"Taking up the Priesthood, in regards to the call of Aliyah."
The following talk was given during a conference in Jerusalem in May 2015. The opening words of a worship song touched me as extremely true that morning:
"More than ever I need Your strength to scale this city wall.
More than ever I need Your courage to climb this mountain once more.
Through Your great mercy and grace I'll declare who You are.
Spirit of God come from the four winds and breath on these slain that they live.
Spirit of God you put me in this valley of dry bones, I feel so helpless.
You will make us stand on our feet, a mighty army, in love with You.
Ready to fight, ready to die, if it would glory to Your Name."
After the worship, Pete Stucken, Head of Ebenezer Australia, spoke:
"1945 - the end of WWII - was a Shemitah year. Now we are at the 70th anniversary from 1945, another Shemitah year. [For more on the Shemitah please see The Mystery of the Shemitah by Jonathan Cahn.]
Jeremiah/Yirmeyahu 29:11 is a blessing meant originally for the exiled in Babylon, and yet he wrote those words from Jerusalem. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Verse 14 continues, "I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive." Daniel, in chapter 9, was reading from these words from Jeremiah/Yirmeyahu regarding the length, again of seventy years, after which there would - again - be a shift from "captivity to release" for the Jewish people.
We are in that time again now. Daniel in a way is like we are today, in that he was standing on an anniversary! He, like us, realised that a shift is now beginning to be released over the Jewish people to return from exile. This is the time to return to Israel. What does Daniel do? He sets his face toward the LORD in prayer and fasting. The Aliyah movement is founded on fasting and prayer.
The seventy year anniversary since the greatest "exile" [NB: In Hebrew this painful word is galut and shares its root with the verb "to be exposed or uncovered"] of the Jewish people, the Shoah/Holocaust, is now over. We are standing on the threshold of a very mighty move of God in the coming years. We, gathered in Jerusalem, are a marker, if you like, from the nations to carry back that call to pray for the Aliyah highways to open. Aliyah is a work purposed in heaven.
"This real estate belongs to Me!" says the LORD. It's a Holy Project. Like Isaiah/Yeshayahu 62, we need to be the ones who fast and pray for the stones, the obstacles, to Aliyah to be removed from His Aliyah highways. [NB: For a fuller meaning of Aliyah in Hebrew, please see the Home Page of this website.]
Go through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people;
Build up the highway!
Take out the stones,
Lift up a banner for the peoples!" (Isaiah/Yeshayahu 62.10)
Where are today's Aliyah highways? There are from the Ukraine, France, South America, particularly Argentina. Of those leaving France, 70% are coming to Israel. But 30% are going to U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia. Let's ask the LORD how to pray into this threshold of Aliyah highways opening up, to remove the stones; the procedural, governmental obstacles in the way, the lack of documents, [the difficulties of being Messianic] etc.
Revelation 3:8 says, “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name." Give those working in Aliyah an adventurous life and great joy!
Comments: If you meet in a Christian group to pray for Israel, please remember him and those with whom he works, and consider supporting Aliyah charities, either Christian or Jewish, in your giving.
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