A verse that has repeatedly come up in prayer, worship and teaching in a number of congregations in Israel during the war has been:
Psalm 46:2 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in troubles.
God is present everywhere at all times; yet there are circumstances when the presence of God is stronger and more active. The word in Psalm 46 for troubles is communicated in New Covenant prophecies of the End Times as “tribulation.” In times of war or tribulation, God’s presence is active in our midst in a special way.
Israelis are all participating in this current war. Some are soldiers, others family, others in media, and others in support. Hamas is a terrorist, Jihadist organization, which uses women and children as human shields. Their goal is to destroy Israel, and the international media is deceived by all the carnage into supporting the terrorist goals. Israel has no choice but to fight.
This is causing a deep work in the heart of the people of Israel, being forced to stand in a place of courage and integrity while confronting the evil, violence, lies, and hatred. May God grant us justice, compassion and humility (Micah 6:8) to see all these bad things work out for the good (Romans 8:28)! There is a tremendous victory at hand!
Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.
He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.
Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.