Prophecy and Prayer Power Will
Transform the Middle East and the World
by John Stembridge
"Jerusalem . . . whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD. For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces" (Psalm 122:3-7).
Jerusalem is an area of the world which God has quickened to my spirit for some years now, and has had me in great prayer and travail, seeking the face of God concerning His ultimate plans and purposes for Zion and all of the Middle East and the world.
Most believers have been taught and have recited many times the Lordís prayer. Part of that prayer is, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth even as it is in heaven." Today we see Godís will is bringing His people back to their homeland Ė and is changing all of that Land from desert into the Garden of Eden again. You, too, have been praying for this regathering and redemption of the people and the land of Israel each time you prayed the Lordís prayer, but you may not have understood these points until now.
Let us look at Ezekiel 36 and 37. I encourage you to take time now to get your Bible and find Ezekiel 36 and 37. I believe the Spirit of the living God will quicken some information to your heart that will enable you to be one of Godís choice instruments in these last days; not only for the fullness of Israel but for the fullness of the Gentile nations as well.
Youíve probably heard someone say, "Speak to your plants". Well, that has some Biblical basis. In Ezekiel 36, God spoke to His prophet and said, "Son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD." Can you imagine commanding the mountains of Israel to "Hear the word of the Lord?" Thatís what God said.
In Judaism the very cornerstone of Israel is the Shíma which is "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one." Usually the emphasis is on "one", but I dare say God really puts emphasis on the word "Hear". Itís always a battle with the hearts and minds of men to hear Godís Word, the voice of God. I love it in the Scriptures when the prophets say, "And the Word of the Lord came unto me". The Word of the Lord came unto Ezekiel and in this instance it concerned the land of Israel.
Why the Holy Land?
In the early part of my life, I thought as many Christians do, "The land is not so important; it was a place where the Lord walked, where the Old and the New Covenants were written, but the Holy Spirit is everywhere, and the land where we live today is just as holy as that land over there." Until I understood this Scripture, I probably was like many others who say, "Well, Iíll just wait to see the New Jerusalem; Iíll not worry about the Jerusalem over there now." But though we cannot go through all this Scripture passage here, I trust you will study it in the privacy of your home and see Godís intimate heart and passionate feelings toward the land. It was a revelation to me.
Hereís what God wanted Ezekiel to say to the mountains: "Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession: Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people...." (Verses 2&3).
God is quoting what the enemy is saying to Israel and to His Land. And what does the enemy say? The same as Israelís enemies say today: that the ancient high holy places are theirs and not Israelís. They want the mountains, the Temple Mount; they want Jerusalem as a capital of a Palestinian State. The Temple Mount is still off bounds for every Jewish or Christian believer to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to this very day.
Let me say, that as believers we believe in justice for everybody: the Holy Spirit is for justice for the Arab people, as well as for Israel and for all people in the world. However, the Holy Spirit is for Godís order and only Godís order. God is a God of order and when God is in something there is beauty, there is symmetry, there is harmony, there is order. Itís Satan who is the author of confusion, the sower of divisions, schisms and dissemination that catches so many in our world today. By "enemy" I mean the enemy of the purposes and ultimate plans of God for Jews, Arabs and Gentiles.
God says very specifically in this passage what we are to say to these mountains, "But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to my people Israel for they are about to come. For behold, I am for you Ö and you shall be tilled and sown", (v.8,9).
World Watch Target
Do you know that Jerusalem and Israel is on "the lips of talkers" of the Middle East and of the world right now? God said in the last days He will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone about the necks of the nations (Zech 12:2). Today the necks of the nations are burdened down with the weight of Jerusalem. They cannot figure out what to do with this city and with this little land and with one of the smallest ethnic groups in the world, the Jewish people.
"For, behold I am for you" (V.9). Talk about election! God is casting the ballet here. He said, ĎMountains and land of Israel, I am for you. I am not for the purpose of the enemy. I am for you and you shall be tilled and sown.í
There is a new Jerusalem over there today, but itís not what itís going to be yet, and neither are all of the cities throughout that land. Israel will be more modern than the United States, Europe or any place known to man because of the technology that God is imparting unto these modern day Abrahamís who sell out their possessions in the nations: their factories, law practices, medical and dental firms, and other businesses and take their wealth of the nations back to build up Zion.
There are many prophecies in the Psalms about our day. In Psalm 102, God says when He builds up Zion, then he shall appear in His glory (V. 16); that now is the set time to favor Zion for He has chosen Zion (V. 13).
Donít be distracted or overly concerned that others havenít come to this truth and understanding about praying for Jerusalem. It shouldnít concern you as long as you touch the throne of God yourself and your prayer is in harmony with the Word of God and He has given you this revelation of His Word for our day. Whether others pray or donít doesnít matter, if you are rooted and grounded in the Word.
Coming on down in the chapter we see God wants Ezekiel to prophesy to Israel, "Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy nameís sake which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went" (V. 22). In other words, ĎDonít be mistaken; Iím not doing it because you are worthy.í
Itís the same with us. None of us are worthy. While we were yet sinners, God commended his love toward us and sent forth the seed of His love, the Messiah, to pay the penalty for all of our sin (Romans 5:8). God says that He will do it for His Holy Nameís sake which Israel has profaned among the heathen, and that the ingathering of Israel will sanctify His great Name (verse 23).
