RABBI DANIEL ZION
This deeply significant letter by Rabbi Daniel Zion, the Chief
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Dear Brother Brooks,
I received your dear letter and hasten to reply, giving you the true story of how I have found my Messiah, the Christ. It was over the course of twenty years that faith gradually developed in me. I was, of course, educated in an environment quite hostile to the name of Jesus. I myself - now much to my sorrow - once tore up a copy of the New Testament. But after that I was troubled and prayed much that God would show me the way of truth.
In His great mercy He answered my prayer. The very Spirit of the Messiah came upon me. The Holy Spirit began speaking to me by an inner voice. He gave me many signs by which I should find the Saviour. His likeness as He hung upon the cross frequently came before my mind. There were miracles wrought in answer to my prayers in His name. Thus I knew in my soul that He was the Messiah.
Despite all these things, causing me to
believe in Him, I was in a high position among the Jews and I was not yet moved
to go before them and before the world to publish my faith. Since I was the Chief Rabbi of
Finally, I left the rabbinate and came to
At the conclusion of this month, the Spirit came mightily upon me. He was in my heart as a burning fire. For some time I was unable to speak, then the Lord definitely led me to go to the two secretaries of the Chief Rabbinate of Tel Aviv and tell them that Jesus the Son of God is our Messiah, our Redeemer. I could find no rest until I started for Tel Aviv. God enabled me to witness to them with power.
From thence the message went forth over all the land. There was great confusion among the Jews. Newspapers and periodicals over the land published stories about my conversion. There came to me also journals from other lands with strange reports about me. It seemed my faith had been broadcast to all the world.
But despite all the insults, misrepresentations and persecutions - and some friends turned to bitter enemies - God gave me great strength to withstand all the slander and Satanic temptations. I had debates with noted Rabbis in the land as well as with many learned people who dwell in darkness. I was never so happy in my life. I was dwelling in the light of Jesus, and God, through the Spirit, empowered me so that none were able to prevent my speaking and I began to have the joy of winning others.
Now, He has led me to prepare a charter for a Messianic Church for Christian Israelis. I am seeking government ratification so that we may have a little place of prayer and meditation where I can open the Scriptures unto my Jewish brethren. There are indications that Christians in various places will come to our help in building such a centre. My one hope now is that my remaining years may be devoted to bringing this same wonderful faith to my brethren and that He may empower me to sound the trumpet with no uncertain sound.
One thing I do covet above all else - the prayers of Gods people for my mission here. I have had no connection with the man you mention or with any other work here. I ask nothing of man. I know that if God wants to use me, He will somehow provide the needs.
Yours in the peace of the Messiah,
Daniel Solomon Zion,
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