Outreach to Israelis through media in Hebrew
Is there a way to reach hundreds of thousands of Israelis for the Lord today? Does the Lord want all Israel to be saved? Of course! That’s why He sent His Son to redeem His people, by dying on the cross.
So how can we reach hundreds of thousands of Israelis? The answer is simple – media!
Since 2010, different Israeli Messianic ministries have been producing Hebrew language videos, including testimonies, teachings, interviews and music video clips. Yeshuachai.tv brings all these together for broadcasting through our own 24/7 TV channel on the Internet, along with our own productions.
Since we started broadcasting on 21 September 2015, we have given away hundreds of physical copies of the New Testament, 40,000 unique users have entered our website, we have reached 80,000 Israelis through our social media pages, and we have just started referring people to local congregations. All this means we are one of the largest outreaches to Israelis since the time of Yeshua.
The breakthrough came when we started using a professional marketing company to advertise the channel through a systematic marketing campaign.
Our great desire and wish is to see all our people saved. As Paul said in Romans 9:1-3:
I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh.
Should we all have the same passion as Paul for the people of Israel? It is understandable why we Israelis have it, but why should non-Jews carry this burden too? Well, Paul explains in Romans 11:12:
But if their [Israel’s] transgression means riches for the world, and their [Israel’s] loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring! I am talking to you Gentiles.
How wonderful it is that now you too are grafted into that cultivated olive tree with us and are receiving nourishment from it. However, there is much more to come – when we the original branches that were cut off are all grafted back in, it will bring greater blessings and then the Lord himself will return. So, we are waiting for the second coming of our Lord Yeshua, and one of the conditions for His return is that the leaders of the Jewish nation will cry out “Baruch Haba Beshem Adonai” – Blessed is He who comes in the name of our Lord.
In Romans 10:1 Paul says –
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.
Its good to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for the prosperity of the land and for the soldiers, but the most important prayer that we can pray is for salvation.
The vision of Yeshuachai.tv is based on the promise of Romans 11:26, that, “All Israel will be saved”.
I believe that we’ve been called in these end-times to actively participate in a spiritual revolution. With God’s help we need to together awaken Israel to return to the Lord, so that He will return to our world.
Please join us in this revolution by partnering with us.
Our website in English is: www.yeshualive.tv
The TV channel website is: www.yesh.tv
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How renewed rocket fire affects the local body of believers
Since Monday morning, March 25 rockets have been launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel, the first one hitting the coastal city of Netanya which is north of Tel Aviv, a distance of about 120 km. This was followed by a barrage of more attacks throughout Monday night and Tuesday morning. Kehila News Israel contacted a number of congregational leaders, both in Netanya as well as near the Gaza Strip to get their reactions on these new disturbing developments. Here are some of their comments:
Eugene Mitrea, congregational leader at Sar Shalom, Jerusalem: “We have two families in Ashkelon that are part of our congregation in Jerusalem. They both have ten children. It is not easy for them every time the alarm sounds, having to run to the shelter…I think it’s ridiculous how Israel -a world power in many areas – allows Hamas to call the shots and terrorize more and more people in our country. We hope and pray our leaders would deal with them once and for all.”
Howard Bass, congregational leader at Nachalat Yeshua, Beer Sheva: “Of course, it’s always worrying when the ‘conflict’ breaks out and begins to escalate, with rockets being fired at cities, towns, kibbutzim — especially for those living right near the border with Gaza. There are also believers in those areas, and I praise God for their fortitude and faith to remain living where they do for the sake of the gospel and the Kingdom of God. It is the beginning of Spring, “when kings go out to war.” Beer Sheva is not exempt, and our night may not go uninterrupted. Yet the message that we have from the Lord is to pray for a change of heart and mind of those who oppose Him and His people and His land, that they repent and believe the gospel and come to salvation. When this happens, then even these enemies can be used by Yeshua to stop seeking Israel’s destruction, but rather show mercy to her and tell the Jewish people and the nation how Yeshua changed their hearts and lives to love them! Only a Holy Spirit encounter can accomplish this. Our challenge is to love our enemies, even as we want our country’s political and military leaders to do what is right to protect its borders and population.”
