in Israel is on the way. We can be sure of
that because the Bible promises that, "All Israel
will be saved" - Romans
11:26. That is the banner cry of our
before all Israel will be saved, there will be 144,000
Israelis who will be saved (Revelation 7:4).
And before the 144,000 saved, there will be a remnant of
11:4-5). And before the 7,000, we must do
all we can to at least "save some of them" (Romans 11:14, I Corinthians 9:22).
before having even a few saved, sometimes it feels that we
are completely alone ("For I also am an Israelite" - Romans 11:1). It all starts with each
individual person's decision. Those Messianic Jews who came
to the Lord in the late 60's or early 70's remember the experience
of "I must be the only one ..."
for Israel, as in any other aspect of the
kingdom (Mark -32), develops in stages. The process
here is: 1) one to 2) some
to 3) seven thousand to 4) 144,000
to 5) all Israel. The process is in progress already.
We are not to sit back waiting idly for a "post-rapture" revival,
but to be actively involved now in evangelism, discipleship
and congregational planting.
the turn of the year 2,000, we reached the point of 7,000
believers in Israel. Now we are setting out sights
to grow from 7,000 to 144,000. To some that would seem impossible,
yet in the 1980's we saw the Messianic movement in the U.S. grow to those numbers and in the
1990's in the former Soviet Union as well. So we've got two positive testimonies already
to build our faith.
faith, we envision 144,000 believers in Yeshua (Jesus) who
are Israel citizens and speak Hebrew. How
can we get there? The answer can be found in two words: MULTIPLY
CONGREGATIONS. The goal of our ministry is to help messianic
congregations multiply around Israel.
Garrison, in his new book, "Church Planting Movements" (WIGT
press, 2004) gives an insightful analysis of massive revivals
over the last decade, particularly in Asia. In all those movements he found
the common factors of local lay leadership, indigenous evangelism
and multiplying home cell churches.
notes that a team of people, which he calls "church
planting strategy coordinators", often plays a key role in fostering the revivals. In our terminology,
we refer to this as a "five-fold" or "apostolic" ministry
team (Ephesians 4:1-16).
The concept of training local believers to multiply congregations
throughout Israel fits exactly what is on our heart.
this reason my intention is not to become a pastor myself
of a congregation, but to "equip" others to lead
their own. This is a transition from being a "player" to
being more of a "coach". Yeshua Himself was a revival
preacher, but He placed more importance on training the twelve
to multiply the kingdom after He was gone. Following this
example, Betty and I are looking to invest our lives in 12
young men and 12 young women, to help them fulfill their
destinies, and in turn train others.
pastor focuses on tending the flock, an evangelist on reaching
the lost, a teacher on discipling the saints through the Scriptures and a prophet
on responding to the Holy Spirit. An apostolic ministry team
seeks to combine and coordinate these gift ministries into
the goal of multiplying congregations. Planting new congregations
is the distinctive mark of apostolic ministry.
key to multiplying congregations is to train local believers
to be able to lead home cells. Some of those are called to
be cell leaders within a larger congregation, and others
are called to start new congregations. For this reason, our
program will focus on a discipleship-training center. The
goal is to train, send out and provide long-term "back
up" for home cell/congregation leaders.
DTC will include daily prayer and praise ministry in which
the prophetic gifts will be encouraged. We will plan strategic
evangelistic outreaches, as well as personal sharing with "not-yet-believers." And
of course there will be daily teaching and impartation from
the scriptures. For each of the trainees, we seek to have
a local pastor take charge of the personal mentoring and
Along with these ministries, we must always remember to give
to the poor. Revive Israel Ministries is involved in three
funds that provide financial assistance to needy believers
in Israel. We see this as an essential part
of true apostolic ministry (Mark 14:7, Acts 11:3, Galatians , Romans , I Corinthians
vision is for national revival in Israel. The goal is to multiply congregations
across the country. The program is a discipleship training
center, combining prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral and teaching
ministries, to produce home cell leaders for the congregations.
Yet that is not enough. Because of the particular spiritual
warfare concerning revival in the "Holy Land," we need a special degree
backing comes from a network of prayer support from believers
around the world. Paul prefaced his prophecy that "All
Israel will be saved" with the condition that the international
community of faith would first receive revelation about the
importance of revival and restoration in Israel. With the revelation of the international
church concerning Israel, they will certainly begin to pray,
and "SO" or "THEN" (Romans ) and
only then, will the revival take place.
of the godly benefits of the Internet is that it provides
a network of prayer, information and unity in His body internationally.
It is so important for us to link up with Christians around
the world in our weekly email update in order to pray in
an informed and accurate way concerning end-time events in Israel.
Simply stated, here's our strategy from the Lord: 1) International prayer network [the backing] 2) Discipleship training center [the program] a. Prophetic prayer and praise b. Evangelistic outreaches c. Teaching to produce local leaders 3) Multiplying congregations [the goal] 4) Revival in Israel [the vision].
you for standing in agreement with us as partners for the
restoration of the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:5-8).
core of this revival is that myriads of local Israelis will
come to faith in Yeshua. We have set our goal to be a part
of God's work in this land to see 200,000 Israelis come to
this number may seem outlandish to some people at this time,
we do not see it as unrealistic, as God will give us grace.
