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November 14, 2009

Israel

We just got home from Israel a couple of weeks ago and wow what a trip it was! We had so much fun.

There was a couple in our church that was taking an intercessory team to Israel to pray. So, they wanted to meet with me and when we met, they were telling me all about the trip and where they were going and what they wanted to do, etc. Inside, I was going, "I need to go; I need to go!!" So we got the tickets last minute and joined them. We had a team of 20 intercessors go with us, and we were all really happy. We were really blessed to have a Messianic Jew be our guide. I’ve been to Israel four times, and two of them were tours. This man was an amazing Christian believer and historian. There were many things that He said and that I got to experience out of the Bible that rocked my world! I want to share a few of them with you!

We went to a place called Caesarea Philippi—where Jesus went with Peter. It is in the Dan area, which is in Northern Israel. We went to a place there called "The Gates of Hell." It is a high place. It is a headwater, and there is a huge cave there. There used to be a temple that came out of the cave and there was a platform outside of the temple that was a sacrificing area where they sacrificed children to the Greek god Pan. In Matthew 16:18, this is what Jesus said to Peter at Caesarea Philippi, right at this place: "And I also say to you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against you. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth, will be loosed in heaven." Jesus was telling Peter, "This horrible place has no power with you!" Isn’t that amazing?

What I loved about this trip is that I realized that Jesus spoke to the people and related to them with their surroundings. He used nature and things around him to make it relevant and bring it home to the people. When He was on the Mount of Beatitudes and said, "If salt has lost its flavor, you throw it down on the road," He was speaking there and was staring at a salt mine, and He was using that and everyone in that area knew! It was just amazing to me that He didn’t just randomly pull things out but He used the surroundings to teach the people. Jesus is a very practical Savior. And I like being in Israel because I love to look at nature and see what God is speaking from nature. If we pay attention, He speaks to us in different ways.

While we were in Jerusalem, I got to speak at Succat Hallel! They have a 24/7 prayer house, and they are right outside of the gates of the old city!! So I just decided to share the Wakey Wakey story and wake up some angels! So we all stood up and faced the city and did a prophetic act and yelled out, "Wakey Wakey!!" A physical act brings spiritual release.

We also prayed for a lot of rain while we were in Israel. They have been suffering from a seven-year drought. The day we left, it started raining, even flooded in some places! Our guide told us the morning that we left, that the forecast for the winter season was to be very wet. Yeah God!! It is the end of the seven-year drought!

I love Israel, and I love being in the land—it feels like home. If you haven’t gone, I am telling you to GO! You will love it.

Love,

Beni