Who Are Judeo-Christians and What Do They Believe?

What is all of this about being Judeo-Christian? How can someone be a Jew and a Christian at the same time? And why would a Christian be a Jew? These are all good questions, and they each have a good answer.

What’s in a Name?

If you are a Christian, your faith is based upon the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the Scriptures surrounding them. Your Savior is the King of the Jews, Yeshua (Jesus) HaMashiach (the Messiah, Christ in the Greek). This is our foundation. This is what we are built upon.

The body of Messiah began with all Jewish believers. The disciples were all Jewish, and the first congregation of believers was Jewish, three thousand alone coming to belief in Yeshua on the day of Pentecost. The first believers did not follow a pope, but James the brother of Yeshua; and they were not located in Rome, but in Jerusalem. Believers in Yeshua were a sect of Judaism and they went to the synagogue and they remained practicing Jews, believing in their Messiah Yeshua, and this was all after the Resurrection. So you see, a Jewish person can be a believer, and throughout the centuries there have been many Jewish people who were also believers in the Jewish Messiah Yeshua.

What Happened to the Jewish Messiah Yeshua?

Well, other than it being a long story (centuries long), church history is far from hidden. But today, many believers do not know how we got here. As Roman persecution came throughout the years, many Gentile believers did not want to be associated with their Jewish brothers, so they distanced themselves from Judaism and the Jewishness of the Bible. Many of the church fathers began to teach this separation first by anti-Judaism rhetoric, which then turned to anti-Jewish rhetoric. Then they taught replacement theory, which is that the church (the Gentile place of worship) and the Gentile believers replaced the Jews and the synagogue.

But a lot has to do with anti-Semitism. Quite frankly, we just did not want to be associated with the Jewish people. In fact, we wanted to be better than the Jews, because we accused them of killing Jesus. We now had all the blessings of God, and the Jewish people, the chosen people of God, were no longer His people. We changed His name, Yeshua, to Jesus to conform with the Greco-Roman world. Many believers today do not even realize that Jesus (Yeshua) was a practicing Orthodox Jew. He kept the 7th day (Saturday) Sabbath (Genesis 2:1-3, Luke 4:14-21, 6:5-6, 13:10) and all of the rest of God’s Appointed Times (Leviticus 23): Passover, Unleavened Bread (Luke 22), Pentecost, Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles (John 7:1-2, 37). He even kept Hanukkah (John 10:22-23). He wore a prayer shawl and went to the synagogue and paid the Temple tax. We stripped Him of His roots and we toppled our foundation. We called the Hebrew Scriptures old and obsolete, and we called the Apostolic Scriptures new and only for believers. We became anti-Torah, or as Paul used the term, Lawless.

We lost our identity, our foundation, our whole purpose for why we exist, and we also changed the Biblical Gospel message (which has to do with the true work of the Messiah in regards to Israel) into a Salvation only message (see our teaching on the good news). In doing all of this, we have recreated a Messiah that looks more Western than Middle Eastern. The Church replaced the Synagogue and Rome replaced Jerusalem. But Paul makes it quite clear that we have been grafted into Israel and they support us, not the other way around (Romans 11:17-19).

People believe that Paul was one of these church fathers that condemned Judaism, but in fact, He boldly said, “I AM a Pharisee,” a Hebrew of Hebrews (Philippians 3:5)! He said the Law (Torah) is holy (Romans 7:12). In fact, Yeshua Himself said in Matthew 5:17-19, “I did not come to do away with the Torah but to fulfill it.” Now, what we do not understand (because we have not been taught to understand) is that Yeshua was Jewish and that He kept the Torah because He was the living Torah, the Word made flesh. So what is the Torah? Let’s take a closer look.

