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Book Introduction: Revival

I would like to introduce my newest book which has just been released on Amazon.com. I am sharing the introduction to the book with the hope that you will find it interesting enough to go online and purchase a copy to read the entire story.

INTRODUCTION (Word Study – Revival)
Most, if not all, pastors dream of a revival in their churches. Many imagine their churches as the next Brownsville or Toronto Blessing. They will pray for revival and even encourage their congregations to have special prayer meetings for revival. They imagine themselves as the next leaders of a great move of God in the tradition of George Whitfield or Wesley. They picture themselves preaching under an anointing and power to thousands, yea millions, of people. A few even prepare little speeches to give to the mass media that will then descend upon their little churches, wondering about the strange happenings.
They picture great miracles of healing occurring, creative miracles of people with amputated limbs suddenly growing new arms or legs. Of course, there would be book deals and movie rights that would start to flow in when such a mighty move of God takes place. Some pastors even begin to imagine which Hollywood actors would play their roles.
Alas, after weeks, months, and even years of prayer, it is business as usual – no great manifestations nor outpourings of the Spirit, nothing that would attract the attention of Christian television or even radio. It is simply the usual testimonies of bad backs being healed, or headaches suddenly disappearing, and the worship team arousing the usual dancing and hand clapping with their uplifting songs, loud drums, and electric guitars. As the pastor sighs and sits back, he cannot help but find himself wishing for one halfway decent miracle to write about in the denominational magazine. “Lord,” this pastor might pray, “is it too much to ask that you replace the eye Old Ben lost in the Vietnam War forty-five years ago? I mean, that would at least draw a few more people to this church and add a few more dollars to your work (not to mention a raise that I haven’t gotten in five years). Just a fifteen-minute interview on Christian television, that’s all, I am not asking for much.”
It seems everyone has a different idea of what revival is or what constitutes a revival. The Bible does speak of revival in such passages as Psalms 85:6: “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” The word for “revive” in the Hebrew is shuv, which means to turn back. Rabbi Solomon Hirsch, a nineteenth century linguist and master of Semitic languages showed where this word is related to the Hebrew word shur, which ancient rabbis believed came from the root word for shir, which means to sing, to rise up, or to spring up. It is also related to the word shayich, which means to meditate, and the word shid, which means to cover over with lime or plaster. In its Semitic root, this revival that the Psalmist is praying for would not only involve a turning back to God, but would involve singing, meditating, and covered with lime or plaster. Deuteronomy 27:2: “And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaster them with plaster.” The idea of covering the stones with plaster was to make them stand out to show that there was a special message to be given from these stones. It was also meant to stand out as a memorial to a great work of God. Thus, a revival is meant to impress upon all those involved a special message from God.

However, there is nothing in scripture that teaches of healings or great manifestations and miracles in revivals. The only real revival we see in the Bible is the one started when Ezra prayed in Ezra 10:1: “Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore.” We also have an account of a revival in Nineveh as found in Jonah 3:5-6: “So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered [him] with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.”

These revivals did not have manifestations of signs and wonders, just people grieving over their sinful states and repenting. I grew up in the Baptist church, and every year we had revival meetings. We would invite some traveling evangelist to come to our church for a week of meetings. We would print up flyers and posters that we would post around town to invite the lost and unsaved to our church, and we would indeed get a few new people coming into our church out of curiosity or as a favor to friend or relative who happened to be a member of our church.

The evangelist would preach a fire-and-brimstone sermon that would scare you to death. I recall one evangelist saying that he saw a man sweat under conviction of the Holy Spirit; when the invitation was given, he got up to walk out of the church, but as he was walking out, he suddenly began to vomit blood and died right there in the vestibule. I looked back at the vestibule and then at the preacher, and when the invitation was given, I, along with half the church, went forward, not for salvation—we already had that and that was a one-time deal—but for a rededication. That was revival, and it was meant to last us until the next year when the next evangelist came with stories that would make even Stephen King tremble.

Of course, there were no such manifestations in these revivals as you would find in the Brownsville Revivals or the Toronto Blessing. A good fundamentalist Baptist did not believe in signs and wonders or displays of emotionalism, unless of course, it was a sinner repenting. That is probably why I was surprised when I was a student at a fundamentalist Bible college in Kansas City, Missouri and we hosted a group of students in our chapel service from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. There had apparently been a revival on the campus of this school, and these students talked about all sorts of signs and wonders. I looked up at our college president who was sitting on the platform, and he was smiling from ear to ear listening with great interest.

