The 3 Main Reasons Why Jews Still Don’t Believe In Jesus
Shalom. My plan for today is to get you excited about the fact that after 2000 years of silence the gospel is now finally being shared again in the land of Israel. I will also share with you the three main reasons why Jewish people do not follow Jesus. As some of you already know, our ministry, One for Israel, became Canada’s leading evangelistic initiative in Israel, sharing the gospel with millions of Jews all over Israel. Up until a few years ago, Jewish Israelis coming to know Jesus as the Messiah, used to be an extremely rare happening. In fact, 70 years ago with the establishment of the State of Israel there were only 30 Jewish believers in Jesus all over Israel. Just 30. But in the last four or five years we have seen a dramatic change and that is what I will be talking to you about today. First, I’m going to show you on the screen a short three-minute video that explains everything that One for Israel. Enjoy.
Over the last 70 years Israelis have been at the center of the struggle hungry for meaning asking questions and searching for answers many find joy in the comfort of the world while others drown in the sorrow of disappointment
Some have found the answer in one name, Jesus, or as we call him in Hebrew Yeshua. One for Israel is an initiative of native-born Israelis who are in the forefront of high-tech evangelism, bringing salvation to Israel, raising up leaders, and equipping them with the tools they need to transform their communities with an emphasis on winning souls, building disciples, and sending leaders to promote the Kingdom of God to both Jews and Arabs throughout the Land of Israel. Our Bible College has now grown into a certified educational institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, bringing Jews and Arabs together in the classroom and experiencing peace and unity in the name of Yeshua. From our campus located in central Israel we work together to proclaim the gospel of the Messiah through websites, a radio station, a television studio, classroom instruction, and the largest Christian library in Israel, training, equipping and providing a platform for the gospel to go forth. In partnership with local authorities we provide you monetary aid to Holocaust survivors caring for each and every generation with the love of Yeshua. Israel has always been on the cutting edge of Internet technology and with more Israelis online per capita than even the United States, Israel continues to be ripe for evangelism on the digital frontier.
I Met Messiah, Isaiah 53, among others are all tools and outlets provided by One for Israel so the Jewish people can hear, receive, and grow in their knowledge of the Messiah. We want to promote the message of the gospel in the Land of Israel through the cooperation of Christians worldwide. Together, we can care for, educate, and reach out to both Jews and Arabs in the Land of Israel.
As a native-born Israeli who’s experienced firsthand the transforming power of the gospel of the Messiah, I would like to invite you personally to extend a helping hand and become One for Israel. On the screen you saw the president of One for Israel, my boss Dr. Sof… this is my other boss, and you can pray for us. Later on you will learn why and how I came to know the Lord about 20 years ago. Some of you are now looking at me and asking yourself, “Were you even alive 20 years ago?” I’m actually 35, I just look young. I came to know the Lord because I was challenged and provoked to jealousy by Gentile Christian believers while I visited Canada for a few weeks. God really blessed me in the ability to combine two of my greatest passions in life. One of them is my professional background which is media and advertising and the other one is the world of Biblical theology and the gospel. Today, I am I with One for Israel as the Director of Evangelism and Apologetics. Let’s talk about evangelism and Israel today.
In Israel today we have nine million people and only 0.3 percent of them are born-again Jewish believers in Jesus. How come? You would expect the numbers in Israel to be the other way around. Israel after all is where the gospel came from. Jesus was an Israeli Jew. The disciples were Israeli Jews. You know just like me, so how come, how come the numbers are so few? There are three main reasons. The reason why Israel is an anti-Jesus nation today. Reason number one is replacement theology and antisemitism. For 2,000 years now many in the church did not really know what to do with this concept of Israel. After all, a nation with no language, a nation with no land up until 70 years ago is basically a nation without hope. You know that history teaches us that most nations disappear within 3 to 5 generations in that situation and we’ve been here for 2,000 years. When many of the Church Fathers realized that most of Israel rejected the gospel they thought God had probably replaced Israel, teaching that God changed his mind about the promises he gave Israel in the Old Testament. But in Romans chapter 11 Paul is arguing against this, teaching about the remnant, he himself being one of the remnant. Paul said, “I asked then, did God reject his people? By no means. I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people whom he foreknew.” The problem is that replacement theology often times leads to antisemitism. If we look at church history that’s exactly what we see. You already know a few examples;
The Crusades, The Inquisition
If you don’t know, the Inquisition was when Jews would be forced to convert to Christianity against their will and had to choose between conversion or death.
