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We honor the nation of Israel — the apple of Your eye. Help us to be faithful to pray for Israel and its people.
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I am in Israel. This is my second time to visit (my wife Kris’s first time) and to walk through the land of the Bible. What always amazes me is this: There is so much international “hubbub” about such a small piece of land. In fact, Israel is only about the size of New Jersey, with much of it desert and uninhabitable. So how does such a relatively tiny strip of geography hold such critical importance through the ages and today?

It’s a spiritual battle. This is ground zero where Jesus defeated death and sin. Mesopotamia may be called the cradle of civilization, but Israel is the cradle of the Gospel, the place where God revealed his salvation message to humanity. It is a place of victory.

Even though death was defeated on the cross thousands of years ago, the spiritual battle is still raging. Road signs in the nation of Israel are in Hebrew and in Arabic — a sign of the battle. It’s no secret that many nations all around Israel want to wipe them off the globe. In less than two weeks, the world’s largest LGBTQ event is taking place in Tel Aviv, where we are currently staying — rainbow flags are everywhere. The battle continues in new ways.

The historical message of God’s beloved nation of Israel has been buried and hidden as other nations have occupied this geography. Only about 5% of the civilization of Caesarea has been unearthed even today. To unearth this would have honored and revealed the story of the importance of Israel. As a result, much of it remained under sand and earth until Israel became a modern nation. Many of the archeological finds are fairly recent.

The Caesarean Aqueducts were recently unearthed under what were thought to be sand dunes.

We saw the remains of the fort in Caesarea where Paul was imprisoned before he sailed away for his missionary journey to the Roman Empire; aqueducts and the Caesarean coliseum from King Herod’s era; the hippodrome; and the remains of Herod’s palace.

The hippodrome, where chariot races were held — half remains, while the other half has been eaten up by the Mediterranean Sea.
Site of the fort where Paul was held in Caesarea before his missionary journey.
The Caesarean coliseum was built by Herod in honor of the Romans.

Israel is not just a collection of historical buildings, civilizational markers, and cultural relics, but a living breathing example of God’s love for His people and through adoption, us. It is written in the history, rests in the resilience of this little nation, and wells up deep within the people who make aliyah. It is the only nation where when you land at the airport, people clap on the plane and kiss the ground when they touch it for the first time.

Israel matters. It is both the historical land of the Bible and the illustration of the ongoing spiritual battle against God and His people.

This Friday, when Kris and I and our group will be at the Sea of Galilee, I will be joined by award-winning author Joel Rosenberg for a very special LIVE First Friday — our first ever from Israel. We hope you will make time to participate. We will talk about the amazing importance of Israel and the prophetic place it holds in the end times.

Many of you feel the same way that Kris and I do about Israel: It IS a special place, both in our faith’s history, our current protection of its nation status, and the role Israel plays in the future end times. We look forward to celebrating Israel together on First Friday.

Kris Kubal (IFA Chief Program Officer) and Dave Kubal (IFA President/CEO) in Israel, May 31, 2023.


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Tennis Hatfield
June 6, 2023

Amen. Israel is important to christianity and we pray for everyone that supports Israel. Amen

Katie Kay
June 3, 2023

Thank you for being in Israel and reminding us of God’s love for that country. Also your pictures and descriptions make it come back alive for us; we were there in 2015.

Kimberly Webb
June 3, 2023

Thank you Lord for keeping Israel pure and set apart for your Glory and your pleasure only. Remove all evil and ungodliness that is trespassing in your Holy place

June 2, 2023

Thankyou very much for giving a brief resume of the state of Israel. Frankly i am quite shocked that they would allow this movement to take place in their country. We we all continue praying and rebuking Satan who is trying to get hold of this world.

Martha Underwood
June 2, 2023

How do I attend the First Friday prayer today? Does your website have a link????

Frankie Hutchens
June 2, 2023

I’m in Isreal as well for the next 11 days.
God’s land and people are truly remarkable. Such a blessing to be here and wake up to a beautiful view of the Sea of Gallilee. How can any deny the reality of GOD our creator.
God Bless Isreal!

Vicky Maurseth
June 2, 2023

God Bless IFA, Israel, Joel Rosenberg. And may there be peace in Jerusalem!

June 1, 2023

Are we being deceived by false Khazarian Jews?
Christians beware. Pray for truth

    Jon Krauss
    June 3, 2023

    Sharon, resolve this – this is a spiritual blindness. This short reel is out of context, and your understanding of it is in darkness.

    June 8, 2023

    Dear Sharon, our brother Jon is right, please repent of spewing “Jew hatred”. Sister, take every thought captive to The Holy and Immutable Word of God. Our job is NOT to spew hatred, that is the work of Satan!

