“May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. May you live to see your children’s children. Peace be on Israel.” Ps. 128:5-6
SUCCOT 2019: Israelis are preparing for the most joyous festival on the Jewish calendar. The Succot holiday begins this year at sunset on Sunday 13 Oct. and will continue through dusk Sunday 20 Oct. Throughout Israel, families are building succahs (huts) with a roof covering of palm branches. Children have made and hung decorations inside these temporary dwelling places. For seven days and nights, families and guests will eat their meals in the succah and otherwise regard it as their home. This is to commemorate the forty years traversed in the Sinai Desert prior to entering the Holy Land during which Moses and the children of Israel dwelled in tents. Staff members at Vision for Israel and The Joseph Storehouse send warmest Succot greeting to our faithful friends, intercessors, and all who love Israel around the world. Remember in your prayers the safety of the nation during these holiday times; for those who dwell here and for those who are visiting in vast numbers from around the world.
FEAST OF TABERNACLES LONDON 2019: DARKNESS TO LIGHT: Be sure to join us for this year’s Feast of Tabernacles at the Emmanuel Centre in London, 25 -26 October 2019. Experience worship with the Moriah worship band, as well as our own Barry & Batya Segal. Enjoy teachings focused on Israel and the Middle East, featuring Pastor Dennis Greenidge, Pastor Wes Richards, Simon Barrett, Pastor Jones Boateng, and Barry & Batya Segal. Join in prayer and intercession for Israel at this important time in her history. Remember God’s goodness, protection, generosity, and care towards those who are faithful to Him. Register now at: https://feastoftabernacles2019.eventbrite.com
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JEWS GATHER AT WESTERN WALL FOR YOM KIPPUR PRAYERS: Roughly 100,000 Jews gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem for special prayers ahead of the Yom Kippur holiday which began Tues. evening 8 Oct. 2019. According to the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, an estimated one-and-a-half million people visited the Western Wall Plaza during the month of Elul, which precedes the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays, and the ten days in between the Jewish New Year and Jewish Day of Atonement. “The great flood of people during the past month to the Western Wall Plaza during all hours of the day brought together people from all different groups and backgrounds – religious and non-religious, young and old. This testifies to the deep ties all different groups in Israel have to the Western Wall and to Jewish tradition,” said the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. Israel shuts down every year on Yom Kippur, with public transportation, government services, businesses and media broadcasters ceasing operations. Driving also ceases, and some Israelis take advantage of the day to ride bicycles on car-free roads. (Arutz-7) "I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Isa. 44:22
UNITED STATES JEWISH POPULATION 7.5 MILLION PEOPLE: In the past seven years, the American Jewish population has grown 10 percent. It remains a population that is mostly liberal, college-educated and not getting any younger. In the United States, 20.6% of the population is 65 or older. Among Jews, the number is 26%. And while 45.8% of all Americans are aged 18 to 44, among Jews the figure is 41%. Within that group, 10.5% of Jews are 18 to 24. This is all according to a new American Jewish population estimate of the 48 contiguous USA states put out by Brandeis University’s Steinhardt Social Research Institute. The study found that as of 2018, there are approximately 7.5 million Jews in the contiguous United States. That’s only about 2% of the USA population, but it’s enough to make the United States home to the largest Jewish community in the world. According to recent government statistics, Israel has 6.7 million Jews. People who say their religion is Jewish account for some 1.8% of all USA adults, or 4.4 million people, according to the study. There are an additional 1.5 million adults who “consider themselves Jewish by background.” 1.6 million children are being raised Jewish in the USA. (Times of Israel)
TURKEY PREPARES TO INVADE NORTHERN SYRIA: World leaders are “preparing for the worst” as Turkey announced early this week that it is moving toward a sweeping military offensive against USA-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. The announcement came following President Trump’s surprise declaration that he would pull American forces out of a crucial buffer zone along the border between the two nations. Turkey said on Tues. 8 Oct. 2019 that it had completed plans to move into northern Syria to create what it is calling a safe zone for refugees from the Syrian civil war. At the same time, USA President Donald Trump, who is withdrawing American troops in a move that would enable the Turkish incursion, warned he would “obliterate” Turkey’s economy if Ankara took actions he described as “off-limits.” However, Kurdish militias in northern Syria that previously had backing from the United States now fear that Turkish forces will come after them, resulting in a bloodbath. Ankara sees the safe zone as a haven for Syrians displaced by civil war, including many of the 3.6 million who have crowded into Turkey since the war began in 2011. The Kurdish militias, who have been among the most relentless fighters against embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, are looked upon by the Turks as terrorists. The Turks and their Sunni Islamist allies cleansed 200,000 Kurds from their homes in the Afrin Kurdish enclave, which Turkey destroyed in January 2018. (Media Line/Israel Hayom) Pray, pray, pray for the Kurds of Northern Syria. They need a miracle of protection from God’s merciful hand!
