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Episode: “Back to Jerusalem” with Brother Yun
Even as communism held 20th-century China in its grip, a Biblical worldview arose to call the Chinese people into end-times ministry. In this program, we interview heroes of the underground Church in China and learn about the Back to Jerusalem missions movement.

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  • 00:18 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved, for there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
  • 00:44 Shalom and welcome to our program, I'm Myles Weiss and I'm Katharine Weiss.
  • 00:47 And welcome to our program on the "Back to Jerusalem" movement.
  • 00:50 This is so exciting Katharine.
  • 00:52 I have to say that to be connected to the underground church in China with the power that they are expressing and bringing the Gospel to the whole world with their eyes on Jerusalem... You know the reason why they got in touch with us is because of our "Gate" series.
  • 01:05 You may remember we did a series on the Gates of Jerusalem which you can see on line or you can purchase from us.
  • 01:10 But we have a mandate to teach about the ancient history of the Land as well as the prophetic future.
  • 01:18 But one of the most wonderful things that is happening right now is that God is raising Israel to salvation and the nations to salvation at the same time.
  • 01:26 Yes, yes.
  • 01:27 It's like life from the dead.
  • 01:28 It's happening at the this time.
  • 01:30 You know Lazarus was dead, right?
  • 01:33 And God... We know that from the Scripture but it's almost like Israel is like a picture of Lazarus.
  • 01:40 God is calling Israel forth out of the dead.
  • 01:43 And just like God raised Lazarus he has raised his people up and they have sinew, they are moving, they are alive just as the Chinese church has been called forth at this time to stand with Israel.
  • 01:56 They understand the Scripture.
  • 01:58 They read it, they see it, they don't replace themselves, they don't take out, they just say this is what it says and we're going to fulfill it.
  • 02:06 And that's what they're doing and so they've been since the early 20th century, as Israel was also getting ready to be reborn the Chinese church was born with a new generation of believers with their eyes on the 10/40 window which as you know is that area between the 10th parallel and the 40th parallel on planet earth that is full of places that are unreached by the Gospel.
  • 02:30 And so the Chinese have been looking at placing people in those areas bringing the Gospel with their eyes on the Muslims in the Middle East.
  • 02:37 And now getting ready to bring the Gospel to the Jewish people as well.
  • 02:41 It's an incredible story and we're looking forward to bringing it to you today.
  • 02:45 So let's go to my interview with Brother Yun, one of the Founders of the "Back to Jerusalem" movement.
  • 02:51 Brother Yun, thank you for being with us.
  • 02:53 Hallelujah - Shalom.
  • 02:56 So there's really been a parallel track between the restoration of Israel and the awakening of the Chinese church the importance of Israel.
  • 03:04 (Interpreter) So in 1948 when there was the previous before the evolution of the generation of "Back to Jerusalem" missionaries When they received the calling of God to go to this home region between China, between the walls, they were all arrested in 1948 and thrown into labor camps and prisons and among those who were arrested and brought to the prison camps many of them they paid the price with their life for their obedience to their vision.
  • 03:34 One of the leaders he's called Simon Zhao.
  • 03:38 When I was released from the prison in the late 1980's And I happened to be conducting a pastoral meeting somewhere in China and I was there singing the ancient Back to Jerusalem Hymn.
  • 03:52 And suddenly I met this brother who happened to be the author for the song I was singing.
  • 03:59 It was a little problem with my singing because in China we don't have any written formats for the songs.
  • 04:05 And so I have changed some words in his song.
  • 04:09 He had been singing that the shepherds they are looking towards the west.
  • 04:15 And I was singing they are looking forward.
  • 04:18 And he was so upset about that.
  • 04:21 I totally did not understand why are all the shepherds supposed to look towards the west?
  • 04:27 Because I had never heard about this vision Back to Jerusalem towards the west.
  • 04:32 So I thought that we rather look to forward and we march forward.
  • 04:37 And that's why he was offended.
  • 04:40 And as I was singing.
  • 04:42 People were really moved and touched by that long song.
  • 04:46 And towards the end I saw the old brother coming straight towards me and he came almost to my face and he said, You have gone astray.
  • 04:59 And I said, what do you mean, I've gone astray?
  • 05:02 I just came out from the prison.
  • 05:05 Where have I gone astray?
  • 05:08 And some of the brothers my co-workers they recognized this old brother and they said don't be upset.
