Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Collapse of the $ is happening

I thought this was very well stated concerning the global situation

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The Demise of the Petrodollar

Rumors are swirling that India and Iran are at the negotiating table right now, hammering out a deal to trade oil for gold. Why does that matter, you ask? Only because it strikes at the heart of both the value of the US dollar and today's high-tension standoff with Iran.
Marin Katusa
Chief Energy Investment Strategist
Casey Research

Tehran Pushes to Ditch the US Dollar
The official line from the United States and the European Union is that Tehran must be punished for continuing its efforts to develop a nuclear weapon. The punishment: sanctions on Iran's oil exports, which are meant to isolate Iran and depress the value of its currency to such a point that the country crumbles.
But that line doesn't make sense, and the sanctions will not achieve their goals. Iran is far from isolated and its friends - like India - will stand by the oil-producing nation until the US either backs down or acknowledges the real matter at hand. That matter is the American dollar and its role as the global reserve currency.
The short version of the story is that a 1970s deal cemented the US dollar as the only currency to buy and sell crude oil, and from that monopoly on the all-important oil trade the US dollar slowly but surely became the reserve currency for global trades in most commodities and goods. Massive demand for US dollars ensued, pushing the dollar's value up, up, and away. In addition, countries stored their excess US dollars savings in US Treasuries, giving the US government a vast pool of credit from which to draw.
We know where that situation led - to a US government suffocating in debt while its citizens face stubbornly high unemployment (due in part to the high value of the dollar); a failed real estate market; record personal-debt burdens; a bloated banking system; and a teetering economy. That is not the picture of a world superpower worthy of the privileges gained from having its currency back global trade. Other countries are starting to see that and are slowly but surely moving away from US dollars in their transactions, starting with oil.
If the US dollar loses its position as the global reserve currency, the consequences for America are dire. A major portion of the dollar's valuation stems from its lock on the oil industry - if that monopoly fades, so too will the value of the dollar. Such a major transition in global fiat currency relationships will bode well for some currencies and not so well for others, and the outcomes will be challenging to predict. But there is one outcome that we foresee with certainty: Gold will rise. Uncertainty around paper money always bodes well for gold, and these are uncertain days indeed.
The Petrodollar System
To explain this situation properly, we have to start in 1973. That's when President Nixon asked King Faisal of Saudi Arabia to accept only US dollars as payment for oil and to invest any excess profits in US Treasury bonds, notes, and bills. In exchange, Nixon pledged to protect Saudi Arabian oil fields from the Soviet Union and other interested nations, such as Iran and Iraq. It was the start of something great for the US, even if the outcome was as artificial as the US real-estate bubble and yet constitutes the foundation for the valuation of the US dollar.
By 1975 all of the members of OPEC agreed to sell their oil only in US dollars. Every oil-importing nation in the world started saving their surplus in US dollars so as to be able to buy oil; with such high demand for dollars the currency strengthened. On top of that, many oil-exporting nations like Saudi Arabia spent their US dollar surpluses on Treasury securities, providing a new, deep pool of lenders to support US government spending.
The "petrodollar" system was a brilliant political and economic move. It forced the world's oil money to flow through the US Federal Reserve, creating ever-growing international demand for both US dollars and US debt, while essentially letting the US pretty much own the world's oil for free, since oil's value is denominated in a currency that America controls and prints. The petrodollar system spread beyond oil: the majority of international trade is done in US dollars. That means that from Russia to China, Brazil to South Korea, every country aims to maximize the US-dollar surplus garnered from its export trade to buy oil.
The US has reaped many rewards. As oil usage increased in the 1980s, demand for the US dollar rose with it, lifting the US economy to new heights. But even without economic success at home the US dollar would have soared, because the petrodollar system created consistent international demand for US dollars, which in turn gained in value. A strong US dollar allowed Americans to buy imported goods at a massive discount - the petrodollar system essentially creating a subsidy for US consumers at the expense of the rest of the world. Here, finally, the US hit on a downside: The availability of cheap imports hit the US manufacturing industry hard, and the disappearance of manufacturing jobs remains one of the biggest challenges in resurrecting the US economy today.
There is another downside, a potential threat now lurking in the shadows. The value of the US dollar is determined in large part by the fact that oil is sold in US dollars. If that trade shifts to a different currency, countries around the world won't need all their US money. The resulting sell-off of US dollars would weaken the currency dramatically.
So here's an interesting thought experiment. Everybody says the US goes to war to protect its oil supplies, but doesn't it really go to war to ensure the continuation of the petrodollar system?
The Iraq war provides a good example. Until November 2000, no OPEC country had dared to violate the US dollar-pricing rule, and while the US dollar remained the strongest currency in the world there was also little reason to challenge the system. But in late 2000, France and a few other EU members convinced Saddam Hussein to defy the petrodollar process and sell Iraq's oil for food in euros, not dollars. In the time between then and the March 2003 American invasion of Iraq, several other nations hinted at their interest in non-US dollar oil trading, including Russia, Iran, Indonesia, and even Venezuela. In April 2002, Iranian OPEC representative Javad Yarjani was invited to Spain by the EU to deliver a detailed analysis of how OPEC might at some point sell its oil to the EU for euros, not dollars.
This movement, founded in Iraq, was starting to threaten the dominance of the US dollar as the global reserve currency and petro currency. In March 2003, the US invaded Iraq, ending the oil-for-food program and its euro payment program.
