Gary Beresford was born in South Africa to a Jewish family.
When he married to start his own family, he moved to Zimbabwe.
An avid tennis player, one of the first things he and his wife
did was join the local Jewish country club.
One day after a game, the club's tennis pro invited Gary
to come over for a meal. Other club members had previously
warned Gary that this guy was a "Jesus freak." Confident
in his religious standpoint and on friendly terms with the
man, Gary accepted the offer.
At dinner, Gary and his wife were led into a conversation
about Jesus as the Messiah foretold by the Jewish prophets.
But Gary couldn't believe in Jesus, the Christian Savior.
"I was Jewish! My social circles were all Jewish: the
country club, the close-knit Orthodox community, and I was
also a member of the Hebrew Order of David," exclaimed
Gary. His wife, too, was heavily involved in the Jewish community.
It was unthinkable that they would even consider Yeshua (Jesus)
as their personal Saviour.
But the impossible happened. After a couple of weeks of spending
some time with this couple, his wife told him that she believed
Yeshua was the Messiah. Gary could not accept this. "Was
she not aware what had been done to the Jewish people in the
name of this Christian messiah?" Gary asked himself.
Out of love for his wife, Gary agreed to do some research
into the Jewish Messiah and the signs pointing to Him. "I
was reading through Daniel, chapter 9, and came to the verse
that said, 'after 62 weeks the Messiah will be cut off
The context of the chapter shows that Daniel is speaking about
a time before the destruction of the second temple. No one
seems to have fit the bill at that time. Of course, this "Christian
Saviour" was around at that time
Relaxing in a bath one evening, Gary was listening to a cassette
tape, an admonishment to Christians and their regard to the
Jewish people. The speaker focused on Jesus' (Yeshua's) role
as a rabbi, and the fact that He was Jewish.
Suddenly, it was obvious to Gary that Yeshua, was the Messiah
the Jewish people had been waiting for. He came to faith lying
in a bathtub. But his life still did not change. Despite his
realization he was rather withdrawn about his new knowledge.
"I didn't understand why everyone was so excited, because
Yeshua had been dead for two thousand years."
After three months, Gary's knowledge had grown. "I now
had a relationship with God I thought could never exist," he
Since that time, the concept of the morality of the Torah
and of Yeshua being a Torah teacher has changed Gary's life.
"It has given us a better understanding of being Jewish.
My wife and I practice Judaism with our heart instead of just
going through the motions."
"Jewish people need an easy way to learn the truth about
the Messiah, and that's why I fully support The Messianic
Prophecy Bible Project. I believe that one of the big problems
today is lack of time. To wade through tons of books and materials
is next to impossible.
With the Messianic Prophecy Bible,
unsaved people will be able to easily find any and all references
to the Messiah in the Tanakh (Old Testament), along with scholarly
explanation and how it relates to the overall message of God's
covenant with His people. This Bible will be such a tremendous
help for those who are searching for the truth," said
Gary Beresford is the Messianic Rabbi of Ohr Yeshua Messianic
Synagogue in Florida.