Who we are??
We are a group of evangelical believers who, after years of informal activity, registered in 1994 as the “Olive Tree” Community. We are members of various Christian communities, and belonging to the “Olive Tree” Community is associated with our service and calling.
We are united by the conviction that – according to our understanding of the inspired Word of God – Israel is a people of God’s election and God has given him a permanent and extremely important role in his plans, regarding both the past as well as the present and the future. The people of the Sinai Covenant have not lost this role to Christianity, which is his “younger brother” and with whom they jointly bear witness to God’s promises.
We believe that the biblical message implies for us a duty to serve God’s Word: “I will bless you.”
This kind of understanding of the Scriptures united the group of Christians studying the Bible in a special community in the 70s and stimulated joint action.
What is our motivation?
Here are Bible verses that particularly motivate us to pray and act:
And I will bless those who bless you (Genesis 12:3)
Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God. (Is 40:1)
Salvation is from the Jews. (John 4:22)
Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. (Rom. 10: 1)
God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. (Rom. 11:2)
And give Him no rest until He establishes
And makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. (Is 62:7)
Go through, go through the gates, Clear the way for the people;
Build up, build up the highway, Remove the stones, lift up a standard over the peoples. (Is 62:10)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (Rom. 1:16)
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Ps 122: 6)
In our testimony to Christians, we emphasize:
Israel’s timeless unique role in God’s plan;
God’s unchanging love for the people of his election and God’s faithfulness to Israel’s promises and covenants;
the need for us Christians to realize our guilt towards the Jewish people and turn away from the sin of improper teaching and cruel persecution of Jews, known from the history of the church;
the need to recognize the modern State of Israel as fulfilling God’s plans and intentions.
Our service to non-Jews consists in:
Pointing to Bible truths about Israel and the Jewish people;
introducing Jewish religious and cultural heritage as well as the history of the nation during the dispersion in Christian countries;
providing reliable information on the current situation of the State of Israel;
encouraging Christians to pray for Jews, to show them practical love and to consistently oppose all manifestations of anti-Semitism.
We want to be witnesses of God’s faithfulness and love towards the people of Israel.