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Obeying the Lord Together

Many of us will know by now that Fr. Peter Hocken (pictured left on the featured image) passed away in early June 2017. Peter was was a British theologian and historian of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and the Pentecostal movement in the twentieth century. Peter was a leader within Toward Jerusalem Council II and will be greatly missed by all of us. A number of branches of TJCII have made a statement regarding the passing of our brother in Christ and I would like to take the opportunity to mark his passing as well. Since I only met Peter once many
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Eschatology

Father Peter Hockens’ final talk at the Kiev conference went something like this… Everything that we have heard in this consultation so far – the complementarity of Israel and the nations, the Church as the union of Jew and Gentile through the cross of the Messiah, the ingrafting of the Gentiles into the natural olive tree of Israel, the need of Jews and Gentiles for each other – all this now needs to be applied in the area of eschatology. TJCII as a vision for Jewish and Gentile reconciliation in Messiah requires the reconciliation of the Jewish and the Christian
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TJCII Communiqué – Kiev Special Six Page Edition

Here for download is the Special Kiev Edition TJCII Communiqué follwing the consultation hosted by the Kiev Jewish Messianic Congregation (KJMC) that took place in May this year. Inside this issue: The Messianic Hope & The Gospel Comments on the Messianic Hope & The Gospel Unity in the Body Commentaries by Attendees A Catholic Response From the Ukraine Writers include Pastor Michael Shubert (Lutheran, Dresden, Germany) Fr. Peter Hocken (Catholic Theologian, TJCII International Council) Eugene Boyle (A former member of a center for reconciliation and renewal in Northern Ireland) Fr. Piotr Oktaba, OP (St. Thomas Aquinas Institute, Kiev) Kiev Special Edition
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The Messianic Jewish Movement in Israel

Article by Prof. Dan Juster This is the 3rd article in a series on the Messianic Jewish Movement.  The 1st on North America, and 2nd on Russian-speaking Messianic Jews appear in the 2013 Spring and Summer issues, respectively. A few years ago, Toward Jerusalem Council II put out a booklet entitled The Messianic Jewish Movement. While there could be some improvement, it was basically accurate at the time it was written. Some of it was based on the book by Kai Kjaer-Hansen called Myths and Facts on Messianic Jews of Israel (1998). Generally, the bulk of the movement traces itself
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Pro-Israel Christian Arabs?

via » TJCII Blog  Referring to the Middle East and taking liberties with the verse, John 1:46, one might ask along with Nathanael, “Can anything good come from there?” In agreement with Philip we reply, “Yes, come and see!” Something good IS happening in the Middle East and specifically among Christian Arabs in Israel! There is a new political party, B’nei Brit* Hahadasha (Sons of the New Testament), which is – surprise – pro-Israel! It’s not a shock that some Christian Arabs are thankful to live in Israel.  But it is a surprise that they are putting their lives on the line
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A Jewish Stumbling Block.

via » TJCII Blog  What about the FIRST Jerusalem Council? Sure-fire way to get a blank look? Mention the first Jerusalem Council.  The title from Acts 15 is “The Council at Jerusalem” but it’s not a frequently-discussed topic today because the Council resolved everything . . . or did it? Shaul (Paul) was a Pharisee who came to faith in Yeshua.  This meeting in Jerusalem found him debating other Pharisees who were also believers in Yeshua (Acts 15:5).  (That’s right, Nicodemus wasn’t the only one.)  They’re debating what Gentiles needed to do in order to be accepted as followers of the Jewish G-d and His
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Why The Olive Branch?

via » TJCII Blog  In Romans 11, Rabbi Shaul(Apostle Paul) used the olive tree to summarize God’s work in history – past, present and future – including what must precede Yeshua’s return.  It’s all laid out – like a school year – and we’re watching it unfold. Gentile believers (a WILD olive branch!) were grafted into the olive tree when Jewish branches were broken off.  The Gentiles thus became “equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree.” Anticipating an ego attack, Shaul warned Gentiles, “don’t boast as if you were better than the branches!  However, if you do boast, remember
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The High Priest of a New Covenant

From Hebrews 8: 1-6 Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being. Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the
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