Friday, October 3, 2008

Onward Christian Missionaries

Posted by Ellen W. Horowitz

In the mad pre-Rosh Hashanah rush, I neglected to send out a missionary update. So below is the last update on evangelical missionary activity for the year 5768 – and it’s a long one.

Let’s hope that this New Year brings shorter and sweeter news, as we make progress in our efforts to upset the designs of those who are determined to take the Jewish people away from their faith.

With the U'netaneh Tokef prayer being such an integral part of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur service, we might as well begin in Germany where more than 800 years ago the martyred Rabbi Amnon of Mainz left us a very painful and eternal lesson on an interfaith friendship gone awry…

The WEA issues the 2008 Berlin Declaration: a decree to convert European Jewry:

YNET reports that the World Evangelical Alliance ended their conference in Berlin with a statement calling for the mass conversion of Jews (in the spirit of friendship, of course)

The statement issued by the WEA Theological Commission entitled "The Berlin Declaration on the Uniqueness of Christ and Jewish Evangelism in Europe Today" was developed by a task force at a consultation in Berlin, Germany which took place on August 18-22, 2008.

The ADL was quick to denounce the World Evangelical Alliance for targeting European Jews for conversion. It was not unlike Foxman’s statement issued at the end of March which censured the very same WEA for launching a campaign targeting Jews for conversion via full page ads in the New York Times and other major papers.

The WEA is no fringe group. It “ is a network of churches in 128 nations that have each formed an evangelical alliance and over 100 international organizations joining together to give a worldwide identity, voice and platform to more than 420 million evangelical Christians.” And it enjoys the endorsement of some heavy hitters among so-called “Christian Zionists”. As you may recall CUFI regional director and publisher Stephen Strang was among the endorsers of that WEA statement, as was radio-show host Janet Parshall - who was instrumental in launching and establishing the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus.

[It should be noted that the “prophetic” Parshall withdrew from the Caucus as she sensed a time when Israel would soon essentially say, "We'll take your aid, your support and your tourist dollars, but we won't take your Jesus."] Damn straight, Janet !

Ironically it was Abe Foxman of the ADL who played a role in preventing Israel from passing badly needed anti-missionary legislation back in 1998. Something about “the bill’s implications on civil liberties and religious freedom in Israel”.. What goes around comes around, Abe.

Messianic Jews Promote Ethiopian Aliya:

The Jerusalem Post is reporting that Messianic Jewish missionaries from the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) are busy convincing 50,000-70,000 Ethiopian Christians from far-flung villages in Ethiopia that they are really Jewish believers in Jesus and entitled to aliyah.

The following are excerpts from the article:
“Operation Tikva is contravening the Israeli government's attempts over the last year to wind down official aliya operations in Ethiopia, and the project is being viewed in Jerusalem with alarm.”

...."These people are clearly not Jewish and they are working in areas where none of the people are Jews either; everything they are telling these people are lies," said Rabbi Menachem Waldman, a member of the Public Council for Ethiopian Jews, which has successfully persuaded the Israeli government to continue checking the eligibility for immigration of a further 3,000 Falash Mura (Ethiopian Jews whose ancestors converted to Christianity more than a century ago) from the same region of Ethiopia...

Aveje Manhanei, who runs an Israeli-based Web community dedicated to preserving the traditions and culture of Ethiopian Jewry, told the Post, "If Israel does not put a stop to this activity as soon as possible then there will eventually be another 75 million Ethiopians demanding to make aliya."

Kidnapping the Kotel:

Missionaries continue their “love affair” with Jewish symbols with the intent of drawing Jews closer. Well here’s one kotel we Jews won’t be kissing…

Every Home for Christ located in Colorado Springs, will be spending $2.3 million on a replica of the Western Wall which will be housed in the Jericho Center for Global Evangelism – a missionary training center

The replica will fill 2,500 square feet of an 8,000-square-foot, 300-seat auditorium. About 50 tons of stone will be used to construct the mini two-story wall and auditorium. Stones will be cut from an ancient mine outside of Jerusalem. The wall will be free and open to the public 24 hours a day. The hope is to have Christians and Jews praying together.

1 Million Christians to Claim Inheritance of Eretz Yisrael

…if Joel Bell gets his way. The Israeli citizen and Christian missionary (how did he make aliyah?)
who sends out Hannukah greetings praising Jesus, has unveiled ambitious building designs in Israel, as well as plans to bring 1,000,000 Christians on aliyah. Joel figures that the time has come for Christians to claim their eternal inheritance to Israel – and he’s got Likud cooperation.

