By Rick Ridings
Many who pray for Israel are not aware that abortion is widespread here. In fact, the government offers two free abortions to each young woman serving her two years in the Israeli Defense Forces (1).
According to Be’ad Chaim, the Messianic pro-life ministry in Israel, “It is estimated that every fourth pregnancy in Israel is terminated by abortion (from analysis of the numbers of births and abortions). It is estimated that since 1948 there have been over 2 million abortions in Israel, more babies than were murdered in the Holocaust. (2)
Obviously this is an open door that needs to be closed to the spirit of death. This is a grievous sin that needs to be acknowledged and confessed before the LORD. Very early in the Scriptures, the LORD makes clear the effect of the shedding of innocent blood upon the land. He declares in Genesis 4:10b -12a (NIV):
“Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you.”
Praise God that Be’ad Chaim is taking the lead in gathering a group of pastors and leaders to call “a national day of remembrance for the unborn and repentance on behalf of our nation. Our hope is to bring together believers from across the country joining for prayer, worship and repentance with believers from around the world.” (3) This will most likely be held this October. They are hoping that upwards of 1,000 believers will gather together to ask the LORD’s forgiveness and mercy upon Israel in regards to the sin of abortion.
Ben Hinnom Valley
The Ben Hinnom Valley (called “Gehenna” in the Greek) is located at the base of modern Mt. Zion in Jerusalem and was an ancient site for the worship of Molech (Jeremiah 32:35). Molech was an Ammonite god expressly forbidden by the LORD in Leviticus 18 and 20 but whose worship by Israel is introduced by King Solomon’s wives (1 Kings 11:4-8).
One area of the valley, Topeth, means “drum” and is thought to carry that name because worshipers would beat loudly on drums to drown out the screams of the children as they were sacrificed. (4)
The LORD has led teams from Succat Hallel (our 24/7 worship and prayer center, facing Mt. Zion and located above the Ben Hinnom Valley) to pray in that valley many times over a period of years.
One day a group of Jewish and Gentile intercessors were praying there, repenting for the modern sacrifice of children called abortion. We felt God showed us that some day that valley would be filled with hundreds and even thousands of children and youth praising God. As we were leaving the valley, a little girl ran up to us and simply said: “Hi, my name is Tehillah!” Her name in Hebrew means “intercessory praise”!
Another time, as we were praying for God to arise against the spirit of death, we could sense a thick, darkness like a blanket over the valley. As we were leaving, we came across the body of a dead pale horse. It was right near where we were praying just moments before, and yet we had heard nothing when someone evidently dumped the horse there. My wife, Patti, remembered that the pale horse in the book of Revelation (4:7-8) represented death. As we prayed about that, we sensed that the LORD was saying that something of the spirit of death had died.
A few weeks later, we were praying in the valley with a team of mostly Jewish Messianic youth concerning reconciliation with the Arabs who live nearby. Suddenly, one of youths pointed out that a huge, white stallion was prancing on the cliff above us with no rider in sight. The horse would stare at us as we prayed. This very lively, white horse watched us closely as we prayed for 20 to 30 minutes.
So we were encouraged to believe that the redemptive, resurrection life of Yeshua (Jesus) would one day fill that valley. In fact, that is promised in Jeremiah 31:40 (NIV):
“The whole valley where dead bodies and ashes are thrown [a phrase used to describe the Ben Hinnom valley]…will be holy to the LORD. The city will never again be uprooted or demolished.”
After a period of weekly worship with our families in the Ben Hinnom Valley and various other prayer journeys there, we felt at one point the assurance of the Holy Spirit that the curse of death over the valley had been broken.
About three months after that moment, Patti and I were on a tour of the valley sponsored by the City of Jerusalem. The guide explained: “You know that we Jewish people believe this valley was cursed in the time of Jeremiah as a result of sacrificing babies and children to idols. The way we knew the Ben Hinnom Valley was cursed was that there were no birds in the valley for hundreds of years. I don’t know what happened, but about three months ago, the birds returned, which means the valley is no longer under a curse!”
We were obviously overjoyed at his statement and blessed to see that since then, birds are continually in the valley. Also, the garbage dump in the area where we prayed was removed and replaced by a park with grass and trees.
Pray that Israel may be a ‘light to the nations’
If we have correctly discerned that the sacrifice of babies and children in the Ben Hinnom Valley by God’s covenant people is a historic root of abortion, then we could expect that a breakthrough changing government policy and public attitudes towards abortion in Israel would not only affect Israel but the nations of the earth.
This was recently made very real to me as I was ministering to church and intercessory leaders in mainland China, where 336 million babies have been aborted under the “one-child policy.” (5)
After I shared the Ben Hinnom story and we began to pray, the Holy Spirit came in a very powerful way as our dear Chinese brothers and sisters began to weep, confessing the national sin of abortion, crying out to the LORD for mercy. This needs to happen in most nations of the modern world.
Please join us in praying for the Messianic body in Israel to arise as a remnant priesthood to confess and seek the mercy of the LORD for the modern-day sacrifice of babies to the idols of comfort, materialism and mammon. Pray that Israel may have a tidal change in this area that would enable it to truly be a “light to the nations” concerning the sanctity and value of the life of the unborn.
- “Abortion in Practice.” Be’ad Chaim. Web. 22 April 2013.
- Shoshani, Oded. “Statistics for prayer for our people.” Message to author. 19 Sept. 2012. E-mail.
- Shoshani, Sandy. “Notes from Israel Meeting.” Message to author. 10 April 2013. E-mail.
- “Tophet: Etymology.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 18 April 2013. Web. 22 April 2013.
- Moore, Malcolm. “336 million abortions under China’s one-child policy.” The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Ltd. 15 March 2013. Web. 22 April 2013.
First published by Reformation Prayer Network. Republished with permission of the author.