In recent weeks I have had several run-ins with anti-missionaries. While I prefer not having such encounters as only rarely does anything good come of them, when they come to me, I have to respond as clearly and firmly as I can in humility and gentleness. Because many anti-missionaries are professional deprogrammers, they can be particularly dangerous to have extended conversations with. So, I’d like to share a few tools to defend yourself, should you or one you know have a similar encounter. But, before I do, I would like to share a few reasons why denying Yeshua and converting to Judaism is counter-productive toward reconciliation and damaging to the restoration of the Kingdom.
Because most who know and have relationship with Yeshua were reared in Christianity, most know the seriousness of denying the Messiah. I’ll not delve into His credentials or the reasons we need to maintain our faith in Him from the perspective of personal salvation. Rather, we need to take a look at the importance of maintaining our identity for corporate salvation.
The restoration of the Kingdom requires the fulfillment of prophecy. Any seeming restoration that bypasses prophecy is a false hope and works against the Word of God. Many, many prophecies can be pointed to that demonstrate the restored Kingdom has two parts that walk together. Those two parts are spelled out for us in Ezekiel 37:15-23, the stick of Judah and the stick of Joseph. Verse 22 tells us these are two nations or two kingdoms. Hosea 1:11 confirms this. Two nations, two kingdoms come together under one head. Simply, prophecy cannot be fulfilled if Ephraim becomes Judah, nor can it be fulfilled if Judah becomes Ephraim!! Continue reading
Following is a brief article from a dear friend and brother, Tom Lewis. He is relating a particularly amazing step in the direction of the restoration of all things!
From left, Tammy and Tom Lewis, Ariel Cohen Alloro, Bob Parham
For the last seven or so years, Tom has traveled to Jerusalem three times per year to present himself before YHVH at all of the pilgrim feasts. On these journeys he has had innumerable Divine appointments and built many relationships with brothers of Judah. Over the course of this last year, Tom, in obedience to Torah, began seeking to redeem his
firstborn in a Pidyon HaBen ceremony. While it is a long story, he eventually found a rabbi willing to do it. More interestingly, this Orthodox Rabbi, Ariel Cohen Alloro, believes Yeshua is the Messiah and he can prove it many multiple ways.
This rabbi is on a special, even Divinely ordained, mission, but needs our prayers, support and backing. I have asked Tom to write a guest article explaining a little about Ariel’s quest. Continue reading
This is an amazing video that just covered me in chills!!! Understand what is happening here as the awakening accelerates!!
A Jewish woman at Azusa Now sang the Shema and cried out “Hoshianna!” While her intemt was to cry out to God on behalf of Judah, something MUCH greater was spoken before that crowd as she knelt and faced Jerusalem!
She cried out, “Shema Israel” to a crowd who are part of Israel!! She said, “We are a stiff-necked people.” And, indeed, BOTH Houses, the House of Judah (Jews, primarily) and the House of Israel (the other ten tribes) have been stiff-necked and walked in blindness. One to the Torah and the other to the Messiah.
What this lady said and did at that worship event was speak eternal truth into the ears of all who see/hear this. I cannot begin to explain the magnitude of what happened right there!!
We will ONLY be restored when each house repents for their respective area of blindness.
There is an important conversation taking place that you may want to watch. Please do not ‘pile-on,’ however this is a good opportunity to read and understand some of the fundamentals in one of many ongoing conversations with brother Judah.
Go here: https://natsab.com/2017/05/28/gods-word-concerning-the-regathering/
Exodus Road is setting up and we are getting organized. People coming in…
Today, 12 to 6 at Buncombe Street UMC, Greenville, SC, National Shabbat. Join us in worship, fellowship and proclaiming the name of our King as we gather from across SC, parts of GA and NC.
Update pics will be coming.
In 2 Timothy 2, Paul says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
Ever pondered what he considered to be Scripture? Funny that most of Christendom majors on Paul instead of going to his source: Genesis to Malachi.
Maybe, we need to spend more time in that which he calls Scripture so that we can rightly understand what he says…
Bonus: This week’s portion is Behar. Lev. 25 and following….
Our conversation took an interesting turn! Normally, my brief conversations with the teacher that works on the hall my office is on (I’m a school bus driver/trainer) are based on college sports or politics, but a few days ago it somehow quickly turned to tensions with North Korea and his concerns. He was interested in my thoughts and I offered that I had recently both read and written a few articles on the Jewish sages and a couple prophecies that may point to the rogue state as causing the Gog-Magog war.
As if the conversation couldn’t turn faster, within about three sentences we were talking about Scripture and the feasts of the Lord. He mentioned an interest but didn’t know where to start reading to understand more. Long story short, I gave him the three minute sketch of my background as an ordained pastor, our journey to Torah and the blessings of understanding Scripture from the perspective of the authors!! I mentioned my book, Repairing the Breach, in passing, offering a copy if he was interested.
His immediate response was an enthusiastic, “Yes!”
Well, the only copies I had were in my car, so as we parted I let him know I’d get it for him the next time I went out to the lot.
Not five minutes later, he pops back into my office and says, “I’m serious. I want to read that book!” Continue reading
Two weeks to go and we are not yet half way there… While the Father has this in His hands, we are called to action. Before us is an opportunity to share broadly what we are understanding concerning the Hebrew roots of our faith and the everlasting nature of the Torah!! We can rise to the occasion and help bring this message through a mainstream outlet that gets 6 MILLION hits a day, or we can let this opportunity go by the boards….
Currently, we do not yet have half of the funding pledged, while half of the time has passed. Let us not let this opportunity slip by! Here’s what you can do:
- Help get the word out. Share with your social media connections!
- Pray for the Father’s favor.
- Give as you are able. (I have to believe more than 16 people are able…)
To learn more, go here.
The tension between them was visible and he was clearly not comfortable. My wife and I sat to the left of them for dinner on the first evening of the Second B’ney Yosef North America Summit in Mesa AZ. His somewhat pointed and at times combative conversation with the gentleman to his right was curious, particularly because he was aggressive towards the Messianic perspective, yet he was in attendance at a BYNA event!
I listened a few minutes and realized his wife was ‘all in’ and he, not understanding even basic Hebraic thought, was here to protect her. Later, I found out she was fervently praying for him and was happy that he had even come to dinner. His plan, as I understood it, was to not participate at all.
My passion is to compassionately and clearly explain what we believe, and why, from the Scriptures. I have a Masters of Divinity and ten years of experience in the pulpit of a Presbyterian church, yet the Father opened my eyes and showed me much more than the Reformed traditions I was reared with. When this gentleman we were providentially seated next to mentioned his Presbyterian background, I had my opening.
We talked about twenty minutes in a conversation that began tensely Continue reading
About once per quarter we are blessed to host a gathering of multiple area home fellowships. One most encouraging thing about Western SC is that there are home fellowships springing up everywhere and we are striving to walk in peace and harmony as a testimony to our King.
The Torah and the Body of Messiah was NEVER meant to function as a ‘church,’ rather, we are to function as a community!! Israel, kol Israel, is to function as a community with gathering for worship and prayer at the center of all other community activities. We are learning to walk together and function more and more as a community.
Following is a gallery of a bunch of pictures from yesterday. Continue reading
A couple days ago I posted a quick blog about the interesting development that North Korea may have been prophesied as an endtimes player. Then, imagine my surprise when this morning I wake and find a Jerusalem Post article titled, “North Korea threatens Israel with ‘merciless, thousand-fold punishment’.”
REALLY?! You can’t make this stuff up. Now, I am pondering this new development and considering that if Ephraim was scattered to the ends of the earth, why would the redemption not begin from the ends of the earth? Does not the enemy come from the North?
Ironic (or, not) that Pyongyang was once known as the Jerusalem of the East!
Watching this carefully as it unfolds….
Breaking Israel News also has a related article up.