Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the Gospel, it is the power of GOD unto all who believe, to the Jew first and then for the Greek
When you live in Israel, overlooking the entrance to the Valley of Armageddon and facing 150,000 plus Hizbollah rockets and missiles 30 km or 20 miles away in Southern Lebanon, hearing the regular threats by the Islamic regime in Iran to annihilate our country, monitoring the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters, and watching the whole world sliding into the abyss, you can not help but be motivated to help as many people as possible get into the Kingdom of YHVH before it is too late. At the end of my comment last week I encouraged everyone to share the Good News with family, friends, neighbours, the people we work with, and everyone we get to meet along the way. In this week’s comment I want to continue with the theme of evangelism.
As we all know, the Good News is that because 2000 years ago the Son of GOD laid down His sinless life as a Levitical sacrifice, and the curtain concealing the Holy of Holies was been torn open, from top to bottom, entrance to the eternal Kingdom of YHVH has been opened to everyone who is willing to give their old life to GOD and receive the new eternal life instead. As I have said in other comments, maybe the reason that so many people are simply not interested in a relationship with the Creator of all that exists, is that the Gospel of Salvation is too good to be true, but true it really is.
I remember when I first became a Messianic Believer more than 32 years ago now, from the very next day I told everyone I came into contact with about my amazing experience in discovering that the GOD I refused to believe in since my teenage years was really out there, and the name that most Jewish people dread, Jesus, was in fact the divine Son of GOD, and the Saviour of the whole world. The usual reactions were either they would walk away, or say “don’t be silly, we all came from monkeys,” or “that is nice for you but I am not interested.” I have even had people say to me “I am looking forward to going to the big party in Hell.” The generations growing up in the Western World over the last 5 decades have been educated and entertained out of faith and away from GOD. It is heartbreaking to see the lack of any belief in GOD or the Bible in the majority of people in the Western nations.
The forces of darkness have employed very powerful weapons in their war mission to deceive the whole world, television, movies and music being the most influential, and until recently the professionalism of these things left most evangelism campaigns in the dust. Praise GOD that a growing number of younger Believers are developing media and internet skills that are as good as their young secular peers. Here in Israel, most of the larger Messianic congregations now have a media ministry, and are training their young people to serve the Kingdom in the various hi-tech media sectors.
Over the years, top level music stars like Pat Boone, Johnny Cash, Cliff Richards are just a few people from the international music world who became Christians. One of the most amazing conversions is that of rock star Alice Cooper, the son of a pastor, who left the faith as a teenager and became a star in the darker side of rock music, recording albums with titles like “Alice Goes to Hell” and “Welcome to My Nightmare”. He has recently rededicated his life to the LORD and openly declares that he is a 100% Bible believing Christian. The Spirit of GOD is working all over the World today.
As the opening verse states, the Gospel is for everyone, and many people cut the verse off there, but it goes on to say to the Jewish people first.The original Geek text really carries the meaning, ‘as a priority.’ The reason for this strong statement that most of the Church ignores, is that Messiah Yeshua is not coming back to be the Prince of Peace over this very troubled world until the Jewish people in Jerusalem see that He is the Messiah they have been waiting for, and cry out “Baruch ha Bah B Shem Adonai” – “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of YHVH” an event that will open the gates of Heaven and release Yeshua to return to be the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords over the Kingdom of the Father. According to scripture this can not happen until ALL Israel is back in the Promised Land, and until ALL Israel is saved and crying out those words of welcome. (Acts 3:21 – Ezekiel 36:8 -10 – Romans 11:26 – Matthew 23:39) That is why the delivering the Gospel to the Jewish people should be the priority for every Church and every Christian.
This comment is a repeated call to share the Good news with everyone we can, but the Bible tells us to make the Jewish people the priority. I will write more about how to go about that in next week’s comment. Be encouraged – many Jewish people are coming to faith – I believe there are more than 1 million Messianic Jews in the World today. Even if not one Jewish person responds to your invitation, you will have been obedient to the LORD’s calling, and He will bless your evangelism to others. To get you started here is a specific prayer mission that you can very easily fulfill …….
Some very high profiles Jewish people have become Messianic Believers. One of the most famous was folk / rock singer Bob Dylan who was Born-Again in 1979. More recently another Jewish superstar, Neil Diamond who has been in the upper level on the music industry for more than 50 years, recently recorded an new album – “Home Before Dark.” Even the title gives an indication that he has come to faith in Yeshua and is now a Messianic Jew, but one of the songs from the album absolutely confirms it. To watch and listen Click Here. The words of the song are true for almost every body in the world, and it is really a worship song. Josie and I first saw Neil Diamond sing that song on the American Idol talent contest. It was seen by many millions of people. For several years Neil has sung the song at his concerts with tens of thousands in the audience. As I wrote above it is a worship song and the words relate to almost every person in the world.
However Neil was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2018 and he has had to stop traveling and performing, so here is the mission ….. Thank the LORD for saving Neil Diamond – a Jew and most likely a Levite, and continue to pray every day that God will heal him and raise him back up to full health, so that he can resume his concerts, worshipping the LORD and testifying in front of thousands of unbelievers with that song. If we do that I believe the fruit of our prayers will be PRETTY AMAZING. And the LORD will bless you as you bless one of Abraham’s descendants through your prayer and intercession for Neil Diamond. You could also pray for Bob Dylan to renew his faith in Yeshua. Do not delay – the Slow Train that has been coming for thousands of years is now the ‘Bullet Train’ and it is speeding towards the end of its 6000 year journey.
This article originally appeared on Out of Zion Ministries, November 29, 2019, and reposted with permission.