As a American Chinese christian, you spoke at our church in Palo Alto over 15 years ago. Since that time, I have remembered that because of the Jews, us Gentiles now also have the saving grace in Jesus Christ. The Jews were the first fruits and part of the olive tree, we were grafted in later. Thank you for that lesson and my gratitude to you and Jews for Jesus.
As I looked at Moishe’s picture,I said I wish I was Jewish because he is one of God’s apple in His Eye,but praise God Iam engrafted in that Apple tree as a gentile!!!!My Hallelujah to the Family and Jews For Jesus>I wil meet Moishes someday at the Throne of YASHUA>He is coming soon.>>Shalom my ROOTS,Joseph Blackburn SR.
I met Moishe when he was Martin Rosen and missionary trainer at the American Board of Missions to the Jews in 1968.
He invited me to stay for a dinner and a Bible study, and there is where I met my future wife. He married us and I remained in contact with him since then.
He was a wise man and I am thankful for having known him.
I am saddened by his passing but thankful for the blessing that he was to me and so many others.
I was saddened when I got the email that Moishe has gone to be with the Lord, of course happy for him, sad for us.
I am a Gentile believer and I can’t remember how I was led to Jews for Jesus, but I have been happy to pray and support the organization for many years. I always looked forward to Moishe contribution in the newsletter. I love to hear him talk of God, simple statements that brought the Truth into focus. I am happy that David is going about “His Father’s business” as I have the same sense of the Holy Spirit in his articles as well. I will look forward to being with you all on June 1 online.
My condolances to the family.
I remember the first time I heard the name Moishe Rosen…I was in a bible study led by cherly and peter Rice in New york city, back in 1984…I was a new jewish believer and was totally amazed there was actually an organization called JEWS FOR JESUS…I guess I thought there was only a handful of us crazy jews in New york who believed. Gods grace that first year as a believer was amazing…I was an actor living on 15st between 6th and 7th ave in Manhattan.And there were times the Holy Spirt would bring me to tears as a walked the streets of N.Y.C…Knowing why would I be chosen to serve Y’Shua…Many amazing things happened that first year that changed the course of my life for the last 26 years…Many rocky roads…but I have the Blessing of Two amazing sons Zechariah, and Zion…I thank God for them. I also thank God for Sandra there mother who put up with me for 25 years. She is a blessing in so many ways. Indirectly, Moishe was a blessing to me…I thank God for him….Daniel Matis
I recently lost my wife to cancer (on 3/29) and Moishe’s daughter wrote some meaningful and encouraging columns in her father’s stead, which I received in the mail from Jews for Jesus at around that time.
I am a Gentile, but I believe JFJ’s ministry has been a tremendous blessing to the world — and I thank God for all of Moishe’s humble service.
I will be praying for his family as they grieve. For Moishe, I simply say, “Farther up and farther in!” Run, friend, cancer-free!
I counted him as a friend although our conversations were online & a few emails. Moishe was a man that knew Jesus, proclaimed him often, and is now in the presence of the Lord. I know many find comfort in knowing this even as we miss our brother in Christ. A great man & a great legacy. My prayers for his wife, family & friends. May our memories of Moishe’s life of servanthood to Jesus spur us to greater boldness in witnessing and holding steadfast to the true gospel as he did.
Rosen Family and JEWS FOR JESUS personnel:
Please accept my symnpathy on the passing of Moishe. Through his book YESHUA… he contributed most significantly to my knowledge of the life and times of ancient Israel around the time of Christ. I consider him an outstanding scholar and have used his input as an instructor before.
As a man from a scientific background and acquainted with many Jews in that area, I am painfully aware of the personal sacrifices he must have made and JEWS FOR JESUS are still making for that matter to spread the gospel. And as the founder it must have been that much more difficult for him.
We can however take comfort that he is now with our Savior and his toils are over.