  • 05:14 He is the author of the song and you have messed up his song.
  • 05:18 And that's why he is so upset.
  • 05:20 And that happened at the time I had been 7 years in the prison.
  • 05:24 And I remember all those years how many times I adopted God calling.
  • 05:30 And I said why is this happening to me?
  • 05:33 And then I heard that this brother had been 40 years in the prison.
  • 05:38 And I was wondering how did he overcome all these years.
  • 05:43 And I just went to this brother.
  • 05:46 With very humble voice I said to him, ...Zhao, how was it possible that you survived almost 40 years in the prison?
  • 05:55 He was a person who always expressed himself with songs.
  • 06:00 So he started to sing that same song he had been singing every night in the prison camp.
  • 06:07 Brother Yun singing the "Back to Jerusalem" song.
  • 06:37 As you can see that story was very moving.
  • 06:39 I was moved to tears along with Brother Yun.
  • 06:42 His story is so miraculous, so full of the intervention of God, the Holy Spirit that I need to tell you a few items from it.
  • 06:50 At 17 he fasted for 100 days on a small bowl of rice per day asking God to send him a Bible.
  • 06:58 He finally received one.
  • 07:00 He had a Bible.
  • 07:01 It was what he wanted more than anything.
  • 07:02 Think about the value that he placed on the Word of God.
  • 07:05 And then he was imprisoned 3 times.
  • 07:07 And then the 3rd time he was in jail it was a maximum security prison.
  • 07:11 He was beaten.
  • 07:13 His legs were crippled.
  • 07:15 And one day shortly after that crippling he heard the Lord say to him, Today I want you to leave the prison.
  • 07:21 Amazing.
  • 07:22 And he got up and he walked out unseen by the guards in this maximum security prison.
  • 07:29 And it wasn't until later when he was far away from the prison that he walked out that he realized that his legs were healed as well.
  • 07:37 Absolutely supernatural intervention that God gave to Brother Yun.
  • 07:42 And it reminds me of Acts 16, you know.
  • 07:44 Paul and Silas, they're in prison, the exact same thing being tortured, being beaten.
  • 07:49 But God says, Look up and release my praise, release my worship and I will do a miracle.
  • 07:56 Well, the ground shook there.
  • 07:57 but God used... He is a God of miracles.
  • 08:01 And we need to remember that today.
  • 08:03 Yes, that's good.
  • 08:05 You know we're going to go to the section now where we'll hear Brother Yun tell the story of the composer of that song who became his spiritual mentor, the relationship that they had and there's the power and the importance of this song to Brother Yun, to the entire movement.
  • 08:18 So let's go to my interview on the Mount of Olives with Brother Yun.
  • 08:25 And he started to share about his background.
  • 08:28 He said, I was just an Elder at a Presbyterian Church close to the Ocean in Eastern China.
  • 08:38 And I had another name with reference to the ocean.
  • 08:42 It was part of my name.
  • 08:44 And he was sharing that one morning when they were gathered in this Bible School in Eastern China.
  • 08:51 They came together to a room and they had a map of the entire territory of China And suddenly the Holy Spirit came upon them.
  • 09:00 And the Holy Spirit spoke very clearly, Look towards the West.
  • 09:04 The doors towards the West are now open for you to go West.
  • 09:09 And a big part of the vision is the 10/40 window, what we call the "Mission to the Muslims", yes?
  • 09:16 And the Lord shared very clearly to them that the mission they have is to start from the Northeast corner of China and follow all the borders towards Northwest and join ancient Silk Road and go through every nation between the Great Wall of China and the Western Wall of Jerusalem and bring to every people group, every ethnos, every tribe the Living Testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • 09:50 You have people going throughout that area using technology and human capital to touch the lives of people.
  • 09:57 That's true.
  • 10:00 That day when I met with Simon Zhao, The was a transformation day of my life.
  • 10:07 My entire vision and direction for my ministry was totally changed.
  • 10:14 And all of the brothers who were there, we comforted this old brother, we said, Your vision is still alive and we are here and we want to be the ones who will really take this action and we bring the Gospel within our generation to all these nations.
  • 10:33 And we reminded him Jesus is still the only resurrected God.
  • 10:38 He's alive and He's in us and we're going to do it.
  • 10:42 I asked him about, I have heard when he was just newly married and his wife was pregnant when they were both arrested.