Pogroms mainly happened in the 19th and 20th century in East Europe. Mainly Catholics would come in the middle of the night into Jewish villages, set the villages on fire and massacre the people.
Blood libels are when Eastern European Christians would tell one another during Passover that Jews kidnap Christian children, kill them and turn them into matzoh balls for Passover meal. Now this is obviously a big fat lie.
My grandmother was able to escape the Holocaust not before she was tortured by the Nazis who did things to her such as pulling out her fingernails telling her that it was because she rejected Christ. If you go to the Holocaust Museum in Israel you’ll see a big picture of the Pope and Adolph Hitler together shaking hands with one another. My point is not to criticize the Catholic Church, my point is to show you how Jews automatically associate all Gentile Christians with this horrible history. Jews erroneously think that all Christians are under the Pope and that to some degree all Christians dislike Jews, and that is why it’s very easy for Jews to put Christians in a box and ignore their Gentile message and ignore their Gentile God. But you know we cannot really escape. I cannot escape my Jewishness even as a follower of Jesus. And we and our team we are not something foreign, something different who speaks this other language and looks different we are one of them ,you know we are Jews ourselves, we are Israelis who we speak Hebrew, by the way my French accent is not French, its an Israeli accent and that all leads me to reason number two.
Reason number two I call it blind love to Israel, sometimes, and it’s sometimes also known as dual covenant theology which basically is a belief that Jews are saved just because they are Jews, and having nothing to do to our faith or non-faith in Jesus. If we are saved without Jesus nobody needs to tell us, there is no reason to tell us about Jesus. So that’s reason number two and this one is pretty much the other extreme of the first reason. It’s the kind of people who love to quote to me Psalm 120 to ‘pray for the Peace of Jerusalem’ but they never ever quote Paul’s prayer in Romans chapter 10, “My heart’s desire and my prayer to God for Israel is for their salvation.” I believe that and the peace King David was praying for, the Psalm we all love to quote, will only happen when Paul’s prayer will become true. And I know most of you probably know by heart Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you”. But my question is, “What does it mean to bless Israel?” How do you bless Israel if your love for Israel is only expressed as a political love and support? That is not really blessing Israel. I want to share with you the top causes evangelical Christians in the world give money to in Israel, thinking they are blessing Israel. This giving is mainly used for building Israel physically…building religious schools, building synagogues, building settlements, etc, I’ll share with you one example. Come a well-known guy from Texas, Pastor Hagee. A couple of years ago he put together a large event where he gave over three million dollars to 23 Israeli organizations. By the way that’s public knowledge. Now that was very generous of him, but guess how many of these organizations in Israel were of believers in Jesus? None, absolutely none. So while these are not bad causes that the money goes to, we believe that if you don’t bless Israel by building us spiritually, meaning if you’re not sharing with us about our Jesus, our Messiah, then are you really blessing us? Or are you just sending us to hell on a full stomach? I believe that your calling as Christian Gentiles is not to buy us more tanks or build more religious schools. Your calling as Christian Gentiles is first and foremost to provoke us to jealousy. We need to be jealous of your relationship with our God which is only available and only possible through Jesus Christ.
