In 2016 I was visiting the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, North Carolina. The basement hallways are smeared with pictures of Billy, his wife, their children, and world-wide stadiums filled with revival. As I walked past a picture of Ruth Graham (Billy’s wife), Holy Spirit whispered firmly “YOU are a RUTH.” It stopped me in my tracks. What’s that supposed to mean? My eyes locked back on the picture, but my mind’s eye flashed to the history of another Ruth whose homeland was Israel. It wasn’t until the middle of 2017 that I began to get a grid for what God was saying.
Right now we are living in the beginnings of the greatest awakening ever known to mankind. The words “family” & “revival” are so connected in this hour. As the global family of God is awakening in unity, Jesus’ return to Jerusalem is quickening, thus bringing—the full restoration of all things to the Father—heaven on earth!
The fullness of a family’s revival-destiny involves the entire family.
A vital part of our family has been somewhat “missing” from much of the modern-day church. Like a brother whose memory was lost in a war, so have we, as the majority, forgotten our brother Israel. The Jews are the people God first made covenant with, the very nationality of His Son, and the birthplace of the ekklesia (world-wide church). All it takes is one glance into God’s Word to realize this nation has great importance in revival and preparing the way for the return of the Lord. Jesus isn’t returning to New York, L.A., Hong Kong, or Moscow. He’s returning to the capital of the Jewish State—Jerusalem.
It is time for us to rise up into our full responsibility of interceding for Israel as a key part of our revival-family.
“But Ruth said: ‘Entreat me not to leave you, or turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you stay, I will stay; your people will be my people, and your God, my God.’”
Ruth was not a Jew but she knew that the God of Israel was the One True God and she grafted herself to His people. Through the blood of Jesus we have been bound as well, grafted in to the eternal promises that God has made with Israel (Romans 11:17-18). Many Jewish people are blinded to the reality that Jesus, their brother, is their Messiah. Paul says in Romans 11:11:
“So, am I saying that Israel stumbled so badly that they will never get back up? Certainly not! Rather, it was because of their stumble that salvation now extends to all the non-Jewish people, in order to make Israel jealous and desire the very things that God has freely given them. So if all the world is being greatly enriched through their failure, and through their fall great spiritual wealth is given to the non-Jewish people, imagine how much more will Israel’s awakening bring to us all!” (TPT)
Our very salvation is a gift that provokes Israel to know Jesus. In Matthew 23:39, Jesus says to the Jews “For I tell you, you will not see Me again until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
When the Jewish people gain revelation of Jesus as Savior, He will return! Isn’t this what we are ultimately contending for as revival families? Without the Jewish people the Bridegroom will not receive His Bride in her fullness. This is a call to join together, as Ruth’s, in declaring a Messianic-awakening for this part of our family. May His people be our people!
Interceding as a family for this nation will bring revival acceleration…
We are asking God to awaken His love for Israel in our hearts. Jesus came as a Jewish Man. There are specific Bible verses God has already laid out for us in order to partner with Him in praying for His beloved people (Zechariah 12:10; Psalm 80:3,7,19; Romans 11:26-27; Isaiah 43:5-7, Jeremiah31:7-10; Psalm 14:2; Ezekiel 36:23-25; etc.) As we pray out God’s heart for Israel it will cause alignment for world-wide revival.
While continuing to give ourselves wholeheartedly to Jesus, we are asking God for opportunities that will naturally provoke our Jewish friends unto their own revelation of Messiah—Jesus.
Dear Family, revival lies un-sustained without the house of Israel. For the sake of the Kingdom let the Ruth’s arise! No family left behind.
-Cry out for the salvation of Israel and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit among the youth and young adult generation.
-Ask God to restore His heart for Israel in America and among the nations. Ask for “One New Man In Christ,” the unity of the Gentile and Jew.
-Decree God’s promises for Israel’s safety and victory as they remain under constant threat from terrorists.
-Pray for Aliyah the Jewish immigration to Israel (Isaiah 43:5-7; Jeremiah 31:7-10; Deuteronomy 30:1-5; Zechariah 12:10).