What is a messianic Synagogue?

by wanda samuelson

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" is a quote by William Shakespeare from his play Romeo and Juliet. What he means here is that the Messianic believers wish to reinvent themselves, to look for another descriptive label for varied but misguided reasons. A Messianic Synagogue is the coming together of Believer's in Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, which is foretold by the Hebrew prophets.

A significant fact to know about Messianic Judaism is that the faith in Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth is culturally Hebrew. Messianic Believers can embrace the Hebrew life while embracing faith in Yeshua the YHVH of Israel, and still maintain a Hebrew expression of faith.

The Brit Chadesha (New Testament) reveals tens of thousands of Jews who believed "yet remained zealous for the Torah" (the enlightenment of the first 5 books of the Bible). These believers were not converts to a Gentile religion, but Jews who believed in Yeshua as Messiah (Acts 21:20) in the setting of Torah.

Messianic Synagogues... are characterized by a number of distinctive elements: Worship on Shabbat (the Sabbath or 7th day), Celebrating God's other appointed feasts and customs that are consistent with the Scriptures, Davidic Dance in Worship (Ps 49:3), and Hebrew/English Liturgy. One of the more prominent aspects is that the Word of God is taught from its cultural, historical and biblical point of view. If you are seeking a deeper understanding of scripture then this is the place for you.

Many non-Jews have found a special fulfillment in Messianic Synagogues, as well, because they have been grafted into "the rich root of the olive tree" and "brought near by the shedding of Messiah's blood" (Rom 11:17, Eph 2:13). Together, Jews and non-Jews, learn of our rich Hebrew Heritage of faith in Yeshua the Messiah.

What about you? Where will you stand?

We live in a time which scripture calls "the time of the end!"

A time of war is coming. It seems to be imminent with Israel and Jerusalem at the very center. Most of the world will turn against Israel and the Jews in the terrible days ahead of us. One thing is certain: The YHVH of Israel will not forsake His people. He speaks to them via His prophet Joel.

"Proclaim this among the nations... Prepare for War! Wake up the mighty men, Let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up. Elohim will roar from Zion, and utter His Voice from Jerusalem the heavens and the earth will shake but (Joel 3:9, 16)

Whose side are you on?

The Father gave a clear warning to the world by a special covenant He made with Abraham, the ancestor and founder of Israel. YHVH said: "I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curse you. And in you shall all the nations of the earth be blessed." (Gen 12:3)

When the coming crisis in Israel and the Middle East hits the headlines, be sure to remember that the Father blesses those who are a blessing to His people. If you would like more information about the prophetic times we live in, come visit and learn.

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