We are looking forward to fellowshipping with you at the upcoming MIA Gathering August 30th through September 2nd in Orlando, Florida. We believe that this gathering is important, as is your participation in it. As Wally Smith said in his article,Recovering That Lost Key Called . . . Unity, "To my recollection, this is the 1st national event in the entire Messianic Movement where the intended focus is on the Holy Spirit, the Ruach Ha Kodesh. I'm also excited at the potential of witnessing a genuine move of the Holy Spirit."
Our prayer is that our collective "cry for more" will be pleasing in our Father's sight, and that He will pour out His Spirit on us. We pray that each one present might be touched, changed, and empowered to move forward. If our prayer becomes a reality, we will surely be better prepared to fulfill our Father's desire to have a reunited house of Israel.
Messiah Yeshua prayed that we might be "one." In His High Priestly prayer He asked of the Father, "The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me" (John 17:22-23).
We need to be perfected in unity. And Messiah Yeshua explained how we can best do that. He said, "I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me" (John 17:14-21).
Yeshua's disciples spent three and a half years with Him and He appeared to them several times after His resurrection. You would think that if any people were ready to move out and fulfill their destiny they would be the ones. But, they still needed something else. The needed the Helper (John 15:26 - 16:13). Yeshua's last words to them before He ascended were, "You will receive power when the Ruach Ha Kodesh has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
Like the early disciples, we too, need to be empowered in and by the promised Helper - the Holy Spirit. Even as Messiah Yeshua promised, they received an infilling of the Ruach Ha Kodesh that transformed them. They went from fearful and powerless to fearless and powerful (John 15:26 - 16:13):"When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance" (Acts 2:1-4).
Spiritual empowerment from the Helper was not limited to the day of Pentecost: "Paul came to Ephesus, and found some disciples. He said to them, 'Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?' And they said to him, 'No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.' And he said unto them, 'Unto what then were ye baptized?' And they said, 'Unto John's baptism.' Then said Paul, 'John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.' When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve" (Acts 19-1-7).
Having been spiritually empowered, these disciples began to change the world! Like them, we too, want to be sure that each of us has the full measure of the Ruach Ha Kodesh - but we do not want anything that is counterfeit. We therefore want to collectively study the giftings of the Ruach, and have a Torah-based understanding of what it means for us in our day, and with our Hebraic understandings, to walk in the Spirit. We know this is an awesome challenge so we ask you to please keep our Gathering in prayer. Pray that our 2012 Gathering will help us take a giant step toward receiving the spiritual empowerment that will enable us all to fully fulfill our Father's desires and expectations for us in this hour.
We hope you can join us, and that you will please encourage other interested friends to attend. We want old and new friends alike to come together, and for all of us to have our lives changed for the better.
For more information and to register, go to:gathering.messianicisrael.com. An early registration would be greatly appreciated for planning purposes. Also, it will insure that you have the number of discounted Rosen Hotel room rates that you need.
You are important to this work and we ask the Holy One of Israel to bless you for your participation.
Teshuw'ah (Victory) b' Yeshua,
Angus and Batya, and the Administrative Staff, Shepherds Council, and Advisory Council of the MIA
Again, for more information about the Gathering and to register for it, see thegathering.messianicisrael.com or see the attached Gathering Registration Form to register by mail, or call us at: 425-745-1396.
The July Herald contains more information about the Gathering schedule and the Speakers.