Nina and I want to thank you for your faithfulness in prayer and for your gifts during the difficult times we are enduring. It is a blessing for us to have you as our ministry partners.
Are those labor pains?
Those who have given birth or witnessed childbirth know about the ambiguity of labor pains. Sometimes it seems that the time has come, but childbirth comes only after a while. Just recently, our daughter gave birth to a child, and we witnessed the contractions. Sometimes they were there and sometimes they were not. But finally, the moment of truth came, so you can congratulate us on our first grandson!
Israel today also seems to be in birth pangs. And many people call Israel a watch of the world. Presently the clock is behaving in a very strange way, and it is not easy to understand the situation. The very contradictory situation with our government has been going on for several years. Tension and misunderstanding between secular Israel and the Orthodox Jewish community are growing. Last month forty-five people were tragically killed during a very strange celebration of Lag BaOmer on Mount Meron. Then the military conflict in Gaza commenced, and tensions rose with the Arab population inside Israel. Then there was another tragedy in the Orthodox Jewish sector – with the collapse of synagogue stands during Shavuot, there were two deaths and many injuries. All this happened during the ongoing pandemic.
We recall the words of Yeshua: “Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them – do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish” (Luke 13:4-5).
Yeshua did not say that someone was more sinful, but he POINTED out the problematic situation at that time. He also emphasized the IMPORTANCE OF REPENTANCE. For us at least, this is a signal of spiritual quaking and changes.
Many of Israel’s pastors have come together in prayer groups. This initiative is captivating many. It is important for us to understand what the Spirit is saying to the Churches today, as we need to understand what the Body of the Messiah should do in these difficult days. It is possible that the Lord is leading us in an ‘unfamiliar’ way. And those hoping for the usual sequence of events may become even more confused.
Yet “birth pains” in this case are not constant, and like Elijah the prophet, we need Ravens – guidance from the Lord every day to live and to pass on the Way of Life to others.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.
Friends, we encourage you to stand with us in prayer. We pray for you and your loved ones.
With love in Messiah Yeshua
Shavei Tzion Ministry
Haifa, Israel, ShaveiTzion.org