This article was first published on the Revive Israel website
here on November 16th 2017 and on the Kehila News website
here on November 19th 2017.
"For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, and
those nations shall be utterly ruined. The glory of Lebanon shall come to
you, ... to beautify the place of My sanctuary; and I will make the place of
my feet glorious" (Isaiah 60:12-13).
In the game "pick-up-sticks," spiked sticks of different colors are thrown
into the air and fall randomly. The winner extracts the most sticks without
disturbing the pile. However, care must be taken because the sticks are sharp
and misuse can cause injury. Likewise, the vying spiritual and political
influences in Lebanon - Shia Muslim, Sunni Muslim and Christian - have been
thrown in the air and now is the time to pray that they fall in such a
way that the Kingdom of God will advance forcefully in the Middle East.
Ever since its borders were drawn by the French and British in 1916, Lebanon
has been described as a "playground for foreign powers." The country's
1926 constitution delicately balanced Christian, Sunni and Shiite political
influence. Initially this worked well. Later, apparently "moderate" Sunni
Muslim influence grew up in the form of the Hariri family, backed externally
by oil rich Sunni Saudi Arabia. However, in 2005, former Prime Minister Rafiq
Hariri was assassinated. Both President Assad of Syria and the Iranian-backed
Shiite terrorist militia army Hezbollah, were suspected in the assassination.
Jump to 2016, and Maronite Christian Michel Aoun was elected president to
fill a political vacuum, alongside Prime Minister Saad Hariri - Rafiq's
son. Crucially Aoun allied himself with Hezbollah, vowing to "reclaim"
territory from Israel's Mount Hermon area. Shiite influence was growing
at the expense of Sunni, and the delicate balance was disturbed.
Shiite Iran is seeking regional hegemony and a land corridor between Iran and
the Mediterranean, a platform to attack and wipe out Israel. It manufactures
missiles in Syria and now also in Lebanon. Indeed, Hezbollah has an
estimated, unprecedented 150,000 missiles pointed at Israel.
Within Lebanon there are 1.4 million traditional Christians and 21,000
evangelicals, 2.5 million Moslems and over one million Syrian refugees
struggling for rights and work. Biblically Lebanon had a history of
cooperation and trade with Israel, notably in the time of King Solomon and
King Hiram of Tyre (within current Lebanon). In the 1980s and 1990s, the
mostly Christian South Lebanese army cooperated with Israel against Islamic
How to pray:
1. Pray that cooperation between Israel and Lebanon would be reawakened, and
the Christians in Lebanon strengthened and redeemed.
2. Pray for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
3. Saudi Arabia has long sponsored terrorism, but sees Israel as an ally
against Iran. Pray that the Lord would specifically use Saudi Arabia and its
young new ruler for Kingdom purposes in relation to both Lebanon and Israel.
4. Jesus said "a house divided cannot stand" (Matthew 12:22-28). Pray for the
divided house of Islam, Shiite and Sunni, to give way to the Kingdom of God
and the Son he loves - Yeshua!
Psalm 83 describes an as yet un-transpired alliance of armies attacking
Israel, one of which is "Tyre" (verse 7) - synonymous with Lebanon, or
perhaps Hezbollah. Included in the Psalm is a prayer for the destruction of
the alliance (verses 13-18). We need to start praying for the swift and total
destruction of these invaders and for consequent revelation of the Kingdom of
God (verse 18).
8:45pm 03Jan18, Darla Ellyson: Very much appreciated these key ways to pray.
0:19am 07Jan18, RH: Great suggestions. I'm sharing this with several friends. I find
it interesting that the nations mentioned at the end time
prophecies - Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan - are all suffering
inner conflict or civil war. Yet God has a calling for each of
9:37pm 10Jan18, Suzanna: I greatly appreciate this well written article and agree that
Scriptures about wars in the future will be used by GOD for the
blessing of Israel and many Believers. Of course the entire area
of present Lebanon is included in the Land ADONAI promised to
Abraham's family and re-affirmed to Joshua [ch1:5]. So we
continue to pray as requested.
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