There are many other historic examples of the US stepping in to halt a movement away from the petrodollar system, often in covert ways. In February 2011 Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), called for a new world currency to challenge the dominance of the US dollar. Three months later a maid at the Sofitel New York Hotel alleged that Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her. Strauss-Kahn was forced out of his role at the IMF within weeks; he has since been cleared of any wrongdoing.
War and insidious interventions of this sort may be costly, but the costs of not protecting the petrodollar system would be far higher. If euros, yen, renminbi, rubles, or for that matter straight gold, were generally accepted for oil, the US dollar would quickly become irrelevant, rendering the currency almost worthless. As the rest of the world realizes that there are other options besides the US dollar for global transactions, the US is facing a very significant - and very messy - transition in the global oil machine.
The Iranian Dilemma
Iran may be isolated from the United States and Western Europe, but Tehran still has some pretty staunch allies. Iran and Venezuela are advancing $4 billion worth of joint projects, including a bank. India has pledged to continue buying Iranian oil because Tehran has been a great business partner for New Delhi, which struggles to make its payments. Greece opposed the EU sanctions because Iran was one of very few suppliers that had been letting the bankrupt Greeks buy oil on credit. South Korea and Japan are pleading for exemptions from the coming embargoes because they rely on Iranian oil. Economic ties between Russia and Iran are getting stronger every year.
Then there's China. Iran's energy resources are a matter of national security for China, as Iran already supplies no less than 15% of China's oil and natural gas. That makes Iran more important to China than Saudi Arabia is to the United States. Don't expect China to heed the US and EU sanctions much - China will find a way around the sanctions in order to protect two-way trade between the nations, which currently stands at $30 billion and is expected to hit $50 billion in 2015. In fact, China will probably gain from the US and EU sanctions on Iran, as it will be able to buy oil and gas from Iran at depressed prices.
So Iran will continue to have friends, and those friends will continue to buy its oil. More importantly, you can bet they won't be paying for that oil with US dollars. Rumors are swirling that India and Iran are at the negotiating table right now, hammering out a deal to trade oil for gold, supported by a few rupees and some yen. Iran is already dumping the dollar in its trade with Russia in favor of rials and rubles. India is already using the yuan with China; China and Russia have been trading in rubles and yuan for more than a year; Japan and China are moving towards transactions in yen and yuan.
And all those energy trades between Iran and China? That will be settled in gold, yuan, and rial. With the Europeans out of the mix, in short order none of Iran's 2.4 million barrels of oil a day will be traded in petrodollars.
With all this knowledge in hand, it starts to seem pretty reasonable that the real reason tensions are mounting in the Persian Gulf is because the United States is desperate to torpedo this movement away from petrodollars. The shift is being spearheaded by Iran and backed by India, China, and Russia. That is undoubtedly enough to make Washington anxious enough to seek out an excuse to topple the regime in Iran.
Speaking of that search for an excuse, this is interesting. A team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors just visited Iran. The IAEA is supervising all things nuclear in Iran, and it was an IAEA report in November warning that the country was progressing in its ability to make weapons that sparked this latest round of international condemnation against the supposedly near-nuclear state. But after their latest visit, the IAEA's inspectors reported no signs of bomb making. Oh, and if keeping the world safe from rogue states with nuclear capabilities were the sole motive, why have North Korea and Pakistan been given a pass?
There is another consideration to keep in mind, one that is very important when it comes to making some investment decisions based on this situation: Russia, India, and China - three members of the rising economic powerhouse group known as the BRICs (which also includes Brazil) - are allied with Iran and are major gold producers. If petrodollars go out of vogue and trading in other currencies gets too complicated, they will tap their gold storehouses to keep the crude flowing. Gold always has and always will be the fallback currency and, as mentioned before, when currency relationships start to change and valuations become hard to predict, trading in gold is a tried and true failsafe.
2012 might end up being most famous as the year in which the world defected from the US dollar as the global currency of choice. Imagine the rest of the world doing the math and, little by little, beginning to do business in their own currencies and investing ever less of their surpluses in US Treasuries. It constitutes nothing less than a slow but sure decimation of the dollar.
That may not be a bad thing for the United States. The country's gargantuan debts can never be repaid as long as the dollar maintains anything close to its current valuation. Given the state of the country, all that's really left supporting the value in the dollar is its global reserve currency status. If that goes and the dollar slides, maybe the US will be able to repay its debts and start fresh. That new start would come without the privileges and ingrained subsidies to which Americans are so accustomed, but it's amazing that the petrodollar system has lasted this long. It was only a matter of time before something would break it down.
Finally, the big question: How can one profit from this evolving situation? Playing with currencies is always very risky and, with the global game set to shift to significantly, it would require a lot of analysis and a fair bit of luck. The much more reliable way to play the game is through gold. Gold is the only currency backed by a physical commodity; and it is always where investors hide from a currency storm.
The basic conclusion is that a slow demise of the petrodollar system is bullish for gold and very bearish for the US dollar. As for any more specific suggestions on how to profit, check out our newsletters.
[Smart investors realize oil, like gold, is destined to rise dramatically and that investing in the right energy companies now will be like getting into the yellow metal 10 years ago.]