    We are to love those whom Christ loved, those who are the Apple of His Eye–and our ROLE is to lovingly provoke the Jewish unbeliever to jealously by HOW MUCH we love the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob-Y’Isreal and by how WELL we KNOW and LOVE the as yet unfulfilled prophecies which foretell of a day when unbelieving Israel, encounters their “brother Joseph”–and He shows them His Pierced Hands. (Zech 12:10, John 19:37) Our role is to STAND ON THE WALL and pray for their salvation! (Isaiah 62) More than 40,000 Jewish Believers are IN THE LAND (and many more are fearful to “come out” due to the intense persecution they face.) Our Jewish brethren who are believers are LOVELY, SWEET and DESERVING of our prayers–and yes of our repentance for the MASSIVE BOULDER which Anti-Semitism and Replacement Theology has thrown in their pathway of even them even seeing the Messiah in us! Go to ONE FOR ISRAEL and watch the testimonies, and it will break your heart when you see how much they must grapple with becoming a believer–in the face of so much hatred by Christians!

    Educate yourself! Force yourself to watch the 3 amazing Scripturally rich documentary series called “Covenant and Controversy”–which is FREE at Frontier Alliance International (FAI). It documents all the harmful, cruel, evil things–that “so called Christians” have done throughout the ages–Catholic Crusades and the Inquisition, Orthodox pogroms, forced expulsions from English, Spain and France, the Holocaust and now rising Anti-Semitism in America. It is made by Christian missionaries from the Middle East. Each film in the 3 part series also has an attached BIBLICAL TRANSCRIPT for CHRISTIANS to study the Scriptures which many pastors and spiritual leaders never preach or teach on–but that will be no excuse on Judgment Day.

    FORCE yourself to read the Anti-Semitic writings of Martin Luther and John Chrysostom–while having Your Bible OPEN to Exodus 12 (Israelites and a Mixed Multitude of gentiles left Egypt–did you KNOW that?), Roman 9-11, Ephesians 2 and Revelation 7! FORCE yourself to study every instance that God has said, “do not add to My Word, do not take away from My Word and do not go BEYOND My Word”…and you will see that God’s Plan is gracious, and He WILL HAVE ONE GLOBAL FAMILY.
    Jon is right, such hatred is darkness. When you love and pray for the very thing Jesus wants us to do–pray for the Jewish people to accept their own Jewish Messiah–you cannot even IMAGINE the GRACE He pours out on you.
    Christians are NOT AWARE of HOW DEEP Anti-Semitism and Replacement Theology runs contrary to SCRIPTURE–which Jesus said WILL BE YOUR JUDGE WHEN HE RETURNS (John 12:47-50). The Kingdom which is Jesus’ Inheritance is of ONE NEW MAN–Jewish Believers and former gentiles, now Christians GRAFTED IN from every tribe, nation, language and ethnicity. Jesus is THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE which brings us together–repeat–TOGETHER–VIA HIS WORD. HIS WORD-not the hateful words of men. Please do NOT rebuild the partition wall–when Jesus torn that down via His Crucified Flesh! He bled to have a ONE NEW MAN FAMILY! (Ephesians 2:14)

    I pray you are blessed to turn away from such hatred before the Lord returns. Please…please!

June 1, 2023

The Jewish nation of Israel not only have outside enemy forces against them, there are also Jewish traitors within that made the agreement with pharma companies to be the FIRST country to take the countermeasures labeled vaccines.

In the same way, a number of American denominations and churches took money from the government/pharma, leading to being tied to agreeing with the satanic cabal measures.

All of us MUST repent to God. Only God can give victory over this worldwide satanic led movement.

Faye Boyd
June 1, 2023

Too many pastors who preach from the Jewish bible rarely mention the importance of Israel in today’s world.
From oversight, ignorance or deliberately.,or indifference? What a sad state of affairs in the western churches today when the the God-inspired Holy Scriptures tell us that those who bless (Israel) will be blessed…with the reverse being true also.

Linda Morris
June 1, 2023

Zechariah 12:10

Linda Morris
June 1, 2023

We pray for the Shalom of Jerusalem! Baruch HaBah B’Shem Adonai!
Zechariah 22:10

June 1, 2023

I pray for the peace of Jerusalem, the protection of Israel, for the Holy Spirit to fall upon the people of Israel and bring glory to His name.

Carolyn W Billington
June 1, 2023

exciting news—Lord help Jews to accept Jesus as Messiah

June 1, 2023

The real rainbow came after the flood. A radical Marxist group hijacked this symbol. I pray for those who embrace it either through ideology or blackmail. How this evolved from the small club in the West Village of Manhattan to Israel & morphed into a world order tyranny confounds me. As a person who has had many gay friends I can see how they are being used to promote an agenda that that doesn’t align with their values either. Then I think about how movements begin in small ways. Christ only had 12 disciples to spread the word & then others began to evangelize, especially Paul. To me this is the devils way to spread his word through clever lies whereas Christ spread the word of truth & love. God already won by giving us the symbol of the rainbow that meant new beginnings after the darkness was destroyed. Have a blessed trip & thank you for all that you do.

