Trip to Israel -- August 2009
The Truth In The Spirit
Sara and I spent the first night in Jerusalem at the Olive Tree hotel.  The name of the
hotel was so meaningful to us, considering the mission for which we had been sent
(Rom. 11:11-24).  There was a wonderful spirit of unity in this hotel as well.  As at
many places in Israel, the US flag flew right beside the Israeli flag.  This prompted me
to pray that the US would not turn her back on Israel, as it seems we are starting to do.
After a restful night, our first order of business was to drive into the desert from
Jerusalem to Eilat.  Though the area was dry for miles (a 4-hour drive), we happened
upon vineyards and groves of palm trees.  God can truly make something out of nothing!
We passed the Dead Sea on our way to
Eilat.  The waters there are indescribable;
they are so dense with salt that they
literally force you to float!  The water itself
feels like there is mineral oil mixed into it.  
On the banks of the Dead Sea, you can
actually see salt rocks, and the mud is
warm and great for one's skin.  Many
covered themselves in the mud.  I
immersed myself in the waters and felt I
became a part of Israel.
In Eilat, we stayed with Kad-Esh MAP
Ministries.  We arrived as the sun set on
Friday night for a Shabbat fellowship meal
(with worship).  During their Shabbat service
on Saturday (which is broadcast
internationally via the internet), I shared the

Word of
the Lord in preparation for Messiah's
return.  The leaders of this ministry, Rabbi
Baruch and Bishop Dominiquae Bierman
(pictured with me on the right) are coming to
Newport News in October 2009 to fellowship
with and minister to us!
Exodus 3:11-15 reads, "But Moses
said to God, 'Who am I, that I
should go to Pharaoh and bring the
Israelites out of Egypt?'  And God
said, 'I will be with you.  And this
will be the sign to you that it is I
who have sent you:  When you
have brought the people out of
Egypt, you will worship God on
this mountain.'  Moses said to God,
'Suppose I go to the Israelites and
say to them, "The God of your
fathers has sent me to you," and
they ask me, "What is his name?"  
Then what shall I tell them?'  God
said to Moses, 'Say to the
Israelites, "The L
ORD, the God of
your fathers - the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac and the God of
Jacob - has sent me to you."  This
is my name forever, the name by
which I am to be
remembered from generation to
generation.'"  (NIV)
We prayed also at the border of Egypt and for revival in Eilat, and for it to spread to the
border nations (Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia), all of which can be seen from the
banks of the Red Sea in Eilat.  I saw a vision of the Red Sea parted for this revival to
spread.  Then Bishop Dominiquae shared their
prayer focus for just that to occur.  
After prayer, I accompanied Bishop Dominiquae to the Red Sea for her weekly swim.  
With my staff in hand, I entered the edges of the Red Sea and prayed again for revival
for all of the border nations and for all Israel.  The Red Sea truly is beautiful.  The water
is so clear and the temperature so mild, that fish travel from various places to swim
there and you can see them.  They come right up to the shore to swim.
Before leaving the desert of Israel, we visited the tabernacle replica.  It truly reflects
God's glory and serves as a foreshadow of our Messiah Yeshua.  Before departing, I did
worship God on the mountain pictured behind me.  Being in the desert was truly a
transforming experience.  God said to me, "I always lead my people into the desert
first.  It is in the desert that I woo you and draw you to myself.  It is in the desert that I
reveal my glory and make you dependent on me alone.  The desert is the place of
preparation.  Only after a time in the desert are you truly prepared to enter into the
place of the promise."  Then I recalled that Moses, the children of Israel, David and
even Yeshua had desert experiences BEFORE walking into God's promise for them.
On our return trip to Jerusalem, we stayed at a guest house in the Jewish Quarter of the
Old City!  The Lord showed me that He sent us much like the Crusaders on a trip to liberate
Jerusalem, but through prayer and encouragement for the believers who are on the wall in
Israel, preparing for Messiah's return.  While there, we saw the menorah.  I had seen a
vision of a menorah in Eilat.
On Sunday, Sara and I fellowshipped with a congregation of American Messianic believers
living in Jordan (which borders on Israel at Eilat).  At the command of God, they moved from
the US to Jordan with their families.  What devotion to service!  While I prophesied to them,
one person asked what I was told to do when I return home to the US.  I replied, "I have to
gather the nations and bring them here" (meaning Israel, because Jordan was originally a
part of the nation of Israel).  Another believer then presented me with a staff (pictured
above).  He handcrafted it from a branch he got in Jerusalem.  It reads the words from
Exodus 3:11-15 (see left), written in Hebrew letters.  When he gave it to me, he said, "This
will be the sign to you that you will bring the nations here.  Tomorrow, you will worship on a
mountain."  Before leaving Jordan, prayed at the border of Saudi Arabia as well.
We attempted to visit the temple mount before
leaving Jerusalem.  However, we were
redirected (clearly by the hand of God) to
Oskar Schindler's grave.  His name had been
mentioned while we were in Eilat, and here we
were.  As God would have it, I just happened to
have a bag of rocks with me that I collected
from strategic locations in the US prior to our
trip.  I was told to bring rocks from the US to
Israel to connect us to the Land.  Because God
had us to place them here, I understand that
believers in the US (and worldwide) must
prepare to stand with the children of Israel at all costs.  A time of great persecution will soon
come upon the children of Israel.  Believers everywhere, but especially in the US, must
prepare our hearts, homes and finances to stand with Israel!  We can begin by visiting the
Land, being taught to connect with the Jewish roots of our faith and blessing Messianic
Jewish ministries in Israel today.  
Contact us to learn ways you can stand with Israel.
We took many more pictures of Jerusalem.  You can see some on the left side of this page.
View the web journal of our trip in August 2011, Mission:  Israel Deliverance.
It was miraculous in amazing in ways we could not have imagined!
Pictures of Jerusalem
The Olive Tree
Pillars from the 2nd
Temple period
The Wailing Wall
Men praying on the left,
Women and children praying
on the right with a dividing wall
between them
In preparation for Messiah's return, one of our first missions was to visit Israel to
deliver prophetic messages about preparing for His return, to encourage and support
the Messianic ministries in Israel that are faithfully preparing the Land for her King, and
to awaken prophets in Israel to stand as watchmen on the walls.  Through God's divine
hand, we were able to fulfill this mission in Israel and Jordan in August 2009.
Please Note:  Believing
(Messianic) Jews are greatly
persecuted by Orthodox
Jews in Israel, with threats of
losing their citizenship, jobs
and homes for their beliefs in
Yeshua (Jesus).  Christians in
Jordan face similar
persecution.  For this reason,
we have not included photos
of believers in the Land,
though we fellowshipped with
many while in Israel and
Jordan.  Remember this when
giving money to Israel.  Give
only to Messianic Jewish
ministries, or your money will
be used for their persecution!
View the web journal of our trip in August 2010.