The Torah

The Torah is the first five books of the Bible. It was written down by Moses as God gave him the revelation on the mountain at the same time He gave him the Ten Commandments. We believers accept the book of Genesis, but for the most part we do not interest ourselves with the rest. The book of Exodus speaks of the deliverance of Israel from slavery and bondage from the Egyptians, the building of the tabernacle, and the giving of God’s commands. Leviticus speaks of the sacrifices and God’s Appointed Times. Numbers speaks of the wanderings of Israel for forty years, but it also shows us the difference between those who believed God and those who rebelled. The last book, the book of Deuteronomy, speaks of the Torah as a whole, like a recap. But here we see that the Torah is written out like an ancient covenant or treaty of its day between God the King and Israel His people. It is also done like a Ketubah, which is a Jewish wedding contract.

So that is a short summary of the Torah. In time, we will take a closer look at these books.

Should Christians Become Jewish?

So if Yeshua was Jewish, and the early believers were all Jewish, does that mean that we need to become Jewish? Do you have to be Jewish to be a Judeo-Christian? NO! Judeo-Christians believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We also believe in Yeshua (Jesus), who is the Messiah of Israel. Yes, Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel, and He will fulfill all the Scriptures that have been prophesied about Him concerning Israel. As Judeo-Christians, we also have our beliefs in the Scriptures of Israel, the Creation, all of the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, the Ten Commandments, the Psalms, and the Prophets. We are the only people who believe this way.

Paul’s message to the Gentiles was very clear: Gentiles did not need to become Jewish. Now, what Paul meant was that Gentiles did not need to become ceremonially Jewish, that is, the works (circumcision, sacrifice, and Mikvah) required of them to actually become a proselyte Jew. Paul did not mean that a Gentile could not keep Sabbath or God’s Appointed Times, for we see that even at the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai there were those non-Jews who went out of Egypt with Israel, and they were called God-fearers. God-fearers were those who believed in the one true living God, the God of Israel (Leviticus 24:22, Numbers 9:14, 15:14-16). We see in the Gospels (Luke 7:1-5) when the Centurion asked Yeshua (Jesus) to heal his slave, the people tell Yeshua that this man loves the nation of Israel and helped build their Synagogue. We also see Peter with Cornelius in Acts 10:1-4, just to mention a few. Keeping God’s Word does not make you Jewish; what it does make you is a child of God. God’s word is one just as He is one, and we must not call God’s word old or obsolete. What we do need to call it is holy, and we need to embrace it because Yeshua is the Word of God made flesh, that same word that created the world into being, that same Word that died for our sins. A Judeo-Christian is one who believes in the whole counsel of God and lives by it; for Yeshua tells us if we love Him, we will keep God’s Commands.

So That’s Why We Do That!

As Judeo-Christians, we may think that how we worship is unique to us, but we are going to look at how the church, mainly the Catholic church, took their cue from the Jewish synagogue. So let’s take a closer look at what is similar between the two.

We see Jewish men wear prayer shawls, and most of them have a stitched collar around it like a stole; the priest wears his vestments with a stole.

A Jewish man will wear a head covering called a kippa; many priestly orders, monsignors, and even the pope wear a skull cap.

The Jewish people call their teacher Rabbi; we call ours Pastor. Jewish people use a prayer book called a Siddur in which they recite their prayers; believers also use a prayer book to recite their prayers. The Jewish worship service reads a portion each week from the Torah scroll. Before Yeshua’s day, the reading cycle went from a three year cycle to a one year cycle. In the Catholic church, they read from the lectern, and they still use a three year cycle. They both read from a podium, and they both bless the readers who have come up to read. In Yeshua’s day, we read of the sanhedrin, a group of men who made decisions based upon their beliefs. The Catholic church has the Council of the Cardinals who gather in Rome. The Jewish worship includes songs and times of fasting. The Catholic church also sings songs and has times of fasting. The Jews say a prayer called the Amidah, and we say the same prayer in a shortened version called the Lord’s prayer. The Jewish people say prayers three times a day, and the church would ring their steeple bells in accordance to those three times, for they also would say prayers. The Jewish people have the Ten Commandments as their moral code, and so do we. They have baptism, Communion, feast days, and they believe in the Messiah, all things we have in common. So let’s now take a closer look at what is different between the two.