I could only assume that the ban on emotionalism and signs and wonders was lifted for such special events as revivals. Yet, this was the first time I heard of a revival that was not planned or led by some evangelist. There was plenty of repenting, confessing of sins, and weeping in this revival, but there were also other things that bordered on signs and wonders. I went to the library later on and read articles about this revival from secular sources where reporters said that as soon as they stepped onto the campus, it was like they started walking on holy ground. They were actually feeling something powerful and wonderful.

Of course, we all wanted that to happen on our campus, and little prayer meetings started to spring up. My roommate even got me and a couple other students out of bed at 5:30 every morning to meet for prayer. But nothing out of the ordinary happened except a sudden rise of students falling asleep in class. However, that did ultimately alter my thinking of what had to happen in a revival for it to be called a revival.

In fact, it was not until recently when I began studying the Book of Ezra in depth in the original language that I started to think that maybe what happened to my congregation and me in my first pastorate could legitimately be called a revival. No, there was no press coverage, there were no TV interviews, nor even appearances on Christian television. There were no signs and wonders (well, maybe some of the things that happened could be called signs and wonders to some people, but were probably business as usual to hard-core Pentecostals). We only had one healing of which I was aware. Still, there were a lot of those Ezra- and Jonah-type experiences.

So, I write this book to let you be the judge. Did the First Baptist Church really experience a revival? It you feel it did, then maybe some pastors should lower their expectations on their prayer for revival and focus on what a revival is really meant to accomplish. Maybe your revival will not land you a book deal or appearances on Christian television, but it will give you a hug from God. Take it from one who has experienced it—that hug from God is far more wonderful than any book deal or television appearance.

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Hello Everyone,

Chaim would like to offer a free copy of his previously released book “God’s Love for Us” Gods-Love-for-Us-Bug

for anyone who goes to Amazon and writes a review for his most recent release “Hebrew Word Study: Revealing the Heart of God”(click here to write review or to purchase book) https://www.amazon.com/Hebrew-Word-Study-Revealing-Heart/dp/1629116971/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470110923&sr=1-1&keywords=chaim+bentorah.

Reviews are very important to publishers and would be very helpful this ministry. Simply write to us at chaimbentorah@gmail.com letting us know that you wrote a review, leave your mailing address and we will send a book out to you.

We would also like to ask for your support by purchasing a copy as gifts or as a Bible Study text for your church group…etc. The success of this book is imperative to the future and continuation of this ministry. Though Chaim has many books on the market, they are self published and they do not generate enough money to keep the ministry going let alone expand it with on line classes etc.

Thank you for your consideration and all your kind support over the past few years and we do appreciate everyone who shares in our passion for the Word of God and discovering the depths of Jesus’ heart through Biblical Hebrew.


Laura Bertone

Chaim Bentorah Ministries




As an instructor in both ancient Hebrew and Aramaic, Chaim Bentorah is convinced that there are powerful truths buried in the original language of God’s Word that most Christians have never been exposed to. The Word of God is like the heart of God: it is a well that never runs dry. In this book, you will discover things about God and your relationship with Him that you may never have considered. By delving into the multiple layers and nuances of the ancient Hebrew language, you will discover that God is revealing His heart to you through the depths of His Word in new and exciting ways.

Hebrew is a language of poetry and pictures. With Bentorah’s expertise, you will see how to examine not just word definitions, but also the origin of the words, their place in the culture and idioms of the day, and even their emotional context. Through this devotional, you will walk the road less traveled as you uncover the deeper spiritual messages in God’s Word. In the process, you will discover the heart of God toward you and come to know Him better. You will see just how beautiful the Word of God is and, most of all, you will see the beauty of God Himself and love Him all the more.

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Chaim & Laura



Hebrew Word Study: Ancient Biblical Words Put into a Modern Context with the Help of the People Who Ride My Bus

Hebrew Word Study Ancient Biblical Words Put Into A Modern Context is different from other Hebrew word study books as this book takes a specific passage of Scripture and analyzes it with respect to its historical and cultural background. It takes key Hebrew words in this passage of Scripture and drills down to the very heart, soul and core of the Hebrew word and where appropriate traces that word to its Semitic origins. This is then put into a devotional format using the author’s experiences from driving a disability bus to help illustrate and put these Scriptures and Hebrew words into a modern context for every day Christian living.

For those who are intimidated by the idea of Biblical languages as Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic Chaim Bentorah has taken all the mystery, mystic and intimidation that surrounds Biblical Languages and created a study of specific passages of Scripture  to be read as the simple reading of the stories in the Reader’s Digest.


