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©February 11, 2012 Revive Israel Ministries

Palestinian-Israeli Witness

By Ari Ben

When a Jewish Israeli and a Palestinian Arab stand in an airport with their arms thrown around each other’s shoulders and explain to the Lebanese man passing by that they are brothers in Yeshua, the result is awe and wonder on the part of the Lebanese.  That’s exactly what happened to one of our team members who recently returned from a conference focused on evangelizing the Islamic Middle East.  There were about 400 Arab believers in Jesus (some former Muslims), 200 Western missionaries, and 1 Israeli Messianic Jew in attendance.  The Palestinian Christian delegation to the conference was sponsored by our team.

The whole world knows of the conflict between Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Arabs.  So when people see a pair such as this, united in their faith with genuine friendship and acceptance; and also in sacrifice of time and money, the result is an extraordinary witness to the power and reconciliatory love of Yeshua.

Messer Messianic Mess

By Asher Intrater

An embarrassing video was circulated this week featuring supposed Messianic rabbi, Ralph Messer, wrapping a Black bishop, Eddie Long, in a Torah scroll. The video caused much repulsion in the Jewish community for desecration of a Torah scroll, and gave a bad name to Messianic Jews. The video was widely denounced by the Messianic community.

We prayed for God to turn what was meant for evil into good. To our dismay the story appeared in YNet, an English internet version of Israel's most popular Hebrew newspaper. Next to the article appeared a picture from our congregation in Jerusalem, with me and one of my sons holding a Torah scroll.

On the positive side, YNet ran an article explaining that Messer did not represent Messianic Jews, and reprinted an interview with me (despite some misquotes) and several other Israel believers.  That article was quite positive about our faith.

Iran and Esther

This week Europe moved to increase economic sanctions against Iran, and President Obama announced a freeze on Iranian assets in the United States. Israeli papers published an interview with an Iranian actress in which she said that although the current Iranian regime is against Israel, that is not so with many of the Iranian people.

The race to acquire nuclear weapons by Islamic extremists provides an eerie background to this year's Esther fast.  The book of Esther describes a potential genocide of the Jewish people in Persia (Iran); but it was turned miraculously into an international revival, foreshadowing events of the end times. Please prepare your prayer groups to join with us and other Messianic congregations and prayer houses for the 12 hour intercessory fast planned for 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, on Wednesday, March 7.

God's Facebook

The most basic discipline of a disciple of Yeshua is daily Scripture reading and meditation.  We study the word of God every morning and every evening in order to obey what is written in it.

Psalm 1:2-3 – In His law he meditates day and night… And whatever he does will prosper.
Joshua 1:8 – On this book of the law you will meditate day and night… Then you will make your way prosperous.

God wants you to be successful. The Scriptures are His truth, His tool of communication. It is the book revealing God's face, His "Facebook."  A life based on the principles of Scripture is guaranteed to be successful and fruitful in the eyes of God.

Keep the Fire Burning

by Ariel Blumenthal

Our Revive Israel team places great emphasis on daily “PPP” (Praise, Prayer, and Prophecy) sessions: staff prayer on Sunday, open meetings on Monday through Thursday, and congregational intercession on Friday. Here is an encouragement (based on Leviticus 6:12-13) for all who seek to build some kind of regular prayer/worship watches:

  1. The altar: a designated place for offering sacrifices and establishing communion with God.  Under the New Covenant, animal sacrifices are not necessary.  But the Lord is building our hearts like an altar.  From our hearts through our mouths, we “smoke up” to God all kinds of praises and prayers, thus keeping the fire of the Spirit fresh in our lives.

  2. The wood: the priest is to “burn wood” on the altar every morning.  Who chopped the wood, stacked it, kept it away from termites and brought it to the temple? We want the fun part of praising, dancing, proclaiming, intimacy with God, etc.  But someone has to maintain the sound system, replace the guitar strings, clean the worship room; make sure the toilets are working, etc.  Running a prayer room means a lot of behind the scenes work, keeping the wood ready so that a high quality fire can burn on the altar.

  3. Morning:  the Hebrew phrase, “in the morning,” occurs twice in a row.  The Scripture emphasizes the importance of stoking the fires of worship and intercession first thing in the morning!  Of course, we can worship and pray 24 hours a day, but there is something very special about giving God our best time, before the busy-ness of the rest of the day sets in.

  4. Burnt offering: is the foundation for all other worship; it was to be offered continuously, even through the night (thus called by the Rabbis the tamid, or “continuous” offering.) The Burnt Offering is entirely for God: consumed wholly unto Him, as a pleasing aroma. Even the ashes must be brought to a sanctified place outside the camp.    We come as a Kingdom of Priests to offer the worship that He deserves, without concern whether we will get anything out of it.

  5. Fellowship offering: in this “peace” offering, there is some tasty meat for us!  God is good, and loves to fellowship with His children and give them good things (Luke 11:13), but the experience of His goodness should not be confused with our motivation to worship Him.  The repeated message from the glimpses of heavenly worship in the Book of Revelation is: He is Worthy!!

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