Israel at War 2024


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How to Pray for Israel at War – November 19, 2023

Prayer Points – Updated June 2024


  1. God’s Victory and Glory. Pray that God’s overarching purposes in Israel’s wars with Hamas and Hezbollah will be accomplished with the least amount of harm necessary to result in the greatest amount of good, for His ultimate glory. Praise the Lord, Captain of the Armies of Heaven, because His ways are not our ways; they are greater. Praise is a powerful weapon! May His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Psalms 100:4; 83, 2 and 33:10-12, Joshua 5:14, Matthew 6:10)
  1.  Turning Hearts to God. Pray that in this time of deep trouble, many Israelis, Palestinians, Jews in the nations, and others affected by the wars would turn wholeheartedly to God. Pray that the true face and heart of Jesus would be revealed to them. Through the ravages of war, may He be sought, known and exalted in Israel and the Middle East. Pray for believers in Israel, Gaza, Lebanon and Iran to be renewed in Messiah’s love and strengthened daily in the Spirit. Ask the Lord of the harvest to raise up laborers for the harvest in Israel and the Middle East. (2 Peter 3:9, Psalms 27 and 23, Zechariah 12:10, Matthew 9:38)
  1. Our Enemies: Hamas – Hezbollah – Iran. Pray for supernatural defense against all forms of terror and military invasion. Pray according to Psalm 149:6-9 that God’s judgment be executed on Iran and its proxy terror groups dedicated to Israel’s destruction. Petition heaven for an implosion or successful, internal revolt of Iranians against their jihadi Shi’ite government. Pray that Hamas and Hezbollah will be neutralized in order to set Palestinians, Israelis and others free from evil Islamist regimes. As an official war with Hezbollah will likely cause devastatingly wide-scale destruction and death in Israel, please pray for our merciful protection and heaven’s war strategies. According to Zechariah 9:5-7, prayerfully proclaim that “Gaza will lose her king, [that God] will cut off the pride of the Philistines, … and take the blood from their mouths [so] those who are left will belong to our God.” According to Jeremiah 49:34-39, prayerfully proclaim that God will “break the bow of Elam [modern-day Iran], the mainstay of their might” and “set His throne in Elam.” According to Psalm 29:5, prayerfully proclaim, “The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars [symbol of lofty strength]; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon [Hezbollah].” Ask Him to reveal and give wisdom to Israel and other nations to implement heaven’s strategy for a post-war government in Gaza.  (Matthew 5:44, Amos 1:6-8, Daniel 2:21, Jeremiah 51:20-24, Psalms 27 and 91)
  1. Israeli Authorities. Pray that every Israeli leader will remain in office for as long as God wants him or her serving in that office. Ask Him to prepare, raise up and anoint governing authorities who trust in Him when the terms of our current leaders are over. Pray for the gift of the fear of the Lord on each current leader, for divine wisdom, godly counsel, supernatural protection on all levels, daily renewed strength and strategic direction. Pray especially for Prime Minister Netanyahu and our war cabinet. Pray they will receive accurate and supernatural intelligence to know what Israel should do, and when and how to do it. Ask God for wisdom regarding the tens of thousands of displaced Israelis evacuated from their homes months ago, from both the north and south of the country. Pray that our leaders will know how to prepare the country for a likely full scale war with Hezbollah, as widespread, even devastating, Israeli casualties are expected to result. (1 Timothy 2:1-4, Daniel 2:21, Psalm 75:6-7, Proverbs 9:10-11, 21:1, Psalm 91, 1 Chronicles 12:32)
  1. Unity. Pray for unity for the healing of the serious, internal disunity that has impacted Israeli society, politics and government leaders in recent years. Ask God to graciously convict us to forgive and love one another. May He neutralize demonic influences that stir up or finance hateful, civil protests by Israelis against our own government. Pray for unity among our governing leaders, especially our emergency war cabinet. Petition heaven to raise up authorities who will inspire the nation afresh according to God’s ways. Ask Him for peacemakers in Israel and the Middle East who fear His Name. Bless and pray for increasing unity in the Israeli ekklesia. (Matthew 12:25, Psalm 133, Malachi 2:10, Colossians 3:14)
  1. Hostages. Pray for great grace to be released on each of the hostages who are still in Gaza. Petition for their salvation, protection, strength, comfort, endurance, health and quick, safe return. Pray abundant grace and patient endurance upon their families. Ask the Healer of Heaven for wraparound comfort and healing on the whole nation, as every Israeli has recently lost someone they knew or is grieving with those who grieve. May any ceasefire deal for the release of hostages in exchange for the release of terrorists from Israeli jails be just and righteous according to godly wisdom, and not the product of unsanctified mercy or appeasement. (1 Samuel 30:11-19; Psalm 23, Jeremiah 30:12 and 17, Zechariah 9:11-12)
  1. Soldiers. Pray for daily, supernaturally renewed strength, alertness and watchfulness, battalions of angelic protection, precise and accurate intelligence, and anointing for effectiveness on each of our soldiers, military leaders and officials, security officers, police and first responders, and defense system technologies. Lift up the hundreds of Messianic soldiers in our armed forces, that the light of Yeshua would shine through them onto their fellow warriors. Ask God to help our troops avoid making mistakes that would harm innocent civilians or other Israeli soldiers. Pray for increased effectiveness to swiftly carry out all needed operations and overtake all ground held by the enemy. Pray for healing and restoration of the hundreds of wounded soldiers and their families. Pray for protection, strength, unity and anointing on Israeli warriors in the Spirit, Messianic Jewish and Arab Christian intercessors in the land. (Psalms 18 and 91)
  1. Scope of War. Pray that the scope and duration of Israel’s wars will be limited, by the power of the Blood of Yeshua and His sovereign kingship, according to His will. May it not result in a world war out of God’s timing. Pray that Israel prepare as much as possible for a likely full scale war with Hezbollah, as widespread, even devastating, Israeli casualties are expected to result. Pray that US involvement and decisions made by President Biden will be led of the Lord and reflect His time to favor Zion, not forcing a premature end to the war. Petition the same concerning other nations who supply Israel with military aid. As a result of Israel’s wars with Hamas and Hezbollah, may new and godly, international alliances form according to His will. (Daniel 2:21, Proverb 21:1, Psalms 46, 102:13)
  1. Media War and Lawfare. Ask God to restore the love for truth that once characterized humankind. Pray for the exposure and uprooting of outrageous and hateful lies about Israel and the Jews which are reported daily in nearly all mainstream and social media, including some Christian media outlets. Bless media outlets that are reporting truth. Pray for their protection and for an increase in their reach and effectiveness. Petition heaven for mercy toward Israel in the profound lawfare she faces in global bodies such as the United Nations and International Court of Justice. (Lawfare is the disingenuous changing of traditional and usually democratic, Judeo-Christian based laws in order to bring about major political changes that will reflect values contrary to current and traditional laws.) (Psalm 144:11, Exodus 20:16, Psalm 27:12-13, Genesis 12:3)
  1. Spiritual Warfare. Pray the power of the Blood of Yeshua and Word of Truth over ongoing influences of witchcraft, occult manipulations, globalist influences and other supernaturally evil forces coming against Israel. Pray especially that our governing leaders, our military and the interceding Israeli Body of Messiah will be protected from powers of darkness. Beseech God to dismantle occult shields of protection over head leaders and operatives of Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran. Pray that Israelis, especially young people, will forsake and repent of the worship of false gods that invites witchcraft into the country in spiritual realms. Worship and praise the Lord for His victory, as these are powerful weapons against demonic activity. (Ephesians 6:12, Numbers 23:23, Zechariah 9:13)
  1. Global Anti-Semitism. If led by the Spirit, repent on behalf of your nation or community for anti-Semitism. Beseech God to break the murderous spirit of Jew hatred roiling in the nations, including many churches who adhere to replacement theology. Pray especially for the turning of hearts of young people exposed to genocidal anti-Semitism on college campuses and social media. Pray that international leaders at all levels and spheres of authority, especially in democratic nations, will courageously restrain incitement against Jewish students, Jews everywhere and Israel. Bless those leaders who speak out and stand up for the Jews. Pray protection over Jewish people in your nation. At the same time, ask God to use mounting anti-Semitism to encourage aliyah among Jews not yet living in Israel.
  1. Global Ekklesia. Pray for the global Body of Messiah to stand firm in the love and truth of God’s Word in support of Israel, while also carrying His heart for Palestinians, for the Lebanese victimized by Hezbollah and others involved in the war. Ask Him to raise up and bless an army of intercessors around the world who will fast and pray for Israel. Petition Him for direction and wisdom for Christians in the nations to courageously stand up against anti-Semitism in practical, effective ways. Pray for revival in the Church and awakening of nonbelievers, the only true antidote to the hate and anti-Semitism. Last but not least, thank God for answering your prayers! (Matthew 5:14-16, Revelation 12:11, Matthew 25:31-40, Psalm 100:4)


