Urgency & hope for Syria, Israel

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Friends, it’s been a busy end of year and new year here in Texas. I apologize for the lack of posts. I’m also getting bearings for the rest of the year, considering some changes to the web site.

For now, here’s the latest out of Succat Hallel, the Jerusalem worship and prayer center.

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By Rick Ridings

Succat Hallel

Throughout 2012, through visions and prayer, the LORD highlighted
that the intercessors should focus on the protection of Israel’s
borders. The conflict with Gaza in November reinforced that point as
Hamas and its allies fired rockets deeper into Israel, even setting
off the air-raid sirens in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (1, 2).

I do not believe we’re finished with conflicts on our borders, only
finished with one particular phase. We need to guard against being
lulled into a false sense of security. We still need to secure the
borders of Israel. For more on this topic, see our previous articles:

I believe in this new year, the region will heat up again, and it
will be even hotter and more severe.

The situation in Syria will most most likely get worse before it gets
better. Now is the time to be vigilant in prayer.

As the civil war continues to destabilize Bashar al-Assad’s control in
Syria, the Middle East neighbors and the world worry about his
chemical weapons. Will he use them against the rebels? Will he use
them on Israel? Will he pass them to anti-Israel Hezbollah in
Lebanon? Will the rebels acquire them and use them on pro-government
forces or on Israel?

The
rebels reported as recently as Christmas Eve that Assad’s forces had
used chemical weapons (3), though Israel says it has seen no evidence
of such attacks (4). Soon after,
British-based Al-Quds
Al-Arabi
newspaper reported that Israel Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jordan’s King Abdullah to
discuss the chemical threat (5).

The point is that the chemical weapons threat is a real one.

On December 4th, 2012, The LORD gave me a vision concerning Syria and
Lebanon:

I saw that the LORD posted four very strong angels in four places –
the northeast corner of Syria, the northwest corner of Syria, the
southwest corner of Lebanon and the southeast corner of Syria. The
two angels to the north were holding clouds and rain, which they
would release when needed. The two in the south were angels of the
winds, releasing winds from the south and east. I sensed these two
angels were protecting Israel and also the innocent in Syria and
Lebanon.

At the end of the vision, I saw much of Lebanon and Syria covered
with ashes. However, butterflies began to rise out of the ashes.

Nations of Isaiah 19I believe the vision shows the LORD’s protection should chemical
weapons be released. Wind can redirect a released poison, and the
rain washes it out of the air (6).

As
for the end of the vision, there are already a lot of ashes, burning
and destruction in the region. In a recent interview, Joshua Landis,
Director of The Center for Middle East studies stated that
“It’s
likely that [President Assad] will hang on to Damascus and that the
city will be destroyed, as Aleppo has been destroyed, before it is
relinquished (7).”

I am glad to report, though, that I’ve already seen firstfruits of
new life from this conflict in Syria. I met two Syrian refugees at a
house of prayer in Turkey. They met Jesus after they fled to Turkey,
where believers reached out to them. These two Syrian refugees were
glowing with the joy of the LORD.

So let us pray into God’s protection and renewal. Pray into the
long-term spiritual blessing promised in Isaiah 19:23-25 where the
LORD says that one day He will be be able to call Assyria (both
modern Syria and Lebanon were part of ancient Assyria) His
“handiwork” and that together with Egypt and Israel, they
will become a center of blessing to the whole earth.

Pray that spiritual life will arise in Syria and Lebanon, and that He
would bring forth life and beauty from their ashes.

Prayer points

  • Job 38 – The
    LORD is over the weather patterns, and uses them in times of war.

  • Psalm 78:26 (NIV) –
    “He let loose the east wind from the heavens and by his power
    made the south wind blow.” The LORD has used the wind to
    protect Israel before.
  • Psalm 91:3 – The
    LORD saves from pestilence.
  • Isaiah 19:24-25 (NIV)
    “In
    that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a
    blessing on the earth. The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying
    ‘Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel
    my inheritance.’”

  • Isaiah 61:3 (NIV) –
    Pray for a“
    crown of beauty
    instead of ashes, the oil
    of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a
    spirit of despair” for the people of Syria.

Works Citied

  1. Staff and AP. “Jerusalemites
    shaken, not stirred, by ‘surprise’ siren
    .”
    The Times of Israel. 16 Nov. 2012. Web. 26 Dec. 2012.
  2. Shmulovich, Michal. “Rockets
    in Tel Aviv? ‘That’s something I couldn’t have
    imagined’.
    The Times of
    Israel
    . 21 Nov. 2012. Web. 26 Dec. 2012.
  3. Kais, Roi. "Syrian
    rebels report 18 cases of chemical attacks.
    "
    YNetNews.com. Yedioth Internet. 25 Dec. 2012. Web. 26 Dec. 2012.
  4. "Israel
    says has no proof poison gas used in Syria.
    "
    Reuters. Thompson Reuters. 25 Dec. 2012. Web. 26 Dec. 2012.
  5. Benari, Elad. "Netanyahu
    and Jordan’s King Discussed Syria’s Chemicals.
    "
    Israel National News. Artuz Sheva. 27 Dec. 2012. Web. 27 Dec. 2012.
  6. "Dispersal
    and Fate of Chemical Warfare Agents.
    "
    Noblis.org. Noblis, Inc. Web. 26 Dec. 2012.
  7. Hilleary, Cecily. “QUICKTAKE:
    Is an Alawite State in Syria’s Future?

    Middle East Voices. Voice of America. 20 Dec. 2012. Web. 28 Dec.
    2012.

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