Oasis Newsletter

Oasis Volume 16, Issue 10

You are Invited

Come, Help on this Battlefront

2016-10-oct_page4_image2As you have probably noticed, this whole world in which we live is beginning to look more and more like a war-zone in the Spirit…

We see it all around us – in the media, in the decline of moral values, in the harrowing personal journeys of loved ones. We see it in the rise of both radical Jihadi Islam, and aggressive materialist/relativistic humanism.

We want to invite you to join us for a short stint at the central global battlefront, here in Israel, for a week and a half of spiritual warfare, while at the same time we can get a chance to know each other as “comrades in arms.”

Come, Experience Israel with us

What is it like to live in Israel?

If you’ve ever wondered this, we’ve got an invitation for you.

We want to share our lives with you – not only to show you the sights and sounds and tastes of Israel – but to walk, pray, and experience together with you the land we know and love. Our lives are dedicated to the great awakening promised by the Prophets, which must include the recognition of the Son of David.

Our heart is to join with you in this great end-time assignment. By crossing the Sea of Galilee together, interceding on the ancient walls of Akko, worshiping the God of Israel in His land – we believe that we will be united in a deep and meaningful bond, that will hasten the return of our King, Yeshua.

For details and an application to be a part of the Baruch haBa Tour (May 9-18, 2017) visit www.tentsofmercy.org or write to baruch.haba2017@gmail.com. The Baruch haBa Tour is jointly sponsored and hosted by Revive Israel, Tents of Mercy, and Restoration from Zion.

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In Akko during Baruch haBa 2015

Author with family and guests in Sukkah

Author with family and guests in Sukkah

 

A Feast for All Nations

It was while I was building my own sukkah (tabernacle/booth) for the first time as an adult at the age of thirty that the full force of John 1:14, hit me. “The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us.” I had been a follower of Messiah Yeshua for six years. I already had an intellectual understanding that the Greek word for tabernacled was the same word used for sukkah. Yet, suddenly in the midst of building one, the reality of that verse exploded in my mind and heart. Here was a real fusion of the heavenly glory and the earthly container. The revelation was so overwhelming that I became physically weak and had to go and lie down and absorb it before I could resume work on the sukkah.

Though my experience occurred while building a physical sukkah in the context of the holiday, it was the eternal reality that I touched (or that touched me) to which the earthly sukkah points, that was the essence of the encounter. The same thing doesn’t happen every time I build a sukkah, but the deposit remaining in my soul from that time will never go away.

The sukkah (tabernacle/booth) is a picture of Yeshua, who is “the Word (who) became flesh and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” ( John 1:14). “…who, although He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond servant, being made in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:6,7)

Yeshua came from the most solid and secure permanent place. He chose to come, to a place of suffering, as a person, as one of us, in order to share in our experience. By taking on a human body He took on that temporal frame, susceptible to all the afflictions of humanity. What could be a more tangible picture of this than leaving the security and comfort of our homes in order to dwell in a temporary structure, exposed to the full range of the elements?

An Experience for the Whole Family

You shall dwell in booths for seven days…that your generations may know… that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt…” (Leviticus 23:42-43)

The week of dwelling in the sukkah helps us to realize the frailties of this life. It encourages us to remember God’s provisions for us in the wilderness journey, and to look forward to the time when He will be our permanent dwelling place.

Sukkot* – the Feast of Tabernacles – is, and has for many years been, my family’s favorite holiday. Everything about it resonates with a life and vibrancy that, I believe, excels anything else in the annual Biblical festival cycle (and that’s no mean feat). Sukkot is the culminating festival of that yearly cycle. Rich themes, symbols and activities make it a feast for spirit, soul and body.

A Feast for All Nations

The above are excerpts from a book I wrote about Sukkot, which is now being made available for the very first time – free of charge.** It is our desire to provide you with tools by which you can both understand and celebrate this grand festival of God in a manner that will be a great blessing to you and your families. We pray that it will be a foretaste of the ultimate celebration in which Israel and the nations will participate together in the presence of the Lord in Jerusalem at the end of this age.

