Welcoming Him Together
by Marty Shoub, International Liason, Tents of Mercy Network
It started in 2005 with A Door of Faith, followed by Esther's Call, Shofar, The Harvest is Ripe and now twice Baruch HaBa.
We gathered from every continent, with a mandate to proclaim together:
"Baruch HaBa B'Shem Adonai,
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,"
or as it is understood in modern Hebrew:
"Welcome in the name of the Lord."
The Messianic Body in Israel is a remnant that heralds the promise, "All Israel shall be saved". In anticipation of that stupendous day when Jerusalem and all Israel will together proclaim Yeshua as Messiah, we rehearse the "Baruch HaBa" intercessory proclamation.
In a sense, the Baruch HaBa conference tour also prefigures another glorious future anticipated by the prophet: "And the LORD will be king over all the earth. On that day the LORD will be one and his name one" (Zechariah 14:9). In that day the Body of Messiah will be fully united - Jew and Gentile as one - with Yeshua ruling over us all from His throne in Jerusalem.
As a member of the conference coordinating team, I am geared to be on the lookout for potential troubles. The exemplary character of our delegates made my job very easy. They displayed great camaraderie, thoughtfulness and unity. We saw repeated examples of people loving one another and helping each other while moving among various ministry bases and biblical sites.
Even more encouraging was the witness of heaven upon us. Asher Intrater noted that gathering Israeli Jews, diaspora Jews and believers from the nations echoed the gathering in Jerusalem on that first post-resurrection Shavuot. Some 19 nations were represented. At the conclusion of our meeting with the Revive Israel team, believers from around the world surrounded Asher and his teammates and began to pray in their native languages. Even without understanding the content of the different tongues praying, love and faith were clearly understood through the passion and tears of intercession. As I listened, my mind's eye turned towards the future when a chorus of worship will arise from "a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands" (Revelation 7:9).
Baruch HaBa is an intercessory conference tour. The hearts of believers gathered in intercession for Israel and the Messianic community move heaven and also build unity within the Body of Messiah on a foundation of love and mutual respect. I am so blessed to be a part of this vital dimension of the ministry of Revive Israel, Tents of Mercy and Tikkun International. The Holy Spirit is setting us in order as one united family of disciples in preparation for Yeshua's soon return.
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