Joel, knows how to put a slick presentation together for his Christian brethren, and WORLDWIDE BIBLICAL ZIONISTS "actively develop opportunities through partnership for your participation here in Israel. Investments, jobs, housing, education, military training, community, and tools you'll need to make Israel your home. “

Joel Bell has his eyes set on Judea and Shomron, and he will be bringing a large group to Israel in November to seek out opportunities – so heads up, Jews.

IDF Officers “hook-up”with Southern Baptist Missionaries:

According to a series of letters sent to 11,000 Christian clergy, Southern Baptist Pastor Jim Vineyard “hooked up” with 80 IDF officers at a “War College” in France in late September. Vineyard stayed at the same hotel with “these 80 Hebrews to study primarily, the Normandy Invasion”.

One of the sponsors of the program is Colonel J. Tyler Ryberg, USMC (Retired). Ryberg is the Director of the missionary agency and local church ministry of Faith Baptist Church, Belleville, IL , where his mission is to “evangelize and disciple military men and women around the world through Worldwide Military Baptist Missions”.

In all fairness, Colonel Ryberg has a wealth of battle experience and appears to have great admiration for Pastor Vineyard and his efforts. But he is first and foremost a missionary with a vision for U.S. military men and women “ to be saved, baptized, discipled and serving the Lord Jesus Christ.” So one wonders why our IDF officers need this kind of program which appears to have been – to a large extent - coordinated and sponsored by Baptist pastors like Vineyard and Ryberg.

According to one of Vineyard’s letters, packages were distributed to the IDF officers… “when we put that package of books and DVDs into their hands. They would ask, “For Me?” Then they would walk away amazed.” According to the letter, most of the material was related to the subject matter at hand (the Normandy Invasion). But you gotta wonder…

The State Department has an Orthodox Jewish Problem:

The International Religious Freedom Report of 2008 was recently released, and the State Department leveled some unwarranted charges against the Jews. Seems we’ve been persecuting the church here in Israel and denying Christians their right to pretend to be Jews.

The Jerusalem Post reports that the State Depatment “put blame for the "tensions" on "certain Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities."

But except in one case, the report, which noted numerous incidents of discrimination or violence against Christian or Messianic Jewish communities or individuals, failed to prove that the perpetrators were Orthodox or ultra-Orthodox

The biased and shoddy State Department reporting seemed to rely heavily on the spin given by CBN (the Christian Broadcasting Network) and the ACLJ (The American Center for Law and Justice) – both Pat Robertson productions. As expected they covered items like the Ariel Purim explosion (“bombing”), the Narkiss Church fire (“arson”), and the incineration of missionary materials (“bible burnings”). Of course Pastor/Lawyer Calev Myer’s Jerusalem Institute of Justice was one of the messianic sources which the State Department used in their hatchet job.

Pat Boone “sings” at Eckstein’s anniversary Bash

Pat Roberston was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for support of Israel at Yechiel Eckstein’s 25th anniversary banquet for the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ).

As already pointed out, Robertson’s institutions like CBN and ACLJ are giving Israel a messianic migraine. But it was Pat Boone who MC’d the Eckstein event, and Pat “sang” about his hopes for the Jews on Chicago’s news station WBBM 780.
You can hear that clip here or just read it:

“…one of the early leaders of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, 74-year-old singer Pat Boone, who is Christian but says, with a smile, that he represents the Messianic branch of Judaism.

"The time will come when Jews themselves will say, 'What do you know? The messiah has been here all this time.' So that's what we believe, and we long for. Not that we try to force it on anybody. And we understand why they don't see that yet. Maybe some never will."

The Israeli daily Ma'ariv reported that Eckstein's organization (IFCJ) gave $10,000 in 2007 to an evangelical group in Jerusalem that proselytizes Israeli Jews. " That organization would be Kings of Kings Assemblies in Jerusalem.

"King of Kings Community is called to be a compelling, Messiah-centered, Spirit-empowered, disciple-making community that reveals the true face of Yeshua (Jesus) to Israel and to the nations. "

Yep. That sounds pretty missionary to me.

Is There a Rabbi in the House?

While Rabbi Eckstein may have distributed funds to missionaries, it appears that Rabbi Riskin has accepted missionary related funds.

A CUFI sponsored event at the Harvest Training Center
- a missionary organization - raised $12,600 for Rabbi Riskin's Ohr Torah Loving Kindness Fund in Efrat.

The Calvary Tabernacle Harvest Training Center of Cranford New Jersey is affiliated with Dugit Messianic Outreach Center in Tel Aviv ( a very active missionary organization)

ICEJ Crowns Jesus as the Lion King and Ruler of Jerusalem:

Once again the annual ICEJ (International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem) Feast of the Tabernacles pilgrimage will soon descend upon Jerusalem. As you may recall, last year the Chief Rabbinate proscribed Jewish participation in the Feast events, as well the Jerusalem March due to a missionary presence and activity. As I pointed out in a recent report, the rabbinic decision was more than vindicated.