First, I want to look at two Scriptures. Romans 3:1-2 says, “Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.” Romans 9:4 tells us, “…who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Torah and the temple service and the promises.” Now I point this out first because we have not been taught according to God’s Word, but according to the flesh of men; our baptism came from the Jewish practice of immersing oneself in water. This is what the Greek word “baptizo” means, “to immerse.” The Jewish custom of the Mikvah is a ritual cleansing where one submerges in water for religious purification and holiness. One might immerse before Sabbath or a feast day or even before marriage; Yeshua (Jesus) did not begin this practice. John baptised for repentance, not for salvation or to belong to any given faith.

Our communion is taken right from the Passover Seder. The Matza which Yeshua broke is called the afikoman. It is broken in half, and half is wrapped in a white cloth and hidden till later in the meal. This is what Yeshua lifted up and said it represented His body, and the cup that He lifted up was called the cup of Redemption, one of four cups in the Seder meal. Yeshua tells us that when we do this, the Seder, in its context, we need to remember Him. Yeshua did not start a new practice. We celebrate feast days, or holy days, but they are not Biblical days. These man-made feast days and holy days are not what God has told us to keep. Leviticus 23 speaks of these days, and as you read through it, you will see that these feast days include the sojourner who is in the midst of the Jews. These sojourners were called God-Fearers, for they were Gentiles who believed in the one true God of Israel and left Egypt along with Israel at the exodus, and they are mentioned all throughout Scriptures and even in the Gospels.

God’s Biblical calendar is a lunar calendar. In the creation story, we see that there was night and then day. We also see that God creates the Sabbath, the seventh day, for He rested and made it holy. The Scripture tells us that the Sabbath was created for man and not the other way around (Mark 2:27). It was given to man at creation. Yeshua tells us that He is the Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:8); this is the seventh day and not the first. He never says to keep the first day because He resurrected on that day. This too was man-made. We believe in the Messiah and so do the Jewish people; the difference is that we have made our Messiah Christian, and we have lost His Jewish identity.

The Jewish people are waiting for a Jewish Messiah, the one who has been prophesied for thousands of years through the prophets. They can not believe in our Messiah Jesus because he does not keep the Sabbath, nor Torah, nor does he gather the exiles of Israel or gain the victory over Israel’s enemies or rebuild the Temple; that is what Yeshua will do when He returns because this is what has been prophesied of Him. Even in the gospels we see the angel giving the good news (Gospel) that the Messiah has been born in the city of David (Jerusalem) and His kingdom will be forever. Where will His kingdom be? In Jerusalem, not Rome, for He will sit on the throne of King David forever.

Conclusion

So you see, we have many things in common, but we have turned from and do not understand our Jewish roots, the roots that supported us from the beginning, and we have gone our own way, the way of man, and turned from truth, God’s Word. We think that the tabernacle, or temple, has been destroyed because Yeshua came. But what we do not understand is that the temple in Heaven still exists, and we are to be a royal priesthood, yet we do not know what that all means. We must come back to Biblical living and follow the One True God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of Paul, Luke, John, and yes, the God of Yeshua our Messiah. We must remember what Paul tells us: that we have been grafted into Israel (Romans 11:17-18) and that the root supports us, not the other way around.

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31 thoughts on "Who Are Judeo-Christians and What Do They Believe?"

  1. Conservative Kitty says:

    This blog has been amazingly true! I have learned all that you have written and live by it. I do consider myself Jewish through Yeshua and Holy Spirit. Like in Acts 10:45. I do believe Saturday is the Sabbath. How it was changed to Sunday I completely agree. A few years ago when I was studying hard the Jewish history I learned come Hebrew words spoken in English. Like Holy i Set-Apart, Abba is God. Right now I remember a few BUT I used to know alot more. lol I too believe Yeshua fulfilled the Torah. I studied and found Yeshua was crucified on Wednesday, died and buried and arose the third day, Saturday, and ascended to Heaven after spending time with His Disciples. Hallelu’YAH!! Oh yea I alo remember Ruach HaKodesh is the Holy Spirit.

