Digital Evangelism Reaches Even Further

Facebook Isaiah 53 Explained Campaigns

As we celebrate our 125th anniversary in 2019, it is good to remember the ways in which the Lord has led Chosen People Ministries in using technology for the purpose of creatively communicating the gospel!

In every decade, these creative gospel efforts used the most modern technology of the day and catapulted our “Jewish” gospel message into the public arena where many Jewish people heard the good news.

GOD IS USING THE WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Now, in the 21st century, Chosen People Ministries is a pioneer in using digital media to proclaim the gospel to the Jewish people. This would include our use of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and a variety of websites, including our Isaiah53.com website where we offer a free book detailing the death and resurrection of Jesus as described in this chapter of the Bible.

A partnership with Cru’s (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) Jesus Film project made it possible to produce this wonderful movie in Yiddish, the language spoken by almost one million Orthodox and Hasidic Jews around the globe. Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jewish people have clicked to view the video, and dozens have watched the video for five to ten minutes, which means they clearly heard the gospel message!

CELEBRATING 125 YEARS OF JEWISH EVANGELISM—SHALOM NEW YORK!

We will continue our legacy of street outreach during Shalom New York, which begins the last week of July and continues through early August.

We will also be placing Facebook ads and other online digital advertising focused on the New York Jewish community so that when our over 125 volunteers and Chosen People Ministries’ staff hit the streets for the Shalom New York outreach, they will already have hundreds of seekers to contact.

JOIN US…PLEASE!

We could use your prayers! Please pray for the Lord to break through to the Jewish community we meet.

We are hoping to influence 125,000 people for Jesus during this anniversary year…both Jewish and Gentile seekers and those followers of the Lord who want to share the gospel with their Jewish friends.

Blessings,


Mitch Glaser

P.S. Thank you for encouraging us to stretch in our strategies and efforts to reach Jewish people for our Messiah Jesus!

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The Holocaust Remembered

Shalom in our Messiah, Jesus. I am so grateful for all those who have sent us messages of goodwill in honor of our 125th anniversary as a ministry. I am also very grateful for those who have given to our CPM 125th Advancement Campaign.

We have already engaged with more than 75,000 individuals online. To be specific, we now have their names, home addresses, and e-mails for follow-up. By God’s grace, two thousand of them are Israeli non-believers who we met through our Hebrew Isaiah 53 campaign.

We are expecting to meet thousands more as 125 staff and volunteers will pour out into the streets of New York City during the last week of July and first week of August for our Shalom New York outreach! The volunteers are subsidizing themselves, but we are providing the funds needed for our staff to come from across the globe. We will even have a team of Israelis from Israel reaching Israelis in New York City.

If it sounds exciting—it is! Our local New York missionaries, congregations, Bible studies, and disciple-makers are ready to do the follow-up with those seeking the Lord. So please pray often, give generously, and consider joining us for Shalom New York! There is still space available for you. Visit shalomnyoutreach.com for more information!

Holocaust Memorial Day

The United States Congress established May 2 as Holocaust Remembrance Day. Many of us have expanded this to the entire month of May and are holding various lectures and memorial services to commemorate this terrible moment in Jewish history.

As a Jewish person, I grew up under the dark shadow cast by the Holocaust. My grandparents were pre-Holocaust European Jewish immigrants to the United States. Like so many others, they never talked about those tragic days. They did not walk through it personally but knew a lot more than they would ever tell us. Perhaps they wanted to spare us from the horrific details of this nightmarish chapter in Jewish history. I was raised with photographs of my aunts and uncles that I would never meet because they died in the Holocaust.

As a Messianic Jew, I wondered if my relatives who lost their lives in the midst of Nazi terror ever heard of God’s grace through Jesus the Messiah—either before or during the days of the Shoah (Holocaust). Knowing the answer to this question became somewhat of an obsession for me over the years.

I began to wonder if there were instances of God’s presence during the Holocaust. As the president of Chosen People Ministries, with access to our archives stretching back to 1894, I knew that our Mission had a significant ministry during those desperate days.

I began looking through these documents to try and discover what transpired through our ministries in Europe at that time.

I was astounded by what I found. I want to share these amazing accounts of grace and mercy with you. There are so many stories of how our ministry served Jewish people during the Holocaust.

