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A man gives an investor $5,000 and tells him to put it in a safe place where he can make a profit. The investor promptly goes to the horse races and randomly gambles away the $5,000. But somehow, no matter how hard he tries to lose it, he keeps doubling it! By the end of the day, he has $500,000.

This is precisely what happened when Israel rejected the gospel. Israel was called to be a light to the nations. However, despite receiving a massive Jerusalem revival (Acts 2:41, Acts 4:4, Acts 21:20), the leadership rejected the gospel. In the natural, this should have hurt the efforts to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. But, in fact, “to provoke [Israel] to jealousy, salvation has come to the nations.” (Romans 11:11)

Paul’s Argument

God gave Paul insight into His plan. Remember the investor—through doing the wrong thing, he made an amazing profit. That is what Israel did. By doing the wrong thing, revival came to the nations. Paul then argues, if Israel, by rejecting the gospel, caused a massive awakening in the nations, what happens when Israel fulfills her God-ordained plan of following the Messiah? In other words, if the investor, through disobedience made a profit, how much more profit will he make when he truly invests the funds? Paul tells us:

“But if [Israel’s] transgression means riches for the world, and [Israel’s] loss means riches for the nations, how much greater riches will [Israel’s] full inclusion bring! … For if [Israel’s] rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will [Israel’s] acceptance be but life from the dead?” (Romans 11:12-15)

Six Million or Six Hundred Million

Charles Simeon, who was one of the founders of the London-based Church’s Ministry Among Jewish People in the early 1800s, once got into a theological discussion regarding what some felt was too much emphasis on Jewish evangelism. Simeon had seemed so carried away with the future of the Jews that a friend passed him a slip of paper with a question, “Six millions of Jews and six hundred millions of Gentiles—which is the most important?” Simeon had the answer already. He wrote back, “If the conversion of the six is to be life from the dead to the six hundred, what then?”

Simeon understood that the final revival—the “Greater Riches” revival or “Life from the Dead” awakening depended on Jewish acceptance of Jesus. It is the Jewish acceptance that will release the greater riches that Paul speaks of. And, of course, if greater riches are promised, we must ask ourselves, what are riches? If someone is going to give you something greater than x, you need to know what x is.

Greater Than What?

Paul tells us that riches are what were poured out on the nations in the first century: “if [Israel’s] transgression means riches for the world…” So whatever was coming, it was greater than the grace that Paul had when he spread Yeshua throughout the world—it will be greater than the book of Acts where we see:

  • the dead raised (Acts 20:10)
  • the sick healed (Acts 14:9)
  • miraculous escapes from prison (Acts 16:26)
  • the gospel preached in power (Acts 8:4-8)
  • and so much more!

I believe as we come to the end of the fullness of the nations, we are already seeing the beginning of this “Greater Riches” revival.  There seems to be an overlapping, as one season comes to an end and a new one begins. We are seeing the beginning of Jewish awakening and greater riches being poured out on China, India, Nepal (which now has the fastest growing church in the world!), Argentina and other places.

Why should the nations pray for Israel?

  1. Because through Israel, the gospel came to them. (Acts 1:8)
  2. Because of Israel’s unbelief, the gospel prospered amongst the nations. (Rom. 11:11)
  3. Israel’s acceptance will result in greater riches and life from the dead! (Rom. 11:12, 15)

Buckle your seatbelts!

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In 586 BC, the Jews were exiled from Judea to Babylon. Jeremiah (Jer. 25:11-12) prophesied that the exile would last 70 years. Isaiah prophesied, some 150 years before it happened, that a ruler named Cyrus (Is. 44:28) would be the instrument of the restoration. He would set the exiles free (Is. 45:13), rebuild Jerusalem (Is. 44:28, 45:13), and have the Temple reconstructed (Is. 45:13).

President Trump, in the 50th year, since Jerusalem was returned in full to Israel (1967), has stood with Israel as strong as any U.S. President since Harry S. Truman. Truman was the first world leader to recognize the rebirthed nation of Israel. President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital and pledged to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Israel’s 70th anniversary, May 14th. Many prophetic voices have called him a type of Cyrus.

Spiritual Significance

Someone asked me the other day, “What is the spiritual significance of this 70th year?” I was stunned I had not seen it sooner! Since June, just after we celebrated 50 years of a united Jerusalem, about 12 different Israeli ministries have been planning a major outreach with American evangelists Todd White, Tom Ruotolo and Robbie Dawkins, who move in healing and prophecy.

