Outreach Reports

Yom Kippur: Chickens sacrificed for sins in Mea Shearim!

Mea Shearim - Jerusalem

Streets of Mea Shearim

Yom Kippur is upon us. It is considered the holiest day of the year on the Hebrew calendar. Leviticus 23:28 explains that this is the day Israel's sins were corporately atoned for as the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies and sprinkle the sacrificial blood upon the ark of the covenant to cover the sins of the people.

The Jewish people consider this day as a time to fast and confess their sins before God. However, those that reject Yeshua as the Messiah have a serious problem. As stated above, the Bible commands that in order for there to be atonement for sin, there has to be blood sacrifice and it has to be administered in the Holy of Holies. It is quite apparent that blood sacrifice is the only remedy for sin

Mea Shearim is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Jerusalem and it is probably the most orthodox area in the city. It gets very interesting, to say the least, in Mea Sherim around this time of year. The people so desperately realize the need for a sacrificial substitution to cover their sins, they will actually kill a chicken and wave it above their head in an attempt to atone for transgressions! See photo.
 

Chickens waiting to be sacrificed.
Chickens waiting to be sacrificed.

Brethren, my heart's desire and my supplication to God is for them, that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. (Romans 10:1-3 NASB)


Our ministry, being led by the Holy Spirit, entered Mea Shearim with a very heavy heart. What we saw was terrifying and heart breaking as we witnessed the spectacle of men sacrificing chickens and waving them over the heads of their wives and children on the corner of every street. This experience seemed demonically controlled and very far from anything the Lord requires of His people. It has no roots in the Torah whatsoever. See photo.

Children gathered around

As believers were praying, we walked up to a man named Rabbi Vinberg and began to read some of the curses for sinning against the Lord in Leviticus 26. "Does this chicken cover these sins?" we asked. "We must pray three times a day, fast on Yom Kippur, and sacrifice a chicken," the rabbi responded. We then asked, "Where does it say that in the Jewish Bible?" Rabbi Vinberg responded in the same fashion we hear all too often, "It does not say this in the Bible but this is what all the Rabbis teach." 

We continued to question the Rabbi as many were listening at this point, "Is there blood when we sacrifice a chicken?" The Rabbi said yes. Then we asked him if he thought God requires blood to be shed for atonement. Rabbi Vinberg said, "No, that was only in the sanctuary thousands of years ago and we no longer have a sanctuary." 

We continued, "So, why do we need the chicken if prayer and fasting replace blood? Either it replaces the sacrifices or not because God does not contradict Himself. What do you do with the chicken after you sacrifice it?" "We do a mitzvah (good deed) and give it to the poor," said Vinberg. We asked him why he gives a chicken full of sin to the poor.

By the expression on the rabbi's face, it seemed he suddenly felt foolish for the whole experience. His wife and kids also seemed to want to question what they were doing. Praise God! The Holy Spirit was there as the Light of Yeshua was shining in the darkness! We ask that you would please pray specifically for Rabbi Vinberg and his family.

We began to declare to the people around him, "God loves you so much! His plan is not a chicken but the perfect sacrifice of His only Son, the Messiah of Israel. He came and died once for all and by His blood we are forgiven!"

Baruch, who was standing there with his family and another rabbi, listened intently. Praise Yeshua! We spoke with him and exchanged phone numbers. Also, the other rabbi stopped sacrificing his chicken and left. Pray fervently for them and the many ohers that heard the good news of Salvation.

There are multiple Scriptures in the Bible that talk about the Day of the Lord. This will be a time when the Lord will pour out His wrath on the earth and judge all those that are not sealed by the blood of the Lamb.

Behold, the  day of the  LORD is  coming,  Cruel, with  fury and burning  anger, to  make the  land a  desolation; and He will exterminate its  sinners from it. (Isaiah 13:9 NASB)

Yom Kippur is certainly the day that represents this great and terrible time as the last trumpet blows signaling the return of the King.

Blow  a  trumpet in  Zion, Consecrate a  fast,  proclaim a solemn  assembly, gather  the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out of his room and the bride out of her bridal chamber. (Joel 2:15-16 NASB)

May those of us who take refuge in the Messiah be very thankful during this time and it would be very appropriate to pray for the people of Israel that have yet to receive the good news of Yeshua. We pray they would realize He is the Cohen Gadol (High Priest) that has already paid the price for sin and will appear a second time to bring salvation to all those who are waiting for Him! (Hebrews 9:28)

Rosh Hashanah - The Bnei Brak Salvation Box

Bnei Brak, Israel

Shofars blowing
L'shana tova - Happy Rosh Hashanah!

