Israel at War, #18

March 22nd, 2024 | TJCII Blog

Today, March 21, I prayed the Shema prayer from Deuteronomy 6:4, “Sh’ma, Yisra’el! Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad [Hear, Isra’el! Adonai our God, Adonai is one] at precisely 10:30 AM central time. Why? I was responding to a global call for all Jews around the world to join together in unison through praying the Shema on behalf of Israel and the 134 remaining hostages being held in the Gaza Strip. I am continuing to pray for the release of these hostages being held in captivity by Hamas operatives.

Today is day 167 of the war in Israel that started on October 7, 2023 by Hamas terrorists who invaded Israel killing almost 1200 people, most of whom were civilians, including many children. As you read this introduction to the video linked below, it is day 168 of the war. This weekend is the Jewish holiday of Purim which celebrates the survival of the Jewish people after an attempt by the Persian Empire to destroy all the Jews. The Persian Empire was conquered by the Greek Empire but still exists today in the Nation of Iran. Iran hates Israel and has been funding Hamas terrorism for many years. Iran has also been funding Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon. Hezbollah is essentially another arm of the Iranian war against Israel. Politicians call this type of war a “proxy war” because Iran has not yet begun to fight directly against Israel but has funded and supplied others to fight against Israel and the Jewish people. So, we celebrate Purim this weekend while Israel and the Jewish people are once again defending themselves from an existential threat of complete annihilation. We must join the fight through prayer!

Without the Jewish people there would be no Bible, no Messiah, no National witness of G0D’s existence and no hope for peace on earth. The attempts to destroy Israel are demonically sourced (Daniel 10:9-14; Esther; Rev.12) but they will fail because G0D has called and preserved Israel and the Jewish people for His purposes among the Nations (Jeremiah 31:34-36). Israel and the Jewish people are an absolute necessity for the peace on Earth that Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) brings through G0D’s saving grace. When Yeshua returns, He will return to Jerusalem and be surrounded by “All of Israel” which shall be saved (Rom. 11:25-27). TJCII is playing a small but significant role in calling the Church and the Messianic Jewish community to make straight the way of the LORD in preparation for Yeshua’s return to Jerusalem. Israel must live!

Please enjoy the eye-opening video below.

Marty Waldman