Recently, I shared with the International Board of Directors and the U.S. National Leadership Team a significant event that occurred during our trip to Israel in May. As has become a highlight of our trips in the last few years, we invited Asher Intrater of Revive Israel, an Apostle and a Messianic Israeli believer, to have dinner with us one evening and to share his heart afterward. What followed was, simply put – astounding! It was the subject of my blog in May, and because of the significance of the event to the ministry and an ensuing email from Asher, I feel compelled to share it with the global Aglow family.
Have you ever wondered why there is so much interest in the world about Israel? How could one tiny nation be of such concern? Why do all the Muslim nations that surround Israel hate her with such passion they want to remove her from the face of the earth? Israel surely is the center of the earth. Though small, her destiny is huge.
Jerusalem is the only city on earth that has been chosen by God as His dwelling place. It is the city to which Jesus will return and it is the place from which He will rule His earthly Kingdom – it is the ultimate seat of government in the universe! The true question being warred over today is, whose god will rule from Jerusalem? As believers in Yeshua, the Word of God makes it clear. We know that Jesus, King of the universe, is the One who will rule from Jerusalem. It is and will always be His seat of government.
In the book of Acts, we see that in Jerusalem 2000 years ago, there were apostles who had a vision for the Kingdom of God. Now, all these years later, the nation of Israel has been reestablished. A remnant of faith within Israel is also established, and an apostolic council has recently been appointed by the Israeli Messianic leadership.
In these latter days, the Word of the Lord is going to come out of Jerusalem again because the Kingdom of God is at hand. Aglow has a key role to play in the end time to help finish the Great Commission, to preach the gospel to every nation and for the Lord to pour His Holy Spirit on all flesh.
If you were with us in 2009 at the Worldwide Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, you will remember when Asher asked us if we would be willing to become the spirit of Mary in the earth to usher in the return of the Lord. Well, this is that.
Now, back to our Israel trip in May and our visit with Asher and this is the amazing part; He asked the group:
What if Aglow worldwide would receive a commission from the apostolic leadership of the city of Jerusalem in keeping with the scripture in Acts 1: 8? You would be the same Aglow, with the same vision, the same fire, and the same worship, but all of a sudden you would represent what has been reestablished after 2000 years in Jerusalem. It is Jerusalem that has sent you out. It would be the restoration of Acts 1 to prepare for Yeshua to come back and we want to be aligned in that way.
At that point in the meeting, the leadership of Aglow that was present in Israel, and all those on the trip, arose and came to receive this corporate commissioning as a people who are sent out from Jerusalem to be witnesses in every nation in the earth.
God is restoring something in our generation. Acts 1 leads to Acts 2. Being sent out from Jerusalem is a significant step. It is a spiritual alignment that will further release the last day anointing and power to accomplish what was on His heart from the beginning.
After returning home, I wrote a blog about this and was surprised to see that Asher linked to it in his Revive Israel newsletter. A few days later, I received an email from Asher. He expressed how blessed he and his team were about the covenantal commissioning that took place in Jerusalem and he shared thoughts of how that commissioning was linked to Isaiah 60.
Everything that Jesus did in His ministry was in the power of the Spirit. He came to show a new way of living through the Spirit’s power. The Old Testament had been about “visitation,” but now the New Testament was about “habitation,” which would bring a new Kingdom reality to the early believers.
Prior to the ascension of Jesus, as He sat together with the disciples He began to expand their understanding about the purpose of the Kingdom of God. This was not something that would be contained within a single nation or people group, i.e. the Jewish people. A mighty commissioning and outpouring of the Spirit was about to shift things forever! A great campaign of world-wide evangelization was being launched as Jesus was about to transfer to His disciples the power and responsibility that had authorized His ministry.
Acts 1:4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which you have heard from Me.
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
FROM JERUSALEM TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
Witnesses? To the ends of the earth? But we’re just local guys! How could this be?
