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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS PRAYER UPDATE JULY 2020 No. 81
Intercessors for Cyprus. Prayer Update. July 2020 No. 81
We suggest you print out the update for use this month. The words are close-typed for economy of printing. Use the Bible and its promises alongside this update.
Why not read the Bible through every year on a daily basis? Please go to our website: www.intercessorsforcyprus.org page: ‘Daily Bible Reading Plan’
Giving thanks; Editorial comment (E.A. Prayers); For study & thought; Prophetic word into the future.
The Church: Specific churches & ministries; LGBTI (1); Revival; ITI.
The Government and those in authority: This month; Sexism Bill; Health; Gas; The North.
National issues: (see list); Moral & social; Cities & municipalities; Caring & compassion; International; IFC information.
........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ....... .... July Prayer Issues. 2 Corinthians 1:20. ‘For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ.’
(An interpretation of) Isaiah 62v6-7a: I have set intercessors on your walls who shall cry out to God for the fulfilment of his promises.’
NB. We hold a main weekly IFC prayer group in Larnaca every Friday 9am-noon and others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel, Ministries & Refugees, at other times. Details: Email the above. Use the Prayer update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month.
Tip: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to an entry He wants you to pray into. Focus on that (also in your group) until you sense completion. God bless you!
Please note: David of the IFC team preaches regularly around Cyprus both North & South, and has been preaching since 1975. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to invite.
^ GIVING THANKS: 1 Thessalonians 5:18. ‘In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’
We are so proud of the churches and believers who joined together in the production of The Blessing Cyprus which is a wonderful testimony in song to God’s glory. We give thanks to God for this encouragement to the Church in Cyprus and elsewhere. The churches, ministries & fellowships involved were Magusa Christian Fellowship, Yasam Fellowship, Huios Community Network, International Christian Fellowship, Petra Bible Fellowship, New Life International Church, The Apostolic Church, Larnaca Community Church, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Family Worship Center, St Marks Anglican Student Chaplaincy, Forward in Faith Ministries, St Charbel, Cyprus International University Christian Fellowship, Catholic Community Magusa, Trinity Evangelical Church, BLW EMU Chapter, Freedom Church, ID North Ministries, Magusa Hristian Toplulugu. A great testimony to our unity in Christ! View video at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOxqAxoxDNg
^ EDITORIAL Comment: : 2 Timothy 2v15b: ‘a workman who….correctly handles the word of truth.’
We appreciated the input the Cyprus Evangelical Alliance gave on May 31st Global Day of Prayer. The topics are well worth re-visiting for prayer:
1. Evangelism mobilisation following Covid-19, stimulated by the Holy Spirit and the willingness of believers. 2. Right attitudes and respect towards pastors & leaders, right submission to the Lord and to leadership. 3. Local churches to be bold and zealous, without compromise, a good testimony to the world. 4. Sin and its effects on the nation: divorce, addictions, sexual sin, idolatry, religious spirits, corruption….enemy activity and human weakness.
5. The Evangelical Alliance to continue to strengthen in unity, love and good relationships, and favour with government. 6. The fruit of the Spirit to be manifest in the Church in Cyprus, our lives and outreach, including in our young people. 7. Political issues of good and wise government and local government & authorities (Proverbs 11v11), relationship with the EU and standing strong where needed. Wisdom over Turkey. 8. The economy & finances to be restored after Coronavirus ravages. EEZ & hydrocarbons to be used to bless. 9. The Cyprus problem and God’s solution (2 Chronicles 7v14), sharing wealth, unity of all believers in Cyprus. Reconciliation, justice and freedom. 10. Families to be restored, sin dealt with within families, religion becoming relationship with God and each other. 11. Youth reached through strong Christian youth leaders towards our churches young people and through them reaching the young people of Cyprus. Youth for Christ Cyprus & the Daniel Generation movements. YWAM also. (Daniel 11v32).
FOR STUDY & THOUGHT: The Exodus as End-Time analogy (2) (Author David R. Parsons is an attorney, author, journalist and ordained minister who serves as Vice President & Senior Spokesman of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.)
