View of Old City Jerusalem from south, from a colleague’s home.
Shalom, my friends.
I’ve been back in Israel five weeks, and I know that my purpose here isn’t super clear to some of y’all. So I want to explain, to inform you about the ministry with which I am serving and offer an opportunity for you to help.
Succat Hallel is a house of prayer and worship. This is where I am ministering at this time… ministering to the Lord.
We believers are often very works oriented. There is nothing wrong with serving those around us. The Word tells us that pure religion is to care for widows and orphans.
And yet, we see the contrast of sisters Mary and Martha. Martha was preoccupied with physically serving Jesus and the disciples. Mary had “chosen what is better” by sitting at Yeshua’s feet to listen. Both are acts of worship… but Yeshua said Mary’s silent, still devotion trumped Martha’s harried worrying.
So, for this time, I am trying to follow Mary’s example and sit at Yeshua’s feet. Sometimes I worship with music. Sometimes I dance. Sometimes I intercede (in prayer) for others. And sometimes, I just sit silently before Him in quiet devotion.
Succat Hallel is a 24/7 house of prayer in Jerusalem. They’ve been here for 10 years and have been operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week for five years.
I want to share their seven mandates in an effort to explain what it is that I am doing and why. This will be an overview. I may write more on some of these topics later.
- Restoration of the Tabernacle of David
This is the foundational mandate and yet the one that may need more explanation. Cliff Notes version — when King David returned the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, he built a separate place for it apart from Moses’ Tabernacle where the burnt offerings were made (see I Chronicles 15-16). David’s Tabernacle was strictly a place of adoration for God… no blood sacrifice took place there. This obviously pleased Adonai, as He says through the prophet Amos (9:11-15) that He will restore David’s fallen tent.
- Youth revival
In Joel 2, Adonai says that the sons and daughters of the Israelites will prophesy. Running with this word, we pray for the youth of Israel, that their hearts would be opened to the identity of their Messiah. Succat Hallel has been hosting a youth conference for three years. Now called Elav (“Unto Him” in Hebrew), the conference draws young believers from Jewish and Arab backgrounds, as well as many internationals. It is a time of unity, refreshing and sending out. Visit the Elav Conference website for info on how you can help.
- Reconciliation and unity in the Body of Messiah
The Church is fractured. We know this plainly as we see all the denominations. There are great schisms. First the Eastern branch broke off the Roman Catholic Church. Then we saw “protesters” break off during the Reformation of the 1500s. But, as Dr. David Stern (a Jewish believer and Bible translator) says, the greatest schism is that between the Christian church and the Jews. We were meant to be one, in Yeshua.
- Isaiah 19 Highway
The last verse in Isaiah 19 say: “In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, ‘Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.'”Read that verse again. It’s an amazing thought, an amazing vision of unity in the Arab world with Israel, an impossibility that can only be dreamed up and made reality by our God.We pray into this highway every Tuesday morning. Already, we are seeing the first fruits, as houses of prayer are sprouting in Turkey and Egypt, places where Muslim-background believers in Yeshua are praying for the peace of Israel. Seriously! It’s happening now.
- Comfort God’s people Israel and prepare the way of the LORD
This mandate comes straight out of Isaiah 40… and it is my personal life calling, given to me in 1995 before I even fathomed living in Israel.In history, we too often see “Christians” doing anything but comforting Israel. The Jews have mistrusted us because when they hear “Christian” or even “Jesus Christ,” they picture Crusaders hacking their way through Jerusalem, among other ghastly images. So, one of the first thing many of us do here in Israel is repent for the sins of our Christian forefathers. It is something I couldn’t help but do as I walked through the ancient synagogues in Spain, which cleared out the Jews by brutal force 500 years ago… all under the banner of a “Christian” king and queen.
- Jeremiah 31 Mandate — Redeeming the valleys around Jerusalem
Verses 38-40 say: ” ‘The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when this city [Jerusalem] will be rebuilt for me from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. The measuring line will stretch from there straight to the hill of Gareb and then turn to Goah. The whole valley where dead bodies and ashes are thrown, and all the terraces out to the Kidron Valley on the east as far as the corner of the Horse Gate, will be holy to the LORD. The city will never again be uprooted or demolished.'”The Valley of Hinnom was cursed because of the idolatry practiced by the Jews there millennia ago. We continue to pray for the redeeming of this area as the LORD establishes Jerusalem as His eternal capital. And by redemption, we mean the natural restoration of plant and animal life as well as spiritual redemption.
- Healing and making room for the work of the Holy Spirit
Those looking for Messiah knew what the signs would be. When John the Baptist from prison sends a question to Yeshua about His identity, Yeshua answers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.” (Luke 7, compare to Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:16-21). These miraculous works were the proof of his identity as Messiah. And Yeshua said these signs would follow those who believe (Mark 16:15-18, Acts 3).It is our prayer that these signs begin to manifest again, particularly in Jerusalem and the rest of Israel, as a witness to the Jews that their Messiah has coming and is coming again.
So, this is what I am doing in Israel. I serve here as a volunteer. Each of us is required to raise our own support to cover living expenses.
First, I ask you for a simple but very effective gift – your prayers for God’s protection and provision in my life. I thank God that He has shown Himself faithful to me.
Also, I would ask you to pray about supporting this work financially. Pray about it. Do not give lightly or because I’ve asked. If you give, do so at the behest of the Holy Spirit.
Know that there is a benefit for you, and not just that you can feel good about helping a friend or relative out. God blesses those who bless Israel. This truth is recorded in Genesis 12. When God calls Abraham out of his pagan homeland, the LORD says, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.”
I believe strongly in giving the LORD his portion, so know that at least 10 percent of all I receive will be given directly to a congregation in Jerusalem: Shemen Sasson. It is my home church in the Land and one that strives to not only feed the sheep but to proclaim to the Jews that their awaited Messiah is Yeshua of Nazareth.
If you desire to bless me financially, you may do so one of two ways:
- You may give via PayPal
- Message me privately for an address if you wish to send a check
More posts to come. I have many photos and stories to share with you.
May the Lord bless you richly.