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(House Of Our Father) SLIDE
A man went to go visit his daughter and son in law. While there he asked to borrow a newspaper. The son in law snidely said, “Look old man, this is the 21rst century, we don’t waste money on newspapers. SLIDE Sabbath Joke
Besides that, we’re saving the trees. Here, get with the times.” and he handed him his Ipad. SLIDE Sabbath Joke
A few minutes later the father in law handed back the son in law’s Ipad but it was nearly destroyed and pieces were falling off it and he said to his son in law, “Amazing technology… SLIDE Sabbath Joke
…that fly never knew what hit him!” SLIDE Sabbath Joke
SLIDE Welcome to our visitors! We have visitor cards that you can fill out then drop into the Tzedika (offering) box when we pass it around. We’d love to stay in touch with you.
“On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and there was the sounding of a very loud SHOFAR blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.” SLIDE
Please stand for the Shema and face east towards Jerusalem. SLIDE
Shema Israel Adoni Elohaynu Adoni Echad. SLIDE Shema Israel Adoni Elohaynu Adoni Echad. Barukh shem k'vod malkhuto l'olam va'ed. (Remain standing for HaTikva)
Hear oh Israel the L-rd our G-d is one L-rd. Blessed be the Name of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever. SLIDE Hear oh Israel the L-rd our G-d is one L-rd. Blessed be the Name of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever.
Because Messiah said it is the greatest Commandment! SLIDE Because Messiah said it is the greatest Commandment! Mark 12: And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “ Which is the greatest commandment of all ?” 29And Yeshua answered him, “The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is One Lord:”
We’ll now sing HaTikva (The Hope) SLIDE
SLIDE Kol ‘od balleivav penimah Nefesh yehudi homiyah Ul(e)fa’atei mizrach kadimah, ‘Ayin letziyon tzofiyah; ‘Od lo avdah tikvateinu, Hatikvah bat shnot alpayim, Lihyot‘am chofshi be’artzeinu, Eretz-tziyon (v)'Y(e)rushalayim.
SLIDE Meet new people! Let them see that Messianics truly understand community and brotherly/sisterly love. Say hello to old friends… show that you care!
Shalom upon you, O ministering angels, angels of the Exalted One--from the King Who reigns over kings, the Holy One, Blessed is He. May your coming be for shalom, O angels of shalom, angels of the Exalted One--from the King Who reigns over kings, the Holy One, Blessed is He. Bless me for shalom, O angels of shalom, angels of the Exalted One--from the King Who reigns over kings, the Holy One, Blessed is He. May your departure be to shalom, O angels of shalom, angels of the Exalted One--from the King who reigns over kings, the Holy One, Blessed is He.
Pray for unsaved loved ones and healings. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem Pray for Salvation for the Jewish people.
Pray for our government Pray for other countries that anti-Semitic laws will not pass.
Pastors in Wenatchee to see the truth of HaShem’s Torah and forsake Paganism.
Prayer for today’s message Pray that the UN will be dismantled. Prayer over our tithes and offerings. Pray for the new congregations in Quincy and Leavenworth.
Pray for our new members and visitors that the Adversary will be hindered when he tries to steal the words of truth they’ve learned during their stay with us. End
SLIDE This is our opportunity to render unto G-d that which is G-d’s.
SLIDE Blessing Before The Reading Of The Torah
Parashat VaYishlach "And he sent" Date: December (5773 Kislev 17) Torah Reading: Genesis 32:3 - 36:43 Haftarah Reading: Obadiah 1:1-21 Brit Chadashah Reading: Matthew 26:36-46
Torah Reading: Genesis 28:10-32:2 Haftarah Reading: Hosea 12:11-14:9 Brit Chadashah Reading: John 1:43-51 SLIDE Parashat VaYetze "And he went out" Date: November (5773 Kislev 10) Torah: Genesis 28:10-end of chapt. Haftarah: Hosea 12:11- end of chapt. Brit Chadashah: John 1:43-end of chapt. We’ll read:
10 Ya‘akov went out from Be’er-Sheva and traveled toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and stayed the night there, because the sun had set. He took a stone from the place, put it under his head and lay down there to sleep. 12 He dreamt that there before him was a ladder resting on the ground with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of A DONAI were going up and down on it. Genesis 28:10-end of chapt.