The Lion of Judah is the theme of this year’s Feast and this is what Chuck King has this to say about this year's feast:

From the tribe of Judah came King David, and from the House of David the true “Lion King” – Jesus – appeared. Jesus’ identity as the triumphal Lion of Judah is revealed in Revelation 5, where He is described as the only one worthy to open Heaven’s scroll.

This year’s Feast of Tabernacles celebration raises a banner bearing the symbol of the Lion of Judah. By lifting up His tribal ensign, we proclaim in this 60th year anniversary of Israel’s national rebirth, that the coming Lion of the Tribe of Judah will soon establish His rightful inheritance and establish His throne to rule over His city and the nations

the lion of Jesus theme is prominently featured throughout the week long pilgrimage with events proclaiming THE INHERITANCE OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH, THE ROAR OF THE LION OF JUDAH, THE LION OF JUDAH AS JUDGE, THE TRIUMPHANT LION OF JUDAH, etc…

Some people will simply dismiss this as a Christian event about Christian beliefs. But as Jews living in Eretz Yisrael, we do have the following issues:
a) The event - the largest tourist event of the year in Israel - is fully endorsed by the government of a Jewish state.
b) the Prime Minister as well as Knesset members and "rabbis" and Jewish/Israeli diplomats and dignitaries attend the events of Feast pilgrimage and/or give it their blessing.
c) A Jewish convention center that enjoys a kashrut certificate hosts the pilgrimage
d) there is a heavy messianic and missionary presence at the Feast (it is essentially an evangelical/missionary event)
e) The Jerusalem March will certainly feature large banners of the Lion of Judah - symbolic of their Jesus, and Jewish bystanders and participants will inadvertently be paying homage to and acknowledging the Christian participants and their symbols (this may pose a serious halachic issue)

Honestly I haven’t been so disgusted since Jerusalem’s emblem of the lion of Judah was morphed into two lions mating to promote a gay pride parade in the streets of Jerusalem .

So if I could be so bold as to momentarily reclaim the Lion King from the Christian Embassy, and borrow a line from Walt Disney….

“Remember who you are”

As we Jews stand before Hashem during these awesome days, we should try and remember just who we are and where we are standing.

And I think we can and should restore the symbol of the lion of Judah to its proper place by politely, but firmly, telling the Christian Embassy where they can put their jesus.

Shana Tova and G’mar Chatima Tova.


Avi said...

Please send me the html of this post. I want to repost it.

Gmar chatima tovah.

Unknown said...

Dearest Elleen
i cant believe that you actually go out of your way to publish this Blasphemey about GOD Loving Christian People in Isreal, which i actually view a being ANTI-Christian, which basically means Anti-Christ!!
Just because the devil managed to turn half the Jewish nation against Jesus 2000 years ago, i can assure you it wont happen this time round.
So stop being so selfish about Israel and so idilylic about being Jewish, because Israel belongs to all who have stood by GOD during this long stuggle against the devil.
So make up you mind as to where the real threats are comming from!
Now here's the simple truth:
GOD created the Heavens&Earth
GOD created Adam & from Him ,Eve
Adam IS the Son of GOD and from Adams seed came all people
Adam is the Father, or Lord of all people on Earth, and is to be the GOD of this Earth once he has grown enough.
This is what [satan] has tried to prevent all this time, and this is what the real WAR on earth is about, not just about being Jewish! The devil kidnapped Eve from Adam and led her into a life of sin
whilst Adam remained with GOD
Adam reincarnated my times until he grew strong enough to Stand again as the Son of GOD, JESUS!
And the devil did all he could to stop this, hence the Crucifixtion
of Jesus, the devil even succeeded in turning many Jews against Jesus, you really have no idea as to how the devil works or how he has infiltrated and decieved many good people in Religion into the wrong mindset, Jews, Christians, Muslims & Hindus all have been affected by the devil as he set out so confuse and turn us against each other.
This is why Jesus and Christianity reached Every corner of the globe with THOUSANDS of Churches built, and no other religion portrays the story of our lives on earth more completely than Christianity, because even human on earth came from His seed, and Jesus is your FATHER, so please stop sticking spears in His side, because nothing hurts him more, not even what evil has done Him hurts Him as much as what Your Words Do!!
Unfortunately all people of Faith are going to have to accept that there are traps in the scriptures planted by the devil
Can you not see what the devil has done, even in Christianity, the Roman Empire after the Crucifixion pretended to be Christians and formed the Roman Catholic Church in an effort to infiltrate Christianity, can you now see what lengths the devil will go to, so be under NO illusion that he never infiltrated Judaism too, because he did, and the Muslims too, now how difficult do you think the devil has made it for GOD to correct all this mess inside Religeous peoples heads, you clearly have no idea, so i suggest you spend more time blaming the devil and leave the Christians alone!!
Shana Tova

Unknown said...

