Hebrew Voices #18 – From Islam to Israel (Rebroadcast)

In this episode of Hebrew Voices, From Islam to Israel, Nehemia Gordon engages with the unique voice of Shamir Barnett—a living example of those who say, “We have heard that God is with you.” Raised Muslim, Barnett first heard the God of Israel speak to her heart as a young child standing in her bedroom doorway. This 7th-grade graduate is now studying for her second Master’s Degree in biblical studies—this time from Israel’s Bar-Ilan University. Barnett describes herself as a believer in Yeshua with a Hebrew roots understanding. She explains her disconnect from the culture of Christianity because it does not honor the Sabbath of the feasts of Yehovah.

Barnett and Gordon discuss supersessionism (replacement theology), the institutionalization of the mind (which temporarily halted her education in 7th grade), and the irrevocability of words. Barnett compared the Beatitudes with the Commandments, and expounded on her view that every page of the New Testament is about the Tanakh and that the Torah is the backbone of the Bible.

Barnett’s thesis for her first master’s in biblical studies (from Regent University) was “God doesn’t have two communities.” Barnett explains, “God has one community and it is Israel.  There is no other community. There is no other group. If you follow Yehovah, you come to Israel, you stand at Sinai, and you say, ‘I do.’”

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Show Notes:

Shamir Barnett is an American believer in Yeshua who obeys the Torah and is studying Bible at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.  She was born into a Muslim family in Massachusetts, and realized early on that the only true God was the God of Israel.  She currently resides in Rishon LeZion, Israel.

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37 thoughts on “Hebrew Voices #18 – From Islam to Israel (Rebroadcast)

  1. I forgot: both my husband and I are also Karaites, adhering to the Hebrew Scriptures, not what the rabbis say. Christians need to understand that they are the wild olive branch grafted into the Vine; they have not nor ever will replace Isra’el and that God has His eternal Covenant with us–His Jewish people.

    The New Covenant is not new, it’s renewed (read Jer. 31:31-34). When Yeshua returns, He said that “Jew and Goyim (gentile) will be one stick in His Hand, i.e. One New Man. Thank you, Nehemiah for a great broadcast. A Jewish follower who has a clue about the Jewish roots of her faith.

    • Very true, and Scriptural. What amazes me is even though the two sticks becoming one is clearly in Scripture, there are many who do not believe it. I could broaden this analogy but there is no point, its speaks for itself. Toda

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed this post. I am a biracial Sephardic Jewish woman, happily married to a Separdic Jewish man. My dad (deceased) was a 33rd degree mason, my mom an agnostic/atheist. I dreaded going to church as a very young child (age 5); root canal would have been better! At age 17, no one could tell me whether God was real or not. Having seen the evil side of the spirit realm, I surmised that MUST GOD MUST EXIST as well. My goal was to find out if this “jesus” person was real or not FOR MYSELF.

    At my parents’ house one Shabbat morning, I heard a man’s voice ask me, “Do you want to end up like your father?” I thought, “Who said that?” and answered, “No, no, sir, I don’t want to wind up like him (he was a chain smoker, I smoked at age 18).” Fast forward 10 years later in Spring 1982, I repented of my sins, accepted Yeshua HaMashiach as my personal Lord & Savior, and delivered from a cigarette addiction. My mikvah was 19 March 1983. Since then, I ditched church. Christianity is anti-Semitic/not wanting to follow their Jewish Messiah; Messianic Jewish congregations are no better) and each Shabbat, shut myself in my private prayer closet with Him.

    Lastly, my discovery uncovered this: There is One LORD (Yeshua), One Faith (Biblical Messianic Judaism) and One Mikvah for all (Eph. 4:5). Not 3,000 different Christian denominations all disagreeing with each other. Not Judaism, not Islam, not 3,000 different English translations of the Hebrew Bible. Did not Yeshua tell His disciples to “go therefore into all the inhabited world and PREACH the JEWIS GOSPEL MESSAGE to every person…and mikvah them in the Name of the Father (YHVH), the Son (Yeshua HaMashiach) and the Ruach HaKodesh (Matt. 28:19)? We have done our own thing, not what He said.

    • So true in many respects, but, Yeshua is not LORD, Yehovah is. Yeshua has never represented Himself as LORD in Scripture, He says to pray to the Father, His Father using His name. He is similar to Moshe who was our intermediary whom stood before Yehovah and went to bat for use, while the evil one was / is trying to convict us. Yeshua is the same but with two big differences. He is the one Yehovah sent, like Moseh, and from our brethren, who we need to listen to, most do not, and He died for our sin of breaking the Sinai covent, a death sentence due, and was taken away by Yeshua, allowing us to Teshuvah, so the marriage between Yehovah and His bride could be completed. Those with plenty of oil in their lamps, Torah, will enter into the wedding feast.
      Aveenu Shebashamayim toda ameka Yisrael, Yerushalayim ereka, rachem. b’shem Yeshua HaMashiach amayn.

