The beginnings of our initiative go back to December 2000. It was the distorted anti-Israeli media coverage of the Intifada flaring up in the land of Israel in the fall of 2000 that made us establish contacts with several Christian organizations and churches. We invited them to join a statement of solidarity with Israel on the basis of Biblical principles and faith. The joint declaration was presented to the Ambassador of Israel.Our joint statement wished to be a message not only to the State of Israel but also to the Jewish Commuity in Hungary and to the Hungarian society at large.
We beleive that the regathering of the Jewish people from the dispersion and the foundation of the State of Israel signifies a turning point in the history of Salvation. The return from the “galut” is a prophetic sign for us that the promises and prophetic scriptures of the Bible regarding the rebirth of Israel (there are over 300 such passages in the Bible) are in fulfilment and God indeed has NOT rejected his ancient people, the Jews.
“I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew.” (Romans 11,1-2)
In the shining light of Isreal´s physical resurrection from the ashes of the Holocaust and in the light of the wonderful fact that since 1967 there are more and more Jewish communities that confess faith in Jesus of Nasareth – Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel and the Saviour of the World, the darkness of anti-semitic Christian history is becoming more visible for us.
“For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee”. (Romans 11,15-18)
We see from the Holy Scriptures that our past can determine our present:
“Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites” (2 Sam 21,1)
“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov.14,34)
In several passages of the New Testament it is made clear that Almighty God will judge the nations as well as indivuduals based, among other things, on how they related to Israel and the Jewish people.
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Mt. 25,32-40.
We wish to serve the cause of Biblical, historical reconciliation between Christians and Jews, and through this, between the Hungarian society and its Jewish population and the Land of Israel. As a “Voice crying in the wilderness”, we hope to prepare the way before the Coming of the Lord.
Following the example of the prophet Daniel, we would like to call the Christian community in our nation to repentance over the past sins committed against the Jewish community. By this, we want to help pull down walls of division and historical hostility that stand in the way of the Good News of God´s redemptive love available for Jew and Gentile in our country. We have understood that one of the keys to geniune revival is to bless the descendents of Abraham.
We would like to be a forum to bring together the various streams of Christianity with regards to their relation to the Jewish people and the land of Israel. We do not want to involve in politics but to fulfill the prophetic/priestly calling of New Testament beleivers (Ez 3,17-19, 1 Pet 2,9).
It has become obvious to us that there is a deep need in Hungary for the message of forgiveness, cleansing and purification from the traumatic history of our nation. This need is more and more frequently expressed by secular art and other sources of public life (media, politics).
We beleive the only way to find national renewal is on the spiritual and moral foundations of the entire Biblical revelation, through repentance and forgiveness of sins through the atoning death of the Messiah, Jesus of Nasareth.
In seeking such renewal, it is very important for our government, civil organizations and churches to examine what role they played in the tragedy of the Hungarian Jewish community in 1944. We make efforts to try and research what ideologies and motivations lead to the Hungarian involvement in the Holocaust so it can never repeat itself.
In our estimation – in contrast to some other European nations – no significant, heart-felt repentance and change happened over the sins of anti-semitism at the national level and the level of higher church leadership. Therefore – besides facing the dark periods of our history – we would like to present opportunities and meetings where such events of reconciliation can take place.
• Theological workshop (to identify unbiblical Christian traditions, mistakes and faulty ideas regarding Israel and the Jewish community)
• Dialogue between the Jewish and Christian communities on religious and social issues.
• Information through meetings and the present web site.
• Conferences on reconciliation and other Jewish-Israeli related topics.
In order to achieve our goals, we wish to maintain good relations with all groupings and streams of the Jewish community (including Jewish communities that beleive in Jesus as the Messiah), and the different streams of Christian churches.