LORD, I have heard the report about You and I fear.
O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years,
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2 NASB)
Rick Ridings of Succat Hallel on Monday night gave a prayer direction for the next three months. He also gave a quick history lesson concerning the establishment of the state of Israel and how the Palestinian move to appeal to United Nations may contravene international law.
Ridings said we should pray that God would cause truth to be heard from a greater platform, that it would come through loudly, especially as the nations prepare to gather for the upcoming UN session.
Ridings’ whole message is available for download as an mp3 (right click then ‘Save as’). This post takes from his teaching. (In the mp3, you will hear Ridings show the audience a video. You can watch the clip from CBN on YouTube.
Now, before we continue — Remember, as intercessors we are seeking God’s will to partner in prayer with Him. God has promised Israel justice (Isaiah 46, just to get started, but the whole Bible). We also know from canonical prophecy that certain things must take place. When I am in doubt of what to pray, I ask for mercy, because he showed me mercy instead of justice (concerning my sins and crimes). We long to see Messiah set down on the Mount of Olives, but we must remember that the longer He tarries, the more time others have to accept mercy from God (2 Peter 3:9).
Also, what we’re seeing, this battle for Jerusalem (cause that’s really the crux here), is ultimately a spiritual battle of who will be worshiped on Mount Zion (the Temple Mount): YHWH — Creator-God, God of Israel — or Lucifer — the Adversary, father of lies and all false gods. (Satan is the Hebrew word for adversary).
So in light of that…
A bit of history
In May, U.S. President Obama called Israel to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority based on the pre-1967 lines. A bit about where those lines came from and what it means on the ground.
In 1947, the U.N. partitioned the Palestinian Mandate for the Jews and the Arabs. The Jews mostly were given the desert in the south, and Jerusalem would be kept by the U.N. because of its religious significance (please do click through to see the map). The Jews agreed. The Arabs did not. There was violent unrest until May 14, 1948. That day, Israel declared itself a nation (when the British had enough and pulled out) and 5 Arab armies invaded.
There was war for nearly a year. Then Israel signed armistice agreements with Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. And so we have the Armistice Lines of 1949, also know as the Green Line.
Ridings pointed out something I’d never recognized. The 1949-1967 lines are cease-fire lines. That’s what armistice means.
The Green Line is not an international or permanent border. Judge Stephen M. Schwebel, at the time a deputy legal advisor to the U.S. Department of State, Legal Adviser Office (1961–1981), wrote in the American Journal of International Law (1970) that “…modifications of the 1949 armistice lines among those States within former Palestinian territory are lawful (if not necessarily desirable), whether those modifications are…’insubstantial alterations required for mutual security’ or more substantial alterations – such as recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the whole of Jerusalem.” In a footnote, he wrote: “It should be added that the armistice agreements of 1949 expressly preserved the territorial claims of all parties and did not purport to establish definitive boundaries between them.” (Wikipedia)
Judge Schwebel is saying that the Green Line marks where everybody was when truce was called but “did not purport to establish definitive boundaries.” Yet, Obama lectured Israel, saying that these are the lines they must abide by (yes, he ultimately said with mutually agreed swaps).
The orange line was the UN’s 1947 proposal for an international controlled Jerusalem region, which included Bethlehem. The dotted blue line shows how the city was divided by the cease-fire lines of 1949. (Credit: MidEastWeb.org)
Two things are not clear on the map above. One, the ‘West Bank’ was not some free-standing entity. It was Jordan. That’s why it’s called the West Bank. It’s was Jordanian land on the west side of the Jordan River. (The Biblical names for the area are Judea and Samaria.)
Two, all of original Jerusalem — the Old City — was in Jordan. All of it, including the City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The Jordanians flushed out the resident Jews and destroyed 55 synagogues and Talmudic schools. Jordan’s sovereignty over the city and the West Bank was never recognized by the U.N.
The lines shift after the Six-Day War in 1967. Israel saw her neighbors were preparing to attack again and struck first. Israel unified Jerusalem — old with new — and regained access to the holiest Jewish sites. (We won’t go into the concessions made at the Temple Mount where the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque sit.)
Before UN, before Holocaust, there was San Remo
As the new U.N. session approaches, there is a campaign afoot to educate the nations about the international agreements that gave Jews right to the Palestine mandate and that some experts say have never been superseded.
