A Celebration of Note

Those with a fair knowledge of the church scene in South Africa, will have come across the word “celebration”, somewhere along the way. It is a loaded word that somehow grips the imagination of action-loving people. A quick search of the internet proves just how popular this concept of celebration has become. A celebration of discipline; a celebration of grace; a celebration of Christmas; a celebration of priesthood; a celebration of deliverance; a celebration of biblical masculinity; a celebration of praise and a celebration of sex, to mention just a few of the types of celebration, according to the internet, that may literally change your life!

This past Shabbat, I had the privilege of being part of a celebration of a different nature. There was no extravagant glamour, no world renowned speaker and not a single one of the typical sugar-coated elements that one would often find at “venues of celebration”. There was no real difference between the hundred odd spectators and the ones taking part in the proceedings of the day. In fact, every single one took part – in some way or other. The meeting consisted of singing, dancing, witnessing, praying, blowing of shofars, clapping of hands, reading of Scriptures, sound Scriptural teaching, inspirational music, frequent utterances of the word “HalleluYah”, words of praise in no less than three different languages, screams of little children (not understanding a word of what was being said but somehow sensing that something significant was going on) and an almost contagious buzz of excitement when everyone shared their food after the official program was concluded. Had the caretaker of the premises not intervened, the meeting would have carried on for two or three more hours – not many were eager to return back home, despite the more than mild midday heat, so typical of a Bellville summer’s day.

What was the occasion? It was one of the three annual combined Shabbat get-togethers organized for the Messianic and Torah-embracing believers of the Western Cape. Many of the attendants did not even have their own means of transport and had to make special arrangements, in order to be able to attend this combined gathering. Many do not currently enjoy the luxury of belonging to a home fellowship or any other group of like-minded believers. Many came for the first time and weren’t sure what to expect. But those who took the trouble to come, were richly rewarded! What a privilege to be part of a meeting of this nature where people revered the Shabbat and showed no fear to call upon the revered Name of Yahweh! What an eye-opener to realise that the process of the rediscovery of the richness of Torah is now in full force in the Western Cape! Some of those present have silently been part of this process for more than a decade and have earnestly prayed for the day when a significant number of fellow believers would come and stand alongside them and express the same convictions and share the same views.

These prayers have not gone unanswered. Something very meaningful and prophetic is happening in the Western Cape. And judging by the significant number of attendants from other provinces, including Namibia, and by the increasing number of reports of similar meetings and excitement over similar matters in other parts of South Africa, one can safely say: Something very meaningful and prophetic is happening in the whole of Southern Africa! This, in itself, calls for a celebration. I know this kind of celebration will not even be noticed by the masses. But for many of us, it will be a celebration of note – a celebration of the supreme faithfulness of the One who inspired the prophet YeshaYahu to prophesy:

“Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to Yahweh, to serve Him, and to love the Name of Yahweh, to be His servants, all who guard the Sabbath, and not profane it, and hold fast to My covenant – them I shall bring to My set-apart mountain, and let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their slaughterings are accepted on My altar, for My house is called a house of prayer for all the peoples” (Isa 56:6-7).

If you are as excited as we are, or have sensed that something similar is happening in your area, or would just like to add a comment, please let us hear from you. Replies to this post are most welcome!

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15 Responses to A Celebration of Note

  1. Juan Combrinck says:

    HalleluYah !!!!

    YHVH is busy moving all over !!

    Somerset West is cooking as well, this email has confirmed to myself and a friend of mine many things that He has placed on our heart !!

    Be blessed !!

    Shalom

    Juan

    • John says:

      Juan, I am glad you mentioned the name of your town. We are aware of similar testimonies from places like Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Worcester, Rawsonville, Gordon’s Bay, Hermanus, Malmesbury, Paarl, Gansbaai, Franskraal, Langebaan and Saldanha, to mention just a few of the not too distant places in the Western Cape.

      May Yahweh continue to reveal the truth of his Word to you and your friend … and keep in touch! :glad:

  2. Simchah says:

    It is good to hear that people allover are considering Torah as part of their life. It is also just as much a heartbreaking thing, that Torah has become part of the ‘Roman Catholic Evolution’ of the Christian Revolution, where people do not resign their Christian (Roman Catholic) religion and convert to the Hebrew Jewish faith of old, but decorate itself with Jewishness and Hebrew as if it is the real thing. I have seen the worst deception of which prophecy speaks, that which looks so similar to the truth while it is the enemy thereof ….. I wonder how many people can see the difference ….. Simchah@absamail.co.za

    • John says:

      Simchah, your comment seems to imply that you suspect that the Bellville meeting may have been guilty of riding the wave of Roman Catholic Evolution. May I assure you that what happened at Bellville last week, was no more Roman Catholic than being baptized in the Name of Y’shua the Messiah is Roman Catholic. Also, what I observed at this meeting, was not a decoration of Jewishness and Hebrew. It was an emphatic declaration – against the general tendency within Roman Catholicism over centuries gone past – of wanting to embrace those neglected truths of Scriptures that have often been discarded as being “polluted with Jewishness”. You will notice that every single one of the elements that formed part of the meeting (listed in the main post above) may be backed up and confirmed from the practice we find in Scriptures. It is therefore without hesitation that I call upon others to rejoice with us over what is happening at this point in time, not only in the Western Cape, but in other areas, too.

