This week a number of events concerning the city of Jerusalem are converging together in an uncanny way.
- 33 AD – Yeshua ascended into heavenly Jerusalem: Every year at this time, 40 days after the Resurrection, we celebrate His ascension to sit at the right hand of the Father, on the throne of all authority—in both heaven and earth. (Matthew 28:18)
- June 7, 1967 – Jerusalem recaptured by the Jewish people for the first time in more than 2000 years. Amazingly, this event took place during the very same week as the Ascension according to the Hebrew calendar of that year. And so this week, as every year, we celebrated Jerusalem Day, where hundreds of thousands dance in the streets of downtown Jerusalem, leading to a huge celebration at the Western Wall. We see the Jewish control of Jerusalem as a condition for the fulfillment of end times’ events and ultimately the return of Yeshua. (Luke 21:24; Matthew 23:37-39)
- May 14, 2018 – US Embassy officially relocated to Jerusalem; and was followed by other countries. For many in Israel this event is on par with what took place in 1948 or 1967; to think that on the 70th birthday of the nation, the US should declare its support for the Biblical claims of the Jewish people to call Jerusalem its eternal capital, is a hugely momentous event on the stage of world history.
- May 13, 2018 – Neta Barzilai from Israel wins the Eurovision songfest; thus reserving Israel (Jerusalem??) as next year’s location for the Eurovision. This one may be a surprise to a lot of you, and if you see her picture on the internet, it should certainly put a smile on your face. But the yearly Eurovision contest is big news in Israel, especially when an Israeli wins it—which hasn’t happened since 1998. And since she won, this means that all the European nations must come up to Israel for next year’s contest. Both Neta and PM Netanyahu have declared their intention to host the event in Jerusalem. We’ll see!
- May 15 – May 20, 2018 – a number of Christian and Messianic events, including the Pray Walk for Life, Tikkun International’s Alignment Roundtable, an area-wide Jerusalem Shavuot-Pentecost prayer assembly, the Messianic Alliance Shavuot national picnic, and many others.
These events represent a tectonic-plate shift in the spiritual realm. I believe we are crossing into a new period of prophetic fulfillment, whereby Jerusalem becomes both the center of international conflict (Zechariah 12:3), and at the same time there is the beginning of a new outpouring of the spirit of grace and supplication (Zechariah 12:10).
As all these events take place, let’s make sure we repent and turn our hearts anew to the Lord; so that on an individual level, we ourselves will be submitted to God’s perfect will and aligned to His righteous order.
Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.
He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.
Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.