© 29 January 2016 Revive Israel Ministries
Lion of Judah
By Asher Intrater
Yeshua (Jesus) is described as the lion of the tribe of Judah. The image of the lion is one of strength and victory. It is the image of Messiah as a conquering king.
Revelation 5:5 - Behold the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has overcome to open the scroll and its seven seals.
The image of the lion also connects Yeshua to His lineage from Judah and David. David is the arch-type of the victorious conquering king. Yeshua was a descendant of David, who in turn was a descendant of Judah. Yeshua carries the authority of king on earth through God's covenants with Judah and David.
The description of Messiah as a lion from Judah in Revelation is a reference to the blessing of Judah in Genesis.
Genesis 49:9-10 – Judah is a lion's cub… he lies down like a lion… The scepter will not depart from Judah and the lawmaker from between his feet until Shiloh comes, and to him is the obedience of the peoples.
The figure of the Messiah coming from Judah as a conquering king is prophesied in the first book of the Bible and the last. It is a theme that runs from the beginning to end. The theme of the Jewish "Lion King" gives consistency to the entire biblical narrative.
The word for "obedience" in verse 10 is קהת or "Kohath" from the same root as the name of Kohath, the son of Levy and the grandfather of Moses. So even the family name of the priesthood reminds us of King Messiah ruling the peoples of the earth.
The "obedience of the peoples" is a prophetic hint at the future spread of the gospel to bring the "all the nations to the obedience of the faith" (Romans 1:5; 15:18). The fact that in the blessing to Judah all the way back in Genesis there is a reference to the "peoples" obeying God and His king is an astonishing witness to the predestined plan of God.
At one and the same time, Yeshua is eternally described not only as a roaring lion but a lamb led to the slaughter (Rev. 5:6). This dual picture of the Messiah, both suffering servant and conquering, is repeated throughout the Scriptures. Yeshua is both the son of God and the seed of David (Romans 1:3-4). He is the king of Israel and the head of the Church (John 12:13; Ephesians 1:23).
"I Do Not Remember"
By Francis Frangipane, excerpt
Let me share an experience with you. A certain man of God had been gifted with revelatory insight into people's lives. During an evening service he ministered to a Presbyterian pastor and his wife. The word of knowledge was exceptionally sure that night…
The prophet spoke to the husband, revealing his past, present, and insight into his future. Then the man of God turned to the minister's wife. As he began to speak of her past, suddenly he paused. Then he said, "There was a very serious sin in your past." The woman, with her worst fear upon her, turned pale and closed her eyes. The congregation hushed and moved to the edge of their seats.
The prophet continued, "And I asked the Lord, 'What was this sin that she committed?' And the Lord answered, 'I do not remember!'"
The Lord had been faithful to His covenant promise: "I will not remember your sins" (Isa. 43:25). Although many times this minister's wife had asked for cleansing, still she could not believe the depth of God's forgiveness. Christ had placed her sin in the sea of His forgetfulness. He removed it "as far as the east is from the west" (Ps. 103:12).
Oh, what burdens we carry, what guilt and limitations surround us because we do not accept God's total and perfect forgiveness. In Isaiah we read, "I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins" (Isa. 43:25).
In this message Asher teaches on God's predestined pattern of joining Jews and Gentiles, the nations and Israel together in order to bring His Kingdom to earth. To watch in English, click HERE!
The Spirit and the Wind
By Chaim Zingerman
The nature of the Spirit is movement, just as the nature of wind is movement. Yeshua says it is the same for believers;
"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." (John 3:5-8)
When the Spirit fills us, it is like wind filling the sail of a sailboat. We are carried by the Spirit, moved powerfully by the Spirit, propelled forward by the Spirit. But we have to set ourselves in the right direction to catch the wind of the Spirit. If a sailboat is facing directly into the wind, it won't move forward. In fact it won't move at all. It is called being locked "in irons." But if the believer will set his course to catch the wind, he will be thrust forward with a powerful force. And he will find that he is being carried by the power of the Spirit. "Not by might, not by power, but His Spirit," will be our experience.