Zev Porat

Friday, January 29, 2016

End Times! Preaching the Gospel in a Synagogue

Isaiah 41:10

The Holy Spirit commands Messianic Rabbi Zev Porat to preach inside a synagogue. When Zev with the Messiah of Israel Ministry team were praying what synagogue to enter, they were led to a well-known, big synagogue.

Zev brought one of our ministry disciples (students) with him as he entered the synagogue. Another member of our ministry team also entered the synagogue separately. The rest of the team stayed outside to pray for wisdom and protection.

Going into an Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Israel with the message of salvation is very dangerous. Under rabbinic law, it is a stoning offense. Before entering the synagogue, Zev read the following verses, as he always does when he enters a dangerous area.

Romans 8:31 -
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

Isaiah 41:10 -
'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'

Luke 12:11 -
"And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not become anxious about how or what you should speak in your defense, or what you should say."

Messianic Rabbi Zev Porat with one of our disciples (students) 
and Cantor Levi (right) Study the Word

When Zev walked into the synagogue, the cantor (official who sings liturgical music and leads prayer in a synagogue) greeted Zev and his companion. The cantor, whose name is Levi, asked: "Are you here to study with us?" Zev: "Yes, God wants us to study together." Levi was very happy and invited us to sit down.

We all introduced ourselves. Cantor Levi asked: "What did you mean: God wants us to study together?" Zev: "I listen to the voice of God and He told me to come here. That means this appointment is a divine appointment." Levi was amazed and asked: "What God told you this?" Zev: "There is only one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." Levi became calm. He asked: "Is there anything in particular you want to study today?" Zev: "We only study the Written Word of God with no (rabbinic) interpretations." Levi said: "We can't study like this. We must use rabbinic books."

Zev: "Who was the wisest of all men?" Levi: "King Solomon." Zev: "Wiser than the Rabbis who wrote the Books?" "Of course," replied Levi. Zev asked to read what the wisest of all men said. We opened the Bible to Ecclesiastes 12:12-14 -  

12 But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.
13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.
14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.

After reading this, Zev told him: "By your own testimony, you can see God wants us only in His Word, not in books." Levi was speechless. The Holy Spirit was at work. Zev then opened the Bible to Deuteronomy 18:15-17 -

15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.
16 For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, "Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die."
17 The Lord said to me: "What they say is good."

Cantor Levi eagerly wanted to know who this prophet was.

After reading this, Zev asked Levi: "Who is this prophet Moses speaking about? Levi: "I have never seen this before." Zev kindly said: "That's why God had us meet here today, to let you and the others feed on the Written Word of God. He wants you in His Word only, not man's books." Levi did not deny this. It was clear he eagerly wanted to know who this prophet was.

Zev with his disciple and Levi had a supernatural Bible study in the synagogue, as many curious ears were listening. Zev explained to Levi that the Prophet is the Messiah. Levi agreed: "It makes sense because to the Jews, Moses was the great law giver, and anybody over Moses is Messiah." Finally, Levi asked who is this Messiah? Zev then opened to Isaiah 53 and began reading. At the moment Zev read: "He bore all our sins", Levi demanded to know: "Who is this?" Zev asked Levi: "Who freed the Jews (Israelites) from bondage in Egypt?" "God," said Levi. Zev: "Who gathers all the wind?" (Proverbs 30:4). "God," answered Levi.

Zev then read Proverbs 30: 4 - "... what is His name and what is His son's name." Levi was in shock. He knew the truth. The Shekinah Glory was all over the dark synagogue. Praise the Lord!

It was the time for the full Gospel. Zev shared Yeshua and God's master plan of salvation. The people in the synagogue did not say a word. All were in shock. Praise Yeshua!

The prayers of the team were working. We were perfected by the Holy Spirit. The message was delivered. Hallelujah!

Zev gave Levi his contact information and a copy of the evangelistic book and DVD, The Rabbi Who Found Messiah. Zev encouraged him not to be afraid and told him that Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri believed Yeshua is the Messiah.

One thing is certain, Levi and the people in the synagogue will never be the same again.  We give all the glory to the King of kings, Lord of lords, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Yeshua the Messiah! Amen.

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