Ami Yisrael ("My people Israel") is a Sabbath keeping, Torah pursuant Hebrew Roots fellowship located in Longview, Texas. We are firmly grounded on the teachings and example of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Over 3500 years ago, God gave His Torah - instructions for a happy and meaningful life - to His people Israel so that they - as a people - could be an example of the blessings and benefits that come when nations and people follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Over the years Israel added to, took from, changed, and forsook this beautiful set of instructions, and as a result, the Israelites were scattered to the four winds.
Roughly 2000 years ago God sent His Word - Messiah Yeshua - to re-establish the proper application of Torah and to redirect the Hebraic walk back to what God had given Abraham. His students - the disciples - were commissioned to follow in His footsteps, announcing the gospel of restoration and teaching this walk to the thousands of Jewish and non-Jewish people who came to believe that Yeshua was indeed the long expected Messiah, the Savior of His people.
Our desire is to continue in the task given to the disciples by studying and teaching about The Messiah from a Hebraic perspective, the perspective from which the entire New Testament was written. We do this via regular Sabbath worship services and Torah Studies as well as numerous seminars given by Torah based - Messiah centered teachers. In addition, we host a number of celebrations throughout the year including the Biblical (Leviticus 23) festivals, traditional Jewish festivals (Hanukkah, Purim, etc.), and monthly New Moon celebrations.
Located in Longview, Texas, Ami Yisrael is a non-affiliated fellowship. Our people come from all backgrounds and cultures. Come join us in our somewhat "out of the box" Sabbath fellowship as we study to "grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Yeshua haMaschiac - Jesus The Messiah".
According to scripture, Abraham was a righteous man. He was not Jewish and he was not Christian. He was a Hebrew (Gen. 14:13). The term " Hebrew " is rooted in the concept of crossing over. Abram forsook the ways of his father and crossed over the Jordan River into a new life - a life of following the Creator of the Universe. Nearly 400 years later his descendants, the children of Israel, left Egypt and eventually crossed over that same Jordan into the Promised Land to begin a new life as free men - governed by a code of laws and instructions spoken by the mouth of God to His servant Moses. Though Abraham was neither Jewish nor Christian, both Judaism and Christianity are rooted in and are called to be a part of the covenant God made with this righteous man, Abraham the Hebrew. Thus God calls Himself "the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Hebrew Roots is an "awakening" - an awakening to the walk God gave the Hebrew people and an attempt to pattern one's life after the model God gave to them - especially that of the Hebrew of Hebrews, Messiah Yeshua.
The Biblical festivals of Leviticus 23 define God's plan of salvation for the Hebrew people, and as we learn from the apostle Paul (Gal. 3:29), anyone who truly follows Yeshua is part of that people. The festivals also follow the pattern of the ancient Hebrew wedding - a pattern that includes a period of courtship, a marriage covenant, a period of betrothal, followed by consummation, and then the wedding supper. Without getting into details, God began His courtship of Israel when He delivered Israel from slavery and brought her to His mountain. It was there that He entered into a marriage covenant with Israel by betrothing her to himself.
We are now in the betrothal period and we look forward to His promised return when we consummate our marriage and enjoy the wedding supper; but while we wait, we are to be spending our time making ourselves ready to be the bride. That is what the month of Elul is all about.
In Jewish thought, the month of Elul begins a 40 day period of repentance called 'teshuva'. This Hebrew word is rooted in the concept of 'return'. During this period of self examination, the bride examines herself to see if she is truly pleasing to her husband. She learns all she can learn about the man she is destined to marry - what does he like to eat? How should she dress for him? What makes him sad? What brings him joy? If she discovers an area in which she is lacking, she does her best to change. The bottom line, she wants to make herself ready to be his bride.
Teshuva is all about change - changing our walk so that we are pleasing to God. If we find that we've wandered from the path God has given us, we return to the path and continue the journey.
As we approach the festival of Yom Teruah (the Feast of Trumpets) and the fall festival season, let's keep our mind focused on The Bridegroom - Messiah Yeshua - and continue to make ourselves ready for His eminent return.
The final and most joyous festivals of the festival cycle are Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) and Shemini Atzoret (the Eighth Day Assembly). These festivals picture the 1000 year Messianic Kingdom of Messiah Yeshua as well as the coming of the New Jerusalem - a New Beginning as all things have been restored to what they were when God created the heavens and the earth and called His creation "very good"!
The Ami Yisrael fellowship hosts Season of Our Joy - a Hebrew Roots observance of the fall festival of Sukkot right here in East Texas. Check us out!
Check out the latest teachings from our fellowship presenters:
"Pray as David Did - There is more to prayer than what is commonly understood. What do the scriptures show as to how to have effective prayers?
"Teach Your Children" - Does God want us to "be converted" or would He rather us return to the Godly walk in which we should have been raised?
"And All Israel Shall Be Saved" - If this is God's desire, why does it appear He is failing? Have we misunderstood His intent? Or have we misunderstood His plan? A 2-part message.
"Rebuild the House" - this is the message of the prophet Haggai, but the implication is for us and has everything to do with purpose of the Feast of Tabernacles and the salvation of God's people.
These and other enlightening articles are on our Resources page.
Cheshvan - 8th Month
Friday Evening, October 20, 2017
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