Additional Links and Reads
EU Embargoes Iranian Oil (Wall Street Journal)
European Union foreign ministers approved an embargo on Iran after getting past an internal debate on the burdens an embargo places on some EU members. Citing "serious and deepening concerns," the EU agreed to impose a full embargo on Iranian oil exports, including existing contracts, starting July 1. It also sanctioned Iran's central bank and Iranian petrochemical exports to the EU.
Iran is not pleased that the EU has joined with the US in embargoing Iranian oil and responded to the news with aggressive threats. One Iranian politician renewed his country's threat to blockade the Strait of Hormuz; another warned that his country would strike US targets worldwide if Washington used force to break a Hormuz blockade; and a third threatened to cut off crude shipments to the EU immediately.
India's richest families like to invest in power producers because sustained increases in electricity demand are a pretty sure bet in India. However, soaring coal prices have forced a slew of Indian power companies to mothball plans for new plants. The plants would have produced 42 gigawatts - equal to 68% of the government's targeted power-capacity increase for the five-year period ending in March - but with thermal coal prices from major suppliers Australia and Indonesia having climbed 27% and 24% respectively in two years, producers are seeing their profits dwindle. The problem is only made worse by India's regulation of power prices.
Despite aggressive moves from both sides, South Sudan and Sudan have agreed to extend their negotiations in an attempt to break a year-long deadlock over oil production and pipelines. The two countries, which split last July, have yet to reach an agreement on how to split oil revenues. Together the nations produce 460,000 barrels a day; while three-quarters of production is in South Sudan, the only way to transport the oil to a port is via a pipeline running through Sudan. Khartoum wants to charge South Sudan a substantial fee per barrel to use its pipeline, but the southern Juba government says it is only willing to pay a small fee because it is owed millions in compensation from the north after decades of civil war. Now the south has initiated a production shutdown after accusing Khartoum of stealing $815 million worth of oil.
In its annual energy outlook, BP projected that natural gas will be the fastest-growing fossil fuel globally to 2030, with supplies growing at 2.1% annually. Within the industry, growth will be greatest in the liquefied natural gas sector, where supplies will rise at 4.5% per annum. China will eat up a lot of that gas: Chinese gas use is expected to climb 7.6% annually to reach 46 billion cubic feet per day in 2030. With unconventional natural gas production increasing rapidly, BP also predicted that North America will be exporting 5 billion cubic feet of LNG per day by 2030.
Shell Canada announced plans to spend $1 billion exploring Nova Scotia's offshore oil and gas deposits over the next six years. Stuart Pinks, CEO of the Canada-Nova Scotia Petroleum Board, said the announcement shows "some significant confidence in the potential of the offshore of Nova Scotia." The board will continue to seek bidders for other blocks in the area, helped by a newly published offshore energy atlas that government geologists spent three years and $15 million developing.
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Mark Batterson is Promoting Ritual Magic

