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SIGN 4: THE GOSPEL IS PROCLAIMED TO THE NATIONS
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Mathew 24:14).
Te word used in this passage of Scripture is the Greek term ethnos, which actually means “a race,” “a tribe,” or “a people group.” Modern technology makes it possible for the Gospel to be preached to ethnos— people, in the remotest areas of the planet. Tis is yet another important sign that the Last Days are upon us.
Today the Gospel is being preached to ethnos throughout the world, yet only a handful of ministries are reaching out to the Jews. Tis is tragic, not only because the Jewish People need to hear the Good News that Messiah has come, but because God has put a high priority on reaching the Children of Israel with the Gospel. Consider Paul’s commitment to this mandate: “When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Tessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures” (Acts 17:1-2).
Paul not only wrote “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then to the Gentile” (Romans 1:16), he lived it out on his missionary journeys. Unfortunately, over the centuries, this mandate to take the Gospel to the Jew first has been lost.
Te Gospel is to be preached to the Jew first, and then to the Gentiles. Tat’s what Paul did, and that’s what we do at Jewish Voice. I believe that every time a Jewish person turns to faith in Yeshua, we move that much closer to Messiah’s return. In fact, Scripture seems to indicate that Jewish People embracing Jesus as Messiah is actually key to His return! “For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’” (Mathew 23:39).
SIGN 5: THE BLINDNESS COMING OFF THE EYES OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
“I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” (Romans 11:25 NKJV).
Another astonishing indicator is the phenomena of Jewish People coming to faith in Yeshua all over the world—in numbers not seen since the book of Acts. Trough the ministry of Jewish Voice alone, we have seen some 75,000 Jewish People respond to the Gospel in the last decade of outreaches alone!
For more than nineteen centuries, the number of Jews openly professing faith in Yeshua was extremely small, and of those nearly all would be assimilated into the local church. All that changed aſter 1967. Te miraculous return of Jerusalem to the Jewish People sparked a great revival. Labeled the Jesus Movement, this revival was unique from all previous revivals, as Jews started coming to faith—in significant numbers. Tis was the birth of the modern
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Messianic Movement. Before 1967 there was not a single Messianic Jewish congregation in the world. Today more than 350 Messianic Jewish congregations—50 in Israel alone—proclaim Messiah with a visibly Hebraic witness. And from a trickle over the past two thousand years, today there are hundreds of thousands, if not a million, Jews in the United States who express some level of faith in Yeshua!
God is opening long-blinded eyes and soſtening thousands of Jewish hearts just as the Scriptures promised. Tis is an obvious fulfillment of biblical prophecy— and a clear indication that the Last Days are upon us.
SIGN 6: FULLNESS COMING TO THE CHURCH
We need to look a litle more closely at the second part of Romans 11:25, “until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in,” as Paul gives us another vital sign. Understand that he is speaking of the Church coming to its “fullness” at a specific time when God will then sovereignly begin to turn His atention back to Israel.
Tis is that time. More Jews than ever before are coming to a saving faith in Yeshua. Te spiritual restoration of the Jewish People is at hand. Te time when God’s Word finds a receptive audience only among the Gentiles has come to an end!
SIGN 7: THE VISIBLE REMNANT OF JEWISH BELIEVERS
“So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace” (Romans 11:5).
In the same way the miraculously
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