Jewish people are eagerly awaiting Moshiach (Messiah) in Israel and steering clear of Chabad’ agenda

These yellow flags are around a lot these days

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DSCF8545This (unknown) political graffiti message in Jerusalem has been changed by someone to include the Hebrew word משיח which is Moshiach or Messiah, the Chabad Lubavitch movement seem to want to aggressively push their own Messiah, a deceased New York Rabbi called Menachem Mendel Schneerson.    These posters get put up all over the place.

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Posters put up in random places of the false Messiah who was just an ordinary Rabbi.

He’s not the Messiah!   Hes dead!   He was born in the Ukraine and died in New York in 1994 and never visited Israel even once!

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.”

וְאַתָּ֞ה בֵּֽית־לֶ֣חֶם אֶפְרָ֗תָה צָעִיר֙ לִֽהְיֹות֙ בְּאַלְפֵ֣י יְהוּדָ֔ה מִמְּךָ֙ לִ֣י יֵצֵ֔א לִֽהְיֹ֥ות מֹושֵׁ֖ל בְּיִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל וּמֹוצָאֹתָ֥יו מִקֶּ֖דֶם מִימֵ֥י עֹולָֽם׃

This part of the Tanakh shows the evidence the Messiah must come from Israel, more specifically Bethlehem, I’ve emphasised the words here.

Many Jews and even some Christians think Chabad are a good role model for Jewish people, I think they are should be avoided.

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This image was in a toy shop.

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This poster is from the same artist was in a fast food joint is not too far wrong.

Its great to see Jewish people really wanting to see their Lord and Saviour, I believe he is ישוע המושיח / Yeshua HaMoshiach (aka Jesus Christ), and revival in Israel is coming soon.

What are Palestinians teaching their children today?

Disturbing items seen in Muslim quarter part of Jerusalem.

NB; These are not pics off the internet, I took these myself.  In one case some local teenagers were playing with a toy gun and aimed it and Jewish passers by.

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The toy guns are made in China, but have Arabic writing and images of Muslim gunmen on them.

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IMG_20150714_102943912_HDRThere are no toy guns in the Jewish toy shops in Israel.   I saw this interesting picture in a toy shop, I’ll explain more later on this. Moshiach is the Hebrew word for Messiah.

You can argue that army service is mandatory for Israeli Jews (Arabs, Bedouins, Druze, Armenians and other ethnic groups in Israel can also join as well but are optional) and they are required to carry their guns when not on duty.    All Israelis I know join the army out of duty and learn many valuable skills during then, but really don’t want to go to war, but see a need to defend their nation from enemies on several directions.

Please pray for Arab children in Israel, that they would not be taught hate and violence.

NB, I was shocked to hear a Palestinian child died in a house fire a couple of days ago which was done deliberately with Hebrew graffiti (Price tag message) was left nearby.    Actual attacks on Arab families and children by extremist Jews can happen but happen extremely rarely.  I know the Israel government are determined to find and punish who was responsible for this, and the other child of the family is being treated in hospital.   Please pray this won’t mean more revenge attacks to anyone.

Come Stay celebrate! The story of the Shelter Hostel in Eilat Israel book by John & Judy Pex

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During my two week break in Israel, I got the opportunity to relax on my friend’s balcony and read this book I got a few weeks ago.

DSCF8621It took me a long time to find this book in the UK, eventually it resurfaced on Amazon UK after being out of stock for a while.

The story of John Pex a Dutchman and his wife Judy who is an American Jew traveled around as hippies and found Jesus and later founded a hostel in Eilat, the far off obscure city at the very bottom of Israel past 5 hours of desert, which as as Judy puts in, is to Israel what Alaska and Hawaii is to the US.

The Pexes are really some of the most pioneering members of the modern Messianic Jewish community of Israel.   As well bring Jewish and Arab people to the Lord, they have shared the gospel to African immigrants and to construction workers from Romania and China that built the modern hotels that have transformed Eilat into a busy Red Sea resort for vacationers.  A few people who accepted Jesus in the book I now recognise as leaders of congregations now.

The hostel itself has a welcoming atmosphere and bunk rooms, and an outside seating area, on fridays they do a Shabbat service with food, and praise and worship in English Hebrew, Spanish and Russian songs.