Why is Israel at War?

Written years ago, Sandra’s books explain in detail the spiritual, historical, political and sociological reasons why Israel is at war. Most are available for free download here.


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June 13, 2024 Why Do Some People Say Hamas Is Winning? by Kerry Teplinsky

I (Kerry) have often wondered, since October 7, 2023, how Hamas thought their heinous invasion of Israel was going to play out and what they expected to accomplish. Even though they badly misunderstand the God of Israel who strengthens His people, they clearly could not have thought that 3000 terrorists were going to overrun all of Israel, or that most Israelis would flee from fear. What could their end-game have been? I now believe it was their leaders’ goal to turn the world against Israel and the Jewish people in a very clever way. As you will read below, Hamas has successfully married progressive ideologies that it opposes, with anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism that it embraces, creating a new generation of anti-Semites.

Within Israel, Hamas temporarily united the nation after its yearlong descent into disunity over governmental judicial reform and other internal issues. So far, they have helped us to realize that our war for national survival has been renewed, and that in this existential crisis we have to lay aside our bickering and join together for victory. In truth, there is still plenty of bickering in Israel, but most Israelis agree on three things as stated by PM Netanyahu early on. We have to destroy Hamas militarily and governmentally. We have to rescue the hostages, and we have to make sure that nothing like this can ever happen again. Afterwards, we can go back to our internal bickering, while confronting Hezbollah and/or Iran in due season, although that season appears closer than ever before.

Anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism are not new. We all know that. However, it was shocking to realize that the greatest zeal for Hamas was found in the West. The enthusiastic response that greeted the Hamas invaders and their massacre of Israelis was greatest in what we refer to as the free world – the US, Europe, Australia – and in the most esteemed institutions of higher education. It did not take long for college campuses to be overrun with pro-Hamas, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence.

Keeping in mind that Israel did not mount a major military offensive into Gaza for three weeks after the October 7 invasion, how is it that by October 8, Harvard University student organizations had already published their manifesto favoring the Palestinians and blaming Israel for the invasion, to be followed quickly thereafter by organizations on other major US universities?

The volcano of anti-Semitism that has been lying dormant ever since the Holocaust in the West has now erupted, spewing its lava throughout the world. Though not exclusively the purview of Muslims, clearly the large amount of Islamic immigration to Europe and the West has served as a detonator for this explosion.

This triumph of brazenly pro-Islamic rhetoric in the West is not being done in hiding, but while openly declaring their aspirations to kill all the Jews – from the river to the sea. “Death to Israel, Death to America” are being chanted on college campuses and international capitals throughout the world without fear. How can this be? How can students on American campuses and people in American cities chant “Death to America”? Is it that they have no fear because they know they do not stand alone? They have seen this before in the recent past (George Floyd/Black Lives Matter/Defund Police) and know that there will be no consequences. Indeed, they have found many who stand with them, holding up their arms as it were. This is because they stand with very powerful progressive, communist, anarchist and anti-Christ partners on the left. Hamas has tapped into this river of hate.

Even though progressive leftist groups surely can not agree with jihadist principles, sharia law, and Islamic theology that would remove female rights and kill homosexuals, they do agree on the abundant hatred of the US, the West, and the religious Judeo-Christian foundation that fuels their anarchist viewpoints. This is what seems to be a bizarre alliance, but I submit it is an alliance whose first goal is to single out the Jews. Why? Because God chose Israel as His first-born and loves her as a special treasure above all the peoples of the earth. (Deut. 7: 6) Since God chose and loves the Jews, there is no better way to oppose God than to hate what He loves. Since Jesus will return to Jewish Jerusalem only when Israel welcomes Him back, anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism are Satan’s best plan to insure opposition to God’s plan for world redemption. With no Israel and no Jews in Jerusalem, there will be no second coming.

Anti-Semitism has always been an extraordinary tool for political mobilization. If there is a problem in society – inflation for example – it is always easier to blame it on an easily identifiable group of people than it is to solve. So, if politically you want to get people to follow you without actually having to solve anything, it is always easiest to blame all the problems on a small group of people and say they are the cause. The Jewish people have always served well in this regard. All one needs to do is study the history of the great civilizations of Europe and find Jews either expelled or exterminated from all of them.

This is how Hitler mobilized people to genocide. It is how Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and so many Arab and Muslim regimes explain their failures to be able to bring basic services to their people. Blame the Jews and Israel.

Modern Israel, which is the target of anti-Semitism internationally, has long been blamed for the ills of the Middle East, such as Sunni-Shia discord, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and the Iranian threat to all Sunni Arab nations. Many believe if we just get rid of Israel, all the problems will be solved. Even former US Secretary of State John famously blamed Israel for the rise of ISIS.

We also see it internationally on a much bigger scale. When the International Criminal Court (ICC) issues arrest warrants for Israeli leaders for defending the nation, it is paving the way for being able to do this against other countries. When the International Court of Justice (ICJ) insists that Israel cannot continue to protect itself against attacks from other nations, it is actually paving the way for her destruction. If the ICC and the ICJ get away with this with Israel, what will be the next nation not allowed to defend itself from invasion: Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine or Taiwan?

So, what has all this got to do with anti-Semitism in the US? After all, only a relatively small percentage of its population is Jewish. Blaming and eventually dispossessing the Jews is also a good way of whittling away at democracy. If a society is successful in dehumanizing a sector of it, then it normalizes the concept that no longer does everyone have the right to be represented in government or in society. For example, if in America one successfully blames economic problems on the banks, which are allegedly controlled by the Jews, while failing governmental economic policy is allegedly, disproportionately determined by Jews, then the Jews must be causing these things. Is is said their motivation must be loyalty to a foreign power – Israel. Therefore, they must be removed from institutions of authority for the good of the nation. This may seem like fantasy, but it is being taught in universities and fed digitally to the masses. Take away their rights, they say, such as the Nazis did with the Nuremberg Laws, and the nation will be better off. (Note, last week the country of Maldives decided holders of Israeli passports would no longer to be allowed to visit. It is happening today.)

