I will stand at my watchpost; I will station myself on the rampart.
I will look to see what [God] will say through me and what I will answer when I am reproved.
Then Adonai answered me; he said, “Write down the vision clearly on tablets, so that even a runner can read it.
For the vision is meant for its appointed time; it speaks of the end, and it does not lie.
It may take a while, but wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.
OUR VISION & PURPOSE
“Here, the days are coming,” says Adonai, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says Adonai. “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says Adonai: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know Adonai’; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more.”
The Jewish Messiah came 2000 years ago to reconcile a world gone astray to a holy God. This Good News was first proclaimed by Yeshua's (Jesus') disciples in Jerusalem, then into Judea, Samaria and throughout the known world - Jewish men and women brought the Good News of Messiah to all the nations - to the Jew first and also to the Gentiles. As the gospel spread, however, the church began to forget about its Jewish foundation and the wall between Jew and Gentile that Yeshua came to dismantle was rebuilt. This time, the Jewish people were on the outside. Shunned and rejected and often forcibly converted or martyred, the wall grew higher and thicker and many Jews concluded that this "Jesus" could never be the Messiah promised in our scriptures. At the same time, the belief spread that believers in Jesus, and that Jesus Himself, must completely reject and disconnect from their Jewish foundation.
As a passionate and unapologetic Messianic Congregation, our goal at Beth Yeshua is to be a house for all nations - Jew and Gentile alike - to worship the God of the Bible and fall more deeply in love with Him and His very Jewish Messiah, Yeshua. Our mission is clear: "TO TEAR DOWN THE WALL!!!!" We are a family, a community - Jew and Gentile, one in Messiah - growing more intimate with and becoming more fully surrendered to the God who is the same yesterday, today and forever. In so doing, our passion is to fulfill the promise made to Abraham and commanded to us by Yeshua Himself - be a source of His Light to all nations!
We fervently desire to experience our Lord with an authentic scripture-based faith, born out of His instructions, His ways, His commands – as it has been taught for 4000 years and lived out in the lives of Yeshua and His first century disciples. We simply…want to be like Him. It is through scripture that God reveals Himself and His ways to us – it is the foundation of all we say and do here at Beth Yeshua. His words were written by Jewish men and women, inspired by the Ruach (Spirit) of God and within a Hebraic context. We want to see the God of Israel through the eyes of those who wrote the scriptures. As we do that, we understand more completely the heart of the One True God - the God of Israel.
What is mind blowing, and what many have yet to recognize, is that Jesus did not come to create a new religion. He came to ratify a renewed covenant with the same nation (the children of Israel) about the same thing (the Torah) - it's all there in scripture in Jeremiah 31. He came to fulfill an eternal promise that God gave to Abraham and his descendants to be a blessing to ALL nations. The Jewish sages have known and taught for centuries that the sign of the Messiah's coming will be that the Gentile nations will begin to yearn for the teachings of God in their purest form. This promise He began to fullfill in His sacrifice 2000 years ago. With that in mind, please know that the Messianic movement is not a denomination, nor is it a new religion. It is a prophetic move of God intended to unite Jew and Gentile in the purity of worship as it was taught and lived out by Yeshua and His earliest followers.
We understand that there are excesses in every move of God. The Messianic movement is no exception. We also understand that there are those who criticize the movement and, in all honesty, seriously misrepresent and stereotype it with a broad brush. It is not our vision at Beth Yeshua to help others be more Jewish. It is our vision to help others be more Goddish - to be more like Yeshua. It just so happens that Yeshua was, is, and always will be JEWISH. To deny that is to deny the reality of who He is. To worship anyone but the Jewish Yeshua is to worship another god, not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Thus, our calling is first and foremost to serve Him as committed disciples and to help others serve Him as well. Of course, serving Him starts with the fact that the only way to a relationship with God is through Yeshua, through His sacrifice on the execution stake, and by His grace alone...no other way. To love and serve Him is to do His word, follow His commands, and keep His instructions. Of course, this too cannot be carried out in our own strength, but only by His grace and through the power that His Spirit provides.
For our Jewish brothers and sisters, whether or not you have embraced Yeshua as your Messiah, we wish for you to know that being a believer in Yeshua IS being JEWISH – because He was, is and always will be the Messiah that we Jews have long waited for. He alone fulfills the more than 300 Messianic prophecies in our Hebrew scriptures. Unlike what has often been taught in both Christian AND Jewish circles, scripture actually encourages Jewish people to be entirely Jewish in walking out their relationship with God through Yeshua, just as Yeshua Himself and His talmidim did.
For Gentiles who trust in Jesus as Messiah and Savior, we are thrilled to provide an authentic form of worship to faithfully bless our God in a Hebraic context. Gentile believers are grafted into the original “olive tree” and are adopted into the family of God as spiritual children of Abraham. In Yeshua, there is neither Jew nor Gentile. Gentiles were “once without hope, but now have been brought near” and are united with Messiah through His sacrifice.
Congregation Beth Yeshua is a place were Jew and Gentile can worship the God of Israel and His Messiah Yeshua together as the “one new man” the scripture speaks of.
We are ONE in Messiah.
We Pray Blessings Upon You In Messiah’s Love,
rabbi Daniel & rebbetzin Tracey