April 13th, 2011 by John Paul

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”. Matthew 5:10 (NKJ).

“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you”.  Luke 6:27-28 (NKJ).

These commands were put into practice recently in Israel at a hearing of accused attacker Jack Teitel.  Many are familiar with how Ami Ortiz nearly lost his life opening a Purim package in March 2008.  The Ortiz family was targeted because of their open faith in Messiah Yeshua.  The current legal proceedings are to determine if Teitel  is ‘legally competent’ to stand trial.  Almost 3 years to the month of the attack, Ami was in the court room for these hearings for first time face to face encounter.  Leah Ortiz writes about the account that

There were several recesses during the long hours, when Teitel was taken out of the courtroom and then returned, hands and feet shackled, and surrounded by guards. We were forewarned not to approach him or talk to him. When he would come out, we would go near to the door of the courtroom, and Ami would sit on a barrier which is used to keep the media separated from the prisoners, which is in itself pretty high. When he sat on it, his head nearly touched the ceiling, and from that perch and vantage point, he watched Teitel. Ami remained very calm, and took seeing Teitel for the first time in person very well. He said that he felt OK, and it didn’t seem to throw him off his equilibrium to see his attacker.

Suddenly, a recess was called, and Teitel and the guards came out, and proceeded to walk in our direction. I looked at him directly in his face, and for the first time he made eye contact with me. His eyes searched my face for my reaction to him. I just looked at him, and he saw no hate in my face, because I refuse to hate, even though my poor son has suffered and continues to suffer from his hatred and violence. He looked at David the same way, searching his face for a reaction. Then Chaim called out to him, “How did it feel to see Ami Ortiz in Court today?” Chaim said that Teitel turned around and looked at him with a demonic look that chilled him to the bone. He said he had never experienced anything like that stare before.

The impact of this demonstration of the character of Messiah by the Ortiz family hopefully will be realized in all of Israel.  Opportunity for Israelis to see the transforming power of the message of Yeshua exists as this case unfolds.  This case and others that involve ‘harassment’ of individual citizens of Israel by the hands of anti-missionaries has come to the attention of the local secular news.  On the Maoz Ministry blog a 3-part video series has been posted showing the local news segments.  (The Ortiz story is on part 2).    It is encouraging to see the secular station actually use the Maoz film footage.  So not only does following the words of Yeshua get media coverage but a Messianic congregation is seen as a legitimate positive expression of one’s Jewishness.  The conversation of religious tolerance and freedom is disclosed benignly for the Messianic community and malevolently for the anti-missionary establishment.  This is a diametric shift in the spiritual atmosphere in the modern Jewish State witnessed in this generation.  This is new territory for the gospel in Israel.   Moving forward, we can expect to see deeper restoration for the nation as promised in Scripture (Ezekiel 37:26-28), albeit she faces an existential threat from her enemies.  Below is the video mentioned:

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It is typical for this writer to pray that the Jewish people see their Messiah in the Biblical feasts, particularly Pesach (Passover) and Yom Kippur.   With an increasing volume the light of Israel’s Redeemer will be shown through the believers in ‘erets’ Israel (land of Israel).


John Paul is is an Associate Editor for Voice of Revolution, overseeing Jewish Issues.

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March 26th, 2011 by John Paul

For seven years there have been anti-messianic demonstrations in front of the home of Polly Sigulim.  Once again, when probing deeper into the life of this widow of 3 sons all who are IDF soldiers we have to ask what has she done to deserve this hostile treatment.  According to the Gur Hasidim she is involved in missionary activity for foster parenting several children whose Messianic parents have passed away.

This is ostensibly because she fostered some children from another Messianic Jewish family when their parents passed away. The Gur hold this up as some kind of proof of missionary kidnapping of children. This was a legal fostering according to Israeli law and in full accord with the wishes of the family. However be that as it may, Israeli law is not always as important to the Gur and other Haredi groups who often hold Israeli civil law as inferior to the law of their rabbinical courts. These rabbinical courts may very well serve their own communities adequately, but their rulings are not legally holding for other Israeli citizens who are from other communities, such as the Israeli Messianic Jewish community.

There were about 100 Arad residents on the side of Polly countering the protesters.  This news clip shows how the protest went.

It was great to see Polly’s neighbors who know her best stand in her support.  But there are ways we can help also even if we do not live in Israel.  It is time for the Body of Messiah, especially in America, to shift their funds from certain aid groups to directly nurture the growth of our Israeli brethren.  Subsequent to 1967, the resurgence of believing Jews in the land has lead to many organizations that not only further the gospel of the Kingdom of Jesus, but also provide humanitarian aid, even to Palestinians.  Would it not be best for the generosity of Christians to be expressed through the ones who can give a voice of eternal hope to the recipient?

