prophetic message by Israeli evangelist Asher Intrater that dissolves
significant understanding barriers in how believers in every nation
and how we must come to view the Remnant of believers in
This is a breakthrough understanding that will equip intercessors
to pray for their own nations as well as to pray with far more
effectiveness for God's plan for Israel.
God's destiny for every nation is carried by its believing remnant!
truly believe this is a prophetic word for the body for the new
Destiny of the Nations
By Asher Intrater
nation has two groups of people in it: the general population,
which is seen by God as being in rebellion to His authority (Psalm
2); and the remnant, which is the group of true born-again followers
of Jesus (Yeshua). The spiritual destiny of a nation is carried
by the remnant of believers within that nation. We cannot understand
God’s purpose and destiny for a nation by the unbelievers—
even though the unbelievers are usually the majority population
within the nation.
When God looks at a nation, He looks at it like a piece of fruit—like
a banana with a peel, or like a nut with a shell surrounding it.
The unbelievers in the nation are like the outer shell, but you—the
believing remnant within the nation—are the part that God
is looking at as the bearers of the national destiny! God’s
purpose and the destiny for your nation is not in the hard outer
shell of the unbelievers; it is in the core fruit of the believing
remnant of your nation!
Let me give you a couple of examples. We cannot understand the
spiritual destiny of China by looking at the communist regime
of Mao Tse-Tung. That is only the carnal exterior of China—the
chaff! The “wheat” of China is the approximately 100
million believers found in it's underground church. When God looks
at China He sees both the wheat and the chaff.
If we do not have much spiritual discernment, we will only see
the chaff, because that is what is visible to the natural eye.
That is, we would only be able to see communist China and not
the fruit of God within the underground Chinese church. It takes
spiritual sight to see the hidden remnant within China, but it
is only the believing remnant that carries the purpose and destiny
of God for China.
In the end, God will separate the two. Remember that God takes
the chaff and burns it up (Matthew 3:12)! The communist regime
is not even going to be in the kingdom of God, but the underground
Chinese church will be. We understand why God made the Chinese
nation, when we see its underground Church. Consider the suffering
and courage of that community of faith. What would the kingdom
of God be without them?
Let me give you another example: the believing remnant of Palestinians
in Israel. One of the joys we Messianic Jews have in Israel is
our relationship with Palestinian Christians. I’m talking
about born again, Spirit-filled, evangelizing believers who are
Arab by birth! We have organized conferences from time to time,
in which we enjoy precious worship and communion together.
As Jews we are enriched by our fellowship with Arab Christians,
because they carry with them some of the culture of our forefather
Abraham. Our people—the Jewish people—have been scattered
in exile for the past two thousand years, and so we have come
back somewhat as strangers to our own land. We have actually discovered
some of our own roots through our Arab Christian friends!
Our ministry in Israel is in partnership with a group of Palestinian
evangelists who are preaching the gospel to Muslims in the West
Bank. They are in danger of their lives from day to day. Yet Muslims
are being saved through them! Like the underground church of China,
they also suffer for their faith. As a Jewish believer, I cannot
imagine the kingdom of God without the remnant of true Arab Christians!
God has a spiritual purpose and destiny for every tribe, tongue,
people and nation - if only we will have spiritual eyes to see
it. The same holds true for Israel. If you want to understand
the purpose for our nation, you cannot look at the unbelievers.
You have to look at the hidden believing remnant within Israel.
"God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Do you
not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with
God against Israel…? But what does the divine response say
to him? 'I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have
not bowed the knee to Baal.' Even so then, at this present time
there is a remnant according to the election of grace."
Perhaps you did not even know that there is a believing remnant
in Israel. Today - similar as in Elijah's days - there are more
than 7,000 people who are Israeli citizens, Jewish by physical
birth, and born again by the Spirit of Yeshua. I am blessed to
count myself as one of those.
As it was in the example of the Chinese Church and the Palestinian
Christians, so it is with the Messianic Remnant of Israel. The
destiny of our nation is found within the believing community,
not in the unbelieving majority. If you want to understand what
God is doing in Israel, the primary place you will be able to
see it is within the Messianic Remnant.
Some of you have become confused in trying to understand God's
destiny for Israel by looking at our unbelieving politicians—right
wing or left wing, or by our unbelieving rabbis—Orthodox
or Reform. That is not where you are going to see God's purpose
for Israel! Why are you willing to have spiritual discernment
when you look at every other nation of the world except for our
I want to challenge you as Christian intercessors. If you want
to understand the purpose of Israel you must look past the outer
shell of our unbelieving politicians and rabbis, and you must
look to the core remnant of true believers within our nation.
If you continue to try to see the spiritual destiny and purpose
of Israel by looking only at the unbelievers, you will only get
confused either on one side or the other. Either you might become
an "Israel-worshipper"; in which case you might start
believing that a right-wing politician or religious rabbi is saved
just because he can quote some things from the Bible.
On the other hand, you might end up in "Replacement Theology",
rejecting God's plan for Israel altogether because you say, ‘These
people are not spiritual and not believers in Yeshua. Therefore
they can't be Israel; and God has no special destiny for this
nation.’ That is also a grave mistake. Both Israel idolatry
and Replacement theology are errors. Both come from the mistake
of missing the role of the Messianic remnant within the nation.
The Messianic Remnant provides the correction for both Israel
idolatry and Replacement theology.
As in every other nation, to understand the destiny and purpose
of God for Israel we must look with spiritual discernment at the
believing remnant within the nation. This remnant of evangelizing
believers is how the kingdom of God is increasing. That reality
is no less true in Israel than it is in every other nation on
the face of the earth.
We must have God’s vision for the nations which is expressed
and carried only in the believing remnant of that nation. There
are two possible destinies for the peoples in every nation. There
is the good destiny that comes from God and a perversion of that
destiny which comes from the devil.
We can see this in Zechariah 14 where the phrase “all nations”
is used twice in the chapter. At the beginning of the chapter
(verses 2-3) it says, “For I will gather all the nations
against Jerusalem to battle” and they will be destroyed
by Yeshua at His second coming. (NAS)
Then toward the end of the same chapter in (v.16) it also says
that “…every one that is left of all the nations which
came against Jerusalem” (or, you could say, the remnant
of every nation) shall even go up from year to year to worship
the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.”
You see that “all the nations” have both a positive
divine destiny and a negative demonic destiny. The struggle between
those two destinies is what spiritual warfare is all about. You
are the representative within your nation that carries the destiny
that God sees for your nation. You contain within you a vision
for the salvation of your nation.
You are not going to be the part of the unbelievers from “all
nations” that come up to Jerusalem to be destroyed! You
represent the kernel of wheat within your nation and not the chaff.
You carry God’s vision for the nations regarding Israel.
You are called to partner with the remnant of believers in Israel
through intercession and support of God’s purposes within
Your future is to be among those from all the nations who will
gather each year to worship King Yeshua in Jerusalem. This is
The Destiny of the Nations that is carried within the remnant
of every tribe and tongue and people and nation…including
Israel and including your nation.
Nov, 2005 at http://www.revive-israel.org/