13 Then suddenly A DONAI was standing there next to him; and he said, “I am A DONAI, the God of Avraham your [grand]father and the God of Yitz’chak. The land on which you are lying I will give to you and to your descendants. 14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the grains of dust on the earth. You will expand to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. By you and your descendants all the families of the earth will be blessed. Genesis 28:10-end of chapt.
15 Look, I am with you. I will guard you wherever you go, and I will bring you back into this land, because I won’t leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Ya‘akov awoke from his sleep and said, “Truly, A DONAI is in this place — and I didn’t know it!” Genesis 28:10-end of chapt.
17 Then he became afraid and said, “This place is fearsome! This has to be the house of God! This is the gate of heaven!” 18 Ya‘akov got up early in the morning, took the stone he had put under his head, set it up as a standing-stone, poured olive oil on its top Genesis 28:10-end of chapt.
19 and named the place Beit-El [house of God]; but the town had originally been called Luz. 20 Ya‘akov took this vow: “If God will be with me and will guard me on this road that I am traveling, giving me bread to eat and clothes to wear, Genesis 28:10-end of chapt.
21 so that I return to my father’s house in peace, then A DONAI will be my God; 22 and this stone, which I have set up as a standing-stone, will be God’s house; and of everything you give me, I will faithfully return one-tenth to you.” (Baruch HaShem) Genesis 28:10-end of chapt.
11 I have spoken to the prophets; it was I who gave vision after vision; through the prophets I gave examples to show what it would all be like. Hosea 12:11- end of chapt.
12 Is Gil‘ad given to iniquity? Yes, they have become worthless. In Gilgal they sacrifice to bulls; therefore their altars are like piles of stones in a plowed field.” Hosea 12:11- end of chapt.
13 Ya‘akov fled to the land of Aram. There Isra’el slaved to win a wife; for a wife he tended sheep. 14 By a prophet A DONAI brought Isra’el up from Egypt, and by a prophet he was protected. Hosea 12:11- end of chapt.
15 Efrayim has given bitter provocation, so the penalty for his bloodshed will be thrown down on him, and his Lord will repay him for his insult. (Baruch HaShem) Hosea 12:11- end of chapt.
43 The next day, having decided to leave for the Galil, Yeshua found Philip and said, “Follow me!” 44 Philip was from Beit-Tzaidah, the town where Andrew and Kefa lived. John 1:43-end of chapt.
45 Philip found Natan’el and told him, “We’ve found the one that Moshe wrote about in the Torah, also the Prophets — it’s Yeshua Ben-Yosef from Natzeret!” 46 Natan’el answered him, “Natzeret? Can anything good come from there?” “Come and see,” Philip said to him. John 1:43-end of chapt.
47 Yeshua saw Natan’el coming toward him and remarked about him, “Here’s a true son of Isra’el — nothing false in him!” 48 Natan’el said to him, “How do you know me?” Yeshua answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” John 1:43-end of chapt.
49 Natan’el said, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Isra’el!” 50 Yeshua answered him, “you believe all this just because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than that!” John 1:43-end of chapt.
51 Then he said to him, “Yes indeed! I tell you that you will see heaven opened and the angels of God going up and coming down on the Son of Man!” (Baruch HaShem) John 1:43-end of chapter
SLIDE Blessed are You, LORD our God, king of the universe, who chose us from all the peoples and gave to us His Torah. Blessed are You, LORD, giver of the Torah.
SLIDE Children are dismissed Turn on cameras
SLIDE “The First Great Schism” Yeshua and the First Church Course Class #1
In Seminary when you use the term “The first great schism” you are referring to the first split between followers of the Jedi Order and those who refused to follow the Jedi hierarchy's dictates.
