Tell them ‘I AM’ has sent you 
by Cari Begun

Ehyah is the phrase that God uses to describe Himself to Moses. In Hebrew it means state of being. Translated it means: to be, to become, to exist, to happen, to come into being, to appear, to be established, to remain, to continue, to accompany, to be finished. 

Look at the phrase from Exodus again: God said to Moses, “Ehyah (I am or will be, or God), Asher (who or what), I am or will be or God)” and added, “Here is what to say to the people of Israel: “Ehyah (I am or will be or God) has sent me to you.” This can also be said as: “I am who I will be”, “I will be what I am”, or “I am and will be God” God is saying He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey(YHVH) is known as the tetragrammaton, or the unpronounceable name. When reading the Torah, Adonai is substituted. Jehovah is a representation of the constinents from YHVH with the vowels from Adonai. There is no basis for its use as a name for God. Lord should be used in its place. The Jews do not pronounce the name of God because they do not want to use it improperly. They don’t want to blaspheme God accidentally. They use Ha Shem which means the name, as a substitute. On the Sabbath they use the name of God.

Le 24:16 ‘Moreover, the one who blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him. The alien as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.

In Hebrew there are two names for God: Elohim and Adonai. Adonai comes from the root of Ehyah and represents the essential and eternal being of God, the Messiah and the Holy Spirit. It means the existing one, or Creator. Adonai is always faithful to His promises and is unchangable. The word God comes from the Saxon word for good, because without God there can be no good. Lord also comes from Saxon, meaning giver of bread.

Elohim is the total majesty of God or all the powers of God. Elohim is the plural of El or God Almighty. Elohim is never applied to any other being, except the Angel-Adonai, who appears in the New Testament as “God in the flesh”. He appears in several places in the Old Testament. For example He appeared to Abraham before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. No other being would be able to negotiate with Abraham for the towns. The Angel-Adonai lead Moses and the Israelites through the wilderness. El-Shaddai is God as creator, sustainer and governor of the world.

The Holy Spirit is Ruach haKodesh and appears as the still small voice, also known as bat kol, or daughter of a voice.


Two Commissions
Vision Outreach Ministries

Kenny Begun


The people of the secular world wonder why Christians are so evangelistic, always presenting the Gospel to them. Quite simply, they are commanded to by Jesus Himself. It is called the Great Commission, Because of the Great Commission, thousands of missionaries have canvassed the globe to share the Good News. As a result, millions of people have been converted from sin to become believers in Jesus. Some are wondering why I am interested in reaching out to the secular Jew. Why do I have such a focus on that particular group of people? For one thing, I used to be one myself. I know what it is like to be searching for some kind of spiritual fulfillment, only to come up empty handed. Another reason is that, in my spirit, I have felt the Lord leading me to minister to those like me and I have been commissioned, both in the New Testament and in the Old Testament.


First, I will present the New Testament commission, the one with which most Christian people are familiar.

The Great Commission

Matthew 28:16-20

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Mark 16:14-20

Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. 
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." 
After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

Clearly, Jesus has instructed all Christians to go to all nations and spread the Good News of Salvation instead of condemnation, life instead of death.

Now we come to the Old Testament Commission. This passage of Scripture confirmed to me the need to share God’s message specifically with unsaved, secular Jewish people. Most people are not familiar with this Old Testament commission. I have highlighted in bold print the points of greatest interest.


Ezekiel 3:1-27

And he said to me, "Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel." So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. Then he said to me, "Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it." So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. He then said to me: "Son of man, go now to the house of Israel and speak my words to them. You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and difficult language, but to the house of Israel- not to many peoples of obscure speech and difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you. But the house of Israel is not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for the whole house of Israel is hardened and obstinate. But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are. I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house." 
And he said to me, "Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you. Go now to your countrymen in exile and speak to them. Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says,' whether they listen or fail to listen." 
Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a loud rumbling sound-May the glory of the LORD be praised in his dwelling place!- the sound of the wings of the living creatures brushing against each other and the sound of the wheels beside them, a loud rumbling sound. The Spirit then lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the LORD upon me. I came to the exiles who lived at Tel Abib near the Kebar River. And there, where they were living, I sat among them for seven days-overwhelmed.

Warning to Israel

At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked man, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself. 
"Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before him, he will die. Since you did not warn him, he will die for his sin. The righteous things he did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he will surely live because he took warning, and you will have saved yourself." 

The hand of the LORD was upon me there, and he said to me, "Get up and go out to the plain, and there I will speak to you." So I got up and went out to the plain. And the glory of the LORD was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell face down. 
Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. He spoke to me and said: "Go, shut yourself inside your house.And you, son of man, they will tie with ropes; you will be bound so that you cannot go out among the people. I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, though they are a rebellious house. But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says.' Whoever will listen let him listen, and whoever will refuse let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house. (NIV)

The above text had a profound effect on me. It was a commission from the Lord to Ezekiel directly and also a prophecy of the ministry of Jesus in His first appearance 2000 years ago. In addition, I believe that it is a model for contemporary Jewish Christians to reach non believing Jews with the message of the Gospel. Ezekiel was commanded by the Lord to proclaim the truth to the stubborn Jewish nation, that truth being that they will either die if they are sinful and wicked, or live if they are obedient to the Word of the Lord. This is the main theme of the Gospel as well, death without Jesus versus eternal life with Jesus. It goes further to say that if Ezekiel does nothing to share this message of Salvation and the nonbelievers die in their sin, their death is on his hands. Using this model, it is every believer in Y’shua’s responsibility to deliver the facts to a hardened and unbelieving people.

