About the Issachar B7D Fellowship
The Issachar B7D Fellowship is a non-denominational online ministry & fellowship seeking to :
Restore the Jewish roots of our Christian faith
Just as in Ezra and Nehemiah the Temple foundations were repaired and the walls of Jerusalem rebuilt, we are to repair the foundations and rebuild the walls of our personal and corporate Temple of God.
Central to this is restoring the Jewish roots of our Christian faith. When we the ingrafted branch realise that "you do not support the root, but the root supports you" (Rom 11:11-24), our foundations will not be shaken by apostasy or our walls crumble under persecution, because our identity and existence will be firmly planted through the root of the Israel of God in His divine plans and purposes.
Reconcile with our Jewish brethren as One New Man
Restoring the Jewish roots of our faith, identity and existence also means reconciling with our Jewish brothers and sisters according to Christ's purpose, which is "to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace" (Eph 2:11-19).
There can be no Shalom - no peace, unity, harmony, wholeness and wellness - within the Body of Christ until we recognise that our Heavenly Father has a special plan and place for Israel and the Church - His two sons as it were - to be one in Him and yet each remaining distinct, just like the Holy Trinity.
Rally together as one around God's end-time purpose
We read how the men of Issachar rallied around David because they understood the times and knew what Israel should do (1 Chron 12:32). They looked past the interests of their own tribe to join with the other tribes of Israel to usher in God's Kingdom rule through David.
Today, we are to similarly rally together as one around God's end-time purpose, understanding the times that we live in now and knowing what we should do. We are to look past our own narrow interests to join with other Gentile and Jewish believers to usher in the soon return of the Son of David, Christ our True King.
How This Came About
I am a lay believer with my fair share of ups and downs, victories and defeats, in my past 40 years of walking with the Lord since accepting Jesus at the age of 13. Although I have been engaging in some form of personal Bible study or devotion for many years, it was only in 2001 that I started to study the Bible intentionally and systematically. However, I gave up after 7 years and threw away all my writings and materials. I felt empty and exhausted because I had tried to understand God’s Word by my own human effort but was going nowhere.
After a long time, God slowly restored me from the ground up. This started with my first fast when He taught me to pray in the Spirit, and then the gift of worship when my playing of the guitar improved tremendously. Then on 6 May 2016, while at a Friday fellowship meeting, an anointed pastor who spoke that evening released a prophetic word to Wei Ling and me. He saw a big clock and all he could think of were the words, “the time has come.” The time has come for us to move forward out of the wilderness into His plans and purposes for us. Turning to me, he said he saw a scroll and a quill, which meant revelation - that God wanted to speak to me, to tell me things - and that I needed to write them down. I restarted my Bible study and through it, God opened my ears to what He wanted to say to His people through His Word as recorded here and on YouTube and published as a book.
Although I didn't know then when or where this journey would end, God knew and in His Kairos exactly two years later (May 2018) I finished putting down what was needed to be said. It was only a year later that I realized how prophetic God's timing was. God ensured that I finished putting down His word for His people in the year that Israel celebrated 70 years of nationhood since its rebirth in May 1948. It is my personal belief and deep conviction that God's final countdown started from that Kairos moment - meaning that some of us will live to witness Christ's return.
May our Lord find us ready when He returns.
I will stand at my watch
and station myself on the ramparts;
I will look to see what he will say to me,
and what answer I am to give to this complaint.
Then the Lord replied:
“Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald may run with it.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come
and will not delay.
- Habakkuk 2:1-3
Stephen and Wei Ling are Singaporeans currently based in Wellington, New Zealand.
Their daughter Gwyn works in Singapore.