HEARTS FOR ISRAEL

HEARTS FOR ISRAEL

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PRAYER REGARDING SHOFAR

Blessed are You, oh Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with Your commandments in the blood of Y'shua the Messiah, and has commanded us to hear the sound of the shofar.

(CJB) Numbers 10: 9  “When you go to war in your land against an adversary who is oppressing you, you are to sound an alarm with the trumpets; then you will be remembered before ADONAI your God, and you will be saved from your enemies.

10  “Also on your days of rejoicing, at your designated times and on Rosh- Hodesh, you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; these will be your reminder before your God. I am ADONAI your God.”

Sound Shofar

1 Peter 1:3-4 (CJB)
3  Praised be God, Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who, in keeping with his great mercy, has caused us, through the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah from the dead, to be born again to a living hope,
4  to an inheritance that cannot decay, spoil or fade, kept safe for you in heaven.

Study of Mattityahu (Matthew) 1

Mattityahu (Mattathias or Matthew) 1:18-25 (CJB)

 

It’s human nature that waiting on Adonai can sometimes get real frustrating, this is probably especially true in these days as things seem to be lining up for Yeshua’s return. But if you think about it, we’ve only been waiting half the time that the Old Testament saints waited for Yeshua’s first arrival. To reinforce their faith and trust in Adonai, they had the first fulfillment of Passover when Israel marched out of Egypt, the first fulfillment of Shavuot (Pentecost) when God came down on Mount Sinai and the nation of Israel heard Him speak and from there they received the Law.

Not only do we have those two instances to support our faith, we can look back on the second fulfillment of Passover when Yeshua hung on the cross and the second fulfillment of Shavuot when Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) descended on Yeshua’s disciples, we have the fulfillment of the Feast of Bread when Yeshua’s body lay in the tomb, we have the fulfillment of First Fruits when Yeshua rose from the dead. In all that we can have confidence that Yeshua will fulfill the remaining Appointed Days of Adonai, known as the Fall Feasts and it is in the Fall Feasts, specifically the Feast of Trumpets when many Bible scholars believe Yeshua will appear in the clouds to call His congregation to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. It’s also expected that, seven years later, on the Feast of Yom Kippur, Yeshua will return to rescue the remnant of the Jews from the armies of the nations (Zechariah 12 – 14).

With the same urgency of believers in the Rapture today, first century Jews were looking for the Mashiach to appear. Due to the wording of Messianic Prophecies, the rabbis believed there would be two Messiahs; one would be Messiah ben Yosef, the suffering servant who would be cut off. The other Messiah would be Messiah ben David, he would be the warrior who would defeat the enemies of Israel and restore the Kingdom of David. Those devout in Judaism cannot conceive the Messiah ben Yosef and Messiah ben David would be the same person – in addition to that they cannot wrap their minds around the idea that God would appear in human form as the Messiah.

Another sign that God is on the move today is that more Jews are beginning to realize Messiah did come, that He was born of a virgin, and that He is Yeshua, the one who will come again.

Mattityahu 1:18  Here is how the birth of Yeshua the Messiah took place. When his mother Miryam was engaged to Yosef, before they were married, she was found to be pregnant from the Ruach HaKodesh.

Miryam had to have tremendous courage and amazing faith in God. In the natural this is a story that’s hard to buy. Imagine you’re the parent or a relative of this young woman, probably not much more than a girl and you discover she’s pregnant. The obvious suspect would be Yosef, but Yosef was a righteous man and Miryam says he’s not the father. Then who? What other man? But rather than take the easy way out and blame some man, Miryam tells you it was Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit). To buy that story, you must so love your daughter, that you have to stand logic on its head and accept it, or you might not believe her, but thank Adonai that Yosef is a righteous man who stands by her no matter what seems to be the truth. Of course, there’s one other option, Adonai touches your heart and you know it’s true. After all, there is a family history of miracle births. Avraham and Sarah gave birth to Yitz’chak (Isaac) by the power of God. Unbelieving Jews have no problem mocking the virgin birth, but do not question a ninety year old woman and a hundred year old man producing a child (B’resheet – Genesis 21).

