ECHOgram for Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Prayer for the Jews
On September 20, 2011, the United Nations (UN) meets in New York, and Palestinian Authorities plan to officially seek statehood by presenting a resolution to be recognized as a sovereign state. Along with full membership in the UN, such a new state may claim Israeli borders that prevailed before 1967. State recognition may include the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.The move has the backing of more than two-thirds of the UN’s members. The nation of Israel currently occupies East Jerusalem and has declared all of Jerusalem as its undivided eternal capital. The final decision could uphold some serious consequences to both Israel and America. The U.S. has an option to veto a Palestinian request for state recognition and produce a halt in this endeavour. Pray for God’s divine intervention in these matters and that His perfect will be done, based on His desired outcome. It is important that we pray for Israel. The Bible exhorts us to pray for the Jews. Following is powerful insight on how to specifically pray for the Jews as we approach this end-time hour.
Pray For the Jews
The following recounts a vision I had on February 8, 1964, at 3:30 in the afternoon. I was not asleep; the sun was shining brightly. I was not deep in prayer or seeking any certain thing from God at that moment. Suddenly I was in a vision and began to hear multitudes praying, weeping, and rejoicing. Many of the voices I could hear audibly in my room and the sound went on like the sound of many waters. I cried out, “Oh, Lord! What does this mean?” I looked to my right and there stood the Lord Jesus Christ looking straight at me with such love and compassion. He began to speak to me about the Jews. He said, “PRAY FOR THE JEWS.”
I thought it strange – He being God and asking me to pray for the Jews. Then I remembered He prayed for the Jews often and so did the Apostle Paul. I did not realize that I was hearing the Jews as they broke through to the Wailing Wall after the Six-Day War. Since that time, I have been led to pray every time Israel has been in grave danger.
I asked the Lord how to pray for salvation for the Jews. He spoke to me and said, “PRAY THEY WILL DREAM I AM THE MESSIAH.” Later…At the General Conference in Birmingham, Alabama…A Jewish Rabbi…stated that…he had a dream: The sky was full of stars, and a voice spoke out of the stars and said ‘I am the Messiah you have looked for, and my name is Jesus.’ “He told me he had talked to many Rabbis all over the world and they had the same dream – a voice spoke from the stars saying, ‘I am the Messiah, the one you have waited for. I am Jesus.'”
While in prayer, the Lord again spoke to me to pray that the Jews would remember Leviticus 19:28: “Ye shall not make cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” Satan has tried to destroy the Jews, the seed of Abraham, for two thousand years. The mark of the beast is his last effort. The promise of the one thousand years millennium could not be fulfilled as prophesied if every Jew takes the mark of the beast. God would then have to destroy them. (Revelation 14:9-10). However…this will never happen because we read in John 10:35: “… the scripture cannot be broken.”
So the Lord has told me three ways to pray:
1.) Pray for all Jews worldwide.
2.) Pray they will dream Jesus is the Messiah.
3.) Pray they will remember Leviticus 19:28.
My request is that each church forms a prayer group to pray for the Jews. Use the three points listed above as a guide. Genesis 12:1-3 promises a blessing for those who do: “and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing; and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee…”
Excerpts from “A Personal Message from God”
By Rev. T. W. Barnes