The Makuya are fervently identified with the cause of Israel, viewing the establishment of the State of Israel and the unification of Jerusalem as a fulfillment of biblical prophecies. “Makuya” is the Japanese equivalent for the Hebrew word mishkan, which refers to the children of Israel's portable shrine in the desert. This name was chosen to express the basic religious orientation of the Makuyas, who emphasize the significance of the personal encounter with the Divine Presence in everyday life. This experience, according to them, must not be substituted by a dogmatic belief in creeds, an idea symbolized by the image of the mishkan, the portable shrine. The Makuyas stress "a return to the dynamic faith of the original Gospel of early Hebraic Christianity."