Israel and the Middle East are in the midst of scorching record temperatures, now being referred to as a “heat dome.” Parts of Iran are facing a heat index of 164 degrees Fahrenheit (73 C). Millions of refugees in Syria and Jordan are suffering terribly from this heat dome – we just learned yesterday of 50 refugee children dying from the unbearable temperatures. Please pray for the multiplication of humanitarian aid and gospel outreaches to our suffering Arab neighbors. We are asking the Lord to send “streams in the desert” (Isaiah 35:6).
Our Great High Priest
“Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens” (Heb. 8:1).
We live in a land which is at the center of God’s purposes and which has been under siege for centuries. Armies from Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, the Crusaders, Greece, Rome, Ottomans, Germany, the Arab League and others have attempted to annihilate God’s people and stop His plans of redemption. The newest threat is from the presumptuous humanistic power play of the so-called “P5+1.” These nations are attempting to build the latest Tower of Babel, as they exclude God and legitimize evil. This so-called “good deal” is a covenant with the largest supporter of global terrorism which has repeatedly sworn to wipe Israel off the map. [See the link: http://nypost.com/2015/08/01/iran-publishes-book-on-how-to-outwit-us-and...]. Iran now is positioned to receive billions of dollars as economic sanctions are released, which will enable this fanatic Islamic regime to become the major power in the Arab world, and an even greater threat to Israel. For Israel, the P5+1 nations have made a “deal with the devil.” Along with the grave nuclear menace, now many more Russian weapons and missiles will be purchased and shipped by Iran to Syria and Hizballah, just 25 miles north of Haifa.
In 2006 approximately 4,000 Hizballah rockets and missiles hit Haifa and Galilee. So with these latest developments, the IDF is now installing the “Iron Dome” missile defense system across our northern border with Lebanon (where Hizballah is) and Syria. The deluded nations who are promulgating and participating in this godless confederacy are inviting God’s righteous judgment upon themselves. However, God will not be mocked. There is a divine law of sowing and reaping. We reap what we sow (Gal. 6:7) and Israel is “the apple of God’s eye” (Zech. 2:8). Pray that the American Congress will vote to stop the Iran deal.
The US, Russia, China, the UK, Germany and France are approaching a tipping point of the righteous judgment of the God of Israel being poured out on them. These nations may plot, take counsel together, and rage against God, but God will have the last laugh! (See Psalm 2:1-6.)
Praying With Our High Priest
It is so easy to get caught up in politics and media reports. We can tend to “major on the minors,” and not on the main point. Far above the “heat dome” and the “Iron Dome,” and the deluge of sin, hatred, violence, deception, wars and rumors of wars sits the One who knows, sees, cares and acts. Our Great High Priest is “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners and has become higher than the heavens” (Heb. 7:26). It is a profound comfort to know that as we come to Him, Yeshua “always lives to make intercession” for us (v. 25). He has also called us to participate in His holy priesthood, and we can actually pray with our Divine Intercessor. The Holy One who comes down and intervenes in the affairs of men and nations, is watching over His Word to perform it! Such is the beauty and power of prevailing prayers.
Let us join together, seated with Him in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6), to build a “prayer dome” over Israel and the Middle East, and launch our “missiles” of praise, prayer, and proclamation against the strategies of the enemy.
- - DD