• Gospels

    A Pharisee Photo Album

    Unsavory caricatures of the Pharisees leave people confused about what Yeshua might have meant when he instructed his followers to follow Pharisaic teaching. Was he being sarcastic? Rather than employing a convoluted hermeneutic to resolve this puzzle, it is more straightforward and consistent with history to accept that Yeshua upheld a theory of life and practice that aligned with Pharisaic norms.

    5-min

  • Theology

    The Messianic Banquet

    A teaching from one of the early church fathers reflects an authentic tradition of the early Messianic Jewish community: The Messianic Era is like the weekly Sabbath, and God himself will prepare a lavish banquet for the righteous. But the participants at that banquet might not be those you would expect.

    6-min

  • Prayer

    Anointing with Oil

    In the days of the Bible, olive oil was a precious commodity. It was used for fueling lamps; it was used in cooking and even personal grooming. Olive oil had multiple uses, and anointing with olive oil had many different applications. Does anointing the sick with oil have an intrinsic, spiritual benefit?

    7-min

  • Messianic Lifestyle

    Bridge Builders

    Messianic Jews and Gentiles should be bridge builders. With those of us in synagogues at one end and those of us in the church at the other, we have anchors on both sides; if we can each recognize the other’s role and calling, we can support a connection in between.

    10-min

  • Shavuot

    Fire on the Mountain

    Jewish tradition hails the Festival of Weeks as the anniversary of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. In Exodus 20:18 the Hebrew really says, “They saw the voices and the torches.” What does it mean, “the people saw voices”? How does one see a sound? How does one see a voice?

    11-min

  • Israel News

    FFOZ “exposed” in Israel

    We denounce proselytizing and any deceptive evangelism. Instead, like any movement with an ideology, we engage in discussion and hope that more people will see things our way. Our goal is not to win over converts to our creed but to influence society through reasoned, intellectually honest, and mutually respectful dialogue.

    4-min

  • Shavuot

    The Mighty Wind and Tongues of Fire

    Most Christians know the story of Pentecost in Acts chapter two: the mighty wind, the tongues of fire, Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) and the speaking in every language. Very few, however, are aware of the Torah background behind this event.

    11-min

  • Calendar

    The Forgotten Festival

    Both Rosh Chodesh Sivan and Shavu’ot are continuously paired with a theme of spiritual unity and love. During this month of Sivan, we should not only focus on remembering the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, but also make an effort to bring our communities to a place of unity and peace.

    4-min

  • Life in Israel

    The Beloved City

    During the Six-Day War, one of the most stirring moments occured, which was captured on camera and tape, when Lt. General Mordechai Gur announced, "The Temple Mount is in our hands … the Temple Mount is in our hands!" Why was this so very significant?

    6-min

  • Shalom Tour

    Shalom Tour 2021 – FFOZ May Be Coming to a City Near You!

    The Shalom Tour is your opportunity to meet First Fruits of Zion leadership staff, connect with other Torah Club Leaders and FFOZ Friends, get inspired and encouraged to continue your mission of spreading the message of the kingdom to all nations, and break bread with new friends.

    6-min

  • Gospels

    There Is a Way to Know Jesus Better

    There is perhaps a no more powerfully condensed summary of Jesus’ teachings than the Sermon on the Mount. Ideally, every follower of Jesus would have complete command over the content of this revolutionary discourse. As disciples, we cannot afford to misunderstand these three chapters of Matthew’s gospel.

    11-min

  • Personal Transformation

    The Earth Is the LORD’s

    Earth Day’s greatest success will never be in the legislatures of the world. It must be in the hearts of humanity. If we could change human behavior as it relates to honoring our commitment to exercise dominion over the earth with responsibility, we might find what’s missing.

    7-min