Asher Intrater

Revive Israel
 
 
"The concept of salvation in Scriptures has a two-fold meaning: one military, the other spiritual. Both are true."





"As worldwide Islamic Jihad and anti-Israel sentiments grow, the meaning of the Passover as God's military intervention to save the people of Israel will also take on greater significance."        
 

TThe name of Yeshua - Jesus - bears the meaning of the word Y'shuah - salvation .

The concept of salvation in Scriptures has a two-fold meaning: one military, the other spiritual. Both are true. The Hebrew prophets tended to emphasize the military, national, intervention of God to save the nation from destruction. The early Messianic apostles of Yeshua tended to emphasize the eternal, spiritual, forgiveness of God to save us from sin and death.

This dichotomy can cause confusion when trying to dialogue about salvation. The question "Are you saved?" has virtually no meaning in modern Hebrew.

When the children of Israel came out of Egypt, God performed a miraculous military salvation for them by destroying their enemies at the Red Sea. But then they immediately started to sin again, and had to wander in the wilderness for forty years until the entire generation died (I Corinthians 10:1-13).

The national military aspects of salvation have become more relevant in recent generations as Israel finds itself back in the Land and threatened with destruction by Jihadist groups on all sides.

Passover and Salvation

In addition, there has been a gradual change in the understanding of Pesach-Passover since Israel has become a nation. During the many years of exile, it was primarily a religious ceremony, with symbolic remembrance of the past. Now Passover is a national holiday, celebrated by religious and non-religious at the same time. Some see the holiday as national, some as religious and some as both.

Israeli society is in transition. Young Israelis are willing to ask rather radical questions as to the meaning of Jewish symbols. There have been many upheavals in the political reality, both on the left and on the right. The religious community in Israel has seen several historic developments, including religious nationalism, the Shas revolution, the Chabad messianism, and a new modern pluralism. Although still minute in size, there is little by little more interest in trying to understand Messianic Jews by Israeli society as a whole.

God established the holiday of Passover as an "appointed time". It is to remember the deliverance from Egypt, and to remember the death and resurrection of Yeshua that also occurred during Passover. As the years go on, people will ask more and more questions about the symbolism, nationalism and messianism connected with the Passover. The historic viewpoint of Yeshua's disciples is likely to become part of that discussion.

As worldwide Islamic Jihad and anti-Israel sentiments grow, the meaning of the Passover as God's military intervention to save the people of Israel will also take on greater significance.

Salvation - The Two Sided Coin

The two different aspects of "salvation" may very well come together in the last months before the coming of Yeshua. The knowledge of Yeshua will grow, and the urgency of a divine military intervention for Israel will grow. All of the prophecies concerning the second coming of Yeshua point to both a spiritual revival and a military intervention. "All Israel will be saved" (Romans 11:26) in both meanings of the word.

A spiritual revival in the Land will go hand in hand with crying out to the Lord for deliverance from military destruction. Yeshua and the angels in heaven will descend to save Israel from military attack at the same time that He will bring eternal spiritual salvation. The attack of the nations, the revival in Israel and the divine "military" intervention will all come to a climax at the same time.

This article was previously published here on the Revive Israel website


 

Asher Intrater

Revive Israel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

By Asher Intrater

Part of the logic of God is that He will bless us when we pray for others to be blessed. Job endured great suffering. Part of that suffering was that his "friends" accused him of doing wrong. Their accusation seemed very righteous but was in fact just hypocrisy. God told them that if they did not ask Job to pray for them, He would punish them.

Job 42:8 - "And now ... go to My servant Job and he will pray for you; for I will lift up his face in order that I will not do with you according to your evil way."

And yet at the same time, God only blessed Job after he prayed for his friends. He had to forgive those who had accused him. He had to give them the grace that they had not given him. Job's praying for his friends to be blessed was the key for his own restoration.

Job 42:10 - "And YHVH restored to Job what had been taken when he prayed for his friends. And YHVH added twice as much to all that Job had."

When Job prayed for his friends, their punishment was removed. And, when he prayed for them, his own blessings were restored. In fact he was blessed even twice as much as he was before. His own blessing and restoration was dependent on his forgiving and blessing them.

In a similar situation, God told Abimelech that Abraham had to pray for him to be healed, even though Abimelech was innocent (Genesis 20:7, 17). We are to pray for one another in order to be forgiven and healed (James 5:14-16). Yeshua taught us even to bless those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44), to give and it will be given to us (Luke 6:38).

Perhaps you are in a situation now where the key to your being blessed is to ask forgiveness of someone else or to pray for someone else to be forgiven and blessed.

This article was previously published here on the Revive Israel website


 

David Rudolph

Gateways Beyond
 
 
 
 
"We can only pray for so long before we are challenged to be a part of the answer to our own prayers and be sent out as messengers to the world."
 
 

In Isaiah 6:1-8 Isaiah the prophet encounters the heavenly realm of God's glory and from this we discover a progressive path of revelation and response that we are invited into today.

Worship - Holiness - Intercession - Missions

Worship lifts us up to encounter the holiness of God - which in turn changes our perspective, enabling us to see from the heavenly vantage point and enter into intercession with Yeshua. Sharing the heavenly perspective and feeling the burden of the Lord in intercession opens our ears to hear the cry of the Spirit, "whom shall I send and who will go for us?" The combination of worship, holiness and intercession must lead us to the response of missions!

Worship:

Verses 1-2: In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

In the midst of his grief and crisis surrounding the death of King Uzziah, (the old man) Isaiah lifts his gaze to see the Lord, the King of Heaven and enters into the worship that continually surrounds the throne of God.

Holiness:

Verses 3-4: And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.

From the place of worship, Isaiah encounters the holiness of God and becomes aware that he is unclean and in need of the purifying touch of the fire of God's presence.

Intercession:

Verses 5-7: So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts." Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged."

Being cleansed by the fire and having his lips purified, the prophet enters into intercession and the burden of the Lord.

Missions:

Verses 8-9: Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." And He said, "Go, and tell this people ..."

Receiving the burden of the Lord in intercession will lead us to the place of hearing the cry of His heart to go and represent Him in the nations and before peoples. We can only pray for so long before we are challenged to be a part of the answer to our own prayers and be sent out as messengers to the world.

GATEWAYS BEYOND is a sister ministry working in close cooperation with Revive Israel and Tents of Mercy as part of the Tikkun family of international ministries.

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Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Daniel Juster: Dangerous Road Ahead!
Asher Intrater: Who is the King of the Jews?
Eitan Shishkoff: Recipe for Revival
Tents of Mercy: Teen Desert Process
Shavei Tzion: Virtuous Wives & Little Children
Tents of Mercy: Tribal Passover Celebration