This year's celebration of
the Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) in Jerusalem was historic and included
many hundreds of representatives from some 15 Arab and Jewish
The event was cooperatively led by Arab Christians and Messianic Jews,
entirely in Arabic and Hebrew from the stage, with translation in
headphones for internationals. This cooperation in leadership as well as
the local language was a breakthrough in and of itself.
We praised the Lord together for almost an hour in blended Arabic and
Hebrew songs. Then the Arabic and Jewish pastors came on stage, held hands
in unity, and began to pray spontaneously for half an hour. There was a
brief message in Arabic, and a brief message in Hebrew. Then we sounded the
trumpet together, with shouts of "Blessed is He who comes in the name of
the Lord" (Matthew 23:39).
We felt that three special spiritual goals had been advanced:
1. Unity: with the cooperation of Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, there was a
new standard of alignment set which provides for reconciliation
throughout the Body of Messiah worldwide (John 17).
2. Kingdom: by proclaiming "Blessed is He" and "The Kingdoms of this
world have become the kingdom of our Lord ..." (Revelation 11:15),
a new level of spiritual authority was proclaimed to welcome the
3. Revelation: as we met on the biblically-ordained holy day, and blew the
trumpet, a new dimension of prophetic revelation concerning the end
times was released. As we prayed and sounded the trumpet on earth, we
believe there was a reaction in heaven as well.
It seemed more than a coincidence that we met on the day after world
leaders had assembled in Jerusalem to honor the passing away of Israeli
former president Shimon Peres. Peres was certainly a great historic figure
for modern Israel. Yet we came to honor the King of Kings, Messiah Yeshua,
who will rule eternally from the same capital city.