Pray for those who persecute you

Shalom from the heart of Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn, where I have been part of a prayer meeting with our staff at the new Charles Feinberg Messianic Center. As you will see from the attached article, the religious Jewish community is well aware of our presence in the community, and they are responding in a variety of ways.

One group sent out a video opposing our work, and this same group rented space nearby in order to counter our efforts. Another group, we recently discovered, also rented space across the street from our Center in order to oppose our efforts to tell Jewish people about our beloved Messiah Jesus.

This is to be expected!

So, how do we feel about this intense and very public opposition?

I believe the words of Jesus speak loudest in this instance, as He told us,

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

We are blessed, and our burden has deepened for our fellow Jewish people to open their hearts to the Messiah. We understand that our people do not really understand the message of Jesus.

It is hard for most Jewish people to distinguish between the historic bad behavior of nominal “Christians” who treated the Jewish people so poorly throughout the ages and authentic Gentile Christians who love the Jewish Messiah and the Jewish people. My people simply do not know the difference between the two.

And more importantly, they do not understand that Jesus is Jewish, His earliest disciples were Jewish and that believing in Jesus as the Messiah is not only acceptable for a Jewish person, but the right thing to do!

The question I want many people to think about is not whether it is permissible to be Jewish and believe in Jesus – but whether or not Jesus is the true Messiah of Israel. If my fellow Jews come to this conclusion, then they will choose to follow Him – as I did.

So, please pray for the Jewish people with us!

We are not upset or angry or feeling competitive as described in the article. There is only one Messiah, and we believe with all our hearts that it is Jesus and that He is the One sent from heaven to save us from our sins. My hope and prayer is that my people will be drawn to this loving, forgiving Messiah and find salvation in Him.

We are about to begin the Jewish High Holidays, starting with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) beginning Wednesday evening. Please pray with us that during this time, when the Jewish people think seriously about atonement and forgiveness, that the Lord would open the hearts of our Jewish people – especially those who oppose us – and reveal to them that Jesus is the promised Messiah for both Jews and Gentiles.

Please read the article, which we feel is balanced and accurate in describing the situation… but of course not a true reflection of our heart and motives for establishing the Charles Feinberg Center in the heart of Brooklyn.

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23 responses to “Pray for those who persecute you

  1. Marty

    First of all, you would not be involved in this ministry if you didn’t love the Jewish people. Love always “wins.” We don’t make miracles happen. Only God can do this. We are just vessels. Prayers and Blessings from Martha and Vince Narron in Richmond, Virginia

  2. Frank Adamick

    Just before He went to the Cross to atone for humanity’s sin Yahshua spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Yahshua Messiah whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to you, Holy Father, keep through your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:1-26)

    • Margaret Metcalf

      We need no further explanation as to why we continue to call to repentance the Juhadim and the Goyim. Yeshua has written our defense so well and with Divine Authority. Blessings and favor to all who minister there in these High Holy days and until His Kingdom comes.

  3. We must continue to pray for their salvation as our Lord Jesus declares to us and also as the dispensation of grace is presently being shift to them; I know this as the Lord gave me a revelation to preach to them, so let’s do our work while it’s still day, God bless!

  4. Rene Enslin

    Dear Mitch. Thank you for keeping me updated. I read a most of your articles. A debate between an authodox rabbi and l cant remember who,gave me such insight into the heart of an authentic authodox heart. I see these people with loving tenderness and it always takes me back to the story of the apostle Paul. I have been invited to go and interceed for lsrael in Tamar park in the Negev from the 19th of Oct. Our team leader has all of a sudden been struck down with cancer. In this l also see the seriousness of our mission and believe that much fruit will be born of this battle that is taking place in the spiritual realm. In spite of what you hear in the news, there is a large body of the our counrty that loves and supports lsrael in South Africa. Please keep us in your prayers as we ready ouselves to go and meet God in lsrael and to pray on site into His will. Manfred of Emet ministries, is also having a very tough time personally with health issues. Satan is not happy with his impact on the Jewish community. So please lift him and Isit up too. May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ bless you abundantly through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit in all that you put your hand to. Also may the Spirit break open the hearts of these dear people who love God soo intensly without the knowledge of who Jesus is. Many blessings. Rene Enslin.

  5. Deborah

    How wonderful it is that God brings you the very ones who need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  6. Praise Yeshua the messiah of the Jew and the gentile for your ministry ! I learned of its existence , sadly , only this morning when a friend sent me a link . Wow ! I am so happy that “a tree ( of life as a messianic believer in our lord and savior Jesus ) fries in Brooklyn “. Please know you have a friend in Nashville who is praying for many to come to belief in Him through your ministry . May you be strengthened and encouraged , protected and provided for
    In His love
    Pam kaufman , MBA, MS , LMFT

  7. Symcha

    Jews don’t need Jesus. Please leave Brooklyn ASAP. If we want Jesus we will call you, don’t call us.