I’ve stayed here twice now and love this place and the people there.  Regardless if you are Jewish, Christian or not at all religious but visiting this city especially if you are about to pop over to Egypt or Jordan which are so close by, I would highly recommend this place.

If you have stayed here, or would just love to hear how the gospel has been brought to Jewish people in Israel so effectively I would get this book.   I would recommend to the authors if you can find more places to stock this book, it would be better if I could buy it through a retailer in Israel run by believers :)

http://www.shelterhostel.com/

the shelter pano

The outside lounge under a Sukka type structure with a palm trunk, is a great place to make new friends and discuss travel stories. I visited here in 2009

Surge in interest of French Jews wanting to move to Israel

I started writing this particular blog article in 2012 but never finished it – since then much has happened, with Islamic terror and harassment towards Jews in France earlier this year.

Interesting article on big interest in Aliyah (immigration to Israel) on the excellent Elder of Ziyon blog today: http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2012/05/french-jews-interested-in-aliyah.html

There was a wave of people coming out of Russia and the ex-Soviet states, the US, seeing as France has the large number of Jews and Muslims in Western Europe, its logical there will be new immigrants soon.

France has about 600,000 Jews.    On this year’s trip (July 2015) I saw a lot of construction happening ready for an expanding population and different friends of mine have heard more French being spoken in the last year.  Exciting times I think.

Not all the French Jews may move to Israel, I think some have already left for UK, US and Canada.  I think the Israel government should hire a exhibition centre in France and set up a dedicated event with stands and people speaking to really sell the idea of aliyah for French Jews.

This shop I saw in Jerusalem has Tanakhs (jewish Old Testaments) and Jewish books and Judaica in French.

Hyper Hebrew Roots movement – 8. How we can help people in HHRM

1. What my definition of HHRM is 2. Popular but highly sketchy names in the movement – 3. Holidays, Shabbat, keeping & eating4. Sacred names5. Do believers need to keep Torah?6. Bad teaching that leads to apostasy7. what do real Jewish believers in Jesus think of this movement?8. How we can help people in HHRM

Note: This collection of blog articles isn’t criticism of Judaism or Jewish people.  These series of article tackle the “Hebrew Roots” movement of teaching of Jewish practices and their relations to Jesus/Yeshua aimed at a Christian audience and how many groups/congregations/ministries can miss the important concept of the New Covenant and often point believers to a erroneous message.   Please start from the first article if you are new here.

For anyone in the system, you need to pray for them a lot, and show lots of grace.   This is because from this legalism-centred movement, grace may be a foreign concept.   When you are able to demonstrate grace to them, that will give them a better understanding of Christ’s love for them.

With Facebook and other social media, someone who posts memes of particular divisive and unhelpful images, you can challenge them in love, quite frequently they may get hostile.   Consider inviting them in to ‘Like’ pages of good quality teaching that would be beneficial to their needs.

But of course, pray for them.

Facebook and forums and blogging often leads to fall outs between people, this is VERY common in the Hebrew Roots/Messianic movement.   I suggest using the phone to resolve misunderstandings.

The bible has one specific book against legalism and problems seen in the Hyper Hebrew Roots movement, do you know what it is?

Its the book of Galatians.   The whole thing is there to challenge legalism.

What has 4 years living in Israel taught me?

I prefer fellowship with a mixed groups of peoples.   Sabra Israelis, Olim (immigrants to Israel), Russian believers, Arab believers who love Israel, Armenian Christians (there is a community of them in Jerusalem’s old city)  as well as other foreign Christians who are in Israel to study or volunteer and love and support the people there.

I fellowship with people who have different ideas on things, and we will disagree on some things.   I had a bible study with two Messianic Jewish leaders in Israel one who has a huge collection of Christmas decorations during December and one that couldn’t stand Christmas, but they two got on great.

Sometimes non believing Jewish people are fascinated by Christianity, even the manmade added bits like Christmas and Easter, so – here is your chance to really shine and tell them the gospel!!!

Ironically I once worked for an Israeli hitech company, I worked for the R&D centre in UK.   During Easter, we got a custom made easter egg with the company logo on!!   No other employer has given me something like this!!

Whilst I don’t pretend them to be perfect, Messianic Jewish people from Israel tend to be the ones I have the biggest respect for regarding Jewish-centric ministries.

