The first about fifty to one hundred thousand Christians were mostly Jewish! This may seem like an astonishing statement, however, Acts 1:15 tells us that the 120 men and women, waiting in the Upper Room, who included the apostles, were all Jewish. In fact, it is safe to say that the first 3120 Christians were all Jewish. Allow me to explain this.
Acts 2:1-6 tells us: “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.”
The Apostle Peter then preaches the first gospel message:
Acts 2:14-16: “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel” ”
In Acts 2:22-24, Peter goes on to say: “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know-- Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.”
Peter continues in Acts 2:29-30: “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne”
And finally in Acts 2:36-41, Peter says: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”
But why do I say that the first fifty to a hundred thousand Christians were mostly Jewish?
It was only when ‘Rav Shaul’, the Apostle Paul, was released into his calling as the apostle to the Gentiles that Gentiles began to come to salvation; and this only happened in the thirteenth chapter of the book of Acts.
Acts 13:1-3: “Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.”
A number of years had passed from the original 120 Jews in Acts 1 to the time of Acts 13, and all this time, the gospel was being preached only to the Jewish people: “Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen travelled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only.” (Acts 11:19)
But what has this got to do with us today?
As many Jews as were saved at the time of the early church, there are more saved Jews today then throughout all the ages put together.
The Jewish ‘Mashiach’ (Messiah), Yeshua, came to the Jewish people; the church began with the Jewish people; and when the ‘Mashiach’, Yeshua, returns, it will again involve the Jewish people as well as the Land of Israel.
This is the time of the ‘Ingathering of the Remnant’, and over the last two years, more than 3,000 Jewish people have come to salvation…that we know of.
In fact, I am one of the ‘remnant’, and I want to be part of what G-d
is doing right now.
I also want to be part of the fulfilment of G-d’s prophetic word
regarding the salvation of my people that we read in Romans 11:25-27: “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
“The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness
from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their
How about you?