EMET MINISTRIES’ VISION STATEMENT
Ministering the truth of the gospel to the Jewish people and the truth of the Jewish people and Israel to the church
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THIS WEEK'S 'PARSHA': 'VAYISHLACH'
IMPORTANT DATES TO DIARIZE
EMET MINISTRIES’ PRAYER MEETING
The next Emet Ministries' Prayer Meeting for the Jewish people and Israel takes place in the FOYER HALL at Hatfield Christian Church, Pretoria on Monday night 30 November at 7pm.
Join us as we fervently intercede for the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.
All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.
EMET MINISTRIES’ PRETORIA SHABBAT / HANUKKAH CELEBRATION SERVICE
The next Emet Ministries' Shabbat service will take place in the Minor Auditorium at Hatfield Christian Church, Pretoria on Friday night 4 December at 7pm.
This will be a combined Hanukkah / Shabbat celebration service.
Join us after the service for tea, coffee, snacks and great fellowship.
Invite family and friends as well as Jewish people you know.
All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.
EMET MINISTRIES’ EQUIPPING SEMINAR
The next Emet Ministries' Saturday morning teaching:
Teaching date: 5 DECEMBER 2015
Venue: FOYER HALL, HATFIELD CHRISTIAN CHURCH, PRETORIA
Time: 10h00 - 12h00
Teaching title: 'PARSHA VAYEISHEV' - JOSEPH AND G-D'S REDEMPTIVE PLAN
Come and join us as we look at this fascinating 'parsha' and see how Joseph, G-d's Redemptive Plan and the return of Yeshua are all interwoven
Invite your family and friends; invite Jewish people. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.
EMET MINISTRIES’ JOHANNESBURG SHABBAT SERVICE
The next Emet Ministries' Shabbat service will take place on Friday night 11 December at TURNING POINT MINISTRIES, 1st Floor, M F Auto Centre, Corner North Rand Road and Herman Pieters Road, Boksburg at 7pm.
Join us after the service for tea, coffee and great fellowship.
Invite your family and friends; Invite Jewish people.
All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.
TO THE JEW FIRST
THE JEWISH CHURCH
The first about fifty to one hundred thousand Christians were mostly Jewish!
This may seem like an astonishing statement, however Acts 1:15 tells us that the 120 men and women waiting in the Upper Room, who included the apostles, were all Jewish.
In fact, it is safe to say that the first 3120 Christians were all Jewish.
Allow me to explain this.
Acts 2:1-6 tells us: “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.”
The Apostle Peter then preaches the first gospel message:
Acts 2:14-16: “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel””
In Acts 2:22-24, Peter goes on to say: “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know-- Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.”
Peter continues in Acts 2:29-30: “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne”
And finally in Acts 2:36-41, Peter says: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”
But why would the first fifty to a hundred thousand Christians be mostly Jewish?
It was only when Rav Shaul, the Apostle Paul, was released into his calling as the apostle to the gentiles that gentiles began to come to salvation; and this only happened in the thirteenth chapter of the book of Acts.
Acts 13:2-3: “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.”
A number of years had passed from the original 120 Jews in Acts chapter one to Acts chapter thirteen. And all this time, Acts 11:19 tells us, the gospel was being preached only to the Jewish people: “Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen travelled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only.”
But what has this got to do with us today?
As many Jews as were saved at the time of the early church, there are more saved Jews today (about two to three hundred thousand) then throughout all the ages.
The Jewish Mashiach (Messiah), Yeshua, came to the Jewish people; the church began with the Jewish people; and when the Mashiach, Yeshua, returns, it will again involve the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.
This is the time of the ‘Ingathering of the Remnant’. Which is why in the last six months, more than 2,000 Jewish people around the world have come to salvation…that we know of.
In fact, I myself am one of the ‘Remnant’, and I want to be part of what G-d is doing now. I also want to be part of the fulfilment of G-d’s prophetic word regarding the salvation of my people: “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.”” (Romans 11:25-27)
I end with the words of Peter in Acts 2:36-39: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Yeshua…both Lord and Mashiach.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Yeshua HaMashiach for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the ‘Ruach HaKodesh’ (Holy Spirit). For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.””
BLESS OR CURSE?
Every one of us wants to be blessed. We all desire the ‘shalom’ (peace) of G-d and we would all like to prosper in what we do and in our lives.
Who of us doesn’t want to prosper in our health; in our work situation; in our families and in our finances?
The ‘Tenach’ (Old Testament) tells us that there is one sure area where we are promised peace, prosperity and blessing…that area concerns the Jewish people, the Land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem.
In Genesis 12:1-3, G-d says to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
We know that the descendants of Abraham are the Jewish people; and here G-d says that He will bless those who bless Abram and his descendants.
This is reinforced in Numbers 24:9 when Balaam the prophet declares over the children of Israel: “Blessed is he who blesses you, And cursed is he who curses you.”
What about peace and prosperity?
Let’s look at Psalm 122:6-7: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces.””
Here we clearly see that those who love Jerusalem and who pray for the “peace of Jerusalem” (which will come about when the Messiah, Yeshua, returns to Jerusalem to set up His Kingdom) are promised peace and prosperity.
So we clearly see G-d’s heart for the Jewish people, Israel and Jerusalem.
The Jewish people remain G-d’s chosen people; Israel remains G-d’s chosen land and Jerusalem remains G-d’s chosen city.
Which is why it is so important to bless the Jewish people, and to stand with and pray for Israel and Jerusalem.
However, your heart’s motive must be pure. You need to make sure that the reason you bless the Jewish people and that you stand with and pray for Israel and Jerusalem is because of obedience to G-d’s instruction rather than to “receive the blessing” and to increase your wealth.
If your motive is wrong, I believe that you will not receive the promised blessings.
So, what about those who speak out and stand against the Jewish people, Israel and Jerusalem; well, Almighty G-d promises you something as well…it’s called a curse.
Genesis 12:1, 3: “Now the LORD had said to Abram: “…I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you;”
Numbers 24:9: “Blessed is he who blesses you, And cursed is he who curses you.”
I believe that many people, many countries and even many of the church are either under a curse or heading for a curse.
More and more countries are turning against Israel – which is prophesied in scripture, and anti-Jewishness is rapidly rising world-wide.
I say anti-Jewishness and not anti-Semitism because many of the Arab nations are Semitic…and the world embraces them despite the havoc many of them wreak on society. So let’s call it what it is, anti-Jewishness.
So what is the price for going against and cursing the Jewish people and Israel? We see the answer in Joel 3:1-21:
“For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.”
Joel 3:14-16 continues: “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will grow dark, And the stars will diminish their brightness. The LORD also will roar from Zion, And utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; But the LORD will be a shelter for His people, And the strength of the children of Israel.”
And Joel 3:19-20 concludes: “Egypt shall be a desolation, And Edom a desolate wilderness, Because of violence against the people of Judah, For they have shed innocent blood in their land. But Judah shall abide forever, And Jerusalem from generation to generation.”
Finally, in Matthew 25:34 Yeshua says to the sheep nations who bless the Jewish people and Israel: “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”.
And in Matthew 25:41 Yeshua says to the goat nations who are indifferent to and have no time for the Jewish people and Israel: “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels”.
So, Bless the Jewish people, Israel and Jerusalem from a pure heart and you will receive the blessing that G-d has for you.
Be indifferent to or curse the Jewish people, Israel and Jerusalem and you will receive the curses that G-d has for you.