Reconciling the Church to her Hebraic Roots

When the Emmaus Group was founded, one of the goals was to understand God’s prophetic purposes for Israel.   Over the past 2000 years, much erroneous teaching has influenced the church’s position towards Israel, leading to tragic consequences throughout history and which continue today.

The modern State of Israel is, like every other nation in the world, not perfect. However, God has made it very clear that he has chosen the Jewish people as a nation for himself and to be the vehicle through which he would implement his redemptive plan for mankind.  The Emmaus Group works hard to present the church with the truth about Israel, and to actively encourage reconciliation between the church and her roots in order to bring her into obedience and to equip her for what lies ahead.

Relevant Articles:

CONFLICT – AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Jesus endured conflict during His time on earth, not least with the religious leaders, but also within His own community and family even: “a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.”[i] Therefore, as servants who are not greater than our Master, we shouldn’t be surprised if we see it in our own lives as a result of our faith and obedience to Him. Dictionary definitions for conflict include words such as battle, contention, strife, antagonism, disagreement and dissension, divided loyalties, contend, differ and struggle. If Jesus went through such, we should expect to: “Do not think I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household!” [ii] However, it is our response to conflict that counts, so choosing to respond appropriately is the road to Christian maturity. Sometimes as with Job, He allows conflict to test us in order we learn more about ourselves, therefore it’s not to be feared, but embraced as a valuable learning experience and an opportunity to grow.  Other times He will chastise us for our profit, to lead us to righteousness. Although such discipline doesn’t feel nice, when He chastises you rejoice, for He scourges those He receives as sons.[iii] Family & Church Conflict Family and church conflict is likely as the great sifting takes place in these last days. The Lord’s winnowing fork[iv] will separate those who...

PASSOVER AND THE EASTER TRADITIONS

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) The question of whether Christians should observe Passover, or continue with the well-established tradition of Easter, is one that provokes much reaction amongst believers. To answer this question we must always begin by examining the word of God.   For God’s ways are higher than man’s. Nowhere in the bible will you find the word Easter. The word Easter derives from Ishtar, the moon goddess from ancient Assyria, and is the root of the Germanic name Eostre, a pagan fertility goddess of the Saxon people of northern Europe. Eostre is also the root of the word estrogen, or oestrogen, the primary female sex hormone Ishtar/Eostre’s fertility symbols were eggs and rabbits. The ancient Assyrian new-year celebrations, called Akitu, culminated with the festival of Ishtar, which was the religious celebration of the fertility and pregnancy of the mother goddess as well as the resurrection of her son/husband, Tammuz, ‘the incarnated son of god’, who coincidentally was born on the 25th December! These pagan fertility symbols have become widely accepted in western culture, yet God makes it abundantly clear that we are not to do as the pagans do. Even the origins of the hot cross bun are found in a repeating form of worship, dating back to the days of Ishtar, who was known as the ‘queen of heaven,’ a name later given to Mary the mother of Jesus. Pagans would bake cakes to offer to ‘the queen of heaven’ (just as the idolatrous Israelites did – Jer 7:18) on the Friday before the Easter festival. Sound familiar? “Take heed to yourself you are not ensnared to...

CHRIST AT THE CHECKPOINT – A COUNTER MANIFESTO

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Our ‘counter manifesto’ has been written in response to the CATC4 manifesto: http://www.christatthecheckpoint.com/index.php/en/catc4-manifesto This response has been written out of genuine concern and love for the Palestinian Church whose plight and suffering we publicly acknowledge, stuck as they are between a rock and a hard place: a highly defensive militarised Israel on the one side, and the intransigent hardening hearts of their Palestinian Muslim neighbours on the other. As Jesus/Yeshua suffered, so we too as His disciples must expect to suffer. Such suffering must of course be for righteousness sake, for which we are blessed. “For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil” (1 Peter 3). Amid suffering, Jesus’ disciples first and foremost must stand on the immutable word of God and obey it. For God’s ways are not like man’s. When we do, and “when our ways please the Lord He can make our enemies be at peace with us” (Proverbs 16:7). So this counter manifesto was written to our Palestinian brethren out of love and we ask them to prayerfully consider what we have written. The Emmaus Group – 7th March 2016   ___________________ Counter-Manifesto:   1. Bethlehem Bible College (BBC): The Kingdom of God has come. Evangelicals must reclaim the prophetic role in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel. Emmaus Group (EG): The opening statement, “the Kingdom of God has come”, is misleading. The Bible says in many passages such as Matt 10:7, Mark 1:15, Luke 10:9 and others, that the Kingdom of God is ‘at hand’...