This is the most shocking thing that I have ever seen come out of Zondervan. Their new small group series titled "The Circle Maker" by Mark Batterson actually promotes ritual magic. The curiculum is being released this month and may even be available now. This article is in reaction to the promo video that Zondervan released to promote the study. View the video and then I will explain what the issues are:
 


The video starts out with Mark drawing a circle around himself with chalk. He traces the circle three times in a clockwise fashion. This is not something anyone should emulate. The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

"A magic circle is circle or sphere of space marked out by practitioners of many branches of ritual magic, which they generally believe will contain energy and form a sacred space, or will provide them a form of magical protection, or both. It may be marked physically, drawn in salt or chalk, for example, or merely visualized."

and later on:

"Some witchcraft traditions say that one must trace around the circle deosil (that is clockwise) three times."


I mention this from Wikipedia because it looks like whoever made the video or maybe even Mark himself did a little research as to how to draw a magic circle. If so, they may have gotten it from here.

Another more legitimate source confirms the use of chalk for the circle.

"It was the usual practice to draw or inscribe a magic circle on the floor of the chamber of practice prior to beginning the ritual, using charcoal or chalk." -Donald Tyson. The Magic Circle.

More from him later.

Honi the Circle Maker

At the 0:20 second mark we are introduced to Honi the Circle Maker. This is the story that changed Mark's prayer life. So was Honi a biblical disciple? Was he following some biblical practice? No. He was a Jewish miracle-worker in the first century BC. He is mentioned by Josephus (Antiquities 14.2.1 21) and in the Mishnah (Taanit 3:8). He prayed for rain and it rained. Later he was stoned to death because he refused to pronounce a curse on his fellow Jews. He seems innocuous enough other than the fact that he was known for drawing circles and praying in them. There is no precedent in the Bible for drawing circles and praying in them. If a prayer request is granted while you are using a circle it is not proof that this is an acceptable practice especially considering the occultic practices surounding this ritual. "Praying circles" around things is not a biblical practice either.

Walking the Circle

At the 0:38 second mark a map is shown with a pathway being marked out. This is also being done in a clockwise fashion. This is the same way that the circle was being drawn. Is it just a coincidence or might it have something to do with this:

"This is descriptive of the ceremony observed by the druids, of walking round their temples by the south, in the course of their directions, always keeping their temples on their right. This course (deiseal) was deemed propitious..."

What this is saying is that traveling around an area clockwise (like following the path of the sun) is deemed to bring good fortune. Buddist monks also do this around their temples. A prayer to the LORD is not made any more effective when made in a circle. This is a means of invoking a ritual, or some external means to invoke a diety.

Visualizing the Circle

Circles need not be physical drawings on the ground. At 0:48 We hear Mark say, "You can't just read the Bible. You need to start circling the promises." He talks about praying circles around your family members. This visualization of circles is not something taught among Christians, but it is taught in another group:

"To empower and bring the circle to life, it must be projected or cast on the astral level. This is done in the imagination, by a process of successive visualization, at the start of your rituals."  -Donald Tyson. The Magic Circle.

The circle is a dead thing until you bring it to life with your visualization. It is not a stretch to see that what Mark is saying is that the Bible is a dead thing until you visualize it around yourself, your family, and your friends.

Circles Concentrate Power

At 1:02 Mark says:

"Your job is not to crunch numbers and make sure the will of God adds up. Your job is to draw circles in the sand, and if you draw the circle God will multiply the miracles in your life."

So praying circles will multiply miracles? It will concentrate God's power in your life? Sounds like something modern practitioners of magic believe:

"In modern times, practitioners generally cast magic circles to contain and concentrate the energy they believe to raise during a ritual."

At 1:51 once more we see the chalk drawn circle being completed three times. I am shocked that this is in the video, I can only pray that this is not taught in the books or videos.

At 2:07 Mark is praying inside the circle he has drawn, and the circuitous path in the city is completed.

