Intercessors are aware that Israel is at what may be her time of greatest weakness in her 75 years as a modern state. She is surrounded by enemies on every side that are proxies of Iran vowing her destruction, and she is divided within to the point that some are even raising the question of a possible “civil war”.
How should we pray at this time?
I believe the Lord gave me a key in a vision I received at the Succat Hallel house of prayer in Jerusalem, during our Monday morning “Government Watch” on April 10th, 2023 — just before Passover.
I saw that the Lord was bringing Israel to a “Gilgal” moment of extreme weakness, where she could no longer depend on her own strength, but would call out to the “Adonai Tzevaot” (“Lord of the Armies of Heaven”) to save her.
In this vision, I saw the Lord leading many individual Israelis down into the valley to the East of Jericho, the lowest place on earth. The location of “Gilgal”. As my wife Patricia was singing the song “Fire in the Night and a Cloud by Day”, praying for the Lord to lead the nation of Israel, I felt the Lord was spiritually leading them to “Gilgal” in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.
The encampment of Gilgal was the place where the Israelites had finally crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land. They and the nations surrounding them had witnessed the Lord supernaturally bring them across the Jordan River (by the Lord holding it back during flood stage so they could cross over on dry land).
They camped on the plains of Jericho, facing the huge walls of that great fortress. Jericho means the “City of the Moon God”. I believe they were facing the same demonic spirits working through the worship of the moon god within Islam.
Facing this formidable opposition, the Lord commanded that all the men under 40 (their army) be circumcised. As they had not entered into the covenant of Abraham by circumcision during their 40 years wandering in the desert.
Since it takes about 8-14 days for men to recover from adult circumcision, this put them in a position of extreme weakness and vulnerability. They needed to exercise total trust and dependence upon the Lord to save them and give them victory.
In another vision given to me on April 13th, the Lord took a scalpel and circumcised the hearts of those He had brought down to “Gilgal”. I saw Him take His scalpel and cut away the stone that encased their hearts.
The stone fell off in two halves that rolled away like wheels. The hearts were then soft, and He proclaimed as the hardness rolled away that He had now taken away from them the reproach or shame of Egypt.
I believe that is their own shame of idolatry, and the shame that the nations put upon them.
Then these that had their hearts circumcised stood in the Jordan River, and Yeshua (Jesus) Himself sprinkled clean water upon them before immersing them. When they rose out of the water, He was then able to deliver their “moon god” enemies into their hands.
(See Joshua 4 and 5, and Ezekiel 36:24-28. In the passage in Joshua 5, they celebrated a first Passover Seder in the Land, before taking Jericho.)
The next day, I received the following text from Dr. Kerry Teplinsky, who made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) after working many years as the surgeon over the cardiac department of a large hospital in the Los Angeles area:
“I was praying this morning about what you shared at Succat Hallel yesterday morning about your vision, and about the heart of stone being excised, and the manner in which it was excised. Two things occurred to me. First, there actually is a heart operation that sometimes needs to be performed on people who have had the lining of their hearts inflamed (pericarditis) and develop chronic fibrosis of that outer lining, so that their hearts become almost encased in a leather-like sac. The surgeon has to painstakingly peel off this sac from all around their heart in order to expose the flesh again and allow it to function normally. It is called a pericardiectomy. Then, this morning I was in prayer about Ezekiel and about the need to have our hearts circumcised, which is also a procedure where the surgeon (‘mohel’) cuts all the way around in a circle to expose the flesh. You described seeing the stone fall off the heart. I think the surgical procedure I described is a literal fulfillment of the heart circumcision you saw.”
Many millions of intercessors will be focusing prayer on Jerusalem and Israel during the Isaiah 62 Global 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting (May 7-28, 2023).
During that prayer focus, and afterwards, I believe the Lord is calling us to pray and proclaim over Israel His Word from Ezekiel 36:22-28:
“Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.’”
“‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.’” — Ezekiel 36:22-28