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Romans 11:26 – When Will All Israel Be Saved? See Zechariah 12

Posted by Job on March 11, 2011

Romans 11:26-27 reads “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” Now John Calvin, despite his being right on so many other matters, erred when he claimed that this passage refers to spiritual Israel, the church. This cannot be the case, because Sha’ul the Benjamite Jew (more commonly known as Saul, or Paul) had already made the distinction between Israel and the church, between natural Israel and spiritual Israel, earlier in Romans (such as Romans 2:28-29 and Romans 9:3-4), and furthermore declares himself to be a member of both natural and spiritual Israel. Also, “when I shall take away their sins” cannot in any sense refer to the church, because Paul is referring to a prophecy that is as yet unfulfilled with respect to national Israel. For we all know that spiritual Israel, the church, has already had its sins taken away.

So, Romans 11:26-27 refers not to the past/present church, but a future event when national Israel is saved and joins spiritual Israel; when natural Israel becomes a member of both groups just like Paul and the other apostles. John Calvin was unable to acknowledge the plain meaning of that text because of his theological bias; the covenant theology framework that refuses to acknowledge a distinction between Israel and the church, claims that Israel was the church of the Old Testament, and that (among other things) where infant circumcision was the covenantal inclusion ritual of the Old Testament church, infant baptism is the covenantal inclusion sacrament of the New Testament church.

So, allowing Romans 11:26-27 to stand as written, when will this event happen? When will Israel’s national salvation occur? The hint occurs in Revelation 1:7, which reads “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” That text points directly to Zechariah 12:10, which reads “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” Now the spirit of grace and supplications (see Romans 8:26-27) is the Holy Spirit. The One who sents the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete (see John 14:16-26), is Jesus Christ. So, Jesus Christ is the “me” whom “they” have pierced, and “they” in this specific context are the Jews, who bear the national responsibility for killing Jesus Christ through the actions of their religious and political leaders in the time of Jesus Christ, Caiaphas the high priest and the Sanhedrin.

So, when this prophecy is fulfilled, the same Holy Spirit that currently indwells the church, spiritual Israel, will also indwell the Jews, natural Israel. And if this prophecy is to be interpreted literally, this will not be the result of individual conversion by way of preaching the gospel as happens with the church, be its members (Messianic?) Jewish or Gentile, but instead an act of national salvation akin to God’s delivering Israel from Egypt and making the covenant with the Jewish nation at Sinai as recorded in Exodus. (It is obvious – to me anyway – that this precludes any notion of “free will salvation.” Just as Israel had no choice in the matter at Sinai, but instead God imposed the Sinai terms on His vassal nation as its Suzerain Lord) they will have no choice to choose or reject Jesus Christ when He comes to fulfill Romans 11:26-27 with respect to the Jewish nation.

And when will this event happen? As Zechariah 12 is obviously linked to Revelation, which deals with the fate of the church (and please recall my position that there will be no “pretribulation rapture”, or even if there is one, it will be a partial one that will leave the vast majority of the church to endure the great tribulation), Israel and the world, this event will happen at some point during the great tribulation. More specifically, as Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 1:7 obviously describe the second advent of Jesus Christ, the best Biblical evidence (again, according to my opinion) is that this blessed event will occur at the time described in Revelation 19:11-21, which is Jesus Christ returning from heaven with His saints and angels to defeat the armies of the beast (or anti-Christ) and – according to those of us with premillennialist leanings – set up His 1000 year kingdom.

It is impossible to claim that Zechariah 12:10, or more accurately the much longer prophecy block that includes much of Zechariah 12-14, has been fulfilled already. It cannot refer to the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem or the Babylonian destruction of the same, as those had already occurred when Zechariah – who lived in the time of King Darius – wrote his book. It also cannot refer to 70 A.D., because of Zechariah 12:7-8, which reads “The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify [themselves] against Judah. In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David [shall be] as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.” The fact that God did not defend Jerusalem in 70 A.D precludes any preterist interpretations of Zechariah 12:10, particularly since preterism holds that Jesus Christ came to punish the Jews in 70 A.D., not to fight and overcome their enemies for them.

Still more evidence? Zechariah 12:2-3 reads “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah [and] against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” This is a reference to how during the endtimes, the Gentile nations will attempt to destroy Israel and Jerusalem. It will be at that time that Jesus Christ makes His return. Where will this return be? The Mount of Olives according to Zechariah 14:1-4. “Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which [is] before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, [and there shall be] a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.”

Before you stumble at “and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished, and half of the city shall go forth into captivity” and consider that this may refer to the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians or some other event, please recall Revelation 13:7, which speaks of the beast “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” Now the Jews at this point are not “the saints”, but it is rather logical to conclude from that verse that the evil forces will inflict no small damage against Jerusalem and its inhabitants before Jesus Christ comes to save them, just as many Christians will perish at the hands of the anti-Christ before the days of the great tribulation are cut short for the elect’s sake (see Mark 13:20 and Matthew 24:22). Further, please recall that Romans 11:28 refers to the Jewish nation as being God’s elect also, thus Jesus Christ will return to ensure that some of both natural and spiritual Israel will survive the great tribulation. From these passages, it appears that natural and spiritual Israel will be combined into one elect church at the second advent of Jesus Christ.

Finally, consider Zechariah 14:6-9. “And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the light shall not be clear, [nor] dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, [that] at evening time it shall be light. And it shall be in that day, [that] living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.” Does this not correlate strongly to the description of New Jerusalem in Revelation 21-22? Revelation 21:23 reads “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof.” Revelation 22:5 also says “And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 22:2 reads “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” Zechariah 14:11 reads “And [men] shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.” Revelation 21:4? “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

It is simply inexcusable to ignore all this evidence unless one relies on a symbolic interpretation of not only Revelation, but the prophetic Old Testament material of Zechariah and elsewhere, not to mention New Testament prophecy outside of Revelation such as the Olivet discourse (Matthew 24-25, Luke 21 and Mark 13). The reason for such interpretation is the commitment to a theological construct that demands it (with the covenant theologian John Calvin mentioned at the beginning of this piece being an example). The fact that these texts have regrettably abused by many premillennial dispensationalists provides no justification for denying their plain meaning and application. At the very least, in order to be consistent, one must adopt a symbolic or “spiritual” interpretation of such Messianic prophecy texts as Isaiah 7:14 (yes, almah does mean “virgin” in that verse and not “young woman”, otherwise almah would not have been translated as parthenos, which can only mean “virgin”, in the Septuagint by Jewish scholars who lived over a hundred years before Jesus Christ!) and Isaiah 9:6.

Though the date of Israel’s national salvation will be the second advent of Jesus Christ, the question is the date of your salvation. This is so even if you are Jewish, for A) we do not know the day or the hour of Jesus Christ’s second advent and B) tomorrow is promised to no man. The Bible is clear: whether one is Jewish or Gentile, salvation is of the Lord, and there is only one Name by which men will be saved, and that Name is Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, with the common English transliteration being Jesus Christ. If you have not already been saved through Jesus Christ, I urge and entreat you to make your time of salvation right now.

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Jews Against Jesus: Israeli Journalist Tehiya Barak Infiltrates Messianic Jewish Congregation And Publishes Defamatory Article

Posted by Job on September 3, 2008

 From Soli Deo Gloria.

“Israeli Journalist Infiltrates Tiferet Yeshua Congregation”

You may recall a story I posted back on August 8th concerning an Israeli Journalist who, pretending to be a follower of Jesus (a Messianic Believer) infiltrated a Messianic congregation, gained their trust (and love), and turned around, writing a horribly twisted expose on the Church and the Messianic Believers who attend:Messianic Believers to face more Persecution?…(this is disturbing)

At the time it was only published in Hebrew, and in the Hebrew equivalent of the english speaking YNET News, called Yedoit Ahronot.

This evening I received a newsletter from Maoz Israel with the story in english, along with a link to the story and photos on-line: “Israeli Journalist Infiltrates Tiferet Yeshua Congregation”

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Monthly Report: September 2008

Last May, an Israeli journalist was handed a flyer in Tel Aviv about Yeshua the Messiah of Israel. Jews for Jesus conducted a major campaign with many Israelis and foreign volunteers spreading out across the country to give Israelis a chance to ask questions about faith in Yeshua.

 

Today, the number of Israeli Messianic Jews is increasing at a much faster rate than ever before. In fact, many favorable articles have been written at face value concerning the presence and lives of the Messianic Community in Israel. (See Last Article)

However, the editors of Yediot Aharonot, Israel’s largest paper, fighting to keep its readership, is always looking for weird, repulsive and frightening stories. Yediot has remained in first place by evolving into a full-blown tabloid; its number one goal is to sell newspapers at all costs.