    Shalom

  2. Abigail Patience says:

    Very very inspiring. Just love reading your information.

  3. Wanda Renee says:

    Love learning the true teachings of Christ as we should study the magnificent word of God to enhance our knowledge of truth in the living word.

  4. Gary Heitmann says:

    Well written, young man!

  5. Leidiana Santiago says:

    I loved this article. It eas very informative. I well-wriiten and clear summary eith accurate references. I LOVE how the BIBLE flows from the old testament to the new. Yeshua’S WORD is HOLY. And Im humbled to be called a child of God BECAUSE of GRACE.

    Im am a fan and loce to share the WORD of God. I have always been fascinated to learned about Yeshuas relationship ans revelations through the Jewish nation.

    God bless you and Keep it up. Will share to BLESS others too.

  6. dennis dyson says:

    I am a Christian – i follow Jesus’ teachings. What HE said DO i try and do, what HE said NOT to do i try NOT to do. Whether Jewish or not He is my teacher & SAVIOUR.

  7. Rev Jim E Stephenson says:

    I found many of your comments to be true over a decade ago as I studied intensely studying scripture! I did not understand why Christians stop celebrating High Holy Holidays and many Jewish customs like Seders, etc.

    I researched websites and found Discovering the Jewish Jesus with Rabbi Schneider and Orthodox Rabbi’s like Eckstein of IFCJ to learn Jewish and Messianic Jewish customs I incorporated into my life! I now call myself a Judeo-Christian Minister! We ethnic Christians have missed our rich Jewish past and I FAST for the Sabbath and on High Holy High Holidays! I love celebrating all Christian and Jewish Holidays! I find that the High Holy Holidays of Fall most enhance my spiritual life because there are no big Christian Holidays at this time like during Hanukkah (Christmas) and Passover (Easter)!

    Shabbat Shalom my Judeo-Christian brother and sisters! I’m fasting on this Sabbath on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia where Chincoteague Island is breath taking. PTL.

    In G-D and Yeshua,
    Rev Jim E Stephenson

  8. Frances Onwordi says:

    Hello my name is Frances Onwordi, I am a christian from Nigeria in West Africa. I would like to know everything there is to know about Juedo-Christians. Are Judeo-Christians the same as Hebrew Christians and Messianic Jews? Is the Old covenant obsolete because Jesus Christ fulfilled it before He died? If not, are all the laws still relevant or is it that it is some of them that are still relevant? If so, which laws are still relevant and which ones are obsolete?
    Where can I find Judeo-Christians, are they in America and the U.K? If so, can I have the addresses of their congregations where they worship,where I can find them in both U.K and America? Can have the address of the congregation where you worship as Judeo-Christians? I ask this because I would like to fellowship with Judeo-Christians, so that they can tell the truth about the gospel. I will follow the gospel once I find the God-given truth about it. My email address is zwiebackzwieback737@yahoo.com , I am looking forward to hearing from you, thank you for your time and God bless you!

  9. Frances Onwordi says:

    Can I have the address of the congregation, where you worship as Judeo-Christians?

  10. Frances Onwordi says:

    My name is france Onwordi, can I have the address of the congregation where you worship as Judeo-Christians?

  11. Cecelia Lundgren says:

    Good morning – I am a struggling follower of Christ! My knowledge is hardly on the raider. I know there is something, but I am frustrated. I crave to have a relationship with God, but earthly matters seem to always get in the way. As a mother I am fearful of never connecting with Christ, the loneliness and sorrow that I could never teach my children the love of God, and that in that love comes peace. I am wanting to explore your understanding of Christ. What are the chances of getting a study guide and appropriate biblical text? I am a first timer to your site; whereby, this message will seem uneducated and juvinile, I am totally all that I disclosed however looking for help with connecting with Christ and understanding his message. Thank you for anything you may be able to assist with. Cecelia

    1. Judeo-Christian Clarion says:

      Cecelia, I am sorry that we did not get back to you sooner, but the person who should have responded to you, was not doing his job properly. We have several Bible Studies on our podcast with the text, so I hope that you will be able to take the time and listen to them. We also have many teachings and maybe you would like to sign up to recieve our monthly Clarion. God bless You and we will be praying for you!

