Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship
News Article, April 28, 2009
Shalom to all.
“The grace of the Adonai Yeshua Ha'Mashiach, and the love of
Elohim, and the fellowship of the Ruach HaKodesh, be with you
Note From The SBMF President
following article was written by our dear brother in the L-rd Jack
Kinsella. This article is something that I find as a burden on my
heart. I have seen the problems caused by ministries that say that
they are Christian, but they don't share the Gospel in their ministry
function. Since I heard about the “Resolution On
Christian Zionism And Jewish Evangelism” at the 26th annual meeting of the Lausanne
Consultation on Jewish Evangelism – North America, held in Phoenix,
Arizona, my concern has been raised more and more. I know now that I
am not the only one who is bothered by the false representation of some
ministries who wish to bless Israel.
battle against Dual Covenant and Replacement theologies
is growing more and more. Many Messianic ministries and Jewish evangelism
ministries have fallen victim of this mindset and they have been somewhat
hindered by these false doctrines. As I stated in my
article dated March 6, 2009, the problem is believing that the Word of G-d
is Truth and Inerrant. Some people seem to find a way to place their
agenda in front of the true meaning of G-d's Word. In my studies I
have come to believe in the dispensation of the ages and I agree with
brother Jack's interpretation.
am publishing this article that came from The Omega Letter Intelligence
Digest as it further explains how I believe that we must be careful to
understand the things that cause confusion among the saints and the type
of Christian Zionism that is not about leading the lost to the Mashiach,
Yeshua. We must first support ministries that lead the lost to
Salvation. Next we can support ministries that give humanitarian
aid. Supporting ministries that serve both needs seems to be the
Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship receives only a small amount of
support. Our main function is to work together to help lead the lost
to Salvation in Messiah Yeshua. With the proper support we
could do so much more to lead the lost remnant of Israel to the
read the following message, pray and think about how you can help
ministries that have an eternal purpose.
Omega Letter Intelligence Digest
14 Issue: 28 - Tuesday, April 28, 2009
There is a belief that exists within the
Church that argues that because Jews have a special relationship with God,
they will be welcomed into Heaven even if they have rejected Yeshua
HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah).
Therefore, the thinking goes, there is no
need to evangelize the Jews. They'll be saved automatically. This is known
as 'Dual Covenant' theology. But is it Biblical? Is it valid?
If not, why is it so popular? Let's take
the last question, first. I am a Christian Zionist. I believe that the
Jews of Israel are descended from the Jews of antiquity and that Israel is
the Divinely-appointed Jewish homeland.
Christian Zionists love the Jews. It is
painful to think of them as being unsaved because they rejected their
Messiah. Unlike Replacement Theology, which is rooted in jealously and
hatred for God's Chosen People, 'Dual Covenant' theology finds it roots in
our love for the Jews and our desire to see them saved.
How were Jews saved before the coming of
We know that Abraham believed God and it
was counted to him as righteousness. (Romans 4:3) Hebrews Chapter 11
addresses the conundrum of salvation for the Jews. It is a conundrum
because we Christians don't fully comprehend it.
We know that God entered into a special
covenant relationship with Israel at Sinai when He gave them the Torah
(means teaching / instruction – not LAW). But how do these covenants,
and the additional instructions from God – forming the rest of the
Tanakh, work out in the life of the Jew?
God said, "If you will keep
all…." Obey the Torah and all its 316 commandments, you will be
right with Me. Clearly, nobody, Jew or Gentile, is capable of meeting that
standard. The Torah will cause the man of faith to throw himself on
God’s mercy for forgiveness.
David was a man after God’s own heart,
but he fell well short of Torah standards. David acknowledged his sin,
repented and was forgiven and restored. The Torah included a system of
sacrifices for dealing with sins, but the sacrifice had to be offered in
faith that God would accept it as a token of his repentance and forgive
The Bible tells us that Abraham, Isaac,
David, Joseph, Moses, (and even Rahab the Harlot) were all saved by faith before
Hebrews 11:13 says of the patriarchs:
"These all died in faith, not having
received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded
of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and
pilgrims on the earth."
The OT patriarchs were saved, not by the
Abrahamic Covenant, but faith in its eventual fulfillment by the Messiah,
The Scriptures say "without faith it
is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that
He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."
Dual Covenant Theology comforts those
Christians who love the Jews and can't bear the thought of their not going
to Heaven unless they accept the Messiah. But for that thinking to work,
then there must be two Messiahs -- one for the Christians and another for
Dual Covenant Theology ignores the fact
that Yeshua Hamashiac is, first and foremost, the JEWISH Messiah. "He
came unto His own, and His own received Him not," we learn from John
Jesus came to the Jews first. Mark
tells the story of the Syrophenician woman who begged Jesus to cast a
devil out of her daughter. Note His reply carefully:
"But Jesus said unto her, Let the
children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread,
and to cast it unto the dogs." The 'children' referred to here were
the 'children of Israel'. "Dogs" was a slang name among the Jews
Jesus' first ministry was to the Jews.
