I’m homesick for Jerusalem. It is my spiritual home, and I have not been able to go there for the past four years because of my wife’s illness.
Between 1979 and 2014, I visited Jerusalem 45 times — either leading pilgrimage groups, directing video crews or speaking at special events.
I will never forget my first visit in the summer of 1979. My first morning in Jerusalem, I was so excited to be there that I got up at 4am and took a taxi to the top of the Mount of Olives. I sat down on the mount looking west over the Kidron Valley toward the Old City, the Temple Mount and the Eastern Gate. I took the glorious sight into my soul as I watched the first rays of sunlight come up behind me and illuminate the old walled city, reflecting off the gold dome of the Muslim shrine called The Dome of the Rock.
I listened to the sounds of an ancient city awakening. It seemed like there were roosters crowing everywhere, accented at times by the braying of donkeys. Horse drawn carts began passing in the streets.
The scenes, the smells and the sounds of those moments are etched into my memory.
But the most significant thing I experienced was spiritual. I sensed in my spirit that I was sitting at the center of the earth and the focal point of all history — where God became flesh and where He taught, healed, died and rose from the dead.
In fact, it occurred to me that I was sitting at the very site where He ascended into Heaven, and I was reminded of His promise to return to that very place on the Mount of Olives.
As I contemplated these things, I was suddenly struck with how fortunate I was to be living in the season of the Lord’s return — a time when I could witness end time prophecies being fulfilled before my very eyes. I’m referring to things like the regathering of the Jewish people from the four corners of the earth, the re-establishment of their nation and the re-occupation of their ancient capital.
Jesus Himself told His disciples that in the end times when the Jewish people returned to their homeland and re-occupied their capital, He would be at the very gate of Heaven ready to return (Luke 21:24-28).
“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth… the city of the great King.” – Psalm 48:1-2
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It is amazing how powerful is the draw to Israel. I felt it slightly as a youngster, then became entwined with the world, and yet it returns. We love you Dr. Reagan and thank you for your ministry. It is one of several that we follow that has led us to Messianic Judaism. We are indeed one new man, waiting for His soon return. May God continue to bless you and your ministry. We will be praying for you and the health of your wife.
Thank you for those encouraging words! So good to hear that Lamb & Lion Ministries has been a blessing to you.
Beautifully written. Your love and knowledge of Israel made me feel that I was there, too, in the morning you described. Made me yearn even more. I’ll have to wait for Jesus’ personal escort though, but in the meantime, it’s fun thinking about it. Great pic of you and Ann. 🙂 Thanks for being His servants, the world sure needs to hear His message. 🙂
Me too….for Jesus to rule and reign from Jerusalem….Yershaliem…hope I am spelling that right…
There is something about that name.
Blessings to you and your wife Ann
I do pray for u and your wife Ann
At different times your teachings have been such a blessing
Nathan thank u for your teaching as well
I have shared them…esp. on Islam…what a cult of death….those people r so trapped…thank God Jesus came and died to set the captive free….
I love Lamplighter Mag and after reading it I always pass it to another Brother or Sister. I, too, am greatly thankful and impressed that we have a president who finally did the right thing by officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
I am excited to hear this news, more proof of Jerusalem belonging to the Lord where he put his Holy name, and the Jewish people whose souls have been intertwined with it for more than 3000 years. In Revelation 21 John described a vision the Lord gave him of this future city of Jerusalem, its beauty, its location, inhabitants and its absence of sin and suffering. The New Jerusalem is described as a “bride adorned for her husband.” Revelation 21:2 which points to its unsurpassed beauty, a great metropolis of matchless glory and brilliant light that of “a jasper stone, clear as crystal. v. 11
Bible prophecy is being fulfilled to the letter every day. We will all look forward to the New Jerusalem, what an exciting thought to really be with Christ.