Evangelical communities in the United States have largely supported the nation of Israel and for good reason. Years of antisemitism and persecution have skewed the Jewish perception of their Christian counterparts, and has painted a false image of the very Jewish Jesus. Pastor John Hagee runs CUFI (Christians United for Israel) out of Texas, and over the years it has become one of the largest pro-Israel organizations in America. The Hebrew Roots movement and rise in Messianic Judaism may contribute to the fairly recent explosive support for the Holy Land.
Growing up as a reform Jew, my religion and ethnicity were so intertwined that Zionism was just as much of a religious virtue as say, tzedakah (charity) and mitzvoth (commandments and good deeds). I looked in awe at scenic laminated photos of the Western Wall and the Jerusalem skyline proudly displayed after a group from synagogue returned from a trip. Twice a week at Hebrew school the American and Israeli national anthems were sung and the flags were brought down together to the bimah (raised platform in the synagogue from which the Torah is read and services are held). Before Jesus found me and completed my Jewish identity in him, I was spiritually lost and wondered why I needed to travel across the world to experience God in a more powerful way. Since God created the heavens and the earth, it didn’t make sense to me that I was ‘less of a Jew’ if I hadn’t yet taken up my birthright trip or had tourist photos taken in a Middle Eastern desert.
As a thirteen year old studying for my bat-mitzvah, my knowledge of the Torah wasn’t extensive, but the various questions I had weren’t taken too seriously by my tutor. My portion was Korach, and after inquiring about the possibility of a man getting swallowed by the earth and how that could possibly relate to Jewish life here and now, he replied “Who knows if any of this sh*t is real”. (this is an example of a ‘flashbulb memory’. I don’t remember much else from bat mitzvah study at 13 but those words were so utterly shocking (and funny at the time) that they never left me and probably never will)). I figured that my religious confusion would be wiped away once I made it to that patch of land and that God would solidify my Jewish pride as I touched the wall. This wasn’t exactly the case. I visited Israel with my local church last summer as a hoopla after finally, through Jesus, achieving the assurance of an authentic relationship with God that I had always been searching for. I got the touristy desert photo & everything!
The potential drawback of this thinking is putting religious piety before humanity and care for the lowly. This is exactly what we’re told not to do (Isaiah 2:12, Isaiah 23:9, James 4:6, James 4:10, Philippians 4:3, Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 27:2, Proverbs 29:23, Luke 14:11, Matthew 23:12, etc..). The word ‘humble’ occurs 71 times in the Bible, not including the variances ‘humility’ and ‘contrite’. That would give us an even 100. We know that the fullness of God’s plan will unfold regardless of our human attempts to assist, and Jesus makes it clear that our job is to simply obey and draw those from every tribe, nation, and tongue into his kingdom so they too can experience his peace. I will not put myself with one camp or the other, because labels don’t help us to actually understand people. Jesus ministered to individuals as well as to groups, and the need to assimilate can draw us away from our unique, God given identity and into a watered down form of spirituality. This conflict is more complicated than meets the eye, and Christians need to be a light and safe haven for the Jewish and Muslim communities pitted against each other. At the end of the day, we want every people group to notice something different about us. I’ve been called a pacifist, but knowing that Christ is the ultimate authority over every world power gives us the peace to walk confidently through tumultuous situations and show unconditional kindness to those who seem strange or unfamiliar.
Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.” Then the men came forward, seized Jesus, and arrested him. With that, one of Jesus’ companions reaches for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. “Put your sword back in its’ place,” Jesus said to him,”For all who draw the sword will die by the sword.” ~Matthew 26:50-52 (NIV)
During this holiday season my hope & prayer is that we focus on our similarities rather than our differences. Reversal of fortunes is a common theme weaved through God’s story, and it’s a call to us to treat our ‘enemies’ as his sons and daughters with infinite potential, marked with his fingerprint. As the wise Martin Luther King said,
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Shabbat Shalom, friends!