In another case, Miryam’s cousin Elisheva (Elizabeth), whose husband was Z’kharyah (Zacharias), she being barren and old was pregnant as prophesied to Z’kharyah by an angel. Miryam’s family would surely know of the miraculous event surrounding Elisheva and Z’kharyah (Miryam did visit Elisheva when both were pregnant Luke 1)– this probably would have eased the way for the family acceptance of Miryam. In addition we know that in Luke 1, Elisheva called Miryam the mother of her Lord. Also, Miryam was probably so righteous herself that her conduct was beyond reproach as would be the character of Yosef. Further more, it was not unusual for a Jewish girl to think about giving birth to Mashiach, because at that time there was great expectation that Mashiach would appear.

 

19  Her husband-to-be, Yosef, was a man who did what was right; so he made plans to break the engagement quietly, rather than put her to public shame.

When we looked into the marriage customs in the time of Yeshua we learned that the betrothal was very serious business among the Jews. Unlike our culture today the betrothal was a contract that could only be broken by a bill of divorce (a “get”).

Miryam’s situation was perilous, had Yosef been a vengeful type, he could have brought Miryam before the Jewish authorities in the town. Her family would have been publically humiliated, the trial would have been quick and judgment would have been immediately carried out. Here is what the Torah demanded when a betrothed or married woman had no evidence of virginity: Deuteronomy 22:20-21 (CJB) 20 “But if the charge is substantiated that evidence for the girl’s virginity could not be found; 21 then they are to lead the girl to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her town will stone her to death, because she has committed in Isra’el the disgraceful act of being a prostitute while still in her father’s house. In this way you will put an end to such wickedness among you.”

Rather than publically humiliate and exact punishment on Miryam, Yosef sought to sign a “get” (bill of divorce”) without publicity.

Early on, to counter the rise of belief in Yeshua among Jews, Jewish rabbis claimed Yeshua was illegitimate. They reported that He was the product by the rape of Miryam by a Roman soldier named Pantera, if Yeshua had been considered illegitimate He could not have worshipped in the Temple nor could He have been Mashiach. But Yeshua did worship in the Temple because the righteous Yosef accepted Yeshua as his son; thereby he was as legally Yosef’s son in the eyes of Jewish authorities as if Yosef had fathered Him.

20  But while he was thinking about this, an angel of Adonai appeared to him in a dream and said, “Yosef, son of David, do not be afraid to take Miryam home with you as your wife; for what has been conceived in her is from the Ruach HaKodesh.

David H. Stern in “Jewish New Testament Commentary” informs us that the word “Adonai” literally translates as “my lords” but that grammarians consider it the “plural of majesty”. I suppose this is like the British “royal we.” Generally Adonai is said to mean “Lord,” however, in Judaism it is a substitute for the sacred name of God YHVH and the Complete Jewish Bible follows this tradition.

It seems God’s method of communication with Yosef is through dreams and in this dream the angel refers to Yosef as “Son of David” which we think of as a Messianic Title, but we know Yosef is not the Mashiach, the angel, speaking as God directed him, is merely referring to Yosef ‘s status in the royal line of David.

21  She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Yeshua, [which means ‘Adonai saves,’] because he will save his people from their sins.”

Notice the words “because he will save his people from their sins.” These words explain the meaning of Yeshua’s name and appear in modified form in the various translations of the Bible. According to Stern this is an indication that Matthew’s gospel initially appeared in Hebrew or possibly Aramaic:  “…21 This verse is an example of a “semitism” (an allusion to Hebrew or Aramaic) brought over literally into the Greek text. It provides strong evidence in favor of the theory that there was a Hebrew or Aramaic oral or written tradition behind the extant Greek manuscripts, for only in Hebrew or Aramaic does the explanation here of Yeshua’s name make any sense; in Greek (or English) it explains nothing.”*

*Stern, David H. (1992-10-01). Jewish New Testament Commentary (Kindle Locations 536-539). Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc. Kindle Edition.

As I understand what Stern is saying is that phrase “…Jesus, ‘because he will save his people from their sins.’” without the explanation of Yeshua “which means Adonai saves” would make no sense to the Greek or English reader.

22  All this happened in order to fulfill what Adonai had said through the prophet,

Once again Mattityahu demonstrates the bona fides of Yeshua as Mashiach by citing a prophecy of Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) found in the TANACH (Hebrew Bible.)

23  “The virgin will conceive and bear a son,  and they will call him ‘Immanu El.” (The name means, “God is with us.”)

The verse Mattityahu is referencing is found in Yesha’yahu (Isaiah)7:14  Therefore Adonai himself  will give you people a sign:  the young woman will become pregnant,  bear a son and name him ‘Immanu El [God is with us].