Whatever, wherever and whenever this begins with the Jews, it represents a shift towards tyranny. Historically, what begins with the Jews typically doesn’t end with the Jews. Once they have been successfully targeted, bigger and better targets will follow. What about pro-life groups in the US or those that stand against homosexuality? What about Evangelical Christians?

So why are the progressive movements standing arm and arm with pro-Hamas protesters so supportive of Islamic and jihadist rhetoric? Consider, for example, diversity, equity, and inclusion movements (DEI) which seek to promote the fair treatment and full participation of all people, particularly groups who have historically been underrepresented or subject to discrimination on the basis of identity or disability, whether qualified or not. Sounds fair. Sounds good. Who isn’t for equality? But that is not the same as equity. Never mind the qualified part.

The DEI movement in the US is born out of the notion that the US was founded in slavery, is forever tainted by that sin, and that that sin is still appropriated today upon large swaths of the population via racism. The only way America can be fundamentally transformed is by transforming fundamentally the mindset of the American people to believe that there is something inherently wrong with their country and their race. There is a belief that people are divided into the fundamentally privileged and the fundamentally dispossessed, and the privileged are fundamentally evil.

For example, white people are said to be privileged, therefore white people are said to be evil. DEI is being taught by the educators in the US as immutable fact. Yet, the things we think of as bring immutable, like gender, are being considered mutable. How far we have fallen! On April 28, 1963, Martin Luther King boldly proclaimed “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Sadly, DEI and its progressive siblings are the antithesis of his dream.

From the logic of DEI, it is not a far leap to think Jewish people are immutably bad, Israel was born in sin and therefore has no right to exist. Since October 7, especially when looking at college campuses, we see how many people ascribe to this view. In order to protest the Jewish state, they are naively willing to march next to people that would happily see them dead in other circumstances. One example is the near universal support for Hamas by the LQBTQ community, who themselves would likely be killed by the very Islamic regime they are supporting. This is quite an achievement on the part of Hamas! They have accomplished their goals well. They have successfully linked their own ideologies with sympathetic, confused, and anti-God anarchists.

As a result of the above, Israel is isolated as never before. Its leaders are war criminals in the eyes of the world. It finds itself on the UN list of offenders that harm children. It is even being condemned for rescuing hostages from Gaza. Jews throughout the world fear for what their future holds.

I pray not just for Israel. I also pray that the US and the world will recognize that because of extreme ideologies, whatever happens to Israel and the Jews might eventually happen to them. May they recognize that they have invited these fundamental changes in their society through policies that seek to remove any and all moral absolutes and abandon the principles of God.

When Israeli PM Netanyahu spoke on the eve of Israeli Independence Day recently, after President Biden had cut off the large scale munitions that will be needed to further insure Israel’s security, he said “Israel will stand alone if it has to, but it will stand.” He was speaking as a political leader attempting to encourage his nation. In truth, Israel will never stand alone, because He who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps. (Psalm 121:4) His plans for the return of His Son to His Kingdom on earth will not be thwarted, regardless of the plans of the enemy.

Please join me in praying that God will be glorified through the nation He has chosen as His inheritance and in the place He will again establish holy throne. Pray that your nation will not succumb to the progressive ideologies of today but will return to the Judeo-Christian values upon which it was founded, for all of our sakes.

It is God who arms me with strength… (Psalm 18:32a)

March 8, 2024 Israel-Hamas War: A Macro View by Sandra Teplinsky

Persisting into its sixth month, Israel’s war with Hamas, launched by Hamas on October 7, 2023, shows little sign of slowing down. The inevitable collateral damage of war, with all its devastating impact, mounts for both Israelis and Palestinians. As a result, there is bitter castigation against not only Israel, but Jewish people everywhere. Screaming death to the Jews, riotous mobs of Palestinian sympathizers swarm the streets of democratic nations, shutting down business, political processes and more.

We are compelled as Bible believers to discern accurately what is taking place and respond according to God’s Word and heart. We must ask: From a biblical and historical perspective, what is the macro view of this tragic, ongoing war?

What much of the media does not report is that Israel is fighting a battle against worldwide Islamic jihad, inspired and resourced mainly by Iran, but also fueled by globalist powers. Keep in mind that the grievously ghoulish terror attack of October 7 was named the Al Aqsa (aka Temple Mount) Flood by Hamas. Their end goal was and remains the conquest of Israel as a Jewish state and worship of their mahdi (false messiah) on the Temple Mount.

Global jihad is rooted in the hellish fires of not only anti-Semitism, but anti-Christ powers. We have previously explained that anti-Semitism, which includes anti-Israelism, is inextricably tied to the spirit of anti-Christ. Both are interconnected with anti-God, secular globalist forces. This offers insight as to why and how God’s enemies have used the Israel-Hamas War to spark unprecedented levels of Jew hatred in non-Muslim nations around the earth. If these enemies are not quelled through spiritual as well as military warfare, anti-Christ powers will greatly intensify worldwide.

What we see unfolding today about Israel and the Jews is a (but not the) culmination of an Islamist driven, false Palestinian narrative of Jewish history. Aligned with Hitler during World War II, Palestinian Arabs adopted the Nazi propaganda strategy which taught that big lies repeated often enough are easier for most people to believe than small lies.

The big lies about Israel began shortly after she became a sovereign state in 1948. Seventy-five years later, the false narrative is now widely accepted by much of the world. Typically, it goes something like this: “Israelis are oppressive colonialists who cruelly stole and unjustly occupy Palestinian lands. Jews are an inherently evil danger not only to innocent and viciously victimized Palestinians, but the entire world.”

Consistent with the above, the near century-old Islamist-Palestinian slogan, “from the river to the sea,” is code-speak for the genocidal annihilation of the Jewish state. It refers to our enemies’ goal of overtaking all land between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea, meaning all Israel. Appallingly, the slogan is now chanted around the world, even in traditionally Christian nations. Deceived Palestinian sympathizers ironically and disingenuously accuse Israel of genocide—when Palestinians are those who have publicly called, since the day of Israel’s miraculous rebirth, for her total destruction.

On the topic of genocide, it should be pointed out that vast amounts of humanitarian aid have regularly been delivered to displaced Gazans. The problem is that Hamas operatives have commandeered and stolen most of it. After months of food, medicine and other essential supplies getting hijacked by Hamas leaders to use for themselves, displaced civilians began rebelling and rioting. The situation is now one of tragic, chaotic lawlessness, far beyond Israel’s ability (or responsibility) to control. Other nations, themselves unwilling to risk the danger of ground deliveries, have taken to air dropping supplies into the rampaging mobs.

Through history, innocent civilians displaced by war have migrated abroad as refugees. Very sadly, however, Gaza’s evacuees are unwilling or unable to be absorbed as refugees by any of the world’s forty-plus Muslim nations. Reasons relate to the generally unreported fact that Hamas has intentionally worsened, if not created, the humanitarian crisis. This was strategically done, in large part, as a public relations ploy to be used against Israel. Today the terror group publicly boasts they’ve achieved their goal: the world blames Israel, not Hamas, for the humanitarian disaster.

To fix the situation and reward Hamas for its attack of October 7, there is mounting international outcry to establish a second, sovereign Palestinian state. (Jordan was created decades ago as a sovereign Palestinian state. To appease the Arabs, it was carved out of land which, in full compliance with international law, the nations had actually allotted to Israel.)

