This is a story about how God is using the number 7 to try and prove that he was behind several of my trips to Israel. As of writing this testimony, I have currently visited Israel three times, with a prospective fourth trip on the way. Each time I have visited Israel, it has been God who has inspired me to go! How do I know that? Call it experience, but I know what it means to be divinely inspired and to receive a revelation from God!
Now that's all fine and good for me to say, but how can I prove that? Luckily I don't have to! God has provided that for me for your benefit. I guess I will call that a 'sign from God'.
You see, going back to 2010, I first received the idea to go to Israel while sitting in my motel room, staring blankly into the kitchen, with no thoughts whatsoever about heading to Israel! It just came out of nowhere like a bolt from the blue, and my eyes were opened! Within two minutes I was out the door and heading to the local bookstore to buy a travel guide to Israel.
This would later come in handy in determining the exact date that I got the idea to visit Israel for the first time. I didn't realise it at the time, but this would be the first part of a greater story that God was beginning to write. The date that I got the idea and bought the travel guide was April 10, 2010.
I eventually booked airline tickets on the 8th of May, with a departure date of the 29th of May, 2010. It wasn't until over two and a half years later that I would realise the significance of that departure date! In early 2013 I was just telling my neighbour that it was only about 3 months from the time I got the idea to go to Israel that I departed. That then got me thinking about how long it actually was, and so I went and checked up my records. That's when I discovered the significance of those dates!
It was exactly 7 weeks to the DAY that I got the idea to go to Israel to the day I actually departed. That blew my mind! I knew it was a divinely inspired trip, but I didn't know that God would leave his calling card on it and mark it with a sign!
What I didn't know at the time is that this would just be the beginning of a series of trips to Israel that God would inspire, and mark some of them with the number 7!
(Edit: May 18, 2018: Yesterday I discovered something even more interesting about this trip!
Yesterday I was prompted in my spirit to buy a book on the 'Feasts of Israel', and so I ended up buying a book called "The Feasts of Israel" by Dr. Chuck Missler and Dan Stolebarger in Kindle (ebook) format. It had 77 pages and 77 reviews according to Amazon.com as of yesterday! Here is a link to it Amazon.com if you would like to purchase yourself a copy. (It's only approx. US$5!)
Last night at about 8PM I realised something very interesting. In the book the authors provide a date for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The 10th of April, 32 A.D. That corresponds with the date of Passover in that year.
If that date is correct, that means that God inspired me to go to Israel for the first time on the VERY day that Jesus Christ was crucified exactly 1,978 years ago! Not only that, but I was 33 years old at the time - the same age that Jesus Christ was crucified on the Cross!) (End of edit)
(Edit: May 19, 2018: Another small thing that struck me while I was in the shower this morning; I was born on March 8, 1977, so on the very day that God inspired me to go to Israel for the first time, I was exactly 33 years and 33 days old!)
This third trip to Israel was even more astounding!
Back in May 2016, I started receiving strong promptings in my spirit to book a flight to Israel. At this point it is important to note that my financial situation had changed from six years earlier. I was broke and had no money, and living off my credit card, albeit this wasn't my choice. After selling my website business two and a half years earlier, I had run out of money and wanted to look for a job to bring in an income again. However, this didn't seem to be God's will as whenever I would go to look for a job, it would feel as if this is not what God wanted me to do. It didn't make sense at the time, and still doesn't, however, there was method to God's madness!
As a result of having no money, I was forced to sell my assets, including a Yamaha piano which I had purchased for NZ$10,000 (US$7,500) new back in 2009. I didn't have any luck selling it online on an auction site, so on November 3, 2015, I took it into the local piano shop to sell it on my behalf. In the meantime, while I waited for the piano to sell, I started getting these strong promptings to book a flight to Israel in May 2016. As I had no money at the time, all I would be able to do was put it on my credit card, and I didn't want to do that!
Finally on the 14th of May, 2016, after about ten days of strong prompting in my spirit to book a flight to Israel, it finally felt okay to book the flight. What I didn't realise until right this moment when I was looking up the date that I booked this flight, is that May 14 is the anniversary of Israel's independence in 1948! God had left another sign on this trip and I hadn't even discovered it until today! I didn't know what date Israel became a state until a few months ago, so there is no way I could have known that that date had any significance to it at all!
