Zion's Glory Update
October 30 2015
The following is a Zion's Glory prayer update from Eddie and Jackie Santoro in Israel. We encourage you to forward it to whomever you think might be interested in the following information. It is sent out in conjunction with a monthly newsletter. If you are currently not receiving this information and would like to become a regular subscriber, please forward your name, email and address to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Faithful Friend,
Several weeks ago we sent out an update relating to the current spiral of violence and terrorism against the Jewish people in Israel. Unfortunately there has been no reduction and Palestinian knifings of Israelis, motor vehicle attacks, rock throwing and rioting has been continuing. Jerusalem's streets are filled with soldiers, many civilians have been called up to active military service to help with Israel's ongoing defense and new restrictions have been imposed in the West Bank and throughout East Jerusalem in an effort to further reduce the ongoing attacks.
The root of the violence against Jews in Israel and throughout the world has nothing to do with "Palestinian Rights" but is rather based on the ancient desire of the powers of darkness to destroy Israel, make God a liar and ultimately prevent the return of Yeshua. The ease with which so much of the world openly embraces the lie, condemns Israel and sympathizes with the Palestinians is nothing less than a demonic “end time” strategy.
We who live here and know our God are certain that His promises will be fulfilled. Israel will be blessed and will be a blessing to the entire world. All of the satanic strategies and plans for this nation will ultimately fail.
Please pray for wisdom for our government, army and security forces as they endeavor to take control and end this current terrorist uprising. Pray that Israelis would not be overwhelmed by a spirit of fear and intimidation. Pray against the spirit of antisemitism that is so prevalent in today's world.
A Personal Update
I want to share with all of you an update on my current health situation that Jackie and I are walking through together. For 36 years we have been "one flesh" so obviously this is "our" battle and will be "our" victory.
As most of you know on August 8, I was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Four days later I underwent a complex operation to remove the tumor. The doctors gave us a long list of possible serious consequences but "PRAISE BE TO GOD" I recovered and my mental, physical and emotional condition is practically normal.
After much prayer, we felt to follow all of the doctor's advice for treatment and to believe that God would use the medical system, along with the amazing power and authority of His Word, His death and resurrection and His unfailing great love to heal me.
On October 7th I started the treatment consisting of 42 consecutive days of chemotherapy and 28 radiation treatments. We are now over halfway done and PRAISE BE TO GOD, I am doing well. My energy is good and my body is functioning normally.
Every Sunday through Thursday morning, we go to the local hospital for the radiation treatment. We are often there several hours. It is a very unique atmosphere and we have had numerous opportunities to share the love of God with staff and other patients. Our evenings are spent with long periods of listening to his Word, declaring His promises and much intercessory prayer before taking the chemo medication.
During this period, God has been doing a deep and personal work in us. This health challenge is unlike anything that we have faced in nearly 39 years as believers and God is changing us in significant ways. We feel closer to Him than at any other time in our life. As difficult as the current situation is, our confidence is in Him, and we can truly declare that "GOD IS WORKING ALL THINGS TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD!"
In addition to all this, the love and support from our congregation, Ahavat Yeshua has been overwhelming. Their encouragement, prayer and physical support during this period is truly a testimony of God's love. Something wonderful is being deeply worked in the life of the congregation as we walk through this personal trial.
And finally your love and support over this period has been a blessing and a tremendous personal encouragement. The number of letters and calls coupled with the flood of ongoing prayer before the throne of God is most certainly transforming the reality that we are walking through. Our hearts are filled with hope and expectation.
We want to encourage you to keep on praying. I have nineteen more chemo treatments and ten radiation treatments still before me. Pray that God would direct these treatments to destroy every cancer cell in my body - never to return and that as the scripture declares: "and when they drink deadly poison (chemo) it will not hurt them at all" (Mark 16:18) and "when you walk through the fire (radiation), you will not be burned." (Is 43:2) Please pray that I would continue to pass through the next few weeks with no negative effects in my body. And of course continue to pray and declare God's complete healing. He has destroyed the works of the enemy and by His stripes I am healed.
We thank you so much for the part you are playing in this. There is no doubt in our hearts that God's grace is sufficient and that we will continue to see the glory of our God manifest in my physical body, in the body in Israel and throughout the world.
We send you our love from Zion,
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