The Two Witnesses who show up in Revelation 11 have powers much like Moses (and Elijah) to call down fire from heaven, to stop the rains, to turn water to blood, and “to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.” (Revelation 11:5-6) One school of thought maintains that – just as Moses called forth every plague on Egypt in the midst of Pharaoh’s court – these two anointed figures will be in Jerusalem calling down all the judgments occurring over the three-and-a-half year period described in Revelation chapters six through nine. This view is supported by verse 10, which states that the whole world will rejoice over their death, because “these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.”
God’s judgment of the nations in the last days is often described by the Hebrew prophets as culminating in Jerusalem, such as in Joel 3:1-3. It is as if the nations have released the Jewish people to go back home, but then have second thoughts and pursue them there, like Pharaoh did of old. The prophet Zechariah, in chapter 14, also speaks of that day when God will gather all nations to Jerusalem for judgment. Although the city sees great destruction, the Lord Himself will appear on the scene and “fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.” (Zechariah 14:3)
The prophet then describes the Lord standing with his feet on the Mount of Olives, which miraculously splits in half to open a pathway of escape for the people of Israel (Zechariah 14:4-5). This prophesied event bears such an uncanny resemblance to the parting of the Red Sea that we must conclude it is yet one more example in the Bible of Exodus analogy connected to the End-of-Days. It is one thing for waters to part to allow a people to flee and then come back together to drown the pursuing enemy. How much greater a wonder to behold will be the parting of a mountain to deliver His people just when the nations are closing in on Jerusalem! Indeed, the modern-day Exodus is far from over and its end will be more awesome than that first Exodus long ago. Truly, “the Lord lives!” The very Lord who died on a cross at Passover that we might live with Him forever. (Ed. Amen.)
Prophetic word into the future: This word concerns the threat from Turkey and a promise of Revival. (Editor: Be aware that whilst the nations are distracted by working through lockdown, Turkey is seeking to create a military corridor to prevent the Israel/Cyprus/Greece Gas pipeline project being completed and connected to serve the West, and Turkey threatens to release refugees into the EU, so the EU is currently silent over the Cyprus issue and probably will not help the pipeline situation. Out-of-control Erdogan is also militarily pounding the Kurds in N Iraq with impunity.
Michael Gertsman (Canadian Messianic believer based in Israel) received this prophetic word for the church in Cyprus on 10 February, 2020 just before he came to minister across Cyprus.
The Lord says, “Do you think I will tolerate this? No, I will not! My instruction to the Church in Cyprus is as follows, ‘The weapons of your warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.’ You are not just fighting flesh and blood and the political intrigues of men, but you are to battle the wicked spiritual entities that stir them and drive them. But I would say to you, be not afraid for this battle is not yours alone, but Mine. If you will stand up and take hold in prayer and strong intercession, then I will roll back the powers of darkness. Did I not say that the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force? (Matthew 11:12). If you want to take possession of the riches of heaven and God’s assistance in your task, you have to take hold of it forcefully and with strength in the face of the enemy’s opposition.
Remember my beloved, that “…when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard, His battle flag against him.” (Isaiah 59:19). Please see and take to heart what I say in those verses that precede and follow this one, and in the verse I just cited as well. It is very important, and I give these words to you as a promise this day. “According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies, the islands [ sometimes coastlands, but usually islands in Hebrew ] He will fully repay.” (vs.18)
But I want you to notice what follows in the beginning of the next verse: “So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west and His glory from the rising of the sun.” And again in verse 20-21, “The Redeemer will come to Zion and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob” says the Lord’ ‘As for Me’, says the Lord, ‘this is my covenant with them”. [ The Lord is saying that His dealing visibly and effectively with the problem in the north is a key to national revival. ]
And He goes on to say this, “My Spirit who is upon you and my words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth or the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants, descendants,’ says the Lord.’”
[ What does this mean? It means that you are to take these words to heart, remember them, declare them, and speak them to your children and grandchildren until all these things come to pass so that they remember what you said and put their trust in the Lord and His words. ]
The Spirit says, “Now though I gave this word to the people of Israel in ancient days, I give it you today, my people, to encourage you to stand up and declare “No” to what the enemy is trying to do in the north. I would also encourage you to stand firm against those who seek to have you form a political union with any other nation. For I have given you an identity and territory that is uniquely yours. Do not give it up to others. Become the nation I intended you to be from the very beginning.” Note: Sentences in [ ] brackets are Michael Gertsman’s own observations. [Ed. Intercede for release for the north.]