(SLIDE) Oops, sorry that was from Star Wars from “Wookiepedia”
Theologically, the First Great Schism is the division between the Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church.
The split between the East and the West (SLIDE)
As I’ve said before, that was NOT the first great schism. The first great schism was the schism between the Jewish believers and the Rabbinic Jews in the first century.
That schism is of great importance because it is then that we stopped worshipping side by side with the rest of our Jewish brothers and sisters.
Before this great schism we worshipped as one people group. We were all Jews although we, Messianics knew who the Messiah was.
It’s funny when you go back 20+ years ago in the Messianic Movement, back before we understood that this schism had taken place in Israel in the first century and you go back 20 years and there were Jewish Believers in Yeshua who
Weren’t attending Church and only worshipping with Non- Believing Orthodox Jews and feeling right at home. Why didn’t they have a problem with this?
Because that’s how it was done for years before the first great schism even though these Jewish Believers 20 years ago, weren’t aware of any schism in the first century.
Well should the first Messianics have worshipped with religious Jews who didn’t believe Yeshua was the Messiah in the first century? Why not? Every one of the disciples did it.
But didn’t the disciples start their own Synagogue for the sect of the Nazarenes? Yep, they did, but they also still went to the Temple and they worshipped there right along side of their fellow non- believing Jews.
We see in Acts…. Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. (SLIDE)
Which prayer is done at the 9 th hour? The Amidah! Then after they healed a lame man they took him in along with them so he could do the Amidah as well.
The healed man was so excited that he was going to get to do the “Standing Prayer” that’s how you do the Amidah.
He was so excited that he went in jumping and leaping into the Temple. “I get to do the Standing Prayer; I get to do the Standing Prayer”.
So yes they worshipped together. James the brother of Yeshua was leading the Sect of the Nazarenes at that time. Peter was the chief minister or head of missions for lack of a better word.
So why wasn’t Peter the head of the sect? Didn’t Yeshua say Peter was the rock on which the Church would be built?
Haven’t you ever wondered about that? It says Peter was the foundation of the Church and yet we know that James was the leader of the Community.
Even when I was a teenager I was like, “Hey this don’t make sense.” Well, there’s a reason…Peter couldn’t be the head of the sect; he was not related to Yeshua. Yeshua was the crown prince of Israel.
After He was gone it fell to a family member. James was that family member. We have to understand that the birth of the so-called first Church wasn’t only a religious movement, it was a dynasty.
What about after James? The head position still went to family. After James was killed it went to Simon.
This was probably the same Simon named as Yeshua's brother in the Gospels. Some believe it was the Simon named as his cousin, but it was more likely His brother.
Many of Yeshua’s relatives were still alive when Eusebius writes…
…in book 3 of his Church History in chapter 11: After the martyrdom of James and the conquest of Jerusalem which immediately followed, it is said that those of the apostles and disciples of the Lord that were still living came
together from all directions with those that were related to the Lord according to the flesh (for the majority of them also were still alive).
Why do I quote from a Church Father who I’ve discredited in the past? I discredited his theology and his place as a so- called Church Father. I didn’t discredit his writing concerning history. His history is usually accurate.
Sometimes it’s difficult for Christians to think of Yeshua having family since He was the Son of G-d. But he did have family; He had brothers and sisters and uncles and aunts.
How many sisters did He have? We don’t know but we know it was more then one because it says in
In Matthew 13:53-57, we read: When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. "Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?" they asked…..
"Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren't all his sisters (plural) with us? Where then did this man get all these things?" And they took offense at him.
So, it was under Yeshua’s family’s leadership that the first Messianics fled to Pella. Pella in Arabic is Tabaquat Fahil. Where’s that at?
Why did they flee to Pella? As most of you know, they fled to Pella because of Rabbi Akiva.
In 132 AD we rose up once again against Rome. We had a charismatic leader and war strategist who we felt could take us to victory; his name was Simon Ben Kosiba.
Rabbi Akiva got on the bandwagon and then suddenly pronounced Ben Kosiba to be the Messiah of Israel. This, of course, made the Nazarenes extremely uncomfortable as they already knew who the Messiah was.
