Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore
The North Korean regime has been one of the most brutal of our generation. The worst brutality has been focused on the suffering evangelical Christian community. The potential for change is enormous, as well as the potential for deception.
Here are a few scriptural guidelines for prayer (without any particular political assumptions):
- God’s will to be done on earth as in heaven – Matthew 6:10
- Righteousness and justice to flow down – Amos 5:24
- Trump and Kim to be directed by God’s hand – Proverbs 21:1
- Demonic deception to be uncovered – II Corinthians 2:11
- Punishment to be meted out to criminal and cruel agents – Romans 13:4
- Persecuted Christians and all innocent people to be set free – Exodus 5:1
- Unjust leaders to be removed and just leaders to be raised up – Daniel 4:17
- Christians in North and South Korea to be united – John 17:21
- Right thinking and decisions for Trump – II Corinthians 10:4-5
- Ending the worship of the Kim family as demi-gods – Exodus 20:2
- Opening heavens and releasing angelic armies – Revelation 19:11-14
- World mission and evangelism to come out of Korea – I Timothy 2:4
- International community moved closer to true peace – Isaiah 2:1-4
This is an urgent moment of intercession for all who desire righteousness. Let’s pray now, pray hard (James 5:17), pray in agreement (Matthew 18:19), and pray with authority (Ephesians 2:6).
This article originally appeared on Revive Israel, June 10, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Asher Intrater is the founder and apostolic leader of Revive Israel Ministries, and oversees Ahavat Yeshua Congregation in Jerusalem, and Tiferet Yeshua Congregation in Tel Aviv. Asher was one of the founders of Tikkun International with Dan Juster and Eitan Shishkoff, and serves on the board of the Messianic Alliance of Israel and Aglow International.
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Commentary on Parashat Shelach (Send Forth)
In our reading we once again see Israel’s lack of faith and trust in God. Chapter 13 and 14 speak of God’s instruction to Israel to tour (or scout) and walk the Land that God has allotted to the Children of Israel. All they need to do is to see that which God has already given to them, trust that He will provide everything they need in order to inherit that Land, and obey Him. However, as the story tells, 10 out of the 12 scouts were looking at the situation from a worldly point of view rather than God’s. And they were terrified!
As I wrote in last year’s blog, Parashat Shelach (Send Forth), the reality is that Moses’s instruction to the messengers set them up for failure. There is no doubt that Moses was a great man who spoke with God Almighty and had an incredible call on his life. However, as we see numerous times in the Scriptures, Moses was fully human. His responsibility was to point to someone greater than he; it was not to be great himself. The writer to the Hebrews recognized this when he wrote:
Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Yeshua, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; but Messiah was faithfulas a Son over His house whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.
Just like Israel, Moses, and the twelve scouts, each of us has a choice to trust God and His promises, or not. It really is that simple.
Numbers 14:26–34 speaks of God’s judgment against Israel, against those who did not believe, with the exception of Caleb Ben of Jephunneh and Yehoshua (Joshua) Ben Nun.
And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who are grumbling against Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are making against Me. “Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you; your corpses shall fall in this wilderness, even all your numbered men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me. Surely you shall not come into the land in which I swore to settle you, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. Your children, however, whom you said would become a prey — I will bring them in, and they shall know the land which you have rejected. But as for you, your corpses shall fall in this wilderness. And your sons shall be shepherds for forty years in the wilderness, and they shall suffer for your unfaithfulness, until your corpses lie in the wilderness. According to the number of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your guilt a year, even forty years, and you shall know My opposition.’”
I often hear well-meaning followers of the Messiah criticizing Israel’s lack of faith and their continuous disobedience throughout their time in the wilderness. However, they are missing a key message found in Israel’s story that is relevant for all of us today, Jew and Gentile alike. These stories were told in order for us to not repeat the same mistakes! The language in Numbers 14:26–34 is very similar to what is written in Hebrews 3:12–19:
Take care, brethren, lest there should be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Messiah, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end; while it is said, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME. For who provoked Himwhen they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt ledby Moses? And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they should not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? And so we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.