So, I booked the flight to Israel on May 14, 2016, and put it on my credit card. What's worse is that it was a non-refundable ticket, so if I decided not to go for any reason, I would lose the NZ$2,300 (US$1,500) I paid for it! I continued to plan my trip in the meantime, allowing God to inspire me with places to visit or see. I still wasn't sure whether I would actually go to Israel, because it seemed kind of stupid to be going on holiday when I had no money, and no way to pay for it, however, I just kept following the internal promptings in my spirit and allowed God to lead the way.
Exactly three weeks later after booking my flight to Israel, I received a very interesting email from the piano shop that was selling my piano on my behalf. It read:
I had some people in late yesterday who'd like to buy your piano.
They've offered $6500.
It's been here a while now, would be good to move it on.
Let me know your thoughts.
The date that I received that email was the 4th of June, 2016, so the date that they came into the shop to buy it was June the 3rd.
Needless to say, it was excellent timing! I agreed to sell the piano for $6,750 and they accepted. It was only the night before that I suddenly had a strong urge to tell my dad that it 'was probably more likely than not that I will be heading to Israel.' That was the night that they had - unbeknownst to me - come into the shop to buy it.
I was thrilled! I now had the money to substantially pay for my trip to Israel, without having to put it on my credit card! But that was only part of the story. I started to wonder how long my piano was in the shop before it actually sold, so I went back and had a look at the contract which I had signed with the piano shop. November 3, 2015. The people who purchased my piano came into the store exactly 7 MONTHS to the DAY that I had brought it in to sell it! Incredible! Here, if I needed it, was another sign that God was behind this trip and had his hand on it all the way along! All I needed was to believe, trust and have faith that God would provide.
I left for Israel on June 14, 2016, returning on June 30. Here again was another example of God leaving a sign on His work for all to enjoy!
In late March 2017, I suddenly got the idea to visit Israel again for a fourth time. My financial situation had not changed, if anything it had got worse! This time it was even more unlikely that I would be able to go.
Nevertheless, I followed the prompting in my spirit which was to look for flights on El Al's website. As is my custom whenever I am selecting out dates for a trip, I let myself be led to certain dates that feel like they are the right dates to choose. In other words, I use my instinct to choose the dates which I believe God wants me to choose! This situation was no different.
When I went to the El Al website and pulled up the calendar to select some dates which I believed were the dates that God wanted me to choose, I found myself selecting May 8 to May 27, 2017. That was about six weeks from the departure date. As I had no money, I couldn't actually buy the tickets, so I had to discard the booking process. Nonetheless, the prompting in my spirit was very real, and no different to the other times that God has led me to book a trip to Israel.
About half an hour later, I suddenly found myself wondering what date that trip got back to New Zealand, and so I went back to the website and went through the entire booking process again, only to discover that it arrived back on May 29, 2017 - Exactly 7 YEARS to the DAY that my first trip departed to Israel in 2010! Even more interesting, I discovered some time later that my first trip to Israel happened in the Hebrew year 5770, and this last trip would have ended in the Hebrew year 5777! So that's three God-inspired trips starting in the year 5770 and ending in the year 5777, marked by 7 WEEKS, 7 MONTHS, 7 YEARS.
On February 5, 2018, I suddenly received inspiration to book the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. As soon as it did, the first date that came to mind was May 14 - the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence in 1948!
This seemed a very unusual event to happen, as only a day earlier I had defaulted on paying back my credit card in full of NZ$33,000 (Click to View) (US$24,000). So to be booking a holiday to Israel at this time was completely ridiculous! Nevertheless, the prompting was very strong, and I was left in no doubt that it was God directing me to do so!
The King David Hotel is one of the most expensive hotels in Israel, and one of the most well-known. Many world leaders and dignitaries who visit Israel stay at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. And so have I in 2010 and 2016 at God's direction. So, I went ahead and booked 5 nights at the hotel from May 14-19.
A day later, God started giving me inspiration for places to visit while I would be in Israel. The first two places He gave me were Armageddon (Megiddo) and Masada (the site of King Herod's palace-fortress high above the Dead Sea, and later the site of a several month-long showdown between rebel Jewish forces and the Romans in 73 A.D.). Quite an interesting selection of places to give me to visit to begin with! I wouldn't visit them in that order, they were just the first two places He gave me to visit.
Over the next nearly 5 weeks, He gave me an additional six places to visit, and then everything went quiet! I started wondering whether I wouldn't be going to Israel at all, and if something had happened to prevent me from going, because all of a sudden, God gave me no further places to visit.
That was until May 1!