Notice that the Lord first commands the Son of Man to eat the scroll. He is in fact prophesying the New Testament. Instead of Laws written on stone, the Word will first be living inside the Messiah and then eventually in believers. The last paragraph is a prophecy of the death of Jesus and the rebellion against His commands by a Jewish nation. 

Since Jesus commands all of His disciples to spread God’s Word in the Great Commission, I have concluded that the message in Ezekiel chapter 3 must be an integral part of this Vision Outreach. The Son of Man reference is made of Jesus throughout the Gospels. Since the Son of Man Himself has told believers to spread the Word, I am spreading the Gospel and this particular message to the Jewish people, especially those who have walked away from the religion of Judaism.

Clearly the warning in chapter 3 is that this task will not be easy and there will be extreme resistance. Since they resisted Jesus and His disciples, the same will hold true today.

But the house of Israel is not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for the whole house of Israel is hardened and obstinate. But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are. I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house.

It appears that those who disagree and I are going to butt heads a bit. It also seems that I am directed to be as stubborn as they are. I am stubborn by nature anyway, so that should not be too difficult. At least I am stubborn on the right side, the side of the Lord.

In closing, I have this to say to the Jewish nonbeliever in Jesus. I encourage you to not take the message of Ezekiel 3 lightly. Your response to that message is a matter of life and death. You must choose, so choose wisely. Ignoring the choice is, by default, a denial of the Lord. There is no neutral position in the eyes of the Great Judge, the Lord. Do you choose life or death? Choose Life. Choose Jesus.

Baptism

by Cari B

Psalm 24:3-5 Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God his Savior. This Scripture is read during the Friday Shabbatt service, as the hands of the family and guests are washed. Water is poured from a pitcher over the hands. A basin is used to catch the water, and a towel provided so that everyone can dry their hands. The water is poured from the pitcher to symbolize living water, rather than the stagnant water in the basin. The word clean, naqiy, means innocent, free from guilt, punishment or obligation.  Wash, kabac, means to be washed. The priests had to wash their clothes and bodies, because they were going into the presence of God, and needed to be purified. They had to repent, and cleanse themselves from sin and contact with anything that was unclean. The priest must cleanse himself after purifying anyone else. Unclean, tame, means to become and declare unclean, profane God’s name, to become impure. One could be come unclean, by defiling themselves, sexually, religiously, ceremonially, or by engaging in idolatry. A basin was outside the temple for the priests to wash their hands and feet. This washing was repeated every time they entered the temple, or when they came to the altar, because the priests ministered barefoot. The Pharisees and the Sadducees followed the purification rituals and were very careful to wash their bodies and clothes. They would not eat unless their hands were ceremonially washed. They washed their cups, pitchers and kettles. They didn’t understand that this didn’t make their hearts pure. God is more interested in a clean and pure heart, then in a clean body.  Aaron and his sons washed and put on clean clothes before they were consecrated to God. After that, they could officiate in the tabernacle. From that time on, every priest was consecrated. Consecrate, kadash, means sanctify, prepare, dedicate, holy honored, treated as sacred. When a person is consecrated to God, his hands were filled with an offering, to show that they had the right to offer sacrifices to God.  Baptize, matbil, means to immerse so that what is immersed absorbs the solution, such as in a leather tanning solution. When you are baptized in the Holy Spirit, you should absorb Him and have Him encompass your whole life. Baptism was similar to the purification ritual used when people were defiled or had come in contact with something unclean. Converts to Judaism had to have a mikvah, or bath, for purification. According to the Midrash, baptism was one of the things that Israel summitted to before entering into the Sinai Covenant which Moses negotiated with God.  John the Baptist, was known in Hebrew as Yochanan HaMatbil, in Greek as the Immerser. John called people to repent and be baptized as the symbol of their repentance. They needed to purify themselves for the coming of the Messiah. John didn’t think that Jesus needed to be baptized, because He was without sin. After Jesus was baptized, The Spirit of God, in the form of a dove, appeared over Jesus, as a symbol of His anointing as the Messiah. The dove is a symbol of both the Holy Spirit and of Israel.  When the priests entered the temple, they were to wash and purify themselves. God could not be in a relationship with them if they didn’t repent of their sin. The priests maintained a ritual where the emphasis was placed on washing rather then on purification and repentance. Washing was to be the outward symbol of what was taking place in the heart. John was reminding people that the emphasis should be on repentance.


