For those of you who don’t keep up with the news about Israel, here’s a quick update about the war that Israel was involved in with Hamas. If you read last month’s newsletter, Israel was in a war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The fighting has since stopped as of August 26th because of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that was brokered by Egypt. Praise God that the fighting has stopped; however, there was a lot of bloodshed and over 2,000 Palestinians lost their lives as well as more than 70 Israelis. One exciting thing came out of this war: Israel destroyed 32 tunnels that Hamas dug under the border of Israel, with the intent to kidnap and kill Israeli citizens. When The Israel Defense Forces were uncovering these tunnels they found that Hamas had planned a large scale attack for the upcoming Rosh Hashanah Festival in Israel. They even had Israeli uniforms to use to disguise their terrorists. Thank you Lord for hearing the prayers of your Saints and delivering Israel! Psalm 25:22 - “Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.”
Praise the Lord for the month of September! Did you know that at the end of the month Israel will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets? We are currently in the month of Elul which is the last month of the Hebrew Calendar. Rosh Hashanah is also considered the “Head of the Year” or the beginning of the year for the Jewish/Hebrew Calendar, and we are going into the year 5775. An interesting custom in Israel during the month of Elul is the blowing of the shofar. The shofar is blown every day of the month except Shabbat and the last day of Elul. The shofar is blown as a call to repentance. It is interesting that the word of God says in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” So, Olive Branchers, I remind you to be ready for this special Biblical Feast and Teshuvah (Repent), that you may be ready for the day of the Lord.