Asher Intrater

Revive Israel
 
 
"In both of those events, there was total destruction as a punishment from God."            
 

When Yeshua taught about His Second Coming, He compared it to the flood of Noah and the destruction of Sodom. Those were real historical events, yet they also serve as patterns for what will come upon the earth in the end times.

"As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man.

Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot ..." (Luke 17:26,28)

In both of those events, there was total destruction as a punishment from God. In both the people were totally caught by surprise. In the case of Noah, the destruction was worldwide by flood of water. In the case of Lot, the destruction was by fire in the area of Sodom. We can conclude from this that at the Second Coming, the punishment will be worldwide not local, but of fire not of water (II Peter 3).

If the punishment will be similar, we can imagine the sin will be similar. The circumstances that prevailed in those days will prevail once again in the end times. In the case of Noah, the most prevalent sin was violence.

"The earth was corrupt ... and filled with violence" (Genesis 6:11).

(Interestingly, the word for "violence" in this text is hamas, which sounds in Hebrew the same as the name of the terrorist organization, Hamas, even though there is no etymological connection.) Is it possible to think of a world overrun with crime, financial corruption and terrorist violence?

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The week that this article was written citizens were bombed with chemical weapons in Syria, an unmanned surveillance aircraft (drone) from Hizbollah was shot down by the Israeli air force as it approached the Haifa harbor, and missiles were shot into southern Israel from the Egyptian border. A similar worldwide violence as in the days of Noah could be fulfilled by the spread of Islamic Jihad in our day.

In Sodom, the sin was homosexuality. The kind of homosexuality then was aggressive and violent (Genesis 19:4-11). France passed a same sex marriage law last month. There is an aggressive movement pushing homosexual values across the Western world. Anyone who speaks against them is attacked. The Messianic kibbutz in Israel, Yad Hashmonah, was sued this year for not allowing a lesbian marriage at their synagogue site.

Even those who are not engaged in this kind of sin will be affected by it. Lot was a righteous man, but he was unable to do any righteous works. All his spiritual effort was spent in simply surviving and overcoming the torment of his soul (II Peter 2:7). Let us not be paralyzed by spirits of sexual perversion in the end times, but overcome and go on to victory in faith.

As in the days of Noah and Lot, the dominating sins of our generation are Jihad and Homosexuality.


 

Asher Intrater

Revive Israel
 
 
 
 
 
 

Peter was a man who received great revelation from God.

1. His first revelation was that he himself was a sinner (Luke 5:8)

2. Then he had the history-making revelation that Yeshua is the Messiah, the Son of God (Matthew 16:16-18)

3. On Pentecost morning, he had the revelation that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples with speaking in tongues is a continuation and fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy (Acts 2:16-17).

4. In his epistles, Peter shared the revelation that suffering for the sake of Yeshua is to partake in His sufferings and part of the process of being glorified in Him (I Peter 4:1, 12-14).

Another of Peter's history-making revelations was that God loves all people just the same and we all have equal standing before Him.

"God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him" (Acts 10:28, 34-35).

God judges people not racially but morally. No one is rejected because of his racial background. God judges all people equally on the basis of spiritual and moral righteousness.

Until that point in history, almost all religious expression was confined and defined by racial and ethnic boundaries. Peter's revelation opened the faith on the basis of universal salvation afor all peoples. The course of history was changed in that moment.


 
 

Betty Intrater

Revive Ministries
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

On May 14-15 at Revive Israel we sponsored an all-night prayer and fasting meeting. As in the Book of Acts, Israeli believers gathered together to worship, intercede and seek the Lord. We divided the night into 6 two hour sessions of worship and intercession, each with a specific emphasis. The six themes were: Salvation of Israel; Reaching the Nations of the World; Your Kingdom Come; The Last Days; Outpouring of the Holy Spirit; Unity in the Body of Messiah. About 200 hundred gathered throughout the night; some for a few hours; some for the entire watch. Many thousand participated from around the world through live internet streaming. As we invited the presence of the Holy Spirit and sought the Lord together we felt a spiritual breakthrough occurred. We are excited to see the fruit of revival borne through this historic event!

Over 2000 gather from around the country for the annual Shavuot picnic

Directly following the prayer night was the annual Shavuot picnic at Yad ha Shmonah. Over 2000 believers from throughout the country gathered for this family, fun event, bringing a new level of unity in fellowship to the Israeli Body of believers.

 
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Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Daniel Juster: Reader Responses to "Building a Discipling Communtiy"
Eitan Shishkoff: Marriage Keys Revealed in Names
Avi T. with Andrey G.: Spring Cleaning
David and Albina: A Golden Age
Testimonies from Shavei Tzion