The History of First Fruits of Zion
The Early Days
They never planned on starting a ministry. In 1992 Boaz Michael and his wife Amber (Tikvah) began a small newsletter called Israel Today for their local Messianic congregation in Colorado. Soon after they received subscription requests from all over the country. They changed the name of the publication to First Fruits of Zion and began filling subscriptions. A year later they began sending out commentaries on the weekly Torah portions—the very first Torah Club.
In 1993 the Father made it clear that He desired the ministry to move to Israel, and He provided the means for the Michael’s to make aliyah and relocate. The FFOZ Israel office opened in 1994. While the staff was still mainly located in Israel, plans began for the HaYesod discipleship course, a teaching introducing Christians to their Jewish Roots.
Growth & Development
FFOZ found wider distribution, and began hosting conferences such as Jars of Clay (1997), The Letters (2001), Yeshurun (2003), Yeshua, Yeshua, Yeshua (2003), The Last Days (2004), Trembling at the Word (2005), The Wooden Podium (2005), Pray in the Spirit (2006), Knocking on Heaven’s Gate (2006), To Whom Shall We Go? (2007), Shabbat Shalom (2008), A Jewish Sermon on the Mount (2010), Yoke of the King (2011), and Am Yisrael Chai (2012).
In addition the ministry has continued to publish Torah Clubs Volumes 1-6 and Children's Torah Club along with Hey Torah Kids! weekly audio cds. The ministry has produced several periodicals including First Fruits of Zion, Bikkurei Tzion, Messiah Magazine, and Messiah Journal.
Books we have published include: Torah Rediscovered (1995), Take Hold (1998), The Letter Writer (2002), The Mystery of the Gospel (2003), Holy Cow! (2005), Restoration (2005), King of the Jews (2006), Mezuzah (2007), Breaking Bread (2008), Hallowed be Your Name (2008), We Give Thanks (2008), Boundary Stones (2008), Grafted In (2009), Holy Epistle to the Galatians (2011), Biblically Kosher (2011), God-Fearers (2012), The Concealed Light (2012), Twelve Gates (2012) and many others. Furthermore, FFOZ also provides an introduction to the world of the Hebrew language with Getting Started in Hebrew (2008) as well as a ten week discipleship course HaYesod (2010). In 2012, the ministry began production on a television program titled First Fruits of Zion: A Promise of What is to Come.
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