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©May 17, 2013 Revive Israel Ministries

Peter's Revelation about Gentiles

By Asher Intrater

Peter was a man who received great revelation from God.

  1. His first revelation was that he himself was a sinner (Luke 5:8).
  2. Then he had the history-making revelation that Yeshua is the Messiah, the Son of God (Matthew 16:16-18).
  3. On Pentecost morning, he had the revelation that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples with speaking in tongues is a continuation and fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. (Acts 2:16-17).
  4. In his epistles, Peter shared the revelation that suffering for the sake of Yeshua is to partake in His sufferings and part of the process of being glorified in Him (I Peter 4:1, 12-14).

Another of Peter's history-making revelations was that God loves all people just the same and we all have equal standing before Him.

Acts 10:28, 34-35
God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.

God judges people not racially but morally. No one is rejected because of his racial background. God judges all people equally on the basis of spiritual and moral righteousness.

Until this point in history, almost all religious expression was confined and defined by racial and ethnic boundaries. Peter’s revelation opened the faith on the basis of universal salvation for all peoples. The course of history was changed in that moment.


Welby, Gumbel, and Schonborn

By Ann C.

Justin Welby is the Archbishop of Canterbury and the official head of the Anglican Church.  Nicky Gumbel is the Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London and leader of the hugely successful "Alpha" program.  Christoph Schonborn is the Archbishop of Vienna and one of the most influential Cardinals at the Vatican.

Schonborn was recently interviewed by Gumbel on a webcast sent into 77 nations. Here is an edited excerpt of that interview: "Nicky, I was impressed by what you and Justin Welby said about your fathers - both German Jewish fathers. I also have some Jewish background. We all three have Jewish blood.”

"The deepest wound in the body of Christ is the wound between Israel and the Gentiles.  We are called now to ask the Lord to heal this wound by intense prayer that the time of the Gentiles be accomplished so that Israel may enjoy full salvation.  It is only through the cross that this can be achieved."

On unity: "There is no other way to come together than the love of Jesus.  What brought me first to evangelicals was to feel their deep love of Jesus, which sometimes I find more vibrantly expressed in other Christian communities than in my own. We must learn from one another."

Schönborn talked about his family – with eight bishops and three cardinals in his ancestry, and his father’s resistance to the Nazi regime, going so far as joining the British army.

On the present Pope: "Pope Francis is a joy. I am not allowed to tell the secrets of the conclave but it was a tremendous experience of the Holy Spirit. We were driven by the Holy Spirit to this man who was sitting in the corner of the Sistine Chapel. I received two real signs of the Lord – giving me indication he is the one."

The fact that Welby, Gumbel, and Schonburn are all leaders of European Christianity, are devout believers in Yeshua, and have Jewish background, is a sign for our times. Let us pray for the full revelation of God's mystery about the relationship between Israel and the nations, Jew and Gentile, through Yeshua, who Himself is both Head of the Church (Ephesians 1:20-22) and the King of Israel (John 12:12-13).


Makor HaTikvah

A month ago we asked you to pray for the legal predicament of the Messianic day school in Jerusalem, Makor HaTikvah.   After the second hearing, there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel.  The principal writes: “The judge ruled that our school can remain open to finish out the 2012-13 school year… but he attached two conditions – that we furnish documents within ten days both from the Ministry of Health, and from a safety inspector, granting us their approvals on our school premises.” Fortunately they were able to obtain the documents in the required time. Please pray for continued justice and favor from the government authorities.  


Shavuot

The all night prayer and fasting time was a wonderful success. We had participants from 7 local congregations in the Jerusalem/Tel Aviv area, plus many joining around the world on live stream. See this mini-video from Asher reviewing what happened and describing our strategy for promoting a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit.


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