This year I went to Jerusalem twice. The first time was in June and the second was in October for the Feast of Tabernacles. I went by myself but was not alone as the Holy Spirit is with me. Incredible events unfolded and I was in the middle of it all. I will keep details between myself and God, but I will say He is simply a wonderful Father.
Mount of Olives 2016, The Holy City Jerusalem, Israel. Mount of Olives is the site The Lord Jesus Christ often prayed and where He will return. 👣 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” -Luke 22:39-42 Photo ©David Ogden @ogdenigma
Lessons in radical faith. I had just completed a month long social influencing trip through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia, and I wasn’t exactly sure if I was to go to Israel. I had left an opening in my schedule and kept praying for guidance. Finally, the day before I was to leave Johannesburg to fly back to the United States, I received confirmation to go to Israel.
And so I went for it (with all of my camera gear). But, at the JNB airport, El Al airline’s security spoke to me for over 3 hours. They were very polite and kind but had some questions and extended security checks for me. Why I was going to Israel last minute? They seemed concerned about me being in four different countries throughout southern Africa before going to Israel. They are security experts and I had high level angels so I believed it would work out. This is where Instagram posts helped my cause, because security wanted to see proof of locations I has been while in South Africa. This time the images spoke 1001 words. I was allowed to board the plane last minute with no carry-ons. Praise the Lord!
The East Gate (Golden Gate) to the Old City of Jerusalem in Israel. This has been walled up since medieval times, in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. The Lord Jesus Christ passed through this gate on Palm Sunday and will return to it from the Mount of Olives. 👣“Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it was shut. The Lord said to me, “This gate is to remain shut. It must not be opened; no one may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered through it. The prince himself is the only one who may sit inside the gateway to eat in the presence of the Lord. He is to enter by way of the portico of the gateway and go out the same way.”” Ezekiel 44:1-3 📷: © David Christopher Ogden
In conclusion: Flying in to Israel I felt as if my spirt dance and fuse with the Holy Spirit. I won’t try to pen words to what I experienced, but will say it redefined emotion for me. Almost like it felt I had had been there before.
Thank you Heavenly Father, praise and glory be to our Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever and ever Amen!