Chosen People Publications

The publications reflect the writings of Joseph Hoffman Cohn, the son of our founder, Rabbi Leopold Cohn. Joseph became the director of the Mission after the death of his father. The reports are from before, during, and after the Holocaust and are drawn from The Chosen People newsletter and The Shepherd of Israel, an evangelistic publication.

If there was one outstanding lesson I gleaned from these stories, it was simply this—the Lord uses tragedy to draw us to Himself. The story of the Jewish people during the Holocaust can be compared to the Book of Job. God created and chose the Jewish people to be His light in a dark and broken world. He made promises to our forefathers that He would never allow His people to be destroyed (Jeremiah 31:31–37, Romans 11:28–29). God confirmed His Word again through the prophet Jeremiah: “‘If this fixed order departs from before Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘then the offspring of Israel also will cease from being a nation before Me forever’” (Jeremiah 31:36).

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob assured us that He will be faithful to His promises.

Hitler murdered at least six million Jewish people, but never completed the job he started, as God would not…and could not…allow it!

God’s grace is sometimes hidden in the midst of life’s greatest difficulties. Tragedy opens our eyes to His presence in ways that good times never will. It is during the difficult times that we recognize He is always present and powerful, and that even death and destruction cannot keep us from Him. This is why the Apostle Paul writes so powerfully,

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

Remembering the Holocaust

It is good to remember the Holocaust and evil intent Satan has in mind for God’s ancient people. The Devil still wants to destroy the Jewish people to prevent God’s promises from unfolding. This should motivate us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and to remember His grace in the midst of life’s difficulties.

We must never lose hope as He is still Lord and in control, even though humans and Satan himself are guiding humankind on a path to total destruction.

In reading these stories, you might very well be brought to tears. I was! I also hope you discover the Lord of all comfort who will point your heart and soul to His goodness and the salvation He brings through the death and resurrection of His only begotten Son. If we learn one thing from the cross, it is that great suffering leads to even greater glory.

God’s best for Israel and for the Jewish people is still ahead, as Paul promised,

For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written. (Romans 11:25–26)

I pray you will find the reports meaningful and that you will oppose antisemitism whenever and wherever you see it! Thanks again for your faithful prayers and generosity!

In His grace,
Mitch

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Wandering Israelis

Shalom from New York City! We continue to rejoice in all the Lord is doing to touch the lives of Jewish people around the world through the work of Chosen People Ministries. He is faithful and we see many Jewish people opening their hearts to the Messiah.

We are seeing a new openness especially among Israeli young adults. I want to tell you how excited I am about this movement of the Holy Spirit. We have now mailed over 8,000 Hebrew Isaiah 53 Explained books to Israelis who requested them through our Hebrew Facebook ads running in Israel.

I recently visited our outreach center in Ramat Gan and saw what God is doing with my own eyes! Between a concert and a Sabbath dinner, we had more than one hundred Israeli young adults, most of whom were believers, in attendance. These young Israelis have an incredible hunger for God and His Word.

WANDERING ISRAELIS 
There is also so much happening outside of Israel I wanted to take a moment and tell you about what is happening around the globe. As you probably know, Israeli young men serve three years in the army, and women serve two years. When they complete their military service, they usually travel around the world for six to nine months. They then return home to go to college or enter the work force.

These former soldiers are all quite open to new experiences during their travels. They travel not only for the opportunity to enjoy other countries and cultures, but also to broaden their spiritual horizons!

NEW ZEALAND AND HUMMUS 
Let me tell you a little more about our ministry in New Zealand. We have an Israeli guesthouse located in Wanaka, Albert Town in the middle of the South Island, a resort area famous for its Middle Earth vistas, world-class hikes, skiing and snowboarding, bungee jumping, skydiving, and extreme sports. The guesthouse, called Zula Lodge, opened in 2015 and continues to thrive. By God’s grace, our team has spoken to thousands of young Israelis about the Lord while they were staying at the ministry house. We are now in the process of following up with the many who stayed with us over the last month.

Our staff is engaged with Israelis all day long. They hike with them in the daytime; and during the evenings, they chat and play board games and musical instruments, often late into the night. Each week, we host a Sabbath (Friday night) dinner, which is a highlight, and regularly host “Hummus Nights” where we eat hummus and talk about Jesus. You cannot imagine the number of gospel conversations taking place over pita bread dipped in homemade hummus!