  8. Dean M.

    Jesus said to the Samaritan woman: “You worship what you know not; we worship what we know, for salvation is of the Jews.” (John 4:22) Jesus includes himself in that statement. He goes on to tell the woman that the Father seeks true worshippers, that place will eventually not matter, neither Jerusalem nor Mount Gerizim. He says, “God is spirit” (verse 24) and those who worship God must worship Him in “spirit and in truth.” He also says he is Messiah to the Samaritan woman.

    But the point is: 1) The Jewish people have it right concerning God, that he is our Father and the one we worship. 2) Salvation is of the Jews. 3) Messiah is a human being–Jesus himself. 4) God is spirit.

    The problem with conveying Jesus to us Jews is not whether or not Jesus is Messiah, but that he is made into God Himself in the unbiblical doctrine of the Trinity, and that salvation depends on accepting this Gentile, Greek theological doctrine based on manmade theory voted on in human councils for political reasons (to unite Constantine’s Roman empire) expelling and anathematizing any who didn’t go along. This is not Hebrew. It is not Jewish. Our faith is not based on theology and humanly constructed doctrines. It is based on the Law of God as recorded. When Jesus refers to Scripture, he refers to the Hebrew Scripture.

    As high as Messiah is in the scheme of salvation or God’s plan for His creation, Messiah is not God. “We worship what we know; you worship what you know not.” Jesus might as well be talking to Christians today as to the Samaritan woman then. Also, “I ascend to my Father and to your Father; to my God and to your God.” (John 20:17) Believing in Jesus as Messiah is not the issue. It is that Christianity teaches you must accept Jesus as God to be saved in God’s kingdom. If you don’t bow down to this, you will be thrown into the fiery furnace (hell). It is a repeat of Daniel 3 on a cosmic scale, with God being Nebuchadnezzar and the fiery furnace of hell being forever.

    The rabbis teach hell, Gehinnom, is temporary and fitted to the sin. Its purpose is correction, not punishment. But if you don’t get the right theology in Christianity, the fiery furnace forever! Do you believe that, really? Do you believe God is a sadist?

    It would be best for Messianic Jews and Christians seeking their Hebrew root to firstly be Unitarian and secondly, Sabbatarian, similar to how the Jehovah Witnesses have done on the first and the 7th Day Adventists have done on the second. Then you will have two things right that you don’t have right at this moment. After that, we can discuss the fact that Messiah has a human father who descends from David through the line of Nathan (not Solomon) as told in Luke’s gospel. Orthodox Jews are not persecuting Christians who are trying to convince them of Messiah, they are defending themselves and resisting bowing down to an idol.

    • The real question Dean is how do we determine the answer to the issue of the Triune nature of God. Is it really a an issue of whether or not the Christian traditional creedal formulation is correct or is the issue whether or not the doctrine is taught in the Bible? You see i believe this entire debate is an epistemological issue as Messianic Jews like myself understand the baggage focused on the doctrine of the Trinity. Jewish tradition has a response to this issue honed over two thousands years and yet, as someone raised a Modern Orthodox, but not very religious, Jewish person – I simply reject the Rabbinic response. But, my rejection is not because I have simply embraced an institutional and historic Christian position – after all, I was not raised that way and believing this doctrine has personally cost me quite a bit within my family and Jewish community… rather, I embrace what I read in the Bible…first the Hebrew Scriptures and then confirmed by the NT – not the other way around. I have never heard from you a very strong response to the biblical arguments for the Triune nature of God. Rather, you continue to refer to theological formulations and how they have been used against the Jews throughout history (which I agree with) and so on…but, again, this is not convincing to me as I have accepted a certain view of the authority of the Bible. I believe in the triune nature of God because this is what I have determined that the Bible teaches.

      This leads me to ask “what playing field are we on”?. If we are debating (friendly of course) which credal statement is better; a triunity view or one that favors the singularity of God’s nature…then what do I have to say? If the issue is more a matter of trying to figure out what the Bible says on this issue then this is convincing to me. But, I respect the fact that you maybe not believe the Bible to have the last word. If you believe Rabbinic interpretations or even Christian credal statements are the last word and locus of debate, then we are definitely not on the same playing field and we are speaking past one another. What would you find convincing because if it is not really delving into what the Bible teaches then I am probably ill equipped for the debate.

