Asher Intrater

Revive Israel
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"Authority and anointing come from God, and are passed on to people together with the personal affirmation of those involved."            

We see today the rather absurd phenomenon of people claiming to have spiritual authority and anointing, primarily by giving themselves titles and publishing advertisements about their activities in social media.

The Hebrew concept in the Law, Prophets and New Covenant is quite different. Authority and anointing come from God, and are passed on to people together with the personal affirmation of those involved.

In Numbers 27:18-19 we see Moses hearing instruction from God, to lay hands on Joshua and impart into him a measure of the glory of God that was already on Moses.

In Acts 13:2-3 at Antioch, we see a similar process in which the saints pray, fast, and through the leading of the Holy Spirit, lay hands on Paul and Barnabas to impart to them the anointing and authority to do the mission set before them.

Both of these passages include the laying on of hands. The Hebrew root of this idea is Sa-Ma-Kh,

In the causative form this means to "impart by the laying of hands".

In the simple form it means to "trust".

In the passive form it means to "be based upon" or even "lean on".

In the adjective form it means "close to" or "connected".

In the noun form it means "authority" and "ordination".

In a modern form it can mean "authorized" or "official document".

The recognizing of spiritual ordination involves a personal process in which trust is demonstrated and earned. There must be two groups or types of people involved in ordaining someone (I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6).

The first is the "older" people, veterans in the faith, who impart the type of authority and anointing that they already have. The second is the people who are receiving blessing from the person being ordained, who affirm that they trust in him. The "veterans" impart, and the second group of people affirm.

[In my own case, for example, the "imparting" elders have included Ari Sorkoram, Dan Juster, Eitan Shishkoff, Paul Wilbur, Eddie Santoro and others; the "affirming" elders included a larger number of congregational and ministry leaders in active participation with us.]

Ordination is recognition of what God has already done (and will do in the future). First the person serves. Then hands are laid upon him. The laying on of hands is a serious moment. Doing this superficially can be spiritually dangerous (I Timothy 3:6, 5:22). A person can't just print a "business card".

At the moment of impartation there should be real people present who lay on hands. The veteran elders impart authority; the younger leaders affirm that they have experienced the fruit and integrity of the person's life. You can't impart what you don't have, and you can't affirm what you haven't experienced.

This article was previously published on August 25th 2017 here on the Revive Israel website and on August 27th 2017 here on Kehila News Israel


Cody Archer

Revive Israel

For a number of years now we have been keeping records of the number of international groups and individual guests who have pre-arranged their visit to our ministry center in Yad Hashmona. The primary reasons they are coming are to connect with local Israeli believers and to join one of our weekday mornings of worship, prayer, and teaching. Every year this number continues to grow!

In 2016, we had a total of 1001 organized visits with another 300+ guests arriving without prior communication. The largest language groups were:

1) English - 371
2) Korean - 234
3) Chinese - 186
4) French - 74

Already in 2017, visitors are on track to make a new record! So far 831 individual guests and groups have visited us along with 200+ arriving without pre-arrangement. And we have hundreds more scheduled to come through the rest of the year!

It is interesting that this growth is coinciding with the record breaking year Israel is having nationally in welcoming the nations through tourism.

Your financial partnership is not only impacting the local body of Messiah in Israel, but also thousands of believers from around the world who are coming to connect with "living stones". Through the prophecies given, the sick who are healed, and the kingdom messages shared, people's lives are literally being changed! Thank you for standing with us in this important end time work of unifying and strengthening the family of God!

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Moti Cohen

Tiferet Yeshua Congregation
"... that, for me, is true love and peace."

The one issue that dominates most of Israel's headlines is the "peace" process between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East. When I was a child, I was certain that by the time I enlisted in the army, Israel would have achieved peace, and I wouldn't have to fight. However, by the time I reached my 18th birthday, the dream-of peace between Jews and Arabs was still elusive as ever, and I had to enlist in the Israeli Defense Force. Today, 18 years after completing my mandatory military service, peace still can't be found, and as I write this, I don't know if the situation will even change significantly by the time my own little children turn 18.

Despite Israel's being in an almost constant state of war, I have seen and experienced moments of peace, real peace - a peace that goes into the heart, breaking the "dividing wall of hostility". A peace that transforms the reality of hatred between Arabs and Jews into a reality of love.

I have been privileged to experience that beautiful and special kind of love at Tiferet Yeshua congregation in Tel Aviv, where I came to realize that faith in Yeshua the Messiah is the bridge that is able to span the divide between Jews and Arabs. One of my favorite teachers in the Body of Messiah is Yosef Hadad, the pastor of an Arab congregation in the north of Israel. He has a great relationship with Tiferet Yeshua and actually comes to teach at our congregation from time to time. What I love about Pastor Hadad is not only the content of his teaching but his ability, as an Arab, to share with us as Jews his love of the nation of Israel - truly a miracle! Seeing an Arab pastor at a Jewish congregation in the heart of Tel-Aviv, teaching, encouraging, blessing, and praying for us, seeing him as a part of our family - that, for me, is true love and peace.

This article was previously published on July 15th 2017 as part of an article here on the Tiferet Yeshua congregation website.

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Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Asher Intrater: The Apostle and the High Priest
Daniel Juster: Reining in the Ultra-Orthodox in Israel
Eitan Shishkoff: Fathers to Sons: a Relay Race
Avi T: An Invitation to Stop
Yevgeni Stanukevich: Common Ground