It’s a busy time of the year for me and I’d just wanted to write a quick post to say that I hope you and your family have a blessed and peaceful Shabbat!
We read in Psalm 18 1 to 3 these words by King David:
1 For the leader. By David the servant of ADONAI, who addressed the words of this song to ADONAI on the day when ADONAI delivered him from the power of all his enemies, including from the power of Sha’ul. He said: “I love you, ADONAI, my strength!2 “ADONAI is my Rock, my fortress and deliverer, my God, my Rock, in whom I find shelter, my shield, the power that saves me, my stronghold.3 I call on ADONAI, who is worthy of praise; and I am saved from my enemies
Jerusalem, Capital of Israel.
Photo: My aunt in Israel last week
מן המיצר אלוקיי קראתי אליך
Min hamitsar elokai karati elecha
In distress my God I called to you
הגשר עודנו צר
Hagesher odenu tsar
The bridge is still narrow
איך אוכל בלעדיך
Aich ochal biladecha
How can I do it without you
To cross this divide
איך אוכל זאת לעשות
Aich ochal zot la’asot How can I do this
אני יודע שאוזניך קשובות
Ani yodea she’oznecha kashuvot
I know that your ears are attentive
עד יעבור זעם
Ad ya’avor zaam
Until the storm passes
היכן אוכל להסתתר
Heichan ochel lehistater
Where can I hide
וכמו בכל פעם אצטרך בך להיעזר
Uchmo bechol paam etstarech becha leheazer
And like every time I need your aid
כי בלעדיך כלום לא שווה
Ki biladecha klum lo shave Because besides you nothing is worthy
ואני יושב ומקווה V
eani yoshev umikave And I sit and hope
Sheyavo yom That day will come
Vetitgale And you’ll be revealed
אל יושב בסתר עליון
El yoshev baseter aliyon
God seated hidden on high
הלא שמעת נאקת בניך
Halo shamata neakat banecha Have you not heard the groaning of your sons?
על פי הטבע וההגיון
Al pee hateva vehahigayon
According to nature and logic
We would be lost long ago
If not for your mercy
אנא תן תחת כנפיך מחסה
Ana ten tachat knafecha machase
Please give under your wings shelter
ולמעננו נס תעשה
Ulemanenu nes taase
And for us do a miracle
Messianic Ethiopian Jewish congregation in Jerusalem (12 December 2017)
Shabbat Shalom, Friends
Next week is Hanukkah (the Festival of Dedication or Lights). This is my second Hanukkah since I started blogging. If I think back to my first blog posts in mid August 2016, these were simply 3 youtube videos about Jewish believers in Yeshua. Now, it’s 80+ posts later. Thank you for reading my blogposts and visiting my blog. It’s much appreciated.
There is a reference to Hanukkah found in the New Testament. In Yochanan / John 10:22 to 42, we read about Yeshua’s discussion with unbelievers who wanted to stone him. This occurred during Hanukkah. What stands out for me are the 2 verses found in John 10: 37 and 38:
22 Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter,
23 and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade.
24 So the Judeans surrounded him and said to him, “How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us publicly!”
25 Yeshua answered them, “I have already told you, and you don’t trust me. The works I do in my Father’s name testify on my behalf,
26 but the reason you don’t trust is that you are not included among my sheep.
27 My sheep listen to my voice, I recognize them, they follow me,
28 and I give them eternal life. They will absolutely never be destroyed, and no one will snatch them from my hands.
29 My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no one can snatch them from the Father’s hands.
30 I and the Father are one.”
31 Once again the Judeans picked up rocks in order to stone him.
32 Yeshua answered them, “You have seen me do many good deeds that reflect the Father’s power; for which one of these deeds are you stoning me?”
33 The Judeans replied, “We are not stoning you for any good deed, but for blasphemy — because you, who are only a man, are making yourself out to be God [Hebrew: Elohim].”
