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Rick Ridings: So we’re going to share right now. This will be videoed and it’s going to, we’re going to share a little bit about the kind of prophetic things of the eight mandates that we feel God gave for Succat Hallel, at the beginning of Succat Hallel. Just a quick snapshot of something God is doing in each one of those mandates.
Gonna ask Patricia to come up and share about on the day on the mount, on Mount Zion, actually 21 years ago when God gave us the vision and spoke to us about what He was calling us to Israel to do.
Patrica Ridings: Well, we had been, like Rick said, we were praying. Just being part of what Tom Hess was doing, of having prayer all throughout the city and we were just taking the 12:00 to 2:00 time as a family for months. And fasting and praying at the end of that time, trying to decide and trying to hear what the Lord was saying to us about Israel.
And we had been coming into Israel for six, seven years at that point. And falling more and more and more in love with Israel and we found that this last time when we were praying during that time, we felt like, “Oh, we just can’t leave this place. But Father, what do you want?” And we went up to Mount Zion right by JUC. You all know where JUC is? It’s on Mount Zion.
And we were looking over the valley and down into the Pool of Siloam where there were bleachers down there, there are many times bleachers down there, but this time it was filled with young people and they were women in different colored T-shirts.
And so we asked a guy who was coming by, we said, “Who are these women?” And he said, “Oh, they’re beautiful women of Israel.” And I said, “But who are they?” And he said, “They are graduating from the Army.” Or, you know, being inducted into the Army, can’t remember which one.
Rick Ridings: I think it was graduation.
Patricia Ridings: Graduation? And so, as we were watching these women, the Lord said, “I want you to move here, and if you move here, it will be easier for your daughters to move here, and I want to use your daughters in the coming revival.”
And so, we knew that we had these mandates, the youth and the prayer. And so, we didn’t have the money to rent a place within walking distance of the original Tabernacle of David. We learned that that’s like the most expensive part of town. But God provided and I won’t go into that because it’s a long, long story, but we’re so grateful that He did what He said He would do.
And we had one daughter who was in Argentina and one who was in California, and then we had our youngest with us. And the Lord, and we, knew that it had to be God to bring them back to Israel. One thought she was called to the Spanish world and the other was praying about what to do.
She said, “Oh, Israel’s your thing. It’s not my thing.” And she ended up marrying an Israeli that she met in the States.
And so, God brought them back miraculously in His way, and used them all in the youth little mini-revivals we’ve seen in the last 20 years. But there’s so much more.
And so we believe that Esther’s cheering us on from where she is and really, she, her life and her death, has brought so much revelation and nearness of Heaven to us. And so, we just wanna see that Heaven come down to Earth.
And so, that’s what revival is it’s Heaven coming to Earth. And so, we’re praying for that to happen. And we know that all three girls are gonna be involved in it and all of you are gonna be involved in it, all those who want to, who long for His appearing.
We’re all gonna see a major revival with the youth of Israel ’cause the Lord said that. And so, that was the beginning. And we praise the Lord that He brought us here .
Rick Ridings: Yes, yes. And I thank the Lord for an amazing, wonderful wife who has carried this vision so deeply in her heart. And many of you know that you get WhatsApp messages from her about your watches sometimes at 6:00 in the afternoon, sometimes at midnight, sometimes at 3:00 in the morning, sometimes at 8:00 in the morning, sometimes.
This is like she keeps waking up and, “Oh, I’ve gotta do that.” That this would remind, this would reply to this one. But thank the Lord for a wife who’s not only loves to worship, but is a worship leader and could just, you know, look at that as her only thing.
But her heart’s desire was to prepare a dwelling place for the Lord and thank the Lord for so many. And I, in a special way, wanna recognize Martin and Norma who have been with us from the very, very beginning. And we just thank the Lord so much for you and your faithfulness through all these years.
And like I said, there are many, many others in the room who have been here years at a time and have invested such a blessing. But in a special way they’ve carried a lot of the weight of the vision with us for these 20 years and we are so thankful.
So I’d like to just quickly share on the eight mandates that the Lord gave us over the development of time of Succat Hallel, and tell something that God has done in each thing but not telling it as a this is, you know, what we’ve done, but this is what God has done. This is a night of thanksgiving. These three days of the 20th anniversary are a time to thank God for His faithfulness and thank Him for what all He has done during these years.
Mandate #1: The Restoration of the Tabernacle of David
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So, of course, the first mandate is the restoration of the Tabernacle of David, as Patricia shared the Lord had spoken so strongly. I actually started teaching on the Tabernacle of David, this really gives my age away, in 1973. And I remember describing it, different places over the years, but God would never let us, it wasn’t time yet. It wasn’t time yet, and we would start prayer things like when we were in Belgium.
