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THE KINGDOM OFFER

Part 2

KIRUV RECHOVIM

By

James Scott Trimm

 

 

THE SEVEN THOUSAND YEAR TIMETABLE?

 

Elohim created the earth in six days and rested on the seventh day. But why should it take the omnipotent Elohim six days to create the heavens and the earth? Couldn't he have done it in an instant? And why did the omnipotent Elohim rest on the seventh day? Was he tired?

 

Now the Sabbath is called in Hebrew a MIKRAW, a Hebrew word which can be translated into English as "convocation" or "rehearsal." Moreover in Col. 2:16-17, Paul identifies Sabbaths as "a shadow of things to come." Could the Shabbat "rest" be a rehearsal of something? Could it be symbolic of something yet to come? Paul seems to think so as he sees a Sabbath rest which is yet to come (Heb. 2:8; 4:9). Now the Sabbath is a "day" and a "day" to Elohim is "as a thousand years" (Ps. 90:4; 2Pt. 3:8) and the Kingdom is also a thousand year period (Rev. 20:1-10). This has opened up the possibility of a 7,000 year plan of Elohim. 6,000 years of "work" and 1,000 years or "rest." This idea is reflected in the Talmud:

 

R. Kattina said: Six thousand years shall the world exist, and one [thousand, the seventh], it shall be desolate, as it is written, And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. Abaye said: it will be desolate two [thousand], as it is said, After two days will he revive us: in the third day, he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

 

It has been taught in accordance with R. Kattina: Just as the seventh year is one year of release in seven, so is the world: one thousand years out of seven shall be fallow, as it is written, And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day,’ and it is further said, A Psalm and song for the Sabbath day, meaning the day that is altogether Sabbath — and it is also said, For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past.

 

The Tanna debe Eliyyahu teaches: The world is to exist six thousand years. In the first two thousand there was desolation; two thousand years the Torah flourished; and the next two thousand years is the Messianic era,

(b.Sanhedrin 97a)

 

as well as in early Christian literature such as the Epistle of Psuedo-Barnabus (13:1-16).

 

 

THE WORK OF KIRUV

 

Of course, depending on how you do the Bible math, the 6,000th year is fast approaching (in some systems of calculation it has passed), so the question arises, will the Messiah return to establish his Kingdom in the 6,000th year, ready or not?

 

I do not believe this is the case, the clear message of Scripture is that the return of Messiah will not come unless certain conditions are met first.  Kefa writes:

 

Looking for, and hastening the coming of the Day of Eloah, because of which, the

heavens, being on fire will be dissolved, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

(2Peter 3:12 HRV)

 

In context, just a few verses above Kefa indicates that the delay on this return is that Messiah is awaiting our repentance:

 

7 But the heavens and the earth, which now exist, are kept in store by the same Word;

reserved for fire until the Day of Judgment and perdition of wicked men.

8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing: that one day is with YHWH as a thousand

years, and a thousand years as one day.

9 YHWH is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness: but is

longsuffering toward us, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should come to

repentance.

(2Kefa 3:7-9 HRV)

 

Notice Kefa here addresses the very issue of the 1,000 year day system and adds that Messiah is “longsuffering toward us, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2Kefa 3:9).

 

The seventh and last Rebbe of the Rabbinic Chabad movement was Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994).  Rebbe Schneerson’s focused his teaching on the impending messianic redemption with a drive to "accelerate the coming of the Messiah". He taught his students to become active in “KIRUV” (literally meaning "bringing close", the act of helping another Jew embrace his Judaism). (Hasidism: The movement and its masters, Harry M. Rabinowicz, 1988, pp.83–92, Jason Aronson, London).  Sheerson’s slogan was “Ufaratzta” (from Gen. 28:14), (a Hebrew word meaning "you shall spread out,").  Schneerson taught his students to hasten the Messianic Age by "saving" Jewish souls from secularism and bringing them back to Torah.  (The Encyclopedia of Hasidism, entry: Habad, Jonathan Sacks, pp. 161–164).  This is exactly in keeping with the teaching of Kefa!

 

We are directed by Kefa to “hasten the day” and clearly doing so means bringing all who are willing to come to repentance that none should perish unnecessarily.   In fact the word KIRUV (outreach) is another form of the word KARAV (Offered, brought near).

 

Just before his departure from the Mount of Olives and his ascension to the Heavens, Messiah left us theses awesome last instructions:

 

All authority is given me in heaven and earth.

Go you therefore, and teach all the Goyim,

and immerse them in the name of the Father,

and the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh,

and teach them to observe all that I have commanded you,

and here I am with you all the days, to the end of the world.

(Mt. 28:18-20)

 

This was NOT a commission for Christians to go take a Torah-less version of “Jesus” to the world.  I was a commission for Nazarenes to take the Message of Torah and Messiah to the world. Paul fulfilled this commission by teaching the message “publicly and from house to house” (Acts 20:20) or as the Aramaic has it “in the streets and in houses”.

 

As Nazarenes we should be engaging in the work of KIRUV (also known as KIRUV RECHOVIM “bringing near the distant”)  taking the message of Torah and Messiah to all the Goyim, teaching them in the streets and from house to house, while bringing the message of Messiah to the Jewish people.  The world is in a deep sleep of apostasy (Is. 29:10; Rom. 11:8) and needs a wake up call. We should be going "house to house" witnessing for Torah and Messiah, just as our Nazarene forefathers did (Acts 20:20).   As Messiah’s Talmidim we need to be fisher’s of men (Mt. 4:19).

 

 

OPERATION KIRUV

 

Operation KIRUV is a wake up call for the world! The world is in a deep sleep of apostasy (Is. 29:10; Rom. 11:8) and needs a wake up call. There is nothing like the amazing power of good old fashioned "door to door" witnessing for Torah and Messiah, just as our Nazarene forefathers did (Acts 20:20). Operation KIRUV  is a complete
support system for full scale door to door outreach.

The Operation KIRUV system consists of six simple lessons intended to be given over six visits of less than an hour each. The first lesson is titled "What is Truth?" by the sixth visit "You're a Nazarene Now" the prospect has become a Nazarene. At each visit the
prospect is given a low key 3-fold flyer "study guide" with which to follow along and which they can keep to look back over.

I believe this may become one of the most fruitful efforts ever to reach the world with the message of Torah and Messiah.


Join Operation KIRUV!

http://nazarenespace.com/group/operationkiruv

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James Trimm


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