^ THE CHURCH: Matthew 16:18. ‘I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.’
Here are specific requests for prayer or news of what God is doing in Cyprus, in Cypriots, and in the lives of His people in the area.
1. Specific Churches and Ministries: Revelation 1v11: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches…”
a) O.A.S.I.S. Refugee ministry: There will be no director for the ministry from September. The 1 year grant for the administrator ceases as of September and long term finances are needed for the ministry to function effectively. The local volunteers have been dropping off and Covid-19 has not helped. Yet, despite all this, the actual ministry to refugees is thriving and lives are changed. Several churches are involved. The Oasis board has called for a
30 day period of prayer. The reason is that God is calling Oasis to look to the future, overcome challenges and wants to reshape the ministry (Jeremiah 18v6). Pray. NB. Monday’s 10am-11.30am prayer at OASIS’ centre. There will be a special evening of prayer this month. Why not come along?
b) ‘Room of Hope’, Larnaca: Heli and others run this precious ministry to trafficked women. Heli has been exhausted by the demands of the ministry especially during Covid-19 and needs our prayers for restoration. Pray for Heli (Amos 9v11-13).
c) World Outreach Network: A relatively new outreach based in Limassol, led by pastor Willem Fiege, with his wife Vera (and their four boys). Willem has mobilised monthly Zoom prayer for pastors and leaders around Cyprus. Pray success and blessing on them and the ministry (Matthew 28v18-20).
d) Katafiyio Retreat Centre: The place of retreat is in the lower mountains of Troodos and is a beautiful place for individual or group retreats or holidays. Sleeps 6, with art supplies, small library and set in a lovely area with several local ‘sights’. Why not find out more? www.cypgulf.org/retreats Mobile: 99155092. Whether holiday or retreat, God will bring you rest. Pray for this much needed ministry and for people to use (or lose) it. (Matthew 11v28).
e) YWAM Cyprus: This faithful group meets regularly from across the north and south, by Zoom or now in person. Praise God! Pray they be blessed.
2. LGBTI (1). The word of God, the Bible, was given by God for all generations, all ages, all times, and all people. It never changes according to our changes in thinking and attitude. Because it is so vital, it is only to be expected that there would be a strong spiritual attack on trust in God’s Word, encouraging Christians to ‘sit loose’ to Scripture or to denigrate it. The LGBTI movement contains a spiritual attack, currently based upon the same-sex marriage, homosexual practice, and transgender issues. A motion on the Church of England General Synod in 1987 led to the synod voting by a 98% majority that “homosexual genital acts….are….to be met by a call to repentance and the exercise of compassion.” That is still the official position of the Church of England. How things have changed in the last 30 years! It is extraordinary. We live in a different world where, first, homosexual practice and now same-sex marriage are widely accepted – including amongst Christians. During that period disapproval in society of homosexual practice has fallen by 27%. Now only 13% of British people think it is wrong. But this letter is not about homosexuality as such. It is about the damage being done in the church through the discussions about it. Christians, including evangelicals and others who are conservative in their theology, are being challenged to take a liberal approach to Scripture in order to justify homosexual practice, same-sex marriage and transgender issues. The Government of Cyprus is being challenged and pressed by this movement to ‘Accept’ such practice even though it is against Orthodox Church teaching, under whose teaching many in government were brought up. The enemy is behind this. Which churches and believers are taking on this battle in prayer? Pray as led (Lev 18v22).
3. Revival: Does the Bible predict an End Time Revival? Acts 2:16-21 links a great outpouring of the Spirit with apocalyptic events which refer to the End Times: “wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.” These did not happen at or after Pentecost. They are reminiscent of Matthew 24:29 and Revelation 6:12 which relate such events to the End Times. Biblical prophecy often has more than one fulfilment. It seems clear that the Joel prophecy (Joel 2:28-32) quoted in Acts 2:16-21 was not completely fulfilled at Pentecost. So it is not correct, as some believe, to think that special outpourings of the Spirit ended at Pentecost or soon afterwards. Amos 9:13 NIV “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills.”