Michael Biner, congregational leader at City of Life Messianic Congregation, Sderot (border town near Gaza): “Many members of our congregation especially suffer from these rocket attacks as we live so close to Gaza, but our faith sustains us through it all. Our prayers have been answered so many times, and we have seen incredible miracles take place. For example, a rocket fell in a public preschool kindergarten play area at 11 p.m. at night. Had that occurred during the daytime, countless mothers and young children could have been killed. I remember a rocket falling just 20 meters from my own window. A couple of more meters, and it would have landed in our living room. There is no question the Lord has protected us. We continue to pray and believe that God is faithfully watching over us.”
David Loden, former congregational leader at Beit Asaph, Netanya: “I heard the sirens in the night… they actually woke me up, even though they were several kilometers away. We have a siren right next to our house, and when it goes off… the dead rise!! It was not going off – only those far-away ones! So I went back to sleep thinking it must be a test or something. It was a shock to learn in the morning that there was a real attack, and with devastating results as well! I am retired from active participation in our Netanya congregation, but here in the house, which is a duplex together with another couple, we are embarking on a program of preparing our somewhat neglected bomb shelter for use.”
Ya’acov, Ashkelon: “We just finished celebrating Purim. As with most Jewish holidays the theme is the same; “they tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat!” Sadly that has not been the case with Gaza. We have fought three wars with this enemy and have yet to have a victory. No, instead the saga has been; “they tried to kill us, we gave in and signed a ceasefire, now what?” It’s been nothing but a tit for tat you bomb us we bomb you merry-go-round ever since we pulled our citizens out of Gaza in 2005. I am a resident of the south (Ashkelon) living under the shadow of not knowing when the next conflict will start, when the next missile will be fired towards us. The gloomy part is our enemy is the one deciding on the when. To them we are like fish in a barrel. Happily this last round did not reach our neighborhood but is that any consolation? No, especially when you only have 15 seconds to make it into your bomb shelter. Last November, when Hamas decided to fire over 500 missiles at us, one landed in the park across from our apartment causing considerable damage. Thankfully it took place in the early hours of the morning and the park was empty. However, had the rocked traveled a mere 400 meters to the east it would have slammed into an adjacent apartment building, perhaps even ours! ”
Evan Thomas, Netanya: “Unfortunately/fortunately we are visiting NZ at present so a rocket hitting a home seems a long way away. We spoke to our daughter who lives in Netanya and works in Tel Aviv. She did not seem the least ‘phased’ by the incident or by the threats from Gaza. For her it was just another day. Maybe that is the Israeli reality that needs to be stressed. The political climate is toxic, of course, and the Palestinian hard liners seem to be doing everything by their actions to see that PM Netanyahu is re-elected. It’s a crazy upside down world!”
Simcha Davidov, home group leader, Ashdod: “Living in Ashdod includes the awareness we could get hit by rockets from Gaza. Since 2014 no rockets have hit Ashdod, but we are watching this possibility every time there is fighting going on. Our hearts are with the people that live around Gaza as well as with the many innocent people who live in Gaza who suffer often under the sounds of war and some get hurt. We pray about this complicated situation and call on God for help.”
Avigail Ginat, Ashkelon believer and congregant of Beit Hallel, Ashdod: “I found it to be a very challenging week, but God is great. Despite the challenges, He gave us so much peace. I live in a very old building without a safe room. Our only bomb shelter is across the street, and it takes us at least 15 seconds to get there, leaving us really 3 or 4 seconds from the time we hear the siren. We were there for two nights. The same thing happened a couple of months ago. A rocket landed just a few meters from our building, and two people were killed and others injured Needless to say, this time has been very intense for our four children, the youngest being 10, but God even was able to use us to declare the peace we felt in our hearts. One of the daughters of our neighbor was really panic struck, but we were able to let her know that the Lord would protect all of us. I praise the Lord and know that He will continue to be with us. We are not leaving this area, because we really love being here.”