Reason number three is what the rabbi’s, what our rabbis teaches us about Jesus in the synagogues and religious schools that some of you may have helped to build. Let’s talk about the word ‘Jesus’, about the name Jesus. The connotation of Jesus in the West is usually pretty positive. People might not like Christianity, they might not like Christians, but they’re usually okay and maybe even positive with Jesus himself. If you take Jesus to Islam, he is considered to be a great prophet. It also is positive, they don’t see him as the Son of God, but as a prophet, it’s positive. If you take Jesus to Asia, I mean they already believe in what? 300 million gods. What’s one more? You know only in Judaism is where Jesus has this extremely negative connotation. We already saw why but there is more to it. I’m going share with you a history lesson, a short history lesson. Almost 2,000 years ago, back in 132 A.D., a guy called Simon Bar Kokhba led the third Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire. When halfway through the revolt Rabbi Akiva declared Simon bar Kokhba, who by the way was a soldier famous for his barbaric cruelty, to be the Messiah. In the beginning of the revolt the Jewish followers of Jesus agreed to help in what seemed to be a campaign to fight for and protect the Land of Israel, and especially Jerusalem. However, after Rabbi Akiva’s declaration that Bar Kokhba was the Messiah, the Jewish believers in Jesus had to withdraw from the revolt because obviously this man is not a messiah. They were not going to follow him. Rabbi Akiva and the Sanhedrin took it badly and they considered the Jews to be traitors of Judaism from that point on. Leading them to create rules against Jewish followers of Jesus in order to basically kick Jewish believers in Jesus out of the synagogue, kick them out of Judaism. These laws forbade other Jews to even associate with followers of Jesus. Until today, three times a day in every synagogue they repeat the Birkat haMinim, which is the benediction (curse) concerning the heretics. Guess who are the heretics? Well that is basically cursing Jesus and his followers. And as Jewish followers of Jesus we cannot pray that prayer, therefore we cannot be in the synagogue, therefore we cannot be inside the heart of Judaism. Later on in the Talmud ( the Talmud is the Jewish Holy Scriptures ) the rabbis added false stories about who Jesus was . In one example, it says that his mother Mary committed adultery with a Roman soldier and that is how Jesus came about. Another story says that Jesus was an idol worshiper who got his powers from Satan. Sound familiar? Another story from the Talmud is of a Tahna. A Tahna is a great rabbinic sage and in this case he was an expert in mediumship. Mediumship is the ability to communicate with the dead. According to the story in the Talmud they asked this Tahna to communicate with Jesus from the dead. He did and he asked Jesus (again that’s according to the story in the Talmud not my opinion) he asked Jesus “Where are you and what is going on with you? And Jesus replied, “I am in hell and my punishment is to be boiled in feces for ever and ever because I was a false messiah and a false prophet.” There are more awful stories about Jesus in the Talmud and about us the Jewish believers, but I think you’ve got the idea. In Judaism Jesus is considered to be the worst enemy of all time. Jewish people look at Jesus as the blame for antisemitism in the world. Now remember, in Jewish history any kind of a spiritual message that somebody wanted to bring in must be first approved by the gatekeepers who are the Orthodox rabbis, who used to be the Pharisees. We see that in the New Testament they rejected Jesus and his message. And Jesus himself accused them in Matthew chapter 23 verse 13, “Scribes and Pharisees hypocrites for you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces.” And for two thousand years now Jesus has been kept out of Judaism. And for these three reasons you now understand why Jesus is the best kept secret in Judaism.
