© 24 March 2017 Revive Israel Ministries
By Asher Intrater
Sometimes we are asked if we consider Christians to be "priests." Three types of priesthoods are mentioned in the Scriptures: – 2 on earth and 1 in heaven: the Jewish Levitical, the Christian International, and the Heavenly Spiritual. The truest priesthood is the spiritual one; that of Yeshua as our high priest in heavenly places (Hebrews 7, Psalm 110). Every believer in Messiah Yeshua has a right to be a spiritual priest through prayer and praise under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (I Peter 2).
On earth there are two general types of priesthood: the Levitical and the International. The Levitical priesthood is connected to the Temple or Tabernacle. The Levites were one tribe among 12 others. I am Jewish but have no proof of Levitical descent; therefore I would not be considered a Levite. Today there is no Temple; therefore, the Levitical priesthood has lost most of its functions. However, rabbinic Judaism seeks to preserve the framework and worldview of the priesthood through the religious symbols and rituals.
There is also an international priesthood, found today in the various streams of Christianity. It finds an early expression in Melchizedek, who offered bread and wine to Abraham (Genesis 14). Those symbols are found today wherever the bread and wine of communion are offered (I Corinthians 11). The bread and wine are parallel to the animal sacrifices of the Temple. The international priesthood does not replace the Temple, nor does it offer animal sacrifices (Joshua 22); it is an extension and enlargement of the Jewish priesthood.
We respect the priestly elements in both Jewish and Christian traditions, and we recognize that the symbolic signs all point to Yeshua's spiritual priesthood in Heaven.
Faith in Tel Aviv – Part 2
Last week we shared about our new Foundations of Faith course that we began in our congregation Tiferet Yeshua. We also spoke about ‘M’ one of our recent students who desires to be baptized at the end of the course. This week we want to share with you another testimony, the story of ‘R’
‘R’ joined our congregation about a month ago, after she found us on the internet. She had lead a difficult life and struggled with rejection. Eventually, she realized that she needed God, but she wasn’t interested in religion. Then when she heard about Yeshua and started watching videos about Him – she simply fell in love with Him. She knew that only He could help her, and that’s how she found us. Her first week in the congregation we invited her to join the course. She agreed and hasn’t looked back since. She now actively volunteers in our many activities for the needy and poor in Tel Aviv, and we can clearly see how the Lord has given her a heart to serve.
If you'd like to learn more about Tiferet Yeshua congregation in Tel Aviv or want to hear more testimonies about what God is doing in Tel Aviv, please visit their website.
Revive Israel Japan Tour 2017
Cody and Andrew and are traveling throughout Japan, teaching about Yeshua’s Kingdom and sharing Hebrew worship with our Japanese brothers and sisters in the Lord. They were recently with New Revelation Church in Nagoya. Click here to watch how God is building bridges between Israel and Japan!
Praying for the Jewish people
Asher shares on the importance and the result of when we prayer for the salvation of the Jewish people.
Click here to watch in English.
Please PRAY for our ongoing ministry in Israel of indigenous evangelism, planting Messianic congregations, the discipleship training center, prophetic praise and prayer watches in Hebrew, and financial aid for the needy.