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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ISIS or ISIL? There's a big difference!



One very important bit of information I learned this past week from friend, mentor and Islam expert, Jim Croft, is that there is a marked difference between the names ISIS and ISIL. In the beginning of all this everybody referred to the Islamic terrorist group as ISIS. In fact, if you're like me, the very first time I ever heard them referred to as 'ISIL' came from President Obama - and the difference is HUGE! ISIS stands for the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" while ISIL stands for the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant". The key here is that Levant is a much larger territory than just Iraq and Syria. The Levant comprises several countries around the Eastern Mediterranean including Cyprus, Jordan, Palestine (Gaza), Lebanon, Syria and Israel!! This means that not only does ISIL have eyes on all of Iraq and Syria but the rest of these as well, including ISRAEL, as part of their 'initial conquests'. Of course, radical Islam's overall goal is world domination.

What this also means is that President Obama knew long before the majority of the rest of us what the plans are for ISIL's expansion! This begs the question to be asked of what in the world is he waiting for in calling for all out war on these parasites?

In addition, according to a letter from Prophet Cindy Jacobs, there have been recent statements, from Democrats and Republicans alike, including CIA officers, of ISIL's activities in the U.S.  One such statement came last week from Democrat Senator Bill Nelson of Florida:  "This is a terrorist group the likes of which we haven't seen before, and we better stop them now.  It ought to be pretty clear when they start cutting off the heads of journalists and say they're going to fly the black flag of ISIS over the White House that ISIS is a clear and present danger."

 As Christians we must take this threat very seriously and start (if you haven't already) warring in the Spirit! God can thwart this and any terrorist threat against our nation if we will fervently call upon Him (2 Chron. 7:14). It is time to exercise our authority "on earth as it is in heaven" so please pray and come against the demonic powers at work in radical Islam!

PRAY:

•    Pray for President Obama like never before!!  He is president during one of the most dangerous times for America and the world and needs our fervent prayers every day.  Father God, we pray that President Obama would receive accurate information about the strength, location, and plans of ISIS on American soil.  We pray he will have good understanding with real and grave certainty the threat the Islamic state is to this nation and act appropriately in protecting our nation. Give him godly wisdom and bold courage to be an effective commander- in- chief in this  time of war.

•    Pray for wisdom and strategy for the US Congress, Homeland Security, and the US Military:  Father, we pray for our leaders in Congress, Homeland Security and our military to be awake at their posts, armed with accurate and clear intelligence in order to take fast and decisive action against ISIS or any other terrorists before their plots are hatched. Give our leaders godly wisdom, consensus, and coordinated strategies from heaven to defeat our ISIS enemy.

•    Pray for the Exposure of ISIS plots: Father we pray there is nothing covered that will not be revealed or hidden that will not be made known (Matthew 10:26). Expose the whereabouts of ISIS and all terrorist sleeper cells and stop their plans before they can act.

•    Pray protection over our US Military personnel and their families. Father, we pray a hedge of protection around our military and their families. We appropriate Your promises in Psalm 91 that our military and their families will be safe under Your wings. Deliver them from the evil schemes and traps of their enemies. Station Your angels around their homes and vehicles. Watch over them, their spouses, children, and grand children as they go from place to place in their daily lives.

•    Pray for the protection of public places where military personnel and their families may go: Father God, we pray for the protection of our military, their families, and all people in churches, schools, sporting events, transit systems, and other public places that would be a target for terrorists. We declare no evil will come upon men, women, or children in such gatherings and that You uncover and bring to an end every evil plot.

•    Pray for the protection of US Military bases. If you live near or your church is near a military base, begin ongoing prayer meetings for the protection of the base and its personnel. Father, put our military bases on high alert.  May no one with evil intent get past their guards. Give those "watchmen" at their posts supernatural discernment and alertness. Help them to see and stop anything or anyone who brings a threat of danger. Expose and thwart every evil plan aimed at our military bases or their personnel.

