ISRAEL - How Many Jews Believe in Jesus?

Arno Froese

There are nearly 300 Messianic fellowships in Israel, according to a book published by the Caspari Center of Jerusalem.

The book took three years to produce, from 2018 to 2021, according to an interview the authors conducted with the website Israel Today. 

The book updates a previous survey, “Facts and Myths About the Messianic Congregations in Israel,” which was published in 1999. 

Israel Today defines itself as a “Jerusalem-based Zionist news agency founded in 1978 to bring a biblical dimension to journalism on Israel.”

Israel Today presented the high-level data that can be found in the work, including that there are 280 confirmed fellowships in the country. Of the 273 fellowship the authors managed to reach, there were 15,323 people who worshiped there, including 8,125 adults over the age of 18 who believe in Jesus. 

The minority (42%) are Hebrew speakers. The rest (58%) speak either Russian, Amharic, English, Spanish or Romanian. 

However, the majority (55%) of members in these fellowships are Jewish or at least one grandparent is Jewish grandparent, the book showed., 19 February 2022

Arno's Commentary

Precise numbers are virtually impossible to determine, since many who believe practice “Nicodemusism”: they will not publicly confess belief in Jesus, but privately do. That many Israeli Jews believe in Jesus is not a surprise but relatively well known. Some do not wish to be identified as Christians due to the negative experience with the historic church and its documented persecution of Jews.

The fact that a number cannot be established is prophetic, because numbers for the true Church—the body of Christ, born-again believers—cannot be confirmed either. There is no organization, no movement, and no reliable data about Christians, but we do know they are global and can be found in every country on planet earth. Christians do not have a government or headquarters. Actually, we don’t even have a permanent earthly address. Our permanent one is the heavenly one. True believers have become citizens of heaven, and thus regard their present nationality and address as temporary.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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