“And Yosef knew his brethren, but they knew him not.” Genesis 42:8 (The Israel Bible™)
After 2,000 years of bitter relations, a groundbreaking conference is about to bring Jews and non-Jews together as sons of Jacob. The organizers have high-hopes that this unprecedented gathering will be the start of a unique process, bringing to fruition prophesies that have been waiting a millennium for just such a development.
The Commonwealth of Yisrael (COY) is holding its second International Reconciliation Conference in Jerusalem, on June 13-15. It is significantly scheduled directly after the holiday of Shavuot, which the Talmud states is when God gave the Torah to the world via the nation of Israel. The conference is intended to be a major step towards peaceful co-existence and the creation of a global family that prays to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The movement is founded in the prophecy of Ezekiel 37:16, which predicts the reunification of Israel.
And thou son of man take thee one stick and write upon it: For Yehudah and for the children of Yisrael his companions; then take another stick and write upon it: For Yosef the stick of Ephraim and of all the house of Yisrael his companions; and join them for thee one to another into one stick that they may become one in thy hand. (Ezekiel 37:16-17)
Kellen Davison, founder of Reconciliation with Israel and co-founder of the Commonwealth of Yisrael project, organized the conference as the next step in a global vision that began at an event held last September. He noted that the conference is already living up to its prophetic expectations.
“Scripture says that Israel went into Egypt with 70 people and came out as numerous as the stars in the sky. Many millions are anticipating the greater Exodus containing these stars,” Davison told Breaking Israel News. “During Shavuot there will be roughly 70 Israelite souls gathering in Jerusalem from around the world to say that the Dry Bones are coming to life.”
And He said unto me: ‘Son of man can these bones live?’ And I answered: ‘O Lord GOD Thou knowest.’ (Ezekiel 37:3)
With equal representation from Jewish and non-Jewish Torah followers and attendees coming from around the world and Israel, workshops and lectures will deal with key issues that can bring the diverse elements of the family of Yisrael to a better understanding of each other. Focused on education and interaction, it is not intended to be a forum for working out the differences between the groups, but as a means to seek avenues for reconciliation.
As a ground rule for interaction between the attendees, who are all people of strong beliefs, there will be a strict no-proselytizing rule. Participants will interact, expressing the spiritual basis that brought them together, while respecting each other’s beliefs as being valid and not needing of change.
At first glance, the conference seems to bring together people who have nothing in common, but the basic elements are strongly held common beliefs:
- Love and worship of the God of Israel.
- Love and respect for the nation of Israel, including the Lost House of Israel, and the desire to bless all of Israel.
- Accepting Torah principles, like Shabbat and Feast Days, in one’s personal life.
- Love for the Land of Israel.
- Defending the right of Jews to live in the Land of Israel and opposing anti-Israel propaganda and lies.
Ovadyah Avrahami, co-founder of the Commonwealth of Yisrael project, explained the timely need for the conference.
“As a Jew, I recognize that this topic is one that is known about by rabbis and fellow Jews, but it is seldom spoken about,” said Avrahami. “The division of the 12 tribes of the nation of Yisrael is the single greatest tragedy in the history of the nation, followed by the exile of both houses of Israel. This will mark the first time in 2,000 years that Jews will meet face to face with those that say they belong to the diverse body of Yoseph/Ephraim, to discuss reconciliation.”
Rabbi Tuly Weisz is founder of Israeli NGO Israel365 and publisher of Breaking Israel News, which is co-sponsoring the important conference.
“It’s surely a sign of the times that Kellen Davison has organized the Commonwealth Conference in the Land of Israel affirming belief in the One true God of Israel and support for the People of Israel,” Rabbi Weisz said. “The fact that so many Christians are embracing the Jews while rejecting proselytizing is an important development and I am happy to participate in such a program.”