By the way I realized that what I’ve just shared with you about Jesus in the Talmud can cause your heart to react in bitterness and hatred even enmity and resentment against Jewish people which can lead and will lead to antisemitism, but please choose compassion and grace like the Heart of Jesus when it was on the course, “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing, amen.” So now you understand why most Jews do not believe Jesus to be the Messiah and why Jewish evangelism is so difficult like no other. Now how is all of that relating to what is going on today? and to the conference today, to make things even more difficult for you if you take Jesus’s words in Luke 30 and 35 as futuristic (which is by the way as the way most scholars do) this means that Jesus is not coming back until we Jews accept him. LUke 30 and 35 “you will not see me again until you say, ‘blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’. And Jesus was talking to Israel. We have a problem, we all want Jesus to get back, right, don’t we? But the gospel is being kept a secret from us Jews for 2,000 years now. That’s why we’ve been waiting for so long. I shared with you some bad news and I told you in the beginning I want to encourage you not to discourage you, so let’s move to the good news. There is a group of us now, Jewish Israelis, followers of Jesus in Israel, who found a way around those gatekeepers bypassing the rabbis. We no longer need the permission, because we no longer go into the synagogues to share the gospel. I know some of you who’ve never been to Israel before you probably think that we still live in tents and ride donkeys, that is true, no (joking laugter). And some statistics state 99% of all of Israel is connected to high-speed Internet connection, even outside of the home,s even if you go to a beach or anything like that. We are first in the world in the amount of time we spend online surfing the web is 60% more than the average here in the United States. Every 100 Israelis will own 122 computers, which is also first in the world, I own three computers, if you ask me why do I need three I don’t really know. We are first in the world in the amount of time we spend on social media and specifically on YouTube watching video clips. You know when your children are taking a shower and having dinner we are on our laptops watching video clips on YouTube. So, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because that means that we can meet Israelis where they are at, and that is not at the synagogue, that is online on the Internet. Now let me tell you something. We know how to relate to Jews and Arabs because we know how to share with our own people. It’s not somebody foreign, it’s our own people. We don’t we don’t share with them the Jesus that they were taught about, which is, you know, from the movies, usually a Gentile Jesus, a blonde Jesus, blue-eyed Jesus, European Jesus, who’s been hanged dead for 2,000 years now on a Roman Catholic cross. That’s not the one we are sharing. We share with them Yeshua. The word ‘Yeshua’ means salvation. We share with them Yeshua the Jewish Israeli Messiah who loves them so much that He gave His life for them. A messiah who was resurrected, who is alive, and who can change their lives as well, amen. Okay, how do we do that? How do we share with them? Most of our work is in the Hebrew and Arabic language but we also have some content in English that is available for you. I will quickly over a few things with you that we do. When you come to Israel, or as an Israeli, if you walk into a secular bookstore you can find any kind of book on spiritualism and religion. However, one book you will never find in bookstores in Israel is the New Testament in Hebrew. We make sure that it is available for them in any possible way for faith. We also operate the one and only Christian radio station in Israel. We produce and testimonies of mainly Jewish people who came to know the Lord but also Arabs and Muslims. Okay. Basically we have three main testimony services that we do; Hebrew, Arabic, and English. On the screen you’re going to watch now a two-minute short teaser of the Hebrew ones with English subtitles.
To be perceived as an enemy of Israel is a terrible situation to be in.
I was afraid of losing my Jewish identity.
What will my parents say? My family?
I didn’t know how people would react.
We are a stubborn nation.
“When you believe in Jesus, you will be cursed”, they said.
I got death threats.
I go spat on, beat up, and even boycotted.
My parents did everything to stop my faith.
Rejection, hatred, threats.
My father beat me up for my faith in Jesus.
Just because I believe in Jesus.
I was forbidden to speak about him.
So you learn to hide it…
No one needs to know about it.
I was ashamed of my faith. It’s true.
How can an entire nation be led astray?
What are they hiding from us?
For 2000 years they’ve been lying to us.
Jesus is Jewish like us!
He’s waiting for us for 2000 years.
Jesus is the almighty God!
He’s one of us!
He’s our Jewish messiah!
He died for us all!
He jumped into the water to save me!
In his death I found life!
Of course I’d give my life for him!
There’s no way I’m saying no to that!
A perfect love
Our people need Jesus!
I can no longer keep it to myself!
I’m a Jew who follows the Jewish Messiah!
I wasn’t ashamed anymore!
