“…fearing those who were of the circumcision.”

“…for before certain men came from James, he [Peter] would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.” (Galatians 2:12)

“The mission against Jews” is a common way orthodox Jews refer to people in Israel, Jews or gentiles, who believe in Yeshua. And social pressure is one of the main weapons that orthodox Jews use in their battle against those whom they oppose. (See John 9:22 for another NT example.)

There are a few “anti-missionary” organizations that have the goal of protecting Jews from the “dangers” of believing in Jesus. Yad L’Ahim is the most well known, but there might be others. It’s hard to tell how many organizations there might be because much of their efforts are done anonymously as can be seen in the photo below.

Recently, one of these organizations placed flyers in the mailboxes of a particular neighborhood. On that flyer they included the photos, names and addresses of 5 pastors of Hebrew speaking, Jesus believing congregations in Jerusalem. The sixth box (outlined in red) contained a not so subtle warning: Your photo could be here. Often, such a warning creates a fear of “those of the circumcision” that for all practical purposes silences believers in Yeshua.

The fear of man is a very real fear both in the NT period and now, and it is something that fellow believers around the world should pray for Israeli believers to overcome. I know four of the five men highlighted in the flyer, and am confident that they will not be silenced. In fact, for at least one of them, this isn’t the first time his picture has been used in such a way.

As the local believing community continues to grow, the anti-missionary groups are becoming more determined to stop the message. And to the degree that humiliation doesn’t work, more severe means of opposition will be implemented. Just this year, among the lesser known actions, there have been some very headline grabbing attempts to resist “the mission.” Among those were the near assassination of Ami Ortiz, the son of a messianic pastor in Ariel. Ami, made the mistake of opening a Purim holiday package that had been left at his home. Inside that package of candies was a bomb. See one report here, or search YouTube for a variety of video reports and testimonies of that event.

In Or Yehuda, a small town next to Ben Gurion Airport, a bunch of Ethiopian New Testaments was gathered and burned in a public demonstration against “the mission.” This action was instigated by the deputy mayor of Or Yehuda. See the article here where the deputy mayor tries to get the toothpaste back in the tube.


  1. Well…the God of Abraham Issac and Jacob has the right to proclaim the whole truth! If you knew the way to a betetr life that offered forgiveness and joy and peace…wouldn’t you want to share it with a lost and dying world..Jewish people need redemption just like us Gentiles do..how is it that scientology,cult practices..and occult practices homosexuality..and so many other blatant ‘sins’ that offend a Holy God..doesn’t seem to cause you to cast them out as non Jews.. which is what the Holy Scriptures do imply..you should put out such a person..Believers in Y’shua were just Messianic Jews until some years later before the word ‘christian’ was applied to them…and the reason that was applied is because they were acting out their faith like their Messiah..like the previous post…caring for one another showing love and mercy..I find it really weird how ‘introducing and idea ‘ to someone is forcing it on them…Jews for Jesus never forces anyone…because they know, as I do that it is the Holy Spirit alone who confirms truth..and unless that happens it is impossible to believe..those who ‘missionize’ are simply sharing truth as they know it…and received it..those of us who know that truth also know the value of Judism..it is the basis for our understanding of what a loving God expects from us!

  2. I believe having the right concept of God begins by understanding and believing that God is not man.God of Abraham Issac and Jacob has the right to whole truth!

    • CraigDunning says

      Abraham Isaac,

      You have made an assertion without any evidence. What is the basis of your belief?

      What is the meaning of your last sentence?

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