He did NOT teach that the Jews could be
saved by trusting in their ability to keep the Law. He told them, "I
am the way, the truth and the life, and no man comes to the Father but by
Now we run into a major stumbling block.
Did you spot it? Replacement Theology argues that the Jews have forfeited
promises of the First Covenant to the Church. Dual Covenant Theology
argues that the First Covenant has NOT been replaced by the Covenant to
Replacement theology is wrong. And so is
Dual Covenant. How do we reconcile these glaring contradictions in
Scripture? By recognizing they cover two separate Dispensations of God.
As we've already seen, Hebrews 1:11 says
the Patriarchs were saved by faith that God would fulfill His promise of a
Redeemer. During the Age of Grace, we are saved by faith that the Redeemer
Dispensationalism takes into account the
unfolding revelation of God. God exists outside of time and space, but we
don't. We are bound by chronology. The Bible 'dispenses' revelation
progressively throughout history, even as God, at different times in
history, dealt differently in his interactions with man.
He walked in the garden with Adam (Age of
He allowed Adam's descendants to conduct
themselves according to their own consciences, devoid of further
revelation. (Age of Conscience) After the Flood came the age of Human
Abraham's covenant with God was yet a new
progressive revelation (Age of Promise).
But man was not accountable for violating
Divine Law until God's revelation of the Ten Commandments (Age of the
Law). That revelation was truly progressive, in that the longer man had to
try, the more obvious it became that it was impossible to keep the whole
In keeping with His covenant with
Abraham, God provided for a temporary system of sacrifice whereby the
blood of bulls and rams would serve as an imperfect covering for the sins
of the children of Israel until the advent of the Messiah.
The Prophet Daniel outlined the future
history of Israel from the restoration of the Temple sacrifice system
following the Babylonian exile until the coming of the Messiah to a period
of 490 years, divided into seventy 'weeks' of years.
From the issuance of the order to rebuild
the Temple by King Artexerxes in 445 BC until the coming of the Messiah,
Daniel predicted, would be a period of 69 weeks, or 483 years. Fast
forward the requisite number of years and you come to the third decade of
the first century.
Daniel says at the conclusion of the 69th
week shall the Messiah be cut off (killed) but not for Himself (for the
sins of His people). The seventieth Week is put on hold to allow for the
next Dispensation (Age of Grace) to move forward. The Age of Grace is the
New Covenant which was offered at the Last Supper.
Yet there remains one more unfulfilled
week of the Law. The Prophet Daniel says that a prince of the people who
destroyed the Temple (the Romans in AD 70) would confirm a covenant with
Israel that will result in the restoration of Temple worship and animal
sacrifice on Temple Mount.
"And he shall confirm the covenant
with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the
sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of
abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and
that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Daniel 9:26)
The Age of Grace concludes before the
70th Week because they represent two different Dispensations of God.
During the Tribulation, the antichrist
desecrates the Temple. Jesus called it 'the abomination of desolation.'
That raises an interesting question. If the Tribulation Temple is not
legitimate in the eyes of God, how could it be desecrated in the eyes of
God? It is Jesus Christ who links the antichrist's presence in the
Temple with the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel. He ought to
Paul describes this coming abomination
more thoroughly: "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is
called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple
of God, shewing himself that he is God." (2nd Thessalonians 2:4)
Paul does not describe it as the
Tribulation Temple, or the antichrist's Temple. He calls it the Temple of
God. Paul was an Apostle of Christ. Once again, he ought to know.
None of this is possible during the
Dispensation of Grace. During the Age of Grace, those indwelt by the Holy
Spirit are 'the temple of God'.
But Daniel says Temple priests will
resume Temple worship, including sacrifices and oblations to God. The
Third Temple will be desecrated, says Jesus. Paul says it is, at
that time, the Temple of God.
Jeremiah refers to Daniel's 70th Week as
the "Time of Jacob's Trouble". Jesus warns those living in Judea
that when it comes, "pray it not be on the Sabbath".
All of this body of evidence taken
together suggests that the Tribulation is, as Jeremiah indicates, the time
of Jacob's Trouble, not the Church's.
There are TWO covenants, and God has not
abandoned the First Covenant in favor of the Second. If He had,
Replacement Theology would be valid. Where Dual Covenant theology is wrong
in that it assumes both covenant agreements operate simultaneously.
