I can tell you:
The Christian evangelists, especially in America, realised they just weren't getting anywhere in their efforts to convert Jews.
So rather than refer to themselves as 'christian hebrews', which just wasn't working, they had the 'brilliant' idea of presenting themselves as being 'another' jewish sect: 'messianic jews'.
Interestingly, the VERY name they use reveals their ignorance of Judaism. All Judaism IS 'messianic' - we await our messiah and this is an important theme within Judaism.
What the Messianics do is precisely this:
In America they have members at almost every college campus. They present themselves as 'jews' and they befriend young, naive Jewish students, preferably those who are not religious and don't have much understanding of Jewish theology and Christianity.
They then invite that student to either a 'prayer meeting' or to a Friday night shabbat at their 'temple'
The 'temple' is a Church. It has been stripped of anything 'too Christian' and - yes, I know it sounds bizarre! - dressed up to seem 'jewish'.
But the highlight is the day when the naive Jew is presented with something very 'helpful' to study, something called the 'BRIT CHADASHA'.
These are Hebrew words.
Can you guess what they mean?
Answer: NEW TESTAMENT
The naive, unsuspecting Jewish student therefore ends up studying the CHRISTIAN BIBLE, which is given a Hebrew name so that the student doesn't even realise what they are reading!
This is happening across America, Canada, Australia.
The Messianics are spending MILLIONS.
******************** I NEED TO CLARIFY:
Messiancs are NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT people who were born Jewish and now 'just believe in Jesus'.
THAT IS NOT WHAT THEY ARE.
99% of Messianics were born to Christian families, have always practised Christianity, and are preaching Christianity.
A Jew who embraces Christianity = a Christian
A Christian who converts to Judaism = a Jew
or A Christian who converts to Islam = a Muslim
PROOF - the first and most aggressive Messianic group is 'jewsforjesus'. This group was founded by an ordained BAPTIST MINISTER!
His name is Martin Meyer. Now, what Jewish group would be led by a BAPTIST??????
It is nonsensical!
No, don't be silly! I log on every day at work and when I have a few minutes, I answer posts. But yes, I will always do my utmost to answer anything on Messianics because I despite their bid to convert as many Jews as possible.
COMMENT FOR 'HE LIVES'
- do you even care that you are utterly wrong?
Firstly, Jews do not 'hate' anyone. But we have a right to resent evangelical Christians who LIE by using the name of our faith specifically to CONVERT naive Jews to Christianity.
Or are you going to now tell me that you deem this acceptable behaviour????
Oh, and by the way, we don't try and close ranks to 'outsiders'. Your ignorance is embarrassing. For you, that is.
HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO SAY IT???
Messianic 'jews' WERE NOT 'BORN JEWISH'.
99% OF THEM ARE FROM CHRISTIAN FAMILIES.
TO PSALM 27
- JEWS ARE NOT A 'RACE'
- IF WE WERE HOW COULD ANYONE CONVERT TO OR FROM JUDAISM?
To be Jewish is to be part of a religion, a family and a tribe.
- had you bothered to actually READ a single post by any Jew here, you would KNOW that 'messianics' or 'hebrew christians' or whatever the hell they call themselves ARE NOT JEWISH.
Even if they are born Jewish, the SECOND they start to worship Christ, they renounce Judaism.
A person who worships Christ = CHRISTIAN