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Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem/Israel

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

U.S. President Obama delivers remarks at the White House in Washington(Netanya, Israel) — I landed in Israel on Friday afternoon amidst a rapidly intensifying crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations.

The Obama administration is preparing to cut a disastrously bad nuclear bargain with Iran that relieves enormous economic pressure on Tehran without requiring the mullahs to dismantle a single centrifuge. The Israelis are stunned. Top officials feel betrayed by the White House, including by reports that the White House has secretly been easing sanctions for months. There have long been tensions between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. There have been times I have  feared a “train wreck” between the two. Hopefully, the dynamic will change for the better, and quickly. But at the moment things are going from bad to worse in a hurry here.

Please pray that the terrible deal with Iran would be derailed for a real deal that ends Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Please pray that the White House changes direction and that…

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Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20 

I saw this tweet today:

sssIn case you were unaware, Mohamed Elibiary is an associate, supporter, and sympathizer (and some say member) of the Muslim Brotherhood. He is also a Department of Homeland Security adviser under President Barack Hussein Obama. He has since changed his Twitter profile photo, but it used to feature a ‘Rabia sign,’ a yellow square with a black, four-finger salute and ‘R4BIA’ in the lower corner; a symbol adopted by the Muslim Brotherhood.

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As a Christian first, and an American second, I am appalled. I am also very concerned over this partial list of Islamist folks, who having varying degrees of association with the Muslim Brotherhood, have infiltrated the United States government at high levels. How many are there in lower positions throughout the government? Of course this raises the question, “Should Christians be concerned with these governmental things or should we maintain a hyper-Spiritual C’est la vie attitude towards it all?

I would ask you to consider the Matthew 17:20 Bible passage once again:

“If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Christians should understand the symbolism here: ‘mountains’ in typology are kings and/or kingdoms (or presidents and/or governments), not literal mountains, unless the context speaks directly to a literal interpretation (see also: Psalm 30:7Isaiah 2:2; and Revelation 17:9-11).

Is Jesus suggesting that we can move or re-move governments and leaders through faith?

I believe that’s exactly what He is saying.

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

So while our primary focus should be submission to Christ Jesus for the purpose of winning souls for Christ Jesus, we are also motivated to do, as the Holy Spirit leads, those faith-filled things that promote the Kingdom of God rather than the kingdom of man. What are these things? I submit to you that we must be in constant contact, through prayer, with our Father in Heaven and move as His Holy Spirit leads. For me, at this moment, it meant to post this blog today. I do not know what tomorrow holds, despite its bleak appearance.

It starts with prayer

As a nation, it’s quite clear we’re playing catch-up; we have allowed this country to sink so low, many believe that it is a lost cause and God’s furious wrath is inevitable. Be that as it may, I pray for our president and government officials daily and I encourage you to do the same. Nowhere in the Bible are we instructed to give up. If you find praying for our leaders a difficult task, I would remind you that Jesus said His yoke is easy and His burden is light. If praying for your leaders is hard for you, it’s likely a good indication that you are operating in your flesh and not His Spirit. I say this not to mock you, but to admonish you – the Holy Spirit has identified something within you that needs to be changed, so humble yourself and submit to God.

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Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure: “Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.” “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ” Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. Psalm 2

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