Interview with Asher Intrater, Messianic Jewish Pastor in Jerusalem

September 14, 2014

CBN News – “Asher Intrater, director of Revive Israel Ministries and pastor of Ahavat Yeshua Congregation in Jerusalem, has authored several books about Israel and its role in history.

Intrater was raised in a conservative Jewish home in the United States, but came to faith in Yeshua (Jesus) by what he describes as a series of supernatural experiences in the late 1970s.

Asher has helped write several books, including From Iraq to Armageddon, which offers an in-depth analysis of end-time prophecy concerning the Middle East, whether there’s a deeper reason for the war in Iraq, and how close the world may be to the battle of Armageddon.

Intrater spoke with CBN News in depth about what’s really happening in the Middle East from a biblical perspective.

What are the two prerequisites for Christ’s return? Are more Jewish people putting their faith in Christ? He answers this and more.” Source – CBN News.

Check out this awesome interview with Pastor Intrater.  Here is a shorter version, but the longer 18 minute version is highly recommended:

 

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Zechariah Ch. 03

December 13, 2013

tissot_zechariahThe book was written from 520-518 BC during the reign of Darius the Great after some of the Jews began returning to Jerusalem and Israel following the 70 years of Babylonian exile. I am impressed by the depth and density of messianic prophesy and allusions to the ministry of Jesus in this old testament book.

I will be adding verses and chapters as I have time.

1 Then he showed me Joshua [In the NT believers are called “Christians” meaning simply “followers of Christ”; Joshua is actually the same name as “Yeshua”, Jesus’ Hebrew name, meaning YAHWEH Saves!] the high priest [in the Jerusalem temple] standing before the angel [mal’ak, messenger; theophany] of the Lord [Yahweh], and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. [Joshua is “standing before”, an act of priestly service; he is ministering to the second person of the Godhead, Yeshua]

2 The Lord [Yahweh Yeshua, in the form of the angel] said to Satan, “The Lord [Yahweh the Father] rebuke you, Satan! [Similar to Jesus rebuking Satan when he was trying to tempt Jesus through Peter] Indeed, the Lord [Yahweh the Father] who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?” [Joshua and we all have been rescued from certain destruction and Hell]

3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angel. [our sin makes us dirty and unworthy of fellowship with God, thus Satan’s accusations; “filthy” or tsow’ is the strongest of Hebrew terms, only used twice in the entire OT, here and in verse 4]

4 He [Yeshua, YAHWEH’s angel] spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” [Our sins are forgiven by God’s action] Again he said to him, “See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes.” [We have been robed with Christ’s righteousness, Isa 61:10, Gal 3:27]

5 Then I said, “Let them put a clean turban [Exodus 28:36-38 says the high priest was to wear a turban with a gold seal engraved with “Holy to YAHWEH”; Eph 6:17 says we are to put on the “helmet of salvation”] on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments [Joshua is given a positive righteousness. Being clothed by God in righteousness runs from Genesis (Genesis 3:7 and 3:21) to Revelation (Revelation 7:13-14)], while the angel of the Lord was standing by.

6 And the angel of the Lord admonished Joshua, saying, 7 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘If you will walk in My ways and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you free access [Paul tells us “through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father” in Ephesians 2:18] among these who are standing here. [Similar to the admonishment given to the first Joshua in Joshua 1:7.  YAHWEH promised Joshua privileged access into the presence of God, not a surprising promise for a High Priest, but we too can enter YAHWEH’s presence: “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need,” Hebrews 4:16]

8 Now listen, Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who are sitting in front of you—indeed they are men who are a symbol, [or “a sign” – they represent the free access we have to YAHWEH through His provision, the Messiah, just as Joshua was given clean clothes] for behold, I am going to bring in My servant the Branch [A messianic reference, see Isaiah 4:2 and 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5 and 33:15; Jesus used similar imagery when He said “I am the vine and you are the branches”, John 15:5].