I missed writing to him as a father, I lived in the Bay Area and life seemed aimless without a cause, one day I was looking on the internet about the Torah and its gleanings and I saw a Jews for Jesus add, I checked it and from then on I fell in love with your cause, I can safely say that it was the first Christian movement that made me believe and have my faith strengthened. Then by perhaps no coincidence I was sent by the Navy to NYC and I stayed in Long Island, in Woodbury, next to Jericho, and I marveled at why the people were so nice to me and the quality of their life and only when I came back to California, I discovered that it was mostly Jews I had been in contact with, making me fall in love even more with your people, and I decided that I would dedicate my life to help them know their Messiah, I always prayed that Moishe Rosen be greatly blessed because of his chosen work and life. One cannot know how far one’s obedience to God’s faith will be of help and hope to people, May God bless Moishe Rosen now that he is with Him, and you too Jews for Jesus Staff, I love you. Roberto
Somewhere under bluer skies in a realm higher than where eagles fly, in a land of beauty beyond our knowing, with trees and flowers and waters flowing, and mountains of unearthly grace, our loving Lord has made a place, and one day through an opening door, we reach that glorious forevermore.
May the work you did here on earth continue and may the blessings follow you into His great paradise.
Ken E Watkins
So sorry for your great loss. I just read his biography, what a great tool he was for the kingdom of God. I have and will always be a hugh fan and supporter of “Jews for Jesus”
Reverend Sarah Garner
I weep with you today, Ruth, family and friends, but, “sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” 1 Thess. 4.13-14. I am and will always be very thankful for Moishe’s life and influence. Thank you for letting him share Messiah with us all. We have a glorious hope and an eternal love.
Thank you for the slide show that made me cry. It is hard in a few short words to say what Moishe has meant to me and so many others. He taught me when I was a baby believer that the Gospel must be central and preeminent, and I have clung to that for the last 40 plus years from the day that I first met him. His influence on me and mine has been profound. I am praying for you all — for his family, for the staff of our beloved Jews for Jesus, for his close friends and for the wide world of believers, Jew and Gentile, who love the Name of Jesus. This morning as I thought about Moishe, I thought of Hebrews 13: Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. The verses following those also seemed utterly appropriate, but those words are for us who remain. For Moishe, I can only think of the lyrics of one of my favorite hymns:
The sands of time are sinking, the dawn of Heaven breaks;
The summer morn I’ve sighed for—the fair, sweet morn awakes:
Dark, dark hath been the midnight, but dayspring is at hand,
And glory, glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.
The King there in His beauty, without a veil is seen:
It were a well spent journey, though seven deaths lay between:
The Lamb with His fair army, doth on Mount Zion stand,
And glory—glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.
O Christ, He is the fountain, the deep, sweet well of love!
The streams of earth I’ve tasted more deep I’ll drink above:
There to an ocean fullness His mercy doth expand,
And glory, glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.
The Bride eyes not her garment, but her dear Bridegroom’s face;
I will not gaze at glory but on my King of grace.
Not at the crown He giveth but on His pierced hand;
The Lamb is all the glory of Immanuel’s land.
Blessed be the Lord for the life of Moishe Rosen!
now with God in Heaven
The Lord’s Holy Spirit will comfort you. My condolences to the Rosen family, close friends and ministry staff who mourn the separation of this loved one. Messiah Yeshua’s shalom be with you all.
I doubt that I will ever experience in my life again a believer of such courage and integrity. Brilliant, articulate, fervent, faithful. I honor you, Moishe. Your presence in heaven makes it that much more desirable a place to me. Claim your reward.
Years ago when I was about 7 years old my dad got a video in the male from Jews for Jesus. I was very interested since I was not Jewish my self and neither was my dad. So we watched all about how these Jewish people in a Nazi Concentration camp repented; and turned to Jesus not just to survive the horrors of the camp. But to have a true and personal relationship with there Loving Father God who loved them so much he sent his only son so that they might not die but have everlasting life. My father and I cried after watching this beautiful film. And I have Loved Jews for Jesus and Moishe Rosen ever since.
