For Such a Time…
For I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes
I used to wonder about Matthew 10:23. How could it be we would not reach all of Israel before the Son of Man comes? Now, as one of the Jews for Jesus in Israel, I see what is happening on our borders and in our little state. This verse now seems very reasonable.
Not long ago my husband and I went to distribute gospel literature in an area that is now being overseen by dual security (Palestinian and Israeli). Our car was pelted with rocks—not because we believe in Jesus, but because we are Israelis.
In this country we walk by faith, as you do. God’s Word is so comforting when the borders of Jerusalem just up the street are being shot at, don’t you agree?
We have shared the gospel in many places and yet there are so many places we still must go. We are seeing fruit as many Jewish people call us asking for more information about the New Testament and Jesus. We really do feel this is a crucial time to share the gospel, and, well, the Bible is coming alive before our very eyes!
We have so much work here, including keeping our own hearts in check so we can walk worthy of our calling. We sometimes travel further out to visit that one soul who might not otherwise hear the gospel. Perhaps he or she is a religious Jew whose whole family sees his or her every move. Yet that person is drawn to Jesus after receiving our literature, or from a dream or whatever our wonderful God in His marvelous ways has chosen.
So we go to visit, and visit…and…visit. Then one day—through your prayers, our perseverance and God’s grace—we see a Jewish person come to faith. All the bullets that were shot on every side and all the persecution and all the sweat and tears (oh, yes) become worth it.
Jesus is not the most favored name in these parts. But He called us to be faithful to Him in this hour. I think of Peter’s words, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). In the same way I too ask, should I run away if rocks and bullets are flying, or trust Him even more now that it is tough, knowing He will protect me?
I love evangelizing and I feel God has called me to this work. Yet recently we had to cancel a few visits in controversial areas because, for our own protection, the military won’t let us go there.
We will continue to evangelize, and continue and continue, God willing. The need for the gospel only grows as the violence continues. The day is getting darker, and we have the knowledge of everlasting life in the midst of it all. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life! Peter’s words ring in my heart and ears.
Now is the time to put our trust in God and not in the political situation here. So evangelize we will; it’s what we do and who we are.
I’m glad to be part of Jews for Jesus Israel at this time. My question is this however: how many borders will they close this week? Next week? Can we reach all these people before He returns?
Pray for Israel, and pray for us! I promise you we will be every place where God wills and they will let us in! We know He’s the Lord and He has called us for such a time as this.