34 Yeshua answered them, “Isn’t it written in your Torah, `I have said, “You people are Elohim’ “?h
35 If he called `elohim’ the people to whom the word of Elohim was addressed (and the Tanakh cannot be broken),
36then are you telling the one whom the Father set apart as holy and sent into the world, `You are committing blasphemy,’ just because I said, `I am a son of Elohim’?
37 “If I am not doing deeds that reflect my Father’s power, don’t trust me.
38 But if I am, then, even if you don’t trust me, trust the deeds; so that you may understand once and for all that the Father is united with me, and I am united with the Father.”
39One more time they tried to arrest him, but he slipped out of their hands.
40 He went off again beyond the Yarden, where Yochanan had been immersing at first, and stayed there.
41 Many people came to him and said, “Yochanan performed no miracles, but everything Yochanan said about this man was true.”
42 And many people there put their trust in him.
The Father and Yeshua are one. Yeshua has been given all authority from the Father. This resembles the Sh’ma [Hear] (D’varim / Deutoromony 6: 4 )
4 “Sh’ma, Yisra’el! ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad [Hear, Isra’el! ADONAI our God, ADONAI is one];
Furthermore, Hanukkah also makes me think of Mattityahu / Matthew 5:14 to 16:
14 “You are light for the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Likewise, when people light a lamp, they don’t cover it with a bowl but put it on a lampstand, so that it shines for everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they may see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.
May the Light of our Salvation shine through out his dark world.
Have a blessed and peaceful Shabbat!
Shabbat Shalom, friends!
I hope you had a good week.
For this Shabbat, I read Yesha’Yahu / Isaiah 52 but instead of continuing to Chapter 53, I turned back to Chapter 51. I was drawn to Chapter 52 6 to 8 and then also to the same verse numbers (verse 6 to 8) in Chapter 51.
Yesha’Yahu/ Isaiah 52:
6 Therefore my people will know my name;
therefore on that day they will know
that I, the one speaking — here I am!”
7 How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
proclaiming shalom, bringing good news
of good things, announcing salvation
and saying to Tziyon, “Your God is King!”
8 Listen! Your watchmen are raising their voices,
shouting for joy together.
For they will see, before their own eyes,
Adonai returning to Tziyon.
Yesha’Yahu/ Isaiah 51:
6 “Raise your eyes toward the skies,
look at the earth below.
The skies will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like clothing.
Those living on it will die like flies;
but my salvation will be forever,
and my justice will never end.
7 “Listen to me, you who know justice,
you people who have my Torah in your heart:
don’t be afraid of people’s taunts,
don’t be upset by their insults.
8 For the moth will eat them up like clothing,
the worm will eat them like wool;
but my justice will be forever,
and my salvation for all generations.”
I’ve highlighted the parts of the verses that stood out to me.
After I read from these two chapters, I thought to myself: what does it mean to believe in Yeshua ha Mashiach?
It means freedom. Freedom from man-made religion, freedom from rabbinical / theological interpretations (church dogma) as we receive the message directly from the source – the Word of God.
It is freedom to know what is right and wrong because the Torah (God of Israel’s Instructions) has been placed within us. We have the Word of God and the Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit / Spirit of ADONAI) to guide us and we don’t need to rely on our own limited human understanding.
Salvation is also free to anyone who believes in Yeshua and continues to trust and believe. The only way to the ADONAI (The Almighty Living God of Israel) is through Yeshua (Yochanan / John 14:6). We don’t need a Priest or Rabbi to pray on our behalf to receive salvation.
Furthermore, it also gives me a feeling that I could describe as a combination of joy, excitement and sense of achievement because through social media, I am able to raise my voice, together with my fellow bloggers, to share about our Messiah, Yeshua, the King of Israel to anyone who visits my blog. Through social media apps, I’m connecting with fellow believers in Yeshua in Israel, the Middle East and other parts of the world. Most important, I won’t stay quiet about Yeshua and I’m sure, you won’t stay quiet either.