ISRAELIS IN ASIA 
New Zealand, India, Germany, and many other countries are where you would expect Israelis to travel—but these places are not alone in providing opportunities to share the gospel with wandering Israelis. We are now seeing an increase in the number of young Israelis traveling throughout Asia—especially China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong—where we have staff and volunteers ready to meet them with the love of the Messiah.

OUR PRAYERS AND PARTNERSHIP 
We are so grateful for your prayers and support. We could not do this without you!

We know that it is God who provides through His people and we are grateful for all He does through you.

Thank you for being part of the family and for caring about the gospel going out to the Jewish people!

 

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New York Ministries

Dear friend,

Happy Passover and Easter!

I love this time of year. As a Jewish believer in Jesus, my faith and love for my heritage converge in perfect harmony during the Passover/Easter season. during this season, we celebrate the coming of the perfect Lamb of God, which was predicted in the biblical passages that tell the story of Passover and in Isaiah chapter 53. He is the One who died for our sins, rose from the grave, and ascended to heaven—and now we wait patiently for His return!

Chosen People Ministries will have more Jewish people attend our Passover Seders and come to faith in Jesus during this season than at any other time of year. So please pray for us as we have Messianic Passover Seders in dozens of cities in North America and in sixteen other countries around the globe where we serve among the Jewish people.

Passover in the Bible

Passover is an eight-day festival that combines the one-day Feast of Passover with the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. As Moses said to the children of Israel, “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread” (Leviticus 23:5–6).

Jewish people traditionally observe the holiday by celebrating a Passover Seder (Hebrew for “order”), or dinner, on the first two nights of the holiday.

Growing up in a Jewish home in New York City, my family always attended the Seder led by my grandfather in Brooklyn. He was a very religious Jewish man, and I loved him dearly. He had fled eastern Europe before the First World War, as Jewish people were terribly persecuted, and came to the “Golden Land” of America where he hoped to live as a Jewish man without fear.

I am sorry to say he was not very happy when I became a believer in Jesus at nineteen years of age. No matter how many times I explained it and attended all of our traditional family holiday celebrations, my faith was still foreign to my beloved grandparents.

It is not easy being Jewish and believing in Jesus. I often feel like an outsider in my own family and community. But Passover is a great comfort and joy to me since it is evident that Yeshua fulfills the festival in so many glorious ways. The lamb of Exodus 12 points to Jesus. The lamb was killed and it’s blood shed so that the firstborn sons of the Israelites would be spared. Now, we understand that this points to the blood of the perfect Lamb that spares us from the consequences of our sin! As Paul, the great Jewish apostle wrote, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). We have this great gift of salvation through His shed blood and atoning sacrifice.

Jesus was sinless and innocent. According to the prophet Isaiah, this perfect lamb would die an undeserving death and rise from the grave (Isaiah 53:10–12). This is the triumphant message of grace and redemption—for the One who died now lives forever, and we will live forever with Him.

Paul summarized forever the heart of the gospel message to the believers in Corinth when he wrote, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3–4). I know you might be reading quietly, but feel free to give a shout of Hallelujah! I just did!

My Spiritual Forefather:

Rabbi Leopold Cohn

When I first came to faith, I thought I was the only Jewish person in the world who believed in Jesus, aside from my two best friends who were Jewish and led me to the Lord. After a few months, I met representatives of Chosen People Ministries (then called the American Board of Missions to the Jews) and they discipled me.

For a long time, I did not know that Messianic Jews had a history beyond my own generation! It was then that I was introduced to the written testimony and legacy of Rabbi Leopold Cohn, the founder of the Mission I now have the privilege of leading.

Leopold Cohn was a Jewish immigrant from Hungary who came to faith in Jesus the Messiah in 1892. According to his story, while walking the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan on his way to visit his rabbi, he noticed a sign outside a Dutch Reformed church that piqued his curiosity. The sign welcomed Jewish people to a meeting inside the building. He listened from outside and was intrigued. Afterwards, he spoke with the fiery young Polish Jewish preacher who gave him a copy of the New Testament. Rabbi Cohn then came to faith and was immediately burdened with reaching his people. He began Chosen People Ministries in 1894.

