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This is the text of a message which was preached October 5th, 2002 to Israeli Jewish and Arab believers in an Israeli forest in Galilee.   The message, "Repairers of the Breach," was delivered by a Messianic Jewish congregational leader in northern Israel. For all those who petition the Lord on behalf of Israel this message will speak to the heart of critical matters confronting the Body of Christ in Israel.  Although the current Intifada, that began in 2000, has placed incredible stress on the reconciliation movement between Jewish and Arab believers in the land of Israel, here light is shed on how the Lord is continuing to move to bring healing and restoration to the Body in Israel.

Message in a Forest: Repairer of the Breach

by Eitan Shishkoff Tents of Mercy, Haifa

Intro/October 2002:  This past Shabbat it was my privilege and my challenge to address a multi-congregational gathering of Arab and Jewish believers in Yeshua in a forest clearing in the Galilee. I was honored, humbled and scared by the invitation, feeling that the occasion called for a message straight from God.

These past two years have been an onslaught by the enemy not only on Israeli life, but on the relationships between Jewish and Arab Israeli citizens.  At times
Israel's struggle with the Palestinians has spilled over onto the Arab members of Israeli society, who are not a part of the Palestinian territories.  But many Arab Israelis have relatives and friends who live inside the Palestinian Authority.  This creates complex and sometimes contradictory viewpoints and emotions.

Last spring an Arab Israeli pastor whom I highly respect approached me to convey some of that complexity.  He believes in
Israel. He affirms our place as Jews in the land and as Messianic Jews.  He has attended a number of celebrations at our congregation. Our youth group has worshiped with his youth group.  But he was feeling the need for deeper communication in light of the heaviness of the situation. He felt that we, as Jewish believers were not fully in touch with the atmosphere and intifada-connected challenges in the Arab Christian churches in Israel. His honesty and transparency touched me. With Messiah-likeness he was able to give me greater compassion for his people and at the same time he identified with the pain and misery experienced by the Jewish people under wave after wave of terrorism.

As a direct result of this brother reaching out to me, I found myself standing nervously before several hundred Jewish, Arab and non-Israeli believers last Shabbat.  God came through with a message that touched many hearts. I'm taking the liberty of attaching the message, "REPAIRER OF THE BREACH" in hopes that it will assist you in interceding for us and for our Arab brothers and sisters.  We have indeed been handed an unwanted opportunity. That opportunity is to demonstrate the covenant love of brothers, followers of the same Lord, during a time of terrible conflict.

Repairer of the Breach

A message given by Eitan Shishkoff
to Arab and Jewish believers gathered together in a forest in the Galilee on October 5, 2002

Isaiah 58: 9-12 Then you shall call and the Lord will answer; you shall cry and He will say, "Here I am."  If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness.the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought.those from among you will build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to dwell in.

In an intercessory prayer meeting last week, a pastor from
U.S. spoke of his fear of Russians while he was growing up in Carlsbad, New Mexico when families were building bomb shelters and getting ready for World War III.

This was a breach between people groups caused by historic circumstances that produced fear and even hatred.  But in this prayer meeting the pastor rejoiced because now he actually knows "Russian" people-Russian Israelis actually-and in the place where fear once prevailed now is love.  After his confession, he prayed so tenderly for the Russian-speaking Israelis, who in turn forgave him and confessed similar fears of Americans.  "Perfect love casts out fear," Yochanan (the apostle John) says.

After these things Dalia, an Israeli-born believer, prayed about the breach in our country between Russian-speaking olim (Jewish immigrants) and tsabarim (orsabra, a native Israeli Jew).  She confessed the antagonism she and other native Israelis have felt and of the rejection of the new immigrants and feelings of distance and dislike.

The Russian-speaking intercessors admitted to similar feelings of victimization and anger against tsabarim (native Israelis).  As an immigrant, I had to agree that I have struggled at times with similar feelings of rejection and great feelings of inadequacy in the process of absorption.

Ezek 37:21, 22 describes exactly the opposite of this:  One nation, one people, one King. King.  That says a lot!  That says that in the Kingdom of our King, there is the promise of being one people.

 We may not be able yet to unite all streams of Israeli society, but within the Kingdom, where Yeshua is King, we have not only the possibility, but also the mandate. 

He has broken down every wall of partition. Through the cross He abolished the enmity that existed in the flesh in order to bring us together (Eph 2).  We no longer know any man according to the flesh, but by the Spirit. (2Cor

What IS the
Kingdom of God?  How is it to be manifested and expressed on earth? 

Some of our [Jewish] people point to the deceased
Brooklyn rabbi Schneersohn and proclaim "Baruch HaBa, Melech HaMashiach" ("Blessed be the King, the Messiah"). 

Clearly our people are looking for and waiting for a king who will inaugurate a
Divine Kingdom with new rules and a higher way of life.  Jewish tradition speaks of a "New Torah" that the Messiah will teach when He comes!  We know that the New Covenant is the promised breakthrough, the greater revelation of the way of God on earth.  In it, the true King, Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah) speaks much of God's Kingdom.

