Watch Focus: Purim—Part II
Friday, March 5, 2015 This week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the joint houses of Congress of the United States. This was his third time to give such an address. The only other leader to address the U.S. congress three times was Sir Winston Churchill. This address of Prime Minister Netanyahu coincided with the Feast of Purim which commemorates Queen Esther’s appeal to the king of Persia to save the Jewish people. History seems to be repeating itself. As Iran (formerly known as Persia) is about to be allowed to go ahead in developing nuclear weapons with which they have promised to annihilate the nation of Israel. Even though the American people overwhelmingly side with the concerns of the Israelis, the present U.S. administration is determined to give the Iranian government a deal that would lead to nuclear weapons. This will set up one of the most perilous times in world history that we see prophesied in Scripture when the nations gather together to threaten the survival of Israel, and put Jerusalem in peril. This echoes the situation of the Jewish people in the Book of Esther.
In his speech, Netanyahu said, “Ladies and gentlemen, history has places us at a fateful crossroads. We must now choose between two paths.” It is critical that believers everywhere stand as intercessors for Israel at “such a time as this.” Pray that those nations gathering in Geneva to plot against Israel will be frustrated from their plans. Bind the present-day demonic spirit of Haman that would destroy the Jews. Pray divine protection over the whole of Israel. May those who would plot to divide Jerusalem be completely hindered. Pray for Prime Minister Netanyahu. May the Lord rise up to defend Zion, and bless those nations that bless Israel. May America be found only to bless Israel, and not curse it. Let us praise the Lord who defends Israel. May the Lord be “as a wall of fire” around Israel, “the apple of His eye.”
The first Feast of Purim concluded with the King heeding the plea of Queen Esther and the deliverance of God’s people. May the King of Glory heed our plea in the year of 2015.
Zech. 13:8-9, “’And it shall come to pass in all the land,’ says the Lord, ‘That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one–third shall be left in it: I will bring the one–third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; and each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”
Joel 3:2, “I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land.”
Gen. 12:1-3, “Now the Lord had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’”
1 Chron. 16:14-17, “He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. Remember His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel for an everlasting covenant.”
Gen. 22:15-18, “Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: ‘By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.’”
Isa. 62:6-7; Ps. 122:6; Ps. 102:13, Micah 6:8