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in the street of the great city that is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. – Revelation 11:8

On June 6, 52 years ago Jerusalem was delivered back to the Jewish people after a 2000-year dispersion for our sins, according to the Prophets of Israel. In an overwhelming attack on Israel from her hostile neighbors, brave men fought and died to secure that victory in a 6-day war, so reminiscent of that 6-day creation that it might be the very imprint of the King’s signet ring, whose name dwells in this holy city. Also on this date more brave men fought and died on the beaches of Normandy to put an end to the Nazi monstrosity that consumed the lives of millions of Jewish people in the death camps.

Now on this very same day in the streets of Jerusalem where we have been allowed to return and restore after our long diaspora, thousands of Jewish people boldly and aggressively parade their shame through the streets of the Holy City, flaunting and provoking in the face of G-d what is termed abomination in the Torah as well as the New Testament: the Gay Pride parade. 

This same aggressive stance was displayed by the people of the city of Sodom: “Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom– both young and old– surrounded the house. They called out to Lot, saying, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Send them out to us so we can have relations with them!” (Genesis 19:4-5). But Sodom fulfilled that which is written, “Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

Displayed along the streets of Jerusalem are the rainbow flags, the rainbow once being the sign of G-d’s merciful covenant of peace with the earth, now dragged down to be the symbol of abomination.  Isaiah warned, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness” as Israel boasts of its first openly ‘gay’ minister in the government. And next week the Gay Pride Parade will continue flaunting itself in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.

With hundreds of thousands of missiles at this moment aimed at every place in Israel from our perennially hostile neighbors, along with the Persian threat to wipe the ‘Zionist entity’ from the face of the Earth, we who stand in the gap of intercession with our lives and families cry unto God with the same spirit that was in Moses, Paul and Yeshua, who died for this nation (John 11:51-52), “But Moses sought the favor of YHVH his God. “YHVH,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’ Then the Lordrelented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened,” and, “Yet now, if You would only forgive their sin… But if not, please blot me out of the book that You have written,” and “For I could wish that I myself were anathema from Messiah for my brethren’s sake, my kinsmen according to the flesh” (Exodus 32; Deut. 9:25-29; Numbers 11:15; Romans 9:3; Psalm 106:23).

May the Lord do it for His Name’s sake, as written in Ezekiel: “I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you. I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine. Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices. I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign YHVH. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, people of Israel”  (Ezekiel 36).

Hosha na– Save please Israel for your Name’s sake, which is written in this land and this people today before the eyes of all nations, o YHVH!

Elhanan ben-Avraham

Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published two illustrated books of poetry, and painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.

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