Unless God intervenes through nothing less than spiritual revival and the miraculous, given the escalation of anti-Semitism, particularly among younger generations and future leaders, could it be that yet another Jewish holocaust might occur in just a few short years? Or months? Or, to avoid the unthinkable, will the nations compel Israel to slice out of itself another Palestinian state? The way we understand the totality of Scripture, either scenario is possible.

My freely available book, Why Still Care about Israel? expounds on and extensively documents what I have shared above. It details God’s 20th century restoration of Israel, offering a thorough accounting of historical evidences. The book includes an honest and historically documented explanation of the Palestinian plight. I wrote it to foster love and concern for both Jews and Palestinian Muslims, not fear or hate. The text, relying heavily on God’s Word, prophetically speaks of realities unfolding today.

We strongly encourage you to read Why Still Care about Israel? if you have not already. If you have read it, we urge you to read the updated pdf available for free download on our website here. And please pass this link along to others!

Meanwhile, the war to annihilate Israel continues relentlessly both in the north with Hezbollah and in the south with Gaza. Daily in the east, Judea and Samaria undergo threats or actual acts of terror. Approximately 135,000 Israelis are still displaced. Please continue praying for Israel.

Here in Jerusalem, we have been temporarily spared from the fighting and devastation. But we know that could end any moment, probably sooner than later. The month-long Muslim holiday of Ramadan (March 10-April 8) is fast approaching. Iran has publicly called for a new terror intifada, beginning this Ramadan, throughout Israel and especially targeting Jerusalem.

Ramadan and Purim 2024

During Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast unto Allah from sunrise to sunset, praying several times a day and recommitting to the dictates of Koran. Throughout the month, fiery sermons are preached calling for jihad against Jews and other perceived infidels. As a result, Ramadan has been a time of heightened and often horrific violence, especially in Jerusalem, year after year.

This year, Ramadan converges with the start of the last month of the biblical calendar, Adar 2. It so happens that on the 13th and 14th of Adar 2, corresponding to March 24, the biblical feast of Purim, which is based on the book of Esther, and the holiday of Palm Sunday, will also take place. (Another Jewish observance called Ta’anit Esther, a day-long fast based on the biblical fast of Esther, falls on March 21.)

Last week Iran issued a formal call for Muslims living in Israel to join with Islamist terror groups in attacking Jews wherever we can be found. Hezbollah threatens to launch missiles targeting the entire country. Israeli security forces warn that Jerusalem could be a prime target of roving terrorist gangs – mostly by Muslim Israeli citizens and residents. The government admits it will not have the ability to defend against these widespread attacks, if they occur. We have also been told that in the threatened, escalated full-scale war with Hezbollah, internet service throughout Israel could go down for long periods—which is one reason we wanted to write you this week.

Please join us in praying for the peace of Jerusalem and all Israel. As you know, the upcoming Purim holiday celebrates God’s miraculous, past deliverance of the Jews—from attempted genocide by what is modern-day Iran. May He deliver us again, even in our day!

If you need suggested prayer points, we recommend you start with the book of Psalms. Passages of nearly every psalm are highly applicable to the situation. Personally, I am daily proclaiming and praying all of Psalm 27, among many other portions of Scripture.

We encourage you to rise up in the Spirit, by grace, as an Esther or Mordecai. Like that heroic duo of old, you can fast and pray with us for God’s protection according to the covenant promises of His Word.

May our Defender and King mercifully grace us with a Purim miracle this year. May many Jews and Palestinians turn to Him through Messiah Jesus this Ramadan. May God be glorified. Our hope is in Him!  

On the Domestic Front

Recall that before war broke out our government was in a state of serious disrepair. Many Israelis passionately opposed our extremist right wing coalition—and sometimes, for good reason. Acrimonious protests were commonplace in Jerusalem and elsewhere.

Following the massacre of October 7, political differences were set aside. Temporarily.

Unfortunately, as the war goes on, more and more soldiers are tragically killed or seriously injured. Limbs are lost, bodies are permanently disfigured and families are destroyed. Nearly 100 hostages remain in captivity, some beyond any natural hope of rescue. In addition, most Israelis are deeply saddened by the suffering of genuinely innocent Gazans. Our nation is in trauma.

Families of hostages and their growing numbers of supporters are demanding that a deal–any deal—be made in order to see their loved ones brought back, dead or alive. Problem is, every offer Hamas has made insists on the release of hundreds or thousands of terrorists held in Israeli prisons for the murder or attempted murder of Jews. These prisoners openly declare they will kill more Jews as soon as they are released.

Hamas’s response to Israel’s latest ceasefire offer was that they would not give Israel a list of names of hostages still held, or any indication of whether those hostages are alive. So any deal for the release of hostages may or may not be more than a drop load of corpses, and may or may not include all of them.

In the absence of a deal, more and more Israelis are demanding the current government resign and be replaced by a new coalition. They want a government that will quickly cut a deal with Hamas, regardless of the cost. They want Prime Minister Netanyahu gone. Not surprisingly, this escalating protest movement is reportedly resourced and heavily funded by global elites and advocates of woke ideologies.

We are not personally privy to high-level government intelligence or unreported political intrigue. So with faith in God and His Word, we steadfastly pray and proclaim His sovereignty over the discord. We praise Him above the heartbreaking sorrow, tumult and confusion, releasing the Word of truth over our people. We cry out to Him for mercy. Nothing is too difficult for God! “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13)

November 21, 2023 Your Time to Shine and GivingTuesday

Long ago, when the Jewish people returned to Israel after 70 years of exile, God spoke to them through the prophet Zechariah: “Whoever touches you,” He said, “touches the apple of My eye.” (2:8) The Hebrew word here for “touch” did not refer to a gentle or tender pat, but was used in Scripture to refer to a forceful or violent assault. In other words, those who would intentionally harm the Jewish people would, in effect, poke their finger into the center and most sensitive spot of God’s own eye.

What happens to an individual daring to stick his finger into the eye of Almighty God? History shows that person himself suffers a loss of vision. To the extent that person touches the apple of God’s eye, he himself will be spiritually blinded and deceived.

From biblical times to our day, history shows a little anti-Semitism can go a long way to blind an individual, society or nation to truth. This spiritual principle is one reason many people, especially many educated young adults, can no longer discern what is evil and wrong from that which is good and right. For decades, anti-Israel ideology has been strategically fostered on college campuses around the world, including America, to influence future global leaders.

To the extent an individual, society or nation succumbs to a satanic spirit of anti-Semitism, it inevitably invites upon itself, consciously or unconsciously, a spirit of anti-Christ. The two anti-God spiritual forces are inextricably connected.

Isaiah 60:2 speaks of a time toward the end of this age when darkness covers the earth. This anti-God darkness will be marked first by rampant and raging, global hatred of the Jewish people, then by rampant and raging, global hatred of the Jewish Messiah and those who follow Him.

But there is great hope.

In the preceding verse, Isaiah sees the glory of God graciously rising over His people. “Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” (verse 1) Friends, I believe we are now in just such a time — a time of genuine hope. I see a remnant within the Church rising up in the radiance of Yeshua, pushing back thick darkness in the love and power of the Spirit. That remnant includes many of you.

Many of you have been fasting and praying for Israel. You have reached out to Jewish communities, spoken boldly in your spheres of influence, donated to war relief funds, contacted political leaders, attended rallies in shows of support for Israel and more. Thank you!

What, on the other hand, happens to those who choose to stay silent at such a time as this? The little, one chapter book of Obadiah is packed with revelation addressing the issue. I encourage you to revisit it.

God says through Obadiah: “On the day you stood aloof on the day that strangers carried away [Israel’s] wealth and foreigners entered his gates … you were like one of them.” (verse 11) The Hebrew word translated “stood aloof” refers in this context to standing by, seeing what is happening and doing nothing to help. The point is this: Those who see the plight of the Jews and behave as mere bystanders are, from God’s perspective, not very different from those who actively perpetrate evil against the Jewish people. Quite sobering.

Friends, we encourage you to encourage believers you know to do more than watch the news, listen to absurd, anti-Israel lies propagated by mainstream and social media, and then merely stand by. Encourage other Christians you know to rise up and shine!

Again, we thank God for each of you who has demonstrated support for Israel. We hope this quick glance at Scripture helps equip you to share, in humble but bold love, with other believers who do not yet understand God’s covenant love and passion for His people.

In the past two weeks, your generous donations to our War Fund have helped evacuate Israeli civilians out of harm’s way and provide essential goods for them; supply essential military equipment for soldiers; and pay for emergency trauma counseling for affected families.

This Giving Tuesday, November 28, would you consider an extra donation to Light of Zion? We will dedicate 50 percent of all donations designated Giving Tuesday, now through November 28, to our War Fund, over and above what is designated exclusively to the War Fund.

Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends, and with deep thanksgiving for each of you around the world,

Sandra and Kerry Teplinsky

November 12, 2023

“Help us O God our Savior, for the glory of Your Name;

deliver us and forgive our sins for Your Name’s sake.” (Psalm 79:9)

Dear Friends and Warriors in the Spirit,

As I write and as you read, Israeli ground troops are penetrating deep into Gaza City, the heart of the terror nest of Hamas. Many of the 240-plus hostages are believed to be hidden in tunnels underneath Gaza City’s Al-Shifa Hospital, the site of Hamas headquarters. Meanwhile, most of the heads of Hamas are safely tucked away in Qatar and other wealthy Arab states. They are multi-billionaires, enjoying untold sums of dollars of “humanitarian aid” donated to “innocent civilians” in Gaza by Western democracies. “O God, we look to, plead for, and stand in faith for the display of Your mercy, justice and righteous love!”

War Relief Fund: What you have done

This week your donations enabled us to purchase essential medical equipment and personal hygiene items (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc.) for hundreds of Israeli soldiers in the field. As you probably know by now, Israel never expected to have to call up so many of its troops all at once. The military, therefore, does not yet have on hand the supplies and equipment to meet all the soldiers’ basic needs at this time. We wholeheartedly thank you for helping.

Unprecedented Global Antisemitism: What you can do

A special multi-national Arab Summit was held last week in Saudi Arabia to try to resolve the Israel-Hamas war. Iran took the lead in concluding the only just solution to the conflict is a Palestinian state “from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea.” This is traditional and not-so-secret code language for the obliteration of Israel as a Jewish state. Brazenly calling for genocide of the Jews, the slogan now echoes in cities and universities across the earth, including the US. Sadly, even some Christians — especially younger generations — now believe the antisemitic lies perpetrated by so-called progressives who are tightly aligned with those who sympathize with Hamas.

Never in history has the world raged against Israel and the Jews as it is now. For many years, some have said the only safe place for Jewish people is in Israel. We have consistently said the time is coming soon (and now is) where there is no safe place in the world for Jews. God Himself is our refuge and defense.

What can and should you do in the face of mounting Israel and Jew hatred? Our long time friend Dr. Michael L. Brown answers the question in this compelling but short read. It is often said that what starts with the Jews does not end with the Jews. In other words, with the spirit of murderous antisemitism unleashed internationally at hellish levels, the spirit of antichrist or anti-Christianity is soon to follow. Will God’s New and Old covenant people stand together to resist?

If you do not personally feel equipped to respond to mounting antisemitism, please read Sandra’s important and timely books, Why Still Care About Israel? and Israel’s Anointing. Both books, published originally by Baker Publishing Group, are freely downloadable on Light of Zion’s Books page. They contain information and inspiration essential for this hour of history.

Meanwhile, a large and peaceful rally in support of Israel is scheduled to take place this Tuesday, November 14, at the Washington DC Mall. It is hoped that at least a million Christians, Jews and others in support of Israel will attend. Many internationals are flying from abroad to participate. Security will be tight. It is not be too late for some of you who live in the area to plan to attend.

Scriptures to Pray and Proclaim This Week

Please see our Israel at War page for ongoing, key prayer points and scriptures concerning the Israel-Hamas war. In addition to the points and verses listed on that page, here are some specific matters this week for which we need your prayer cover, along with sample scriptures.

  1. Divine Intervention and Miracles. Pray that Israeli armed forces receive God-given strategies, protections and miracles as they attempt to rescue innocent civilian hostages and in the process, cripple Hamas. It should be noted that in a very real sense, Hamas has held the entire civilian population of Gaza hostage to its satanic reign of terror. “I will go before you…I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, that you may know I am the Lord.” (Isaiah 45:2-3)
  1. Empowerment, protection and glory to God. Pray Psalm 18 in its entirety. This is a very appropriate passage to proclaim in the Spirit over the armies of Israel. Pray that the many boobytraps Hamas has put in place to kill Israeli troops navigating the streets and underground tunnels will be ineffective or backfire. “Let your enemies fall into the pit they have dug. Let their feet be caught in the net they have hidden.” (from Psalm 9:15) “Free me from the trap that is set for me, for You are my refuge.” (Psalm 31:4)
  1. Covenant Fulfillment. Proclaim from Ezekiel 37:4-10 the covenant-based revival and empowerment of Israel’s armies by the Spirit of God.
  1. Freedom for Gaza. Prayerfully proclaim that “Gaza will lose her king,” referring not only to Hamas, but to any demonic principalities over that region. (Zechariah 9:5) Historically, Gaza has never had a righteous governance for any sustainable period of time. It was allotted to the tribe of Judah, which never fully conquered it. (Joshua 15:1-4,12; Judges 1:18-19) In modern times, Gaza fell from Egyptian rule to Israeli control in 1967. In 2005, due to international pressure for a Palestinian state, Israel gave the territory over to the Arabs occupying it. In return, Israel received a deadly barrage of rockets and missiles that continues to this day.
  1. Battle for Truth: Lies and distortions about Israel, Gaza and the Jewish people have flooded social and even some mainstream media. These lies and distortions, some of which are devilishly bizarre, negatively influence global leaders at all levels of human society. “May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue that says, ‘We will triumph with our tongue; we own our lives—who is our master’? ‘Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise, says the Lord. I will protect them from those who malign them’.” (Psalm 12:3-4, Nehemiah 6:8)
  1. Israeli Believers in Jesus. Prayerfully proclaim Psalm 27 in its entirety and John 17: 20-21 for unity.
  1. For Hostages. Prayerfully proclaim Psalms 23, 28 and 79:11-13 over the 240-plus hostages. It is worth taking a few minutes to look at the photos on this page of the faces of the known hostages. Many are defenseless babies, children or elderly seniors who never imagined they would be cruelly kidnapped, tortured and imprisoned long term. You can pray over each individual and then sign an attached petition for their release. Signing a petition may not seem highly impacting, but decent people in positions of influence who care about public opinion do take such things into account.

In Closing

As you so generously give to the War Relief fund, we ask you to kindly remember that we continue to rely on your financial support to remain in Israel. Rents are extremely high in Jerusalem, where we have been called to live and serve. Thank you for standing with us for Zion’s sake and the sake of our coming and beloved, Bridegroom-King Yeshua.