Akiva didn’t care about that and then gave Ben Kosiba the title “Bar Kochba” which means “Son of a Star”! One may say, “Well so what?” So what? That was a title reserved for the Messiah from the Torah…
Numbers 24:17 I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not nigh; there shall step forth a star out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite through the corners of Moab, and break down all the sons of Seth.
You may also remember that I said whenever the Bible is talking about stars figuratively it’s talking about people… not angels or demons falling from heaven.
Akiva didn’t stop there. He decreed that anyone who wanted to fight against the Romans with Bar Kochba would have to declare Bar Kochba the Messiah.
Well that was just too far; the Messianics couldn’t do it and so Bar Kochba began to persecute the Messianics. Now some of the Messianics had already left long before this.
Many had already fled to Pella around 70 AD. Yeshua had already told the Messianics they would have to flee at some point.
We read in Luke 21… "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is at hand. "Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are in the midst of the city depart, and let not those who are in the country enter the city; because these are days of vengeance, in order that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
(SLIDE) "Woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babes in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land, and wrath to this people, and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
We now know this was a prophecy about the end days. How do we know that? Because further down it says… 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
So obviously those weren’t the end days. But they didn’t know that at that time. They thought they were the last generation. They also thought the time of the Gentiles wouldn’t last long.
See, the “time of the Gentiles” was considered a bad thing. In most churches today they think it’s a good thing.
They teach that the Jews had 3.5 years to accept Jesus and they rejected him and this ushered in the time of the Gentiles which goes till the present day and up until the coming of Christ.
So the Jews got 3.5 years and the Gentiles have gotten over 2,000 years and this all seems fair in the minds of the Churches. How thoughtful of them.
This theology comes from a very simple misunderstanding of what the time of the Gentiles really was. The time of the Gentiles was something feared by the Jews because it meant a time of persecution.
The time of the gentiles is synonymous to Jewish persecution and all throughout Jewish literature of the first century “the time of the Gentiles” is used to mean a time when Jews were beaten, tortured and killed.
When I use the term “time of the Gentiles” I mean it in the exact same way; it is a bad thing, a time of murder.
So again, the first Messianics thought they were living in the end times so some of them fled Jerusalem in 70 AD. Those who stayed, now years later, were watching the rise of this false Messiah, bar Kochba, and they were like, hmm,…
maybe it’s time to join our brethren in Pella. So although most of the rest of them left, a few still stayed behind. Why did any stay behind? It was because Jerusalem is the Holy City; it’s not an easy place to leave even after you’ve been beaten and kicked and pummeled while living there.
And that’s what happened to those who stayed. Bar Kochba stepped up the persecution of the Nazarenes who stayed. Bar Kochba was no stranger to violence. There’s a lot of fable about his violent streak, but those fables were born out of some truth.
Had all the Messianics stayed in Jerusalem and fought with Bar Kochba, we would’ve won the war against the Romans. Bar Kochba almost won without us.
They issued such damage to the Romans that the 22d legion disbanded soon after. The 9 th legion is also thought to have disbanded because of their significant losses against Bar Kochba.
The struggle lasted for three years before the revolt was crushed in the summer of 135 CE. After losing Jerusalem, Bar Kokhba and the remnants of his army withdrew to the fortress of Betar, which also subsequently came under siege and they were all killed.
The Romans took heavy losses. Hadrian, the one who ended the battle used to come back from every war and he’d say “'If you and your children are in health, it is well; I and the army are in health.'“ After the battle with Bar Kochba he came back and said nothing. This is all related by to Cassius Dio, the Greek historian who lived in 120 AD.
The rest of the inhabitants of Judea were either killed or sold into slavery. They fought bravely. The Jewish children in the city of Betar said ‘If the enemy comes upon us, we will go out against them with our quills and poke out their eyes.’
Bar Kochba was killed by the Romans. The Rabbis who followed him and Rabbi Akiva died horrible deaths. Some were flayed; some burned alive.
