Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ascending the Hill!

Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
And who shall stand in His holy place?
(Psalm 24:3 ESV)

Last Thursday, I went to the Temple Mount or Mt. Moriah. The one place in all the earth that God says His glory will dwell forever. It was amazing, my words cannot even begin to explain what was happening in my inner being.

But when we got on top I felt that I was truly home, I had been Jerusalem right at a week but no place felt like the Temple Mount. I have only lived for 26 years but I know that when the Messiah returns I will rule with Him for a millennium on this mountain. It was exhilarating, I was filled with such joy and peace unlike I have ever felt. I was standing where Yeshua had stood over 2,000 yrs ago, where the Angel of Yahweh stopped Abraham from sacrificing Issac, where again the Angel of Yahweh pointed to David for Solomon to build the Temple. But most importantly, it is where Yahweh says His glory will dwell with men.

Many seemed to be disturbed by the Muslim structures on the Temple Mount. But what can the the things of man do when God shakes them. The Lord laughs in derision at the attempts of man to stop His plans.

At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
(Hebrews 12:26-29 ESV)

I plan to visit the Temple Mount many times during my time in Israel, for truly His presence will meet me in the place He will dwell forever.

Blessings and Shalom

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Learned not earned!

 We earn nothing in the Kingdom, but we must learn certain things.

       Go and LEARN what this means, ‘I desire MERCY, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” ~Matthew 9:13 ESV

Take My yoke upon you, and LEARN from Me, for I am GENTLE and LOWLY in heart, and you will FIND REST for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:29-30 ESV

        “From the fig tree LEARN its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you KNOW that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that He is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. ~Matthew 24:32-35 ESV

Truly, we do not know these things and they do not come automatically. We have to learn them: mercy and how much God delights in it; humility and contentment; discerning times and seasons. Lord, teach us these things.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Luke 8:40-56 The Spirit is saying to the Church, "Child, arise!" The scoffers may laugh thinking we are dead. But Yeshua will give us life, Ruach will return to the Church!
And the laughed at Him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand He called, saying, "Child, arise." And her spirit returned, and she got up a once. And He directed that something be given her to eat. ~Luke 8:53-55
(Luke 8:53-55 ESV)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 ~ (479) 221-4130 ~ 2909 S. 97th Cir.; Ft. Smith, AR 72903
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put Yahweh in remembrance, take no rest, and give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth. ~Isaiah 62:6-7
Isaiah 62 is a call to those who have been set apart to intercede for Jerusalem, the apple of God’s eye (Zech. 2:7-8) I believe I have been called to this ministry as a part of my priestly duty unto the Lord. On New Year’s Day 2010 the Spirit lit a fire in my soul to pray for Jerusalem in Jerusalem specifically at a house of prayer called Succat Hallel.
At that time I thought I might get to go to Jerusalem the following summer. However, another door opened for me to stay in Minnesota while attending missionary training at Bethany College of Missions. During this I spent much time with the Spirit as He led me through intensive study and revelation of God’s heart for the Jewish people. So that fire He lit did not die but became a hot bed of coals that stayed steady in my heart.
In recent months, Ruach haKadesh (the Holy Spirit in Hebrew) has brought into a much deeper understanding of intercession and revelation on the prayer movement across the globe. Now the joy of prayer is that it can be done anywhere at any time, and it is increasing everywhere and is going all the time. There are several Houses of Prayer all over the globe that have worship and intercession going 24/7. This is a fulfillment of Amos 9:11 and Acts 15:16, that the tabernacle of David which had 24/7 worship and intercession would again arise in the earth before Messiah’s return.
In 1999, Rick and Patti Ridings who lived and ministered in my hometown for several years answered the call to raise one of these tabernacles of David in Jerusalem itself and it has been 24/7 for 8 years now.  I only recently found out two years after God put Succat Hallel (Tabernacle of Praise in Hebrew) on my heart that the directors were from my hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas and that they knew my family well.
 I met the Ridings about a month ago when they were visiting Arkansas. As Rick and I spoke he asked me what the vision for my life was. When I told him that God had put Mongolian nomads on my heart Rick immediately knew the entire vision of how Jerusalem was actually the end goal of ministering to the Steppe people. In fact, the internship program has an entire teaching track on how East Asian nations are deeply connected to the gospel being preached all the way back to Jerusalem.
Obviously this meeting stoked the coals in my heart and relit the fire to pray for Jerusalem in Jerusalem. As the man who introduced me to Succat Hallel said, “90 days of praying for Jerusalem in Jerusalem will seal it on your heart forever.”
I believe that God is calling me to a season of intense intercession for Zion, His holy hill, so that I always remember that Jerusalem is the end goal of all the Kingdom of God. It is the place where, when Yeshua the Messiah returns, this present evil age will end and He will rule forevermore.
I plan to go in March for the next internship which lasts for 3 months. God has also told me to depend on the body of Messiah for support, so I pray that my brothers and sisters in the Lord have their hearts open to His leading.  If you feel led to pray and/or support me financially you can contact me by the information at the top of the letter or on Facebook. I pray this letter finds you in good circumstances and that the Father’s face is shining upon you.
Eric Rainwater