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Certain Messianic groups betraying the Elohim

It is a well-known fact that there are not many Jews who have accepted that the Nazarene master-teacher Jeshua is the promised Messiah.
Although the Messianic Jewish movement may not have been huge or well known until the 60s, there has been a faithful remnant keeping the torch lit from the time of Yeshua’s apostles until now.
The Messianic Jew Dr. Gershon Nerel specialises in the history of Messianic Judaism — or Jewish Believers in Yeshua (JBY) (Jeshua = Jesus Christ), as he prefers to call them—in the modern State of Israel seems to give a distorted view of the Messianic movement.

He seems to forget that throughout history there always have been truthful followers of Yeshua or Jeshua (in modern spelling). What we see is that his interest goes most to those Jews who came to believe what he himself came to believe, namely that Jeshua would be God. By doing so he betrays the Only One True Elohim. Also when he gives lectures he gives a wrong and very limited picture of the Messianic movement.

People from outside Israel should also know that many Messianic Jews contributed to the establishment and cultivation of the country. There is still so much history unknown and unexplored, that we were not able to cover the current situation of the Messianic Jewish world in Israel today. This also because many of the true followers of Jeshua do not come open in the public. Opposite to them there are the Jews who were taken in by the evangelical missionaries and who came to accept the Trinity. That is the greatest problem and misery of the Messianic movement that the Messianic Jewish movement started became not only a very Evangelical Christian (theologically speaking) enterprise but also presents itself more and more also as a thoroughly Jewish one.

Abram Poljak was one of the several dozen Messianic Jews who ended up remaining in Israel when the British Mandate evacuated hundreds of Hebrew Christians from the State of Israel during Operation Mercy.

During the first war of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the broader Arab–Israeli conflict. the British Empire withdrew from Mandatory Palestine, which had been part of the Ottoman Empire until 1917.Many Palestinian Arabs ended up stateless, displaced either to the Palestinian territories captured by Egypt and Jordan or to the surrounding Arab states; many of them, as well as their descendants, remained stateless and in refugee camps. But the British were also aware of several people, Jews and non-Jews who belonged to Christendom. On the eve of Israel’s independence in 1948, the British Mandate with Operation Mercy  evacuated the Hebrew Christians in anticipation of a devastating war after Israel’s declaration of independence and statehood.On 14 May 194, when the last remaining British troops and personnel departed the city of Haifa, the Jewish leadership in Palestine declared the establishment of the State of Israel. This declaration was followed by the immediate invasion of Palestine by the surrounding Arab armies and expeditionary forces in order to prevent the establishment of Israel and to aid the Palestinian Arabs, who were on the losing side at that point, with a large portion of their population already fleeing or being forced out by the Jewish militias.

Many present-day Israelis have not forgotten this point in history, and this has been one more source of contention between Israeli Jews and Jewish Believers in Yeshua. However, Poljak was not a part of this group. He led a group of Messianic Jews who were adamant to stay in the brand new state and throw in their lot with their fellow Jews.

Many Jewish believers in Yeshua in the 1940s and 1950s left the land of Israel, and tried to build up a new life in restored Europe as well as in the Americas. Between many of them there came a sort of hate against the Zionists, because they wanted to force a state for only Jews who returned to the Holy Land and who considered it only for them. The attitude to take land from others and to build walls in the country is something against the Mitzvot and as such is a thorn in the eyes of the real followers of Jeshua, but also of other Jews like the Haredim who tremble by the thought what those Zionists do to others. There are different groups in those ultra-Orthodox communities who continue to reject Zionism as blasphemous.

In practice, the rejection of Zionism has led to the emergence of a wide variety of groups, ranging from the Neturei Karta (Aramaic: “Guardians of the City”), which does not recognize the legitimacy of the State of Israel, to the political parties of the Haredim, which occasionally determine which of Israel’s major parties is able to form a government. It is important to distinguish between the Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox and the Sephardi ultra-Orthodox. The term Ashkenazi (plural Ashkenazim) originally referred to Jews from Germany, and Sephardi (plural Sephardim) originally referred to Jews from Spain and Portugal. But in Israel the terms are often used to designate Jews of northern European origin on the one hand and Jews of Middle Eastern origin on the other. {Encyc. Britannica}

For those very religious Jews it is impossible to be a Jew when one would not worship the God of Israel, Who is a Singular Spirit Being no man can see. All those who worship a Trinity do injustice to the Only True God and are a disgrace to the Jewish people.

In fall 1974, almost a year after the Yom Kippur War, Menahem Benhayim undertook the challenge to work together with Gershon Nerel and some others towards reviving the “Messianic Jewish Alliance of Israel” (MJAI), serving the believers in Messiah Yeshua and the Messianic congregations in Israel. A son of ultra-orthodox East European Jewish parents, he first became interested in Jeshua while in high school and later while serving with the U.S. Army in England. He and his wife Haya, also a Messianic Jew, made aliyah and emigrated to Israel in 1963 where they lived in Haifa and briefly in a kibbutz, followed by 11 years in Eilat.

In the editorial for the first volume of “B’shuv”, he wrote:

“The central aim of this organ is to enable Messianic Jews to express their belief while one keeps in mind the unquestionable premise that nowadays God works among Israel that returns to her homeland, as well as within the renewed Messianic community, just as He ‘at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers’ (Hebrews 1,1). This aim also gives expression to the belief that God completes anew in the body of Messiah the healthy Jewish component which in past times consisted an inseparable part of Messiah’s body” (pp. 3-4).

Nerel says about him:

With the enthusiasm of a teenager Menahem invested his whole energy in the attempts to establish a national body of Messianic Jews, a body which, in fact, had already roots in the land in the 1950s and during the British Mandate. However, these efforts to recreate a new alliance gave fruit only a decade and a half later, in 1989.
He initiated and directed the publication of two periodicals by and for Jewish believers in Yeshua: 1) “B’shuv” (Restore or Return) – of which the first issue appeared in Hanukka 1981, and lasted for about a decade. 2) “Zot Habrit” (This is the Covenant) which appeared in winter 1990/ 1991 and became the organ of the MJAI [Messianic Jewish Alliance of Israel].

For the majority of Jews in Israel and outside Israel it is not acceptable that the Messianic Jew Dr Gershon Ner’el appeals to Jewish-Messianic leaders in Israel, who are being pressured by Christianity, to accept dogmas such as the Trinity in exchange for support.

The Israeli Jewish Yeshua-Believers (IJYB) love to push their numbers and regularly give open conferences. Because of those meeting they are more in the picture than the real followers of Christ, who do not worship a Trinity. Their leaders who are invited to speak overseas in conferences and churches pump up the numbers to make it look like many Jews are coming to faith in Jesus, by which they mean the Trinitarian godhead. Often these “leaders” are not themselves Messianic Jews, but expatriates or temporary directors of foreign and various denominational entities missionising in the Land who have no way of knowing the actual numbers of IJYB’s in Israel. The North American evangelist missionaries are the worst because they bear hatred against the Ultra Orthodox and the Jeshuaists and other non-trinitairan believers in Jesus.

Gershon Nerel, who became Menahem Benhayim’s successor in the position of “Israel Secretary” for the “International Messianic Jewish Alliance”, seems to be fully aware of that fact, but at the same time does not seem to bring clarity.

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Preceding

The modern Messianic Jewish movement

Jews and Christians against Messianics and Jeshuaists

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