We as Messianic Jews believe it is our right and our calling to share the gospel of Yeshua (Jesus) to our people in love. Who we are and what we have to say is at times controversial, both in Israel and in the Church. Here are a few recent examples:

In response, let me answer a few questions:

Do we proselytize? Honestly no. We evangelize. Proselytizing is converting someone to another religion. Evangelizing is sharing the love of Yeshua so a person can be born again in his heart. Yeshua did not come to start another religion. We are promoting revival, not religion. We have a religion: Judaism. We are Jews who believe in our own Messiah: Yeshua (who happens to be the savior of the entire world as well). Nothing could be more Jewish than that.

Is it against the law in Israel to share the gospel? No. There is an "anti-missionary" law which says that it is illegal to do two things: one, give financial benefits to someone in order to induce them to change their religion; two, forcibly baptize a minor without the consent of his parents. We would, of course, never do either of those things. Nor would we want to. We do have a "mission" from God, but according to the definition of the word in Israeli law, we are not "missionaries."

Are we against Christian Zionists who do not believe in Jewish evangelism? I do not believe that any truly born-again believer would not want someone else, anyone else, to receive eternal life as he has received, and that includes Jewish people. If the gospel is for everyone, it is certainly "to the Jew first" (Romans 1:16). We as Messianic Jews in Israel are willing to risk our lives to see our beloved people receive salvation (Romans 9:1; Acts 21:13).

Over 20 years ago, I wrote that there would be 3 great movements which would ultimately lead to a national revival in Israel. Those three "prongs" are: 1) the demonstration of love by Christian Zionists, 2) the evil hatred of worldwide Islamic Jihad, and 3) the witness of Messianic Jews that it is possible to believe in Yeshua and still be Jewish.

 

By Asher Intrater


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Also in this issue of the newsletter:

Dan Juster: Enforcing Standards
Eitan Shishkoff: Shofar 2008
Martin Shoub: Launching The Ark
Asher Intrater: King of the Jews