©July 7, 2012 Revive Israel Ministries
Eye to Eye
The first century followers of Yeshua (Jesus) did not have copies of the New Covenant Scriptures because they were in the process of writing them. The Bible they had was the Tanakh – the Hebrew Old Testament. Therefore, the teachings of Yeshua and His disciples as recorded in the New Covenant are replete with quotations and references to texts of the Tanakh.
The coming on the clouds is a reference to Daniel 7:13. The piercing of the Messiah is a reference to Zechariah 12:10. The mourning of the tribes is a reference to Zechariah 12:12. In this verse in Revelation, John expands the mourning from just the tribes of Israel to all the tribes of the earth. He universalizes the prophecy given in the Old Testament. He is adding another dimension to the prophecy, not doing away with it.
The mention of every eye seeing Him is also a reference to one of the Hebrew prophets.
Isaiah 52:8 – They will see eye to eye when YHVH returns to Zion. Break out and sing together, O destroyed places of Jerusalem, for YHVH has comforted His people and redeemed Jerusalem.If one does not see that John is quoting Isaiah, it might be misunderstood as to how Yeshua is coming back and for what reason. His return will be visible and literal. Every eye will see Him. He is not going to stay floating in the clouds. He will return to Jerusalem and restore what has been destroyed.
In 1952, Prime Minister David Ben Gurion met with influential Rabbi Karelitz (known as Chazon Ish) in an effort to bridge the division between secular and religious Jews in the new state. Chazon Ish told him a Talmudic parable that if two wagons meet on a narrow bridge, one empty and one full, the empty one must back down in order to let the full one pass. The implication was that the secular state needed to yield to the demands of the religious Jews. In the wake of that meeting, Ben Gurion agreed to give exemption from army service to some 400 religious yeshiva students whose “torah study is their art.”
Kenyan Christians Murdered
Compass Direct News reports that attackers with guns and hand-grenades killed at least 17 people and wounded over 75 more during worship services at two churches Sunday in Kenya. Some were shot as they fled from the church building.
The annual national Israeli youth conference, Elav, sponsored by Sukkat Hallel, directed by Rick and Patti Ridings, starts this weekend. Pray for the worship teams, speakers and administrative crew; and for a spiritual breakthrough for all the young people in attendance.
In 1962, the first group of Christian Zionists began to volunteer in Israel. This year, 2012, marks the 50 year Jubilee of their service. Among them was Anya, a dear Finnish Christian, one of the founders of Yad Hashmoneh Messianic community. Anya, 80 years old today, still goes out every morning to do physical work and loves to attend our praise and prayer sessions. Although she stands less than 4 feet high, Anya is a giant in the faith. We give her due honor.
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