It’s amazing that Rabbi Akiva, just one man, played such a pivotal role in history. Because of him so many Jews died and history was altered. Because of him, the Nazarenes became ostracized from their people.
As the Jews who were still left in Judea were being taken into slavery, they resented the Nazarenes because they knew had they stayed, they would’ve won.
They then began to make the Nazarenes look unpatriotic even though it was never the desire of the Nazarenes to leave Judea. They were forced to leave. Regardless, they were made to look like traitors.
It was at that time that many synagogues in the rest of the world, the synagogues in the Diaspora, inserted the curse against the Nazarenes in the Amidah. They added this 19 th benediction in order to flush out any remaining Nazarenes from the synagogues.
Dr. Flusser, who has passed away but who is someone I often quote denies that the Birkat HaMinim, this curse against the Nazarenes, was truly against the first Believers in Yeshua.
Dr. Flusser writes in his book… “Judaism of the Second Temple Period” that this benediction is in reference to the Sadducees. Though I have a deep respect for Dr. Flusser, he’s mistaken. Let me explain…
The oldest text we have that mentions the Birkat is in the Talmud and it’s talked about by Rabbi Gamaliel the second, the grandson of Paul’s Rabbi.
This is the generation of the Bar Kochba War, 70 years after the fall of the Temple and the fall of the Sadducees. It doesn’t make any sense for the Birkat to be written about the Sadducees when the Sadducees were no longer a threat.
The Messianics on the other hand, were a huge threat and could’ve swallowed the small Rabbinical Jews who had survived the Bar Kochba war.
After the destruction of the Temple, 60 years earlier, the Sadducees were but a memory. But that’s not it, there’s more…
In theTalmud is the oldest mention we have of the Birkat, but the oldest text we have is from the The Cairo Genizah. You may remember the teaching I did on the Genizah.
The Genizah is where we bury old books about G-d and old Torahs. We don’t destroy them we bury them.
Often times they’ll be in the bottom of Synagogues or in cemeteries and so forth. One of the largest Genizahs was discovered in Cairo in 1752 where there were over 200,000 fragments found going clear back to 800 AD.
Before the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, this was the discovery of the millennium.
So in this Genizah was found the oldest copy of the Birkat and here’s what it said, this is translated by Yaakov Teppler straight out of his book “Birkat HaMinim”
It’s really very sad that this is how our fellow Jews felt about us. You have to understand that the Messianics knew what they knew.
They knew they had the truth and those who were opposed to them were some very well established sects of Judaism who thought they had the truth, like the Sadducees.
Most of the Pharisees were on the side of the Notzereem, but there were some who thought they were the ones who had the truth and so what do they call us???
They call us arrogant!
Not much has changed; we’re still called arrogant to this day. I’m called arrogant almost on a daily basis, even when I’m being extra nice. I can’t win sometimes.
So the first Jewish Believers in Yeshua fled to Pella. Now, am I the only one saying this? No! Many are aware of this, but they just don’t talk about it at church.
Eusebius (325) "But the people of the church in Jerusalem had been commanded by a revelation, vouchsafed to approved men there before the war, to leave the city and to dwell in a certain town of Perea called Pella. " (History of the Church 3:5:3)
(SLIDE) Epiphanius (375) "The Nazoraean sect exists in Beroea near Coele Syria, in the Decapolis near the region of Pella, and in Bashan in the place called Cocaba, which in Hebrew is called Chochabe. (Panarion 29:7:7-8)
Geneva Bible Notes (18) That is, being strengthened with divine power: and taught by oracle, she fled swiftly from the assault of the devil, and from the common destruction of Jerusalem and went into a solitary city beyond Jordan called Pella as Eusebius tells in the first chapter of the third book of his Ecclesiastical History: where God had commanded her by revelation.