LINDSEY GRAHAM: SYRIA WITHDRAWAL WILL BE A ‘NIGHTMARE’ FOR ISRAEL: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Mon. 7 Oct. 2019 expressed strong opposition to USA President Donald Trump’s sudden decision to pull back American troops from northern Syria, warning such a move would be a nightmare for Israel. “I don’t believe it is a good idea to outsource the fight against ISIS to Russia, Iran, and Turkey. They don’t have America’s best interests at heart,” said Graham. “The most probable outcome of this impulsive decision is to ensure Iran’s domination of Syria. The USA now has no leverage and Syria will eventually become a nightmare for Israel,” he added. “I feel very bad for the Americans and allies who have sacrificed to destroy the ISIS Caliphate because this decision virtually reassures the reemergence of ISIS. President Trump may be tired of fighting radical Islam. They are NOT tired of fighting us,” continued Graham. “Finally,” said Graham, “this decision makes it difficult for the USA to recruit allies against radical Islam. By abandoning the Kurds we have sent the most dangerous signal possible – America is an unreliable ally and it’s just a matter of time before China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea act out in dangerous ways.” In a series of tweets, defending his decision, the president said it was “time for us to get out of these ridiculous endless wars”, adding that it would be up to other countries, including Turkey, Russia, Iraq, and Iran to “figure the situation out”. (Ynet) The biblical end-time alliance of nations that will come against Israel roughly includes: Magog (southern portion of the former Soviet Union; (Rosh - Russia; Meshech and Tubal), Turkey, Persia (Iran); and others. Present-day headlines suggest many of these players are coming together in ways that will lead to a proactive invasion force against Israel. Intercede for Israel’s divine wisdom, preparation, and discernment in its dealings with Turkey, Russia, Syria, and Iran.
NIKKI HALEY: TURKEY IS NOT OUR FRIEND: In a post on Twitter, former USA ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley criticized the announced USA pullout from northeastern Syria, writing: "We must always have the backs of our allies if we expect them to have our back. The Kurds were instrumental in our successful fight against ISIS in Syria. Leaving them to die is a big mistake. Turkey is not our friend." (Arutz-7)
PAT ROBERTSON ‘APPALLED’ BY TRUMP’S SYRIA TROOP WITHDRAWAL: President Trump's decision to withdraw troops from a region of Syria has upset many prominent conservative Christian supporters, including Christian Broadcast Network founder and host of 700 Club, Pat Robertson, who called it "one of the most shocking miscues in diplomatic history." "I am absolutely appalled that the United States is going to betray those democratic forces in northern Syria, that we're possibly going to allow the Turkish to come in against the Kurds," said Robertson.
Robertson warned that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a "dictator" and a "thug." "To say he's an ally of America is nonsense," Robertson added. "He is in for himself, and the president who allowed Jamal Khashoggi to be cut in pieces without any repercussions is now allowing the Christians and the Kurds to be massacred by the Turks." The White House's Sunday night 6 Oct. 2019 announcement reportedly "shocked" and "completely blindsided" top Pentagon officials and triggered outrage from both sides of the aisle. Many GOP lawmakers who have stood lockstep with the president on almost every other issue have expressed concern that the withdrawal could lead to the genocide of America’s Kurdish allies and a return to power of ISIS in the region. (Fox)
LESSONS TO HEED FROM THE USA WITHDRAWAL IN SYRIA: The White House's decision to remove American troops from northern Syria must be seen within the context of the Iranian-backed attacks last month on the Saudi oil facilities, and the deafening lack of an American response. This is driving home to Israel's strategic planners that while the USA under a very friendly administration will support Israel at the UN; while it will offer assistance with aid for weapons; and while it will give it moral backing and defend it against international pressure - when it comes to the use of force, Israel must be willing and ready to defend itself by itself. There was a long-held idea that in the Middle East; that there were things that the Americans would simply take care of. That may have been true once, but not lately. The Saudi and now Kurdish experience shouts: "Maybe yes, maybe no, but Israel cannot rely on this." (J. Post) “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man." Ps.118:8
FATAL SHOOTING IN FRONT OF SYNAGOGUE IN GERMANY: At least two people were killed Wed. 9 Oct. 2019 in a shooting in front of a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle - an attack that took place on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. Several people also were injured. One suspect was arrested, police said, though it was not immediately clear how many assailants were involved. A hand grenade also was tossed into a Jewish cemetery. The attack took place near a Turkish eatery about 2,000 feet from the synagogue. Eyewitness Konra Roesler, who was inside the kebab shop, told reporters that “a man wearing a helmet and military uniform” flung a grenade at the store. “The grenade hit the door and exploded,” he said. “The attacker shot at least once, in the shop, the man behind me must be dead. I hid in the toilet and locked the door.” A separate shooting was reported in the town of Landsberg, about a 20-minute drive from Halle. Police have not confirmed whether the two incidents were related. The railroad station in Halle, a city of 240,000, was closed down as a precaution amid the police operation. (Arutz-7) Pray for those have been injured in this tragic Yom Kippur attack. May they be comforted and quickly healed. For those who have lost loved ones, pray for divine mercy and comforting.
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