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Kingdom Power in Context: A Review of The Restoration and the Gifts of the Spirit by Dr. David E. Jones

BFB160717 Jones - Restoration and Gifts of the SpiritA pendulum swing is taking place in the Hebrew Roots movement in America.  Many followers of Yeshua haMashiach (Jesus Christ) who have sought to embrace the Torah walk He modelled have moved beyond traditional Christianity.  In practical terms, that means they have left the organized church in its various denominations and moved into something that looks sort of Jewish (as in keeping Sabbath and observing the biblical Feasts), but retains faith in Yeshua as Messiah.  Now that this process has been going on for almost a generation, many are beginning to wonder if we might have left some very important things behind in the church.  Things like fellowship, unity, brotherly love, and the Holy Spirit.  This does not necessarily mean that Messianic and Hebrew Roots believers are ready to return to the church, but rather that we are beginning to realize the same thing about Christians as we have come to understand about Jews:  the things we hold in common are far more numerous and more important than the things which divide us.  Consequently, Hebraic believers are now reexamining once again what they believe, taking steps to mend broken bridges and restore precious things which we may have jettisoned too quickly in our zeal to put distance between ourselves and the traditions of man.

Hebraic believers with backgrounds in the Pentecostal or Charismatic branches of contemporary Christianity understand this question in regard to the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaQodesh).  At first glance, the Torah observant lifestyle does not seem compatible with what is generally believed to be the gifts and manifestations of the Spirit.  Yet a deeper study of the Person and purpose of the Spirit reveals something astounding:  living by Torah is impossible without Him.

This is the thrust of The Restoration and the Gifts of the Spirit, a new book by Dr. David E. Jones, Senior Pastor of Ruach Ministries International in Brandon, Florida.  The book grew out of conversations he held with Brad Scott of Wildbranch Ministry.  As Scott writes in his Foreword:

We believe that these gifts were ignored, tossed away, changed or otherwise corrupted just as the feasts and the sabbaths were. . . All of the gifts of the Spirit are from the beginning and all of them are a testimony and revelation of the end.

What follows is a thorough examination of the Holy Spirit from a Hebraic viewpoint.  Starting with Genesis 1 and moving forward through the Scriptures, Jones establishes two very important points.  The first is that the Holy Spirit is YHVH God, nothing less.  This may seem contrary to the common Jewish understanding of echad, or one, which for centuries has held that God is an indivisible entity – One and only One.  That is not necessarily the sense of the Shema, the watchword of Judaism and Hebraic faith, which states, “Hear, O Israel:  The Lord our God, the Lord is one!”  (Deuteronomy 6:4 NKJV)  Jones explains that echad in that verse and elsewhere in the Bible means, “’one’ as something that is unified as one, not necessarily only.”  In other words, “the One True God is in perfect unity as one.”  Therefore, He can express Himself in multiple ways and still be the same YHVH.
The second point is that the Holy Spirit has been active in the world and in human beings from the very beginning.  This is contrary to a common Christian understanding that the “outpouring” of the Holy Spirit did not happen until the events recorded in Acts 2 at the Feast of Pentecost following Yeshua’s ascension.  Jones cites several examples of people in the Tanakh (Old Testament) filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered to do the works of YHVH.  This brings us to the ministry of the Holy Spirit:

We see a common theme throughout all of Scripture in testifying concerning a “spirit-filled” man of YHVH.  This testimony is three fold, it consists of:  wisdom, knowledge and understanding.  Looking at many of the great people of faith, we can see these three things being shown in their lives.

In his examination of Scripture, Jones illustrates these three elements of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding evident in every move of the Spirit in both the Old and New Testaments.  He makes his most powerful argument in presenting the parallels between the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, and the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost.  What he reveals is the continuity of the Holy Spirit’s work in the people of YHVH, both before and after the coming of Messiah Yeshua.

This is perhaps the most powerful and greatest contribution of Jones’ work.  It is an understanding that neither traditional Christianity nor traditional Judaism could uncover in that both of them start with the perception that they are separate entities rather than two expressions of the same covenant-keeping YHVH.  It takes a Hebraic believer, with an appreciation of both the Christian and Jewish perspectives and an understanding of the Old and New Testaments, to grasp this essential truth.  Yet he does not stop there.  In the latter chapters, he investigates those controversial questions always present in discussions of the gifts of the Spirit.  How are we to account for and deal with such things as the gifts of prophecy and tongues?  What role do they and other gifts play in the life of a Hebraic follower of Yeshua?  What have we missed by avoiding them?  What do we gain by embracing them in the context YHVH intended all along?  Jones does well in addressing these questions.  The answers he provides may not be complete, but they are an essential component to this ongoing discussion of how the power of the Holy Spirit is to be evident in the lives of YHVH’s people.

The Restoration and the Gifts of the Spirit is a much-needed work on a component still lacking in Messianic/Hebrew Roots understanding of the Scripture.  It is also a powerful addition and enhancement of the Christian and Jewish treatments of the subject.  David Jones has done a great service to the believers of all traditions by his balanced and scholarly investigation of the Spirit of the Living God.

The Restoration and the Gifts of the Spirit is available through Ruach International Ministries, and on Amazon.com.


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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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Calling All Kiwis!


BFB151022 Kiwi SilhouetteNew ZealandOne of the best things about blogging is connecting with people from all over the world.  This week I had the pleasure of meeting via email Sonya Wilson of New Zealand.  She contacted me asking if I could help her find other Messianic/Hebrew Roots believers in her country.  The reason is a very big dream:  Sonya hopes to bring Brad Scott to New Zealand’s North Island for a teaching tour in 2016!  

Now I am doubly blessed:  not only do I now have a connection in New Zealand, but I can help Sonya get the word out about this very important initiative.  Please take a look at the information she has provided.  If you are a Kiwi, please get in touch with her.  If you’re not a Kiwi, please pass this information on in expectation that YHVH will get it to the people who need to know.

(As an added public service, 119 Ministries has a Hebrew Roots Map which helps believers returning to Torah to connect with one another.  One look at the map will amaze you at the global reach of this move of the Holy Spirit!  To access the map, and to put your contact information on it if you choose, please go to this link:  http://119ministries.com/hebrew-roots-map.)


Calling All Kiwis!

Help Bring Brad Scott to the North Island in 2016


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Auckland believer Sonya Wilson is planning (at this stage!) a North Island Tour for Brad and Carol Scott of the Wildbranch Ministry for late 2016, in collaboration with Restoration Down Under Ministries in Australia.

At this stage, Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, and Tauranga are being seriously considered, but other NZ cities/towns may be included, depending on interest.

She has been getting in touch with individuals and groups around Auckland, Hamilton, Whangarei, Tauranga, and elsewhere to get their thoughts on her plans.  If you are interested, Sonya asks that you fill out and share a survey which you can access by clicking  here, or cut and paste the following link into your browser: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EoWC8XhQoSwQVKulWHCtQSBe04HvYWcES4qzNXWnAPw/viewform?edit_requested=true

Results of the survey will be taken seriously and will be most helpful in planning Brad and Carol’s visit.

To contact Sonya directly about this, or to get in touch with other believers in the North Island, email her at dancingviolagirl@gmail.com.

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About That Great Sabbath Debate

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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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