It’s hard to know what truly motivates a young Israeli politician to embrace a Jesus cult, but on the eve of Shavout - a festival which marks our spiritual redemption from the bondage of idolatry and immorality – Likud’s Sagiv Assulin has chosen to play with a strange fire which threatens to consume the Jewish State.
Assulin has recklessly thrown his support and faith behind the messianic Christian Ephraimite movement and he has embraced the theology and promoted the agenda of Joel Bell
– a notorious evangelical missionary leader, who sits on the Board of Governors of World Likud
Bell has called upon messianic Christians to move en masse to Israel , "buy land in Israel”
and lay claim to their “right to own a home”
in the Land of Israel, because Gentiles “have been grafted in to the commonwealth of Israel through Melchizedek - Yehoshua HaMashiach (Jesus)”
. Israel is, therefore, their “eternal inheritance”
which they will share with their “brother Judah”
And this Shavout , Joel Bell’s World Biblical Zionist organization has a “gigantic homecoming celebration” planned to WELCOME HOME EPHRAIM!
- Complete with “an official homecoming welcome from a government official who will speak to the returning pilgrims and welcome them here”
Whether it was a case of political opportunism, a quest for funding, or an ideological journey, Assulin admittedly and wholeheartedly entrusted evangelicals Joel and Pamela Bell with both fully managing his political campaign, and raising funds
for him through the messianic Christian Ephraimite movement
In addition, JewishIsrael
obtained correspondence in which Assulin personally solicited funds from messianics and disseminated a link to a speech he gave
which endorses and accepts Christian end-times theology and a program which opens the doors of the Jewish State to accepting vast numbers of evangelical Christians as joint heirs to the Land of Israel.
Back in December, JewishIsrael reported
that certain messianic leaders had accused Bell of mishandling WBZ funding
and questioned his credibility and accountability. It was also reported that eyewitnesses at a pre-election Likud event saw Danny Dannon run up to Joel Bell with an urgent request for heavy funding. At that time it was suggested that the money trail be investigated. It is imperative that responsible Jewish citizens demand transparency on this issue. How entrenched and influential are evangelizing Christians in the Israeli government?JewishIsrael
urges you to read Sagiv’s letter
addressed to the cult leader Don Esposito and to listen to the condensed version of the speech
Assulin gave at the Worldwide Biblical Zionist (WBZ) inauguration. A letter from cult leader Esposito can be accessed here
, and it will give you some idea as how entrenched Likud* is in this movement. The Bell Files
are also essential reading, and for additional background information on the Ephraimite movement and recent developments, see the blog postings at Palm Tree of Deborah
and The Key to Redemption
In answer to the question posed in the title of this post, JewishIsrael wonders if perhaps Sagiv Assulin started as a political opportunist and became a “believer”.
*[Jewish Israel notes that up until now the only Likud faction to publicly separate from Joel Bell and evangelical funding has been Moshe Feiglin’s Manhigut Yehudit.]