Why Don’t the Friends of Israel Categorize Themselves as Messianic Believers?

Welcome to Prophecy Q & A with Jimmy DeYoung!

We must abide by the terminology in the Bible.  In the Bible (1 Corinthians 10:32), Paul, writing about another subject other than prophecy, frames out the reality of three members of the human family: Gentiles, Jews, and Christians.  For the first 2,000 years of human history, there were only Gentiles upon the face of the Earth (Genesis 1-12).

In Genesis 12, the Lord calls Abram (later Abraham) out of Ur of the Chaldees, brings him into Canaan (which is modern day Israel), and tells him He will give him the land and make him a nation, etc., etc.  Those are the covenants that the Lord made with Abraham.  He brings the Jews into existence.  Abraham was called the first Hebrew (Genesis 14:13).  His grandson, Jacob, had his name changed to Israel. His great-grandson, Judah (2 Kings 6) was called a Jew. This is the second strand of the human family. 

The third strand of the human family takes place on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) when Jews and Gentiles who came to know Christ as Lord and Savior were joined together in one Person (Ephesians 2:12-15).  This is talking about two people who were at enmity with each other, a Gentile and a Jew, and there was a wall of partition between them.  God had that wall removed when His Son, Jesus Christ, was crucified, buried, and resurrected.  Through this activity by Jesus Christ, the Lord brought two people together, Gentiles and Jews, and He calls them Christians.  In Acts 13 at Antioch, they are called Christians.  You are either a Jew, a Gentile, or a Christian.  You are not two of those types of people.  When a Jew and/or a Gentile comes to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, then they become a Christian.

This is important when you study Bible prophecy because God has a plan for each of these members of the human family.

For the Gentile, He has a special plan.  There is an outline and a timeline of how everything is going to unfold in the Book of Daniel. 

In the book of Ezekiel, God has an outline and timeline of what He is going to do with the Jewish people. In the book of Ezekiel, the Jews who become Christians are part of the church.  Believing Jews before the church was established and during the Tribulation and into the Millennial Kingdom – God has a special program for them too.

The Christian, those Jews and Gentiles during the Church Age after the Day of Pentecost and all the way to the time of the rapture of the church who become Christians, God has a special plan for them.

The term Messianic Jew or Completed Jew are not biblical terms.  They are manmade.  When you look at the Word of God, it says that there are three members of the human family: Jews, Gentiles, and Christians.  You are in one of those groups – you can’t be part of two.

Jimmy DeYoung was a prophecy teacher and journalist who travelled the country and the world educating the Body of Christ of the future events foretold in God’s prophetic Word. His goal was to equip Christians with the knowledge and understanding of what God’s Word says will happen someday soon, so that they can make better decisions today. Dr. DeYoung went home to be with his Savior on August 15, 2021.

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