The Truth In The Spirit
Spiritual Pilgrimage to Israel -- August 2010
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).  Remember
this when giving money to
Israel.  Give only to Messianic
Jewish ministries, or your
money will be used for their
persecution!
ADONAI (the LORD) guided us to four of the gatekeepers at the spiritual gates of Israel.  Day by
day information about our journey is directly below.  There is also information about the
gatekeepers, as much as we can share on the internet.  Please prayerfully consider Israel
(both the land and the people) for the return of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ).  *Remember:  It
is Israel who must call back Messiah to reign on the earth (Matt. 23:39).  Hence, all believers
should be praying for the salvation of Israel and peace of Jerusalem.
The team—Markita Smith, Veronica Patterson and Keina Nixon
August 11th--Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Revelation:  The LORD is about to judge the earth (Israel and the Nations) to address the effects
of disobedience.  However, a remnant will be spared who will reign with Mashiach (Messiah).

On the way into the Old City through the center of Jerusalem, we saw two brides in their
gowns.  The Lord used us on this trip, and continues to use us, to prepare the Bride (Israel and
the Church) for His return.  There is to be one bride, but right now, she is two.  Israel and the
Church will be one, and everything that occurred on this trip, represented that plan of God.
August 12th--Negev (Judean Desert), Red Sea and Dead Sea
Revelation:  We have been sent here to testify in Jerusalem and Rome—the centers of our faith.  
Everything we do—every prayer, every step, every location we visit—must be guided by the
Spirit as they are significantly relevant to His plans for us as well as the Bride, who must be
guided into His way in the days to come.

We set out that morning for the Judean desert.  ADONAI always takes His people into the desert
first for preparation.  There, we cried out to God for the Bride (Israel and the Church), that she
would allow herself to be wooed into the desert with the Lord, her Husband (see Hosea chap 2),
giving up her commitment to comfort to submit fully to His will.  Later, I climbed to the top of a
mountain in the desert.  I continued to hear while climbing, “On the mountain of the Lord, it will
be provided.”  (See Genesis 22:14)

After leaving the desert, we traveled to the Red Sea, praying for and proclaiming miracles.  
Lastly, we floated in the Dead Sea, at the very head of it (the last beach as you travel north)
praying for repentance and dependence upon God's grace for the Bride.
August 11th--King David's Tomb, Upper Room, Church of the Holy
Sepulchre, Western Wall and the Old City in Jerusalem
Revelation:  Discerning our steps and speaking God’s Word will demonstrate our intimate
connection with Him while ministering personally and specifically into the lives of His people—
both Jews and Gentiles.  (Exhortations of refining judgment to come and bequeathing of
prosperity to follow are subjects of personal ministry.)

Our first stop was King David’s tomb.  Throughout the day we saw many of the issues that
separate, or dismember, the Bride of Messiah (Israel and the Church).  We disagree on many
things, but David is common ground--in him, we all see a model and a hope.

After King David’s Tomb, we went to the Upper Room, which is directly above King David’s
tomb.  In the Upper Room is an Olive Tree.   We sat and watched very different groups of
believers stroll through this place of the Last Supper and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon
the disciples.  With each group, there was a different teaching, a different interpretation of the
meaning of the olive tree, and different treatment of the room itself.  This depicted the need for
oneness in the Bride, to understand the olive tree and reconnect with the source (Romans 11).

Next, we traveled to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, through the Moslem and Armenian
Quarters being harassed and bombarded.  We arrived at the dark, smoke-filled cathedral
during a procession.  There is a spiritual thickness in the building that feels much more pagan
and demonic than holy and Spirit-filled.  Here, and on the Via Delarosa, we prayed that Yeshua
would reveal His righteous judgments in the earth, to prepare for His return.  “May the
standard be reestablished in Jerusalem and the Nations called to line up to this plumbline.”  

Finally, we arrived at the Kotel—Western Wall.  We were grieved again by the separation of
God’s people:  Jew from Gentile (as seen in the Christian and Jewish Quarters) and male from
female (as seen in the dividing wall between the men and women with children at the Kotel).  

When we returned to our quarters, our host immediately asked if we were alright.  We
searched hard for a word to describe what it was like (particularly the Church of the Holy
Sepulchre) and he said, “hell, it was like hell.”  We responded, “exactly”.  He then went on to
explain that Jerusalem is the place where heaven and earth, and hell, meet.  We had never
realized that under an open heaven,
believers, (the people with the keys--see Matt16:19 ) could
also open up hell and unleash unparalleled demonic forces.  

Our hosts, the eastern gatekeepers, then shared that this is why they accommodate believers
when they come into Jerusalem:  to break an ancient curse.  Messiah Yeshua said that
Jerusalem kills all of her prophets (Matt. 23:37).  By welcoming believers into Jerusalem, our
hosts are breaking the curse that resulted from killing the prophets (Matt. 23:35-39).  At this,
we asked, “Did you know we are all prophets?”  They did not know, and all of us were
delighted to learn that we were instrumental in God’s desire to break this curse.  We shared a
Shabbat meal and ended our evening together by prophesying over them, receiving their
blessing and praying together.
August 14th--Shabbat Shalom, Garden of Gethsemane and Mount of Olives
Revelation:  The sixth seal has been opened, and the angel of the LORD, who proceeds out
from the place of His presence is sealing all of the servants of God, so that we will not be
ignorant of the Lord's ways and complacent in praying for a restoration of the original land of
Israel, prophesying protection over God’s servants and training soldiers to engage the ancient
spirits that are stirring as all the earth is shaken.  