Can a Jewish Person Be Christian?

by 

Kenny Begun

Vision Outreach Ministries


A Christian is a person who accepts as fact the New Covenant and has faith in the Jewish Messiah, Y’shua, whose name has been anglicized as Jesus. I am of Jewish heritage and am therefore a Jewish Christian. My wife is a Gentile Christian. In either case, we both have made a decision to make Jesus Lord of our lives. In other words, you can’t be born into this world as a Christian, it is a personal decision everyone must make. You must either receive Jesus and His Salvation, also known as being born again, or you must reject Him.

When I say that I am a Jewish Christian, it is not a contradiction. I am talking about my ancestral background, not my religion. In fact, I do not consider myself religious. I view all religion as a creation of men seeking power and control over other men, influenced by Satan. Religion is a counterfeit of the true relationship God has always wanted with His people. Religion is man’s attempt to reach God. Christianity is God’s attempt to reach man with His Love and Grace. I say God’s attempt because by free will, man more often than not rejects God.

Many Jewish people have the misconception that Gentile means “Christian”. Because I have accepted Jesus as Messiah, I have not turned into a “Goy”. I am still a Jew. I still like bagels, cream cheese and lox and I still use Yiddish words in conversation. I think like a Jew and in some ways, still continue in my Jewish heritage. Gentile means “other than Jewish” Arabs are Gentiles, Orientals are Gentiles, Indians are Gentiles. Another misconception is that I am a converted Jew. Not so! I have not been converted from Judaism, but from SIN. Also, some would say that I am a completed Jew. I am not. I am a completed person, not just body and soul, but body, soul and SPIRIT.

So the main question is, can a Jewish person be Christian? Absolutely, if you are not talking about the Jewish religion. Can a Jewish person be Christian and still be of the religion of Judaism? Absolutely not. Being a religious Jew is in essence, a denial of the teachings of Y’shua. It is also a refusal of the acceptance of the New Covenant that the Lord made possible by His death and ressurection. It is clearly presented by the Prophets in the Old Testament, but the Religion of Judaism rejects it.

What About All the Persecution?

A very convincing argument by Jewish people against Christianity is the repeated historical hatred and persecution of Jews by “The Church”. I used to be a proponent of that argument myself before I was saved (rescued). Many Jewish people have been called “Christ Killers” throughout the ages. The so called Church that attacked and killed the Jewish people for the last two thousand years was also responsible for throwing the real followers of Jesus to the lions in the Colosseum.

The Romans saw that they could not defeat the growing population of true Christians, so they proclaimed that all Romans are now Christians and made their pagan gods into “saints”. Thus, the “Roman Catholic Church” was created. The position of Caesar was renamed the Pope. This is obviously a counterfeit that has tried to destroy true Christianity and the Jewish people for two millennium, but thanks to the Lord, they have failed. They tried with crusades, inquisitions and holocausts, but they were unsuccessful.

For years the Roman Church did not allow the Bible to be read by it’s members. Once some of them did read the Bible, they realized the lies of the Romans and broke away. They formed the Protestant movement with it’s many denominations, revealing some of the truth of the scriptures. Unfortunately, they took with them much of the anti-Semitism that was perpetrated by the Romans. Leaders like Martin Luther were extremely anti-Semitic. The flaw in the Protestant movement was that it was still affected by the lies taught by the Romans. They had underlying hatred for Rome and also the Jewish people, who they believed killed the Lord. If only they understood that Jesus was supposed to die so that He would be resurrected and be our substitution for the penalty of sin, then they would have not hated the Jewish people. Their ignorance resulted in horrible consequences, but we must not blame Jesus. It was Satan that designed and orchestrated the attacks.

True Christianity does not resemble either the Roman or Protestant model. It is designed after the four Gospels and the book of Acts in the New Testament, an historical account of the workings of the Church of the first century after Jesus ministered on the earth. It was almost entirely Jewish in it’s earliest form. They were far from perfect, but the Spirit of the Lord was in them.

True Christianity embraces the full Gospel. It does not take bits and pieces of the Bible and use them as doctrine. Denominations such as Baptists, Congregationalists, Lutherans, Methodists and Episcopalians focus on particular Scriptures and put less value on the rest.

When people ask me what denomination I am a member of, I tell them no denomination, I am a believer in Jesus, not a Protestant. I have nothing to protest. I believe that many of the Protestant denominations are just another form of religion. God hates religion. Religion is man’s design. God has clearly designed how we should interact with Him in His Word. Any variation of that is rebellious.

Instead of religious traditions and ceremonies, God is looking for personal relationships with each of the people He has created. He wants to be involved in each of our lives because He loves us. True Christians have such a personal relationship with the Lord. That love is expressed to the Nation of Israel today by Christians throughout the world. The government of Israel knows that the true Christian Church is supportive of Israel both financially and in prayer. They certainly recognize the difference between the true Christian friends of Israel and the counterfeit that has persecuted the Jewish people throughout history.

Who is the Rebel?

