by Ofer Amitai, August 01, 2002
Below is a report from Ofer Amitai, our dear brother in Israel.  As many of you are aware, he and his son, Nathaniel, were with
us at the Embrace Israel Ministries conference this last week.

Dear ones, Shalom;

Yesterday afternoon, at 1:40 pm, just as we were landing from our return flight to Israel, a bomb went off in the cafeteria of the Hebrew University at the Mount Scopus campus.  Seven people died in the blast and ninety were wounded.  Four of the dead
were American citizens, as well as several of the wounded.  Apparently, a schoolbag full of explosives was placed under a table in the midst of the crowd, by a terrorist posing as a student or a visitor.  The police surmise that he may have been helped by an "insider", an Arab worker or student.  The cafeteria was crowded at the time with young people from all over the world who had come to take placement exams for the new school year.

Hamas, the terror organization that took responsibility for the attack, said in a leaflet, "This is our (primary) reaction to (the) Gaza massacre.  It is (a) simple reaction in the long process of attacks that would target your institutions with no exception.  It is a clear message for the wisest of you to quickly depart from our lands or to choose death.  Prepard dozens of black bags for our next reaction that the criminal Sharon (will) be responsible for."  In English, Sheikh Rantissi, the Hamas spokesman, declared the strikes would continue until Israeli occupation ends.  In Arabic, he phrased it differently, "until the Jews are thrown out of this land."

And this, beloved is exactly what the war is all about.  Islam is dead set against the fulfillment of G-D's plan for Israel and for His kingdom.

Ezekiel 39:25-29:
"Therefore thus saith the L-rd G-D; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for My Holy Name; After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespas-sed against Me,  When they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.  When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I am the L-RD their G-D, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen:  but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.  Neither will I hide My face any more from them; for I have poured out My Spirit upon the House of Israel, saith the L-rd G-D."

Briefly, G-D's purpose in the last days is to reveal His Glory and pour out His Spirit on all flesh.  Both of these are part and parcel of Israel's restoration, to the Land first and then to Himself.  It is THERE, in the Land, that G-D first reveals His Glory and Face, and pours out His Spirit.  And these acts are the Sanctification of His Name!

What should we do about all these things?  Watch and Pray!  Let us not be overwhelmed by evil and its hellish displays, meant to paralyze our faith and halt our prayers.  Let us continue to STAND BEFORE the L-RD and beseech Him to FULFILL His own Word.

The word "Scopus" means, "to watch" or "look out".  Mount Scopus is situated on Jerusalem's northern side and serves as a high lookout for those who would prepare to attack her, as it is the most vulnerable border of the city.  It was there that Titus pitched his camp when he besieged Jerusalem.  Can we, beloved, as watchmen for G-D, ascend the high mountain of prayer and be "keepers" of Jerusalem until He performs His Word?  As He said to Jeremiah the prophet (Jeremiah 1:12), "I am watching over My Word to perform it."  Let us WATCH with Him until He does.

Ofer Amitai -- Jerusalem
Embrace Israel Ministries, P.O. Box 10077, Cedar Rapids, IA  52410-0077 [USA]
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