In His Shalom,

Sandra and Kerry Teplinsky

November 5, 2023

Dear Friends,

Once again we thank you for your ongoing prayers and support during this difficult time. With nearly every report of developments in the war, our hearts flood with emotion — including deep gratitude for you, our brothers and sisters in the nations, and for your many expressions of love.

We now have a web page with general information on the war, including prayer points, entitled “Israel at War.” You can access the page here. Among other things, it contains links to free downloads of Sandra’s books about Israel, all of which help answer the questions, “Why is Israel at war?” and “How should Christians respond?” Please forward this letter to other Christians who may be asking these questions, especially young people who do not know Israel’s history or who have not studied the Scriptures about Israel.


We are amazed at your generosity! Your donations have helped provide temporary hotel rooms for refugees, meals, groceries, clothes, blankets, a generator, refurbishment of a bomb shelter, medical aid and armored bulletproof vests as we pool resources with other Israeli ministries. You may donate to the War Relief Fund from our War Relief page above, or from our Donate page.


Two days ago a large group of Israeli rabbis and government leaders, along with Christian leaders in the nations, issued a formal call for an International Day of Prayer for Israel to take place tomorrow: Monday, November 6. The Light of Zion family gathered yesterday for an intense 2 hour prayer meeting on ZOOM and we are not able to host another call tomorrow. We do encourage you, however, to connect with at least one other believer and pray in agreement and solidarity for Israel tomorrow.


God’s ways are higher than ours and His thoughts are not ours. (Isaiah 55:8-9) We may never understand everything He is doing in this war—or in this life. But we can discern from His Word at least 5 general principles that reflect His character, His prophetic promises and His dealings with humankind. These principles give us insight into some of what He is doing today in the Simchat Torah War. From that, we can see at least 5 general purpose points.

Bear in mind that God often uses Israel as a prophetic picture of what He is doing or about to do in the Church. So as you read, consider how these principles might apply today in your life, too. Prayer points follow.

  1. God is drawing Israel to Himself, humbling her in love and holiness. He is exposing sin and revealing the true face and heart of Yeshua for the forgiveness of sin. In the Israeli Body, He is purifying and preparing Jewish and Arab believers for a first fruits harvest. He is unifying us in love as one new humanity, a warrior bride.
  1. God is judging nations and people groups, beginning with Hamas. He wants to set Gazans free from the grip of Hamas so they might know and worship Him. In the process, He is exposing previously hidden evils and some of the deep, dark deceptions that have come on the earth.

Meanwhile, the Matthew 25 principle concerning the judgment of sheep and goats is unfolding. God wants us to align biblically with Israel in the face of rapidly and murderously escalating anti-Semitism. This does not mean we do not extend compassionate care to genuinely innocent Palestinians caught in the crosshairs of this tragic war. However, to be genuinely pro-Palestinian is in reality to be decidedly anti-Hamas.

  1. God is dealing with the stronghold of Islam, centered in Iran, the national sponsor of Hamas. Iran, like other nations, will not be totally transformed until after Jesus returns, as it will likely be an active aggressor in the apocalyptic war described in Ezekiel 38-39. We can not know for sure at this time if the Simchat Torah War will culminate in that war. Meanwhile, God wants to set multitudes of Muslims free from the devilish grip of Islam to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
  1. God wants to regather Jews living in the diaspora to Israel in aliyah. As global antisemitism increases due to the war, aliyah (emigration or return to Israel) will increase after the war, especially from North America.
  1. God wants to glorify Himself in and through His global ekklesia. He is calling His international warrior bride to arise and shine, aligning biblically in support of the Jewish people, summoning their own nations to do the same and purifying herself for His return.


  1. God’s Victory and Glory.Pray His purposes in this war be accomplished with the least amount of harm resulting in the greatest amount of good for His ultimate glory. (Psalm 83, 33:10-12; Joshua 5:14)
  1. Repentance/Comfort/Salvations.Pray that many Israelis, Gazans and others affected by the war would humbly turn to God and that the true face of Jesus would be revealed to them. (2 Peter 3:9; Psalms 27 and 23, 34:18; Isaiah 34:1; Zechariah 12:10)
  1. Hamas – Iran.Pray that God Hamas be neutralized in order to set Palestinians and Israelis free from its evil regime. Pray that God deal mightily with Iran, which controls both Hamas and Hezbollah, according to His will at this time. (Zechariah 9:5-7; Amos 1:6-8; Daniel 2:21; Jeremiah 49:34-35, 37-38)
  1. Israeli Authorities. Pray for the gift of the fear of the Lord, wisdom, protection and direction for Israeli military and government leaders, especially the emergency war cabinet: PM Netanyahu, Mr. Gantz and Mr. Gallant. (1 Timothy 2:1-4; Proverbs 9:10-11, 21:1; Psalm 91)
  1. Jerusalem. Pray for the peace and protection of Jerusalem and all Israel. (Psalms 122 and 91)
  1. Hostages. Pray for the protection of, great grace upon, and safe return of hostages and comfort for their loved ones. (1 Samuel 30:11-19; Zechariah 9: 11-12; Psalms 91 and 23, 34:18; Isaiah 63:9)
  1. Soldiers. Pray for strength, protection and anointing on our soldiers, security officers, police and first responders, especially the many Messianic soldiers. (Psalms 18 and 91)
  1. Scope. Pray that the scope of war be limited by the power of the Blood of Yeshua according to His sovereign will, not causing a world war out of His timing. (Daniel 2:21)
  1. Truth. Pray for the exposure of lies versus truth in global media and other venues. (Psalm 144:11)
  1. Demonic Influence. Pray the power of the Blood of Yeshua and Word of Truth over demonic influences of witchcraft, globalism and other supernaturally evil forces. (Ephesians 6:12; Numbers 23:23; Zechariah 9:13)
  1. Israeli Ekklesia. Pray for strength, peace, protection and anointing on Jewish and Arab Israeli followers of Yeshua to shine as lights, comforting and leading others to Messiah in His love. (Matthew 5:14-16; Revelation 12:11; Psalm 91)
  1. Global Ekklesia. Pray for the global Body of Messiah to stand firm in the love and truth of God’s Word in support of Israel, with His heart for Palestinians and all others involved in the war. (Matthew 5:14-16; Revelation 12:11; Matthew 25:31-40)


Calendar Item: Our next ZOOM Prayer for Israel will be Saturday, December 2 at 5 pm Israel time. We look forward to meeting with you then.

Meanwhile, the Lord bless and keep you,

Sandra and Kerry Teplinsky


October 20, 2023

Dear Light of Zion Family,

I love You, O Lord my strength. … I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise … With Your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. … He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.” (Psalm 18:1, 3, 29, 34)

During this critical time we are encouraged by King David’s words above, inspired by the Holy Spirit. Although David spoke mainly of on-the-ground battle in Psalm 18, we can apply the principles he expressed to the spiritual battles we are called to fight as followers of Yeshua in times of war. Be blessed and uplifted by these verses as you stand with us here in Israel.


Your generous donations are being used this week to relocate war refugees and to purchase meals, along with other essential supplies, for soldiers and displaced civilians.

We are partnering with other Israeli ministries of high integrity to pool resources. It is a situation of “all hands on deck” in both the Body of Messiah and general public. Relief efforts will be ongoing, so there is no cutoff date at this time for your donations, all of which are fully tax deductible in the US.

