named "Zion"). This meant that all Israel was keenly aware of her reason for existence. Israel's mission was to cause all the unredeemed to flow to the House of the God of Jacob, where the Law would go forth from Zion (the Designated Place) and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:5).
During the time that the second Temple stood (which was built according to the same three-ring- principle with the court of the Gentiles similar to the first Temple) the zeal of create proselytes reached its zenith. There came, however, a setback during the reign of the hellenizing Syrian king Antiochus Epiphanes. A great many Jews, dazzled by the Greek culture, abandoned Judaism and virtually expelled themselves from the Kingdom of God. God sent a judgment and Antiochus decreed a ban against circumcision, observance of the New Moons, Sabbaths, and Torah study. These decrees effectively curtailed the fulfillment of the "Great Commission" by the Jewish people to make disciples of the nations and convert them. Throughout our history, when we fail our Great Commission and allow the inward and upward flow to be reversed into a downward and outward flow, and we begin to enthusiastically follow the ways of the nations, God's wrath is loosed upon us.
The great zeal to make proselytes was again rekindled following the Maccabean victory over the Syrian-Greeks, and finds expression in the New Covenant Scriptures in Matthew 23:15. Yeshua also pointedly expressed the source of this Jewish commitment when speaking to the Samaritan woman. He emphatically states, "Salvation is of the Jews" (John 4:22). Yeshua does not tell her "salvation is of me," but rather He upbraids her for seeking to wrongly worship flesh and blood saying that she does not know what she worships or how to worship. He then directs her