In the words of Paul, "pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance" (Ephesians 6:18)

God bless you!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sometimes It Is Darkest Before the Dawn

God moves when everything else says "it's impossible". Sometimes we can find ourselves in 'impossible situations', situations where it would appear that, despite all our prayers and faith, there is no solution and not even a hope for a solution on the horizon to grasp at - but we keep the faith, praying and praising God in the storm. These are the times when the God of miracles steps in and shows His love for us. God rewards faith when we exercise it. "By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days."

God sometimes allows dark hours just before the dawn. This is what happened to the Israelites fleeing Egypt. Right before God moved, everything became worse. The Isrealites were in the middle of the Red Sea with Pharaoh on their heels. The people panicked and cried to God for help. In response God closed the sea on their enemy - but why did He wait so long? Why didn't God close the sea before Pharaoh came? Sometimes God allows the situation to turn critical in our minds, until we reach the point when we realize there is no hope unless God performs a miracle - and God receives ALL the glory! God is not necessarily moved by our circumstances - but He is moved by our faith and praise. Praise Him in the Storm!

But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

~Psalm 5:11-12


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Christian Authority


As Christians, understanding the power that we carry is all about understanding our positioning and exercising our authority. When we accepted Jesus the old us became dead to sin. Ephesians 2:6 further explains that we have been resurrected with Christ and are seated at the right hand of the Father with Christ. We may be walking around on earth physically but our Spirits are with Christ and He in us! In Kingdom positioning, the right hand position is a position of authority. This is mirrored in this world with Kings and Queens. By being seated with Christ, we occupy the same position of authority with Him. While Jesus is seated, He has given us His 'power of attorney', His full authorization to act on His behalf while we're still (physically) on earth! When the body of Christ comes to understand this we can accomplish anything! Moving mountains? (both literal and Kingdoms) NOTHING! Raising the dead? NOTHING! Calming the storm? CHILD'S PLAY! It is this authority that Jesus has imparted to us that heals the sick. Jesus never prayed "Oh please Father, heal this man". He took authority and COMMANDED the condition to be gone - and in doing so gave the example of how we are to 'pray' for healing. Jesus never said "Oh please Father please, deliver this man from demons" No. He took authority over the demonic and COMMANDED it out! I believe that when Jesus said, "He who is not with Me is against Me" can be applied to ALL things, that basically He was saying 'If its not of God, it's from the other side'.

It is time for the body to realize the individual and corporate power that we carry around with us every day - and start using it the way that Christ intended. WE WERE NOT BORN AGAIN TO BACK DOWN...WE WERE BORN AGAIN TO SMACK DOWN!


~ You are blessed!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Feast of Tabernacles Tour 2014 Sponsored by the ICEJ

"AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS THAT EVERYONE WHO IS LEFT OF ALL NATIONS WHICH CAME AGAINST JERUSALEM SHALL GO UP FROM YEAR TO YEAR TO WORSHIP THE KING, THE LORD OF HOSTS, AND TO KEEP THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES." ZECHARIAH 14:16

My mother and step-father, Jim &Julia Chandler, were the first ICEJ prayer team leaders and part of the development of "the Feast" since its inception in 1980 - and have been referred to by Susan Michael, the US Director of the ICEJ, as "everybody's mom and pop".  The Christian celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles has been a vital and central part of the ICEJ’s ministry of comforting Israel ever since - and this year will be no different, terrorists or no! Up to 5,000 Christians from over 100 countries will come to Jerusalem, making the Feast of Tabernacles the largest and most popular annual Christian tourist event in Israel. Pilgrims come to worship the Lord, pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and to bless Israel!

This year the ICEJ is hosting a ten-day tour, from October 8-18th, flying from Toronto to Jerusalem, and will include the Dead Sea, Qumran, Ein Gedi, Bethlehem, Masada, Capernaum, Tabgha, Caeserea Philippi, a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee complete with a St. Peter's fish lunch and Jerusalem including communion at the Garden Tomb, the Mount of Olives, the Old City bazaar, the old Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall, a tour of Caiaphas' house and the Citadel Museum - and evenings spent in festive worship of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!