I rejected the religion of Judaism after Bar Mitzvah at age 13 and became a secular Jew until I was 28 years old. At that point, I was introduced to Jesus and now I have a strong relationship with the living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Before I became a Christian, I studied other religions, mostly oriental. I even embraced modern science as my religion. I was a Humanist, bordering on Atheism. It is funny to me that Jewish people are not ridiculed and rebuked when they seek to find spiritual enlightenment in the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism and New Age. However, as soon as they discover Jesus, they are often rejected, called traitors (meshumed) and given “funerals” by their families.

“I am a Jewish man who has accepted Jesus as my personal savior”. Several years ago, I would never have believed I would one day be saying that. Since my early youth, these words were alien to me, the words of a rebel. Although I may be rebellious to the religion of Judaism, I am faithful to the God of Abraham. Isaac and Jacob. Most Jewish people are rebellious to the Laws and Covenants of God. They dwell on the tradition of men instead. Their hearts just aren’t in it.

Isaiah 29:13 The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.” 
(NIV)

The God of Israel has been rebelled against throughout history by the Hebrew people. They rebelled after being freed from the bondage of Egypt. Some were swallowed up by the earth after turning to idol worship. As punishment, God made that generation wander in the desert for forty years. They were prohibited from seeing and entering the Promised Land.

Numbers 14:29-30 In this desert your bodies will fall-every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me. Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 
(NIV)

Psalm 95:6-11Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; 
for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did. For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, "They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways." So I declared on oath in my anger, "They shall never enter my rest." (NIV)

Once in the land of God’s provision, the next generation continued to rebel. They continued to ignore the warnings of the Lord; unless they repented, they would be scattered throughout the world and lose their homeland.

Deuteronomy 4: 25-28 After you have had children and grandchildren and have lived in the land a long time-if you then become corrupt and make any kind of idol, doing evil in the eyes of the LORD your God and provoking him to anger, I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you this day that you will quickly perish from the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess. You will not live there long but will certainly be destroyed. The LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and only a few of you will survive among the nations to which the LORD will drive you. There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell.
(NIV)

For many generations, the Jews were persecuted, punished and cursed because of their stubbornness, selfishness and rebellion against God’s ruling hand.

Leviticus 26: 36-38 "As for those of you who are left, I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf will put them to flight. They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall, even though no one is pursuing them. They will stumble over one another as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. So you will not be able to stand before your enemies. You will perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will devour you. 
(NIV)

Deuteronomy 28:15-46 However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country. Your basket and your kneading trough will be cursed. The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out.

The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him. The LORD will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess. The LORD will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew, which will plague you until you perish. The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. The LORD will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder; it will come down from the skies until you are destroyed. 
The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You will come at them from one direction but flee from them in seven, and you will become a thing of horror to all the kingdoms on earth. Your carcasses will be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away. The LORD will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. The LORD will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind. At midday you will grope about like a blind man in the dark. You will be unsuccessful in everything you do; day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue you. 
You will be pledged to be married to a woman, but another will take her and ravish her. You will build a house, but you will not live in it. You will plant a vineyard, but you will not even begin to enjoy its fruit. Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will eat none of it. Your donkey will be forcibly taken from you and will not be returned. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and no one will rescue them. Your sons and daughters will be given to another nation, and you will wear out your eyes watching for them day after day, powerless to lift a hand. A people that you do not know will eat what your land and labor produce, and you will have nothing but cruel oppression all your days. The sights you see will drive you mad. The LORD will afflict your knees and legs with painful boils that cannot be cured, spreading from the soles of your feet to the top of your head. 
The LORD will drive you and the king you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your fathers. There you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone. You will become a thing of horror and an object of scorn and ridicule to all the nations where the LORD will drive you. 
You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it. You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine or gather the grapes, because worms will eat them. You will have olive trees throughout your country but you will not use the oil, because the olives will drop off. You will have sons and daughters but you will not keep them, because they will go into captivity. Swarms of locusts will take over all your trees and the crops of your land. 
The alien who lives among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower. He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him. He will be the head, but you will be the tail. 
All these curses will come upon you. They will pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the LORD your God and observe the commands and decrees he gave you. They will be a sign and a wonder to you and your descendants forever. 
(NIV)


Judges 2:13-14 They forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. In his anger against Israel the LORD handed them over to raiders who plundered them. He sold them to their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist. 
(NIV)

Although it is much too large to reprint here, every Jewish person should read Hosea, chapters 4-14. It shows how Israel is walking against the will of God.

God never allowed the complete destruction of the Jewish people, even in the Holocaust, as shown in:

Leviticus 26:44 Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or abhor them so as to destroy them completely, breaking my covenant with them. I am the LORD their God.
(NIV)

In 1948, God allowed Israel to be returned to Jewish rule to fulfill His prophetic timetable.

Ezekiel 36:24-28" 'For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God.” 
(NIV)

Even so, the majority of the people of the state of Israel are secular. They do not recognize the divine intervention of God in their destiny. They have traditions, but not a strong belief in God. To many people of Israel, the Bible is a collection of fairy tales. There is good reason for this: the Spirit of God does not dwell in them, at least not yet.

