Archives For Isaiah 2

It is May 14th, 1948—exactly 70 years ago on the Hebrew calendar—and U.S. President Harry Truman comes into the Oval Office. He summons his trusted aide, Clark Clifford, who had been advocating for the President to recognize the soon-to-be declared State of Israel. However, Truman was under tremendous pressure from the State Department to refuse any formal recognition of Israel.

They were convinced that the 34,000,000 Arabs would destroy the 500,000 Jews in a matter of days. To allow Israel to be a nation would be potentially signing the death warrants of a half million people.

However, Truman told Clifford that he was leaning towards recognition, but wanted to wait a few days. Clifford’s heart sank. That would be too late. Boldly, he declared, “Mr. President, if we are going to recognize the country, it’s best we do it immediately.”

Chaim Weizmann, Israel’s first president and most prominent pre-nation diplomat had become friends with President Truman. Just days before, Truman had received a letter from Weizmann pleading with him for immediate recognition of the new nation. No doubt Truman was thinking of his friend when he blurted out, “Alright Clark, get a formal request for recognition immediately.”

Clifford straightaway called the head of the Jewish Agency to confirm that they were indeed planning to declare independence later that day. “I haven’t the slightest doubt,” came the reply.

“Then send me a letter immediately, requesting United States recognition,” declared the excited Clifford.

Eliahu Elat, the head of the Jewish Agency, was stunned. He was speechless. When he finally found his voice, he said, “I’ll send it by messenger right away.”

But there was a problem—as they were writing the letter, they realized, they did not know the name of the Jewish nation. The Jewish National Council (JNC) in the Holy Land had not yet decided. So they wrote,

“Dear Mr. President,

“I have the honor to notify you that the Jewish State has been proclaimed as an independent republic…”

Harry Zinder was given the letter and told to rush it over to the White House and give it to Clark Clifford.

Meanwhile, in Tel Aviv, the JNC had gathered. They were never all in the same place at one time, lest the Arab forces could take them all out in one strike. But this was different—this was the Declaration of Independence. They gathered for a secret meeting in a Tel Aviv museum. They did not even want the British (who still controlled the region until midnight) to know, for fear they would shut it down.

The text of the declaration was with Ze’ev Sherf, who, after taking care of transportation for everyone else, forgot to arrange a ride for himself to the ceremony. He flagged down a car, which refused to take him. However, Sherf would not take no for an answer. On the way, they were pulled over for speeding and had to explain to the police officer that he was carrying the Declaration of Independence text!

He arrived at 3:59. The ceremony started at 4:00pm. They had to finish before the Sabbath. Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion rose to the microphone and the State of Israel was declared!

“The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the Bible.

“After being forcibly exiled from their land, the people kept faith with it throughout their Dispersion and never ceased to pray and hope for their return to it and for the restoration in it of their political freedom.

Accordingly we, the representatives of the Jewish community of the Land of Israel, are here assembled on the day of the termination of the British mandate over the Land of Israel…hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in the Land Israel, to be known as the State of Israel.”

Israel was reborn after more than 2,000 years.

When news came to the US that the name of the new nation was Israel, Elat sent his secretary to run down Zinder. She caught him before he entered the White House. Zinder, after learning of the name that had been chosen, took out the document, and with a pen, crossed out the words, “the Jewish State” and wrote by hand, “State of Israel.”

President Truman wrote:

“This government has been informed that a Jewish state has been proclaimed in Palestine and recognition has been requested by the provisional government thereof. The United States recognizes the provisional government as the de facto authority of the State of Israel.”

You can see in the picture of the President’s response, they did some editing themselves. This shows that the letter had already been written before Israel was declared.

Now, fast forward 70 years. Today, we celebrate 70 years of the rebirthed nation of Israel. Only God could have gathered the Jewish people back to her homeland, and only God could have protected us these 70 years, surrounded by our increasingly violent neighbors.

In honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary, would you considered a gift of $70 to Messiah’s Mandate as we proclaim the good news of the Yeshua to the Jewish people? Ezekiel not only prophesied that God would bring back the Jewish people to her land, but in the very next verse promised a spiritual awakening.

“For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” (Ezek. 36:24-27)

That sure sounds like receiving Yeshua! And we are seeking breakthrough. Your gift of $70 (or 70 EURO) will ensure that our team is able to continue sharing Yeshua, organizing evangelism training conferences and supporting our congregation, Tiferet Yeshua, in the heart of Tel Aviv. You can give at www.standwithmmi.org or use the address below.

Thank you in advance for loving Israel and standing with us here in the Promised Land.

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Maoz Israel
c/o Messiah’s Mandate
P.O. Box 535788
Grand Prairie, TX 75053-5788

 

There is a LIGHT in you

Ron Cantor —  April 2, 2018 —  Comments

Yesterday I read this verse:

“The light shines in the dark, and the darkness does not overcome it.” (John 1: 5)

Of course this speaks of Yeshua, but do we know that Yeshua lives within us? We are the temple of God. That is, just as the presence of God was in the Temple, He is now dwelling in us. Yeshua said, “You are the light of the world.” And that we are not supposed to hide this light.

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven...” (Matthew 5: 15-16)

(Incidentally, it is interesting that he speaks to the Jews, as Israel was called to be a light unto the nations—Is. 42, 49… in some way, the Sermon on the Mount was a reminder to Israel that they were not fulfilling their calling. They had completely separated from the Gentiles at the time of Yeshua.)

Okay, so the presence of the Holy Spirit is living in us, God has called us not to hide it but to let others see the light. We live in a dark world, but we are the light (thanks to Yeshua within us) and this light overcomes darkness. If I light a light, even a small candle in a dark room, the room will be filled with light. The light of God is much stronger than the darkness of Satan.

Do the people you work with see the light in your life? Do you shine the light actively—intentionally? For me, it’s a challenge. But every day I try to remind myself that Yeshua’s presence is in me.

A Young Lady at IKEA

Last week I was at IKEA here in Israel. I talked to a girl who works there. Suddenly I felt to ask her, “Do you know how much God loves you?” She looked stunned and amazed at the question. We talked about it a little and I asked her if I could pray for her. (It was in public). The presence of God (the light in me) really touched her. She pulled away and asked, “What was that?” I told her it was the presence of God andI wanted to bring her a book to read. When I returned she was talking to a colleague about what had happened. Now she is reading my book, Identity Theft in Hebrew.

Friends, we are the only “Yeshua” that many people will ever see. “In this world we are like Jesus.” (1 John 4:17)

How do we let our light shine?

  1. Good works (Matthew 5:16)
  2. Sharing the gospel (Mark 15:15)
  3. Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Acts 3: 1-10, 9: 36-42)

May God will use you today to have a powerful impact in someones life!

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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.