Asher Intrater – Excerpt from Chapter 22 of All Authority
The Messianic Jewish remnant in Israel today is a partial restoration of the first-century community of disciples, including the emergence of apostolic-prophetic ministry teams within that remnant. Although it is still in its “baby” stages, we believe that the Messianic remnant in Israel will have a certain role to play in the fulfillment of end times’ prophecy.
In Acts 1 the disciples received the promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2 on Pentecost (Shavuot) morning, they were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Between the promise and the outpouring, the disciples gave themselves to fervent, united prayer which lead to revival. Yet there was another element between the prayer and the outpouring: the appointment of the 12th apostle.
At first glance, that appointment doesn’t seem significant. However, the restoration of the 12th apostle was important in order to preserve the covenant pattern of the 12 tribes of Israel. It had symbolic significance like the 12 stones of Elijah’s altar (I Kings 18:31) and the 12 stones of Joshua’s memorial (Joshua 4:2-3). In God’s plan, the “new” is always faithful to the “old”—to the prophecies and patterns established under previous covenants.
The re-appointment of the 12th apostle can be seen as symbolic of the restoration of the apostolic-prophetic Messianic remnant in Israel today. At the same time, through the house of prayer movement, God is raising up a world-wide network of united prayer. The parallel emergence of a united international prayer network and a Messianic remnant in Israel are like end times’ puzzle pieces coming into place, and a sign that we are moving toward a historic end times’ revival.
The promise of world revival in Acts 2:17 is a quote from the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28 – 3:1). This text seems to be a prophetic hint that in the generation of those who survived the Holocaust, God would restore the nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem. Then God would call unto salvation a remnant of faith among the Jews in Israel. When this remnant is in place, the conditions will be set for the end times’ prophecies to come to pass. These include both the negative prophecies of world disasters and the positive prophecies of world revival.
In Acts 15 the historic apostolic council took place in Jerusalem to discuss the development of the Gentile churches. They made a gracious, strategic decision to encourage the international churches to grow without having to keep certain Torah commandments which were so important to Jewish identity (circumcision, foods, feasts, etc.) These instructions were sent around the world and the result was that the churches began to grow and multiply (Acts 16:4-5).
Gentile churches do not need to submit in the same way to Messian