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An Explanation to a Jewish Brother

In Interview between Jesus and Nicodemus, James Tissot depicts one Jew's honest attempt to understand Yeshua of Nazareth and his followers. Although Nicodemus eventually became one of Yeshua's followers, Christians have overlooked one very important point: neither he nor Yeshua ever ceased being Jewish.

In Interview between Jesus and Nicodemus, James Tissot depicts one Jew’s honest attempt to understand Yeshua of Nazareth and his followers. Although Nicodemus eventually became one of those followers, the world has overlooked one very important point:  neither he nor Yeshua ever ceased being Jewish.

In recent days my friend Pete Rambo and I have enjoyed a lively email exchange with a Jewish brother.  By this time we have identified many of the key differences in our beliefs and the ways we perceive the world.  I think it is safe to say we are confident enough in our relationship that we can ask some pointed questions without fear of alienating one another.  The good thing is that we are all curious about what we believe, and we genuinely want to know how we each perceive the world.  This has been eye-opening on all sides.  I have learned that some of the things I thought I knew about Jews and Judaism were not quite right, just as our friend has learned that some of the things he thought he knew about Christians and Messianic believers were not quite right.  This is the kind of dialogue that is essential if we are to come to an understanding of one another and begin to cooperate in bringing Messiah and building his kingdom.

What I share here is a response provided to our friend in answer to two questions.  The first concerned our celebration of Passover (Pesach) – as in, why do non-Jews celebrate the Feast, and how do we do it?  The second question involved our description of ourselves as something other than Christian.  In other words, how is it that we believe in Yeshua, or Jesus, as Messiah, but do not consider ourselves Christians (or at least traditional Christians).  In the interest of building mutual understanding, here are my answers to those questions.

This year we participated in a Passover seder with friends in Austin, TX, just as we have done for the last three years.  All of our friends have come out of the traditional church, but all embrace Yeshua as Messiah and have a heart to learn and live the Torah as he taught it.  This year we had ten people around the table, including our youngest daughter.  Although she is 22 and about to graduate from the University of Texas, she was still the youngest person there, and it fell to her to ask the traditional questions.

We used a Messianic haggadah from Lion and Lamb Ministries.  In years past we have produced a haggadah of our own, but it’s easier to take one from a source we appreciate and modify as we go along.  That’s precisely what we did.  Since none of us grew up Jewish, we do not know the traditional songs and sayings and prayers.  However, we know enough to see where the traditions of Judaism mesh with what we have learned about Yeshua as our Messiah.  That is why we are comfortable taking a traditional Jewish seder and inserting Messianic and Christian elements.  For example, although we sang a chorus of “Dayeinu”, most of our songs were Christian hymns celebrating the death and resurrection of Yeshua as our Passover Lamb.  We had the four cups of wine and we said the traditional prayers in Hebrew (since my wife and I have studied the most, we got to lead the prayers), but we did leave out a few things (such as horseradish – much to my chagrin since I like horseradish).

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Hebrew Roots Resources

119 Ministries 01119 Ministries, a ministry dedicated to seeking, teaching and living out the truth of the Word.  Our purpose is to seek and bring the truth to all nations, unlearn false doctrines and traditions of men, and to equip the body to live and practice the Word as God originally intended. 

Bulldozer Faith 01Bulldozer Faith.  We are a Hebrew roots group ministering together to see more people in Israel returning to the Torah as well as our out-reach internationally as we travel and share the heart of YHVH concerning Israel.

Dry Bones Restoration CompanyDry Bones Restoration Company and Kentucky Covenant Education Center. The teaching ministry established by Frank and Mary Lynn Houtz in Winchester, Kentucky.  The Kentucky Covenant Education, Inc. is a ministry to expand the teachings and seminars presented by Dry Bones Restoration Company and others. 

El Shaddai 01El Shaddai Ministries, is a Resource and Teaching Ministry. We do not want to convert Jews to Christianity or Christians to Judaism. The Scriptures say: The LORD will magnify the Torah and make it honorable. And those that love Torah will have great peace (Is 42:21/Ps 119:165). Yeshua loved Torah and loving what He loved will bring true Peace!

