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November 7, 2017

Tree in the Negev


With the fall of the Ottoman Turkish empire in World War I (heralded by a key victory in Beer Sheva a century ago this past week), 400 years of Islamic rule over the Holy Land came to an end. This paved the way, just over thirty years later, for the modern nation of Israel to be born. Today, Israeli citizens are free to worship as they will. Yet that ancient religious system still holds “rule” over the hearts of millions here in Israel, over those of our neighbors, and throughout the world. But there are signs that the walls holding these people are beginning to crack. We continue to hear reports of the Light shining into this darkness—of Muslims having dreams and visions, asking and seeking to draw near to the Light; in some cases, We submit for your prayerful consideration a vision released to our friend Rick Ridings two weeks ago. Rick and his wife Patricia are founding directors of Succat Hallel, a 24/7 worship and intercession ministry facing the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Lord has given Rick many detailed Words in recent years related to this mountain, from which His Son will one day rule. Join with us in praying to the Lord of the Harvest to send forth laborers—that many would hear his voice, and move!

A Vision of Scrolls of Judgment on the Thrones of Islam Received by Rick Ridings, 24 October, 2017, in Jerusalem

In a vision during worship at Succat Hallel, I saw the Lord seated on a throne above the Temple Mount. He motioned to a large angel to open a cupboard that had been locked. The cupboard was painted in a very Middle Eastern style, indicating it had to do with the Lord’s purposes in the Middle East.

The angel handed a large scroll to the Lord, who then handed it back to the angel, and said, “Open the seals.”

On the scroll was written in large letters: “Now begins the judgment on the thrones of Islam.”

The angel then turned the scroll upright, and drove its two wooden rods into the ground of the Temple Mount. The rods became two great pillars that stood unshakable during increasing shakings.

The angel then took four smaller scrolls with the same message on them, and threw them like curved swords in four directions: to the North, towards Istanbul; to the East towards Iran; to the South, towards Mecca; and to the SouthWest, towards Cairo.

The swords cut the legs off demonic thrones behind Islam, which then began to totter, with pieces of the thrones breaking off (indicating a process) as the ground began to shake all over the Middle East.

The angel then threw scrolls of revelation which looked like curved swords in each of the four directions. As the scrolls of revelation were unrolled, harvest fields of wheat sprang up underneath them. But the harvest was not being gathered in. So the angel threw scrolls in each direction upon which it was written, “Thrust forth the laborers into the harvest!” Only then the harvest was gathered in and preserved.

The worship leader (who did not know what I had seen in the vision), began asking the Holy Spirit to move on people all over the world to not just declare the purposes of God in harvest, but to go. His wife began to pray against the enemy’s efforts to bring blockages, distractions, and hindrances to keep the Laborers from going to the nations to gather in the harvest.

There was a strong sense of the urgency of the hour as we prayed into this vision. It is time to pray for the “Lord of the Harvest to thrust forth the laborers into the Harvest”.

Rick Ridings


Succot is over, but this year there were record numbers of tourists here during that season. Many were believers. They filled the streets and shops and hotels of Jerusalem. The Garden Tomb had more visitors this past month than ever; one day there were 3400 who came there!!

Last week there were thousands from Australia and New Zealand who flooded Israel to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of a historic charge on Beersheva by the ANZAC light cavalry during the First World War. The capture of the city marked the beginning of the end of 400 years of Ottoman, Muslim rule in Israel. Many of these visitors were believers.

What happens when the Body worldwide walks the streets of Jerusalem and other cities in the Holy Land? In the natural, the Israeli economy is blessed. Hotels and cafes flourish. Shops sell their goods. Taxi drivers and tour guides have a steady flow of income. But even more than this are the spiritual benefits.

The Messianic (i.e. Believing Jewish) Body today makes up less than 1% of the population of Israel. There are also Arab Christians and international Christians who live here. But their numbers are not yet large. When a tour group of 30-50 believers comes here and tours the Land and worships and prays, the atmosphere shifts. When 10,000-15,000 come during Tabernacles, there is a bigger shift. Light scatters darkness. Two lights scatter more darkness than one light. Two thousand lights scatter more than one thousand. One thousand believers meeting at the “Welcoming the King of Glory” gathering in Abu Gosh changes things. Five thousand meeting at the ICEJ Feast of Tabernacles changes things!

We in Israel need the Body in the nations! We need your prayers and love. We need your strength. We need your excitement and enthusiasm for the Land and its people. But the Body in the nations also needs the Remnant here. The Body needs the root! The Body in the nations needs the Elder Brother.

I have often thought about what being ‘grafted in’ means. A graft only happens if the original tree is cut and ‘wounded.’ And a branch from a wild tree is only grafted in after it has been cut off its tree. For Israel and the Nations, being “cut” involves showing honor to one another and coming to each other in humility—which sometimes may result in wounding for either side. But as this preparation is embraced, they may then be bound together to form a new “plant!” Both become something new and fresh. And the ‘new’ will be stronger and more fruitful than the ‘old’.
These seasons of tourism are much like a spiritual graft. Israel gains from the nations. The nations gain from Israel. Tourists go home and share their excitement and joy. Israelis realize that ‘seeds’ of their thinking are scattered throughout the Body worldwide. We are, nourished, strengthened and encouraged by those who have come and interacted with us.

We just want to say ‘thank you’ to those who visit. Thank you for what you deposit here. And thank you for ‘carrying us on your shoulders.’

“Thus says the Lord GOD:

‘Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations,
And set up My standard for the peoples;
They shall bring your sons in their arms,
And your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.’”

(Isaiah 49:22)

—Martin and Norma Sarvis
Jerusalem, Israel

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