[NOTE: This article was last updated on March 28, 2019.]
Cookie is the former managing director of Makor HaTikvah Messianic School in Jerusalem.
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Training the next generation to take the land
Fourteen years ago in May, Revive Israel organized its first-ever parenting conference. The conference was the “sequel” to the couples’ conference held the previous Autumn. Our vision was to identify young Israeli, Hebrew-speaking couples with leadership potential and to nurture them. Why? Because one of the vital elements for reviving covenant faith in the God of Israel, is vibrant godly homes. We long to see a generation raised up to take the Land!
And so 15 young couples gathered to seek the Lord together regarding our families and our children. We came together to worship Him. We came together to receive impartation from seasoned parent-leaders. We came together to strategize on the future of education in Israel inside and outside of our homes.
We see the surrounding Israeli “sabra” culture as having some positive things to give our children, but unfortunately many negative things as well. One of the positive things is an outstanding attitude of confidence and courage when faced with difficulties and opposition. Together with this we see harmful attitudes of independence, rebellion, permissiveness, licentiousness and immorality.
We had just four things for our main conference training topics:
- order and routine as a foundation for discipline;
- affirmation and unconditional love as the heart of the parent child interaction;
- balancing justice and mercy in rearing and disciplining our children;
Children are not some impediment keeping us back from advancing in our careers, not some heavy burden keeping us from doing what we want to do in life. Our children are our primary disciples, the biggest and most significant thing we can invest in to make a mark in this world. It isn’t easy, but how could we expect changing the world to be easy! In John 21:5, Yeshua called his disciples “my sons.” The end fruit of his discipling was to make friends and sons.
There is no bigger, more fundamental grounds to test our faith and character than the daily challenge of educating our children. May we always dip into His reservoir of faith and grace to be faithful to this charge.
We were so grateful then to have gained a clearer picture of how we can parent out of much more love and consistency, and a new sense of accountability and mission in this task of ultimate importance. Where are we today? Those children are now in their teens and will be thinking about their army service in just a few more years. Do they now stand in the good of our parenting decisions and will they be able to survive in the outside world beyond our homes? One thing we know: Yeshua will still be with them and will still want them to be His disciples and friends. With Him, they can take the Land. May our labor have borne fruit in His kingdom!
This article originally appeared on Tikkun International, March 15, 2019, and reposted with permission.
David is on the Editorial Staff for the Tents of Mercy Network.
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Strengthening the family through sound finances
With a vision to strengthen families in the Body of Messiah, E.L.Y. Israel offers believers sounds financial advice to improving their economic situation, gain financial independence and live a more abundant life.
“The idea is to give direction and guidance on how to manage our personal finances,” Naamah Smith of E.L.Y. Israel Families, told Kehila News Israel. “For example if they have credit card debt or if they can find a way to pay less for certain things. This is what we do — try to educate the families, and we also add a spiritual touch.”
Israel has a relatively high cost of living and lower wages compared to other similarly ranked countries. Many Israelis live paycheck to paycheck and with some sort of debt ranging from loans or mortgages to credit card payments. And apartment rentals can be as high as 50 percent of a single salary.
With all of this financial pressure, E.L.Y. provides practical advice for people on how to save money and cut expenditures. Some of their practical advice includes how to get the most out of your rights as a citizen; tips on saving money, lowering expenditures and getting out of bankruptcy; how to use the application, RiseUp, to take charge of one’s spending; and how to overcome emotions and traumas that influence bad financial management.
“Many people come through a crisis and their emotional status influences their economic status,” Smith explained.
E.L.Y. Israel also helps people navigate their emotions in the spending arena. Smith said it is valuable for people to understand the root of a spending problem both through prayer and also with practical steps that can make a real and meaningful change in their lives.
