We have invited Mr. Stephen Spykerman to speak at our meeting this Sabbath at the Wasatch Branch. He will be speaking on his understanding of the restoration of the whole house of Israel, and the role of our nation. (see more detailed information below).
We will assemble at 10:00 am as usual and share in worship and fellowship for about 30 minutes. Mr. Spykerman will speak and answer questions until we break for a picnic meal around noon.
We expect people from other groups will attend as well, so be prepared for a larger group than usual. However, feel free to invite people you feel would be blessed by this message. There is no admission, but free-will offerings to support the speaker will be accepted.
It will be encouraging and refreshing to hear a broader perspective on our roles in this regathering and restoration of all Israel.
Shalom until Shabbat!!!
STEPHEN J SPYKERMAN was born in September 1940 during the Nazi occupation of Holland. His parents were Catholics of Jewish origin and he was the fourth son of seven children with a Dutch father and an English mother. The family escaped the Holocaust due to his parent’s Catholic religion plus the fact that his mother was English and thus she was seen as the English rather than the Jewish woman. Stephen’s early years were full of excitement and danger, as their house for some time became the emergency headquarters for the Dutch resistance in his region. His father was arrested by the Nazi authorities and held for some time in a special prison for people who were considered influential in their local communities. His parents also sheltered Henny Cohen, a Jewish woman, who was hiding whilst on the run from the Nazis. At the same time their formidable children’s nanny worked as courier for the Dutch resistance. At age seventeen Stephen had a major encounter with God which resulted in his leaving the Roman Catholic Church for good.
Having received a solid general education, he spurned the higher education his parents had hoped for and entered the world of retail fashion at age nineteen. After working in his hometown for a few years he left to try his luck in London, where he trained as a tailor in various high-class fashion houses. Whilst he was aware that his maternal grandfather had been a renowned tailor in London, he did not realise at the time that he was following a family tradition going back for at least five generations. Then in 1965 he married Virginia Edwards, and after the second of his four children was born, he left the fashion industry to take up a more lucrative career in financial services. During a successful career he pioneered a number of new schemes and concepts in charitable giving and seminar selling, and became an international speaker in his field. His interest in public speaking led him to direct his own public speaking club. In the years prior to his retirement in 1997, he became involved in a Speakers Bureau, after which he and a colleague set up their own International Speakers Bureau in London.
Once retired from day to day business he started writing books and founded Mount Ephraim Publishing as a vehicle for his work. As an Elder and representative of the Mayim Chayim Messianic Community in England he visited Israel in 1998 and, whilst there he re-discovered his interest in the Two Houses of Israel truth. In his subsequent visit the following year many doors were opened for him into an Orthodox community who embraced the same truth. By a Divine appointment he was given the privilege to teach some senior rabbis all the things God had revealed to him about the restoration of the whole House of Israel. He first met his good friend Rabbi Avraham Feld at a conference at the Hilton Hotel in Jerusalem, where Stephen had been invited to speak in the year 2000, and they have been firm friends ever since. Stephen and Avraham share the same vision for the restoration of the two divided houses of Israel and the establishment of the United Kingdom of Israel.
In the year of that same conference Stephen received the calling to become;” A Watchman on Mount Ephraim!- As per Jeremiah 31:6. Then in 2010, Stephen, his wife Virginia and his daughter Melissa moved to Ariel, which is in the so-called “occupied territories” to study Hebrew at Ariel University, where the family remained for two years. Whilst in Israel, Stephen and his wife organised an eight-day Sukkot Festival in the Old City Quarters of Jerusalem, as a haven for Messianic believers, Hebrew Roots people and Ephraimites from all over the world. Towards the latter part of his time there Rabbi Avraham Feld’s tongue –in-cheek comment was, Stephen – “never convert” – Spykerman! The family had hoped to remain in Israel for good and over the years they had made many dear friends. However, God ruled otherwise and it was a terrible wrench for the whole family to have to leave. The pill was softened somewhat, as within just one year, three of his books were published in the United States, and doors were opening in all directions for the work of Mount Ephraim. To this day he continues to give lectures. Stephen Spykerman is a consummate communicator and has addressed audiences and conferences in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Israel, Malta and Cyprus.
Stephen has just completed his eighth book to date, which he launched during the Feast of Tabernacles 2014 in Oregon, where he had been invited as the anchor speaker for the eight day conference. The book is called; A GAME-CHANGING REVELATION – The Hidden Ancestry of America & Great Britain.
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