  3. Roman calendar? What? You mean a solar calendar? Did a Roman decide how long it takes the earth to make a full circumference around the sun? Did a Roman put either in place or determine their path or decide their activity? Does a lunar calendar make a correction back to a solar (real) way of calculating time or vice versa?

    …come on people…..THINK! No Roman put a solar calendar in place and decided it took 365.25 days to make one full circumference. It’s absurd!

  4. Just as Mordechai decided to celebrate a particular event that made an impact on him and just as Maccabee also decided to celebrate a particular event that made an impact on him, what is the difference when someone else decides to celebrate an event that makes an impact on them? Why do other people get so bent out of joint when they have no problem with Mordechai or Maccabee? Hypocrisy is alive and well.

  5. I am a gentile, And a Christian that wants to understan the roots from the Torah. I always wondered why God told Moses that His name was “I AM” but it is “Yehovah”. I have a love for the Jewish people. I’m very sorry for what has been done in the past to the Jewish people. Especially Martin Luther. Most Christians don’t know.

  6. Very sharp chick! Great interview. Really impressed. Having left xianity thirty years ago “Yeshua” followers leave me flat but she is something else. Starting the TNK on page one, there is no need for any other “savior” . Yah identifies himself repeatedly as the only savior. Thus the “trinity” was invented to keep the “j-man” from being completely superfluous. Does he say anything that isn’t already in the TNK?

    • The only comment i will make in response is, joining an orthodox group will do nothing to promote obedience to Yehovah, as they, Orthodox Judaism teach obedience to them.
      So no thanks. According to His Word, He did send someone like Moses, His name was Yeshua whom taught the Torah of Moses, and taught Teshuvah to the lost tribes of the Beit Yisrael, whom also was beaten and marked for Our transgression, what transgression, the breaking of the marriage covenant of HaSinai, which could only be restored by death to humanity, He took that death sentence for us.. Yeshua does not replace Aveenu Malkaynu, He is His Word made flesh, He was and is an obedient servant whom came to do the will of Him whom sent Him, and did not take the Torah away, not One Jot or Tittle.
      It is Yah that has started the restoration of Beit Yisrael, not men, and most definitely not the Orthodox Jews.
      toda, b’shem Yeshua HaMashiach, amein.

    • Yehovah is our only Salvation, it is clear in the Torah and as clearly written in Yo’el2 and Acts2, His name is the only name to call upon for Salvation. Yeshua is our intermediary whom took the death sentence that was imposed for breaking the marriage covenant at HaSinai, for whoring after other gods. Moshe on His death bed stated to b’nai Israel, that they would go astray and be kicked out of the land. The death sentence on all could only be rescinded by a death, and hence He sent His only begotten son whom took that death sentence. Yeshua stood up for us and still does today, while haSatan stands there trying to convict us in front of Our Father. If it wasn’t for Yeshua the death sentence would stand, and the marriage between the Bride and Groom would never be complete. His Blood was given for all of us.

  7. Naturally it is the fact that jc is the “focus of worship” that makes TNK people uncomfortable. It is all about jc. Jc this and jc that. In the churches he is openly proclaimed to be the primary focus. This clearly violates the very first commandment which is why it is no surprise this man from Galilee is oddly preceded in history by numerous similar crucified saviors. “Yeshua” fans expectantly are enraged by this but they would be because no one wants to leave their god.

    • I think you’re a little confused. No where in Scripture promoted as the replacement for His Father or as a deity in His own right.
      In fact Yeshua states quite the opposite, so you misunderstanding of who and what Yeshua represents is your issue, not Scriptures, and is also a problem for those the present Yeshua as their god, He is not, and clearly He is out the one whom goes to bat for us to His Father in opposition to the haSatan whom clearly is trying to convict us for being unfaithful to Aveenu Malkaynu.
      You can believe anything you like, but your statements are Not Scriptural. Yehovah is Echad and His son sits at His right hand side, the living breathing Word / Torah.