I have always Loved the Jewish people, and the way I see it if they were not born I would not be here NOW! I long to see the day when the 144,000 remnants of the 12 tribes of Israel are set aside for the Lord, and all of us in our resurrected body’s, just and God told Abraham “As many as stars in the sky” will all worship The King of Kings and Lord of Lords for ever more in the New Jerusalem Forever More:)
I’ve known Moishe Rosen for 50 years! As members of the same church, living in close proximity and sharing common interests, our friendship grew. I was a young Christian man (Gentile variety) at the time and in need of being grounded in the faith. Moishe’s wise counsel and penetrating answers to my questions did just that.
I was an art student preparing for a life-long career in advertising illustration (I thought). Moishe encouraged me in art as well. During this time we produced visual aids to help in his deputation work. In these pre-Jews-for-Jesus days, I was one of Moishe’s first trainees in presenting “Christ in the Passover” demonstrations for churches.
I returned to Chicago and found employment in the advertising illustration field. Following this, in 1972, my wife and I joined the Africa Inland Mission and went to East Africa where I served in Christian publications ministry for the next 32 years.
I consider my friend Moishe as my father in the faith, who helped deepen and broaden my belief and commitment to Jesus and also imparted to me an abiding respect for Jewish people and God’s unfolding plan for Israel’s glorious future. I marvel at the many like myself whom Moishe has touched in significant, transforming ways. I simply cannot imagine my life without this man’s godly influence.
With fondest regards and condolences to the Rosens and the Jews for Jesus family,
Only a month ago, this young pastor visited Moishe to pray with him. He then prayed for me. He asked God to bring wisdom to “this confused generation” that I represented. His burden for “the young people coming in” he speaks of in his last article was real. Moishe would talk to me about how to reach unsaved young people, his mind stirring with anecdotes and hypotheticals to make me think of creative ways to reach them. I felt His burden for the lost in my generation and I’m grateful, for it came straight from the heart of the Messiah.
Jews for Jesus is a challenge but I am up to it. I have converted quite a few. Good luck Moishe, I hope you are right and I am wrong but the evidence is on my side.
While we grieve for our fellow, our guide, we must all remember that Moishe walked in the footsteps of Messiah.
Just as our movement transformed Jesus into Yeshua, Martin Rosen transformed himself into Moishe. Just as the Jews continued to cling to their Old Testament, Moishe confronted them with brit hadasha.
Let’s remember the good times, and the egg salad :-). Moishe has at last gone down to unite with Yeshua for eternity now, in the world of truth. May this be a lesson for all Jews who have still resisted Moishe Rosen’s ministry.
I thank God for raising up Moishe and giving him the courage to proclaim the gospel to the Jewish people. I was raised Roman Catholic and came to trust Jesus Christ 15 years ago. I spend much time witnessing to Roman Catholics and have had the opportunity of witnessing to many Jews as well and sending them to the Jews for Jesus website. Let us all honor the Lord and continue to bring the Good News to the lost in the spirit and kindness of Moishe!
Some of the most important things anybody ever told me I heard from Moishe in the brief times we met in 1977, the year I served with JFJ in Israelight. He said if we serve Him as the Lion, He will come to us as the Lamb, but if we serve Him as only a Lamb, He will deal with us as the Lion. He said an apostolic lifestyle consists of: mobility – willingness to go anywhere, versatility – willingness to do anything, and availability – willingness to become vulnerable in meeting people’s needs. I am forever grateful for Moishe’s backing me thru bible college with a JFJ scholarship, even though I had already left the ministry. He was larger than life. When Moishe spoke, you listened. We didn’t always agree, but His believing in me was important to me. He left us all a great legacy.