The registration fee includes:

Round trip airfare from Toronto on Air Canada•
4 star hotels • Breakfast and dinner daily • Air conditioned bus with WIFI • Licensed English speaking guide • Devotions & Bible-teaching • Entrance fees to sites.


 For more information and to register
http://feast.icej.org/feast-tour

Be blessed - go to Israel for The Feast!




Thursday, September 4, 2014

Chavda Ministries Watch Focus (Sept 5-2014), Sound the Jubilee


Chavda Ministries Weekly Watch Focus:  Sound the Jubilee


FRIDAY, Sept. 5, The distinct blast of the trumpet across Israel released the Year of Jubilee. This was a great season of release from bondage, debt, and restoration of family and property. Some rabbis believe that this coming Rosh Hashanah, September 24-26, will usher in the next year of Jubilee. We believe as Christians that the person of Jesus Christ is our Jubilee fulfilled. This is a prophetic time for us to apprehend by faith fresh Jubilee blessings. May our families, finances, and churches experience a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit for restoration in this hour.

In fulfillment of the promises of Isaiah 61, Jesus came and declared, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me!” (Luke 4:18). Let us set our hearts to fast and pray together starting September 8 for a 21-day corporate fast. We invite you to join with us in these days of humbly seeking the face of the Lord for His mercy and grace, with personal and national repentance. May the Lord heal our land and disrupt and destroy every satanic plan of terrorism, violence, or oppression against us. Let us remember Jesus’ words that “this kind goes out only by prayer and fasting.”
Lev. 25:8-12, “And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. 10 And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family. That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of its own accord, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine. For it is the Jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat its produce from the field.

Duet. 15:1-23, “At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts. And this is the form of the release: Every creditor who has lent anything to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not require it of his neighbor or his brother, because it is called the Lord’s release. Of a foreigner you may require it; but you shall give up your claim to what is owed by your brother, except when there may be no poor among you; for the Lord will greatly bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance— only if you carefully obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe with care all these commandments which I command you today. For the Lord your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.”

Luke 4:18, ” “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”


To watch LIVE Fridat the 5th at 8PM EST...
http://radioantioch.com/chavdaministries/live-events-2/
 
~ Mahesh & Bonnie Chavda

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Global Prayer For Israel TODAY!




"We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:12)
 
During the recent conflict in Gaza, I had visitors coming from abroad to see me in Jerusalem. They were arriving late at Ben-Gurion Airport, so while waiting at home to go pick them up I decided to watch the latest news on TV and the Web.For several hours, I flipped on different TV news channels and opened my laptop to Israeli news sites. After this massive wave of reports, images, and analysis of current events worldwide, I stopped to think.
 
The Evil Behind the Scenes

The news media had brought coverage of the ISIS terror militia in Iraq, clashes in Libya, Hamas rockets in Gaza, hurricanes, earthquakes, and the Ebola virus in Africa. I also thought how terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and al-Shabaab in Somalia are adding to the chaos and human suffering in our world.

I could hear the words of Jesus echoing: "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. . . there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places . . . look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near" (Matthew 24:6-7; Luke 21:28).
 
The stage is slowly being set for King Jesus to return from heaven and deliver us from all evil!
But, I could see as well how, behind all this senseless violence by evil men in so many places, there was the influence of evil spirits, led by Satan himself!

Works of the Devil

Satan is no friend! He is the enemy of all humanity. Not only is he the father of all lies, but according to Jesus he is also a murderer who comes only to steal, kill, and destroy (John 8:44; 10:10). Unfortunately, we see his works all around.

Even though suffering in this life remains a mystery, the Bible is clear on this: Satan and his evil spirits can impact world events through the minds and actions of those people who agree with him (Ephesians 2:1-3). They are inspired and draw their power from evil sources. As a result, humanity is suffering, in confusion, filled with hatred, fear, and hopelessness.

Christian Suffering in the Middle East

It is painful to see the consequences of evil spirits ruling the lives of men. One sad expression of this murderous spirit at this time is the hatred of Muslim extremists towards Christians in the Middle East. Even while I am writing this, ISIS is beheading, crucifying, slaughtering and persecuting Christians by the thousands in Syria and Iraq.

