©December 31, 2011 Revive Israel Ministries
Oil and Oil Press
The name Gethsemane in Hebrew is "Gat Shmanim," meaning "Oil Press." It is the place where olives are brought and crushed; the skin and pit are strained and separated. The result is pure olive oil. Oil is a consistent biblical symbol for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. There is little doubt that Yeshua chose this place with this name on purpose.
We all want the oil; we want the anointing; the power of the Holy Spirit. The anointing oil brings protection, provision, and prosperity (Psalm 23:5), wisdom and authority to rule (I Samuel 16:13), joy (Psalm 45:7, Hebrews 1:9), healing and deliverance (Mark 6:13, James 5:14), light and revelation (Exodus 25:6, I John 2:27, Revelation 3:18); ability to preach and prophecy (Isaiah 61:1), intimacy in worship (Song of Solomon 1:3, Matthew 25:3, Mark 14:3), and much more.
There is a dynamic relationship between the oil and the press. They are opposites that balance out one another. At Gat Shmanim Yeshua embraced the cross. He forced His will to submit (Matthew 26:39). It is a place of darkness, depression, and difficulty (Matthew 26:37). It is a place of self denial (Matthew 16:24); a place to be crushed; to obey unto death; to be tested; to pass through humiliation and suffering; to intercede to the point of blood, sweat, and tears.
The oil certainly seems more attractive than the oil press. Yet there is no oil without the press. The oil is produced at the oil press. There is no other way to produce true oil. On the other hand, the purpose of the press is to obtain the oil. To suffer in obedience without obtaining that oil is not according the heart of God. The press is for the oil. The oil comes from the press.
Terror Attack on Christians in Nigeria
On Christmas day, several Christian churches in Nigeria were the targets of suicide bombings by the Islamic sect Boko Haram. The death toll was reported at 45 with 73 wounded. Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for nearly 500 deaths this year alone.
According to Compass Direct News, this bombing has turned the ruins of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, outside the Nigerian capital of Abuja in Madalla, into a national mourning site. “The shock of the incident has been very traumatic,” said the Rev. Joseph Akor, of the Minna Diocese. “The worshipers have cause to be afraid after an incident like this, but they are strengthened by the blood of the martyrs and have not relented in attending daily Mass.”
This attack is also reminiscent of the bombing of the Coptic Church of Alexandria, Egypt on New Year’s Day last January, it too being the result of an attack by an extremist Muslim sect. We must continue to pray for our brothers and sisters who face such persecution and the families of the survivors.
Clay Seal Found Under Jerusalem’s Old City
A rare seal the size of a small coin bearing the Aramaic words “Pure for God” was found at an archeological site near the Western Wall. Archeologists claim that the seal dates from around the time of the destruction of the Second Temple. Because excavation is forbidden on the Temple Mount by Jewish and Muslim authorities alike, few artifacts linked to the Temple and Jewish forms of worship have been found. This small piece of stone is a witness to ancient Jewish habitation in Jerusalem, and thus supports the biblical truth that the land of Israel belongs to the Jews.
Prayer for North Korea
Over the last two weeks, we have seen the photos of multitudes of N. Koreans weeping over their dead leader, Kim (family name) Jong Il, and looking forward to the inauguration of his son, Kim Jong Un. The grandfather, Kim Il Sung, is considered to be the “Mao” of N. Korea: a wartime, communist hero (trained and educated by the USSR) instrumental in delivering the Koreans from Japanese occupation, and from Western “aggression” in the Korean War.
Like Mao in China or Stalin in Russia, Kim’s brand of communism became a “personality cult” of himself, whom the N. Koreans called “Our Great Father.” It is difficult to imagine the degree of adoration that is ascribed to Kim, whose photo and statues are visible in every home, shop, and street corner; not to mention the brain-washing, thought control, and torture that is required to keep millions of people from worshipping anything or anyone else, including Yeshua. This “anti-Christ” system brought terrible persecution to the small, underground church in N. Korea.
Yet, just across the border in S. Korea, the last 60 years have seen the growth of a free and prosperous, democratic nation; and a church that has become the 2nd largest missionary sending nation in the world. (After the USA—a nation with a population 6 times larger than S. Korea!)
Revelation 5:9 describes bowls in heaven, being filled up with holy incense, representing the prayers of the saints. In our generation, millions of Koreans have filled those bowls with their fervent and dedicated prayers for the whole world. Let's join our prayers with theirs for the healing and restoration of their torn and divided nation:
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