Frequently asked Questions
What is Torah?
“Torah” is the Hebrew word that is often translated as “Law” in our English Bibles, but more correctly means “teaching” or “instruction.” In its narrow sense it refers to the first five books of the Bible; in its broader sense it refers to all of Scripture, all of God’s teaching. E.g. “Oh, how I love Your Torah! It is my meditation day and night!” (Psalm 119:97)
What does “Messianic” mean?
Our use of the term “Messianic” is meant to denote believers that follow Yeshua as the Messiah (Jesus Christ), endeavour to keep God’s Torah, and have a Hebraic and/or Jewish element to their faith. This movement of both Jewish and Gentile believers is also sometimes referred to as Hebrew Roots, Torah Roots, or other names.
What are Messianic Torah missions?
Missionary efforts to other countries from a Messianic perspective. A more detailed answer to this question can be found under “What We Stand For” on our “About Us” page.
Why are you teaching Gentile believers to follow the Torah?
We believe that God’s commandments are for disciples of Yeshua today. We do NOT believe that Yeshua’s coming abolished the Torah or its validity. Yeshua said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17). If you are not of a Messianic or Torah-roots persuasion, please check out our links to other ministries for more of the theological background for Torah obedience.
Why would you go to other countries to serve God when there is so much work to be done here in North America?
This is a common objection to any kind of overseas mission work. There are several reasons why:
- 1. Because of the Heavenly Father’s calling on one’s life. When He says “go”, you go.
- 2. Because of the need in other countries. North America has so much WEALTH (physical and Spiritual) while much of the world has next to nothing. It is our duty as followers of Yeshua to share of our resources with those in need.
- 3. Because right now, the message of truth (the Bible, the message of salvation, and even Messianic teachings) is readily available in North America in English. There is a greater need for resources in other languages and teachers in other countries.
- 4. Because there is a hunger in other places in the world not found in North America. People are STARVING for the truth, and desperate to learn more. This does not discount the genuine need here in North America as well. Not everyone is called to mission-work, and we are all called to reach out wherever we are. But we do believe that all Messianic believers could benefit from having more of a global perspective.
What about Jewish evangelism?
Messiah to the Nations is not primarily directed towards Jewish people. Our focus is on going to other countries and discipling people of all ethnicities, both Jewish and Gentile. There are plenty of other ministries and organizations that focus just on Jewish evangelism. While we are not opposed to outreach towards Jewish people, we DO wish to distance ourselves from the confrontation-style evangelism that has been popularised by some groups. We believe great harm has been done by historical Christianity in presenting an anti-Jewish, anti-Torah Jesus, and that this image needs to be reversed and presented in a non-confrontational way.
What about Israel?
Messiah to the Nations stands in firm support of the nation of Israel. We believe it will not bode well in the end for those who oppose her. God’s promises for Israel still stand.
Does Messiah to the Nations train and send out missionaries?
At this stage, Messiah to the Nations is not a sending organization. Our present goal is to promote the need for Messianic Torah missions to Messianic believers in North America and elsewhere, while at the same time supporting and promoting those ministries and individuals that are already out there doing Messianic Torah missions. However, if you feel the Father is calling you to another country or if you have a heart for Messianic Torah missions, we’d love to hear about it! Please see our contact us page.
How can I donate?
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