Two Covenants

The first covenant (contract) with the Hebrew people, between God and Abraham, was a covenant of the “physical”.

Genesis 15:18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.
(NIV)

It was a promise of land for God’s people. This was bound by a physical mark of circumcision of the flesh. The Spirit of God (Ruach ha’Kodesh) was not dwelling in each Hebrew person because it was not a spiritual covenant.

Genesis 26:3-5 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws." 
(NIV)

Genesis 28: 13-22 There above it stood the LORD , and he said: "I am the LORD , the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." 
When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it." He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven." 
Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father's house, then the LORD will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth." 

(NIV)

Exodus 19:5-6 “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites." 
(NIV)


The Hebrew people often sinned, breaking the Laws of God. They broke the covenant, not God. The sins of incest, adultery, fornication, murder and false witness are found throughout the Old Testament. The weakness of man was apparent to God and He promised in Scripture that He would give a New Covenant to His people, a SPIRITUAL covenant with circumcision of the heart. The Spirit of God would live inside the people, motivating them to sin no more.

Joel 2:28-29 "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”
(NIV)

This New covenant would be given to the people by the Messiah.

Isaiah 42: 6-7 "I, the LORD , have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”
(NIV)

Isaiah 49:7-8 This is what the LORD says- the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel- to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: "Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD , who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you." This is what the LORD says: "In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances....”
(NIV)

The New Covenant would be given to His people during Messiah’s first appearance as a suffering Savior.

Isaiah 53 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.(NIV)

Psalm 22:1-18 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel. In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed. But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: "He trusts in the LORD ; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him." Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother's breast. From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother's womb you have been my God. Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing. (NIV)

At a later time, the Messiah would return to deliver His eternal Kingdom on earth. If the Hebrew people had the Holy Spirit of God living within them, then they would not have been as likely to have sinned.

God’s Commandments and Laws were too difficult for imperfect man to uphold. Since the penalty of sin is death, God’s New Covenant was man’s only means of salvation. This is still the case today.

Jeremiah 31:29-30 "In those days people will no longer say, 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge.' Instead, everyone will die for his own sin; whoever eats sour grapes-his own teeth will be set on edge.”
(NIV)


The Scripture Fulfilled

When the carpenter from Nazareth, Y’shua (God’s Salvation) met the scriptural requirements of the first coming of the Messiah, and worked miracles, the Hebrew leaders refused to accept Him.

First Coming

Genesis 49:10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his. 
(NIV)

Isaiah 11:1-10 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD - and he will delight in the fear of the LORD . He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. (NIV)


Deuteronomy 18:15-19 The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. For this is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, "Let us not hear the voice of the LORD our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die." The LORD said to me: "What they say is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account. (NIV)

Jeremiah 23:5 "The days are coming," declares the LORD , "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.” (NIV)

Isaiah 42:1-7 "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope." This is what God the LORD says- he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it: "I, the LORD , have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. (NIV)

Miracles

Isaiah 35:5-6 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. (NIV)

Rejection

Psalm 118:21-23 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
(NIV)

Many Hebrew people did accept Him and recognized that the Hebrew leaders were wrong. The leaders rejected Him because He was a threat to their power and position. They refused to accept the scriptural prophecy of the first appearance of the Messiah.

Isaiah 50:6 I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. 
(NIV)


The leaders were looking at the coming of the Messiah as a mighty warrior to rescue them from Roman oppression. They were expecting a political and military man, not the human manifestation of the Holy God of Israel. Is it any wonder that they foolishly embraced and followed Bar Kochba as messiah a century later? They concentrated only on the scriptures that suited their needs. They concentrated on the physical rather than the spiritual. These leaders tried Y’shua at night and broke many of their own laws to find Him guilty of blasphemy. He was killed to be silenced, but He rose from the dead three days later to astonish over 500 witnesses. Only God could do that. History proves that He was not silenced.

Zechariah 12:10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.” (NIV)

Before returning to the Father, He instructed His followers to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to come upon them. Ruach ha’ Kodesh entered into them and fulfilled the New Covenant. That same covenant is still available to all who wish to be part of it. Unfortunately, the teachers of Judaism today continue to repress the scriptures that point to Y’shua as Messiah.

Isaiah 52:13-14 See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. Just as there were many who were appalled at him- his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness. (NIV)

Isaiah 53:1-12 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. 
(NIV)

Throughout scripture, the price for sinning was spiritual and physical death. To atone, the sinner had to kill something that had never sinned as a sacrifice to God. The lamb was the animal that was God’s primary choice for sacrifice. Jesus was the final blood sacrifice in the Father’s eyes. He fulfilled the law. If you accept Jesus as Messiah, there is no longer the need for sacrifice to God for atonement of sin because Jesus substitutionally took all the sins of mankind on Himself.