Finally, I’d like to say that we are seeing ADONAI returning to Zion before our very eyes to those whose eyes have been opened and are being opened to the message of the Messiah. It’s not always easy to be a believer, but through fellowship, we are standing together and united!
I hope you have a blessed and peaceful Shabbat!
A family member who is visiting Israel sent these photos:
Lake Kinneret / the Sea of Galilee (29 November 2017)
Jerusalem, Friday evening, 1 December 2017
Jerusalem, Friday evening, 1 December 2017
As we cry towards the Wall, our tears are prayers too
However, remember the rejected rock that has become the Cornerstone
Yeshua ha Mashiach, is this Cornerstone!
When you’ve found Yeshua, stay united with Him
Don’t turn away!
Remember Yeshua’s words: “If you keep my commands, you will stay in my love — just as I have kept my Father’s commands and stay in his love.”
Remain united with Yeshua, the King of Israel!
One day we will welcome Yeshua’s return by shouting Baruch Haba B’shem ADONAI / בָּרוּךְ הַבָּא, בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה / Blessed is he who comes in the name of ADONAI
שבת שלום לכולם / Shabbat Shalom to everyone☺
Tehillim / Psalm 118
Tehillim / Psalm 56:8
Yochanan / John 15
A celebration of a most joyous holy occasion!
Day one to day eight of a holy tabernacle of togetherness with our God, ADONAI
A seven day sukkah of holy tribute to events of old
Fruits, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows decoratively covering hardship of (sinful) slavery in remembrance of freedom
A flowing freedom from the rivers of living waters
Flowing from the spring of Salvation (haYeshu’ah / הַיְשׁוּעָֽה)
Flowing from your inmost being as we trust in our priestly King of Israel!
Don’t abandon this source of Living Water! [Selah]
As on the future day of victory when fresh water will flow out of Jerusalem,
our priestly King of Israel, will the King of the whole world
On this day, His Name will be the only Name!
The name that means salvation
Salvation for everyone
All glory to Yeshua, our priestly King of Israel!
For in future times, no rain will fall, no river will overflow
If we (Jew and Gentile Nations) abandon the festival of Sukkot
If we forget this holy tabernacle of togetherness with our God
This river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal,
Flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
Don’t abandon this source of Living Water! [Selah]
All glory to our Almighty Living God of Israel
Our God! The God of our salvation
The God of my strength, my song, my shelter and my fortress!
We are Your people!
You’ve opened the gates of righteousness for me, for all of us
Our God! The God of our salvation
Don’t abandon this source of Living Water! [Selah]
Please, ADONAI! Save us! Please, ADONAI! Rescue us!
In the name of Yeshua
Please watch this video on Tehillim / Psalm 118: 19 – 25 (daily Sukkot prayer) as explained by Messianic Rabbi Shapira
Tehillim / Psalm 91
Tehillim / Psalm 118
Z’haryah / Zechariah 14: 8 – 9; 16 – 19
Yirmeyahu / Jeremiah 17:13
Yeshayahu / Isaiah 12: 2 – 3
Yochanan / John 7: 37 – 39
Shabbat Shalom, friends!
The season of Teshuvah (repentance) is now truly underway after it was announced by a solar eclipse.
Let us examine our ways, return to ADONAI and go through the narrow gate as Yeshua mentioned in Matthew 7: 13- 14.
13 “Go in through the narrow gate; for the gate that leads to destruction is wide and the road broad, and many travel it; 14 but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Remember: you don’t have to wait until a specific appointed time to return. If there is some obstacle or barrier placed by satan affecting your relationship with ADONAI. Make a stand! Improve your relationship with ADONAI today and let’s continue to walk with ADONAI YHVH by lifting up our hands in prayer everyday.
Let’s listen to the beautiful words from the Book of Lamentations. The writer of this book isn’t mentioned in the Bible, but traditionally, it is believed that the Prophet Jeremiah wrote it.
