HE WHO HAS AN EAR
BY STEVE LIGHTLE, AUTHOR AND INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER
Seven times in Revelation 2 and 3 (ESV), Yeshua declares to the even churches, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” This is a truly important saying for us today; we need to hear what the Spirit is saying to participate with our Heavenly Father in what He is doing. One of the great things He is doing is the Aliyah — returning the Jewish people home to Israel.
Eleven times in six verses (Jeremiah 32:37-42), He promises, “I will” perform the Aliyah, and He has given the nations the responsibility to bring them home (Isaiah 49:22). God has given commandments in the Bible to His children, His church, and His people. If we love Him, we will keep His commandments.
First, we pray. Psalm 122:6-9 is clear — we are commanded to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. God’s peace plan begins with Jerusalem and spreads to the other cities of the world. The blessing and promise to those who obey this command to pray for Jerusalem, love Jerusalem, and seek its good is that they will prosper; it is because Jerusalem is the house of the Lord our God. May the Church not miss this blessing. In Nehemiah 2:10 (NKJV), when Israel’s enemies learned that Nehemiah was sent to help Israel, “. . . they were deeply disturbed that a man had come to seek the wellbeing of the children of Israel.” Don’t let the enemy stop you from praying for Israel.
Secondly, the Church has a corporate responsibility to help the Jewish people (Romans 15:27). Thirteen times in Hebrews, we read, “Let us,” the plurality referring to our corporate responsibility (Hebrews 4:1,14,16; 6:1; 10:22-24; 12:1,28; 13:13,15). God brings us to maturity together, “. . . let us go on to perfection. . .” Hebrews 6:1 NKJV. We will remain like babies if we don’t, only feeding on milk (Hebrews 5:12-14).
Thirdly, what should our response be when disasters, drought, devouring locusts, or pestilence (AKA pandemics) come? If we “humble [ourselves], and pray and seek [His] face, and turn from [our] wicked ways,” then God will move, and forgiveness and healing will come. 2 Chronicles 7:12-16 NKJV. God will hear our prayers, and His presence will be in His house.
• “And when he comes, he will . . . unplug the ears of the deaf.” Isaiah 35:5 NLT. Thank the LORD for His ability and willingness to open spiritually deaf ears. Pray earnestly for the Church to receive ears to hear from the Spirit about Aliyah.
• “And may you have power, with all God’s people to grasp the full dimensions of God’s love” Paraphrase of Ephesians 3:18. Pray that those with ears to hear will embrace the corporate responsibility to help the Jewish people make Aliyah.
Original article published in issue 2/2022 of Operation Exodus USA Newsletter.