12 Feb

Jacob is healed

One big Hallelujah! We are so thankful! The Lord has healed me! Praise be to him! And we thank you, our precious friends, for faithfully praying and standing with us! Please keep praying that my body will keep fit to build the Kingdom of God and nothing will be able to stop the Lord from making good use of his servant. May you all have a blessed new week! Continue Reading

08 Oct

Let’s preach together again

Let’s preach together again. Then the eyes of those who see will not be blinded, and the ears of those who hear will listen. The mind of the hasty will discern the truth, and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak clearly. Isaiah 32:3-4 Continue Reading

04 Oct

Let’s preach together

I would be very thankful for your help. “They are not of this world even as I am not of the world.” Please let me know what you have to say about this, leave a comment here or write to jdamkani@netvision.net.il.  Looking forward to hearing from you.

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03 Apr

Superman versus Batman, Zotrofolis & The Messenger – יעקב דמקני‬‎

What does Superman, Batman, Jacob Damkani and Zotrofolis all have in common?

No this is not a joke.

“The Messenger”, a documentary film by Doron Eran, has been making the rounds in Israel and is featured on multiple hebrew film review sites alongside reviews of “Batman against Superman: Dawn of Justice” & “Zotrofolis”. Here is a link to the one such site with the reviews: —> Movie Site in Hebrew The Messenger “Jacob Damkani {יעקב דמקני} was  born into a poor family from Kiryat Shmona. Almost inevitably, he got involved in a life of crime from his youth, he joined a gang of safe hackers, fled to the United States, where he robbed a Brinks trucks. At 21, he met Jeff, an evangelical Christian, and this event changed his life. He was exposed to Christianity, moved to the village of messianics in California, that led him to meeting the musician Keith Green who swept him to believe in Jesus the Jew. Further; Damkani decided to return to Israel to spread Christianity in the country. Messianic Jewish communitys in Israel numbers about 20 thousand people, and Damkani is the undisputed spiritual leader. He was persecuted and threatened frequently by ultra-Orthodox establishment in Israel. Pre-order your copy of “The messenger” —> here  

22 Mar

Purim – The Secrets of Esther the Intercessor

“Esther wasn’t even her real name. She was really called Hadassah (the Hebrew name for the myrtle plant) She was the opposite of showy and brash, just like her namesake, the lowly myrtle bush. She was humble and unassuming, modest and delicate. Esther means “star”, like the tiny star shaped flowers of the myrtle, and sounds just like the Hebrew word “hesstair”, which appropriately means “secret”, or “hidden”. There are wonderful lessons to be learned from this Biblical woman of mystery!

In the shadows...

The book of Esther is unusual in that it is the only book of the Bible that does not contain the name of G-d. In fact, it includes virtually no reference to G-d. Mordecai makes a vague reference to the fact that the Jews will be saved by someone else, if not by Esther, but that is the closest the book comes to mentioning G-d. Thus, one important message that can be gained from the story is that G-d often works in ways that are not always apparent. 1 Corinthians 10:11 explains that the stories of the first Testament were written down as examples or “types” for us to learn from. And there is much we can learn from this story in every way. Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of Adar, which is usually in March. The 13th of Adar is the day that Haman chose for the extermination of the Jews, and the day that the Jews battled their enemies for their lives. On the day afterwards, the 14th, they celebrated their survival. In cities that were walled in the time of Joshua, Purim is celebrated on the 15th of the month, because the book of Esther says that in Shushan (a walled city), deliverance from the massacre was not complete until the next day. The 15th is referred to as Shushan Purim. The King invites us to come God called Esther to stand up and intercede for the Jewish people, and thanks to her courage and wisdom, the people of Israel were saved. The line of Judah continued, and the Messiah arrived in Israel safe and well in the passage of time. As Mordecai warned Esther, if she did not take that stand, then God would surely just find another way to save his people that did not involve her. But what an invitation! What an incredible privilege Esther was given! And a similar invitation is before us today.

The Secret of Purim

The Jewish sages say – When all the other festivals are abolished (in messianic times), Purim will remain.[38] Maybe this is because as we know “Jesus is the ultimate Deliverance”. Ultimately, for those who know Christ, Purim is a time to be thankful for God’s deliverance in our lives – Even when we can’t see it in a moment we know that God is faithful to His word and will never leave us or forsake us.     References: [38] Midrash Mishlei 9:2 http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday9.htm http://oneforisrael.org/blog/436-the-secrets-of-esther-the-intercessor for more reading on this go to —> Hebrew for Christians

13 Mar

The Messenger Documentary Premiere in Israel


Trailer https://youtu.be/hAgBkEjv2rY

This powerful documentary, produced in Israel by a Jewish – Israeli man, is the first ever of its kind. It tells the extraordinary story of a native born Israeli man, Jacob Damkani, who in his youth spurned Orthodox Judaism for a life of crime only to find himself face to face with the God of Israel. For the first time ever a movie about the true Messiah will be on the big screen in Israel. We believe it is going to stir up the hearts of our people and force them to truly reconsider who Yeshua really is. Please pray for God to accomplish even greater and mightier things, through this film than we can ask, think or imagine. The film is 80 min long, in the Hebrew language. We are producing a DVD, which you may pre-order for US $19.99, with subtitles available in Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. We believe it will be an eye-opener for you as well.

 Here is a link to where you can pre-order the DVD or Digital copy of the movie.


