq on Wednesday. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania took a surprise trip to Iraq late Christmas evening to visit with U.S. service-members. Shortly after the Trump family and administration officials left Iraq, Sanders shared the story of one member of the U.S. Army.

According to Sanders, the young Army member rejoined the military because of President Donald Trump's election. Trump replied, "And I am here because of you." (Read more)

- Lord God, we thank You that President Trump bears a true appreciation for the service of all of our men and women in uniform. Praise God!

- "Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD." (Psalm 113:1)

3. Jerry Brown Grants Pardons to Immigrants Facing Deportation Due to Criminal History - PJ Media

California Gov. Jerry Brown granted 143 pardons and 131 commutations for Christmas, including a handful of refugees and immigrants that he hopes to spare from deportation by scrubbing their criminal histories. Brown also responded to the clemency request of Kevin Cooper -- a death-row inmate convicted of killing four members of a Chino Hills, Calif., family at their home in 1983 after escaping from a nearby prison. The California Supreme Court blocked Brown's attempt to commute the sentence of Kenny Lee, convicted of robbing and murdering a cab driver in 1992. It's the seventh time the court has stepped in to use its power to stop the outgoing governor from issuing sentence commutations for killers in recent weeks.

Brown also granted pardons to five Cambodian refugees brought to the country when they were 5 years old or younger, and now face deportation because of their criminal pasts. He likewise pardoned a Honduran immigrant facing deportation. Brown's actions allow the immigrants' lawyers to argue that the federal government's assertion that criminal histories qualify them for deportation is now no longer applicable. (Read more)

- "Father, forgive him, for he knows not what he does." (Luke 23:34)

4. Sweet Shutdown, Roll On - American Greatness

It never seems to occur to the Democrats that the last people Donald Trump cares about offending are the army of Democrat-voting bureaucrats who will be the only folks inconvenienced by Senator Charles Schumer's [refusal to fund the border wall].

As far as the rest of America is concerned, the shutdown of "nonessential" government services can continue indefinitely, as the president has promised, in order to get funding for his wall along the Mexican border. It's the best Christmas present ever.

The president has forced Schumer and House [Representative] Maerose Prizzi, to make a choice between protecting their bureaucrat-class base or protecting the American people from the failed state just to our south. So let the shutdown roll on, indefinitely-all the way to 2020 if need be. Trump has nothing to lose, certainly not a single vote, from keeping the pencil-pushers confined to quarters in Arlington and Silver Spring. (Read more)

- Lord God, amen. Thank You for the wisdom reflected in this article. We stand by our President, and continue to protect him in prayers, day and night, every day that he is in office. Amen.

- "Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem [the capital] at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and as workers by day." (Nehemiah 4:22)

5. Trump: 'Most of the people not getting paid' in shutdown are Democrats - The Hill

President Trump early Thursday resumed his feud with Democrats on Capitol Hill over funding for a border wall, claiming that most of the hundreds of thousands of federal employees furloughed or forced to work without pay due to a partial government shutdown are Democrats.

"Have the Democrats finally realized that we desperately need Border Security and a Wall on the Southern Border. Need to stop Drugs, Human Trafficking, Gang Members & Criminals from coming into our Country," he tweeted. "Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?" he added.

"Whatever it takes. We need a wall. We need safety for our country. Even from this standpoint. We have terrorists coming in through the southern border," Trump told reporters. In a sign that the two sides are not yet close to reaching a compromise, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's (R-La.) office said Wednesday that no votes in the House are expected on Thursday and that members will get a 24-hour notice of when they need to return to Washington. (Read more)

- Again, Lord God, we thank You for the strength being demonstrated by President Trump against our enemies, as he continues to seek the funds needed to build the wall and to protect our land. Thank You, Lord, amen.

- "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13)

6. Jerome Corsi: FBI, Mueller 'harassing' my family - Washington Examiner

Jerome Corsi accused the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller of "harassing" his family. During an interview on Fox Business on Wednesday. "I've got evidence that the FBI and Mueller's team are now harassing my family," Corsi said during an interview on "Trish Regan Primetime." "They are doing door knocks on my stepson. They are parking surveillance vans with two agents in it outside the places where various members of my family work."

"My children have done nothing wrong," He added. "My wife, I've been married to her for 27 years, and now they're gonna try to make them criminals? I mean this is harassing my family, it's beyond bounds, and I won't stand for it."

Corsi is a key part of Mueller's investigation into whether there was a connection between WikiLeaks and President Trump's inner circle, but has not yet been indicted even after he says he rejected a plea deal. He filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month that accused Mueller of "illegal and unconstitutional surveillance" of his phone and electronic records and of leaking grand jury information. (Read more)

- Father God, we lift up the Corsi family before Your Throne of Grace, and we ask for divine protection for each of these family members, in Your name, amen.

- "No weapon forged against you shall prosper." (Isaiah 54:17)

7. Daughters of foot doctor say Trump's bone spurs diagnosis given as a favor - Washington Examiner

The daughters of the now-deceased podiatrist, Dr. Larry Braunstein, told the New York Times that their father often recounted the story about how he had given Trump a diagnosis of bone spurs in the heels. Trump received the diagnosis in 1968, which disqualified him from serving in the military. Prior to that he had also received several educational deferments.

