“But I have chosen Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), for My Name to be there…” 2 Chronicles 6:6
Where were you born? What connection do you have to that birthplace? How would your identity change if your spiritual birthplace came more into focus?
I was born in Kansas City, MO in the late 1970s, and lived there until I was about 5 years old. My earthly father was an entrepreneur, and had an opportunity to immigrate into the US from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in the early 1970s. After 10 years of pursuing business ventures, my earthly father built a respected name for himself (or placed his name there in that area). Unfortunately, my earthly father’s identity was wrapped up in how much success he had, instead of being grounded in our Heavenly Father’s love. This identity crisis led my earthly father down a dangerous path of alcoholism that affected the whole family. In 1980, he gave his life to the Lord, and overcame alcoholism once and for all! After his transformation, my earthly father would have dreams and visions that had a significant influence in my life. The Lord spoke to him in a dream about a city called “Corpus Christi” (which in Latin means the Body of Christ). In 1982, we relocated to Corpus Christi, TX, where my family has lived ever since.
I was about 6 years old when I had my first spiritual encounter; my mother and I were praying when all of a sudden I felt God’s presence. I was filled with the Holy Spirit, just as it is written in the book of Acts. We would attend Pentecostal churches while growing up, and I was exposed to many church services involving moves of the Spirit. It was during my childhood that I began to be fascinated with the land of Israel, and more specifically, Jerusalem. Instead of reading fictional or comic books (like the other kids my age), I would spend hours reading the book of Revelation, Daniel, and the Psalms. These books all pointed to the land of Israel, Jerusalem, and the latter days. Another reason I grew fascinated with Israel, was due to my earthly father’s interests in politics, current events, and end time prophecy. I remember sneaking books from his bookshelf and reading about how the 7 year tribulation period was near, or “88 Reasons” why Yeshua (Jesus) would return in 1988 (spoiler alert, Yeshua/Jesus did not return in 1988). I was 11 years old at the time, and I was saddened by how many of these end times predictions failed.
Ten years later, in 1998, I had fellow church goers share with me about how the New Testament is much more Jewish than we have been learning in the traditional church. They were into Messianic Jewish music, and Messianic Jewish perspectives. At first, I resisted the message in my logical mind due to doctrinal stances on anything Jewish. On the horizon, was also the whole prediction of Y2K (the year 2,000 computer glitch); which felt like it was the late 80’s again. During this season, the Holy Spirit awakened me to read the Old Testament in the original language, Hebrew. I did not know how to go about it, and I wrestled with it for a few years. After the Y2K predictions were proven wrong, I decided I had enough with hearing about these failed predictions, and left my hometown of Corpus Christi, TX on September 16th, 2002. I thought that perhaps my father having a dream about moving to Corpus Christi had been fulfilled, and somehow it didn’t apply to me (spoiler alert, I was wrong). I packed up everything I had into my 1998 Honda Accord, and drove to Hickory, North Carolina (blue ridge mountains). I had business leads in North Carolina that allowed me to begin a new life, pursue studying the Bible in Hebrew, and gave me some time to process these new Hebraic insights. Luke 24:27 was one of the main verses that influenced this pursuit; as I could not understand how the two men on the way to Emmaus were revealed the gospel of the kingdom from “Moses and the Prophets.”
“And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”
“Home” became such a loaded word for me, as I really struggled how to maintain this idea when I didn’t know what “Home” really meant. I was the first born in the US of my family, raised mostly in Corpus Christi, TX, yet I still felt like a stranger everywhere I went. North Carolina was certainly not home either, but it provided refuge for me to sort out some very important things—which has influenced the last 17 years of my life. I was led to discover many incredible insights such as:
- The Torah (first 5 books of the Bible) is relevant for today
- Biblical Hebrew words, and Hebrew passages from the Bible
- The importance of the Biblical Feasts from Leviticus 23
- The true Biblical Agricultural Calendar
- The Hebraic roots of the New Testament
- Over 300 Messianic prophecies about Yeshua (Jesus) in the entire Bible
- The Hebraic insight into the End Times
- The name of our Creator as יהוה (Yehovah, but some may pronounce differently)
- The Shabbat (Sabbath day Friday sunset to Saturday sunset)
- The importance of the State of Israel today
- Who the modern day tribe of Judah was (the Jewish people)
- The true Hebraic identity of the “gentiles” as Ephraim (or the House of Israel)
- How Jerusalem is the place where our Heavenly Father placed His name
- How Jerusalem was also the place of our “rebirth” because of Yeshua’s death and resurrection! (2 Corinthians 5:14)
“For the love of Messiah compels us, since we have concluded that One died for all; as a result all died.”
2 Corinthians 5:14
My identity as a believer in Yeshua (Jesus), and as a Hispanic male from South Texas, was redefined! I had only been familiar with where my earthly father placed his name, which was Kansas City, MO, and Corpus Christi, TX, but not where my Heavenly Father placed His name, Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) as it is written in 2 Chronicles 6:6!
“But I have chosen Jerusalem that My Name would abide there…”
2 Chronicles 6:6
In the summer of 2006, original music began to flow from me like never before. I would sing about what I was learning about in the Scriptures, and how significant Jerusalem was for today. I had two significant prophetic dreams that same summer. The first, I heard myself singing Psalm 122:6 in Hebrew, “Sha’alu Shalom Yerushalayim” (pray for the peace of Jerusalem). In the same dream, I had been walking around the Old City of Jerusalem with other believers; the emotional/spiritual climate felt like it was the very end before Yeshua returns. The second dream, I saw flashes of my earthly father passing away in a hospital, very specifically in room 10. At the time (in 2006), my earthly father did not experience any health issues. Yet still, I had a stirring in me to document what I was hearing in dreams, and return to Corpus Christi, TX to be close to my family (in case my earthly father would pass away). In the summer of 2009, I had the honor of recording the Born at Home Sessions Vol. 1, and was divinely given financial provision to relocate back to Corpus Christi, TX. After relocating to Corpus Christi, TX in the spring 2010, I spent about a year reconnecting with family and settling down after 8 years of living away. Then in the fall of 2011, my Heavenly Father opened the doors for me to visit Jerusalem for the very first time during the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles); I even had the privilege of playing live in the Old City of Jerusalem. The area where I sang was in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City next to the Jaffa Gate—exactly what I had seen in my dream 5 years before! As I returned from Jerusalem, my earthly father began to experience a decline in his health (most of 2012). My earthly father went to dwell in paradise with Yeshua on September 16th, 2013, he passed away in a hospital room 10 at 3:15pm.
It was through dreams and visions that my earthly father had us move to Corpus Christi, TX, where he placed his name. It was through dreams and visions that had me move around to different places until I discovered the place where my Heavenly Father placed His holy name, and the place of my rebirth through Yeshua the Messiah, Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).
“Pray for the peace of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), Let those who love You be at rest.” Tehillim (Psalms) 122:6
Click play to hear “Return” by Solomon O. Lopez