Interview with ‘Doron Eran’

Director of HaMevaser {The Messenger} a Documentary film about Jacob Damkani and his quest to bring Jesus back to his people

Q: What made you decide to be a part of this project A: I was asked to produce a documentary film by the messianic Jews in Israel: The purpose of which is to turn messianic Judaism to a legitimate stream in Judaism, because the ultra orthodox Jews attack them on a daily basis and try to denounce them from Judaism. In that film Jacob Damkani was interviewed – already at the interview I realized that he has a cinematic personal life story: I met him, and the decision was made in a matter of seconds. Something had happened in both our souls that we decided to produce a film about his life, in order so as to have a stand in the Israeli nation, for them to understand the essence of the Messianic faith and to open a door to it; so as not to be under the religious orthodox dictatorship in Israel and thereby so bring an alternative, a very important alternative – that’s what this film tries to say through Jacob’s life story. We see a person who grew up in a family of many children in Kiryat Shmona, a very poor family, he joined gangs of safe crackers in Holon, then in the U.S.A. he robbed Brinks trucks. There a change came over him and he became a believer; returned to Israel and began to spread the Gospel. I think that the goal of this film is to be a moment; a warhead to the Gospel and the transition of his ministry – from handing out flyers on the street to being a media tool in Israel: Also to tell a story, and I think it will bring hearts together. Q: I think what Jacob is doing is bringing the rest of the world to true Judaism, back to the judaism Yeshua {Jesus} spoke of. Do you agree with that? A: I think that in the last decade Jacob has played a very significant role in bringing Jewish people back from the world too Judaism: Also in bringing evangelicals in this case to recognize the Jewish people; and they do recognize the Jewish people as a nation who are supposed to lead faith in and to the world. Also bringing the Jewish people, as Jews, to believe in Yeshua. Do you know that in Israel there is a movement which is called “Chabad”, the Chabad Jews believe that that their Rabbi is the messiah, so if they believe that he is the messiah, so wouldn’t we believe that Yeshua is the Messiah? Why is it that one (Messianic Judaism) is a problem and the other one (Chabad) is not a problem? They (Chabad) are on every street every Friday, persuading people to put on tfilin (phylacteries) isn’t that missionary? And they blame Jacob for missionary? Judaism has always been a missionary religion. Yeshua was the Jew that did the most for the Jewish people throughout human history and as I understood while working with Jacob, Christianity is an invention about Yeshua 70 years after he died. He (Yeshua) did not create this, did not intend this, and has nothing to do with that at all. I think that Messianic Judaism is the true bridge between Jews and Christians in the world. If Christians would believe that Messianic Judaism is a legitimate stream I think it will be possible to bring the whole Christian world closer to us and to make us one. Q: Do you think this movie will help more people to see Israel in a better light?… A: I think that if Jacob would be presented accordingly, according to what I saw, also from what I saw in archive materials of what he is doing in the world, the foreign ministry would call him and ask him to be Israel’s world’s representative; I think Jacob would have brought peace to this region much faster than any other politician. Through the faith he has, and I have no doubt that what he is doing, at the moment as an individual, is something that only few people know about it. So If people would understand this (Messianic Jewish) way of life, as in China, as in south Korea, as in New Zeeland, as in Germany, as in Scandinavia, I think he is a person can bring hearts and people closer to this nation and to this land, more than any other politician. That’s thanks to faith. That’s really the case. JW: Thanks.

28 Jan

Wait on the Lord

I write this as much to myself as to you.

When I was a child, I couldn’t wait to be older. When I was finally older, I couldn’t wait to go to university. When I was there, I couldn’t wait for it to be over.

It was the same with parts of my life. When I was single, I couldn’t wait to be with someone, when I was with her, I couldn’t wait to be engaged. For those who know me, that didn’t turn out so well.

If I’m being completely honest with you, I’ve wished away so many days in my life. I’ve spent plenty of time complaining about the difficulties of life. Always passing up a brunch with my Dad or that extra homework for tomorrow. Tomorrow came and went and with it, the same sentiment of passing on today for tomorrow. It goes by all so quickly.

My encouragement to you is to make the most of everyday. Don’t allow the discouragement of regret to rob you of today’s joy. Press on and receive God’s grace over any regret you may have in your life. And live today as a new day. More then that get out there. God called us to be a light to a dark world, to make disciples and build up the body of Yeshua. You can’t do that alone. You need brothers and sisters in The Lord.

Enjoy every surf with those around you, or walk, or whatever it is you do. Go out of your comfort zone and meet new people.

Yeshua was in the mix. He was out there in the market place, in the streets, at weddings. He was interacting with the world.

Enjoy carefree days outside soaking in God’s creation: Because if you do, I can guarantee that the amount of regret that you live with will decrease each day.

I write this from a copied note re-over in my own words because I can see the truth in them. At 30 odd years old I know it’s not to late. At 96 my Grandfather came to the full realization of Christ within him. He expressed such joy I am told, he was an inspiration to the whole family. I missed it because I thought I would see him when I got back from Israel. I want what he had. I want that for you and for me.

Action Steps What are you wishing away? Do you live with regret over anything in your life? Spend some time asking God what He would have you to do redeem or “buy back” some of those days where you wish you could go back. Going forth, allow Him to help you make the most of each day you are given.

Psalm 27:13-14New King James Version (NKJV)

13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

14 Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Ponderings by:

Joshua Mark Wood