Israel’s journey in the wilderness is a real warning for us to not harden our hearts to the Lord. We would be wise to heed this warning not just to avoid the consequences, but more importantly, to live an abundantly blessed life walking with Him!
Which do you choose?
This article originally appeared on Hope for Israel and is reposted with permission.
Moran is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Israel, which is a service and resource-providing ministry that aims to bring the hope of the Messiah back to Israel. It is also a resource center for current and timely news updates concerning Israel that provides daily prayer alerts, Bible teachings, and weekly blogs in order to help believers across the world understand what God is doing in the Land, how to pray for Israel and filter everything through the Word of God.
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7 truths for overcoming fear of the End Times (Part 2)
Read part 1 HERE!
5) Supernatural Protection and Provision
We see the Jewish people’s Exodus out of Egypt as a prophetic pattern for the end times (Micah 7:15). While the Egyptians were being struck with flies, boils, darkness… the Jewish people were set apart and protected in Goshen (Ex 8:22-23; 9:4; 8:11; 10:21-23). God’s end time judgements are for removing evil from the planet, not wiping out the saints.
Not only did God set apart and protect His people in Goshen, but also supernaturally provided water, manna and quail for forty years in the wilderness. During a drought God provided Elijah with food by a raven (1 Kings 17). Yeshua multiplied food and fed thousands (Matt 14:13-21). This provision pattern will continue through the end times (Heb 13:8).
6) Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
When difficulty increases so does supernatural anointing and guidance. “It shall come to pass in the Last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh…”(Acts 2:17-21). This outpouring will come when major signs and wonders are seen right before the great and awesome day of the Lord. This means we can expect a massive increase in anointing, prophecy, dreams and visions during the tribulation. God will be prophetically showing us what He is about to do (Amos 3:7), and how we should respond. He cares about the small details of our lives and knows what we need (Matt 6:8).
7) Beauty of Yeshua
Along with increased pressures and the Holy Spirit being poured out, there will be an ever-increasing revealing of the beauty of Yeshua. Concerning the end times, Isaiah 4:2 says, “…the Branch of the Lord [Yeshua] shall be beautiful and glorious.”Haggai 2:7 calls Yeshua the “Desire of all nations.” As we continue to seek and behold Yeshua, the Holy Spirit will progressively reveal His beauty and glory to our hearts in unprecedented ways. This will lead to profound fascination, awe, longing and unshakable dedication to Him. The love and affection for Him in the heart of His bride will be stronger than death (Song of S. 8:6). We will not be afraid to die because we know that immediately after death we will be without pain and sorrow in His glorious presence forever!
Lord help us to not ignore the seriousness of the days ahead. Help us to be sober, humble and diligent as we search your word and heart concerning the future. Amen.
There are more truths we could add like:
- the power of God’s word to keep us from deception (John 8:31-32),
- the glory of God shining on His people when deep darkness is on the earth (Is 60:1-2)
- we are God’s sheep and no one is able to snatch us out of His hand (John 10:27-30)
This article originally appeared on Revive Israel, June 6, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Cody served on staff with YWAM for four years before moving to Israel. He joined Revive Israel's staff in 2013. He and his wife, Liat, help lead the youth group at Ahavat Yeshua Congregation and work together in Revive Israel’s international department. They have a passion to see the word of the Lord go out from Jerusalem through media and by going out to the nations themselves.
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The name of God
The name of God in the Jewish Scriptures is a notorious mystery. People often pronounce the four Hebrew letters (YHWH) as “Yahweh” or “Jehovah”, but the truth is that we don’t really know how to say it. In most Bibles that word is translated as “the LORD”, and similarly when reading it in Hebrew, we always say “Adonai” instead, which means Lord. We don’t even try to pronounce it. However, close examination of those four letters is an enlightening exercise which relates wonderfully to the Messiah.
In Genesis 1, the Hebrew word for God is “Elohim”, which is the general term for god or gods and is also, rather interestingly, a plural word. In Genesis 1 Elohim is referred to as “him” (male singular) but speaks in plural (“Let us make man in our image”). However, in Genesis 2, the four lettered name of God, YHWH, first appears, and God is mostly referred to by this unique name from there on in.