  8. I was so thrilled to read this and all the wonderful comments. It is true in these last days that He’s calling the gentiles back home to their Hebrew Roots, Galatians.3 & 4 where Sha’al (Paul) says clearly that if you are a believer in Yeshua (Jesus) then we are of the seed of Abraham, (NOT the church fathers!) I say with others that we in the church have been blinded to our Hebrew Roots (Rom. 11)as the Jewish people have been blinded to their Messiah, who was and is Jewish. Now we are “both” coming home! So much to be said here. I was a Pastor’s wife for 35 years, after my husbands death got into a ladies Bible Study where the Shabbath (Sat. ) was taught,and the Festivals (Lev. 23). I then went to Israel and began to do a indepth study. Long story short , could not find anyplace where what we have been doing was even Scriptural, or had been changed. I had experienced at 16 years of age, (brought up in a nominal church), then Born Again of the Spirit, my life changed, now finding my Hebrew Roots, feel I’ve been Born Again, Born Again, but I wondered and asked HIM one days “Why were you there if all we were doing was wrong as far as Sabbath, the pagan holidays, etc.” He answered me: ” I may not bless the day, nor the events but I bless my Word, back there you did not know, you walked in the Light that you did have, now you have more light and you are responsible to walk in the light that you now have.” And Marvin Wilson said in his book “Our Father Abraham” if we can’t substantiate the Apostolic Writings with the Tanach, then the Apostolic writings are illegitimate.”

  9. Amazing. I live 67´N in Norway and just got here googling “End of Days”.

    I deeply believe in Yeshua as the Messiah but have never really made things work in conventional churches. Even though I´m not involved in any HebrewRootMovement, I bought the Tanach a couple years ago and it is so precious! It is – as Shamir declares- the backbone, (Sadly most Christians read that part translated to different languages by non-Jews.)

    At the same time as this was recorded, I was sitting here in yet another snowstorm and marking the following verse, John 10:16 where Yeshua says to His Jewish diciples:
    “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd”

    It´s pretty clear to me that it was never His intention to replace the Jewish core.

  10. Shamir is correct about the one community how those who join themselves to YHVH cannot bring there own doctrine into the mix. The ingathering does not include spiritual mixing of seed.

    Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God”

    Ruth did not say “and my High Priest will take the place of your High Priest and my path of atonement will replace yours.” That is the irrevocable truth.

  11. “When Israel saw the great power which YHVH had used against the Egyptians, the people feared YHVH, and they believed in YHVH and in His servant Moses.”

    Exodus 14:31 is a good example of where Israel placed its faith after being delivered from bondage. But we never here the people say “I can do all things through Moses who strengthens me.”

  12. I haven’t listened yet, but I have to comment on her words as written above. I say AMEN to that. I left so called Christianity, more like insanity to follow the Jewish Messiah, to guard the feasts, the Sabbaths, and commandments. I said, “I do!” Now I am. Shalom to a beautiful sister in Yahushua, and so happy to meet you.

  13. Awesome interview! Very encouraging to hear her story. You are doing an excellent job, Nehemiah. Also, it was a tremendous blessing to have you visit with us at The Olive Branch. Come back soon. Oh, Roll Tide!

  14. WOWWWW!!!! You could’ve continued with this interview til you both fell out from exhaustion (us too!). Shimir hit a home-run and knocked it out of the park in her true and simple definition and description of who Yisrael is! This is so clearly shown to us from Genesis to the last page in Revelation! It’s indisputable. Yet, “many christians” adamantly refuse to give up their “replacement theology”. My light on those who adhere to this wicked ideal is: “If you believe (God) YHVH has replaced Yisrael, then go see what (Jesus)Yeshua defined as Yisrael, then look where you stand in Light of His definition.” Interpretation: We had better be repenting of such a wicked notion as replacement, and hope for the name of Yisrael upon us, that our Messiah will recognize us when He returns. Thanks Nehemia for this interview; it was awesome! And though you look for Messiah to come, rather than to return, still, you give more honor and respect to Yeshua than anyone I personally know. I thank you for this, and I pray for you. I don’t pray for conversion, I simply give thanks for you and ask our Father’s will and blessing on you. He has you where He wants you to be- ministering to the house of Yisrael and the foreigner who comes to love, honor and obey YHVH, the El of Yisrael. Love, Peace, and blessings of YHVH, our Father upon you, my blessed brother.

  15. Thank you for this interview. Most Christians miss out on so much. To truly understand and know the Creator’s intense devotion requires knowledge of the Torah and Tanakh. And there are no Christian rites or rituals as beautiful as the seven feasts. <3

  16. Wonderful! I feel like I am on the same page with her! I’d like to know how, as a Torah Observant Believer in Yeshua, we can come to live in the land of Israel. I agree with Nehemiah that Isaiah 56:6-8, allows that strangers, even with no connection to Judah or the other tribes, should be able to do that if we observe Shabbat and take hold of His Covenant – which I have ( and obviously Shamir has.) I am thinking, though, that she is only able to live there because she is going to University. Is that true? What about the rest of us? I am taking an online Hebrew Course with E-teacher and trying to get prepared…

    • Her FB page is up, I just had to log-in to view. Great cover photo on her site! Thanks for the idea.

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