©November 22, 2013 Revive Israel
By Asher Intrater
Life can be likened to a long journey or race. At the finish line you only want to hear one thing, and nothing else matters:
Matthew 25:21 – Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful in little; I will appoint you over much. Come into the joy of your Master.
God has granted us grace through Yeshua. In fact He has given us all things. All we have to do is believe in Him and trust Him. We can have faith in Him because He has been faithful to us. (In Biblical Hebrew, the word for “faith” emunah, means “faithfulness.”)
II Timothy 2:13 – If we are unfaithful, He will remain faithful, because He cannot deny Himself.
Since faithfulness is the nature of God, we want to be faithful as He has been to us. We are faithful to Him by being faithful to the people around us.
In the lives of the Patriarchs and Prophets, it seems that God often allowed them to go through long periods during which there was no outward evidence of the fulfillment of God’s promises in their lives. All they could do was to be faithful. Perhaps God was testing them? Or perhaps there is no way to develop faithfulness without going through a long period in which there is no outward blessing.
How faithful do we have to be? – All the way:
Revelation 2:10 – Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life.
In every relationship, no matter how good it is, you will go through periods when nothing seems to be going right. There is no reason to keep going from a personal viewpoint. Then you have to make a choice of whether to be faithful to that relationship. Why? Just to be “faithful, for faithfulness’ sake?” That’s right!
Yeshua gave His life to us when nothing else seemed to be right. He was faithful to us. He was pierced to the heart and bled to death, on the mere possibility that someone would be faithful in return.
Romans 15:8 – Messiah became a servant to the circumcised because of the faithfulness of God, in order to fulfill the promises made to the patriarchs.
One of the ironic aspects of being the "chosen people" is that the multitude of our sins are written in the Bible for the whole world to see. Throughout all the centuries, despite our failures, sins and betrayals, God was and is still faithful to Israel. Yeshua is Jewish, an offspring of Abraham and David. This is an expression of God's faithfulness to His promises. If He has been faithful to our people, He will be faithful to all. Let us be faithful in return.
Mun at Auschwitz
From Yediot Achronot
UN General Secretary, Ban Ki Mun, visited the Auschwitz extermination camp this week, accompanied by Rabbi Israel Lau. At one of the exhibitions, Mun saw the “Book of Names,” containing names of millions of Holocaust victims. Mun said, “I declare with a loud and clear voice, Never Again,” before laying a wreath in memory of the victims.
Pray the truth of what happened at the Holocaust to spread through the UN.
By Roni Rejuwan, Cody Archer
Last week in the southern Israel city of Netivot, dozens of residents burned tires and blocked the entrance to the city following a court decision to hold the popular local rabbi, Yoram Abergel, in custody. He is suspected of extortion in connection to a recent municipal election campaign. Rabbi Abergel is known as a kabbalist (mystic), with 2,000 followers and an estimated net worth of 35 million shekels.
There are also accusations that Abergel issued threats against the family of Rabbi Yaakov Aibergan via the Mafia crime family, Domrani. Aibergan is another wealthy kabbalist rabbi, known as “X-ray” for his alleged healing powers and ability to peer inside of people. Aibergan supported a different mayoral candidate.
Abergel had reportedly announced that by voting to re-elect the current mayor a person would be rewarded with absolution of sins and financial blessings. After Abergel’s arrest, hundreds of his followers gathered outside the house of Rabbi Aibergan with protest signs declaring that his sorcery was not welcome in their city.
Pray for justice to be done, and for corruption and false teachings to be exposed.
From Fukushima to Tacloban—The Philippines Tragedy
By Ariel Blumenthal
Many of you remember our brother and faithful partner in Japan,”Ikapi” from March, 2011. He, his family, and the believers at the Global Mission Center persevered in Fukushima in the midst of terrible destruction and loss of life as a result of the triple tragedy: earthquake, tsunami, and radiation scare (which still continues!). A great testimony for the Lord was established there.
Early this week, I received an email from him: “I’m in the Philippines, on my way to Tacloban. We’re setting up a center there to do aid, relief, and outreach…just like we did in Fukushima.” He is working with another personal friend of mine, Kevin, a Korean-American missionary in the Philippines. They need our prayers and support. They are setting up a special fund in the Philippines. If the Lord leads you to send an emergency financial gift, please contact Bill, at firstname.lastname@example.org
[In correction to our article last week, the Saudi government under King Abdullah reportedly gave a gift of 10 Million Dollars to the aid of the typhoon-hit Philippines.]
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