“Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1
Wednesday 23rd of March 2011, we heard and felt “BOOM,” in the Jerusalem Prayer Tower. We then viewed from the Prayer Tower lookouts the scene of a terror attack at the very gates of Jerusalem.
As the sirens of rescue workers and ambulances wailed through the city to reach the site, the call to prayer rose in our spirits to stand with all those involved in any manner in the trauma that was unfolding. Gathering on our lookout to pray were our students and staff from Jewish, Arab and international people groups.
It was very profound to be standing together, praying in such unity in the face of the hatred and violence that had just been loosed between these very people groups on the streets in front of our eyes. Our Arab students, having lived and studied amongst us Jew and Gentile were with tears in their eyes, trying to express heart emotions - this is not who we really are and we know who you really are. The heart of the Father was released amongst us - and deep levels of His love, "For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son..."
News began to filter in that there had been one loss of life, and 37-40 injured, some very much more seriously than others. The gravity and reality of terrorist attacks, which we had not experienced in Jerusalem since 2004, began to settle on the City.
The following day at our Jerusalem Prayer Watch, we gathered as a team and walked to the site of the terror attack to take our place as believers and redeem the Land that had been defiled by the shedding of innocent blood and trauma.
“There is a blood of sprinkling that speaks of better things than that of Abel. Your watchmen shall life up their voices... for the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem.” Isaiah 52:9
As we lifted up the Name of Yeshua together, proclaiming the New Covenant we infused strength back into the Land and prophesized life and blessing, declaring that Truth would again flow in the streets of Jerusalem and that the Harp Bridge of Strings - the new gate of praise at the entrance to the City - would now be closed to all defilement and open again for the King of Gory to enter. Walking the area we circumspectly released salt upon the Land declaring once again God's Covenant promises as sealed.
Yeshua paid the full-price of Redemption in this very City with His sacrificial death on the cross, and through this prophetic act, we enforced the legal rights of Redemption to “possess the gates of this City.” Genesis 24:60
Our heart's prayer was for rivers of comfort to the family of the one woman killed, Mary Gardner. However, our hearts also rejoiced in the fact that she was a believer, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15
This saint was from Orkney, Scotland, UK, where my family happens to be from. I feel well-springs of honor for her, as she has run the race that was set before her well. She was 59 years old and had spent more than 10 years in Togo, West Africa translating the New Testament into IFE, an African language. She was here studying Hebrew at this time to prepare her for accurately translating the Old Testament for them as well.
“Giving Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth”