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New Testament Church Proliferation Digest Saturday, May 4 2002 Vol 02 : 078
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[NTCP] planting the seed, sharing His love

Date: Thu, 02 May 2002 16:14:37 +0000
From: "David Jaggernauth"
Subject: [none]

Dear friends,

I received this email recently and thought that i'd share it with the list.
Some of you may have seen it already, I wept while reading it, hope it
encourages you too. Jim Bramlett. April 29, 2002.

Dear friends: The below amazing story was sent to me today from Matt Schwartz,
founder and president of Intercessors for Israel. This happened during their
Pro-Israel March for the Lord in 1994, the year following the 1993 Oslo
Accords. It will touch your heart and encourage you. Be blessed. -- Jim
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Moishe's Recurrent Dreams About the Messiah

We had some 66 Spirit-filled saints from America with us. We marched down Tel
Aviv's main street, Deizengorf Street, with our banners. We had a sound system,
and all the Israelis came out from their shops and stores and stood on the
sidewalk, and joined our singing, as we marched past them.

We threw flowers, we gave out gospel tracts, we loved the Israelis. They loved
us back. We were singing, Am Yisrael Chaii and Hava - Negilla, the same songs
the Israeli's sang when they became a nation in 1948 and again when they
captured Jerusalem in the six-day war in 1967. The Lord told us to learn and to
sing their songs of victory, as we marched for the King of Kings down the main
street in Tel Aviv.

Among the hundreds of Israelis we met that day in 1994 was an 80-year-old man
named Moishe (Moses). Moishe is a Bible-believing, orthodox Jew, originally
from Germany. He met his wife Esther, in a concentration camp that was
liberated by the Americans in 1945. Moishe and Esther married, and made Aliya
to Israel in 1945. They celebrated the birth of Israel in 1948. They are
religious Jews, keep Sabbath, and believe in Messiah's imminent coming. When
they heard our music in the streets (Moishe is the owner of Sterns Jewelry
Store), they ran out from their store.

When our Messiah parade came by, Moishe ran out to us and said, "This is the
same music I have been hearing in my dreams at night." (That's amazing, since
we were also singing, Amazing Grace, Hallelujah and other godly hymns not known
or sung by Jews.) Moishe told us that He was having a recurring dream, every
night for the past 90 nights. For three months, he woke up in the middle of the
night expecting to meet the Messiah.

First Moishe heard the sound of trumpets sounding all through the land of
Israel. The trumpets were so real they woke him up, usually around 3:00 a.m.,
in the morning. It was so real, Moishe told us, that he got up from bed, put on
his bathrobe, and went to the front door of their small apartment in Tel Aviv.
Moishe opened the door and could hear the sound of trumpets in the distance.
"The sound was beautiful," he said. Then he heard a voice gently saying to him,
"Moishe, look up." When he looked up to the sky, Moishe saw "a mighty army,
dressed for battle." The army was gathered for war. They wore white robes, had
ephods of pure gold on their chests, and had drawn swords. The army, Moishe
said, numbered into the millions. They were all riding upon white stallions.
Their leader sat on the lead white horse. Upon His head, Moishe told us, was a
crown with many jewels.

This "Messiah" wore a royal robe, which Moishe said was a "white and blue
tallit, the Jewish prayer shawl. He had eyes of fire. He was getting readyto
execute judgement on Israel's enemies who had sought to seize Jerusalem. Just
behind the leader and his army in the sky, was a city with 12 gates, also
descending from heaven. The army waited. The heavenly city hovered over the
city of Jerusalem, Moishe said,

"Lord, who are you? What is your name? I know you are our Messiah. We have
waited for this day since 1948."

Suddenly, a gentle voice answered Moishe, saying, "I am called the Champion."
Then the trumpets stopped. The army faded away, and finally, the Champion said,
"Moishe, I love you. I am coming soon. Wait for me."

Moishe woke his wife, Esther. She said, "Moishe, go to the rabbis. Tell them
about your dream."

Moishe obeyed his wife. He talked with over thirty different Orthodox Jewish
rabbis in Tel Aviv and in Jerusalem. The rabbis had never heard of a Messiah
coming from heaven with a mighty army of soldiers riding on white horses, or of
a city called the "New Jerusalem," or of the Messiah being called, "The
Champion."

When Moishe and his wife ran out to meet our parade, he told about his dream
and asked us a simple question. Do you know who is this person, who rides a
horse and comes from heaven to Israel, and calls himself, "the Champion ?"

I had a pastor with me from Eugene, Oregon named Brad Lane. Brad began to
answer Moishe and his lovely wife, Esther. Our dancers stopped dancing. Our
worship team played gently in the background, "Hallelujah." Moishe and Esther,
both 80 years old, stood in the middle of our circle.

Pastor Brad Lane, answered Moishe and his wife, saying, "Moishe, God has given
you this anointed dream for the past ninety nights. God Loves you and your
family. God knows you're a God-fearing, righteous Jew. You survived the
Holocaust. You live in Israel. You believe in the Messiah. The reason that the
rabbis have never heard of the Champion, riding to Jerusalem on a white horse,
is because that portrait is not in the Tenach (the Old Testament) but is found
in the New Testament. Would you like to see this Scripture. It's in the book of
Revelation, chapter 19. Moishe, said, "Yes, of course, I want to see this
verse."

We all gathered and began to pray, "Lord, touch Moishe's heart as he reads the
book of Revelation."

Brad said, "Moishe, I want you to read this, out loud, and tell me, if this
describes your dream." Slowly, Moishe, put on his reading glasses. Some of his
employees from the jewelry store had joined our circle on Deizengorf street.
Esther, Moishe's wife of 50 years, stood by his side. Car horns honked, taxis,
drove by. It was a typical Sunday afternoon in the bustling city of Tel Aviv,
Israel.

