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“Update, Monday, December 19, 2005.”

In the last several weeks, Prime Minister Sharon’s political coalition has fallen apart, and new elections are planned for the end of February. It is a three-way contest: between:

1. Mr. Ariel Sharon (leading a new liberal party, Kadima);

2. Mr. Amir Peretz (new leader of the liberal Labor party); and

3. Mr Benyamin Netanyahu (the emerging leader of Likud, which Sharon used to lead). Mr. Netanyahu tends to be more conservative in preserving the Biblical land of Israel, and also in tending to allow persecution of Messianic Jewish believers in Israel. Mr. Netanyahu generally stands against land give-aways. Sometimes he does give in to the American pressure to compromise in this area, however.

The end of February/start of March is about the time when Iran is expected to have the technology to begin constructing a nuclear warhead, coincidentally. Pray that this will be stopped. Pressure is building on Israel’s security, and Mr. Sharon generally acts like nothing is happening.

The borders of Israel are under more and more threats from her neighbors. Several weeks ago, Israel caved in to American pressure to open a Gaza crossing to Egypt with little or no security oversight (so terrorists can go in both directions). A week ago, Sec. of State Rice successfully pressure Israel to allow P.A. truck convoys from Gaza to Judea & Samaria with no security oversight (so terrorists from Gaza can begin building teams in Judea & Samaria, and deliver weaponry). Over and over, America is violating Israel’s security concerns; please pray that this will stop.

And, P.M. Sharon has just suffered some sort of brain malfunction such as a stroke and is in hospital. Please pray for him.

Please pray for a government that will stand up for Israel’s territorial and security concerns, and at the same time be friendly to the Messianic Jewish believers in the land of Israel - an unusual combination for the governments of Israel. Pray this way for Israel’s government, and for America’s government, and for your own government if you are in a different nation.

Please read the following excellent article if you have time.



From: The Elijah Prayer Army [mailto:epa@thewatchman.org]
Sent: Monday, December 19, 2005 6:10 AM
To: Weinberger, David
Subject: Prayer Alert 05-45

The Elijah Prayer Army Prayer Alert 05-45
The Elijah Prayer Army
Dec 19, 2005

Prayer Alert 05-45, December 16, 2005

Prayer Topic this Week:

• God is Looking for Intercessors

Just as the New Testament, apostolic faith that Yeshua left with His disciples was perverted very shortly after the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, and the Jewish people were dispersed to the four corners of the earth, so this faith is once again being restored in our generation as the Jewish people are gathered back again to their own land by God's mighty hand.

It is important to understand how significant the physical restoration of Israel and Jerusalem is to God's program for mankind, and consequently how much the devil is opposing this restoration. Sad to say, most Christians have no idea about this and are therefore not motivated to pray. The truth is that Satan is very determined to do everything he can to wipe Israel off the map, because he is fully aware of what is at stake.

We read in Revelation 16:13-16 about this end time battle.

"Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon [Satan], out of the mouth of the beast [the antichrist] and out of the mouth of the false prophet [apostate Christianity together with other false religions]. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. …they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon."

This is talking about the final effort by the devil to destroy Israel by mobilizing the whole world to march against her. This battle is clearly described to take place in Israel. We do not believe that we are there yet, but we need to realize that the devil will make many failed attempts to destroy Israel before the final one.

The three evil spirits mobilizing the nations to destroy Israel are 1. Anti-Semitism; coming from the mouth of the dragon (if you have any history of anti Semitism in your family, sincerely pray for deliverance from the poison of this deadly spirit from Satan, who vehemently hates the Jewish people!) 2. Anti Zionism; coming from the mouth of the beast (this is the demon behind world politics that denies the Jewish people their divine right to all of the land of Israel), and 3. Replacement theology; coming from the mouth of the false prophet. The mouths mentioned here symbolize the media, which more and more brainwash the nations to hate Israel to the point that her liquidation seems like a good solution to the problems of mankind.

In this hour we must more than ever understand the spiritual battle that is going on against these three demons and the importance of Isaiah 62:6-7. God has ordained intercessors to work alongside Him in order to accomplish His will!

"I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth."

The Present Situation Facing Israel

Here is a very brief overview of the situation that Israel is facing right now.

In a few months, Israel will be exposed to a deadly nuclear threat from Iran, whose leader openly states that he wants to “wipe Israel off the map”, and that all the Jews in Israel ought to move to Europe or somewhere else. The devil is busy planning another holocaust.

The situation along the borders of Israel is now very dangerous. Southern Lebanon is completely controlled by Hizb’allah, which is the most advanced and well equipped terrorist organization in the world, with elite soldiers and at least 15,000 rockets and missiles at its disposal. Their express goal is the liquidation of Israel. In the South, Sinai is now controlled by Al-Qaeda who has announced that Israel is their next target.