Yeshua said to pray "that your Kingdom come on earth, as it is in heaven."  What does that look like?

 Yeshua instructed His disciples to announce the coming of God's Kingdom with the accompanying actions of setting the demonized free and healing the diseased.  He taught them to say "The Kingdom of God is at hand."   We are to Seek first the
Kingdom of God

While volumes have been written on the subject, it is possible to say simply that Yeshua's Kingdom is a reversal of the effects of the curse of rebellion on mankind. 

Paul says that it is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  B'kitsur-the Kingdom is now likened to leaven, which spreads through flour, making bread.  Infiltrating.  The Kingdom is to infiltrate society, bringing a taste of the King's coming. 

How can we as ambassadors of this magnificent, merciful, eternal King, bring His reign to our land? One very visible and immediate way to manifest His Kingdom is in the midst of the complex relationship being watched by all the world right now: Arabs and Jews.

We are faced in our land not only with the coming together of cultures among Jewish people, but our nation consists of Arab Israelis as well.  Many of your families have been in this land for centuries. You speak Hebrew better than I do, and in many ways you are far more "Israeli" than I, or other immigrants are.  After all, you are native to the
Middle East.

The foods we all love to eat as "Israeli" food, including such delicacies as "schwarma" and "felafel," are in fact given to us by you-our Arab neighbors.  Yet here is another area of sensitivity; another area abundant with rejection; another area greatly in need of healing. 

For the past two years we have both been pounded by the forces of satan seeking to destroy what had been fragilely built over the years of Arab-Jewish relationships among believers in the land. 

In my brief 10 years in
Israel I have watched wonderful steps taken.  Yet I realize that there is still a long way to go. The cycle of wounding, reaction, rejection, suspicion, hurt, anger and withdrawal is too familiar. But we believers are all of the one King and we of His kingdom have the unique opportunity, even responsibility and calling, to counter this cycle.  This cycle can only be broken through the cross of Yeshua.  As Ephesians 2 puts it:  The cross of Messiah shatters the enmity because we are all now indebted to the same Savior and submitted to the same Lord. 

He also gives us the power to forgive and to counter fear with love.  If I know that I am no longer a loser-even if I am given that impression from another ethnic group--then I can respond from security and reach out instead of withdraw.

TRUE reconciliation can only happen through the Cross.  Only when you and I are willing, because of our security in the love of Messiah-only when I have lost my rights by identifying with Yeshua's death-can we embrace each other with hearing hearts and affirmation. 

Anise, our extraordinary Arab pastor brother from the
Galilee town of Shfar Am, moved me by his honest communication earlier this year. 

He sought me out to touch sensitive things-to help to me identify with your pain as Arab Israelis during this war and to break down a wall. 

This path is costly.  This path is includes pain and misunderstanding and awkwardness.  But it is a high and glorious path that reflects the very nature and triumph of our King!

Let me sum it up: Those who have come recently to the land feel fear, embarrassment, bitterness, inferiority, anger and frustration.  Those being attacked for being Jewish, feel rage, frustration, grief. 

Those being identified with "the enemy" because of shared Arab culture, language and identity feel injustice, resentment, rejection and anger.

But what is God's plan? 
To awesomely use both the "aliyah" (return to
Israel) and the "intifada" (uprising) to overcome our experiences of rejection and division.   For olim (immigrants) and tsabarim (natives), as well as for Jews and Arabs-we have the power in Yeshua to convey acceptance and encouragement.  We can identify with each other, and by understanding in our hearts, to reach out as brothers.

The enemy hates aliyah.  The enemy hates Arab-Jewish brotherhood in Messiah. 

It will not do to oppose the arrival of new olim (immigrants).  It is a supernatural act of God, fulfilling His ancient, inviolable Word.  It will not do to resent our co-existence as Arab and Jew in this land: His Torah says to embrace the "ger" who dwells in the land and to live together according to the Law of the Lord. 

Therefore, if we cooperate with God, He will bless and use us.  This is our promised land!  We must embrace His calling to dwell in this land according to His law of love.  To bring patience, kindness, encouragement and honoring into our midst.

We have an incredible opportunity to demonstrate the
Kingdom of God, the qualities of the life of the King in the land of the King.

I cannot pretend to know all about how to do this.  But I believe deeply that if we take honest, obedient steps---if we watch for opportunities as Arab & Jewish followers of Yeshua, as olim and tsabarim who love His appearing, that He will make a feast from the broken pieces of bread that are our lives.

Let us forgive those who have judged and rejected us.  Whether it is in the realm of olim and tsabarim or in the area of Arab and Jewish Israeli. 

It is time to repent of our unholy attitudes of judgment and rejection.  It is time to announce The Kingdom of God is at hand!

If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness.the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought. and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to dwell in.         Isaiah 58:9-12  Article at

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