The prophets Isaiah and Zechariah teach that all of humanity will eventually come to know, understand and believe that there is but one true God. To the Jewish people specifically, God assigned the task of sharing that knowledge with the rest of the world.
For the past 2,000 years, the Jewish people have been preoccupied with shielding ourselves from vicious attempts to forcibly convert, banish or murder us. During these long and bloody centuries, it was neither safe nor smart to try to share any of the universal wisdom of Torah with the world. As a result, most Jews have completely forgotten that God charged us with teaching others about Him.
Today, we are living in a revitalized era. Millions of non-Jews are turning to the Jewish people, exactly as Zechariah told us they would, and asking us to teach them about God and His Torah.
So said the Lord of Hosts: In those days, when ten men of all the languages of the nations shall take hold of the corner of the garment of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” (Zechariah 8:23)
The foundational idea presented in Lighting Up The Nations is that the Jewish people have a Biblical mandate to share the Oneness of God, and the universal wisdom of Torah, with the rest of the world. Each contributor to this book explores what this new reality means for the Jewish people, both today and in the Messianic Era.