Strategic Partnerships for World Revival
©June 16, 2008 Asher Intrater
We believe there will be a great revival in the end times leading up to the second coming of Yeshua (Jesus). "It shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh…" – Acts 2:17 (Joel 2:28). We also believe that God is building strategic partnerships in order to help foster this world revival.
As Messianic Jews, before we can take part in this great revival and in these strategic partnerships, we must receive and adopt the "great commission" as our own. "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be witnesses of Me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, even unto the ends of the earth" – Acts 1:8. As Messianic Jews we cannot say that our part is to re-establish Jewish culture, and that the commission for world evangelism does not apply to us.
This year our team at Revive Israel/Tikkun have sent emissaries to Japan, China, India, Africa, western and eastern Europe, Turkey, and the Palestinian territories. (That, of course, is in addition to our "first" calling to Jerusalem and Judea – local evangelism, discipleship, and congregational planting in Israel.) This requires an enlarged heart of love (II Corinthians 6:11, 7:2), prayer, faith, generosity, and administration (Romans 10:15). We as Messianic Jews must realize that our "choseness" is to be a blessing to all the nations of the earth (Genesis 12:3), and this blessing is to share the gospel with them.
Yet no one can fulfill the great commission alone. There must be cooperation and team work. We at Revive Israel want to be part of the strategic partnerships that God is putting together in our day. One example is the network relationship of IHOP (with Mike Bickle), The Call (Lou Engle, Che Ahn) and God-TV (Rory and Wendy Alec). We were privileged to work together with them last month at "The Call, Jerusalem."
One might ask why such large and successful ministries would want to have anything to do with us. I believe they understand that world revival and evangelism leads up to the second coming of Yeshua; and that His coming will take place at Jerusalem in the midst of great spiritual warfare. Therefore these men of God see a kingdom purpose in being "covenantally linked" to a local Israeli Messianic Jewish apostolic ministry team.
Another example of this strategic partnership can be seen in our recent participation in the all-European Aglow conference. We have been praying for revival in Europe, but we haven't seen how we could produce anything with good results. We see much potential in the Aglow branches throughout Europe. Jane Hansen and the leadership of Aglow have also been praying for revival in Europe. They believe that because of the roots of anti-Semitism in the Church, they needed to join their efforts in Europe with a Messianic Jewish ministry team as well.
Therefore, last week Youval and I traveled to Spain to take part in this conference, with Aglow representatives from 22 nations in Europe. Our only desire was to inspire and impart an empowerment of the Holy Spirit to bring revival to their nations. The gospel first came to all Europe on the basis of one meeting (Acts 16): a small women's prayer meeting led by Lydia together with a small apostolic team from Israel led by Paul (Saul). According to that pattern, we prayed for God to work through these dear sisters to spread the gospel across Europe today.
Another key strategic alliance is the "Silk Road" and the "Isaiah 19 Highway." Over the past 20 years a great revival has taken place in the underground church in China. By the sovereign hand of God, the Chinese believers received a vision for what they called, "Back to Jerusalem" - that Chinese Christians would preach the gospel throughout Asia, (particularly to Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists), and then bring the gospel back to the Middle East and Israel.
We have had opportunity to share with both Father Chen and Brother Hyun, two of the leaders of the Chinese underground church. The Asian vision has been sharpened over the years, and is called by many now, the "Silk Road," meaning that the gospel will naturally follow the historic trade routes stretching from China to the Middle East. Many of the Korean missionaries have adopted this vision as well. One of the key leaders of this movement is apostle Samsun Kim from Almati in Kazakastan.
This week we were able to meet with Kim and a number of his leaders from 12 different nations throughout Central Asia. Mikhael Kerem also joined this meeting with us. Mikhael is a key leader in the "Isaiah 19 Highway" vision (Isaiah 19:23-25, which speaks of a revival in the Arab nations in the Middle East, as well as reconciliation between those nations and Israel.
This revival and reconciliation is made possible by a spiritual "highway" running between Assyria and Egypt through Israel. That highway is a network of relationships between true believers in all of these nations. This network or "highway" is already forming; God is building strategic relationships between Messianic Jews in Israel with true Christians in these Muslim controlled nations. As the Silk Road becomes linked to the Isaiah 19 Highway, the world wide loop of the gospel is getting ready to finish its course into Israel.
The Isaiah 19 vision for the Muslim nations in the Middle East must ultimately be connected with the Isaiah 2 vision concerning the destiny of Jerusalem to be the center for world outreach in the end times. "It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains… and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, 'Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths,' for out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem" (Isaiah 2:2-3).
In order to complete the mandate for world evangelism, the Lord is bringing leaders in the body to Jerusalem. Here we share with them our vision for a Second Pentecost, in which the same fire that fell in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago in Acts chapter 2 will fall again; this time for a revival that will touch the whole world. ("His Spirit will be poured out on all flesh.") It's the same fire but in a greater dimension.
We pray for the great commission of Acts 1 to be completed and for the revival fire of Acts 2 to be spread to all nations. As part of the Messianic Remnant of Israel, we are seeking to build strategic partnerships with godly men and women to foster world revival in these end times. Please join us!
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