As a matter of ethical consistency, I believe there needs to be clear definitions of words, including in religion. Thus I was dismayed to discover on TV a show titled “Jewish Voice” that featured a “rabbi” that talked about Jesus as the Messiah, which is a basic teaching of CHRISTIANITY, not Judaism. Jews actually do NOT believe that Jesus was the Messiah, and certainly do not believe he was God incarnate, as most Christians believe!
Who We Are
Our Mission and Vision
We exist to transform lives and see all Israel saved.
It is the mission of Jewish Voice Ministries to:
- Proclaim the Gospel to the Jew First
- Grow the Messianic Jewish community
- Engage the Church concerning Israel and the Jewish people
Jewish Voice carries out this mission through a many-faceted ministry that includes humanitarian medical outreaches, large-scale international festivals, congregation planting and leadership training, television, print media, digital channels, and speaking engagements.
The Early Days
Louis Kaplan’s commitment to use his voice to declare the mighty acts of God to his generation and to the next is the foundation for the work of Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI). Kaplan, a Jewish follower of Yeshua, launched Jewish Voice Broadcasts in 1967, a weekly 15-minute radio program It was an outgrowth of his decades of work as a traveling evangelist,. The radio program and the program first aired on Christian radio in Phoenix, Arizona.
1967 was a watershed year in Jewish history. Israel reclaimed the city of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War on June 7th, 1967. This miraculous act was a fulfillment of a prophecy in Luke 21:24 that directly connects the reestablishment of Jerusalem with the times of the Gentiles being fulfilled.
Louis Kaplan believed he’d followed his Savior to the crossroads of prophetic history. He’d committed his life to Yeshua at age 19 at the height of the Great Depression after attending a revival meeting at a nearby church. He said, “After the service, I hesitantly approached the minister and asked him privately if a Jew could be saved.
“He replied: ‘Salvation is of the Jews, and Peter and Paul and the prophets were all Jews.’
“I was astonished at that time to know that Christianity sprang from Judaism and that the first Christians were Jews!” After he committed his life to his Jewish Messiah, Kaplan returned to the home of his parents in New York City in order to tell them about his decision. After a bitter argument, his family asked him to leave the home never to return.
Yeshua is simply the Hebrew version of Jesus, as if using that name somehow makes accepting Jesus as the Messiah easier.
And while it is regrettable that Louis Kaplan’s parents disowned him for becoming a Christian, that doesn’t excuse trying to rebrand a version of Christianity to look like a version of Judaism. The two religions really have a vast gulf in beliefs between them.
They have different ideas of salvation, because no Jew ever taught that it was appropriate for a man to be sacrificed for the sins of the people before the time of Jesus. Human sacrifice was a pagan ritual that was regarded with horror.
“Yeshua” is the Hebrew word for “Jesus.” The name means “to rescue, to save, or to deliver.”
Is Yeshua a rabbi (teacher)? A prophet? A fraud?
Or is He who He claimed to be – the only Son of the one true God, the Savior of the world?
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
⎯John 3:16 TLV
The way you answer this question has implications both now and forever. It is not an accident you’re reading these words today. If you’ve never before considered who Jesus is and why the answer matters in your life, please keep reading.
Yeshua fulfilled many ancient prophecies about the Messiah including:
- Messiah is to be born of a virgin: Isaiah 7:14, (Matthew 1:18-2:1, Luke 1:26-35)
- Messiah is to be born in Bethlehem: Micah 5:2, (Matt. 2:1-7, John 7:42, Luke 2:4-7)
- Messiah is to be raised from the dead: Isaiah 53:9-10, Psalm 2:7, 16:10, (Matthew 28:1-20, Acts 2:23-36,13:33-37, 1 Corinthians 11:4-6)
I debunked the point about the prophet Isaiah predicting that the Messiah would be born of a virgin here:
So it’s quite obvious now that Isaiah was referring only to his own son, NOT to someone who would be born centuries from now to a virgin. Isaiah’s wife was not a virgin! The word “virgin” was falsely used in the Greek Scriptures (the New Testament) at Matthew 1:23 to apply the prophecy to Jesus, but it was not in the original Hebrew Scriptures. By the way, this debunks the notion that the writer of Matthew’s Gospel was a Jew writing for other Jews, since any actual Jew who knew the original context of Isaiah’s prophecy would have known Matthew was writing outright fraud. This matter would also explain why the Roman Catholic Church was so reluctant for centuries to allow the Bible to be translated from the Latin Vulgate to modern languages. People would have eventually realized the problem with scriptures like Matthew’s gospel and rejected Christianity as a result. And that’s what has happened, pathological liars like Josh McDowell notwithstanding.
No wonder most Jews refuse to become Christians!
And yet a casual TV watcher, especially if he was Christian, would come across the Jewish Voice TV show and website and, in the absence of mainstream Jewish teachings appearing on TV at all, he would assume that most Jews actually believe in “Yeshua” when in reality they do not!
This is false advertising and we need to call those hypocrites out on that. They are Hebrew CHRISTIANS, not “Messianic Jews”.