The WORD which the prophet Isaiah saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem… is that all nations shall go to Zion, for out of Zion we will surely receive richly from Yahweh!
“It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be [firmly] established as the highest of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow to it.3 And many people shall come and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law and instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” Isaiah 2:2- 3 Amplified Bible
This scripture had a meaningful in-depth value for us as a family. We (my husband, two precious daughters and myself) had the privilege to go to Yah’s beloved land Israel as a family this year with Retah. For our daughters it was their first time, my husband his 2nd time and for me the 3rd time with Retah’s Ministries.
We had a great time and we thank ABBA for His favor making this tour possible for us as a family and being faithful answering our prayers, making our dreams come true to receive all these blessings from Him.
We thank Retah and the McPherson family (Tinus, Aldo, Josh, Chantelle and Ouma Bessie) through who ABBA is working, using them for preparing Yeshua’s Bride and bringing His Light and abundance of love to all His people seeking healing in all areas in their lives. Thank you for all your prayers, gentle touch, words of encouragement, wisdom and time spent with us on this tour that was and still is precious to us and all our tour co-members.
Today I look back at this extraordinary experience we had in Israel and can truly testify this…….
It was like the “...dew that comes on the hills of Zion, for there the Lord has commanded the blessing, even life forevermore [upon the high and the lowly].” Psalm 133:3 Amplified Bible
We as a family received a few special blessing from ABBA while in Israel. Each family member wrote their own petitions and heart’s desires before the time as preparation for Israel and what we wanted ABBA to help us with. I just want to highlight a few of our special encounters.
The first hotel where we stayed had the most beautiful outlook over the Sea of Gallilee and the 2nd night we worshiped with Mervis around the bonfire nearby the seashore. It was extra special!
The song we ended with still echo’s in my mind and I just want to sing it all the time…..
I have decided to follow Jesus; I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus; No turning back, no turning back.
Though none go with me, I still will follow, Though none go with me I still will follow, Though none go with me, I still will follow; No turning back, no turning back. My cross I'll carry, till I see Jesus; My cross I'll carry till I see Jesus, My cross I'll carry till I see Jesus; No turning back, No turning back.
The world behind me, the cross before me, The world behind me, the cross before me; The world behind me, the cross before me; No turning back, no turning back.
Information - "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus" is a Christian hymn originating from India and the lyrics are based on the last words of a man in Assam, who along with his family was converted to Christianity. Called to renounce his faith by the village chief, the convert declared, "I have decided to follow Jesus." In response to threats to his family, he continued, "Though no one joins me, still I will follow." His wife was killed, and he was executed while singing, "The cross before me, the world behind me." This display of faith is reported to have led to the conversion of the chief and others in the village.” Wikipedia
There is surely no better baptism than in the Jordan River and witnessing our two precious daughters being baptized there! Was truly a spiritual blessing!
Retah gave all the couples the opportunity to be baptized together and we (my husband and I) had a unique special word of conformation given when Retah and Mervis baptized us together as a couple.
Climbing Masada was for me and my eldest daughter a challenge, although she was fit and made it to the top well in advance of me, all waiting for me being last to the top. But I made it!
In Eilat we had a unique meeting with Bishop Dominquea and Rabbi Baruch Bierman while they were doing a live webcast. Having had a 2 hour over view of Replacement Theology and ending with group repentance. Afterwards my husband and I had a special renewal of marriage vows based on biblical Hebrew roots, under the covering of the Chuppah (The Wedding Canopy).
The bridal canopy is a multifaceted symbol: it is a home, a garment, a bed covering, and a reminder of the tent of our Patriarchs. It is open on all sides to recall the tent of Abraham, who had doors on all sides of his dwelling to welcome guests.
The spiritual Symbolic meaning of the marriage coming under the Holy covering of God. The covering represents divine protection, mercy, and grace of God over the covenant of marriage. Scripture in the Old Testament:
“5 And the Lord will create over the whole site, over every dwelling place of Mount Zion and over her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory shall be a canopy (a defense of divine love and protection)” Isaiah 4:5 Amplified Bible
“16……..let the bridegroom [who is legally exempt from attending] go forth from his chamber and the bride out of her closet.” Joel 2:16 Amplified Bible
The blowing of the Shofar and Aaronic Priestly blessing “The Birchat HaKohanim” (Numbers 6:24–26) , the taking of communion and much more was done for us by them on the roof of their Eilat Prayer tower. With a scenic view of 360 degree overlooking Eilat.
The Breaking of the Glass - A Traditional end to a Jewish wedding serves as a reminder of the fragility of life, even during the most joyous of celebrations. Life is fragile. We break this glass as a symbol of our past. In theater they say go break a leg. In a Jewish wedding we break a glass. Forgiveness is an end to a shattered past. As the Groom smashes the glass everyone will shout Mazel Tov! Which means Good Fortune, may your lives from here on out not be shattered, but full of fortune and joy.
Our two daughters enjoyed their floating experience on the Dead Sea as well as snorkeling in the Red Sea.
We all, including my husband (dealing with his fear of small spaces) did the Hezekiah’s tunnels and for the kids it was fun! In Yeshua we can victoriously overcome all trials and fear!
Enjoying the time spent with our dear friends and their families and some of our tour group members we knew from previous trips, enjoying Lior our tour guide. It was really a remarkable trip.
Ending our last morning in worship with Mervis and an individual embracing ministering from Retah to each person of our tour group. Surely also something worthy and special.
My husband had a chance to present before everyone for our daughters their signant gifts and meaning of their name blessings. A perfect ending!!!!! Who can ask for more!!!!
Every day and every place we visited will be memories cherished, especially Jerusalem, the garden Tomb, praying at the Wailing Wall, walking the streets of Jerusalem and within the Old City, visiting the Holocaust museum. Memorable moments indeed, in bedded in our hearts and minds!
For we have faith in You Yahweh and believe that restoration and salvation for our families, children, marriages and each person will come from Zion and this trip was an opportunity of a lifetime…. “6 ….the salvation and deliverance of Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores the fortunes of His people, then will Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.” Psalm 53:6 Amplified Bible
And we rejoice in Him because our God is Faithfull and it will be for His name sake!
“5 May the Lord bless you out of Zion [His sanctuary], and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.” Psalm 128: 5 Amplified Bible
We bow down before Yahweh….”I AM” - and bring a praise offering from our hearts. We pour these words of blessings over His Holy name and Mount Zion with this declaration!
“1 ON THE holy hills stands the city [of Jerusalem and the temple] God founded 2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion [through which the crowds of pilgrims enter from all nations] more than all the dwellings of Jacob (Israel). 3 Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. 5 Yes, of Zion it shall be said… for the Most High Himself will establish her 6 The Lord shall count, when He registers the peoples…7 The singers as well as the players on instruments shall say, All my springs (my sources of life and joy) are in you [city of our God].” Psalm 87:1- 7 Amplified Bible