Three hundred thousand Iraqi Christians have fled ISIS brutality this summer. They were given four stark choices: convert to Islam, pay the jizya tax, flee, or be murdered.
 
Hamas also constantly persecutes and threatens the small flock of Christians in Gaza.
What is it like to be a follower of Jesus in today's Iraq, Syria, Gaza, or other areas under Islamic rule? We really need to stop and think about it!
 
In our civilized Western societies, Christians are not being beheaded. Instead, it is relatively easy to follow Jesus. If any persecution comes, it is usually only verbal, or we may be shunned at work or our career advancement hindered. But, this is not the case in the Middle East, where Israel is the only true democracy that protects religious freedoms.

It is obvious that the spirit behind Islam is not the same as the Holy Spirit working in our lives. No, it is a spirit of anti-Christ, which wants Christians to submit as slaves under the rule of Islam. And, it is at physical war against Christians, wanting to eradicate them not only from the Middle East, but from all the earth!

Hope in Christ

However, we as followers of Jesus do not wage war against flesh and blood; that is, against human beings. We discern the spirit behind the evil deeds of men, and honor everyone as created in the image of God.

Our message is one of forgiveness and reconciliation in Jesus. That is, reconciliation first with God, and then between men of different religious, cultural, ideological, and ethnic backgrounds. The Gospel has the power to change lives. It is the message of hope for all peoples and cultures.
 
The character of God and fruit of the Spirit revealed in the person of Jesus is available for all men! (Hebrews 1:3; Galatians 5:22-23; Colossians 3:12-15; 1 Timothy 3:16)

Our weapons are spiritual and hope-filled. Their origin is in the goodness of God and they bring healing and truth to human hearts.

The Powerful Weapon of Prayer

So the Body of Christ needs to exercise their spiritual weapons, especially the power of prayer. We have been called to fast and pray for God's will to be done on earth, for Him to deliver us from evil, and bring down demonic strongholds (Ephesians 6:10-17; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14; Romans 16:20; Matthew 6:13).

We know His will for mankind is good, and that He wants righteousness and peace to prevail (Luke 2:14; Isaiah 2:1-4; 1 Timothy 2:1-7). This is why we wage war in the unseen world with our prayers to God.

The Same Evil Targets Israel

The spiritual rulers of darkness manifest in real time, space, and history. These evil forces are influencing today's terrorist groups to ruthlessly kill Christians, and not to stop there but to target Israel and the Jewish people too!

Israel has been on the front-line of the battle against radical jihadists for many decades now, targeted by the exact same evil principalities as the region's Christians! Israel is actually fighting a spiritual battle against evil when protecting its own citizens.
 
It is truly part of our spiritual warfare "against the rulers of the darkness of this age" both to raise our voices on behalf of persecuted Christians under the thumb of radical Islam, and to stand alongside Israelis in their fight against this same evil.

Taking Responsibility

Israelis refuse to give in to these wicked powers or let their destiny slip into evil hands. They boldly keep their destiny in their own hands, which upsets the international community. Many world leaders see Israel endangering other nations by courageously resisting evil.
 
But if these leaders, especially in the West, refuse to accept their responsibility and do not stand alongside Israel, they will soon experience the same spiritual evil invading their lands. This violent spirit seeks to physically attack Christians and Jews in many nations - Europe and the United States included. It wants to suppress our freedom to share God's word while also silencing any honest evaluation of Islam.

Hope for the Entire World

But I can see hope in the midst of all this, if the Church worldwide will catch the wind of the Spirit, repent and allow God to change us from within.
 
Will we keep the glorious destiny of the Church in her own hands and not yield it to the forces of darkness? Will we guard the treasures, spiritual weapons, and gifts entrusted to the Church? And, will we keep resisting Satan to the very end? (2 Timothy 1:14; James 4:7; Matthew 4:1-11)

This kind of Church will infuse hope to Israel and to all nations in our common struggle against evil!
Yours in Christ!
Juha Ketola
Rev. Juha Ketola
ICEJ International Director


  

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