Hebraic Heritage Ministries 01Hebraic Heritage Ministries International.  A teaching ministry dedicated to restoring the Hebraic roots of Christianity.  Our desire is to be able to help you on your journey by providing various resources through multimedia and the written word.

The Hebrew Roots of the Early Church in 5 parts, produced by House of David Fellowship in Richmond, VA, documents the separation of Christianity from its Hebrew roots. For additional resources, see 119 Ministries, particularly their Sunburned series.

House of David Fellowship.  A Hebrew Roots based Educational Fellowship in Richmond Virginia that benefits the local community by teaching the Hebraic perspective of The Holy Scriptures.  Our outreach is not limited to just the local congregation near Richmond but to all the 50 states in the union and whosoever in any country in the world through our Members at Large ministry

Joined to HaShem 01Joined to HaShem.  A ministry dedicated to teaching the Hebraic perspective of faith in and obedience to the One True God.  Joined to HaShem acknowledges that Elohim (God) gave the scriptures to the Hebrew people, that faith is the first step toward pleasing Elohim, that obedience to the standard of Torah is the evidence of faith, and that we are serving the ONE TRUE ELOHIM.

Know the Time 01Know the Time, Change Your World. Author and businessman Barry L. Miller subscribes to the idea that history does not repeat itself but it does rhyme and suggests historical and economic rhymes are most evident when considered in increments of 7 years and 50 years.  He uncovers the Biblical patterns of time that guide believers in moving successfully through the seven year cycles of the Shemitah.

Lion Lamb New 01Lion and Lamb Ministries.  A non-profit, international teaching ministry with a mission to encourage believers of Yeshua the Messiah through the observance of Torah, Sabbath, and the Biblical Festivals.

Messiah to the Nations 01Messiah to the Nations. We are a group of Messianic believers from Canada and the Unites States who have a heart for missions and for seeing Yeshua glorified. Our goal is to help further God’s Kingdom on this earth by serving the Messianic community here and abroad.

Messianic Apologetics 01Messianic Apologetics. A comprehensive resource for Messianic apologetics and Biblical news and analysis addressing the theological and spiritual issues of the broad Messianic movement.

New2Torah 01New2Torah. Learning and following Torah while knowing that we are saved by Grace through Faith if we have come before Him and repented.

On That Day Ministries 01On That Day Ministries.  A Torah-Observant/Messianic/Hebrew Roots Ministry dedicated to bringing the followers of Yahshua, our Jewish Brethren, and Non-Believers to a place of faith and obedience before the coming Great and Terrible Day of YHVH.  In our video teachings, our blog and in our informational pages, you will find resources to hopefully enhance and prepare you for His imminent return.

Ruths Choice 01Ruth’s Choice.  Ruth chose Life over Death by choosing the one true GOD of Israel rather than going back to the pagan gods of her own people.  Ruth’s Choice is a teaching and service ministry founded in Arkansas by Benjamin and Sheral Shadwick to partner with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in His End Time work of loving Israel and standing with her people.

Torah Family 01Torah Family.  Torah Family is dedicated to seeking, teaching, and living out the whole truth of the Word.  Our purpose is to constantly seek and bring the Word to families in all nations.  We desire to help families unlearn false teachings and traditions of men, and equip them to grow in the Word.  In this, we hope to convey how to live and practice the Word as originally intended.

Wildbranch Ministy 01WildBranch Ministry.  This ministry is based upon Romans Chapter 11.  YHWH has reached out to the nations and grafted wild branches from among the nations into the natural olive tree.  The WildBranch focus is to restore the ways of our Creator to His people.

Wisdom in Torah 01Wisdom in Torah. Wisdom In Torah Ministries/Rico Cortes will challenge you to keep the Commandments that Yeshua/Jesus kept.  He specializes in uncovering spiritual truths hidden within the Holy Temple and the services that took place there.

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When Empires Die: Thoughts on the Centennial of World War I

When Empires Die was originally published June 28-July 28, 2014, as a six-part series.  The original six part format is accessible here.