40 Let us examine and test our ways and return to ADONAI. 41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven
Have a peaceful Shabbat and a good week!( Shavua Tov!) As always – thank you for visiting. It’s much appreciated! I enjoy taking this journey of (re)discovering Biblical Truth with you.
All glory to Yeshua ha Mashiach (the Messiah)!
Aaronic Blessing for you and your family:
22 Adonai said to Moshe, 23 “Speak to Aharon and his sons, and tell them that this is how you are to bless the people of Isra’el: you are to say to them,
24 ‘Y’varekh’kha Adonai v’yishmerekha.
[May Adonai bless you and keep you.]
25 Ya’er Adonai panav eleikha vichunekka.
[May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor.]
26 Yissa Adonai panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom.
[May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace.]’
27 “In this way they are to put my name on the people of Isra’el, so that I will bless them.”
Shabbat Shalom, friends!
Tis the season to repent; to return to ADONAI (interestingly, the season will open with a solar eclipse – the total solar eclipse over America). In a couple of days, it will be 40 days until the appointed time of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement – Leviticus 23:27) and also a month before Yom Teruah (the Day of blowing the Shofar / Trumpets – Leviticus 23:24). The appointed times are found in Leviticus 23.
If you aren’t already observing these appointed times, should you keep these? Well, let’s consider this: Yeshua (Jesus) said in Matthew 5:17 to 18:
17 “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete.
18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened.
The King James version actually uses the word “destroy”.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
These appointed times aren’t just Jewish high holidays nor Israel’s holiday. These are “the designated times of ADONAI which you are to proclaim as holy convocations are my designated times”(Leviticus 23:2). It is for you to decide whether you want to observe these appointed times. Just consider this: ADONAI gave us his instructions (Torah) and HIS designated times to observe. Throughout Yeshua’s ministry, He discussed, referred to and fulfilled the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings (Psalms and Proverbs). Perhaps, it’s worthwhile looking into these appointed times for yourself?
Returning to the number “40”. The number “40” is one of those special numbers found in the Bible. The number “40” appears numerous times in the Word of God for example, the rains (in Noah’s day) fell for 40 days and nights (Genesis 7:4); Moshe / Moses was with God in the mount, 40 days and nights (Exodus 24:18); Goliath presented himself to Israel for 40 days (1 Samuel 17:16) ; ADONAI gave Nineveh 40 days to repent (Jonah 3:4); Yeshua fasted 40 days and nights (Matthew 4:2) to name a few of these verses.
While I was planning this blog post, I was drawn to the Book of Hosea. (Please note: every name in the Bible has a meaning and Hoshea also means “salvation”. Interestingly, Moshe / Moses renamed Hoshea, son of Nun to Y’hoshua (Joshua) in Numbers 13:16 and the name Y’hoshua was later changed to Yeshua right before the New Covenant / Testament period. You can read my blog post on this in “Revealed: the name of the Jewish messiah“).
If we read from the Book of Hosea, the Prophet Hosea, discussed the sins committed by Israel and Judah. In particular, he pointed out their murderous behaviour and sexual sin.
Hosea 6: 7 – 10:
7″But they, just like men, have broken the covenant, they have been faithless in dealing with me.
8 Gil’ad is a city of criminals, covered with bloody footprints;
9just as bands of robbers wait to ambush someone, so does a gang of cohanim. They commit murder on the road to Sh’khem! Their conduct is an outrage!
10 In the house of Isra’el I have seen a horrible thing; whoring is found there in Efrayim, Isra’el is defiled.
Yeshua, as the Messiah and Son of ADONAI also discussed and qualified these in Matthew 5 21 to 22 and 27 to 29:
21 “You have heard that our fathers were told, `Do not murder,’l and that anyone who commits murder will be subject to judgment.
22 But I tell you that anyone who nurses anger against his brother will be subject to judgment; that whoever calls his brother, `You good-for-nothing!’ will be brought before the Sanhedrin; that whoever says, `Fool!’ incurs the penalty of burning in the fire of Gei-Hinnom!