We had early morning prayer meetings every morning and things like that but never 24-7 until we came here. And by that time, that had been from 1973 up to 1999 that I had to say someday God is going to restore the Tabernacle of David. And part of that is going to be 24-7 worship and prayer day and night, night and day.
Vision of 24-7 Prayer
And I talk about how I could just picture the people coming and coming with their lunch or what and saying, how, how was it? Oh, it was amazing. God came, and we all ended up on the floor before the Lord in His presence. And the next watch coming in, how was it? Oh, we had this amazing time, and joy broke out, and we were just dancing and rejoicing in the Lord and just watch after watch.
And little did I know that someday we would be experiencing those kinds of things, and it’s quite an amazing thing. I’m not going to go into all the scriptures tonight ’cause basically all of you who are in the room and the kind that will watch this video know these scriptures, but in Amos 9:11-15, of course it talks about the restoration of the Tabernacle of David. And part of that is the house of David, the throne of David. The other part is how that throne, how that house was established, which was through a tent of 24-7 worship and prayer. The first throne of David, the first kingdom in Jerusalem was established through the prayer and through the worship.
When David became king, he was facing an unbelievable challenge. I mean, they had enemies on every side, armies on every side that would come. Philistines would come flooding through the land, and after they’d worked all year preparing their crops, they would just take away the crops. And he was coming into a situation where there was a lot of division after King Saul and a people that were divided rather than united.
And he was coming into a city where there were ancient spiritual evils, strongholds in this city, and God called him in. But God. And so, what do you do in the middle of all of that? You just set up a little tent, and you start worshiping and you start praying. And it became day and night, night and day. And the presence of the Lord was brought back. God said, “Bring back the ark of the presence and put it in that little tent, and I will dwell here.”
God Dwells Among The People
And when this became a dwelling place for God, suddenly they, not suddenly, but over a period of years, his throne was established. They had peace with all of their enemies. They had enemies who were beginning to bring tribute rather than stealing from them.
When we first moved here, the first place where we started to Succat Hallel was over on Aminadav. Some of you were there. Our landlord is a famous archeologist. And she told us the story one day how archeologists all said there could never have been a king as great as the Bible describes King David to be. There could never have been a King David like that. The Bible must be wrong because if he was such a great king, we would find evidence written in stone about this king. And all we have are the parchments, are the scrolls, the written things about King David in the Bible. But we don’t have any physical proof written in stone as it would have been at that time.
Archeological Proof of King David
And our landlord, who was not a believer in God, was leading a team up north in Galilee, and guess what they discovered? They discovered a special stone, marble stone, that had inscribed, “Bringing tribute to the great King David in Jerusalem.” I mean, it wasn’t just his name happened to be on a stone. It was bringing tribute from another nation to the great King David in Jerusalem.
So that kind of settled that argument after that. That that was clear. So the Tabernacle of David, he said in Amos 9, would be restored. And he gives us a very clear clue as to when it would be restored and that there will be a great harvest, he talks about. But at the end of that, those few verses, he says, “And in that day, I will bring my people back in Israel, back into their own land, never again to be uprooted.”
And some of you will remember dear Michael Cohen, who was part of us and who had a revelation from the Lord to look up one day about what happened on Independence Day, which was two weeks earlier than it was originally scheduled to be because they knew there were armies planning to attack, and they wanted to quickly make this statement. And it was on a Friday. He looked up the date, and he found out it was a Friday. When he looked that up, you can find out what was the Parashah, what was the reading read in synagogues on any Friday way in the future or any Friday way back, as Martin continually reminds us in a wonderful way like tonight.
And at it’s so prophetic. So it was on a Friday after they signed the Declaration of Independence in what’s now called Independence Hall in Tel Aviv, many of them would have gone to synagogue because it was Friday afternoon. And when they came, Michael Cohen said, “I wonder what they would have heard when they came in.” And he found out it was not just a yearly Parashah, but it was a passage that was read only on certain special years. And when they came in, here’s what they would have heard: “In that day, I will restore the fallen Tabernacle of David,” and then going on through about how they possessed the remnant of Edom, which I believe is a picture of great revival among the Edomites. It’s a picture of Middle East outpouring of God in many ways and the nations that are called by my name. And then he says the hills would drip with new wine. It’s just a great harvest. The plowman will overtake the harvest, or no longer do you wait a long time for a harvest.
God Pours Out His Spirit on Arabs
So we’re gonna see, Milad, we’re gonna see great harvest in Bethlehem where we’re not just waiting for one every few months to come to the Lord. We’re gonna see great harvest here in Jerusalem, where we’re not just waiting every few months for someone to come to the Lord. But we won’t be able to keep up is what will happen from what he says in Amos 9 when that tabernacle of David is restored. And then he gives us the clue. It will happen in the time when I bring my people back from the nations, from exile, planting them once again in their own land, never again to be uprooted. Now, if we can look at the next slide here, this is obviously the prayer room, and I just want to thank the Lord. In November, we celebrated 15 years of 24-7, day and night, night and day 365 days a year, 168 hours in every week that need to be filled by a human being worshiping and lighting the menorahs over here.
