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Is. 17:12 Woe to the multitude of many people Who make a noise like the roar of the seas, And to the rushing of nations That make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
Is. 17:13 The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters; But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away, And be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind, Like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
What with the ebb and flow of world politics, changes in the US elections, the tumult in other nations and kingdoms, it is good to know and to be sure that the Lord is ever the same and that His word is sure!
Sing O Barren - interceding for Israel in Isaiah 54
We prayed with Isaiah 54 as our guide. It would be of great benefit to you, to read it and absorb it before you begin to pray out of it.
We looked at:
The great background of this chapter, The great comfort, The great promise, The great vow, The great fulfillment, The great protection.
Being a prayer meeting, we did not elaborate too extensively on these points but just mentioned them so we could adequately pray from the Word.
The great background - of this chapter is Isaiah 53. All the goodness and comfort and promise flows out of calvary here. We noted that Yeshua died as a lamb for the nation (Isaiah 53:). In other words, all of this goodness belongs properly within the New Covenant, which God has made with Israel (see Jeremiah 31:31-34)
The great comfort - The promise of children. Jerusalem thought God had forsaken her (Isaiah 49:14-23), He comforted her by assuring her it was not so (Isaiah 50:1-3). Children in the Word speaks of Sonship, inheritance, co-heirs with Messiah. This is Israel's calling (Romans 9:4) - i.e., the adoption.
The great promise - Mercy! See Isaiah 54:7-8
The great vow - Isaiah 54:9-10 As the waters of Noah! What a pledge God is making here to do His Mercy to His people.
The great fulfillment - Isaiah 54:11-12 The beautification of Israel here is a symbol for the restoration of the spiritual. See Revelation 21:10-17. The JFB commentary connects this spiritual restoration of Israel, to the fullness of the Church. "The glory of the Church on earth, when the Hebrew Church, according to the original design, shall be the metropolis of Christendom."
The great protection - Isaiah 54:15-17 God assures Israel (this is so amazingly appropriate for today), that when the nations gather against Israel, it is not of Him. What is being said here, is that He is, that the time of His wrath and punishment is over. The gathering of the nations against us is not of God. This also means that He will be against those nations! (See Zechariah 12:9)
We touched on the security situation we are facing, and read several paragraphs from an article 1
When the next conflict erupts between Israel and Hezbollah, its scale and intensity will bear little resemblance to those of recent memory. Hezbollah today is highly competent, adaptable and lethal. Its forces have gained invaluable battlefield experience in Syria and amassed more weaponry than 95 percent of the world’s conventional militaries, including at least 120,000 rockets and missiles. This is more than all of Europe’s NATO members combined, and ten times as many as when it last went to war with Israel in 2006.
Especially troubling is Hezbollah’s growing arsenal of powerful long-range precision missiles capable of striking targets throughout Israel. Unlike in recent conflicts, Israel’s missile defenses will be incapable of shielding the nation from such a threat. From the outset of the conflict, Hezbollah will be able to sustain a launch rate of more than 3,000 missiles per day – as many as Israel faced in the entire 34-day conflict in 2006.
Despite this quantum leap in its capabilities, Hezbollah is under no illusion about its ability to inflict military defeat on Israel. It will not seek victory in the valleys of Lebanon or the skies over Israel, but in the court of public opinion.
To do so, it will use combat operations to lay the groundwork for an information campaign delegitimizing Israel.1
Amazingly, God's promise in those verses deal precisely with the combined double threat, that of weapons and that of delegitimizing Israel in the court of world opinion.
Is God ahead of everybody or what?!
How we prayed
- We thanked God and acknowledged the cross of Messiah, we took time to thank Him for the Blood of the covenant, for the atonement, and for His amazing love and grace in taking upon Himself such great suffering, such great wrath, such great guilt, such great condemnation.
- We prayed much for Israel's salvation and the great work of God. We acknowledged that many times we are overwhelmed by the greatness of the need, than the greatness of the cross and God's power to do what seems impossible.
- We prayed for the fulfillment of Israel's calling as a priestly nation.
- We prayed for the bringing of Israel into the fullness of Sonship (this seems so far away, but it is only as far in human eyes, not to God.
- We prayed for the comforting of Israel through the reunification of God with her (Isaiah 54:4-5, 11)
- We prayed for those great mercies to come, which will make two thousand years as if they were a small moment (Isaiah 54:7-8) O for the revelation of the crucified one n our midst. O for Israel to experience that forgiveness that flows from Calvary. O for Israel to experience the Presence of God in her midst again. O for God's love and grace to be revealed in the face of Yeshua!
- We prayed for Israel's security - Isaiah 54:15-16 Pay attention to the sequence there, of the gathering of the nations, the military threat and the attacks on her to legitimize her. All these efforts by the enemy will be met and defeated!
Finally, we prayed for the Body of Messiah in the Land and worldwide.
Paul's prayers in the epistles express God's agenda for the Body. We ought to pray them more, much more. In light of the condition of much of the Body in the world, we ought to intercede, not just telling God what to correct, but asking God to fulfill His Will as expressed in these prayers.
- In light of Revelation 21:1-3 we prayed out of Ephesians 3:16-19. God will bring the Body of Messiah into the fullness of God!
God bless each of you as you meditate on this chapter, as you pray out of it, as perhaps you use some of what we have written, to approach the throne of Grace to ask God for Help in time of need.