By Joseph Shulam
From Thousand Oaks, California
I arrived in the USA on Tuesday this week. I am staying with Danah and Noaam and enjoying every minute of being with my daughter and granddaughter. I know that many of you have been lifting my family in prayer and both Marcia and I especially appreciate your prayers for our family. It is a divine blessing to have your children near you when you are getting old. We have both of our children far from us – in the other side of the World. Our daughter and granddaughter are in California and our son and his family in Tennessee. Our lives are not always traveling on the train tracks of our choice, but in all things we thank God and praise His Name! Please continue to pray for my family.
Please continue to pray for Israel. As you can see every week the WORLD – I am using this word WORLD in the Biblical sense. It is not only the geographical Earth – but it is the spiritual entity that is warring against THE CREATOR and in enmity with HIM. (James 4:4, “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” 1John 2:15, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”) As you can see from the events of the last week – UNESCO – the United Nations department of education and culture has twice issued a statement that condemns Israel and states that Israel has no relationship to the Wailing Wall and Temple Mount. Benjamin Netanyahu Israel’s Prime Minister said: “Even if they do not read the Bible, I would suggest that UNESCO members visit the Arch of Titus in Rome. The Arch shows what the Romans brought back to Rome after they destroyed and looted the Second Temple on the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago. There, engraved on the Arch of Titus, is the seven-branched menorah that is the symbol of the Jewish People, and today is the symbol of the State of Israel. Soon, UNESCO will decide that Emperor Titus engaged in Zionist propaganda. To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount is like saying that China has no connection to the Great Wall of China or that Egypt has no connection to the pyramids. With this absurd decision, UNESCO has lost the modicum of legitimacy it had left. But I believe that historical truth is stronger and that truth will prevail. And today we are dealing with the truth.'”
Israel will exist long after The EUROPEAN UNION will cease to exist. However, those who believe in God and trust the WORD of God must pray for Israel and lift up the banner of Israel as a prophetic act proclaiming God’s faithfulness in keeping His WORD and fulfilling His promises. The WORLD has always been against the Children of God, and the Church of Yeshua our Messiah is also suffering from the same rejection by the WORLD as Israel and the Jewish people have suffered throughout the ages. The faithful of God will continue to walk with HIM hand in hand and still in the end be more than conquerors. Pray for Israel and for the Jewish people and always include all those who have died with the Messiah in baptism and have risen into a New Life, and especially your brothers and sisters in Israel.
On Sunday we had a special baptism of 200 Chinese Christians who came to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles. I did the teaching on the Biblical concept of Baptism and Yuda did the baptism – he got into the water of the Jordan River. He baptized first four leaders from among the Chinese and than the five of them stood in the water and baptized the other 196 brothers and sisters. Yesterday Yuda baptized another 7 native North Americans from Canada and one bystander from Poland who heard and watched what Yuda did. The nations are open to hear the Word of God from Zion and in Zion – this is something that we have not seen yet in the modern times in Israel. It is something to celebrate.
The United States of America needs our prayers – dear brothers – there is so much at stake on the balance in this upcoming election for president. The choices are both deeply blemished and now it is all in the Hand of the Almighty, but Prayer and Fasting might be in order for the Lord’s mercy to be shown to this great country of the United States of America! Not only USA citizens ought to pray for the USA but every freedom loving Christian who believes that God cares about America as He cares for the rest of the World ought to intercede.
Please pray for the war in Iraq and Syria against ISIS and also pray for the Iraqi and USA forces that are fighting to recapture the city of Mussol, in northern Iraq. There has been so much suffering and bloodshed and hundreds of thousands have already lost their lives and there are still hundreds of thousands of people suffering there. I pray for the forces of reason and charity will win this battle over the darkness of radical Islam that sees only death and destruction, crime and injustice as their goal.
We keep praying for the sick brothers and sisters from all around the World. I would like to ask you to pray for some friends who have a need for God’s blessing on their work: Chung and Sister Lee. Pray for Brother Goh and his family, and for Sister Christy, Sister Laurel, and for Brother Michael Kenzevic.
Please don’t forget to especial pray for healing and strength for our dear brother Tom from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and also in the same town pray for Bobby, and Emet, and Joe, and Gloria D., these are all very precious brothers and friends are battling serious health issues.
We continue to pray for Gary in Jerusalem, Aharon (Don and Nancy’s Son) is still struggling with a tumor in his brain keep him in your prayers please! Also keep his family in your prayers. Yuri Marianenko is fighting a prostate cancer. Our wonderful older brothers and sisters need our prayers: Ahuvah Ben Meir, David Stern, Marcia Shulam, Sarit, Miriam, Ilana, and Leah.
Please also Pray for healing of my family Danah Shulam, Noaam my granddaughter, and for my son Barry Shulam, and Marcia. We lift up our dear brothers and sisters Ruby, Clara, Paulo, Naomi, Tim Tucker, Anna, Anne-Mirijami, Satu-Maria, Anna-Majia, Sinni Tuuli, Erki and Sirpa, and Evelina, Eva H., Liz in Georgia, and Horace and June Marcia’s parents. We especially lift up before your throne of mercy Marcelo’s father and mother in Belo-Horizonte.
We pray for the following dear brothers and sisters: Pastor Curita in Tokyo, Toru San, and the husband of Yumi, Sadako San, Shoko San, Takeo Sensei and Tomoko San all in Japan.
In our congregation this weekend the celebration of the Simchat Torah the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles will be celebrated and this is the first time that I shall not be there to help. I ask you to pray for Yuda and the leadership of Netivyah to organize and have the help of the congregation to do a proper and lively celebration and start the reading of the Torah back from Genesis. It is a big event and I lift up Yuda and the other leaders to carry on this honorable event with dignity and much joy. Please join me in this prayer for the young leadership of the Roeh Israel and Netivyah ministry.
God bless you all and bless all that you are doing and bless every prayer and every dollar that you are contributing for Jerusalem’s sake.