  • 10:51 Did you meet your wife any day after that arrest?
  • 10:55 What had happened 40 years before?
  • 10:57 And he said, My wife had just became pregnant just a few weeks before we were arrested.
  • 11:05 And brutally they took her and they threw her into another female prison even though she was in another part of the prison camp.
  • 11:14 And the male and the female partner they had no contact with each other and during all the years in the prison he only saw through a window of his cell two times, his wife and then she was gone.
  • 11:30 And it's only many years after he heard the story how the baby was born inside the prison, how the baby died.
  • 11:41 And then later on he heard that wife also died in the prison.
  • 11:46 But he only heard her voice saying a few words to him two times but they were not together.
  • 11:54 And I asked him, Brother how many years were you there?
  • 11:58 And he said, Almost 40 years.
  • 12:00 And he said that when I walked out from the prison after almost 40 years.
  • 12:05 My biggest desire and dream was I could reconnect with all those other brothers and sisters having the same vision "Back to Jerusalem".
  • 12:14 But I could not find any of them.
  • 12:17 Most of them have died during those years in the labor camp in the desert.
  • 12:23 And the others were already so old and the were not active in any kind of ministry anymore.
  • 12:31 And this meeting was a transformation day for the "Back to Jerusalem" mission.
  • 12:37 The previous generation from 1920's to 1940's they were carrying the vision but they never were able to leave the borders or go through the borders of China.
  • 12:49 But now, today, from that meeting with him a new generation of leaders and missionaries have risen in China.
  • 12:58 And we are now going to all these nations between China and Jerusalem.
  • 13:03 The vision is accepted the same today at the Church.
  • 13:07 But the first generation of missionaries their dream and vision was that they would personally walk to every village between China and Jerusalem and they would preach the Gospel verbally.
  • 13:19 But today because of the development and media and all kind of mp3s and all kind of possibilities that we have, the Chinese missionaries they are personally going into these areas but they can multiply their influence by filling the air in this most restricted areas of the world with a new presence of the Kingdom of God.
  • 13:46 So we are using every way possible to get people to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • 13:52 So you are living out the words of the Prophet Daniel who said that knowledge would increase and that people would go to and fro.
  • 13:59 And the technology is allowing the Gospel to spread in multiple ways.
  • 14:03 So we are using everything in the book, media, Internet and senders that they will carry on their body, in their backpacks And we will increase the message.
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  • 15:59 That's good.
  • 16:00 You know, we see this coming together of the Chinese Church looking towards Israel being those that are blessing Israel while there are calls right now to divest from businesses in Israel The Chinese Church and the Chinese Country is doing the exact opposite.
  • 16:15 They're becoming friends and economic partners with Israel.
  • 16:19 It is such a delight to be part of this.
  • 16:21 The way this happened was our Gate series was on and Brother Yun and his assistant Eugene saw it.
  • 16:27 Eugene came to see us in San Francisco and from there this relationship developed.
  • 16:32 Now I had a chance to speak with Brother Eugene who is an American working with Brother Yun and they are placing people around the world in the most difficult places in the world to preach the Gospel.
  • 16:46 Let's go to my interview with Brother Eugene.
  • 16:50 Brother thank you so much for being with us for this program.
  • 16:53 I think for many of our viewers they really don't understand or maybe even haven't heard of the "Back to Jerusalem" movement Could you give us a brief explanation.
  • 17:03 And also tell us how you got so intimately connected with this work.
  • 17:08 It began almost 100 years ago inside of China WOW where the indigenous Christians, not those that were being influenced by foreign missionaries so much but this new breed of Christians inside of China.
  • 17:21 A breed of Christians that didn't know that they were about to suffer persecution under Mao Zedong.
  • 17:26 They began to get this vision of taking the Gospel from China, what they had received in China and then taking it to the border nations, the nations that are in between China and Jerusalem.
  • 17:38 And even though they call it "Back to Jerusalem" the focus is not getting on a plane, flying from China to Jerusalem and selling knick knacks on the streets in Jerusalem but actually going from country to country, village to village, person to person.
  • 17:52 That is the main focus between China and Jerusalem.
  • 17:56 Basically, it's the Great Commission.
  • 17:58 We call it the "Great Commission with Kung Pao flavor" That's good.
  • 18:02 You know, for our viewers sake that is what we know of as the 10/40 window and the most unreached area on planet earth.