I couldn’t deny my faith any longer!
I decided to just follow him!
The whole country of Israel must know!
All Jews throughout the entire world must know!
I felt so free – I’ve been set free.
We also produced 100 testimonies in English of Jewish people who came to know Jesus as the Messiah, with over fifty million views in the past four years, all coming from a small team in Israel. And I’m going to let you watch one, it’s about five six minutes long, and it’s a very famous Jewish scientist. If you’re into science you’ll know Dr. James too, his story I think is very powerful.
I got my PhD in the field of organic chemistry postdoc at Stanford University. Join the group of a man who is going to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, voted one of the top 50 most influential minds in the world. I was a visiting scholar at Harvard University. I’ve spoken it every major university in this country. I have over 650 research publications. I was voted the R&D magazine scientist of the year.. I’m in the National Academy of inventors. I’m a member of the American Association for the Advancement of science. I have over 120 patents. Started seven or eight companies. We work in areas that range from medicine to material science to electronics, computer memory, medical devices. We work across a broad range of areas, but more than any event, what means the most to me is that I’m a Jew who believes that Jesus is the Messiah. I grew up just outside of New York City. I thought everybody was Jewish, I didn’t even know that there was anything else. I had no particular interest in that other than when all my friends were getting Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah and then I would attend of course every week. There was never really any excitement for me. I remember once I even tried to talk to a rabbi. He just brushed me off, there was very little explanation for me. I remember when I went to college, I started meeting a number of people that said that they were born-again Christians which was sort of an odd term. I wondered, “What’s born-again? What do you mean born-again?” One person saw me in the laundry room, he said, “Do you mind if I give you an illustration of the gospel?” and I remember we sat there and he actually started to draw a picture of a cliff with a with a man on one side, and he drew a little man, and then another cliff with God on the other side, the big chasm in between, that he labeled it sin.
I looked at him I said, “I’m not a sinner I’ve never killed anyone. I never robbed the bank. How could I be a sinner?” and he had me read a verse from the Bible, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” In modern Judaism we never really talked about sin. I don’t remember ever talking about sin in my home. He turned to another passage. Jesus said, “I say to you that everyone who looks upon a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” I felt just as if I had been punched right in the chest. Here I was new in college. I didn’t think anybody knew. I would pick up these magazines and I became addicted to pornography. It was just through those magazines and all of a sudden something that’s written in the Bible from somebody who lived 2,000 years ago is calling me out on it. I felt immediately convicted. Now I realized I was a sinner. When I read in the scriptures what sin is, then I knew I was a sinner. How am I going to get to God? We Jews know this better than anyone else, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.” This description in Isaiah 53 of how he will bear upon himself my sin, the things that I had done, and this was him, this was the man that took this upon himself on the cross. The perfect God comes and gives himself for us. He is the one that gives himself for us. I started to realize how Jewish the New Testament is. This book is so Jewish. The New Testament is so Jewish. It’s all around Jewish people. Then on November 7th 1977, I was all alone in my room when I realized that Yeshua is the one who died on the cross and I said, “Lord I am a sinner. Please forgive me. Come into my life.” Then all of a sudden, someone was in my room. I opened my eyes, I was on my knees, I open my eyes, who was in my room? That man Jesus Christ stood in my room. This amazing sense of God, Jesus was in my room. I wasn’t scared. All I started doing was just weeping. The presence was so glorious because he was there in my room on that day. I didn’t want to get up. This amazing sense of forgiveness just started to come upon me. That was him. Finally I got up, I didn’t know what to do, didn’t know who to tell. Here’s this Jewish kid from New York City, what am I going to say? My cousins were shocked. “How could you do that? You’re Jewish!?!” Telling my mother how I had invited Jesus into my life she didn’t say much. She was weeping. She told my father. They weren’t happy at all and she said, “I don’t blame them for killing Jesus after the things that he said. Who is he to come against these religious leaders that have dedicated their lives to helping people and to tell them that they are whitewashed tombs? Who is he, this young man in his 30s to say this to these scholars? He got what he deserved.” My mother’s a very deep, pensive, careful reader. She read from Genesis right on through the Tanakh, the whole thing. When she got done I asked, “What did you think?” She said, “God warned us over and over again. He warned us.” When my daughter was about 15 my mother and father came to visit us. At one point my mother went into her room for several hours. She came out and she said, “What a young girl you have.” She talked to me for a long time. She started reading the Bible again, both the Old and the New Testament. One day, not long after that, she called me on the phone, at the age of 72. She said, “Jimmy you wouldn’t believe what happened.this is what happened” she said, “I was just reading and it hit me. It hit me…the way he gave his life. I believe it now! Jesus is the Son of God.”