27 “You have heard that our fathers were told, `Do not commit adultery.’m
28 But I tell you that a man who even looks at a woman with the purpose of lusting after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
29 If your right eye makes you sin, gouge it out and throw it away! Better that you should lose one part of you than have your whole body thrown into Gei-Hinnom.
Does this sounds like the world today? Not what the world wants to hear. This is the kingdom of satan, attempting to direct us away from ADONAI, even to destroy us. The kingdom of satan is founded on murder, hate, the spirit of whoring, sexual sin, lies and deceit. Make a stand against satan!
We also read in James 4: 7 to 10:
7 Therefore, submit to God. Moreover, take a stand against the Adversary, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded people! 9 Wail, mourn, sob! Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into gloom! 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
ADONAI has a plan for us to make this stand and to receive salvation. ADONAI gave these prophetic words to the Prophet Hosea to record thousands of years ago. The message here is very clear: no matter your sins, return to ADONAI. Confess your sins and sin no more. Our God, the Almighty Living God of Israel, will save us, heal us, give us grace and show us his ways. ADONAI, is the God of our Salvation! (In Hebrew: EL Yeshuati Isaiah 12: 2-3):
Hosea 6 1-3:
1 Come, let us return to ADONAI; for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck, and he will bind our wounds.
2 After two days, he will revive us; on the third day, he will raise us up; and we will live in his presence.
3 Let us know, let us strive to know ADONAI. That he will come is as certain as morning; he will come to us like the rain, like the spring rains that water the earth.
Hosea 12 6(5):
5 Adonai ELOHEI-Tzva’ot; ADONAI is his name!
6 So you, return to your God; hold fast to grace and justice; and always put your hope in your God.
Hosea 14 2(1):
Return, Isra’el, to ADONAI your God, for your guilt has made you stumble.
2 Take words with you, and return to ADONAI; say to him, “Forgive all guilt, and accept what is good; we will pay instead of bulls [the offerings of] our lips.
Hosea 14: 9:
9 Let the wise understand these things, and let the discerning know them. For the ways of ADONAI are straight, And the righteous walk in them, but in them sinners stumble.
Hosea 3: 4- 5:
4 For the people of Isra’el are going to be in seclusion for a long time without a king, prince, sacrifice, standing-stone, ritual vest or household gods.
5 Afterwards, the people of Isra’el will repent and seek ADONAI their God and David their king; they will come trembling to ADONAI and his goodness in the acharit-hayamim.
Also in Micah 7:18:
18 Who is a God like you, pardoning the sin and overlooking the crimes of the remnant of his heritage? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in grace.
Thus, not matter your sin – seek ADONAI. Cry out to HIM, with tears in your eyes, if you have to. Repent and return. Try to observe ADONAI’S appointed times, if you can – it’s your decision. Our father, ADONAI wants you to be in HIS presence on these days. He wants to reveal HIS power, signs / wonders in the skies, HIS plan and character to you on a personal level. It’s an open invitation every year. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from. Perhaps you’ll meet ADONAI for the first time or you’ll rediscover HIM or take your belief to the next level by discovering something new in the Word of God that you haven’t read before. Remember: ADONAI wants you to be part of His olive tree. Jew and Gentile together.
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All glory to Yeshua ha Mashiach!
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It’s been almost a year since I made my first 3 blogposts. A couple of months before I started blogging, I’d noticed many testimonies from Jewish believers in Yeshua on Youtube from 1 particular channel. I’ve seen a handful of testimonies over the years, but never these many. I felt this intense need to also share in this; and to share about the biblical truth regarding the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua Mashiach (The Messiah). So, I started this blog. I say my first 3 posts because as I was new to blogging and WordPress, I thought about what to post about. I remembered what the Torah (ADONAI’S instructions) say about 2 or 3 witnesses. So, I posted 3 videos of my favourite testimonies from Jewish believers in Yeshua. That was a start….
