by Claudia Koenig
(originally published February 5, 2016)
The silence throughout Jerusalem would make someone want to enjoy the newness of the wintery sunny days. However, as you observe closely, there is not the number of people on the streets or restaurants as usual in this land. Some places have a very low population. And, if you listen carefully to the silence in the atmosphere, it is the stillness before another stabbing attack.
The Spirit keeps you awake through the night and on alert throughout the day, praying for mercy as the day and night begin and end. In an expected moment, the sirens are heard, a stabbing attack has occurred and one of God’s chosen has breathed the last breath that gives life.
“Abba, Father! Do You hear the wailing of Your people at the grave of one of your children?
“You who listened to the last breath of this child of Yours, do You see the ground swallowing up the children in Your land? The place where their voices are not heard because they did not know Your loving kindness? Do Your eyes see the enemy prowling to take them before they believe in Your Son? Do You hear Jerusalem crying out to be pardoned and forgiven and know who You are and what You have done to cleanse her? Is it not time to wail with rended hearts throughout the earth for Your people?
“Messiah, we come to Your land and Your chosen—will You not guide our footsteps to those whose lives may be taken before You are revealed to them? Yeshua, will You not bring more of Your courageous hearts to Your land to take the risk of walking among Your own bearing witness of You? Aside from You, Messiah, we can do nothing!
“Holy Spirit, move on the hearts to come tell The Good News. Come and empower us to do the work that only You can do—to tell of Yeshua and comfort His people on His land.”
Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. Psalm 83:1-4 (KJV)
Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or thy faithfulness in destruction? Psalm 88:11
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice. John 5:8
And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes. Esther 4:3
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.Acts 1:8
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. Isaiah 40:2
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Isaiah 40:1