© 8 May 2015 Revive Israel Ministries
Highest Quality Expressed
By Cody Archer
In New Testament Greek, two different words for 'new' are used. One is neos, and it speaks of something being new in terms of time. For example, everyday new/neos pencils are made, meaning they are the same pencils that have always been made, but new because they were produced today.
Overview of Lag B'Omer
By Karen Joy Kruger
Akiva was a famous Rabbi during the Second Temple Period. Jewish legend states that he had 24,000 disciples, who were all killed by a plague that ended on the 33rd day, called “Lag B'Omer.” Thus, this period has become a time of semi-mourning among Orthodox Jews.
More legend surrounds Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai ("Rashbi") -- one of the disciples of Rabbi Akiva-- that he died on Lag b’Omer. Rashbi believed in a secret, esoteric reading of the sacred texts, and supposedly delivered the Zohar ("Illumination"), before he died, in a prophetic stream of consciousness. The Zohar has become the central text of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism).
In Modern Israel, during Lag B'Omer, youngsters may be seen carrying logs and other pieces of wood, and creating huge bonfires. They roast marshmallows, cook meat and stay up all night, to the worry of their parents. Schools are closed the following day and the children arrive home, early in the morning, smelling of smoke.
On the same evening, tens of thousands go to the Galilee to Mt. Meron, the burial site of Rabbi Shimon. There they camp, pray, sing, dance and whip themselves into a frenzy. Donations are given, and it is considered especially auspicious to pray for marriage partners and financial blessings. It is also believed that if one lights a special candle at a special hour that Rabbi Shimon will pray for you, and you will be saved!
Despite the camaraderie and enjoyment of sitting around a campfire, there are obvious problems inherent in spiritual experiences around gravesites and praying to dead rabbis, no matter how wise or kind they may have been. There is a warning in Isaiah 65:4 of those "who sit among the graves and spend the night in the tombs…"
When Miriam (Mary) came to search for Yeshua's slain body at the tomb, the angels asked her, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?" Luke 24:5. There is a great spiritual hunger in Israel. Many of our people know, in a visceral sense, their lack of a relationship with God. They are seeking and longing for such an intimacy in their souls. Let us pray that this search will end up in true life and salvation.
The "Jewish Home" Party led by Naftali Bennett has agreed to join Netanyahu's coalition, with Ayallet Shaked as the head of the Justice department. Netanyahu's new government has now only a one vote majority in the Israeli legislature (61). It is unfortunately dependent on the two ultra-orthodox parties, which gives them disproportionate political leverage. The critical Foreign Ministry position is still vacant, following Liberman's surprise last-minute withdrawal, as well as other cabinet seats remaining for the Likud party.
Please join us in praying for a stable, strong and righteous Israeli government, which will work on behalf of the people and not party ambitions.
Hosting Aglow International
Twice in the last week we had the privilege of spending time with our dear friends from Aglow International. The first time we met them was on the Mt. of Olives where Asher spoke about the historic shift in the kingdom of God as we approach the Second Coming. To watch in English, click HERE!
We invite you to join us for Shavuot (Pentecost) this year in person or through our live web-stream. The event begins May 23, 2015 at 10pm (Israel time) and continues for 8 hours.