Revive Israel – What We Believe 2019-05-14T12:10:33+03:00

The Bible

We believe the Bible, composed of the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the Brit Hadashah (New Testament), is the only infallible and authoritative Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:15-17, Romans 15:4; 2 Peter 1:19-21, Hebrews 4:2, Ephesians 6:17

God Is One

We believe God is One (echad), as declared in the Shema, the core Jewish prayer drawn from Deuteronomy 6:4-9. The word echad means “a united one” or “compound unity”; this compound unity is eternally existent in three co-equal, indivisible persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit.
Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 48:16-17, 1 John 5:7-13

Yeshua (Jesus) is God

We believe that Yeshua is the Messiah (Yeshua HaMashiach), God Himself in the form of man. We believe He was miraculously born from a virgin as Scripture prophesied, and that His virgin birth was to be a sign to Israel of His Messiahship.
Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 1:22-23

Yeshua’s Miraculous Life

We believe Yeshua demonstrated his Messiahship through many miracles during his earthly ministry – and that He continues to do miracles for that same purpose today. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His future return for His followers, both living and dead, and the future establishment of His reign on Earth.
Isaiah 53:8-11, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Isaiah 9:6-7, 1 Corinthians 11:26, Zechariah 12:6-10, Zechariah 14:16-21

Forgiven by God’s Grace

We believe in Yeshua’s sacrificial death as our atonement. We believe that the only means of being forgiven of our sin is through the mercy and unearned, undeserved favor of our loving heavenly Father. We believe that individual salvation comes solely by faith in the shed blood of Yeshua, the Lamb of God who paid the price for our sin through His perfect life and self-giving death.
Leviticus 17:11, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 1:17, Habakkuk 2:4,John 3:3, Hebrews 11:6,Genesis 15:6

Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit)

We believe that the Ruach HaKodesh dwells within Believers, convicting, comforting, teaching and empowering Believers to live a life pleasing to God.
Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 14:15-17, Galatians 5:13-25

Resurrection

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved to everlasting life and the lost to eternal separation from God and a state of everlasting punishment.
Daniel 12:2, Matthew 25:46, Psalm 69:28, Revelation 20:12-15

Jewish Heritage

We believe the Jews according to the flesh (descendants of Abraham through Isaac, whether through the blood line of the mother or the father) who place their faith in Israel’s Messiah Yeshua have not disowned or separated themselves from their race and Judaic heritage, but remain sons and daughters of Israel. Gentiles who place their faith in Israel’s Messiah Yeshua also become spiritual sons and daughters of Abraham.
Galatians 3:28-29, Romans 2:28-29, Genesis 15:6

Jewish Followers of Yeshua

We believe Jewish followers of Yeshua are called to maintain their Jewish biblical heritage and remain part of the Jewish people in addition to functioning as part of the universal body of Believers, the Church. This is part of our identity and a witness to the faithfulness of God.
Romans 3:1-4, 1 Corinthians 7:17-20, Acts 21:20-24

*This statement is derived from the organisation Jewish Voice – with permission.

Five Additional Beliefs

Acts 1:6-8 

“Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The disciples of Yeshua asked Him when the Kingdom would be restored to Israel. If Yeshua had no plan for such a restoration He would have told them. Instead He emphasised another priority, being His witnesses by the power of the Holy Spirit.

We believe the Great Commission to witness for Yeshua in Israel and to the ends of the earth remains valid and indispensable. However, we also believe that we are now in an unstoppable spiritual process of the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel, including its physical and geographical re-establishment, foretold by Yeshua and the other prophets. Key markers in this process are the 14 May 1948 establishment of Israel as a nation and the 1967 Jewish liberation of Jerusalem. 

Israel’s restoration does not mean that Israel or Israelis are already righteous. It does, however, mean that God has in no way finished with Israel as His chosen people. It also means there is a seed within the land – people saved by faith, a first-fruits of what God intends to soon bring to fulfilment in the nation.

See also: Deuteronomy 30:5, Ezekiel 37:21-22

Ephesians 2:14-16

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.”

From the early Church until now, much of the Christian Church has not fully understood its Jewish roots, and in certain periods has been involved in brutally persecuting the Jewish people (Inquisition, Crusades, pogroms, Holocaust etc). Meanwhile, the Jewish people have largely rejected or ignored Yeshua as Messiah. Therefore, there is a deep and longstanding divide amongst God’s people, which God is in the process of healing.

We believe that because of Yeshua’s atoning sacrifice on the cross, both Jewish and non-Jewish (Gentile) believers in Him have full access to the Father and are therefore through faith, equally part of His worldwide body – we are together ‘One New Man’.

One particularly important application of this teaching is that the body of Messiah in Israel includes both Jews and Arab Christians, as well as a small number of other non-Jewish people. This unfolding mystery of unity gives hope to a nation divided by ethnic strains.

See also: Romans 3:27-31, Romans 15:10, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Acts 15

Ephesians 4:11-13

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ might be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the full measure of the fullness of Christ”.

We believe the ‘5-fold ministry’ of Ephesians 4 is central to the world-wide body of Messiah being ‘built up’, ‘unified’ and reaching ‘fullness’ in Christ. ‘Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers’ are all God’s gifts – people who are an expression of the fullness of His ministry on earth until He returns.

Apostles are servant leaders sent out to other locations to spearhead the establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth, usually establishing their own ministries and congregations. Prophets hear from God in a special or enhanced way and consistently speak according to God’s Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

We do not believe contemporary apostles or prophets (small ‘a’ and ‘p’) can write Scripture, or have the same status as the original Apostles and Prophets (capital ‘A’ and ‘P’). However, we do believe they are essential today, because the world-wide Body of Christ has not yet reached ‘unity’ or ‘maturity’ (Ephesians 4:13), and therefore their role is not finished.

See also: 1 Corinthians 12:27-31, Romans 16:7, Ephesians 4:11

Acts 2:17

“In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.”

Amos 9:13

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman
and the planter by the one treading grapes.
New wine will drip from the mountains
and flow from all the hills,
and I will bring my people Israel back from exile.”

Romans 11:25

“I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved.”

We believe that before Yeshua returns there will be an unprecedented, vast and final outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the world-wide body of Messiah – signs and wonders on a scale never before seen and the largest harvest of souls in human history. This will take place in the context of unparalleled persecution against God’s people and God’s judgements against the anti-Christ and his reign of darkness. This great tribulation will lead to the purification of all of God’s people – Jew and Gentile. At the very end, the fully regathered people of Israel will call out to God and become the first fully believing nation in history – saved inwardly as well as outwardly from our enemies. All of this will be immediately followed by Yeshua’s return.

Zechariah 14:4-9

“On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. On that day there will be neither sunlight nor cold, frosty darkness. It will be a unique day—a day known only to the Lord—with no distinction between day and night. When evening comes, there will be light.
On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter. The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.”

Yeshua is returning soon and to a specific place – the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. He will come with His angels as a mighty warrior to drive out the devil, all his demons and their armies on the earth. His global government will be established in the City of Jerusalem for 1,000 years (millennium) and He will judge the nations from this re-established throne of David, together with His people.

After the Millenium, He will fully renew the heavens – the whole creation will be renewed, heaven and earth will be one and He will dwell with us forever, having wiped away every tear.

See also:  Revelation 21:1-5, Acts 1:9-11,

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