Menorah Reflects Our Spirit
One of the things the Lord spoke early on to Patricia was this menorah and lighting it by hand, not getting one of these electric ones or something, but lighting it by hand as a symbol that the fire on the altar should never go out. That were people who walked up with their hand, lit that menorah, lit that candle. How many have lit a candle here at some time? Okay, almost everyone in the room has lit a candle at one time or another here. We’re part of the fire on the altar. It’s just a beautiful, prophetic picture of that. So we thank the Lord for that. Another thing is the encouraging and training of other altars of worship in the land, teams that are going out.
Youth Worship Teams
At the top here is a team of kids who were 11, 12, 13, and 14 years old and helped me. I think it was two years ago, no three now, 2017. This was in Rishon LeZion. Some of you know Pastor Mickey from there. He’d come up here, and somehow he found out about the kids watch. And he saw the middle-school-age watch, the 11, 12, 13, 14-year-old kids.
And he saw how they were worshiping the Lord, and he said, “Is there any way you can bring those kids to Rishon LeZion? I want them to teach our kids that our kids can worship now. They don’t have to just play games. They could actually worship the Lord.” They could learn to lead worship. And so we got down there, and how can I say it? We were thinking that it was just a group of his kids to hear a group of our kids, and when we got there, they had the whole congregation, the adults there. And here were these 11, 12, 13, 14-year-old kids thinking, you know, we’ll lead 30 minutes of worship and prayer with these other kids and then be with them. And then they asked them if they could go on, I think it was like an hour and a half or two hours.
And then these little kids did it. I mean, it was amazing. But it’s wonderful that as the generations go on, actually we were there Friday morning in Rishon LeZion. They have had pastors meeting together now, about 11 pastors have been meeting every week at 5:30 in the morning on Thursdays to pray together for their city and their area. And now they rented a facility, and Patricia and I were able to pray over the prayer room and dedicate the prayer room this last Friday morning in Rishon LeZion with vision for 24-7 in Rishon. So it’s grown out of that little group there. And then on Saturday, it was such a blessing. I think the one down here is with Arab young people. It may have been in the city of Jerusalem and a team of many of the young adults here together with Tal who were ministering to Arab young people in worship.
Arabs touched by 24-7 Praise and Worship
So Saturday, you know this right before the, it’s just interesting how this worked out timing-wise. Let’s see, Friday from Rishon in the morning, we drove in the afternoon and ministered to Arab women that Ranya had gathered, about 80 women or so, 80 or 90 women. And then the next day, it was about 50 young people. And it was so exciting when that team got up, they were quite young, and they really worshiped, and it was just so powerful. And then the young lady who had led the worship came up to me, and she says, “I just want you to know, I know Bethany, I know Tal.” And she said, “I thought I could not sing.” She said, “I didn’t know I could sing until I went to Dor Haba to the youth training.” And she said, “There, I found out that I could sing.” She has this gorgeous voice. It was like, how did you not know this? And then she said, “And I didn’t know I could write a song, and there was a little workshop on writing songs. And I realized I could write a song.” And she sang a song there, led a song that she’d written that was just so anointed in Arabic about the arrow of the Lord and the Lord fashioning us as his arrows. And the kids were just really responding to the song she’d written.
So we’re so thankful for these teams of some of young adults who’ve been going out different places and strengthening altars of worship, not only in other countries, but here in the land. It’s really important. And so we’re thankful that they’d been able to go to places like Jerusalem in the old city and Bethlehem and help me, Nazareth, and there’s one coming up at Haifa I know. Yeah, there are places one after the other that are opening up. And so we thank the Lord for that.
Mandate #2: A Move of the Holy Spirit Among the Youth of Israel
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Yeah, they are opening up. And so, we thank the Lord for that. Number two, second mandate, was for a move of the Holy Spirit among the youth of Israel. And if we can look at the slide on that, you’re all very aware, so we won’t spend time on that.
But by God’s grace, the various ELAV and Dor Haba events and conferences, and camps and all of this ministered to hundreds of Jewish and Arab and Palestinian young people since 2007.
And, I love that picture in the middle, the one guy with the kippah and the one next to him. The one with the kippah actually comes from an orthodox family, but they allow him to come to the camp.
Actually, they were very happy he came to the camp. And there he is, with an Arab guy, they’re praying for each other. Palestinian guy, I think, it was in there praying for each other.
And it’s wonderful to see the generations, you see Shiloh praying over the youth there, and it’s just wonderful that the generations have ministered to the next generation.