The Church exists under the New Covenant,
or Age of Grace, which is concluded at the Rapture. The indwelling
ministry of the Holy Spirit is withdrawn, and with Him, the Temple that He
occupied. That leaves nobody on the earth by the Christ-rejecting Gentiles
and the Jews who remain in unbelief.
Jeremiah, Zechariah, Isaiah, Ezekiel,
Daniel and Paul all clearly state that the Tribulation results in the
national redemption of Israel.
"And I will pour upon the house of
David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of
supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and
they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be
in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his
firstborn." (Zechariah 12:10)
Daniel clearly says that God's covenant
with Israel has one more week. All Jesus' comments and warnings about the
Tribulation are addressed to Sabbath-keeping Jews. Jesus declares the
Third Temple will be desecrated by the antichrist. Paul describes how, and
in so doing, identifies it as "the Temple of God." Daniel says
that at the time when this abomination of desolation takes place, Jewish
priests will once again be offering animal sacrifices.
Remove Dispensationalism from the
equation, and Dual Covenant and Replacement theology are either both
wrong, or they are both right, while simultaneously contradiction one
another. Introduce the Church into the Tribulation Period without first
concluding the Age of Grace at the Rapture muddies the picture still more.
Restore pre-trib Dispensationalism and
Scripture is in harmony with itself. We're not yet in the Tribulation
because the Lord, in His mercy, has not yet concluded the Age of Grace.
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SBMF Annual Meeting news from your
SBMF President, Ric Worshill
b’Yeshua (Peace in Jesus).
peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me to
dwell in safety. [Psalms 4:8
SBMF Annual Meetings
are coming soon.
The SBMF Annual meeting is coming to Louisville, Kentucky this
June. We have worked hard to
bring you a wonderful time of praise, prayer, worship and teaching.
here to see the SBMF
Annual Meeting News For June 2009
look at this page you will find the schedule of events and information
about the event. We have the
speakers and the worship leader listed for you to check out.
The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Board is so gracious in
supplying us with meeting rooms for this three day event.
We praise the name of Yeshua for bringing such wonderful saints
into our lives.
click on the below link and take a look at the Baptist Press article that
is located at: http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=30363
take a look at the ministries that are active in the SBMF at this
time. There are some new ones on the list.
Click on this link:
Click here to see a list of some SBMF
I am one
of those SBMF members who has family members who are lost and perishing.
My prayer is that we Southern Baptists proactively engage telling
the Jewish people right here in the USA about the gift of Salvation in
so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Therefore,
be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. The
Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith,
preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "ALL THE NATIONS
WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU." So
then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer. For
as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is
written, "CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN
IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM." Now
that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, "THE
RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." However,
the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, "HE WHO PRACTICES THEM
SHALL LIVE BY THEM." Christ
redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us —
for it is written, "CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE" —
in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might
come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit
through faith. [Galatians 3:6-14
before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to
the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore
the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be
justified by faith. But now
that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For
you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For
all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with
Christ. There is neither Jew
nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor
female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And
if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs
according to promise. [Galatians
We come to
salvation through faith, by the Grace of G-d and not by any of what we do
by works. Baruch Ha'Shem Yeshua
days are coming," declares the Lord, "when I will make a new
covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not
like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them
by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they
broke, although I was a husband to them," declares the Lord. "But
this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after
those days," declares the Lord, "I will put My law within them
and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they
shall be My people. "They
will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother,
saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them
to the greatest of them," declares the Lord, "for I will forgive
their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." Thus
says the Lord, Who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of
the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that
its waves roar; The Lord of hosts is His name: "If
this fixed order departs from before Me," declares the Lord,
"Then the offspring of Israel also will cease from being a nation
before Me forever." Thus
says the Lord, "If the heavens above can be measured and the
foundations of the earth searched out below, then I will also cast off all
the offspring of Israel for all that they have done," declares the
Lord. [Jeremiah 31:31-37 NASU]
when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, "Take this and
share it among yourselves; for
I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until
the kingdom of God comes."
And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke
it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for
you; do this in remembrance of Me."
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten,
saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in
My blood. [Luke 22:17-20 NASU]
covenant is truly new as G-d is the one Who made the original covenant.
He never needs to reaffirm or renew what He has already set in
Word is without change. Sometimes He needs to remind us that
He made the irrevocable promise to us. We need to shema
(hear) what the Spirit says to the Church.
never breaks His Word or changes His mind. He is True all the time.
Read His Word, it will bless your heart.
Blessed is he who
reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things
which are written in it; for the time is near. [Revelation 1:3
Baruch Ha’ba B’Shem
Blessed is he who
comes in the name of the L-rd! [Ps 118:26 NKJV]
L-rd bless you, and watch over you; The L-rd make His face
shine on you, And be gracious to you; The L-rd lift up His
countenance on you, And give you peace. [NASU Numbers
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