Isnít that beautiful? The very regathering of the Jew to that land is going to be a testimony to the heathen. Would to God many of our Jewish friends and neighbors could know the beautiful future, hope and plan that God has for them when they are obedient and sell out and bring the wealth of the nations back to Zion to see Zion built up for the soon coming of the Messiah.
V.24, "For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land." That "all" is an all-inclusive word Ė from ALL countries. That includes the Americas. We have 9 million Jewish people right here in the Americas. Six and a half million in the United States alone.
I believe that those who catch this vision will see today the power and demonstration of the Holy God of Israel just as Israel saw the deliverance from Egypt, the Philistines and Babylon in that day Ė and more, for He "will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD" (V. 11).
So thereís is an end to these uprisings coming very soon in Israel. "Therefore thou [land] shalt devour men no more, neither bereave thy nations any more, saith the Lord GOD. Neither will I cause men to hear in thee the shame of the heathen any more, neither shall thou bear the reproach of the people any more, neither shalt thou cause thy nations to fall any more, saith the Lord GOD" (Vs. 14 & 15).
This means these voices and these talkers are going to be silenced. God is not going to put up with the enemy trying to possess His land.
But we have to pray and ask God for this Word of Knowledge, Word of Wisdom. The answer is spiritual warfare, the pulling down of the spirit of lying that has so many people in bondage.
Thatís why I work so hard in whatever ways I can as one person on this earth to try to do everything in my power to aid and assist the regathering of the Jewish people and their glorious return to the land, and because I know Godís present plan and hope is a good one for these modern day Abrahams. Itís a wonderful future, itís a wonderful plan; itís a wonderful hope and He is going to do good for them Ė better than their beginnings.
The present State of Israel was set up as a secular state, not as a theocracy as God said it shall be. Israel is going to be changed. The Knesset and the Prime Minister and all will change because God is going to move Israel from the secular into being a true theocracy, that is a government under the law of God: we read in Isaiah chapter 9, "the government shall be upon his shoulder" (the Messiah). The Spirit of God is the One who is qualified to govern the affairs of men and of nations and He is calling and preparing men and women on earth today to be led by and be obedient to the Spirit of God.
We have to prophesy to the land, we have to prophesy to the Pharaohs today. We have to prophesy to the enemy that wants that land and we have to prophesy to American Jewry that it is their appointed time to return to Zion. You can do it daily. You can prophesy to the land. You donít have to be there. Thereís no distance in Spirit ignited prayer. We have to see the rain of Godís love saturating that land over there and making it blossom into the Garden of Eden again.
Now you see why you have to blow the trumpet in Zion and sound an alarm? Heís not just going to do it without our cooperation. In Egypt when the Israelites began to cry out, thatís when God raised up Moses to speak to Pharaoh to let them go. Thatís when He confirmed His Word with miracles and signs and wonders following Ė till Pharaoh knew he had no choice, he had to let Godís people go.
God is going to restore His divine authority. Men will take their rightful place under God and there will be His divine order once again in Israel and in the Gentile nations. Man will no longer make his own laws contrary to Godís. Secularism is being overthrown by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Poor Manís Mighty "Mite"
I spoke to a little Haitian church in Miami about our Miracle Mission of Mercy to Moscow for the liberation of three million Jews in the Soviet Union that took place Dec. 1985. (By the way, all of the refusniks that our team met with on this mission are in Israel today.) This Haitian brother wanted to know if I would come and share about this mission to his church which I did. But before the service the pastor told me that many of his people were unemployed and the congregation was having trouble paying the rent on their building.
The first thought that came to me was, "How can these poor Haitians relate to the plight of the Jews to leave Russia to return to Zion?" I believe the Lord gave me direction: "Challenge these people to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and for the soon return of my people to the land and I will bless and prosper them." That was all I needed. I asked them, "How can there be peace, or justice, or health or prosperity, or abundance of food in Haiti, Ethiopia, Bangladesh or any other Gentile nation of the world, as long as Godís wife, the Jewish people, are scattered to the four corners of the earth? How can the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our God as long as that land is in the possession of the heathen?"
This message of the regathering and the redemption of the people and land of Israel will be preached to all the kingdoms of the earth until the kingdoms of the earth become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Anointed One (Rev. 11:15). That will be the result of your spiritual warfare in your closet daily, prophesying against the Goliaths over the Temple Mount, the Middle East, Goliaths of Wall Street and over all U.S. idolatry of Christian and Jewish America, who are sold out to the spirit of Babylon and the spirit of Egypt.
The one shadow and type that the American Jewish community has is Moses. He was pruned to be the equivalent of the president of the United States of his day. But the Scriptures say that Moses chose to suffer with the children of God rather than to enjoy the pleasure of Egypt for a season Ė or today, we can say the pleasures of America or the West.
There will be Jewish people in America that will hear this message and like electricity, it will shoot through their spirit and they will know "Yes, that message is for me. I must return to my homeland." In every spiritual Jew there is that innate knowing Ė like a homing pigeon Ė that Israel is his homeland. Let us unite our hearts as one in prayer until we see that remnant and that exodus begin to take place. And let us then be prepared for the next step, helping them find the way home soon. We are going to see that remnant and that exodus begin to take place in this very hour. Every obstacle to their regathering is being removed by God even now.