I’ve been a believer in Yeshua Mashiach since 2002 . Before 2002, it was almost like I was “blind”. I had no idea. I just didn’t see nor understand anything about the Bible, Yeshua etc. Nothing. A couple of years before, in 1998, I was living in London, UK at the time. I made an attempt to search for a higher divine figure, but I was disappointed by what was presented to me. I didn’t feel nor experience anything in man made religions nor astrology. So, I didn’t pursue it further.
However, 1 night in early February 2002, my life changed. My eyes were opened, I rediscovered my Jewishness and this set me on a path to find the Jewish Messiah. At first, I thought I should focus on Orthodox Judaism, but I was very cautious. You don’t just radically change your life just like that. It’s only logical that you have to test it and be sure. I decided to start by reading the Word of God and the Book of Genesis. I took a Bible and I really read this for the first time. This Book is alive and I kept reading (and I’m still reading the Word of God every week). But, I had questions.
Later in 2002, I was a final year undergraduate student and I met a middle eastern looking man, an Israeli (same age as me) at a social gathering one evening. He was a friend of a friend of a friend (you know how it is). There was something about him. He was probably the most Jewish person I’ve ever met in my life, a Hebrew speaking Israeli, who was studying at the same university. As I was going through this transitional phase from a non believer to a believer, I had alot of questions. After this initial meeting, we met again one day on campus. We were both waiting for our classes. During this conversion, we discussed various things, but for some reason ( I was quite direct (very tachles) I asked him whether he believed in Jesus (as I didn’t know the name Yeshua at the time). I don’t know why I asked this as Jews don’t believe in Yeshua…right?…right?…WRONG! He confirmed that he, his sister, parents and maternal grandfather were all believers in Yeshua and there were others. He explained that they emigrated from Israel as it was difficult being a believer and living in Israel. This testimony answered my questions. I placed my belief in Yeshua and I also started to keep ADONAI’s appointed times from that year onwards. (Also later in 2002, a family member who has visited Israel many times, also confirmed that there are Jews in Israel who believe in Yeshua and she also believe in Yeshua)
Since then, my life changed. It’s completely changed. It’s not a good nor great feeling…it’s is an “absolutely fabulous, amazing, super, out of this world, divine, pure, unbelievably shalom, beyond a natural high, peace at heart and mind, words can’t describe it” type of feeling. I mean, if you are attending a group, congregation, temple, church (whatever you want to call it) and you are wondering why you are there, then you are at the wrong place. Instead, read the Word of God, pray in the name of Yeshua and experience 100% pure ADONAI. Find out the truth for yourself. It’s free.
To conclude: ADONAI is real! Yeshua is real! The Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) is Real! and you can be Jewish and believe in Yeshua. Afterall, Yeshua is Jewish! He is the King of IsraeL, AND the King of both Jew and Gentile. We are together part of the olive tree. Man made religion isn’t a true representation of ADONAI. Actually, it is completely false. Man made religion is similar to junk food. It looks good, but it’s really bad for you. I was / am a sinner but I can see the strong Right hand of ADONAI working in my life many times over. HE has helped me out difficult situations & times, given me everything and more. I don’t deserve this grace, such love.
Life is really about this concept: we should walk with ADONAI, praise HIM, fear HIM, talk to HIM (through Yeshua) and follow HIS instructions. ADONAI, the Almighty Living God of Israel will show you amazing things.
I hope this will help you (whomever you are and your background) to find Yeshua Mashiach (the Messiah). Salvation and ADONAI’S instructions (Torah) have been sent out from Israel to everyone and are coming back to the Jews now.
This is my favourite testimony.
Shabbat Shalom, my Jewish and Gentile Friends!