I was sitting on a recliner watching TV at about 5:37PM, when all of a sudden I suddenly received a new location to visit! It was the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem - one of the suggested locations for the burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ! The other suggested location for his death, burial and resurrection is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. So I went back to the email I had been sending myself, recording the dates and times that God gave me each new location to visit, and I saw that the last time that God had given me direction for a place to visit was on March the 12th, 2018! That location was the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem!
Immediately I started wondering exactly how long it had been between the two dates of March 12 and May 1, so I went online and did a quick time duration calculation using Time and Date.com. The answer was exactly 50 days! From my basic knowledge of Judaism, I knew that that was an important number to them, but I didn't know exactly where from. So I did a quick online search of the Bible and discovered that it relates to a feast called the "Feast of Firstfruits". The "Feast of Weeks"/Shavuot or Pentecost comes exactly 50 days after the Feast of Firstfruits. Here is the exact reference from the Bible:
And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. - Leviticus 23:15-16
The Feast of Weeks is one of three solemn feasts in Judaism, and all able-bodied Jewish men were required to attend the feast in Jerusalem. The other two solemn feasts are Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles.
I also knew from my knowledge of the New Testament, that Jesus Christ is called "the firstfruits" of God.
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. - 1 Corinthians 15:20
And that's when I realised that the last two places that God had given me to visit, both related to Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead as the "firstfruits" of God! Here was my proof that God was behind this trip to Israel, and that He had been guiding me all along!
So what did the 50 days after the Feast of Firstfruits (resurrection of Jesus Christ) represent? In Acts 1:3, the author says that Jesus appeared to many people for 40 days following his resurrection, before He ascended to heaven. Ten days later on the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot/Pentecost), 50 days after Jesus's resurrection, the Feast of Weeks was fulfilled in the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4).
So God has now inspired four trips to Israel that He marked with the number 7, starting with "7 weeks" in 2010, "7 months" in 2016, "7 years" in 2017, and "70 years" in 2018! That is not a coincidence! That is the Hand of God at work!
As an interesting footnote to this testimony, I see that if I add up all the days I have spent in Israel, including my second trip in December 2013, together with the 7 week, 7 month, 7 year and 70 year trips, they all add up to exactly 70 days!
Note: I am using full days or partly full days here. i.e. If the flight was scheduled to land at 11PM, I count the next day as the first full day in Israel. If it landed in Israel at 1am in the morning, I include that as my first full day in Israel. Likewise, if my flight departed Israel at 4PM or 10PM, I include that as a full day in Israel.
|"7 Weeks"||31 May - 15 Jun, 2010||16|
|2nd Trip||21 Dec - 29 Dec, 2013||9|
|"7 Months"||16 Jun - 28 Jun, 2016||13|
|"7 Years"||10 May - 27 May, 2017||18|
|"70 Years"||14 May - 27 May, 2018||14|
Edit: June 8, 2018: Exactly 3 months since my bank closed my bank accounts due to non-repayment of my credit card in full of NZ$33,000, I received $33,000 from my brother to repay the bank!
The bank had closed my bank accounts on the 8th of March, 2018 - My 41st Birthday, even though they were scheduled to be closed one month earlier on February the 7th.
What is interesting to me is the specificity of the numbers being used here. As previously mentioned, I was exactly 33 years and 33 days old on the day that God first inspired me to go to Israel back in 2010. I later discovered that that was the very day that Jesus Christ was crucified when He was 33 years old! And now, exactly 3 months from my Birthday, I received NZ$33,000 to pay off my credit card debt!
I don't think that that was a conicidence! I can clearly see the Hand of God at work here - proving to me that He is in complete control of the situation. (End of Edit)
What I haven't told you yet is how I got into debt in the first place! After belatedly selling my forex website business in 2013, I eventually ran out of money in January 2015. At that point I was fully intending to get a job to generate an income again, however, it seemed that God had other plans!
After maxing out my credit card limit of $30,000 the first time and having to borrow $30,000 off my Dad to repay my credit card, I hit my limit again in mid-2017. It may sound strange, but I think this was all part of God's plan! You see, the majority of that $33,000 debt owed the second time was largely the result of God prompting me to advertise this website on Google, even though I had no means to be able to pay it off.
So if you got to this website via a Google ad, that is why! God built up that debt on purpose in order to tell a story and fulfil his will. That's why I don't believe that it is a coincidence that I defaulted owing $33,000 on my credit card!
So what was the point of marking these trips with the number seven? I think to prove that God is real, that His Word as written in the Bible is true, and that He wants to prove to everyone that His Word can be trusted!
I hope that this testimony has gone some way to helping you do that. Believe and trust in God when it doesn't seem logical to do so!