Just as the apostles of that day received instruction to wait in Jerusalem to be endued with the power of the Holy Spirit, they were also told that the promise regarding the fulfillment of Kingdom expansion would flow out of Jerusalem, beginning with them, and it would ultimately go to the ends of the earth, just as Jesus said.
Today in Jerusalem some 2000 years later, there are apostles being raised up with that same power of the Spirit and with the same vision burning in their heart to see the Word of the Lord going out of Jerusalem again in these latter days, because the Kingdom of God is at hand.
Aglow International, a ministry that was birthed out of a powerful move of the Spirit in the late 1960’s carries that same vision and purpose of taking the Kingdom of God to the ends of the earth. Today we are in approximately 170 nations with an estimated 17 million people being touched annually. Witnesses, to the ends of the earth, just as Jesus said.
In 1967, in the same year that God helped Israel reclaim and unify Jerusalem, He also created Aglow International. Can you imagine those first 4 women thinking about being witnesses to the ends of the earth? But we are just women, just homemakers! How could this be? And yet here we are today in most of the nations of the world. He has caused us to be witnesses to the uttermost parts of the earth!
Now let me share with you the insight shared in the email from Asher related to the provision that will come to accomplish this global commission.
There is a connection between a premillennial fulfillment of Isaiah 60 with the restoration of the Messianic Jewish roots of the Acts 1 and 2 commission.
Isaiah 60 starts with the prophecy, “Arise, shine for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” It goes on to say that darkness will cover the earth, which would at least be partially pre-millennium because there won’t be darkness covering the world during the millennium.
Who will the light shine upon? The nation of Israel. The true international Church. The Messianic remnant of Israel.
Isaiah 60 goes on to state an incredible promise that the “wealth of the nations” will come to you. To whom is that to be fulfilled and how? It would be to the same combination of Israel, the Church, and remnant.
For what purpose should all that money come?
God has given us the mandate to restore and complete the great commission of world evangelism from Acts 1 and world revival from Acts 2. He utterly intends for that to take place. But it would require finance for the communication, administration, and infrastructure tools to do it.
The wealth of the nations to come to finish the work of Yeshua’s Kingdom in this age and to prepare the way for Him to return makes sense, Biblically, logically, and morally.
God created the wealth in Genesis and it was all transferred into Joseph’s hands in Egypt. Then it was transferred again into Moses’ and Joshua’s hands and finally into David and Solomon’s hands…all for the purpose of establishing His kingdom.”
Asher went on to refer to the prophetic, apostolic alignment, positioning and commissioning that Aglow laid hold of by faith while in Jerusalem, saying:
It has brought you into a Kingdom Covenant connection with Yeshua’s seat of earthly authority that should mean you are connecting also into the Isaiah 60 promises of the coming of the wealth of the nations.
The wealth of the nations is to finish the work of Yeshua’s Kingdom in this age and to prepare the way for Him to return.
Let’s call for the wealth of the nations to come!
Will you, out of your commitment to Jesus and to Aglow, stand in agreement with us in believing that the wealth of the nations is coming to us in order to fulfill God’s purpose for Aglow? Will you also, send a financial gift that indicates your stand? You would be interested to know that a day following this word about the wealth of the nations coming for the purpose of furthering the work of Yeshua’s Kingdom, a dedicated staff person gave a gift of $25,000! She shared with me a few days earlier, before we received Asher’s email, that this gift represented “the wealth of Babylon.”
The atmosphere is changing; we are bringing Heaven to earth. We are walking in Kingdom authority. It’s the same authority that Jesus walked in and we are coming to a deeper understanding of Who He is for us in every situation and who we are in Him. We can sense that you are arising with us! Truly, we are a transformational Kingdom culture with mindsets not of this world!
Let’s go to the ends of the earth in the power of His Spirit, just as Jesus said! We are calling for the wealth of the nations to come!
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Jane Hansen Hoyt