Outlook on Jerusalem from the Mount of OlivesOutlook on Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

NeverBeSilent

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‘For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet’

‘I have posted watchmen on your walls O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give Him no rest till He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth’

Taken from Isaiah 62, these verses are the foundation of our vision to be a continuous presence in the centre of Jerusalem. This Biblical passage could hardly be clearer in its call for action. NeverBeSilent challenges young people throughout the world to respond to this Biblical call. NeverBeSilent takes both the priest’s task of intercession and the prophetic task of clear and strong proclamation and action seriously. We want to prepare and equip a strong army of passionate believers for raising the banner.

Everyday groups will walk on the walls of Jerusalem to proclaim prophetic words on Israel, Jerusalem and the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Does that mean that the elderly will not take in their position as watchmen on the walls? Of course they will! Many of them will stand beside the young people as spiritual fathers and mothers. Together they will be a colourful bouquet sharing in the body of Christ.

Clear the stones


‘Prepare the way. Remove the stones, raise a banner for the nations’

Isaiah 62:10

When we look back throughout history we are inevitably filled with shame. We must remorsefully conclude that the church has most certainly failed to clear the way for God’s people. Instead we Christians have continually blocked the road with different stones. Examples are for instance, the Crusades, the Inquisition and the Holocaust. ‘Replacement theology’, in which we, the Christian church, have claimed God’s promises to His people for ourselves is another one of these stones. NeverBeSilent aims to offer reconciliation and comfort to our Jewish brothers and sisters in every possible way. We want to clear the way for God’s people. Not just using words, but through active service and love.

Fasting


‘Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked to clothe him’

Isaiah 58: 6-7

Another important task awaits Israel. It is taking care of the widows, the orphans and the poor. In our opinion, victims of violence also belong on this list. Alongside our more spiritual activities, we will also be actively involved in practical volunteer work. That means helping where the need is the greatest.

Comfort

‘Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: ‘In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God (…) go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah ‘Here is your God!’ Isaiah 40: 1-3;9

These words speak for themselves. A time of comfort and restoration has come to Israel.

Putting it into practice
We challenge young people to actually come to Jerusalem.

Come and end the silence!

The atmosphere throughout the Middle East is continually penetrated by sounds from the minarets which demand submission to Allah while at the same time cursing the Jews and Israel.

The nasal sounds cannot be avoided and the effect of these words is felt throughout the world. To turn the tide, it is time for the church to take a stand and let her voice be heard – not only locally around the world, but from the Walls of Jerusalem…

NeverBeSilent has taken the initiative to let a voice be heard and proclaim the blessings and promises of God for Israel, on a daily basis, on the Walls of Jerusalem. We want to recruit an army and invite Christians from all nations to join us. Come to the city of God’s choice (Psalm 132:13-14) and experience in an unforgettable way the power of God’s Word while proclaiming His promises for His nation and the world.

Jerusalem is situated on the navel of the earth, it is the city of the past, present and even more so the city of the eternal future …

Why NeverBeSilent?

Walking through the centre of the Old City of Jerusalem my wife and I came in contact with a religious Jewish man. While we were talking he asked us why we were in Jerusalem and then, all of a sudden, looked us straight in the eye and said:

“You Christians come to Israel once a year for a prayer conference, you pray for peace in Jerusalem, enjoy your stay in Jerusalem and after a week, satisfied with your trip, you go back to your own country… but, do you know we need your prayers constantly! Not just now and then … you believers should be here in Jerusalem non-stop interceding for peace in Jerusalem…”

We looked at each other, totally surprised and somewhat taken back by his direct statement. During our many visits to Israel we had never been confronted like this!

A few days later, sitting in the shade of a large fig tree reading my Bible I came to Isaiah 62 where it says, “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet…” And further in verse 6: “I have posted watchmen on your walls , O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give Him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.”

I knew this verse well, but when I read it this time it was like God’s Spirit said to me: “I want you to take these words literally; I want you to give yourself an Me ‘no rest’. In a flash I saw something of a plan.

NeverBeSilent is the response to the encounter with the Jewish man in the Old City of Jerusalem and God’s call ‘under the olive tree’.

Why go to Jerusalem?

Is it really necessary to actually go to Israel to intercede and proclaim the Word of God?

Isn’t it too dangerous to stay in Jerusalem with all the terrorist attacks and constant conflict with the Palestinian people?

Isn’t it too dangerous to stay in Jerusalem with all the terrorist attacks and constant conflict with the Palestinian people? It cannot be denied that ever since the Jewish people entered the Promised Land, there has been strife with the surrounding Arab nations, with an increased sense of hatred through the ongoing Intifada. In spite of talks about peace, Islamic nations will never tolerate or accept a Jewish presence in Israel.

Is it possible to fight the spiritual war from our ‘living room’ and should we, Gentile believers, not stay out of it and try and encourage our Jewish brothers and sisters from a distance?

Of course we can take up our place there we are and be a watchmen on the wall in a spiritual sense. Many people already are actively praying for the peace of Jerusalem and hopefully that army will continue to grow and gain strength. However, prophecies are fulfilled both in a spiritual and a physical, natural way. Take for example the physical return of the Jews to the natural Israel! The world is still witnessing the fulfillment of this amazing prophecy as Jews continue to return to their Land. And what about the second coming of the Messiah… it will be a physical, glorious return in Jerusalem.

The physical elements are without a doubt very important and it is therefore very powerful to actually go to Jerusalem. We want to encourage and inspire as many believers as possible to travel to Israel in order to be a part of the prophetic call to ‘give yourselves no rest and give Him no rest till He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth’ (Isaiah 62). Let fear not hold you back, but rather stand up and encourage as many believers as possible to come and join us in Jerusalem. Together with many others walk over the walls of Jerusalem and be a watchman in spirit and body!

Watchmen on the Walls

Who are the watchmen on the walls? Isaiah 62 : 11 says: “Say to the Daughter of Zion…” From that it can be concluded that it is the ‘non-Jews’ who proclaim to the ‘daughter of Zion’ (Jews) … Isaiah 56 : 6 – 7 states something similar.

“And foreigners who bin themselves to the Lord to serve Him, to love the name of the Lord, and to worship Him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer (…) for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations”.

We ‘foreigners’ have been given a role in the final call. We are empowered to take in our place as watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem and have the privilege of being able to bless God’s people, the Jews. ‘NeverBeSilent’ is convinced that young people in particular will respond to this call.

Maybe soon you too will belong to that passionate young army that is going to raise the banner.

Come to Jerusalem

To walk on the Walls of Jerusalem and proclaim with us the promises of God for Israel!

Daily at 8.45 am team members of NeverBeSilent will meet at the Jaffa gate to start the ‘Walk on the Wall’. Bring your Bible.