Today is Succot, I spent an evening with a friend in the next street to me under a typical tent like shelter. Most of these things are crude but simple metal or wooden frames which you spend your time eating and often sleeping in these things. I have yet to read about the biblical background of these but it was a good fun evening.
About an hour before I went out I saw in the news, the government in Israel have agreed to let some female Palestinian terrorists out of jail in exchange for the people in Gaza holding the captured Israeli solider Gilad Shilat for the last three years to release a video showing evidence that he is alive.
I saw the video today, and there is no doubt that this genuine. It shows Gliad reading from an Arab newspaper which the camera zooms in on the date clearly showing a date of 14th of September of this year, Gilad appears in good health and doesn’t appear under stress or worry, he talks about when he met up with his father and two brothers before his capture in 2006. So for the millions of Jews and Christians that have been praying for his safe return this is a wonderful thing.
Now with a lot of the mainstream media who always constantly put down Israel for ‘Apartheid’ and such other things, (and turn a blind eye to the medieval practices of some the neighbouring Arab states) really think that exchanging known criminals for one Israeli person, or in the past the body of a soldier, or in this case, just some evidence on a video he is alive really is an acceptable thing? Would any other nation in the world give into this sort of bargaining?
However the typical barbaric practices of the people in Gaza keeping Shalit will know well that they intend to up the stakes for bartering his release. This is worrying, if he’s released many dangerous Moslem extremists will out of jail probably more trained and evil than ever, this raises the incentive for any Israelis to get captured again in the future.
If you are reading this, it doesnt matter if you are Christian, Jewish or whatever, I would like to ask you to pray. I am praying this now, so pray yourself along the same lines:
Abba father, we humbly ask for you to intervene supernaturally with the kidnapped solider Gilad Shalit, we ask that you bring him home quickly and safely, and that his family would not have to endure any more heartache waiting for news. Lord God, we pray that you would block any kind of deal to exchange him for prisoners which could further compromise Israel’s safety, and that by your authority that he would be given up, and you will be given the glory for his safe return. We ask this in your name. Amen.
There is a tent close to the government offices and its only 200 yards or so from my house. I often pass this place and with the rumour of this video surfacing, the volunteers in the tent were noticeably excited this week. You can pass there and pick up a car sticker or visit this web site www.gilad.org or sign the petition.