Lord of Forgiveness
by Asher Intrater, , Revive Israel

There are special prayers leading up to the Day of Atonement called "selichot" meaning forgiveness. One well-known prayer is called "Adon HaSelichot" meaning The Lord of Forgiveness.

"Lord of Forgiveness, Tester of Hearts, Revealer of Deep Things, Speaker of Righteousness ..."

The refrain after each stanza is:

"We have sinned before You; have mercy upon us ..."

This prayer poem is usually sung, and its melody has become quite popular among modern Israelis, both secular and religious, Sephardic and Ashkenazi.

It is the glory of the Gospel that any person can repent, forgive, and know that he or she is forgiven by God - on any day, at any moment! These responses form a basis for all prayer and faith. Since we have all sinned and been sinned against, we must all repent and forgive. Repentance and forgiveness are the two "feet" of our spiritual journey. It's where our faith "hits the ground."

Yeshua taught it this way:

"Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors" (Matthew 6:12).

We repent of our sins and forgive those who have sinned against us. How basic! How simple! How obvious!

God is the inventor of forgiveness. He is the Lord of Forgiveness. So let's not forget to put into practice these two most basic steps of faith: repent and forgive. And let's remember to intercede for the Jewish people that many more will come to know the total forgiveness, peace and assurance that we have with God through Yeshua's perfect atonement!

This article was previously published on October 13th 2016 here on the Revive Israel website and on October 15th 2016 here on Kehila News Israel

Lord of Forgiveness
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This year's celebration of the Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) in Jerusalem was historic and included many hundreds of representatives from some 15 Arab and Jewish congregations.

The event was cooperatively led by Arab Christians and Messianic Jews, entirely in Arabic and Hebrew from the stage, with translation in headphones for internationals. This cooperation in leadership as well as the local language was a breakthrough in and of itself.

We praised the Lord together for almost an hour in blended Arabic and Hebrew songs. Then the Arabic and Jewish pastors came on stage, held hands in unity, and began to pray spontaneously for half an hour. There was a brief message in Arabic, and a brief message in Hebrew. Then we sounded the trumpet together, with shouts of "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord" (Matthew 23:39).

We felt that three special spiritual goals had been advanced:

1. Unity: with the cooperation of Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, there was a new standard of alignment set which provides for reconciliation throughout the Body of Messiah worldwide (John 17).

2. Kingdom: by proclaiming "Blessed is He" and "The Kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of our Lord ..." (Revelation 11:15), a new level of spiritual authority was proclaimed to welcome the Lord's return.

3. Revelation: as we met on the biblically-ordained holy day, and blew the trumpet, a new dimension of prophetic revelation concerning the end times was released. As we prayed and sounded the trumpet on earth, we believe there was a reaction in heaven as well.

It seemed more than a coincidence that we met on the day after world leaders had assembled in Jerusalem to honor the passing away of Israeli former president Shimon Peres. Peres was certainly a great historic figure for modern Israel. Yet we came to honor the King of Kings, Messiah Yeshua, who will rule eternally from the same capital city.

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Lord of Forgiveness
by Asher Intrater, , Revive Israel

Much of the spiritual action in the Bible comes from the work of apostolic-prophetic teams. I have found seven types of apostolic teams which may serve as models for us today.

1. Band of Evangelists: Yeshua's original group of twelve did not so much prophesy or start congregations. They shared the Gospel (and healed the sick). This was also true of the group of apostles under Simon Peter's leadership as we find in Acts 1-12. 'Jews for Jesus' gives us a picture of multiplying evangelistic teams.

2. Band of Prophets: In ancient Israel, prophets such as Samuel, Elijah and Elisha led bands of younger "student" prophets (I Samuel 10:5). The early team of apostles began by praying and prophesying together (Acts 1:14, 2:17). It is likely that a group of young visionaries attached themselves to John the Son of Zebedee, and became his prophetic band. In this vein, IHOP-KC has been a source for other prayer houses around the world.

3. Mother Congregation: In Acts 13 there were teachers and prophets in the Antioch congregation. They sent out Paul (Shaul) and Barnabas and became the home base for Paul's team and others. The congregation in Jerusalem was the mother of all apostolic base congregations. Beth Yeshua (Philadelphia) and Tents of Mercy (Haifa) are examples of Messianic congregations which have multiplied into others.

4. Training School: In Acts 19, we see Paul teaching every day at the school of Tiranus. The school was more than just a teaching center. The teaching format provided a base for spreading the message of the kingdom of God across the entire area of Asia Minor (Acts 19:10). Modern day Bible schools, such as YWAM, CFNI, Gateways, ICOB and MJBI are apostolic centers for extending the kingdom.

