What’s God’s greatest desire for His Jewish people?
“I will be your God, and you shall be My people!” A personal and intimate relationship with God as sons. Is there a major problem to accomplishing this Goal? Yes, our sins! Your sins and my sins!
Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (John 15:22)
So what is God’s Answer for accomplishing this goal? And can this Answer be found in the Torah and Tanakh? Yes!
Jeremiah 31:31-34 “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not according to the (Marriage) Covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My Covenant which they broke, though I was a Husband to them, says the LORD. But this is the Covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My Torah in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more!” [Yeshua’s Blood offering from Jeremiah 33:18 ratified the New Covenant!]
Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, “My son (Isaac), God will provide Himself the Lamb for a burnt offering.”
Isaiah 52:13-15 Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted & extolled & be very high… His visage was marred more than any man … So shall He sprinkle (Blood) many nations.
Isaiah 53:1-12 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the Arm of the LORD been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him. He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way. And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked, but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My Righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for transgressors.
Hosea 1:10 “… the children of Israel … ‘You are not My people,’ there it shall be said to them, ‘You are sons of the Living God.’ ”
Ezekiel 36:22-28 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD,” says the Lord GOD, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.” [This was accomplished by ‘the Lamb of God!’]
Isaiah 7:13-14 Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign, Behold, the virgin (alma) shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanu El (God with us).”
Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the Government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful (Miracle), Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His Government and Peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His Kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. [The LORD of hosts is the King of Glory!]
Zechariah 9:9,11 “Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having Salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey… because of the Blood of Your Covenant, I will set Your prisoners free from the waterless pit.”
Daniel 9:25-26 “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be 7 weeks and 62 weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. And after the 62 weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;”
Daniel 7:13-14 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given Dominion and Glory & a Kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His Dominion is an Everlasting Dominion, which shall not pass away, and His Kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.”
Psalm 110:1 a Psalm of David. The LORD (Father God) said to my Lord (God’s Son) (נְאֻם יְהֹוָה לַאדֹנִי), “Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
Zechariah 12:9-10 “It shall be in that Day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem… then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”
Are all these Scripture Truths found in the Hebrew Torah and Tanakh? Yes! Are these Scriptures being taught today either in Messianic Judaism or in Rabbinical Judaism?
These Scripture are only taught in Messianic Judaism!
RIchard has served the Lord full-time from Jerusalem since 1998, having made Aliyah to Israel in 1995. He been a writer for the Lord Yeshua since 1982. All of his books, including the newest one, ‘King Priest Yeshua from the Seed of David and Aaron’, along with other writings are free to read and download from his website.
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“Until whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.” – Acts 3:21.
The great master of art Michelangelo labored over three years to produce the great masterwork on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. During its 500 years on that church ceiling the work was subjected to rising smoke from candles and torches, as well as applications of primitive materials attempting to preserve the fresco. By the time this artist was to see that painting for the first time, it was a darkened painting essentially in earth tones. We mistakenly understood that to be the master’s great original work. It was not until the restoration of that huge work of art, which took much longer than the time for the artist to produce it, did we realize that we had been fooled. As the darkened sludge that had built up on the painting was painstakingly removed, the original colors shone forth, the contrast of the cleaned portions appearing as if a spotlight had touched it. The original work of the master’s hand was finally revealed in its glowing and glorious colors, shocking many, even some critics offended by this revelation.
This may be a parabolic picture of the time of restoration in which we are now living. We are all living witnesses of the desolate biblical Land of Israel restored to life and fertility after two millennia (a desolation which Mark Twain gave witness to in his 1867 book The Innocents Abroad). And that being by the restoration of the dispersed people of Israel re-gathered to this ancient land after 2000 years, a phenomenon without precedent in human history. With that return came also the restoration of the ancient Biblical tongue of Hebrew, which lay as a dead language for that same time, now resurrected to a living language. In the year prior to the restoration of the State of Israel in 1948, the first of the Dead Sea scrolls was discovered hidden in an ancient cave, happening to be the entire Hebrew scroll of Isaiah the Prophet which predicted this very phenomenon. Then in 1967, in a war that lasted six days, very reminiscent of that first 6-day creation in Genesis, the city of Jerusalem was restored to the Jewish people, fulfilling two millennia of their prayers, a tiny nation that has miraculously survived and prospered against overwhelming odds this 70 years. In this same epoch many Jewish people have been sovereignly restored to the Jewish Messiah Yeshua, king of the Jews.
