Messianic worship leader Paul Wilbur has sold over 3 million albums globally and recently felt a charge from God to release his latest, “Roar From Zion,” as a prophetic shout to usher in the return of the Lord.
Wilbur’s roar from Jerusalem happened last September during the Feast of Tabernacles and the 70th anniversary of the rebirth of the State of Israel when he recorded his live album, Roar From Zion in the heart of Israel. The new album, which is now available, releases what he calls a “prophetic praise” in hopes of impacting people around the world with a message that reaches beyond cultural, social and political borders.
Born of a Jewish father and Baptist mother, Wilbur’s passion for music goes back to when he was 9 years old and he’s been making music now for 42 years.
After all these years of making music and many albums under his belt, Wilbur says he believes his latest project was a prophetic charge from God.
“It’d been years since we’ve done anything live in Israel. And the passion for Jerusalem, the throne of the King, Kingdom of God, our Jewish people, has always been on the front burner of the purpose of our lives, the music that we’ve created,” Wilbur told The Christian Post in May.
The talented musician recounted a moment last year when, while reading the Bible, he came across a scripture that he’s read over many times before, Joel 3:14–16, which says: “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision for the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The Sun and Moon will be darkened. Stars no longer shine, The Lord will roar from Zion, and under from Jerusalem.”
“Those words, I know I’ve read them before, many times. But that day, they seemed to take on a whole new life,” he recalled. “If we’re not in the last days, I don’t know what the last days are going to look like. Many lives hang in the balance, and the decision to follow Yeshua, Jesus, or not, and most of them in Israel, still have decided not.”
Wilbur paused to pray after reading the scripture and that was when the Lord spoke to him, instructing him to go to Jerusalem and create a “roar from Zion,” which is where the title of the album comes from.
“The verse continues: ‘the earth and the sky will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for His people, a stronghold for His people, Israel,’” Wilbur explained.
“The two prongs of purpose of what we’ve done for all these years has been twofold. One, to give the church something to sing in worship and praise of the King, but also to provoke the heart of the Jew, to pursue the Lion of the tribe of Judah, our Messiah, Jesus,” he continued.
“So the release of the sound of Him roaring from Zion and thundering from Jerusalem, just lodged in my heart that day.”
Wilbur immediately called his friends and explained to them what his “next assignment” from the Lord was.
A free agent after having been signed with Integrity Music for over 27 years, Wilbur found himself looking for provision for this new “assignment.” He contacted quality writers and musicians and moved ahead in faith, trusting that God would supply what was needed to create the album.
After all was said and done, the prophetic shout came with a cost of more than $200,000 to pay for studio time, musicians, travel to Israel, and hotel expenses. Although Wilbur didn’t have the backing of a major record label like he once did, he saw God working a miracle.
“The Lord eventually raised up all of the funds that were necessary,” he testified. “It’s incredible, in just amazing ways God, the Lord, paid for this project. Eventually, we all showed up in Jerusalem, halls were paid for, musicians were paid for, everything was paid.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law