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© 28 October 2016 Revive Israel Ministries

The Miraculous Timing of Dead Sea Scrolls Discovery

Ron Cantor

A Bedouin goat herder discovered the Dead Sea scrolls by accident in 1947. I imagine when the Qumran Jewish community hid them, as Jerusalem was about to be destroyed in the late 60’s CE, they wondered who would one day find them. What they didn’t know—not the goat herder, nor the Essene Jews—was that God had planned it out from the beginning!

In late 1947 the United Nations was set to vote on what was called Partition. They would take the remaining 20% percent of the land that Great Britain had promised to the Jewish people in the Balfour declaration of 1917—80% had already been given to create the new Arab country of Jordan—and create another state for Arabs and one tiny state for the Jews. (By the way, if anyone tells you that there needs to be a homeland for Palestinians, you can tell them it was created in 1921 and it is called Jordan!) Anyway…the vote was set for November 29.

Getting back to the scrolls, the goat herder had no idea what he had stumbled upon. He was put in touch with an antiquities dealer in Jerusalem named Kando. When Hebrew University Professor Eliezer Sukenik heard of the discovery, he was intrigued. Risking his life because of the Jewish/Arab tensions over the U.N. vote, he arranges a meeting with Kando and after a brief inspection, he goes to Bethlehem to see the other scrolls. He is overwhelmed as he realizes what he might be reading.

“My hands shook as I started to unwrap one of them. I read a few sentences. It was written in beautiful biblical Hebrew. The language was like that of the Psalms, but the text was unknown to me. I looked and looked, and I suddenly had the feeling that I was privileged by destiny to gaze upon a Hebrew Scroll which had not been read for more than 2,000 years.”

After some negotiations he leaves with scrolls. He catches the bus back to Jerusalem. He was surrounded by Arabs and was quite nervous. Would he actually ever get home with his precious cargo? Yes, and as soon as he arrived home he poured over the scrolls only become more convinced of his historic discovery.

And here is where it gets crazy! I’ll just quote the professor:

"While I was examining these precious documents in my study, the late news on the radio announced that the United Nations would be voting on the resolution that night—whether or not Israel would be allowed to become a nation—My youngest son Mati, was in the next room, twiddling radio knobs in an effort to get New York … From time to time, he would give me a brief commentary on what had been said. It was past midnight when the voting was announced. And I was engrossed in a particularly absorbing passage in one of the scrolls when my son rushed in with the shout that the vote on the Jewish State had passed. This great event in Jewish history was thus combined in my home in Jerusalem with another event, no less historic, the one political, and the other cultural."

The timing of this is clearly prophetic. The scrolls remained hidden for anyone to find for nearly 2000 years. And on the very day, the very day, that Israel’s rebirth was confirmed, a Jewish professor confirms the existence of ancient Israel. You really have to intellectually dishonest, if you are going to claim that God was not behind Israel’s dramatic rebirth.

Israel's Blessing is Your Blessing 

In this message at Everyday church in Arroyo Grande, California Cody Archer speaks about the spiritual blessings that God has released to the nations as the Jewish people and physical land of Israel are gradually being restored. Watch HERE!

Jerusalem - Every Man's Destiny

Asher Intrater speaks about the Feast of Tabernacles. In the Last Days, everyone will come up to Jerusalem, either to make war against God or to worship Him. Which side will you be on? LISTEN!

Watchmen for the Nations: Global Gathering Jerusalem

We invite you to join us this November 7-11, 2016 believers from around the world will be gathering in Jerusalem—along with many from the local Body of Messiah, both Jewish & Arab. Learn More

For internationals who would like to attend, Register Here

We are also looking for 200 volunteers to help make this gathering possible. Volunteers get a free day pass to the event. To volunteer, Register Here


Winter Discipleship Intensive

This winter from December 1, 2016 – January 25, 2017, there will be an 8-week discipleship intensive hosted by our friends at the Jerusalem Hills Inn for English-speaking believers of all ages. Participants will spend time with the Revive Israel team in the Jerusalem area and Return Ministries in northern Israel for regular times of worship, prayer, and teaching. Participants will serve the local body in hands-on practical ways and each week there will be an excursion to locations around Israel.

The $2000 cost includes accommodations in dorm-style rooms, all meals, transportation within Israel, and entrance fees for the weekly excursions. The start of the program is coming quickly, and there are a limited number of spaces available. For more information or to request an application, please contact:

Watch the invitation video HERE.

US Elections and Supreme Court

By Elhanan Ben Avraham

I want to encourage those who are not citizens of the US to pray for the upcoming elections in the US, and for those who are citizens to pray and vote.  After all, we are stewards in this world to promote good and restrain evil.

One of the key issues has to do with Supreme Court appointments in the years ahead. Here are two quotes, one from each of the Presidential candidates, concerning their view on Supreme Court decisions about abortion and homosexual rights.

Hillary Clinton:

"...For me, that means that we need a Supreme Court that will stand up on behalf of women's rights, on behalf of the rights of the LGBT community. I have major disagreements with my opponent about these issues and others that will be before the Supreme Court. But I feel that at this point in our country's history, it is important that we not reverse marriage equality, that we not reverse Roe v. Wade, that we stand up against Citizens United...”

Donald Trump:

"I feel that the justices that I am going to appoint -- and I've named 20 of them... will be pro-life. They will have a conservative bent. They will be protecting the Second Amendment. They are great scholars in all cases, and they're people of tremendous respect. They will interpret the Constitution the way the founders wanted it interpreted. And I believe that's very, very important. I don't think we should have justices appointed that decide what they want to hear. It's all about the... Constitution the way it was meant to be."