Rabbinical Judaism has rationalized by saying that there is no need for sacrifice anymore; that sacrifice ended with the destruction of the Temple almost two thousand years ago. The truth is that when the Temple was destroyed, as Y’shua predicted, there could be no sacrifice anymore. Rabbinical Judaism had to be substituted in the place of the sacrificial system, but it was man’s substitute, not God’s. The New Convenant was God’s choice as the replacement of the sacrificial system. Jesus is the final sacrificial Lamb of God. There is no need to continue animal sacrifice if you are covered by the New Covenant. If however you reject it, then you are under condemnation without the Old Covenant sacrifice available to you. The rabbinical substitute is not acceptable to God. The Nation of Israel is now planning to rebuild the Temple and reestablish sacrificial Judaism in Jerusalem. Little do they know that this is rebellion against the Lord’s New Covenant. Current plans to resume animal sacrifice in Jerusalem are an insult to God. Jesus was the final sacrifice.

Stumbling Block: The Trinity

The Trinity (tri-Unity) is the stumbling block to the Jewish people because of the SHEMA.

Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, Oh Israel, The Lord our God, The Lord is One.

Shema Yisroel Adonai Elohenu, Adonai echud.

Echud is Hebrew for a plurality, one group. For example, echud would be used to describe one bunch of grapes or one baseball team. The singular “one” would be Yachid. This is the term for “only” or absolute oneness. It is not used in scripture in reference to God. God’s plurality is very clear.

The translation of Genesis 1:26 is:

“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to our likeness’”.... (NIV)

If God is one in a singular form, whom is He talking to here? Also, God’s plurality is demonstrated in the Psalms.

Psalm 110:1 The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." (NIV)

God is One, with three distinct personalities

He is not 1+1+1=3. He is 1x1x1=1. You don’t believe it? Look it up in your Holy Scriptures. For your convenience, I am providing the following text.

Spirit of God

The Spirit of God is first mentioned in Genesis, right in the beginning.

Genesis 1:2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 
(NIV)

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.... 
(NIV)

Zechariah 12:10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.” (NIV)

Genesis 6:3 Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years." 
(NIV)


Psalm 51:11Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. (NIV)

The Son of God, Savior, Shepherd and Future King

Proverbs 30:4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in His cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and the name of His Son? Tell me if you know! (NIV)

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel (God with us). (NIV)

Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (NIV)

Isaiah 35:4-6 Say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you." Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. (NIV)

Isaiah 40:10-11 See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. (NIV)

Isaiah 42:1-4 "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope." (NIV)

Daniel 7:13-14 "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. (NIV)

Zechariah 2:10-11 "Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you," declares the LORD . "Many nations will be joined with the LORD in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. (NIV)


Zechariah 12:10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on Me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn Son.” (NIV)

Zechariah 13:6 If someone asks Him, 'What are these wounds on your body?' He will answer, 'The wounds I was given at the house of My friends.' (NIV)

Zechariah 14:4-5 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

Father God

The Eternal God, the Father:

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, 'Destroy him!' (NIV)

Isaiah 40:28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. (NIV)

The Omnipotent God, the Father:

Jeremiah 32:17 "Ah, Sovereign LORD , you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. (NIV)

JOB 42:2 "I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. (NIV)

The Omniscient God, the Father:

Psalm 139:4-6Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD . 
You hem me in-behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 
(NIV)

The Omnipresent Father God:

Jeremiah 23:24 Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" declares the LORD. (NIV)

1 Kings 8:27 "But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! (NIV)

2 Chronicles 2:6 But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him? (NIV)


All three personalities together in the Old Covenant is found in Isaiah 48:16. This is the Son of God speaking through the Prophet.

Isaiah 48:16 "Come near me and listen to this: "From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I am there." And now the Sovereign LORD has sent me, with his Spirit. (NIV)

Summary

As a Jewish Christian, I have the Spirit of God dwelling in me. I am more knowledgeable about God and scripture than ever before. I am able to obey God’s Laws of righteousness with greater ease because He has written them on my heart. The Bible says that some day all Jewish people will see that Y’shua was indeed the fulfillment of prophecy and they will accept Him as Messiah. I hope that you will accept Him into your life. Open your heart and your mind. Put aside the lies and preconceived notions that have been embedded in you since your youth and objectively see who Jesus is.

Y’shua and all of His disciples were Jewish. They observed all of the Jewish festivals. His lineage includes Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David. He was born in Bethlehem to Miriam (Mary), a Jewish virgin.

Micah 5:2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. " (NIV)

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel. (God with us) (NIV)

I know that the Gospel, or Good News, seems so Gentile, but that is only because it was never revealed to you in your Jewish upbringing. It was originally very Jewish, but the Gospel has been rejected by most Jewish people. Fortunately, God planned for it to be taken over by the Gentiles so that it would be preserved for all generations, but the Gospel is for both Jew and Gentile.

Isaiah 11:10 In that day the Root of Jesse (the messiah)will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. (NIV)

You may have noticed by now that in all of these examples, I have not once referred to the New Testament. These are all Scriptures found in the Jewish Holy Scriptures. If you were to read the New Testament, it would confirm these Scriptures, as it frequently acknowledges them in the text. Don’t just take my word for it. Open your heart to God and ask Him to reveal His Truth to you. Do not let Satan, the enemy of God, cloud your mind. Beware of the attacks against the most important decision of your life, present as well as eternal.

