One of the goals that pertains to the Israel & the Jewish People category in this magazine is to assist in the development of Messianic believers in the LAND of Israel. This will transpire in several ways. A grievous issue that affects most Jewish believers in Israel is the anti-missionary movement. For most gentile western Christians persecution for our faith is non-existent. But for believers in Israel it can take the form of a “double portion” for how they are treated. How can one Jew call another Jew a ‘Nazi’? Is this not beyond insult? But this type of accusation, and even physical attacks, often take place. Below is a quote from an eyewitness at a protest of a Messianic congregation in Ashdod,
Growing up as a Jew, I never in my life would have thought that I would one day be compared to Hitler. But that’s just what happened tonight.
I was informed that there would be a ‘rally’ against Messianic Jews (Jews who believe that Yeshua is the promised Jewish Messiah) in the town of Ashdod, Israel.
At first we thought our dear Pnina was to have her bakery targeted again. The poor woman just wants to make cookies and cakes, but because of her faith in Yeshua, she’s been endlessly harassed for years.
But no, this time the rally was in another part of town outside a Messianic Jewish congregation.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Maybe a few demonstrators? I was shocked by what was in place when I arrived.
The Ashdod police had the entire street closed off. Police check-points stopped cars that wanted to enter the area. In front of the congregation were police barricades, a stage with a podium, a long table, with banners and signs that read: “Yad L’Achim”. I soon realized this was going to be some well organized hate-fest.
Within half an hour the entire street was packed with hundreds and hundreds of ultra-orthodox men and boys dressed in black.
Soon, ‘rabbi’ (I use that term very loosely) after rabbi took to the stage to condemn the plague that is Messianic Judaism. Missionaries, they called us. Then came the comparisons to Hitler. We’re here to destroy the Jewish people, to steal Jewish souls to lead all Jews away from Judaism and on and on and on.
It is hard to conceive of the pain this would cause. The Messianic believers of Israel contribute in all areas of life (for example, serving in the IDF and paying taxes) in building the land of Israel, yet here they are accused of actually ‘destroying’ it. I see in these Jewish believers the future hope of national Israel. All that the western gentile church has done for the modern state of Israel is greatly appreciated. However, I am making an appeal that our first obligation is to these Messianic believers and through them to assist the nation both naturally and spiritually.
Secondly, let us commit to pray for Yad L’Achim and other anti-missionary organizations. How many Rabbi Saul’s (the Apostle Paul) are in their ranks? Let us pray for their children that they may see the Light of their Messiah. The Jewish people have enough enemies already, this internal war is not necessary and is grievous. And don’t forget in your prayer for the persecuted church to include our Jewish brothers and sisters in the land of Israel.
John Paul is is an Associate Editor for Voice of Revolution, overseeing Jewish Issues.
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