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It has been noted that the previous label for the terror of Iraq & Syria was ISIS, the equivalent of Isis which has the same numerical equivalent as 666 according to some.

 

LET US PRAY:

1. That God would break down the false unity spreading oppression in Iraq.

2. For peace to prevail in the Middle East as Muslims here the message of Jesus and turn to the truth.

3. That those who are oppressed by ISIS would be set free both emotionally & spiritually & politically.

4. For wisdom of global leaders who must make decisions about what to do with militaries and weapons.

5. That God would reveal himself to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as he revealed himself to Nebuchadnezzar: with dreams & visions & wise counselors who will deter him from evil.

6. For courage in those troops called to resist the wicked.

=> I found Psalm 149 to be most helpful as I prayed for the region today.

from Biblegateway.com

Psalm 149 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Praise to God for His Future Judgment

Praise Yah.[a]
Sing to Yahweh a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in its maker;
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing;
let them sing praises to him with tambourine and lyre.
For Yahweh takes pleasure in his people;
he glorifies the afflicted with salvation.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy on their beds.
Let the extolling of God be in their mouths,
and a double-edged sword in their hand,
to execute vengeance on the nations
and punishment on the peoples,[b]
to bind their kings with chains
and their nobles[c] with fetters of iron,
to execute on them the judgment that is decreed.[d]
This will be honor for all his faithful ones;
Praise Yah.[e]

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 149:1 Hebrew hallelujah
  2. Psalm 149:7 Reading against the MT and with the LXX
  3. Psalm 149:8 Literally “honorable ones”
  4. Psalm 149:9 Hebrew “written”
  5. Psalm 149:9 Hebrew hallelujah

 

Psalm 146 speaks of the peace Jesus will bring one day. Also see Psalm 83, Psalm 87.

 

The theme that came to mind was how the praise of our Lord Jesus Christ leads to the victory spoken of in Revelation as Babylon is defeated.

 

Let us focus our prayers on the Lord's rule over this as it could eventually threaten Israel & the church throughout the region if left unchecked.

Peace,

Mert Hershberger

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