To help us help Israel, please CLICK HERE and type “War Relief” in the designation box.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for standing with Yeshua’s brothers and sisters in this hour of need. May God see your kindness and reward you. “‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’.”(Matthew 25:37-40)


For many years our main ministry focus has been mobilizing and leading intercessory prayer for Israel. So you might be wondering why we have not emailed many specific prayer points or scheduled additional international ZOOM prayer since the war began. The reason is, as we shared last month, God has clearly shown us that I (Sandra) am to take a sabbatical during the year 5784.

When the war began, we prayed earnestly about the timing of that sabbatical. (“Did we hear correctly from You?” we asked over and again.) We consulted and prayed with Light of Zion’s spiritual advisors and our Israeli pastoral team. They unanimously confirmed that we must be faithful to God’s call to us personally for a time of sabbath rest. While our hearts are to jump into full intercessory gear and organize even greater efforts for practical aid, 1 Samuel 15:22 says “obedience is better than sacrifice.” We are choosing obedience.

We will continue holding a monthly ZOOM prayer gathering for Israel on the first Shabbat of each Gregorian month. We will continue raising funds for war victims and soldiers. We will also send occasional email updates and prayer points. But mostly, we will allow the Lord to restore and prepare us for the lengthy season of war that looms ahead. So while a sabbatical at this time may seem counterintuitive, we know God’s thoughts are higher than ours and His ways are not our ways. (Isaiah 55:9) We are choosing to trust His thoughts and ways, not ours.

Meanwhile, if you would like to pray along with us now, here are a few video excerpts of us helping to lead prayer in Jerusalem:

Welcome the King of Glory Convocation” in Jerusalem, October 12, 2023

Worship and prayer watches in Jerusalem at Succat Hallel, October 2023, during which Sandra and Kerry pray several times and

Recent prayer points by our friend Rick Ridings, founder of Succat Hallel

Intercessors for Israel posts detailed prayer points every Friday. (We can not agree with some of their theology but they are good and faithful servants whose prayer points are generally beneficial.)


All Israel News is a news service operated by American Israeli believer Joel Rosenberg. Although we do not always agree with some of the writers’ conspiracy leanings or eschatology, most articles are usually quite good. You can subscribe to their daily emails.

Daily Alert is a digest of important Israeli news, prepared for the leaders of Jewish organizations around the world, by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. They take time and effort to discern fact from fiction. You can subscribe to their daily emails. They are not Messianic.

Israel Realtime War Updates – Defense & Security in English operates 6 days a week by former Israeli military officers on the social media text message platform called Telegram. They are not Messianic and usually do not state their news sources but can be very helpful for up to the minute prayer points.

Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post are secular news services reporting in English from Israel. They are both centrist and usually avoid rumor mongering but can be a bit sensational. Haaretz is a leftist Israeli news service in English with globalist leanings. We include it here for those interested to learn more about the non-conservative agenda for the sake of prayer.

Shabbat Shalom,

Sandra and Kerry Teplinsky

October 16, 2023

“The sovereign Lord will sound the trumpet; He will march in the storms of the south and the Lord Almighty will shield them. They will destroy and overcome with slingstones … The Lord their God will save His people on that day as a shepherd saves his flock.” (Zechariah 9:14-16)

Dear Friends of Yeshua, Israel and Light of Zion,

Each of your emails, texts and other messages have blessed us greatly these past several days. We are so thankful for your continued support. We also apologize for not being able to answer you individually at this time as fully as we would like. We trust you understand.

As I write you now from our safe room / bomb shelter, dear Israeli Messianic friends of ours are sitting on a commercial jet in Tel Aviv, waiting to fly to a safe location overseas.They just sent me a text that rockets are now being fired at Ben-Gurion Airport and asked for immediate prayer. Such is the new normal here in Israel.

News reports are readily available for you from many sources, some of which are actually accurate. I will not take time to repeat what you likely already know, other than to say at the moment, it appears Israel is making good progress in severely weakening Hamas. At the same time, global consternation toward Israel is rising because Hamas has intertwined itself intentionally with the civilian population, brutally forcing innocent Gazans to serve as human shields in various, sinister ways.

God wants to set the good people of Gaza free. The temporary humanitarian crisis which will result may be a tragic necessity, the unavoidable collateral damage in a war launched by Gaza’s own oppressors.

Meanwhile, one wild card is Hezbollah, firmly entrenched in Lebanon and Syria, under Iran’s command. If Hezbollah / Iran (perhaps I should say, Hezbiran) intensifies its involvement militarily, the Simchat Torah War will turn into an existential war for Israel. Apart from Hezbollah, since yesterday, Iran has directly threatened Israel in several cryptic, public messages. Pray that God will contain and restrain this war with Hamas, not allowing it to erupt into a premature regional conflagration or World War III.

The main purpose of this letter is to let you know we have designated a War Relief Fund accessible to you on our web site. Kerry and I have been investigating what we can do besides pray, and with what other Israeli ministries we can co-labor, to provide aid and comfort to refugees, soldiers, the wounded, and other victims of war.

We plan to work with larger Israeli organizations, but many of their plans and final decisions are still in process. The needs are seemingly endless: military equipment, protective gear, food, clothing, housing, medical equipment and medical care, spiritual comfort and more. We are committed to donating 100 percent of every contribution we receive in our War Relief Fund as quickly as possible to help meet these needs. All donations are fully tax deductible in the US. To help us help Israel, please CLICK HERE and type “War Relief” in the designation box.

We will let you know how your funds are or will be spent when there is greater clarity from the larger ministries with which we are working. Please understand the fog of war is not limited to the physical battlefield, but affects every sector of life right now. Larger organizations can have broad impact but sometimes move a bit slower.

Meanwhile, we thank each of you who has sent a special financial offering to Light of Zion’s general fund in the past week, as we ourselves are facing additional expenses due to the war.

Lastly, we cannot end this letter without expressing our deep down, wholehearted gratitude for your prayers for us personally. God has graced us with peace that surpasses natural understanding as a result of your prayers. Please do not cease to daily lift us up at this time, that we might stay in peace, surrender to His leadership and discern how best to bless Israel.

About our friends waiting for departure from Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport, their flight eventually took off and they made it safely to Eastern Europe.Thanks be to God.

In His Shalom,

Sandra Teplinsky

October 10-11, 2023

O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side. Arise, O LORD! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. (Psalm 3)

Dear Friends,

This is Kerry Teplinsky writing from Jerusalem. After sharing some personal thoughts with you on the current war, Sandra will share her heart at the end of this letter. We ask you to understand this letter is being written “raw”, rather hastily, and in the fog of war.

We are deeply grateful for those of you who have reached out to us during this difficult season and for lifting up Israel in prayer. We are in our apartment, which has a bomb shelter, and physically safe as we write. As you know, the majority of death and devastation has taken place in towns and cities near Gaza. There is no need for me to rehash what has already been widely reported in the news about this tragedy.

We have lived in the Jerusalem area for over 10 years, and this is the first time we have ever heard air raid sirens that required us to enter our “safe room”. It can be unnerving to hear the siren, herd our cats into the shelter with us, and then wait for the booms that we hope are intercepted missiles rather than bombs hitting their target. Yesterday one such missile landed slightly southwest of us, causing injury and damage.

The streets around us, normally teeming with cars, are eerily quiet and the grocery shelves are largely empty. We do not know for how long this will continue.

Ben Gurion airport is operating at about 10% capacity with a great many foreign carriers cancelling flights. Many Israelis are leaving to stay with families abroad. Many tourists cannot yet find a way to go home.