This week marks the beginning of the Fall holiday cycle of the Hebrew Calendar. Just as the spring festivals (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Shavuot) symbolize the first coming of Messiah Yeshua, the Fall Holy Days (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot) give us a blueprint of His return.

Rosh Hashanah is considered as the Civil New Year by the Jewish people today. It is also Biblically known as the Feast of Trumpets because it is described in Leviticus 23:23-25 as a day of "blowing of trumpets". In Judaism, this day begins the "ten days of awe" and is commemorated exactly ten days before the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Many Jewish people take this event very seriously and believe the Creator opens the Book of Life, the Book of Death, and the Book of Judgment during this time. These ten days are a period of somber self reflection and traditionally the Ten Commandments are read; one each day.

This time has a unique meaning for believers in Yeshua as we will be delivered to meet Him when the trumpet blows at His second coming. (Matthew 24:29-31; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

Once again, Salvation For Israel Ministries travels back into the Orthodox city of Bnei Brak with a group of believers to deliver the message of Yeshua (Salvation) to the people there.

As we entered the city, we noticed charity boxes placed on every corner for Rosh Hashanah. See Photo.
 
Donation box in Hebrew

Interestingly, there was a phrase inscribed on the boxes that read, "Give and you will inherit salvation." we realized this would be an incredible tool to share the good news so we began to pray for wisdom and guidance. 

As we were interceding for those around us, one of our team members approached two orthodox men and introduced himself. "Shanah Tova!" ("Happy New Year!"), he said.
He inquired about the inscription on the boxes and asked them, "Can we buy salvation?" The rabbi was puzzled by the question and replied, "No, but if we do good deeds we will earn salvation." He then asked the rabbi if he could show where that was written in the Bible. Both men attempted to explain that it's not written in the Bible but in rabbinical books.

We explained that there are so many passages in the Scriptures that deal with salvation as we turned to Psalm 27 and read, "The Lord is my light and my salvation." We also shared the message that salvation will not come by putting money in a box or as a result of our good works but through the Messiah of Israel.

We then said to Rabbi Steven, "As the shofar is blown this year, let all Israel turn to God's wonderful gift of salvation!" The rabbi abruptly became angry and shouted, "That does not sound Jewish to me!" We responded, "Is it not in our Jewish Bible?" 

The two men became silent, then turned and walked away. We believe a seed was planted so please pray for them.

We continued to pray and move in the Spirit to another "salvation box." As people approached, we repeatedly asked them why they were putting money in the box. One man named Haim responded by saying, "I do it because I want to be blessed this new year." We asked him if he meant the blessing of salvation.

Haim said no and proclaimed his salvation will be granted to him because he is a good Jew and he keeps the Sabbath. We replied, "But the box says salvation." Then we asked Haim if he thought he might be blinded by his religion. Haim said he never thought about it, he just does what his rabbi tells him to do. "Well, Haim, do you think it is time you start doing what God tells you to do?" we asked. "What does God say to do?" Haim replied.

"To read the very Words of God that tell us we are all sinners and reveal to us that He provided a Jewish Messiah to cleanse us of our sin if we repent and believe in Him alone; not a salvation box." we kindly said.

Haim asked where the Bible says this, so they open to Isaiah 53. After reading we said to him, "May you find salvation this Rosh Hashanah." Glory to King Yeshua! Pray that the words of the prophet Isaiah would be burned into the heart and mind of Haim and that he would realize that Yeshua is his King and Savior.
The gospel continued to be poured out to the people of Bnei Brak, including a religious soldier. 
The Lord continues to call us back to this city to reach the religious leaders of Israel. We fully believe that if rabbinical leadership would come to realize Yeshua is the true Messiah of Israel, it would have a major impact on the rest of the country. Maybe even could be the trigger that activates the salvation of Israel! More photos of the outreach.

The evening of September 28th marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah. As we celebrate and reflect during this wonderful appointed time of the Lord, consider joining with us during the ten days of awe to pray for the salvation of the Jewish people. May they realize that we all stand condemned by the Torah and there is nothing we can do in and of ourselves to achieve salvation.

