© 19 February 2016 Revive Israel Ministries
What Does "Maranatha" Mean?
By Asher Intrater
The expression "maranatha" (I Corinthians 16:22, Revelation 22:20) is a cry of faith and prayer for the coming of the Lord, and is usually translated as "Come, Lord!" This is connected to the prayers "May Your kingdom come" (Matthew 6:11) and "Blessed is He who comes" (Matthew 23:39).
Although this word is found in the original Greek text of the New Covenant, it is not Greek, but Aramaic. Almost all of the Law and the Prophets (Tanakh) are written in Hebrew except for a few parts in Aramaic, mostly in Daniel. The word "maran" means lord, and "atha" means come.
In the Prophets there are two descriptions of the coming of the Messiah. One is the "humble" version in Zechariah 9:9 – "Behold, your king will come to you, righteous and with salvation, humble and riding on a donkey." We understand this from the gospels to be fulfilled by Yeshua's entrance to Jerusalem before His crucifixion (Matthew 21:5).
The other description is the Messiah in glory. Daniel 7:13 – "Behold one like the son of man coming with the clouds of heaven… to him was given dominion and glory…" In Yeshua's witness before the high priests (Matthew 26:64) and in His sermon on the end times (Matthew 24:30), He refers to Himself as the son of man coming on the clouds of heaven in glory. Both of those quotes are referring back to the prophecy in Daniel 7.
That passage in Daniel is in Aramaic and the word for "come" is "atha". The cry of "Maranatha" in the New Covenant is also a reference to Daniel 7. It is in essence a proclamation of faith, saying, "Yeshua, you are the Lord, the "Maran." We believe that you will come "atha" in power and glory on the clouds of heaven, as described in Daniel 7:13-14. We are praying for these prophecies to be fulfilled and are inviting you to come again."
Every year during The Fast of Esther we hold an all-day, live streamed event of worship, fasting and prayer. We invite you to join us on March 23, 2016 from 8am - 18:00 Israel time, for this important time as we rally together to stand for God’s plans and purposes to prevail over every wicked scheme against God’s people in our generation. We will provide translation from Hebrew to English. To watch the invite video, click HERE!
Netanel House Russia Trip
By Rachel and Gilad
I was recently in Russia, teaching and leading the blessings for a Shabbat meal at a local university. Upon arrival I learned that the head Rabbi of that city, along with the Minister of Religion, a pastor and some of the university elite, would all be attending the evening.
I was very nervous because I was teaching these Shabbat blessings in front of the head Rabbi! This was something unheard of for a woman, and the university warned me not to talk about Yeshua. As I began, I sensed the Holy Spirit whisper in my heart, "whoever is ashamed of Me and My words…, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father..." (Mark 8:38).
So I explained that I am a Messianic Jew and that I came from a religious family, descending from Rabbi El Kabbetz who wrote the Jewish Siddur (prayer book). At this I saw the eyes of the Rabbi open wide. After sharing my testimony I continued to teach about Shabbat.
At the end I told them in Israel we dance and have joy on Shabbat. Suddenly the whole room burst out with cheering and clapping and everyone got up to dance. Later the rabbi told me that this was one of the best Shabbats he had ever enjoyed.
The Minister of Religion called the next day and asked to meet. We met and I was able to speak with her about the Lord. She told me that she wants to know more and that all of her workers must learn about the God of Israel because that is where all good comes from. The Lord did so many other incredible things that it would take too long to write them all.
No Longer Strangers - Daniel C. Juster [part 3]
For this week's video teaching in English with Korean translation, click HERE!
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