With this rapid succession of events the New Covenant scriptures are being restored to their original Hebraic meanings, as now understood from the restored understanding of the Hebrew language in their original Jewish context in which they were written. The Gospel that went forth from Jerusalem in the 1st Century AD has now returned to Jerusalem, and many of the additions and subtractions and changes that had been added to Christianity as it moved through millennia of translations and mistranslations, adding a darkened residue upon the Master’s words and works, are now being painstakingly removed, restored and revealing its original brilliant colors.
As with the restoration of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, some critics speak vehemently against this revealing sign, while others see it as the very finger of God in our days. But the Reformation that was born in Germany has fulfilled its historic purpose and is finished, and “the time of the Gentiles” draws to a close (Luke 21:24; Romans 11:25; Ezekiel 16:53; Joel 3:1). Now the period of the Restoration is upon us and returning to Jerusalem, where it all began and will be consummated.
“Salvation,” the Messiah told us all, “is of the Jews” (John 4:22).
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.
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An open letter to the ‘nones’
There is a growing phenomenon in many parts of the world, sadly including Israel, whereby people who have a bad experience in organized assembles of Believers (aka churches, congregations, fellowships, kehilot, etc.) have decided that they don’t want to attend one anymore but they still want to be in fellowship with Jesus so they’re just going to do it by themselves at home. This phenomenon has become widespread enough that it has acquired a name of its own, as such people are identified as “nones” because if asked which church they attend they would say “none” while still identifying as followers of Jesus Christ and/or members of the Body of Christ.
This is a big mistake, although it must be said up front that one can easily understand and even sympathize with some of the reasons people take this course.
Being part of a fellowship inevitably means being hurt and disappointed. Very often it means being judged and/or gossiped about by the very people who are supposed to be helping us. It means not always having our spiritual needs met. Sadly, it sometimes means being subjected to outright abuse of spiritual authority by far too many renegade pastors and elders.
However, something else that needs to be said up front is that these reasons aren’t the only ones that people have for leaving their fellowship.
Sometimes people leave because they just don’t like following rules and being subject to authority. Maybe they hear things in a sermon which they’re not sure about and get unsatisfactory answers when they go to the pastor afterwards for clarification. Maybe they read something in the Bible (or are told about something that’s in the Bible by an outside party who has an agenda) and they go to their pastor to ask about it and don’t like the answer they get. Maybe they see things going on in the church that they don’t think are kosher, so they tell the pastor about it and he doesn’t act on what they say the way they think it should be acted on.
If one interacts with “nones” enough, one will hear all of these reasons given for the step they’ve taken of leaving their church. Usually, they went from one church to another with similar results and eventually decided that “none” of the churches in their area were worthy of their membership, attendance and support, so they decided to just “go it alone” without being subject to a pastor or community.
If you are reading this and you’re a “none” or if you’re considering becoming one, or if you know someone who is and you’re trying to counsel them, I offer the following thoughts for your consideration.
If you’re not attending a church fellowship because you think all the pastors and elders are just wrong and you’re the only one who really understands what God is saying in the Bible and they won’t listen to you than be advised, YOU are the one with a problem. That problem is identified in the Bible as “rebellion” and you need to repent of your pride, humble yourself and submit yourself to the spiritual authority of the pastors and elders God has appointed.
If, however, you’re one of those people who has decided that you don’t NEED or want to be in a traditional fellowship, here’s a shocker. You might be right.
Maybe you DO have it together so much as to not need spiritual mentoring and accountability. It’s unlikely, but I suppose it’s theoretically possible.
But consider this.
The Bible contains over 100 passages in both the Old and New Testaments which point to the fact that it is God’s design for His followers to be in community with each other, for there not to be any loners or people who try to do it on their own. The most straightforward of these is Hebrews 10:24-25 which says; “and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
Another is Galatians 6:2 which says “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ”
It is this second verse that I want to focus on, because even if you are one of those people who don’t “need” to be in church, that just means that you can be strong enough for other people who DO “need” to be there. They need your help. WE need your help.
So come on back. Because the one thing there’s never too much of in any church is willing hands and feet to do all the work that needs to be done.
If you’ve decided to stop attending church because you’ve just been hurt too often, or you’re tired of all the “hypocrites” and so forth, again, that’s understandable. But as Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”
That’s not just referring to the troubles we’ll have in the World, it’s referring to the troubles we’ll have in the congregation too. That can be a hard thing to accept, but there it is.
