I just found some articles that I was going to share with you. Both articles speak about the Evangelical Christian Church — please consider carefully what the term evangelical really means — and the ‘passive messianics’ or as they are coming to be known, the Yeshuims.
Both are from Israel Today, which Carla from More Books and Things has put me on to. They are about the future of Israel, and they discuss who will be the ones standing with her during her times of need. The time is now wouldn’t you say?
It was interesting to read that there are some Rabbi’s who cannot differentiate between Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches and that of biblical Christianity. That will change. I pray for it to change, and I believe it will as scripture says there will be an outpouring of God’s spirit upon the House of David!
Another thing that interests me about the following article is that there are Evangelical Christian groups who lend a helping hand to Jews, yet are considered non-missionary. That sound like a paradox to me, an Evangelical non-missional Church, again consider the term evangelical. Is that even biblical? Should Christians as a collective group be non-missional according to scripture?
Anyway, here is the first article:
In future confrontations with Islam, it will be these Evangelical Christians who will stand beside Israel. And yet, the rabbis hate Evangelical Christians because of what Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches did to the Jews over the centuries.
Since World War II, a famous mantra of “Never Again” has been sounded by the Jewish people. However, they are completely blind to a new kind of Holocaust being foisted on the world by Islam. For the last 18 years, I have been working to create a Judeo-Christian understanding of this threat. By and large, the Christians get it. For the most part, the Jews don’t.
It is clear to me that Evangelical Christians who love and support Israel and who understand the predicament facing Jews today are not our best friends, they are our only friends. Organizations such as the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Bridges for Peace, Christian Friends of Israel, the International Christian Zionist Center among others have dedicated immeasurable time, money and effort to buttress the Jewish state. Yet, the recent ruling of certain senior rabbis that these groups are missionary organizations and the banning of cooperation with them flies in the face of common sense.
Indeed, this ruling is based on prejudice, ignorance and hatred of the Christians. I have worked with these organizations now for over 18 years, and can vouch for them not being missionary organizations.
But the rabbis don’t know and don’t care. Even Maimonides said it was permissible to study Torah with Christians because they revere the Torah, while it is forbidden to study Torah with Muslims because they seek to destroy and replace it with the Koran.
In future confrontations with Islam, it will be these Evangelical Christians who will stand beside Israel. And yet, the rabbis hate Evangelical Christians because of what Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches did to the Jews over the centuries. The rabbis know nothing of the differences within Christianity. This is tragic, and perhaps fatally wrong. By Avi Lipkin
Speaking of all things messianic and non-missional, there has been an important court ruling for the Messianic Jews who are sometimes called the Yeshuims. Though the Rabbi’s are prejudice and fail to see the differences between the Evangelical Church and the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox churches. The courts have ruled in favour of the more passive Israeli Messianic groups.
Messianic legal analysis
The decisions revealed the opinion of the Israeli government towards the Messianic Jewish community, and exposed the passive and non-political attitude of the Messianic community.
Two very important court decisions have recently been issued in Israel, in which several very positive results emerged regarding the depicted opinion of the Israeli government towards the Messianic Jewish community. Furthermore, these court decisions expose the passive and non-political attitude which is prominent in the Messianic community and which indicates that this community is a minority group that is entitled to receive the court’s protection.
In both these court decisions, the Israeli governmental institutions operated in favour of the Messianic community and in response, different fundamental religious groups lodged a petition against these standard governmental decisions.
Anti-missionary group Yad Le’achim (who is represented by advocate Yoram Sheftel) claimed that the ‘Grace and Truth’ congregation was planning to “establish a church which will be used for the purposes of prayer and missionary activity”. The court determined in it’s response that the permit was duly granted on the basis of the request made by Amutat ‘Grace and Truth’, and that the building would be used for office use and as a gathering facility. In the conclusion of the court decision, the court found it necessary to expose the real motive hiding behind the petition that was lodged against the building permit which had been given: “In closing this court ruling, I find it necessary to bring to mind the Declaration of Independence which was signed close to the establishment of the State of Israel, and which promises freedom of religion to all the different religious groups which exist in the State of Israel. The Jews, in particular, who have been persecuted because of their religion by others for hundreds of years, must portray their moral values in that they will reveal tolerance and patience towards other religious groups.”
