Being a believer in Yeshua
includes taking part in a grand vision and challenge to change the world.
This "great commission" was given to the original Apostles and disciples
right before Yeshua ascended into heaven. That commission includes making
disciples (Matthew 28:18), preaching the gospel (Mark 16:15),
and restoring the kingdom to Israel.
"Will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel" (Acts (1:6)?
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and be
witnesses of Me in Jerusalem, all Judea and Samaria, even unto the ends of
the earth" (Acts 1:8).
Many people today speak of restoring the Jewish roots of the faith.
That's good and right - but our roots are more profound than food or
festivals. Recovering the original Apostolic commission is a central aspect
of the restoration of the Messianic remnant in our day. Restoring the
Messianic remnant includes recovering the Apostolic vision.
Isaac went back to dig the wells of Abraham; he called them by the names
that his father called them (Genesis 26:18). The wells and the
names were tools to get back the water that his father had found. Our
"Jewish" restoration of "wells" and "names" has the goal of getting back to
the waters of salvation and rivers of revival that our "fathers" - the
Apostles - had found.
Peter, John and Paul are just as much our "Jewish" fathers as Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob. (The Apostles all had two names - one in Greek and one in
Hebrew, since they were all bilingual and bicultural. They used their Greek
names in international venues and their Hebrew names within Israel.)
Some of the wells they dug were: the Messianic kingdom on earth (Acts
1:3), the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5), world
evangelism (Acts 1:8), a literal Second Coming (Acts 1:11),
world revival in the end times (Acts 2:17), and even the restoration
of all things (Acts 3:20). Redigging the wells of Abraham is
rediscovering the vision of the Apostles. As Isaac drank the waters that
Abraham drank, we want to partake of the anointing that the Apostles walked
I was once asked on a national Israeli television program what our vision
is as Messianic Jews. I answered that it was the same as all the prophets
of Israel from Isaiah to Malachi: to establish the kingdom of God on earth,
with peace among the nations, and the Messiah reigning from Jerusalem.
We have a spiritual inheritance from the Patriarchs, from the Prophets, and
from the Apostles. That spiritual inheritance is available to all who will
believe it and receive it - whether Jew or Gentile, man or woman, rich or
poor. Let's take possession of it.