Almost 3000 years ago the Prophet Amos prophesied of an era of time marked by acceleration. The harvests would be so abundant that the one sowing seed would “overtake” the one harvesting crops of grain or grapes. The abundant harvest would also coincide with an outpouring of new wine, which is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Often an Old Testament prophecy has more than one fulfilment. On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and accused of being “full of new wine” (Acts 2:13). Peter does not refute this claim, but simply clarifies that the disciples “are not drunk” (Acts 2:15), but filled with the Spirit (Acts 2:16-18). On the same day, an abundant harvest was reaped and 3000 added to the church. The threat of persecution, causes the disciples to seek the Lord for more boldness (Acts 4:29). Their prayers are answered with a fresh infilling of “new wine” and a further acceleration of the kingdom (Acts 4:31-35). As we entered a new decade (2020) many in the body of Christ, sensed that we had entered a new era, characterised by acceleration and a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit for the purpose of an end-time harvest. Many are seeking to respond to the Lord’s invitation to seek Him for fresh outpourings of “new wine” for the harvest. Pray for such a response, amidst genuine repentance.
ITI: The Final Return of the Jews: Did you know that every single prophet in the Tenach (Old Testament) spoke the same prophecy: the return of the Jewish people from the nations back to the land of Israel? This would be the second return of the Jews, the first being from the exile in Babylon and its area. It is the most prophesied event in the Bible. It is going to happen. Yet, many churches are unaware of this, venerating the New Testament and regard the Old Testament as something of a history book only. The New Testament has its roots in the Old, Jesus was and is Jewish, the early Church was Jewish, and Paul says we owe a debt to the Jews. Romans 15v26-27: ‘For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. 27 They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews' spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.’
In days soon to come, when the great return of the Jews to Israel is in full flood, especially from America (which houses over 6 million Jews…Hosea 11v10) will YOU share with them - as Paul puts it - material blessings? That means practical help. When they come in large numbers, some with little possessions, they will need sanctuary and provision until they can re-enter Israel. God ensured that this event was well broadcast in the scriptures. Will YOU be part of HIS answer? Practically, short term homes & accommodation, transport, finances will be needed. Jeremiah 1v12: The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled." Pray that the church will be ready and willing for this.
^ THE GOVERNMENT & THOSE IN AUTHORITY: 1 Timothy 2v1-2a: I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority….
^ This month: Due to retirements Stelios Papatheodorou is the new chief of police and Yiorgos Savvides is now the Attorney General. Aglandjia mayor Charalambos Petrides has been appointed Defence Minister. The new Justice Minister is Emily Yioliti. Deputy shipping minister Natasa Pilides has been promoted to Energy, Commerce and Industry Minister — a post held by Yiorgos Lakkotrypis who is stepping down after eight years in the job. The new deputy shipping minister is Vassilis Demetriades. Let’s pray for these new appointees, for godly leaders (Numbers 1v16; John 12v42a).
Sexism Bill: Under the draft bill, sexist behaviour is defined as the public distribution, either through leaflets, other written material, images or other ways ideas or theories which insult, degrade, socially isolate, incite to hate or violence and end up in discrimination against a specific woman or specific group of women. It also covers the posting of data electronically with the aim of distributing the above ideas or theories online. NB. This could be used against the church in due course as we stand against evil. Be aware and pray as the Spirit leads you (Ezekiel 22v30).
^ Health: Covid-19: The risk of a second wave of COVID-19 infections big enough to require European lockdowns to be re-imposed is moderate to high, according to EU health experts, and depends on the gradual easing of restrictions and how people stick to them.
Vaccines & anti-virals: The European health regulator said on Monday it would look to fast-track the approval of Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral remdesivir as a potential COVID-19 treatment in Europe after the U.S. drugmaker submitted its marketing application. Remdesivir, the first drug to show improvement in COVID-19 patients in formal trials, has been cleared for emergency use in severely-ill patients in the United States, India and South Korea. Some European nations are also using it under compassionate programmes. Pray for progress. The Health Ministry is offering one month contracts to students. A good opportunity to serve and earn! Also, following a near strike over lack of staff, 160 nurses will be appointed as a first step and another 145 will be hired between September and February to boost the health service’s ability to cope. Pray for the GHS (Ps. 2v8).
^Gas: Turkey is threatening the Israel/Cyprus/Greece gas pipeline project (p1 ‘prophetic word into the future’ -already happening!) Pray (Num 10v35b).