  • 18:09 Speak a little bit about the nations that are involved in who you're touching.
  • 18:13 Well we often call it the "Land Between the Walls".
  • 18:17 We know that it's called the 10/40 window or the Indian Arc.
  • 18:20 We call it the "Land Between the Walls".
  • 18:21 The land between the Great Wall of China and the Western Wall of Jerusalem.
  • 18:26 Because in that window you have two thirds of the world's population.
  • 18:29 Two out of every Three people that are born in the world today are born in that region.
  • 18:32 Not in America, not in Europe, in that region However, and this is an older number, but from the World Evangelistic Research Center, says that out of every hundred dollars given to missions in America, and this is an American number, but it's indicative of the western world in general, out of every hundred dollars given to missions only about 2 pennies makes it to unreached people groups and only 1 penny makes it into that area between China and Jerusalem.
  • 18:59 That is devastating!
  • 19:01 And that actually I think highlights the need for the Gospel.
  • 19:04 Think about this.
  • 19:06 Think about the poorest areas in the world.
  • 19:08 think about the most volatile, the most violent, the most aggressive against Christianity.
  • 19:13 Those countries, where are they at?
  • 19:15 They're primarily between China and Jerusalem.
  • 19:19 That area, I have to say if I was born there I'd be pretty mad myself if I knew that the rest of the world had an answer that would give me freedom, give me justice.
  • 19:30 I mean justice really isn't available in these areas.
  • 19:32 I mean we think about if you do something well that's not right.
  • 19:36 Well who do you go to?
  • 19:38 You have the police or you have the magistrate or you have a judge.
  • 19:40 They don't have that in these areas, Why?
  • 19:43 Because it's an areas that is in darkness without Jesus Christ, without the idea of right and wrong.
  • 19:49 And to bring that righteousness the Chinese believe that they have been called to move into that window, that area between the Great Wall of China and the Western Wall of Jerusalem.
  • 19:59 Well it's really sobering because it's a martyr's call because many of the people that are going to leave China may never return.
  • 20:09 Yeah, well you know that's one of the reasons why resources might be so slim coming from the western Church into that region.
  • 20:17 Why? Because a lot of people want to go to the safe areas.
  • 20:21 Think about the majority of missions today.
  • 20:23 The majority of missions today are what?
  • 20:25 If you just think about your own church.
  • 20:27 Most of the time it's short term mission trips.
  • 20:30 Short term mission trips usually include, you know, you're getting a group of people together.
  • 20:35 They want to go to a safe place.
  • 20:36 They don't want to go to a dangerous place, especially if you're going to be sending your kids.
  • 20:39 You go to a Holiday Inn that's, you know, close to a disaster area.
  • 20:43 And you go to an area, you help out for a day, two days, maybe a week, maybe two weeks.
  • 20:48 You get a couple good Facebook photos and then you go back home.
  • 20:51 Ouch.
  • 20:52 But actually, the Chinese have a vision to take the Gospel into the hardest to reach areas.
  • 20:57 Now these hardest to reach areas are not your prime locations for holiday resorts.
  • 21:04 These are places that are difficult.
  • 21:05 And the Chinese actually feel that they have been uniquely designed just for this task.
  • 21:11 When I share with them and say, you know what?
  • 21:14 If you go into North Korea, if you go into Pakistan, you go into Iran and you share the Good News of Jesus Christ you might be arrested, you might be persecuted, you might even die.
  • 21:25 And they say, Eugene, we've been doing this for generations, we know the risk, we know the cost, we've been doing this for awhile.
  • 21:34 It's almost as if they've gone through the seminary of hard knocks, the persecution that has brought them through to be uniquely prepared for this time and place of our generation.
  • 21:45 I think you've already answered the question I was going to ask which is, Why are you so connected?
  • 21:51 And I can see the passion that this is cutting edge Gospel and where else would I go, what else would I do.
  • 21:57 I think you have answered it without words.
  • 21:59 But what about the fruit regarding, let's say the Muslim people.
  • 22:05 As we get to close here how is there... Do you see breakthrough?
  • 22:10 Do you see things happening in the Muslim world?
  • 22:12 Well, right now where we're at with the Chinese They are working in places like Sudan, like Somalia, like Iran, most recently Iraq.