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews does not function as a Messianic Jewish group.  The founder is a traditional Rabbi and does not have gospel purposes in mind.  While preparing for this post, I listened to a recent podcast of ‘The Line of Fire’ with Dr. Michael Brown and quest Ron Cantor. They graciously gave attention to this issue and is recommended for the reader.  (The discussion starts at about 1 hour and 19 minutes in the podcast).

So what are the alternatives for Evangelical supporters of Israel?  I’m glad you asked, and we have some suggestions for you.  Make it a matter between you and the Lord and follow His leading.

By channeling our giving to Israel in this manner our hearts and our treasure will be in line with the Father’s will of salvation by his Son Jesus.   The conflicts that may arise by these funds going to the enemies of the gospel will be mitigated.

The import of this is even beyond the physical and natural needs that will be ameliorated.  It is one aspect that leads to the salvation of Israel.  The seminal influence in Israel for this is the Messianic community of believers.  Let us do all we can with our funding of the gospel to ensure this promise even to generations to come.


John Paul is is an Associate Editor for Voice of Revolution, overseeing Jewish Issues.

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March 10th, 2011 by John Paul

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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August 15th, 2010 by M. French

A campaign to raise awareness of the 53rd chapter of Isaiah from Chosen People Ministries, which included billboards and a full page ad in the New York Times promoting a free book explaining the chapter, also featured a public open-mic debate with Dr. Brown at a Marriott in downtown Manhattan on July 15th.  The debate began with a presentation from Brown on Isaiah 53, and followed with an opportunity for anyone in attendance to challenge his presentation.  Below is a report from Dr. Brown, including live excerpts from the presentation and comments/challenges from some of those that came to the mic:

Reaction from Jewish counter-missionaries (those that actively oppose the message of the gospel being spread to the Jewish people) to the campaign and debate included the following from 5 Towns Jewish Times:

Last Thursday night, Chosen People Ministries held a poorly attended public debate at Manhattan’s Marriott East Side, featuring top missionary lecturer Dr. Michael Brown, author of a five-part book series which purports to answer Jewish objections to JC. Among the few Jews who attended were several countermissionary experts, including Rabbi Moshe Shulman, executive director of Judaism’s Answer (www.judaismsanswer.com). Shulman engaged Brown in collegial exchange and scored several points in refuting Brown’s scholarly allegations that Isaiah 53 definitively supports the messiahship of JC.

Commenting afterwards, Rabbi Shulman noted, “Debates with Jews about the messiah are not new. Over 500 years ago, the Spanish Jewish communities suffered such indignity as part of the Inquisition. Today it’s more subtle, and Jewish apathy is furthering missionary inroads into Russian, Israeli, Bukharian, Persian, and American Jewish communities. The Orthodox can no longer claim to be immune. And what’s happening here is equally unfolding in Israel with little resistance or outrage.”

As well as the following from The Jewish Star:

The chapter, according to the translation in The Times, speaks of a singular “suffering servant,” which Glaser maintains is a reference to Jesus.
Isaiah 53 is a standard polemic text that missionaries use, said Rabbi Tovia Singer of Outreach Judaism.

“Isaiah 53 is the fourth Servant Song which began in Isaiah 41,” Rabbi Singer explained. “In the first three Servant Songs it identifies the servant who suffers at the hands of the nations as Israel. Isaiah introduces the servant of G-d, both in the singular and plural, who endured tremendous pains, but who is ultimately vindicated in the Messianic days… The chapter [is] molested, ripped out of context and mistranslated and presented to Jewish people who know nothing about the faith that they are being asked to abandon.”

In response to allegations such as these from counter-missionaries that the campaign should elicit “resistance and outrage” from Jewish people, and that the 53rd chapter of Isaiah is “molested, ripped out of context and mistranslated” by Messianic missionaries, Brown said the following:

When you hear almost hysterical charges like these from Rabbi Singer, you can only ask yourself why the counter-missionaries are protesting so loudly. Could it be that Isaiah 53 speaks for itself so clearly?

Really now, why would a Jewish rabbi get so upset when we tell our Jewish people to take their Bibles (in Hebrew or in a good Jewish translation) and read Isaiah 53 for themselves? Are we being criticized by professional counter-missionaries for encouraging fellow Jews to read their Bibles, pray, and think for themselves?

In reality, the greatest evangelistic tool we have is not our gospel literature or our arguments or our debating abilities. It is just the text of the Tanakh, the Hebrew Scriptures. Countless thousands of Jews have embraced Yeshua as the Messiah based on their study of Isaiah 53, and we are confident that many thousands more will come to faith as well.

For more information on messianic prophecy, including Isaiah 53, see Real Messiah’s Messianic Objections section, and the book Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus: Volume 3.

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