Shalom Everyone

Can you not see that the reason why Israel is so broken and feels so threatened is because half of you reject your own Father,Jesus (ADAM) the King of ZION, so i suggest you take a long hard look at yourselfs, and why so may Christian Missionaries are in Israel, is because they are trying to help you and not hurt you, you just cant see it, but you will~

Anonymous said...

Thank you rain.
Nothing validates my post or opinion of missionaries more than your insane and despicable rantings. Thank you for exposing the truly ugly missionary agenda.

This is one Jew, among many in Israel, who feels neither threatened nor broken. And I think it's that unbreakable spirit that drives Christians like you mad.

People like you have no place in Israel - not now and not in the future.

Unknown said...

Dearest Ellen
Firstly, calm down, Christians aren't mad, there are just Sad to see reject your own blood, like this.
And its you doing all the ranting and slandering, where is your Love, why are you nurturing this hatred towards Jesus, its a blasphemey, and the Greatest Jewish Error, its like me saying Moses or Abraham are nothing, how would that make you feel!!
Are you going to hate everybody, Muslims, Palastinions and now even Christians, what future will you have, think about it, if you harbour hatered and feel threatened by everybody who's not Jewish, and all because you have this Jewish ego of arogance that seems to think its strong enough to hate the rest of the world and still think its right about it, you are so wrong.
I love all people, because i truly know how what the devil has done to them, and confused them.
Personally though, you need to move on, you cant live in the Old Testament forever because it suites You, this Planet needs to be healed, and everyone, great and small, are going to have to accept new things, changes and look forward to the next Testament, but your negative attitude isn't helping anybody, why dont you spend more energy trying to bring solutions to the poor,sick,homeless and hungry in Israel, have you forgotton to Care, where is your Love, Ellen, bring it back, please stop slandering good people, what would GOD say, who do you think Christians are? Do you think they are crazy, is that you only explanation, do you think Muslims are all crazy too, would you dare slander Mohammed, like you slander Jesus, or is it because you still see Jesus & Christians as easy targets because they dont fight back with anger and hatred like you, you wouldn't try that with a Muslim would you, what about Hindus, do you hate them too, just because there not a Jew, how will GOD love you if you hate everybody?
~Please release this hatred and slander~ because it wont do anybody any good and start thinking of positive things to say or do~

Unknown said...

Christians have Quonquered more Evil in this world than you will ever know, they even broke the back of Hitler to defend fellow Jews, yes Ellen i say fellow Jews because all Twelve of the Apostles were Jews, and so Christianity is Jewish and was founded by Jews, and you should be proud of that fact !!!
Anyway more and more Jewish people are turning to Jesus now, than ever before, because there is no fear of loosing there identity, becase Jesus is Jewish, never forget this !!
You should spend some time speaking to fellow Jews who believe in Jesus, or are you going to hate as well, come on Ellen wake up and live, let go of these stones you keep throwing because your throwing them at Yourself!!

Anonymous said...

Christians Missionaries aren't even trying to convert Jews to Christianity, they just wont you to stop Hating JESUS, and Blasphemeying HIM because HE is KING, so stop denying HIM or HE might deny you who say Yeshu, or "wipe is name away", why do you say this people, why do you FEAR HIM so much, or is it your Shameless Guilt that BURNS you so much!!!!

How is it that there are well over 1 BILLION HINDU's on this Planet who Believe IN JESUS, just like Christians DO, so why is it that Jews think Christains are trying to convert them or that Jews might lose there identity if they accepted JESUS, Millions of Jews SECRETLY do Accept JESUS, and still remain Jewish!! HINDU'S certainly have retained their identity, so why cant JEWS !!
How dare Jewish people say, wipe his name away, thats hate !!
It's no wonder your own "enemies" are saying the same about you!!
If this hatred towards JESUS continues we will quite happily leave you ISRAEL, that's right, we will turn our backs and ignore you and your cries for help.

This time your gona have to correct your own Wrong's, own up and say your sorry, be a human again, before you even think of being Jewish, beacause you are REALLY NOT FAVOURED, so get over your Foolish selfinflicted pride before it destroys you, you are your own worst enemy because you who disbelieve or deny His Name deny your own identity as a JEW !!!

The WORLD IS WATCHING YOU ISRAEL, do you want JESUS to turn HIS back on you!!!! you'd better make up your own minds Very Quickly BECAUSE WE ARE OUT OF TIME !!!!!!!!!!!