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Recovering the Apostolic Commission

written by Asher Intrater
December 14, 2012

Being a believer in Yeshua (Jesus) includes taking part in a grand vision and challenge to change the world. This “great commission” was given to the original Apostles and disciples right before Yeshua ascended into heaven. That commission includes making disciples (Matthew 28:18), preaching the gospel (Mark 16:15), and restoring the kingdom to Israel. 

Acts 1:6 – “Will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

Acts 1:8 – You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and be witnesses of Me in Jerusalem, all Judea and Samaria, even unto the ends of the earth.

Many people today speak of restoring the Jewish roots of the faith. That’s good and right—but our roots are more profound than food or festivals. Recovering the original apostolic commission is a central aspect of the restoration of the Messianic remnant in our day. Restoring the Messianic remnant includes recovering the Apostolic vision.

Isaac went back to dig the wells of Abraham; he called them by the names that his father called them (Genesis 26:18). The wells and the names were tools to get back the water that his father had found. Our “Jewish” restoration of “wells” and “names” has the goal of getting back to the waters of salvation and rivers of revival that our “fathers” – the apostles – had found.

Peter, John and Paul are just as much our “Jewish” fathers as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (The apostles all had two names – one in Greek and one in Hebrew, since they were all bilingual and bicultural. They used their Greek names in international venues and their Hebrew names within Israel.)

Some of the wells they dug were: the Messianic kingdom on earth (Acts 1:3), the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5), world evangelism (Acts 1:8), a literal Second Coming (Acts 1:11), world revival in the end times (Acts 2:17), and even the restoration of all things (Acts 3:20). Redigging the wells of Abraham is rediscovering the vision of the Apostles. As Isaac drank the waters that Abraham drank, we want to partake of the anointing that the Apostles walked in.

I was once asked on a national Israeli television program what our vision is as Messianic Jews. I answered that it was the same as all the prophets of Israel from Isaiah to Malachi: to establish the kingdom of God on earth, with peace among the nations, and the Messiah reigning from Jerusalem.

We have a spiritual inheritance from the Patriarchs, from the Prophets, and from the Apostles. That spiritual inheritance is available to all who will believe it and receive it–whether Jew or Gentile, man or woman, rich or poor. Let’s take possession of it.

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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