God’s name is holy
Jewish people, by and large, prefer to avoid using any name of God, often writing the word God like this: “G-d” so that it is not written in its entirety. Many call God “haShem”, which means “the name”, or other similar designations. “Baruch haShem!” (which means “Blessed be the Name!” or “Blessed be the Lord!)” is a phrase one hears multiple times a day in Israel. So precious are those four letters that we even change the dates that contain two of those four holy letters in a row – the 15th and 16th of every month deviate from the normal pattern in order to respect the four-lettered name of God. Similarly, there is a tradition to avoid writing down the name of God to avoid the sacrilege of it ever being thrown away, erased or destroyed.
His name is holy.
“Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His Name?’ What should I say to them?”
“God answered Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” Then He said, “You are to say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM’ has sent me to you.” God also said to Moses: “You are to say to the sons of Israel, Adonai (YHWH) the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and the Name by which I should be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3:13-15)
I AM WHO I AM? As much as that might have been bewildering to Moses, God insists that he cannot be categorized – he just IS.
God laughs at us all arguing about whether he exists or not – he is the very definition of existence!
Opening the treasure box of Hebrew grammar
The interesting thing with verbs in the Biblical Hebrew is that they are often written in what looks like future tense to us today, but are rendered as past tense. And the other way around! Prophecy is often expressed in what looks like the past tense to modern Hebrew speakers, yet it is talking about things to come. Time and tense are not straightforward, which is appropriate because the author of the Biblical text lives outside time. He can give prophecy about future events as if they had already happened, and he can describe events in narration that actually point to future events to come – as in the stories of Joseph and the Exodus for example.
I’ll tell you something else funny about Hebrew – the verb “to be” only exists in past and future, but not in the present tense.
In Hebrew, we don’t say “I am hungry”, we just say “I hungry”. We don’t say “that table isbig”, we say “that table big”. We can say “I was hungry”, or “I will be hungry”, but not “I amhungry”.
There is no “is” or “am” in Hebrew. Why?
Perhaps because in the Hebrew language, the language of the Bible, the present tense of the verb to be is reserved for use by God alone.
Only God can say “I AM”.
And perhaps that helps us understand some of the mystery of the Tetragrammaton, YHWH.
When we look at the original Hebrew text which in English says, “I AM WHO I AM”, it looks (to the modern Hebrew reader) as if it’s in the future tense: “I will be that which I will be” (אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה). However, in Biblical Hebrew, such a phrase would usually render it the opposite: “I was that which I was”, in past tense. And yet it’s translated into present tense! Getting confused? The interplay between the tenses of the verb to be is illustrative of the fact that our God is, was, and always will be.
Moreover, the very letters of the four-letter name of God (יהוה), contain the Hebrew for he was, he is, and he will be! This is a fact that has, unsurprisingly, been noted by rabbis of the past.
It’s interesting to see how the phrase, “I am who I am” (אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה), was also translated into present tense in the “Targum Yonatan” text, an early rabbinic translation of the Bible into Aramaic by Jonathan ben Uzziel, a pupil of Hillel and doctor of the Law at Jerusalem in the time of King Herod.
He translated it into Aramaic as “אֲנָא הוּא”, which in modern Hebrew (Ani Hu – אני הוא) literally means “I He”. This is as close as you can get in Hebrew to “I AM” – the first person, present tense of the verb to be.
God says the Hebrew word “אֶהְיֶה”, or “I He” three times. Ehyeh asher ehyeh (אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה) “I will be that which I will be” or “I am that I am” repeats the word twice, and God also says it a third time:
“God answered Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” Then He said, “You are to say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM’ has sent me to you.”
In rabbinic interpretation, it makes sense that the three times the word appears reflects the three tenses, past, present and future.
- He was
- He is
- He forever shall be
In Exodus Rabba, Rabbi Isaac taught:
“God said to Moses: ‘Tell them that I am now what I always was and always will be’; for this reason is the word ehyeh written three times” 
I AM – Three times?
