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"For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and, against nature, grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much easier will it be to graft these natural [branches] back on [the original parent stock of] their own olive tree."
Romans 11:24 The Amplified Bible
During the best part of 18 centuries, the Jewish origins of Christianity have been obscured, and then forgotten. The Bible was written from beginning to end by Jewish authors, who either themselves followed the prompting of the Holy Spirit, or who gave faithful accounts of those who did so. The first followers of Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach ) were Jews to whom was revealed the true identity of the Jewish Messiah. Until about 150A.D. most of Jesus' followers were Jews , but after that divisions arose between Jewish and Gentile followers, and the balance was reversed, leading to the establishment of the Gentile Church.
The Church has, for the most part, lost touch with its roots, but God's plan is clear: the Time of the Gentiles (ie the time when non-Jews are hearing the Gospel) is drawing to an end, and God intends the Jewish branches, originally removed through unbelief in Jesus, to be grafted back, so that believing Gentile and believing Jew - one new man - will enter the Last Days together. Increasing numbers of Jewish people are even now coming to faith, thus fulfilling God's plan.
At Olive Tree Life Ministries we pray for Israel and for the Jewish people, whilst teaching a strictly biblical perspective
to church and other Christian groups. At all times we bring out the promises made by God to the Jewish people concerning their destiny and the importance of the Land of Israel in God's plans for the Church and for the Jewish people. Our Passover demonstrations highlight what Jesus wanted to show His disciples about his forthcoming sacrifice, against the backdrop of the Passover story.
When Pat Gothard, herself a Jewish believer, set up Olive Tree Life Ministries about 7 years ago, she felt that God was calling her to revisit her Jewish roots, and to bring her new appreciation of the significance of the Bible's Jewishness to the Church. She now teaches both at her home church, the Upper Room Christian Fellowship in Bowdon, Cheshire, and at other churches and Christian groups.
The ministry may be contacted by writing to:
Olive Tree Life Ministries, Upper Room Christian Fellowship, Bowdon Downs Church
Bowdon Rd., Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 2QL
Bowdon Downs Church
Cheshire WA14 2AJ
Tel. 0161 962 5315
or by using the Contact Us tab