With that in mind, their journalist Tehiya Barak set off with a goal to infiltrate a Messianic Jewish congregation in Tel Aviv. She picked our congregation, Tiferet Yeshua.

She arrived while Ari and I were in Germany, and began making friends among the congregation’s young people. She attended a number of times until a few days ago, when Ari received a rather unpleasant phone call from one of the editors at Yediot. He began by accusing us of “converting to Christianity” under-age kids without their parent’s permission – illegal in Israel.

Three days later, (on 08.08.08), a vicious, twisted article of nine solid pages (24 type-written pages) came out in their weekend magazine which has very wide coverage. The article was designed to scare the public – to prove that Messianic Jews are dangerous, law-breaking, mystical misfits.

(Thirteen years ago this same paper wrote an even uglier article about a national youth conference we held at a kibbutz in the north of Israel. It claimed we were abducting children without their parents’ knowledge and attempting to convince them to leave their Jewish heritage and convert to Christianity – an accusation which could have brought a jail sentence. Several times we showed the police the permission slips that each parent had signed to allow his or her child to attend the conference, and the police closed the case. We took the newspaper to court and after three years they settled out of court by writing a letter of apology that the things they accused us of were inaccurate)

This newspaper uses the same hate-filled rhetoric that Hamas uses against the Jewish people, that anti-Semites use against Jews. It caricaturizes the believers in a way that makes us appear all-bad with no redeeming value.

So as Ari and I began our one week Maoz business trip and two week vacation in Germany this summer, the journalist attended her first service at Tiferet Yeshua. She was to continue her visits until the first week of August.

The tabloid cover showed a leader in our congregation praying for a young lady. Blazened across the darkened, eerie greenish picture (though taken in broad daylight) was the title “The Baptizing Cult.“ We cannot reprint the whole nine pages, but here are excerpts from her article which she called “The Messianic Code” (Like the Bible Code)

May 25th: Penetrating the Messianic Cult

My name is Tehiya Barak [tehiya means “resurrection”], a journalist, 28 years old, a Jew. During the past two and a half months I wore different clothing. A flyer, one of thousands that were distributed on the streets of Israel in the framework of a campaign run by “Jews for Jesus” sent me on a long-term journalistic mission: to infiltrate a Messianic Jewish congregation as a sister among the minyan [group].

Because of her mindset and her mission to write a salacious article, she viewed and described everything as mystical, abnormal, occultish. She wrote about our faith as a ridiculous assortment of rituals and she spells Yeshua’s name as “Yeshu”, the way non-believers pronounce the Messiah’s name in Hebrew. (Yeshua’s name means “Salvation;” Yeshu means “may his name be obliterated,” although when Israelis use this pronunciation, they do not usually know the meaning of this acronym given by rabbinical authorities centuries ago who did not want to call him “Salvation.”)

Tehiya continues: For the duration of several long weeks I was thrown into a parallel universe. I turned into a fervent member of an ancient cult that combines a concoction of faiths, symbols, and messages from various religions. Our father Abraham with Yeshu, Old Testament with New Testament, prayer shawl with baptism, Israeli festivals with holy bread [the Lord’s supper, editor], and also a threatening satan, who lurks at every corner and appears in the form of man, jellyfish or evil inclination.

Much of Tehiya’s article focuses on what she calls “missionary” work, one of the most hated words in the Hebrew language. In the mind of the typical Israeli, a missionary is one who lives to destroy the Jewish nation. How? By converting Jews into non-Jews, thus slowly decreasing the number of Jews in the world. For most Jews, it is still beyond their imagination how a Jew can remain a Jew and believe in Yeshua the Messiah. Only Christians can be a follower of Yeshua, not Jews, in their thinking. So her constant reference to missionary activities are buzz words which cause great concern among the Israeli public.

Also, when journalists speak about missionary work, they virtually always claim that the people the “missionaries” are able to reach are those who are oppressed and downtrodden – and thus easy catches for the missionaries. Messanic believers, on the other hand, will reply that only God can change a person’s heart and make him into a new creature. People can fake it for a while, perhaps thinking they are going to receive some material help. But when that does not appear, the fake seeker soon goes his own way.

Furthermore, the Messianic Jews of Israel stress over and over again that Yeshua has given them the power and the guidance to be Jews in every sense of the word, living lives devoted to the God of Israel who created the Jewish people for His own purposes. Yeshua makes it possible to fulfill that purpose. Nevertheless, Tehiya’s descriptions are sure to bring fear to the hearts of many.

