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Messianic Judaism Evolution: 7 Key Events in History of Jewish Christian Movement

By    |   Monday, 09 Feb 2015 03:08 PM

In the Messianic movement, Jewish Christians maintain their cultural and religious heritage as Jews. They believe that Jesus was the Messiah foretold and fulfilled in the Old Testament scriptures.

Here are seven key events in the history of the modern Messianic Jewish movement:

1. Modern organization of Jews who believe the message of Jesus: While Jews were the first group of people to follow the teachings of Jesus, they were largely seen as separate by the end of the first century. In the modern era, Jews who had become believers in the Christian message, but wanted to retain their Jewish heritage joined the Hebrew Christian Alliance in the 1860s. This was a movement in Britain. The Hebrew Christian Alliance of America was established in 1915.

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2. The re-establishment of Israel as a Jewish state: The 1948, establishment of Israel as a Jewish state provided a place for Jews to live out their culture in a unified place. Messianic Judaism often promotes the support of Israel.

3. The Founding of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations: In 1979, the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) formed with the intention of providing worldwide growth to the Messianic movement of Jewish Christians. Among the group's mission is the goal of aiding Jewish people in Israel and other places throughout the world.

4. Messianic Judaism and Dan Juster: According to UMJC history, Dan Juster, the leader of the First Hebrew Christian Church in Chicago became a leader in the regeneration of the Messianic Judaism Jewish Christian movement. He began to worship on Shabbat, keep the Jewish holidays and use the Torah. Dan became a leader in introducing a spirit-led element to the Messianic movement. He is now director of Tikkun International, which seeks to minister to Israel and support its restoration.

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5. The Development of Messianic Synagogues: UMJC leaders define the difference between Hebrew Christians and Messianic Jews as the presence of a Messianic synagogue.

6. The formation of the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS): This group is an offshoot of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America which was formed in 1986. The group has a mission to "encourage G-d's great end time Jewish revival." The group establishes international Messianic Synagogues and encourages prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the congregations.

7. The Hebrew Roots Movement: This idea also known as the "One Law Doctrine" holds that all believers in Jesus should be upholding the Jewish law, not just those who are culturally or traditionally Jewish. The Hebrew Roots Movement encourages the practice of Shabbat, Jewish Holidays and keeping the Laws of Moses for all Christians. The movement is rejected by some Messianic Movement Jewish Christians.

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