Israel 2016: Breakfast with King Saul
And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and valiant men went with him, whose hearts God had touched. (I Samuel 10:26 NKJV)
Is there a better way to wake up that with a beautiful sunrise? It was a surprise to find such a view of the hills to the west of Jerusalem from the house we are staying, but a welcome surprise after a very long day of travel.
We are staying in Gi’vat Ye’arim, a town in the hills west of Jerusalem. In ancient times this was Gibeah, the home town of King Saul and a city with an interesting (and not that pleasant) history (see Judges 19-21). We are sharing the house here with very good friends, and today will set out on our first full day of seeing the Land. Our travel yesterday from North Carolina through Germany to Israel was relatively uneventful, although I would recommend patience in dealing with Israeli rental car agencies! Our friends the Rambos and Wilsons travelled separately, coming through Toronto to Tel Aviv, but we all arrived at about the same time and are now sharing this beautiful house for the next week. (You can see Pete’s account of their travels on his blog, natsab.com).
We are in Israel for two momentous occasions: the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), and the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress. Expectations and excitement this year as the prophetic developments on many fronts indicate the world has entered a very special year on YHVH’s timeline. That is why all of us who have blogs, radio programs, video channels, and other outlets will do our best to share our experiences as they occur. We do not know exactly what will happen, but we expect to have a number of divine encounters that as our God continues the work of bringing His people together for His Kingdom purposes.
Regarding bringing His people together, there is already an exciting development to report on the Second Congress. With nearly 150 people registered from 14 different countries, this Congress is already bigger and more diverse than the First Congress. New countries represented include Australia, Belgium, Indonesia, New Zealand, Peru, and South Africa. There are also several Indigenous Peoples from some of these countries who will be contributing of their special gifts and callings to this process of Israel’s restoration.
There is an opportunity for those who are not going to the Congress to take part in a meaningful way. As always, prayer is essential – for unity among the brethren, for safety in travel, for clarity in hearing the Holy Spirit communicate the Father’s intent, and for wisdom in making the right decisions.
There is also a way to contribute directly to help restore the Native voices to the House of Israel through the B’ney Yosef Indigenous Peoples Scholarship Fund. Contributions to the fund initially will be applied to the costs of Indigenous representatives to the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress in Israel, October 26-31, 2016, and for related purposes as the people of the House of Yosef come together across the globe. If you are interested in making a contribution, please click on this link:
This is a very exciting time to be alive! Whether you are able to come to Israel or celebrate the Feast at home, expect this year to be unlike any other!