I will get this news update on Friday… but this week it’s on Saturday. BUSY news week. Lots to pray for and lots to lay before God as we ask Him to make clear the season in which we are living.
If you read anything, read this by the Washington Times.
[NOTE: I’ve now noticed that this story is two years old. It was featured last week by the El Paso Times, which is strange. I take that as a reminder from the LORD. He wanted this brought before us again, so we may bring it back to Him in prayer.]
Hezbollah uses Mexican drug routes into U.S.
U.S. law enforcement, defense and counterterrorism officials say the Iran-backed, militant group funds its operation by working with weapons smugglers, document traffickers and transport experts.Source: Washington Times
I know some are skeptical or just don’t want to admit what is happening here. Nevermind that Hezbollah is an enemy of Israel and the spiritual implications there. These are documented cases of Hezbollah smuggling people in to the United States from Mexico.
And that ties in with the news out of Lubbock that seems to have disappeared: the arrest of a Saudi national who seems to have had big plans for killing a former president and crippling nuclear plants and taking down dams.
Remember, we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against demonic powers (Eph. 6). Do not hate the people who do this. As Jesus said from the cross, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Pray that God protects the United States, forgives us for our sins against Him and that He would confuse the plans of the Adversary, Satan.
- Israel: White House not reliable
Israel can no longer rely on the White House and must trust only itself due to a lack of leadership on the part of President Obama, declared a Knesset member from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party.Source: WorldNetDaily
RC: Israel, trust in the LORD God only. He is your shield and buckler.
- Even by Juarez standards, a deadly 72 hours
CNN reported fifty-three people were killed in a 72-hour span in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, making it one of the deadliest three-day periods in recent memory, state attorney general said.Source: El Paso Times
RC:Pray for justice in Juarez.
- Chinese police snuff out planned Arab-inspired protests
Police dispersed scores of people who gathered in central Beijing on Sunday after calls spread online across China urging pro-democracy gatherings inspired by protest rallies across the Middle East.Source: Reuters
RC: Restlessness spreads to China. Internet chatter restricted.
- Washington: the ‘blackest name’ in America
George Washington’s name is inseparable from America, and not only from the nation’s history. It identifies countless streets, buildings, mountains, bridges, monuments, cities — and people.Source: The Associated Press
- Somali pirates kill yachting couple who distributed Bibles
Jean and Scott Adam were fatally shot late Monday aboard their 58-foot sailboat Quest off the coast of Somalia, authorities said. The couple were kidnapped by pirates, along with a Seattle couple, Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle. The Adams, a retired couple, had been sailing around the world for more than seven years distributing Bibles.Source: KESQ.com
RC: God, the blood of the martyrs cries out.
- Israel: Iranian Naval Vessels Are Provocation
The vessels sailed from the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean toward Syria, but were expected to remain in international waters. The voyage took the frigate Alvand and the supply Kharq close to NATO’s southern flank and could further destabilize the Middle East, which is reeling from a wave of a popular protests.Source: NPR
- Critics Condemn Violent Video Game Set In Juarez
A soon-to-be-released video game — Call of Juarez: The Cartel — that glorifies murder and mayhem in the violence-wracked city of Juarez, Mexico, is sparking an outcry. Critics on the border say it’s in bad taste given the thousands of people killed in the city’s drug wars over the past few years.Source: NPR
RC: Game may be ‘fictional’, but makers counting on notoriety of 8,000 Juarez dead to make money victims won’t see.
- After Quake, Hope And Despair In New Zealand
Officials in New Zealand say that hundreds of victims of Tuesday’s earthquake remain missing. In Christchurch, rescue workers are sifting through rubble, and a curfew has been instituted. But Wednesday also brought some dramatic rescues.Source: NPR
RC: Don’t forget New Zealand.
- Jailed Christian convert is freed in Afghanistan
An Afghan man who was jailed for nine months for converting to Christianity has been released after an intense campaign by international diplomatic missions and Christian activists, an official said Friday.Source: The Associated Press
RC: Praise God. Freedom. Had just read this case a few days before.
- Anti-government protests in 8 Arab countries
A look at the anti-government protests in eight Arab countries FridaySource: The Associated Press
RC: Arab protests in review. Pray for the sons of Ishmael.
- My Saddest Night In Israel
I was informed that there would be a ‘rally’ against Messianic Jews (Jews who believe that Yeshua is the promised Jewish Messiah) in the town of Ashdod, Israel. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Before I realized what was happening I had between 50-100 people surrounding me, calling me a missionary and asking me what I was doing in Israel. Boys as young as 6-7 years old were hissing at me, making hateful faces. The group closed in more and more trying to intimidate and I’ll be honest it worked.
As my heart pounded more and more, I kept repeating to myself ‘I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Yeshua the Messiah’. I suddenly had a glimpse like never before of what it must have been like for Peter or Stephen to suddenly find themselves surrounded by a hate-filled mob.Source: Maoz Israel blog
RC: When you pray for the persecuted church, do not forget our Messianic Jewish brothers in Israel.
- You encircle me!
“When I’m walking, I’m encircled by You. When I’m lying down, I’m encircled by You. I’m encompassed by You in everything.” Paul the apostle said, “For in Him we live, we move, we have our being” (Acts 17:28). The all-prevailing presence of God surrounding my life, God’s omnipresence.Source: Neeka1.xanga.com
RC: O LORD, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me.