Persecution, conversion and healing in Israel because of Jesus
Persecution, conversion and healing continue in Israel, even as some dwell on the possibility that Jesus may eventually come to be a uniting force for peace in the Promised Land.
Persecution of the Levin family began when they held prayer meetings in the house they were renting. The landlord filed charges to oust them, but the Levins stayed, confident the law is on their side.
Still, neighbors isolated them. Sugar was placed in the tank of their minivan and eventually both of the Levin’s vehicles were burned, according to The Christian Telegraph.
Another story is told in Christianity Today is of Muslim teenagers threatening a teen for wearing a cross.
Most Arab Christian men stay silent when Muslims heckle their wives for not wearing a veil. They fear their families will be harmed. One Arab Christian complained, “We always have to suck up to the Muslims,” the report said.
Stories also abound in Israel of conversions, or at the very least of Jews or Muslims looking towards Christians with a kinder eye.
Christianity Today tells of Maoz Inon who founded the Jesus Trail in Israel after he had a vision, though he is not religious.
Still, Inon says the Jesus Trail boosts understanding between Israelis and Palestinians. “I believe in the power of Jesus. In our day, he can still change the world and make it a better place for us and our children,” Christianity Today reported.
The same report says there are many anonymous Arab Christians. Conversion stories are compelling, for example Rani Espanioly talks of a figure of light approaching and clothing him in light, as he heard the voice of God.
“We Arab Christians can be ambassadors for reconciliation and peace in this country,” Espanioly says.
There are also a growing number of Jewish conversions, with some 10,000 to 15,000 Messianic Jews. Yossi Ovadia, a Messianic Jewish pastor, said he was converted while walking along the Sea of Galilee.
He was surprised when a British Christian said God loves Jews—Yossi thought everyone hated Jews. He envied the close personal relationship Christians had with Jesus, so he got what they had.