“We bring awareness to believers of the economic situation of the family or the person, to give tools to make a change in their lives and be responsible,” she said. “In many families in Israel in general there is a need for better economic situation. Our point all the time is that strong and healthy families and person to build a strong community.”
In fact, E.L.Y. wants to see believers be the “head and not the tail” when it comes to finances.
“There are situations in the congregations where even the pastors have debt and it’s not healthy to be in debt,” Smith said. “They say, ‘We need help us, help us.’ But they’re not changing their ways. So we are calling for a change.”
E.L.Y. is hoping to see transformation for believing families to becoming strong and healthy — spiritually, emotionally and financially.
“If we become strong financially as a family or an individual, so we are not in need all the time, we can actually be givers and be a blessing,” she said. “For many years the congregations here have been supported by ministries from abroad, but we can change that — we can be a blessing to other countries.”
E.L.Y. invites those who want help or advice in dealing with their financial situation to turn to them for help. For more information: email@example.com.
The Kehila News Staff is a team of Israeli believers in Yeshua.
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Scientist’s lecture: ‘Has science buried God?’
Internationally renowned mathematician, speaker, author and retired professor John Lennox spoke in Haifa recently on a topic rarely discussed by prestigious guests visiting the university: God.
Lennox has debated famous atheists including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Peter Singer. He was also Stephen Hawking’s contemporary at the University of Cambridge.
The event, held Feb. 27 at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, opened with a welcome from a representative of FCSI, the Fellowship of Christian Students in Israel. Prof. Tony Futerman of one of Israel’s institutes of higher education introduced his colleague and friend, Prof. Lennox.
The auditorium was packed with 400 students and guests – many sitting in the aisles – while another 100 people watched livestream broadcasts in other parts of northern Israel. The audience was a mix of those who believe in God and others who were seeking, curious or skeptical.
In his lecture entitled “Has Science Buried God?” Lennox asserted that the conflict between faith and science is superficial and that the friction is in fact between two competing philosophical worldviews: theism and atheism.
Lennox began his talk by pointing out that the pioneers of modern science – Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Euler and Maxwell – were all theists who believed in truths beyond the natural sciences. He noted that in the modern age the opposite is significantly more common and any intellectual inquiry outside of science tends to be frowned upon.
He said that at a dinner when he was a 19-year-old undergraduate student at Cambridge, he asked a Nobel Laureate his opinion on the existence of God. He didn’t get a reply then, but afterwards several professors sat him down and demanded that he stop believing in God because it would destroy his chances of a career in science.
The late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking declared in his book “The Grand Design”that philosophy is dead and that God is an unnecessary artifact of days gone by. Lennox countered that the statement “philosophy is dead” is itself a philosophical claim and that Hawking’s book is, in fact, about the philosophy of science. Lennox explained that Hawking’s statement is a manifestation of a philosophical worldview called scientism, which states that the only valid path to knowledge is by way of the scientific method. However, this worldview cannot be verified by science, thus failing its own criterion.
Lennox noted that scientism is often based on an assumption in atheistic naturalism, a form of atheism that claims that the natural world is all that was, is or ever will be. He argued that naturalism, other than being philosophically problematic, also inhibits science from being truly objective because to be truly objective, one must follow the evidence where it leads. The best explanation of the scientific data is an all-powerful, intelligent creator – God.
Among the scientific evidence that Lennox presented in favor of God was the intelligibility of the universe. We can understand our universe through mathematics and language and we can also make meaningful predictions about it as well. This would be highly unlikely with naturalism, but makes good sense given theism. Lennox said that one of the major reasons he believes in God is because he is a scientist who follows the evidence to its logical conclusion, something most scientists are not allowed to or don’t want to do due to the modern belief that the two can’t mix. If more scientists did this, science would bury atheism, he contends.
Lennox concluded his talk with a question and answer session where he responded to general objections to the existence of God and responded to the problem of evil.
Violet moved to Israel in 2013. She lives in Haifa with her husband and their daughter.