|© 4 September 2015 Revive Israel Ministries
By Asher Intrater
When Jacob married Leah, his third son was Levy. His name came from Leah's saying that her husband would "closely accompany" her – Genesis 29:34. This is the root of Levy לוי . Leah meant this in a soulish way, but God—in His sovereign election of this family--used the name to achieve a spiritual destiny. Those who became the priestly tribe, took the name Levy as one who "clings to," "joins to," "closely adheres to," or "accompanies" the Lord.
In the New Covenant we see the fulfillment of the Priesthood: first in Yeshua, whose High Priesthood is of an order which precedes (and exceeds) that of Levy—the order of Melchizedek (Heb 7); but also in the priesthood of every believer, as we are called a “Kingdom of Priests” and a “Royal Priesthood.” (1 Pet 2:9; Rev 1:6) The entire Body of Messiah, Jew & Gentile together, have joined themselves to the Lord in order to mediate God’s will between heaven and earth; and we can thus see how the prophetic Scriptures, the international prayer movement, and the restoration of Israel are essentially linked together in the end times.
Our friends at the International House of Prayer (Kansas City) took their name from Isaiah 56:7 – "My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations." And, in this chapter, who are the people who make up those praying in the house of prayer for all nations?
Isaiah 56:3&6 – "the son of the foreigner who has become joined to the Lord"
The root word for "joined" in Isaiah 56 is the same as the name Levy in Genesis 29. The sons of the Gentile nations who are joined to the Lord become a spiritual priesthood, according to the “order” of Levy.
The last chapter of Isaiah describes a special fulfillment of this Gentile, Levitical priesthood in the end times:
Isaiah 66:21 – "And also from them I will take to be priests and Levites"
These are Gentiles not only fulfilling the spiritual aspects of prayer and priestly service, but also supporting the regathering of the Jewish people and the re-establishment of the State of Israel (Isaiah 66:10-20). Joining in the fulfilling of the end times' prophecies about Zion is as much an integral part of their Levitical calling as their other priestly aspects of prayer and service.
Ten Days of Awe
We encourage you to continue to seek the Lord in prayer, fasting and special consecration during these 40 days of Elul, the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. The 10 days from Trumpets (first day of Tishrei, the seventh month) to Atonement (the 10th day of Tishrei) are known in Hebrew tradition as the "Ten Days of Awe," meaning the "fear of the Lord." The Feast of Trumpets symbolizes the trumpets of Tribulation in the book of Revelation, and the Day of Atonement symbolizes the Second Coming of Yeshua.
Those 10 days between them represent a special time of fulfillment of prophecies and end times events. In this year of the Shemita, there is a particularly intense time of spiritual changes, crises, re-alignments, political conflicts and economic upheavals. It is a time when "it all seems to be coming down." Let us be alert and pray. Do whatever you can do to fast food, drink, media, entertainment, and so on. Then you can join with us as we culminate in a full fast on Yom Kippur.
In our corporate worship, have we overused the shofar to the point of disrespecting it? Is it helpful when people are free to bring their own personal shofar to a worship meeting and sound it at their every impulse? In private we are free to worship any way we like, but in public with others around us, we must be respectful of their own worship experience. Furthermore, should not the Elders who govern the affairs of the congregation oversee the use of instruments in the congregation even as the sons of Aaron did in Ancient Israel?
In this video, Ron Cantor deals with these questions and more. To watch in English, click HERE!
Root of Bitterness
By Hannah Wagner
I was praying recently for more of the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Suddenly I felt the Lord speak to my heart that I had a "root of bitterness" according to Hebrews 12:15, "looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled (NKJV)."
I thought, "That can't be me." Then the Lord reminded me of a certain person. I said, "But I've already forgiven that person." But He showed me that there was still a root of bitterness in my heart and that I had to cut it out in a deeper way. That root was defiling the fruit of the spirit in my life.
Then I felt the Lord showed me that this was also true of the "Body of Messiah" in general. "My Body is full of this root of bitterness and needs to be set free." When we have a secret root of un-forgiveness, it contaminate others around us, and that is what makes the Body of Messiah weak.
Hebrews 12:14, "pursue peace with all men and also holiness, without which, no one will see the Lord." This is a good time to forgive those around us, remove any root of bitterness, and release a spirit of grace and holiness. A healthy root will produce healthy fruit.
In this message Asher shares on the order of God in his kingdom and in the life of the believer. How do we as believers align ourselves in our personal walk with the Messiah and how should we understand the God given order in the body of Yeshua? Listen here.