^ The North: Checkpoints are opening. Pray for hope for the North. Pray for justice, freedom and reconciliation between north and south. Note the way believers are relating north & south (see ‘Giving Thanks’ section). This is way for the future (2 Chronicles 7v14). Give praise.
^ NATIONAL ISSUES: Psalm 33:12. ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.’
Sin: Before all other symptoms of need in a society is the need to face sin, understand it and how to overcome it. Idolatry, corruption, immorality, addictions…people need to come under conviction and repent. Pray for the Holy Spirit to move on our society (John 16v8).
Economy & Finance: The rising spectre of a second wave of Coronavirus in the nations raises questions over the tourist industry and the aircraft industry. Possible longer term worst case scenario after waves of Covid-19 is the end of worldwide tourism, people being confined to their own countries for holidays. Imagine the effect on air companies! Otherwise, Cyprus is beginning to pick up. €280 million is being provided for companies and the self-employed, and a subsidy plan for small businesses. Give thanks for these measures and pray for the economy to recover (Joel 2v25a).
Tourism: Currently in Cyprus, lifeguards are urging more towers and longer hours. Cyprus had the highest proportion of bathing sites with excellent water quality in the European Union with 99.1. %. Pray for the tourists but not for the Coronavirus! (2 Corinthians 1v10).
Sport: Contact training, team games and championships are now allowed in outdoor and indoor sports facilities as well. Pray over this (Prov 28v26).
Gas: The European Investment Bank’s (EIB) Board of Directors has approved the amount of €150 million to fund the construction of a project which will allow the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Cyprus. Amen.
^ MORAL & SOCIAL ISSUES: Deut 10v4: The Lord wrote on these tablets what he had written before, the Ten Commandments he had proclaimed.
Families: Continue to pray for restoration of family relationships, and especially Christian families to be built up and praying together, as we come out of lockdown (1 Chronicles 16v28).
Nurseries: These are opening with social distancing of 2 metres for the little ones. Is this practical? Pray (2 Chronicles 31v18 especially part c).
Young people: Pray for Christian young people to have a stronger witness to other young people in Cyprus so that God’s destiny for youth here may be restored. Pray for churches evangelism to better mobilise, for labourers in the harvest field (Psalm 66v16).
Human Trafficking: Though progress has been made for victims, no legal aid has yet been offered, and the setting up of the victim support fund, which can be used to compensate victims of trafficking, has been delayed. Pray for further progress (Psalm 119v37).
^ CITIES & MUNICIPALITIES: PRAY for your city: Jeremiah 29v7: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." Psalm 55:11.’Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.’ Also: Isaiah 1v26, Prov 11v10-11; Is 62v6-7; Ps 122v6-9. Consider these verses and pray for your city. Town, village, municipality as led by the Lord.
Pray particularly that church leadership in your city takes responsibility for the spiritual and actual welfare of the city as they meet together in prayer.
Pray also for righteous leaders in the city for the purposes of God and the good of the people (Isaiah 1v26).
^ CARING AND COMPASSION: (by the Church and others): Matthew 5v7: ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.’
1. Refugees, asylum seekers & migrant workers...,aliens & strangers: Exodus 22v21: "Do not ill-treat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens.”
Remember the Oasis Refugee Project: (See special entry under Churches; ‘Specific churches and ministries’ section).
Asylum seekers: The Social Solidarity Network held a campaign in June to collect personal hygiene items for asylum seekers at the temporary reception centre at Pournara, Kokkinotrimithia. Question: What can you do to help refugees, migrants and asylum seekers?
2. The poor and needy, widows and orphans, foreigners, unemployed, exploited, etc: Proverbs 31v8-9: "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
Remember in prayer the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the Matthew 25 project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans, etc.
^ INTERNATIONAL ISSUES: Mark 11v17: "Is it not written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?’ “(Also Revelation 14v6.)
Anti-racism: Protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA, have meant that demonstrations swept across the United States and Europe. How much of this has been orchestrated is a subject of debate. There is more in this than meets the eye. There are forces of anarchy at work. The refusal of the political establishment to defend the integrity of the western nations and its culture has opened the way for noxious forces to occupy the vacuum, especially in America and Britain, where our Christian heritage has been despised, opening the door to the spread through the west of jihadi Islam and the rise across Europe of political parties and groups with racist or fascist backgrounds. Pray as led (Psalm 33v5).
