(by Tommy Waller)
Recently I read an article about a football player who walked on at the University of Arkansas named Brandon Burlsworth. Walking on to any college football team without a scholarship is not easy, but Brandon was determined. Slow and terribly out of shape, he arrived at the school with what appeared to be no chance of ever stepping onto the field. Setting his mind on the goal, he began to work out, and by his sophomore year he became a starter on the offensive line. Later, he would receive many awards for his abilities – both athletically and academically.
Brandon was a leader, and when the team needed inspiration in critical games, he would look at each player in the eye and say over and over, “How bad do you want it? How bad do you want it?” Sadly, Brandon was killed in a tragic car accident just weeks after being drafted by the NFL. Even after his death some 17 years ago, he’s still an inspiration.
Team Christianity is at a critical juncture. Yeshua (Jesus) understood that there would be a time when religious people would distort the prophecies concerning Israel for a number of reasons. How sad this must have been to see those who would later claim to follow Him deny the very thing he was most passionate about – the very key to unifying the nations (Mark 11:17). Israel, Jerusalem, and the Temple were the direct targets of this passion. We see it in John 2:17, Matt 5:35, Matt 23:37, Mark 11:15, Luke 2:46-49, Luke 9:51, Matt 10:5,6, to name a few.
Over and over, Yeshua was asked, “When will the kingdom of God come?” (ex. Luke 17:20, Acts 1:6) The answer he gave to the question in Luke was, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21) In other words, when you see prophecy being fulfilled – get in the game – get off the sidelines – own it – it’s who you are – you gotta want it!
The Israel question in Acts 1:6 was summed up in verse 8 (paraphrased), “If you want this Kingdom here’s what I need you to do -beginning right where you’re standing I need you take this message to Judea and Samaria and then to the whole earth and just so you know I’ve got your back, I’m going to empower you with the Holy Spirit.”
I believe, at that moment, as He readied Himself for the ascent in verse 9, He looked at His followers and said, “Brothers and sisters, it ain’t over. My Father told the prophet Isaiah that He would set watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem who will not hold their peace day or night. I’m coming back, but I need you to give My Father no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in all the earth.” (Is 62:6,7)
How bad do you want it?! How bad do you want it?!
I am thankful to all those who came down from the bleachers and sacrificed their time, money and physical bodies to get in the game this year on the mountains of Israel. You inspire me!
Because I believe God is moving on many fronts concerning Israel, and because I am excited about entering the 50th year since the liberation of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, I’m going to do something very bold.
I’m going to ask for your support.
As much as we did this year, there was/is opportunity to do at least twice that much. The prophecy in Amos 9 says, “the plowman will overtake the reaper.” In other words, it will be hard to harvest all that the plowman is planting – but we have to make the effort!!
Our matching fund campaign is going on right now, and we need everyone to give what they can. Every donation is double no matter the size, $10 becomes $20, $20 goes to $40. Your part counts! Please pray that our efforts as watchmen will be blessed on the mountains of Israel.
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With great appreciation,
Founder & President, HaYovel