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Celebration

Gepubliceerd Wednesday, April 22, 2009 in Weblogs · Weblogs Bart


Jerusalem, April 22 2009.

We are having a small celebration. Three years ago we moved to Jerusalem and started our “watchman adventure on the wall”. The first three months we were accompanied by Gijsbert Spijker. Every day on the wall. It sounded so weird; adult people just reading scriptures from the Bible on the wall.

The first time I looked around timidly to check if anybody happened to be watching us. Boldly proclaiming Bible scriptures on the wall… I still hear the ambitious preacher asking me:

“You don’t really think that anything will change in Israel because of your proclamations on the wall, do you?”

Thankfully I could give him a reply from God’s own Word:

…” ()so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it…”

Isaiah 55:11

Soon we realized that God’s smile was resting on this watchman adventure. Meanwhile thousands of people were walking with us and the walks on the walls of Jerusalem have become a concept. They have become indispensable .

God Himself is the producer of this initiative. He has posted watchmen on the walls who will never be silent. We can only obey.

It escapes many, but a great change of course has taken place. Although Israel could be placed on the margin earlier, today God has placed Israel at the heart of the church.

That leads to confusion and turbulence with many shepherds and other leaders. They move themselves into all kinds of humanistic religious positions only to avoid the hot topic of Israel. In vain. They will have to make clear choices. For or against Israel. You cannot avoid the choice any longer. It’s unbelievable that so many spiritual leaders have no clue what to do with Israel. The Bible is really filled with powerful and unmistakable verses, that announce Israel’s physical restoration in the end times. This natural restoration is proceeded by Israel’s spiritual restoration.

The Bible is a complete Jewish book; written by Jews for Jews, inspired by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. What is more, when the Bible talks about non-Jews, these verses are always mentioned in relation to Israel or the Jewish people. The plan of salvation is absolutely for us gentile believers too. The Jew Yeshua has paid the price for you and me… How could the church push Israel aside?

“Have you not noticed that these people are saying, ‘The LORD has rejected the two kingdoms he chose’? So they despise my people and no longer regard them as a nation. This is what the LORD says:


‘If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed laws of heaven and earth, then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and have compassion on them.’


Jeremiah 33:24-26

Why this resentment against Israel? We should be wanting to jump for joy! God is faithful…look at Israel’s restoration. Why are these leaders so stiff-necked? More and more frequently I hear of cynical and critical comments about Israel. What is the source of these anti-semitic reactions? Let it be clear. As soon as you come to faith in Yeshua, you are grafted onto the old olive tree Israel (Romans 11). I keep saying; only if you embrace Isaac (Israel), as God Himself does, can you expect the rich blessings on your other spiritual activities. Outside that embrace you will continue to struggle on. Look around you…you see it happen before your own eyes …”For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will be utterly ruined….” (Isaiah 60:12)

Start studying the prophets again. Show guts and choose. Start blessing Israel. Make a choice. They are dead fish that float with the religious-correct stream. Be a fish that’s alive who swims against this flow of mud.

I invite you to walk with us on the walls of Jerusalem. More often believers decide to walk with us for a week or longer. The “wall” experience is changing lives and gives direction. Pray about it.

See you on the walls of Jerusalem.

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