The daughters, Dr. Elysa Braunstein, 56, and Sharon Kessel, 53, confirmed the story. The daughters, both Democrats, said they are not fans of President Trump. The New York Times did not find documentation to help verify the series of events, and President Trump has said in the past that he does not recall which doctor diagnosed bone spurs. (Read more)

- Father God, let the facts be known in this case, and let it be put to rest, in Your name, amen.

- "You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." (John 14:14)

8. Ginsburg released from hospital following cancer surgery - The Hill

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Tuesday after undergoing a procedure to remove two nodules in her lungs that were determined to be malignant. "Justice Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital yesterday and is recuperating at home," Kathy Arberg, a public information officer for the Supreme Court, said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday.

Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York on Friday to have the nodules removed from her left lung. The cancerous growths were discovered during tests in November to diagnose and treat rib fractures she sustained from a fall around that time. (Read more)

- Father God, we lift up Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before Your Throne of Grace. Lord, please draw her unto You, that she might find salvation. In Your name, amen.

- "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance."
(2 Peter 3:9)

9. A New Study Could Spell Trouble For The Future Of Wind Energy - Daily Caller

After analyzing data from more than 1,000 weather stations around the world, a team of researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that 67 percent had witnessed an extensive decrease in wind power potential over the course of nearly 40 years. The team - which also included a researcher from Purdue University - reached their findings after examining the changes of wind surface speeds from 1979 to 2016.

Around 30 percent of locations in North America have witnessed a 30 percent drop or more in available hub-height wind power. Sites in Europe were worse, where about 40 percent experienced a similar decline. However, the effect was the most significant in Asia, where around 80 percent of sites on the continent saw a 30 percent drop in wind.

It's not immediately clear what is behind the decline of wind across the Northern Hemisphere. Dr. Gang Huang, a corresponding author of the research, revealed to Greentech Media that they are currently performing a follow-up study to help determine possible causes. (Read more)

- Lord God, this news does not come as a surprise to you. If it be Your will, we ask that the normal wind patterns in the Northern Hemisphere be restored, in Your name, amen.

- "Even the winds and the waves obey him!" (Matthew 8:27)

10. Bombshell: New Info Says Khashoggi Was A Foreign Influence Agent - The Federalist

The Washington Post has caused itself a major scandal since it has come to light they and their martyred "reformer" Jamal Khashoggi were publishing anti-Saudi propaganda for Qatar. They tried to bury this in a pre-Christmas Saturday news dump, but that can't stop the damage this will do to their reputation.

"Text messages between Khashoggi and an executive at Qatar Foundation International show that the executive, Maggie Mitchell Salem, at times shaped the columns he submitted to The Washington Post, proposing topics, drafting material and prodding him to take a harder line against the Saudi government," the Post wrote December 21.

The Post says they were unaware of this, although Khashoggi's Qatar connections were well known. They will have to answer for what is either incompetence in connecting these dots or simply not caring as Khashoggi's attacks on President Trump and the Saudis fit right in with their narrative. During research for our report on the information operation after his death, we heard from reliable sources familiar with the investigation that documents showing wire transfers from Qatar were found in his apartment in Turkey. (Read more)

- Father God, once again we come before Your Throne of Grace, asking for truth to be revealed regarding the death of Jamal Khashoggi. This case seems to be a mystery to us, but it is not so with You, dear Lord. Let justice be meted out, as needed. In Your name, amen.

- " . . . he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him." (Daniel 2:22)

The Daily Jot

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Prophecy and government shutdown

Here we are, how many days into the government shutdown? Quite frankly, I haven't noticed. Perhaps some of you have, I don't know. But just like all the other government shutdowns, nothing much has changed. People I know in charge of our national defense are still at their positions. Our nation is safe because the only real budget item the federal government is required to do is, as the preamble to the US Constitution says, "establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty." The rest is left up to the states and the local government. All the add-ons by the federal government are beyond its charter-just saying.

The news media and the pro-government left are spastic about a government shutdown. Every day there is a new headline and a new angle, a new sob-story about how the hated dictator Trump is ruining America by shutting down the government. Over the long-term, a federal government shutdown would have a tremendous negative impact on the US economy. The federal government employs more than 2.7 million civilians, not counting those in the military. That's more than Walmart, Amazon, Yum China (Yum Brands), Kroger, Home Depot, Berkshire Hathaway, IBM, FedEx, UPS, Target, and General Electric, combined.

Now, I do not want to give any impression that those of you who work for the federal government do not have important jobs. So don't get angry and hit the "unsubscribe" button. My personal belief is that many federal jobs would be even better as private industry jobs-which would likely happen if the federal government did not provide the service. Essential services, such as waste removal, electric power, education, road upkeep, water, food, etc., are not entrusted to the federal government, and now you know why-a shut down would cause real problems. The basic concept of a shutdown by the Congress or the White House is to get those who want more government, and are convinced they can't live without it, to agree to something the others want.

Government should not be God in our lives. As you can see, your life goes on without the federal government. In America, we might just focus too much on politics and government. As we remember Christ during this time of the year, maybe it is appropriate that the government is shut down. Isaiah 9:6-7 prophesies, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given" and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever." THAT's the government that never shuts down.

Have a blessed and powerful day,

The Daily Jot Staff

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Three Days Left in 2018

Three Days Left in 2018

December 28, 2018

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