What propels Christian Zionists? Why do they love Israel so much? CBS reporter Bob Simon, in a 1992 “60 Minutes” program found the answer: Because the return of the Jews to their ancient homeland is seen by Evangelicals as a precondition for the Second Coming of Christ.
Somehow I don’t see the Jews as the winners from all this love. The Jews have given their blood in more wars since 1948 than I care to remember in order to keep this Jewish homeland Jewish, yet they aren’t the principle winners in this vision.
I want to introduce you to Canadian Wayne Hilsden, living in Israel since 1983. He is cofounder of King of Kings Community Jerusalem (KKCJ) a congregation located in the heart of Jerusalem. All made possible with the help of the Lord as he is wont to say.
“The vision of King of Kings Community is ‘to be a compelling, Messiah-centered, Spirit-empowered, disciple-making community that reveals the true face of Yeshua (Jesus) to Israel and to the nations.’”
Hilsden believes God recently gave him a mandate to “get Israel back into biblical theology.” He sought the Lord for a fresh vision for the future and came to see that KKCJ “should be identified even more closely with the local, messianic Jewish Body in Jerusalem and Israel and be rooted more deeply in the soil of Israel.” He then formed FIRM (Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries) in 2014. Its mission: “to unite a global fellowship of biblically sound believers committed to cultivating Messiah-centered relationships that work to bless the inhabitants of Israel and the worldwide Jewish community.”
And at the same time offering as proof of its support for Palestinian human rights, FIRM enlisted Jerusalem-based attorney and activist, Calev Myers, in forming its board of directors. The same Calev Myers, about whom I have written extensively who declared “We believe the day is coming, friends, when Jesus once again will reveal himself to Israel, to the Jewish people.”
Hilsden (KKCJ) and Calev Myers are also affiliated with ICEJ-The International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem which has 70 chapters world-wide. ICEJ’s Envision conferences in Jerusalem bring together Evangelical pastors and Israeli messianic missionary leadership including Myers and Hilsden and Tel Aviv born Avi Mizrachi of Israel’s Dugit Messianic Outreach Center and Adonai Roi Congregation
Watch ICEJ and KKCJ.
Hilsden said “A sense of urgency came into my spirit that there is a force, primarily spiritual in nature, that is seeking to destroy the people of Israel. God is calling us to have a special plan for Israel that reaches well into the future and culminating at the time when the Lord returns.”
I find this all rather confusing. I wrote a piece on Messianics that included Hilsden. I received a gmail admonishing me that Hilsden is not a Messianic. He’s a gentile. OK. He must have a large department that watches all media to have found my article and then me.
Hilsden has established parameters for the development of local Messianic Congregations. There would need to be:
a greater emphasis on the Jewish/Old Testament roots of our faith; a worship-style more suited to Jewish-Israeli culture; an expression of our message of Yeshua (Jesus) in terms Israelis could relate to and understand; a commitment to stand alongside the nation of Israel through prayer and practical support; a deeper level of communication and cooperation with other Messianic communities in Israel and abroad.
And then there was a concerted effort to raise up Messianic believers to join the leadership team for planting congregations. So far, two other congregations have been planted.
Hilsden is thrilled with the expansion of the ministry and property. They are located in the Clal Building with a view from the 14th floor, the highest floor of The Jerusalem Prayer Tower “strategically located so that you can see almost all the way around Jerusalem!”
They have established a Hebrew-speaking fellowship along with their English services; a Bible College; the Kings School of Media which opened in 2009 to” raise up believers in the land to take forward God’s Word through media.” They have a Messianic school of music and arts in Jerusalem and a branch in Tel Aviv.
“Over the years, God has allowed us, by His grace, to catch His vision and see it come to pass step by step. But of course, we are not about to just sit back and be nostalgic. We’re called to ‘press on’ (Phil 3:12). There is so much more that God wants to accomplish in and through us.”
Over the Shavuot holiday there will be another massive missionary event. “Among the prominent missionary leaders scheduled to take part, according to Yad L’Achim, are Avi Mizrachi of a missionary congregation in Tel Aviv, Avner Bursky, Shira Sorko Ram of Tiferet Yeshua and Maoz Israel, Koby Ferguson, and others.” The four-day extravaganza will be open to the public, free of charge and takes place in the newly-built Orna Hall in the Malha complex in southern Jerusalem. Room for 11,600 spectators.
Gershom Gorenberg, author of “The End of Days,” said “The Jews die or convert. As a Jew, I can’t feel very comfortable with the affections of somebody who looks forward to that scenario… They don’t love the real Jewish people. They love us as characters in their story, in their play, and that’s not who we are. And we never auditioned for that part, and the play is not one that ends up good for us… If you listen to the drama that they are describing, essentially, it’s a five-act play in which the Jews disappear in the fourth act.”