In the mid 70's there were barely a few thousand Jewish believers
in Yeshua (Jesus) in the United States. Through the late 70's and the
80's, even by conservative estimates, that number grew to
be well over 200,000.
the fall of communism in Eastern
there were also just a few thousand Jewish believers in Yeshua.
Throughout the 1990's, that number also grew exponentially,
and would also cover 200,000 believers throughout Eastern Europe and other Diaspora communities.
the late 1970's there has been a steady, albeit slow, growth
of local Israelis who believe in Yeshua, particularly from
secular Israeli backgrounds. We believe that the next decade
will show a rapid increase of faith in Yeshua among local
for Revival and Restoration
find a commission and guidelines for this revival in the
following discussion between Yeshua and his disciples:
"When they were gathered together, they asked Him, saying, 'Lord, will you
at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?' And He said unto them, 'It is
not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father has set in His
own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and unto the ends of the earth.'"
season for revival and restoration of Israel was not in the first century following Yeshua's resurrection.
That was the time for the exile of Israel and for the gospel to go around
the world. We believe that God's timing for Israel's revival and restoration is in
the last century right before the second coming of Yeshua,
as the Jews have been re-gathered back to their land from
these words of Yeshua we understand that revival here will
have three basic parts:
An outpouring of the Holy Spirit and power among the believers
2. Wide spread evangelism to local Israelis across the country.
3. A positive and Godly influence upon the government and society of Israel.
these guidelines we find our first step to be fostering the
move of the Holy Spirit, together with all the prophetic
gifts, among the believers in Israel. This revival experience is best
described for us in the scriptures in Acts 2. We believe
that Acts chapter 2 sets the standard and example for revival
and renewal of the community of faith in Israel, not only in the first century,
but also in this present day as well. We look forward to
more and more of these spiritual elements described in Acts
2 occurring in our midst today.
the 1980's I was privileged to serve in a network of ministries
that later became known as Tikkun International. The director of that ministry is Dan Juster, and has included such men of God as EitanShiskoff, Paul Wilbur, Michael
Brown, Thurlow Switzer, Don Finto, and many others too numerous to mention here. My international
ministry connection remains with the Tikkun network
to this day. During the 1980's I was involved with them in
such projects as Beth Messiah Congregation in WashingtonD.C., EtsChayim day school, MontgomeryCovenantAcademy, and El Shaddai congregation
in Frederick, Maryland.
the early and mid 1990's, after our immigration to Israel, I was privileged to serve as assistant
to Joseph Shulam of Netivyah Ministries
in Jerusalem. Joe is one of the foremost authorities
in the world today on the Jewish background of New Covenant
the mid to late 1990's I was privileged to serve as assistant
to IlanZamir, (who has gone on to be with the Lord), in helping
to establish the Messianic Jewish Alliance of Israel and IsraelCollege of the Bible. MJAI is a national
union of Jewish believers in Yeshua. ICOB is a national Bible
college both for Jewish believers and international students.
that time, both in discussions with Ilan,
and in an ever-growing burden in my personal prayer life,
I saw the need for native-born Israelis to come to salvation
in Yeshua. This became a passionate desire of my heart. I
began to seek new avenues to be able to share the gospel
that time I started to work together with Rachel Natanel.
We began to share the gospel in personal home settings. We
were surprised at the openness of Israelis to hear the gospel
when it was presented to them in love, in the anointing of
the Holy Spirit, in Hebrew, and in an Israeli cultural setting.
that time as well, a young Israeli woman by the name of Sarah,
from an ultra-orthodox background, came to faith in Yeshua
together with us. Her faith resulted in persecution against
her (including beatings), and general attacks against us
from the ultra-orthodox. With both Rachel and Sarah, we saw
many new opportunities, breakthroughs, and challenges for
evangelism in Jerusalem.
the late 1990's, I joined and began preaching at congregation Tifferet Yeshua
in Tel Aviv, led by Pastor AriSorkoram and Elder Eddie Santoro. We had a similar vision
for the power of the Holy Spirit, direct evangelism, and
a totally Hebrew-Sabra cultural framework for the congregation. We began to
see great spiritual blessing in the congregation.
that time I was split between the personal evangelism ministry
in Jerusalem, and the preaching and congregational
ministry in Tel Aviv. I realized that we would have to join
the two together in one location. In the year 2000, we decided
to move our family to the Tel Aviv area in order to unify
the congregational, evangelistic, and discipleship ministries.
I joined in partnership with our dear brother SimchaDavidof for street evangelism
in Tel Aviv.
this year (2003) we began to see again yet another break
through as the pastoral and evangelistic ministries were
combined. We have seen a steady stream of new, native-born
Israelis come to faith in Yeshua and join the congregation.
This has been an exciting and unprecedented experience.
this season of harvest we find ourselves blessed with a new
challenge: How to raise up new cell group and ministry leaders,
and how to multiply these beginning streams of revival across
the country. It is with this challenge in mind that the Lord
has been renewing in our hearts the vision for a comprehensive
and intensive discipleship training center, located in the
Judean hills outside of Jerusalem, which would serve the
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and surrounding areas.