May God give us all the wisdom, patience, love and grace to be obedient to this most important of His commandments.
Aaron is a member of Jerusalem Assembly, House of Redemption.
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Blood of the covenant and spiritual warfare (Part 1)
There are over 400 references to blood in the Scriptures. There is a spiritual meaning to the “blood” in addition to being the red fluid that flows through our bodies. The blood is said to carry the “soul” of the human being.
The soul of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to atone for your souls, for the blood by the soul will atone. Leviticus 17:11
The rule is: soul in place of soul. When a human being sins, his soul becomes unclean. The soul (represented by the blood) is then given to make atonement for the sinning soul: to purify the soul, and to pay the punishment. The unclean soul under the death penalty is redeemed, “bought back” by the death of the innocent soul.
Ultimately, the soul of a righteous human being is demanded to compensate for the soul of the sinful human being. The animal sacrifices of the Torah are only symbolic, pointing to the blood of Yeshua. The soul of an animal cannot make atonement for the soul of a human. The animal’s blood points to the blood of the righteous Messiah, who indeed makes atonement for us: soul for soul.
This exchange is offered free of charge to everyone by grace, receiving the price paid for his or her own soul. In this way a soul is “saved” by the sacrifice of the blood. The blood is not only the sacrifice that allows a soul to enter into covenant with God, it is the seal that keeps and protects that covenant.
Blood means that a person’s life has been shed. A blood covenant is the strongest kind of covenant, because it involves a price of life and death, a total commitment. The blood allows the covenant to take place; and blood is demanded if the covenant is broken.
Many types of witchcraft involve a blood covenant to control the souls of the people involved, who then become victims of total manipulation and destruction.
In the case of our new covenant with Yeshua, the power of the blood is for good, not evil. We enter into a covenant of holiness, life, healing, joy and peace. The New Covenant also involves a total life-and-death commitment.
The children of Israel put blood on the doorposts and lintel (Exodus 12:7) to show that they had chosen to be part of the covenant. The blood was the sign that they had received the covenant (Exodus 12:13). The covenant then protected them from death and destruction. The sign of the blood faces upward for salvation, and sideways for protection—an amazing foreshadow of the cross of Yeshua.
And YHVH will pass to strike Egypt, and He will see the blood on the lintel and the two side-posts; and YHVH will pass over the door, and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike. Exodus 12:23
Advantages of the Blood
Here is the first advantage of the blood. It marks the territory. It shows ownership. It is like a street sign, a name tag, a brand label, or even like an animal that marks its territory by shedding drops of urine along the border.
The blood allows God to say, “This person and his family and his property belong to Me. Destroyer, you are not allowed to cross the line into their area.”
Think how powerful that is in spiritual warfare. We declare that we and everything connected to us belongs to God through the blood of Yeshua. God says to all demons that they cannot come into our territory to harm us. If we believe in the power of the blood covenant, no demonic force can cross the border into our territory.
In part 2 I will share with you two more advantages we have through Yeshua’s blood.
This article originally appeared on Revive Israel, January 30, 2019, 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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It is really about love (Mishpatim)
For I the Lord do not change Malachi 3:6
This week we continue our reading of Exodus, chapters 21-24. It is an interesting portion with two and a half of the four chapters filed with laws.
The laws are detailed; how to deal with slaves & property, personal injuries & social responsibility, Shabbat & the Holidays. These kinds of chapters seem rather irrelevant to Christians today and are often skipped over. After all we don’t have slaves, most of us don’t have livestock, and the government has installed laws on how to deal with justice.
Despite that, I encourage you to open your bible and read these chapters, because we can learn a lot about God’s character from these laws that He gave the people of Israel. After all, the Lord is the same, yesterday, today & tomorrow. And what He had to say so many years ago to the Israelites is still very relevant today.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12: 30-31
All the laws given in these chapters can be summarized with the above verse; Love the Lord and love your neighbor as yourself. The basis of all these rules is love. Perfect Love. Love that outcasts fear. The kind of self-sacrificing love that the Father shows us.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
It was always about love, and it still is. While we can have endless discussions about Grace vs. Law and the relevance of these ‘Old Testament’ rules for our lives as believers today, it is really about love. The love the Lord has shown us and we in turn give Him, and the love we have for our neighbor because of the love of the Lord in us.
So I encourage you to read these chapters and to ask the Lord to show you what you can gain from them. Let these words remind you that it is about love and they can help you to show more of the Lord’s love to your neighbors.
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