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
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)