The team spent most of this day resting, dreaming, visioning and receiving the interpretations
of visions and dreams.  At about 4pm, we set out for the Mount of Olives.  Finally, we reached
the base of the Mount of Olives, and our first stop was the Garden of Gethsemane.  We prayed
for the Body to come into her Garden of Gethsemane (a place of decision, to follow the will of
the Father rather than her own will) and Veronica prayed John chapter 17 upon the rock that is
believed to be the one that supported Yeshua when He prayed that fateful evening in the
garden.  On the way to the top, we came to the Tomb of the Prophets, Haggai and Malachi.  It
was closed, so we went up to the gate, removed our shoes and turned to walk away, blessing
God that we have been called to continue their work--Haggai to
prepare a people to rebuild the
House of God and Malachi turning the hearts of the fathers to the sons and the hearts of the
sons to the fathers.  At the top of the Mount of Olives, we read Zechariah chapters 8 through
14 aloud.  This was tremendously significant as we were sitting right by the tombs of
thousands of Jews who believed they would be raised back to life by Messiah when He comes
to reclaim Jerusalem, first from the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4).
August 15th--Temple Mount, Jerusalem and Mount Carmel
Revelation:  The kingdoms of the earth shall be overturned but the House of God will be
rebuilt.  The church must rejoice in and support Judah as she is restored to leadership and
Judah must bear with her (the Church) in love.

Early this morning, we went onto the Temple Mount to pray.  At the eastern gate, overlooking
the Mount of Olives where we had been the day before, we prophesied that the King is coming
and read aloud, in unison, Psalm 24.  On our way to Mount Carmel, we met with a western
gatekeeper and discussed their need for prayer from believers in the nations, young Israelis
who are coming into faith, as well as God's call upon the African American Church to minister
to Israel (for no other people group shares a history of 400 years of slavery in a foreign land).

them that destruction was coming, but God was marking His people to be spared in that day;
to this, they replied, "We're ready."  Nowhere else in Israel had I seen such courage in the
face of certain destruction.  We all prayed together on the mountain range, and I began to wail
for God's people Israel concerning the coming destruction.   All I could hear was Rachel
crying out for her children, as in Jeremiah 31:15.
August 16th--Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Golan Heights and Mount Hermon
Praying Toward the Borders of Lebanon, Syria and Jordan
Revelation:  As the glory of the LORD rests more and more heavily upon this Land, we must
stand with and support the four gatekeepers.  Our ministry of true healing and deliverance,
birthing Yeshua in the hearts of the people, will change the atmosphere of this nation.

We worshipped on a boat owned by a Messianic Jew on the Sea of Galilee.  Then we visited
Yeshua's ministry headquarters in Capernaum.  The Jewishness of Yeshua's earthly ministry
and that of the early Church was apparent.  There were many olive trees, an old synagogue and
a church.  I prayed for Messiah to reconnect the Bride to His heart for seeking and saving the
lost, and to verify it with signs and wonders.

As we continued on to the Golan Heights, to Mount Hermon, the atmosphere changed
drastically.  We came to the remnants of deserted, war-torn towns.  As we traveled further, we
came to more towns occupied by Muslims.  It was clear that natural and spiritual Israel had
been pushed back, and the enemy was now occupying this territory.  We found a small clearing
on the mountain, and from there I prophesied concerning Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel
about war to come and God's ultimate victory.
August 17th--Mediterranean Sea
Revelation:  Though we are at war, divine protection is provided at the very places that the
enemy believes are the weak points.  The LORD is providing this protection because He will
restore His temple and return His glory to Israel.

At the Mediterranean Sea,  I wrote out a prophetic warning for all of Israel's enemies among the
nations.  On the other side of the paper was a call to God’s people in the nations to stand with
Israel.  This paper I wrapped around a rock that I removed from the base of the mountain in the
desert.  I prophesied aloud, tossed the stone into the sea and sounded the shofar three times.
The Olive Tree
King David's Statue
Every morning, each team member sought God individually for revelation for the day.  
Afterward, I (Markita Smith) sought the Holy Spirit for one compiled revelation to guide us
that day.  The compiled revelation for each day is listed with each day's activities.
August 18th--Vatican City and Rome
Revelation:  The LORD has released His plan for preparing the earth for Messiah’s return.  Israel
must be redeemed and the nations, who should support her, must be lined up to the plumbline.

prepare it for Messiah's return.  Then we saw a bride with her new soldier husband.  This was a
confirmation that ADONAI is preparing and uniting His Bride—even in Rome.  I declared a return
to the Hebrew roots of the faith for the Catholic Church and sounded the shofar three times.

Lastly, we traveled to St. Paul's Cathedral built by Emperor Constantine for his daughter.  
Constantine led the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, which decreed a separation from Jews, changed
the Sabbath to Sunday (for the sun god) and replaced Passover with Easter.  It was significant
that we were praying for a return to the Jewish roots of the faith in St. Paul's Cathedral, as Paul
was the Jewish apostle to the Gentiles, teaching about One New Man in Ephesians 2 and the
Olive Tree in Romans 11.  Paul had ministered in Rome, and I could feel his legacy.  ADONAI has
redeemed the land there, and He is preparing the hearts of His people in Vatican City and Rome.
Judean Desert from
the mountainside
The Western Wall
Mount of Olives
Garden of Gethsemane
Tombs on the Mount of
Olives
The Temple Mount
The Temple Mount
Sea of Galilee
Mount Hermon
St. Peter's Square
St. Paul's Cathedral
Gatekeepers in Israel

Southern Gate
Bishop and Rabbi Bierman
Kad-Esh MAP Ministries

Western Gate
Shani and Kobi Ferguson
Yeshua Israel Ministries

Northern Gate
David and Josie Silver
Out of Zion Ministries

Eastern Gate
Unable to Disclose
View the web
journal of our
trip to Israel in
August 2009
View the web
journal of our
trip to Israel in
August 2011