Dear prayer partners,
Thank you for joining us in this Isaiah 62 prayer initiative. During the month of May, let us revisit some foundational verses of the ICEJ:
For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, And her salvation as a lamp that burns. The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all Kings your glory. (Isaiah 62:1-2)
Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.’” And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord;
And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken. (Isaiah 62:11-12)
Scripture tells us to give our Lord no rest until HE makes Jerusalem a Praise in all the earth.
This month the world focuses its attention on the US Embassy moving to Jerusalem. Following suit, the government of Guatemala has announced that it also intends to move its embassy to Jerusalem. We are also aware that Honduras, Romania and the Czech Republic will soon be moving their embassies to Jerusalem, but we are waiting to see who will be the first to take action.
May 2018 is a month where the world will be viewing Jerusalem in a new way. For the first time since the resurrection of Israel 70 years ago, nations are beginning to speak of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Positive words are being spoken about Jerusalem among the nations, and we are privileged by our Lord to see the beginning of God making Jerusalem a praise in all the earth.
Isaiah 62 also tells us that this is part of our Lord’s process of revealing his righteousness, His glory and His salvation to the Gentile nations. Therefore as we continually come before Him in prayer, reminding Him of His promise to make Jerusalem a praise in all the earth, we should also remind Him to bring Salvation in Jesus to the nations.
Not long ago, I was in a meeting where a rabbi was addressing Christians, and he referred to verses that speak about watchmen on the wall, like Isaiah 62:6. However, he read Jeremiah 31:6 because the Hebrew word used here for watchman is also the modern Hebrew word for Christian. I agree with his conclusion: “God foresaw the time when He would call Christians to be the watchmen who stand on the spiritual wall of Israel day and night praying for Him to fulfill His promises to Israel and the Jewish people.”
As God is making Jerusalem a praise in all the earth, we should also see that His Salvation is coming to His people. In Ezekiel 36, God says He will take out the heart of stone, put in a heart of flesh and then pour out His Spirit on His people He brought back to Israel.
On May 2nd, we here in Jerusalem will be fasting and praying for God to continue to move to make Jerusalem a praise in all the Earth. Join us by taking a meal time to focus your heart, mind, and soul on our Lord and His promises, as you say through your fasting; “Lord Your word and Your promises are more important to me than my hunger and food.”
Do not be quiet, you who call on the Lord, give Him no rest until He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Thank you for being a part of our Isaiah62 prayer movement!
Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus,
Barry R Denison
Vice President Operations
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem