God has promised that He will bring His people, Israel, home from the ends of the earth. This includes gathering them ‘from the west’ (Isaiah 43:5).
I am very excited about what the Lord is doing now in the Western hemisphere and especially in relationship to Latin America. All the way from Mexico in North America to Argentina and the southern tip of South America very interesting things are developing.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you; I’ll bring your children from the east, and gather you from the west. – Isaiah 43:5
The Lord is beginning to awaken the churches to Israel and God’s eternal purposes for His people in this day and time. Today we are seeing more and more stirrings in the West. The Lord is watching over His word to fulfil it (Isaiah 55:10-11).
For just as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, yielding seed for the sower and bread for eating, so will my message be that goes out of my mouth – it won’t return to me empty. Instead, it will accomplish what I desire, and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
In October 2007, when I was in Bournemouth for a meeting with the Ebenezer Development team and the International Board, I found myself restless. Not knowing why, I went to prayer: ‘What are you saying, Lord?’ He answered so clearly and precisely that I quickly grabbed a pen and paper to write down the prophetic words:
1. I am saying that the time is short – shorter than most people imagine.
2. I am saying that the conflict is great. There is coming a tremendous shaking of all things, in all nations. My people, the church, must be aware, must awaken and must be prepared.
3. I am saying that the harvest is great. The multitude of my chosen people is greater than what has been imagined by the world, the Church, the Jewish Agency and by the present Israeli population. There is a vast army. I will raise them up to the suprise of all.
Two or three prophets should speak, and others should weigh carefully what is said. – 1 Corinthians 14:29
Do not put out the Spirit’s fire. Do not despise prophecies. Instead, test everything. Hold on to what is good. – 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21
Suprised and shaken by these words, I brought them to the International Board so that the could judge the prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:29; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21). They all sensed it was from the Lord. None of us knew then, of course, of the worldwide economic shaking that began in 2008. This seems to be just a small demonstration of what is to come.
The question of the multitudes of His people was, and is still not, totally clear, but since last year we have been getting outside confirmation which indicates that there are a very large number of descendants of Sephardic Jews in Spain, Portugal and throughout all of Latin America, many of whom are unaware of their ancestry. One of the sources came through articles by Jewish writers declaring that there are vast numbers of people having Sephardic Jewish ancestry.
The exiles, the Israeli host, will possess the territory of the Canaanites all the way to Zarephath. The exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad will possess the cities of the Negev. – Obadiah 1:20
In Scripture, Obadiah prophesies (verse 20): ‘the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad will posses the towns of the Negev’. Sepharad in Hebrew means ‘far away place’. It was almost always applied to the Jews of Iberia (Spain and Portugal). Their descendants are known as the Sephardic Jews or Sephardim. The Negev is mostly desert and 55 per cent of the present territory of Israel. Isaiah prophesied that the desert would bloom and even become like the Garden of Eden (see Isaiah 41:18-20;44:3-5,49:8-12,51:3).
I’ll open up rivers on the barren heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I’ll turn the desert into a pool of water, and the parched land into springs of water. I’ll put cedar trees in the wilderness, along with acacia, myrtle, and olive trees. I’ll plant cypresses in the desert — box trees, and pine trees together— all so that people may see and recognize, perceive, consider, and comprehend at the same time, that the hand of the Lord has done this, and that the Holy One of Israel has created it.
For I’ll pour water upon thirsty ground and streams on parched land. So will I pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing upon your descendants. They’ll spring up as among the green grass, like willows by flowing streams. One will say, ‘I belong to the Lord,’ and another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will have written on his hand, ‘the Lord’s,’ and will adopt the name of Israel. – Isaiah 44:3-5
For the Lord will have compassion on Zion, have compassion on all her ruins. He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her deserts like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving, and the sound of singing. Sorrow and sighing will flee away. – Isaiah 51:3
This what the Lord says: “I’ll answer you in a time of favor, and on a day of salvation I’ll help you. I have watched over you, and given you as a covenant for the people, to restore the land, to reassign the inheritances that have been devastated. – Isaiah 49:8-12
Could these passages literally come true in the Negev? And will the ‘vast army’, referred to in Ezekiel 37:10-14, be composed of a very large group of Sephardic Jews from Iberia and Latin America who are a part of the restoration of the dry bones of the ‘whole house of Israel’?
So I prophesied as I had been ordered, breath entered them, and they began to live. They stood on their own feet as a vast, united army. “These bones represent the entire house of Israel,” the Lord explained to me. “Look how they keep saying, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our future is lost. We’ve been completely eliminated!’ “Therefore prophesy to them, and tell them, ‘Watch me! I’m going to open your graves, lift you out of those graves, and bring my people back into the land of Israel. Then you’ll learn that I am the Lord, when I’ve opened your graves and caused you to come up out of them, my people. I’m going to place my Spirit in you all, and you will live. I’ll place you all into your land, and you’ll learn that I, the Lord, have been speaking and doing this,’ declares the Lord.'” – Ezekiel 37:10-14
We are getting invitations to share in churches and groups concerning what God is doing in our day through Israel. On the other hand, we are also beginning to see an increase in anti-Semitism and the beginning of an awakening for aliyah in the Jewish populations in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world.
We must hear the call of the Lord for intensive prayer and for prayer journeys throughout Latin America and Iberia, and for the release of the Jews in the fulfilment of the Lord’s word for Sepharad.