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Praying for Revival in Israel

written by Asher Intrater
January 03, 2010

Almost 30 years ago, I visited the Western Wall at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. I was praying with traditional Jewish garb of Kipah (Head Covering), Tallit (Prayer Shawl) and Tefillin (leather phylacteries). I felt the urge to intercede earnestly in the Spirit – what I jokingly referred to later as “tongues and tefillin.”

At that moment I had vision of a water fall flowing off the Temple Mount over my head. It was not a cascade of water, but of light. As the light touched me, I was taken into the Spirit. I had a sudden discernment of the evil spiritual strongholds surrounding Jerusalem that were arrayed to prevent revival from happening.

Most of the demonic strongholds had to do with religious spirits, particularly Islamic Jihad, Rabbinic Judaism and Orthodox Christianity. I sensed the Holy Spirit telling me: “These spirits are too strong for you. Even if you and all the Messianic Jews work together to the best of your ability, you will fail.”

I cried out to the Lord, asking for a solution. I perceived Him saying: “The only way you will succeed is for the entire international Church to be praying with the Messianic Jews in Israel.” God is raising up that prayer army in every nation around the world today (surely one of the reasons you are receiving this update.)

All Israel will be Saved

We believe that “All Israel will be Saved (Romans 11:26).” This is not only an apocalyptic vision but a practical plan that guides us on a day-to-day basis. Romans 1 through 8 describe step-by-step the principles of salvation: natural creation, moral conscience, universal sin, faith and forgiveness, substitutionary atonement, new birth, struggling with the flesh, and victory through the Holy Spirit.

In chapters 9 through 11, Shaul (Paul) goes on to teach of God’s predestined plan to bring partnership between Jews and Gentiles, to bring Israel to salvation, and how the combining of the two will bring about world redemption. Unfortunately, many miss the significance of this section of Scripture, seeing it as a digression of Paul’s thought, merely a concern for his natural relatives. But it is much more.

Romans 11:25 speaks of the “fullness of the Gentiles coming in.” This fullness of the Gentile international Church is what causes the revival in the nation of Israel. The word “fullness” here is the Greek pleroma and appears twice in this same chapter, the other time referring to the Messianic Jewish remnant: “How much more will their fullness be (Romans 11:12)!”

So there are two fullnesses here: one of the international Church and one of the remnant of Israel. The fullness of the Church brings about the revival in Israel. The fullness of Israel brings about the resurrection of the dead. Romans 11:15 – “What will their restoration be but life from the dead?” The restoration of Israel and the Church are parallel. One influences the other.

The fullness of the Church leads to revival in Israel. The fullness of Israel leads to resurrection of the dead. The dual restoration of Israel and the Church together leads to the Second Coming of Yeshua (Jesus) and the millennial kingdom on earth. This is a deep mystery and a central theme of the book Israel, the Church and the Last Days that Dan Juster and I wrote together some 20 years ago.

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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