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Luke 10:20: “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”

Psalms 69:28: “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”

The Book of Life was a common theme when I was growing up in the Baptist Church.  We would have periodic revival meetings and, of course, in a revival meeting people had to get saved or the evangelist was not worth the page his name was written on in the Sword of the Lord newspaper.  My father used to subscribe to the Sword of the Lord newspaper and as a child I loved reading the fire and brimstone sermons that were published in the paper, the latest results on the largest Sunday Schools and bus ministries and of course the list of evangelist which included the average number of people getting saved in their revival meetings.   Those who averaged 50 – 100 converts had full schedules, those who had less, well they had plenty of openings and smaller churches could afford them.

But I am digressing.  Let’s return to this Book of Life matter.  Practically every evangelist I had the privilege to sit under always pointed his finger at us and asked: “Is your name written in the Book of Life?”   As a little child sitting in that pew more terrified than sitting in a Wes Craven movie I pictured a long white haired, bearded elderly man sitting at a wooden desk with a quill pen slowing writing names in a monstrously large book.  Today, of course, this centurion is replaced by a young, snaggled tooth, bespectacled computer geek sitting before a computer terminal typing names into a word processor.   Nonetheless, that is scarier as all he needs to do is hit the delete button and your name goes off into that twilight zone of cyber space where the bearded old man had to use White Out to blot your name out and at least your name is still there somewhere.

How about it, does anyone really believe that God has a celestial bookkeeper recording the name that your parents gave you when you were born and a huge bottle of White Out to blot names out of it?  Is there a literal book up there in heaven or is this some kind of metaphor?

Historically, kings would honor someone by writing their names in a special scroll.  Think of Mordecai in Esther 6:2-3 where such a record saved his gizzard.  In ancient times the names of individuals who were to be honored or on a fast track to promotions had their names written in the Chronicles of the kings.

In Hebrew the words for Book of life is sofar chaim.   Chaim is a word we recognize as life and in its plural form represents both physical and spiritual life.  Every man has two lives, the one he lives here on earth and the one that he will live in eternity.  Hence this book of life is a record of one’s physical and spiritual life, it records everything you do in the physical realm as well as everything you do in the spirit.  Every time you pray, worship and express your heart to God, it is recorded.  The word sofar in its noun form means a book or scroll.  But it also means to write, to number, count, to speak or talk.   The whole idea behind the word “sofar” is to commit to memory or record something that is to be referenced at a later date.  In other words we will spend an eternity reliving all those wonderful times we shared with Jesus while we lived our life here on earth.  We will relive those joyous times of worship, those times when we felt the love, closeness and very presence of God at a time when we needed it most.

You see in heaven there will be no sorrow, no pain, no fear, and no evil.  Hence we will not know that special joy of Jesus coming at that eleventh hour to rescue us, of feeling that relief of His presence during times of sorrow and pain, of being miraculously healed.  In heaven such joy will no longer take place.  But, soft, our names (Heb. Shem – name, reputation, and life experiences) are recorded for eternity.  Shem (name) is not the name our parents gave us, it is what we are and what experiences we had, have and will have that make us up.   In heaven we will have access to these records and we can relive them, experience the joy, the love, that special moment over and over throughout eternity. Like an old married couple going on a second honeymoon and visiting the places they spent together on their first honeymoon and reliving the joy and memories of those cherished times.

But, soft, those memories will not only be enjoyed by us for eternity but others as well.  Why do you think angels rejoice over one sinner that repents?   They get to live those joyous memories over and over throughout eternity.  Remember they do not have to live on this earth and experience pain, rejection, sorrow and then find that special joy the presence of God in dark times.  They do not know the joy of redemption.  But they will have access to that joy when they open the Book of life and experience that joy through us.

No wonder Jesus said not to rejoice if you can cast out demons or perform healings.  Heck, that’s nothing compared to the ministry you will have in heaven when you share your testimonies from the Book of life and every one can experience that joy and love relationship you had with God through your experiences here on earth.  Count it all joy when you experience trials of every kind (James 1:2) because, boy, you will have some great camp meetings in heaven when you can share your testimonies before millions and joy in that roar of praise that will come from countless throngs as you share how God filled you with his love during that time when you were all alone, weeping from heartbreak and rejection while on this earth.


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Hello Everyone,

We are happy to announce that our new book Hebrew Word Study For Today is now for sale on Amazon for pre-order.  This is a 90 day devotional book with each day covering a specific passage of Scripture and an analysis of key words in that passage in the original language.

If you plan to purchase the book when it is released, we would appreciate it if you would pre-order the book now as this will help the publisher (and us :-) ) when they are crunching their numbers for marketing.

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Chaim & Laura

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