051 - Rockets and Rays of Light
Over the weekend, Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired 700 artillery rockets and mortar shells from the Gaza Strip into populated areas in the south of Israel. Four Israeli civilians have been killed and dozens more injured. Please pray with us for the many lives impacted in this recent barrage of artillery, for the IDF soldiers who continue to be at risk, and for supernatural wisdom for Israel’s leaders in dealing with this ongoing cycle of violence.
Even as we intercede for peace and protection on the ground, we understand there are powers and principalities behind these events that must be disempowered in the spiritual realm. Last night we received a dream acknowledging the “heat” of battle. The temperature was 67 degrees. In the natural we wouldn’t think of 67 Fahrenheit as being a hot temperature. However, we believe it symbolizes Psalm 67 and 1967, the year marking the intense Arab-Israeli conflict known as the Six-Day War. Psalm 67 is a song of praise and blessing, seemingly contrary to the reality of war. Yet, warfare is sometimes the context in which blessing comes.
God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us. Psalm 67:1
Just recently, thousands of observant Jews gathered at the Western Wall during Passover for the public priestly blessing. It happened to be unseasonably cold that morning with a light rain. Grown men in religious garb were running through the Old City to get to the Kotel, trying not to slip on the wet stoned pathways. At the wall, all were still. The priest addressing the crowd in Hebrew began to choke up and cry. It was evident that this was not a rote ceremony for him or for those who had hurried to be there on this misty morning. A few moments later, another priest took the mic and began to pronounce the Aaronic blessing over all who had gathered. Suddenly, just as he was saying, “the Lord make his face shine on you,” the clouds split and the sun, in all its warmth, shone on the crowd. It was a dramatic, almost cinematic, moment that left many in wonder.
In our last Briefing we shared a profound dream involving the Aaronic blessing coming upon a whole nation. Sometimes God speaks through prophetic dreams and sometimes He speaks in broad daylight. Today, as you pray for the peace and safety of this nation, we urge you to also pray Psalm 67 for the blessing of Israel and the revelation of the face of God to break in on His people.
For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 2 Cor 4:6