  12. Kerry says:

    I’m thinking since I am a Christian, I am not a Judeo Christian, and even though Jesus say if you love the Lord you’ll keep his commandments. That indicates you have to do something for your salvation if your a Judeo Christian, Christ died because sacrificing an animal will not keep you save so God came down to be the ultimate sacrifice for man and it’s the blood that saves us, but only through Paul was given 7 mystery, one of them is he started the church, that once we believed in our hearts we are saved we became that church which is the bride of Chist, we now have the Holy Spirit living in us till the day of redemption, so if we are that church all our sins are forgiven through the blood of Christ according to scripture, I can not call myself a Jew or a Judeo Christian but rather that I am called the bride of Christ, or the church according to Paul.

    1. Judeo-Christian Clarion says:

      sorry we did’nt get back to you sooner. first, you say that if Jesus said keep the commands that requires doing something for salvation. we ARE talking about The Word Made flesh. If we believe that Jesus never sinned then we have to also believe that He never lied. Regarding having to do something, even Faith requires work, for what does the scripture say about Abraham, in James 2:2 ” Was not Our Father Abraham considered RIGHTEOUS for WHAT HE DID when he affered his son Isaac on the alter”. And what about the verse before that which says ” O foolish man, do you you want evidence that faith without deeds is DEAD? Let’s take a look at James 2:21, “Was John says in Revelation 12:7 this, “and the dragon was wroth with the women, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, who KEEP the Commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”. Also 1 Tium. 6:14 says, “that you keep the commandments without stain or reproach until the apperaing of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah”, 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we KEEP His commandmenta; and His Commandmenta are NOT Burdensome. Neither Jesus, Nor the Desciples, nor Paul, ever said they were starting a New religion. That teaching is man made and, if you are willing to learn more about this subject, you can check out a podcast study we produced on the “sins of Our Forefathers”. Here is a link to the intro of that series.
      http://judeochristianclarion.com/podcast/the-sins-of-our-forefathers-psrt-one-laying-the-foundation/

      1. BibleLearning says:

        Hello, I am confused. Because all my life I was taught that in order to go to Heaven you have to be saved, which is also realizing that you have done wrong and you are apologizing to God that you did sin. You also have to know God, know his word, trust all. I also believe that Jesus is the Messiah and he will be returning on the redemption day. But there is that thing of salvation that people must know.

        1. Judeo-Christian Clarion says:

          I do not think that anyone can know for sure if they are saved, because we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling for one. Second we see in so many parables that people thought they were saved, but were not. Like Matthew 7:21-23 where they say Lord Lord, didn’t we…and He says I know you not. We all will stand before the judgement seat of God and give an account. We must repent from the heart and we must seek God out so that we will know what His will is for us in our lives. We must be holy as He is holy and we must live godly lives and don’t forget about the narrow road and I could go on and on, but saved by grace or as I like to say, by the mercy of God was God’s part by sending the Messiah to die for us. Our part is to be eternally grateful for the shed blood of the Lamb of God. If we have a relationship with Him and seek Him, so we do His will and not ours, as Messiah Himself said , Not my will be done, but your will be done. And if we make the effort to keep His commandments and forsake the world, by picking up our cross and following Him, then we are keeping our end of the covenant, and where we fall short, God will be there to lead us the rest of the way home. Because we must have an element of faith in God. If we walk in the Spirit, we will live in the Spirit, and if we live in the Spirit then His covenant will be written on our hearts. God bless You!

  13. Antonio Peeler says:

    I agree with everything that was said. Yes, we have gotten so far from the Jewishness of our faith and its eastern character til it’s a disgrace to the faith. I’d like to keep in fellowship with such truth

  14. rita sullivan-scott says:

    I am Judeo-Christian and believe that we have to be Baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Many have been christened as babies but may choose to be Baptized in the name of Jesus Christ when they reach adulthood. The question that arises later is if we go back to the way we were before Baptism? Will God forgive us?

