"And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, on the east of Jerusalem...and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee .... And it shall come to pass that day that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: but it shall be one day that shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night; but it shall come to pass that at evening time it shall be light.Part of the ministry of the ICEJ is "interfaith", in the sense of mutual tolerance (at the minimum), with occasional meaningful dialogue between we Christians and our forerunners, the Jews and Israel, both still chosen of God for His purposes.
And it shall be in that day that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. And the LORD shall be KING OVER ALL THE EARTH: in that day there shall be ONE LORD, and HIS NAME ONE" Zechariah 14: 4-9
It is a long haul....some have called it "Mission Impossible" ! It is not for the faint-of-heart, nor for the impatient. In fact it is only possible to endure (hang in there) by being called of God: the One Who "comforts the afflicted, and afflicts the comfortable"
We are to comfort Israel. It is a Divine Command ! "Comfort ye, Comfort ye My people, SAYS YOUR GOD; speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem.." Isaiah 40:1
WHO is to comfort her ? Her enemies? The world system that is against God; and therefore against Jews, Israel, Holy Scripture and Christians?
But in our "instant world" we don't have time, patience or vision enough to do so. The opposition seems poured in concrete: impenetrable, non-yielding, for the god of this world desperately needs to keep divided "the peoples of the Book".
A recent Jewish magazine printed the following OPINION letter
"Interfaith Dialogue Breeds Animosity" I agree that the attitude of Christians towards Jews has improved dramatically. I do not believe however that this would make inter-faith discussions of our belief systems fruitful. The TRADITIONAL beliefs of Judaism and Christianity are so different that such a discussion could only bring animosity. (We even disagree on the basic nature of God) ". Similar attitudes exist on the Christian side.
So how do we break the barrier ? We don't. God does ! "but by My spirit says the LORD". Man-made traditions and theologies will be swept away on both sides. Both Testaments speak of the vain TRADITIONS of our fathers that make the Word of God of no effect. Hang in there....persevere.....God can, and will, get from "here" to "there", where His Name will be One. The two Testaments were not meant to war with one another. He watches over His word to perform it.
And your obedient testimony of Christ's love is part of the equation !