Asher Intrater

Revive Israel
 
 
"That may be the ultimate meaning of Yeshua's mountain-moving faith prayer: To remove all obstacles to the restoring of the kingdom of God in Jerusalem." ri          
 

With faith and prayer all things are possible. One of the most inspiring verses about the power of faith and prayer is:

"... whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says ... whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them." (Mark 11:23-24)

This universal spiritual principle can be used in all aspects of life, from small to large. We can use it to get a parking spot (actually on the streets of Jerusalem or Tel Aviv that can be quite a miracle). But there are mountains much more significant and prophetic than a parking space.

What did Yeshua mean when He said, "this" mountain? At the time He was standing in Jerusalem near the Temple "mount". He was also in the midst of a confrontation with the religious leaders over the claim of His spiritual authority and about His cleansing the Temple.

Yeshua's statement about the mountain is likely a reference to Zechariah 4:7, "Who are you Great Mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain." This prophecy declared the removing of all obstacles before Zerubbabel as he worked to restore the kingdom of God in Jerusalem. That may be the ultimate meaning of Yeshua's mountain-moving faith prayer: To remove all obstacles to the restoring of the kingdom of God in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 2:2-4 also refers to the kingdom of God as a mountain. Daniel 2:34-35, 44 refers to the great statue of the Antichrist kingdoms being destroyed in the end times by a supernatural rock that then turns into the mountain of the kingdom of God. Revelation 11:15 states that the last mystery of the plan of God is for the kingdoms of this world to become the kingdom of our Lord.

If we join our faith and prayer together, we can remove all the power of the Antichrist kingdom and see the kingdom of the Lord's house established in our generation. Let's all "move that mountain" together.

This article was previously published on 04Dec15 here on the Revive Israel website


 

Ron Cantor

Messiah's Mandate
 
 
 
 
"Our Hanukkah outreach at Tiferet Yeshua Congregation turned out to be possibly our largest meeting ever!"
 
 


By Ron Cantor

Our Hanukkah outreach at Tiferet Yeshua Congregation turned out to be possibly our largest meeting ever! Over 100 visitors attended. There was standing room only and 15 people were without chairs. Tanya, one of our worship leaders, directed and led a choir of Israeli children in traditional Hanukkah songs.

Because many of these folks were attending for the first time, they had no context for 'worship' and saw it more as a performance, clapping eagerly after each song! Moti Cohen, our youth leader, gave an explanation about who we are as Messianic Jews.

Many of the newcomers went upstairs with their children for the children's party; others who stayed heard the powerful testimony of Sahar, a native Israeli believer, and Bilel, an Arab believer and army officer from a Druze background. Asher then gave a short message, tying it all together.

This article was previously published on 25Dec15 here on the Revive Israel website


 

Asher Intrater

Revive Israel
 
 
 
 
"There was no remorse for murder; just remorse that he didn't achieve Jihad paradise!"
 

Many try to define the recent wave of terror attacks as "not Islam". That would demand classifying the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Shabab, Boko Haram, Al Qaida, Taliban, ISIS and the Ayatollahs as "not Islam". Almost all the terror attacks have been accompanied by shouts of "Allah Akhbar".

One could say that there is a difference between "moderate" Islam and "extremist" Islam. That is a legitimate discussion. There are certainly different streams within Christianity and Judaism. Some would say that moderate Islam is the "real" Islam with the extremists as a perversion; others would say just the opposite, that the extremists are the "real" Islam with the moderates a watered-down version.

Radicalization

In any case, a moderate Muslim community is necessary in most situations in order for the extremist elements to take root. The pattern is normally:

Moderate Islamic community, then

Extremist Islamic indoctrination, then

Terrorist attacks.

Terrorism must be preceded by extremist indoctrination; extremist indoctrination must be preceded by a moderate community.

Some moderate Muslims fiercely oppose Islamic radicalism. Let's call them Adversaries.

Some moderate Muslims openly favor Islamic radicalism. Let's call them Advocates.

Many moderates are being used and abused by Islamic radicalism. Let's call them Victims.

All three types of moderates, Adversaries, Advocates and Victims, whether they mean to or not, will end up being manipulated by the radicals; unless strong educational, legal and security measures are taken.

The measures against terror must be the same for groups from any background. There are a few small Jewish groups in Israel that advocate terror activity; they must be and are treated as illegal by the Israeli government. Any group advocating terror is criminal. However, were we to count all the terrorist activity from Buddhist, Hindu, Christian or Jewish groups in the last ten years, I doubt we would arrive at 1% of what is perpetrated by Islamic extremists.

The Issue

Some have said that the problem with the terror attacks is the lack of gun control. Gun control may be a factor, but if that were the root of the problem, then the Twin Towers attack would have been a problem of pilot licensing; and the current wave of knife attacks and beheadings would be a problem of kitchen utensils.

A video clip filmed during a recent Jerusalem attack, showing two teenage girls trying to become Shaheed-martyrs, highlights the dilemma for security forces. The policy is simple: an attacker should be killed only when representing a threat to other lives. The application of that rule can be complicated.

In Israel we have terrorist attacks every single day. Last week there was an attack 100 meters from our grandchildren's kindergarten; then within one hour at the highway junction leading to one of our children's homes. The girls mentioned in the video above had just moments before they stabbed an innocent Arab man in the neck. One of the two was killed and the other only injured before being taken into custody.

Martyrdom

Many videos show seemingly normal people, including women and teenagers, pulling out knives suddenly and stabbing security guards without any immediate provocation. The point of the video about the young girls was that they had only one goal: to become martyrs. In another recent incident, a terrorist killed three people and then was captured alive. He wept because he had failed to cause himself to be killed as a martyr. Therewas no remorse for murder; just remorse that he didn't achieve Jihad paradise!

A common theme behind all Jihad and terror activity is the hatred of Israel. It may well be that the California attack was prompted by the arguments of a Christian "Messianic Jew" who defended both his faith in Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah and his support of the nation of Israel. If so, he was the real martyr.

This article was previously published on 11Dec15 here on the Revive Israel website




THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

We want to express our gratitude to you for your faithful prayer and financial partnership over this last year! Again our local team grew (now at 22). We took on another congregation to oversee (Yeshuat Israel). We strategically sowed hundreds of thousands of Shekels into the local body of Messiah. We reached more people through our weekly email update and social media than ever before. We sent team members to minister in Switzerland, Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, America, Czech Republic, France, Portugal, Cyprus and England - and hosted guests from all these nations, and so much more. We could not have done all this without your vital partnership. Thank you for working with us in extending God's kingdom both here in Israel and in the nations!

This article was previously published on 25Dec15 here on the Revive Israel website

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Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Dan Juster: Head or Heart?
Etian Shishkoff: From Generation to Generation
Guy Cohen: Obstacles on the Journey
Leon Mazin: 1st Century Phenomenon