A Noise in the Valley
by Eric Morey, Founding Elder, Poriya Congregation

By Eric Morey

All six candidates sought out Messianic believers, and wanted to spend personal time with us as Election Day approached - even though we only constitute around 1% of the electorate in the Jordan Valley Region.

This February elections were held to choose the new Head of the Jordan Valley Regional Council, overseeing 22 villages from Capernaum in the north, around the Sea of Galilee and down along the Jordan River. This includes the village where we and most of our congregants live - Poriya Ilit. Our village of around 1000 souls, contains around 15% believers, easily the highest percentage of any secular Israeli community in the country.

They wanted to know who we are, and what we believe!

You can say they wanted our vote, which of course they did, but they spent an inordinate amount of time for 1% of the electorate. The candidates told us that the local believers have made a positive impression on the society here, including students in the schools, soldiers, volunteers on various committees, and the establishment of businesses in the area. Believers have been part of the Local governing committee of Poriya Illit Village - for most of the last 20 years.

We see a broadening acceptance of our Messianic communities here in the area, and a desire to connect with us. This is part of a new trend of transition from animosity to cautious acceptance and even favor.

We are making an impact in Israel!

Praise the Lord!!!

A Noise in the Valley
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"The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD
and set me down in the midst of the valley ... as I prophesied, there was a noise ...
and the bones came together ...
" (Ezekiel 37:1-7)

The Jordan Valley is a spiritually strategic place, and possibly "the" Valley of Dry Bones God brought Ezekiel to.

  • Moses looked into the Promised Land from Mount Nebo, overlooking the Jordan Valley.

  • Joshua and the children of Israel entered the Promised Land first in the Jordan Valley.

  • Elijah was transported into heaven from the Jordan Valley.

  • Yeshua established His ministry "headquarters" in the Jordan Valley (Capernaum), and most of His teachings and miracles took place here.
In the early 20th century, during and subsequent to the Second Aliyah (1904-1914), many of the major building blocks of the modern State of Israel were started in the Jordan Valley or by people who came out of the Jordan Valley. This includes one of the first agricultural schools, the first kibbutz, the first moshav, the Histadrut (the labor union that at one time represented 75 of the workers and owned 25% of the industry), the first health fund, the largest bank, the first department store, the largest construction company and many other institutions. Many of the heroes of the early days of Israel, such as Igal Allon and Moshe Dayan were born or bred in the Jordan Valley.

God brought Ezekiel in a vision to "THE" valley, seemingly a particular valley. There the dry bones were physically restored to life, from the exile (the whole of chapter 37 is about Aliyah). After the physical restoration, there was to be a spiritual restoration. If the physical restoration of the modern nation of Israel began in the Jordan Valley, then might it be that the Jordan Valley is the Valley of Dry Bones Ezekiel visited in his vision, and that the spiritual restoration of Israel may also begin here?

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