Our Call to Israel 

When we received the call to go to Israel, we did not have an over-arching vision or purpose in our minds, except the love that we felt for the ancient homeland of God’s people, and our desire to live and work there. In a sense that still remains true.

The Scripture that we were given when we were praying and meditating about the move was Psalm 102:13, “You will arise and have mercy upon Zion, for the time to favor her, yes, the set [Appointed] time has come.” Hence the name of our ministry: Appointed Time Ministries.

However we do have a vision, and that is that the Jewish people as a whole will one day come to recognize their Messiah, Jesus theEastern Gate Nazarene, who lived and walked the streets and paths of Galilee and Judea so long ago. It is our belief that because of the veil over the hearts and minds of the Jewish people, it takes a sovereign act of God to bring a Jewish person to faith. Because of two thousand years of bad relations between Church and Synagogue, Gentiles must now leave “conversion” up to God. 

In the meantime, however, we can show love and compassion to the Jewish people. This love and compassion must be genuine. We do not view them as “conversion-fodder,” so to speak. We view them as God’s chosen people. We view them as a misunderstood, vilified, and wounded people. We owe them a deep and heartfelt apology for our treatment of them over the years. Many of them will not accept that apology, but we must offer it.

We view our calling as, in part, a mandate to help train a leadership, not only for the messianic work in Israel, but for the Church worldwide. To that end, I am teaching in several different institutions in Jerusalem. The Great Commission has two parts: (1) to make disciples, and (2) to teach them “all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19, 20). We are engaged in the teaching portion of that Great Commission.