Jewish Rabbis Turn to Yeshua [Jesus] in
by Jim Bramlett
Barbara Richmond has kept
this amazing incident very private but now feels led to share her miraculous
There is no doubt that
Barbara is a totally reliable witness. She is the Director of Women's
Ministries at a solid
In September 1995, Barbara
led a group on a tour of
Suddenly, over her left shoulder, she heard a man's voice call, "Barbara." She turned to look, but didn't see anyone she recognized. The only male on that little street was a man she described as "in full black attire, big beard, curls on the side" — an Orthodox rabbi. She thought to herself that he could not have been the one to say her name because they do not even speak to women in public. In fact, she avoided eye contact as she knew this sometimes offended them. She turned back, thinking maybe she had been mistaken.
A few seconds later, she again heard the voice say, "Barbara—isn't that your name?" She looked again, and discovered the rabbi was looking right at her. "Don't be afraid," he said. "Come here." She moved toward him. He told Barbara his first name and said, "I live here in this neighborhood. I wanted to tell you that I am a believer that Yeshua is the Messiah. As a matter of fact, there are 40 of us rabbis in the community to whom, as we have been studying the Torah, the Ruach ha 'kodesh (the Holy Spirit) has shown that Yeshua is the Messiah."
Barbara's heart was so moved by this unusual work of the Holy Spirit that she broke into tears. The rabbi added, "At present we are secret believers, not because we are afraid, but because the Lord, the Holy Spirit, has not told us to speak out our testimony yet. The Lord has told us to pray for our brethren, so we are meeting at midnight, and we are praying."
Barbara asked the obvious question, "But how did you know me? Why are you telling me this?"
The rabbi chuckled, and replied, "I don't know you. But last night we were praying, and one of the other rabbis came over to me. He put his hand on my shoulder, and said to me, 'Tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, you go to (name of street she was on), and you will see there an American woman with black hair. Her name is Barbara. Give her this message.'"
The rabbi then gave Barbara the message. He said, "The Lord wants you to know that what was spoken over you 26 years ago, He is about to bring to pass."
Barbara was stunned, and
overwhelmed with emotion. Only her husband knew that exactly 26 years ago, in
1969, as a new believer of only three months, she had gone to a Full Gospel
Businessmen's meeting in
He added, "The other
thing that the Holy Spirit told this brother is that when you get home from
this trip, you will have a letter from
Before they departed, the rabbi asked, "What do you do?" Barbara explained that she was a Bible teacher. He replied, "Oh, would you be interested in just some simple notes that I have accumulated since I have come to see Yeshua?" She said yes, of course, and he later had delivered to Barbara's hotel a collection of handwritten notes of Hebrew and cultural insights into the New Testament, unique insights not evident in the English or Greek words themselves. Barbara considers these notes a treasure, and is sharing them (see below *).
Upon leaving, the rabbi told her, "When our testimony becomes public, I am sure we will see each other again."
When Barbara got back home
Barbara has been to
I was most touched by Barbara's closing thoughts: "My prayer is that (this testimony) will cause people to realize the lateness of the hour. When God moves sovereignly like that among the Jewish people (revealing the Messiah and manifesting gifts of the Holy Spirit described in the New Testament) -- and among the most religious of them -- the coming of Jesus is getting close! I pray that everybody who hears this will be taken up with the urgency of the hour."
(Comment: One wonders to how many more rabbis than the 40 had the Ruach ha'kodesh [the Holy Spirit] revealed the Messiah by 1995, and how many more since then. Only He knows, but He has greatly privileged us to be aware of at least this much about what He is doing.)
** UPDATE on the rabbi. A
communication from the rabbi to Barbara in late 1997 revealed the stunning news
that several hundred Hasidic Jews in
On a related subject: on July 4, 2000, Barbara Richmond [the author of the above message], sent me an e-mail message that read:
A few years ago at a meeting of Christian Zionists, an Israeli guest called to the platform and asked to say a few words. When she took the microphone, she stunned the audience with a powerfully brief message: She said only three words and went back to her seat. "Make me jealous!"
In Romans 11:11 Paul wrote:
I say then, have they [the Jews] stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But rather, through their fall salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to provoke them to jealousy.
The Mighty One of Israel is calling to his church in this hour to: "Make my people jealous."
About 3 years after the
above, Barbara Richmond left the Christian faith and joined a Jewish synagogue.
She had to renounce her Christian faith to become a member of the synagogue.
She now lives in
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