©February 18, 2012 Revive Israel Ministries
End of Ezekiel
What do we do with the last 12 chapters of the book of Ezekiel? They could be summarized this way:
Chapter 37 – "Dry Bones" - Resurrection and regathering to Israel
This is a large section of scriptures. It describes events that have not yet taken place. I believe they will take place. How? When?
It is too apocalyptic to take place before the Second Coming. It is too literal and detailed to be taken just figuratively. [Many other biblical prophets contain similar descriptions (Isaiah 60-66, Jeremiah 30-33, Daniel 7, Joel 3, Amos 9, Micah 2-5, Zechariah 8-14).]
The only biblical solution is that these events will actually take place at the time of the Second Coming of Yeshua. This would coincide with what is called the millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20:4-6). Yet the picture is so "Israel" or "Jewish" focused.
Let us remember that Yeshua is both the son of David (Romans 1:3) and the Son of God (Romans 1:4). When He returns, His kingdom will be both "divine" and "Davidic." Approximately half of the biblical prophecies about Messiah were fulfilled at Yeshua's first coming; the second half will be fulfilled at the second.
The prophetic significance of the restoration of Israel is not an issue of ethnic and cultural preference for the Jewish people. Rather it is the preparation for the coming millennial kingdom of Messiah on earth (Matthew 6:10, 25:31, Acts 1:6, Revelation 11:15). Our job is to proclaim the message of that kingdom (Matthew 24:14).
A defense system against attacking ballistic missiles, called Chets (Arrow), was jointly developed by the United States and Israel. Last week a successful test was completed in Israel of a new warning radar system. So, for instance, if a missile with nuclear warhead was launched from Iran toward Israel, this new radar would identify it and be ready to launch a missile to intercept it in less time, which in turn would make contact further away from Israel's borders.
Please continue to notify your prayer groups of the Esther prayer and fasting assembly on Wednesday, March 7, from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. International and Israeli prayer groups will cooperate for this crucial and strategic time of intercession. Details to follow.
An Israeli newspaper and television channel are doing an article this week on people living in Eilat. One of the interviews includes the Pex family, Messianic believers who run the Shelter ministry in Eilat. Pray for a positive witness.
By Mati Shoshani
On Wednesday, February 15, the Israeli Knesset voted in favor of a law making the act of purchasing prostitution illegal. This vote was the first of three in the Knesset needed to officially approve the law. The law sets the criminal responsibility on the client, thus attempting to eliminate the demand, rather than deal with the supply end of the trade. The model presented to the Israeli Knesset is one already successfully implemented in four countries including Sweden, who was the first to pass such a law in 1999.
The Jerusalem Institute of Justice (with whom I work) has been instrumental in passing this law. We have recently finished the production of a short film on the sex trade in Israel. (Click here for link.) In the following weeks a Knesset committee will be working on the final content of the law. There are two obstacles which could possibly prevent it from passing in the two upcoming votes: enforcement and financing.
If passed, this law will be a quantum leap in ethical legislation in Israel. Public consensus on this matter currently leans in favor of prostitution. We have received numerous complaints from people who are opposed to this law, but believe that with sufficient public debate, public opinion can be swayed. Please pray with us for this law to pass. We are praying to see the promise made in Isaiah 1:26-27 fulfilled; for justice and righteousness to be restored in Israel, from the top down.
Here are some statistics published in the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot February 15, 2012:
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