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Ascension Day

written by Asher Intrater
May 03, 2013

There are amazing parallels between gospel events and Jewish history. Yeshua was crucified on Passover, and raised on the same morning that the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea (John 20:1; Exodus 14:27). The Holy Spirit was poured out on the feast of Shavuot. The gift-language of tongues was lost to the Church for many centuries, during the same time that Hebrew was lost as a spoken tongue to the Jewish people; then, starting about 120 years ago, they were both restored.

Another significant parallel is that the ascension of Yeshua to heavenly Jerusalem and the Israeli recapture of Jerusalem in 1967 happened on the same day. Yeshua taught His disciples about the kingdom of God for approximately 40 days after being resurrected on the third day after Passover (Acts 1:3). The recapture of Jerusalem also occurred on day 43 of the counting of the Omer. This year that date falls on May 8.

The word for ascension in Hebrew is “aliyah,” which is the same as the songs of ascent (Psalms 120-134), the ascension of Yeshua, immigration to Israel, and going up to Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:3). Yeshua rose into heavenly Jerusalem to acquire spiritual authority for the Church (Ephesians 1:19-23; 2:6; 4:10). He will return to earthly Jerusalem to restore governmental authority for Israel (II Samuel 7:12-16; Psalm 2:6; Acts 1:11; Isaiah 2).

In the end, heavenly and earthly Jerusalem will be united, the Church with Israel, and God’s name and authority will be one (Zechariah 14:9). That’s why Yeshua’s ascent to heaven and the recapture of Jerusalem are united on the same day.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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