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For the Lord has poured out upon you
a spirit of deep sleep,
and has closed your eyes (the prophets),
and covered your heads (the seers).
And the vision of all this has become to you
like the words of a book that is sealed.
For the past 2700 years all or part of Israel has been exiled from their lands. The Scriptures promise that God has not lost any of His people even if they have forgotten who they are during generations of exile.
The quotation from Isaiah describes the process of exile for the Hebrew people. God removed their prophets and seers and their understanding of His Word became to them like a sealed book.
Isaiah describes later in the same chapter the process of return which begins with, "In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book..."
We believe that in these last days the Book is being reopened and that God is awakening His people. We believe that many in the church are really Israelites who are returning to the Torah given to their people at Sinai.
Our ministry is to that portion of the Body of Messiah that worships on Sunday, calling them back to their roots to walk in the ancient paths.
We believe that Moses is the lens through which the life and teaching of Y'shua (Jesus) can be understood properly. We provide resources to study the Scriptures from that perspective.
I, Jon Behrens, am the pastor of Restoration Messianic Fellowship in the Boulder/Longmont area of Northern Colorado.
By education and training I am an engineer and a soldier. Studying with the Bible in one hand and a topo map in the other, I became convinced that I was reading real history. That realization led me to take the rest of the Bible seriously. I am now sure that the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is the Word of God and that it is absolutely consistent from front to back.
I am fully persuaded that Y'shua is the Son of God and the Messiah of Israel and that He will do what Scripture says He will do.
As an engineer, God has given me a logical mind that is able to synthesize lots of information into a coherent framework. Starting with the insight that the Torah, which is the beginning of the book, forms the basis upon which all the rest of Scripture stands, it became clear that neither Y'shua nor Paul was reinventing anything. Their teaching was completely consistent with Moses'. Because of this, I spend a lot of time studying and teaching Torah. A thorough understanding of Moses is critical to being able to understand Y'shua or Paul.
My belief is that the Bible is to be taken for what it says and that God's word is simple and clear enough to be understood by a shepherd or a fisherman. Any teacher who cannot explain all Scripture in clear, simple terms is probably trying to sell some sort of snake oil.
Finally, the Scriptures were given to/though the Hebrews. This was God's choice, not yours or mine. I believe that much of the confusion over what the Bible says comes from the collision of the Greek way of thought with words written in a Hebrew context. To understand God's word, one must approach it from the perspective of the people He gave it to. To the best of my ability, that is how I teach.