On Shavuot 2015 four communities
of Jewish believers in Yeshua the Messiah came together in Upper Nazareth,
and the Lord answered our prayers. We experienced the wondrous presence of
the Holy Spirit and enjoyed the fellowship of being one - the Lord's
As we gathered in a park at the edge of the city with its beautiful
cliff-valley-mountain view, I received a revelation. I can hardly
articulate the excitement I feel as I recount this to you. So I invite you
personally to visit us and experience the same feelings that I received
from the Lord on Shavuot:
1. We stood in Nazareth, where Yeshua lived on Earth.
Tatiana and Vakif
2. To the right we could see the top of the cliff. The people
of Nazareth, Yeshua's friends and neighbors with whom he grew up, were
offended at His words, not accepting him as Messiah. In rebellious human
pride, they "were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust him out of
the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was
built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. Then passing through
the midst of them, He went His way" (Luke 4:30).
To this day something in the human heart is still trying to throw Him
over the cliff and continue to live after our own lusts and pride.
3. To the left we could see Mount Tabor, the Mount of
Transfiguration referred to in Luke 9. There Yeshua was transformed, and
three of His disciples heard a voice from the sky, "This is my beloved
Son, listen to Him!" The desire of the Lord is that we will know Him,
see His essence, experience His reality and bow before Him. God wants to
reveal Himself as a Father to us, and to dwell with us.
4. Between the cliff and the mountain we could see the Valley of
Armageddon, where the last battle will take place (Revelation 16:16; often
called Jezreel Valley). It is the final place where the faith of God's
people will be tested and the Lord will gain His victory.
In going from the cliff to the Mount of Transfiguration we cannot avoid
passing through the valley, though the distance separating them is only a
few kilometers. Likewise we cannot see the victory of God in our lives, we
cannot know the Lord as our Father, and we cannot enter into His house -
unless we pass through the valley. This battle in the valley is also a part
of life, a conflict we cannot avoid. The battle tests our faith and our
trust in God, and the victory is won.
I invite you to come down from the cliff of human pride, through the
valley of testings and victory to reach the Mount of Transfiguration!
By VAKIF Return to Zion & Branch of Galilee Congregation,