Help birth revival in the youth of Israel

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[Editor’s note: A road trip and some personal matters last week kept me from following the Egypt Revolution II. The plan is to catch up and share some prophetic analysis by the end of the week. Until there, here’s an update from Rick Ridings in Jerusalem.]

In Ezekiel 37, we see the dry bones of the nation of Israel coming together, with muscle and skin covering skeletal frames to form an army. The LORD Himself says in verse 12 that it speaks of the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel.

For 65 years and more the world has been witnessing this gathering of the dry bones. In this passage, only after the bodies are reconstituted do we see the breath, or perhaps more rightly, the spirit, bring the army to life. The Hebrew word translated wind or breath in Ezekiel 37 is ruach, which is also the Hebrew word for spirit. (1)

Just as the world is witnessing the physical rebirth of Israel as Jews continue to immigrate, we who live in Israel are witnessing the spiritual resurrection of Israel. This birthing is in progress, and we are called to help it along in prayer.

In Galatians, Paul gives a wonderful example of how to be praying:

My dear children, I am suffering the pains of giving birth to you all over again — and this will go on until the Messiah takes shape in you. (Galatians 4:19 CJB)

Paul says he is feeling something like the pains of childbirth over his spiritual children. He shows us that the LORD is not calling us to just a mental type of prayer but to allowing the Holy Spirit to travail through us. This is not just running through a prayer list.

Young Israelis intercede for their nation at the Elav conference in 2010.
Young Israelis intercede for their nation at the Elav conference in 2010.

Even though there are people who have a special anointing for birthing or travailing prayer, still we all are called to travailing prayer, to help birth Messiah (Jesus) in this generation. This is similar to the way that some are gifted specifically as evangelists, yet all of us are called to evangelize.

We must not be surprised if while in prayer the Holy Spirit comes upon us with what Paul calls groanings that cannot be put into words (Romans 8:26).

Paul says that there are times to pray with our minds and times to pray in tongues with our spirits (see I Corinthians 14). There are other times when it will be not with our words or in tongues but with the groanings of the Holy Spirit.

I want to encourage us all to be open should the Holy Spirit come upon us and move us far beyond our natural emotions or thinking. Usually that will occur during times when we’re alone or when we’re others who understand that kind of prayer.

Last year at Elav – Succat Hallel’s annual Israeli youth conference – the Holy Spirit came upon me, and I wept for 45 minutes. I was shocked. It was not expected. Once He came in that way, it was important that I just let Him pray through me until He was finished. Otherwise, what the LORD was wanting to birth through me might not have come forth.

This is not something we try to make happen. It’s not something we try to work up. However, while we are praying with our minds or in tongues by the Holy Spirit, He may come upon us with this groaning, travailing and weeping. If this happens, then let’s allow Him to give birth through us.

What needs to happen for revival here in Israel has to be born of the Holy Spirit. A conference is not going to make it happen. We’re not going to make it happen. No speaker is going to make it happen. It will only happen by the Holy Spirit.

Prayer Scriptures specific to the youth of Israel

Isaiah 65:23 – “They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them.” (NIV)

This chapter talks about the Jews returning to the Land. We need to proclaim this blessing over every child and youth in Israel, that they are not doomed to misfortune. We need to proclaim over Israel that this is a people blessed of the LORD, they and their descendants.

Isaiah 61:9 – “Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed.” (NIV)

We need to proclaim that the young people of Israel will be known in the nations for the fire of God that is in them. There will be a time when the nations will call on Jewish and Arab young people from Israel to minister to them. Let us pray that Israel will not just be a place to receive ministry but a place that will send out ministers.

Isaiah 44:3-5 – “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams. Some will say, ‘I belong to the LORD’; others will call themselves by the name of Jacob; still others will write on their hand, ‘The LORD’s,’ and will take the name Israel.” (NIV)

About a year ago our grandson Yoshi was 8 years old and had vision in Succat Hallel (our 24/7 prayer center in Jerusalem). He said: “I was with my friends out in the desert. Suddenly angels came and began pouring buckets of water on us.” I believe it’s a sign of the LORD that He wants the children and the youth of this Land to receive the water of the Holy Spirit.

For this year’s Elav conference (August 17-19), the LORD has led us to have one afternoon session specifically about the baptism of the Holy Spirit where we will pray for those who have not yet had that experience. The session will be led by a Jewish Messianic leader and an Arab leader.

So believe the LORD that the Israeli young people will come hungry and that every single one of them will be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 102:18-22 – “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD: ‘The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.’ So the name of the LORD will be declared in Zion and his praise in Jerusalem when the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the LORD.” (NIV)

The word translated “future” is the Hebrew acharown which is more literally “last.” (2) So this passage is for the last generation. We cannot say with certainty that this generation of young people will the last generation before Yeshua returns, but we can say there’s a very good possibility. So let’s pray that this generation will love to praise the LORD, fulfilling their calling to praise Him.

Isaiah 59:21 – “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the LORD. (NIV)

We need to pray that the young people of this Land will receive this promise and have a great love for the Word of God, that the Word will be in their mouths and in their hearts.

Joel 2:28-29 – “And afterward, 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)

Those of us from the nations often tend to take this scripture as being only for the nations. However, if we picture Joel being in the city of Jerusalem, prophesying to the people of Israel, we can see that it talks about both Gentiles and Jews.

All people – or “all flesh” in the King James – is talking about all the nations. I believe it’s implying that WHEN God pours out His spirit on all peoples worldwide, the sons and daughters of Israel will prophesy. Joel is prophesying to Israel. Israel’s old men will dream dreams, and Israel’s young men will see visions.

I believe this is that time.

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Works cited

  1. Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for ruwach (Strong’s 7307)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2013. Web. 20 Jun 2013.
  2. Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for ‘acharown (Strong’s 314)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2013. Web. 20 Jun 2013.

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This article first appeared on Reformed Prayer Network.

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