MembersTo My Messianic Jewish Brothers: Why Aren’t You in Israel?

You want to be an effective witness? Come home, where most of the Jewish people now live.

Messianic Jews can be a far more effective witness in Israel.
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Why aren’t more of you making Aliyah (coming back up) to the Land of Israel, especially from North America? Do you not believe that all Jews need to come back to Israel? Shouldn’t we be the first to “come up” in accordance with the commandments?

Surely you are aware that there are more than 700 verses in the Bible that speak about God bringing the Jewish people back to our homeland in the days of restoration. Your estimates say that there are some 200,000-300,000 Jewish believers in North America alone. In Israel, our best estimates show that barely 10,000 Messianic Jews live in the Jewish state. What’s wrong with this picture?


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