You know we love, inside the church we love to concentrate on how Satan is using media. Don’t we? Now you can see how God is using the media. Let me share with you a little bit more on the screen. You can see some statistics. We also do a lot of Jewish apologetics which is answering rabbinic objections against Jesus. As you can guess there are 2,000 years worth of objections to deal with. Just as no Catholic person would ever speak against the Pope, Jewish people do not speak against the rabbi’s, that’s the authority. Okay? We do. We created one hundred and fifty short videos quoting the main rabbinic objections against Jesus and answering them as well as teaching the Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament and sharing the gospel. A lot of that I turned into a book translated to English and you can get it. It was released in January of this year and it became a best-seller pretty fast. After that, you can get it later on and you know in those videos you it’s not videos from all the religious rabbis but for young male and females which is very refreshing in Judaism, especially to see a young woman because a woman will not be talking about God in Judaism. I’ll share with you now another short video, an example of what we do. When I say evangelism it’s an evangelistic video we produced in Jerusalem in Hebrew, but this time we dubbed it in English for you, enjoy.
Israel’s Greatest Secret
We Jews hardly know of him because he’s the best kept secret in Judaism. He lived long before television or social media even existed. And yet he’s the most famous Jewish man throughout all of history. He never wrote a word, but his words have inspired more books than anyone else. He wasn’t a prime minister or a political leader but his teachings formed the foundation for the law of the Western civilization. He wasn’t raised among wealthy and famous rabbis but dined with the poor and rejected. He wasn’t part of the elite class. But even today great thinkers and philosophers hold him in the highest respect. He wasn’t a military leader and never used force. But nonetheless, he has an army of millions around the world who love him and are willing to give their lives for him. He never studied in yeshiva nor asked to create a religion, but thanks to him millions of Gentiles now believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He didn’t attend university yet almost all academic institutions were founded because of him, and in them, everyday people learn of his teachings. But here in Israel, it’s taboo to even talk about him. He’s erased as if he never existed. His name has been trampled and we’ve long forgotten him. While he’s a star everywhere else, among us his considered diseased, tortured, and despised. But the prophets in the Bible who were also rejected by our religious leaders prophesized that this would happen. He was despised and rejected by men. A man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, one from whom people hide their faces. He was despised and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our pains. Yet we esteemed him stricken, struck by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced because of our transgressions. Crushed because of our iniquities. The chastisement for our Shalom was upon him and by His stripes we are healed. We all like sheep have gone astray. Each of us turned to his own way, so God has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
In the time when the political leaders were religious, and the religious leaders were the politicians, God was a hidden captive. Anyone who wanted access to God had to swear allegiance to them, bow to them, and give financially. Then the Messiah ,with no army or weapons, fought against this twisted oppression to make God freely available, building a bridge to God with his own body. Not just for us Jews, but for the Gentiles as well who are also created by God. But our religious leaders did not give up, and with them, all of us in our sin, we nailed Jesus to the cross. But the death of the tortured, righteous one was considered by God to be a worthy sacrifice. An atonement for the sin of humanity. And thanks to the sacrifice of the crucified Savior we can finally enjoy forgiveness. Because like a parent who would give their life for their children, he took the punishment that we deserved on himself. He was punished…we were forgiven. He suffered. We were saved. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ gave us peace with God. And now, out of this peace we can also make peace with others. Though other nations have grasped this, it’s forcibly hidden from our peoples. But our nation’s denial is no surprise to the prophets, “Then I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. When they will look toward me whom they pierced, they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only Son, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn. For two thousand years they have done everything to hide him from us in the dark. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. Yeshua the Messiah is no longer the best-kept secret in Judaism
Okay moving on. Ever since we started doing those videos about four years ago we see tons of Jews and Arabs, all Israelis coming to know Jesus the Messiah all the time. We are no longer today 30 Jewish believers in Jesus in Israel. Today, 70 years later we are about 30,000 Jewish believers in Jesus in Israel. And here is one short text message, one of many that we get, again we’ve translated it from Hebrew to English, it’s from a young teenager in Tel Aviv.
