This article was first published on the Revive Israel website
here on January 11th 2018 and on the Kehila News website
here on January 29th 2018.
One of the most precious promises
in the Bible is in Acts 2:17, "In the Last Days, says the Lord, I will
pour out My Spirit on all flesh." We understand this to be a promise of
a world-wide revival in the end times. (Yeshua also said that the
"harvest is the end of the world" Matthew 13:39.)
Some people do not believe in such a revival in the end times. They point
to the prophecies about persecution and tribulation and the antichrist in
the end times, and conclude (reasonably enough) that there could be no
So which is it? Revival or persecution? Victory or tribulation? The answer
of course is "both". There is revival in the midst of persecution; victory
in the midst of tribulation.
One way to see this balance is by an overview of the book of Revelation.
There we see a clear description of the evil empire of the antichrist and
the massive murder of true believers around the world (Revelation 12, 13,
Asher Intrater Director - Tikkun International & Revive Israel
On the other hand there is no book in the Bible that teaches more about
victory and overcoming. Every single one of the seven churches in
Revelation 2-3 are enjoined to "overcome". Presumably, this spiritual
encouragement to be an overcomer is relevant to all of us as believers in
Yeshua even today.
Yeshua is the Lion of Judah who overcomes - Revelation 5:5.
The saints are sealed by the Holy Spirit as protection from the judgments
of God - Revelation 7:4, 9.
Our prayers will have power (Revelation 8:3-5); biblical prophecies will
challenge the nations (Revelation 10:11); the community of faith will be
glorified like a mother giving birth yet attacked by a dragon (Revelation
12:1-4); we overcome by the blood of Yeshua (12:10); there is a harvest of
both good and evil in the end (Revelation 14); praise overcomes the evil
power of the beast (15:2-3).
The book of Revelation, as the last book of the Bible, describes a period
of great moral darkness, yet a people of glory and purity in the midst of
that darkness (Isaiah 60:1-3). It is not all dark; and certainly not all
light. The light becomes purer; the darkness becomes more evil. Both occur
at the same time. Therefore the book of Revelation has more passages about
victory and more passages about persecution than any other book.
This truth or balance can be missed on either side. When Yeshua returns,
the kingdoms of this world become the kingdom of God (Revelation 11:15).
There is not total dominion before that time. Goodness will grow inside the
people of God until it finally fills the earth. But that fullness does not
come until Yeshua's return.
In this age, there is a beautiful progress in the kingdom of God. We come
into unity of faith (John 17); the Church comes to her fullness (Romans
11:25); Israel will be saved (Romans 11:26); the "bride" will be made ready
The fact that the book of Revelation speaks so much about both "victory"
and about "persecution" shows that the two seeming contradictory aspects
happen at the same time. Let's maintain such a balanced view.
to support the vision of Tikkun International.
There have been comments to this article ...
11:05am 06Mar18, Bill: What a eye opener concerning how believers in Christ are "sealed"
not to parade the protection in front of non believers, nor to
boast of it. I am humbled. Truly He has set some aside for His
redemption and for His glory.
7:07pm 06Mar18, Don Burr: Your thoughts on 1Cor. 13:7 particularly; love always trusts and
12:03am 07Mar18, James Reeder: We are living in the last days. As in the times of Noah, Yeshua
warned us. Let the wheat and chaff grow together
5:33am 07Mar18, Philip Latham: Excellent! And the book of Revelation is the only one which
states those who read it are especially blessed!
1:59pm 07Mar18, Janice Trachsel: Oh what get hope we have! Our Almighty will fulfilled His Mighty
His promises in His WORD over His church His bride! As darkness
increase, the power of our Almighty Holy God increases with
GREATER POWER! Yeshua is the Lion of Judah who overcomes -
Revelation 5:5 Bless Your Holy Name, Yeshua!
4:13pm 07Mar18, Annette Little Wolf: Thank you, Asher, for such an encouragement: in the very midst of
darkness the harvest and victories are growing! this balance, a
great eye opener to me, living in 4th atheist country of the
2:00pm 08Mar18, Carol Bogen: Bravo! This is encouraging Word to the Body of Christ. Just as
it was in the land of Goshen!
12:03am 09Mar18, Wayne Fleming: Great Article, Thanks Brother.
12:28am 09Mar18, Miriam Maranzenboim: I think Daniel needs to be considered (2nd half). Sir Isaac
Newton wrote "Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the
Apocalypse of St. John."
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Tikkun (tee-koon) n. (Hebrew)
1. Restoration, bringing back to health, strength, rebuilding;
2. Setting in order, making straight;
3. World redemption [Jewish tradition] - the final restoration of the
world in harmony with God.
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