  3. sam mc wallace says:

    shalom boker tov,it was a meeting i will treasure in my heart,just to notice the growth and progress from thr khayalethsha area and the progress happening in area’s on the West Coast,just to add i’ve just read a report that in places like South Sudan and Ethiopia believer’s are excited,ahava in Elohim.

  4. Joyful says:

    My own experience of the meeting in Bellville was very positive. These combined meetings have been going on for a couple of years now and one can clearly see that there is an increase in the number of people who feel strongly about making Torah part of their lives. I think it is not only the numbers that are growing. There is also an increase in the knowledge of the Word and I am exited about people who are fed up with half truths and one-sided teachings, but also hungry and eager to test everything they hear against the truth of The Scriptures! :1good:

  5. Nella says:

    A few years ago I was privileged to attend just such a meeting in Bellville and as I sat amongst a mottled group of genuine folk,

    I thought to myself that this must have been just like the “upper room” where many, many years ago a group met, filled with expectation.

    That day the room too was filled with an amazing atmosphere of expectation. Praise YHWH.
    Hallelu Yah :3!:

  6. John says:

    Something that not everyone may realize, is that it must have taken quite a bit of courage for some of the believers to attend the Bellville meeting, last week. Going to a meeting on a “Saturday” morning where prayers and singing and testimonies are the order of the day, is unheard of in many areas of our local communities. Some of those who attended, had to do so without the blessing of their families. And some made a decision to come, despite the warnings of friends and leaders of established religious groups in the Western Cape. The general pattern in the world today is to stand back with an attitude of “wait and see” when something different is happening. Not so in this case. I am taking off my hat to all those who have decided to honour the Word of Yahweh and subject their own preferences and fears to the call to take hands with like-minded believers. :wink:

  7. Dries says:

    Hoop nie ek oortree om jou in Afrikaans te antwoord nie.

    Baie interresant en maak my opgewonde as ek waarneem wat aan die gebeur is hier in ons midde, die teugkeer na Torah, dan weet mens die Ruach van Vader is besig om mense wakker te maak.

    Woon in Newcastle KZN en tot onlangs geen ander Torah onderhouers hier plaaslik geken nie maar onlangs die vreugde ervaar om tog ‘n paar te ontmoet. Self nog maar jonk in die Waarheid, Des.2006 het dit begin en is die Waarheid steeds besig om my elke dag meer en meer om te keer en te vernuwe.

  8. Simchah says:

    Hi John. Words like ‘seems’ and ‘imply’ are not usually part of my vocabulary and it is definitely not part of my faith. I shared a matter of principle and it surely applies where applicable.
    Please accept my apology, as I should not have responded to your inviting email and made the placement on your website. This is rightfully not the place where people should be bothered with how the average religious Jew/Hebrew views this matter.
    Without being judgmental and standing with the principles mentioned, I rest my case.
    Shalom ba-emet, Simchah

  9. David says:

    Please note that I did not go to this meeting or any other meeting of yours in the past. I am merely replying here as I received an e-mail from you to check out this page and then asked for our comments.

    I apologize for commenting so late, but I had not had much time to do so up until now. I also apologize for the long comment, but I hope that it is worth it.

    I would like to make it clear that I do not associate myself with any Christian, Messianic or Hebrew Roots groups. I am not Messianic (although I do believe in the Messiah, but not the Roman Messiah as taught by the church). I and my household live our lives according to all that the Torah teaches.

    Let me start off with saying that, those people who are going to be offended by what is going to be said below are those who do not have a teachable spirit and do not test and examine themselves to see whether they are in the faith of the Torah or not. Only those who are truly seeking will see this for what it was intended. Do not let yourself be blinded to the truth because you might take offence in the way that the truth has been revealed to you… it would be foolish to dismiss something just because you do not like how it was told to you, whether it be from me or from any other person or source… this is what is called humanism, where, “it is more important not to offend me than to share the truth”

    One thing that I would like to point out in this article is how you made a differentiation between Messianic’s and Torah-loving (Torah-embracing) people. The reason I am highlighting this out is because of the fact that I have not met even one Messianic who truly embraces and loves the Torah. Please let me assure you that I am not saying this in a judgmental way at all but rather out of love and in a helpful eye opener for some.

