The True Voice
The Holy Spirit
The Great Commission
Faithful and True
Why Do We So
Praying for Jerusalem and Israel?
national repentance (Acts 3:19) and
Jesus is Messiah
is deeply connected to
Jesus’ second coming,
life from the dead”
Jesus will not return
leaders in Jerusalem acknowledge Him
37“O Jerusalem…39you shall see Me no more [a reference to Jesus’ return] till you say, ‘Blessed is He [Jesus] who comes in the name of the Lord [thus, acknowledging Him as Messiah—Psalm 118:26].’” (Mt. 23:37-39)
Peter proclaimed that the Father would not send Jesus from heaven back to earth until many in the nation of Israel repent and are converted in context to “the times of restoration of all things” spoken by the prophets (Acts 3:19-21).
19Repent therefore and be converted, that your [Israel’s]
sins may be blotted out,
so that…20He may send Jesus Christ…21whom heaven must receive [keep or retain at the Father’s right hand] until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by…all His holy prophets. (Acts 3:19-21)
Paul taught that the nation of Israel would be “provoked to jealousy” to have a relationship with the God of Israel (Rom. 11:11) that they will see in the lives of many Gentile believers.
There have been individuals Jews who have been provoked
to jealousy by a Gentile,
but this has not yet happened to Israel on a national level.
It will surely occur in the generation the Lord returns, when
“the fullness of the Gentiles”
(Rom. 11:25)—when millions of Gentile believers
love, power, and understanding
(including His plans for Israel).
This will lead to “all Israel” coming to salvation
11“Through their fall [Israel’s], to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles…13I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some…25[spiritual] blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26And so all Israel will be saved… (Rom. 11:11-14, 25-26)
When “all Israel” is saved (Rom. 11:26)–it will result in “life from death for the world” (Rom. 11:15). God’s blessing on Israel is connected to the fullness of the Great Commission and His glory covering the earth.
15If their [Israel’s] being
reconciling of the world,
what will their acceptance be but
life from the
[including the fullness of the Great Commission]?
Jesus referred to Jerusalem as His city—the city of the great King
(Mt. 5:35; cf. Ps. 48:2).
35[Jesus said]…Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. (Mt. 5:35)
2…the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion…the city of the great King.
has great zeal and love for Jerusalem.
2Thus says the Lord of hosts: “I am zealous for Zion
with great zeal;
with great fervor
zealous for her…
3I will return to
Zion and dwell
in the midst of Jerusalem.”
2All nations shall flow to it [Jerusalem]. 3Many shall come and say, “Come, and let us go…to the house of the God”…out of Zion shall go forth…the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isa. 2:2-3)
The only two cities Scripture commands us to pray for is the city we live in (Jer. 29:7) and Jerusalem.
6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Ps. 122:6)
7And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it;
for in its peace you will have peace. (Jer. 29:7)
God promised to
intercessors for Jerusalem
specifically in the
He will sovereignly
“set,” “appoint,” or
who will be alive and engaged
the Lord of His promises for Jerusalem
when He makes Jerusalem a
praise in the earth,
which is when Jesus returns.
Thus, Isaiah 62:6 is an end-time promise that is now
escalating across the earth.
The Lord has shown
a number of people over the years
that He would
100 million intercessors for Israel before
6On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed [set, KJV]
all day and all night
they will never keep silent.
You [intercessors] who
remind the Lord,
take no rest for yourselves;
7And give Him
no rest until
Jerusalem a praise in the
[at Jesus’ return]. (Isa. 62:6-7, NAS)
God promised to protect those
who mourned or prayed for
during a season of His judgment on the wickedness
of Jerusalem when
the Babylonian army
in 586 BC to
destroy the city.
1Then He called out…
,“Let those [angels] who have charge over the city [Jerusalem]
draw near…4and the Lord said to him [an angel],
“Go through…the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it [Jerusalem].”
5To the others He said…,“Go through the city and kill;
do not let your eye spare…” (Ezek. 9:1-5)
10Rejoice with Jerusalem…all you who love her…
you who mourn for her…
May 7-28, 2023 will be the first time in history that 1 million+ together will continue 24 hours a day for 21 days in praying for God’s promises for Israel. The uniqueness of this initiative is itself a sign of the times and an acceleration of God’s “set time for a generation yet to be created” (Ps. 102:13, 18).
13You will…have mercy on Zion [Jerusalem]; the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come…18This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord. (Ps. 102:13-18)
This 21-day fast
is a “global Esther moment” (Esth. 4:14-16)
that will be a
significant down payment
for the final,
ultimate global Esther moment
when millions of believers will engage
in prayer, speak out boldly for
God’s purposes for Israel
(as seen in Scripture), and stand with Israel as anti-Semitism increases until Jesus returns (Zech. 14:1-5). This fast is also important for today as Israel faces several very significant conflicts.
14“For if you remain silent [unresponsive]
at this time,
relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews
from another place…who knows
if you have come to the kingdom for
such a time as this?”
15Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: 16“
Go, gather all the Jews…and fast for me…
My maids and I will fast …so I will go to the king…
if I perish, I perish!”
This 21-day global Isaiah 62 Fast
will be catalytic in sparking an acceleration
of a biblical conversation about Israel in the body of Christ
across the nations in this hour.
This fast ends on
Sunday, May 28. On this day,
100 million believers will be praying for Israel together--
This text only gives general ideas for why Jerusalem is important. It is not a comprehensive theological statement.
God’s Grand Family Plan--
Paul felt urgency that
the body of Christ
needed to understand God’s plan for
25I do not desire…that you should be ignorant of this mystery…that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26So all Israel will be saved… (Rom. 11:25-26)
11…to provoke [Israel] to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles…
12If [Israel’s] fall…is riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness! (Rom. 11:11-12)
In Romans 11, Paul highlighted 5 parts of God’s plan
the gospel to the nations.
God’s mystery refers
His “secret plan”
He hid until
He revealed it to the apostles
(Eph. 3:5, 9).
Part 1: The mystery of Israel’s spiritual blindness is occurring even now (11:25)
Part 2: The mystery of the fullness of the Gentiles will occur before Jesus returns (11:25)
Part 3: The mystery of Israel being provoked to jealousy by Gentiles before Jesus returns (11:11)
Part 4: The mystery of all Israel being saved in context to Jesus’ return (11:26)
Part 5: The mystery of the fullness of Israel (11:12) resulting in the millennial earth filled with God’s glory (Hab. 2:14) in context to the Father’s international family of affection (Jn. 17:23)
PART 1: THE MYSTERY OF ISRAEL’S
SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS (ROM. 11:25)
Israel’s spiritual blindness–is partial and temporary.
Thus, there has always been a
of Jewish believers in Jesus,
and it has continued
to increase dramatically over the last
Israel’s rejection of Jesus is neither total (11:1-10) nor final (11:11-32).
25I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery…that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. (Rom. 11:25)
PART 2: THE MYSTERY OF THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES
The fullness of the Gentiles includes the
full number saved,
walking in fullness of godly character and power,
embracing the fullness of God’s narrative,
resulting in the fullness of God’s purpose.
25…blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. (Rom. 11:25)
PART 3: THE MYSTERY OF ISRAEL BEING PROVOKED TO JEALOUSY
Israel will one day be provoked to jealousy, desiring to have what Gentile believers have spiritually in their relationship with the God of Israel as they clearly see the “fullness of the Gentiles.” God will use Gentiles in Israel’s nation salvation (11:11)—Israel will be impacted by the mercy shown to Gentiles (11:31). God’s plan is that all His people receive and give undeserved mercy.
11…to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles… 31that through the mercy shown you[Gentiles] they also may obtain mercy…that He might have mercy on all. (Rom. 11:11, 31)
PART 4: THE MYSTERY OF ALL ISRAEL BEING SAVED (11:26)
Israel will be the first nation to be totally saved and live righteously
(Isa. 60:21). Literally 100% of the Jewish people who survive the Great Tribulation (“Jacob’s trouble”, Jer. 30:7) will love Jesus and walk in righteousness (Isa. 45:17, 25; 59:20; 60:21; Zech. 12:10; 13:9; 14:20).
26And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written… (Rom. 11:26)
21Your people [Israel] shall all be righteous; [and] inherit the land forever…that I may be glorified. (Isa. 60:21)
PART 5: THE MYSTERY OF THE FULLNESS OF ISRAEL
The mystery of the fullness of Israel (11:12)
will result in the
earth filled God’s glory
in context to God’s international family of affection
overflowing with undeserved mercy (11:32).
12Now if their [Israel’s] fall is riches for the world…how much more their fullness…15what will their [Israel’s] acceptance [of Jesus] be but life from the dead [millennial earth]? (Rom. 11:12-15)
results in His
international family of affection
(Jn. 17:23). The fullness of God will be released only as both the fullness of Israel and Gentiles come together (Eph. 2:15 3:6-10, 19).
23I in them [Jewish and Gentile believers], and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me… (Jn. 17:23)
15So as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace… (Eph. 2:15)
Mike Bickle’s Initial Call to the IHOPKC Leadership Team to Embrace the Isaiah 62 Fast (March 6, 2023)
Hour 1: To the Jew First
What is God’s heart and plan for Israel?
Why is Israel so special to Him? This weekend on Open Line
with Dr. Michael Rydelnik, we welcome Dr. Rich Freeman
and Dr. Mitch Glaser for on
role and importance
God's chosen people.
We'll begin with Romans 1:16 as we study the Scriptures together
on Open Line.
Hour 2: Jewish Evangelism
Why is evangelism to Jewish people important? Don't miss a special conversation with two guests from this week's Missions Conference at Moody Bible Institute, visiting from Israel. Hear our guests' own transformation stories, as well as how God is moving in the
hearts of those in Israel.
Don’t miss a special pre-recorded edition of Open Line