Thank you Moishe for being “Moishe”. Thank you Moishe for giving me courage to be the full Jew that I am. Thank you Moishe for the fact that I could answer Rabbi who challenged my Judaism, by saying ” I am a Jew for Jesus”. Thank you Moishe for rewriting for me what a Christian really is. That I need not be sanitized and lose my cultural ‘oddities’. Thank you Moishe. You were my mentor and family, you were a person and not a ‘ministry’ to me. You were my comfort and my link with the past. I did not need to become someone else to find my peoples Messiah. You were family, machatonim. I never once met you in person, yet I am heartbroken. Thank you Moishe
early after my salvation JFJ made the Scriptures come alive to me, the passover meal, seeing the reality of JESUS as the Lamb who was slain…WOW
it’s 25 years later now and i remember all your work in ministry, to someone like me, who nknew nothing of GOD.
thank you and Blessing in the continuing what Moishe started. God will not forget you, HE has you inscribed on the palms of HIS hands. Is. 49:16
HE HATH DONE WHAT HE COULD DO
Moishe Rosen was a shining light to this generation and marked it well for the Messiah, The Lord Jesus Christ.
He was not interested in whether you were a gentile or a Jew. He only wanted to know if you knew the Lord as the Savior of your soul. Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Now that “corn of wheat” has fallen to the ground and died. But it will bring forth more fruit than ever before. John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Out of Egypt have I called my son and the Lord in his mercy has given Moishe his “exodus out of Egypt”: for this world was not worthy of the likes of him.
Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Moishe Rosen was that “unprofitable servant” that has done that which was his duty to do.
Luke 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
Psalms 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
See you at the gate Moishe,
Palmer Lake, Colorado
In our country we have a saying “A Great tree has fallen”
it’s a saying of endearment & affection when referring to the departed one who has in their life time made a valuable contribution in their field of expertise. This saying & its meaning is a fitting discription of brother Moishe Rosen.
The Good seed he has sowen will continue to bring forth fruit for the Master.
My mother supported this organization after many years of working for Jewish families, one of them came to know the Lord. She went home on May 14th and I believe was one of the saints to great Moishe Rosen. My prayers are with his friends and family who grieve, yet rejoice because we will meet again.
In our country we have a saying of endearment & affection which is:
” A Great tree has fallen”, when refering to a departed one, who, in their life time, have made a valuable contribution in their field of expertise. This saying & its meaning is to us, a fitting description of brother Moishe Rosen. Praise God the Good Seed sown during your ministry Moishe will continue to bear fruit.
WHAT AN AMAZING GENERAL – WHAT A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE. I FIRST WAS INTRODUCED TO JEWS FOR JESUS IN 1985 WHEN ANDREW BARRON CAME TO HATFIELD CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN PRETORIA – A MISSIONARY EXHIBITION. THE LORD HAS GIVEN ME SUCH A HEART FOR THE JEWISH NATION AND ISRAEL! MY UNDERSTANDING OF MY JEWISH SPIRITUAL INHERITANCE WAS GREATLY ENHANCED THROUGH THIS MINISTRY. MY HEARTFELT SYMPATHY TO MOISHE’S FAMILY. WHAT A WONDERFUL LEGACY YOU HAVE – WHAT A TREMENDOUS GENERATIONAL BLESSING! PRAISE GOD FOR MOISE’S FAITHFULLNESS, LOVE AND COURAGE.
We will never know another person like Moishe. He was sensitive and thoughtful. He was a bit like EF Hutton, when he spoke, you had to be quiet and listen. Moishe always provoked me to serve the Lord in greater and deeper ways. Moishe inspired service to our Lord. May your dream live on, may we all be not ashamed to share the Lord with Jew and Gentile alike. With great love and appreciation, Peter
Even tho I never net Nr Rosen, I am thankful for Jews for Jesus. It was meetung a young couple on a commuter train from Park Forest to Chicago in 1973 who were members of this group; that led me to believe in Jesus. I attended meetings for over a year until I discovered my sabbath-keeping church and The Olive Tree Congregation; and my beliefs are still as strong after all these years. Moise Rosen, you will not be forgotten, and I cannot wait to see you at the ressurection to be able to say THANK YOU.
