Isaiah 62 and the Israel Set
I lead the prayer set that prays for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem from 1:00pm -3pm. Lately, I’ve been struggling on what and how to pray for Israel. I remember a while back someone asked me to look at the promises according to Israel. The only really good part of the Bible that I knew of that really showed the heart of God was Isaiah 62. So, I decided to meditate and declare God’s promises to Israel from Isaiah 62. During the set, that whole chapter opened up to me during the Set. God opens the chapter saying:
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken(Hebrew: Azubah), and your land shall no more be termed Desolate(Hebrew: Shemamah), but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her(Hebrew: Hephzibah) and your land Married(Hebrew:Beulah); for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
The first five verses clearly show God’s heart for Zion and Jerusalem and his desire for Jerusalem. He will not keep silent over Jerusalem until the Glory of the Lord makes his habitation in and around Jerusalem. Kinda like the promise he makes Jerusalem in Zecariah 2 that Jerusalem will be inhabited as a city without walls. For the Lord will be a wall of fire around it. Isaiah documents the same thing practically for Jerusalem. He says the nations will see their glory and they shall call Jerusalem by a new name that the Lord will give them. When the nations have once called Jerusalem forsaken or desolate, they shall call her Hephzibah, for the delight of the Lord is literally in her, and he shall unite himself with the land as a husband unites himself with his wife. But that wasn’t the most awesome part… this is…
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the LORD 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
He has us on he earth for this reason! To pray for the same thing he is praying for in heaven. It’s funny that we are praying for ourselves and our ministries but Satan is bombing Jerusalem not mega ministries. I’m taking the Omega Course with the House of Prayer Hattiesburg. It’s a packet with Mike Bickle teaching it and we’re taking notes in the booklets that accompany the teaching. The one thing I noticed that he says is Satan is using terrorists to destroy Jerusalem and NOT MEGA MINISTRIES. He could care less if a mega church got off the ground as long as they kept their paws off of his works in Jerusalem. Jesus bound himself by his own prophecy in Matthew 23:37 when he says,”You shall not see me again until you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Satan sees this as a way to stop Jesus from coming back. If he can kill all the Jews, then there will be no Jews to invite him back. It’s as simple as that. I believe that’s why Satan is using the Radical Muslims in the Middle East. They want Israel annihilated, and the U.S. support Israel so they want us out of the way. That’s why they hate us. Not because we are safe, but because we support Israel. But to support Israel is a requirement. But our purpose is not our ministries, not our callings, but to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. That’s why we are watchmen on the wall. We are to give him no rest, neither day or night like he does until he comes to Jerusalem and makes it his capital of praise in the earth. We war in the spirit over Jerusalem by making prophetic declarations over Jerusalem such as Isaiah 62.
Romans 11:1 says explicitly that God has by no means cast off Israel. The Gentile nations purpose in God’s plan is to provoke Israel to jealousy (Rom. 11:11). Come on our favorite Christian the great apostle Paul was a Jew! But what do we have to provoke Israel to jealousy? In my mind, absolutely nothing!
Israel, or Brother Jacob as I like to call him, is the litmus test for Christians. It’s funny how God creates this planet, a tiny planet, makes a people out of nothing, calls them his chosen, and puts them in this small, little corner of nowhere and makes it the drain in which the whole world goes down. ALL FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING HIS NAME KNOWN! I’m telling you guys, if you stand with God, you MUST stand with Israel. That’s the bigger picture!