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SID: When I was a young Jewish believer in the Messiah, I was involved in starting something I had no idea, a few of us, we knew nothing. But we felt we wanted a congregation for Jewish people where we would where we used to, where we were raised with in the synagogue. And so we started one of the first modern Messianic Jewish congregations in America. And shortly, I realized, I was the leader at the time, I knew nothing. So we got a wonderful Messianic Jewish rabbi that did something unusual. He proved that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah and never used the New Testament. He always spoke from the Jewish Scriptures, the Old Covenant. Now my wife was raised Southern Baptist, got to college, atheistic professors and whatever faith she had, zip, out the door. She never called herself an atheist. Just in case, she called herself an agnostic. She had a little, maybe there is a God. I’m not going to call myself an atheist. Well when we got married, I insisted she convert to orthodox Judaism. So you might say she was a Southern Baptist, agnostic, orthodox Jew. Right? But kicking and screaming, she would go to our Messianic Jewish congregation and she would hear something that was taken for granted among gentile Christians. You believe because your parents believe. You believe because you’ve been told that since you were so little. Then what happens when you get to college and into the world, you have all this doubt that comes and surfaces, and you’re surrounded with doubt and unbelief. And so she heard, for the first time, why the Bible is from God. It’s not a given. You have to understand why the Bible is from God, because if it’s not from God then there is no foundation in Judaism or Christianity, or anything else. Then that same Bible proves, there are predictions in it called prophecies, that Jesus is the Messiah. And she came to a point where one day she said, “I have no choice. I have to believe.” Now when I got saved, I was very prominent. There was an article in a major Washington, D.C. newspaper. And I have to tell you, coming from an orthodox Jewish background, my father was horrified that, number one, I was a believer in the Messiah, Jesus, and number two, I was outspoken about it. But one day, he said, “Okay, I want you to tell me why Jesus is the Messiah.” Oh, I’ve been waiting for this day for so long. And I have to tell you, I was praying that he would come to know the Messiah. My mother who loved me would try to protect me, you know, good Jewish mother. And she said, “Your dad will never become a believer in that Jesus.” She just didn’t want me to be left down, you know. And I said to her, I remember saying to her, “You’re wrong. He will.” You know why? I have been saying it for so long that I began to believe it. There was no evidence to my natural lies. If you knew my dad, none whatsoever. Orthodox Jew born in Poland, saw everything Hitler did, you know, the whole nine yards. No way he was going to believe. But something in me said, I know my father is going to be a believer in the Messiah. So I got a Tanakh, that’s a Jewish copy of the Jewish Scriptures. And the Tanakh is the same as a Christian Old Testament, except the books are in a slightly different order and the verses could be one ahead or one behind. Otherwise, it’s virtually the same as a Christian Old Testament. And I said, “Dad, did you know there are predictions about our Jewish people and that there are thousands of them, past, present and future, of the Jewish people, and they all come true, I mean, to the decimal point.” He said, “No, I didn’t know that.” I said, “Let me show you a few of them.” God said in Deuteronomy 28, “We would be the most blessed people on the face of this earth if we would follow Moses and the Torah”. But if not, we would lose our temple, we did. We would lose our city, Jerusalem, we did. We’d be scattered to the four corners of the earth, we were. Whatever country we would go to we would be persecuted in. You see how precise and specific this is? But there’s more. And I’ll be right back in a moment.

 

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