Zion's Glory Update
April 26 2017
The following is a Zion's Glory prayer update from Eddie and Jackie Santoro in Israel. We encourage you to forward it to whomever you think might be interested in the following information. It is sent out in conjunction with a monthly newsletter. If you are currently not receiving this information and would like to become a regular subscriber, please forward your name, email and address to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Faithful Friend,
He who promised is faithful! This is the wonderful season of the Spring Feasts and in each one, we are reminded of God's faithfulness in Israel's history. We not only look back to all that He did, but we also look ahead to all that lies before us. He who has been faithful in the past will most certainly continue in that faithfulness until all of his promises are fulfilled; for Israel, the world and for us individually.
Here in Israel, we just celebrated the Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread. As a nation, we stopped and looked back over thirty-five hundred years to the Exodus from Egypt. After 400 years of slavery, God fulfilled His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He set Israel free from Egyptian bondage, gave them the Torah, led his people through the wilderness for forty years, gave them food to eat and water to drink, and after all that, He brought them into the Promised Land of Israel. His Word is a resounding "yes and amen!"
With the end of Passover, the counting of the Omer has begun. We count off the 50 days until the Feast of Shavuot, when we will celebrate not only the giving of the Law on Mt. Sinai but the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem 2000 years ago, and we will look forward to the great outpouring which is even now beginning and will culminate with the return of the Lord!
Following Passover was Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. For twenty four hours, the nation again stopped and remembered what occurred over seventy years ago. Throughout Israel, restaurants and places of entertainment were closed on Sunday evening and all television programming was focused on the Holocaust. At 10 AM on Monday, the sirens sounded throughout the country. Drivers and passengers stopped their cars and stood in silence, pedestrians stopped wherever they were, students and teachers stopped what they were doing and stood silently in their schools as the entire Jewish nation honored the memory of the six million who were murdered.
And yet as we look back at the horror of this history, we also see how God has redeemed this evil and raised up the nation of Israel. We remember the loss but rejoice in the eight million that are a part of this living nation today.
At sunset on next Monday evening, Yom Hazikarone, Memorial Day will begin and the nation will stop and remember all who gave their lives in defense of this country. Israel is a tiny nation and almost everyone knows someone whose life was taken in a war or terrorist attack. It is a day of tears and sorrow. There are Memorial ceremonies at every cemetery and the roads are jammed with those attending.
As the sun sets on that day of grief, joy replaces mourning as Israel explodes into the festive celebration of Independence Day and is wished a Very Happy 69th Birthday! Throughout the scriptures, God repeated his covenant promise that He would one day bring us back to our Promised Land. And after thousands of years of dispersion, He fulfilled His word and today Israel is alive and flourishing!
On Tuesday as all of Israel celebrates the reestablishment of this nation in our day, we encourage you to take a moment and join us in prayer and celebration. The same God who was so faithful to Israel will be faithful to all of us who believe. He will make the impossible possible and through it all, he will demonstrate the wonder of His love and power.
A Busy Time ...
On Resurrection Day, I was invited to speak, along with an Arab pastor at the Garden Tomb. A large crowd of Arabs and Jews gathered to celebrate together that He has risen! It was a beautiful day and a blessed time and many were touched and encouraged by the words I shared.
On Friday we will be meeting for the seventh time with the "Third Season" group of our congregation. There will be unsaved guests there and we trust that once again our evening together will see an overflow of God's love.
Last week I met with a group of Arab and Jewish Pastors who are meeting to try and develop a sense of what God desires to do with his corporate Body in Jerusalem. The meetings have been very special as we endeavor to walk in unity and love.
Last Thursday, I attended our monthly meeting of Jewish Jerusalem pastors. Again, the time was amazing as we all sensed a deepening of our relationships.
Ahavat Yeshua is flourishing with over 200 and standing room only almost every week.
Our weekly home meeting is a great blessing and we are growing in intimacy and love.
In this season of the Spring Feasts and the promise of new life, may we look back on our lives and thank Him for what has been and may we look towards tomorrow with hope in our hearts. He who promised is faithful and He will work all things together for the good.
Thank you for standing with us so faithfully.
We send you our love from Zion,
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