First Fruits of Zion, a teaching tool for Torah Observant Christians.

   I mentioned Torah Observant Christians in my first blog. These are gentiles that believe the best way to convert Jews is to as fully as possible, emulate the Jews. Although other groups of Messianic Jews do this as well, they take it to a whole new level.  I met my first Torah observant Christian just a couple of years ago while making a shiva call to a friend whom had lost her mother. Joe introduced himself as being Jewish but after all these years of battling messianics I sensed something was not right. It is not an exaggeration to say that the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. With further prodding I found out that he was not Jewish but he claimed that he and his entire family were in the process of conversion to Judaism. Those hairs were still at attention. A few moments later I met his wife and asked her how the conversion classes were going. She became a bit huffy and said that they were Christian and would always be Christian. Seems that Joe and his wife were not on the same page.

  Naturally, I Googled Joe and discovered his group called Bella Torah. On the surface it appeared to be about a group of gentiles seeking to learn about Judaism but I never judge a book by its cover. After some considerable digging I discovered that they are indeed involved with messianic “Judaism”. I also found a link on their website to First Fruits of Zion. I have since learned that Joe’s family and the founder of FFOZ are personal friends that have travelled together. I think the best way to explain FFOZ is through their own words, taken from their website. I have highlighted important sentences and italicized certain key phrases. Read and learn:

Who and What is FFOZ?

First Fruits of Zion (FFOZ) is a Messianic Jewish educational ministry dedicated to proclaiming the Torah and its way of life, fully centered on Messiah, to today’s people of God. A non-profit (501(c)(3)) organization with offices in North America and Israel, FFOZ has both Jewish and Gentile staff and contributors. We are on a mission to restore the original faith and practice of the apostles and first followers of Yeshua of Nazareth. We rejoice in our rootedness in Judaism as well as our relationship with Christianity.

We specialize in teaching Scripture from a historical, linguistic, and cultural context using ancient biblical and extra-biblical sources. Our teachings are not infallible, but they are birthed out of our personal convictions and honest understanding of the Bible. We live out those convictions as Torah-observant followers of Yeshua. We are a voice for a Torah-observant Messianic Judaism, and we regard Messianic Judaism as both a legitimate sect of greater Judaism and as a solid member of the broad community of the body of Messiah. Conventional thinking may regard this as an impossible theological position to occupy, but that conventional thought is the very paradigm we challenge. 

   Me again; I know that is kind of scarey but believe me, it is mild compared to some other groups’ theories that I will discuss in the future. Thanks for reading.

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4 thoughts on “First Fruits of Zion, a teaching tool for Torah Observant Christians.

  1. I’m sorry you think that Messianics are trying to convert Jews, and that there is some “sinister” plan going on. As a messianic, I want to live the Torah the way Yeshua taught. I’m not out to convert anyone. I’m sorry you feel this way. May Yahweh bless you.

    • I would sincerely like to know know which messianic church or congregation you belong to. Without exception, every messianc group’s website I have read (and I have read hundreds) has had as their mission to bring Yeshua first to the Jews.If you truly wanted to live the torah as Jesus supposedly lived it, you would not believe that Jesus was your savior, messiah or anything else. That is a purely Christian concept that came about after Jesus’ death. It is probable that the, “Torah” you are reading is a Christianized version of the bible. Notice I said bible and not old testament as we consider the new testament as a completely separate, man written book which has many versions. There is only one Torah and it has never changed. I suggest you speak with a real Jewish Rabbi and not some messianic phony rabbi to learn what the Torah is all about if you truly want to live it. Good luck!

  2. keep up the good work! don’t be discouraged by lack of interest in our community. you are doing a great service for the Jewish People. May G-d bless you in bringing this important message of truth.

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