A Daniel call concerning the ‘hinge years’ of 2014, 2015

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28 February 2014 – 29 Adar A 5774
Lunar eclipse as seen from El Paso, Texas,  on Dec. 21, 2010.

We as prayer leaders must beware to not just pray into “the tyranny of the urgent,” and we must not just use a shotgun approach in this era of information overload. Rather than just praying in response to the flood of news coming our way, we need to learn to enter into the “council of the Lord” like Daniel, one of the greatest intercessors of the Bible. Daniel was a man who understood the times and the seasons. Rick Ridings and others see a convergence of three factors which, taken together, would seem to say that the Lord is drawing our attention to be alert and seeking His counsel as to how we should pray in these “hinge years” of 2014/2015.


Please pardon the pause

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14 February 2014 – 15 Adar A 5774

Greetings, readers.

Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Apologies. I am in a time of transition once again. However, God willing, this will be that last transition for a time.

This journalist is getting relocated. I’ll be reporting direct from Jerusalem very soon. So please check back in the coming weeks. Those tuned in to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and email will see a notice when this digital press starts running once again.

Thank you for you patience, you readership and your support.

Shalom.


Let us come worship the Word made flesh

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24 December 2013 – 22 Tevet 5774
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A very merry Christmas to all our readers — or happy Messiah’s Mass. No, Yeshua wasn’t born in December. Yes, the December 25 day was originally a pagan holiday. Still, let us make this day and every day holy by worshiping God, praising Him for becoming man to save man.


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‘Suffer the little children to come’ to Yeshua

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7 December 2013 – 5 Tevet 5774
Children worship at the Elav youth conference in Israel.

Jesus doesn’t say “Leave the kids with a babysitter while you have great times in my Presence.” He is saying a little child can enter into the kingdom of God. He’s saying it’s actually easier for them than it is for us. Why? Because a lot of what we adults think we know, we have to unlearn before we can enter into the kingdom of God. We have underestimated what children can do as we release them to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit.


Watching for ‘abomination which makes desolate’

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3 December 2013 – 1 Tevet 5774
Coin of Antiochus IV who called himself Ephiphanes. The Greek inscription translates King Antiochus, God Manifest, Bearer of Victory. (Credit: Classical Numismatic Group via Wikimedia Commons.)

Jesus told us to watch for a repeat of the desecration of God’s holy place as played out by Antiochus Epiphanes in 167 BC. Now, the latest international movements to divide God’s land have occurred on the same date as that ancient desecration — Kislev 15. Is a modern-day manifestation beginning to stir?


Hanukkah & Thanksgiving: Celebrating God’s faithfulness

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26 November 2013 – 24 Kislev 5774
"The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth" (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe

The United States of America is about to experience an unusual event – the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah and American Thanksgiving fall on the same day this year. Though this may not be the most significant world event this month, it does give pause for thought – a time to reflect on the historical and spiritual roots of both holidays, and to apply these lessons in our fast-paced modern world.


Israel says Iran nuclear deal founded on lies, delusion

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24 November 2013 – 22 Kislev 5774
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WEEK IN REVIEW: Early Sunday morning Iran reached a deal with the so called P5+1. The deal reportedly lifts financial sanctions against Iran for not enriching uranium beyond levels needed to produce electricity. Israel says the deal is based on lies and delusion.


Bible translator sees reaching every tongue & nation by 2025

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18 November 2013 – 15 Kislev 5774
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WEEK IN REVIEW: In Matthew 24, the disciples ask Messiah Yeshua for signs that He is returning. Yeshua gives us quite a list of markers for which to watch. At the end of the birth pang list, Yeshua says: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” The president of translator Wycliffe USA says: “The last translator for the last Bible translation program is alive somewhere in the world today. We can see the finish line.”


RoamingChile back in news

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10 November 2013 – 8 Kislev 5774

Shalom, readers. As you see, I’m posting again after a long hiatus. I paused to recover from surgery … a hysterectomy to be exact, to remove a benign growth that had overstayed its welcome. I’m glad to report that I am recovered and well. God has been gracious in providing healing through skilled doctors as […]


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Israel, Saudi recoil as US, EU talk nukes with Iran

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10 November 2013 – 8 Kislev 5774
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WEEK IN REVIEW: For Middle East watchers, the news of the week was the nuclear deal with Iran that almost was. Israel loudly condemned any compromise with the nation that in the past has said it wants to wipe Israel from the map. Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, reportedly went shopping for its own nuclear weapons.


Giving God thanks in rude, temporary shelters

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18 September 2013 – 14 Tishri 5774
Three sukkot (booths) stand ready for the feast of sukkot outside a Jerusalem apartment building.

As part of an annual fall “ingathering” festival after she had entered the land and was living in nice constructed houses, Israel was called to rejoice and feast before the LORD for seven days, resting on the first and eighth days. For that occasion she was also called to build and spend time in sukkot. As we rejoice in thanksgiving before the LORD for His provision and sustenance, we remind ourselves that we are nevertheless still abiding in temporary dwellings.


Syria has until mid-2014 to be rid of chemical weapons

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15 September 2013 – 12 Tishri 5774
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WEEK IN REVIEW: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have announced that Syria has one week to list all its chemical weapons as well as their locations. Inspections must be done by November. All chemical weapons must be removed or destroyed by the middle of next year. What does this mean for Israel, Russia and the region?



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