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Jeremiah1616 Ministry is a Messianic, two house, outreach to the world; while we are a two house ministry, our main focus is on the house of Ephraim within the Church. Jeremiah1616 Ministry does not teach or agree with Ephraimite identity based solely on DNA parameters, as scripture teaches identity through the blood of Messiah and the Holy Spirit. The house of Israel (Ephraim) is not to be confused or fused with the house of Judah (Jews); this is a restoration that will be accomplished by Messiah when he returns. The house of Judah and the house of Ephraim must remain two houses in order that the two sticks prophecy may be fulfilled. The apostle Paul speaks to this fact when he says:
1Co 7:17 But as YaHWeH hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all congregations.
1Co 7:18 Is any man called being (Jewish) circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision (Ephraim)? let him not be circumcised.
1Co 7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of YaHWeH.
1Co 7:20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
the terms “circumcision” and “uncircumcision” are Hebraisms; the two terms refer to Judah and Ephraim; the two terms refer to being Jewish and non-Jewish. Paul was adamant in his stance that the house of Israel (Ephraim) find their identity and restoration in the work of Messiah; not in Jewish tradition and Jewish conversion rituals. Paul was insistent that these Hebrews that were at one time Gentiles, return to the faith guided by Torah alone and not oral traditions and oral commandments added by the Jewish Sages. When we find Paul seemingly discounting the law, it is the laws of Judaism that he has in mind; Paul never condemns or repudiates the law of YaHWeH. Most Christians think of Jewish law as the law of Moses; but the reality is, the laws of Judaism only utilize the law of YaHWeH given through Moses as a template to manipulate – the Church has done the same thing.
Jeremiah1616 Ministry follows in the apostles doctrine and elevates the Torah of YaHWeH above all dogma and religious manipulations of scripture. Jeremiah1616 Ministry teaches a firm foundation in Justification by the finished work of Messiah; keeping the Torah (law of YaHWeH) is a matter of Sanctification which is a life long process of every believer. Justification by faith brings us into the covenant; Sanctification (driven by the Holy Spirit) teaches us how to walk in that covenant.
Jeremiah1616 Ministry believes and teaches Hebrew identity of all believers; Hebrew identity has nothing to do with Jewish identity, but Jewish identity must have everything to do with Hebrew identity. Hebrew identity is a covenant identity birthed by the Holy Spirit. As the apostle Paul said:
Eph 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision (1Cor7:18) in the flesh made by hands;
Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without YaHWeH in the world:
Eph 2:13 But now in Messiah Yeshua ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Messiah.
It is the mission of Jeremiah1616 Ministry to take the message of the restoration and Hebrew identity to the house of Ephraim within the Church system. Our dear brethren are in bondage to Gentile identity, pagan traditions and doctrines of men; it is not our mission to evangelize the Church, but those in bondage to the Church. Our Christian brethren are Justified by the blood of Yeshua/Jesus, and therefore they are covenant members of the house of Israel; it is are intent to reach these dear brethren by every means available, and to do so with love, empathy, compassion and grace.
Among other things, Jeremiah1616 has a vision for setting up a congregation in Elkhart County, Indiana; and if finances are forth coming, to help finance upstart congregations throughout the United States and abroad. It is vital for Christians awakening to their true identity to have congregational fellowship, so they do not end up being tossed to the wolves, so to speak.
It is our hope and prayer that you will sincerely pray about financially supporting this ministry and its rescue mission; above all, we ask for your prayers.
Etz Chayim-Tree of Life Messianic Congregation was founded in 1995 by Sharan and Mordecai Silver. Sharan and Mordecai still lead the congregation which is located in Las Cruces, NM.
Sharan, whose Hebrew name is Rut or Ruth, is the Rebbetzin, Davidic Dance teacher, chooses the music, Hebrew teacher and Bar and Bat Mitzvah teacher as well as the Administrative Assistant to Rabbi Silver. Mordecai is the Spiritual Leader and Rabbi of Etz Chayim. They have led the congregation since its inception. They have two grown children and three grandchildren, who all reside in Las Cruces.
Mordecai and his wife Sharan are assisted in leadership of the congregation by Paul Gasser, who serves as Elder, and his wife Barbara. Paul and Barbara have three children.
Torah: Learn It, Love It, Live It as Yeshua did!
Welcome to Etz Chayim-Tree of Life Messianic Congregation. We are located in Las Cruces, New Mexico at 134 S. Main St. (Griggs and Water Sts., Parking Lot #10, one hour west of El Paso, Texas. We meet on Saturday 1:00pm followed by a potluck, Bible Study and Havdallah.
We celebrate all of the Moedim or Appointed Times.