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© 25 August 2017 Revive Israel Ministries

Hebrew Roots of Ordination

By Asher Intrater

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 themselves in social media. 

The Hebrew concept in the Law, Prophets, and New Covenant is much different.  Authority and anointing comes from God, and it is 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, סמך .

  • 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 this person, who affirm that they trust in him.  The first imparts and the second affirms. 

[In my own case, for example, the "imparting" elders 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 it 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.

Hosting the Nations & New Record Numbers

Cody Archer

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 is to join us is to connect with local Israeli believers and join one of our 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 five largest language groups were:

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

Already in 2017, we are on pace to break 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 as a nation 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 the living stones. Through the prophecies given, the sick that are healed and the kingdom messages shared through our team, 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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Believing Single-Parent Families in Israel and How You Can Help

Equine Therapy uses horses to help improve physical and mental health in kids and adults of all kinds. At Revive Israel, we found that this unique experience produced very positive results for believing children in our community that come from broken families and single-parent households. Click the button below to hear the testimony of a couple of mothers about their children's transformation and help us sponsor another 40 children this year!


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