Since an uninformed reader or judge might not understand that this precedent was made specifically towards the Messianic Jewish community, it is a pity that in both of these court decisions, which have determined an important legal precedent for religious minority groups in Israel, nothing was said regarding the fact that these religious minority groups consist of members of the Messianic Jewish Community and/or Jews who believe in Yeshua. These court decisions determine important precedents, and it is worthy to note that such precedents indicate that Israeli citizens who belong to the Messianic Jewish community are being persecuted against merely because of their religious beliefs and therefore are entitled to receive the court’s protection. It is also important that in this battle for legitimacy, the definitions used to describe the Messianic Community would be homogeneous and sympathetic towards the nature of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.
By Mike Decker
Like I said before there may be a change of heart towards Christianity as it becomes clearer that biblical Christians are a little more passive.
But passive to a point I would say.
Question, how passive should biblical Christianity be? So passive that it should withhold the salvation gospel to the Jew and to the Gentile? Passive enough not to be considered a missional church but looked at as being of a more social, humanitarian group? Is that being a little to politically correct; yet we are suppose to have religious freedom aren’t we? What does religious freedom really mean? At what point does one persons religious freedom tread on anothers idealogy and all over their right to exercies their own faith? It has to at some point. You cannot exercise true religious freedom while declaring politcal correctness to be the order of the day, can you?
Is the following commandment from Yeshua passive, politcally correct, pro-active or somewhere in between?
Mar 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
What about Pauls missionary stance?
Rom 1:16 for I am not ashamed of the good news of the Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation to every one who is believing, both to Jew first, and to Greek.
I am passive, yet I am also pro-active when it comes to the gospel of salvation. I declare the following to be true, actually the bible declares the following to be true. I just happen to agree with it.
Joh 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Joh 3:1417 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up; that whosoever believeth may in him have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him.
I bet the above passages from scripture stamps on the toes of any practicing Jew, Muslim, Hindu, New Ager, Wiccan, Buddist, Athiest and many others that I have failed to mention. How politically incorrect to say that Jesus is the only way. Paul was not ashamed to say it. Why should I be scared to say it in a so called tolerant society that espouses religious freedom for all. Does that include me?
Perhaps the bible should be voted as a Hate Book! Or at the very least, it should be rewritten to be more politically correct, then we wouldn’t have this problem. This offensive salvific cross that stands in the way of humanitarian unity. Silly me, that’s happening already!
I know what!!! Why don’t we get rid of the salvation gospel altogether — covertly it could be done — and let’s agree on the social side of it, everyone can do that no matter what religious persuasion they have. Oh, silly me, that’s happening already!
But I have hope, and my only hope is in the cross of salvation and in God’s Word and his promises that He has made regarding His people Israel. If God does not do what He has promised to do, then He is no God at all, His own Word holds Him accountable! Let His actions speak, watch history unfold and testify to His Word, be they true of false!
Why do I pray that Jews will see Christians in a different light? Because I believe that there will be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the last days. That outpouring will rest upon the house of David. That outpouring will make the house of David look upon a son, an only son, one which was pierced and they will mourn for that son.
Zec 12:8-10 In that day Jehovah shall protect around those living in Jerusalem. And it will be, he who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of Jehovah before them. And it shall be in that day, I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour on the house of David, and on those living in Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of prayers. And they shall look on Me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they shall be bitter over Him, like the bitterness over the first-born.
Although Biblical Christians may be considered passive they are very pro-active in standing for the apple of God’s eye, they are pro-active in sharing the gospel to the Jew first and also to the Gentile. They know that to pray for the Peace of Jerusalem is within the will of God. But this outpouring is a bitter sweet phenomenon. It is after much world turmoil that will be centered around Jerusalem that will bring the house of David to their knees in supplication and repentence.
I know that true Peace can only come when the Prince of Peace, that being HaMashiach ben David coming a second time in the same way in which he left; that is when Isreal and her children can look forward to their sabbatical rest.
Act 1:9-12 And when He had said these things, as they were looking, He was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they were looking stedfastly into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; who also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye looking into heaven? this Jesus, who was received up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye beheld him going into heaven. Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is nigh unto Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey off.
So when I say Marantha, it is truly bitter sweet. I look forward to the day when I meet my Lord, but I dread the days beforehand. I know what the bible says about the last days. I just have to remember that the bible says this about enduring till the end:
1Co 10:13 No temptation has taken you except what is human; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able. But with the temptation, He will also make the way out, so that you may be able to bear it.
No wonder it is called our blessed hope!