The year 5778 is approaching and soon we will stand before the King of kings, the books will be opened on Rosh Hashana and our next year will be determined. The whole of Elul we have been doing some deep soul searching regarding 5777.
5777 was a very intense year, but we sort of knew it would be. Not only did we celebrate the Yovel (Jubilee) of the reunification of Jerusalem, but we’ve seen tremendous progress in the archaeological excavations at the City of David, home to the ancient Biblical Jerusalem. Parallel to her reemergence, shaking off the dust and ashes, the world also shook. Hurricanes, earthquakes and unabating heatwaves pillaged the globe. But where her shaking was that of joyful awakening , the world’s was more alarming. And you can’t help to notice that most of the disasters were concentrated in the month of ELUL, the very month that in its essence needs to awaken the sleepers from their slumber. The month when the King was in the Field and left His footprints irrefutably embedded in a very brittle world.
Psalm 122 very much urges us to pray for the Shalom of Jerusalem. If you have been following our posts and articles you will know that the word Shalom is a far cry from the its English counterpart, Peace. Shalom is a state of well-being and wholeness, the place where paradoxes come together in total harmony, emanating a force of life, light and mutual understanding. It is a state of being that would naturally and spontaneously bring about the peace that so many politicians chase after or even try to manufacture.
Shalom is the wholeness that we have to petition for Jerusalem (v6).
In return those who lovingly take up her cause will prosper. But more than that, an insurance of well-being is promised to their friends and family (v8). In short, for my sake and that of my family, I will take up Zion’s cause. And for Zion’s sake I will not be silent (Isaiah 62:1).
After 2,000 years of prayer, this cause have now materialized into a tangible reality. Finally we have traction, a fulcrum that we can channel all our energy into, being able to put our resources and efforts behind the crucial excavations at the City of David which are raising the ancient Biblical Jerusalem from her millennia old prison. We are not only uncovering her glorious past and in so doing providing unequivocal proof of Jerusalem’s Biblical history, we are activating prophecy. What we do here moves Heaven.
Join us in this historical mandate. Join us, for Zion’s sake, and for the sake of our families and loved ones.
From the ancient city we would like to wish you a Shana Tova uMetuka (a good, blessed and sweet new year). But more than that, because you embrace her and her journey to wellbeing, “May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!” (Psalm 20:1-2)