Donna Rollyson
June 1, 2023

Blessings to you both! Enjoy every moment of being in the land promised to God’s chosen people. Thank you for an insightful article. We pray for your journey to be rich in blessings and void of difficulty. Praise His Holy Name!!

June 1, 2023

I hope Dave and Kris got to go on Daniel Carmel’s tour boat and enjoy the worship! Sunrise on the water is gorgeous, also the reflection of the full moon, wow. After being in Israel, Bible reading is never the same! We Christians go as tourists for a week or so, have money to spend, and truly come to appreciate His land. My thought is to pray as the Holy Spirit directs, for the ordinary people who live there, who struggle to pay bills, worry about their kids, dread the next air raid siren. It’s HARD living there, it’s not romantic. If I mention to people that our daughter and her family live there, they go Ohhhh, like it must be so wonderful. Hate to bust the bubble. It’s hard. The spiritual warfare is – relentless. So we must pray for those who do live there – Be strong and courageous!

    Maggie H
    June 1, 2023

    Amen! I remember the full moon in Israel. Magnificent!! HUGE!
    The next one will be on June 3rd at 8:42 PM.

June 1, 2023

It makes me cry just to read this and see the pictures. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be there.

Sue Tracy
June 1, 2023

Lord the enemy comes to lie cheat and steal; he’s using fear to control and steal our joy Lord we keep our eyes on You and we will not fear You are still our Almighty Lord and God we look to You and trust Your perfect plan. Thank you .

June 1, 2023

Wonderful pics. I pray for your and Kris’ safety. I can only imagine what the feeling is when you walk where JESUS walked and the many places that we read about in the Bible. Blessings to both of you.

Audrey West
June 1, 2023

Enjoy the walk that Jesus walked and the sea where Jesus sailed.
May the peace of our Lord be with you and your wife and your group ! What a privilege to be in unity with other believers to pray !

Betsy West
June 1, 2023

Just knowing that you walk as representatives of the tens of thousands of intercessors who are a part of IFA, my spirit leaps with joy! Inhale the atmosphere of this blessed land that is indeed the very center of the universe and the apple of God’s eye and upon your return your exhale will stir the hearts of all intercessors to be watchmen on the wall until that great awakening of the Jewish people is realized in its fullest.
God bless you Dave and Kris. We pray that you receive all that God has for you as He deposits His gems into your spirit. Maranatha!

Dorothy C
June 1, 2023

“And they will call them
The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord”; And you (Jerusalem) will be called “Sought Out, A City Not Deserted.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭62‬:‭12‬ ‭

We pray for the day, Father God, when all of Israel will say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” May those words be spoken with humility and adoration, with love and worship as Your chosen ones proclaim Jeshua, their Messiah and welcome Him into the City of their great King. Amen

Brian Lynch
June 1, 2023

I Pray for the peace and safety of Jerusalem and the nation of Israel. May God’s favor be upon them. I pray that America will continue to always stand as a strong ally of this nation. Thank You Jesus.

Christine Stott
June 1, 2023

We honor the nation of Israel — the apple of Your eye. Help us to be faithful to pray for Israel and its people.

Steven Lazar
June 1, 2023

Yeshua Visit and Save The Jewish People Zechariah 12:10
God of of Israel Deliver and Protect The House of Israel Psalm 91
All of Israel Shall Be Saved Romans 11
We will Not Give You Rest Until Jerusalem is a Praise in All The Earth Isaiah 62

Maggie H
June 1, 2023

Absolutely lovely photos! I am so happy to see the selfie of Kris and Dave. You both look so happy!
You are such a blessing to us. We are family!
I was in Israel in 1988, 1990, and 1992. Wonderful memories! We were working with the Russian
immigrants and others.
I am looking forward to our First Friday webcast. Also, later this morning with Kris.

Kathy L Johnson
June 1, 2023

From “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom

One day as Father and I were returning from our walk we found the Grote Markt cordoned off by a double ring of police and soldiers. A truck was parked in front of the fish mart; into the back were climbing men, women, and children, all wearing the yellow star. There was no reason we could see why this particular place at this particular time had been chosen. “Father! Those poor people!” I cried. The police line opened, the truck moved through. We watched till it turned the corner. “Those poor people,” Father echoed. But to my surprise I saw that he was looking at the soldiers now forming into ranks to march away. “I pity the poor Germans, Corrie. They have touched the apple of God’s eye.”

Robert Barton
June 1, 2023

Thank you, Dave, for your excellent work with IFA


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