You will hear people say that the Jews got Israel because of the Holocaust, because the U.N. gave them legitimacy, because Britain set the land aside for them (then reneged).
Archeology supports the Biblical narrative a Jewish Jerusalem from David forward. History corroborates the Biblical account of a Jewish-ruled Jerusalem from the Assyrian Empire, through the Neo-Babylonian, the Medo-Persian, Greek and Roman empires. Demographics show that there were Jews in Jerusalem during Muslim rule; and toward the end of the Ottoman Empire, Jews were the majority.
In 1917, Britain declared they would work to create a national home for the Jewish people in the area known as Palestine. In 1920, the allied nations met in San Remo, Italy to partition the former Ottoman Empire. The superpowers of the time agreed to the stipulation of the Balfour Declaration and the League of Nations confirmed it in the British Mandate for Palestine in 1922.
Following is a 15-minute documentary laying the case for the San Remo Resolution as still-binding international law giving the Jews right to land west of the Jordan River. You can read more on the San Remo Resolution at the European Coalition for Israel website.
(Disclaimer: These men are more learned than I, but after a cursory reading of just the core documents in question, the Roaming Chile cannot at this time agree with their legal conclusions.)
What to pray
- Protection for the borders of Israel – Ridings again mentioned a vision he had March 2009 that pointed to an attack on the borders. He saw sharks at the coast and Israel as piece of raw meat. Witches were calling the sharks. In the vision, intercessors cried out for mercy. Then, angels poured the protecting blood of Jesus from horns along the borders of Israel, including the coast line. (To hear Ridings tell of the vision go to the January 2011 prayer alert and fast forward to 6 minutes and 15 seconds.)
In May, Arab protestors stormed the borders from Syria and Lebanon. The Israel Defense Forces are preparing for similar assaults as Palestinian Authority appeals to U.N. for statehood the last week of September.
Iran has sent warships back to the Red Sea, and Turkey has said it will increase naval visibility in the Mediterranean Sea to prevent ‘Israeli bullying.’
- Awakening among intercessors in the nations – In Joel 3:1-3, God promises to judge the nations that divide “My Land.” Starting September 13, the 193 member states — including every internationally recognized sovereign state in the world — plus the Vatican City will gather for the 66th session. And during this session, the Palestinian Authority will move to be made a state and full member. What the Palestinians will be asking for is — in essence, the West Bank and east Jerusalem (as discussed above). At its core, the nations will be voting on whether to divide Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, God’s glory.
Ridings said that this vote may set the course for the nations for years to come. Then he told of another vision he had quite recently. This is Roaming Chile’s paraphrase of what he said. (Listen to the mp3 to hear Ridings tell it, starting at 33rd minute.)
He saw the nations on a steep mountain face sliding down toward a ridgeline, a watershed. On one side of the ridge was descent into a shallow valley that then rose. On the other side was a deep, dark pit. In the pit were anarchy, confusion, lawlessness, economic ruin and such.
ALL the nations are coming to a watershed moment this September. Those who voted against dividing the Land slide into some decline but then climbed even into economic development. Those who voted for dividing the Land slid rapidly into confusion, fear, economic crisis and lawlessness.
Favor for intercessors, that they would have access to their national leaders to explain the international legal questions raised by the San Remo Resolution. Also pray that God would speak to world leaders through dreams and visions (Matthew 27:19).
- Protection and stamina for those in the nations organizing prayer –
- KeepJerusalemUnited.org will have a contingent of intercessors at near the U.N. through September 22.
- About 3,000 believers in Seoul, South Korea, are schedule to pray at City Hall on Sept. 13.
How to pray
Following is a list of verses given by Ridings to pray into as you intercede for Israel and the nations in the coming weeks.
- Psalm 9:3-5,15, 16 – “You LORD have rebuked the nations”
- Psalm 33:10-12 – “LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations”
- Jeremiah 12:14-16 – a promise to the Palestinians who would surrender to the God of Israel
- Zechariah 9:5-7 – removal of demonic king of Gaza and promise of acceptance for the redeemed therein
- Psalm 2:1-12 – Why do the nations rage? … Kiss the Son lest He be angry.
- Isaiah 16:4b-5 – faithful, loving judge on throne of David