Just the other day I came across and old file with cards we had made to help us raise monies for our move from Springfield Oregon to Renton Washington where we'd been asked to oversee the missions department for MFUSA. The picture is from our personally historic time in Israel.
Its when we were called into the ministry and given the assignment we walk in to this day. Several months ago I sensed very strongly the Lord speaking to me, it was time to return. This occurred about the same time as President Trump announced the US Embassy was moving to the capitol of Israel... Jerusalem. That's set to occur in just 2 days on May 14th.
Why are we returning? First, I believe I've heard clearly... God said. Second, prophetic words and signs. God's given many to us over the years. It has kept us apostolically pioneering and preparing for this day. It's a day when:
- The body of Christ needs to be united as one!
- Our Father's house of prayer is being built.
- The Church like the valley of dry bones is being raised up as a body, as the army of the Lord.
- There are multitudes and multitudes in the valley of decision
- God said He wanted David's tabernacle (24/7/365 prayer) restored.
While I've carried great revelation regarding the restoration of David's tabernacle (ie. churches in any city who choose to do what David did can enjoy the effects and benefits of God's abiding presence - Isaiah 4:3-6), Isaiah 2:2-3) I never consider that God might actually desire us to connect and serve churches in Jerusalem too. But in 2010 at the Global Positioning of the Saints hosted during the Feast of Tabernacles in Ohio I changed my mind.
We were in a large tent in a field. As I began to speak the winds began to blow up to over 40+ MPH. The tent flaps were at a 45 degree angle. In the middle of my message our host interrupted the message to allow the prophets to prophesy. The prophetic theme was "the winds of change." That went on for about 45 minutes to an hour. (In the gallery below you can see the tent pole that was bent. It was rated to withstand up to 90 mph)
Then I finished my message. Guess what happened? The winds ceased right when I finished. After the conference was over the next morning this paper was delivered to my room. The cross created by the ribbon tape covering part of the H in a Holiday Inn advertisement caught my eye with this slogan: The signs of change are everywhere.
One of the other speakers in the conference actually live in Israel. When they heard I was coming God gave them a word and told them to get a patch for me as a sign from the Israeli Defense Force. The patch belongs to the IDF Combat Engineering Headquarters. Their motto is "Always First." The unofficial motto is, "The hard - we shall do today, the impossible - we shall do tomorrow."
In my heart I said "aye aye sir!"
It was at that time that I even began to entertain that God's assignment for us could include connecting with and helping serve to unite and mobilize the body of Christ even as far as Jerusalem.
I've forseen since 1991 the day when God would want the Church united and flowing together like the army of the Lord spoken of in Joel 2 and Ezekiel 37. They'd need a strategic communication system, offering leaders a strategic operations center to help them mobilize, connect and coordinate their troops! It's with this vision in mind that we've come as far as we have.
With all of these amazing signs, wonders and words God has given over the years, we cannot help but continue to press ahead. It's time for the Church to change? It's time for Israel to change! It's time to unite the Church to pray so as to hasten the day of the Lord (2 Pet 3:10-12).
Returning to Jerusalem
Our return trip to Jerusalem is scheduled June 1-12. It is a scouting mission. It happens to correlate with a very historic moment in Biblical history. We are praying and obeying. We'll also attend an international prophetic conference with Prophet Sadhu from India and we'll be celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary (belated) as well.
Pray we hit the mark and discover the churches we are called to help serve.
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