Dr. Thomas Newton When therefore the Roman army shall advance to besiege Jerusalem, then let them who are in Judea consult their own safety, and flee into the mountains. His counsel was wisely remembered, and put in practice, by the Christians afterwards. Josephus informs us, that when Cestius Gallus came with his army against Jerusalem, " many fled from the city, as if it would be taken presently :" and after his retreat, "many of the noble Jews departed out of the city, as out of a sinking ship :" and a few years afterwards, when Vespasian was drawing, his forces towards Jerusalem, a great multitude fled from Jericho
into the mountainous country, for their security. It is probable that there were some Christians among these, but we learn more certainly from ecclesiastical historians, that at this is juncture all who believed in Christ left Jerusalem, and removed to Pella, and other places beyond the river Jordan: so that they all marvellously escaped the general shipwreck of their country, and we do not read any where that so much as one of them perished in the destruction of Jerusalem. Of such signal service was this caution of our Saviour to the believers. (The Prophecy of Matthew 24, Dissertation XIX)
Quick note on Dr. Thomas Newton. Here’s what he wrote about us, the Jewish people…
The preservation of the Jews is really one of the most signal and illustrious acts of divine Providence... and what but a supernatural power could have preserved them in such a manner as none other nation upon earth hath been preserved. Nor is the providence of God less remarkable in the destruction of their enemies, than in their preservation...
We see that the great empires, which in their turn subdued and oppressed the people of God, are all come to ruin... And if such hath been the fatal end of the enemies and oppressors of the Jews, let it serve as a warning to all those, who at any time or upon any occasion are for raising a clamor and persecution against them.
We’ve actually watched that happen to people who have tried to hurt the Jewish community here in Wenatchee. It’s amazing you can actually sit back and watch them ruin themselves. It’s like clockwork.
(SLIDE) So who else agrees that they fled to Pella? How about Charles H. Spurgeon? "The Christians in Jerusalem and the surrounding towns and villages, "in Judea ", availed themselves of the first opportunity for eluding the Roman armies, and fled to the mountain city of Pella, in Perea, where they were preserved from the general destruction which overthrew the Jews.
Adam Clarke (1837) "Verse 16. Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains— This counsel was remembered and wisely followed by the Christians afterwards. Eusebius and Epiphanius say, that at this juncture, after Cestius Gallus had raised the siege, and Vespasian was approaching with his army, all who believed in Christ left Jerusalem and fled to Pella, and other places beyond the river Jordan; and so they all marvellously escaped the general shipwreck of their country: not one of them perished. See on Matthew 24:13." (Adam Clarke's Commentary On Matthew 24)
There were others too numerous to quote like John Lightfoot (1889); Charles Finney (1852) and many others.
So why don’t the Churches talk about it? Because it’s going in a different direction. They try to show the authority of the Church going through Rome rather then through Pella. If the sect of the Nazerenes, went to Pella then this whole idea of the Roman authority falls flat on it’s ear.
See, they don’t want to tell you that there were another 13 Jewish leaders of the first church that had nothing to do with Rome. This was also the conclusion of Walter Bauer (August 8, 1877 – November 17, 1960), a German theologian and scholar of the development of the early Christian churches. His lexicon is standard in church libraries to this day.
What most people don’t know about him is that Bauer developed his thesis that in earliest Christianity, orthodoxy and heresy do not stand in relation to one another as primary to secondary, but rather that heresy is the original manifestation of Christianity.
Walter Bauer, in a still highly influential work (Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1971), argued that Christianity is completely the product of second and succeeding centuries. He’s completely correct about that. He also wrote that originally there were several competing versions of Christianity which existed as legitimate alternatives until one finally emerged as "orthodox.“ He was correct about that as well.
The fact that Christianity was not born from Judaism but rather from heresy sat well with Bauer because he was an anti- Semite anyway. He had no problem following a faith that wasn’t born from Judaism.
Back to the First Church. One of the early Messianics, Hegesippus names the leaders of the first Church and they were all of the Desposynoi; in other words, relatives of Yeshua Himself.
These were Justus (also called Jude, the brother of the L-rd), Zaccheus, Tobias, Benjamin, John, Mathias, Philip, Seneca, Justus, Levi, Ephrem, Joseph, and Jude, So that makes three out of four of Yeshua’s brother’s heads of the first Messianic community.
