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©October 26, 2012 Revive Israel Ministries

Rainbow, Dove, and Olive

By Asher Intrater

The rainbow, dove, and olive branch have become universal symbols of love, peace, harmony, tolerance, and spirituality. Their origin however is in the Bible as part of God's covenant with Noah.

Genesis 8:11 – The dove came to him … an olive leaf in her mouth.
Genesis 9:13 – I set My rainbow in the cloud… for a sign of the covenant.

All the nations of the world today come from Noah and his sons. The rainbow is the seal of God's promise, representing God's destiny for those nations. The different colors represent the different nations, ethnic groups, cultures, and languages. Their destiny will be fulfilled in those "called out" from every nation, the ecclesia, the international Church (Revelation 7:9).

The different national groups maintain their own identities but are united in harmony. That is the essence of their beauty. Were the rainbow all one color, it would not be beautiful. Were it not unified, but divided and confused, it would also lose its beauty. The beauty is found in diversity with harmony.

The brilliance of the rainbow represents glorified and sanctified believers while worshiping God. The shining colors do not come from the rainbow itself. A rainbow merely displays the light rays from the sun refracted through water vapor and reflected on the cloud. So it is with the glorified Church.

We reflect the glory of God shining through the face of Yeshua (II Corinthians 3:18; 4:6). The connection between the rainbow and the throne of God can also be seen in Ezekiel's vision of the glory of God (Ezekiel 1:26-28), as well as in John's vision of heavenly worship (Revelation 4:3). The rainbow is curved, reflecting the curve of the sun, representing the face of the Son.

The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, which hovered like a bird over creation (Genesis 1:2) and came down upon Yeshua in the form of a dove after His immersion in water (Matthew 3:16, Luke 3:22). Water baptism in the New Covenant is seen as a personalized version of passing through the flood in Noah's ark (I Peter 3:21-22) [and of passing through the waters of the Red Sea as well (I Corinthians 10:1-2)].

The olive tree represents the restored Messianic remnant of faith within the nation of Israel (Romans 11:16-24). Yeshua's most gripping prayer (Matthew 26:39), His teaching on the end times (Matthew 24), and His second coming (Zechariah 14:4, Acts 1:11-12) all take place on the Mount of Olives, because all three involve the restoration of the remnant of Israel.   

These three symbols – Rainbow, Dove, and Olive Branch – represent God's hope for the human race. They were pre-planned by God before the creation, identified at Noah's flood and revealed in the New Covenant. The rainbow is the glorification of the international Church; the dove is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; the olive branch is the restoration of the Messianic remnant.

Those three – Israel, the Church, and the Holy Spirit – represent God's eternal destiny for us; past, present and future. God is bringing all these into one in Yeshua (Ephesians 1:10). Israel is one of the colors in the rainbow; the Church is grafted into the Olive tree; and the Holy Spirit is being poured out on all flesh (Acts 2:17).What was hidden as a mystery in Scriptures from the beginning is being openly revealed to our generation today.


Babies

Speaking of floods, at congregation Ahavat Yeshua, Sharona, Odelia, Vered, Simcha, and Natalya all gave birth this past week, with Shani and Liat on the way (Details next week).


Poland Breakthrough

By Henryk Wieja, director

Life and Mission Poland, www.misja.org.pl

On Saturday, October 13th, we held a revival conference in Wisla, Poland.  Along with Asher Intrater from Israel, the Polish speakers were: Kazimierz Barczuk, Edward Cwierz, Jerzy Rycharski, and Alina and Henryk Wieja. Almost 700 attended from across Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany.

We experienced the fire of the Holy Spirit and fresh revelation about Jesus, and were witnesses of this historical moment which God was preparing for our nation.
   
One of the pastors said after the conference: “It was one of most balanced presentations on the subject of the Church and Israel.  We leave inspired and mobilized to be active in a revival ‘scheduled’ by God, both within our personal places of influence, as well as in the Church in Poland.

"Since the conference, we have been experiencing something brand new: people, hungry for God, started to come to our building, ready to receive Christ Jesus into their hearts. We live in the most exciting time in history, when revival has started, for Polish people as well as among Jewish nation. This breaking-through event has begun the new time in our history!"

Please agree with us in prayer for this end-times revival breakthrough in Poland.


Sudan Weapons Factory

On Wednesday night, October 24, the weapons factory at Yarmuk in Sudan, which had been manufacturing missiles under contract for Iran, was bombed and destroyed by four jet fighters. Israeli government officials have refused comment. 

Israeli news analysts report that Iran has used a two pronged attack to bring missiles into Gaza. The first is to ship them into Port Sudan on the Red Sea. The second is this manufacturing plant, near Khartoum.

From both locations the weapons are then transported northward into Egypt, then across the Sinai (in obvious violation of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty of 1979). From the Sinai the weapons are smuggled into Gaza through border tunnels.  

The distance from Israel to the Sudan factory was 1,900 kilometers, in comparison to the 1,600 kilometers from Israel to the closest military plant in Iran itself (perhaps indicating a veiled message to Iran about strike potential). Pray for the thwarting of weapons escalation in the Middle East by all Islamic extremist groups.


New YouTube Teaching

The connection between Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) and the second coming of Jesus. Watch it here.


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