Praying from news: Japan, Mexico, Israel

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God says in Hosea 4:6 that his people die because they lack knowledge. It is important to know what is happening in the world around us. Knowing world events clues us in to where we are on the Biblical, prophetic time line. News should prompt us to pray for two things: that the eyes of the lost and deceived are opened to God’s love as expressed through the life and death and life of Jesus and that God’s Kingdom come on earth.

Week in ReviewLast week’s news round up is two days late. Apologies.

In interest of time (so as not to get behind in this week’s duties), I’ll just offer some highlights.

Last week was a heavy news week (as this week is already proving to be). I must admit, I have been overwhelmed. As the signs of the times increase (wars, famines, earthquakes), let us remember that these are mere birth pangs. Jesus said the end is not yet.

The clear markers will come when the nations begin to consolidate into one government and that government makes a treaty with Israel, one that will be broken (Daniel 9). Keep your eyes open. Read the Word of God (all 66 books). Then, we you read the news, the signs will be obvious.

Also, these news roundups are to serve as a prayer list, as well. Pray for the repentance of the nations and that God would show mercy.

MONDAY, APRIL 4

  • Vice President of Tactical Intelligence Scott Stewart analyzes the latest edition of al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula’s English-language jihadist magazine.
    Source: STRATFOR
    RC: STRATFOR peek into latest al-Qaida magazine. Surreal publication that looks Western with jihadi content.
  • Rolling blackouts have become everyday events throughout much of Japan in the weeks since a record earthquake and tsunami damaged a nuclear reactor complex in Fukushima Prefecture. The problem has been particularly acute for hospitals, though, as NPR’s Jim Zarroli found after he visited a small hosp
    Source: NPR

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6

  • Protesters are demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down, but U.S. counterterrorism officials say that if the president does indeed fall and Yemen dissolves into chaos, that could be bad news for the fight against terrorism.
    Source: NPR
  • The most dangerous city in Mexico — Ciudad Juarez — suffered one of its bloodiest stretches this year, finishing with 41 homicides in a four-day period, among them a 10-year-old boy who was shot and killed during an attack meant for his father, the spokesman for the Chihuahua state prosecutors off
    Source: CNN
  • Countries around the world are concerned about the increasingly global reach of Mexican drug cartels, the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday.
    Source: The Associated Press
    RC: Mexico’s drug war infecting the nations around it. Pray for justice and mercy in Mexico.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has promised to build safe, eco-friendly homes throughout the ravaged northeast, away from the reach of monster waves. But before that can happen, crews have to haul away the debris
    Source: Time
  • In Acts 17:26-27, it states that God has “determined pre-appointed times and the boundaries” for people and nations in order “that they should seek the Lord”. We can be totally assured that in the midst of all the turmoil raging in the Middle East, our God is in full control. As we gather in Jerusalem, united in prayer with our staff and supporters across the world, let us pray that the current events unfolding before us in Egypt, Libya and beyond will indeed lead the peoples of the Middle East to seek the Lord.
    Source: International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

THURSDAY, APRIL 7

FRIDAY, APRIL 8

  • As many of you no doubt know, a 7.4 earthquake hit off the coast of Japan close to midnight local time (Japan). They are continuously ravaged and incredibly frightened at this time. Though Sendai was rocked yet again, no buildings were destroyed in the wake of the earthquake, yet several people were injured. The reality, however, is that the bulk of the injuries were due to people panicking. Fear has gripped the hearts of many Japanese. There is no hope in fear. Please; please pray for them. Here is a list of things to pray.
    Source: LOTH Blogs

SATURDAY, APRIL 9

  • Drug violence has forced thousands of Mexican families to seek refuge in the U.S. As a result, some students are entering U.S. classrooms along the southwest border with traumas that schools have never seen before.
    Source: NPR
  • On February 3rd I attended a hearing for confessed ultra-orthodox Jewish terrorist, Jack Teitel. Teitel has confessed to multiple murders and bombings, including a bombing at the home of a Messianic Jewish family, the Ortiz’s. I have interviewed the Ortiz’s many times. I have been to their home, I have heard the horrific stories and seen the gruesome photos of their young son Ami who opened Teitel’s bomb and suffered near life-ending injuries. But I had never met Teitel himself, not until that day in court.
    Source: Maoz Israel Blog
    RC: Pray for the persecuted believers in Israel.
  • The leaders of the Palestinian people are planning to go to the U.N. General Assembly this September and unilaterally declare their state in the “pre-1967 war borders,” and a dangerous momentum of international political support for this plan is growing. Should the Palestinians proceed with their plans, growing evidence suggests they will receive an overwhelming majority vote at the U.N. in favor of dividing the land of Israel and dividing the city of Jerusalem. Bible prophecy makes it clear that the nations of the world will, in the last days, divide up the land of Israel. But the Scriptures are also crystal clear that the nations will face the judgment of Almighty God for doing so. “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them to the Valley of Jehoshaphat [“the Lord judges”]. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.” (Joel 3:1-2). Let the nations be warned by the God of Israel: they are on a dangerous and disastrous road. I pray they will turn around before it is too late.
    Source: Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog