The Global Hebrew Roots Phenomenon
Just how big is this Messianic/Hebrew Roots movement? It is hard to say, but it is most definitely not an American phenomenon. As with so many things, much of the public expression of this movement generates from the United States due to the wealth, power, and cultural impact this nation has had on the entire world for the last hundred years. However, this move of God in reestablishing His nation of Israel and reconnecting Christians and others to their Hebrew roots is something that spans the entire planet. Here are a few examples:
- During the Shabbat services at El Shaddai Ministries in Bonney Lake, Washington, USA, Pastor Mark Biltz routinely welcomes visitors who have tuned in to the livestream web broadcast from Australia, South Korea, and other nations, and often welcomes visitors from Canada, Israel, and elsewhere who are there in person.
- The thriving Hebrew Roots community of Australia will be hosting a conference at Shavuot (Pentecost), May 22-24, 2015, near Sydney called “Pentecost to the Ends of the Earth”. The theme of the conference, “Finding the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel at the ends of the earth”, reflects the purpose of the First Ephraimite/Northern Israel National Congress in Israel, which is occurring at about the same time. For more information on the Australian conference please click on the links below:
- The First Ephraimite/Northern Israel National Congress in on track to convene May 25-27, 2015 in Samaria with over 100 people planning to attend from 12 nations: Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, Jordan, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States.
- Recently Pete Rambo, my friend and author of the Hebrew Roots blog natsab, connected with readers of his blog from Canada and South Africa, receiving very encouraging responses in an effort to open a dialogue and ensure they have a voice in the Ephraimite Congress. Pete has also publicized an opportunity to assist Baraka International Ministries, a Messianic teaching ministry based in Meaford, Ontario, Canada, in providing materials for a pastors’ conference in Uganda in April. At this conference, nearly 100 pastors from Uganda and Kenya will meet to learn more about Torah and Messiah Yeshua’s central place in it.
- After 15 months of publication, The Barking Fox has acquired an international readership as well. The greatest number of visits by far is from the United States, but it is exciting to see regular visitors from South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Brazil, and many other countries and territories (130 to date).
- Recently I have connected with the Facebook group Messianische Gemeinschaft Deutschland und Welt (Messianic Community in Germany and the World), a group based in Germany and including nearly 1,000 members from many nations.
- One of the largest Messianic congregations in the world is in Kiev, Ukraine. The Kiev Jewish Messianic Congregation (KJMC), founded in 1994, is a very active and effective congregation with a membership of over 1,600 (as of 2013).
- Another vibrant Hebrew Roots ministry is Beit Yaaqov (House of Jacob) of Hyderabad, India. Beit Yaaqov has the mission of raising awareness of Torah and Israelite identity among the peoples of India who have long cultural traditions indicating their descent from the Lost Tribes of Northern Israel.
Clearly the Torah Awakening expressed in the Messianic/Hebrew Roots Movement is a global phenomenon, although it is difficult to say how big. Perhaps that is a good thing; YHVH has always preferred that His people look at Him alone, not at numbers, wealth, resources, or other traditional measures of strength and effectiveness. Nevertheless, we can take much encouragement from the fact that this global movement is growing, and with it an awareness of our identity as Israelites and of the imminent fulfillment of our King’s promises to restore His Kingdom.
With this understanding in mind, consider the blog post reproduced below from Tegenhetlich: Terug naar de Oude paden. (“Against the Light: Back to the Old Paths”). Hadassah Dee, author of this Dutch Hebrew Roots blog, is a frequent contributor to the United2Restore Facebook community. In this post, “Match: Romans 11:25/Genesis 48:19/Melo hagoyim”, she investigates the reason behind Paul’s reference to the “fullness of the gentiles”, or “fullness of the nations” in Romans 11:25, drawing a connection with the prophecy made by Jacob over his grandson Ephraim in Genesis 48:19. This is something The Barking Fox has addressed before (see “Fox Byte 5775 #12: VaYechi (And He Lived)”), but Hadassah presents the teaching much better in English than I could ever do in Dutch!
Posted on TEGENHETLICHT: Terug naar de Oude paden, March 21, 2015
by Hadassah Dee
Match: Romans 11:25 / Genesis 48:19 / Melo hagoyim
Romans 11:25 For I would not, Yisraelite brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mysterious secret, lest you should be wise in your own pride and conceit; that partial blindness has happened to Yisrael,(1) until the fullness of the nations–the melo hagoyim–comes in.(2,3) 26 And so kol Yisrael(4) shall be saved:(5) as it is written, There shall come out of Tzion the Deliverer, and shall turn away wickedness from Yaakov:
- If we let Scripture interpret Scripture, then Isaiah 8:14 speaks of both houses as being blind. Judah is blind as to who is their Moshiach. Efrayim is blind as to who they are as the other house of Yisrael, and to the relevancy of Torah in their lives, seeing it through a dark glass as a strange Jewish thing, rather than as their own marriage certificate and heritage. Traditionally these verses have been taught to mean that some Jews see and believe, and some just don’t. That meaning is seen as fallacious, when one understands that the olive tree is not strictly Jewish, and that both houses are said to be blind, which is why the terminology “partial blindness” is used to indicate that all twelve tribes are blind in differing areas.
- The only other time this term is used in Scripture is in Genesis 48:19. Jacob laid his hands on Efrayim his grandson and said that his seed would literally become the “fullness of the nations,” or the melo-hagoyim. The mystery of the olive tree is not that some day gentiles will be part of Yisrael. That was never a mystery as all of the First Covenant spoke of the gentiles seeing the light of YHWH and Torah. The mystery of the olive tree is the identity of those who are not Jewish coming out of the nations into Moshiach. So this partial blindness on both houses according to Paul will come to an end only when the “fullness of the gentiles” comes in. The Hebraic idiom is a reference to the seed of the ten tribes collectively known as Efrayim-Yisrael. When the remnant of all ten tribes comes in, then Yisrael’s blinders will be lifted and the kingdom will begin.
- For more details, also see notes on Genesis 48:19.
- All 12 tribes, not every Yisraelite.
- When the melo-hagoyim/ fullness of the gentiles comes in.
Genesis 48:19 And his abba refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it:(6) he also shall become a people,(7) and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than him, and his zera [seed] shall become the fullness of the gentile nations – melo ha-goyim.(8) 20 And he blessed them that day,(9) saying, In you shall Yisrael bless, saying, Elohim make you as Efrayim and as Menashsheh:(10) and he set Efrayim before Menashsheh.
- Jacob knew what he was doing in the Spirit. Do you?
- Could this be a specific nation?
- Melo ha-goyim, or the “fullness of the gentiles.” Efrayim’s seed later collected in the ten tribes of the northern kingdom would produce the “fullness of the gentiles.” This is a marvelous revelation that most so-called gentiles are in fact Yisrael’s physical children. Of course, they still need blood-atonement-salvation to become true redeemed remnant Yisrael. Paul confirms this clear understanding in Romans 11:25-26, when he speaks of the “fullness of the gentiles” as those who will come in as believing returning Yisrael in the last of the last days.
- He sealed the revelation through prayer and the laying on of hands, a Yisraelite custom.
- This sealing of Yisrael’s non-Jewish peoples is still found in the Jewish Daily Prayer book the Siddur.
So, because of these match we can see several special facts.
Out of Efrayim didn’t come goyim [gentiles] and never goyim shall [inherit] the Kingdom.
They were called goyim because of their punishment and divorcement, Lo-Ammi [“not my people”; reference to Hosea 1:9-11] until certain time.
It is a remnant who shall come in, remnant because of forerunners, not because of special talents of themselves.
And when the melo hagoyim shall come in all of Yisrael, yes not only one tribe or two, all of Yisrael shall see and be saved like verse 26 described.
So we know for sure, when people from our relatives don’t see what we do…we know they didn’t receive that revelation we already received for a certain reason, YHWH knows.
And yes, there are rebellions, like we all were, please read our history, but for the most, YHWH has chosen forerunners and after they have come to a certain point in a certain time, all Yisrael shall be saved.
Let us proof all things and be prepared!
(Translation Scriptures RSTNE)