During this 70th year, we carried it out. Last week, we had more than 200 people on the streets of Jerusalem, not only preaching the good news of Yeshua, but also praying for sick and seeing them healed. There were many who had words of knowledge regarding sicknesses and family members in need. Several Israelis prayed to receive Yeshua.

Israeli believers found a boldness they had never known. One of them said that he moved to Israel more than 20 years ago and has always been paralyzed with fear. However, this week, he and his team boldly shared the gospel. He went to one of his clients with his team and the client was in severe back pain. This man was instantly healed and then told all his employees to come receive prayer! And they were healed!

As far as I know, this was the largest outreach of prophetic/healing evangelism in Jerusalem since the very first believers. And it happened just as we are approaching the 70th anniversary of the rebirth of Israel as a nation.

God’s Prophetic Timetable

Keep tracking with me for a minute. Asher Intrater wrote in his book Alignment that when Yeshua told His disciples in Acts 1, that God had the perfect timing for Israel’s restoration (Acts 1:7), He also told them that their focus, for now, did not need to be on Israel, but preaching the gospel to the ends of the earth.

“Then they gathered around him and asked him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates (regarding Israel’s restoration) the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’.” (Acts 1:6-8)

2 Days is like 2,000 Years

In John 4, Yeshua leaves the Jews of Jerusalem to go reach the Jews of the Galilee. Yet, on the way, he purposely goes through gentile Samaria. Now I know some people teach that Samaritans were half Jews, but they were not. Yes, some intermarried with Israelites, but they came from the Assyrian kingdom after the 10 northern tribes were conquered.

I believe that Yeshua’s miracle of turning the water into the best wine was prophetic. God was saying that Yeshua, the bridegroom, has saved the best wine—revival—for the end times. It will be even greater than what we see in Acts. In John 4, Yeshua leaves the Israelite population—brings revival to a Samaritan town and stays with them for two days—and then returns to the Jews in the Galilee.

Peter tells us that, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Pet. 3:8) The Lord spent two days with the gentiles, or symbolically 2,000 years. But then, He returns to the Galilee, and while they had rejected Him in the past, it says they welcomed Him (Jn. 4:45).

Prophetic Meaning

Could this be foreshadowing that Yeshua would begin with the Jews, but then focus on the gospel going forth into all nations for 2,000 years, and then come back to the Jewish people, who will welcome Him? Yes, because this is exactly what Scripture says!

Yeshua tells the Jews of Jerusalem, “For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” In Hebrew, this phrase, “Blessed is he who comes,” is how we greet people, even today. Yeshua is saying, “Until you—the Jewish people—welcome me, I will not return.”

Furthermore, we have this promise in Romans 11 that tells us only after a massive Gentile harvest, will revival come to Israel.

“I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved.” (Romans 11:25-26)

He calls this revelation a mystery and warns the Romans that they could miss it because of pride over Israel. (Rom. 11:19-21) And here is the mystery: We are approaching or have already approached the fullness of the nations. Now it is time for Jewish harvest, even as Israel celebrates her 70th birthday since rebirth. It is time for the eyes of the Jewish people to be opened to her Messiah.

Hallelujah! God is the author of the times and dates, and He has woven a beautiful mosaic that will result in a great harvest in Israel and in the nations.

 

I need to share with you with an urgent need. Messiah’s Mandate supports, in part, Tiferet Yeshua Congregation with nearly $10,000 a month. Tiferet Yeshua is a Hebrew speaking, Spirit-filled Messianic congregation in the heart of Tel Aviv. I am one of the pastors, and was the lead pastor for more than three years. I love this congregation.

We have many young people who are sharing the good news of Yeshua with their fellow Israelis, and praying for the sick on the streets. Every week we hear great testimonies of healing. God is moving!

This month was the first time, in as long as I can remember, that we could not make our monthly donation. We were $6,000 short! In addition, we have Todd White coming to Israel to train us in signs and wonders evangelism and Messiah’s Mandate has committed to hire staff to oversee the children. We love to bless!

At this conference, Israelis from all over the country will be infused with power to share the Good News!

