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JEWISH EVANGELISM
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By Mrs. Ari D. Hidalgo, Th.B.

Copyright 1996 by Shalom Scripture Studies, Inc.
Library of Congress Cataloging-In-Publications Data
ISBN 0-9622-852-7-7

All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations in critical articles or reviews,
no part of this book may be reproduced in any manner without prior written
permission from the author and or publisher.

Write to: Dr. Elias E. Hidalgo, Shalom Scripture Studies, Inc.,
P.O. Box 60580, Savannah, Georgia 31420 - (Headquarters)
P.O. Box 80084, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408 - (Branch)
P.O. Box 756, Naples, Florida 34106 (Branch)

Scripture quotations unless otherwise noted are from The Holy Bible: The King James version

This book is dedicated to all those who support the evangelistic ministry of Shalom Scripture Studies, Inc. Their faithfulness has made this work possible.

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About The Author
About The Booklet
Jewish Evangelism
Who Are We?
What Do We Believe?
What is Our Commission?
Why Know The Word Of God?
Why Prayer?
Rules To Consider
Here Are Some Questions
Why Do Christians Have
So Many Denominations?
You Need To Know
Facts About Jewish Individuals
Moses Prayed And Grieved
Questions And Answers
Conclusion
Epilogue




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mrs. Hidalgo

Mrs. Ari D. Hidalgo

Mrs. Ari D. Hidalgo is the Vice-President of Shalom Scripture Studies, Inc. (a Hebrew-Christian Bible Fellowship), as well as an Associate Bible Teacher under the leadership of her husband, Dr. Elias E. Hidalgo.

She has been a believer in Y'shua (Jesus) since September 19, 1969. In January of 1979 she began her full-time work for Shalom Scripture Studies, Inc.

Among her duties as Vice-President and Associate Bible Teacher, she is the editor and reviewer of all original materials produced by Shalom Scripture Studies, Inc. (As of the printing of this booklet, several hundreds of thousands of brochures and other literature have been printed and distributed world wide by Shalom Scripture Studies, Inc.).

She is a graduate of The Shalom Bible Institute (Orange, California, 1980) with a Bachelor of Theology Degree.

She continues to teach and minister the Word of God on a daily basis (through the power of God) "to the Jew first and also to the Gentile" (Romans 1:16).

Her managerial expertise in the production of the Shalom Scripture Studies television programs is indeed valuable and indispensable. Because of her unrelenting faith and keen insight, "Shalom Scripture Studies with Dr. Elias E. Hidalgo" television program is now being aired in fourteen states with a potential viewing population of nearly 24,000,000 people (these educational Bible programs are literally being watched seven days a week, 365 days a year).

In addition to her regular administrative duties at Shalom Scripture Studies, Inc., Mrs. Hidalgo also leads younger women in weekly Bible study classes.

Finally, Mrs. Hidalgo is the founder and director of the 'Watch Women Upon The Walls Of Jerusalem' intercessory prayer group. This all-women's group was created to bring the people and Nation of Israel before the Lord in prayer on a continuous basis. As it is written, "I have set watchmen (watchwomen) upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day nor night; ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence,...And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise on the earth" (Isaiah 62:6,7). This has been an important theme Scripture for Mrs. Hidalgo and the 'Watch Women Upon The Walls of Jerusalem'.


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ABOUT THE BOOKLET

This booklet was designed to help individuals share their faith in the Lord Y'shua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) with "the lost sheep of the house of Israel".

As many books have been written on the subject of Jewish Evangelism, this one is designed principally to be a reference handbook that can be easily used in conjunction with the Holy Bible.

All Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

It is the author's prayer that the Lord would use this booklet to stimulate excitement towards that which is near to the heart of God: Jewish Evangelism. As it is written, the Jewish people are "the apple of His eye" (Zechariah 2:8 and Deuteronomy 32:10) and He is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).

MAY THEY COME, one by one, to know Y'shua (Jesus) as Lord and Saviour! As it is written, "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved" (Romans 10:1).

For those who take God's Word seriously, and begin putting the principles of Jewish evangelism into practice in their own lives, the Lord had made a promise:

"I will bless them (that's you and I) that bless thee (the Jewish people)" (Genesis 12:3).

Love the Jewish people by the

Obedience on our part in

Victory through the glorious and

Everlasting Word. Amen.



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JEWISH EVANGELISM

ONE THING THAT JEWISH EVANGELISM DOES NOT MEAN IS CONVERTING THE JEWISH PEOPLE. BY AND LARGE, THE JEWISH PEOPLE ALREADY BELIEVE IN ONE GOD, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB. JEWISH EVANGELISM DOES MEAN MAKING JEWISH PEOPLE AWARE THAT THEY ARE SINNERS ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES, AND THAT THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB HAS PROVIDED A SIN OFFERING FOR THEM.

