The Messianic Movement
Prophetic & Timely
With the watershed event of the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 came an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in a unique and unexpected way. It has been said that the Church is never ready for revival, but this revival really pushed the limits.
Not only did this unconventional wave of the Spirit bring hordes of unkempt, long-haired, unshaven hippies into the Church... if they weren’t peculiar enough, the Father began to bring JEWS! Not one or two, but many!
The Jesus Movement, as it came to be known, would be the first and only revival (since the First Century Church) to see Jewish People - in great numbers - coming to faith in Jesus! Initially it was a cause for celebration, but soon, friction would arise as these new Jewish Believers bristled at the concept of rejecting the Jewishness of their Messiah...
What incredible days we are living in! Even some 40 years ago, when God was gathering arm loads of Jewish People into His Kingdom through the Jesus Movement of the late 1960s, few could imagine they would see a day when there would be Messianic Congregations throughout the world, and Christian colleges offering full degrees in Messianic Studies!
Many of the young Messianic Jewish men and women from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s have risen to lead what is clearly the most proliferating season for Messianic Judaism since the First Century. Not only do Messianic Congregations exist in nearly every city in the United States, but every day, more are springing up in key cities around the globe.
Not since the Book of Acts have we witnessed such growth—and in numbers none of us could have imagined.
What is Messianic Judaism? Why has God restored this First Century expression? Why now?
Simply stated, Messianic Judaism is a worldwide movement of Jews who have found Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah. Today, most understand Judaism and Christianity to be two distinct and very different religions. But according to the New Testament, Jesus and all of His first followers were Jewish. They did not convert to another religion, but discovered the one whom the Prophets of the Old Testament promised would come to bring them redemption. In fact, there are over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament that reveal the identity, purpose and mission of this promised Messiah. Nearly all are clearly fulfilled in the person of Yeshua of Nazareth.
To me, Messianic Judaism isn't simply an alternative among a number of forms of Judaism. Messianic Judaism is true, biblical Judaism! When we share our faith in the Messiah, we are not saying, "Here, try this." We are saying, “You know the promised Messiah of the Scriptures? Good News— He has come and His Name is Yeshua!"
There are more Jews who have accepted Jesus as the Messiah of Israel and Savior for the world than anytime since the time of Jesus Himself. In fact, more Jews have experienced this dramatic realization in the last 41 years than in the previous 19 centuries added together. This is a momentous move of God!
God is surely restoring the Believers of the House of Israel to be a royal priesthood to declare His Good News throughout the earth. We must not be lax. Harvest time is at hand and God has commissioned us in the Messianic Movement to work the works of Him who called us while it is day, for soon the night will come when no man can work! (John 9:4)
Messianic Judaism is a Prophetic Sign
Israel’s existence is a prophetic statement to the world!
In 1948, Israel was restored as a Nation with a homeland after nearly 2,000 years. Since that day, it has been at the center of world attention, and world controversy. The extent to which the eyes of the world and the politics of nations being rivited upon this relatively miniscule state with no natural resources goes far beyond natural reasoning. Israel is merely a sliver of land in the massive Middle East, and barely a dot on the world map. Why then all the attention?
Once again, in 1967, when Jerusalem was restored to the Jewish People, God was fulfilling promises made to Israel thousands of years ago— restoration of His People and their Land— at an appointed time.
The physical presence of a Land named "Israel" is a bold declaration made by God which cannot be ignored. It is an ensign proving for all to see that the biblical promises are being fulfilled! God is real... the Bible is true!
In the same way, the Messianic Movement is a sign, visible through Messianic Congregations, that God is restoring His People to Himself, and a visible testament to our covenant-keeping God.
Years ago, a woman was walking in New York City when she was handed a tract. She wasn't a Believer, but had been raised in church. When she glanced at the tract and read "Jews for Jesus," she hopped right there on the street and exclaimed, "Jesus, you're coming soon!" She became a Believer as a result of the witness that prophecy is being fulfilled— the eyes of Jewish People are being opened!
Messianic Judaism is a Revival Movement
"This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come. And I will fill this house with glory,' says the Lord God Almighty... 'Theglory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the Lord Almighty." Haggai 2:6-9
I fully believe that the Messianic Movement has been raised up to be a vehicle for revival, for the Jewish People and all the nations of the world. In this portion of Haggai, as well as other Old and New Testament texts, God speaks of a latter day outpouring upon the Jewish People and ultimately the nations that will be greater than anything recorded in history.
We are living in those days!
Messianic Judaism is not man's good idea— it is the first fruits of the latter day rain upon Israel, the Church, and ultimately the world.
God Has declared it in His Word, and nothing will stand in the way of Him bringing revival to the nations. What we have witnessed over the past 41 years is marvelous, but I believe it just the beginning. The "latter house"— the assembly of all Believers, Jew and Gentile— is going to be greater in size, scope and in depth of understanding and relationship with the Father!
The Messianic Movement is charged with a great purpose: to bring this revival, which the Gospel boldly proclaims, to the entire earth. We must be willing to invest all in the revival of the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel. There is no wiser investment we can make, and we are called to invest nothing less.
Life from the Dead!
In Romans 11:11-12 & 15, Paul writes: "Again I ask: Did they [the Jews] stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring... For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?"
What is this life from the dead? Ultimately it is the return of Yeshua (Jesus) to the earth when the Jewish People are restored to God!
There is an inseparable connection between the salvation of the Jewish People and the restoration of the nations. The Jews are not just another people group — they are the gauge of God's prophetic timeclock! If you want to see the return of the Messiah, get involved with Jewish ministry.
Mark Twain gave as his reason for believing in God, "The Jew, my friend, the Jew!" How do we know we're in the final days and that God is restoring all things? "The Messianic Jew, my friend, the Messianic Jew!"
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