I remember harvesting when we were hippie farmers in New Mexico. A lot of work went into each crop before we could gather the fruits of our labors into storage for the winter. But there was nothing like the thrill of finally collecting ripe food from the earth.
Not haphazardly did God choose the image of harvest to speak of the end of the age. Repeatedly, especially in the Gospels, the Book of Revelation and the prophet Joel, harvest imagery represents our activity before Messiah's return. How shall we now apply this? Israel is restored as a nation. There is a remnant of Yeshua's Jewish followers living and worshiping in the land. What is our priority in the light of His coming?
Our Sons & Daughters
The conclusion is not complicated. Yeshua says "Lift up your eyes ... the fields are already white unto harvest." Though uttered some 20 centuries ago, the words are arresting. Even before Yeshua's time, Joel describes a time when we will be back in the land. In that context he speaks of the Spirit being "poured out" upon all flesh, with an emphasis on "your sons and daughters" as prophetic messengers (Joel 2:28). Forgive me, if my interpretive grid seems simplistic, but I and my family returned to this land --- as Joel predicted --- and my sons and daughters are with me, following Yeshua as Messiah. Some are teens, some are in their 30's, but each one is receiving from God and being a witness that the Rabbi from Nazareth is our Redeemer.
One of my children is an 18 year old combat soldier in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). He came home on leave with the following story. During a long night of guard duty he and another soldier got into a philosophical discussion about God, creation and the Messiah. They teased each other back and forth about evolution versus creation. But when my son spoke clearly of his faith in Yeshua, his companion asked "Tell me about this Yeshua again." In the end his friend said, half jokingly "Hey, I want to follow your Yeshua; make me a Messianic too."
Had we not arrived in Israel some 14 years ago, enabling Avi to grow up here, knowing Hebrew as if it were his native language, the above conversation would never had happened. The generation of our children, those who've attended school in Israel and become part of the fabric of society, THEY are the harvest workers who will bring this nation to God in unprecedented numbers.
Beginning in the Secret Place
Seeing the need for this generation to be equipped for the harvest, several of us joined together five years ago to form a nation ministry to Messianic youth. Inspired by the expectation of a revival/harvest in Israel before Yeshua's return, we called it HaKatzir---The Harvest.
|Brother to Brother|
|Hear my Cry|
A HARVEST of
Faith for the Future
He ended his sincere, straightforward testimony with a simple, provocative challenge. "God brought me to the place of no other option. Don't wait until you're in the middle of a war. An intimate relationship with God is the final issue of life." Then young people made their way to the front, to receive prayer from the group leaders of the camp. These are men and women Stefan's age, who have also grown up in Israel and now have a burden for the teens who are struggling through the same faith challenges they passed through not long ago. Youth after youth began to break, some weeping, others praying quietly, calling upon God to cleanse, renew and fill them.
|Daughters of Zion|
Toward the HARVEST -
|Two Leaders - Idan and Sasha|
So, I want to ask you to actively pray with us for the strengthening and deepening of this work among Israeli Messianic youth. We are in need of a team member who focuses on Logistics. There is also the major facet of mentoring youth in worship. Music is a magnet for young people. It becomes a powerful vehicle to express their hearts. Part of our vision is to equip them musically and spiritually to create vibrant collective praise. Ongoing intercession is also an essential ingredient in breaking through to the greater harvest among Israeli youth, who currently haven't a clue about who Yeshua is. If you are drawn to participate with HaKatzir on any level, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Also in this issue of the newsletter:
|Daniel Juster: Zionism & Justice|
|Martin Shoub: Champion of the Forgotten|
|Idan's Testimony: To Bind Up The Broken Hearted|
|Betty Intrater: O Little Town of Bethlehem|