God has sustained Chosen People Ministries. But the real story of the Mission is a story of God’s grace, mercy, and faithfulness.

There is a story behind the story!

I believe that reaching Jewish people for Jesus is at the very heart of God’s plan for the ages. He never rescinded the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12:1–3) in which He promised to create a people and grant this people a land. God promised He would one day have a vital personal relationship with His people and that the Jewish people would become His vehicle of blessing to the nations.

We must remember the events that are still to come, as one day God will turn the eyes of the Jewish people to Jesus the Messiah and then the Lord will return. This is the promise in Zechariah 12:10 and described in Romans 11:11–15. In that day, I believe wholeheartedly that our Chosen People Global Ministries family will joyfully be “out of work.”

I believe the reason God is faithful to our ministry is because the Jewish people are critical to His strategic plan for accomplishing His holy purposes. The glorious future promised to Israel will one day produce great blessings for the entire world (Genesis 12:3).

Our future is settled… but…

What about today?

We believe what God said in the Bible will come to pass. Yet, we also have the joy of helping to make it happen! We are called to bring the good news of the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles. As Paul pens, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

This is the “life verse” of our ministry, and we will continue to proclaim His Word until He returns! I especially hope you will pray for our ministries in New York City, which still has more Jewish people than anywhere else in the world. This is why our international headquarters is in Manhattan, and we have more staff based in the greater New York area than anywhere else. Israel is a close second, of course.

This summer, we are hoping and praying to recruit 125 staff members and volunteers for two weeks of front-line evangelism in New York City. It is not too late for you to come! All you need to do is visit http://www.shalomnyoutreach.com. We will get in touch with you and tell you how you can apply to join us!

Thank you for your love for the Jewish Messiah and His people. Your prayers and support mean so much to us. We could not do this work without you.

He is Risen!

Your brother,

Mitch Glaser

 

 

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The Charles L. Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies

Dear friend,

Shalom in His grace. I hope you are looking forward to the Passover/Easter season this year. We expect hundreds of Jewish people to attend our Passover banquets around the globe. Your prayers for these events are greatly appreciated as we hope that many Jewish people will discover that Jesus is the Messiah and Lamb of God!

We exist to tell Jewish people about Jesus!

Yet, once a Jewish person (or anyone) comes to faith, they need to be discipled and taught the Word of God.

This is why we started the Charles L. Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies in Brooklyn, New York, in 2007. We have trained dozens of Jewish and Gentile believers, who are now serving the Lord among the Jewish people, and who are capable of discipling a new generation of Jesus-followers!

We named the program after Dr. Charles Lee Feinberg—the first dean of Talbot School of Theology within Biola University in California, and our partner in this wonderful course of study.

Dr. Feinberg was one of my heroes in the faith. He was the reason I chose to attend Talbot after graduating from Bible college in 1974. There was only one person with whom I wanted to study further—and that was Dr. Charles Lee Feinberg.

He was a legend among the young Jewish believers who came to faith during the turbulent days of the Jesus Movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Most of us were the only believers in our families and felt completely alone. We definitely did not know any rabbis or Jewish community leaders at the time who were believers in Jesus. My little group of ex-hippie believers longed for an example or two of older Jewish believers we could look to as role models.

Dr. Charles Feinberg became the spokesman and example we were seeking.

Dr. Feinberg trained as a rabbi but interrupted his training when he came to faith in Jesus. He was in the first graduating class of Dallas Theological Seminary, and then taught there for a number of years. Eventually, he earned a PhD in Archaeology at Johns Hopkins University and moved his family west to take up a new role at Biola (the Bible Institute of Los Angeles).

Dr. Feinberg became a believer in the 1930s through Chosen People Ministries, which was then known as the American Board of Missions to the Jews. His books helped shape a generation of Christian leaders, training them in how to understand the Old Testament. Dr. Feinberg’s superb commentary on the minor prophets began as a serial Bible study in the monthly magazine, The Chosen People.

Dr. Feinberg helped me develop a great respect and love for our historic mission to the Jewish people where I now serve as president. His passion to see Chosen People Ministries grow in fruitful service for the Lord was both relentless and infectious.

Those who attend the Feinberg program and complete the rigorous coursework walk in the footsteps of a spiritual giant. But the proof is in the pudding! After reading these testimonies of past and present students, you will see what I mean.