      I have read a lot of theology on both sides and recently the book by Daniel Boyarin, The Jewish Gospels and an older book by Jacob Neusner entitled The Incarnation of God (The Character of Divinity in Formative Judaism) and the remarkable book by Israel Knohl, The Messiah Before Jesus, all lead me to believe that Judaism has struggled to respond to the abundance of material in both Rabbinic thought and the Scriptures that could lead one to believe that the traditional Jewish view of the nature of God as “singular” is not as clear cut as traditional Judaism suggests. These are very good and honest mainline Jewish scholars. However, though intriguing I still believe what I believe because I am convinced by the data provided by the Bible. This is what proves spiritual truth to me. So, if the Bible is not your final authority on this issue then I fully understand why the question of the triune nature of God and the very important issue of the incarnation is going to constantly be up for grabs from your perspective. We all need a basis for determining truth or else we will be subjected to an eternity of agnosticism. We all eventually make a decision as to how we are going to know what we know and what our basis for whatever degree of certainty in spiritual matters (as well as other issues of course) we hope to find. A life of uncertainty is also understandable, but this is also an epistemological decision – and reflects a decision to say that the answer is unknowable. So, if we are on the same playing field and accept the authority of the Bible or you wish to explore this matter, then there is more to say…perhaps best done in person…but, we do need to make sure our fundamental manner of determining what is true is also on the table and not only our positions.

      If we had the same basis for making decisions about the triune nature of God I would have spent more time writing out Bible verses for discussion, but first things first. Thanks for the respectful dialogue Dean.

  9. irenefantony@att,net

    My best friend is Jewish, his name is Jesus. Rejoice again I say rejoice .

  10. Gev

    The CPM center is the focus of this lengthy interview with former Christian missionary-cum-anti-missionary activist. http://roshpinaproject.com/2014/09/26/gavriel-sanders-missionaries-are-not-cunning-deceivers/

  11. אני התפללי עבור את שלום לירושלים, וגם אני התפללי עבור השלום לברוקלין.

  12. Jim Ferrari

    Dean, The controversy concerning Jesus’ identity came before The crisis of this controversy is plainly delineated in the gospels and reverberates to this day. In the gospel of Mark the religious priest states . Also, in another scripture Interesting how Jesus seemed so willing to reveal Himself in a vulnerable way to the Samaritan woman whereas in other contexts He seemed reticent. What was it about this female of mixed race and a scandalous reputation that made Jesus feel vulnerable? The shared affinity of being a rejected outcast? (I’m not sure). Understanding the pressure that the impress of religion and politics has on us all? (Possibly). Secularly speaking, the Cross is a where religion and politics collided. The religious side accusing Him of blasphemy and the political side making Him take the fall for sedition. Spiritually speaking, the Cross is where the ultimate victory was won. In His humility, Jesus, who came from the Highest, went to the lowest place of man’s unrighteousness in order to win us back to the Highest. I am so grateful for the ineffable consolation of belonging to Him. I hope that you can see Him.

  13. Mitch, as you have experienced, living for the testimony of Jesus our Messiah, is a testimony worth sharing. This testimony has not diminished in cost and remains as costly and devine as the testimony during the Book of Acts. Thank you for your commitment and that is a reason I recently joined as a supporter of Chosen People. You do take this conviction seriously!! Thank you…my name is Ofir…

  14. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fail for thy sake…….

    No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Isaiah 54:14-15, 17

  15. Frank Adamick

    Dean, I choose to engage your comments by way of the Bible in its complete Old and New Testaments because Yahshua Himself said, “You search the Scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me. For had you believed Moses, you would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me.” (John 5:39, 46) Yahshua made it emphatically clear any claims He made concerning His identity were directly based on the Hebrew Scriptures. He also warned the Jewish religious leaders against the corrupting influence of the traditions of men. He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.” (Mark 7:9)

    Biblical scholars have determined that Yahshua fulfilled uniquely hundreds of prophecies from the Old Testament including Daniel 9:24-27 (for which He wept over Jerusalem and prophesied its destruction because Jerusalem did not know the time of its visitation by Messiah – Luke 19:44). Isaiah 9:6-7 reads: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Yahshua declared directly to the Pharisees, “before Abraham was, I AM.” knowing the full import and the consequence that would result. They picked up stones to kill Him. Isaiah 43:10 states: “You are My witnesses,” says the LORD, “And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me.” When Caiaphas asked if He was the Son of the Blessed One again He replied, “I AM.” Psalm 22 was the result.

    As to genealogy the Gospels have it right. Yahshua’s Divinity is proclaimed by John. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him; and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:1-5) The Hebrew Scriptures speak of this in Proverb 8.

    http://jesusplusnothing.com/messiah/messiah.htm#Messiah%20would%20be%20the%20LORD%20God
    This article entitled “The Messiah Revealed” may provide you more clarity.

    If you accept Yahshua as your Lord and Savior, sent by our Righteous Father as His Messiah to redeem humanity and all creation from sin then you’ll abide in Yahshua’s Great Commission: “When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” (Matthew 28:17-20)

  16. Your neighbors want you out. We need the space for a synagogue.

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