I pray for you who read this, that you ask Y’shua into your life and that you truly enter the Kingdom of God. If you do, you will be with Jesus as He rules the universe for eternity.

Daniel 7:21-22 As I watched, this horn was waging war against the saints and defeating them, until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom. (NIV)

Zechariah 14 describes how the Lord will return.

Zechariah 14:1-21 A day of the LORD is coming when your plunder will be divided among you. I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. On that day there will be no light, no cold or frost. It will be a unique day, without daytime or nighttime-a day known to the LORD . When evening comes, there will be light. On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter. The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD , and his name the only name. The whole land, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up and remain in its place, from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses. It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure. This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day men will be stricken by the LORD with great panic. Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other. Judah too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected-great quantities of gold and silver and clothing. A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps. Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain. If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The LORD will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. On that day HOLY TO THE LORD will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots in the LORD's house will be like the sacred bowls in front of the altar. Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the LORD Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD Almighty. (NIV)

Nobody knows when, but He will come again and set up His Kingdom on Earth. Don’t delay your decision. Judgment Day is too late to change your mind.

Job 19:29 you should fear the sword yourselves; for wrath will bring punishment by the sword, and then you will know that there is judgment." (NIV)


Job 34:23God has no need to examine men further, that they should come before him for judgment.(NIV)

Psalm 1:5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. (NIV)

Psalm 9:7 The LORD reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. (NIV)

Isaiah 3:14 The LORD enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: "It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses. (NIV)

Jeremiah 2:35 you say, 'I am innocent; he is not angry with me.' But I will pass judgment on you because you say, 'I have not sinned.' (NIV)

Hosea 5:1 (Judgment Against Israel) "Hear this, you priests! Pay attention, you Israelites! Listen, O royal house! This judgment is against you: You have been a snare at Mizpah, a net spread out on Tabor. (NIV)

Joel 3:2 I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land. (NIV)

Now is the time to submit to Y’shua and to develop a personal relationship with Him. If you will pray the following prayer, in sincerity before God, He will hear you as He promised in His word.

Jeremiah 29:13-14 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the LORD , "and will bring you back from captivity."

“God of Abraham, Isaac and jacob, I am Jewish and I will always remain Jewish. If believing that Jesus is the Messiah of Israel will make me a better Jew, a true Jew according to Your Word, and be the Salvation of my soul, help me to believe in Him as my Savior and to live for Him in this world. Forgive me of my sins and my disbelief. Amen”

If you sincerely prayed that prayer, or one like it, you have become a new member of the family of God. By allowing the Lord to work through you, He will help you to grow in faith and understanding. He has provided for you a new birth. Now read the New Testament and begin to get to know Melech ho’ Olum, the King of the Universe.

Joel 2:32 And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls.

If one does not know His Name, how can one call on Him? His Name is Jesus in English, Y’shua in Hebrew. Y’shua means God’s Salvation.

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What’s the Difference?

by

Kenny Begun
Vision Outreach Ministries

 In 1979, I became a believer in Jesus. I was saved on Easter Sunday during a service at a Pentecostal Church. For many years after that, I was a member of that Church and participated in their music ministry.

I began to read information by an organization called “Jews for Jesus”. I was thrilled to find a connection between my heritage and my new faith. For many years after, I was a supporter of Jews for Jesus, financially and in prayer. I even participated in a music contest that had 1200 entries. I was one of the ten chosen for performance in the recital at the Jews for Jesus Ingathering in 1990. The atmosphere was alive and electric and it was one of the best experiences of the presence of the Holy Spirit I had ever had. The song I performed was “My First Love” which is on the "Prince Of Peace" album.

As a result of my positive experiences at the Ingathering, I started to consider myself a Messianic Jew, which is what I thought Jews for Jesus people were. I continued to categorize myself as an MJ until in 1996, when my music group, Ruach, was invited to play music at a Messianic Jewish convention in Pennsylvania. We had ministered in Churches for several years throughout New England, New York and Canada.

Our experience at this Messianic Jewish event was eye opening There was a very legalistic attitude that I had not experienced since the days before my Bar Mitzvah. The people in charge were overly controlling. If I said Jesus, I was scolded and told not to say that word at the convention. I couldn’t believe it. It was then that I understood the difference between Jews for Jesus and Messianic Jews. Jews for Jesus would be better described as Jewish Christians; they walked in liberty, maintaining a Jewish identity, while not being subject to the bondage of the religion of Judaism.

Let me say right now that I am glad that the Messianic Jewish Movement exists. It has it’s place for people who have been raised in the religious environment of traditional Judaism. It allows them to maintain a semblance of their Jewish identity while at the same time recognizing the Messiahship of Yeshua. I just tend to disagree with several doctrines of the Messianic Jewish movement. Although I am delighted that they have lead many people to a relationship with Yeshua, I must emphasize the difference between “Jewish Christianity” and “Messianic Judaism.” Messianic Jews are believers in Yeshua, but also feel that they must still be under the “brucha” (blessing) of the Law. Jewish Christians, on the other hand, know that Jesus has delivered believers from the “curse” of the Law by His Grace.

