Good Morning, Israel!
By Ze’ev Nevo, Israel Media Ministries
Shalom! With only 0.2% saved, Israel is in an urgent need for a spiritual wake up call. This is the time for you and I to rise up and obey our commission to reach Israel with the saving message of the Gospel. Isaiah 52 beautifully lays out the plan for us to follow.
October 2nd, 2016, was not just an ordinary day on our calendar. It was a fundamental date on God’s calendar. In the Bible it’s called the “Day of Trumpets”, God’s Appointed Time for Israel to hear a loud blast of shofars as a wake up call to repentance, ten days before the Day of Atonement (Lev. 23:23-25). No wonder the prophet declares in Isaiah 52:1, “Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for there shall be no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean.”
Did you notice the repetition of the word “awake”? This tells us the great measure of urgency God has for this spiritual wake up call to Israel. As we can see here, those who will heed the call will put off their dusty spiritual “pajamas” and put on “beautiful garments.” The Hebrew word used to describe these garments reveals that they are not just beautiful – they are glorious – as only the Glorious Savior can clothe Israel! In chapter 61:10 Isaiah refers to them as no less than “garments of salvation.”
When Israel awakes, they will come to know God’s Name: “Therefore My people shall know My Name” (Is. 52:6). Obviously, the people of Israel do know the Name of God, as His Name is plainly before their eyes when they read the book of the Old Testament. So which name is it that is still hidden from Israel? As you read these lines, the vast majority of Israelis have never heard the Hebrew name of their Messiah, YESHUA, which means salvation! They either heard the name Jesus, which to them symbolizes the religions of Christianity and therefore has no relevance to them as Jews, or the acronym “Yeshu” made by Jewish rabbis, which stands for “may his name and memory be blotted out!” Our ministry exists to wake up the people of Israel so that they can come to know the true God of Israel in the person of Yeshua!
But in verse 7 comes the most important part of all: “How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news. Who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, “your God reigns!”
A quick Hebrew lesson! The word “announces” in this passage is “Mashmi’a,” which derives from the root “Shema.” it means “Hear” as in “Hear O Israel.” As we know from the Scriptures, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17). It is for this reason that our ministry is focused on the “Hear O Israel” media outreach, where we deliver the New Testament in Hebrew to the people of Israel on YouTube. To date, over ONE MILLION People IN ISRAEL have heard the Gospel through this project! We have only three more chapters to produce before we complete the Gospel of Matthew! Coming next – The Gospel of John!
Now, let’s give our attention to these facts. In verse 7, the people announcing salvation proclaim the Good News “to Zion” and declare “Your God reigns”. Why is this so important for us to note that? Here’s why — it clearly reveals that the announcers are not from Israel. Who are they then? The nations! Yes, the nations of the world have an irreplaceable role in reuniting the people of Israel with their God by announcing to them of their urgent need of repentance and saving faith in Yeshua. Many of us are very familiar with the famous “Suffering Servant” chapter in Isaiah 53, which foreshadows the death and resurrection of our Savior. Fewer realize though that this prophecy actually begins in verse 13 of Isaiah 52: “See, My Servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.” The point is that Israel’s revelation of the Messiah comes as a result of the proclamation of the Gospel message by the nations, as seen in Isaiah 52!
To Father’s House subscribers: Israel Media Ministries (IMM) is one of the strategic ministry partners our educational foundation regularly promotes and supports.
Think of it: through your fervent prayers and faithful financial support of Israel Media Ministries, you and your family can be among the beautiful feet announcing the Good News of Yeshua to today’s Israeli population. IMM’s fast-moving, chapter-by-chapter YouTube videos of the Gospels of Matthew and John are like awakening trumpet calls, skillfully played in the people’s cherished heart language of Hebrew. Pray about your gift to Israel Media Ministry. Whether a one-time or recurring gift, this is a sound Kingdom investment.
By giving your donation through Father’s House Educational Foundation, you not only provide direct support to IMM, you also assist Father’s House in spreading the word about IMM’s incredibly cost-effective transmission of God’s word. Father’s House retains 10% of every gift to maintain the tools and personnel needed to keep getting the word out.
For instance, in this past month (October-November), a Matching Grant Provider (MGP) gave Father’s House $2,500 to serve as a matching grant for IMM. This grant was like placing a tool in the hands of Ze’ev Nevo to help him raise that same amount among his own supporters. The $2,500 was matched almost immediately by others. So, the total given was $5,000 ($2,500 by the MGP + $2,500 by IMM constituents giving through Father’s House). This yielded $4,500 (90%) for Israel Media Ministries and $500 (10%) to help Father’s House keep telling the story.
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