This is one of the most insidious videos I have seen. The amount of deception and false teaching is unbelievable, but there it is. This is the most basic form of ritual magic. How come this video has more in common with Wiccan practice than following the Bible? How many Bible verses did you hear referenced or quoted? Go back through the video, there are none. Just because someone invokes God's name does not make it right. Here is one more quote from Mr. Tyson:

"There is no aspect of ritual occultism more ancient or more essential than the magic circle. Indeed, it is difficult to find systems of magic that do not use the circle in some form, and when they are found, they seem incomplete and naked. The magic circle is older than Solomon, older than Moses, and occurs throughout the world in all religions and systems of witchcraft and thaumaturgy. It divides, excludes, protects, attracts, focuses, and concentrates, as these functions are needed by the magician. It is used not merely for evocations, but for invocations, for charging of talismans, for scrying, for projecting accumulated occult energy, and even for meditation. A correct understanding of the circle, not only how to project it, but what it signifies symbolically, is the most basic knowledge any magician can possess, and no magician can be said to know anything of importance about magic who has not mastered the use of the circle." -The Magic Circle.

One last note. Mark Batterson may be decieved himself. As hard as it is to imagine he may not know what he is asking people to do. He may not have even heard of any of the things I have written here. If that is the case then I would encourage anyone who reads this to contact his church and bring this to his attention. Contact Zondervan and bring it to their attention as I have with this article, and I will through e-mails and phone calls. "The Circle Maker" should be pulled off the shelves. If you see it at a Christian bookstore or on a Christian site, warn them and inform them that this is not something anyone should be doing. Reference this article if you wish, but please do not buy "The Circle Maker". Not unless you want to have more in common with your local coven than the word of God.

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Write to Zondervan authors or their estates in care of Zondervan. Your mail will be forwarded as soon as possible, but please note that the author might not be able to respond personally. Email zauthor@zondervan.com or send postal mail to:

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THE ELIJAH PRAYER ARMY
Prayer Alert 12-02, Jan 27, 2012 / Sh´vat 3, 5772

