I have the face for radio!
The Lord is opening new doors to get the Good News out to the Jew first and also to the Gentile! Last year, I was brought out to California by Rose Publishing to record my Commentary on the Book of Ruth for a 6-set DVD series called, “Redeemed: Messiah in the Book of Ruth.” With its recent release, the Lord has opened a whole new set of doors on the radio. So far, in the last two weeks alone, I’ve been interviewed numerous times on God’s plan of redemption in Messiah and broadcasted around the US on over 125 stations! PTL! There is much more scheduled up ahead. Not only are non-believers hearing Good News, but many Gentile believers are being taught of their responsibility to bring the Good News of Messiah to their Jewish friends, co-workers and neighbors. This is because the Book of Ruth actually foreshadows the Gentile Great Commission as laid out in the Book of Romans (detailed in Romans 11). Let me explain:
According to the apostle to the Gentiles, Gentile believers in Messiah, just like Ruth, are especially called to make Israel jealous (zealous and desirous) for Messiah Yeshua with merciful love for the Jewish people (see Romans 11:11). As Ruth was enabled to accomplish this by the grace in her kinsman-redeemer, Boaz (see Ruth 2), so the Gentiles are enabled by our Kinsman-Redeemer, Messiah Yeshua, to do the same by “the rich root of the Olive Tree” (see Romans 11:17-18, and especially Romans 15:8). As that grace to and through Ruth was given to bring back Naomi, a lost sheep of the house of Israel, to the God of Israel, so “the sheep nations” are now enabled by grace to reach out “to the Jew first” (Romans 1:16) for the redemption of Israel, who is “the least of His brethren” (Matthew 25:31-46). As Ruth’s faithfulness in restoring Naomi was instrumental to secure the Davidic line for the first coming of Messiah (Ruth 4), so the faithful Messianic Gentiles’ witness will fulfill their calling by effectively sharing the Good News so that “all Israel will be saved.” These faithful Gentile believers will thereby be instrumental for the Second Coming of the Messiah, the greater son of David (Roman 11:25-27), when He will gloriously re-establish the Kingdom of Israel, which will also mean “life from the dead” (Romans 11:15; see Revelation 20:5-6)! Yes, the Book of Ruth and the Letter to the Romans are that important in understanding the redemptive plan of God for Israel and the Nations.
Though this teaching is in the New Covenant (New Testament), written by Paul in his major letter to the Roman congregation, this divine calling upon the Gentiles is predominantly unknown among Gentile believers today, even as most Jewish people are unaware that the Book of Ruth was intended to prepare Israel for the Gentile believers to be God’s instrument of redemption by sharing the message of the Redeemer, Yeshua the Messiah.
Not only are the radio interviews opening up new doors for Word of Messiah Ministries to share the Good News of our Redeemer, but these and more opportunities are coming just in time for the Fall High Holy Days. We will be conducting several outreaches with regards to each of these Biblical Holy Days. In each case, the Redeemer, that Boaz foreshadowed in Ruth, will be the focus of all our teaching. As the Book of Ruth was centered around the harvesting that began with Passover and concluded in the Fall when the crops had been gathered in, so the appointed time also reminds us of that very conclusion -the present spiritual harvest period in which we are now engaged.
The Feast of Trumpets (in Leviticus 23:23-25) is the yearly reminder to all born again believers of the Lord’s gathering of the harvest of the Body of Messiah by way of “the last trumpet” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52) which is “the trumpet of God” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Ten days later, we observe the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:26-32) which is a reminder of God’s promise to gather the Nation of Israel in redemption; as God says Israel “will look unto Me whom they have pierced, and mourn for Him as one mourns for his only begotten son” (Zechariah 12:10). They will, at that time, make the confession prophesied in Isaiah 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray, each one has turned to their own way, but the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” And, as Paul testified, “And thus all Israel will be saved, and the Redeemer will come from Zion!” Yes, Paul looked to that day, when the Gentile believers in Yeshua the Messiah will have fulfilled their divine calling “to make Israel jealous” (Romans 11:11).
Thus, the very faith of Ruth is repeated in every life of each faithful Gentile believer who is serving in the present harvest, to the Jew first, and will rejoice in glory when King Messiah returns and sits on His glorious throne (Matthew 25:31) and fulfills the promise of the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:33-42) when the harvest of the nations gathered to Jerusalem “will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts to celebrate the Feast of Booths” (Zechariah 14:16).
Those of us that are Jewish believers are so very thankful to God for the many “Ruths” that He has raised up to share the Messiah with the Jewish people and to pray for the salvation of Israel. Please pray for these many upcoming radio interviews to be blessed by the Lord so that many would be saved and many others will endeavor to fulfill their calling in Messiah, even to the Jew first.