The Apostle Saul-Paul set an example for us to follow today. Though he was called of God to be a witness primarily to the Gentile people amongst "the nations", it is evident through his writings and teachings that Saul-Paul also ministered to the Jewish people wherever he went. It is clear that he had a heavy burden on his heart for his brothers and sisters in the flesh for he wrote in Romans 10:1, "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved."

Please remember that as you make the Messiah of Israel known to Jewish people, do so according to the Biblical injunction found in Zechariah 4:6, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts". By trusting in the arm of the LORD (His Spirit), and not in the arm of our flesh, we can effectively declare God's redemption through Y'shua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) to the Jewish people.

The proper order for witnessing God's salvation should never be twisted around. God says "to the Jew first" in Romans 1:16. Unfortunately, in the history of the Church all too often people have neglected witnessing to Jewish people at all.

The Jewish people should never be persuaded to renounce their heritage when they accept Y'shua (Jesus) as Lord. Neither should a Jewish person be taught that his/her faith in the God of their fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has been abrogated. As Jews, they will always be Jewish (culturally and racially) even after becoming born-again children of God through Y'shua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ). Thus, a "completed" Jew is a much better term to use than a "converted" Jew because the latter implies that the person's very identity has been taken away.

God is speaking even now to His people of the Abrahamic covenant, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18). Will you be the one to help a Jewish person understand his/her sin problem?



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WHO ARE WE?

Shalom Scripture Studies, Inc. is a Hebrew-Christian Bible Fellowship. We are an independent Jewish evangelistic out reach that preaches and teaches the complete Holy Bible, the Old and New Covenant. We believe this to be the complete revelation from God to man.

Here at Shalom Scripture Studies, Inc., we have three primary goals:

1. To proclaim the Word of God.

2. To present Y'shua (Jesus) as Lord.

3. To promote love for Israel and the Jewish people.

The birth of Shalom Scripture Studies, Inc. took place on May the 30th, 1974, in the city of Orange, California. It was there that Dr. Elias E. Hidalgo saw the need for a place where Jewish and Gentile people could both meet together to worship the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.



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WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?

One of the truths which we believe is that "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). That is, all of mankind is born in sin, and has been separated from God because of sin. We believe, according to the Scriptures, that the only means of reconciliation between sinful man and a Holy God is through the Person of Jesus Christ.

It is very important to know what you believe in, and to be sure that you believe in Jesus Christ, not just as a good man, or even a great prophet, but as Lord and God. He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), granting us eternal life (John 3:16) by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).

God the Father gave His only begotten Son (Jesus) to bring redemption to whosoever will believe and receive Him; the salvation of God through Y'shua (Jesus) is available to both Jewish and Gentile people today. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is co-equal with God the Father. He took on Himself the nature of a man "made a little lower than the angels (through the virgin birth) but crowned with glory and honor" (Hebrews 2:9). His nature was sinless. He was perfect in observing the Law of God. He was obedient even unto death, the death of the Cross. We believe He became the sin offering for all mankind by giving His life willingly, and through His death, burial, and resurrection, God's forgiveness is available to everyone. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us who believe (Hebrews 7:25). I John 2:1 tells us that He is our High Priest interceding on our behalf. Another title ascribed to Jesus is: King of Kings and Lord of Lords. One day, He is coming again, with all power and glory, to rule and reign from Jerusalem, Israel, and to set up His eternal kingdom (Revelation 11:15).

The Son of God (Jesus) became sin for us: "...who knew no sin that we may be made the righteousness of God in Him" (II Corinthians 5:21).

The Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. The Spirit of God is active in all of creation. He reproves the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8). The working of the Holy Spirit is active in regeneration and sanctification. Most importantly, He indwells our life (Ephesians 4:30) and seals us with the Holy Spirit of promise. The Spirit of God is active in leading us (Romans 8:14, 26), making intercession for us, and helping us in our infirmities. God's Word challenges us to "walk by faith and not by sight" (II Corinthians 5:7). As we walk by faith, the gifts that the Spirit of God gives to 'all who are born again' (Romans 12:6-8) will be active in accomplishing God's good pleasure.



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WHAT IS OUR COMMISSION?

We believe our commission is to make known to the entire world the great Atonement that God provided through His Son, Y'shua (Jesus). He is our atoning sacrifice Who is perfect and complete. His sacrifice for sin is mentioned both in the Old and New Covenants, and God gave this gift of atonement first to Jewish people and then to Gentile people as is explained in Romans 1:16.

Do you believe the Word of God and the commission that Jesus presented to His Apostles?: "But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matthew 10:6) and "ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:8). Notice that Y'shua (Jesus) commissioned His Apostles to begin evangelizing the Jewish people.



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WHY KNOW THE WORD OF GOD?

