Rainbow, Dove and Olive
by Asher Intrater, , Revive Ministries

The rainbow, dove and olive branch have become universal symbols of love, peace, harmony, tolerance and spirituality. Their origin however is in the Bible as part of God's covenant with Noah.

"The dove came to him ... an olive leaf in her mouth" (Genesis 8:11).

"I set My rainbow in the cloud ... for a sign of the covenant" (Genesis 9:13).

All the nations of the world today come from Noah and his sons. The rainbow is the seal of God's promise, representing God's destiny for those nations. The different colors represent the different nations, ethnic groups, cultures and languages. Their destiny will be fulfilled in those "called out" from every nation, the ecclesia, the international Church (Revelation 7:9).

The different national groups maintain their own identities but are united in harmony. That is the essence of their beauty. Were the rainbow all one color, it would not be beautiful. Were it not unified but divided and confused, it would also lose its beauty. The beauty is found in diversity with harmony.

The brilliance of the rainbow represents glorified and sanctified believers while worshiping God. The shining colors do not come from the rainbow itself. A rainbow merely displays the light rays from the sun refracted through water vapor. So it is with the glorified Church.

We reflect the glory of God shining through the face of Yeshua (II Corinthians 3:18; 4:6). The connection between the rainbow and the throne of God can also be seen in Ezekiel's vision of the glory of God (Ezekiel 1:26-28) as well as in John's vision of heavenly worship (Revelation 4:3). The rainbow is curved, reflecting the curve of the sun, representing the face of the Son.

The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, which hovered like a bird over creation (Genesis 1:2) and came down upon Yeshua in the form of a dove after His immersion in water (Matthew 3:16, Luke 3:22). Water baptism in the New Covenant is seen as a personalized version of passing through the flood in Noah's Ark (I Peter 3:21-22) and of passing through the waters of the Red Sea as well (I Corinthians 10:1-2).

The olive tree represents the restored Messianic remnant of faith within the nation of Israel (Romans 11:16-24). Yeshua's most gripping prayer (Matthew 26:39), His teaching on the end times (Matthew 24) and His second coming (Zechariah 14:4, Acts 1:11-12) all take place on the Mount of Olives, because all three involve the restoration of the remnant of Israel.

These three symbols - Rainbow, Dove and Olive Branch - represent God's hope for the human race. They were pre-planned by God before the creation, identified at Noah's flood and revealed in the New Covenant. The rainbow is the glorification of the international Church; the dove is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; the olive branch is the restoration of the Messianic remnant.

Those three - Israel, the Church, and the Holy Spirit - represent God's eternal destiny for us; past, present and future. God is bringing all these into one in Yeshua (Ephesians 1:10). Israel is one of the colors in the rainbow; the Church is grafted into the Olive tree; and the Holy Spirit is being poured out on all flesh (Acts 2:17). What was hidden as a mystery in Scriptures from the beginning is being openly revealed to our generation today.


Rainbow, Dove and Olive
by Betty Intrater, , Revive Ministries

By Betty Intrater and Henryk Wieja

St. Peter and Paul Church in Krakov
with statues of 12 apostles outside
Last year Asher and I made a short trip to Poland to visit Auschwitz and connect with some believing friends. There we met Henryk and Alina Wieja, directors of Life and Mission Poland, an apostolic work which organizes national conferences, publishes influential books, and works to bring unity to the Church in Poland and revival to the country. We were touched by the desire of Henryk and others to connect with Israel and bring back the Jewish roots of the faith into the church as well as begin to heal the deep wounds between Jews and Poles that occurred as a result of the Holocaust.

Poland's Jews, once 10% of the total population, were almost completely obliterated during the Holocaust. Volumes have been written as to the reasons why and it is not my intention to analyze this here. However, in both the non-believing and believing Poles that we met, we saw a desire to learn, come to terms with, and begin to heal those wounds. When Asher explained to a taxi driver that we were Jews from Israel, he took Asher's hand, looked into his eyes, and said, "I'm so sorry for what happened." One pastor from a city near Auschwitz explained that he organizes meetings with visiting Israeli tour groups. He recounted a story where a young Israeli woman asked, "Why does the world hate us so much?" The answer he gave her is the same answer he tries to convey to every Jew, "We don't hate you. We love you."

Among the pastors that connect with this network is a passion to challenge the church in Poland to recognize the Jewish roots of the faith as well as its historic connection and responsibility towards the Jewish people. As a result of this passion, Life and Mission Poland conducted two seminars this fall, one for youth and one for adults. A group of young adults, led by SI, ministered during the youth conference and Asher, along with several local pastors, ministered at the adult conference.

In Asher's closing message, as he spoke about covenant, he asked those who would like to make a covenant with Israel to come forward. Without hesitation, rows of attendees rushed forward, eager to express their desire to enter into this covenant.

Tombstone of synagogue from Ustran, Poland.
This caption reads, "In this place stood
between 1902 and 1939 the synagogue of Ustran
that was destroyed by the Nazis."
Here is a short review from Henryk:

On September 29th in Wisla, Poland at Golebiewski Hotel, we held our eleventh conference for young adults, called GENERATION 24. The theme of this conference was 'WITH COURAGE AND PASSION'. It was a unique event! During the conference, together with Polish speakers, the team of young adults from Israel contributed to the program in many different ways: messages, personal testimonies, drama and dance.

On Saturday, October 13th, we held a revival conference also in Wisla. Along with Asher Intrater from Israel, the Polish speakers were: Kazimierz Barczuk, Edward Cwierz, Jerzy Rycharski, Alina and Henryk Wieja. Almost 700 attended, from across Poland, Czech Republic and Germany.

We experienced the fire of the Holy Spirit and fresh revelation about Jesus; and were witnesses of this historical moment which God was preparing for our nation.

One of the pastors said after the conference:

"It was one of most balanced presentations on the subject of the Church and Israel. We leave inspired and mobilized to be active in a revival 'scheduled' by God, both within our personal places of influence as well as in the Church in Poland.

"Since the conference, we have been experiencing something brand new people, hungry for God, started to come to our building, ready to receive Christ Jesus into their hearts. We live in the most exciting time in history, when revival has started, for Polish people as well as among the Jewish nation. This breakthrough event has begun the new time in our history!"

Please agree with us in prayer for this end-times revival breakthrough in Poland.

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