“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then [Moishe] said, ‘Here am I! Send me.”
Thank you for your faithfulness in being a light for your people, Israel. I count it a blessing to be called your brother in Y’shua and look forward to the day when, together, all of the nations of the world will forever worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Moishe encouraged me, influenced Rock of Israel Ministries and so many others in Jewish Ministry.
We mourn our loss but rejoice in his gain. Great is his reward!
I first met Moishe at (Christ in the passover dinner presentation) at Sunnyvale Calif. Foursquare Church. Being the same age & like spirit we became(I call it Special) friends. If our paths crossed I would drive MANY miles to hear & visit my friend & brother. The last time I saw HIM was when I was coming out of ALIOTO’s Sea food Resturant with friends from Saltillo Coah Mexico where I am a missionary. There He was working for our Jesus. Don Maggard He shouted. I never thought I would see you again here on earth,but I knew we would meet again in Heaven. Yes Moishe we will meet again.
I thank God our paths crossed about 40 years ago. Don Maggard
I only wish he had gone to the Lord much sooner to avoid all the pain.
Shortly after I heard that Moishe had gone to be with Y’shua I remembered something very sweet.
Several times over the last few years he would mention to me friends that had gone on like Zola Levitt or Leslie Wright then he would sigh and say, “I miss them.”
Moishe not only are you enjoying, loving and worshiping your Messiah but you are blessed with the fellowship of all those that were waiting for you.
It was a privilege to know this mighty man of God, now of blessed memory. Most blessed.
My heart and mind are full of numerous memories of times I’ve had with Moishe. To isolate anyone of them would be difficult. My father-in-law served on the board of another Jewish mission when Moishe began some rather innovative new approaches in Jewish evangelism. On a return trip from Asia, Moishe met my father-in-law in Los Angeles and showed him around to see what he was doing. Years later, my wife and I had the same privilege of being shown around San Francisco by Moishe.
My father-in-law encouraged Moishe and supported him in the launch of Jews for Jesus. We hosted the “Liberated Wailing Wall” in our church and some members in our home in 1972 near Philadelphia. We have been connected to this ministry ever since. But the greatest memory will always be sitting in the front seat of his car after a dinner in our home in Michigan. Moishe shared deeply of the inner struggle of depression from his various illnesses and issues surrounding him. I too had walked those deep paths and I took great encouragement from seeing another great servant of God being so transparent in his struggles while at the same time showing hope.
I was thrilled to read his “Though being dead yet he speaks” column. It was so “Moishe”.
A quote of his, though maybe not original with him, which I have used frequently is, “Experience is a great teacher, but if you are willing to accept it second-hand, the tuition is less.” Thank you Moishe for the lessons I learned from watching you and your ministry.
Proverbs 10:7a “The memory of the righteous is blessed….”
Moise’s work has been a blessing and an encouragement to me and to many thousands of others. I hope this will be a comfort to his family and friends as they miss him here.
He was a true giant of the faith. His work has eternal significance. I am in tears.
I will always remember him as a father figure and a special friend who I first met in a chat room on AOL in November of 1994 which launched our friendship until his passing. He was greatly instrumental in my move to the Bay Area where I have longed to be. Thank you, Moishe!! I am comforted in knowing I will see you again!
Although I never had the honor of meeting Moishe in person, all that I have heard makes him a legend to me. On behalf of CrossGlobal Link, I extend condolences to the wonderful Jews for Jesus family and at the same time, rejoice with you in the victorious home-going of this great man. May his passion for the unsaved continue to burn throughout the organization and even be rekindled by Moishe’s promotion to glory.
We praise God for men of vision like Moishe. His example motives all of us to live in light of eternity. May God be honored in all the surrounds the events of this next week. Thank you for encouraging the CrossGlobal Link association by your and his godly example to us.