“Shalom. As you can imagine, as a child I was only taught false things about Yeshua. Two days ago we’ve learned in history class about how 2,000 years ago a new religion began, Christianity. Back at home reading on my own, I was amazed to see how much compassion Yeshua had. The very next day an advertisement on YouTube for your video about Jesus popped up. I always ignore these ads and just click the skip button but I decided I wanted to watch the whole thing, and so I did. Your video really grabbed my attention. I continued watching over 50 of your other videos. Long story short, I have made a decision. The truth is on your side and rabbinical Judaism which I grew up in is full of agendas, false teachings, and is basically a manmade religion. Look, I don’t have a unique and supernatural story to share with you but I know that I saw the truth and I cannot look back. It is important for me to live in truth and I didn’t a lie. I’m still in high school I do not know any other Jewish believers in Yeshua and I know people will tease me and be upset with me if they knew that I now consider myself a follower and believer in Yeshua. But it is important for me to connect and find out how do I now live as a follower of Yeshua? Please, help me.”
For the sake of time, I’ll just share with you some final statistics. Worldwide we have between 90 and 100 million views on our videos. A lot of them went viral on the web. People liked them so they share them. Keep in mind that you only have 15 million Jews in the world today. Inside Israel you have 6.8 million Jews and inside Israel in Hebrew our videos have been seen 27 million times. That is big because after 2,000 years of nobody talking about Jesus, all of a sudden everybody talks about Jesus. Okay? Hallelujah. This whole situation in the last few years led to two things; first, people now recognize us on the streets, we’ve made it to the national news a few times, we basically became the face of Christianity in Israel. The second thing is that some famous rabbis are after us. We got used to getting death threats all the time. I actually had to move, to relocate, about two years ago this kind of famous, extremist guy, a religious guy who is very involved in politics, he posted my picture and my son’s picture on his Facebook page. You can imagine the things that he wrote. The very next day in our backyard we found this huge bag full of feces which was reminder to us that we’re going to end up just like Jesus. We decided we’re going to move to a place that it’s a bit more difficult to throw things into, so we moved to the 18th floor, renting an apartment and I really pray that that guy who is very much like when Paul was Saul, will turn into a Paul. It’s not easy I know you can see on the screen the kind of things that they say on about us and the faces, those are rabbis that produced videos against us and they usually don’t take the highway as you can see, but we love them and you know what? I would give up my life to see them getting saved.
OK last slide. Everyone talks about the books. I will talk about my book.
It was released on January of this year and became pretty fast best seller. As a best seller it has gotten over 300 reviews already. I need a small favor from you… the rabbis are sending their people to give a negative review, if you go over them you’ll see it’s pretty obvious, please get the book and give a positive review. If you promise to give a positive review I promise to sign the book… that’s a Jewish-minded walk for you… and none of the income comes to, everything goes to the ministry, and so we use it for evangelism. This is it, time is up. I hope I was able to encourage you.
Thank you very much.