PROPHETIC EXHORTATION AND CALL TO PRAY FOR AMERICA AND ISRAEL TODAY AT THE START OF "PURIM"
Robert Stearns: Netanyahu as Mordecai, America as Esther
In the story of Esther, celebrated during the Feast of Purim, which begins tonight, Esther and her relative, Mordecai, are very close in heart and relationship, though separated by distance. Esther, through her beauty, has won a coveted position of safety and economic security in the walls of the palace of Ahasuerus. Mordecai, and most of the Jewish community, are living off in the Persian land of Shushan. The evil Haman launches a plot to destroy the Jews, and the imminent threat of this plot is felt keenly in Shushan, where, the story says, the Jews are "perplexed"... They are experiencing a real...(more)
My Vision of the City Gates
As I was praying at the beginning of February, I was taken into an encounter where I found myself standing in an old, dusty city, resembling a place one would expect to experience in Biblical times. I found myself in what appeared to be the very heart of the city, a place where many market stalls and/or trading areas were functioning and large numbers of people were moving around. From this location, I was able to see too clearly all the way through to the many city gates directly ahead of me.
Looking around, I started to notice that I was continually being bumped and shoved as many people were pushing past me and were running all around. As I paid this a little more attention, I realized that this was, in fact, a very frantic scene. I could see that many people were crashing into the stalls and running in and out of the openings of the houses and that many had arms full of goods. I could then...(more)