Notice the wording between Yesha’yahu and Mattityahu, Yesha’yahu refers to the mother as “young woman” and Mattityahu refers to her as a “virgin.” This has been a cause of major debate between Brit Hadashah (New Testament) believers and none believing Jews.

Now, I don’t pretend to be an expert in Hebrew or Greek (or English for that matter) but according to my resources the dispute centers around the Hebrew word “almah,” which means “young woman” and “b’tulah” which means virgin. Yesha’yahu used the word “almah” in 7:14 and critics of Brit Hadashah point out there’s nothing remarkable about a young woman getting pregnant. However those who are believers of the virgin the birth point out that the times “almah” is used in the Hebrew Bible (7 times according to Stern) it always refers to an unmarried woman of good character with the implication she is a virgin. Furthermore, Stern points out that Mattiyahu was referencing the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible) which used the Greek word “parthenos” for “almah” two hundred years before the birth of Yeshua and “parthenos” means “virgin.”

24  When Yosef awoke he did what the angel of Adonai had told him to do — he took Miryam home to be his wife,

Verse 24 demonstrates that Yosef adopted Yeshua as his son, ensuring by law that Yeshua would be entitled to the throne and to the title “Son of David.”

25  but he did not have sexual relations with her until she had given birth to a son, and he named him Yeshua.

The Roman Catholic Church declares that Miryam remained a virgin all her life, it further says that those who Scripture refers to as Yeshua’s brothers and sisters are actually His cousins. Most protestant churches teach that those referred to in Scripture as Yeshua’s brothers and sisters are His literal siblings and that Yosef and Miryam shared marital relations after the birth of Yeshua.

Since the adaptation of the King James Bible, many of the names: Jesus, Mary, Joseph, James, etc. are seen as attempts to separate Yeshua and the Christian Church from their Jewish roots. It was God’s plan and desire that Yeshua be Jewish and follow the way of Judaism. The wedge driven between Jew and gentile is the work of Ha Satan, but, as the Spirit of God continues to move on the earth, Jews and Gentiles are being drawn together in acknowledging that the God of Israel is the God of all and Yeshua is His Son.

Everyday remember: “Sha'alu Shalom Yerusalam! Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!”

References:

Complete Jewish Bible –David H. Stern;

 Jewish New Testament Commentary – David H. Stern;

The Word for Today Bible (NKJV) – Pastor Chuck Smith;

Institute of Jewish Christian Studies – Zola Levitt Ministtries;

The Ryrie Study Bible (KJV) – Moody Press;

http://www.gotquestions.org/14-generations.html

 

Study of Mattityahu (Matthew) 1

Mattityahu (Mattathias or Matthew) 1:18-25 (CJB)

 

It’s human nature that waiting on Adonai can sometimes get real frustrating, this is probably especially true in these days as things seem to be lining up for Yeshua’s return. But if you think about it, we’ve only been waiting half the time that the Old Testament saints waited for Yeshua’s first arrival. To reinforce their faith and trust in Adonai, they had the first fulfillment of Passover when Israel marched out of Egypt, the first fulfillment of Shavuot (Pentecost) when God came down on Mount Sinai and the nation of Israel heard Him speak and from there they received the Law.

Not only do we have those two instances to support our faith, we can look back on the second fulfillment of Passover when Yeshua hung on the cross and the second fulfillment of Shavuot when Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) descended on Yeshua’s disciples, we have the fulfillment of the Feast of Bread when Yeshua’s body lay in the tomb, we have the fulfillment of First Fruits when Yeshua rose from the dead. In all that we can have confidence that Yeshua will fulfill the remaining Appointed Days of Adonai, known as the Fall Feasts and it is in the Fall Feasts, specifically the Feast of Trumpets when many Bible scholars believe Yeshua will appear in the clouds to call His congregation to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. It’s also expected that, seven years later, on the Feast of Yom Kippur, Yeshua will return to rescue the remnant of the Jews from the armies of the nations (Zechariah 12 – 14).

With the same urgency of believers in the Rapture today, first century Jews were looking for the Mashiach to appear. Due to the wording of Messianic Prophecies, the rabbis believed there would be two Messiahs; one would be Messiah ben Yosef, the suffering servant who would be cut off. The other Messiah would be Messiah ben David, he would be the warrior who would defeat the enemies of Israel and restore the Kingdom of David. Those devout in Judaism cannot conceive the Messiah ben Yosef and Messiah ben David would be the same person – in addition to that they cannot wrap their minds around the idea that God would appear in human form as the Messiah.

Another sign that God is on the move today is that more Jews are beginning to realize Messiah did come, that He was born of a virgin, and that He is Yeshua, the one who will come again.

Mattityahu 1:18  Here is how the birth of Yeshua the Messiah took place. When his mother Miryam was engaged to Yosef, before they were married, she was found to be pregnant from the Ruach HaKodesh.

Miryam had to have tremendous courage and amazing faith in God. In the natural this is a story that’s hard to buy. Imagine you’re the parent or a relative of this young woman, probably not much more than a girl and you discover she’s pregnant. The obvious suspect would be Yosef, but Yosef was a righteous man and Miryam says he’s not the father. Then who? What other man? But rather than take the easy way out and blame some man, Miryam tells you it was Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit). To buy that story, you must so love your daughter, that you have to stand logic on its head and accept it, or you might not believe her, but thank Adonai that Yosef is a righteous man who stands by her no matter what seems to be the truth. Of course, there’s one other option, Adonai touches your heart and you know it’s true. After all, there is a family history of miracle births. Avraham and Sarah gave birth to Yitz’chak (Isaac) by the power of God. Unbelieving Jews have no problem mocking the virgin birth, but do not question a ninety year old woman and a hundred year old man producing a child (B’resheet – Genesis 21).

In another case, Miryam’s cousin Elisheva (Elizabeth), whose husband was Z’kharyah (Zacharias), she being barren and old was pregnant as prophesied to Z’kharyah by an angel. Miryam’s family would surely know of the miraculous event surrounding Elisheva and Z’kharyah (Miryam did visit Elisheva when both were pregnant Luke 1)– this probably would have eased the way for the family acceptance of Miryam. In addition we know that in Luke 1, Elisheva called Miryam the mother of her Lord. Also, Miryam was probably so righteous herself that her conduct was beyond reproach as would be the character of Yosef. Further more, it was not unusual for a Jewish girl to think about giving birth to Mashiach, because at that time there was great expectation that Mashiach would appear.

 

19  Her husband-to-be, Yosef, was a man who did what was right; so he made plans to break the engagement quietly, rather than put her to public shame.

When we looked into the marriage customs in the time of Yeshua we learned that the betrothal was very serious business among the Jews. Unlike our culture today the betrothal was a contract that could only be broken by a bill of divorce (a “get”).

Miryam’s situation was perilous, had Yosef been a vengeful type, he could have brought Miryam before the Jewish authorities in the town. Her family would have been publically humiliated, the trial would have been quick and judgment would have been immediately carried out. Here is what the Torah demanded when a betrothed or married woman had no evidence of virginity: Deuteronomy 22:20-21 (CJB) 20 “But if the charge is substantiated that evidence for the girl’s virginity could not be found; 21 then they are to lead the girl to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her town will stone her to death, because she has committed in Isra’el the disgraceful act of being a prostitute while still in her father’s house. In this way you will put an end to such wickedness among you.”

Rather than publically humiliate and exact punishment on Miryam, Yosef sought to sign a “get” (bill of divorce”) without publicity.

Early on, to counter the rise of belief in Yeshua among Jews, Jewish rabbis claimed Yeshua was illegitimate. They reported that He was the product by the rape of Miryam by a Roman soldier named Pantera, if Yeshua had been considered illegitimate He could not have worshipped in the Temple nor could He have been Mashiach. But Yeshua did worship in the Temple because the righteous Yosef accepted Yeshua as his son; thereby he was as legally Yosef’s son in the eyes of Jewish authorities as if Yosef had fathered Him.

20  But while he was thinking about this, an angel of Adonai appeared to him in a dream and said, “Yosef, son of David, do not be afraid to take Miryam home with you as your wife; for what has been conceived in her is from the Ruach HaKodesh.

David H. Stern in “Jewish New Testament Commentary” informs us that the word “Adonai” literally translates as “my lords” but that grammarians consider it the “plural of majesty”. I suppose this is like the British “royal we.” Generally Adonai is said to mean “Lord,” however, in Judaism it is a substitute for the sacred name of God YHVH and the Complete Jewish Bible follows this tradition.

It seems God’s method of communication with Yosef is through dreams and in this dream the angel refers to Yosef as “Son of David” which we think of as a Messianic Title, but we know Yosef is not the Mashiach, the angel, speaking as God directed him, is merely referring to Yosef ‘s status in the royal line of David.

