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Thursday, February 14, 2013

"A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days" by Jonathan Bernis

This book got my attention right away.  While I would have read a book by any Jew, I was pleasantly surprised when I realized this author was a Messianic Jew.  That is, he believes in Yeshua as the Messiah.  What this book focuses on is how a key sign of the end times will be Jews coming to accept Yeshua as Messiah.  Bernis goes over the Scripture explaining this and puts in some excellent bits of history to back up his points.  What I like is how there is a small section of Messianic prophecies from the Tanach (Old Testament) and how the Jewish Feasts (from Leviticus 23) all relate to / point to Yeshua.  While this book mentioned "making Jews jealous" as per Romans 11, it doesn't really encourage readers to try and be more Torah-observant.  One part of the book even seems to suggest that believers don't need to follow the Torah, but then another part says we will naturally follow it through the Holy Spirit.  There was some confusion there.  But, either way, I could see a love for the Jewish people in this book.  One criticism I have is a part that talks about where to donate money for supporting Jews.  In one part of the book, I got the impression that readers were told not to donate to Israeli orphanages where leaders did not want to preach the Gospel but to rather give money to outreach groups that seek to evangelize in Israel.  While I agree evangelism is great, evangelists do not need money.  Orphans--of all faiths--need money.  The truly poor and destitute are to whom money should be going to--in my opinion--and not just evangelists in Israel.  That aside, this book does have a lot of good information.  It gets a bit redundant and repetitive at times, but it's an interesting read.  This is just a side note, but why is the word "rabbi" on this book?  Matthew 23:8 anyone?

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