She continues:

My Sabbaths were spent in ecstatic, long prayers, and the rest of the weekdays I dedicated to aggressive missionary activities and internal social events of the congregation. I won their trust, and they – slowly but surely – embraced me into their world.

Little by little a Messianic-spiritual world was exposed to me, which at its core lies a closed [closed?? That is an interesting observation! editor] and embracing congregation, at times mesmerizing, which forms a warm and sheltering home with not so few people who found it difficult to find their place in Israeli society – and a moment before they were crushed in its margins, found refuge in the bosom of Yeshu; despairing youth who had descended into crime, ultra-Orthodox Jews who left their way and suffered alienation by their families, lone soldiers, immigrants, foreign workers.

Tehiya relates that one of the Jews for Jesus members “connects me to a congregation, ‘Tiferet Yeshua’ in southern Tel Aviv that belongs to the ‘body of Messiah.’ The Messianic cults have been active in Israel since the last century and include thousands. Even though the Messianics view themselves as Jews, experts define them as a cult from the Christian world. They, from their side, maintain close connections with Christian congregations worldwide.

Tehiya was told by her Jews for Jesus friend: “this is a large congregation, with a lot of young people and a lot of the Holy Spirit. I am certain that you will be happy there.” And so, within a moment, my journey begins, which by its end I am sentenced to find myself confused and divided – Judas Iscariot woman that I am.

Tehiya describes her first impressions of the Sabbath service at Tiferet Yeshua Congregation:

May 31st: To come apart in religious ecstasy
“Welcome, Yeshua, we invite you to come.” I enter into the prayer hall as this song is sung in a powerful voice. On the stage there is a keyboardist, a guitarist, three singers, a trumpeter and a drummer. The Messianics are standing on their feet; some of them are dancing. Everyone is singing in one accord, in religious ecstasy, with burning faith. Their hands are spread out upwards. The words are displayed on a large screen; however, no one needs to refer to them.

All this occurs at the outskirts of the industrial area of southern Tel Aviv. The entrance is in between two peeling buildings. On the entrance floor is a small kiosk and adjacent to that is a gas station. In the area, such is told to me by one of the brothers, there is also a casino and other dubious businesses.

However, the staircase is sparkling clean. A few of the youth in the congregation come early in the morning every Saturday, and sweep the filth – cigarettes, syringes, hard liquor bottles. At one stage, when passersby and members of an ultra-Orthodox organization harassed the Messianics, there was a security guard at the entrance. A t present day, for discretion purposes, there is not even a sign.

When one enters, the filth disappears from sight. From the sparkling marble floor up to the ceiling, everything points to prestige. The congregation rents the second and third floors of the building.

I … do not know where to look first. At the elderly believer who is dancing with great fervor, at the singer who breaks down in the middle of the song in front of all to see weeping bitterly, or at the barefooted, long haired youth who is closing his eyes and singing in somewhat of a sensual intoxication. “I want to lie at your feet, Yeshua,” implores the singer. “Allow us to feel You.”

The spiritual shepherd of the congregation, Ari Sorko-Ram, a veteran immigrant from the U.S.A., is presently abroad. In his absence Motti, his ‘spiritual’ son, takes front stage. He is dressed in jeans and sneakers, upon his cheek is a microphone. “Yeshua, open our eyes so that we may see You, and our ears so that we may hear You. Allow us to feel You, here, now, in this room,” he calls with shut eyes.

Tehiya adds: Over the course of my mission, I meet quite a number of Messianic soldiers, some of whom arrive at the congregation meeting in their uniforms.

Tehiya tells how she advanced her deception, sitting in our fellowship room after our Sabbath meeting, talking to evangelist Yacov Damkani.

For several weeks I have been attending the Messianic congregation as one of the believers. I am in command of the secrets of prayer, am present at the social events, am in good contact with most of the brothers. “To be saved, to be evangelized, God has placed a message on my heart,” have become a part of my vocabulary. I proved my dedication; I won the trust of the members. Now I want to join the secret missionary assignments reserved for the faithful.

…At the conclusion of the Sabbath prayer, I sat opposite [Yacov Damkani] on a couch in the congregation of Messianic Jews named, “Tiferet Yeshua” in Tel Aviv, asking with a shaky voice to join the most important and spiritual mission in the eyes of believers in the cult: evangelism of Yeshu throughout Israel…

Damkani hesitates. He fixes an extended look at me, penetrating, and then proceeds with a series of questions.