Apples and honey are traditional foods eaten for Rosh Hashanah to symbolize a sweet new year. May the Jewish people receive the sweetest blessing of all which is the blessing of salvation!
 

L'shanah Tovah

From Israel to "the ends of of the earth" : Dallas

Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Salvation For Israel Ministries connects with believers from Ridgeview Church, Faith Fellowship, and Sela Shalom Ministries to share the love of Yeshua with the Jewish people in Dallas. See Photos.
 

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"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8 NIV)

Some might consider America to be the center of the world but, by the Bible's definition, it's described as being at "the ends of the earth." Jerusalem is the center and the gospel that started there, will come to a dramatic conclusion where in began. 

As the apostle Paul carried the good news from Israel to the world he realized that even though he was an apostle to the Gentiles, the Lord's plan to reach the nations would go through the Jews. As a matter of fact, the entire book of Acts is a blueprint of this plan. Every location the Spirit directed the apostle to go, he went to the Jewish people first. If they rejected him in one location, he would go right back to them in the next. It is quite apparent he considered this process a necessity.

We will continue in this spirit because we know that by following God's plan and order, He will supernaturally open the door for the gospel to be delivered to all people groups.

Recently, we reached out to the Jewish people in Dallas at the Mattisyahu concert. Mattisyahu is a very interesting fellow and not your everyday orthodox Jew. He has become very popular in Amercia, Israel, and around the world. His music is a mixture reggae, hip-hop and beat box that is infused with Chasidic Jewish thought and theology. See photo.
 

Matisyahu

As the concert was ending and people began streaming out of the doors, we strategically placed a billboard of the Ten Commandments (in Hebrew and English) along the walkway. See photo.
 

10 Commandments on display

We felt compelled to really get to the heart of the matter and speak to people about sin, which is breaking God's Torah, and the only solution that is provided for atonement of that sin, which is blood sacrifice. (Leviticus 17:11) 

Obviously we had some very interesting conversations and just as it was in the day of Rabbi Shaul(the apostle Paul), some wanted to hear and some did not.

Shaul Katzav, an Israeli born evangelists that now lives in America, has started a ministry called Sela Shalom. His vision is to bring the gospel to the Jewish people in North, Central, and South America. Please pray the Lord will bless his work!

As He began to speak to a couple of young men coming out of the show, Shaul lovingly explained to them that we have all broken the Commandments and none of us are righteous before the Lord. We are all in desperate need of the perfect blood covering of the Messiah Yeshua. Praise God! Trent (in the blue shirt) was convicted and asked us to pray for him. His friend Chris also joined in as members of our team began to pray that the Lord would reveal Himself to them in a mighty way. Please continue to pray for their salvation.  See photos.
 

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A mother brought her son and one of his friends to the show. As they walked by the billboard, her son asked, "What is that?" See photo.
 

Neil explaining the Ten Commandments

I explained to him that these were the Ten Commandments that Moses gave the children of Israel along with the rest of the Torah. I asked him if he knew the Commandments and he said he knew most of them.

Suddenly, his mother asked me what were we doing out here. I told her that the God of Israel loves her and desires to have a relationship with her. She then asked what organization I was with. I said, "We are here to tell you that Yeshua, Jesus, is the promised Messiah of Israel. She immediately became very angry with me and began to tell her son and his friend, "Let's go!"

But, the more she tried to get them to leave, the more interested they became in what I had to say. Pray that as they grow older, others would water the seed that was planted. Pray they would realize Yeshua is the King of the Jews and the Savior of the world.

We continued to have dialogue with many people that night and touched a number of hearts.

One other note about Mattisyahu is he comes from a sect of Judaism called Chabad Lubavitch. Many of them believe that a famous Rabbi, Rabbi Schneerson, who died in 1994, is the messiah. 

Thomas Ray, from Faith Fellowship, asked a very interesting question. He asked how is it that the Lubavitch can believe Rabbi Schneerson is the messiah, and yet they are still widely accepted in the Jewish community. But if Jewish person believs Yeshua is the Messiah, they are totally shunned and told they can no longer be Jews? Seems like quite the double standard.

We pray that the Lord would reveal to Mattisyahu and the Lubavitch the True Messiah. We belive if they would realize that Yeshua is the One, they would bring a multitude of Jewish people to Him.

Below are more pictures of the outreach. We want to thank all the faithful that boldly joined us in this work.
 

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