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Testimony by Matt Schwartz

  Orthodox Jew in Tel Aviv, Israel has recurring dream about the Messiah  

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Dear friends,

Sing unto the Lord, a new song, Sing unto the Lord all ye nations (Psalm 96:1).

Our worship team of Spirit-filled saints were lifting up the God of Israel in joyful singing and dancing. We were marching down Diezengorf Street in Tel Aviv and parading with our elegant banners. Hundreds of Israelis came out from their shops and stores to greet us and to thank us for coming to Israel to show our support for them. We gave each Israeli a lapel pin which said, "Israel, Your Not Alone." We told the Jewish people that God loved them. We had many divine appointments with the lost that the Lord drew out from their stores to meet us on the streets.

Moishe and Esther Cohen are Orthodox Jews who survived the Holocaust. They married aboard a refugee ship and arrived in Israel in May of 1948. They own a Sterns jewelry store in Tel Aviv and have many employees. They keep the Sabbath and the traditional Jewish holidays.

When they heard our singing, Moishe ran out from his store to greet us. "I can't believe the songs you are singing," he said. "These are the same songs, I hear every night in my dreams."

I was amazed hearing this, since we were singing not only Israeli favorites and classics such as Hava Nagila, but spiritual hymns and worship songs such as, "Our God is an Awesome God, and other songs we sing in our churches back home.

Moishe began to tell us about his recurring dream that he had been having every night for the last three months.

"I am awakened by the sound of shofars and trumpets," he said. "They are so loud that they wake me up in the middle of the night. I run to my front door to see what's happening. (Thousands of people from the nation of Israel are going up through the clouds, and they are wearing white robes, and the heavens are parting.) That is when I see the Heavens opening and the Archangel Gabriel and a mighty army in the sky dressed for battle. Their commander is riding upon a white horse and his eyes are a flame of fire. Riding behind their Commander are the Jewish patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Behind them are the Godly Jewish women, Miriam, Ruth, Sarah and Queen Esther.

"Then I see King David and King Solomon and with them the prophet Elijah and his servant Elisha. They are all alive. Light is shining from them. They are riding horses. This mighty army of the Lord numbers into the tens of thousands. They are ascending from heaven to the Mt. of Olives here in Jerusalem. Their Commander is wearing a Hebrew tallit (= prayer shawl), which says on it, "King of Kings." He has fire in His eyes. I suddenly realize I am seeing our Jewish Messiah.

"Lord," I said, "Who are you?"
He replied, calling me by my first name,
"Moishe, I am the one the prophets spoke about."

"Do you have a Name?" I asked Him.
"They call me 'The Champion'."

Then He said to me, "Moishe, I died for you. I love you. Tell your Jewish family and your friends about Me. Tell them I am coming soon. For there will be worship and praise in all Israel just as it was in the days of King David."

Then I wake up with the words, "Moishe, I love you. I am coming soon" ringing in my ears.

My wife Esther tells me, "Moishe, go to the rabbis. Tell them about your dream." I have since met with dozens of Rabbis here in Israel. They all differ in their opinions. Some say, "There is no Messiah coming on a white horse. Its only a dream, Moishe. No Army from Heaven will save us from our enemies. Go home. Forget your dream."

Standing with me that day listening to Moishe tell us his story were my singers, our dancers, and several pastors and their wives who were part of our five-fold ministry outreach team.

One pastor named Brad said, "Moishe, There is a Champion coming to Israel, and you're right. He will return riding upon a white horse. Listen to what John reveals to us in the Book of Revelation: '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. His eyes were as a flame of fire, On his head were many crowns' (Revelation 19:12)."

Pastor Brad asked Moishe, "Is this the Messiah you saw in your dream?"

Tears formed in his eyes. "Yes. It's Him," he said.

"God has given you this dream," I added. "You believe in the same Messiah we believe in. You just don't know His name. His name is Jesus. He came the first time to die for the sins of the world. He is coming back as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. You can call Him by his Hebrew name, Y'shua. He is alive."

I said, "Do you want to ask Him to come in your life and be your Lord and Savior?"

"Yes," he replied.

"I want to pray with you too," said Esther, Moishe's Jewish wife. "We want to pray with you as well," said Dalya, Svetta and Alona, three of Moishe's staff from his jewelry store.

The five of them prayed with me, "Lord, forgive me, I'm a sinner. I repent of my sins. I accept what you did for me on the Cross. I give my life to you. I make you my Lord, my Savior, and I accept you as My Messiah."

All five of them suddenly began to weep. Dayla, who had immigrated to Israel with her Jewish family from Russia, said "Pastor Matt, God has sent you and your singers to Israel - to show us the way to salvation."

Lorna, my dance leader from Ohio said, "Dayla, there is more God has for you. We then all laid hands on Moishe, Esther, Dayla, Svetta and Alona and prayed for them to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues and prophesied as the Spirit gave them the utterance" (Acts 2:4). It was a glorious moment.

The five of them began to prophecy in the Spirit about things to come. Things that will soon take place in Israel, America, Russia and the nations. We were all listening in awe. The Lord was confirming His Word with many signs following just as He had done in the Book of Acts. We are seeing the fulfillment of the words of the prophet Joel: "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 your sons and daughters shall prophesy. (Joel 2:28)."

Matt Schwartz
President, Founder
Intercessors for IsraŽl International

Someone asked about whether the dreams were of the rapture or the Second Coming.
Since Matt is a friend, I asked him for clarification.
He said:

Moishe's dream starts with the rapture and goes on to the second coming and follows with King David and the Messiah's 1000-year reign in Jerusalem. Its like three soon-coming events that will ALL soon take place in Jerusalem. AND imagine having the same dream - not just one night - but every night for three months. We explained all this to Moishe.
The order of the three events, the NEXT one being the RAPTURE. God used Moishe, Esther and the three other Israelis to prophecy about things to come - after they were filled with the Holy Spirit.