Putting the Dumb in Dumber

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Cody Archer, a missionary working for Revive Ministries, inadvertently outed his boss, Asher Intrator, as a missionary targeting religious Jews.

Archer sent JewishIsrael an email yesterday, December 17th, requesting that we remove the word “missionary” from one of our videos which features Intrater being interviewed by the International Director of Jerusalem’s Christian Embassy (ICEJ), Juha Ketola. JewishIsrael staff responded by asking Archer, ” why the panic about the word “missionary”?

Incredibly, we received this revealing reply:

“The work that Asher does is very much the work of a missionary. We have no problem with the word, and Asher would have no problem calling himself a missionary, but in front of the right people.”

Archer went on to complain about the counter-missionary organization Yad L’Achim and their efforts to expose Intrater. He concluded by saying:

“To a Jewish Israeli mind,the word missionary does not bring good thoughts, nor does it help to build bridges of dialog between Asher and those attacking him. Instead they use this word against him. Because Asher is actively reaching out to religious Jews, it is more beneficial that the word missionary is not connected to his name online.”

Of course, Intrater makes no secret of his conversionary agenda, but apparently a lot of Jews remain in the dark over the obvious – unless the word “missionary” is stamped across a head-shot.  JewishIsrael hopes our correspondence with Revive Ministries, as well as the links below will shed some much needed light on a topic many of our people approach with a blind eye.

We would like to thank Cody Archer for making our work a little easier, and for lighting and lightening-up our Chanukah and that of Yad l’Achim’s.

Here is the full correspondence between Archer and JewishIsrael.

Messianic Madness: A New Twist on Anti-Semitism a la Asher Intrater

It is common knowledge that messianic missionary sects twist and distort Jewish texts, rituals and traditions in order to put a Jewish wrapping on Christianity, and blur the lines between faiths, all to make belief in jesus more “Jewish friendly”. 

Stopping at nothing, certain evangelizing organizations have recently taken the grotesque game of distortion to new depths as they toy with and attempt to commandeer the sensitive topic of anti-Semitism. Last spring Jews for Jesus released a promo video featuring a cross-bearing jesus in Auschwitz. The provocative clip caused outrage in the Jewish community and earned itself a condemnation from the ADL.

But Asher Intrater of Revive Ministries may have just broken the absurd-o-meter with a recently published article in Charisma Magazine*, “What is the Root of anti-Semitism?”. Asher Intrater is an in-your-face missionary with a significant operation in Israel, based out of the messianic Yad Hashmonah village located just outside of Jerusalem. It goes without saying that Intrater will not win any converts or friends with his outrageous theological acrobatics and revisionism.

Excerpts from “What is the Root of anti-Semitism?”  (July 24, 2014, Charisma Magazine):

  • “God reveals Himself to mankind in the form of a man … and that Man is Jewish…”
  • “Yeshua [jesus] will one day return to Jerusalem. At that time Satan will be incarcerated for 1,000 years…. Satan cannot attack Yeshua directly; therefore he tries to annihilate the Jewish people in order to prevent Yeshua’s return.”
  • “Some ultra-orthodox Jews attack Messianic Jews. There is a similarity between the ‘Anti-Messianic (anti-missionary)’ spirit and the spirit of Anti-Semitism. Ultimately both are aimed at stopping Yeshua from returning and ruling.”
  • “Anti-Semitism tries to kill the Messianic seed from the ‘outside’; Anti-Messianics try to stop the Messianic seed from within.”
  • “…Anti-Semitism is a reaction to the New Covenant [new testament], but not because it is anti-Jewish—rather because it is too pro-Jewish.”

*Charisma Magazine is published by Stephen Strang, who served for many years as a Regional Director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Despite CUFI’s alleged non-proselytizing policy, Stephen Strang openly supports the messianic community in Israel as well as missionary campaigns targeting Jews.  Strang is considered to be pro-Israel, but the same cannot be said about his son Cameron Strang, who has come under severe criticism from organizations such as the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) for leading young evangelicals down an anti- Zionist path under the banners of “peace”, “justice” and “Palestinian suffering” (seeJewishIsrael’s report, “Is the End Near…For Evangelical Support? Old and New Voices Weigh In”).