Editorial and cover explanation:
Make No Mistake About It
The battle is not because of New York, nor Washington, D.C., nor Kabul, but the battle is because of Jerusalem. War is being waged between light and darkness, truth and lies, God’s eternal covenant promises and satanic deception. Any doubt about WHO will win?
Believers everywhere are joining in the prayer battle. Not because God needs us but because we so desperately need Him, and because we want to go with Him in what He is doing in the world today. He will answer on behalf of His special city and people, not because of their righteousness (which is sadly lacking there as it is in our own land) but “because He will keep His oath sworn to the fathers” (Duet. 7:8). The purposes for this has been given so many times in this publication it seems redundant to repeat them, even if there were room in this issue, so we’ll join Isaiah in saying, “Seek out the BOOK of the LORD, and read”. And if you would cut out all He says about Jerusalem, His people, His Land and the prophecies of it becoming the center for the Kingdom of God on earth, you’d have very few pages left in your Bible. We concur to the suggestion that the only page you should remove is the one dividing the “Old” from the “New”.
Original painting by E. Roffe.
The picture on the front cover depicts the Temple Mount (with its present abomination on top) wrapped in the Jewish prayer shawl, called “Tallit”. The tassels and knots represent God’s laws. Originally the Tallit was a full cloak and worn as an outer garment. This was Jesus’ robe that the soldiers gambled for when he died. There’s a good sermon for you Christian ministers! His cloak went to the nations where so many of His people were. In His own words, “I am sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” And all we called from among the Gentiles say, “Hallelujah!” (Acts 15:14-17; Romans 9:24-27; 11:25; I Peter 2:9,10, cf Hosea 1:6,9,10 & 2:23)
Regarding the tallit, the Encyclopedia Judaica says, “to be enfolded by the tallit is regarded as being enveloped by the holiness of the commandments of the Torah, denoting a symbolic subjection to the Divine Will.”
In this issue: John Hulley gives weighty insight from Jerusalem and John Stembridge applies the Jabez connection in challenge to prayer. Will you join with us who take seriously such admonitions as Isaiah 62: “For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp . . . you that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence and give Him no rest, till He establish and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” -