    I am also not speaking about any specific person, thing or event that has happened. I am also not assuming anything either. I am simply conveying concerns of the Messianic movement in South Africa and around the world based on actual facts that I myself have witnessed from the MANY Messianic and Hebrew Roots groups that I have encountered.

    Now when I say that I have not met any Messianic who embraces the Torah, please also keep in mind that I am not singling any one out and I have also not met every single Messianic follower in South Africa. Of the very many that I have met, I have seen them transgress the Torah without any conscience about it, by braai-ing on the Shabbat, not eating kosher (as to what the Scriptures define as kosher), not keeping to the Sabbath laws (as described in the Scriptures), making “anointing oil” as is forbidden to do according to the Torah, blowing the Shofar at times when it is not permitted to do so according to the Torah and even continued in idolatry by not turning away from the Roman religion and its teachings and terminology and in many other ways. Not one of them keeps the Torah. Now this is due to one of a few reasons per individual person.

    1) The individual person does not understand the Torah due to incorrect teachings, which is the result of lending their ears out to people instead of studying the Torah for themselves. (This includes even Messianic leaders and teachers too)
    2) The individual is not truly invested in the teachings of the Torah, but are just going with the flow to satisfy their religious apatite. (This includes even Messianic leaders and teachers too)
    3) Just a total lack of knowledge of the Torah, the Hebrew language and culture and also the contextual understanding of the events recorded in the Scriptures. This would be because of being brainwashed by the Roman religion that they once belonged to. (This includes even Messianic leaders and teachers too) Not everyone knows that they are brainwashed.

    Please note that I never said that no Messianic’s desire to live according to the Torah, but rather that the Messianic’s (Not those of group no2) have been deceived into thinking that they are following the Torah, but in reality are not.

    The bottom line is…. Into who’s hands are you putting your life into? Who are you trusting with YOUR salvation? Are you sure you are giving your money to the right people?

    We are all to study the Torah, Hebrew language and culture as it was in ancient times, for ourselves so that we can know for sure which path we need to walk, and not just rely on others to teach us what is right. How else are we going to know if we are being fooled or not?

    Is what we do really in line with Torah… or is it a reflection of what we have learnt in Rome that we have brought along with us. This is a question we all need to ask ourselves in every single thing that we do.

    Let me leave you with one final thought…
    The great delusion spoken of in Scripture is one that could even fool the elect. This is something that might look like the truth and taste like the truth, but is still very far from the truth which is the most destructive thing to ever exist. It is even worse than the former (Rome) as the former was merely a stepping stone to what is the great delusion

    May we all seek the Truth of the Words of our heavenly Father the way He intended it for us

    • John says:

      David, thanks for your comment, highlighting a viewpoint that definitely calls for further discussion. Just a friendly reminder, once again, that all contributions should be kept as short as possible. :left:

    • John says:

      Just a few additional comments, David, hoping that others will also take part in this discussion. I understand your hesitation in using tags like “Messianic”, knowing that today there is a wide variety of meanings attached to this word. In my wording above I was trying to find a description for people who believed in the Messiah, but also felt strongly about Torah. Unlike yourself, I have met many people, over a period of more than 12 years, all of whom truly embrace and love Torah, who would (perhaps reluctantly), for lack of another word, refer to themselves as Messianic – simply because they believe in the Messiah, and NOT because they agree with everything that is said and done in the name of the so-called Messianic Movement. Although I do not personally know everyone who attended the Bellville meeting – and I myself not even being the one who organised the meeting – there is very little doubt in my mind that most of the attendants were Messianic and Torah-embracing in the sense that I have described here. Their concern, coming to that meeting, was not about labels and tags and groupings, but about a sincere love for both the Torah and the Messiah and about taking hands with others who felt the same way.

  10. Jeanne Carstens says:

    Hello
    Where and when do you meet for erev shabbat?
    Shalom
    Jeanne

  11. Rolina Vorster says:

    Good day and YHVH Elohim blessings in the Name of Yahshua, Messiah. It’s really great to see some more people that seems to be searching for and living the truth. We are still working on removing all the false/pagan lies that we have been taught and striving to live holy unto YHVH. May I ask, how should we observe the feasts of YHVH Elohim..we have been taught not to observe it and to keep some pagan feasts, but I can clearly see this is a false teaching (and an abomonation I would say) and desire to live out the truth. The bible tells us how to keep the feasts, but do we then still bring offerings and so on.. I know that Yahshua, Messiah is our final offer for our sins, but that’s I think what I know in this regard..the Bible doesn’t seem to say that we should now keep the feasts differently because the prophesy regarding them has been fulfilled..and what about the feasts that has not even been fulfilled yet.  I don’t want to miss out on one single feast ever again, so your quick response :-) :-) will be highly appreciated.

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