  • 22:22 In northern Iraq right now as you and I are talking the Chinese have been working in an area that's only about 30 miles north of Mosul, only about 16 miles north of where the ISIS front lines are.
  • 22:33 In that region we have seen lots of people come out of the ISIS controlled areas looking for help.
  • 22:41 There are United Nations camps there but not a lot of people actually on the front lines preaching the Gospel.
  • 22:48 The Chinese have been working there sharing the Good News.
  • 22:51 And here's what they're doing right now.
  • 22:54 There have been these girls that have come out that have been former slaves of ISIS.
  • 23:01 The Chinese are working together with them to build a house, A safe house where these girls can go and be kept safe, and where the can be given counseling, they can be given a unique education as well as training to help them get jobs.
  • 23:16 These people have seen the love of Christ and they are coming to Christ.
  • 23:22 And LORD, right now I pray for your Church in America and pray for your Church in Europe that they will leave behind this comfortable Church concentrated work and they understand that they are all called to go out and get the message out to those who have never heard the Gospel.
  • 23:40 And LORD, Jesus I ask for transformation that the millions of believers of you in America will become truly disciples of you and willing to hear your Words and be obedient to that calling.
  • 23:53 In the Name of Jesus I proclaim the Kingdom of God will come once again upon America and that your will be done in the lives of the believers in America that they would find a way back to their first love and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus.
  • 24:10 And raise up people to become intercessors for the "Back to Jerusalem" vision.
  • 24:15 And raise up people who are willing to sacrificial give donations and give resources for this so that we can get fulfillment to the Great Commission and to "Back to Jerusalem" vision.
  • 24:27 And I pray a special blessing upon this program so that my brother who is leading this whole ministry and doing these programs, you're going to use him as a messenger for that message you want to share to your body throughout the nations.
  • 24:47 I pray this in the Name of Jesus Christ.
  • 24:50 Amen.
  • 24:51 Amen!
  • 24:53 Thank you!
  • 24:55 Hallelujah!
  • 24:58 I think you can tell how humbling it is to be with men and women of God of this stature.
  • 25:03 These folks have given themselves to the simple truth of the Gospel putting their lives on the line.
  • 25:09 Many of them leave China with a one-way ticket.
  • 25:12 They don't know that they'll ever go back.
  • 25:14 They're going to bring the Good News of Yeshua , of Jesus to the most difficult places in the world.
  • 25:20 Just to sit with them was such a privilege, was such an honor.
  • 25:24 And to ask Brother Yun to pray for America was really an honor for me because we need to be prayed for and we need to pray into our destiny our inheritance.
  • 25:34 We have been one of the greatest mission sending nations in the world.
  • 25:38 And we need that now.
  • 25:40 We need to recover our first love, recover our desire to see the Gospel go forth in our land and around the world.
  • 25:47 Absolutely, you know I just want to personally thank you for supporting this ministry that enabled us to bring this message to Brother Yun and to the Chinese Church and that God is doing something supernatural in this hour.
  • 25:59 You know, Myles and I have traveled to India and Africa and Russia.
  • 26:03 And now we feel like God's calling us to China to partner with this.
  • 26:07 And we know that it's because of this ministry that the door was opened up.
  • 26:11 And they have contacted us.
  • 26:13 And we will continue to work with them to bring that revival information about Israel and they're going to bring the fire to us.
  • 26:21 And hopefully we can all just partner because the LORD is coming soon.
  • 26:26 You really see it unfolding in stages because their original vision was north to the Buddhists and south to the Hindus and west to the Muslims.
  • 26:35 And now, by seeing our program and by getting to know us a little bit they are really focusing on Well, what then?
  • 26:41 How will it be when we actually walk through the Gates and we're standing within the Gates of Zion?
  • 26:47 And that's what they're looking at.
  • 26:48 Well there's so many other ministries that have partnered with the Chinese Church and that have the Israel Mandate on them.
  • 26:56 But we know that God... And they said to us, No we want you, we want you.
  • 27:00 We kept saying, Are you sure?
  • 27:02 There might be somebody else.
  • 27:04 And the LORD says, No.
  • 27:05 So we want to thank you.
  • 27:07 And pray for us as the LORD leads our path.
  • 27:10 So we always want to close our program by reminding you Psalm 122:6 tells us Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim Pray for the peace of Jerusalem Our monthly newsletter the "Levitt Letter" is free and full of insightful articles and news commentary from a Messianic perspective.
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