Awesome Testimony

In fact, it is already happening. Last week, I had a man walk up to me and ask, “Do you speak English?” After I said yes, he went on to complain about Israel. He was a Jewish man from Australia. I told him that I was Messianic.

He said, “I don’t believe in a Messiah, but a messianic age, when all men will live peace.” I pointed out that the world does not seem to be moving in that direction (North Korea, Iran, etc.). This is a very progressive, humanistic brand of Judaism.

I said, “Let’s get right to the point and see if the Messiah is real. Do you have any pain in your body?”
“Yes, I do.” He pointed to his stomach and explained he had a sharp pain there.

I said, “Here is what we are going to do. I am going to pray for your stomach, and you are going to be healed, and then you will know that Yeshua is the Messiah!”

He agreed, and I prayed for him. Then I asked, “Is the pain gone?”

He appeared astonished and he nodded, “The pain is gone.”

I said, “You see how much Yeshua loves you? He healed you so you would know He is real!”

He was speechless—literally. His eyes welled up with tears. He was overcome with emotion as he felt the presence of God, probably for the first time!

God is moving in the restored nation of Israel! Will you stand with us in Tel Aviv? The need is immediate. Whatever you can give will be a blessing. And consider partnering with us monthly. If you are already a monthly partner, please consider a special extra gift this month. Just go to www.standwithmmi.org and give online, or use the address below to send a check. Salaries must be paid, as well as rent. But that rent and those salaries sustain a vibrant, on-fire, Hebrew-speaking Messianic witness in Tel Aviv.

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Until all Israel is saved! (Roman 11:26),

Ron Cantor

This week in Israel, we celebrate the story of Esther. It is an all too familiar theme of a world leader seeking to carry out genocide against the Jewish people. I want to look at the three central characters and learn one thing from each of them.

Esther

When Esther heard through Mordechai that Haman was plotting to kill the Jews, she balked. She was not like Mordechai, who refused to bow down to Haman. She wasn’t naturally courageous. My friend Yakov Damkani is a Mordechai. He is a fearless Israeli evangelist, who has stood for Yeshua in the face of violent attacks. But Esther was not. Like most of us, if she was going to do this—risk her life—she was going to need help from above.

I think of those four policemen who did not charge into the school while 17 teenagers were killed. That is what you are trained to do. You put your life on the line for others. In Israel, it is second nature to run to the action, rather than run from it. On dozens of occasions, civilians have stopped terrorists. Last year, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, took down and knife wielding Palestinian with his bare hands.

I don’t judge the police officers in Florida. I don’t know what I would do in the same situation. But Esther had to overcome a similar fear. Probably shaking with fear, she approached the king. Her bravery saved thousands of lives.

Mordechai

We read in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” It is true and we can see that in the life of Mordechai. If God has determined blessing for your life, no outside element can stop it—not the devil, not Haman.

Yes, there are tests and challenges in life. They are not contrary to the blessing of God, but sent to help us mature. Joseph was not ready to save the world from famine as a teenager, when he boasted he would rule over his brothers. But after being sold as a slave, falsely accused of rape and then thrown into prison, he was ready.

The trials developed deep character in Joseph—so much so, that when he was reunited with his brothers he was able to say in essence, “This was God’s plan for me, not yours,” as he forgave them. Just because you are going through a trial doesn’t mean God has forgotten you.

Look how things ended up with Mordechai. Haman hated him. He wanted to kill him. One night the king could not sleep and so he decided to have someone read him the chronicles of his reign. He discovered that Mordechai had once saved his life from an assassination plot. The next day he asked Haman, what should be done for the man that the king wants to honor. Naturally Haman was sure the king wanted to honor him. So he says:

“For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!’” (Esther 6:7-9)

The king was pleased with Haman’s idea and told Haman to do it for Mordechai. Hollywood could not have written a better script. In addition, Esther was given Haman’s estate and presented Mordechai with his signet ring that he took back from Haman. If God has determined blessing on your life, then you can expect it. He will overcome the impossible to bless His children.

Haman

Fueled by pride and jealousy Haman plotted against the Jewish people. When we seek to harm others, we clog the funnel of blessing. Like Joseph, we must forgive those who hurt us.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matt. 6:14-15)

And if we seek to harm others out of fear, jealousy, anger, pride, etc., we will bring curses on ourselves.

“Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.” (Prov. 26:27)

This biblical principle states that the very vehicle that you seek to use to harm others will run you down. It is written in Esther, “when the plot came to the king’s attention, he issued written orders that the evil scheme Haman had devised against the Jews should come back onto his own head.” (Esther 9:25)

The King was informed that “a pole reaching to a height of fifty cubits stands by Haman’s house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.” The king said, “Impale him on it!” (Esther 7:9)

Conclusion

Let’s choose to be people of courage, walking in the blessing of God, forgiving all who sin against us.

 

 

 

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Whenever there is a controversial Biblical issue (e.g. timing of the rapture, signs and wonders for today, apostles and prophets, replacement theology), I ask myself one simple question: What conclusion would I come to if no one had influenced me and I simply read the Bible for myself?

If we were reading the New Covenant for the first time, would we conclude that there are no longer apostles and prophets? Most new believers, after reading the book of Acts, are eager to see God’s power.

“But, Ron, we aren’t supposed to focus on power.” Amen! That was Yeshua’s warning after the disciples came back from casting out demons and healing the sick. He chided them for being overexcited about the supernatural and potentially missing the most important thing, that their names were written in heaven.

He only lightly admonished them, and encouraged them in the supernatural. “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy.” (Luke 10:19)

Yeshua said that believers in Him will do greater works than Him (Jn. 14:12). In the book of Acts, we see believers healing the sick, raising the dead and casting out demons. If we conclude that miracles are not for today, what about demons? Do demons still oppress and possess? Is it now God’s will that we keep these demons? Or, are we called to cast them out as we see in the book of Acts?

Experience means something

The Word lines up with my experience. Experiences means something, particularly when it confirms the Word of God. (I often remind people who don’t believe in the restoration of Israel, that Israel is, indeed, restored.) I have seen blind eyes opened and the lame walk—I have seen people full of demons find freedom in Jesus and have seen these demons flee when confronted in the name of Yeshua (even in countries where the possessed/oppressed person didn’t understand English).

In our congregation, we have a woman who was oppressed by demons for decades. The moment she was immersed in water, the demons left her and she is a new person. As for healing, my administrator used to get migraines every day at 13:30. In June, US-based healing evangelist Todd White prayed for her briefly in Jerusalem, just as he was getting in the van to leave. The migraines never came back. I have personally prayed for many unbelievers in Israel to be healed and have seen the majority cured instantly. (http://roncan.net/2GLw0BB).

Apostles and Prophets

What about apostles and prophets? Do we still need prophets today? Not everything we need is written in the Bible. Paul was warned by the prophet Agabus what would happen to him in Jerusalem. Nothing Agabus said could have been understood by Paul through reading the New Testament. He needed a prophetic word. When Ananias came to Paul, he came as a prophet sent by God to tell him of his calling. Paul had a vision in Acts 16:9 about Macedonia. Joel said in the last days we would prophesy. What was the ministry of Judas and Silas, as prophets, that is not still needed today? (Acts 15:32)

Paul spends three chapters on the gifts of the Spirit. Why are such rules about prophecy even in the Bible, if it is done away with? He exhorts in 1 Cor. 14:1, “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.”

Prophecy will End

“But, Ron, Paul says prophecy will end.” (1 Cor. 13:10) Yes, but when? Some say at the finish of the writing of the New Testament. Paul says that it will end when “that which is perfect comes,” when we see “face to face.” (v. 10, 12) That clearly refers to the Second Coming of Yeshua. Only then will all be revealed and there will be no need for prophecy.

More believers identify as Charismatic believers than non-Charismatic. According to a Pew research poll, there are 584,000,000 Charismatics/Pentecostals, as opposed to 285,000,000 Evangelicals.

Also, in many of these charismatic movements around the world, they firmly believe in the restoration of apostles and prophets. Some use the term “Bishop” to refer to a leader of leaders. Others use the term apostle. An apostle is a leader of leaders. Like Paul, he wants to take the gospel where it has not been heard. (Rom. 15:20)

Christianity Today uses the term “spiritual entrepreneur” about someone apostolic who births multiple ministries. Is he a pastor, a teacher, an evangelist? Could he be an apostle?

Again, if you are reading the New Covenant for the first time, what are the chances that you would come away thinking the gifts of the Spirit and apostles and prophets are no longer needed? In my opinion, very small.

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