Tehiya then narrarates her madeup story to Damkani. She adds, “It is not every day that a young Israeli requests to join the mission field, considered horrendous in the eyes of most residents of the State of Israel. I find it hard to breathe under his gaze: what will happen if my cover story should collapse?”

She emphasizes again and again our outreach to the lost and she portrays it in a most negative way.

One cannot separate the compassion of the congregation from their objective: the spreading of the faith, under every condition, among as many people as possible. The Messianic representatives reach neglected corners, at times unseen, to which the Israeli society does not bother to direct its gaze: they distribute foodstuffs to the poor, to terror victims and Holocaust survivors, who do not know what they will eat tomorrow, and they speak to them about Yeshu; they wrap in love and holy songs drug addicted prostitutes in a shelter for the needy which they established in the heart of Tel Aviv; diminish the loneliness of soldiers in training fields, with the help of songs, candies, literature, and volunteers from abroad. The possibility of adding new people to the faith increases amazingly after you show them kindness.

Tehiya talks about the lifestyle of the young believers:

In the event that you are a member in the Messianic cult, your daily routine is full. Long prayer times, gatherings that continue long into the night, communal ‘praise’ songs, picnics, ball games on the beach.

The meeting takes place on the third floor of the building, in a room that belongs to the youth of the congregation. On the red wall appear large letters that the youth wrote: “Thank you, Lord Yeshua.”

The Messianics are standing on their feet, some of them are dancing. Everyone is singing in one accord, in religious ecstasy. Their hands are spread out upwards. All of a sudden the singer bursts into tears and cries, “I want to lie at your feet, Yeshua!”

Tehiya then talks about the persecution of the believers in Israel. She, of course, ignores the fact that articles such as hers can cause fanatical Orthodox Jews to target the believers with violence. Thank God, there is a growing number of fearless believers, soldiers, young people, elderly people, lawyers, doctors, scientists, and simple beautiful citizens of Israel who are ready to face the persecution that comes with serving the One who gave His all to us. Here is her summary of some of the incidents of persecution that have taken place lately:

These days are not easy for the Messianic Jews. From time immemorial the believers have suffered harassment, however, during the past year, they have a growing sense that the satanic circle is closing in on them and getting stronger. During this past March, an explosion caused severe injury to the son of a Messianic family in Ariel; two months thereafter, in a large bonfire, recorded on photographs which shocked many, New Testament books that were distributed by Messianic Jews were burned in Or Yehuda [translates Light of Judah]; In the meantime, the call to cancel the traditional, annual Bible Quiz [on Israel’s day of Independence] was on account of the participation of a young Messianic girl. [See last article].

From her preconceived ideas of a cult, Tehiya has created a false image of the Messianic believers in general, and our congregation in particular. We are portrayed throughout the article as scheming, secretive, manipulating cultists. That is often how persecutors portray believers throughout the world. We are no exception.

At the end of the article, the editor who called Ari a couple of days before it went to press, quoted three sentences from their telephone conversation – in order, I am sure the editor thought – to make the article “fair and balanced.” This is the quote:

The Messianic Jews: We are Jews and our activities are legal. Ari Sorko-Ram, the spiritual leader: “We are Jews who believe in biblical Judaism; it is the right of every Jew to explain his Judaism. We do this among acquaintances, friends, family, and whoever wants to know. We are permitted by law to explain our faith.

We cannot end this article without stating our earnest desire to draw closer to our Lord and receive divine discernment concerning those who join our congregation. In no way do we wish to be suspicious of newcomers, for that is what the enemy would want. But we do ask from our Heavenly Father wisdom to stand against the wiles of those who are working to harm and persecute the Body of Messiah in Israel. Your prayers for us and all of the Messianic leaders of Israel will make a difference.

more, with photos here, including, What Tehiya DIDN’T Say About Us!

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Attack On Messianic Judaism

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Messianic Jewish Teenager Ami Ortiz Victim Of Terror Attack By Israeli Jews For Believing In Jesus Christ!

Posted by Job on June 22, 2008

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25306012/

Commentary from a Messianic Jewish magazine

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Jesus Christ Is The Messiah Who Died For The Jews Take 3

Posted by Job on April 2, 2008

From VenomFang.

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Jesus Christ Is The Jewish Messiah Take 2

Posted by Job on April 2, 2008

I prefer to believe God rather than John Hagee.  From VenomFang.

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Jesus Christ Is The Jewish Messiah Take 1

Posted by Job on April 2, 2008

From VenomFang.

