“Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goes with fury, a continuing whirlwind.… The fierce anger of the Lord will not return until He has done it, and until He has performed the intents of His heart. In the latter days you will consider it. ‘At that time’ says the Lord, ‘I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people’” (Jer. 30:23 - 31:1).
We know that increasingly difficult times lie ahead, but God also assures us that in the midst of the coming storms He will build His family in Israel and the nations. It is painful to witness the full-scale frontal attack upon the traditional biblical family in America and other Western “post-Christian” nations. However, in these latter days there will also be a restoration and revival of godly families, as the Father gathers His children to Himself.
Jeremiah 31 is a prophetic revelation of how and why God will accomplish His purpose in this most important matter. We are witnessing the beginnings of this prophecy being fulfilled in Israel right now! In fact, we are the generation that has the privilege and responsibility of participating in this wonderful end-time prophetic promise. We are living in the reality of what Jeremiah and other prophets saw in the Spirit in centuries past. Jeremiah 31 is an expression of God’s covenant love and faithfulness to His people. It applies to Israel and to those in the nations who have come into a covenant relationship with Him through Yeshua.
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you” (Jer. 31:3).
God’s amazing love is never-ending, forever, eternal. Because of His everlasting love for Israel, He is drawing and wooing them back to Himself. This is happening now in this auspicious kairos moment, finally after 2,000 years! He is rebuilding His nation before our eyes and the eyes of the world (v. 4), as we rejoice and praise Him on the mountains of Israel. Messianic congregations continue to multiply from Dan to Beer Sheva. In the past twenty-five years more Jews and Arabs have turned to the Lord than at any time since the Book of Acts!
Watchmen Are Crying Out (v. 6)
In prayer houses and prayer meetings throughout the Land watchmen are crying out -- in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Mount Carmel, Galilee and Tiberias. God has given us this clear word for us to proclaim and pray:
“For thus says the Lord: ‘Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘O Lord, save your people, the remnant of Israel!’” (v. 7).
Here on Mount Carmel we have increased our worship and prayer watches taking place through the week. Indeed, we are singing and praising and praying “O Lord, save Your people, the remnant of Israel!”
We are now in preparations to launch a new worship program called “Ascend Carmel” designed for worship musicians and singers to go deeper into the heart of God, and to participate in intercessory worship on behalf of Israel. (We will be posting more information about this in our August prayer letter.)
“I Will Bring Them from the North Country” (v. 8)
As we proclaim, praise and pray, God is bringing home to Israel persecuted Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine. They are also coming from France by the hundreds. Last month on our flight home from New York there was a sizable group of American “olim” (new immigrants). God says He will bring a “great throng” of hurting people -- including families, widows, single mothers, young and old – His family. He is gathering them “from the ends of the earth” (v. 8).
O Nations, Hear and Declare (v. 10)
In your private prayer times and prayer meetings, please pray verses 10 -12. Intercede for God to gather His family, keep them and redeem them. Proclaim with us that they will come “streaming to the goodness of the Lord” (v. 12). They are coming back from the land of the enemy (v. 16). Yes, God’s “children shall come back to their own border” (v. 17).
The Father Yearns for His Children
“Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he a pleasant child?
For though I spoke against him, I earnestly remember him still.
Therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, says the Lord” (v. 20).
In the Lord’s mercy, He is calling His children back to the Land of Israel and revealing Himself. Even now, many are entering into the new covenant: “I will make [“cut”] a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah” (v. 31). “They shall all know Me!” (v. 34). What a day awaits us! As we see them coming to the Land and to the Lord, pray for the fullness of God’s promises.
An Outpouring of the Spirit of Grace and Supplication
When the nations come against Jerusalem, here is God’s response: “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced” (Zech. 12:10). They will recognize Yeshua! A great grieving and mourning will sweep across the families of Israel: “the family of the house of David…the family of the house of Nathan…the families of the house of Levi and Shimei…all the families that remain” (Zech. 12:12-14).
Recognition, Repentance, Revival
“In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness” (Zech. 13:1).
The national recognition of Yeshua with deep repentance will bring forth an amazing revival in Israel, as the finished work of the Jewish Messiah upon the cross is fully embraced by His ancient people. Please persevere in prayer with us for the families of Israel. “What will their acceptance be, but life from the dead” (Rom. 11:15).