9 For behold, the stone [we are told in Isa 28:16 that YAHWEH has laid in Zion “a precious cornerstone” and in Psm 118:22 that “the stone rejected by the builders has become the very cornerstone”–Christ Jesus is the cornerstone rejected by the builders, national Israel] that I have set before Joshua; on one stone are seven eyes. [seven is the perfect number, representative of God and the eyes represent God’s omniscience; the stone is YAHWEH Himself] Behold, I will engrave an inscription on it,’ [Zion/the people of God are inscribed on the palms of YAHWEH’s hands, Isa 49:16; Yeshua is the visible manifestation of God and was crucified with nails in His hands; per Jn 20:27 He still bears the scars after resurrection]  declares the Lord of hosts, ‘and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day’ [when Yeshua died He paid in full for the sins of the world on the day of Passover, the first of the 7 Leviticus 23 Feasts].

10 ‘In that day,’ [the day that iniquity is removed and all the days that follow] declares the Lord of hosts, ‘every one of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and under his fig tree.’” [proverbial expression that means prosperity and peace specifically under the Messiah–we are experiencing the “first fruits” now, but the full experience will occur during His millennial reign]


Meditations on The Law and our works vs. faith and the Spirit

December 22, 2012

mosesHere’s what the Bible says about the Law of God and our Works in contrast with Faith and the Spirit of God:

“Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.” (Romans 9:31, 32)

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (Romans 10:4)

“We may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified. (Gal 2:16)

“For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God.(Gal 2:19)

“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” (Gal 2:21)

“Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?” (Gal 3:2)

“Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (Gal 3:3)

“As many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse…no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” (Gal 3:10,11)

Very Important — Faith PRECEDED the Law, and is not invalided by the Law:

“Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS…it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.” (Gal 3:6,7)

The Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God. (Gal 3:17)

“If the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.” (Gal 3:18)

The Law was given to condemn us and imprison us:

“Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions.” (Gal 3:19)

“The Scripture has shut up everyone under sin.” (Gal 3:22)

Before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law.” (Gal 3:23)

The Law was given to lead us to Christ; we are no longer under the Law:

The Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. (Gal 3:24, 25)

Here’s what the Bible says about the Law and our Works, Faith and the Spirit:

“Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.” (Romans 9:31, 32)

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (Romans 10:4)

“We may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified. (Gal 2:16)

“For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God.(Gal 2:19)

“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” (Gal 2:21)

“Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?” (Gal 3:2)

“Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (Gal 3:3)

“As many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse…no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” (Gal 3:10,11)

Once we are redeemed from the Law we receive adoption as sons:

“…so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Gal 4:5)

Once you are a son that knows God (Abba Father), don’t turn back again to the Law/legalistic observances:

“But now that you have come to know God…how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days and months and seasons and years. (Gal 4:9, 10)

The slave and the free woman contrast the Law/Flesh vs. the Promise/Spirit:

“Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman.” (Gal 4:22)

These women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar.” (Gal 4:24)

“Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem.” (Gal 4:25)

“But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.” (Gal 4:26)

“We are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman. (Gal 4:31)

Don’t fall back into slavery; stand firm in Christ:

“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. (Gal 5:1)

“You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. (Gal 5:4)

The Law is contrary to the message of the cross; although preaching the Law will result in LESS persecution!

“If I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished.” (Gal 5:11)

The Law is fulfilled by Love:

The whole Law is fulfilled in… the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” (Gal 5:14)

Christians are not under the Law:

If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. (Gal 5:18)

“Deeds of the flesh” vs. “Fruit of the Spirit” contrasted in Galatians 5:19-26: In the flesh our acts are unrighteous, whereas walking in the Spirit results in fruit produced by the Spirit’s presence in our lives.

The law of Christ is to love:

“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal 6:2)

The Law results in boasting in our flesh, since it is our own obedience that is earning our favor:

“Those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh. (Gal 6:13)


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