©May 3, 2013 Revive Israel Ministries
By Asher Intrater
There are amazing parallels between gospel events and Jewish history. Yeshua was crucified on Passover, and raised on the same morning that the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea (John 20:1; Exodus 14:27). The Holy Spirit was poured out on the feast of Shavuot. The gift-language of tongues was lost to the Church for many centuries, during the same time that Hebrew was lost as a spoken tongue to the Jewish people; then, starting about 120 years ago, they were both restored.
Another significant parallel is that the ascension of Yeshua to heavenly Jerusalem and the Israeli recapture of Jerusalem in 1967 happened on the same day. Yeshua taught His disciples about the kingdom of God for approximately 40 days after being resurrected on the third day after Passover(Acts 1:3). The recapture of Jerusalem also occurred on day 43 of the counting of the Omer. This year that date falls on May 8.
The word for ascension in Hebrew is "aliyah," which is the same as the songs of ascent (Psalms 120-134), the ascension of Yeshua, immigration to Israel, and going up to Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:3). Yeshua rose into heavenly Jerusalem to acquire spiritual authority for the Church (Ephesians 1:19-23; 2:6; 4:10). He will return to earthly Jerusalem to restore governmental authority for Israel (II Samuel 7:12-16; Psalm 2:6; Acts 1:11; Isaiah 2).
In the end, heavenly and earthly Jerusalem will be united, the Church with Israel, and God's name and authority will be one (Zechariah 14:9). That's why Yeshua's ascent to heaven and the recapture of Jerusalem are united on the same day.
What's Wrong with Grace
By Mike Bickle, excerpt from Charisma Magazine
Tensions in Syria continue. Rebel forces reported that Israeli planes bombed one of the chemical weapons reserves. The Israeli government refused to respond. Knesset member Ben-Eliezer stated that chemical weapons have already begun to be transferred into the hands of Hezbollah. A committee report in the Knesset concluded that there was no difference in the attitude toward Israel between the Assad regime and the rebel forces. However, most Israelis are concerned over the disaster happening to the Syrian people.
New elections for president of Iran to replace Ahmadinejad are scheduled in just two weeks. Pray for freedom of speech and religious expression. The failing economy due to international sanctions has become a major election issue.
The Arab league has made a new proposal for peace, which includes an openness to limited exchange of land areas, along with the demand to return to 1967 borders. This is a significant change from Israel's diplomatic view. Netanyahu said this week that a two-state solution would be better than one bi-national state. International pressure is mounting. Pope Francis promised President Peres that he would come to Israel soon to help the "peace" process.
Our dear friend Paul Wilbur was appointed last month as the new Executive Director of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance. Paul is a world-renowned worship recording artist with Integrity Music and has been a leader in the Messianic Jewish movement worldwide for over 30 years. Paul is taking this challenging position on a volunteer basis. Paul writes that he intends for the IMJA to be a "servant voice to the nations." Let us pray for him to bring new vision, life, growth and unity to the Messianic community around the world.
Dan Juster recently reported a difficult marital counseling situation. The wife said, "We're getting divorced over a theological disagreement." Dan asked, "How could that be?" The wife replied, "My husband thinks he is God, and I disagree."
The link to the live stream for all-night prayer and fasting on Pentecost (Shavuot) is here.
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