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Standing in the Gap

written by David Shishkoff
January 14, 2012

The righteous, prophetic remnant is called to stand in the breach and build up protection for all of Israel. They are called to prepare the people for the future, for difficulty, for judgment and for war; to make up for weaknesses in the defense of the people against attacking forces.

Ezekiel 13:5 – Woe to the foolish prophets who … have not gone up into the breaches, or built up a wall for the house of Israel, that it might stand in battle in the day of the LORD.

There are mortal military threats against Israel. Even “friendly” neighbors (such as Jordan and Egypt) have strong undercurrents of anti-Israel sentiment. Iran is coupling the most serious verbal threats with development of nuclear weapons. The popular uprisings of the Arab “Spring” are bringing to power extreme Muslim groups very antagonistic toward Israel.

There are also social pressures and problems: Anti-Israel sentiment in the media; Economic fears; Violence in cities; Substance abuse; Pornography and sexual immorality; Family dysfunctions. These threats are arrayed against all humanity universally and against each one of us personally.

A system of defense is like a wall. If the enemy punches a hole in the defense, a “breach” is formed. Soldiers must rush bravely into the breach and close the gap to defend the people. Such spiritual soldiers are rare to be found.

Ezekiel 22:30 – I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.

Moses, like Ezekiel, stood in the breach in intercession on behalf of his people.

Psalm 106:23 – Therefore he said he would destroy them– had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him…

Moses’ intercession consisted of recounting before God His promises, and calling on God to relent from judgment in favor of unmerited grace. Moses was willing to be erased from the book of life to avert judgment (Exodus 32:32).

Yeshua Himself is the ultimate example of the Man who would stand in the gap on behalf of Israel and all mankind (Isaiah 53). Ezekiel, Moses, and Yeshua all serve as examples of standing in the breach.

Isaiah 58:12 – Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach…

This prophecy points to a people who return to Israel, rebuild the walls, and repair the breach. May Messianic Jews and believers in Yeshua around the world arise to become a righteous, prophetic remnant to stand in the gap today for Israel and all the nations!

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