Return to Jerusalem
by Asher Intrater
August 22, 2006
in the strategic revelation for the end times, called by some
"Road to Jerusalem" and others "Back to Jerusalem."
This has particular significance for our brothers and sisters
in the Far East and Asia, but is a matter of prayer for all of
God wants the gospel
preached in all places at all times (Mark 16:15). However, there
is also a certain directional plan that stretches over the centuries.
That "wave" generally flows westward. When God expelled
Adam and Eve from Eden, they went eastward. When Abraham responded
to God's call, he returned westward to the land of Canaan. Judah
was exiled to Babylon at the time of Jehoiachin, and then restored
to Israel, starting with Zerubabbel.
[Note: The return to
Jerusalem represents the biblical hope for mankind to return to
the Garden of Eden.]
Yeshua (Jesus) told
His disciples to be His witnesses from "Jerusalem, Judah
and Samaria, and unto all the ends of the earth"- Acts 1:8.
The gospel spread out in all directions. When Saul (Paul) traveled
north into Syria and Turkey, he planned to turn eastward toward
Asia. However the Holy Spirit forbid him from doing so (Acts 16:6-7).
Instead the Holy Spirit instructed him to travel to Greece (Acts
16:9-10) and later to Rome (Acts 23:11).
Over the years the
gospel moved across Europe westward and eventually to North and
South America. Revival started on the US East coast in the 18th
century and hit the West coast in the Pentecostal revivals at
the turn of the 20th century. From there the gospel moved across
the Pacific to Asia, particularly to South Korea in the late 1900's.
Today the gospel is spreading miraculously in such places as India,
Africa, and China.
Since the world is
round, this continuing direction will bring the gospel eventually
back to where it started, and that is to Israel. It is as if the
gospel is being reversed through the book of Acts, from chapter
28 to chapter 1, from "the ends of the earth" back to
"Samaria, Judea, and Jerusalem." At the end, instead
of Yeshua going up to heaven from the Mount of Olives, He will
come back down from heaven to the Mount of Olives "in the
same manner"(Acts 1:11).
One of the exciting
aspects of this world evangelism strategy is the current revivals
across Asia and Africa. The next major paradigm shift will be
for the gospel to go out of these "non-White" nations
into the Muslim and Arab nations. After that, there is only one
destination left, and that is to Israel.
The reason that the
gospel has to return to Jerusalem is that Yeshua is going to return
here. The 2,000 year period of evangelism has a goal, an end,
a purpose. That goal is the Second Coming of Yeshua and the establishment
of the Kingdom of God on earth.
When the gospel of
the kingdom is preached over the whole world (Matthew 24:14) and
when the Jews in Jerusalem receive Yeshua as King and Messiah
(Matthew 23:37-39), that end will come. This strategic vision
has the following five steps: