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Standing in the Present – Proclaiming the Future
Standing in the Present - Proclaiming the Future. This was the theme for Aglow’s 2014 time in the land of Israel. Over 200 men and women from 13 nations joined us. We stayed focused on our purpose as we stood in the present and proclaimed God’s heart for the future from the Golan Heights looking into Damascus Syria, from Tel Aviv to Tiberius, from the Shepherds fields of Bethlehem to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
A group of 25 Generations young people sang and danced their Happy dance everywhere they could beginning with the boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and ending with a great finale at our closing dinner. It was fun, festive, and fabulous with everyone joining in the atmosphere of celebration.
This time in the land was another experience of corporately seeing a further unfolding of Aglow’s mandate related to Israel, a mandate that initially came in the year 2001. We have continued to be enlarged in our ability to see more and more clearly the purpose of Aglow’s call to Israel and are gaining a greater measure of God’s heart so that we might pray with increased understanding.
SIGNS IN THE PRESENT THAT SPEAK OF THE FUTURE
In talking with the Jewish leaders of His day, Jesus spoke these words: You will see Me no more till you say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
We understand that there will be a significant number of Jewish people who will be re-gathered from the nations and returned to their homeland, according to the prophet Jeremiah (16:15). A significant number will have accepted Him before He returns, having had their eyes opened, according to Isaiah and Ezekiel. It is happening today! There are currently more than 20,000 believing Jewish people in Israel at this time and the number continues to grow. God’s covenant with His people is eternal. His purpose to make them a light to the nations will yet be fulfilled. His intent to make them a kingdom of priests and a holy nation, as spoken in Ex 19:6 will be riches for the world.
MESSIANIC JEWISH APOSTLES BEING RAISED UP
As Jews return to the land, and as Jewish believers continue to increase in the land, God, at the same time is returning Jewish leadership to the Body of Messiah to assume the place of apostolic leadership that has not been present there since the first apostles. Very significant!
WHAT HAVE YOU COME HERE TO SEE?
This question was posed to Aglow about 4 years ago by Asher Intrater, a Messianic Apostolic Jew living in the land. He had been asked to speak to the group of Aglow travelers with us that year. It was an interesting, thought provoking way to begin his message to us that none of us have ever forgotten. It was one of those spirit directed moments that goes deeply into your heart. What have you come here to see? Politicians? Sites?
Or, have you come here to see another phenomenon? Have you come to see the fulfillment of the prophetic words related to the re-gathering of Jewish people to their homeland; the re-establishment of a tender shoot of believing, Messianic Jews that are arising in the land?
It was as though scales fell from our eyes that morning. Of course! THIS is what we needed to see, to support, and to encourage. THIS would cause our eyes to focus on something much greater than the immediate. THIS would enable us to stand in the present and declare the future…God’s future for His people.
There seemed to be a Biblical unfolding of prophetic purposes before our very eyes. This was what we needed to participate in. This is what our call and mandate to Israel was about. We had always heard that we were, called for such a time as this. THIS was THAT! God is looking for those who will partner with Him in the calling forth of the fulfillment of those things spoken for His people.
Until that time, we had been like most travelers coming to the Holy Land. We were about visiting the beautiful sites and getting a sense of the land and the atmosphere, but were missing the greater prophetic relevance.
Asher’s question was the beginning point in a change of direction for Aglow in relation to Israel. We are to support the tender shoot that is arising prophetically in the land of Israel, as it is one of the clear signs of the times in which we live. Scripture is being fulfilled, particularly as it relates to the Jewish people. From the beginning the enemy has tried to destroy the seed of Abraham. As the time for the fulfillment of all things God has purposed begins to take place, his fury will intensify. STANDING - NOT JUST FOR THEM, BUT AS THEM
In 2013 Aglow chose to be correctly aligned with the Messianic remnant in Jerusalem in accordance with Acts 1:8
That scripture states: You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria and to the end of the earth.
As an international ministry we wanted to be sent out from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. In doing so, we also stepped into a conflict that is center stage worldwide. It is a conflict that is filled with hatred. We aligned with the most hated people on earth.
It is also the most heated battle on earth because it is a battle over the Word and the ultimate authority of God’s word. In aligning with scripture and agreeing to be sent out from them….we become one of them. As grafted in ones….we aren’t just for them, we come as them.
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
Luke 21:20-24 speaks of the signs of the times and the end of the Age and refers specifically to the destruction of Jerusalem by saying, When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its destruction is near.
Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles UNTIL the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. It is of interest to note that Israel’s re-entry into Jerusalem in 1967 is connected to this, I believe. This is the same year that Aglow began.
The significance of the City of Jerusalem being re-captured and Israel fighting off 6 invading Arab nations to recapture the city is a significant sign. We are told to not be ignorant of the season. We know that at the time of the coming of the Son of Man it will be as it was in the days of Noah. They were eating, drinking and marrying…until the day Noah entered the ark. The ark had been built and Noah was prepared so when the rains came he was ready. God is preparing us, as well.
PROCLAIMING THEIR FUTURE
We must understand why Israel and the Jewish people are center stage in world history again. The return of Jewish people to their homeland and their spiritual awakening will coincide with world revival.
As we understand the prophetic times in which we live, we will become better partners with God in hastening the fulfillment.
Aglow has been called for such a time as this. We have been called to partner with God in bringing forth His plan for His people, the Jews. They are our brothers and sisters. But more importantly, they are a light to the nations such as has never been seen in the earth.
Now, if their fall is riches for the world. And their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness... Rom 11:12
Lord Jesus, we call in their fullness!