Rather than Orthodox Judaism with Yeshua on top, the Israeli believer congregations tend to be more robust quality Christian teaching with a strong Jewish flavour.

Other helpful links:
The “Joyfully growing in Grace” blog has good understanding to the Hebrew Roots movement and provides help and scripture setting the foundations of our faith straight, there are stories of those with family in cult groups and those who have left some odd teaching.

https://joyfullygrowingingrace.wordpress.com/

1. What my definition of HHRM is 2. Popular but highly sketchy names in the movement – 3. Holidays, Shabbat, keeping & eating4. Sacred names5. Do believers need to keep Torah?6. Bad teaching that leads to apostasy7. what do real Jewish believers in Jesus think of this movement?8. How we can help people in HHRM

Hyper Hebrew Roots movement – 7. what do real Jewish believers in Jesus think of this movement?

1. What my definition of HHRM is 2. Popular but highly sketchy names in the movement – 3. Holidays, Shabbat, keeping & eating4. Sacred names5. Do believers need to keep Torah?6. Bad teaching that leads to apostasy7. what do real Jewish believers in Jesus think of this movement?8. How we can help people in HHRM

Various groups here including Jewish believers in Yeshua look at Hebrew Roots movements.  It should be noted that Hebrew Roots groups don’t really have one centralised body they are part of, and often have widely different approaches to theology.

Jews for Jesus on Hebrew Roots

http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/havurah/v04-n01/jewishroots

The danger of Jewish roots movements by Dan Juster

http://www.tikkuninternational.org/newsletters/dj-sep14.php 

Bewitching Believers Through the Hebrew Roots Movement

http://www.thebereancall.org/content/january-2014-bewitching-believers-hebrew-roots

Joyfully Growing in Grace (not from Jewish believers, but some comments from Jewish believers in Jesus who have since left Hebrew Roots movements)

https://joyfullygrowingingrace.wordpress.com/

1. What my definition of HHRM is 2. Popular but highly sketchy names in the movement – 3. Holidays, Shabbat, keeping & eating4. Sacred names5. Do believers need to keep Torah?6. Bad teaching that leads to apostasy7. what do real Jewish believers in Jesus think of this movement?8. How we can help people in HHRM

Apocolyptomania

last days hysteriaLately been concerned some Christians get into a panic over end times.   Its disturbing when some people want God’s judgement on <insert_least_favourite_country>

It is simply not our job to do this.   Our job is disciple others, get our own lives in order, and worship God.

The whole blood red moons has got people into a tizzy, with signs in the sky coinciding with Jewish holidays.    I just have a wait and see attitude on these things.

I believe we are in latter times, and there is a increase in wickedness.  I do worry with the rise and even bigger rise of radical Islam, gender and marriage revisionism from militant LGBTQ movements, more abortion, churches and Christian groups going off on tangents.

However Jesus never told us to buy tins of beans, ammunition and hide in a bunker.   He told us to trust in him.

Here is a really good article by Charisma magazine.

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/49215-don-t-get-caught-up-in-last-days-hysteria

Fascist group threats London Jewish community

 

I went to London’s Golders Green district yesterday.   I went to see a friend who a Messianic Jew there to drop off a gift and have a good chat.

antijewish rally in londonI was appalled to hear that a neo-fascist group want to march through this area.

https://cst.org.uk/news/blog/2015/05/20/proposed-neo-nazi-demonstration-in-golders-green

Just walking around, it feels like a small piece of Israel, observant Jews in traditional distinctive clothing and some of them talking in Hebrew.    There is a lot of restaurants and shops that are kosher certified or have things in a window for a Jewish audience.

The only sign this event was taking place in the community was a small poster in the local Tesco Express.

It seems now today, this event has been moved to another part of London. I would of hoped there would be no place for things like this to be tolerated in 2015.

Please pray this will be cancelled and will not be allowed to stir up hatred.

Why UK Christian supporters of Israel should know about John Hagee & CUFI’s recent statement

More on John Hagee.

cufi falseSeems like he didn’t really communicate his point well, so a clip from a video by Hagee’s CUFI ministry caused great concern to many Christians, and gave a false idea of Christian Zionism is about to some people.

So I don’t think hes intentionally denied Christ.  But I don’t think his style of teaching is really my cup of tea either.   I want to apologise for not researching this better before from what I wrote a few weeks ago.

I saw this posted the other day (can’t actually find this statement on CUFI’s web site)

“A Special Message from Pastor John Hagee Regarding His Book In Defense of Israel

Dear Friend:

I am writing to share with you some important news pertaining to my latest book In Defense of Israel. It has come to my attention that my choice of language and some of the interpretation being given that language in Chapter Ten has caused some confusion and actually led some readers to question whether I believe that Jesus is the Messiah. If people are reaching such a conclusion, then I have clearly failed to communicate my views as well as I should have.

I have decided to release a new edition of In Defense of Israel with an expanded Chapter Ten. The new version will make the same point as the prior one, but using language which cannot mislead anyone about my bedrock belief that Jesus was and is Lord, Savior and Messiah.

I was surprised to learn that some people were interpreting my words as a rejection of this most fundamental Christian belief that Jesus came to earth as the Messiah promised in the Hebrew Scriptures. I have been preaching the gospel for half a century. Almost every Sunday for the past 50 years, I have stood in front of Christian audiences to clearly proclaim the glory of our Lord, Savior and Messiah, Jesus Christ. For the past 30 years, these weekly sermons have been beamed to millions around the world on Christian television.

Given my long years of preaching the gospel to so many, it simply never occurred to me that anyone would question my belief in the fundamentals of the faith. I chose to use challenging language that I hoped would confront the body of Christ to consider events from the Jewish and historical perspective and therefore develop greater empathy for our Jewish friends.

Over the centuries, Christians have been quick to condemn the Jews for failing to recognize Jesus as Messiah. This approach led to replacement theology and the viewpoint of some that God has rejected and broken covenant with the Jewish people. These ideas, in turn, opened the door to a vicious Christian anti-Semitism that led to the Crusades, the Inquisition and countless pogroms.

I tried to challenge this view by highlighting a distinction that has been long recognized in Christian theology between the role Jesus played in His first coming, and the role He will play in his second coming. Jesus came the first time as the suffering Messiah, as exemplified by His persecution, rejection and crucifixion. Jesus will come back as the reigning Messiah, who will rule the world from His throne in Jerusalem as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

We Christians believe that the suffering Messiah was clearly foreshadowed in the writings of the Hebrew prophets. However, most Jews have never read the prophets in this way. The Jews were expecting the reigning Messiah. I know this, you know this, and our omniscient and omnipotent Savior knows this.

God could have sent His Son to earth as the reigning Messiah the Jews were expecting. Instead He chose to send Him as the suffering Messiah, who submitted to the Cross, and I thank Him every day that He did. But I also regret daily that this divine move has led so many of the fallen humans it saved to denigrate and persecute the Jewish people from whom our Lord sprang.

In the expanded Chapter Ten, I will make the same point with language that does not hide my own perspective on the matter. The primary change will involve how I use the word “Messiah.” In the expanded version, I will clarify the clear distinction between the “Suffering Messiah,” the Lamb of God and the “Reigning Messiah,” the Lion of the Tribe of Judah!
I am deeply grieved for any confusion my writing may have caused the body of Christ. It was never intended. I trust this letter and the expanded edition of In Defense of Israel will clarify what I believe. I also hope that we can return our focus to what I had anticipated to highlight all along, the fact that we Christians must shift from condemning the Jews for what they missed to thanking them for what they gave.

Blessings to you and those you love,
Pastor John Hagee”

source: http://tinyurl.com/opyyyrf

Let me explain to anyone not familiar with how Christian ministries work in Israel.   There are TWO main type of ministries.

A. Ministries that share the gospel and evangelism to a Jewish or Arab audience, or both.   Thing is this is highly unpopular both secular and religious Jews, and often they won’t want anything to do with those who actively proselytize.

B. Ministries that don’t share the gospel but look at doing social and political support.    This means they can work with the army, government and local communities, as well as the general public and show that Christians around the world are thinking and praying for them.

Both of these needed, groups like B. can be misconstrued by Christians as Jewish people not needing Jesus, which isn’t correct.  Groups like B. can still be looked at with suspicion by Jewish people as having a secret agenda to evangelise.  There is still a problem with a rift between Christians and Jews which is gradually being healed today.

I’ll list some really good ministries who deserve your support next month.