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Israel the Church & the Last Days

Enter your email address to preview the first session of our SMT course "Israel the Church & the Last Days" at no cost to you! The course will provide a foundational understanding of the New Covenant teaching on the Last Days. Students will examine specific scriptures in both the Major and Minor Prophets (primarily Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel) focusing on the following themes:
  • The eschatological hope of the prophets in light of Israel’s failures
  • The return of Israel from exile
  • The return of the Messiah
  • Judgment on the nations
  • The defeat of Israel’s enemies
  • The revelation of God to the nations under the rule of Messiah
  • The new order of creation

Far from the Warm Fuzzies of Church

  Our first winter was one of the coldest in 25 years. We went often without heat, electricity, and water. For pampered Americans, it was a rough beginning. It all began in an old, Communist, youth indoctrination camp located in a small fishing village, called Myaki, about 50 kilometers outside of Odessa, Ukraine. The first Messianic Jewish Bible Institute boasted in nothing, only small and humble beginnings. Located at the

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Shavuot 5775: Serve With Milk!

  By Bonnie Saul Wilks, Senior Writer A Messianic Study of the Jewish Feasts and Holidays “In addition to the Sabbath, these are the LORD’s appointed festivals, the official days for holy assembly that are to be celebrated at their proper times each year” (Leviticus 23:4 NLT). Feast – Shavuot or Pentecost Summary – Shavuot falls on the Jewish calendar fifty days after Passover Sabbath. It is the second of three major feasts unto

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A Bombing on Purim

  On the morning of Purim, March 5 in Odessa, Ukraine, a Russian radical group bombed a Ukrainian nationalistic volunteer office. It was the biggest bombing yet by radicals in Odessa. The targeted volunteer office was actually upstairs, but the dissidents bombed the downstairs apartment by mistake. Currently it is used by members of Or Hamashiah (Light of Messiah) Congregation, led by Valentin Sviontek, who oversees the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute in

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Passover 5775: First Mercy, then Miracles

Jewish Days of Distinction A Messianic Study of the Jewish Feasts and Holidays “In addition to the Sabbath, these are the LORD’s appointed festivals, the official days for holy assembly that are to be celebrated at their proper times each year” (Lev. 23:4 NLT). Feast – Passover or Pesach Summary – Passover or Pesach in Modern Hebrew is the Jewish festival of redemption that celebrates the miraculous historical story of the Exodus of the children

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Yiddish Mama’s Kitchen: Pavlova

Yiddish Mama’s Kitchen With the annual spring-cleaning of Passover, all leavening is purged from the home. Matzah is eaten. That means Jewish cooks must become creative in replacing yeasty breads and desserts into their meal planning. Pavlova is a sweet, baked meringue, topped with berries and whipping cream, and is great dessert for the Passover holidays.   Pavlova 3 egg whites ¾ cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp champagne

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Purim Bombing of MJBI Related Ministry in Ukraine [updated March 20, 2015]

Ukraine Update – March 20, 2015 Our friends in Ukraine continue to be very grateful for the generosity of so many in the aftermath of the recent bombing that destroyed the children’s ministry offices in downtown Odessa. God has shown them great favor, and the restoration of the building is underway. The building owner offered not to charge rent as long as the tenants did the renovations. The workers are

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Purim 5775: Clues that lead to Deliverance

Jewish Days of Distinction Devotionals on the Jewish Feasts and Holidays Purim The Jewish holiday of Purim is commemorated annually on the 14th day of Adar on the Hebrew calendar, the Jewish holiday of Purim will fall on our calendar this year on March 5th and according to tradition celebrations will commence the evening of the 4th. The Scroll of Esther details the poignant yet ironic Purim story of rescue through an engaging tale of secrets and revelations. Hiddenness is a prevailing theme as evil plots and the redemptive plans of God come to light. Haman, an evil advisor of King Ahasueras of Persia, cast lots to set a date when all the Jews of the kingdom would be killed. Mordecai discovered his plans and persuaded his adopted daughter, Queen

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Yiddish Mama’s Kitchen: Kreplach

Yiddish Mama’s Kitchen Kreplach is the Jewish noodle pocket like the Chinese wonton or Italian ravioli. There are several theories why kreplach is eaten on Purim, but no one knows for sure why it traditionally appears on this holiday menu. Anything can used for filling but meat, potatoes, or cheese are most common.   Meat Filling 2 pounds ground meat, browned 2 carrots, chopped in small cubes 2 stalks of celery, chopped in small cubes 4 large onions, chopped in small cubes 1 cup finely chopped parsley 2 cloves garlic, minced salt and pepper to taste Dough 3 cups all-purpose flour 4 eggs Directions Preheat oven to 375 F. Brown meat, carrots and onion on stove top until meat and vegetables are tender and thoroughly cooked. Season with salt and

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SMT: Your Partnership in 2014

  By Frank Lugenheim, Director of Operations “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matt. 28:19-20 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Rom. 1:16. What started as an English initiative, through your partnership with the MJBI, has now been taken worldwide. These flags represent all current or past students of our online School of Messianic Theology (SMT). The course work

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The Marrano Revival

By Raymond L. Gannon, Ph.D. A new phenomenon has struck like lightning across the entire Spanish-speaking world as thousands are thundering out bold proclamations of their Jewish heritage. Who are these Roman Catholics, Protestants, and Pentecostals who claim “Jewish DNA” in the 21st-Century? These assert they are descendants of Spanish Jews who formally converted to Roman Catholicism centuries ago. In darker Spanish times, these Jewish conversos were called “New Christians” and “Marranos” (pigs). Desiring to perpetuate their Jewish heritage even as Roman Catholics, they were held in political suspicion and were vulnerable to a series of Church-sponsored attacks especially during seasons of political upheaval, e.g., 1391 and 1492. The ultimate expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492 found the converso Jews migrating to points across Christianized southern Europe and throughout the House of Islam—from

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