Moishe Rosen was a dreamer. One of his dreams was for the entire Jews for Jesus staff to become fluent in Hebrew in preparation for a big moving of the Holy Spirit in the Land of Israel. Similarly, he instructed all Jews for Jesus missionaries to keep a current passport so that we can be ready to go “where the action is” at a moment’s notice.
While it’s safe to say that all our passports are ready to go, we are not all equally gifted in the language department. I don’t know that we can expect another Pentecost where we’ll all suddenly be able to praise God and witness in other languages, like Hebrew. I do know that Moishe was fond of saying, “Pentecost was not so much about what happened in the upper room, but what happened on the streets below.” By which he meant, the point of Pentecost was the Holy Spirit enabling the apostles to preach the gospel in a way that everyone present could understand.
Moishe actually made his profession of faith in Y’shua (Jesus) on Pentecost Sunday in 1953, having prayed to receive Him the night before. And, in God’s perfect timing, Moishe was called home, just as Pentecost* was drawing to a close, 57 years later. The day after Moishe’s passing, our Behold Your God Israel campaign in the Sharon region began. That entire day’s evangelism was dedicated to his memory (see more in Bits from Behold Your God ISRAEL).
Moishe also dreamed that we would one day have a facility in the land of Israel, and that it would expand our opportunities to minister there. We are in the process of acquiring a property in the Land, which pleased Moishe immensely. His one complaint regarding the building was over what to call it.
David Brickner and the Board of Directors planned to call it the Moishe Rosen Center, but a week before his homegoing, Moishe told David that it should be called the Ceil Rosen Center. His wife Ceil received the Lord just months before he did. She faithfully witnessed and prayed for his salvation, and ultimately led him in prayer to receive Christ. Anyone who knows Ceil knows that she would never sit still for having a building or anything else named after her. Anyway, despite Moishe’s insistence—and he could be most emphatic—the plan for the building’s name has not changed.
Oh well, Dad, you couldn’t always get what you wanted. But now you have everything you’ve ever dreamed of and we’re happy for you. We look forward to seeing you again, when Jesus will wipe every tear from our eyes.
*We’re not referring to Pentecost Sunday on the church calendar, but to the Jewish festival Shavuot (Pentecost) on which the church’s holiday is based. This year, Shavuot began at sundown on May 18 and ended at sundown on May 19. Moishe passed into glory at 7:30 pm on the 19th, just about an hour before the sun set.