I must point out that “Messianic Jew” is a misnomer. By definition, all religious Jews are Messianic. They await the deliverance of the Messiah. They just don’t recognize that Jesus fulfills the Messianic prophesies of “Mashiach ben David” in Scripture.

I am also disappointed that Messianic Jews have an obsession with semantics. They say Yeshua instead of Jesus, Congregation instead of Church and Tree instead of Cross. It could be considered deceptive to not be up front with people as to whom they are worshiping. I was told of an elderly Russian woman in Brighton Beach, NY who was lead to belief in Yeshua and after several services at her Congregation, someone was praising Jesus. When she found out that Yeshua and Jesus were one and the same, she left and felt betrayed. I hope that she eventually came to love the Lord, but the damage that was done was very likely irreversible.

The Scripture tells us not to be ashamed of the Gospel.

Romans 1:16

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

By not being honest about who Yeshua is, that is being ashamed of the Gospel. I like to take it one step further:

“I am not ashamed of the Gospel and I am not ashamed of the English language”.

I have been approached by leaders of the MJ movement and scorned because I “shouldn’t mix in” with the Gentile Churches. God has no such restriction, but MJ leaders want all Jewish Christians to be Messianic believers in Yeshua, still keeping all of the Laws and maintaining traditions. As a secular (non-religious) Jew, I never kept the Laws and traditions to begin with, so why should I start that restrictive lifestyle now? Most Jewish people are secular, even in Israel. They don’t wear Yarmulkes or keep Kosher or celebrate Shabot (Sabbath), but once they are involved in MJ, they are encouraged to partake in those legalistic traditions. I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of Jewish believers in Jesus were saved in a Christian Church, not a Messianic Congregation. They were delivered from the oppressive regulations of men, so why were they convinced to get back into it? The answer is found in the New Testament. This misunderstanding of the Gospel has been with us for two thousand years. I believe that the books of Acts and Colossians address this issue very thoroughly. I have highlighted the applicable passages.

Colossians 2

I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.

Freedom From Human Regulations Through Life With Christ

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. 
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. 
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. 
Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. 
(NIV)

Here Paul is saying that the law of religion is a form of bondage. The laws are the rules of men, not of God. We should no longer feel in bondage to them, but instead experience and accept the true freedom in the spirit that is found through belief in Jesus. He forgave our sins and canceled the written code. Hallelujah!! He nailed the regulations that were against us to the cross. Hallelujah!! He made a public spectacle of the authorities and triumphed over them. Hallelujah!!

Acts 15:5-11

Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, "The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses." 
The apostles and elders met to consider this question. After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: "Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear? No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.
(NIV)

Are you surprised that there were believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees? I sure was when I first saw this passage. They believed Jesus was Messiah, but still clung to the tradition that neither they or their fathers could bear. Peter rebuked them and said that they were saved by grace also, just like the Gentiles. Of course, many Messianic Jews will argue with me on this subject, but I am not impressed by the arguments that they put forth. No matter how you look at it, Messianic Judaism still holds onto the religion of the Pharisees that would put believers under rules that are based on human commands and teachings. This is a denial of the freedom from human regulations through life in Christ.

2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
(NIV)


Christianity, by it’s very supernature, rejects all religions, including Judaism. One only has to look at the account of Jesus as he rebuked the leadership in the Temple, His Father’s house.

Matthew 23:13-33

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. 
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are. 
"Woe to you, blind guides! You say, 'If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.' You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? You also say, 'If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.' You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. And he who swears by heaven swears by God's throne and by the one who sits on it. 
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices--mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law--justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. 
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. 
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. 
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. And you say, 'If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.' So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers! 
"You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?

The Lord has made the Good News very simple and quite clear to us in His Word. He wants us to turn away from religion and have a direct relationship with Him. Knowing Jesus personally is an all or nothing proposition. You either know Him personally or you don’t, and it is not enough to just know about Him! You are either saved by grace or you are not saved at all.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast.

There is no middle ground. He said in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through Me”. One can’t be more direct than that. Jesus is the only way to salvation and eternal life. There is certainly no need to add religious works.

Romans 10:12

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him

It is truly my desire to see the Messianic Jews become a part of the Church and be free from bondage of the Law. They will still be Jews. They will not lose their identity. I didn’t. I have not been assimilated. I did not turn into a Gentile. I am what I am, nothing can change that. However, God can certainly change them on the inside as I have been changed.

One of my favorite statements when I’m with Jews or Gentiles is spoken with a strong Yiddish accent: “I may be a Christian, but I’m still a Jew!” It always gets a laugh!

I would also like to see the Messianic Jewish movement be more open about who Yeshua is and not shroud His identity in Hebrew words. Honesty is the best policy.

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