©February 11, 2012 Revive Israel Ministries
When a Jewish Israeli and a Palestinian Arab stand in an airport with their arms thrown around each other’s shoulders and explain to the Lebanese man passing by that they are brothers in Yeshua, the result is awe and wonder on the part of the Lebanese. That’s exactly what happened to one of our team members who recently returned from a conference focused on evangelizing the Islamic Middle East. There were about 400 Arab believers in Jesus (some former Muslims), 200 Western missionaries, and 1 Israeli Messianic Jew in attendance. The Palestinian Christian delegation to the conference was sponsored by our team.
The whole world knows of the conflict between Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Arabs. So when people see a pair such as this, united in their faith with genuine friendship and acceptance; and also in sacrifice of time and money, the result is an extraordinary witness to the power and reconciliatory love of Yeshua.
Messer Messianic Mess
An embarrassing video was circulated this week featuring supposed Messianic rabbi, Ralph Messer, wrapping a Black bishop, Eddie Long, in a Torah scroll. The video caused much repulsion in the Jewish community for desecration of a Torah scroll, and gave a bad name to Messianic Jews. The video was widely denounced by the Messianic community.
We prayed for God to turn what was meant for evil into good. To our dismay the story appeared in YNet, an English internet version of Israel's most popular Hebrew newspaper. Next to the article appeared a picture from our congregation in Jerusalem, with me and one of my sons holding a Torah scroll.
On the positive side, YNet ran an article explaining that Messer did not represent Messianic Jews, and reprinted an interview with me (despite some misquotes) and several other Israel believers. That article was quite positive about our faith.
Iran and Esther
This week Europe moved to increase economic sanctions against Iran, and President Obama announced a freeze on Iranian assets in the United States. Israeli papers published an interview with an Iranian actress in which she said that although the current Iranian regime is against Israel, that is not so with many of the Iranian people.
The race to acquire nuclear weapons by Islamic extremists provides an eerie background to this year's Esther fast. The book of Esther describes a potential genocide of the Jewish people in Persia (Iran); but it was turned miraculously into an international revival, foreshadowing events of the end times. Please prepare your prayer groups to join with us and other Messianic congregations and prayer houses for the 12 hour intercessory fast planned for 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, on Wednesday, March 7.
The most basic discipline of a disciple of Yeshua is daily Scripture reading and meditation. We study the word of God every morning and every evening in order to obey what is written in it.
Psalm 1:2-3 – In His law he meditates day and night… And whatever he does will prosper.
God wants you to be successful. The Scriptures are His truth, His tool of communication. It is the book revealing God's face, His "Facebook." A life based on the principles of Scripture is guaranteed to be successful and fruitful in the eyes of God.
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