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©July 7, 2012 Revive Israel Ministries

Eye to Eye

The first century followers of Yeshua (Jesus) did not have copies of the New Covenant Scriptures because they were in the process of writing them.  The Bible they had was the Tanakh – the Hebrew Old Testament. Therefore, the teachings of Yeshua and His disciples as recorded in the New Covenant are replete with quotations and references to texts of the Tanakh.  
The teachings about the End Times are filled with citations, particularly from the Hebrew prophets.  If the context of the Hebrew prophets is ignored, then the New Covenant teachings on the End Times are likely to be misinterpreted.

Revelation 1:7 - He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him.  All of the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him.

The coming on the clouds is a reference to Daniel 7:13. The piercing of the Messiah is a reference to Zechariah 12:10. The mourning of the tribes is a reference to Zechariah 12:12. In this verse in Revelation, John expands the mourning from just the tribes of Israel to all the tribes of the earth. He universalizes the prophecy given in the Old Testament. He is adding another dimension to the prophecy, not doing away with it. 

The mention of every eye seeing Him is also a reference to one of the Hebrew prophets.
Isaiah 52:8 – They will see eye to eye when YHVH returns to Zion. Break out and sing together, O destroyed places of Jerusalem, for YHVH has comforted His people and redeemed Jerusalem.
If one does not see that John is quoting Isaiah, it might be misunderstood as to how Yeshua is coming back and for what reason.  His return will be visible and literal. Every eye will see Him. He is not going to stay floating in the clouds. He will return to Jerusalem and restore what has been destroyed
Plesner Report

In 1952, Prime Minister David Ben Gurion met with influential Rabbi Karelitz (known as Chazon Ish) in an effort to bridge the division between secular and religious Jews in the new state. Chazon Ish told him a Talmudic parable that if two wagons meet on a narrow bridge, one empty and one full, the empty one must back down in order to let the full one pass. The implication was that the secular state needed to yield to the demands of the religious Jews. In the wake of that meeting, Ben Gurion agreed to give exemption from army service to some 400 religious yeshiva students whose “torah study is their art.”

Over the years, draft exemption for yeshiva students has mushroomed into one of the most bitterly contested issues in Israel. That number of exemptions grows by thousands every year. Because of the constant security threats upon Israel, a two-fold burden is carried by mainstream Israelis: mandatory army service for all 18 year olds and enormous tax rates to cover the defense costs. The ultra-orthodox Jews’ refusal to serve in the army and to pay taxes makes the burden upon the rest of the citizens virtually unbearable.

The problem is exacerbated by demographics. Religious Jews and Muslim Arabs (neither serve in the army or pay taxes to any large degree) have a much higher birth rate than the mainstream Israeli average.  Children starting first grade in Israel today number approximately: 75,000 mainstream Israeli secular and modern religious Jews (who carry the burden of military and taxes), 40,000 Muslim Arabs, and 25,000 ultra-religious Jews. In another 12 years, that group will arrive at draft age.

The government appointed a committee under Kadima Knesset member Yohanan Plesner to research possible solutions to the problem.  With the publishing of the report, and the seeming impossibility of resolving the issue, tensions between the secular and religious communities have reached a new high, and threaten to dismantle the government coalition.

Pray for wisdom for Prime Minister Netanyahu. What is needed is a long-term, gradual reeducation of the ultra-orthodox community to do national civil service and to enter the tax-paying work force.

Kenyan Christians Murdered

Compass Direct News reports that attackers with guns and hand-grenades killed at least 17 people and wounded over 75 more during worship services at two churches Sunday in Kenya. Some were shot as they fled from the church building.

Both attacks occurred in Garissa, a provincial capital about 120 miles west of the Somalia border. Suspicion for the attacks immediately fell upon al Shabaab, a Somalia-based militant Islamist group that has links to al-Qaida.

This week an Israeli human activist group filmed an Israeli border guard kicking a young Palestinian boy in the rear-end. It was a reprehensible act but no serious injury was caused. Surprisingly or not, the video of the kick in the buttocks received more international media coverage than the murder of the Kenyan Christians.

Elav Conference

The annual national Israeli youth conference, Elav, sponsored by Sukkat Hallel, directed by Rick and Patti Ridings, starts this weekend. Pray for the worship teams, speakers and administrative crew; and for a spiritual breakthrough for all the young people in attendance.

Anya’s Jubilee

In 1962, the first group of Christian Zionists began to volunteer in Israel. This year, 2012, marks the 50 year Jubilee of their service.  Among them was Anya, a dear Finnish Christian, one of the founders of Yad Hashmoneh Messianic community.  Anya, 80 years old today, still goes out every morning to do physical work and loves to attend our praise and prayer sessions.  Although she stands less than 4 feet high, Anya is a giant in the faith. We give her due honor.

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