© 10 July 2015 Revive Israel Ministries
The "Falling Away" and Redefining the Church
By Asher Intrater
The Greek economic crisis could cause a chain effect on the entire European banking system. The current Greek default is 1.6 billion Euros. By comparison, the US overall debt is 18 trillion (!) dollars. Over the last 3 weeks, Chinese stocks have lost more than one third of their value, despite government efforts to halt this unprecedented slide. Eventually, all of these economic problems could push for a unified world credit system.
The widespread breakdown of family and sexual values, including abuse, sadism, internet porn, adultery and divorce, is likely to destroy basic social structures in the coming generation. The problem with homosexual marriage is not primarily the right of those individuals to live together, but the re-definition of moral standards in the society—standards that have existed for thousands of years. Next, elementary school students will be taught that trans-sexualism is a “normal” choice among many possible sexual/gender “orientations.”
One Israeli television commercial shows a handsome movie star encouraging 11-12 year children in a classroom to consider being homosexuals. The Yad Hashmonah Messianic kibbutz was sued for not allowing lesbian weddings inside our complex. Anyone who favors traditional marital standards may soon be faced with criminal charges of discrimination.
The "pacifying" approach to militant Islam is encouraging more terrorist attacks, destruction of Christian churches and communities, and pressure in the UN to adopt anti-Israel measures. The number of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe is increasing every year. The removal of sanctions on Iran is not only an issue of potential nuclear weapons, but the release of billions of dollars to Islamic radicals, sponsored by the Ayatollah regime.
Many mainstream Christian denominations, both Catholic and Protestant, are abandoning basic principles of the faith. The logical outcome of denominations turning away from the faith would be a world-wide ecumenical unity in which everyone can be in “unity” regardless of what one believes. True believers will become an unwanted minority in most denominations.
This ecumenical, religious, economic and moral decline may be what the Scriptures refer to as the "falling away":
II Thessalonians 2:3 – For that Day will not come unless there will be first the falling away and the man of evil is revealed…
Other translations refer to this as the "apostasy" or the "rebellion." This may also be what Yeshua called "lawlessness" increasing and the hearts of many growing cold (Matthew 24:17). However, while religious institutions may turn away from God, there will be a remnant of true faith and love in every nation. The cumulative remnants of faith around the world will form the true "Body of Messiah" in the end times.
This will demand a redefinition of everything that is known as the "Church." If church institutions are ungodly, how can we define the "true" church? This redefinition of the Church will be a major issue for all believers, starting even now. The true community of faith is called "ecclesia" in Greek and "kehila" in Hebrew. What is it? What will it look like? What will be its characteristics?
Without religious institutions to give a good example of faith, true believers will have to go back to Scriptures to find a correct definition. This happens in every reformation movement. The Book of Acts will become more of a model of ideal communities of faith. The Book of Revelation will become a handbook of faith in the end times. The international community of faith will see itself grafted into the nation of Israel and covenantally connected to the Messianic remnant, according to Romans 11. Israel and the Church will move toward unity.
There will be a wave of purity, humility and dedication in the light of worldwide persecution and tribulation. Out of the common spiritual experience of the remnants of every tribe nation and tongue will emerge a supernatural and divine unity among true believers, according to John 17. Leaders of this End Times church will be “organically” connected in loving relationship, in submission to the Holy Spirit--rather than by traditional, institutional structures. In a world filled with moral darkness, this glorious body of people will shine like light, and millions will be attracted to it (Isaiah 60:1-3).
Defining the Kingdom
In this message, Asher speaks about the origin, direction and destination of God's kingdom. The primary factor holding back the will of King Yeshua being done on the earth is human beings. But things will not stay this way forever. To watch in English, click HERE!
Let the Lion Roar
Anti-Semitism is a part of church history. There is a dark past that has been present in many congregations until this day. "Let the Lion Roar" (http://letthelionroar.com/), a new movie depicting the birth of the Protestant church, takes you on a journey throughout the Reformation portraying the great reformers and their relationship to the Jewish people.
Take a leap through history and witness why countless believers chose not to bless Israel as God's chosen people.
This movie will serve as a tool to break the deception that separated Israel and the church so long ago. With this truth, the church is ready to understand her identity and step into her full calling.
For more information and to watch the trailer in English, click HERE!
Elav Conference Recap
This week the annual three day youth and young adult 'Elav (unto Him) conference' took place in Jerusalem, where a few of our team members served. Around 800 Jewish, Arab and internationals from over 15 nations attended, including Egypt and Jordan. On one of the nights after Rick Ridings (founder of Succat Hallel house of prayer) spoke, there was a powerful time where Jewish and Arab believers committed to not only stand with each other as persecution increases in the Middle East, but to give their lives for one another out of love (John 15:13). To watch archives from the event, click HERE!
Please PRAY for our ongoing ministry in Israel of indigenous evangelism, planting Messianic congregations, the discipleship training center, prophetic praise and prayer watches in Hebrew, and financial aid for the needy.