    1. Judeo-Christian Clarion says:

      Rita, Thank you for your question. Being Baptized is only an outward sign that says that you have turned your life over to Yeshua (Jesus), but at that point we are only babes. We must walk daily in the ways of the Lord. We must grow in our knowledge of Him by not only reading the word of God but keeping the Word of God, and this will cause us to grow in the Holy Spirit. It is a process called sanctifcation, and by it we mature and bear fruit. Yes, along the way we are going to stumble, but God has given us His grace, and by that we must repent and turn from that which caused us to stumble, and by doing this it protects us from totally falling. Sin separates us from God, and the longer we are seperated from God, the harder it is to come back, so we must stay in prayer, and stay before God, walking with Him daily, reading our Bible and living it out. We have many teachings on this subject. We hope that you will find your answers on our website. God Bless You!

  15. LOVE IT, THANK YOU… LOVE my YESHUA.

  16. Nadine says:

    very instructive

  17. Diann Williams says:

    While living in Dallas,TX in the 1980s I watch a Judeo-Christian priest on television. I yearned to learned (and attend)sadar and passover and the Jewish parts that my Christian teachings left out. How can I live-stream and attend your services now?

    1. Judeo-Christian Clarion says:

      Sorry Diann, we do not live stream our Seders. We do have picture videos, and you can get a copy of our Seder to print out on our website.

  18. Rebecca Winchester says:

    Thanks
    I didn’t know what It was called that I believe and practice untill reading this. Lord called me this year to keep feast days before Easter he wanted me to keep passover instead, so I did, according to scripture. I didn’t know how or what to do but God showed me in his word.In the old and new testament. It was a huge blessing for me and my two kids. I keep it all. I’m learning from The Almighty. HE’s teaching me and everything I just read here affirms my faith. I just didn’t know why or what I doing. I’m alone in my community in this. So I appreciate your clarity.

    1. Judeo-Christian Clarion says:

      Hello Rebecca, 3 John :4 says this, ” I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.” God will bless you for your obedience. 25 years ago God spoke to us and we did not know anything either, but through God’s grace and the Holy Spirit, He showed us and sent us Jewish believers to teach us and even when I called the wrong organizations, God was there and people directed us to the right organizations. God directed us to begin this website and after 8 1/2 years we now have thousands of people who come on our website every month. We have the weekly Torah reading schedule and Bible studies and a Judeo-Christian Seder and all kinds of teachings and even coloring sheet and videos for your children on our website. I hope you enjoy! God bless you. JCC

  19. adam says:

    there has been to much inffesess on pual, every denomition would follow pual then christ Yahshua word was the Word of God He did need nobody to come after Him Yah warned about this. Yah told the deciples to go out into the world.so saying pual was to go to the gentiles that what pua; self proclaimed not Yah

    1. Judeo-Christian Clarion says:

      Yes, many people only believe Paul’s words and not even the Messiah’s. One needs to take the whole counsel of God’s Word from cover to cover, because God is One and so is His Word. One can not take one line and make a doctrine out of it. We do know that Paul was called on the road to Damascus, Acts 9. He received his approval from the other apostles as the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15.

  20. Antonio Peeler says:

    After doing a word study on the name of Messiah my partner and I came up with Yahwashag instead of Yeshua. Have you ever looked further into the name?

    1. Judeo-Christian Clarion says:

      The name Yeshua means God’s salvation. Messiah comes from the Hebrew word Mashiach, which means the anointed one.

  21. Sarah Angles says:

    Are you saying we are not to keep the feast days as are in Leviticus 23?

    1. Judeo-Christian Clarion says:

      No, we are saying that we do not need to ceremonially become Jews. But God’s Biblical Appointed Times are for everyone. We have a lot on our website in regard to the Biblical Feasts, teachings and podcasts, pictures also and we have a Seder for you to use with your family and friends.