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From Moshe Laurie: Another Reason To Boycott Citgo!

Posted by Job on March 5, 2008

From Messianic Christian Moshe Laurie:

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Members of God’s Army,

We have just returned from Israel. We were blessed by the might and power moving all across the Land in our prayer. I will be sending out another “Desk …” very soon with all these great wonders included in it.

But, right now there is something that we need to cover in prayer and God’s blessing in His Name. We need to lift up our brother Larry so that he may over come in God’s Name this evil, exalting God’s Name in the process.

If you remember, this is about Brother Larry, from Tennessee, who was receiving these strong hints from his product distributor (Citgo), that he needs to take down part of his signs that are on his own private property, one of them, saying amongst other things, “Islam is the evil of this day.” He now has received official notice from the legal department of Citgo saying that he has five business days to remove the sign or they reserve the right to stop providing him with product to sell, which is a really bad thing because they also provide him with the credit card systems so they have a great weapon against him. They say that it is not to impede upon his freedom of speech – he can leave the rest of the signs up there, but they have a right under contract to protect their brand. It seems that speaking against Islam affects their brand, even when you are telling the truth.

Now the most important thing we need to understand here is that only one person has complained – a raging Muslim truck driver who, I’m sure, went to CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) to complain against Citgo and they folded.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, members of God’s army, it is time for us to show Citgo what it is to affect their brand name. I call upon you, on behalf of Larry, to let them know how displeased you are at them folding to the pressures of a minority group because it is not truthful that the band name is being affected. The threat of the brand being affected is being used all across the land because Larry tells me very specifically, that the vast majority are pleased with the signs. A few were ambivalent or didn’t care one way or the other but only this one gentleman, who took pictures to send to Citgo, was offended by the signs.

I again call upon you to let Citgo know how displeased you are that they use the weapon of their contract right to not allow him his freedom of speech, which they claim affects the band name. Let us affect their brand name.

And also, let us not forget that Hugo Chavez is the owner in defacto of Citgo with all its profits going back to his country. He has just been discovered to have been providing financing for Columbia’s largest guerrilla group and terrorist organization called FARC – Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Columbia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia), which wants to overthrow the legitimate Columbian government. When Columbia’s anti-terrorist unit killed FARC’s leader across the border, not Chavez’s border, FARC moved ten divisions of military toward the Columbian border and just about declared open war. The President of Columbia has asked the International Criminal Court to, if possible, try Chavez for crimes against humanity because he has been financing FARC as they have been killing thousands and thousands of people. The United States and Europe have classified FARC as an international terrorist organization in 2002. The documents that have been found, after the killing of FARC’s leader, concerning Chavez are true.

By the way, the document from Citgo to Larry from Tennessee is also true. Larry will be sending a copy to Shofar Be Tzion Ministries International office in Marion as well as the Regional office in Connecticut.

Please send this all across the world. Let us let Citgo know that if they are concerned for their brand name being affected, let us show them what the affect is when they won’t allow the truth to go forth.

Bless you and may the Lord continue to give you strength to stand in His Army for this is the day that the Lord has made and we shall rejoice and be glad in it.

Let God’s will be done in our lives.

In service to the King,

Rabbi Moshe Laurie Moshe3@aol.com

Update:
Greetings in the Lord,
Here is the Citgo contact information from brother Larry in Crossville, Tennessee:
Citgo Petroleum Corporation,
P. O. Box 4689
Houston, TX 77210-4689
Phone: 1 832 486 4932
Fax: 1 832 486 1817
Larry said there was no physical address on the letterhead.

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Replacement Theology

Posted by Job on February 17, 2008

From Dr. Randy Weiss of Crosstalk.com, who can be reached at randy@crosstalk.org

Conditions deteriorated between Jews and Christians
until the Church led the world into the anti-Semitic
excesses of the era known as the Dark Ages. It is worth
remembering that the Dark Ages of the Gentile world
revealed a renaissance of Jewish literature and
philosophy. While the Gentile world floundered in
illiteracy, the Jewish world gave rise to the birth of
talmudic writings and rabbinic literature that might
best be described as an era of Jewish Enlightenment.
Yet the Christian world seethed with hatred against
everything Jewish. And it was during these Dark Ages
that conditions further deteriorated for Jews. The
history of the Church was marred by abominable medieval
Christian atrocities against Jews.

