The Jewish New Year and the Power of Repentance

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Dr. Brown reflects on the biblical calendar, the traditional Jewish practices that take place at this time of the year, the power of repentance according to Scripture and Jewish tradition, and the difference that the cross of Yeshua makes in the lives of those who trust in Him. Listen live here 2-4 pm EST, and call into the show at (866) 348 7884 with your questions and comments.

 

Hour 1:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: At this time of the shofar blast, the blowing of the ram’s horn, let us remember the One who did more than Isaac ever did!  He laid down His life; He died for our sins, and rose from the dead.

 

Hour 2:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: As the shofar is sounded in synagogues around the world all the more do I look forward to the day where the great shofar blast will be sounded and Messiah will come in the clouds of heaven!

 

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6 Comments
  1. Two questions:

    1. In 2 Corinthians 3:13-16 it basically says that when a person turns to the Lord the veil is taken away. My question relating to this is “How could a person ever believe if they have a veil that keeps them from seeing the truth”. It’s great that it will be taken away if they believe, but I don’t understand how they could get to the point of believing if they can’t see the truth because of a veil.”

    2. Also it seems like more Jewish people are accepting Jesus as their Messiah. I know that when Jesus returns that they will, but I thought that was after the Anti-Christ declares himself God in the Temple. Is there anything in scripture that talks about an increase of Jewish believers in Jesus prior to the Anti-Christ? Any increase because it is the end times (but before the 7 years of Tribulation)? Is there scripture that tells us?

    3) Will the Jews in America return to Israel before the beginning of the Tribulation? Will the majority of American Jews ever return to Israel?

    Thank you for all that you do. I have learned a lot from your teachings.

  2. Tricia,

    Your post make me curious — are Jews converting at a higher rate to Christianity.

    I found a study that says it is around 6%. (in the US)
    http://www.jcpa.org/dje/articles3/apostasy.htm

    This is surprisingly high to me.

    It’s a pretty interesting study. It seems that many Jewish converts to Christianity were from non-religious families in the first place. In other words, ethnic Jews, not devout Jews.

    Interestingly, inter-marriage plays a huge role. While the spouses of Christians often convert (although not a majority), the children of those marriages are likely to abandon religious Judaism.

    As for the prophecies about this — I’m not right guy to talk to. I consider Evangelical eschatology fringy and highly dubious.

  3. It is my understanding that there are many believers in the US close to 300,000 that are Messianic Jews and that doesn’t include Jews that have decided to attend a Christian church instead of a Messianic Synagogue. In Israel, there is around 20,000 which has grown from 3,000-5,000 not too long ago.

    I am not a scholar, though, so I am hoping Dr. Brown will be able to answer my questions and will let me know if I have the right information regarding Messianic Jews. By the way, I don’t consider Jews that believe in Jesus to be converts. I do if they join a church, but if they join a Messianic Synagogue, I believe they are Jews that have decided to believe in Jesus. I believe they are fully Jews.

  4. Tricia,

    Dr. Brown does pop-in here, fairly often.

    The link I gave you defines a “Christian Jew” as a person of Jewish heritage who calls themselves a Christian.

    They also call themselves apostates! A Jewish organization conducted the poll.

    I can only do the rough math — if there are 13 million Jews in America and 6% are Christian, that would be roughly 750,000 “Christian Jews.”

    But, of course, Evangelicals have a narrower definition of being a Christian than just calling yourself a Christian.

    So, maybe your number is accurate.

    By the way — what is your interest in this? (Just curious.) Are you Jewish?

  5. I think I was just counting Messianic Jews which are not typically called “Christians” although they are a Christ followers. I personally consider them Jews, and I know many people do (and many people don’t).

    Thank you for the website that you sent me. I am glad there are Christian Jews. But I am also glad for the Messianic Jews who have decided to keep there Jewish heritage and claim their birthright. I am not Jewish but just have a heart for Messianic Jews.

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