Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas from Jerusalem!

No, we’re not there today, but we wrote this while in Jerusalem recently.

While at the Garden Tomb, We had a glorious time of prayer for you and for Jerusalem. As seen here, we are on top of the Mount of Olives beholding the sunset over the Temple site. It was here that heaven and earth met, and will meet again; where prophets, priests, and kings were given divine instruction and changed the destiny of the world.

Our morning began very early. We walked through the old city before the sun rose. The Dome of the Rock was open, and Muslims were praying. The Western Wall is always open, and Jews are praying. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is open, and Christians are praying in many languages. At 2:00 AM the orthodox begin their prayers with eight priests chanting in Greek around the tomb. Next are the Armenians with their badarak service in Armenian. Meanwhile, the different groups are singing their matins. Only one Copt is allowed to stay the night, praying alone in ancient Coptic Egyptian. I can see the Garden of Gethsemane where our Lord interceded until His perspiration became as drops of blood.

Shortly after 4:00 AM, the Chief Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, begins his daily routine of prayer and reading the Torah as he walks through the Jewish Quarter to the Wall. He wraps the tefillin around his arm, recites the morning prayers—the Shacharit—which ends with “God bless the nation with shalom, peace.” To think that this tiny, 48-square miles spot called Jerusalem is the apocalyptic center of gravity where the spiritual battle of the world is being fought. It is here that Satan wages his war, and angels battle demonic spirits.

All roads lead to Jerusalem. How blessed we are to be part of prophecy and the Jerusalem Prayer Team which is greatly loved by the people of Jerusalem.

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