I will make them one nation on the mountains of Israel
Mountains of Israel
"The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Ephraim’s stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him.’ Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand… I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. (Ezek 37:15-17,22)
Whatever is involved in the fulfillment of this promise, we can be certain of one thing: God has promised that He will do something very powerful with His people on the mountains of Israel. That is why there is such a battle for this area and why we need to pray for God’s will to be done on these mountains.
Very few promises in the Bible talk about the Sharon plain around Tel Aviv and Netanya, where most of the Israelis live today. Most of the promises have to do with the mountains of Israel. The prophecies in Ezekiel 35, 36, 37, 38 and 39 all deal with the mountains of Israel. It says specifically about the enemy in Ezekiel 39:4, On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you.” What a promise to hold on to in prayer!
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah and the other prophets all speak about the powerful things that God will do on the mountains of Israel. It was on the mountains of Israel that God entered into covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The mountains of Israel are located around what is called the Highway of the Patriarchs from Elon Moreh in the north to Be’er Sheva in the south. This is the area where all the patriarchs sojourned in the Land and built their altars. It is what Ezekiel 36:2 calls “the ancient heights” – the heartland of Israel.
Over 80% of this area is today referred to in the media as “the West Bank.” It is exactly where the nations of the world want to establish a Muslim Palestinian state and where the most intense spiritual battle in the world is raging today. This Prayer Alert is written to give all of you a vision to not only pray specifically for the mountains of Israel, but also to take action. The last anti-Semitic act of the nations will be to rob these mountains from the people of Israel. According to Joel God will judge all nations over this issue. It certainly is not a trivial matter in His eyes.
In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.” (Joel 3:1-2)
The First Zionists
Telaviv
Tel Aviv
Most of the first Zionists, who pioneered the Land of Israel one hundred years ago, were secular Jews. They were mostly either socialists or communists. Many of them were atheists. Most of these early pioneers settled not on the mountains of Israel, but in the plains around Tel Aviv and around the Sea of Galilee. They wanted to create a Jewish state similar to all other states in the world. Theodore Herzl, the father of the Zionist movement, believed that when that happened, anti Semitism in the world would cease.
Herzl was wrong. Anti Semitism is stronger today than it has ever been. One century after Herzl, many of the descendants of the early Zionist pioneers are disillusioned. Their Zionistic zeal is gone. They have become what is called post Zionists. The moral fruit has been catastrophic. Tel Aviv has become the gay capitol of the world. In a recent survey by GayCities.com and American Airlines, 43 % of the respondents voted for Tel Aviv, as the world’s “Best Gay Travel Destination.” New York came second with 14 %, followed by Toronto 7 %, Sao Paulo 6 %, Madrid and London 5 % each and New Orleans and Mexico City 4 %.
After 1967
After the Six Day War in 1967, when the mountains of Israel once again came under Israeli rule, a new religious Zionism began to sprout. This happened among people with a deep faith in the covenant God made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and they are very zealous to settle the land that was promised to their fathers, especially the heartland on the mountains of Israel.
Unlike the first Zionists, who wanted to be just like the nations, these religious Zionist Jews are very eager to faithfully obey all of God’s commandments. Today they make up the majority of the Jews who have moved to the settlements on the mountains of Israel.
These religious Zionists are the most nationalistic of all Israelis and among the most dedicated soldiers in the Israeli army, enlisting in the elite combat units. They are also, together with the Ultra Orthodox, the fastest growing population in the Middle East, including the Muslims. Their growing influence in Israel has begun to make, not only world politicians, but also the secular population in Israel very uneasy.
In the past few months the tension between the secular and the religious Jews in Israel has reached unprecedented levels, almost to the point of civil war. The powerful left wing media in Israel, centered in Tel Aviv, feels their influence threatened by the fast growing religious population. With the help of organizations funded by particularly governments in Europe, the left wing media in Israel have crafted sensational stories in order to stir up hatred against the religious. The sad thing is that their tactic is working, at least temporarily. For the first time since the last national elections, the left wing parties in Israel are now growing again in the polls.
We recommend an article from Jerusalem Post called Who picks up the tab for manufactured social conflict? by Jonathan Rosenblum, which gives some insights into what is happening http://www.jpost.com
Powerful Promises
Jeremiah 31:4-6 says about the mountains of Israel,
Vineyard
Vineyard in Samaria
I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt, O Virgin Israel. Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful. Again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria;the farmers will plant them and enjoy their fruit. There will be a day when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim,
‘Come, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God.’”
The Hebrew word that is used in the Hebrew original in verse 6 and translated as ‘watchmen’ is the word notzrim. This is the word that has been used among the Jewish people since the days of the Apostles to describe followers of Yeshua, see Acts 24:5! Notzrim is usually translated as Nazarenes in English Bibles. It is the word that Jews today use for Christians. Jeremiah says that one day Israel will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria and that notzrim (Christians) will join them, crying out,
”Come, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God.”
This is actually happening today, as Jewish vineyards are springing up all over Samaria and followers of Yeshua with a passion for Zion are joining them! Prophecies spoken by the prophets of old, thousands of years ago, are coming to pass before our very eyes. It says in Isaiah 61:4-5,
They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; 
they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Aliens will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.”
