©September 1, 2012 Revive Israel Ministries
All Israel Saved - Background
The Messianic body in Israel believes with a united heart that "all Israel will be saved" – Romans 11:26. The idea that one nation, Israel, is promised a predestined, national revival is a radical concept. It is too radical to be based on one verse, even coming from Paul (Saul) the apostle. It must be a principle developed throughout the Scriptures.
The prophets of ancient Israel began to have revelation of Israel's salvation. It is from their prophecies that Paul received the biblically-based authority to make such a bold statement in Romans 11.
This last verse became the basis for the rabbinic teaching that all religious Jews have eternal salvation. All Israel has a part in the world to come, as it is said, "And your people will all be righteous" – Masekhet Avot 1:1. The interpretation of Isaiah's prophecies as referring to eternal, national salvation is parallel in the New Covenant and in the Talmud/Mishnah – with obviously quite differing applications.
The other prophets, particularly Jeremiah, continued in Isaiah's viewpoint, which in turn paved the way for Paul's revelation in Romans.
The contexts of these passages are prophecies describing the Messianic king, the restoration of Israel and the New Covenant. The early chapters of Jeremiah focus on God's judgment for Israel, the latter chapters on God's judgment for the nations. Right in the middle is a poetic, prophetic section, concerning the restoration of Israel. Jeremiah 30-33 is parallel to Romans 9-11, which was Paul's thesis on the restoration of Israel as well.
Jeremiah 31:7 states that the time of Israel's national revival is during the great tribulation. Israel's revival and end time tribulation are concurrent. Other prophets continued in the same insight; also describing Israel's revival in the context of end time tribulation:
The vision for national revival in Israel in the end times is established by the full range of Israel's latter prophets. The root of biblical authority for this idea goes all the way back to the prophecies of Moses in the Torah.
We would not emphasize the salvation of Israel were it just an isolated verse in Romans. However, Israel's restoration, remnant, and revival during end times' tribulation are major themes of Scriptures, from the Torah to the New Covenant.
Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
By Don Finto
I had to repent again - from becoming too self-focused.
At the time, it felt spiritual. I was talking to the Lord about my own inadequacies for the task to which He has called me/us. It even felt like humility. But it was nonetheless self-focus, and self-focus is always a trap.
There is no scripture calling us to "Keep your eyes fixed on your own inadequacies or failures, and talk to the Lord about them." There is also no scripture encouraging us to bask in our own gifting or abilities.
Rather we are continually called to "keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-3)." He is the One who began this work in us and He is the One who will bring it to completion. Keep looking at Jesus and just take the next step.
This week's summit of non-aligned nations in Tehran was attended by Egypt's new President Morsey and Palestinian President Abbas. Since the conference speakers called once again for the total destruction of Israel, Morsey's and Abbas's participation mock the peace agreements that currently exist between Israel, Egypt, and Palestine.
Particularly disappointing was the attendance of UN general secretary Ban Ki Mun at the Iranian summit. Although he later denounced Iran's declarations to destroy Israel, his very attendance gave them credence and legitimacy. Cooperation between the UN and Islamic Jihad is extremely dangerous.
This same week the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran is forging ahead with nuclear weapons development despite diplomatic efforts by the West. In fact the IAEA reported that the number of centrifuges at the Fordo nuclear plant have more than doubled in a mere 3 months, from 1,064 in May to 2140 in August.
Biblical prophecies indicate that the end times will culminate in a terrible attack by all nations against Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:2). The United Nations offers a vehicle of international government cooperation. Islamic Jihad provides a fanatic religious ideology to motivate such an attack. Pray for all satanic forces gathered against Israel to be divided and fall (Luke 11:17).
YouTube Teaching for September
Title: King of Glory
Description: Yeshua was not only born to save the world from its sins, He was also born to rule it. In this teaching Asher explains the dual nature of Yeshua's identity as savior and king. Get your Bible open and prepare your mind and heart to receive a message that will change the way you understand Yeshua's kingdom.
Click: www.youtube.com/user/ReviveIsraelTV and scroll down to King of Glory.
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