The Church, as the “new Israel,” attacked the
original children of Israel with an unholy vengeance.
Christian theologians boldly revealed their propensity
to interpret the promises of God as having been shifted
from Israel to the Church. In their view, Christianity
got the blessings and the Jews retained the curses of
God. As the theology of the Church solidified, their
perspective on Jews and Judaism decomposed. The
Church’s premier thinkers inadvertently became the
Jew’s worst nightmare.

Aurelius Augustinus, the bishop of Hippo (354 – 430),
better known as Saint Augustine, was a leader of the
Church during the fourth and fifth centuries CE. Under
his guidance, Christianity slid deeply into the error
of anti-Semitism. It can be deduced from the teachings
of Augustine that the Church came to a view that the
Jews were a lost race without hope of redemption. The
Church determined that Israel had forfeited her
covenants by rejecting Christ. Augustinian theology
provided for a dramatic shift in Catholic politics,
worldviews, and eschatology. The leaders of the Church
of Rome began to teach that all the future messianic
promises of natural Israel were transferred to the new
spiritual Israel–the Church.

The Roman Catholic Church appropriated the system of
interpretation first developed by Origen in the early
2nd century. This permitted Church leaders to develop
their own symbolic interpretations of the Bible. As the
theology of Augustine became popularized, the Church
soon began teaching that God had chosen the Church to
receive all of the promises previously granted to
Israel as a divine right of Christianity. To the
detriment of the Jewish people, this dangerous system
of thought continued to expand throughout the region
touched by Church authority. That authority did expand
to include as much political control as the Church
could gain in the world. During portions of the Middle
Ages, the Church was in a position of power that
covered most of the continent of Europe. Unfortunately,
the beliefs and practices of the Church that ruled
Europe did not reflect the original orthodox views of
the earlier leaders of the Church in Israel. It is
clear from the accounts of history that when the Church
was dominant in both religion and politics, it led to
some of the most oppressive periods of Christianity. It
must also be admitted that the negative effects of
power were felt by both Christians and those outside of
the Church.

Augustine’s teaching did not lose impact after his
death. His views prevailed and furthered the
depreciation of the Jewish people. Any system of
Christian thought that presents the Church as having
spiritually taken the place of Israel, such as
Replacement Theology, or Dominion Theology, is heavily
dependent on the system of early Catholic biblical
interpretation developed by Origen and Augustine.

This perverted heresy worked its way deep into the
beliefs of the Roman Church. The effects have been felt
in many Christian circles since the early fifth century
when it became embedded in the spiritual DNA of many
Christians. Soon the Church espoused the view that it
had become heir to the covenant promises of God
previously granted to Israel. This also included the
Church’s right to the Holyland. Some within the
Catholic Church still hold the hope of a spiritual
claim to Israel. I believe it is one of the reasons
they refused to recognize the nation of Israel until
recently. Instead of leaving Jerusalem under the
control of Jews, Some Catholics would have preferred
that the Vatican be granted control over the Holyland
and the holy sites.

Modern history is closely connected to ancient history.
In a sense, the Jews were in the way of the Church
then. The Jews remain in the way now. The difference is
that at that earlier time, the Church used its newfound
political power to move the Jews out of their way. They
did so by enacting and enforcing terrible anti-Jewish
legislation. This wicked practice was one of the sad
legacies of the era of Christian political dominion. As
is well known by Jewish people, the Church was the
primary source of problems throughout the Middle Ages.
It must be remembered that the Church used terror and
violence to control the Jews. And they used brute force
to convert Jews to Christianity. It was common for
Christians to exert political oppression and every form
of cruelty to dominate Jews or kill them when it suited
the oppressors.

Beginning in the Dark Ages and continuing throughout
the Middle Ages, anti-Semitism came to the world from
the Church. Jewish people were permitted to live in
Christian controlled areas. However, this was not due
to any beneficent attitudes. Rather, it was to prove
the veracity of the Old Testament prophecies. Christian
leaders, such as Augustine, presumed that Scriptures
predicted that the Jews would be rejected and
dispersed. Therefore, when Jews were found to be living
below the standards of Christians, even if under
horrifying circumstances, it revealed divine punishment
and prophetic fulfillment. Jewish suffering proved
God’s will according to the perverse view of some
Christians in that age. Copyright 2005 by Randy Weiss, Ph.D.

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Evidence That Jesus Christ Is God!