Bethel, Shilo, Ofrah and many other places on the mountains of Israel that were devastated thousands of years ago are being rebuilt again today by God fearing, Zionistic Jews. And foreigners, Christians from the nations, are helping them just like Isaiah foretold thousands of years ago. We cannot relate everything that is going on in this Prayer Alert, but only want to say that an awesome work of God is taking place right now on the mountains of Israel and we need to undergird this in much prayer. Jews and a new breed of Christians, who not only believe the covenants and promises God gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but who also love God’s Torah are today finding each other on the mountains of Israel in fulfillment of prophecy.
Last year HaYovel Ministries mobilized 300 volunteers from the nations who helped to harvest over 300 tons of grapes on the mountains of Israel (see www.hayovel.com). We need to pray for their holy work to grow.
The nations who are in uproar against the God of Israel together with secular Jews who want to be like the nations, want to create “a two state solution” with a Palestinian, Moslem state on the mountains of Israel. The Palestinians, including Mahmoud Abbas, have openly declared that their intent is to completely cleanse the mountains of Israel of all Jews. The “two state solution” is truly a diabolical agenda. It is time to pray and stand up and act for the mountains of Israel! This is where the battle is raging more than anywhere else today!
The House of Joseph
Let’s look in more detail at the interesting prophecy about the mountains of Israel in Ezekiel 37.
The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Ephraim’s stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him.’ Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand… I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms… My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees. They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever, and David my servant will be their prince forever.’” (Ez 37:15-17, 22, 24-25)
This prophecy mentions the house of Judah, the Jewish people, being joined to the house of Joseph and that it will take place on the mountains of Israel. Joseph, who was rejected by his own brothers, thrown in a pit and sold to Egypt, but became their Savior, is one of the clearest pictures we have in the Bible of the Messiah Yeshua. It says about his followers in Hebrews 3:6, “And we are his house.”
We are the house of Yeshua pictured prophetically in the prophecy in Ezekiel 37 as Joseph’s son Ephraim. God says,
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick, making them a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.” (Ez 37:19)
Manasseh and Ephraim were born by Joseph while he was estranged from his brothers in Egypt, just like Yeshua have gotten many sons or followers in the nations while he has been removed from his own people. When Jacob met Joseph, he adopted Ephraim and Manasseh as his own sons together with Reuben and Simeon, just like Paul explains in Romans 11:17 that gentiles who believe in Yeshua have been grafted into Abraham’s, Isaac’s and Jacob’s family tree. In the end of days the sons of Yeshua from the nations, will become one with the house of Judah, the Jewish people. And it will happen on the mountains of Israel.
Benjamin was the only one of Jacob’s sons that was not involved in the betrayal of Joseph. He is a prophetic picture of the Messianic Jews who follow Yeshua. In the same way Ephraim is a prophetic picture of the followers of Yeshua among the Gentiles in the end times. This does not mean that they are physical descendants of Ephraim, any more than Messianic Jews are physical descendants of Benjamin.
Paul, who persecuted the followers of Yeshua, is an example of the Torah zealous Jews in the last days, who will have an encounter with their Messiah. He wrote, in 1 Corinthians 15:7-9,
then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.” (NASB)
Paul says that he was born untimely because he is a pattern for all of his Torah observant brothers who will come to faith in Yeshua in the last generation through a divine revelation, just like Judah was reconciled to his brother Joseph. Paul explained this further in his letter to Timothy,
Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief… But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Messiah Yeshua might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.” (1 Tim 1:13,16)
Paul is an example of how Torah observant Jews will receive Yeshua in the end times.
Our Responsibility Today
Settlers
Jewish settlers
Just like Stephen forgave and blessed those who, under Paul’s oversight, stoned him to death, we need to bless the precious Torah zealous Jewish settlers today on the mountains of Israel. These people are hated more and more today by the whole world, including many of their own people.
The cruel Gaza deportation in 2006, of nearly ten thousand Jews from their own homes was not a onetime event. It is actually being repeated in several places today even under the present Israeli government. Here are a few articles with information about what is going on:
It seems like the settlers are denied the most basic human rights when the police brake into their homes in the middle of the night without warning and they are forced to leave within minutes with their babies and small children. Their homes are then razed to the ground and all their possessions are destroyed. To add salt to injury the police and the military have lately begun to hire neighboring Arabs to destroy the homes of the Jewish settlers. This is more like the way that fascist governments treat their citizens, rather than what is the norm in a civilized, democratic society.
Recently some settlers received information that the border police and the military were on their way to raze a hilltop settlement. They used their cell phones to call for help to save their homes. Some of the young men went overboard and invaded the nearest military base vandalizing some of the vehicles and other equipment. The demonstration worked in that it stopped the planned destruction of their homes, but it caused a national uproar in Israel.
These kinds of violent protests against the military unfortunately occur basically every week in Israel by Arabs and left wing protesters, without any reaction in the media, at least not against the protesters. Rather the opposite! In this case, however, the left wing media and all the politicians on the left went into a complete frenzy. Some politicians said that the protesters should be treated as a terrorist organization and that the military should have used live ammunition against them. Prime Minister Netanyahu called together an emergency meeting and issued a statement that the strictest measures will be taken against these kinds of protests. Some of the young settlers who had alerted their friends of the planned evacuation were later arrested and put in prison accused of espionage, the most serious crime any citizen can commit against their own state.