Syria could soon have a new regime, even more dangerous than the present one, if the terrorist organizations headquartered in Damascus take over the country. Egypt is more or less cooperating with the terrorist groups that want to destroy Israel.

Very likely, another more dangerous Palestinian Intifadah, with more dangerous weapons, including WMDs, will soon break out both from Gaza and from Judea and Samaria. Despite the so called Road Map to peace and the death of Yasser Arafat, the Arab Palestinian's desire to destroy Israel is as strong as ever. The terrorist groups Hamas and PFLP, who both refuse to accept Israel's right to exist, won 74% of the votes this week in the key municipal elections in Judea and Samaria, in preparations for the Palestinian elections next month. Their strength is even greater in Gaza. This is the future of a democratic Palestine.

The Qassam rockets, now with even longer range, are daily being fired from Gaza into Israel, despite the disengagement. There has been absolutely no movement towards reconciliation and peace. Just a small example of this was a highly promoted "peace game" two weeks ago in Spain, between a joint Israeli/Palestinian soccer team and Barcelona. The Palestinian Football Association has afterwards decided to punish the Palestinian players who participated in the game, because no friendly relations with Israel are tolerated.

Israel’s only friend, the US, is in the midst of this, more determined than ever to quickly create a Palestinian state on God’s own land. Israel has no choice but to obey. The US State Department has methodically and systematically been working towards this goal for the past 35 years, undermining Israel's freedom and national security behind the scenes. The latest decision being forced upon Israel, is the opening of traffic between Gaza and Hebron. Israel is trying to stop this project until Abbas cracks down on terror, since they know that dangerous weapons and terrorists will be smuggled with this traffic. The US is saying, "Tough luck. Please obey immediately!"

Ariel Sharon, who since he was a teenager, has fought against Arab terror like no other person, and who has been the father of the movement to settle Gaza, Judea and Samaria, has now late in life made a complete turnaround and is advocating the creation of a Palestinian state and forsaking the settlers. Muslims are seeing this as strong sign of the effectiveness of their terror and the soon end of Israel. Many Israeli leaders, including vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, are now openly talking about dividing Jerusalem. At the end of March, Israel will go to the polls to elect a new government, a very crucial election indeed.

In the midst of this very, very dangerous situation for Israel, we believe that God once again is going to be glorified. He will be faithful to His promises and will reveal His salvation for the whole world to see.

"But your many enemies will become like fine dust, the ruthless hordes like blown chaff. Suddenly, in an instant, the LORD Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire. Then the hordes of all the nations that fight against Ariel, that attack her and her fortress and besiege her, will be as it is with a dream, with a vision in the night — as when a hungry man dreams that he is eating, but he awakens, and his hunger remains; as when a thirsty man dreams that he is drinking, but he awakens faint, with his thirst unquenched. So will it be with the hordes of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion." (Isa 29:5-8)

But… this will require intercession. God has always worked that way! This is both a privilege and a responsibility. It is a privilege that the Almighty has decided to involve us in what He is doing, and not do it all by Himself. What an honor! At the same time it is an awesome responsibility that God is waiting on our prayers!

God is Looking for Intercessors

God is looking for intercessors. We believe that in 2006 we must mobilize people to pray for Israel as never before. Ezekiel 22:30 says, "I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none." Will He find praying people today that He can place as watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem in this critical hour?

At the launching of The Elijah Prayer Army in 1996, God spoke to us to about the need to specifically mobilize intercession for the salvation of Israel every year during Passover. Our most important prayer topic, is to pray for the promised end time revival among both Jews and Arabs where they will embrace the Messiah and find peace. Passover is the season of salvation, deliverance and freedom through the blood of the Lamb. It is the season of exodus and Aliyah. It is a God ordained time to pray for these things.

In 2006 we will arrange as many Passover Seder celebrations with all night prayer for Israel as possible around the world. We will stand in the gap through the power of the blood of the Lamb, and pray in unison for God’s intervention in the Middle East at a very critical time in history. Romans 15:8 states, "For I tell you that Messiah has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God's truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs." Every promise to Israel has been sealed in the blood of Yeshua. That is why he died. We ask all of you to make plans to arrange an Intercessory Passover Seder in your city! Let us stand together in faith and see God's mighty hand move.

We need you to pray for this project. We can only do these things as God provides the funds. Thank you for standing with us in prayer and faith! It is an honor to work together with all of you while it is yet day. We love you and appreciate you very much.

- Pray for a great increase of intercession for Israel in 2006!

- Pray that we can mobilize Christians around the world to intercede for Israel during Passover in 2006!

- Pray for revival among both Jews and Arabs in Israel that they will accept Yeshua as their Messiah!

- Pray for the elections of the new leader of the Likud party next week that God will raise up the leader that He has chosen!

Shabbat Shalom!

Lars and Harriet Enarson

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