Moishe began to read out loud, from Revelation 19:11-12, the words written by
John, the Apostle, some 2000 years ago, in the 66th book of the Bible. "And I
saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was
called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had
a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a
vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God'" (Revelation
19: 11-13).

Moishe stopped reading. Pastor Brad Lane, from Eugene Oregon said, Moishe, Does
this describe The Champion you have seen in your dream? Moishe said,

"Yes, Brad, it does."

Brad said, "Moishe, would you like to know the real Hebrew name of your
"Champion"? . Moishe said, "Yes, Brad. Tell me His name. Who is He ?

Brad said, "His name is Jesus. His Hebrew name is Y'shua, Yeshua Ben David.
Jesus, the son of David. Would you like to ask Him to be your Savior and Lord
today?

Moishe didn't hesitate when he answered, "Yes, Brad, I am ready. Brad turned to
me, and said, Pastor Matt, would you lead us in prayer."

I said, "with pleasure." Moishe, Esther and several of their employees, a group
of five, prayed with us a simple, but powerful prayer of salvation. "Yesua, I
am a sinner. I accept your finished work on the Cross. I repent of my sins.
Please, save me, heal me, redeem me, love me, and let me come into your
kingdom. I accept the gift of eternal life, I know you are the Messiah, I
believe in You. I trust you. In the name of Yshua, hamashiah, Amen."

A gentle peace settled over Moishe and his wife. His three Israeli employees
had tears in their eyes. One of them, an Israeli girl named, Dayla, said, "God
has sent you to Israel, to show us the way to peace. Jesus is coming again
soon."

We went into Moishes' store, and he and Esther served us some Israeli coffee
and Jewish cakes. We held hands a second time, and prayed again. This time,
Lorna, my dance leader from Toledo, Ohio, said, "Moishe, Esther, God has more
for you today."

Lorna, a 51-year-old housewife from America, laid her hands on Moishe and his
wife and prayed for them to be "filled with the Holy Spirit." We waited. We all
prayed. Then we started singing, Hava, negillah. We began to dance. Moishe,
Esther and their three saved Israeli staff led us in the traditional Jewish
Hora. We praised the Lord. They closed the store. We stayed and had dinner with
them. We made friends, for life. We told the five of them that had just gotten
saved about, Ari and Shira Sorko Ram, Messianic Pastors. We gave them the
address of this congregation in Tel Aviv. They promised to attend the mid-week
bible study.

Pastor Brad Lane, from Eugene Oregon, had the final word. He said, "Moishe, God
gave you a special dream. Dreams, are found in Joel, 2:28. The Scriptures say,
'In the last days, I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh. Your old men shall
dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.' Jesus is coming again soon.
Moishe, tell your friends and family in Israel about your dreams. Read to them
Revelation 19:11,12.

Moishe and Esther smiled. They, at age 80, had found their long awaited
Messiah. They had peace at last. They are a part of Israel's first fruits. They
will be in the rapture. They love the Lord. Thank you for praying for the peace
of Jerusalem.

Moishe and Esther are an answer to your prayers. They know the man of peace is
NOT a leader from Europe, or a false, secular Israeli prophet. They have found
peace in Y'shua, who is called in Isaiah 9:6, Israel's true, "Prince of Peace."

Moishe clarification Jim Bramlett Apr 30, 2002 Dear friends:

In the message about Moishe yesterday, the Lord said to him, "Moishe, I love
you. I am coming soon. Wait for me."

This was eight years ago, in 1994, and Moishe was age 80. Moishe would be age
88 now.

Since Jesus said to him, "Wait for me," like me you may be wondering if Moshe
is still alive, and if maybe we have another Dr. Eby-type situation.

For your info, I queried Matt Schwartz about this, and last night he replied:

"Yes, exactly, like Dr. Eby. As far as I know, Moishe is still alive. Last I
heard he had witnessed to many in Israel, then made a journey back to Hamburg
Germany to tell some of his old friends about his dream and of the coming of
Israel's Messiah."

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Date: Sat, 4 May 2002 08:51:02 -0400
From: David Anderson
Subject: [NTCP] planting the seed, sharing His love

A hearty welcome to Greg Hastings, the newest ntcp member! Hey Greg!

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Planting the gospel seed is a great privilege but keep also in mind the
watering aspects - just being an encourager in your daily routine, in your
daily orbit. For some reason, planting gets the most air-play in some circles
of the brethren. That's OK - all of us have different gifts and callings.

I am praying for more opportunities to interject Jesus into my conversations
and activities. I need more boldness. More concern, too, which translates into
love for the lost and the saved.

Two men went fishing. One man was an experienced fisherman, the other wasn't.
Every time the experienced fisherman caught a big fish, he put it in his ice
chest to keep it fresh. Whenever the inexperienced fisherman caught a big fish,
he threw it back.

The experienced fisherman watched this go on all day and finally got tired of
seeing this man waste good fish. "Why do you keep throwing back all the big
fish you catch?" he asked.

The inexperienced fisherman replied, "I only have a small frying pan."

Sometimes, like that fisherman, we throw back the big opportunities that God
gives us - not to mention small opportunities, too. Our/My faith is too small.
We laugh at that fisherman who didn't figure out that all he needed was a
bigger frying pan; yet how ready are we to increase the size of our faith? How
ready am I to share with others what, i.e WHO, they need most of all?????

Lord, help me to be no "stealth" Christian.

Down through the ages, these words ring: Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive POWER,
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall BE WITNESSES unto me
both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost
part of the earth.

Would love to hear about someone who has been used as a planter, waterer, or
harvester in recent days.

David Anderson


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