Brian, one of our graduates, had this to say about his experience:

The Feinberg program provided an invaluable exposure to the world of the Bible and to the Jewish and Christian interpreters who have been studying it for millennia. Learning Greek and Hebrew opened up vistas of depth and nuance I never knew existed. And through study, it was a joy to interact with Church fathers and rabbis as they sought to understand the texts. All of this prepared me for a ministry of apologetics to the Jewish people.

Liz, who completed our Certificate program, shares how the Feinberg program prepared her for ministry.

Before attending the program, I had a big heart for the Jewish people but very little understanding of the Jewish people and Jewish evangelism. Now I feel extremely prepared for whatever direction God takes me in ministry. We were also thrilled at the cost of the program. This allowed my husband and me to complete our seminary education with zero debt!

One of the greatest benefits of the Center is that it is in the heart of Brooklyn, with a mission field just outside the door. Toby, one of our current students, puts it this way:

There is no better place in the world to study Messianic Jewish ministry than in Brooklyn. Imagine learning about a specific group of people and the way they think and live, and then walking outside and that same people group is all around you! I have been able to host Sabbath dinners in my home, take part in street evangelism and campus ministry, and most recently volunteer at an Orthodox-run soup kitchen.

Stephen*, one of our new students, describes the ministry opportunities he enjoys through the program.

Since I am a new student, I have been on rotation, participating in college campus outreach, street evangelism, Messianic congregational ministry, and apologetics writing. Participating in ministry activities during our studies that teach us how to practically reach out to Jewish people with the gospel is invaluable.

The benefits of the Feinberg Center reach far beyond the individual students, as the goal of the Seminary degree is to train leaders—theologically and practically—to take us into the 21st century of Jewish evangelism. Dr. Gregory Hagg, Dean of the Feinberg program, writes:

Many of the leaders in the Messianic Jewish movement have little formal biblical training, and often the Jewish studies component is lacking in the education they do have. The majority come from secular Jewish homes and did not receive a broader understanding of Jewish life and faith growing up. The Feinberg Center provides the best of both worlds through Bible-based and Messiah-centered courses, as well as training in Jewish literature and religion. Since the Association of Theological Schools, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the New York Board of Regents approved the program in 2007, we have graduated two dozen well-trained leaders now engaged in Jewish ministry and almost every graduate is debt free because of your generosity!

THE PROGRAM

Coursework

We designed the Feinberg curriculum to incorporate both Jewish studies and the courses one would usually take through an evangelical seminary, although every class is taught with Jewish evangelism in mind. Our professors are all excellent scholars with years of personal experience in Jewish ministry.

Field Ministry

We situated the Feinberg Center in the New York metropolitan area because the city is home to two million Jewish people and is the center of Jewish life in America. Our Center is in the heart of Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn, and just living in the midst of the Jewish community provides endless possibilities for students to immerse themselves in Jewish culture and ministry while completing their coursework. In fact, each semester we organize Jewish-focused field ministry programs to help each student put what they learn in the classroom into practice.

The Costs

The Feinberg Center provides our students an affordable education and gives them the opportunity to graduate debt-free. To achieve this affordability, we offer a wide range of scholarships and subsidies to offset student costs. We also provide accommodations for single students and housing for families through rent subsidies. The generous and regular support from our ministry partners makes a debt-free education possible, which I believe is critical for missionaries who raise their own support.

Dr. Charles L. Feinberg demonstrated in both his life and ministry that one could be Jewish and believe in Jesus. He loved the Lord, he loved his Jewish people, and he loved our Mission—Chosen People Ministries. And it is in his honor that we dedicated the training program and our beautiful Center in the midst of a very Jewish part of Brooklyn. We hope you enjoy learning about our New York initiatives!

Happy Passover and Easter.

In Him,

Dr. Mitch Glaser

 

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Passover and the New Covenant

Shalom in our Messiah. I hope you have a wonderful Passover/Easter season and that this newsletter will help prepare your heart for the celebrations next month!

This is one of my favorite times of year as we are surrounded by symbols and celebrations to help us remember God’s faithfulness through providing Jesus, the perfect Passover Lamb, to die for our sins…and to rise from the dead!

