This is the third article in my “Peace Prophet” series which is appearing exclusively in “The Times of Israel”. On August 18, 2021, I launched the “Peace Prophet Project” which is a mission to promote love, grace, mercy, human rights, compassion, inclusion, empathy, and equal opportunity. This international peace mission was inspired by “Peace Pilgrim” who was an American peace activist who passed away in 1981.
During the Second Intifada war, I was a combat soldier in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I traveled to the Golan Heights, Judea & Samaria, and Gaza. While serving as an Israeli soldier, I was deeply inspired by many divine and angelic visions of peace and love. The God of Israel appeared to me in my dreams while I was undergoing advanced training at the ‘Mashda’ military base on the Golan Heights.
While lying in my bed, I sensed the voice of the God of Abraham say, “You must become a prophet of peace. You must unify Jews and Arabs and the world. You must fill the world with peace, mercy, grace, and love. You must heal the world.”
After I woke up, I experienced a vision of the Angel Gabriel appearing before me. The Angel Gabriel told me not to be afraid. The angel then spoke the following words:
“Unconditional love is the missing element in the peace process between Israel and the Arab world. True peace is impossible without unconditional love. The Arab world must love Israel unconditionally, and Israel must love the Arab world unconditionally.”
Since I was an active-duty combat soldier in the IDF, I did not share these powerful angelic visions with any of my fellow soldiers. If I had shared my divine visions, it’s possible my commanding officers would have referred me to the ‘katzin briyut nefesh’ (mental health officer) for evaluation.
In modern secular society, it may be considered psychotic and delusional to see divine visions and receive divine messages. In our Jewish faith tradition, however, the Prophet Abraham and other prophets reportedly heard the voice of God and saw divine visions. In the Jewish Bible (Tanakh), there are numerous miracles and other examples of divine intervention.
After I completed my service in the Israeli army, I returned to America and enlisted in the United States Army. I underwent combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The Army issued me an M-16 anti-personnel assault rifle which I used during marksmanship training. During Army combat training, I was again visited by a vision of the Angel Gabriel.
While lying in my bed wearing my US Army uniform, I suddenly heard the song ‘Rachem’ (Have Mercy) by Yaakov Shwekey. As this spiritual song rained down from the heavens, a divine figure of light appeared in my room. The other American soldiers seemed to be sleeping. Only I appeared to be awake. The vision of the Angel Gabriel spoke the following words:
“The United States and Israel must build their strategic relationship based upon divine mercy, spiritual grace, unconditional love, selfless sacrifice, and compassionate peace. America and Israel must become perfect examples of peace, grace, and love.”
I therefore experienced spiritual visions during both my service in the Israel Defense Forces and the United States Army. In a deep sense, I believe I was chosen to bring forth world peace, world grace, and radical love.
The Jewish people and the Arab people must love each other unconditionally. We must love our enemies and transform conflict into mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence. My spiritual awakenings opened a doorway or portal to divine love, mercy, and grace.
During this international ‘Peace Prophet Project’, I will continue to travel the world speaking out about world peace and nonviolence—an anti-war and anti-conquest campaign of mercy. I know that Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Druze, Shinto, Taoists, Jains, and other faiths all believe that God is loving, compassionate, and peaceful.
Let’s give peace a chance, because in the end, peace, love, and grace are all we need to heal our world.