To fulfill God’s call on Israel as His ‘Chosen Nation’ to be a light to the Nations; To gather together, encourage, and facilitate the sending out of teams of resident Israelis to the Nations, specifically those with large Jewish communities; to take the Word of the Lord to those who do not yet know YESHUA as their Messiah; For the Jew first and also for the Gentiles; To encourage the Church to fulfill God’s call to the Gentiles to assist in the spiritual ingathering of the Jewish people.
WHY “ OUT OF ZION ” ?
It was always Israel’s calling to be a light to the Nations. Israel received this call at Mt Sinai. ” You shall be a Kingdom of Priests – a Holy Nation “(Ex19:6) Actually, it goes right back to the time of the Lord’s covenant with Abraham –” And in your seed all of the nations of the earth shall be blessed”. ( Gen 12:3, 22:18, 28:14 ). The final words of Yeshua ( Jesus ) before He ascended to Heaven were to his Jewish desciples ” go ye into all the World”. (Mk16:15) The apostles of the early Church fulfilled this call and the Gospel went forth from Zion. However as Rome embraced Christianity and began to impose their doctrines, the Jewish believers found it increasingly difficult to remain in the Church and their numbers dwindled away. Thus the calling lay dormant for the next 1900 years. Then in 1948, the Lord resurrected the also dormant nation of Israel and once again Jewish believers began to dwell in the Land of their forefathers.
As Jerusalem was reunited in 1967, it sparked a return to faith in Jesus as Messiah for a significant number of Jewish people, a trend which has continued and increased. Today in Israel there are more than 50 indigenous Messianic congregations and somewhere in the vicinity of 5000 Jewish Believers, a phenomenon unseen since the days of Paul and a direct fulfillment of prophecy. The Israeli Body was 30 years old in 1997 and we at Out of Zion Ministries believe that it is not a coincidence that the vision for this ministry was received in 1997. Yeshua was 30 years old when His ministry began, as was Joseph, and we believe that NOW is the time for the Israeli believers to rise up and fulfill their calling and once again take the Word of the Lord out from Zion. ( Is 2:3) .” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (NKJ) Through this all the nations of the earth will be truly blessed.
Since the demise of communism in 1989 many ministries have been actively taking the Gospel to the people of the former Soviet Union. But how many of these ministries have had a real revelation of Romans 1:16 ?. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation, for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Out of Zion director, David Silver has participated in five outreaches to the Jews of the former USSR. The scripture that inspired David to turn his attention towards the Jews of the CIS was Jer 3:12 “Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: `Return, O backsliding Israel,’ says the LORD, `I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says the LORD; `I will not remain angry forever. (NKJ)
During his times in the CIS, David witnessed first-hand, the size of the harvest-field, the harshness of the continent & the practical difficulties of the task. While teaching at a Bible School in Murmansk, David saw the young students he was speaking to as potential co-workers in the massive harvest-field of the C.I.S. If he could impart his vision to them and they go out and also pass the vision on and so forth, then the multiplication of harvesters would be as The Lord desires, and then the possibility of reaching every last corner of the CIS could become real, to the Jews first and also to the Gentiles. ( Rom 1:16 )
We at Out of Zion believe that the Lord desires that the Church give priority to evangelism of the Jewish people in their locality. To confirm this, The Lord took David to Isaiah 49:22 – . “Thus says the Lord God – Behold I will lift my hand in an oath to the nations; and set up my standard for the peoples, They shall bring your sons in their arms and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders ” This is now being fulfilled in the natural by ministries like Exobus and Ebinezer, who are physically bringing home the sons and daughters of Israel, but they also need to be brought home spiritually. A further confirmation of this is Romans 11:11 which says that Israel has stumbled so that salvation may come to the Gentiles, in order for the Jewish people to be provoked to jealousy.
OUT OF ZION’S MISSION
The initial vision for Out of Zion remains the same – that is to bring the Jewish people to their God & Messiah. By enlisting the Church’s assistance, the task will be much more attainable. In Romans 11 Paul talks about a mystery. David is now sensing a strong call to divide his time between direct involvement in Jewish evangelism, and bringing to the Church, the revelation of the mystery of Ephesians 2 and Romans 11. He believes that this understanding must be returned to the Church as a preparation for the return of the Lord who is coming back for His Bride, Jews and Gentiles – One New Man.
THE MYSTERY OF THE OLIVE TREE
According to Eph 2:11-19, God sees everyone who believes in the Jewish Messiah (Jesus), as a fellow citizen, grafted into the Olive Tree which represents Israel (Rom 11:11-25). Is it not natural then, for such a person to take a personal interest in God’s plans for Israel and His desired relationship between Israel and His Church ? David uses the parable of the prodigal son to show how the Gentile part of the of the Father’s family have been dwelling with Him for the last 1900 years, while the prodigals, the Jewish part, have been out there in the world, lost and hurting. How it will bring joy to the Father’s heart to see the Gentile family going out in search of their lost Jewish brothers and sisters. To see HisChurch extend a loving arm to gently lift the prodigals out of the pit they are in and lovingly tell them that the Lord still loves them and has already provided a Saviour. He is waiting to forgive them and to see them come home. What a day that will be ! He will cover them with His robe ( of righteousness) and kill the fatted lamb in preparation for the feast of all feasts – The great marriage supper of the Lamb.
Out of Zion ministries believe that this message is a major key to Revival. As the Gentiles begin to fulfill their calling to provoke the Natural branches to jealousy, large numbers of Jewish people will be grafted back into the Olive Tree. According to Romans 11 and Ephesians 2, as Jew & Gentile worship the God of Israel as One New Man, it will mean nothing less than ….. LIFE FROM THE DEAD – REVIVAL for ALL.
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