My First Family Passover After Becoming a Believer in Jesus

I remember my first Passover after coming to faith in Jesus the Messiah. In November 1971, I accepted Jesus as my Savior and Messiah in San Francisco, California, and traveled back to the East Coast to tell my parents about my newfound faith. I knew it was not going to be easy, but I never imagined it would be so difficult.

My parents were wonderful and tried to understand me, but it was just too much of a stretch to understand how their son, a nice Jewish boy, could believe in Jesus. A few months after I returned home, it came time for my first Passover with my extended family.

I was under strict instructions not to say anything to my relatives, especially my grandparents, about my relationship with Jesus. It was difficult. I sat quietly through the Passover Seder at my grandparents’ home in Brooklyn, but the parallels between the New Testament and the traditional Passover became so obvious to me.

I said nothing, but my heart was bursting! And surprisingly, even to me, the Passover made me feel so Jewish! I realized that Passover pointed to a day of greater redemption through the shed blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus the Messiah. I recognized that I did not need to give up my Jewishness to believe in Jesus, since Jesus and His disciples were all Jewish. In fact, my faith was the fulfillment of all God had promised to the Jewish people.

This is why Passover means so much to me. It is a time when I feel joyously whole as a Jew who believes Jesus is the Messiah. For me it all comes together at Passover! Let me explain why.

Jesus, the Passover, and Older Covenants

Jesus’ last meal with His disciples before going to the cross was a Passover Seder. During that last Seder, we know that Jesus took a cup and said, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood” (Luke 22:20).

This cup is traditionally called the Cup of Redemption and is always taken after the meal. He could have chosen any of the four cups, but took the third cup, as it would have the greatest meaning for His Jewish disciples. The cup pointed to the blood of the Passover Lamb, and by taking this cup Jesus was declaring that He was the true Lamb!

This event inaugurated the New Covenant prophesied in Jeremiah 31:31–35. As I reflect upon His statement, I wonder, “What is the New Covenant?” What about this covenant is new?

The Greek word for new, kainos (καινός), generally translates the Hebrew term chadash (שׁחָדָ), and is a common word that means new or renewed, allowing for a connection to the past. The New Covenant is new, but is also built upon the previous covenants God had made with the Jewish people, particularly the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants (Genesis 12:1–32 Samuel 7:27–29).

Two Types of Covenants

In the Hebrew, a covenant is never made—it is cut. All covenants are cut and confirmed with the shedding of blood. Additionally, we understand that, in general, God makes two types of covenants with His people—one is conditional and the other unconditional. This might very well reflect the various types of covenants made in the Middle East at the time.

A Conditional Covenant

Covenants that are conditional demand the obedience of the lesser party in order to receive the good promised by the greater. In order to receive the blessings of the covenant, Israel had to be obedient to the Law God gave on Mount Sinai.

An Unconditional Covenant

Covenants that are unconditional depend upon the work of God Himself to ensure Israel receives the blessings of the covenant. This means that the ultimate blessing for Israel, based on the covenant with Abraham, is certain. God gave the Land of Israel to the descendants of Abraham. Isaac, Jacob, and ultimately Jacob’s descendants will inherit the Land.

Jeremiah makes this clear when he writes,

“‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 31:31–32).

The New Covenant Today

The prophet Jeremiah writes,

“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31:33–35)

Jeremiah outlines five major promises assured by the New Covenant:

The law will be internalized in the hearts of believers (1 Corinthians 3:16).

Forgiveness of sins will be available to all who believe (Hebrews 8:12).

Israel will be reconciled to God, just as He promised to Abraham (Romans 11:25ff).

All humanity will know the Lord (Jeremiah 31:34).

The Jewish people will be preserved throughout the ages (Jeremiah 31:35–37).

The New Covenant Tomorrow

The forgiveness of sins and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit apply to both Jewish and Gentile believers in Yeshua. The other three are future and look forward to the second coming of Jesus.

The Jewish people will come back to the Land and to the Lord as outlined in the Abrahamic Covenant. When this happens, the fulfillment of His Kingdom promises will be a blessing to all Jews and Gentiles who know the one true King.

Just imagine the beauty of a renewed earth when Jesus is on His rightful Davidic throne.

Ezekiel phrases it this way:
“They will say, ‘This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste, desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited’” (Ezekiel 36:35).

Paul writes: “…that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21).

