Who among you remember the 1997 Promise Keepers “Stand in the Gap” event in Washington D.C.?
That event represented a turning point in my life. I was in awe looking out into a veritable sea of people and faces. The Grace of God, shown in the diversity of HIS people, reminded me that ultimately we will share heaven with representatives of every tribe and nation on the face of the earth.
We stood together, over a million strong, people of every race. They were dressed in poor dirty clothes to expensive clothes. There were young boys with strong bodies and old men who needed help to walk.
There were men worshiping like the frozen chosen and there were some dancing before the Lord with abandon like King David must have.
The man next to me humbled me the most. He was dressed simply and had hair down his back to his waist and wore no shoes or socks. When I asked about his appearance he referred to the Old Testament book of Numbers 6: 2- 5
and said he had taken the Nazarite Vow and that such an assembly of believing men, were surely standing on HOLY GROUND…..that’s why he was barefoot and for the entire day never got off his knees.
How awesome the Love of God is for mankind. Gods promise, beginning with the Abrahamic Covenant to bless all nations was well on its way. But this Covenant promise of salvation for the nations of the world through the Jew was interrupted. Let me explain with an example.
One of the ceremonies at Stand in the Gap was to bring cultural representatives onto the stage to speak for their group. This was a true mission’s event because God has a remnant of believers in every race.
Even Native Americans were there in full feathered regalia praising and thanking the Lord for HIS goodness, grace and mercy to their unique group of believers.
But, when a Messianic Jewish Rabbi came on the stage and fell on his face prostrate before the Lord, my heart broke. Then from his knees the born again Rabbi cried out and begged The Lord to forgive the Jewish Nation for turning away from not only the One True God, as represented by the Trinity, but also for failing to be HIS light of salvation to the nations of the world.
The life of the nation of Israel can truly be summed up by the phrase “IF ONLY”. There have been hundreds of “if only” moments in her disobedience to God throughout history.
But the one that took the Jews off the mission field was when they did not recognize their Messiah Yeshua / Jesus 2,000 years ago.