Last week I began sharing 10 prophetic keys that I have learned from studying Jewish history, Rabbinic thought, and current events here in Israel. Here are the rest
- Reading the Prophets
David Ben-Gurion, visionary and leader of Modern Zionism, read the Bible, particularly the prophets. He held Bible studies weekly in his home. He taught the Bible, but he made this mistake: he interpreted the Bible through a Communist viewpoint, as a kind of a socialist work. However, he was right to encourage the reading of the prophets, and to not just read the Bible, but try to live it. I believe that because he took inspiration from the scriptures about restoring the nation of Israel, God chose him to be the first Prime Minister of Israel.
- Pre-government Preparation
During the time of the British Mandate, prior to the establishment of the State of Israel, Ben-Gurion also realized that one day we were going to have a government, but we weren’t ready yet. We needed to build an organization that could function like a government so that we’d be ready to have a nation when the time came. He set up an organization called the “Histadrut”, and it began to function like a government until it later became one.
I believe that is a prophetic word for the church. The Ekklesia is supposed to be two things, not just the people who have been gathered out of the nations to become the body of Christ, but the word Ekklesia also means the governing body or coalition. As believers, we are here not just to run the church but act as our own “Histadrut” or pre-government. We are being prepared now to run Yeshua’s government when He returns. That’s why we believe in apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, in elders and deacons, and in the structure of the church, because we are in training. A government isn’t run by one person, but by a whole group of people. That’s what discipleship is all about; getting ready to run one of the positions of His government.
- Military Preparation
Ben-Gurion also knew that when we declared the new State of Israel, within 24 hours every nation in the Middle East was going to attack us. We were not ready. We didn’t have any weapons or soldiers. We didn’t know how to fight. So he turned over all of his other functions, held a training seminar, and formed a military in a year and a half.
I believe this is a prophetic word coming out of the body of Messiah in Israel. We are heading towards the greatest war in the history of mankind. We are moving into a period where all the nations of the world are going to attack Israel, Christians, and do everything they can to stop the second coming of Yeshua. I’m not saying you have to start to learn to shoot, but we do need to learn to pray and to prophesy, to understand the scriptures and declare the Word of God.
Check back next week for more on these 10 modern prophetic keys.
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.