For us Jews who grew up in Israel, Jesus and his word were never part of the conversation. Not in our school system, not in our synagogues, and not in our media. Nor do we have easy access to the New Testament. Jesus has been studiously avoided, and hidden from our people. Today in Israel, 99.7 percent of the Jewish population reject Jesus as the Messiah. How did our country, where the Gospel first took place, come to be so adamantly against it?
Within Judaism over the last two millennia, any kind of spiritual message had to go through the “gatekeepers”, the Orthodox Jewish Rabbis. The Rabbinic Judaism of the Orthodox comes directly from the sect of the “Pharisees”, whom Jesus rebuked:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.” (Matthew 23:13)
After almost 2,000 years, Jesus, or as we call him in Hebrew, Yeshua, can no longer be hidden from the people! Today, our ministry, One for Israel, reaches Jewish and Arab Israelis exactly where they are - online.
In the past, the message of the Gospel came from people who didn’t understand our language, our culture, our heritage, or our way of thinking. Now, we can explain the Gospel to our people in a way that makes sense to them, in our own native tongues of Hebrew and Arabic, as only Israelis can, and help our people understand who Yeshua really is.
The Orthodox rabbis in Israel operate an “antimissionary” organization called Yad L'Achim. This organization works very closely with the Minister of Interior in the Israeli government. They seek to prevent Jewish people from leaving the confines of Rabbinic Judaism by any means necessary (not always legally) and relentlessly persecute us. With over 90 percent of the names, photos, and addresses of all the Messianic Jews in Israel on file, Yad L’Achim began sending a magazine called Searching to the homes of believers in Israel back in 2014. The magazine contains objections and refutations from Orthodox rabbis about the messiahship of Jesus, the credibility of the New Testament, and trying to ridicule and destroy the belief in Jesus. This caused several Jewish believers, even including some who had been missionaries, to deny their faith in Jesus and revert to rabbinic Judaism.
Over the past five years, I decided to go over all of their magazines, books, and videos in order to answer their arguments and prove their objections false. Since 2015 we have released about 150 short videos where we share the Gospel and directly refute these rabbinic objections to Jesus, the New Testament, and Christianity. This audiobook is a compilation of transcripts from these videos. While the content is based on five years of academic research, I did my best to write it in a simplistic, easy-to-listen-to way.