“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. “Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! For I say to you, from now on you shall not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” (Matthew 23:37-39)
In Yeshua’s words from Matthew 23, I hope you can hear the pathos, the hope and all the contradictions that this city represents. It is, on the one hand, “the city of the great king”--the place of David’s throne, and the future seat of the Messiah’s kingdom that will one day rule over all the earth. (Psalm 48:2; 2 Samuel 7) The Bible is full of astounding promises to flood Zion-Jerusalem with peace like a river, the glory of the nations, and tremendous comfort and salvation that only God can provide. (Isaiah 66:12-13)
On the other hand, she is allegorically compared to Hagar, the bondwoman—a stronghold of religious bondage that constantly wars against the gospel freedom of the spiritual sons of Abraham and Isaac, the children whose “mother” is the New Jerusalem from above. (Galatians 4:21-31; Revelation 21:2) It’s not hard to see this today when one strolls the streets of both the new and old cities of Jerusalem: the spirits of religion that resist the gospel and God’s promises to the nation, the strongholds of Rabbinic Judaism, Islam, and a historic Christianity cut off from the Jewish root of the Romans 11 olive tree.
So here we are, a small Messianic Jewish remnant located in the downtown heart of this growing metropolis that is modern-day Jerusalem. But our vision at RITG is not small, it is Jerusalem-sized and Jerusalem in character—full of seeming contradictions. It is for local community—both for Jew & Arab; but it is also for the nations; it is for continuity with all of the past and all of the promises; but we want to leave ample room for the new things that God is doing; its ministry, and also its business. Here’s what it looks like:
We long to see the restoration of the Acts 2 community here in the heart of city. This means sharing life together and daily devotion to the 4 elements of the earliest kehilah: Bible study/teaching; fellowship; eating together/communion; worship and prayer in the full gifting of the Holy Spirit. We long to see this realized in full cooperation with our Arab brothers and sisters. (Acts 2:41-47)
Like the earliest community, we pray for revival, we desire to pray and work so that the Lord can begin to add to our number day by day those who are being saved. We believe that our witness as Jew & Arab together is key to this revival.
Bible School/Theological Institute:
We are in the infant stages of establishing a local school that will teach the Bible and our Restorationist Theology in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
Headquarters for our Global Alignment/One New Man activities:
Jerusalem base serves as the central home base for all our global activities.