The Supreme Court in Israel has now sentenced a settlement with about 50 families in Samaria called Migron to be razed to the ground before March 31. This settlement was established with the support of the government several years ago. Last year some Arabs, aided by Israeli left wing organizations and funded by foreign governments, claimed that they own the land on which the settlement is built. The Supreme Court then ordered the settlement to be destroyed, issuing a decree that all land that is not state property is automatically private Arab property.
The settlers protested and demanded that the Arabs show proof of their ownership. No such proof has been given. Instead the Arabs withdrew their complaint since the Supreme Court has already ordered the settlement to be destroyed anyway. Some government members has proposed a new law that a settlement that has existed for at least four years and has at least 20 families cannot be destroyed. If it has been built illegally on private land, the owners will instead be compensated if they can prove ownership.
This is a fair law and has a majority backing in the government. It would save Migron if it passes, but Prime Minister Netanyahu has so far refused to bring it up for a vote before March 31. He has instead offered a compromise to move the settlement, but the settlers do not want their homes on the mountaintop that they have lived in for several years to be destroyed. They don’t want their life’s work to be destroyed. This week Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom visited Migron and said that the community must be allowed to stay. We know that Netanyahu is under heavy pressure from the nations to stop all settlement activity. The world is demanding that Israel is serious about making peace with terrorists by destroying the homes of their own citizens. It is ugly!! Here is a YouTube showing what the Israeli peace partners want to do http://www.youtube.com
Read here the latest information about Migron http://www.israelnationalnews.com
Migron occurs twice in the Bible. In 1 Sam 14 Migron is the place where Saul and his troops were camping when the Philistines began to make raiding attacks against Israel. Migron is also mentioned in Isaiah 10 in connection with the battle against “the Assyrian”, a title referring to the anti-messiah in the end times. It is a message of hope, that soon God’s wrath will be turned from his people against “the Assyrian.”
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts, ‘O My people who dwell in Zion, do not fear the Assyrian who strikes you with the rod and lifts up his staff against you, the way Egypt did. For in a very little while My indignation against you will be spent and My anger will be directed to their destruction.’ The LORD of hosts will arouse a scourge against him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb… He has come against Aiath, 
He has passed through Migron…
He shakes his fist at the mountain of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.” (Isa 10:24-26,28,32 NASB)
Help save Migron
Israeli soldier
Israeli soldier evicting settlers
Jerusalem is clearly seen from Migron. The battle to save Migron is a battle for Jerusalem against antichrist forces. We ask all of you to pray for Migron, but also to contact the Prime Minister of Israel as well as other government leaders in Israel, asking them to save Migron. Please encourage your friends to do the same. Write a short message and do not preach! Write something like: “I am a friend of Israel
living in (name your country). Don’t destroy any more Jewish homes in Israel! We ask you to save Migron.” Your name.
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Pray that the prophetic word for the mountains of Israel will come to pass!
But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt.” (Ez 36:8-10)
Pray and intercede in the Spirit for the uniting of “Ephraim and Judah” on the mountains of Israel!
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick, making them a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand… I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel.” (Ez 37:19,22)
Then Judah came near to [Joseph]…” (Gen 44:18)
Pray for the revelation of the Messiah to Judah!
Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief… But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Messiah Yeshua might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.” (1 Tim 1:13,16)
Pray for many Christian Zionists from the nations to help the Israeli farmers!
They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; 
they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Aliens will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.” (Isa 61:4-5)
Pray for a strong support from the nations so that Migron will be spared!
Again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria;
the farmers will plant them and enjoy their fruit. There will be a day when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim,
‘Come, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God.’” (Jer 31:5-6)
Pray for protection and strength to Benyamin Netanyahu to stand for the truth and lead Israel!
Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the LORD; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. Behold, I make of you a threshing sledge, new, sharp, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff.” (Isa 41:14-15)
May God bless you as watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem!
Lars and Harriet Enarson
 
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I will make them one nation on the mountains of Israel

Weekly Scripture Portion
4 Feb 2012:
Beshalach "When he sent "
Torah: Exodus 13:17-17:16 
Prophets: Judges 4:4-5:31 
Gospel: Matthew 5

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My friend Laurie

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Dear Jeff,

We want to thank those of you who have already registered for this special event.  For those of you who have not responded yet, we are once again making preparations for our largest annual media event of the year, the 2012 International Christian Prayer & Action Event for Israel at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention.  

This convention is the largest Christian broadcasters convention in the world with thousands of media executives in attendance each year. Our guest speakers include Itamar Marcus, CEO of Palestinian Media Watch and Joseph Farah, CEO of World Net Daily with special guest appearance by Dr. Frank Wright, President of the NRB and Michael Little, CEO of CBN, and PJTN's Int'l Advisory Board Member.

We would like to invite you to join us for this very important event and partner with us to reach more Christians around the world to stand with our Jewish brethren and Israel at this critical hour against the rise of the "new" anti-Semitism.

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Thank you so much for your continued support.  We look forward to seeing you on February 19th!

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Laurie Cardoza-Moore
Proclaiming Justice to the Nations Inc.
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