Moshe Morrison

Moshe Morrison

And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles” (Zechariah 14:16).

*This year the biblical Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is celebrated in Israel from sundown October 16 to sundown October 23. **To find and download Moshe Morrison’s Sukkot book, please go online to: http://www.tikkunministries.org/files/MMSukkotBook.pdf

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Harvest-of-Asher Harvest of Asher in the city of Akko

Depth of Soul, End of Days

We read in Revelation 7:13-17 that God will wipe away every tear from the eyes of those who come out of the great tribulation. To wipe away the tears of another, you must look into their eyes. When Yeshua comes and wipes the tears from our eyes, He will look through them as the window into our soul. What He will see is the story of those who went through the challenge of the End of Days.

No one knows exactly when the Messiah will come but we do know from Matthew 24, that before His second coming we can expect the following:

  • Many coming in His name to deceive us
  • Wars and rumors of wars
  • Nation rising up against nation and kingdom against kingdom
  • Famines, pestilences and earthquakes
  • Offense, betrayal and hatred of one another
  • False prophets
  • Lawlessness resulting in the love of many growing cold

Looking into the Eyes of Suffering

I once witnessed a soldier consoling the mother of a fellow soldier killed in a wartime explosion. Her son had been killed instantly, but the second soldier was only wounded. I looked into the eyes of that 19 year old boy and saw confusion, guilt, suffering and questions. I could see the self-blame as he said, “It should have been me and not him.” The mother, who loved her child, comforted the soldier. She had lost her son and yet was encouraging his friend who was suffering in the depth of his soul. I see a parallel for us as we stand before Yeshua in the time when the world will change from a safe planet into a planet engulfed in war and chaos.

Who and Where?

No one knows where the antichrist will come from. In 1933 Hitler was elected in a democratic election, and Germany became his tool for world domination. If the nations of the world had only known that he would bring us into the Second World War, so much more would have been done to stop him. But the future is hidden from our eyes. At that time Germany was the heart of “civilized humanity,” and then suddenly became the channel for unimaginable horror and suffering! It’s the same today. We don’t know who and where, but we know it will come.

Guy Cohen

Guy Cohen

I write this letter to help prepare our hearts for the changes we will likely see in our lifetimes, going from security to chaos. Whatever comes, we must remember that we are not fighting a battle against humans, but a spiritual battle which also affects the visible realm of humanity. Be encouraged, Yeshua will ultimately return to Jerusalem. Our King will sit on His throne!

We as believers need to stay in a deep relationship with Yeshua, listening to His voice. He will guide us to the fountains of living waters in times of turmoil.

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Teen Summer Camp

Katzir Kayitz (Summer Harvest), our annual summer camp for teens, took place a few weeks ago on the far Northern Mediterranean coast. About 80 youth plus 20 counselors from all over Israel participated. The camp is structured around small groups that meet together every morning for quiet time, Bible study, sharing and prayer.

Each of the six days was filled with fun activities, many involving water. One of the highlights was not quite so much fun, but was very meaningful. The whole group traveled by bus to the shore of Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee). There we participated in a great new program called the “Beautiful Land Initiative.” Within an hour and a half we filled 408 large garbage bags with litter. It was hot and dirty and gross. It was also a really good experience – very satisfying and thought provoking for us all.

Every evening there was a meeting led by a different worship team from among the teens themselves, and then sharing by dynamic speakers. Following the messages, there was more worship and an opportunity for prayer.

Probably the best part of the camp was how the kids softened up over a period of days – getting close to each other, letting their guard down and allowing their hearts and lives to be impacted by the gentle leading of the Holy Spirit. What a sight to see tall, lanky teenagers with their arms draped around each other’s shoulders, swaying back and forth during sweet times of worship.

Connie

Connie

There’s a fierce battle raging for the hearts and souls of Israel’s youth and young adults. Ongoing intercession is appropriate and appreciated.

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