The last we hear about the family of Yeshua, with any kind of reliability, concerns the grandsons of Yeshua’s brother Jude. This is again from Hegesippus quoted by Origin…
There still survived of the kindred of the Lord the grandsons of Judas, who according to the flesh was called his brother. These were informed against, as belonging to the family of David, and Evocatus brought them before Domitian Caesar: for that emperor dreaded the advent of Christ, as Herod had done.
(SLIDE) So he asked them whether they were of the family of David; and they confessed they were. Next he asked them what property they had, or how much money they possessed. They both replied that they had only 9000 denarii between them, each of them owning half that sum; but even this they said they did not possess in cash, but as the estimated value of some land, consisting of thirty-nine plethra only, out of which they had to pay the dues, and that they supported themselves by their own labour. And then they began to hold out their hands, exhibiting, as proof of their manual labour, the roughness of their skin, and the corns raised on their hands by constant work.
Being then asked concerning Christ and His kingdom, what was its nature, and when and where it was to appear, they returned answer that it was not of this world, nor of the earth, but belonging to the sphere of heaven and angels, and would make its appearance at the end of time, when He shall come in glory, and judge living and dead, and render to every one according to the course of his life.
Thereupon Domitian passed no condemnation upon them, but treated them with contempt, as too mean for notice, and let them go free. At the same time he issued a command, and put a stop to the persecution against the Church.
When they were released they became leaders of the churches, as was natural in the case of those who were at once martyrs and of the kindred of the Lord. And, after the establishment of peace to the Church, their lives were prolonged to the reign of Trojan.
So Jude most likely led us out of Jerusalem to Pella leaving the Gentile G-d fearers behind. Why didn’t the G-d fearers go with them? Because we have to understand that they all believed at that time that they were living in the “end days”. Of course that had a lot of bearing as to what kinds of decisions they made.
The Jews were leaving Jerusalem, but since it was the end days, they figured they’d be back soon to meet Yeshua in the clouds. As we know… that never happened. The first Messianics were still in Pella at the time of Epiphanius close to 400 AD. Epiphanius even writes of the Messianic Community there.
The Nazarenes remained a sect clear into the 13 th century, though only a shadow of the numbers they once were. In the 11 th century we see a Catholic Cardinal named Humbert of Silva Candida briefly mention them saying they still kept the Sabbath.
We then see them once again in the 13 th century in the writings of the Catholic teacher, Bonacursus, entitled "Against the Heretics," where he refers to the Nazarenes, who were also called "Pasagini." Bonacursus wrote:
"Let those who are not yet acquainted with them, please note how perverse their belief and doctrine are. First, they teach that we should obey the Law of Moses according to the letter - the Sabbath, and circumcision, and the legal precepts still being in force. Furthermore, to increase their error, they condemn and reject all the Church Fathers, and the whole Roman Church."
After that we don’t really see them again as fully Torah Observant till 30 or so years ago and if you look around the room you’ll see some of them here today. And we’re still upholding the true message of the Nazarene sect with adherence to G-d’s Laws and Covenants. The Nazarene sect has come back and we’re not going away again.
The Gentile Church is finding it’s way to it’s roots, but those roots are heresy. Are there still some good Christians in the Church? Yes, there are, but they need to jump ship because it’s going down fast. It won’t be long before it becomes the whore of Babylon spoken of by Yochanon the Beloved.
You may think you can build a bridge between the Church and Israel but that bridge isn’t supposed to be built. No bridge can be built on Jewish blood.
If you want to be a bridge builder start working on the bridge that brings together those of the first great schism linking Jewish brother to Jewish brother and Jewish sister to Jewish sister where Gentiles can be grafted in and partake of the Law which the Church is so vehemently against.
The first great schism is the only schism worth repairing. I’m not interested in making a deal with a lawless Church. I’m not interested in sitting at the table with the uncircumcised while they ask for concessions.
(SLIDE) I have no intention of trying to build a bridge that’s already been burned and neither should you. Lets stand for the benediction.