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.
Can God’s people, those who strive to truly walk in the ways of Messiah Yeshua, observe certain Jewish festivals and traditions and still be pleasing to God? In this study, I want to answer that question by answering these questions:
The 8-day festival of Hanukkah is called such because it celebrates the rededication of the altar at the Temple in Jerusalem after it was desecrated a little over three years earlier by Antiochus Epiphanies.
Approximately 165 years before Yeshua was born, the Seleucid (Hellenist) king Antiochus set out to change the culture of the Jewish people from that of Torah observant Hebrews to being philosophical Greeks. He began by making certain Jewish practices illegal including reading the Torah, observing New Moons and Sabbaths, and circumcision. Then to prevent the people from offering their sacrifices at the Temple, he “sacrificed” a pig on the brazen alter, thus defiling it. This happened on 25th day of the Hebrew month Kislev, and according the writer of the book, it was all done –
. . . so that they would forget the law and change all the ordinances.
NRS 1 Maccabees 1:49
So the story of HanuKkah is one of religious freedom, but more importantly, the preservation of the Hebrew culture in the midst of a pagan-Greek world. It’s not the celebration of a political victory, but rather a commemoration of the victory God provided the Jewish people who were willing to stand up for their values. Read More
Now is the season to be in the "holiday spirit", and many of our friends who attend church on Sunday and participate in the traditional Christian holidays cannot seem to understand why we're so, well . . . DIFFERENT . . . when it comes to our observance. Why don't we celebrate Christmas? After all - it's Christ's birthday!
You and I both know that many Christians don't really believe that to be true, and just to make sure you're friends understand Jesus wasn't born on December 25, it's tempting to show them all the "pagan" background behind why that day was chosen for the traditional birth date of our Messiah. But do you really want to inject all that negativity into a season and a holiday that your friends enjoy and love? How about a different approach?
The Ami Yisrael fellowship has prepared a very clear and non-offensive tri-fold tract that, instead of teaching when Yeshua was not born, teaches when He WAS born. Our clear and concise tract presents the scriptural evidence that proves Yeshua was born during the fall festival season. It then ties it in to the understanding the most Christians already understand - that He died during the spring festival of Passover.
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.
Sh'vat - 11th Month
Friday Evening, January 27, 2017
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