Eitan Shishkoff

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"The task of Gentile Christians is not to convert Jews to another religion but to bring Israel to jealousy so that she can fulfill Isaiah 60 for God's glory."
 
 

As part of the restoration of all things, the ancient biblical Prophets write that the worldwide center of gravity in the Spirit will shift back to Israel, where it all began. The words of Isaiah are arresting in their clarity:

"Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
 That the mountain of the Lord's house
 Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
 And shall be exalted above the hills;
 And all nations shall flow to it ...
 For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
 And the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
" (Isaiah 2:2,3)

Therefore, we do not view our country of Israel in the same light as every "mission field" around the world. Furthermore, we invite our honored brothers and sisters from the Nations, to view it similarly, and to help restore "world outreach headquarters" to Israel instead of seeing Israel as "just another mission field."

In the first century, the Good News spread, beginning with the original Jewish disciples in Jerusalem, who went through Judea and Samaria, and ultimately to the ends of the earth. By the grace of God, Yeshua is still being proclaimed to the farthest corners of the globe.

Meanwhile, Israel has not completed her calling - disrupted by eighteen centuries of unbelief regarding Yeshua and virulent anti-Semitism from the historic Church. And Isaiah speaks again, exhorting Israeli believers to arise, after returning from lengthy exile.

"Arise, shine; for your light has come!
 And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you ...
 The Nations will come to your light ...
 And they shall call you the city of the LORD,
 Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
 Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
 So that no one went through you,
 I will make you an eternal excellence ...
" (Isaiah 60:1-15)

These words grip us with a "now" destiny. Isaiah sees Israel as the focal point, drawing the nations, rather than simply being another place where Yeshua's message is to be shared. The task of Gentile Christians is not to convert Jews to another religion but to bring Israel to jealousy so that she can fulfill Isaiah 60 for God's glory.

"I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Nations. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Nations, how much more their fullness!" (Romans 11:11-12)

Watching groups of true Christians come to Israel over the years, one notices how their considerate and loving behavior makes Jewish people envious. The genuine concern for others that is characteristic of Jesus followers, feels like a fresh breeze in the heat of Israel's many challenges. Even the Israeli government now recognizes that our best friend internationally is not any one nation, but those Evangelical Christians who see Israel as a fulfillment of God's covenant promises. They perceive a renewed biblical drama unfolding on the stage of this tiny country.

Thus, the partnership of Yeshua's disciples in Israel and the Nations will restore Israel as "world outreach headquarters." When God told Moses that we are to be a "kingdom of priests", He intended for us to be His messengers to all the world (Exodus 19:16; I Peter 2:9). What began 2000 years ago and earlier, is being revived today. We are being joined together to finish the commission Yeshua entrusted to His original disciples.

"... you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

By Guy Cohen and Eitan Shishkoff
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Cody Archer: Love for the Word
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