Endless rows of perfectly ordered rice
fields, skyscrapers intersecting with super highways and high speed
trains, and the smiling faces of Asian Yeshua-lovers - these are a few of
the many scenes etched in my memory from an August journey to Japan and
Japanese version of book
"What About Us?"
The purposes of my visit were fourfold:
1. To mark the publication of my book "What About Us?" in Japanese
and Traditional Chinese. The book addresses the end-time calling of
Gentiles in Israel's revival.
2. To bring teachings from the book during events in Tokyo and Osaka
promoting the November, 2013 Asia Messianic Forum (to be held in
3. To participate in the "Shalom Camp", gathering together youth from
many nations and tribes in the Asia Pacific region.
4. To be accompanied by A., an outstanding young Israeli believer, to
give him ministry experience abroad and to deepen our relationship.
I was humbled by the enthusiastic reception of people in the Far East to
my new book. What a privilege to see the message God gave me about
covenant friendship between Messianic Jews and Gentile believers,
spreading to the edge of Asia.
Youth Around the World
Even more fulfilling, was the in-depth encounter with the youth of
eastern nations. A heart connection was formed that will not go away. I
discovered that God has given me a burden for young people around the
globe, not just in Israel - where I've been seeking to invest in
teenagers for the past fifteen years. These kids are the rapidly arriving
future. To reach our world, we must equip them, love them, train them,
and impart to them a way of life - not just Bible lessons. Yeshua said
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life
for his friends" (John 15:13). This is the core of what I shared with
young Taiwanese, Okinawans, Japanese, Singaporeans, Filipinos, and tribal
peoples. The Kingdom of God travels through true friendship. Yeshua is
calling us to learn what it means to be covenant friends, as Jews and
Gentiles who love Him. Through that friendship, as in the cases of
Solomon and Hiram, Boaz and Ruth, we will hasten the coming of our King.
It is common knowledge that China is an economic giant. The Asian nations
are poised to dominate the 21st century of world
history. The fact that they are also experiencing a dynamic, spreading of
the Gospel is no accident. The Sovereign Lord has determined that at this
time in history, indigenous, Spirit-inspired leaders would arise in every
nation - from Japan, westward across the Silk Road, all the way to
Israel. My lifelong friend, Peter Tsukahira, has written insightfully
about this in his book, God's Tsunami (available on
I was further challenged by this experience of deep friendships and
breath-taking opportunity. There is a readiness among our Asian brothers
and sisters, to discover and be united with their Israeli Messianic
family. The years ahead will take us deeper into the heart of these
nations. The influence of their faith will be a magnet, drawing Yeshua
back to Jerusalem.
Beloved Taiwanese friends
Production team from Elim
(the Taiwanese publisher of Eitan's book)