It is interesting that just as in the Shema, the name of the Lord features three times. Perhaps it’s not only about past present and future, but points to the threefold nature of God:
- The Father
- Son – God incarnate, the Messiah
- The Holy Spirit
Impossible? But the evidence is in the Jewish Scriptures themselves. At one point YHWH turns up in person to visit Abraham, a fact that causes great consternation among those who are adamant that God cannot become flesh. Well. He did, right there in Genesis 18. It says so repeatedly. Also, Jeremiah 23:6 says that YHWH will be the name of the Messiah.
You know what else? The phrase used in Targum Yonatan as the best way to help Jewish people relate to the unusual turn of phrase God declared from the burning bush (“Ani Hu” / “I He”) crops up later in the New Testament. Quite a lot.
You know who else uses that term, “Ani Hu” (I am)?
In John 4, Jesus meets a Samaritan woman, and they had a conversation about God, truth, and worship. She said to Yeshua, not knowing who he really was,
“I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called the Anointed One.) When He comes, He will explain everything to us.”
Do you know what he said in response to her?
“I, the One speaking to you, “ani Hu” (אני הוא) I am.”
In chapter 8, Yeshua had got caught up in a controversy with the religious leaders. Frustrated and confused, they demanded to know,
“Who are you?”
Yeshua replied, “What have I been telling you from the beginning?”
…“Abraham and the prophets died. Yet You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste death.’ You are not greater than our father Abraham who died, are You? The prophets also died! Who do You make Yourself out to be?”
…Yeshua answered, “Amen, amen I tell you, before Abraham was, I AM!”
 וַאֲמַר יְיָ לְמשֶׁה דֵין דְאָמַר וַהֲוָה עַלְמָא אָמַר וַהֲוָה כּוּלָא וַאֲמַר כִּדְנָא תֵּימַר לִבְנֵי יִשְרָאֵל אֲנָא הוּא דְהַוֵינָא וְעָתִיד לְמֶהֱוֵי שַׁדְרַנִי לְוַותְכוֹן (Targum Yonatan Ex 3:14, Aramaic)
 Exodus Rabba, 3:14
This article originally appeared on One For Israel and is reposted with permission.
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Sovereign of the universe
The Sovereign Creator of the universe is not affected by wind or weather, hunger or thirst, opposition or undulation in adoration. Such events as Elijah before the prophets of Baal show us the vanity of extended shouting of prayers and repetitious beckoning. On the contrary, with the short and to-the-point utterance of Elijah, YHVH answered immediately and with fire.
At my own encounter with the Sovereign of the Universe, there was nothing I was doing right, and I was certainly not in a synagogue or church, but in the wild heat of the pagan celebration of Carnival in Salvador, Brazil. I was not praying or even involved in any religious seeking or influence, nor using anybody’s name. The Bible was not my guide, for I had never really read it and, being a Jew, never considered Jesus as any remote possibility. The only qualification I could possibly offer is that my entire life and heart were bent on passionately seeking for Truth, come what may.
That seemed to be a sufficient prerequisite to qualify, as we are told, ‘And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart’ (Jeremiah 29:13; Deuteronomy 4:29). In the very midst of all that would not seem conducive to a revelatory experience, including my own sins and doubts, came that very revelation sovereignly out of the blue, bursting through my defenses to alter and illuminate my life from that point forward.
God is sovereign, not to be manipulated by our chatterings and chirpings, loud music or spiritual formulas, as the prophets of Baal and many more modern religionists who beat their drums and howl themselves into a frenzy and a trance. This Monarch is not beholden to anyone’s demands or theologies, to nobody’s utterance or speculation of what He will or will not do or how, and does not perform at the snap of a whip for any entertainer like a trained lion in a circus. He is the King of the jungle, the Sovereign of the Universe. But, in His love and mercy beyond words, will graciously respond, as He sees fit, to humble supplications uttered from the heart in spirit and in Truth.
Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published two illustrated books of poetry, and painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.