CONTEMPORARY PRAISE & WORSHIP ALBUM, iStand with Israel is a 12 song, multi-artist project on the City of Peace Media label. The album includes new music from House of Peace, produced by Grammy and Dove Award Winning Producer Ed Cash, the new modern worship band set to debut in early 2013; Dove Award-nominated CCM artist John Waller; critically-acclaimed modern worship artist Jordan Elias; Covenant Award winner and Dove Award nominee Sean Spicer (with special guest Tilly Cryar); and international worship leader Ted Pearce. The CD also features worship artists from the land of Israel - Shani Ferguson, Karen Davis, and Marc Chopinsky. All of these artists share a common call to share God's heart for Israel in these important days.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE NATION OF ISRAEL share a common foundation—both were built on the cornerstone of God’s Word and the shared Judeo-Christian faith and principles of our forefathers.
As a Christian, the modern nation and people of Israel represents more than just a democracy in the middle east, or an ancient civilization that God once loved. Israel today represents fulfillment of biblical prophecy, our spiritual heritage as Christians, the roots of our faith and our heavenly inheritance. The modern nation of Israel is a picture of the sovereignty of God and His faithfulness in keeping His covenants. This critical hour in which we live demands solidarity with and support of Israel on the part of Christians everywhere.
THIS YEAR IS A YEAR OF DECISION. As Americans, will we turn away from the Biblical foundation on which our nation was built and by which we’ve been blessed? Will we turn our backs on the nation of Israel, or will we stand with her when it seems the rest of the world is her enemy? God promises to bless those who bless His chosen people, Israel.
THIS IMPORTANT ALBUM is intentionally designed to remind all Christians that they should pray for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem. The Jewish people have survived much throughout history—persecution, the Inquisition, Russia’s violent pogroms, the Holocaust—and still today are facing constant threats to their survival in their historic homeland. Through all the turmoil, however, God’s promises have endured. What a joy it is to see the Jewish people ï¬‚ourish in their ancestral homeland—a testimony to the faithfulness and power of our covenant-keeping God. “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you (Israel) will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed.” (Isaiah 54:10)
MODERN WORSHIP ARTISTS UNITE WITH A HEART FOR ISRAEL - Worship has always played a critical role in preparing the spiritual atmosphere for a move of the Spirit of God. It says in Psalm 22:3 “But You [God] are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.” There are examples in Scripture that attest to this mysterious truth.
Victory preceded by Worship
For example, we behold in Scripture a battle scene in which worship unto the Lord meant victory over Israel’s enemies:
“So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. (2 Chronicles 20:20-22)
Prophecy preceded by Worship
Again, in an account with Elisha the prophet, we witness God’s heart being moved through the worship of His people. Listen to Elisha’s response when three kings approached the prophet, asking him to inquire of the Lord on their behalf: “But now bring me a musician.” Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him [Elisha]. (2 Kings 3:15)
Deliverance from Imprisonment and Chains preceded by Worship
Paul and Silas--while bruised and chained and imprisoned for the sake of the Gospel--sang hymns. Observe the results: “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. (Acts 16:25, 26)
The Conquering of Sin and Death preceded by Worship
Jesus Himself “sang a hymn” (Matthew 26:30) before He went into the Garden of Gethsemane, was betrayed into the hands of the Romans, and ultimately conquered Sin and Death through His own death, burial, and resurrection, making way for sinners to return to the Lord.
The Opening of the Lamb’s Scroll preceded by Worship
In John’s revelation, the apostle records “four living creatures” and “twenty-four elders” bowing before the “Slaughtered Lamb” and singing unto Him a song of adoration. What follows is the Lamb’s opening of the seals, which ultimately culminates in His return.
When He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
And they sang a new song:
“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slaughtered, and You redeemed [people] for God by Your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation.”
...Then I saw the Lamb open one of the seven seals (Rev. 5:8-9; 6:1a)
Can you see this key of worship opening up hearts, preparing the spiritual atmosphere for the bringing about of a paradigm shift from heaven?
Likewise, we believe that God is using worshippers to prepare the hearts of Christians everywhere to turn their hearts back to Israel, where it all began. This contemporary worship album features artists who have an understanding of God’s heart and prophetic purposes for Israel. This album reflects God’s unfailing love and faithfulness to His people, both Jew and Gentile. On iStand With Israel, you will hear the sounds of worship flowing from the hearts of both America and Israel, going up to the God of heaven and earth.
Worship is a universal language that transcends race and denomination. Worship is a vehicle by which divine truths, principles, and promises are communicated back and forth between God and His people. Join these worshippers from America and Israel and unite with them in worship to prepare the spiritual atmosphere in America. Let us, as a nation, take an unprecedented stand with Israel for the promised blessing of Abraham in our generation. Let us come together and stand in the gap for America to continue to be a blessing and remain true to its historical relationship with Israel, for the Lord said, “I will bless those who bless you [Israel]” (Genesis 12:3).
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