I recently traveled to Israel with a group of intercessors. We spent one afternoon in Joppa. In the course of that afternoon, we witnessed eight brides! The following insights emerged as I pondered this event.–JW
–Two times, a Gentile kingdom provides timber for the construction of the Jewish temple (2 Chronicles 2:16, Ezra 3:7). The timber is floated from Tyre to Joppa and then transported to Jerusalem.
–Two times, a Jewish evangelist departs from Joppa and receives a great harvest of Gentile souls, Jonah to Ninevah and Peter to Cornelius’ household in Caesarea. Both of those stories involve unclean animals.
—Peter makes a metaphor of Christians being built up as a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5).
–Peter travels from Lydda (travail) to Joppa (beauty) to raise Tabitha from the dead (Acts 9:36-41). The name Tabitha means gazelle, I think a clean animal.
—Jesus tells Peter, “On this rock I will build my church.” (Matthew 16:18)
—Cornelius was the first Gentile admitted to the Christian faith. The gates were thrown open to the uncircumcised Gentiles.
—The portal of resurrection life is the portal for the bride of Christ (John 11:25).
—I believe that prayers for the conversion of Israel should focus on Joppa. That is where Peter opened the door to resurrection life for Tabitha, a Jew.
Our Father in heaven, we thank You for the resurrection life brought forth by Peter in Joppa. We stand in agreement with his prayer for resurrection life for Tabitha and ask that it be for the Jewish people of Joppa. Pull back the shroud that they may leap into the fullness of life in You.
The gate of resurrection life is the portal for the bride of Christ. Come, Lord Jesus, and meet Your bride at Joppa. Amen.