A prayer for America and the world: “I can’t breathe.” This was the final and desperate cry of George Floyd, and it has become a worldwide outcry against evil, racism, and injustice. His murder has sparked demonstrations in Brazil, New Zealand, UK, South Africa, and around the globe, exposing unspeakable horrors and demanding change. This is a pivotal moment for America and the world, as it forces leaders and individuals to address denied justice. But this issue is first a spiritual one. Ultimately, sin is the root of all injustice and racism. While policy reforms, laws, and social movements might be necessary, they cannot change the heart. Only Jesus can do that. So we pick up our spiritual weapons and ask God to transform hearts across America and around the globe. Now is the time. Let’s ask God together. A prayer concerning Covid-19: COVID-19 continues to rob hundreds of thousands of breath. While many countries are re-opening, some are just entering lockdown. But one thing hasn’t changed, Jesus alone is the giver of life and the breath in our lungs. And so we pray…..
Plague: In the coming days this may be of even more importance than Covid-19. It is a plague of locusts of biblical proportions that is developing at an alarming rate. This plague is already covering a huge swathe of territory across the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, and even spreading eastward to Pakistan and beyond. It threatens to bring starvation and impoverishment to millions of people if it is not controlled soon. It has the potential of causing worldwide famine (Joel chapters 1-3). Pray as led.
Climate: June 2018 was the hottest ever recorded in Cyprus. The heatwave at the end of May and early June 2020 easily broke all records. The physical is always connected with the spiritual in the Bible, beginning at Genesis at the fall. The warning is here (James 1v11; Revelation 7v16). Pray.
Russia: Libya and Ethiopia are flagged as nations “where cooperation is possible”. The Kremlin has recently stepped up its ground operation in Libya. Another key territory is Sudan. All this is amazing with Bible in hand. Ezekiel 38 tells us that Gog (Russian ruler – currently Putin) will be allied to Libya and Ethiopia. Ethiopia however is actually the Hebrew word Cush – the land of Cush in Ezekiel’s day corresponds exactly to modern day Sudan (see Ezekiel 38v4-5). Turkey and Russia are historical foes however the Bible says that they would be allies and invade Israel together in the last days (Joel 3v12-13). [NB. Togarmah is the ancient name for eastern Turkey and Gomer is ancient name of western Turkey.] PRAY as led.
Israel: The Bible says that in the end days, there is an initial conflict between Israel and surrounding peoples i.e. Hamas, Palestinians, Hezbollah and Syria. This conflict will be over Jerusalem. But Israel will win this initial conflict – Zechariah 12v6 says that “Jerusalem will remain secure”. But into the vacuum that is left will come Russia, Iran and Turkey. Keep an eye on and pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Isaiah 62v6; Psalm 122v6).
The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List Top Ten. no.9. Iran: Sharia Law reigns. Muslims converting to Christianity are hunted, face imprisonment, torture and strong pressure to renounce their faith. Yet the church is one of the fastest growing in the world! Pray (Matthew 10v27). Bless you all. Yassas, αντίο and shalom. The IFC team
In 2013, IFC (intercessors for Cyprus) was given leave to develop its ministry under the authority of the Evangelical Alliance, Cyprus. IFC has an office and a prayer home. We believe in using the home for a place of prayer and in inviting others to join us. (The Hebrew word for ‘house’ is also used for ‘home’, so the rising movement of Prayer Houses could also be applied to homes). We would like to see many homes in Cyprus opening up for public as well as private prayer once a week if not more. We hold public prayer meetings three mornings a week. Tuesdays: (9-11am) ITI prayer for Cyprus a safe haven for refugees. Wednesdays: (9-12am) we meet to pray for Israel. Fridays: (9-12am) prayer for Cyprus, including the latest news and using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, and being led of the Spirit. If you would like to join us - as a visitor or more permanently- then email the above to arrange.
IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet, Particularly ‘InCyprus News’, from TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc. Regular sources: Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.
Do you want to pray for Israel more regularly? Try Intercessors for Israel: http://www.ifi.org.il/prayer/points
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