Expounding the Word of God to Judah, Israel, & the Nations with Courage, Deliberation, and Vigilance
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Note on the Use of Vernaculars:
ABP is based upon the foundation of “Doing what Yeshua did!” rather than the popular “What would Jesus do?”
As a “Messianic Israel” ministry, fully supporting a Biblical worldview, ABP will often use Hebrew as well as English vernaculars and translations. Sometimes our LORD will be referred to as Yeshua, and other times as Jesus. The YLT, KJV and the NKJV are the main versions of Scripture which will be cited; therefore, “Jesus” will be used often–and this author is comfortable with either. Also, the TaNaKH will also be used on occasion.
What is “Messianic Israel”?
1. Messianic Jew: In the Messianic Community, there are Jews who become Christian, and who maintain a Judaic background and foundation. They continue to generally adhere to Rabbinic foundations and teachings in their Messianic views regarding Yeshua. They are basically Rabbinic Jewish with a Christian flavor.
2. Messianic Christian: In the Messianic Community, there are Christians who become Judaic in their view of Scripture; and thus, look to Rabbinic foundations for their understanding of Yeshua and Scripture, while keeping many modern Christian doctrinal views. They are basically Christian with a Jewish flavor.
3. Messianic Israel: Ten years ago, Messianic Israel is a term that I first used in my book “Identity“, to generally distinguish the Messianic Community as I was seeing it. I was neither Messianic Jew or Messianic Christian. I believed, and still believe, the correct view should be Messianic 1st Century perspective and faith. Judeo-Christian is not an inaccurate description. Etymologically, it’s pretty accurate. However, there’s just too much leaven, inside of Judaism and Christianity, to use it as a good description of one’s faith in Yeshua or Scripture. In the Messianic Community, I believe there are many believers who fit into this category, in addition to myself.
The First Century Ekklesia – The Jews of Judea who became believers in Yeshua were the first Biblical Messianics. They followed The Messiah (HaMashiach) Yeshua. They were a sect of Judaism, just like the Pharisees, Sadducces, or Essenes. They were called “The Way” and that is how the 1st Century Ekklesia identified themselves; as well as, how they were identified politically and religiously by others.
The Way was not Rabbinic. The Way was not denominational Christian. The Apostles did not call themselves “Christian.” In fact, the word Christian(s) is only mentioned three (3) times in the entire NT. The first Gentile church in Antioch called themselves “followers of Christ”–which is what Christian is supposed to mean.
The Way, however, is mentioned several times in various contexts. Namely, Yeshua being “The Way.” There is no question as to why they called themselves–The Way, as another “sect” of Judaism. Today’s contradicting arguments and views of Scripture, between Christian and Rabbinic doctrines, did not exist among The Way because the Scriptures were not up for interpretation. Some tried–by following Apollo, by following The Baptist, etc. However, the original teachings (Biblical doctrines) of the Apostles and Paul were sound and unleavened.
Now we have “essential doctrines” of the Christian faith. What’s that? Who decides what’s “essential” and what is not? Who’s “doctrine” will you follow? Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Methodist, Anglican, Reformed, Dispensational? If it’s one-faith, why so many differences? This is not the faith of the 1st Century Ekklesia. Today’s Christianity is full of leaven. Why do we need hundreds of different “denominations”? That alone tells you something is very wrong! Take a look: http://www.mesacc.edu/~thoqh49081/handouts/denominations.html
Come out of her My people!
Last Updated: 20 January 2021
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