I.  THE ROAD TO SARAJEVO

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Duchess Sophie with their three children in 1910

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Duchess Sophie with their three children in 1910

The world took a giant step toward death on June 28, 1914.  On that day a young atheist shot and killed a prominent Catholic and his wife in an obscure Southeast European city.  Within five years, four world empires were dismembered and two new ones arose in their place.  Within 40 years, three more global empires breathed their last as the new world system spawned in 1914 grew to maturity.  Today, one hundred years later, that world system wheezes with its own death rattle, soon to expire in the process of giving birth to yet another global system which may be the last – and worst – of its kind.

As a historian, a political scientist, a soldier, and an intelligence professional, I cannot let the centennial of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination pass without pausing to remember what his life and death meant to the world.  The circumstances that brought the Archduke and his wife, the Duchess Sophie, to Sarajevo, Bosnia, are not difficult to explain, but to understand the significance of their deaths, both in their day and in ours, requires a detailed explanation.  If that explanation seems too focused on Europe, the simple reason is that Europe in 1914 ruled the entire world.  No nation outside Europe – neither ancient India, nor populous China, nor even the rising powers of America and Japan – was immune to events that shook the state system of the Continent.  If we are to know why the world went to war in 1914, we must look at the major players of that state system.  Only then can we begin to discern what happened to the world in the summer of 1914, and what is happening to the world now in the summer of 2014.

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When Empires Die: Thoughts on the Centennial of World War I, Part VI

TO SURVIVE THE COMING NIGHT

"Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" Viktor M. Vasnetsov

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Viktor M. Vasnetsov

Is the Apocalypse Nigh?

If this truly is the beginning of the end of this age, then we should expect wars and rumors of war to increase until the entire globe is consumed, just as it was in the Great War of 1914-1918, and again in the Second World War of 1939-1945.  Depending on one’s perspective, the Tribulation either begins with or is immediately preceded by this period of escalating war.  This is the time of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the rider of a White Horse going out to conquer, the rider on the Red Horse who takes peace from the earth, the rider on the Black Horse bringing famine, and the Pale Horse bearing Death and Hades.  In short order these Horsemen bring an end to the lives of one fourth of the population of the planet.  The Horsemen are followed by the revelation of multitudes of martyrs slain for their adherence to the Word of God who ask how long before the Lord will judge the world and avenge their blood.  They are told to wait until the number of martyrs yet to die is complete.  Then comes a great earthquake and many signs in the heavens, followed by the selection of the special servants of God (12,000 from each tribe of Israel, 144,000 total) and the deliverance of multitudes from the Great Tribulation.  After that comes silence in heaven for a short time, and then the judgment of God begins in earnest.

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About That Great Sabbath Debate

BFB140430 Sabbath

As expected, the debate between Jim Staley and Chris Rosebrough gave us two full hours of very lively and informative discussion on the question of whether Christians should keep the Sabbath.  The link to the archived debate is now available from Passion for Truth Ministries here:

First of all, I compliment Jim Staley and Chris Rosebrough for their courage and candor throughout the debate.  Both men prepared well and acquitted themselves as one would expect of brothers in Yeshua who disagree on a matter.  The debate did get heated in points, reflecting the passion both men hold for the question of the Sabbath, but it never degenerated into a name-calling shouting match, such as we have become accustomed to seeing in political debates and cable news opinion pieces.  That alone is reason to applaud the participants.  As moderator, Joseph Farah had little to do but state the rules, keep the time, and wrap up the discussion at the end.

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Outrage in Hebrew, Indifference in Latin

YHVHIn referring to the scattered exiles of Israel’s Northern Kingdom the prophet Hosea wrote this:

I have written for him the great things of My law, but they were considered a strange thing.  (Hosea 8:12 NKJV)

It would seem that God’s words through the prophet have direct application to us modern followers of Jesus Christ (Yeshua haMashiach).  Even though our God has recorded many great things both in His Law (Torah) given through Moses and in the Prophets, Christians tend to avoid those books of the Bible.  Whether it is fear of “the Law” and potential legalism associated with observing it, or a perception that the Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures, or Tanakh) does not carry the same weight as the New Testament (Apostolic Scriptures), there is a definite lack of understanding of the first two thirds of the Bible.  This is a great tragedy, chiefly because it robs us of much blessing, including understanding of our identity as the seed of Abraham, spiritual depth, and fruitfulness in our walk of faith in Messiah.

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