I am so sorry for his family’s loss; but I am so happy that he is finally with Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and when I die, I will finally get to meet him. What a soldier for God he was!! What Glory he brought to God!! He knows the meaning of this: “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering” once uttered by a Moravian missionary. Again, I pray God’s wonderful grace and mercy for Bro. Rosen’s loved ones.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of The Mission Exchange, please extend our condolences to the family of Moishe Rosen, and to the entire Jews for Jesus Family. By God’s grace the Church is blessed with men of vision, passion, and courage, but only rarely with men who have — at the same time — the stature, capacity, and character of Moishe.
We share your sorrow with his passing, and share your joy that he is in the embrace of his beloved Lord Jesus.
In the name of Him who comforts those who mourn,
The Mission Exchange
Even the ‘anti-missionary’ Arutz-7 in Israel testifies to Moishe Rosen’s effective service for Yeshua on this earth!
Founder of ‘Jews for Jesus’ Dies
Reported: 12:15 PM – May/24/10
Founder of the “Jews for Jesus” missionary organization, Moshe Rosen, died in New Jersey on Sunday after a long illness.
Rosen was a Jewish convert to Christianity in his youth who became a Baptist minister and later founded the world’s largest missionary group aimed specifically at Jews. Rosen, who was also responsible for inventing the concept of “Messianic Jews”, managed to convert thousands of Jews around the world to Christianity. Among other things he established a branch of the organization in Israel.
Even now, we pray for the salvation of Jewish people through the work that he’s begun. And for comfort for His family and close loved ones. Hallelujah!
Moishe… You were one in 400 million (and that only includes the U.S.). No where else have I seen a person and thus an organization so dedicated to a single purpose. My 8 1/2 years with the SF HQ were awesomely challenging and rewarding. God’s servant, Moishe, made it so!- along with the many staffers he brought on. Thanks for the memories. I look forward to seeing you at my home-going in the non-too-distant future. Together with the Messiah, Y’shua in praise and thanksgiving.
I met Moishe way back in the mid 1980’s. I was so confused because I was brought up in the church but I was of Jewish extract. I always wanted to explore my Jewish heritage but Christians always said that a Jew cannot be a Christian and vise-versa.
When I met Moishe it was a divine appointment. I was shy and introverted back then so I didn’t mingle with people. Moishe called me out by name (I still don’t know how he knew it) and he sat me down and chatted with me. He said that he knew that I was confused and that I needed to remember that being Jewish wasn’t just a religion, but a physical heritage. He told me that many people would tell me things that would be contrary to what I knew to be true, and even what the Bible said to that effect, and that I should just trust in my faith in Jesus (Yeshua).
The words that Moishe spoke to me helped me greatly in my walk with Yeshua and helped to turn that shy introverted young man into someone who now exposes lies and delusions that come against Biblical Christianity. I will always be grateful to Moishe and I expect to spend a couple of million years in heaven getting to know him better and thanking him for being the servant that Yahweh called him to be when I needed a father in the faith so much.
So Moishe, this isn’t a good bye, it is an “I’ll see you later my friend and brother.”
David Ben Yakov
I am so very grateful that Moishe was courageous enough to begin this ministry, and thankful that he loved his Jewish people enough to withstand the criticism and insults he received for his witness. Many members of my family are Jewish and still unbelievers, and I have relied on Moishe’s and all of the JFJ ministry team’s insight and compassion for many years.
Dear Rosen family and JFJ team – my deepest sympathy for you during this time. You know we grieve differently than the world – especially when someone like Moishe is now in that beautiful home. What an inspiring, enduring legacy you have to comfort you!
We rejoice that God has healed our brother, yet are saddened by the news. Our prayers are with the Rosens and the Jews for Jesus family. We were blessed to hear Moishe preach and spoke with him at Grace Church in San Luis Obispo, CA. What an engaging, humble man, and a great example of a passionate evangelist to others, both Jew and non-Jew. Praise God for the way He used Moishe and for the way He will continue to use Jews for Jesus to lead people to Y’shua!