21  She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Yeshua, [which means ‘Adonai saves,’] because he will save his people from their sins.”

Notice the words “because he will save his people from their sins.” These words explain the meaning of Yeshua’s name and appear in modified form in the various translations of the Bible. According to Stern this is an indication that Matthew’s gospel initially appeared in Hebrew or possibly Aramaic:  “…21 This verse is an example of a “semitism” (an allusion to Hebrew or Aramaic) brought over literally into the Greek text. It provides strong evidence in favor of the theory that there was a Hebrew or Aramaic oral or written tradition behind the extant Greek manuscripts, for only in Hebrew or Aramaic does the explanation here of Yeshua’s name make any sense; in Greek (or English) it explains nothing.”*

*Stern, David H. (1992-10-01). Jewish New Testament Commentary (Kindle Locations 536-539). Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc. Kindle Edition.

As I understand what Stern is saying is that phrase “…Jesus, ‘because he will save his people from their sins.’” without the explanation of Yeshua “which means Adonai saves” would make no sense to the Greek or English reader.

22  All this happened in order to fulfill what Adonai had said through the prophet,

Once again Mattityahu demonstrates the bona fides of Yeshua as Mashiach by citing a prophecy of Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) found in the TANACH (Hebrew Bible.)

23  “The virgin will conceive and bear a son,  and they will call him ‘Immanu El.” (The name means, “God is with us.”)

The verse Mattityahu is referencing is found in Yesha’yahu (Isaiah)7:14  Therefore Adonai himself  will give you people a sign:  the young woman will become pregnant,  bear a son and name him ‘Immanu El [God is with us].

Notice the wording between Yesha’yahu and Mattityahu, Yesha’yahu refers to the mother as “young woman” and Mattityahu refers to her as a “virgin.” This has been a cause of major debate between Brit Hadashah (New Testament) believers and none believing Jews.

Now, I don’t pretend to be an expert in Hebrew or Greek (or English for that matter) but according to my resources the dispute centers around the Hebrew word “almah,” which means “young woman” and “b’tulah” which means virgin. Yesha’yahu used the word “almah” in 7:14 and critics of Brit Hadashah point out there’s nothing remarkable about a young woman getting pregnant. However those who are believers of the virgin the birth point out that the times “almah” is used in the Hebrew Bible (7 times according to Stern) it always refers to an unmarried woman of good character with the implication she is a virgin. Furthermore, Stern points out that Mattiyahu was referencing the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible) which used the Greek word “parthenos” for “almah” two hundred years before the birth of Yeshua and “parthenos” means “virgin.”

24  When Yosef awoke he did what the angel of Adonai had told him to do — he took Miryam home to be his wife,

Verse 24 demonstrates that Yosef adopted Yeshua as his son, ensuring by law that Yeshua would be entitled to the throne and to the title “Son of David.”

25  but he did not have sexual relations with her until she had given birth to a son, and he named him Yeshua.

The Roman Catholic Church declares that Miryam remained a virgin all her life, it further says that those who Scripture refers to as Yeshua’s brothers and sisters are actually His cousins. Most protestant churches teach that those referred to in Scripture as Yeshua’s brothers and sisters are His literal siblings and that Yosef and Miryam shared marital relations after the birth of Yeshua.

Since the adaptation of the King James Bible, many of the names: Jesus, Mary, Joseph, James, etc. are seen as attempts to separate Yeshua and the Christian Church from their Jewish roots. It was God’s plan and desire that Yeshua be Jewish and follow the way of Judaism. The wedge driven between Jew and gentile is the work of Ha Satan, but, as the Spirit of God continues to move on the earth, Jews and Gentiles are being drawn together in acknowledging that the God of Israel is the God of all and Yeshua is His Son.

Everyday remember: “Sha'alu Shalom Yerusalam! Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!”

References:

Complete Jewish Bible –David H. Stern;

 Jewish New Testament Commentary – David H. Stern;

The Word for Today Bible (NKJV) – Pastor Chuck Smith;

Institute of Jewish Christian Studies – Zola Levitt Ministtries;

The Ryrie Study Bible (KJV) – Moody Press;

http://www.gotquestions.org/14-generations.html

 

 

 

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:

George Washington and the Jews

His famous letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport.

By George Washington

This letter, written by George Washington in 1790, is a response to Moses Seixas, warden of the Touro Synagogue in Newport. In it, Washington addresses the tolerance and freedom of religion in the newly established nation:

Gentlemen.

While I receive, with much satisfaction, your Address replete with expressions of affection and esteem, I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you, that I shall always retain a grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced in my visit to Newport, from all classes of Citizens.

The reflection on the days of difficulty and danger which are past is rendered the more sweet, from a consciousness that they are succeeded by days of uncommon prosperity and security. If we have wisdom to make the best use of the advantages with which we are now favored, we cannot fail, under the just administration of a good Government, to become a great and a happy people.

The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess a like liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

It would be inconsistent with the frankness of my character not to avow that I am pleased with your favorable opinion of my administration, and fervent wishes for my felicity. May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy.

G. Washington

George Washington (1732-1799) led the Continental Army to victory over the Kingdom of Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (1775?1783) and served as the first President of the United States of America (1789?1797).

 Reprinted From Jewniverse MyJewishLearning.com

 

HEADLINES FROM ISRAEL

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Proverbs 25:25 Like cold water to a person faint from thirst is good news from a distant land.(CJB)

  • Eph 6:13 So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing. 14 Therefore, stand! Have the belt of truth buckled around your waist, put on righteousness for a breastplate,15 and wear on your feet the readiness that comes from the Good News of shalom.(CJB)

 

What did Yeshua say when He blessed the bread and the wine?

It was similar to the traditional prayers below.


Blessings Over Bread and Juice of the Grape


Hamotzi (Blessing over bread)

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Phonetic Hebrew transliteration: Baruch atah Adonai eloheinu melech ha-alom ha-motzi lechem min ha-aretz.


Kiddush (Blessing over the juice of the grape)

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, creator of the fruit of the vine.

Phonetic Hebrew transliteration: Baruch atah Adonai eloheinu melech ha-alom bor-ay peri ha-gafen.


HEARTS FOR ISRAEL – WHAT WE BELIEVE

 

  1. Salvation is only from acceptance and believing that Yeshua (Jesus) is our Lord and Savior through His Perfect Sacrifice on the cross. There is no other way of salvation.

 

  1. The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) is the New Testament Concealed, the New Testament is the Hebrew Bible revealed.

 

  1. That we are privileged to have Messianic Planners in Calvary Chapel Jurupa Valley, that we agree with and are subject to Calvary Chapel Distinctives and the Pastoral Staff of CCJV.

 

  1. That Yeshua Mashiach (Jesus Messiah) was a Jew who kept and fulfilled the Law of Moses. He never started a “new” religion. He never rejected His people, the Jews. A Jew who comes to Yeshua is not “converted” but fulfilled – it’s not a sin to be a Jew.

 

  1. That the Bible (Hebrew Bible and New Testament) is the inspired, living, Word of God, given to Jewish writers and contains a distinctive Jewish perspective that explains the actions of Yeshua and His Apostles. Without understanding the Jewish Perspective, you cannot understand the Jewishness of Yeshua, His Apostles and Scripture.

 

  1. That the Hebrew Bible by itself is like a mystery novel missing the last chapter. There are unfulfilled prophecies, unexplained ceremonies, and unknown purposes.

 

  1. That the New Testament by itself lacks a foundation for its authority and teachings. The Law Convicts, without the Law there is no rational need for a Savior.

 

  1. That the use of names such as “Yeshua” (Jesus), “Ha Shem” (The Name), “Adonai” (Lord), Abba (Father), etc. and euphemisms such as “Hebrew Bible”, “Tanach” (Hebrew Bible), “Torah” (Law, the first 5 books of the Bible written by Moses), with definitions are intended to help gentile CCJV members understand their Jewish contacts, and open doors to respectful witness and also, to bring a sense of welcome and understanding to Jews who may come seeking information from CCJV.

 

  1. That we assist CCJV in fulfilling Romans 1:16 “…to the Jew first…” by creating a welcoming, understanding and secure place to minister to Jews seeking to understand Yeshua through our honoring the Feast Days (Honored by Yeshua) and teaching from the Jewish Perspective regarding scripture.

 

  1. That the rise of Messianic teaching is a move of God as the Messianic movement is growing and spreading around the world, especially in Israel. Messianic teaching is a tool to be used to bring Salvation to as many Jews as possible as the day of Rapture draws near.

 11.    That night is coming when no man can work.