Large international events that have been planned for many months are being cancelled or greatly modified. We are supposed to be part of some of those events. The government is preventing groups of more than 50 to gather together indoors, and groups larger than 10 from gathering outdoors. A funeral for a long time and well known Christian leader in Israel had to be restricted to his immediate family because of this prohibition yesterday.

Our daughter Tasha is dutifully serving in her role as pediatric oncology nurse at Hadassah Hospital.

I will attempt to write down random ideas that come in times of prayer or reflection, and share some with you.

I clearly understand better than ever what PTSD is like. During the evening last night there was a rainstorm, and Sandra woke me to say she heard bombs without the warning sirens having alerted us. It was actually thunder. I am guessing that it will be a long time before certain noises go unnoticed as in the past.

Many want to cast stones at the government of Israel, the IDF, the Mossad, President Biden, globalists or others for this tragedy. In my opinion, this is not the time for that. I believe the principal goals of the nation should be for the return of the captives, securing of the borders, and then destruction of Hamas to the extent possible without ravaging the civilian population of Gaza. Sadly, I do not know how many of those goals are achievable.

The nation proudly relied on the IDF for its national security, and was clearly let down. Even the most God fearing of us were guilty to varying degrees of that. Knowing that God is our refuge and strength, we still spend hours praying for the army to save and deliver.

Typically, Israelis have thought that the invincibility of the IDF meant that they had no need for a savior. I believe that now, more than ever before, many are realizing their need to be physically saved. My heart cry for Israelis is that Jesus, who stands at the door and knocks, will find open doors into their hearts.

Many here in the Messianic Body are focused on the horrors of the past few days, and the days or months ahead. I am not. I am focused as best I can be on glorifying God, proclaiming His promises for the nation and for us as individuals, and surrendered to recognizing that I do not understand all that I once thought I might. After all, these horrific events were allowed at this time. Is it because of national sin? What nation does not sin?

Messianic Jews surrendered to Jesus were among some of the first soldiers who died on Saturday. For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. (Eccl 3:1) Therefore, there must be a purpose here. If it is a national purpose, it is very sad that so many were called to pay a price for it. May God minister to the families from His storehouse of mercies. May He reveal that purpose, and may that purpose find fulfillment in the life of the nation and its individuals.

The face of true evil has been revealed for all the world to see. Now is the time for the face of Yeshua to be reflected in and through the Body that the contrast would be so evident that many would be drawn to Him.

It is not lost on me that this attack occurred on “the last and great day of the feast” (John 7:37-39). The feast, Sukkot or Tabernacles, is a feast to commemorate our frailty apart from God. We live in booths to remind ourselves of His provision in the desert after the exodus from Egypt. The booths are meant to be flimsy, so as to show our dependence on Him. What a powerful reminder this attack was on that day that our protection and trust must be in Him, not the strength of man.

I apologize for rambling. Sleep deprivation clouds the mind. My purposes were to let you know we are well physically, and like the rest of the nation, so well expressed by the apostle Paul :

We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed– always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 2 Corinthians 4:8-11 (NKJV)

I shudder to think where we would be had not millions of intercessors been raised up in May over 21 days. Please continue to pray for Israel, and for Sandra, Tasha, and I.

Hoping to be able to send good news soon,

Kerry Teplinsky


A Personal Note from Sandra

Shalom to each of you from a place where shalom exists only in the hearts of those who intimately know the Gift of God, the Prince of Shalom. But perhaps that is true everywhere.

I wholeheartedly thank each of you who has prayed for us, taken a moment to email or text us, or reached out in any other way. Your love and support has helped keep me going through this perplexing time. Friends here with whom I have in the past been very close no longer live in Israel, so your long distance friendship has been a blessing beyond what you can imagine.

Until today, I have been so overcome by grief, heartbreak, sorrow and to be transparent, worry, that I could not gather my thoughts coherently. As we shared in a recent newsletter, 5784 was to be for me a personal sabbatical, partly to recover from physical and spiritual exhaustion following decades of pioneering ministry. The goal was to focus on Yeshua, intentionally seeking His joy for renewed strength and turning back to my first love. I looked to Him for a season of rest, restoration and preparation for the years ahead. Right now, we don’t know for sure how or if that can or should still happen. The looming issue and reality is currently not about a sabbatical.

Some believers around us who say they are in perfect peace simply do not look much at the unfolding of circumstances. When biblical promises of protection are met with reports of innocent Jewish women, children and elderly getting beheaded, maimed, raped and otherwise horrifically tortured, it seems some believers will not let such realities sink into their hearts or minds. And so their faith, they say, remains strong and intact.

This approach I (and many others) have not been able to take. However, I do find I must now limit my reading of the news and nonstop alerts from Israel’s equivalent of US Homeland Security in order to fix my thoughts and gaze on Yeshua. While I cannot not feel the sufferings taking place around me, some of which are eerily reminiscent of the Holocaust, I know I must release each war victim into Yeshua’s loving hands, trusting Him with their suffering and believing for His comfort to them.

Because we are not fluent in Hebrew, and because most Israelis who are not fighting in the military are staying home (schools and many places of business are closed), Kerry and I find all we can really do to help at this time is pray and encourage other believers here. In the near future we hope to raise funds for some of the most needy victims of war.

Daily we lead, co-lead or participate in prayer meetings in real space in different venues in Jerusalem or on Zoom. We repent and cry out on behalf of our people. We declare God’s promises in His Word based on His immutably good character. We petition Him for specifics as the Spirit leads – and He has given us some unusual specifics these past few days. We offer the sacrifice of praise and exalt Yeshua over the war, for He is the Captain of Heaven’s Armies.

Many prophetic voices in Israel are publishing their perspectives or dreams or words on the war. I prayerfully consider what they say, as well as what I personally hear from the Spirit. But in the end, this war is about God gaining glory in Israel and the nations and Satan doing all he can to steal, kill and destroy God’s purposes, people and glory. It is about warfare and labor pains preceding Yeshua’s return. Our evil enemy (Satan and his minions inspiring Hamas) will ultimately lose this war. Meanwhile, how will we each respond?

Given the above, my personal focus in prayer, at least for now, is fourfold. There are many specifics for which I pray, but these are the main four points:

  1. To prayerfully proclaim that God’s purposes be swiftly accomplished in the war and that He work good from evil. Mercy and miracles!
  2. To declare and release in prayer the power of the Blood of Yeshua to limit and achieve victory – as He defines it — in this war and in every dimension (time, ground territory, spiritual realms, etc). No regional conflagration or World War III at this time! Mercy and miracles!
  3. To praise and worship Yeshua, declaring His name and sovereignty over the people and land as a banner. Mercy and miracles!
  4. To battle for personal peace and intimacy with God. His heart is big enough to both mourn and rejoice simultaneously. I want to be one with whom He can and will freely share His heart in this so-called “Simchat Torah War.” I want to see the Body of Messiah in Israel do the same and shine as lights in a very dark time.

King Solomon wrote there is a time to mourn and a time to rejoice. But Yeshua exists apart from time, and so to the extent we are in Him, we do, too. Along with this truth, let us also remember that because Yeshua is the Word, Simchat Torah (meaning “Rejoicing in Torah”) is about rejoicing not in happy circumstances, but in Him. With each passing day, I am increasingly aware that His joy (not our own) is our strength.

Thank you for praying that Kerry and I will have His joyful strength for this battle and will discern how He leads us personally to fight in it. We are praying the same for you.

With faith, hope and love,