I believe that the return of almost seven million Jewish people to the Land is a foretaste of what is to come! He is faithful! But this is not end of the story. We also look forward to the day when the Jewish people will turn to Jesus, and Your Mission to the Jewish People, by the power of the Holy Spirit, is working towards this ultimate goal day in and day out. This is why we are so concerned with training a new generation of disciples in Israel and across the globe to bring the gospel to the Jewish people. Please keep reading, as I know you will be greatly encouraged to see what God is doing among a new generation!

And please remember to pray for Chosen People Ministries as we continue to celebrate our 125th year of service for the Lord among the Jewish people. We are planning our largest outreach effort in New York City this summer, and I hope you might pray about joining us for a week or two. We are praying that 125 people will join us each week! We are calling it Shalom New York because we will be bringing the message of the Prince of Peace to the largest concentration of Jewish people in the world! And if you cannot come, please pray for this massive effort to reach Jewish people with the message of the New Covenant.

Peace in our Messiah,
Mitch

 

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God’s Work in Ramat Gan

A friend of mine in Israel told me a few months ago, “Mitch, the focus of God’s work among the Jewish people in the future is going to be Israel.” I could not agree more!

The Jewish population in Israel has surpassed that of the United States, although New York City still has the single largest concentration of Jewish people in the world. The miraculous growth in the number of Jewish people in the Holy Land reminds me of the glorious promise in Isaiah 2:2–3.

Today, we see this prophecy in the process of fulfillment. God’s chosen people, after thousands of years of dispersion, are returning to Israel—almost seven million of the more than fifteen million Jewish people in the world today are now in the Promised Land.

Yet, the Word of the Lord still needs to be proclaimed to the Jewish people, both within and outside of Israel.

We continue to wait for the great day when the majority of Jewish people will turn to Jesus (Romans 11:25ff). At that time, Jesus will reign as Messianic King over all nations! I believe this day is coming soon, and what is happening in Israel today gives me hope for tomorrow.

Still, the Jewish people in Israel and around the world desperately need to turn to Jesus—Yeshua—the one true Messiah! Once this happens, the marvelous promise will be fulfilled!

CHOSEN PEOPLE MINISTRIES’ OUTREACH CENTER IN GREATER TEL AVIV

By God’s grace, we have extensive ministries in the Holy Land.

A couple of years ago, we rented a 1,600-square-foot commercial space in the heart of Ramat Gan that is only a 15-minute walk from Tel Aviv. This urban “suburb” has more than 200,000 people, and an additional 100,000–150,000 people if you include the surrounding areas.

Apart from our staff, there are no missionaries serving these communities.

A broad spectrum of Israelis live in Ramat Gan, including religious and secular Jews, Russian-speaking immigrants, and lots of children and youth, most of whom come from a secular background.

You can be sure that when you share the gospel with an Israeli in Ramat Gan that they are more than likely hearing this message for the first time!

We serve the local community through our Bible studies and once-a-month gatherings for a large Sabbath meal, which draws a full house of eighty-plus millennials each time—many of whom are seeking the Lord. We also host a women’s group, evangelistic lectures and concerts, as well as Jewish holiday celebrations throughout the year. Hopefully, sometime in the near future we will begin the process of planting a new congregation.

Could you imagine living in a dense area of more than 300,000 people without a church to attend?

We have four staff workers engaged in the effort to reach this community and the many who also live in Tel Aviv! I am directly involved through mentoring the team, evangelistic work, and discipleship.

Please pray for our new missionary who is an Israeli, a husband, and a father of two small children. Also pray for the team—Rachel, Robin, Jason, and David.

NEXT STEPS

Serving this community is a natural next step for Chosen People Ministries in Israel, known as Beth Sar Shalom in the Holy Land, which means House of the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). We believe that many secular Israelis are open to the gospel.

In Israel we continue to:

  • Offer the Isaiah 53 Explained book through Hebrew Facebook ads, which attract hundreds of Israeli seekers asking for the book each month
  • Reach out to elderly Holocaust survivors who are passing away at such a high rate that we expect there to be virtually no survivors left within a decade, or sooner
  • To train leaders, conduct camping programs for hundreds of children, and more!

We pour more than a million dollars every year into this ministry and believe it is worth every penny. Israel must become a primary focus for all Jewish ministries. We cannot do this without your prayers and support.

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