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For this Shabbat, we read in Matthew / Mattityahu 8: 23-27; (with the same account in Mark 4: 35-41 and Luke 8 22-25 ) that
[Yeshua] boarded the boat, and his talmidim followed. 24 Then, without warning, a furious storm arose on the lake, so that waves were sweeping over the boat. But yeshua was sleeping. 25 So they came and roused him, saying, “Sir! Help! We’re about to die!” 26 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? So little trust you have!” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and there was a dead calm. 27 The men were astounded. They asked, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and sea obey him?”
I’m sure you’ve read this account many times before. Have you noticed that Yeshua was sleeping, the people thought that they were about to be killed and then Yeshua responded? Also, have you read this in conjunction with the verses below?
If we read Dani’el 7: 21 -22:
I watched, and that horn made war with the holy ones and was winning, 22 until the Ancient One came, judgment was given in favor of the holy ones of the Most High, and the time came for the holy ones to take over the kingdom.
The same with Zechariah 14: 1- 5, the nations will fight against Yerushalayim ( or Israel) and it will appear that these enemy armies will be winning and then ADONAI will strike back.
Look, a day is coming for Adonai
when your plunder, [Yerushalayim], will be divided
right there within you.
2 “For I will gather all the nations
against Yerushalayim for war.
The city will be taken,
the houses will be rifled,
the women will be raped,
and half the city will go into exile;
but the rest of the people
will not be cut off from the city.”
3 Then Adonai will go out
and fight against those nations,
fighting as on a day of battle.
4 On that day his feet will stand
on the Mount of Olives,
which lies to the east of Yerushalayim;
and the Mount of Olives will be split in half
from east to west, to make a huge valley.
Half of the mountain will move toward the north,
and half of it toward the south.
5 You will flee to the valley in the mountains,
for the valley in the mountains will reach to Atzel.
You will flee, just as you fled before the earthquake
in the days of ‘Uziyah king of Y’hudah.
Then Adonai my God will come
to you with all the holy ones.
Also in the Book of Revelation where there will be suffering of the believers, (the Great Persecution / Tribulation), but then ADONAI’s will be victorious in the end. Let’s read Revelation 13 1- 10:
“ and I saw a beast come up out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads. On its horns were ten royal crowns and on its heads blasphemous names. 2 The beast which I saw was like a leopard, but with feet like those of a bear and a mouth like the mouth of a lion. To it the dragon gave its power, its throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast appeared to have received a fatal wound, but its fatal wound was healed, and the whole earth followed after the beast in amazement. 4 They worshipped the dragon, because he had given his authority to the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying,
“Who is like the beast?
Who can fight against it?”
5 It was given a mouth speaking arrogant blasphemies; and it was given authority to act for forty-two months. 6 So it opened its mouth in blasphemies against God to insult his name and his Sh’khinah, and those living in heaven; 7 it was allowed to make war on God’s holy people and to defeat them; and it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 Everyone living on earth will worship it except those whose names are written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb slaughtered before the world was founded. 9 Those who have ears, let them hear!
10 “If anyone is meant for captivity,
into captivity he goes!
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
with the sword he is to be killed!”[a]
This is when God’s holy people must persevere and trust!”
If we look at the above-mentioned verses from the Prophets and the Brit Chadasha (New Testament), there is a definite pattern here: there is an attack or war on believers and it looks like the adversary (ha satan) will win, but then ADONAI acts.
These verses also refer to an attack (or a war) on the the believers as a collective group, but sometimes, a much smaller version of this attack or war from the adversary happens in our lives. If you are experiencing something in your life now, remember Yeshua’s words in Matthew / Mattityahu 8 verse 26 “[Yeshua] said to them, “Why are you afraid? So little trust you have!”. We should hold on to this truth that has been revealed to us by Yeshua, The King of Israel. The same applies to the coming “storm”, if you know what I mean. Keep awake and trust in Yeshua!
Remember the formula: praise + pray + prophesy = walking with ELOHIM (ADONAI, Yeshua & Ruach ha Kodesh / Holy Spirit).
I hope you have a peaceful Shabbat and good week!
A beautiful poem by Kae Bucher!