Posted by Job on February 11, 2008

from Christian Answers.net

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Church History: A Jewish Legend and a Roman Emperor

Posted by Job on January 29, 2008

From Dr. Randy Weiss of Crosstalk.com, who can be reached at randy@crosstalk.org

An interesting Jewish legend has developed around
Onkelos, a nephew of Hadrian. This ancient Jewish story
might help to inform modern Gentile Christians about
the beauty of Judaism. The legend focuses on Onkelos,
who was a famous ancient Jewish sage. He is known as
“the proselyte.” It is said that after visiting
Jerusalem, Onkelos decided to become a Jew. He studied
under Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus and Rabbi Joshua ben
Chananiah. This experience led to his conversion. He
learned the Torah and faithfully followed Judaism. This
would have been odd enough, given the poor conditions
that Jews suffered under the Roman occupation during
the reign of Emperor Hadrian. The situation was even
more incredible because Onkelos was a close relative of
Hadrian.

The story goes that after Emperor Hadrian realized the
dilemma posed by his nephew’s conversion, he sent
soldiers from Rome to bring Onkelos back from
Palestine. After his conversion to Judaism, he stayed
in Palestine studying the Holy Writings of Judaism. He
apparently learned some wonderful truths about the God
of the Jews. When the soldiers that had been sent from
Hadrian reached Onkelos to remove him with force,
Onkelos said, “Let me tell you one thing: among people
it is customary that the one of lessor rank lights the
way for those of higher rank, but my God is the
greatest and still he lights the way that people may
see where to go.” It is said that the soldiers were
converted after hearing of Onkelos’ wondrous God.
Hadrian sent more soldiers to complete the job of
bringing Onkelos back to Rome. This time, the emperor
warned the soldiers not to talk to Onkelos. They
reached their destination and proceeded to capture
their prize for the journey home.

As they were emerging from the house with him, he
placed his hand on the mezuzah and said to them: “See
the difference between a human ruler and the great God
of Israel. A human ruler stays within his house and his
guards stay at the gate, but here the people stay
inside the house, while the king stays at the door to
guard them.” Hearing this these soldiers also were
converted and the emperor sent no more soldiers to
bring Onkelos back.

Like those soldiers, Gentile Christians should be
stricken with the beauty and love of God portrayed
within Judaism. Conversion to Judaism is not the issue;
tolerance is. Gentile Christians must learn to find the
hatred of God’s chosen people to be an insult to God.
God most certainly does! Agreement is not a
requirement; but love is mandatory.

Jewish Christians were alienated from Judaism after the
time of Hadrian. It was during this Second Jewish
Revolt that the followers of Jesus were alienated from
those who eventually followed Bar Cochba. The revolt
was a complete disaster. It brought the total
destruction of Jerusalem sending the Jews who survived
into the Diaspora. Gentile Christians continued to
thrive in the Church and Jewish Christianity soon lost
favor among the Gentile believers as well.

Copyright 2005 by Randy Weiss, Ph.D. 

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Abrahamic Faith: The God Of Abraham Is Triune Not Oneness!

Posted by Job on January 19, 2008

Please note where he states that Jews and MUSLIMS did not start LYING on the plural nature of Elohim until the 12th century, even going as far as to change the meaning of Jewish words to deny the Tri – Unity of God and the divinity of Jesus Christ. Oneness heretics, why do you follow after the lies of Jews, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Ebionites, Muslims, and others that reject the deity of Jesus Christ?

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Abrahamic-Faith: Jesus Christ Was Born During Feast Of Tabernacles

Posted by Job on January 18, 2008

Many state – and some emphatically – that the date of the birth of Jesus Christ is of no theological or doctrinal consequence, for if it were the Bible would have given it and told us to commemorate it. Well, Abrahamic-Faith.com does a good job of not only making the case for the time of Jesus Christ’s birth, but its meaning to Christians. The meaning to Christians is probably best expressed in Hebrews 11, with the key verses being 14-16, which reads “For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”  Think, for a second how injurious that passage is to some of the doctrines of Christian Zionist dispensational pre – tribulationists like John Hagee, and consider how Jesus Christ being born during the feast of tabernacles shows how Christians should not be conformed to or otherwise try to hold onto this world but rather live our lives in preparation for and expectation of the next. The late Dr. Vernon McGee used to say of this world “You don’t polish brass on a sinking ship.” That statement puts the agendas of both the dominionist religious right (which dispensational Christian Zionism is a strange manifestation of) and the social gospel religious left into proper perspective, does it not?

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Messianic Jewish Synagogue In Pakistan 2007 Year In Review

Posted by Job on January 15, 2008

From the people at Abrahamic-Faith!

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