5. Paul's Staff: A group of people began to gather around Paul as a support team. Some of them were leaders in training, some assistant apostles to Paul, others were helpers, secretaries, organizers, etc. Titus became an apostle in Paul's place. Gaius copied Paul's letters. They served as the staff of a congregational planting team. For twelve years, the Revive Israel team has operated according to this model.

6. Five-fold Ministry: As Paul's team grew from being primarily his staff to being leaders in their own right, the pattern emerged of an apostolic leadership team made up of 5 different kinds of callings. Ephesians 4:11 describes these as, "apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher." We are delighted to see much of our staff at Revive Israel becoming Ephesians 4 level leaders in their own right.

7. Senior Advisory Council: In Acts 15 several senior leaders, including Peter, Paul and Jacob (James), gathered together to forge strategy, set policy and settle disputes. There was not one "pope" but rather a group of leaders in mutual submission, dialogue, and prayer. We have this type of relationship in our senior advisory team at Tikkun International, with Dan Juster, Eitan Shishkoff, Paul Wilbur and David Rudolph.

May these biblical models help us bear more fruit as we seek to serve the Lord in this generation!

This article was previously published on October 3rd 2016 here on the Revive Israel website and on November 8th 2016 here on Kehila News Israel

Lord of Forgiveness
by Ron Cantor, , Tifferet Yeshua Congregation

A Bedouin goat herder discovered the Dead Sea scrolls by accident in 1947. I imagine when the Qumran Jewish community hid them, as Jerusalem was about to be destroyed in the late 60s CE, they wondered who would one day find them. What they didn't know - not the goat herder, nor the Essene Jews - was that God had planned it out from the beginning!

In late 1947 the United Nations was set to vote on what was called 'Partition.' They were voting on whether to take the remaining 20% percent of the land that Great Britain had promised to the Jewish people in the Balfour declaration of 1917 and to partition it into an additional state for Arabs and one tiny state for the Jews. (Eighty percent had already been given to create the new Arab country of Jordan.) Anyway ... the vote was set for November 29.

Getting back to the scrolls, the goat herder had no idea what he had stumbled upon. He was put in touch with an antiquities dealer in Jerusalem named Kando. When Hebrew University Professor Eliezer Sukenik heard of the discovery, he was intrigued. Risking his life because of the Jewish/Arab tensions over the U.N. vote, he arranged a meeting with Kando and after a brief inspection, went to Bethlehem to see the other scrolls. He was overwhelmed, realizing what he might be reading.

"My hands shook as I started to unwrap one of them. I read a few sentences. It was written in beautiful biblical Hebrew. The language was like that of the Psalms, but the text was unknown to me. I looked and looked, and I suddenly had the feeling that I was privileged by destiny to gaze upon a Hebrew Scroll which had not been read for more than 2,000 years."

After some negotiations he left with scrolls. Catching the bus back to Jerusalem, he was surrounded by Muslims and was quite nervous. Would he actually ever get home with his precious cargo? Yes. In the safety of his house Professor Eliezer poured over the scrolls more, only to become more convinced of his historic discovery.

And here is where it gets crazy! I'll just quote the professor:

"While I was examining these precious documents in my study, the late news on the radio announced that the United Nations would be voting on the resolution that night - whether or not Israel would be allowed to become a nation or not. My youngest son Mati, was in the next room, twiddling radio knobs in an effort to get New York ... From time to time, he would give me a brief commentary on what had been said. It was past midnight when the voting was announced. And I was engrossed in a particularly absorbing passage in one of the scrolls when my son rushed in with the shout that the vote on the Jewish State had passed. This great event in Jewish history was thus combined in my home in Jerusalem with another event, no less historic, the one political, and the other cultural."

The timing of this was clearly prophetic. The scrolls remained hidden for anyone to find for nearly 2000 years. And on the very day, the very day, that Israel's rebirth was confirmed, a Jewish professor confirmed the existence of ancient Israel. You really have to be intellectually dishonest, if you are going to claim that God was not behind Israel's dramatic rebirth.

This article was previously published on October 30th here on Kehila News Israel

Lord of Forgiveness
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On a recent shabbat at Ahavat Yeshua Congregation there was a clear and bold message from guest teacher Oded Shoshani about the devastating effects of pornography and the need to live lives of transparency. We were amazed to see in the news the next morning that a new law against pornography unanimously passed the Israeli cabinet legislative committee on its way to the Knesset.

The law will require internet suppliers to block pornographic or harmful sites automatically unless the user specifically asks for the site to be opened; in which case the user must be an adult. The law would not make pornography illegal but would help to filter its distribution. The law is proposed by Shuli Mualem of the Jewish Home party. Currently statistics report that 60% of Israeli children from the ages of 9 to 15 watch internet pornography.

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