First Fruits of Zion: Part Two

In November I wrote about First Fruits of Zion but it merits a second posting. FFOZ (First Fruits of Zion) is an educational resource for the growing number of independent groups of Torah Observant Christians and messianic “Jewish” groups. Their website seems to imply that they want to bring Christians back to the teachings and life style of the Jewish Jesus, living as they believe he did. If you dig a bit deeper, you will come up with statements such as this one from their website under the title, Preparing For Harvest.

 “First Fruits of Zion longs for the salvation of all Israel. We desire to see the Jewish people reunited with Yeshua, and for this reason we are engaged in a type of evangelism outreach. … We are taking the long road of preparing for a great harvest of Jewish believers by working to create an authentic, intergenerational, and biblical Messianic Judaism for them to enter.”  When they say salvation they mean conversion as they don’t believe you can be saved unless you accept Jesus as your savior. I don’t know about you but I don’t like being referred to as a crop being prepared for harvest.

Below are some other statements I have culled from the FFOZ website. In order to better help you understand their intent, I have added comments in blue lettering.

From First Fruits of Zion website (2009?)

Thus the call to the Kingdom is a call to the Torah of Yeshua. Discipleship is a call to imitation and obedience. We are called to be disciples of Yeshua, and as such it is our job to imitate him, obey him and raise up more disciples for him. ( By imitating the way they think Jesus practiced Judaism: tallis, kippah, torah study, they can bring in more Jews and make disciples of them.) The Sabbath, the Festivals, the calendar, the dietary laws and all the laws of Torah are components of imitation and obedience in that regard.

                        FIRST FRUITS OF ZION  WHITE PAPER

Mission and Message

Boaz Michael (Founder and leader of FFOZ)

First Fruits of Zion is a messianic Jewish ministry composed of Jewish and Gentile believers working together for the mission of “Proclaiming the Torah and its way of life, fully centered on Messiah, to today’s People of God.

We are dedicated to educating followers of Yeshua—both Jewish and Gentile—

All of our teachers and staff, Jewish and Gentile alike, endeavor to live according to the counsel of God’s laws. Whether it be a simple, biblical approach, a rigorous traditional orthodox Jewish practice, or anything in between, all of us are committed to upholding the Messiah and to growing in obedience to the commandments of God in our personal lives, our homes, and communities. (Read that as, they’ll try to imitate all branches of Judaism as to better build Jewish disciples (converts).

“Fully Centered on Messiah” We encourage a Torah way of life as part of the path of discipleship to Yeshua. The gospels teach that “every [disciple] when he is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Every Jew they convert will become a conduit to convert other Jews.)

However, one must be wary of making the Torah into a new legalism whereby people might assume that they need to keep the commandments in order to merit salvation. We are adamant in our position that salvation is by grace through faith: ( They may imitate Jews but have no intention of believing the way we do. They will only find salvation in Jesus. Oddly enough, some Torah Observant Christians have actually found beauty of the Jewish faith, left Christianity and converted to Judaism. These are not to be confused with the growing number of evangelical Christians that convert to Judaism only to open up messianic “Jewish” congregations in Israel and the Diaspora.)

At First Fruits of Zion, we are passion­ate about teaching Torah to all of God’s people, making “disciples of all nations”8—to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.9  ( Almost every evangelic and messianic “Jewish” site that I have researched says, “To the Jew first.” Doesn’t that make you feel loved?)

At First Fruits of Zion, we have been “Proclaiming the Torah and its way of life, fully centered on Messiah, to today’s People of God” for nearly twenty years. Not only are we concerned with teaching Torah today, but we are also eager to see the Torah taught to tomorrow’s people of God. We are concerned for the long-term sustain­ability of the messianic Jewish movement as a whole. (FFOZ is like the slow-moving snail. It knows where it wants to go, is pretty sure it will get there but it doesn’t mind that it will take a very long time. FFOZ is in it for the long haul. So long as there are Jews that have not accepted Jesus, they will keep on going!) )

I hope this has helped you to better understand the FFOZ and all the messianic “Jewish” and Torah observant Christian groups that follow their teachings. If you have any questions or  comments I would love to hear them.

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Welcome, “Jewish Israel” readers.

  I would like to welcome those readers  who have come to my blog through, Jewish Israel. After ten years of fighting against and exposing messianic “Jews” in and around where I live in North Carolina, I am finding more and like-minded people on the web.

Where I live there is a minimal effort to educate our Jewish community about evangelical Christians and their deceptive methodology to convert Jews. My efforts are often met with disdain as they fear it will dry up some of the “Christian funds” to Israel. The fact that there are now about 160 Christian funded messianic groups in Israel doesn’t seem to faze them.

Sam Nadler leader of, Hope of Israel and Word of Messiah Ministries is headquartered here. His website offers an on-line course on how to plant ministries.  Sid Roth,  distributor of, They Thought For Themselves, ( testimonies from ten Jews that accepted Jesus) has moved his, It’s Supernatural and Messianic Ministry here from Atlanta. The man is certifiable but he raises millions to convert Jews.Then there is the grandfather of big time evangelism, Billy Graham Ministries. His son Franklin, opened,”The Billy Graham Library” on the property of their evangelistic association. You may not think that Graham’s ministry is affiliated or supports messianic groups but you would be wrong. About five years ago I responded to Billy Graham’s column in our local paper; yes he has a daily column. Instead of answering my remark that I found a comment he made offensive to Jews, I received an invitation to join with and literature about, messianic “Judaism.”  Just because he doesn’t advertise it, doesn’t mean his money doesn’t support it.

So you can see that evangelical Christians are busy little bees in my city and that’s not even counting the many other small messianic groups that keep popping up. Still, this community refuses to face the truth. Southern Jews have been afraid to, “rock the boat” for so long that they make it easy for these evangelicals to flourish. Well, I may have lived here for almost twenty years but I’m still a brassy New Yorker.

  Any suggestions, thoughts, or support you can offer would be appreciated. Welcome to my blog!

A Personal Observation

I was a teenager in the turbulent ’60’s. I marched for civil rights and heard Martin Luther King speak in Washington in 1963. When most teenagers were screaming over the Beatles, I was singing songs of peace and harmony between all races and religions. When I look back at my youth and early adult years, I wonder how I came to be in this adversarial position over religion, and then I remember. This isn’t about my intolerance of another religion’s dogma. This is about using our own dogma against us. It is about children being trained from the time they are old enough to understand, how to attract Jews as targets for conversion. It is about taking the outward dressings of our faith and using it to lure us into a web of deception.

This is not about honest witnessing, which I also find offensive but at least an honest attempt to sell Jesus to non-believers. This is about a decision by certain religious leaders to use lies, deceptions and cult-like methodology to convert Jews. What is even more offensive is that they profess to do it to save “us”. If you have read my previous blogs, in particular, “Jews and The Rapture- Why They Want So Desperately to Convert Us.” you know that isn’t true. Their reasons are selfish and in fact they expect all of us to either convert or die after the second coming.

My target audience for this blog is Jews, to make them aware of how wide-spread this well-organized and well-funded movement is. Unfortunately, most of the people I know don’t seem to care enough to even look at it, much less help me get this out to other people. It is this apathy that will allow the evangelical Christians to continue on their path of converting Jews through lies and deception. The majority of the readers seem to be evangelical Christians. They will love reading this knowing that we are making their job easier for them to accomplish.

Sour grapes, maybe. It won’t stop me from continuing to write, to expose Christians posing as Jews and to show the true nature of evangelical preachers who want to love us to the death of our religion. If you are Jewish and reading this, think about passing it on. Let me know what you think. Thanks.