1. “WELCOMING THE KING OF GLORY”
This season of the Fall Feasts in Israel, beginning with the Feast of Trumpets on September 20th and ending with Simchat Torah, at the close of Tabernacles on October 12th, saw what may well have been the largest inpouring of believing visitors from the Nations in Israel’s 69-year modern history. And there were many wonderful events within which the visitors could celebrate the feasts corporately—the All Nations Convocation in southern Jerusalem from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, the Feast of Tabernacles gathering sponsored by the Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, to name only two. Succat Hallel—the 24/7 house of prayer and praise of which we are a part, and other houses of prayer across the city saw an almost continuous stream of visitors come to worship the King of Kings in Jerusalem. So much blessing was released into the city through the presence of our visitors.
Last week we wrote of a very special and unusual event scheduled to take place during the last half of Succot, the “Welcoming the King of Glory” gathering. We are so grateful for the prayers which went up on its behalf from around the world. Thank you! This amazing event is unlike anything we have ever experienced in Israel. It began Tuesday night and was over early afternoon on Friday. We plan to share more in the future; we are still trying to process what took place. But something divine and historical has occurred.
As mentioned last week, at the initiative of our brothers in the islands and far reaches of the South Pacific, a number of Messianic and Believing Arab leaders in Israel took up the challenge to host a gathering in Israel inviting the Nations to join us in welcoming God’s glory back to His land and people. They have been praying regularly about this. We are reminded of Exodus 25, where the LORD invited the children of Israel, “every one whose heart moves him” to take part in preparing a place for Him to come and sho’ken—dwell among them, in their midst. This year, a number who heard the call and “whose hearts moved them” responded, and over the months a unity and focus and longing grew amongt them.
Last Monday a delegation of Israelis and visitors traveled to the port of Jaffa, from which the Holy Spirit was released through Peter to Cornelius in Caesarea (Acts 10:23)—and from thence to the nations. There they did a number of prophetic acts, welcoming the return from the furthest reaches of the world to Israel and Jerusalem. The opening meeting the next evening took place in an Arab village west of Jerusalem called Abu Goash. For months we had been searching for a venue—but even after reserving places in a hotel, once it was discovered that Israeli Messianic Jews would be involved, the welcome was withdrawn from fear of repercussions from the Orthodox (there was literally “no place in the inn”).
Finally, the Lord in a remarkable way, opened a community arena in Abu Goash, just west of Jerusalem. In fact, the welcome came from the city fathers and the Mayor. Abu Goash is the only Arab town on the road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem which refused to side with the Jordanians against the Israelis in the 1948 War for independence. In fact, the community has remained remarkably friendly to Jews to this day. It also lies in the vicinity of ancient Kiryat Ye’arim—the place where the Ark of the Covenant rested for several years after being returned from the Philistines, and before being brought by David into Jerusalem.
Hundreds of believers from abroad descended there last Tuesday evening, many bringing gifts they had brought to give to the brothers and sisters in Jerusalem. The worship was in Hebrew and English, led by different Israeli worship leaders and groups. Except for special ethnic praise and worship songs released by the Islanders; there were 180 from New Caledonia, hundreds from Samoa, Island-Breeze from Hawaii…many others. Many entered into special “protocol” in bringing their gifts and worship to the King, and in honoring His “first born.” There were anointed messages from the Israelis, there was an all-afternoon Elav celebration by Israeli Jewish and Arab young people from Israel, Judea and Samaria and Jordan—and when they came together with the adults in the evening, the fire and intensity of praise and worship had an anointing over it which we have not experienced before. On Friday morning the gathering moved up to conclude in Jerusalem. Something new has come into place—God has visited us in a new way. Things will be different from here on—
Some Impressions from the Welcoming the King of Glory Gathering
By Norma Sarvis
“They shall bring your sons in their arms; And your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders; Kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers; They shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth…Then you will know that I am YHVH.”
These verses are such a picture to me of the gathering of the nations with Israel last week. There are weekly, sometimes bi-weekly, conferences in Jerusalem. Those from the Nations invite those from their and other nations to gather there. Often, in the course of the meetings, an Israeli speaker may have been invited to speak; a few Israelis might attend. But this past week, Israel scheduled the gathering, and then invited the nations to join.
As we met and prayed with the leaders daily during these days, we observed such humility in the Israeli pastors; such holy love and respect among them.
One thousand people attended! Over six hundred from the Pacific Islands alone! This is a very large conference for Israel!
“He hath remembered His mercy and His truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.” (Psalm 98:3)
Many of these from the “ends of the earth” had saved their money for years in order to come, but they did not come to speak or offer their ideas, nor to sight-see—they came only to honor Israel and her believing Remnant, and to bless her, and to be a part of welcoming the King of Glory to return.
I have attended many believing events here and in other nations. Most have been “speaker-driven.” This was “honor-driven.” The Nations came to honor the “elder brother”—Israel. And Israeli pastors took their place as the “first-born.” We are a Body which is often insecure. Because of our faith, we often are not accepted as Jews by other Jews. We are sometimes even fearful that we might be expelled from the Land. Many here have waited and hoped for revival for years and years. But something shifted in these three days! Most who attended left saying: “I have no words to describe this, but it was historical!” “A bridge has been crossed.” “A shift has happened!”
I sense in the coming six months we will see evidence that the King of Glory was indeed welcomed to Jerusalem. And that the “elder brother” in Israel has indeed taken his rightful place there…and in doing so has opened the way for world-wide shifts to take place in the Body!
* Praise and thanksgiving with us for the visitation of His Spirit in Abu Goash and Jerusalem this past week.
* For illumination in the Spirit into the NEW for the Body of Messiah—both in Israel and in the countries of those who came here. That God clarifies what He has done, and guide us in walking forward in it.
* That the Body in Israel will step by faith into the New Season which is upon us
* That the Gateway which has been opened will stay open—and that that for which it was opened will flood into the Land. We believe that a new measure of the Glory of the Lord has been released—which will prepare the way for much, much more!
* For signs and wonders, healings and miracles, and a new boldness in Love in sharing
the Good News with Jews and Arabs in the Land.
*For a rear-guard of protection over all who attended the Gathering—especially those who took part in organizing and facilitating it.
* That the new degree of love and trust which is shining among the leaders will continue to warm and spread!
* For the Light of Jesus (Yasuah) shine in Abu Goash –that this place which welcomed His coming be blessed with a supernatural revelation of salvation and prosperity.
Martin and Norma Sarvis