Here are more prayer points on the Elav Youth Conference, which will take place in just over a week.
I’m traveling again, so it’s been tough to keep my news posts refreshed, especially because of the busyness of the news cycle. And it hurts me because of volume of important headlines from the past two weeks. I’m aiming to do a recap before the weekend.
by Rick Ridings
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” – Joel 2:28-29 (NIV)
This is a very familiar passage to most Christians. It is quoted by Peter as he explains the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Pentecost after Jesus’ death and resurrection (Acts 2).
Let us look at it in a different light.
I was reading it recently when the Holy Spirit asked me: “I am giving these words through whom?” I replied, “Through your prophet Yoel (Joel), an Israeli prophet. And it was here in the Land of Israel that he was prophesying to the people of Israel.”
While Peter spoke of this prophesy on Pentecost, think how the people of Israel would have heard it in Joel’s day.
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
YOUR sons and daughters will prophesy,
YOUR old men will dream dreams,
YOUR young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days. (NIV, emphasis added)
So we should be reading it differently. God is telling Israel: Watch for the great outpouring among the nations. When there is a great outpouring of my Holy Spirit among the Gentiles, and it has gone from Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria to the uttermost parts of the earth (Acts 1:8), then you know that your sons and daughters will start prophesying, that your old men will dream dreams. Your young men are going to start seeing visions. Even the servants, who don’t have much money, will experience a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It won’t be on a special elite but it will be upon everyone.
The uttermost parts of the earth from Israel would be Indonesia and the South Pacific. Just recently we had a couple from the island nation of Tonga visit us in Jerusalem. They are starting a house of prayer. They had experienced the fire of God and were praying for this fire to come upon the young people of Israel.
In May, Indonesia, the most populous Muslim-majority nation (Wikipedia), hosted thousands of intercessors at the World Prayer Assembly in Jakarta (Thomas) and connected via broadcast as many as 5 million believers across the island nation (Robb).
It is not that the LORD is going to stop pouring out His Spirit upon the nations. It is a sign to Israel, that when you see the Spirit has reached the uttermost parts of the earth, expect your children to experience an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
That outpouring is what we are believing for during our in Tel Aviv on July 7-9. Several intercessors in Succat Hallel, our 24/7 prayer center in Jerusalem, have had dreams and visions that continue to speak of the coming move of Holy Spirit here in Israel.
‘Buckets of water’
Our 8-year-old grandson, Yoshi (Hebrew for Josiah), was recently at a prayer watch. My wife Patti was leading worship at the piano when one of the prayer interns invited Yoshi to lay down on the carpet behind the piano and soak in the LORD’s presence. After the watch, Yoshi told her he had a vision.
“I was standing in a desert place. There were angels all around me. Suddenly angels began pouring buckets of water on me from heaven.”
We are believing for prophetic vision for the younger generation, even for children as young as 4 or 5 years old.
A tsunami and a harvest from the sea
Stefan, an Israeli member of our staff, shared the following dream:
I was standing in the air halfway up the tallest building in Tel Aviv when I heard a roar from the sea. I looked and saw that there was a tsunami forming. Next thing, I’m standing at ground level in Tel Aviv as the tsunami is coming in. The wave was going to be tall enough to cover this tallest building. I said, “Oh no! This is a problem. I’m on ground level now.”
I went into the tallest building (it looked like a hotel). Inside was the body of believers in Tel Aviv – young people, old people just intermingling at the elevator. There was a staircase on the left side.
I said, “Guys, there’s a tsunami coming. We need to get up stairs to the roof.”
Everyone began arguing about taking the elevator or stairs, just standing there arguing how to get to the top. I decide to just take the stairs. By God’s grace everybody reached to the roof, and the tsunami just washed through the city.
Looking down from the rooftop, about a meter and half down, there was crystal clear, beautiful water. It was the Holy Spirit. In the water there were fish – big, small, medium – tons of fish. Some had tentacles, looked weird, but all were glittering. They were different colors, some rainbow. They were one with that water.
It hit me when I woke up that it was the young people of the harvest. Yeshua (Jesus) said we were going to be fishers of men. It’s another sort of harvest, like from the field, except it’s out of the sea. The LORD spoke to me that He’s sending a tsunami to Tel Aviv. He is going to wash in the harvest.
Tel Aviv breakthrough
The conference is not just about an outpouring on young people, but about God breaking in on the city of Tel Aviv, the most secular city in Israel. Lonely Planet summed it up well:
“Tel Aviv is the total flipside of Jerusalem, a modern Sin City on the sea rather than an ancient Holy City on a hill. Hedonism is the one religion that unites its inhabitants. There are more bars than synagogues, God is a DJ and everyone’s body is a temple. Yet scratch underneath the surface, and Tel Aviv reveals itself as a truly diverse 21st-century Mediterranean hub. By far the most international city in Israel, Tel Aviv is also home to a large gay community, a kind of San Francisco in the Middle East.” (Lonely Planet)
During the past two conferences held in Tel Aviv, the young people joined us to pray for the casting down of the idols of Tel Aviv, as well as praying for social justice, particularly in the area of human trafficking. At present, prostitution is legal in Israel, so it has opened the door for human trafficking ( via the Jerusalem Post).
Since last year’s conference, the and others have lobbied the Knesset to make prostitution illegal. In February, the anti-prostitution bill passed the first reading and has been forwarded to committee (Eglash). Please pray that it will pass into law.
I had a dream as we were seeking the LORD on which worship leader to invite to the conference. I saw Eddie James, who has led worship for past two years; and he looked almost like an elephant with a trunk. In the dream, I saw Eddie run into tree and knock it over. The he wrapped his trunk around a second tree and pulled it out by roots.
Eddie James will be joining us in July. We believe that some spiritual strongholds were knocked down at last year’s conference. We really feel the LORD wants to pull up strongholds by the roots this year.
How to pray
It is important to pray the Word of God, to pray His will. His Word is “like a hammer that breaks a rock” (Jer. 23:29 NIV). The following verses are to pray into during and after the conference as we trust the Holy Spirit to do the work.
- Ezekiel 37 – Pray that the dry bones will rise up, and that the LORD will breathe upon them that they may live. Pray for the restoration of hope to a generation that says their hope is cut off.
- Psalm 24 – Pray that the ancient doors of Tel Aviv/Jaffa would be lifted up to receive the King of Glory and that ADONAI Tzvaot (LORD of Armies) would do battle for the youth of Israel. Jaffa is ancient Joppa, where Peter raised Dorcus from the dead (Acts 9).
- Psalm 102:13-22 – We believe this is the appointed time for the LORD to show favor and mercy to this generation in Israel, to rebuild Zion.
- Isaiah 65:23 and Isaiah 61:9 – Pray blessing on the children of those who have returned to Israel from exile in the Diaspora.
- Isaiah 44:3-5 – Pray that the LORD would pour the water of His Spirit on the thirsty Land and on the offspring of those who have returned from the nations. Pray that these young people would identify with God and not be ashamed of their heritage nor their calling.