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Our Story

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Our Story

Israel Media Ministries was founded in 2011, but the story begins way before that. In 1939, a 12-year-old Jewish boy from Germany went on a ship on his way to the land of the Bible. This child’s name was Joseph. A few years later his entire family – his parents, three brothers and sisters – were all killed in the Auschwitz concentration camp. His youngest sister, Hadassah, who was born after Joseph’s departure, was assassinated by the Nazis when she was only 2 years old. A heartbreaking tragedy!

Joseph grew up in Israel and married Ruth, a young Jewish woman who also came to Israel from Germany as a child. They met in Jerusalem on Israel’s Independence Day in 1955, when modern Israel was only 7 years old. When Joseph and Ruth later had children, they named them after Joseph’s parents. That’s how I got my name, Ze’ev.

Being the son of a Holocaust survivor and growing up in a secular Jewish family in Jerusalem, I never thought too much about God. After all, how could I believe in God after the Holocaust? Who would believe that today I am writing to you, not just as a believer in God, but as a believer in Jesus! I came to faith in Jesus (I usually call Him by His Hebrew name, Yeshua) in 1999 when I was 27 years old.

At that time, I already had 4 years of experience in advertising. I worked in advertising companies in Israel and was doing pretty well for myself, including winning awards for several campaigns in annual Israeli advertising competitions. Advertising ideas came easy to me. It was obvious I had a gift in this area.

After coming to faith in Yeshua, I stayed in the Israeli advertising field for 6 more years. Then, in 2006, I felt I must do more to share Yeshua with my fellow Israelis. I began to serve full time with an evangelistic organization in Israel. For the next 4 years, I was very enthusiastic about taking every opportunity to use a variety of media outlets for sharing the gospel in Israel and drawing people to Yeshua. The media outreaches were very fruitful and led to many one-on-one visits with Israelis who were open to considering Yeshua as Israel’s promised Messiah. I saw people from all spectrums of Israeli society coming to a saving faith in Jesus: secular, traditional, atheists, religious and even Holocaust survivors – including my own father! Joseph came to faith a year before he passed away in 2010. I praise God for this!

One night, a very unusual thought came to me. I knew it was the Lord. That was the first time in my life I can say that God gave me a personal vision, a vision uniquely tied to who He created me to be. It was to start a new ministry that would be all about reaching Jewish people in Israel through media and making them disciples of the Jewish Messiah. That was the moment when Israel Media Ministries was spiritually born. A journey of faith began that day, and that journey took my family and me out of Israel for the sake of Israel… much like the story of Joseph.

Now, based in the United States, Israel Media Ministries produces high quality and creative music, videos, testimonials and teachings that are regularly released via the internet in all of Israel and periodically to other nations the Jews call home.

Our Vision

Our vision is to maximize Jewish evangelism in Israel and worldwide.

We believe that God has put us together for a purpose — to bring the gospel back to Israel and to the Jewish people worldwide. We are thrilled and humbled to serve God in that great mission through a variety of activities:

1. Launching evangelistic advertising outreaches in Israel and worldwide on a steady basis.
2. Strategizing and producing evangelistic advertising outreaches as a ministry to churches, ministries and organizations who love Israel and the Jewish people.
3. Communicating the gospel message to Israelis in their own Hebrew language with a cultural understanding of the Israeli mind and Jewish thinking.
4. Creating a network of follow up and discipleship teams all throughout Israel and the world.
5. Exhorting and activating evangelism in the body of Messiah.
6. Fostering Biblical understanding, prayer partners and financial support for Jewish evangelism.
7. Sharing the good news with multitudes of Jewish people every year.

Board of Directors

Ze’ev Nevo

Dean Stein

Pastor Bobby Brayerton

Dr. Michael Brown

Ron Elmer

What We Believe

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to men, the infallible rule of faith and conduct,  and superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason [2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12].

The One true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existed, self-revealed “I AM”, and has further revealed Himself as One God revealed in three Persons, by simultaneously existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit [Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isa. 43:10, 11’ Mat. 28:19].

Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make God in our image and after our likeness.” Man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son Of God.[Gen 1:26-31; Gen. 3:17; Rom. 5:12-21].

The only way to be saved is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and was raised for our justification [Acts 4:12; Rom. 4:1-9, 25, 5:1-11; Eph. 1:3-15]. The term of salvation is repentance toward God and a personal, heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This salvation is entirely by the grace of our Lord and not of works.  Works are excluded except as fruit  of salvation [ Act. 3:19,20; Rom. 4:1-5, 5:1, 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-10].

The inwards evidence to the believer of his/her salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit [Rom 8:16]. The outward evidence to all men is a life of holiness [1 Thess. 4:7; 2 Tim 1:9].

The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be observed (as commanded in the Scriptures) by all that have repented of their sins and in their hearts have believed on Christ as their Savior and Lord. In doing so, they have declared to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been released to walk with Him in newness of life [Matt 28:19; Rom. 6:4].

The Lord’s supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing in a memorial to His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoyed to all believers “until He comes” [John 6:48, 51, 53-57; Luke 22:19-20; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Cor. 11:25].

The Holy Spirit is that Person of the Triune Godhead who convicts men of sin, causes spiritual birth, indwells, seals, sanctifies, guides, equips, teaches, and fills the believer, thus enabling him to walk in obedience to God and His Word [John 3:514:16-1726,15:26-2716:7-15Acts 1:85:3-4Romans 8:914I Corinthians 2:10-116:111912:4-13II Corinthians 3:18Galatians 5:16-1822-23Ephesians 1:13-144:305:18-21].

By the power of the Holy Spirit we strive to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” Sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word [Heb 12:14, 1 Pet. 1:15, 16; 1 Thess. 5:23, 24; 1 John 2:6].

The Church is the holy Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer is an integral part of the Church, and their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life [1 Thess. 2:4].

The Church did not replace Israel; it will enjoy the promises given to Abraham along with natural Israel, not in place of it [Gen. 12: 3; Rom. 11:16-25]. Believing Jews and believing Gentiles are united as one people of God through the redemption that is in Messiah Jesus, the Son of God. [Eph. 2:14-20]. With this in mind, the Church should pray for Israel, should minister with the understanding their Savior is Israel’s Messiah, and should pursue the salvation of Israel.  One day all Israel will be saved [Psalms 122:6, Rom. 1:16; Rom. 11:26].

The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with believers who are alive, is imminent and is the blessed hope of the church. [1 Thess. 4:16; Rom. 6:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51, 52].

The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven and His millennial reign on the earth are Scriptural promises and our blessed hope. [2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16; Rev. 20:1-7; Titus 2:13 ].

The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns fire and brimstone, which is the second death. [Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15].

We, as promised in the scriptures, look for a new heaven and a new earth wherein righteousness dwells. [2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1].