The Word of God is the wisdom, understanding, and knowledge of God available to man today. Truly, it is a love letter from God to His covenant people: the Nation of Israel, and you and I who have placed our faith in Him. His Word includes prophesies and fulfillments regarding The Messiah and the children of Israel. We should know God's Word well! For in the pages of Holy Writ, we receive our calling. For all of us, that is to warn the Jewish people (the House of Israel), to "blow the trumpet". You and I have been called of God to teach and preach God's mercy and His wrath, just as the prophets of old were also called to do this very thing (Ezekiel 3:17-21). Yes, this is our commission.

Know God's Word well! As believer's in Y'shua (Jesus), it is our duty and responsibility to evangelize the Jewish community. Every believer is indebted to the Jewish people for their faithfulness in preserving the Word of God and supremely, for presenting Christ Jesus to us. Thus, we want to stir up the body of believers to present the truth of Christ to the lost sheep of the house of Israel in a Jewish way. One way we can do this is by supporting the Jewish traditions and holidays. If you really know the Word of God, you will understand that this is a very Jewish book written about Jewish people, and written for Jewish people. If you 'go by the book', your presentation about salvation will be very Jewish.

If you love the Jewish Messiah, Jesus our Saviour, you will want to love whom He loves (the Jewish people, see: Malachi 1:2), and you will want to take seriously His Word and His Life. If you love the Jewish Messiah, you will also love the Jewish people, and want to share with them all that He has said. You will want to tell them how He died for their sins because of His great love for them. By exercising His example of love towards them, you will be more effective in getting His Word to them. The Gospel message is part of His Word to the Jewish Community.

If you are going to be effective, you must believe the Word of God which states that God has not cast away His people which he foreknew (Romans 11:2) and that it is His good will for both Jews and Gentiles to receive the message of Christ (Romans 1:16).



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WHY PRAYER?

Why? Because the Lord our God commanded us in The Word of God and He Himself demonstrated a life of prayer for His people.

Prayer is an act of faith on our part towards the Lord Jesus Christ our God, it is a form of worship, adoration, thanks, confession, petition, and intercession. Through Jesus alone we have access to the Father (I Timothy 2:1).

Can we expect to move people's hearts and situations through God by our prayers? Unequivocally, yes. God promises to answer the prayer of faith, but we must remember that our prayer cannot be contrary to His Divine Nature and purpose. He exhorts us to pray and at the same time assures us that our prayers will make a difference. Otherwise, why pray? ..."The effectual, fervant prayer of a righteous man availeth much". Remember the story of The Prophet Elijah as he prayed earnestly that it would not rain for 3 years and a half. The Lord God Almighty heard him.

Whether or not we are satisfied with God's answer to our prayers, we must always pray without ceasing. The fact that God commands us to pray in His Word should be sufficient reason to pray.

When we have prayed the prayer of faith, we can rest assured He will exercise His divine influence on the subject of our prayers.

Jesus Himself did not see His heart's desire for men fulfilled in every case. His desire was that no one should perish but all be saved. In Luke 13:34, Jesus said "Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem...how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!". But in John 5:40, He lamented, "Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life". Though He was certainly capable of doing so, Jesus refused to exercise His Divine power over Jewish men and women to compel them to believe. We can as human beings say 'no' to God, but this did not discourage Jesus from praying. Neither should it discourage us.

The believer's prayer forms a part of God's overall purposes to be fulfilled; otherwise, why pray?

If you are going to evangelize the Jewish community, and have a fruitful ministry, you must ask The Lord to teach you how to pray (Luke 11:1), and believe in prayer! Pray for God's chosen people. Weep for the Jewish people as Jesus did. Pray that Jewish people will seek His face and turn their hearts unto God. God is faithful, and according to His plans and purposes, He will restore them one by one to Himself--and heal them of all their sins. Let us remember that Salvation is of God (Jonah 2:9). There are so many verses challenging us to go to the House of Israel with the message of salvation. Yet, where do we hear that this is happening today? Why are there so few assemblies of believers failing to be obedient in prayer for Israel? Praying for the peace of Jerusalem according to Psalms 122:6 is just a beginning, and a good one at that...

To evangelize the Jewish people, first one must obey God's command regarding His chosen people. One must love whom He loves and pray for whom He prays for. Did you know that one day the Nation of Israel is going to head one of the world's largest evangelistic programs? They are going to know the oracles of God, believe, speak, and live them! According to Holy Scripture, 144,000 Jewish individuals will serve God as His servants, and God's light will shine through them to the whole world.

When we know, believe, and have received God's precious Word that speaks about salvation, then let us speak about it to them, and live a Godly life before them.

Let us have compassion on those who are now alive.



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RULES TO CONSIDER

Here are some rules to consider in order to be an effective witness to the House of Israel: