Two hundred and sixty Messianic Jewish and Arab pastors, youth leaders, evangelists, Bible-school teachers and ministry leaders gathered recently in Israel for a three-day council. They met to
discuss, study, pray and work together to effectively bring the Word of God in power to Arabs and Jews throughout the whole Land of Israel. These seasoned men and women of faith embody decades of labour proclaiming the Gospel to local Arabs and Jews. Most have given up everything to preach Messiah to their unbelieving Muslim and Jewish families and friends. Despised because of their faith, they have lost jobs, suffered rejection and endured multiple other hardships, yet their passion to bring the Good News to their people remains unquenched. “We will keep
preaching and teaching the Word of God until it changes the people of Israel,” declared one leading pastor. “We must be willing to suffer for the sake of the gospel and keep going no matter what happens. God will accomplish His will through the power of His Word.”
With tensions now raging in Jerusalem and across Israel, it is astonishing to see the deep friendships between these Arabs and Jews. Even the cold-blooded murders in a Jerusalem synagogue that took place on the final day of the gathering could not separate these godly men and women from their warm fellowship in Messiah. A regular theme throughout the gathering was the need to understand God’s prophetic word concerning the Last Days. Scriptures related to the Second Coming of Messiah were studied. There are many signs that we are living in the latter days, particularly the return of the Jewish people to their biblical land, and the leadership of the local congregations in Israel discussed the need to prepare God’s people for the Messiah’s soon return. All agreed time is short, and the peoples of this land, both Arab and Jew, must hear the Word of God now.
While there remains much debate in Christianity and among Messianic Jews as to what exactly will happen around the Second Coming of the Lord, all were in agreement that He is coming, and that the Gospel must be preached in boldness, especially in Israel, before it is too late, for He comes this time in glory and in judgment. According to many New Testament scriptures, the return of Messiah should unify believers, inspiring them to ready themselves in purity and holiness. The leadership of the local Arab and Jewish congregations in Israel prayed for unity of faith in the Messiah’s return and boldness to tell others of His coming Messianic kingdom, the only real solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict and the peace of Jerusalem.
Source: Israel Today
BIBLE STUDY: Revelation 1:6-8
PRAISE GOD that Arab and Jewish believers in Jesus come together as one to affirm His kingship. PRAY that this unity may be a witness to the power of the Gospel to both communities.