Sharing Yeshua with the People of Israel
Establishing Believers in His Word
Equipping them for Service
Our Ministries in Israel:
…”because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now…” (Philippians 1:5, NIV)
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“…my heart’s desire and prayer to God on behalf of my fellow Israelites is for their salvation.” (Romans 10:1, NET)
To date, sharing Yeshua the Messiah with Jewish Israelis is legal in Israel and a variety of means can and have been used in proclaiming the Good News. Two laws restrict Messianic outreach: One prohibits the evangelism of minors without their parents' consent; the other prohibits the use of "material inducements" to encourage a change of faith. While neither of these restrictions
Outreach in Israel has been carried out using a variety of methods, including literature distribution at concerts or on the streets; advertisements in local newspapers for free Bibles or other literature; and by canvasing
Opposition to Outreach
While Messianic outreach is legal, local officials and police are often unaware of this fact and when prodded by hostile religious elements they have treated Messianic believers as illegal "disturbers of the peace" or even as “threats to the Jewish people”! Since Israel is still without a Bill of Rights and prejudice against believers extends even to the judiciary, we have
In the last 20
Why "Messianic Jews"?
The term "Messianic" (Hebrew: Meshichi/ משיחי) is the direct equivalent of "Christian" in its literal sense, "a follower of Christ (i.e. the Messiah)." This term is used to avoid the very negative connotation of "Christian" within the Jewish community while at the same time emphasizing the cultural and national identification of Jewish believers with our people.
Just as "Christian" in modern English can refer to many groups which are hardly Christian in the biblical sense (hence the common use of "born-again"), so the common Hebrew term translating "Christian" (Notzri) denotes a non-Jew who is considered a part of the Church (any branch) either by choice, birth, or historical association. Naturally Jewish believers who, like Paul, see themselves as part of the
The Messianic Jewish Community in Israel
The size of the Messianic Community in Israel today has been variously estimated as ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 or more. These believers are organized in over 100 Messianic congregations spread throughout the Land and ranging in membership from 20 to 300+, though the average size would be about 50-70 adults. Many non-Jewish believers are also members of these congregations, either as spouses of Jewish believers or out of a desire to be connected with the Messianic Jewish movement.
Messianic congregations in various areas of the country have been targeted for harassment and physical attacks by anti-missionary organizations in an attempt to intimidate the believers and silence their testimony. These groups have frequently hired spies to infiltrate Messianic congregations as supposed “new believers”, gather names, and report back on the activities of the community generally. Large demonstrations against the Messianic congregations in different communities have been given legal backing and protection by the police and courts. When these demonstrations have become violent, the perpetrators are typically released without charges being brought.
In many cases local congregations do not receive consistent, in-depth biblical instruction and therefore their members tend to be spiritually weak. The lack of biblically trained and/or spiritually qualified leadership tends to produce “leader-centered” and/or “experience-based” congregations rather than “Messiah-centered, Word-based” ones. This opens up the Body in the Land to dangerous winds of doctrine and threatens to neutralize the ability of congregations to be effective lights in the darkness. Pray for the protection of God's people and that their spiritual leaders would "preach the Word" consistently (II Tim. 4:1-4) so that God's truth can continually rekindle the Messianic community’s spiritual lanterns.
In 2001, a former associate decided to pursue a course of ministry which was not consistent with the principles of ministry laid out by Trumpet of Salvation’s Board of Directors. Unfortunately, this individual chose not only to break with the organization but also to co-opt our name, incorporating his own “Trumpet of Salvation to Israel” in a number of countries (outside the US) and establishing a large “footprint” in that name on the internet. This situation created considerable confusion, especially for those seeking to learn about and support our own ministries.
For this reason Trumpet of Salvation’s Board of Directors has added “Horn of Salvation” (Hebrew: “Keren Yeshuah”) as an additional official organizational name. We respond to either…or both!
Keren Yeshuah (קרן ישועה), literally “Horn of Salvation,” is a biblical metaphor for the Messianic Redeemer-King whom God would raise up to save His people, Israel (Ps. 132:17; cf. II Sam. 22:3). The title was incorporated into the ancient Jewish prayer called the Eighteen Benedictions (or simply “The Prayer” התפילה), which concludes its call for the coming of the Messiah with: “Blessed are You, O Lord, who causes the Horn of Salvation to spring forth.” Similarly, the prayer of Zecharias, father of John the Baptist, anticipates the birth of Messiah Yeshua with the words: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of David His servant” (Luke 1:68-69).
Horn of Salvation represents our commitment to proclaim the coming of God’s salvation in Yeshua the Messiah to our people Israel. We invite you to join with us through your prayers, encouragement and support. For more information see “Partnership”.
Horn of Salvation was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1985 under the name “Trumpet of Salvation to Israel.”